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30 Dec 2018 11:25:35
Hi Eds.
Are there any rumblings about us taking Cahill on a 6 month loan on January?

Although we're after top quality for longer term, with Baines and Boruc free agents in the summer, has arsenal shown any interest at all?

Lastly, with alderweireld's contract up in the summer, is spurs option for an extra year completely up to them, or does the player have to approve it too? Although I can't imagine he'd come to us, is there any interest from arsenal?

Thanks! And happy new year.

{Ed002's Note - (a) Gary Cahill is available and has turned down two options and priced out of a third. He would be a good option for 6 months if Arsenal really are that desparate - but they have (I think) four fit CBs so it doesn't make too much sense. There is certainly no agreement between clubs or with the player who knows another interesting option is due to be proposed when Chelsea meet another side to discuss a transfer on (I think Wednesday). (b) I would not hold your breath over Baines or Boruc. (c) TA signed a contract allowing for an extension, so he agreed to it. And no, Arsenal has no interest in him.}

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30 Dec 2018 13:17:49
Personally, i think cahill will and would be a back up back up back up option, when all else has failed. I think we really are scraping the barrel, if we end up with three defenders over 33 and one at 32. We are desperate but that would be suisidal. I would rather we blood a youth than potentially end up with litch, cahill, kos and monreal playing in a back four, if we can't get decent quality in.

30 Dec 2018 13:42:43
Thanks Ed002.

I generally agree Steve, but if we're playing xhaka as a CB it might have to be considered and an experienced prem CB for 6 months on loan is low risk and hopefully wouldn't affect any transfer plans in the summer regardless of high wages.

30 Dec 2018 13:48:57
Ive read it would cost us upward of 4 mil with wages and fees. For the prospect of a combined age of 130+ in defence, no thanks, that would turn this site toxic.

30 Dec 2018 15:25:08
Fair point Steve.
More or less toxic and more or less costly than being short on CB, playing xhaka at CB and then finishing 6th or 7th though?

I'm not saying it's ideal, but if Emery feels the need to play 3 at the back ( and with hector out and Licht looking far from a calm head recently it's more likely imo) and we don't have enough players, I can't see many other options to ensure coverage.

30 Dec 2018 23:12:30
utd seem to have extra year options as standard in most of their contracts but other than this alderwield one i don't remember seeing too many others, is there a reason more clubs don't do it, it seems like a good policy, you don't take it up if its not working out and you can get an extra year if the player won't sign a new contract.

31 Dec 2018 09:54:03
Let’s go for Joe Worrall or Ezri Konsa

Two strong British centre halves with the qualities we want and age on their sides for the future.

Preferably Ezri if we don’t want too many youngsters.

We need so many positions that we can’t spend 50m on each one.

This along with Mavropanos and Holding gives us the opportunity to build a future defence.

Sokratis being the fatherfigure in the middle for the next couple of seasons. Kos could play that role also.

31 Dec 2018 14:40:23
I guess it depends on the club's plans Sy. Like you, I'm happy with Sokratis, and Mavraponos and Holding for the future, and tbh Holding and Sokratis are my first choice CB. but we still have Mustafi, Chambers, Kos. If we sign one of these two guys (who I'm sorry to say I don't know) would it be overkill for now and would it scupper any plans for a proven quality CB in the summer?

when city were being lauded for signing stones for 50m, after his first couple of games I thought 5m holding who I didn't know before looked great. Although a long way to go, I think he will be a great player so I'm happy to give them a go if you say so Sy ;) My only concern is that chambers looked great at soon and Mustafi and paulista good on paper. Do we need someone proven now? Why do you think these two guys?

Btw my s"#t phone, and I thumbed you down. Soz. Gave you thumbs up too lol.

31 Dec 2018 15:28:18
Ed as a new year treat, can i ask which club chelsea are meeting and for which player if possible? Thanks alot.

{Ed002's Note - I don't want to get in to it.}

31 Dec 2018 17:50:42
Fair enough can i at least ask if the meetting for chelsea player being sold or player chelsea want? Appreciate it.

01 Jan 2019 10:39:27
No worrIes Jim - happy New Year. Just been reading up about this se two and wanted a “British core” in defence.

I like Holding a lot so t have 3 or 4 youngsters with quality will set s up for a long good future like Liverpool’s young defence. Similar to Pool, we need a leader of supreme quality to lead the line.



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