A suggestion over the weekend had it that the Blues had already lodged a bid of around €45m with Torino that was knocked back but Tuttosport are now claiming that a new bid is being prepared.
Belotti, 26, had scored 15 goals this season before the Serie A campaign was suspended as Covid-19 gripped Italy, taking his tally to 72 league goals in 162 games for Torino.
According to the report, Torino are keen to keep hold of the Italian international but he is contemplating leaving the club after five years.
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1 Posted 14/04/2020 at 09:58:18
We have no idea if or when there will be a transfer window. We have no idea how much money will be in anybody's pot.
Any half-decent Italian is being linked with us because of our manager. But frankly, it's all bull until we start getting some sort of normality back.
Keep safe, guys.
2 Posted 14/04/2020 at 10:03:23
3 Posted 14/04/2020 at 10:08:29
4 Posted 14/04/2020 at 10:28:35
So not only are we not allowed out, we are not allowed to cheer each other up.
5 Posted 14/04/2020 at 10:30:21
As Martin above says, there is nothing else for the million sports media outlets to talk about so they resort to conjecture. The good the bad and mostly ugly. It's to be taken with a bucket of salt.
I think whoever we sign will be largely counter-balanced by who we sell. I cannot see a spending splurge at all, in the main it will be one out and one in. Constructive wheeler-dealing to strengthen and balance the squad where necessary, with a minimal positive outlay.
6 Posted 14/04/2020 at 10:35:42
Your joke may be safe there!
7 Posted 14/04/2020 at 11:32:21
I'll have to stop you there...….. ooops, too late, I see! :-)
Seriously though, it does seem illogical talking about the possibility of future Transfers when we don't know whether the season will finish, be re-started later, or scrapped altogether, let alone be discussing who may go or who may come in.
In all fairness to the Editors, rather than leave old news on TW, maybe they see it as a diversity from the mundanity of our collective situations at present, and in doing so, also attach hope that things may get back to whatever normal will be.
8 Posted 14/04/2020 at 11:57:55
Actually, maybe we should only be signing Scouse kids...
9 Posted 14/04/2020 at 13:53:43
As for Belotti, he's scored consistently for a few seasons now in a quality league. Most others in that bracket are playing for big clubs / Champions League and are out of our reach. So it's sort of tempting but:
● 26, dwindling resale value
● Would Man Utd, Spurs, Chelsea, or Arsenal buy him? I have my doubts... (He's got more of a West Ham kind of vibe.)
● Is he really that much better than Calvert-Lewin is now? (Goals per game quite similar and Calvert-Lewin improving all the time.)
● Where does that leave Kean? (Who I have faith in provided we sort the midfield out.)
So ultimately I think it's better to focus on recruits for the midfield to create the chances for the good forwards we have.
10 Posted 14/04/2020 at 14:15:43
Thing is, we didn't pay firesale/damaged stock prices either, but as you imply many Clubs will be struggling on resumption of normality. (whatever/whenever that will be)
Maybe, just maybe, we will be able to secure a couple of real bargains, as opposed to what we have generally done historically.
11 Posted 14/04/2020 at 15:13:33
Central midfield, right-wing and centre-back are far bigger concerns. Right-back too.
I think the only way there is any truth in rumours of a new striker is if Carlo plans to play Richarlison on the right wing.
12 Posted 14/04/2020 at 17:14:27
I saw a bloke in Tesco today. In his trolley he had 5 crates of San Miguel, 4 paellas, 6 links of Chorizo, 4 jars of jalapenos and a Pignata. I thought to myself... Hispanic buying.
13 Posted 14/04/2020 at 18:52:18
14 Posted 14/04/2020 at 18:57:46
Very funny, mate.
15 Posted 14/04/2020 at 19:14:33
Carlo may be a pull, if Everton persuade him away from CL. I'd rather we work with Calvert-Lewin and Kean though.
