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29 Jan 2019 12:14:18
Ed001, three days left in the transfer window.
Any updates (Semenyo, midfielder etc. )?


{Ed001's Note - as far as I can find out, Brizzle do not want to sell Semenyo, and will only sell if he puts in a transfer request. Though they will no doubt also sell if Chelsea pay enough, I doubt it will happen.

I still wouldn't rule out Barella as Sarri really likes him.}

1.) 29 Jan 2019 13:02:31
Ed, isn't his contract running out in the summer though? Won't it be better to cash in?

Also, you talked about a potential move for Brozovic? Nothing new on that?

{Ed001's Note - no but Inter still need to bring in some money to buy and they want Barella so it is not entirely gone.}

2.) 30 Jan 2019 11:24:06
Isn't the problem that Barella's missus is preggers and he doesn't want to move until after the birth? Why don't we do a Pusilic and buy / loan back?



27 Jan 2019 11:29:08
Ed001, are we looking at anyone to replace CHO since he has put in a transfer request now?


{Ed001's Note - I am not aware of any specific plans to replace him.}

1.) 27 Jan 2019 12:53:05
Thanks Ed.

{Ed001's Note - welcome.}

2.) 27 Jan 2019 20:49:45
Sorry, Ed001. Forgot to ask earlier.

Are the winger plans for next season the same? Hazard/ new guy, Willian, Pedro, Pulisic?

Thanks in advance.

{Ed001's Note - yes mate.}



10 Jan 2019 12:20:45
Ed001, what are the plans for Willian and Pedro?

I read somewhere that Willian will be offered a new contract soon.


{Ed001's Note - from what I have heard, Sarri would like to keep both.}

1.) 10 Jan 2019 13:52:36
So that means we might keep them till the end of our transfer ban, right Ed?

Unless some promising youngster comes from the academy who can replace them, of course.

{Ed001's Note - I would expect so, unless either wants to leave.}

2.) 10 Jan 2019 14:20:03
What transfer ban?

3.) 10 Jan 2019 14:22:03
Are we getting a transfer ban? Not sure we actually will.

4.) 10 Jan 2019 15:24:14
is dat such a bad thing der both decent players and we need rotation.

5.) 10 Jan 2019 20:12:49
Any truth in Barcelona coming back in for Willian?!?

6.) 10 Jan 2019 20:22:55
Willian linked with Barcelona again tonight.

7.) 10 Jan 2019 20:18:32
Saying Barcelona have renewed their interest in him with malcolm perhaps coming the other way ed001 I’ve not seen anything of Malcolm would he be a good fit for us mate?

{Ed001's Note - depends really on which Malcom you get. The one from French football would be an excellent fit. The one Barca have ended up with has struggled. That might be down to the way he is being managed though, as, despite them being top, they are not being managed well as a team.

I think Malcom has the potential to go on and be an outstanding player in the Premier League, possibly even Hazard level, on the right side. The big worry is whether he comes in to supplement Hazard or replace him.}

8.) 11 Jan 2019 05:45:47
Brilliant thankyou so much for the in-depth reply mate.

{Ed001's Note - very welcome mate. Very exciting player Malcom, or at least he was prior to joining Barca. That move has been a disaster for him. You do have to wonder at the advice these youngsters are getting, as it was clearly not the right move for him at that time.}

9.) 11 Jan 2019 07:57:20
I am curious though, Ed001. Why would Barcelona offer Malcom plus cash for a 30 year old Willian whose contract runs out in 2020?
Doesn't this seem odd to you?

{Ed001's Note - seems unlikely too. I know that player swaps are becoming more common due to the high cost of transfers, but it seems more likely there would be money going the other way if anything. Though Malcom is nowhere near a regular in the first team, with Dembele ahead of him as a back up even. He has only managed a total of less than 100 minutes in the league this season, so they do need to acknowledge it was a mistake to buy him and get rid.}

10.) 11 Jan 2019 09:08:20
is this a deal thay could happen edd. would the chelsea board not be beaming ear ear being offered a 21 year old talent for a 30 year whos had a rubbish season and really offers us very little other than work rate.

