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22 Oct 2021 14:02:39
Good afternoon Ed002; please is Chelsea interested in F. Mendy of Real Madrid?

{Ed002's Note - No, Chelsea has not made any approach for Mendy. They have no need for another LB at this time.}

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23 Oct 2021 23:15:05
Thank you Ed;

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26 Oct 2021 15:17:52
why would Chelsea need a LB Obinna?

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26 Oct 2021 19:24:53
Wheelycfc; If Marcos Alonso were to leave, I presume Chelsea will be interested in a left back.

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19 Oct 2021 06:46:31
Good day pals, I have been trying to interstate what future holds for saul considering tt hasn't used him regularly as I had thought. do we still intend to make deal permanent

Again are we still interested in haland? For the records I wasn't taken on lukaku initially and my fears about him still strong. he's too bulky and and doesn't mix well with the team. if down to me, I would test ATM for suarez, he can given us 2tov3 seasons that's if w can't get haland. your thought's.

{Ed002's Note - (a) There is no decision on Saul at the moment - he will have his opportunities. I think there is a good chance he will play against Malmo. (b) Yes but there is a huge issue with the wages as has been previously explained - it has not gone away.}

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19 Oct 2021 12:05:40
Ed thanks for your prompt response. I wouldn't know how much of wages is involved but I wouldn't mind making haland the best paid even in the league because he's absolutely a goal machine and will only get better as he's very young. Ballon do candidates a few years. We might regret not pouncing now that we can.
Again I think we need a lampard kind of midfielder who not only score but put in sleek balls to the attackers to sparkle. Was hoping Mount could be the one but tt hasn't played him at the middle. Ruben has the drive but holds on to the ball too long. besides dunno how long before he's off on injury. Consistency is required.

{Ed002's Note - The amounts involved are huge. It has not changed since the summer.}

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14 Oct 2021 07:11:46
Lots of links with Aurelian Tchouameni after his performances for France in the nations league.

Question for posters, would you rather Rice or Tchouameni. Touch one.

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14 Oct 2021 09:04:18
I admit, I haven't really watched Tchouameni, but I would love us to have Rice. He fits the bill for us and he is a proven player in the PL.

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14 Oct 2021 09:05:54
Such a tough one. Rice is proven to be at the highest level in the league. But, for me, Tchouameni has a higher ceiling of ability. I'd probably say Rice in the end, although either would be excellent additions to our squad.

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14 Oct 2021 19:00:49
We have been doing this comparison on this site for some months now and my stance still remains that I will take Tchouameni a thousand times over Declan Rice.

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15 Oct 2021 13:01:58
I am optimistic that RLC might be better than both in that role. Or Ethan Ampadu. That said, I like Rice, but he is not worth the money the media say he is worth. Simple as that. We are still waiting to see if Saul can do anything for us in that role. I think an older player with experience is what is needed in that position tbh.

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15 Oct 2021 16:57:01
I think RLC plays a role congruent with Jorginho which is about possession circulation and advancement rather than the talents offered by Rice and Tchouameni who specialize in ball recovery. That said it’s an incredibly difficult question as in my opinion. AT has a much higher ceiling athletically than Rice but Rice has everything you could want from a mental perspective in terms of leadership and additionally has an emotional connection with the club which I think all of our fans should be able to identify has an effect. Overall if it was a random club I’d say AT no question but DR’s relationship with our club makes this a toss up.

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15 Oct 2021 17:29:22
Don’t think we will be in the market for midfielders until the summer. I think the only possible signing in January might be a CB dependent on Christensen and Rudiger signing new contracts. I don’t think RLC fills any role in midfield, even when he is fit he is inconsistent and goes missing in games. As for Rice I think WHU will be asking too much but who knows.

{Ed002's Note - Chelsea are not considering Rice.}

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15 Oct 2021 18:18:51
I understand that. While I do think Rice is better than Potato, there's no doubt for me that both Bread and - especially - Pasta is superior to Rice.

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15 Oct 2021 17:47:48
Interesting Ed. Thanks for the information and it save the never ending debate.

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15 Oct 2021 18:27:27
I understand Christensen has agreed new deal just a matter of when he signs. Ed does that mean Chelsea are interested in Tchouameni after dropping interest in Rice?

