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  1. Official: Eden Hazard Joins Real Madrid

    I agree we're probably one short of being able to play 352 throughout a season. Chalobah would have been perfect, perhaps RLC can be that man from next season. It's a very difficult signing/addition though. Too established a star and that could put Fabregas off signing that naff one year deal he'll soon be presented, too young a prospect and he'll worry about game time. See Barkley and the Ox (bullets dodged though they may be). Oh, and Willian isn't even close to being one of our best players.
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    A rare, insightful dissection of Morata's second against Stoke:
  3. Transfer Talk Topic

    Initial reported fee for Costa is 50m. I would say that given we were on the back foot from the off regarding this (everyone knew we wanted him gone, and that he only wanted Atletico) we have done good business here. I'll also add the fact his hamstring issues are well documented and I believe physically he is past his peak. Certainly doesn't run with the ball half as well as he did at Atletico. To play devils advocate, had the above circumstances not been in play, I think 90-100m might have been attainable. Lukaku was 90m, and whilst 4 years younger is not in the same league. Higuain was 75m I believe, and that was 2 years ago.
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    Quite possibly, Mark. It is from Law who seems to have at leat some tentative sources within the club, so who knows. Whoever thinks it however, is plain deluded. Real Madrid have set the bar the last 24 months, we simply aren't equipped to compete. Now there's a side who has relatively quietly for them, made some very clever signings the past few years. Kroos, Isco, Marcelo, Casemiro, to name a few.
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    Chelsea confident Antonio Conte now has squad capable of fighting for Premier League and European glory Funny stuff. I think we have the best 11 in the league, but to actually challenge for the champions league and prem simultaneously is nonsense.
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    I think the clincher from most reports is that Llorente wanted a 2 year deal, or at least 1 with option of another. Given our bizarre policy, he wasn't going to get that here. Skysports reporting that Costa deal to At Madrid "unlikely but not impossible". Good on us for not buckling under the pressure, they're offering about 20-25m says sources.
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    And Thibaut
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    Good post Bert and you're right, Abraham and RLC could be great additions next year. RLC is an interesting one, like many others I saw a guy who played with a cigar in his mouth, looking like he was playing within himself, maybe a little too cocksure? However watching him against Liverpool I saw dynamism and bravery for the first time. Perhaps what I mistook as arrogance was actually the opposite, he was intimidated, or at least nervous when he made cameos for us (with good reason too I might add). This year is a bigger concern, and whilst we've just about put a decent squad size together, I can't help but wish for that 1 statement signing, that 1 "we're champions and this is going to elevate us" signing. That said I'm so excited to see Hazard link up with Morata, the latters movement should help Hazard immensely.
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    That apparently fell through because Arsenal didn't have a replacement sealed, which from all accounts was meant to be Lemar who politely told them to do one. Does seem odd that he remains at Leicester. There have been links to Barcelona however, possibly a back up to Coutinho?
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    It would be our greatest Title win since Roman took over, comfortably too.
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    It is harder than ever to sign squad players. Ask yourselves, what do (most) players want? 1. Game time 2. Good money 3. Exposure 4. Trophies. No longer do you need to join a top 4 team to make elite money, when West Ham can offer you 160k a week (rumoured Chica salary) So that's one carrot gone. Players are also pragmatic, realistically there are only 2 sometimes 3 sides that can challenge for a title. Many would rather play regularly for a good team than watch from the stands and collect a medal elsewhere. As for exposure, which in turn helps with brand deals and salary, in todays world of twitter, Instagram, snapchat etc, players can easily build their brand, it's not a prerequisite to be at a champions league side to obtain this. So yes, it is harder than ever. That being said, we'e made a real mess of this window. There is no shame in being rejected, whether that's for another side, because player X didn't want to upheave his family, any legitimate reasons like that. However, when the Ox rejects you INSTANTLY, before a deal has even been agreed with Liverpool, someone hasn't done their homework. Transfers are of course infinity more complicated then they appear to most fans, but I find it incredible that we didn't inform his agent before starting the negotiation process where he'd fit in at the club. He wanted to play CM and be a 1st teamer, everyone bar Chelsea knew it. "Fancy playing RWB ox?" "Nope, don't call again". We are either exceptionally arrogant and naive enough to not do our due diligence and find out if players want to join, or we are horrendous at convincing people to sign. We are no longer the biggest players in the market, haven't been for a long time. We don't/can't spend (net) hundreds of mil in a summer? Fine, but we have to be smarter. We have to use nous and acumen to understand that when Everton tell you on what, 4 occasions to f*** off when negotiating for Stones, they meant it. Instead we wasted an entire summer chasing him to end up with Papy Djilobodji. We did the same with Napoli and Koulibaly, Juventus and Sandro (who was our lb backup this window?) Roma and Naingollan. The transfer committee needs to be overhauled. Coming 10th didn't change our approach, TENTH! so unfortunately I don't see the overhaul coming any time soon.
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    You're confusing me with another poster. That said, let's hope Bats will improve, he and we need it.
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    Remind me how many Champions League games we played last year? Costa played every game when fit, even when he was playing numerous levels below his best post January, with Conte even playing Hazard up top instead of Bats on one occasion. He wasn't trusted. The more I see of him, the more I see why.
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    This is an over-correction James. You and others are right to criticise. It has everything to do with us! It's us that look like fools for chasing players, up until hours of the deadline who were at best "meh" about joining, and at worst downright not interested, ala the Ox. We have demonstrated an appalling ability to ascertain interest in joining us, and even worse at convincing.
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    I'm referring to us having only 2 strikers James, and Bats being a significant downgrade on Morata.