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29 May 2020 04:29:57
I was wondering if there is any Premier League interest in Gent’s Jonathan David?

{Ed002's Note - 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. 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.}

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02 Jun 2020 18:33:46
Hi Ed002 - seen the above where you say Lyon are looking for a replacement for Dembele. I was wondering if you knew what clubs are currently interested in Dembele?

Thanks - hope all is well.

{Ed002's Note - Everything is fine thanks. Moussa Dembele (S) seen as a viable long-term Lautaro Martinez replacement - but they are a considerable way apart in terms of agreeing a price with Barcelona, so he could yet end up staying. There is serious interest from elsewhere but both Chelsea and Manchester United will likely smart at the €100M initial price tag. Chelsea have the benefit of having something to negotiate with but would need to think carefully at anything like that that price. It seems possible that they would accept a price around £80M but it will become clearer sooner if Lyon would be open to selling at perhaps €60M to €70M.}

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02 Jun 2020 19:06:32
Interesting - as always thanks for sharing!

{Ed002's Note - You are welcome.}

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27 May 2020 20:40:23
ed002 who is interested in boubacar soumare thanks.

{Ed002's Note - 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.}

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25 May 2020 21:32:27
Hi eds,

Is there any interest in Benjamin Henrichs?

Cheers.

{Ed002's Note - Monaco have a plan that will rebuild the side under a new Director of Football and Benjamin Henrichs has already been offered to two sides - but neither appears to be biting - so not right now as far as I am aware.}

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25 May 2020 23:49:20
Okay cool, thanks ed.

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25 May 2020 21:28:35
Hi eds,

Are Hertha Berlin interested in signing both Jerome and Kevin-Prince Boateng?

Cheers.

{Ed002's Note - Hertha Berlin has a long list of players they are keen on. The Boateng brothers started their career there and would be open to ending their career there. But priorities are others - many of which may not be available - so possible.}

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25 May 2020 23:50:12
Are you aware of some of the names included in this list?

Cheers for the response, ed.

{Ed002's Note - Perhaps:

Loris Karius (G) Liverpool find him back on the doorstep and will need to find a solution - perhaps a reduced price and an early exit - CSKA and Hertha Berlin offer opportunities - does not wish to return to Turkey although there is interest from there. With Boeckx getting toward the end of his career and Roef's departure this summer already agreed Anderlecht would like him to challenge first choice Van Crombrugge. Wolves need cover, but Karius would not be first choice there - and regular playing time is what he will be after.}
Granit Xhaka (DM)
Kevin Strootman (DM/CM) alternate to Xhaka
Santiago Ascacibar (DM) alternate to Xhaka and Strootman
Marko Grujic (CM)
Lucas Tousart (CM) - loaned back
Matheus Cunha (S/RW/F)
Julian Draxler (LW/AM)
Mario Goetze (S/AM) is out of contract in the summer but he has spent a reasonable time playing this season as a CF - even though he is at loggerheads with the club and being a bit of a bitch about a new contract. I would be surprised if Liverpool see him as the way forward. There was a general enquiry from Hertha Berlin which might provide one option for him - else he may want to look at the MLS but his desired location is Italy - but takers are thin on the ground although Roma have spoken directly with the player and Milan see him has an option to others as they look to resolving their FFP issues. In England West Ham have made a general enquiry.
Krzysztof Piatek (S)

Well respected Roger Schmidt has already been approached but they might well look to Mark van Bommel who was recently kicked out by PSV.

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26 May 2020 00:42:49
Thanks for the detailed response ed, very much appreciated.

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23 May 2020 16:19:32
Hi Eds,

Been watching the bundesliga and noticed Moussa Diaby at Leverkusen. Looks a good player, is a lot thought of him? Is there any transfer interest in him at the moment?

{Ed002's Note - Moussa Diaby (LW) Bayer Leverkusen responded to an enquiry from Borussia Dortmund to say he was not for sale only having joined from PSG last summer. The kid would like a return at some point.}

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23 May 2020 23:40:20
Thanks Ed, seems like a good winger similar to mane how he likes to cut in allowing the lb to push on. Leverkusen I guess would be best place for him at the moment they seem to be playing well at the moment and he's getting game time.

