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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.


{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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24 Feb 2021 03:18:27
Is Atletico Madrid or Joao Felix himself open to him leaving Madrid? Have any teams shown any interest in him?

{Ed002's Note - He won't be moving this summer.}

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06 Feb 2021 20:24:01
Hello Ed02

Is Real Madrid or Eden Hazard himself open to leaving Madrid? Is any teams looking?
Merci Ed.

{Ed002's Note - Eden Hazard has suggested on a number of occasions that he would like to run out his career in London with Chelsea. Although there is one person there who would give support to a return, but right now I think it unlikely in the short-term as the focus is elsewhere. In terms of other interest, there have been no approaches that I am aware of.}

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24 Feb 2021 09:38:21
Hmmm I wonder where the focus is? Anyways 🤞.

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24 Dec 2020 19:38:33
Ed002, Any chance of Vinicius Jr moving in Jan? Back in the summer you said Real were open to him leaving for around 60m I believe but perhaps a loan for the rest of the season?

{Ed002's Note - He may well move in the January window and there have been discussions in the past with a bunch of sides as it has not worked out well. Wolves were put off by a €60M asking price for what have been a Jota replacement. Another English side were quoted €80M was the asking price. Arsenal were approached but Saka would need to make space on the left and after some disasterous descisions it makes zero sense. A loan might be viable but Arsenal would risk meltdown if they were to further upset the situation which is completely out of hand.}

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03 Dec 2020 14:22:29
Hi ed, just wondering who is interested currently in Pau Torres? Hope all is well with you and everyone. Thanks.

{Ed002's Note - Pau Torres (CB) Manchester City have him as an option. 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 little will become clear before the election is completed.}

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23 Nov 2020 12:28:49
Ed002 who is interested in jules kounde thanks.

{Ed002's Note - Manchester City remain very keen. Real Madrid are also interested but he is not their first choiuce.}

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15 Nov 2020 05:14:39 comments about La Liga president about poor financial situation of the clubs and need to reduce wages. will it be possible to throw some light about how bad situation is and how is Real Madrid and Barcelona impacted by it.

{Ed002's Note - The Spanish economy was shot a few years ago so it is not just the pandemic that has been impacting clubs. The majority of the clubs (effectively all except Barcelona, Real Madrid and Atletico Madrid) remain miffed that they get far less of the TV rights than the others and have far lower matchday income which means their total budgets (set based on turnover) are far lower which means that they cannot pay high wages and cannot spend on transfers - this means that FFP is not an issue of note as the budget are forced on the clubs. The loss of the matchday income last season means that the clubs are making losses now - Real Madrid addressed this by covering their losses (€190M) through immediate sales of €100M, future sales and the removal of significant wages like James and Bale. This is allowing them to restructure, work on future sales and look to bring in perhaps four high-end players they have as targets for next summer and one or two for 2022. Barcelona are in a different situation and whilst they pretty much broke even with transfers this summer they could not add the players they wanted and have huge salary problems so they are asking for players to take significant cuts. They are working hard to get players sold but it is not easy. Atletico are in a far better position as there wage bill is far less, and they are working on transfers for next summer already - with some success. The other clubs are in serious trouble as the matchday income was far more significant for them - and that has gone for now.}

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17 Nov 2020 13:17:31
Ed do today's imposed salary caps put further pressure on clubs. I read that Barcelona need to reduce their wage bill by €280 million, is that even achievable?

{Ed002's Note - Barcelona pretty much broke even with transfers this summer they could not add the players they wanted and have huge salary problems so they are asking for players to take significant cuts. They are working hard to get players sold but it is not easy. The Barcelona target is to reduce wage bill and bonuses by €135M a year and then sustain the lower budget. Plan is to sell players in January and the summer and look to removing big earners Messi (€70M) and Antoine Griezmann (€45M) from the bill and start to refine the quad. The Spanish clubs have to work within a budget set against their turnover.

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13 Sep 2020 08:38:28
Hi Ed - are any clubs actually pursuing Bale this window please?

