Saturday Night Links: Silly season update

This is a couple of days old but I’m still a bit surprised that Barcelona would send Samuel Eto’o, Aliaksandr Hleb, and €45 million for Zlatan Ibrahimovic. Okay, I’ll grant that Ibrahimovic is a really good striker. But he’s not Cristiano Ronaldo in that he’s not worth two players – one of whom was the lead striker on Europe’s best team last year – and €45 million. That’s just ridiculous. Inter did well in this deal. Of course, this isn’t official yet so I could be wrong.

In other news, Arsène Wenger is apparently in no hurry to replace Emmanuel Adebayor. He’s under the delusion that Robin van Persie and Nicklas Bendtner or Eduardo (coming off a horrific injury) can fill the role. I’m flabbergasted. (The article lists Andrei Arshavin as a potential replacement, which I agree with, and Theo Walcott, who is a winger, and will not replace Adebayor’s scoring.) I’m not sure what Wenger is doing but if I was an Arsenal fan, I’d be worried.

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