{Ed002's Note - Yes, but they have similar players in BAiley and Paulinho.}

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19 May 2020 23:42:27
Ed002 reports that marseille offered caleta car to several english clubs, do you know who and what clubs have an interest in him thanks.

{Ed002's Note - Duje Caleta-Car (CB) Manchester City have made a general enquiry about availability of the left sided CB when they were speaking to a representative of Marseille about another player. Talks have continued on a general basis with the representative who is in lockdown in England. Previous interest of Seville has gone. Marseille don't want to sell but do have FFP issues they must address and have some serious personnel issues to be overcome as well.}

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20 May 2020 23:31:16
Ed002 who is interested in aouar and caleta car thanks.

{Ed002's Note - 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 - Ndombele. Manchester City maintain an interest in HA but he is not their first choice for central midfield. Juventus also maintain an interest but again he is not first choice for them. The interest of Barcelona has gone. Arsenal has 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. I expect the player will stay another season at Lyon.}

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19 May 2020 17:41:53
Do you know if there is any interest in SC Freiburg’s Luca Waldschmidt?

{Ed002's Note - Luca Waldschmidt (S/AM/RW) is one of two younger German players that I previously mentioned that Chelsea has been interested in since the 2019 European Under 21 Championships and has a great deal of support from two people at the club who would like to see him make the move from Freiburg. Freiberg would like to keep him as Nils Petersen is not getting any younger, but he is one of two players who are interesting other sides and may well be sold to keep the club in good financial shape as they work to complete their new stadium. Benfica also maintained an interest in Waldschmidt but after a failed approach during the 2019 tournament moved for Carlos Vinicius instead.}

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19 May 2020 17:48:49
Thank you.

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19 May 2020 16:53:32
Hello Ed002. I would like to know if Barcelona have an interest in Guerrero of Dortmund and if they would give Fati as part exchange. Thank you very much.

{Ed002's Note - (a) A few years ago. (b) No.}

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19 May 2020 17:33:33
Thanks as always Ed002. I ask about a friend of mine who supports Dortmund. Could you please make a review of possible ins and out at Dortmund if you have time?

{Ed002's Note - Much of this predates football coming to a halt:
Out:
Lukasz Piszczek (RB) time has come
Achraf Hakimi (RB/RM) will only leave to return to Real Madrid they if look to the market for a Carvajal replacement or can guarantee game time. And that is unlikely with Odriozola being first choice. BD want him to stay for a third year on loan and if RM move for Haaland then then he could form part of the deal and make a permanent move. There is interest from Bayern Munich.
Julian Weigl (DM/CM)
Julian Brandt (AM/CM/LW) has been re-invented as a more central and attacking midfield player from being a winger and has had a good season but will be sold if any club matches the €60M asking price as Dortmund have found better alternatives to JB when searching for Jadon Sancho replacements. Prior interest of Juventus has gone and Real Madrid have other targets, but could liik to him again. His availability might make Klopp think about the benefits his versatility could bring to Liverpool - so a wildcard option.
Jadon Sancho (RW) We'll see.
Jacob Bruun Larsen (LW)
Mario Goetze (S/AM) is out of contract in the summer but he has spent a reasonable time playing this season as a CF - even though he is at loggerheads with the club and being a bit of a bitch about a new contract. I would be surprised if Liverpool see him as the way forward. There was a general enquiry from Hertha Berlin which might provide one option for him - else he may want to look at the MLS but his desired location is Italy - but takers are thin on the ground although Roma have spoken directly with the player and Milan see him has an option to others as they look to resolving their FFP issues.
Erland Haaland (S) RM are keen

