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Everything posted by TheWestwayWonder

  1. Exactly. And at this rate they may end up with Fellaini and Baines, who they dont even need. It's not as if they don't have money but maybe the Glazers are even greedier than Arsenal's board
  2. 12 hours later and I look like a fool. Just how on earth are Real selling a player as good as Ozil? And how are Arsenal offering this amount of money for him? And how the hell is everyone else standing pat when a player like that is moving? Madness He's undeniably one of the best in the world and now the most transfer-inept top team has a free* run at him, during the last 24 hours of the transfer window? *not free but you know
  3. You can practically take that to the bank Adam. If one of those two are suddenly available in the next 24 hours, you can bet some of Monaco, PSG, Man Utd/City, whoever else will be in the running too, and Arsenal are never going to outbid them.
  4. I may have been in an altered state this morning, but I read some headline about this when I first woke up, and it convinced me to give up on the day...and on life in general. In the sleep that followed the news burrowed its way into my subconscious, and I assumed it was definitely happeneing. If not maybe I can lay off my blood pressure meds and cancel that weekend yoga retreat I had planned
  5. Oh, and lastly, if the reason is "nobody else could afford his wages" then there is still blame to be had. No way he should be making so much that a club like Newcastle, Sunderland or Villa couldnt afford to take him. That would be scandalous. And even if they couldnt, supplement the f**king wages. Does getting a 1m pounds fee for the loan actually mean anything in the long run? f**king desperate.
  6. I guess someone at CFC thinks Operation Return-liverpool-to-glory must be preceding slower than expected (despite gifting them Sturridge who is now coming into his own). So I am glad we decided to give them a player for free, just to help them along. Seriously, this is f**king maddening. Gave them money for absolutely nothing (Benayoun) and a king's ransom for a player who was obviously busted. Is this some kind of campaign to become liked by the backward c**ts that run History FC? I hate them. I cant even imagine the recriminations if they actually win something and this club ends up trophyless.
  7. Is it possible that rejecting an Ajax loan offer causes them to turn down the Spurs move for Christian Eriksen? Hope so. Also, according to wikipedia his full name is "Wulfert Cornelius van Ginkel" which is just f**king awesome.
  8. Really hope we do not loan him there. I am sick to death of helping Liverpool out. I want to see him go to a place where he is going to get a bunch of playing time under a solid manager, and given their personal history together (and Everton's thin squad) Martinez seems perfect for the task If Moses comes on strong this year away, and Jose somehow adapts KdB and Oscar to deeper midfield spots, Moses can return a better, 23 year old player with less competition for his position.
  9. Yeah, doubtless it added value. I dunno if it was 10 million in value, but here you strike a very different tone: Which implies that the whole point of the transfer is screwing Tottenham. I dont exactly see it as the best use of resources either, but the idea that the club would spend 30 million pounds just to hurt a rival without forethought is one straight from the pages of the DM. And since you (or I) are not privy to the club's inner workings, maybe they judged the difference in value to be worth the extra money. Maybe not. Ignoring the fact that he proclaimed Kalas was ready in the summer, dont you think the cover that is there is sufficient? Its extremely likely that we are going to lose two of Luiz/Cahill/JT, and still have to play Brana in the RB spot. Has JT been much better under Jose so far? (yes) Does it matter that Cahill is considered top class when he routinely puts in mature, accomplished performances for the last 18 months? (no) Is Luiz extremely talented already, and about to come under the tutelage of a coach who has improved countless defenders? (yes) There are positive signs and premonitions about the future of the backline right now at CFC. Unless Jose wants to rip out the wiring and start from scratch, I see no reason why 40 million (on Mangala or Varane or whoever) needs to be spent on the position when every position does in fact have 2 players for it. And unless Jose decides, conclusively, that someone like Cahill or Luiz needs to go to get things how he wants them, I would argue 40 million spent on the backline is nearly as superfluous as 30 million spent at wing.
  10. Willian has been linked to the club over and over the last few years. Someone obviously wanted him, despite the logjam that now exists for wide players, so it clearly wasnt just about screwing Totteham And 40 million for Mangala? A world record bid for a defender would be a bit crazy considering the squad has adequate cover and quality at the position (dont know how it can be argued, once Luiz gets back to fitness). And that number will definitely go UP at the end of the window If this were a striker, I would say that kind of money is justified. But not there.
  11. Bang on. As much as we can all say "it doesnt matter what the papers write", the Willian thing just comes as a real surprise for everyone who is waiting and hoping for Mata to come storming out of the gates again. The longer he waits on the bench, and the more they write, the realer the nightmare of him leaving the club starts to seem. In a bubble, the Willian signing is fantastic. The fact that the club have chased him for 2 years, and then stole him away from Spurs, is enough for me to think he will be yet another star (considering how quality the creative additions of the past few years have been)
  12. As long as we could strap him to a rocket and then shoot it to the moon. Realistically, Moses as a makeweight would still mean giving them a huge fee. And a Torres exchange would just never happen. But if we could clear Torres out, and make sure Suarez never played a game for us, I would do it.
