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01 Aug 2022 15:42:53
One rumour was we have blocked a move for sarr because until we sign a CB,

Then rumour is we will offer colwill to Brighton in deal for cucurella, how does that make any sense,
Best option would Be loan colwill to Leicester in fofana deal,

Matt martin

1.) 01 Aug 2022 15:47:59
I don't know Matt, perhaps we have other ideas about our defence.

2.) 01 Aug 2022 16:56:47
Seems strange buy, a player who can play both I understand to need for cover, this seems like we’d have 2 £50m players for specialist positions, colwill leaving is odd too, may not even be truth in these rumours so we’ll wait and see,

3.) 01 Aug 2022 17:39:53
it may be a loan who knows.

4.) 01 Aug 2022 18:41:38
Cucurella is a really interesting idea. Instinctively, I quite like it as an option for LCB/ LB/ LWB alongside Chilwell or instead of from time to time.

As for Colwill going in exchange, it might just be that he wants to go, in which case why stop him, so long as the value is returned?

I think Colwill needs to realise that regular time at 19 would be exceptional. Cucurella has 5 years more experience and, at 19, he had one game for Barcelona and was then off on two loans.

5.) 02 Aug 2022 10:15:13
Sign Cucurella and we can maybe even get rid of Colwill and Maatsen in the same go. Fun times.

6.) 02 Aug 2022 10:39:09
It wasn't that long ago that a lot of people were up in arms about Maatsen being allowed leave on loan.

Cucurella and Chilwell and both mid-twenties. Signing Cucurella blocks Maatsen getting into the team next season.

I mean, we can't have our cake and eat it. Signing £50 million players ultimately blocks our youth.

I suppose what I'm saying it, we can't be both excited about a new signing one minute, and then give the board/ manager abuse the next, when an exciting prospect doesn't get a chance.

We have to have balance between the two, so, no matter the position, isn't it best to keep a level head as fans?

7.) 02 Aug 2022 14:54:37
I was one of those who wanted Maatsen to stay dihanio. My comment was meant to be ironic. We scouted Cucurella extensively and decided on Chilwell, now shelling out 50m for a left-footed player who blocks Maatsen's progress, and including our best left-footed young defender in the deal (or in an ostensibly separate deal, whatever) . Having let two of the league's most promising young defenders go for peanuts last year what exactly are we playing at? The thinking clearly isn't linked up here. We need a Director of Football, a good one, and quickly.

8.) 02 Aug 2022 15:22:20
EdW, I wasn't having a go at anyone in particular. Just generalizing on how a lot of our fan base can act.

Some people thinking throwing money at players is the way to go, and the same people will end up going bananas when a youth player gets sold.

A DoF should help with this in the long term, hopefully.

9.) 02 Aug 2022 17:36:48
dihanio, I agree mate.

10.) 02 Aug 2022 18:30:33
It could just be that Chilly is some way off the pace.

11.) 03 Aug 2022 02:52:04
Well Tom he should get some of those paces back by playing, not sitting on the bench.
I agree EdW. We need someone to steer the ship.

12.) 03 Aug 2022 08:34:11
I’m just guessing Ashk. It could just as easily be that our new owners want two top players for every position but it wouldn’t be unusual for a player who suffered an ACL to take some time to fully recover.

13.) 03 Aug 2022 10:33:51
"new owners want two top players for every position"

This could be it, Tom. I do think, it's not going to benefit our academy in the long run.

I think we're all aware, especially recently, that if a player doesn't see a pathway into the team, they chose to leave. Lamptey and Livramento being a couple of examples.

We are more likely to be patient with a new £30 mil signing if they make a mistake. "Give them time to settle in, he'll get better"

When it comes to one of your youth system trying to make the grade, we become far more impatient. Like they're not allowed to make a mistake. Blaming them on not being ready.

It's a fine line to tow, but I think we have to trust some of the lads to make the grade at some point. We've enough cup games now, along with 5 subs off the bench, that when we're comfortable, the lads should be getting more than 3 minutes at the end to see out the clock.



28 Jul 2022 17:56:00
Surely Barcelona didn't get kounde for less than what we offered?

Matt martin

1.) 28 Jul 2022 18:18:37
Does it matter and who cares?

2.) 28 Jul 2022 19:19:17
Well if it’s true it’s a little suspect that we’re bidding however many million and other teams can buy for less, seems a little corrupt if you ask me, if anything you’d expect less to sell abroad.

3.) 28 Jul 2022 20:11:19
It’s all water under the bridge. He now plays for a competitor for the Champions League.

