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26 Jul 2019 18:36:13
a lot of speculation around that we are going to 'buy' Zaha but he will stay at Palace until next summer - is this possible given our ban?

1.) 26 Jul 2019 19:27:24

2.) 26 Jul 2019 22:15:08
Don’t really see it happening. Think the club will want to wait til January to see if anyone steps up and then revisit transfers then.

3.) 26 Jul 2019 23:49:30
Its somewhere we will need to spend money on in the next twelve months. I'm sure, if he doesn't move, Zaha will be scouted but I don't see a move for him materialising.

Maybe look towards Neres as a more likely option for next summer.



14 Mar 2019 08:32:03
Eds, if our transfer ban remains, can we buy players and loan them out until our ban is over?

{Ed002's Note - No, Chelsea cannot register any new players that are not already notified on the FIFA TMS.}

1.) 15 Mar 2019 11:53:03
Could we do what (If I remember correctly) Athleti did with costa and buy someone but not register them and just have them train with the club then? Just our of interest. Also is the registering that we cannot do different from the registering for competitions then? Sorry for the stupid question Ed, just curious.

{Ed002's Note - The "registering" is notification of the transfer to FIFA via the TMS. Chelsea, if banned, cannot register new players for the duration of the ban - it is really, really simple to understand and I am surprised folks are struggling to understand this.}

2.) 15 Mar 2019 16:18:10
Ok, thanks Ed. Was just curious if we had any sort of workarounds that we could be following to be honest. Was hoping it wasn’t as simple as it sounded haha.
Cheers for clarifying.

{Ed002's Note - It is not complicated. Things may well change before the summer is out though.}

3.) 15 Mar 2019 21:08:18
The club is hoping to be able to appeal to CAS to delay the ban?

{Ed002's Note - What?}

4.) 16 Mar 2019 09:27:25
Court of Arbitration for Sport - CAS.

{Ed002's Note - I think it best you all just ignore this matter for now.}



27 Dec 2018 13:13:58
I have been mostly impressed with Rudiger this season but the difference that biting the bullet and spending big to get Koulibaly in would be immense (see Van Dijk and Liverpool's improvement) .

1.) 27 Dec 2018 18:23:07
MDW I agree with you on this, I envy Liverpool with Van Dirk. We really need a commanding presence in that backline. In as much as Luiz has been fantastic this season, he doesn't fill me with a lot of confidence as he's always going to make a telling mistake.

We need a quality center back with authority and leadership like Terry did. Koulibaly fits the bill and will make a mean defensive pair with Rudiger. The will give attackers to go all out knowing we atleast have cover behind.
May be too expensive for Chelsea considering how highly he's rated now but maybe the continuous racist abuse he's been getting in Italy could just make him want to leave for another league.

2.) 28 Dec 2018 02:56:39
Luiz is a leader but very hit and miss. I’d keep him as a back up but we still need a world class CB. We need to go all out for Koulibaly the mans insane. Chilwell for LB too.

3.) 28 Dec 2018 07:49:26
Luiz will go down as one of the better defenders that graced stamford bridge. Look no further than his trophy houl which don't lie. Media have always been on his back when he makes mistakes and more than others.

4.) 28 Dec 2018 10:55:51
Luiz was immense in Munich 2012 and many other big games. Has perhaps been more often in lesser games that he's had moments of switching off/ brain freeze, but no-one should doubt his footballing talent. But getting a really commanding cb like Van Dijk as DL successor must be one of our two or three top priorities (prolific/ confident/ strong striker obviously one of the others) . Had thought Christiansen would come through, but possibly not quite in that league (or yet)?



22 Dec 2018 17:33:01
A couple of weeks ago I posted that Sarri should go and was slated for posting it. The only reason that I don't think he should go now is the spectre of Mourinho lurking in the shadows. But I will say it again:

1. Kante is at best an average attacking midfielder but he is the best defensive midfielder in the World. To play Kante out of position to accommodate a half-arse possession theory is criminal;

2. If we are going to persist with a ball-playing deep midfielder, the perfect player for that is Fabregas who is a better passer than (and perhaps more mobile than amazingly) Jorghino - and Fabregas will give you 5 to 10 goals a season;

3. Having 75% possession and creating nothing is pointless (as we are today) ;

4. Sarri has never won a trophy and will not win anything major at Chelsea because he does not understand that possession is irrelevant without scoring goals (he may win the League Cup but who would really care! ) . Sarri and his tactics are much better suited to Italy -as soon as Mourinho is employed elsewhere, Sarri must be dismissed (along with whoever suggested him for the job) .

