From the MEN articleIt's a show of increased vision because he's a squad player at his current club with potential who hasn't been playing much, we always get linked to such obvious targets, so it's nice to see someone who you'd think would have needed a bit more scouting and thought.
United are focusing on players lacking game-time at clubs in the major European leagues with large squads outside the Premier League and Llorente is behind Saul Niguez, Thomas Teye, Koke and Hector Herrera in the Atletico midfield pecking order. Despite his peripheral status, Llorente still emerged in the Supercopa semi-final and final against Barcelona and Real Madrid in Saudi Arabia last week.
See? That's what I mean. We give him a surname deriving from female name so we can also play him in our women team. That's some progressive visionary thinking, my man.According to my extensive Google research it appears that Llorente derives from Lorenzo which in turn is derived from the germanic word for laurel, so it seems apt we name him Mark Laurel
You could have said that about Ceballos too but Arsenal have paid £12m for a guy that has only made 7 starts and 4 sub apps for them in the PL this season. £6m for 2 assists.It's a show of increased vision because he's a squad player at his current club with potential who hasn't been playing much, we always get linked to such obvious targets, so it's nice to see someone who you'd think would have needed a bit more scouting and thought.
Probably more than some people realise. The 3 Lions sigil came from the Normans!Meh, isn't France like England anyway?
Sounds a bit OTT they're only on for 6 points less in the league this season than last as it stands. This guy hasn't really been playing either.Everybody is flopping at Atletico this season. He would cleary be an automatic upgrade to our squad and would almost immediately get into the starting 11.
Pogba-------BrunoFrom limited viewings, he's very capable in the holding role in a 4-3-3, but has struggled to adapt to playing in the double-pivot at Atletico (mostly because he's not dynamic enough and doesn't really contribute going forwards).
Could definitely do a job anchoring the midfield for us, though.
He's competing with Thomas for the same spot, who is one of the best defensive midfielders in the world at the moment. Not really a strong indicator tbh.Sounds a bit OTT they're only on for 6 points less in the league this season than last as it stands. This guy hasn't really been playing either.
Maybe. Although the mention of Llorente seems specific and obscure enough to perhaps have something in it. If you were looking to fabricate some United/Atletico nonsense for clicks, you'd probably pick a different player.
I think he is coming in as cover for the midfield positions. Until Pogba and mctominay come back we only have Matic and Fred as only viable cm options.As a guy who watches every Atletico game and has seen Llorente play in person, I just can't see him working out at United. He has been sluggish with Atleti, so playing in the Premier League could expose him even further. He is pretty good at breaking up play, but if truth be told he isn't as good as Fred and if we sign Bruno then I just can't see where he would play. Possibly rotating with Matic, but I could easily see him ending up as a Suarez type loan.
Agree on Longstaff. Disagree on Can.Sounds a bit more inspiring than Emre Can or Sean Longstaff
I still find it crazy that Atleti paid around €30m for a guy who wasn't massively needed when they had much more pressing issues in the squad. Considering the cash flow isn't so strong at the club it was just a pretty bizarre move.Some time ago I thought he might have been a good option for United, in a supposed exchange of "cheap" players with Madrid.
I think he chose Atlético to stay in Madrid. His lack of minutes causes jokes among madridistas.
Situation he surely did not expect. In addition to the fact that Thomas Partey has exploded, I have read on some occasion that Simeone is quite strict in terms of hierarchies with newcomers. When he had minutes, both in Madrid and Atlético I liked him.
Because we dont want to spend over 100m in January.If you can do a smart deal, why notNot a bad loan option as midfield cover. But if Soumare is available, why would a club with our clout be wasting time on this loan rather than buy a potential world beater who could give us the better part of a decade's service? Playing the percentages to this extreme won't ever get us back where we aim to be.
Yes, too much money. In fact I read that it could be even more. About 40 million. At that time I thought they would sell SaúlI still find it crazy that Atleti paid around €30m for a guy who wasn't massively needed when they had much more pressing issues in the squad. Considering the cash flow isn't so strong at the club it was just a pretty bizarre move.
Yes this was my first thought.
It just needs the club name to generate clicks, not necessarily the how well known the player is, although the latter helps.Very random player to select if its made up, hardly one that'll generate tons of clicks really.
Not wanting to spend what is eminently necessary and looking for 'smart deals' off other team's rejects is exactly the kind of percentage playing I said won't ever get us back to the top. It doesn't matter if it's January or June if the deal is right and doable.Because we dont want to spend over 100m in January.If you can do a smart deal, why not