{Ed002's Note - He is being offered around.}

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13 Sep 2020 22:39:09
I’m sure he is! Anyone biting?

{Ed002's Note - Not yet.}

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08 Sep 2020 12:57:06
Is there any serious interest in Griezmann?

talented player on his day though I imagine it'll be tough for Barcelona to recoup what they paid for him. Assuming they actually want to sell.

{Ed002's Note - Antoine Griezmann (F) the player wants the move to England or Inter Miami - age works, money may not - so the plan was to wait a year or two. However, Griezmann is a player available to moved on for either sale or trade and PSG or just possibly Inter may provide viable options - but if used in a trade as the €100M asking price is very steep. Barcelona are willing to use Griezmann in an exchange and Inter Milan were approached about using him as part of the deal for Martinez - but Inter cannot afford his wages without the endorsements. PSG see him as a potential Mbappe replacement who could be included in a Neymar deal but Barcelona have very much cooled their interest as they are looking to rebuild. But PSG continue to crave another high-profile Frenchman.}

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08 Sep 2020 13:21:41
Cheers Ed002, Appreciate the insight.

Looks like this will be pushed back till next summer unless something drastic changes (same goes for most high profile potential transfers) .

{Ed002's Note - Maybe.}

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09 Sep 2020 17:20:41
Ed002, with PSG craving another high end Frenchman would they hold any interest in Pogba?

{Ed002's Note - No they are not looking to Pogba.}

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05 Sep 2020 08:48:21
Just wanted to ask eds.

This messi saga, why won't barcelona sell a 33 year old player who can get them 100 plus million but rather have him stay a year and leave for free? This is like beyond bad business.

Is the board this inept? I mean they are making the arsenal board of morons look like einsteins.

{Ed002's Note - They would like to have him sign up for longer.}

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05 Sep 2020 09:38:13
I can imagine but it makes no sense. I would be taking the money and thanking him for his service. Just seems like such an ill advised ego trip move.

Thanks for the response ed.

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05 Sep 2020 13:38:08
Ed do you believe the most likely scenario is Messi stays with the threat he leaves for free at the end of the season, presdential elections at Barcelona are due in February or March I think? Bartomeu loses the election and Messi then signs a new contract for another year or two before heading to the MLS / Newell's / Boca?

{Ed002's Note - It will simply revert to the original plan.}

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03 Sep 2020 22:54:04
Hi ed 002. Any interest in Thomas lemar and party from athletico?
Thanks hope all is well.

{Ed002's Note - Thomas Partey (DM) Atletico Madrid are not looking to let him leave but AM are in a significant debt issue and know that Oblak, Llorente, Saul, Partey and Lemar are the options to open up the opportunity to raise money - yet the interest of sides is a light year from serious and Atletico will fight to keep Koke and Gimenez. Juventus have an interest in Partey but would want to have a player involved in the deal - that would be Douglas Costa ideally but AM want the €50 buy out paid in cash. Arsenal may just be able to use Lacazette as part of a deal for him, but Arsenal remain in a significant financial mess as well and really need sales before they buy.
Thomas Lemar (AM/LW) is being hawked around Premier League sides. Atletco are seeking a large fee to recover as much as they can which has put off Porto and Wolves. Will go late in the window.}

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04 Sep 2020 09:00:05
Thanks ed. have a good day.

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01 Sep 2020 14:23:17
Ed002 who is interested in brozovic thanks.

{Ed002's Note - Marcelo Brozovic (DM/CM) another Thiago or Paredes replacement for Bayern Munich and PSG and discussions have been held with Bayern Munich. Provides funds Inter to add Tonali and others they are looking to. The player has also been offered in part-exchange deals for others so is certainly on the way out of Inter.

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04 Sep 2020 22:49:15
Where is interest from Paredes from ed02?

