Euro 2016 had managed to take the spotlight away from what is arguably the most awaited time period of the year for football enthusiasts, the transfer window, but now it’s back and how! We finally see a lot of movement happening in the transfer window, especially after the relatively quiet spell during the recently concluded Euros. The journey of a player to a club usually begins with a lot of ‘blah, blah, blah’ (are we right, Adidas Football?) in the press, moves to some concrete, specific and detailed rumours, with leading bookies slashing their odds on the move(s), and finally culminates in the agreement getting signed by all parties involved. It’s a complex process, really, but once it gets done, football fans around the world rejoice in anticipation and hope of a successful season of football for their beloved club.
Entering the 9th day of August, the excitement in the air is palpable, considering the 2016-2017 football season is less than a week away in England. With the presence of massive names such as Jurgen Klopp, Pep Guardiola, Jose Mourinho, Antonio Conte, Claudio Ranieri, Arsene Wenger, Mauricio Pochettino, this year’s Premier League is poised to be tighter than ever, which has prompted a lot of big clubs to spend colossal amounts of money in pursuit of the players who might give their side the proverbial edge.
The one battle that is bound to make most heads turn- between Guardiola and Mourinho- is already gaining momentum. And we’re saying this when the season has not even started. They’re already locking horns with each other in the transfer market, with Guardiola having procured the services of exciting prospects like Nolito, Leroy Sane, Ilkay Gundogan, and most recently, John Stones. While that list looks impressive, Mourinho, on the other hand, has absolutely nailed this year’s transfer window by getting world class names such as Zlatan Ibrahimovic, Eric Bailly, Henrikh Mkhitaryan and Paul Pogba, who notably broke the transfer record for the highest fee paid for a football player with his 100 million pound transfer from Juventus.
The stage is set, hundreds of millions of pounds have been spent, now what waits to be seen is which manager and club can have been the most shrewd out of the lot. We believe by December the world will have a fair idea of where we’re headed in the battle for the top. Stay tuned with us till then, we’ll be back with more on this soon.