The transfer window has been open for just over three weeks now. The yellow ticker on Sky Sports News has ticked down 10 days 12 hours at the time of writing and Premier League has been as quiet as an Old Trafford home crowd with David Moyes as manager.
There are of course the quiet muttering of rumours. Reus to Man Utd. Saleh to Liverpool but few cheers. Concrete activity has been lacking and that which has occurred has been rather low key.
Chelsea sold Kevin De Bruyne to Wolfsburg for a reported £20 million or so and invested all of this in signing back a player they had let go for free previously. Selling De Bruyne and buying back Nemanja Matic goes under the interesting but not explosive file. It is nothing compared to spending £50 million on Torres for example.
The business of other clubs has been even less impressive. West Ham's loan of Roger Johnson could go in the dictionary next to yawn and pointless.
Similarly Sunderland, Norwich, Stoke, Cardiff and Villa have all been frugal and this is in spite of the looming threat of relegation and loss of Premier League riches. Surely by now someone would have spent big money in an attempt to build a very expensive relegation life-raft. Instead clubs seem to be making do with that piece of wood from the end of James Cameron's Titanic.
Why is this? Now it is possible clubs are binding their time, but after Jose Mourinho's comments about spending big again plus the loss Chelsea announced a few weeks back I am wondering whether the brakes have finally been applied to financial doping.