Top Five: Clubs having a disappointing transfer window
On the last Friday of July, most teams around Europe will be looking at their squads as being pretty much ready for the new season ahead. With the elite European leagues starting in two or three weeks time and pre-season well under way, now is a good time to reflect on which clubs are having the best and worst time of it in the markets this summer. Barring some rapid accelerations in developments with certain deals and the usual transfer deadline day madness, the bulk of the work has been done.
I’ve looked at teams having a good window, now it’s on to clubs not going so well.
Major Ins: Yaya Sanogo (Auxerre, Free)
Major Outs: Andrei Arshavin (Zenit, Free) Vito Mannone (Sunderland, £2.5m) Andre Santos (Flamengo, Free)
Summary: Arsenal entered this summer as one of only two major European clubs that would have the same manager in place. Allied to increased financial confidence because of an easing in the repayments schedule on the stadium and a change in financial fair play rules, confidence was high that they would finally sign big names rather than sell them. The likes of Jovetic, Rooney, Fellaini and Higuain were all reputed to be realistic targets. But nothing has happened. The season ticket renewal deadline came and the big talk died down immediately. A deal for Higuain was supposedly close, although in reality it probably never was. They could have gotten the Argentine for £32m but are now embroiled in going after Luis Suarez in a deal that could cost them over £50m for a player they can’t use domestically until late September. The squad isn’t lacking quality, but considering what they said they were going to do, it’s very disappointing.