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24 Jan 2019 19:56:08
Ed 002, with Barcelona buying De Jong and likely to sign Rabiot, are there big changes coming to their mid field if not the whole squad?

{Ed002's Note - The will be changing a lot of the squad and will soon have a new coach.}

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24 Jan 2019 20:48:13
Who are the potential outs and do they have someone in mind for a manager?

{Ed002's Note - Most could potentially leave as hace been explained - and yes they have a very firm preference for a new coach. You can expect a lot to change in the coming year or two.}

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26 Jan 2019 13:52:16
Could i be greedy and ask who the firm preference is Ed002?

{Ed002's Note - Quique Setien.}

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26 Jan 2019 14:15:38
Thanks Ed.

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27 Jan 2019 20:22:27
Amazing choice, looking at his management record, do you have any opinion as to why they would chose him? Ed001 perhaps?

{Ed001's Note - because Betis play the best football in Europe right now.}

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27 Jan 2019 21:04:04
i better start watching then so, thanks.

{Ed001's Note - they are well worth watching. They are really attacking.}

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27 Jan 2019 22:59:56
I think Atalanta would give them a run for their money! Play against each other and it would probably end up 8-8 or similar!

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15 Feb 2019 09:58:58
With Valverde extending his deal at Barcelona does this mean Setien to Barcelona is off?

{Ed002's Note - For now at least.}

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23 Jan 2019 15:14:44
Ed, any update on the transfer of Frenkie De Jong of Ajax? I heard he was PSG bound but now looks like Barcelona have won his signature? I thought Barcelona had to sell before they bought anyone in! Thanks ed002.

{Ed002's Note - As I said in the Sharkopod, Frenkie de Jong was the primary target and the player has agreed the move sometime ago and the delay was with Barcelona trying to get the €80M asking price reduced. Barcelona do need to keep the books balanced and make space in the squad and wage bucket.}

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23 Jan 2019 16:47:05
legend, Thanks Ed002.

{Ed002's Note - You are welcome.}

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23 Jan 2019 19:34:34
Can I be cheeky Ed002 and ask if there is any truth in the Coutinho to Chelsea rumours please? If you don't want to, that's fine. But just thought I'd ask. Much appreciated.

{Ed002's Note - Coutinho will be available to be used in a part exchange or to be sold but I am not aware of any Chelsea rumours.}

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24 Jan 2019 10:35:57
Ahh damn. Thought he could do well in this setup and under Sarri’s guidance. Thanks for the reply Ed002. Again much appreciated.

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20 Jan 2019 17:03:07
Ed whos interested in lobotka thanks.

{Ed002's Note - Stanislav Lobotka was of interest to Inter but they were priced out of a move; Leicester as an option to Mohamed Elneny; Milan who have gone for a different option; Fiorentina, but not as first choice; Napoli have had interest for a while and may push this month; PSG but they have three in front of him and one lower cost solution in their list of DM targets.}

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21 Jan 2019 01:44:01
Ed can i ask who the 3 options are and the lower cost option thanks.

{Ed002's Note - It is all in the Sharkopod.}

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16 Jan 2019 19:35:33
Hi Ed002 I've seen Bruno Fernandes' name popping up recently do you know if he's of interest to any clubs at the moment? Would be interesting to hear if clubs at CL level would want him or believe he can reach that level?

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08 Jan 2019 19:01:06
Ed001, what do you make of Real Madrid’s courting of Brahim Diaz? Is he that good?

{Ed001's Note - not really but they are desperately in need of a rebuild and the fans want Spanish players. He is not bad like, but it is a sign of how weak they have become that they went to such lengths to get him.}

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08 Jan 2019 20:21:05
Thanks, I suppose he hasn’t played enough to do a player profile. This rebuild is going to be brutal for Madrid fans, I can see a few years without a trophy.

{Ed001's Note - I will have a look and see if I can find enough footage to do one.}

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08 Jan 2019 21:21:15
Mighty, thank you.

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08 Jan 2019 10:38:38

With Koulibaly signing a new contract, does that mean he is unlikely to move this January/ summer transfer window.

With the recent racism that he has received, is the player wanting to move?

I'd imagine if he was available, that he would cost more than VVD.

Thanks in advance.

{Ed002's Note - He is happy where he is and not available.}

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07 Jan 2019 15:19:33

With the rumours of Coutinho being linked to utd showing up in the papers, would you know of any interest from Manutd?
I can't believe it myself, as Pogba (although on the way out) has been playing much better since Mou going and should surely be kept until the summer?


