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Transfer Rumours 21/22

Discussion in 'The Football Forum' started by King Binny, Feb 9, 2021.

  1. King Binny

    King Binny Part of the Furniture Honorary Member

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    France Football report that scouts for Premier League side Liverpool have placed 24-year-old Brazilian attacking midfielder Raphinha at the top of their shortlist for targets that they intend to recommend for the summer.

    Raphinha joined Leeds United in summer from Rennes for around €20m and has become an undisputed starter in Marcelo Bielsa’s starting XI this season.
     
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    Alaba is looking for £400k a week at his next club.
     
  3. Bradley

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    Haven't noticed him, at least we are making noises about spending.
     
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    Chelsea vs Madrid vs PSG vs City
     
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    Isnt it weird that he apparantly cried at the prospect of leaving Rennes, and didnt want to move to Leeds.
    Now he is performing like this. Looks a very interesting player.
     
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    Bild and Christian Falk is reporting that Bayern, Chelsea and Liverpool are in the running for Upamecano.
    United and other clubs are out of the running.
     
  7. Aidan O' Neill

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    What is the story with him leaving Sporting Lisbon for Rennes? Did he not do well or did Rennes have more money? Seems a strange move for a young player if he was doing well.

    Anyway I have really liked what I have seen of him this season. Quick, skilful, works hard. Looks a player who would fit in. He'd cost a fair wedge this summer though
     
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    They supposedly want Konate
     
  9. King Binny

    King Binny Part of the Furniture Honorary Member

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    Should be because of the money Rennes were offering back then - a club record €21m (signed as a replacement for Ismaïla Sarr)


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    Article: Although many wingers this season have contributed to their sides in terms of goals and assists, few can boast a real sense of unpredictability and excitement when they get the ball. For the natural sharpshooters deployed on the flanks like Liverpool talisman Mohamed Salah, attacking play can become fairly routine: hugging the touchline and using pace and a low centre of gravity to cut in-field onto his favoured left foot.

    Whilst the fundamentals sound easy enough to defend against, the reality is often very different. Time after time we see the Egyptian ghost inside a full-back before picking out the top left-hand corner. You may know exactly what he is going to do before he does it, but the chances are by the time you have reacted, Salah is already wheeling away in celebration. Arjen Robben seemed to score the exact same goal throughout his career. Yet in the Premier League, there are a few players who when they pick up the ball, you watch from the edge of your seat because you don’t quite know how the passage of play will unfold.

    It’s no coincidence that Newcastle United endured their recent horror run as France star Allan Saint-Maximin could only watch on from the sidelines. How the ball sticks to Saint-Maximin’s feet, in the same way that allows Aston Villa skipper Jack Grealish to glide past his man so effortlessly, when combined with a number of tricks and electric pace means that wherever the winger wants to go, he will do in a very entertaining manner.

    Few players are able to combine this innate unpredictable flair with final product. For all the pace and power of burly Wolves winger Adama Traoré, the Spaniard has just one assist and no goals so far in 21 games this season. The same can be said for Arsenal’s Nicolas Pépé or Saint-Maximin’s Magpies teammate Miguel Almirón, but one winger who seems to have hit the ground running with both trickery and killer attacking instincts however is Leeds United’s Raphinha.

    Leeds parted with around £17 million to bring in the Brazilian from French outfit Rennes, with Raphinha swapping Champions League football to join a newly promoted club back in the big time after a 16-year absence. With a number of supporters of the Ligue 1 side taking to Twitter to voice their anger towards the Yorkshire club at taking one of their prized assets, people were starting to take note of the seriously impressive business done by Marcelo Bielsa and Leeds’ Director of Football Victor Orta.

    Two Spanish internationals, Rodrigo and Diego Llorente, Germany defender Robin Koch, the permanent signing of highly-rated goalkeeper Illan Meslier and now the Deadline Day purchase of Raphinha had taken spending well over the £100 million mark.

