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I really find it hard to believe that Dortmund would sell both Sancho AND Haaland in the same window. 

And IF they are inclined to sell Haaland this summer, then I'd be surprised if someone like City wouldn't try to make a move when they are also looking for a striker.

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He does not offer much else when he does not score goals and he is clearly very dependent on his teammates giving him good passes. He is currently nowhere near Mbappe level because even when Mbappe do

I don't think we are in desperate search for the striker. But when someone like Haaland is on the market you would be stupid not to try.  Abraham, Giroud and Werner gave us 33 goals already this

18 minutes ago, Jas said:

I really find it hard to believe that Dortmund would sell both Sancho AND Haaland in the same window. 

And IF they are inclined to sell Haaland this summer, then I'd be surprised if someone like City wouldn't try to make a move when they are also looking for a striker.

To be fair, City are also normally discreet so I don't think we would know. Furthermore, I am not sure Haaland is a Pep type player, I could see him wanting Kane more. 

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5 minutes ago, King Kante said:

To be fair, City are also normally discreet so I don't think we would know. Furthermore, I am not sure Haaland is a Pep type player, I could see him wanting Kane more. 

Maybe but Levy is a more pain in the arse to deal with and Haaland would represent a better, longer term investment than Kane. 

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I agree that Haaland doesn’t seem like the sort of striker that Pep would normally fancy. He’s not really a guy who plays in intricate spaces and is heavily involved in the buildup. And he definitely isn’t a striker who likes standing around the box while City’s midfielders ping it around a hundred times.

For me the two clubs he would fit like a glove in the PL are ourselves and Liverpool. Teams that like to aggressively press, win the ball high, and blitz opponents with pace and athleticism. He’s a monster in open space and with the runners we’d have around him that space will be available to him constantly.

Saying all that, Haaland would of course score a boat load in the City team. But so would any top striker.

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1 hour ago, Pizy said:

I agree that Haaland doesn’t seem like the sort of striker that Pep would normally fancy. He’s not really a guy who plays in intricate spaces and is heavily involved in the buildup. And he definitely isn’t a striker who likes standing around the box while City’s midfielders ping it around a hundred times.

For me the two clubs he would fit like a glove in the PL are ourselves and Liverpool. Teams that like to aggressively press, win the ball high, and blitz opponents with pace and athleticism. He’s a monster in open space and with the runners we’d have around him that space will be available to him constantly.

Saying all that, Haaland would of course score a boat load in the City team. But so would any top striker.

Kante to City

Haalnad to us

Everyone's happy.

 

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8 hours ago, Jas said:

True but assuming everyone is fit (like they all were since the last international break), how long we can really rotate before someone becomes unhappy? If Tuchel sticks with the back 3 and say Mount is a certainty to start, then that leaves only 2 spaces. IF we get Haaland, you aren't exactly going to bench him either I'd imagine. Every one of the others would want to start week in week out. They are not going to be happy to play one game, sit out one game and then play one game again. 

As mentioned, our attackers were injury free since the March international break with the exception of Havertz for that Leicester league game and during that period, there were some noises about Pulisic not being happy with his lack of playing time/super sub role. Imagine next season with one more superstar in the team! And USA did not qualify for the Olympics but Pulisic will be playing for USA at the Gold Cup this summer. 

I don't disagree with having options to rotate like City but on the other hand, one could also argue about the benefit of having consistent selection like Liverpool.

Why are we worried that someone becomes unhappy? If someone is unhappy they move on next year and we replace them - like Tammy this year.  I'd rather have enough quality options - for years Chelsea was a Hazard, Costa, Kante injury away from being a mid-table side. Kepa's backup options when he arrived were 35 yo Willy and 36 yo Eduardo.

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possible marina's offer to Dortmund :

1. transfer fee = €90m
2. add ons (bonus UCL, EPL thropy) = €15m
3. tammy = €40m (we can also sell separately)
4. CHO (loan) = €5m
5. Agent Fee = €20m

total = €170m, with cash around €125m

and for Haaland's wages for 6 years contract :

1. basic Wages/week = €300k
2. bonus per goal = €20-30k (imagine having him doing hattrick every week for fun 😂)
3. bonus per asisst = €10k
4. PL topscorer = €5m

last but not least,,if this truly happen. just put the release clause €250m to avoid from those cheater agent....

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5 hours ago, MoroccanBlue said:

Kante?????

Kane*** 

😆

Kante is worth 10 Harry Kanes.

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3 hours ago, Strike said:

Why are we worried that someone becomes unhappy? If someone is unhappy they move on next year and we replace them - like Tammy this year.  I'd rather have enough quality options - for years Chelsea was a Hazard, Costa, Kante injury away from being a mid-table side. Kepa's backup options when he arrived were 35 yo Willy and 36 yo Eduardo.

Because it's not sustainable? Because it could disrupt the dressing room? It's all good when we are winning, like we did most of the time this past season under Tuchel but it can be disruptive when the results start to go south, like we saw under Lampard and we know bad results are never far away when it comes to Chelsea FC. And before people throw in the City comparison again, I'd argue we have more high-profile players vying for starting positions than City. 

