- 5 Jul 2009
- Somewhere Over The Rainbow....
To be honest, when I quoted 'world class' it was the player involved, not the fee. A player is only worth what someone is willing to pay. In this respect, LFC paid £35m for Andy Carroll, & we paid a reported £40m for Mangala. Conversely, we paid £6m for Kompany, £24m for Silva, £26m for Yaya and £38m for Aguero.Early on, before Sheikh Mansour and the team he assembled developed a strategy we did try for Kaka, got Robinho and yes Tevez etc. But that was at the start of the journey for them. Our new record signing at 62. Something million is nowhere near world record fees that you see being bandied about for Mbappe, Bale, Neymar etc. Look at what we paid for Kompany, Silva and Aguero. I think we try to spot them early and bag a bargain.
I suppose the point I’m trying to make is that we aren’t the type of club to spend over £100 million for anybody, despite the nonsense money bags publicity we get.
I also appreciate this post could age very badly.
My interpretation of World Class, is a player who could walk into any team in the world, be a starter and do themselves justice. The price paid has nothing to do with it, however I do concede that this type of under contract player, generally does come at a premium because they are that good. Price is an indicator, but no guarantee that a player will live up to the price paid.