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Charlie Adam to Liverpool

Why should we care about this? Is there something to be read between the lines with this impending transfer?

The Public Valuation

Adam has been a player that Sir Alex has spoken highly of in the past. The manager isn’t one to just throw out empty compliments. So, he must have seen enough in Adam in his displays against us last season to rate him as a more than capable midfielder and distributor of the ball. He went so far as to make the claim that Adam’s corners alone were worth £10m.

Considering our spending thus far this offseason, the transfer fee that Liverpool appear to be paying for Adam appears to be significantly less than what we’ve spent on any of our 3 signings thus far. A lack of funds was clearly not the issue here.

What might this mean?

So how do we make sense of Sir Alex not even registering a blip of (public) interest in Adam thus far leaving Liverpool with a clear and unobstructed path to sign the soon to be former Blackpool player?

Perhaps I’m merely grasping at straws here, but this transfer gives me some hope that the manager feels fairly confident that he can land either Sneijder or Nasri before the new season starts. He must have either received some very positive feedback from Inter and/or Nasri’s agent to believe that he could forego the chance to land Adam for a relatively cheap price and devote his energy and considerably larger chunk of his transfer budget to sign one of his main transfer targets. Perhaps Nasri’s agent has intimated that the Frenchman will throw a tantrum and demand a transfer to United. Perhaps Inter, who have publicly acknowledged their need to sell before they can buy, have already named a price for United to start the bidding at.

There’s no concrete evidence at this point obviously and this is all mere speculation. Whatever it is, I have a feeling we’ll find out within the next couple of days. Hopefully…

PS – I wonder if Liverpool realize that their midfield is pretty deep as it is. Where does Adam fit in?

Shaun

 

129 Comments

129 Comments

  1. Rimmerstweets

    July 8, 2011 at 4:32 pm

    @Madschester

    Do you think Pogba’s ready?

    • [OPTI]Madschester United

      July 8, 2011 at 4:51 pm

      He bosses youth games like a pro… let him learn how to swim with the big fish in EPL games…

      • Rimmerstweets

        July 8, 2011 at 5:04 pm

        @Madschester

        Do you think SAF’s thinking like that? I have my doubts. I think he’s thinking like that about Ravel though, but I reckon Pogba’s at least a year away from readiness.

        Bossing youth games is one thing, even having just a small impact in the first team is a different kettle of fish.

      • tonymontanna4united

        July 8, 2011 at 5:59 pm

        Am a big big fan of pogba and i have no doubts he’ll end up making it here, but for me, tunnicliffe was the man who was closest to making the breakthrough, and hes just been sent on loan for the year. Id like to see pogba and especially ravel, getting games in the CC this season, but i still think pogba needs atleast another year or 2 before we can count on him.

      • tonymontanna4united

        July 8, 2011 at 6:02 pm

        Ian, correct me if im wrong, but didnt you say you do write ups on the reserves? (well used to anyway). If so whats your opinion of young tunnicliffe? I personally think hes going to be a star here. A old school take no prisoners, mean little SOB, box to box midfielder, just what we need. Im actually a little disappointed we sent him out on loan, as i personally felt he was ready for a place in the squad (not as a 1st teamer, but in the gibbo role as 4th/5th choice). Dunno but something tells me this boy will be quality and thats an opinion ive come to from only watching him a handful of times. So id be eager to hear from someone like you whose seen him regularly.

      • Rimmerstweets

        July 8, 2011 at 11:27 pm

        @TonyMontana

        I follow the Academy, or more specifically the U18s.

        I write match previews and I tweet lineups and conditions etc just before the game (live from Carrington or the away ground – no sitting at home using MUTV!) I also tweet any goals scored and other opinion throughout the games. Then I write a match report.

        Re: Tunnicliffe. Yes he’s arguably the most dynamic CM we’ve had at the club since Roy Keane. I’m glad he’s got a loan move tbh, I personally think he’d be hugely overawed with the step up in class, and freeze. I was lucky enough to watch him quite closely before and during the FAYC game at Stamford Bridge and he looked terrified and certainly didn’t make his usual impact on the game. He did get into it later on but definitely not his usual self like he had been in the previous round at Anfield where he took the game by the scruff of the neck when the game looked beyond them.

        His positioning is a bit suspect on occasions (see the first equaliser for Sheff Utd in the 1st Leg of FAYC final as an example) but he’ll improve at Peterboro and hopefully do well there before returning and getting his chances. I think anyone who can tackle, run at pace, pass the ball and influence a game the way he can, will always be in with a chance of making it.

