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16 Oct 2019 12:16:03
ed is there anyone interested in eduard from celtic and who is interested in sancho thanks.

{Ed002's Note - (a) No one at this time. (b) Manchester United and Barcelona (would want assurances of game time and not first choice) and potentially Real Madrid if a deal for Mbappe cannot be completed.}

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08 Oct 2019 19:10:07
Hi ed1/ 2
Just wondering were mourinho will end up next.
Is he waiting for the Madrid job or even psg at a later date?
Thanks.

{Ed002's Note - Mr Mourinho has turned down a number of offers and whilst wanted by one faction at Real Madrid is far from being an agreed solution for other concerned parties there.}

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09 Oct 2019 17:34:35
Thanks ed.
The fountain of knowledge.

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08 Oct 2019 16:15:42
Ed who is interested in james maddison thanks.

{Ed002's Note - Spurs and manchester UNited but that interest could go with coaches moving on.}

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08 Oct 2019 22:50:16
interesting, can i ask where allegri is likely to be going next and who could be interested thanks.

{Ed002's Note - I cannot answer "likely" questions.}

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10 Oct 2019 22:55:38
ed are any teams interested in him? thanks.

{Ed002's Note - Who?}

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11 Oct 2019 00:39:13
Allegri.

{Ed002's Note - Yes there is interest in him from several sides but they have coaches at this time.}

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02 Oct 2019 22:42:53
Ed002, I have a few questions if you mind answering:

1) Is the formation of the third-tiered European competition in any way linked to the formation of a European Super League system by UEFA?

2) With FIFA announcing their own plans for an expanded Club World Cup, will this along with the European Super League lead to a change in the domestic league system?

{Ed002's Note - (1) Sort of, but it is a first step that may not lead to anything bigger and can remain hidden behind the curtain of providing greater opportunities to clubs who may not otherwise have them. It remains the greatest fear of UEFA and all major national authorities that one day the breakaway will happen – which has resulted in a series of counter-proposals being considered and even drafted by UEFA. There are two/three counter-proposals to the pan-European breakaway that have partially been backed by UEFA to try and save their own skin. The first proposal is 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 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 two years and nothing has happened - and I doubt it will.

However, UEFA are now 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 other major counter proposal is a Chinese proposal that 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 a some sort of expanded World Club – and that is where FIFA would come in.

(2) FIFA want to grab a piece of the action and like the Chinese proposal but want control of it themselves. The problem they have in expanding the CWC will be domestic disruption and the European sides likely to step back from being involved in any way.}

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04 Oct 2019 02:55:49
Wow Ed, thanks for this! This is so well-detailed and exactly what I was looking for.

Ed002, what surprises me is that the elite clubs are reluctant towards the idea of an European Super League or a Global Super League. I always thought that the club's would jump at the opportunity of higher revenues and bigger fanbases and did not care much about their respective domestic leagues.

{Ed002's Note - It is the "elite" clubs that meet at least twice a year and want the breakaway league - so you are missing something.}

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04 Oct 2019 10:43:43
So the "elite" clubs want the breakaway league of their own, not the ones proposed by UEFA or FIFA?

{Ed002's Note - Yes, that is what all of the fuss is about.}

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04 Oct 2019 16:29:54
Got it, Ed. Thank you! Have a great weekend!

{Ed002's Note - And you Roman.}

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02 Oct 2019 10:48:56
Hi Ed002 hope you've been well. Do you know of interest in Dominik Szoboszlai and Donyell Malen?
Szoboszlai particularly seems to be very well regarded.
Thanks.

{Ed002's Note - (a) Dominik Szoboszlai is of interest to Arsenal and Red Bull Leipzig. (b) Donyell Malen left Arsenal and they have enquired about taking him back - asking price is way beyond what they are comfortable with.}

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02 Oct 2019 12:11:16
Thanks very much Ed002, enjoy your day.

{Ed002's Note - And you.}

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01 Oct 2019 09:30:54
Hi Eds, hope you've all been well lately.

I have a question about a bit of a random name, so no worries if you don't have the time or just don't feel like answering.

But I was wondering which clubs are interested in KRC Genk's Sander Berge. He looks like he's an interesting blend of physique and skill.

I'd appreciate any response, and wish you all a good day!

{Ed002's Note - Spurs as a Victor Wanyama replacement but they are expecting Oliver kipp to step up and another matter means it is less likely to happen. Sheffield Uited had an offer rejected as the player wants Champions League football. Interest from Brighton (looked to Tudor Baluta instead), PSG (took Idrissa Gueye), Fiorentina (picked up a bargain in Erick Pulgar) and Roma (opted for Amadou Diawara) has drifted away.}

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01 Oct 2019 14:34:22
Thanks for that, Ed. As always I greatly appreciate it.

