It has reached that block in the soccer calendar where common sense takes a tumble out of the window, everyone forgets that their club already have five strikers and the money men fit their phones with a concrete wallet.
Welcome to the soccer transfer silly season!
Today we have already seen Swansea City complete the permanent signing of glorious loan-signing Gylfi Sigurdsson from Hoffenheim for a reported £6.8. He has been a constant long-distance goal threat for Swansea, can wrap his foot around a dead-ball and is perhaps the kind of player Brendan Rodgers needed to secure so as to keep him in Wales and not trundling over to Liverpool FC.
Of course now the first signing has fallen into place (and what a disappointingly predictable signing it was. He has been in form, has enjoyed his stay and his other club don’t want him: this makes too much sense for an English Premier League transfer!). Fear not, though, as the rumor machine clanks noisily into high gear like a run by Andy Carroll.
The Eden Hazard soap opera looks to be finalized this afternoon as the Belgian winger at Lille claims he has chosen which suitor he would love to sign on the dotted line for. It was thought to be a three-horse race with Chelsea, Manchester City and Manchester United all slamming Hazard’s agent with dollar signs, but the persistent whisper is that Chelsea will take the player to London.
Still not ridiculous enough? Well Liverpool are already linked with Napoli starlets Edinson Cavani (pictured) and Ezequiel Lavezzi, despite the team having no manager, no Director of Football and owners on the other side of the Atlantic. This would be an exciting swoop for the Mersey men, but one can’t help figuring that whichever of Roberto Martinez, Brendan Rodgers or Luis Van Gaal gets the job would not appreciate purchases without their say-so.
You are right, though, still too plausible or understandable. How about released Bolton midfielder Nigel Reo-Coker fleeing to Sevilla, Spain, Jordan Rhodes moving from newly promoted First Division side Huddersfield to Everton or even churlish striker Nicklas Bendtner going from Arsenal to thriving German powerhouse Borussia Dortmund? He is expected to leave alongside Denilson and Sebastian Squillaci.
As for other losses, Branislav Ivanovic is said to be watched closely by the wily Jose Mourinho. He is versatile and abrasive and The Special One sure is fond of a defender who bites, but it could be another famous unsettling tactic, if it is true at all.
There will be much more in the coming days, but it will either get sillier or there will just be a deluge of distractions. Like this. Didier Drogba carrying the Olympic flame. That, a Champions League victory and a big money move to China in one summer? Lucky Didier!