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01 Dec 2015 14:40:53
Hi eds any truth in the rumours that utd and cavani are in talks about a January move . Thanks in advance.

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{Ed002's Note - Cavani is contracted to PSG and is unable to discuss matters directly with any other club.}

01 Dec 2015 14:18:15
Hello ED002, can you give some information on January Targets as December has just started, and I am extremely worried that you might leave this page during window.

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{Ed002's Note - OK, as a special treat:

It is difficult to try and separate the concept of "January targets" from targets the club are really interested in or players they have been scouting".

Generally clubs do not plan to make significant signings in January - and this coming January I am only expecting two clubs to spend anything like a very large sum of money, and that does not include Manchester United.

What I can't tell you is if Manchester United would look to make any of this happen in January but they have continued their interest in a number of players.

Centre Back:

Possible: Barcelona, Manchester City, Arsenal and Chelsea all took a look at Everton's John Stones in the summer of 2014 but none made an offer. Chelsea made an attempt to sign him in the summer of 2015 but then moved on to another target. I very much suspect Manchester United (who showed interest some time back) will look again to Stones, but right now I think they are looking elsewhere as well.

Possible: Juventus, Southampton, Borussia Dortmund and Barcelona have had scouts watching Valencia's Shkodran Mustafi (who was at one time on Everton's books) in recent weeks - this is in addition to with Manchester United, Bayern Munich and Juventus declaring an interest with his club.

Looking less likely now: Porto's Bruno Martins Indi is subject to sustained interest from Manchester United despite only moving in the summer.

Possible: Barcelona's Marc Bartra wants to stay with the club but is aware that opportunities will be limited under the current management. Manchester United and Valencia have both shown some interest in the player.

Unlikely: Torino's centre back Kamil Glik has been watched by a number of clubs including Arsenal, Borussia Dortmund , Roma, Manchester United, Newcastle United, Benfica and West Ham United. The interest of Roma, Arsenal and Dortmund is serious but the player is keen to stay in Turin for the time being.

Possible: Feyenoord's Terence Kongolo is a player that Manchester United might well look to again. They have had him watched again this season.

Unlikely: Rugani is wanted by Genoa and Napoli but his agent wants a move to England due to the attraction of the money. Juventus may let him move on as they try to raise funds but would much prefer to loan him out and keep him on the books. Arsenal sent a certain Frenchman to take a look at Rugani. He has been recommended to both Manchester United and Chelsea.

Defensive Midfield

Unlikely: There is sustained interest in Carvalho from Arsenal and Fenerbahce with some residual interest from Manchester United. Monaco, Atletico Madrid, Juventus and Chelsea passed on previous interest because of the cost. Sporting would ideally like to keep him a year or two more but know that is now unlikely. Everyone knows the price and it is significant and there seems little room for negotiation although he is not looking to sign a new deal and that may give some leverage.

Won't happen: Red Star Belgrade DM Marko Grujic's move to either Chelsea or Inter could happen in January, but it is unlikely. There is also interest from Napoli, Hamburg, PSG, Manchester United, Everton, Manchester City and Roma with both Inter and Chelsea looking to an early deal - Chelsea have already held discussions with Red Star and have made an offer that was not deemed acceptable. Inter have now also held discussions but would need to better the offer from Chelsea - which might be problematic for them in the short term. The club and the player will look to hold out until the summer for his preferred move to Italy if necessary - but I understand he is coming around to the idea of a move to London. Chelsea would be willing to leave him in Belgrade if they could do a deal in January but this is probably one for the summer.


Possible: Borja Valero came close to signing for Chelsea when he left Villarreal in 2012 but the club deceided against the move. Previous interest of Levante, Malaga and Napoli has gone, but it has been confirmed that both Manchester United and Sampdoria have both watched him this season.

Unlikely: Roma are aware of sustained interest in Nainggolan from at least Manchester United and Manchester City. He has a stupid enough hairdo to fit in nicely at Liverpool, but there has been no interest.

