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07 Sep 2020 16:43:48
B. Soumare rumours popping up again at this time and Lille have indicated that they will sell. With Chelsea reportedly looking at a DM before the window shuts, I guess Soumare can be added to the of targets that includes Declan Rice.

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1.) 07 Sep 2020 17:09:46
Whilst I would prefer Rice as a DM its not clear if the club see him as a CB option.
I struggle to see us buying another midfield player unless at least Jorghino is sold which looks difficult.
Why not give Ampadu a chance rather than gamble on Soumare?

2.) 07 Sep 2020 17:10:00
I think we need to sell first as per ed2 otherwise we will be overcrowded in DM.

3.) 07 Sep 2020 17:37:59
Rice will be used both as a CB and a DM.
Ampadu needs more consistent minutes. He surely has a future with us.

4.) 07 Sep 2020 19:15:35
I just can't see West Ham let go of Rice.

5.) 07 Sep 2020 19:22:46
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6.) 07 Sep 2020 22:23:32
Called it ‘RUMOURS’ which it clearly is, what other random things do you mean?



07 Sep 2020 15:45:44
Chelsea should be wrapping up a deal for goal keeper Edouard Mendy from Rennes in a matter of days according to Simon Johnson of The Athletic.

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1.) 07 Sep 2020 17:07:22
I like Mendy. His the profile of GK we need. His a man mountain and comes out dominantes the area.



03 Sep 2020 09:06:22
It is quite interesting if read an update (from Ed002 on the West Ham page about their potential outbound and players looked at:

* Declan Rice (DM) : 'The club don't want to sell but there will be a deal out there they could accept. '

* Nahitan Nandez (DM) : 'option as a Declan Rice replacement. Agent is offering him around PL clubs but could be expensive. '
* Ross Barkley (CM/ AM) : 'WHU are interested to some extent but could be priced out of a cash move. '

Just maybe Declan Rice to Chelsea could happen at some point.

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1.) 03 Sep 2020 10:23:11
I really hope so. The guy clearly would love a move to Chelsea as well. Plus he'd add leadership. I expect this transfer to happen, whether it's this summer or in future years.

2.) 03 Sep 2020 10:26:58
Also, it's been said that Chelsea would need to sell first before buying any more players, which would make sense.
And Barkley could be of interest to West Ham, so I hope a deal involving Barkley could be worked out. It would lower the price for Declan a bit, while it would allow West Ham to get their man.

3.) 03 Sep 2020 12:28:24
I would rather Chelsea sell Barkley and Jorginho; and bring in Declan Rice (or Denis Zakaria) and if need-be, loan out Loftus Cheek. I don’t want Chelsea to sell any of Kante or Kovacic. Ideally, I want a CDM trio of Kovacic, Kante and Declan Rice/ or Denis Zakaria for this season; that’s is if Lampard wants to go with any of 4-2-3-1 or 4–3-3 formation.

4.) 03 Sep 2020 12:38:33
Ethan Ampadu is growing up nicely. Is he really that far behind Declan Rice in terms of development?

Where to play Declan Rice?

Not convinced that Declan Rice is a CB either. He has being playing DM for the last two seasons. That is his position imho.

Also, we have it covered with young CBs imho. Tomori being my favourite and also one of the fastest players at the club.

Billy Gilmour is also a very tenacious and talented DM.

{Ed001's Note - Ampadu is a good shout. Perhaps Rice is completely unnecessary?}

5.) 03 Sep 2020 12:57:35
We have Kante, Jorginho, Kovacic, Gilmour, Ampadu, Loftus-Cheek, Barkley and Mount.

Even if Jorginho and Barkley move on this window, that's six players for two or three roles. In an ideal world I'd say Rice is young enough to leave at West Ham for a season whilst we evaluate Ampadu. I think there's room for both in the squad, but at the expense of who?

I like Rice, individually he'd be a great signing. But we've got to be careful with the balance of the squad whilst making all these signings.

6.) 03 Sep 2020 12:52:56
Hi ed001, are chelsea looking at any CB's now? Talks of upamecano move has started once again. Also which GK is being looked at?

{Ed001's Note - you are asking the wrong person really, I can't remember which keeper you are after. I think you are done on the defender front for this summer, but Ed002 is the one to ask with regards to Chelsea. I don't look into your moves as he has it all covered.}

7.) 03 Sep 2020 13:47:46
A lot of times I forget the Chelsea has got Ampadu. I think he has got to show great maturity this season to really cut it.

