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17 Aug 2018 16:18:25
As per the Liverpool page, what's happening with ownership of Milan eds please?
And have they indeed taken Milinkovic-Savic on loan?
Thanks.

{Ed002's Note - Milan is currently in the hands of Vulture Capitalists (Elliott Management) who have taken control of the holding company (Rossoneri Sport Investment Lux) as one of the repayments for a loan debt was not made in time. Although they do not have full ownership of the club they do have full control and have committed a fixed figure for investment with a view to put it back on a firm footing and then selling at a profit. They immediately began a cull which saw the Chief Executive Marco Fassone removed, Massimiliano Mirabelli sacked and Leonardo installed as Sporting Director and told Gennaro Gattuso that he would leave after the US tour by which time a legal matter concerning his replacement would be resolved. However, when Leonardo arrived he did not know that Gattuso had been told he would leave and immediately fought to reverse the decision which resulted in a one off payment being made to the replacement who was lined up, and some red faces. Regardless, they need a new Chief Executive to replace Fassone. Ivan Gazidis is top of the list and one who might do a very good job there. He will be attractive given Paul Singer knows IG well, he worked with the MLS for a long time and critically has successful experience in Europe. Against it would be whether or not IG has decided that he has done everything necessary at Arsenal and that it will likely only be a two year deal as the club will undoubtedly be sold - unless a little something else were to happen. Even if he feels he has Arsenal in a good position, he may want to stay at the helm for a while, or perhaps he will want a new challenge? In terms of the something else that could happen, there is a good chance that Alisher Usmanov could be looking for a club to buy in full and whilst Newcastle is available in the Premier League I am not aware of any interest being shown at this time, or any approach to Mike Ashlye. However, it is not out of the question that he could join Gazidis in Milan after spending the past 6 months mulling over the move. There is another high end Italian side that is "sort of" available and that is seen as an option by Usmanov.

I understand that a few weeks ago Milan spoke with Mateja Kezman to see if Lazio might accept of an offer of €25M to loan Sergej Milinkovic-Savic for one year and a fixed price buy out of €50M plus Andrea Bertolacci - this would have stretched Milan and was never going to be acceptable so there were no discussions between the clubs. FFP restricts the amount of money that can be spent up front by Milan. There have been offers for the player from elsewhere including another with a player being offered but unless Real Madrid were to make an over the top offer I don't think he will be moving this summer.}

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17 Aug 2018 18:08:58
Super stuff Ed002.
Thank you very much.
Or should I say grazie mille.

{Ed002's Note - You are welcome.}

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18 Aug 2018 08:53:04
Ed002, do you think other clubs will increasingly end up following Milan's new business model?

{Ed002's Note - What get in massive debt, fail to make the payments, have the banks come in and take over? I doubt it.}

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18 Aug 2018 09:02:20
Phrased that poorly- was more in terms of getting massive questionable investments from China etc.

{Ed002's Note - I have no idea what investment you are referring to, sorry.}

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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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28 Jul 2018 17:23:45
Ed 002
Is it true Inter need to sell some players to conform to FFP?
If so do you know who they are likely to sell?
Many thanks.

{Ed002's Note - Inter sold sufficient players to raise the €45M needed covering FFP for the 17/18 season. For the 18/19 season they need to keep in accord with FFP and don't want to be looking for guaranteed sales between May and the end of June which they had to last season, so it is more a case of selling to raise money to buy further players. They have sold 10 players and purchased 6 this summer already. They have a few they would be open to selling like Joao Mario and George Puscus and others that they would consider selling if a significant offer were made.}

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28 Jul 2018 20:31:26
Thank you for the comprehensive reply Ed 002.

{Ed002's Note - You are welcome.}

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22 Jul 2018 20:56:38
I'm sorry if this has been covered recently, if so, I haven't been able to find it. But I was wondering what the situation with Donnarumma is now that Milan have signed Reina. Are they looking to sell him, and which clubs would be interested?

{Ed002's Note - Not idea.}

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22 Jul 2018 18:43:45
Hi Ed's hope all is well

Just wondering, is there any truth in Milan's interest on Morata?

Heard Milan are also looking for a new midfielder this summer, any ideas of the players they're interested on?

{Ed002's Note - Milan have released Hachim Mastour (AM) and sold Niccolò Zanellato (CM) but want to keep Andrea Bertolacci (CM) Malan and have added Alen Halolivic (AM) - so right now they are all square numbers wise. They have however had offers for Mousa Dembele (CM) rejected, and a loan request for Ganso (AM) rejected. They considered Max (Meyer (priced out of a move by his wage request), Arturo Vidal (no value for money) and
Mateo Kovacic (too expensive). Others looked at like Thorgan Hazard, Renato Sanches, Nabil Fekir are not on the agenda any more. They have a fixed amount of funds available plus what they can raise from further transactions.}

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23 Jul 2018 09:36:54
Hi ED, what players are they looking too move on to raise further funds?

