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The Transfer Circus

The Transfer Circus

The first thing to note here is that this is pure speculation from me, but in my mind it makes sense. Having watched the last 3 transfer windows with immense interest, a few things stand out.

The first is the impatience of fans to sign the new 'star player' (or in our case - anybody!!). I don't know how many of you visit other Clubs boards, but it's pretty much the same everywhere. We are not alone!! Conclusion? It's normal for transfers to drag on in many cases, and it's natural as a supporter to get agitated.

Transfers seem to fall into 2 broad categories. Either the deal is done quickly with little fuss, or it drags on for weeks, with other clubs coming in, negotiation over the fee or personal terms, or other underhand
happenings influencing the deal.

I was going to use Downing as an example of the former, but it's possible this was wrapped up so quickly because of his injury - Middlesbrough glad to get rid of him, and Villa facing less competition. Vermaelen to Arsenal would seem a better example. Arsenal prepared to pay the money, Ajax happy with the fee and the player happy to move on. Quick and easy.

So why do they drag on? Well, let's look at a few examples. Huntelaar would seem to be the story of the summer. Why the delay? Real Madrid look determined to get rid of him, and fees as low as 9m have been mentioned. Stuttgart seemed to have had it wrapped up, but failed to agree personal terms, and since then interested parties such as Spurs, Inter and maybe us have held off. Why? From the player's point of view, it would seem obvious - he's holding out for the best deal possible, entirely understandable. Was he talking to Stuttgart in the hope of forcing the hand of a bigger Club and then bottled it when nobody did?

Hangeland is another strange one. Everyone knows he's a great player and will probably move this summer, yet it seems nobody has made a concrete offer for him yet (correct me if I'm wrong on this). The consensus is that he will go to Arsenal by the end of the window, so why all the delay's? Of course, we have a need for a strong CB, but by making an offer we would presumably force Arsenals hand. By leaving it late, does that offer any tactical advantage? Why don't Arsenal just get in there and buy him?

The Alonso and Bent deals have also dragged on, mainly due to the posturing and negotiation of the clubs involved, trying to get the best deal possible. This is presumably one of the main reasons for delays,
along with agreeing personal terms with a player.

So, what's the point of this article? Well really to just try and shed some light on the un-fathomable nature of the transfer window, and no doubt create some discussion about the subject.

Having looked at the previous transfer windows, I have no problem leaving deals until late in the window, as long as there are deals done, of course.


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Writer: heathfieldroad1874 Mail feedback, articles or suggestions

Date:Monday August 3 2009

Time: 5:45PM

Your Comments

good article and probably very true. its almost like a chess game but even more frustrating
ric112
good article and probably very true. its almost like a chess game but even more frustrating
ric112
Think MON seems to have handled the Delp transfer perfectly (presuming it all goes through!). The key to the Bent/Alonso deals taking so long to go through is the conniving, conceiteful, under handed, two faced dirty tramps of managers involved in the transfers!!!
pjvilla
Think MON seems to have handled the Delp transfer perfectly (presuming it all goes through!). The key to the Bent/Alonso deals taking so long to go through is the conniving, conceiteful, under handed, two faced dirty tramps of managers involved in the transfers!!!
pjvilla
thats Delph not Delp!!
pjvilla
thats Delph not Delp!!
pjvilla
Well said pj. For all his faults (and he does have some) MoN is a Gentleman, and sometimes that's just more important. Thanks for printing this JF - much appreciated.
heathfieldroad1874
Well said pj. For all his faults (and he does have some) MoN is a Gentleman, and sometimes that's just more important. Thanks for printing this JF - much appreciated.
heathfieldroad1874
LOL pjvilla, think MON seems to of handled the delph transfer perfectly,ROFL you sad git
humpty
LOL pjvilla, think MON seems to of handled the delph transfer perfectly,ROFL you sad git
humpty
Hilarious that you would call anyone else sad Humpty, you can't keep off our site! Now run along little boy, let the adults talk about football.
Sheriff Kimbo
Hilarious that you would call anyone else sad Humpty, you can't keep off our site! Now run along little boy, let the adults talk about football.
Sheriff Kimbo
It amazes me when managers/clubs set their own "deadlines" for deals to be concluded and again this particular scenario is usually played out in the press. Admitedly, MON may have been guilty of this last summer over Barry's protracted transfer to LFC (however it was Rafa who initially decided to play out the whole saga via the media), but again this summer others seem to set these "fictional" deadlines. Players have their price and wishes and in a time on player power this is something else that can hold up deals. So long as an interested club comes in for a player before the official set deadline that the selling club finds suitable, a deal is likely to be done. What clubs find frustrating is the time/date the window shuts. All clubs wish to have concluded their deals before the season gets underway. An ideal scenario would be for all the European seasons to start on the same day AND for the transfer deadline to be on this day (or the day before at an agreed time).
bazzah
It amazes me when managers/clubs set their own "deadlines" for deals to be concluded and again this particular scenario is usually played out in the press. Admitedly, MON may have been guilty of this last summer over Barry's protracted transfer to LFC (however it was Rafa who initially decided to play out the whole saga via the media), but again this summer others seem to set these "fictional" deadlines. Players have their price and wishes and in a time on player power this is something else that can hold up deals. So long as an interested club comes in for a player before the official set deadline that the selling club finds suitable, a deal is likely to be done. What clubs find frustrating is the time/date the window shuts. All clubs wish to have concluded their deals before the season gets underway. An ideal scenario would be for all the European seasons to start on the same day AND for the transfer deadline to be on this day (or the day before at an agreed time).
bazzah
 

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