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15 Apr 2018 09:55:35
Hey 002, how are you fixed for a quick and dirty run through of Man Utd targets for summer and possible sales?

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{Ed002's Note - In terms of interest we know of, it is something like this:

GK – we will have to wait and see

Alvaro Odriozola (RWB) - won't leave Spain, may not be a need for an addition this summer

Toby Alderweireld (CB) - but may need to fend off an offer of a new deal from Spurs, Manchester City and Real Madrid
Raphael Varane (CB) - it drags on rather but Real Madrid may be willing to let him leave this summer for the right price as part of their major rebuild programme – so might be possible
Samuel Umtiti (CB) – a maybe right now although another English side who have enquired have been told he is negotiating a new deal - if that can't be agreed we will see, but Barcelona won't sell before they have a replacement and that is proving to be financially difficult – player is proving to be a real pain in the neck
David Lopez (CB) - do not rule him out - Mourinho will wait and remains keen
Don’t rule out a move for an English CB to keep the balance

Danny Rose (LB) – I expect an offer to be made
Faouzi Ghoulam (LB) - risky after ACL injury
Aaron Martin (LB) – liked by JM
Alex Sandro (LB) – keeps running hot and cold with Juve but they have a replacement in mind so could push to the top of the list
Philipp Max (LB) – would be a great pick but unlikely
Kieran Tierney (LB) – not first team material for MU at this time, liked but unlikely

Jorginho (CM/DM) – player wants MC
Casemiro (DM) – a JM favourite
Fabinho (DM) - not first choice – doubtful

Toni Kroos (M) wanted by JM but not by the club – but JM may get his way
Arturo Vidal (CM) – age/price makes him unlikely but JM likes him
Jean Michael Seri (M) – I would strike him from the list – talking to another PL side
Sergej Milinkovic-Savic (CM) – could be priced out of a move
Fred (CM) - alternative to SMS and Kroos

Isco (AM) – depends on RM coach staying or going, serious interest from elsewhere

Christian Pulisic (RW) – very doubtful and a position that is not pressing

Gareth Bale (LW) - Will be offered to Manchester United but I think could be priced out of a move when his injuries are taken in to account - and he will have another option in England
Jose Arnaiz (LW) - viable option, don’t lose sight of him
Marco Asensio (LW) - unlikely because if he leaves he will likely be heading elsewhere and he is very, very pricey
Ivan Perisic (LW) - Manchester United could yet return although he has been struggling a little for form of late

Robert Lewandowski (S) - player wants Real Madrid but they may look first to other options – but not a pressing need right now

Out - perhaps:
Anthony Martial
Zlatan Ibrahimovic (had to leave before end of March)
Chris Smalling
Phil Jones
Matteo Darmian
Luke Shaw

1.) 15 Apr 2018 19:58:04
Cheers ed.

2.) 15 Apr 2018 20:24:22
Great choices there . i'd go with Sandro, Umtiti or Alderweireld, , Jose Arnaiz looks like he might have a lot to prove as he isn't getting game time at Barcelona so will be hungry for success ans i wouls go for Kroos as it seems Pogba will be staying.

3.) 15 Apr 2018 20:25:37
As a dm i would go for Casemiro he could be a really good option for us.

4.) 15 Apr 2018 21:15:20
Thanks ed002 you’re a sweetheart.

5.) 15 Apr 2018 21:18:29
Thanks Ed, very interesting to see.

Considering the good ones that the ed says are less likely, the ones he says are more likely don't really fill me with great positivity.
Does anyone else feel the same way?

Did I read right that RB/ RWB might not be a priority? If so, disappointing.

CB - definitely need a solid and consistent one. Toby Alder would be great, prem proven, but can we really get him and rose from Spurs?

LB - Danny rose is injury prone and hasn't played well for like a year, and will be well overpriced.
Alex Sandro has disappointed me in every champs league games I've watched him in, nothing like a 50-60m fullback.
Aaron Martin for me.

