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  • sideshow sideshow May 12, 2008 16:06 Flag

    Thats what we are up against!!!

    Chelsea, finish second by two point, nine points ahead of us, and then immediately spend 16m on a right back.

    Now I know we spend 20+ on Torres, and 18m ish on Masch, but they are down the spine of our team. I can't imaging us ever being able to find that sort of money for a defender, especially a full back.

    Once again, we are chasing United, and Chelsea, one heavily funded by a billionaire who doesn't care and the other leveraged hugely on debt.

    Either business model doesn't appeal to me, but how to close a gap that exists already, and they can spend spend spend to make wider?

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    • Well true esp since Skrtel was only £6m .. that says it all and he was our record signing for a defender !!!

    • Doesn't mean that the player they've bought will suit and adapt to the EPL does it? How many times as Chelsea wasted money on players?

    • In addittion who knows what'll happen in June when DIC or a group associated with DIC takes over ... I'm sure LFC will have then pot loads of cash to spend.. and getting top players won't be a problem !!!

      • 1 Reply to LFC_Armchair_Supporter
      • The story on the DIC group when they were actually in the running to buy the club before they gave the club.... 24hrs to make up their mind...was that they were only looking to buy the club then put nothing else in either for players or for the new stadium and then sell the club on at a hefty profit a little way down the line.
        Now it seems that suddenly DIC are being regarded as the potential saviours of the club this summer from :The Evil Yanks: ? So...whats the :real deal: with DIC ? Certainly they have more than sufficient funds to make us more than just competetive with the top three BUT will they spend them to that end ? Ive read somewhere that they are in favour of a bigger stadium capacity than the sixty thousand the Yanks are talking about...makes sense to me a 75,000 seater. If they are in for the long-haul then they will splash the cash I think it would be very advisable to get that long haul gaurantee from them before considering them the potential saviours of LFC.

    • The scary part is, this could be the average transfer fee spent by Chelsea this year, rather than one of the larger ones. Depending on what happens to some of their big names like Lampard and Drogba who are rumored to leave, plus depending on whether its Grant or some-one else in charge, their could be a major re-tooling at Stamford Bridge. The mega bucks rumor that would bring Messi to Chelsea, I'm sure its nothing more than press talk, but they maybe spending that kind of silly money on someone.

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      • And the bizarre thing is we have a huge squad already. Something like 26 players played for us last year and in January we bought two good looking players who haven't yet played. So unless Chelsea is going to move to having three possible first teams, any players coming in are going to have to displace large numbers going out.

        For example, we already have two right backs, both of whom have won the CL, one of whom recently extended his contract. And that's without Essien playing there when we play Makelele, Lampard and Ballack in midfield.

        FWIW I don't believe Lampard is going to leave. Never have. Drogba - who knows? He still has two years left on his contract and it is rumoured RA doesn't need the money.


    • I really don't think you can compare the two - Skrtel is a class defender from what I have seen, he can play the ball better even than Agger, and he doesn't just hoof it when he's in a tight spot.

      There is no guarantee either than Boswinga will be a success. It would be superb if we did have the financial muscle to compete, but Rafa is right, its finding the right player. Our reserve side is proof of this - if 2 of them make the grade and get promoted to the first team, then it will have saved is millions.

      Look at Insua, if he does make that step up, and I am confident he can, then it will have saved us £10 million!

    • :-)