we criticise the club so much for waiting till the last minute always before we do our business but I'm not so sure it is as simple as that. Yes there are benefits in that we can save a buck or 2 but I don't think that is the full story and I don't know how much control the club has over the issue.
Transfers are not about 1 team, it takes 2 to tango as they say. In fact, these days, it takes 3, 4, 5 or more with all the agents and wotnot. I think many teams do know when they have a valuable asset on their hands and, rather than them wanting to hold onto their best players, they want to milk them for all they're worth. Mata is a good example here. Valencia stated that there is no way they'll sell but really they are hoping for competition for his signature and a couple of the big spenders to come in and flash the cash. I think that, no matter what we offer, these clubs don't accept it straight off the bat & indstead go & see what they can get from the Chelsea's & City's of this world. Another aspect is the player himself. He wants to wait and see if a big club, or a rich club, gives him an offer. Again Mata shows this in that he said Spurs were interested but he wanted to wait to see if a club like Chelsea comes in for him.
We're kind of stuck in this respect. Adebayor said the same thing, that he was waiting to see what Real were going to do before he committed to us. I think that, as the window draws to a close and it becomes increasingly obvious that such an offer is not materialising, the club and player turn back to us.
Sadly, these clubs will always steal players from under our noses until we start winning silverware and/or paying astronomical fees. Right now we cannot compete financially with the Uniteds/Citys/Chelseas of this world and, whilst we might be an attractive prospect for any player, those of the calibre we now want will always be thinking of these clubs that win silverware. It is no coincidence that Arsenal are in a similar boat even despite them regularly being in the UCL. That does not mean we cannot get these players, that they are "unrealistic" targets, as some like to say, but just that we will have to be a little patient before they sign
I would not be surprised if we have numerous irons in the fire and we are the ones waiting on those targets. We might well find sudden movement in the market as it draws to a close as players realise what their options actually are, and this applies to those players on their way out the club too.