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16 Feb 2020 10:00:52
Lots of talk today about Vecino from Inter joining in the summer. If Jorginho was to leave it would be a deal that would make a lot of sense. Any truth to the Vecino links Ed?

{Ed002's Note - Chelsea has not made any approach to Inter about Vecino.}

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16 Feb 2020 12:01:19
Recycled new from the Conte era.

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16 Feb 2020 12:34:55
Thanks for the reply Ed002.

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16 Feb 2020 00:56:19
Hey fellas just an FYI on a great update Ed gave on the united page on Sancho, saves any questions for the foreseeable future:

Ed002's Note - It is largely down to one person and his demands, what the player is open to and whether or not Dortmund are willing to work on the price. If you look at the clubs as options, the player has made it clear a return to London and joining Chelsea would be his preferred choice, but they are not going to pay for the total package as it is costed right now. Manchester City are in a similar place financially as Chelsea - and don't see anywhere close to the value in the player. Liverpool would need to let go of Salah and commit a lot more money to make it viable - I can't see that is the plan and it would be disruptive and rather stupid if they went down that road. Real Madrid and Barcelona both have high end targets that will soak up significant funds and will be ready to go immediately they join - they are likely unimpressed by the risk associated with the potential benefits. As for Manchester United, they remain in turmoil with no direction and the player wants to move elsewhere - they could throw money at the problem but it would then mean they don't have the funds left to fix the more significant issues. Dortmund may try and work the Euros and him excelling to try and leverage more from the English sides - but that would be a high-risk plan for all. Else he stays at Dortmund. There will be a further discussion with one of these sides in the coming days - so right now it remains up in the air.

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16 Feb 2020 08:56:25
So sounds like we a) either need Dortmund to lower the price or b) Sancho to persuade them to lower the price. Already becoming a tedious saga and we haven't even been a month out the transfer window lol.

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15 Feb 2020 15:05:22
Ed are chelsea looking at any cbs for the summer thanks.

{Ed002's Note - If one of AC or KZ leave then they will add someone else - the most likely addition would be for the junior sides.}

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15 Feb 2020 15:41:38
From what I have inferred from our conversations in the past few months Ed002, the only positions that we will certainly buy players are at ST and LB (provided Alonso leaves as expected) .
Positions like CB, GK and LW are dependent on the current players leaving or staying.

{Ed002's Note - No that is not really correct. Chelsea has been looking at other players who might be able to improve the squad and there will be a lot of fringe players and loanees Chelsea will move on if they can. If Kante or Jorginho were to leave there ius a replacement Chelsea has in mind. There will be discussions between all concerned parties at the club and a couple of third parties to focus on changes shortly.}

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15 Feb 2020 15:57:47
Interesting would of thought rudiger more likely to move as his bad injury record and he's not that good imo reckon we do need a leader type in that position aswell.

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15 Feb 2020 16:07:12
Ed is the player to potentially replace kante or jorginho soumare?

{Ed002's Note - No, don't start throwing random names about again.}

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15 Feb 2020 16:29:49
Sorry ed but could you maybe say who it is then?

{Ed002's Note - It is unimportant for now.}

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16 Feb 2020 08:14:51
Yes, why would a potential replacement for first teamers be considered important.

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15 Feb 2020 14:34:43
Ed002, is there any planned goalkeeper changes for next season?

{Ed002's Note - Yes. Jamal Blackman (G) now 26 and wants to be playing will be likely made available after a loan to Bristol Rovers.}

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15 Feb 2020 14:59:06
Oh yes, you mentioned that already. No changes planned for Kepa and Willy?

{Ed002's Note - WC is out of contract in the summer - if he accespts a one year deal then no. Chelsea will be looking to add a young GK when he turns 18 in the summer but he will not be for the first team squad. The club have been to watch five goalkeepers and they have been approached by an agent about another should they need a first pick in the summer but there has not been any decision made to move anyone on.}

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15 Feb 2020 17:39:58
Ed002 . Your insights and knowhow about our club is just fantastic . Oh how lucky are we to have you.

Just want to say thank you. That's all.

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14 Feb 2020 07:54:52
Fantastic update by Ed002's Note - At least you have moved on from Mbappe.
Timo Werner (S) RBL know of the interest of Chelsea who consider TW as a suitable replacement for Giroud - but they have other preferred options. Manchester United, Bayern Munich and Atletico Madrid remain keen - but this could change quickly depending on other targets clubs have - for example, if by some chance MU were able to sign a Free Agent for the summer then interest in TW would go - equally if other clubs were not able to sign their targets, interest in TW might increase. Atletico signing Cavani would likely kill off their interest. Would Timo Werner be interested in a move to sit on the bench at Liverpool most of the time? If the answer is yes, or if Firmino is leaving then it makes sense. Many of the fans expect Klopp to add all of these players without anyone leaving and then completely change tactics and rotate them - it makes zero sense and the club has to meet Home Grown quotas as well. PSG are concerned about being shunned by Icardi and have looked at TW but have not declared any interest. Mr Mourinho is keen for Spurs to take him but there are concerns about the cost. The interest of Dortmund has gone with the signing of Haarland. Bayern Munich were never going to do business in January and played down all transfer talk but there is no doubt that Robert Lewandowski, who will be 32 at the start of next season, is going to need replacing in the next 18 months - and the plan had always been that it would be Timo Werner - they could yet look to do something or perhaps suggest he waits another year at RBL who have offered a new contract.

