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  1. I don’t like these buy-back clauses. They’re simply another means of control for the largest clubs, and they’ve got advantages enough already. As it stands the penalty for hoarding youth talent is only to sell them on for a large profit, now we want to weaken it further by giving them a way to get them back if they turn quality? To hell with that.
  2. It’s agent tactics. Creates interest by keeping his name in the news, exerts pressure on Brugge, makes anyone who is actually interested think they need to move quickly and potentially up their offer. These agents have teams of social media experts and will know how to best manipulate it. Surely this isn’t surprising, agents are the source of 90% of the names we’ve seen in the transfer news for the past month.
  3. The Nakamba link has always felt like agent-driven nonsense to me. He just wants a move and is using the window’s most active participants to get it. To be fair, his agent is doing a good job.
  4. Some of my favorite options would be: - Nedim Bajrami, Grasshoppers: Just turned 20, should be cheap as Grasshoppers have just been relegated. Might be too young/inexperienced for the squad but worth a punt even if only for the future. - Eugeni Valderrama, Huesca: 24, was brilliant on loan last year at Albacete, more attack-minded but can cover the McGinn role. - Andres Tello, Benevento: Only 22 and 1M on transfermarkt. I think he’s class, best days to come. Might be work permit issues (he’s Colombian) but he’s been in Italy since 2015. - Iddrisu Baba, Mallorca: Would have been cheaper/easier if Mallorca hadn’t won promotion, still only 570K on transfermarkt. 23, mainstay in the side. - Mikkel Damsgaard, Nordsjaelland: I rate him higher than anyone else on this list but might be too much of an attacker to cover the McGinn role perfectly (he’s absolutely not a DMC). I like him better than his more highly-rated teammate Skov Olsen. Just turned 19 two weeks ago, listed at 1.75M on transfermarkt. Might be better playing every week too rather than in a squad, so maybe we’d be better off loaning him back. - Majeed Ashimeru, Red Bull Salzburg: Spent last year on loan at St. Gallen and impressed as much as any player in Switzerland the times I watched. Only 21, cheap, again more attacking but fits a box-to-box role, runs all day. He’s Ghanaian, might have WP issues (been in Austria since 2017). - Sebastian Vasiliadis, Paderborn: Like Baba, won’t be as cheap as Paderborn have been promoted to the Bundesliga and he might fancy another year with them. Of everyone on this list he reminds me the most of McGinn. - Domagoj Pavicic, Rijeka: At 25 a little older than everyone else (and maybe older than we’d like) but I’ve rated Pavicic for a few years now and have never understood why a bigger club hasn’t come for him. Has been an ever-present since joining Rijeka from Dinamo Zagreb in 2017, industrious, good attitude, great long shot. I think he’d make a perfect squad player.
  5. Other foreign keepers I think show some potential: Noam Baumann, Lugano Remy Descamps, PSG (was on loan at Clermont Foot last year) Saturnin Allagbe, Niort
  6. He would be my #1 keeper target personally, I think he’s got the potential to be one of the best in the world. I expect him to be in the mix to start for Argentina very soon.
  7. Thats2

    Douglas Luiz

    I could see it. For as much as we’re doing Man City a solid, they need us to make this work too. How many other clubs could buy Luiz for 15M and have it be close enough to their record fee to qualify for a work permit? Us, Sheffield, Norwich and maybe Brighton? I expect we’ll use that fact to negotiate a couple of concessions, one of which could be on clause length. I wonder if this was the sort of deal we were looking to work out for Ampadu too, before they brought Lampard in.
  8. Thats2

    Douglas Luiz

    Percy tweeted it too and his info is by far the most solid.
  9. While I agree with this totally, each case has to be examined on its own merit, and in the case of Phillips and Wolves v Villa this summer, it’s not difficult to see why he might prefer us. I don’t think the fees or wages would be any different, and it won’t be a case of preferring one over the other due to location (no London factor anyway). Wolves have got Europe and a stable place in the league, we’ve got history and a promising future. Wolves also have a very crowded midfield, whereas we have a Phillips-sized hole at DM. So, does he want a spot in the starting eleven and plenty of minutes, or does he want to be a backup, but with the potential to start European matches? I know which one I’d prefer, but I might admittedly have some bias.
  10. Engels is a good player if he can stay on the pitch, maybe a great one. I hoped we would take a look at him but was personally hoping for a discount down to his injury record, 10M is too much. At 4-5M I think he’s worth a punt.
  11. What’s the problem in Smith bringing in players he already knows? What’s the problem bringing in players who already know him, his style of play and his personality? Especially young players tipped for big things. Konsa was selected over Tuanzebe in the u21s, wasn’t he?
  12. Thats2

    Ezri Konsa

    They’re speaking quite highly of him in the transfer thread...
  13. I thought he was one of the best keepers in the league in 16-17, can’t say as much about him since then. I know he’s been crocked, but even if it’s caused a drop in form, it often takes time to get fit again. I wouldn’t say there’s no chance of him recapturing his form from 2-3 years ago.
  14. I also wouldn’t be shocked if a decade from now we look back on Mings as a club legend. I don’t think you can put a price on that.
  15. I like Simon too, good delivery, good footwork, pacy. He’s a bit of a head-down player with the ball at his feet but that’s true of a lot of young wingers (Chukwueze too). He might have overlapped with big Wes at Trencin too though it looks like they might have missed each other by a few weeks, difficult to say. Most importantly his full name is Moses Daddy Simon so I’d pay an extra 2-3M just to bring him into the squad.

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