Dries Mertens | €28M release clause

Discussion in 'Transfer Forum' started by Raoul, Nov 1, 2017.

  1. Nov 2, 2017
    #41

    Who's Kissing Cameras? New Member

    Joined:
    Oct 30, 2016
    Messages:
    180
    Insigne is a wonderful player; a delightful winger. If i am correct, he was linked to Barcelona in the summer to replace Neymar. But he is Napoli's De Rossi, Napoli's Totti, Napoli's Ryan Giggs. He loves the club.

    Mertens can play across the front line with ease and be effective from each position.
  2. Nov 2, 2017
    #42

    ADJUDICATOR FULL MEMBER

    Joined:
    Aug 13, 2013
    Messages:
    4,659
    Supports:
    THE BRAVE AND THE BOLD
    :lol::(
  3. Nov 2, 2017
    #43

    DannyCAFC Full Member

    Joined:
    Aug 7, 2014
    Messages:
    1,403
    Supports:
    Charlton Athletic
    Did you say that when you signed RvP and he won you the PL?

    Or what about Matic?
  4. Nov 2, 2017
    #44

    DannyCAFC Full Member

    Joined:
    Aug 7, 2014
    Messages:
    1,403
    Supports:
    Charlton Athletic
    I don't see where he'd fit in. Lukaku is your CF and that's the position Mertens has found new life in at Napoli after several years of being a largely inconsistent rotational winger.

    You could buy him and play him on the RW, but I just don't think he'll be effective in that position anymore. He's very much converted to a CF who's comfortable in the system Sarri has created. I'm not sure you can pluck him out of that system and put him in to a new one, in his old position in a different role and expect him to perform at the same level.
  5. Nov 2, 2017
    #45

    roonster09 Correctly predicted France to win World Cup 2018

    Joined:
    May 10, 2009
    Messages:
    10,658
    Don't think there is much in this rumour. Also he started playing as #9 since Milik's injury and never looked back but we have #9 covered. Also IIRC his best position was left winger and we have 2 superb young players fighting for the position.
  6. Nov 2, 2017
    #46

    Alabaster Codify7 Full Member

    Joined:
    Mar 11, 2015
    Messages:
    2,003
    Location:
    Wales
    Cracking player but I can't see us interested really.
  7. Nov 2, 2017
    #47

    Bestietom Full Member

    Joined:
    Dec 16, 2013
    Messages:
    1,597
    Location:
    Ireland
    We need a younger creative winger/forward with speed and skill, for our right hand side. Martial is good enough rotating with Rashford on the left. This is when we play a 4-3-3.

    When we revert to a 3-5-2 we need better wing backs than Valencia and Young, as well as a better creative player than Mata or Mkhi. Pogba can play as the creative player when we play a 4-3-3 but then we need another box to box midfielder like Fabinho or Savic, as Herrera or Fellaini are not up to it.IMO
  8. Nov 26, 2017
    #48

    United_We_Stand Full Member

    Joined:
    Apr 17, 2017
    Messages:
    2,254
    Location:
    Syria

  9. Nov 26, 2017
    #49

    amolbhatia50k Sneaky bum time

    Joined:
    Nov 8, 2002
    Messages:
    66,103
    Location:
    india
    Hopefully not to us.
  10. Nov 26, 2017
    #50

    devilish Phil Neville's #1 fan

    Joined:
    Sep 5, 2002
    Messages:
    45,881
    The EPL is the worst 'retirement' league there is.
  11. Nov 26, 2017
    #51

    suhaylah New Member

    Joined:
    Aug 25, 2014
    Messages:
    279
    Zlatan says hi :)
  12. Nov 26, 2017
    #52

    devilish Phil Neville's #1 fan

    Joined:
    Sep 5, 2002
    Messages:
    45,881
    He is the exception to the rule
  13. Nov 26, 2017
    #53

    PoTMS Full Member

    Joined:
    Dec 15, 2016
    Messages:
    2,367
    Buy buy buy. This is like rejecting Salah, Pedro, Mane all over again. We’ve got fecking Lingard.
  14. Nov 26, 2017
    #54

    LennonNL nipple flasher and door destroyer

    Joined:
    May 8, 2013
    Messages:
    7,607
    Location:
    M20
    They were both Premier League proven players and didn’t need any time to settle in. They know what’s required, moving from Serie A to the Prem can be a big step for some players.
  15. Nov 26, 2017
    #55

    Hawks2008 Full Member

    Joined:
    Mar 11, 2015
    Messages:
    1,931
    Location:
    schleep
    Good player coming off his best year, but he's 30 so I'd give it a miss. I'd prefer his teammate Insigne.
  16. Nov 26, 2017
    #56

    Lash Full Member

    Joined:
    May 3, 2012
    Messages:
    1,944
    Location:
    London
    Supports:
    Millwall, Saint-Etienne
    He's definitely made the #9 role his own. Sarri even said it's a shame he only found how good he was as a striker so late.

