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  1. In Eddie Howe’s words, when asked if Callum Wilson would leave Bournemouth in January, he said “not from my perspective,” which comes across as “we don’t want to sell him,” rather than “we WON’T sell for ANY price.” I genuinely think if we were to submit a good offer, Wilson would want to come. Reminds me of the Demba Ba deal a bit for the sole reason that I can see us wrapping this one up early in January. Of course, he isn’t going to be anywhere near Ba’s fee. Not sure what I make of £30 million. For a striker from a rival club in January, it doesn’t seem too bad...I just don’t know with transfer fees anymore.
  2. http://www.espn.co.uk/football/soccer-transfers/story/3356831/chelsea-consider-move-for-west-hams-marko-arnautovic-sources Absolutely inevitable Arnautović would get linked with us. Wouldn't be the worst signing but I'm now almost 100 per cent convinced the media is just making half of these stories up. I predicted he would be next and wouldn't you know it, a couple of hours later, we were 'in' for him!
  3. Just wondering what the opinions on Chelsea TV commentators are on here. This does not include pundits like Cundy, Langley, Chivers, Walker, etc. but those who actually call the game. My favourite is Ben Andrews. Has a real way with words and is good enough to commentate for one of the big companies. I also like Matt Davies, Trevor Harris and Gary Taphouse. Other commentators who have called games for us over the years have been Mark Tompkins, Dan Roebuck, Will Cope. Let me know if I've missed anyone. Understand that some may not know the commentators by names. Ha ha.
  4. Think it's pretty much official now. We have a gem at left back.
  5. I hope they wire Bakayoko the moneys so we can wrap this deal up as soon as possible.
  6. Ampadu even looks a bit like Jake! That's awesome!
  7. Perfect. Now we need a Two And A Half Men photoshop of Caballero, Rüdiger and Ampadu. Two And A Half Signings!
  8. http://www.goal.com/en-au/news/batshuayi-swats-away-transfer-talk-with/76qnud3nny6d142nou9o67vnd Nice of Bats to come out with this...even if the word 'literally' drives me crazy when it's not used properly P.s. Don't watch the vid if you don't like needles.
  9. https://www.chelseafc.com/news/latest-news/2017/07/the-champions-return.html Another absentee was Diego Costa, after it was agreed with the club that he should have an extra few days off.
  10. I didn't mean you. I just meant that fans of other clubs have always been having a go at us for buying players rather than bringing our own through and 'doing it the right way'. Just seems they think we should bring youth through just for the sake of it, as opposed to them actually being ready or good enough. I apologise, I should have made that clear. Personally, I don't mind the system we have with our academy. If they are that good, they should be able to make it with us. If not, they go on loan or sold for profit. Good point about Pogba though.
  11. Doing all that cost us what exactly? We're not going to win the league every year so bringing in Eto'o for Lukaku did not stop us finishing top in 2013-14. It just seems the only reason for bringing in youth players is for the sake of having the moral high ground in arguments (supposedly doing it the right way). Well, even teams who do bring through youth spend ridiculous amounts of money on players anyway. I respect your opinion and agree that it would be nice to see youth come through...but what players that we've got rid of could you honestly say would have improved us to the point where we are kicking ourselves that we let them go? I refer to youth here, not players like De Bruyne, Mata, Lukaku. I'm sorry, I just do not think we deserve that much criticism for having a mentality that: 1. other clubs do and 2. is successful in different ways (winning trophies).
  12. Why? We have one of the most successful academies in Europe. If a young player is going to be THAT good, we play them. They obviously haven't been so didn't make it. Remember when McEachran, Kakuta were going to be the next big thing? I agree it would be nice to see more youth players break through but it could mean a couple of lean years without trophies. That's just not what our mentality is as a club. If the choice is between our current system or going potentially years without the league, I know what I'd prefer. Anyway, we are certainly not the only club to do this...yet we seem to be the only one that comes under fire. That was my point.
  13. Probably very little...but it's getting to the point that every player we sign is somehow bad for our younger players' development. I was just using United as one example because it has spent over £150 million on two players. Not exactly showing leaps of faith in its youth there...which is fine. Each to their own...but here's Chelsea signing for reasonable fees (in today's market anyway) and still we get criticised. I look at our signings as boosting a title-winning squad, rather than disrespecting youth.
  14. As much as I love Ray Wilkins, I don't agree with his take on this deal. He criticised us for going after him when we've got Chalobah. I agree our policy with younger players (profitable as it can be) isn't always ideal...but why don't other clubs get the same criticism? Every signing we make now is seen as Chelsea saying "f**k you" to whichever up-and-coming youth player is in the same position. Man Utd has broken the English transfer record twice in successive seasons, yet you don't hear a peep about how one of its younger players will be held back.
  15. Metro reporting we could be in for Benteke, with Llorente another option. If we get both of those two, that is some serious Moneyballing there.
  16. Give it until Villa are top of the championship and his high horse will gallop right out of the window and back into the stands at Villa Park. All talk.
  17. Sky reporting we've agreed a deal. http://www.skysports.com/football/news/11668/10937672/chelsea-agree-deal-to-sign-antonio-rudiger-from-roma Think this one's pretty much in the bag.
  18. Welcome to Chelsea, Willy! https://www.chelseafc.com/news/latest-news/2017/07/caballero-signs.html
  19. I always said if I scored an important goal in my team's game that I would run to our crowd of about 20 people and do that. My family made it clear they would disown me I did.
  20. The BBC, to my knowledge, is almost never wrong when it reports a story of a transfer. I can't remember the last time it's erroneously reported or speculated. It may say a player has been linked to another club in a move which never happens but when it says "close to signing", "set to sign" or just plain "will sign", the deal is just about 100 per cent done. Sky is the only other news outlet I really trust...apart from the horse's mouth itself (the club).
  21. If we're resurrecting this thread (and seeing as someone's already mentioned my man), here's Quique de Lucas:
  22. Thoughts on Birmingham City looking at taking Terry? It'd be odd to see him playing for anyone else but at least it wouldn't be against us (barring that inevitable EFL Cup or FA Cup draw). If he's not going to retire, I'd like to see him continue playing in a half-decent league, which the Championship is. If he does make the move, it would just be another typical Terry thing. The likes of Beckham, Gerrard, Pirlo, even Ash and Lamps (not to mention the countless players who went to China, Middle East or down here in Australia) can all be persuaded for money or the sunshine of the states. JT? Nope. Give him good old British football.
  23. With no other goalkeeper really linked, it seems Willy Caballero could be our new second-choice. http://www.independent.co.uk/sport/football/transfers/chelsea-willy-caballero-transfer-manchester-city-alexis-sanchez-a7788056.html As stated in the Random Rumours thread, I see him as pretty much the perfect choice to replace Begović. Hope it gets done.
  24. I'd take Caballero in a nanosecond. He would literally be the ideal backup goalkeeper. Makes the odd mistake (which you're going to get), is really, REALLY good at saving penalties, he's not on the same level as Begović or Čech and therefore shouldn't get too disheartened at being on the bench, and he has plenty of experience. Should be reliable if Courtois is unavailable. We've often been spoiled for choice when it comes to goalkeepers, especially for the past three seasons. This would be almost perfect, especially if Eduardo is not likely to be used. There are plenty of options in the goalkeeping department. I'm excited to see what happens.

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