In a week’s time, we pass the halfway mark of the transfer window and no signings yet. It’s panic time; of course it is. Because if, in seven days, we’re halfway through the transfer window, that means seven days ago, it was two days into it. So, we’re just over a week into the transfer window so panicking is a really good idea.
By now, by now. Everything, in an ideal world, should have happened by now. But the world is far from ideal and nothing is signed, sealed nor it is delivered.
A lot of potential, of course. And it’s not as if we haven’t been busy. ESPN is claiming we’ve extended Nacho Monreal’s contract by a year, through to the end of the 2019/20 season. Future-proofing the transfer fund? Extend by a year then sell this summer for a fee? There was interest from Malaga and Bilbao in him during the summer and autumn…
That doesn’t solve our problems now. We face an intensive ten days or so. West Ham, Chelsea, United; the first game a new centre-back, for example, is likely to be ready for is Chelsea if signed today. And that’s unlikely to happen so we’re looking at the FA Cup. Strap yourselves in, the rollercoaster defensive ride is set to continue.
Not that the names of any central defenders surfaced. It’s all about Denis the Menace and Yannick Carrasco, the most Spanish-sounding Belgian there has ever been. Which given his mother is Spanish is hardly surprising.
£25m at today’s prices which given the pound’s propensity to plummet is likely to be £26m tomorrow. He would be an upgrade on all our wide attacking players, without question. Is his arrival a signal for a wider clearout than just Danny Welbeck
Nice Work If You Can Find It
Shipping Aaron Ramsey out in January doesn’t work for Unai Emery and unless we’re getting a fee of £20m+, doesn’t work mathematically. Not only would we be paying his contract bonuses up, we’d be paying his agent as well but nowhere near the £9m he is reportedly getting for negotiating a free transfer for Ramsey.
There’s free and then there’s free…
That’s even if Juventus want a deal this winter. No reports out of Turin of that being on the agenda; it seems unlikely an Alexis-sized fee is incoming.
Meanwhile, the Jan Oblak fan club is in full cry as he said, “I can see myself [in the Premier League], but I don’t know when – maybe next year, in two years, five or 10.”
Of course, we’re mentioned in despatches but at £90m? We can’t even muster £3m for Reece Oxford. Caveat: that’s according to the press.
This is the time of year where we play the footballing equivalent of “Snog, Marry, Avoid”. So far, I’ve mentioned four transfers and only Oxford falls into the ‘Avoid’ category. There’s a time for us to buy promising young defenders and this isn’t it.
The reality of our situation, if the financial death knells rung are correct, is that we’re unlikely to make any permanent signings this winter. Mostly loan deals with options to buy which makes sense. Six months for Unai Emery to decide how he wants next season’s squad to play, as well as the second half of this season to come. Mr Right Now might not be Mr Right next summer.
It will all play out in front of us for the remainder of this month, with a little bit of football thrown in for good measure.