(b) Jadon Sancho (RW) The total cost of the full package (transfer fee, agent fee, signing on fee and FA payment) is simply outrageous - otherwise he would be moving to Chelsea. Some interested sides will be shocked in to stepping back because of the costs - so Inter can be removed as they are looking to take another youngster from England; Juventus have other players they will look to first; Manchester City see him as over priced. Manchester United are keen but the budget may not stretch and they have been talking (yesterday actually) to another side about taking a young player in the summer but they could return with an offer. Jadon Sancho is down the list and too expensive for Barcelona - he would want assurances of game time and he not first choice for them as they have a priority signing who will soak up a lot of the funds. Real Madrid have a different primary target who will cost a world record fee which will kill any chance of a move if it happens. PSG are not looking at Sancho and expect a similar, although older, player to be offered to them in part exchange in the summer. If Liverpool are looking to replace Salah I think there are cheaper options who would suit their needs available. So potentially an option for all of these sides but the total cost would need to change considerably for something to happen.

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14 Feb 2020 09:51:35
Interesting that if Sancho's price did change, we would be getting the deal done. Let's hope Marina can work her magic!

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14 Feb 2020 11:17:15
Also saw a comment from ed implying that the fee is well in excess of £100m in total (probably £150m+) . I don’t see Chelsea spending that on Sancho when we have CHO, Pulisic, Ziyech and Willian that will probably be at the club next season. There’s other areas we need to strengthen more.

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14 Feb 2020 12:01:07
If money can be spent better we should forget any overpriced player.

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15 Feb 2020 13:53:31
Save the money for Cavani's wages.

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13 Feb 2020 16:08:52
Ed is it true were interested in jude bellingham and willkng to pay £35m? Thanks.

{Ed002's Note - I am not aware of any vast £35M offer for a 16 year old child.}

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13 Feb 2020 20:11:40
Ed002, you mean the Press may be wrong? Surely you jest!

{Ed002's Note - I have no idea what the press has said.}

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13 Feb 2020 21:33:05
Actually, the press says so much it might actually be easier to say what it hasn't said, than to mention all of the things it has said.
Some crazy stories really do flow around out there :)

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14 Feb 2020 07:13:24
Ed002, I was referring to the fact the press seem to be pricing him at £35m and above depending who you read.

{Ed002's Note - Ok.}

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14 Feb 2020 09:51:03
Will he take a sad song and make it better?

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12 Feb 2020 18:10:33
Looks like Ziyech is done for £38 million. It's not Sancho but I suppose we're making statements by getting a transfer done early for a change which is good to see.

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12 Feb 2020 21:51:17
What an amazing player he is, as ed said he may be a bit lightweight but boy can definitely score and assist.

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13 Feb 2020 12:30:08
The deal has been confirmed by Ajax now.

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13 Feb 2020 21:17:49
at last a player who can drive forward and shoot.

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12 Feb 2020 15:31:17
Saying on sky sports news we are close to signing ziyech for 38 mil and will join in summer any truth? And i guess if we sign him. can forget about sancho.

{Ed002's Note - Without going in to too much detail this is a Frank Lampard pick and an old player has assisted a little.}

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12 Feb 2020 16:01:23
Cheers for the reply ed.

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12 Feb 2020 17:30:34
Encouraging that it's a Frank pick! Thanks for the insight, Ed.

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12 Feb 2020 17:56:43
Ed2 your input here is immense as always. I really appreciate the info you provide to us all. Thanks.

{Ed002's Note - You are welcome.}

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12 Feb 2020 19:36:33
what ate your thoughts on him ed001? haven't seen much of him.

{Ed001's Note - good skill, good technique, pacey, scores goals and creates chances when he is in the mood but has had a tendency to fall out with team-mates in the past. Seems to have sorted that side of things out under Ten Hag so looks a good option, though he can be a little easy to knock off the ball. That would be the big worry for me in the Prem, it is much more physical than the Eredivisie and Ziyech is not really all that strong. If he can adapt though, then he has the ability to be a menace and a half from the right.}

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12 Feb 2020 18:41:45
Please Ed002; I need you to say that Chelsea is still very much interested in Sancho despite Ziyech looking a possibility (so that I can sleep with joy) . Thanks for all the answers that you have been giving.

{Ed002's Note - No, as I have explained unless there is a step change in the situation Sancho is not viable for Chelsea.}

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12 Feb 2020 21:15:00
Cheers Ed001, appreciate your insight mate.

{Ed001's Note - very welcome mate.}

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12 Feb 2020 22:39:01
Thankyou very much Ed002👍.

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