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03 May 2021 02:57:42
ed002 who is interested in papa sarr from metz thanks.

{Ed002's Note - Pape Matar Sarr (DM) Metz don't want to sell after only signing the youngster last summer but if a good offer were made they would consider it. Unlikely to qualify for a Work Permit in England and one who will be off to AFCON although Everton will seek an exemption if they can reach agreement over price.}

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29 Apr 2021 14:02:33
Hi Ed002,

Just wondering if there's any serious interest in Terem Moffi of FC Lorient?

The lad has a great return this season to go with some very desirable physical attributes. Could be one to watch for the future with Nigerian being only 21 years old.

Thanks Ed, love the sites.

{Ed002's Note - Terem Moffi (S) Borussia Dortmund have him on a long list of strikers they are keen on but he has only been at Lorient a few months and his agent (and I use that term very loosely) is pushing for a move as he still tries to work a move for Sancho away from Dortmund. He has been offered to two London sides who right now have no interest. A move in 2022 seems more practical right now.

And thanks.}

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29 Apr 2021 14:26:53
Thanks for the quick reply Ed, much appreciated.

{Ed002's Note - You are welcome.}

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19 Apr 2021 06:07:15
Hi ed002,

Recently, I read that more and more players are forgoing an agent and negotiating with clubs personally, like De Bruyne did for his new deal, and like Kimmich is about to do for his contract renewal. That had me wondering, because from what I understand, if a club wanted to sign a player from another team, they would talk to their agent to gauge interest and a general idea of the financial cost before approaching their club to ask permission to talk to the player directly, and this is completely fine and not considered tapping up. However, if a player doesn't have an agent, are clubs allowed to ask the player if he's interested in joining in the first place before talking to their club, or would that be considered tapping up? Would clubs have to negotiate a price with the other club before they are allowed to talk to the player directly, only to find out they could never afford his wages or he doesn't want to relocate? I guess basically what I'm asking is what the rules on tapping up are if a player doesn't have an agent or a representative of some kind.

Thanks for all your time and insight.

{Ed002's Note - No, clubs cannot directly approach players contracted to another side. For those players that do not have an agent, they will have a "representative" (Messi uses his father as an example, or a third part assigned, such as Kia Joorabchian) to represent their interests. For those that have neither, contact needs to be made via the club the player is contracted to.}

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15 Apr 2021 20:59:44
Hi Eds,

Is there any interest in Edson Alvarez from Ajax?

Thanks as always 👍🏼.

{Ed002's Note - Valencia have had a couple of offers rejected.}

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15 Apr 2021 21:49:26
Thanks ed.

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14 Apr 2021 16:56:42
Hi Ed,

With Hansi Flick looking to likely to succeed Loew as the German national coach, do Bayern have someone lined up?

They usually are very well managed and it would be surprising if they have not sounded out some managers already.

I feel it might Nagelsmann or Klopp's time to shine with that Bayern squad.

{Ed002's Note - See previous answers.}

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14 Apr 2021 15:09:54
Ed002, with the rumours of Hansi Flick looking like he'll take over the German national team, do you have any ideas about who Bayern will look to as his replacement?


{Ed002's Note - Hansi Flick won’t be first choice and Bayern Munich would look to perhaps Klopp and perhaps Nagellsmann.}

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15 Apr 2021 16:00:03
Thanks Ed002, If flick isn't first choice for the German national team do you mind divulging who is?


Klipperty would be first choice and there will be perhaps four others they would look to interview including HF.}

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10 Apr 2021 10:21:11
Hi ed,

What is the latest in terms of interest in Boubacar Kamara of Marseille?

{Ed002's Note - With the collapse of the televsion deal with BeIN Sports and Mediapro, the Ligue 1 clubs are currently down more than €1B - so money is a serious issue for most clubs. The fans are not seeing the financial issues caused by this an the pandemic, they objected to the sale of Sanson, they are aware of efforts to sell Thauvin rather than to have him leave as a Free Agent (which is what will happen). They think Kamera will be next to go as the club have not been able to get him to sign a new contract. Marseille do not want to sell and interest from PSG will obviously go nowhere. However, at the right price (€60M and all costs) he would be available in the summer - Barcelona would like him but not at that cost. Chelsea and Manchester City both maintain an interest, but nothing is happening. 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. Milan and Lyon will likely not have the funds to make an offer. There is interest from Barcelona who want the player and a member of Marseille's staff to join them. Milan asked after him when discussing another player and Bayern Munich have him on their list as a Jerome Boateng replacement. He is attractive to clubs as he can comfortably play as a CB or a DM.}

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08 Apr 2021 22:18:21
Hi Ed. Any new updates in Haaland's destination in the summer please?

