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21 May 2022 16:46:43
As it now seems Mbappe will be staying at PSG and Haaland already heading to City which other players will Real now turn to?

{Ed002's Note - I have dealt with this plenty of times. Clubs always plan options - nothing has changed.}

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10 May 2022 19:30:28
Hi Ed. Do you have any updates on what clubs are looking at Isak please?

{Ed002's Note - Nothing has changed as far as I know.}

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10 May 2022 21:44:39
Thank you

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07 May 2022 18:31:23
Good afternoon ED002 - I hope you are safe and well.

I have done a search on Eden Hazard and the last time his name was mentioned on here was May 2021. Do you have any recent notes on your database about him such as are Real Madrid looking to move him on, does he want to move on and what clubs maybe interested.

Also, are Chelsea likely to sign Saul Niguez after his season long loan? Does Niguez want to stay or move back to Athleti, and what clubs are interested if he is to move from Madrid?

Many thanks - KR65

{Ed002's Note - Eden Hazard (LW/RW) Real Madrid have problems one way or another with most of their wingers. Hazard will be another that Real Madrid will listen to offers for and he has already been offered to several Premier League sides. West Ham indicated at the right price they would be interested but the player would not be interested in such a move. It is difficult to talk of the timings of transfers but Hazard is, like most of the wingers at Real Madrid, potentially available for a transfer and is being actively offered around. Whilst there is some support from someone senior at Chelsea, others are not keen to pay the asking price for a 30 year old so they are not an option. I think a move to England unlikely unless the fee drops considerably. Milan and Borussia Dortmund may offer solutions at the right price. May well be offered to Lille as part of another transfer. Has been offered to Newcastle as well - and they are open to further discussions.

Saul Niguez (CM) Chelsea have an option on Saul and may or may not take it up - I suspect they might not but but whilst they are looking to integrate Conor Gallagher they also know there will be midfield departures. Two other sides have asked to be kept informed of the situation as we move toward the summer and a couple of others might declare an interest - most notable is Barcelona who are trying to balance extending youngsters, raising funds through sales and adding some experience.}

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07 May 2022 21:57:35
Thank You

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05 May 2022 18:18:21
Ed002 who is interested in koulibaly thqnks

{Ed002's Note - Kalidou Koulibaly (CB) Bayern Munich put in an offer for KK that was much less (about half) than Napoli's valuation of €50M last summer. The interest of Liverpool, Everton, Real Madrid, PSG, Manchester City and Manchester United has likely gone due to his age and whilst there is no doubt about how good he is, €50M for a 30 year old would not seem like good business. Perhaps at half that price he would be a good solution and financial issues may see Napoli reduce their asking price and to ask for offers from elsewhere. Barcelona want to add him on a loan with an obligation to buy deal but they are split between board members whether they should add him in addition to AC with three CBs leaving or not. Milan has a declared interest but have much preferred options. It has been suggested that Newcastle may be interested, but if they start buying without the right structure in place it will will go horribly wrong. Hard to see him moving.}

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29 Apr 2022 12:06:05
Hi Ed, are Real Madrid interested in signing Reece James? Thankyou

{Ed002's Note - Yes.}

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20 Apr 2022 13:16:47
Ed002 who is interested in danjuma thanks

{Ed002's Note - Arnaut Danjuma Groeneveld (LW/F) right footed left winger - was watched by Liverpool in 2019 and 2020 and there were discussions with Lille, Leicester, Southampton, Wolves, West Ham and Wolfsburg. Manchester United have had a very high-end scout who is an ex-PL player look at him on more than one occasion as they look for a possible Rashford replacement. May be an option down the list for Real Madrid. He moved to Villareal nine months ago so it is most unlikely he will be moving any time soon. Liverpool have Mane, Diaz and Jota in a similar position already.}

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04 Apr 2022 10:06:08
Hi Ed002, who is interested in Andrea Belotti? He's out of contract this summer.

I'd assume Roma's interest has gone with Abraham signing.

Could Arsenal reignite their interest from a few years ago to replace Lacazette/Aubameyang?

