By Jawolusi Olusegun
Welcome to the start of the Summer transfer window for 2016. Even before the shutter of the window clicks there had been some behind the curtain activities that the curtain could no longer hide.
Footyonside is ready to go all the way in reporting the linked movements, done deals and missed opportunities of the window.
England as usual will be a beehive of activities these transfer season, with new managers at the helm of affairs at clubs like Chelsea’s Carlo Ancelloti, Manchester City’s (Pep Guardiola) and Manchester United’s (Jose Mourinho). Liverpool”s Jurgen Klopp also want to establish himself in the Premier League.
However while Arsenal’s Arsene Wenger started the behind the curtain activities by snapping up Granit Xhaka from the German Bundesliga, he seems to have gone into hibernation not minding the fact that he triggered the buyout clause of Leicester City’s Jarmie Vardy.
Ever since then, the French tactician seems to have forgotten that his primary assignment is to ensure that the Gunners build on their ” accidental ‘second position from the just concluded season.
Rather Le Prof is very busy with his pundit work at Euro 2016 in his native country France while other managers are busy solidifying their teams.
The most annoying part is that one after the other, players that are linked with the team are been snatched up by direct rivals in the English Premier League.
Among such players are Zlatan Ibrahimovic and Henrikh Mkhitaryan both to wear the Manchester United colour for the 2016 /2017 season.
While it is a good thing that Wenger’s knowledge of the game is been recognized, the fact is that it is negatively affecting the transfer activities of the team. The last summer transfer window is still fresh in the mind of many Arsenal fans. Gonzalo Higuain, Kareem, Benzeama and a host of other missed opportunities while Wenger was in South America covering the Copa America tourney in Chile.
Now this summer transfer window is about to take the same shape.