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ThefamousHenk

Haha what?


No_Manufacturer6139

Now that we have signed koulibaly. Let's find his replacement.


TheRalphExpress

mans were saying Colwill should get a chance next year then they go and do this 😅


No_Manufacturer6139

I think thiago Silva will be let go next season....


Byrie_Swirving

Thiago is still our best defender


Sorrypenguin0

Azpi aging too


MahaTutu

Aging...homie was one foot out the door this summer LOL


Sorrypenguin0

Even if he stays until he retires (whenever that is), his legs are already gone


KaiHazardvertz

That’s why he only managed to get one out of the door instead of both


[deleted]

hes still valuable as a sub in knockout stage football id say


MarkovCocktail

He’s our best defender, if he wants to stay he will absolutely stay. He will play less and be rotated but we are in absolutely no rush to get rid of him


TheRalphExpress

so he’ll only have Koulabily, Fofana, Gvardiol, and Cucarella ahead of him. It’s why it’s so impossible to break through at the very top clubs, you’re basically competing with every single potential world class player for time. I don’t blame Chelsea here, Gvardiol seems like he could be in contention for best defender in the world eventually and a club like Chelsea is rightfully all over getting as many of those type of players as they can. But academy players only get a chance if you don’t put anybody in their way. Foden got a chance because City didn’t replace outgoing players, Trent got a chance because Liverpool didn’t spend £40m on a proven RB, Mount and James got chances because the transfer ban literally didn’t let Chelsea put someone in their way


Zuna_Alfan

Cucurella seems to be exlusively LB/LWB and will only slot into LCB if there is no other option.


Rickcampbell98

Baffling, that you spent 60 million when you have Chilwell but I guess I can't argue with the American big bucks.


niceville

As an outsider, I have viewed the Cucurella signing and minutes as a bad sign about Chilwell’s recovery.


Apoloneer

Came off a devastating injury and Alonso/Emerson aren’t exactly inspiring


realmckoy265

Nothing wrong with depth, injuries will happen


MonkeyGoneToHeaven97

>Foden got a chance because City didn’t replace outgoing players It's the other way around: City didn't replace outgoing players because the club recognised Foden was talented enough to have a key place in the squad.


Jipkiss

Colwill could be second choice at lcb behind gvardiol, with fofana and kouli at rcb or kouli playing central when we play a back 3. That seems reasonable to me for a player who will be 20 with one year of prem loan under his belt


laxrulz777

Silva will be reupped if he wants. Though the reality is next season, if he decides to stay, it would almost certainly be a hybrid coach/player role. I'd love to see him give us another ~15 games next season and transition onto the coaching staff.


deadraizer

We keep saying this, and he keeps being our best defender every week. At this point, I'm not sure if he'll decline at 40 or 50.


soggy2nds

People are stupid. He can easily play 20-30 games a season while literally educating the next gen of CBs.


suckmyluckagain

We have 3 cb's aged 33 31 and 38. Colwill will get his chance


Ld511

This is basically jumping the gun so he doesn't go to a different club like tchouameni who went to madrid for a similar fee


DankBrownBoiV2

300M on defenders alone in 1 window when Havertz is your #9 is crazy


lagrandesgracia

Not only that but you sold off CHO and Timo and were looking to offload El Gringo.


brendonwarne

There’s a lot of good strikers out there and do you think a super striker will just appear next season?


chantlernz

El Gringo?


Terran_it_up

Puligoat


MarkovCocktail

It definitely is, but no good 9s are available right now, might as well secure the class defenders while we can. Seemed to work out for City when they splashed like £250m on their GK + back line


Breakjuice

Didn't they already have an attack of sane sterling and aguero at the time? With jesus on the bench, plus a midfield of de bruyne, david silva and bernardo silva. Seems a bit easier building a defence when you've already got that much attacking ability


eatsleepbet

or they could buy lukaku back again :)


SaBe_18

They don't even need to! Just wait for the loan to end :) OR they could pay Inter to end the loan inmediatly!


willozsy

Inter: and that'll be another 100M


YoungDumbNFullOfKun

>Didn't they already have an attack of sane sterling and aguero at the time? Yes, plus we lost all of our fullbacks and our backup goalkeeper that summer so that was clearly our top priority. It's not really the same situation at Chelsea.


