With the January transfer window slammed firmly shut, the focus switches back to the football for the second half of the season, building up to the World Cup and the summer window which will follow.
We’ve taken a look back at this time last year to see what stories people were talking about and the contrasting fortunes of various clubs.
‘Robin Van Persie’s bonus’
Goal.com ran a report which suggested that Manchester United striker Robin Van Persie was in line for a whopping £250,000 bonus.
The tidy sum of a quarter of a million pounds was dependant on United wrestling the Premier League crown back from the light blue half of Manchester.
The Dutchman was in great form as United won the league last season and who knows? Maybe he invested it.
‘Capoue to join Arsenal in the summer’
If ever there was proof that the ‘he’ll join in the summer stories’ aren’t always reliable at the start of February, this is it.
Arsenal were linked strongly with the former Toulouse star last winter but they didn’t get him and Tottenham wrapped up a £9 million deal to sign him last summer.
‘Chelsea start to court Mourinho’
It was this time last year when news of a Chelsea return for Jose Mourinho really started to gather pace.
Reports started coming out over his unhappiness in Spain and the Daily Mail ran an exclusive that the Blues were starting the process to bring Mourinho back to Stamford Bridge for a second spell in charge.
It’d be fascinating to learn how many people believed the report at the time.
‘City still in the title race’
Manchester City manager Roberto Mancini insisted that his side were in the hunt to defend their Premier League crown, despite trailing Manchester United by nine points.
Sergio Aguero saved City from defeat against Liverpool at home, which meant the then champions conceded more ground in the Premier League to their local rivals.
“This championship is not over, absolutely not. There is still time for a team to make a mistake. We probably now need to win all of our 13 games, but if not 11 or 12,” said Mancini after the game.
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