"Sandro Rosell is a good friend of the family and things have not changed from earlier in the summer. Cesc wants to return to Barcelona where he grew up and the club are trying to make that happen."
- a "source close to Fabregas", from the Daily Star
Somewhere in the bowels of the Daily Star office, they must have a Rent-a-Quote Rolodex with all the zaniest, craziest, most amusing people in the world. They'd have Richard Dawkings for religious issues, Christopher Hitchens for political commentary, one of the Iranian Ayatollahs for Western capitialism, Peter Hill-Wood for Arsenal, and "sources unnamed" for just about everything else.
The latest Arsenal-related Daily Star story seems to be about Guardiola trying to tap up Fabregas before the semi-final against Germany. Say it isn't so, Pep. I thought you were one of the good guys, one of the ones who respects a contract between a player and his club. It would be a bit of a let down if you'd allowed yourself to be smuggled into the Spain football camp in a laundry hamper, then snuck into Cesc's room to persuade him to join Barca. Such cloak-and-daggers stuff is beneath Pep Guardiola.
Anyway, shouldn't the Spanish national team have some sort of protection against press, club managers, hangers-on and the like? They should be kept in isolation so that they can mediate upon the efficacy of tiki-taka and dwell upon the sublime beauty of the perfectly weighted through-ball. Spain footballers should keep their minds on loftier things than mundane transfer innuendo.
I'm thinking that this is a Daily Star ruse designed to lure Peter Hill-Wood away from his minders and towards a Daily Star dictaphone. Maybe if they get PHW suitably deranged, they can get him to talk crap about van Persie, Vermaelen, Sagna, Song, Arshavin, Nasri and Theo, and get all of them pissed off enough to want to move to Barcelona.
So on the 292nd last day of my 20s, I had another bad, bad day at work. Something's happening. Went to see Toy Story on Sunday with the GOMD and two of my closest rivals. It's an amazing film, and she's an amazing girl. Two days after Sunday, I still can't concentrate on my work.