The Shock Of The New

I knew this would happen. I bloody knew it. Less than twenty-four hours after I commented that nothing interesting was going to happen as a result of the closing of the transfer window, and two of the strangest transfers of recent years take place. Of course, it will be a delight to see Carlos Tevez and Juan Mascherano in the Premiership, but the rumour mill has already started turning on the potential dark side of this move. You see… Tevez and Mascherano were arguably Argentina’s best players at the World Cup. They had been linked with Arsenal, Manchester United, Bayern Munich, both of the Milan clubs, and so on and so on. The West Ham link is an intriguing one. Tevez and Mascherano were signed from the Brazilian club Corinthians, whose “player relations” are handled by a company called MSI. MSI’s owner lives in London, has close links with Roman Abramovich and has previously made noises about buying into West Ham. Now, it’s important to point out that West Ham have confirmed that both of these players have been signed on permanent contracts, rather than the one year loans that had been expected. The Irons have also confirmed that they are not acting as a feeder club to anybody. There’s no confirmed link between Chelsea and West Ham. But the whole episode raises so many questions that I don’t...

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