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30 Mar 2020 21:19:51
Hi Ed002. Got a question regarding Mikel Oyarzabal. Are any clubs showing interest in him right now?

He's a class player but doesn't often get talked about.

{Ed002's Note - Mikel Oyarzabal (LW/F) is seen by Manchester City as an option as a Sane replacement but Real Socidead have placed a significant fee on the player. Bayern Munich could look to him if they cannot sign Sane.}

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31 Mar 2020 12:19:38
Thank you, Ed. Any club getting him will be very lucky.

Seeing Sane mentioned as a factor in decision making for both those teams. Will be interesting to see where he ends up as well.

Stay safe, Ed002!

{Ed002's Note - I doubt he will be moving - he is Basque and they tend not to. Bayern has a number of other options to Sane but it is him they want - and the player previously expressed a view that he wants the move to Germany or Spain if a leading side were interested. Manchester City may decide, as he has been out for so long, to spend the money elsewhere and look to a youngster such as Antonio Marin.}

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24 Mar 2020 12:03:15
Ed002, are Barcelona looking to sign a LB? If so, which players are they targeting?

{Ed002's Note - Emerson (LWB) looking unlikely but have enquired.
Alex Telles (LWB) Barcelona will look to include a player in any transaction.}

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17 Mar 2020 08:14:06
Hey Ed.

Do you think that Luka Jovic will be available in the summer?

Thanks.

{Ed002's Note - Yes, Luka Jovic (S) wants to be playing and with RM looking to a new striker and being behind Benzema he wants out - RM will let him go but not on loan but is expected to be available for sale or to be used as part of an exchange.}

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17 Mar 2020 14:44:37
Thanks Ed.

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18 Mar 2020 05:54:16
Good day Ed, please are there interested clubs especially EPL teams.
Thanks.

{Ed002's Note - Luka Jovic (S) Napoli are very keen and both clubs plan a discussion about an exchange involving Jovic. Bayern Munich have Jovic as an option. In January Mr Mourinho wanted to take Jovic on loan until the summer but the player, who is not getting assurances from Zidane wanted a permanent move and game time. Knowing that Real Madrid are looking to add another striker in the summer he needs his career back on track. So Spurs could return.}

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12 Mar 2020 13:44:20
Any interest in oblak? Surely he won't stay at that terrible Atletico side. Far too good or a goalie considering many top teams have flappers in net.

{Ed002's Note - There is nothing firm.}

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10 Mar 2020 18:14:57
Ed002, who is interested in Ter-Stegen?

{Ed002's Note - As far as I know there have been no approaches for him but they are battling the terms of a new contract for him. Bayern had him as a Plan B for the summer, but have agreed their Plan A. Juventus have delayed their need for him so he is off the table right now. PSG have him on a short-list but he is not first choice but much will depend on what the new coach wants and if Kaylor Navas leaves.}

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12 Mar 2020 14:56:53
Ed002 - if you can please- has de gea been of interest to any team of late? Namely any of the teams in your reply to Roman
Thankyou.

{Ed002's Note - For the likes of Juventus he would be no more than a Plan B and was only being looked at as such when they were looking as a replacement for Wojciech Szczesny. Bayern have already agreed what they want to do in the summer. PSG have other ideas they are working on. So no.}

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13 Mar 2020 09:45:52
thanks ed002- enjoy the weekend :)

{Ed002's Note - And you.}

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18 Feb 2020 08:51:47
Hi to all and sundry, I've been using this site for years almost exclusively for the eds amazing knowledge, ( it's helped educate myself and others in the insane workings of football) so thanks to everyone . I'd be grateful if anyone could answer my question . Barcelona have been reported to have been given permission to sign an emergency replacement for Dembele ( played about 10 games I think) , on what grounds was this granted and is there precedent for other clubs in Spain or other clubs in europe?

