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Premier League Match Previews Saturday 16th September 2017

16 Sep 2017 04:50:34
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Liverpool v Sevilla Match Review - A Liverpool Perspective

14 Sep 2017 13:33:32
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Premier League Transfer Window Assessment

13 Sep 2017 06:43:01
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12 Sep 2017 08:14:01
Ed002, I was wondering whether Atletico are planning to offer Jose Gimenez a new contract or whether there's interest in him as he's in his final year of his current deal. Thanks =].

{Ed002's Note - There has been interest from Juventus, Arsenal and Manchester United as Jose Gimenez was struggling to make the Atletico starting line up – but they are planning on a new deal.}

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Chelsea Season Review

11 Sep 2017 11:35:43
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07 Sep 2017 10:49:13
Question for ed2 if I may, with la Ligas top guy moaning about psg buying neymar and complaining about city and peg. How enforceable is ffp. I get that there is certain criteria to adhere to but surely this can be manipulated. Whose to say how much a sponsorship deal is worth from a related company or indeed the parent company. Transfer pricing etc can look at this but as I say whose to say what a fair market value is. Surely then ffp is a waste of time as there are loopholes for rich organisations/ conglomerates?

{Ed002's Note - FFP is enforceable and working OK. Clubs abuse it and they get fined, banned etc.. I am not sure how you think it can be manipulated - everything is decalred and accounted for. There are no loophoes.}

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07 Sep 2017 13:50:51
it can be abused by artificially boosting the revenues in the club by setting up a sponsorship deal between the club and one of the related companies. This then makes the business seems profitable and negate any FFP issues. Easily done. I'm sure the guy from la la liga was saying that PSG had declared more sponsorship income than united, which is rubbish, they'd never get that externally. Accounts can easily be manipulated, especially when part of a larger organization.

{Ed002's Note - no Tom, that is all controlled.}

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07 Sep 2017 18:01:38
Thanks for taking the time to answer my questions, but how would they control it? It happens everyday in practice with other, non football related organisations. As I say, who can say what a fair sponsorship value is. Only asking out of interest. I'm more passive in my view of it (oil rich companies buying football clubs and ploughing money in) started with Chelsea, then city and now Psg. Was Monaco at one point but they moved to investing in youth (smart move based on the business they did this summer) . There was also that Russian team (I forget their name) that matched Messi's release clause.

{Ed002's Note - All of that was before FFP Tom. Cliubs who have abused it (Manchester City and PSG from your list plus dozens of others) have been penalised. I don't think you understand about the sponsorship money.}

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07 Sep 2017 18:39:56
Probably not. I guess all I was saying is that if a club is having a problem balancing their books it would be easy for them to recharge into the parent company (or a related company) for something such as sponsorship or management charges or something along those lines to increase revenue and therefore the bottom line, so they comply with ffp. I just don't get how that would be controlled. But I guess I maybe missing something.

{Ed002's Note - No, it doesn't happen like that and nor can it. You are indeed missing something.}

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07 Sep 2017 18:59:54
Thanks for taking the time to answer my questions, much appreciated.

{Ed002's Note - always welcome Tom

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03 Sep 2017 12:36:42
With athleti transfer ban being up in January my 1st question is do you see them signing Diego Costa? My 2nd question is do you see greizmann leave in January and whether man United still hold an interest?

Thanks in advance ed .

{Ed002's Note - Atletico Madrid were close to signing Diego Costa on Friday but played up wrecking the deal. Clubs do not generally look to business in January but Diego Costa may be a player they look to again. Griezmann is less likely to move in January than in the summer but with Vitolo available it is perfectly possible that Carrasco might be available - and I am aware of one club who are keen. With Manchester United adding Lukaku and making the dumb decision over Ibrahimovic then the need for Griezmann goes away unless there is a plan to push him out to left wing where he has now transitioned away from. So perhaps Griezmann would be an option for next summer (unless MU again sign Ibrahimovic), perhaps they will look to buy him and waste him on the left in January or perhaps they will look again for a left winger in January - we will have to see.}

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03 Sep 2017 15:26:46
Brilliant thanks ed .

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05 Sep 2017 20:41:23
Hey Ed002, Eli here. I was just wondering if you wouldn't mind sharing the team interested in Carrasco. I think he's a really good player and one the could perhaps still mature in his play transforming him to a great player that any team would love to have.

Thanks for your time as always.

