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I don't think Roma need to sell Pellegrini. It is common in football world, I am not saying Galliani was the only one doing it, but still I hope Fassone is not a new version of that, Galliani repeatedly assumed others are dumb and can't see what he is doing. I hope these meetings are more about building connections with agents and may be 'sniffing' around for some good transfer possibilities not the "dirty" things like you describe nefremo.
I am not disagreeing.....but it's all part of the business. I also don't necessarily see it as "dirty". We need a midfielder and apparently we are interested in Pellegrini and Kessie. It happens that Roma is involved with both of them. So we are just basically telling Roma that we want one of them and putting some pressure on them since we have the power (money) at the moment. It's basically saying, "we will have one of these 2 players, and you (Roma) can basically choose which one that is while you can have the other.......lower your demand on Pellegrini, and you can have Kessie.....keep your demand high on Pellegrini, and you can keep him while we are the ones that take Kessie". I don't see anything wrong with it to be honest. Just business. We are allowed to be interested in players and meet with their agents. He hasn't signed with Roma yet. Roma doesn't own him and we don't owe anything to Roma. I used to get annoyed with Galliani back in the day when he wouldn't go for the same players with Juventus. I remember it being as some sort of "code" or something. We would even step away from players that Juventus were interested in so that the price doesn't go high and they would do the same with us. It's bullshit, because it only worked until both teams had similar financial strength and pull. As soon as things in the finances changed in the last 5-6 years, we've been getting fuked by Juventus in the market and they've stolen so many of our targets. Where was that "code" than?? That's why, screw Roma. If we have the money and the power right now, I say use it as best we can. Put pressure on them and don't let them have things easy. After all, it's not like they eased up on Romagnoli and Bertolacci for us.

In any case, this is just a theory. I have no clue if it's right or not. It's just something that makes sense as we met with Pellegrini's agent and than immediately after that we are in a negotiation with Kessie apparently.

As I said, I don't want either one of the players for the prices that are quoted. I just don't think they are worth that money right now. We first need to build a strong squad to fight for the top positions starting from next season. Once we accomplish that, than we can start making investments in players like Kessie/Pellegrini who will need a couple years of development still. We just don't have the time (nor resources) to be making investments like those. We need players that will bring instant quality in order for us to fight Juventus, Inter, Roma, Napoli starting from next season. Those that think that Pellegrini/Kessie will bring our midfield to that level next season are wrong in my opinion.
It's hard to say whether the Kessie deal is with Pellegrini in mind or that the club just seem intent on competing with Roma to get Kessie. It sounds like we might already have a deal in place with Roma looking to get back in the race during the week. It could be as a direct way of pushing Roma to negotiate for Pellegrini or Dzeko, or it could be a way to drive the cost up for Kessie, as Roma will need to sell this summer to avoid UEFA sanctions (driving Kessie's price up will make them more desperate to sell).

Whatever it is, at this point it's too early to tell. What I will say is if Kessie was to actually be signed, I certainly wouldn't complain. The best comparison I can make on what he could potentially bring is what Seedorf used to do in his peak (note I said potential, I'm not saying he's as good as Seedorf at his peak). Strong, technically very gifted, box to box and he's intelligent, Kessie has the possibility of being an outstanding player. However, as nefremo said, 30m is a lot and if he's being brought in as our star signing in midfield, then we're making a big mistake in expectation. Another player, possibly Fabregas based on rumours, would surely still be needed.

On strikers, I think if Aubameyang is possible, then he's surely got to be the top target. I simply don't see a better signing compared to what he can bring. Yes he costs a lot and yes he's not exactly young, but he's at peak age, he's been outstanding for a number of years now, he's very much a world class striker. He'd also be in a position to really act as a leader in this team up front and would bring experience that pretty much none of our current group have. Coming out of our youth academy is just another benefit.

If he's not available, I'd probably want Belotti if I'm honest. His movement and workrate are just superb, while his eye for goal is genuinely excellent. He's apparently a big Milan fan with Shevchenko being his idol, which would also help. He's not the most naturally gifted, so he'd need to develop to work in tight spaces, but physically the guy's a bull and has this ability to just force his way through.

I mentioned him before, but Schick is another I actually really really like. Honestly he's more naturally talented than Belotti and this week he's just exploded with apparently a LOT of clubs now after him and ready to meet his buy out clause of 25m. As much as I like him, he's just not ready to take on responsibility at Milan and I don't think we're in a position to take him and loan him back to Sampdoria (which is what a lot of clubs are supposedly offering). If that was a possibility, I would love to see us secure him.
Keita Balde just had a great game vs Roma getting a brace. He's been outstanding for them when used as a central striker, he's better through the middle than out wide imo. With some maturity in his game, he could be such a good player.
For god sake, we need some WC players here and there, the new owner better spend big come next summer.
We need around €150m and to sell Bacca Niang Poli Sosa Kucka Zapata.. MDS can stay or go.That could give us around €40-€45m to ad on top.Say an even €200m.Thats what we need.
As for players , going by links and not fantasy.
Musacchio €15m
DeVrij €25-€30m
Ghoulam €10-€15m
Kessie/Pellegrini €25-€30m
Badelj €8-€10m
Fabregas €20-€25m
Keita €25m.
Leaves €50-€60m for a striker.

Football manager at its finest
how about we cross badelj and add the budget to get a striker, so it will be 60-70m for a striker or even 2 strikers.
For me, 2 strikers is a must. Lapadula and Bacca are below par for me.

I would take Aubameyang in a heart beat, and then back him up with someone capable. I'm sure there are plenty of players that fit that criteria in the 15-20mln range. I'd probably look in the Netherlands or France. Someone who's been playing at a moderately high level scoring goals consistently. There are plenty of players like this that won't need to be paid at such a high premium, but will still get the job done better than Bacca. Someone like Anthony Modeste, I've been watching him here and there because one of my tv channels shows all bundesliga. 20+ goals this season plays for FC Koln, 29 years old. I'm sure he'll take a squad role and come at a low price - much better player than Bacca IMO and won't cost more than 10m.

With that being said, I also don't know how I feel about retaining Deulofeu. Anything over 20m for me is excessive and I think we can get someone better.

Last I read, we almost have a done deal for De Vrij. Him and Romagnoli will be one hell of a future partnership. I pretty much agree and really like Jays potential market. Realistic, but also targets we have some proof of being interested in.
De Vrij is a solid player, but his massive tendency to get injured really scares me. I think that getting an adequate backup to De Vrij such as Zouma or someone of that caliber would be necessary. Our CB's next season should consist of De Vrij/ Mussachio, Romagnoli, Zouma, and the one and only Jherson Vergara


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