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17 Jan 2017 14:10:17
Are Barca looking to sell Mess I?

{Ed002's Note - Yes they are.}

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17 Jan 2017 15:19:19
Who are the interested teams?

On the note of Barcelona, are they looking to replace Enrique at the end of the season?

Have been reports of them looking at both Pochettino and Klopp.

{Ed002's Note - Manchester City right now - the other sides have stepped back.}

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17 Jan 2017 18:28:53
Would any team actually be able to afford it without having to be sanctioned by FFP (or whatever)? I know you've commented on this before, Ed, that there perhaps should be some changing of the rules to facilitate transfers of high profile players or something?

It's hard to ever see him moving from Barca, except for maybe when he's coming towards the end of his career (like over the age of 35 for example, or around that).

{Ed002's Note - It would not be an FFP issue in any one year for a number of clubs but it would be an issue for any club looking to do any other significant business over forthcoming years unless they are in the handful of sides with significant earnings. And the amounts of money involved are well beyond significant. As I have explained before, although Barcelona have not been hawking Messi around, my expectation remains that Messi will be available and Barcelona would start looking to rebuild around Neymar from January 2016 when they can start bring players in again. And I expect that Barcelona will make Messi available from next summer - regardless of who the manager is at that time. Whether or not there would be any takers is another matter, and Barcelona are well aware of that and are looking at the sale of others to raise funds.

In the past Messi has turned down a transfer to one side who had agreed to meet Barcelona's then €250M price tag, and Barcelona and a commercial partner resisted an approach by a commercial organisation on behalf of an English side with an offer to buy, or at least part fund, the purchase of the player. I am aware that in Spain there has been speculation about an offer being made during the summer 2014 transfer window, but it is "largely" incorrect. This all started in 2012 when in mid December Anzhi made an offer to Barcelona that matched the €250M euro release clause that existed in his contract, and put up what I am told was a "very" significant personal package. However, Messi was not interested in a move to Russia and Barcelona did not want to sell - so Messi, in early February 2013, extended his contract with Barcelona. In the early summer of 2013 efforts were being made by Adidas to broker a deal that would get Messi away from Nike and to one of their three high-profile clubs that they were invoved with at the time. Very quickly Real Madrid were ruled out and with Pep Guardiola moving to Bayern Munich that pretty much saw the end of any chance of a move there (given the strained relationship) at the time. This left Chelsea, and I can confirm that discussions were held about making a firm bid - at this point we are in late 2013 and early 2014 and Messi was in a verbal spat with Barcelona about getting a further extension - which the club were against. Ultimately, the player was (at least in his eyes) available during the Spring of 2014 and at that point Chelsea and Adidas made his management representatives and Barcelona aware of what they would be willing to do to make a transfer happen. Since then he has again extended his contract with Barcelona and Chelsea and Adidas have parted company. I understand that again they see three possible destinations for the player but I am not going to get involved in any further speculation at this time – but one of those destinations is the new money of Manchester City. If the right money were offered to the club, then Barcelona would be open to selling - and if the package were good enough, the player would consider any offers. The difficulties include his tax issues and the vast amounts of money involved. Manchester City have already started to try and negotiate - they may persist else switch to Suarez.

A number of questions were asked of representatives of UEFA in December 2014 regarding the transfer of the financially very high-end players and the impact on FFP. It is clear that exceptions would need to be put in place as the alternative could be lawsuits from players regarding restrictions on trade. As such, it would not be an FFP issue in any one year for a number of clubs but it would be an issue for any club looking to do any other business over forthcoming years. And as I said, the amounts of money involved are well beyond significant.

There are also a couple of other matters that would need to be addressed before any move.}

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17 Jan 2017 19:35:51
Wow, thank you, Ed :)

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17 Jan 2017 22:28:58
if he didn't move to bayern because of his relationship with pep, why would he go to man city ?

{Ed002's Note - It is clear when it says "at the time".}

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18 Jan 2017 15:29:11
Sorry mate didn't realise they're besties, like you an I, now.

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15 Jan 2017 03:29:00
Ed, I read that three PL clubs have expressed interest in Yannick Carrasco. Is Atletico open to selling him? If so, what clubs have been in contact?

{Ed002's Note - I am not aware of any English sides making any approach to express an interest in Yannick Carrasco. PSG enquired but wen the Draxler route. Bayern Munich retain an interest but would not be happy at the asking price.}

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12 Jan 2017 15:35:27
Hi ed

Any clubs interested in Ivan Perisic?