1.) 22 Dec 2018 20:06:01
I was at the game today and I actually thought Kante was outstanding as was Kovacic. Jorginho on the other hand was incredibly poor again, I agree with you that Kante needs to be moved back and played centrally at the expense of Jorginho. RLC needs to start from now on too.

2.) 22 Dec 2018 21:34:31
I care about winning ALL trophies.

3.) 22 Dec 2018 21:35:08
I’ll judge Sarri once he has a striker who isn’t mentally weak or slower than Mertesaker, a winger who contributes to goals and someone in midfield who can create and pop up with a goal every now and again, Willian offers nothing Pedro as I’ve said is inconsistent and today wasn’t great, kovecic just isn’t going to score this season, his up to 71 games without a goal, judging Sarri on a team that isn’t his. After not even half a season is a bit much.

4.) 22 Dec 2018 21:04:41
Rudi, Luiz, Kante and Kepa in my opinion all played well.

5.) 23 Dec 2018 00:14:35
Not going to win a lot without an out and out striker and we haven't got one simple as. Hazard one man show every week going forward.



05 Dec 2018 23:46:40
As the final whistle blows, Hazard has the ball on the left wing, Wolves have 9 players in their box, and we have 1 player in their box - Giroud marked by 8! Says everything I need to know - let me be the 1st to say it: we need to sack Sarri.

Sarri, like Conte before him, is a 1 trick pony - and his 1 tactic has been sussed already. Sarri has won nothing, not 1 trophy in football. Sarri has turned the best defensive midfielder in the World into a mediocre attacking midfielder. And he continually picks his nose!

1.) 06 Dec 2018 09:26:59
Sack a coach that is basically using another 3 to 4 coaches players?

Get a grip, seriously!

For years, all of us have been crying out for continuity with a coach/ manager and, you now want to sack a manager who hasn't had 1 full window to shape a team.

This post above has actually given me a headache!

2.) 06 Dec 2018 09:53:12
that above post is exactly why edd won't give anymore info on this page lost 2 games an people calling for d sack disgracefull.

3.) 06 Dec 2018 12:31:03
I see in the reply to my post neither of the responders have addressed the problems with Sarri. Why does he persist with Kante as an attacking midfielder? Why do we never have any other body in the box except Morata or Giroud? Why does Sarri persist with a left-back who can't defend? Why are we about to lose one of the most exciting young players to have come through the youth system because Sarri would rather stick with Willian?

Why can't or won't Sarri alter the system during play when it is obviously failing? Why do we have 70%+ possession but create so few chances? Why does Sarri remind me of Scolari? Why did we employ a manager who has won naught in his career? And, why does Sarri continually pick his nose?
If he's not good enough - get rid. He's not good enough.

4.) 07 Dec 2018 20:25:09
I responded to all these questions but it's not been posted!

5.) 08 Dec 2018 14:08:47
Even about the nose picking?

6.) 08 Dec 2018 15:21:03
Even about that. I said he'd forgotten his tissues!

{Ed0333's Note - not sure why your post wasn’t published mate apologies for that. more Pertinently I’m gonna be watching sarri pick his nose every time I watch Chelsea play. I suppose it’s a damn site more interesting than watching morata tho.




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05 Jul 2020 19:18:40
Eds, are Werner and Ziyech going to be training with the 1st team squad for the remainder of this season now that they've signed?

{Ed002's Note - Not just yet - there are some odds and ends to resolve.}



01 Jul 2020 21:08:42
Ridiculous VAR decision - lucky to be all square. Wtf is Kovacic doing covering the near post at defensive corners?!

I don't know about Havertz - we need to spend money on a GK and a CB.

