Summer Transfer Madness Ends August 31st
The silly season has truly arrived in the European soccer leagues. Although most leagues officially kicked off two weeks ago, the summer transfer window is set to close in two days time, and that means panic is set to ensue for many clubs and players in the coming hours.
The beauty of the transfer window extending into the actual season is that teams get a quick look at their side in two games and then can make adjustments as needed based on results. Many people can remember to last August when Arsenal was defeated 8-2 by Manchester United. The club responded by recruiting five players the following week, including Mikel Arteta, Per Mertesacker, and Yossi Benayoun.
So what is in store for your favorite clubs? It all depends on team needs and clubs coming to an agreement over prices.
A player that look set to move on is Moussa Dembele, who looks poised to join Tottenham Spurs after departing Fulham. Another team mate that could potentially leave will be American Clint Dempsey, who has pushed for a move all summer and recently refused to play in matches. Liverpool was thought to be a destination but the chance of that move seems to be dwindling.
Another team rapidly losing their key players is Arsenal. Striker Robin van Persie and midfielder Alex Song have already set sails and now Theo Walcott looks poised to depart after refusing a contract extension. Surely such a move would prompt panic for the Gunners and they could likewise move after a series of Frenchmen linked with the club such as Yann M’Vila or Johan Cabaye.
Elsewhere in Europe, Bayern Munich looks set to land 23 year old Atletico Bilbao striker Javi Martinez, who will cost the club a record 40 million Euros. Mario Gomez has never inspired me at the German club so a new face may help them get over their unfortunate UEFA Champions League finals losses from the past few seasons.
The madness that will erupt is sure to involve a heavy amount of new names that no one has heard of or considered during the window. I always delight in how some fellow I’ve never seen suddenly is purported as the incoming hero for a specific club. Likewise, players moving on like Walcott are suddenly branded treasonous and making plays only for money. The silly season has truly arrived and the panic that many clubs with early season disappointments is set to ensure. For any fan of professional club soccer, this is the time to tune in because your favorite team might have a new look next week.