Marcelo to Leicester was a rumour out there in to the late hours of the transfer window close. But as a free agent he was not one that had to sign for any club before the deadline on the last minutes of the transfer window. The Brazilian has since his link with Leicester been confirmed joining Olympiacos.
Callum Wright was expected to leave Leicester but a surprise to see him joining Blackpool on a permanent deal and not again moving out on loan.
George Hirst and Wout Faes were the two concrete moves to look at on transfer window deadline day, as the others never really looked to happen. Leicester were said to be close to land Jeremie Boga from Atalanta but it never happened and we had no indication of it being close to a confirmed deal.
You do have some sources to trust out there as others tends to just jump on the wheel as we ourselves did with Youri Tielemans being eager to get the news out as his move to Arsenal became the top none happening rumour of this transfer window. How it all came to the surface and such a rumour became more of a transfer truth than the opposite makes it all a strange story. Fabrizio Romano reported very early in the window that personal terms were agreed and from that point we all believed a club like Arsenal would go forward with a bid if you have agreed to those terms, but nothing happened. Sky Sports had an early story on print telling us all that Youri Tielemans would be staying on at Leicester at least until January and they got it all correctly.
Over this transfer window we have seen more than 75 players linked with Leicester as different websites reports about interest. Some sources are better than others but as we all know you do have to follow either local journalists of other clubs or reliable sources of great intigrity who will never put out stories that has no truth in it.
We hope you have enjoyed our updates during the transfer window as we believe we have pinpointed most moves, but sadly not being able to report as well as we would have liked on Youri Tielemans as his situation became bizarre and still is. To see a player being linked as much as he was with Arsenal and also being a player of demand from others without an offer on the table, makes it all a warning sign on why we all should be careful with words.
TCF believed from the very start that this transfer window would be a wild one for Leicester with as many as five or six new additions and certainly had no idea about Kasper Schmeichel being ready to depart as we would have loved him to stay on at least for one more season. He will be missed and as we have seen so far, his presence in the dressing room and on the field might be a gap difficult to replace short term as results so far can be connected to his departure. Also a surprise to see Wesley Fofana leave as his long term deal with the club said the opposite, but in all, £70million for a player, not yet a full international, can be seen as good business.
We did believe that players such as Jannik Vestergaard, Caglar Soyuncu, Daniel Iversen, Bouba Soumare, Youri Tielemans, Dennis Praet and Ayoze Perez would have been out, but are still at the club. Ademola Lookman looked as a definate new signing, but with not funds available, he joined Atalanta.
Leicester did see a great number of departures, counting 16 in all, including released names and loans. This is of course a grand tally but the club had to leave it late for sales as well as not getting either a bid or those coming in being below expectations.
The situation at the club is still very tence as players looks to be on a wagon of departure coming January and again rumours will start flying in as early as November. The players that did not find a new home in this transfer window will be probably on the move in the next if new players should be added.
It’s not all about owners backing new signings, but a fact that having a squad of more than 25 players will always be a challenge and not being able to move them on without taking heavy losses. Brendan Rodgers will be judged on that as we have seen a great number of managers all stumbling when you decide to take a gamble on one or two signings or adding players who are not delivering as expected.
Of course having those transfer windows is a challenge in it self, but it generates attention and makes football an exciting game, though trading human beings might not be something in line with the life we live today. Football would see a healthy melt down if transfers were no longer possible and all players could leave a club after their contract ends and no new deal agreed.
This would in real give the clubs a chance to rule the business again and agents would see their trade becoming less dominant and a consultant job regarding contracts would be the major task for that type of business.
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