August 31, 2006
How Did That Happen?
With links to nearly every major club in Europe, Corinthians duo Carlos Tevez and Javier Mascherano were supposed to make a lot of money for themselves and for MSI. Yet, with hours remaining in the transfer window they were negotiating permanent deals with West Ham United. How did it come to this?
It’s quite simple on the part of the players involved and for MSI chairman Kia Joorabchian. The players had already refused to play another game for relegation strugglers Corinthians and were willing to play for any club in Europe, be it Chelsea or Leyton Orient. For Joorabchian, whose company actually owned the players, he knew he had to sell them today to whomever he could. The fact that he is a West Ham supporter probably played a role in the selection, but it could also be satisfactory for Roman Abramovich, who is rumored to be an investor in MSI.
And as with the Damien Duff deal, the Argentinian internationals still will likely not harm Chelsea’s chances of winning the Premiership, and they will certainly not affect their chances of winning the Champions League. It is also likely that MSI will get a large percentage of the fee when West Ham sell the pair.