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31 Jan 2020 13:43:26
Not sure how true but rumour is fee agreed with spurs for giroud. Only waiting on Chelsea being able to bring in a replacement to allow next stages of deal.
If true I'd of rather batshuayi be leaving than giroud.


1.) 31 Jan 2020 14:26:06
Lampard has confirmed that Giroud will not be joining Sp*rs.



09 Aug 2018 18:32:39
Anyone know what's going on with Marco van ginkel?


1.) 09 Aug 2018 19:23:03
I’m sorry to say MVG has another injury.

2.) 09 Aug 2018 19:36:27
He had another knee ligament surgery, could be out for 6-8months.

3.) 09 Aug 2018 21:46:38
He has had major reconstructive ACL surgery. You have to feel sorry for the guy, fought his way back from surgery after surgery to fulfill some of his potential last season and this happens.

4.) 09 Aug 2018 22:03:07
he doesn't have a injury . he had surgery to. put him out for pretty the season!



22 Jul 2018 10:40:02
Can any Ed's confirm Chelsea's interest in Milinkovic-Savic?


{Ed018's Note - they’ve shown interest but I don’t expect anything to happen there}



18 Jul 2018 16:39:38
Can any Ed's confirm Courtois move to Madrid involves Keylor Navas plus £30m.
Now Alisson is off to Liverpool I'm hoping for Donnarumma.


{Ed001's Note - I have no idea what it will involve but that would make sense as Madrid want to keep payments down and need to offload Navas.}

1.) 18 Jul 2018 16:56:08
Would Chelsea be willing to take Navas? Where do are targets lie now Allison is Mersey bound.

2.) 18 Jul 2018 19:35:34
I'd rather put Cahill in goal. Navas is an awful goalkeeper, error prone and i'm surprised Madrid put up with him as long as they did. Really hope this isn't true.



16 Jul 2018 09:00:19
Casimiero was our first choice, but Madrid would not make him available, which is why we signed Jorginho. Just sharing what the Ed's have said on the euro rumours page.


1.) 16 Jul 2018 10:27:39
I read that and also read that we were going to swap mount for lonzano that would’ve been a terrible move imo a good loan at derby then hopefully he’ll be ready for our first team.




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23 Jul 2020 10:02:18
Wow just wow, kepa has been so bad this year I find myself saying Ben foster would be a huge upgrade on him. £70m for kepa has to be the worst bit of buisness this club has ever done. The defence doesn't help but I actually believe it's kepa making the defence look awful and not the other way around. Definitely think the defence needs looking at as well as the goalkeeper, I'm a fan of rudiger but he seems to be another David luiz, one minute he's great the next he's awful. Zouma is solid but his positioning isn't the best. Christensen is probably the best we have but even he is weak for a centre half. If the rumours are true about cash plus Barkley and Batshuayi for rice to become a centre back then great. I know this is a bit doom and gloom message but Jorginho also deserves a mention as he has contributed a lot to our bad performances this season with players just jogging past him. I will use last night as a example where he could of flattened Robertson on the half way line to keep the score at 4-3 and give a free kick away but instead he choose to not even attempt a tackle. These are the small details which have cost us so much this season and it all comes down to a lack of leaders throughout the team which is why we are making the same mistakes. On the plus side we are 1 point away from champions league for next season and in FA cup final, two wins and I'd say that's an outstanding achievement by Lampard and his back room staff considering the transfer ban and the loss of hazard.


1.) 23 Jul 2020 13:59:59
Good post NWBLUE; I just feel the way things are with our defense, Declan Rice (a defensive midfielder turned central defender) is less than what we need at the moment to mount a serious challenge next season. I feel if the club can look to Skriniar, it won’t be a bad one; or maybe a Declan Rice and another CB like Upamecano but please not Declan Rice alone.

Although we need a better goalie cos Kepa’s stats have really being poor but In some ways, it looks like Kepa’s ability can’t be completely assessed because our defense can’t hold their own (esp if we consider that Kepa was a good goal keeper that was rated before this season) .

2.) 23 Jul 2020 15:56:06
Even better we are linked with a CB like Jimenez of Athletico Madrid as Matt Law states in an article that Chelsea is scouting Jimenez. I have to say that I am really impressed with the kind of players that we are linked to in this transfer window.

3.) 23 Jul 2020 17:22:01
Paper talk is just that. Only take notice of reliable sources.

4.) 23 Jul 2020 21:06:26
Poor scouting on Kepa. Furthermore, don't know much details but didn't we pass on Allison as he was too expensive. Poor decisions, bet it was the same guy who bought Drinkwater lol.



