OT: Summer 2020 Soccer Transfer Window Thread

Some notable items:

  • F Timo Werner to Chelsea from Leipzig
  • RW Hakim Ziyech to Chelsea from Ajax
  • CB Dejan Lovren to Zenit from Liverpool
  • RB Achraf Hakimi to Inter from Real Madrid by way of BVB
  • MF Jude Bellingham to BVB from Birmingham
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I'm hoping that by the end of August this list includes De Gea being sold to an MLS club where his current form would fit in.

Right now I'd say hes stuck at Man united, nobody is gonna touch that contract as his form has been unconsistent at best and for that money he'd better be able to save most stuff blind folded. Kepa is in the same boat I cant think of anywhere that would take him and his contract considering how awful he was all season long.

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Rough stuff for DDG and Kepa, but as every Arsenal supporter will remind you... there's only one Mesut Ozil

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Gareth Bale farts in all their general directions, what is he on 60 mil a year or something stupid like that?

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Wales. Golf. Madrid. In that order.

Can ya blame him? If I had that contract I'd be Jabba the Hut fat with my trophy wives and a group of smugglers running the galaxy with that kind of budget. Until I would tragically eat myself to death in my limo of course.

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He's on something like €600k/week. Quite a bit of money for a player who is now nothing more than a passenger. He still gave a lot to the club, so I do not consider him a bust at all, but it is clear now that the extension we gave him was not good business.

Gareth Bale makes nearly 2500 Euros per hour...let that sink in

Only person who has it better is Bobby Bonilla

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Adam Lallana has joined Brighton on a 3 year deal

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Chelsea is spending some $$$. Going hard after Havertz also

with Covid its still early..I'm curious about the Goalkeeper transfers, Nick Pope had a solid season in the prem for Burnley

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Looks like Ferran Torres will be moving to Man City most likely depending on the fee would be a sneaky good deal.

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Looking like a done deal or incredibly close. This would be great business for Man City. He's a really good player on the right.

Guess he isnt a straight swap for Sane but similar touchline winger. Would think Foden still gets a serious look next year though.

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can imagine the lols that ensued when my buddy texted me all confused that Manchester City would sign Fernando Torres at this stage of his career

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I love it, we missed sane horribly and I'm not saying it'll be an upgrade but man if the rumored cost is correct we made some serious $$$ on this deal

Taylor, looking desperately throws it deep..HAS A MAN OPEN DANNY COALE WITH A CATCH ALL THE WAY DOWN TO THE FIVE!!!!....hes still open

Really hoping United see the impact Bruno had on our squad and realize they should've got their business done last summer. We were much better when they backed Ole. Time to pony up here to make a run at Liverpool.

I have no idea why my username is VT_Warthog.

Arkansas blew a 24-0 lead in the Belk Bowl.

Super excited for Havertz to sign for Chelsea.

Another solid piece of business from Man City. Nathan Ake signed for £41M. Fills a need with a solid young player. Will be interesting to see if he can make transition into a Pep team/stronger side.

Curious to see if he plays LB or CB for us

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Could see him as the left sided cb in a back three or back 4, hes gotta improve after a poorer season with bournemouth last year before he can really make citys back line better. Personally thought mings wouldve been a better addition as the more athletic CB next to laporte but I cant see Villa letting him go cheap this summer.

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Ake is miles better with the ball than Mings, is two years younger, and BOU were basically forced to sell after being relegated. I think Pep will rate Ake's versatility after having Mendy, Zinchenko, Angelino, and Cancelo all get shifts at LB in the league this year.

Ake could be a good CB pairing with Laporte, but I think he sometimes struggles with reading/managing the game. Pep is also notoriously slow to bed new players into the first team, but thats specifically more for foreign-bought players new to the league.

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I'd be more worried on ability to read and defend as Citys CB's are often left to be the last line and need to be good defensively to handle the counter and such, if pep really needed a good passing CB he has one in Stones but stones is a rubbish defender so hence the need. Just me but I feel like they need a really good, athletic defender who just loves to defend and can read the game, let laporte and co handle the passing and as long as the defender can find ederson he can pass it well enough as well.

