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12 Sep 2019 16:32:21
Ed002, can you give me a list of which midfielders Real Madrid are interested in signing?

{Ed002's Note - The primary target will be Donny Van Der Beek and they are confident it will go through.}

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12 Sep 2019 19:28:36
So I shouldn't be worried about Kante leaving for Madrid?

{Ed002's Note - They will be interested if PSG make an offer or if Chelsea make him available.}

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12 Sep 2019 19:39:21
Thank you Ed!

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28 Jul 2019 14:05:33
Dear Ed's,

Can you shed some light over why Bales move to China has fallen through?


{Ed002's Note - The Chinese are happy to offer very, very high wages but do not want to pay a transfer fee.}

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28 Jul 2019 23:16:25
Makes sense given how much they would’ve been paying him! Thanks for the response Ed

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28 Jul 2019 13:47:48
Hi Ed002,
There are reports coming out that Bale’s proposed move to China has fallen through.
Does this effect their pursuit of Pogba in any way and secondly is Madrid having second thoughts on Zidane?
Thanks again.

{Ed002's Note - Real MAdrid need to raise funds by selling players - Bale makes a big hole in the wages but right now the deal is not good for Madrid. James will be gone shortly and they still want Pogba.}

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25 Jul 2019 23:31:41
Ed002 good evening.
Have madrid got an interest in martial?

{Ed002's Note - No Ken.}

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26 Jul 2019 15:09:28
Ed002 thanks. I read it yesterday that he was under consideration due to the cost of mane and others. But thought it too good to be true😤

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21 Jul 2019 06:20:12
Good Morning Ed002,
Zidane mentioned in his press conference that Bale's future will be resolved in a few days.
Any idea which club is close to a deal?

{Ed002's Note - RTP.}

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21 Jul 2019 15:09:04
Thanks Ed. Found it in la liga page.

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18 Jul 2019 20:07:40

Any chance you could share a little knowledge on the Kubo transfer to Madrid. I know barca tried and am i right in thinking, that transfer caused their ban?

Just wondered how madrid ended up successful where barca failed.

Also, is he as good as they say? Looks an incredible talent from the little I've seen. Seems quite down to earth also, which is good in this day and age with all the social media bull.

Thanks in advance

{Ed002's Note - Kubo was instrumental with regards to the bann. Many clubs looked to sign him - including again Barleona - but Real Madrid won out a while back. He will be down to earth given he is a Japanese kiddie - but as you sal one of the emerging talents from the Far East. Take a look at Lee from Valencia if you like Far Eastern kiddies - small but tasty.}

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15 Jul 2019 07:19:09
Hi Ed02

Which position will Hazard play at Madrid. I noticed you mentioned he won't play left forward. Also, do you know who Madrid's primary target for left forward is?

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15 Jul 2019 10:38:19
They want to use him as a more versatile AM player. Nothing has changed in terms of LW players - and it won't be top of the priorities.}

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12 Jul 2019 10:21:27
Hi Ed, who is interested in Dani Ceballos? I think I've read on another page that Spurs are, but there's been lots of talk about Arsenal too. Now been left out of the Real squad for their pre-season tour.

{Ed002's Note - Both sides are interested.}

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08 May 2019 15:00:38
Eds, how much are Real Madrid looking for to offload Gareth Bale? Thanks in advance.

{Ed002's Note - The club are open to listening to offers but the player is saying he does not want to leave. I would think if they could pick up €60M or so they would be more than happy to let him go.}

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13 May 2019 10:18:19
Hi Ed, with Bale left out of the squad once again and ZZ's comments after, can you tell us who is interested in Bale's signature?

{Ed002's Note - Nobody at this time.}

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13 May 2019 15:55:29
Interesting. Thank you Ed.

{Ed002's Note - Bale's salary is going to block any transfer even if the drop their valuation to say €35M unless he accepts a move to somewhere like China.}

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19 May 2019 22:15:48
What has he done to garner so much dislike there Ed?

{Ed002's Note - Failed to learn the language and integrate.}

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21 May 2019 12:00:31
I hear he's loved on the golf courses of Madrid Ed002?

{Ed001's Note - no mate, he doesn't go on the golf courses there, he has his own private one in his backyard. He won't even mix to play golf.}

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16 Apr 2019 10:20:54
Morning ED,

Are you able to give any indications on Real Madrid's summer transfer plans/ targets?

