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04 Mar 2020 11:55:53
Ed002, what's going to happen to the 2019-20 season of Serie A?

{Ed002's Note - In what respect? In terms of the cancelled games the meeting due today is to be rescheduled as a WebEx for those unable to attend - so there is no agreement to the proposal - two clubs have voiced objections.}

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04 Mar 2020 17:22:50
Because of the outbreak, there were rumors that no games would be held and the season would be cancelled.

{Ed002's Note - That is not the case right now but they will look to "behind closed doors" games. If it comes to it they will simply cancel all games. A similar approach would be taken elsewhere. I was due to travel to Milan this week and that has been cancelled. I fly in Israel later next week and that will go ahgead. Then I am due in Switzerland at the end of March and beginning of April - and I suspect it will also be cancelled. You just need to ride it out.}

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05 Mar 2020 13:47:32
Flying in for Mostra Convegno Expocomfort Ed002?

{Ed002's Note - Gosh no.}

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06 Mar 2020 04:17:49
Thank you for the info, Ed! Hope you can resume your travelling soon without any hassles!

{Ed002's Note - We will see next week.}

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01 Mar 2020 06:11:30
Ed002, is there any interest in Ben White and Gabriel Magalhaes? Both of them seem like talented centre-backs to me.

{Ed002's Note - (a) A number of sides have shown an interest in White - particularly Liverpool as he the pick of the younger HG CBs - if Diego Carlos were to arrive or a CB were not to leave, he can be scratched. (b) Everton, Southampton and Arsenal are keen on Magalhaes.}

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29 Feb 2020 21:37:50
Hi Ed,

Hope you are well wherever you are in the world just now?

Is there any interest in Rodrigo Bentancur? I'm holding out the most likely very very slim hope he is offered to United as part of a Pogba deal.

Thanks.

{Ed002's Note - Not that I am aware right now.}

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01 Mar 2020 11:53:55
Cheers Ed, have a good day.

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28 Feb 2020 10:44:05
Hi Ed. Is there any interest in Ciro Immobile? He’s having a phenomenal season.

{Ed002's Note - Not that I am aware of at this time. The player has settled at Lazio and is happy to stay there.}

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24 Feb 2020 06:58:50
Hi ed, if its not too much to ask is there any interest in sandro tonali?
Thanks in advanced.

{Ed002's Note - Sandro Tonali (DM/CM) - A player who was being chased by Conte at Chelsea as a 17 year old and has continued to be of interest but it probably won't go anywhere unless Kante or Jorginho were to leaveleave. There was interest in the summer of 2019 from Liverpool, but it was seen as futile and expensive and not followed up. His reluctance to leave Italy ended PSG interest who then went for Idrissa Gueye and the €60M price killed the interest of Milan. Napoli, Inter, Fiorentina and Juventus remain interested with Manchester City, PSG and Chelsea keen if the kid is open to leaving Italy. PSG would only look again if Gueye or Paredes were to leave which seemes unlikely right now. Manchester City have extended the contract of Fernandinho another year but could bid and put the player out on loan, perhaps to Girona. Liverpool would no doubt consider their position as well. Realistically, Juventus would be the best solution as they will be looking to replace Blaise Matuidi (although also have Casemiro in mind) which may open the door for Napoli - I would discount Fiorentina.}

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24 Feb 2020 11:14:55
Thanks for the detailed info ed002. Hope you have a good day.

{Ed002's Note - You are welcome.}

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16 Feb 2020 21:25:50
Ed who is interested in milinkovic savic and amadou diawara thanks.

{Ed002's Note - (a) Inter but any proposal will include players plus cash so it will be difficult. (b) Nobody - he only moved last summer and is injured.}

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14 Feb 2020 16:49:41
Ed who is interested in mertens thanks.

{Ed002's Note - Inter Milan and Manchester United with one other side thinking about him as a possible option.}

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12 Feb 2020 17:01:43
Ed002, saw it on the Chelsea page but wanted to ask it in the correct place.

Where is Lorenzo Insigne going in the summer?

{Ed002's Note - You would need to point me at where I said he has agreed a move to another side.}

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13 Feb 2020 03:55:39
My bad then. Is there interest in Insigne?

{Ed002's Note - Yes there is interest and a number of discussions vae taken place but there is no agreement. So we can move on from this.}

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11 Feb 2020 13:19:42
Ed002 if your around, is there any interest in Aaron Ramsey? tks.

