Thoughts on Bale? Seems Madrid will nap Reus for £20m but they'll have to shift Isco and or Bale as a result. Ancelotti still seems smitten by the idea of Ramires, who does look to be just a squad player nowadays. Would people be in favour of Bale and in return Ramires +£50m as a hypothetical scenario? It does look like Schurrle will be off in the summer. Did think at the time with Atletico making enquiries for him for £30m it would be silly money to turn down. He has had a horrible time with illness etc but this can't be an excuse with his recent performances. He seemed to be up for the big games (City (twice), Arsenal, PSG) yet against the lesser opposition he looked lost and too keen to impress. Salah hasn't been given a chance but yet again even if he was he isn't up the elite standard needed. The definition of a stop gap and an expensive one at that. We're struggling with left footed wide players at the moment so I can understand why Salah came in but that doesn't justify the purchase. Was around this time last year, if we wanted a left footed player it was Griezmann. Granted at £24m it would have been expensive but he has gone from strength to strength. Look at him tonight. 2 assists for Torres and a delight to watch. We need players who will genuinely challenge for 1st team spots not stop gaps, they can only get you so far. Last year was the perfect example with Eto'o, Ba and Salah the main examples.