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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.

BELOW ARE THE WORDS OF LAPORTA:
"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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02 Aug 2021 11:35:52
Hi Ed002,

Lots of rumours circulating that Madrid are very much serious about taking Mbappe this summer and are currently negotiating with PSG over his potential signing.

Doesn't sound too feasible to me, however I'm aware you've said they are definitely interested in signing him this summer. Is there any updates regarding this and could we see Madrid pay the money to bring him in?

{Ed002's Note - I have explained for the past year that this is the plan. They want Mbappe this summer and Haaland next summer. I am not sure what sort of updates you are expecting.}

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02 Aug 2021 12:34:25
Was just wondering whether Real Madrid would have to tailor their expectations of Mbappe coming in due to CV.

I assumed that the financial impact on the Spanish giants would hinder any sort of huge move such as that until at least the following season.

I suppose I'm asking do Real have the financial capacity to make the move a reality or would you think it unlikely?

{Ed002's Note - Real Madrid have addressed their issue over savings already.}

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29 Jul 2021 22:45:16
ED002,

What options are available for Coutinho?

{Ed002's Note - Philippe Coutinho (AM/CM) available in the summer and actively being offered around to English and German sides - but the clubs approached like Arsenal, Spurs and Everton have preferred options and would only look to him if those options dried up and if a loan to buy option were available but Barcelona want cash. Kia has also spoken with Liverpool and Leicester but there is a clear lack of declared interest in the player. A slightly complicated deal was being looked at with Marseille but that went nowhere. Italy may provide an option on loan but that won't suit Barcelona. If he will take a reduction in wages he will stay another year.}

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07 Aug 2021 19:09:59
Thansk ED002.

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27 Jul 2021 19:58:54
Hi Eds,

Just wondered if you could provide any transfer updates/ interest in Karim Benzema and Toni Kroos please?

Thanks again for your hardwork.

{Ed002's Note - There is nothing of note.}

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27 Jul 2021 21:29:16
Thank you eds2, have a great evening.

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17 Jul 2021 10:33:50
Hello Ed
Is there anything new need on Varane does it look like he moves? I see interest from England and perhaps Paris as we just signed his friend Ramos. Any of these are options?

{Ed002's Note - Manchester United will push to complete a deal. PSG will have stepped away, Chelsea seem less likely, Real Madrid will offer a new contract.}

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17 Jul 2021 11:34:26
Okay thanks so much Ed. Could be a great player for somebody.

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17 Jul 2021 11:34:26
Okay thanks so much Ed. Could be a great player for somebody.

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26 Jul 2021 17:33:45
If he and Ramos both leave in one window that’s quite a change for Madrid - do you know who they have lined up Ed’s?

{Ed002's Note - They have added Alaba and now will not sell Eder Militao which means they will save on buying Torres or Kounde but they are included in the clubs interested in a number of promising youngsters like Benoit Badiashile and Melayro Bogarde (although he is no longer available).

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10 Jul 2021 21:28:17
Hi Ed, do you have any insight on Saul? I hear Liverpool are interested in him.

{Ed002's Note - Saul Niguez (CM) Nobody will pay his release clause but Atletico could look to a very high fee for a player who has a contract that runs for years in order to get his €300k weekly wage off the books. Bayern Munich's first choice to add for midfield and his agent has spoken with several sides as Atletico want to make very significant savings on salaries and could be forced in to a corner by the player and his agent. But Bayern see his cash price at €60M (or €75M on terms) and wages of €300k as too high and will want to negotiate - they will almost certainly turn elsewhere. Barcelona have an interest but would need Atletico to take players in exchange. He is being offered to the usual suspects who have money - Manchester United (who would need to offload Pogba), Juventus, Manchester City, PSG, Chelsea as a 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 signed his replacement. I am not aware of any direct approach from Liverpool to his club at this time but they have spoken with his representatives. He would be an excellent choice for Liverpool but a lot more expensive than other options.}

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11 Jul 2021 00:59:02
Thank you very much.

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06 Jul 2021 08:51:39
Hi ED002,


I read an article that said Barcelona couldn't register Aguero, Depay and Garcia as they have exceeded their wage limit is this true?

{Ed002's Note - It will be fine and is a common issue that is resolved as players leave and several have already.}

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06 Jul 2021 08:57:50
Thanks ED002,

With Messi, as his contract has expired, will he still receive a wage from the club or does it automatically stops upon expiration?

{Ed002's Note - He is not contracted to the club so his income is limited to endorsements at the moment. It will resume when he re-signs or moves elsewhere.}

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06 Jul 2021 10:55:09
Thanks ED002.

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01 Jul 2021 15:23:11
Hi ed002, if you’re not too busy I was wondering if there is any interest in Alexander Isak of Real Sociedad? Thanks in advanced for any information.