DM - Casimiero is good. Would take him. Matic will only get worse next season i reckon so I think we need a more dynamic holding mid.

CM - Kroos wouldn't give our midfield the transformation it needs. In fact we might find he'd compound our existing issues. And as a big name he'd cost a bomb.
Vidal prob too old to sign now for the type of player he is, though he would definitely improve us short term.
SMS probably the only one out of the entire list worth breaking the bank for.
Fred would be a v good signing I believe.

None of the attacking options there are ideal/ viable in my view, apart from Arnaiz maybe. Bale and Perisic are big no's for me.

Sounding a bit negative but have to admit I'm struggling a bit.

6.) 15 Apr 2018 21:48:24
Thanks Ed much appreciated. Frankly though I am rather underwhelmed by most of the players you mentioned. Yes they are generally very good players but fee are what I would term truly world beaters. You can be sure City will strengthen and even if they didn't I don't think the players you named would make City quake in their boots. Additionally City are by and large a young team who will only grow stronger together.

{Ed002's Note - You have to have players who fit in the team and four of these are players MC are interested in.}

7.) 15 Apr 2018 22:16:37
Thanks Ed

Any of the three CBs would be great additions. As for an English signing to keep balance if Jones and Smalling leave (which I hope they do), I’d love to see us give Tuanzebe a real chance.

LB I’d love Rose. I know some people are negative about his injuries and overall performance level but he’d undoubtedly be a huge improvement for us. Hopefully we keep an eye on Tierney and line him up for a move in the next couple of seasons.

DM I’d rather see TFM given a chance in our squad in this position than at RB (that would mean us having to make a signing there though) . I think Matic has done well for us and no harm having him and TFM as our two options next season

Would love Kroos at CM to make the midfield three. Jorginho and Fred both good options too.

Only attacking player on the list that seems exciting is Asensio. Would move heaven, earth and Martial to get him. But given how unlikely it sounds I’d rather stick with the attacking players we have.

Outgoings seem good, possibly Fellaini and Mata to be added to the list? Andreas Perreira another young player who could add to our squad next season too. An interesting and important summer ahead if we’re to close the gap on City and avoid being surpassed by the scousers.

8.) 16 Apr 2018 04:52:12
Thanks Ed, for update, some great option there.
Left back options seems trick but I would be happy with Sandro,

Umtiti for CB, either Casimiero or Jorginho though the later doesn't prefer us for CDM,

Sergej would my choice for CM, but is overpriced as you say, Not sure with Kross very good on the ball but with Pogba will have many passengers in the middle,

Isco would be good but seems unlikely, LW seem trick, Asensio, very good, Bale and Perisic very experienced but on the decline, Arnaiz have not seen him play.

Outs, I would like Martial to stay but all the signs tell will be sold.
No mention of Blind but I don't see him staying.

9.) 16 Apr 2018 05:05:19
Keep ddg and get likes of alderwierld, Sandro, casemiero, and we will be in a good position. Only worrying factor is all these lw's that we are targeting, even if martial goes we will still have rashford and the 500k man on left. It is someone on the right that we need not on left.

10.) 15 Apr 2018 23:07:32
Ed 2 I totally an understand the concept of getting players to fit the team. I can understand City being interested in them but they have already have a very strong core bedded in. We don't. We need two fullbacks possibly another centre half and definitely at least one midfielder and wide player. City already have almost two players for every position. In some positions they have three choices! Ultimately though any team has to have a solid foundation to build on and a defined pattern of play which allows the players the confidence to perform to their best. We have neither. Winning last week just papered over the cracks. The good thing from today's loss is that maybe Jose gets the funds he needs to buy the players needed to get us back to where we used to be. I do not believe Jose is past it. The players today have to take the brunt of criticism. To play so poorly and without urgency and passion is not the fault of the manager. For all the faults he may have Jose would not instruct a team of his to play like that. The players need to man up and show some character.