Have been looking at:
Achraf Hakimi (RB/RM) will only leave to return to Real Madrid they if look to the market for a Carvajal replacement or can guarantee game time. And that is unlikely with Odriozola being first choice. BD want him to stay for a third year on loan and if RM move for Haaland then then he could form part of the deal and make a permanent move. There is interest from Bayern Munich.
Tomas Esteves (RB) Porto kiddie watched by many but declared interest from Juventus and Dortmund. Porto don't want to sell.
Lukas Klostermann (RB) Barcelona were keen to take him but has signed a new contract to stay at RBL
Eduardo Camavinga (DM/CM) quoted €100M but $60M will do it.
Emre Can (DM/CM) a financially viable alternative to EC.
Jude Bellingham (CM) Birmingham want more than £30M for Jude Bellingham and know that their are clubs from across Europe watching him, including clubs who can afford to take the risks and clubs who will give him a chance of first team football before the likes of Manchester United (who are very keen).}
Denis Zakaria (CM) Muenchengladbach 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
Charlie Webster (CM/AM) Chelsea kiddie who interests Borussia Dortmund and Fortuna Dusseldorf.
Angel Gomes (AM/CM) is a free agent – Barcelona, Borussia Dortmund and RBL have all made enquiries since January and at least two of these three clubs have spoken with the player directly but RBL opted to spend on Olmo at the end of January. A third party has recently become involved and have approached two London sides, Chelsea is one and probably Spurs. The player says he would be open to a move to London if there was a guarantee of playing time and that appears to have resulted in the German and Spanish sides to step back. Chelsea and Spurs both have preferred targets for his position but Gomes being a free agent may make him attractive. Manchester United will push to have him agree a new contract.
Bukayo Saka (LM/LW/LB)
Kays Ruiz-Atil (CM/LM) Chelsea and Borussia Dortmund want to take the kiddie from PSG
Kai Havertz (AM) Bayern Munich will likely move for KH if the option on Philippe Coutinho not taken up, but interest from elsewhere - particularly Barcelona (if Coutinho leaves), Manchester City (as a David Silva replacement - although you can probably scratch that for now), Borussia Dortmund and Juventus. Interest of Milan will likely not go anywhere. Dortmund and PSG have both certainly spoken with his agent. Numerous other clubs have had scouts watch including Manchester United, Chelsea and Real Madrid who have watched him on a number of occasions but either don't see the value in the €100M asking price or have other targets. With other transfers it is likely that we can remove the interest of Real Madrid, Manchester United can also be removed from the mix after completing the Bruno Fernandes transfer. Whether Liverpool wish to throw their hat in to the ring is another matter. Bild wrote an article citing interest from Manchester United, Manchester City, Bayern Munich and Real Madrid - and then went on to write another saying Manchester United and Manchester City have spoken directly with the player - which they have not. Somewhere down the line an English paper added Liverpool as one of these clubs. Right now, Liverpool has not made any offer to Bayer Leverkusen regarding the player, and they should think very carefully about value for money – the asking price is very significant. Regardless, an enquiry is likely not too far away. I would not be surprised if he stayed another year where he is before a move to Bayern Munich.
Isaac Lihadji (RW) kiddie from Marseille who is attracting interest of several leading sides - will not be interested in joining MU but Arsenal and Spurs have spoken with his agent - much to the annoyance of Marseille. Lille, Borussia Dortmund and Valencia have put offers on the table and Borussia Mönchengladbach are likely to push in January. Common sense dictates he should sign a new contract and stay where he is.
Calvin Stengs (RW/AM/LW) Ajax, interest may go with the signing of Antony. Borussia Dortmund see him as one of a long list of relacements for Jaydon Sancho. Barcelona see Stengs as a cost effective solution if money will not stretch elsewhere.
Antony (RW/LW) has been another looked at by Dortmund as a potential Sancho replacement. Sao Paulo has set a very significant asking price on the player that has put off Dortmund, Monaco, PSV, Nice and RBL . Previously Sporting Lisbon and Manchester City made low bids for the player that were rejected out of hand. Sao Paulo see these European sides as trying to hunt down a bargain when they have financial difficulties and say they will await the right offer. Ajax have negotiated an interesting deal for the player who will join in the summer.
