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01 Jul 2020 10:56:15
Ed002, can I ask who Bayer Leverkusen plan to replace Havertz with? Do they intend to use Florian Wirtz more? Or will it be someone like Jonathan David who I know you have mentioned.

{Ed002's Note - Florian Wirtz but he really needs another year. They remain interested in JD but he is considering his options still.

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01 Jul 2020 15:38:36
Thanks Ed002.

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01 Jul 2020 19:15:37
Hey Ed002 hope you’re okay.

I know you don’t like giving play by play Développements on transfers but do you know if there has been any change with Havertz and where he might end up. If there is anything you can share it’d be greatly appreciated but if not I understand. Thanks as usual mate for your time.

{Ed002's Note - I am not going to try and do blow-by-blow updates. The Chelsea page is overrun with BS but you should go to Twitter like all of the others who are providing updates. There is no interest in what is happening - just BS from Twitter now.}

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01 Jul 2020 19:58:22
Unfortunately, I don’t have a twitter account but yeah, thanks for your time.

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30 Jun 2020 22:18:18
Hey Ed just wanted to pick your brain, if In England for example next season Chelsea were to win the Champions league but finish 5th and Spurs win the Europa league but finish 6th. Would the 4th placed team loose their Champions league spot and be put in the Europa League the following season?

{Ed002's Note - Yes.}

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30 Jun 2020 22:49:50
Nice one Ed.

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30 Jun 2020 19:39:43
Hi Ed, do you think Bayern are going to exercise their option on perisic? If not is there any other interest in him? Thanks in advance.

{Ed002's Note - Not at the agreed price but they will pay half. Spurs have interest if the price drops low enough.}

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30 Jun 2020 21:23:15
Hope not. He’d be amazing in the Prem.

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30 Jun 2020 16:51:16
Hey Ed, I hope you are well.

Is there any transfer update on Kai Hevertz? Thanks.

{Ed002's Note - What sort of update are you expecting?}

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30 Jun 2020 17:20:44
Updates such as whether any clubs are talking to his clubs, if any bids have been made and whether it is a possibility that he may leave for new club. Thanks.

{Ed002's Note - I am not the one to give blow-by-blow accounts. I have explained the situation already.}

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30 Jun 2020 17:48:23
Cheers Ed.

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29 Jun 2020 23:03:27
Hi Ed002,

Hope you're keeping well.

Please would you be able share which clubs are interested (if any) in the following players:

- Jeremie Boga
- Nicolo Zanolio
- Nabil Fekir
- Leon Goretzka
- Marcel Sabitzer

Any insight would be hugely appreciated as always.

Cheers,
MB.

{Ed002's Note - (1) Napoli, Roma, Brighton (2) Nobody right now as he has a serious injury. (3) No approaches right now. (4) Nobody. (5) Perhaps Milan.}

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30 Jun 2020 19:04:49
Thanks for the insight as always.

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29 Jun 2020 10:16:02
Ed, has anything changed with Sancho or are the same interested clubs as before still put off by the price?

{Ed002's Note - Nothing has changed. His representative again approached two of the clubs offering a reduction on his demands but the price remains an issue for all interested parties.}

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26 Jun 2020 10:12:33
Hi Ed is there any interest in David Alaba this summer? Speculation arises about him now and then but I have always had the impression he loves playing for The best team in Germany. Madrid and Barcelona are always linked.

{Ed002's Note - David Alaba (CB/LB) Bayern Munich have offered David Alaba a new contract but he has so far not agreed to sign it and is entering the final year of his existing deal. The club has had to use a makeshift defence this season and is being pressured to sell another player they wish to hang on to, but will sell Alaba this summer if does not agree a new contract - letting them turn their attention to fixing the bigger defensive issue once they have dealt with their transfer priority. Real Madrid considered Alaba as an option and if available could look again. Barcelona have also been interested in the past but have other priorities. Not first choice for other sides, such as PSG.}

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26 Jun 2020 16:28:27
Thanks Ed, I think he will end up extending.

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25 Jun 2020 12:47:15
Any interest in David Brooks this summer?

{Ed002's Note - None that I am aware of right now.}

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25 Jun 2020 12:21:54
Ed002 who is interested in thiago and who are bayern looking at for cm if he goes tnanks.

{Ed002's Note - They had been expecting him to sign a new contract and perhaps will. The complexity is that they were only expecting one CM to leave this summer and and give more time to Michael Cuisance, but if THiago goes they will look again to Fabian Ruiz who has already been discussed - Saul would be more than they intend to spend on that position now. Juventus were interested but that interest has shifted. His agent has approached a number of clubs but at 29 and demanding significant wages interest will be slim - Manchester City have other preferences - although he coupld prove an option for Manchester United if Pogba were allowed to leave.}

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25 Jun 2020 07:06:13
Hi Ed any interest in Upemacano or Konate as things stand?