13 Apr 2020 12:52:13
No football is sooooo depressing so with us being linked to a few players I thought I'd give my views on possible ins and outs:
Kepa= id like him to stay but just stop pissing about at the back like he's an outfield player. He showed enough last season to tell us he's got quality. Plus I'd only want him to leave if a top quality keeper like oblak or even de gea was available.
Azpilicueta= absolute class hard working player but doesn't give me enough of what I think we are lacking and that's the ability to take players on and overlap our forward players to add to our attacks. Reece looks the man to take over so that position is covered.
Centre backs= I'm a big fan of rudiger and have full faith in tomori to partner him. Obviously it would be great to have koulibaly, we have been linked to a centre half from Lille who I haven't seen enough off to comment.
Left back= alonso has not been great at times but has certainly surpassed my expectations of him in terms of what I expected when he first signed. For the price paid he's actually been a good signing. Having said that the time has come to go in different directions and sign Alex telles. We have been linked to chilwell who I don't think is even better than alonso to be fair.
Jorginho= I think he's great at what he does but he's not a holding player. He wonders out of position far too many times trying to press and win the ball back which then leaves huge gaps in front of our defence. Get kante back in that position and get him what he does best. Next to kante play kovacic.
Then moving to a 4-2-3-1
At LW CHO who I think needs a good season to go with the hype surrounding him.
At CAM play pulisic who looked like he was hitting some form until injury
RW= Ziyech who looked menacing for Ajax
ST= I think Tammy has done enough to prove he can lead the line.

James. Tomori. Rudiger. Telles
Kante. Kovacic
Ziyech. Pulisic. CHO

looking at the players I've chosen I'd still bring in coutinho but only as a loan but after signing ziyech I don't think bringing in sancho is a good idea especially when we have mount and RLC to add to the mix as well. I'm interested to see other Peoples views/ teams.


1.) 13 Apr 2020 14:31:08
I think we are at a tipping point as a club, currently 4th and if we get the next transfer window right maybe we can challenge for the title, this season reminds me of guardiolas first season they had a great start then finished 4th on goal difference if my memory is correct, very similar position to us, they then went and spent 100 million on 2 fullbacks, and signed bernado silva, and ederson, I'm not sure if they got laporte the January before, all in all they spen well and went on to win 2 league titles in a row and finish second this season, if we don't get our transfers correctly then we could go the other way and drop into 5th / 6th, I hope we can identify and acquire 3-4 really top quality world class or close to world classplayers, to have the quality to win or challenge for the league, I don't think we need to much though a left back a center back and a striker at least, the amount of quality strikers seemingly available is quite crazy the likes of martinez, werner, dembele, icardi, jovetic ect, I would be happy with one of these, I quite like Ben Chilwell I know some don't but I think for his age and the fact he knows the league is a plus and at 23 he could be our left back for the next 10 years In my opinion he's a solid 7 out of 10 player with a high ceiling to push on and get world class in time, I'm stuck for a center back though nobody springs to mind tbh, for me it's a recipe for future success bring 3/ 4 top quality players to add to the forever improving youngsters and we will have success again, its extremely important we get the next couple of windows spot on.

2.) 16 Apr 2020 10:45:51
i like the points uv made . im not calling for kepas head but i wouldn't be dissappinted if we done an exchange plus cash kind of deal of sold him for some1 better. i no onana has gained a lot of speculation an links to us over the last few months. ziyech has been outstanding anytime iv watched so hel add both goals an creativity from the right flank i think hel be an upgrade on willian but sad to see willian go if he does an nost probable will great servant an professional as is pedro . my ideal team next season is as follows.

onana/ kepa
telles/ azpi left b
reece james/ azpi rb
cbs-chirstensen and a new signing
dont rate toni rudiger at all he's rash and he's not a leader he switches off a lot an gives away possesion far to much during a game with stupid long range balls thinking he's beckham. tomori the jury is still out a bit.
cm-gilmour kovaciv kante / rlc mount barkley plenty options if we sell kante we should go for van de beek or milinkovic savic. id like to see the back of jorginho just doesn't suit this league i do love his passion do
- wide- pulisic left ziyech right
cho has a lot to do to convince us why he was given that big contract and stayed. he seems a shaddow of the confident kid we where all excited about last season. this season has been a right off for him.
Striker- lautaro martinez. reminds me of a young aguero hed be unbelievable in our team. id like him to fight it out with tammy. id love big G to stay aswell class professional.
interested to see young gallagher come in possibly 2 next season.