{Ed002's Note - I really have no idea what you expect. You are underwhelmed because MC has better, I explain that four of these players are also interesting MC, and now the problem is that MC have more choices. What is it you are expecting?}

11.) 16 Apr 2018 03:21:58
Thanks a lot ed2, you are a legend.

12.) 16 Apr 2018 09:55:03
Thanks for that Ed 002, Max would be an excellent buy for United. He would totally revitalise our left side. Shame it isn't likely, he's a good player and exactly what United need. Have a good day.

13.) 16 Apr 2018 12:02:40
Fantastic Ed, thanks for your time, really made my day!

14.) 16 Apr 2018 13:34:39
Do you know the interested clubs in martial if he were to be sold ed


{Ed002's Note - Juventus.}

15.) 16 Apr 2018 13:53:14
Thanks a lot Ed, at least we have an idea of transfer targets. It's a bit disappointing though that we aren't focusing so much on RW/ RM/ RB.

16.) 16 Apr 2018 16:56:20
I’d love us to sign tierney as he looks an absolute class act, however another year or two at Celtic will do him no harm.

17.) 16 Apr 2018 16:37:26
Ed002 thanks and just saw this. Appreciate your info.
Salute 🙏.

18.) 16 Apr 2018 18:18:27
thanks ed.

19.) 16 Apr 2018 21:11:57
Seems a genuine lack of top top quality available. i'm Thinking Jose's tactics/ inspiration/ man-managment skills next season will be more important than recruitment if this is what we have to choose from.

20.) 16 Apr 2018 21:20:13
I do not understand why there are so many left wing targets but hardly any on right wing. I thought we are loaded on left wing and we desperately need a right winger. Maybe Sanchez is to be moved to the right this summer?

21.) 17 Apr 2018 07:48:45
I can see Sanchez playing out there next year but being given the freedom that mata has to roam inside.

22.) 17 Apr 2018 15:16:44
12daysofhermida why then mess martial around shifting him from left when sanchez arrived if the idea was to play him on the right eventually?

23.) 17 Apr 2018 20:26:12
Fantastic insight Ed, Thank you. On Milinkovic-Savic, from reading a while back he seemed our primary target for midfield. Is this still the case or has the price pushed him down the list. Thanks as always.

{Ed002's Note - I think he would be the number one pick.}

24.) 17 Apr 2018 21:02:33
So Blind and Fellaini are staying?

{Ed004's Note - I very much doubt it}



07 Apr 2018 10:13:12
Hey 002, any chance of a quick summary of summer ins and outs?

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{Ed002's Note - Remind me later in the week please.}

1.) 09 Apr 2018 12:49:33
I look forward to this thank ed002 much appreciated 👍👏.

{Ed002's Note - You are welcome Dave.}

2.) 11 Apr 2018 21:04:18
Is it late enough in the week for this one Ed?

{Ed002's Note - Sunday afternoon is better.}

3.) 15 Apr 2018 14:18:56
Is this possible now ed2?


{Ed002's Note - I will try and do it this evening when I get to the hotel.}

4.) 15 Apr 2018 15:26:45
Thanks a lot ed2, you're a genius.



16 Jun 2017 17:00:06
Craig Norwood has just tweeted that Perisic is due for a medical this weekend.

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1.) 16 Jun 2017 17:44:48
No he never.

2.) 16 Jun 2017 21:05:00
My bad. someone tweeted from a copy/ fake account of CN.



31 Mar 2017 12:58:28
Di Marzio thinks Griezmann is off to Bayern and Utd are going for Mbappe.

Can't see Bayern paying such a high fee.

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17 Mar 2017 11:11:46
Feel a bit of perspective is missing here today.

We won the game last night. It wasn't pretty but it was game 3 of 4 in 11 days and 72 hours after playing Chelsea with 10 men for an hour.

Pogba getting injured is a bad thing, he is a good player which any of our rivals would love to have. He has had some bad games and some good. Last night he showed some good work.

The performance wasn't great but there a mitigating circumstances.

