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Everything posted by 7yrs_on_SM

  1. Goalkeepers - Neuer obviously changes the 'keeper situation big-time. No need for Lloris and tbh you'd struggle to even give Bravo enough games with the German. I would sell Valdes now. Ignore Lloris. Sell Bravo after his rise. Sign Neuer and a good young back-up who'll rise, i.e. Scuffet and Hassen (Nice) You don't really need two goalkeepers and there's no need to hedge your bets when you have Neuer (a part of me liked the insurance of Bravo if you went for Lloris and I could see both being 92 in the not so distant future as well so concerns wouldn't have been a problem but with Neuer you'd need to consider concerns as well as everything else) Defenders - Nothing seems to have changed from my original comment here. Midfielders - I don't look at the predictions on here much anymore and tbh I haven't seen many people say it but surely Rakitic is due a 93 soon or not too far in the future? If I was you I'd get him. James is argubaly the only CM you have who I'd put ahead of the Croat due to the other's ages and/or form (i.e. Di Maria, a part of me thinks Rakitic is the smarter option at a club like Barca, where he starts and this is coming from a Utd fan as I say!) I'd still keep Di Maria but just trying to make the point as I'm sure most people would say he's your best CM unquestionably, that could change A LOT if you look at the bigger picture. I have Muller in every team. Good age, top player. I'd sign him no doubt, he'd be my preference vs Ribery easily also and can be used a striker (which ticks another box) So to be clear.... (I don't know how much is possible without seeing the entire financial picture but in an ideal world, for me...) Definites Neuer Danilo Gaya Kompany Godin Boateng Lahm Alba Rakitic Di Maria James Ronaldo Muller Lewandowski Probable keeps/gets (only sell the ones of these you own if you need funds for more 'definites' IMO) Masch. Javi Martinez Benatia Thiago Silva (rate highly just feel you have other priorities) Modric (same as above) Schweinsteiger Robben (would prefer Muller and Ronaldo before the Dutchman and maybe not realistic on top of everyone else) Don't need Lloris Zlatan Top priorities to sell for funds Pirlo Ribery (to enable Ronaldo) Xabi Bravo Valdes Rafinha Aubameyang (don't need him if you get Muller and Ronaldo)
  2. Personally I'm prepared to sacrifice short-term rating gains when a top prospect is available who could be a mainstay of my squad for years to come... Godin is one of the best in the world (arguably the best CB in the world IMO) but near his SM max. You're unlikely to find a defender rated higher or likely to get that high as there's such a lack of them. Defenders as a result are much more valuable than the other positions. In terms of long, long-term, Marquinhos, Varane (who you have) and Laporte are definite big prospects. Hummels and Alaba are the only ready-made CBs with further potential I can think of. I'm afraid all are very obvious but when talking about 95 then only the elite come into consideration. Ramos, Thiago, Godin, Lahm and Boateng with Varane as back-up justifies selling Xabi for James already for me tbh but it's your call if you have a more short-term approach I can certainly understand your reluctance There's no right or wrong answer.
  3. 1) Koke, 2) Isco, 3) Sanchez. Koke marginally over Isco as I believe he is good enough to be the long-term heir to Iniesta and Xavi for Spain and possibly Barca, his rating could hit really high heights if that occurs. Isco I expect to rise to 92 in the not so distant future and likewise has a great platform to rise considerably at Real. I do feel Koke is the better player however of the two. It's a risk but the rewards could be massive. Sanchez is third for me (and I expect many to put him first as he is correctly the best player atm) However there's a few things which makes me put him third. He's marginally older, not a big deal but a consideration the other two are still so young despite their experience. The others are also CMs and there's certainly less quality young CMs than there are AM/STs. At Arsenal he can rise but Spain's big two is a greater platform and they are much more likely to have success (I know it's heavily dependent on Koke moving) So that means the SM rating bracket is bigger for Real and Barca over Arsenal. I hate to generalise but also European players retain their ratings much longer than South American's who seem to decline/move home where their ratings plummet. I would always pick a Spaniard, German, Englishman or Italian (big leagues) over a South American on SM if the other factors are so close (i.e. Ronaldinho, Luis Fabiano, Lucio, Juan, Milito, Maxi Rodriguez compared to Terry, Pirlo, Lahm, Zlatan, I know he's Swedish but he's stayed at a top club and Xabi) ALL 3 are top, top players though.
