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Welcomes and goodbyes - Part 4

Andre Villas Boas has taken over at chelsea and his first signing seems to be a goalkeeper ! Thibaut Courtois , is a long term replacement for current chelsea number 1 Petr Cech according to AVB.

Meanwhile the Modric transfer saga drags on like a Hindi serial with no end in sight . The playmaker has handed a written transfer request but Harry Redknapp has put his fingers in his ears saying "lalalalal-NOTlisteniiiinngggg". Chelsea have raised the bid now to over 30 million pounds,something that spurs will find hard to resist.

While that story unfolds a transfer saga even longer than that one is unfolding at our london neighbours , Arsenal . Cesc Fabregas has pleaded Arsene Wenger to let him move to Barca atleast this time ! Barca have
bid 35 million pounds for the gunners captain and are not willing to raise that any further . Arsenal , after holding off this inevitable transfer for many seasons , might crack this time around.

Manchester United have signed Ashley Young and have set their sights on either Wesley Sneider or Luka Modric but will most likely fail in either attempt.

Back to chelsea now and in the first game under AVB , chelsea registered a 1-0 victory away to Portsmouth in the first of 5 pre-season friendlies. the only goal was an own goal by portsmouth .  Though the chelsea strikers failed to score , the midfield with Yossi Benayoun playing the holding midfielder's role worked pretty well in the second half . 22 players got 45 minutes to play as AVB swapped the entire team at the break . 16 year old Nathenial Chalobah was the center of attraction in the second period .
AVB did not make any changes to the formation that Carlo Ancelotti used last term , a regular 4-4-3 . But what was evident was that the passing was a lot quicker and sharper than before and that seems to be the first change in tactics that AVB has brought in.

Chelsea now move far east to Malaysia for the asian leg of their preseason tour.

Till then I will scan around for more news and hopefully there will be an end to the Modric saga by then !


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