    Impressive displays at the 2016 Copa São Paulo saw former Barcelona player-turned-agent Deco add the Avaí youngster to his client base before Raphinha was snapped up by Vitória Guimarães. Dominant displays for the side’s B team quickly saw him promoted to the first-team squad, where he set the Primeira Liga alight.

    An explosive winger with an appetite for taking on his man, Raphinha would score 22 times in just over 80 appearances for Os Vimaranenses before heading south to Sporting CP. Domestic cup wins in the Taça da Liga and Taça de Portugal saw him excel alongside Bruno Fernandes, with the Brazilian then making the switch to Rennes in 2019. He helped Julien Stéphan’s side to a third-placed finish before his transfer to Leeds.

    Initially used off the bench as the Porto Alegre-born winger got up to speed with Marcelo Bielsa’s demands, the 24-year-old showed glimpses of what was to come, before starts against Arsenal and Everton quickly cemented his position in El Loco’s first eleven. Raphinha’s long-range strike at Goodison Park proved enough for Leeds to take home the three points, with the powerful left-footed effort flying past a helpless Jordan Pickford in the Toffees’ net.
      
    A stunning strike rounded off a typical Bielsa-ball fifth against West Brom. Lovely link-up play between Jamie Shackleton and Stuart Dallas saw the latter feed the ball into Raphinha in space on the right. Ghosting past Branislav Ivanović to the edge of the area, the Brazilian winger curled a superb effort into the top corner, with Baggies’ keeper Sam Johnstone a spectator.

    Often used on the right, the naturally left-footed player likes to drift in-field onto his favoured side but is equally comfortable using his pace and trickery to dart past his full-back to the byline where he isn’t afraid of crossing with his right foot. This fearless nature with the ball has seen the former Rennes man complete 26 successful take-ons, with an impressive take-on success rate of 57.8%.

    In recent games, we have seen his eye for the killer ball more and more. Hugging the touchline forces his man out wide before Raphinha likes to move more central still with his back to goal. There, in space, a great understanding with front-man Patrick Bamford or attacking midfielder Rodrigo allows an often inch-perfect first time through ball to be played into their paths; clear in Bamford’s stunner at Leicester City.

    Whilst a pass accuracy of 74.9% isn’t one of the highest in the league, just under half of his 778 touches this season have come in the final third. 142 successful passes in this dangerous territory have meant the risk-taking winger has created 26 chances for his side.

    One thing demanded by boss Marcelo Bielsa is a tireless approach when it comes to getting back in numbers. Whilst Leeds have struggled at defending set-pieces, their ball retention rate in open play and aggressive style of pressing has seen the side receive many plaudits. Raphinha fits the mould perfectly, with 59 ball recoveries, 57 total duels won and 17 successful tackles. For a player widely praised for his attacking prowess this campaign, these defensive numbers are impressive.

    Regarded as one of the buys of the summer, should Raphinha continue his fantastic form then he will surely be on the mind of Brazil boss Tite. Whilst the world’s third-ranked side do have an abundance of young wingers to compliment the likes of Neymar, the Leeds star has that little bit extra over his compatriots according to Deco.

    “In Brazilian football, I don’t think there is another left-footer with his traits,” he explained last year. “Raphinha is a warrior boy, with a difficult history, he still has a long career ahead of him. He’s winning everything with great desire, with much dedication. This is all very new to him.”
      
    When Rennes fans acted so angrily towards the news that one of their star men was crossing the English Channel, Leeds fans responded with laughter and excitement. After starting life so brightly in the Premier League, it’s clear to see just why there was such uproar in Brittany. £17m for a player of Raphinha’s calibre was an absolute steal.
     
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  10. Aidan O' Neill

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    Why did Rennes let him go for less than or close to what they paid?
     
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    Might be to finance the €26m move for Jeremy Doku - doesn't look like a smart move at the moment though, yet to score in 23 appearances.

    https://www.goal.com/en-sg/news/lee...idnt-tell-him-they-/omzqipggu0la1q418uw6ephay
    Article: Leeds United winger Raphinha has opened up on his move from Rennes during the off-season, admitting that he was disappointed by the Ligue 1 club's decision to sell him to the Premier League outfit without his prior knowledge.