{Ed002's Note - Juventus are open to offers but I am not aware of any unsolicited approaches - so his agent, probably via a better placed third party, will be looking to offering him around fairly soon.}

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11 Feb 2020 13:42:12
Thanks Ed, why did it not work out for him?

{Ed002's Note - Not fitting in, cultural changes, unfit and injured.}

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02 Feb 2020 13:40:46
Ed002, can you talk about the future plans for Cristian Romero and Luca Pellegrini?
I am particularly interested in the latter since I think he's a talented youngster and yet Juventus are rumored to be after Emerson.

{Ed002's Note - Cristian Romero is a young CB out on loan to gain experience. Juventus have a aging defence they are gradularly replacing them - Romero will return in the summer to be assessed. Luca Pellegrini is a another youngster on loan that Atalanta were keen on (but have got an alternate player in) but he may be offered to PSG or Brescia as part of another deal - it is nothing to do with Emerson but all to do with someone else.}

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02 Feb 2020 16:30:14
If I may ask, is that someone Kurzawa?

{Ed002's Note - No.}

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05 Feb 2020 18:52:48
Marco Verratti?

{Ed002's Note - What?}

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06 Feb 2020 09:45:29
Is Verratti the player Juventus want from PSG Ed002?

{Ed002's Note - Mo.}

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02 Feb 2020 09:41:16
Ed2 can you please inform which teams are interested in Virgil Van Dyke (rumours surfaced of Juventus being interested) . and do you expect a move in the summer. thanks in advance.

{Ed002's Note - Virgil van Dijk (CB) Barcelona have significant other spending planned for the summer and will not be able to afford VvD. Juventus retain an interested with Chiellini at the end of his career and Bonucci not getting any younger. They see VvD as a good long-term solution who can also help MdL mature.}

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21 Jan 2020 15:58:06
Hi Ed's is there any interest in piatek of a. c milan? If so is he available this month?

{Ed002's Note - Krzysztof Piatek (S) not a great season and miffed at the arrival of ZI. There have been talks with RBL (although they will look to hold on to Werner until the summer), Atletico Madrid (although he is not first choice) and Fiorentina and confirmed interest of Barcelona (it will likely have gone), Newcastle, Seville, Genoa and Aston Villa (Aston Villa interest is stuff of fantasy). Mr Mourinho would like to take him to Spurs - but the player wants assurances of game time once Harry Kane is fit - but they may push and argue they are after another striker regardless. Serious interest from elsewhere. He is well down the list for Manchester United but they would be in the same position as Spurs and perhaps seek a loan to cover for injury. Milan has financial issues they need to deal with and loans won't help them unless there is an obligation to buy.}

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21 Jan 2020 18:18:43
Thanks for the info ed have a great week.

{Ed002's Note - And you.}

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26 Jan 2020 10:16:25
Ed I was wondering if there is any interest in Paqueta and if Milan are looking to sell him?
Thought he would be a very good player for them, but I've read that he hasn't really played as well as many had thought he would? I would like to hear if you have any opinion about him as a player? :)

{Ed002's Note - Lucas Paqueta (AM) PSG are very keen but are a fair distance short of the €40M being requested by Milan for the player. As with all players on sale at Milan, they are also available to trade.}

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26 Jan 2020 17:52:02
Thanks a lot for your reply!

{Ed002's Note - You are welcome Emil.}

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30 Jan 2020 20:18:53
Cracking info this Ed. Wonderful insights.

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09 Jan 2020 14:28:56
Hi,

I was wondering if any of the eds could update us on the current situation with de ligt at Juve? latest reports suggest Ajax want him back on loan, would juve really make him available and if so are there any other interested parties?

Thanks.

{Ed002's Note - Paratici took De Ligt and he needs some support which it has been left to his agent to provide whilst he settles. And settling has been hard. Sarri sees him as young and, although capable, a risk until he finally settles. It has been suggested a loan might help - and obviously a loan to Ajax would be an option. I cannot think of any other side who would be suitable for a loan.}

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09 Jan 2020 14:44:55
thanks ed002, great insight as always.

{Ed002's Note - You are welcome.}

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09 Jan 2020 10:42:02
Hi eds,
Was just curious to know who AC Milan maintain an interest in?

