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02 Jun 2021 14:12:01
Hello Ed, now that Zidane has left Madrid, does it seem more likely that Varane will leave, and is this relevant to United at all?


{Ed002's Note - Raphael Varane (CB) If he does not sign a renewal he will be sold in the summer - possibly leaving Real Madrid needing to add three CBs. Manchester United have other targets but could be tempted. Mr Mourinho was looking for a way to sign Varane for Spurs in the summer but he will now be off the list for them. He is also on the list of CB options the Chelsea coach has identified. Manchester United were interested when Mr Mourinho was coach but have preferred options now. The situation regarding the Real Madrid coach departing may also influence any decision from the perpective of the player - who may then sign a new deal if he thinks the club are moving in the right direction. The player wants a new challenge and PSG may push for him in their quest for a leading French player to join to keep the fans appeased.}

1.) 02 Jun 2021 15:09:46
Thank you Ed! Do you think the appointment of Ancelotti makes him more likely to stay or leave? I don’t know anything about their prior relationship at Madrid.

{Ed002's Note - Itbwon’t make a difference even though they know each other.}

2.) 03 Jun 2021 01:57:23
Thank you Ed.



27 May 2021 22:48:10
Hello Ed, you've been one of the first to name Pau Torres as a target for United that finally the media are picking up. Any insights you can offer with regards to what happens for him this summer, would he still be looking to move following the Europa victory over us?


{Ed002's Note - The result won't make a difference. Pau Torres (CB) Villareal are struggling financially and will sell this summer at the right price. Manchester City have him as an option still but he is not first choice. Manchester United have him as first choice but only if sufficient sales are made. Barcelona has a sustained interest but price will likely be an issue and they may look to horse trade some players - but priorities will be elsewhere. Napoli see Torres as a Kalidou Koulibaly replacement. Bayern Munich have him as one of three primary targets to fill the two (or potentially three) CB slots they need to address in the summer. Real Madrid want Torres to replace Ramos but do not want to get in to an auction.

1.) 28 May 2021 00:05:06
Thank you for the in depth answer Ed. In terms of sufficient sales, I imagine that means United are trying to shift Axel and/ or Jones?

{Ed002's Note - Manchester United has a long list of players they are looking to sell.}

2.) 28 May 2021 07:12:15
Thanks for this Ed002. The reference to sufficient sales, is this because United will probably spend the majority of their ‘available budget’ on one player, meaning any other signings will only be possible post-sales?

{Ed002's Note - What "available budget" are you referring to?}

3.) 28 May 2021 10:26:06

The club have been trying to find a buyer for Jones for some time. I'm not there are any clubs out there who are stupid enough to do that. i'd imagine that they would have allow him to leave for next to nothing or pay him out to leave.

4.) 28 May 2021 11:49:16
Thanks Ed002. Available budget as in the money the club is willing to spend before sales are made.

{Ed002's Note - I have no idea what that is I am afraid. Clubs don't simply say you have £x to spend to whoever - it doesn't work like that.}

5.) 28 May 2021 11:59:41
OK - I’m learning something already. How is a transfer budget set then prior to sales being made?

{Ed002's Note - What makes you think there is a "transfer budget" - it really does not work like that.}

6.) 28 May 2021 12:14:11
Would you mind sharing how it does work, Ed?

{Ed002's Note - I am not entirely sure of the extent of what you don't understand and it is cluttering up the page.}

7.) 28 May 2021 12:36:53
ThisOle I understand that they find targets. Then if the right player becomes available (for example Sancho) money are available for this player (for example 170 millions total) . But if we don't buy Sancho that doesn't mean that 170 millions are available to the coach to "burn" it and spend it in whoever he wants.

8.) 28 May 2021 13:09:20
Hi Herrera,
Really appreciate that.
So, my current understanding is that the club owners Directors, Chair etc determine an amount of money each season (based on revenue streams, faith in manager etc) to be invested in the club; let’s say £70million for this Summer. This amount may also include/ not include an allocation for player wages.
Let’s say United buy Sancho for £70million this Summer and wages can be agreed. At that point, the club will have no further ‘funds’ available from the club to invest further at that point and so sales of existing players would need to be made to then reinvest in the squad.

I thought that was fairly sound in terms of understanding. I’m very happy be be corrected if anyone has the time.

