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  1. Transfer Talk Topic

    I know we've already re-signed Caballero and we don't have many HG spots going free but I'd feel safer with Cech as no.2 and a younger keeper like Donnarumma or Alphonse Areola from PSG.
  2. Transfer Talk Topic

    We did lack quality, but that's been rectified with the signing of Jorginho. That's how I understood him.
  3. Transfer Talk Topic

    Yep, definitely a mis-translation and given that he was talking about what he had already identified I understood this to mean Jorginho. I think that all other links are just guesswork, Sarri didn't give any hints at all.
  4. If Head of Academy you mean Development team manager, then yes! Newton and Ferreira normally coach the loan players during their brief time at Cobham, but as there are so many post-WC gaps in the first team these are being filled by loan players, with Newton and Ferreira also stepping up.
  5. To be confirmed tomorrow apparently.
  6. Transfer Talk Topic

    Taking Moses, Luiz and Drinkwater out of the squad leaves you with 17 foreigners, so any new signings would have to be either home grown or under 21. You could keep Moses instead of Zappa to gain an extra space. Possibly Drinkwater instead of Bakayoko too.
  7. Fabregas, Cahill, Giroud, Pedro and Luiz (plus both our keepers) are all out of contract next summer. Their resale value is minimal (Luiz a possible exception) so they'd be best used as squad players before a bigger overhaul next summer. I don't see any reason to let them go. Though the idea of a 2019 summer overhaul assumes that the owner will buck the recent trend and back the head coach ahead of his second season. Three or four players this summer then 5 next year, possibly including loanees, would give Sarri a season to get to know the league and get us back into the top 4. Then we'll expect to challenge in 2019/20. I don't see us waiting until 2021 to challenge again. I quite liked the idea of Fabregas tutoring Mount as his successor but as Mount seems likely to be loaned that's never going to happen.
  8. Squad Status: 2018/2019 Season

    With the addition of Jorginho we're up to 16 foreigners in the squad: Foreign (16): Courtois, Caballero, Luiz, Apzilicueta, Alonso, Zappacosta, Rüdiger, Emerson, Kanté, Jorginho, Bakayoko, Pedro, Willian, Hazard, Morata, Giroud Homegrown (6): Cahill, Moses, Christensen, Fabregas, Drinkwater, Barkley U21 (1): Ampadu Other candidates: Foreign: Zouma, Pašalić, Batshuayi Homegrown: Blackman, Aina, Loftus-Cheek, Musonda, Palmer, U21: Mount, Hudson-Odoi, Abraham
  9. Transfer Talk Topic

    Unfortunately he probably won't be back from holiday until around the Community Shield (Giroud too). I guess Morata and Tammy will share duties in pre-season, with Tammy going off on loan on deadline day and Morata starting off as first choice.
  10. Official: Chelsea Part Ways With Antonio Conte

    People saying that Sarri doesn't rotate were on to something. Here's a list of the number of players that played more than 1000 minutes in the league last season: Chelsea - 15 Man City - 16 Man Utd - 15 Napoli - 12 Juventus - 17 Roma - 16 Of course maybe he didn't rotate because he didn't have the squad.
  11. Official: Chelsea Part Ways With Antonio Conte

    We've already got Cudicini to do that! Do we have any other former Italian favourites that haven't made it as coaches to add to the staff? Vialli?
  12. Transfer Talk Topic

    They need goals, not assists. For that reason I think they'll try for Kane.
  13. Chelsea Reserve & Youth Team

    To help with the withdrawal symptoms the UEFA U-19 starts on Monday, which is being shown on Sky in the UK and on YouTube in places without a TV deal: England play first on Tuesday against Turkey. Chelsea had seven players in the training squad but now that Chalobah, James and Sterling are on loan, whilst Mount and Hudson-Odoi will hope to be with the first team in Australia there might be very little Chelsea involvement. It's for players born on or after 1 Jan 1999 so Guehi, Cumming and McEachran are probably the only other likely candidates.
  14. Transfer Talk Topic

    I hope this is based on inside knowledge, not optimism!
  15. Transfer Talk Topic

    As well as a new coach, can be bring in a Director of Football/Technical Director plus sign 3/4 senior players (+ replacements for any departures) ahead of the first league match in 30 days' time?