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09 May 2021 03:23:14
Very impressive win Vs City especially when you have to consider that we rested Mount, Havertz, Silva, Chilwell, J5 etc.

Of course the media will keep talking crap and refer to City's 9 changes and also how Sterling didn't get a penalty. His arguably the biggest diver in football and should have been red carded anyway.

But we beat City resting some of our best players and argubaly our POTY in Mount.

1.) 09 May 2021 10:30:05
I’ve got one eye on United who have 3 games in 5 days, Villa Liverpool and Leicester, imagine getting second, obviously we have our own tough games, arsenal and Leicester.

2.) 09 May 2021 11:05:35
A word of caution we have not played against City's first choice eleven in the last two games.
They started yesterday minus the three of there leading goalscorers Gundongan, Mahrez, Foden and the best player in DeBruyne.
Two other very key players were missing in Fernandinho and Stones.
With that lot starting in the CL Final we will have our work cut out.
But a great result yesterday particularly given we had less recovery time.

3.) 09 May 2021 11:15:39
It will be some achievement if we get 2nd, win the FA Cup and the UCL. If that happenes then Tuchel must be considered for the manager of the year award. amazing turnaround.

4.) 09 May 2021 14:43:18
Tbh within the last two games the players you mentioned have played in some capacity. Regardless we have already controlled the tempo. Yday we had a lot of players rested.

5.) 11 May 2021 10:52:46
That really isn't the point is it?
If they play all the best players in the final it will be a substantially stronger out fit than we have played since they beat us 3-1 at the Bridge.
In addition they will probably be able to rest those players from tommorow until the final while we are still battling to secure a top 4 place and a Cup.

6.) 11 May 2021 23:55:34
All I will say is - let city "bring it". No fear, I've soon enough to be very confident.



05 Apr 2021 10:19:48
Ed are Chelsea interested in Menino? Is he a Good player?

{Ed002's Note - Gabriel Menino (RM/CM/DM/RB) Both Atletico and Real Madrid have spoken with Palmeiras about the player but it has gone no further than a general enquiry. His agent has spoken with Spurs and Chelsea - who are not looking to a player of his type right now but could look to an immediate loan back. Juventus might take the same approach as Chelsea after an approach from his agent - but it means assigning money they don't have for such ventures.}

1.) 03 Apr 2021 14:33:08
These are games / teams that we should be beating, dropping 5 points to isn’t good enough, 5 goals too, jeez, the reaction worries me to, after lampards run of games once we lost we went on real bad run?

2.) 05 Apr 2021 13:10:14
ED002, what are the positions we will prioritize come this summer transfer window.
Also can you shed some light on the situation with TA and OG . our two main strikers and will either of them be at chelsea next season.

appreciate your know-how

{Ed002's Note - The club has yet to finalise summer plans - they will be doing that over the next few weeks but have been talking with agents and other clubs. Giroud will be out of contract and will depart. The future of Abraham is in his own hands.}

3.) 05 Apr 2021 13:43:34
ED002, Thank you for your reply regarding our strikers situation.
You have a nice day.

4.) 05 Apr 2021 16:34:44
What would Abraham need to do to stay at the club?
Is it purely a financial dispute over his contract or his requirement to be first choice striker that is the problem.?
If he had to leave who do you think the club would replace him with given the choice?
Many thanks.

{Ed002's Note - It is simple, there is no need to make it complex. He has the option of a new contract, if he doesn't want to sign it he will be available in the summer.}

5.) 05 Apr 2021 19:05:11
May I ask for the midfield. is TT satisfied with what we have or does it depend on ok n if anyone who leaves will be replaced. any specific players looked at for midfield additions regardless.

{Ed002's Note - Clearly if players who are part of the first team squad are to leave they will be replaced with players from the U23 or youth set up, or players will be purchased.}

6.) 05 Apr 2021 19:43:49
Thanks Ed002.

7.) 05 Apr 2021 22:55:54
Thanks Ed, appreciate it always mate.