{Ed002's Note - It doesn't work like that at all. I really don't have time to explain everything fully.}

9.) 28 May 2021 13:58:56
Thanks Ed002 - appreciate you can’t be expected to clarify everything but do appreciate the time you give.

IF you happen to get the time at some stage, I’d be delighted to read.

{Ed002's Note - Remind me after the transfer window closes.}

10.) 28 May 2021 21:48:00
Was It some years back, The Equaliser gave Jones a new contract to protect the asset!

Whats the saying. Dick Turpin and masks.

11.) 29 May 2021 09:56:39
@ThisOle let me take a swing buddy, although i could be more wrong than you loll as i have no idea how the mechanics of football transfer work.

In my humbles of opinions, i think.

The club will, with the help of all involved, first identify the positions that need fixing and the priorities among those positions. Once done, they will come up with a list of players for those positions with A, B, C and D targets for each of those positions (A candidates being the preferred obviously, because of a multitude of factors i.e style, talent, valuation, age, payscale, visas, , their desire to move, availability, competition (which other clubs are chasing em), agents and what have you) .

I think from that point on, its just a matter of negotiating and getting them over the line. I don't mean to say its as simple as that as there can be a lot of other things that go wrong.

I believe the problem occurs when the owners and managers and coaches can't agree on priorities and key positions that need fixing and a power struggle emerges because after all a manager is also an employee who should fall in line, when we all know it couldn't be further from the truth.

I think if the above doesn't occur, then financials are not such a big deal (especially for a select few clubs- A list in which we still belong) . But again, it could be all absolutely wrong as i have yet to be invited to get a deal done for any of the player which frankly is just injustice of the highest order :D.

12.) 29 May 2021 13:17:25
I think your being overly optimistic Rac.
Basically Ed looks at his copy of FourFourTwo and decides to buy whoever is on the front cover. When he hears the quoted price, he spits out his Coco Puffs in disgust and offers a quarter of what was asked. United then spend the rest of the transfer window briefing journos that its almost done and the selling club will have to accept United's offer. Then at the end of the window when no one is bought, Ed and Matt panic, turn on SSN to see who is avaliable and then offer over the odds to appease the fans.
Sounds crazy, but that policy got us Cavani, and where would we be without him over the last few months.

13.) 29 May 2021 14:43:41
lolzzzz Grim. i have heard that ed has been seen angrily rubbing a crystal ball quite often so i don't know if that has anything to do with anything.



25 May 2021 15:09:55
Hi Ed, with Nuno leaving Wolves, it’s been reported that Neves would be available for a fairly reasonable fee. Any chance United could look to him if Matic leaves? Much cheaper than Rice.


{Ed002's Note - Why would Wolves sell Neves at a lower price than they value him at because the coach has left? Ruben Neves (DM/CM) Wolves would look to get as close to €50M as they can should circumstances dictate Neves is sold, but they certainly don't want to sell. Mr Mourinho is a huge fan and has tried to take himn to three different clubs in the past - and he would, I am sure be interested in taking him to Roma. He has always been seen as an option to replace Matic at Manchester United, but they have other priorities to deal with first and preferred options.}

1.) 25 May 2021 16:05:04
Much depends on the financial situation of the club (Wolves) and of that of the main shareholders, I guess.
Chinese companies also suffered heavily during the last year or so.
Inter Milan owners are a case in point.

{Ed002's Note - Rubbish - if you don't have anything useful to say or you are ignorant of the matter - why not just leave it alone.}

2.) 25 May 2021 17:26:43
Think Wolves are okay financially. Even though they made a £40million loss during C.V. they have increased their financing with the Macquarie Group from £50m to £75m.
I think because of the TV money swilling around clubs these days, the need to sell to balance the books is not as prominent as it once was.
Also with Wolves you have to understand the influence of Jorge Mendes at the club, hence why Bruno Lage looks like being their next manager. Its unlikely that Mendes will move on one of his best players unless a stupid offer comes in.

3.) 25 May 2021 18:09:00
Thank you GrimisnotDead for your clarification. I had based my assumptions on certain reports in the media, which it seems were wrong.

4.) 25 May 2021 21:02:45
Thank you Ed for the answer, on my part I think 50m is reasonable. I was comparing to Declan Rice say, who it has been reported West Ham will ask 80-90m for (I don't know how accurate that is), I assume he is one of the preferred options.

