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Summer transfer links

Discussion in 'The Football Forum' started by rurikbird, Feb 22, 2018.

  1. rurikbird

    rurikbird Very Well-Known Honorary Member

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    As usual, I try to include only players who have been more or less credibly linked with us; Portuguese and Italian newspapers are mostly disregarded as sources.

    Goalkeepers:
    Alisson (AS Roma, asking price £60M £70M £80M)
    Oblak (Atletico Madrid, €100M release clause)
    Butland (Stoke)
    Cillessen (Barca)
    Pope (Burnley, £18M)

    Centre-backs:
    De Vrij (Lazio, signed for Internazionale)
    Pavard (Stuttgart)
    Lenglet (Sevilla)
    Leite (Porto)

    Full-backs:
    We don’t seem to be in the market for one, for once

    Deep-lying playmakers:
    Jorginho (Napoli, £45M+)
    Max Meyer (Schalke, free)
    Lewis Cook (Bournemouth, £20M+)
    Ruben Neves (Wolves)

    Other central midfielders:
    Fabinho signed from Monaco for £40M with €5m in add-ons
    Ndidi (Leicester)
    Wanyama (Spurs)
    Doucoure (Watford)
    Milinkovic-Savic (Lazio, asking £70M+)
    Lemina (Southampton)
    Dendoncker (Anderlecht)
    Berisha (RB Salzburg)

    Attacking midfielders/playmakers:
    Lemar (Monaco, signed for Atletico Madrid)
    Maddison (Norwich, signing for Leicester)

    Aouar (Lyon)
    Draxler (PSG)

    Forwards (any position in front 3):
    Werner (Leipzig)
    Pulisic (Dortmund, £80M+)
    Fekir (Lyon, £53M deal agreed, then collapsed)
    Ousmane Dembele (Barca, £88M+)
    Bergwijn (PSV)
    Moses Simon (Gent, £10M)
    Shaqiri (Stoke, £12M)

    I think Real Madrid players should be in a separate category. If any of Isco, Ascensio, Keylor Navas etc become available, I think there will be a long line of suitors and LFC probably among them - but their availability depends solely on Madrid’s internal politics and their own summer targets. So unlike most of the others on this list, Real players are not really “on the market,” but things could change quickly, so you can’t rule them out either.

    Did I forget anyone?

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    UPD: I added the color-coding, to show my very preliminary and imprecise assessment of whether the player in question would be an immediate improvement over the current first-choice LFC players in his position. Remember, it refers to current level, not potential. Red for instant improvement, orange for competitive, yellow for squad player, green for youth player.

    A note about categories by position: it's hard to be precise there since many players can play in multiple positions or evolve from one position to another over time. I make a distinction between "deep-lying playmakers" and "other central midfielders" since the former is such a narrow specialist position. In Klopp's 4-3-3 system DLP usually plays in front of the CBs and "other midfielders" are stationed higher up the pitch. The distinction between "attacking midfielders/playmakers" and "forwards" is the most fuzzy one – my test is this: can the player in question play in midfield 3? If yes, they are classed as the former (Oxlade, Coutinho, Lemar, Draxler etc), if not, then it's a "forward" whether he plays in the middle or on the wing.
     
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  2. Riyad_Mahrez_10

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    Piotr Zielinski.
    Gelson Martins

    We are continually being linked with Dani Ceballos, I've seen him on youtube and the guy is really skinny and slow to be a success in the PL. What's your opinion?
     
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    Modo A contentious scando Member

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    Add Sessegnon.
     
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    got red on me Active Member

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    good work, as usual, rurikbird but i look forward to the above being totally ignored and this thread becoming a dumping ground for any and all detritus found anywhere
     
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    rurikbird Very Well-Known Honorary Member

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    Link?
     
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    Modo A contentious scando Member

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    There's several, but apparently he's Spurs bound.
     
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    Should add Keita so you can show immediate progress. Will make us all feel better
     
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    LeTallecWiz Mo(ssa)d Administrator

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    Rosenior said he's Spurs bound ... Nothing credible.
     
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    Modo A contentious scando Member

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    They're saying that he wants to stay in london
     
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    Wait till he gets to a coffee shop with Klopp (Sterling wanted to too) ...
     
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    rurikbird Very Well-Known Honorary Member

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    rurikbird Very Well-Known Honorary Member

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    Wasn't too impressed with what little I've seen of Ceballos.

    Are we linked with Zielinski this year? Gelson falls under the category of Portuguese press bullshit; don't think I've seen this link confirmed elsewhere.
     
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    the count SCM's least favourite muppet Forum Moderator

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    Is he any good? Rurik said awesome, so i'm excited!
     
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    He's pretty much exactly what we need
     
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    With the market as is it is, what's the value such a player, £60m, £70m? And with the experience we've had with Italians, is it worth the risk?
     
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    rurikbird Very Well-Known Honorary Member

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    He's Brazilian. We've been linked with him even before Klopp, wish we bought him 3 years ago when he was available for 10M or something.
     

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