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Everything posted by manpe

  1. 29. Álvaro Morata

    Think it was a 2 year loan at Milan, Atleti bought him for good. Or did Milan buy him from us?
  2. 29. Álvaro Morata

    Atletico doing us another solid. First Torres, then Costa, now Morata... superb club.
  3. Leandro Paredes

    I can understand that because we're buying and not loaning him, but his impact will be smaller than Higuain's. His position is already well covered with Jorginho and he will be mainly keeping the bench warm for him, while Higuain will slot straight into our XI and will offer something that nobody has offered this season. In terms of instant impact Higuain excites me more.
  4. Gonzalo Higuain

    I'm optimistic that next season will be much better if we keep at it. Sarri having full pre-season with the whole squad, board doing some more good moves in the market and we will be in a much better situation than we were last summer or this season in general.
  5. Gonzalo Higuain

    This is also a clear sign of the board listening to and backing Sarri. Jorginho, Kepa, now Higuain and soon Pulisic (hey they asked his opionion ). Could be worse, especially the first two were nice surprises. If we also got Paredes that would make it 5 already. We're slowly getting in players for his style, I think if this continues, then it's worth to have some patience and wait and see how it plays out with Sarri once we have some more new players in. I also think we can now ease a bit with our criticism of the board not backing him, actions are speaking otherwise. We will still need to revisit the striker situation this summer though, Higuain and Giroud are not sustainable for another full season, we will need to go in big for someone.
  6. Gonzalo Higuain

    I read that it is an option to extend for 12 months, but will become obligatory when some conditions are met (goals, appearances and such). Gives him some extra incentive to perform quickly.
  7. Gonzalo Higuain

    If that's true then that's an incredibly smart deal. 6 month loan, possiblity to extend if he doesn't suck, option to buy. Perfect.
  8. 20. Callum Hudson-Odoi

    I'm not a chemist so I don't know about that What transfers has that reporter gotten right before?
  9. 20. Callum Hudson-Odoi

    Haven't seen that post, need some context here..
  10. 20. Callum Hudson-Odoi

    How reliable?
  11. 20. Callum Hudson-Odoi

    We also use newspaper talk when it fits our arguments. When it doesn't, we dismiss it. I've been here long enough to know that's exactly how it works. I've seen it hundreds of times people treating as facts articles/tweets that fit their thinking, but dismiss everything that contradicts it. Nothing new here, human psychology at work. Who would I spend that £35m on? I don't know, but it adds enough finances to buy a proper replacement. I don't trust our board to do it, but it is a good offer for a wantaway unproven youngster. Provided he wants to leave of course, then grab it and run and hope he flops miserably.
  12. 20. Callum Hudson-Odoi

    I enjoy reading @MUTU's arguments and opinions much more than the posts belittling him. We don't like Bayern snooping in our business, I get that, but it's not his fault if CHO actually wants to leave. Us getting the reported £35-40m for him would be good considering he's just a potential and has done fuck all to justify a price tag for which we got Kante for.
  13. The Pub - Discuss Anything

    Hell knows, he hasn't admitted doing it, but this "bug" was brought to his attention last summer, yet here we still are. It's pretty obvious it's been done on purpose. My theory is that he wants the forum to die to free server space because it doesn't bring enough ad revenue and donations have dried out. It's all about that yellow piss on TC's main site now. Sent from my Mi A1 using Tapatalk
  14. The Pub - Discuss Anything

    The place is dying, Jim closed down registrations so the newest member is from April last year. Sent from my Mi A1 using Tapatalk
  15. 20. Callum Hudson-Odoi

    Yeah, agree with the first part, but that doesn't change that BM's lure might be big enough to turn his head. Don't agree with the last part, that wouldn't benefit anybody and would be pettily spiteful... If he wants to leave, then it would benefit us more to get as much money as possible for him.
  16. 20. Callum Hudson-Odoi

    Here comes Bayern Munich telling Callum they are fully convinced of his abilities. Meanwhile his boyhood club had been saying he wasn't ready and was forced to watch a washed up emoji warrior miscontrol the ball until the club was forced to insincerely change their rhetoric. I'm not at all surprised if CHO's head's turned.
  17. 33. Emerson Palmieri

    Who the fuck is Rogerio? Would he be good enough to bench Alonso and improve our starting XI?
  18. 10. Eden Hazard

    Yeah, Real Madrid probably don't want the trouble of trying to get him in January, our board will never agree to that. I think the club is willing to risk getting a lower fee in the summer and they know it will be lower, but they also know the ramifications of not finishing top 4 would be much more severe, and without Hazard we can essentially kiss top 4 goodbye. The remaining time the club will be trying to convince him to stay, so what they gotta do first is get a competent striker... Hazard is probably counting days till summer playing false nine. I'm not sure that Higuain is the right player to prove our ambitions, but for the remainder of the season it would be better than nothing. The hope is maybe that we will start playing much better with him and Eden will love it. I think we will fail in persuading him and Real will come in with some low-ball offers at first, we will reject them and so on and so forth, until we are finally forced to accept something. Real will be under pressure to buy themselves out of this state they find themselves in and Hazard is probably the cheapest top quality option available. It also doesn't help that Hazard himself gives subliminal "come get me" pleas each chance he gets, you can be sure as shit they have taken note.
  19. Sarri But Not Sarri Thread

    Don't kid yourself, in the same game he also missed a sitter. You could see his soul leave his body when it happened, he's become unrecoverable like Torres was confidence-wise. Also his lack of celebration was reportedly a hissy fit towards Zola's comments... Who the fuck is he to diss one of our greatest like that? Has he earned the right to act like this with his performances? No he hasn't and I'm actually glad Sarri has shunned him cold turkey.
  20. Petr Cech

    I've always viewed Petr as a Lampard of goalkeepers. Meaning they probably weren't the most talented or technically gifted, but their hard work, grit, determination and mainly intelligence got them to the very top. Him and JT almost died playing for Chelsea, there isn't a single greater thing a player can do for the club... Not to mention the heroics of Munich among others. He is forever etched in the same pinnacle legendary status together with Lampard, JT and Drogba... they were the only constant driving forces from beginning to the end of our most successful era ever. Managers came and went, teammates came and went, yet we still maintained that winning spirit for a decade no matter what, all thanks to them.
  21. Petr Cech

    Immortalized in the history of our football club.
  22. Mauro Icardi

    Ah, the mandatory jet picture... couldn't do without it.
  23. Mauro Icardi

    This would normally fall to the DOF perhaps, but in our case I think this decision might be a compromise or a consensus between the board, head scout and head coach. Roman, in this day and age, I feel is more of a rubber stamp than an active participator in our transfers like he was in the beginning. I don't have much to base this opinion on, other than looking at the current political climate and thinking he probably has bigger worries on his mind.
  24. Mauro Icardi

    How I think things work, is that our scouts identify the targets, then the viability of signing them is discussed among the board and after drawing their conclusions on how feasible they are to buy, Marina as the lead negotiator will contact the selling clubs and try to get a deal inside the parameters that the board have set.