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New coaches mean big transfer season

Posted by Julian Cardillo  July 8, 2013 11:53 AM

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This year's summer transfer window looks like it will be one of the biggest ever thanks to the amount of coaching changes by the world's richest and most storied clubs. Bayern Munich, Roma, Manchester United, Chelsea, Napoli, Inter, Manchester City, and Real Madrid have all signed new coaches this year who are keen to replace old with new and make significant transactions.

The transfer party has already started. On Monday, new Bayern Munich coach Pep Guardiola allowed Mario Gomez to leave for Fiorentina on a multi-million dollar deal. Rafael Benitez' Napoli is in position to receive a hefty pocket-full of cash from a deal that would send Edison Cavani to Paris St. Germain.

More big deals are sure to follow.

A summer transfer window isn't business as usual for teams that have just signed a new coach. Coaches bring with them their own staff, scouting preferences, and most importantly, philosophy.

Chelsea's Jose Mourinho, who signed with the club in June for the second time in his managerial career, is shrewd in his approach to man-management and transactions. He always scouts and signs new players, whether they're veteran stars or up and coming talents. Mourinho doesn't play favorites or bring players with him when he moves from place to place.

Every new coaching gig is a clean slate.

Some coaches show loyalty to former players. David Moyes, who is taking over for Sir Alex Ferguson at Manchester United, will try to scoop up Marouaine Fellaini and Leighton Baines from his former club, Everton.

After 26 years of Ferguson, a managerial change for Manchester United is a seismic shift. The club appears to be set to move on without icons Paul Scholes and Ryan Giggs while other, more young stars of the Ferguson era such as Nani and Javier "Chicharito" Hernandez are on the transfer block.

Other coaches are entering environments where ownership groups will spend large sums of money to accommodate new philosophies.

After finishing second to Manchester United in the Premier League and bowing out of Champions League early, Manchester City are entrusting Manuel Pellegrini to oversea some key off-season changes. They've already let go of Kolo Toure, Carlos Tevez, and Wayne Bridge and have welcomed Jesus Navas on a 14.9 million fee from Sevilla.

Carlo Ancelotti has remained quiet so far in his first few weeks with Real Madrid, though his main target appears to be Gareth Bale. Negotiations with Tottenham could yield a fee of over 80 million.

All these deals, either closed or in the works, are in addition to the earth-shattering amount that's been spent by everyone else.

Barcelona purchased Neymar from Santos in a 57 million deal. Monaco, who desire to play in Champions League in 2014, added Falcao, Joao Moutinho, Jeremy Toulalan, James Rodriguez, and Anthony Martial for a combined 145 million.

Spending big money isn't exclusive to teams with new coaches, though they're expected to splurge because a change in manager is usually due to the under-performance of a team.

This is true in smaller markets too. When Jay Heaps replaced Steve Nicol as Head Coach of the Revolution last year, he overhauled the roster with 21 different transactions before the start of the season. Nicol's defensive philosophy was no longer working and the team had failed to make the playoffs for the second straight year, prompting the Revolution to go after Heaps.

In turn, Heaps brought in a new approach along with a slew of fresh faces.

So with the transfer window just over a week old, there will be more player movement to follow. Each new coach, with their own unique approach to rebuilding, will light up the transfer table.

Roma being denied moves left and right

Roma's Rudy Garcia is one such coach that has been signed by a top team this summer. He has struggled to acquire, and sometimes even approach, transfer targets. His only acquisition so far is Mehdi Benatia, a dynamic central defender that joins Roma from Udinese.

He's also trying to keep De Rossi from going to Chelsea and is struggling to find a suitable replacement for goalkeeper Maarten Stekelenburg, who departed for Fulham last month. Efforts to sign keepers Morgan DeSanctis, Emiliano Viviano, Julio Cesar, Rafael, and Stefano Sorrentino have been slow.

The club, which is presided over by Boston-based owner James Palotta, also lost out on Pierre-Emerick Aubemeyang, who went to Borussia Dortmund. Roma are also behind in negotiations for Radja Nainggolan, Etienne Capoue, Nani, Alberto Gilardino, and Toby Alderweireld.

You can reach Julian at julianccardillo@gmail.com and follow him on twitter @juliancardillo

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About Corner Kicks: Julian Cardillo offers insight and analysis about the New England Revolution as well as European and international soccer.

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