Originally Posted by HeartBreak&Triumph
Currently they're a way better side. No way they're a bigger club, no way.
Barca are definitely a bigger club than Milan. They attract better players, have a better weekly attendance, more fans globally, their games probably attract more viewers, and are also by far a better side.
Real Madrid are clearly the biggest club in the world, after that it's Barca and Man Utd. Then Bayern.
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.
I don't know exactly how much money is available, probably not enough to get Thiago Silva anyway. Javi Martinez is definitely more get-able, and Athletic and Barcelona are on good terms.
Thiago is class, I don't need to see a required amount of starts in La Liga before I decide to call him one of the best, he already is.
exactly, he has only played 41 league games, which im guessing a lot of those are sub appearances there is no way he is one of the best central midfielders around,
He is definitely one of the best around. He's better than anyone in the PL apart from Yaya and Modric.