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08 Feb 2016 14:39:31
Ed002 is Christensen high regarded at chelsea? Do they expect him to be a squad member next year?

On Friday night in Germany, Andreas Christensen (top), scoring twice in Borussia Moenchengladbach's 5-1 home win over Werder Bremen. Christensen drilled in the second goal and then headed in the third, his first Bundesliga goals.

{Ed002's Note - There is no measure of how "highly regarded" one player is over another and it is far too early to be discussing whether loan players will be in the squad for next season.}

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08 Feb 2016 15:02:21
He's on loan until the end of the 2016/ 17 season.

{Ed002's Note - One year with a one year option.}

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09 Feb 2016 11:05:12
is the option for chelsea, or for borussia? for example does chelsea have a say whether they want him to return next season or is it just if borussia don't want him?

{Ed002's Note - It is an option for all.}

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08 Feb 2016 13:11:59
Hi ed002. What's the current situation with falcao? I have always liked him and hoped he would come good but it looks to me like he might be off to China for the money maybe?

{Ed002's Note - Falcao failed a medical which stopped his return to Monaco in January which would have seen Chelsea take a financial hit and would have allowed Monaco to have found a new home until the summer. That was not to be. If he is to move to China it requires either (a) Chelsea to pay the buyout clause in full and then sell him on if a Chinese club were to offer a fee equivalent to the buy out clause and any costs the club incur, or (b) Monaco to agree to his return fr4om Chelsea with no financial penalty with an immediate resale without his registration being transferred via Monaco - that would likely require Monaco to seek FIFA approval and could take longer that the two weeks in which this can happen.

And any of this would be dependent on the player passing a medical for his new club which may well be problematic.}

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05 Feb 2016 07:23:17
Hi Ed002

Can I ask, what the hell is going on with China?

These fees which are being reported (Ramires, Martinez, Texeira) now £57m for Oscar?

I read that the new president is a huge football fan and has changed football policy, signed a new huge TV deal etc. Can you give any clarity on this recent surge of power and how you see it developing over the next months.


{Ed002's Note - Since China opened up it has thrown a massive potential market in to the mix for professional sports (not just football, but there are other growth sports as well) and a number of Chinese companies see the potential for significant income form the game. Chinese money is already flooding through football with ownership and/or investment in clubs as diverse as Espanyol, Den Haag, Sochaux, Atletico Madrid, Slavia Prague and significantly, City Football Group. City of course owns Manchester City, New York City, Yokohama F Marino and Melbourne City - and are looking to expand in to China and South America. For years the professional game in China was under a cloud of corruption (including match-fixing) and the Chinese, and to be fair FIFA, have worked very hard to resolve the issues. The game is on the up there and they have the money to pretty much do what they want. They now a shift will be coming in Europe and I would expect to see further investment in European sides - there is one organization looking hard at Germany and another at Italy. They of course have to work within certain legal ownership frameworks and that will restrict investment in certain countries. Do not be surprised to see an English side be taken over by Chinese owners in the not too distant future. Meanwhile, the profile of the game at home is increasing and the market to be tapped significant. I spent several months in Hong Kong working in both 1988 and again in 1990 and it was clear then that the mainland needed a step change and it could get leverage over so much - since then that has happened. Six months working out of Beijing in 2005 (until they pretty much forced me out) showed that changes were happening - since then I understand from colleagues who do visit that it has moved on a lot.

The coming years will see lots of changes. You know about the pan-European breakaway proposals, well there is going to be a counter-proposal backed by UEFA to try and save their own skin which is soon to be tabled. There will be more global City Football Group style collectives appearing. There will be growth in China. And so it goes.}

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05 Feb 2016 11:21:37
So there goes FFP then.

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05 Feb 2016 11:21:37
So there goes FFP then.

{Ed002's Note - FFP is nothing to do with China.}

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05 Feb 2016 17:05:58

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05 Feb 2016 00:29:56
Eds any truth that a Chinese club has had a huge bid rejected for Oscar?

{Ed002's Note - It is true that Jiangsu enquired after Oscar but "huge" is subjective - what you think is "huge" I might just laugh at in the showers.}

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05 Feb 2016 09:35:31
Ahaha that response was brilliant lol.

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05 Feb 2016 12:17:57
Is the reported £57m close or way off ed? Thanks =].

{Ed002's Note - Ignore the money.}

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04 Feb 2016 23:47:10
Ed have jiansu bid for Oscar

{Ed002's Note - It is true that Jiangsu enquired after Oscar and it is expected that they will try again in the summer.}

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05 Feb 2016 22:05:27
I'd sell him. Big bucks for sure more than most will pay, and not playing for anyone who could potentially rival us in the champions league. Perfect deal for the club. Not Oscar tho which would maybe make him want to move elsewhere.

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04 Feb 2016 15:55:17
For those of you that may not have seen it, there are reports in an Italian publication (Calcio Mercato) that Massimiliano Allegri has agreed a 4 year deal to take over - wouldn't hold my breath on this one.

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04 Feb 2016 07:26:28
Hi Ed,

Can I ask if Joachim Loew is considered as one of the target for the coach position?

Thank you in advance and if u feel the question is annoying - just ignore it is oke.

Have a nice day, Eds.

{Ed002's Note - He won't be available before 2018 so no.}

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04 Feb 2016 18:07:03
Tks Ed for the information. I will stop dreaming.
My appreciation Ed.

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02 Feb 2016 14:28:48
Thanks for the updates over the last month, they were super interesting this time around.

Are we still interested in Icardi? I'm surprised that nobody tried to push for him last minute (given that they've replaced him and his spat with Mancini)

{Ed002's Note - Chelsea discussed Icardi with Piero Ausilio in December when he was at Chelsea discussing another player and watching a game but nothing was being considered for January. An enquiry from another side on Friday resulted in a very large fee being quoted so nothing was going to happen.}

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03 Feb 2016 08:33:49

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02 Feb 2016 11:46:56
Hi Ed 002. Lot of names linked as the possible new manager in the summer. Do the club have one clear choice or they still looking at several options? Cheers.

{Ed002's Note - They are considering options.}

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02 Feb 2016 14:32:32
Obviously. But who are these options being considered?

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03 Feb 2016 07:43:45
There have been posts on this previously. Use the search function.

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03 Feb 2016 14:42:38
My guess now would be Pellegrini (unfortunately) .

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01 Feb 2016 19:00:32
Rumours Falcao is in Madrid trying to get a return to athletico
Is this true ed
Will it effect the remy sale/ loan
Would we possibly wash our hands of both and get another striker in if so who
Appreciate any input.

{Ed002's Note - It will makes no difference but having already failed one medical this may come a little too soon. There are also financial complications and an offer from elsewhere that is not so urgent.}

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01 Feb 2016 19:10:19
Thanks for the reply ed
Was it Falcao that failed the medical or remy?

{Ed002's Note - Falcao.}

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