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  1. I completely agree and did say that you knew how to sell but it's good to see that people are being more realistic about Liverpool's standing in the PL. However recruitment wise... this window you have bought some good players but nobody who stands out as a player capable of pushing you to top 4. I genuinely like all your signings in one way or another but none of them are going to elevate the side IMO. Compare your window so far to someone like United for example, Schweiny, Schneiderlin, Darmian and Depay you can see the intent to challenge for titles with those two midfield purchases, Schweiny world class and Schneiderlin arguably the best DM in the PL along with Matic. You can also see how Depay could become a top player in the PL as well as how Darmian could also succeed given his play style. Now of course Liverpool aren't looking for title winners but still the squad desperately needs goals from somewhere. I can't help but feel someone like Benteke would be wasted though. Lacazette would be much better suited but surely if he were to move to the PL it would be to a top 4 side, most likely Arsenal?
  2. Take a bow Liverpool, you might be a selling club, but boy do you know how to sell! £49m for Raheem Sterling! Madness!
  3. £49m for Raheem Sterling... Anyone who can justify that price tag deserves a knighthood and a pint! Absolutely desperate fee from Manchester City and horrifically mis-spent money. He's a decent young player and he could become even better but right now that fee is over by a long way!
  4. So I've managed to steer clear of rumour discussion for a little while but with pre-season approaching and Manchester United no doubt wanting to get business sorted before then I thought I'd throw my two cents in regarding our 'transfer targets' though I use that term looser than the undergarments of an inebriated Salford lady. Sergio Ramos - He's playing a game and it's not football, however it does require balls. The chances of him staying at Real Madrid are higher than anyone who genuinely believes Ramos is interested in swapping sunny Spain for Costa Del Trafford. Very good defender but likelihood of happening 1/10. Schneiderlin - Perhaps a bit more likely given he's publicly stated he wants Champions League football but Manchester United cannot guarantee that as of yet whereas the likes of Arsenal can. I think that he will end up either here or there and I don't see any chance of Southampton keeping a hold of him for yet another window. At £25m it might seem high but he's PL experienced and shown he can protect a back 4 while starting attacks and he's yet to reach his peak years. A fairly sensible signing to pursue. Likelihood of moving to United IMO is 5/10 with Arsenal occupying the remaining 5/10. Schweinsteiger - A great CM and would no doubt be a perfect replacement for Carrick but we live in the real world and leaving Munich just doesn't seem on the cards. He would be the first German first team player potentially in history (though I'd have to double check) which in itself shows how unlikely a transfer it would be. Likelihood 1/10 Kane - A tough one to decide on, at Spurs he'd have first team football guaranteed which is arguably more important at this stage of his career, if United were genuinely interested though I am sure he would see the appeal. I don't think he's a one season wonder but equally I'd be concerned at shelling out anywhere near the reported £40m for his signature. Could United get him... I think so. But will they attempt to sign him? Likelihood 2/10. United still need a CB, CM and ST urgently and a new RB would also be nice too. With RVP looking destined to leave it would appear that United will be pursuing another ST soon. The only problem is who?
  5. Good signing but I don't remember anyone saying Firmino was destined for United... Liverpool publicly courted Depay so if you want to be petty it's technically 1-0. United get linked with every player under the sun and it gets tiresome, if we were to sign every player we are 'reported' to be interested in we'd have Messi, Ronaldo, Pogba, Reus etc... (all of them have been linked) My point is, Firmino is a good signing and well done, but why pretend like you've got one over United when it's pretty obvious it must have been paper talk? If you manage to get Clyne again that would be a good signing but I don't remember United publicly courting him. So far the window has been good for Liverpool but have you signed anyone who will take you into the top 4?
  6. IMO I don't think the crossed out will hit 92 in their careers. Chambers - A good young player but IMO is inferior to many young players at both RB and CB Gibbs - No good 90/91 peak tops Walker - Quick and that's about it Bellerin - Quick and handy however very few RB's ever reach 92 and Bellerin has a very long way to go. Scuffet - Young with potential' date=' but there are many much better GK's around and he doesn't look to be a worldie in the making just yet Bouy - Who? Rafinha - At Barca, but they'll probably buy someone better. Ocampos - Can't see him making the step up, a future 90 perhaps. Gnabry - Nowhere near Deulofeu - Promising but will probably only ever be that. The rest IMO could do it. Easily Bale. He's at a much better club and he's got room to grow IMO
  7. If you offer more money for a player can a club accept a smaller offer? Antonio Valencia is off to Arsenal for £15m but I offered £16m (a physical bid) well before Arsenal's was accepted? Is this legal?
