Writer: Tranmere Loyal
Date:Saturday July 16 2011
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.
Date:Saturday July 16 2011
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