Very unlikely: Gundogan was refusing to agree a new deal and Dortmund were willing to let him leave this past summer as he was seen as a shadow of his former (pre-injury) self. Clubs were interested, including Manchester United and Manchester City, but an approach about his availability was responded to that a three year extension has been agreed between the club and player and details are being finalised. However, he then again refused to sign the contract and all he was prepared to do was to sign an extension until 2017. Dortmund are pretty much done with him - he was expected to leave this past summer and they had already a replacement in place. Juventus, Barcelona, Manchester City, Manchester United, Bayern Munich and Arsenal have all been interested to some extent or other. Barcelona may still be interested but they are certainly not pushing right now. Manchester City and Arsenal walked away over concerns about sustained fitness and form against price - they will likely see the risk as still too high. Manchester United may continue to show interest but will only bite at the right price - and the player may have reservations about opportunities at Old Trafford. Cannot be discounted. Bayern Munich failed with an offer of Goetze as part of a deal for Gundogan in the summer - and a second one including Højbjerg as part of the deal. Dortmund would rather not sell to Bayern. Klopp has said that he will not return to Dortmund to buy players - maybe he is lying - I don't know. If he is to move soon then Juventus and, possibly, Barcelona seems the most viable destination.

Attacking Midfield:

Possible: Schalke rejected bids from Spurs and Stoke for Leroy Sane in the summer. A number of clubs from across Europe have had the player watched in the first and reserve sides towards the end of last season and at the start of this - including Manchester United, Sunderland, Arsenal, Liverpool, Bayer Leverkusen, West Ham and RBL.

Very unlikely: Atletico Madrid had approached Lazio about taking Filipe Anderson as a replacement for Arda Turan but Lazio offered him a new contract which he was happy to agree to. Wolfsburg, Manchester City and Manchester United remain interested but he will not come cheaply.

Possible: Galatasary, Bayer Leverkusen, Chelsea, Barcelona and Arsenal showed previous interest in Hakan Calhanoglu before he moved to Bayer Leverkusen in 2014. Schalke rejected a €37M offer from Real Madrid for Calhanoglu this summer and made it clear he would not be sold. Barcelona and Arsenal may still maintain their interest if he becomes available, and perhaps Manchester United would be interested having had the player recommended to them. I would not be surprised if Manchester City were to look to Hakan Calhanoglu next summer. However, I anticipate that Juventus will try and negotiate an early deal for the player as they are wary of an offer being considered by Milan.}


Interest is ramping up - keep an eye on him: Braga's Rafa Silva has been of interested to Benfica, Everton, Southampton, Wolfsburg and Schalke for a number of months. West Ham, Real Betis, Bayer Leverkusen, Marseille and Spurs have had him watched but to the best of my knowledge not enquired further at this time. Notably, Manchester United have watched his last two games.}

Possible: Chelsea and Manchester United have watched Bernardo Silva of Monaco on several occasions this season, including during internationals. He is an unusual player in that he is naturally left footed but is most effective on the right wing. He has also played as cover in defence and was previously seen by Fiorentina as an option to replace the similar Juan Cuadrado. Manchester City have also watched him this season and he may be a player they look again to in the future.}

Not going to happen: Griezmann only moved last summer, and Atletico has no intention of selling unless a very significant fee is offered. Arsenal, Chelsea and Manchester United previously looked at the player (when he was at Real Sociedad). Whilst Griezmann has said on a number of occasions that he has no plans to leave Spain anytime soon, he has said he would be interested in a move to Chelsea if the opportunity arose. Chelsea would need to pay a significant fee to make anything happen but several discussions have taken place. Atletico have a replacement in mind. Both PSG and Bayern Munich would also be very interested if he became available - but I doubt that PSG will be in a position to do any sort of deal as they have other plans, even though they are desperate for a high-end French player. Bayern Munich look to have found their desired player elsewhere and need to resolve another matter before committing too much - so I would rule them out. Chelsea are still pushing for a deal for Griezmann and would like to tie it up as early as possible.

Unlikely side of possible: Southampton are not looking to sell Mane and they want to offer him a new contract. As it stands right now it would take a very significant offer to have them consider a sale - and they have made it clear - if ayone wants to pay well over the odds, then fine. Manchester United has had the player watched this season.


