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  1. Transfer Talk Topic

    He will be 27 at the end of the season so I suppose that the limited sell-on value could help bring down his price. I'd expect to pay more for a 20-25 year old. We've needed a left-footed RW for a long time. I don't see any reason to play him at 10, especially given the other players we have.
  2. Transfer Talk Topic

    Peak age, left-footed replacement for Pedro sounds ok to me - Neres (injured) and Chukwueze would be younger alternatives. Add in a Boga buy-back to replace Willian and we'd be ok for wingers next season. Hopefully there's plenty left in the budget for a striker, a left-back and maybe a centre-back.
  3. Transfer Talk Topic

    They spent £120M preparing for Conte's first season, £230M in Conte's second season, £125M on players for Sarri and almost £100M on players for this season. The board spends money when they find someone they think is worth buying. Players that would improve our first XI are difficult to find and cost £50M+. We get maybe 2/3 a season.
  4. Transfer Talk Topic

    Neither of those, nor Ampadu, help us replace the 4 players out of contract this summer or the 2/3 other holes in our first XI (depending on your view). Getting in that amount of quality will take 2-3 years.
  5. Transfer Talk Topic

    How would you feel if we took that for Jorginho then spent about the same on a 'proper' defensive midfielder, someone with the profile of Declan Rice?
  6. Transfer Talk Topic

    I have to say I agree that signing 16 year olds from other countries has rarely worked out well for us and the club has largely abandoned this, at least 4 years ago. But signing 18 year olds is also risky and very expensive these days. As far as I can tell, Christensen is the only 16 year old we've signed from abroad during the Abrahmovic era that has made a reasonable number of first team appearances. Borini, Aké and Bruma being the next best. So Frank Arnesen would have to be the worst signing of the Abrahmovic era... We haven't bought a player to then send them on loan since Miazga in Jan 2016 and even he got 6 months with the first team before being shipped out. Nathan and Pantic were signed the previous summer but since 2016 we've only signed players for the first team (with limited success for £550M+). I'd rather the club bought players aged 20-24 that are ready to go straight into the first team squad. These can be complimented by 1-2 academy players per year. With prices how they are, this means that building or rebuilding a decent side can take 2-3 summers so a long term outlook is needed.
  7. Transfer Talk Topic

    You can be more confident that a good 18/19 year old will develop into a useful player compared to a good 16 year old. But you pay a lot more for that confidence.
  8. Transfer Talk Topic

    When they are 18 or over (and more expensive) possibly, yes. Signing 16/17 year olds from other FIFA countries (so including Wales, Scotland, Northern Ireland) won't be so easy.
  9. Transfer Talk Topic

    The board is now doing everything they can to avoid the poor buys that have landed us with 10 or so players out on loan that we don't want but can't find buyers for. However, their caution now means we're facing next season not just being short on numbers (as Pedro, Willian, Giroud, Caballero leave) but also quality as we'll most likely be stuck with Barkley, Alonso and/or Emerson for another 12 months. There have been several changes of transfer strategy in recent years - we ended the "buy to loan" strategy after summer 2015, then spent a lot of money in 2016 and 2017 for very little return. We're now trying to recreate the "Zidanes and Pavons" strategy that Real Madrid talked up 15 years ago, but without reaching the level of quality required. We buy players we think are ready for the first team and compliment them with academy players. This is the sustainable model, but at this stage a big investment is required. We need 4-8 superstars to improve the first XI and provide competition to our existing 14 or so good players this summer. With the board's ultra-cautious approach we'll be lucky to get 3 players of the required quality ahead of next season.
  10. Transfer Talk Topic

    On replacements for these players: Kepa - I think the club will give him another season at least Caballero - likely to leave, but a slightly younger replacement who can provide Kepa with competition should be cheap Pedro & Willian - will be very expensive to replace. It's possible that Willian will stay another season so we only have to pay for one new AM per summer Giroud & Batshuayi - the club would love to upgrade them, but it will be difficult and very expensive Alonso & Emerson - it's possible that Maatsen could come into the first team squad, but a new first choice LB will be expensive Barkley - with RLC coming back and the possibility of adding Gilmour, Ampadu and/or Gallagher to the squad I hope we can sell Barkley. Zouma - we should be able to get some money for him but finding a new commanding CB who can help Christensen and Tomori develop won't be easy. Even if we keep Kepa and Willian for another year, we have about 8 players that need replacing. 2 could potentially be replaced by academy players and a GK should be cheap but the other 5 will require huge investment.
  11. Following Chelsea's Loans

    Being a fairly small, more technical player, Dutch football sounds like a better place for his first experience of men's football than the rough and tumble of the lower leagues.
  12. Taking The Pee Out Of Liverpool (For Khobar)

    I think the PL told them to respect the break, whilst the FA chose the schedule of replays. Pointing out there are 3 competition organisers (+EFL) in England whose interests aren't aligned isn't a bad thing.
  13. Hull City 1 Chelsea 2

    With Gallagher having ignored the options to pass to Loftus-Cheek, Mount, Abraham, Hudson-Odoi and James...
  14. Hull City 1 Chelsea 2

    Normally I'd be in favour of playing the youngsters and wouldn't be unhappy going out of the cup, but the club needs a bit of good news at the moment and losing to a Championship team would not be that. An honourable exit to a mid-table PL team would be acceptable, but losing to Hull will only heighten the feeling of tension ahead of 4 absolutely critical games.
  15. Chelsea Finances Thread

    It's worth pointing out that these four duds are still on our books, so the club still has a lot of work to do to recover from the damage done by certain managerial decisions in the not-too-distant past.