Baby It's Cold Outside: The January Window

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PedroSpecialK

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There's some smoke around Cuadrado to Chelsea for €33.4m + Salah on loan to Fiorentina.
 
If they manage to sell Schürrle to Wolfsburg for ~€15-20m as funding for Cuadrado, all I can say is good lord.
 

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Why is Mourinho so down on Schurrle?  It could very well be small sample size, but it feels like every time I see him, he's making intelligent runs into the box to get behind defenders and receive passes from Oscar/Cesc.  I took a quick look at his stats, and he's averaging 0.5 goals per 90, so he's scoring frequently, and also averages 3.3 tackles per 90, so he seems to be putting in his defensive work.
 

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Shows what I know (given my previous post).
 
The new Chelsea (last couple years) continues to be one of the savviest clubs around in terms of turning over and flipping assets in the transfer market.  I guess Schurrle benefits from his strong World Cup but its hard to keep a player in the doghouse and then sell him for a profit.
 
I'm not sure that Cuadrado for Schurrle really improves Chelsea that much but Mourinho clearly feels differently.
 

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30m, good god. Regardless he'll slot in real well for Wolfsburg.

------------Benaglio------------
Jung - Naldo - Knoche - Rodriguez
---Guilavogui - Luis Gustavo---
Perisić - de Bruyne - Schürrle
---------------Olić---------------


...yes Wolfsburg are my FIFA team. Also opens up the possibility that they'll sell de Bruyne I guess but that'd be summer at the earliest
 

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It's an easy rumor, and one that made more sense before ManCity signed what's-his-name. And the rumor made much more sense before Atletico sold 20% of the team to some Chinese billionaire. At this point, Mandzukic is the team's best striker, with Griezmann playing alongside him and Torres playing here and there. Maybe Mandzukic doesn't like Spain and wants to play more. Who knows. I highly doubt he moves.
 

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PedroSpecialK said:
30m, good god. Regardless he'll slot in real well for Wolfsburg.

------------Benaglio------------
Jung - Naldo - Knoche - Rodriguez
---Guilavogui - Luis Gustavo---
Perisić - de Bruyne - Schürrle
---------------Olić---------------


...yes Wolfsburg are my FIFA team. Also opens up the possibility that they'll sell de Bruyne I guess but that'd be summer at the earliest
 
How is Guilavogui playing? I thought he had promise for Atletico, but there was no room on the roster for him this year (or next).
 

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i wish the people who do negotiations for Chelsea could negotiate my employment contract.  I'm not 100% certain they aren't ex KGB agents with guns in their hands, but my god are they good at their jobs.
 

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PedroSpecialK said:
30m, good god. Regardless he'll slot in real well for Wolfsburg.

------------Benaglio------------
Jung - Naldo - Knoche - Rodriguez
---Guilavogui - Luis Gustavo---
Perisić - de Bruyne - Schürrle
---------------Olić---------------


...yes Wolfsburg are my FIFA team. Also opens up the possibility that they'll sell de Bruyne I guess but that'd be summer at the earliest
 
I can´t see them selling him. His contract is running for a few more years and they are still spending huge money to improve the squad. They should buy a new keeper (someone like Trapp from Frankfurt, or Zieler/Hannover) and a #9 like Mandzukic or Dzeko and improve midfield depth. Then play CL and keep squad intact. Volkswagen is paying everything for them, they have to play CL just to improve their international image to attract players.
 
Of course de Bruyne could still force his way out in the summer if he wants to join a bigger squad in the Premier League.
 

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PedroSpecialK said:
30m, good god. Regardless he'll slot in real well for Wolfsburg.

------------Benaglio------------
Jung - Naldo - Knoche - Rodriguez
---Guilavogui - Luis Gustavo---
Perisić - de Bruyne - Schürrle
---------------Olić---------------


...yes Wolfsburg are my FIFA team. Also opens up the possibility that they'll sell de Bruyne I guess but that'd be summer at the earliest
How dare you leave Bendtner out. :lol:
 

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bosox4283 said:
 
How is Guilavogui playing? I thought he had promise for Atletico, but there was no room on the roster for him this year (or next).
I'd be lying if I said I've seen him play more than a few times this season and none recently.

By FIFA form he's been OK, with the Malanda tragedy they don't have a whole lot to roll with outside of him, Arnold, and Träsch
 

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...and it looks like the other shoe was Olić off to Hamburg.

