15 Jul 2021 08:57:13
The echo reporting that Italian press Calciomercato ( spelling) saying we’ve made a bid on Kalidou Koulibaly.

1.) 15 Jul 2021
15 Jul 2021 09:31:04
It’s a lot of money for a 30 year old.
CBs do tend to play on for longer on average. I guess if he’s as good as everyone seems to think, and we can get 6-8 good years out of him, then it’s an exciting transfer as long as we balance it with bringing in youth too.

2.) 15 Jul 2021
15 Jul 2021 09:42:30
This will be an excellent signing and he’ll see out a 3-4 year contract at 30 years old which is what we’ll be paying the transfer fee for. As a centre back I honestly don’t think his age comes into it. Massive improvement on what we have at the moment 👍🏻.

3.) 15 Jul 2021
15 Jul 2021 13:06:47
I’d be happy with 3 to 4 years, downside is no resale value but could be well worth the money being more solid at the back
And in 3 to 4 years we could see Branthwaite and Godfrey.

4.) 15 Jul 2021
15 Jul 2021 14:38:26
I'd take him all day long, I get why people get hung up on the resale value but in this day and age players can let their contracts run down and walk away for free anyway, looking forward to the new season let's get behind the boys and try to create to positive energy, I've long thought we've been cursed haha but got a good feeling about the next few years fingers crossed.

5.) 15 Jul 2021
15 Jul 2021 15:13:58
Remember Ashleigh Williams.

6.) 15 Jul 2021
15 Jul 2021 16:15:53
Remember Richard Gough.

7.) 15 Jul 2021
15 Jul 2021 17:25:14
. and Distin.

8.) 15 Jul 2021
15 Jul 2021 18:48:07
David Weir will have been a similar age when he signed. Must have played 6 seasons.

9.) 15 Jul 2021
15 Jul 2021 19:53:08
Apples and oranges comparison. Mediocre player to a quality player.

10.) 15 Jul 2021
15 Jul 2021 20:03:46
No mate what we are talking about is players who were so-called at the end of their careers who turned out o be fantastic players for us.

11.) 15 Jul 2021
15 Jul 2021 20:47:10
No gough, weir and distan I agree with. The comparison of Williams to koulibaly the players are miles apart in ability and experience.

12.) 15 Jul 2021
15 Jul 2021 21:13:46
Obviously would be a great player, but unless we're recouping that in the sale of Mina or Holgate, or Farhad has written a blank check, it seems to be a misuse of resources. We have some very pressing needs and CB isn't one of them. Even just the time spent by Marcel and co, who could be working on other ins and outs, seems like a misuse.

13.) 15 Jul 2021
15 Jul 2021 22:38:16
Calciomercato saying we've offered 35 million euros but Napoli asking for 60 m Euros.

However, a later article says that they value him at 50 m but nobody seems willing to pay more than 35-49 million and Napoli need to reduce their wage bill.

He's asked for talks with the owner, De Laurentis, to clarify the position. So this one mght be coming to a head?

14.) 16 Jul 2021
16 Jul 2021 17:11:56
I'm comparing Koulibaly with Riquelme, Moutinho and Banega just another punt in the dark by the media.

15.) 16 Jul 2021
16 Jul 2021 19:13:28
Age doesn't matter, not my money so that doesn't matter, Reid and Gray where not spring chickens.

16.) 17 Jul 2021
17 Jul 2021 06:13:13
Age does matter. Money, whether it's ours or not, does matter. How many posters has there been on this site moaning about players on packages they can't get anywhere else being a massive burden on the club and stopping us finding replacements
He's 30 which isn't that old for a centre back but a 4 year contract has been mentioned which, if true (big if) could be a hindrance in the future and his wages are currently very high. It seems a risk and could cause FFP problems for a position we are not that badly off in.

17.) 18 Jul 2021
18 Jul 2021 17:05:09
Remember Ashley Williams? Wtf! When was AW ever valued at £100m >-D.