Im expecting them to invest heavily and with Zidane now back do they have clear targets?

Thanks Ed.

{Ed002's Note - It is something like this:

Real Madrid would like a LB, A CB, possibly two, two CM, one AM, one RW, one LW, a Striker and a versatile Forward to move their rebuild on. They do not want to make a change to the goalkeepers unless pressed in to it.

Kepa Arrizabalaga (G) don't be surprised by a significant offer if a G is required
David De Gea (G) don't be surprised by a significant offer if a G is required but interest also from elsewhere

Junior Firpo (LB) preferred option
Nicolas Tagliafico (LB) looking less likely

Eder Militao (CB) expensive but done
William Saliba (CB) one for the future but a great deal of interest from elsewhere - looking unlikely
Mario Hermoso (CB) - Real Madrid have an option to take him back at a fixed fee seeing him as cheap cover. They were going to take him in January to see the season out and then decide what to do with him in the longer term - but the player fears the lack of game time at Real Madrid and will likely reject the opportunity.
Kalidou Koulibaly (CB) only if Varane leaves

Declan Rice (DM) has been watched but a move remains unlikely, certainly this summer

Sergej Milinkovic-Savic (CM) lost out on FdJ and a less grief option to Pogba.
Miralem Pjanic (CM) - after losing out on FdJ and Saul, RM are looking to Pjanic or possibly Rabiot or SMS to replace Kroos
Paul Pogba (CM)
Adrien Rabiot (CM) - issues with his "agent"; if they can be overcome then something can happen

Joao Felix (AM) - may be too expensive given other needs
Bruno Fernandes (AM) - if nothing can be done with JF
Nicolo Zaniolo (AM) - money may not stretch, lots of interest from elsewhere and player wants to stay in Rome - unlikely
Nabil Fekir (AM) watched again - interest gone
Paulo Dybala (AM/F) RM not convinced that the transition to Spain will be an easy one for him, but he remains an option
Pablo Sarabia (AM/W) - Real Madrid has an option and the player turned down the offer to join Chelsea mid season but both Chelsea and PSG will look to a summer move whilst Sevilla will look to a new contract
Christian Eriksen (AM) unlikely

Kylian Mbappe (RW/F) - seen as the Ronaldo replacement

Eden Hazard (LW/RWAM//F)
Sadio Mane (LW/F) Zidane was interested in SM before he moved to Liverpool and his performances this season mean that they could look again - but at this time I am not aware of any approach to Liverpool, but I cannot say if there has been an approach to his agents - would be a fall back position
Julian Brandt (LW/AM) fall back position
Neymar (LW) not going to happen

Luka Jovic (F) complicated but someone is trying to address that
Mauro Icardi (S) RM are considering their options for the striker postion, and the potential grief certain players can bring


Thibault Courtois (G) situation needs resolving
Keylor Navas (G) situation needs resolving

Dani Carvajal (RB) Odriozola will be first pick and the club are looking to promote from within (Sergio Lopez)
Marcelo (LB)
Theo Hernandez (LB)

Jesus Vallejo (CB)
Nacho Fernandez (CB)
Sergio Ramos (CB) maybe will take a couple of years playing elsewhere and then a final year back at Sevilla - perhaps not this summer
Raphael Varane (CB)

Casemiro (DM) will likely stay

Toni Kroos (CM) available but expensive
Luka Modric (CM) time has come

Isco (AM) up in the air still

Gareth Bale (W) is available to be sold or used in a part exchange deal but nobody is interested at this time - seen as one of the main reasons that the rebuild will take longer than planned as he wants to stay
Marco Asensio (AM/LW) interest from Inter offered as part of a deal with an English side but the player has said he does not want to leave

Karim Benzema (S) signed a new contract but is available

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16 Apr 2019 17:34:17
thats epic Ed thanks

{Ed002's Note - You are welcome.}

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16 Apr 2019 17:34:17
thats epic Ed thanks

{Ed002's Note - You are welcome.)

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23 Apr 2019 08:31:20
Loving these summaries Ed002, thanks a mil for keeping us all up to date. So where does Achraf Hakimi's future lie? I assume he has no future at RM, do Dortmund want him permanently or is he available or of interest to whom? Thanks again.

