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01 Sep 2020 13:08:22
Rumours of Galatasary interested in Fred, not sure if true but i can see why he would be intersting in a move with Van De Beek coming in and constant rumours of Grealish. I like Fred and think he works well in a hard working role and we saw his best prior to lockdown, however I am not sure that Olly is sold on him so i can see this being a possible exit.
If this does happen I think it is one that could bring in a decent fee that could be used to bring in a replacement (maybe Grealish) that Olly does like and bridges the gap when Pogba/ Fernandes come off.

Brad76

1.) 01 Sep 2020 13:34:09
I think we can scratch Grealish off the list now. He is overrated.


2.) 01 Sep 2020 13:42:51
I think the offered 2m for a years loan. we won't get a decent fee for fred particularly in the current climate. If we got back a quartet if what we paid we would be doing well.


3.) 01 Sep 2020 13:53:05
I'd rather sell Perrieira, Mata and Lingard before fred.


4.) 01 Sep 2020 16:19:25
Agree with Mad Hatter here, I would rather see Pereira, Lingard and Mata out than Fred.


5.) 01 Sep 2020 17:14:47
I'd be surprised to see Grealish arrive too now although he adds something different to what we have, even with VdB. I do feel Fred is a useful if unspectacular player but one we'd hope to recoup a decent fee for.


6.) 01 Sep 2020 18:38:18
Fred was decent last year, he gives his all every game and covers every blades of grass. He is one of the last players I would want to see leave.


7.) 01 Sep 2020 20:04:49
I hope Fred doesn't end up turning into the next Ander Herrera. Losing another good squad player and keeping the likes of Perreira, Lingard etc.


8.) 01 Sep 2020 21:20:15
Kurtis I agree. I'd keep Fred and loan mcsauce. I like them both but mcsauce given a year on loan at a Newcastle or somewhere alike would come back a much better player. I don't see Fred going to Turkey improving him alot, he'd contribute more here. I'd like him to get more games time than Matic. I'm not saying anything bad about matic, but his legs have clearly gone, we don't want to get to November and him be burnt out with no decent cover.


9.) 02 Sep 2020 00:04:18
Fred is not a player we need to keep. He can't pass, shoot, tackle, control the ball or dribble. Not really sure what he brings to the side that McTominay doesn’t?

Likeable character for sure yes - Utd quality no.


10.) 02 Sep 2020 04:16:06
If we are letting Fred go and basically replacing him with Donny van de Beek we are looking to move forward. Fred and McTom are both squad players. We can have either one of them, and I expect James Garner to step up in a season or 2.


11.) 02 Sep 2020 09:36:45
Fred is better player than McTominay.

Loan out Mctominay over Fred all day long.


 

 

17 Jul 2017 11:03:42
So current rumour is that we will move for Kroos as part of the discussions withRM about DDG.
So, if available should we get him, does he offer the best style to complement Pogba/ harera or do we truly need a Matic HM.

Brad76

1.) 17 Jul 2017 12:11:09
Kroos better player but Matic will suit our system better, plus Moo Moo knows him and will do what he's told. Prem proven.


2.) 17 Jul 2017 12:53:25
Toni Kroos won't come mate. Best chance we had was a few years ago before he moved to Mardid.


3.) 17 Jul 2017 13:23:41
gmartin,

That isn't what we have heard previously from Ed002.


4.) 17 Jul 2017 13:56:56
GDS2 - Sorry, what have I missed and where is it?


5.) 17 Jul 2017 14:13:18
If there was an acceptance ddg was leaving it would be a big call not to take kroos if it shown to be possible, played for some good sides but made them better a serial trophy winner, you'd need a pretty special side not to fit him in, not realy a destroyer though but offers massive control of a game against good sides to imo.


6.) 17 Jul 2017 18:01:24
I'd take Kroos all day long and there's no reason at all a midfield 3 of Kroos, Herrera and Pogba wouldn't work. I get what people are saying about what Matic would bring but there's no need for that if the opposition can't get the ball off us.


7.) 17 Jul 2017 19:28:39
Kroos is one of the best centre mids in the world and played really well under Mourinho. If there is any chance of getting him in the DDG transfer we should go all out for him. Kroos, Herrera and Pogba as a 3 would be scary.


