With one day left until the end of the Women’s Super League transfer period, Sky Sports News Reporter Anton Toloy assesses the window so far – and what it could mean for next season.
The Earps saga continues
Manchester United Damned if they do, and probably damned if they don’t sell Mary Earps This window.
If they do cash in on the English No.1 to WSL rivals Arsenal, as has been widely reported, it appears as if the club are not serious about their title ambitions.
However, every player comes with a hefty price tag, and it must have been difficult to turn down a world record sum for a player who couldn’t leave for free next summer.
Alicia Russo And Una Patel also Both left Manchester United at the end of their contracts after months of negotiations with the club.
We expect this saga to continue in January.
Great window for Manchester United
Potential late addition for the Everton defender Gabe George It shows how Manchester United are progressing significantly in this window.
Everton is reluctant to sell the player, however Sky Sports News She understands that United have met her release clause of around £150,000.
Signature too Goose – Fresh off the back of winning the Champions League with Barcelona – for a club record fee and a World Cup Golden Boot winner Hinata Miyazawa It means Mark Skinner’s side have exciting options up front.
But replacing Rousseau and Battle is no easy feat, especially as Manchester United prepares for its first challenge in the Champions League.
No one knows what to expect from this team this season.
The rich are getting richer
Chelsea, Arsenal And Manchester city They are all stronger in the new season.
Champions Chelsea have signed one of the best full-backs in the world Ashley Lawrencewinner of the Champions League No. 10 in Catarina Macarioone of the most promising scorers in the USA Mia Fishel And two international goalkeepers Hannah Hampton And Nicky Everard.
Yes, they are replacing the experienced duo of Magda Eriksson and Pernille Harder, but Emma Hayes’ team is loaded with talent.
Rousseau may be Arsenal’s star player, but their three other new players could also make a big impact on the league. Swedish centre-back Amanda Elestet He shocked the world by scoring four goals on the biggest stage ever this summer. Laia Codina He is a World Cup winner Chloe Lacasse She showed her attacking talent at Benfica.
Manchester city It may have been a quieter summer, but the one signing they made was a huge signing. Jill Roordwho the club spent a British record £300,000 to bring in, has a huge World Cup trophy and has a WSL winner’s medal in her locker from her time at Arsenal.
After last year’s disappointing league seasons, can City or Arsenal return to Chelsea’s level?
Will Brighton make a fuss?
Everything has changed in Brighton like Melissa Phillips She is preparing for her first full season as Brighton coach.
Champions League winner Vicki losada The former Manchester City, Wolfsburg and Lyon striker Pauline Bremer Title of a strong recruiting campaign on the South Coast.
Danielle Carter, Megan Walsh and Victoria Williams are among a long list of experienced players who have left the club and are looking to do things differently after a few years of mediocrity.
Better than the rest…
Aston Villa I replaced Hampton with an absolute star in Daphne van Domselaarwith Lucy Parker He also hopes a move to the Midlands will help cement his place in the England squad.
Leicester It had a solid window but get it Janina Letzig Landing a permanent deal after an impressive loan spell last season could be one of the best pieces of work we’ve seen.
Liverpool We have a new striker in town. Norway forward Sophie Roman Hogue He will be hoping to knock the two-time WSL winners out of the standings.
Goals will be vital to West Ham Also this season, which may put pressure on new signings Emma Harris.
The England U23 international has shown real promise at Reading, and it will be interesting to see how she settles in at her new club.
The future of football: a £1m female player in 2024
January’s bumper transfer window was just an appetizer of what’s around the corner for women’s football, which will feed into big money moves in the upcoming editions – with one leading agent predicting a historic £1m transfer in the next 12 to 18 months.
And that’s not all. While the game has seen astronomical growth, sports finance experts Deloitte estimate that the women’s game will reach $1 billion in the coming years as attendance, marketing and broadcast deals continue to go from strength to strength.
With the women’s transfer window closing on Thursday, Sky Sports Vicky Hodges examines the future of women’s football transfers and the factors that can enable and sustain financial growth in the game.
The WSL returns to Sky in October
The WSL begins on Sunday 1 October with six matches, including defending champions Chelsea vs Tottenham live Sky Sports 5.30 pm.
Some WSL teams have already begun their pre-season training, and England players are expected to return to their squads in the next two weeks, before regrouping for the UEFA Nations League.
After the Lionesses won the European Championship last year, ticket sales broke records across the WSL, with many hoping this summer’s World Cup campaign, in which they reached the final, will draw more eyes to the league.