Will be interesting to see how his future turns out. Genk haven't started all that well this season, but hopefully that won't influence his situation all that much.

Cheers!

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20 Sep 2019 22:01:29
Hello Eds.
I was wondering what happened to Gabriel Barbosa? I recall a few years back, where he seemed like the next huge name, but now he plays back in Brazil, although he seems to be scoring a lot of goals.
Do you think he's still got a chance of becoming a world class striker? And do you see his future at Inter, any other European club, or do you think he'll be one of those players that'll be great in Brazil but not really anywhere else?

{Ed001's Note - he was just another overhyped player who failed to put in enough work to make it. Unless he picks up his game he is not going to do anything in Europe.}

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09 Sep 2019 18:54:53
Ed001, if you have a sec, purely in terms of their movement who's the best striker you've seen?

{Ed001's Note - movement would be Ian Rush.}

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05 Sep 2019 18:01:49
Ed who is interested in florentino luis and ruben dias thanks.

{Ed002's Note - (a) Marseille, PSG, Manchester City. (b) Juventus and Real Madrid. Interest of Wolves and Atletico went because of the price. Mourinho wanted him at Manchetser United who have continued to watch him, and other sides such as Dortmund, Inter and Bayern Munich Liverpool have taken a look at him.}

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01 Sep 2019 08:03:42
Hi Ed002. Hope you’re well. Are any clubs interested in Dominik Livakovic? Thanks.

{Ed002's Note - Montpellier have made an effot to sign Dominik Livakovic all summer.}

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01 Sep 2019 11:45:46
Thank you. On a side note, do you think De Gea will leave MUFC in January or next summer?

{Ed002's Note - Clubs do not generally plan for January transfers.}

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26 Aug 2019 15:09:44
Ed 002
Do you think any PL players will move to Europe before the deadline?
Eriksen/ Bakayoko maybe?
Many thanks.

{Ed002's Note - Sure, there are still a few who could go permamnetly or on loan.}

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26 Aug 2019 15:28:07
Who do you think are the most likely candidates Ed002.

{Ed002's Note - I cannot answer "most likely" questions.}

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26 Aug 2019 13:38:10
Hi Ed002, I would really like to know your opinion about RB Leipzig. I would think they have fantastic board, transfer policy and exceptional future. Really like that club tho.

{Ed002's Note - RBL is a manufactured club that has only existed for about 10 years. Red Bull poured money in when it could and it now stands OK on its own. I am not sure about the whole board but the Head of Football has a much wider roe than just RBL and is someone reasonably well respected. As for transfer policy they are now looking to focus on younger players - and they did an upgrade or two in the summer - Lookman being one example. They are sill looking at a move or perhaps two in the coming days and with a young coach in Julian Nagelsmann they are hoping to do well this season and take it from there. They have a couple of youngsters - one not yet 16 - from Portugal and England that they are in talks over already and, like many German sides, are now looking to cherry pick from the EPL as they can offer opportunities to play better than the English sides.}

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21 Aug 2019 16:16:23
Hello Ed. I wasn't sure where to ask this, but I've been wondering - do players (always? ) know when clubs are looking to get rid of them? I was thinking it might affect some players performances on the pitch if they know that their club is looking to get rid of them?
Also, do they normally know which players the club are interested in signing?

{Ed002's Note - (a) Yes, players up for sale will be told as will any agent to help facilitate the departure. (b) Player performance will likely not be an issue. Where an approach is made for a player by another side, the player would know if it came via the agent but may not if the approach came via the club and they do not wish to sell. (c) Players would not be made aware of players clubs are looking to sign but might well find out - typically it is not something players are concerned about too much. Some clubs have used the opportunity of having players cheat on their behalf and asked them to make direct approaches to players of other sides - Liverpool, Napoli and Barcelona have done this in the past to a significant extent.}

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21 Aug 2019 21:14:36
Thanks a lot for you reply - I truly find those aspects of the sport very, very interesting. Hope you have a nice day!

{Ed002's Note - You are welcome.}

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20 Aug 2019 18:40:13
Hi Ed002, last I saw PSG were planning on making Mbappe an offer that would essentially make him untradeable due to the figures involved. Is that still the plan moving forwards? has that offer been put to the player (or do they need to offload Neymar first) and is he considering it?

{Ed002's Note - They would like to make him an offer that others would not match which will make himhave to think twice about a move next summer.}

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16 Aug 2019 11:14:14
Ed002, I was just wondering has there been any interest in Ibrahim Sangare of Toulouse?

I saw him a few times last season and he looks like he will become so me player.

Cheers.

