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As Bleacher Report's Transfers Correspondent, I will provide you player profiles and analysis on the latest transfers from European clubs.

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  • Allan Jiang posted 20 hours ago

    Allan Jiang

    @ Jesse Nakasone: Thanks for the feedback. Sorry about my transfer suggestions irritating you. Hopefully it doesn't happen next time I publish a similar article.

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    @ Adel Janevic: Limited starts, his tackling has deteriorated and he lacks an identity (is he a No. 6, 8 or 10?).

    — Jan Oblak is a once-in-a-generation goalkeeper.

    — You are right about Serie A changing especially given the decline of AC Milan and Inter Milan. What I would like to see is more transparency in their transfer dealings and more thorough administration (Parma is a black eye on Italian football).

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    @ ron bond: Alexander Meier going from a central attacking midfielder to a centre-forward. Granted, at times Meier was a quasi-No. 9 in the past, but Joselu and Vaclav Kadlec limited Meier from being moved into the No. 9 position permanently.

    Joselu and Kadlec leaving Eintracht Frankfurt has factored into Meier's rise.

    — Good comparison, Ron.

    — Money talks. RB Leipzig have an ambitious project and playing in the second division could be a blessing in disguise for Davie Selke, because it gives him a chance to pad up his goal scoring.

  • Jesse Nakasone posted 21 hours ago

    Jesse Nakasone

    Your suggestions for top transfer targets for Premier League clubs are completely ridiculous.

  • Adel Janevic posted 1 day ago

     Adel  Janevic

    Hey Allen

    - What has happened to the world-class Moussa Dembele of years previous who looked like a Yaya Toure in his prime?
    - Has Jan Oblak proven this season that he's capable of becoming a great keeper?
    - Is Serie A rising from the ashes and what can we expect in the future?

  • ron bond posted 2 days ago

    ron bond

    Great, cheers for the update Allan.
    You talk a lot about potential positional changes. Who do you think has had to most impactful, yet under the radar positional change in recent times? Who do you think is the most underrated player in the premier league at the moment and why? What do you make of the comparisons between Fekir and Hazard? What do you make of the potential of Davie Selke and do you think his move to the lower leagues will help him?

  • Allan Jiang posted 2 days ago

    Allan Jiang

    @ max dobney: Vitesse manager Peter Bosz shifted Bertrand Traore from a No. 11 to a No. 9. He went from a rough diamond to one of the most impressive prospects in Europe right now.

    That is a current example which Adnan Januzaj can emulate, even though I feel he would function better as a No. 10.

    — Let's say Memphis Depay signs for Manchester United. It would make more sense if he was converted to a No. 9 given his natural scoring prowess.

    — You're right about the financial point because prior to this season, Paulo Dybala was a flop, so everything can change in just a season.

    — You wonder what Axel Witsel's wages must be like given he has been playing in the Russian Premier League since 2012.

    He is good enough to play in one of Europe's top leagues, but quality central midfielders are common throughout Europe, so he might not be value-for-money.

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    @ ron bond: Great. How about you?

    It depends. Are you replacing the quasi-deep-lying forward Yaya Toure?

    Giannelli Imbula needs to be more reliable as a tackler and convert after bolting into the attacking half.

    In terms of the top targets Manchester City should be looking at, you would say Allan Marques.

    Yes, if Jack Wilshere can turn himself into a version of Andrea Pirlo. Daniel Crowley had some quality moments in the UEFA Youth League, so hopefully he gets a chance.

    — Alexandre Lacazette is a dual-threat to score and create while also being able to create his own shot like Sergio Aguero. You would think so given how dominant Lacazette has looked.

    — The anterior cruciate ligament tear has disrupted Jese Rodriguez's career. There are question marks over whether or not he will become a star, or just a role player. I'm curious to see if Borja Mayoral can make the leap. He was Real Madrid's top scorer in the UEFA Youth League.

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    @ Jack Morris: Thanks for the update!

    — Allan Marques is one of the best central midfielders in Europe.

    The potential transfer fee is dependent on Udinese extending Allan's contract to increase leverage in transfer negotiations with potential suitors.

  • max dobney posted 5 days ago

    max dobney

    Also, what do you make of the potential conversion of Januzaj to a striker? For me, if he can improve his shooting, he could be an excellent striker and a cheaper alternative to Paulo Dybala.
    Cheers Allan

  • ron bond posted 6 days ago

    ron bond

    Hey Allan, hows things?
    What do you make of the progress of gianelli imbula at marseille this season and do you think he is a potential replacement for toure at city? Do you think a deep lying role is needed to salvage Wilshere's Arsenal career or should they be looking at Dan Crowley in the near future? How similar do you think Aguero and Lacazette are in terms of playing style and given the former's success in England, could lacazette emulate it? Lastly, any thoughts on how high jese rodriguez's ceiling is and who he must join to reach it? Cheers

  • max dobney posted 7 days ago

    max dobney

    Will Axel Witsel ever move to a top level club or will he always be a mid-top level player?

  • Jack Morris posted 14 days ago

    Jack Morris

    Hi Allan, I think Jack Clisby has been a decent signing for Melbourne City. He is a solid A-league standard fullback that provides much needed depth in that position with City often playing Iain Ramsey, a natural winger out of position at left back.

    In your most recent article about the transfer needs of each Premier League club you suggested Udinese's Allan Marques for Manchester City. I haven't seen him play so I'm interested to know if you believe he has the quality for a club looking to improve their performance in the Champions league. What amount of transfer fee would Udinese be looking to receive for him as well.

  • Allan Jiang posted 14 days ago

    Allan Jiang

    @ Fauzan Eka: There should be question marks over Paulo Dybala's consistency because for two seasons, he was a failure and on course to be a bust at Palermo.

    Then again, you can spin that as a positive to show how mentally strong he is.

    Potentially, Dybala could be on a Gareth Bale-like trajectory (initially a disappointment at Tottenham Hotspur before becoming one of the most expensive footballers of all time).

    — Whereas, Luciano Vietto has immediately made an impact for Villarreal as a starter and a super-sub.

    I prefer Vietto, who can adapt quickly and is a more prolific scorer per minute than Dybala.

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    @ max dobney: Ilkay Gundogan's injury history is a concern.

    Davy Klaassen has a higher upside, is a better tackler, looks a superior player and is Dutch.

    Then again, there are a variety of alternative options Manchester United could pursue: Allan Marques, Johannes Geis, Giannelli Imbula, Granit Xhaka, Pedro Obiang, et al.

    Quality central midfielders are a dime a dozen.

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