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

  1. Mar 14, 2019

    Sanche7 Full Member

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    Umtiti is a bit meh is the air IIRC plus he's coming off a big injury.

    Also Toby makes sense only if we are signing him as our second CB signing after selling Rojo and Bailly. Although he'll be available for 25 mill, I'm sure there will be huge signing bonus, agent fees involved, not to mention hell be asking for 150-200k per week. All things considered he won't be a great buy.

    The dream would be Koulibaly + De Ligt but we all know that ain't happening. Wouldn't actually mind Koulibaly plus a young highly rated CB like Anderson. But I can see why we could go for an experienced CB
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    settembrini Full Member

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    Umtiti would have been perfect before his injuries, they have been severe this season and if Barcelona are looking to get rid that should tell you what they think about the state of his knee.

    Alderweireld is 30 and already doesn't seem quite as good a player as he did a season or two ago. Plus he's yet another 'right side only' centre back which is the opposite of what we need.

    I would much prefer us to think about who could be a good partner to our existing CBs rather than 'what big name CB is available'. Players like Ake or Romagnoli would compliment our existing options really well. Either of them would be great as the left sided CB alongside Lindelof in games where we want to dominate possession and attack a lot or alongside Smalling when we need to focus on defending.
  3. Mar 14, 2019

    cathari Full Member

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    Find it very unlikely that Real would let Varane leave at all, but maybe the Italian clubs are up for a swap deal, with some cash in it? One or two of Romagnoli, Skriniar and Koulibaly for cash and one of Bailly and Rojo?

    Very hopeful thinking here :angel:
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    Stacks Full Member

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    Just don't see the urgency a CB. Our defence has much improved under Olé and RB is more urgent as Young is liability
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    sam147 Full Member

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    Andersen and Maguire? Both turtles. Maguire is average defensively and only rated because he headed the ball a few times in the world cup. Everton level defender. Andersen is not much better. De ligt or Koulibaly are far superior.
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    Cee90 Redcafe Fantasy Football Champion 2012/13

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    :lol:

    I have literally no idea what that means.
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    Adnan Full Member

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    I think he's referring to their pace..
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    Jib Full Member

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    Agreed
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    Patrick08 Full Member

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    De ligt plays on the right? Isn't it? We kind of need option for the left side of defense.
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    sam147 Full Member

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    Slow as turtles. Which they both are. We play a high line and Maguire would be exposed. He is already average defensively and would look even worse.
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    settembrini Full Member

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    De ligt is comfortable as the left CB, he played there for Ajax until they signed Blind and then he moved across to the other side.
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    Timo.utd New Member

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    Nikola Milenkovic was playing fantastic,but i'm not sure about his current form, it's been awhile since i've seen him play. Gianluca Mancini is one to keep an eye aswell.

    I rate nathan ake but i guess the pricetag would be ridiculous.
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    abdo99 Full Member

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    just pay the money for koulibaly and be done with it. liverpool payed the money for vvd and they're the same age. we need to stop the penny pinching and pay what it takes to get the best. 4/5 years of Koulibaly is very reasonable .
  14. Mar 15, 2019

    sideshow_bob New Member

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    If we fail to get either Koulibaly/De Ligt, could any one of these guys cut it at United?

    BuLi
    1. Diallo
    2. Kempf
    3. Brooks
    4. Orban
    Serie A
    1. Izzo
    2. Pezzella
    La Liga
    1. Alvarez
    Ligue 1
    1. Herelle
    2. Djiku
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    cathari Full Member

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    I’d go for Aké over those.

    You forgot Skriniar in your opening scenario btw.
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    nainaisson New Member

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    I don't understand what people have against Alderweireld. We'll be a building-out-from-the-back machine with a CB duo of him and Lindelof. As long as he isn't asking for ridiculous wages and a really long contract, he'd be a steal at £26m.

    I'm willing to concede that Smalling, on his day, is possibly better at defending, but it's not like we spend most of the game defending like Huddersfield. On the ball, it's hard to think of anyone worse than Smalling.
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    I think most people underestimate the leadership quality we lack in our current squad. I’ll gladly concede i don’t know enough about Koulibaly, Skriniar and the likes to judge them.
    But what our current crop of defenders+keeper lack is leadership. A Rio to steady the ship, or a VCD if you like. I don’t care as much about other qualities. Those are easier to find and replace.
    We need a leader. Even at his young age that screams of De Ligt in my opinion.
    Hopefully we can come out on top vs Juve and Barca!
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    Bastian Full Member

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    I couldn't agree more. There is absolutely no leadership at the back. And we see quite obviously how it makes all the difference since VVD joined the scousers.