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11 hours ago, Superblue_1986 said:

You'll always have patches in the season where some don't play as often as they'd like but I'm sure with 6 players, come the end of the season they'd have all started 30 games and probably played their part in 40 or more. It would be up to Tuchel to get them all aiming for one common goal, which is more trophies. I'd like to hope that the UCL has only given them a thirst for more and we've potentially got the squad to challenge on multiple fronts next season.

Mount, Havertz and Werner could all play big parts for their countries this summer, and as you mentioned Pulisic is playing in the Gold Cup. Add to that extra club games, international games, Ziyech at the Afcon and then the World Cup next summer, the fixture list this next year is going to be ridiculous. They will all need opportunities to be rotated and rested during the season and I think 6 is a good number for 3 positions.

I don't disagree but again, no one is gonna like moving in and out of the side. How can one gain any sort of consistency or see improvement by being in and out of the side?

And it doesn't seem like Pulisic will be playing the Gold Cup this summer.

11 hours ago, Superblue_1986 said:

I wouldn't necessarily say Mount is a certainty. I think he currently is in our "best XI" but we got a couple of good results/performances without him under Tuchel and the onus is on him to kick on again this coming season as he definitely needs to add more goals to his game to get to break into the highest level of players.

Are you sure about that? Tuchel has talked endlessly about the importance of Mount and Mount is the one player who has played the most minutes under Tuchel. I'd say Mount needs to be managed better in terms of his minutes to prevent a burnt out and I can also see him being a certainty again.

11 hours ago, Superblue_1986 said:

Haaland too, would likely be used more often than not but he's not a cast iron guarantee to hit the ground running. He may need next season to acclimatise himself, so the alternative options to him could end up being a blessing.

I don't think if we buy someone like Haaland, we would be rotating him a lot. Otherwise, we're gonna have Raiola making noises to the media!

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22 minutes ago, Jas said:

Because it's not sustainable? Because it could disrupt the dressing room? It's all good when we are winning, like we did most of the time this past season under Tuchel but it can be disruptive when the results start to go south, like we saw under Lampard and we know bad results are never far away when it comes to Chelsea FC. And before people throw in the City comparison again, I'd argue we have more high-profile players vying for starting positions than City. 

define high profile

here are the players we have, who (NOT counting injuries forcing them to start, like a Zouma)

who are good enough to start at least some of the time


Edouard Mendy 

Andreas Christensen 
Antonio Rüdiger
Thiago Silva


Ben Chilwell   


Reece James  
César Azpilicueta    


N'Golo Kanté   
Jorginho    


Mateo Kovacic    
Billy Gilmour   (will be loaned out)

Mason Mount    
Kai Havertz   


Hakim Ziyech    
Callum Hudson-Odoi   
Christian Pulisic   


Timo Werner   

 

there simply are not a lot of friction points there, especially as none other than the GK, the CB's (and Azpi is combo), and the DMF's are in a set position

we are seriously short at CF (as Tammy and Giroud are likely gone), DMF (we really need true DMF, athletic, etc to spell Kante, Jorginho is not up to the double pivot without Kante as partner), and CMF, plus LB (unless we are going to wring another season out of Alonso)

plus backup keeper is fucked (I do NOT trust Kepa for the month Mendy is gone)

and I would like a better CB to replace Zouma (we can get another next season to replace Thiago) just buy Lacroix if Bastoni or Varane are impossible

 

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2 minutes ago, Vesper said:

define high profile

here are the players we have, who (NOT counting injuries forcing them to start, like a Zouma)

who are good enough to start at least some of the time


Edouard Mendy 

Andreas Christensen 
Antonio Rüdiger
Thiago Silva


Ben Chilwell   


Reece James  
César Azpilicueta    


N'Golo Kanté   
Jorginho    


Mateo Kovacic    
Billy Gilmour   (will be loaned out)

Mason Mount    
Kai Havertz   


Hakim Ziyech    
Callum Hudson-Odoi   
Christian Pulisic   


Timo Werner   

there simply are not a lot of friction points there, especially as none other than the GK, the CB's (and Azpi is combo), and the DMF's are in a set position

we are seriously short at CF (as Tammy and Giroud are likely gone), DMF (we really need true DMF, athletic, etc to spell Kante, Jorginho is not up to the double pivot without Kante as partner), and CMF, plus LB (unless we are going to wring another season out of Alonso)

plus backup keeper is fucked (I do NOT trust Kepa for the month Mendy is gone)

and I would like a better CB to replace Zouma (we can get another next season to replace Thiago) just buy Lacroix if Bastoni or Varane are impossible

I'm talking about the attacking positions. Having Werner, Havertz, Mount, Pulisic, Ziyech, CHO and Haaland on top of that is A LOT. At least 5 of them there I consider to be high profile. 

