If you know what you want this year, now is the time to get it. Because “Tomorrow may be too late, yesterday is certainly over, and NOW is exactly the right moment to go for it.”
The Transfer window sales are now open for business as Premier League clubs up and down the country look out to buy more footballers to help them reach the pinnacle of their goal this season.
A clutch of deals is rumoured to already be in the pipeline with Barcelona still very much interested in Philippe Coutinho and Manchester City weighing up a move for Alexis Sanchez.
Liverpool wanted a defended with the pedigree of Virgil van Dijk. They tried and failed last year with several attempts in vain to buy their target defender. But, now the chase is over; the Dutch defender finally moved to Anfield for an eye-watering sum of £75m.
Last year, Liverpool did the hard work in the summer, they made several attempts to convince the player to sign for them, but Southampton would not sell their star player, and he went so far as to hand in a transfer request, trying to force his way to Liverpool. Although, after the transfer window Virgil van Dijk was repeatedly linked with a move from Southampton to Anfield, it came to nothing, and the Saints reiterated their determination to hang on to the Dutch defender.
The 26-year-old kept his hopes up as Liverpool waited until the final day of the transfer window last summer, to see if a call would come from Southampton to inform them they had relented on their refusal to sell the Dutchman to the Reds. The call did not happen, and Liverpool waited in vain in what seems like a failed attempt to secure their target footballer.
Yesterday’s failures are today’s successes
Just because Liverpool failed in the last transfer window to get van Dijk did not hinder them from trying again. If you want something in 2018, don’t wait until later in the year, go for it now. The best time to start is right now!
Your effort, backed up by your faith in God should lead to success in 2018.
If you trust in God, you should be hopeful for a good future. Hence, Jeremiah 29:11 explains; “For I know the plans I have for you, declares the Lord, plans to prosper you and not to harm you, plans to give you hope and a future.”
Mary Kay Ash, the founder of Mary Kay Cosmetics, said “every failure, obstacle or hardship is an opportunity in disguise. Success in many cases is failure turned inside out. The greatest pollution problem we face today is negativity. Eliminate the negative attitude and believe you can do anything. Replace ‘if I can,’ ‘I hope,’ and ‘maybe’ with ‘can,’ ‘I will’ and ‘I must.’”
Let today be the start of something new
Behold, I am doing a new thing; now it springs forth, do you not perceive it? I will make a way in the wilderness and rivers in the desert. Isaiah 43:19
Last Summer the going price for Van Dijk was £50m. This year, Liverpool started their new bid as early as last December, weeks before the start of the January transfer window. Only this time, Manchester City, Barcelona and other clubs were also interested in signing the Dutch defender. As a result, his sale price went up. It is fundamental economics; a rise in demand would lead to an increase in price.
Spanish newspaper Sport claims the Southampton centre-back could be in line for a big-money move to the Nou Camp (Barcelona) in January. Manchester City puts forward a bid for £60 million but Liverpool, who has been determined to secure the services of the former Celtic star for almost a year, moved swiftly to get their Dutchman for £75m.
Of course, they spent an extra £15m than they were prepared to pay last summer, but they moved swiftly when they knew Manchester City and others were sniffing around.
There is no hiding from the fact the £75m world record fee for a defender is a colossal sum of money. But, sometimes you’ve got to do what it takes to get what you want.
This January is a new month, in a new year. Let it be a new beginning for you: a new mindset, a new focus, a new start, and new intentions which would lead to a new result for you this year. Happy New Year.