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    Dujon Sterling

    Thanks for locating that - was curious as to how he'd been getting on.
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    Dominic Solanke

    Guardian reported that we are - but I haven’t seen any reported amount.
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    Christian Pulisic - Official

    Some speculation it had to do with the potential transfer ban as well - if we get hit with a one or two window ban on signing players, this may work in our advantage (different to the Keita/Liverpool deal one poster mused, which sounds about a right). Any scouting reports worth linking to? Never seen him play. (Or if some supporters want to post their thoughts that would be nice too.) Ex-Dortmund players haven't always moved on well - not just Kagawa and Mkhitaryan in PL, but Gotze when he went to Bayern. Their entire model is developing youngsters for sale (and they're willing to go a few years without trophies to do it, unlike us) and it seems to work... mostly.
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    Mateo Kovačić

    It will be interesting to see what the Europa or League cup midfields are. Potentially Fab in Jorginho role - but maybe even Kovacic, or as some have said trying out Kovacic in the Kante role.
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    Ruben Loftus-Cheek

    Yes - different types of pace / speed, and I agree with Just that RLC doesn’t seem to cover a lot of ground. Interesting ‘top speed’ stat there in the article there (and who knows how measured) but does anyone really think of RLC as a winger as per the article? It depends on type of pace and how it is used. Reminds me of this article a few years ago, with help of ye google. http://www.espn.co.uk/football/blog/name/93/post/1839828/headline Written about that years ago win over Man City. “Back to Chelsea: Their three attacking midfielders Monday night had three separate types of pace. Willian has incredible acceleration over relatively short distances, Hazard has brilliant midrange speed and Ramires is a long-distance speedster.“ RLC does not look fast, but that’s the intensity thing that I think is noticed by multiple people throughout this thread. The appearance of ambling through a game - but when he does break through it is impressive. But I also have no idea if he’ll make it with us. A puzzling player. I certainly hope he does of course, but can’t say with any confidence whether he will.
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    We should take the 65 mn pound reports with a huge mound of salt. If Barca did bid that it seems odd they then went to a 30 mn pound option with Malcolm - so maybe it was much less, if anything. I still think it’s possible the club are trying to drum up interest in him or a counter offer for, say, United. Should we be eager to flog Willian at 30 mn? Or 20 mn? I’m much less enthusiastic at those levels than 50+.
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    Mattia Caldara

    This bit about a fake bid to drive up his swap value looks sharp to me. Juventus back where they started on number of CBS. Wonder if Bonucci coming back makes it easier to let go of Rugani, although their back line looking old.
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    The weird Real Madrid stories popping up make me wonder if the club are trying to flog Willian, or drum up a counter offer to drive up price of United move. If so they’ve set the price rather high - but who knows what to believe in terms of the Barca bid or non-bids. In sum total it all looks so strange.
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    Next Chelsea Goalkeeper

    Re Bulka, goalkeeper is a tough position on loans and contracts. I don’t buy the ‘150 games until you’re ready for first team’ in general but with a keeper it’s a bit more accurate as you can’t get minutes here and there easily and your mistakes can’t be covered up. Even Courtois had experience in Belgium before he signed for us and went to Atletico. Hopefully he signs a new contract and goes on a smart loan.
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    Random Rumours

    I only know him from that semi final and being the diminutive replacement for Neymar. https://www.footballwhispers.com/blog/bernard-bargain-bin-shakhtar-star the sort of bargain the higher ups probably want, but not sure how there’s space on the flanks unless we ship someone out (preferably two so as to leave space for CHO). Feels like he may fit into the system at least.
  11. Can work well at clubs with stable and built out structures, but that... isn’t us. I think. While Marina can be a good negotiator, I don’t think she has the experience or knowledge of a Monchi or Emenalo to direct all the scouts and make hard decisions when it comes to it. We also have a history of some pretty bad last minute purchases in the window, both during and pre dating Emenalo so perhaps that means it is the scout network at play. But then I get to blame them for Papy and Hector.
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    Tiémoué Bakayoko

    Would be disappointing in terms of a failed transfer but perhaps give more opportunities to RLC and Barkley in the midfield three?
  13. Agree with a lot said here but one difference I’m curious about between Conte’s time at the club and Sarri’s/now is Emenalo. Do we have others providing input on transfers, what types of players might be, say, a quick winger we have an eye on that we’d snap up for Sarri upon request? How much of it is on autopilot since Emenalo left and is the scouting network strong enough on its own?
  14. Helpful views, thank you for your posts. Are you familiar with Chelsea at all? Any of our current players you think he may find to be a good fit? As an aside he didn’t seem to play Chalobah much (Europa only?). Interview here discusses that and Sarri’s methods. https://audioboom.com/posts/6857810-nathaniel-chalobah-s-year-in-naples
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    https://www.theguardian.com/football/2018/jan/30/chelsea-antonio-conte-michy-batshuayi-loan-dortmund “I don’t remember Palmieri [from his time in Italy] because he only came to Italy last season [actually 2015], when he had an important season for Rome,” added Conte. “Then he had a bad injury. He broke his ligaments. Now he’s recovering. I don’t know if he’s ready to play. I know that he played only one game in the Italian Cup against Torino. But we are talking about a player of another team in this moment.” Well, ringing endorsement from Conte! I know some of it is standard and he's hardly likely to say much else, but he seems doubtful that Emerson is ready to go (and perhaps is stung by Barkley). I do worry a bit about recovery time and whether he'll get back to previous levels. You'd have hoped we have early scouts gauging fitness and a medical inside track so we have at least a guess on how he'll fare. Pulling out due to a medical would seem to typify us right now.