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

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


1.) 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.}


2.) 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.


 

 

12 Jan 2020 18:34:18
Question for Ed002, would you be able to give a list of ins and outs/ outlined plans at Barcelona please?

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{Ed002's Note - Barcelona have to resolve a financial issue before anything of note happens:
Lukas Klostermann (RB) keen to take him
Emerson (LWB) looking unlikely but have enquired.
Virgil van Dijk (CB) will not be able to afford him.
Jan Vertonghen (CB) Free Agent – a Plan B.
N'Golo Kante (DM/CM) interest has likely gone die to the cost and serious interest from elsewhere.
Fabian Ruiz (CM) is seen as a replacement for Rakatic but also wanted by Real Madrid.
Blaise Matuidi (CM) Free Agent – a Plan B.
Angel Gomes (CM) Free Agent – a Plan C if required.
Donny van der Beek (CM) primary target of Real Madrid but they are concerned that the price is being pushed up by the interest of other clubs - which means Barcelona could turn to van der Beek if Real Madrid push for their other target, Ruiz.
Stefano Sensi (CM) Inter plan on taking up their option to buy but Barcelona have spoken with Sassuolo and want to buy out his loan in January and sign him in the summer. I would think unlikely.
Dani Olmo (AM/W) a primary target.
Bilel Hassaini (RW) a mess, I would forget it.
Isaac Lihadji (RW) kiddie from Marseille who is attracting interest of several leading sides – the lady from Marseille (who Barcelona also wish to employ) expects Barcelona to step back, but sadly not others.
Tahith Chong (RW) Free Agent – looking less likely
Mo Salah (RW/LW/F) is unlikely after kicking his agent out over ridiculous demands on more than one occasion - but player still feels that this might be his best chance to move to Real Madrid or other high profile side. - but talks have again happened with Barcelona. I would think no chance no.
Pedro (RW) Free Agent – could arrive as cover and the player wants it.
Willian (RW/LW) Free Agent but Barcelona want him in January – the player wants to stay at Chelsea.
Kylian Mbappe (RW/F) Barcelona will push but need to sell Dembele – very much desired to looks to be heading elsewhere.
Jadon Sancho (RW) down the list and too expensive for Barcelona. Would want assurances of game time and not first choice.
Victor Osimhen (S/F) One particular Liverpool scout is pressing for the club to sign him. Barcelona have also shown an interest but they have a financial issue to solve first - he only joined in the summer and Lille will resist any January bids - and it is hard to see why the player would consider a career on the bench. Spurs have looked at him and spoken with his agent. A senior Chelsea scout has also been watching the player who could be seen as an option to their primary striker targets - but their need is for January rather than the summer. There was serious interest from Arsenal when he was much younger but he opted for Wolfsburg. Wolves, Real Madrid, Valencia and Napoli also have a declared interest.
Neymar (LW/F) very much first choice.
Donyell Malen (F/W) rather raw Arsenal reject who has done well at PSV, is well liked if a little moody, but may not be able to make the step up. Rather unlikely if there is interest at the €50M asking price at all but Barcelona has asked about availability and have gone as far as asking if they can have a doctor take a look at his knee injury.
Dries Mertens (S/LW) Free Agent – makes no sense.
Lautaro Martinez (S) Inter will face serious interest from Real Madrid and Barcelona - who see him as a Suarez replacement
Kryzsztof Piatek (S) Barcelona will look to the Milan fire sale but I suspect he will head elsewhere.
Edison Cavani (S) Free Agent – a filler if needed but will take the coming months to organise a deal elsewhere

Outbound perhaps:
Marc-Andre Ter Stegen (G)
Nelson Semedo (RB)
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.}
Samuel Umtiti (CB) decision is that he is not up to scratch - to be sold
Jean-Clair Todibo (CB) will only be sold with a buy-back clause and €25M - plenty of interest but Barcelona do not see him as good enough - will be available in January and is being offered around to clubs including Everton, Inter, Manchester United. But Milan already in talks and interest from Bayer Leverkusen and Southampton.
Arturo Vidal (DM/CM)
Ivan Rakitic (CM)
Ousmane Dembele (LW/RW/F)
Antoine Griezmann (F/W) could be moved on if things don't improve
Lionel Messi (F) maybe 2021 - much will depend on offers
Luiz Suarez (F)


1.) 12 Jan 2020 22:23:48
Thanks Ed002, surprised to see Ter Stegen on the 'Outs' list.


 

 

19 Dec 2019 12:52:38
Question for Ed002 if you're around, do Barcelona have any plans to replace Valverde in the near future? The football is miserable, tepid, uninspiring and boring to watch and the fans seem to have had enough aswell.

scholes_18_18

{Ed002's Note - Yes, they will replace him at some point.}


1.) 19 Dec 2019 14:45:45
Any immediate plans? i. e. the coming weeks?