04 Jan 2021 17:00:30
" Abramovich will not hesitate to sack Lampard, Havertz and Werner have been forced to play tactics they aren't used to, getting the best out of them is vital to the board and owner, they admired Poch but Tuchel and Allegri are available "


1.) 04 Jan 2021 18:12:42
The sun :
Shevchenko on shortlist,

in that case, frank in,

2.) 04 Jan 2021 18:55:53
Chelsea do not have a ready-made succession plan to replace Lampard and are yet to hit the panic button. Cleary issues to resolve though

- Matt Law.

Frank is not going anywhere.

3.) 04 Jan 2021 20:36:48
Get Hassenhoetl.

4.) 04 Jan 2021 22:47:25
Tuchel or Hassenhuttl. If it’s not done before it’s to late Barcelona will get Tuchel to replace Koeman.

5.) 05 Jan 2021 11:12:30
Any of Eric Ten Haag or Hassenhuttl is my ideal candidate.

6.) 05 Jan 2021 11:39:13
No offence to anyone intended but why would anyone be cheerleading for Tuchel or Ten Haag.

Will they do any better than Frank, possibly. Will they take Us back to Winning Titles and Champions League's, absolutely not.

If it's just improvement We're looking for what's the point of changing Coach to replace them again in a few months?

In a couple of weeks it'll be some other coach who needs replacing, stirred up by the media and lapped up by the impatient masses.


7.) 05 Jan 2021 13:17:22
I for one think that Eric Ten Haag is way above Lampard as a manager.

8.) 05 Jan 2021 14:06:46
If you think it's a media stunt then you need to check the history of the club in sacking managers. The precursor is usually bad results accompanied with bad performances by the team and key players. All are present except the unusual legendary sentiments to Frank which seems to still buy him now. Point is that imo results won't improve so rapidly and any further result like in the recent matches must definitely force RA's hands.
Again there's no standout option for the Chelsea job available right now imo but Roman wouldn't mind an interim or stop gap to steady the team and make sure we don't start next season on a disadvantaged standpoint like missing out on the UCL. Make no mistakes, some average but experienced managers can achieve this.

9.) 05 Jan 2021 14:49:03
If frank goes it should be someone who knows the league, we can’t have a bedding in period or anther transition period, that’s why I’d only be happy his replaced by Rogers or hassenhutt, the later preferably. Someone who knows how to get best out of what we got,

10.) 05 Jan 2021 17:30:55
I hope Frank stays. We should not keep doing the mistakes we have done in the past.

But, yes, if someone is going to replace Lamps, it should be someone whom knows the league well.

11.) 05 Jan 2021 18:16:54
I don't necessarily disagree with any of the points made. It just sounds like some Supporters think that a change of coach means We just click into gear and start winning games.

What if We bring in another coach and We finish 5th. Do We then sack them and bring in somebody else. If the answer to that is no, then why exactly are We replacing the existing Coach?

A few weeks ago, Ole was a dead man walking now His team are top of the league. Arteta was one game away from the boot, He had to go now they're being spoken about as top 4 contenders.

Whether We care to admit it or not this is far from a regular season and every Club are suffering as a consequence. I would argue it's tougher for Us with so many first team additions.

Don't get Me wrong I'm not saying Frank should have an indefinite stay but unless We're bringing in the absolute elite of Coaches I honestly do not see the point.

Were We really a genuine title contender this season, I personally didn't think so.

Anyway I respect all opinions and know We all want Chelsea to be successful. Hopefully 2021 will see an upturn in form and results and give Us all something to smile about.


12.) 05 Jan 2021 18:32:12
Frank just seems lost and doesn’t seem to have any answers, in game management, style tactics, pressing Man City like we do was comical and naive, the inexperience is really showing, taking about when his been in the dressing room, can’t even compare the leaders then to what we have now so that’s not going to help, BUT, rice would change us drastically and I was very against the signing previously, w/ kante not instead of,

13.) 05 Jan 2021 20:09:49
Don’t think Rice is the answer and I’d be surprised if the board would back Frank and splash out more money on a busted project. Frank would probably play him on the wing anyway.

