New contracts

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Any news on the Lukaku and Barkley contract extensions?

I recall in December Romelu’s agent announcing his new contract to be 99.9% but have heard nothing since.

More troubling is the lack of action on Barkley. The club announced in December that a new contract would be forthcoming after the New Year. In June 2018, he is a free agent... I would be gutted if the club had to sell this summer.

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Charlie Lloyd
1 Posted 22/01/2017 at 18:37:42
Interesting point this.

It was nearly there for Lukaku before Christmas then no news since.

Barkley will possibly being engaged with, obviously via his agent, I expect some news before Easter or it'll start rumours going. He's picked up a bit of form lately and looks a bit trimmer and hungry too. It won't have gone unnoticed by potential suitors.

Anthony Dwyer
2 Posted 23/01/2017 at 01:56:05
Two of our main lads, its as big a must for us as Ozil and Sanchez are for Arsenal, let's get it sorted out.
David Ellis
3 Posted 23/01/2017 at 10:54:35
I am sure Barkley will stay with us - not just out of loyalty, we simply are the right level of team for him at the moment.

Lukaku - if we make the Europa League then that may also be true for him unless a crazy offer comes in from what he consider a CL club, but thankfully there aren't many CL clubs that (a) can afford him and (b) want him.

Gareth Clark
4 Posted 23/01/2017 at 11:07:21
Looks like Lukaku is very happy at the club now (touch wood)... The likes of Bolasie, Lookman & Sneiderlin look to be good mates of his now. Which is great work from Koeman!

There is a good feeling around the team now & that encourages players to want to extend.

I would not be surprised if Lukaku & Barkley sign an extension soon!

McCarthy might want to leave for first team football, I'll be gutted, but fair enough - especially when Besic is back fit.

We need to get in another winger, striker, defender & goalkeeper.

I was set on getting Depay, not sure who we should go for in the winger department.

Someone like Haller now, or Slimani maybe in the the summer window (due to Leicester's tough time).

Lamine Kone or Van Dijk (if we can get him) as the defender.

And someone like Butland or Pickford in goal would be perfect.

I was going to say someone like Baba Rahman or Jordan Lukaku as a LB/LWB backup would be good - but maybe Garbutt would suit that role?

Keep Jags for now, but get rid of Gibson, Kone, McGeady.

Hopefully Deulofeu comes back a better player - I prefer him over Mirallas (although Mirallas works very hard).

A fully fit team of:

Kone, Williams, Funes Mori
Coleman, Idrissa, Schneiderlin, Baines
Barkley, Bolasie

Stekelenburg, Holgate, Garbutt, Davies, Besic, Mirallas, Slimani

Brian Harrison
5 Posted 23/01/2017 at 11:26:18
Contracts are not worth the paper they are written on, well as far as players go. They sign contracts only as a bargaining tool, it guarantees that they will not earn less than the money agreed for the next xxx years. Now if after 12 months the team are doing well his agent will be back in asking for improved terms. But if the team get relegated they are still obligated to pay him whatever his in his contract.

So its always a win win situation for players especially when they sign 4- 5 year contracts. Just look at Pienaar hardly played for the last 18 months of his contract yet still collected his 㿲,000 per week. How often has Gibson or Besic been fit during the past 12 months.

As for Lukaku he signed an improved contract which put him on 𧴜,000 per week but no guarantee he would stay after the season ends.

David Ellis
6 Posted 23/01/2017 at 11:51:50
Contracts are worth something. Without them the player can leave for a free transfer for starters. If you mean that a player doesn't necessarily intend to stay for 4 years if he signs a 4 year deal then yes you are correct.

But it's not always in their best interest to have a long term deal - it depends what happens to their value in the meantime, and they make a lot more money at the time of transfer if they've managed to run down their contract because they can get a signing on fee in lieu of the transfer fee. Lukaku has given up the chance to run down his contract and cash in on a larger sign on payment because he's signed a new contract which gives him more money now.

Brent Stephens
8 Posted 23/01/2017 at 11:56:25
Brian "Contracts are not worth the paper they are written on, well as far as players go. They sign contracts only as a bargaining tool, it guarantees that they will not earn less than the money agreed for the next xxx years".

If the contract is not worth the paper it's written on, I don't see how "it guarantees they will earn.. etc etc".

Ray Roche
9 Posted 23/01/2017 at 11:57:17
Brian, I'd be astonished if Pienaar was on £70k a week, that would have made him our highest paid player ever (at that time).

Gareth#4. Isn't Butland out for the season due to injury?. I'd also give any African players who would want a jolly every two years to the AFCON a swerve as well. Look at how Sunderland have struggled with losing key players at this time of the season.

Gareth Clark
10 Posted 23/01/2017 at 12:16:56
Ray #9

Yes Butland has been out,

But that will mean he will be a lot cheaper - but just an option.

We need a leader in goal though - wouldn't mind Hart tbh.

Dave Richman
11 Posted 23/01/2017 at 12:36:16
What's wrong with the keeper we have now?

Also Gareth, just a quick point about Garbutt . He was by all accounts terrible at Fulham last season in the Championship, and this season is unable to get into a Wigan side which is struggling at the bottom of the Championship - 8 appearances so far. He's the same age as Lukaku, and 6 months older than Barkley so I doubt he will be the answer

Paul Smith
12 Posted 23/01/2017 at 12:48:49
If we could sign 3 -4 players in this or next window it would be striker Batsuyahi/ Lacazette, centre back Keane/ Kone, keeper Hart/ Pickford and left wing back Van Arnholt.

That would give us a starting team in 3-5-2 of Hart, Holgate, Keane, Funes Mori, Coleman, Van Arnholt, Gueye, Schneiderlin, Barkley/ Davies, Batsuyahi, Lukaku.
Subs: Robles, Williams, Besic, Mirallas, Lookman, Barkley/ Davies, Calvert-Lewin.

That looks a very strong team with a lot of energy about it. I've reluctantly replaced Baines for younger legs but still feel he may have 1 oir 2 years left.

Anthony Dwyer
13 Posted 23/01/2017 at 15:26:31
Can't understand anyone who wants us to buy that Kone from Sunderland, looks like an absolute dog every time I watch him.

I'd take Sako off the rs before Kone!

But before splashing the cash on a centre half, I firmly believe Galloway, Browning and John Joe Kenny etc need to be given a chance as Holgate and Mori are clearly good enough to be first choice and Williams was the managers choice.

Robles deserves a chance to cement his place, saving us £10m we could use elsewhere, if he fails then Hart is a proven keeper.

Trevor Lynes
14 Posted 23/01/2017 at 15:53:17
I just hope that the transfer window is not going to close without us signing a decent second striker and a proper play maker. All has gone really quiet ever since the Doffodil incident closed.

We have sent Niasse and Cleverley out on loan plus now Deulofeu and Jagielka are appearing as surplus to requirements. Bolasie out for at least a year. Valencia is not good enough to cover Lukaku.

I do not share the blind optimism of some of our fans who seem satisfied with Schneiderlin as our only acquisition with top credentials. Lookman has not started a game yet and is still a promising youngster.

Our boardroom look as though they have finished spending and are in the business of recouping.

Peter Howard
15 Posted 24/01/2017 at 20:32:37

The Doffodils won't be out for a few weeks yet.

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