Further to my previous article, where I asked how things could happen with the club in a state of limbo because of the impending sale, it seems the papers don’t care and are ploughing on regardless with the speculation.
I have to admit to being confused about who is actually calling the shots at the club.
I mean, if we are genuinely in the middle of a sale, with non disclosure agreements and exclusivity in place, what exactly is Randy Lerner selling and what is the prospective new owner buying?
Perhaps I’m being a bit obtuse, but while selling a football club is no doubt a highly complex thing, the same basics still apply as if you were selling a car, for example, don’t they?
Put simply, you see exactly what you are buying and put a value on it.
How does that work when we might have players coming in and going out? Surely Benteke being sold would likely make the club a poorer investment, for example?
Perhaps someone can enlighten me.
Regardless, as I said, there’s speculation galore and much of it is quite good, in my opinion.
Micah Richards seems to be a done deal, we’re supposedly in with a decent chance for Trippier, we’re after James Vardie at serious money (around £15 million!) and are also chasing other players.
The latest rumour I’ve seen is that Spurs are going to offer us Andros Townsend, as part exchange for Benteke.
I really see that one as a total load of rubbish, but the point is we’re at least being linked to players who I think are a much better standard than have been aquired over the last few years.
If we go back to the assumption that Micah Richards is a nailed on cert, after a personal intervention from Tim Sherwood which made the player sign at £25k a week less than Sunderland offered, you have to wonder what it is that the manager and the club are selling.
Whatever it is, it’s looking pretty good, but I still find myself wondering who’s funding things.
Either the sale of the club is far more advanced than we think, where the new owner has set a budget.
Or it’s not happening at all and Lerner has set the budget.
I struggle to see how it can be a combination of the two.