Here in Tacoma the temperatures have finally reached 33 degrees and like a famous painting by Dali everything here is lobster telephone.
For those of you who are like me and addicted to coffee this time of year you have very few options to get your fix while also staying cool. And by cool, I mean both temperature and also cool in the same way that Snoopy became Joe Cool.
To be really cool take four cups of filtered water, pour it over 1 cup of ground coffee (medium course grind) and let that steep in the fridge overnight. Yes, today you will have to drink hot coffee or maybe iced coffee with a little simple syrup but please don’t stoop to getting an ice cream sundae coffee from Starbucks. But tomorrow, you will have liquid delicious.
The next day you simply filter your cold brew coffee, I like to use just a sieve because I like cowboy coffee (it has grit in the bottom) but if you’re more refined take a coffee filter or butter muslin and pour the brew through there.
Make sure you serve the cold brew over ice, because this stuff is very strong. Also, make sure you bring your spirit guide and know your dosage, I don’t want to be held liable for you ingesting too much caffeine and having a bad trip.
At this point, I was going to transition into a post about the dangers of the transfer market and how fans want players who are then busts (see: Liverpool offloading 11 players this morning, how many of them did you want at Arsenal; see Tottenham offloading 10 players this morning, how many of them did you want at Arsenal?). But I discovered something in my research that made me pause and I have to go ask some questions.
Since that will be a bit of an unsatisfying way to end this blog, let me leave you with this: I read the headlines about Schneiderlin and Carvalho this morning with interest.
The Schneiderlin one is that Southampton want United and Morgan to finalize the deal but that something is stalling. Rumor has it that United’s offer was short of what Southampton wanted but the thing that haunts me here is that I know Schneiderlin is keener to move to Arsenal than to United — I know because Phillipe Auclaire said so — the problem with Schneiderlin isn’t the player, it’s his agents.
So, when I read on ESPN that the Schneiderlin to United deal has stalled a tiny part of me is fantasizing that Morgan is telling his agents to work things out with Arsenal. It’s probably not the case, but I can dream.
I dream because Arsenal haven’t stolen a transfer from under United’s noses since the Aaron Ramsey deal fell through. And because I really like Schneiderlin.
As for the Carvalho story, I read that Arsenal made £20m bid for Carvalho this morning. It’s from an unreliable source so I don’t believe it. However, I do have some information on the Carvalho link which I can share.
I have, for a while, felt like the Carvalho interest was agent generated but after a conversation with someone named Sport Witness on twitter, I feel like maybe Arsenal have been interested for a few years.
Apparently in Portugal, scouts apply for match tickets in much the same way the press do. Thus, they have to register their names with the clubs and clubs, in turn, publish this information. In other words it’s easy to confirm that X scout from Y club went to Z match. And according to the clubs, Arsenal have been to a lot of the Sporting Lisbon matches over the last two years. Arsenal don’t do as much scouting in Portugal as they do in other places, so apparently, when we do, there are a lot of people who take notice.
They could be watching someone else, or they could be watching everyone and just looking for talent. They could also be looking to confirm that Carvalho is worth the price.
Personally, I still have reservations about this deal and I think Arsenal do as well. It could just be simply a matter of trying to ensure that the price they pay matches the value but it seems to me that Carvalho is not really high on Wenger’s list.
While he’s been scouting Carvalho, Wenger has made bids for Gustavo and Schneiderlin. Perhaps Carvalho is just as good as Wenger’s first choice, but that seems unlikely. And historically, Wenger won’t just bid for bodies to fill imaginary roster spaces — no matter how many times people beg him to buy Shane Long because he’s better than Sanogo.
But hey, I was wrong about Cech (I still can’t believe that Chelsea let him go to Arsenal) so, I guess that means Arsenal are signing Carvalho on Monday. You heard it here first! World Exclusive!
That’s all for today, it’s a slow day. Hope you get to go outside and enjoy the summer before football comes back next month and ruins everything for us again.