• Red Rover, Red Rover….send Ronaldinho right over.
Will it be Manchester City II over at Ewood Park? Sure is starting off that way. First up for the new ownership group there? Securing the services of a certain buck-toothed, juking forward out of the San Siro: Ronaldinho.
BBC has the report.
Got the question on Twitter: “Why would Blackburn buy a player that doesn’t give a hoot?”
Answer: “You need to stockpile brand names first to attract players further down the line.”
This article, here, from last year comparing talent acquisition at Manchester City to the New York Yankees machine sort of talks about it.
• The Deuce Provides: Fulham tackles West Brom today
Mark Hughes on Clint Dempsey:
“Clint Dempsey has done a great for me, but in fairness, it’s not his natural position [up front],” Hughes explained. “He’s done a hell of a job for the Team and he’s a very viable option for us.
Fulham are looking for a top striker to employ in the 2nd half here to avoid the relegation line.
• TSG has your silly season thermometer
Ooops should have maybe put this bullet first.
Let’s refresh our US-specific transfer thermometer
United States (Or Really Any) Player + New team with budget OR Team with history of employing Americans + Dodgy, Sensational Publication = Suspect Rumor
For example: Here was a great little equation from this past summer that rated “Highly Suspect” on the if you remember:
Michael Bradley + EPL newcomer with money Blackpool + the Daily Mail = HIGHLY SUSPECT!
We’ll be trotting this calculation out I’m sure often here in the coming month.
• Alexis Lalas, still fighting for his GM reputation.
Once a defender, always a snarling defender I suppose.
Alexi Lalas, whose tenure as GM of the Los Angeles Galaxy was terminated after David Beckham’s underperformance at the start of the contract, utters the following on the Galaxy wingman:
“American soccer fans say David Beckham has given a lot, but he’s also taken a tremendous amount out of Major League Soccer.”
You can read about the ginger-flaired Lalas’s comment on Beckham here.
• Roque Santa Cruz to depart Citizens
This has been in the offing for a while, but with Manchester City now all but officially confirmed to pick up Eden Dzeko this week, the “workaholic” Santa Cruz appears set for a move to Serie A’s Lazio.
You can stop the music on that one DC United pr folks.
• Manchester United Ninja
“Long term, I hope he can prove to be Scholes’ successor. The challenge will test his confidence.”
That’s Sir Alex Ferguson talking about….Anderson. Thought I’d add this in given the Scholes debate that was ongoing last week. Continued theme…to do the Scholes role, the skillset doesn’t need to be a spot-on match.