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28 Jul 2021 22:16:56
Ed002, I know you dislike predicting timings, but now we have sorted a 3rd choice GK and a CB, would you be able to shed any light into what position will be sorted next in your view? (If any! )

{Ed002's Note - Chelsea are keen to add a S still. There is no preference in order.}

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28 Jul 2021 22:57:08
Thanks Ed002. Also do you (or any of the other Eds) know what CFCW would like to do RE: transfers this summer having already signed Nouwen and Lauren James?

{Ed002's Note - I am not hip to the women’s game I am afraid and would need to ask.}

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28 Jul 2021 17:18:38
Interesting situation with our three goalkeepers after today's signing.

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28 Jul 2021 18:21:39
Looking ahead, AFCON will mean we will be without Mendy for a period of time, so Kepa / Bettinelli seems sound enough to me. I read that Bettinelli classes as a Homegrown player for the CL, so that’s a bonus.

I also saw that Jamie Cumming has gone out on loan, which will hopefully help his development.

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28 Jul 2021 18:41:17
I do not have confidence in kepa in the absence of Mendy, will have to wait to see the new guy.

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28 Jul 2021 18:51:00
I expect Kepa to move on, probably a loan at the end of the season.

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28 Jul 2021 18:54:37
I wouldn’t mind bringing Sergio Romero in as second choice goalkeeper and moving Kepa on although no one wants him obviously.

Romero was very good as back up at United and got really annoyed at not getting a transfer once Dean Henderson came back.

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28 Jul 2021 19:56:09
Good post and very good points in my opinion Steve_B.

Maybe Kepa will find a new home in this window but I have my doubts and to be fair, when called upon last season he was generally ok.

Anyway, we now continue to have alternatives.

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28 Jul 2021 21:39:43
Weren't Lazio interested in Kepa? Hasn't Kepa just openly apologized to Sarri for the cup final substitution fiasco? Isn't Sarri now head coach at Lazio?

Coincidence?


Yeah, probably.

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28 Jul 2021 21:49:34
“J” are you Poirot?

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29 Jul 2021 06:12:33
Miss Marble Tom.

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29 Jul 2021 07:16:13
Kepa would only go to Lazio to be head coach.

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28 Jul 2021 16:25:07
Have to admit although I will be very happy with Kounde Zouma going is a big loss. I don't think he's part of our future as he doesn't suit a back three and he's not as good on the ball as the rest of our centre backs. But what a professional he has been and will be a big loss in the dressing room with his personality. Who else will lift Kante up now at the back when we win trophies 😭

He is so dominant in the air and wherever he goes he will improve their defence I have no doubt.

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28 Jul 2021 15:50:18
Hi Ed I apologise if you find this tedious
I was wondering if any other sides were in serious negotiations for
E headland regarding a transfer this year I know you said Madrid want mbappe and maybe eh
Next year
Many thanks
For boys of a vintage age thete isn't much to get excited about these days so a star signing for the blues as sad as it sounds
Is appealing.

{Ed002's Note - I do find it tedious. I have explained the situation with Real Madrid and nothing has changed.}

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28 Jul 2021 16:21:48
Apologies I didn't word it well enough
Sorry will leave it now.

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28 Jul 2021 17:58:11
I think we all should stop bugging Ed about Haaland. It is clear the club have indicated an interest and/ or made a bid. Chelsea want him but it’s up to his club and the player to agree the transfer. For all we know BD may have some sort of agreement with RM to sell him on above his release clause next summer. If we do get him it will be a long drawn out process but I think it’s unlikely to happen.
Eds you may not be able to comment but I presume the redevelopment of Stamford Bridge is dead and buried. I never thought it was economically viable in any event. The estimated cost was a billion pounds which I thought was very conservative considering the plan envisioned digging down 15 metres and a 3 year build for 18, 000 extra seats.

{Ed002's Note - There is no agreement with Real Madrid. The development issue is nothing at all to do with money.}

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28 Jul 2021 19:59:42
Thanks Ed . Just my suspicious mind about an agreement between the parties involved. I am surprised the aborted redevelopment isn’t about money given the likely cost against benefits- I wouldn’t blame the club if it was.

{Ed002's Note - It is nothing to do with money.}

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28 Jul 2021 20:48:05
Ed sorry to be cheeky but is it to do with Roman’s visa issue?

{Ed002's Note - No.}

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28 Jul 2021 21:14:55
Thanks Ed, you have answered two questions, I won’t bother you again .

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29 Jul 2021 01:18:16
Not posted for a while every time he speaks he doesn’t fill me with confidence that he wants to join Chelsea, so am not to interested in EH to be fair we have the money if we want him why not just come out and do it, there’s nobody to match us at this time Barcelona and Madrid are struggling Milan teams are broke no one in the prem are near us with fair play and money. Just go for him or leave it and go for someone else like Lukaku. Also the person who has the problem at Chelsea about RL must get over his self and move on due to he would most likely be the best option.