Possible if available and if the club could stomach the cost: PSG were willing to sell Cavani this past summer and he was offered to a number of sides who had previously shown an interest. Whether or not they would be open to a January sale with the potential problem it would cause to their Champions League squad is not known to me. Atletico Madrid were planning sales to fund a bid for Cavani but nothing came of it in the summer - but it could still happen. Right now, Manchester City would not be in a position to move for Cavani without sales. Manchester United may well be interested but the price and the wages would make a decision very difficult. Chelsea has no immediate interest in the player as they have other targets - again, price and wages may deter them. Juventus were certainly interested but financially they would need to be creative and are also looking elsewhere. He was part of the package offered by PSG for Pogba, as was Verratti - but Juventus are looking to a deal they can control. I would not be surprised to see Real Madrid try and get involved again and PSG to make a deal very attractive.

Very unlikely for now: Vitesse Arnheim have been trying to scare off interest from a number of English sides who have been watching young striker Thomas Buitink. Manchester City have joined Manchester United, PSV, Newcastle and Arsenal in having had the player scouted regularly this season. Chelsea, who have strong links to Vitesse, have spoken to the club about the player.

POssible: Manchester United and Bayern Munich have both been aware of Moussa Dembele since his time at PSG and were both interested in signing him when he opted for Fulham as a 16 year old. Newcastle, Lille, Everton and Spurs have also been looking at Dembele since the start of the season. A move in January seems unlikely and the player will need to be advised that he doesn't end up moving only be sat on the bench or playing in the reserves.

Not going to happen: Santos' Gabriel Barbosa is of interest to Fiorentina, Galatasaray, Chelsea, Arsenal and Manchester United. However, although much is expected of him he is only 18 and whilst there is an agreement between Santos and Barcelona that may be exercised in 2016, I suspect that he won't move there at that time. Chelsea have tried and continue to try to strike a deal - but it may be a while away. His agent mentioned that Fenerbahce had made an offer but I suspect that is incorrect and it was Galatasaray. I rather doubt Gabriel will end up in Manchester, unless it is in the away dressing room. Both Chelsea and Fiorentina have held recent discussions.

Possible: Besiktas would like to keep hold of Mario Gomez and make his loan permanent - but they are aware that the right offer from England or Spain would tempt both the player and Fiorentina. Manchester United and Spurs have both taken a look at him recently.

Very unlikely: The offer for Thomas Muller that Karl-Heinz Rummenigge referred to was made in August and it was from another club - not Manchester United. Later in the window Manchester United enquired with his agent and with Bayern Munich as to his availability, and was told he was not available - but they do fear that Manchester United and other English sides will pursue their players going forward. They will fight off sales in January but with managerial changes coming they are aware that efforts will be made to prise some of the significant assets from the club.

Not going to happen in the short term: As I have explained before, Barcelona wish to start to rebuild their side around Neymar and need to raise cash to do that. There are a three issues that could adversely influence what will happen with that plan going forward - and that could see him sold. If circumstances are such that he is to be available at some point, then the known interest of Chelsea, PSG and Manchester United will no doubt be tested. It would not be out of the question for Manchester City to also think about putting a package together.}

01 Dec 2015 18:50:30
Absolutely fantastic ed thanks 😃.

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01 Dec 2015 19:31:26
Really good read that cheers ed002.

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01 Dec 2015 19:37:40
Cheers ED002 thanks for the info.

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01 Dec 2015 15:12:21
I might be being too optimistic here but Nick Powell looks in much better shape, physically and mentally.

Does anyone (inside knowledge?! ) know the story behind this? Is he trying to prove himself for a loan/transfer? has he had a chat with a mentor inside OT who's made him hungry again? Or is his contract up for renewal?!

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01 Dec 2015 17:20:11
Just watched some highlights of that game, had a hand in a lot of good in that u21s game. I hope he will keep improving, most importantly having his head right should he wish to be a man utd player. He has bundles of talent.

