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Old July 7th, 2013, 12:09 PM
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None of those sound that unrealistic, could quite well happen.

Bloody hell.
http://www.bbc.co.uk/news/world-latin-america-23215676
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Old July 8th, 2013, 12:03 PM
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So that is the end of that. Great buy for Wigan that.

Norwich only have 2 first team strikers on their books now. I can't imagine we'd move Holt on without having a replacement almost tied up, the next few days should be fun.
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Old July 9th, 2013, 12:12 AM
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Atlético Madrid have signed David Villa from Barcelona. He'll be here for three years. The transfer will cost 2 € million + 2 + 1 in each year, so 5 million if he stays all three. Definitely not the best replacement for Falcao but not a too bad one.
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Old July 9th, 2013, 06:40 AM
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None of those sound that unrealistic, could quite well happen.

Bloody hell.
http://www.bbc.co.uk/news/world-latin-america-23215676
My friend sent me that link a few days ago. Shocking news.

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Atlético Madrid have signed David Villa from Barcelona. He'll be here for three years. The transfer will cost 2 € million + 2 + 1 in each year, so 5 million if he stays all three. Definitely not the best replacement for Falcao but not a too bad one.
Admittedly not the kind of striker I was expecting Atlético to sign. I wanted the next Torres/Aguero/Falcao, but I suppose Villa will do a good job for them.
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Old July 10th, 2013, 05:05 AM
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I'm sure they'll be looking for one, I presume Villa is a decent quick fix. The last time I actually saw him play at club level was in his Valencia days though, so I don't know if he's still all that.

No mor signings but it seems the Olsson and Fer deals are getting closer. Also supposedly back in for Hooper with a 4 million pound bid, ad another mill on top of that and I think they'll accept. And then there's Toby Alderweireld. Our Football Manager team next season is going to be amazing if these come off.
Edit - Picture just snapped in the restaurant at Carrow Road
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Fer it is then. Also the blond sitting across from him could be Ola Toivonen. lol.
Edit again - Moments later this pic hits Twitter
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Martin Olsson down by the ground. Good times.
Edit again - Olsson confirmed. 4 year deal. Undisclosed fee. Some great competition for Garrido.

Victor Wanyama joins Southampton after they already spent a load on that Lyon defender. Wilfried Bony set to join Da Swans. Norwich getting RVW and a few of the names I've been mentioning hopefully. West Ham trying to spend billions of pounds on everyone. Some pretty major improvements to the middle of the league this, all of the changes at the top and this should mean a pretty entertaining season is a ahead of us.
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Old July 11th, 2013, 10:27 AM
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Adam Maher from AZ Alkmaar to PSV, in my opinion not a great move, but we will see. PSV hasn't won the title in a while and lost Mertens to Napoli and Lens to Dinamo Kiev. Also Ajax loaning Bojan Krikic from Barcelona seems a good move, but we will see what everyone else does.

As for my fave team Borussia Dortmund, i really like Aubameyang and Mkhitaryan (if i spelled it correct). The latter having a nice assist on Reus in the practise match versus Basel. Its certain Lewandowski leaves (if not ill eat my shoe).
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Old July 11th, 2013, 12:16 PM
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Bojan's career doesn't seem to be going in the direction it was meant to.

Dortmund could still pose a threat in the CL with signings like this.

Some very positive signings for Norwich and a lot of money being thrown around by PL bottom half teams. I'm not sure Hull or Palace are going to manage anything at this rate.

I'm glad you mentioned Football Manager, I was considering doing a Let's Play of it in the Video Games forum so I figured I'd mention it here to see if anyone would follow it.
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Old July 11th, 2013, 12:22 PM
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I'll be sure take a look.

Haven't been as into fm 13 recently as I lost my save when my last laptop died. I guess I'll start a new save when the transfer window closes. Or maybe just wait for 14.
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Old July 11th, 2013, 02:02 PM
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Thanks. :D I haven't played it much in the past few weeks since a really long term save finished. But usually I spend ages on it, I probably have 1500 hours play time on it. My friend can usually double whatever time I spend on it though.

Just to keep this post relevant with some real football chat, it seems Santa Cruz is now a permament Malaga player. Obviously he has been at English clubs for a while until now. I'm a bit sad Hughes brought him to Man City because he could still be scoring a lot of goals for a midtable/Europa League side at the moment if it hadn't happened. I always liked him, hopefully he does well in Spain.
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Old July 12th, 2013, 07:52 AM
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I was half expecting Santa Cruz to turn up at Stoke this summer. Good player to watch.

Reports in Italy saying Norwich are after Juve striker Fabio Quagliarella. Now him in behind RVW could be something special.

