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25 Jun 2020 05:38:00
Ed, who is the replacement Napoli have lined up for Koulibally?

{Ed002's Note - Gabriel Magalhaes with options of Samuel Umtiti, Robin Koch, Gian Marco Ferrari and Jan Vertonghen.}

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25 Jun 2020 09:06:42
Thought so. Thanks Ed!

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17 Jun 2020 00:15:59
Ed002, possible to ask about Ismael Bennacer?

{Ed002's Note - You need a more specific question but Ismael Bennacer (CM) interest of PSG and Manchester City will drift away as he wants to stay in Italy.}

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10 Jun 2020 22:26:13
Ed002, would it be possible to ask about Lazio's transfer plans this summer?

{Ed002's Note - BEING CONSIDERED:
Noussair Mazraoui (RB)
Aaron Hickey (LB) Celtic may look to take AH back from Hearts but Lazio will push to see if they can perhaps include the loan of a youngster or two in a deal. Crystal Palace may offer and option. Southampton, Manchester City, Everton and Newcastle have shown some interest by watching him.
Marash Kumbulla (CB) approaches have been made to Verona by Lazio and Inter. Bayern Munich have watched him on several occasions. Premier League clubs including Chelsea and Manchester Unitred have been looking at him but there is no plan for the player to leave Italy at this point in time according to his representative. Inter have put together a package that includes other players.
Gabriel Magalhaes (CB) Lille didn't want to sell in January although Arsenal pushed - the player has signed a new contract, but Arsenal could look to him in again the summer if they do not sign Mari - else they are overrun with CBs. Lazio have made their interest known as the seek a replacement for Luiz Felipe (CB) but he is not their first choice - although their first choice may well be heading elsewhere. Napoli know that they may lose Kalidou Koulibaly (CB) in the summer and have an interest in the player. Southampton and Everton have both sent scouts to watch the player with Everton notifying Lille that they are very interested in taking the player in the summer – but there has been no “done deal” as many of the Everton fans think. Chelsea and Spurs have both looked and Chelsea fans have, like the Everton fans, convinced themselves a deal has already been done and that has led to abuse on the site. In reality, he is not be top of the list of replacements if one of the existing CBs leave (which is actually possible) although Chelsea have accepted that their two preferred choices are very probably not achievable. Spurs have a bigger problem in that they have an aging defensive squad supplemented by players who are only perhaps borderline good enough. Spurs have other options they are looking at but could prioritise Magalhaes. Prior interest of PSG was thought to have gone but with their financial issues limiting their ability to spend without sales - but it may just be back. Real Madrid have half a dozen CBs ahead of Gabriel Magahaes but they are all too expensive so he becomes an option.
Marko Grujic (CM) talking to his agent.
Dominik Szoboszlai (LM/CM) is the first choice Sergej Milinkovic-Savic replacement for Lazio since the summer of 2019. Lazio have a declared interest and at the right price RBS could take the money. Milan have spoken with his agent and it is likely Ralf Rangnick will look to take him to Milan with him - but RBS will not be happy. Milan has serious financial issues and the club may not be as keen as the new coach. Inter have spoken with RBS but have other priorities and will step away. Juventus interest dates back before Sarri took over as coach and Arsenal interest was from a scout the club fired and a previous coach. Chelsea were interested when he was younger but could not offer him regular game time now. The likes of Dortmund and Fiorentina have scouted him but it has gone no further just yet.
Pedro (RW/AM) Free Agent in the summer - won't be interested in a move to Aston Villa. Barcelona is his preferred destination, but they prefer Willian. Lazio and Crystal Palace have enquired but the interest of Roma might be the most successful.
Mario Goetze (AM/F)
Keita Balde Diao (F)
Memphis Depay (F) In 2019 Depay said “I want a new transfer to a top club this summer. Lyon is a big club but it’s not one of the five best in Europe, I want to go to a club like Real Madrid, Barcelona, Chelsea, Manchester City, Paris Saint-Germain or Bayern Munich. I want to go to a club which suits me. To a team which really wants to play football. I’m not even half-way through what I want to achieve.” All incredibly immature and disrespectful. Milan and Lazio are possible destinations.
Olivier Giroud (S) offers from Lazio, Inter Milan and Spurs and talks with Crystal Palace, Lyon, West Ham, Bordeaux, Lokomotiv Moscow and Atletico Madrid - wife will need to be part of the decision process. I would scratch it.
Jonathan David (AM/S/W) Gent youngster who has attracted plenty of scouts to watch him this season including those representing Wolves, Bayern Munich, Aston Villa, Southampton, Spurs, Liverpool, Chelsea, Borussia Dortmund, Lyon, RBS, Lille, Everton, RBL, Arsenal, Leicester and Lazio. Lyon are looking for a replacement for Moussa Dembele and RBL who are looking for a replacement for Timo Werner have both spoken with Genk who are open to the Canadian leaving at the right price. At the start of the season Napoli and Brighton attended matches to watch Roman Yaremchuk but were apparenty were also impressed by the performance and versatility of David. The player has said he would be open to a move to Germany or England but Germany is the preferred destination and a decent offer from Bayern Munich would be welcomed, but an offer from Bayer Leverkusen if Havertz leaves is more likely. Both MIlan sides, Dortmund and Bayern Munich will push and Real Betis will push and offer guarantees that others won't. Ajax may just put an attractive cash offer on the table.