{Ed002's Note - He will stay and complete his contract at Dortmund.}

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24 Apr 2019 13:32:38
Hey Ed. from liverpool page, I think you stated that Salah wanted to move to Madrid, and you have not mentioned him in your list, so is it a one sided affair with Salah trying to get to Madrid.

{Ed002's Note - Nothing has changed - they would be more interested if he and his agent dropped their demands over money and another matter.}

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24 Apr 2019 22:10:06
Ah I get you sir. Monay monay monay. Haha life of a footballer

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24 Apr 2019 22:13:24
I'm guessing by recent trends and demands he wants team to be built around him and make big bucks.

{Ed002's Note - It is not that but money is an issue.}

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25 Apr 2019 11:37:10
Fair point sir Edward the 2nd

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29 Apr 2019 06:52:12
Ed002, two things:

1) Why won't Neymar to RM happen?
2) Have RM looked at Jose Maria Gimenez?

{Ed002's Note - (1) Because PSG don't want to sell him this summer. (2) They look at lots of players.}

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29 Apr 2019 08:21:24
Thanks, Ed002.

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03 May 2019 21:16:09
That a big rebuild. Would they like that all done in one window ed or over a couple?
Even tho bale wants to stay would they not take a hit on him and lower his price?

{Ed002's Note - It will take time but they also know they are one of a number of sides looking to rebuild. The trouble with Bale is not just the asking price.}

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04 May 2019 07:08:55
Why have they left it till now ed to buy a whole squad nearly?
Most teams try replace a couple players every year, just feels like Madrid have left it very late.

{Ed002's Note - There are a number of sides doing the same thing and Madrid had to stablise with a manager.}

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11 May 2019 08:44:09
Thanks ed002 for the summary.

Is there any interest in Raphael Varane if so which clubs if your happy to share that information.


{Ed002's Note - Raphael Varane (CB) was of prior interest of Mr Mourinho when at Manchester United and even if that interest were to return a discussion has already been held with another side - plus Madrid will try and tempt him to stay, although he wants out. I suspect he could easily be priced out of a move by RM looking to block the transfer. Juventus also had an enquiry rejected.}

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06 Apr 2019 00:26:04
Marca reports that an agreement has been reached between chelsea and madrid for hazard.

Im aware its not a signed agreement but looks like 100mill it is. for a player on his last year that's a brilliant deal.

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13 Mar 2019 14:34:59
Did you expect Zidane to return to Real Madrid?

What changes do you expect Zidane to ask to make over the summer regards transfers


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06 Mar 2019 10:17:54
Ed 002
Graham Hunter seems to think that Jose is likely to become Real manager in the summer.
Is this in line with your knowledge of the situation?

{Ed002's Note - He has options and he is the preferred option for Real Madrid. As such it is certainly possible but they have a couple of "back up" options and are intrigued by what may well be the unexpected availability of Allegri.}

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08 Mar 2019 06:15:44
ed is luis campos likely or is he lined up to join if mourinho joins

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10 Mar 2019 12:13:27
I wouldn't like to be Sergio Ramos right about now

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12 Mar 2019 20:54:16
Looks like no one was aware of zidane

{Ed002's Note - He was there second choice.}

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13 Mar 2019 20:58:06
I don't mean you ed. I mean the bloody make believe balagues of the world.

Saying that did mourinho turn madrid down? Wow he must have a good gig lined up.

{Ed002's Note - it did not really come to that as there were others who pushed for someone other than JM, who has other options in anycaee.}

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15 Feb 2019 07:48:33
Ed can you shed any light on Gareth bales situation? Seems very unhappy at Madrid and increasingly outcast, not used/ trusted by 2 zidane or solari. surely he will leave this summer, and gave to take a sizeable pay cut to do so?

{Ed001's Note - he can't speak Spanish, doesn't try hard enough, the fans hate him (in large part because he won't even try to speak Spanish despite living in Spain for 6 years) and he is always injured. Solari would love to get rid, as would Zidane before him. The only reason he is still there is because Perez loves his marketing potential. It all comes down to Perez.}

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16 Feb 2019 08:16:42
I see. Not ideal then. do you think he will go this summer? The whole storming down the tunnel after a win just seems to me like he doesn't want to be there at all. Are any clubs even interested in him anymore?