8.) 17 Jul 2017 19:29:38
I said this at the beginning of the summer and got bashed by a few saying he can't play in a 3 man midfield.
For me he's the best in the business, I've watched him pick teams apart for Madrid. If it meant getting Matic too I'd do it. If a truley world class player becomes available to us we should get him in.g


9.) 17 Jul 2017 22:07:26
Kroos was playing in a 3 man midfield all last season with Modric and Casemiro and was brilliant.


10.) 17 Jul 2017 22:36:41
I'd buy both Kroos and Matic then sell Fellaini.

That would be a massive upgrade to the squad.


 

 

25 May 2017 19:09:59
Rumours that the three options for CB Lindelof, Keane or Van Djilk. Who do you guys feel would better suite.
For me it would be Van Djilk as I think he is a leader and would be great alongside Bailly. I Like Keane but worry it would be too soon, not seen any of Lindelof to judge.

Brad76

1.) 25 May 2017 19:50:32
haven't seen lidlof either except on youtube since we have been linked with him. Vdijk looks good, fast, big and strong and seems to get his head on everything both ends of the pitch -out of those 3 he would be first choice. silly money of course.


2.) 25 May 2017 19:53:17
VVD is not worth the price, keane is not good enough to start for us, lindelof isn't much better but he has a high ceiling, would love a double swoop for semedo and lindelof.


3.) 25 May 2017 20:51:52
VVD out of the 3. He's one of the top 3 centre backs in the PL.

{Ed004's Note - It would be between Lindelof and Van Dijk for me. I'm edging towards Van Dijk because of his power in the air, physical attributes and being premiership proven. I think he could form a perfect partnership with Bailly. It would be nice to be a threat from set pieces again}


4.) 25 May 2017 21:58:58
None of the above.


5.) 25 May 2017 22:09:05
I think comes down to value for money. Keane should stay at Burnley for at another 18 months. He certainly has potential. Perhaps cut a deal with Burnley to buy him and then loan him back.
Lindelof is an unknown, just Like Bailly. I've see Youtube clips etc.
VVD looks very good and would compliment Bailly. He is as ED004 says prem proven. Keane isn't quite there yet. However if he plays well in the next two England games then his price will rise.


6.) 25 May 2017 22:02:38
Couldnt agree more ED004, over recent years we seem to have lost the threat of our CBs coming forward for corners ala Vidic, pally, bruce, rio, stam etc etc, fair play to smalling last night for his assist but we used to be a real threat in days gone by with our cbs.

{Ed004's Note - Maybe that's why by reports we seem to be looking at Dier ahead of Fabinho and the links with Van Dijk and Keane. Two of them along with Pogba and Bailly would give us good height}


7.) 25 May 2017 23:54:44
I would love Van Dijk but we may have competition for him, same goes for Fabinho. I don't see Tottenham selling any of their key players this summer, just my opinion.


8.) 26 May 2017 03:08:12
i would like to bring in alderweireld from spurs.


9.) 26 May 2017 05:37:25
Leahy12,

When Spurs signed for £7million I thought why the hell didn't we try and buy him. He'd cost £50 million now. Bargain buy for Spurs. Top class CB.


10.) 26 May 2017 09:36:58
Thing is with Spurs, they brought in players like Alder, Alli, Wanyama for little money - but they play them every week. We sign players for 3X-5X that and keep them on the bench or play them sporadically.

We'd pay £25m for Keane and use him in rotation. We need nailed down 100% starters for the money we are going to undoubtedly spend, otherwise it's a Depay/ Martial/ Schneiderlin type waste.

Godin for me.


11.) 26 May 2017 09:44:27
If this is the CB's that we are looking to strengthen with then I am slightly disappointed. Personally, I would have liked to have seen a world class CB come in, someone like Bonucci. I know VVD is being touted as the next big thing, I don't know anything about the Swedish guy, Keane, I am not convinced is good enough either. I was hoping that if there is a deal for DDG to go to Madrid, that they would have had some clout to be able to try and sort out a deal for someone like Varane.


12.) 26 May 2017 09:46:03
Agree with Beast here, a consistent line up breeds success.