{Ed002's Note - Right.}

5.) 26 May 2021 21:08:22
Widely reported today that Neves will be sold to fund a rebuild.
£35 million is figure mentioned and I think that is at at the top end of his market value.
I personally don't think he is good enough for a top 4 club.

6.) 26 May 2021 14:59:49
Wolves based journos are reporting Wolves want £45million.

7.) 26 May 2021 15:30:44
Definitely a no from me, if your chasing City and want to compete with Liverpool and Chelsea Neves doesn't take you up to that next level.
Kane, Rice, Sancho and a centre back.
If we get all 4 i think we can challenge for the prem next season.



14 May 2021 16:16:31
Hi Ed or Eds, do you have any knowledge of whether Varane has made any decisions regarding his future at Real Madrid? I know United had an interest if he were to leave, and am just hoping to find out if it is possible he even leaves madrid or if we will be looking at an alternate more likely.


{Ed002's Note - Raphael Varane (CB) If he does not sign a renewal he will be sold in the summer - possibly leaving Real Madrid needing to add three CBs. Manchester United have other targets but could be tempted. Mr Mourinho was looking for a way to sign Varane for Spurs in the summer but he will now be off the list for them. He is also on the list of CB options the Chelsea coach has identified. Manchester United were interested when Mr Mourinho was coach but have preferred options now. The situation regarding the Real Madrid coach departing or not may also influence any decision from the perpective of the player - who may then sign a new deal if he thinks the club are moving in the right direction. The player wants a new challenge and PSG may push for him in their quest for a leading French player to join to keep the fans appeased.}

1.) 14 May 2021 19:12:41
Thank you very much Ed.

2.) 15 May 2021 09:26:15
If Chelsea get Varane with their already very strong squad. We would really have to go some to stay ahead of them next season.

With the rest of the squad showing how reliant we have been on Maguire with their performance against Liverpool, I was hoping we would add an established name to our defence. Verane would have been perfect.

3.) 15 May 2021 14:24:12
Seems like Pau Torres might be the first choice per Ed. I think he’s a fantastic player. Left footed, fast, and a brilliant cover CB. One of the best on ball defenders in Europe. Lot of potential there. I’d prefer if we went for that.

4.) 15 May 2021 19:28:55
There's a lot to like about Pau Torres, my concern though would be he is a little lightweight. He can be beaten in the air a little too easily and I have seen him bullied off the ball a few times as well.

Considering that on those occasions it was in La Liga, then I think he will need to increase his core strength to succeed in a physical league like the EPL.

But the talents certainly there, just if we do sign him the fans will need to be patient with him. He might take 6 months to a year to settle and adjust.

5.) 16 May 2021 09:51:25
Well if that’s true shappy I’ll admit I’ve seen very little of him then he sounds like a like for like of lindelof and if that’s the case we need better.

6.) 16 May 2021 18:52:46
I disagree that we need better. We don’t need 2 aerially dominant players, what we need is a bit more intelligence. Stylistically Lindelof is a very good fit next to Maguire, but he lacks agility. I think Pau would be less flawed and can play a higher line.



27 Mar 2021 13:55:43
Hi Ed, saw you mentioned on Chelsea page that Pau Torres will move this summer, but not to Chelsea. Previously I think you said it was United and City interested in him.

Has there been any further activity from United’s side in trying to line up a move for summer?


{Ed002's Note - I am not aware of "further activity" from Manchester United at all. In facty I don't really know what it means.}

1.) 27 Mar 2021 14:48:03
Sorry, just meaning if they’ve attempted to work out any terms or the players willingness to come to United.

{Ed002's Note - Pau Torres will have lots of options in the summer but I am not aware of the amateurs making efforts to agree terms with anyone.}

2.) 27 Mar 2021 16:05:01
Okay thank you Ed.

3.) 28 Mar 2021 09:16:07
Am guessing, with the esteemed Ed002’s comment, that recent restructuring inside club has not made any difference as yet to the way we approach buying and selling. 😔😔.

4.) 28 Mar 2021 09:50:56
Ed002, any chance of a full update re: Summer transfer plans? Thank you in advance.

{Ed002's Note - In a few weeks.}

5.) 28 Mar 2021 16:27:40
Looking forward to it!

6.) 29 Mar 2021 10:42:37

It's been about 2 weeks and no transfer window so what were you expecting?

{Ed014's Note - maybe ed02 still referring to your club as amateurs, despite the restructuring doesn’t give him cause for hope.

