Don’t Panic Chelsea Fans 

A day rarely goes by at the moment where the press or media don’t publish something that could be described as derogatory towards Chelsea and the new season

The summer transfer window began with very little positive movement from the blues and we were instead fed a daily dose of speculation. Being linked with nearly every top supposedly available player on the planet certainly opens up your eyes to an exciting season ahead. However, frustration was felt as players, particularly promising youngsters were shipped out on loan or the case of Nathan Ake and Nathaniel Chalobah… Sold!  

Willy Caballero was signed on a free but simply as a replacement for the departing Asmir Begovic who was sold to Bournemouth.

We also of course had the realisation that the legend that is John Terry departing to pastures new. 

Eventually the window started to bear fruit as Antonio Rudiger and the well drawn out move for Tiemoue Bakayoko were completed.
The summer then took on a few twists and turns as the supposed top target Romelu Lukaku snubbed us for Manchester United. But was he really a top target? 

Of course shortly after we signed Alvaro Morata who had been hugely linked with a move to Old Trafford. Social media was awash with banter from both sides claiming to have signed the other clubs top target.

Since then things have slowed down somewhat and fans have become increasingly frustrated and many feel our rivals have stolen a march on us. Links to Mendy and Walker saw the pair form part of Manchester City’s huge fullback overhaul.

Comparisons have been drawn with the summer of 2015. A worrying thought, but are things really that bad? In a nutshell… No! That summer saw frustration as what were seen as 2nd rate signings were being made. Papy Djilobodj was hardly a signing to whet the appetite of any Chelsea fan.

The clubs pre-season campaign has hardly been a success. However it is what it says on the tin…. PRE-SEASON! You win nothing meaningful this time of year and it’s all about fitness and preparation.

Transfer speculation has continued as big names such as Alex Sandro are continually linked but to no avail. Frustration from fans continues, but we still have a few weeks of the transfer window to go you know.

So why panic? Well I can understand as the window draws to a close it is worrying to see how thin the squad looks in terms of quality of numbers. It must be remembered that we currently have a few injuries which makes it look worse, but does further expose the fact the squad needs reinforcements. 

What some fans need to realise is when improving the squad you can’t always sign the world’s best and actually don’t require a squad consisting of 25 top players who all expect to start every week. It could in fact have an adverse effect due to that very reason. 

Danny Drinkwater is one name being linked heavily right now as is Serge Aurier. Many fans are not happy particularly with the prospect of the former becoming a blue. Short memories springs to mind as the midfielder formed a great partnership with N’Golo Kante as Leicester City clinched the most unlikely of titles in 2016. He’s also a perfect fit for the home grown quota. Aurier is also a talent and comes at a hugely lower fee than Alex Sandro.

For now the press and media will continue to press the panic button as experts and former players working in the media speculate about Antonio Conte’s future. 

He signed a new contract only few weeks ago and we still have plenty of time to improve the squad. 

I personally will not pass any judgement until the window closes. Simply let Antonio work his magic as he did last season, sit back and enjoy the fabulous dramatic life of being a Chelsea fan. 

UEFA U21 Championship – Poland v England

Tonight sees the conclusion of group A as both countries hope to qualify for the semi finals. 

Fate is very much in England’s hands at the Kielce Stadium as they currently top the group with 4 points after an opening game draw with Sweden was followed by a 2nd half come back to win 2-1 against Slovakia. The hosts on the other hand may have to rely on other results, but nonetheless they are still in with a chance of advancing after a late equalizer salvaged a point against Sweden.

Aidy Boothroyd has a big decision to make on whether to play Jacob Murphy or  Mason Holgate at right back after the Norwich youngster impressed against Slovakia. They are expected to otherwise remain unchanged.

The White Eagles may well keep the same line up after making changes following defeat to Slovakia.
Sweden and Slovakia kick off at the same time (7.45pm GMT) and with all 4 countries vying for a Semi Final spot…. It is set to be a night of high drama.

