No wonder the beauticians of Salford are struggling to make ends meet. Sir Alex Ferguson the unwitting creator of so many footballers wives is now baulking at the cost of a Brazilian. Whilst the rest of the world waxes lyrical at the thought of one adorning their squad Sir Alex has decided to land his strip elsewhere. £30 million for Lucas Moura would just lead to a nasty rash it seems.
It’s also possible that the Glaswegian’s purse is poised to pounce elsewhere. Van Persie’s availability seems to have set the Mancunian managers on edge. The prospect of the Dutchman joining the Arsenal of the north rather than moving to Old Trafford has the ring of title decider about it, even before a ball has been kicked. Yet in the blue half of the city the arrival of RVP in a red jersey on their doorstep would be about as welcome as a housing benefits inspection.
In some respects the main Premiership managers have swapped roles this year. Whilst Fergie’s slowing down has extended to United’s transfer activity, his long term adversary (who left his shopping rather late last summer) appears to have hit the sales with vigour. With Giroud, Podolski and maybe now Santi Cazorla on board Robin can go fly solo as far as Arsene’s concerned.
Even at White Hart Lane the scene of Harry’s last chance saloon bar for these past 4 years has been brushed aside for a shiny new bistro. In charge of the kitchens one more time DVD (as the man with a penchant for video replays is known) has been given more money to burn than he even had at Chelsea. Yet so far the same problem he had last season of not enough ink on the dotted lines of new recruits looks set to haunt him.
Those fortunate enough to have a squad that warrants little further adornment might be the real winners this summer. Newcastle spring to mind, especially if they manage to pull off the transfer coup of the decade and buy back for a few tins of Newcastle Brown a player that they recently sold for a Kenny’s ransom.
Will any of this transfer activity make a blind bit of difference to the season ahead? If you think not, proceed straightaway to our 2012/13 Premiership predictions survey. If you think it might, than better hang back like Fergie to avoid getting stung.