{Ed002's Note - Chelsea.}

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02 Sep 2017 00:03:48
Question directed to the omniscient Ed002. Were Barcelona able to get their alternative target to Coutinho? If not, do you suspect them to continue holding an interest in Coutinho and try again in January?

Name: Abbassep

{Ed002's Note - Barcelona nearly signed Angel Di Maria but that would only have addressed part of their problem and they still need to replace Iniesta. Whilst they would ideally like Verratti or Coutinho they have effectively moved on and have reverted to a Plan B and will see how that goes first. They also, internally, are being pushed at another option who would not be available until next summer at the earliest. But by then politics may well have shifted matters somewhat.}

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02 Sep 2017 13:04:54
Would that be Eriksen Ed?

{Ed002's Note - Would what be Eriksen?}

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03 Sep 2017 02:12:43
Think he meant if Eriksen is next on the list now that Verratti and Coutinho are out of reach Ed002. Maybe they will turn to Eriksen, Dele Alli or make another move for Seri.

{Ed002's Note - No the Spurs players might be considered as futured options but they are not in the picture right now. Plan B is to integrate Carles Alena in to the team slowly as a potential Iniesta replacement. Interest in Verratti will very probably fall behind interest in
Thiago Alcantara. Barcelona will investigate the potential return of Thiago as an Iniesta replacement next summer regardless of him signing a new contract this year.}

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30 Aug 2017 08:45:46
Are Barcelona looking to move turan on?

I remember a podcast of arsenal I believe where ED02 said there could be interest?

Possible Sanchez replacement maybe?

{Ed002's Note - Yes they will let him leave.}

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24 Aug 2017 12:10:58
Afternoon edds. Can you give any details on the meeting with representatives considering Barcelona and Juve over Andre Gomes, is the player unhappy and are Barcelona keen to move him on? As he's not really performed well there has he? You previously stated very unlikely now I'm assuming circumstances have changed?

{Ed002's Note - Andre Gomes is on the surplus list for Barcelona and they want to sell him. There is interest from elsewhere but Juventus want a loan. That does not suit Barcelona. Me Des knows this and has asked Juventus to look to a purchase or a loan to buy (no option) - which will suit Barcelona if completed by next June only.}

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23 Aug 2017 22:04:40
Are Real looking to sell any players so late in the window?

{Ed002's Note - Yes they have players they would be willing to sell.}

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28 Aug 2017 19:45:07
Goodevening Ed002;
Would Mateo Kovacic be a player that Real Madrid is looking to sell?
Thanks.

{Ed002's Note - Initially yes, and they still would be open to include him in a deal to assist in the capture of a high-end buy, but it looks less likely as time goes by. Whilst I suspect he won't be sold unless used as part of an exchange for a high-end player from elsewhere the clubs who have shown an interest (perhaps Spurs may be thinking about him) could yet creep above the parapet.}

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Manchester City Season Review

23 Aug 2017 17:38:33
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24 Aug 2017 06:00:34
Another great one Ed! Looking forward to the next one!

{Ed001's Note - yes the next one will be a lot more relevant to you!}

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24 Aug 2017 16:37:37
It will! But I'm loving all the reviews. Cheers Ed. Awesome as ever.

{Ed001's Note - cheers mate glad you like.}

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21 Aug 2017 10:04:44
Hi guys/ EDs,

Apologies if this has already been answered, I've tried the search function but couldn't find the answer.

What is the latest with Cancelo? I have seen the footage of him after a game getting very emotional, people suggesting that it was his last game. Has he been sold to Inter, and Kondogbia gone the other way on loan?

Thanks in advance and great job on the site!

{Ed002's Note - Cancelo and Kongdogbia are due to switch clubs today on loan to buy deals - but the paperwork will take a few days.}

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21 Aug 2017 11:45:53
Thanks for the swift reply!

{Ed002's Note - You are welcome.}

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21 Aug 2017 09:50:11
Hello Ed02
Please help me and clear my doubt mate.
Was it the release clause or buyout clause that lead to Neymar's departure? I am sure PSG cannot ativate a release clause of a player based in Spanish league.

Cheers mate.

{Ed002's Note - THey can't. However, Barcelona has agreed with two players that if any club matched their release clauses (which are legally only applicable in Iberia) then the player would be told and they would be given to option to pursue the transfer if they wish. It has happened before with Messi who turned down a transfer to one side who had agreed to meet Barcelona's then €250M price tag.}

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21 Aug 2017 10:19:13
Thanks mate. So legally they just can't go and trigger the clause, but make the club aware they are willing to offer as much a it is in the contract!
Am I right that all players in la liga do have a buyout clause attached with their contract?

