EPL Transfer News: Signings That Could Turn Their New Club's Fortune
It's that part of the season again when frantic managers splash money to reinforce their squads, when long awaited transfer moves are finally completed. The summer transfer window deadline is merely a few hours away and the transfer market is already hot with numerous rumours and stories flying around regarding last-minute signings.
While many of these stories will not materialise, a few will and here we look into those signings that will affect how the season pans out.
From Modric to Vargas, every other player is being linked with a possible move to some other club, and only after the deadline do we get to know which transfers materialised.
Luka Modric to Chelsea
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The most nagging transfer sage of this summer has been the one involving Tottenham's want-away midfielder Luka Modric's. The Croatian's exploits for the Spurs had attracted Chelsea's interest, who were looking to add youth to their ageing midfield. Chelsea continued their pursuit of the creative midfielder all through the summer despite their every bid being rejected and repeated criticism by the Spurs chairman as well as manager. The prospect of being able to play Champions League proved too good an offer for Modric to turn down and he handed over his transfer request for a move to Stamford Bridge.
Though Tottenham have rejected any news of a move for Modric, the last 48 hours might see a change. Modric's refusal to play for the Spurs' opening two games is showing the player's desperation to make his move to the Blues materialise and Tottenham might just yield on that and sell him for a good bargain.
New signing Juan Mata has already showed what he has brought on his arrival at the Bridge. Modric's arrival will help AVB exploit Torres' potential fully as the Croatian has a very impressive vision and good understanding of the game which allows him to make excellent passes and create goal-scoring chances out of nowhere.
So these signing might tilt the balances in the favour of the Blues.
Per Mertesacker to Arsenal
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Arsenal were the team to lose the most in this summer transfer as they saw their two most skilled players leave the Emirates for greener pastures. While Cesc's departure to his boyhood club was only a matter of time, Nasri's departure proved that Arsenal were a club on the down. The creative Frenchman signed for Manchester City citing Arsenal's lack of ambition and failure to win any trophies as the reason.
Wenger, who has been criticised over the years for his refusal to sign some experienced players, continued to ignore the criticism and carried on signing inexperienced, over-hyped youngsters. He explained that this 18- or 19-year-olds would be the replacements for his departed stars.
The start of the new season proved the lack of quality in the Gunners squad, as Wenger's young kids failed to impress anyone with some poor performances. Arsenal hit bottom after last weekend's 8-2 drubbing by the Red Devils (their worst first division loss in a century).
Gooners who up until that point were still singing "In Wenger we trust" severely criticised their manager and call for his sacking.
The humiliation did a world of good for Arsenal's future, as Wenger responded to the criticism with a bid for Per Mertesacker, who looks certain to arrive at the Emirates by the end of the transfer window. The German defender is highly experienced and his imposing figure will boost Arsenal's weakened defense with much needed quality. His partnership with Vermaelen at the center of defense will help Arsenal prevent any more such drubbings as the one in Old Trafford.
Benayoun to the Emirates'
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Chelsea are looking to offload their surplus midfielder Yossi Benayoun, who has been a flop of sorts at the Bridge since his arrival.
The former Liverpool star was brought into boost the Blues midfield but his injury saw him ousted for most of last season. With the arrival of Juan Mata, the Israeli is a surplus for AVB's team and Chelsea are looking to sell him off in order to lower their wage budget.
With Wenger looking forward to boosting his midfield with some much needed experience, the unwanted Blues' player might just be the best bargain for him given the short time he has to bolster his team. Benayoun will cost a trifle but his experience as well as his skills will help Wenger's demoralised youngsters find some confidence.
He can be a good bargain for the stingy Wenger, and he can be used as a talented replacement for the injured Gunners.
Scott Parker to Tottenham
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Tottenham boss Harry Redknapp has said there will be several movements at White hart Lane before the transfer deadline.
One player who is looking to make a move to North London is Hammers star midfielder Scott Parker. The former Chelsea-man was voted as the Footballer of the Year last season after delivering an impressive performance for the Hammers. His exploits had attracted interest from several top clubs but it seems that he is ready for a move to the Spurs.
For the Spurs, a creative and talented midfielder like Parker will be a huge boost. Given the uncertainty surrounding Modric's supposed move to their cross-town rivals Chelsea, the signing of Parker will go a long way in filling the void if the Croatian does leave.
Even if the want-away midfielder does not move, a combination of Modric-Parker is surely going to heat things up at the center of the park for the Spurs.
With news coming in of Parker having handed down a transfer request to West Ham, it seems the move is imminent. And at reportedly eight million, it will be a bargain for Tottenham boss Harry Redknapp that he will not rue.