Everton Soares (LW) Lots of clubs have been looking at Everton Soares but none are interested at the Gremio asking price of €120M nor the for sale price of around €80M. Far from a bargain. Over hyped with an agent happy to let a third party hawk him around to clubs.
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 he Ferran Torres would be a better option to Jadon Sancho as the deal would be far, far cheaper for them.Jayden Braaf (LW/RW) another seen as a possible Sancho replacement by Borussia Dortmund - RBL and Fortuna Dusseldorf are also keen. Manchester City will look to hang on to him.
Javairo Dilrosun (LW/RW) is one of the players being considered as a replacement for Jadon Sancho.
Moussa Diaby (LW) Bayer Leverkusen respnded to an enquiry from Borussia Dortmund to say he was not for sale only having joined from PSG last summer.
Milot Rashica (LW/RW) another possible Jadon Sancho replacement or indeed a Leroy Sane option and there is interest from both Borussia Dortmund, RBL and Bayern Munich. Werder Bremen don't want to sell (but could be relegated). Rashica plays predominently on the left, like several of the many Sancho replacements, but is seen as versatile. Dortmund are looking at a number of possible Sanch replacements that they have identified and others also play predominently on the left. I am not aware of any approach from Liverpool to Werder Bremen nor any declaration of interest from his agent or lawyer but it would be interesting if their were - he would certainly provide good cover for Mane.
Lorenzo Insigne (LW) time has come at Napoli and BD would only be interested in him if they were to cut their ties with Julian Brandt
Adam Hložek (F) a player who you will hear a lot about in the coming years - but another kiddie
Erland Haaland (S)
Alexander Sorloth (S) on loan until June 2021 from Crystal Palace and Trabozonspor who have an option to buy the player so any move to Borussia Dortmund as a Haaland replacement is unlikely - Manchester United, Newcastle and Bayern Munich have looked at the player.
Timo Werner (S) RBL know of the interest of Chelsea who consider TW as a suitable replacement for Giroud - but they have other options. Manchester United, Bayern Munich and Atletico Madrid remain keen - but this could change quickly depending on other targets clubs have - equally if other clubs were not able to sign their targets, interest in TW might increase. Atletico signing Cavani would likely kill off their interest and they have financial issues. There is clearly interest from Klopp, but would Timo Werner be interested in a move to sit on the bench at Liverpool most of the time? If the answer is yes, or if Firmino is leaving then it makes sense. Many of the fans expect Klopp to numerous players without anyone leaving and then completely change tactics and rotate them - it makes zero sense and the club has to meet Home Grown quotas as well. Last summer there was an approach from PSG who wanted Werner as a Cavani replacement - in the end Cavani stayed and they took Icardi on loan. PSG are concerned about being shunned by Icardi and have looked at TW but have not declared any interest. Mr Mourinho is keen for Spurs to take him but there are concerns about the cost. The interest of Dortmund has gone with the signing of Haarland - but could return in the summer if Real Madrid could prise Haaland away. Bayern Munich were never going to do business in January and played down all transfer talk but there is no doubt that Robert Lewandowski, who will be 32 at the start of next season, is going to need replacing in the next 18 months - and the plan had always been that it would be Timo Werner - they could yet look to do something or perhaps suggest he waits another year at RBL who have offered a new contract. The player has always said he wants to play for Manchester United one day but a move last summer was not possible and then Werner said he wanted to play for Bayern Munich over all others. There was a third party trying to negotiate for a BM move last summer but they were a long way apart on price and RBL looked to extend. As BM were expected to need Werner this coming summer, a release clause was agreed with his new contract that would make him available at a low fee so RBL would keep him another year and then he could move to Bayern Munich this summer. Now after a potential illegal approach he clearly wants to join Liverpool - the riot act has been read to him over public statements and his club is very unhappy at Liverpool.

