Kalidou Koulibaly - part deux (or trois?)

Bastian

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Smalling has been performing better than him overall this season and We're just gonna let him slip while spending 60m+ for Koulibaly?
Seems Smalling has become world class by virtue of not playing for United anymore :wenger:
 

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Are we really going to sign a fourth centre half in five seasons?
 

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Maguire + Koulibaly would be potentially the best CB pairing in the league IMO.

Only VVD/Gomez would compete with that.
 

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They aren't going to get anywhere near the fantasy valuations they were looking for last summer though.
I know people have absolutely hammered us for it in regards to poor recruitment but the €100m is bad business no matter how you look at it. Waiting a season or two for a top target to become more affordable/available is a better way to do business than jump around and sign another CB who isn't as good but is available.

Yes, it doesn't help us today but people really need to understand how recruitment actually works. The reality is, signing Rojo and Bailly to fill the void that one Koulibaly could fill is bad business. I'm not saying this is what we did but just an example of how things could be if we had a been better planned with our recruitment or had a DOF.
 

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We actually need him because Lindelof is not good enough. But I would like to see Maguire paired with Tuanzebe and Smalling before deciding we need another CB again. That said, if he's available Chelsea and Arsenal and even Barcelona should be all over this
 

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central defence needs addressing, but I think if we fix mid first with 2 upgrades then I don't think it's so obvious. Bring in a DM, currently there is no protection, no defensive shield from our mid. Runners aren't tracked.a DM will offer that.It also means having a DM that when Maguire comes forward with the ball we have that cover, as right now we don't. Also have another mid comfortable taking the ball from deep. Fred does this now and for all his improvements this season this is one area he is poor at. Him receiving the ball from De Gea esp with his back to to the opposition is nightmare material. Having that mid who can receive that pass and start play, dictate the game will relieve some pressure on Lindelof. He's not bad on the ball but he's not great. I'd love a new centre half but we need help in mid and up front first
 

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He is going to cost at least 50m and we probably dont have the budget.

Right wing,Forward and a midfielder. (2 if Pogba leaves)
 

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central defence needs addressing, but I think if we fix mid first with 2 upgrades then I don't think it's so obvious. Bring in a DM, currently there is no protection, no defensive shield from our mid. Runners aren't tracked.a DM will offer that.It also means having a DM that when Maguire comes forward with the ball we have that cover, as right now we don't. Also have another mid comfortable taking the ball from deep. Fred does this now and for all his improvements this season this is one area he is poor at. Him receiving the ball from De Gea esp with his back to to the opposition is nightmare material. Having that mid who can receive that pass and start play, dictate the game will relieve some pressure on Lindelof. He's not bad on the ball but he's not great. I'd love a new centre half but we need help in mid and up front first
I agree with this. First thing is first. Bring back Smalling as it hasn't worked out with Tuanzebe and continue to improve other positions. Smalling, Maguire, Lindelof is pretty good defensive trio in a complete team. Replacing Smalling with Koulibaly for an amount of money that will most likely see us go forward without the midfield signings required is pointless, and not really an improvement on the team.
 

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He is going to cost at least 50m and we probably dont have the budget.

Right wing,Forward and a midfielder. (2 if Pogba leaves)
This is right. We have other, more pressing concerns. The situation this summer is likely going to be sell to buy. Pogba will obviously go, but that's only going to be £115m or so, which doesn't leave a lot of spare cash for a striker, a winger and a midfielder, nevermind blowing £60m+ on another CB. The defence will have to stay as it is.