{Ed001's Note - Sarri likes Willian and the board appreciate him, but the contract might mean they see it as a good idea. It is one of those that looks on paper a good move for all concerned but I don't see it happening. A lot would depend on Malcom wanting to join for a reasonable wage.}

11.) 11 Jan 2019 10:25:46
would he be on big money at Barcelona even do he's a squad player? interesting 1 to keep an eye on over next few days. are the board likely to be tempted if Barcelona just come back with a cash bid? im sure Barcelona are watching the ffp also they spent a lot last 2 windows.



05 Jan 2019 12:08:22
Ed001, with the departures of Cesc and Morata, the links to Barella, Higuain and Wilson are starting to make sense.

Also, I initially assumed that Denis Suarez (who will now likely head to Arsenal) and Hirving Lozano (who will likely not move in January) were pursued in order to replace CHO.

Are there any other LW targets we are pursuing since the above two are unlikely to come in January?


{Ed001's Note - isn't Denis Suarez a central midfielder? I know he plays various positions for Barca when they are short, but I am pretty sure he is a central mid.

I would suggest Asensio in exchange for Hazard is a possibility, at least according to the Spanish. I am not sure if Chelsea are open to it but it is something Madrid would be keen on.}

1.) 05 Jan 2019 13:44:06
I thought we were looking at Denis as a winger since the position he covers in midfield is already covered at Chelsea.

Hazard and Asensio swap makes sense, but I was looking for a lower profile LW who can replace Hudson Odoi if he moves to Germany.

Otherwise, we will be left with 3 wingers for 2 positions, not to mention Willian and Pedro still are nursing injuries.

{Ed001's Note - I would expect the loan army would provide any replacement for CHO mate.}

2.) 05 Jan 2019 16:39:41
Hi Ed, are we even certain that Madrid actually want Hazard? Because if so, I expect him to be gone in the summer. But I've always gotten the feeling they don't really want him.

Has their stance changed? I'm a big fan of Asensio. Could be special. But I'd want some money on top of him if they get Hazard.

{Ed001's Note - he is certainly not their first choice but they might end up with him as the option.}

3.) 05 Jan 2019 19:23:44
Just for a second imagine being at a level where you look at Eden Hazard and go, “oh, well he would be OK I guess. ” Who is the first choice then Ed? Neymar or something?



03 Jan 2019 06:46:32
Ed001, any clue as to who we are looking at to replace Fabregas?


{Ed001's Note - I know you were looking at Barella and that was Sarri's choice but his price shot up, so I think he is out now. Napoli also issued a hands off warning about Allan saying Chelsea were interested but they were not selling cheap. Though I have no idea if the interest was genuine or if they were just looking to stir up a market for the lad. I believe Rabiot and Ramsey were both considered then decided against over wage demands. It does seem likely, with the little time Fabregas was getting, that it is probably left until the summer though.}

1.) 03 Jan 2019 12:01:37
id love to see Rabiot as his replacement.

2.) 03 Jan 2019 16:25:17
I like Rabiot too but I'm not sure he's the deep lying playmaker (Jorginhoesque or Fabregasesque kind) that Sarri likes to play infront of his defense. I still have the feeling it could be Barella coming in (I could be wrong though) .

3.) 03 Jan 2019 21:05:49
A short question ed1 and I think the answer might be pretty short too. Is there any "big" team in Europe not interested in Barella? Seems like every side is looking at him with varying degree of interest.

{Ed001's Note - not according to him no. But I think he is staying in Italy.}

4.) 03 Jan 2019 23:49:48
Ed what about sandro tonali? Or denis suarez?

{Ed001's Note - I know Tonali is very much of interest, but I have never seen him play and am not sure if he would be a replacement for Fabregas or not. I have heard people call him the new Pirlo etc but Pirlo started out playing as an attacking midfielder and moved back gradually during his career, so Tonali could play anywhere in there for all I know without watching him sorry.