Confirmed Line Ups 

UEFA Twitter

On This Day…. The Hand Of God

31 years ago the unthinkable happened. The quarter finals of the World Cup in Mexico saw England take on Argentina. Argentine talisman Diego Maradona was one of, if not THE best player in the world at the time. His sublime skills and ability were a joy to watch. However, one moment of cheating will never be forgotten and for those of us in England it is what sums him up.

He scored another goal that day. A goal that was one of the best solo goals you’ll ever likely to see. But it’s the ‘HAND OF GOD’ that will always define him for me and many other Englishmen. He coined the phrase himself by claiming ‘it was a little with the head and a little with the hand of God’ He also desperately wanted his team mates to celebrate with him for fear of the goal being disallowed. 

The referee and linesman have gone on record as saying they were waiting for each other to respond. 

Argentina went on to lift the trophy after beating Belgium in the semi finals, before the crowning glory with victory in the final against West Germany. 

The infamous moment is now well and truly in the past, but a huge moment that will never be forgotten.

 
https://youtu.be/-ccNkksrfls

2017/18 Premier League Fixtures Announced 

The moment football fans worldwide have been waiting for….The Premier fixtures have been announced.

Last season’s champions Chelsea face Burnley meanwhile newly promoted Newcastle entertain Tottenham, Brighton entertain Man City and  Huddersfield travel to Crystal Palace.

Opening weekend…

  • Arsenal v Leicester
  • Brighton v Manchester City
  • Chelsea v Burnley
  • Crystal Palace v Huddersfield
  • Everton v Stoke
  • Manchester United v West Ham
  • Newcastle v Tottenham
  • Southampton v Swansea
  • Watford v Liverpool
  • West Brom v Bournemouth

All fixtures can be found on the Premier League official site

11th Of June 1969 – The Night Newcastle Tasted European Success

Images by PhotoEverywhere.co.uk

On This Day 48 years ago Newcastle United beat Ujpesti Dozsa 3-2 in Hungary to clinch European glory. The toon lifted the Inter Cities Fairs Cup 6-2 on aggregate after a 3-0 victory a week earlier in the first leg at St James Park.

The Magpies line up that night:

McFaul, Craig, Clark, Gibb, Burton, Moncur, Scott, Arentoft, Robson, Davies

 Kaposzta, Solymosi, Bankuti, Nosko, E.Dunai, Fazekas, Gorocs, Bene, A.Dunai and Zambo

Trailing 2-0 at half time after Bene and Gorucs scores for Ujpesti Dozsa. Early 2nd half goals from Moncur, Arentoft brought the Magpies level before Foggon netted a late winner.


 

TRANSFER UPDATES……

Updated regularly. Here are all the latest transfer news stories. We aim to bring the news as soon as it breaks as big money is set to change hands for top talent this summer.

  • Tottenham and West Ham chasing Hernandez – Express
  • Man City in Walker talks over £50m move for Spurs defender – BBC SPORT
  • DONE DEAL: Huddersfield Town have completed a £10m move for Aaron Mooy – Htfc.com



  • Dr Boer wants to take Zouma to Palace – The Sun



  • Ranieri interested in Arsenal keeper – The Express 



  • Saints Jay Rod closing in on West  Brom move – The Sun 
  • Toffees to increase Sigurdsson bid? – The Sun 
  • Arsenal want Manchester United star – The Sun
  • Arsenal showing interest in Stoke City stopper Butland – The Express


  • Bakayoko close to Chelsea move for £36m – The Sun 
  • Manchester United and Arsenal monitoring Matiudi situation – The Sun
  • Chelsea latest club to bid for Van Dijk – The Sun


  • PSG defender Marquinhos is wanted by Real Madrid, Barcelona and Manchester United – The Metro



  • Liverpool have rejected a bid for Albert Moreno from Napoli – Sky Sports 



  • Spurs will wait for Everton to lower Ross Barkley price – Sky Sports

 Sky sources understand Everton value the 23-year-old at £50m, despite Barkley having only a year left on his contract and indicating he will not sign a new one this summer.

