It’s the most highly anticipated transfer market in recent memory and we’ve witnessed a lot of great buys. 13 Premier League clubs broke their transfer records, but we know that there are still teams that would’ve loved to buy more if they had more time to get the players they needed.
Chelsea, Man Utd and Man City knew who their target men were and made most of their deals pretty quickly. We know they have the financial backing and with three new managers looking to stamp their ground in their first seasons, they were always going to move fast and do their business before the last day.
The managers all had interested preparation coming into their new clubs. Pep knew he was leaving Bayern Munich so I’m sure he kept his cards close to his chest and didn’t share some of his interest until he arrived at City. For example, I’m sure Leroy Sane would now be at Munich if Pep had stayed in Germany.
Mourinho was well aware of his job even when Van Gaal was still in charge, so he began his focus from distance and saw where he needed to change players quickly to get his team ready and get off to a good start in the new season.
Conte maybe had the hardest challenge of the three because he was occupied with the Azzurri during the summer. He had to bring Italy as far as he could at the European Cup but also needed to get his Chelsea team in place. The signals are clear. None of the three will tell you they want the title but they sure do play like it and will go after it with hunger. ‘Don’t talk, just deliver’ is the mantra.
I, like everyone else, did expect Arsenal to get make some investments eventually, but they waited – and maybe a little too long – as the season didn’t start like it normally does for the Gunners. Let’s hope Arsenal and Liverpool get their balance back quick, pick up some form and make the title race more interesting.
Enjoy your international break #mmlove