{Ed002's Note - Try searching - this has been explained many times.}

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15 Oct 2021 20:37:46
The Rice debate will be never ending on this site.

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16 Oct 2021 11:16:58
Egg Fried? Special fried? Thai sticky?

If it's Thai sticky I'm into Rice.

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16 Oct 2021 12:22:21
Thank God Chelsea are not considering Rice, I wish Rice a safe and fruitful travel to Manchester.

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18 Oct 2021 09:22:13
Besides the fact that Tchouameni and Rice are good at shielding the back four, my biggest issue with Rice as a central defensive midfielder is his ability on the ball. His control on the ball isn’t as good as Tchouameni’s. I think ball control is the first and most fundamental attribute of a midfielder. Tchouameni’s ease of ball control and and flair on the ball makes him a better player for me. Rice clearly has more Leadership on the field but Tchouameni can develop that over time.

NB: Personally, the first quality I look out for in a midfielder is his ball control in tight space; then passing ability etc.

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18 Oct 2021 08:35:08
If Ed002 says we're not considering Rice, then that's enough for me, so we move on. I remember back a while where Chelsea wanted Tonali as first choice, but it never happened. So, Ed002, in midfield, what is the clubs preferred choice as of now?
At the back, which I realise you're not happy to comment on given previous comments from posters, is Kounde at Sevilla still an option which the club wish to pursue, either in the the January window or the summer, or has the strategy changed?
As a long time watcher/ reader of your info and one who genuinely waits for your input, I would appreciate any information that you may have in regards to the clubs thinking in the future. Thanks in advance.

{Ed002's Note - The first choice remains Aurelien Tchouameni (DM/CM) Juventus and Chelsea have all declared an interest in the player. Manchester United could look to him. Borussia Dortmund are interested in upgrading Axel Witsel and have looked at him as have others.
Jules Kounde (CB) Chelsea were planning to look to a deal again in January but priorities will probably shift and other options are being considered. Don't rule out a Real Madrid offer but they would look to include players. Price could block any move.}

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19 Oct 2021 10:01:24
Thanks for the update Ed. Much appreciated.

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21 Oct 2021 13:06:13
I really don't ubderstand this obsession about rice like he's world class. it now looks stupid as not even the club are not interested at least as per ed update. Business wise, it doesn't loook attaineble.

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21 Oct 2021 14:29:02
Ed002 what other cbs are being considered thanks.

{Ed002's Note - As previously mentioned but much is dependent on whether one or two are needed and those coming through.}

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12 Oct 2021 12:30:59
Reading in a Spanish newspaper that Chelsea are interested in resigning Hazard? Any truth in this?

{Ed002's Note - Eden Hazard (LW/RW) Real Madrid have problems one way or another with all of their wingers and there is no guarantee any will be at the club next season. Hazard will be another that Real Madrid listen to offers for and they have already approached Chelsea suggesting an exchange for Reece James. There is someone senior at Chelsea advocating his return to the club which I understand would suit the player - but the club are considering others.}

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12 Oct 2021 22:24:42
Surely the club wouldn’t want to sell Reece Ed? Be horrible business if true.

{Ed002's Note - No the club won’t want to.}

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13 Oct 2021 06:28:40
I assume / hope they were told Reece James isn't available?}

{Ed002's Note - Chelsea would like the player to stay.}

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13 Oct 2021 08:29:20
An exchange for Reece James? There's not really any players right now that I think we should exchange for him. I think he's got the potential to be one of the world's best right backs, if he's not already (which I think he is, but I am not objective hehe) - and he seems to love the club.

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15 Oct 2021 12:55:16
Player exchanges seldom work out. But no way would James for Hazard be a fair exchange. At this point in time, James is worth more. Ziyech for Hazard? That might be a possibility.

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15 Oct 2021 17:17:33
Hazard back to Chelsea seems unlikely to me but I would exchange him for Ziyech though. Reece has potential but is a long way from being top class.

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30 Sep 2021 11:51:22
Do Chelsea hold an interest in Saint- Maximim.

