Confederation Cup over, now back to the grinding of that best of mills, the Transfer Mill.

What sludge doth pour forth from its weathered timber tower today?

Hello Paulinho! For £17 million to Tottenham Hotspur from Corinthians. There are many clear reasons why this could be a very beneficial move (although Ted Knutson for one has his doubts), but his asking price is just under double transfermarkt’s guesstimated value from last December at £9 million. His performance with Confed Cup winners Brazil no doubt played a part, although we shouldn’t be quick to blame Spurs for the inflation—if even one dumbass throws money at Corinthians based on a summer friendly holiday tour with a major home advantage, everyone has to pay more. This is why transfer market stupidity must be rooted out of the system completely.

There may in fact be method in Spurs’ madness. Knutson for example questions the value in picking up another midfielder on a team that seems to be in desperate need of a better back line. But Jonathan Wilson’s Five Things We Learned from the Confed points to the trend of the attacking full-back gone wild, and he singled out Paulinho as a paragon of restraint:

Yes, they beat Spain 3-0 and, yes, they improved as the tournament went on but this Brazil side still have major flaws. The forward surges of Marcelo and Dani Alves can leave them dreadfully exposed at the back, particularly when both go at the same time. It’s true that Luiz Gustavo and Paulinho became increasingly adept at covering for them as the tournament progressed, and that relationship should improve over the next 12 months, but even so, Brazil again and again were saved by David Luiz, who popped up to resolve crises with the implausible regularity of an Agatha Christie detective.

While not exactly totaalvoetbal, it’s becoming increasingly clear that the old “two stable guys at the back” approach may no longer be enough. One wonders what Roberto Carlos thinks of his countrymen’s failure to run the other way.

That’s not the only bit of transfer weirdness for us to scoff at. Christopher Samba is heading back to Russia for 12 million after an ill-fated stint in Shepherd’s Bush:

QPR defender Christopher Samba is set for a swift return to Russian club Anzhi Makhachkala.

Mega-rich Anzhi, who have the likes of former Barcelona star Samuel Eto’o and ex-Chelsea and Arsenal man Lassana Diarra on their books, sold the former Blackburn defender to the Hoops last January for a reported £12.5m.

However, the Russian side are keen to re-sign the giant centre-back and QPR look set to recoup most of the money they paid for the 29-year-old.

This may seem mad until one realizes that transfer fees are paid in installments and that the £500,000 lobbed off the transfer fee from the original deal had likely already been paid. As an astute Tweeter points out:

In other words this is probably just a mulligan. Still, it’s fun to let everyone think that this is about as dull as football’s decision-makers get.

Comments (3)

  1. Arsenal news: Sunderland has bought Vito Mannone, Djourou is on a year loan at Hamburg (I don’t think we have to pay his salary, but I’m not sure), and Arshavin has re-signed with Zenit. Squillaci and Denilson are also gone. We’ve accepted five offers for Bendtner, but the big idiot has yet to make up his mind.

    Yaya Sanogo, a French U20 striker from Auxerre, is our first signing. He’s playing against Turkey today at 2pm EST; he’s scored two goals in three games at the tournament so far. He’s tall, quick, talented, young, French…and extremely injury prone. That’s why there was no transfer fee. So, a typical Arsenal signing.

    We’ve also had an 18 or 19 million Euro bid for Bayer Leverkusen’s German international midfielder Lars Bender rejected. While it’s disappointing that we didn’t get him, I’m positive that we are at least trying. Bender and Higuain (fingers crossed, any day now) are the type of players we should be going for. I think the report of a 20m pound bid for Rooney, and any rumour about Rooney, is utter bologna.

    Bendtner, Gervinho, Santos, Chamakh, Park are still yet to be purged (I’m not confident that the last four will go, but gervinho is pretty crap and I’d be surprised if the last three saw even one minute of PL game time), but I’m optimistic about the upcoming season.

  2. Spurs fan, and super happy to get this guy. Don’t give a flying fuck about transfermarkt’s guesstimated value from last December. Since then he played a major role in winning the Confed Cup (one of the MVPs), bossed Chelsea in Club World Cup won by Corinthians, and has been gathering praise from Brazil coach Scolari (not an easy guy to impress AFAIK). I’m not going to pretend that I have watched hours of him playing, but so far so good. Right age. Winning mentality. Great.

    We are also being linked with Modric 2.0 and some other Croatan teen-ager. These guys are supposedly 17M as well.

    My biggest concern with the money being throw around is that Levy – usually a hard negotiator – seems to be spending big, and early. If I were a betting man, I would suspect that this is because he is essentially spending the Bale money – which unfortunately means that Bale to RM may be a backroom done-deal. I hope it ain’t so. And I hope we strengthen where we need it most – a centre back and a striker. But to fill the two major remaining holes in the squad, on top of the 34M that already seems spent/committed, you start to get into the approximate amount being thrown around for Bale.

    Some of the potential cash + player(s) deals that are being discussed for Bale are interesting. Players like DiMaria, Higuan, etc. could certainly improve the squad, along with the money for reinvestment. Bale would surely be missed, but the opportunity to upgrade multiple positions would make Spurs very competitive overall.

    Whatever happens, I think it will be a tense transfer window. Looking forward to next season – it should be another good one with Spurs right in the mix.


  3. spurs right in the mix if thats behind arsenal ( which it always is) hardly in the mix as far as the gunners what a welcome change to not have another big name leaving the club this summer and actually being linked to big names as much as suarez is a C U N ext T uesday who wouldnt want a striker like him on there squad as long as he has up to date rabies vaccination papers more than welcome at the emirates proven in the prem where higuain is not nice to c us splash the cash a bit and with most experienced man at the helm is it wrong to b optimistic and think that maybe a challenge for a title instead of a top four finish is in the cards?

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