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20 Jun 2018 09:59:30
Hi eds just wondering if there's any new player profiles soo or world cup ones etc. Thanks in advance as i imagine your v. busy.

{Ed001's Note - not at the moment mate, Ed033 was making some changes to the site so I haven't been able to do any.}

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19 Jun 2018 23:15:53
Quick question for any of the Eds who may have info. It seems Jerome Boateng could be available this summer, are any clubs taking a look at him? If so I'd love to know who. Thanks in advance.

{Ed001's Note - last I heard Man Utd and Juve had an interest in him.}

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19 Jun 2018 11:54:42
Hi eds hope alls good. Just wondered if there is any interest in pavon at all? And also what will happen to vinicus jr do you suspect he will be loaned and would it only be to certain areas due to work permits? Thanks v. much.

{Ed002's Note - Barcelona, PSG, Arsenal and another English side all have shown an interest.}

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19 Jun 2018 18:46:57
Is thar for pavon? Thanks.

{Ed002's Note - Yes.}

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19 Jun 2018 19:42:49
Thanks eds002 appreciate it. Do you know much about thw future of vinicus at all? i'm guessing its hard to say as he's so young.

{Ed002's Note - He will move this summer to Real Madrid and willlpossibly he loaned back for a season.}

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19 Jun 2018 23:43:13
Suppose he will have to see what new manager thinks first and go from there. Cheers eds have a good day/ evening whatever time it may be for you!

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19 Jun 2018 10:23:04
Hi Eds,

Long time reader and occasional poster here, hope you are doing well through the summer silly season!

Would like to know if there are any clubs interested in Hirving Lozano of PSV; looks to be a fearless zippy winger, think he would thrive in PL. Have seen recent rumours suggesting Everton are interested but never believe anything until Ed002 says so!

Appreciate all the work you put in, this is my most viewed website!

{Ed002's Note - Allardyce was interested in taking Lozano to Everton and if Blinds does not have a no poaching agreement he may well be as well. PSV has already discussed Lozano as part of a deal involving two premier league players from another club and Barcelona are also interested.}

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17 Jun 2018 17:39:45
Hi Ed’s, just wondering what the situation with Mbappe is? I remember the PSG deal was a loan with an option to buy of €140m ish. Do PSG have to buy him or could he potentially move elsewhere? I’ve not heard anything about him regarding rumours which suggests to me there’s no danger of him going anywhere other than PSG.
Thanks.

{Ed002's Note - As you say it was a loan to buy, but it is a binding commitment to buy and not an option. So he will, once the end of June has passed, complete his transfer to PSG and then he can be kept, loaned, sold or exchanged.}

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17 Jun 2018 19:22:37
Cheers ed.

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16 Jun 2018 21:13:28
ed which clubs are interested in ndombele and could he leave in the summer
thanks.

{Ed002's Note - Manchester City have tried to organise something - so far unsuccessfully. PSG had an unsuccessful discussion with Lyon as well.}

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15 Jun 2018 10:10:50
Hi Ed. Could you tell us which clubs are interested in Golovin and if he will be moving this window? Thanks.

{Ed002's Note - Juventus, who have a tentative agreement already. Arsenal, but he has better options. Manchester United where he has been of long-term interest to Mourinho who another alternative to SMS that Mourinho tried to buy at Chelsea on the advice of Avram Grant. Chelsea remained keen as he is a favourite of Leonid Slutsky who gave him his break in 2015, but are working hard on another target instead. Expectation is that Juventus should be able to complete the move.}

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15 Jun 2018 15:41:04
Thanks Ed.

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16 Jun 2018 01:57:06
Ed is the other chelsea target Seri? Thanks.

{Ed002's Note - No, its unimportant.}

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15 Jun 2018 02:22:26
Ed can you tell us which sides have an interest in Pulisic or would want him in this summer and which have perhaps had discussions for him with Dortmund?

Or just direct me to wherever you have answered some interest in Pulisic question.

Thanks in advance!

{Ed002's Note - Spurs and Manchester United are interested but Dortmund don't want to sell and if they did the price would be prohibitive.}

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15 Jun 2018 09:01:54
Thanks Ed! When can I remind you for a little update on the Spurs page?

{Ed002's Note - I will be travelling for 10 days now.}

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15 Jun 2018 09:18:02
Bon voyage Ed!

