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Levy's Lament: The 2019 Summer Transfer Window Thread

Discussion in 'Breakfast with Gazza (with Sachmoneious Bullcrap)' started by Zososoxfan, May 15, 2019.

  1. Zososoxfan

    Zososoxfan Well-Known Member Silver Supporter SoSH Member

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    I debated whether to wait for the UEL and UCL to wrap up before starting this thread, but the news mill is starting to crank up so I think it's appropriate to start this now. I think Manager/Director news can also go in here, but it may make sense to split that off later. Some quick hits:
    • Hazard to Madrid is everything but official.
    • Godin to Inter has been confirmed (I think?).
    • De Rossi leaving Roma after getting trashed by the Board. This club cannot handle their stars' departures well. At all.
    • List of key transfers that have been completed and become effective 1/7/19 (using global date conventions for a global sport):
      • Lucas Hernandez from Atleti to Bayern (80M)
      • de Jong from Ajax to Barca (75M)
      • Militao from Porto to Real (50M)
      • Raul Jimenez from Benfica to Wolves (becoming permanent I believe) (38M)
      • Pavard from Stuttgart to Bayern (35M)
      • Lo Celso from PSG to Betis (I guess this transfer is permanent as GLC has been there on loan this season and did fairly well) (22M)
      • Alcacer making the move from Barca to Dortmund permanent after an excellent season (21M) - N.B. that perhaps Barca should have tried to give him more minutes last season.
    • Griezmann just announced he plans to leave this summer. Once again, Barca are the presumed destination but we saw how that worked out last summer.
    • De Ligt from Ajax still available and almost certain to move. Barca a likely destination but not a done deal at all.
    • Jovic is a promising young striker from Stuttgart that has been getting interest from every mega club.
    • Rabiot, Herrera, Giroud, Wellbeck, Sturridge, Milner, Monreal, Kompany, Moreno, and Valencia headline the list of players on expiring contracts. Some may have already signed with new clubs or indicated their intention to do so, but none that I know of offhand.
    • Players on relegated EPL sides that should or already are drawing interest:
      • Sessegnon and Mitrovic from Fulham, maybe Mooy from Huddersfield?
    • Wilson (Bournemouth), Murray (BHA), Mililojevic (Palace), Perez (Newcastle), Barnes (Burnley), and King (Bournemouth) all had good goalscoring years. Rondon (Newcastle), Wood (Burnley), and Zaha (Palace) also stand out because they are on clubs with multiple 10+ goalscorers. Ryan Fraser from Bournemouth should also get a look from bigger clubs.
    • La Liga's top scorers were dominated by the old guys. Have to think Iglesias (Espanyol, age 26), Tomas (Rayo (who got relegated), 24), Maxi Gomez (Celta, 22), and Portu (Girona (relegated), 24) are on bigger clubs' radars. Tomas and Portu in particular can probably be had for a good price. Oyarzabal (Sociedad, 22 (!)) is another one to keep an eye on. Jony (Alaves, 27) is another. Perhaps Campana (Levante, 25).
    • In Serie A, Milik (Napoli, 25), Belotti (Torino, 25), and Petagna (SPAL, 23) are the headliners with the latter two more likely to move considering Napoli's bigger status. Defrel (Sampdoria, 27) and Zapata (Atalanta, 28) also had outstanding years but are slightly older.
    • I'll try and get to potential big club targets from the Bundesliga and Ligue 1 later if no one jumps on those.
    • From Barca, there are rumblings about Rakitic and Umtiti perhaps being unloaded.
     
  2. jkempa

    jkempa Well-Known Member Lifetime Member SoSH Member

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    Small nit - Milivojevic did have a lot of goals, and may be interesting for a lot of teams (I hope not!), but all but 2 or three were penalties. He's a defensive midfielder.
     
  3. rguilmar

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    I believe Tomas is Real Madrid property. If not, he’s a really talented player and someone will snatch him up. Much older, but you would think someone would want Christhian Stuani from Girona as well. 40 goals in 65 games in Spain over the last two years is nothing to sneeze at.
     
  4. BCsMightyJoeYoung

    BCsMightyJoeYoung Member SoSH Member

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    Another small nit - I don’t believe Milner’s contract is expiring ..
     
