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13 Aug 2018 16:37:49
Hi Ed002, what is happening with Rabiot? . Will he move in lunch summer as free agent? Does any club expressed interest in him?

{Ed002's Note - I am sorry but I don' understand about the "lunch" and Rabiot is under contract and not a free agent.}

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14 Aug 2018 06:11:58
Sorry ed002 . Auto correct problem. Will he move next summer?

{Ed002's Note - WE are still in the middle of this summer's transfer window and there is a January window and wou want me to discuss next summer?}

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09 Aug 2018 14:13:51
Ed002, any chance Chelsea will be looking to bring in a striker today? Thanks.

{Ed002's Note - Try the Chelsea page.}

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09 Aug 2018 14:21:16
Just seen. Thanks ed002.

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09 Aug 2018 17:38:58
Assuming RE: Fekir news, Aulas intentionally left it too late to accept our deal Ed002?

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09 Aug 2018 11:21:58
Ed002, can we please have an update on Nabil Fekir?

{Ed002's Note - I would very much doubt he will be moving today.}

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09 Aug 2018 13:25:18
Thanks Ed002. Any shock deals looking like coming out?

{Ed002's Note - Of course.}

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09 Aug 2018 13:35:36
Ed002, you tease. Care to share any names?

{Ed002's Note - It would not be a shock then.}

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09 Aug 2018 13:43:18
Lol Ed! That was a good one.

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09 Aug 2018 13:46:46
Haha I walked into that one. Ken Aguero and Scheneidjer it is!

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09 Aug 2018 10:20:14
Hi ed,

There's some reports of a possible loan of Ante Rebic do you have any information on him.

Thanks ed.

{Ed002's Note - Rebic may well move during this window but I am not aware of a loan being an option.}

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07 Aug 2018 23:00:11
Bit of a random name Ed002, but any interest in Morgan Sanson?

{Ed002's Note - No.}

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06 Aug 2018 18:35:47
Ed002, any update on Jan Oblak or Marcelo Brozovic?

{Ed002's Note - Nothing of particular note. Brozovic is available and Spurs may provide an option but if Inter cannot get his replacement in the coming days that would no longer be an option.}

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06 Aug 2018 18:55:27
The replacement being Modric right?

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06 Aug 2018 16:10:12
Eds
Do you think Fekir will move from Lyon this window and if so where?
I know Liverpool were interested but judging from Ed002 comment they need to concentrate on selling rather than buying.
Thanks.

{Ed002's Note - I am not going to start predicting what happens.}

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04 Aug 2018 03:46:15
I'm kinda surprised but is Vidal really moving to Barcelona and Modric to Inter? They're both very good players imo but both approaching the twilight of their careers so I'm just not sure whether teams are willing to pay large transfer fees and wages to attain their services.

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03 Aug 2018 22:59:21
Ed002, can we have an update on Thibaut Courtois? His agent once again opening his mouth to the press.

{Ed002's Note - I am sure his agent will suffice.}

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02 Aug 2018 09:25:25
Hello eds,

Ed002 if you are around. I have few questions for you. Which clubs is interested in these players

1)albant lafont
2)Houssem Aouar
3)kai haverth
4)frenkie de jong

Also Ed002,I want to ask this question in Liv page but I thought it may bring the haters to you so i will ask here. what are your opinion in Klopp reign at Liv so far? the good n bad things and what you think need to be done for Liv to finally win that EPL trophy?

Really appreciate if you could answer this.

Thanks.

{Ed002's Note - (1) He has already moved this summer, so nobody. (2) Lots of clubs looked at him last season but he is not for sale. (3) Havertz has been watched by a lot of sides but when approached by Monaco Bayer Leverkusen has made it known that he has a long contract and is not for sale at this time. (4) Barcelona and PSG remain keen.

KLopp has the team playing well but not consistently well to win anything.}

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02 Aug 2018 10:43:10
One last question ed002.you said that Liv keep spending money that they don't have n the debt is also keep increasing. in your opinion will these hurt Liv in the future in term of spending in transfer window? will this get Liv in financial trouble in the future?

