Tuesday, July 19, 2005

Chelsea set the watermark

The watermark stands at 21 million pounds, which is what Chelsea paid for Manchester City starlet Shaun Wright-Phillips.

Notice in the news today how Michael Essien just got more expensive to the tune of 30 or so million pounds?

That’s expensive. About 2x David Beckham to Real Madrid expensive.

I think constant swirling speculation of players moving to Liverpool had the same effect earlier this summer.

Chelsea pays the wealth tax. It will be interesting to see if anyone matches the price. I’m willing to bet there isn’t another team in Europe except for Chelsea that is going to spend more than 21m on a player this summer.

In 2003 Ronaldinho was sold to Barcelona for 21.5 million pounds. David Beckham went to Real Madrid for 17 million. And that is only two years ago. What would Chelsea pay for Ronaldinho today? 40 million?

In the Figo and Zidane boom days, Real, at that time, inflated the market. It’s inflating again. When smaller clubs get big sums from a player sale they raise the middle market’s watermark (4-10m pound range or so) for teams like Newcastle, Manchester City could challenge and bid on Luis Boa Morte now.


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Anonymous Dougie said...

For goodness sake. It's "Benchmark" not "Watermark"

7/19/2005 7:49 PM  
Blogger Football Commentator said...


A mark showing the greatest height to which water has risen


A standard by which something can be measured or judged

7/19/2005 8:19 PM  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

dougie or doggie, whichever is applicable!

this is not about the english language bcos if it was, myself and many others who have read the commentator's article wouldn't have had a clue what he was talking about.

to prove it to you, the commentator has also taught you the meaning of some english words.

stop jumping the gun doggie, r u a gooner?

7/19/2005 10:08 PM  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

Well you know what they say a bird in the hand is worth two in the other, or something like that!

7/19/2005 11:47 PM  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

The blue scum allegedly bid 90 something mil for 'dinho earlier this summer. Abramo is getting something like a 750m payout on Sibneft, so he can now buy half of Glazer Utd. Or 3000 Kolo Toures.

7/20/2005 12:53 AM  
Blogger ......Scott said...

Players prices go up and up. But players prices also go down :D How much would Arsenal have got for Vieira last season? £25 mill? And now they've got £13?? Ha ha. Well, £7mill so far. Class.

7/20/2005 1:58 AM  
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