He's been class for two seasons now, already gets games for Spain as well despite their wealth of midfielders. Doesn't command the game like Xavi can, but his passing isn't far off Xavi's and he's also a brilliant dribbler. He's better than Wilshere and I would say he's one of the best in the world too. He'll slot in nicely alongside DON ANDRES in the next few years as Xavi plays less and less games.
Don't have a lot to spend? The treasurer announced there's up to 50 million in the pot a while back. A couple of player sales are likely too. I said Keita because Milan have been heavily linked with him for a long time. Alba will come, perhaps Adrian, but a centre-back coming in seems highly likely at this point, though I doubt it will be Thiago Silva.
Club spokesman often bullshit, and as you say unless you can sell a bit, 50m isn't a lot int today's market, particularly competing with Madrid's ever growing squad. + I think Jordi Alba will set you back like 15m euros? That's a very good player, but doesn't leave you with much scope to bring in quality at the back and up top. I imagine even if he is telling the truth, a chunk of wages will be included which is often more a stumbling block than the fees themselves are. I think Thiago Silva is on a hell of a lot already and will want a rise when he goes to an even bigger club. I'm not sure how many top quality CBs are available. Hummels isn't unless something truly ridiculous is offered.
On Thiago, in 10/11, by ESPN's stats, he only made 6 starts in La Liga. Don't think that constitues him as being a top midfielder for a couple of years. Wilshere has had one full season, and was one of the best during that season, but I'd like to think he requires another such season to be classed as one of the best. I rate Thiago higher than Wilshere too btw.
He's free and just going to be there to play the cover role. Already knows the club. It's not bad.
If City get Thiago Silva then they'll probably concede 2 goals in 38 games next season. Torres winners
But seriously, Kompany and Silva? Fucking hell...
Kompany-Silva would be epic. True powerhouse defence.
Bayern need a top player at the back. If this Javi Martinez deal is legit, that'd be a fantastic start. If they do bring in Sahin as some say they want to, then that will also be excellent business, although that's not as necessary as a new forward. Gomez is a clinical striker, but they need someone more dynamic who will cause the opposition more problems and keep them guessing. 2 signings of top quality at the back and up top and they'll be back next year in the hunt, without a doubt.