Mouriniho is being a moody sod - no shock there. But he has a point about the fixtures and the pitch in Rostov.

3 points by hook or by crook on Sunday and everyone can be happy bunnies until the next game.

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1.) 17 Mar 2017 18:43:13
The post on the banter page seemingly celebrating pogba being injured makes me feel embarrassed to be a United fan.

2.) 17 Mar 2017 19:09:31
I get that a lot nowadays gds I popped on the live chat last night and left after seeing a jose out post .
It's getting pathetic.

3.) 17 Mar 2017 19:37:10
Live in age where instant success is demanded instead of longetivity.

4.) 18 Mar 2017 04:55:36
They have the right to say that as a fan GDS. but that doesn't make them any smarter or more right. It's easy to criticize but not able to do things they think can be done easily. Just continue supporting and read selectively 😂😂😂. I've come to terms with that.
I am sure even if we win all the titles and cups there is to win, the moment we lose a game all the negativity will come back. 😂😂😂.

5.) 18 Mar 2017 07:41:19
It's a fine balance of playing your role as a fan and supporting the team and being able voice opinions.

My view is for 90 mins you back the players and manager as we are branches of the same tree (the club) . When the game is done it is time to discuss and review and there is an element of free speech here.




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16 Jan 2018 19:56:24
So if Mhki goes to Arsenal will he get credited with an assist?

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1.) 17 Jan 2018 00:29:45
Yes why not.



14 Jan 2018 17:31:28
Hi Ed’s does Sanchez interest end the interest in Ozil?

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{Ed002's Note - It is nothing to do with Oezil.}



01 Jan 2018 20:55:03
Sir Alex Ferguson, it would seem, knew all along.

“Jesse Lingard is going to be some player, ” he said three years ago.

“He is 19, came through our youth system and is built like Jean Tigana was for France.

“But he never got into the limelight there until he was about 24, and I think that will be the same with Lingard.

“He will become a player when he’s 22 or so. As an attacking midfielder he has got a really good talent. I think he will be a player we have high hopes for, definitely. ”.

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1.) 01 Jan 2018 21:05:14
Fergie class. Knew how to spot a player.



14 Dec 2017 13:41:11
Hi Ed001&002

If you get chance I would be really interested in your opinion on how Man Utd are being operated in terms of player transfers/ contracts and youth setup and if there any changes happening?

It looks like we are incompetent in terms of transfer business but the youth setup seems to be improved. I would hope player recruitment follow suit.


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{Ed002's Note - Given the ease that money has been spent I am not sure why you see it as incompetent. In the summer MU had a list of GKs but it was not needed. They did not add a RB as the clear first choice was not available in the summer. They added the CB the manager wanted. MU addred the DM player the manager wanted. And they added the striker that, for reasons unknown to me, decided was the one he wanted. So in the big scheme of things they got most of what they wanted. I am not sure why you see that as a problem. I know little of the youth set up and there is no structured loan system - but that is unrelated to the first team. I am not sure what changes you are thinking about or where. The club wanted one particular person as Director of Football and he was not interested in a move to Manachester. But now he is in discussions with another club. I really don't see any big issue with any of this right now.}

1.) 14 Dec 2017 18:51:09
Thanks for the reply Ed.

I have kind built a perspective from your comments and from the outside looking in as the club seem to be signing players who either have no long term use or never good enough or ready and then move them, seems to be a lack of planning when comes to signings (Zlatan/ Depay), the stadium is falling well behind other elite level clubs, youbseaod yourself the training facilities look cheap, we have seemed to struggle get other deals over the line eg Morata (who I was told was first choice) and Perisic deal was a farce.

Overall I think Chelsea and a Man City appear to operated with more strategy in the behaviour coming from the way the operate the club, to signings, to the facilities etc.

