April 6, 2020 at 12:04 pm #1838924
There are loads of rumours about Chelsea spending £150m on players like Sancho, this should be taken with a very large pinch of salt. The club are not stupid and will wait to see how the coronavirus lockdown develops. Once this is known the club will have a clearer idea of the financial situation. It is very likely that transfer fees and wages will tumble (probably a good thing) as may TV contract prices. Some clubs will be in deep financial trouble and may be forced to sell good players cheaply. It would be ludicrous to commit to huge deals now when you could well get cheaper deals in a few months.
Thank heavens we are backed by Roman! It is probably a good thing that we are not in the middle of rebuilding our stadium, that could have turned into a financial disaster.April 6, 2020 at 2:22 pm #1838953
I’m finding it difficult to take too much interest in football at the moment given the current Coronavirus Crisis transfers and even football itself seems very unimportant.
I haven’t seen my family now for over 4 weeks which has been tough although we did all have a Zoom get together on Saturday night which was nice.
I look forward to footballs return more so for the fact that then this should all be over by then more than anything else.
My thoughts are with you all our Chelsea Teamtalk family. Stay safe everyone. Cheers 9’sApril 7, 2020 at 3:15 pm #1839230
I appreciate that Chelsea has said enough to this mercenary called Willian. I wouldn’t be too keen to entertain another three years of mediocrity as we have witnessed in the past seven years. 33 league goals aren’t even.April 10, 2020 at 11:21 am #1839742
‘The question is what are going to be the financial conditions of all the clubs, including Barcelona and all the Premier League clubs at the end of this pandemic.’
The above statement from Coutinho’s agent Kia Joorabchian whilst relevant to Coutinho will be relevant to all transfers in the next window whenever it opens?April 13, 2020 at 6:09 pm #1840137
Interesting from Frank Lampard, the article is dated today: https://metro.co.uk/2020/04/13/frank-lampard-chelsea-cfc-transfer-signings-12548724/
We are in the right direction and we are trying to bridge the gap to City and Liverpool. I completely agree that we are still a bit far from them. But IMO if we find the right players who can address our weak areas: GK, defense and striking department notably, we may be able to mount a good challenge next season.
Liverpool are solid but so far they are lucky with their thin squad. Adrian who was let go by West Ham performed admirably in the absence of Alison. Otherwise, their squad is healthy and injury free. City IMO are showing signs of age. A lot of their players are over 30 and next season they will have to rejuvenate whether they like it or not with David Silva out, Otamendi no more convincing, Fernandinho & Aguero older 1 year etc.
Another article I read today was probably rumour, that Chelsea set a price for N’Golo Kanté, who reportedly not convinced anymore with Chelsea’s capability. Kanté hasn’t shown his optimal performance under Frank Lampard so far unfortunately.April 14, 2020 at 11:54 pm #1840316
The club Should be clever enough to know that Kante is not the player he once was. Too injury prone, a little bit slower, giving the ball often too many times, has terrible ball control, and above doesn’t suit the system that Frank wants to play. So the club should prepare to cash him the earliest opportunity which I think could be this summer should the Covid-19 issue ease out. Because the emergence of Billy Gilmour makes his position untenable. Gilmour is superior to him in technique and is doing a similar role. Kante’s days are numbered.April 15, 2020 at 7:25 am #1840318
Aindro, next season is currently just a big question mark imo and football as a whole will change dramatically on the back of this Coronavirus crisis and no Club will be immune it will certainly change the size of transfer fees and how much Clubs have available to spend.
We were in a good position development wise before all this happened but I doubt we can close the gap to City and Liverpool in one season and one window which is likely to be a very difficult window now whenever it opens and with the uncertainties of how much we will really now have available to spend.
Whilst it’s difficult to get too excited about football or transfers in the current circumstances I wouldn’t take too much notice of the rumours both in and out which are often started by journalists with little to no understanding as to what is really going on with Frank, Big Pete’s and Marina’s thought processes re Chelsea going forwards.
If we stick with Frank and his team are smart in the transfer market with Frank having the biggest influence on who comes in and who goes out as Glenn Hoddle indicated based on that and what we’ve got and what we’ve got coming through plus the above there’s every chance Chelsea could be challenging for the title again in 2/3 years.April 16, 2020 at 2:23 pm #1840538
“Many clubs are interested in N’Golo #Kantè (Real Madrid, Barça, PSG and Juventus), but #Chelsea don’t want to sell him. #transfers #CFC”
1:55 AM – Apr 16, 2020
Schira is a credible guide on transfers.April 17, 2020 at 6:53 pm #1840734
While Kanté is still the only world class player in our squad, it seems to me that he does not fit really well in Lampard’s formation. Last summer, I valued Kanté better than Hazard (who left) and was happy Kanté stayed. But this season is kinda a roller-coaster for him I think. Injuries, inconsistencies. And he is 29 years old now, should we want to get the maximum money possible from his transfer: this is the time. I have no idea on what FL think, but I think I would agree to sell him to add more money in our coffer as we could start to play Gilmour at Kanté’s position. And we have Kovacic too who is a good ball winner. We also have Nathan Ampadu. For me if we want Gilmour to develop, we have to sell either Kanté or Jorginho to give room to him. And I reckon Kanté would generate way more transfer money than Jorginho.April 18, 2020 at 10:24 am #1840761
Aindro, all good points well made.
