January Sales begin early.
Yep, the sales have started early. The Red Scoucers have signed Van Dijk for a reputed £75 million, with earning stated as around £180,000 per week.
As I read this in The Times today, my heart sank a little. If Van Dijk can command £180k a week what would Toby's agent be demanding?
I've watched Van Dijk, good Centre Back, but another who strikes me as flaky as hell, is he really worth a World record fee for a defender?! If they have any sense, they'll also spend big on a goalkeeper too.
What of Roses demands to be 'paid what he is worth?' Now that the window approaches will he now rock the boat and start spouting off again, or is he going to knuckle down and cement his place in the English squad at the end of the season?
One signed before his near 10 month lay-off, a deal he was at the time 'delighted with', the other has held out with his agent going public about being paid what he's worth - or else...
With Alli stepping up his Spanish lessons and Dembele becoming increasingly like your prized wedding crockery - only bought out for special occasions and even then hurriedly put back under wraps incase it gets chipped, we have a need to do business.
It's clear we have some business to do and may have already lined three deals up, but the gap between the end of the season and the start of the World Cup will leave little time for slow starters as we have painfully been too many times.
There will be even less time after the World Cup before the season starts to integrate new international players, let alone returning ones.
Poch's recent plea to get our business done early is still ringing in my ears, I just hope that Levy was listening and not just stoically sitting at his desk cocking a deaf 'un as the good old London saying goes...
The questions are; who should we buy, who should we sell, who should we loan?
Of course the great unknown is what do we have to spend? Looking at recent Jan periods isn't a smart guide, my instincts and agent friends tell me they're expecting a massive month, perhaps the biggest on record, I just hope we are part of it..