The reaction from fans to this is particularly interesting, as they all unanimously called out Lincoln City for their ‘bush league’ approach to transfer negotiations. As ever, fans have made the mistake of assuming those connected to the club know anything more about these deals than the rest of us (and the less important mistake of thinking that lower league club chairmen don’t also man the official Twitter accounts).

Witness this nonsense about the Demba Ba ‘swap’ with Liverpool and Chelsea, wherein the Newcastle striker’s release clause was ‘triggered’ (KA-BOOM!) by Chelsea’s approach, which could mean a potential move to Stamford Bridge for £7 million.

Many LFC fans have noted this and subsequently remarked, ‘Hey, what the hell Brendan Rodgers, you could have had Ba for £5 million cheaper than that overpriced dingbat Sturridge!’

Which has prompted Tweets like this:

In any case, the Guardian notes that “Ba’s initial three-year contract was complicated in its structure.” To say the least. It also means this “release clause” could be limited to a handful of clubs, and maybe Liverpool wasn’t one of them? I’m just speculating.

The moral of the story here is the only people who know just what is going on during these transfer windows are player agents. Talk to them.