Why is it that every guy I want to buy will only be sold for silly money, yet I seem to get list-price for my players?
Actually, that's not specifically my question; I am struggling with buying where, although I know there rightly ought to be a premium when you are buying young players who may well have a bright future, I seem to be required to pay extraordinary money for some players.
An example is a young keeper, 20 years old and currently graded with 2.5 stars and a book price of £3m. My scouts reckon a bid in excess of £10m may be required. Fair enough - If he develops reasonably well, he'll be worth that later.
So I start lower, perhaps £5m... No. An increased bid of £8m? No. Now for the kill... £12m + a %age of the sell-on fee? No, but they are willing to negotiate. They want £34m... for a guy supposed currently worth £3m (hence the Andy Carroll/Liverpool reference!)
This is just one example - there are numerous others... Curiously, regardless of the supposed value of a player, clubs frequently are willing to deal went the price breaks the £30m barrier.
I do spend time talking to the press to get positive responses from the players themselves. And I am mindful of the contract length as well.
Now the real questions: is this just the way it is, or is there a better way to approach transfers? What other factors influence the willingness of clubs to deal, and the price they will settle for? Are there any signs that indicate which deals will be acheivable?