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18 Oct 2021 10:53:24
Hey Ed,
I was wondering if you could possibly provide any wisdom for us about the possibility for Aurélien Tchouaméni to move in the semi near future? He's seemingly a name that the press enjoy linking with every team with even a questionable need for a midfielder. I have seen from previous posts of yours that in the past he has been of interest to Chelsea and Juventus on some level in addition to interest from other clubs. I was wondering if a move in the next couple windows is a realistic outcome and if so which teams would possibly be of interest in facilitating such a transaction?

{Ed002's Note - Aurelien Tchouameni (DM/CM) Juventus and Chelsea have declared an interest in the player. Manchester United could look to him. Borussia Dortmund are interested in upgrading Axel Witsel and have looked at him as have others. Monaco have told clubs that they are not looking to sell. Juve may make an offer in January and may look to include a player in any deal.}

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18 Oct 2021 19:11:18
Very much appreciate it Ed! You’re the best, as always!

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27 Sep 2021 12:43:57
Hi Ed, just wondering if you have any news on who is interested in Florian Wirtz? Thanks.

{Ed002's Note - Florian Wirtz (AM) has admirers in Manchester United and Bayern Munich. Has signed a new long-term contract but is playing well and Bayern might well look to an offer in the summer. Bayer Leverkusen will not want to sell and will point to the length of his contract.}

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27 Sep 2021 15:33:17
Looks like a great prospect for sure. Thanks Ed, always appreciate your insight and news.

{Ed002's Note - He was identified very early as the replacement for Havertz.}

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15 Sep 2021 12:04:35
Hi Ed,
Hope you're doing well. Is anyone interested in Terem Moffi of L'Orient? He's played very well since joining them.

}{Ed002's Note - Not that am aware at this time. Borussia Dortmund have him on a long list of strikers they are keen on but he has only been at Lorient since last summer and his agent (and I use that term very loosely) is pushing for a move.. He has been offered to two London sides who right now have no interest. A move in 2022 seems more practical right now - Lorient are clear they have no interest in selling.}

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02 Sep 2021 08:34:37
This is maybe not the usual kind of post, but I was wondering if you've been genuinely surprised or baffled by anything this transfer window, Ed02. You seem to know a lot of the stuff that's going on, but maybe you've been surprised by anything or have heard of some teams that've conducted their business in a baffling way? (You don't seem to shy to say when teams are driven poorly, so maybe you'd answer this) :)

{Ed002's Note - Not really - I am always surprised by clubs making very late offers for players.}

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29 Aug 2021 13:19:18
Ed002, what are your thoughts on the new planned FFP regulations?

{Ed002's Note - They are making changes as they do every year. It also makes no difference to the Premier League FFP rules. They are going to make gradual changes - but nothing is finally agreed. One fairly straightforward change is that exclusion from competition will be replaced with larger fines and caps on spending. This doesn't really impact the English sides. UEFA still want a Salary Cap - that won't suit everybody but it should suit many of the English sides. The only way it can work is as a firm % of turnover - currently it exists but is only recommended and not mandated. For those clubs who generally work within the framework of being self sustaining, the changes and any others they agree will not see any change in how they run their businesses. For clubs who wish to borrow and buy against debt, it will be easier for them (although it is not a good business model). One issue that may cause friction with some Football Associations is that any changes will be written to meet European Law which impact English sides in respect of Work Permits, buying kiddies from Europe etc.. Nothing is being scrapped - it is simply changes coming over the next 2 or 3 years.

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12 Sep 2021 00:15:28
Ed002, on another note, since Brexit occured, English clubs haven't been able to sign EU kiddies between 16-18. Won't this put the English clubs at a disadvantage and has there been any discussions over it?

{Ed002's Note - Sure it is a disadvantage but there is no one to discuss this with.}

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12 Sep 2021 11:45:53
Maybe the English clubs can lobby FIFA to make the rules difficult for everyone else ????.

{Ed002's Note - it has nothing to do with FIFA.}

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27 Aug 2021 14:57:20
Hi Ed002

I thought about asking on the Liverpool page as the owners (at least to me) have a desire to add an American player to the lineup.

