Dosh No Object as EPL's Giants Seek Transfer Treats
The summer transfer window is always packed with rumors and surprise, with record-breaking deals, small investments turning into amazing club assets, and controversial transfers.
And this year's been no different, with teams from the English Premiership -- the world's richest sports league -- tossing their incredible revenue streams at a talented workforce.
Although stratospheric sums for elite players like Cristiano Ronaldo (£80million) and Gareth Bale (€100million) have been pocketed by English teams, they spew ever-larger wads to replace them, swooping for players who, for that sort of dosh, gladly remain on English soil.
While sides from Spain and Germany rely on their youth squad to produce quality rosters, English teams are busy fishing in the transfer market. This season is no different.
When we talk about the giants of the Premier League, we talk about teams like Arsenal, Chelsea, Liverpool, Manchester City and Manchester United. All have been active in the transfer market and are still pursuing their targets with league play just days away.
Here's the wish list that these Premier League megalodons are currently trying to fulfill, if they haven't done so already:
The Gunners aren't usually buyers. Instead, they prefer to nurture the young talent from their youth academy. However, they'll dip into the transfer pool if they perceive instant value. They inked Mesut Özil from Real Madrid for a record fee of £40million-plus last summer, which seems to have kicked-started a spending spree in North London. In this transfer window, Arsenal have already snared of Chile’s Alexis Sanchez and France’s Mathieu Debuchy.
Arsenal is currently fishing for a prolific striker and the first name on their wish list is Edinson Cavani of Uruguay. Although the richest club in the Premiership in terms of midfielders, Arsenal is still looking for midfield enhancements. Adrian Rabiot of Paris Saint-Germain and Morgan Schneiderlin of Southampton are the two names that Arsenal is wishing to fish.
The Blues -- or Chelski, in some quarters still -- is one of the two biggest spenders in the Premiership, always looking for megastars. There have been disappointments, of course, but they usually manage to get the right deal. José Mourinho bagged Cesc Fabregas from FC Barcelona and the Blues' former striker, Didier Drogba, on a free transfer. The biggest fish Chelsea reeled in this season is Diego Costa from Athletico Madrid.
TThe crowd support for the 'Pool could well be the best in the Premiership. This is due in part to the Reds being the only big club to have taken the initiative to develop young English. Although they do rely on their academy, it's not sufficient for a return to the glory to which they were accustomed a generation ago. With vampire wannabe Luis Suarez leaving, Liverpool have already signed Ricky Lambert and Adam Lallana from Southampton to bolster their attack. Manager Brenden Rogers has designs on Alberto Moreno although Sevilla isn't exactly enamored with the idea. Diego Lopez, a regular for Real Madrid, has also been linked to Merseyside to patrol the posts. Keita Balde Diao of Lazio could fill the void at striker; he's currently valued at £24million.
Thanks to Abu Dhabi dosh, the Sky Blues are the richest club in the Premiership, and ownership is intent on burnishing its image by spreading the wealth of goowill. With that sort of overage, it's clear City has little concern about transfer fees. So, it's a mild surprise that they're rather quiet in this transfer window. Part of the reason is they saw little need. City's current roster of stars did rather well for themselves in the season just gone.
Overall, the Red Devils have been the Premiership's most successful club, which made last season's campaign all the more embarrassing, at least by their standards. Louis van Gaal, the former Netherlands national coach is now at the helm and has wasted no time putting his stamp on the squad.
There was no delay in signing players like Luke Shaw and Ander Herrera.
With club legends like Vidić, Ferdinand, and Evra departing and Ryan Giggs retiring, United has to be active in the transfer window. They're in the hunt for Matt Hummels of Borussia Dortmund to enhance their defense. Arturo Vidal of Juventus is who they want to handle the midfield crisis. Nigel de Jong is a van Gaal favorite. Juan Cuadrado, a star of the World Cup 2014, is also being monitored to replace their underperforming wingers.