Us football fans are a strange breed. We don’t relish in gossiping about our neighbours affairs or what’s happening in the latest episode of Eastenders. No, we have a far more important subject to gossip about: football. The players, the teams, the new kits (especially those with an uncanny likeness to our soldiers out in Afghanistan- no Everton, this will not make Tim Howard invincible).
For a die-hard fan it’s a horrifically lonely time- the summer. Those nail-biting 61 days of transfer signings between July and August fly by as you prepare yourself for another critical league ahead. We spend near on ten months moulding our lives to fit around the Premier League. Screw your best mate’s wedding-it’s the first derby game of the season! Big meeting at work? Well i would…only we’ve got Champion’s League play offs…
To top it all off, the excitement of the summer transfers is clouded by confusion and contradicting reports from misleading tabloids. And when it isn’t that, we have to read monotonous WAG stories. Is there no rest? No fear, we have all the big transfer news right here at The Upcoming! From Wenger’s stingy fingers gradually leaking money in desperation of a trophy to Neil Warnock’s ambitious dreams of signing exotic and stylish footballers such as Marouane Chamakh but instead settling for the ‘comfortable’ option of free transfer Kieron Dyer, this summer has already caused great debate!
The one team that we’ve all guiltily been keeping an eye on is, of course, Man City. With transfer spending reaching a colossal £360 million since Sheikh Mansour’s controversial takeover in 2008 we’re all keen to see what big name stars they’ll be bringing in to the 2011-12 season. However much we may morally disagree with outside spending in the premier league you’ve got to admit that the prospect of international stars joining our own league, entertaining us with fancy footwork and funny accents is awfully tempting. The speculation is huge surrounding our loveable but reluctant ogre Tevez and Brazilian giants’ Corinthians’ ever increasing bid (currently peaking at 40m).
Samir Nasri is one player causing anguish between rival clubs as both City and United have expressed a keen interest in the Arsenal playmaker but with a stubborn and undeniably desperate Wenger Nasri’s exit is in high doubt. With Clichy settling in well at City and Vieira adapting to his role behind the scenes, i’d be clinging onto Nasri with arms, legs and teeth!
There’s goalkeeper musical chairs happening all over the transfer window with Given’s move from City to Villa, Friedel choosing Spurs over Villa and Van Der Sar just outright leaving Man Utd in the trusted hands of Spanish rising star De Gea.
Chelsea are becoming unlikely role models due to their responsible youth signings of McEachran and Bertrand- two very promising U21’s in complete contrast to the hopelessly positive black cats who have signed United seniors Wes Brown and John O’shea in hope to achieve more than mid-table mediocrity this season.
Overall it looks like theres alot of buying left to be done but i’m looking forward to another unpredictable and fast-paced season in the premier league and, fingers crossed, let’s hope that there’ll be a Sneijder involved along the way…and who knows, maybe Kaka will pop up unexpectantly?