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22 Sep 2020 15:50:24
Ed if you can spare some time, would like to know what barcelonas plans are for

Dembele - seen links to man utd and liverpool

Will they be in for a new RB?

Is memphis depay still a target?

Thank you for your time, no worries if you can't respond.


{Ed002's Note -
(1) Ousmane Dembele (LW/RW/F) Barcelona could be stuck with the player as it is unlikely other clubs will match their valuation - unless he can be used as part of another transfer, loaned or the price drops considerably. Liverpool had enquired after his price earlier in the year but likely only want a loan with an option to buy - if that were to become an obligation to buy then it could be possible if Mane or Salah were to leave. PSG would resist his involvement as part of a deal for Neymar and Barcelona have moved on from Neymar in any case. Juventus could be open to a loan but will not want to buy the player. This could be very disruptive to other transfer plans. I am not aware of any approach by Manchester United. The player is not keen on leaving Barcelona and has been working hard to prove himself to the new coach.
(2) A new RB is under discussion.
(3) MD remains an option to replace Suarez but there are others on the list as well, and other clubs talking to Lyon about Depay.}

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21 Sep 2020 03:55:51
Is it true that Barcelona have told Puig that he doesn't have a future at the club?

{Ed002's Note - I would not think there is any chance of that. He is available to go on loan for the season to gain experience.}

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22 Sep 2020 07:14:09
thanks - I did wonder when i read those reports.

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05 Sep 2020 16:26:54
Ed002, with the statement yesterday that Messi released, is that the end of him leaving this summer? If so, how does this affect the other transfer plans of Barca?


{Ed002's Note - Probably. Their transfer plas were put in place assuming he would be staying.}

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31 Aug 2020 00:58:39
Morning Ed, I really hope this doesn't annoy you I know it isn't a question you like but its the worlds greatest player and your so much more informative then any garbage read in papers or twitter.

Do you see messi moving this summer and if I could push you do you see him coming to the prem, if just love to see him play in the prem even if it is for city be nice for my kid to see him live. Just wondered what your opinion on the matter is do you see this has a power play or genuine attempt to leave and do you see Barcelona and la Liga backing down from the current stance of 700m or no deal apologises in advance I know ordinarily this is a question you wouldn't like to answer but every football fan is wondering. Thanks mate.

{Ed002's Note - Lionel Messi (F) The plan was to leave next summer and not this, it is possible he will leave before next summer now. In terms of clubs who could potentially put a suitable package together, there would only likely be Manchester City (who could use Gabriel Jesus and Eric Garcia in exchange but also have Guardiola intending to leave next summer), Juventus (who can likely be discounted as they are working to a fixed plan), PSG (who could look to use Neymar in a deal - but they would be less attractive to the player and Neymar is no longer in the plans of Barcelona) and Inter Milan (who have the chance to offer Lautaro Martinez in any transaction and Javier Zanetti will look to sell the project and tax laws which would keep the cost to the club to lower than competitors). Other sides who are financially in a position to take him (Bayern Munich, Chelsea etc.) have other plans. He will have no interest in playing in China or the Middle East. Barcelona will look to demand the €700M buy out clause in his contract but in reality know that if Messi were to force the move it would see a fee of around €200M including players. One expectation is that Messi will start taking English lessens and Manchester City will offer Messi a 2 years plus 1 year deal with Guardiola giving assurances he will extend by 2 years as well. One day perhaps a season at Inter Miami, Boca or Newell's OB before retirement.}

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31 Aug 2020 12:39:51
Really appreciate that Ed I know it’s not the kind of question you like but thanks, feels so strange to want a player to come even if it isn’t for you right team he’s just mesmerising to watch at times thanks again mate.

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04 Sep 2020 12:37:03
Hi Ed, I'm just curious about the Messi to Boca at the end of his career rumours I've seen around a bit. To my understanding he was always more sympathetic towards River Plate than Boca Juniors, and also tried out at the club before moving to Barca. I think it was Maxi Lopez who said he used to watch River's matches with Leo when they were in the Argentina youth team, but Messi has always publicly supported Newells because to support one of Boca or River would massively split public opinion of him in Argentina. Incidentally when he went to the Bernabeu to watch the Libertadores final there was a close up of him as Boca scored, and he seemed to have either no reaction at all or leaning slightly towards a negative reaction. And then there was the goal he scored against River in the club world cup and immediately apologised to the fans for.

Sorry this is getting a bit longwinded but I've always taken all this to show he favours River to Boca, so I'm now wondering why Boca is coming up every time as a club for Messi to retire at, is it due to them possibly being in a stronger financial position? Or following on from legends like Maradona and Riquelme?

Appreciate any insights, thanks!

{Ed002's Note - It is someway down the line and one day perhaps a season at Inter Miami, Boca or Newell's OB before retirement - players do not always get the chance to play for clubs they support as a child.}

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04 Sep 2020 18:56:14
With messi staying ed002 does this effect interest in mane and put it off to next season?

{Ed002's Note - Mane was offered to Barcelona - not the other way around.}

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05 Sep 2020 14:56:30
Thanks ed002, I am guessing by his agents. Similar to Salah with Madrid last season?

