Date: 9th August 2012 at 9:28am
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Good morning.

In my inimitable wisdom I’ve decided we should flog this afternoon.

The suggestion is that Levy & Co are perfectly within their rights to ask for £40M for him as he still has yards and yards of legally binding contract left to run.

And there’s the nub of it. Footballer contracts aren’t worth the laughing gas that was being liberally consumed while they were being drafted.They’re a handshake, a mother asking a child, ‘please don’t’, a whim, a fancy …a hope. If Levy & Co are on a crusade to enforce their rights in law then that way madness lies. Crusades are expensive and require you to unplug your brain for their duration.

The guy wants out. He’s not not very bright without a ball at his feet, but he knows what he wants. He signed a lengthy contract and then announced about a fortnight later that there was a gentleman’s agreement separate to it in existence that would allow the contract to be null and void. The caliber of one would might expect from a 6 year old negotiating for sweets twenty minutes before dinner is served.

Then it appears he hadn’t fallen in love with Roman Abramovich’s money, it was more ‘money in general’ and so if Los Blancos coins stood up to the ancient Croatian tradition of a rat bite then they would be as equally welcome.

He is never going to play his very very best for us again. You do know that, don’t you? I mean I’m not typing this out only to have it read by some long term unemployed tea bag commercial chimpanzees am I?

He was ‘alright’ last season, but he didn’t score enough goals and he didn’t look anywhere near like he was worth £30M , let alone £40m. We won’t sell to him to competitors and as Mysterious Stranger pointed out yesterday that achieves one thing. You decrease the size of the marketplace and you decrease the value of the product. You ever been to an auction? There’s a golden rule. ‘All you need are two people in the room that really want it. If you’ve three, then Happy Christmas.’

We have and nobody else.

The notion to ‘throw him into the reserves and let him rot’ is all very admirable, but we’re back into crusade territory. Not even the RSPCA are going to show any interest in him if you do that. You’re effectively setting fire to £30M quid in your back garden out of spite.

Now none of us truly know what the deal with any of these striker negotiations are. That’s not up for debate. Unless of course the chairman is reading. In which instance, be a love and please use the comments box below.

But what we can guess with some degree of accuracy is that money is large element in the equation. We need to cut our losses and quickly. Preferably before teatime.