{Ed002's Note - No.}

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07 Jan 2019 16:25:20
Thank you Ed 👍.

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07 Jan 2019 05:21:11
Ed002, in the Sharkopod, you talked about Real's interest in Neymar and Hazard.

If Real manage to offload both Asensio and Bale, is it possible that they make a move for both Hazard and Neymar?

Or will they buy one of the two along with a right winger like Salah or Suso?

{Ed002's Note - Real Madrid are looking for first team adaptable wide players and a high end striker in addition to have already added a young LW player. So signing Neymar and Hazard would not be discounted. Regarding Suso, interest gone after being advised by a third party he is not good enough for them.}

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05 Jan 2019 23:42:28
Ed002, mind saying which club is meeting Real for Rodriguez this week?

{Ed002's Note - Juventus.}

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04 Jan 2019 21:06:07
Ed002, what is the short-term future of Real Madrid's Javi Sanchez? Will he be one of RM's 4 centre-backs next season or will he leave on loan?

{Ed002's Note - He will play for the B side and may get a cameo in a cup.}

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01 Jan 2019 16:27:07
Hi ed002 happy new year to you.
Are any clubs showing interest in coutinho from Barcelona?
I think its fair to say that things havnt worked out for him there.

{Ed002's Note - Nobody is knocking on the door Ken, but he becomes a token that can be exchanged.}

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02 Jan 2019 14:38:05
Thanks 002.
Im no transfer expert but on the face of it, it looks to me that they over paid substantially for both coutinho malcolm and dembele in particular and that they have not lived up to their billing.
As you say using them in part exchange for other players might be the way they can get them moved on.
2 very good players i don't know much about malcolm.
I thought city might be interested in coutinho and psg dembele.

{Ed002's Note - Manchester City have never shown an interest in Pipco Ken.}

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02 Jan 2019 15:43:43
Cheers ed.

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03 Jan 2019 05:41:28
I agree Ken, the last few windows signings haven't been as successful as what everyone thought for Barcelona. And they haven't come cheap either with Counting and Denver being very huge outlays. Will these failings have a more long term effect? And the bigger issue is not many teams seem keen to take them away either and even then not many can pay anywhere close to what Barcelona bought them for. A situation little similar to Pogba, not many sides able to outright buy them and player exchanges might be best option.

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03 Jan 2019 15:51:02
Damn this autocorrect. I meant Coutinho and Dembele not Counting and Denver.

{Ed002's Note - The escalation in prices mean that trades are becoming more viable at the higher end.}

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05 Jan 2019 18:23:31
I totally agree ed002 and deeps.

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30 Dec 2018 20:39:53
Any interest in Asensio? doesn't seem to be having the best time at Madrid.

{Ed002's Note - Try the search engine.}

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29 Dec 2018 15:35:31
Ed002, who is interested in Junior Firpo?

{Ed002's Note - Manchester Cityand when Wenger was there Arsenal. Regardless Real Madrid are getting the required funds together to resolve their left back problem by buying him.}

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24 Dec 2018 13:53:36
Ed is anyone interested in saul niguez and would they sell thanks.

{Ed002's Note - Barcelona, Real Madrid and Manchester United have shown an interest although Atletico would avoid selling to REal Madrid and Manchester United's interest would have left with JM.}

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24 Dec 2018 00:31:43
Hello Ed002! Can i ask you if Coutinho is still unsettled or if the club want to sell him now in January or in the summer? And if there is a chance of Coutinho coming back to Liverpool?

{Ed002's Note - Barcelona may be open to moving Coutinho on as it is not working out as well as hoped but there is no thought about him returning to Liverpool.}

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27 Dec 2018 02:05:19
Thanks Ed002!

{Ed002's Note - You are welcome.}

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31 Dec 2018 12:01:44
Is anyone interested in him? Is Barcelona courting him to any clubs?

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19 Dec 2018 10:36:25
Mou to Real? Certainly wouldn't be surprised if Solari doesn't do well and no high profile manager wants to move there (i. e. Allegri or Poch), especially with Perez's tendency to make baffling decisions.

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07 Dec 2018 19:32:38
ed who is interested in denis suarez thanks.

{Ed002's Note - Milan.}

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13 Nov 2018 22:54:26
Hi Ed hope all is well. Would the appointment of solari on a 3 year contract rule out the possibility of Pochettino moving to Real? Would this open the door to the possibility of him being considered for the United job in the summer. Apologies in advance if this question is ambiguous.

