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

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

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15 Sep 2019 11:43:32
Thank you!

Where will that be posted, Ed?

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

thanks a lot for your hard work.

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

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

Cheers.

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

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

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

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

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

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05 Aug 2019 11:03:50
Hi Ed,

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

Many thanks - love your input.

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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24 Jul 2019 09:36:21
Rumours about Icardi to Juventus today. I think that would be a bad match to be honest.

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22 Jul 2019 06:02:53
Ed001, a question for you, with such inflated figures being mentioned for De Ligt and Maguire, firstly do you think either of them is worth it and secondly of the two of them who do you think is the better of the two?
Thank You.

{Ed001's Note - clearly neither of them are worth it, neither of them are special players at all, despite the ridiculous hype.

One is a youngster with potential, good on the ball, tall and strong but with awful positional sense and lack of pace. The other is very similar, big, strong, good on the ball, with awful positional sense but Maguire does have a bit more pace. Both are excellent in the air but lack the positional sense and football intelligence to stop moves early and tend to rely overly on physicality to deal with attackers. Maguire makes those idiotic forward forays which lose the ball almost every time, but de Ligt tends to be much better on the ball, as that is his main skill.

If either could actually learn positioning, they would be excellent, but these days defenders are not taught how to defend, clubs spend all their time teaching them how to be midfielders at the back.

I would say it depends on your circumstances as to which is better. If you are a team that dominates the ball, de Ligt is light years ahead of Maguire, as he is exceptional on the ball. He truly is a midfielder playing at the back. For teams that do not dominate the ball, then Maguire is a better option as he has more physicality than de Ligt to make up for that terrible positional sense they both suffer from.}

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22 Jul 2019 07:01:56
Brilliant response Ed001. Thank You.

{Ed001's Note - very welcome mate.}

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22 Jul 2019 21:56:50
Do you see certain parts of defending dying out or being forgotten ed?
Like you said they have no positional sense. Now do these modern coaches know how to coach this or are they not up to standard either?

{Ed001's Note - it will come back into vogue in time and then players will start needing to learn it once more. It goes in cycles, attacking is the be all and end all for a bit, then it gradually shifts back to defending, then goes back to attacking.

There are still some coaches who know how to coach it, there will be some coming through. In time they will be the ones in the ascendancy, as the game has already moved away from possession for possession's sake football in large part.}

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20 Jul 2019 22:29:27
Hi Ed002, on the Man United page you mentioned that Inter have looked at an alternative to Lukaku - who would that be?

{Ed002's Note - Edison Cavani (S) after accusing MU of behaving like amateurs over Lukaku, Inter have spoken to a third party about the demands of Cavani who is available.}

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21 Jul 2019 10:57:44
Any reason why they're accusing us of behaving like amateurs Ed002? Seems like they've forgot about the way the acted during the Perisic deal.

{Ed002's Note - It is not worth going in to without grief.}

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14 Jul 2019 20:30:17
Ed002, is there any chance of an update regarding icardi? I've not heard much about him lately and it was such a big story towards the end of the season! Thanks in advance for any information you can spare!

{Ed002's Note - Kean perhaps.}

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16 Jul 2019 10:51:30
I can appreciate that reply, gave me a right old tickle! Thanks ed!

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10 Jul 2019 15:16:38
How do you think Zidane will fair this year? It was difficult to tell how good he was in his first stint at Madrid. Hazard will help but that team was a mess last year and it feels as though he isn't enough. The midfield in particular seemed poor and no one has been brought in.

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01 Jul 2019 23:50:45
Hi ed, i was wondering with Juventus recent signings, is it possible that they could be implicated in FFP violations? I only ask with Ronaldo on massive wages, plus Ramsey, Can, Rabiot signing big contracts as free agents, De Ligt rumoured to be offered a large contract and a squad of top players, is this all within regulations? I recently read that UEFA have abolished the rule where any increases in wages over £7mil had to be covered by commercial contracts, however not sure if this is correct, but they do seem to be on top of the transfer market at the moment and not sure where their recent financial power has come from. Any info would be greatly appreciated, thanks.

{Ed002's Note - No they are fine. Players will also be leaving as they are frebuilding.}

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02 Jul 2019 11:36:55
Has anything changed with De Ligt since your last update Ed002? Appreciate you don't want to give 'blow-by-blow' on every transfer but it'll likely be one of the biggest transfers of the summer and I'm woefully impatient.

{Ed002's Note - What do you expect to change - it is nothing to do with Manchester United. The transfer window only became active yesterday.}

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02 Jul 2019 12:59:07
Thanks ed, you the man!

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02 Jul 2019 14:57:14
Who said anything about Manchester United? This is the Serie A page? to answer your question I expect a club to come to an agreement with MDL at some point if a transfer is to be completed, I guess I just wondered if that had happened yet.

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29 Jun 2019 06:54:21
Eds could you help explain what went wrong with Juve and Allegri? Football style or player targeting disagreements?

{Ed002's Note - Nothing went wrong. It was time for a change. From the club's side they need a complete rebuild and it had not been a good run in the Champions League and it would be agood time for someone with fresh coaching ideas to take over. From Allegri's side it was time to move on, although he is taking a break first. He had always wanted more say in transfers than he had in Turin.}

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07 Jul 2019 08:47:17
Thank you for clarifying Ed!

