United have signed youngster Guillermo Varela from Peranol and the Gunners have signed Yaya Sanogo from Auxerre on a free transfer. Both signings are 20-years-old and both sets of fans still await a ‘big name’ signing or, rather, a senior international.
United are linked with a number of seasoned stars at other clubs – the likes of Ezequiel Garay, Kevin Strootman, Cesc Fabregas, Robert Lewandowski, Marouane Fellaini and Leighton Baines.
Arsenal are linked in much the same way with Gonzalo Higuain, Marouane Fellaini, Luis Suarez, Stevan Jovetic, Ashley Williams and United’s Wayne Rooney.
They remain the two clubs in the top four that have yet to make a major signing and the pressure building in the media and amongst the fans is palpable even at this still early stage.
United were reported to have a significant interest in Thiago Alcantara who now seems to have snubbed the Premier League champions opting instead for a reunion with his former Barcelona boss Pep Guardiola with Bundesliga champions and European champions Bayern Munich.
Arsenal target Gonzalo Higuain had revealed (vicariously through his father/agent) that he was opening talks with the North Londoners who had reportedly agreed a fee with Real Madrid for his transfer but that news from a fortnight ago seems to have brought no fruition and now Napoli have stated their interest and talks with the striker.
United have reportedly had a £25 million bid for former Arsenal captain Cesc Fabregas rejected by Barcelona whilst Arsenal have reportedly had a £30 million for Luis Suarez rejected by Liverpool.
Whilst we are only half way through July, as the summer draws closer and closer to a close, I wonder whether both David Moyes and Arsene Wenger will be under ever-increasing pressure to sign a big name – somebody, anybody.
This is the kind of pressurized climate where bad signings are made for large sums of money – the tightrope they walk to appease the fans’ demands affects their decision-making process.
The fans may be getting frustrated or impatient but I’m sure they’d rather sign no one than sign a ‘flop’.
The problem is, in essence, that the managers likely outlined a shortlist of targets prior to this month and the fact they have yet to sign anyone of real status implies they have failed in their endeavors to sign their top targets - exactly how far down their list they are prepared to go will likely be reflected in the amount of time it takes for new signings to be announced.
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