This is what I sent to one of my buddies on June 5 as a first look at the CH12 crystal ball:
Ronaldo to Madrid by end of month.
Ibra to Barca.
Ribery stays at Bayern or winds up in EPL at Chelsea or Manchester – either City or United
Eto’o to City or Inter
Indians or Kuwaitis own Liverpool before season starts.
So the first one happened – much to my dismay as a United fan.
It seems like #2 and #4 are about to happen with a swap between Ibra and Eto’o
#3 is looks like its going to be Ribery staying at Bayern or going to Chelsea as Real won’t have the money once they buy Xabi.
That leaves the last one. Don’t think that’s going to happen.
4 out of 5 is not bad, but was relatively easy. The things I didn’t see coming – you couldn’t have made me believe that Terry would even be contemplating joining City; Michael Owen joining United; Juve would have the best transfer season in terms of addressing almost all their squad needs while maintaining the base continuity (more on this in a second); Real buying Benzema on top of Kaka and Ronaldo; Newcastle still not sold; Liverpool potentially losing their midfield core.
Further predictions right now:
Regardless of what United says, I think they will buy one big name player before the transfer season closes. It will happen once the Ibra, Eto’o and Ribery moves are done. Don’t quite know who else might be left, but I have to believe they are going to bring in someone like Ashley Young or a striker from the Bundesliga or Brazil.
Can’t see David Villa, David Silva and Mata all staying put at Valencia – I think Silva’s gone. If I had to put my money on the Liga’s best young players to go after, they are Mata, Negredo, Capel and then Silva. Love Lopez, the goalie from Villareal, too.
Adebayor will fold and sign for the money at City. Forlan is going to wind up in the EPL.
Juve will win Serie A. They have had hands down the best transfer season. Diego at playmaker, with Melo now joining Momo Sissoko to provide the cover in midfield with the other four from Diego, Amauri, Trez (who will probably be gone), Giovinco, Del Piero, Iaquinta and Camoranesi. If they get Grosso at left back, they are complete. Chiellini and Cannavaro (yes, he’s a bit suspect but will probably do better in Italy that at Real as he has Momo and Felipe in front of him as opposed to Lass at Real) with Zambrotta at right back. And of course, Buffon in goal. That is as solid a squad as you are going to get. They are my second favorite to win the Champions League as of today.
Ibra will be better for Barca than Eto’o. He is big, can hold the ball up better and has a better long range shot than Eto’o. And he is way craftier. Watch him blossom on a squad where he isn’t the man.
IF Rooney doesn’t get hurt and IF he doesn’t get frustrated like he used to, he will be the best player in the world next season. Hands down.
Ronaldo will do well in La Liga. But not as well as people think. And Real will not win either the Liga or Champions League. Count on it. They are better in the back with Albiol and Pepe, and Xabi is the key to the team being able to create from midfield, but Pellegrini’s teams are built on more grit than this team has. Frankly, they have no chance if they don’t sign Xabi or a strong central midfielder. Look at the success of Pellegrini’s teams – Riquelme and Senna/Cazorla were keys. You have to have that and Sneijder is not it.