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18 Jan 2019 09:50:59
Hi Ed001, good morning, I heard that we are looking at Lobotka of Celta Vigo as an alternative to Leandro Paredes, Is there any truth to this and how do you rate Lobotka relative to Leandro Parades?

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{Ed001's Note - I don't know about the alternative to Paredes, other than he is someone that you have scouted through the season and before. He is highly regarded and, from what I have seen, a really good passer of the ball. I know PSG were considering him, had lots of looks at him but decided to go with a French player. He can play a more attacking midfield role, behind the forwards or a deeper role as a deep-lying playmaker as well as the kind of role Barkley etc are playing, so his versatility would be useful.

I really couldn't compare the 2 as I have not seen them play enough to do so.}

1.) 18 Jan 2019 11:50:15
Thankyou Ed, much respect.

{Ed001's Note - welcome mate.}

2.) 18 Jan 2019 13:57:54
It seems Leandro Parades is a really good player and whom Sarri wants (besides his age is good- 24years) Not every day does a club gets such a midfielder easily (as a first team player or as backup) . I am forced to say that we often tend under price ourselves out of good players. The club should get this deal wrapped up quickly so he doesn't opt for PSG whom I read- has already made a good bid for him.

3.) 18 Jan 2019 15:15:55
I don't make decisions for the club but I will be pissed off if we fail to sign Paredes. He's the kind of player we need to often release the attacking players. He also has experience for his age.

4.) 18 Jan 2019 18:17:16
I hope it doesn't become another Antonio Conte's experience of broken promises for Sarri (less than a year after been employed by Chelsea) . Sarri said that he needs a replacement for Fabregas- hopefully one midfielder has to come in (question is- who? And how is the player? ) .
Read that Inter Milan too is close to an agreement for Barella- another player that Sarri wants.
The funny thing is that when Chelsea now decides to spend- you see them pay £100 million for another Drinkwater.

5.) 19 Jan 2019 05:56:55
Is the parades deal going to be hijacked by psg . if so, who are alternatives looked at for the fabregas role.

Also, can you confirm if outgoings like Cahill Moses Drinkwater will be subject to others coming in . And will it be in this window? Or will younger academy players be given a chance?


{Ed001's Note - I don't think it would be hijacking, no deal has yet been agreed for him, so it would simply be them getting a deal done. Though I still think they are more likely to sign Gueye from Everton, for some reason. Not sure why as he is not good enough but there you go.

Cahill, Moses and Drinkwater are surplus regardless of incomings. If they can be moved on, they will be, even if no one comes in. I expect at least 2 of them to go in January, probably all 3, though it might mean loans initially.

As for academy players, Sarri will continue as he has been doing. The use of the academy is not his strength but he will have them in and around the first team.}

6.) 20 Jan 2019 06:36:16
Ed001, I think PSG are looking to sign two midfielders in the next two windows. One who is a B2B like Doucoure or Gueye and a DLP like Paredes, Weigl, Lobotka or FDJ. They will have only Verratti and Nkunku as their two midfield options next season.

PSG might have a strong attacking lineup, but their midfield and defense is poor. If they buy two MFs along with a LB and a RB, and sell Neymar to raise money, I think they would have a much more balanced squad.

7.) 20 Jan 2019 22:29:15
Are there any more players in the academy that can play for even Championship teams and excel. Sarri can't even use CHO.



22 Nov 2018 13:31:55
Hi Ed; How's your day? Any truth to Chelsea being interested in a Lyon player called Houssem Aouar?
If true, how do you rate the guy?
Have a good evening.

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{Ed001's Note - not as far as I know, I know some English clubs looked at him but felt he was a bit slow and not up to the physicality of the Prem.}

1.) 22 Nov 2018 13:58:52
Surprised they thought he was slow, I watched most Lyon games last year and the kid has some immense potential. Definitely one to keep an eye on.

{Ed001's Note - depends on what they mean by slow, could be slow of thought or slow of understanding instructions.}

2.) 22 Nov 2018 14:22:41
Thankyou Ed, Kentonio- a lot of people are saying good things about him (Houssem Aouar) .

3.) 22 Nov 2018 15:42:38
A lot of people who watched the French league also said good things of Bakayoko. French league is a pub league. 1 team dominates, the others are crap. Probably on par with the Scottish leagues,

4.) 22 Nov 2018 16:00:47
Eden Hazard, Didier Drogba, Ngolo Kante, Thierry Henry etc. were all from the French league.

5.) 22 Nov 2018 16:14:48
Disagree with Adams comment. Load of tosh.

6.) 22 Nov 2018 19:49:01
Obina and you're point being? Bakayoko was made to look good in a poor league, got found out in 2 different leagues in 2 different countries.

7.) 22 Nov 2018 19:34:52
Our greatest striker ever came from the French league 🤦🏼‍♂️ There’s some fickle fans 😂.

