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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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26 Aug 2019 13:38:10
Hi Ed002, I would really like to know your opinion about RB Leipzig. I would think they have fantastic board, transfer policy and exceptional future. Really like that club tho.

{Ed002's Note - RBL is a manufactured club that has only existed for about 10 years. Red Bull poured money in when it could and it now stands OK on its own. I am not sure about the whole board but the Head of Football has a much wider roe than just RBL and is someone reasonably well respected. As for transfer policy they are now looking to focus on younger players - and they did an upgrade or two in the summer - Lookman being one example. They are sill looking at a move or perhaps two in the coming days and with a young coach in Julian Nagelsmann they are hoping to do well this season and take it from there. They have a couple of youngsters - one not yet 16 - from Portugal and England that they are in talks over already and, like many German sides, are now looking to cherry pick from the EPL as they can offer opportunities to play better than the English sides.}

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21 Aug 2019 16:16:23
Hello Ed. I wasn't sure where to ask this, but I've been wondering - do players (always? ) know when clubs are looking to get rid of them? I was thinking it might affect some players performances on the pitch if they know that their club is looking to get rid of them?
Also, do they normally know which players the club are interested in signing?

{Ed002's Note - (a) Yes, players up for sale will be told as will any agent to help facilitate the departure. (b) Player performance will likely not be an issue. Where an approach is made for a player by another side, the player would know if it came via the agent but may not if the approach came via the club and they do not wish to sell. (c) Players would not be made aware of players clubs are looking to sign but might well find out - typically it is not something players are concerned about too much. Some clubs have used the opportunity of having players cheat on their behalf and asked them to make direct approaches to players of other sides - Liverpool, Napoli and Barcelona have done this in the past to a significant extent.}

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21 Aug 2019 21:14:36
Thanks a lot for you reply - I truly find those aspects of the sport very, very interesting. Hope you have a nice day!

{Ed002's Note - You are welcome.}

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20 Aug 2019 18:40:13
Hi Ed002, last I saw PSG were planning on making Mbappe an offer that would essentially make him untradeable due to the figures involved. Is that still the plan moving forwards? has that offer been put to the player (or do they need to offload Neymar first) and is he considering it?

{Ed002's Note - They would like to make him an offer that others would not match which will make himhave to think twice about a move next summer.}

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16 Aug 2019 11:14:14
Ed002, I was just wondering has there been any interest in Ibrahim Sangare of Toulouse?

I saw him a few times last season and he looks like he will become so me player.

Cheers.

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08 Aug 2019 22:25:03
Hi Ed002
Have any of the European sides got an interest in Bruno Fernandes please?
It seems strange that the Premier League teams have passed him by.
I have a faint hope that Liverpool may look to him in 2020?
Thanks.

{Ed002's Note - Yes - it is nothing to do with Liverpool.}

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08 Aug 2019 09:18:08
Hi Ed, sorry to bother. I remember you put up the process of a transfer. Could you please put it back up? I'm struggling to find it across the rumours sites.

Thanks as always.

{Ed002's Note - The scouting staff will prepare reports on players and provide an idea about price; coaches will look at the players but have no idea about price; they will go to a Director of Football (or perhaps a mix of the finance director and others responsible for the monies) and say we would like this player and we think he will cost £x. Checking against available budgets, the club will likely approach his agent to ask if the player might be interested in the move and a broad idea about the package the player would want, and any broad idea about what the club would want - and what terms they may be open to (cash up front, spread over a year etc.). This sits inside the overall transfer process which looks something like this:

The process should be along the lines of: Clubs will typically informally ask an agent (a) if the player is going to be available, and (b) would the player consider a move to the club. There may be some broad discussion on the sort of deal that would be offered but no more than that. If the answer is yes, it is then necessary for the club to approach the player's club to ask if they would be willing to sell and if they would grant permission to speak to a player's agent formally about a transfer and possibly even the player about actually making a move. This will typically involve either broadly (through an offer) or actually agreeing a fee and responsibility for any significant costs (agents fees etc.). Once this has happened the club will be able to speak formally to the player's agent and perhaps the player himself to look at the package that will be involved. Many players are looked at and discussed at a high-level with agents and clubs; a subset of those have an offer placed; a subset of those involve discussions with the player's club; a subset of those involve discussions over terms, and; a subset of those go ahead.

