All eyes on Atletico Madrid
In the Sunday Times, journalist Duncan Castles turns back the clock on a couple of deals which never happened in the summer transfer window.
Premier League clubs now have to wait until the new year before they can add to their squads again.
August 9 signalled the end of the transfer window in the Premier League. Although, it’s worth pointing out that players can still leave the Premier League to join other European clubs.
Chelsea & Jan Oblak
According to Duncan Castles, Kepa Arrizabalaga was only Chelsea’s second choice this summer.
Kepa has become the world’s most expensive goalie following his switch from Bilbao to Stamford Bridge.
But, before Chelsea moved for Kepa, the Blues tried to sign Jan Oblak from Atletico Madrid. The Sunday Times report:
Oblak — named in La Liga’s team of the season twice in the last three years — had a €100m release clause, which Chelsea hoped to exploit.
The Slovenia international, however, rejected the proposed move to London in favour of continuing his career at a club qualified for this season’s Champions League.
Atletico Madrid are set to reward Oblak for his loyalty.
The Sunday Times note that Oblak is set for a pay hike. Sadly no figures are detailed.
At the same time, Atletico Madrid are planning to increase the 25-year-old’s release clause to a quarter of a billion euros.
Manchester United & Yerry Mina
Despite being linked with a long list of defenders in the summer, Jose Mourinho came up empty handed this summer.
It’s clear Mourinho wanted a centre-half, but that deal never happened.
Now at Everton, Yerry Mina was strongly tipped to leave Barcelona for Old Trafford. So why didn’t Man United close that deal?
The Sunday Times report on why Man United back-tracked away from Mina:
United withdrew from the transaction for a series of reasons, including Barca’s insistence that a buyback clause be included in the deal.
They were also unhappy with the structure of fees demanded by Mina’s agent and his behaviour during negotiations, while refusing to accept a proposal from Barca that Portugal midfielder Andre Gomes be included in the transaction.