- Sep 13, 2015
You are probably right and as I said previously the cynic in my think we're being used to drive up the price.Dropping world record fees on a goalkeeper and defender made sense because there was a clear urgent need in the first team to get the very best available for those positions.
You’re talking about buying a squad player - someone to cover Mane and Salah.
Signing Van Dijk and Alisson were exceptional moves, rather than something we should expect to be repeated.
Of the four names mentioned regularly - Mbappe, Sancho, Havertz and Werner - it’s Werner who makes most sense. He is versatile - able to play anywhere across the front three, available at a reasonable price and already used to our style of play through his time at Leipzig. We already have a good relationship with the club, who you’d imagine would be keen to keep him away from Bayern.
Havertz and Sancho who be 100m signings, and I don’t think the club go there unless they are trying to replace a key player.
However the romantic in me does see how it could work, could see how we easily have the money for him, see how with Salah potentially missing around to 12 games due to the Olympics and AFCON and Mane missing 6 games due to the AFCON we do need a player who is at their ability or close to.. Origi is not that player.
We've hardly spent anything for awhile, as Nikola says we could raise around £70mil from fringe players, so dropping £100mil on a player who whilst won't be an automatic starter would come straight in and become part of a world class attacking group of players.
It's City 17/18 levels of depth.