{Ed002's Note - No Eric. There is nothing new. There have been discussions with the interested sides and there is a follow up planned, although not scheduled with one of them, and perhaps two others. Much will depend on whether or not Dortmund make the Champions League or not. It is a dynamic situation. Nothing is clear just yet, but clubs are having to do a bit of a sales pitch about their future plans.}

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08 Apr 2021 23:05:22
Cool much appreciated Ed.

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01 Apr 2021 19:32:04
Hi Ed any teams interested in nikola moro very good DM.

{Ed002's Note - Moro only moved 6 months ago when he decided on Dynamo Moscow over Shakhtar Donetsk.}

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01 Apr 2021 19:52:12
Thanks good player 1 for the future.

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30 Mar 2021 11:57:10
what are the potential clubs looking to sign Aguero?

{Ed002's Note - Sergio Aguero (S) Free Agent. Wanted by Barcelona and he may have an option to return to Atletico Madrid. PSG could look to him as an alternative to Messi - and Inter could look to him as a short-term fix if they were to lose Martinez or Lukaku.}

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29 Mar 2021 19:24:38
Hi Ed. is there any interest in Monaco's Aurelien Tchouameni?

{Ed002's Note - Aurelien Tchouameni (DM/CM) Real Madrid, Manchester City and Chelsea have all declared an interest in the player who would be more affordable than their preferred choices, but Monaco are not looking to sell this summer. Rennes will also look to him if Eduardo Camavinga leaves. Borussia Dortmund are interested in upgrading Axel Witsel and have looked at him as have others. If the season in France is cancelled then there is a chance that he could be available.}

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23 Mar 2021 11:45:01
Hi ed, are you aware of any interest in the young CB Rensch from ajax? Looks to be a promising player.

{Ed002's Note - No sorry.}

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23 Mar 2021 13:41:04
Thank you anyway Ed! May be one to watch over the next couple of years instead then, see how he develops!

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19 Mar 2021 12:48:37
TGiod dated please if I may ask whi interested in Halaand and what and where do you think he would end if he moved this summer. thanks.

{Ed002's Note - Erling Braut Haaland (S) It would take a lot of money plus a player or two in exchange to make it work in 2021 for Real Madrid, and that would only be the case if their main priority Mbappe does not sign in the summer; although that is looking to likely be the case right now with him staying in Paris a year or two more - but EH is still potentially a priority for Real Madrid in 2022 unless something changes but outgoings this summer, such as Benzema, could change that. And if the money stretches, there will also be interest elsewhere. Bayern Munich have priorities to deal with in defence and Juventus accept their focus is on someone else. I expect Manchester City and Chelsea to try to sign Haaland this coming summer although Dortmund will resist a sale unless they fail to reach the Champions League - but they may commit to a 2022 sale. Mino has spoken with Chelsea and has met with the owner to discuss Haaland and another player. There is a slim chance Barcelona could also look to him in 2022, but I think it unlikely they will be able to do anything this year - they are looking to sell and get wages off the books and are prioritorising another striker. A cash offer from Chelsea interests his representative but Dortmund would push for a player from Chelsea as well - although they would need to wait a year before he could join. Manchester City had a preferred first choice target as an Aguero replacement but he will almost certainly not be available now, so their focus will shift to Haaland.}

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16 Mar 2021 17:14:32
Hi Ed002,

I've seen today that the Belgian Pro League clubs have voted in favour of a proposed merger with the Dutch Eredivise. I know this idea has been floating around for a couple of years now and I assume that the Eredivise clubs would be in favour of it happening also. Do you know how this idea is viewed by the fans?

Also, I know that the merger wouldn't happen until the TV deals run out in 2025 but do UEFA have any idea on how they would deal with the European places? Was it at all discussed along with the talks about expanding the champions league?

Thanks in advance.