{Ed002's Note - Andrea Belotti (S) of Torino is out of contract in the summer and may provide a solution for Barcelona to add a player as cover, although they prefer another. Spurs could also look to him as cover and as a Free Agent he provides a potentially viable addition for Arsenal, but again would not be the preferred choice for either. I think this is one Inter can yet win out, but again he is not first choice - Spurs or Arsenal may decide to push. Don't rule out Milan but discount Toronto and Newcastle who have asked.}

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04 Apr 2022 14:01:02
Cheers mate ????????

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25 Mar 2022 18:22:27
Hello Ed02c if you are around.

Salah looks off and I guess he is heading to Barca. Do you see a swap deal involving Dembele? Klopp is a massive fan of him and that is certainly a win for Barca. They want him off.
When fit he is probably one of the best wingers on the right. And unlike Bowen (west ham will want at-least £90 mill) he would be a viable option.

What do you think Sir?

{Ed002's Note - I am not aware of any planned swap with Barcelona.}

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25 Mar 2022 20:36:06
That’s okay mate. But do you its even possible. Rather than splashing a mountain full of money on Bowen. Dembele might be an option?

{Ed002's Note - Obviously pretty much anything is possible. Sarr might yet still be a target.}

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25 Mar 2022 22:38:03
Right winger and comparatively cheap. Do you have any wild card option for us mate? What is your preferred choice? The issue is nobody is ever going to get those Salah numbers.

{Ed002's Note - I have explained the options.}

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26 Mar 2022 12:56:14
Dembele is out of contract in the summer so Barcelona I’m sure Barcelona would love to swap a player they wouldn’t own for Salah ????

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23 Feb 2022 22:29:02
Ed002 who is interested in joao felix thanks

{Ed002's Note - Joao Felix (AM/F) An approach for him from Barcelona was rejected in the summer although they will return. Manchester City see him and another as a potential Aguero replacement rather than recruiting a Kane or Martinez type striker. Juventus and Inter have enquired after a loan as Atletico need to reduce their wage bill. Certainly will not be sold in January and I rather doubt he would be available in the summer, but if he is Barcelona's interest will persist.}

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08 Feb 2022 14:48:44
Hi Eds, any truth of English sides preparing a bid for Ronald Araujo?


{Ed002's Note - Ronald Araujo (CB) Barcelona want to refresh their CBs in the summer and are looking for a long-term replacement for Pique and they know that Umtiti is not the solution they had hoped for - although he has taken a significant drop in wages to stay. This has them looking at Free Agents, with Andreas Christensen their preferred option but there remains a desire for a major buy at CB. They could use Ronald Araujo, who has yet to agree a new contract, as a part exchange option as they look for a solution to their various transfer needs and he is another of the players they could sell, having already spoken with Chelsea, knowing they have a potential CB problem with four Out of Contract in the summer, during discussions over several players. Manchester City offer an option and have spoken with Barcelona. I doubt he would be first choice for Chelsea or Manchester City. His agent has spoken with Manchester United who are expected to look to add a CB in the summer. Barcelona will push for a new contract but to date there has been no agreement.}

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08 Feb 2022 16:44:30
Cheers ed

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29 Jan 2022 21:44:24
Ed, does traore going to Barcelona have any link to dembele leaving? Or am I putting one and one together and coming up with three?

{Ed002's Note - Barcelona want Dembele gone this month. Not because of Traore.}

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30 Jan 2022 20:23:14
Thanks for the reply ed

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30 Jan 2022 21:39:35
Could MU be tempted toward a loan deal after the appalling MG news breaking today?

{Ed002's Note - They ideally want to sell, but there has been a discussion with Manchester United.}

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31 Jan 2022 13:44:24
Thanks Ed02

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04 Jan 2022 09:48:24
Ed002 is it possible to get a list of ins/outs for barcelona thanks

{Ed002's Note - They have a large number of players available and are interested in a lot as well - I can answer specific questions.}

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06 Jan 2022 14:33:09
Ed002 can i ask about dest and de jong thanks

{Ed002's Note - What do you expect to be different from what has been included oin the Chelsea page. I will reanswer here as you are again chasing me from page to page but will delete everything from the Chelsea page.