{Ed002's Note - Leandro Paredes (DM) Inter, Fiorentina and Juventus keen - but both Inter and Juventus want to include players in the deal.}

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25 Aug 2020 19:59:20
Hello Eds, it seems like Messi has put in an official request to terminate his contract. My question is two part - (I) How much of it really is in Barcelona hands, do they have any say/ power in Messi's willingness to leave? Basically, does the termination mean Barcelona have no other option?

(II) If yes, in these unprecedented times of financial stress. It is infact a buyer's market - Do you think any clubs have the financial prowess to pull this off? And any of those clubs interested - city/ psg/ juve or maybe even Chelsea?

Thanks for your insights in advance.


{Ed002's Note - (a) Contractually he had an option to part ways but that has expired. Barcelona will look to hold him to his contract but he could be used in part exchange for another player still. (b) It is a buyer's market because clubs will struggle to sell players. I have already explained that Mannchester City, PSG and Inter Milan could do something for him. Juventus have other priorities now and can be discounted.}

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26 Aug 2020 02:21:00
Interesting to know who the exchange would be. L. Martínez?

Any further info on that part Ed?

{Ed002's Note - That will be the plan.}

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27 Aug 2020 22:24:15
ED002, have Man Utd any sort of interest in Messi?

I'd imagine that the potential income he would generate for the club would get Woodward weak at the knees.

Although his wage demands, transfer and agent fess etc maybe deemed far too excessive given his age etc.

Given that the club have been "amateurs" that messi might not even be interested in joining aswell.

Thans in advance.

{Ed002's Note - None.}

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25 Aug 2020 20:28:12
Messi fall out happening as Ed2 said. Thought it might be next year though.

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23 Aug 2020 15:03:30
@Edd002 do you know if Atletico have plans of changing coach any time soon? Seems like Simeone has taken them as far as he can. With the money they’ve spent over the seasons it seems like they should be doing a lot better than they currently are.

{Ed002's Note - It will be down to Simeone to decide to leave rather them sacking him. Not this summer.}

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23 Aug 2020 16:36:31
Thanks for the information Ed.

{Ed002's Note - You are welcome.}

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24 Aug 2020 22:33:44
Where would he go? Inter?

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22 Aug 2020 11:32:55
ED002If you would please share any info on Martinez? I recall seeing interest in him from Barcelona but given the new coach and major money worries wonder if he being looked at elsewhere.

{Ed002's Note - Lautaro Martinez (S) Real Madrid, Barcelona, Atletico, Chelsea, PSG, Manchester City and Bayern Munich have all scouted him but Atletico will be put off by the price and Barcelona have delayed their need until 20121. Real Madid have major financial issues to address before any significant transfers can take place. Chelsea have a sustained interest but those responsible for recruitment see him heading to elsewhere and the club don’t have an immediate need for such a player right now. Barcelona, who see LM as a potential Suarez replacement still maintain an interest in the player but are needing to sell or trade players this summer. Inter and Barcelona have been discussing options for a long time and it is known that Antonio Conte would like him to stay. Inter would much prefer cash to have to accept players as part exchange or perhaps a payment plan - but the clubs are talking (Vidal and Samedo were initially offered up). But Inter want at least €80M in a single cash payment - and that will prove difficult for clubs, else the fee is around €100M. Whilst Manchester City see him as a potential Aguero replacement, they are aware that the player has a preference for Barcelona – but that may not stop an offer being made this summer. having to rethink their plans regardless of how any appeal turns out. Real Madrid are considering Werner as a cheaper option as they are also looking at a world record fee signing in Mbappe as well. If PSG interest will have gone as they are no longer looking to buy and sell on Icardi who will stay – at least until his wife decides otherwise. Antonia Conte wants Inter to have him sign a new contract - perhaps with a Termination Clause that is set very, very high - but Inter need to ensure they balance the books elsewhere or they will then be looking to sell. I suspect a move to Barcelona will go ahead.}

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22 Aug 2020 14:24:08
thanks ed002 for the info. Obviously a lot of possibilities.

