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£20m each for Johnson and Crouch!

£20m each for Johnson and Crouch!

The 'Sunday Express Sport can reveal that Liverpool boss Rafa Benitez is ready to pay up to £20million for England right-back Johnson' were some of the words that greeted us today with the Sunday Express 'claiming' Glen Johnson and Peter Crouch will both be leaving Pompey this summer...

I think that most of us have accepted that Johnson will leave in the summer, we do not want this but the more he continues to impress the more likely it is he will go and £20m certainly would not be refused would it, anything above £10m would probably be accepted I reckon.

His going rate would surely be £10-£15m wouldn't it? In an ideal world he will stay, but it just does not look good that he will...

As for Crouch, despite other 'reports' that he was off to Blackburn, he will be off to Citeh!

I honestly do not think that the big man has any intention of leaving the club and will not go unless we look to cash in on him - and that for me is the worrying thing, cashing in on players is something I fear we will look to do. Is this worry due to what the media tell us, or is it down to what the club itself actually tells us, or not as the case may be sometimes?

Oh, Citeh will 'reportedly' pay up to £20m for him too, again though anything above £10m would be accepted for him I suspect...

Well, the 'big money' departure stories have started early, only time will tell how true the Sunday Express' revelations will prove to be.

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Writer:pompeyrug
Date:Sunday April 12 2009
Time: 11:31PM

Comments

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It's going to be a very different team we see in August. Don't feel that confident about naming ANY of them! Probably just be stuck with Utaka and a tea lady.
hammersmithblue
12/04/2009 23:41:00
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It's going to be a very different team we see in August. Don't feel that confident about naming ANY of them! Probably just be stuck with Utaka and a tea lady.
hammersmithblue
12/04/2009 23:41:00
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I have to say that I am absolutely dreading the transfer window. I thought last years' was bad enough and the January Window even worse. But I think this one will beat the pair of them into a cocked hat. That is, of course, unless we find a buyer before then. I am just hoping and praying that a consortium is waiting in the wings for us to cement our prem league position and then they will show their hand. Although, even if we find a buyer I don't think we can spend big - the accounts just out make that abundantly clear. Assuming we don't get a buyer, looking on the bright side, the Crouch and Johnson money will more or less wipe our Bank debt out and that just leaves the money Sacha is owed. If we also sell Utaka and Niko, then maybe we will have some money to spend on other players. A couple of loans from here and abroad and maybe for the next couple of years we can stay around the 15th mark in the league and then perhaps go for it again when we have more gate money coming in. Lots of pit falls in there I know, but I am trying to cheer us all up. (Don't bother, I hear you say). Well at least we are not Scummers and we will have some football to look forward to!
Gandor1
12/04/2009 23:59:00
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I have to say that I am absolutely dreading the transfer window. I thought last years' was bad enough and the January Window even worse. But I think this one will beat the pair of them into a cocked hat. That is, of course, unless we find a buyer before then. I am just hoping and praying that a consortium is waiting in the wings for us to cement our prem league position and then they will show their hand. Although, even if we find a buyer I don't think we can spend big - the accounts just out make that abundantly clear. Assuming we don't get a buyer, looking on the bright side, the Crouch and Johnson money will more or less wipe our Bank debt out and that just leaves the money Sacha is owed. If we also sell Utaka and Niko, then maybe we will have some money to spend on other players. A couple of loans from here and abroad and maybe for the next couple of years we can stay around the 15th mark in the league and then perhaps go for it again when we have more gate money coming in. Lots of pit falls in there I know, but I am trying to cheer us all up. (Don't bother, I hear you say). Well at least we are not Scummers and we will have some football to look forward to!
Gandor1
12/04/2009 23:59:00
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I think the way we should play it is to hold off selling any of the players - bar Utaka of course! - until about half way throgh the window. If we don't have a buyer by then, then yes, offload, and stick the cash into the debt fund. It'll be sad if we have to do it, but I'd be prepared to sarifice the work-rate of Johnson and the loyalty of Crouch if it means we can secure a financially stable status. Besides which, I could see Crouchy come back again in a couple of years if we did sell him - he seems to love us, and that's not a bad thing at all!
powered_by_pies
13/04/2009 00:47:00
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I think the way we should play it is to hold off selling any of the players - bar Utaka of course! - until about half way throgh the window. If we don't have a buyer by then, then yes, offload, and stick the cash into the debt fund. It'll be sad if we have to do it, but I'd be prepared to sarifice the work-rate of Johnson and the loyalty of Crouch if it means we can secure a financially stable status. Besides which, I could see Crouchy come back again in a couple of years if we did sell him - he seems to love us, and that's not a bad thing at all!
powered_by_pies
13/04/2009 00:47:00
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£20m for Johnson!!! no way Rafa would pay that amount for him, £10m is a more realistic price.
JohnDoe
13/04/2009 02:11:00
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£20m for Johnson!!! no way Rafa would pay that amount for him, £10m is a more realistic price.
JohnDoe
13/04/2009 02:11:00
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We must face the inevitable, but it is sad to hear the rumours before safety is achieved. That in itself could be a backward step as players going might not care for our current plight. We ned them to stick together and come what May...or June or July. Next season begins with 20 clubs battling again, I just hope we are one of them, regardless who wears the Pompey shirt.
pompeygray
13/04/2009 07:01:00
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We must face the inevitable, but it is sad to hear the rumours before safety is achieved. That in itself could be a backward step as players going might not care for our current plight. We ned them to stick together and come what May...or June or July. Next season begins with 20 clubs battling again, I just hope we are one of them, regardless who wears the Pompey shirt.
pompeygray
13/04/2009 07:01:00
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