14.) 05 Jan 2021 20:24:43
Some are saying he wants him to partner zouma.

15.) 05 Jan 2021 21:14:51
Well someone needs to partner Zouma plays like he’s wearing hobnail boots.

16.) 06 Jan 2021 12:36:45
ED001, would you change FL for someelse and if yes, who would that be and why?
also, how can we get the best out of the current squad?

we are just not gelling as we should be . given that FL has now 18months at the helm and the chance to spend money. we seem a bit lost as a style of play has not emerged.

love your thoughts here EDs
Thank you in advance


{Ed001's Note - right now, no. I would give him the season at least. This is a difficult season and no manager is really going to be able to make a huge difference due to the lack of time to coach players. So you may as well give him the rest of the season before making a decision.}



21 Aug 2020 19:27:46
Ben Chilwell transfer is almost done for a fee between 45-50m.

This will be fantastic and one I am completely behind. The reported fee of true is just brilliant work!

1.) 21 Aug 2020 19:47:56
Brilliant if we get him for 45-50M.
It seem that it will go as far as 65M with bonuses. Would be fine if we get the league title.

2.) 21 Aug 2020 19:57:47
Think that means the Emerson to Inter deal is done as well if we can sell him permanently for about 20m I’d be over the moon 👍🏻.

3.) 21 Aug 2020 20:08:33
I don't mind the bonuses, if it gets to that point it means he's played well for us and we've won some trophies.

4.) 21 Aug 2020 20:18:57
Chilwell and Havertz almost done!

Excellent times ahead.

5.) 21 Aug 2020 23:10:50
Potentially the best transfer we've ever had? Providing we can sign a CB.

6.) 22 Aug 2020 00:50:23
Very good deal at that price.

{Ed0666's Note - you are joking right? You really think it’s good value? I’d love to sell anything to you obinna...which reminds me I have a 1983 Yellow Datsun Sunny with no engine, loads of rust, not sure if the brakes work and definitely won’t start and I’ll sell it to you for 30 million british pounds.

7.) 22 Aug 2020 08:07:05
At least we're not tapping every possible transfer target Ed0666 via our manager's mobile phone.

8.) 22 Aug 2020 08:42:39
I wouldn’t call it good value but it’s definitely the market rate ie Wan B to UTD or Kyle Walker to City and a huge climb down from a ‘world record fee’ they have asked for.

9.) 22 Aug 2020 09:40:19
Brilliant value for money IMO.

10.) 22 Aug 2020 11:08:23
50 million over a duration of 7 years is less than 8 million a season+ wages. How's that not a good deal if he can stay in the team?

11.) 22 Aug 2020 11:11:02
Hahahaha, it could have been worse considering how much good English players cost.

12.) 22 Aug 2020 14:05:02
Time will tell. Chillwell Vs. Datsun.

Yes, it is a "good" deal in that we didn't spend 80 million quid. But looks like we are paying a lot of cash for an unproven player. tbh I am not that excited about this deal.

13.) 22 Aug 2020 11:25:01
Ed, you really shouldn't concern yourself too much with money.

{Ed0666's Note - you’re right especially when it’s not my own...but I’m not sure how chilwell is great value at 40-50 million? Is he four times better than Tsimikas?

14.) 22 Aug 2020 16:04:49
Well, we know some money gets chucked on top for home grown - granted not that much. We also know Leicester would have wanted a lot more for him, and after they stung United for Harry Maguire last summer this doesn't look too bad.

15.) 22 Aug 2020 16:59:28
Standard got it right.

The price over 5 years plus becomes a good one.

I don't think you can compare him with an 'import' like Tsimikas.

16.) 22 Aug 2020 17:08:22
We can’t afford a Datsun so we can carry on using our hand me down pensioners pass. Also Chilwell is a ridiculous amount of money when we could buy 5x players from the Lithuanian league for the same money!

