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  1. If he receives that much hate, it is because : he is globally the only member of the "board" who makes public appearances, and thus the only face toward which to direct our frustation. I mean, who even know who is David Barnad ? And who is able to put a face or a function on the name Tenenbaum ? he is associated with negative events. He bursted onto the scene when Wilkins was fired — an event that did coincide with our "Bad Moment©" —, and he was the one who announced the departure of Mourinho. On the other hand, Martina appeared when we signed Luiz & Torres which gave her a lot of credit. his buddy Ron Gourlay — who used to received just as much hate as what Emenalo is receiving this days — is gone ; and with that departure he took his place as the guy to hate. Adding to that the fact we have absolutly no clue about what is going on in our administration, Emenalo is basically the only one person fans do have to express their frustration — only person other than Roman Abramovich himself, but bitting the hand that feed you is not something easy to be done. It has nothing to do with what you mention...
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  2. And the most ridiculous transfer rumor of the summer so far is born. Right there with people actually believing Cristiano will leave Madrid.
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  3. Why would anyone moan? He's world class
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  4. Don't get excited. Don't get excited. Don't get excited.
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  5. Even though he isnt a creative force himself, i wouldn't underestimate what having someone who can go past 1 or 2 players in middle can bring to the game. An unexpected turn or dribble like that can create huge spaces for our creative players at times.
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  6. Nope. Any club can bid for players, leak it to the press, then play the fiscal responsibility card to justify why the deal didn't go through. And if you read today's reports, Alex Sandro is being offered a new deal. So you can add Sandro to the ever growing list of players the Chelsea Board "Tried" to sign, but failed to do so. That's not good enough. Being economically frugal summer after summer after summer, is not how a "supposedly" big club conducts business, especially not for a club that has sold players for the fees we have the past 2 years. Settling for 4th/5th tier options again and again, then expecting the manager to pull a miracle with sub-par players is not a recipre for sustained success. So yeah, Marina doesn't know how to pull off ambitious transfers. All they do is fuck around with their bids until the selling club gets fed up, and Chelsea are left scrambling for 4th/5th player options. The past two summers show this undisputedly. And if Chelsea fail to sign theclikes Alex Sandro/Sanchez/J. Rodriguez/VVD/Koulibaly/ whomever else, then those players will all be added to the list.
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  7. Only Chelsea could have a crisis 1-month after winning the league. Hollywood FC.
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  8. I don't think he's even over rated, in fact under rated if anything. He would be a very goos signing and would add more pace with a physicality too. He could play RWB or RW and to a squad that needs more depth.
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  9. Don't do this mate, don't raise our hopes only to never get him.
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  10. You do know we have Hazard and are looking to get another attacker in who can create next to him? It's not just our wing backs that provide the creativity. Our inside forwards too. Plus David Luiz from deep. That's 5 players that can provide consistent creative nuance - half of the team. How's that not enough? Especially in Conte's system? Again, I ask the question - have we truly struggled to break down low blocks this season? Is that a problem we need to rectify? Or is it our midfield getting overrun in big games? You should know the answer.
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  11. I like the shirts myself, the design is incredible.. the only thing I'm finding a bit dull, is the badge. Don't get me wrong, I understand the badge is there to represent our club, but what I'm seeing from a lot of clubs nowadays, is the idea of changing the way the club badge looks on the jersey as opposed to the actual one. I actually edited this picture I found, and I replaced the normal badge with something like this? I want to see this design on our shirts in the future.. it's almost like the way our badge showed up in earlier years when we had Osgood playing for us, but it's of a more modernised version of it.
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  12. The only person we haven't been linked to is Glen Hoddle
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  13. I actually think he is one of a few English players that is actually underrated Very all-around player, could fill CM, RWB or RW position ...he is homegrown, wouldn't cost much and he could actually push for starting position at RWB I think he was very good playing in 343 formation for Arsenal and this deal would actually make sense. We can't spend 30-40M on every position we need (or we want) to strengthen. Ox could be a bargain for that right wing back position that could actually work really well and we can spend more money on other transfers
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  14. I said that a while ago that it seems odd we are linked only with LBs and not RBs since Moses is worse than Alonso. And we are linked with CBs while we are good there. All that points out we might indeed play 4 at the back next season, because in that case we dont need RB, Azpi is brilliant, but we need LB. Regarding Sandro; “Chelsea made a very big offer for Alex Sandro,” Marotta confirmed. “We said no, but today players are masters of their own destiny. " Seems juve doesnt want to sell, but Sandro wants to go. Im getting my hopes up here
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  15. When Balague says this you just know it is never going to happen
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  16. This time next week...."Lewandowski signs new deal with Bayern"
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  17. Traore really has no place here for me. We would be buying him in the hope he adds end product, which wasn't present at Barca or Middlesbrough. Don't want another "project".
