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When to Strike In The EPL Transfer Window

August 22, 2020

- Grant Whittington

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The English Premier League finished at the end of July this year, but it is due back by the 12th of September. The transfer window swung open on the 27th of July but the global health crisis bringing sports and almost everything else to a standstill means that the deadline has been extended until the 5th of October.

The 2020/20 EPL season will be shortened too, so domestic trades between the Premier League and the English Football League can continue until the 12th of October.

Clubs need to decide when to stake their claim. Is it better to strike while the iron is hot, or should one wait until the dust settles?

There’s No Such Thing as Too Early

Arsenal and Chelsea are part of the Early Birds club, with The Blues already snapping up Hakim Ziyech and Timo Werner. And rumour has it that Ben Chilwell, Kai Havertz, and Thiago Silva are expected to arrive at Stamford Bridge soon, to the tune of £50 million, £70 million, and free-at-35-years-old respectively.

The Gunners moved quickly too, bringing in William Saliba and Willian, snagging the Brazillian after Chelsea did not match Arsenal’s three-year deal offer. This is a triumph for Arsenal, and North London Gooners went wild when the news broke.

These two Football clubs pouncing as quickly as they did are proof that they are not messing around in the race for the top four places next year, not to mention the title challenge. Arsenal just finished in the lowest position they have in 25 years, at 8th place, and while Chelsea made the top four, they scraped through with a lucky four points over The Foxes.

Their transfer activity doesn’t seem to relate to the season The Blues just completed because they had issues not at the front but in the back. While Silva will certainly add experience to their line-up, expecting him to hand the marked physical pacing of the Premier League may simply be too much for the older, albeit legendary, player.

Manchester City also seized the day, attempting to boost a squad that suffered nine losses in the Premier League this season. Their total was higher than Liverpool’s, who lost 3 games, and Manchester United, who were defeated 8 times. Nathan Ake arrived from Bournemouth for a cool £40 million and there is apparently an impressive list of athletes being lined up to protect City’s backline from conceding quite so many crucial goals going forward.

Better Late Than Never

Tottenham Hotspur is taking its time. They released Kyle Walker-Peters to Southampton for £12 million and brought in Joe Hart and Pierre-Emile Hojbjerg. And, as firmly as Mourinho is seen to be supporting his club’s slow process, he almost definitely wants reinforcements for his strikers before it is too late.

Liverpool seems to be unbothered by time constraints too, spending only £11.75 million for Olympiakos’ Kostas Tsimikas so far. Word on the ground has it that they are very interested in Thiago Alcantar, Bayern Munich’s Champions League campaign star midfielder, but they have not yet made a bid. This is despite their first Premier League title being set to unfold on the 12th of September.

And Manchester United is proving a puzzle too, with no one being recruited so far despite a time-consuming and ultimately pointless pursuit of Jadon Sancho, winger for Borussia Dortmund.  Perhaps their current line up is fit enough and for their season kick-off, but it is far more likely that they will reveal their transfer intentions very soon and take full advantage of the extended deadline.

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