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Summer Sale

June 18, 2009

For some reason this is always my favourite time of the year! I like the whole player-pushing saga which are created by greedy agents working hard in summer, ensuring themselves at least sufficient money to last til the next season, because let’s face it, winter isn’t a time most teams would buy.

To help any manager that so happen to come across the WDKF site and this article in particular, here’s my list of who I think is available on the cheap.

Real Madrid

With Flo-Pez’s promise to buy an entire team full of strikers and midfielders, some would argue that the entire backline is up for sale. And thats where I will start.

Ezequiel Garay – One of my “must-buys” in all my Football Manager teams, I can’t see why Madrid bought him, and then loaned him out. He’s definitely old enough to play in the Primera, and this season has shown for Racing Santander that he is certainly good enough.

Royson Drenthe – Another of my FM purchases, he shot to fame in Holland’s U-21 win in some tournament where David Bentley decided not to appear. Good choice, as Drenthe would have run him ragged. Unfortunately he left his boots there and seems convinced he can find them in one of Portugal, Greece, Ukraine or Turkey.

Other notable mentions include – Jerzy Dudek (Free), Gabriel Heinze (Liverpool), one of the two Diarras, Javi Garcia, Arjen Robben, Javier Saviola and Ruud Van Nistlerooy

Manchester City

What happens when you were the born loser kid at school, with no cash in your pocket to burn and then found a sugar daddy? You pay more for everything!. ALOT more!

We saw it at Chelsea, and we’ll see it at Manchester City. Up for grabs are as below

Joe Hart and Elano – Well we all saw this coming. Hart needs games to get into Capello’s WC 2010 squad, and chances are he won’t be sold, but loaned out. Elano meanwhile will probably need to have it out somewhere else. Since there is a vacant midfield berth in the red side of Manchester, he could however unlikely, go there!

Jo – Sure they say he’s coming back and they’ll play him. But the Citizens-Arabian combo doesn’t seem the type to forgive and forget, and will probably want to cut their losses on him while his stock remains good after a good 2nd half of the season at Everton.

Darius Vassell – Once the answer to England’s constant call for an Owen like for like replacement, he is now rotting on the benches in Manchester.

Kasper Schmeichel – Son of the great Dane proves that its difficult to live up to the reputation of such a great father. Poor kid. I’ll bet he’ll do well for the teams at the bottom half of the table

Other notable mentions – Benjani, Tal Ben Haim, Danny Mills, Gelson Fernandes, Kelvin Etuhu

Liverpool

Despite having been told to sell before they could buy, Benitez showed who’s boss by putting in an 18mil pound bid for Glen Johnson. Of course it helps that Pompey still owe Liverpool money for Peter Crouch’s transfer. What happens after that is anyone’s guess, and my guess is that some, if not all of these will leave.

Ryan Babel – Always fancied him as a Ronaldo type player, one who could play on the wings and as a 2nd striker. However, I think he is a victim of Rafa’s rotation system, as only 4 players could be regulars (Reina, Carragher, Gerrard and Torres). News about him leaving was hot towards the end of the season, but recently I think his agent has gone on holiday.

Andrea Dossena – Having been outplayed at left-back by right back Alvaro Arbeloa, Dossena could answer the call of the Old Lady and move to Juve. Italians are not known to succeed in England, especially defenders, whose lack of speed tend to find themselves caught off guard with the pace of the English game.

Daniel Agger – Another is he going/is he not saga. I reckon one of the bigger teams from Germany, Italy or Spain will come for him, and he will pack his bags faster than you can say Miss Maud is not Danish.

Other notable mentions – Andriy Voronin, Jermaine Pennant, Damien Plessis

West Ham

Another club like Liverpool who wished their sugar-icelandic daddy never came calling. One of the smartest things they did was to get Zola in as manager, someone who was familiar with the English game, and has a network of players in Italy, where he can spot a talent on the cheap. Money will need to be raised, and they will be confident they can do it without the following players.

Julien Faubert – French misfit that wasn’t even in West Ham’s plans for the 2nd half of last season, having been loaned out with Julien probably exclaiming it was his ‘Dream Move’ ala Ronnie the Dick. His dream quickly turned into a nightmare, and he will probably never play in Spain again. Look for him to be sold to one of the ambitious mid-table clubs to make a difference

Luis Boa Morte – Someone who I never rated highly at all even in his heyday. I didn’t see him as a tricky winger, nor a classy striker. He couldn’t create anything to save his life but yet West Ham bought into the brochure his agent was touting. Fulham fans were laughing their heads off! He was even benched in favour of some of the Hammers kids, although you have to remember the kids are very good! He needs to remain in the EPL or move back to Portugal, in order to be visible for the WC2010 squad so look for Hull, Stoke, Birmingham City or a random Portuguese team to take him out of his misery.

Notable mentions – Jonathan Spector, Valon Behrami, Nigel Quashie, Kieron Dyer

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  1. June 18, 2009 1:36 am

    Summer sale will not end until the league kicks off again, and speculations still going on about who will replace ronaldo, who will real madrid buy next etc etc… :P

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