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25 Jul 2021 15:23:46
Varane deal apparently moving forward circa 45M done by the end of the week.

Good window so far, if true.

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1.) 25 Jul 2021 16:04:00
Where you see that?! Anyone reliable?

{Ed014's Note - back of a fag packet


2.) 25 Jul 2021 16:12:00
Bouhafsi, about as good as it gets for French.


3.) 25 Jul 2021 16:22:59
Excellent signing on paper. Experience at the very top level and has great ability to both switch play and bring the ball out from the back.

However, he's very quick for a centre back but still strong and is good in the air, those are the areas where we needed an improvement on Lindelof and Varane brings that.


4.) 25 Jul 2021 17:09:26
If we can sign Varane we will have signed the best CB currently available. Players like Pau Torres or Kounde might go on to become better players but right now Varane is one of the top 5 best CB's in the world.

He ticks every box for what we want from a CB. Strong, quick, good in the air, can play out from the back, great reading of the game, world class ability and he has won everything there is to win in the game.

If signed we would have a CB as good as VvD and Dias.


5.) 25 Jul 2021 17:36:20
It remains to be seen if we do sign him and whether he can perform in the Premier League.

I don't know whether he would be available but I would prefer Laporte or Koulibaly. The latter is a huge guy who might be best suited to the physicality of english football.


6.) 25 Jul 2021 18:53:30
I'm not a fan of Koulibaly he seems like a player who relies heavily on his physical traits but isn't a good reader of the game.

Essentially he's a quicker Harry Maguire.


7.) 25 Jul 2021 19:31:10
Agree with Shappy on Koulibaly and in the past 2 seasons his injury record is a concern.

Varane has won everything with France and with Real Madrid.
That winning mentality which he can bring is invaluable.

{Ed0666's Note - very true varane is a serial winner shame his records gonna gonna get tainted now


8.) 25 Jul 2021 19:59:22
Gonna Gonna, is that why you are Ed0666 instead of Ed066. Just like more of everything?

{Ed033's Note - Maybe, it's because he's a Red and a Devil. :)


 

 

14 Jul 2021 11:30:29
Rumours are cooling on Camavinga.
Apparently prefers a move to Spain or PSG (as Ed002 has said) .

Utd also looking to add a third signing after Varane.

I hope this leads to Saul.

Saul, Varane and Sancho would be a huge upgrade.

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1.) 14 Jul 2021 12:24:42
Well with Heaton and Sancho agreed, and with Varane or at least one CB looking very likely that gives us three signings.

I'd imagine a fourth will very much depend on out goings and I doubt it'll be a hugely expensive signing, probably around the 20-35m price range after spending 70m on Sancho and around 50m on a CB.

Could be a RB, or a CM.


2.) 14 Jul 2021 12:28:11
Heaton doesn't count.


3.) 14 Jul 2021 12:45:32
Heaton is probably a third choice GK. He is likely to never make a first team appearance at 35 similar to Lee Grant.
So I don't count him as a signing.


4.) 14 Jul 2021 14:08:41
Surely the price range of any potential third signing depends on outgoings?

Let's say 70m ish on Sancho and 50m ish on a CB. £120m looks like quite a lot, but if we were to sell, for example: DDG, Lingard, Bailly/ Lindelof, Dalot, Perreira and hopefully Jones, that could easily be 70-100m in sales, maybe even more if we're lucky.

Spending another 50-60m on a CDM type doesn't seem so unrealistic after that. Especially if we then move on Pogba, Fred or Donny.


5.) 14 Jul 2021 14:41:58
Shappy I agree that 20-35 m seems a good call but get the feeling it may well be that sort of figure to extend pp contract- do hope i'm wrong though.


6.) 14 Jul 2021 17:47:07
Of course Heaton counts, did Grant or Romero not count? Did Telles not count?

Just because a player is signed for a squad role that doesn't mean they don't count.

Also I wouldn't be surprised to see one of DDG or Henderson leave this summer, which would make Heaton our No.2 keeper. He might play more often than you think.

