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Centre Back... Who do we go for?

Discussion in 'Transfer Forum' started by Macern, Feb 2, 2018.

  1. Feb 7, 2019

    POF Full Member

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    I don't mean Galactico signings and I agree with the rest of your post. United spent big money on Keane, Rooney, Ferdinand, Carrick, Van Nistelrooy, Stam, etc. They weren't Galacticos but the club were happy to spend what was necessary because they wanted those players. Not a profile or position but those particular players.

    They didn't go for David Batty instead of Keane or Vassell instead of Rooney because they were cheaper. If Koulibaly has the talent, mentality and personality the club wants, then he's worth the money.

    I really hate the stories of "I want a centre back and have given a list of 5 to the board". With that type of recruitment strategy, if you end up with a top class centre back partnership it will be pure luck.
  2. Feb 7, 2019

    Luciano Venturini New Member

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    De Ligt will be the centre back in 5 years time at Madrid/City/Barca where we'll all sit around and say "why can't we buy a player like that" just like we did with Varane.

    Koulibaly is a good option but agree with previous statements that he's going to cost a bomb and will only have one big contract left in him.
  3. Feb 7, 2019

    Fracture90 Full Member

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    I value Varana but should we be really offering 100 million for a player who's having a disappointing season and as one other poster had mentioned, he's won it all, bar EURO. His motivation could be a suspect.
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    Charles Miller Full Member

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    Boubacar Kamara?
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    Macedonian Red New Member

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    It will be a big mistake if we pay 100m for CB and don't strength other weak areas.
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  6. Feb 27, 2019

    Wallez Full Member

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    I would absolutely go for Kostas Manolas. 36 million euro release clause, has experience from Serie A where the defensive focus is brilliant, as well as experience from later stages of CL. With his pace and fighting mentality, I think he will be the perfect partner for Lindelöf.
  7. Mar 6, 2019

    ghagua Full Member

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    Ruben Dias from Benfica has looked really good every time I have seen him play. Any Portuguese fans have more info about his abilities?
  8. Mar 7, 2019

    beingshe7don Full Member

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    De Ligt should be the person we get. Terrific leader, young and talented.
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    Jib Full Member

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    Koulibaly
  10. Mar 7, 2019

    Paul_Scholes18 Full Member

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    I think we more need a rightback if we are going to spend big on getting a defender. Matic replacement and another winger could be needed too. I expect Valencia, Rojo, Sanchez to leave.
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    KingMinger22 City >>> United. Moaning twat

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    I think Alderweild is probably as good as done.

    We need another one though.
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    Stacks Full Member

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    Vertonghan got 1 year left
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    ArjenIsM3 Full Member

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    The Sun coming out with a story on us scouting Benfica's Ruben Dias, saying he's a holding midfielder but from the looks of it he's more of a ball playing CB. Can't say I've watched him (other than a YouTube video), though I like that he's already a captain at 21. Can anyone that watches Benfica regularly shed some light on him?
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    zenith Full Member

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    I don't think the club would prioritize a CB purchase at this point of time. They are only likely to look in that direction if RB and RW are sorted within time and budget .
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    Sanche7 Full Member

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    It's a tricky one isn't it? I mean Smalling and Lindelof are doing pretty well together and IMO they compliment each other very well. But I still feel we should upgrade on Smalling mainly because he's poor on the ball plus his shirt pulling.
    And if we are thinking of buying someone I hope it's someone who is a top player or someone who will reach there soon, preferably Koulibaly or De Ligt.

    I've no idea how Axel is doing, but if he's not doing great, I wouldn't mind us selling Rojo, Jones and even Bailly, then buying two CBs, a starter and one with potential. We won't be selling all three, I think we will probably keep Jones since he's English.
    Lindelof, Koulibaly / De Ligt, Smalling, Jones, Axel is a pretty good group of CBs and there's space for a young CB there too.
    Wouldn't actually mind Alderweireld (as our second CB) , but he'll be on high wages and won't be happy to sit on the bench
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    Rooney1987 Full Member

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    Hasn’t Toby got that release clause to come in after Spurs picked up his option? If you can get him for 25mil in this market we should go for it.
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    Kag Banned

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    If the club has any sense (and I think it does) then it would be going all in on that kid at Ajax. He looks like the tits, to be fair.

    It’s why the club were quite rightly reticent to spunk silly money on the likes of Boateng, Mina, Maguire and Alderweireld. It makes signing genuine top tier talent all the more difficult. This was something Mourinho’s supporters couldn’t get into their heads last summer - the club doing the right thing, of course.

    Alderweireld as an experienced option for £25 million wouldn’t be a bad fall back option, mind you. He and Lindelof would work well together, I feel.
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    I think we'll be in for him, but his preference is to move to Barcelona. So if Barcelona want him, they'll probably sign him.

