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11 Jan 2017 09:50:17
Hi Ed002,

With regards to Chelsea's interest in van Dijk, I note Southampton are being steadfast in their want to hold onto the player. is this a front to the media or is there a real possibility that Chelsea (or a. n. other team) will be unable to secure a deal this transfer window?

Thanks again for the Sharkopod; out of interest, who chooses the soundbites for the Sharkopods, you or Sparky?

All the best,



{Ed002's Note - They have told Chelsea that he is not for sale. My PA dug out all of the soundbites but I pick what to use.}

1.) 11 Jan 2017 10:04:58
Safe to say we won't get Van Dijk then. It's a shame that we couldn't get a deal done for Süle as I reckon he's just as good, if not better already than Van Dijk. I guess it's the dream of most German footballers to play at Bayern, but surely Süle realizes that he'd have a much better chance of displacing Cahill than displacing Boateng or Hummels.

2.) 11 Jan 2017 13:31:45
With Ake returning I'm fairly happy to miss out on Van Dijk.

3.) 11 Jan 2017 16:27:02
Add long as we're only willing to spend big on the best players I'm happy. Van Dijk was always likely to be a bidding war anyway.



26 Jun 2015 18:32:24
Hi Ed,

The other day I noticed some of the media linking Chelsea with a move for Umtiti. any truth in that? If so, would any potential move be related to the Rahman interest?

Many thanks.



{Ed002's Note - Lyon's Samuel Umtiti has attracted the attention of a number of high-profile clubs including Chelsea and Arsenal and Chelsea asked about his availabilty during discussions about another player. O'L don't want to sell and are negotiating a new contract for the player.}

1.) 26 Jun 2015 19:44:17
Thanks for the info Ed, much appreciated.



28 May 2015 18:19:43
Hi Ed, you mentioned recently about Kenedy to Chelsea being all but done. is this still the case?




{Ed002's Note - No, there are two issues to overcome first - one easy and one potentially show-stopping.}

1.) 28 May 2015 19:29:25
Thanks for the update Ed.



05 Jan 2015 14:55:16
Hi Ed,

I know that Varane has been on Chelsea's radar for a while now. Do you believe that Real Madrid would allow him to leave in the Summer or are they determined to hold onto him?

Many thanks,



{Ed002's Note - Chelsea maintain their interest and there is a chance a deal can be done. There have already been a number of discussions about him, at one time involving another player.}

1.) 05 Jan 2015 15:31:32
Ed if he did come and that's a big IF would that be Terry's replacement or would someone like Ivanovic or Cahill move on?

{Ed002's Note - It really doesn't work like that.}

2.) Many thanks for the clarification Ed.

I can well imagine a Zouma/Varane partnership for France in the near future. if there would be a possibility of that happening at Chelsea too that'd be amazing.

{Ed002's Note - Obviously Terry is getting older and his future will inevitably involve less games. The club are balancing this against the cost of installing stair lifts.}

3.) Haha. I could just see there being a commercial sponsor for the stairlifts.

Cheers Ed!


4.) At what point does Varane get sick of starting so little games for Madrid and realise that he'd be an integral part of our team? I'm guessing that Jose loves Varane so he'd certainly have his trust and play a lot of games.
Also as Ed stated, Terry isn't getting any younger and won't be able to keep playing every game.
It's not just that Varane is really really good, it's also that he's a near perfect fit.

5.) Jackson, I remember an interview with Zouma saying how impressed he'd been with how Varane had developed under Mourinho and that he was hoping for the same kind of progression himself at Chelsea. A Zouma / Varane partnership is definitely a fantastic prospect. keeping Omeruo, Kalas, Christensen, Aina, etc. onside would be an interesting challenge.

6.) I want to see our own players make it as well, I really do. Guys like Kalas, Omeruo and Christensen, I want them to succeed.
However, if there's a chance of getting Varane we have to get him! He's an exceptional defender already and none of our own young players have played at the level he's played. If it's a possibility then he's a must IMO :)
Kalas seems like a good choice to take over Ivanovic' role in the team and Christensen is still young. They can't all make it, and too much talent is never a disaster ;-)

7.) Is it only me that would love to see mats hummles?

8.) Can't speak for anyone else but I'm not a fan of Hummels. Not mobile enough IMO and he's never looked very good when I've seen him play.

9.) Hummels is so ovverated. Very unimpressed in him.

Pls get varane haha

10.) I shall not mention my admiration of hummles again (crawls slowly back in cave) haha

11.) Ha it's just that when I've watched him he's been poor.

Pretty sure he's united first choice target though



04 Sep 2013 10:17:22
Hi Eds, quick question re: contracts. Do you know if it is still the clubs intention to get Courtois and Mata signed up to new deals?

Many thanks. :) {Ed002's Note - I really don't know but both have contracts that run to 2016.}





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17 Jul 2018 16:00:54
So, it appears that Courtois could well be on his way. My preference would be Alisson however it seems he may be Liverpool-bound. who should we be looking to sign if, as thought, a keeper with strong distribution is required?

