Sid Lowe says they declined to sign Inigo Martinez from Sociedad because it would mean moving Mascherano out of the team. He finds it a bizarre decision. They need something new though. Awful first half.
Barca in absolute decline, I think we're better than them. Ok maybe better is a stretch but I wouldn't be surprised if we beat them, so bad. And it's gonna get much worse before it gets better when Paulinho starts playing for them.
On the other hand, Modric is a beast. I just love watching him play and own the midfield with minimum fuss.
Could be argued that Valencia is decent value for it as well. RM have been wasteful but with Benzema leading the line that will and has always been so. Zaza (who is not remotely as bad as he looked playing for the shitty Whammers) has spurned a few as well. Valencia are decent this year under Marcelino. I watched their game last week and they were good as well.