As One Window Closes, Another One Stays Opens
By Dan Tracey
With the English domestic transfer window now closed until January, it means the summer recruitment spree for each of the twenty top-flight clubs has come to an end and although the focus for their respective managers will be more on formations, there is still room for business to be completed.
This is because, although the Premier League teams are no longer able to buy any players that are currently registered to any professional club, they can still ship out any players to the majority of Europe’s top leagues.
The question though, is whether or not this has put those same Premier League clubs at a disadvantage, when going up against their continental rivals in competitions such as the UEFA Champions and Europa League.
While it also asks a further question, as to whether or not there should be a Europe wide transfer window, so that the likes of Barcelona and Brighton all start their campaigns on the more level playing field.
The fact that the Premier League supplied all four entrants into last season’s two European club finals, suggests that the rest of the continent is more than happy to see the biggest names in England have their wings clipped.
However, if you were to ask the likes of Mauricio Pochettino and Ole Gunnar Solskjaer on their views regarding their subject, they would be much more inclined to see a universal transfer window date for leagues such as La Liga, Ligue 1 and their own Premier League.
The reason for this opinion, is due to the uncertainty that still surrounds the futures of both Christian Eriksen and Paul Pogba, while it is fair to say that both managers will be hoping the next couple of weeks pass very quickly.
Although they both were pivotal in Tottenham and Manchester United recording home wins on the opening weekend, there is no guarantee that their managers will be able to call upon their services throughout the season.
While it’s also going to be an interesting period for their agents, as they look to conduct that last piece of big business, in a summer which has promised a frenzy of activity but in fairness has perhaps under delivered.
It seems as if Real Madrid hold all the aces in terms of what late cross-continent transfers are to be completed and if they can land the sensational signing of Neymar from PSG, then fans of Spurs and United will start to breathe a lot easier.
If the Brazilian does move to the Santiago Bernabeu, then there surely won’t be the finance to land another marquee signing in such a short space of time and that means Eriksen and Pogba will be staying with their current employers.
However, if Neymar opts to return to Catalonia, then Zinedine Zidane will have a whole lot of money burning a hole in his pocket and if that proves to be the case, messers Pochettino and Solskjaer will hope that a phone call from Real Madrid does not follow suit.