{Ed002's Note - Transfer rules are set by individual FAs and in Spain a club can obtain a medical report stating the injury will keep the player out for five months or more the club can request permission to sign a replacement (from La Liga or Segunda Division) who will be allowed to replace him in the La Liga squad only. In England clubs are allowed to sign GKs on an emergency basis if required.}

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18 Feb 2020 09:11:39
Thank you for the reply and your time ed, very much appreciated have a good day.

{Ed002's Note - And you.}

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20 Feb 2020 17:22:55
Ed002,

It seems a bizzare rule that the club which sells cannot replace the player? Is this not a bit unfair or is the issue more complex than it seems? I guess given you can only sign a player from another La Liga club it stops an avalanche of transfers for each team to replace their player they’ve lost.

Thanks.

{Ed002's Note - It is indeed unfair, hence the pressure to change it.}

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20 Feb 2020 18:47:26
Hi ed, did leganes have ths ability to keep the player or was there a certain clause that meant there hands were tied? If so I think its slightly unfair they also are not allowed to go into the market. A club of Barcelona stature should be able to promote youth ot play a player out of position for a few mo ths imo.

{Ed002's Note - The wasy it works in Spain is that every player has to have a "buy out" clause and that no tax is due on the amount paid by the player - as it will have come from another club. This is very different to other countries, but they are binding if the player agrees. The ideal solution, if it is to exist at all, is to say they can only recruit a player who is out of contract or available from a club in a country where the transfer window has at least three days to run.}

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21 Feb 2020 07:40:57
What I find most bizarre in this transfer saga, is that Barcelona somehow think Martin Braithwaite is their best option in this case. As a Dane I have followed the player pretty closely, and that Barcelona don't have a youth player who can do a job as well as Braithwaite. Also, it's a massive (! ) price for a player of his quality, a long contract and a high release clause. Isn't that a bit short-sighted if Barcelona are looking to sell him already this summer?

A small, cruel but peculiar bit of information about Braithwaite that you guys might not know is that his name is pronounced "Brathwaite", not Braithwaite - some generations ago, one of his kin was wrongfully written in some sort of book by a slave owner as Braithwaite, instead of Brathwaite which was the real last name of the family.

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28 Jan 2020 12:54:35
Ed002, who is interested in Andreas Christensen?

{Ed002's Note - Inter have moved on so RBL.}

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28 Jan 2020 12:02:06
Hi ED002,

I hope your travels have been safe and fruitful. Just following back up on Saul, does it seem as if he will stay at Athletico this window?

Cheers.

{Ed002's Note - I cant be certain but the interested sides are likely looking to the summer for the actual transfer - one may look to negotiate earlier.}

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28 Jan 2020 14:14:21
Cheers ED002.

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30 Jan 2020 11:09:24
Any chance you could tell us who the interested sides are Ed? Thanks.

{Ed002's Note - Manchester City may well look to early negotiations. Interest has gone, at least for now, from Bayern Munich and PSG interest is on hold pending a new coach. Manchester United interest in Saul Niguez will have gone if Pogba takes advice decides to run down his contract next season (because the club are holding him to ransom and have no Champions League).}

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30 Jan 2020 15:31:44
would this change if united were to get top 4 this season ed or win the Europa as in pogba running his contract down, would he then want to stay or is it a case of either sell or lose him on a free.

{Ed002's Note - He wants to leave and resume playing. He does not want to be at Manchester United.}

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02 Feb 2020 09:59:13
Not being funny but he could concentrate on football, get himself fit and play for Utd and honour the contact both and his agent negotiated. Unless someone comes in with a bid that matches the club’s valuation I really don’t see what the issue is?

{Ed002's Note - The issue is he wants to get his career back on track. Players come and go all of the time.}

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02 Feb 2020 11:32:03
I have no argument there Ed, but the way he is going about it is odd - is he injured or just not playing ball - literally?

{Ed002's Note - The club have confirmed that he is "injured".}

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27 Jan 2020 01:10:22
Hi Ed002 is there any interest in Mikel Oyarzabal?