  • PSG latest to show interest in M’bappe- The Sun
  • Manchester United reportedly agree fee for Fabinho – The Sun

 Accordng to Corriere dello Sport, the Red Devils have agreed a deal with the Ligue 1 champions worth £26million and £4m in add-ons.

  • Chelsea want Lewandowski? – The Sun

The former Borussia Dortmund hitman is a handful for defenders physically, while also bringing flair and, most importantly, goals to the table.

  • Manchester City want Dortmund striker – The Sun
  • Chelsea to up Sandro bid – The Sun
  • Everton want Celtic’s Dembele – The Sun

The Toffees are looking to Parkhead and Dembele as a direct replacement for the outgoing Romelu Lukaku this summer

  • Chelsea want RB Leipzig star – The Sun 

CHELSEA will consider rivalling Liverpool for RB Leipzig star Naby Keita

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  • Spurs linked with Swansea man – The Sun

TOTTENHAM will make a £15million swoop for Swansea centre-half Alfie Mawson.

  • Everton closing in on Malaga striker Sandro Ramirez signing – Sky Sports 
  • Bayern Munich the latest to be linked with Ronaldo – The Sun



  • Liverpool to bid £61m for Aubameyang – The Sun
  • Man City interested in Dani Alves – SSNHQ
  • Chelsea back in for Morata – The Sun

CHELSEA are plotting to hijack Manchester United’s move for Real Madrid ace Alvaro Morata, according to reports.

  • Everton want Swansea star Sigurdsson – The Sun 

SWANSEA CITY are thought to be demanding £40million for Gylfi Sigurdsson

  • DONE DEAL: Davey Klassen has completed his move from Ajax to Everton for £23.6m – Everton Official 
  • Ajax midfielder Davy Klassen and Milan  forward M’Baye Niang close to Everton move – Liverpool Echo

Davy Klaassen underwent a medical at Everton’s training ground today as his move to Goodison edges ever closer.

  • Spurs and Liverpool chasing Lazio star Keite Balde – Mirror

Spurs are among a number of clubs keen on £30million Lazio forward Keita Balde

  • Watford interested in Liverpool outcast Lazar Markovic- The Times

 Marco Silva, the new Watford manager, is considering a move for Lazar Markovic, the Liverpool winger, who is surplus to requirements at Anfield.

  • DONE DEAL: Jordan Pickford completes move to Everton from Sunderland. Fee in the region of £25m plus add-ons rising to £30m – Everton Official 


  • DONE DEAL: Leicester City confirm signing of Harry McGuire from Hull City. Fee believed to be £17m – Leicester City Official



  • Tottenham would have to pay a £22m release clause

Porto right-back Ricardo Pereira is one of a number of players Tottenham are considering to replace Kyle Walker should he leave for Manchester City, according to Sky sources.

  • Birmingham City the latest club to show interest in John Terry – The Sun

HARRY REDKNAPP has confirmed he has made a “good offer” for former Chelsea captain John Terry in what would be the most sensational move of the summer

  • Arsenal want Cuadrado – The Sun

ARSENAL have had a £17.6million bid for Juan Cuadrado rejected by Juventus.

With Alexis Sanchez likely to leave the Emirates this summer, the Gunners are in the market for a replacement.

  • DONE DEAL: Manchester United have confirmed the signing of Swedish defender Victor Lindelof. For a fee believed to be £31m – Manchester United 



  • Arsenal want Simon Kjaer from Fenerbache – Express

ARSENAL have made a £10million bid for Fenerbahce defender Simon Kjaer, according to reports.

  • Tottenham want Sporting Lisbon captain Adrien Silva – Express

The offer is said to be £26.5million and they are keen to see a deal done before he leaves for the Confederations Cup with Portugal this week.

  • Adebayor linked with move to Wales – The Mirror

Swansea are interested in bringing Emmanuel Adebayor back to the Premier League.

