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09 Jan 2020 19:54:51
Hi ed002. Hope you are well. Happy new year.
Just wondering what cb's real Madrid gold am interest in. Ramos must be coming to the back end of his career ap i anime they have a plan to replace him at some point.
Secondly if i can ask what forwards Barcelona are considering to replace Suarez?

{Ed002's Note - Milan Skriniar (CB) seen as a Ramos replacement
Diego Carlos (CB) Manchester City have dropped their interest and are looking at others which will possibly be available to solve their issue in January. Real Madrid have a sustained interest and Liverpool has declared an interest in taking DC in the summer.
Kalidou Koulibaly (CB) another SR replacement.}

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09 Jan 2020 20:33:54
Cheers ed sorry about the typos.

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07 Jan 2020 13:56:18
Hello Ed002,

I know you have previously stated that Saul could be made available for the right price, however are there currently any serious takers? I know you have mentioned United do have interest, but would you expect them to bid on the player?

Thanks in advance.

{Ed002's Note - No, there are no takers right now and Manchester United would be interested if they were will to put an end to their blocking Paul Pogba leaving.}

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07 Jan 2020 17:14:10
I agree 100% ED002. They should just let him go already and get Saul (if Saul would even want to come) .

Thanks as always.

{Ed002's Note - You are welcome.}

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07 Jan 2020 19:16:48
Might be a stupid question Ed but what does a club really gain long term from holding a player against his will
It must dishearten the individual and the team massively I know he signed a contract
Do you see a change in the law about blocking moves away it seems a bit out dated.

{Ed002's Note - There are certainly not going to be changes to contract law.}

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07 Jan 2020 20:12:26
Could a player go on strike to force his hand as it looks as if a transfer request won't suffice
Why are they refusing to let him go.

{Ed002's Note - Then they would be in breach of contract.}

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07 Jan 2020 20:20:07
Thanks for reply by the way.

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31 Dec 2019 15:55:06
Hey Ed

Is there any information on Saul Niguez?
I think he’s a fantastic player and interested to see where he may end up in the end?

Shame LVG didn’t get his man at Utd.

{Ed002's Note - Saul Niguez (CM) Atletico will let him leave for €100M but no interest at this time.}

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31 Dec 2019 16:37:39
Whoa

Utd should pony up.

{Ed002's Note - Right now they are blocking Pogba leaving and they would not need both - it also makes them unattractive to players when they act like that. And there is a difficulty with his “agent”.}

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12 Dec 2019 23:08:19
Evening Ed002,

Do you know of any interest in Myron Boadu and Moussa Wague?

Thanks as always.

{Ed002's Note - My notes say:
Myron Boadu (S) Milan, Roma and Crystal Palace have been watching but he needs to wait a while.
Moussa Wague (RB) Barcelona do not want to sell MW but need to do some work on their finances before June 30 and may listen to a good offer. Lille, Southampton, Bayer Leverkusen and probably others have declared an interest.}

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13 Dec 2019 20:12:16
Brilliant thanks Ed002.

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11 Dec 2019 09:29:40
Hi eds is ancelloti still a top coach/ manager
Or is he past his best
I remember you saying Jose has become a dinosaur of the game just wondering if carlo is as well
I really like ancelotti he's a gentleman.

{Ed001's Note - too soft imo, let's the players have too much leeway and they take advantage.}

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12 Dec 2019 08:22:09
Thanks Ed for reply.

{Ed001's Note - very welcome.}

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06 Dec 2019 00:25:15
Is it true that Atlético Madrid are running out of patience with Simeone?

{Ed002's Note - No.}

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04 Dec 2019 11:17:10
Ed002, are Atletico Madrid interested in replacing Diego Costa with Timo Werner?

{Ed002's Note - A couple of years ago they were pushing for him and even though they have looked again recently their focus is elsewhere.}

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20 Nov 2019 13:55:41
hi ed, sorry to ask another random name, hope its okay. do you know of any interest in Chuckweze kept track of him since i caught the villareal vs Barcelona last year. looks a decent prospect.

