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09 Nov 2019 17:48:39
Hi Ed001, I'm back with another player to get your opinion on, lol. Taking into account Mbappe overall talent and skill set, which team do you see would best suit him? And why.

{Ed001's Note - any team he wants, because he is that good. It wouldn't matter which team he was with, it would have to change to be built around him as he is too good to shoehorn him in.}

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09 Nov 2019 21:10:06
Cheers Ed. See, I think so too in that he’s a once in a generation talent, so I can’t really think of a weakness to his game, except maybe heading? So that’s why the question popped in my head. I guess what I wanted to know was if you are managing him mate, how would the team be set up to best maximise him?

{Ed001's Note - he is not bad in the air either!

It really depends on the rest of the team, but for me he would be best used like Henry, as a striker with freedom to drift out to the wings to find space behind the full-backs. Though, if you have the right players, you could play him on one side and another similar type on the other side, in the way Liverpool play now. However if he is the only one of that type, you would have to play him up top. You can't really shape a team with just one player though mate.}

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09 Nov 2019 21:37:54
Haha is he mate? I guess I have only seen him in some matches where he didn’t need to use his head. But boy is he fast!

That’s interesting to note, and I’d imagine what makes it difficult facing him is that he can either bring the ball from deep ala old Ronaldo or just hang about the shoulder of the defenders and buzz through.

What do you make of Klopp’s comment though, on his affordability?

{Ed001's Note - he is right, when he moves it will probably be end of contract or involve a player swap. PSG have no need of money. When they do, they sell players they don't need.}

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08 Nov 2019 08:59:09
Hello Ed002.

I wanted to ask this on the European pages as it involves PSG, Liverpool, Real Madrid and potentially others.

Is there any truth behind the Mbappe to Liverpool and Salah to Real Madrid rumors?

It sounds silly and please tell me if i'm speaking out of term but it was mentioned to me that Mbappe see's the Real Madrid move in 3-4 years time due to their rebuild and Liverpool is seen as a suitable stop gap for him.

Your responses are very much appreciated keep up the fantastic work.

Sam.

{Ed002's Note - I am not sure where someone has come up with Mbappe spending 3 or 4 years at Liverpool before moving to Real Madrid, but he is teasing you Samuel. PSG want to keep Mbappe and fend off a summer move to Real Madrid - and will offer him a deal worth something like €800 per week. But the intent of Real Madrid is to take Mbappe this summer and he will be the new poster boy replacing Ronaldo (the role that Salah was desparate for). Liverpool are not involved in any of this. Salah's representative has been laughed out of Madrid on a number of occasions as has been explained before. It is not out of the question that they could look to him as well, or even Barcelona as a replacement for Ousmane Dembele.}

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08 Nov 2019 09:21:42
I thought as much Ed, thank you for your time.

{Ed002's Note - You are very welcome Samuel.}

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07 Nov 2019 18:11:42
Ed who is interested in boubakay soumare thanks.

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07 Nov 2019 19:37:18
Boubakary Soumare (DM/CM) long term Manchester City interest since he was at PSG and still being watched - but not ready for the significant step up so would likely be sent back on loan - also watched by Monaco, Valencia, Watford (who have spoken with Lille), Newcastle, Everton and Leicester.}

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05 Nov 2019 18:46:01
Hey ed, Arsene Wenger to Bayern Munich possible or is there any interested from Bayern? Thanks in advance!

{Ed002's Note - The club have folks in mind, one of which may not be available to the summer. None of these involve AW and if they were to look to waiting until the summer he would not be what is needed to see the season out. Unlikely.}

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03 Nov 2019 22:09:27
Hi ed002.
I hope you are well.
I hope its not to early to ask.
Who are the front runners and targets for bayern to replace kavoc as manager?

{Ed002's Note - There is not complete agreement over the person they want -but they have Jose Mourinho in mind for some time.}

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04 Nov 2019 12:28:14
Thanks ed didn't know that.
I would imagine its a job that would appeal to him. New league new country. Good challenge.
Have they any interest in pogba or martial too? 😂😂.

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27 Oct 2019 07:24:04
Ed002,

Is there any interest in timo werner and kai havertz

Thanks.

{Ed002's Note - 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 Sila replacement) and Juventus. Interest of Milan will likely not go anywhere.

Timo Werner (S) new deal to assist RBL so they do get a small return in the summer 2020 - plan is that he will join Bayern Munich for €30M. RBL know of the interest of Chelsea who consider TW as a suitable replacement for Giroud. He is also somwhere down the list for Manchester United.}

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27 Oct 2019 10:13:59
Thanks ed appreciate it.

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22 Oct 2019 07:07:58
Ed002, do you have any transfer info on Blas Riveros of Basel?

{Ed002's Note - No. Rosario made an approach a while back but it was rejected.}

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21 Oct 2019 02:56:50
Is there any serious interest in Tagliafico? turned into quite the player and there doesn't seem to be an abundance of quality fullbacks playing today.