{Ed002's Note - You need to avoid terms like "trigger". All players in La Liga have a release clause that allows the player to buy himself out of his contract without tax implications. This was to address a ruling from around 30 years ago allowing players a way out of their contracts. It works differently in Iberia to elsewhere as the tax implications do not make such clauses viable. All players in Iberia must have a figure set.}

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21 Aug 2017 10:49:56
Correct, Ed02
But then these players would never have the huge sum to buy themselves out from their contract which leads the buying club to facilitate a move on behalf of them
Which leads to tax implifications?
So what is the important difference between release clause and a buyout clause, As release clause itself help the players to buy themselves out from the current contract?

{Ed002's Note - No. You misunderstand.}

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21 Aug 2017 10:57:55
I guess the first part is correct and I got it wrong in the second one! I am still confused between two clauses 🙄.
Well my understanding is as follows.

Release clause - Enables any club with in boundary of the law to buy a player from another club.

Buyout clause : The player could buy himself out from his contract! ( usually the buying club provides the funds, Ander Gerrerra from Spain to UTD ) .

Or this is completely Bull! 😄.

{Ed002's Note - No, it is not really like that.}

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21 Aug 2017 11:11:30
Oh Jesus! I have been browsing from a week on this and all contradicts with each other.
I remember you saying Herrera's transfer to UTD came through a buyout clause 😄. I am totally confused mate. I just couldn't find a proper explanation on any source out there!
Every player in la liga has a releas clause which help him to buy himself out from the contract without tax implifications. This is clear as water.
I am struggling with the buyout clause! 🙄.

Help me please!

{Ed002's Note - Ignore La Liga, a "buy out" clause is legally binding between a club and a player. The "buy out" is effectively what it says - a means for the player to buy himself out of the contract. As an example, if a player wishes to buy himself out of a contract, he pays the applicable FA (on behalf of the club) the amount of the "buy out" clause effectively becoming a free agent. The problem is that in most cases a player would need to obtain that money from the buying club - and this is fraught with issues regarding "tapping up" and, of course, taxation (as it can be seen as income for the player and would therefore be subject to income tax). There was a test case about the taxation issue in Spain about four years ago, hence the variance to the rules there. So "buy out" clauses are very rare. Related to this is the Webster Ruling but I don't intend to go in to that now.

Why are you bothering with all of this? Do you have a question about a specific player?}

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21 Aug 2017 11:37:52
Wow! My doubt was on Neymar and you cleared it well. I had some confusion regarding clauses.
Thanks mate. I can assure you are the most knowlegavke rodeo clown I have ever come across! It's these I keep coming back to the site 😎.

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Liverpool Season Review

20 Aug 2017 10:50:46
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18 Aug 2017 10:29:28
Hi Eds.

I was wondering what is happening with Real and Barcelona now? You mentioned they wanted to get Dembele, Mbappe and Dybala, but now it looks like its hard for them to do any of that.

Do they have new targets now or are they just keeping their teams?

Also with Real, what are the chances they let Benzema or Bale go now? Are they still players they want to sell or are they keeping them?

Thank you :)

{Ed002's Note - I don't really understand the question - you seem to be mising up the targets of two clubs. And I cannot sensibly answer anything in relation to "what are the chances".}

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19 Aug 2017 07:49:11
Hi Ed002.

I just meant to ask what Barcelona and Real were doing if they couldn't get the players you've mentioned before. Who will Barcelona move on to if Coutinho or Dembele won't join? Who will Real move on to if Mbappe or Dybala won't join? Do they have other options basically?

The next part was just asking if you think its more likely if Bale and Benzema go or stay. Are they available to other clubs or has not getting Mbappe made Real want to keep them?

Sorry for the confusion and thanks for the reply.

{Ed002's Note - Barcelona have been offered Angel Di Maria, may look to Asensio's release clause and consider Jean-Michael Seri a reasonable option. Real Madrid maintain an interest in Eden Hazard, Alexis Sanchez and Antoine Griezmann and remain keen on Kylian Mbappe. Benzema will be able to leave if another forward arrives. A move for Bale is looking unlikely right now.}

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19 Aug 2017 14:44:20
Thank you once again for the reply Ed002.