{Ed001's Note - no, they can sack Solari at any time. He is only there because the people they wanted would not come at this time.}

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05 Nov 2018 13:34:36
Ed002, two questions:

1) Is there a likelihood that Real Madrid will sell Marcelo next summer?

2) Are Real Madrid interested in Alfonso Pedraza as Marcelo's replacement?

{Ed002's Note - (1) Yes, (2) No, Pedraza is not a left back and they have others in mind to replace Marcelo.}

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05 Nov 2018 21:59:26
ed is marcos alonso one of those madrid want.

{Ed002's Note - As I have explained I have no interest in discussing Chelsea players or Chelsea.}

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06 Nov 2018 14:18:31
Hi ED002, for how long are you going to punish all Chelsea fans? Please reconsider your stance on Chelsea as we have really suffered your absence/ abstinence just because someone/ few people abused you. It's even possible he/ they are impostors trying to ruin it for us the cfc fans.
I appeal to other club fans in the spirit of sportsmanship/ gamesmanship to intervene on ED002 to forgive us the Chelsea supporters and return to our page. We really miss all her/ his contributions which makes the tick.
ED002, I'm sorry if I shouldn't have posted this on this page but that's how passionate the majority of us missed you.

{Ed002's Note - The problem is that as soon as I explain anything the abuse starts again. I have no intention of living with that at all at this time.}

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06 Nov 2018 14:39:40
Ilo, I fully agree with you. A few imposters and toxic fans are spoiling everything for us.

Having said that, I don't blame Ed002 for the stance he has taken. Nobody deserves to be abused for the good work he/ she does.

Ed002, do you get abuse on the European pages as well? If not, a handful of us Chelsea fans can use this page to get our questions answered. We will keep this secretive so that the abusers don't know about this.

{Ed002's Note - I have to be careful on the European pages as it has been known, but it is a lot less.}

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06 Nov 2018 16:51:19
We would be genuinely grateful if you can provide the Chelsea fans with valuable info. We promise that this will stay within these page.

{Ed002's Note - As I have explained - it is not worth the grief.}

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10 Nov 2018 16:01:04
I too understand your stance Ed as much as I wish it wasn't the case. Have you ever considered shaming the abusers? So us real fans know which posters don't deserve our time of day.

{Ed002's Note - Not worth the bother.}

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03 Nov 2018 14:55:55
Ed know you don't like to talk bout chelsea, but is there any truth to rumors that valverede wants willian and there in talks and could offer malcom in deal for willian.

{Ed002's Note - I would not hold your breath.}

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30 Oct 2018 23:38:29
ed is there any interest in dembele as reports saying Barcelona told him to find a new club in january. is there any truth in these reports? thanks.

{Ed002's Note - A third party will try and find him another club. Potentially Barcelona could look to using him in a deal for another player.}

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31 Oct 2018 00:24:57
ed possible to ask who third party is? do you mean an agent? any player/ s in particular? also why are they looking to sell? thanks.

{Ed002's Note - It is unimportant who the third party is. They are looking to sell be cause it has not worked out as well as they had hoped.}

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25 Oct 2018 09:30:06
Hi Eds, hope your all well just a query as I see a few mentioning the like of Alejandro Iturbe, vinicus jr and alvaro odriozola. I was just wondering if you have had any opportunity to watch any of these players and how much potential they really have. thanks you in advance.

{Ed002's Note - I can tell you only what others think. Alejandro Iturbe is just a child who Barcelona are expecting to sign. Vinicius Junior is seen as a very real talent that needs some nurturing but Real Madrid opted to purchase him earlier than planned because of the interest of an English side - he potentially has a very good future if he gets his head down and works at it. Odriozola is another very well thought of player and could have chosen Barcelona over Real Madrid - there were also two high-profile English sides keen but the player did not want to leave Spain.}

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25 Oct 2018 13:46:54
Ed, do you think Vinicius should be brought into the first team since Madrid have only three wingers or should he keep playing with the Castilla side for now?

{Ed002's Note - They will gradually involve him more.}

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25 Oct 2018 23:10:33
Thanks eds.

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24 Oct 2018 04:33:58
Good day Ed, Mauro icardi has been in fine form for some seasonsv which of course get linked to host of other big clubs like Chelsea and Real Madrid. Please can you tell if any of them has serious interest considering they all seem to need striker.
Piatek start to the season has got everyone talking though I haven't seen much him. Please what do you think of him, can he live up to the hype in a big team and is there any big team interested especially in January.