Thanks.

{Ed002's Note - Mikel Oyarzabal (LW/F) is seen by Manchester City as an option as a Sane replacement but Real Socidead have placed a significant fee on the player. Bayern Munich could look to him if they cannot sign Sane.}

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27 Jan 2020 11:51:01
Thanks Ed002.

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09 Jan 2020 19:54:51
Hi ed002. Hope you are well. Happy new year.
Just wondering what cb's real Madrid gold am interest in. Ramos must be coming to the back end of his career ap i anime they have a plan to replace him at some point.
Secondly if i can ask what forwards Barcelona are considering to replace Suarez?

{Ed002's Note - Milan Skriniar (CB) seen as a Ramos replacement
Diego Carlos (CB) Manchester City have dropped their interest and are looking at others which will possibly be available to solve their issue in January. Real Madrid have a sustained interest and Liverpool has declared an interest in taking DC in the summer.
Kalidou Koulibaly (CB) another SR replacement.}

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09 Jan 2020 20:33:54
Cheers ed sorry about the typos.

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07 Jan 2020 13:56:18
Hello Ed002,

I know you have previously stated that Saul could be made available for the right price, however are there currently any serious takers? I know you have mentioned United do have interest, but would you expect them to bid on the player?

Thanks in advance.

{Ed002's Note - No, there are no takers right now and Manchester United would be interested if they were will to put an end to their blocking Paul Pogba leaving.}

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07 Jan 2020 17:14:10
I agree 100% ED002. They should just let him go already and get Saul (if Saul would even want to come) .

Thanks as always.

{Ed002's Note - You are welcome.}

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07 Jan 2020 19:16:48
Might be a stupid question Ed but what does a club really gain long term from holding a player against his will
It must dishearten the individual and the team massively I know he signed a contract
Do you see a change in the law about blocking moves away it seems a bit out dated.

{Ed002's Note - There are certainly not going to be changes to contract law.}

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07 Jan 2020 20:12:26
Could a player go on strike to force his hand as it looks as if a transfer request won't suffice
Why are they refusing to let him go.

{Ed002's Note - Then they would be in breach of contract.}

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07 Jan 2020 20:20:07
Thanks for reply by the way.

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31 Dec 2019 15:55:06
Hey Ed

Is there any information on Saul Niguez?
I think he’s a fantastic player and interested to see where he may end up in the end?

Shame LVG didn’t get his man at Utd.

{Ed002's Note - Saul Niguez (CM) Atletico will let him leave for €100M but no interest at this time.}

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31 Dec 2019 16:37:39
Whoa

Utd should pony up.

{Ed002's Note - Right now they are blocking Pogba leaving and they would not need both - it also makes them unattractive to players when they act like that. And there is a difficulty with his “agent”.}

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12 Dec 2019 23:08:19
Evening Ed002,

Do you know of any interest in Myron Boadu and Moussa Wague?

Thanks as always.

{Ed002's Note - My notes say:
Myron Boadu (S) Milan, Roma and Crystal Palace have been watching but he needs to wait a while.
Moussa Wague (RB) Barcelona do not want to sell MW but need to do some work on their finances before June 30 and may listen to a good offer. Lille, Southampton, Bayer Leverkusen and probably others have declared an interest.}

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13 Dec 2019 20:12:16
Brilliant thanks Ed002.

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11 Dec 2019 09:29:40
Hi eds is ancelloti still a top coach/ manager
Or is he past his best
I remember you saying Jose has become a dinosaur of the game just wondering if carlo is as well
I really like ancelotti he's a gentleman.

{Ed001's Note - too soft imo, let's the players have too much leeway and they take advantage.}

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12 Dec 2019 08:22:09
Thanks Ed for reply.

{Ed001's Note - very welcome.}

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06 Dec 2019 00:25:15
Is it true that Atlético Madrid are running out of patience with Simeone?

