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  1. Transfer Talk Topic

    Just my opinion - I think a cash bid of €90m would be very tempting to Bayern.
  2. Transfer Talk Topic

    I just don't see it - for half the price maybe. He's fast and he scores goals because of it, but IMO he's got pretty poor technique and misses an awful lot of fairly easy chances. Plus, if he can't run off the shoulder, due to his size/weight ratio he's pretty much useless when in a physical confrontation (a scenario much more likely to occur in the Premier League). Add another 10m and I think we'd have a decent chance at getting Lewandowski.
  3. Transfer Talk Topic

    I guess it's just me that thinks Aubameyang is not the right player for us.
  4. Transfer Talk Topic

    I think he could have done OK here, but to me he's a better fit when playing in the middle of the park and within the width of the penalty box. Our AMs tend to play wider than that. Bayern make most of the their transfers in a similar way to us. They have a technical director who make recommendations to the Board and then another department enters into transfer and contractual negotiations. I wouldn't be surprised if they've been in negotiations with Madrid since the end of last season. What they seem to do well is set their price point at a realistic level. They've also got bags of money so don't need to pinch pennies too hard. I think that's where we possibly fall down - we open too low and risk offending the selling club.
  5. Transfer Talk Topic

    Different rules and prices on the continent. Rümmenigge confirmed they're in discussions with Juventus but no agreement has been reached. Douglas Costa has said he wants to leave. Wouldn't mind if we stuck our hand up there. Renato Sanches also looks like he'll be leaving (probably on loan) and as a rotation option he'd be a decent shout.
  6. Transfer Talk Topic

    The Antonio Rüdiger I remember from Stuttgart was a decent one on one defender with good pace. He was OK in the air and comfortable on the ball but prone to the odd calamitous mistake. His positioning was average and he was slow to recognize a developing threat. I have no idea how he's developed in his 2 years in Rome but we've been after him since before he moved there, so someone at the club sees something in him. Still, he's here now and I look forward to seeing how he gets on.
  7. Transfer Talk Topic

    Point of order - Sanchez left Barcelona in 2014, Pep in 2012. Pep signed him from Udinese but it was Luis Enrique who sold him to make room / raise money for Suarez.
  8. Transfer Talk Topic

    Agreed, I think he'd be one of the best forward signings we could make. It'll probably all blow over, but if he was available we should certainly take a crack at him. We'd be talking about a fee in the €100m+ range though for Bayern to even consider it.
  9. Transfer Talk Topic

    Lewandowski's done that for almost his entire career...with better numbers. Mandzukic is also more than 2 years older. Not a prudent long term investment, no, but he's not overly reliant on his pace. Gets into good positions, scores all kinds of goals and also plays with his head up enough to provide the occassional assist. On a 3-4 year contract, IMO, he'd be a good buy. Having said all of the above, I think it's unlikely he'll leave Germany.
  10. Transfer Talk Topic

    He averaged a goal every 2 games with Dortmund and is averaging approximately 1.5 goals every two games for Bayern. Two consecutive 30 goal seasons. Missed out on the golden boot here in Germany by a goal, having not scored in the last game of the season. At the moment he's got 100 goals in 134 appearances (all comps) for Bayern Munich.
  11. New Stadium Plans

    Even as a non-attendee, it's a little disappointing to see the ST numbers only increased by so little and a more than doubling of the corporate seats. Really goes to show what side the bread is buttered nowadays. Good to see the youth tickets are getting doubled though. Is the reduction in away fans a good thing?
  12. New Stadium Plans

    I'd imagine that, without buying up most of the surrounding property and bulldozing everything, this is the end of the road as far as capacity is concerned. Unless there's a major change in safety policy (I.e. safe standing), or someone develops a new way of fitting more punters into what we'll have, any further expansion going forward would require a move away. As for what hoops are left to jump through, with Sadiq Khan's approval, Stage 2 of the mayoral review is complete and with the passing of the deadline for a Judicial Review, AFAIK there are no planning obstacles left. There's probably still a few conversations to be had with e.g. TfL and Historic Places but nothing too serious anymore. Anyone know if an objector can bring a private legal action against the application still or has that deadline also passed?
  13. New Stadium Plans

    Stage I of the mayoral review is complete. The Mayor's office has noted that while generally acceptable, the planning application is not compliant with the London Plan. The majority of the issues outstanding are TfL-related. Further information is required prior to Stage II review. The Stage I report can be read here:- https://www.london.gov.uk/what-we-do/planning/planning-applications-and-decisions/planning-application-search/Stamford-bridge Once submitted the mayor has 2 weeks to make a decision.
  14. Transfer Talk Topic

    I wouldn't be that keen on a permanent signing but a loan swap of Llorente and Batshuayi would appeal. Gives us experienced cover and gives Swansea a replacement forward and our fringe player much needed game time. That's assuming Swansea will do us that kind of favour, though!
  15. New Stadium Plans

    The application goes in front of the LBHF Development Committee on 11 January with a recommendation for Grant of Permission. http://democracy.lbhf.gov.uk/documents/g4484/Public reports pack 11th-Jan-2017 19.00 Planning and Development Control Committee.pdf?T=10 Looks like there's light at the end of the tunnel!
  16. Transfer Talk Topic

    We don't have European football this season though. For me, it's all about getting numbers into the squad for the PL and to have a major puzzle piece in place assuming we get into the CL next year. By that stage, we'll most likely have released Ivanovic, Terry and possibly sold Cahill. That would leave us with Zouma, Christensen (maybe) and Koulibaly as the senior centrebacks with Miazga and/or Hector as cover.
  17. Transfer Talk Topic

    That's right - Hallgrimsson was promoted to co-manager after the playoffs for the 2014 World Cup to ease the transition when Lagerbäck retires. Prior to that, he was assistant manager for 3 years. Doesn't take away anything that LL has done though - he's never lost against England.
  18. Transfer Talk Topic

    Lagerback is co-managing with Heimir Hallgrimsson - a practicing Dentist. http://www.espnfc.com/team/iceland/470/blog/post/2879337/meet-heimir-hallgrimsson-icelands-co-manager-and-practicing-dentist
  19. Musical Tastes

    Blimmin' heck - Prince gone now too! Bad year for musicians...
  20. Transfer Talk Topic

    That and cat/fail videos
  21. Transfer Talk Topic

    Straight swap - Oscar for Mata. Never should have sold him in the first place.
  22. Musical Tastes

    RIP David Bowie. A very sad day for me, he's been the soundtrack to most of my life.
  23. Following Chelsea's Loans

    For me, it was the laid back way in which he played. Had a nice eye for a pass, was always drifting on the pitch and seemed to be a half step ahead of most of his opponents (albeit at youth level).In hindsight, throwing him in front of the lights that early was the death of him as a player. Those traits I thought of as effortless ability, I'd say now were signs of him already coasting.
  24. Following Chelsea's Loans

    Nice lay off to create the space and good secondary run to get himself into a dangerous field position. Good for him - hopefully he'll continue in the same way. Josh McEachran not in the match day squad I see.
  25. Official: Eden Hazard Joins Real Madrid

    We should take the view that, like many others, this wedding has been months in the planning and just wish Dr. Carneiro congratulations.There's no need for any of us to cast ugly aspersions on the timing. As to the rest, we've dug the hole, let's see where the dirt lands