“September’s coming soon; I’m pining for the moon,” Michael Stipe sings in R.E.M.’s "Nightswimming," the greatest track at the center of the elegiac masterpiece that is 1992’s Automatic for the People. Football has its own elegiac side, though the transfer market often appears concerned only with the present and future. Arsene Wenger, for instance, wants September because that will mean the end of the summer transfer window, enabling him to free himself from worries about Alexis Sanchez, his best player. Wenger has often appeared an unwilling participant in the transfer market, but he hasn’t survived for more than two decades by being a dreamer unable to live within the boundaries of the system.
CHELSEA ALTAS FICHAJES OFICIALES: Willy Caballero (Manchester City), Antonio Rüdiger (Roma), Tiemoué Bakayoko (Monaco), Álvaro Morata (Real Madrid) VUELVEN DE CESIÓN: Andres Christensen (Borussia M'Gladbach), Mario Pasalic (Milan), Abdul Rahman
These are heady times indeed for youngster Dominic Calvert-Lewin. Just a year ago, no Everton fan bar a handful had even heard of the forward despite him having played for the England Under-20s. He then became the Toffee’s first signing of an eventually underwhelming August 2016 Deadline Day, and immediately disappeared into David Unsworth’s Under-23 side. Fast forward a few months and he had established himself in the youth team enough that the Blues felt it worthwhile to give him a new five-year deal. Calvert-Lewin led the line as first the Under-23s won the Premier League 2 title and then weeks later he fired the winning goal as the Young Lions lifted the Under-20 World Cup for the first time