Scott_LFC wrote:I'd honestly prefer Mane to Vardy and there's a huge age difference there too. If Vardy didn't have a release clause, the figure would be similar to Mane, imo, especially when you consider Watford are rejecting £25 million for Deeny.
You paid £30 million for Xhaka and don't even pretend he's a "top, top player". United paid a huge sum for Martial, who Mane has beat on almost every stat for last season (quickly looked at pass success, key passes, goals scored, assists, etc and Mane came out on top on all)
United also spent £30 million on Bailly.
I still don't think Mane is that great a signing, but what you said is rubbish tbh. Other teams are spending similar amounts on similar-tier players.
Leicester and to an extent Watford are irresponsible retards as well. In a sane world Deeney would be worth £10million and even then people would laugh at how high the price is. If you're actually using Leicester as a measuring stick for pulling power than lol.
I can see positives and negatives for both Mane and Vardy. I actually think/thought the Vardy deal was shit, but at the end of the day for me the Vardy deal still suits our mandate better than the Mane deal suits Liverpool.
Xhaka is not a "top, top player" but cost £25million that will (almost definitely) rise to £30million. (Apparently) Your fee for Mane could rise to £36million but you're still paying £34million upfront regardless. That's a pretty major difference. Xhaka isn't a bargain by any means, but that's definitely market value for a young, CL experienced player that has been consistently ranked amongst the best midfielders in the Bundesliga. Look at it this way, I'd be OK if Xhaka just kept his current level and never improved, that would still make it a good deal. Would you be happy paying £36million if Mane played for you the same way he's played for Southampton?
Sanchez cost £30million, £6million less than Mane. Ozil cost £42million, £6million more than Mane. Fabregas cost £30million, £6million less than Mane. Costa cost £32million, £4million less than Mane. Mkhitaryan is about to cost United £23million, £13million less than Mane. It's a long list. Good deals are out there, but it looks like these players don't want to come to you so instead you're slinging serious money on inferior players. I personally don't think Mane is a good player and isn't worth anywhere near that amount. But he's got age on his side and maybe Klopp can improve him so I could very well be proven wrong in the future. I thought Ozil would be out of this world and he didn't really turn out like that so I'm not immune from making an incorrect judgement.
Everyone laughed at United when they spent that money on Martial and they are still laughing over the money they spent for Bailly, don't worry. But United are in a completely different bracket of club to you, they are being fleeced because they are rich. You're being fleeced because you're desperate and have nowhere else to turn.
Just as a side you note, I'm not sure if you're saying Mane is better than Martial or what? Your comment was a little ambiguous.