J3573R

Lots of 9s are avaliable while spending 300m.


audiopure110

Chelsea spent 100m on keepers alone lol


[deleted]

It's like Roman never left.


FPL_Fanatic

Roman would've sacked Tuchel by now


Mundane-Poet1404

Yepp, after today's game i would've given it like 3 more at most


BI01

Man's pre-ordered a player


Agreeable-Throat-279

Bit like Keita I guess lol


YesNoIDKtbh

Did he play more than 2 hours yet? Asking for a friend.


DrQuantumGio

Wonder if we'll get the bonus DLC for free


ickapol

Duben Loftus-Cheek


HiThereImNat

Dominic Lalvert Clewin


thisisanthrowawayac

Brilliant


tigerking615

Football manager approach for when you want someone’s potential but don’t have room for them this year. …except you don’t usually pay 90M


jrlandry

Oh boy, its Boehly time again!


No_Manufacturer6139

The Reverse Glazers


JavaDontHurtMe

This is fucking outrageous tbh. With Fofana and this deal, they'd have gross spend of something like £330m. Net spend a little under £300m. They're probably also getting Aubamayang too... There must be been some dodgy business with the sale to Bohley which enables him to spend like this and still come out ahead.


Chaziboi123

As part of the sale he had to agree to invest over a billion in the next 10 years or something, looks like he’s trying to build a core of young defenders first. Not an awful idea if they continue to play/develop like they have already. We do need someone who can score some goals though.


srikarjam

And considering that Chelsea have let in 5 goals in 2 games, defence does seem to be a major problem there.


BlessedBySaintLauren

You need a midfield first.


Sensitive-Disk6826

£1.5 billion debt was wiped out when the takeover happened. That's why they're able to.


JavaDontHurtMe

Fucking crooked bastards. We spent a billion on a stadium by skimping on signings for a decade, meanwhile their punishment for being the face of a Russian oligarch is to get even more money.


Lefo7

Chelsea about to lineup with 8 center backs next season and somehow win the league with Reece James as the top scorer


SubparCurmudgeon

Jorginho pens


Cowdude179

Our defenders are our most creative and dangerous players, it's the way


Maybe_not234

I maintain that, last season, we could have challenged for the league with Alonso up top (provided we played Spurs every week)


Cowdude179

Agreed


Alpha_Jazz

FFP is a myth


jrlandry

FFP is like Santa Claus. Its a big deal when you are small. Once you get big, your realize it isnt real


ramarlon89

That is an amazing analogy.


jrlandry

Thank you, every now and then people understand me


biggernine

FFP is like Befana, it’s only real if you’re Italian.


Ld511

FFP was designed to keep smaller clubs from overspending so they don't collapse. Realistically all it did was protect the elite


21otiriK

No, it was designed to protect the elite, disguised as the former.


VincentSasso

Spot on Man City and PSG are lucky they got in before they pulled the ladder up


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try-D

working as intended, smaller clubs have no chance of ever mixing with the big boys


InPatRileyWeTrust

It's working as intended


LegendinhoIsKing

It's not a myth, it's just a joke. Placeholder.


Peaky_Blinders

wow Boehly isn't playing around


random23448

Cucurella, Koulibaly, Gvirdol and Fofana What the fuck


admiralawkward

Defence death star going to be fully operational soon... Seems like this is a preparation for Thiago Silva's farewell probably at the end of the season. New backline will be Gvardiol-KK-Fofana with Cucurella/Chilwell and Reece as wingbacks...


