23 Jul 2021 20:19:53
I see Everton and Palace are supposed to, be interested in Marvelous Nakamba.
11m mentioned, wonder who dug this one up.

1.) 23 Jul 2021
23 Jul 2021 21:46:56
Yes I read that story to Dave, apparently Marvelous is high on Benitez and Viera’s wish list, it will be interesting to see if either club follow up the interest with a bid. I know a lot on here like Nakamba but for me if the offer was more than we paid then I would let him go but I think I am in the minority in holding that view.

2.) 23 Jul 2021
23 Jul 2021 23:06:53
Yeah I like him John, but I am a bit like you, in respect of every player has a price, I have always had that belief.
As with Jack, three players of the quality we are looking at, ie Bailey, Cantwell and Alverez for the price of Jack, could only be good for the club.
Although it would be nice to keep him, Villa come before any player, that should never be forgotten.

3.) 24 Jul 2021
23 Jul 2021 21:38:14
I saw it too. If we had signed Papa Mata Sarr it might be believable. But we didn't. As it stands we don't need to sell, do we? Can't see him going even for twice that.

4.) 24 Jul 2021
24 Jul 2021 10:11:00
Agree that every player has a price. I wouldn’t entertain offers under 20 million for Marvelous, and adding just 10 million to that could get us a significant upgrade in Sander Berge.

5.) 24 Jul 2021
24 Jul 2021 12:17:40
Yes Mark, agree 20m+ for me.
Berge would be a real good signing for us I feel, but things have gone very quiet on him, I am wondering if his injury history, is putting question marks over his suitability.

6.) 24 Jul 2021
24 Jul 2021 13:55:22
Yes Dave, 30 million + for Berge would be a bit of a risk if there are injury issues. I like Romeu also, but I’m sure Southampton would be very reluctant to part with him.
He’s 29 but the way young Lamare Bogarde is progressing, that might not prove to be a problem. Not sure if Bissouma is Liverpool bound or not, but he really is top drawer and would be a massive upgrade.
I would be happy enough if Marvelous stays though, as I thought he did an excellent job at times and I think he could improve as a player.

7.) 24 Jul 2021
24 Jul 2021 14:39:07
Bissouma is a good shout mate, although defensive Mid is not his preferred position, where as it is Berges natural and preferred spot.

8.) 24 Jul 2021
24 Jul 2021 14:47:00
£20 million for Nakamba would be Marvelous 🤣🤣. I like Bissouma to but I think he he will be looking at a team that has qualified for Europe tbh. It wouldn’t surprise me if Utd lose Pogba they move for him I think he is the best defensive midfielder in the league, but I think he will cost big big money particularly as Brighton will have lost Ben White they won’t be under excessive pressure to sell.

9.) 27 Jul 2021
27 Jul 2021 09:18:26
I do think Jack will stay, however I am becoming a little worried that we appear to be stalling on new signings. Buendia is an example of how the club can get a player if a target is established, I'm concerned that other targets are now being overpriced because they know Villa has money to spend, not to mention the need to show Grealish ambition. We may end up having to pay over the odds if we want to swim!

10.) 27 Jul 2021
27 Jul 2021 19:47:14
I discovered a group on line that evaluate the reliability of all these reports on Twitter etc. - The Informer GB. I understand they look at historical accuracy of past football reports from journalists/ aggregators, the validity of the reputed source backgrounds etc. Their finding suggest the Nakamba story comes from a grade 5 source (5 = totally fabricated) .

Conversely, they report the Bailey story is backed by reliable sources. It appears Leverkusen feel our 2nd bid warrants dialogue and both teams are talking. Although not a done deal, it appears there are grounds for optimism.

Alas, sorry to end this post on a bit of a down note, but the reliability of both the Cantwell and Alvarez stories and their sources is very questionable, although they add the Will Hughes interest was likely to be genuine, assuming The Informer’s stars are all correctly aligned.