- Mar 7, 2004
- Favorite Player
- Toro, Barella
10 years of FIF
Yes, that "sale push" is integrally connected to the possible non-renewal. Zhang wanted a big sale and management tried to do it. They failed at that (because of their position obviously) and here we are.To extend someone’s contract you need the willingness of that someone too. I can imagine this someone is not so keen to do so atm. Especially after he was almost ‘forced’ to leave for an enormous contract at PSG.
What we should have done is have the sale "ready" heading to summer and needed renewals done before the summer. Management have surely fucked up at some point but I can't blame them fully given the conditions/limitations they have (by Zhangs) in their work trying to keep this house of cards from totally collapsing.
Skriniar renewal was the key thing which should have been done before the summer already. We would have been able to done it cheaper most probably than what we need to pay now (if we even succeed to get his signature anymore).
edit. And I want to emphasize one thing. While I said we should have had the sale ready for the summer, it means that if there was no sale ready, we should have kept the position that we won't sell anyone or sell him early enough if a proper sale opportunity occurs. Because now what we did was we went through the whole summer with the big sale in our mind and that opportunity never arrived (in our terms). But we don't have the needed renewal signed. It should have been either or, not this halfway solution which might end up costing us tens of millions, possibly even the full price of Skriniar and for what? For one season of his services (at lower performance level).