So far, it’s been a bit of a strange transfer period.
Morals and team-loyalty seem to have gone out of the window, with many top teams making audacious, public bids for rivals’ top players.
Chelsea’s persistent pursuit of Wayne Rooney, together with Manchester United’s very public hunt of Barcelona’s Cesc Fabregas and Arsenal’s failed attempts to bring Luis Suarez to London are all quite unique incidents and perhaps indicative of the shape of things to come.
Real Madrid’s public pursuit of Gareth Bale would not be tolerated if they were a Premier League club.
Manchester United fans must be getting worried about David Moyes’ failure to land a big signing, with their opening game against Swansea away just two weeks round the corner.
At times, Moyes appears more like he’s been playing Football Manager than managing the current Premier League champions by trying to create a fantasy football midfield, allegedly trying to acquire the services of Thiago Alacantra, Cesc Fabregas, and most recently, Bastian Schweinsteiger.
Sir Alex Ferguson survived a long time at the Old Trafford helm without caving into the need for a new midfielder but Moyes will not, and time is running out.
Arsenal fans must be just as annoyed as their Old Trafford counterparts at the current transfer window.
The transfer season seemed to hold so much promise, with Ivan Gazidis declaring the Gunners were financially ready to compete with their rivals in the transfer market after years of austerity.
Alarm bells should have started ringing when they released this press release came the week before season tickets were up for renewal.
Fast-forward a few weeks, and Arsenal fans must have had that familiar feeling after Gonzalo Higuain chose Napoli over north London.
Arsenal face the prospect of being knocked out of the top four unless they strengthen.
Especially when you look at the quality that Spurs have acquired; even if they lose Bale, they will still have arguably one of the top two midfields, along with Chelsea, in the Premier League.
Talking of midfields, United simply can’t paper over the cracks this season, they will be the subject of intense scrutiny from all angles, they must reinforce positively before the start of a tricky season.
Chelsea and City will smell blood if Moyes’ reign at United doesn’t start well, and could well knock them off their perch.
Understandably, both sets of fans are beginning to get a little worried and frustrated.
Arsenal fans will however be a little less concerned as they are used to this, and at least they haven’t sold any of their best players this year.
United fans, however, have come to expect success from their team, and Moyes will get off on the wrong foot with the Old Trafford faithful if he fails to add to the United midfield.
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