Strananach

>Gvardiol-KK-Fofana with Cucurella/Chilwell and Reece as wingbacks... Sexy af


CSdesire

setting us up to have the worlds best defence


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reyxe

65 + 88 + 90, don't know how much were Chilwell or James but yikesssssss


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dotelze

Undisclosed but thought to be 45


cletusthedinglefairy

James is an academy player but yeah Chilly was expensive. We've been paying heavily for how good a deal azpi was at the time and getting t. Silva on a free transfer


lewis30491

Imagine Levi Colwill smashing it at Brighton just to come back and compete with two €90m CB


TheRalphExpress

yeah there’s no way he plays every week when the first choice is The message is “if you work really hard and prove yourself in the Prem every week, you can one day aspire to be a rotation player at Chelsea and watch us sign £50m players to play ahead of you” Happening with Broja and Aubameyang this year already


ramarlon89

iirc from a former players interview, he said something along the lines of, when you first sign for Chelsea they tell you that there's a good chance you won't make it at Chelsea, but we'll make you a top level player. Obviously paraphrasing a lot there but you get the sentiment, they are upfront to the players about their chances but players take it anyway.


denis-vi

Yeah cuz considering how small percentage of players even make it to professional, to be at such academy basically guarantees you'll have a career in big football. That might mean jumping between championship and PL relegation or mid table but as an individual that is to be preferred in front of not making it cuz you were either Chelsea or nothing.


LewisLDN

Broja hasn't proven himself in the prem, he scored 6 goals then went goalless for like 15 games


kygrtj

Sounds like Havertz. Who is a house hold name and Germany starter


biddigs3

I'd be surprised is TS leaves, seems like his stamina is waning and he probably knows it, but his positioning/reading is so good he can keep playing at a high level, just less frequently


SirBarkington

He has said many times he'd like to go back to Brazil and play for Fluminense one more time before retiring to be a coach. Maybe he comes back to us maybe not. I'd love for him to retire here but we'll see.


laxrulz777

His wife apparently really likes London and his kids are in the Chelsea system... Happy wife, happy life.


jggomes14

> He has said many times he'd like to go back to Brazil and play for Fluminense one more time before retiring Yes, please, he can come back to London at anytime after it, just let us have him back for 2 years


laxrulz777

TS is amazing and I love him but he needs to be in a back three against better opposition and that's somewhat limiting (not fatally so, however). I just want to see him coaching here.


bradgurdlinger

so scary. gonna have a lot of thrilling 0-0 wins


Bigmomma_pump

If tuchel gets sacked theyve basically got to buy a 3atb manager lol


oscarpaterson

Could in theory play a 442 with a backline of James-Fofana-Kouliably-Gvardiol and Cucurella at LM - played there at Getafe. Doubt it though


Bigmomma_pump

Just not ideal to spend 90 million on a cb to play at left back when youd have two actual left backs in your squad


BillOakley

There’s not playing around and then there’s whatever the fuck this is


chronicdanksauce

Career mode financial takeover apparently


CSdesire

chelsea revenge tour


KillerZaWarudo

Fuck it Chelsea playing with 10 fullback and cb next season. Doesn't have to worry about striker cursed anymore or complain about tuchel attack set up


Powerful_Bottle_8592

Somebody explain to me how Chelsea can afford all of this if they werre losing money under Roman. Surely if they miss UCL they’re fucked no ?


TheConundrum98

Now that's something Joško should agree with, needs to stay at Leipzig and play so we have consistent performance until the WC and then he can make the move Also 20% for Dinamo nice


mihawk9511

>Also 20% for Dinamo nice If the deal goes through, we will get ca. €15 million for a player who doesn´t even play for us anymore. Holy fucking shit


zlatnihrvat

I hope we'll use that money to finally buy some quality LB and RW.


homelessjeanralphio

Mamic: _well why shouldn't I spend this money on a new yacht?_


TheChampyaaans

And we still have Olmo's bonus waiting


cib_vk228

worried about his fitness right now, missed whole preseason through injury and even when he came back he looks miles off his regular level.