Also, how lucky are we that the KH deal has fallen through. We were £10m away from the asking price but we decided it was better to buy a Rice pudding instead.

That’s the end end of our buying in this window. We wanted some bloke called Henderson but he has just been banged up on a Greek island and we can’t afford the bail money!

Just in case, I have the usual people thinking I’m being serious, I’m not.

I’m also very, very happy with Chilwell and KH. I would also like a CH and Keeper as well.

17.) 22 Aug 2020 21:50:01
Good one Tom B thanks for providing some humour!

18.) 22 Aug 2020 22:16:04
It was tough supporting Jorginho and Kepa through the season. That was true humour!

19.) 23 Aug 2020 01:13:54
I guess Chelsea would have to get Emerson out first before wrapping up a deal for Chilwell.

20.) 24 Aug 2020 14:46:01
I hears that Inter are sacking Conte and therefore the Emerson deal could be off.

Chilwell has an injury and is still injured. Seems a little silly to spend 50 million quid on an injured player.



20 Aug 2020 11:23:19
Looks like we've held further productive talks with Bayer Leverkusen over a fee for Kai Havertz. It is understood negotiations between the two clubs are moving at an encouraging pace.

It would appear to be more of a case of 'when rather than 'if.

1.) 20 Aug 2020 13:00:18
Ed002 stated the same last week! But hope we wound this up soon and move onto other business with league starting in 3 weeks from now.

We have to complete a lot of deals by that time. Ideally don't prefer movement post the start.




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25 Jul 2021 08:43:58
Haaland Update 🇳🇴

A bid of 130m will be offered imminently. If rejected then another offer of 130m + 20m in bonuses is in the pipeline.

1.) 25 Jul 2021 09:14:16
As always, believe it when David Ornstein or Ed002 report it, not some geez on Twitter, no offences Shak.

2.) 25 Jul 2021 09:59:12
Shak is a journalist mate 😄🤣😂.

3.) 25 Jul 2021 10:02:51
Off course everyone knows the reliable source (s), there’s also nothing bad with keeping hope alive which is what Shak is doing, so well done Shak.

4.) 25 Jul 2021 10:16:43
Cheers Obinna, there are some positives in the Haaland transfer saga. Not sure whether it's going to happen but #CFC will try and IMPORTANTLY they feel confident that they can get the deal done.

5.) 25 Jul 2021 21:33:35
I’ll only believe Haaland will join Chelsea when I see a photo of him sitting next to Marina with a pen in his hand on the official Chelsea website.



23 Jul 2021 17:22:51

It's going to take a magical 🪄 bid from Chelsea. Thanks for listening, next update as soon as it's available 💙.

1.) 23 Jul 2021 18:00:42
That was quite dramatic Shak, you scared the crap outta me.

2.) 23 Jul 2021 18:54:01
Blimey Shak calm down you’re making me nervous. You know it hasn’t quite sunk in with me that we are Champions of Europe- I keep forgetting. Let’s go for two in a row.

3.) 23 Jul 2021 19:30:02
Haha, I've had to DIG very deep to get the info, took a lot of digging to get that I’ll hope you know 😉.

4.) 23 Jul 2021 19:55:28
Yet another twist in the daily Halaand saga!

5.) 23 Jul 2021 20:24:57
Haaland would be a game changer. But hey, if its 150m this year as reported, vs 65m this year and he goes somewhere else, I'm fine with that.

People saying wrner plus 100m and they have to listen. Nonsence, id want 100m to sell werner, the geezer has the will of every true blue, he comes across so sincere and up for the cause in every post match interview, I wouldn't trade him in for anything.

He had a solid season last year, despite some challenges, I'll put money on him for golden boot this season coming.

6.) 23 Jul 2021 20:34:15

"Chelsea are ready to pay £135M for Erling Haaland 🇳🇴. Roman Abramovich is really pushing for the deal.

Another EPIC story.