{Ed002's Note - Newcastle have not had any approaches for the player.}

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30 Sep 2021 13:34:26
Thanks for quick response.

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01 Oct 2021 20:27:51
I would prefer we go for chiesa instead

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03 Oct 2021 21:35:48
Nkunku and leao are two promising players, imagine they have plenty interest.

{Ed002's Note - Not from Chelsea.}

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28 Sep 2021 07:28:09
Easy days in the season but Gallagher has surely got to be the next one in next season of the Cobham belt he has been sensational so far for Palace. Goals, assists, chances created, pressing and energy. Would we really need someone like Tchouameni when Gallagher is a similar box to box player? All these stars that have come from foreign leagues who still haven't adapted well I. e Havertz, Werner, Sancho, Pepe why not give the ones who do look very good who are already playing in this league.

Gilmour's loan looks like it will stagnate his career at Norwich it's the wrong team for him. Gallagher on the other hand is running the show. Obviously I'd like Rice here as he fits the proper dm role as he likes to sit but I don't see why Gallagher can't come in as 4th choice next season and we can send Saul back. What a player to rotate he could be and he'd be a good option to rotate with Kante the energy he brings to the middle.

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28 Sep 2021 11:03:37
I totally agree and I want to add that Gallagher is already good enough to start for us.
I think we need an overhaul in the midfield and Conor can surely play big rôle for us.

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28 Sep 2021 12:18:21
Overhaul? Ashk121; come on man, don’t you it’s still a long season to be judging players? Patience sir.

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28 Sep 2021 14:42:02
Of course Obinna, it is still early in the season but the writing has been on the wall for at least two years.
Kante needs a proper backup and replacement, we will probably move one of Kova and Jorgi and it has been reported that we will prioritize midfielders next summer.

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28 Sep 2021 15:05:08
Agree ash I like all of them but can be too similar. A physical destroyer (Rice or Tchouameni) with Gallagher returning who can also play further forward.

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28 Sep 2021 15:46:39
Here we go again, the season has barely started and people already know who will be good enough for the first team next summer. This is Chelsea, we don’t even know who the manager will be!

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28 Sep 2021 16:20:37
People are entitled to opinions. Just cause they don’t like yours there is no need for animosity on a forum.

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28 Sep 2021 16:23:45
We have added to a squad that was good enough to win the Champions League last season.

We have a good manager who isn’t an embarrassment to himself or the club.

Our points total after six games is more than most fans anticipated.

We should never stand still and we should always look to improve but we have done exactly that from last season to this season in my opinion!

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28 Sep 2021 16:32:14
Jimbo, it’s obvious mate. You know who!

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28 Sep 2021 17:13:19
Yes Tom, we have done extremely well but I think we overachieved a bit.
Anyway, we should always look to improve what we have and aim to be one of the best in both England and Europe.
We have a very well run club and I'm sure we will do our best to have sustained success.
We are just recognising Conor and the possible need for refreshments in the midfield.

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28 Sep 2021 17:31:54
Yes agree midfield needs to looked at next season; I would opt for a creative midfielder whoever stays or goes We may also may need to look at CBs, Silva will likely go next summer, Dave isn’t getting any younger and I have a feeling Rudiger might not sign a new contract.

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28 Sep 2021 19:25:16
Ashk, we have one of the strongest squads in Europe. I don’t think we have over achieved, I think we under achieved in the League last season an DM for that Lamps has to his share of responsibility.

We also didn’t perform in the cup final to a standard I would have expected from our squad.

This year we have got more points than most fans would have expected but I don’t think we have performed to our maximum.

It’s the next five league games that will help shape our season. I expect TT to get a lot more out of our squad and I think he will.

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28 Sep 2021 19:53:46
I say overachieve because it's extremely difficult to win a big trophy with a completely new team, like the one we had last season.
Our path to the final of UCL was a bit easier than the rest and that helped us. I agree about the FA Cup final but our league performance overall, was what most of the fans expected.
Let's see what happens in the next 5 6 games of the season.

