With Transfer Deadline Day finally upon us, what can we expect within the final 24 hours of the summer transfer window of 2013?
With a Premier League perspective on things, there is lots of high profile business that is reportedly now ready to happen as clubs and managers see the clock ticking and finally take stern action.
The Gareth Bale world record move of £85m to Real Madrid looks like it is going to trigger various other movements around Europe. Most notably perhaps, with Arsenal. In fact one of the reasons that the Bale move took so long to complete is that it’s suggested Tottenham wanted to prevent any knock on transfers benefiting their North London rivals, Arsenal.
For Arsenal it has been a tough and long action-less summer in the transfer market. But with a day left it looks like Wenger is finally about to make the big swoop. Mesut Ozil is reportedly on the verge of a move away from Real Madrid, with the Spanish club looking to cover the Bale costs whilst Ozil’s football will now be limited in comparison to recent times. It seems that Karim Benzema and Angel Di Maria will certainly not be on the way out.
However, keep an eye on proceedings at Manchester United as their hunt for a new attacking midfielder could possibly see them hijack the Ozil happenings. Either way, Ozil to Arsenal would be a huge feat. It would be a seriously world class talent arriving at the Emirates, one that would allow for more rotation in the midfield for players such as Santi Carzola.
For David Moyes and Manchester United I still believe that Marouane Fellaini will be the main pursuit. Reports strongly suggest that the Everton midfielder is still on United’s immediate radar, and for Moyes it is a player he knows well and is comfortable in bringing to his new club.
Another player to highlight a possible move is Real Madrid’s Kaka. He wants to leave and his game time will surely be very small this season. The Brazilian has been linked with Arsenal, but I wouldn’t be surprised if AC Milan manage to bring him back to the club where he once shined. I can’t see him staying in Madrid for much longer, even if he departs on a loan move.
There will always be one or two shocks too – players that no one ever expected to make a switch. It happens every year. The quality of that player, however, is something that may excite us more than usual. If I had to make a rough prediction then maybe someone like Juan Mata would be a player you can’t say is 100 percent safe at his current club. But I wouldn’t expect clubs such as Manchester United to sell players so late. There is an exception with Real Madrid due to their players who are surplus, and they could do with a financial gain after the huge Bale fee.