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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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06 Aug 2020 16:06:58
Hi Ed - where is Eric Garcia's preferred destination?

{Ed002's Note - Barcelona.}

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06 Aug 2020 16:30:00
Thanks Ed.

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06 Aug 2020 13:41:59
Ed002 is there any interest in firpo thanks.

{Ed002's Note - Junior Firpo (LB) Inter Milan see Firpo as a LB option but don't want to see him over-valued by Barcelona as part of the deal for Martinez.}

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03 Aug 2020 22:49:37
Hi Ed's. Is there any serious interest in chiesa this summer?

{Ed002's Note - Federico Chiesa (RW/F) much more affordable than Sancho for Manchester United and of prior interest, but Inter remain keen although talks are now on hold. Fiorentina are willing to sell in the summer. Should it happen at some point, he would be a direct replacement, has similar attributes to Salah, is liked by Klopp and, although Liverpool have shown no interest. Inter to push for a move for him as soon as they can. And that is the move the player has wanted. Sarri desired the player when at Napoli and he wants to improve his options at Juventus but it would mean moving on both Douglas Costa and Bernardeshi first - although they are trying. Napoli remain in some turmoil and unattractive to players whilst they get their act together. Prior interest of Milan and Roma has gone due to the asking price but Milan will try an get Fiorentina to accpt players in part exchange.}

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05 Aug 2020 08:08:38
Thanks Ed. It would be good to see him play in a stronger team like Inter and see what he can do.

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31 Jul 2020 17:38:25
Ed002 who is interested in reguilon thanks.

{Ed002's Note - Sevilla want another year on loan. Mr Mourinho is a long term admirer. There has been the suggestion that Everton are looking to him.}

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