Wednesday June 5 2013
The torments of transfers

Not everyone is a fan of the transfer rumour mill. Giancarlo Rinaldi explains why he’ll be looking to have a speculation free summer.

In days gone by it took just two people to agree a transfer deal. A pair of Presidents or chairmen, call them what you will, decided the fate of their footballers on a moment's whim - probably over brandy and cigars. More often than not the player's only input to the whole affair was to inform his family they would be looking for a new home next season.

Thankfully, and quite rightly, things have changed. As soon as the people actually wearing the boots realised the power they possessed, the game was transformed. No longer could the owners of our football theatres keep all the proceeds for themselves, it was time for them to pay their leading actors handsomely as well. Once upon a time even the sport’s greatest stars had to have skills in another trade to make ends meet. Nowadays, many of them earn more in a week than most of us do in a year.

If it was simply a case of clubs taking into account their players’ wishes then the process of agreeing a move might yet remain a relatively simple one. However, the advent of the football agent now means the transfer tango is a dance which requires at least four participants in order to be performed. Throw in some complex South American co-ownership deal and the procedure starts to have more layers than a millefoglie.

I used to quite enjoy the summer and winter spells of Calciomercato. They provided a little window of intrigue and negotiation which was a nice counterpoint to the cut and thrust of League action. Now they are in danger of submerging the sport.

That makes it hard to keep track of what is actually happening. The agent has an interest in keeping his client in the spotlight. The teams want to sell season tickets and are happy to be linked with players their supporters will never see or pledge to keep the fans' favourite. And every minor pronouncement by a player is interpreted three thousand ways to see what it means for their future.

And if that wasn't enough, you have a myriad of media sources vying for your interest with ever-more-attention-grabbing headlines. Mainstream newspapers, Twitter feeds or club experts on countless websites all promise you the inside track. Most of them operate safe in the knowledge that nobody keeps tabs on the percentage completion rate for their most outlandish claims.

It has all made me adopt a bit of ostrich-like approach to transfer negotiations. I pretty much ignore everything and then resurface once the actual action returns and have a quick check to see what players – and Coaches – have ended up where. I want to see them in the club colours before I am convinced a deal is done. Just a few days into this closed season, I am already starting to think it might well be the only way for me to keep hold of my precious and precarious sanity.

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Have your say...
If milan sell SES I will finsh watch italian football and finish my surport of the team I have grown up watching and loving. Im fed up of milan selling quality players. Its greed! Italian football is on the rise with so many young italians breaking through we have one of the best in SES if we sell him it would be the final straw for me.
on the 9th June, 2013 at 11:18am
I agree with the inter comments and moratti the problem is Italian clubs have always been so stubborn when billionaire overseas investors come in to pump money into the clubs thats one of the reasons we attract few global superstars italian clubs are then left with the scraps to fight over ( over 30s supprise supprise) because Italian clubs are skint!
Prem league and bundasliga are miles ahead of us but we have fantastic youngsters coming through u21 so they may save us!
on the 7th June, 2013 at 12:21am
I am sick of how Inter and Moratti always find a way to ruin progress!! Now for the whole summer window he will be in and out of negotiations with Thohir whilst all at the club and possible newcommers wonder what or where this club is going, you cannot build or put a solid plan in to place like this, JUST SELL so we can rebuild you old school goof, we know you love Inter more then any1 but cannot run Inter anymore.
on the 5th June, 2013 at 5:59pm
Just heard that Pirlo and Robben will move to AC Milan.
Schweinsteiger to join Juve!
on the 5th June, 2013 at 5:31pm
I am a bit worried about these Marchisio rumors, anyone who can help clarify the situation will be much appreciated :)
on the 5th June, 2013 at 5:22pm
I think Milan have had enough speculation over their manager! Now we've decided to stick with Allegri can we just focus on signing a few quality players rather than another Traore on a free! Astori and Ogbonna to sort out the central defence. The Poli rumours are interesting. The Kaka rumours are concerning. We need to cut the size of the squad and not squeeze out the young players coming through (so that we're not forced to re-sign them for a few million in a few years time!).
on the 5th June, 2013 at 3:55pm
Usually, the transfer happens first and then the news makes it to the newspapers/tv/ etc. I remember when Juve bought Ibrahimovic nobody was aware of the signing until it was announced by Juve. So, no point in paying any attention to the tabloids. They just do it to generate revenues from rumors.
on the 5th June, 2013 at 3:36pm
@ Sadia - of course, but i think it is too easy to label all transfer stories as rubbish. That's my beef. There are some serious journos out there, especially in Italy, who do a fine job. I seem to remember that the Guardiola to Bayern 'rumour' originated from Italy. And who thought the story that Milan would sign Ibra from Barca on loan would turn out to be true? Even Tuttosport broke Isla/Asa to Juve last year. Like I said - freedom of choice. You don't like = you don't read.
on the 5th June, 2013 at 3:27pm
I would just like to explain to Paolo that it's not that we hate the transfer season, it's just that all the rumors can make a person a little anxious. People just have to remember to take what they hear with a grain of salt.
on the 5th June, 2013 at 3:19pm
I don't understand complaints about transfer stories. Nobody forces anyone to read them - especially on websites who don't have a paywall. If you don't like rugby, you wouldn't watch it. Some people like transfer stories and others don't - everyone has the right to sit on either side of the fence.
on the 5th June, 2013 at 2:41pm
Never trust anything printed in Tuttosport
on the 5th June, 2013 at 2:38pm
If the transfers were fairly straight forward then they would not create as much interest for the fans. Its this VERY 'will he/won't he' situation that keeps the fans buying the newspapers and visiting websites. Tuttosport is a prime example of all the nonesense that surrounds the transfer markets.
on the 5th June, 2013 at 1:46pm
I can definitely relate to this blog...
Couple of years ago when Juve was linked with Aguero and Dzeko i was following the rumors all over the web. Some sites reported a deal had been done others reported it was almost done. It got so bad that i logged in every morning hoping to find an article where a transfer was officially complete. My dreams were destroyed when Borriello became the highlight signing. Since then i have been good at avoiding the rumor mills.
on the 5th June, 2013 at 12:32pm
So true!
on the 5th June, 2013 at 11:56am
NO WAY!!!!Transfer rumours are the best!!!!
on the 5th June, 2013 at 11:54am
When does the new series of top gear start on BBC?
on the 5th June, 2013 at 10:52am
Haha, spot on. The transfer mill is so weird as so much sources tell different stories at times you have to look on the club website to see if anything is official. There is so much inside BS going on, like that German newspaper reporting Gomez has gone to Napoli, with Napoli's agents coming out and saying nothings been agreed. Best to wait till actual presentations of players or even the next season as lots of lies are spread about nowadays
on the 5th June, 2013 at 10:43am
very true this stuff sucks i have super high hopes and have a very bad feeling they will be dashed once again.And although id love to stop paying attention to all this nonsense I am addicted hehe.
on the 5th June, 2013 at 10:40am

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