{Ed002's Note - Alexander Isak (S) Michael Zorc wants to take him back from Real Sociedad regardless of any different wishes of the coach at Borussia Dortmund. Barcelona see him as a possible addition. Manchester City have a desire to add the player as a squad member but not as a Aguero replacement. Chelsea have considered him as a Tammy Abraham replacement but consider the asking price high. Manchester United have watched the player but are less attractive as a destination. Arsenal see him as an option to their preferred Lacazette replacements but the price is a concern. Real Madrid are keen. Real Sociedad have financial woes and may take the opportunity to profit but ideally want to remove the buy back clause and keep him another year - and if a fee can be agreed with Dortmund for say, €10M, then this will happen and everyone will be happy. They will seek the full €70M termination fee in cash from sides other than Borussia Dortmund but will likely not get takers at that price allowing them to keep him another year.}

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30 Jun 2021 23:40:50
Hi Ed's, I gave it a search but didn't see much recent about Coutinhos future. Is he still in Barcelona plans or is there interest in him?

{Ed002's Note - Barcelona intend to move Philippe Coutinho on this summer. His agent is speaking with sides about options.}

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18 Jun 2021 17:51:52
Hi eds,

Do you know what teams are in for Sergio Ramos? I'm assuming PSG would be at the front of the queue.

Thanks!

{Ed002's Note - Sergio Ramos (CB) PSG wanted a January agreement to take him as a Free Agent in the summer but the player is apparently reluctant to commit just yet. Real Madrid wanted to extend his contract but want to reduce the package he currently gets to help their quest to cut costs - if that gap can somehow be resolved it was the most likely solution but he is intent on stepping away. Interest from both the Far East and the Middle East is not attractive for the player. Milan offer a potential option because of tax advantages in Italy - but they have added Fikayo Tomori at a far lower cost and it is likely the second CB they are looking for will be younger. Ideally a return to Seville to end his career but perhaps a year too early. Italian sides have a financial advantage but Milan enquired PSG may just provide an option but I doubt the main protagonists in the Premier League will be interested in what will be an expensive, starting option - and they have other targets. A real wildcard would be Inter Miami but it makes little or no sense.}

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01 Jun 2021 13:19:39
Hi Eddo2, is there any interest in Frenkie de Jong? tks.

{Ed002's Note - No.}

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31 May 2021 16:35:44
Ed002.
Can I enquire on athletico Madrid please?
4 players in particular. Is there any interest in saul. Felix. Oblak and trippier .
Are the club open to selling any of the above and furthermore to you know of the players would be open to a move away?
Secondly do you know who AM are looking to bring in player wise for next season?

{Ed002's Note - Saul Niguez (CM) Bayern Munich's first choice to add for midfield and his agent has spoken with Bayern, an Italian side and an English side as Atletico want to make very significant savings on salaries and could be forced in to a corner by the player and his agent. Nobody will pay his release clause but Atletico could look to a very high fee for a player who has a contract that runs for years in order to get his €300k off the books.
Joao Felix (AM) An approach for him from Barcelona was rejected as AM are selling a similar player.

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31 May 2021 22:34:07
{Ed002's Note - Saul Niguez (CM) Bayern Munich's first choice to add for midfield and his agent has spoken with Bayern, an Italian side and an English side as Atletico want to make very significant savings on salaries and could be forced in to a corner by the player and his agent. Nobody will pay his release clause but Atletico could look to a very high fee for a player who has a contract that runs for years in order to get his €300k off the books.
Joao Felix (AM) An approach for him from Barcelona was rejected as AM are selling a similar player.
{Ed002's Note - Saul Niguez (CM) Bayern Munich's first choice to add for midfield and his agent has spoken with Bayern, an Italian side and an English side as Atletico want to make very significant savings on salaries and could be forced in to a corner by the player and his agent. Nobody will pay his release clause but Atletico could look to a very high fee for a player who has a contract that runs for years in order to get his €300k off the books.
Joao Felix (AM) An approach for him from Barcelona was rejected as AM are selling a similar player.
Keiran Trippier (RB) Atletico will sell. They are likely hoping for Everton interest.}

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01 Jun 2021 14:17:11
Thank you ed002. Nothing on oblak?

{Ed002's Note - Jan Oblak (G) PSG will offer an option if available.}

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02 Jun 2021 13:31:38
Cheers. Have a good day.

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03 Jun 2021 14:10:38
Hi ed002 - regarding Saul who is the team from England that has spoken with his agent recently? Does he still remain first choice for Bayern with some rumours of interest in Neuhaus from them also?

