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01st Sep 2015

Gary Neville *really* isn’t happy with the transfer window circus

Is this a dig at his old club Manchester United?

Ben Kenyon

There was a time when football clubs carried out their business with a modicum of decorum.

Sensible signings for sensible sums and even probably sensible haircuts too.

Those days are long gone. Now it’s all crazy money, crazy prices and even crazier hair-dos.

LONDON, ENGLAND - JANUARY 13: Mario Balotelli of Manchester City and Bacary Sagna of Arsenal look on during the Barclays Premier League match between Arsenal and Manchester City at Emirates Stadium on January 13, 2013 in London, England. (Photo by Mike Hewitt/Getty Images)

Football has gone bonkers. You can blame agents, you can blame the media and you can blame Mario Balotelli’s hairdresser for the bewildering phantasmagoria of insanity the Beautiful Game now serves up.

But Gary Neville lays the blame squarely at the door of the transfer window, saying it’s become a circus – and he wants action.

We’re not saying he’s directly referring to Manchester United, but the tweet comes as his former club have reportedly¬†signed a 19-year-old French lad, with 11 goals in 52 games, for a deal which could reach ¬£58m…while also seeing the summer’s most protracted transfer saga with David De Gea potentially collapsing at the 11th hour because of a balls up.

Make of that what you will.