Thanks.

{Ed002's Note - I cannot reasonably be expected to give you a long list of players you have likely never heard of. This is not good use of my time.}

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18 Jul 2018 12:58:28
Any truth in Pogba interest from Juve?

{Ed002's Note - No, he has not been offered to Juventus.}

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18 Jul 2018 13:02:30
Thanks Ed 👍.

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18 Jul 2018 17:05:20
Hi Ed
You’ve said on a number of occasions that Pogba has been offered to 4 clubs but I think you said none of these were interested.
Any chance you could say who these clubs are out of interest?
Thanks.

{Ed002's Note - Real Madrid, Barcelona, PSG and Chelsea.}

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18 Jul 2018 17:27:15
Wow cheers ed, really interesting stuff.

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19 Jul 2018 18:17:37
Are any of those clubs be interested in signing him?

{Ed002's Note - RTP.}

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20 Jul 2018 09:53:47
Nobody has bitten yet.

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14 Jul 2018 21:47:59
Hi Ed - have you got any update on the future of Bonucci at Milan please? If he's leaving who is interested?

{Ed002's Note - I am not aware of any change.}

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10 Jul 2018 17:54:20
Hi Ed,

With Juventus seemingly manage to sign Ronaldo with all of his financial 'burden', do you think Juve might be open to sell some of their star names such as Higuain or/ and Dybala?

Personally do you think it's a huge gamble for Juve?

cheers and have a good day.

{Ed002's Note - Higuian is available but was always going to be.}

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10 Jul 2018 17:40:47
Evening ed002. Is there any update on the future of SMS? Juventus look like they'll be doing quite a bit of business this summer. Are they just waiting for departures before they buy him or is their still a chance United could make an offer?

{Ed002's Note - Nothing has really changed, they only ever saw him as an option to someone else and over-priced. MU and RM remain interested but see the price as high - I have explained all of this before.}

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10 Jul 2018 16:51:48
Ed002, can I ask about the latest on Zielinski, Jorginho and Bonaventura's futures?

{Ed002's Note - Nothing has changed.}

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10 Jul 2018 18:09:46
Wow so Ronaldo to Juventus is all done, interesting to see how long he competes at the highest level, I suspect a good few years yet.

Wouldn’t surprise me if he smashed 40+ goals and wins the ballon dor next season.

Amazing that in terms of a fee Ronaldo has spent 10 years at Real Madrid and leaves age 33 and Madrid are still making a profit on him! Shows what an incredible talent he is.

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07 Jul 2018 03:01:07
Ed002, hope all is well. Is there any interest in Alex Sandro and do you think Juventus would be happy to part with him?

Thanks in advance!

{Ed002's Note - Manchester United has an interest in Alex Sandro, JUventus will let him leave if an acceptable offer is made.}

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07 Jul 2018 16:19:31
Thank you!

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04 Jul 2018 20:09:00
Juventus have not, as of a few minutes ago, made any offer to Real Madrid for Ronaldo. They have however spoken with his representative, Jorge Mendes, about what it would take to get the player and whether or not he would be interested (given that there is aplan from Real Madrid to utilise him elsewhere in a transaction) .

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04 Jul 2018 23:29:22
Thanks for the update Ed002.

Hope you don't mind me asking about the part you mentioned that "given that there is aplan from Real Madrid to utilise him elsewhere in a transaction" Are you willing to give the details on that part? No worries if not. Thanks.

{Ed002's Note - I have explained about Real Madrid’s plans.}

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05 Jul 2018 07:22:56
Thanks for the update Ed, it's really gathered steam all this. Is it true they had an 100 mill buy out for non Spanish clubs and psg that's recently came active? Also reading he's willing to move to Juve and its only a matter of time till the official bid is on the table.
If he was to go to Juve do you think this will be good or bad for calico leagues?

{Ed002's Note - You need to drop thoughts about "buy out" clauses. I would caution anyone to think about money in this matter as I rather doubt they will grasp the monies involved and the level of financial commitment a club would need to make.}

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05 Jul 2018 10:12:40
OK mate. Its not so much the transfer fee is it. It's the wage bill, helped by a sponsor, it's exactly what Juve are after though. Bigger brand and more marketability. He's perfect for them, and their goals.

{Ed002's Note - It is not simply that - it would be image rights issues, access to him from his own sponsors, yadda, yadda, yadda.}

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03 Jul 2018 10:25:44
Hey edds, can you confirm that these rumours about Ronaldo to Juve are pure nonsense? Ta.