Sergino Dest (RB/RWB/LB) Barcelona need to raise funds and free up wages and will look to Moussa Wague to step in and will let Dest leave in January given they have cover in Alves and plan a summer addition. Roma will likely give up on preferred option Dalot and turn to Dest. Prior interest of Bayer Leverkusen and Bayern Munich has gone and an approach to Chelsea has resulted in a sharp intake of breath over the asking price, but they could be interested if a lower price could be agreed - but that would also spark further interest from Munich and possibly others. Barcelona would be willing to offer him in part exchange for any of the Chelsea players they are keen on. Monaco offer an option and are happy to include Djibril Sidibe as part of a deal for Dest, however Barcelona's preference for Dest replacement remains Mazraoui. Dest may refuse a move. Versatility makes it a possibility and Barcelona may have a creative plan to snag a player from Chelsea in the summer and some cash for an immediate move.

Frenkie de Jong (CM/DM) Tolisso upgrade for Bayern Munich but Barcelona don't want to sell although if a significant offer (perhaps €90M) were made their financial situation would mean they would have to consider it. During discussions between Barcelona and Chelsea, options for a number of players were discussed but Chelsea do not again want protracted negotiations which led nowhere over another player in the summer and they have a preferred option. Manchester City may provide another solution.

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28 Dec 2021 17:43:48
Amy interest in Mæhle? And Can I ask if Chelsea are interested in him?

{Ed002's Note - No, Chelsea has no interest.}

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29 Dec 2021 10:34:58
Thanks for your reply :)

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16 Dec 2021 20:21:36

Any interest in Gareth Bale? Do you think he will return to the premier league?


{Ed002's Note - He’ll see his contract out in the summer and will take perhaps a few months off club football and see how he stands with the MLS in early 2023.}

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16 Dec 2021 22:44:42
Thanks for the reply

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17 Dec 2021 00:49:12
Any reason why he wants to take a break, Ed?

{Ed002's Note - He will want to see what offers there are.}

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08 Jan 2022 19:06:55
To be fair there are great golf courses over in the U.S. Suit him down to the ground.

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09 Dec 2021 13:34:22
Ed002, what is the current situation at Barcelona with regards to Frenkie De Jong?

Lots of rumours he could be sold, several suggesting he is one of the few Barcelona want keep and consider not for sale.

Obviously Barcelona need to rebuild, and are in a tricky financial position meaning they will likely have to raise funds to buy players.

Obviously as a United fan I'm interested in the links between De Jong and United. Although personally I'd have thought Ralf Rangnick would want to work with the players he has before drawing up any potential options for improvements.

{Ed002's Note - Frenkie de Jong (CM) Tolisso upgrade for Bayern Munich but Barcelona don't want to sell - although if a significant offer were made their financial situation would mean they would have to consider it. Bayern however may have other ideas. Manchester City may provide a solution but he is not first choice. Discussions about other players from both sides with Chelsea have not seen De Jong mentioned which means Barcelona will not be looking to an early sale and others will leave first. Manchester United has other midfield targets and it is difficult to see how the player could be persuaded to join even if there were interest.}

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03 Nov 2021 15:05:49
Hi Ed. Got a question regarding Vinicius Junior, on the back of one of your replies on the Chelsea site (but considering it's about a Madrid player I figured it would be more appropriate on here).

You said that all wingers at Madrid are potentially available for a transfer. Vinicius has started this season very well, finally adding end product to his overall game. Have any clubs this past summer (or the past few weeks) shown an interest in taking him from Madrid?

{Ed002's Note - There is no current interest in him and much will now depend on other sales and incomings in the summer.}

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04 Nov 2021 08:27:15
Thank you, Ed. Have a nice day :)

{Ed002's Note - And you.}

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27 Oct 2021 23:48:58
Hi eds,

Who is Barcelona looking at now that koeman has been sacked?

