Took this from another blog, still not in the mood to write:
Gillett: “We have invested more money than our competitors, in keeping with the history of the club”
Hicks: “Our debt is very managable…. and we never use player sales for debt service. The summer window will be big.”
Tom Hicks (27 May 2010): “We have no intention of selling any of our top players and we have a substantial transfer budget in place. There’s so much misinformation about transfer spending. It’s more than doubled under the ownership of George and myself from the previous three years and we will make a significant investment this summer. It’s really about getting the right players.”
Martin Broughton (16 July 2010): “I’ve said it before and I’ll say it again, we have no need to sell any players to pay off the debt. If we were to sell anyone, then the money would be reinvested in the squad.”
6pm 31.08.2010: The transfer window has closed and as we suspected the club has had the fans off yet again.
PLAYERS OUT 2010 (£42.65m)
08.01.2010 Andrea Dossena Napoli £4,700,000 10.01.2010 Andriy Voronin Dinamo Moscow £1,800,000 04.02.2010 Nikolay Mihaylov FC Twente £1,500,000 19.05.2010 Mikel San José Domínguez Athletic Bilbao £2,600,000 01.07.2010 Fábio Aurélio released Free 01.07.2010 David Martin MK Dons Free 02.07.2010 Yossi Benayoun Chelsea £6,000,000 23.07.2010 Albert Riera Olympiacos £3,300,000 * 23.08.2010 Diego Cavalieri Cesena £3,000,000 25.08.2010 Krisztian Nemeth Olympiacos £1,000,000 30.08.2010 Javier Mascherano Barcelona £17,250,000 31.08.2010 Alex Kacanicklic Fulham £750,000 * 31.08.2010 Lauri Dalla Valle Fulham £750,000 * 31.08.2010 Damien Plessis Panathinaikos £ UNKNOWN FOR NOW
PLAYERS IN 2010 (£25.55m)
12.01.2010 Maxi Rodriguez Atletico Madrid Free 10.05.2010 Jonjo Shelvey Charlton £1,700,000 * 08.07.2010 Milan Jovanovic Standard Liege Free 19.07.2010 Joe Cole Out of contract Free 21.07.2010 Danny Wilson Glasgow Rangers £2,000,000 * 31.07.2010 Fabio Aurelio Out of contract Free 12.08.2010 Christian Poulsen Juventus £4,550,000 * 18.08.2010 Brad Jones Middlesborough £2,300,000 29.08.2010 Raul Meireles FC Porto £11,500,000 31.08.2010 Paul Konchesky Fulham £3,500,000 *
(* indicates additional payments may be applicable)
PROFIT ON TRANSFER DEALINGS IN 2010: £17.1m (the “substantial transfer budget in place” appears to have gone missing – again).