    The Brazilian, who had only joined Rennes ahead of the 2019-20 campaign from Portuguese side Sporting CP, played a major part in helping to guide the club to a top-three finish and Champions League football for the first time in their history.

    Yet, despite eight goals and seven assists in his maiden campaign, the 23-year-old was sold to Leeds for a reported fee of £17 million ($22m) in early October, and for what was reported to be less than he was originally bought for.

    Speaking out on his switch to Elland Road - where he has gradually established himself as a core member of Marcelo Bielsa's newly-promoted Whites squad - Raphinha has acknowledged that he had little forewarning of the move.

    "I learned on the Saturday [October 3, two days before his move], when I joined the rest of the squad for training, that Rennes had accepted an offer for me," Raphinha, who signed a four-year contract, told ESPN Brazil.

    "I was a little surprised, because I was just finishing my debut season in France. We had started the season well in the league and I was already thinking of playing my first Champions League."

    Raphinha acknowledged that the saga - though quickly resolved and executed - left him with a bitter taste, after Rennes moved to quickly replace him with Jeremy Doku, with the winger adding that he had been previously told he would only be sold for a high price tag.

    "They told me that they would not want to sell me for less than €60m (£55m/$73m)," he noted. "Knowing that the club accepted the offer, no more and no less, without telling me, I felt devalued.

    "The offer was less than what they had spent to recruit me. It made it clear to me that I was not part of the plans of the club and the coach. They just decided to sell me."
     
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    We should sign both.. £70m ish for the pair (release clauses)

    Van Dijk and Gomez to come back. Matip gone.

    Alas.. this is not football manager I guess.
     
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    We’re signing nobody ever again.
     
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    Is he someone you recommended?
    If not, pass.
     
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    Donavan Ried Alive and still kicking, Just Member

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    I would rather that we spend the money on Leandro Trossard (Brighton and Hove Albion)  premier league proven  and sure that he can adapt to midfield aswell as a decent back up striker
     
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    Neuhaus... in the middle of our field.?

    It’s Madness...
     
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    Neuhaus is the anchor for Gladbach's brilliant play as Bayern, other top clubs take notice
    Article: If it hadn't been for Storm Sabine, Florian Neuhaus would have already experienced a home derby against FC Cologne. But the storm in early February 2020 led to the match being rescheduled for mid-March, by which time he was suspended. Borussia Monchengladbach won 2-1 and outside Borussia Park, the fans sang their songs in the car park following yet another win in the fiery Rhine Derby.

    While it was the first "Geisterspiel" ("ghost match") in German history, it was also the last Bundesliga match played before football came to a standstill just two days later due to COVID-19. Almost a year later, this weekend Gladbach host Cologne but again there will be no fans. Neuhaus misses their support, but the players have had to adapt.

    "From a sporting perspective, there is no longer a big difference [between derbies and] normal games," Neuhaus tells ESPN.


    It's not the only thing Neuhaus is adjusting to in 2021. Since the start of the pandemic, the 23-year-old has broken through as one of the Bundesliga's best young players, become a Germany international and received plenty of attention from football's biggest clubs, prompting some to wonder if he'll be the next to make a leap to Bayern Munich like so many before him.

    In 2015, Joshua Kimmich made the big step to Munich after coming through VfB Stuttgart and RB Leipzig. In 2017, it was Niklas Sule's turn as he left TSG Hoffenheim and a year on, it was Leon Goretzka who made the inter-Bundesliga move, leaving Schalke 04 on a free transfer for the Allianz Arena.
    Now, it's Neuhaus in Die Roten's sights as one of Germany's best young players. Few turn down their advances, but Neuhaus is in no hurry to leave.

