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Everyone has a Price!

r.waterfall shares his thoughts on the Chelsea confirming their interest in Blackburn Rovers striker Benni McCarthy, to which they were told they couldn't have him…

Chelsea have told Blackburn to name their price for Benni. We have said he is not for sale. Wrong answer!

Bearing in mind McCarthy's change of loyalty over the last 6 months and the likelihood of him arranging a media transfer request, now he knows Chelsea want him, we should have said £35m and waited for the reaction.

If "yes", Mark Hughes would bring in some good players for that. If Chelsea came back with some derisory offer, THEN would be the time to tell them he is not for sale.

What if Chelsea offered £30m or say £20m + Shevchenko? Before anyone says these fees are too high, Leeds sold Rio Ferdinand for £29.1, that was years ago and for a defender!

McCarthy is the one player who might bring the record transfer fee, between 2 British clubs, back to BRFC.



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Date:Monday June 18 2007
Time: 9:41PM


Good article r.waterfall, keep these ideas coming in guys!
Hughes Da Man
18/06/2007 21:43:00
Like r.waterfall says most will probably say this is too much money (and personally I think it is) but with Rovers being in the driving seat here WE were in the commanding position, so by doing just as r.waterfall says Rovers would have stamped their authority on the situation (I know technically they have by saying he is not for sale, but now it is quite possible Benni could whinge to the media again after being unsettled by this?!?!)
Even though Benni is 29-years-old ANYTHING below £10 million SHOULD not even be answered too, around this figure with a player(s) thrown in then it gets interesting. As I have said before it will be interesting to see how Benni reacts to this latest news.
Hughes Da Man
18/06/2007 21:44:00
£12m tops!
18/06/2007 22:16:00
We can not sell McCarthy..or Pederson or even Bently (and the fact that one of the big clubs has not made significant threats to buy him still puzzles me). I am really worried that if one of the better players goes, others will follow. I dont care how much we get. What I feel we need is to make a good signing asap to show other teams that we intend to progress and help settle any of our players that feel we have reached our peak and will not challenge for anything next year. Its all well and good saying we will have players back from injury and that will be like new signings. If a couple of players get injured again we are back to square one. Every day I read or hear that teams like West Ham and Vill are looking to spend cash. We should be too. If we dont do anything we will go backwards.
18/06/2007 23:22:00
I'm not convinced you are in the driving position here - it's either Benni or Chelsea who hold all the aces - after all, whilst you can turn down bids for him, you can't make him want to stay (though for what it's worth, I hope he does have a change of heart - a good player, playing for a decent manager is better than Roman/Jose stockpiling evryone else's best players.)
Adam Mansell
18/06/2007 23:35:00
U have a point mansell, but we have the contract. Benni has a few years in his contract we get rubbish offers then he is not for sale.
19/06/2007 00:38:00
all depends on what it says in his contract,if he has an escap clause allowing him to leave for a certain amount then its Benni who's got all the aces i'd say.
19/06/2007 01:02:00
sharkgravy - Yeah, we could go backwards but signing for the sake of it is not the way to go is it, and could even aid this in happening?!?! Sparky likes to bide his time before he makes a move. He will ONLY sign players that will improve the starting XI though for me, as we have a good enough squad that doesn't really (in my opinion) need anymore squad players. I think we'll keep players anyway, espeically with the takeover talk, this will excite players as well as the fans.
Hughes Da Man
19/06/2007 01:10:00
Adam Mansell - Like sasman I do think you have a point but a contract ties the player to a club, he might not like it but he signed it so unless Rovers get what is best for them (and not Benni!) he'll go nowhere.
gavins - Your point links into the pevious thoughts, so I'll keep it within the same post. The club keep telling us Benni has no escape clause, so like I say if it isn't best for Rovers for him to go, he'll go nowhere.
Hughes Da Man
19/06/2007 01:13:00
Yes everyone has a price and can be replaced. Should we get a great offer for Benni then yeah take it! Blackburn are not in the position where we can let a player like Benni just sit out his contract, He's a good player but everyone can be replaced, if he dosnt want to stay and fight in the club colours then get rid, let him sit on Chelsea's bench if that the total of his ambition, cos he wont play a major part in any success they have wot woth Drogba, Pizzaro possibly Shevchenko and Kalou ahead of him so far! I dont want to see the man leave Rovers and think that for his footballing sake he should stay put and help Rovers move up the next level
19/06/2007 09:42:00
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