Still waiting on Fer and Alderweireld, holding out for bigger clubs no doubt.
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Old July 12th, 2013, 09:34 AM
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Norwich seem to be sucking up all the talent the Eredivisie has to offer if they sign Alderweireld, Fer and Toivonen. Quagliarella would be something special, but it looks like Norwich will have a good year with or without him. It would be nice for Boro to be making these sort of signings again, but obviously we can't even get promotion sorted first. :P

I'm hoping Went will read this soon because I want someone with a bit of La Liga knowledge to explain R.Madrid's purchase of Illaramendi. £34m seems a bit steep given the player's lack of reputation. I was expecting him to be some 19 year old wonderkid since I hadn't heard of him, but he's actually 23 so any player growth remaining would probably be minimal.
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Old July 12th, 2013, 09:59 AM
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That fee looks steep until you realise that it will be covered if the club manage to shift one shirt with his name on the back.
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Old July 12th, 2013, 11:45 AM
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Haha I like it. The worst player I can think of for shirt printing would be Sinama-Pongolle. I expect the dash would cost extra as well. Hopefully no Liverpool fans ever got his name, he was terrible for them.
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Old July 13th, 2013, 12:27 AM
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What are your opinions on the mixture of family and football? I ask this after hearing about Tom Ince declining the move to Cardiff, his reason being the birth of his son and yes it is a good reason but was it the only reason.

I was just wondering if he might have felt like he was betraying his father if he decided to move. Do you think he thought about that while making his decision(new baby aside) or it was all business?


Edit: On the matter of Asier Illaarramendi, spanish clubs, unless they want the player to leave or just need the money, they rarely accept anything less than the minimum fee release clause in the player's contract. It becomes worse when the player is wanted by a big club who has the money to blow. When you see a side like Madrid coming for your player, you get as much as you possible can no questions asked.
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Old July 13th, 2013, 04:49 AM
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It took him long enough to realise that that Cardiff isn't anywhere near Blackpool, pretty sure it was financial reasons, or maybe he was just playing along hoping Liverpool would hijack the bid.
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Old July 13th, 2013, 04:59 AM
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PSV signed Schaars and Arias, again no investements into their poor defense, so most likely the title will go to Ajax again, or someone else, but not to PSV. As with the previous years their defence isnt the best and thats the main reason they lost points.

Also for now Alderweireld stays with Ajax, so he isnt going to Norwich, however it seems like Fer does go to Norwich for 5 million.
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Old July 13th, 2013, 05:23 AM
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Going by this tweet I think Fer will be announced today. Lots of rumours that it will be a 4 or 5 year deal. I'm also hoping for a new striker as the pre season tour starts soon and we only have 2.

As for the Alderweireld situation I see conflicting information everywhere. One source is saying Norwich don't fit his ambitions, another says it was nothing to do with the ambition and it was all down to personal terms. Both of those are 'quotes' from his agent. I think I'll wait until we hear something form the player or clubs.

Edit - Fer deal done and dusted. 4 year deal.
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Old July 13th, 2013, 09:19 AM
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I still think Eriksen would be a good player for Dortmund, and especially since our bench isnt like Bayern's or any other club that plays for the title in big leauges (with Aubameyang we got a extra striker, but the market is still going so Lewandowski can leave). Also i've heard Pisczek is wanted by teams in the BPL so looking for a rightback isnt bad at all. I really hope this season will be good for Dortmund, as last time they made it to the final of the Champions Leauge but unfortunately they lost the title race with Bayern early.
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Old July 14th, 2013, 01:19 PM
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As a Man U fan this signing has saddened me greatly: Thiago to Bayern. Good move for all parties involved, Pep will defiantly give him some playing time even with the strong midfield he already has to work with.

Watched their last pre season game and Pep has Kross playing in a Xavi sort of role which doesnt look so bad right now.
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Old July 14th, 2013, 01:41 PM
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Chelsea really need to hop onto signing a striker. I would rather sell one first though in all honesty, maybe Torres could try his luck elsewhere. Rooney seems like a likely purchase, wouldn't be too bad I guess, suits our play style. Cavani wouldn't be too bad, I've seen him play and I don't think paying over 50 million again will suffice, to be quite frank.
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Old July 14th, 2013, 01:58 PM
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Even if Torres and Ba stay I'd still say they need another top tier striker.

Or they could just sign 10 more midfielders.
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Old July 14th, 2013, 02:55 PM
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Do Chelsea really need another forward or do people just want them to spend big on a big name. If you look at their squad they do have fire power: Lukaku who proved himself as a scorer in the prem (watching him score a hattrick against my club wasn't fun) Ba is very capable, maybe Jose can get productivity out of Torres and we see a good season from him and then you have Schurrle and Moses who are capable of playing up front.

They don't need to go all out and spend stupidly on Cavani(Who is set to have a medical with PSG anyway) or even worse Hulk
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Old July 14th, 2013, 02:59 PM
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Lukaku would do the job for them in my opinion, they don't need someone but it doesn't mean they won't sign a striker.

Thiago will become very big at Bayern I think. Worried about United if they don't sign someone soon.
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Old July 14th, 2013, 03:37 PM
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An injury to one of them could easily match the timing of Torres blowing cold. If I was a crooked Russian I would be seriously be thinking about it.

Also on the topic of Chelsea. I hear their last offer for Ruddy was 7 mill + 2 mill in add ons and a player. If this is true I'm glad our board stood firm, I think we would have folded in the past.
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Old July 14th, 2013, 03:47 PM
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Chelsea have five players able to play up front, that's just as much as Man U and Arsenal and more than Man City plus they play a system where they only use one forward (Maybe Jose will come with something different but I doubt it) so have five is more than enough. I doubt there would be an injury crisis so severe that would leave them with Torres as the only option.

Mourinho was brought back to the club and I'm sure he has got freedom over his squad, Roman won't force a forward into the club unless Jose wants one.
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