    When Neuhaus, 23, plays in the No.6 slot for Gladbach, his role is to dictate the pace of Die Fohlen's prodigious attack. They are a dominant side, but they love to attack high and early, catch opponents off-guard in the transition play and strangle them with a high press if needed. Neuhaus is a perfect fit in that system as Gladbach, unbeaten so far in 2021, compete for a place in next year's Champions League -- they also have a last-16 clash with Manchester City on the horizon later in February.

    Though Neuhaus has chipped in with five goals this season, there was one assist in the Champions League against Inter Milan that alerted the internet to his potential. It was 1-1 with six minutes when Neuhaus received the ball from Marcus Thuram deep inside his own half. He looked up and saw eight Inter players in front of him, and just five teammates in attacking positions.

    "It's part of playing 'Tief-Klatsch', laying off the ball from a deep position," Neuhaus tells ESPN. "I saw Hoffi [Jonas Hofman] was about to make one of his famous deep runs [from the right of the pitch]. He just loves to do that from that position." Neuhaus pinged a beautiful, arrowed through-ball to Hofman 60 metres (190 feet) away.

    "All I wanted to do is to play the ball into the space behind the lines," Neuhaus continues. Hofman picks it up and with his second touch makes it 2-1 to Gladbach. "It worked out perfectly," Neuhaus says, smiling. "But those they are the classic principles laid out by [Borussia Monchengladbach manager] Marco Rose. They are incredibly important for our game."

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    Though he is drawing comparisons with Real Madrid and Germany midfielder Toni Kroos for his passing vision and tempo, the younger Neuhaus wanted to emulate his playmaker heroes at Werder Bremen: Diego, Johan Micoud, Mesut Ozil and Kevin de Bruyne. Those players dictated Bremen's play with their vision and their passes. They were symbolic of Bremen's successful football when the Northerners still challenged for titles and, later, qualification for European football.

    Neuhaus' uncle had nudged him in Bremen's direction even though he grew up in Bayern Munich country, buying him an Ailton jersey when he was seven. Growing up in the Bavarian town of Kaufering, an hour's drive away from Munich, the young Florian made his first steps in the local club VfL Kaufering, where his father coached him until aged 10. Then TSV 1860 Munich came calling. Four times a week, his father drove him to Munich, waited for him to train and then returned home, completing the 120km (75 miles) round trip.

    "My world revolved around it," Neuhaus says. "It was an incredibly important building block of my life. It never felt like a duty driving to Munich. I was always just looking forward to driving to training, to be able to play football."


    In his spare time back in Kaufering, he'd pick up a ball and play with his mates at the local ground or his brothers in the backyard where, sometimes, a ball would ruin his grandma's flowers. "She's forgiven us," Neuhaus says. "But it could still happen today when I am back home. I play in the garden with my brothers whenever I get the chance, and things might get destroyed."

    He progressed through the ranks at TSV and in 2016, scored the goal of the month in the semi-final of the U-19 Bundesliga, beating Dortmund keeper Dominik Reimann from the half-way line to make it 2-1. Neuhaus had announced himself on the bigger stage, but was shown a second yellow for his celebration and sent off. He missed the reverse fixture and 1860 crashed out against a BVB side led by a young Christian Pulisic.

    "You could very well say that this game opened my path into professional football," Neuhaus says. He progressed to the senior side in 2016-17 and started attracting attention from other clubs as he played in Bundesliga 2. He debuted for Germany's under-20 team that season, but TSV were relegated and with his contract up, bigger clubs came calling. He chose Borussia Monchengladbach. After a spell on loan, he was recalled at 21 years old to join the Gladbach first-team. And when manager Marco Rose arrived in 2019, Neuhaus was a perfect fit.

    Rose had arrived from RB Salzburg and brought the Red Bull brand of "gegenpressing" football to west Germany: pressing, attacking high and not allowing the opponent to breathe. Neuhaus told Rose he wanted to be become a "more complete player" and Rose responded by playing him deeper than he was used to, shifting him to the No.6 spot.