13.) 26 May 2017 11:17:23
If Jose is the master at one thing it's picking out defenders. Whoever we buy will fit in well. Perhaps Rojo has convinced him and Blind has looked very able there
too? We need one more to replace Smalling.

Keane or VVD for me please Jose. It's the full back positions where we need the serious investment and another midfielder to replace Carrick. I'll be well chuffed with Greizeman though!

If Keane re-joins, we just need to go back for Welbeck now to show just how clueless LVG was!


14.) 26 May 2017 12:40:49
I'll keep my answer simple enough.

Has to be Van Dijk, he's the best of the three.


15.) 26 May 2017 16:28:43
Agree Harry, before his injury he was the best CB in the prem. Would be a decent partner for Bailly for the next 7-8 years.


 

 

04 May 2017 13:32:01
Willian getting another link to us. It shows that we are likely to add an additional attacker as well as a striker. I for one would take him as he will fit straight into Jose system.

Brad76

1.) 04 May 2017 14:49:54
I think there is a chance of this being true.


2.) 04 May 2017 18:14:13
I would welcome him if it wasnt silly money. Like a lot of fast attacking players he is one of those who can get you off your seat but also frustrate you when he beats 2 players and over hits a cross time and again- but in the main he has improved a lot at Chelsea and on his day is class - then again so was Nani but I've seen us linked with lesser players recently.


3.) 04 May 2017 22:23:11
Always good for a goal, great on set pieces and a player trusts. He was phenomenal last season for Chelsea.

Far better than any right sided option we have. Willian right, Mkhitaryan in the middle and Martial left is very likely behind Rashford or a new striker.

I don't think we will see a Griezmann and Belotti double buy. That's fantasy. Rashford is hugely impressive though right now and is doing all of the right things. You could easily envisage Griezmann playing off of Rashford with Ibra to come back into the fold when fit.


4.) 05 May 2017 16:33:46
I agree fresh. Personally wouldn't touch belotti at the prices quoted.


 

 

10 Apr 2017 22:05:43
Looks like Pogba is good mates with Lukaku. could he be using that friendship to bring him in next year?

Brad76

1.) 11 Apr 2017 07:37:17
It might be the other way round ;)


 

 

 

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18 Jul 2021 10:54:21
If we secure Verane this very much feels like we have the double pillars at the back that we have always had. Maguire is a very good player who needs pace beside him, but as shown at the Euros is a top player. I think Verane will complement him in the way that Stones did and will elevate his game.
We possibly will have our Ferdinand/ Vidic pairing that could see us challenge for the next few years, assuming the other aspects are there also.

Brad76

1.) 18 Jul 2021 11:13:45
Brad76,

It could well be. It will be interesting to see either we line up in a more attacking formation aswell.


2.) 18 Jul 2021 11:28:37
Prefer to sign Varane TBH.


3.) 18 Jul 2021 13:41:30
Danny, haha not the first and won't be the last player I have spelt wrong!
Mad Hatter, agreed I think he allows that transition as hopefully OGS has more faith in the back line and does not require the double pivot to defend.


4.) 18 Jul 2021 18:30:14
I have a feeling Varane will come and one more late signing and that will be it. We have been crying out for a rw and cb for a long time, if we get a top cdm this could be a very good season ahead.


 

 

09 Jun 2021 17:49:48
Seeing Pogba play for France with Kante behind him really does show how to get the best out of him and I hope that if he stays next season Olly does all he can to get him playing this way.
For me he needs to move further forward next to Bruno in a 433 or to the right in a 442 diamond shape.
As much as we should expect him to play great no matter where he plays I think there is nothing wrong with helping him and the team by playing to his strengths.

Brad76

{Ed077's Note - Olly who? ;-P}


1.) 09 Jun 2021 18:45:13
Brad the whole France team play a different game to us.
He looks so good at times I agree its frustrating. But the epl is also very different to intl football.
Still I reckon you could play with kante and he would make you look good. 🤣 what a class act he is.


2.) 09 Jun 2021 18:51:31
I think he'd be fine in our current formation if he had a proper DM beside him, as would Donny and McTominey.

