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Scousers Join the Anti-Etihad Bandwagon

I see from today's comments that Liverpool have joined Arsenal in trying to undermine City's sponsorship arrangements with Etihad.

What on earth has it got to do with these Clubs? Liverpool are still spending on average footballers and their squad looks no closer to being able to break back into the top four unless of course it is at the expense of Ashburton Grove's finest, who seems to have more leavers than joiners just now.

Mr Ayre do you not think it some half-wit Company offered you multimillions to build and name a new Stadium you would care tuppence about UEFA's Financial Fair Play Rules? I think not. You are one of Europe's iconic Clubs and I doubt that Mr Platini would want to upset you any more than he would Real Madrid, Bayern Munich and the Stretford Green and Golders.

Get off the case and get out hunting for money. I'm sure that if the double glazing men on Sir Matt Busby Way got offered £400m they would suddenly become deaf to tradition as it would present another chance for them to empty the till.

On another tack it looks as though the Tevez exit is gaining momentum. There are claims and counter claims but it looks as though Corinthians with an upgraded bid of £45m move into pole position.

If they can raise that kind of loot, I think City should do the deal and then get on the job or securing Aguero. The talk is that a TV deal in Brazil can help Corinthians get their man. City would be showing a bit of profit on Tevez and the whole show looks equitable, although I'd like to see the Arthur Daley of the football agency world stump up the remaining £5m that City seem to be looking for either via Tevez or via himself.

Shay Given looks to be going to Villa as they prepare to get him modelling their new strip for 2011/12, but the most disturbing article I've read this week surrounds one of my heroes in the shape of Pablo Zabaleta. Would he really want to play for Roma? I truly hope not. Unlike Tevez, Pablo has learned to speak English in an accomplished manner which is typical of his demeanour and professionalism.

And Adebayor...what has he done wrong? Well, Emmanuel, after your suspension, injury and escapades at the African Cup of Nations, you hardly put a run in did you? Do you suspect it could be for that reason that Mancini doesn't rate you? Whenever you came on you did nothing and conveyed the impression that you had no heart for Manchester City. Why on earth do you think that Mourinho will want to buy you? Last season on loan you were effectively a bargain basement attacking option, but to become a regular part of one of the world's biggest Clubs...I think not!

If it stops raining I might nip over to Altrincham today. It looks as though Bellers, Bridge, Onuoha and others might get a game.

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Writer: Tranmere Loyal Mail feedback, articles or suggestions

Date:Saturday July 16 2011

Time: 11:25AM

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Isn't it funny how the two teams that perceive us as the biggest threat to their old-school dominance of the top-4 league places are moaning the loudest about our sponsorship deal? I didn't hear anyone else complaining about Liverpool's record 20m per season shirt sponsorship deal with Standard Chartered either - not bad for a club that didn't even achieve Thursday night football this season! Still, it will be quite satisfying to see the Scousers quit Anfield for the "Standard Chartered arena" in a few years time. Wonder how much they'll get for that deal if they're still languishing outside the top-4 places that their "History" surely deserves?
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16/07/2011 11:52:00

I love how these bell ends can condemn a deal that they don't even know the particulars of yet, the figures involved in the deal haven't even been released yet FFS! The FFP rules are a farce anyway, if Spanish teams can negotiate their own TV deals and the English clubs can't can anyone tell me what's fair about that. We also have the different tax rates in the two countries, if say City and Barca are to offer the same wages to a player the take home pay for said player will be a lot higher in Spain than it would in the UK, how is this fair? As for Zaba, I'll be amazed if City are giving Roma's offer a second thought. Zaba is an extremely important player to City and arguably our most commited player on the field. And finally Adebayor should just accept the fact that when one manager buys you and is then replaced that theres a chance that you may not fit into the new man's plans, it happens all the time. He should also remember the understanding and compassion shown from City when he was involved in that tragic incident with the Togo national squad and not be mouthing off about the club treating him with no respect.
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16/07/2011 12:00:00

Nice signing that Stuart Downing, not even the best winger to come out of middlesbrough lately. It seems pointless having a go at us - nomatter what happens with FFP we're going to stay in the top bracket for years to come. Only Chelsea can currently compete so the other teams need to raise their own wonga or accept the fact that the system of rich teams getting richer that served them so well for so long is now working in our favour.
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16/07/2011 12:10:00

Maybe we should start calling for UEFA to means test their recent signings of Andy Carroll, Jordan Henderson and Stewart Downing? Three of the most mediocre Premier League players i've ever seen, 75m!?! Also, Liverpool have just signed deals themselves worth 45m a season combined with Warrior and Standered Chartered. Do those deals represent good value for those companies whilst Liverpool aren't even good enough to qualify for the Europa League, finish in the top four or challenge for a single domestic trophy?
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16/07/2011 12:29:00

I can't add anything more to what has been said by Fifth and BD. Zabs will stay that is certain. He plays on the left, he plays on the right, that Zabeletta, he makes you look.............
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16/07/2011 14:48:00

come on its the scousers moaning.... they are not happy unless they are moaning about something... if it's not about a manager that is not from the 'boot room'' then its about Manchester In general or U****d and NOW City.... they are professional Moaners.....
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16/07/2011 17:07:00

Oh yeah and i bet they are the first to moan aswell about city spending stupid money on players...Yet 75m on three average british players? Hilarious.
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16/07/2011 17:36:00

It was predictable to be honest. Liverpool are gambling massively on UK players, a gamble that could be a costly one? They seem to be grasping at nettles. They also will be missing a big thing next season, the momentum of a new manager coming in midway through a terrible season. Arsenal may lose two great players soon and are puffing their chests out in an attempt to attract decent replacements and also conducting their Plan B, influencing Platini (how close are they?!). Tough one. They both have everything to lose. I also think Spurs will sign a few very good players late on as per usual and will overtake at least one of these teams, I think Modric is overrated and could be easily replaced. If either of these teams think City have sat down with Etihad and signed a deal that said "One stadium renaming deal @ 400m, to be used to buy players ONLY. Payment received. With thanks, MCFC", then they are in for a nasty shock.
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