7.) 23 Jul 2021 21:20:30
If we don’t get Haaland now we won’t get him next summer. If we do get him I suspect he will only stay for 3 seasons and hopefully we can make a profit when he goes to Real or Barca. We should definitely keep Timo- l like his attitude. Speaking of Real and Barcelona under FFP how were allowed to rack up 1 Billion Euros in debts?

8.) 23 Jul 2021 21:52:01
100% keep Werner, he will definitely come good.

9.) 23 Jul 2021 22:19:13

Chelsea are now ready make another approach for Haaland with reportedly the base £130m.

Some suggestion now this could be the maximum #CFC offer, but bonus may be included.

Interesting time ahead, deal on ✅.

10.) 24 Jul 2021 05:33:00
Not impressed with your updates shak. I'd rather have no updates than this. Just gets my pressure up for no good reason.

Let me just ride the high that we are European champions and no one in the right mind at Chelsea would let go of Werner anytime soon


11.) 24 Jul 2021 07:41:16
Haha, I've decided to be the Haaland transfer correspondent 😄🤣😂.

12.) 24 Jul 2021 08:15:36
Werner top scorer? Support him as a player but surely you're having a laugh.



19 Jul 2021 09:25:59
Hey Ed, I hope your good.

I just wanted to get the contract situation with Haaland. Tbh it does seem like a a VERY tough transfer and not one I'm holding my breath for.

What's the situation with his release clause next summer? Does he have one? Can Dortmund choose to renew the contract or does Haaland need to agree for that to happen.


{Ed002's Note - Yes there is a clause, it could be changed if he were to sign a new contract.}

1.) 19 Jul 2021 12:20:02
Brilliant Ed, thanks for clearing this up. Appreciate it.



02 Jun 2021 22:57:29
I doubt Lukaku was a realistic option for the fee Inter would have wanted from #CFC. Bear in mind, Lukaku is 28 years old and Inter probably would have wanted close to the 100m valuation. #CFC would never sanction the huge fee unless it was reduced massively.

The main target has always been ErlingHaaland who has a release clause in his contract but that doesn't become active until 2022. Obviously, being the main target doesn't mean we will sign him but there is an opportunity out there and I'm sure we will PUSH hard for something to happen. Next year Haaland will move 100% for his release clause if his not sold this summer. Make an offer that Dortmund will struggle to refuse.

I think if we don't sign a top striker then #cfc may just use Havertz as a false 9. Obviously, there are risks but I'm expecting a lot more from Werner too.

1.) 03 Jun 2021 07:34:04
I wonder if we might look at Sancho, Sancho won't add 20+ goals a season, but he will contribute with his fair share.

There's no real world class striker out there besides Haaland, Kane etc and they will be almost impossible to get this summer. So playing Havertz through the middle and just adding more goals around him in someone like Sancho could be our best option this summer.

2.) 03 Jun 2021 13:10:37
Maybe Sancho and Ings would be more viable. Ings isn’t the long term plan but he’s a goal scorer and a good short term option.

3.) 03 Jun 2021 18:44:42
I suppose we could play next season without a specialist striker as I honestly believe Timo and Kai will score more goals. That said I would be more confident if we had an out-and- out centre forward. Apart from the players who have been bandied about which all now seem unlikely to come in, I have absolutely no suggestions.



24 May 2021 19:33:17
Here's some info from Ed2 on the West Ham page re: Declan Rice

Chelsea have been finalising the list of summer targets and trying to reduce the numbers, as have many sides, but Rice was very much a Frank Lampard preferred target, and there are at least two other players preferred by the club. I think it unlikely they will be making an offer. However, Manchester United remain keen and if they let Matic leave this summer they have him at the top of their list of options if a proce can be agreed.

1.) 24 May 2021 20:52:14
Wonder who the two other options are, one story today is weigl, maybe two options are the Monaco lad who just got young player of year and weigl, am I correct Ed?

2.) 24 May 2021 22:27:26
I could only have a guess and think along the same lines Matt.