{Ed002's Note - Samuel Chukwueze (RW/AM) a Villareal youngster in Spain under the Cotonou Agreement that drew attention of Arsenal again recently when they were scouting another player (Pablo Fornals). As a 16 year old he had trials at Arsenal after the Under 17 World Cup but it came to nothing. Atletico Madrid and Bayern Munich have a declared interest in the player, as does Leicester City but they realised there would be a need to overpay on transfer fee or wages to ensure a Work Permit could be obtained so asked for a price - and stepped back at the €60M quoted. Serious interest from Dortmund has perseisted since the summer.}

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20 Nov 2019 16:07:12
Thanks Ed, appreciate the info. would be a good signing for Leicester imo. with Sancho likely leaving next summer fancy Dortmund to snap him up considering what you've said.

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12 Nov 2019 15:02:25
Hi Ed, are you aware of any interest in Ferran Torres at all?

{Ed002's Note - Barcelona, Borussia Dortmund and Juventus - Real Madrid could look again but he his not first choice.}

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12 Nov 2019 16:29:12
Thanks Ed.

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12 Nov 2019 16:29:12
Thanks Ed.

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04 Nov 2019 13:08:14
Any truth in the Sterling to R Madrid rumours?

{Ed002's Note - Real Madrid are still looking at a major revamp and are using Eden Hazard on the LW which was not their plan. They have plans to bring in a specific RW in mind and a couple of alternaives but are likely need to hold on to Asensio who they would rather let move on once fully fit. They have a bunch of senior players they have available for horse trading, particularly Isco and Bale and will look to include them in any deal. I am not aware of any approach for Sterling at this time and it sounds rather speculative.}

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22 Oct 2019 12:18:40
Ed001.

Was looking at results recently and how well athletico have not done in the past few years despite spending an incredible amount of money on players who are terrible at the moment like Morata and Diego Costa. They also seem to have some unreal players including last years midfield of rodri and Saul yet didn't do anything in the league and started terribly again this year they also can barely score any goals. Is this simeones fault? And are the board close to getting rid of him? Surely this year they should have Allready be a top of the league.

{Ed001's Note - well Simeone has to take some of the blame, a large part of it in fact. Even though they have invested heavily, the team is not moving forward and developing together. He has done some brilliant stuff, but it has been at the expense of entertainment. If you are playing terrible football but getting results, fans will put up with it and just enjoy the wins. However, the minute you stop getting the results the quality of players should be getting, then it is difficult for anyone to support the style of play.

They have always had the players to compete at the top but Simeone has never developed a style of play to suit the players he has. It is always been about shoehorning players in and hoping they will adapt. That is why the flair players so often fail to work out. Hard work is essential, but it has to be at the right times and right place. If your winger has just chased back 40 yards to track a full-back and then the ball is played forward, even if he can get to it and get into a dangerous position, there is a chance he is going to be gasping for air and make a mess of his cross, pass or shot.

The weather in Spain is much hotter than England, which takes its toll as well. Simeone never seems to take any of that into account and only concentrates on making sure they work hard defensively and just leave the attack to end up becoming mainly long balls and counters. His attitude is that of a manager who has a team that is much weaker and needs to run themselves into the ground to counter that. He needs to adapt to the fact that he has quality players and figure out how to get the most out of them on the ball.}

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22 Oct 2019 20:53:51
ah thank you very much for the reply, they only just scraped through today. my go to bet used to have been athletico 0-0 half time whoever they played, becuase their defence was solid and never use to go forward much first half. bit strange felxi decided to go their with the way they play. and also i completely get why now they don't seem to do well despite having very good players, and the lack of much quality out their in that league and even in the champions league.

{Ed001's Note - very welcome mate. It is a shame, they have the quality in the squad but they just aren't making the most of it.}

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08 Oct 2019 16:07:30
Ed002, is there any interest in Fabian Ruiz?

{Ed002's Note - Fabian Ruiz (CM) is seen by BArcelona as a replacement for Rakatic and/or Vidal but with De Jong and Arthur game time cannot be assured. He is also seen by Real Madrid as a replacement for Kroos and/or Modric but is not first choice and Napoli will demand a very significant fee.}

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02 Oct 2019 17:37:17
Odegaard has started this season incredibly well, will be interesting to see what happens this summer if he keeps it up.

