What do you think Kevin De Bruyne who signed a £20m a year 4 year contract with Manchester City 11 days ago will cost?De Bruyne would be unbelievable for us. Días or Laporte would help solve our CB problems. Alexander-Arnold would give Wan-Bisakka healthy competition and give a better attacking outlet on the right, which suits us really as we don’t have a proper right winger.
We should be in for them this summer if we’re serious about challenging. Would weaken title rivals, too.
Sadly true. The value's just not there for the category of player we're talking about, compared to what you could get elsewhere. And that's probably even more the case than usual presently, with the Covid effects. Also, the new post-Brexit work permit system would tend to drive up the value of domestic players.Harder to do since the PL TV deal which means teams don't need to sell anymore so we'll end up paying through the roof.
Doesn't Neto play primarily on the left?I'd like to see the following come in:
1. Souchek (seems to be great at winning the ball back and also popping up with some goals). Passing is better / more progressive than both Scott and Fred. Would be cheaper than Rice.
2. Neto - will add much needed competition to our RW, and also allow Greenwood to develop.
No CB in the league which IMO fills our need for a pacey right sided CB, who can do for us what Ruben Dias has done for City this season. Great on one on ones and never gets caught out for pace. Has to come from abroad.
If we add a Moreno (if we are looking for a more finished product) or a Andre Silva type signing - it would be a decent summer. Obviously a Haaland would be a very good one.
I think all of these would be at best borderline as first XI options on United. Adama Traore I flat out don't want - for all his skills and physical strengths, he's just not a good football player in my opinion. Doesn't read the game well, no sense of positioning. Would I think be out of his depth on a team playing a free-flowing attacking style.Bissouma, Adama and Ings would be a great window.
If you buy TAA, it's hardly to use him as a rotational player? Also, Maddison plays the same position as Bruno, so when would you use him? He's too good to be just an occasional stand-in for BF.TAA would be a great option to rotate with AWB depending on difficulty of fixture - he’s made it clear he’d be extremely open to joining us so include that.
Grealish, Maddison and Kane have also done enough to justify a move to a top side imo.
Whilst I agree none of them would be guaranteed starters I'm rather expecting a terrible transfer window and I think Bissouma in particular has a lot about him and scope to improve.I think all of these would be at best borderline as first XI options on United. Adama Traore I flat out don't want - for all his skills and physical strengths, he's just not a good football player in my opinion. Doesn't read the game well, no sense of positioning. Would I think be out of his depth on a team playing a free-flowing attacking style.
I love ASM, but he'd be hard to fit in as a left winger.Grealish, Rice, Ndidi and Fofana are probably the pinnacle of players at relatively smaller clubs who could improve us. They'd all cost a small fortune though.
Neto, ASM and Raphinha are all more realistic. Potentially great options too. Especially the first two.
Think we've needed a player like ASM for a long time - a legitimate chaos creator, a consistent 1v1 dribbler...he'd be a big help against low block teams and for entertainment value too. We've needed one since Nani left really.
Oh man, not Ronaldo! He's a focus vortex - everything'll go through him and be organised around him, and the whole building-of-a-perennial-contender thing will go on hold as long as he's there, in favor of the here and now. He's never going to be a bit player, or someone who adapts to the team. There are many who's prepared to argue that having him has made Juventus a weaker team, not a better one. not because he's not performing, but because of exactly that effect.Whilst I agree none of them would be guaranteed starters I'm rather expecting a terrible transfer window and I think Bissouma in particular has a lot about him and scope to improve.
As for Adama for me he'd either get in the team directly at RW or be the best impact sub you could hope for, particularly if Cavani stays and he's got a target for his crosses. His pace, power and dribbling ability are second to none. Ings is not a terribly exciting prospect but he's probably available for a sensible fee and we'll need someone if Cavani goes. I'd rather get Ronaldo back though if he's up for it!
Just a hunch maybe, but would Calvert-Lewin have the sort of sturdy (not to say borderline insane) confidence needed for a striker to be consistently successful on a team that has the sort of pressure you get at Manchester United?Saint-Maximan and Raphinha have both been very good whenever I’ve seen them and would go some way to balancing out our threat from the right if we’ve abandoned the Sancho deal, however you’d think neither would be that cheap anyway.
I also don’t think we’d be able to afford either Rice or Ndidi considering how much the 2 clubs would ask for them but I think either would complement our midfield very well.
Calvert Lewin is a little more realistic than Kane/Halaand but, again, would probably soak up our whole budget.
Don't see that connection. We don't play 4123, but 4231 and Grealish can play left, right or center of the attacking line behind the striker. He'd be easier to fit into the starting XI than anyone we currently have.As others have said, definitely Raphinha and Bissouma.
Think Grealish only happens if Pogba leaves, or it’s overkill. Unless we start rotating every game like City do...
Awb Lindelof Maguire Shaw
Raphinha Greenwood Rashford
I'd take Saka in a heartbeat, and right now he is on a totally different level than Diallo. He is already an elite PL performer, arguably Arsenal's best player this year. His versatility is an asset, and his best position is right wing, which is exactly where we need reinforcements the most.Saka - Could we do the same what CIty did with Sterling? Probably not the right investment as he's the same age as Diallo pretty much and Pellistri and too many players in his positions but can play many positions..
I think we play 2 sitting now because Ole doesn’t trust Fred, McT or Matic to play the holding role on their own - hopefully that would change.Don't see that connection. We don't play 4123, but 4231 and Grealish can play left, right or center of the attacking line behind the striker. He'd be easier to fit into the starting XI than anyone we currently have.
I don't think we're going to start playing 4123 with a better DM. Even if the No8 essentially becomes a second No 10, which I think is highly unlikely, that would be a 4141, and it would still be the case that Grealish fits as well on the flanks as he does centrally. Hence little to no connection with whether Pogba stays or goes.I think we play 2 sitting now because Ole doesn’t trust Fred, McT or Matic to play the holding role on their own - hopefully that would change.
On Grealish, Bruno isn’t going to be dropped so he couldn’t play no.10 regularly, likewise if we signed a right winger (Raphinha), he wouldn’t play there either. So the only way he fits in to the starting XI is either on the left, with Rashford (not being dropped either under Ole), playing through the middle or as a centre/attacking mid and we tweak the system.
I disagree - the best teams have good options all over the park. We could use TAA against weak opposition or when chasing games and AWB for closing out games or against strong opposition.If you buy TAA, it's hardly to use him as a rotational player? Also, Maddison plays the same position as Bruno, so when would you use him? He's too good to be just an occasional stand-in for BF.
Yes he does, but he is left footed and Ole likes his inverted wingers. Also, he has played on the right for wolves when Adama was injured, and did pretty well there.Doesn't Neto play primarily on the left?
Agree with you on the CB point. No shortage of players you could make a case for, but none of them really feels like a good fit, do they.