A Blue Essien

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  1. No doubt. And yes, we'll know soon enough about Van Dijk. I think we have an interest, but it remains to be seen how serious it is.
  2. I disagree MT. I think Law, Fifield, and Simon Johnson have a direct line with the club, especially when we want to push an agenda. When all the rubbish regarding Conte was coming out, the aforementioned 3 put things right the following day, all with the same story, all within a few minutes/hours of each other. It came across as a club press release, and there have been previous instances of similar releases. I could be wrong of course, especially with the plethora of transfer fluff that gets floated around, but it certainly seems to me that those 3 in particular often get briefed by the club with the same information.
  3. Seems like we're pocketing about £3m for Salah. Will add that to my previous list of funds generated. I had also forgotten about Begovic! So, once again, not including Oscar (or Bamford for that matter): Cuadrado: £17m (confirmed) Atsu: £6m (confirmed) Begovic: £10m (confirmed) Solanke: £3-10m (rumoured) Izzy Brown: £8m (rumoured) Bertrand Traore: £17m (rumoured) Costa: £30-40m (estimated) Salah: £3m (rumoured) So that's anywhere between £95-£105m. And that's before any potential further sales of Kalas, Piazon, Pasalic, Miazga, Nathan, Omeruo, Remy or Van Ginkel. Could be a record summer this, both ins and outs.
  4. Seeing as the interest in Bonucci or Van Dijk has been transmitted by the usual suspects (Matt Law & Dominic Fifield) who are often our mouthpieces, I think there certainly is a genuine interest here. Agree that we don't necessarily need a CB and funds would be better served elsewhere, but if it's what Conte wants, I'm happy for the board to oblige. Yes, agree with this. Bonucci/Van Dijk, Sandro, Bakayoko, and Lukaku will, as you mention, most likely go straight into the first team. Overpriced or not, that will immediately improve the quality of the squad, and that's all you can ask for. And yes, if it's what Conte has asked for, we have to back the man. The board has certainly brought in a lot of quality, but as we've seen in previous years I would not trust them in terms of quantity. They often strip down the squad in the latter days of the window. Let's hope they don't do the same again.
  5. Looks like a contract extension is just around the corner. A big thanks to all the rags trying to stir things up!
  6. Great posts. Couldn't agree more. I think we're almost certainly targeting a CM, ST, and most likely an AM as well, to go with Sandro. IMO, Bakayoko is a done deal, just waiting to be announced, so that sorts out the CM. Lukaku, as well, will be pursued and landed. It remains to be seen who the AM is. Don't think we need another CB with Christensen arriving. Also, with the possible addition of Sandro, it could mean Alonso becomes an option at LCB, thereby increasing our numbers. I really hope we keep Ake as well, so think we're sorted there. As for numbers, the in's will probably cost around £200m: Sandro: £55M Bakayoko: £35M Lukaku: £75M Caballero: Free AM: £35M In terms of what we can recoup, let's not include Oscar: Cuadrado: £17m (confirmed) Atsu: £6m (confirmed) Solanke: £3-10m (rumoured) Izzy Brown: £8m (rumoured) Bertrand Traore: £17m (rumoured) Costa: £30-40m (estimated) Have I missed anyone? That's anywhere between £80m-100m that should be recouped. And that doesn't include the potential sales of Kalas, Piazon, Pasalic, Miazga, Nathan, Omeruo, Remy or Van Ginkel among others. Reckon it's his agent stirring things up by including us as the bogeyman. No better way to force a contract offer.
  7. Great post. Seems an interesting option but I'm reluctant to believe much coming out of Italy because of the obvious Conte connection. He's the very definition of a fan boy. It's utterly embarrassing. IMO, Fabregas is the least likely to leave. He's continuously stated how happy and settled he is in London. He has a big family, lots of kids, and a long history in the city. With CL this season, he's probably going to play more so I don't see him being put on the market and I certainly don't see him angling for a move.
  8. It's not horrific, as we should be winning our home games, but it's quite tricky, especially without Hazard for the first month or so. The rest of the way is pretty good though so if we're there or thereabouts after the first 7 games, we'll be in good shape.