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15 Sep 2019 22:43:22
In regards to my previous post. I forgot to mention that one of my friends were in Montpellier, watching a game, and told me of a 16 year old midfielder - Camavinga - who apparently bossed the midfield. Just a side note :)

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16 Sep 2019 09:26:16
He is very well known, EmilSC.

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15 Sep 2019 21:42:11
Hello Eds. I suppose you have already heard a lot about him and that I'm late to the party, having only heard of him now, so I figured I would ask you what your thoughts are about this new, wonderful player Ansu Fati? He seems to have come out of nowhere, and although I have only seen short clips on youtube, he really does seem like an extraordinary talent. Is it something people close to Barcelona have seen coming? Or is it also a huge surprise to them?
Also makes me wonder: are there any players that are perhaps not so famous to us casual football-viewers, that you think will turn out to be really big talents this season?
One can never love when a new Messi, Mbappe etc shows up out of seemingly nowhere :)

{Ed001's Note - he was well known, the only surprise is that he has stepped up so soon. As for your question about really big talents, I have no idea who would or wouldn't be well known to casual football-viewers mate.}

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15 Sep 2019 22:20:13
Makes sense - I see how that's a pretty hard question to answer ;)

{Ed001's Note - one day someone will figure out how telepathy and I will be able to answer that for you! The problem is we get so many names thrown at us (well I do, I assume the other editors do too) on the sites, that it is hard to know who knows what any more. We are in a bit of a bubble here in regards to that.}

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11 Sep 2019 19:38:49
Dear Ed1,

Why on earth have Valencia sacked Marcelino? I thought he was doing a great job getting them back into the CL and also winning them they're first trophy in over a decade!

Or am I missing something here and it turns out I think he's better than he actually is?

Thanks.

{Ed001's Note - Valencia are delusional.}

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11 Sep 2019 19:56:28
Well I hope him all the best. I imagine some clubs would be after his signature now.

Thanks for the speedy response Ed!

{Ed001's Note - you are very welcome. They are mad in Valencia, they think they are the 3rd biggest club in Spain and should only ever finish behind Real Madrid and Barcelona at worst. Anything less than 3rd is seen as a disgrace.}

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11 Sep 2019 20:50:58
Well they've defiantly stunted their chances of breaking the top 3. Do they not remember how they were mid table before Marcelino?

{Ed001's Note - teams don't think about that, look at Betis sacking Setien because they weren't in the Champions League when he was the reason they had a chance of getting in. Then there is Brighton who sack Hughton because they are struggling against the drop. They all think they are better than they are.}

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11 Sep 2019 20:56:39
Sad that it's all about instant success now. The best teams can be built over a long period. I really think keeping a good manager for a while goes a long way rather than constantly hiring and firing.

You only need to look at Watford who will probably eventually hire and fire their way to relegation.

{Ed001's Note - I am amazed Watford have stayed up so long with the mess that is their recruitment.}

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11 Sep 2019 21:40:58
Indeed, perhaps Welbeck might been the final nail in the coffin though. well not that he's going to get many minutes given his injury record.

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30 Aug 2019 10:09:33
Ed002, could you explain the situation about Mauro Icardi?

{Ed002's Note - Juventus want to buy Icardi but don't really want to trade Dybala for him - as they have an offer on the table from elsewhere for Dybala. So far the offer of players plus cash from Juve has not been seen as attractive enough by Inter. Other sides are concerned about the baggage that comes Icardi and Atletico did spek with Juventus in MC yesterday to strike a deal involving a loan - but Inter will want an obligation to buy. Monaco offer an option for the player to go on loan without an obligation to buy and again they spoke with Inter yesterday - Inter need to decide if they want the grief again next summer.}

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30 Aug 2019 17:01:06
Thank you Ed.

{Ed002's Note - You are welcome.}

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20 Aug 2019 18:41:43
Hi Ed001, were you at all surprised Atletico Madrid got Joao Felix? They're one of the top clubs in world football but Barcelona and Real seem to traditionally beat them to the punch.

Or was it simply a case of them being more willing to put the money forwards and gamble on the development.

{Ed001's Note - it was similar to the signing of Aguero, they were willing to take a chance when no one else was. It was more because Barca decided to go for the finished product in Griezmann and so give them the funds to commit to Felix. Big mistake by Barca as Felix looks almost as good as Griezmann already and will soon be better imo.}

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20 Aug 2019 20:44:02
Cheers Ed001, Atletico certainly know how to develop a striker. The Barcelona scouting team has been a mess in recent years, no idea what's going on over there.

