Hulk Smash

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  1. Everton 3 Chelsea 6

    Very very impressed with Costa. He showed up in a big game, even when he was getting wound up. It's amazing having a world class striker at our club.
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    I'd be very surprised if Atletico sign Schurrle unless they overpay. I'd also be surprised if we signed Khedira, would mean Mikel going the other way. I reckon MvG will transition into first choice over the coming years. Would also be interested if we can actually sign Varane. I doubt it though as at that age Real are likely to want to keep him, irrespective of any deal involving Cech. Our net spend seems quite low, I thought it was to our advantage if we maximise the amount we were allowed to lose under FFP each season.
  3. Transfer Talk Topic

    I've already mentioned that I believe it will be Cech. Having two World Class keepers would be wasteful during the era of FFP, I just can't see it happening. What I feel will happen is that both will be a part of the club for a few weeks, and then Cech will go before deadline as Jose has enough time to assess. Once again just opinion. As for attacking midfield, all are foreigners. Once again this is just supposition, I'm not meaning for this to be anything more than that, I just wanted to discuss the merits that someone like Isco would bring compared to what we have, given that he may be available. In terms of someone we desperately need, we're pretty much set for most positions. That doesn't mean we shouldn't assess what is available, we can always manage foreign player issues after the fact.
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    Once again, should he be signed then a foreigner in attacking midfield will most likely go the other way, then we trim another foreigner from another area. I don't mean to be rude but I've already mentioned this and you've ignored it. If you can look past the foreigner issue, then is there logic in the move? Does he improve our attacking options? Does he provide something we don't have? Is he likely to be available given the James Rodriguez signing? Also 'need' depends on your perspective. We don't really need anyone right now to be competitive, but pursuing potential World Class talent in this area of the pitch is important, albeit beyond our needs. imho he would have a similar impact on the squad to Hazard. There are stronger links to City, but we were linked with him significantly in the past.
  5. Transfer Talk Topic

    One player goes the other way in that circumstance, and we trim the remaining foreigner from somewhere else. It's all supposition anyways, but can you just humour the logic behind it? My best guess is that Cech will go. It's a massive waste to have 2 world class keepers, and I believe we just re-signed Schwarzer.
  6. Transfer Talk Topic

    Odds on him to sign for Chelsea are 20-1 on Skybet. He could be used in central attacking mid or down the left (Hazard central) and is a significant upgrade in terms of both goal threat, control and creativity to either Oscar / Schurrle. Isco is also younger than Oscar. The argument can be made about his defensive ability, but where this differs from the Mata situation is that he has the turn of pace and trickery to run at defenders all day and to create space for himself, much like Hazard. He most likely wouldn't cost nearly as much as James Rodriguez either. I'll go out on a limb and say Isco would have a greater impact than Pogba if given the choice. A second outlet that could run at players would improve us greatly, and a Matic - Fabregas pivot is already very good.
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    I'd also like to ask the question, partially as I haven't really been following the situation closely, but if Isco really is available then wouldn't he improve our side tremendously in central attacking midfield? He and Hazard would play off each other incredibly well imho.
  8. Transfer Talk Topic

    We clearly have funds to spend, and while Jose may indicate otherwise, we're probably going to strengthen if the right player is available. I feel central defence will not be strengthened as we have at least 3 senior players plus a talented Zouma in central defence. We also have sufficient versatility at the full-back positions. In the pivots, Matic and Fabregas are going to be first choice, with Ramires, Mikel and a talented MvG available. Someone surely has to go if we were to sign another quality midfielder. I'm of the opinion that Mikel is more of a back-up player and his wages probably do not cost the earth. I like Ramires but if we have a chance to bring in an excellent midfielder then he should go. Schurrle is good, but is at a similar level as Oscar and Willian. If he goes then so be it. There's decent talent available and the bigger teams are financially constrained, right now we are not. We basically have enough to finance for one top shelf player at a young age. As for Torres, I don't get it. Jose talks about mentality a lot, so surely he should go. Defended Torres for so very many years, but if the guy can't do simple striker things then what's the point? Perhaps he should play out on the wing or something. He doesn't do half badly from wide areas, don't understand why this was never tried.
  9. Transfer Talk Topic

    A+ It would however provide space for us to bring in a better attacking mid than we already have. Schurrle / Oscar / Willian are good but are at similar ability at present.
  10. Transfer Talk Topic

    Unzip and see what pops up.
  11. Transfer Talk Topic

    I'm definitely no expert on the subject, and while it may only concern proceeds from future transfers, I assume that the issue lies in the need for the agent to divest their economic ownership for the free transfer to occur in England. As there are no proceeds from sale, there's no benefit for the third party to accept this.
  12. Transfer Talk Topic

    Apparently his agent owns a portion of his economic rights, and this is not compatible with the legislation in the UK. Either way, I didn't rate Tiago back then and am happy he's not signing. I'm hoping this will afford more opportunity to Van Ginkel.
  13. Transfer Talk Topic

    There are a lot of stories going around regarding the third party ownership issue with Tiago.
  14. Transfer Talk Topic

    Tying performance into remuneration is nothing new. What I'm saying is that It's much harder to move established contracts to lower fixed remuneration. What Droy was saying is correct too, all things being equal this will not drop your wage bill.
  15. Transfer Talk Topic

    Cech out. Pogba in. Incidentally on SkyBet we're 4/7 on Pogba and 7/2 on Barkley. I wouldn't write off the signing of another defender early on however, or another striker if Lukaku were to go.