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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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02 Jul 2019 17:28:18
ed who is interested in chukwueze thanks.

{Ed002's Note - Probably nobody now. Samuel Chukwueze (RW) 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.}

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26 Jun 2019 09:19:39
Hi Ed, if you get a little min or two can you give a run down on what Juve's main plans will be for ins and out. ie Mandzukic, Khedira. De Ligt seems almost a certain, am I right? And buffon coming back too as a no 2? Then heading to management.

{Ed002's Note - I have not updated them recently Andy.}

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27 Jun 2019 10:29:37
OK cool. Thanks for that. Bit sure why this was posted here. Must have clicked the wrong page.

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19 Jun 2019 18:23:20
Ed002

Can I ask for any info on Lo Celso I have searched and saw you last update with interest from spurs and Everton I was wondering if any other team is now showing interest.

Thanks.

{Ed002's Note - The interest is down to Spurs alone at the moment in terms of discussions and bids and they are apart in price by €40M - so both parties will need to shift a bit if something is to happen. they are wanting €75M (where they are willing to come down to from the full $100M asking price). The interest is down to Spurs alone at the moment in terms of discussions and bids and they are apart in price by €40M - so both parties will need to shift a bit if something is to happen. Payment terms may also be an issue.}

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20 Jun 2019 11:46:08
Thanks again ed.

{Ed002's Note - You are welcome.}

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18 Jun 2019 09:48:41
Ed002 do you know if anyone is still interested in signing Neymar or where he might end up should the talk of him moving come true?
Personally I'd avoid him like mega-radionuclides but I'm curious if anyone still fancies taking a punt on him despite all his baggage.

{Ed002's Note - Neymar (LW/F) Neymar wants to return to Barcelona but it will only possibly happen if the wage demands drop considerably, if Barcelona can raise the money or persuade PSG to accept Coutinho and/or Dembele and if Barcelona agree to drop their interest in another player who PSG are keen on. Additionally, Barcelona and Real Madrid are both looking for a deal for Mbappe. For Real Madrid, Neymar (LW/F) probably not going to be possible but the offer of James Rodrigues, Casemiro or Vinicius Junior plus a significant amount of cash and PSG will try and ease a Neymar transfer to Real Madrid - unlikely.}

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18 Jun 2019 23:28:30
Who is the player Barcelona have to drop interest in Ed is it greizmann.

{Ed002's Note - It is unimportant.}

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19 Jun 2019 07:23:39
Great answer thanks so much Ed002. Have a great day.

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17 Jun 2019 12:48:51
Eds have you any information on any interest on bale, james and any otehr players madrid are looking to sell? I know bale has issues but he was such a good player in his time, i'm sure somebody would like him?

{Ed002's Note - Real Madrid have numerous players available, you can't expect me to trawl through the lot. Bale is looking to try and stay and James is of particular interest to Napoli.}

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04 Jun 2019 12:39:21
Hi eds do you think frankfurt will sell luka jovic this window and were do you think he will end up.

{Ed002's Note - Done to death, he will go to Real Madrid.}

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04 Jun 2019 21:01:12
While I sent this it was announced sorry ed002.

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02 Jun 2019 16:23:26
Hi ed002
Hope you are well. How do you see things working out for bale?
Its been a rather ugly of words between himself and zidane.
Obviously his wage demands are very high .
Where do you think he will go to if anywhere?
Either on loan or permenant.

{Ed002's Note - Gareth Bale (W) is available to be sold or used in a part exchange deal but nobody is interested at this time given the asking price - seen as one of the main reasons that the rebuild will take longer than planned as he wants to stay - one other possibility would be a loan.}

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31 May 2019 01:09:53
Hi Ed002, any chance of Mourinho joining Inter Milan? Thanks.

{Ed002's Note - None.}

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01 Jun 2019 11:17:37
Tad harsh on conte to sack him so soon.

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