{Ed002's Note - Thank you.}

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14 Jun 2018 15:42:15
Afternoon all- Ed002 is there any movement for hirving Lozano? He was mentioned as being of interest for a few clubs but his name hasn't cropped up so much of late.
Thanks.

{Ed002's Note - Hirving Lozano was certainly of interest to Wenger at Arsenal and Allardyce at Everton - but it is not clear if that Arsenal interest remains. Obviously Brands knows him from PSV so whilst there might still be interest I am not so sure Brands would look to cherry pick PSV players. Barcelona has also maintained an interest for a while, but I suspect much will depend on other coming and goings.}

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14 Jun 2018 15:51:57
Many thanks Ed002- enjoy the rest of your day.

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19 Jun 2018 10:39:22
Hi Ed002, I just posted a similar question; I searched using the function but only a post from 2016 came up on Lozano. sorro for wasting your time.

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14 Jun 2018 13:03:26
Hello Ed's,

Just a list of random players but could you share any info on following players

Raphael Guerrero
Jonas Hector
Marvin Plattenhardt
Philip Max

All good lbs in the Bundesliga. Any clubs interested.

{Ed002's Note - (a) Raphael Guerreiro - there is nothing to say. (b) Hector - lots of interest but no offers right now. Barcelona are keen but he is not first choice for them. (c) Plattenhardt was looked at by PSV and Brighton and it is suggested Brands would like him at Everton. (d) Manchester United remain the last of the clubs interested in Philipp Max right now.}

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13 Jun 2018 19:02:09
With the news re PSG needing to raise around €60mill euros by end of June who are the players that they are prepared to lose? Or can they get this income from other sources away from player sales?

{Ed002's Note - Try the search engine - I have dealt with this whole issue reatedly since last summer. There is nothing new and nothing has changed.}

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12 Jun 2018 19:15:17
What's the situation at Sporting Lisbon.
How can the players cancel their contracts?
Cheers.

{Ed002's Note - They can't.}

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12 Jun 2018 12:53:25
ed002 hope you don't mind, but what is happening at Sporting Lisbon? Can the players really terminate their contracts like that? Where are they looking to go or have they even thought that far ahead?

{Ed002's Note - It is a case of players asking to terminate their contracts after trouble with the fans and the owner. It is not simply a case of cancelling them.}

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11 Jun 2018 19:23:46
Hello Ed02,

With reports coming out today in Portugal that Sporting Lisbon will terminate contracts of their players and players being attacked by hooligans and stuff could you explain what's been going on there? Would completely understand if you don't want to answer as it can be an sensitive issue.

{Ed002's Note - It is simply not as you have all interpreted it.}

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11 Jun 2018 17:59:09
Hey Ed002 hope all is well,

News coming out that Martins, Carvalho and Fernandes of Sporting Lisbon are all now free agents.

My question is what happens now for these players from Sportings perspective (can see it becoming an issue legally) .

{Ed002's Note - It is not as simple as that.}

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10 Jun 2018 18:58:45
Hi Eds hope you're all enjoying the summer so far and getting excited for the world cup :)

Just had a question about the future of the champions league. Wonder if any of the eds had an opinion what the next major change could be or maybe if you'd heard anything?

Also wanted to say appreciate the efforts in running the sites, enjoy it a lot (the search function is brilliant)

{Ed002's Note - It remains very much an on-going issue with regular discussions on the matter between around 16 “elite” European clubs (including three from England) who meet to discuss a variety of issues a couple of times a year. Without going in to too much detail:
(a) A number of clubs take the opportunity to meet and discuss various issues including changes in rules, club versus country issues, television and other media rights, the power of UEFA, exploitation issues for new technology streams, etc.. The meetings were annually but now they happen two and sometimes three times a year. There was a meeting in December – where there was a discussion about the state of FIFA, the situation with UEFA and a so far unpublished claim from a retired referee that the result of a Champions League game was influenced by a third party. These discussions also always turn to the possibility and structure of a breakaway pan European league. Several are ex-G14 clubs, several are not, and some clubs decline involvement in such discussions.
(b) The plan is that at some point a number of clubs would break away from their national leagues and UEFA. They accept that they would be banned from all existing club competition and the players would initially be banned from all FIFA competitions as well, but know that FIFA would be looking to negotiate in any case. It would be the end of UEFA in all probability and UEFA are very aware of this. It would also result in a restructuring of many of the national leagues.
(c) The clubs would renegotiate their television and media rights, rights of distribution via other streams etc..
(d) It remains the greatest fear of UEFA and all major national authorities that one day this will happen – which has resulted in a counter-proposal being drafted by UEFA.
(e) Timing wise, two very prominent clubs wanted it to happen as soon as possible (2018 was their plan in 2015 – not a chance) and they have the support of a third club - but most are looking at 2021 to 2025 being a good option. A few clubs are looking at 2025 to 2028 and I suspect that could end up as the reality.}