What is the outlook for Gio Reyna at Dortmund? Is he well thought of? Are bigger clubs interested in him? Any chance my Liverpool would be one of them?

Thank you in advance!

{Ed002's Note - Giovanni Reyna (AM) Real Madrid are keen at the right price but Dortmund still see him as a player they wish to keep.}

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27 Aug 2021 15:26:10
So very well thought of! That is good news. Great to see fellow Americans shining on the European stage.

Thank you Ed! Have a good weekend.

{Ed002's Note - And you.}

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25 Aug 2021 16:49:17
Hope all the the Ed's are well. Just a quick one for Ed002 if your about mate. I've seen you mention PSG had 10 objectives, could you tell us what they are and who else they are looking to bring in before the window shuts. I've seen the list of potential departures below but nothing about arrivals. Thanks pal.

{Ed002's Note - Summer priorities:
- Renew Mbappe
- New Kean loan
- Resolve Icardi situation (now he won't be moving)
- Add Donnarumma
- Add Hakimi
- Add Camavinga (possible)
- Add high end CB (David Luiz or Ramos)
- Add young CB
- Add high end CM (Pogba perhaps?)
- Add Messi or Ronaldo

Five have been completed so far.

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25 Aug 2021 21:34:12
Thanks Ed your definitely my favourite rodeo clown. I’ve seen reports that they initially wanted Varane and only went for Ramos because Varane preferred United over PSG. Is this true? I’ve also seen that due to Ramos injury they may move for Koulibaly too. What a window they’re having.

{Ed002's Note - PSG were interested in Varane but moved on to Ramos or Luiz and opted for Ramos. It is true that the player had made clear to Real Madrid that he was interested in a move to Manchester.}

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25 Aug 2021 21:50:50
Thanks again Ed.

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25 Aug 2021 14:25:31
With the mbappe deal looking possible I was wondering if you see it triggering more moves I expect psg wouldn't want to window to end without another arrival which I expect to be pogba then united will want a midfielder maybe 2 probably saul which has already been mentioned atleticos then can do some business cunha? Bernardo? I expect a busy week once the cash from the mbappe deal flows down should it go ahead no deals are "dependent" but clubs have players they want to leave go and then have cash to spend. Do you see a trickle down effect happening Ed?

{Ed002's Note - Cunha has already moved and I am not sure why you think this will involve Manchester United or Saul.}

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25 Aug 2021 15:00:09
I don't think any move will be reliant on another. I just mean it could start the so called merry go round clubs have money/ space in their squads. As for saul fo I picked him for utd as the example as you have said they may make an offer we'll know soon (I'd also like united to sign him) could also be neves camavinga or another.

{Ed002's Note - But any offer for Saul has nothing to do with Mbappe.}

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25 Aug 2021 15:36:53
Ok thanks Ed I hope united get saul but that wasn't specifically my question. I guess I'm trying to say it's feels like there's a busy week ahead for transfers and I feel the mbappe deal could accelerate that it's a difficult question to articulate and probably a hard one to answer as none of it is very concrete until it happens and you probably wouldn't want to speculate as it would only cause grief.

{Ed002's Note - I would not expect Saul. Any Mbappe deal has no impact on what happens with Saul.}

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19 Aug 2021 14:39:09
Ed002, I had two questions to ask:

1) The Club World cup expansion was postponed to C.V. Do you know a tentative timeline when the new format would come into place?

2) There have been rumors that UEFA could scrap the positions based on the historical coefficients in the revamped Champions League. Is there any truth to it?

Thank you in advance!

{Ed002's Note - (1) They have found it difficult to schedule and it is still at least 2 years away. (2) Yes, there has been a lot of opposition to it.}

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19 Aug 2021 15:42:24
Thank you Ed. One more question if you don't mind.

Do you know if the FA has notified any timeline for falling in line with FIFA's new loan rules wrt domestic transfers?

If I remember correctly, every national FA were given 3 years to do so when the original notice came in 2020 (before the implementation got delayed due to C. V. ) .