All out of our control not worth worrying about.

4.) 28 Jul 2022 23:55:32
If Kounde says to Sevilla he doesn’t want to move to Chelsea and will only go to Barcelona then it doesn’t matter what Chelsea are willing to pay but what Barcelona are willing to pay only.

5.) 29 Jul 2022 06:25:17
As Ed002 stated the other day, most ( a lot) of Tranmere Rovers players would want to play for Barcelona or Real and to an extent Bayern as well, but most will not get that chance. Our club can only "test the waters" with an offer to our preferred potential signings. If they choose to move elsewhere at least we put our hat in the ring with an intention/ option and we move on rather than have not known.
Barcelona in particular ( due to being owned by the fans rather than a single entity) have "pushed the boundaries" accounting wise, sold future incomes for spending ability now, however, my understanding of the whole situation is, that unless they can sell some high earners (ala De Jong) to attain a 1-1 spending ratio some of their new acquisitions may not be able to be registered, hence some of their purchases, who may even have started in "friendlies" may not actually be able to start in La Liga.
I would really appreciate all the Ed's (especially you ED002) thoughts and expertise/ knowledge on this situation, and what short term, long term ramifications may be down the track.
I fully understand that both Barcelona and Real Madrid are "global entities" that banks and financiers (and FIFA) simply cannot afford to have fail, but surely there has to be some accountability ( finance wise) at some stage in the future.
Or, does the Super League scenario raise it's head again? I really enjoyed the "El Classico" in Vegas (even tho several players can't play weekly in a FIFA based competition), but do I want to see that every 2nd week, watered down for money, NO!
Long post, I'm sorry, would appreciate ED's and members posts!

{Ed002's Note - The issue with the players relates to salary. La Liga put a cap on the salaries indiviual clubs can pay annually which means that new players cannot be registered until their is space in the wage budget to accommodate them.}



25 Jul 2022 15:36:48
Psg apparently close to signing nordi mukiele ( todays Twitter chelsea target ) and we're close to signing Skrinier recently, im not sure if it's both players or just one, considering they have Marquinhos and kimbepe Ramos, which I'd hazard a guess at kimpembe being the likely target / and realistic option, if they've moved on from Skrinier then we should try him but depends what psg are doing.

Matt martin

{Ed002's Note - PSG have an agreement for NM alreday. PSG will not pay the asking price for Skriniar but Chelsea are not "close" to signing him.}

1.) 25 Jul 2022 15:50:18
I didn’t mean we’re close I just mean it makes sense that if psg get one defender it has a domino effect and could see us move on from kounde debacle,

{Ed002's Note - PSG will not match the asking price as it stands right no.}

2.) 25 Jul 2022 16:25:50
I just feel that if what is reported as truth why is Chelsea waiting on Kounde. there are other options and better ones then that. does anyone know who is in charge of transfers now. I certainly hope it's not TB. With this being his first go around he is over is head.

3.) 25 Jul 2022 16:56:22
Skrinier is better than kimpebe but PK is left footed and probably cheaper and tuchel has worked with him, makes sense that we’re linked.

4.) 25 Jul 2022 17:02:55
To translate: we are screwed.

5.) 25 Jul 2022 19:41:06
Why are we? There is just over five weeks to go of this window. I would prefer all our business done and dusted but ho hum!

6.) 25 Jul 2022 16:20:22
Ed002. with PSG nearly completing nordi mukiele deal. would Chelsea be interested in Hakimi again?
Thank you.

{Ed002's Note - PSG are not looking to sell him, but another. If he were available there is a chance that Chelsea would look o him having lost out on their first choice.}

7.) 26 Jul 2022 02:26:14
Who are they looking to move on?


{Ed002's Note - I am no longer providing any lists to thge Chelsea site.}



24 Jul 2022 15:34:03
Any swap deal with lazio regarding kepa RLC Fir sms, is that off the table now Ed?

Matt martin

{Ed002's Note - Nothing has changed.}



23 Jul 2022 18:30:21
Once if this kounde deal is signed and done. Is there a position we will be targeting next or are there always talks going on regarding players,

Matt martin

{Ed002's Note - Chelsea's priority remains a CB and then, depending on a departure, a versatile CB/RB).}

1.) 23 Jul 2022 22:14:56
I’ll guess at kounde being wrapped up then azpi leaving and pavard being the target, possibly.

2.) 23 Jul 2022 22:55:07
Ed do they have no urgency in bringing a forward in it’s ok stopping goals we must score them as well and it was our down fall last year.