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08 Aug 2019 22:25:03
Hi Ed002
Have any of the European sides got an interest in Bruno Fernandes please?
It seems strange that the Premier League teams have passed him by.
I have a faint hope that Liverpool may look to him in 2020?
Thanks.

{Ed002's Note - Yes - it is nothing to do with Liverpool.}

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08 Aug 2019 09:18:08
Hi Ed, sorry to bother. I remember you put up the process of a transfer. Could you please put it back up? I'm struggling to find it across the rumours sites.

Thanks as always.

{Ed002's Note - The scouting staff will prepare reports on players and provide an idea about price; coaches will look at the players but have no idea about price; they will go to a Director of Football (or perhaps a mix of the finance director and others responsible for the monies) and say we would like this player and we think he will cost £x. Checking against available budgets, the club will likely approach his agent to ask if the player might be interested in the move and a broad idea about the package the player would want, and any broad idea about what the club would want - and what terms they may be open to (cash up front, spread over a year etc.). This sits inside the overall transfer process which looks something like this:

The process should be along the lines of: Clubs will typically informally ask an agent (a) if the player is going to be available, and (b) would the player consider a move to the club. There may be some broad discussion on the sort of deal that would be offered but no more than that. If the answer is yes, it is then necessary for the club to approach the player's club to ask if they would be willing to sell and if they would grant permission to speak to a player's agent formally about a transfer and possibly even the player about actually making a move. This will typically involve either broadly (through an offer) or actually agreeing a fee and responsibility for any significant costs (agents fees etc.). Once this has happened the club will be able to speak formally to the player's agent and perhaps the player himself to look at the package that will be involved. Many players are looked at and discussed at a high-level with agents and clubs; a subset of those have an offer placed; a subset of those involve discussions with the player's club; a subset of those involve discussions over terms, and; a subset of those go ahead.

Agents will often try and get more specific details of wages and other financials before they should - but most clubs are happy to follow this process. Players will often talk to other players about moves but, whilst wrong, is tolerated as it would be impossible to manage.

Alternatively, a selling club may ask an agent to find a new club for a player and he will talk directly to potential selling sides about the fee, personal terms and interest.

The rest of the time agents will be on fishing trips trying to find interest in their players.

In terms of what happens when the negotiations take place, broad agreement (player available and open to discussions, understanding of the price) will already have been reached. The clubs will meet to discuss the details of the transfer fee, other costs associated with the move and the structure of the payments and any additional fees (e.g another €5M for winning the Champions League etc.) but this does not take a "few days".}

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08 Aug 2019 09:31:10
You are a saint. Thank you for all the information you share. Have a nice weekend.

{Ed002's Note - You are welcome.}

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09 Aug 2019 01:22:14
One question I have Ed002, the future fees based on winning the CL etc. Are they one off fees or do they happen throughout the term of the players original contract? So for example, if the Cancelo transfer had a €5m clause for winning the PL and City won it all 5 years of his contract, would Juve get €25m or would they just get the €5m for the first time city won it after the transfer? Hope that’s clearer than it sounded in my head 😂 Thanks :) )

{Ed002's Note - Contracts are not written like that, sorry.}

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07 Aug 2019 09:55:29
Hello Ed002 apart from Real Madrid are there any other clubs interested/ looking to sign Pogba? Not being able to move Bale, James to raise funds is a problem for them to spend on Pogba? Are United still adamant on the price and ready to keep him one more season?

{Ed002's Note - Yes, as has been explained over and over Juventus are interested. Pogba's price is a major issue.}

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07 Aug 2019 10:13:20
Wow what a swift response and how forgetful of me I completely forgot Juve 😌.

Ed if you don't mind me asking how do you store all your info do you have some kinda super computer 🤔.

{Ed002's Note - I am omnipotent.}

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07 Aug 2019 10:51:20
Wish they taught me your skills in Kaer Morhen.

{Ed002's Note - That is some sort of care facility?}

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07 Aug 2019 09:17:51
Ed002, when we talk about Ziyech, is there a reason behind the scenes why he is not actively courted by big clubs?

{Ed002's Note - Oh yes, as I have explained most clubs have stepped back.}

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03 Aug 2019 18:21:08
Ed001 and Ed002, I am curious as to why Florian Thauvin has been unable to secure a move to a Champions League club as per his wish. He seems like a good player, so I would be grateful if you could shed some light on this.

{Ed002's Note - That is not the situation. Thauvin has options and has plenty of time to think about what he wants to do.}

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03 Aug 2019 19:02:58
Which clubs are interested in him, Ed002?

{Ed002's Note - There have been discussions with Bayern Munich, Napoli, Milan, Inter and Roma.}

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03 Aug 2019 19:44:47
Thank you Ed! Have a nice weekend!

{Ed002's Note - And you.}

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