I have a quick follow up question. Are Real open to let any other players leave? I know you've said Arsenal want a midfielder. Is there any possibility that someone like Kovacic, Llorente or Casimiro could be sold, or are these players Real won't let go either?

{Ed002's Note - Yes, obviously Coentraro, Pepe, Odegaard, Mariano, Morata and James have already gone. Kovacic is available but possibly priced out of a move. Llorente may well be moving - others such as Benzema may be available if players arrive.}

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23 Aug 2017 07:38:52
Morning Ed002. Thanks for the reply to this :)

Can I ask when you might do a sharkopod for the European teams?

{Ed002's Note - I am going to be in Monaco until Friday morning so the weekend at the earliest I would think.}

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23 Aug 2017 11:05:43
Cool. Looking forward to it. Enjoy your time in Monaco :)

{Ed002's Note - It will be a bit of a rush.}

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17 Aug 2017 06:07:34
{Ed's Note - We have posted a new player profile about, Santi Cazorla

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19 Aug 2017 01:22:49
World class players who Arsenal missed last season. Excellent vision and superb technique.

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Arsenal Season Review

15 Aug 2017 12:29:51
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14 Aug 2017 07:54:50
Good Morning Eds, is there any truth to the rumour that Greizmann may be open to a transfer during this window?

I know it's paper talk, however I am simply asking if there is a chance he may now move this window?

Cheers.

{Ed002's Note - Atletico won't be looking to sell.}

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14 Aug 2017 16:45:44
Thanks Ed002.

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11 Aug 2017 00:38:05
Are Arsenal interested in N'zonzi and could we bid for him?

Lastly, have we offered Sanchez 300k per week. If so will he still leave.

Thank you.

{Ed002's Note - Seville has made no secret that they would be open to profiting from the sale of Steven N'Zonzi but both Leicester and Crystal Palace were shocked at the asking price when they showed interest last summer. I guess interest from either club could remain - particularly Leicester as Drinkwater may well be moving on. Newcastle did enquire as to his cost.

I don't know any details of Sanchez' contrat offer, sorry.}

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10 Aug 2017 20:02:47
Hello Eds. Any interest in Asensio? If so, from who? Also, in particular, are Chelsea interested in him?

{Ed002's Note - Real Madrid's Marco Asensio has been the subject of interest from Arsenal who were looking at one time to replace Sanchez with him, Liverpool who saw him as an option to Brandt, Monaco as part of any deal for Mbappe and Juventus amongst others. Interersted sides have been told he is not for sale and Real Madrid are unwilling to have discussions with clubs about the player although they could be tested by Barcelona looking to pay his release clause.}

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12 Aug 2017 19:54:22
You mention Liverpool's interest Ed002. Would Liverpool possibly move for him should Coutinho leave? Thanks in advance and keep up the great work, really appreciate the time you put into us all!

{Ed002's Note - I think it unlikely as they don't want to sell and the thought of an exchange has moved on. If Barcelona would match his release clause it means the player will be given the option to say if he would be open to a move there.}

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14 Aug 2017 23:25:39
How much Is the release clause.

{Ed002's Note - It is unimportant.}

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09 Aug 2017 11:34:22
Hey eds, I saw a rumour this morning that Monaco could be about to make a move for Ronaldo.

Apparently the move has been in the works for years especially with the good relationship between Mendes and Monaco owners.

Any chance this is true?

{Ed002's Note - No it is not true.}

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09 Aug 2017 13:02:29
He's off to Wolves mate.

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09 Aug 2017 16:16:21
Thought it sounded a bit far fetched, but with the money floating around this year I wouldn't have been surprised.

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Antonio Valencia

08 Aug 2017 09:32:57
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Manchester United Season Review

08 Aug 2017 04:32:15
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05 Aug 2017 23:45:17
Hi ed,

You mentioned on the Barcelona page that Barcelona have players targeted to replace Neymar (Veratti, Dybala, Coutinho. ), however reports tonight are saying that that Dembele is close to joining Barcelona. If Dembele does leave Dortmund for Barcelona would Barcelona still be interested in signing Coutinho this summer or would they cool their interest?

Cheers.

{Ed002's Note - I didn't say that.}

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05 Aug 2017 23:51:23
My apologies ed. I believe it was someone else who alluded to that.

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06 Aug 2017 17:02:01
Think it's Veratti and Coutinho whom are an Iniesta replacement and unrelated to Neymar.

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