8.) 22 Nov 2018 21:52:56
the French league was stronger back then until a little country decided to buy PSG and turn the league into a crap one. Its hardly made the league stronger has it? Fickle hardly mate, just don't get hyped up like you Fifa lot who think you know everything because you've signed him on a game. or watched him for one season. Bakayoko, Fabinho (liverpool) both look out their depths in this league.

9.) 22 Nov 2018 21:54:23
Totally agree Obinna some fans need to take a trip down memory lane before they comment. Let’s not forget Essien either.

10.) 22 Nov 2018 22:20:21
Kingkante, its truly quite a long list.

11.) 23 Nov 2018 01:37:16
I agree mate I find it quite disturbing the lack of knowledge some apparent Chelsea fans have on here already. Doesn’t matter what league you’re from there’s class and average players in each one.

12.) 23 Nov 2018 07:59:24
Adam is one of those fans. No point wasting your breath.

He says 1 team dominates, however only recently Monaco won the league.

Mbappe, Neymar, mendy, B. Silva, Fekir etc etc. The list is endless. Get your head out mate.

13.) 23 Nov 2018 09:50:36
Yes and they all dominate the champions league don’t they?

14.) 23 Nov 2018 09:54:53
Neymar hardly made himself in the French league you whopper. He learnt his trade in brazil, then Spain and now a piss easy league in France.

I think you’re all missing the point. Some players look good in a poor league and then get found out in stronger leagues. Not going to go through every player who has made the transition from one league to another. But there are players who look good and can make the step up, others can’t.

15.) 23 Nov 2018 10:13:13
Oh such a strong league. PSG already 13 points ahead. Played 13 won 13. Monaco 7 points. 19th place. Brilliant comparison. Even our below average players look good in the French league. Joey barton anyone. just because a player looks good playing in that league doesn’t mean he’s good enough for Chelsea.

{Ed001's Note - you could say the same about a player playing in any team outside the top 6 in England....}

16.) 23 Nov 2018 12:06:20
In What way have PSG dominated in the champions league? They’ve done nothing considering the money they’ve spent. Lyon have some fantastic young players there. Fekir, Aouar, N’Dombele and Ferland Mendy could all go on to become world class one day.



16 Nov 2018 16:50:55
Hi Eds; Is Chelsea interested in the Napoli RB- Elseid Hysaj? Seems like he could be on the move with all the talk coming from his agent OR I guess it's right to say that any interest in him will depend on possible departures. Maybe is he a player that Sarri would like in his present team?

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{Ed001's Note - Sarri loves him but he has had serious injury problems I am not sure if the club would agree to move for him right now.}

1.) 16 Nov 2018 22:36:38
Thanks man.

2.) 16 Nov 2018 20:43:46
Ed001, any idea on which positions we will try to strengthen in January and in the summer?

{Ed001's Note - not really mate, the problem is that the people making the decisions there I do not know. I know Sarri wants someone for the right side to replace Willian but I don't know if they will decide to agree with him.}

3.) 17 Nov 2018 10:15:06
Thanks anyways, Ed.

{Ed001's Note - welcome. Sorry I can't help more.}



09 Nov 2018 14:33:45
Hi guys, how reliable is the source El Gol Digital? They are stating that Sarri has spoken with Fekir over the phone about a move to Chelsea in January (winter) . Ordinarily, that would be tapping up but the move does make sense since Chelsea reportedly missed out on the player in the summer ; Fekir is reportedly entering the final year of his contract come summer next year and Chelsea being linked to lots of attacking midfielders. Good player.

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1.) 09 Nov 2018 16:47:44
rubbish source.



06 Nov 2018 14:23:29
Hi Ed001; would it be right to say that Chelsea is definitely in for a winger in January transfer window with all the talks going around names like Suso, Malcom, Lorzano, Nicholas Pepe, Fekir, Leo Bailey (talking) etc.? Can you please shed some light.

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{Ed001's Note - more of a right sided forward, but yes, there does seem to be a definite plan to get one.}

1.) 06 Nov 2018 14:56:29
Thanks Ed, you are a lifesaver. This guy Nicholas Pepe- how do you rate compared to others that I mentioned in my question?

{Ed001's Note - I have only seen clips of him mate, so not enough to judge him at all.}

2.) 06 Nov 2018 16:56:16
Who do you think would be best for the role Ed? I’d personally like to see Hudson-Odoi a go but no change that’ll happen. We need a direct winger like Robben. I’d try for Dembele as part of the Willian deal. Suso isn’t quick enough for me although I rate him highly.

{Ed001's Note - Lozano looks best suited to the Prem to be honest. Dembele seems to just constantly give the ball away, which is what has annoyed Barca and made them look to move him on already. Leon Bailey would probably be the best though, if he is attainable.}

3.) 06 Nov 2018 17:38:56
If Dembele gives the ball away too easily, it means that Sarri won't like him either.

{Ed001's Note - good point.}

4.) 06 Nov 2018 18:51:58
I loved Bailey last season but he’s been shocking this year. If he can’t start for Leverkusen he won’t do much for us. I like Lozano though he’s got goals and assists in him.