I guess in the end it will come down to Frank the player and what meaningful offers come in for Kante if indeed they do.
Based on everything you say an £80m offer from someone like Real Madrid would be hard to turn down but currently it’s all just speculation.April 18, 2020 at 10:28 am #1840766
“Chelsea winger Willian has revealed he will remain at Stamford Bridge until the season has concluded, even if it goes beyond the end of his contract on June 30. The coronavirus pandemic has caused all Premier League games to be postponed until further notice, with no clear indication of when the campaign will resume. Top-flight clubs reiterated in a meeting on Friday that they are committed to seeing out the remaining 92 fixtures, but will only do so when it is safe. Players whose contracts were due to expire on June 30 will likely have no obligation to carry on playing for their clubs if games go into July and August, but Willian admitted it isn’t an issue for him. ‘I want to give everything for Chelsea until the end like I always did, until the end of my contract, until the end of the league,’ Willian told AP. ‘I have to discuss with the club to see what we are going to do. But for me, from my side, I have no problem to play until the end of the season.’ The Metro.
Credit to Willian for the above. I wonder how many players in the same position will be prepared to do the same?April 18, 2020 at 3:48 pm #1840817
It’s a pity that Willian and Chelsea cannot find an agreement for his extension. For me he is one of our standout players this season under FL. And he can be mentors for our young players. And he just took no#10 this season. I think his statement to play beyond his contract is really showing his commitment and his characters.
But I support entirely Chelsea’s stance not to give in to his demand: 3 years contract is IMO too long for a 31 years old. We already “violated” our own policy by offering 2 years contract for a player aged 30 or more.
Besides, I really would like Chelsea to form our next core team. We have to develop the youngsters. We had JT (from academy), FL (23 years old when joining Chelsea), Cech (22 years old when joining Chelsea, Drogba (26 years old when joining Chelsea) who were our backbone before and won us so much glory. We need to rebuild the team. It’s the FL’s main task IMO.April 18, 2020 at 5:40 pm #1840831
Aindro, offering Willian a contract of 2 years plus a one year option might break the deadlock if Frank really wants him to stay.
You do wonder given everything what kind of transfer window it might be and letting go of what we’ve got at such an uncertain time may not be the best policy.
Whatever happens it’s a top response from Willian though in being prepared to play out the outstanding games this season assuming they happen even when he’s out of contract because he’s putting his personal future at risk for the sake of the Club.April 19, 2020 at 9:13 am #1840856
I am not so keen on Willian staying purely cause of his age, yes he can still be a match winner on his day but his also has a quite a few bad days, we need more consistency from all the players this what Klopp has done at Liverpool, besides Salah and Mane the rest of the squad is consistent not really great individual players. If everyone could be as consistent as Frank was when he played we could then challenge City and Liverpool.April 19, 2020 at 11:18 am #1840877
Blueowner, I would settle for a team of Frank’s.😊
That would give everyone in the PL a run for their money it wasn’t just Frank’s consistency it was his dedication to getting better every day by putting in the extra hours on the training pitch. Consumate professional hopefully it rubs off.
I’m not sure whether it’s a good or bad idea to hang on to Willian I think that has to be Frank’s call and if Frank wants to keep him then it’s up to the Club to try and break the deadlock to try and give him what he wants.
I do think given all the current circumstances and the great uncertainty about everything to do with football at the moment including the transfer market it might not be a good idea to let players depart too easily when we don’t really know how much money we might realistically have to spend ( it may well not be the positive figures bring bandied about previously) and who will and won’t be gettable in these difficult times. And finally we have to be careful what we spend and what we receive for players because the value of the transfer market today is not what it was a couple of months ago and the £80m fee bandied about for Kante for instance might be realistically nowhere near that even if we decided to sell him.
I might be wrong but this could be the most difficult transfer window we’ve ever seen in football due to the current circumstances.
Whatever happens imo it’s to Willian’s great credit that he’s prepared to put his future at risk by potentially playing out the season for Chelsea out of contract and I’m not sure how many players in the same situation will be prepared to do that.April 19, 2020 at 1:19 pm #1840887
Kante we must keep, Jorginho can go so Gilmour can be a regular starter, Barkley and Kovacic can also play in that area, think only need a striker and a centre half, I don’t think the lot that currently play in those 2 positions are going to improve sufficiently.April 19, 2020 at 2:28 pm #1840899
No mention of our best midfielder when injury free…RLC. He’s the first name on the teamsheet in my opinion. Should be skipper as well.April 19, 2020 at 3:54 pm #1840925
RLC if injury free is also a definite starter but for me further up more of an attacking midfielder, he can score goals and assist. We have enough players who can okay as central midfielders further back. In fact we also have too many attacking midfielders as well so I assume 2 or 3 will leave!April 19, 2020 at 6:33 pm #1840966
I’m, not sure about RLC being made Captain that would be a very big call for Frank but RLC could be a massive player for Chelsea going forwards providing he stays primarily injury free.April 20, 2020 at 11:48 am #1841027
I feel for RLC who was just about on the cusp of getting back out there when Covid-19 struck. It must be so frustrating for him trying to make his long awaited comeback from a bad injury.
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