Arsenal are reportedly on the verge of finalising a deal to bring Lukas Podolski to Emirates Stadium in the summer, which is a positive step.
Having their business done early is something the Gunners are desperately in need of after an almost disastrous summer transfer window last year.
The loss of Cesc Fabregas and Samir Nasri close to the end of the window had a lot to do with the late supermarket spree-esque signing bonanza on the final day of the transfer circus.
It meant the north Londoners had lost two of their best and most influential players with barely any time to find suitable replacements or the time to set-out deals in advance, which could possibly have cost them money.
Arsene Wenger is unaccustomed to that sort of sweaty feverous purchasing due to his club’s policy of signing and developing younger talents, which are deals that tend to take a long time to finalise.
There is usually the odd more senior addition here and there, but in the last few seasons most of the transfer work has been done at youth level.
It is probably far simpler to arrange your contracts and offer faxes when you are only chasing a couple of bodies than when you are desperately scratching around for a number of deals.
If the Podolski reports prove to be accurate, then Arsenal may have made a change to their policy and it is would be a change for the better.
The benefits of getting your transfer business out of the way early are especially noted in a year of a major tournament – with millions of eyes watching the drama, a potential purchase may attract the eye of any number of people watching.
This leads to greater interest and, inevitably, the price going up, which doesn’t even consider the fact that another club may actually proffer a more attractive deal to steal the player away.
A case demonstrating the advantages of doing business ‘early doors’ is that of Manchester United and their Mexican goal-sprite Javier Hernandez, whom they recruited early in the summer before the 2010 World Cup.
Ferguson himself admitted the club would probably have to have paid much more than the £7million they did if he had still been on the market after having an impressive tournament in South Africa.
Major international competitions warp the transfer market due to clubs an agents trying to cash in as much as possible on the basis of three or four games and United have been stung in the past by doing business off of a tournament performance.
They signed Karel Poborsky off the back of a key role in Czech Republic’s run to the final of Euro 96 – he was far from a success at Old Trafford and only stayed for a season and a half.
United’s experiences of the pros and cons of being decisive with transfers in and around a tournament on Euro 2012 should be a lesson to Arsenal in how to conduct business.
The other reason for acting in advance could be to make sure they are well re-stocked before negotiations begin with Robin van Persie over a new contract.
Van Persie’s comments suggest he is not most concerned with money and the Gunners showing their ambition by replenishing the squad with greater quality.
Whatever their reasons, getting things done early can only be the right thing for Wenger and the club.
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