I don’t think Pickford is viable btw. any alternatives?


1.) 17 Jul 2018 16:39:41
Pickford had great World Cup but when I see him for Everton I don’t rate him up there with Courtois Oblak Allison ter stergan etc, if Courtois goes then rival Liverpool., we would be able to cover half the cost st least by selling Tibo. If not Oblak but I imagine it’ll be harder / more expensive to get him.

2.) 17 Jul 2018 16:31:33
Worst case we could always get Keylor Navas from Madrid in any deal for Courtois. Oblak would be my choice, but I can't see that happening.

Pickford and Butland could be lesser name options.

3.) 17 Jul 2018 17:00:38
Well I would hope we have another keeper already lined up if we have agreed to sell courtois.

4.) 17 Jul 2018 17:37:10
Don't discount Allison. There have been so many rumours about him going everywhere. I wouldn't discount Jack Butland as an alternative. He's a good keeper playing in front of dire defences, come through the ranks, 6'5" and at just 25 starting to reach maturity for a keeper.

5.) 17 Jul 2018 21:24:52
Could it be that Alisson doesn't fancy a move to Chelsea.

6.) 17 Jul 2018 21:26:35
Chelsea can still get Alisson.



01 Jul 2015 11:17:12
Hi Ed,

Would Chelsea consider trying to sign Thomas Müller or is it a complete non-starter?




{Ed002's Note - Try the European pages.}

1.) 01 Jul 2015 11:28:33
Thanks Ed. should have looked there first.




17 Jun 2013 10:22:53
Hi Eds,

Is the signing of Lewandowski completely out of the question for any team other than Bayern? Would Chelsea be interested in signing him if there was an opportunity to do so?





13 Jun 2013 21:28:09
Hi Ed,

Just wondering whether Aubameyang is a player that still interests Chelsea?



1.) I'd hope so Steve, he is a player who will become world class. i'd rather have a player who will become world class for 20m rather than one who is already reached world class 50m+

2.) Well said Tommy!

Luke {Ed018's Note - i also would like to see Chelsea go after Aubameyang if they miss out on Cavani}

3.) Good to see we're all in agreement (well, three of us and Ed018!).

Aubameyang offers versatility in that he can offer width as well as being an upgrade in the striking department. Versatility and youth seem to be two key areas for our recruitment strategy, so Michael Emenalo, if you're reading this. sign him up. :)



06 Jun 2013 17:06:54
Hi Eds,

Hope you're well and keeping sane!

Are Chelsea representatives watching any prospective transfer targets at the U21 European Championships?

Many thanks. {Ed018's Note - I'm sure they have people watching but I couldn't tell you who}





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11 Aug 2017 19:55:31
Back from my mini-break from posting. you missed off Sergi Roberto from the list. one person at the club maintains an interest (overall interest of the club has been long-term) .

Thanks for the sharkopod Ed002 - the music was keeping me entertained while on a less than interesting conference call!


{Ed002's Note - Great.}



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02 Aug 2017 09:09:39
This is the kind of post (and there seems to have been more than a few of these the past few weeks, from various members) that really gets my goat. Full of negativity, condescending and more importantly, incorrect.

If this is the kind of post that gets published, I dread to think what else gets sent in.

I'm going to take a step back from contributing to the boards until the end of the transfer window as it feels like wading through a treacle river of despair!

Best of luck Ed's, I appreciate your work. :)





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19 Jul 2017 08:44:22
antibot, it depends on what competition (PL / CL) you are referring to. maybe, in addition to possible signings, U21 players will be utilised where necessary.




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17 Jul 2017 15:52:58
When did we go for Higuain?! That was a rumour that came and went in about 5 minutes.




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08 Jul 2017 13:56:21
Why, all of a sudden, is it down to Emenalo? There are lots of different people involved in transfer activity at the club.





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02 Aug 2018 18:26:17
In the imm diate future, Kante will definitely help in this regard, just as Allan did for Napoli last year.

As the team get used to this playing style of aggressive pressing, the defence will be closer to the midfield which should mean less of a gap between our midfield and defence.

The thing I noticed last night was the use of the midfielders to press the opposition defence, with the wide forward dropping deeper and our full-backs pushing up to cut off passing channels. Fabregas and Barkley did this well however Drinkwater didn’t press at all which gave Arsenal an easy route out. I’m looking forward to Kante playing in one of those roles as his pressing, speed and stamina are fantastic.




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02 Aug 2018 11:30:23
What makes you think he’s 16?! He’s 18 years old.




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02 Aug 2018 11:29:41
Blimey. you must have some inside knowlege on Sarri’s thinking there, three of the players mentioned haven’t even trained with him yet!




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30 Jul 2018 15:03:32
. does it really bother you THAT much?!

It strikes me that you’re worrying about things that are not in your control, therefore you have no influence over any potential outcome.

Take a step back and wait to see what happens. what will be will be.




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28 Jul 2018 13:51:52
We loaned Falcao from Monaco. nothing to do with Man Utd.