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totally agree.... that's why you often see Pep push smart midfielders back into CB roles. Mascherano, Javi Martinez, Fernandinho --- even started a game with Fernandinho and Rodri as CB pairing this year.

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In the current market its understandable I guess with true talented CB's going for stupid high fees since theyre like unicorns these days it seems. They really really need to replace Kompany he left a huge hole in that defence this season. Will be interesting to see how early we see Ake in the lineup.

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Lol clearly haven't watched a ton of city's games this year stone's hasn't been a good passer and you could predict an easy turnover at midfield once a game with him. Damn shame too because it seems confidence related. Every time he seemed to get on a good run he'd break down due to some injuries. Guy hasn't had good luck with us.

I think ake is a bit more athletic than you give him credit for too, nobody unathletic is playing fullback. Regardless at the very least he provides us a bit of cover at both positions.

Taylor, looking desperately throws it deep..HAS A MAN OPEN DANNY COALE WITH A CATCH ALL THE WAY DOWN TO THE FIVE!!!!....hes still open

Mings also wouldn't fit in with the model of only playing defenders whose names end in a vowel (AND SOMETIMES Y).

Also, STAY THE HELL AWAY FROM TYRONE MINGS. If you want, we've got some wingers you can have for real cheap. Jota, Trez, El Ghazi. Shit, you can have all three, trade you straight up for Zinchenko.

Haha well city is indeed staying away, and you keep your hands off little debruyne, he will forever be a legend for his performances with the delphasaurus at LB for almost 2 years

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Another former young Chelsea player finds a home with a "big four" team in the EPL

Not sure if anyone is aware, but the Guardian has a daily feature called The Fiver that's pretty entertaining to read, especially when England are playing in a major tournament-funny stuff.

And on a rather sad note, last night was the last ever match played at Griffin Park, home of Brentford and the only ground in England with a pub on each corner (!), as they move into a modern stadium next season. I've been to this one, it's a relic of the 19th century-you shall be missed

Not sure I've ever heard your story or not, but did you live in the UK for awhile? Such a cool experience to have seen a match at Griffin Park.

Yes, we escaped the former Czechoslovakia in 1979 to live with my dad's sister (who got out before the country was shutdown to travel outside of the Soviet bloc in the mid 70s) who lived in Kew which is not far from Brentford. I even forget who they played but it was the old Division 4 (bottom rung) so probably someone you've never heard of. We moved to NOVA in 1984 when my dad got a job with the federal government. I've been to the old Wembley a bunch of times (my dad got a job with the BBC and got press passes to some games, the most notable was the Charity Shield between Liverpool and Man United in 1982 and infact all of the big stadiums in London (and Anfield, naturally). Matches in England back then were a lot different...a lot of standing, cheap entrance fees (like $10 for my dad and I) and a lot of trouble in the stands with hooliganism.

One of my oldest memories is watching the 1981 European Final between Liverpool and Real Madrid and breaking my ankle in celebration when Ray Kennedy scored a late goal (sorry, Chris!). Worth it.

This is a spectacular story! I'm very glad you shared it. Almost certainly the most unique TKP'er story I've read.

I'm sure you have a million stories to tell about all these matches and different parks you've seen. I can only imagine what that old school hooliganism was like.

definitely on the level with some of Fernley's... partying on a yacht in the Mediterranean with Prince Harry comes to mind lol

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HA...really? Fernley has me beat then, I've never partied with royalty nor have I ever been to the Mediterranean. I was mainly a prop for my dad so a bunch of thugs wouldn't beat up a dad and his kid in a Liverpool scarf...back then, away fans had specific sections and were strongly advised to not wear colors elsewhere. Problem was, the Liverpool away section was always full so we had to sit elsewhere. It's still that way in certain pubs in England there will be signs that say "No away fans allowed" though inside the stadiums it's more mellow. $100 tickets tend to price out the riff-raff, besides in the late 70s and early 80s the British economy was in shambles...so there were a lot of poor people, and low tickets prices were an ideal escape from their dreary lives.

So sounds like youll be well prepared to go to either a baltimore ravens or eagles game in away gear now. Those are the only places I wouldnt wear your teams colors as an away fan these days, otherwise most places I've been to are decent enough. I always find the documentaries on the older days of english football to be fascinating especially the hillsburough one that I cant rememeber the name of now.

