I have to say, my guess is VVD is (much) better than Schneiderlin, but this sounds awful like something you and Darkseid would’ve said a few summers ago.
Surely there is some young French defender out there we should be looking at for not such a ridiculous fee who is younger and will be as good or better than VVD. For now we are in pretty good shape with 4 good CBs for a three, and a 5th (Per) who is fine as an emergency option, as well as Kolasanic who can play at CB. Bielik needs a few more years but is also the best CB prospect we’ve had in a long time. Spending £70m on VVD would be a bit mad when we have such gaping holes at CM and attacking midfield/winger. That money needs to be spent on someone who can replace Alexis and help to soften the blow when Özil starts to decline, or even potentially leaves.
Anyways, thinking about our transfer window at the moment, as this post has just forced me to do, is depressing. It’s amazing that the season is about to start and we’ve still not sold a soul and it’s looking very doubtful we’ll sign a CM, much less that creative/attacking player we badly need. Trying to stay positive and think that we can make a signing like Mustafi last season at the end of the window, but yeah, I’m guessing the best we can hope for is one of the CM and the attacking player (hopefully the CM), or at best both but one of them being a sop like Lucas last season.