Admittedly, the only one I know of for sure and have seen play is Gabriel Barbosa. I could see him headed to Porto. Others I’ve heard and, of course, seen on FM. We’ll see how many do end up in Europe this summer on beyond.
Nice breakdown of these two players. Lacazette has the experience and is versatile enough to play out wide if necessary but both could have an impact elsewhere. Some might prefer Batshuayi because he’s younger but three years isn’t that big a difference.
Yay, its transfer time again. Zlatan shows up on both lists because he’s a boss like that. I agree with the top 10 transfers list but as far as the free transfers go, I don’t think many teams will be stumbling over each other to get Kolo Toure, Gaston Ramirez, Martin Demichelis, Gregory Van der Wiel or Michael Carrick even though they are free transfers. Could probably even add Terry to that list. The fact that the majority of them are Premier League players also lessens the interest as I’m sure there are players elsewhere in Europe who could be considered.
I think they might consider it if Roberto Martinez stays and there’s no FA Cup trophy. If Martinez really has lost the dressing room then they’ll consider it regardless. It would certainly be understandable on Lukaku’s part given his progression. Barkley and Stones have improved but still have issues to iron out and may have a tough time at a bigger club right away.
Really great read here. FIFA has a number of big issues to tackle moving forward and this is certainly one of them.
These are all pretty much spot. Definitely some of the best transfers this season. I think its between Javier Hernandez, Dimitri Payet, N’Golo Kante and Dele Alli for the best transfer period. Yes, three of those are Premier League but do I’m sure I don’t have to go through why they are in the running.
Yes, they do need to change it. The majority of the overhaul is now done. Now it’s time to add quality where needed but also build for the future. I think that will fall on the next manager to take charge at United
Really great piece here from Simon Kuper on this recent transfer window and how it related to his book “Soccernomics”
Very valid points. No need to go downgrading FIFA and Football Manager, especially FM, in the process but good piece overrall. I think everybody does get caught up in transfers, which is why some managers want the window closed before the season. It gives time for everyone to do what they are going to until January. Focus on the football. I guess there is the possibility that folks, whenever issues arrive for their side during the season, will point to a lack of transfers here or a poor transfer there.
Good piece with some good points. Will any of the big signings in the Premier League really affect that much change on the title race? It’s possible but I would agree with the author that the onus is on the existing players. All of them, new and old, will play their part but I don’t think any of the new signings are such significant game-changers, despite how good they may be.