{Ed002's Note - Inter will not be looking to sell their captain in January. Interested clubs have always had a concern about the level of grief Icardi and his wife may cause but may push for a move if other targets are not available - but there is still a certain third party looking to become involved and engineer a move for him to a currently uninterested club.

In terms of Krzysztof Piatek he has been improving year-on-year and this season he has been scoring at around a goal a game, but that obviously won't be sustained. Regardless, his performances last season were enough to attract scouts to POland and for offers to be made this passed summer. He opted for Genoa over Inter Milan as he did not want to be loaned out and he wanted to be a starter. His form this season has seen Inter Milan pushing Genoa to strike a deal, Napoli to propose a ridiculous offer that included a loan back but with payments spread over a very long period with all sorts of caveats, and very recently an approach from Borussia Dortmund.}

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24 Oct 2018 15:15:48
Ed who is the third party is and what interested club thanks.

{Ed002's Note - It is unimportant who the third party is - and as the club is uninterested it makes no sense naming them.}

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24 Oct 2018 17:02:21
Ed002, when you talk about 'the level of grief that Icardi and his wife may cause', what do you mean?

{Ed002's Note - Is is not completely self explanatory? There is a vast amount of baggage that goes with them - talking to the press, making vast financial claims, talking about the "only" club he would sign for etc..}

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24 Oct 2018 17:19:10
Oh okay, I was unaware about any other shenanigans apart from the one he pulled on Maxi Lopez and getting in a fight with the Inter ultras.

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24 Oct 2018 20:13:32
Thanks a bunch ED002, quite appreciate.

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16 Oct 2018 18:21:32
Ed002, what are Barcelona's plans for rebuilding the squad?
Which positions will they seek to address, who are the players they are targeting and who are the players they are looking to sell?
Thanks in advance, Ed.

{Ed002's Note - You will need to remind me on Thursday - I have a very hectic day tomorrow.}

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17 Oct 2018 04:02:16
Alright, Ed.

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18 Oct 2018 06:10:06
Ed002, just giving you the reminder that you asked for. :)

{Ed002's Note - Barcelona will be constrained to adding only one South American/non-Euro/non-Cotenau player without another leaving but in the bigger scheme of things they have an aging squad and they need to raise funds to support an ambitious plan to rebuild. They have been looking at and considering:

Jeroen Zoet (GK)
Alejandro Iturbe (GK) - Kiddie from Atletico that an English side have made an illegal approach for

Ferland Mendy (LWB) - seen as a cost effective Lucas Digne replacement if Juan MIranda is not ready to step up from the B squad - a good one for the future but Lyon will want too much for a player who could end up being used as cover
Mikel Balenziaga (LB) Athletic will sell for a small fee in January if they can and he would provide just the solution Barcelona need - Valverde wants him but others want to utilise B team players if they can and save money for starters
Marco Alonso (LWB) - only if Jordi Alba were to leave, but player is happy where he is right now
Alex Telles (LWB) - emerging as a favourite after Alonso if Jordi Alba were to leave but serious interest from elsewhere

Joshua Kimmich (RWB) - primary target
Moussa Wague (RWB) – a solution to step up from the B squad after losing out on Alvaro Odriozola

Matthijs de Ligt (CB) preferred choice and Barcelona will likely make an offer for MdL and FdJ as a pair in January - but MdL is very much a January target
Dayot Upamecano (CB) an option to MdL but seen as over priced
Unai Nunez (CB)
Malang Sarr (CB) - expensive Umtiti replacement – unlikely
Leonardo Balerdi (CB) if he joins he will be loaned back or sent on loan
Djené Dakonam (CB)

Frenkie de Jong (CM) remains a primary target
Adrien Rabiot (CM) - will look for a pre-contract in January and take the player in the summer
Paul Pogba (CM) Expensive, Barcelona will try and include a player in any move, some discussions with Mino but no approach to MU or formal offer and wages will be an issue (unless they can off-load Messi in 2020)
Saul Niguez (CM) interest dates back to a gentleman's agreement that cannot be invoked but seems to be constantly rumoured - not of interest any longer
Rodrigo Bentancur (M) very unlikely
Kevin Kampl (CM) - far down the list back
Aisar Illarramendi (CM) - cheap cover
Dani Parejo (CM)