{Ed002's Note I am not sure I mentioned the stadium specifically, but the MU owned facilities are not up to the London clubs' facilities. Morata was certainly never first choice for Manchetser United, someone is teasing you. Perisic was about money. Depay was never ready - I explained that at the time. Ibrahimovic was simply a mistake which meant delaying a further year buying another striker. Manchester City spend more money than Manchester United and are right on the edge FFP wise - and certainly if the "elite" European sides get their way will have problems going forward with the amount of "income" that can be charged in respect of FFP. Manchester City have a larger income than most, and whilst working within the rules are making use of some pretty extreme sponsorship that comes via their owner's business interests plus they havce proportional Chinese ownership. So the figures are skewed.

This is seen as an issue by UEFA and the reason there have been efforts over the past three years or so to agree a sponsorship cap. UEFA are happy for those European clubs that meet (now twice a year) to come up with a proposal, but so far they have failed to agree a figure. UEFA are aware that taking the matter to the European Club Association will not help them. Eventually they will come up with a cap themselves and that will be it. A similar issue is being discussed about capping TV and media income for FFP. With a UEFA senior official moved on it might be easier to push something through as the resistance was related to the three clubs that would be most impacted by a change include Manchester City and two clubs that play in the French league.

Effectively the cap would say something like, "regardless of the amount of sponsorship a club obtains, only the first €115M will be allowable for the purposes of the FFP calculation". The same could be done with the media income - obviously that would hit all of the English sides and a few others. It is contraversial but there is a swell of effort from other sides to make it happen. One side who were leading the push pulled out of the group of "elite" sides earlier this year so it will take others to pick up the ball on that one. Chelsea has a fixed business model and the structure in place to be easily self-sufficient and they have a better income than most. Their costs come with changing coaching staff - but that generally means success. They cannot be compared to Manchester United. Manchester United's recent problems stem from the fans forcing out van Gaal and that screwing well understood plans going forward to 2022. Mourinho is there but I have explained the difficulties all along. The desire for a Director of Football ended in failure as I have explained.}

2.) 14 Dec 2017 19:18:02
Ed002 i would like to know your opinion about Lukaku. From your comment it seems that you don't rate him or i didn't understand? I never understood the reason for buying this player, i don't rate him at all and i agree with Beast in everything he has said.

{Ed002's Note - I don't "rate" players. Mourinho wanted Lukaku and there was no way he could return to Chelsea which is what Lukaku wanted. He wasn't first choice but he was the first choice available. He will score goals - then the fans will get on his back and Ibrahimovic will be there to add to the disruption and to make life difficult for him. A self-inflicted wound.}

3.) 14 Dec 2017 19:44:45
Interesting that you mention the director of football there ed. Sorry but this may be a silly question but what exactly does a DoF do? I’ve never quite understood the position.

{Ed002's Note - Sits between the board and the footballing business. Runs the entire footballing business, first team, youth, scouting etc.. Get involved in buying and selling players etc., etc..}

4.) 14 Dec 2017 21:05:00
So an extremely key role. Cheers ed.

{Ed002's Note - Some clubs think so - some don't.}

5.) 14 Dec 2017 21:11:07
Thank you for the detailed reply. Always a pleasure to read your insights 002.

{Ed002's Note - You are welcome.}

6.) 15 Dec 2017 03:24:14
Superb. Thanks Ed.

7.) 15 Dec 2017 06:33:42

Don't know if you want to answer this, but just to know.

If Morata and Lukaku, both weren't first choice for United, then who was it?


{Ed002's Note - Andrea Belotti.}

8.) 15 Dec 2017 12:22:05
Will we back in for Belotti in the summer?

{Ed002's Note - I would doubt it, the club has moved on.}

9.) 15 Dec 2017 13:35:31
Sorry again, Ed. I didn't know Belloti was first choice.
What happened? Was Torino asking for too much money? More than what we paid for Lukaku?

{Ed002's Note - Read the posts from the summer.}

10.) 15 Dec 2017 14:24:02
Very interesting read that ed cheers.

11.) 15 Dec 2017 14:24:02
Very interesting read that ed cheers.