UnablePeace

Good news for us rival fans but i dont pray on his downfall or anything


mihawk9511

Being the monster he is, he will get his form back pretty fast


moneybooy

I expected him to stay longer in Leipzig


T1TK1

He was never going to stay more than one to maybe two additional years, after the season he had.


schafkj

Boehly's been playing Football Manager


buttlovingpanda

My board never gives me 400m


srikarjam

You lot got a fancy new stadium though


FurioSoprano7

PL money is fucking insane man


darwinmar

Meanwhile we don’t have 2M to sign a veteran center back. The disparity will only grow.


moneybooy

PL clubs don’t have limits for money. And it will only get worse


FanBoyGGSON

welcome to being portuguese / dutch - it sucks


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Not all PL clubs are run like Chelsea lol


Migraine-

On the one hand - true. On the other hand, a newly promoted team in Nottingham Forest have spent £184m.


ChrisV88

They will never do that again though. They only had 8 players on the books going into the season.


Agreeable-Throat-279

The fact they could shows the disparity tho


CrossXFir3

Serie A fucked itself. Had just as much potential to be a global league as the prem easy.


darwinmar

Is so sad, we had the potential to at least be up there with La Liga as the 2nd biggest league.


cooReey

don't worry, Tebas is trying as hard as he can to bring down the value of La Liga, stay ready Serie A to pounce


str0nius

Serie A does the same tbh


Powerful_Bottle_8592

Worse


meganev

It had the potential, but it wouldn't have been easy. The PL being in an English speaking country is a huge advantage.


techbubbles

It’s funny to me that now other bigger leagues/clubs are being hurt by this I see this complaint all the time. When leagues ranged 6-10 were being priced out, fell of and complained all off them never bat an eye.


DatDataDude

QUESTION: why didn't seria A take off like PL did in the mid 2000s?


Rosinante25

Well for one they had a league champion (other teams too) be relegated and two titles revoked because of match fixing, among other reasons.


SudocremMerchant

eh pardon


Samsince04_

Chelsea clearly just googled “best wonderkids in fm”. Jokes aside, this is a massive signing.


raisonar

That’s going to be 400m summer for Chelsea. Wow!! Somebody bring Roman back.


CSdesire

hahahha this is peak


ChrisV88

But...Maguire.. ....you said you wanted him. You could have him for a tenner.


anonymws

united spent 100M on antony, and Chelsea is giving fight again


Ld511

Tbf I think gvardiol is worth 90M a lot more than antony is worth 100M


Agreeable-Throat-279

When you put that in this context that’s actually a very good deal lol


Goalnado

It's definitely a better deal, but it's certainly not a good deal


Agreeable-Throat-279

Probably not, I like the signings but I’m sad by the fees tbh


matija17k

Crazy money, good talent


Ld511

Probably the best talent we would get. Might be overkill because we just bought fofana but he definitely is getting sold around this price no matter what


Andy-Is-Hot

Roman was holding us back


SpicyDragoon93

I know right? Mother fucker thought he could go about it without 4 CB's for each spot


Mr_XemiReR

Could Leipzig get more next summer?


Tiwaa

Nope. Buy out clause.


T1TK1

Nobody close to the club has echoed the idea that there's a release clause next tear.


IfISpeak_

Buy out clause was rumoured but from my understanding that contract never happened. Couldn't find a single reputable source saying he'd signed a new contract with it in. Would be keen to see if you could share a source if you have one please?


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Tifoso89

Pep Gvardiola


chup95

What about Fofana? So they buy Fofana and Gvardiol for 90 Mio?


Zanzax

How many years until every good player is moving to the big money league in England? This might legitimately be the last 5 years, where we see other leagues being competitive. Absolutely insane how much every single PL team spends in the last two years. 80+ million transfers are the norm now and there are two clubs in the world, that can even remotely match that right now with Real Madrid and Bayern. What a wild ride lol


audiopure110

On average I think Prem clubs make a lot more money from TV rights and advertising.