  5. 67YAZ

    67YAZ Member SoSH Member

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    There's some places listing Milner's deal as expiring this summer and other outlets have been saying 2020. I have to think Liverpool would love to keep him and would push for a 2-year extension. There's buzz that Milner may want to go back to Leeds if they get promoted.

    Edit: I guess not Leeds next season...
     
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  6. Zomp

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    I think Griezmann goes to Barca, Coutinho goes to Chelsea, and Hazard goes to Real.

    For United, I just hope they go young and fully accept the rebuilding process.
     
  7. Dummy Hoy

    Dummy Hoy Angry Pissbum SoSH Member

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    Doesn’t Chelsea have a transfer ban?
     
  8. Zomp

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    I thought they appealed.
     
  9. SoxFanInCali

    SoxFanInCali has the rich, deep voice of a god and the penis of Lifetime Member SoSH Member

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    I think FIFA rejected the appeal. They can further appeal to the CAS, but FIFA said they couldn't delay the punishment until the further appeal is heard. Obviously, rulings on things like this seem to get made up as they go along, but for the moment it doesn't look great.

    Guess they will just have to recall some of the 5,000 players they have out on loan everywhere.
     
  10. Mugsy's Jock

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    Also Spurs' Toby Alderweireld has a £25m release clause that would seem to be affordable by a big club to pick up an experienced high-end back this summer. Man U have been previously connected.

    But I know you knew that.
     
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  12. bosox4283

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    There's a lot of talk that Man City wants to sign Rodrigo, the 22-year-old Atletico midfielder. My guess is that it's going to happen for about 70M euros, which is nothing for City and a great investment in a young player with tremendous potential. In just one year with Simeone, he's become great and will continue to get better.
     
  13. teddykgb

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    Can he hit that long diagonal pass that is such an important part of Pep's system. Youtube highlights are what they are but to me Busquets (who Rodri is compared to) was always just so mercilessly good at recycling the ball side to side quickly with accuracy to keep Barca on the front foot. He would just sit there and quickly spray it side to side and it's such an important way to deal with the very deep defenses and still get 1 v 1 opportunities on the wings. It's clear there's talent there, but does he have that super accurate passing range?
     
  14. Zososoxfan

    Zososoxfan Well-Known Member Silver Supporter SoSH Member

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    More importantly, can Barca get Allegri!>?!?!?
     
  15. coremiller

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    NM, wrong thread.
     
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  16. DrewDawg

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  17. SocrManiac

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    The Italian media is insane. I’ve seen everything from Conte, Sarri, and even Pep.

    Conte makes some sense, as I think his relationship with Marotta led to his departure. Marotta’s move opens that door, though I don’t think Conte would have the freedom he wants in the market as Juve always have a director.

    I think the Ronaldo signing did a lot of damage to the team’s chemistry and may have hamstrung Allegri to some level. There are hints of many departures this summer with thinner rumors of talent coming in. I hated the signing when it happened and I’m not hugely fond of it now for the long-term health of the side.
     
  18. 67YAZ

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    Kompany to leave City, become Anderlecht’s player-manager. Always excited to see the player-manager role. How will he run training? How will he make adjustments in-match? Call for subs? This would make for a great series.
     
  19. 67YAZ

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    Dortmund move quickly, snatch up Thorgan Hazard for €25.5m. That's a proven Bundesliga player just entering his prime for about 35% of Pulisic's fee. Also rumors that Dortmund are in the driver's seat for Julian Brandt. That would be quite a double swoop.

    Edit: Brandt confirmed now, too. Impressive early business.
     
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  20. blueline

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    They just made the Brandt signing official about 30 minutes ago. Also signed Nico Schulz from Hoffenheim. Such an impressively run club. Will hopefully be enough to keep pace with whatever Bayern does this summer as it was a great title race this season.
     
  21. DrewDawg

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    Report that Atletico Madrid will reportedly make a €25m bid on Kieran Trippier from Spurs. Napoli was previously rumored to be interested.
     
  22. 67YAZ

    67YAZ Member SoSH Member

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    So Brandt had a €25m release clause, and Schulz reportedly cost €27m. So that's three proven quantities for €77.5m, just €13.5m more than what they got for Pulisic. That's great business all done before June 1.
     
  23. Zososoxfan

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    Um yeah, I'll take that in a heartbeat. He's likely not even the best RB on the current squad.
     
  24. BCsMightyJoeYoung

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    From what I understand, Brandt’s release clause was invalidated due to his team qualifying for the CL.
     

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