{Ed002's Note - I was not aware of any rumours Andy but Ronaldo's future will not be in Turin.}

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03 Jul 2018 10:59:05
Been reading that Agnelli has offered him 30m a year and bonuses to sweeten the deal. No figure for him as such. Thought as much. Not many clubs can afford him, can you say where he may likely go Ed please? Thanks for the fast and truthful reply. Haha.

{Ed002's Note - I can't answer "likely" questions Andy. Real Madrid are open to using him as part of a deal for other transfers - as they are with most of their players, thereby making it easier to get them off the books. They plan to have a complete refresh over two years (2018 and 2019) and the likes of Ronaldo are due to leave. The plan for Ronaldo was perhaps 2019 rather than 2018 but there is still a possibility he could go in 2018. I suspect their rebuild will run in to 2020 now as they see how the new coach does.}

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03 Jul 2018 12:28:11
Perfect thanks for that.

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30 Jun 2018 22:40:57
Hi Ed,

Have any Clubs shown an interest in Memphis Depay for a summer transfer?

Many thanks in advance.

{Ed002's Note - Milan.}

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20 Jun 2018 13:45:55
ed who is interested in pjanic and will he leave thanks.

{Ed002's Note - Barcelona remain keen but will haggle over the price or look to include a player.}

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20 Jun 2018 15:41:48
ed thought they wanted thiago? where is thiago going and who is interested thanks.

{Ed002's Note - Barcelona can have more than one player in mind and Real Madrid are also keen on him.}

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14 Jun 2018 14:48:33
Ed002

Is there still interest in sergej milinkovic-savic or has his price put interested teams off

Thanks.

{Ed002's Note - There remains interest but price is a major issue Dave.}

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14 Jun 2018 20:53:16
Moggi is quoted today saying that juve have agreed a price with lazio for SMS. Is there any truth in that ed002?

{Ed002's Note - Milinkovic-Savic has no issues with personnal terms but it will take a commitment from Juventus to agree the fixed asking price which I am not aware they have done yet. They had ideas about players being involved - but the proposal wan't accepted. But they would like a deal at the right price - but that we know already.}

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14 Jun 2018 21:10:52
Thanks ed appreciate it.

Has MU midfield targets changed at all or are they still pretty much the same as the last sharkopod?

{Ed002's Note - e have been minor changes.}

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14 Jun 2018 21:15:41
Thanks ed. So are united totally out of the reckoning now on him?
Juve are on a s5oending spree of sorts or so it seems will they be trying to sell the likes of dybala sandro or higuain to fund the potential new purchases?

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

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15 Jun 2018 09:38:58
Hi ed

I'll ask this here since I asked about MU targets. In regards to MU interest in players are we starting to see what Javier Ribalta will bring to club.

Thanks.

{Ed002's Note - I very much suspect that Javier Ribalta will be concentration on looking to bring in younger players Dave and will co-rdinate with the likes of Paulo Henrique Xavier and the guy in Argentina whose name escapes me. Manchester United are still actively looking to add at least two more regional scouts but it is unclear quite how the revised structure will work with Jim Lawlor already having largely stepped back from day-by-day scouting to co-ordinate matters and slightly odd role that Marcel Bout occupies.}

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15 Jun 2018 10:27:07
Thanks ed appreciate it.

{Ed002's Note - You are welcome Dave.}

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12 Jun 2018 15:00:04
Hey Ed002, any truth on Radja Nainggolan to Inter Milan? Or do you think he will more than likely stay at Roma? Thanks mate.

{Ed002's Note - Roma are planning on making a lot of changes to their squad and will make Nainggolan available as they need the money. Inter will be interrested at the right price - but he is not first choice.}

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12 Jun 2018 15:39:59
Thanks heaps for the quick reply ed! Any idea who the first choice is?

{Ed002's Note - It was Cristante but he has agreed his move elesewhere already, then it was Kovacic but there are talks going on about him with another side, hence RN.}

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12 Jun 2018 15:52:21
Thanks for the insight Ed! See you on the Liverpool page
:-)

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13 Jun 2018 18:31:17
Ed which side is in talks for kovacic.

{Ed002's Note - Juventus. Real Madrid would like to use Mateo Kovacic as part of a deal for another player, but he is not the first choice for Juventus right now.}

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11 Jun 2018 19:32:47
Ed002, possible to ask about Florenzi and Bonaventura's futures?

{Ed002's Note - There has been a discussion with a couple of sides about Florenzi. Nothing will happen with Bonaventura until two other matters are clear.}

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12 Jun 2018 13:02:27
Thanks Ed002.

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01 Jun 2018 10:30:30
Hello Ed2, if you are around mate. I have couple of questions for you.

Is Napoli still interested in Torreirro? Who are all interested in the player?

Any updates on Anderson Telisca?