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28 Jun 2019 19:02:20
Ed002 hope you are well. Travels behind you for a bit i hope.
Are juve open to selling moise keane?
Ive seen him play quite a bit and i think he is a great prospect.

{Ed002's Note - Yes but he won’t be moving to Manchester United.}

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29 Jun 2019 09:16:02
That was not my reason for asking thanks anyway ed.

{Ed002's Note - OK.}

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29 Jun 2019 13:36:34
Just like The raw talent he appears to have ed. I'm surorised juve are pen to selling him but they see him every day i suppose.
Thanks.

{Ed002's Note - I don’t know what you mean.}

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30 Jun 2019 15:45:08
I think he looks very talented so I'm surprised juve are open to selling him. But they see him train every day and perhaps he isn't showing as much daily as i think he has and that's the reason why they will sell him.

{Ed002's Note - No, that isn't it.}

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28 Jun 2019 11:25:31
Odds news breaking in italy that AC Milan have withdrawn from the Europa League. Any ideas why they would do this?

{Ed002's Note - They have been kicked out. It was expected.}

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27 Jun 2019 21:21:08
Hi ed, If you have time would you mind passing on any information on
Fiorentina's milenkovic. I know you had said Manchester United see him as an option. Just curious if that was still the case. Hope all is well. Thanks.

{Ed002's Note - Right now nothing is happening Tom - they don't want to sell and don't need the cash particularly.}

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27 Jun 2019 08:17:30
Ed002

Can I ask of interest in Joachim Anderson I've never heard of him but his name has cropped up lately in regards to him possibly heading to England.

Thanks.

{Ed002's Note - You should have been looking on the Spurs page Dave. Joachim Andersen (CB) there are several sides interested with Atletico considering him as an option if they cannot get the player tey prefer and Inter who were looking to Andersen as a Skrinier replacement - who is now no longer needed. Milan are long term admirers and the player has always said he would like to make such a move but their problems are much worse than they were and they see the €40M asking price as very high. Sampdoria are now open to a sale with Lyon and long-term admirers Spurs still in the reckoning - and there is little doubt that England will win out over France should Spurs decide on an making an acceptable offer.}

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26 Jun 2019 17:14:39
Is AC Milan in talks for Nabil Fekir?

{Ed002's Note - Nabil Fekir (AM) watched regularly - all about balancing funds but seen as a way cheaper option to their preferred choice and Bruno Fernandes - and one where they can use a player as part of the deal. Nothing can be done until confirmed sales for June 30 have been recirded with UEFA.}

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18 Jun 2019 08:59:05
Hi Eds, can you give me some info on Rabiots next destination? Hearing he's got an agreement with Juve but they are waiting till July (their next business year) to announce it.
Is it too early yet to ask for a little run down of ins and outs too?
Thanks in advance.

{Ed002's Note - Adrien Rabiot (CM) has been looked at by many clubs but interest would only be in place of the baggage were resolved and the €200k per week net plus €10M signing on fee and €10M agent fee for mother can be reduced. The likes of Bayern Munich, Spurs, Arsenal and Real madrid have stepped back. Manchester United have an idea for him and Juventus has offered something which they expect to see agreed.}

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18 Jun 2019 18:17:38
Excellent, thanks for that.

{Ed002's Note - You are welcome.}

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25 Jun 2019 13:30:57
Ed002. That's ramsey and possibly raibot. If they do sign raibot will that end their interest in pogba?
Cheers.

{Ed002's Note - No.}

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25 Jun 2019 15:17:16
Hi Ed002,
Isn't that too many midfielders with Pjanic, Can, Khedira, Bentancur and the others already there and Ramsey, Rabiot joining + Pogba.

{Ed002's Note - I can think of one MF who has left and three others who are available, so no. They are, like many sides, rebuilding.}

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17 Jun 2019 22:00:44
Hi eds what is the general feeling amongst juve fans at sarris appointment.

{Ed001's Note - they didn't want him but they didn't want Allegri.}

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18 Jun 2019 08:55:29
Yep, pretty much that. Allegri's tenure was over, but I think Sarri is the best fit for what was available. Just remember the uproar when Allegri was first appointed.

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18 Jun 2019 23:30:54
Thanks Ed remember benitez when he came to chels but I think he was good in the end.

{Ed001's Note - still not liked by the fanbase though.}

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19 Jun 2019 08:55:12
He did a good professional job. I still can't stand the bloke though.

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17 Jun 2019 19:49:06
I see totti has left roma ed1. Sad day for him and the fans I suspect.
I saw you mention the other day that you thought the Roma owner would screw the club up in some aspect. Is totti leaving down to him, and is there more to this?

{Ed001's Note - from what I can gather Totti has had enough, but as so many people hate Pallotta it is difficult to be sure they are not projecting their own feelings onto the situation.}

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16 Jun 2019 09:22:05
Hi Ed002, I was wondering if you have any info on Paulo Dybala. Is he likely to leave? Which teams are potential destinations?

{Ed002's Note - There is a very good chance that Dybala will leave this summer and he is available for sale of exchange. A deal involving Dybala and Icardi is possible and he could be one of several players who could be offered to Manchester United as part of a deal for Pogba, but that is unlikely. Two Spanish sides are concerned about the transition so that looks less likely - plus there has already been an offer from Bayern Munich.}

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16 Jun 2019 18:05:54
I hope he leaves. Don't think we will see the best of him while he's in Ronaldo's shadow. Thanks Ed002.

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