  9. Finally all the friendlies and qualifiers are done with and I expect a rash of signings to commence. I reckon Caballero and Bakayoko will be sealed within the next week. Lukaku will follow, but not before Everton confirm a few signings of their own. It remains to be seen who we target after those 3.
  10. He's certainly not worth a 100m and I doubt he'll go for that. IMO, it'll be around the 70-80m range. That's still overpriced but such is the market, especially for goals. I think we need quality. We've made the mistake in the past of settling for adequacy and I really hope we don't do that this summer. Rahman is in the same boat Zouma was in going into last season. He'll hardly be usable. Kenedy isn't trusted at all. When's the last time Todd Kane played a full season? Our wingbacks go through more work than anyone else on the pitch and they're one of the most important positions. We need 4 quality, interchangeable options and if that means we need to splash the cash, then so be it.
  11. Disagree. Torres and Sheva were all but finished when they arrived. Lukaku is still on the way up. This. I think we desperately need quality additions at WB. In a long season we need interchangeable options with no drop in quality. Technically we could alternate Moses and Azpi at RWB, but we need another option at LWB. it may as well be a quality option. Indeed. I expect Bakayoko to be all but announced this week with attention then shifting to Lukaku. That sorts out CM and ST, with a GK, LWB and potentially another AM remaining.
  12. IMO, we definitely need to buy and that's even if we hold on to Traore. The options are limited though. Doubt Alexis is realistic so that leaves a trio of left-footers in Mahrez, Rodriguez or Douglas Costa.
  13. Yeah, just the 3 friendlies before the Community Shield. That seems way too little. Surely we'll add a few more? Maybe we can squeeze one in before we head to Asia.
  14. I rate Batshuayi, so yes I think that's enough. If for some reason both are unavailable we can always go with the Hazard, Pedro, Willian triumvirate which, whilst not ideal, has looked pretty good in the past. That's assuming Traore isn't with us as he could easily stand in as the 3rd striker. He'd only be available from January and would be on massive wages so I'd probably stay clear. I wouldn't go after Coentrao. Barely played for years now and I wouldn't bet on him excelling in the league. As for Kenedy, I think it's pretty obvious he doesn't have a future here. Conte's barely played him and that was when we had already won the league. I reckon he'll be off. Apparently we've bid for Alex Sandro who's a quality player and after Mendy would be the one I'd go after.
  15. Fair enough, you certainly stick to your guns. Personally I think we're fine as is, especially with Christensen to supplement the group. Additionally, and I've been thinking about this, I reckon Alonso would be a very interesting option as a backup LCB. He has all the attributes to succeed there; great in the air, good on the ball, can shift out to wider areas. That allows us to bring in an explosive LWB like Mendy or Sandro who can compete with Alonso and also allow us on occasion to play Alonso as a LCB. I reckon that sorts out a number of issues. Super cup against Bayern. Yeah, he came on late and really didn't do any pressing up top. Was a disappointing cameo and as you said, may have made up JM's mind (the penalty miss didn't help either). Yes, will be closer to 80m I reckon. Lukaku has all but burned his bridges at Everton. They're still going to dig in but this ones looks a formality IMO. Yes, we've made mistakes in the past in regards to not installing buy-back clauses and I understand that going forward we're going to insist on it. I believe Thorgan Hazard has one and have read rumours that we'll install one in case we sell Traore. Agreed. I would have preferred Costa to stay and spend his best years here, but I can see why Conte has got fed up. Costa's a very volatile and difficult personality. He's almost childlike really and is prone to a tantrum at any point. He's wanted out on previous occasions and I don't think Conte felt he had his complete trust and that's obviously very important to him. It's a pity, because he's a quality player, but I can see why Conte has taken a stand. As for Lukaku, I'm coming around to it. I don't think he suits our style particularly, especially in regards to work rate and his hold up and combination play, but he does the most thing well which is score goals. His numbers compared to equivalent age groups/number of games hold up to the best that have played the game. You know what you're going to get with him and theoretically he should only get better.