There was a meeting between RBL and Inter Milan in London in mid February when Inter were in town to discuss transfers with Chelsea. Inter enquired after the availability of TW but were told by RBL that they were resigned to losing Werner as the player had his head turned by Liverpool – although Liverpool had yet to approach RBL at all.

Although the fat kid from Bolton has again announced it as a done deal - as he has done for more than a year, it simply isn't true although a large number of Liverpool fans think it is. RBL may look to keeping the player for a further year if Bayern Munich are not prepared to utilise the release clause just yet. Or perhaps Liverpool will do the honest thing and approach RBL with a very good offer to tempt them to sell?}
Mohammed Daramy (F) kiddie

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19 May 2020 18:52:13
Thanks for the quickly and detailed responce Ed002.

{Ed002's Note - You are welcome.}

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12 May 2020 11:56:00
Hi Ed not sure if you've answered this before but thought it best to ask on this site.

Saw some links to Thiago Almada for united and was wondering if there is anything in them?

Thanks,

Caolán.

{Ed002's Note - Thiago Almada (AM/LW/F) - Manchester City have been in discussions over the player since early 2019 and have accepted any move may be complicated and may involve a long-term "loan" to Sporting. Plan B was a loan to Girona but that would leave complications remaining. In January 2020 discussions were held with Atletico Madrid. Inter, Juventus and Barcelona have declared an interest in the player and have spoken with Velez Sarsfield and his agent has apparently spoken with major sides across Europe including Manchester United, Chelsea, Liverpool and Real Madid.}

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12 May 2020 12:24:17
Thanks Ed.

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30 Apr 2020 20:34:25
Hi Ed002, what do you make of the reported legal challenges by Toulouse, Lyon regarding the manner in which Ligue 1 has been completed. Do you expect similar challenges all around Europe? It strikes me as particularly opportunistic from those clubs.

{Ed002's Note - You will never be able to satisfy everyone.}

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26 Apr 2020 16:49:31
Hi eds,

Any news or insight regarding potential ins and outs at Crystal Palace this coming summer?

Cheers.

{Ed002's Note - I cannot keep dealing with this on a club-by-club basis.}

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26 Apr 2020 22:49:39
Sorry Ed.

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26 Apr 2020 07:35:33
Ed002, since life is so boring right now, do you mind if I ask you about the interest in 5 players? Thanks in advance

Memphis Depay
Alassane Plea
Marcus Thuram
Andrej Kramaric
Kevin Volland.

{Ed002's Note - I ts not boring for me and I am very busy - so these random lists of players don't help.
1. Has been injured, Lyon do not have him on their list of available players for this summer.
2. Leicester have him on their list of possible forward additions.
3. Will stay where he is.
4. I doubt he will move.
5. Interest has gone.

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26 Apr 2020 08:53:28
Sorry Ed if it caused inconvenience.

{Ed002's Note - The problem is they are simply lists of random players.}

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28 Apr 2020 21:54:51
Are you traveling these days, Ed?
It's been close to impossible to travel to Denmark the last few weeks, and I imagine a lot of countries are really hard to get into as well.
I'm just wondering how it's all impacting your life. But I also see that you're still very busy, so I will fully understand if you don't want to spend time on this quite random question :)

{Ed002's Note - No it is impossible for me to travel. I had to be in Tel Aviv, Milan, Geneva, Brighton and London in the past few weeks - but it has to be done from a home in Cornwall where I am effectively holed up. I am more than happy to spend time here - my days are taken up with calls, WebEx, Zoom and stuff. I keep this portal open on one screen when working. My PA has spent recent weeks in Israel rather than at home in Windsor, but she is dealing with my emails and a lot of day to day stuff - whilst she is also housebound. That makes life easier. So how are you doing - and where are you locked up?