Clearly nothing to do with the window being open or closed.




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10 Jun 2021 16:34:51
Hi Ed, out of curiosity, would the fees you talked about regarding Sancho fall under personal terms, there are reports today these have been agreed. United still seem rather quiet after putting their back against a wall saying they wanted it agreed by Euros. Could it be possible?


{Ed002's Note - No.}

1.) 10 Jun 2021 19:21:22
He'll be a Man United player soon enough I wouldn't worry about it.

2.) 11 Jun 2021 08:22:04
I am still uncertain he is worth that amount of money. Also, how does that fit with buying Pellestrii and Amad? Pellestri who we told his South American club he was wanted immediately for the first team, then shoved out on loan. Where does that leave him?

It says our purchases are at best disjointed. But if we truly want a RW why pay £80m, look at others and use the money elsewhere. Sancho is a good player, very good but I haven’t seen great in him, not yet. I would still look at Barca’s Dembele but if we identified Amad and Pellestri as worth what we paid, why not give them a chance? Or is the coaching just not up to developing them?

{Ed077's Note - Ousmane Dembele? I am not quite sold on the Sancho deal but I would rather have Sancho over Ousmane Dembele.

3.) 11 Jun 2021 08:33:50
Red Man, Sancho is probably not worth that kind of money but he is one hell of a player, only Messi has more goals + assists over the last 3 seasons.

Personally I am not fussed by the costs, it's doesn't concern me.

4.) 11 Jun 2021 09:32:29
Red Man keeps crying we don't buy the right players and then suggests to buy dembele. Have you even seen how his Barcelona career has gone? Or you just pick random players who were good 4 years ago? And what is this swipe at is coaching not good enough to improve amad and pellestri? Let's just stick with Daniel James and these two hoping they step up and are ready for the first team. Great plan!

5.) 11 Jun 2021 09:52:29
Yes 77 That Dembele. Would likely cost a lot less. However, why on Earth did United throw money at Amad and Pellestri, so a year later spend another £80m on the same position, it really makes no sense, especially when I am not convinced Sancho is a world beater, happy if he develops mind you. He is good but great?


Stats probably told us Mitikharian and Kagawa were great too, the German league is hard to judge. As long as we buy the other players we need and don’t scrimp then the money is less relevant. It still has relevance, because likely increases our debt, on which there is no sign or plan to repay,

6.) 11 Jun 2021 10:20:41
Red Man if you want to talk about transfers not making sense what about looking to buy a new RB and CB this summer after buying AWB and Maguire in Ole's first summer window.

By the start of next season we could have in the last three years bought:
3 RW's (4 if you include James who while a LW has mostly played RW for us)
2 CB's
3 fullbacks (AWB, Telles and Trippier? )
2 CAM's (Bruno and Donny)
and 2 old aged strikers (Ighalo and Cavani) .

This pattern of buying multiple players for one position smacks of a scattergun approach with little forethought and planning and a total lack of a bigger picture view.

Surely a competent club would look to swap Pogba for Varane, both players want to leave their current clubs and have a year left on their deals. This would mean both clubs save face and get a player they want/ need.

You'd then use West Ham's interest in both Lingard and oddly Jones to sort a deal for Declan Rice.

Then you have strengthened CB and CDM with either top class or potentially top class players while spending very little money.

You could then look to sign a RW, be that Sancho or a cheaper alternative such as Raphinha.

Heaton is a solid back up keeper signed on a free so if either DDG or Henderson leaves you are covered there. You could look to offer Grant a further 1 year deal as third choice if you feel the need then loan out Bishop to gain experience. Or you could look to sign a further 2nd or 3rd choice keeper if you felt Heaton wasn't up to being 2nd choice or if Grant doesn't want another year.

RB seems a silly position to be signing someone for. We currently have AWB, Dalot, Williams and Laird who can all play there. I'd just keep Dalot for another season and loan out Williams and Laird and see where we are a year down the line and if they are ready to challenge AWB.

None of this is hard work or rocket science.

7.) 11 Jun 2021 10:53:06
Red Man, our decision makers don't have any plan.
Last year when Sancho deal didn't happen, they went down to 10th or 11th choice targets like Amad and Pellistri

I just don't trust our recruitment team.

It was the same with VDB, Grealish was the main target but the club went down the list and the manager doesn't use him.

There is a lack of plan for youngsters like Garner.
My concern is now Greenwood, who will feature much less on the right if Sancho arrives.