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  18. hahahahaha ... Goes to show that there is not much traction happening in the market!!!
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  19. Maybe we got permission to speak with the player because both parties wants this deal to happen quickly. Alex wants more money and Juve will get crazy amount and enough time to find replacement.
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  20. Marotta said the usual phrase "we want to keep him but we do not handle anyone against his will".Translated Alex Sandro is with suitcases in hand.At least pay us well.
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  21. If we go by those comments from Marotta, Chelsea made good offer, juve doesnt want to sell, but Sandro wants to leave. I actualy think this deal is completed or will be soon, but it wont be official until we start Nike deal and juve gets replacement in mean time.
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  22. If Juve is a selling club, Chelsea is a leverage club. All this is, is an agent using the name to get a better contract
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  23. His agent said that Lewa is annoyed by his teammates and Ancelotti. Probably won't happen, but Lewa would be a dream replacement for costa
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  24. Giving full control of transfers to a manager makes absolutely 0 sense unless that manager has longevity under his belt like SAF and Wenger. Giving full control to an employee that could well be working somewhere else in a few years time is stupid, the club would lack any kind of cohesion and vision in that department.
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  25. Despite everything pointing in Lukaku's direction, I'm still hoping Everton will dig their heals in over the fee and that we'll refuse to meet their demand. I'd rather pay £80m for Belotti, than £60m for Lukaku.
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  26. Chelsea and Juventus have come to a £60M agreement for defender Alex Sandro. #cfc [republica]
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  27. “Now the most important thing is to give a correct evaluation of our season because for me it was incredible. Every single player performed at 120 or 130 per cent in every game. We didn’t have many injuries. It’s very important to understand this. Our season was incredible because every player worked very hard and next season for sure we must pay great attention to understand we have to improve in terms of numbers and quality. That’s very important and we must be very cold when we analyse the situation and understand this season we did something great. Starting to think that Conte might be looking to move Azpi to the right wing back position and add a cb with more height (or maybe Christensen). Maybe to balance things out. A more offensive LWB but a more defensive RWB. We haven't really been linked with any RWB for some time now.
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  28. Would be pretty ice cold of Conte to replace Alonso after his very solid season, admittedly. Can't have enough quality, though. Also feel that Moses was the fullback we more needed an upgrade on.
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  29. I do not think it is the case. Actually, the problem would not be that we have a "mandat" which would prevent us to exceed a certain amount of money — but would be in reality a problem of strategy/tactic, both in how we are conducting negotiotions and the players we aim. Evidences lead me to believe that this state of affair is due to a series of reasons such as : Trying to be smart arse — which leads the negotiations to be dragged on forever. We start with very low bids and only increase it by a few pounds each time. At the end, when we finally make a sensible bid, it is simply too late because : (i) the mercato has ended ; (ii) it is too late in the window for the "selling" club to find any replacement ; (iii) or because they have already sold too many "key" players ; (iv) the "selling" club, and more importantly, the aimed player, are getting bored and frustrated (when you do not know whether the club that wants to buy you will one day make a suitable bid for you, it is hard as a player to put pressure on your board to be sold). We have examples such as Modric and Coulibaly. Had we bid, in 2011 (?), £40m at the start of the window, Tottenham would have had time to find a good replacement for him and maybe Modric, seeing our heavy interest, would have been more vocal about his desire to leave (and thus "forcing" the hand of Levy). Instead, we waited the last days to make this offer while it was very clear it was not happening.... The same goes for Coulibaly. Had we bid £50m at the start of the transfert window and before they sold Higuain to the Juventus, we would have likely had more chance to sign him. Another consequence of this is that we can absolutely not participate to a bidding war... which make us unable to sign a great number of players. Aiming at the wrong player at the wrong time — for instance, Pogba. We made an offer to the Juve quite similar to the one made by United the following year, yet it did not work, simply because they would not sell him as they had already lost too many key players. Quite generally, we seem obstinate to aim at players who are not available, yet when they are, we are no longer interested. We have spent summer(s) — and more — to pursue players such as Modric, Coulibaly, Pogba, Aguero etc... when it was pretty clear they were unavailable — and when they were, we were nowhere to be seen. So yeah, I do not think the problem is the amount of money we can spend but how we inted to spend it. At the end of the day, we have to revisit radically our transfer policies. They have never been good, but back in the days, 25 million pounds could buy you great players — not today. We need coherence and continuity (i.e. not courting Aguero for five years only to buy Torres when he was finally available) ; and most importantly. we need to understand that buying three average players for £30m does not equal to buying a great player for £90m...
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  30. it is about time a manager told Emenalo and Marina to let him manage, and buy who he wants, not who Emenalo wants and who is cheap
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  31. Now can we get back to signing Lukaku and Sandro please!
