Rodgers has spent nearly £100 million ? That's mad.I sort of thought, oh this is good, we are in the CL groups and so it means we will be able to get the players we want. But I've just remembered that during the Benitez years, when we were always in the CL, won it once and came second, we still usually missed out on the best signings (Torres being the exception). I remember Rafa 'wanted' Alves, he went to Barca 6 months later. We were 'linked with' Silva several times, he went to City much much later. There were others, but those are two that I'd heard of and found exciting. Being perennially disappointed in transfers was blamed largely on Parry, then on Hicks and Gillette being skint, notably when we flogged Alonso and Arbeloa for Aquilani and Johnson. Recently it was the lack of CL football to blame and the need to target cheaper, unproven talent. So we missed out on stylish looking players that I'd seen playing for East European Oligarchs in the CL group and the Europa League, like Mkhitaryan and Will.I.An. Well, ok.
Anyway, now we're back, we have a bit of cash to pay for 'proven talent', and I read that the reds are 'strongly interested' in Morena (with Suso offered in part payment, sadly), and are 'in negotiations' for Lallana. Emre Can is a 'distinct possibility' though the deal is 'complicated'. Given that I've heard of all these players, I am trying to remind myself that we will therefore fail to sign any of them, and am resigned to the inevitability of re-signing Ryan Babel on a free the day before the window slams shut.
I'd say Aspas is the loser here. But Borini will probably go if there's a decent offer. I reckon that it makes a bit of sense, in a squad game, to have four, especially as Bren likes to play 2 at a time. Lambert is an old pro, he gives you plan B, in that he can head the ball and hold it up and doesn't flit about like SAS. Solid finisher, good with penos, good head. There may be some further strategising here: maybe Lambert is bessie mates with the other lads at So'ton?at least kolo was free.
borini surely a gonner?
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