Sanchez to replace Pogba as Man United’s record signing…
8 months ago, 12 Jan 15:12
Dirty Sanchez With the continued rise in transfer fees to stratospheric levels, one would think that newspapers hardly have to obscure the money involved. And yet, with players switching clubs for upwards of £100million, they seem to think they must. Back in June of last year, it was Neil Custis of The Sun who reported that ‘Manchester United’s pursuit of Alvaro Morata could cost them a staggering £180million.’ One month later, David Anderson and David McDonnell teamed up in the Daily Mirror to claim that the already huge £50m Manchester City spent on Kyle Walker was actually a false fee. ‘The real cost of signing Walker,’ they claimed, was £100m. And so to Alexis Sanchez, for whom a reported £25m January move does not include nearly enough numbers. Which is presumably why McDonnell is back in the Mirror, this time with Simon Mullock by his side, to report on Manchester United’s ‘£124m hijack’. MIRROR SPORT: a United £124m hijack #tomorrowspaperstoday #MCFC #mufc sanchez pic.twitter.com/KuuUrIH2mi — Neil Henderson (@hendopolis) January 11, 2018 ‘Manchester United are trying to gazump Manchester City’s bid to sign Alexis Sanchez,’ the article begins. Time to get out those calculators, folks. ‘Jose Mourinho has entered the bidding, after learning that City are refusing to meet both Arsenal’s £35million asking price…’ So that’s £35m. ‘…and the striker’s demand for a three-and-a-half-year contract worth £400,000-a-week.’ A ‘three-and-a-half-year’ contract equates to 182 weeks. £400,000 a week over 182 weeks equals £72.8m. So some of the ropiest maths possible leaves us at £107.8m so far. ‘Sanchez also wants a £15million signing-on fee.’ £107.8m plus £15m equals £122.8m. Which is: a) a really terrible and transparent way of trying to say this will cost a lot of money ; and b) not £124m, which is what your back page claims. Who taught you that you round 122.8 up to 124? Also, if United do somehow sign Sanchez, will you report it as a club-record fee? £124m is more than the £89m they paid for Pogba, who presumably receives no wages, after all. ‘The Premier League leaders have baulked at a deal that will cost them £124m this month for a 29-year-old.’ Unless Manchester City are about to pay three-and-a-half years of wages up front to Sanchez, it absolutely would not ‘cost them £124m this month’. That just isn’t how transfers work. Mediawatch is just left wondering why the article was nowhere to be seen on the Mirror’s football homepage as early as 10am. My neck, my back Martin Samuel is here to brighten up a quiet Friday in the only way he can. ‘As a result of making a complaint of racism against Roberto Firmino, Mason Holgate may be punished for posting homophobic tweets, while still at school,’ he writes in his Daily Mail column. ‘What a mess this has become. Why would any black man ever come forward again, if this is the way the process pans out?’ This is indeed the same Martin Samuel whose first reaction to Mason Holgate reporting an incident of alleged racism ...
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