This summer's transfer market is, as expected, full of surprises, intrigues and power brokering.
From Radamel Falcao's shock move to Monaco to Barcelona's trumping of Real Madrid to Neymar's signature, the stories go on and on.
An interesting part of any transfer market is the reluctance of clubs to rival one another for the same players. Goal.com reported in June that Real Madrid chiefs were eager to reach an agreement with Manchester City executives over common transfer targets, namely Isco and Edinson Cavani.
The report claimed Madrid didn't want to be drawn into a bidding war with City, especially over Cavani. The Spanish outfit beat City to Isco's signature anyway.
With Tottenham last season, Real Madrid came to a partnership agreement with Spurs as part of Luka Modric's switch to Madrid; the purpose is to avoid a cold war of sorts, especially where player transfers are involved.
In Spain, the mutual agreement and respect between the two Madrid outfits, Real and Atletico Madrid, caused Sergio Aguero to move from Atletico to City in 2011, and also likely deterred Real from bidding for Falcao. And to be honest, it is best for clubs to respect each other's targets unless it is absolutely necessary not to.
Sometimes two clubs may target the same player as their key signing for a particular window. It is then impossible not to rival one another for that player's signature. This window, Edinson Cavani is the subject of such rivalry.
Manchester City and Real Madrid have since cooled their interest in the player owing to Napoli's insistence on collecting the player's full release clause of £53m, reportedly leaving Chelsea in pole position to land the striker, who was even said to have wanted a move to London.
Late last week however, the tides turned as Paris Saint-Germain entered the race with a mega offer to usurp Chelsea's long, patient talks.
Newer reports claim a deal will be completed with PSG as early as Tuesday and Chelsea will lose out on their long-standing target, while Goal reported on Thursday that PSG are set to rival Chelsea for Roma's Danielle De Rossi, meaning the Blues face competition for two of their long time reported targets from the same club.
Chelsea are not a club used to having their targets snatched from under their noses - they certainly robbed City of Eden Hazard last year - but then, no club is. Should Cavani's transfer to PSG go through, and De Rossi's probably, the big spending French champions - who are probably after Cavani and De Rossi just because Monaco have Falcao and Joao Moutinho - will only have made an enemy with the super wealthy London giants, and Chelsea will surely take the loss to heart considering that they wanted the players first.
Such rivalry could prove to be fatal or interesting for football - just watch any El Clasico, London derby or Manchester derby.
If PSG successfully sign Cavani, kudos to them, because it is not a question of who comes first, but who wants it most. The thrill of this particular transfer will not be in the transfer itself, but in the aftermath of the transfer.
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