3.) 24 May 2021 22:37:49
Been confirmed Kamara is leaving Marseille and apparently Tuchel really likes him. Great player from what I’ve seen.

4.) 25 May 2021 00:45:00
Is he a CB or a DM, read only good things but some say one position and others say another, like Declan rice at cab and dm and ampadu.

5.) 25 May 2021 01:33:27
DM this season who used to be a CB. Excelled there and won player of the year. Can’t see Rice moving with the fee quoted.

6.) 25 May 2021 06:50:39
I would stir clear of Rice as he's not what we need. we need a player who can score or create and not just defend. somebody to that has attributes to Kante but complimentary like fabregas did. i would prefer SMS of lazio. it was insinuated that pursuit of Rice was one of the reasons lampard was let go. tryi g to waste resources anything English. we lack creativity from the middle and even goals. i would also tempt Dortmund for belingham.

7.) 25 May 2021 07:37:32
Ilo, you keep bringing up the nationality of players.

If the club think a type player is what we want and he is “English” why should it make a difference. The value of a player is also a decision for the club. The nationality may have some bearing on signing any player. It could be worries about work permits or AFCON but at the end of the day it’s a club decision and I’m sure it’s more about what a player brings to the team rather than nationality.

As far as Rice is concerned. I would love him at our club not because he is English but because he is a top player. Unfortunately, as I’ve said in a previous post I think he is Manchester bound.

8.) 25 May 2021 12:33:46
English players or players from rival premier league team are always over valued, reports of 80m plus for rice - look around Europe at see what £80m gets u.

9.) 25 May 2021 14:38:50
Matt, it’s for the club to decide what represents good value. I don’t care if a player comes from the planet Zog, as long as he is good enough.

10.) 25 May 2021 14:56:56
The same price was mentioned for Chilwell and we got him for 45-50.

West Ham wants Tammy and we want Rice. Surely an agreement could be made.

11.) 25 May 2021 14:59:20
Agree Tom,




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25 Jul 2021 10:14:26
Jimbo the plan with Drinkwater is to share as many pics on social media to show that his serious about being a footballer and fit. The ultimate goal is for Arsenal to make a bid.



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15 Jul 2021 17:42:33
One thing we have to realise is that if a player doesn't sign a contract extension then the club will sell him at a time they can get a high fee. His contract expires some next year, if he doesn't extend it then he walks away at low fee or free. What Chelsea did was acting basic common sense. Plus we got clauses in the contract. It's a great deal considering the circumstances.

Its sad to see him go but let's not be silly and assume he will get more game time ahead of Silva, Rudiger, Christensen, Azpi, Zouma etc. We need to be competing for trophies and not taking unnecessary gambles.



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21 Jun 2021 00:40:19
Interesting Ed, I thought Inter would prefer a transfer fee without any player exchanges given their situation.

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20 Jun 2021 12:31:31
Hi Ed, can Real Sociedad buy away Dortmund's buyback option? If so, is that an option for them? I suppose they can make a little more money.

{Ed002's Note - Yes, they can negotiate a payment to Dortmund to remove the option.}



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01 Jun 2021 18:03:24
Wow, that is a very extensive list with a lot of quality info. Excellent, appreciate it.




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31 Aug 2021 18:52:00
Chelsea now have a midfield that comprise of



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31 Jul 2021 16:23:58
Martinez is an excellent player. Chelsea will be all over him if he is available I'm sure.



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30 Jul 2021 18:33:02
Rj i'm afraid we ain't playing Football Manager. If we were then we would have had both Haaland and Lukaku by now.

On a serious note, big deals take time and most times are hard to pull over the line. Patience.



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25 Jul 2021 10:40:06
I'll pretend I got sources, it's the stuff on the public domain.



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25 Jul 2021 10:16:43
Cheers Obinna, there are some positives in the Haaland transfer saga. Not sure whether it's going to happen but #CFC will try and IMPORTANTLY they feel confident that they can get the deal done.