Rabout a year and a half ago Moses Caicedo played for Independiente del Valle in his native Ecuador and established himself as a skilled and physical all-around midfielder. As such he was offered to Manchester United who were in dire need of this since God was a boy and Ole Gunnar Solskjær was keen that those above him felt the deal was too complicated as he did, paying money.
So Caicedo went to Brighton, whose negotiators somehow navigated the agonizing path of delivering the asking price and have been excellent ever since. He excelled in his new side’s 4-0 win over United last season and also in their opening day win last weekend, leading United to sign him for another triumph for football’s most famous recruiting department. But Arsenal, West Ham, Juventus, Atlético Madrid and Bayer Leverkusen are also watching the situation.
It’s not Caicedo United’s only goal either – they also feign interest in Espanyol Raul de Tomas. Expect them to be excited until they realize that the price isn’t set by the buyer, it’s set by the seller.
In the meantime, the smart purchase decision Cristiano Ronaldo, then hold him against his will, continue to bear fruit. Ronaldo is set to blow Carrington away with all his usual grace and humility, so United have offered him to both Milan clubs. Amazingly, both are uninterested in upsetting their system of play or the balance in the dressing room for a past prima donna, so he remains at Old Trafford – at least until his contract is terminated, at which point the number of clubs currently interested in him will be zero expected to multiply.
But the whole discussion about United’s behavior shouldn’t distract us from Barcelona. You would like to get rid of yourself Pierre-Emerick Aubameyang – some may say they have no choice given their overall debt and the wages they owe Frenkie de Jong – but have turned down a £12m offer from Chelsea. Meanwhile, Xavi is acting with all the sensible frugality of a man who has played and managed in Qatar for six years and has persuaded Joan Laporta to resign – sorry, until step back– Lionel Messi from Paris Saint Germain.
But all the discussions about Barcelona’s behavior shouldn’t distract us from that of Chelsea, who, despite exchanging an owner who is one of the richest men in the world, are swapping blazing cash for one who wants to become director of football. As well as being offered for Aubameyang, Todd Boehly is also interested in signing Anthony Gordon by Everton, while Everton would like to relieve Chelsea Armando Broja – whom they hate to lose. All in a day’s work for an expert of Todd’s rank.
But all the discussion about the behavior of Barcelona and Chelsea shouldn’t distract us from that of Nottingham Forest, who are busy swapping out the squad that promoted them for a squad of expensive random players – such activity has such a strong track record. The latest player they’re keen on is Houssem Auar from Lyon, who appears to actually exist – like Leandro Damião and Nico Gaitán before him, there have been strong rumors that he was a pipe dream of the now-sentient transfer window – but now it looks like he’s finally headed into the premier league