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  1. PurpleCanary

    Buendia's Transfer fee

    Oh I think there would be enormous pressure brought to bear on any government post-Brexit not to limit the number of vastly overpaid prima donnas that Man Utd, Man City et al would want to sign...
  2. PurpleCanary

    Buendia's Transfer fee

    That's a fair point, and the FA might decide to alter its criteria. But the government might not allow it to. The Brexit argument is that the UK has to leave the EU to get out from under freedom of movement. To reclaim total control of immigration. So that Polish plumbers, Romanian nurses and Italian pasta chefs no longer have the unfettered right to move to the UK for work. The logic of that is that German central defenders and Bosnian midfielders won't have that right either, no matter what the FA wants.
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    Buendia's Transfer fee

    Not sure what that point is, Bethnal. I may be missing something (it would not be the first time), but the accounts do seem fairly clear: "Subsequent to the year end the Group has acquired the registrations of players E Buendia, T Pukki, M Leitner, T Krul, along with J Rhodes and F Passlack on season-long loans.The Group is committed to payments of £4.2m in respect of these transactions with further payments due of £9.0m dependent on Club and/or player performance." So just over 4m in basic transfer/loan fees, which might well be paid in instalments, as is the common practice, but which we would have to pay sooner or later. And that would make sense, with about 1.5m each for Buendia and Leitner, and a million or so for the loan fees. Then the 9m would make sense as being made up of add-ons of, say about 4m each, to Augsburg and Getafe triggered by promotion. I know it seems crazy that Getafe let Buendia go for so small a basic fee, but on the other hand they had offloaded him to a second-tier club.
  4. PurpleCanary

    Buendia's Transfer fee

    A very rough look now, but based on the current criteria of the overseas players we have signed in the Farke era, only Pukki and probably Drmic would have been available to us. Vrancic, Zimmermann, Franke, Trybull, Stiepermann, Hernandez, Srbeny, Buendia, Leitner and Heise would all have been out of bounds to us, and also Amadou and Fahrmann this season if the rules apply, as I imagine they do, to loan deals. --- Just to add, this is free-thinking on my part but if the UK crashes out of the EU with a No-Deal Brexit on October 31, which is a distinctly possible (some would say probable) outcome then logic would dictate that those tough, very limiting (certainly as far as we are concerned) FA criteria would come into play straight away. In other words, before the January transfer window! The FA might decide to suspend the criteria until the end of the season, of course. But even so in the longer run Brexit, if it happens, does seem to pose a real problem for us, given the sustainable model built on spotting young talent from overseas. PS. That is on the assumption - which seems logical but may be wrong - that the FA rules, making it very hard to buy non-EU players, are based on our membership of the EU, and that as soon as we leave the EU (if we do) then the tough rules would apply to EU players as well.
  5. PurpleCanary

    Buendia's Transfer fee

    Thanks. If Brexit happens and those tough criteria remain then most if not all of the kind of overseas player we have signed would be out of bounds to us.
  6. PurpleCanary

    Buendia's Transfer fee

    Zimmermann was playing in the German 4th tier and thinking seriously of retiring! I think we might have struggled to justify a work permit for him. As Wacky says, it all depends on how loose or strict a post-Brexit regime would be, but the big clubs able to sign multi-capped internationals would probably find it easier to meet the criteria than us, with our more obscure targets.
  7. PurpleCanary

    Time to cash in?

    Yeah right. I must have imagined that time when Chase was in charge and you could make an entire 11, and not just 11 names but a proper team, with a goalkeeper, defenders, midfielders and strikers, of players we had sold for vast amounts of money to top flight clubs in England, or in a couple of cases (Chris Woods for example) in Scotland.
  8. PurpleCanary

    Buendia's Transfer fee

    Yes. But, and this is a serious point, if we Brexit that will limit our ability to pick up these undiscovered gems. I am not sure but I suspect that if we had already left the EU then we would not have been able to get a work permit for Buendia. Not a full international, and only playing in the Spanish second tier.
  9. PurpleCanary

    OT - EU straw poll...

    That at least wins a prize for Mixed Mythological Metaphor...
  10. PurpleCanary

    OT - EU straw poll...

    Luxembourg is taken very seriously in the EU because it was one of the six founder members and all through has played a constructive role in developing the organisation, rather than doing a UK and joining late and then spending the whole whingeing and demanding opt-outs.
  11. PurpleCanary

    OT - EU straw poll...

    As The Guardian report indicates, Bettel was speaking for the other EU leaders in having lost patience (a point that has been made here for sometime now) with the UK and just wants to be shot of Brexit: And as Bettel’s exasperation made clear, officials in Brussels, and leaders in national capitals, are running out of patience. Hopes that Britain might eventually give Brexit up as a bad job and remain in the EU are giving way to prayers that it won’t. Many now dread the prospect, remote as it may seem, of a second referendum. “Why on earth would you want a country so bitterly and hopelessly divided to stay?” asked one diplomat. “The wounds are going to last generations. How damaging would that be to Europe? Come back, maybe – but leave and sort things out first.” The EU27 members do not trust Johnson, but many have little confidence in Jeremy Corbyn or in the quarrelsome tribes of remainers either. Certainly, they would rather have a deal: no one wants the chaos and economic pain of no deal, or to be seen to be giving Britain a helping hand over the cliff. But that deal clearly cannot come at any cost. Twenty-six member states will, first, never abandon Ireland when it insists on the need for an operable backstop because, despite the clout of Germany and France, the EU remains a club of small countries, most with populations smaller than 10 million. Equally important, the European priority remains – as it has since June 2016 – the integrity of the EU single market. EU businesses are lobbying their governments, but not in order to persuade them to offer the UK a favourable deal so that sales of BMW cars and prosecco are not hit too hard. No, European businesses want their governments to avoid any risk of British companies retaining privileged access to the single market while undercutting them by disobeying its rules: a weakened single market is a far more damaging prospect than even a no-deal Brexit. For all those reasons, the EU would, on the whole, prefer Britain to leave now, if possible quite soon. And as Bettel’s irritation showed, it is fast tiring of a psychodrama that is costing it time, money and anxiety, and that is none of its making. That report doesn't specifically link that desire to be rid of the problem to the likelihood or otherwise of yet another extension being agreed to but, as emphasised for months now, opposition to the UK being given yet more of the EU's time to waste is growing.
  12. PurpleCanary

    Buendia's Transfer fee

    Without a doubt. And not just him in the first-team squad. McLean was peanuts, and so comparitively was Byram at well under a million. And some of the youngsters we signed in the summer (Adshead, Mair?) may well prove to be absolute steals, even taking into account any add-ons that get eventually triggered.
  13. PurpleCanary

    Buendia's Transfer fee

    That doesn’t square with the accounts, which indicated that the basic fee was about 1.5m and the extra several million were dependent on factors such as promotion rather than being definitely owed sooner or later.
  14. PurpleCanary

    OT - EU straw poll...

    Total b*ll*cks as usual. You have a kind of genius for getting things completely the wrong way round. May agreed to pretty much everything the ERG and the DUP demanded because she thought she needed to prove to them just how much of a Brexiter she had become.
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