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Hillsborough wasn't because of hooliganism but police incompetence.

You ever been to a Raiders game? I'm not sure how it'll be in Vegas and I've never been to a Raiders game, but I've heard from people who have it's a pretty crazy environment with fighting in the stands. I've also heard some hockey games (Rangers-Islanders, for one) have a similar vibe.

Isn't The Sun still considered toiler paper in Liverpool because of that incident? The paper loudly blamed the traveling Liverpool support and never lived it down.

The S*n is very much considered toilet paper in all of England, but especially in the red half of Liverpool you are 100% correct. It's basically like the National Enquirer. I mean they have a page dedicated to topless women in it (or used to).

I wasnt saying it in that regard I'm just saying the way it once was was incredible the things that happened and how relaxed say the police were with everything that went on they had a more meh attitude than say nowadays. I forgot about the raiders I wouldnt ever go there either those fans are a different breed of nuts.

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I've read some of the absolutely insane stories about the stuff that went down in the "terraces" at football grounds in those days. The Arsenal ultras, who were totally hooligans themselves, in those days had to physically run off the British National Party thugs who were looking to turn football into a weekly neo-Nazi festival. This was going on while 22 men are just playing football the best they can.

Every time I see a club say they are considering a return of standing room areas I can only imagine that the police start sweating profusely.

Can't believe you saw some of that insanity in person. I read about it and can't believe we're talking about the same sport we have now. Going to the Emirates is like football Disneyworld.

Most of the real trouble was outside the ground, the football was merely incidental. I've been to Highbury on a few occasions (it's my favorite stadium, just lovely) but never to the Emirates. Do they still have the steel fence inside the Arsenal tube station? They used that separate the rival fanbases, it was there the last time I was in London in the early 2000s. They used to have a special train for away teams supporters that arrived early and left late that the police would usher them from the train to their specific section-for their own safety. Though Highbury, and Arsenal supporters never had an especially bad reputation. Chelsea, on the other hand...they were in Division 2 at the time and one of the ends (that's since been torn down) was called The Shed End and fans who watched matches there were called Shedheads...so if you ever meet a Shedhead, they're probably tough and have seen a scrap or two in their day. Their rivals used to be Millwall (they were both in the second division in the 70s and 80s but it's not much of a rivalry anymore unless by some miracle Millwall get promoted) who have had the worst fans in England for a long time-there are youtube documentaries about it.

I only went to Stamford Bridge once, and it was half-full at best. Nice part of London, though. Upton Park was a rough place, I remember a home fan pissing from the upper deck down on to the away teams fans (Liverpool)...lots of two fingered salutes but no real trouble though the police were certainly ready for it, they were dressed for war.

My dad is from Trnava in what is now Slovakia, he said the rivalry with Slovan Bratislava was similarly fierce including the fighting, he wasn't really phased by the chaos. I'm sure it's a common theme in other European countries, none more so that Celtic and Rangers in which the church plays a crucial role on top of the tribal football culture. To see an Old Firm match in Glasgow just might be the pinnacle of pure malice you're likely to see nowadays. You've been warned.

My wife and me have actually decided that we'll never attend an Old Firm even if we're in Scotland again. I can't say I follow Scottish football closely but the reputations of those clubs precede them. I have a long list of football places in Europe to see someday as a neutral but that mess is not on it. When you drink too much and start reenacting the Northern Ireland conflict.....yeah, no thanks.

If I recall, the traffic divider is still in the long tunnel out of the Arsenal tube station. I've always entered there and walked up to the next station Finsbury Park to get out after the match. Islington is a cool neighborhood and it's a nice walk.

I never saw a match in Highbury before they moved but it's been turned into flats. The facade (or whatever the proper architectural term is) still stands because it's on a list of historic sites or something. Apparently the average working class Arsenal fan was totally priced out from the beginning.

Sometimes I really let myself go too far in trying to figure out the logistics of a London move. Even without the football it's an awesome town.

Looks like Spurs and Southhampton are nearing an agreement to have Hojbjerg and Kyle Walker-Peters swap for around a £3m difference. Probably good business for both clubs all things considered

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