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  1. Hanzen

    Rate our transfer window

    I'd give it a solid 8 or 9 of 10. We got the perhaps most pivotal player from Sarris Napoli side in Jorginho. He's gonna go directly into the core of our midfield, and he know the system. That's huge for Sarri. We knew Courtois might leave, and the fact that we replaced him with one of the most exiting goalkeeping talents in the world is just phenomenal. I don't even care that he cost us £70M. It gets even better by the fact that Courtois new club offered us af brilliant central midfielder who's probably worth around £60-70M for free for a year. Personally I believe that the only thing that could've made the window even better would be if we had gotten a better left back or striker. Maybe even af new centre back - if that's want Sarri wanted. Now it's time for a transition season, and hopefully our true potential will start showing either next year, or sometime throughout this season. I think we'll have a lot of ups and downs this year - but oh my, I'm looking forward to this season.
  2. Hanzen

    Transfer Deadline Day

    Correct.
  3. Hanzen

    Transfer Deadline Day

    Though it's probably not going to happen, he certainly does look good in blue.
  4. Hanzen

    What Now?

    If both were to happen I'd cry myself to sleep in pure happiness tonight.
  5. Hanzen

    Mateo Kovacic

    And yet - do we really need that? Morata's bottom level is trash to put it nicely, but imagine him getting confidence and going on a run sort of like what he did in the start of last season. Could be decent. Sure, it would be nice getting a Martial or something up there, but there's really no telling as to whether he'll do better. On the wing we have Willian. A trickery, pacy brazilian, that both Barcelona and Manchester United want. I genuinly believe our squad is brilliant already, though I wouldn't mind seeing either Martial or Fekir coming in with some hunger and fresh blood. Wishful thinking, I know...
  6. Hanzen

    What Now?

    Just as the Lyon rumours, this one is difficult. I doubt United have inquired about the availability of Zouma. Some say Mou has given him a call. Hard to tell. Yeah, according to rumours Chelsea are trying with something in the area of €55M + Zouma for Fekir. Could just be some varm air with nothing to it...
  7. Hanzen

    What Now?

    So... It seems we're done doing business for now. Only around 7-8 hours left to finish up new signings, which makes it highly unlikely, that we'll sign other. Only remaining rumour seems to be Fekir. Could be a brilliant ending to this years summer transfer window. But what now? Most leagues around Europe are still able to buy players until 1st of september. Obviously the board are looking to offload some of the more irellevant squad players, but that being said - what happens with the likes of RLC, Drinkwater and Tammy Abraham? All homegrown players that, likely, would prefer moves to clubs in England. I've been looking at possible outgoings (with a subjective touch, of course) that could happen in the upcoming weeks. First off - the possible loan departures. Marcin Bulka: We're looking at a huge talent here. Whether he'll go on loan or play for our U23/U21s is hard to tell though. Kurt Zouma: He was brilliant when he made his first team breakthrough under Mou. A major injury sadly put an end to that. He was decent last year in a very blunt Stoke side. Rumours is that Mou are after him, and that we wan't to loan him as part of the Fekir deal. Something will defo happen with Zouma, perhaps by the end of the day, as he realistically won't be getting any game time. Kenneth Omeruo: Was are pretty smooth performer at Kasimpasa last season, and will probably be looking at another spell abroad. Thomas Kalas: Not sure if he's going to get another loan, or if we're looking at a permanent departure for our long servant. Did a great job for Fulham last season thugh. Michael Hector: Not a lot to say here. Will definately not be a part of the squad for next season. Ola Aina: Will be going away on loan. Was a starter for Hull all season last year, and rumours of clubs wanting him are many, with PSV an Torino among the lot. Charly Musonda: Didn't get the playing time he was hoping for at Celtic. Hard to tell what the future holds for this lad. No doubt he has potential. Can't see him as a major impact for us this year, especially after the pre-season perfomances that CHO made. Lucas Piazon: Has actually been playing quite a lot in pre-season. With the arrival of Kovacic I can't see him getting anything more than a couple of cup games though. Tiemoue Bakayoko: This one is interesting. Several rumours we're linking him with a move to Sevilla just weeks ago. Now, however, he seems destined for a year abroad in AC Milan. With only a handful of decent games in the blue shirt last season, it could be just what he needs to get back on the level we saw in Monaco. Either that, or he simply isn't better - time will tell. RLC: It looks like a loan to another english club. No doubt Palace would want him for another year. Had hoped he would have been given time. Michy Batshuayi: Seems certain that he's going on loan again, with Valencia among a number of clubs that would like to require his services. Tammy Abraham: The Michy saga will possibly define the outcome of this one. He wants a chance at Chelsea, however, staying would probably make him the third choice. There's indeed lots of other potential players that could be leaving on loan. Trevoh Chalobah, Jay Dasilva and Kasey Palmer could be some. Furthermore we've already got 10 players away on loan, with Kenedy, Miazga, Baba Rahman and Pasalic as the most prominent names. Well then. That's it for the possible loan departures... Time to narrow the scope at possible sales. Danny Drinkwater: This one is tricky. Can't see him having a role at Chelsea, and he has always looked like some sort of panic buy. According to Sky he has got several suiters. Could be away by today. Davide Zappacosta: Probably won't happen if Aina leaves. Doubt that we're going to count on Moses as a fullback. Both AC and Rüdiger can play the rightback position, but it seems unlikely that they will ever do. Still, we're left with questionmarks over players like Cahill, Moses and Van Ginkel. I know, MVG is out for like 8 months with an injury. He'll probably just be at Cobham trying to get back. But Moses and Cahill should - IMO - be sold. They're just not good enough anymore. With players like CHO and Ampadu moving quickly through the ranks, their spots are easily dispensable. What do you guys reckon? Will we get another signing - or are we done?
  8. Hanzen