Signing someone like Rice really solves some problems in our squad.

Personally though I'm hoping Pogba is the one sold to make room, as I'm a lot more excited to see what Donny and Scot do once they are freed up in that role.

Pogba is undoubtedly the best of our CMs, but he still doesn't seem to really want to be here.


3.) 09 Jun 2021 21:02:43
Thorn be very careful wish for!


4.) 09 Jun 2021 22:03:07
I think our board should play with our strengths.
Offer Pogba a huge contract and pay him a lot of money and give him 5+1 year contract.
Let him add the drama of beautiful haircuts, defensive mistakes at set pieces and Zidane wants him to make sure there are clubs that want a player or 2 off us.


5.) 09 Jun 2021 17:59:25
Ed077, Ian Holloway affectionately known as "Olly". He is the guy the club have lined up for when they sack Ole Gunnar Solskjear next season if Gareth Southgate isn't available.

{Ed077's Note - wasn't his Blackpool side known for entertaining attacking football??


6.) 10 Jun 2021 06:39:53
The compromises we have to make to just have Pogba in the team isn't worth it. You never know what you get from him irrespective of where he plays.

Sell him and get a proper DM and the squad would be a lot better and balanced.


7.) 10 Jun 2021 13:19:30
I think there are two types of "great" players.

Those that play great when they are surrounded by great players.

Then there are those that drag their teammates up around them to there level of greatness.

Pogba is the former, he looked class at Juventus when he had Pirlo, Vidal and Marchisio in midfield with him, with players like Chiellini and Buffon behind him. He also looks class playing for France surrounded by the plethora of top level talent they have.

But at United he struggles to perform consistently to his best because his teammates aren't on his level and he doesn't have the ability to pull them up to it.

Players like Cantona or Keane made those around them better players, Carrick also did this to a lesser extent.

When they play the whole team plays 10% better because they make it easier for everyone else to play. They dictate games, they direct teammates and they make themselves available meaning pressed teammates always have an easy ball out.

We need a couple more players who make those around them play better to bring the team together and make it play greater than the sum of its parts.

Pogba just isn't one of those players, Pogba needs 7 or 8 world class players alongside him to be able to play at his best. Will he get that at United? Probably not.


8.) 10 Jun 2021 15:40:43
Shappy, tired of excuses for Pogba. He simply hasn't matured mentally to live up to his own talent. If as a footballer getting paid millions says he doesn't perform to his best because his teammates are not at his level then it's a shame.


 

 

03 Jun 2021 14:11:32
There seems to be a lot of dominos falling around Europe on the managerial front that will likely casue a further domino effect of player movements.

A theoretical one being mooted is that Juve and Allegri will look at Pogba again, on the basis that there is an expectation that he wants out (this year or next once his contract runs down) how would you all re-vamp the midfield and who would you bring in to replace him.

For me a HM is already needed (Rice/ Ndidi as the ideal expensive options, Zakaria as lesser option), play McTominy/ VDB as box to box if we continue with the 2 midfielders. I would then look at Grealish to replace Pogba who can play off the left in a front 3 or as part of an attacking midfield with Fernandes, Gonclaves of Sporting as a cheaper alternative.
I think the changes would give us many more options with formations depending on who we are playing and need to break down.

Brad76

{Ed077's Note - In that scenario. Sell Pogba. Bring in 1 of Ndidi/Bissouma/Camavinga and 1 of Saul/Bellingham/Fabian Ruiz (In that order). Now where do I apply as the Chief of Recruitment??🤣😜


1.) 03 Jun 2021 15:41:50
Not with United surely Ed077. Smart intelligent people are what we as a club are allergic to.

{Ed077's Note - that's why they might appoint me instead of a sensible and qualified candidate like the likes of Ralf Ragnick😁


2.) 03 Jun 2021 15:49:45
Ed077 have you played for man utd before? Bonus if you've ever scored an important goal, anything is possible then.

{Ed077's Note - does FIFA count? If so then multiple times lol


3.) 03 Jun 2021 16:07:36
Ed077 good to see you back my friend. Xx.

{Ed077's Note - it's good to be seen🤣🤣. And How are you doing ken?


