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31 Dec 2020 16:44:20
Hello Ed002

Are going to sign Mohamed Simakan in January? And if so, does that mean we are also going to sell/ loan 2 defenders or perhaps he will stay at his club on loan?


{Ed002's Note - Don’t expect much in January. These are some of the players the club has been looking at:

Before next season the club will look to sales plus a G, CB (as the club want to integrate Malang Sarr with Zouma and see how Marc Guehi, Xavier Mbuyamba and Dynel Simeu (not yet ready for first team squad) turn out), a DM if Kante goes (but preference is to integrate Ampadu although it is looking a little less likely) and a S if youngsters are not deemed ready. Everything else depends on departures.

Gianluigi Donnarumma (G) was first choice in 2020 and will be first choice in 2021 if Chelsea push with their plan to sell Kepa Arrizabalaga and use Mendy as a second choice. Problem is the contract situation is in Milan and him not being available until Milan fail to qualify for the CL. I suspect it will come to nothing and Ziger will be promoted.

Matthew Bondswell (LB) youngster from RBL that Chelsea are very keen on.

Boubacar Kamara (CB/DM) Marseille do not want to sell and interest from PSG will obviously go nowhere. Chelsea and Manchester City both maintain an interest, but nothing is happening. An unusual offer was made during the summer but Chelsea resisted to see what happens with emerging players available to them. Manchester City have been in regular contact with Marseille and may well look for an early conclusion. MIlan and Lyon will likely not have the funds to make an offer. There is interest from Barcelona who want the player and a member of Marseille's staff to join them. Milan asked after him when discussing another player and Bayern Munich have him on their list as a Jerome Boateng replacement.
Mohamed Simakan (RB/CB) Strasbourg defender who Burnley, Monaco, Rennes, Lyon, Borussia Dortmund, Bayer Leverkusen and Atalanta are keen on. Aston Villa have made an enquiry with his agent. Milan enquired and are very but ideally want include a player in exchange. But they are very keen. Chelsea can offer cash plus a player on loan which may suit Strasbourg. There have been discussions but his representation has a different focus to most.
Alessio Romagnoli (CB) unlikely but has been offered by a third party.
Benoit Badiashile (CB) Chelsea are interested in taking Badiashile in the future but also interest from others. However, he would never achieve Home Grown status in England, so it makes a move less likely for now and he has signed a new contract. Forget him for a year or two but I am advised he is potentially a huge emerging talent.
Jose Gimenez (CB) Atletico still have serious money problems that they can resolve by selling one of Oblak or Saul but will fight to keep Koke and Gimenez. Manchester City and Chelsea have each been quoted the full €120M cash payment required to even have Gimenez consider a move. At that price nothing will happen.
Anel Ahmedhodzic (CB) PSV and Ajax offer good solutions - interest of Milan and Chelsea is a problem as game time will be hard to find. One to keep an eye on.

Dennis Zakaria (DM) Borussia Muenchengladbach would have sold in January 2020 but Spurs and Bayern Munich baulked at the €60M asking price. Many sides including Arsenal, Chelsea, Liverpool and Juventus have scouted the player without declaring any serious interest. Other clubs with a declared interested are Borussia Dortmund (as a Weigl replacement), Manchester United (but not until they have sorted out their midfield) and Inter Milan (who won't be able to commit to the price and have other preferred options) are not pushing and he will spend another season at Borussia Muenchengladbach. In 2021, it would not be unreasonable to see Bayern Munich look again and make a serious offer.
Declan Rice (DM) Frank Lampard would still like to take Rice - it is very much a Lampard pick. It would mean then end for Ampadu certainly, and probably Kante.
Eduardo Camavinga (DM/CM) if the player continues his good performances Rennes will look for a summer 2021 auction. Serious approaches for Camavinga have been made by Real Madrid, PSG, Arsenal, Manchester United and Spurs - but Arsenal can be discounted as they moved to buy Partey and Spurs will likely not be of interest. Interest has also been shown by Borussia Dortmund (who were quoted €100M), Bayern Munich, Manchester City, Atletico Madrid, Barcelona and Genk - but I would discount all of these now. There has been a discussion with Chelsea but he won't be a priority for them unless Kante and Jorginho were both to depart and other options were not available. A move to England for the kiddie is less likely than a move to Spain. PSG and Real Madrid were considering taking a chance on him in the summer of 2020 but would not pay the revised COVID-19 asking price of €75M. Julien Stephan says they want to keep him and has explained that an early move could stall his career through lack of game time. In 2021 - he will be a primary target for Real Madrid.
Moises Caicedo (CM/DM/AM) My understanding is that he impressed when Manchester United were following up on looking at another player who they had first seen in the Real Sociedad reserves. There has been interest in Caicedo from other sides including PSV and Chelsea. Scratch him, he will move elsewhere.
Mohamed Ihattaren (RW/LW/AM) there is stuff going on still but unlikely.
Potential outgoings:
Kepa Arrizabalaga (G) there is a little something brewing
Willy Caballero (G) out of contract
Thiago Silva (CB) out of contract but Chelsea may well look for another year
Andreas Christensen (CB) will be available in the summer.
Fikayo Tomori (CB) just possible January loan - Newcastle and Leeds have spoken with Chelsea but Rennes is another possible destination. West Ham did not give the time commitments in the summer but have raised the issue again (but unlikely). If a buyer can be found that would suit all parties - and Rennes have the money to commit to a loan to buy in January.
Antonio Rudiger (CB) declared interest from PSG, Barcelona, Milan and Juventus on a loan to buy deal. But nothing firm.
Emerson Palmieri (LB) Napoli want him - but only on loan initially. Juventus interest has probably drifted and Inter prefer Alonso over Emerson.
Marcos Alonso (LB) Interest from Inter and particularly Atletico Madrid.
Baba Rahman (LWB) interest from Derby and Middlesbrough - Leeds asked after a loan. Available in January.

