It is late July folks and the domestic leagues will of course be starting in less than 3 weeks. After a busy summer, with the Euro Championships now concluded and the Olympics to come, the transfers market has been delayed in some respects but some key deals have already been done.
So is it time to panic if your club has not fixed their weak areas on the pitch? Or discarded the proven trash from last season?
SoccerSurgery highlights major transfers that have yet to occur but fans COULD or SHOULD lose their minds if they don’t get across the line:
FC BARCELONA – HECTOR BELLERIN
With Dani Alves now in Turin (Juventus) after 247 appearances, it is understandable that most Barca fans are nervous to find a big name replacement given Bellerin’s sterling season.
However, Arsenal don’t seem keen to sell so this transfer might not happen but SS deems that development to be a positive despite how some fans would inevitably react.
Aleix Vidal, signed from Sevilla in the winter window, is an excellent player and actually more experienced than Bellerin though he fell out of favour at the end of last season. Enrique doesn’t strike us as one suffering with a short term memory but regardless he should refresh himself on Vidal’s ability to do things like these:
MANCHESTER UNITED – PAUL POGBA
After a flurry of transfers (Bailly, Ibra, Mkhitaryan) Man U fans now feel invincible. Their balls are hanging low, dragging on the ground once again and with reports of Juventus being close on accepting a fee there would be bitter disappointment if their prodigal son doesn’t return home after all this hype.
Is Pogba worth in excess of 100M though? Happy to hear your thoughts in the comments section but we will give the debate the SS treatment in a post coming soon.
ARSENAL – PIERRE EMRICK AUBEMEYANG
The gunner fanbase HATES Giroud, sometimes irrationally. Regardless, if a world class striker does not arrive at the Emirates before the window closes there will be riots.
Per Opta, last season Arsenal led all premier league clubs in clear cut chances (101) and attempts in the penalty area (419) yet finished 4th in goals scored, 3 goals less than eventual Champions Leicester. This is not just down to Olivier Giroud if you pour into the numbers but Stevie Wonder can clearly diagnose there’s a goal conversion issue to be addressed.
CHELSEA – KALIDOU KOULIBALY
Given the aging backline and Koulibaly’s imperial performances for Napoli fans would surely be salivating at the news Conte had interest. What is the point of bringing a big name coach if they can’t get these sort of deals done? (to be revisted again later with Liverpool)
John Terry is old, Cahill looks out of confidence and Kurt Zouma is on the mend. With the lack of quality central defenders around, the failure to obtain Koulibaly would be disastrous in our view given the hard line stance Roma and Juventus have taken on selling Manolas and Bonucci respectively.
LIVERPOOL – JONAS HECTOR ( OR ANY DEFENDER WITH A LEFT FOOT)
Let’s be honest. Klopp with all his credentials is struggling to attract established quality players. Grujic, Karius, Mane and Winjaldum are not exactly world class. Klopp has a history of doing more with less but even so these transfers more resemble the work of a Brendan Rodgers which probably sounds like blasphemy for the Klopp faithful.
That said Moreno has been AWFUL in a Liverpool shirt and it doesn’t look like the Anfield faithful have realized a decision has been made to bring competition for Moreno rather than a replacement. As the last few days of the window winds down(when more fans pay attention) the locals will catch wind of the plan and tear down that newly built stand. What a shame.
BAYERN MUNICH / REAL MADRID – NO TRANSFERS NEEDED (AND WE EXPECT FANS FEEL SIMILARLY)
The two most complete squads in the world currently and recent Champions League holders. We challenge anyone to identify a weak area of these clubs and a thousand pounds will be wired to an account of your choosing (this assumes BREXIT leaves the pound absolutely worthless of course).
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