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Wednesday, 26 July 2017

Jean-Michaël Seri a lot of talk, nothing happening


Tottenham are reported to be ready to step up efforts to sign Jean-Michaël Seri whose versatility appeals to Mauricio Pochettino suggest France Football.

Jean Michaël Seri is an Ivorian international (he has 13 full international caps, scoring 1 goal) who generally plays as a central midfielder for OGC Nice in the Ligue 1. Last season he played 29 games as a central midfielder (Mousa Dembele role), 8 games as a defensive midfielder (Victor Wanyama role) and 1 as a substitute.

Transfermarkt value him at £11.9 million (€13.34m - AUS$19.64m - US$15.53m), Swansea bid
£16.95 million (€19m - AUS$27.96m - US$22.13m) say French daily newspaper L'Equipe (which presumably includes add-ons), while Roma refused to pay his £35.7 million (€40m - AUS$58.86m - US$46.59m).

It should be remembered that a release clause is not a transfer value, it is an inflated figure clubs put in contracts to prevent players moving, making them too expensive for other clubs to buy. That is their sole purpose and certainly is Spanish contracts, it is the player who has to pay the release fee, often plus taxes, to get out of his contract. Naturally, although you are not supposed to, clubs find a way of reimbursing the player they want to purchase, they don't usually have to pay the release fee as a transfer fee themselves.

Manchester United, Liverpool, Chelsea, Everton, PSG, AC Milan, Inter Milan and Arsenal have all been credited with an interest as have Spanish giants Barcelona, although that was more he saying he wouldn't turn them down. Arsenal are claimed to be very interested and even favourites in some quarters, but they haven't even made a bid yet.

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  1. We definitely do need to get some top quality players in. Levy might be right, these fees might not be sustainable, but they are where the market is at right now. They may have to drop in future fair enough, and clubs may have to take a hit if they sell later, but for now if we want to strengthen we need to bite the bullet. And if we are to mount a PL challenge, a UCL challenge, even remain in the top four, then strengthen we must.
    Our first team, with no injuries, is equal to all those challenges. But, our bench is not, and therein lies our problem. It showed in last season's FA Cup semi. Chelsea brought Hazard off the bench! We had Sissoko, N'koudou, Janssen... It showed in European games. We hadn't the strength in depth to rotate the squad and still put out a strong winning team.
    Bringing youth through is laudable. But not enough are good enough. Good yes, but not enough to take to the pitch without a noticeable drop in quality.
    So I'm sorry, but Levy is bullshitting you. Poch seems to be going along with it but for how long? Daniel has got £45m for Walker. He may well get £40m for Dier yet, if the boy pushes it. Will he spend it? Or will be look to hold onto it, and buy a cheap imitation?
    You tell me.

  2. I see there's no question Levy's right. I'm not impressed by the argument that the other side may be right but let's not follow that logically. Let's just do what all the lemmings are doing anyway - because we don't have the gonads to be different.

    Sorry. I have to stick with DL & MP on this one.




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