{Ed002's Note - They have to comply with FFP rules.}

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31 Jul 2018 21:32:03
Ed's can you please tell me if any clubs are interested in signing David Neres from Ajax in this window?

{Ed002's Note - Dortmund if Pulisic were to leave.}

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31 Jul 2018 21:53:03
Thanks Ed, he looks a very exciting prospect. I’m surprised no Premiership side is showing an interest.

{Ed002's Note - I am not so sure that he would not easily end up in Row Z in the Premier League. Some would descibe his style of play as belonging in a circus.}

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31 Jul 2018 21:11:53
Hi eds, bit of a different one and apologies if this is in the wrong place but I didn’t know where else to post it.

I’ve just got back from a game for my local side, 4-4 in the last minute and we have a 2v1 attack. Our player gets fouled and the ball falls to our other player who is just about to hit the ball from 8 yards out when the whistle blows.

The ref says free kick and when we complain about no advantage he then says full time before we even have a chance to take the free kick, and the game ends.

Obviously we were fuming and have been basically cost the win.

Just wondering whether the ref can do this? Blow for full time when he’s already given a free kick to us. Bear in mind literally 5 seconds separate the whistle for the free kick and him saying it’s full time.

Thanks.

{Ed002's Note - The game ends at the start of the whistle so if the offense was before the final whistle he can stop the game for a free kick or allow the advantage to be played until time is up. However unpalatable the only argument there is to be had is "a what point does an advantage stop being an advantage" - e.g. after three seconds and the ball is lost take it back to the free kick or wait say 6 seconds. But the issue of being the end of the match means that sensibly he should have stopped the game and given the free kick and allowed it to be taken rather than an advantage that would be curtailed after x seconds. So he was within the laws as I understand it, but likely made a poor decision.}

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31 Jul 2018 21:46:26
Ok cheers ed, that makes sense. Doesn’t make it any easier to swallow but makes sense! I cannot for the life of me understand why he made the decision.

{Ed002's Note - I can see that - he should have opted for common sense.}

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31 Jul 2018 22:11:48
Agreed, amazing how often people decide not to use common sense.

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30 Jul 2018 21:43:35
Ed002, would you be willing to do a quick update on any knowledge you have of Schalke's remaining transfer plans? Quietly building a talented young side and Uth is a bargain.

{Ed002's Note - They have sold five and five have come in. They have added youngster to the lower tier sides and are still looking to add a LB/LWB but they have lost out on peferred choice Diego Laxalt. I am not sure of anything else right now.

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30 Jul 2018 22:14:05
Do they plan on directly replacing Meyer, or do they see Serdar/ Mascarell as cover for him as well as Goretzka?

{Ed002's Note - I have explained what I know.}

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30 Jul 2018 22:18:51
Thanks anyway Ed002. Out of interest, where is Laxalt going?

{Ed002's Note - There is no decision.}

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30 Jul 2018 19:16:00
A lot of Pulisic rumours popping up these days. Do you know if there's any truth in the rumour that he should have declined a new contract at Dortmund, and therefore they have put him up for sale? Sounds a bit wild to me. i'm sure he would have loads of suitors. I've been a fan of the kid for some time, and think he seems like a real gem. Very down-to-earth and a rare talent of the states.

{Ed002's Note - Selling Christian Pulisic would not be a popular move amongst Borussia Dortmund fans and one the club will resist. There is nothing to say that BD has "put him on the market" nor "put a price on him" (certainly not in GBP). However, it is fair to say that a transfer is one actually planned for the summer of 2019 by Bayern Munich. Dortmund do not want to sell and want a new contract agreed - right now that is not the case. If Dortmund were to decide to sell this summer I have no doubts taht Bayern would change their plans and try and make a transfer happen - playing on the back of their being a German side and their relative success in Europe - and that might attract the player. Borussia Dortmund would in such a situation be more willing to sell to the English sides who have enquired after him this summer. Manchester United are one of the sides but they wanted more versatility, figured Pulisic would not be available and headed off in another direction. Spurs have been holding back but are seemingly keener on others after perhaps thinking he would not be available. That would leave Chelsea who after not being able to secure the player they wanted to replace Willian and having turned down another because of the asking price, had enquired after CP - but at that point he was not available and they have been working on another. However, they may be open to stepping back and considering Pulisic, but if the player were to say he wants Bayern Munich they would not want to buy him. There has been no offer from Liverpool, who would likely have to move Salah on to give him any game time at all if they were interested. Dortmund do have options in mind to replace him if he were to leave.}

