Raphinha. Which I was wrong about because he turned out to be pretty dam good.Find me a single Sporting player that fella hasn’t praised to the high heavens
Wanted to say same thing but a lighter version. I've only ever watched YouTube video (I know, I know) but I really like how assured he looks. However I'm concerned with how physically weak he looks and will need a bigger partner. I can only imagine him being an alternative for Martinez where as I'm pretty sure we need an alternative for Varane on right side more urgently.Ruben Dias regen
Who'd you pick?https://x.com/FabrizioRomano/status/1711664112378544377?s=20
Understand Manchester United have also added Gonçalo Inacio to their list of centre-backs now being monitored/scouted. Antonio Silva, Jean-Clair Todibo and Tapsoba remain in the list. No final decision now, it will take time; based on player skills, reports, price and more.
Silva or Diomamde would also likely play more often as Martinez is almost certain (injury permitting) to play as first choice left sided centre back whereas Varane’s known fitness record opens up a lot of chances for a right sided centre back.Antonio Silva looks twice the prospect tbf
I still think it's odd we didn't buy him (35M for a 26 year old CB who starts for Spain is pretty cheap), as we could have just played him dead center most of the time with Lisandro wided and Shaw tucking in (or Lisandro stepping up like Stones and Shaw sitting back where he's typically excellent, though maybe we don't have the RB for that Walker-esque hybrid spot on the other side). And we'd have a quality backup for Lisandro, though a Maguire-Torres high line would be asking for trouble (though Emery made it work well with Albiol, who is as slow as Maguire these days, though their line wasn't high when they played in the CL, not sure about in the league). Would absolutely have been worth selling Lindelof for 20M to some Serie A side, not paying Jonny Evans and replacing them both with Torres for like 15M in fee difference and a couple million in wages.Pau Torres.