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3 hours ago, dr_manhattan^ said:

More expensive than United’s best player yesterday too, Mike Dean. 


Not if you count how much we’ve paid him over the years surely :eyebrows:

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Tempting fate but James to Leeds appears to be done. 

 

Seems a little pricey given our position a few weeks ago, and I'd really have preferred a centre midfielder but Bielsa really likes him and you'd expect him to improve him. 

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Yeah 25 million is 6 or 7 million more than I feel we should be paying for him, but like you say Bielsa obviously wants him, so I would rather pay over the odds than miss out again.

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Edouard to Palace is an interesting move, I've read a few opinions suggesting he could make the step up to the Premier League. Palace definitely needed the added goal threat too.

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14 hours ago, kensei said:

Tempting fate but James to Leeds appears to be done. 

 

Seems a little pricey given our position a few weeks ago, and I'd really have preferred a centre midfielder but Bielsa really likes him and you'd expect him to improve him. 

 

Huw Jenkins not answering his phone three years ago has cost Leeds £29m and netted us £3m via a sell on clause 

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Cucrella (assuming Favrizio Romano is correct) and Mwepu are our only signings. We signed two others who probably won’t get work permits immediately and need to be loaned out and a third choice goal keeper. 
 

So no one really to score goals which is what we need. Plus we sold/loaned 2 goal scoring prospects and kept the injury prone one and the problematic one.

 

Transfer window? A great success!

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On 29/08/2021 at 13:10, Paulando said:

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It’s unfortunate - he clearly panics, rather than it being a Maradona-style intentional handball - but I don’t see how this could have gone any other way. That was a goal.

 

Yeah, there's no other decision there, even before he actively scoops the thing.

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Yep outside the top 4 now our attacking line up of Bamford, Harrison, James and Raphinha looks as tasty as anybody's.

 

Should be absolutley lethal on the counter attack.👍

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23 minutes ago, Waggo said:

Yep outside the top 4 now our attacking line up of Bamford, Harrison, James and Raphinha looks as tasty as anybody's.

 

Should be absolutley lethal on the counter attack.👍

 

It's no Antonio, Vlasic, Fornals, Benrahma and Bowen but should make Leeds even more fun to watch.

 

Top 8 is going to be very interesting this year.

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So Barca let Suarez go on a free, Atletico grab him and win La Liga.

 

A couple years back they buy Griezmann from Atleti for 125m, pay him 800k a week, and have now loaned him back there with a 40m buy clause.

 

What a club.

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2 hours ago, Azrael said:

Could still sell him in January i guess, right? 


The only way I could see that happening is if PSG somehow manage to crash out of the group stage in the Champions League. From a business point of view they don’t give a shit if he walks for free or they get a free, clearly FFP doesn’t have the teeth to scare them and the Qatar Investment Authority is worth an estimated $300 billion so the “loss” on Mbappe is like you or I telling a shopkeeper not to worry about the penny change when you can’t be arsed to wait for them to dig into the till.  €180m almost a rounding error in their overall budget whereas The Champions League is glory them dine out on for years.  

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Annoyingly Palace have made a lot of progress on their squad rebuild whilst Brighton have effectively signed 2 usable players and loaned or sold close to 30. 
 

I suspect the goal was to reduce the squad in this window which is hard to sell to the fans. Just hope there’s a plan.

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Chelsea have unquestionably significantly strengthened their squad and first team at a net cost of 3 million quid.

 

That makes them the winner in this transfer window for me.

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Chelsea have pretty much self funded this window and their conveyor belt of academy players that get moved on for big money is very impressive - of course it's taken Abramovich's billions to get here but they are currently a lot more self sustaining than the likes of City or PSG. 

 

They also seem to be wising up to the buy back clause thing too in an effort to prevent the mistakes of the past, seemingly not wanting to pay up to West Ham to get Rice back into the club (but of course doing just that with Lukaku). 

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I think that Chelsea look the most balanced team now, yes, though I'm not sure where Niguez fits exactly. Leicester have done okay too. 

 

The rest though are a mixed bag. Man Utd failed to attract a midfielder, City didn't get a a striker and Liverpool sat and watched the world go by. I think Arsenal ha e spent a lot on some questionable buys, Tottenham got rid of '10 penalties a season' Aurier whilst buying some potential and West Ham seem to have completed some intriguing business.

 

Edouard to Palace could be interesting and I'm sure will be used as another benchmark for the difference in quality between top of the table in Scotland versus mid/lower end of the table in the PL. 

 

I'm also interested to see the impact Ronaldo has (hopefully not much ;)), Vlasic at West Ham and Lookman at Leicester. Lots of narratives for the season - can Leicester finally crack the top 4 again? Will we see a bit of a resurgence at Everton? How far can Arsenal fall? Will Brighton push up the table and have a relatively comfortable finish, will Newcastle's wretched form see them finally relegated after years of trying? 

 

Of course, all of these stories would be great to watch were it not for a stupid international break :mad:

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1 hour ago, Waggo said:

Chelsea have unquestionably significantly strengthened their squad and first team at a net cost of 3 million quid.

 

That makes them the winner in this transfer window for me.

 

I have to say I didn't really know the guy and this looked like an "I'll see you in the league cup" signing at first glance.

 

Clearly I'm underrating him.

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He isn't, but he couldn't get shifted out because he's on too high wages.  Both him and Ashley Maitland-Niles were linked with my lot but there is no way we were going to want to cover more than 40% of their wages. 

 

Hopefully there are a number of players who are understanding that their gilded cages are no substitute for playing time.  Having said that, the flip side is that plenty of Big Clubs are stuck paying far too much to non-squad players and that serves them right too.  The amount of talent that isn't going to get meaningful experience for the next six or twelve months is pretty obscene.

 

Not going to blame the players too much - more the clubs who tempt players away with salaries that their current club cannot afford before shipping out the manager who wanted them six months later and finding themselves stuck for four more years with someone the new guy doesn't want (and the guy after that won't play because they've not had enough playing time). 

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