OUTBOUND PERHAPS:
Luiz Felipe (CB) Milan have asked for talks - Inter, Manchester City and Juventus are also interested and have funds available. Money is driving Barcelona to look to alternate options and LF may well become the well-priced first choice target - but Lazio will resist a sale if they can.
Sergej Milinkovic-Savic (CM) Manchester United has not shown any interest in Milinkovic-Savic this season and have been difficult with Pogba and his agent in looking to leave - and that never looks good in the eyes of players or agents. Juventus are looking at other options, but he remains on the list. The player will be offered to PSG but there are issues holding up commitments from them at this time although they might push with a better offer than the one that was rejected. Right now, it seems unlikely and the price would be about €100M to Manchester United. Lazio have a replacement in mind but could lose him elsewhere. Real Madrid see him as the preferred option to Pogba - where interest is waning as Manchester United are stuck in the "stupid" cycle. Manchester City see him as an option to their preferred choice but could well turn to him. Every chance he will stay where he is unless he is available at a reasonable price or PSG decide to push for him before addressing their management issue.
Joaquin Correa (AM/F) MIlan have been keen on the player but Lazio want around €70M to help with their rebuild - and Milan won't be able to afford that.
Ciro Immobile (S) Lazio are open to let the player move on as his value will decrease now that he is in his 30s. In the recent past he has turned down moves to Milan and Chelsea simply because, as he said, being in Rome was the first time he had settled in his career and he wishes to stay. Time has now come, and Lazio will sell, but at a price. They are asking €50M - hard to see them getting that.

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11 Jun 2020 06:59:18
Amazing, thank you!

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06 Jun 2020 13:18:07
Hi ed, would you be able to provide an update on who Juventus transfer targets are this summer and potential outgoings please? Cheers.

{Ed002's Note - Might well be outt of date in places.

INTEREST

This has not been updated for a while, but there has been interest in:
Marc-Andre ter Stegen (G) – Was Plan A but new deal on the table for WS signed, so discount him
Gianluigi Donnarumma (G) not expected to be available (a) if he signs a new deal, AND (b) Milan avoid a financial crisis - in which case Juventus could pounce - interest from elsewhere which could possibly include Inter, but I think that would be too difficult. PSG is a viable option and Real Madrid a cannot be discounted. An approach has been made to an English side but there is a significant levy being put on wages. WS signed, so discount him
David de Gea (G) Was Plan B – but he can be scratched.
Alex Meret (G) lots of clubs have been looking - Juventus are keen. WS signed, so discount him

Thomas Meunier (RB) low cost option, but unlikely.
Nelson Semedo (RB) could well arrive in a part exchange deal.
Tomas Esteves (RB) Porto kiddie watched by many but declared interest from Juventus and Dortmund. Porto don't want to sell.

Emerson Palmieri (LWB) wanted to replace Alex Sandro.
Alex Telles (LWB) option to Emerson.
Marcos Alonso (LWB) another option to Emerson.
Mathieu Goncalves (LB) the cheap option.
Layvin Kurzawa (LWB) a third-party has mugged Arsenal in to looking to a constantly injured money pit - a Free Agent option who will be able to join in the summer. Inter are also keen and the player may well opt for them, but he is not their first choice. It is expected that Sevilla will provide an interesting option to the player. The same third party has also offered the player to Barcelona who are looking at spending carefully on some so they can splurge on primary targets - but the injury situation bothers them. Juventus and Spurs interest has gone so scratch him.
Luiz Felipe (CB) Milan have asked for talks - Inter, Manchester City and Juventus are also interested and have funds available. Money is driving Barcelona to look to alternate options and LF may well become the well-priced first choice target - but Lazio will resist a sale if they can.
Toby Alderweireld (CB) if they can get him for a low fee
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 - as be available in January and offered around to clubs including Everton, Inter, Manchester United. But Milan have had talks but concerns over injuries saw a lower bid made and rejected. Interest from RBL, Bayer Leverkusen and Southampton. His agent has offered him to Napoli as a Kalidou Koulibaly replacement. It is plausible that Everton has made an approach to Barcelona, but I cannot confirm it. Inter could want him in a deal for Martinez or Juventus for Pjanic.