There are two/three counter-proposals to the pan-European breakaway that have partially been backed by UEFA to try and save their own skin. The first proposal is to rename and change the format of the UEFA Champions League to make it an elite closed-shop pan-European league with a fixed number of teams – and these would be the same teams every year and be based on past winners of the Champions League and European Cup and a few (not specified) more. It would then require the restructuring of the Europa League and the possible introduction of a lower-tier European competition again. Although they have yet to flesh out the detail and there is now a major concern that the impetus for this is not coming from Europe, although one major Football Association has given their support and discussions have also been held with the leading clubs from England (Manchester United, Manchester City, Chelsea, Liverpool and Arsenal). The American backer, Stephen Ross of the Miami Dolphins, has on several occasions requested a meeting with an extant group of sides considering the pan-European breakaway to discuss his proposals. They have yet to respond but having identified the source of much of the funding (and that raising a concern) will wish to discuss it between themselves first. This has dragged on for a year or more and nothing has happened - and I doubt it wil.

However, UEFA are now considering a variant proposal that would see some places in the CL fixed (probably to previous winners) and then see it supplemented by Champions and second place sides each season. This complicates matters again as it means the re-introduction of a third competition or the significant restructuring of the EL. The plan being put to clubs is a summer/preseason tournament that will evolve in to a parallel league, and of course eventually in to a complete breakaway for these clubs. As a first step to all of this, UEFA have negotiated minor changes that will see the four entrants from England, Germany, Spain and Italy enter the existing Champions League group stages without any qualification beyond their National League position (so no entry to qualifying rounds). This has been agreed by the European Club Association but UEFA did not want to discuss it with the separate group of “elite” sides discussing the Pan European League (and that “elite” group includes three English sides) as they are aware they will get no more than a shrug and no long-term support - and that is where we are now.

The second major counter proposal is a Chinese proposal from the Dalian Wanda Group proposes to open up the lucrative Chinese and Far Eastern media markets by extending the league to include Chinese and South American clubs. This has yet to be discussed by the "elite" sides as a group although the proposals have been presented to a number of them already on an individual basis. The proposals are very broad-based and lack detail - their selling point is significant additional income for the "elite". The general feeling from informal discussions over cocktails is that the "elite" would not want it on a league basis but could be open to including other sides in a some sort of expanded World Club

If the proposal for a breakaway goes ahead, there is every likelihood that the big money from television, sponsorship etc. would go with a breakaway league. It would completely rupture the operations of UEFA and I would expect it would require national associations like the FA to restructure their leagues. Nobody wants this but it is the eventual consequence I would expect. Initially it could be that there is a single 16 team league with 2 or 3 EPL teams making the initial plunge. If I had to speculate, I would think (1) you might eventually see something like five or six EPL teams leave for two-tier pan European league - but it won't be based on the UEFA rankings; (2) the Premier League would be disbanded as an organisation; (3) the FA would restructure in to two 20 team divisions with lower leagues regionalised as they were many years ago; (4) FIFA would ban all players from the breakaway teams from International football - perhaps rescinding that position to stop FIFA breaking up as well - they don't want further issues but the troubles are not going to go away. I could also see many teams lose their professional status. I would think we are probably 10 years away from any significant move at this time.

I hold a reasonably strong view in terms of the need to restructure football in Europe in any case. For me an eventual a breakaway pan-European league would force the restructuring of many of the national leagues, possibly resulting in a British league with perhaps only a couple of professional tiers and then regionalised amateur leagues below that. Financially I do not see that so many pro sides can be sustained within the sport which, like it or not, will see more and more money going in to the highest levels of the game. Governments will ensure that grassroots sport get funding but everything in the middle (Southern, Northern, Conference, Division 2, Scottish Divisions 1-3, League of Wales will not get the funding needed to continue on any sort of professional basis. For me, clubs should already recognise this and put their efforts in to getting there finances in order to see if they can make it to a British professional league that will need to flourish without perhaps six sides that have eventually gone down the pan-European route - and have gone for good (it would be two or perhaps three initially). Clubs like Accrington Stanley will need to carry on as amateurs or face extinction (yet again). Recently Hartlepool has been struggling - again it needs to adapt. The mighty Third Lanark have started their long journey back to the top - it can be done.