Suarez, last I heard, was being touted as part of a swap deal for someone, though I forget who, from another Spanish team.}

5.) 05 Jan 2019 02:07:50
Ed reports in italy saying chelsea offering asking price for barella of €45m, any truth.

{Ed001's Note - I don't know of any offer for him on the table, but his club are asking for quite a bit more than that.}

6.) 05 Jan 2019 09:28:23
I meant £45m.




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07 Feb 2019 13:17:58
Ed002, any updates on our stadium rebuild?


{Ed002's Note - Nope, not at this time.}



31 Jan 2019 13:46:40
Ed001 and Ed002, got anything for us on deadline day?


{Ed002's Note - Not after the grief.}

1.) 31 Jan 2019 14:45:20
AGAIN you come back give us some great info then get abuse again why are some people so rude and ungrateful got to point now where even apologising on there behalf isn’t worth it and I don’t blame you for not wanting to help poeple need to grown up just ruining this part of the site .

2.) 31 Jan 2019 14:48:15
What grief Ed002? You still getting it? Even after stopping posting on here?

3.) 31 Jan 2019 15:32:19
Can't they just be ousted from this site?

{Ed001's Note - with IP addresses changing it is pretty much impossible to block anyone from coming back, sadly.}

4.) 31 Jan 2019 17:51:10
Sorry to hear that.



27 Jan 2019 02:09:38
Ed002, any clue who we looking to replace CHO with?




14 Jan 2019 14:25:39
Ed001, sorry to bother you, but since Ed002 is not doing a Chelsea Sharkopod, can you help us by telling us which players from the Chelsea squad are likely to stay on after the summer?

Kepa, Caballero, Green, Bulka, Azpi, Zappacosta, Christensen, Luiz, Rudiger, Ampadu, Cahill, Alonso, Emerson, Jorginho, Kante, Barkley, RLC, Willian, Hazard, Pedro, Hudson-Odoi, Morata, Giroud, Moses, Drinkwater

You already mentioned about Willian and Pedro likely to stay so I guess there's that.

Thanks in advance.


{Ed001's Note - the expected outs are Zappacosta,, Cahill, Morata, Moses and Drinkwater. Obviously Hudson-Odoi and a few others might choose to leave but only those 5 are wanted out.}

1.) 14 Jan 2019 15:49:54
Ed, so Green, Caballero, Luiz and Giroud will be offered new contracts?

{Ed001's Note - it does look that way right now.}

2.) 14 Jan 2019 16:09:31
Don’t think offering Giroud is the best idea. We should bring two new strikers in and offload Michy too he’s not good enough. Hopefully Willian and Alonso join that list too.

3.) 14 Jan 2019 17:24:49
Olivier Giroud is a very good option to have off the bench if we’re chasing a game, and looking for a goal in the late stages.

4.) 14 Jan 2019 18:32:34
Yeah mate scored 1 goal all season he’s a great option.

5.) 14 Jan 2019 19:40:16
I think the Giroud comment from RyRy falls iimto his long ball or lump it mantra.

If we ever take up that style of football, I assume Roman will have sold the club.

6.) 14 Jan 2019 19:46:12
yeah but RyRy wants us to play direct balls so we can lump it up to him. He finds it more entertaining.



22 Dec 2018 22:06:32
Ed001, I have been reading up about the potential ban that we will face and the way it will affect the squad.
Here are the players who are either old, not good enough or running down their contracts:

1) Caballero
2) Green
3) Luiz
4) Zappacosta
5) Cahill
6) Fabregas
7) Kovacic (on loan)
8) Hazard
9) Pedro
10) Willian
11) CHO
12) Morata
13) Giroud

Even if we use existing resources to address some of the replacements (Ampadu for Luiz, Reece James for Zappacosta, Cumming for Green), there's still 10 players to be brought before we receive the lengthy ban.

How will the club go about such a revamp considering that nothing of this size has been done before?