{Ed002's Note - I don;t understand the question.}

3.) 23 Jul 2022 23:27:52
Matt I like your wishful thinking lol! Man this Kounde saga is draining, I don't think anybody knows what is actually happening. A hijack is definitely on!

4.) 24 Jul 2022 06:21:58
I think there's clearly an urgency from the manager, based on his comments following tonight's game.

5.) 24 Jul 2022 08:42:04
Same as last year blaming everyone else but himself.

6.) 24 Jul 2022 10:03:57
Tuchel is not the reason the club have Barkley, Batshuayi, Werner, Ziyech, Sarr, Alonso, Emerson, Kepa all on enormous wages, making them unsellable.
DOF needed urgently. Deadwood needs to be shipped out. Take whatever price you can get.
Should of done a Conte and not taken them on the tour - at least then they might try and shift themselves. No wonder all the youngsters want to go. They are looking at Guehi, Tomori, Lamptey, Musiala, Livramento and thinking "That'll be me with regular gametime. "
Still stand to my earlier comment: Tuchel will leave in September, the storm is already brewing up. Pochettino in by January as we never learn, never back a manager over players, never sell players below value because of being stubborn and fail to meet value because of penny-pinching.
New ownership needs to change approach and quickly, or I see us finishing 8th or worse.

7.) 24 Jul 2022 08:54:19
Ed if your above update is the plan without actively looking to bring in a striker and other prolific attackers, I'm worried for the coming season. My point is that we have not addressed issues from last season which was lack of goals and even creativity. Tuchel should use this opportunity to fix the main issues with the squad. Not many coaches have had the opportunity to have this level of say in players recruitment.
Fact check. It's looking like tuchel wheels will soon be coming off and the ucl win hud his shortcomings. He has problems setting up the attack which explains why all our attackers have been below par and not improving. No big team in Europe lack firepower, except Chelsea and it's not even given attention. Tuchel is setting himself up for the axe except for change in the ownership and management which may not be as usual. At this rate tt may well be leaving sooner than expected. Imo I would like the return of conte looking at the kind of player we have.

{Ed002's Note - It is the priority to resolve defensive issues. Others will be coming and going.}

8.) 24 Jul 2022 10:53:23
Ed, do you know if after the defence is sorted, is there any plans to sign any more attackers or centre mids? Or is it a case of players must leave first? Apologies if this has been answered already, I searched and couldn't find the answer.

{Ed002's Note - Players will be leaving and joining.}

9.) 24 Jul 2022 12:51:17
Any chance of one of your lists Ed? It's been quiet on the transfer front aside from Kounde, ot wojld ne nice to know what else the club has got cooking.


{Ed002's Note - I no longer provide those to this page Mike.}

10.) 24 Jul 2022 15:05:34
Shame, thanks.

11.) 24 Jul 2022 13:05:01
I hope you are right Ed002 but I have no faith in us getting any quality in.

12.) 24 Jul 2022 17:11:40
It’s took us so long to get things over the line and the kounde thing just seems like if Barcelona don’t put another bid in he will join us but if they do he will go there it’s a bit embarrassing really abit like de jong and united if he wanted to go he would just go, we want players that want to play for us but I don’t see what’s out there at minute forward wise osihmen and Leao maybe.

13.) 24 Jul 2022 17:53:15
Both would make incredible signings especially oshimen but I imagine both will demand a large price and I think city have an Intrest in leao though I may be wrong.

14.) 24 Jul 2022 20:40:11
Well we have to break the bank then.

15.) 24 Jul 2022 22:17:28
RJ, don’t be so pessimistic, at the start of the season the PL table is in alphabetical order, this season Chelsea are sixth, that’s where we will end up.




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08 Aug 2022 21:13:08
We're selling werner for £16m? Surely not,

Matt martin

1.) 08 Aug 2022 21:26:34
I know Matt, far to much. There are add ons!

I think he played in about 80 ish games for us, some as sub and I think his goalscoring ratio is about one in every four games.

It could be he will find his form again in Germany and under another coach. Good luck to the lad.

2.) 08 Aug 2022 22:23:30
That’s terrible money for a German international who’s work rate and record in Germany is really good,

Dread to think what we’ll get for hudson odoi then, his goal scoring record is less than 37yr old cb Tiago silva who’s only been at chelsea two years, suppose he has age on his side,

3.) 08 Aug 2022 22:33:42
As you know I have always stuck up for Timo but I accept it hasn’t worked out and I wish him well. I still think things might have been different if he had a run of games and and the coaches had shown more faith in him but that is water under the bridge. The club have made mistakes in transfers but I don’t think we were wrong to sign him: all the indications were that he would be a success and a lot of other clubs wanted him.

