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Friday, July 08, 2005

From one skipper to another as Bellamy signs

Having had one episode this week of a talisman skipper on the verge of leaving, we now go to another. Juventus have come into London to discuss with Arsenal the possible acquisition of Patrick Vieira, a possible £14m deal that could additionally have the arrival of Stephen Appiah at Highbury. Perhaps someone could enlighten me with any knowledge on Appiah. But the reaction from Highbury is nothing so far, and in fairness it would seem premature to do so. Surely Juve wouldn't come to London if something wasn't possible enough?

Blackburn have made what could be yet another shrewd signing in Craig Bellamy. The questions are there about the Welshman's temperament but he has played for Wales under Mark Hughes and the club could do with a boost from a player of his potential. Also with the addition of Shefki Kuqi, who seemed in great form for Ipswich last season, the club look to be taking a better step in the direction of improvement.

Rio Ferdinand is rumoured to have refused a new contract at Old Trafford. His agent is Pini Zahavi, infamously linked with Chelsea, the same club who have Peter Kenyon as their chief executive, the very same executive who coincidentally happened to be in the same place as Ferdinand, in public, twice. Following from the Colegate, the whispers were that Kenyon was tapping up the defender. But Zahavi stated that Ferdinand is loyal to Utd, so you'd expect a deal to be signed very shortly.



Blogger T said...

Appiah is a bland midfield player in the Djemba-Djemba mould. I generally don't take notice of speculation, but if the Vieira story you quote is accurate, it is simply a case of Juve trying to offload an ineffective player.

Arsene Wenger will not accept this alleged proposed deal.

7/08/2005 2:54 pm

Blogger RedsMan said...

I felt it was worth mentioning as one of the current football stories today, but in essence Arsenal would rather offload Pires before Vieira. If Juve were looking for a central midfielder I would think the Gunners would tell them to forget it and look elsewhere.

The captain, I said talisman earlier and he is, suddenly agrees, along with Arsenal, to leave for a paltry fee?? No disrespect intended to Appiah, but Arsenal would ask for more money or a more established player.


7/08/2005 4:41 pm

Blogger Bereket Fesshaie said...

Dikov, Savage, Bellamy. Anyone fancy a quiet trip to Ewood Park?

It might be good business for Arsenal and Juventus at £14m.

Rio. Holding out for money or a firm interest from teams abroad before making a decision.

7/08/2005 7:57 pm

Blogger Skippy said...

Bellamy is a good striker with an appaling attitude. He will do well at Blackburn under Hughes.

Can remember the last pre-season tha Patrick Viera wasn't linked to another club? I don't think the Arsenal fans will be sad to see Viera leaving.

7/09/2005 1:16 pm

Blogger T said...

Aside from Vieira chat that passes me by every summer like groundhog day, I'm surprised that Benitez has spent as much as £5 million on Sissoko from Valencia.

If you have not seen this player, he is a bit-part player that is worth £2m tops, in my opinion.

He is an extremely long-limbed African midfielder and in this respect he can compare to Vieira.

But he is more Biscan than Vieira. He barely played under Benitez two seasons ago, and Valencia plunged into mid-table mediocrity last season where again he was not a consistent first-team starter.

£5m for a squad player of questionable quality: I'm not so sure about that?!

7/10/2005 7:17 pm

Blogger SKG said...

i must admit i had not even heard of sissoko until we signed him. as long as he's better than biscan we'll be alright.

i'm getting bored with the viera thing now.

7/11/2005 5:38 pm


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