{Ed002's Note - I cannot sensibly answer such questions.)


 

 

 

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08 Sep 2020 11:13:14
This may sound a bit crazy to some Ed001, but don't you think Wijnaldum would be a better signing for Barcelona than Thiago? Seems to be a lot of commotion when it comes to picking between the two. I think Thiago is the better footballer but Wijnaldum would add the intensity and energy that this Barcelona team currently lacks, they get overrun far too easily.

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{Ed001's Note - that is a very good point. The problem is that, much as I love him, Gini can often fail to provide any intensity. He often plays within himself and that is already an issue with the Barca side. On their best days then yes, I would agree with you. Problem is that he doesn't have enough of those best days and is far too laidback. He needs to be angry more often, like he was when benched against Barcelona. When he came off the bench, he battered their midfield to prove a point that he should have been starting. That Gini would be perfect for Barca.}


1.) 08 Sep 2020 12:41:56
Yes i agree, sometimes it feels as if he isn't on the pitch, maybe a move to Barcelona, playing under Koeman can crop that part of his game out. Still remember when he was taking the p**s out of Barcelona at Anfield aswell, think he ended Busquets' career that night lol.

{Ed001's Note - about time someone did! The guy is a ****house of the highest order. Constantly throwing himself to the ground and crying for a foul when he is one of the worst for fouling people but gets away with it.}


2.) 08 Sep 2020 14:08:07
Not to mention he actually isn't that good, heard he'll have more of bench role next season, should be shipped out instead to be honest. How are things with you anyway Ed001?

{Ed001's Note - I am not a fan of him but for some reason he gets feted as some kind of great player. Never did understand that.

I am good thanks mate, just looking forward to getting the season underway properly and away from these tedious internationals and the grinning gimp in his teflon waistcoat who avoids all blame for being clueless and having no control over his players. How about you?}


3.) 18 Sep 2020 15:19:20
Bit of a late reply Ed, sweating to see if we manage to get some players in lol, or Ole will be hung out to dry aswell. And not bad myself mate, just getting by, hoping we don't go into another lockdown tbh.

Don't remind of the genius in the waistcoat🤣🤣🤣 that was some shocking football from England, any chance the FA will give me the gig lol?

{Ed001's Note - I am sure you will get someone, there is clearly money there to buy a winger.

Are you in danger of another lockdown? I don't understand the point in that, the problem is mostly down to idiots refusing to wear masks, so why lock the rest of us up because of those morons? If they catch someone without a mask on, lock those divvies up and I guarantee people would soon start wearing one!

I am not sure you are enough of a gormless yes man .... oh wait sorry you are perfect ;-)


 

 

17 Aug 2020 14:07:33
Koeman to Barcelona Ed001, surely they're having a laugh? That club is absolutely finished. He has managed to get some top jobs since his nightmare at Everton.

scholes_18_18

{Ed001's Note - it was always likely to be him, ex-player and that is all it is about. They want someone to get the fans onside.}


 

 

17 Aug 2020 14:07:33
Koeman to Barcelona Ed001, surely they're having a laugh? That club is absolutely finished. He has managed to get some top jobs since his nightmare at Everton.

scholes_18_18

{Ed001's Note - it was always likely to be him, ex-player and that is all it is about. They want someone to get the fans onside.}


1.) 17 Aug 2020 15:08:03
Just stupid, don't you think Ten Haag would have been a better option?

{Ed001's Note - much better, but if you were him would you want the Barca job? It is a poison chalice.}


2.) 17 Aug 2020 15:45:49
Mind you, forgot about that. The upcoming election is the only thing that provides them hope.


 

 

23 Jun 2020 18:54:54
Evening Ed001, hope all is well.

Question, what do you think of the supposed deal involving Arthur>Juve and Pjanic>Barca? Seems like the decision makers at Barcelona have lost the plot to me, they've got an ageing team/ midfield and are replacing a promising young player with a player past his best. Does this sum up the clubs transfers in the last few years? Shocking shocking shocking.

scholes_18_18

{Ed001's Note - that seems a terrible deal, good as Pjanic is you don't give up a player like Arthur unless there is a fair bit of cash coming your way. Even then it makes little sense as Pjanic will no doubt be paid much more. It really does highlight how shocking their transfer dealings have been in recent years. The problem with the presidential system they have in Spain is that it is difficult to plan long term, as one president does not want to create something for their rival to be the one to benefit from it.}


1.) 23 Jun 2020 19:36:42
Agreed Ed, their transfer dealings have been appalling. They used to be a fantastic side, now they are close to being average, they'd be fighting for 4th in the PL. Correct me if i'm wrong, but i think the elections are next year, so the situation could possibly be rectified with a new board in place.

