It is that time again. A day that all managers hate and fans love. Football fans around the world are glued to their screens to see who their team have signed or sold on the final day. The excitement, intrigue and tension going into the final hours of the deadline, provides great entertainment for all who are interested in the beautiful game.
The amount of money flying around in the last few transfer windows has been truly unbelievable. Moves in excess of £40 million 10 years ago would be considered extremely rare. Now, for the biggest teams at least, it seems common place. This year has been no exception with some of the biggest players in world football moving to new clubs and demanding big transfer fees, including the likes of Arda Turan and Arturo Vidal in mainland Europe. Taking this aside and just looking at the Premier league, over £850 million has been spent on players and with this type of money being transferred, the clubs expect top quality.
Now there is no way that we could review and analyse every transfer of this window. However, we will pick out the biggest deals; in particular the last minute ones to discuss. Starting with the story of the summer – David De Gea.
It has been a fascinating story. He has seemed to be certain to leave at some point in the window, clearly angling for a move away from Old Trafford all summer. The days and weeks rolled by with United staying resolute in their stance, that the star goalkeeper would stay in Manchester. As the days turned to hours it all looked settled. A deal was agreed yesterday that he would join Madrid for somewhere in the region of £19 million with Keylor Navas also going the other way in part of the deal. Both clubs seemed happy as did both players. However, drama struck. Due to some documents not being filed and sent in time, the deal was called off. The reason for the failure to get the deal through is debated, with both clubs seeming to blame each other as to why the deal could not be concluded in time. The bottom line is David De Gea is likely to be extremely frustrated, having his dream move taken away from him due to the incompetence of the two clubs. Clearly then, this non-signing is an enormous FLOP by both clubs.
Manchester City’s big money duo
Staggeringly, Manchester City have spent over £100 million on the signings of Raheem Sterling and Kevin De Bruyne. These two attacking midfielders have potential but will they ever be able to live up to that sort of money? We can look to Arsenal and see Mesut Ozil, who has never played up to his £42 million pound price tag. Could the same thing happen to City’s new duo? Well the opinion here at ‘the biggest sports news’ is that they will thrive in Manchester. Sterling has had a great start to the club in the first few games causing problems for the opposition and scoring goals in the light blue jersey. De Bruyne’s signing is just as dramatic. Eyebrows have been raised at the price for the Belgian, particularly due to De Bruyne’s previous disappointing spell at Chelsea. On the contrary, I believe that he may find his place in the side and play first team football which he was not given at his time at Chelsea. Therefore I believe he will prove to be successful and with help from Sterling, could bring the title back to the Etihad Stadium. TOP
Van Dijk finally gets his move
In the last few transfer windows, Virgil Van Dijk has been linked to a move to the Premier league. The young centre back has seemed so close so many times to a move away from Glasgow, but the deal has never been concluded. Southampton have finally pushed through the move and paid £11.5 million for the 23 year old on a 5 year deal. I think being a technically strong player, his development will improve and flourish under manager Ronald Koeman and there is every reason that he will be a TOP signing for the Saints.
Anthony Martial – football’s most expensive teenager
£36 million. That’s what buys a 19 year old striker with a 1 in 5 goal record for Monaco. It seems unlikely that the Frenchman will be able to make an immediate impact considering the pressure he is likely to be under. In comparison Alexis Sanchez, seen as one of the best players in the league was a brought for a fraction less at 35 million and Pedro, Chelsea’s most recent signing,was signed for 21 million. Does Martial warrant such a big fee? I concede Martial has bags full of potential and is extremely highly rated with many tipping him to become one of the top forwards in the football. One day this may prove to be the case but he will need in my opinion at least a season to find his feet in England. For the price it is a massive risk and who knows, it could pay off, but I cannot see it being a big hit. Therefore his transfer in my opinion will be a FLOP.
A small theme of this window sees that the smaller clubs are fighting back in a bid to hold on to their best players. John Stones has been subject to numerous bids from Chelsea, with the figures stretching in excess of over £30 million. Mourinho’s interest even tempted the 21 year old to hand in a transfer request to leave Everton. Despite this, Roberto Martinez has held firm and is holding onto the young English defender, believing that he is just too valuable to let go of. This resolve is a change of pace, as the big 4 or 5 clubs seemed to simply bully the smaller teams into selling their best players. Therefore it is our view that Roberto Martinez and Everton have pulled off a TOP move in this transfer window for the future of the football club.
This theme can also be seen through another English player, Charlie Austin. The forward scored a mass of goals last season in the top flight, and was valued by QPR at around the £15 million mark. A whole host of Premier League clubs have shown interest in the forward, but no one has bid enough to take the player away from Rangers. Therefore Austin has committed his future at Loftus Road which is a TOP move in QPR’s search for promotion, back to the Premier League this season.
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