{Ed002's Note - Manchester United but they don't have the space. Bayern Munich want Saul but see the price as too high.}

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03 Jun 2021 17:53:34
Hi Ed, seeing rumors that CFC and PSG have an interest in Saul. Would he be a player CFC would add with the current crowded midfield?

Cheers.

{Ed002's Note - Someone is teasing you about him Matt.}

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25 May 2021 11:58:34
Hello Ed is there anything new on Hazard Future? Could he move for Chelsea or to PSG and the same question for Donnarumma is there a chance he Moves to Paris or London? Merci.

{Ed002's Note - Eden Hazard (LW/RW) Real Madrid have problems one way or another with all of their wingers and there is no guarantee any will be at the club next season. He will be another that Real Madrid listen to offers for. There is someone senior at Chelsea advocating his return to the club which I understand would suit the player - but the club are already making efforts to sign another.
Gianluigi Donnarumma (G) was first choice in 2020 and will be first choice in 2021 if Chelsea push with their plan to sell Kepa Arrizabalaga and use Mendy as a second choice. There are three issues with renewing in Milan: a contract clause, agent fees and wages (and that problem has now worsened). PSG, Inter and Juventus remain keen to take him - Inter can likely be discounted but Juventus might offer a decent option although the Milanese supporters will be very unhappy and the player will be aware of that.}

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25 May 2021 19:49:40
Who is the other Chelsea target you mention Ed?

{Ed002's Note - It is of no relevance.}

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25 May 2021 21:24:30
Very interesting Ed Merci.

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12 May 2021 11:00:50
Good morning,

Just wondered if there is any interest at this time in Martin Odegaard? Does it seem likely his future is away from Real Madrid?

Thanks.

{Ed002's Note - Martin Odegaard (RW/AM) Arsenal beat Real Sociedad to a loan in January but have no option to buy. Real Madrid are happy to include him on a lengthy list of players that they are open to selling or including in exchanges in the summer - and that may suit Seville who have a player that Real Madrid are showing an interest in. Ideally Real Madrid would like an auction for him but will seek €40M for a cash sale - else they will simply keep him. Arsenal would consider him on a permanent deal but it depends on finances, which are tight, so that is unlikely.}

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10 May 2021 20:13:18
Hi Ed, hope all is well. Have you heard of any interest in Dušan Vlahović? Had quite a good year, I would be surprised if he didn't have any suiters this summer.

Cheers.

{Ed002's Note - Dusan Vlahovic (S) Milan see the player as an Ibrahimovic back up and possible replacement - Spurs have the same view in respect of Kane - and Dortmund do in respect of Haaland. Roma, Juventus and Atletico Madrid offer another option which would see him as a starter. Manchester City approached Fiorentina and were told that the aking price will be set above €50M which came as a surprise. I am not aware of any approach by Liverpool to Fiorentina.}

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13 May 2021 17:03:04
Hi Ed, thanks for the info. Didn't realize you answered it a few questions down, won't happen again!

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18 Apr 2021 17:31:47
Hi ed. a few years back you gave us a synopsis of the European super League, I've been reading articles today on the breakaway league, and I was wondering if you could post a link to your original post, I tried the search function. I remember it was long so I won't ask you to re-type it.

Enjoy your day.

{Ed002's Note - It is something like this right now:

There are several counter-proposals to the proposed pan-European breakaway that have been backed by UEFA to try and save their own skin. The first proposal was 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 introduction of a lower-tier European competition again (which is happening regardless). 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 no interest in such a discussion but having identified the source of much of the funding (and that raising a concern) will wish to discuss it between themselves again. This has dragged on for three years and nothing has happened - and I doubt it will. Ross with the help of Liverpool owners FSG organised a meeting of a number of clubs in Paris during January 2020 including Arsenal, Bayern Munich, PSG, Atletico, Manchester United, Juventus, Liverpool in order to discuss expanding the pre-season International Champions Cup to a much larger event where clubs would be members of the tournament through a debenture type system but need to commit to playing their first team in all games. Ajax, Chelsea, both Milan sides, Borussia Dortmund, Monaco, Marseille, Real Madrid and Spurs refused invitations to attend. Ross wants UEFA to formally recognise the tournament (there has been a discussion already) which would be a money spinner but will add many more first team games to the annual schedule.

However, UEFA are still also 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 into a parallel league, and of course eventually into 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 new UEFA plans, which would come into force in 2024, state that the 32-team Champions League for the 2024/25 season would be chosen based on UEFAs domestic club rankings from the period between the 2020/21 and 2023/24 seasons, effectively shutting out clubs who are not doing well prior to 2024. What it does is make an early start for a breakaway (pre 2024) very unlikely. Timing wise, two very prominent clubs wanted it to happen as soon as possible (2021 was the most recently proposed date) and they have the support of a third club - but most are looking at 2023 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. Changes to this proposal (which would see the expansion to 36 sides and other minor changes are being voted on April 19. Some clubs want leverage, and this is the likely reason for the announcement today.

