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9 minutes ago, Freddo said:

Probably engineered so Jim Ratcliffe can come in through the back door and take over. Shysters

Can't see that. It sounds all too late for footballing deadlines for that to happen. 

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10 minutes ago, Barrington Womble said:

Can't see that. It sounds all too late for footballing deadlines for that to happen. 

Hope so. Love to see these wankers go under. They deserve it. 

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7 minutes ago, Freddo said:

Hope so. Love to see these wankers go under. They deserve it. 

I'm guessing they'll find a way with this current bid, but I don't mind that either. They'll be run like a business. Which means they'll quickly go back to being the 3rd or 4th best club in London. 

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1 minute ago, TD_LFC said:

It'll eventually get done but the longer it drags on into the summer the better. 

I think they have to show they have the funds for next season with the PL and UEFA by early June. 

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55 minutes ago, Barrington Womble said:

I think they have to show they have the funds for next season with the PL and UEFA by early June. 

If Everton can get away with financial jiggery pokery I expect Chelsea to get away with it too. The PL are bigger crooks than them all.

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A shame if it doesn't go through, because it's been a lifelong dream of the "private-equity funded consortium led by US investor Todd Boehly, co-owner of the LA Dodgers baseball team" to own Chelsea since they were wee nippers eating jellied eels. 

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Their late sub on Saturday summed up that club. Rueban Loftus Cheek, a beast of man was allowed out of his box in the attic for 15 minutes and then replaced by Ross Barkley. Another midfielder kept in the same rented storage unit as Danny Drinkwater. Those 2 players could potentially be the best midfielder for 12 or 13 sides in the league, both would get a game for Man Utd and Chelsea just retain them for a rainy day. The day they go to the wall will be a beautiful day.

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I can’t remember the exact stat (as it was last August and I’ve drunk a fair bit of grog since then) but on the Guardian football weekly podcast on the first day of the season, they said summit like? Every single fixture in the top two divisions in England had a Chelsea player in the match day squad.

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So they are being "heavily"  linked with Fofana (£80m) Cucurella (£50m) and De Jong (£60m) after spending £50m on Sterling and £35m on Koulibaly. Besides a couple of freebies out and Lukaku on loan to Inter, they haven't exactly sold loads. Does FFP not extend to them either, or is it that Boehly fella hasn't got a clue?     

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It won't happen but I'd like to see what kind of innovative tactical set ups Chelsea could pull off with a back 5 of:

 

Chillwell - Cucarella - Koulibaly - James - Dumrfries(?)

 

Chris Wilder would have a field day with Right and Left sided Centrebacks who are also full backs over and under lapping with two very good full backs and a big monster CB like Koulibaly. anchoring it.

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11 hours ago, Ron B said:

Still don’t like them, but lovely the way they’re looking to beat City to Cucurella and United to de Jong. 

Good job we got Nunez done early in the window, as their entire summer transfer strategy seems to have evolved to “Who are the other top sides targeting? Let’s gazump them”.

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Boehly was given a free hit by the PL to spend up to £200m this window without breaching FFP as a condition of the sale of the club and to get it out of Abramovich's hands.

 

Be interesting to see how he approach next summer's window when he wont have the concession from the PL.

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PL Financial Fair Play anyone?

 

Chelsea are pushing to take their transfer spending close to a record £300million this summer as they finally step up their pursuit of a number of big-name targets with the Premier League season about to begin.

Talks are to take place with Barcelona over the potential signing of Pierre-Emerick Aubameyang and, separately, and more immediately, hijacking Manchester United’s protracted attempts to acquire midfielder Frenkie de Jong for an initial £63million.

 

At the same time Chelsea are bidding for Wesley Fofana although they are currently falling significantly short of Leicester City’s apparent valuation for the centre-half which is understood to be around £80million.

 

However despite Leicester’s determination to keep Fofana – they insist he is not for sale - Chelsea are hopeful a compromise can eventually be reached and believe that the 21-year-old Frenchman is keen to join them despite signing a new five-year contract in March.

 

Sources are even more confident that Chelsea are close to signing Marc Cucurella for a fee of £52.5million even though Brighton continue to claim a final agreement is yet to be reached for the defender who nevertheless handed in a transfer request. Cucurella is also not training with the first-team squad ahead of Brighton’s opening game away to Manchester United on Sunday.