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29 Apr 2020 07:14:47
Nice to hear that you're happy to spend time in Cornwall, I guess it must be quite an adjustment to not travel right now?
I'm doing fine myself - basically stuck in my apartment in Denmark, but I would've most likely spent most of my time in the apartment anyways right now, as I'm studying for a big, decisive exam I have in about a month :)

{Ed002's Note - Good luck with the Exam. I hope being stuck in an apartment without outside space is not proving too hard.}

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29 Apr 2020 11:21:16
Thanks a lot, I'm going to need it I'm afraid ;) It's not too hard, it is still possible to go for walks etc., if you're just by yourself, so it isn't a huge deal :)

{Ed002's Note - Unfortunately folks need to stick at it until we are done.}

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30 Apr 2020 21:31:03
Hope you are all ok including the posters and ads. I'm still working as I'm a key worker, my partner is a nurse aswell. But have decided to learn a new language (Italian) since we all are house bound until further notice and have more time at home.

Unfortunately yet I'm not at that ability to order a pizza from lol

Everyone stay positive and please stay safe.

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23 Apr 2020 21:52:56
Ed002, I was reading your explanation on release clauses and buyout clauses in the Liverpool. Could you explain what happened in the Luis Suarez to Arsenal saga back in the day? If I remember correctly, he had some clause in the contract that Arsenal matched.

{Ed002's Note - Yes, but Liverpool refused to honour=r it, hence huge threatened legal action - eventually staying one more year.}

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24 Apr 2020 10:16:35
Were there any legal proceedings? And if yes, what did the results of the proceedings say?

{Ed002's Note - No. This has all be done to death.}

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24 Apr 2020 12:24:27
Sorry Ed, I wasn't that much into football at that time.

{Ed002's Note - You can search the Liverpool page and I am sure it will all be there.}

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21 Apr 2020 10:31:28
Ed002 phillip max was of interest to big clubs before and looks a good player, is there a reason why he's still at ausburg and no one moved for him thanks.

{Ed002's Note - He wants guarantees of being first choice and did not want to move to Newcastle.}

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18 Apr 2020 15:59:29
Hey eds,

Know I seem to be posting randomly but just keen to stay football-minded during lockdown. So, I was wondering, who would Leeds be targeting if gaining promotion? Like I said earlier, don't know much about the championship but am aware that Leeds have been top notch with Biesla at the helm.

Cheers.

{Ed002's Note - I have not checked for ages and have no real inclination to, but they have financial issues and the only players I am aware having been of interest are:
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.
Ben White (CB)
Ricky-Jade Jones (CM/AM) A kiddie from Peterborough that Leeds, Arsenal and Manchester United looked to strike a deal for in January. Spurs, Liverpool and Everton have all had scouts watch him as well. Leeds will push if they get promoted. Peterborough will look to hold on to him.}

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18 Apr 2020 17:05:18
Cheers Ed, thank you very much. Think I'm done for now!

{Ed002's Note - You are welcome.}

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18 Apr 2020 15:35:51
Hi Ed,

With the Spanish proposal over the European places being made I was wondering what you think of this?

Personally, I think something like this will happen in England. If it does do you know if the Man City's issue with UEFA be taken into consideration, or would they still be put forward as the appeal will be delayed?

Thanks.

{Ed002's Note - The contraversial aspect of the Spanish proposal related to a second cesation would stop it being followed in England. In terms of European places they are in a different position as they have taken in to account their Cup Final. I am not sure what you mean about the appeal being delayed - it is not scheduled. Yes, Manchester City would be proposed.}

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18 Apr 2020 19:14:08
Thanks for that Ed!

{Ed002's Note - You are welcome.}

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18 Apr 2020 10:43:54
Hi eds,

Don't watch the Championship often, but wondering if there are any players good enough and ready for the Premier League? Know the likes of Kalvin Phillips has been tearing it up.

Cheers.

{Ed001's Note - there have not been many outside of the Leeds team that have been consistently outstanding to be honest. It has been a very up and down season in the Championship.}

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18 Apr 2020 11:17:09
Cheers Ed. What do you make of Joe Polley?

{Ed001's Note - I have honestly never heard of him sorry. Or is it a typo? Are you referring to the Forest player? Lolley? If so, he had one outstanding season last season, this season he was ok until just finding form again when the season ended. Has the ability but lacks consistency.}

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18 Apr 2020 11:45:06
Damn, sorry Ed. Indeed an auto correct. sent it before double checking. But thanks for the insight Ed.

