By the time I am done writing this post, there will only be 22 more hours left for football agents and clubs to go panic shopping. Yet, don’t worry, I am staying in Dubai, and that gives them 2 or 4 hours more if they are to abide by the CET or GMT zones.
So, here we are, on August 31, where no football league is promising good matches, but numerous rumors are the appetizers. The world of football stands still for a week of international games as per the FIFA calendar and for the Euro 2012 qualifiers.
Nevermind the friend-lies, and let’s focus on what to expect by the end of the day. Rumor has it that:
- Romelu Lukaku who just landed at the Bridge might make a surprise swoop to Britannia Stadium. Stoke City are looking for a season long loan deal. Yet, with Drogba’s horrific injury, I say he stays.
- Sneijder is still pondering a late move to Manchester United. If we are to talk football, it will be great for him and the English champions because Moratti has gone insane, yet again. I pity Inter though. There is no Mourinhoesque path anymore: Back to the medieval ages. Don’t worry Italian fans, he will not leave, as Manchester United cannot pay his salary.
- Carlos Tevez is still distracted, but Mancini is hopeful, or yet distracted too. The Argentinean changed 3 clubs over the last six seasons. The new club might be Inter. But look at this: Tevez joins Real Madrid and Higuain leaves for Liverpool. Interesting?
- Mr. X, need to say more? Well, the brilliant transfer market history of Galliani and co. tells us that there is still hope. Whether it will be Kaka or Balotelli, or even a loan deal for Ibrahim Afellay, you should really stay tuned with AC Milan.
- Luciano Moggi says he is not impressed with Juventus new signings. I trust Mr. Moggi, and rather I miss his presence in Serie A. Expect a couple of fringe players joining the Old Lady.
- Modric didn’t want to play against Manchester City. Harry Redknapp was persistent and included him and lost by 5 goals and Modric was the flop of the match. Let’s face it: who can shun the money?
- FC Barcelona already grabbed two titles in two weeks. They are strong enough for now. They even welcomed Cesc back. But who can assist Guardiola all throughout a long season when his backline is exposed? He just crushed Villarreal with a surprise formation including one genuine defender only: Abidal. Any calls against Chygrynskiy going back to Camp Nou?
You know most of the above, but I couldn’t help myself writing about it. I can even imagine some of the following:
Ganso to Chelsea – Neymar to Milan – Higuain to Inter – Parker, Moutinho, and Cahill to Arsenal – Gago to Roma – and Borriello to PSG.
Who do you think will be the most surprising “Panic Shopping” when the window is closed?