Gonna address the 5 parts in bold one by one: 1. If you want to win things, then you need a strong squad, and obviously there will be "money sitting on the bench" if you want to be able to rotate your squad and not see a drop in quality. We've seen this season (especially in January) how important a strong squad is - or rather, what happens if you don't have one. 2. Please correct me if I'm wrong but as I recall Teixeira chose to go to China where he could earn silly money. It wasn't a lack of trying, but obviously when a player chooses to go to a crappy league for silly money then it's out of your hands, unless you want to break your entire salary structure. 3. Taking risks by signing players to big contracts before they've actually done anything isn't a recipe for success, just look at what happened with Depay or DiMaria at United for example. United can get signings wrong and take the hit, whereas this club doesn't have the financial wiggle room to do that too much. Thus, I think what FSG are doing in making players earn their higher salaries makes perfect sense, and it's how any business would be run really. There will always be players who choose silly money at PSG/City/Chelsea/United, but the club have done well to target the right sorts of players who buy into the project rather than just coming here for a big paycheck. That isn't to say that signing players to big contracts can't happen - because it does (as exemplified by Milner), but paying young players like Draxler the sort of salary PSG pay him that isn't really reflective of his previous stats or performances is quite risky so I can see why the club wouldn't go through with that. 4. We signed Matip and Klavan with a view of also keeping Sakho and Lovren, so clearly the club isn't averse to signing another center-back. 5. Obviously I don't know for sure if we will sign Brandt + Werner, but they do fit the "young and talented" profile FSG typically likes. As for whether they are proven or not, Brandt scored 9 goals last season as a 19 year old, and has 3 goals and 9 assists this season (comparable to De Bruyne 4 goals and 11 assists for example); and Werner has 16 goals - making him the highest scoring u21 player in the top 5 leagues... They might not be *PL proven*, but as far as 20 and 21 year olds are concerned they look like pretty good options to me - not that I'm a professional scout or anything.