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 leave Chelsea and the kid changes his mind about playing outside of Italy. 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 unless they can sell to raise the funds. PSG would only look again if Gueye or Paredes were to leave which seemes unlikely right now. Napoli, Inter, Fiorentina and Juventus remain interested with Manchester City, Barcelona and Chelsea keen if the kid is open to leaving Italy but Inter MIlan remains Tonali's preferred destination. Manchester City have extended the contract of Fernandinho another year but could bid and put the player out on loan, perhaps to Girona - but he is not first choice. Realistically, Inter and Juventus would be the best solution as they will be looking to replace Matias Vecino and Blaise Matuidi (although also have Casemiro in mind) respectively. Both clubs would look to include at least one player in the deal, for Juventus it would be Nicolussi Caviglia. Brescia need the money to ringfence themselves and want a cash deal at €50M. I would discount Fiorentina and Napoli.
Casemiro (DM/CM)
Jorginho (DM/CM) Juventus see him as another option to Tonali - it may come down to what offer of players/cash is on the table. It is unlikely that Chelsea would want Pjanic but Bernardeschi may be of interest. Discussions could be expanded to include Emerson and Alex Sandro.
Thomas Partey (DM) Atletico Madrid are not looking to let him leave but AM are in a significant debt issue and know that Llorenne, Saul, Partey and Lemar are the options to open up the opportunity to raise money - yet the interest of sides is a light year from serious. They may be able to ease the immediate strain with the help of Chelsea. Juventus have an interest in Partey but would want to have a player involved in the deal - that would be Douglas Costa ideally.
Paul Pogba (CM) was first choice but not happy trying to deal with the amateurs who will not work via Mino. Juventus would look to offer players in the deal.
Sergej Milinkovic-Savic (CM) Manchester United has not shown any interest in Milinkovic-Savic this season and have been difficult with Pogba and his agent in looking to leave - and that never looks good in the eyes of players or agents. Juventus are looking at other options but he remains on the list. The player will be offered to PSG but there are issues holding up commitments from them at this time. Right now it seems unlikely and the price would be about €100M to Manchester United. Lazio have a replacement in mind but could lose him elsewhere. Real Madrid see him as the preferred option to Pogba - where interest is waning as Manchester United are stuck in the "stupid" cycle. Manchester City see him as an option to their preferred choice but could well turn to him. Every chance he will stay where he is unless he is available at a reasonable price or PSG decide to push for him before addressing their management issue.
Thiago Alcantara (CM) will likely extend at Bayern Munich.
Gaetano Castrovilli (CM) interest of Inter and Juventus pushed away with €50M demand for a player they see as cover. Fiorentina will look to keep him and raise money through the sale of Federico Chiesa.
Dejan Kulusevski (RW/CM/AM) has agreed the move to Juventus.
Arthur Melo (CM) could make way in the summer - it has not worked out well in Barcelona. Prior interest of Chelsea has gone but an offer from Inter was rebuffed - implying he will stay - but Juventus and Inter have an opportunity to put a case to the player now. Juventus will look to trade Daniele Rugani for him. However, it looks like Arthur will look to stay at Barcelona and fight for his place.
Houssem Aouar (CM/AM) Manchester City approached Lyon about Aouar and Ndombele last summer and it was made clear that only one of those two key players would be allowed to leave then - Manchester City maintain an interest but he is not first choice, as do Juventus but the interest of Barcelona and Chelsea will have gone unless other targets are not available or too expensive for them. If Juventus can sell Pjanic and Bernardeschi, they may look to Aouar as an option to the very expensive Kai Havertz but might want to include a player in any deal. Arsenal also maintain an interest but have a financial issue due to stupidity and will need to sell to bring in funds - they are also less attractive without Champions League football and I would strike Aouar from the list. PSG are interested as an alternative to Lucas Paqueta but might want to wait to their managerial situation is resolved first. I would have expected the player to stay another season at Lyon and that he would be the last of the assets to be sold - but the curtailment of the French season and no European football means Lyon will make him available with the likes of Dembele and Depay. And his availability could tempt others to look at him - perhaps Real Madrid if Asensio or Isco were to leave and perhaps Liverpool who have a need for an AM player or even Napoli is Fabian Ruiz were to leave.
Ryan Gravenberch (CM) Ajax kiddie

