Gareth Bale Moves to Real Madrid in Record Transfer as the Madness Comes to a Close

The transfer window slams shut tonight! - (Photo: Commons.wikimedia.org)

The transfer window is finally set to slam shut later today, which will leave soccer clubs worldwide unchanged until the next window opens again in the new year, giving fans several months of peace.  But my oh my have we been busy!  Teams are ready to finalize transfers as the deadline nears and the biggest move of the day has been finished.  Highly talented star player Gareth Bale has officially moved from Tottenham to Real Madrid in a world-record transfer worth roughly £85million.  Although no other move is expected to be so expensive, scores of players are being linked to various clubs and the madness is truly well and on!

The big story from England is that Arsenal is close to signing Mesut Ozil from Real Madrid.  The 24-year-old German international is one of the world’s brightest playmakers and figures to command a fee of £42.5million, exactly one half the cost of Bale.  For Arsenal, this arrival would be massive, considering their lack of a world-class playmaker and their needs to add some players to the squad.  This fee would also showcase a new era for the Gunners, who have never spent more than £15million on a single player.  After all the big-spending talk by the club this summer and the lack of any noteworthy arrivals, the team needs to close this signing for pride and to actually make a statement of intent.  Although I’d stop short of declaring Arsenal as title challengers even with this signing, Ozil would definitely help the side immensely and could end their nearly decade long trophy drought.

Elsewhere Manchester United are looking to bring in Spanish star Ander Herrara and Belgian Marouane Fellaini to boost their midfield.  After a shock loss to Liverpool yesterday, the team has been exposed and need to strengthen in the middle of the field.

Speaking of Liverpool, the club has been busy as well, inking 3 new players on the day with a loan of Victor Moses and the permanent arrivals of Mamadou Sakho and Tiago Ilori.  After their big win, Liverpool are now top of the table with 3 wins.  Has the team finally improved enough to emerge from the rock they’ve been under to actually contend this season?

But amidst all this madness, this writer is happy to see the transfer window close.  Keeping up with all the rumors and speculation is truly exhausting work.  Additionally, all the emotions tied up in some potential signing build up to desperation and utter disappointment when those players actually don’t finalize the deal.  Remember, nothing is official until clubs announce the moves, but we surely love to speculate and daydream about all the wonderful new talents.

For Real Madrid fans, today is an exciting day.  Gareth Bale and Cristiano Ronaldo on the same team is simply astounding, and we should expect to see some incredible soccer being played in Spain this year.  Will it be enough to contend with Neymar and Lionel Messi from Barcelona?  This matchup will happen in late October and will certainly be a marquee fixture.  Until then, let’s see how all the new players adapt to their surroundings.


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