Cheers

{Ed002's Note - Summer enquiries about the availability of Inter's winger Ivan Perisic were made of, but not by, Chelsea and Napoli by his agent who asked for clarity over the arrival of another winger at Inter. Spurs put an offer on the table for the player as a means of opening discussions with Inter - but they are not interested in selling. The player wants to stay and they all want to agree a new contract but that won't be before the summer.}

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10 Jan 2017 19:37:33
Is there any substance to the Fernando Torres to Newcastle rumors?

{Ed002's Note - I would think a little less than zero.}

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10 Jan 2017 20:23:18
Haha I got fooled by someone. Cheer ed

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07 Jan 2017 14:29:56
Question for Ed002 if you have a minute please.

With United looking for a future replacement for Carrick soon, I was just wondering what the situation is with Toni Kroos. Are Madrid looking to sell, is he looking to leave, would you anticipate any interest from Man United in the event he may leave?

Cheers ed

{Ed002's Note - Real Madrid has already met with two clubs about Kroos (not MU) with a view to a move in the summer but the asking price is a major issue.}

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07 Jan 2017 14:50:28
Thanks for that ed. Is there interest in Kroos form Any epl clubs.

{Ed002's Note - Manchester City are one of the clubs.}

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07 Jan 2017 17:13:49
Cheers ed

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13 Dec 2016 05:37:33
{Ed's Note - We have posted a new article entitled, Midweek Premier League Preview

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10 Dec 2016 03:31:29
Hey Ed I was wondering wondering if you could offer any idea as to what clubs might be interested in Joao Cancelo of Valencia. I know he had a great deal of interest before moving there from Benefica but I was wondering where things stand now. Thanks as always for your insight and hope you've saved up for all of your wives' holiday gifts!

{Ed002's Note - Chelsea spoke with Benfica about Cancelo in January 2014 but nothing came of it. I am aware that Valencia, Manchester City, Barcelona, Manchester United, Real Madrid, West Ham and Liverpool all took a look at him last season and it was Valencia who successfully made a move for him. Valencia are aware that Barcelona, Chelsea, Inter and Juventus are looking at the player this season and could be interested in taking the player in the summer. Manchester United had their interest in the player knocked back.}

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14 Dec 2016 02:42:25
Thanks for the assistance ed! Hope you and yours have a nice holiday season.

{Ed002's Note - Thanks.}

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06 Dec 2016 12:50:20
{Ed's Note - We have posted a new article entitled, Assessing The Premier League Title Challengers

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19 Nov 2016 07:53:51
{Ed's Note - We have posted a new article entitled, Premier League Match Previews

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15 Nov 2016 13:44:14
{Ed's Note - We have posted a new article entitled, Assessing The Klopp Era

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12 Oct 2016 14:37:27
Ed would you say it's pretty safe to expect Atletico to remain pretty static for the next year and a half, as eveidence by their stance on Griezzman?

{Ed002's Note - What happens with Atletico depends on whether they go to the CAS like Real Madrid are. There have been discussions over Griezmann recently but unless the ban shifts forward one windo, little will happen.}

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12 Oct 2016 19:19:38
Much appreciated ed! Hope you enjoy Holland.

{Ed002's Note - Thanks Tk. My time here is done - a flight back to blighty beckons tomorrow.}

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07 Oct 2016 08:15:22
{Ed's Note - We have posted a new article entitled, Everton Premier League season so far

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16 Sep 2016 07:20:27
{Ed's Note - We have posted a new article entitled, Tottenham Hotspur Transfer Window Round Up

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12 Sep 2016 17:54:35
ED002 You mentioned in the summer that Kroos would almost certainly be moving on and that City would be the club buying him. What changed? Did ZZ persuade him to stay? Is the deal now completely off or postponed?

{Ed002's Note - PSG interested Real Madrid cut short discussions with interested clubs when it became evident that the replacement they were interested in would not be viable. Real Madrid have a ban to deal with now so I would not expect him to go anywhere.}

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24 Sep 2016 13:25:40
Thanks Ed. Appreciate it

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28 Oct 2016 10:05:27
Hi Ed,
If you wouldn't mind answering, what is the thing with RM buying players (big players- players for large sum of money) and than trying to move them on in couple of years.
Do they not consider them being standard they are/were looking for even though they paid lots of money for them and are well recognised players?
Is it Perezes politics ( galactico players) or constant change of managers that want different players.
Players I had in mind roben, sneider, di Maria , isoco, kroos, khedeira, James (columbian), benzema.

