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We’re one day removed from the end of the summer transfer window. The Neymar-To-PSG saga offered plenty of excitement earlier in the summer, but it was hardly the only story. From the tug-of-war between Barcelona and Liverpool over Philippe Coutinho to the absurd bidding war over Kylian Mbappé, the suspense was real.
There were also plenty of odd happenings this window. Manchester City spent over £120 million on fullbacks. Sevilla announced their signing of Jesus Navas with a bizarre kidnapping video. Ousmane Dembélé was made to juggle a ball for reporters and couldn’t quite make it work. Barcelona and Real Madrid had their Twitter accounts hacked, with hilarious results. John Terry not only continued to have a career but was party to a truly cringeworthy announcement involving a Whatsapp thread and some dubious use of emojis.
But this is what transfer deadline day is about, right? Unexpected moves, social media stunts, reporters being humiliated on live television. This is the drama we live for. The obscene amounts of money in the game, and the breathless tabloid coverage that stalks players and clubs, isn’t going away. We might as well have some fun with it. Soccer is supposed to be fun, right?
Of course, it’s probably easy to say that if your team did good business. If they didn’t, you almost certainly have a bitter taste in your mouth right now.
In any case, you’ll have to wait a little bit to see what your new-look team can do. We’re in the international break, which means we get to experience an entirely different set of anxieties.
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