The game has changed significantly and will continue to do so whether the Liverpool supporters like it or not. Football at the highest level is big business and attracts the sponsorship it does because the sponsors wish to tap in to the disposable income of the fans and ride the back of the advertising that flows naturally from the success some clubs achieve. Long gone are the days of the cloth-capped, hobnailed-booted, chimney sweep making his way, rattle in hand, to cheer on his team at Anfield on a Saturday afternoon. I have explained that there will be changes, probably within the next 10 to 12 years, which will force the restructuring of all of the leagues in Europe and likely do away with the likes of UEFA. You will have the opportunity to see the likes of Real Madrid, Bayern Munich, Juventus and the other major European sides play in week-on-week regular competition at The Emirates, St James Park, Stamford Bridge or wherever. Fans of the sides who take the plunge will have the opportunity to visit cities such as Milan, Barcelona, Munich, etc. every couple of weeks to watch their team play. If you want to don your cloth cap, have a pint of wallop with your chums before going off to the local match through the grim, wet and cobbled streets of the Northwest of England where there is smog, dead & dying pit ponies laying on the street and only chips and fried curry to eat., perhaps one of the sides from the suburbs will have survived so you can go and watch them?

It was thought that a possible option might have resulted from a potential landmark decision that UEFA were to make in June or July 2017 - and that could facilitate the ownership of lower-tier sides by the more senior sides and then work as a feeder club. However – the need to make that decision was avoided.}

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10 Jun 2018 22:55:05
An unbelievably informed and indepth post Ed002. A great read, thanks.

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10 Jun 2018 23:10:55
Firstly thanks very much for the reply Ed002 very generous of you to the put the level of detail and time into your reply.

I am not surprised to hear any of this, its generally what I expected. I hate to think about the level of corruption that plagues FIFA and UEFA, it's easy to see why this has become a concern for many clubs and could perhaps be the 'official' reason they break away but we all know the real motive which without a doubt is money. It disappoints me that there is a very real chance of this happening but again its not a surprise. I can only hope the governing bodies get their act together and do their jobs but I know its too late with the power and money that certain clubs have been allowed to possess.

Its very disappointing that money can so easily damage what football has been about for so long. I think it would've been very hard to predict the vast financial success in the sport but FIFA and UEFA should have had measures in place to ensure control and ensure that they were free from corruption.

There's so much more to say but I'd be here hours so thanks again Ed002, you've left me with a lot to think about.

{Ed002's Note - You are welcome.}

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11 Jun 2018 10:08:35
Thanks very much for a very informative and thought provoking reply, Ed002. As a follow up, I wanted to ask you a question. Do you see a future where even the European national teams take a back seat to this Pan European league proposal? In other words, do you see this Pan European League taking on supra national status and superceding the influence of national teams (as mandated by FIFA and/ or UEFA)? Do you see the end of European competitions (like UEFA's Euro Cup)? Will FIFA survive this evolution/ revolution intact? Thanks in advance.

{Ed002's Note - No it won’t impact the National team.}

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11 Jun 2018 15:48:15
Thanks Ed002 👍.

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08 Jun 2018 07:45:38
HEllon Eds. With the world cup fast approaching I was wondering if there were any less known players from all nations to keep an eye out for? Golovin for Russia (not that unkown) is player who impressed me when I saw him play for cska. Thanks.

{Ed001's Note - maybe Diego Laxalt from Uruguay, Ziyech of Morocco, Embolo of Switzerland, Werner from Germany, Lozano of Mexico, Dendocker for Belgium. It is really difficult to know what is less known these days as everyone can see them all online or in video games.}

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08 Jun 2018 09:39:58
Thanks ed. Will look out for these players. Know of wearner but not seen him play, and was impressed with dendoncker against United in europa, looked a good player. Who's your tip to win the world cup? I've had a few sterling on Uruguay.

{Ed001's Note - boring as it is, Brazil are by far and away the best equipped team to win it.}

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08 Jun 2018 10:20:54
Cheers ed. Thanks for all your input on all pages. Have a good day.

