So far this summer there has been a lot of talk, but not much action. The transfer market is every fans day-to-day bread and butter excitement when there is no football to look forward to, but so far not a lot has happened. Yes De Gea, Phil Jones and Ashley Young have checked in at Manchester United, Liverpool have signed Charlie Adam and Jordan Henderson, while Manchester City have taken Gael Clichy from rivals Arsenal, but things are still a little slow considering all the clubs have returned back from pre-season training.
But why have transfer deals been taking so long? Why isn’t more happening? Why are there more rumours than you can shake a stick at, but with none coming to fruition? Well there are plenty of reasons and one is that clubs are waiting on each other before they move for targets. Let’s have a look at the midfield merry-go-rounds that are dictating this summer’s transfer market:
Cesc Fabregas: Arsenal – Barcelona – Real Madrid
Arsenal – Barcelona – Real Madrid
Now it is no secret that Barcelona’s long-term target they hope to secure this summer is Cesc Fabregas, a situation that has been going on far too long and a situation that we are all bored of. Even most Arsenal fans I speak to just want it out of the way. If Fabregas moves to Barcelona as expected then Real Madrid, who have also declared an interest, will miss out. Both Arsenal and Real will therefore need to recruit a CM. Real have been linked with Pastore but could look to Modric or even Ganso to fill a hole. Arsenal can bring through Aaron Ramsey but will want to recruit a more experienced head and Scott Parker could be the only out and out CM that fits the bill.
Likely outcome: Cesc to return home to Barca, Arsenal to struggle and go young and French, someone like Marvin Martin.
Samir Nasri: Arsenal – Manchester City – Manchester United
Arsenal – Manchester City – Manchester United
Nasri also looks set to leave despite Wenger’s optimism that both he and Fabregas will remain at Arsenal. For me, there is no doubt that Nasri’s future lies away from Arsenal. If Nasri signs for Manchester City then Manchester United will miss out. Fergie sees the Frenchman’s versatility as a major asset and if City sign him they will have to look elsewhere. Arsenal will want to recruit Eden Hazard or Juan Mata to plug the gap left by Nasri, however both deals seem unlikely as neither Lille or Valencia want to sell.
Likely outcome: With only a year left on his deal Nasri to move to Manchester City.
Wesley Sneijder: Inter Milan – Manchester United – Chelsea
Inter Milan – Manchester United – Chelsea
United’s big summer signing is expected to be Wesley Sneijder, but it depends whether they can meet his £200,000 per week salary and a transfer fee of £35m. Another name linked with United was Bastian Schweinsteiger but he is a definite no-go after Bayern Munich stated that he won’t be leaving this summer, which means realistically Manchester United have to sign Sneijder, who is a player that is reportedly interesting Chelsea also. Chelsea would have no issue on the wages or transfer fee with the Premier League his only likely destination if any.
Likely outcome: Sneijder to stay at Inter.
Luka Modric: Tottenham – Chelsea – Manchester United
Tottenham – Chelsea – Manchester United
Chelsea are in pole-position for Modric, however he could become a much more appealing purchase for Manchester United if the Sneijder deal is a non-starter. A move to Chelsea would mean he wouldn’t have to relocate, but a move to Manchester United may suit Spurs better than a sale to their rivals. Man United’s move depends on Sneijder, Chelsea’s move depends on whether Spurs will sell.
Likely move: Chelsea are favourites but I think United could get him, that’s if Spurs let him go & Manchester United miss out on Sneijder.
Javier Pastore: Palermo – Real Madrid – Chelsea
Palermo – Real Madrid – Chelsea
If Chelsea end up missing out on Modric it is likely they could move for Pastore, a player out of the mould of Kaka who is one of this summer’s hot-properties after such a good season with Palermo. He has previously been linked with both Real and Chelsea, but with his price tag at €50m it could put both clubs off with more established players available for less. With Sneidjer not a realistic option for Real, they could make Pastore their main focus as they seem to be intent on recruiting a top-class centre mid as they clearly don’t have enough already. Once the Copa America finishes Pastore’s destination will become clear, and Real will be in the driving seat.
Likely outcome: The big guns are scared of his price tag. Pastore to stay in Italy.
Scott Parker: West Ham United – Tottenham – Arsenal/Aston Villa/Chelsea
West Ham United – Tottenham – Arsenal/Aston Villa/Chelsea
If Modric leaves Spurs that will leave the North-London club with their own need to recruit a top-class centre-mid. Most of those mentioned are not going to Tottenham and it is unlikely they could attract or afford other top players like Pastore or Ganso so they would then have to look at someone like Scott Parker who wants Premier League football and is gettable. If Arsenal lose Fabregas they could move for Parker in the short-term as there are not many others around. Villa need to rebuild and do not have the appeal of the top 6 clubs, but Parker should be their main man. Chelsea have made a late entry to make this a pentagon rather than a triangle, but reports he could return to Chelsea are surely highly unlikely, but if Chelsea miss out elsewhere …
Likely outcome: Parker to Spurs.