  13. Dont take it the wrong way, but I really dont understand you at all. You love sharing these fanciful transfer yarns that some sport pages would not dream of publishing, as if you were the agent involved in the deal. Then, when people ask you for evidence for any of these stories being true, you do one of three things: 1. Provide links, like the ones above, as evidence, despite the fact that most media sources will now invent these links at the behest of players, managers, agents, and freely be manipulated by them. Stories are recycled all the time. The press in other countries like Spain will act as a mouthpiece for specific information a club wants out there. Yet this time, the Evening Standard must have been correct, eh? 2. back off your position, albeit slowly. You did this in the case of Isco to Real Madrid, and when I was genuinely curious about your claims, you slowly made it clear that you had no actual evidence, but that you had reached your own conclusions about the situation, seemingly out of thin air. Just reading the previous page, your claims are met with skepticism or derision, and you explain them away through a variety of tactics. I highlighted this post because Stim replied to your claim that this was just a rumor. Yet, based on nothing, your response was "more than a rumor". No, Stim had it exactly right. It was just a rumor. A rumor that you liked the sound of, so you repeated it and removed all qualifiers, as if you were sitting at the table with Malaga and Chelsea brass. Then there is something like... That's funny, because unsubstantiated theories (which you present as factual) are pretty much all you post. It seems clear to me that if you want to push a rumor (and yourself as the oracle that is calling it) and you can find a link for it, that counts as "evidence". But then someone says something to counteract your claims, and you dismiss it Honestly, my only question is, what do you gain out of doing all this? This is not to be a jerk, but you seem to be totally focused on transfers on this forum. You're met with skepticism by most people, and yet you soldier on when the vast majority of your claims are ultimately proven false (or, when challenged, are given up on). If this is about impressing people on an internet community, or standing out, it really is needless.
  14. Exactly. Spot f**king on. Another slap in the face of supporters by a club heirarchy that clearly thinks every Gooner is total fool. Looking forward to their bids for Messi and Schweinsteiger and Aguero too.
  15. Exactly. I find it very difficult to believe the Sun would scoop this story. So I went looking for this quote. Wow. What a scoop for sport uncovered. Looks like he also gave the exactly same soundbyte, verbatim, to the daily mail too.......18 months ago. http://www.dailymail.co.uk/sport/football/article-2112665/Chelsea-told-rebuilding-Stamford-Bridge-cheaper-relocation.html In all likelihood, Dan King and his colleagues the Scum don't know anything new.
  16. By Jamie Sanderson, Sports reporter for Metro. Working in the worlds of football, rugby, tennis, golf, boxing and F1.
  17. Agree, FC. I'm sure that article is just overblown scare mongering, but if he is sold next summer I expect Madrid will do anything to get him (unless they can get Aguero first) I know the law is on their side , but I actually find myself agreeing with the LFP. Monaco already has a giant advantage with its ownership, and I dont see why they should have another, institutional advantage. I suppose if the courts throw out the French leagues decision, they could always just vote to have a salary/transfer cap instituted league wide. Then PSG would probably object, but I guess then the question is whether financial equality across the league is worth the loss of revenue/stars they would have from capping expenses.
  18. Jesus christ, doesnt seem like that long ago. One of my favorite players ever. That goal against Barcelona, where he split their backline wide open like an ax, is one of my greatest ever Chelsea memories.
  19. I cant believe I am saying this, but does anyone believe it would be better to have two threads about this player? One for actual news (like the above article on shirt sales) and one in which his form is debated (complete with all the facepalming, ranting, vendetta posts, and tired one-liners) so that everyone who really cant help but revert to their standard position can just hang out there and argue? Ahh who am I kidding
  20. Before anyone jumps down my throat, the above was a stupid parody. No, I am not dumb enough to think the situations of the two players are alike. Rooney has alot more to give at his age (if he is willing) while Torres has tried and failed, for several years now, with apparently nothing to give anymore. We all know Rooney still has the talent while its debatable if Torres still has anything. But if the manager is gonna big up a player in the press, lets have some consistency. You cant say on the one hand "oh, he will stroke this players ego and get him back to his best" in the case of a motivation problem. Yet in the case of another (partly mental) impediment to being a decent squad member its "OH sh*t, he said something positive about him....run for the lifeboats! We're screwed." There are no guarantees about anything for the future. No guarantees Rooney is signed up. No guarantees Torres is still here (though its pretty damn likely at this point) in September. No guarantees Jose is going to get anyone to their best. For me, its not black and white like that. But I feel confident if anyone can get a player performing with confidence and (more importantly for Jose) for the betterment of the team, its him.
  21. Wow, cmon guys. You have to trust Jose to the end. The bitter end. And when he says "I have some magic to work on this player, we are going to make adjustments to make him better" we need to all stand up and listen. Look at the effect he has had in the past. Zlatan would kill for him. Drogba would run through walls for him. He takes the mercurial and the unmotivated and he replaces their eyes with laser beams like a Seal Team sniper FFS. Motivation will never be a problem, because he motivates like nobody else in the game. And all the negative press out there, all the sneering bullsh*t from the Daily Fail, etc will be used like a rocket fuel to power the goals of next season. BANK ON THIS. You can write Jose off, but write him off at your own peril. If there is any talent left in the tank of a major player, even vaporous fumes of greatness, he will adjust the players game and motivation and completely revolutionize the way he plays and fits at Chelsea. Never ever doubt the special one. Oh, sorry, I must have gotten lost there. Can someone direct me to the Rooney thread please?
  22. You're presuming that 100m is a rational price to pay. This is Real Madrid we are talking about. They consider merchandising and press attention more important than their on pitch success. To say nothing of the fact that Mata has been one of the five best Spanish players in the world the last 12 months, regardless of how or when Del Bosque picks him. Absolutely, 100% agreed. This transfer being the same price is utter facking madness.
  23. Prepare for another massive tranche of interest free banking loans. Its possible Barca will try to retaliate with another signing of their own. I wonder how they are getting on paying their paychecks these days.
  24. Cant tell if I want this to go through or not. On the one hand, Spurs would lose their star man and take a step back. But on the other hand, it would be giving Levy the power to go on a shopping spree and vastly improve their team overall. Actually, knowing Levy, he will drag his feet and refuse to do business until it goes through at the 11th hour, so that he can get an extra couple of million. Then his club will suffer for six months because he was greedy.

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