Cheers.

{Ed001's Note - it took me a while to figure it out. One letter can make such a difference! Very welcome mate.}

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18 Apr 2020 13:27:17
Reread it and even I was confused! Keep safe Ed.

{Ed001's Note - I even tried googling Polley, thinking I must have missed someone coming through the ranks. Nothing came up and it was only when I was typing it occured to me that it could be Lolley.}

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18 Apr 2020 08:35:44
Ed002, are there any clubs from the top 5 leagues that are in danger of folding because of the pandemic?

{Ed002's Note - The pandemic itself will not cause clubs to go out of business, but there are clubs in need of financial uplift. I would not expect any sides in the "top 5 leagues" to go out of buiness but there are clubs in Spain and several other countries who have serious financial issues.}

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17 Apr 2020 01:52:00
Hi eds,

Saw somewhere that you previously mentioned that Brighton made questionable transfers in the summer, and they had to improve. What do you make of the Brighton squad overall? Any players who do you think need to be moved on or aren't good enough e.g Mooy?

Cheers.

{Ed002's Note - The squad is not really good enough, they have spent money poorly and have only won 20% of their games and are only clear of relegation by having drawn a game or two more than the clubs below them. The have been drawing games they should have been winning yet the club has given a very long contract to Graham Potter - which was a mistake. They are very well run as a club and do a lot for the community - I cannot fault them on that but they have spent £70M or so before fees last summer and Mooy has not continued his form, Maupay needs something to up his goal return and Trossard, who is a very talented player, will certainly be thinking whether it was a good move or not. Ben White will likely leave this summer.}

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17 Apr 2020 12:25:19
Interesting, Ed.

And if you were in charge of transfers, what positions in the squad would you look to improving?

Cheers.

{Ed002's Note - I would rather hear what you would want to do.}

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17 Apr 2020 13:55:33
Hmmm, interesting Ed. Firstly, I don't rate the pair of Dunk and Duffy. Both extremely overrated. Ryan is alright a shot stopper, but not great in the air. Ben White is excellent. Adam Wester and Dan Burn seem alright ball players for a more ball-playing style, but not yet convinced. Bernardo is okay, but not convinced by Montoya. Gross is excellent, and Propper is decent. Trossard is talented, as is Mac Allister. March works hard, but I don't rate Allireza. I like the look of Maupay, but needs to do more. Connolly seems hungry for success and improvement. Mooy doesn't have the legs or ability to control a game. I like the look of Tau, on loan at Club Brugge. Lamptey is talented. Not yet sure what to make of Bissouma. Stephens does a lot of the dirty work. Izquiredo needs to be moved on. Alzate seems useful in his versatility. Your thoughts eds? Agree with my assessment?

{Ed002's Note - It rather sounds like you would like to change everything and of course that won't happen. Selling most of the players this sumemr will be difficult. There is money in the likes of Maupay and Dunk but they will not be easy to sell. There is more money in Ben White, and he and Trossard would be the two assets that could easily be sold to raise funds. I would not expect much spending this summer - perhaps sell Ben White and put the money aside as the club is in a very difficult position financially.}

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17 Apr 2020 14:29:49
Not necessarily Eds. I'm aware that obviously the club can't sell everyone, or even a large group of players. I was just stating my opinion of the clubs players. What's your brief assessment of the club? Where do you think they need to improve?

{Ed002's Note - They need better financial management - it is otherwise a very well run club. If the club gets in to major financial issues they will find it hard to get out and they could simply drift down the leagues. They are stuck with Graham Potter at the behest Dan Ashworth and that doesn't really help. But where they are now, compounded by difficult times, is the time to draw breath and hide in the bushes for a while.}

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17 Apr 2020 14:51:18
Cheers Ed. Interesting insight. I assume there isn't much money for transfers come the summer then?

{Ed002's Note - I would doubt it.}

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17 Apr 2020 19:19:07
Cheers Ed. What positions need improvement? I'd say possibly a striker and a right winger?

{Ed002's Note - A striker and a CB.}

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