    Mateo Kovacic

    Exactly. Well done by Madrid. But on the other hand we kind of get what we want - right? We're getting rid of a keeper that clearly doesn't want to be in Chelsea, and Real offers to help us out with a midfielder, which is what we're looking for. The loan deal furthermore makes it possible for us to snatch up a high prospect goalkeeper rather than Butland or Schmeichel. I know, it's kind of a short term solution - but at least a decent solution for both parties. Hopefully we'll put in a buyout clause as well. Rumours says Real won't accept that, but we'll have to wait and see.
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    Kepa Arrizabalaga

    Exactly. Courtois allegedly told back then that him and Hazard had talked and that the two of them were planning on extending their contracts together. A lot have happened since, however, and Courtois is clearly moving on. Being completely honest I doubt that Hazard will be extending now that Courtois has left. I think this will be his last season sadly. And yeah - about Kepa. The fact that he had a release clause back in january definately doesn't mean that he would have moved back then. He did turn Madrid down after all. Rumours had it that he wanted to extend his contract so when he eventually was sold, Athletic would get more money for him. Sort of a gentleman's agreement, which obviously has worked out fine.
  10. Hanzen

    Little Fekir

    And by this statement you're saying that Fekir is bad, as he scored 18 goals in the league last season... Because of Depay? That simply does not make sense. Depay is a brilliant player - and he has certainly showed that for Lyon. He didn't get a fair chance at United, and failed to fit in at Manchester. Plus, he was just a kid. Would love to see Fekir on the right wing at Chelsea, though i'm not sure I would want it by the cost of Willian. Wrong. The Ligue 1 transfer window has not been changed. They would still have about three weeks to get another player. Having said this - yes, it's still wishful thinking.
  11. Hanzen

    Anthony Martial

    Indeed. Very unlikely. But it would be interesting. A lot of people seem to forget that most clubs in most countries can buy our players until the start of september. So if we're buying now, we still have toaround three weeks to get rid of players. Even then, buying clubs will know that we aren't in a position to replace the following, meaning that their prices could increase. If - and this is as major if - we manage to get Martial, it'll probably be by the cost om Willian plus £10-20M. Zaha would also be something like that, perhaps with DD or RLC as makeweight. Not sure the two of them would cost us THAT much.
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    Anthony Martial

    Could see this one happening as well. If we decide to play Martial as a striker - and also buy Zaha, we'd have a pretty pacy and unpredictable front three with Haz, Martial and Zaha.
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    Alvaro Morata

    Completely agree!
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    Alvaro Morata

    Belotti had some injuries, sure. But he was not playing anywere near as well as the season before, and he doesn't seem like a very clinical finisher. He's strong and so, but I doubt he'll give us anything Michy can't. Looking at last seasons stats for Belotti and Morata, you'll see that Morata played 600 minuted fewer in the league compared to Belotti. Belotti only managed 10 goals and 5 assist. One worse than Morata in both categories. He's not worth the £80M or so Torino are reported to want. I'm not even trying to defend Morata here, but we must have known what we bought, when we decided to splash that amount of money on him. He's fast, technically gifted and decent in the build up - and link up - play. I mean, I've just been looking at his stats throughout his career. He's never been a 20 goals per season player. The only time he has done so was for Real Madrid in La Liga. In Juve he only managed 15 goals and 13 assist in 63 games. Tbh, his statistics are better in Chelsea. 11 goals and 6 assists in 30 games. He's been missing a lot of clear cut chances, and against Arsenal he was simply embarrassing. I'd really hoped he scored that penalty. It could have been a perfect start to his new season, with new born twins, a goal and confidence. Instead he missed with a poor kick, followed by 3 other good opportunities. I think we have to wait patiently and see whether he's still in Chelsea by the end of august.
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    Callum Hudson-Odoi

    You're not wrong. Very often it's a tactical decision to put pressure on the oppositions fullbacks with a new type of player to defend against. It'll be interesting to see what happens. I think CHO will be a backup and get the Europe and cup games. Hopefully he'll get more.

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