  4. I personally, with my long-term approach, I would prefer to lose Xabi who looks unlikely to be playing at the top for too many more years. He only beats Zlatan as you look a bit weaker in attack than midfield. Both need long-term replacements.
  5. Isco has just, if not greater chance of rising as James. I would always recommend getting the Colombian but tbh I'd look at doing so in way which allows me to keep Isco as well. Both are top, young midfielders and I wouldn't say James is resoundingly better than Isco who I also rate highly.
  6. Hi, Goalkeepers - I would be surprised if Valdes doesn't drop to 91 so sell before his value drops. If De Gea leaves, as a Utd fan, I'd be comfortable with him being our number one next season however (he wasn't Barca's number one for no reason for a decade or so. I'd prefer we use our resources in other areas of the team, doesn't mean Utd won't go and sign another 'keeper though) In SM terms he's probably the weakest choice however. Bravo will surely rise to 91 so you'll have two 91 'keepers. Lloris at 14mil is a bargain and a top 5 'keeper in the world so personally I'd go for the Frenchman and sell Valdes (even as Utd fan who rates him) I'd keep hold of Bravo for now as I think he can rise easy at a club like Barca, age is my only slight concern but then 'keepers have a lot longer careers. Courtois and De Gea are obviously the best choices and unfortunately I doubt available. Defenders - You have a nice bunch of defenders and I would keep the majority. Selling Rafinha for Danilo would be great business however. The Bayern guy might get a rise (he's played an awful lot this season) But no doubt Danilo is one, if not the, biggest RB prospect in the world. At Real his rating can really take off. I'd wait and see if Rafinha rises, then sell for Danilo (Lahm and Boateng are others who can play RB so you don't need Rafinha if you get Danilo) Kompany had a poor season but I don't see him dropping just keep an eye on his form next season. Definite keep for now. Thiago Silva is arguably the best CB in the world so if you can get him go for it although it's not the end of world if you don't seen you have top CBs already (I'd probably sell Pirlo to make room if I needed to so Masch. can go into midfield) As I say I like your defence a lot so doesn't need too much work. BTW Gaya is a great young prospect 86-88 so get him ASAP. Midfielders - As I said before I'd let Pirlo go if anyone had to go. despite his and Juve's quality you can't ignore his age. Doubt you will get much money so to be clear I'd only sell him and or Xabi to raise funds for others (like Thiago who I mentioned above) Ribery is likely to drop whilst Schweinsteiger's best years are behind him so I would look at using these players for some much needed youth in midfield. May require offers to managed clubs. Modric is a small improvement in terms of longevity (on Xabi and Pirlo definitely and Schweinsteiger and Masch. slightly also) but again nearly 30 so wouldn't be a priority for me seen your midfield is old enough and who have similar guys already. I'd look for younger targets. Strikers - Zlatan is on a downward spiral given his recent drop. Again I would look for a younger target. I would imagine you play one of front seen you only have two strikers. No problem with that but I would definitely buy another striker as cover, three strikers really should be the minimum. I obviously don't need to say much about Ronaldo (if I had to sell someone it would be Ribery for him) I'd keep Martinez and Benatia for now as I think you have older players which should go first. Both may rise at Bayern in future so I'd hold on to them looking at your squad for now but be aware they are close to their max. so in future it wouldn't surprise if you can find better, younger players. I like to look at the future of my team so favour youth. Your midfield needs most work.
  7. Know it's a bit late but as no-one else as replied... I would take Bale and the cash personally. Even though Robben is clearly better, age is the big factor. Bale's a lot younger and a 94 is not going to perform considerably worst than a 96 so it's a good signing with the future in mind. Hope it wasn't too late!
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