With the pandemic we are facing, a lot of clubs have suffered many financial consequences. We imagined salary reductions, football close to that reality and few investments. Against all odds, movements are still going at full steam in Europe.
FREE AGENTS ARE PRIORITY
It is difficult for big clubs to invest billions in this transfer window. With the budgets reductions, due to the drop in profits from the box office and club items sales on match days, the movement in this next window has to be purely strategic.
A good business strategy is to bet on players at the end of their contracts with their clubs, or those dismissed by their new managers. Two very clear examples of this situation are defender Thiago Silva, and striker Luís Suárez.
Suárez was dismissed by phone from Barcelona, because Koeman is no longer counting on his services. The most likely path of the striker is Juventus, to partner up with Cristiano Ronaldo, after Pirlo’s decision to dismiss Gonzalo Higuaín.
Thiago Silva was informed that he would not continue in PSG, and even after achieving the final of the Champions League, he could not reach an agreement. With this, he went to Chelsea as a free agent.
Chelsea has been a team with a very average defense and Thiago Silva will help a lot on bringing experience and technique, without much expense.
The midfielder Rakitic got on board in the dismissal boat of Barcelona. Who approved that idea big time was Sevilla who hired his former player, with a much lower cost than the former sale.
Chelsea’s striker William was transferred to his rival, Arsenal, for £100,000 a week. The Brazilian’s contract was closing at the end of the season, and he did not reach an agreement with the blues.
There are other strikers who are also good options for big clubs, but these ones should put their feet on the ground when it comes to settling their wages. I’m talking about Higuaín himself, and also about the Uruguayan Edinson Cavani.
Higuaín cost Juventus 90 million euros, along with a high wage. The Argentinean does not have an immediate club interest nowadays, and he will probably have to lower his costs to settle with a good team.
Cavani left PSG in the middle of the season, and hasn’t settle with another club since. Many clubs showed interest in the player, but few brought concrete proposals to the table.
This is because the Uruguayan still puts himself in a rare condition in the market, and raises his demands. Who showed a lot of interest in his signing was Benfica, but news coming from Portugal report that the striker asked for more than 10 million euros per year, and did not come to terms with the club.
JUST ONE BIG CARD PER CLUB?
For those clubs who already have a big squad, they can afford to bet on one or two signings to close the season. Manchester City are still waiting for Lionel Messi’s situation with Barcelona to unfold.
According to the newspaper Sport, the English club will pay up to 750 million euros to count on the Argentinean if he leaves Barcelona for free. At this moment, the Citizens are not thinking about paying up a fortune to Barcelona, and are waiting for the release of the Argentine.
Messi did not show up at the Spanish club to take the tests at this beginning of season, and has already informed that he will leave the club. In an official announcement, La Liga informed that the Argentine can only leave Barcelona if he pays up a fine of 700 million euros.
The case should unfold during next week.
Another English club has also opened the safe. Manchester United signed the youngster Van de Beek from Ajax for a total of 45 million euros. In addition to the Dutch midfielder, United is also following Leipzig’s defender Upamecano, and has yet to make a final move on Borussia Dortmund’s Jadon Sancho.
England seems to be the center of transfer movements in Europe at the moment. A few weeks ago, Chelsea made some good deals with the signings of Timo Werner and Ziyech.
Liverpool may also appear in this window if the club reaches an agreement with Thiago Alcântara.
Bayern Munich’s CEO said he is still waiting for a proposal from the English side, and should facilitate the departure of the midfielder who was brilliant in this last Champions League final.
NEYMAR “HIDDEN” FOR ANOTHER YEAR
This week, Brazilian player Neymar dropped a statement to PSG’s official magazine, ensuring his permanence in the French club for the next season. It is a reality that in football nothing can be guaranteed with 100% certainty, but it was the Brazilian himself who gave the information.
Neymar hit the crossbar in the task of taking the Parisian team to its first Champions League title, aswel as in winning the prize for best player in the world. He will try to do it next season, where once again he will be hidden in the dull games of the French league, and only showing the world his real talent when playing in the Champions League.
If Messi is really to leave Barcelona, the Brazilian would be the number 1 player to replace him, but now that door has been closed.
The English clubs are reinforcing themselves, and PSG needs some pieces in order to be more competitive, because their only 3 stars in the front were not enough to beat a stronger Bayern Munich side. Let’s wait…