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17 Feb 2017 09:15:20
looks like dom Solanke is. going to liverpool?
any true in this ed002?
thank you.

{Ed002's Note - Liverpool are not allowed to speak to Solanke nor agree a pre-contract with him. If they have been speaking to the player then that would without doubt result in a very significant fine and perhaps a transfer ban. I cannot believe that they would be that stupid. They can however talk to his representative (his step-father) who was dealing with Chelsea in trying to reach an agreement over a new contract. Chelsea has no interest in being held to ransom and paying him the outrageous asking price for his salary - and would therefore be more than happy for him to let his contract run down and join another Premier League side (as it would significantly increase the compensation due). I understand that the player himself has already had a discussion with a representative of Celtic. He is a decent player of whom much is expected - but his financial expectations are way beyond Chelsea's means.}

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17 Feb 2017 12:14:08
thank you!
fair play on chelseas behalf, should never be held to ransome by a teenager who has never played a full game for us. youngsters have gone mad.

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17 Feb 2017 13:49:14
I fully back the way Chelsea seem to be handling this. I wonder where the unrealistic wage demand has stemmed from. real shame to lose talented players due to greed at such a young age.

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17 Feb 2017 14:19:02
I think the club made a bid of a rod for its own back when RLC signed a new deal - through the ranks, he arguably contributed less than players like Baker, Solanke and Abraham but was in the right place at the right time for his new contract. There is a need at the club for homegrown talent, club trained and English - three ingredients which will make any contract negotiations with our youth players interesting.

{Ed002's Note - You think it would have been better for the club to let RLC's contract run out then? Great plan.}

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17 Feb 2017 14:41:45
Hi Ed002, not at all. the point I was trying to make was that I think (though may be wrong) that his contract negotiation was quite high profile via the media - once hew signed I think that fellow youth players will try and use that example as leverage in their own negotiations.

{Ed002's Note - No and they are entirely unrelated. The discussions with DS go back to early last summer. Don't try to complicate everything.}

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17 Feb 2017 17:06:53
There is no doubt solanke is a promising player but to apparently be asking for 50k per week is a joke. I kind of feel for the young players at Chelsea as even though chalobah/ ake etc are around the squad, there not getting much game time. Our reserves/ u23'/ youth (whatever you want to call them) have won countless trophies over the years without one of them having regular first team game time. I just think at another club our younger players would be getting a lot more minutes. The loan system in players going to vitese is also a joke, they need to be kept in English football. In terms of development solanke needs the loan to a championship team where's he's playing regular, it's doing wonders for Abraham, swift and izzy brown before he can start demanding the high amount of money he thinks he's worth.

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17 Feb 2017 21:41:01
wish players would not use fathers / father in laws as agents, they tend to have too high opinion of their kids worth.

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17 Feb 2017 21:46:25
abraham is definitely the way foward not izzy brown.

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19 Feb 2017 04:00:16
Obviously not what Steve was saying ed2. The ridiculous wages that loftus-cheek receives is the rod on the back that Steve is talking about. If a coworker receives a wage much higher than mine, which I believe unjustified, I'm going to demand a similar wage.

I do believe the club is doing the right thing with Dom solanke, however.

{Ed002's Note - That is not how it works - and it would be chaos if it did. You are living in some sort of fantasy world if you think there will be a queue of young players demanding ridiculous wages.}

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19 Feb 2017 12:05:36
Again, that is not what I'm saying. It is how it can work in workplaces and I believe is similar to the situation we are discussing.

All to there own beliefs though.

{Ed002's Note - It is not a similar situation at all. You try and complicate a very, very simple situation that does not concern any player other than Solanke.}

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14 Feb 2017 22:23:09
Will someone please just bring Marco Verratti to Chelsea what an absolute player? Him and Verratti would be sensational together I don't even care about the lack of height. Let's go 3-5-2 next year and even put someone like Lewis Baker in there who's capable of scoring goals and can shoot from distance. Then give Costa and Hazard all the freedom they need.