Thanks for the reply

{Ed001's Note - I think Perez has finally had enough of him now after this incident, so there is every chance that they will try to get rid. It is not that easy though, there is very little interest in him any more. Spurs would love him back but will not pay his wages.}

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16 Feb 2019 11:59:23
China calls?

{Ed001's Note - I very much doubt he would go there. That is a major issue, he is so far up his own backside that he thinks he should be the key figure at Madrid.}

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16 Feb 2019 14:38:36
He should come for 60 grand a week haha. Good.insight ed. Cheers

{Ed002's Note - His "agent" (and I use the term in the most general sense) thinks the Manchester United interest remains but the price is very, very high, and as Ed001 has said, finding interest may be difficult. Bale may also make it difficult to sell him.}

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05 Feb 2019 14:55:28
Should we be expecting an announcement from Madrid with regard to the signing of Hazard?

{Ed002's Note - Probably not this afternoon.}

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05 Feb 2019 15:19:31
Dare I ask what sort of timeframe are we looking at before an announcemet Ed002 ?
I am sure you are aware Hazard spoke to RMC and said a decision has been made.

{Ed002's Note - Tomorrow morning perhaps - over lunch when no on is around?}

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31 Dec 2018 18:06:25
You said on the latest sharkopod that ramos will likely leave madrid in the summer before an eventual return to sevilla. Could you say where he could possibly move to or should i wait for the next sharkopod? Thanks

{Ed002's Note - He will have offers from China, the Far East, the Middle East and the US I have no doubt.}

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01 Jan 2019 01:25:45
Surprised no one from europes top leagues, still has something to offer in my opinion

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19 Nov 2018 23:24:48
Hi eds, i know you mentioned a while ago about the rebuild on going at madrid. I was wondering if you had any updates regarding time scales and targets? Cheers!

{Ed002's Note - The club accept it will take longer than planned and there has been disruption with the change of coach and results. In terms of targets they remain pretty much the same but I would add that they will certainly look to taking Mario Hermoso back as cover - but the player may well reject the chance for fears that he will have little or no game time. The plans with adding Exequiel Palacios and Rodrygo Goes in January remain as they are which will see the effort to move a couple of players on to bring money in rather than make space. There would be several of the summer targets like Dele Alli, Antoine Griezmann, Julian Draxler, Leon Goretzka and Toby Alderweireld who have moved elsewhere or see interest drift away.}

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20 Nov 2018 23:20:40
Cheers for the top update, appreciated.

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31 Oct 2018 12:07:38
Any truth in the Rumour that Martinez is being considered for the managers job ?
Many thanks.

{Ed002's Note - I am sure they will consider a few folks but I am not aware of any approach for martinez and I can think of one reason that he would not be a likely choice at all.}

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22 Oct 2018 12:35:12
Eds who do you think madrid will go for if they sack their coach? Poch again??

{Ed002's Note - Mauricio Pochettino will be the preferred, although very likely unachievable, target for Perez to replace Julen Lopetegui as coach - but Spurs will block any attempt by Real Madrid to approach him.
Santiago Solari is seen by some as the likely option and it would see promotion from within - but not everybody at the club are convinced he is the person to to coach during this period of significant change - they have been taking advice over the matter. He will be considered but he is, in my view, just as much a risk as Lopetegui
Antonio Conte - Chelsea would be open to a deal for Conte but he may wish to stay in Italy and although he has to be seen as a step in and be successful manager.
Massimiliano Allegri rejected RM before - very unlikely he would do anything but the same again.
I would re-iterate – as a wildcard don't lose sight of Guti as a potential option even though he should perhaps have been given the job in the summer and has since moved elsewhere

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22 Oct 2018 13:47:47
As a matter of interest would poch be interested? I guess Levy would be a nightmare to deal with

{Ed002's Note - I really don’t know.}

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21 Oct 2018 16:59:40
What's going wrong at Real Madrid ed? How do you suggest they turn the situation around?
Do you think they will sell Asensio? Cheers.

{Ed002's Note - In all honesty they made a mistake with the new head coach and are already of the opinion that Julen Lopetegui is not the person to be guiding them through a period of extensive rebuilding - even though the players are not really his choice he has the responsibility to integrate new players in to the side. The club are aware that they need to adress the coaching situation and have already made enquiries and taken advice about potential replacements for Lopetegui. They are not looking to sell Asensio.}

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