Perisić moves up top I guess? Or Schürrle/Bendtner? Makes little sense to sell striker cover considering Wolfsburg are second in Bundesliga and clear 6 pts of Leverkeusen, and I can't imagine the fee for the 35 year old Olić was big. It seems he wanted to return to Hamburg if his playing time was to be minimized.
 
Of course, Dost scores 4' in against Bayern and makes me look like an idiot :) http://gfycat.com/VioletEmptyGalah
 

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Looks like Cuadrado to Chelsea is the biggest deal of the window.  Schurrle went to Werder Bremen, and Aaron Lennon to Everton could be a good move to resurrect his career.
 
Fellow FIFA players will be excited to know that Roma signed DOUMBIA and IBARBO.  Man they are going to be fun to watch.
 

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New ownership seems to have some perks, as Wednesday signed a 22 year old Romanian striker (with U-21 international experience), Melo, a Portuguese DM (his name is Filipe Melo Silva...for a brief moment I thought we signed the Brazilian away from Galatasaray  :rolleyes: ), and Belgian U21 international Marnick Vermijl from United.  We also got McGugan back on loan from Watford. These moves, combined with the loans of Baker and Keane (as well as not giving up Lees or Westwood) give Wednesday a lot to work with for the rest of the season. The Owls have trained me to have self depreciating expectations of failure, but it's pretty hard not to be optimistic right now.
 
Edit: I've never really had cause to follow deadline day. This was enjoyable.
 

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I'm happy for anything that puts more Yorkshire clubs in the Premier League.  Huddersfield, Leeds, and Rotherham certainly aren't getting there this year.
 

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Well...9 points out of the playoffs right now, it would take a pretty strong push. Of course there are still 18 games left (this fucking league) and Wednesday have the fewest goals in the league. If some of these new parts can help start putting the ball in the net, maybe something can happen. 
 
I think the PL could use some real turnover regardless. 
 

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'Arry has officially resigned - due to a necessary surgery on his knee
 
I'm glad the NFL's trend of having veteran coachs retire/quit due to personal issues, instead of everyone knowing they've been fired, has reached the UK.
 

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Samaras moved from West Brom to Al-Hilal in Saudi Arabia on a free.
 
He's going to make $14m essentially tax free over the next 3 years. God love him
 

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Marco Reus has extended with Dortmund through 2019.  Pretty amazing that they got him to extend with the season they're having.  Now if Dortmund do decide to sell him, they'll command a top 20 transfer fee.
 

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Marco Reus has extended with Dortmund through 2019.  Pretty amazing that they got him to extend with the season they're having.  Now if Dortmund do decide to sell him, they'll command a top 20 transfer fee.
 
That's pretty surprising.  I wonder what the terms are and if there's still a buyout clause.  I guess Reus felt like he could get better wages this way than in a multi-team bidding war after teams met the release fee.  Either that or he just loves Dortmund or Klopp.  Although I will honestly admit there's much about European soccer contract/trade mechanics that I do not understand.
 

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Reus:
"When I signed for Dortmund, I said that I want to achieve great things with the club. I have the feeling that it's not over yet, especially given our difficult situation right now. I stand by my words. You win and you lose together. It's also a decision for life. That's why it took me so long to decide."
 
Dortmund confirmed in a club statement: "From this day on, there are no more release clauses."
 

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Dortmund confirmed in a club statement: "From this day on, there are no more release clauses."[/size]
That's amazing. Good for him. Of course, signing a new contract itself doesn't necessarily mean he wouldn't move (perhaps for a bigger fee that he would get a slice of). But his statements certainly make it seem like he's truly committed to the club for at least the medium-term future. It could be a Suarez-like situation but my guess is that's its not.

Reus committing his future to BvB probably makes it substantially less likely that Hummels moves this summer as well. And of course without the chance of Reus going to Madrid, the odds of Bale being moved on probably decrease.

If Bale ends up staying at Madrid and Reus and Hummels at Dortmund, the list of superstar moves this summer could be pretty short: You've got Pogba as an established high priced superstar, maybe Cavani leaving PSG, and then a bunch of very promising young players like Lacazette, Dybala, maybe Laporte. Other players may come out of the woodwork but right now its not looking like a star-studded transfer season.
 

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https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=xFq1XzvH4Ok
 
Dybala against Napoli last weekend.  I found that video really impressive - shows off pace, great technique, passing vision, and some toughness on the ball and holding off players.  I haven't seen the player in a full match (who watches Palermo?) but I can see why so many big clubs are being linked to him for next summer.
 
I hope he goes to Arsenal but I think he could be a terror playing in Rodgers' system at Liverpool.  He seems to have everything that Rodgers likes in an attacker.
 
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