{Ed002's Note - There is nothing firm at this time but it would be a restructure rather than a merger which may not suit all of the Dutch sides. They have to agree how the new league would look - and they are looking at a Premier League and a Championship structure but the detail of who goes where is unclear but the suggestion from Belgium is to use the UEFA co-efficients. UEFA have been consulted but there is no agreement on the tournament placings - but it would not increase from what there is now except in the third tier tournament. It is unrelated to expanding the Champions League as the countries are not in great shape football wise right now with only Ajax between the lot of them keeping the flag flying. If it happens there will be a lot to address.}

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08 Mar 2021 22:40:50
Hello Ed002, could you answer these two questions?

1) Is there any update on the loan restrictions that FIFA was planning to implement?

2) Will the revamped Champions League lead to the end of Carabao Cup in England? How much more money will the clubs earn from this new structure?

{Ed002's Note - (1) No and they won't impact many clubs in any case. (2) Nothing has been discussed about it yet.}

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02 Mar 2021 17:00:48
Hi eds, could you please give me a rundown of the players that borussia Dortmund are looking at? And also the potential outgoings please? Thank you in advance.

{Ed077's Note - Read the page. Ed002 did a roundup just a few days ago.}

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27 Feb 2021 09:15:45
Ed002, is there any interest in Jahkeele Marshall-Rutty?

{Ed002's Note - The kiddie from Toronto has attracted scouts from Europe but he is only 15 or 16.}

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18 Feb 2021 12:05:57
Hey Ed
You've mentioned a couple of times Dortmund plan to sell a number of players.
Any chance of summary of ins and outs, if you get chance


{Ed002's Note - Possible departures:
No CL next season could see further departures particularly given 10 players will be entering the last year of their contracts. Will promote from within, perhaps take players in exchange and will look to a couple of very good additions to replace Sancho and possibly Haaland.

The riot act has been read to Sancho and Tobias Raschl by Favre I understand.

Roman Burki (G) Dortmund want an upgrade but will look to keep Burki and let Hitz leave as a Free Agent.
Marwin Hitz (G) Free Agent.
Felix Passlack (RB) Free Agent but a new deal will be offered.
Lukasz Piszczek (RB) eldrly Free Agent.
Marcel Schmelzer (LB) Free Agent.
Manuel Akanji (CB) will make way if BD can secure the signing of Simakan (won't happen as he heading elsewhere).
Axel Witsel (DM) will need to prove his fitness and finding a buyer will be difficult but will be available for a nominal fee in the summer.
Mahmoud Dahoud (CM) will be available for a nominal fee in the summer.
Giovanni Reyna (AM) Real Madrid are keen at the right price but Dortmund still see him as a player they wish to keep.
Julian Brandt (AM) again a player who was being considered by Arsenal. He would be a reasonable price and would be an Oezil replacement but it will now depend on the future of MO.
Jadon Sancho (RW) Manchesteer United messed everybody around last year and he has again been offered elsewhere. If Manchester United want him they are going to have to agree a deal before the summer.
Erling Braut Haaland (S) It would take a lot of money plus a player or two in exchange to make it work in 2021 for Real Madrid, and that would only be the case if Mbappe does not sign in the summer, which is looking to likely be the case right now with him staying in Paris a year or two more - but EH is still potentially a priority for Real Madrid in 2022 unless something changes during next season. And if the money stretches, there will also be interest from Bayern Munich, Manchester City, Chelsea and Juventus - although Bayern Munich have priorities to deal with in defence and Juventus accept their focus is on someone else. I expect Manchester City and Chelsea to try this coming summer although Dortmund will resist a sale in the summer but may commit to a 2022 sale. Depending on the election result, there is a slim chance Barcelona could also look to him in 2022, but I think it unlikely. A cash offer from Chelsea interests his representative and Dortmund would push for a player from Chelsea as well - although they would need to wait a year before he can join. Manchester City had a preferred first choice target as an Aguero replacement but he will almost certainly not be available now, so their focus will shift.

Interest in:
Thomas Strakosha (G) First choice for Borussia Dortmund.
Peter Gulacsi (G) RBL don't wish to sell and the player seems happy, yet his agent has been pushing for a move to Borussia Dortmund who are on the hunt for a new GK.
Odysseas Vlachodimos (G) At the right price Benfica will sell.