On a separate issue what I am about to say will no doubt be slated by some of you. I can’t wait until TT leaves the club. I think his behaviour and attitude is a disruptive and negative. Strangely he seems to be drawn to players with similar issues: Aubameyang who Arsenal couldn’t wait to get out of the club and apparently was in contact with Rabiot whose contract was about to be terminated at Juve for being a pain in the behind. On the coaching side; no coherent vision of a style of play or adaptability of formation or tactics and coming out with more excuses that Klopp. As a life long Chelsea supporter I hope TT is successful this season but I suspect it won’t be to long before he pi**es off too many people. If RA was still around he would have sacked in pre-season for his sulky negative comments. I’ll put my tin hat on.

4.) 08 Aug 2022 22:51:08
I reckon that he will be happier back there and this could well restore his confidence and goalscoring. Not great to see him losing both after fairly bright start with us. But he had some good moments not least running his socks off in so many games that helped create space for others eg ECL final v City when Kai scored the winner.

5.) 09 Aug 2022 03:10:18
Did you watch Werner play for us Matt? That's as much we could get for him. Good luck to him.

Jimbo, you said what I wanted to say a few days ago. There is no one good available at the moment but the sooner we fire him, the better. He will get another season and in my opinion is very lucky that the old regime isn't around.
When we fires Frank that it wasn't the right decision but hiring TT was even worse. We got a CL out of it but bigger issues emerged that are not so easy to solve.

6.) 09 Aug 2022 04:59:41
Jimbo, I’m not sure why you feel you should put a tin hat on for expressing your views on TT in a reasonable way. You have not made any personal comments about the man unlike some when they were demanding Lamps be sacked.

I did post about a conversation I had with away season ticket holder mates after the Everton game and as I said “the natives are getting restless” and there moans about the style of play echoed my comments about our play not being easy on the eye.

I wanted Lamps to remain as our manager to see through what I thought was a project, the same now applies to TT.

I think it was Ed who recently touched on some of our historic problems caused in part by constantly changing manager and therefore team shape and playing style and players.

We now have new owners and I assume a new BP. I hope TT is the right man to bring us continuing success but I can tell you one thing about successful business men, they will change the manager before they change their BP.

My guess is he will be given time but I’m sure our new owners know that football isn’t just about results it’s also about entertainment. They will also want to protect the clubs global brand.

When this team is in the image of TT that for me will be the time to judge him. We are at long last selling some players who have consistently given poor performances and we are in my opinion making some signings that are upgrades.

The new owners have also invested in young players for the future, I think we have signed about five players all under the age of 20. They are also supporting EH in signing several players.

I will judge our new owners in the years to come on several fronts but at the moment I have zero criticism and I think our future looks bright. If TT stays that’s good news because it means the club will have continued with success but these are serious business men and women who have a history of being winners, they will have no hesitation in sacking anyone who gets in the way of achieving their goals.



08 Aug 2022 13:34:08
Ornstein who is apparently reliable saying we will pay big and full amount for FDJ and the money owed in deferred wages,

The European football " expert " on talk sport when talking about United and FDJ said it's not allowed for anyone else to cover this cost and there's some many legalities ( if that's the right word ) in a deal for de jong and with the news today about Barcelona we shouldn't help them in any way, they made there bed they've tried a new sneaky trick and now been hit with £34m tax bill and still can't register players,

Matt martin

1.) 08 Aug 2022 14:35:55
Totally agree. Alonso should be the last bit of business we do with Barcelona this summer. Why should we pay through the nose for their unwanted players to help get them out of the mess they’ve got themselves into!

2.) 08 Aug 2022 14:45:53
It’s just business Matt. All if any problems can be resolved if there is a desire from all parties.

I am confident he will be playing at the home of the World Club Champions this season.

Fofana will be agreed this week

We will then probably require a forward.

All very easy!



07 Aug 2022 23:03:03
Tuchel saying about speed. Having speed in the team. Speed in attack, being able to play and be 1v1, selling Werner and not ziyech, hope we have an attacker lined up. We need pace desperately.

Matt martin

1.) 08 Aug 2022 00:04:21
Matt, TT giving a lot of mixed messages so far. Brighton having lost their two best players were well organised and had a structure in place to beat Man U. Brentford 2 nil down at Leicester at 60 minutes. Thomas Frank changes to a back 3 and they get a draw. Coaches who have a Plan B.