{Ed002's Note - Milan has major financial troubles and need to sell or guarantee summer sales by June 30, but they have shown an interst in:

Djibril Sidibe (RB) Player wants out and Everton are undecided if they will take up their option - Monaco have Milan saying they will take him on a loan to buy in January. Unlikely.
Jean-Clair Todibo (CB) will only be sold with a buy-back clause and €25M - plenty of interest but Barcelona do not see him as good enough - will be available in January and is being offered around to clubs including Everton, Inter, Manchester United. But Milan already in talks and interest from Bayer Leverkusen and Southampton.
Nathan Ferguson (CB/FB) versatile West Brom defender of interest to Milan, Marseille, Hamburg and Crystal Palace.
Nemanja Matic (DM) very keen but Manchester United are screwing him around. Possible.
Kevin Strootman (DM/CM) - Marseille miffed as he was offered to Milan without their permission – now l’OM are talking to another side who have turned to him.
Sander Berge (DM) not first choice.
Rodrigo de Paul (CM) I expect Inter might win this one in the summer.
Mohamed Elneny (CM) Maybe think about him in the summer – not first choice.
Stanislav Lobotka (CM) Should make the move to Napoli instead.
Gedson Fernandes (RM) not seen as good enough for Benfica and regardless of the €100M release clause want him gone for the best deal he can get. Has been offered to four English sides plus sides in Italy. Milan and Lyon have unacceptable proposals on the table. Unlikely.
Emanuel Vignato (AM//RW) Chievo youngster who is attracting attention from Chelsea, Bayern Munich and a several Italian sides including Milan, Napoli, Torino and Inter. Barcelona have spoken to another side to say if they were to buy him would they accept him on loan for two years. Milan seems unlikely.
Matteo Politano (RW) will join from Inter
Antonio Marin (LW/F) Dinamo Zagreb kiddie interesting Chelsea, Manchester City, Milan, Villarreal and Juventus.
Richmond Boakye (S)
Zlatan Ibrahimovic (S) was struggling to agree money with Milan - Everton were being used to get leverage but ZI has returned to Milan - but on a simple short-term (6 month) deal with any extension based on performance and Milan hitting their June 30 financial targets.
Myron Boadu (S) Milan, Roma and Crystal Palace have been watching but he needs to wait a while.

Outbound - Need sales before June 30:
Gianluigi Donnarumma (G)
Pepe Reina (G)
Ricardo Rodriguez (LWB)
Mattia Caldara (CB) possibly a loan to buy back to Atalanta
Franck Kessie (CM)
Lucas Paqueta (AM) - PSG are keen
Suso (RW) Sampdoria still want a January loan
Samu Castillejo (RW)
Hakan Calhanoglu (LW)
Fabio Borini (LW) - off to Verona
Kryzsztof Piatek (S)
Ante Rebic (F)

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08 Jan 2020 02:04:24
Hi Eds, was just wondering if I could have a breakdown of Inter Milan's expected ins and outs as I'm seeing them linked with almost every player going, and would like to see who they actually are interested in.

Many thanks in advance.

{Ed002's Note - I am sorry but I cannot answer any questions where I am being asked to list "expected" ins and out for any club. I suggest you try elsewhere.}

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09 Jan 2020 08:33:45
Sorry Ed, bad phrasing, I just wanted a rundown of who they are linked with/ interested in, and who might be leaving.

{Ed002's Note - {Ed002's Note - I cannot tell you who clubs have been "linked" to - and I am not going to predict the timing of transfers, but Inter have shown an interest in:
Toby Alderweireld (CB) if they can get him for a low fee in January or a pre-contract
Jean-Clair Todibo (CB) will only be sold with a buy-back clause and €25M - plenty of interest but Barcelona do not see him as good enough - will be available in January and is being offered around to clubs including Everton, Inter, Manchester United. But Milan already in talks and interest from Bayer Leverkusen and Southampton.
Matteo Darmian (RB/CB/LB)
Ashley Young (RB/LB) Inter have approached the player to take on an 18 month contract to provide cover for both full back positions - needs the club to agree
Marcos Alonso (LWB) wanted for the summer
Layvin Kurzawa (LWB) Free Agent option
Emerson (LWB) but serious interest from Juventus

