April 4, 2020 at 8:57 am #1838591
@homerjay540 – agreed mate, though I don’t know if Ighalo, Martial and Rashford can handle 2 positions (LW and ST) for a whole seaosn at the very top level – for Top Four it would be good enough but if we had a Kane / Halland I reckon we can push further up the table.
And don’t forget Rojo to the punting group! =)
CheersApril 4, 2020 at 10:08 am #1838605
@homerjay540 – I wouldn’t dismiss the possibility of Kane joining us this summer. I think it’s more likely than Haaland for example, our other supposed target, given he’s only just joined Dortmund and with how well he’s settled into life there in Germany, I doubt he’d want to move anywhere this summer.
Kane is 27 this summer – Realistically, he has 5 years left at the top to win trophies unless he turns out to be a Ronaldo / Ibrahimovic freak that time forgets. So I think there’s a lot of truth in him looking to move on from Spurs this summer. And there’s only a handful of clubs who can afford him. And with Spurs’ stadium debt and the possibility of missing out on Champions League football next season, Levy will probably be forced to sell his prized asset when he’s arguably at his peak in terms of value.
A front line of Kane, Sancho, Rashford, Martial, Greenwood, and James is a fearsome prospect. And with the economic shift in the transfer market after the COVID – 19 pandemic, we might be able to acquire Kane and Sancho for not much more than £220m. With all of the possible outgoings this summer, we should be able to purchase those two targets and spend not much more than our rumoured £150m transfer budget.
I think Ighalo should be seen as an additional signing – for £15 million, to be able to rotate with Kane rather than being seen as our solution.April 4, 2020 at 1:50 pm #1838636
Kane would mean the end of Martial at the club. We’d need the transfer fee to offset some of the cost. A forward line of Rashford, Kane and Sancho with James, Ighalo and Greenwood in reserve is capable of winning the biggest trophies.
Another top midfielder – Saul Niguez? – and CL qualification would be a walk in the park!
Anyway this is pure fantasy, there’s no way we’d spend the £300 million (after sales) required to land these 3April 4, 2020 at 2:45 pm #1838643
@Sympathy, oops missed Rojo. Time for him to move on.
Don’t forget we have James and Greenwood as squad players. That leaves us with Rashford, Martial, Sancho, James, Ighalo, Greenwood and maybe even Chong for the front three positions.April 4, 2020 at 2:47 pm #1838644
Obviously Kane and Sancho is the dream. Add both and we will have a good chance of winning the league. Question is how likely that is. As @hailmartial says, maybe Spurs’ finances aren’t as strong as we think and they only ask for 150m for Kane.
If we do sign Kane no point bringing in Ighalo too. I’d have Greenwood as his backupApril 4, 2020 at 3:08 pm #1838648
@hooked, I think it’ll be Pogba sold not Martial.
We could actually make a bit of money if we sold all our deadwood this summer – Smalling (25m), Jones (15m), Rojo (5m), Lingard (20m), Pogba (120m) and Sanchez (free) could potentially bring in 185m in transfer fees and reduce our wage bill by something like 70m per season.
Yes we’d need to bring in another CM to make up the numbers but even one who’s not world class would be an improvement on Pogba who’s contributed nothing all season.
Yeah Saul Niguez would be our ideal CM signing but there are many cheaper options out there – Soumare, Zarakia, Fabian Ruiz, Tonali, Lorenzo Pellegrini, Nicolo Barella or basically anybody from Ajax’s midfieldApril 6, 2020 at 12:47 pm #1838932
The only reason I said Martial would be the one sold is that if we were to sign Kane there wouldn’t be a space for him. Rashford on the left, Kane and Sancho wouldn’t leave a spot for him. Chong, James, Ighalo and Greenwood would be the back up. Martial, with his worth and salary would I think need to be sold, if nothing else to help balance the books.
I still have a suspicion that Pogba will stay due to a lack of clubs that want him being able to afford him. If he stays, we need a midfielder, if he goes we need 2, at least one of which needs to be world class from the day we sign him, not one for the future.April 7, 2020 at 8:36 am #1839051
Can’t see us signing Kane and Ighalo. Think it will be one striker in. Spurs are hard to deal with at the best of times, but with a shorterned non-playing period and when trying to sign their best player it is doubly difficult.
We’d be better off concentrating our efforts elsewhere imo.April 7, 2020 at 9:51 am #1839072
I don’t think we’ll sign Kane either. He’ll have turned 27 by the time we get him and I just can’t see us spending £200 million on a player of that age with his recent injury record. The only time I think we’d spend those kind of numbers is if Mbappe became available and was interested in joining us.
However, in the real world I still think we’ll go for Sancho, Grealish/Maddison, and probably Ighalo this summer. Unless the current crisis leads to some clubs having a fire sale to balance the books then we might get some surprising signings.April 7, 2020 at 12:09 pm #1839151
Yep, we may see some clubs needing to sell players. Lots of stuff up in the air currently.April 9, 2020 at 9:28 am #1839564
Could it be that the club is FINALLY moving back to being run in the correct way? Have the Glazers and Woodward finally seen sense??April 9, 2020 at 8:34 pm #1839691
I think since Ole has arrived there has been more focus than the previous scatter gun policy.
It does help that the profile Ole is looking for – young hungry talent fits in very well with what the money men at the club want – young players whose value will increaseApril 11, 2020 at 5:34 pm #1839888
Anybody else get the feeling we won’t be able to sell Sanchez this summer?April 12, 2020 at 3:38 pm #1839979
Yep, me. I think he will still be with us in September. Apparently he won’t accept a pay cut.April 13, 2020 at 7:44 am #1840036
He’s been frightfully rubbish for both us and Inter and he has the audacity to say he won’t take a pay cut? Another Tevez-type: a fighter on the pitch but a greedy bast*rd off it.April 13, 2020 at 10:03 am #1840058
At least Tevez helped us win a few titles and a CL. Sanchez has done sweet FA.April 13, 2020 at 12:29 pm #1840084
Yeah no comparison to Tevez really. Sanchez doesn’t even fight on the pitch any more does he? Fuck him off to China and pay half his wages for a couple of years, not ideal but probably the only way.April 19, 2020 at 7:49 am #1840847
Looks like there is some truth in the Kane rumours…April 20, 2020 at 8:35 am #1840987
Kane would be a great player to have but will be far too expensive to bring in… this crisis might mean that clubs won’t be able to spend to get new players in so will do what they can to keep their best players.April 20, 2020 at 12:18 pm #1841034
I don’t doubt we can afford Kane but it’d probably take our whole transfer budget (including some player sales) to sign him.
If we only had one position to strengthen then fine but we definitely need a RW and CM, two if Pogba is sold and if we manage to offload the deadwood, a defender too.
I reckon Sancho, Bellingham and Ighalo (this one will be left on the back burner while we see what else the market offers) deals are good as done and the rest will depend on for example who we manage to sell and if Villa get relegated.
The interesting one is Aubameyang. Arsenal will be desperate not to lose him on a free transfer so if he doesn’t sign a new deal soon they’ll try to sell him. I think he’s Barcelona’s backup option to Lautaro Martinez but doubt they can afford Martinez unless they offload two of Dembele, Coutinho and Griezmann first
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