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(08-01-2019, 08:59 PM)drucurl Wrote: [ -> ]Oh noes yOu iS pOlItIcAl O

I think a SS should be at least good at scoring goals....this guy isn't. That's why i's prefer Depay

Good luck with that, Aulas is one crazy MF who is going to turn down any offer unless it’s 70m.

To Correa’s defence, he was never going to play instead of Griezmann, he was played so far from the goal. I believe he’ll come through if given the chance.

Just out of curiosity mr PoLiTiCaL, how many goals do you think the mighty Memphis the rapper scored from open play with Lyon?
(08-01-2019, 08:22 PM)nefremo Wrote: [ -> ]Why do you think they are not doing that with Correa?

I guess what I was saying is that the answer to your question is 'but they must find them, and even before starting to look for his type of player'. Targets must be identified, not a target.

EDIT: I think we are forgetting that FFP is not the sole issue here, when FFP didn't exist B&G were losing 70m-100m, some of the seasons included CL money. Even if 40-50 million for Correa works for FFP calculations it doesn't mean it's all fine. Wage bill is one step but the only one either.
(08-01-2019, 09:04 PM)Lebanese Wrote: [ -> ]Good luck with that, Aulas is one crazy MF who is going to turn down any offer unless it’s 70m.

To Correa’s defence, he was never going to play instead of Griezmann, he was played so far from the goal. I believe he’ll come through if given the chance.

Just out of curiosity mr PoLiTiCaL, how many goals do you think the mighty Memphis the rapper scored from open play with Lyon?
I don't know...but I do know that Depay knows how to score goals
(08-01-2019, 09:53 PM)drucurl Wrote: [ -> ]I don't know...but I do know that Depay knows how to score goals

Valente knew how to score as well before joining us.
(08-01-2019, 10:42 PM)Lebanese Wrote: [ -> ]Valente knew how to score as well before joining us.

He still does.
I'm betting anything that he will blow up one day
(08-01-2019, 08:46 AM)silvio Wrote: [ -> ]He seems like a solid and disciplined option with all the good attributes to make the jump towards Serie A.
Rotational he would be a very wise investment.
As he is a late bloomer, he could helps us a lot for the next 3-4 seasons.
Have faith in Maldini.

I dont doubt there's some quality there. it's more because we already have 2 RBs, why go for a third.

(08-01-2019, 04:10 PM)Sampinjon Wrote: [ -> ]+1

+2

(08-01-2019, 05:20 PM)reza Wrote: [ -> ]I will take it a step further, if we accept rumours as they are presented (not just Correa but others in previous times too) then it is no different than a certain forum member talking about Valdivia day after day Big Grin It is ridiculous to imagine that pro teams communicate that way.

Devilol Devilol Devilol

(08-01-2019, 05:47 PM)mazen111 Wrote: [ -> ]Gerard Deulofeu

We get it. you're in love with Deulofeu. Thankfully, the clubs not wasting time with an average player like that.

(08-01-2019, 06:07 PM)Lebanese Wrote: [ -> ]No one will remember the price we paid if the player performs. Correa will be a good fit for what Jim Paul is trying to build.

As hitman said we are half way through, we need more bodies.

@leaf enjoying your time here ex-inter fan?

So True

From now on, I'm calling Giampaolo Jim Paul.


(08-01-2019, 07:14 PM)Hitman Wrote: [ -> ]It’s only fair to wait until mercato end before judging the management. The window is dynamic, constantly moving with opportunities coming out from nowhere. We definitely need 4 strikers in total and we only have 2 guaranteed ones at the moment - Leão and Piatek. I hope Borini and Castillejo are liquidated because I can’t see them fitting into the 4312. 

I’m curious to see how much importance will Giampaolo give Paqueta, who’s our most talented player. I hope he shall have a starring role.

Duarte is the kind of signing I expected (price wise, but expected someone older with experience). But it’s a shame we lost the precious non-EU spot on a 4th CB. We should only be using the non-eu spots to buy the absolute top talents out there.

Now we need a second striker and/or a trequartista. GK, Defence are covered, in fact I’d sell 2 LBs and Reina. Midfield looks much better than recent yrs, we finally have options on the bench that we could use. None of our current midfielders is world class yet or can lift the team up alone and that’s what we are lacking. I feel the same away about the attack.

There's more to this signing than a 4th CB. Seems the club see some quality in him and I feel like he's being brought in to potentially take 3rd spot.(Assuming Caldara takes 2nd spot when fit)

(08-01-2019, 08:22 PM)nefremo Wrote: [ -> ]This isn't always possible. I'm sure theee are alternatives to Correa, but it may not be worth it to pursue them. At the same time, there are many players out there able to do what Correa does, but are they available? What's their price? Are they willing to join? Etc

My point is, this management has demonstrated EXACTLY what you said when it's possible to do that. Prime example being the CB. We went from Kabak, to Demiral, to Duarte. 

