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Expecting Arsenal to sign absolutely NOBODY lol

Nah we'll get a couple of decent signings but world class players in positions we need them? fuhgettaboutit
 

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Its official.

Hazard has gone to Madrid.

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DA what did you do to Kiz

Our takeover seems to be just awaiting confirmation now. Very little is known about them but promotion is an absolute must this year. Need proper CBs and more wingers so we're aren't just entirely dependent on Mcgeady next year.

Also if Grigg can actually become on fire at some point that'd be ace
 

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317m € spent by Real Madrid already...

• Eden Hazard €100m • Luka Jovic €65m • Rodrygo €54m • Eder Militao €50m • Ferland Mendy €48m
 

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It's been pretty meh so far, Madrid's bonanza spree aside, but things likely to kick off when July starts. They'll have to ship out a lot of players.

Atletico's CEO has confirmed Griezmann is going to Barca.

de Ligt has apparently decided to waste the early part of his career playing in LIGUE ONE UBER EATS as it's soon to be known, for 350k a week at PSG.

Looks like Bruno Fernandes is going to Man Utd, Lukaku definitely wants out to Inter, Yannick Carrasco linked with Arsenal (and Bayern), not much else from the top PL clubs it seems yet.
 

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With Villa signing a striker for a club record fee, it's looking increasingly likely that Abraham stays with us next season. After gaining promotion, I'm sure they would have asked us whether there was any chance they could loan him again, which possibly we turned down.

I back this decision. It's time for him to sink or swim. I worry about his technique in the big leagues though. Fantastic poacher, but he has to show he has more. This is going to be a huge year for him.

I'm starting to think the Lampard rout is the right way to go. Transfer ban. Star player gone. The expectations should be low right now. A good time for Lampard to come in and try to get some of the academy lads playing and developing at the highest level. There'll be some rough af patches where Chelsea fans will be tested on how much patience they truly have. But it seems like it's the right time to pull the trigger on a project like this.

We either find some stars from within, which will save us a lot of money in the long run. Or we find out that these lads aren't good enough and this isn't the right direction to go. I'd be very interested if this is the path we take.
 

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It's been pretty meh so far, Madrid's bonanza spree aside, but things likely to kick off when July starts. They'll have to ship out a lot of players.
With this in mind and nobody wanting Bale, I guess the chance of Pogba/Eriksen to Madrid is less likely.

You know when your team’s manager fucks off ahead of the transfer window because the board’s vision and his own vision don’t align you aren’t signing anybody decent.
 

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Pogba wants to go back to Juventus apparently. Hopefully we ask for their RB in exchange as part of the deal. Hell I'd even take Sandro since shaw is a waste of space.

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I thought you were joking. :done
Apparently an Uber Eats delivery driver is going to deliver the matchball to the centre circle in every game.

Couldn't make it up.

With this in mind and nobody wanting Bale, I guess the chance of Pogba/Eriksen to Madrid is less likely.

You know when your team’s manager fucks off ahead of the transfer window because the board’s vision and his own vision don’t align you aren’t signing anybody decent.
Don't think they're particularly interested in Eriksen, Zidane wants Pogba. Maybe it'll happen next year instead.

They have 37 first team players, so there'll need to be a big overhaul. James will be the first player out the door. They've now got 4 left backs - Mendy, Marcelo, Reguillon, and Theo Hernandez, and also 6 strikers - Jovic, Benzema, Mariano Diaz, Mayoral, Rodrygo and Raul De Tomas. A lot of those will be out the door. They would be mad to sell De Tomas but the rest of those players (barring the new signings) are probably up for grabs.
 

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Will they be able to find homes for James and Bale though? It's going to be tough as hell to shift them.

On De Ligt. For football reasons it's such an easy choice. But when you throw in the financial factor; the €7m a season from Barca is a great deal for an 18 year old. But Goddamn... It aint easy to turn down that €15m a season offer from PSG. It aint easy, man.
 

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Will they be able to find homes for James and Bale though? It's going to be tough as hell to shift them.

On De Ligt. For football reasons it's such an easy choice. But when you throw in the financial factor; the €7m a season from Barca is a great deal for an 18 year old. But Goddamn... It aint easy to turn down that €15m a season offer from PSG. It aint easy, man.
Bale quite clearly doesn't want to go, but I think James will be off.

Barca already have the quality at CB but what they really lack are leaders, which is why de Ligt is worth the money. If he wants to waste 4-5 years in France earning a fat pay cheque though, then says a lot about his mentality.

Fornals joining West Ham is crazy to me, he's a hell of a buy at that price. He was one of the best dribblers in Spain. Excited to see him play in England.

 

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I think it says that's it's incredibly hard to leave an extra €8m a year on the table.

Not sure De Ligt is this leader you seek though. His second half performance from Spurs was quite immature.
 

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Ya he is far from the finished article when it comes to defending, obviously he is still really young so that should improve

The reason the money for this guy is so huge is because he is a 19 year old with the body of a 28 year old. If the defending side of his game clicks one day, you have another Van Dijk, a guy who looks like an adult playing against teens

Although, I heard a good example during the week of a young defender who had a man's body and great things were expected of him too. The next Duncan Edwards they called him

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I think it says that's it's incredibly hard to leave an extra €8m a year on the table.

Not sure De Ligt is this leader you seek though. His second half performance from Spurs was quite immature.
It's a massive amount of money he'll earn wherever he goes. He'll make a silly amount of money over his career. Also going to a crap league in a shithole city.

The team needs more character and leadership, think you get both with him. Not expecting a Carles Puyol, but the team badly needs figureheads who will step up when the pressure's on, more players like Dani Alves or David Villa who show some emotion on the pitch. Too many players content to just sit back and rely on Messi. Don't think Griezmann and De Jong bring much to the table in this regard either, they're just excellent footballers, although I suppose Griezmann is at least a giant troll.

I'll counter your Spurs comment with his goals against England + Juventus, both coming after conceding goals that were his mistakes. That takes real character at that age :brodgers

Barca's main issue is a timid/cowardly coach though, I mean compare Coutinho's season to what he's already shown for Brazil over the past couple of weeks. There's no leadership coming from the bench, so there needs to be more on the pitch.
 
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