Ngolo Kante (DM) Inter would ideally like a package deal for Kante, Emerson and Giroud if they can include a player in the deal (Chelsea has no interest in either player offered) and if Inter do not need to put too much cash up front - another solution would need to be found.
Jorginho (DM/CM) No specific interest at this time.
Bakayoko (DM/CM) Chelsea need this resolved finally in the summer.

Danny Drinkwater (CM) available in January and at some point Chelsea will let go if there are no other options.
Billy Gilmour (CM) The club are open to an 18 month loan for Gilmour to help his career but want a long-term contract agreed first. During discussions with Juventus over another matter, they have proposed to take him but they want an obligation to buy at the end. Napoli have also asked for formal talks. The coach wants to keep Gilmour so it will be discussed again in the summer.
Ross Barkley (AM/CM) will be available for sale.

Ike Ugbo (S) Doing very well at Cercle Brugge who would like to make the loan permanent but they know they face interest from Marseille and Genk.
Olivier Giroud (S) out of contract in the summer and likely available in January if he wants to move but Chelsea would rather hold on until the summer. West Ham would offer a good solution as he can stay in London. Crystal Palace offered the same solution but there is no interest any longer. Atletico Madrid have asked if he will be available in January but they are also chasing two others. Napoli, Juventus and Inter have all raised the subject with Chelsea. Lyon and Bordeaux have likely moved on from their prior interest. Milan will offer an option. There was a discussion with Rennes but that will only come in to play if M'Baye Niang were to leave and that is unlikely in January. The lady from Marseille knows him well and may offer a solution but they really want a younger player.}

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31 Dec 2020 17:22:03
Thanks a lot ed002 for your inputs. Interesting note on Gilmour. Hope he stays here and develops. As regards ampadu I as much suspected it to be the case as rice looms over the horizon given our immediate unbalanced mf issues which impacts havertz and our general play style.

Anything on Ruben?

Wish you and other Ed's a very happy new year🎉.

{Ed002's Note - The loanees will the thought about more over the coming months. Enjoy NY.

31 Dec 2020 17:38:55
Have a good new year Ed, thank you, interesting insight, mostly defensive targets, would of thought a striker with werner being used left and giroud out of contract, excited by any prospect of camavinga. And hopefully people appreciate this insight and don’t take anything as certain and guarantees and understand interest and situations change,

{Ed002's Note - Too early right now.}

31 Dec 2020 17:43:40
Thank you for the update Ed02. Much appreciated.

Happy New Year to you and all the other Eds.

31 Dec 2020 17:45:13
Great read Ed002. Thank you very much.

I hope for a few departures in January and maybe we can somehow get Rice.

Cheers and happy new year.

31 Dec 2020 18:50:08
Thank you so much ed
My goodness couldn't of asked for anything more
Happy new year to you.

31 Dec 2020 20:05:39
Thanks for that ED002, bloody awesome!
Wishing you, all the other ED's and all the posters on this site a very happy new year.

{Ed002's Note - And you enjoy NY.}

31 Dec 2020 21:17:29
Great read, Ed002.
I had one question though if you don't mind. Since Alonso and Emerson could both leave potentially by next summer, could we be looking at an LB as well?

{Ed002's Note - Chelsea have Chillwell, Maatson and are interested in another youngster.}

31 Dec 2020 22:02:19
Great Post Ed, much appreciated 👏. Happy New Year all, I wish you the best in health and happiness for 2021.

01 Jan 2021 00:16:10
Thanks for the detailed post ed. Happy New Year all.

01 Jan 2021 05:46:13
Thanks for the New Year gift Ed, enjoy Yours mate and Happ New Year to the other Eds.

01 Jan 2021 09:29:10
Great post ED02, much appreciated.
Have a great NY.

01 Jan 2021 13:53:59
Thanks a lot ed002,can i ask about ihattarren stuff going on, is that maybe to do with van ginkel, would love him to join thanks and happy new year.

01 Jan 2021 16:14:46
Thanks a lot Ed, very interesting and informative. Happy New Year, hope you had a nice Christmas.

02 Jan 2021 12:39:28
HNY to all the Eds. Great review Ed002 - many thanks.

Ed002, will it be more difficult for younger overseas players to get immigration status now that we've left the EU?

{Ed002's Note - 16 and 17 year old will not b options.}

02 Jan 2021 19:38:07
Bit late Ed just read this thanks for posting really appreciate iy
Here's to 2021.

{Ed002's Note - Hope it turns out a good year.}

03 Jan 2021 00:33:08
Me to stay safe and hers to plenty of margaritas.

07 Jan 2021 07:40:43
Ed002, are we also looking at any strikers currently for the future.
Giroud will soon leave and Tammy will need time and so will Werner. Would we look to promote youth next season?
Any input is much appreciated.


{Ed002's Note - The expectation is that Chelsea will add a striker in the summer.}



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