Agents will often try and get more specific details of wages and other financials before they should - but most clubs are happy to follow this process. Players will often talk to other players about moves but, whilst wrong, is tolerated as it would be impossible to manage.

Alternatively, a selling club may ask an agent to find a new club for a player and he will talk directly to potential selling sides about the fee, personal terms and interest.

The rest of the time agents will be on fishing trips trying to find interest in their players.

In terms of what happens when the negotiations take place, broad agreement (player available and open to discussions, understanding of the price) will already have been reached. The clubs will meet to discuss the details of the transfer fee, other costs associated with the move and the structure of the payments and any additional fees (e.g another €5M for winning the Champions League etc.) but this does not take a "few days".}

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08 Aug 2019 09:31:10
You are a saint. Thank you for all the information you share. Have a nice weekend.

{Ed002's Note - You are welcome.}

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09 Aug 2019 01:22:14
One question I have Ed002, the future fees based on winning the CL etc. Are they one off fees or do they happen throughout the term of the players original contract? So for example, if the Cancelo transfer had a €5m clause for winning the PL and City won it all 5 years of his contract, would Juve get €25m or would they just get the €5m for the first time city won it after the transfer? Hope that’s clearer than it sounded in my head 😂 Thanks :) )

{Ed002's Note - Contracts are not written like that, sorry.}

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07 Aug 2019 09:55:29
Hello Ed002 apart from Real Madrid are there any other clubs interested/ looking to sign Pogba? Not being able to move Bale, James to raise funds is a problem for them to spend on Pogba? Are United still adamant on the price and ready to keep him one more season?

{Ed002's Note - Yes, as has been explained over and over Juventus are interested. Pogba's price is a major issue.}

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07 Aug 2019 10:13:20
Wow what a swift response and how forgetful of me I completely forgot Juve 😌.

Ed if you don't mind me asking how do you store all your info do you have some kinda super computer 🤔.

{Ed002's Note - I am omnipotent.}

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07 Aug 2019 10:51:20
Wish they taught me your skills in Kaer Morhen.

{Ed002's Note - That is some sort of care facility?}

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07 Aug 2019 09:17:51
Ed002, when we talk about Ziyech, is there a reason behind the scenes why he is not actively courted by big clubs?

{Ed002's Note - Oh yes, as I have explained most clubs have stepped back.}

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03 Aug 2019 18:21:08
Ed001 and Ed002, I am curious as to why Florian Thauvin has been unable to secure a move to a Champions League club as per his wish. He seems like a good player, so I would be grateful if you could shed some light on this.

{Ed002's Note - That is not the situation. Thauvin has options and has plenty of time to think about what he wants to do.}

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03 Aug 2019 19:02:58
Which clubs are interested in him, Ed002?

{Ed002's Note - There have been discussions with Bayern Munich, Napoli, Milan, Inter and Roma.}

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03 Aug 2019 19:44:47
Thank you Ed! Have a nice weekend!

{Ed002's Note - And you.}

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03 Aug 2019 16:33:52
Ed002, I was wondering if you knew what is happening with regard to David Neres?

{Ed002's Note - I have explained what I know.}

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03 Aug 2019 17:54:59
Thanks.

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02 Aug 2019 16:57:19
Question regarding one Leonardo Jardim.

