Are You Ready For The Most Explosive Transfer Window in History?
As a thread on the Manchester City forum Bluemoon states—"It's Quiet."
I am far from alone in thinking that, in transfer terms, it is too quiet.
Jose Mourinho's change of jobs is the reason, if you were to believe the press.
What Jose wants, Jose will get from his new boss at Real Madrid and players, managers and club chairmen across Europe are all waiting for the special one to take his pick of the playing talent.
Only then will everyone else begin the summer dance and deals be done.
Barca are the exception that apparently proves the rule with the capture of David Villa having been concluded and a move for Arsenals Cesc Fabrigas already in the pipeline.
With Spurs very likely to spend to make the most of their first try in the Champions League, and the Milan clubs fighting for city supremacy, there are some serious budgets ready to be stretched.
Will Arsene Wenger learn from the last 5 trophy-less seasons and splash the cash and add to Chamakh for next season? It's never certain, but more likely this year than any other.
But the big boys in terms of spending are likely to be Real Madrid and Manchester City.
As well as buying big, as is Mourinho's style, he will have to offload some expensive talent as well.
And that may well be where Roberto Mancini gets to use world football's biggest transfer budget.
It's impossible to put names into the frame with any certainty but it is rumoured that Real Madrid will allow Jose to spend €150 as long as he can recoup about half.
But that is nothing compared to the rumoured £250m available to Mancini at City.
Although that spending power allows for one marquee signing which may not be done Mancini is still expected to break through the £150m barrier.
So we may well be about to witness the biggest transfer spend in a single window ever, and it could well be that over £1bn is going to be moved around.
And all of that in a World Cup year as well.
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