As you all know, the summer transfer window is virtually well and truly open and I don’t know about you but as for me, my mind is constantly ticking in regards to who is going where ,who is getting value for money and who is being short changed. Rumor mills are spinning literally every minute, with football writers and bloggers looking to kill time and inspire signings in the cheekiest manner possible.
Liverpool seem to be following the ‘buy early’ policy I was hoping Manchester United would adopt in my earlier article on transfers. So far, they have bought five players in the space of a month and are way ahead of the other teams in the league in terms of re-structuring their squad. Most of them are on a free, most notably James Milner and Danny Ings. Whether the signings will prove to be a master stroke is another thing all together, as evidence of how they blew the ‘Luis Suarez money‘ on the likes of Mario Balotelli and Rickie Lambert has become all too familiar.
It has been relatively quiet for the other top clubs though, with only the imminent move of Petr Cech from Chelsea to Arsenal being the other big news thus far. What a signing. I must admit that I’m a bit jelly on that one. However, it is worth noting that its still quite early and we still have until the start of September to wrap up important deals
As usual, United have been linked with basically everyone who is said to be unhappy at their club, contract is coming to an end, agent is at loggerheads with the Club’s hierarchy or looking like an exciting prospect for the future. From Nicolas Gaitan, who has been ‘signing’ for united since I can remember, to Gareth bale who we don’t really need given the options available in his position. This is expected with every big club, and what fuels it even more for the Red Devils is the fact that everyone knows we stink of money, and are fully aware of how desperate we are to get back to the top in the shortest time possible. It has reached a point that players are using United’s name juts to get a better contract for themselves at their current clubs (not looking at you, Dani Alves).
We all know where we need to strengthen ,starting with the goalkeeping position. David De Gea’s saga is dragging on forever and is now getting on everyone’s nerves. Can he just leave already and shut the door behind him? As we speak he has reportedly put his house up for sale, and has already informed his team mates of his desire to leave. Madrid have been bullying United in the transfer market for the longest time now. We’ve basically become their feeding club, constantly strengthening their first team and back up squad at our expense. This time though, United seem to be finally standing up to Madrid, most recently catching them off guard with the cheeky bid for Sergio Ramos as part of the De Gea deal.
United definitely know about Ramos’ unhappiness at Madrid regarding Ancelloti’s sacking, with Ramos publicly backing the coach that won Madrid the ‘La Decima’. I sense he also feels unappreciated compared to the rest of the ‘galacticos’, and is demanding a contract that is commensurate with his services at the Spanish outfit. At first, I initially dismissed it as just another player using United’s name to get a better deal (still not looking at you, Alves). After all, he is 29 and he knows this is his last chance to get an improved deal from real before he clocks the dreaded 30. However, every passing day the rumors grow stronger, and the latest is that United officially submitted 35 MILLION POUND bid that was immediately turned down by Madrid,who value him at around 40 million. Now, it may not be my money to spend but both amounts are insane for a player his age. Add that to the fact that the younger Nicolas Otamendi at Valencia commands around the same price and will arguably be good for a longer time than Ramos. The latter has three years of top level football in him at best and is also quite rash at times, as seen from the number of times he gets dismissed. Sure, Ramos is experienced, has won everything with Real and reports suggest he is keen to test himself in England, and lets not forget his dad is a Manchester United fan. I would much rather United splash on Nicolas Otamendi. We need someone to stop Aguero from scoring against us every single time we face City.
Another rumor that has gathered pace ever since its inception is that of two defensive midfield players. Morgan Schneiderlin from Southampton and Bastian Schweinsteiger from Bayern. Both players are of top quality, no doubt about that . Schneirdelin has proved that he can mix it with the big boys and played an integral part in Southampton’s fantastic defensive record in the league last term. He also has goals in him and at 24, can only get better. The current situation is that he will leave St. Mary’s in search of Champions League football, and it’s becoming increasingly likely that United are in pole position for his signature. This would be a very big signing that directly addresses one of the major problematic areas in the United squad, given Carrick and his consistent injury crisis. Schweinsteiger on the other hand has bags of experience, is captain of the current world champions Germany but can’t get a look in at Bayern. Most prominently, LVG is the man credited for converting Bastian from winger to a quality central midfield player during his time at Bayern and he has never looked back since. The major drawback is that he is 30 already, and there are concerns of whether he can adapt to the EPL at his age. Heck, we also see players as young as 21 still struggle to make an impact in England’s top tier. Nevertheless, I would love to see the German steamroller at Old Trafford, even if he is only gonna be good for two seasons. The situation currently is that Bayern will only sell if Bastian asks to leave so the player has two options. Either link with the manager that vindicated him during his tenure at Bayern and try and test himself in the best league in the world, or see out his time at Bayern and retire as a club legend. If you ask me, I would gladly take both, but it is unlikely that that would happen so I would take Schneriderlin over Schweinsteiger, with age being the major factor in my decision.
Some United fans have started to express concern about our apparent lack of transfer activity to date, but what I know is united will sign at least three players this summer,my only qualm is I expected them to be done early and in time for the pre season tour,which is now just three weeks away.
We will continue to update you all on what we think of the clubs dealings throughout the transfer window. Here’s to hoping Ed Woordward and co have a bunch of aces up their sleeves.
This post comes to you courtesy of Timothy Opiko, a good friend and equally possessed United lunatic as I am. Check out his previous article(s) here.