{Ed002's Note - Dayot Upamecano (CB) looked at by Bayern Munich as a Jerome Boateng replacement but they had another preferred plan - now that situation has changed with Bayern having recruited a young CB rather than an experienced player, so interest could return - with RBL already having a replacement in their sights. Barcelona have DU on a long list of CBs primarily because he is more affordable than others as he only has a year left on his contract - but they are fearful of making another Umtiti or Mina type error. Milan asked about a price but they have financially more viable options in what are tough times for them but may still try to gift DU to their new coach. Real Madrid enquired after him when discussing Werner with RBL, but they have preferred options so he will be down the list a bit. It is hard to see CB as a priority for the summer for MU this summer unless they can sell players on. Other interest from England exists but is not being pressed due to other priorities and preferred options. Assuming you mean Ibrahima Konate, there has been interest from England that has been rebuffed with a "not for sale" response.}

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25 Jun 2020 08:23:25
Thanks Ed, yes Ibrahim Konate was the one I wanted, I’m a bit surprised there isn’t more interest in Upemacano, as you said with only a year left he would surely be a viably cheaper option for many, and has been highly regarded in last couple of seasons. I know there was talk of a one year extension but that hasn’t seemed to come to fruition. I hear, perhaps from you, that he took a while to settle in Germany and learn the language etc but you’d imagine most players who can’t move to the Bayern’s, Madrid’s or Barcelona’s would be interested in a move to England.
Might I ask Ed are PSG seeking a Thiago Silva replacement of have they already got one.?

{Ed002's Note - PSG are looking at adding a CB as Thiago Silva and Tanguy Kouassi have gone and Moussa Sissako has no long-term future at PSG.}

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25 Jun 2020 10:45:39
Thanks Ed, I think PSG could utilise this ambiguous period to really close the gap on the big European teams much like Chelsea fans are hoping to do in the premier league with City and Liverpool.

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23 Jun 2020 19:24:14
Hi ed002 hope all is well.
With juve reported to have agreed a fee for arthur will it affect their desire or ability to finance a move for pogba?

{Ed002's Note - RTP.}

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23 Jun 2020 16:33:56
Hey Ed, recently I've seen noise about PSG offering Kurzawa an extension on his expiring contract. Is that true and would that preclude PSG from targeting other LB's in the market? Thanks so much for your assistance and hope Sparkie is well!

{Ed002's Note - PSG will offer a new deal but the player is looking for increased wages and a signing on fee similar to what he would have got elsewhere. As for buying another LB it depends not only on Kurzawa but on interest in Juan Bernat, who wants to stay but could be tempted away as he enters the final year of his contract.}

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23 Jun 2020 22:55:43
Greatly appreciate the insight Ed! All the best!

{Ed002's Note - You are welcome.}

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22 Jun 2020 14:08:05
Ed002, possible to ask which club are interested longer term in Nagelsmann?

{Ed002's Note - It is unimportant right now.}

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21 Jun 2020 23:21:35
Ed, anyone interested in bringing panzo back to England, Or is he still committed to breaking into the Monaco team? Not many ball playing left footed centre backs I can think of I liked him in the Chelsea youth teams.

{Ed002's Note - Monaco are recruiting somone to oversee a complete rebuild to create a leaner and better squad - which will see a complete cull of the existing squad over a couple of years. They were planning to start this summer but pandemic issues are impacting the situation. I am not aware of any approaches to Monaco about Jonathan Panzo.}

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25 Jun 2020 07:07:20
Awesome.

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21 Jun 2020 13:12:44
Hey Ed I see that Lille manager Christophe Galtier has confirmed Victor Osimhen will be leaving the club this summer. Has a deal been agreed with a particular club already or close to being done or isit simply a case of Lille being aware he wants to leave?

I remember him mentioning a few clubs that can offer him first team football such as Wolfsburg but would be great to know where he is heading he looks like the new Drogba but possibly more prolific.

{Ed002's Note - Victor Osimhen (S/F) One particular Liverpool scout is pressing for the club to sign him but financially it does not look to be possible right now. Barcelona have also shown an interest but they have a financial issue to solve first and Martinez remains their primary target. - He only joined the club last summer and Lille resisted January bids from Valencia and Spurs, but they accept he may now leave but are looking for something like €75M. Manchester United have looked at him and spoken with his agent but their priorities are elsewhere. His agent did continue to talk with Spurs but they have financial difficulties and unless Harry Kane were to leave would likely have to settle for a more modestly priced back up. A senior Chelsea scout has also been watching the player who could be seen as an option to their primary striker targets but nothing will happen. There was serious interest from Arsenal when he was much younger but he opted for Wolfsburg. Wolves, Real Madrid, and Napoli (as a Arkadiusz Milik replacement) also have a declared interest. He wants a guarantee of being a starter and the most interested of these sides is Napoli who can be a cash buyer for two Lille players if they can sell Kalidou Koulibaly, Allan and Milik. }

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21 Jun 2020 15:55:47
Thanks so much Ed, hope he ends up in the prem as he is future star for sure.

