Thursday, May 21, 2009

Real Madrid and Ronaldo

Turns out that Florentino Perez isn't going to bid for Cristano Ronaldo if he's elected president of Real Madrid. The deal was struck by Ramon Calderon, and now that Calderon's stepped down as president, it's not going ahead. The fact that the pre-contract agreement with Ronaldo is illegal probably didn't help, either. 

There's another reason, as well. 

The £75 million that Ramon Calderon was willing to stump up for Ronaldo was apparently Real Madrid's entire transfer budget. Perez has wisely decided that discretion is the best part of valour, and will ration out the joy with a series of "mini-Galactico" purchases. It's a far cry from the days of mega-signings like Figo, Zidane, Ronaldo and em... Thomas Gravesen, but maybe in the face of the greatest recession since the Great Depression, we've all got to tighten our belts. 

Perez will have to content himself with trying to sign Kaka, Ribery, Xabi Alonso, David Villa....

Meanwhile, Wenger will probably have £50 million to spend. After he sell Adebayor, of course. It's a heck of a lot of money, and if it's all spent, it could aid us immeasurably. Maybe we could buy some of Madrid's surplus players? Or make a bid for Villa and Silva before the other big clubs do? It's worth a shot. Money in the bank's dead money. But money squandered in a wild, extravagant splurge? 

That's pure Perez. 


Anonymous said...

its funny isnt it how these things work..
madrid got battered by the pool, so they want alonso...
tevez did well against the pool with his energy so the pool want him
stoke battered arsenal so some think their player could do a faye job for us
ofc most of this conjecture except this tevez singlehandely beat utd and utd signed him..

Connolly's agent said...

In that case, we could also buy Ronaldo from Man Utd because they knocked us out of the Champions League, Drogba from Chelsea because he mauls our defenders, Alonso from Liverpool (really should), Geovanni from Hull, Richards from Man City...

And the strange thing is that we probably, really, should.