{Ed002's Note - Nothing is firmed up right now.}

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13 Aug 2021 17:06:26
Ed002 who is interested in ndidi thanks.

{Ed002's Note - Wilfred Ndidi (DM) Leicester want to keep Ndidi but do expect interest in him this summer - Manchester United could look to him but they have preferred options.}

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15 Aug 2021 10:33:04
Who is ManU preferred option ed?

{Ed002's Note - Try the Manchester United page.}

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08 Aug 2021 21:53:57
Quick questions for the Eds:

If PSG sign Messi, will they still have the capability of signing other targets, like Pogba or Camavinga?
And will Mbappe to Madrid be any more likely this summer?
Thanks in advance.

{Ed002's Note - (a) Yes, players are leaving PSG so there will be space. (b) It makes no real difference.}

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09 Aug 2021 12:54:48
Thanks Ed002, sounds like an interesting month ahead, then.

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09 Aug 2021 21:38:13
Can we ask who is up for sale at PSG Ed002?

{Ed002's Note - Alphonse Areola (G) Moved to West Ham.
Sergio Rico (G)
Mitchell Bakker (LB) Moved to Bayer Leverkusen.
Marquinhos (CB/RB/DM) Tuchel provided a list of CB options to Chelsea that he would be interested in signing - and that list included Marquinhos. At the right price and if the player so desires, he will be allowed to leave but he is not top of the list for Chelsea.
Presnel Kimpembe (CB) Chelsea enquired after another player but were told PK might be available at the right price - given prior interest from a previous coach
Jan Thilo Kehrer (CB) Being offered around - no takers yet at the €20M asking price.
Soumaila Coulibaly (CB) moved to Borussia Dortmund in the summer. PSG are not happy about it.
Adrissa Gueye (DM/CM) could be available
Julian Draxler (CM/AM/LW) Could be available
Kays Ruiz-Atil (CM/LM/AM) Chelsea, Marseille and Borussia Dortmund want to take the kiddie who is out of contract in the summer from PSG. Still only 18, Chelsea's interest goes back a couple of years and the addition of Tuchel will see the interest revived by those who deal with such matters. Barcelona will take him back.}
Danilo Pereira (CM) could be available
Xavi Simons (CM) PSG are working to get a contract in place now he is 18 and will perhaps look to a loan.
Pablo Sarabia (RW) Offered to Rennes as part of a deal for Camavinga. Atletico and Besiktas provide options.
Angel Di Maria (RW/LW) PSG will look to upgrade but finding a buyer at a decent price will be very difficult and he will likely let his contract run down.
Kylian Mbappe (RW/S/F) is the primary target for Real Madrid in 2021 - they will face a challenge from Juventus who will be open to include players in the deal. Manchester City have certainly considered Mbappe but I think it unlikely they will commit to the €200M transfer fee, huge signing on fee and huge wages. Liverpool would also be in a similar position and the money would be a major issue for them. PSG don't want to sell him and at the very least will expect him to agree a one or two year extension to his existing contract that runs until 2022, that will keep his price buoyant - and that seems the most likely outcome but he may want a commitment that he can join Real Madrid next summer. Without a commitment he says he will not sign a new contract. But Ideally PSG want him to agree a new long term deal and are willing to offer him €750k per week for a minimum two year extension.
Neymar (F) Will be offered a new contract by PSG.
Mauro Icardi (S) If Moise Kean stays with PSG, efforts will be made to engineer a move for Icardi from PSG to Milan or Juventus. Others, such as Roma and an English side, may also show their hand. PSG have identified a replacement for him and it is down to the player. Expect him the stay.}

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10 Aug 2021 19:09:09
Ed do you see mbappe signing a new deal? If not does it look like it's only real Madrid he's interested in moving to? I'd love to have him at united, we would have scary pace in our forward positions.

{Ed002's Note - Real Madrid want to sign him this summer and so far he has refused to sign a new deal.}

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06 Aug 2021 00:56:40
Hey Ed002,

Just wanted to gauge your views on a couple of points (related) . First on the whole Pogba conundrum. I read a few days ago where you said that the club would be willing to sell him and that PSG were speaking with Mino. Would that still be the case given that PSG might be in for Messi as well?