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20 Jun 2020 05:35:20
Hi eds,

There isn't much acti3on the Leicester page so thought I'd shoot my shot here: any insight into their plans for this summer regarding potential ins and outs?

Cheers.

{Ed002's Note - Cut and paste the question and ask me on the Leicester page later please. Thanks.}

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19 Jun 2020 20:35:23
What clubs are looking at Moussa dembele, last I read Lyon valued very high and put some clubs off?

{Ed002's Note - The price is keeping clubs away.}

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18 Jun 2020 22:02:04
Hi Ed002 I was hoping for some info on any interest in the following three players; Grimaldo, Luiz (Lazio) and Magalhaes. Any info would be appreciated Ed thanks in advance.

{Ed002's Note - Alejandro Grimaldo (LWB) is seen by Napoli as a viable replacement for Faouzi Ghoulam and is a possible option for Manchester City, but he is not top of their list. Spurs are keen to add him but they have financial difficulties and I doubt money would stretch to him.

Luiz Felipe (CB) Milan have asked for talks - Inter, Manchester City and Juventus are also interested and have funds available. Barcelona see LF as the well-priced first choice target - but Lazio will resist a sale if they can.

Gabriel Magalhaes (CB) Lille didn't want to sell in January although Arsenal pushed - the player has signed a new contract, but Arsenal could look to him in again the summer if they do not sign Mari - else they are overrun with CBs. Lazio have made their interest known as the seek a replacement for Luiz Felipe (CB) but he is not their first choice - although their first choice may well be heading elsewhere. Napoli know that they may lose Kalidou Koulibaly (CB) in the summer and have an interest in the player. Southampton and Everton have both sent scouts to watch the player with Everton notifying Lille that they are very interested in taking the player in the summer – but there has been no “done deal” as many of the Everton fans think. Chelsea and Spurs have both looked and Chelsea fans have, like the Everton fans, convinced themselves a deal has already been done and that has led to abuse on the site. In reality, he is not be top of the list of replacements if one of the existing CBs leave (which is actually possible) although Chelsea have accepted that their two preferred choices are very probably not achievable. Spurs have a bigger problem in that they have an aging defensive squad supplemented by players who are only perhaps borderline good enough. Spurs have other options they are looking at but could prioritise Magalhaes. Prior interest of PSG was thought to have gone but with their financial issues limiting their ability to spend without sales - but it may just be back. Real Madrid have half a dozen CBs ahead of Gabriel Magalhaes but they are all too expensive so he becomes an option.}

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19 Jun 2020 16:37:27
Thanks so much for the in depth answer Ed. May I trouble you for some info on Tah (Bayer Leverkusen) and Issa Diop ( West Ham) ?

{Ed002's Note - There is nothing on Jonathan Tah right now. Bayern Munich were thought to be looking to enquiring but they have now looked elsewhere and agreed on someone else.

I am not aware of any approached for Issa Diop but he will certainly leave if West Ham are relegated.}

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19 Jun 2020 18:49:45
Interesting stuff as ever Ed, much appreciated.

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18 Jun 2020 14:45:00
Ed002, is there any interest in Boubacar Kamara?

{Ed002's Note - Manchester City continue to talk with Marseille - Milan want to include players in the deal which does not suit them. Lyon don't have the funds and Chelsea have other options should a CB leave.}

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18 Jun 2020 18:49:16
Ed002 seeing as this is not the chelsea page can i be cheeky and ask who the other options are? Thanks.

{Ed002's Note - You are chasing me from page to page - so perhaps I should drop giving any information regarding Chelsea now.}

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18 Jun 2020 19:04:47
Apologies ed002.

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18 Jun 2020 10:29:20
Is there any interest in David Alaba from anytone, Ed?

Obviously primarily a LB but been playing CB recently due to the emergence of Davies. As Alaba can clearly cover LB and CB he'd be a very good option for Liverpool.

{Ed002's Note - David Alaba (CB/LB) Bayern Munich have offered David Alaba a new contract but he has so far not agreed to sign it and is entering the final year of his existing deal. The club has had to use a makeshift defence this season and is being pressured to sell another player they wish to hang on to, but will sell Alaba this summer if does not agree a new contract - letting them turn their attention to fixing the bigger defensive issue once they have dealt with their transfer priority. Real Madrid considered Alaba as an option and if available could look again. Barcelona have also been interested in the past but have other priorities. He won't be moving to Liverpool.}

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