4.) 03 Jun 2021 16:39:33
Good shout Ed077, would not mind any combination of those and think it would drastically change the energy of the team. Also, again depeding on rumours being accurate Bissouma and Saul could actually be possible this year. if our board could get there arse in gear.

{Ed077's Note - Atleti seem to be open to the sale of Saul but unfortunately we dont seem to be interested in him.

Bissouma is the closest thing to Kante so we should be looking at signing him IMO.}


5.) 03 Jun 2021 16:52:23
Welcome back Ed077, you've been missed.

{Ed077's Note - Thank you.

But honestly I didnt miss editing the sites :-D}


6.) 03 Jun 2021 18:02:54
Sure your were banned half the time he was off gds2 so you only missed him half as much🤣🤣
I'm good ed077 thank you.

{Ed077's Note - GDS2 was never "banned." He was put "on a break" (in Ross's voice)}


7.) 03 Jun 2021 18:12:54
Thanks for putting him right Ed, was no ban and what I was on a break for about 3 days where I posted anyway, never mind, these things happen, glad to be back as GDS and hopefully no more silly bickering 🙌🏼.


8.) 03 Jun 2021 19:35:16
I would let Pogba and Fred go. Bring in 2 DMs, one who is more of a deep lying playmaker and one more out-and-out defensive special-ist. Use them as #6, and DVB/ McT as #8.

Then bring in Grealish or Sancho primarily as RW, but also able to cover for bruno or play LW if needed.

I know he hasn't really played RW, but I prefer Grealish to Sancho, and I think he'd do well on the right.

Koopeiners and Bisouma would be my choice for DMs.

Alternatively, Rice at DM with Matic and a youngster like Garner as backup.


9.) 03 Jun 2021 20:31:44
I'd use Lingard as a bargaining chip to get Declan Rice.
He is one of the best in reading the game and tackling.

Rice, VDB and Bruno will be a solid midfield trio.


10.) 03 Jun 2021 22:34:09
I'm not sold on Grealish. A lot of pundits rave about him but I didn't think he was great against Austria. For me he just "draws the foul" too much. I don't enjoy watching him. I also think Mctominay has potential to be as good if not better than Rice.


11.) 04 Jun 2021 01:08:35
Remi - I don't agree but understand what you're saying about Grealish, although I think his passing and crossing is more important than the dribbling.

Not sure why you are comparing Rice with McT though, they are totally different types of player, and should not be competing for the same spot.


12.) 04 Jun 2021 06:19:06
I don't think we should invest in another midfielder.
With Matic and Donny not playing much last season they will be fit and fresh and will basically be like 2 new signings.
The bench role could be given to James Garner.
The best approach right now would be extend Pogbas contract and give him a silly wage so that we can get the biannual entertainment from his agent and Pogba about what all clubs want him. If we extend his contract he'll be like a new signing.
Anyway as Ole says we are getting better and better and with Pogba staying he'll be like a new signing.
Tuanzebe can play CM.
4 new signings in matic, Donny, Pogba and garner.
We could save the money for a DM and use that money for more important non-football related things.
Ole at the wheel.


13.) 04 Jun 2021 07:38:00
I feel Bissouma is the first player we should be looking to get this summer. He is fantastic at setting the tempo of a game and as the Ed said he is the closest to kante right now. With Brighton getting caiceido in January also means they have a player who could step into his role easily so may be easier to negotiate than a ndidi or rice.
Saul, if available, should also be attenpted to sign. Those two could completely change the makeup of our midfield and give us more solidity and creativity from deep. Although VDB and Mctom could play the saul role effectively.
Add sancho and torres and I would feel our squad would be the most balanced and highest quality we would have at the club for over a decade.
I also think Sancho should be a high priority.


14.) 04 Jun 2021 08:56:21
We certainly need a CB and DM as priority.

Rumours that Saul has agreed to join Bayern. We already have options there.

Sancho would improve the squad for sure but where does that leave Amad/ Pellistri. Hope they have a plan otherwise what is the point of buying them?


