During a week when I was asked by a friend’s nine-year-old daughter what the word “acoustic” meant – I told her “It’s what Scottish farmers use to control their cattle!” – Real Mallorca play their third game of the 2021/22 season in the Son Moix tonight at 8 o’clock when they face Espanyol.
This is what is called a needle match as Espanyol pipped us to the La Segunda SmartBank championship last season on the head-to-head rule.
We both finished level on 82 points but the Barcelona side beat us in Palma 1-2 to win the title on Valentine’s Day.
Their manager is our ex boss Vicente Moreno and he left Palma after his intentions of leaving to take over at Espanyol were somehow leaked to the press before the end of the season, much to the chagrin and indignation of local fans.
There was rumors to have been a mega fallout between Moreno and our then CEO Maheta Molango over transfer dealings.
After two consecutive promotions in his first two years at the Son Moix, both in play offs, followed by an instant relegation in the 2019/20 campaign, Moreno moved on to pastures new at Espanyol.
More stories emerged that Moreno had been tapped up by the Espanyol hierarchy and was offered a substantial salary increase.
Espanyol have had an uninspired start to this campaign, two goalless draws, as opposed to Real Mallorca who have started their season back in top flight Spanish football with a draw and an away win which sees them in a highly creditable fourth (European !!!) place.
There’s no question our squad is considerably stronger than it’s been for some time and director of football Pablo Ortells has to be congratulated so far for bringing in some quality signings.
With only five days left in the Summer transfer window, we still await the signing of a No. 9, which is a priority signing.
Most clubs in La Liga have already defined their objectives in the transfer market with the majority of transactions being loan deals. However there’s been a new money deal put on the table from an investment company called CVC, which in Mallorca’s case comes to 30 million euros BUT only 15% (4.5 million euros) can be allocated to increasing the salary limit.
This agreement has turned things topsy turvy and signings that had been agreed have been put on the back burner because, as there is more money available, every club now wants a bigger share of any transfer fee dealings.