Why do you think they are not doing that with Correa? It's a genuine question. Something tells me that there is a reason they are not doing that with Correa. Again, could be lack of suitable alternatives (not necessary alternatives exist or not, but simply are they attainable/right for us, etc), could be that it's simply not the right time to walk away from the deal because the alternatives are there waiting and nobody is pressing us. For example, on Duarte, it's just now been said that Roma and Bayer L pressed so we accelerated the closing and even sent Moncada to Brazil.

For me, so far, there's been no big reason to doubt Maldini and Boban. I'll wait to see the team in action in september. I don't agree with everything they are doing, but I think they've done a good job so far.

Also, I think it's worth noting that Giampaolo is likely to be our most important signing this summer.

I think they've identified the perfect fit and they're pushing to get the deal done.
Also, I'd add that other teams usually play mind games in these instances. As in, They'll be interested, then be "interested" in another player, then come back to the original one. We've just not bothered playing games.

so true. We finally have a clear style and a coach and management working together with a clear image in mind.

(08-01-2019, 09:34 PM)reza Wrote: [ -> ]I guess what I was saying is that the answer to your question is 'but they must find them, and even before starting to look for his type of player'. Targets must be identified, not a target.

EDIT: I think we are forgetting that FFP is not the sole issue here, when FFP didn't exist B&G were losing 70m-100m, some of the seasons included CL money. Even if 40-50 million for Correa works for FFP calculations it doesn't mean it's all fine. Wage bill is one step but the only one either.

It looks like the clubs working their ass off to make sure that our wage bill is sorted
So our starting XI right now:
Donnarumma; Calabria, Duarte, Romagnoli, Hernandez; Kessie, Bennacer, Paqueta; Suso; Leao, Piatek
What changes?
Not sure if you mean what changes since last year OR what changes we would need to make to that line up?

Either way, for the first one....obviously the playing style and formation + more dynamics in the midfield with the addition of Bennacer but also Suso. I also think Hernandez gives us a different dimension on that left side.

For the second one....
1) Kessie needs to be replaced from the starting line up
2) Can't speak about Leao since have not seen him play, but I don't think we can "bank" on him.....so a SS striker will be needed. To fully let Giampaolo's style come through, it needs to be someone willing to run the channels and not someone that will come into the midfield too much. It's a distinct difference.
3) I don't fully trust Suso. He is a very individually talented player. We all know that. But he is inconsistent even in his preferred position out wide, so we can only assume it'll be the same in the middle. He has 2-3 great months followed by 5-6 terrible ones. The good part is that if he doesn't work out in the ACM position, we actually have players to step in there (Paq, Hakan, Jack) whereas when he had terrible periods on the wing, we simply didn't have a solution to step in. Regardless, the ideal situation would be to sell him and replace him. The options are to either replace him with an ACM...or we can move Paq there full time and acquire a CM.

I think there are options in how to improve the squad. We are only a few moves away from having a complete squad that's fully functional based on MG's ideas. Currently, we are really only missing 2 players. 1 SS and 1 AM/CM (#2 and #3 above). #1 could be a plus, be it's not a must. I'm very optimistic that Maldini and Boban will have everything resolved by the end of the month.

I think if the line up you posted evolves into something like this by the end of the market, we will have a team capable of of fighting for 3rd or even 2nd spot (assuming the team gels in quickly):
----------------------------Donnarumma---------------------------
Calabria/Conti - Musa/Duarte - Roma/Caldara - Theo/Laxalt
--------------------------Bennacer/Biglia---------------------------
----Kessie/Hakan(Krunic)------------------Paq/Jack(Krunic)----
------------------------------ACM------------------------------------ (Hakan/Paq/Jack)
--------------Correa/Samu------Piatek/Leao----------------------

*That leaves RR, Strinic, Suso, Andre Silva, Borini to be sold. I don't think all of them will be sold and that's my biggest fear. I can definitely see Borini staying solely because he'll play anywhere and that can actually be useful. But the others, I'm not so sure we'll be able to ditch them very easily.
Why so many hate Balotelli though?
Sure he's a liability, but did he do anything questionable when he was in Milan? *not that i know of*
With current squad, are Borini/ Castillejo worth more than Balotelli?
To me, yes. They are better to have here than Balotelli. It will only take a month for Mario to start walking around the field and argue with coaches, teammates, referees, himself.....
Good luck getting that guy to follow any kind of a system. Let's not even talk about working for the team and pressing the opponents. Let's just be serious, he is done at top clubs. He now belongs in a mid-table club. Where he is the star and everyone "runs for him". He'll score 10-15 goals a season there and be a king. All god with me. Just don't bring that baggage in my club please....
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