Geezers, brace yourselves.
Well, that was fun wasn’t it. Hearty congratulations on getting through the first few TWS Rounds. Looks like we’re set for a cracking contest. And now….It’s time for the first of the two transfer windows!
Ever been addicted with the transfer window of FIFA Career Mode and wished for a multiplayer version? Ever wanted to know what it takes to step into the shoe of the shrewd Daniel Levy or business magnet Abramovich? This is it because TWS is here to fill your appetite.
What happens in this transfer window?
This is an opportunity for clubs to trade their players for tokens between each other. As long as the deal doesn’t involve a free donation of tokens, anything within the dimensions of players and tokens is a possibility. Let’s take a look at an assortment of fictional deals:
1) Spurs purchase Cazorla for 10 tokens from Arsenal (Simple player for tokens deal)
2) Spurs swap Cazorla for Neuer (Straight swap)
3) Spurs purchase Cazorla from Arsenal, whilst Arsenal get Neuer and 5 tokens in return (Player + Tokens deal)
4) Spurs purchase Cazorla and Moutinho from Arsenal, whilst Arsenal get Neuer in return (1 for 2 players swap)
As you can already see, innovation will go a long way in this window
How to make a transfer work?
Anyone and everyone from the team can get involved throughout a deal. I bet there are some classy negotiators out there. This is your chance.
If you’ve played FIFA, you’d pretty much have an idea how to make a transfer work. But here’s a rough idea…
Enquiry Stage or Transfer Listing Stage
Typically, you can approach a club with an enquiry on a particular player. Ask them for an indication as to how much they value the player you’re interested in? And would they be open to any negotiations?
Similarly, if a club is looking to sell a player, you can advertise your player by opening the floor for any offers. It would be helpful to indicate what you’re expecting in return as well. Tokens? Players at particular positions? Treats at the next happy hour?
Offer and Negotiation Stage
If you deem fit, you can actually jump straight to the offer especially if you know what the club is looking for. An offer is then made to the club and kickstarts negotiations.
Finalising the Deal
A deal is struck when an agreement is reached between the two clubs.
Confirmation of the Deal
Once the deal is finalised, one of the two owners could email your transfer window coordinator and legend, Isacki, whilst keeping the other owner in the loop. Once the confirmation has been done, no changes are allowed.
We shall acknowledge the deal and update the Simulator accordingly.
How you make a deal work is completely up to you. The confirmation step is what is essential for every deal. The deadline for confirming a deal is the usual Saturday deadline of 2359 HRS BST.
Where can the negotiations happen?
Basically, anywhere. You can choose to use this forum as a hub for all your enquiries, negotiations, pressers and rumours. Expect the mysterious TWS Reporter and a few others to get on your nerves by spreading fake rumours.
If you fancy a real-time negotiation, you know the TWS Chatango is the place to be. Remember, there’s also a private chat feature on there.
Understandably, you don’t want everything to be discussed in public. The owners have access to all the contact details of the owners.
Making the best of the Transfer Window
The possibilities in the transfer window are endless and here are a few ideas on how you can nurture this period.
Keep your options open
Closing the doors early on any potential negotiations might mean you lose out on a good deal. So best to keep your ears open for those gems?
A common term used in the world of negotiations. It involves the two parties involved getting the best out of the deal, whilst the remaining 18 clubs not quite delighted with it. Look out for those scenarios, there are aplenty.
For instance, imagine Barcelona who have a good market value but only 20 tokens remaining. On the other hand, there’s Real Madrid who have 80 tokens remaining but have failed to get a high market value. Both clubs might want to strike a balance between tokens and value.
How about two clubs who are in a similar ROI range helping each other to fill up positions they are lacking? Better to transfer now than releasing players later for a penalty and risking a cheap buy from another club? Perhaps a few clubs who have struck amazing deals during bidding will look to churn some profit during this period?
Friend in need is a friend indeed?
Thomass67 hit the nail on its head. Hopefully, you’ve managed to forge new “friends” through the game within your club. This gives you a chance to form TWS buddies outside your club perhaps. Friends?
Thinking outside the box
Being a simulation, TWS allows you to shoot for the stars. How about a tripartite deal? Or how about an unofficial loan deal? Say you’re stuck with a limited budget and don’t want to be bullied in the next rounds by running out of tokens, why not offer one of your players on loan only to buy him back in the next window? The other club might ask for a small interest in turn. Hmmm…intriguing isn’t it?
There’s no submission this week. So…why not use this time to reflect on your strategies? Perhaps a good time to gauge if your club needs more team members? Still a few free agents out there and a few others on FFS who would be interested to join?
Most importantly, don’t forget to gather your team and party it out….TWS style.
So it’s time to suit up and get into the spirit of the transfer window. Let the drama begin!