  • Everton looking to do an Italian job? – The Sun

Carlo Jacomuzzi, an Everton scout, confirmed that the situations of the former’s Duvan Zapata and the latter’s Carlos Bacca are “interesting”

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  • West Brom have joined Aston Villa in race to sign Chelsea legend John Terry – Sky Sports

 West Brom have begun talks to sign former Chelsea captain John Terry, Sky sources understand.


  • Everton close ton £30m move for Jordan Pickford –  The Telegraph

Negotiations have progressed between the two clubs over the past 24 hours and Everton are growing increasingly confident of signing the highly-regarded goalkeeper this month.

  • West Ham to make a 2nd bid for Nigerian winger – Express sport

Henry Onyekuru is on a number of clubs’ wishlists this summer following his impressive campaign with Eupen in the Belgian top flight

  • Lindelof move to Manchester United looks imminent after Benfica bid farewell via their Twitter account

https://twitter.com/SLBenfica/status/874234860788776960

  • Chelsea chasing Napoli’s Lorenzo Insigne – The Sun 

Blues plotting £45million move for Serie A attacker as Real Madrid step up efforts for Belgian

  • Liverpool have joined the  race for Kylian Mbappe according to the Daily Mail

Jurgen Klopp has made contact with Kylian Mbappe’s agents as Liverpool throw their name into the ring for Europe’s most in-demand teenager.

  • Everton, Crystal Palace and West Ham to fight it out for Chris Smalling – Daily Star

Smalling will be sold by Jose Mourinho this summer. The England defender has been deemed not up to it by the United boss.

LIVERPOOL are ready to make a last-ditch attempt to stop Alex Oxlade-Chamberlain from signing a new £100,000-a-week contract with Arsenal


Rangers Exclusive: Alfredo Morelos jets in for medical as Daniel Candeias seals move – Express

Chelsea have offered €50million for Juventus full-back Alex Sandro. However, the Turin-based club rejected the offer and have said they have no intention to sell the Brazilian. (Gazzetta dello Sport)

  • West Brom target Burnley’s Scott Arfield – The Sun

 

The Burnley midfielder, 28, is on Pulis’ hitlist and has Hull and Fulham also interested in a £2.5million switch.

  • Liverpool want to raid Southampton again – The Sun

This time Serbian midfielder Dusan Tadic is their £13million target.


  • Ashley Young wanted by Turkish club – The Sun

ASHLEY YOUNG has emerged as a target for Istanbul Basaksehir. The Turkish outfit are planning for life in the Champions League next season after they finished second in the Super Lig last term.

Looks like big money is changing hands already as the window has only just opened. Who do you think the big spenders will be this summer?

  • Alexis Sanchez a Manchester City target –  Daily Star

Sanchez would earn £275k-a-week at The Etihad if he’s reunited with his former Barcelona boss, Pep Guardiola.

City are also hoping Arsenal will accept an offer of £50million for Sanchez, 28.

  • ZLATAN IBRAHIMOVIC is set to join MLS side LA Galaxy following his release from Manchester United.

Reports in Spain are reporting that the free agent will move to the US to prolong his career. The Sun

  • The Hammers are also planning on a swoop for out of favour Manchester City star – The Sun

WEST HAM are ready to offer Manchester City outcast Joe Hart a Premier League lifeline.



  • West Ham interested in swoop for Olivier Giroud – Mirror

There has already been interest in the 30-year-old from French giants Marseille and several clubs in Italy, but the Hammers are confident they can match any offer and keep the £20million striker in London.

  • Tottenham to offload Moussa Sissoko to Marseille? – Daily Mirror
  • West Brom linked with James McCarthy as Fletcher replacement – Daily Mirror

The Toffees want more than £15million for the Irishman, who has a big fan in chairman Bill Kenwright — but boss Ronald Koeman is happy for him to go.