  8. Andrea Pirlo and Danny Ings arrive at Manchester City. Pirlo whilst old will improve the starting XI and occupy a much needed DM position for the club essentially replacing Toure. If he moves to the MLS IRL then I'll take the rating hit, but he'd still be a great squad player on a 91/2 at least. Danny Ings was a bargain at £4.2m. With his move to Liverpool sorted he's going to rise from 86-87/88 potentially which will right away give me some profit on him for next season if I decide to sell him on. In other news Ranocchia or Dede might be arriving at City... undecided if I really want either though.
  9. Dede or Ranocchia Bertrand or Berahino
  10. The Manchester City Fans Association Proudly Presents Manchester City Club News Vol 2: Transfer News Sponsored by Etihad Airways Good Afternoon and welcome to a very special transfer issue of Manchester City Club News. In this addition we take an in depth look into the comings and goings of Manchester City's first big transfer period. Transfers Out Sergio Aguero £75m to Borussia Dortmund We start of with the record breaking transfer of Sergio Aguero who fresh off his golden boot winning season in the Premier League attracted a lot of interest from several high profile clubs. The Argentinian was understood to be very happy at City but with Borussia Dortmund desperate to take pressure off of their star man, Marco Reus, a tempting £75m bid was placed. Realising that the money could be used to fund 3/4 new faces and with a replacement all lined up Manchester City's manager accepted the generous offer. Jesus Navas £18m to Barcelona Jesus Navas was one of the less surprising names to have been let go by City's new manager. Identified as being perhaps a tad over-rated during their first training session together Navas failed to show a desire to impress. News broke that Spanish giant's Barcelona had developed an interest in Navas who was their target for replacing Pedro. With neither manager nor player wanting to refuse a generous offer Navas returned to Spain and City looked to the market to replace him. Edin Dzeko £18m to AS Roma Edin Dzeko was perhaps another of the less surprising names to leave the club. At 29 years old the club felt that he had peaked and was not offering the same goal scoring form that saw him rise in stature within the footballing world. With a few clubs interested, and a return to Vfl Wolfsburg a distinct possibility, AS Roma made a good offer for his services. With Dzeko wanting to be the star man at his next club the move suited him well. Luis Fernandinho £17m to AS Roma With Yaya Toure destined to leave it would appear perhaps odd that the clubs only other top rated CDM would be on his way out however the new manager is obviously not a fan. Fernandinho however at 30 years old wasn't looking fresh and didn't seem up to the challenge of securing the midfield for City for years to come, when AS Roma again came knocking City and Luis agreed that a move was probably for the best. Yaya Toure £60m to Bayern Munich The saga of the window for City fans was where would Yaya go? Having felt under-appreciated at the club after Cake-gate, as it will forever be affectionately known, Toure wanted to move onto something new. There was plenty of interest from some of football's biggest clubs and perhaps the biggest of them all secured his signature. Having never played in Germany Toure saw Bayern as the best destination for him, where he could still be a star but also challenge for titles. With £60m the fee it also gave City the chance to reinvest in some new faces. Elaquim Mangala £14m to Chelsea Mangala's first season at City could be described in many ways, poor, disastrous, failure etc. The big money signing was surplus to requirements and when Chelsea made a fair offer for his services the club knew they couldn't say no, especially with the signings already at the club. Transfers In Theo Walcott £21m from Arsenal The club had been lacking some useful pace out wide for some time. Navas, while quick, failed to deliver the required end product on too many occasions to be the legs of the side. With Theo Walcott's name listed by the Arsenal manager, City knew they had a great chance at brining in a younger talented English player who was just reaching maturity in his development. Walcott, who also seems to be developing well in a striker role, will slot in very nicely with the club's new transfer policy, of buying younger (and if possible British) talent, rather than spending £50m + fees on superstars. Raphael Varane £30m (%50 = £15m) from Real Madrid At just 22 years of age Raphael Varane was already considered a fantastic defender by many in world football. The chairman was concerned that Manchester City's recently bought defenders , like Mangala, were not up to the required standard and so decided that the club might need to spend big for someone worthy of a spot. The chairman offered to pay 50% of the fee himself. With Varane one of the hottest young CB's around Manchester City maxed out their offer with £30m to Real Madrid being enough to secure the young Frenchman's services. Emboaba Oscar £38m from Chelsea With Toure looking destined to leave the club needed something different in midfield. Paul Pogba was perhaps the only like for like replacement on the market but with huge competition for his signature the club felt it better to invest in something outside the box, that could also score from inside it. Enter Oscar, the underrated engine for