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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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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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08 Oct 2019 16:07:30
Ed002, is there any interest in Fabian Ruiz?

{Ed002's Note - Fabian Ruiz (CM) is seen by BArcelona as a replacement for Rakatic and/or Vidal but with De Jong and Arthur game time cannot be assured. He is also seen by Real Madrid as a replacement for Kroos and/or Modric but is not first choice and Napoli will demand a very significant fee.}

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18 Sep 2019 01:42:43
As a Liverpool fan that was a tough watch, decided to go back and watch the Barcelona game afterwards as a distraction.

Vintage Hummels performance, he's been really good this season. Looked past it at Bayern, but he may well have more left in the tank. My god does Suarez look slow these days, surprised they didn't move him along this summer.

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15 Sep 2019 04:49:48
Ed001, if you can, would you mind doing a comparison between David Neres, Cengiz Under, Leon Bailey and Mikel Oyarzabal?

{Ed001's Note - I have added that to the comparisons list for you mate.}

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15 Sep 2019 11:43:32
Thank you!

Where will that be posted, Ed?

{Ed001's Note - I will do it as a comparisons article when I get the chance mate.}

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15 Sep 2019 12:09:56
Thanks a lot!

{Ed001's Note - very welcome mate. I will try and get round to getting on to them before I start getting a backlog of them like all the others!}

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22 Sep 2019 15:06:55
Anything on this, Ed?

{Ed001's Note - it will be a while, I have not had a chance to even begin it yet.}

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22 Aug 2019 20:25:22
Hey Ed001, I've just seen Ribery has moved to Fiorentina. I know it's a slower paced league and that he still showed flashes of quality last season, but at 36 how do you think he'll manage?

Surprised its Robben who retired over him. Which speaking of, Robben recently came out and said Pep was the best coach he played under. I hadn't thought Pep was that popular with the Bayern players.

{Ed001's Note - Ribery has never impressed me, I have never been a fan at all. He is injury prone, a complete bell and not all that good a player either. He only shows flashes at any point in his career. However they don't mind that in Italy so he will be fine and carry on being as ridiculously overrated as he always has been.

Robben is one player mate, a lot of the Bayern players were not happy with him but some loved him.}

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22 Aug 2019 20:42:43
Cheers for the quick reply Ed001. From what I read he enjoyed the intensity and the idea that at 30 there were ways to improve, whereas that intensity just seems to drain others.

{Ed001's Note - a lot of players dislike being constantly rotated as well, they just want to play. Whereas Robben can't play every game and needs to be rotated in and out to avoid injury.}

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17 Aug 2019 23:36:08
Any truth Sanchez is off to Inter Ed?

{Ed002's Note - Inter have spoken to MU on a number of occasions but the finances have been an issue.}

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18 Aug 2019 10:33:54
I’m sure they are! Thanks Ed.

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11 Aug 2019 12:54:07
Ed001, thoughts on Cengiz Under?

{Ed001's Note - I really like him, wasn't at his best last season but he has a lot of potential and could be a real star of the future. Scores goals too.}

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11 Aug 2019 09:23:05
hi Eds, hope all is well.
just have some questions about Milan, are there any interest on Kessie? is he looking to move this summer?
any chance you can share about Milan's remaining transfers target?

thanks a lot for your hard work.

{Ed002's Note - I am no longer getting in to any detail on the European pages, but Kessie had options to move to China or to Wolverhampton which were rejected. He remains for sale and will almost certainly move on as he has no future in Milan.}

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07 Aug 2019 13:35:52
Hey Ed002, hope you're having a good day. Just wondering whether there has been any developments with Milinkovic-Savic?

Cheers.

{Ed002's Note - Not really. Lazio really needed an answer about Sergej Milinkovic-Savic a week or so ago as they were looking to bring in his replacement - but right now PSG have not completed what they need to do to commit the funds just yet and Juventus have turned to the Lazio SMS replacement target - which will leave SMS in Lazio for another year. MU have not made an offer at this time.}

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06 Aug 2019 18:02:25
Hi Ed, I know you've talked about Dybala, and I realise the situation he is in, but can you give any info on why Juve are pushing so hard for him to go? he's been the golden boy for so long, and wants to stay. Its leaving a bitter taste in everyone's mouth with his current treatment.

{Ed002's Note - He has wanted to move fore more than a year and whilst Ronaldo is still at the club he will not be a regular.}

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07 Aug 2019 09:08:08
Hes actually wanted the move? That seems mad, as he's been on the captain cycle and being the number 10 and all. I value your answer though. Was it mainly down to Allegri and his out of position play? he and Ronaldo always seemed to get on well, and Ronaldo obviously understood the situation too, with that celebration he did where he mixed up his iconic one with Dybala's.
Is it sarri's choice now that he has to move on? As he still won't fit the formations of his team seems Paritici is adamant to off load him.
Thanks again Ed.

{Ed002's Note - Yes - he wants out and will likely move this summer. After the Inter deal went nowhere and Real Madrid opted for a different AM option it comes down to finding an acceptable solution and that may well be Paris.}

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05 Aug 2019 11:03:50
Hi Ed,

Was wondering if you could give au updates on the futures of Justin Kluivert and Federico Chiesa. Any teams looking to make a move for them?

Many thanks - love your input.

{Ed002's Note - Justin Kluivert has had a rough time since arriving in Rome and has been offered to two sides this summer - but he will stay where he is for another season. Fiorentina are fighting to keep Chiesa amid a lot of interest from Milan (can't afford gim), Napoli (not first choice), Inter (price is an issue), Juventus (have a player to trade and coach is very keen) and Bayern Munich (player not keen).}

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05 Aug 2019 11:28:42
Great stuff thanks Ed!

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27 Jul 2019 09:30:27
Hi Ed's wondering if you can help. With Dyabala being linked with a love away from Juve, why are they keen to offload if he is such a great talent?

Even more odd is their pursuit of Icardi if true given he comes with so much baggage.

Finding Italian football fascinating right now which is a great thing.

{Ed001's Note - because he is a talent but he very rarely does anything with his talent.}

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28 Jul 2019 01:56:40
He hasn't adapted well to Ronaldo's presence, was clear last season. Juventus may see now as the ideal opportunity to cash in while they move forwards. That said I agree with you Eric79, while proven in Serie A, Icardi is more of a fox in the box than anything else. Not sure how he fits in. Maybe if they can get him at a decent price.

I'm really curious to see Juventus post Ronaldo, can't quite figure their plans out. The Lukaku rumours are strange (Though I think he would do well in Serie A) .

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