Right now, of the 21 clubs involved in the “elite” club discussions, two have said they will not be in any breakaway league and three have said they may not compete. That will likely change by the time anything eventually happens and talks will continue. The primary UEFA plans, which would come into force in 2024, state that the 32-team Champions League for the 2024/25 season would be chosen based on UEFAs domestic club rankings from the period between the 2020/21 and 2023/24 seasons, effectively shutting out clubs who are not doing well prior to 2024. What it does is make an early start for the Elite to move on (pre 2024) very unlikely. Timing wise, two very prominent clubs wanted it to happen as soon as possible (2021 was the most recently proposed date) and they have the support of a third club - but most are looking at 2023 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. They will meet later this week to consider what UEFA have sais and some clubs are involved in this latest proposal.

The other 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 some sort of expanded World Club – and that is where FIFA would come in. The pandemic will have done for this for now.

Liverpool has failed in attempt to disrupt the English game to support an expanded Club World Cup on a debenture basis. The FA have tried to work a proposal that would see a smaller Premier League and introduce a Premier League 2 - the idea being with fewer Premier League games the higher-profile sides would be able to compete in any reshaped European competition whilst maintaining a their position in England - this appeals to some clubs (e.g. Chelsea) and allows The FA to keep control. Liverpool and Manchester United were involved in discussions but turned against it wanting more control themselves - and that led Liverpool to say they will form their own breakaway league. Attempts at a compromise solution have fallen apart. This was Project Big Foot and is about FSG wanting more money, and that is to some extent what is behind this and why JP Morgan have been roped in.

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. UEFA would exclude all of the teams from their competitions.

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 into 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.

The ramifications will be that clubs are kicked out of domestic, UEFA and FIFA competition - and this is just another option that is on the table for now. Nothing will happen overnight and there are huge legal issues that would need to be addressed before the UEFA proposed changes for 2024 which they will further amend and vote on tomorrow). There will be a push by some clubs to make the Champions League a closed shop to some extent (but not completely) and this will be used to leverage they situation with UEFA. In reality some clubs just want leverage. The “elite” sides will meet later this week after one side requested it today (April 18). That might be more telling.

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18 Apr 2021 22:05:32
Thank you very much.

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20 Apr 2021 09:31:41
Brilliant Ed thank you it's all a bit clearer to me now.

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20 Apr 2021 17:30:43
So is your opinion still that this won't happen ed002?

The interview from Perez was a lot of lies from what I saw, the business side was quite evident that he was posturing for negotiations.

If the superleague contract they signed is unbreakable according to Perez which also makes no sense, how can there be a commitment without a delivery of product.

{Ed002's Note - Something will happen at some point. I would forget the contracts signed for this attempted breakaway, it is FSG and the Glazers carrying out their threat made after Project Bigfoot failed last year. Son of Bigfoot is not the solution and will fall apart very soon.}

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22 Apr 2021 13:37:10
Will there be a change in ownership at any of the club's, the fans are angry about this and something has to give.

Thanks for your responses.

{Ed002's Note - Which clubs?}

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24 Apr 2021 01:40:47
The English clubs that left the superleague. Fans want change are any of the owners pressured.

{Ed002's Note - I have no idea what that means.}

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24 Apr 2021 11:32:25
No worries. thanks for the response.

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09 Apr 2021 22:46:07
Hi Ed, just wondering if there is any interest in Gerard Moreno and if so, who? Thanks in advance.

{Ed002's Note - Not any longer as far as I know.}

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30 Mar 2021 11:29:39
Hi Ed002, it seems there is a lot of interest in Pau Torres, could you enlighten us on his current situation and who is interested in him.

Cheers.

{Ed002's Note - Pau Torres (CB) Villareal are struggling financially and will sell this summer at the right price. Manchester City have him as an option still but he is not first choice. Manchester United have him as first choice but only if sufficient sales are made. Barcelona has a sustained interest but price will likely be an issue and they may look to horse trade some players - but priorities will be elsewhere. Bayern Munich have him as one of three primary targets to fill the two (or potentially three) CB slots they need to address in the summer. Real Madrid want Torres to replace Ramos but do not want to get in to an auction.}

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16 Mar 2021 14:26:32
Ed002 who is interested in saul niguez thanks.

{Ed002's Note - Saul Nigueuz (CM) Bayern Munich's first choice to add for midfield and his agent has spoken with Bayern, an Italian side and an English side as Atletico want to make very significant savings on salaries and could be forced in to a corner by the player and his agent. Nobody will pay his release clause but Atletico could look to a very high fee for a player who has a contract that runs for years in order to get his €300k off the books.}

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