{Ed002's Note - Yes Lucas Torreira is still of interest to Napoli. No, there is nothing new with Talisca.}

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01 Jun 2018 10:44:26
Thanks Ed02, so does that mean Napoli are looking at two players in midfield, Rabiot and Torreira?
Also mate, if you have some time, could you update the transfer plans for Bayern Munich, it looks like they are having an overhaul!

{Ed002's Note - Yes Napoli are looking at two midfield players arriving. I am not going to be doing whole team plans any more.}

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01 Jun 2018 11:34:55
Thanks Ed02, No problem ☺️.

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31 May 2018 20:08:10
Hey eds, can you please clarify the Sarri - Chelsea equation . it has been " said " Sarri has a 1.5 million contract termination fee after 31st May . are Chelsea planning to trigger that instead of paying the 8 million buy out?

I have read this all on twitter . can you please tell us what is actually happening? Given that the 8 million clause expires tonight, will the Ed0001's prediction of Enrique to Chelsea be true?

{Ed001's Note - Chelsea would prefer to come to an amicable arrangement in their dealings, rather than do something like that, which then makes it awkward dealing with Napoli in the future.}

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01 Jun 2018 06:55:25
Hey ed01, i completely agree with you . But based on what you know, can there be a positive breakthrough given the toughness of Napoli? Or will chelsea have to pay the 8 million in full even after the clause expiry?

I do see that in the current situation, your prediction will turn out to be true . but is there really a direction in which talks are heading or is the situation just too volatile right now?

Thanks in advance.

{Ed001's Note - well Napoli will otherwise have to pay him to do nothing, so I am sure they will be happy to come to an accommodation if one is sought.}

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30 May 2018 08:41:34
Hi Ed's. Was wondering if you could give some info on the following:
Pjanic status,
Higuain status,
Milinkovic savic status,
And can Icardi to Juve actually be a real thing? Thanks for the time if you get it mate.

{Ed002's Note - Pjanic is on Real Madrid's list as a Modric replacement - but not at the top of it. Juventus will listen to offers for Gonzalo Higuain. Sergej Milinkovic-Savic is of interest to Manchester United and Real Madrid but could be priced out of a move. Mauro Icardi is of serious interest to Real Madrid but they have a concern about the level of grief he and his wife may cause but will push for a move but there is a certain third party looking to become involved and engineer a move elsewhere, to an English side who are keen. Bayern and Juventus would be interested but he is likely to be too expensive for either.}

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30 May 2018 14:42:25
Perfect, thanks for that.

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30 May 2018 14:56:45
Possible to ask who wants Icardi in England Ed002?

{Ed002's Note - It is unimportant.}

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30 May 2018 20:17:06
Thank you for the information Ed.

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01 Jun 2018 16:33:10
Ed who is the third party?

{Ed002's Note - It is unimportant who he is.}

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03 Jun 2018 12:20:20
I believe it’s chelsea.

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28 May 2018 11:37:55
Hi Ed's

I was wondering if there is any interest in Italy for Morata and if what is being reported is true?

Thanks in advance.

{Ed018's Note - Juventus have denied being interested in Morata and even if AC Milan is interested they will have to do some selling to raise some money. It’ll be something to keep an eye on}

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28 May 2018 12:35:41
Thank you for the reply.

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27 May 2018 18:05:47
Was wondering if 002 could offer a quick round up of the sort of transfers in/ out juventus hope to make happen this window. Time permitted of course. And thanks as always.

{Ed002's Note - No, it is not worth the grief.}

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27 May 2018 20:39:11
Understood Ed thanks for the reply always good to hear from you.

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26 May 2018 14:46:06
Hi eds,

Just wondering what happened with Sarri and Napoli. I get that Sarri's made some comments in the past (although it doesn't seem to have been brought up against him in Italy) and the Napoli owner is difficult to work with, but why was Sarri forced out? He made Napoli competitive again playing some attractive football although they did choke at the final stage so it just seemed a bit strange they would push him out and appoint Ancelotti.

{Ed002's Note - They could not agree a new deal and something needed to be done this month.}

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26 May 2018 16:46:40
Ed, what is your view on Sarri - purely from a coaching perspective?

{Ed001's Note - he is a very good coach, plays good football, but he lacks the trophies he needs to win to prove himself as a top level coach.}

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27 May 2018 10:06:28
Cheers Ed, big part of me thinks his appointment would be a good thing for Chelsea, however there is a small part of me that sees this appointment in a similar way to when they appointed Scolari - that didn't go so well.

I believe the Zenit offer remains 'on the table', not buying all the press reports that his move to Chelsea is all but done - they're already getting a lot of their 'facts' wrong.

{Ed001's Note - they are making assumptions as usual.}

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