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30 Jul 2018 21:15:13
Wow. Thank you so much for the very detailed reply, Ed002. i'm a vit surprised to read that he could end up at Bayern next year, but he sure wouldn't be the first to switch between the two clubs. I recall him being linked with several english clubs the last couple of years, mostly Liverpool, but that's properly just the tabloids putting two and two together - BvB, Klopp, FSG, America, fits the bill. I hope he stays at BVB for another season or two. Thank you very much again.

Best regards
Smedegaard.

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30 Jul 2018 21:41:34
Ed002, would you be willing to reveal who Chelsea could not acquire (my guess is Leon Bailey), and who they considered too expensive? Not a problem if not.
Thanks in advance.

{Ed002's Note - It is unimportant.}

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30 Jul 2018 21:48:13
Not a problem. Thank you anyway for the comprehensive response. Possible to ask who Dortmund are considering as a replacement? I wondered if Bertrand Traore might be on that list.

{Ed002's Note - David Neres and Wilifried Zaha - they have likely dropped interest in Anthony Martial.}

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30 Jul 2018 22:14:26
Thanks Ed002.

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30 Jul 2018 23:33:16
RJ28P, the one that Chelsea couldn’t acquire would likely be Leon Bailey and the one that was overpriced likely Ousmane Dembele.

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31 Jul 2018 10:11:43
so who's the one they're working on now?

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31 Jul 2018 11:03:20
Martial? Equally I think he could be one of the ones we enquired about but were turned away or put off by price.

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31 Jul 2018 20:41:58
martial mot rw, my guess is zaha.

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01 Aug 2018 12:55:47
with Ed002 providing very little to no info on Chelsea, its all speculation
but i am happy that the club is looking to bring in the right quality of players

Cheers ED002
Appreciate your input - as always.

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30 Jul 2018 13:43:15
Ed002,would it be ok to ask if the following players have had offers or interest shown in them this summer.
Nicolo Barrela
Yusuf Yasici
Maxime Lopez
Dani Ceballos
Andria Zivkovic ( I know you said on Sharko about Spurs &Arsenal and that he can be counted out) is a move to somewhere else likely)

Thank you.

{Ed002's Note - (a) Nicolo Barella is currently priced out of a move but interest could be rekindled in Matias Vecino were to leave. Lyon are interested but he is not first choice. There were discussions with a couple of other sides, one English and one Italian, that went nowhere. (b) No. (c) Real Madrid keep attempting to persuade Marseille to discuss the player but the lady from Marseille still says no (for now). (d) Roma wanted Dani Ceballos but opted for their first choice Ante Coric. Liverpool were interested but the player made clear he did not want the move. He will stay in Madrid. (e) No.}

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30 Jul 2018 14:16:34
Thanks a million Ed002.

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29 Jul 2018 13:42:24
Hi Ed002,
Appreciate that you may not want to answer this but I was wondering if you could share your thoughts on Doyen Sports?

{Ed002's Note - I am not going to try to answer that but if you have a specific question I will answer it if I can.}

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29 Jul 2018 14:13:13
Understandable Ed. What do you make of the contracts, specifically the return on their investment? Thanks and understand if you do not want to answer.

{Ed002's Note - I don’t understand the question - what contracts, the return on investment for what?

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29 Jul 2018 14:20:25
Contracts in relation to player ownership and the seemingly guaranteed return once the player has been transferred to another club.

{Ed002's Note - Which players? Are you talking about years ago or something that is happening now.}

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29 Jul 2018 14:35:46
Sorry. Should have been more specific. Yes, I meant deals from the past. Just players in general and how they were able to force a clubs hands when it came to the sale of a player. Looking for buyers themselves, receiving a fee if a club rejected an offer, receiving a fee even if a player effectively had a career ending injury. Just wanted to know if you would share your thoughts on these things?
I was also going to ask what you made of where the funds were coming from that started the company, but again, appreciate that you may not want to answer this. Thanks.