Thorne, I don't think it works like that. Maybe on FIFA you can sell players to bolster your transfer kitty. But in the real world both of the signings of Sancho and any CB we sign will have been calculated on a number of outgoings and a certain about of income.

With Varane or a similar 50m signing at CB that would bring our spending to 123m not including the substantial "agents" fees which for Sancho alone is rumoured to be in the region of 40m.

The club has never really spent more than 150m in one window, regardless of how much they receive from outgoing transfers.

Which means to match our biggest summer spend we would be looking at around 25-30m on any additional signings.

Considering all the financial pressures all clubs are under currently I highly doubt we'll see more than 150-160m in total spent.


7.) 14 Jul 2021 20:58:26
Isn't Saul off to Barcelona now.


8.) 15 Jul 2021 08:01:47
Grim that's what I'm hearing. With Greasyman going the other way apparently.


9.) 15 Jul 2021 08:59:49
I think the Greizmann/ Saul swap actually makes a lot of sense.

Barcelona have signed Depay and Aguero so have less of a need for Greizmann who has never quite fit in to that Barcelona side. While with Pjanic presumably on his way out and Busquests not getting any younger, a player like Saul makes a lot of sense for them.

Atletico on the other hands want to get Saul's large long term contract off the wage bill and are in need of a forward. Griezmann having previously been there ticks all the boxes with the comfort of knowing that he will be a success as he previously was.


 

 

13 Jul 2021 10:51:29
Any truth in James to Leeds?

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{Ed002's Note - Daniel James (LW/RW) may be lucky and get a loan. Leeds have asked for a loan with an option to buy. Will be available.}


1.) 13 Jul 2021 12:30:20
Sensible move for him. Looks like the club are betting on Diallo being a decent option of the bench. Atleast it ensures he gets some game time.


2.) 13 Jul 2021 12:46:51
I think James will improve under Bielsa who I think is an excellent manager.


3.) 13 Jul 2021 16:20:15
I like Dan James, he has the right attitude and can be a useful player. The issue is his game currently isn't diverse enough to play every week for a side expected to challenge for honours.

Rashford, Sancho, Martial and Greenwood will all be ahead of him. While Amad and Pellistri will soon be challenging, along with Elanga and Shoretire.


4.) 13 Jul 2021 16:57:38
He is still young and with a proper coach should improve a lot. I would loan but not with option to buy but option of first refusal if we later decide to sell.


5.) 13 Jul 2021 17:57:30
James is a winger with zero moves. Amad has far more potential.


6.) 13 Jul 2021 23:17:47
We can't just keep buying players someone has to go to make room for amad and sancho. Looks like Jesse and James will be the firsts that leave to make space.
If we sign a rb and a cb you will probably see tuanzebe and Dale make way while Williams will go on loan i'd imagine.
The squad is pretty much set then with the 2 real question marks over the will he stay or go pogba and keeper selection.
If he goes we will sign someone to replace him i guess.


7.) 13 Jul 2021 23:22:28
‘His game isn’t diverse enough’ is a polite way of saying he isn’t good enough Shappy, nothing about him suggests he ever will be. Good lad, works hard, puts the effort in defensively, as you say is not and will never be good enough for a team challenging for titles.

The media and pundit love in for him is unbelievable in my opinion, at the Euro’s he was being talked about like he had a stormer every game, whereas he just ran fast with no end product as always.


8.) 14 Jul 2021 08:04:11
Dan was excellent in the Turkey game, he just needs to develop his end product.


9.) 14 Jul 2021 12:38:08
GDS, he has explosive pace which is a huge asset, he also has a great attitude, works hard and is keen to learn and develop.

If he can develop his all round game so he is less of a one trick pony then he could be a very good player.

I don't think he has world class ability or potential. However, not everyone of our players needs to be world class. All our success over the past 30 years has been underpinned by hard working talented squad players who are able to come in a do a job but are content enough to not start every game.

I think if James can develop his game he could become one of those players. They are vital and rarely get the credit they deserve, but few teams win things without a few of them in the squad.