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31 Aug 2020 00:33:27
Just to add, that my question was more of me interested to know more about the system, not so much on any specific player including Messi. Hope you can help. Thanks Ed02.

{Ed002's Note - Perhaps a reminder about transfer related clauses would be apt. This is a horribly complex area not least because they are written under individual national laws. They cause a great deal of misunderstanding with football supporters and the media alike.

The "buy out clause" is legally binding between a club and a player. The "buy out" is effectively what it says - a means for the player to buy himself out of the contract. As an example, if a player wishes to buy himself out of a contract, he pays the applicable FA (on behalf of the club) the amount of the "buy out" clause effectively becoming a free agent. The problem is that in most cases a player would need to obtain that money from the buying club - and this is fraught with issues regarding "tapping up" and, of course, taxation (as it can be seen as income for the player and would therefore be subject to income tax). There was a test case about the taxation issue in Spain about seven years ago which is why they have an exception. All players in Spain and Portugal have a clause that allows the player to buy himself out of his contract without tax implications - the tax implications passing to the buying club - typically at 50% on top of the value of the clause for the higher profile players. This was to address a ruling from around 30 years ago allowing players a way out of their contracts. The other notable point about Spain and Portugal is that the clauses, if invoked by a non Iberian club, need to be paid in full by the player (there are local rules that stop tax being due) but by needing to put up 100% of the money upfront would end many transfers then and there. It works differently in Iberia to elsewhere as the tax implications do not make such clauses viable in other countries. All players in Iberia must have a figure set and agreed with the club. So "buy out" clauses are very rare elsewhere. Related to this is the Webster Ruling but I don't intend to go in to that now.

A "release clause" is far more common in that it gives a figure that the club would accept for the sale of a player to another club - but it is not legally binding except where both parties (clubs) are in the same country (for the sake of argument I should say that football Spain and Portugal count as the same country as do England and Wales) for legal purposes. These are normally unreasonably high figures (Messi at Barcelona for example) introduced to act as a deterrent for hostile bids - and even then the club could easily block a move. However, if a club in the same country does agree to match a release clause then the selling club would be obliged to ask the player if he is interested - there is no obligation on the player to make a move. For interested clubs outside of the country, the selling club may use it as a guide but are under obligation to accept a bid and may demand a higher figure.

There is then the becoming popular "termination clause" which is binding between the player and the club and if met would see an offer from anywhere accepted and the player given the opportunity to make a call on a move. This overcomes the issues associated with "buy out" clauses as the money would be paid by one club to another and about the legal proximity of the buying side.}

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31 Aug 2020 00:29:10
I just read an article La Liga said Messi's release clause must be met.

Ed02. Sorry if this is a silly question. That statement from La Liga I understand is if Messi wants to leave for free, but still its very much possible for any negotiations between clubs for lower transfer fee. Am I right? And its also possible for a release for a much lower fee (if Messi and Barcelona agreed on a reduced term) . Am I right?

{Ed002's Note - Something has been lost in translation. It does not have to be "met" but is still legally binding. If he were to leave this summer Barcelona would be loking for something around the £200M mark probably involving othe rplayers.}

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30 Aug 2020 20:37:02
Ed it was said that koeman decided to join barcelona if he could get one player with hik qnd that player was van de beek?

So now with VDB going to man utd will koeman likely leave? It seems barcelona have been unable to stick to their promise with the new coach?

{Ed002's Note - No, he did not join on that basis. As part of the process he asked for DvdB. It would not have been a promise.}

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28 Aug 2020 14:48:25
Only one I'd prefer from Barcelona is Frenkie De Jong.

They will have a tough job replacing Suarez, Messi, Pique, Rakitic etc, .

{Ed002's Note - They have a plan to replace all of those players. }

Thought i'd bring it to the appropriate page. Couod you give us their prefered targets for each position if you have time please ed? I was thinking Barcelona would struggle for a few years after losing their top players but curious about who they'll replace with now.


{Ed002's Note - I don't have the time to go through the who squad but their plan for the ideal attacking line up would see Messi, Suarez, Dembele, Rafinha, Greizmann and Braithwaite gone, interest in Neymar gone and a line up of: Ansu Fati, Trincao, Joao Felix, Lautaro Martinez, and two out of Sadio Mane, Gabriel Jesus and Dybala with Calvin Stengs added as a youngster. Kouman also wants Depay but there are those at the club that would block it.

Obviously it won't all happen and Moussa Dembele might turn out to be a more cost effective solution if they cannot strike a deal for Lautaro Martinez.}

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29 Aug 2020 17:30:54
Wow, big changes then. If that team plays together for a couple of years, it may be tough to beat with the right defensive players.

Thanks Ed, great stuff as usual.

{Ed002's Note - You are welcome.}

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27 Aug 2020 21:13:29
Ed002, you mentioned on the Liverpool page that Mane was one of three players Barcelona have identified as a Messi replacement. Do you mind saying who the other two players are?


