The goalposts have been moved in every league at every level when it comes to the normal timelines being applied. The transfer window will no doubt have to be flexible too. With worldwide restrictions in place and a date for those to be lifted unknown, there is no doubt that the summer window will be adjusted somewhat.
Fabio Capello is calling for the window to be extended until the end of December. While others like Gary Neville want a twelve month window to be looked at. Either way we are going to look at transfers that most likely have a chance of happening and discuss if they should or shouldn’t happen:
Over the season Philippe Coutinho was said to be outraged at the collapse of a deal to bring him to Londan last summer. For various reasons (one being a revitalised Thomas Müller) Coutinho hasn’t settled down or cemented a regular place/position on loan at Bayern Munich. It now looks highly unlikely that the German side will seek a permanent deal.
Step up Daniel Levy. Recently Coutinho rejected claims that he held a grudge with the Totthenham chairman, maybe with an eye on a summer move as Barcelona have made it clear he doesn’t fit in at the Nou Camp. With his value significantly reduced (£65-85m) and Spurs players like Dele Ali struggling with form and possibly motivation, it would be seen as a serious upgrade for Mourinho’s men to gain the services of the Brazilian.
Verdict : Sign him up!
Liverpool welcome back Loris Karius this summer when he returns from his loan move at Besiktas. The Turkish club have decided not to take up the option to sign Karius on a permanent deal having failed to impress in his time in the Süper Lig. Jürgen Klopp has a fantastic keeper in Allison and will look to immediately send him back out.
Strong interest has come in from West Ham to take the goalkeeper off the Merseyside clubs hands in a potential £4.5million deal. This in all fairness is why the hammers flop each year. Recruitment has been a huge problem for them and this is another sign that they haven’t copped on at all. Karius is always just a game away from a major blunder. The minute this happens (and it won’t be long) the players around him will immediately lose confidence and it’s all downhill from there. West Ham have a better goalkeeper on their books in Darren Randolph. So if they want to improve in this position they need to look elsewhere and be a bit more ambitious.
Verdict : Don’t bother signing him, too much of a risk!
Should : Mesut Ozil‘s agent declared this week that the German international is happy at Arsenal and is not going anywhere in the summer. As much as manager Mikel Arteta wants to play up Ozil’s contribution since the Spaniard got the job it’s surely all just smoke and mirrors. A ploy to get a bit of interest in the player.
If we have learnt anything about Ozil is that he puts a performance in when he wants to put one in. His consistency is in his inconsistent performances. Pundits talk him up that he is a player who can win games with a single pass. Then problem is Arsenal fans sometimes dont get to see that one good pass in a game for weeks, then five games later he gains an assist and the hype flares up again. The gunners are in the position they are in because of attitudes like Ozil’s.
Verdict : Arsenal shouldn’t settle here, Must go!
Sticking with Arsenal and they have a real problem on their hands. Pierre-Emerick Aubameyang is out of contract at the end of the 2021 season. With 17 goals this season the Gabon forward is essential to Mikel Arteta’s chances of breaking back into the top 4 and challenging for trophies. He has an eye for goal and scores all types of goals. It would be hard to replace him.
With Aubameyang demanding £300,000 a week in negotiations this might not fit in with their wage structure. Should they keep him and let his contract run down or sell him this summer? Tottenham had a similar problem with Christian Eriksen in which they decided to turn down offers and see out his contract in the hope that he would drive them on to challenge for titles this season. It backfired, badly. Eriksson’s focus was practically nil. Tottenham gained nothing keeping him with the Dane occupying the bench for most of the season until his January move to Inter. Arsenal, take note.
Verdict : Don’t sell him! If Arsenal want to compete then give him the contract he wants.
Frank Lampard has done as good a job as was expected from him this season. It wasn’t all smooth sailing though, tough decisions had to be made to stamp his authority on the team. One of those decisions was to drop Kepa Arrizabalaga. And it was simply down to form, maybe.
Lampard wasn’t happy with the performances that Kepa was putting in. To play for one of europe’s top clubs you need to be consistently putting in top performances. Kepa has been good, but not great. How often do you remember Kepa’s game winning performances. Not often, none come to my mind. Even the above average Jordan Pickford has placed quality performances into footballing memory bank.
But attitude makes and breaks footballers, and Kepa’s is suspect. The 2019 Carabao cup final gave us a window into Kepa’s. The goalkeeper defied Sarri in the closing stages of extra time by refusing to be substituted. Who does that?? Sarri should have been sacked straight after the game for failing to obtain respect for his position as head coach/manager. Kepa should have followed him for disrespecting his manager, his team, the fans and the club.
Verdict : Sell him now, there’s better out there.
Real Madrid’s high standards would see the season so far as below par. Out at the last 16 stage of the Champions League and second in La Liga has previously seen the best of managers get their marching orders from the Santiago Bernabéu Stadium. But with a small rebuild needed club legend Zinadine Zidane will get the summer to do exactly that. And Madrid’s normal strategy is to target the best in Europe.
Sadie Mane fits their profile perfectly. One of the best players in Europe. Score goals. Creates goals. Has great pace. He’s a game changer and is consistently at the top of his game. Liverpool wouldn’t want to lose him but the power and the lure of Madrid would be impossible to turn down. Mane is a big time player who would certainly fit in as a galatico.
Verdict : Madrid need him, Madrid want him, Madrid should get their man.