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'Silly season' arrives as transfer window opens

 Arsenal's Theo Walcott holds the match ball after scoring three goals in their 7-3 victory against Newcastle United in their English Premier League s...
 Chelsea's Frank Lampard celebrates after his team's 2-1 win against Everton during their English Premier League soccer match at Goodison Park Stadium...

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Arsenal's Theo Walcott holds the match ball after scoring three goals in their 7-3 victory against Newcastle United in their English Premier League s...

Britain Soccer Premier League

Chelsea's Frank Lampard celebrates after his team's 2-1 win against Everton during their English Premier League soccer match at Goodison Park Stadium...

Expect fevered speculation about Cristiano Ronaldo, David Villa, Wesley Sneijder, Frank Lampard and Theo Walcott to be doing the rounds for the next month.
Yes, the "silly season" has arrived.
European football's January transfer window opens for business on Tuesday, giving clubs a month-long opportunity to strengthen their squads for the second half of the season.
Top teams operating with strategic transfer plans, such as Barcelona, Real Madrid and Manchester United, rarely do major deals in this period, with their likely targets usually cup-tied for the Champions League and their managers put off by inflated prices.
However, an inspired January signing could make the difference between winning the title, getting into Europe or surviving relegation, meaning plenty of deals will go through over the next 31 days.


Updated : 2021-07-31 17:56 GMT+08:00