 

Having already signed Raheem Sterling from City for an initial £47.5million, Kalidou Koulibaly from Napoli for £34million and Carney Chukwuemeka for £20million from Aston Villa – which was announced on Thursday - it means that the new Todd Boehly-led regime are prepared to commit close to an astonishing £300million in fees this summer.

 

That total would greatly surpass Chelsea’s previous record spending in one summer window of £220million in 2020 under Frank Lampard after the transfer ban was lifted under Roman Abramovich’s ownership. Indeed Chelsea could be heading for the highest spend committed by any club in one window although the deals, if they are all completed, will be off-set by a number of departures to, hopefully, vastly bring down the net spend.

 

Having allowed record signing Romelu Lukaku to return to Inter Milan on loan after an unhappy season at Stamford Bridge Chelsea are willing to listen to offers for Kepa Arrizabalaga, Timo Werner, Hakim Ziyech, Michy Batshuayi and Kenedy while they could cash in on Armando Broja and are in advanced talks to sell Levi Colwill to Brighton.

 

The future of Marcos Alonso is also unclear while Barcelona wanted Cesar Azpilicueta but the 32-year-old Chelsea captain has now signed a new two-year deal after telling the Spanish club he wanted his future sorted before the season began.

 

Barcelona had asked Azpilicueta to wait a few more days as they try and balance their books given their crippling finances and the £100million they have spent in bringing in Robert Lewandowski and Raphinha and with players they cannot even register because of the financial controls in La Liga.

 

Chelsea are trying to exploit this by making enquiries about Aubameyang, where the interest is tentative at present, and De Jong while Boehly has already also raised the possibility of swap deals.

 

There is a feeling that Barcelona might be becoming desperate and while coach Xavi Hernandez would rather keep Aubameyang the club could be willing to listen to offers. The 33-year-old striker joined Barcelona on a free transfer in February after Arsenal, where he was stripped of the captaincy, agreed to terminate his contract but he has a good relationship with Chelsea head coach Thomas Tuchel having worked with him at Borussia Dortmund.

 

The frantic activity in the market comes after Tuchel has grown increasingly frustrated with Chelsea’s slowness in their transfer business.

 

Having lost Antonio Rudiger and Andreas Christensen at the start of the window, Tuchel made it clear that he wanted three new defenders although attempts to sign Jules Kounde, who chose Barcelona, and Nathan Ake, who Manchester City decided against selling, failed. Chelsea decided against pushing for another defender, Paris Saint-Germain’s Presnel Kimpembe, and lost out on Leeds United forward Raphinha who was determined to also join Barcelona.

 

Given Chelsea have also made enquiries for a number of other players – including Inter Milan full-back Denzil Dumfries and Southampton’s Kyle Walker-Peters – it leaves the club open to the accusation that it has taken something a scatter-gun approach to its transfer business in the first window since the £4.25billion takeover was completed in May. Boehly also held initial talks with Cristiano Ronaldo’s agent Jorge Mendes about signing the wantaway forward but did not pursue the deal with Tuchel adamant he wanted other players.

 

However should the club’s new hierarchy – with Boehly taking the role of acting director of football - land the players who have now emerged as their primary targets they will feel vindicated and will argue they have certainly strengthened the squad to mount a title challenge after finishing third last season albeit 19 points adrift of the champions, City, and 18 points behind second-placed Liverpool.

 

Following Chelsea’s 4-0 thrashing to Arsenal on their pre-season tour to the United States, Tuchel declared that they could not currently compete with the top two and were in “urgent” need of quality players and he has been pushing hard behind-the-scenes for changes to be made. Chelsea are now attempting to deliver.

 

https://www.telegraph.co.uk/football/2022/08/04/chelsea-interested-pierre-emerick-aubameyang-barcelona-considering/

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On 04/08/2022 at 10:24, Vincent Vega said:

Good job we got Nunez done early in the window, as their entire summer transfer strategy seems to have evolved to “Who are the other top sides targeting? Let’s gazump them”.

I heard man city were about to launch a 60m bid for Oxlade-chamberlain. 

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