 

 

24 May 2021 10:59:11
Interesting game for Van De Beek yesterday as part of the midfield pivot with a propert HM next to him. I do wonder whether this should be his position going forward even if we get a proper HM in that allows Donny to be that transition player moving forward and back between the midfield and attack knowing that the HM will cover.
He has a good engine and can pick a great pass through the lanes.
If he has a full pre-season and all will depend on sales (does Pogba stay) and purchases but I do hope that he can kick on and we see the player that he was when at Ajax.

Brad76

1.) 24 May 2021 11:28:08
I know this is total pure fantasy football time but I’d sell Pogba and Martial in the summer, promote Donny and bring in Kane and Sancho.


2.) 24 May 2021 11:50:50
I'm a fan of Van De Beek, as much as he hasn't stood out when he has played, he's not had the game time. Getting 5 minutes here or there isn't enough time and getting the odd start isn't either.

Always tidy in possession, always wants the ball even when under pressure and has a goal in him. I'd be fine with him not playing if the two we play in the pivot were outstanding but neither of McT and Fred are so for me he deserves a few games in there. His inclusion would likely allow us to keep possession more effectively in most games.

As you say, one of the biggest problems he has is who plays with him?


3.) 24 May 2021 11:55:32
I am with you Eric (start of crazy season where anything is possible! ) . Will be interesting how the Pogba situation plays out and there does appear to be more interest in him (may only be paper/ internet talk) than I thought there would be.
As good as he is it could be that we are better by subtraction so long as we then sensibly bring in players that may better fit OGS style going forward.
Some big decisions ahead for the club and hopefully we can get going on this early once the Europa game is over (Not convinced based on Ed002's view of the club structure)


4.) 24 May 2021 12:43:49
Donny beat the press almost everytime. He just needs game
time to get better and better.
He can naturally link play forward and his passing is miles better than Fred.


5.) 24 May 2021 13:36:37
Donny had such a great game yesterday, i am absolutely thrilled for him.

On a personal note, I like Scotty quite a bit and he seems like a beast at such a young age, why can't he be forged into a defensive/ holding player to play along side donny?

I am sure you fellas will tell me 'why not' in no uncertain terms :)


6.) 24 May 2021 16:02:25
I just don't think Scotty has the ability to read the game the way a top drawer DM does. A top DM is able to read the game and place himself exactly where he will snuff out the threat before it happens. Scott has never shown this ability, could he learn under out coaches? Different era but my old man and grandad always talk about Nobby Stiles at being a master of this.

Physically Scotty has the tools to be dominant in the position, his physicality is impressive, if he worked hard and really understood how to be a DM he could be excellent.


 

 

21 Apr 2021 08:00:48
What now for the future of the champions League, I imagine that change in some form will happen as whilst the 12 clubs will be condemned surely uefa will not want any form of this rearing up in the future. Also what will be the owner of these 12 clubs at the top table, will it be reduced and those that stayed given greater power or will the fear of losing them at least have them in the same position.
Bayern and PSG certainly look very good now in there decision making.
It feels like the Americans thought Europe would go for American NFL style approach.

Brad76

1.) 21 Apr 2021 08:12:47
It shines a light on those owners prepared to do anything to make money and those who do it for success. We knew, or many of us knew but denial has been there about the Glazers on here and elsewhere for years.


2.) 21 Apr 2021 09:03:43
So why does everyone think the change of heart came about. On Monday the clubs were quite bullish, Tuesday and it all fell apart, was it purely fan power, the government, the media furore caught them off guard or the threat of expulsion from CL on Friday.

My cynical brain says City and Chelsea panicked about being kicked out of the CL on Friday, especially as both are only two games away from what would be Citys first CL and Chelsea's second win.

{Ed077's Note - Chelsea and City higher ups seemingly weren't fully clued up about the ins and outs of the whole deal and were a bit taken aback by the quick developments. Thus they werent fully onboard from the start and the fan and player outrage and the likelihood of getting kicked out from domestic comps wasn't what they were looking ahead to. So they were quite quick to decide against going through with it IMO.


3.) 21 Apr 2021 09:23:00
Grim there have been claims of misleading info from within clubs. Once the details emerged it was clear that no right thinking football person would want to be part of it.
United and Liverpool were never going to be 1st to leave as they were the main protagonists.
Statement from uefa welcominging the dirty dozen back into the fold. I don't expect sanctions.
I would imagine that the ceo's will need replacing in all the clubs or at least those that sat with the other epl chairs.
4 of the 6 clubs have apologised to their fans players and staff chelsea are preparing their apology and nothing yet from joel and Co.


