In the wee small hours of Tuesday morning, while buried deep in my scratcher, I heard something on the radio that brought me bolt upright faster than you could say “Jack Robinson”! Don’t ask me who Jack Robinson was, it was one of Mammy’s sayings from way back.
So what was it that I heard to annoy me so much?
Chelsea have broken the British transfer record by paying a reported £50m to seal the capture of striker Fernando Torres from Liverpool.
The 26-year-old Spain international signed a five-and-a-half-year contract with the Blues.
“This is the target for every footballer – to try to play for one of the top clubs in the world,” he said.
“They [Chelsea] are one of the biggest teams in Europe and are always fighting for everything.”
The signing was pushed through shortly before the transfer deadline and came on a dramatic day, with Chelsea and Liverpool involved in the four biggest transfers of the day.
The Anfield club looked to plug the gap left by Torres leaving by signing two strikers – Uruguayan Luis Suarez from Ajax for £22.7m and Andy Carroll from Newcastle for £35m.
Chelsea also brought in Benfica defender David Luiz for a reported fee of £21.3m.
£50m – Fernando Torres
£22.7m – Luis Suarez
£35m – Andy Carroll
£21.3m – David Luiz
£129 million paid out IN ONE DAY for four grown men to kick a ball round a patch of grass! In the larger scheme of things, what use is that?
How many operations would it pay for? How many schools would it help? How many young entrepreneurs could it help with new start-ups?
Is it any wonder the world is in such a state right now. It is as disgraceful as Wankers Bankers Bonuses or Politicians expense scandals.
In these days of straightened times when ‘ordinary’ folk are losing their jobs, being told to tighten their belts and be prepared for difficult times ahead. £129 million would go a long way to helping elderly pensioners eking out a living on a miserly pittance, having to decide between heating or food!
£129 million would buy 24,807,692 litres of heating oil!
Rant over! Methinks I need my coffee early today!