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17 Jun 2017 18:14:37
Echo reporting that we have had a major boost in our attempts to sing Mendy from Monaco. Personally don't believe it myself but he would be on the list for ones I would try and persuade (without tapping up). I believe city seemed in pole position to get the deal done, has that stalled at all or us the echo just feeding us false hope again that this might happen?

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17 Jun 2017 18:41:50
I reckon it's false hope as mendy is looking for outrageous wages, we're talking north of £180k a week.

17 Jun 2017 19:23:51
Echo reads this page before writing an article, so that tells you what their word is worth.

17 Jun 2017 20:40:27
When an echo article is posted with *headline* - transfer rumours they are rumours picked up from other outlets they are just reiterating what other papers are saying.

It's the other articles where the echo are actually reporting information they get themselves.

17 Jun 2017 22:33:36
Mendy at 200k a week would be worth it.

Rather that than a new lb every season. Get the best one avavliable right now.

18 Jun 2017 03:42:10
It's not an original Echo report, it's gossip they've regurgitated in their gossip column. That's how clickbait works, X club will stall their negotiations for Z player, Y club haven't made any formal approaches, so then the papers will publish: "Y Club handed MAJOR boost to sign Z player! "

18 Jun 2017 06:17:32
Supermane-We can't pay £200k a week on a left back, that's just obscene.

18 Jun 2017 07:38:14
180k . its not really outrageous in this day and age is it.

18 Jun 2017 07:54:21
It's outrageous but if you want the top players, you have to pay the big money.

18 Jun 2017 08:08:08
I really am concerned by fans saying things like this.

Mendy is a good left back overall, because offensively he is top class. His pace, power and final ball make him an asset in the final third.

However this is a guy who literally cannot defend. Monaco won the league by outscoring everyone. Mendy and Sidibe were the biggest problems for them defensively because as Carragher would say, they are failed wingers.

Don't get me wrong, I'd take Mendy happily. But if people think we are getting the finished article who will solve everything defensively and justify £40m with £180k a week on top; well in my opinion they are sorely mistaken. If you care not for the finances of the club then yes, he is the best option we've looked at. He really isn't the best value though (in my opinion of course) .

{Ed001's Note - not sure about the full backs being their biggest issue, every time I saw them they struggled to defend through the centre more than the flanks. In particular Fabinho would get caught out a lot for me. I think the full backs getting caught out was more a consequence of the way they played than a lack of defensive ability. They may well lack it, but whenever they were back and facing up, they always seemed to handle the threats well, when I watched them.}

18 Jun 2017 08:38:40
I do agree in some respected MK and I wasn't necessarily referring to LFC directly when I said top players command the big salaries, as it is with football these days.

When you factor in all the costs when buying a player, I would rarely see value in today's game mate.

Except maybe Delle Ali of course, where our club failed to see the value in a £5m transfer. But we must have thought Benteke at £34m was value.

It's Bonkers.

18 Jun 2017 09:52:02
If we were willing to pay vvd £200k a week then mendy would be worth it . Good Attacking fullbacks are like gold dust right now in football. Get him along with a good defensive midfielder who can cover when fullbacks attack would be perfect in my opinion.

18 Jun 2017 11:28:44
Do people here not think about the consequences of paying a new player north of £180k a week? And a left back at that! The likes if coutinho, mane, et al would be wanting at least the same and if not more - deservedly so. It sets a precedent for the wage structure of the whole squad. It's not a one off deal. The long term effect just doesn't justify it as a realistic deal.

18 Jun 2017 13:48:47
Left back is arguably our weakest position so I don't mind the club splashing out to rectify it.
I don't mind the club spending big as long as it's wisely, if Mendy is going to have a similar impact to say Mane (we where desperate for a wide player, getting one worked wonders) then go for it.

18 Jun 2017 20:03:01
Both MK and Ed01 are spot on as whether Monaco fullbacks can defend or not is debatable based on the way they play. Sidibe came from Lille where being defensively sound as a unit is paramount. Mendy came from OM where his athleticism and attacking prowess were his main assets but he was a liability defensively and could not defend against a chair. Now will Mendy work here? I don't know but 180k or 200k is way too much for a defender that is defensively dodgy.







 

 

 
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