    Did Ole say something on record that caused those reports that he's not signing anybody there and rely on what he's got?
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    Devil may care Full Member

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    Alderweireld hasn't got the pace or aerial capabilities to partner Lindelof, you have to look for partnerships that compliment each other, Alderweireld is basically a more experienced version of Lindelof.
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    Stacks Full Member

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    People overestimate. Laporte and Stones start for City
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    UpWithRivers Full Member

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    We should get 2-

    Sell
    Darmian - 15
    Rojo- 15
    Then one of Bailly or Jones- id sell jones due to age/injury record - 20

    Buy
    Koulibay-100
    Alderweild-25

    Total spend-75
  22. Mar 17, 2019

    Andycoleno9 Full Member

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    I have a bad feeling that Ole is happy what we have now. Smalling and Lindelof as first choice and Jones as first backup.
    It will be disaster if we don't buy top defender
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    J_XO New Member

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    Yep. Jones' new contract turned my head. It seems like we won't go big for a CB even though it's an obvious gap. Soon we'll hear that Ole is willing to give our current CB's the opportunity to prove themselves. Absolute nightmare. I also keep seeing that we want to sell Bailly which makes me think we will look for a replacement but he hardly plays anyway. Jones and Rojo should be the first out the door.
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    ravi2 Full Member

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    Ole cannot be happy with that, then again SAF's blind spot was the CM... maybe Ole's blind spot is the CB

    I doubt it but if that is really the case then we are fecked.
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    MrHozl New Member

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    Milan Skriniar fits the profile perfectly. Leader on the pitch, under 26 and would class. Splash the cash on him!
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    Zoo Full Member

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    Lmarco Full Member

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    L'Equipe sources saying that Varane is apparently thinking about his future, doing as usual in his very quiet planned life, thinking everything thoroughly after 8 years and 14 titles there and having not been allowed to have a real break after the WC. He's supposedly wondering if it would not be good for him to get a new challenge, more competition and putting himself in danger elsewhere. Man Utd said to still follow him very closely.
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    croadyman New Member

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    Mad to think Varane is still only 25, seems like he has been around for years
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    iKnowNothing Full Member

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    hangin in there

    How long does he have on his contract? Plus isn't he one of Zidane's favorites? Real Madrid will want a whole lot of money for him.

    And whats the bits in bold all about? Is he planning to move to Liverpool?:nervous:
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    ash_86 Full Member

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    Looked Great!!
  31. Mar 22, 2019 at 09:48

    PeteManic Full Member

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    Marca (Real Madrid newspaper) are reporting today that Varane "va en serio" (is seriously going).

    If it is true, he can only be going to PSG. But United should spend all the budget on him and play him Sanchez wages.
  32. Mar 22, 2019 at 09:48

    Andycoleno9 Full Member

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    If Varane rumours are valid, we should do everything to sign him.
    But i guess that is classic "i want new contract" situation
  33. Mar 22, 2019 at 09:58

    PeteManic Full Member

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    Stop speaking sense!
  34. Mar 22, 2019 at 10:30

    United Pro Full Member

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    If he has decided to leave, I hope we go for him. Absolutely cracking centre back. Only slight weakness I can see is ability on the ball, but he's still miles ahead of Smalling.
  35. Mar 22, 2019 at 11:43

    Bwuk Full Member

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    Surely Varane would end up at PSG.
  36. Mar 22, 2019 at 11:50

    meninred New Member

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    I dont think any central defender in this world is left out.
  37. Mar 22, 2019 at 11:52

    sideshow_bob New Member

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    Could Nico Elvedi be the answer?

    Surprised there's no compilation video on him on YT. Guess he's only sprung up this season perhaps. But what a season he's having though - got some pretty solid stats. Anyone familiar with the BuLi on here?
  38. Mar 22, 2019 at 12:34

    breakout67 Full Member

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    We got Phil Jones on a new contract so we'll play merry go-round at centre back for a few more seasons.
  39. Mar 22, 2019 at 13:01

    Andycoleno9 Full Member

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    I still don't understand that contract. Based on what?! Really strange
  40. Mar 22, 2019 at 13:04

    DomesticTadpole Doom-monger obsessed with Herrera & the M.E.N.

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    Good old Daily Star.

    08:31KEY EVENT
    Solskjaer 'gives green light' to Maguire deal
    United are confident of landing Harry Maguire in a £65million transfer this summer, according to reports.

    It is claimed by the Daily Star that OIe Gunnar Solskjaer wants to build his defence around the England centre-back.

    United were interested in signing Maguire last summer but he ended up staying at Leicester having only joined the club from Hull a year earlier.

    [​IMG]