4.) 21 Apr 2021 11:22:05
Never say yes on a deal without checking the consequences eh Ed.


 

 

 

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19 Jul 2021 15:32:45
If Pogba was to move on then Saul would be an amazing addition and potentially the club could see an opportunity in the current market that would not normallt be there.
I have read various articles about where Saul can play and I guess the concern is that he is not an out and out HM so does not currently fill the need, however if we want a ball playing HM and less the Ndidi type then he may fit well.

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15 Jul 2021 09:49:46
Reddevilfan I think there is genuine hope on Verane and we just need to be patient. I imagine we have said to his agents (that have moved to a UK based one I think) that his salary etc will not be a problem and we just need Madrid to confirm what they are looking for.
I think this will move over the next couple of weeks once he has had some time off.
It does sound like he is looking for a new challenge, PSG seemed the alternative but with them getting Ramos I think that has gone this year. I think a CB pairing of him and Maguire will be a good base to the team.

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08 Jul 2021 20:39:54
Club need to look at the options unless Pogba is willing to sign a new contract (unlikely and if he did it would be astronomical) . No player especially someone like Pogba will give 100% in the final year of contract through fear of injury stopping the next big payday.
Bite the bullet, either use him as part exchange for Verane or sell to PSG. Then bring in someone like Saul as a replacement or top quality holding midfielder.

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04 Jun 2021 20:49:53
Could we be looking at 2 new CBs or is this just spreading out net wide and see who bites.

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29 May 2021 16:44:10
I think all will depend on firstly our budget and secondly whether Olly will get the money from any sales. I am not positive he will but if they give him a budget of £150m (which is paper talk) then that could go a long way if we can add sales on.
I might be at odds with others but I genuinely believe we can improve us going forward by improving to the defensive positions.
The right CB, HM and if we could get Oblak in would all massively release the team to not need 2 HM and as also the FB to press forward more.
In this case I'm in on Oblak although I doubt we will do it.

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23 Jul 2021 18:35:06
There should be no shortage of assists from Sancho, Rashford and Fernsndes. We should be nothing but excited about that front group of players.
Now we need a better midfield set up to maximize the potential.

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{Ed077's Note - you mean Camavinga and Goretzka?;-P}


 

 

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23 Jul 2021 18:33:25
Dalot could be one of those where he just does not fit with the manager, for whatever reason. There are lots including Anchelotti who think he has real potential and with a high ceiling and as such he will get interest even if it is loan only.
Trippier I see the logic of as he can cover RB/ LB and WB in a 3 at the back whilst also not restricting Wan Bisakas growth.
If it happens it will be later in the window and at much more palatable figure.

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23 Jul 2021 10:11:17
In an ideal world someone would have an honest conversation with Pogba and understand what he wants (stay on big money/ leave for PSG/ leave for Juventus) and then work together to achieve that goal. Keeping him if he does not want to be here will kick us long term as we will receive no fee for him and potentially you get a player who is not fully committed in his final year. If possible the club need this to happen as soon as possible and not get too greedy in the process.
Once that happens they should trust the management team and scouts that they could adequately replace Pogba, either with more responsibility for Van Dyke or by bringing another player in. On the whole I think the players brought in recently have been the right ones (certainly the right positions) so have faith that this will happen again. Also, just because we paid £80+ for Pogba we are not losing a player that currently is worth that much to the team. reality is that with good scouting he can be replaced with a good sensible purchase.

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18 Jul 2021 13:41:30
Danny, haha not the first and won't be the last player I have spelt wrong!
Mad Hatter, agreed I think he allows that transition as hopefully OGS has more faith in the back line and does not require the double pivot to defend.

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18 Jul 2021 10:50:21
Could be as simple as the club wanting to do a larger announcement with Verane. I am sure if there were any concerns it would be out there now .
Think sometimes we need to just be patient, club appear to be working more effectively this year (could be proved wrong) so let's see.

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