 

 

16 May 2021 12:03:12
Hey Ed
Any chance of an update regarding out goings at Utd?

Grant and Romero are out frees and Jones to the championship seems expected but not clear on De Gea, Axel, Pogba, Lingard, Mata, Dalot, Andreas and where they could be off to?

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{Ed002's Note - It will be pretty much the same as last time I explained.}


1.) 18 May 2021 15:00:42
Heard Madrid are interested in Big Phil Jones as since Bale went to Spurs, the medical staff at Real are out of practice dealing with injuries.
Apparently Big Phil has been house hunting in the area in preparation of the big move. I know I will not be alone in wishing him all the best.


 

 

03 May 2021 12:12:11
Are there any rumours of the Glazers even considering selling up?

And is there anyone in the frame to buy the club?

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1.) 03 May 2021 13:00:11
I'll check down the back of the sofa and see if I can scrape together a spare 4bn😂.

{Ed014's Note - your word count on this site can’t be far off 4 billion Shappy 😉


2.) 04 May 2021 08:48:47
Bill Gates' Mrs, I hear she's coming into money.


3.) 04 May 2021 19:31:28
Wildest of unfounded rumours:

What if SAF meeting with PSG owners was related to a possible takeover?


4.) 05 May 2021 16:40:52
He just wanted to buy a Saudi horse.


5.) 05 May 2021 20:16:07
Or get a free drink at the bar.


 

 

 

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04 Jul 2022 22:13:46
Where do we expect Declan Rice to land? Clearly not signing a new deal, Utds first choice DM but no links. Chelsea seem to have moved on?

I’d be delighted if he’s in anyway an option.

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1.) 04 Jul 2022 22:49:14
In the London Stadium on August 7th.


2.) 05 Jul 2022 09:23:07
He'll stay at West Ham this season, next summer he might be available for a slightly more "reasonable" fee compared to the 150m West Ham are demanding this summer.

At which point Chelsea, Liverpool, City and ourselves are all likely to show varying degrees of interest.


3.) 05 Jul 2022 10:05:22
There you go it's official?‍♂️.


4.) 05 Jul 2022 13:35:51
To be fair, I think Shappy has got that pretty bang on Ken.


5.) 05 Jul 2022 15:50:16
2 Tom's do you think yeah?
City will try to replace Philips with rice so quickly for 100m plus?
Liverpool will try to replace fabhino with rice? For 100m plus
I don't think either will be in for him.
Why would his price fall is he going to have abad season?
I don't think it's spot on its a guess. Nowt wrong with a guess but best not to write it as a statement of fact then.


 

 

04 Jul 2022 22:11:04
I was looking forward to seeing Ronaldo under EtH and wouldn’t be surprised to see this happening still.

I can see the argument that Ronnie can be a hindrance to playing styles but overall he contributes far more than he takes away.

We’re very light on options up top and all the best CF are already signed, realistically Ronnie knows this and is playing his hand.

He’s known since March UCL was not happening and unless ETH expectations scared the sh! t out of him, why is this coming out now?

If he flushes out an offer from a UCL club he’s happy and if Utd accelerate spending he’ll be happy to take credit it he can’t find a club.

I would not be surprised at all to see him wearing the captain’s arm band on the first game of the season.

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1.) 04 Jul 2022 23:08:16
Ronaldo is one of the best strikers around. Do you see Lewi or Haaland or mpbape running back helping their defence? If he goes and we don't replace him with an excellent striker, we're struggling to be in top 6 because Martial and Rashford are not going to cut it.


2.) 05 Jul 2022 02:37:42
It’s not really about him running back and helping the defence AAA, it’s about him joining in the press on the ball and being in the correct positions, allowing team mates to take up their correct position. Last season on a number of occasions this didn’t happen, including in almost every big game. It would be silly to ignore the downfalls of having a 37 year old Ronaldo in the team as it would be silly to ignore all of the positives. It’s a conundrum, but as he’s leaving after this season anyway I wouldn’t be too bothered if he left and we started the full rebuild now, otherwise next summer we have the same issue.