Kai Havertz (AM/CM) Juventus will push for a deal which will spark Bayern Munich or Chelsea in to paying over the odds.
Nicolo Zaniolo (AM) Juventus could offer Bernardeschi plus cash to Roma, but it is really cash they need.
James Rodriguez (AM) - a high end Columbian is wanted in Miami with JR the preferred choice but JR will want more time in Europe with Juventus and Manchester United the preference. Juventus are open to replacing Dybala and have lost out on Eriksen and expect their first choice AM player, Havertz, to complete a move elsewhere, so James Rodriguez might well have been an option. He looks to be heading elsewhere so scratch him.

Ouseman Dembele (RW) would save Juventus money but only a backup option but Juventus might be open to taking Arthur, some cash and the loan of Dembele for Pjanic.
Jeremie Boga (LW) Napoli want Boga as a replacement for Insigne who has yet to sign a new contract and wanted him in January to bed him in - that was scuppered by Sassuolo who want to keep him for at least one more year and asked Chelsea to assist by exchanging their option to buy the player back for a fixed percentage of their fee when they eventually do sell him. Napoli have had a €20M offer rejected but will return in the summer. Milan, Roma, Juventus, Brighton and Inter have also enquired about his availability.
Tahith Chong (RW) one for the future - MU don't want to sell but the player has concerns about having no mapped out future and MUs efforts to buy themselves back in to contention in the summer of 2019 - a tentative approach from Bayern Munich was turned away. BM may decide to look to TC again in 2020 as one potential long term replacement for Arjen Robben. Juventus have made his representatives aware of their interest in the player as well. Scratch him – agreed a new contract.
Riccardo Orsolini (RW) Patricio wants to take up the option to buy him back from Bologna.
Ferran Torres (RW/LW) considered as a potential Jadon Sancho replacement but likely priced out of a move to Borussia Dortmund - will end up at Real Madrid or Barcelona in all probability at some point. But, if Salah were to depart Liverpool he could well become an option for them but for now that is not the case. The player has made no secret of his desire to join Barcelona at some point. Valencia have a replacement lined up but the €100M asking price would need to drop to make a transfer anywhere viable this summer. Juventus has enquired after his availability but would need to make sales to fund a move. A third party has suggested to Manchester United that Ferran Torres would be a better option to Jadon Sancho as the deal would be far, far cheaper for them. Scratch him for Juventus.
Federico Chiesa (RW/F) much more affordable than Sancho for Manchester United and of prior interest, but Inter remain keen although talks are now on hold. Fiorentina are willing to sell in the summer. Should it happen at some point, he would be a direct replacement, has similar attributes to Salah, is liked by Klopp and, although Liverpool have shown no interest. 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 - although they are trying. Napoli remain in some turmoil and unattractive to players whilst they get their act together. Prior interest of Milan and Roma has gone due to the asking price.
Willian (RW/LW) Chelsea want him to stay and Willian wants to stay - the offer is a one year deal and then an option on the next year against the desired two years plus one year option. A low cost option that is of interest to Spurs and Barcelona. Sarri could look to taking him to Juventus if Douglas Costa moves on. Family keen to stay in the London area, he co-owns a business in London and everyone is settled. Chelsea have stopped negotiations on contracts for now and it is looking less likely a deal can be agreed. A Plan B.

Antonio Marin (LW/F) Dinamo Zagreb kiddie interesting Chelsea, Manchester City, Milan, Villarreal and Juventus.

Arkadiusz Milik (S) wanted by Milan who have offered Kessie in exchange. Juventus and Spurs have both enquired. Napoli are looking toward keeping both Arkadiusz Milik and Dries Mertens and shifting the issue forward a year by which time internal problems may have gone. Do not discount Atletico Madrid.
Mauro Icardi (S) may yet leave PSG after they just signed him and seek a move to Juventus and Juventus will exchange Alex Sandro and Miralem Pjanic plus the taxes and fees incurred for the player - but PSG want cash as part of the deal - which they will split with Icardi.
Fabio Silva (S) wanted by Juventus but price is far too high for them and attention is looking back toward another. Atletico Madrid have talked with Porto - but again the price would be an issue. Again an enquiry from Shakhtar Donetsk was dropped because of the price.
Gabriel Jesus (S) very unlikely – scratch him.
Moussa Dembele (S) another option but seen as expensive
Matias Godoy (S) being chased by Juventus and Chelsea. One for the long term.
Timo Werner (S) – scratch him
Marcus Thuram (S) Interest from Juventus is growing.
Arkadiusz Milik (S) wanted by Milan who have offered Kessie in exchange. Juventus and Spurs have both enquired. Napoli are looking toward keeping both Arkadiusz Milik and Dries Mertens and shifting the issue forward a year by which time internal problems may have gone but right now they are pondering a very good option in Osihem being offered as a Milik replacement. Do not discount Atletico Madrid.
Kaio Jorge (AM/F) is expected to have a very good future but Santos are asking a huge amount of money for the 18 year old (he has an $80M release clause) which has stalled discussions with Juventus who were looking at about a fifth of that price. Barcelona, Chelsea, Bayer Leverkusen, Shakhtar Donetsk, Monaco and Milan have approached or been approached about the player. Santos may accept something in the region of $30M - which is a great deal of money for the player.

