The best things in life are free but don’t forget the six-figure contract or the agent fee. Okay, so Janet and Luther didn’t quite sing it like that but when Monaco is flashing the big bucks along with PSG, Manchester City and Chelsea like spoilt rich kids, it’s left to the rest to strengthen on a budget.
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I have a great story about Kevin Prince Boateng and it involves a certain Essex nightclub that rhymes with spaces and an Arsenal-supporting friend who claimed the then Spurs midfielder was more interested in rolling his sleeves up to show off his tattoos than put a shift in for Spurs.
Ah the Bosman, that rather major football ruling made back in 1995 that is now the bane of any manager trying to keep hold of their top talent, and for Football Manager/Championship Manager frequenters, a quick-fire way to get more quality into your first team squad if you can afford the wages (Taribo West anyone?).
Much has been made of Alan Pardew’s acquisition of Demba Ba in the summer, currently second in the Premier League goal-scoring charts and seemingly a shrewd bit of free business compared to the excessive fees currently hanging over the heads over strikers who are not really cutting it. Until the Senegalese striker’s rich vein of form leads the Geordies to some form of silverware or European qualification, his value for no money should be put on hold until the end of the season.
If you are Dutch, have two great feet, a truck load of goals already locked up in the archives, then comparisons with Marco Van Basten are inevitably going to be made. Klass Jan Huntelaar made it all that more difficult to avoid when he joined the Rosseneri last year, but will the opportunity to emulate the great Dutchman be taken away from him after just one season at the San Siro?
Schalke are the latest club to show an interest in the player who is reported to have refused a move to the German side. The Dutchman is not ready to throw in the towel just yet even if the Milan hierachy see things a little differently.
Okay, so they may not possess a Middle Eastern sugar daddy like manager Roberto Mancini, but it has been a no less frenzied time in the transfer market for the northern Italian club thanks in part to a chairman who has made his cash from the toy business.
Kevin Prince Boateng, a star in South Africa and a rejuvenated player under Avram Grant at Portsmouth last season (once he rolled his sleeves up not just to show off his tattoos), was the latest in a line of high-profile players to sign on the dotted line for Genoa this summer, even if KPB has been immediately shipped out to AC Milan on loan.