8.) 11 Jun 2021 12:05:58
I think if sancho is bought we will play greewood as a cf rotating with cavani. Diallo then will be back up to sancho.
Next year we will then sign a Cf to replace cavani.
Sancho is pretty versatile, rashford out for start of season If his planned operation goes ahead.
I do agree if sancho is bought for the amount being talked of we shouldn't skimp on other positions.

9.) 11 Jun 2021 12:50:02
Tom, Ole doesn't rotate players.
He has not done it for 3 years so far in his reign.

10.) 11 Jun 2021 14:02:43
On the basis that we need multiple players for each position and that I think Olly wants a fluid front line I am happy with the signing of Dialo especially at his age with time for him to develop. Pellestri of the two looks the odd one but again could come good over time and at best looks like a punt on a young player.
If we get Sancho (or another) in it will mean that we have Rashford/ Sancho/ Dialo/ Greenwood for the 2 wide forward roles and I hope that Greenwood eventually moves centrally after this year.
I think we can argue on who we buy and the money we spend but you can at least see that with those players we could be set for the next 5 years and all young.
Whilst some of the decisions on recruitment do look odd in this case i can see the logic.
What we do with Pogba will define the midfield for me, I fear we will keep him another year and he not sign then yet again leave for nothing. We need to be firm, it is sign, stay and we build around him or he leaves and we get the best deal we can.

{Ed077's Note - why build around Pogba when he isn't even the best midfielder or the most important midfielder in the team? Surely Bruno is the midfielder to build the team around if you want to "build" the team around someone.

11.) 11 Jun 2021 15:30:59
Agree true devil but can't see cavani playing every game. Also with rashford having operation after euros he could miss first month of season say may see Greenwood cavanai and possibly sancho as our front 3.

12.) 12 Jun 2021 08:17:55

I was questioning why we were looking to buy a new RB a long time before you. However it gets forgotten because I dared to question why the manager bought a £50m full back who can’t do what he wants a FB to do. In terms of a CB, the question is why why did Jones get a new contract instead of being sold, why was Smalling sold when he may well have been a better partner for Maguire than Lindelof. Those decisions are questionable, there are many others.

13.) 12 Jun 2021 10:14:11
I didn't see one person on here shed a tear when Mike was sold. He was regularly slated more than most. I really don't think selling him was questionable at all. Hindsight can be a wonderful thing.

14.) 12 Jun 2021 10:47:00
Why would hindsight make us think smalling should have stayed anyway? He has had a poor season for Roma, was always injured for us anyway and his only game at OT this season he conceded 6 against a manager and team who you think are awful and boring Red Man.

15.) 12 Jun 2021 11:22:21
I meant hindsight with Lindelof's performances GDS. Poor phrasing.

16.) 12 Jun 2021 16:40:33
Makes sense mate, I’d still rather have Lindelof than Smalling all day long though.



30 Apr 2021 18:33:45
Hello! With Cavani looking now nailed on to stay for at least another season. It feels like our midfield needs the most attention. Any midfielders we've been looking at that could help us not throw Pogba on the wing?


1.) 30 Apr 2021 18:55:18
I’ve not seen anything reliable that says he is staying, I think we need to calm down until news breaks.

2.) 30 Apr 2021 21:38:33
dont know if Cavani is staying or going but when people talk of intelligent midfielders to pick a pass to the runs of Cavani I would love DVB (Ajax version) to start in midfield.

3.) 01 May 2021 00:30:13
Majority of respected journalists saying he is staying Tony.




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08 Jun 2021 21:19:41
Right, that makes sense. Sounds like Chelsea have no interest in paying those extra costs, per what you've said prior. I hope United do it now, it's surely cheaper overall than last summer, but with this club.




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08 Jun 2021 21:11:41
Thanks for the answer. The fee Dortmund want seems much more reasonable. I know you don't like to speculate, does this issue seem like something United can resolve?


{Ed002's Note - Sure if they pay up - the other clubs his agent has been talking to are not going



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08 Jun 2021 20:37:08
Ed would this seemingly be related to the fees demanded by the "agent" of Sancho, from both Dortmund and United since he is seemingly the go between?


{Ed002's Note - Yes, and some other costs.}



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03 Jun 2021 01:57:23
Thank you Ed.




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02 Jun 2021 22:09:32
Was suggested by The Athletic and a few other places now as well.





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