19 Feb 2019 09:41:48
Even still I'm unsure sacking sarri will be the correct move. Who do we bring in zidane, wenger, Jose there's not one manager out there that could squeeze more out of this team. If sarri does get the boot then he only has himself to blame, his constant picking of alonso, his determination to get Jorginho in the team in place of probably the worlds best midfielder for the last 2/ 3 seasons. No plan B, same substitutions every week and his reluctance to give RLC and CHO more game time. Even after all these bad results of late I think with a couple of small changes could bring huge results in terms of performance. Kant must go back to do what he does best and sit deep in midfield breaking up attacks. CHO starts and we try everything we can to get this kid to change his mind about leaving. I keep asking myself the same question'if sarri was sacked who would replace him?
Zidane: I don't think he would be the right person but could help with hazard staying and as he's a huge name playing wise then maybe we could attract a better calibre of player.
Lampard: I'm not convinced he is ready yet but would bring a feel good factor back to the fans.
I hope sarri decides to make the small changes I have mentioned but maybe Nuno santo would be an option.
Premiership expierience, some really good performances against top teams and play good football. Maybe an option.


1.) 19 Feb 2019 09:55:33
IMO a very constructive post, as always, BLUE.

2.) 19 Feb 2019 10:12:44
My guess is ther will be substantial changes in the next transfer window.

IMO, the majority of the following will be leaving:-

and maybe one or two others.

Our board has big decisions to make, I hope they have a DofF in place sooner rather than later because I haven’t got a huge amount of faith in their ability.

3.) 19 Feb 2019 10:35:43
I agree NWBLUE, who is out there who could take over? Sarri will be replaced either before Sundays Cup Final or more likely afterwards, the whole world can see that. You only had to look at Bruce Buck last night and it was in his eyes, trust me he is gone. As for your list of players out Tom it is just not realistic. Firstly, players with contracts are not always easy to sell on, secondly, with a possible transfer ban looming we can't just out a third of the squad and thirdly, with a new manager coming in who knows what CHO and Hazard will do.

4.) 19 Feb 2019 11:26:44
G8, I don’t necessarily want some of those players to leave but the club finds itself in a position where it has to make contract decisions on players who have NO contract or just one year left on their current deal.

Could be an interesting window.



06 Feb 2019 13:14:21
Possible scenario for hazard.
Real Madrid take either neymar or mbappe, I don't think they could afford to then take hazard as well. This then leaving him to either sign a new deal with Chelsea or play another season and leave for free or be sold elsewhere other than Madrid. It is a well known fact hazard has a love to wear the Madrid shirt but I don't think he is the top name for them (neymar/ mbappe) which is why at the moment I believe it's 50/ 50. My main worry isn't if he leaves but if the club find themselves in a situation where Madrid's interest goes elsewhere like I mentioned and hazard then receives an offer from someone like Man City. A lot of ifs and buts but I only hope the club are working hard behind the scenes for what is best for the club and not the player.


1.) 06 Feb 2019 13:50:41
I’d sell him if Madrid didn’t want him. Don’t want any player who doesn’t want to be here.

2.) 06 Feb 2019 16:27:32
It's also a well know fact his family are settled and happy in London.
His priorities seem divided between staying put to an extent for his family and following a dream.
He says he's happy either way and I for one believe him.
Part of the equation will also be a sporting one obviously and where we finish and his opinion of the manager and club ambitions will play a part.
Add into this that he isn't Reals first priority AND they are in rebuilding mode it really isn't a simple decision.
Leaving it until the end of the season does make sense taking everything into consideration.

3.) 06 Feb 2019 23:45:08
Think if Madrid know they can get Hazard for less than £100m or cash and Isco or asensio and kovatic, then they will get him. Leaves money in the pot for another big name signing,

4.) 06 Feb 2019 23:46:11
Turvey, your post makes very good sense.

Hazards issues may well be familiy or ambition driven but I’m just bored with the whole saga.

I would prefer it if he stays but if he goes, I’m sure you would agree our club will get over it.

I remember the Courtinho leaving Liverpool debate and how Liverpool would suffer if he left. I would suggest Liverpool are stronger without him and that’s maybe because they now have players wth a better team and work ethic.



03 Feb 2019 11:45:54
I tend to comment on here more when we play bad so I thought for once I will give credit were it's due. First David luiz, when he plays like he did yesterday he looks like one of the worlds best and his range of passing is better than most midfielders. I'm not Jorginhos biggest fan but I thought he had a better game than his last couple. Kante no words can describe him, the guy is from another planet outstanding. Another mention for Barkley I thought that was his best performance in a Chelsea shirt. When he takes more risks in the opposition half he looks like a decent player. Hazard again showing why he's wanted by everyone. Willian working really hard, don't think I've ever seen him track back and help defend like he did. Lastly Higuain, two great finishes and his movement actually surprised me. Hopefully we have a striker that can score on a regular basis.


1.) 03 Feb 2019 12:13:18
Spot in BLUE.

2.) 03 Feb 2019 23:34:01
We all know Barkley has fantastic skill and can beat players with ease. It's a confidence thing and if sarri can work on him, and get his confidence up, tell him he is as good as the world class players around him, then hopefully he will turn out to be the world class player himself.




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15 Jul 2020 14:52:19
I think the main thing that goes in our favour is the fact that Chelsea are willing to may a money offer were other teams are wanting to add player swaps into any deal. Havertz is also apparently good friends with Werner.