He's one coach who has always gotten me somewhat curious. He's a coach that seems to be very highly-rated amongst the footballing fan-base, and his name is always linked with top jobs whenever one is available. Having said that, the list of clubs he's coached aren't exactly spectacular by any means;

- Monaco
- Sporting Lisbon
- Olympiacos
- Braga
- Beira-Mar
- Chaves
- Camacha

Along with that, his honours seem to be moderate given he's been managing since 2003.

Ed002, what are those inside the game's opinion of Jardim, and do they consider him to be someone that can be a leading figure in the future? Or is he someone that possibly 'got lucky' during the 2016/ 2017 season?

Thank you.

{Ed002's Note - I assume you support an English side otherwise you would not be arrogantly belittling these sides. Jardim is well thought of.}

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03 Aug 2019 14:47:25
They are top sides, not disputing that, but if you'd organise clubs into tiers, there's an argument to be made that not a single one of them are in and around the top, or even anywhere near to that level.

No arrogance, just assumption from your end.

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03 Aug 2019 04:49:20
ed on the everton page you said two clubs were trying to get neres now, can i ask who these clubs are? thanks.

{Ed002's Note - Atletico Madrid and Manchester United.}

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02 Aug 2019 13:09:22
Hi Ed

Would a move to Tottenham for Bruno Fernandes be dependent on them moving Eriksen along?

{Ed002's Note - Their interest in signing an AM has always been based on the expectation that Christian Eriksen would get his wish to move on. There has been no secret to this.}

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02 Aug 2019 13:34:12
Thanks that's great I knew I read it somewhere just couldn't find it so thanks for the clarification.

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01 Aug 2019 18:38:04
Ed002, who is interested in Alex Telles and Alejandro Grimaldo?

{Ed002's Note - No one right now.}

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30 Jul 2019 21:28:11
Good evening ed002. I hope all is well.
Have bayern any interest in sanchez? Yeah i know I'm still hawking him around😂
Just something i read today.
Ta.

{Ed002's Note - Not that I am aware - they have very clear wide targets that they are working on.}

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31 Jul 2019 09:09:47
Keep going Ken I'm sure you'll find him a team before long.

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28 Jul 2019 09:28:23
Hi, Ed02.
I asked you some time ago about the future of Robert Skov, and since he's now gone to Hoffenheim, I was wondering if you know who Copenhagen target as replacements? I will fully understand, if this is something that you don't know. I'm just hoping that they don't target Lucas Andersen from Aalborg, as that's my team and he's the only one in the team who can actually play football, apart from Abildgaard, who seems to be going abroad?
Anyways, you have a very nice weekend!

{Ed002's Note - Hi Emil - I don't know I am afraid but I have a Danish chum who is an ex-player but he can be hard to get hold of. I am travelling this week - in balmy Milan right now - but I will see if someone can get hold of him and ask for you. Sorry that I am unable to help right now.}

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28 Jul 2019 20:59:10
It is more than fine, and I fully understand, and expected, that you'd probably be unable to answer my question! Have a nice time in Milan - I myself am considering going there, along with some friends from university - do you think it'd be a nice city for some young guys? Or would you recommend any other European cities? I know you're a very well-traveled! :)

{Ed002's Note - Milan is Ok - but pretty businessy. The lakes to the north are really nice. Rome is a truly awful dirty mass of humanity. Paris is fantastic, London is a good city, Munich is the pick of Germany. Prague is OK but often spoiled by vomiting English boneheads. Barcelona is overly full of people, Madrid is very spread out. I liked Dublin but I was younger. Belfast is well worth avoiding - as is the north of England, the midlands and Wales is full of 12 year old girls pushing prams. I am not sure what young Danish guys like, but assuming moderate drinking and girls, then Paris, Tel Aviv, Milan and southern Italy would be the pick. If you are like the English and wish to drink until you are physically sick and then want to fight with the locals, then Manchester, Liverpool, Benidorm, Baghdad and Prague are for you.}

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29 Jul 2019 07:53:56
You forget Wrexham Ed, this is a town well worth visiting if you fancy a night in a police cell after £1 shots and a mass brawl on the vomit lined streets.

