In Italy, they do things differently.
Serie A’s leading sporting directors, CEOs, agents and journalists will all head to Milan’s luxurious l’Hotel Melia di Milano to oversee a civilised end to the summer transfer market on Friday (22:00 UAE).
This unique arrangement – in football, at least – should guarantee the kind of seamless finale that the Premier League’s sensationalist bull market is not willing to provide.
Just like in England, teams will push to get deals done until the final moment. However, with many of the major actors in the same building, chances of success are markedly improved.
Plenty of business remains to be done. At both ends of the table.
Six-time successive champions Juventus are not sated by July’s remarkable capture of Portugal icon Cristiano Ronaldo – a move to encapsulate the competition’s ascendant feeling.
Astute sporting director Fabio Patrici’s mastery of the market has ensured they have moved into place for Paris Saint-Germain contract rebel Adrien Rabiot.
Only €20 million (Dh83.4m) may be required to add to a centre midfield that has already been refreshed by Liverpool and Germany’s Emre Can on a free transfer.The holders still look unstoppable.
Leonardo’s return to AC Milan in July will see the rarefied sporting director work the booths.
In the last week, French midfielder Tiemoue Bakayoko has been loaned from Chelsea and Uruguay full-back Diego Laxalt has been landed on an €18m (Dh75m) package. Premier League sides Bournemouth and Everton were reportedly quoted £18m (Dh84m).
Villarreal winger Samu Castillejo is also poised to join.
The story of deadline day is whether Leonardo’s charm and contacts can convince Lazio to release Serbia phenom Sergej Milinkovic-Savic on a lucrative loan.
Rivals Internazionale will wait to see if Real Madrid’s resolve to keep Golden Ball winner Luka Modric slackens.
Sampdoria require a new centre forward to make the step up from mid-table. Carlo Ancelotti wants a goalkeeper at runners-up Napoli, while promoted Parma are among the expected relegation battlers eager for reinforcements.
Each will hope a five-star setting inspires a star-studded conclusion to the mercato.
Barcelona president Josep Maria Bartomeu is content with the La Liga champions’ summer business, despite continuing links to Manchester United superstar Paul Pogba.
Pogba, 25, was linked with a move away from Old Trafford after apparent discontent with manager Jose Mourinho. But he remained in situ when the window shut last Thursday in England.
Barca have already added Gremio midfielder Arthur, Bordeaux winger Malcom, Sevilla centre-back Clement Lenglet and Bayern Munich battler Arturo Vidal.
“As you all know, the transfer window shuts on August 31 and we’re keeping an eye on the market, but there’s no immediate need to sign anyone,” Bartomeu said.
“We’re satisfied with our business in this window, both with the arrivals and departures, and I want to thank the people who are often forgotten about: our chief executive Oscar Grau, the managing director Pep Segura, our director of football Eric Abidal and his assistant, Ramon Planes.
“We are constructing an excellent squad of players with experience, both homegrown and from elsewhere. This will help us to have success.
“We have brought in young players like [Clement] Lenglet, Arthur and Malcom, who’ll quickly adapt to the way of playing football here. As for Vidal, he is a player with experience, quality and character, who’ll provide balance for the team.
“There are also young players like [Carles] Alena coming into the first team, with others starting to shine too, like [Juan] Miranda, Riqui Puig and Abel Ruiz. With the training we give them, I’m sure they’ll reach the first team soon.”
Juventus are reportedly considering whether they can tempt Paris Saint-Germain into a late sale of France midfielder Adrien Rabiot.
Rabiot, 23, has turned down repeat overtures from the Ligue 1 champions to extend a contract that expires next summer. This has caused sustained links to Barcelona.
But La Stampa reports that the Old Lady are working out whether a deal at a cut-price €20 million can be arranged before Friday’s transfer deadline in Italy. This would require PSG to sanction a cheap exit, rather than let the player leave for nothing in a year’s time.
Juve have repeatedly shown themselves to be experts in working the free-agency market. Germany midfielder Emre Can became the latest bargain recruit this summer after his contract at Liverpool was run down.