16 Posted 14/04/2020 at 19:37:03
17 Posted 14/04/2020 at 22:40:53
A man goes into a Chinese restaurant: “Waiter, I am reading a book on Chinese history and wondered if there was such a thing as Chinese Jews?"
Waiter says, "I don't know, will ask manager ok?"
Waiter comes back and says, "We have Orange juice or Tomato juice."
18 Posted 14/04/2020 at 23:49:56
(Actually, I like that one)
19 Posted 15/04/2020 at 04:47:47
20 Posted 15/04/2020 at 09:42:07
I don't recall deleting any jokes of yours... Are you thinking of the rather tasty one at #25 on the previous Gomes thread? I probably shouldn't draw attention to it as no doubt some snowflakes somewhere will be offended by it.
21 Posted 15/04/2020 at 10:02:30
I used to put every one of them up on here as I was curious how many might have even a grain of truth. It didn't take long to see that between 95 and 99% of the stories were utter rubbish – at least they never came to anything.
But I guess that's the literal realist in me looking for accuracy in an era way before 'fake news' crippled our critical faculties. And the flipside of this reality is the absolutely huge interest by so many of our readers in these Rumour Mill threads. I assume that is still true in the current crisis, even though I would believe our daily readership numbers are significantly down on normal times.
And there's always that nagging possibility that the club are in fact still working actively to identify and negotiate pre-contracts with future players, even while there are apparently 'more important' concerns to worry about. (Have we not heard of multi-tasking, people? A large portion of businesses could go on, with full physical distancing in place, which is where I think the government is scoring a painful own-goal by bringing unnecessary damage to the economy... but I digress!)
So that leaves us at TW with a challenge: do we simply ignore this transfer nonsense for all the very valid reasons provided? Or do we look carefully through the plethora of transfer clickbait rubbish to pick out ones from sources that we know in the past have some credibility? We can't be certain such a process is foolproof, but I believe that's what Lyndon is doing with the relatively rare and selective reports he is putting up.
22 Posted 15/04/2020 at 10:13:18
Here's another one:
A Jewish gentleman got run over and a lady came out of a shop and lifted his head up and put a cushion down and put his head back on it and said to him, “Are you comfortable?”
He looked up, shrugged and replied, “Well, I make a living.”
Mike (19). Alright, I know, I've already got it.
23 Posted 15/04/2020 at 10:39:50
It's the pathetic nature of the wages and massive price-tags that some journalists still peddle, that is hard to fathom. Pure ridiculous sensationalism, that will only help to turn more people off football imo. I can't believe the journalists who continue to tell us such drivel can't even begin to see this?
24 Posted 15/04/2020 at 10:43:04
I think most of us take the rumours with a pinch of salt but it is a bit of lighthearted fun and they invariably promote Interesting debate and discussion. If a particular player is linked, it can start a discussion about a player in that position is not needed (like Belotti) and a top-quality central midfielder or left-footed centre-back is who we should be after as the priority.
So, even if the rumour turns out to be spurious, it still can inspire some good analysis of how we need to improve the team.
I think Lyndon has the balance just right.
25 Posted 16/04/2020 at 16:44:38
26 Posted 16/04/2020 at 22:30:32
We would then have three quality players vying to play in the two centre-forward positions. I'd also be happy playing Richarlison back on the left or right if Bolletti and Calvert-Lewin were in a rich vein of form. I'll keep my fingers crossed this one happens.
27 Posted 17/04/2020 at 10:13:22
28 Posted 17/04/2020 at 15:50:04
Now I'm shite at Maths at my own admission but even I know that 65% of his goals aren't penalties. Around 1 goal in every 5 is a penalty.
He also does a lot more than score goals. He is very good at holding the ball and is strong and pacey. While my waxing lyrical may seem OTT, he's also a lot better than you think.
29 Posted 17/04/2020 at 16:02:48
30 Posted 18/04/2020 at 10:24:45
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