David Villa has gone to Barcelona for 34.2 million pounds. Good business for the Catalans, but better for Valencia. He's 28 and his production is going to go down, not up.
He didn't have his best season in Valencia, and the consensus is that Valencia have more than enough attacking options to suffice. Chori Dominguez and Zigic should be enough to scores some goals, but without David Villa, and Silva likely to follow Champions League football is a tall order for Los Che.
Cesc went to London yesterday to tell Arsene Wenger that he wasn't happy in London anymore and he wants to go back to his hometown club.
Cesc is on 50,000 a week (to rise 60,000 next season) and qualifying for the Champions League, Barca are going to pay him 100,000 a week, and win the Champions League.
If AC Milan were the best Club in the world, he'd be off there. Despite Mourinho´s mastermind mauling of Barcelona about a month ago, Barcelona remain the best team in world football.
By some margin.
Xavi is the best possession midfield in the world. Messi is most dynamic dribbler and one of the best scorers. Iniesta is one of the most versatile attacking players, and a player who makes things happen.
All of this built on a good but not great defense. Plus, they are so good at possession that you never have the ball anyway.
Barcelona just bought one of the best strikers in the world, who although is on the decline will still score 20 goals next season, and along with young Leo, challenge for the Top Two combination scorers in the league along with Cristiano Ronaldo and Higuain.
Anyway, what I'm trying to say is that if you are going to earn roughly double your wages, and then get a bunch of shiny trophies while playing with three of the Top 20 attacking players in the world. Four if you include Zlatan Ibrahimovic.
WHY wouldn´t you leave? Loyalty?
Cesc has been loyal, and we've failed him. We've invested in the squad, but not as much as we needed to.
While the long term project at Arsenal is operating fantastically, Cesc doesn't care about long term, or whether Arsenal isn't in debt, or whether they're consistently filling the stadium and growing as a global brand.
He wants to get paid, score goals, and win trophies. I understand why he wants to leave. Am I happy about it? Hell no.
I would punch that Spaniard right in the face if I saw him, tell him to wise up, and realize that he's got a good thing going here.
If he stays on at Arsenal, he could win World Player of the Year. Moving to Barcelona kills his chances of winning that because they don't play football that suits his style and because they have so many world class talents.
He's in the perfect system at Arsenal. Like Xavi at Barcelona, the ball is always coming through him. He's starting the attack, and more recently, he's been finishing them as well.
So what would I do? Double his wages, ask him to give us another year to win the league, if not, sell him for 50 million pounds, no less.
If Kaka at 27 goes for 60 million pounds, Villa for 35 million pounds at 28, and Ronaldo at 24 million pounds for 80, then surely Cesc at 23 is worth 50, if not more.
Personally, I think he's better than Kaka at this point, and he has more years ahead of him. Unfortunately we aren't dealing with Madrid or Man City who are much more cavalier in their approach to the transfer market. We are dealing with Barcelona, a club with a history of frugality.
Anyway, I'm not going to talk about replacing Cesc as of yet, because I'd like to give this story another 48 hours to hear what Arsene Wenger has to say before we start planning for Doomsday.
I do believe that Cesc has says he wants out. In fact, I know he has said he wants out through contacts here in Spain.
He met with Wenger. He did say he wants out. Ray Parlour said, we either get the best deal or we do no deal.
I know what I'm hoping for, but let's face it. If the Spaniard wants to leave. He's as good as gone.