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1 minute ago, Jas said:

I'm talking about the attacking positions. Having Werner, Havertz, Mount, Pulisic, Ziyech, CHO and Haaland on top of that is A LOT. At least 5 of them there I consider to be high profile. 

you are talking about players who can play (other than Håland) in multiple positions

obviously not every single one in ALL of these positions, but many can play in multiple areas and some on either side if need be

tossing Håland in (and with Giroud and Tammy leaving) certainly is not an 'upset the apple cart' manoeuvre

RW

LW

CF

SS

False 9

AMF

and in CHO's case, RWB

 

same for Mbappe

in a perfect world I want them both by season start of 2022/23

 

screw Ziyech and potentially CHO, especially if they fail again this coming season

we have potentially 65 games coming up this season (the only game we deffo do not have is the CS, which would have made it 66, barring cup replays)

we need a massively deep bench

38 league games

The Super Cup

The FWCC (2 games, and then the next year (we have already qualified), potentially 4 or 5 I think, as the format changes)

League Cup (5 potential games)

FA Cup (6 potential games)

CL (13 games potentially)

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7 minutes ago, Vesper said:

you are talking about players who can play (other than Håland) in multiple positions

obviously not every single one in ALL of these positions, but many can play in multiple areas and some on either side if need be

tossing Håland in (and with Giroud and Tammy leaving) certainly is not an 'upset the apple cart' manoeuvre

RW

LW

CF

SS

False 9

AMF

and in CHO's case, RWB

 

same for Mbappe

in a perfect world I want them both by season start of 2022/23

 

screw Ziyech and potentially CHO, especially if they fail again this coming season

we have potentially 65 games coming up this season (the only game we deffo do not have is the CS, which would have made it 66, barring cup replays)

we need a massively deep bench

38 league games

The Super Cup

The FWCC (2 games, and then the next year (we have already qualified), potentially 4 or 5 I think, as the format changes)

League Cup (5 potential games)

FA Cup (6 potential games)

CL (13 games potentially)

But it's 7 players for 3 positions, assuming we stick with the back 3. If 1-2 players become a certainty, then that leaves very little room for others to get in.

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8 hours ago, Pizy said:

I agree that Haaland doesn’t seem like the sort of striker that Pep would normally fancy. He’s not really a guy who plays in intricate spaces and is heavily involved in the buildup. And he definitely isn’t a striker who likes standing around the box while City’s midfielders ping it around a hundred times.

For me the two clubs he would fit like a glove in the PL are ourselves and Liverpool. Teams that like to aggressively press, win the ball high, and blitz opponents with pace and athleticism. He’s a monster in open space and with the runners we’d have around him that space will be available to him constantly.

Saying all that, Haaland would of course score a boat load in the City team. But so would any top striker.

But Haaland is still very young, meaning Guardiola can fine tune or tweak his game to his liking. You think Tuchel wouldn't do something similar IF we get him? 

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1 minute ago, Jas said:

But it's 7 players for 3 positions, assuming we stick with the back 3. If 1-2 players become a certainty, then that leaves very little room for others to get in.

again you are locking those players into only a few positions, when they almost all can clearly play seeming other than 

LW

RW

CF

I am going to dig my feet in on this

there is ZERO chance bringing in a monster CF upsets the team

ffs, we all have been talking about a CF for ages

and lord knows we have a shedload of games to make sure all get playing time

plus

dare I say

injuries

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2 minutes ago, Vesper said:

again you are locking those players into only a few positions, when they almost all can clearly play seeming other than 

LW

RW

CF

I am going to dig my feet in on this

there is ZERO chance bringing in a monster CF upsets the team

ffs, we all have been talking about a CF for ages

and lord knows we have a shedload of games to make sure all get playing time

plus

dare I say

injuries

Regardless of whether they can play multiple positions, it's still basically 7 players for 3 positions. Even if we take CHO out of that because of RWB, it's still 6 for 3. Not as if the others can suddenly play in midfield or defence. Mount can do the former but that's it.

And I'm not saying getting Haaland specifically will upset the team but rather having too many high profile options for so few positions. 

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Just now, Jas said:

Regardless of whether they can play multiple positions, it's still basically 7 players for 3 positions. Even if we take CHO out of that because of RWB, it's still 6 for 3. Not as if the others can suddenly play in midfield or defence. Mount can do the former but that's it.

And I'm not saying getting Haaland specifically will upset the team but rather having too many high profile options for so few positions. 

its more than just 3 positions

we are not going to play a rigid double pivot with just 2 wingers and one CF every game

I will be shocked if that happens

and even if we do, you know Mount will sometimes (for better or worse) be in that double pivot

we need a scorer, BADLY

Jorginho with SEVEN (and all were pens ffs) goals was our top league scorer

Werner had 6

Mount had 5 plus a PK for 6

Tammy had 6 but is 90% likely gone

Zouma had 5 and is likely gone

that is it for 5 or more goals in the league

 

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4 minutes ago, Vesper said:

its more than just 3 positions

we are not going to play a rigid double pivot with just 2 wingers and one CF every game

I will be shocked if that happens

Based on what we have seen under Tuchel so far, it's 3 attackers upfront in a 3-4-3 or 2 attackers upfront in a 3-5-2. So, it's either 7 attackers for 3 positions or 6 attackers for 2 positions.

5 minutes ago, Vesper said:

we need a scorer, BADLY

Maybe but I'd also like to believe that there is more to come in terms of finishing from the current group of players that we have. 

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