    If they don't, then I can see us having a decent chance of tempting him.
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    Cliche Guevara Full Member

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    Romagnoli who can also cover left-back if needed.

    Strong, quick, good technique. Just turned 24.
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    Mcking Full Member

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    I love him.
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    jesperjaap Full Member

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    He always seems hit and miss when I see him, when he plays well he is a classy centre back I think though. One we have been linke dwith in the past, bags of experience now and only must be about 24, what about Giminez? I know we probably want a ball playing centre back, but in terms of an out an out centre back, apart from Chillieni and Godin who are both old now, cant think of many better
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    Jericholyte2 Full Member

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    Having seen a couple of "Sanchez / Bale swap" stories, starting to wonder whether a swap could be done for Varane?
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    NoPace Full Member

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    Yeah, a Milan supporting friend was raving about him to me the other day.

    How's Bartra doing? Good technically, looked imperious last time I saw him at Betis.
  24. Mar 13, 2019

    Cassidy No longer at risk of being mistaken for a Scouser

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    We won't sign a CB...
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    jesperjaap Full Member

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    If we dont we have made a major mistake
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    Joachim Andersen, Sampdoria, 22 years old, 192cm, 90kg, $22m price tag at Transfermarkt in his first season as a regular starter in Serie A. Andersen is a large, athletic CB with good ball skills and appears comfortable playing left CB. Looks to be an emerging talent.

    At WhoScored, Andersen's passing and defensive stats (other than aerials won) in Serie A matches compare favorably with Virgil van Dyke's passing and defensive stats in EPL matches. Manchester United need CBs that can pass accurately from deep to trigger their counter attack. Andersen connects on 5.7 long passes/game in Serie A compared to van Dyke at 4.7 per game in the EPL, Alderweireld at 7.4 per game in the EPL and Laporte at 4.8 per game in the EPL. Smalling and Lindelof each average 2.1 per game in the EPL.
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    sam147 Banned

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    We either sign Koulibaly or we sign Alderweireld+De Ligt with Jones/Rojo leaving and Bailly on loan. According to the papers Ole wants a RW, DM, LB and RB and is happy with our current CBs to prove themselves. That cant be true.
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    cathari Full Member

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    I don’t know about ball playing, but he needs to be able to pass the ball. Smalling just can’t. Other than that, he needs all of Smalling’s skills, and hopefully have some temper about him.
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    Darren Lewis: "Tottenham are resigned to losing Toby Alderweireld to Manchester United in the summer for just £26million. United are set to push their way to the front of the queue for 30-year-old Alderweireld with Juventus and Barcelona also keen....
    United are set to listen to offers for Eric Bailly, bought by Jose Mourinho in 2016, this summer."
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    Zoo Full Member

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    I’ll take it if we can’t get De Ligt.
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    Adnan Full Member

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    I feel the time to get Aldewereild has passed. He was the best in the league afew years ago but we should look to the long term or sign Koulibaly now.
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    Devil may care Full Member

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    Agreed, he's past his best and doesn't compliment Lindelof at all as he's not particularly fast or good in the air.
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    MikeKing Full Member

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    Alderweireld would be like signing Sanchez again. Even if we got him for free his wages would be big and he would barely improve us, if at all, and in the very short term before he declines further. 26m is a robbery imo, Juventus can have him.
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    MikeKing Full Member

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    I would go for Umtiti if there is a slight chance. If he plays on the left it would compliment both our best CB's, and that is very important for the next CB we sign.
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    Rooney1987 Full Member

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    Guess I’m in minority but Alderweireld is still quality and would improve our defence. At 26mil in this market even at 30 is a very good deal.
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    nainaisson New Member

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    I read that in the Metro and automatically assumed it wasn't true (because it's the Metro).
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    sideshow_bob New Member

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    Compared to defenders in the top 5 leagues, he has played amongst the most long balls out of defence, has a very high number of average passes per game, has played a lot of matches this season & still has a very good pass completion percentage.

    In terms of ball-playing (passing the ball out of defence or carrying it out), I agree with you. He's quality & worth the fee.

    It's just that he's so poor in the air. Meaning we'd have to pair him with Smalling/Jones. So Alderweireld becomes an upgrade on Lindelof. Is that what we're looking for?
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    sideshow_bob New Member

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    Rumors are we should be ousting 2 CBs in Rojo & Bailly. Ideally we replace them with Koulibaly & De Ligt. But that's just too good to be true.

    Think a duo of Andersen and Maguire (as much as I can't stand his slabface) will be a partnership that has all bases covered:
    - long passes that break the lines
    - high pass completion
    - capable of dribbling out of defence a little
    - super strong in the air, set-piece threat
    - young
    - one Englishman for quota
    - both look like leaders
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    Alabaster Codify7 Full Member

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    Alderweireld would be another pure United signing post SAF. a massive mistake.

    Way past his best. Wouldn't touch with a bargepole.