{Ed002's Note - I am not sure what you have been reading, but one of the things DS did in addition to loaning money to clubs looking to buy players was buying part ownership of players. There were plenty of company, investors and other clubs (including PL clubs) who did this. In South America it was common for local businesses to help the local side out by buying part of the player's ownership so the player did not need to be sold and could stay and play for the local team - if the player turned out to be particularly good they would all get a return on their investment and the money fed back in to the local economy - there is nothing wrong with that. In terms of the loans to clubs to buy players it is no different to taking a loan to buy a house - they remain with an interest in that asset until the loan is repaid. Nowadays they broker sales of clubs, as do a number of "superagents" and specialist brokers. They are still involved with players and ex-players regarding the exploitation of image rights. There have always been questions about the transparency of where some of the funding has come from (e.g. the UAE or whatever), but that is irrelevant as they have no obligation to answer those who have been asking.}

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29 Jul 2018 15:15:07
Thanks for the reply Ed. I’ve been reading football leaks and as you can imagine for someone with no knowledge of these types of deals, it is fascinating. The ownership rights for Ola John for example, particularly stuck out. They do not seem to have any players interest at heart or any interest in the clubs they do business with but just on the returns they make. It may not bother you and it doesn’t really bother me as there is too much money in football to be made so this is bound to happen, but the everyday football fan would probably be angered if the club they followed were in business with these companies.
On a separate topic, the one thing that does anger me is footballers, agents, managers and companies moving money from company to company, country to country to avoid paying tax. Your everyday person cannot do this but they are getting away with not paying millions in tax!
Interested to know your thoughts on tax evasion in football but understand if I’m asking too much here. Thanks again Ed!

{Ed002's Note - I see. In the case of Ola John it was related to a loan to a club rather than any social responsibility for the player - but this is all years ago and there have been a lot of changes to the rules with third party ownership outlawed, etc.. Payments on the playing side have been cleansed from the tax avoiding days of old - no payments being made in tax free oil paintings and cars any longer, no more image rights payments going to off-shore companies.}

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29 Jul 2018 15:41:22
That’s good to know Ed. Keep up the great work. Really appreciate your posts on this website.

{Ed002's Note - You are welcome.}

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29 Jul 2018 06:47:57
Ed02.which clubs remain interested in Pulisic and do u see him moving this summer. thanks.

{Ed002's Note - I think it is probable he will stay. I have explained where there has been known interest and I am not aware of anything having changed.}

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28 Jul 2018 18:08:45
Hi ed

I'm sure a while back you said MU may use Martial in a deal for Pulisic I was wondering if your aware of anything that is happening in regards to this.

Asking as I've seen some reports on this.

Thanks as always.

{Ed002's Note - Nothing is happening in regards to this and Manchester United's interest in a RW is manifesting itself elsewhere for now. If Pulisic were to move I imagine he would have a very good option somewhere else.}

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28 Jul 2018 19:11:10
Thanks ed just saw some reports on this and like always are wide of the mark

Thanks again.

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28 Jul 2018 19:13:56
Which specific RW are we (Utd) looking at exactly Ed002? And where would Pulisic' option lie? Thanks Ed.

{Ed002's Note - There is interest in Willian and there are potential options.}

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28 Jul 2018 23:42:17
Would that be Chelsea by any chance Ed002?

{Ed002's Note - No.}

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29 Jul 2018 08:23:39
Pure guesswork but I'd imagine it to be either Bayern as they love taking Dortmund's best talents or maybe PSG a with Tuchel.

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29 Jul 2018 02:24:02
ed is pulisic option madrid or bayern?

{Ed002's Note - Of course, he is a potential option for any club should Dortmund wish to sell and the player wish to move.}

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26 Jul 2018 22:20:57
Anything on Pulisic or Bernard Ed002? Hearing the Brazilian might join Roma after they lost out on Malcolm.

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26 Jul 2018 15:11:09
Ed - is there any interest in Hector Herrera?

Really enjoyed watching him at world cup and think he could do a great job in the prem.

{Ed002's Note - Lyon had an offer rejected and they have someone else in mind right now.}

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