Monday, 2 August 2010
When will the transfer market burst into life?
Given the massive salaries players are being paid over the summer, it always amazes me how slow the transfer market is to get started. We all know that Milner will eventually join Unreal City, so what do Villa gain from prevaricating? Let's guess Milner's salary is £50k per week. By hanging on to him for five idle weeks, Villa end up paying £250,000 in wages unnecessarily. And that, of course, is addition to the interest that they could be banking on £27 million!
Meanwhile, friendlies and formations are, to a large extent, pointless if a club doesn't have key personnel available. If Parker is going, why waste time building the team round him in friendly games? What was the point, a couple of seasons back, of Tottenham bringing Berbatov to the boil for Man Utd?
It seems that the market needs one big deal to set the wheels turning. If Unreal City pump £27 million into Villa's coffers, O'Neill will go on a spending spree immediately. £12 million to ourselves for Parker, will trigger a £5 million bid for Prince Boateng to replace him. The Mascherano money will free Woy to bid for Parker too. Suddenly the transfer wheels will be oiled and the market will burst into life.
However, this is all crazy. The business should be done at the beginning of the summer, not the end. Take ourselves last season. How long was it before Zola felt able to trust Diamanti, Da Costa and Franco? Had they been recruited in June, they could have figured in pre season friendlies and stepped into the team for the big kick off.
That's something Avram, Gold & Sullivan seem to have got right so far. However, if we suddenly saw lots of comings and goings over the next couple of weeks, all the good work done so far could be undone.
The sooner Villa and City reach agreement over Milner the better. Because it's not only their squads that hinge on it.
Posted by Hammersfan at 18:43