Thursday, August 31, 2006

utterly insane

So West Ham have signed Carlos Tevez and Javier Mascharano on PERMANENT contracts today for an undisclosed fee! Most ludicrous and astonishing transfer in the history of the Premiership? Without a doubt. It's completely incredible. What odds, however, on them being snapped up by Chelsea in a year's time. They were signed from Corinthians, and the Guardian notes that:

"It is not known what role, if any, was played in the transfers by Media Sports Investment (MSI), the company that two years ago agreed a 10-year partnership with Corinthians that effectively gave it control of the club. In 2004 the company was instrumental in bringing Tevez to the Brazilian club from Boca Juniors in an £11.4m transfer that amazed observers of South American football. MSI is run by Kia Joorabchian, the London-based businessman who last year expressed an interest in taking over West Ham. Spanish newspaper AS has reported that Roman Abramovich also has a 15% stake in the company, but Joorabchain has consistently denied that the Chelsea owner has any link to MSI."

Well, either way, I've never been so surprised about a transfer. Makes Spurs' captures of Steed Malbranque and Pascal Chimbonda look positively paltry, doesn't it? God.

1 comment:

Tim Rutherford-Johnson said...

It's amazing news. However, listening to the radio yesterday I gather that although they are contracted to West Ham, the players may still be owned by MSI, who will reap the profits as soon as Teves and Mascherano are sold; what's more, their business plan depends entirely on a high value sale to a big club in the next year or two, by which money will make its way back to Corinthians. So unless West Ham are playing Champions League football next year (!) expect a fat move to Chelsea/Man U in 12 months.