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  1. Really surprised we are selling Ake. I think he has bags of potential. Him and Christensen are the ones I am very sure would make it at this level. Very versatile player too. Just needs 2 years playing week in week out and he would grow into a well made player. That £20M even feels underpriced in this market. Feels like another KDB situation to be honest. Not at the same level as KDB but similar with the lack of awareness of the players potential. Rushed decision.
  2. There seems to be odd reports regarding Manolas being available for £30M which would be crazy if true and also Aubameyang available for £63M. We should go all out on both if true. They would be Bargains compared to some of the over priced PL targets we are chasing. Both these guys have CL experience too.
  3. I think the Lewandoski thing is just his agent trying to get the player what he wants from the club. Bayern wont sell for anything under £100M. That is a gurantee. I dont even think Bayern would listen to any offers. We wont spend £100M on him even if he did want to leave. We can hold talks but realistically we are not going to sign him. Quite surprised some fans believe it might happen.
  4. They will be. They have spent around £60M or so now and still have not bought a new striker. They will need to offload Lukaku at one point. If they keep him another window his value will go down. Other clubs do want him its just they are not ready to meet the asking price plus Lukaku only wants to return here. Other clubs know that by now. I was not keen on him returning too but Costa has left us in this position to be honest. I dont believe Lukaku can be leading striker all season for us. I still think we need two joint leading strikers on a similar level. Lukaku has never played a full season with CL football.
  5. To be honest we probably wont get most of our targets until late pre season or even after. We are not the type to pay the asking fee straight away and we will always negoiate it down to the last penny. I am only expecting 1 transfer to be made before July and that is probably Cabalero maybe Bakyako too but I think that would be slightly after the start of July. The Lukaku saga will drag onto August I think. Thats why I think its best to make another striker our priority and get a better value striker for now. Everton will not lower the asking fee until August so we are wasting our time negotiating with them for now. Lukaku does not want to go anywhere else but here and wont play for them again so really we have the upper hand we just have to approach them later in the market when they get desperate to sell. No club will pay £80M for Lukaku and Everton know that. They are just testing there luck. I hope we do not fall for it.
  6. I can not see that many clubs bidding 80M or so for him. Most will bid 60M and if that gets rejected they would walk away. Everton will lower their price if they have not sold him by early August or even mid-July which is when we should come in. The only club willing to bid very high is united but I can not see him going there. He really wants to come here.
  7. If James Rodriguez arrives I think he would be part of the CM as well as the 2 behind the striker. He will play more in the CM role I think. Good squad player too, he would give us something from deep positions with his long range passing which would make us less dependent on Cesc from those areas. I am hoping he is an addition and not a replacement for Cesc because that would be another downgrade. I'm hoping the CM positions would be James ,Bakayoko Kante and Cesc. That would a very well balanced midfield.
  8. I think we should sign a striker ahead of Lukaku. The problem is as long as we do not have a striker Everton will know they are in the driving seat in negotiations and will keep at that silly asking price. We should sign a different target up front and still go for Lukaku later in the window as Everton dont want to keep an unhappy player with his contract running down for another window. We could even still sign him in January which would probably lower his price. The max we should be paying for Lukaku is 60M. His agent would also demand a huge fee as he did with the Pogba deal. Lukaku has made it clear he wants to come here so Everton are going to be forced into selling him here one way or another. We should find another striker and make Lukaku less of a priority for now especially after what Costa said.
  9. Would you be happy to go into next season with Lukaku and Llorente as our striking options?
  10. Definitely need another striker even if Bats stays. It would be a huge risk giving Lukaku main striker role and having back up such as Bats or Llorente. The ideal situation would be to have two strikers on a similar level who dont have too much ego to throw a strop if the other one is picked ahead of them. Lukaku and Morata would be the perfect way to go into next season. Two very different strikers that would probably make a good partnership.
  11. Yeah he would have been a good signing I think for a reasonable price. He is the type of midfielder we are lacking in a way. Not sure he will get much game time at Bayern...
  12. Seeing as how Costa is leaving and Lukaku is coming I thought we would have gone all out for Morata too seeing as how Conte is a fan but it seems like we are likely to mess that up. Other than those 2 I dont know any other strikers that we are chasing that are available.
  13. Correct decision on Costa if the reports are true. Good player but simply unreliable. His head and attitude can change at any moment. I dont know how Simeone kept him on a leash but both our two previous managers have clashed with him and he wants to return to AM. All the signs are pointing for the exit door especially since he may not like us getting a big name striker with him still there. The only issue is AM can not pay a high price and are banned until Jan. We should try a swap deal in Jan with AM players with a small fee going either way depending on who it is. Grizzemann, Carrasco, Saul, Koke and even Godin I would like to see here. It would be a waste to let a chance like that pass by.
  14. Makes sense that Van Dijk will want Liverpool as that is the only team he is guaranteed to play every game. He would be a squad player if he came. He is good but I dont think "50M good". Max I would have paid was 30M. Its prices like that which makes you realise why we do not buy many PL players. Smaller PL clubs are really taking the mick. That bargain on Kante was very lucky.
  15. I always thought Alves was the weak link defensively for Barca. Never have rated him for his defensive skills. Would rather a younger energetic RWB. Thought we were meant to be going after Conti.