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29 Sep 2021 07:14:51
Hey guys, let's not forget, the league, the champions league, the league cup and the FA Cup are not won in the first games of the season, but rather the last!
I read and, in most cases, understand fans frustrations with the "here and now", however we all need to see the big picture.
Before FL's departure I'm sure ED002 mentioned the club wanting to add an "advisor" which FL refused, hence his departure. Whilst I personally wasn't a TT fan originally, I have realised that what he brings is a "team culture", yes he demands, but will take blame when appropriate as he is the conductor.
I'm sure the club is many miles ahead of any of us in plans for the future. Connor has been good for Palace, maybe he needed to be in that prominent situation at Palace, rather than 4th of 5th choice here, to gain the level needed to be at to be a starting contender here. BG is the same, I think it's great that he's at Norwich, working hard.
What I am particularly impressed with in regards to TT is, unlike Jose, who had a starting 11 that he very rarely swayed from Thomas operates from a squad who are equals within a team.
Cases in point are Kepa, he was arrogant and tbh "rubbish" for both Sarri and FL, but under TT has kept his head down, worked hard, said the right things, and to be honest when given a start, has looked a proper keeper (never thought I'd say that lol) . Ben Chilwell is another, the big deal at previous club but not a start this year, but I'm sure will be ready when needed.
Like Tom, I think our performances will get better as we go through this season, and this team will make us all very proud.

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29 Sep 2021 10:35:24
All this talk of signing a DM is complete nonsense we don't play with a DM player and it doesn't fit our style of football.
We won't be going to a back four while TT is manager.
And shipping out experienced and battle hardened midfield players is a very risky strategy in a competitive league.
The club will take a view on replacements next year not after a few games into a new season and the fans should do the same.

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29 Sep 2021 11:07:16
I agree Strasbourg, TT would be mad to go to a back four with the players we currently have.

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01 Oct 2021 19:29:30
To add to your point, I think the club might need to buy and sell central defenders, defensive midfielders to be ready for a 4-at the back system, if TT tries to change the system now it could end badly for him and the team. There’s a reason why TT chose the 3- at the back system for Chelsea (a system that he has never used before) to a 4- at the back system; you have to consider that the players that we have got (especially the central defenders and a few defensive midfielders) have their shortcomings- a 4- at the back system exposes those weaknesses. Everything has being working well with a 3- at the back system because the system hid the weaknesses of our central defence and the defensive midfield up until Thomas Tuchel undermined the importance of a quick wingback which is what brings the attacking balance to a 3- at the back system. Once our wingbacks are moving properly, we should be fine again. Simply put: Thomas Tuchel should stop playing Alonso and Azpilicueta as wing backs, they are slow.

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26 Sep 2021 23:19:45
Chelsea are preparing to make a fresh bid for Italy winger Federico Chiesa. The 23-year-old is on loan to Juventus - who have an obligation to buy - from Fiorentina. This is was in the Italian press.

{Ed002's Note - Preparing?}

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27 Sep 2021 11:24:12
Making sure the fax machine is plugged in, and the electricity bill is paid so the initial offer can go through 😂.

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27 Sep 2021 11:38:31
Granovskaia counting coins into plastic bags to make a deposit.

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27 Sep 2021 13:46:11
Like you would prepare a salad?

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27 Sep 2021 15:53:53
LOL
oh dear.

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28 Sep 2021 12:54:38
But are Chelsea "planning" a new bid for the lad Chiesa? He would be a great purchase. Can play on either wing or down the middle. Pulisic is great, but the lad is not always fit and healthy.

{Ed002's Note - He is a player who has been of interest to Chelsea for some time.}

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28 Sep 2021 12:55:13
Ed002 are we interested in chiesa.

{Ed002's Note - He is a player who has been of interest to Chelsea for some time.}

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28 Sep 2021 15:06:16
Ed is the option to join juventus his choice at the end of the 2 year loan or could he or Juve still change their mind? Thanks.

{Ed002's Note - No, he will be signing.}

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26 Sep 2021 23:17:51
Are we preparing a 120m euro (£102m) bid for defender Matthijs de Ligt, 22?

{Ed002's Note - Preparing?}

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27 Sep 2021 15:55:33
Be prepared. I can see the ghost of Lord Baden Powell.

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03 Oct 2021 15:33:38
I hope not overrated.

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