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09 Jun 2018 19:30:43
I've picked out one player from each team to 'watch out for':

Egypt: Mohamed Salah
Russia: Aleksandr Golovin
Saudi Arabia: Mohammed Al-Sahlawi
Uruguay: Maxi Gomez
Iran: Sadar Azmoun
Morocco: Hakin Ziyech
Portugal: Bruno Fernandes
Spain: Marco Asensio
Australia: Aaron Mooy
Denmark: Pione Sisto
France: Kylian Mbappe
Peru: Paulo Guerrero
Argentina: Cristian Pavon
Croatia: Marcelo Brozovic
Iceland: Albert Guðmundsson
Nigeria: Wilfred Ndidi
Brazil: Neymar
Costa Rica: Joel Campbell
Serbia: Sergej Milinkovic-Savic
Switzerland: Manuel Akanji
Germany: Marco Reus
Mexico: Hirving Lozano
South Korea: Son Heung-min
Sweden: Emil Forsberg
Belgium: Youri Tielemans
England: Trent Alexander-Arnold
Panama: Ricardo Avila
Tunisia: Wahbi Khazri
Colombia: Wílmar Barrios
Japan: Yoshinori Muto
Poland: Piotr Zielinski
Senegal: Sadio Mane

feel free to reply if you're wondering why I chose a certain player and I will explain my reasoning.

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07 Jun 2018 08:24:14
Hello Ed02. Hope you doing good
Any interest in Memphis Depay?

Cheers.

{Ed002's Note - Yes but Milan has a major issue to deal with first.}

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07 Jun 2018 08:52:32
Thanks Ed. Think he could be a decent option for Liverpool to look out for in wide areas.

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07 Jun 2018 04:48:45
Hey Eds,

Do you know any interest in bernd leno n whether do you expect him to move this summer?

Also any interest in Lyon houssem aouar.

Thanks.

{Ed001's Note - they have signed a keeper to replace him because they expect him to move. Leno I mean. He wanted to go last summer, but they hung on to him because they had no replacement. He was close to a move to Napoli, but that has fallen through. I expect him to wait and see for a bit now as there is a fair bit of interest in him that will increase when teams like Real Madrid sign their chosen keeper.

There are a few clubs looking at Aouar, Bayern had him watched, PSG are keeping tabs on him. Whether any of them will decide to move for him or not I have no idea.}

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07 Jun 2018 05:56:23
Who has leverkusen sign to replace him? also forgive me if i'm wrong but I read somewhere on this side that Ed02 said that leno is moving somewhere else. I just don't remember which site it is. do you know as of right now which side is interested in him?

Also if Alisson do move who roma interested in to replace him.

{Ed001's Note - the search box is there to look up what Ed002 said.}

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07 Jun 2018 06:37:44
Nevermind about that. any info on who roma interested in to replace Alisson?

Have you seen Aouar play? I heard that he is highly rated in france.

Thank for the reply. much appreciated.

{Ed001's Note - Leno is one possibility, hence why he is in no rush to pick a team, there is likely to be a lot of movement in keepers this summer.

I have never seen Aouar play sorry. I only get to watch bits and pieces of French football.}

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07 Jun 2018 14:49:59
Who is the guy Real prefer Ed1? (1st choice so to speak) De Gea? Alisson? Courtois? Or someone other? Also anything on managerial front for Real?

Thanks.

{Ed001's Note - if money was no object, it would be De Gea.

As for manager, I don't know, I hadn't asked about it or spoken to anyone about it to be honest.}

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08 Jun 2018 00:46:04
Thanks Ed. Hope money is a huge object and they get forced to look at others.

{Ed001's Note - it would be a shame to see him leave the Prem, it is much better when the best players are in it.}

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08 Jun 2018 05:49:45
Exactly. Hope we can add a few more good players and start winning Leagues again.

{Ed001's Note - I wouldn't go that far!}

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04 Jun 2018 16:36:57
hi eds if anyone can shed some information on,

pgs loaned mbappe for the season with a view to a perm deal this summer for 150 or so million if i remember correctly (so sly sports said)

is this something that's still going to happen or are they looking at selling some players to fall in line with ffp.

thanks.

{Ed001's Note - it is not with a view to a perm, that was why it took so long to complete the deal. Monaco wanted it guaranteed to be turned permanent. That is why Moura was sold and why they are looking to offload more, to stay within FFP rules.}

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04 Jun 2018 17:34:26
i see, thanks ed much appreciated.

{Ed001's Note - welcome.}

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