Clubs hold firm in transfer hot house

by Mystical Mike

Monday, July 28th, 2008

Transfer special

There are just under three weeks to go until the new Premier League season gets underway and we are all still waiting for some earth shattering transfer deals to go through.

Euro 2008 was supposed to be the calm before the storm in the British transfer market with the cream of Europe expected to be snapped up by over paying English Premier League clubs after shining on the big stage in Austria and Switzerland.

However it has just not happened yet as the likes of Andrei Arshavin and David Villa look a million miles away from joining anyone, while Premier League new boys West Brom and Hull have made the most signings with eight and six new faces respectively as they look to defy the odds and stay up for more than one season.

Going down?

Chelsea have spent over £20million on Portuguese stars Deco and Jose Bosingwa which is relatively small-fry in comparison to previous transfer window exploits, Liverpool have four new boys for a small output, although an £18m swoop for Tottenham’s Robbie Keane could liven things up.

Other big moves so far involve Tottenham’s swoop for Croatian star Luka Modric, Peter Crouch’s move to Portsmouth and Bolton’s big money swoop for Swedish hitman Johan Elmander.

Indeed the big transfer stories of the summer have all involved deals that have not gone through. Manchester United are clinging on to Cristiano Ronaldo as Real Madrid continue to circle, while Jose Mourinho seems determined to take Chelsea’s Frank Lampard to Inter Milan and Liverpool appear to have given up the ghost on Villa’s Gareth Barry.

It begs the question, are Premier League clubs tightening their belts as the credit crunch comes home to roost with them? Or are the fun and games set to begin in the next month as the August 31 deadline looms?

If I was a football football betting man I would expect some significant activity in the coming weeks, but it does go to show that, especially in the case of Arshavin, clubs are not willing to hand out money willy nilly in order to meet some ridiculous wage demands from players which is good for the game in my view.

It should be an interesting few weeks as the new campaign approaches to see if clubs that are struggling to strengthen at the moment bite the bullet and do pay over the odds in their panic or stick to their guns and run the risk of a season of struggle.

Written by Craig Smithson, a professional sports writer who blogs about football betting at Betfair.

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  • Stevie

    Robbie Keane signs for the Pool, Torres and Keane up front, thats some combo!!

    Bye bye Spuds, without goals you won’t even finish mid table. Enjoy your relegation battle with Newcastle and Fulham!!

  • Danny Brothers

    Spurs to now go for Roque Santa Cruz I would wager? Though someone with a bit of pace would probably be a better bet now that Keane and Defoe are gone.

  • Stevie

    Where’s your captain gone?
    Where’s your captain gone?
    Where’s your captain gone?
    Where’s your captain gone?

    Bye bye Spuds!

  • Parks numero uno

    i thought this was a forum for intelligent opinions?? not just for sad gooners to have a go at Spurs!!!! lets have some intelligent opinions.

  • Martyn

    Stevie, you better sign on again, mate. King is Totenham’s captain. Has been for a few years. Oh dear.

  • Parks numero uno

    i find it funny that arsenal fun are having ago at spurs about Keane going but arsenal let one of their best young players they have had in years go. Flamini will turn into one of the best midfielder in europe. that was great business by arsene whinger.

    i believe Modric is a great move for spurs. he is a world class player.

  • Parks numero uno

    i meant fans not fun, i am a pleb

  • dee

    Modric is not a world class player yet. That term is used to lightly these days.

    These are world class and he doesn’t any where near…


    Arsenal fun, I like it!

  • Parks numero uno

    Zambrotta? im not sure
    Kaka? yes
    Messi? not the finished product
    Ronaldo? cant do it against big teams ref: vs Germany in euro 2008
    Buffon? definitely

    Arsenal fun? maybe i was thinking of sumfin else……..

    you left out Casillas at Madrid, he won them the title last season

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