Every year, fans wait for the last day of the summer transfer window to finally have their pleas answered and their favourite players signed.
Every year, this leaves disgruntled fans who wanted a better player signed or a worse player sold, disgruntled managers who had their attempts to sign a quality player scuppered and most of all disgruntled players who haven’t got the contract.
But above all, it leaves everyone excited and looking forward to a new season on a high from the late drama.
Nothing else can quite compare to the feeling that comes in the last hours, with many people staying up, regardless of jobs or school the next day, to find out whether their club has signed that player who can change their objectives in the league.
It’s also usually the day when the big-money signings come through and the surprise packages happen, with the two major highlights of this year’s event coming from Mesut Ozil moving to Arsenal and the saga of the summer, Gareth Bale leaving Tottenham for Real Madrid.
The first of those two, Ozil, is the perfect example of the way in which deadline day can play with everyone’s expectations. For the whole summer and arguably for the last few years, most Arsenal fans have been raving about how Arsene Wenger has failed to spend at a time when his team was on a downhill slope but that pressure applied by the whole of the footballing world has paid off, as the north London club showed off their famous war-chest by paying £42 million for the German midfielder.
The other, Bale’s high-profile move to the Spanish capital, put already tense nerves at risk of bursting with the story going on more or less since the middle of last season and ending on the last day of the transfer window, but finally finishing on a happy note with the player in question presenting a few words of Spanish to his adoring new home crowd.
The deal even became the most expensive transfer ever, breaking Ronaldo’s record. Maybe not so happy for the Portuguese then, but for most of the people concerned.
Of course, there can’t be true excitement without a bit of disappointment, and that’s exactly what happened for most Manchester United fans, who were left desperately disappointed by their club and their new manager’s failure to sign any truly world class players and will have to settle for an unsuccessful transfer window, maybe even worse than Arsenal’s.
But that is the magic of the Transfer Deadline Day - the football season wouldn't be the same without it.
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