 

 

23 Jun 2022 21:32:13
Would be delighted to get Tyrell Malacia.
Has some similar attributes to Evra and Cole but also has unique qualities.

Excellent coverage and challenger to Shaw and 1st choice Europa+Cups would be a good development plan.

I’d be surprised if we get Antony but if we do. this would again bring training up levels with these two against 1v1 daily.

Excited for to see how the season starts.

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1.) 24 Jun 2022 21:15:43
Well he’s off to Lyon.


 

 

09 Jun 2022 19:24:52
Darwin off to Liverpool.
Would anyone take a Top RW like Antony and have Martial as back up?

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1.) 09 Jun 2022 19:41:10
Just posted on another post something similar. If martial has no value in the market and EtH believes he can get a tune out of him I think it can work for season.
Obviously if someone offers a bag of sherbert for him then maybe we should consider.
Anthony would be perfect for year one of rebuild, trained in EtH style and works hard.


2.) 09 Jun 2022 19:46:57
Is anthony ready tho? i'm not. so sure he's may be to young and to soft for the prem now, we have seen before wingers that have come from holland for high fees and they have flopped

But he would prob be a improvement on martial, i actually really like the look of gakpo from but again he's young not built for the prem and is risky

Look at rafina from leeds, strong and quick and would cost less and has proven to be able to handle the prem.


3.) 09 Jun 2022 19:49:33
So how do you know that Amad or Pellestri will not work as hard and even maybe have more ability! You don’t, so that’s what ETH is hired for, to make that judgment… why spend xxx on a players if what you got as more ability and just needs moulding! Same for Sancho or Rashford for that matter.


 

 

07 Jun 2022 20:48:46
Would anyone take Adnan Januzaj as Europa RW and EPL back up?

He’s home grown, free and might be good back up gamble.

Barca are looking at him as a back up option by all accounts so perhaps he still has more to offer?

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1.) 07 Jun 2022 21:34:46
I wouldn't ask him to be a ball boy.


2.) 07 Jun 2022 23:09:36
Throw Depay and Blind into the mix. We’re putting the band back together!


3.) 07 Jun 2022 23:21:03
Barca are looking at anyone with a pulse at the moment, they're that desperate, hardly a great barometer of whether a player is good or not.


4.) 08 Jun 2022 08:19:36
The Barcelona thing is a funny one. On one hand they are supposedly happy to part with de Jong for £80m, yet are being linked with far inferior players at a similar value like Raphina. I predict it will be another season of waifs, strays and freebies for them.


5.) 08 Jun 2022 19:35:08
Januzai you been on the Beer… please No.


 

 

 

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02 Jul 2022 20:16:47
We might need to sell Rashford to make space for Garnacho.

I think Rashford has it all but consistency.

Pele or Walcott.

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28 Jun 2022 19:57:06
Utd have an eye on Dembele since he was at Fulham.

Had a bad season 19/ 20 but very good again last season. Imo excellent cover for a top 6 team, starter for anyone else.

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14 Jun 2022 16:28:41
Utd wanted him for price of €60M, he went to Liverpool for €80+20M.

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25 Aug 2021 20:25:16
Neves is a better fit for us.

I rate Saul but he's a Pogba replacement.

Neves could be a good DM for us.

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25 Aug 2021 12:22:03
Andy Cole and Big Pete went at the end of their careers for a big payday.

See Ronnie go their as the same.

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14 Jul 2022 11:01:03
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10 Jul 2022 15:10:43
Partridge had a big plater.

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08 Jul 2022 19:39:19
Min expectations are UCL by league or Cup.

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07 Jul 2022 08:41:59
Messi was an amazing player.
Better overall ability than Ronnie at peak but Barca’s Dr Fuentes and Messi hormone treatments as youth player raises questions as to how natty the results are.

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05 Jul 2022 18:37:46
I get Evra vibes and it makes me nostalgic for happier times.

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