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  1. Yeah, there is some real potential amongst them, and you could add the likes of Charlie Cresswell and Max Dean to them too. What will definitely be interesting is the goalkeeping situation. We've got Elia Caprile and added Dani van den Heuvel last year. There are strong rumours that Kiko Casilla will return to Spain on loan for this coming season, which begs the question of who will play backup to Meslier on the bench.
  2. At the risk of straying into @Kieran_S91's and @Soccahappy's territory, thought it might be useful to update on some of the recent additions to the Leeds youth set up. Apologies if this isn't the best place for it. For background: Leeds have a small, versatile first-team squad, in line with Bielsa's philosophy; The U23s are used as an extension of the first-team, either to supplement the bench when injuries happen, or to help get first team players back up to fitness (since a limited number of older players can play in U23 games); Leeds use the youth set up to bring in quality youngsters and develop them, either for re-sale or for promotion to the squads further up (best example of this so far is Pascal Struijk); Notable additions over the last year include Sam Greenwood (Arsenal) and Joe Gelhardt (Wigan); With the U23s recently winning promotion to Premier League 2 - Division 1, the club are now looking at increasing the quality/standard of the players so they can continue to be competitive at a higher level, and to continue to do all of the things mentioned above. Recent additions: Sean McGurk - following in Gelhardt's footsteps, McGurk has signed from Wigan Athletic, with a view to him going into the U23 setup (currently 65 rated/£140k); Amari Miller - another product of Birmingham City's youth set up, who has some Championship games under his belt - not yet on SM but worth keeping an eye out for; Ones to track for future years (to see if they make the grade) are two players involved in the England U16 set up: Darryl Ombang (goalkeeper, signed from Bradford City) and James Debayo (defender, signed from Watford). If anyone would find it interesting, I can note some of the players who've headed out recently too.
  3. My understanding is that the payment terms are the sticking point, with Leeds trying to spread out the payment installments across a longer period than Hertha are happy with. From what I've heard, personal terms and the overall fee aren't a concern, so there's still a decent chance of this happening but I'd expect it to take time. The Firpo deal seems close to resolution, and there's a good possibility of it being announced next week (assuming everything goes to plan...)
  4. Leeds were interested in him too, which (without wanting to sound egotistical) I'd take as a good sign, given how involved Bielsa is in identifying who we target. Looking likely that we'll sign Junior Firpo soon, hence cooling on Perraud.
  5. Also on a separate topic, there's an interesting write up on De Paul in The Athletic, for those who have access. Worth reading the comments further down from those who regularly watch him, too
  6. Thanks for all the responses and welcome comments With the way my game world is set up, I would have to offer Lacroix + 7m for Wirtz, as Lacroix is worth 7m and Wirtz is 14m. Anyone think it's still worth pursuing?
  7. Hello. Long time lurker, first time poster 😉 I have Maxence Lacroix as one of my emerging centre backs (my main options are Denayer/Coady/Kamara and I also have Botman and Ben White coming through). Another manager is asking about his availability in my semi-competitive gameworld. The only players in his squad I'm interested in are Wirtz and Musiala. Is it worth me offering Lacroix on an exchange/part exchange for either of those two, or shall I hold onto him? Cheers.
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