AVAILABLE
Matteo De Sciglio (RB/LB) seen as surplus and could be used as part of a trade for Icardi.
Alex Sandro (LB) Juventus want PSG to take up their option on Icardi and Juventus will exchange Alex Sandro and Miralem Pjanic plus the taxes and fees incurred for the player. Alternatively, Juventus would offer Alex Sandro as part of an exchange for Emerson.
Daniele Rugani (CB) not playing regularly and would provide funds
Lorenzo Pirola (CB) a loan to Pescara has been discussed now he is 18. Hellas Verona might provide an option.
Blaise Matuidi (CM) is available for sale or trade
Nicolussi Caviglia (CM) available to be exchanged
Emre Can (CM) turned down a move to MU and heading to Borussia Dortmund in the summer.
Adrien Rabiot (CM/DM) sick of the whining already - but could potentially be offered as part of an exchange could be offered as part of a deal for Pogba or another.
Sami Khedira (CM)
Miralem Pjanic (CM) €70M asking price way too high - could be offered as part of a deal for Pogba or Icardi - or perhaps as part of a deal for Arthur or Tobido. Juventus might be open to taking Arthur, some cash and the loan of Dembele.
Federico Bernardeschi (CM/AM,RW) A Barcelona move was rejected in January but he will be available in the summer. Bernardeschi's opportunities have been in decline on the RW and he has had to play out of position which has not worked out. Milan have dropped prior interest whilst both Atletico Madrid and Inter Milan are not interested in any exchange deals involving him. Player wants to stay in Turin or would be open to a move to London - which will see him offered to Chelsea as part of a trade for Jorginho and/or Emerson or to Manchester United for Pogba. Chelsea's interest will take into account Willian signing a new contract.
Paulo Dybala (AM/F) is possibly available to sell or trade unless an issue can be overcome.
Douglas Costa (RW/LW) available for sale or trade - could be offered as part of a deal for Pogba or Icardi with plans to replace him with Federico Chiesa
Gonzalo Higuain (S) available but Juventus have offered a compromise where they would extend another year but he must cost no more than is budgetted for next year (so halve his package)

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06 Jun 2020 15:26:03
Thanks Ed - much appreciated. Hope you’re keeping well during these challenging times.

{Ed002's Note - I am thanks - and I hope you are well.}

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10 Jun 2020 23:50:16
Do you see ronaldo staying much longer? If not what options could open up?

{Ed002's Note - Cristiano Ronaldo (F) Inter Miami would be a viable option that would get Juventus out of a problem with having an aging player in a year (whilst they find another pin up).}

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11 Jun 2020 23:51:17
Thanks for the update. Good move for him at this stage in his career.

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03 Jun 2020 21:12:49
Hi Ed

Would you be able to give an update on possible ins and outs at Napoli this summer please?