If they do get Messi, will then Mbappe be able to join Real? And pogba possibly to Barca?

Thanks.

{Ed002's Note - (a) You need to consider that perhaps they were talking about signing him in January on a pre-contract? (b) Whilst Paul Pogba was offered to Barcelona it was as a free agent. Certainly unrelated to Messi, Mbappe and anyone else.}

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06 Aug 2021 12:31:24
Perfect. Thanks Ed002 for your inputs.

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04 Aug 2021 10:41:27
Hi Ed002. Just a quick question with regards to Daichi Kamada of Eintracht Frankfurt.

Is there any interest in the player at all, he's had a good season in the Bundesliga and looks like he could become a great player?

I've hardly seen his name mentioned but think he could provide a team with a good false nine option or perhaps move deeper into a CAM spot (where he primarily operates) . Cheers.

{Ed002's Note - Daichi Kamada (AM) Sevilla are losing Lucas Ocampos, Bryan Gil and Franco Vazquez and have added Papu Gomez and Lamela but want one more attacking midfield player and are looking to Isco or, the more likely, Kamada. Milan have Kamada on a lengthy list of possible Calhanoglu replacements but will have to raise money through sales or include a player in the deal (EF want to separate the Jens Petter Hauge deal). Spurs have asked EF for a price for the player as the new DoF and coach decide from the list of possible attacking midfield players where they will focus their attention.}

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04 Aug 2021 11:00:24
Brilliant. Thanks for the news Ed002! I think he could be quite a shrewd signing for whoever picks him up.

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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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23 Jul 2021 15:32:48
Ed002, I've heard that Boubacar Kamara from Marseille could be available this summer. He looks like one of those players who could make a move and explode into a top player as he seems to fly under the radar of a lot of media outlets.

Do you know which clubs would be interested in signing him?

{Ed002's Note - Boubacar Kamara (CB/DM) Marseille do not want to sell and interest from PSG will obviously go nowhere. However, at the right price (it was €60M including all costs but will now be a third of that) he is be available in the summer - Barcelona would like him but not at that cost. Chelsea and Manchester City both maintain an interest but he would likely not be a starter. An unusual offer was made last summer but Chelsea resisted to see what happens with emerging players available to them. Manchester City have been in regular contact with Marseille and may well look for an early conclusion if the player can be persuaded. There is interest from Barcelona who want the player and a member of Marseille's staff to join them. Lazio, Newcastle, Milan and Lyon are interested, although Milan recently asked after him when discussing another player but have also recently messed Marseille around recently and Newcastle do not provide an attractive option. Bayern Munich have him on their list as a Jerome Boateng replacement. Juventus are looking to add a DM player and they need to lower the age of their squad but they are nearing an agreement for their first choice. He is attractive to clubs as he can comfortably play as a CB or a DM. But attitude and not signing a new contract are putting clubs off. The lady from Marseille would ideally like a deal with Chelsea, but their efforts are elsewhere right now.}

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21 Jul 2021 09:28:54
Good day Ed002; please who is interested in Leon Goretzka? And is Bayern Munich looking to sell him?

{Ed002's Note - Leon Goretzka (CM) Bayern Munich have made it clear that they want to agree a new contract but will not be held to ransom. Interest of Spurs has gone. Manchester United and Barcelona have him on their lists of options for midfield but a move is perhaps unlikely.

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21 Jul 2021 11:13:11
Thanks 🙏; Alaba, Kingsley Coman and now L Goretzka, Bayern Munich never wants to be held to ransom.

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21 Jul 2021 20:57:18
Ed002, is it true that Bayern are also having the same issue with Kimmich in terms of extending his contract?
Many thanks.

{Ed002's Note - It is unrelated, his agent is making requests the club see as beyond reasonable.}

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21 Jul 2021 20:58:01
Ed002, is it true that Bayern are having the same issue with Kimmich in terms of agreeing a contract extension?
Many thanks.

