3 days before the transfer window shuts. Let us know earlier.
Get out. If you don't want to be here, you're not bigger than the club.
Oh, no doubt. And it's to another English club too. I'd cut him a little more slack if it was some club like Barca.
I'd set the price at £60 (at least) million plus a prospect and a clause forbidding him to play against Liverpool next week, and I wouldn't budge. Get City involved in the bidding if you need to.
If he'd done this a few weeks ago, they'd be at least able to go after the likes of Dzeko. At this point, what other striker could they go get? Maybe Aguero? But he's not the type to lead the line and wouldn't be a great fit with Suarez. I'd be interested in Carroll, but I seriously doubt Newcastle would throw away a shot at Europe by selling him now. Maybe Benzema is worth a shot.
Originally Posted by CapitalsCup2012
So....how does that work? Does he have to be transferred?
Nope. Liverpool have denied his request.
But he'll likely be off in the Summer if he's not sold now. The situation between him and the fans will be completely untenable.
I'm happy for Bradley. He's incredibly underrated. Hopefully it gets him a little bit more notice amongst mainstream America. Or as mainstream as America gets over soccer.
saw a very interesting survey on favorite sports in america. football (predictably) led the way at about 35%, something like 12% was baseball, then college football, then basketball/soccer/hockey all in there at about 5%. those numbers will change in favor of soccer as demographics continue to shift in this country.
bradley is a very good player. hope he gets some time there. epl is a good training ground for central midfielders learning to make quick decisions before their legs get broken...
as for how the transfer works, he placed a transfer request, which basically says "I want to move, and you better let me". Liverpool have since rejected it. The request is his demand to go, and with it, he shows intent by being willing to reject part of the transfer fee, which is given to players who are shipped off. that's a hefty fee in this case (it's usually a few percentages of the sale) though he would probably recoup much of it with a new contract bonus, and increased wages (rumblings that he would go from 110k a week to 200k in pounds of course).
Liverpool have said no, have an iron clad contract for more than 2 seasons (less than two seasons would mean he could buy it out, stamp his feet, and Liverpool might be screwed) but at this point, they probably sell because an unhappy player is effectively worthless.
I'm fine with 45 or so and Anelka/Sturridge. I wish City needed a striker, but if he wants to go, shove off.
As for who they get? At this point, they've got some irons in the fire, but it's unlikely that they could secure an Aguero or another top player.
That's what makes me angry, more so than him wanting to leave, it's the fact that he's doing it with 3 days left in the window (at which point transfers are closed).
On that note, i wouldnt' be surprised if Liverpool complain about Chelski tapping him up. Which means they talked to him before the offer was filed. That's against regulations, though it happens often.
Maybe King Kenny will pull a whiskey nose and do like Ronaldo and tell him he wont' move till summer and to shut up.
Apparently both Aguero and Llorente have minimum fee release clauses, so there wouldn't need to be any need to negotiate a fee with their clubs, just personal terms. Getting Llorente would be sort of humorous to me, as you'd be replacing Fernando Torres Sanz with Fernando Llorente Torres.
And one additional note on the whole fiasco is that apparently Torres wrote the request before the Suarez transfer, at least partly because he was frustrated with the lack of additions, and his agent submitted after the Suarez transfer was agreed.
So there's potentially a way back in with a large portion of the fans.
No, there's no way back. He had to know at least some inkling, and his throwing them under the bus (the fans) at this point is done.
We let Gerrard back (well, some) because he's a Scouser. Torres, not so much.
Both have release clauses, but both are probably for La Liga teams only. Contract situations there maintain that they have to put them in for other Spanish clubs just in case. They don't have to consider them for teams in England.
He won't get a ton of playing time. Their midfield is full. Lots of players who don't play much now. He isn't really underrated. He didn't play a ton in Germany, and I'm not sure he will at Villa.
Back on Chelsea, it's a good move for them. They can repair the squad by throwing money at it, and in the EPL, there isn't much better than Torres (except Drogba/Rooney when they're into it).
Bradley was playing fine at Mongenblack (or however you spell it), but had missed a couple of starts recently as the manager was just trying to throw anything together that worked. Bradley holds the record for most goal in a season by an American at a top tier European club. Hopefully with Ireland moving out of Vista, that'll open up the room Bradley needs to get on the field. He'll at least be amongst familiar American faces there.
As far as Torres, Chelsea would be better pressed spending that money on 2 defenders, or a defender an a speedy winger than on Torres. Nothing against Torres, he just isn't what Chelsea really need. Chelsea would be better off playing Kalou up front more often, and cycling between a 4-headed beast of Kalou/Drogba/Anelka/Malouda. They need help in the midfield since Lampard can't stay healthy. Essien hasn't done anything in the attacking half this year (hasn't scored with his foot yet), and Ramirez has shown he may have potential, just not until he puts on another 15-20 lbs. of muscle.