{Ed002's Note - Horribly out of date, but looked at:
Sead Kolasinac (LB)
Emerson Palmeiri (LWB)
Kostas Tsimikas (LB) another option for Leicester if Chilwell were to depart. Yuto Nagatomo is due to be replaced in the summer so Galatasaray have looked. Third pick for Napoli as a Faouzi Ghoulam replacement. Fenerbahce are short a LB and have Hasan Ali Kaldirim out of contract in the summer. Locomotiv Moscow have Maciej Rybus heading for the door this summer and have seemingly given up hope on Mikhail Lysov and have been in contact with Olympiacos over a deal for the summer. Sheffield United and Nice have looked and declared an interest.
Jan Vertonghen (CB) wanted in the summer as a Free Agent
Gian Marco Ferrari (CB) wanted as cover.
Samuel Umtiti (CB) being offered for cash or trade as a KK replacement
Robin Koch (CB) There is plenty of interest in RK from the Premier League as he is seen as a solid and reliable player who is easy to integrate as a replacement for aging and departing players. Leicester have a depleted and aging central defence with Morgan and Evens heading toward the end of their careers at the highest level. They have an option on Ryan Bennett but ideally want to add Kock to play alongside Soyuncu. Spurs have issues in central defence with the two senior players needing replacing so adding at least one CB to what is now a pretty poor bunch makes sense. They will see RK as a good solution. Napoli are prepared to let Kalidou Koulibaly leave at the right price and see RK as one potential replacement. Leeds are looking to RK as an option if they cannot persuade Ben White to sign a permanent deal. West Ham interest looks like it will only come to the fore if Issa Diop leaves, and that seems unlikely unless West Ham are relegated - when a whole new paradigm kicks in. Benfica want to keep hold of Ruben Dias but will cash in at the right price – which is when they will look to RK as a replacement. Freiberg want to extend his contract.
Gabriel Magalhaes (CB) Lille didn't want to sell in January although Arsenal pushed - the player has signed a new contract, but Arsenal could look to him in again the summer if they do not sign Mari - else they are overrun with CBs. Lazio have made their interest known as the seek a replacement for Luiz Felipe (CB) but he is not their first choice - although their first choice may well be heading elsewhere. Napoli know that they may lose Kalidou Koulibaly (CB) in the summer and have an interest in the player. Southampton and Everton have both sent scouts to watch the player with Everton notifying Lille that they are very interested in taking the player in the summer – but there has been no “done deal” as many of the Everton fans think. Chelsea and Spurs have both looked and Chelsea fans have, like the Everton fans, convinced themselves a deal has already been done and that has led to abuse on the site. In reality, he is not be top of the list of replacements if one of the existing CBs leave (which is actually possible) although Chelsea have accepted that their two preferred choices are very probably not achievable. Spurs have a bigger problem in that they have an aging defensive squad supplemented by players who are only perhaps borderline good enough. Spurs have other options they are looking at but could prioritise Magalhaes. Prior interest of PSG was thought to have gone but with their financial issues limiting their ability to spend without sales - but it may just be back. Real MAdrid have half a dozen CBs ahead of Gabriel Magahaes but they are all too expensive so he becomes an option.
Boubakary Soumare (DM/CM) - Soumare is being touted around the clubs that have money to spend and several have spoken with Lille but want the €60M asking price reduced. His ""agent"" (and I use the term loosely) says the player has no interest in joining Spurs or Arsenal but his client is the ideal replacement for Pogba or Kante and is attracted by the money available to players in England. Valencia, Real Madrid and Napoli are others who have been looking at him on a regular basis - but price is an issue. Until the summer Manchester City had an interest since he was at PSG and it was suggested he could fill the role of Yaya Toure well. Monaco saw him as a Bakayoko replacement but have stepped back. Watford pressed Lille in the summer but they would not sell. Brands wanted him at Everton but was forced down the Gbamin route by an advisor. Liverpool were also approached and have discussed the price with his agent. Newcastle and Leicester - and Newcastle were close to a deal in January and may push before the summer to reach an agreement with Lille.
Stanislav Lobotka (DM)
Diego Demme (DM)
Pablo Fornals (CM) Napoli is keen.
