The Merry-Go-Round Keeps On Turning
The football season may already be underway but that hasn’t prevented some last-minute chopping and changing within the ranks as our teams try to bolster their squads ahead of what promises to be a gruelling nine months. Read on to find out who’s reaching for their chequebooks this week.
The big news of the week is, of course, James Milner’s move to the sunny climes of Manchester, as Roberto Mancini’s City splashed out around £26 million for the services of the England international. As part of the deal, Stephen Ireland has gone the other way to managerless Aston Villa in what is also a shrewd move. With Milner’s signature on the dotted line, City has brought their total of summer signings to eight. It remains to be seen whether or not the rumoured sub-total of £125 million is enough to secure any silverware; Sportingbet has them at 40-1 for a League and FA Cup double.
At the other end of the spending spectrum falls Blackburn Rovers, whose manager Sam Allardyce has insisted that they will not rush into any purchases should their takeover by Ahsan Ali Syed be completed before the transfer window closes.
"Even though we might have millions and millions to spend, we still have to negotiate the right price and not overspend for a player that is not worth the money," said Allardyce, responding to news that Rovers might soon be in the region of £100 million better off for players.
"If we have paid £10m or £20m for him and the fans…say that he is not worth it, then straight away you are going to have a negative response to the money we have spent." Rovers’ hopes for a second Premiership title might look rosier if the deal goes through; as it is they’re 12-1 with Extrabet to be relegated!
Today’s other activity includes the season-long loan of Matthew Kilgallon from Sunderland to local rivals Middlesborough. Although there won’t be a league derby, fans will still keep a close eye on their out-of-favour defender to see what he can bring to Boro’s already strong squad. They’re 9-1 with Bet365 to win the Championship this season.
12 days of the transfer window remain; stay tuned to find out the latest on who’s in and who’s out.