The new premier league season is upon us. WIth less than two weeks to go before we get hooked onto football week after week for the next 8 months, signing by Manchester United, Chelsea and Arsenal need to be looked at.
A word must be said about the lack of transfer market activity by premier league champions Manchester City. They have been unsually quiet by their standards and it is not tough to imagine, given the sheer number of talent they have on their books. They would have to clear out, not because they cannot afford to pay them, but simply because they cannot have that many people on their roster.
To begin with Chelsea, this summer has been one of changes at Stamford Bridge. Champions League winners Drogba, Kalou, Bosingwa have left the club but new recruits in the form of Eden Hazard, Marko Marin and Oscar have been brought in. Kevin De Bruyne, signed from Genk in January has already been shipped off for a season long loan at Werder Bremen. It is clear that Chelsea have strengthened their attack the most. WIth the defence more or less setlled, save a right back, Di Matteo could do with injection of pace and invention into the line up that was termed old and lathargic till last season.
Eden Hazard spun many webs before ending up at Chelsea. His performances may not have set the summer tour alight, but his immense potential is for everyone at Chelsea and more important, their rivals to see. Marko Marin is a deceptive winger, capable of playing behind the striker, is a good addition too. Oscar has been the creative lynchpin of this Brazilian Olympic side and has notched up a few appearances for Brazil, at such a young age. Having said that, this Chelsea line up is unproven and ithe new season would make or break a few young men. With Ashley Cole quashing exit rumours, Chelsea look set for exciting times ahead as fans cannot wait to see this new look Chelsea side in action.
Coming to Manchester United next, they have added Shinji Kagawa and Nick Powell to their roster. The arrival of Lucas Moura is imminent. The signing seem to be in line with Sir Alex Ferguson's transfer strategey of grooming young talent with explosive potential. Out of the lot, Kagawa and Moura are players that should feel right at home at Old Trafford. Moura is a player who the critics and fans alike envision a bright future for. It would be exciting to see yet another Brazilian in the premier league. The question on fans' mind must be whether United have done enough in the transfer market to upset the juggernaut that Manchester City were last season. The answer may well be yes, given the signings made.
Arsenal needed to get their transfer strategy right after what happened last season. Their third place finish was largely thanks to Robin Van Persie, who is likely to join their bitter rivals Manchester United. Fans would expect some signings of note to challenge the Manchester Clubs and the resurgence of Chelsea.
Arsenal have got Lucas Podolski and Olivier Giroud to show for their transfer market activity, with the arrival of Santi Cazorla looking likely. Nuri Sahin may join the Gunners, after Jose Mourinho signalled his approval for a short term move away from the Bernabeu. It must be said that despite the imminent loss of Van Persie, the additions by Arsene Wenger have hunger about them.These are players either willing to try themselves in the premier league or as in Sahin's case, need a chance to prove their mettle. It bodes well for Arsenal as the addition of players of this calibre means they could get the much vaunted consistency in their performances.
In conclusion, all three clubs have added players they believe will strengthen the team. While Arsenal have gone with more experienced players, Chelsea have relied on signing the biggest wonderkids around. It is up to Di Matteo to turn them into super stars. Sir Alex Ferguson may again have the last laugh as he has gone about his business quietly and added a few players that slot right into the United side.738128