{Ed001's Note - well Caballero still has a few years left in him. Green is only a 3rd choice keeper, you can just use a youth keeper until the ban lifts. Personally I hate the waste of money on a high waged 3rd choice keeper who never plays anyway. It is disgusting when there are so many with nothing and teams are just basically throwing away tens of thousands of pounds a week rather than having the balls to go with a youngster in that rare event two keepers are out injured at the same time.

The rest can be pretty much covered by loanees. You have a huge amount of loanees out, why not just use them in your team instead of farming them out? Personally I would ban any loans, it is wrong and alters the balance of the game to any team that benefits from loaning a player and also reduces the chances of youngsters breaking through from those teams.}

1.) 23 Dec 2018 09:00:59
Ed001, There was talk of UEFA/ FIFA introducing a limit to the amount of players a club could loan out a couple months back wasn’t there? I’ve not really heard anything about it since though. Do you know if anything’s happened with it?

{Ed001's Note - it is still planned for introduction in the summer.}

2.) 23 Dec 2018 11:12:34
Alonso should be the first name there!

3.) 23 Dec 2018 11:30:14
Surely the introduction of measures to reduce loaning will have to be brought in slowly in stages - if you do it all at once, you will flood the market and players will end up signing on!

4.) 23 Dec 2018 14:20:30
From what I have read, it will be implemented from the 20/ 21 season.




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20 Feb 2019 03:05:59
Ed001, what about Blanc and Lopetegui? Do you rate them?


{Ed001's Note - not as anything outstanding, no. Solid managers but no more.}



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17 Feb 2019 06:29:40
They are good enough.




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31 Jan 2019 11:27:56
How can you replace a replace before it's even certain that he will leave?




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30 Jan 2019 02:31:31
OUT: Caballero, Zappacosta, Cahill, Drinkwater, Batshuayi, Kovacic (send him back), Willian, Pedro, Giroud

INS: Betinelli, Hysaj, Barella, Aouar, Pulisic, Fekir, Tammy.




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29 Jan 2019 13:02:31
Ed, isn't his contract running out in the summer though? Won't it be better to cash in?

Also, you talked about a potential move for Brozovic? Nothing new on that?


{Ed001's Note - no but Inter still need to bring in some money to buy and they want Barella so it is not entirely gone.}




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12 Feb 2019 22:35:04
Looking at the talent of some of our youngsters, I am pretty sure they will be getting offers from outside England, let alone London.

Just today I read from a Nigerian source that PSG and Dortmund are interested in Anjorin. Kid's not even 18 yet and there is already interest in one of our best upcoming youngsters. Luckily, his contract runs till 2021.

Something needs to change, Ed.




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12 Feb 2019 21:30:58
Haha, should have mentioned till the Abramovich era only. Personally, even I think CHO is the best we have produced.

I think we both will agree that Reece and Tammy are worthy of being a part of the squad next season, Ed.


{Ed001's Note - definitely. If these players don't stay and train with the squad, and play the odd game or have the odd sub appearance, they will not build up an understanding with their team-mates. Then they really struggle to impress when they do get a chance and they become a liability to the team. It is possible to feed them in and them to become a plus, but it is much more difficult if they barely even know their team-mates because they are away on loans elsewhere.}



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12 Feb 2019 20:57:43
Since we are talking about youngsters, I have two questions:

1) What do you think of Reece James' progress?

2) Which of our academy players both past and present did you think was the most talented?


{Ed001's Note - Reece James looks ready for regular first team football to me. He has been excellent this season at Championship level.

Depends on how far back you go like! I mean Jimmy Greaves would be in with a shout if you go back far enough I would think. However, of the ones I have seen, on pure talent I would say Hudson-Odoi. He has something that boy.}



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31 Jan 2019 18:44:39
No, I got that. But what does it mean in the given context?

Injured? Didn't show up to sign the contract? Missing from his team's training?




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31 Jan 2019 17:51:10
Sorry to hear that.