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10 Jun 2020 12:48:16
Ballack has ties to Leverkusen. Maybe he’s telling Kai how great a club Chelsea is and how much he loved his time here.




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03 Jan 2020 11:55:21
If the 100m reports are true and palace apparently want 70m for Zaha then it’s a no brainier. Sancho is ripping it up in the bundesliga similar to the way de Bruyne did and look at the regrets there. I can’t help but feel Dortmund wouldn’t of splashed money on haaland without knowing there was money coming in. Sometimes deals are all behind the scenes so for example Dortmund are not being held to ransom if they have a huge fee for Sancho and are looking for players to spend that money on.
There is a lot of experienced players also only having 6 months on their contract and that’s something we should be looking at. We have a lot of good young players who need the leadership and experience of pros that have played at the highest level. Cavani/ Modric for example.




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12 Feb 2019 21:39:29
Sarri needs to stay. We cannot just keep sacking managers. Us fans can clearly see the team is not good enough but the board keep finding it easier to sack the manager instead of pumping the cash in to buy quality players. My main concern though regarding the manager is his determination to keep playing Jorginho. It’s common sense to play kante next to Jorginho to do the defensive side of the game allowing Jorginho then to have more space when we have the ball. I think if sarri doesn’t implement this simple change then he’s making it easy for the Board to let him go. Not only would this change help the players in question but the defence would benefit from the extra cover and maybe give us a better threat going forward by having Pedro, hazard and Willian playing behind Higuain.




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05 Feb 2019 13:00:24
From what I read on courtois he didn’t even want to leave athletico. We let probably our best ever keeper in Cech go for courtois to take his place and not reach anywhere near Cech standard. He was so over hyped it’s unbelievable. Yes I agree he is a good goalkeeper but not a great goalkeeper. When the team played well and he only only had to make one or two saves he looked good but when the team had problems that’s when his true ability was there for all to see. I will use David de gea as an example, Utd playing bad yet David de gea is keeping them in games and earning his team upto 20 points a season over the past few years. Courtois doesn’t have the mentality to be a world beater and I’m glad he’s gone.





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21 Jun 2020 21:06:40
What a surprise kante playing class in the position he is the best in the world at. Similar story to the whole season today, bossed the game didn’t take our chances. Thought willian had a decent game but I do think it’s time for him and Pedro to move on especially with Werner/ ziyech already brought in. Keeping willian will only hamper CHO, Mount and RLC game time. I can’t help but think a true leader is needed at the back, Thiago Silva for a season would do. All in all great 3 points today to give us a little breathing space.




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09 May 2020 14:43:01
Oblak, James, koulibaly, rudiger, telles
Ziyech, kovacic, kante, sancho, mertens, icardi
Dream team but would be a lot of wasted talented young players not playing that we already have.




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23 Apr 2020 10:53:27
Do we really need all these top players once again blocking the progress of our close nit young players. At the beginning of the season I was concerned about Tammy leading the line but he’s a better player than I thought, bringing in Werner for example would certainly move Tammy to the bench. Very similar situations with a possible move for sancho and then mount, pulisic, ziyech, CHO and RLC are all then looking for the last Position in our usual 433 formation. I definitely agree regarding oblak swap for kepa/ cash but kepa is another who has shown he has a lot of potential if he stops acting like an outfield player. Don’t get me wrong I’d like to see great players signed but I feel we have a lot of potentially great young players who given the chance could do just as good a job, an example being ampadu or gilmour coming in for Jorginho. Maybe loans like coutinho or taking cavani on a free would make more sense for the future of our young players.




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23 Apr 2020 10:39:10
Taking coutinho on loan would be a great move. Barcelona never took to him because he was compared to neymar constantly and let’s be honest there probably only 2-3 players in world football who are better than neymar. Once he got into the Bayern side coutinho produced some quality performances, the only reason Bayern are not looking for a permanent move is probably because they seem to do clever buisness moves and not fork out £100m for a single player when they can get leyroy sane for about £60m.




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19 Jan 2020 11:39:14
Agree with most of your post, I don’t understand what our obsession is with trying to mould the worlds best holding midfielder into a box to box player. We either need to play 4231 with kante next to Jorginho but as a holding player meaning Jorginho can have more freedom or drop Jorginho and get a more creative player in midfield so kante can play CDM. I’m not a big fan of having azpilicueta play LB and I also don’t think Christensen is good enough. I’d like to see tomori play more next to rudiger.
I don’t think a lot will agree but I think CHO would of benefited more from a loan out. Pulisic started to hit some form but is sadly injured. Signing sancho is a must even if he doesn’t join until summer. I’d also like us to try for cavani Who I think would be well suited to the premiership
Plus a really Lacey attacking left back, not Chilwell.