Some real good stuff out this morning…so I thought we’d follow-up:
• Mesut Ozil goes to Barca for $12M-$15M.
With Barca out of the running for Cesc Fabregas and Mikel Arteta re-upping for five more with Everton over the weekend, Barca reach out and snatch Werder Breman starlet Mesut Ozil from a handful (apparently) of Premiership suitors.
An excellent move by Barca and good value.
For Ozil, I’m not so sure. And here’s my thinking on it. Yes, I know Ozil gets to learn from the best. But with Ozil you get the feeling that he’s such a dynamic player with such a high ceiling that he needs to develop his game more through expression, not mimicking Iniesta (closest comparison on Barca) or Messi.
He will ultimately do just fine in Catalan country, but I would have liked to see Ozil go someplace where we could have been a little more of “the man.”
Oh, and I commented on Twitter that this surely reigns in the Landon Donovan market. If reports are true that the range for the Ozil purchase was $12-$15M (and remember, to Barca salary is not an option so that transfer price was likely the upper range of offers for Ozil), then you’re looking at a 21-year-old who is “somewhat” similar to Donovan.
Would you rather purchase into a 21-year-old with 10 years more service or a slightly surer thing with maybe 5 premium years left?
• Glasgow, it’s kind of like Boston…but (c)older.
First there was Fulhamerica, then briefly United States of Everton, meanwhile Aston Villa has three Statesmen in its employ and an owner from Yankeeland.
Will SPL club Rangers become the next “America East” club?
A report from overseas suggests that Ibrox man Ally McCoist has made the trip to the Meadowlands for tomorrow evening’s Brazil affair to take in the likes of Benny Feilhaber and Alejandro Bedoya.
Interesting, probably untrue, but interesting…that’s my only commentary. I don’t see Feilhaber’s game as a match for the SPL, and while the Bedoya option seems more compelling, his brother is just finishing up a trial at his club Orebro.
Benny, as we wrote yesterday, is on the move with his agent Lyle Yorks confirming that something is about to go down. Yorks on the situation:
“There are some options for Benny, and there are things running around on a sale by him. But unfortunately I cannot say more about it.”
• A little perturbed at the budgie are we…
Martin O’Neill walked away from the Aston Villa job today, presumably over Villa’s lack of forecasted spending in the transfer market.
As TSG asked on Twitter: what’s the over/under on Bob Bradley-to-Aston Villa rumors to start with Lerner as the top dog and Freidel, Guzan, and Lichaj?
Answer: It’s already started.