{Ed002's Note - Two really.}

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20 Aug 2020 20:01:26
Hi Ed002 I saw you mention elsewhere that Koeman asked about a certain midfielder during negotiations with Barcelona and they agreed to try and sign him. Who is this? Van de Beek?

{Ed002's Note - They agreed to try, and yes Donny.}

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16 Aug 2020 15:46:14
Hi Eds,

I recall you saying a while back (Before the crazy times) that Madrid intended to break the bank for Mbappe this summer. Is that still a goal of theirs if they manage to get some players off the books? Or has the virus ruled it out?

Apologies if this has been asked recently, I searched this and the Madrid page and didn't find anything recent. Thanks.

{Ed002's Note - No, he will move next year - and I would never use a cliche like "break the bank". Real Madrid are looking at extensive sales to cover losses.}

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16 Aug 2020 16:34:07
Yeah this was loosely from memory so likely paraphrasing. Thanks for the info.

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15 Aug 2020 13:23:56
Hello again Ed, hope your keeping well.
Wondered if anyone is considering Caio Henrique this summer as everyone is looking at Leftback options?

{Ed002's Note - Not from Europe.}

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15 Aug 2020 14:18:46
Thanks you mate.

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14 Aug 2020 22:32:27
Ed, out of interest do you still hold a high opinion of Setien? What do you think has gone wrong at Barca.

{Ed002's Note - I don’t know which Ed this is addressed at.}

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14 Aug 2020 23:03:18
Ed01 I believe, apologies. I recall him speaking very highly of him. I'd appreciate either of your views on Setien at Barcelona however.

{Ed001's Note - Barca have been a mess for years and Setien was brought in to be a fall guy as no one wanted him there. The club is being run by players with far too much power and it is in need of ripping up and starting again. Setien was never going to do anything but fail, it is a club at war with itself.}

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14 Aug 2020 23:23:28
Yeah it didn't appear that the players had much desire to play under Setien. If nothing changes, would you expect the next manager to face the same sort of fate? Also, what do you suppose the future might hold for Setien? Another opportunity at another La Liga side further down the table perhaps?

{Ed001's Note - there will be a change of president at Barca so it will all change.

Setien will be back in La Liga i am sure.}

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14 Aug 2020 23:33:09
I 100% agree with you Ed001. Personally it's time to say to goodbye to Messi. But good luck to any club taking his wage on. Newell Old Boys I can see but not for a few years. I don't have a clue where to start to re-boot the club where it needs to be.

{Ed001's Note - Inter Miami would surely be his destination if he leaves?}

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15 Aug 2020 01:23:04
I agree.

There’s no doubting Messi’s amazing career or that he still has the ability to do amazing things, but he has too much freedom to offer nothing else to the game.

In my opinion, If you’re going to accept that when he’s in possession is the only time he’s going to offer you something, then you need a hard working team to cover those falls. But they don’t have that. A bunch of show ponies and fairies, that are lazy, past it or just aren’t good enough. There seems no clear plan or cohesion there. I really do think they are better off just stripping it down and rebuilding again.

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16 Aug 2020 23:23:14
I feel Messi is a great player but iniesta and xavi made him that great player.

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14 Aug 2020 15:04:38
Ed002 who is interested in chukwueze and raphinha from lille thanks.

{Ed002's Note - Samuel Chukwueze (RW) Lyon interest will only remain if Bertrand Traore is sold and he is an option for Napoli to replace free agent Callejon. Villareal will look to keep him.

I don't know who Raphinha is.}

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14 Aug 2020 17:34:01
Ed002 my bad i meant raphinha from rennes.

{Ed002's Note - He joined last year - I am not aware of interest.}

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08 Aug 2020 21:03:52
Hi Ed I remember you previously stating Atletico might be open to selling a player or two due to money problems and that only Saul, Oblak, Giminez and Koke would fetch large sums. You did state they would not be happy to sell either of the last two but I wondered if there has been any approaches for any of the four this summer?

{Ed002's Note - Bayern asked after Saul.}

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08 Aug 2020 21:53:18
To replace Thiago I presume, cheers Ed.

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