The idea that United pulled out of the Tevez deal for any reason other than money is absolute nonsense. Tevez has stated on numerous occasions that he simply wants a five year contract and is well aware that at his age this is the last chance he has to secure one. The purpose, quite honourable in my opinion, is to achieve financial security for himself and his family for the rest of their lives. With this in mind I see no reason why a man from Buenos Aires should have any more loyalty to United rather than City so common sense dictates that he will want to sell his labour to the highest bidder, now here is where it gets interesting.
My observation is that United have had to pull out early from the deal to save face — the worm has turned, they can no longer compete financially with City; so, rather than get into a bidding war, which City would love because they know they would win, and by doing so would be gifted the golden opportunity to show the world that United are City’s financial inferiors — something United are going to try and conceal for as long as they can.
How does this affect Arsenal? ……………….Benzema!
In normal circumstances if Arsenal and United showed an interest in the same player we would have to make an early exit to avoid a bidding war and with it the embarrassment of losing in the same way that United just did over Tevez.
But Benzema is different — he is French and that gives us the advantage. Arsenal, rather than Manchester, is far more his natural home and he is far more likely to be drawn to want play with his French speaking mates rather than the neanderthal grunts of Rooney. United can play the, look how we developed Ronaldo card all they want and we trump it every time with the mention of a certain Thierry Henry.
And so we come to the important bit — money; we should not forget that our club has recently changed ownership. This is the first transfer window when Kroenke and Gazidis have been in charge and my guess is that they are going to want to show off a bit sooner rather than later.
Benzema is a 30 million pound player and at 21 that is a bargain when you think what he could be worth in five years time — a thought I doubt will be lost on our new ownership team. So, with the sale of Adebayor and a nod from Benzema indicating that he would be interested in playing for the good guys, France’s most exciting attacking talent could be ours.
Today I am definitely looking through the wishful thinking window.