Mohamed Simakan (RB/CB) Strasbourg defender who Burnley, Monaco, Rennes, Lyon, Borussia Dortmund, Bayer Leverkusen and Atalanta are keen on but has agreed a move to replace Upamecano at RBL in the summer. Aston Villa have made an enquiry with his agent. Milan enquired and are very but ideally want include a player in exchange. But they are very keen. Chelsea can offer cash plus a player on loan which may suit Strasbourg. There have been discussions but his representation has a different focus to most.
Anel Ahmedhodzic (CB) PSV and Ajax offer good solutions - interest of Borussia Dortmund (who have lost out on signing their first choice CB), Milan and Chelsea is a problem as game time will be hard to find. One to keep an eye on.
Konrad Laimer (CM/DM) RBL are aware that there are clubs looking at Konrad Laimer for next summer and some of the interest is driven by the price of Zakaria which has put interested sides off. Bayern Munich have considered Laimer, as have Borussia Dortmund (as a Weigl replacement) and Manchester United (but not until they have sorted out their midfield problems).
Florian Neuhaus (CM) There remains significant interest in the Borussia Muenchengladbach player with Bayern Munich and Borussia Dortmund seeing him as a player who will continue to improve. Real Madrid see him as an option in midfield and his representative has made no secret that there has been interest from elsewhere including Manchester City, Spurs, Juventus and the Milanese clubs, but Milan seems a less likely destination. Borussia Dortmund will push hard for him but they have growing money issues and the new coach will not move for him. I am not aware of any approach by Liverpool at this time.
Christian Eriksen (AM) Interest has drifted away
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.
Tanguy Coulibaly (RW/F) First choice Sanch replacement. They have a lengthy list of alternatives.
Charlie Webster (LW/RW) Seen as the next generation Sancho.
Jayden Braaf (LW/F) Option as a Sancho replacement.
Donyell Malen (F) Arsenal want to resign the player to replace Lacazette. Borussia Dortmund have him on their list of Sancho replacements.
Brian Brobbey (S) RBL have been discussing a move with Mino and have made an offer to Ajax which has been rejected. Bayer Leverkusen have a declared interest but Mino would like him to move to Borussia Dortmund to replace Haarland, but that would be ahuge step up for the kid. A discussion between Bayern Munich and Mino resulted in a termination clause being included in any deal - which they don't like the idea of. He will likely be offered to a couple of English sides as well.
Marcus Forss (S) Brentford Striker being considered by Borussia Dortmund and West Ham. Not going to happen this year.

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18 Feb 2021 21:08:03

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17 Feb 2021 16:11:52
Hello Ed002, is there any interest in Lucas Gourna-Douath of ASSE?

{Ed002's Note - Lucas Gourna-Douath (DM) PSG want to take him back to Paris but he has been advised that he would not get playing time in the B side and may need to settle in the U19s until Bitumazala and, particularly, Ahamada M'Ze. There has actually been a real stink kicked up over the whole thing.}

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10 Feb 2021 13:36:04
Hi Ed002,

Perhaps you've answered this before so apologies if you have but could you shed some light on the situation in Ligue 1 and how that's affecting clubs?

Not just from a transfer perspective (but I assume more players will need to be sold to help out) but there must be some clubs in real financial danger is there anything underway to help the clubs?


{Ed002's Note - The early conclusion of the 19/20 season cost Ligue 1 and Ligue 2 clubs significant income (about €925M) and the collapse of the broadcast deal as cost more than €1B in income to the clubs. Empty stadiums have pretty much killed the income streams for the clubs and the FFF do not have the funds to compensate the clubs and are supporting Ligue 1 in trying to obtain a significant loan from the Government - that is in hand at the moment. Whilst PSG, Monaco, Marseille and St Etienne are suffering they are in a better place than others, and some are in a far worse financial position with the chance that some Ligue 1 and Ligue 2 clubs could go out of business before the summer. Selling players is one option to bring money in, and efforts are being made by clubs to agree sales for the summer. Clubs like Strasbourg have problems and they were relying on the sale of a player to help see them through - now he is injured.}

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15 Feb 2021 06:07:49
Is that player Mohamed Simakan?

{Ed002's Note - Yes.}

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