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  1. I do think that we have switched target from Haaland to Lukaku due to the financial demands. We have established the cost of buying him from Dortmund, Raiola's exorbitant fee, Haaland's own signing on fee and the wages, that apparently will break our wage structure. The deal has just got too rich for us and is now dead.
  2. TB, I completely understand why you are ignoring Timo, but honestly believe that he will come good in a "two" with Havertz and we will all be thanking our lucky stars that we did not waste £100million 😉
  3. I also agree 100%, Havertz is starting to look like the player we all thought we were getting and Timo just needs the confidence boost of a decent start (anyone remember Drogba's first year at Chelsea??) I WOULD take Lukaku back but only if he really wants to come, as everything I have read says he is keen to stay at Inter. Haaland simply will not happen, Roman & Marina will not be dictated to by Dortmund, all this you must lodge a bid by xxx date is bollocks and I am still not convinced he is 150 million Euro striker yet. If we do not buy a striker, Tammy will stay, He will get into double figures and is still a reasonable back up.
  4. I would pay a lot to see this happen !!
  5. Trippier???? WTF. As soon as I saw his inclusion, I know we would be defensive. Instead of going and grabbing the game by the nuts, we got the lead and sat back from then on. Inviting Italy to take control and have sustained pressure. The worst thing that happened ironically, was the early goal. We seemed to adopt a " protect that at all costs" mentality and you cannot do that against a team with Italy's quality. I had been impressed with Southgate, although stating a couple of years ago that he would never make a winning England Manager, I was prepared to eat humble pie, but last night his starting line up, his substitutes and his shocking list of penalty takers, proved I was right all along. England undoubtedly have the players. The squad was excellent and most given time on the pitch, did themselves justice. BUT do we have the management and coaching ability to make the best of the players? I think probably not !!
  6. I've been thinking about Griezmann too. Barcelona are in complete meltdown. They are 1 BILLION Euros in debt, 750million of which is due IMMEDIATELY. They have to sell to survive and will be getting desperate soon. They also have to sell 3 or 4 top earners to comply with La Liga's salary cap, which they breached again last season. Then they can only spend a fixed percentage of the net revenues. Griezmann is obviously quality, but I'm not sure if he would fit with the style and set up at Chelsea. Time will tell I guess.
  7. So far, only United have dipped their toe in the water. If they do continue and sign Varane, I very much hope that this will be the prod that Marina and the board need. Nobody else has done a thing or looks remotely likely to be finalising negotiations, so I am not too worried. I just hope that we are still negotiating with Dortmund and Haaland's advisors, Declan Rice is still away with England, and Lukaku will be on holiday following Belgium's exit from the Euros. So although it is quiet, this is not surprising and will hopefully change quickly from Monday 12th July onwards.
  8. So, "on paper" we have a tough start, and will play Arsenal, Liverpool, Spurs and City before the end of September. January looks interesting too, but we still only play 38 games, the same as everyone else. With one or two changes, nobody will fancy playing us, least of all City. We will be favourites or second favourites for the title and must perform as such, like we did under Mourinho. Sweep teams like Spurs, Arsenal, Villa, Everton aside and reserve our best performances for United, City and Liverpool, who will remain in the top 4.
  9. I think we should have a try for Mbappe instead of Kane, Haaland, Lukaku 🙏. YES he will be expensive, but apparently, he is no longer certain that PSG is the right club for him. He has presumably worked out that they make poor decisions (letting TT go and replacing him with Poch, Thiago Silva??) cant see them winning the ECL as they do not have the winning mentality needed. Thinking back though, I'm not sure he had the greatest relationship with Tuchel in Paris ????
  10. Apparently, Blackman has already been released with Van Ginkel too. I cant argue with the rest of your assumptions 😉
  11. Drinkwater £5m, Emerson £15m, Alonso £10m, Zouma £25m, Blackman £5m, Keppa £30m, Caballero FREE, Ampadu £10m, Tomori £25m, Zappacosta £5m, Barkley £15m, RLC £20m, Van Ginkel FREE, Batshuayi £10m, Rahman £5m, Hudson-Odoi £40m, Bakayoko £10m. I still think that these prices are realistic and it comes to £230m. It wont be easy, but we have Marina negotiating for us.
  12. Roman's decision not to build the stadium when he did (for his own reasons) has turned out to be the BEST financial decision he could have made. COVID, no crowds, reduced revenues etc, would have made the debt very difficult to service, if not impossible - look at how our old mates in N17 are struggling 🤣 Roman's financial and accounting teams will be all over the potential ROI (return on investment) like a rash and should the UK government remove their political and childish visa ban, I am sure that the Planning consent can be revived.
  13. It sounds as though Chelsea have already decided that Ziyech is surplus to requirements. One website has him "officially" on the transfer list. We knew that there would be an exodus in this window, but I thought that we would have given Ziyech longer to prove himself. For what its worth, the players I think are DEFINITELY on their way is as follows; Drinkwater, Emerson, Alonso, Zouma, Blackman, Keppa, Caballero, Ampadu, Tomori, Zappacosta, Barkley, RLC, Van Ginkel, Batshuayi, Rahman, Hudson-Odoi, Bakayoko. I reckon that this lot should bring in circa £235million, so more than enough to strengthen the squad with the 3/4 players that TT wants without parting with a single penny.
  14. I think it is a very good point that buying Saul Niguez would likely mean that we do not pursue Declan Rice and I had thought we might go for both. Spanish football journalist Guillem Balagué stated that Saul suits several styles of play, citing his ability to play "Simeone style" (in reference to Atlético manager) and "Barcelona style", summing up with "We have never had a midfielder like this" Personally, I would prefer Declan Rice as I have stated elsewhere on the forum, I can see him forming part of a "backbone" at Chelsea going forward.
  15. Evissy, I am certain that these flaws surfaced because of his desperation to succeed or at least try and prove that he could. As I posted earlier, he scored 34 goals for Leipzig in his last Season and you don't do this, without having some idea of the offside rule, although admittedly we didn't have VAR then.
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