{Ed002's Note - Four clubs had an interest over the summer but two moved for alternatives, one was unable to sell in order to make an offer and, the only club he was interested in (Inter Milan) failed to make an acceptable offer. So right now, no.}

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17 Oct 2019 16:02:13
Hi Ed001, quick one; Thiago Silva and Marquinhos. Your views on them individually and why they are the starting poor for Brazil?

{Ed001's Note - they play together as a pair at PSG, but neither really impress me. Good at Ligue 1 level, but that is their limit. Has to be said, I often wonder if they would even be that good at Ligue 1 level without such a powerful attack in front of them. If PSG really want to finally come good in Europe, they really need to improve on them. They lack the defensive quality of the top centre backs, such as Bonucci, van Dijk etc. They are no better on the ball than either of those two either. Brazil really need to find better defenders.}

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17 Oct 2019 22:46:33
Thanks Ed. definitely agree on them playing it safe in Ligue 1. I seem to recall Silva being good at AC Milan when they won the title, but that’s many moons ago.

Interesting you mentioned Bonucci; I was under the impression that Chiellini would be the better cb?

{Ed001's Note - Silva was good but years of easy living in Ligue 1 have left him miles off the level he was at.

Chiellini is far too rash and makes too many silly errors, needless free kicks etc, for my liking.}

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18 Oct 2019 12:24:19
Cheers Ed, guess as a tv viewer I only see the tackles and blocks that Chiellini makes. Have to say, Bonucci’s range of passing is very good.

What of Eder Militao, too raw still? I know when Porto played us last time you mentioned nothing special that you see, and he’s not starting games at Madrid either. Beyond them, I can’t think of any Brazilian cbs. Shame Miranda went to China and is largely ignored.

{Ed001's Note - Bonucci is excellent.

Eder Militao has not impressed me and it is not a surprise that he was not able to get in the team at a very poor Madrid side. I honestly can't think of any decent Brazilian defenders right now. I am sure there must be some.}

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20 Oct 2019 14:26:44
Miranda was good once, wasn't he?

And what do you think of Felipe and Diego Carlos? I personally think Felipe has played well so far for Atletico.

{Ed001's Note - Miranda is playing in China and he was never anything special, just decent.

I have not seen Felipe this season, but he has also never stood out in the past and he is 30 years old, so I doubt he is suddenly going to turn into a worldbeater.

Honestly I can't remember seeing Diego Carlos play.}

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

{Ed002's Note - Who?}

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11 Oct 2019 00:39:13
Allegri.

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

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

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

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

{Ed002's Note - (1) Sort of, but it is a first step that may not lead to anything bigger and can remain hidden behind the curtain of providing greater opportunities to clubs who may not otherwise have them. It remains the greatest fear of UEFA and all major national authorities that one day the breakaway will happen – which has resulted in a series of counter-proposals being considered and even drafted by UEFA. There are two/three counter-proposals to the pan-European breakaway that have partially been backed by UEFA to try and save their own skin. The first proposal is to rename and change the format of the UEFA Champions League to make it an elite closed-shop pan-European league with a fixed number of teams – and these would be the same teams every year and be based on past winners of the Champions League and European Cup and a few (not specified) more. It would then require the restructuring of the Europa League and the introduction of a lower-tier European competition again (which is happening regardless). Although they have yet to flesh out the detail and there is now a major concern that the impetus for this is not coming from Europe, although one major Football Association has given their support and discussions have also been held with the leading clubs from England (Manchester United, Manchester City, Chelsea, Liverpool and Arsenal). The American backer has on several occasions requested a meeting with an extant group of sides considering the pan-European breakaway to discuss his proposals. They have no interest in such a discussion but having identified the source of much of the funding (and that raising a concern) will wish to discuss it between themselves again. This has dragged on for two years and nothing has happened - and I doubt it will.

However, UEFA are now considering a variant proposal that would see some places in the CL fixed (probably to previous winners) and then see it supplemented by Champions and second place sides each season. This complicates matters again as it means the re-introduction of a third competition or the significant restructuring of the EL. The plan being put to clubs is a summer/preseason tournament that will evolve into a parallel league, and of course eventually into a complete breakaway for these clubs. As a first step to all of this, UEFA have negotiated minor changes that will see the four entrants from England, Germany, Spain and Italy enter the existing Champions’ League group stages without any qualification beyond their National League position (so no entry to qualifying rounds). This has been agreed by the European Club Association but UEFA did not want to discuss it with the separate group of “elite” sides discussing the Pan European League (and that “elite” group includes three English sides) as they are aware they will get no more than a shrug and no long-term support - and that is where we are now.

The other major counter proposal is a Chinese proposal that proposes to open up the lucrative Chinese and Far Eastern media markets by extending the league to include Chinese and South American clubs. This has yet to be discussed by the "elite" sides as a group although the proposals have been presented to a number of them already on an individual basis. The proposals are very broad-based and lack detail - their selling point is significant additional income for the "elite". The general feeling from informal discussions over cocktails is that the "elite" would not want it on a league basis but could be open to including other sides in a some sort of expanded World Club – and that is where FIFA would come in.

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

{Ed002's Note - And you Roman.}

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

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

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

{Ed002's Note - And you.}

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

Cheers!

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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