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Do Chelsea Have A Scouting System?

Chelsea have signed another player who has been heavily linked with United: Jose Bosingwa of Porto.

The Portuguese right-back was even rumoured to have signed for United at one point but his club denied it. As it seems, Chelsea have pounced afterwards.

It's not the first time that Chelsea signed a player who was first linked with United. It started, of course, with Arjen Robben: he was shamelessly stolen by Peter Kenyon, the same man who thwarted United in our efforts to sign Ronaldinho.

Damien Duff was often linked with United before eventually signing for Chelsea and Michael Essien's name was first heard in England in relation to a possible move to Manchester United.

Michael Ballack's name was first mentioned alongside Manchester United but he ended up at Chelsea. And obviously there is the most famous case, John Obi Mikel who actually signed for United before changing his mind and joining Chelsea.

One must wonder if Chelsea have a scouting system at all? What does Frank Arnesen do? Scouring the papers to find out which players United are interested in and then convincing Abramovich to splash the cash on them to thwart the biggest rivals?

Of all the players who weren't linked to United, only Drogba, Cech and Carvalho were good signings. Sidwell, Pizarro, Shevchenko, Malouda and Ben Haim were unambigous failures... So their best bet is to continue this policy - but Fergie will still sign players like Nani and Anderson, out of the blue, unexpectedly. And that way even Chelsea can't lure them with roubles.




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Writer: Zae Mail feedback, articles or suggestions

Date:Monday May 12 2008

Time: 8:48PM

Your Comments

We just see who you're after and we go get him. Happy now? ;)
Fan of Blues
Sourgrapes cause he found your club to be utter feckin pants? And we got him....LOL
Blue is the colour
And btw, you lot are feckin pathetic, instead of writing about your own club, you write about ours...the true sign of a HAS BEEN club.
Blue is the colour
couple of points here: Firstly, if a player is linked with you, it doesnt mean he is exclusivly linked with you. Aton villa fans thought pompey stole defoe from under there noses, whilst we know we had been waiting for him to finaly admit he had to leave for about 2 years. and if there is no obvious link, then it is very likely that they are simply going about it in a more profesional way. secondly, you should consider why these players are choosing chelsea over united. the wage difference will be tiny, if there at all - so clearly they see something there you dont. oh, and insidentally, in regards to malouda, pizzaro, shevchenko etc, there are still many players man u sign that i dont rate (whilst you, for some reason go crazy about how good they are.) nani and anderson have looked UEFA cup good - at best this season. you seem to think they are the best players in the world!
pompeycarpet
Mikel was a Chelsea player from the off before a combination of a convicted forger and a degree of Redscum skulduggery made us be forced to pay 16m for our own player!
Harry J
bitc,we just won our 17th title yesterday and we're has beens already.you are a tit!!!
java
bitc,is clearly a tw*t,see you in Moscow you tool,oh no you probably wont be going as your all mouth!
SweetLeftFoot
And you're all (left) foot. Anyway, Carlos Tevez was heavily linked with Chelsea, does that mean you stole him from us? I don't remember Essien linked with United. Was Alex linked with united? Di Santo? Hmm?Hmm? Ashley Cole? Wayne Bridge? Roberto Carlos, Ronaldinho,Xavi,Xabi,Torres, Every ******** player on the player has been linked with chelsea. Does that mean other clubs stole them from us? Get a grip.
k_chelski
Nicely played Chelsea, nicely played.
Paulinho
As always, Manures is jealous.... And will always find the way to excuse when they lost any players to other clubs... Linking with a player doesn't mean that, player is yours... You need to singn them... Even Torres, Tevez linked with us... If we want we will get it... Otherwise we won't go for them...
captnTERRYfic
Does it not tell you something - they just preferred CHELSEA!
merlin
hahah, HAS-BEEN club? well, i dont think i need to tell you what an utter redicolus comment that is seeing as we just beat you to the premier leagge and have a good chance of taking the champions league too. As for nani and anderson, they would walk into the pompey team mate ahands down. anderson will be one of our best midfielders and nani is on the same path of ronaldo. you all call us jealous, but you all flock on here spoting utter ***** which just reeks of hypotcrisy. chelsea are known for being poor in the treanfer market, tapping-up is your game (ashley cole, mikel, etc) and fair-play - if you are all fine with just buying the pre-made product thats good - but we liek to buy young players such as nani anderson, rooney, ronaldo and develop them. granted, we dont do it to the same level as arsenal and we still do buy some players with expereice. but you dont, and thats why loyalty at your club is so poor. rant over...see you in moscow! (ps - bitc - grow up you ****)
united4life
ps - captnTERRY - "if we want we will get" - is it hard to type with your head that far up your own arse. Even with your billions, not everyone wants to play for you - a club notorois for abandoning their players as soon as they have an off-peroid. sidwell is the perfect case, he went to you ONLY for money. not every player wants to do that. there have been a plethora of players that dont want to join your club - just lok at ronaldinho, soem players can see past thew money and want to jon a club with loyalty, passionate fans and history. something chelsea are all too evident without.
united4life
ps-united4life- In 2003 ronaldhino snubs Manures and Join Barca and rest is history.This year Kenyon and chairman bruce publicly admitted that we are not looking for a player like ronaldhino..Then only he said he doesn't wants to come to chelsea....If we buy a player already linked with manu...Don't show the jealosy again...
captnTERRYfic
Congratulations on winning the title. I would just like to say that I agree with pompeycarpet to an extent - some Man Utd players are average. Yes they would walk into other premiership sides as we do not have strength in depth in our squads, but I think some of your players are being carried by the team - eg nani, anderson, Brown, O'Shea, giggs etc. However you've got enough world class players in the team to make up for it who have been playing well consistently this season.
FreidelNo.1
what are you crazy anderson has drove on the team in quite a few matches this season.
rooneyisgod
exactly rooneyisgod - it is like peopel havent sens anderson this season. other than carrick, he has been our best central midfielder!!!!
united4life
OK - what about nani, brown giggs, O'shea...
FreidelNo.1
nani put in a few good performances and lets face it seeing as he is being copared to ronaldo more then anyone i dont think he can really match up. brown has had a great season at right back and centre back when needed.giggs is getting on a b now and cant be expected to put in the performances he used to but yet he still scored the gao lto cement our 10th title. and as for oshea hes a squad player and a pretty versitile one at that.
rooneyisgod
I have to disagree on Brown, I think he is well overrated. Agreed on Giggs, he is getting old now, but still trying. I don't think of Nani as the new Ronaldo so I don't compare them, and so has had a fair season - scored some good goals. O'Shea is a fair player to - I think my point was that these players are being carried - and if they played in another team they would be seen to be average rather than world beaters.
FreidelNo.1
 

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