    Not at all what we need tbh, as good as a player he is.
  17. Nov 26, 2017
    #57

    2 man midfield Incestuous Modern Woman (Dumper!)

    Joined:
    Sep 4, 2012
    Messages:
    25,345
    Location:
    Legalise drugs and murder
    Not sure Jose would go for him, isn't he about 5 foot 4?
  18. Nov 26, 2017
    #58

    Oaencha Full Member

    Joined:
    Jan 23, 2014
    Messages:
    1,996
    In heels.
  19. Nov 26, 2017
    #59

    cyberman Full Member

    Joined:
    May 26, 2010
    Messages:
    12,742
    Off to Atletico to replace a Utd bound Griezmann perhaps?
  20. Nov 26, 2017
    #60

    2 man midfield Incestuous Modern Woman (Dumper!)

    Joined:
    Sep 4, 2012
    Messages:
    25,345
    Location:
    Legalise drugs and murder
    :lol:
  21. Nov 26, 2017
    #61

    Hawks2008 Full Member

    Joined:
    Mar 11, 2015
    Messages:
    1,931
    Location:
    schleep
    Yeah I know he probably wouldn't, quality player tho
  22. Nov 26, 2017
    #62

    Charles Miller Full Member Verified Moaner

    Joined:
    Oct 4, 2017
    Messages:
    1,392
    Location:
    Brazil
    Exactly the kind of player we should sign: in his peak and able to immediate impact.
    In the current football young players only can to progress with game time, in the pitch.
    You can see that those U-23 who are not regular starters keep showing the same level, they do not develop.
  23. Nov 26, 2017
    #63

    Who's Kissing Cameras? New Member

    Joined:
    Oct 30, 2016
    Messages:
    180
    Really? He's scored 13 goals already this season and got 34 last season. He's clearly a great player if you watch him. Age doesn't matter as Mertens will still have the quality he has now.
  24. Nov 26, 2017
    #64

    amolbhatia50k Sneaky bum time

    Joined:
    Nov 8, 2002
    Messages:
    66,103
    Location:
    india
    Age does matter. Don't want him.
  25. Nov 26, 2017
    #65

    Blind Full Member

    Joined:
    Feb 28, 2017
    Messages:
    1,302
    I feel like I've said this before but it would be madness to reject Mertens.
  26. Nov 26, 2017
    #66

    izec Full Member

    Joined:
    Sep 5, 2013
    Messages:
    15,035
    Location:
    Lucilinburhuc
    Pity he isnt 27 or 28 years old. I still would buy him for 28m, absolute steal
  27. Nov 27, 2017
    #67

    Bwuk Full Member

    Joined:
    Feb 29, 2012
    Messages:
    9,944
    Location:
    Dunfermline, Fife
    £28m isn't a lot for a player of Mertens quality nowadays.

    Could he play on the right of a front three?
  28. Nov 27, 2017
    #68

    M Bison Full Member

    Joined:
    Oct 26, 2015
    Messages:
    2,776
    Location:
    In the Wilderness
    Supports:
    York City
    Dont fully understand the age references, even if we got 2-3 years out of him its money well spent.
  29. Nov 27, 2017
    #69

    VorZakone What would Kenny G do?

    Joined:
    May 9, 2013
    Messages:
    13,913
    You have to wonder how long he can remain his pace/athleticism.
  30. Nov 27, 2017
    #70

    onemanarmy Full Member

    Joined:
    Jul 18, 2013
    Messages:
    1,785
    Location:
    Belgium
    He plays as a center forward. He only got in the team when Milik was injured, the years before he was more on the bench then on the pitch, playing as a winger. He's a decent player, playing in a system that suits him perfectly. He wouldn't stand a chance in this Utd team imo. Every time he has played as a center forward for Belgium, he was awful.