2.) 08 Aug 2022 05:09:25
Great examples Jimbo. Feels like TT has no idea what to do with this squad.
Even Frank's Everton played better than us, with so many injuries and a weaker team.

3.) 08 Aug 2022 08:01:56
Ashk, I’m sorry but Everton didn’t play better than us.

I’m not a fan of our present style of football but it was the first game of the season at a place wwe struggle at.

The plan B argument is valid and TT does look set in his ways but I hope he see the problems solved and play to what should be our strengths.

For me, we still have to sign one or two players to sort out what has been long term problems but the signings so far are all upgrades and long overdue.

4.) 08 Aug 2022 09:28:33
I agree the signings so far have been good ones however we badly need a creative midfielder and a proven striker but only if you play to the strikers strengths otherwise its not worth the money.
The goalkeeping situation also needs addressing and I would give Kepa a proper chance to stake his claim, he did not let us down when he played just season.

We also need TT to have a plan B when things are not working.

5.) 08 Aug 2022 10:20:09
Agree jimbo, there’s been reports / stories / rumours that the forwards at chelsea are fed Uk with style and how it’s impacting there game and attracting criticism.



07 Aug 2022 22:21:32
Ed018 or another, frenkie de jong, how good is he, find it hard comparing players from leagues, looked better for Netherlands than barca, what about a kovecic FDJ midfield two? Or Matheus nunes, seems more built for premier league?

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07 Aug 2022 12:38:30
Not sure if negative or in defence of players but mount and havertz dropped 4/ 10 yesterday, more as both were played as wingers, lampards played havertz wide and
He never looks good there, Sterling worked hard and always wanted to ball but down the middle was out muscles as Everton had bodies back, some saying how well Broja done but by this point Everton were pushing so was more space and open game,
Just feel havertz and mount were out of position so I don't expect them to play brilliant, we've had a problem with out front line for few seasons, I don't think it's helped by our tactics but it needs to upgrade.

Matt martin

1.) 07 Aug 2022 12:57:00
The strange thing is Matt all three continually swapped positions in our last pre-season friendly and it looked really good but yesterday Mount and Havertz in particular looked positionally very rigid.

2.) 07 Aug 2022 13:06:43
Players look out of form but some are not being played in their favoured positions. Perhaps they are confused by the tactics or lack of them.

3.) 07 Aug 2022 13:23:53
Havertz should play as CF.

4.) 07 Aug 2022 14:00:12
Sterling is not a false 9 or any other kind of 9.

5.) 07 Aug 2022 17:03:52
Spot on JBS and Jimbo. I can't say what TT has done in his time at Chelsea. Haven't improved any of our players and he was supposed to get the best out of Werner and Havertz.
We just play not to lose every game. That is not Chelsea.

6.) 07 Aug 2022 20:12:20
The idea of him getting the best out of Werner and Havertz was a media German relationship thing and made no sense.

From what we have seen I have to agree that TT doesn’t look like a coach that improves players. It looks like his focus is on tactics and possession.




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07 Aug 2022 12:32:30
Ziyech has quality on the ball, but doesn’t work hard enough,

Wolves linked to Guedes, good player,

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04 Aug 2022 20:10:07
Sesko maybe?

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03 Aug 2022 21:04:11
Is it Ashley Barnes.

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01 Aug 2022 15:41:13
What would plan for him be, £50mm back up to chillwell or £50m chillwell back up to cucu?

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01 Aug 2022 16:56:47
Seems strange buy, a player who can play both I understand to need for cover, this seems like we’d have 2 £50m players for specialist positions, colwill leaving is odd too, may not even be truth in these rumours so we’ll wait and see,

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08 Aug 2022 22:23:30
That’s terrible money for a German international who’s work rate and record in Germany is really good,

Dread to think what we’ll get for hudson odoi then, his goal scoring record is less than 37yr old cb Tiago silva who’s only been at chelsea two years, suppose he has age on his side,

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08 Aug 2022 10:20:09
Agree jimbo, there’s been reports / stories / rumours that the forwards at chelsea are fed Uk with style and how it’s impacting there game and attracting criticism.

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07 Aug 2022 21:24:36
I’m hoping it was Broja wide to receive the ball and hold onto it, ball was mainly being played down channel. I’m hoping it was tactical rather than fit Broja in anywhere for the sake of it.

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07 Aug 2022 21:09:55
Results first and last couple week are what’s important. I’d say there’s 34 games in between were performed should improve, that said the performance wasn’t great but it was a win at a ground we drop points too, they must improve but it’s points on the board,


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06 Aug 2022 20:57:38
Scored lots of good goals and some important ones, wish him the best.

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