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13 Mar 2019 09:09:42
I don't know if Adrien Rabiot is still locked on for Barcelona but I think Chelsea should be all over for a summer deal (guess he should be a free agent by then) .

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1.) 13 Mar 2019 09:51:55
You do know that we've been banned from signing players for two windows, right?

2.) 13 Mar 2019 11:00:29
Even free agents too?

3.) 13 Mar 2019 11:36:59
Can’t register any new players regardless of their current club is what I (perhaps wrongly) understand.

4.) 13 Mar 2019 12:38:02
Hi Ed001; good afternoon, please does the transfer ban also mean that Chelsea can't bring in free agents too?

{Ed002's Note - Of course. Why would they be exempt?)

5.) 13 Mar 2019 12:45:00
Wow, that's so messed up.

6.) 13 Mar 2019 13:22:33
Then let's pray that AC Milan don't take up their option to sign Bakayoko.
Please another question that's bugging me Ed is: can players that Chelsea loaned out with sell on option return back to the club? Or let me rephrase: Does the transfer ban mean that loaned out players with sell on option return back to the club inevitably.

{Ed002's Note - No, where are you getting all of these strange thoughts from?}

7.) 13 Mar 2019 13:44:11
Sorry for the questions, I don't actually know all the details of the transfer ban. I am a fan and you know we the fans like to think ahead sometimes. I feel if we lose Kovacic for instance, maybe we can have Bakayoko back for next season that is if the transfer ban means that all sell on agreements (in loan deals) become null and void. But thanks for your answer, I know better now.

{Ed002's Note - It doesn't mean they become null and void. It simply means the club cannot register new players. Agreement has already been reached with Pulisic and he will join.}

8.) 13 Mar 2019 16:43:16
Rabiot has got a shocking attitude so why have another in the future we’ve got enough player power as he is.

9.) 13 Mar 2019 20:54:04
As ed said, basically any player that isn’t already a chelsea player won’t be joining. Pulisic technically is a chelsea player so he will but any options to buy etc will still count as new players.



10 Mar 2019 20:20:10
Man! Thank goodness that Courtois left Chelsea. He's doing very well at Real Madrid.

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24 Feb 2019 21:41:14
Please guys let's talk football and overlook this Kepa' incident.
* For a start, Hazard is the number 10, the guy is no winger (I feel playing him as a winger is compactmentalising and limiting his ability)
* Emerson and Hudson Odoi are very good players and should play more
* Loftus cheek can be something big.
* God bless Ngolo Kante.

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1.) 25 Feb 2019 01:01:29
I'll probably be slated for this but over the last few weeks now I think Rudiger has shown a lot of leadership and should be looked at next season for the captains armband.

2.) 25 Feb 2019 12:10:02
I actually agree with you Dennington, this season Rudiger has shown excellent leadership qualities, as well as a winning mentality. It might be a bit early to name him captain in the summer, but he definitely has the potential to become a great captain for us.



24 Feb 2019 20:04:49
Lots of positives to be taken from today's game. For the first time in a long time, I see something that we can build on. Most of our players can improve though a lot of them needs some coaching.

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01 Feb 2019 00:15:58
I can't believe that Tottenham is trying to sign M. Batshuayi (in Daniel Levi's lifetime) according to Matt Law. Small world.

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22 Mar 2019 18:44:41
Good night.

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22 Mar 2019 18:26:07
Ed002; my emphasis is on your phrase- 'with a bit of luck'. What would that mean? Could it mean that Chelsea is looking to sell Hudson Odoi to a club that isn't Bayern Munich (with a buyback clause)? I am just trying to analyse your statement.

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{Ed002's Note - You need to get rid of these odd diorama running around in your head.}



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22 Mar 2019 18:10:50
Thankyou Ed; a lot is clearer now. Please we want Hudson Odoi to stay.

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22 Mar 2019 13:15:42
I'm guessing that if Hazard stays, Willian might go (if a good offer comes in) . Although, I have to confess Ed002, I wouldn't be surprised if I learnt that you actively work at Chelsea football club (cos your responses are so much like you've really got something vested at the club or you are actively part of the club) . Please, I mean no offence.

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{Ed002's Note - I don’t work for the club but their intention is to keep Willian and it is unrelated to Hazard.}




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22 Mar 2019 18:12:58
Awfully, I am not the owner of Chelsea.

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22 Mar 2019 15:54:53
Rightly put that football is about opinions, if I was the owner of Chelsea today and it becomes certain that Hazard is signing an extension, I will sell Willian off the next day- not because he's a bad player but cos I like someone else but if eventually he stays, he will go down my pecking order for wingers (starting place) .

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15 Mar 2019 15:33:32
I feel the real headache is the transfer ban.

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15 Mar 2019 10:07:06
It looks like all the best players are available at the moment when we have a transfer ban. Today I am hearing that Umtiti could be available in the summer too.

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14 Mar 2019 17:10:04
For me Jorginho is a very good player.

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