{Ed002's Note - No.}

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04 Dec 2019 11:17:10
Ed002, are Atletico Madrid interested in replacing Diego Costa with Timo Werner?

{Ed002's Note - A couple of years ago they were pushing for him and even though they have looked again recently their focus is elsewhere.}

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20 Nov 2019 13:55:41
hi ed, sorry to ask another random name, hope its okay. do you know of any interest in Chuckweze kept track of him since i caught the villareal vs Barcelona last year. looks a decent prospect.

{Ed002's Note - Samuel Chukwueze (RW/AM) a Villareal youngster in Spain under the Cotonou Agreement that drew attention of Arsenal again recently when they were scouting another player (Pablo Fornals). As a 16 year old he had trials at Arsenal after the Under 17 World Cup but it came to nothing. Atletico Madrid and Bayern Munich have a declared interest in the player, as does Leicester City but they realised there would be a need to overpay on transfer fee or wages to ensure a Work Permit could be obtained so asked for a price - and stepped back at the €60M quoted. Serious interest from Dortmund has perseisted since the summer.}

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20 Nov 2019 16:07:12
Thanks Ed, appreciate the info. would be a good signing for Leicester imo. with Sancho likely leaving next summer fancy Dortmund to snap him up considering what you've said.

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12 Nov 2019 15:02:25
Hi Ed, are you aware of any interest in Ferran Torres at all?

{Ed002's Note - Barcelona, Borussia Dortmund and Juventus - Real Madrid could look again but he his not first choice.}

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12 Nov 2019 16:29:12
Thanks Ed.

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12 Nov 2019 16:29:12
Thanks Ed.

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04 Nov 2019 13:08:14
Any truth in the Sterling to R Madrid rumours?

{Ed002's Note - Real Madrid are still looking at a major revamp and are using Eden Hazard on the LW which was not their plan. They have plans to bring in a specific RW in mind and a couple of alternaives but are likely need to hold on to Asensio who they would rather let move on once fully fit. They have a bunch of senior players they have available for horse trading, particularly Isco and Bale and will look to include them in any deal. I am not aware of any approach for Sterling at this time and it sounds rather speculative.}

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22 Oct 2019 12:18:40
Ed001.

Was looking at results recently and how well athletico have not done in the past few years despite spending an incredible amount of money on players who are terrible at the moment like Morata and Diego Costa. They also seem to have some unreal players including last years midfield of rodri and Saul yet didn't do anything in the league and started terribly again this year they also can barely score any goals. Is this simeones fault? And are the board close to getting rid of him? Surely this year they should have Allready be a top of the league.

{Ed001's Note - well Simeone has to take some of the blame, a large part of it in fact. Even though they have invested heavily, the team is not moving forward and developing together. He has done some brilliant stuff, but it has been at the expense of entertainment. If you are playing terrible football but getting results, fans will put up with it and just enjoy the wins. However, the minute you stop getting the results the quality of players should be getting, then it is difficult for anyone to support the style of play.

They have always had the players to compete at the top but Simeone has never developed a style of play to suit the players he has. It is always been about shoehorning players in and hoping they will adapt. That is why the flair players so often fail to work out. Hard work is essential, but it has to be at the right times and right place. If your winger has just chased back 40 yards to track a full-back and then the ball is played forward, even if he can get to it and get into a dangerous position, there is a chance he is going to be gasping for air and make a mess of his cross, pass or shot.

The weather in Spain is much hotter than England, which takes its toll as well. Simeone never seems to take any of that into account and only concentrates on making sure they work hard defensively and just leave the attack to end up becoming mainly long balls and counters. His attitude is that of a manager who has a team that is much weaker and needs to run themselves into the ground to counter that. He needs to adapt to the fact that he has quality players and figure out how to get the most out of them on the ball.}

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22 Oct 2019 20:53:51
ah thank you very much for the reply, they only just scraped through today. my go to bet used to have been athletico 0-0 half time whoever they played, becuase their defence was solid and never use to go forward much first half. bit strange felxi decided to go their with the way they play. and also i completely get why now they don't seem to do well despite having very good players, and the lack of much quality out their in that league and even in the champions league.