Thanks

{Ed002's Note - Real Madrid are looking to constantly improve and see all players as transient - which they are. Managers/coaches at Real Madrid have some input but do not define the transfer policy. Going forward, and assuming CAS do not deal with their appeal before the end of December, I would expect Real Madrid to make changes again in January. If CAS do uphold the ban before the end of December then Real Madrid will look to secure players for when the ban ends. So the turnover is driven by desire rather than policy.}

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29 Oct 2016 08:38:26
Thanks for the reply Ed. Have a good weekend.

{Ed002's Note - You are welcome.}

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09 Sep 2016 10:34:45
{Ed's Note - We have posted a new article entitled, Arsenal Transfer Window Round Up

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06 Sep 2016 13:01:14
Are there any teams interested in Antoine Griezmann Ed?

{Ed002's Note - Sides remain interested but those discussing him with AM in the summer were told nothing can happen for two years now - given their ban.}

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01 Sep 2016 13:50:12
Hi ed002,you mentioned before the window that r madrid were looking to add a few players but only morata signed. was this because they could not move on players? Zz is happy with his squad? Or they are confident of over turning their ban so no need to refresh the squad?

Cheers, and great work throughout the windiw.

{Ed002's Note - They had some issues moving players on but they tried very hard to add two significant players (one for now and one for next summer) at the end of the window - but were unable to.}

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01 Sep 2016 17:25:37
Ed002, is it possible to ask if any club got close to signing James or Isco?

{Ed002's Note - I have no way to measure close.}

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01 Sep 2016 18:11:27
Fair enough. Thanks anyways for all the info.

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02 Sep 2016 02:15:11
Are Madrid still confident of overturning the ban?or has it already been overturned and I missed it?

{Ed002's Note - No, the bans are effective now.}

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04 Sep 2016 18:51:38
Can we please know who those 2 players were, ed? Just curious.

{Ed002's Note - Bernardo Silva and Aubameyang.}

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21 Aug 2016 18:34:29
Hey Ed002, hope you're good, just wondering if there is anything new with regard to James Rodriguez, as always I'm grateful for your time, of course if for any reason you can't reply that's fine too. Hope to see you back on our page after the window closes.
Cheers.

{Ed002's Note - See previous posts.}

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21 Aug 2016 19:25:33
The only thing on James is almost a month ago, so I guess there is nothing new. Okay, thanks again.

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17 Aug 2016 14:34:19
There's a lot of paper talk about Gabriel Barbosa, apparently scored over 600 goals at youth level and following in the footsteps of Neymar.
Is he all he's cracked up to be and is he likely to get a big move anywhere this summer?

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19 Aug 2016 10:17:44
Only seen him on YouTube and in the olympics but he looks special. Linked with Juve, Barca, Chelsea, United and Leicester. Think Ed002 said a while back to be patient and we'll soon find out what will happen with him. Looks like a move is likely but not sure where to, my money would be on Juve

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09 Aug 2016 23:56:37
Hi ed, I know you have said you don't expect him to move any time soon but who are the clubs that have interest in Griezmann, have any clubs enquired over him this summer or do you know of any clubs that may push for him next?

Also is Saul Niguez happy to stay at Atletico Madrid? for some reason even tho he only recently signed a new contract, I thought he wanted to leave this summer?

Thanks ed/ s!

{Ed002's Note - Atletico has no intention of selling Griezmann unless a very significant fee is offered. Whilst Griezmann has said on a number of occasions that he has no plans to leave Spain anytime soon, he has said he would be interested in a move to Chelsea if the opportunity arose in the future - and whilst that still stands, he wants to stay at Atletico for what will likely have to be two years with an impending issue which will impact the club. PSG and perhaps Bayern Munich would also be very interested if he became available. PSG will not be in a position to do any sort of deal unless some very adventurous other plans they have fall through, but they are desperate for a high-end French player and he might move to the fore as a target. Bayern Munich look to have found their desired player elsewhere and I would think can likely be ruled out. Chelsea pushed for a deal for Griezmann and discussions continued with a third party representing Chelsea but were told there would be no sale and he has signed a new contract - but a recent discussion was again held and if he comes on to the market they could return with another proposal. End of the day - I suspect he will stay in Madrid for two more years.