{Ed002's Note - thx.}



10 Dec 2017 15:44:12
This is going to be amazing or horrific today

Bold team selection
doesn’t look like a bus is being parked.

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1.) 10 Dec 2017 16:12:40
Amazing we hope and hope we can compete in midfield. Shame fellaini is not featuring.
I predicted the Liverpool Everton score and I had our score at 2 all. But i hope we can win convincingly.

2.) 10 Dec 2017 18:45:42
It doesn't matter how many attackers you get on the pitch when all they are going to do is defend.

3.) 10 Dec 2017 18:45:42
It doesn't matter how many attackers you get on the pitch when all they are going to do is defend.




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Thanks ed002 you’re a sweetheart.

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06 Apr 2018 19:44:32
Any takers Ed?

Also is Pogba happy or looking to move? Personally I don’t think he’s suited to either Man Utd under JM or the EPL. SMS may be a decent replacement.

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{Ed002's Note - I cannot answer if he is happy or not.}



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01 Mar 2018 08:52:28
Neither player would be anywhere near any other top 6 team.

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16 Jan 2018 22:57:34
2021. Lowry are throwing a party as we speak.

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14 Jan 2018 12:41:38
It is being reported that Arsenal players believe he is going to Utd.

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27 Aug 2018 13:58:04
Well surely City see the beauty in smog, dieing pit ponies as the by product of their sovereign wealth fund?

In all seriousness Mou isn't enjoying his work right now and the location, his perceived professional standing is declining - if he isn't looking for a move he should be.

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{Ed002's Note - He is tied to Manchester United already.}



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27 Aug 2018 13:31:11
Thanks Ed002 although my phone keeps auto correcting Ed002 to Karen?

Great insights Karen, what do you think the long-term prognosis is for Utd? Mou is must be considering his next move soon or is he in for the long term?

Also with regards to Manchester what is the issue from Mou and is it shared with Pep? Is Manchester that bad? I manage clients in Madrid, London, Milan, Paris and Zurich. I can prefer Manchester over Milan but that's about it. However Cheshire and the surrounding countryside is as good as anywhere.

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{Ed002's Note - Mr Mourinho has a long-term contract, I can't imagine he has any thoughts about leaving. Manchester is full of the the grim, wet and cobbled streets the Northwest of England sees as its heritage - there is a significant cultural change, smog, dead & dying pit ponies laying on the street, little chance of football at the highest level and only chips and fried curry to eat. It is nothing to do with Manchester City.}



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27 Aug 2018 12:30:17
Hey Ed002 agree with what you are saying but isn't all fans just vocal majority (used to. be minority) of toxics.

My question is why don't/ didn't the club stick by their plans? An elite level business of course listens to customer opinion. The whole LvG / Allegri was in my opinion a show of weakeness would a stronger board would have held strong?

Mr Woodward has already said on feild performance has very little impact on commercial performance.

The days of blood and thunder playung for shirt are gone.

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{Ed002's Note - They did not stick to the plan because of the problems being caused by the toxic fans of Manchester United that resulted in the club back-tracking on transfers and forcing van Gaal out - which cost them their preferred coach that had already been agreed - now they have Mourinho who is not supported by all at the club and is not 100% committed nor does he like living in Manchester. A large part of the issue was that fans demanded change on a knee-jerk basis - and it is nothing but disruptive to the clubs as the fans become more and more toxic. Many of the Manchester United fans were craving the team lose without really considering the consequences of forcing the manager out at the time.}



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11 Aug 2018 20:51:24
Sanchez was at the middle of all our brightest moments. If that's him when at 5/ 10 let's just see him go at 9/ 10 10/ 10.

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23 May 2018 14:47:12
+1 Mort

Circumstances change for both player and club. The guys doesn’t seem happy and needs to mature his game mentality.

I would sell him with Buy back and see how it goes. If JM leaves and AM kicks on he would be welcomed back with open arms.

There’s a great player in there.

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