{Ed001's Note - very welcome mate. It is a shame, they have the quality in the squad but they just aren't making the most of it.}

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08 Oct 2019 16:07:30
Ed002, is there any interest in Fabian Ruiz?

{Ed002's Note - Fabian Ruiz (CM) is seen by BArcelona as a replacement for Rakatic and/or Vidal but with De Jong and Arthur game time cannot be assured. He is also seen by Real Madrid as a replacement for Kroos and/or Modric but is not first choice and Napoli will demand a very significant fee.}

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02 Oct 2019 17:37:17
Odegaard has started this season incredibly well, will be interesting to see what happens this summer if he keeps it up.

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15 Sep 2019 22:43:22
In regards to my previous post. I forgot to mention that one of my friends were in Montpellier, watching a game, and told me of a 16 year old midfielder - Camavinga - who apparently bossed the midfield. Just a side note :)

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16 Sep 2019 09:26:16
He is very well known, EmilSC.

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15 Sep 2019 21:42:11
Hello Eds. I suppose you have already heard a lot about him and that I'm late to the party, having only heard of him now, so I figured I would ask you what your thoughts are about this new, wonderful player Ansu Fati? He seems to have come out of nowhere, and although I have only seen short clips on youtube, he really does seem like an extraordinary talent. Is it something people close to Barcelona have seen coming? Or is it also a huge surprise to them?
Also makes me wonder: are there any players that are perhaps not so famous to us casual football-viewers, that you think will turn out to be really big talents this season?
One can never love when a new Messi, Mbappe etc shows up out of seemingly nowhere :)

{Ed001's Note - he was well known, the only surprise is that he has stepped up so soon. As for your question about really big talents, I have no idea who would or wouldn't be well known to casual football-viewers mate.}

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15 Sep 2019 22:20:13
Makes sense - I see how that's a pretty hard question to answer ;)

{Ed001's Note - one day someone will figure out how telepathy and I will be able to answer that for you! The problem is we get so many names thrown at us (well I do, I assume the other editors do too) on the sites, that it is hard to know who knows what any more. We are in a bit of a bubble here in regards to that.}

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11 Sep 2019 19:38:49
Dear Ed1,

Why on earth have Valencia sacked Marcelino? I thought he was doing a great job getting them back into the CL and also winning them they're first trophy in over a decade!

Or am I missing something here and it turns out I think he's better than he actually is?

Thanks.

{Ed001's Note - Valencia are delusional.}

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11 Sep 2019 19:56:28
Well I hope him all the best. I imagine some clubs would be after his signature now.

Thanks for the speedy response Ed!

{Ed001's Note - you are very welcome. They are mad in Valencia, they think they are the 3rd biggest club in Spain and should only ever finish behind Real Madrid and Barcelona at worst. Anything less than 3rd is seen as a disgrace.}

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11 Sep 2019 20:50:58
Well they've defiantly stunted their chances of breaking the top 3. Do they not remember how they were mid table before Marcelino?

{Ed001's Note - teams don't think about that, look at Betis sacking Setien because they weren't in the Champions League when he was the reason they had a chance of getting in. Then there is Brighton who sack Hughton because they are struggling against the drop. They all think they are better than they are.}

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11 Sep 2019 20:56:39
Sad that it's all about instant success now. The best teams can be built over a long period. I really think keeping a good manager for a while goes a long way rather than constantly hiring and firing.

You only need to look at Watford who will probably eventually hire and fire their way to relegation.

{Ed001's Note - I am amazed Watford have stayed up so long with the mess that is their recruitment.}

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11 Sep 2019 21:40:58
Indeed, perhaps Welbeck might been the final nail in the coffin though. well not that he's going to get many minutes given his injury record.

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