Saul Niguez is of speculative interest to Barcelona, Arsenal, Manchester United and Bayern Munich but a move was not viable past summer and in January Atletico Madrid told the two clubs who enquired (Manchester United and Barcelona) that they have no desire to sell. Manchester United had scheduled a January meeting but the club cancelled it because of the toxics. The player has repeatedly insisted he has no interest in leaving Spain and the reason for speculation was that the player and the club were unable, at that time, to agree the terms for a contract extension. An offer from Arsenal was rejected out of hand but Barcelona may well step in with a bid but the player and his agent want the Premier League, the profile that brings and the money - and approaches have been made to Chelsea and another side - but the fee is very high.}

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10 Aug 2016 11:03:28
Could you expand on PSG's very adventurous plan Ed? Is it signing a top player? Would that player be Ronaldo, Messi or Suarez?

{Ed002's Note - It is of no relevance to this matter.}

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10 Aug 2016 11:05:33
Thanks very much Ed002 for the info.

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11 Aug 2016 03:41:21
Cheers ed, insightful!!

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06 Aug 2016 11:37:10
Ed02 are any teams looking at aymen abdennour? Thanks.

{Ed002's Note - Not right now. Chelsea has had a long term interest but are wary of the player having his heart set on a move elsewhere and both Bayern Munich and Dortmundhave dropped their previous interest.}

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06 Aug 2016 10:55:12
Hi ed, do you have an update on possible fresh moves regarding players leaving real madrid?

{Ed002's Note - No, but Real Madrid is one of those clubs with plenty of business to do.}

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06 Aug 2016 11:45:34
Yeah they have been very quite so far , i see they have been linked to alaba this morning.

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06 Aug 2016 12:08:27
Just out of interest do you expect any big outgoings from them. I saw from another ed morata and benzema they're open to selling and keep seeing in papers about jese, Rodriguez send Isco they wouldn't mind selling. Not asking for a update on all of them just if you can see any big sales from them

{Ed002's Note - Yes, players will be leaving.}

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06 Aug 2016 12:53:11
Thank you ed. hopefully this will be an exciting month

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06 Aug 2016 15:08:33
ed002. are madrid after pogba or did they show interest?
Does he prefer to stay at juve until madrid can finance the deal?

{Ed002's Note - Done to death.}

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06 Aug 2016 15:58:13
Sorry yeah, a better question would be. do you expect him to move from juve before window closes?

{Ed002's Note - If agreement is reached, then yes.}

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06 Aug 2016 16:09:37
looking at your replies in the madrid section(didnt know there was one) i have found my answers pal. sorry bout that.

{Ed002's Note - No problem.}

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05 Aug 2016 09:31:09
with Gamiero already in their ranks are they still looking to sign diego costa?

baffling to think they would want a striker after they have a striker.

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03 Aug 2016 06:56:11
Eds
Is there any interest in yannick carrasco?

{Ed002's Note - Barcelona.}

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04 Aug 2016 09:16:57
And do you see the move as a possibility this season ed?

{Ed002's Note - The asking prive is very high.}

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04 Aug 2016 17:07:44
That seems to be the norm. Thank you for your time, ed

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02 Aug 2016 18:36:09
Hi Eds,

I just wanted to ask if there was any new info on a potential move for Edinson Cavani?

I know he was a little unsettled at PSG last season, I think due to him being played out of his preferred position. I thought that the departure of ibrahimovic would have settled that but thought I saw an ed comment recently that he could still move this window.

Thanks for your time.

{Ed002's Note - PSG were willing to sell Cavani last summer and he was offered to a number of sides who had previously shown an interest. Atletico Madrid were planning sales to fund a bid for Cavani but nothing came of it - but space, price and wages would be an issue and their interest is elsewhere. Right now, Chelsea has no immediate interest in the player as they have other targets - again, price and wages will deter them. Juventus were certainly interested but have their answer from elsewhere. He was part of the package offered by PSG for Pogba, as was Verratti - but Juventus were looking to a deal they could control. Inter are keen but don't have the money without selling and PSG will not be interested in a loan to buy. It would not be a surprise to see Real Madrid try and get involved again but they have do have other targets and with a ban looming age could be added to the concerns.}

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