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29 Jul 2019 08:24:48
I'm English and live in Belfast thanks for tarring me with that wide sweeping brush Ed.

{Ed001's Note - the English do their best to live up to it. I find out here that taxi drivers hate having to pick up English passengers at night because they are almost always hammered and looking to start a fight. And you can say the same in almost every country that has a sizable ex-pat English community. It is embarrassing but the way it is, no point whining about it just have to get on with it.}

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29 Jul 2019 07:29:45
any opinion on portugal 002?

{Ed002's Note - None - I have never gone beyond an occasional meeting tehre..}

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29 Jul 2019 10:30:06
Brilliant synopsis of Europe Ed but have to disagree about Belfast, it is up and coming but still trying to shake of its past bad reputation. Totally agree about the Italian lakes, gorgeous spots.

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29 Jul 2019 12:52:50
Wonder what your take is on places like Lebanon, the Baltic countries and Scandinavia. Anything you would recommend for a few drinks and chatting with girls without getting into a drunken brawl :)

{Ed002's Note - I am not allowed in to the Lebanon (and plenty of other countries in the Middle East, but would loved to have gone to Beirut in the 1960s or 70s. I have never spent time in any of the Balkan countries - any visits have been brief and perhaps one night in a hotel.}

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29 Jul 2019 13:25:27
Well and truly an expert in both European cities and football. Think Southern Italy might do the trick, thanks a lot, for answering a wide, and weird, variety of questions! ;)

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29 Jul 2019 15:28:07
Are you Israeli, ed002?

{Ed002's Note - No. I am Americsn.}

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29 Jul 2019 16:51:50
I would also be pretty interested in hearing who Fc Copenhagen are targeting as a Skov replacement, as we desperately need a proper replacement. No worries if you don't know anything yet, I'm just kinda impressed how huge your network actually is.

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29 Jul 2019 20:06:11
Why won't they let you in the Lebanon?

{Ed002's Note - There are plenty of places they won't let me in. The reasons are unimportant.}

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29 Jul 2019 20:45:26
What about south America ed. any thoughts on that. I'm sure you spent a lot of time there in your line of work. mingling with super agents.

{Ed002's Note - It is somewhere I rarely go to and it is never more than plane - car - hotel - meeting - plane. I have been over the Mexican border from CA and Az plenty of times - but Northern Mexico is awful unless you want the buy grass or dustbin sized tubs of steroids to help bulk up (but it does give you a tiny todger). Ed004 is the one to speak to about juicing.}

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29 Jul 2019 22:07:34
Hey Ed02, I am from Wales and for you to describe my country as full of 12 year olds pushing prams is outrageous. Those girls are at least 16 as they always have a fag in their mouth, and are old enough to have their babys name tatooed on their forehead.

You are right about Prague, to visit that beautiful city and discover there is a pub called the George, with the english flag draped along the front was disappointing, not to mention the people drinking there. No wonder the locals could not hide their disdain for us.

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29 Jul 2019 22:29:30
Just confused Ed as US citizens are allowed to travel to Lebanon, can even get a free tourist visa.
Perhaps you have a rather grotesque criminal record?

{Ed002's Note - There are numerous people who for one reason or another have travel restrictions.}

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30 Jul 2019 12:02:51
Bit partial to charlie in yer youth? ;)

{Ed002's Note - Cooke?}

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01 Aug 2019 18:52:10
Just guessing from the limited info here but Ed002 being unable to enter Lebanon or other Middle East countries is likely because of his (previously mentioned) visits to Israel. A lot of Middle East countries won't grant visas and may even detain people entering their country who have previously visited Israel, have Israeli stamps deals visas etc. I could be miles out but this seems the most logical. The ever mercurial Ed002.

{Ed002's Note - It is nothing to do with any of this - just let it go.}

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