Oh, Those BraziliansBy: Martha | November 16th, 2007
Ok, ok, I’ll talk about it: Pato and Ronaldo each scored two goals in a Milan training match yesterday. ZOMG THEY’RE GOING TO WIN THE SCUDETTO! Ahem. Sorry. Nothing against the Brazilians in question but, as I said in the comments last night when Marco helpfully posted a link to the goals, it’s a training match, for heaven’s sake, against a few teammates and, given the absence of the entire team for internationals, a whole lot of youth players. The Italian media love these things, though — Adriano got five in one a month or so ago, and La Gazzetta instantly had him starting the next match (needless to say, he watched it from the stand); the same thing is happening here — it’s the second coming, times two. Still, though: Goals! Yay. Ok, moving on.
Speaking of Adriano, as we periodically do, he’s being linked with Arsenal again. Last time this happened it was over the summer, and Arsene Wenger, while confirming Inter’s approach, rather smugly told the press that he’d turned down the offer, and indicated no interest in the striker. This time, the proposed deal is reportedly a loan, in exchange for either Tomas Rosicky (the more often this comes up the more likely Inter’s desire for him is true — he’s been consistently connected with them in rumors since April) or, yet another Brazilian, Gilberto Silva. Additionally, a few days ago the father-agent of Nicklas Bendtner told the press that Inter had asked Arsenal for him on loan (Nicklas, not his dad), again in exchange for Adriano. Whew.
While the last one seems dubious at best (Surely even Moratti knows he doesn’t need another striker, even if he is 19 and awfully talented), the other two names seem like reasonable Inter targets. That said, Wenger doesn’t come across as much of a risk-taker on players over about 16, let alone those who are going through Major Life Crises, so Inter are probably going to get another mostly polite no, just like they did over the summer.