    "If you look back at the 18 months now [since Rose was appointed], I'd say that I achieved it [becoming a more complete player]," Neuhaus says. "His focus was on my defensive contribution, the way I go into direct duels. But not only that. The focus was on the fast transition play as well, where I made a step forward too.

    "Our idea of football really serves me. There's a lot of what I imagine football to be. Sometimes, we are very dominant, we have possession. But it's also the transition play when the opponent is not in position. I am happy with my development."

    Rose has been impressed by Neuhaus. "It's a very complex role he is playing," the Gladbach manager said in an interview with 11 Freunde. "Because he makes vital contributions to the playing rhythm in both directions. Against the ball and with the ball. 'Flo' performs at a good level, but there is still a lot more in him."

    Those playing in a deep midfield role like Neuhaus are under constant threat in possession; opponents swarm them to win the ball in a high position. It's a skill to break that press with time for only one or two touches, but to do that, a player has to "pre-orient" (scan what's happening around him) while focusing on the ball and preparing his next move. It's something that comes naturally to Neuhaus.

    "You can sense from which direction the opponent will be attacking from behind the back, and you then go into the other direction," Neuhaus says. "You can't really train it. You either have that hunch and feel or not. You must know when it makes sense to create numerical advantage through a one-on-one situation and when it makes sense to pass the ball back to maintain possession. In general: It's so important to create numerical advantage in modern football. I try to do that from my position."

    Those who work with him on a daily basis, say that's it's "a little short of spooky" how he can always find a pass, and the team is delighted with his progress.

    The game that really stood out was his performance against Bayern in early-January. In the 19th minute, Bayern's Alphonso Davies tried to flick the ball to Robert Lewandowski in Gladbach's penalty area and Neuhaus stopped it with his hand; it was an awkward sort of movement, but Lewandowski converted the penalty and Bayern soon added a second goal from Goretzka. Despite the errors, Gladbach stuck to their gameplan and executed it perfectly, scoring twice before half-time.

    Both times Hofmann was twice set up by Lars Stindl, who sits next to Neuhaus in the dressing room. Neuhaus frequently picks Stindl's brains on the decision-making side of the game, but it was Neuhaus who would end up the match-winner with his wonderfully struck 49th minute goal guiding Gladbach home with a 3-2 win.

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    "I would not allow myself to get stuck with this handball," he says. "I looked ahead and wanted to make the game mine, get the best out of the situation. That goal, I believe, was the reward I got."

    Whether he's still at Gladbach by the end of the Championships remains to be seen. This January he's been linked with a summer move to Bayern, Real Madrid, Tottenham as well as Borussia Dortmund, where his current coach Rose currently is in pole position to take over next term. However, given Dortmund's financial and sporting situation, the Schwarzgelben are currently not considering trying to trigger the reported €40 million release clause, sources have told ESPN.

    "Those rumours... they are not an issue right now," Neuhaus says. "I feel well here at Borussia Monchengladbach. We have big goals. And that's why it's just not an issue and it's not affecting me at all. I am delighted to be here. I want to be successful here." Sources have told ESPN that there will be no rushed decision over his future and staying at Gladbach is a realistic option. In his third season now, he has long become a key player for the club.

    With Gladbach in a good position in three competitions, Neuhaus is chasing silverware. The league looks like it'll be heading to Bayern Munich, but the DFB-Pokal is wide-open. Bayern are already out after their shock defeat at Kiel and Gladbach are building in confidence having beaten Bayern, RB Leipzig and Dortmund at their Gladbach Park home. Then there's the Champions League, where Manchester City lie in wait. It's all new for Neuhaus, but he's not rushing things, nor will he shy away from the challenge.

    "Those are special games," he says. "We have shown in the Bayern game that we do not need to hide from the big teams."
     
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    Don't know much about him, but he looks terrific here.



    Great ball control and press resistance. You could see him playing the Gini role.
     
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    Receiving the ball with your back to goal, and having the skill to turn and beat the press is one of the most difficult skills in football. This guy seems to be absolutely ace at it.
     

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