Not for the first time, Arsene Wenger has called for the January transfer window to be done away with, to ensure that players are not distracted by the possibility of a mid-season move to another club.
The market opens again on January 1st until January 31st at 11pm, and the Frenchman is expecting some action – in particular bids for players that might go out on loan.
As ever he says if he can find quality out there he’s open to making a signing, but in general he would prefer that all transfer business be done in the summer.
Speaking to the official Arsenal website, Wenger said, “I would scrap the transfer window in January, completely cut it off.
“The players today are very well paid, they make a lot of money. What you want in return is commitment to the club for the whole season.
“I think that’s absolutely vital. You should not be able to move once the season has started until the end of the season.
“What happens now is that you’re contacted 48 hours before the end of the transfer market and people ask if you’re still interested in a player you worked on for three months. They close the door and open it suddenly with two days to go.
“It’s all rushed decisions and hectic in the last week. I believe that is not right.”
Whatever you think about the Frenchman’s transfer dealings, it does make a lot of sense for there to be one window. While the market does give clubs the opportunity to strengthen, it also allows agents and those with a vested interest in moving players on the chance to unsettle and destabilise.
Which is probably why it will never happen, but it’d be no big harm if it did.