8.) 03 Sep 2020 14:43:08
What is evident in my opinion is that we need to move Jorgi and Ross this summer. But bringing Rice in I think is one of those important signings that we need to make this summer. He adds so much to the squad in terms of defending and attacking that I would say securing him would be equal to us getting Havertz.
He could be a partner for Silva in defence and he could be a partner for Kanté (if he stays) and Kova in a 2 man defensive midfield role as well. So much versitality, you can't look past him. My prediction is that we will get him towards the end of the window, perhaps even after the first game.

9.) 03 Sep 2020 15:05:00
If Lady Luck smiles on Chelsea in terms of injuries to players; the club brings in a good goal keeper and Declan Rice (or Denis Zakaria) ; keeps Kante and Kovacic, I can beat my chest and say Chelsea can win the league this season. Consequently, I know that would mean Barkley, Jorginho leaves; maybe Loftus Cheek/ Ampadu loan.

10.) 03 Sep 2020 22:35:35
Realistically I’d leave Rice for another season, he’d be cheaper with one year less on his contract and West Ham could potentially go down. £80m for him is way too much. I’ll obvs back him if he’s signed but can’t see it happening until Emerson, Jorginho and Barkley are all gone and even possibly have to wait for Batshuayi to go too.

{Ed0666's Note - or another team could buy him?

11.) 05 Sep 2020 14:53:55
Ed0666 Like who?
Let us know wjow else is interested in Rice.

{Ed0666's Note - I have no idea pal but don’t be so sure only Chelsea would be interested as he’s a quality player. I’m sure his preference would be Chelsea above anyone because he has a massive bromance with Mount but soccer transfers are built on flimsy foundations and some other team could usurp you.



30 Aug 2020 18:32:18
According to Angelo Mangiente, Chelsea take a look at the future and are close to sign Amourricho Van Axel Dongen, 2004, forward, Ajax rising star scouted also by Barca, Bayern, City and Dortmund. A bright future.

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29 Aug 2020 18:58:09
According to Angelo Mangiente, Chelsea will prioritise a move for Declan Rice after Kai Havertz deal is completed.

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1.) 29 Aug 2020 22:40:42
Was stated on here the immediate focus will be on sales so i wouldn't expect anything yet. He's exactly what we need at the back or in the pivot next to Kante so i really hope we can pull it off and given the situation West ham are in financially there's definitely a chance.

2.) 30 Aug 2020 11:32:02
be nice to see

4 2 3 1

Kante Rice

Havertz/ Mount fighting for the spot.




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20 Sep 2020 15:34:25
Same line up against Brighton; only change is Kovacic for Loftus Cheek.

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{Ed002's Note - So a different line up then?}

1.) 20 Sep 2020 15:42:57
Brilliant Ed haha.

2.) 20 Sep 2020 15:54:38
Is there any explanation why Rudiger isn’t in the squad?

On recent performances he doesn’t deserve to be but it’s still interesting!

3.) 20 Sep 2020 16:19:59
There was a rumour that Spurs are interested in taking him on loan. But it could be another issue.

4.) 20 Sep 2020 16:24:54
Completely different.

RLC is a different role completely.

5.) 20 Sep 2020 16:26:12
More importantly Liverpool only starting with one recognised centre half?

6.) 20 Sep 2020 16:28:06
Bayern Munich loan with an option to buy. Or, Man Utd because they are crap. Or West Ham because they are desperate.

I hope he is seriously pi••ed off, as all players should be who aren’t picked or In the squad.



06 Sep 2020 13:56:08
I can tell that attention at the moment is very much on outgoings and bringing in a goal keeper. Though, I have to say that there’re some very good players in this market (in this transfer window when a lot of teams are really financially depressed) namely:

* Dayot Upamecano (21 years) is one CB I would really want Chelsea to sign; I am hearing that he could be available in this transfer window. There are also talks that his release clause is quite affordable, and Manchester United are seriously sniffing around him. I remember Ed002 said a month or two months ago that Chelsea will not be looking to sign him, I wonder if that’s still the case.

* Donnaruma (21 years) : very good goal keeper that could be available to, although we believe his agent Mino Raiola might not be in good terms with Chelsea. What do you guys think of the above (two) players?

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1.) 06 Sep 2020 15:20:13
DO looks to be a fine player but has just signed new contract and release clause only comes into effect next summer as we've been told, so unlikely. Not sure how much Donnarumma would cost, but presumably a lot, or whether we have any genuine interest in him beyond paper talk. Also wonder if club would be willing to risk great amount on another young GK. There was of course some paper talk of CFC link with Kepa involved in some sort of swap/ loan I think, but not sure if there's any truth in this.