Nemanja Matic (DM) would be a good solution, but Manchester United are refusing January talks so a pre-contract might be looked at
Julian Weigl (DM/CM) heading to Benfica
Arturo Vidal (DM/CM) wants to move to the Premier League so needs persuading
Denis Zakaria (CM/DM) BM will sell in January but Spurs and Bayern Munich baulked at the €60M asking price - other clubs (Borussia Dortmund - as a Weigl replacement; Manchester United - but unless they get a decent coach; and Inter Milan who won't be able to commit to the price and want Matic instead) have been looking at him
Parma would like to take him - and Parma say Inter have been watching Dejan Kulusevski (AM/W) and talking with Atalanta - and that numerous other clubs have sent scouts to watch him - nobody likes the circa €50M asking price. Inter won't pay that but have players to use in exchange - and that remained the most likely solution - but Juventus showed an interest and included a loan-back to Parma deal which satisfied everyone – I could be tempted to predict he will never play for Juventus but be sold or traded when the loan to Parma eventually expires.
Rodrigo de Paul (CM)
Stefano Sensi (CM) Inter plan on taking up their option to buy but Barcelona have spoken with Sassuolo and want to buy out his loan in January and sign him.
Emanuel Vignato (AM//RW) Chievo youngster who is attracting attention from Chelsea, Bayern Munich and a several Italian sides including Milan, Napoli, Torino and Inter. Torino have already been discounted as an option and troubles at Napoli, who he nearly joined in the summer may well remove them as well. He is behind Federico Chiesa for Inter.
Christian Eriksen (AM/LW) versatility is attracting PSG to push for a Free Agent deal in the summer - Inter also remain very keen. An approach by Manchester United to buy Erksen may be viable in January – but the player wants Real Madrid and Real Madrid will look to him if space can be made available in the squad - and the preference will be for the summer (but it is something his agent is working on). Juventus also retain an interest but he is not first choice - but their first choice looks unlikely. Mr Mourinho would like to keep him but is aware that all of these sides, except Manchester United, can speak directly with the player from January.
Federico Chiesa (RW) - I think this was the last thing I wrote about Federico Chiesa being a potential replacement for Salah: "As for Salah, I am aware that he and his agent are aware that they have put themselves in a difficult position with financial demands which saw them laughed out of Madrid and approaches to other sides came to nothing - regardless, Liverpool is probably the best place for Salah to be biding his time right now. The efforts to boost his profile will no doubt continue and he will doubtless be holidaying with a professional photographer again and be seen kissing babies and rescuing swooning girls with twisted ankles from being eaten by bears. But these efforts to sell him as the new Real Madrid poster boy may come to nothing as they have a first choice forward target for next summer. So right now it is hard to say where he could potentially move to unless things change - and they always do. In terms of a replacement, the player Klopp has made no secret of his desire to work with is Lorenzo Insigne but I suspect age is against that ever happening. So if someone were to push me in to saying who would be the best fit if Salah were to leave next summer, I would say Federico Chiesa. He would be a direct replacement, has similar attributes to Salah, is liked by Klopp and, although Liverpool have shown no interest, will be sold next summer - assuming Fiorentina can fight off Inter this summer.
As far as I am aware, Liverpool have still not made any approach to Fiorentina for Federico Chiesa. However interest in him from elsewhere remains and it is still the intent if 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. Napoli is in turmoil and unattractive to players. Prior interest of Milan and Roma has gone due to the asking price.
Jeremie Boga (LW) Napoli want him as a replacement for Insigne who they expect to leave in the summer and want him in January to bed him in. They have had a $20M offer rejected but will return. Brighton and Inter have enquired about his availability. Chelsea has an option to buy him back for €15M.
Olivier Giroud (S) offers from elsewhere - wife will need to be part of the decision process.

Leaving may well be:
Matteo Politano (RW) heading across the corridor to the other dressing room
Gabriel Barbosa (S) Flamengo want him and he wants Flamengo but money issues - West Ham has an interest but it is a risk and may not suit Moyes. He has been offered by Inter to Chelsea in a deal involving Olivier Giroud.
Lautaro Martinez (S) Inter will face serious interest from Real Madrid and Barcelona - who see him as a Suarez replacement.
Mauro Icardi (S) will look to shun PSG and still seek a move to Juventus.

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07 Jan 2020 12:50:21
Ed002, is there any interest in Robin Gosens?

{Ed002's Note - Robin Gosens (LB) Fiorentina enquired about availability but he is not first choice for them. Borussia Mönchengladbach have been looking at him with Oscar Wendt's career coming to an end.

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04 Jan 2020 12:36:28
Ed who is interested in koulibaly and are napoli looking to sell thanks.

{Ed002's Note - Manchester United had a sustained interest in Kalidou Koulibaly (CB) but he is very, very expensive and at the asking price interest has likely gone at the asking price. Ironically he was a Mourinho favourite and no doubt still would be but Spurs will not be spending that much on a CB. Real MAdrid see him as a potential Ramos replacement in the summer but he is not first choice.}

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29 Dec 2019 12:21:29
Out of pure interest, I would like to ask if there is any interest in Luis Alberto, Lazio?
I saw the he has 13 assists this season in all competitions, which I find very, very impressive! Certainly he seems to have improved since his days at Liverpool!

