No Way, Jose
The Daily Mail has just 'dropped the bomb' that Jose Antonio Reyes has returned to Arsenal, after The Gunners and Real Madrid were unable to agree a fee for the undoubtably talented, yet unsettled forward.
Reyes, returning fresh from helping Real Madrid secure the La Liga title, comes back to Arsenal no doubt dismayed that Arsenal would not drop their demands for him.
Yet let's face it - if Ryan Babel is worth £11.5m possibly rising to £13.5m, and Anderson and Nani are worth up to £17m a pop each, then a player who towards the end of the La Liga season was coming on to the pitch and making the difference in games, culminating in a performance that secured the title at the Bernebau, is surely worth more than the alleged £5.4m - £6m that Real were offering.
It's safe to say that it's just as well he didn't return two weeks ago, amid the torrential weather in London, and the floods oop north - he'd have packed his bags and gone to shack up in a caravan with Marco Boogers rather than stay in blighty.
What Happens Next?
Not surprisingly, Reyes' please to Arsenal to drop their price so that he could secure his permanent move to Real fell on deaf ears at The Grove. It remains to be seen what will happen now - will Real come back with a larger offer (they have 'form' of trying it on, shall we say...), will Reyes go on strike, or will Arsenal find themselves with a winger to attack the left again?
Perhaps JAR will come back and start afresh - the much-discussed relationship between he and Henry would no longer be a problem - the scorn that Henry seemed to besmirch the Spaniard with will no longer be there, as TH14 now will be plying his trade in Spain himself, and Reyes did seem to perform better without the seeming-burden of the figure with 14 on his back looming large in front of him.
Reyes' talent is there for all to see, it's whether he can give it a second go, he has been something of an annoyance with his bleating, and his demand for Arsenal to drop their price, was both hilarious and annoying at the same time.
Yet it would be superb were we to find ourselves with a lad whose future at The Grove seemed dead and buried, returning to re-ignite his career in a blaze of unexpected brilliance, it would be a revelation, and would save us a fortune in the transfer market, trying to sort out a deal for a left winger which is has been oft-pointed out recently that we could dearly do with.
Interesting days lie ahead, dear Gooners...
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