{Ed002's Note - Pep Guardiola (C) Laporta would like to take Guardiola back and add Mbappe or Haaland next summer. I understand that Laporta has already spoken with Guardiola and his brother. It has been suggested that Guardiola would look to replace Luis Enrique after the 2022 World Cup. Barcelona will push when Koeman leaves but I suspect one phone call will end chances of it happening.
Joachim Loew (C) Will be in no rush to take on a club job just yet but number two to Gaurdiola on Barcelona's list. Very unlikely.
Roberto Martinez (C) has some support from the board. But there is an equal group against him.
Xavi Hernandez (C) The fans solution but lack of European experience will be an issue - too high risk and should continue in Qatar for a year or two more else Barcelona could need to make another change soon. But the likely solution - and a likely mistake.
Julian Nagelsmann (C) On the list but certainly won't be happening.
Antonio Conte (C) A safe option but personalities may clash - and the lack of funds will make life difficult. Very unlikely.
Albert Capellas (C) Would be seen as a bit of an wildcard - but don't lose sight of him as he will be more open to working with the youngsters.
Marcelo Gallardo (C) I doubt it right now - he has previously turned down the Barcelona job on more than one occasion but he would be on the list for them again - but they would likely get the same answer.
Eric ten Hag (C) If he were approached he would likely not be interested.
Domenec Torrent (C) lots of knowledge of the club and no longer tied to Guardiola - but would be high risk. Another wildcard.}

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01 Nov 2021 23:47:50
Ed2. In your opinion would Guardiola leave City for a Barcelona team in transition? From that outside looking in it strikes me as an odd move to make.

{Ed002's Note - Laporte wants it but as I explained Guardiola will not want to make that move.}

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22 Oct 2021 13:17:53
Hi Ed002, Raheem Sterling has made it clear that he would perhaps be looking for a new challenge away from Man City.

Are any clubs interested in potentially signing him and what would Man City want to recoup from the player sale?

{Ed002's Note - Raheem Sterling (W) At the right price his sale will help the start of a rebuild. He will be available for perhaps £60-70M. Could be one of the players offered to Spurs for Kane or Barcelona if any part exchange is possible. Else he will have to settle for a new contract.}

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25 Aug 2021 00:18:00
Ed you said that the plan for Real Madrid is for them to sign Mbappe this season and Haaland next season. now that benzema has sign new contract, do the plan with Haaland remain? or is it completely unrelated? Thanks.

{Ed002's Note - It is unrelated.}

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15 Aug 2021 20:18:50
Hi Ed002

I’m sure a read a while ago that you said MU where talking to Atletico Madrid in regards to Saul. I’m not after blow by blow updates, I was just wondering if they’re still talking or has the interest moved on.

Much appreciated.

{Ed002's Note - Saul Niguez (CM) Nobody will pay his release clause, but Atletico could look to a high fee for a player who has a contract that runs for years in order to get his €300k weekly wage off the books. He was Bayern Munich's first choice to add for midfield but Bayern see his cash price at €60M (or €75M on terms) and wages of €300k as too high and will turn elsewhere. He is being offered to the usual suspects who have money – Barcelona (who would need to include players in a deal - and offered Griezmann but Atletico saw his wages as too high), Manchester United (who would probably need to offload Pogba), Juventus, Manchester City, PSG, Chelsea as a potential Kovacic replacement - many of which are looking to add a player in his position, but his wages are a major issue for most. Atletico have effectively signed his replacement in de Paul but may make other midfield changes as well. I am not aware of any bid from Liverpool to Atletico at this time, but he would be an excellent choice, but a lot more expensive than other options which could rule him out. Atletico have said that there have been further discussions with Barcelona but they would prefer the cash to having any players involved in a deal. Other clubs could become more involved if players are sold, Pogba for instance.}

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08 Aug 2021 22:18:21
Hi Ed002, do you expect Moriba of Barcelona to move this summer and can you tell us where there is interest in him?

{Ed002's Note - Chelsea are interested and will look to buy him.}

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08 Aug 2021 22:35:01
Well that's wildly disappointing. Thanks for the response!

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07 Aug 2021 11:18:59
Hey Ed,
I have quick question on finance of transfers.

So if/ when Lukaku joins Chelsea, do Inter keep thier phased payments schedule with Man Utd or would they have to clear the remaining debt owed in a single payment?