{Ed002's Note - I am not aware of any interest in him at this time but he rejected the opportunity to return to Sevilla in the summer. Monchi will likely not have lost sight of him.}

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29 Dec 2019 18:13:53
Thanks a lot for you reply, Ed! Hope you have a very happy new year and some very nice champagne to go with it! I can personally recommend Louis Roederer - I will have some myself, but not too much! Got an exam 2nd of January ;)

{Ed002's Note - Enjoy.}

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13 Dec 2019 19:56:53
What is the current financial situation like at Juventus? They have signed a number of out of contract players over the past few years, the likes of Ramsey, Can and Rabiot that I would assume are on very high wages, plus the signing of Ronaldo. There are also rumours they are still interested in Pogba. Are they in any trouble of getting into financial difficulties?

{Ed002's Note - They have a very high bill circa €260M but tend to balance out transfers. They are keen on taking a couple of players from Manchester United as I have explained.}

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15 Dec 2019 12:17:31
Chong and Pogba Ed?

{Ed002's Note - Yes Eric.}

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16 Dec 2019 15:23:24
Merci.

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06 Dec 2019 00:26:19
Do you expect Zlatan Ibrahimovic to return to Milan?

{Ed002's Note - If they can agree the money.}

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26 Nov 2019 01:57:00
Hi Ed002, as a fellow swede I wonder if there is any serious interest in Parma's loanee Dejan Kulusevski? I know he done good but swedish media have a tendency to hype up native talents.

{Ed002's Note - Parma would like to take him - and Parma say Inter have been watching Dejan Kulusevski.}

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26 Nov 2019 19:41:26
Thank you very much!

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26 Nov 2019 05:36:31
Ed001, thoughts on Roberto De Zerbi?

{Ed001's Note - I haven't seen his Sassuolo play yet to be honest. Italian football is so bad at the moment, I find it difficult to motivate myself to watch it. I watched a bit of the Brescia-Roma game the other day and it was terrible. No wonder Smalling is doing well, the level is abysmal.}

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27 Nov 2019 05:23:54
Would you say Ligue 1 is better than Serie A at the moment?

{Ed001's Note - about the same right now.}

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24 Nov 2019 12:11:41
Hi ed2, I would like to know what's going to happen with Gabriel Barbosa "Gabigol". Thanks.

{Ed002's Note - He will be sold - Flamengo want him but need funding to help get the deal done.)

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14 Nov 2019 18:51:28
Ed002, is there any interest in Alessio Romagnoli?

{Ed002's Note - Yes, Juventus will be keen still if he becomes available.}

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20 Oct 2019 13:31:24
Ed002, is there any interest in Ruslan Malinovskiy of Atalanta and Emanuel Vignato of Chievo Verona?

{Ed002's Note - Although Makelele has said he liked the look of Malinovskyi, he would be a Jorginho replacement and it may be tough to get a Work Permit and he only moved this summer - so don't hold your breath. Emanuel Vignato is Chievo youngster who is attracting attention from Chelsea, Bayern Munich and a several Italian sides including Milan, Napoli, Torino and Inter. He will be advised, quite rightly, to avoid moving abroad anytime soon.}

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20 Oct 2019 14:42:14
I am surprised that Jorginho might move, Ed. He is a starter and the vice-captain, so I am surprised by this.

{Ed002's Note - Who said he will be moving?}

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20 Oct 2019 14:58:22
Oh never mind, I thought when you said replacement, Jorginho will already be moving. My bad!
Thanks for the info!

Also Ed002, do you have anything on Erling Haaland? I am hearing his name everywhere, but don't know much about him.

{Ed002's Note - Manchester City, Real Madrid, Napoli and Manchester United are all keen. Prior interest from Juventus has moved to another. He will be advised to consider moving elsewhere - to a club who has not declared interest but there has been a discussion about them taking him.}

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20 Oct 2019 15:53:29
Thank you Ed.

Did you have a good weekend?

{Ed002's Note - I have not done as much as I should have. So I am going to make up a jug of margaritas and promise myself an early start tomorrow. I hope you have enjoyed your weekend.}

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20 Oct 2019 16:56:56
A bit busy with college and other stuff, but Friday was fun.

I have never tried margaritas though. It's either whiskey or beer for me.

{Ed002's Note - Margaritas are very much for grown ups. Have a good week.}

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20 Oct 2019 17:27:51
You too, Ed.

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