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15 Feb 2017 09:49:53
That would be great but I'd rather give michy a chance up front and play hazard in the cam role.

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15 Feb 2017 23:47:49
Verratti would be a an unreal signing, him and Kante would be one of the best midfield duos in the world.

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14 Feb 2017 02:58:58
Hey Ed, are real Madrid interested in Eden hazard? Maybe this has been brought up before but I couldn't find anything of late. Cheers.

{Ed002's Note - Yes from the perspective of the manager.}

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14 Feb 2017 20:49:58
Imo if they came in I think he would want to go. I think he said last year he would not leave Chelsea after a bad season like he had. Led me to believe if he carries on as he has been and we win the league. Then he would be leaving on a high. I think he will go. And I also believe courtoise will go.
Just my opinion.

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15 Feb 2017 07:04:47
I was thinking about this last night, because psg has been linked in the past also, I came to the conclusion that PSg don't need him, they have 3/ 4 really good players in his position, at the moment Real Madrid don't need him because of bale and Ronaldo, he's getting older but should still get close to 50 goals this season, and he will probably break the transfer record if he moves, Barcelona don't need him ( msn) , Bayern got good young players in his position coman and d Costa, so wouldn't break the record to get him, don't think he would move to juventus, and don't think he would move to another prem team, I can't see him leaving anytime soon, maybe as Ronaldo replacement?, in a couple of years to me that's the only logical move, but on the same hand Madrid are linked with dybala, so that would end hazard interest as far as I'm concerned.

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10 Feb 2017 11:51:20
Anybody expecting rotation against burnley or any changes? I think it will be the usual. pedro over willian and matic over fab. ake back to the bench after being excluded.

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10 Feb 2017 12:10:44
Given Burnley's home record, I'd be amazed if there was rotation. full strength side IMO.

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10 Feb 2017 13:23:46
yepp, im with you there. whilst I do believe that great home record will end sooner or later.

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07 Feb 2017 00:10:04
Are we interested in aguero, probably just paper talk but quite interesting.

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15 Feb 2017 22:34:33
i've got more of a chance of playing upfront for chelsea.

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03 Feb 2017 13:45:59
Eds, Hull City have signed Andrea Ranocchia on loan from Inter - weren't we interested in Ranocchia last summer?

{Ed002's Note - No - and approach was made to Chelsea about him.}

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04 Feb 2017 04:56:21
For me, we just need BAKAYOKO to replace matic in the starting 11. Kante n bakayoko in the middle. We will win the ball back on regular basis. hazard n pedro will have more ball on their feet to show their magic.

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04 Feb 2017 18:50:01
Why not give Chalobah more gametime he's more mobile than Matic and has a good long range strike on him.

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07 Feb 2017 18:20:04
Matic played very well against Arsenal and is rediscovering hid form of season before last when he was immense for us.

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03 Feb 2017 10:24:26
More Rumours about Costa agreeing terms with a Chinese side again. Seems more like when now and not if.

Who replaces him?

Aubameyang - Not for me. Fantastic player but wants Madrid move and I don't want players who don't want to stay at a club for long in the future.

Morata - His strength and hold up play are fantastic. Just doesn't score enough goals to justify the price tag for me.

Lukaku - Still think he loves Chelsea but his passing and his first touch are disgusting for a professional footballer.

Icardi - Good young player but his attitude worries me.

Dybala - My dream signing but I'd prefer to see him play as the left inside forward. Our system is suited to a big striker who can hold the ball up.

Griezmann - My second dream signing but it worries me how much he talks to the press.

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03 Feb 2017 12:40:17
I think we can safely assume that three of that list (Icardi, Dybala and Griezmann) are not viable options.

Morata could be on his way to Italy, so that leaves Lukaku and Aubameyang.

Maybe there will be further options we haven't considered? Dembele, Abraham returning from loan?

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03 Feb 2017 13:56:30
I'd love to see Abraham thrown into the deep end especially without spending money on Dembele.