MrSam52

Bayern, Juventus, PSG, Barce and Real will all be fine, it’s the other clubs it may be an issue with.


drofdeb

£90m and loan back for a year? Wow


[deleted]

They’re gonna phase Thiago Silva out and have Gvardiol and Fofana flanking Koulibaly . Boehly is not playing around


62frog

Player/Coach Thiago Silva à la MJ in Space Jam


icemankiller8

Tuchel cannot be serious


ImN0Superman

Well that sucks.


rr18114

That signing is concerning for the rest of us. Stacked CB lineup for chelsea and longevity is also mostly taken care of.


OnceUponAStarryNight

They're paying a premium for their new defense, but at least it should be quality. Cucurella on the left, Reece on the right, and Koulibaly and Silva should be good for the next few seasons, and they'll have their next generation of CBs in Gvardiol (who could play as a LCB in a back three, or a LB as well), potentially Fofana, along with guys like Chalobah, Ampadu, and Sarr. What'll be interesting to me is to see what Chelsea do with Chilwell. He's struggled with injuries and his star has certainly faded since his time with Leicester, but he's still only 25, and there's a good player in there somewhere. Will they keep him as depth, or will they feel a need to use him to try and balance out the books?


Maxoidys

Dude whaat? Chilwell was one of the best players with Reece James not even a year ago. I would say he was premium quality, providing a lot of goals and assists. Definitely the same maybe even better form than in Leicester. He then got a long term injury and he is in the process of the long recovery it takes for this kind of injury. He is not even fully back. So thats why I was very surprised by calling him a faded star lol...


hidinginDaShadows

Bring Roman back


Agreeable-Throat-279

😂


moneybooy

That’s an absurd fee. How can you like that? PL clubs can pay what they want


_carlind

This, more than anything else, is why Bayern are on 10 in a row. Sure the clubs get big fees, but they can’t replace one-for-one so they always take one step forward, two steps back. I’m sure the sub will go crazy when Bayern sign someone from Hertha though


strraand

Holy shit Toddfather calm down


OnceUponAStarryNight

Boehly really is playing Football Manager in real life, isn't he?


bsquar

What are these FIFA signings


etan1122

Fuck off. Chelsea doing pep defensive numbers in one summer


culaso

!ping CROATIA


Esco9

I’m jealous of getting multiple sugar daddies not gonna lie


SWSIMTReverseFinn

Why is Chelsea spending 300M on defenders when they totally lack in the offense?


I_always_rated_them

2 months ago - _Chelsea have really got a huge job on to replace half the defence which are leaving_ now - _why are these idiots looking at defence?_


Ok-Finance-7612

r/soccer can’t comprehend the Great Wall of Tuchel


NeoclassicalKetchup

🤣


CSdesire

this


naltrad

Here, defenders score goals.


Savings-Stop-1556

Because at the min the striker market is shit.


OptimalBackground856

I mean 75m for Fofana and 90m for Gvardiol, CB market isn’t much better, both good players but those fees are brute forcing the transfers, so realistically with that kind of expenditure you could easily do the same for a good striker.


biglbiglbigl

Agreed but they are both extremly young and going to be paried with KK and Thiago Silva as their mentors. Chelsea wont need to spend a penny on centrebacks in the next 7-8 years if they turn out well.


BassBoy18

Because our two most played defenders are 33 and 37 and we need long term defensive replacements for them.


lssie_hyoudou

your best midfielders are 30+ as well. Kante is often injured. And you attack can't score goals.


celestial1

Can't replace the entire team in one transfer window though.


Sektsioon

No long-term strikers available. This move would sort out our defense for years to come. James, Fofana, Gvardiol, Chalobah, Cucurella and Chilwell are all 25 or younger, most of them 22 or younger. Then we could focus on midfield and attack in the next few years.


conkerz22

Does this mean Chelsea don't want Maguire anymore.. coz 90 million and he's yours!


comrade_smores

Fofana and Gvardiol is the CB pairing of dreams, could be together for 10+ years


juice--

Superleague is full well.


thatdude0125

out of nowhere. boehly is cooking


freeinf

no way, that would be an incredible signing


granitibaniti

90 Mio.?? How are RB able to pull these numbers


RioBeckenbauer

Roman was holding them back lol