Manchester United have reached an agreement over the signing of Benfica defender Victor Lindelof – Manchester United Official Site



Sky Sports News HQ understands United will pay the Portuguese club £30.7m to sign the Sweden international. Lindelof is yet to agree personal terms, with his proposed move to Old Trafford also subject to a medical and international clearance.

  • West Ham are interested in Chelsea striker Bertrand Traore – The Sun
  • Manchester United to bid £70m for Belotti – Tuttosport

MANCHESTER UNITED are closing in on a £70million deal for Torino striker Andrea Belotti. – The Sun

  • Tottenham interested in Liverpool defender Sakho – The Sun

The central defender is free to leave Anfield this summer providing a club can match Liverpool’s £30million asking price. 

  • With Liverpool being linked with Gelson Martins as an alternative to Mohammed Salah…. We conducted a poll and it was a landslide in favour of the Egyptian winger as the preferred signing.

  • Tottenham showing interest in Dortmund defender Matthias Ginter – The Sun

TOTTENHAM are eyeing a move for Borussia Dortmund defender Matthias Ginter – but face competition from Arsenal and Hoffenheim.

The 23-year-old is available for around £15million this summer and Mauricio Pochettino is looking at re-shuffling his defence, with exits imminent.

  • Liverpool linked with Napoli fullback – Sky Sports

Reports suggest that Napoli will offer Ghoulam a new deal, but could be willing to do business for €20million.

  • BREAKING NEWS: 
  • Manchester City have completed a move for Goalkeeper Ederson for £35m. – Full story on Manchester City website


  • Diego Costa tells Spanish media he’s surplus to requirements at Chelsea –Sky Sports 

Diego Costa has revealed that Antonio Conte has told him that he does not feature in his plans for Chelsea next season.


  • Chelsea linked with Juventus fullback Sandro – The Metro

Chelsea have submitted a £35 million offer for Juventus left-back Alex Sandro, according to reports in Italy.

We ran a quick poll this afternoon to see who people thought Real Madrid would sign this summer. Here are the results…


  • Arsenal keeper David Ospina has agreed a £3m move to Fenerbache – via The Sun

Fanatik claim that a fee of £3million has been struck and the star will jet into Istanbul for a medical after the weekend

ARSENAL have joined Manchester United the race for Real Madrid ace James Rodriguez, according to reports.

The Colombian attacker has fallen out of favour at the Bernabeu and was not even in the squad for the Champions League final.

  • Liverpool are considering a move for Gelson Martins – BBC

Liverpool are in talks with Sporting Lisbon over a deal for forward Gelson Martins as they fear being priced out of a move for Roma’s Mohamed Salah.

  • AC Milan linked with a move for Chelsea striker Diego Costa – Daily Star 

The Serie A giants have enquired about Costa, who is about to enter the final two years of his Stamford Bridge contract

  • Arsenal in talks with Lyon over Alexandre Lacazette – The Sun

ARSENAL are stepping up the pace as they try to clinch a £50million deal for Lyon striker Alexandre Lacazette

  • Kylian Mbappe latest as Arsenal reportedly ready to bid a World record £122m – The Sun

Reports from Spain and France say Monaco have received four offers in excess of £100million, with Arsenal understood to be preparing a huge £122million bid.


  • The results are in for our Romelu Lukaku poll. 54 votes were cast and the Belgian’s likely destination is Chelsea according to 69%. Thanks to all that voted on our Twitter page


    EditManchester United have had a bid for Alvaro Morata turned down by Real Madrid – Sky Sports

    Real Madrid have rejected a £52.4m (€60m) offer for striker Alvaro Morata from Manchester United, Sky in Italy understand.

    • Our poll on the future of Virgil Van Dijk has just finished.
    • From 59 votes a massive 75% believe the Southampton defender will move to Liverpool this summer. Thanks to all that voted. For further polls throughout the transfer window… Simply follow us on twitter



    •  Chelsea have bid £30.5m for Lyon star Corentin Tolisso according to journalist @PipeSierraR as reported in the Express


    • Jermaine Defoe heading to Bournemouth BBC Sport

    “It’s out there, a lot of people obviously knew,” he said. “I did a medical and said when this is finished and I’ve had a break, come July everyone will know anyway.”