Chelsea. With bags of energy and technical ability Oscar is a rare breed of Brazilian footballer, less concerned with the I, and more concerned with the TEAM. With Oscar still only 23 many perhaps forget just how much he's achieved in such a short career and how much he could go onto achieve with his career very much still ahead of him. Carlos Tevez £36m from Juventus Sergio Ageuro's loss was big. He was perhaps the best City player and best forward in the PL today. However with Carlos Tevez in terrific form for Juventus City felt now was the time to bring him back. With Tevez's dynamic approach to the attacking side of football the fans feel in safe hands and hope to see another Argentine bagging the goals for them this season. Roberto Firmino £29.7m from TSG 1899 Hoffenheim Firmino is talented, of that there is no question. Very much an attack minded player; Firmino is best know for his goalscoring and assisting from midfield and was a key player for Hoffenheim. A fee of £29.7m was high but with big sales come big fees and City did not want to miss out on a player who can player anywhere in the final third. Ander Herrera £8.7m from Manchester United Certainly the most controversial signing, and not just because he was making the move from fierce rivals Manchester United, Ander Herrera eventually moved to City after a very messy transfer situation occurred between the two clubs. With United not wishing to further damage an already difficult relationship Herrera was seen as an olive branch between the two clubs. With Herrera being a favourite of the City manager the clubs now have a very good working relationship. Aaron Ramsey £20m from Arsenal Another young British signing Aaron Ramsey has come back from injury very well and is starting to show signs of becoming a very good player. The 24 year old Welshman has everything you want from a CM, energy, determination and the ability to pass and score so when Arsenal announced that Ramsey would be leaving for the first club to offer £20m City reacted very quickly to secure his signature. Benedikt Howedes £29.6m from FC Schalke 04 Yet to arrive, but on his way, Benedikt Howedes was exactly the target City were hoping to secure. The versatile German defender is well at ease across the back 4 and will slot in nicely alongside Vincent Kompany at the heart of the City defence. Not only does this bring instant quality to the side, but it also takes pressure of Varane, who will now share the CB role rather than being thrown in at the deep end. Raheem Sterling £36.8m from Liverpool A very expensive signing for City but a very promising one too. The fans were crying out for younger English players in midfield, and with the fans being very fickle and not content with Walcott 26 and Ramsey 24 (Welsh) the club knew that only one name would satisfy their cravings. Enter Sterling, the pacey, technically superb, young midfielder is comfortable out wide, as a No10 or even as a striker, something the club felt would be crucial for the coming season. Having beaten off interest from some other very big clubs, City are delighted to have gotten exactly what they wanted out of this transfer window from clubs outside the competition.
  11. Sorry about being annoyed guys... It's a great deal for Juventus congratulations and most definitely the bargain of Manager Dealings so far. Well played Jared.
  12. Because you lied all this afternoon about having nothing lined up, and then suddenly Bale goes to you for less than offered by someone else. If you keep taking the mick out of someone, like you are now, I'm not just going to keep quiet. You lied... and now you have Bale. What's hilarious is how predictable this deal was...
  13. You pre agreed it earlier this morning... Enjoy Bale.
  14. Just seems all very convenient, I bid £75m ignored. I withdraw you bid £65m... Tom doesn't bother to check any previous offers on Bale or message anyone else to see if they could beat that fee and just accepts. Co-incidence eh... I can't be bothered to argue over a game anymore, enjoy Bale and thank you for Tevez
  15. Could it be a complete co-incidence that £75m was ignored and I had said earlier today that Bale would go to Juventus as well as another manager?
  16. I've only done 'External Bargain Hunt' so as not to offend anyone.
  17. Transfer Special: External Bargain Hunt! The following deals I consider to be absolute bargains. Clyne £11.8m Southampton -> Valencia Lallana £10.8m Southampton -> Valencia Benteke £11.5m Aston Villa -> Valencia Sturridge £14.8m Liverpool -> Vfl Wolfsburg Krychowiak £6.2m Sevilla -> Zenit Henderson £13m Liverpool -> SSC Napoli Best Bargain Hunters so far: Valencia Best Bargain Buy: Henderson to SSC Napoli
  18. Can you just please keep us informed about this process Steven. When the service is suddenly dropped and everyone is unauthorised to post without an explanation it isn't good for your relations with customers. I happen to think that updating the forum was the right decision, but the way that it has been handled has been very poorly thought out. Genuinely the biggest concern for me is the lack of communication about how, when and why etc... before things happen. People don't like surprises, especially when it stops them from using a service they would normally use without notice.
  19. Suarez? You're a Liverpool fan... it makes sense.
  20. You've got a very good deal that you're waiting to gloat about?
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