Lucas Paqueta (AM) - Barcelona have looked again now that Coutinho has taken Portuguese citizenship (although UEFA could yet object) but the player has his heart set on a move elsewhere which is already tentatively agreed

Nicolas Pepe (RW) – interest is there but interest from elsewhere could win out
Cristian Pavon (RW/F) - staying where he is for now and then will likely head to Barcelona at some point
Mo Salah (RW/F) would have considered him, but not at the amount of money his agent wanted off RM and only without his required "unique contract clause" - right now the chance is near zip

Steven Bergwijn (LW/AM) - unlikely
Hirving Lozano (LW/F)

Antoine Griezmann (F) - to replace Suarez, looking unlikely with the player having other ideas.
Gabriel Jesus (F) as an alternative to Griezmann
Timo Werner (S) – unlikely as he is eventually expected to head elsewhere, but Barcelona have continued to scout him but it would need a change of style or him to adapt - hard to see where he naturally fits in
Roberto Firmino (F) has been considered as a potential addition and way down the list for both Barcelona and the previously considering Bayern Munich.
Neymar (F) Barcelona's Plan X is scrap everything, bring Neymar back.

In terms of players who could be leaving:

Jasper Cillessen (GK) - player wants to move to get a regular start - Barcelona will let this happen but there is a lack of interest - €35M asking price

Sergi Roberto (RWB) club want him to stay
Jorgi Alba (LB) - contract situation still unresolved and patience is wearing thin

Samuel Umtiti (CB) decision is that he is not up to scratch
Thomas Vermaelen (CB) time has come

Ivan Rakitic (CM)
Denis Suarez (CM)
Rafinha (CM) - available
Paulinho (CM) - Guangzhou Evergrande have an option to buy
Andre Gomes (CM)
Arturo Vidal (CM) Will make him available

Sergi Roberto (RWB)

Philippe Countinho (AM) Barcelona may be open to moving Coutinho on as it is not working out as well as hoped.

Malcom (RW) - the club will let Malcom go and use the fast progressing Carles Pérez as cover if necessary

Ousmane Dembele (W/F) - attempts to include him in a transaction for another player failed and with their need for money they will sell if the money is right, and at a fee below what they paid, or perhaps over paid for him. There are a number of other players available that might also help to raise sufficient funds for the changes they want to be made.
Paco Alcacer (F) - Borussia Dortmund have taken up an option to buy so he has gone
Luis Suarez (S)
LIonel Messi (F) expected to move in 2020

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18 Oct 2018 11:18:13
Ed002, thanks for this brilliant reply. Really love how much effort you make to provide some many details.

Would you be kind enough to clarify the two following doubts?

1) What is this "unique contract clause" that Mo Salah requires?

2) Will Neymar prefer a move to Barcelona or to Real Madrid?

{Ed002's Note - (1) Unimportant; (2) I don't know which Neymar would prefer.}

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18 Oct 2018 12:18:56
Thanks a ton, Ed. I hope your vacations are going well. :)

{Ed002's Note - I don't have any vacations I am afraid.}

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18 Oct 2018 12:51:25
Ed who is interested in dembele, malcom and pepe thanks.

{Ed002's Note - (a) Which Dembele? (b) Inter (c) Bayern Munich, Lyon, Real Betis, Sevilla, Barcelona.}

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18 Oct 2018 13:34:57
IIRC, you were travelling. Is that work-related?

{Ed002's Note - Yes.}

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18 Oct 2018 14:01:37
I hope you can find time between your work to enjoy a bit of sight-seeing.

{Ed002's Note - I was in Munich yesterday - I know the city well so no need for any sight seeing.}

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18 Oct 2018 19:06:28
Ed ousmaane dembele, who is interested? Thanks.

{Ed002's Note - Nobody at this time.}

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18 Oct 2018 22:01:08
Which teams if any are interested in Umtiti Ed? Although I haven't watched too much of him (actually not been able to watch much footy if any lately) from whatever I have seen he looks a good player and more importantly to me he looks to be the best cb at Barcelona. Seems odd they will be happy to offload him.

{Ed002's Note - None and he has a major injury issue.}

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14 Oct 2018 07:01:55
Ed002, who is interested in Gareth Bale?

{Ed002's Note - He has been offered around but no one is interested at this time.}

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18 Oct 2018 17:46:23
Ed002, pardon me cause I am new to this site, but are you involved in football?
You come off as someone who's well-known in footballing circles.

{Ed002's Note - We tend not to discuss what the Eds do Roman.}

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