It seems that big transfers are like the proverbial buses; you wait for ages for one, start traipsing down the road (often in the rain) and three thunder past you at once – invariably splashing you as they pass by. Oh, and with some oik flicking the Vs and laughing out of the back window.
It’d been relatively piddling stuff to begin with and I don’t mean that as an insult by any means. A youngster picked up here, another one there. You get the idea; low key in that no ‘names’ were being pursued. Then, out of el azul, Leeds United storm in with the £27m capture of Spain international Rodrigo. THat’s the first bus gone past and you are already too far from the stop to dash back – just in case.
Now bus 2 is approaching in SC Freiburg centre-back Robin Koch. The German international has been a confirmed target ever since February when Victor Orta dropped his name in an interview with the YEP about how the scouting system works at Elland Road. Brighton’s resilience at rebuffing United’s three bids for Ben White has forced their hand towards Koch, who they are happy to bring in and a formal bid is expected soon. That’s bus 2 gone by.
Now, courtesy of website 90MIN.com, comes news that the Whites are one of four Premier League sides interested in Ukrainian centre-back Mykola Matviyenko who plays for Shakhtar Donetsk. Matviekno has 26 full international caps tucked under his belt and 90MIN.com says that he is “available for close to £20m.” The 24-year-old Ukrainian holds one trait that Marcelo Bielsa demands – versatility. He is able to play as a centre-back and also on the left of defence. He’s got 20 appearances in European competition (11 Champions League and 9 Europa League) as well as 63 appearances in Ukraine’s top-tier, Premier Liga competition to his name.
THat’s the 3rd bus just passed you and left you stranded in No-Man’s-Land in the pouring rain, drenched from head to foot as it thundered through the puddle. Squint your eyes and look at the back window, there’ll be some little oik flicking the Vs and laughing at your predicament.
That’s kids and Leeds United transfers for you.