Matteo Pessina (CM) Atalanta have Pessina on a two year loan at Verona at the moment and they have an option to buy the player at the end of the season at a fixed fee and there would be a fixed fee buy back option for Atalanta as part of the sale. Inter have convinced themselves that the player would be a great addition but know that it would mean that they would need to compensate noth clubs for next season's loan and agree a fee for Atalanta to sell. The representative of the player is close to Inter and may well be able to negotiate the inclusion of Inter players in the transaction. The player has also attracted the interest of Milan who had him on the books for a couple of years, Fiorentina and Napoli - but Napoli have difficulties right now and that may put the player off.
Matias Vecino (CM) available - can be used in a trade
Piotr Zielinski (CM) - new deal at Napoli
Franck Kessie (CM) could end up in the other changing room or move to England with interest from Newcastle, Wolves and Arsenal having watched the player. Discussions with Napoli over a part exchange have also taken place.
Ivan Rakitic (CM) will be offered as part of a deal for Ruiz by Barcelona.
Emanuel Vignato (AM/LM/RM) Chievo youngster who is attracting attention from Chelsea, Bayern Munich and a several Italian sides including Milan, Napoli, Torino and Inter.
Jeremie Boga (LW) Napoli want Boga as a replacement for Insigne who has yet to sign a new contract and wanted him in January to bed him in - that was scuppered by Sassuolo who want to keep him for at least one more year and are asking Chelsea to assist by exchanging their option to buy the player back for a fixed percentage of their fee when they eventually do sell him. Napoli have had a €20M offer rejected but will return in the summer. Milan, Roma, Juventus, Brighton and Inter have also enquired about his availability. Chelsea will likely be open to trading the option for a sell on fee which will see Milan push for him.
Dries Martens (S) - New contract offer has been made.
Pierre-Emerick Aubameyangadingdong (S/LW) wants a new start elsewhere but the club have spoken to him and he says he will consider a new contract - but it is unlikely agreement will be reached over terms. PSG offer him a way out as a Cavani replacement. Napoli retain an interest in Aubameyangadingdong as preferred options to replace Mertens are looking unlikely - but first they will try and get Mertens to sign a new contract.
Erling Haaland (S) - talks going on but nothing will happen because of money and a lack of direction
Victor Osimhen (S/F) One particular Liverpool scout is pressing for the club to sign him. Barcelona have also shown an interest but they have a financial issue to solve first - he only joined in the summer and Lille will resist any January bids - and it is hard to see why the player would consider a career on the bench. Spurs and Manchester United have looked at him and spoken with his agent. A senior Chelsea scout has also been watching the player who could be seen as an option to their primary striker target - but their need is for January rather than the summer. There was serious interest from Arsenal when he was much younger but he opted for Wolfsburg. Wolves, Real Madrid, Valencia and Napoli (as a Arkadiusz Milik replacement) also have a declared interest.
Luca Jovic (S) being offered to Napoli as part of the deal for Ruiz but has a broken heel to recover from first. Inter and Milan will likely fight it out and offer Real Madrid some complicated deal. Napoli remain an option with a trade plotted.
"Faouzi Ghoulam (LB) Loan to buy to Marseille
Kalidou Koulibaly (CB) may be open to a high offer in the summer that will be circa €100M minimum.
Fabian Ruiz (CM/DM/AM) is seen by Real Madrid as a replacement for Kroos and/or Modric but is not first choice - but they could still turn to him and are keeping their interest known to Napoli - and crucially Real Madrid have a player Napoli want who could be part of a trade. There have been discussions with his agent with Manchester City who see him as one of several options to the long-term replacement of Fernandinho. There have also been discussions with Bayern Munich but they are ideally after a DM and AM and although Ruiz often plays an DM role his value is as a CM player. Napoli have also met and spoken with Barcelona seen as a replacement for Arturo Vidal and/or Ivan Rakitic as they try and rebuild - but the revised €60M asking price is still an issue for them. I expect Bayern Munich to step back andReal Madrid to move for their first option. Barcelona will need to be creative to make a deal - that may not suit Napoli. Manchester City might bite. I am not aware of any approach to his agent or Napoli by Liverpool. Allan (CM) Napolii are keen to cash in on Allan.
Adam Ounas (RW) on loan at Nice but Everton have been watching - Nice has an option to buy but they will likely not take it up.
Jose Callejon (RW)
Lorenzo Insigne (LW)
Arkadiusz Milik (S) wanted by Milan who have offered Kessie in exchange. Juventus and Spurs have both enquired. Napoli are looking toward keeping both Arkadiusz Milik and Dries Mertens and shifting the issue forward a year by which time internal problems may have gone but right now they are pondering a very good option in Osihem being offered as a Milik replacement. Do not discount Atletico Madrid. "