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03 Feb 2017 16:13:42
Only just read your post garden, I've posted a similar 1, after watching contes press conference, he got directly asked about the rumours and he didn't deny them, in terms of a new striker coming in I haven't really got a name so to speak, but I would want a more technical striker who could get involved in the play and link up well with hazard and co behind, so someone in the mould of Sanchez, I think we should especially bid if they finish outside top 4, maybe even aguero, it may sound daft a little but he is world class, and this season he seems to have fallen out with Guardiola, and especially if city don't make top 4 they may need the cash to of set ffp, as guardiola will want a squad overhaul, both players are pure class both have premiership experience and possibly be available,

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05 Feb 2017 16:20:35
I agree with Cat someone with skill to link up with the forwards that doesn't just rely on strength. I'd say Aguero is Madrid bound. Can't see us having a chance with the likes of Greizmann, Dybala or Aubameyang. Personally I don't want Lukaku, Icardi or Morata. So that leaves to my mind a few options who have what I think we need. Cavani-but he's finally the main man in psg and I can't see him leaving. Muller-but I don't think I can ever see him leave Munich. I think what we should do for one season especially with Champions league is get Heskey back out of retirement. It's our only option :)

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06 Feb 2017 15:48:05
I think Icardi is viable.

All will change anyway.

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07 Feb 2017 19:43:14
I think lukaku will be the only realistic option. Personally I think we have a player in lukaku that would jump at the chance to come back. He scores goals most weeks for a mid table Everton team, yes his first touch and passing at times is not very good but he wouldn't need to be doing as much work playing for Chelsea. I think it works at the moment because Costa pressurises and is very physical, with also a lot of quality, which if I'm being honest I didn't think he had when playing in Spain. Griezman, dybala would be excellent players but I don't think could lead the line. Out of all the players mentioned above my choice taking into consideration price, availability and the need for football would be morata, but only if Costa where to leave. Otherwise Costa stays and give Abraham minutes.

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09 Feb 2017 14:30:05
How much did we spend on Batshuayi? Doesn't even get a mention.

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02 Feb 2017 00:27:31
I'm pretty happy with he business done in the January window as we moved on a few players and recouped a nice amount of money. Whilst the summer transfer window is far away, I'm expecting it to be very busy and Conte will have a massive job on his hands imo trying to balance integrating returning loan players whilst replacing and potentially upgrading a few positions.

Definite outs: Costa, Terry.

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02 Feb 2017 08:26:54
I agree with that, not sure costa is definite just yet.

what do you think of musonda?
I think he is very talented but not nearly ready and I don't think we will see him unless we win the league a few matches before the season ends.
kenedy will provide cover and potentially get the chance to impress in the cup imo.
still cannot decide if ake becomes a starter or not

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02 Feb 2017 18:59:33
I pressed post without finishing so just left it there. I haven't seen enough of musonda to know whether he's ready. I don't see him, Ake or kenedy or even Batshuayi getting a game unless we win the league with 3-4 games to spare.

Come the summer though we'll need to try and figure out whether we want to sign a new CB to replace Cahill in the starting 11 or whether Zouma/ Ake/ Christensen will take his spot. And then whether Cahill will want to stay or move on.
We'll probably need a versatile WB preferably RWB.
A new back-up GK to replace Begovic and perhaps a starting GK if Real Madrid come in for Courtois.

CM I feel we're okay but it'll depend on whether Fabregas will want to stay as a bit part player and whether Conte believes he needs someone with a bit more magic than Matic.

Forwards: think we'll see Costa leave so we should target someone versatile who can play either up front or on the wings in the mould of Dybala or Griezmann or failing that i'd go for Aubameyang. Failing that I'd stick with Batshuayi and bring in a backup/ promote a youth player.

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01 Feb 2017 08:46:23
Ed, Did Iva make his move to Zenit? and did we try signing dembele

{Ed002's Note - Yes.}

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31 Jan 2017 22:59:14
sky saying bournemouth bid 18mil ake

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