{Ed001's Note - it is likely Laporta will win which is why the sudden talk of a Pep return. Pep and Bartolomeu do not get on at all, but Pep is very friendly with Laporta. With Pep's missus pretty much full-time in Barcelona now, Laporta is hoping he can convince Pep to move home.}


2.) 24 Jun 2020 11:40:59
Hopefully that does happen then Ed, need to re-energise this team one more team before Messi's career comes to an end and i stop watching Barcelona lol. 😬.

{Ed001's Note - you should throw your support behind a team that is not greedily destroying the whole of Spanish football - one of the smaller clubs like Real Betis or Villareal. Barca are a corporate machine and the worst kind of club because they pretend to be otherwise.}


3.) 24 Jun 2020 14:13:39
I'll be honest Ed, i wouldn't say i support Barcelona but i do watch them every week but only because of Messi.

{Ed001's Note - I don't like watching Messi, I always feel he shouldn't be playing. How is he any different from any other drug cheat?}


4.) 24 Jun 2020 14:59:57
First time i will have to disagree with you then Ed lol.

{Ed001's Note - explain how he is different? He took HGH to enable him to play footie at the highest level. It wasn't needed so he could live an active normal life, just to enable him to play professional sport. How is that not cheating?}


5.) 24 Jun 2020 17:09:34
He was very young when he took HGH ed, maybe those around him felt they couldn't let his talent go to waste? It would have been a shame if he didn't get to play at the highest level due to something out of his control (his height)

{Ed001's Note - still don't see how it is not cheating, plenty of people have to miss out because of their height or other factors.}


 

 

09 Jan 2020 23:58:02
Question for Ed001, what's gone wrong at Barcelona Ed? They are playing some awful football, dropping points for fun, it's horrendous compared to their usual standard. What's your opinion on Valverde as the coach? The miserable defence? The past it Rakitic and Busquets? When Messi doesn't perform, it seems as if the rest of the team are playing like they've never played with each other before.

scholes_18_18

{Ed001's Note - Valverde is an awful coach and their recruitment is terrible. That is why they are struggling. They have been trying to replace Rakitic, Busquets and the defence for years, but they can't find an upgrade even though the players they have are so long in the tooth.

It doesn't help that Messi has too much power behind the scenes and they involve him in every decision on recruitment. By now they should have realised he hasn't a clue about that side of things, for all his ability on the pitch.

They need to rip it all apart and start again from the top. Their only real hope is that the rest of Spanish football is worse so they can win things, if they carry on like this. It doesn't matter how good Messi is, you can't just have a team which is him + 10 others. It needs to be 11 players working together towards the win. Instead everyone else on the pitch works, while Messi watches until the ball comes to him. That doesn't work long term as the other players eventually get fed up of having to do extra work to cover him, no matter how good he is. Then, the moment he has an off day, it all falls apart.

They are in danger of falling apart properly.}


1.) 10 Jan 2020 12:34:27
Surprised Valverde wasn't sacked after the Roma game in 2018, but remember Ed002 saying there was an issue in getting Quique Setien (correct me if i'm wrong) .

Completely agree with the recruitment, wasted money on Coutinho and Dembele, Griezmann is currently out of sorts on the LW, defensively they still play the hopeless Sergi Roberto, couple that with Pique who just isn't good enough anymore, injury prone Umtiti and Lenglet (why on earth did they buy him? He isn't good at anything), luckily they have Ter Stegen in goal, excellent goalkeeper.

Good point on the Messi +10 others Ed001, it was blindingly obvious at Anfield, pass it to Messi and if you can't do that, then we're in big trouble because the rest of the team struggle to play any other way. Remember you saying the Coutinho money should have been spent on Saul Niguez, a midfield three of Saul-Arthur-De Jong would definitely imrpove Barcelona, Busquets legs have given way, even more exposed now he isn't carried by Xavi and Iniesta, same for Rakitic who's also past it. Need a massive rebuild now, my preferred choice would be Ten Haag Ed001, agree?


2.) 10 Jan 2020 12:34:27
Surprised Valverde wasn't sacked after the Roma game in 2018, but remember Ed002 saying there was an issue in getting Quique Setien (correct me if i'm wrong) .

Completely agree with the recruitment, wasted money on Coutinho and Dembele, Griezmann is currently out of sorts on the LW, defensively they still play the hopeless Sergi Roberto, couple that with Pique who just isn't good enough anymore, injury prone Umtiti and Lenglet (why on earth did they buy him? He isn't good at anything), luckily they have Ter Stegen in goal, excellent goalkeeper.

