"Media rumors" I'm not bringing articles or news. I'm bringing direct quotes from our own managers. If you want to believe what's in your head rather than what our current manager is saying himself, it's really up to you I guess. I bought evidence and you are free to accept them or accept your assumptions instead.Again lots of made up stuff based on media rumours and I don't agree with your maths on budgets either
IMO Ole was absolutely right to prioritise defence - it was our weakest point last season. And he said he wanted creativity (which to me means a midfielder) and goals (a forward).
Again Woodward is to blame for delaying the Lukaku deal which meant Ole has to wait until next window to get the replacement, how anyone thinks the timing of all that is Ole's fault is beyond me.
He's free to prioritize his defense over midfield or not, it's his choice and he will have to live up with its consequences without all these excuses about how the board failed him etc. You prioritized signing Maguire over midfield, OK, your choice in how to build the squad and you will be responsible for the results. And no the quote was all talking about strikers and forwards.
As for Lukaku deal, beside the fact he didn't play a single minute in preseason and was always going to leave, it's actually a stupid transfer tactic to wait till you sell your player then go and sign his replacement. It's better to negotiate with a club over their player while you still have your own an holding all your cards in hand so that if the deal failed, you refuse to sell your player and keep him, thus the other club won't bully you, than to go the club after selling your main striker and is desperate to get their player rather let them bully you into overpaying for their player because they know you don't have other choice and will have to pay.