There’s a song by the IDM duo Plaid called ‘CLOCK’, which goes a little something like this: [sound of ticking clock].
Yeah, it’s called CLOCK, what did you expect?
As the beat speeds up, slows down, drops out, and winds back up, we’re reminded that we’re powerless against time and all we can do it is observe, and go along with its ebb and flow.
It’s good practice for Silly Season, where nothing and everything is happening all at once and not at all.
As we wait for the syncopation to hit, the agent Fali Ramadani clocks up the airline miles. He’s now expected to be back on the beat in London, to negotiate the final, formal release of Maurizio Sarri from Chelsea and figure out what sort of compensation should be paid and in what form — rumors point to no “official” payment, but possibly a deal worked in with Higuaín (forgo loan fee due for this season), Emerson (purchase bonus, though he’s not making any such noises), or the youngster Juan Familia-Castillo (random!). Those latter two names are from Tuttosport’s latest, who lead with a big front page spread of Cristiano Ronaldo and Sarri.
Tuttosport point to Sarri’s record of guiding the likes of Massimo Maccarone (Empoli), Gonzalo Higuaín, Dries Mertens (both Napoli), and Eden Hazard to their best or near-best goalscoring seasons as something that “excites” a “curious” Cristiano Ronaldo, or some such.
Either way, Tuttosport expect this final hurdle to be cleared soon, and that notion is backed by the Daily Mail’s latest, which puts a conservative “by end of the week” deadline on the whole thing.
And so we wait.