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Real Madrid was crowned Champions of Spain overnight following a 3-1 comeback victory over Real Mallorca. Amazingly, it was Arsenal’s on-loan winger Jose Antonio Reyes who proved to be the hero after his sensational substitute performance saw him score two clinical goals to seal the title for Madrid on the last day of the season.
But what, you may ask, does this have to do with Arsenal? Let me explain.
Those familiar with the Jose Antonio Reyes-Julio Baptista situation will know that the primary reason that Baptista was sent back to Spain was that Arsenal were unwilling to pay the inflated transfer fee that arose because the clubs could not agree on a swap involving the two players. With Baptista on his way back to Madrid speculation arose that Reyes would be on his way to Atletico Madrid, Arsenal would collect a reasonable – if unspectacular – sum of money for the sale and the final piece in the puzzle would be complete.
But Reyes’ performance in effectively winning the title for Madrid may change all this.
Although Reyes’ impact over the course of the season has been consistently inconsistent, the supporters are likely to turn blind eye to this because Reyes was able to deliver the goods when it mattered most. It is not unthinkable that Madrid may fall in love with the player which effectively won them the title, making it difficult for the club to pass up the opportunity to sign Reyes on a permanent deal.
Capello’s future the key
It is also important to remember that manager Fabio Capello’s future is still under fierce scrutiny despite leading Real Madrid to their first silverware in three years. Capello has been heavily criticised for his inability to play romantic, imaginative football as well as achieving results – something which does not go particularly well with the Real Madrid supporters.
The relevance of this is that, rightly or wrongly, Reyes’ more romantic style has clearly been restricted by the management of Capello. If the supporters decide they want Reyes to stay put then they will put immense pressure on the club to sign Reyes on a permanent deal, regardless of the cost. This would then put Reyes’ current club – Arsenal – in an ideal position to prosper.
They know that Real Madrid will have the money to spend so if the Spanish side decide that Reyes is a player they want to keep then the ball is firmly in the Arsenal’s court. At the very least it would mean an increased transfer fee and the very real possibility of bringing a world-class player to Arsenal as a replacement for the Spaniard.
It seems that Reyes’ cameo in Mallorca may give him the move the he and Arsenal so desperately desire. Then the transfer speculation would really begin.
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