Spanish Football Transfer Rumours
Reports in the Spanish press suggest that Emanuelle Eboue of Arsenal and Chelsea's Frank Lampard are the latest names to surface this week as potential recruits for Barcelona Football Club. La Liga Review wonders if there really is any truth in this sudden deluge of transfer speculation, or is it just a way of getting Frank Rijkaard and his current crop of players out of the spotlight?
If there’s one thing the Barça friendly Catalan press likes to do whenever its favourite club finds itself snared in a negative news cycle, it is to divert its readership with tales of who Barcelona may, or may not, be signing over the coming months. The football club itself has quickly caught on that the best way to remove negative stories about a President or manager is to leak stories to a compliant media that distracts the fans and bumps the bad stuff off the front page.
The latest leak concerns Emmanuel Eboué of Arsenal, who, according to Catalan Television channel TV3 (One of the club’s preferred outlets as the bearers of ‘good’ news), is a very realistic transfer target for Barcelona next season.
The 24 year old Ivory Coast international is, according to TV3, the perfect candidate to replace Gianluca Zambrotta at right back. The television station claims that the club has been monitoring Eboue ever since his outstanding performance for Arsenal, against Barcelona, in the 2006 Champions League final in Paris.
Eboue is, at the last count, the 23rd player to be linked with Barcelona this week and the 3rd full back in 24 hours after Lahm and Daniel Alves.
Another story that has come our way, and this time not leaked by the club, involves Frank Lampard and his ongoing contract negotiations with Chelsea.
It would seem that after linking his player with Barcelona and Real Madrid through the press, Lampard’s agent Steve Kutner has decided to up the ante and has suggested to Mundo Deportivo that the player could walk out on Chelsea for a meagre £5 million.
The Barcelona paper quotes Lampard’s agent as saying “That’s the way it is, he could leave Chelsea for 6 million euros according to the new FIFA regulations. Failing that he could sign a pre-contract with a foreign club nine months before he becomes a free agent.
Of course, as Lampard’s agent reminds us “Frank’s priority is to stay at Chelsea.”
However, according to the agent, “Lampard is starting to worry that Chelsea don’t want him. Chelsea promised him a new contract in January and we still haven’t heard a word from Chelsea.”
Naturally, the Catalan sports press have got themselves very excited about all of these potential new recruits, but should the fans be?
Put it this way¸it’s stopped us talking about lacklustre performances, injuries, Henry’s woes and managers reaching the end of their shelf life; and that, after all, was the point wasn’t it?