Today, August 31, 2010, marks the final day of the summer transfer window. Of course there could be several moves like nearly every one of Benjani’s over the past few years that last several days beyond the end of August. But for the most part, there will be a flurry of activity as deals are sealed and players move for the final time before January opens our hearts and minds to the whims of millionaires.
There are several moves that could still have quite an impact on this 2010/11 Premier League season that will come down to the very last. Eiður Guðjohnsen appears set to deny Stoke City and move to Fulham. Robinho has been rumored to be headed to join Zlatan Ibrahimović and Ronaldinho at Milan in one of the richest, most hilarious front lines ever conceived. Harry Redknapp will make one last pitch for Scott Parker as ‘Arry’s last minute grab for Luís Fabiano was foiled. Charles N’Zogbia could yet move from Wigan to, well, anywhere if he had his wish, though apparently not to Birmingham City. Emmanuel Adebayor would move if he could, though it seems Manchester City might not deal the Togolese striker. This space was certain that one Roque Santa Cruz would be long gone from Eastlands by now, yet he curiously has not yet made a deal with Fulham and Mark Hughes. Less likely to occur are Asamoah Gyan’s rumored move to Sunderland from Stade Rennais, Klaas-Jan Huntelaar or Giuseppe Rossi plying their trade at White Hart Lane or least plausible of all, Jack Rodwell moving from Everton to Manchester United with Michael Carrick and £10m flowing to the blue side of Liverpool.
No matter what happens, the next few hours should offer highlights, lowlights and an overwhelming sense that until September comes, nothing is set in stone.