weasel wrote: ↑Tue Sep 15, 2020 5:59 pm
Hard to say - for all we know RB may have wanted us to buy JKA outright and we negotitated them down to an initial loan with us only being willing to pay if we got promoted and as such could afford him. Same with Costa I imagine Wolves would have liked the cash up front. Ben White we could have walked away from the initial loan only deal but then might not have got promoted and likewise we eventually walked away, would Brighton have sold if we went to absolutely silly money?
All about getting the balance right, every signing is a gamble. JKA looked good so who is to say De Paul will fare any better? The club has a budget and has to try to stay within that budget. Likely De Paul would be on big wages too. It may be that we are at our max and unless someone is sold we cannot go higher but is Bielsa going to sanction a sale of for example a left back to get a no.10 or would he want a replacement in which case we would have to use money to replace a sold left back.
True every transfer is a risk.
But imo De Paul is different to all of them for one reason, no indication De Paul is in decline or has a questionable attitude or fitness.
JKA hadnt played for ages (something Bielsa himself said at the time), JKA had a well documented history of attitude problems and falling out with managers and teammates.
When Leipzig sign a young player and are desperate to get rid that is a concern.
Costa had been on the decline since his injury according to Wolves fans and according to Bielsa himself didn't fit the playing style.
We spent upwards of £5mil on JKA, £21mil on Costa in fees (£16m up front and £5m on promotion). As individuals neither so far represent value for money (although Costa was great vs Liverpool).
Then you add Eddie.
We have been more than willing to commit to riskier signings before promotion, JKA and Costa between them well over £30mil.
De Paul is a player not on decline, coming off multiple impressive seasons in a top European league.
Udinese arent desperate to get rid or even keen to get rid ( the player wants out rather than the club), he isnt showing signs of injury issues or attitude problems.
At the end of the day De Paul's reputation is on the rise not the decline and that needs to be recognised in our offers.
Every signing is a risk but less so than previous expensive ones imo.
JKA, Costa and Eddie cost more in total than we offered for RDP and we wanted more for KP than we are offering for De Paul.
RDP is a risk like any other but he has a growing reputation and is a player for a position we require. We shouldn't be offering less than we asked Villa for for KP imo.
I understand you negotiate but i wouldn't want us to annoy the Udinese owners by making them feel disrespected.