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For all us transfer window aficionados, it has been a decent start to the summer. The plastic fans might think itís been lacking stardust but we Denny McLain Authentic Jersey disagree. Thereís craft involved in a surprise £40m defensive midfielder swoop (Welcome Fabinho!). The two incomings at Manchester United have not only allowed the club to road-test a new font on their social media output, but may actually add something to the team. Meanwhile, in north London, Arsenal signed a 34-year-old reserve full-back on a free.

So, like Luis SuŠrez agitating for a move from Liverpool in 2014, thereís a lot to get your teeth into. And if you step back from the daily plot machinations, the themes of the window are beginning to emerge as well. Cristiano Ronaldo looks to be positioning himself for a great will-he-wonít-he summer. It being Ronaldo, this will be a tug-of-love conducted entirely between himself. Further down the departuresí queue stand Antoine Griezmann, Gareth Bale and Robert Lewandowski, all jostling for the attention they believe they deserve. Coming over the horizon is the World Cup; an event that not only changes lives but also provides the best platform in sport for fluking yourself an extra £2m per annum, net.

With many deals unlikely to be completed until after Russia 2018 and deadline day for English clubs brought forward to 9 August, this transfer window is going to be short and punchy Ė properly Billy Bremner. Sky Sports is understandably excited and, even though the window doesnít open until Saturday, it started its deadline day doomsday clock last week. Transfer-window fans look well-placed for drama this summer; there will be surprises and letdowns, twists and betrayals, of that you can be sure.
Roughly the same guarantees apply to Love Island. The other live soap of the summer is airing every night of the week on ITV2. Itís a reality show in which a group of young people, their unique unifying feature being that they look good in swimwear, are flown to Marbella and forced to hunt for love. Each contestant begins the competition in a couple, but spends most of their time flirting with other people, and are then paired off again when they least expect it. All this goes on to a constant background hum of gossip and speculation as to who the islanders might end up with. You can see where Iím going with this, canít you?
If recent happenings in the transfer window R.A. Dickey Authentic Jersey were transported to Love Island they might look something like this: itís day five and Cristiano is still in the hot tub, insisting he wants to be alone. Gareth has had a text inviting him on a date with Florentino and spent the past half hour applying wax to his mane. Florentino, however, is still slumped on the sofa picking at his feet. Josť, meanwhile, is cracking on with Toby by the fire pit, even though Toby is in a couple with Mauricio who might secretly have his eye on Josťís Anthony!
Iím not aware of precise figures on the crossover between Love Island fandom and that for the transfer window, but my guess would be it is substantial. Certainly greater than the number that applied to go to Oxford this year. The two sagas share a soapy storyline after all, but also provoke their audiences in similar ways. One of the pleasures of watching Love Island is to pair off people in your head. You hope that the pen salesman with refurbished teeth and the Frank Kaminsky Authentic Jersey worst six-pack in the entire group will get together with Danny Dyerís daughter because they share a similar outlook on life. In window terms, you are doing the same thing when you think Salomůn Rondůn could do a job at West Ham.
Both the island and the window provoke value judgments: is this person lying or telling the truth? Are they worth all the bother? Could this pairing Ė which looks perfect on first inspection Ė turn out to be a massive flop? The real reason they fascinate is because of the human element. Who doesnít want Jonny Evans to get a transfer to a top-four club after proving himself in adversity? Is this not exactly the same instinct that sees me root for a lonely doctor who couldnít tell a joke if his life depended on it, as he bids to get a date with a hard-partying solicitor? It really is exactly the same.
One important point of difference between the show and the market, however, is that Love Island tends toward sincerity. Yes, itís a game show, and contestants might be scheming for a career of appearances at regional nightclubs, but with cameras recording their every Carlos Lee Authentic Jersey word itís difficult for contestants not to reveal at least something of what they actually feel. The same cannot be said of the footballerís current preferred form of confessional, the extended Instagram caption.,102681
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