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  32. BILD and Sky Germany already said he's going nowhere. Lets forget about this one quickly
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  33. http://m.calciomercato.com/en/news/chelsea-make-improved-70-million-eur-offer-for-juventus-star-57212 LET'S GET IT DONE ✅
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  34. Belgian Newspaper (reliable) reports that Chelsea and Romelu would have agreed on salary (€170.000/week)!
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  35. Yes but our board pre 2012 was much much better. Current barca board is piss, their fans absolutely hate it. Only reason they are still doing well is because of MSN and even that is slowly declining. Real board was also clueless for a long time. Ancelotti connected few dots, but Zidane made the full difference because he is one of rare people Perez listens to. Pep Barca was also influenced by Guardiola. What is key to success is board and manager working together. Manager cant just have free hands and order to buy whoever he wants, but the board cant give manager just about any player they decide either. Conclussion must come from both sides. At current rate, we will be winning here and there, but what we need is consistency. Stability. I think Conte can give it to us if he stays next 3 years I think. I would not oppose to board making decisions, but this board is far from perfect. Signing Eden, Azpi, Kante,...doesnt give the excuse for several "flops" we had with Falcao, Pato, Baba, Salah, Cuadrado, Djilobodji, Hector,...list goes on, not to mention number of players that we wanted and missed.
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  37. That sounds like they've given us permission to talk to him, doesn't it? If so, that is brilliant news. This will end one of two ways. He comes here, or he ends up with a muchhhh larger contract with juve. Let's hope that's not the reason he (and his agent) are pushing it.
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  38. Apparently Higuain posted a goodbye message to him and then quickly deleted it again. Hope we're still in for him
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  39. You need to refresh the page. Same thing has been happening to me for 2 or 3 months.
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  40. Best left back in the world after Marcelo. Juventus would be mad to sell him. As for handing a transfer request, I can't see it unless he's unsettled or money driven because right now they're a lot more attractive as a club. Missed on him when he was at Porto and we signed Baba instead.
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  41. Citation needed for this. I find Alonso better than Moses and Matic for example.
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  43. Kinda ironic that you of all posters on this forum call them out for misspelling...
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  44. Nonsense. The adidas deal does not stop us from announcing a deal have been agreed between Chelsea and other club. Numerous times the club have done that on Chelseafc.com and putting a picture of the player while playing for his national team for example. The presentation of the player might be later, when the whole squad gathers again, for instance.
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  45. I like Aubameyang. He's evolved into a ruthless goal-scorer for club and country in the past few years. And that's against any kind of opponent. Rarely goes three games without scoring. He's one of the elite goal-scorers in European football. From 41 goals in 94 games in his first two seasons for Dortmund (and those are figures that would be praised by Chelsea fans) to 79 goals in 95 games in his last two seasons Great age, great fitness record. The man is in his prime. Likeable and popular as well. Get him, Chelsea.
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  46. This rarely happened and was mostly designed to kill a game. Most of what you're talking about here is offense, but the game is played at both ends. Of course the RW can drift inside, I don't know any winger that is told strictly to stay out wide anymore. The problem is when we are not in possession you need someone to help Moses and get after the winger or FB. Pedro was hugely effective in this capacity not to mention the guy who would first release when we want to counter attack. I just don't buy that we are interested in James when our game is more about speed and incisiveness.
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  47. Great player, just what we need but we will never complete this deal. Only 3 AMs and currently 2 healthy for 60 games season. We are buying attacking midfielder. But within our 32m£ cap, that's not him.
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  48. Of course. It's Nemanja's inability to deliver that which makes upgrading in the position he plays priority number one in this window. The difference made by a player who is effective in these aspects of the game is beyond huge.
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  49. The best video I've seen of him. If you want to see how he does against pressing, watch from 40secs If you want to see his tackling, watch from minute 4.30 or so If you want to see his passing range, and accuracy watch from minute 8.40 If you want to see his aerial strength, towards the end of the video He's a better passer than I thought. He obviously doesn't have the vision of Fabregas or even Tolisso, but I thought he just used to give short passes here and there. But watching this he clearly attempts to make a lot of long range passing to the Monaco wingbacks easily and even his teammates try to make runs behind once he raises his head to pass (a sign of teammates confident that he can find them, like Pedro does when Luiz is on the ball) His weakness is obviously his passing after making a longdrive/dribble through the middle. He probably gets tired after taking on so many people, but he should improve that in time since he's just 22. He's better than Matic in passing, dribbling, winning aerial balls, strength, and he's not one footed (a huge advantage in a midfield) He could be better than Matic in tackling, because Matic hasn't been the same since Barnes injured him years ago. All in all, he's going to offer more than Matic, especially in the big games where hazard will be targeted. So having a driving force from midfield (Essien type) will be crucial.
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  50. The difference between Antonio and you in this regard is that he knows what is happening so he is spared the temptation to imagine the worst. What's more he knows why things are progressing as they are. Again, no need for guesswork. People with information don't get frustrated as quickly as those without it.
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