    • Manchester City linked to former Chelsea left back Ryan Bertrand 

    Sky Sports

      Sky Sports News HQ understands that Bertrand, along with his fellow England full-back Kyle Walker, could be City players within a fortnight.



      •  Manchester City are being linked with a move for Juventus defender Sandro report The Sun

      MANCHESTER CITY have joined the race for Juventus full-back Alex Sandro. And reports in Italy suggest that the Brazilian star will be the subject of an offer within the next few days.

       

      Arsenal have confirmed the signing of Sead Kolasinac on a free transfer from Schalke. A club statement read: “Sead Kolasinac will join us this summer on a long-term contract. Daily Mirror 

      • Romelu Lukaku has spoken about his future as reported in The Sun

      We are in talks with the club. I want to play in the Champions League, and try to win the Premier League a few times. I’ll take the decision.”

      • Real Madrid put in huge bud for Kylian Mbappe report The Sun

      REAL MADRID have made a staggering £118m second bid for Monaco star Kylian Mbappe The French ace, 18, is also being tracked by Arsenal and Manchester United as the race for him heats up. The Sun

      • According to Sky Sports Wojciech Szczesny is on the verge of joining Juventus with a €16m (approx £14m) fee agreed with Arsenal.

      The Italian champions have reached agreement with the Poland international over a four-year contract worth £3.5m per season. 

      • Manchester City are reported looking at Tottenham’s Kyle Walker

      Starsport can reveal Etihad bosses are confident of completing a move for Walker once England’s games with Scotland and France have taken place.

      Pep Guardiola made Walker one of his main targets six months ago and wants the deal done before the end of this month with signing a right-back a priority for the Spaniard.



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      On This Day….. 29th Of May

      Another date in years past highlighting football memories. I must note that being at the end of May…. A lot of playoff games feature and there have been more that have taken place on this date. The games covered are those that were the most entertaining/dramatic.

      • 1969 – Inter Cities Fairs Cup Final 1st leg

      Newcastle United built up a 1st leg cushion winning 3-0 at St James Park against Ujpesti Dozsa. All the goals were in the 2nd half with Moncur netting twice and Scott adding a 3rd. The Magpies went on to win the away leg 3-2 and therefore clinch their one and only European trophy. 

      • 1993 – Scottish Cup Final

      Murray and Hateley scored Rangers goals as they clinched the Scottish Cup for a 26th time. Richardson replied late on for Aberdeen.

      (Full Match)

      • 2000 – First Division Playoff Final

      Ipswich Town gained promotion back to the premier league after an eventful afternoon at Wembley. Barnsley had taken the lead after an unlucky own goal by Richard Wright. However Mowbray equalized and the teams went in level at the break. The 2nd half started with the blues on top and  goals from  Naylor and Stewart put them a step closer to the top flight. However, a Hignett penalty for the tykes with 12 minutes remaining made it a nervous finale. But Ipswich weren’t to be denied and as Reuser sealed premier league football for the tractor boys in the 90th minute.

       

      • 2005 – League One Playoff Final

        Favourites Sheffield Wednesday took the lead on the stroke of half time as they looked to seal a return to the Championship. Drama insued as the monkey hangers equalized through Williams early after the break and then with 19 minutes remaining took the lead thanks to a goal from Daly. With time ticking by MacLean leveled from the spot for Wednesday and the game was headed for extra time. The Yorkshire club took the lead in the 94th minute through Whelan and Talbot added a last gasp 4th to seal promotion for Wednesday after a 4-2 victory.

        • 2011 – League One Playoff Final

        Peterborough United were the victors at Old Trafford after a 3-0 victory over Huddersfield Town. All the goals came within the final 12 minutes from Rowe, Mackail-Smith and McCann as the Posh made an immediate return to the Championship.

        Please share your memories in the comments below. Maybe you were at one of these games?