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Monday, 2nd of September 2013

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Shut that window!

So the madness is about to end – for another year at least.

The re-opening of football’s transfer window in mid-season offers a brief flurry of January sales.

But it’s the summer transfer market that sparks the real business – culminating this time around in the world record transfer of Gareth Bale from Tottenham to Real Madrid for a mind-blowing £85.3 million.

That deal is likely to help make it a record window for British football with over £500 million set to be spent on deals before the transfer deadline passes at 11pm tonight.

Clubs have been able to register players since the start of July but as ever most will be involved in a late scramble to bolster their squads which kicked off the Premier League season over a fortnight ago.

So up to now have we all been watching a phoney war?

The television companies, whose money largely finances the deals at the top end of the game, understandably did their best to hype up the big kick-off.

But when domestic battle is re-commenced following the international break most teams in the Premier League will have at least one new face on show and some could be lining up against the club they started the season with.

Everton’s erudite manager Roberto Martinez labelled the transfer window a ‘footballing circus’ after he possibly picked Marouane Fellaini and Leighton Baines – both targets for Manchester United – for the final time in a goalless draw with Cardiff City at the weekend.

Martinez believes deals should be done before competitive games start and he surely has a point.

What difference the start of September and the start of August – except that agents may get shorter holidays?

If the madness must exist, at least ensure it makes footballing sense and fans know that the shirt with Bale, Rooney, Suarez or Cabaye on the back can be bought or binned with confidence.

Pete

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