Good point on the Messi +10 others Ed001, it was blindingly obvious at Anfield, pass it to Messi and if you can't do that, then we're in big trouble because the rest of the team struggle to play any other way. Remember you saying the Coutinho money should have been spent on Saul Niguez, a midfield three of Saul-Arthur-De Jong would definitely imrpove Barcelona, Busquets legs have given way, even more exposed now he isn't carried by Xavi and Iniesta, same for Rakitic who's also past it. Need a massive rebuild now, my preferred choice would be Ten Haag Ed001, agree?

{Ed001's Note - they should get Setien now. He plays fantastic footie. But Ten Hag would be an excellent alternative. Ten Hag would be a return to the Cruyff school there, which is the basis of their success so probably makes more sense.}


3.) 10 Jan 2020 13:26:33
Yes, either one of them would be excellent though with the way things are at Barcelona they'll end up getting someone like Koeman. Also, whilst we're on the topic of Spanish football, what's your opinion on Fede Valverde at Madrid? He looks unreal.

{Ed001's Note - very highly rated and is seen as the future. Not seen a lot of him to be honest.}


4.) 10 Jan 2020 15:20:47
He's like a hybrid, a cross between the guile and gliding-like ability of Modric and the calmness of Kroos in posession. Covers the ground easily with his long strides, good in the tackle and right now provides excellent balance in a midfield 3 for Madrid, who get overrun with just Kroos and Modric in midfield. His passing, from what i've seen looks very good aswell.

{Ed001's Note - btw, in answer to the earlier question Ed002 added his reply as well: "It is correct that they wanted Quique Setien but that is off the table. They would, if it were possible, take Pep Guardiola back - and maybe one day they will. So that brings it down to Gallardo (who River Plate will release if the opportunity arises that the coach wants) and Xavi - who I expect to be appointed (perhaps as soon as next week if Barcelona cannot hold out until the end of the season)."}


5.) 10 Jan 2020 16:57:24
Thanks Ed001 and Ed002, Xavi a good choice in your opinion Ed002?

{Ed002's Note - I have no idea as his experience is in the Middle East.}


6.) 10 Jan 2020 21:09:00
Thanks Ed002.


 

 

 

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12 Jan 2020 22:23:48
Thanks Ed002, surprised to see Ter Stegen on the 'Outs' list.

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19 Dec 2019 19:30:49
Not a problem, thanks Ed002.

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19 Dec 2019 14:45:45
Any immediate plans? i. e. the coming weeks?

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28 Dec 2018 14:05:36
Thanks Ed

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28 Dec 2018 13:45:53
Wow Ed002, amazing as usual. Could i be greedy and ask where MDL is expected to be heading for now? Thanks

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{Ed002's Note - Bayern Munich or Juventus.}


 

 

 

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18 Sep 2020 15:19:20
Bit of a late reply Ed, sweating to see if we manage to get some players in lol, or Ole will be hung out to dry aswell. And not bad myself mate, just getting by, hoping we don't go into another lockdown tbh.

Don't remind of the genius in the waistcoat🤣🤣🤣 that was some shocking football from England, any chance the FA will give me the gig lol?

scholes_18_18

{Ed001's Note - I am sure you will get someone, there is clearly money there to buy a winger.

Are you in danger of another lockdown? I don't understand the point in that, the problem is mostly down to idiots refusing to wear masks, so why lock the rest of us up because of those morons? If they catch someone without a mask on, lock those divvies up and I guarantee people would soon start wearing one!

I am not sure you are enough of a gormless yes man .... oh wait sorry you are perfect ;-)


 

 

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08 Sep 2020 14:08:07
Not to mention he actually isn't that good, heard he'll have more of bench role next season, should be shipped out instead to be honest. How are things with you anyway Ed001?

scholes_18_18

{Ed001's Note - I am not a fan of him but for some reason he gets feted as some kind of great player. Never did understand that.

I am good thanks mate, just looking forward to getting the season underway properly and away from these tedious internationals and the grinning gimp in his teflon waistcoat who avoids all blame for being clueless and having no control over his players. How about you?}


 

 

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08 Sep 2020 12:41:56
Yes i agree, sometimes it feels as if he isn't on the pitch, maybe a move to Barcelona, playing under Koeman can crop that part of his game out. Still remember when he was taking the p**s out of Barcelona at Anfield aswell, think he ended Busquets' career that night lol.

scholes_18_18

{Ed001's Note - about time someone did! The guy is a ****house of the highest order. Constantly throwing himself to the ground and crying for a foul when he is one of the worst for fouling people but gets away with it.}


 

 

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17 Aug 2020 15:45:49
Mind you, forgot about that. The upcoming election is the only thing that provides them hope.

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17 Aug 2020 15:08:03
Just stupid, don't you think Ten Haag would have been a better option?

scholes_18_18

{Ed001's Note - much better, but if you were him would you want the Barca job? It is a poison chalice.}