- Sep 25, 2012
I'm not saying we are getting Mbappe. For all I know we don't even want to try.The Neymar to Real interest all came from Neymar. While the club looked into the possibilty, because why wouldn't you when Neymar is telling your players that he is desperate to move to your club, they decided at the time the fee was too much and never put in any kind of offer. They were never actively pursuing him and they couldn't give a fuck about never signing Neymar.
Mbappe to Real is different. He wants them and they want him. He doesn't want to re-sign with PSG despite an increase in wages.
PSG don't want to sell and from the sounds of things are prepared to lose him on a free. Perhaps it's a game of chicken, and they'll accept a lesser (but still large) fee from Real when he has a year left.
When Mbappe does move to Real, he will not be doing so for no wages. He and his agent will look to get paid as much as possible, no matter if wages are not the most important thing, any player at the highest level would want the most money they can get. And I'm not saying it's so he buy overly expensive wellies. But the more money you can get the better you can provide for friends and family and donate more to charity.
We might well be interested in Mbappe and have made enquiries, like Real did with Neymar, but the likely outcome is we'll never make an actual offer because we know the deal is largely improbable because he's going to Madrid.
What I have a problem with is the following assertions;
1; We can't bring him in because of wages. The difference between Mbappes current deal and Salahs current deal is less than the difference between Mbappes deal with Nike and Neymars deal with Nike. Along with other endorsements Mbappe coming here on a deal that matches Salah could increase his total combined income, maybe even significantly.
2; We can't afford him. We will probably only add one or two players each summer now unless something unexpected happens. We have great depth and balance with fantastic youth players ready to take the squad roles. We have record incomes and we could end up selling over 100 million worth of players this summer that wouldn't even need replacing.
3; Real Madrid can afford to buy him this summer. I don't see it. I really think Reals financial strength is like how people kept talking of Wenger being a great developer of talent up till he got fired. Its something built on activity that is now years old, completely out of date, and there has been no evidence of it for at least 5 maybe 10 years.
4; We don't need a top forward who plays in the style of Mane and Salah, cover options are good enough. Just will never agree with this. A smaller number of higher quality players is better to me than a larger number of players, some quality, others you will use as little as you can get away with. The smaller numbers means you can give more chances to youth players and the higher quality means you don't see drop offs.
If people disagree with me on these things it's fine, I can deal with opinions. But a lot of people are posting on here telling me how I'm wrong. Not sharing an opinion. Without hard evidence such as inside knowledge or the ability to see the future people can't know just like I can't. Theres a lot of certainty on here. I don't see the basis for the certainty.