2.) 06 Sep 2020 15:42:06
Upamecano is not available at moment per reports, but if we manage to get him, it will be very very interesting. I reckon it won't happen though.
And for Donna, we won't go for a keeper like him as long as we have Kepa. So both are not realistic targets at the moment.



04 Sep 2020 14:41:03
Matt Law too confirms that Havertz fee is £70m [£62m + £8m add ons] as against the falsely reported £90m [£72m (80m) + £18m (€20m) add ons]; making Kepa Arrizabalaga Chelsea’s most expensive player still.

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1.) 04 Sep 2020 15:22:31
Probably best for the kid that he doesn't become the most expensive transfer for us. Like it or not, that's often added pressure for the player even though they have little to do with the fees being agreed.

Thrilled that we're getting him. Been a fan of his since 2018 probably, but never even dreamt we could get him. Always seemed Bayern bound. And maybe one day he will still end up there, but not before playing for Chelsea!

Also, credit to our negotiating team. Mrs Granovskaia once again seems to have agreed a deal for less than what everybody expected. Getting him for a base fee of 62 mil GBP seems much better than the 80 mil GBP that was thrown around in newspapers etc. Top stuff from the club!



04 Sep 2020 10:08:21
According to David Ornstein, Chelsea will confirm the signing of Kai Havertz in next 24 hours. Fingers crossed.

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1.) 04 Sep 2020 10:43:36
I presumed it would be after the international matches for maximum PR effect.
This is the biggest signing since Hazard which the club will want to maximise.
If he's being released from the squad for the Switzerland game then maybe its true.

2.) 04 Sep 2020 10:54:31
Yes Nizaar Kinsella confirms that he’s been released from the DFB camp and he’s being told that the announcement of Kai will be soon though it’s still pending a medical.

3.) 04 Sep 2020 11:21:12
The German national team have also confirmed the news of him leaving the camp.

4.) 04 Sep 2020 12:48:16
Seems like it's happening as Leverkusen have confirmed he's on his way to conclude the transfer as well.



04 Sep 2020 10:05:08
Quite a few factors I feel we shouldn’t leave out:

# Chelsea has a very suspect defence, hence we need to consider the fact that the defensive stats might not change so or drastically (even though we have signed Chilwell and Thiago Silva) . One could also say that a very good attack is a defensive shield (hence a rhythm has to be struck too in our attack) .

# Yes: all 20 EPL esp the top six teams are challenging for the title, but are we 'realistically' challenging to ‘win’ the title this season or are we building a team that will transit to win the title next season?

# Another factor I feel we shouldn't neglect is that the competition will be more intense and teams are fortifying- even the ones that have depth already for instance:
* Manchester United has added Van De Beek who is a very good player.
* Liverpool the strong Champions seriously looking to add Thiago Alcantara, whom by every standard is a top top midfielder.
* Arsenal has Aouar/ Partey (both of whom are top players) seriously in their sight.
* Everton isn’t keeping a watching brief by adding Allan, James Rodriguez and maybe Doucoure could join.
* Manchester City looking to add Koulibaly even with all the quality they have in their possession.

Being practical ‘for now’; I would say if we decide to go with Ampadu, Kante and Kovacic as CDM/ CM (and a good goal keeper) for the season, I feel we ‘MIGHT’ not win the league but we could mount a good challenge which could see us finish in a top 4 position (but things could change if Ampadu steps up big time like he performs in his national team- Wales) . On the other hand, I am sure that if we go with Rice (or Denis Zakaria), Kante, Kovacic as CDM/ CM (and a good goal keeper) for this season, Chelsea will mount a very serious challenge and could possibly win the league even with our defence being suspect; but in such a scenario, what happens to Ampadu (whom could have the potential of a nuclear bomb)? I have to say that it could cause quite a headache but I guess a lot can still happen as the season progresses- whether we stick with Ampadu (that has great potential) or decide to go with Declan Rice (that is so ripe) .

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1.) 04 Sep 2020 11:05:12
The distance from the eventual winners will be largely determined by the tactical approach and personnel the manager employs.
We will be better with Tiago organising the back 4 and a new goalkeeper without doubt but replicating a situation of no holding player will leave us open to counter attacks again.
The attacking talent we have now is exceptional but its beating teams like Arsenal who have a shrewd manager and an ability to counter attack that is the challenge.
Hopefully the management team has reflected on last season and we will see a more tactically astute approach this season.
I don't expect us to challenge seriously for the title until the defensive side of our game is considerably better. We need another grade A CB/ Goalkeeper and holding midfield player plus the correct tactics for that to be the case.
My guess is 2/ 3 years with top 4 being the goal this season.