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04 Jun 2020 19:51:47
Thanks Ed, much appreciated.

{Ed002's Note - Should keep you busy for a few hours.}

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14 May 2020 19:25:23
Well ed002 i hope your keeping well.
Can you tell us who if anybody is looking at sms from Lazio?
He has had a really good season so far and the Lazio chief was quoted recently saying if the player has a desire to leave they won't stand in his way.
I think you did in the past the was limited / tentative interest from epl clubs and also from juve.
Petsonally i really like him as a player. Super tecnically and physically even though he us not quick over the ground he is very good at timing his runs and positioning and he has a great knack of being in the right place at the right time either offensively or defencively.
Secondly can i ask if there is any interest in immobile who had also had a stand out season at Lazio?
Thanks.

{Ed002's Note - Sergej Milinkovic-Savic (CM) Manchester United has not shown any interest in Milinkovic-Savic this season and have been difficult with Pogba and his agent in looking to leave - and that never tooks good in the eyes of players or agents. Juventus are looking at other options but he remains on the list. The player will be offered to PSG but there are issues holding up commitments from them at this time. Right now it seems unlikely and the price would be about €100M to Manchester United. Lazio have a replacement in mind but could lose him elsewhere.

Ciro Immobile (S) Lazio are open to let the player move on as his value will decrease now he is in his 30s. In the recent past he has turned down moves to Milan and Chelsea simply because, as he said, being in Rome was the first time he had settled in his career and he wishes to stay. Time has now come and Lazio will sell, but at a price. They are asking €50M - hard to see them getting that.}

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14 May 2020 22:00:20
Thanks ed. Do you expect anyone to move for sms or do you think that he will stay? they are set for a cl spot for the first time in years.
Good team to watch this year Lazio.

{Ed002's Note - I really don’t know - it would not be out of the question but money would be an issue and players will likely be offered for part of the deal.}

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15 May 2020 22:16:54
Thanks ed002.

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16 May 2020 08:05:58
I remember either one of you Ed's - either it was 002 or 001 - writing a bit about Immobile being the type of player that's mostly good in his own country, and you're writing that being in Rome is the first time he's settled.
This leads me to wonder whether you think he would do better if he was to leave Italy, or if you think he might run into the same problems he had at Dortmund and Sevilla?

{Ed002's Note - I don't understand the question given the answer provided.}

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13 May 2020 13:06:45
Hi Ed's. Can I ask opinions on Canavaro and Nesta? I remember Nesta breaking through at Lazio but I thought at the time he was over rated and well behind Canavaro in terms of quality. But after he moved to Milan he lived up to the hype and became amazing and in my opinion the better player of the two.

{Ed001's Note - personally I thought both players were fantastic defenders, at a time when defenders could actually defend. The more experienced they got the better they got. I am not sure I could choose between them. The quality of their teammates makes a huge difference too, and you have to say Nesta was not always blessed with the same level of defensive partners as Cannavaro. Both were clever and good at the traditional dirty tricks of the period too. Hard to say who was actually better.}

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13 May 2020 13:39:27
Thanks for your time Ed. I agree both excellent. I used to watch Serie A as a kid as it was the only regular football on terrestrial telly. I was fascinated by players like Baresi and Ferrara who made defending look so easy. On the rare occasions they were beaten they would simply wipe someone out.

{Ed001's Note - I loved Baresi, he was my favourite player of that era. He made defending into an art form.}

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14 May 2020 06:15:38
Cheers Ed. I’ve noticed by some of your replies that you seem very interested in the defensive side of the game. Am I right in thinking you’re a defender yourself?

{Ed001's Note - I love the defensive side but I was actually a midfielder, I modelled myself on Souness. Though the only bit I mastered was the scything tackle that got nowhere near the ball! I think it is that the more I watch the game, the more I see how little a player actually needs to do to improve the defensive aspect of their game. Unfortunately the focus is so obsessively on technique throughout the academies, no one is learning to read the game and position themselves properly. Defenders are midfielders playing at the back so they can keep possession these days and that leads to so many soft goals when they are caught out of position. You see the centre backs moving to get into space, rather than getting into position to watch the opposition forwards.

I was always interested in how I could do something better, I would spend hours just kicking a ball against a wall. You can't learn better technique by watching games but you can learn positioning through watching and improve your defending.}

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14 May 2020 11:46:02
To be fair Souness would be tough for anybody to emulate as he had everything in his locker. Even though Molby wasn’t a defender I learnt that by watching him you don’t have to run round like a headless chicken to be effective. He used to just sit in the middle and when he got the ball his head was straight up looking to do something with it.

{Ed001's Note - the thing that really made him so good is that he already had a picture in his head of where everyone was and he only lifted his head up to hit the pass, rather than to look what to do. That is why he seemed to have so much time. It was simply that he already knew so didn't have to think about it, he just did it.}

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11 May 2020 16:22:35
Hi Ed,

Would you be able to give a list of who may be interested in Federico Chiesa? I did a search and saw that there is interest from Inter (that might be his preferred destination) and Liverpool (Salah replacement), I am wondering if this is still the case.

Cheers

{Ed002's Note - Federico Chiesa (RW/F) much more affordable than Sancho for Manchester United and of prior interest, but Inter remain keen although talks are now on hold. Fiorentina are willing to sell in the summer. Should it happen at some point, he would be a direct replacement, has similar attributes to Salah, is liked by Klopp and, although Liverpool have shown no interest, he will be sold in the 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 - although they are trying. Napoli is in turmoil and unattractive to players whilst they get their act together. Prior interest of Milan and Roma has gone due to the asking price.

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11 May 2020 19:51:42
Brilliant, thanks Ed. Great player, can't wait to watch him take the step up from Fiorentina.

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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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