1.) 01 Jul 2020 22:11:47
I think the VAR decision was correct but it’s papering over a very poor performance.

2.) 01 Jul 2020 22:21:10
Can’t spend big on a goalkeeper and have a £70m keeper on the bench.



29 Jun 2020 12:27:10
Interesting that Jorginho has played no part yet when available. Do we think this points to him being on his way out?

1.) 29 Jun 2020 12:36:23
Not sure. It doesn't look good for him either way. He needs to grasp the opportunity when given I suppose.



29 Jun 2020 12:25:29
Chilwell? I just don't get all the hype. I have yet to see him play and think 'wow, what a player' - far more likely is 'wow, the guy can't defend'!

We already have 2 LBs who look good going forward but are dodgy defensively - apart from being 'home-grown', how is Chilwell any sort of upgrade (and certainly not at the prices being quoted)?


1.) 29 Jun 2020 13:09:27
Agree I don’t think he’s any better than Alonso just faster. Alonso is 10x better attacking just slow.

Tagliafico is the one for me. He’s an animal and a leader and he’s available. Alaba would be my first choice but I doubt that will happen.

Don’t rule out Telles yet though as PSG have dropped out seen as they’ve renewed Kurzawa’s contract.

2.) 29 Jun 2020 14:17:03
I think we need a leader at cb more than a left back.

3.) 29 Jun 2020 14:28:17
We can get both eventually but there’s not one available this window that I know of, I’d like to see us try Atletico for Gimenez though.

4.) 29 Jun 2020 17:44:25
I agree in that he isn’t worth the prices being projected and although I think we desperately need an improvement at LB I would rather keep our two than purchase him at that price. There are a number of interesting options potentially in play between Alaba, Tagliafico, Telles, and Sandro.



25 Jun 2020 23:54:19
Saturday 26th July - last games of the season - Chelsea v Wolves / Leicester v Man U - could be pivotal and exciting.

1.) 26 Jun 2020 00:21:40
Hope to have wrapped it up before then .

2.) 26 Jun 2020 08:45:12
So do I, Eli, so do I.




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02 Jul 2020 11:11:07
Kepa's amortisized value this summer is £53m - we need to sell for £53m to break even - this isn't going to happen. A loan move is the only possibility unless Chels are willing to make a loss (which is extremely doubtful) but then the problem of Kepa's high wage comes into play. The reported 2-year loan to Valencia would be ideal but who pays Kepa's wage?



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29 Jun 2020 12:13:11
I believe the initial rumour was for CHO to go to BL in part-exchange for Havertz - a permanent move not a loan. This is virtually impossible given the wage that we were blackmailed into giving CHO.



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27 Jun 2020 16:14:20
BLM, Havertz has been quoted as saying that his preference is for Madrid - Madrid haven't got the money this summer - so putting 2 and 2 together - but it'll probably be 5!



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27 Jun 2020 10:23:06
Havertz will stay with BL for another season and go to Real Madrid next summer.



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25 Jun 2020 11:17:59
I really hope I'm wrong but I think Havertz will end up at Real Madrid if not this summer then next.




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11 Jul 2020 12:04:04
Attempted Murder would be a better description on occasions! I wonder where Jack's Little Black Book is?



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08 Jul 2020 12:33:25
Wino (great name change btw), I have seen Upamecano play 4 or 5 times and have never been that impressed - no better than what we already have.



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08 Jul 2020 12:29:04
I don't know why Jorginho is being overlooked - whether it is Jorginho or Frank insisting on him leaving. But the big problem with playing Jorginho has always been Kante - Jorginho can only play 1 position (it would seem) so, when he plays, Kante has to be played out of his best position which is DM.

And for me, Kante is a World class defensive midfielder and Jorginho is not - end of story.

{Ed002's Note - Chelsea has a number of midfield players to choose from - and Jorginho was not available for the first game.}



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05 Jul 2020 12:38:07
obinna, we've won 4 out of 5 games since the restart without Jorginho!



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03 Jul 2020 12:02:42
I'm just hoping that Havertz wasn't watching the West Ham game - it would put him right off signing!