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Do Chelsea Have A Scouting System?

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.

Date:Monday May 12 2008
Time: 8:48PM


We just see who you're after and we go get him. Happy now? ;)
Fan of Blues
12/05/2008 20:51:00
Sourgrapes cause he found your club to be utter feckin pants? And we got him....LOL
Blue is the colour
12/05/2008 21:02:00
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
12/05/2008 21:03:00
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!
12/05/2008 21:06:00
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
12/05/2008 21:11:00
bitc,we just won our 17th title yesterday and we're has beens are a tit!!!
12/05/2008 21:51:00
bitc,is clearly a tw*t,see you in Moscow you tool,oh no you probably wont be going as your all mouth!
12/05/2008 21:58:00
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.
13/05/2008 00:59:00
Nicely played Chelsea, nicely played.
13/05/2008 03:40:00
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...
13/05/2008 06:07:00
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