Appreciate this might be contract specific but any insights would really appreciated.

{Ed002's Note - They will continue to pay in line with their contract.}

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07 Aug 2021 16:46:28
Thanks ed, I wasn't sure if they'd need to pay off the outstanding balance after the player is sold.

{Ed002's Note - No, they have a contractual agreement which still stands.}

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06 Aug 2021 13:57:33
Good afternoon Ed002; wishing you a good day. Please Ed when you have time can you help explain in details-

A) The reason why Messi and Barcelona could not reach an agreement.

B) What Laporta means by Barcelona not having enough salary margin from his words below.

"It's over, despite reaching an agreement with the player, the deal could not be formalised. We don't have enough salary margin and LaLiga is not flexible in terms of extending that limit. "

Ed, I know I could be asking much but please help your guy.

{Ed002's Note - (a) They did reach agreement but La Liga rules are clear and Barcelona need to make reductions in salary costs to meet the annual cap - and that means moving on high earning players. (b) He means that Barcelona are not able to spend huge amounts of money on wages and cannot sign him on the terms that were agreed. They are selling players to reduce wages. Other clubs have the same issue - Atletico for example.}

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06 Aug 2021 14:23:49
Thank you.

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06 Aug 2021 15:45:52
Ed002 if Messi signs for PSG I would not think he would take the pay cut he was going to at Barcelona. with the signings all ready made by PSG how would they stay in the FFP bracket. Is the french league not having big financial problems. If he does sign they must have the biggest wage bill of any team in world sport.

{Ed002's Note - The French League has suffered far worse than other leagues. PSG do not have an FFP issue and they have players moving on. They will be discussing his demands and putting some sort of deal on the table very soon.}

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07 Aug 2021 16:50:25
Barca wanted to pay 2 years salary across 5 years to meet league rules and La Liga said no.

La Liga have massively devalued their League.

La Liga is in decline and EPL looks so strong comparatively to rest of Europe. You can see why the ESL was so important.

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08 Aug 2021 12:21:15
Maybe I'm missing something.

Messi is crying in a press conference and it appears that this is bigger than football for him.

So why not just sign a considerably smaller contract.

Tom Brady did this for years to ensure that his team could invest elsewhere.

Not a criticism, it just seems like money shouldn't be an issue in this situation.

Maybe I'm missing the point, if the pooint is not his wages.

{Ed002's Note - It is a Barcelona wage issue, not just a Messi wage issue. This is why they need to move Griezmann on aswell.}

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05 Aug 2021 19:11:40
With Messi leaving Barcelona which teams are interested in the player and would be in a position to take him?

Thanks in advance, rather shocked tbh. Wasn't expecting that!

{Ed002's Note - {Ed002's Note - Lionel Messi (F) The plan was to leave in the summer although a new contract might be possible, but he would need to take a significant cut in wages. In terms of clubs who could potentially put a suitable package together, there would only likely be Manchester City (who could have used Gabriel Jesus and Eric Garcia in exchange last summer but didn't want plans disrupted) can be probably be discounted as they turn their attention elsewhere because of the costs, Juventus (who can also certainly be discounted as they are working to a fixed plan for other targets), PSG (who could have looked to use Neymar in a deal last summer - but Neymar is no longer in the plans of Barcelona, but they could end up being the only viable option - but also have other plans) and Inter Milan (who had the chance to offer Lautaro Martinez in any transaction and Javier Zanetti could yet look to sell the project and tax laws which would keep the cost to the club to lower than competitors). Other sides who are financially in a position to take him (Bayern Munich, Chelsea etc.) have other plans and see the costs as obscene. He will have no interest in playing in China or the Middle East. My expectation was that Messi would stay another year or two to play with Aguero at Barcelona. One day perhaps a season at Inter Miami, Boca or Newell's OB before retirement. If he left, PSG or possibly Manchester City appear the only fits in Europe.}

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04 Aug 2021 22:53:10
Hi Ed02,

If your not too busy, do you see Saul moving from Athletico this season as you've said might happen, and is there anyone currently in talks with Athletico with regard this player? Thanks.

{Ed002's Note - Done to death.}

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