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Sign a player for less than the asking price?

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Is it possible to sign a player less than the asking price? 'Cause i want to sign Lukaku from Chelsea since he requested a transfer, and since i'm west brom i'm one of his favoured clubs and a favoured personnel since he enjoyed his first season on loan at the club.

His base value is £11.25million. He has made 3 cup appearances and 3 PL substitute appearances all season and so i thought his base value would decrease purely because he hasn't made an impact but thats not the case. Anyway, Chelsea were originally asking for £19million and I obviously couldn't afford that, so i went to the press and admired him to which he responded positively, then I followed up by declaring interest in a loan deal to which Lukaku again reacted positively to. So i thought i'd try my luck and make an offer for a loan deal, to which Chelsea declined due to "first team commitments" BULLSH*T! Then they also increased his asking price to £21million! A month later, i praised him again to unsettle him some more, and now he is saying he would be tempted for a move to West Brom and would find it hard to resist and i really want him since i need firepower!

Now that the january transfer window has passed, i can't sign him permanently, plus i don't have the funds, my bank balance is like £20million, but i reckon next season i'll be able to afford him since i'm currently on course to finish top 4, so i'll get a top 4 payment, plus champions league group stage money, also i'm on course to win the capital one cup, fa cup and currently in the champions league 1st round knockout round but i don't think i have the strength to progress much further.

So overall is there anyway to bring down the price or at least negotiate at a reasonable price?
 
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Don't really want to do that, since i like to bring in a few loans and usually have to pay a monthly fee and a team like west brom don't have a strong monthly income so i feel i'd only be losing a lot of money over the course of 4 years.
 
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You could try offering a base sum for him, plus loads of different add-ons like goal bonuses, team of the year etc.

It's worked for me before with trying to sign a player that was too expensive to pay the full amount for immediately. :)
 
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You could try offering a base sum for him, plus loads of different add-ons like goal bonuses, team of the year etc.

It's worked for me before with trying to sign a player that was too expensive to pay the full amount for immediately. :)
True point, i may see what budget i'm given first so i can see how much i can offer up front, hopefully they reduce their asking price by next season, so im able to get some other players in.
 
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no matter how many pieces you may have in your favor, I have never signed a transfer listed player for less than their asking price.

Getting lukaku to west brom is a tough ask, good luck!
 
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Same, I have never signed a transfer listed player for less than their base values. I usually sign players with loans or monthly payment, or even adding additional clauses.
By the way, has anyone ever made a sign by just exchanging the players between both teams? I mean, like using Cr7 to exchange for Messi, without any additional clauses/payment. Sorry for my poor English.
 
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I reckon it'd be easy for me to get lukaku to come to west brom since im a favoured team and personnel, can most likely afford his wages too since i have a lot left over as it is. Whether i'll be able to fend off other teams if they come in for him im not sure, but i say i have a pretty good chance, given i can eventually afford him of course. Just won champions league 1st knockout round against Valencia 6-5 on aggregate so got £3million from winning. Most likely going to go out next round though.

Sir Andrew - If i could get him on loan, i would, but chelsea declined due to first team commitments even though he never plays nor rarely features on the bench. I have never done a straight swap no, but i guess its possible if they're looking for a player in a certain position and your offer them that player, although im guessing the player you're offering will probably need to be a better player overall. Although i reckon its possible to do it if the other team has shown interest in them recently.
 
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