Diego Costa looks like he is on his way out of Chelsea this summer. Arsenal has so far failed to cement the contracts of their star players — Alexis Sanchez and Mesut Ozil — and, as a precaution, Gunners are targeting a world record £100m-plus move for Monaco forward Kylian Mbappe.
Costa’s relationship with Chelsea coach, Antonio Conte, seems to have broken down, and we hear that he is no longer in Conte’s plan for the future and the club is looking elsewhere for a replacement.Let’s just say that Costa and Chelsea are no longer in love, and as a result, each one is looking elsewhere, with rumours that Atletico Madrid could be Costa’s next destination.
The Blues, like any other Premier League club, are in hot pursuit of top players around the world. But if the clubs are not careful, they’ll lose their existing prolific players, in the attempt to capture another out there in the “bush.”Hence the expression, “A bird in the hand is worth two in the bush.” In other words, it is better to have an advantage or opportunity that is certain than have one that is uncertain, though potentially worth more.
A few years ago, Manchester United sold Danny Welbeck just because they wanted Radamel Falcao. After a year at Old Trafford, Falcao struggled for goals and did not enjoy a productive season at Manchester.
Alexis Sanchez and Mesut Ozil are currently Arsenal’s two top players. They are the highest paid players in the club’s history. Arsenal could lose the pair, and it would be unwise to risk what you have for what you may or may not get elsewhere.
Arsene Wenger has told the board that he thinks he can win the Premier League if this group stays together and is supplemented by two or three key additions. Ozil is understood to have already been offered more than £250,000 a week, and the clubs are ready to go to around £280,000 per person, for both him and Sanchez.
Whilst Arsenal is targeting Mbappe just in case their two big shots leave the club, the Arsenal Manager is also trying to bring in another big name in attack to help persuade Alexis Sanchez and Mesut Ozil not to leave the club. Reports suggest that Alexandre Lacazette is one of his main targets. Wenger is reportedly keen to sign Lyon striker Lacazette in this summer’s transfer window and is not put off by his £53 million price tag. The 26-year-old has established himself as one of the leading strikers in Europe, with a staggering 100 goals in 203 appearances in the French Ligue 1.
Meanwhile, Chelsea is willing to get rid of Costa, whilst targeting Everton’s striker, Romelu Lukaku, whose price tag is rumoured to be between the £70 million and £90 million mark. Costa should certainly be worth much more to Chelsea right now, if you count the number of goals, assists, and chances he has created at Stamford Bridge.
Chelsea wants to offload Costa this summer because the club is no longer in love with him, and this could end up costing them much more than money. The “opportunity costs” of letting Costa go could end up being quite high. Costa is their “bird at hand.”
A bird in the hand is yours, and it’s not going anywhere unless you let it go. But if you leave it and go for the two in the bush, there is no guarantee you’ll catch any, and you might end up with nothing at all.
Below is a tête-à-tête between two friends:
Jack: “I think I’m gonna quit my marriage… I want to leave my wife, Patience, and I will marry someone else, perhaps that lady called Comfort…”
James: “Are you sure? What makes you think Comfort is better than Patience? You probably shouldn’t quit unless you are sure of what you are getting.”
(A few years later)
James: “So, how’s Comfort?”
Jack: “I… I… I…. not so good… I don’t know where it all went wrong…”
James: “You’re an idiot…”
The Living Bible (TLB) translation of Ecclesiastes 6:9 puts it this way: “A bird in the hand is worth two in the bush; mere dreaming of nice things is foolish; it’s chasing the wind.”
If you thought that was something, read the Amplified version of the Bible (AMP): “What the eyes see [enjoying what is available] is better than [craving] what the soul desires. This too is futility and chasing after the wind.”
In essence, don’t risk what you’ve got in pursuit of what you want. Another way of looking at it is, don’t pursue what you want at the expense of what you’ve got.
Don’t be greedy. Be patient, and stick with the good things you already have, instead of going after something you’ll probably never get.
Diego Costa looks like he is on his way out of Chelsea this summer. Arsenal has so far failed to cement the contracts of their star players — Alexis Sanchez and Mesut Ozil — and, as a precaution, Gunners are targeting a world record £100m-plus move for Monaco forward Ky... Read more