Twitter buzz has been saying Oscar to Chelsea is almost a done deal, even though there are conflicts with these reports as one of Oscar’s agent went out to say that they’d only negotiate his move after the Olympics in London. That’s a developing story, so until something official comes out from one of the parties involved, we shouldn’t jump on that. Still, it seems Internacional has been looking to improve their squad. Firstly they acquire Diego Forlán from Inter Milan, and now they made a bid to get Nilmar from Villarreal.The bid was deemed “ridiculous” by Villarreal, which was recently relegated to 2nd division of Spanish football. According to Villarreal’s VP José Manuel Llaneza Durá, there is a bid from a club with the same stature as Internacional which is much bigger than the one offered by Colorado. Villarreal also refused a previous bid of €5m from Internacional last week.
I wonder if Villarreal board is aware of their current situation. While they were relegated, they also saw their receipt diminishing in their next season. They might get back really soon to La Liga, but nothing warrants they’ll be able to keep all their players. Even if the whole squad takes pay cuts, they should be looking to sell some of them this year as there’s nothing guaranteeing they’ll be right back at Spanish 1st division.
What can hold Villarreal still financially speaking is the fact the club is debt-free, also having their own stadium and with a well-known youth academy. But they can’t look for an investor or a bank to back them, as Spain isn’t thriving economically as well. Spain’s crisis will also diminish the country attractiveness to football players, as it was announced a month ago that people who earns more than €300,000 yearly would go from paying 21% in taxes to 54%.
It all depends on how much their players love the club. They could easily do something like Juventus veterans Del Piero and Buffon did, signing new contracts which would raise their wages progressively as The Old Lady was getting back on track in revenue after being relegated to Calcio’s Serie B in the Calciopolio episode.
Unfortunately for Villarreal, I don’t think they’ll be able to hold on to Nilmar for long. He’s been injury prone throughout his career, something that marred his progress, and his value will only decrease. One must wonder which unnamed club has offered more money for Nilmar, if that really happened. Until then, it’s another silly season rumour we got in our hands.