The transfer window has yet to reach peak fervor but we are already witnessing disrespectful transfer pursuits from top European clubs.
Every transfer window, a similar pattern is followed. A player has a great season and his transfer price increases. Club’s across Europe start vying for his signature and talks are held with his parent club.
And every transfer window, big European clubs are found wanting on transfer ethics. There are some repeat offenders and new entrants. But the pattern is repeated.
Not all big clubs are embroiled in these issues. Manchester United should be commended for not straying into the grey areas of transfer activities. Chelsea too have gotten around without making much fuss in the news.
Looking at the current transfer window, here are three disrespectful transfer pursuits in the current summer window.
Timo Werner – Liverpool
Jurgen Klopp is the savior of Anfield. He has brought back the Premier League title after a wait of 30 years. But he is a repeat offender in the transfer market. It started with Virgil van Dijk and continued with his pursuit of Timo Werner.
The RB Leipzig forward had his head turned and Klopp continued to goad him. It was perhaps to get his fighting forwards, Sadio Mane and Mo Salah, in order. But for RB Leipzig, the transfer pursuit was disrespectful to say the least.
Leroy Sane – Bayern Munich
Bayern Munich are repeat offenders in the transfer market. They destabilize a player and then low ball the parent club with a below market valuation. This is the secret to their expert market maneuvering.
Leroy Sane is their latest target. They started their dirty campaign last year and failed to make a bid after Sane had talked to Manchester City hierarchy. With the Germany international entering his final year, the process was repeated but have managed to sign under market value this time around.
Lautaro Martinez – Barcelona
Neymar, Luis Suarez, Philippe Coutinho, and Antoine Griezmann are high profile examples of Barcelona tapping up players without consulting their parent clubs before.
This time around, they have foregone any ethical standings and are openly courting Lautaro Martinez. It would be great if an enquiry or a half-hearted attempt is made, but nothing has been forthcoming.
It seems Josep Maria Bartomeu is using the Argentine attacker as a tool in the build-up for next year’s presidential elections. But one thing is certain, the transfer pursuit is disrespectful to say the least.