{Ed002's Note - Mane, Dybala, Gabriel Jesus and they would like two and drop the interest in Neymar.}

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27 Aug 2020 20:53:53
Hi Ed002 you mentioned Sadio Mane was on a list of 3 potential Messi replacements - are you aware of the other 2?


{Ed002's Note - Mane, Dybala, Gabriel Jesus and they would like two and drop the interest in Neymar. Additionally they want Stengs as a youngster.}

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28 Aug 2020 00:19:04
Thanks Ed002. Separately what is the plan for Griezmann?

{Ed002's Note - Antoine Griezmann (F/W) could be moved on if things don't improve and they won't. Sale or trade and PSG or just possibly Inter may provide options - if used in a trade as the €100M asking price is very steep. Barcelona are willing to use Griezmann in an exchange and Inter Milan were approached about using him as part of the deal for Martinez but Inter cannot afford his wages without the endorsements Messi would bring. PSG is a different matter and they can afford his wages, but it is unclear if the desire is there to take him and it is still unclear what will happen regarding the coach.}

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26 Aug 2020 22:33:04
Eds - you previously mentioned that Koeman asked Barcelona to sign one midfielder before agreeing to coach them. Was Van Der Beek this player?

{Ed002's Note - Yes.}

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26 Aug 2020 10:05:24
Ed002, do you think the reported resignations of several board members including bartomeu will change messi’s mind about leaving Barca? Or do you think it’s already gone too far?

{Ed002's Note - I am not aware of this sorry. The elections are due in the Spring. The club is bigger than any one player.}

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25 Aug 2020 20:26:53
Hi ed,
Is Messi’s request to leave legitimate? Is he really going to leave or is it to force the hand of Bartomeu and make him resign?

{Ed002's Note - It would have happened next season in anycase.}

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26 Aug 2020 01:09:57
Thanks ed.
I think he will end up at city.
Would he be happy to take cut in his salary?

{Ed002's Note - I am sorry but I don't know - it would be driven by endorsements.}

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26 Aug 2020 16:19:25
Thanks ed.

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25 Aug 2020 19:40:52
Just wondering if the headlines are true and messi has opted out? Can he with the season ending later? What clubs are interested and vice versa if he were a free agent?

{Ed002's Note - It depends what his contract says.}

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25 Aug 2020 19:39:23
Huge news today about Messi

Eds, from your understanding, is Messi in a position to leave on a free? Or are reports that the clause in question expired in June correct?

Would you expect Messi to get his way?


{Ed002's Note - No, Barcelona will not be looking to let him leave for nothing.}

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25 Aug 2020 19:10:56
Hi Ed,

Lots of reports of Messi *actually* telling the Barcelona board of his intention to leave the club.

As much as I take any mention of Messi leaving with a pinch of salt, I'm getting a very CR7 to Juve vibe from how widespread these are, with Puyol coming out with his support for Leo.

If this is actually going to happen, realistically what are his options and who is likely to throw their hat in the ring?

I read that due to the league extension until august that his exit clause was also extended, so there would be no fee to FCB. Is this also true and would this have any affect on any of the possible moves?


{Ed002's Note - Realistic options are Manchester City, PSG and Inter Milan. Other clubs who could do something have others they are working on.}

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25 Aug 2020 21:45:04
Hi Ed002,

I totally understand if you don't want to delve into it just yet but could you give names of the other clubs that Messi could move to?

I can think of Juve, Bayern, Chelsea and maybe Utd.

Thanks Ed!

{Ed002's Note - I have answered this.}

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25 Aug 2020 18:31:29
The rumour mill in overdrive regarding Messi. Is it to the U. S with him or do you think he'll stay in Europe?

{Ed002's Note - If he leaves the expectation is he will stay in Europe.}

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24 Aug 2020 14:07:48
Hi Ed’s, few rumours Luis Suarez being released in the coming days. Is this likely to be happening seems weird terminating his contract, if so is he likely back to Ajax or any other clubs interested?

{Ed002's Note - He will be offered to Ajax as part of the deal for van der Beek. There is nothing new in terms of his availability - it was always going to happen. He squats to piss.}

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20 Aug 2020 03:44:24
Fati and Puig have been making headlines as the next big things at Barcelona and the club seems to be thinking about bring them through. Just wondering what the plans are for some of the others such as Ruiz, Collado and Monchu?

{Ed002's Note - Monchu stays, Collado gets a loan and Ruiz sold.}

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26 Aug 2020 22:14:23
thanks mate.

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19 Aug 2020 14:24:44
Afternoon Ed002,
Do you think Koeman is a good choice for Barcelona?

{Ed002's Note - Yes, an excellent choice.}

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20 Aug 2020 09:49:37
Is he great at managing big egos ed? Seems to be some sort of power play going on there? guess you will be in a more informed position to make that statement.

{Ed002's Note - Koeman is a strong charachter which is what Barcelona need now. They must rebuild and they must get some youngsters through to the first team squad and he is idea for both things - although Ed001 is far from convinced. Many of the "big egos" will be gone over the next 12 months. However the elections could cut it short very easily.}

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24 Aug 2020 14:27:58
Thanks for the response. never easy to predict these things when money and ego is all to play for.

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