It is unclear why most football clubs, but in recent years particularly Manchester United, wait for the last day of the transfer window to make main trades. MU, the popular acronym for Manchester United, has signed their most interesting player even before the transfer window opened. Memphis Depay, from Holland, a former PSV player, is a very exciting footballer indeed, but ever since that signing happened, Manchester United has not really improved on their attacking options, despite having returned Radamel Falcao back to Monaco, from where he promptly returned to Chelsea and offloading Robin Van Persie, the last great signing done by MU legend Sir Alex Ferguson, to Turkish Fenerbahce.
They massively improved their defense, with Matteo Darmian, who has already proven that he will be vital this season and Sergio Romero, the Argentinian goalie, who has some issues, but was pretty consistent until now and will most definitely be a contender for the main keeper chore. In the midfield, Bastian Schweinsteiger from Bayern Munich and Morgan Schneiderlin from Southampton immediately brought some stability, despite Schweinsteiger having some fitness issues. But the attack is just getting weaker and weaker, now with Adnan Januzaj off to Borussia Dortmund on loan, Javier Hernandez sold to Bayer Leverkuksen, Nani sold to Fenerbahce and Angel Di Maria gone to PSG for good. Attack is weak, Rooney is not bringing it and there is nobody left to score.
Now Machester is not the only club out there with worries, Chelsea just got its nose rubbed by Manchester City, Kevin De Bruyne, a Chelsea reject who performed wonders in Wofsburg, just signed on to soon play against his former club with some glee – Mourinho and his Blues had the worst start in years. Liverpool sold their best player, Raheem Sterling, to Manchester City, making it very easy to see who is the top contender for this season’s top position, or rather who will most likely win the Premiership.
Nevertheless, besides all that has happened and will happen until the transfer window closes, huge amounts of money have changed hands. For instance, Manchester United, despite having brought in five players until now, are still dealing in positive figures and have money to spare, even if they purchase another player by the already looming deadline. Liverpool, on the other hand, sold, let go or loaned out twenty one of their players in this transfer window, a move that is as of yet unheard of.
Sometimes it is hard to keep track of who is playing where, because even some club legends have been let go, most prominently Steven Gerrard of Liverpool, allowed to go off for free to LA Galaxy, a move the fans will always mourn and most certainly complain about, should Liverpool fare bad this season. It also seems that, when looking what is going on world-wide, the financial fair play effort FIFA put together did not work at all. PSG, Manchester City and Real Madrid are still throwing around with money, closely followed by Barcelona, Chelsea and many more. It remains to be seen how far this will yet be allowed to go. The January transfer window is only a couple of months away.