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03 Jun 2018 19:25:24
Umtiti new 5 year deal with Barcelona. One less centre back target now which leads me to think Alderwireld is now our number 1 target.

Another example of a player using speculation to get a better contract?

{Ed0333's Note - alderwireld is a far better player than Umtiti and knows how to play in the Premiership. You can’t go wrong with Toby he’ll be a super signing for you if you get him.

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03 Jun 2018 20:15:00
He wasn’t using speculation. Simply, his agent told the club he wanted a better contract, and used the fact that other clubs were willing to meet his buyout clause for leverage. Player has always said he’s happy at Barca, but wants a wage comparable to teammates.

03 Jun 2018 20:20:33
I was hoping he was first choice Ed!

I've always questioned Umtiti's attitude so I'm glad to know we are looking elsewhere.

03 Jun 2018 19:55:50
Spot on ed he is a top player. Will be delighted if he signs.

03 Jun 2018 21:47:40
Agreed Park. Hope we can sign him. And hope bailly can partner him.

03 Jun 2018 22:40:01
Agreed AAA bailly must start. No excuses for him not playing if he is fit. I’m a massive fan and think he could be up there with the best. Bailly and Alderweireld pairing would be as good as anyone in league.

04 Jun 2018 07:04:51
Not our money of course and money is one topic to spark a row on here but. most of the tabloids saying today as they did last week its 75 mill for Alderweireld . I know he has a release clause next season for 25 mill . but really 75 mill? even if we knock them down 6-7 mill that's really top dollar for a fella coming off a long injury.

04 Jun 2018 10:59:03
If we have that partnership, Bailly and Alderweireld then I would expect our back line higher and start to see more committed forward.

04 Jun 2018 11:00:27
Read somewhere that JM was fed up with Bailly being in/ out of the team throughout season (returning from injuries/ Africa cup etc) so wouldn’t surprise me if he went.

Maybe JM was making a point to him at end of season to sort himself out.







 

 

 
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