By Andy Jones
- Transfer window madness
When the transfer window officially opens on July 1st, the speculation ramps up to fever pitch. Every football correspondent seems to have the exclusive, or knows a ‘source’ close to the club.
The sky sports ticker is constantly updating on who is the latest player linked with a big money move.
The now legendary “sky sources” claim to be in the know. Added to this, the rapidly growing number of ‘twitter experts’ who claim to have the inside info from players, agents, kit man or tea lady at the club as to who is coming in, and who is going out.
The reality is, nobody really has a have a clue. There is mythical “transfer target list” that Jose allegedly gave to Ed Woodward at the end of the season, can any journalist honestly claim to have actually seen it?
Its right up there with Unicorns and the Loch Ness Monster.
How Much Do The Media Really Know?
Nobody saw the signing of Lukaku, according to the experts he was nailed on for a return to Chelsea.
United have been linked with a host of players, usually this is simply interest drummed up by players agents to get their client a better deal, Sergio Ramos last year being the prime example.
Once again we’ve been subjected to the “Ronaldo coming home” circus. The former red Devil throwing his annual strop at Madrid, and saying nice things about United. But nobody over the age of 8 really thought he’d ever return to Old Trafford.
With the crazy transfer fees being banded about, United are right to keep their powder dry.
When Gylfi Sigurdsson is being quoted at £50m then you know it’s crazy times.
It’s clear United are still a couple of players short of being real contenders for the league title, which is probably Jose’s priority this season.
Manchester City have almost replaced the entire back four and goalkeeper, and Chelsea have been active, although losing out to Lukaku was a big blow, despite their last-minute offer which was merely to save face.
Morata is a downgrade on Diego Costa. Liverpool have endured a frustrating window so far, signing only Mo Salah of any note, and Spurs have been non-existent so far.
Possible Return Of Ibrahimovic
There is still the very real possibility of Ibrahimovic resigning once he has recovered, and he is still talked about by players and manager as if he is still very much part of the club.
His influence in the dressing room cannot be underestimated, and he’d be a real boost to the team for the second half of the season.
With over a month of the window left, there is still every chance Mourinho will get the two signings he wants, whether these are the widely reported Matic and Perisic, or a bolt out of the blue remains to be seen.
I look forward to Jim White and co on transfer deadline day getting over excited when Stoke City sign some Angolan striker from Villareal on a season long loan at 10pm, telling us what a great deal is it.
I just can’t wait for it to be all over and we can concentrate on the actual football, rather than the circus the whole transfer window has become.