Posts Tagged ‘Morabito

26
Jun
08

Now this story has legs

The “super agent” Vincenzo Morabito story is gaining some legs, LITERALLY.  I know, I had reported that he was blabbing about Adebayor but I didn’t have the whole quote:

Milan have already stated their position, while Arsenal have started moving in the market in the hunt for an attacker to replace Adebayor, until that search ends the deal won’t move forward but I am quite optimistic because Arsenal are looking for a player. They’re talking about [Mario] Gomez, [Roque] Santa Cruz, and [Peter] Crouch. I’d say there’s a 70 to 80% chance Adebayor will go to Milan.

Pardon me for a second, but uhh… Peter Crouch?  Peter “I hate foreigners” Crouch? Coming to Arsenal?  The single most “foreign” team in the EPL?  And am I supposed to believe for a second that Arsene Wenger has flexed his tactical genius and out popped “Hey, Peter Crouch is tall, Adebayor is tall, they must be interchangeable!”

Uhhh no.  More likely, Vincenzo Morabito, you are full of shiat.

This is what we in the states call “tampering” plain and simple.  All of these players are under contract with their respective teams and for one player’s agent to start unsettling all these other players with all this talk, no matter how completely and utterly false, should be against the rules, but it’s not. Morabito then continues on with his attempt to unsettle the whole situation:

With all respect to Arsenal, [Adebayor] would be very happy to play for the Rossoneri

With all respect to Morabito, go f*ck yourself.

I want to get really angry here, but I haven’t seen anything from Adebayor himself.  His last comments didn’t indicate that he was looking for a new place to live.  So, I’m left wondering what this is all about?  It could be, if you believe that bastion of journalistic integrity called “The Sun”, that what Adebayor is really after is a 400% pay increase. I like Adebayor, I really do, but the highest paid player at Arsenal?  Break the entire wage structure?  No.

But I have this faint sickening feeling that something here is true, or at least contains a kernel of truth — only because his agent is being so overt about the whole thing.

I think Morabito has successfully persuaded his player that his value has increased greatly.  There’s just been too much talk about Adebayor’s salary over the last few months for this not to be a feature in this story.  On the back of his performances last season, typically, a team would want to extend his contract and reward the player with a raise.  So, there’s no doubt Arsenal are talking with the player over a renewed deal.

I also think Morabito has been persuaded by some type of headhunter’s fee by AC Milan to bring his player to the San Siro.  Milan have made no bones that Adebayor is their sole transfer target and so it would stand to reason that they would contact the player’s Italian agent and try to make a deal to get the player as cheaply as possible.  Buying teams often pay headhunter fees to agents who bring players to them.

And finally, I think Arsenal have recently told AC Milan to “go f*ck yourself” over this transfer.  Seeing the deal (and all the money involved) start to sail away, Milan and Morabito have decided to play hardball here and release a bunch of statements that are designed to upset the situation.

That’s just about the only way I can imagine Morabito arriving at such a bizarre proclamation that Arsenal are looking to replace Adebayor with (no offense) a guy who’s only consistent attributes are that he’s tall and that he hates foreigners.

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25
Jun
08

Vincenzo Morabito, super agent part 2

I noticed that my readers are going ape over a post I did back when the whole Adebayor transfer saga kicked off that asked for someone to please muzzle Vincenzo Morabito.

You people are seriously excited about what this guy has to say?

Ok, well, just about an hour ago or so, Morabito gave an interview that basically rehashes all the stuff you’ve already heard: Adebayor is going to Milan, Arsenal are just waiting to get [insert striker’s name here], etc. etc.

People… calm down, this is an agent for the player trying to stir the pot so he can get a cut of any transfer fee.  It doesn’t mean Arsenal are actively selling the player.

Sheesh.

19
May
08

Vincenzo Morabito, super agent

“Trevor here has generated a lot of interest from Arsenal.”

Lately it seems like every time I turn around I see the name Vincenzo Morabito. Alex Hleb? His agent is a friend of Vincenzo. Adebayor? Vincenzo is his agent. And just today Arsenal were linked with Alberto Aquilani. His agent? Vincenzo…

Someone please muzzle this guy? He’s running rampant in the British press, linking everyone in and out of Arsenal in some lame attempt to raise their contract prices.

Since then, Morabito told Roma that his client expects an improved contract if they want to retain the player’s services at the Stadio Olimpico. “Aquilani is speaking to Arsenal,” Morabito confirmed. “We will have to see if Roma will be able to match his demands.”

Dude, if you’re going to be so obvious about lying to the press about interest from other clubs you’re only going to hurt your client’s chances. I have to wonder if Vincenzo represents Nasri?

The only good part of his transparent attempt to inflate their contract value is that maybe the Adebayor story will finally die. What am I saying? That will never happen. The press have nothing else to report about Arsenal so EVERY FRIGGIN story says “since Adebayor/Hleb is leaving, Arsene is signing (fill in player’s name here).”

This is really nuts.

Today’s replacement for Adebayor is Rocky Saint Cross. I dig the Arsenal supporter’s comments on that story, they’re more accurate that the story itself.

Anyway, that’s pretty much it for transfer speculation today. Slow day, Vincenzo must have taken the morning off.

Over at the dot com, they are having “season review week” and so far my favorite article is the comparison of this season’s stats with the other title winners. Arsenal supporters should memorize some of those stats so that when we hear our local pub pundit trot out the tired warhorses “Arsenal needed to score more” or “Arsenal need to spend $$$ to win the title” we can reply with:

Really? Because Arsenal earned money in the transfer market and they improved their team a whopping 15 points over last season. And despite the common misconception that Arsenal need to score more, they scored more on the road than last season and garnered 11 more goals in all than the previous seasons. In fact, if you compare this season to the Invincibles they rate very highly: scoring more goals and keeping the home court advantage equally as well.

And finally I will leave you with a little piece about Senderos. He claims the boss loves him and that despite what the haters might say, he’s staying at Arsenal until his contract is up. Suck it, haters.




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