{Ed001's Note - they seem to have completely lost the plot. Though it must be said they have not really bought well since the Cruyff days, their sides were built mainly around players coming through the academy. Maybe they have always had a crap recruitment policy masked by the academy boys?}

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27 Jul 2019 15:36:03
While it's in part down to last night's humiliation, their performance throughout last season is testament to it, what on earth has happened to Real Madrid?

If anything, it adds to Ronaldo's legacy in terms of how he covered the cracks. It's almost as if some players are regressing? For some of the older players like Modric that makes sense, but I'm confused by the younger ones. Maybe they were just overrated to begin with.

Joao Felix was a lot of fun last night, hope he continues in the same manner throughout the season. Seems the ideal partner for Costa or Morata (potentially both if he drops deeper?). A goal threat himself with fantastic vision and passing ability.

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27 Jul 2019 12:19:24
pepe to napolie any update please.

{Ed002's Note - There is no agreement over anything other than the transfer fee with Napoli but Lille are good with the deal.}

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27 Jul 2019 14:38:38
thanks ed002 appreciate the reply.

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27 Jul 2019 14:38:38
thanks ed002 appreciate the reply.

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21 Jul 2019 07:00:26
After zidane comments last night where he basically said a deal was close to being agreed for the exit of bale I wondered if any of the Ed's knew where bale could be off to? Who are real looking to replace him with?

{Ed002's Note - Real Madrid have been talking with Bayern Munich and Bale's agent has been hawking him to several clubs. Real Madrid targets remain unchanged.}

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23 Jul 2019 19:24:12
Why has it not worked out for him back at Atletico Ed?

{Ed002's Note - I have no idea what you are talking about.}

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24 Jul 2019 11:01:42
Meant to be posted on the Diego Costa thread below.

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20 Jul 2019 20:44:09
I've heard Diego Costa may be on the move. Are there any sides interested?

{Ed002's Note - Nothing firm at this time but a consultant to the Everton owner has suggested him, there was a discussion with an Italian side that went nowhere.}

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20 Jul 2019 23:00:36
Cheers Ed002, appreciate it. Was the Italian side Roma?

{Ed002's Note - No, not Roma. Roma have a clear second choice after losing out on their first choice and Costa would be someway down any list.}

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20 Jul 2019 09:59:38
Eds what is your opinion on isco as a player? And is there any interest in him? I feel he is wasted in Madrid as he barely plays, I've always liked the look of him.

{Ed001's Note - he doesn't play because he is not that good, doesn't track back, has no end product in attack. High wages has meant little interest.}

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10 Jul 2019 15:02:47
Ed002

Can I ask for any info on Mikel Oyarzabal, I have searched and cannot find anything

Many Thanks.

{Ed002's Note - Nothing is planned to happen this year.}

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10 Jul 2019 16:10:27
Cheers for the reply.

{Ed002's Note - You are welcome.}

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04 Jul 2019 15:34:44
I'm surprised Joao Felix went for as much as he did. I think he's a classy player but I didn't see very much to justify him being the fifth most expensive player of all time. Ed001, what do you make of him as well as the deal?

{Ed001's Note - good player but the money is being paid for his potential, which is up there with Mbappe. Sometimes you have to pay more than you think is right for quality.}

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04 Jul 2019 17:01:33
Wow is his potential really up there with Mbappe? didn't think they were in the same league. Will be a fun watch, god knows Atletico know how to develop a striker.

{Ed001's Note - potential yes, though right now he is not as good. Different kind of player so his development will take a bit longer but he should be something special, all being well.}

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08 Jul 2019 19:22:35
Will be interesting to see how he gets on. Felix has a bit of Kaka IMO.

Also Ed what do you make of Sancho. Is his potential being hyped up too much or is he really up there with guys like Felix and Mbappe?

{Ed001's Note - he is very good but a step below them at least.}

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09 Jul 2019 18:20:49
Thought so myself ed1. I personally think Kai Havertz is the most promising youngster in the Bundesliga right now.
Thanks a lot ed1.

{Ed001's Note - he does look the part.}

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