  2. Traverse

    July 8, 2011 at 5:46 pm

    La Gazzetta dello Sport in Italy are reporting that Inter have received a bid of £31mil for Sneijder from Malaga, and £34mil from Manchester United.

    We jet of to USA on Monday. Probably not going to have Sneijder or Nasri by then. Think a bunch of players have been given extra time off (those on u21 duty) and will join the tour later. It’s be great to have all our dealings done by the time we play the MLS All Star team on the 27th.

    • Eddie Griffin

      July 8, 2011 at 6:25 pm

      Malaga’s new owners are certainly aiming high. Pellegrini’s a top manager, and they’re giving him the backing to achieve a lot. It’ll be interesting to see if they can make a serious push at threatening that 2nd tier in La Liga this season.

      We’re also aiming high too. I like it. If we manage to land both Sneijder and Nasri and people still aren’t satisfied, then I’m not sure what more can be done!

      • Grognard

        July 8, 2011 at 7:47 pm

        The problem is that Sneijder and Nasri are both AMF’s and really we only need one of them and either a DMF or a box to box midfielder like Schweinsteiger or Modric. I still would love us to go for Rodwell as I see so much potential in him. Sneijder and Nasri might create more chances for us against Barca and others but who do we have that know how to shut down Xavi and Iniesta. We need a Makelele or Hargreaves badly. Carrick is not the man and Fletcher has declined also.

      • Eddie Griffin

        July 9, 2011 at 12:48 am

        Quite true.

        For the prices that it’d cost us to land Modric (unless something’s changed, Spurs will want us to pay an arm and both legs for him), Rodwell (I see this one happening next summer, if he can stay fit for a full season…or this summer if someone else starts moving for him like with Jones), or Schweinsteiger (one can only dream…), I wonder if we could build a regeneration chamber to give us the Hargreaves that we were supposed to have right now. Problem solved!

  3. RedTan

    July 8, 2011 at 7:14 pm

    So how do we make sense of Sir Alex not even registering a blip of (public) interest in Adam thus far leaving Liverpool with a clear and unobstructed path to sign the soon to be former Blackpool player?

    We take it fergie did not want to buy him as he had other targets

  4. Rimmerstweets

    July 8, 2011 at 10:47 pm

    What do we think about the page being split now after so many comments?

    Are we happy?

    If we’re happy, what’s a fair number to set the split at? I think 100 is a bit high and could move to 50ish?

    Thanks.

    • [OPTI]Madschester United

      July 8, 2011 at 10:53 pm

      I think 100 is good. 50 seems too short. 200 too many.

    • johnsom33

      July 9, 2011 at 1:05 am

      Ian this site sucks now, you have ruined it. 😆 Obviously Im joking. I Love the new reply feature and how it keeps all the comments organized. It was a litlle awkward the first time i looked at it, but Now that Im used to it, I could never go back.

      I think 100 a page is perfect.

      • Rimmerstweets

        July 9, 2011 at 10:41 am

        100 will remain 100

  5. Rimmerstweets

    July 8, 2011 at 11:03 pm

    What about the coloured backgrounds differentiating comments from replies? Are we liking that?

    Are they strong enough? Do they need to be more contrasting?

    Are they just right?

    • [OPTI]Madschester United

      July 8, 2011 at 11:06 pm

      I don’t care either way. The indentation is good enough for me.

      • Traverse

        July 8, 2011 at 11:46 pm

        Yeah noting ‘Main’ comments and the reply chain with shading is a good idea. Allows me to focus on them separately. It was getting a bit tricky to keep track.

  6. Rimmerstweets

    July 8, 2011 at 11:30 pm

    @Mads

    I didn’t think there was enough distinction between them, maybe it’s my ageing eyes or my paranoia someone was going to complain!

    😆

    • [OPTI]Madschester United

      July 9, 2011 at 1:18 am

      I could barely notice the color difference in bright settings… the indentation works for me.

  7. Grognard

    July 9, 2011 at 5:42 am

    I like the changes and especially the reply function. The 100 post limit per page is not one of my faves but I see why it is necessary. The last thing we need is a site that loads so slowly that a preview becomes a review during the process. 😀

    • godzilla

      July 9, 2011 at 6:01 am

      Agree on the 100 post limit. With the new reply function, the 100 post limit does create a problem. gets a bit cumbersome to see own comments and replies to it. if that can be solved, reply funciton will be perfect

      • godzilla

        July 9, 2011 at 6:06 am

        Different shading looks good as well. Like the iPHONE chat in a way 😉

  8. Rimmerstweets

    July 9, 2011 at 10:39 am

    Thanks for the feedback.
    8)

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