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28 Jul 2021 14:22:29
Hey Ed001 I hope you're doing well.

With the potential arrival of Kounde I was wondering what you think of him, and how he would fit in the team. I've heard some good things about him, but I haven't really seen him much myself.

{Ed001's Note - I really like Kounde, excellent young defender with a lot of potential. He is a modern day centre-back, quick, strong and excellent on the ball. I would say he is just about the best possible option you could have gone for.}

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28 Jul 2021 14:46:38
Concerns of his height and how he’d match to the physicality and height in the PL.
Do u think that will be an issue if TT plays 4 at the back.

{Ed001's Note - not in the slightest, the only team that uses height as a weapon is Burnley, so that is only 2 games a season where he would be even pushed in that regard. Personally I think his leap is more than good enough to match up to any forward he will come up against.}

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28 Jul 2021 15:29:51
I agree Ed there’s not many teams who use an old school no 9 as there focal point any more except maybe the likes of Kane, DCL and Wood. The rest of the teams in the top have strikers that aren’t big strikers. The likes of Firmino, Jesus, Vardy to name a few.

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28 Jul 2021 18:37:36
Thanks Ed! That’s definitely a glowing recommendation, I’m pretty excited about this transfer now, sounds like he could be just what we need in the defence.

{Ed001's Note - I think he is what Chelsea need. I like Zouma, but I think Kounde is a better modern day centre-back, so it would be a step up.}

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28 Jul 2021 11:56:18
I'd like us to replace Tammy
With Ivan Toney, doubt he'd want to be 2nd choice striker if we were to get out too target thou, hopefully Broja stays with us, although a season loan would benefit us long term.

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28 Jul 2021 12:33:18
I’m indifferent to Tammy staying but if we can’t find a suitable alternative he does have two years left on his contract so the club could collect a decent fee for him next season if they wanted or had to.

Broja did look useful in his brief cameo last night and he could be a good player to have in the first team squad this season.

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28 Jul 2021 18:56:17
I think Tammy will eventually leave in this window. The past 6 months has been disappointing for him and I can't really see him get minutes under TT even if he signs a new contract.

So I think Danny Ings is probably a good signing as a 2nd and even first choice striker. With Kai and Werner we have enough strikers and if Borja stays which I think he should, then I think we would have a good attacking power.

I haven't seen Toney but everyone seems to like him, so maybe it's not a bad shout if we can't get our main targets.

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28 Jul 2021 11:25:58
ed002 . hope you're well!

Is there an update on Haaland is it still possible?

Are we likely to test and make a formal bid for him?

Thank you. have a good day!

{Ed002's Note - I am not aware of what sort of "update" you are expecting.}

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28 Jul 2021 13:35:59
Hi Ed, a couple of questions if you don't mind.
Do you think Haaland will move this year?
Earlier you said you see Spain as the most likely destination, is that still the case?

Thanks

Mike.

{Ed002's Note - His club do not want to sell this year. There will be options to move to Spain in the future.}

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28 Jul 2021 14:44:29
Given the complete reluctance to sell from Dortmund-Is the only way this happens now, ED002, if the club force the issue and make an offer that Dortmund cannot, logically, refuse over the next few days?

{Ed002's Note - I really have no idea what you are talking about.}

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28 Jul 2021 14:58:52
If Dortmund do not want to sell EH this year; why are the club persisting in trying to sign the player now?

{Ed002's Note - Because Chelsea would like to buy him.}

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28 Jul 2021 16:32:40
But Chelsea can't do it. It is all waste of time and it is as well enormous gamble with EH as we had a chance to witness Werner's blistering this season.

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28 Jul 2021 20:39:05
we can if a huge fee is offered .

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28 Jul 2021 22:37:50
CRIKEY. no wonder Ed gets frustrated. I'm finding all the same questions boring. Leave the poor man alone!

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28 Jul 2021 11:13:16
21 Aug 2020
21 Aug 2020 12:30:21
Same Matt, only seen snippets of him but apparently he’s a top defender. Another French Cb to keep an eye on is Jules Kounde, I reckon he’s going to be hot property next summer. The French National team is packed with young centre backs. Bright future for us (French national team) but I’d obviously Iove one of them in the blue of Chelsea’s as well maybe Zouma can turn agent next summer.

ELI

That was my take on Kounde last summer, good to see the Chelsea board have finally started listening to me! But seriously I think we are going to have a top defender, who is versatile and really good in the ball. Sad to see Zouma leave but totally thrilled we are getting Kounde.

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28 Jul 2021 11:40:16
Chelsea haven't signed him just yet, Eli :) first have to agree a fee with Sevilla!

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