{Ed002's Note - His agent is making demands the club think are unreasonable so there is a need to negotiate.}

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21 Jul 2021 21:12:27
Sorry for the double post, I misclicked an ad so didn’t think it went through. Thank you though!

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23 Jul 2021 18:03:30
Seems the whole Bayern Munich team has woken up as they all want huge wages.

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20 Jul 2021 10:55:19
Hello Ed

Is any body looking to take Darwin Nunez this summer?

{Ed002's Note - Darwin Nunez (S) Benfica don't want to sell Nunez but they have had interest from two sides. Manchester City enquired about Darwin Nunez were told he won't be available before 2022. MIlan may still push as they plan to add a striker regardless of what happens in respect of Ibrahimovic and Mandzukic - but they have significant financial issues which means they will need to sell other assets as they have other players they wish to add aswell and he is the most expensive of their three primary striker targets. Real Madrid could turn to him as a replacement for Mariano Diaz. Barcelona were told they would have to pay his €150M release clause to sign him.}

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18 Jul 2021 18:15:43
Hi Ed002,

Any interest in Noni Madueke? seems like a really promising player.

{Ed002's Note - Noni Madueke (RW) Madueke has said he has no intention of returning to England any time soon - he had options when he left Spurs but opted for PSV where they deal very well with youth players. PSV have said they would want €35M which led to Leeds and Lille stepping back although there is interest from RBL and someone at PSV says he has been watched by Leicester and Bayer Leverkusen. Leeds would perhaps still be interested at a lower fee as a Raphinha replacement. PSV don't intend to sell this summer but Borussia Dortmund has him on their list of potential Sancho replacements - and are keen.}

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19 Jul 2021 09:02:47
Cheers Ed002, Seem's to have a good head on his shoulders. Leeds or any of the aforementioned German clubs seem like smart moves development-wise if he eventually leaves.

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19 Jul 2021 20:16:44
What teams are interested in Raphinha?

{Ed002's Note - Raphinha (RW) Leeds are expecting offers in the summer and wanted Michael Olise or Emiliano Buendia to replace him should a significant offer be accepted. However, both have moved elsewhere. I am not aware of any approach or declaration of interest from Liverpool at this time but the suspicion is that Manchester United have discussed him whilst enquiring after another player with his agent. Borussia Dortmund have a declared interest but have other preferences for replacing Sancho.

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20 Jul 2021 18:38:48
Thanks.
I think he'd be a good signing for a champions league team. I can see him really kicking on as a player over the next couple of years.

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18 Jul 2021 14:39:26
Afternoon Ed002 is there interest in Lille players Sven Botman and Jonathan David? Thanks.

Jonathan David (AM/F) Although Lille are facing serious money problems like all clubs, they are not looking to sell David on so soon after buying him with prior interest of Bayer Leverkusen now gone but residual interest of Bayern Munich remaining.

{Ed002's Note - Sven Botman (CB) Spurs, Inter Milan and Everton have a declared interest in the player with prior interest of Liverpool and Manchester United having gone. Ajax let him go because he was considered a little clumsy and slow for the game they play. Inter may push.

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18 Jul 2021 20:28:08
Thanks Ed002! Both seem good players in my opinion and judging by the level of the clubs interested but there shouldn't be any rush to leave at their age and especially with CL football again.

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16 Jul 2021 00:54:27
Hey ed, is there anything new on Donyell malen and Ryan Gravenberch?

{Ed002's Note - (a) Dortmund have not yet agreed terms for Malen so there is nothing new. (b) Mino has discussed Gravenberch with a number of clubs but the asking price would need to drop to get any firm interest.}

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18 Jul 2021 15:40:16
You said that Bayern has bid turn down for Pedri ed, so which other midfield players that bayern has interest in?

{Ed002's Note - Florian Neuhaus, Konrad Laimer, Nicolo Barella, Eduardo Camavinga Saul Niguez, Carney Chukwuemeka (next summer), Denis Zakaria and a couple of others which cannot be mentioned at this time.}

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