2.) 04 Sep 2020 11:51:50
In other words Turkey; you are in support a move for Declan Rice.

3.) 04 Sep 2020 12:00:24
Tactical approach, personnel the coach employs are all singing in Declan Rice’s favour. 😰 being a manager is really not an easy job: a lot of resources to control.

4.) 04 Sep 2020 12:53:10
Yes I always have been as he would give a different dynamic to the midfield that we really need.
In addition it gives extra height at set pieces and some more leadership in the group.
My pick would be Kante and Rice in midfield.

5.) 04 Sep 2020 18:14:31
On a second thought, if it was easy, I think Ampadu can be drafted into centre back position (a position which he’s really showing great promise playing in) sell Christensen or/ and Rudiger; buy Declan Rice and sell Jorginho, Ross Barkley. I think we have seen what Rudiger, Christensen, Barkley and Jorginho can offer Chelsea (they are all good players that will definitely flourish elsewhere but they don’t seem to fit the current Chelsea system) .




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21 Sep 2020 15:09:19
The ‘imbalance’ started right after Matic joined Manchester United.

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21 Sep 2020 10:49:42
Our need for a solid DM clearly can’t be over emphasised.

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16 Sep 2020 08:49:04
Just saying: If there’s any chance that Hudson Odoi goes for someone like Jadon Sancho, I wouldn’t think twice (selling him), otherwise he stays.

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07 Sep 2020 22:23:32
Called it ‘RUMOURS’ which it clearly is, what other random things do you mean?

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07 Sep 2020 19:22:46
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22 Sep 2020 07:01:02
On Hudson Odoi situation: there’s an adage we use in Igbo- Nigeria, it says, ‘calling a puppy a big name could sometimes lead to the puppy’s demise’. It means don’t ‘OVER’ praise a child, otherwise you run the risk of making the child think that success is a destination (when in the actual sense success is a continual journey) . Hudson Odoi shouldn’t think that he has arrived, he’s got free his mind, be humble and work.

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22 Sep 2020 06:44:26
I think Chelsea will be playing a lot games this season and Kai won’t always start, perhaps we will see Mason Mount play in his favourite position (no 10) where he can make those passes, get some dribbles and assists.
Tk; Mason Mount’s lack of end product will get better, he’s still a kid as long as he’s a hard worker (which he clearly is) .
Hi CFCShak; i feel Hudson Odoi is getting what he deserves, he has to put in the work to be a better player. Sarri’s analysis of Hudson Odoi was very spot on.

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22 Sep 2020 06:26:33
I doubt if Chelsea will do business with Tottenham, I am ruling anything out cos Jose Mourinho is a bridge builder (not a fence maker) .

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21 Sep 2020 16:08:18
Come on dareyk, how can you start having doubts about Kai Havertz, there's still time. Don’t you recognise a good player when you see one? Please be patient.


1) 4-3-3
* Mendy;
* James, Silva, Zouma, Chilwell;
* [HAVERTZ], Kante, Kovacic (or Mount)
* Ziyech, Werner, Pulisic

2) 4-2-3-1
* Mendy;
* James, Silva, Zouma, Chilwell;
* Kante, Kovacic (or another CDM) ;
* Ziyech, [HAVERTZ], Pulisic
* Werner

3) 3-4-3
* Mendy;
* Azpilicueta, Silva, Zouma;
* James, Kante, Kovacic (or another CDM) Chilwell (or Alonso) ;
* [HAVERTZ], Werner, Pulisic

4) 4-2-4
* Mendy;
* James, Silva, Zouma, Chilwell
* Kante, Kovacic (or another CDM)
* Ziyech (or Hudson Odoi) [HAVERTZ], Werner, Pulisic

5) 4-4-2
* Mendy
* James, Silva, Zouma, Chilwell
* Ziyech, Kante, Kovacic (or another CDM) Pulisic.
* Werner and Kai Havertz.
A lot of formations can be drawn and he will fit into them but we know Lampard uses the first three so.
Besides formation, there are principles of play that has to be instilled into the team (esp new players) to get best maximum output; so inculcating these principles into the new players coupled with their adaptation time are factors that make our situation unique- hence the team needs a little time (especially as there was no preseason) to become very productive.

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20 Sep 2020 15:11:06
If he turns out great, there is a big chance that Chelsea can buy him back in the future, I don’t mean he has a buyback clause.
Personally, I think he will make a very good wing back- as his height is a serious minus to him being a full back. I get the feeling that if he was taller perhaps the club would have done all it takes to make sure he stays.

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