    I really like him, but don't want him here.
  31. Nov 27, 2017
    #71

    bosnian_red Worst scout to ever exist

    Joined:
    Aug 13, 2011
    Messages:
    31,802
    Location:
    Canada
    :rolleyes:I know what you mean but that wouldn't be the reason for his struggles if he came. Rarely the problem for the players is the league they move to. Much more often is them just being wrong players for the system that their team plays. Mertens would be completely wrong for the way Mourinho plays IMO. In our side, the only way he'd work is in a front 2 with Lukaku but mourinho doesn't like using front 2's so it wouldn't. He's not really a wide player anymore. Or at least he only turned into a quality player when he moved up top.

    If he went to City for example, then I'd be worried. Would probably replace Aguero without them losing a beat. So it's not really the league that would be the issue.
  32. Nov 27, 2017
    #72

    LennonNL nipple flasher and door destroyer

    Joined:
    May 8, 2013
    Messages:
    7,607
    Location:
    M20
    Changes leagues can be an issue, especially for players who are maybe used to a less aggressive style of play. Sticking Mertens, a tiny player who needs space to play, into an aggressive league and expecting him to immediately perform at the same level as RvP did is a bit naive. I mean, he could easily prove me wrong seeing as he is a quality player, but it just makes sense. We’ve seen it before.
  33. Nov 27, 2017
    #73

    BusbyMalone Full Member

    Joined:
    May 22, 2017
    Messages:
    2,370
    He's great on Fifa.

    I say we buy just for that alone
  34. Nov 27, 2017
    #74

    bosnian_red Worst scout to ever exist

    Joined:
    Aug 13, 2011
    Messages:
    31,802
    Location:
    Canada
    I don't disagree that he could find it hard to adapt, I just disagree at the league change really being the issue. Usually think it's to do with the system the team plays more then league. Like there are players that this applies to, but quality strikers like Mertens, wouldn't think so. Though then again, he's someone who is best suited at teams like Napoli, barca, City. Possession oriented teams that create lots of chances and overload the attack and aren't too concerned with physicality, more so with technical ability.
  35. Nov 27, 2017
    #75

    Andycoleno9 Full Member

    Joined:
    Mar 4, 2017
    Messages:
    3,120
    Location:
    Croatia
    He can play right winger, right? 30 mil? Bargain
  36. Nov 27, 2017
    #76

    Classical Mechanic Full Member

    Joined:
    Aug 25, 2014
    Messages:
    17,731
    Worth a punt at £28m. If he doesn’t work out we could get him doing odd jobs round OT or covering Fred the Red’s annual leave.
  37. Jun 28, 2018
    #77

    MadMike Full Member

    Joined:
    Sep 16, 2015
    Messages:
    5,012
    Location:
    London
    I'm bumping this thread not because there's anything new on him, but to see what people make of him as an option for our RW... since he's been playing RW for Belgium in this World Cup.

    He's turned 30 last month, but he's got a €28m release clause which is peanuts in the current market and he could make a good stop gap for a few seasons. Especially since people talk about us buying Willian and their age difference is only like 9 months but Willian would probably cost double to get from a rival.

    He's been fire in Italy for Napoli. Amazing energy, running and link-up play and (quite importantly) lethal in front and around the goal.

    Also I have a feeling we'll be talking about him after tonight's match against England.
  38. Jun 28, 2018
    #78

    FlawlessThaw most 'know it all' poster

    Joined:
    Oct 26, 2005
    Messages:
    26,004
    Think his release clause has expired
  39. Jun 28, 2018
    #79

    RobinLFC knows Klopp is a hypocrite

    Joined:
    May 20, 2014
    Messages:
    6,801
    Location:
    Belgium
    Supports:
    Liverpool
    99% sure he will not be involved.
  40. Jun 28, 2018
    #80

    MadMike Full Member

    Joined:
    Sep 16, 2015
    Messages:
    5,012
    Location:
    London
    Is it? How so? There was no expiry mentioned when he signed the contract 8 months ago (that's when the release clause was written in, cause he'd run his contract down) and this is the first summer transfer market since he signed it.

    Any links that suggest the clause is no longer active?

    I'm 99% sure he will be involved since Lukaku is already out. I don't think Martinez will change the entire front line and he'll probably want to give Hazard a rest too. I don't hink he'll play full 90', mind, but we'll see.