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01 Dec 2015 18:19:22
He had become disillusioned with the game, with a series of injuries adding to the problem. By all accounts he seems to be giving it a go again, and I would love to see him get things back on track. He made a mistake moving to us before he was ready, and could still be a good player with a bit of luck.

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01 Dec 2015 08:16:19
Morning. The possible news that Hererra is seeking talks with the philosopher is extremely worrying. He's by far the best midfielder we've got and it seems lvg is alienating him. If that happens and he leaves, we will regret it massively.
On another note, I know lvg has fallen out with Valdes, but the horrible treatment he's receiving is utterly ridiculous. He was not even invited to the unicef dinner. What is lvg trying to achieve? All we're doing is dragging the name of the club through the mud.

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01 Dec 2015 09:08:55
The treatment of Valdes makes me feel uncomfortable too. But we don't know the ins and outs of what has gone on. For all we know Valdes may well be a disruptive influence in the dressingroom, in which case it makes sense to keep him as far away from the first team as possible. Although LvG does take it very personally when someone disagrees with him and his ideas. He has throughout his career acted petty at times and I do wonder if this is another one of those times.

Either way I suppose it would make sense to keep Valdes away from club events, especially ones with so many fans and members of the media present.

Valdes could certainly cause some very big headlines with what he may reveal. And none of them would be to the benefit of our club.

If only we could have found a buyer for Valdes in the summer and this unpleasentness could have been avoided.

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01 Dec 2015 09:43:37
The possible news about Herrera is a report in the Daily Star which is a comic . Does'nt seem like Herrera's style and I imagine if there was going to be amy talk from him it would be in the Spanish press.

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01 Dec 2015 11:17:54
The press are loving that we aren't playing well and will do anything to cause unrest and belittle the club. All these little digs at the club, would merely suggest they have run out of ideas and are clutching at straws to print any old tripe.

These types if newspaper are aimed at a particular type of person. To put it nicely, the easily influenced and the gullible.

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01 Dec 2015 11:59:22
I don't know about the Herrera rumours, they could be true. After all, I know I'd be p***ed off if I was on the bench when Rooney was playing all the time seeing as how poor he's playing lately! LVG out!

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01 Dec 2015 12:03:33
Do any of the Eds know if there would be any change of us going for Vardy either in January or Summer because I think he would be just the kind of striker we need as Rooney is sadly finished : (

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{Ed025's Note - i have seen nothing on the radar about vardy rocko..

01 Dec 2015 13:42:41
Thank you Ed025. I just think he would be perfect for us but thanks for the info and have a great xmas. We appreciate all the hard work you do :)

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{Ed025's Note - cheers rocko mate..

30 Nov 2015 16:24:10
Ed´s I know it is hard but is there any true about the rumours of bringing Harry Kane to the team? I don´t think that in January would be possible, but at least for the next transfer? Thanks.

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{Ed002's Note - I wouldn't think so.}

30 Nov 2015 17:34:50
Thank´s for the answer, to bad I believe he would be a great solution to our lack of goals problem.

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{Ed002's Note - It really isn't as simple as that.}

30 Nov 2015 03:42:26
Hello Ed I heard united let Wilson leave because they are chasing Embolo? And getting confident of getting him this Jan? Anything in this of your knowledge? your input is most welcome.

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{Ed002's Note - Basel's Breel Embolo remains a target of Borussia Moenchengladbach, Spurs, Juventus, Red Bull Leipzig and West Ham with Basel aware of interest from all of these clubs. Everton, Southampton, Arsenal and Leicester have also had the player watched.

Clubs don't replace players sent on loan.}

30 Nov 2015 09:07:05
Not about replacing. we are short there anyway. Its like if embolo comes in then chances of him play above Wilson will increase and Wilson may not get time he needs to develpoe so I was just thinking the probability that he is already sent to give clear way and continue his develpoememt.

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{Ed002's Note - The club has shown no interest in Embolo.}

30 Nov 2015 10:32:47
Have we showed interest in Moussa Dembele, the young striker, as the rumours suggest?

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{Ed002's Note - Manchester United and Bayern Munich have both been aware of Moussa Dembele since his time at PSG and were both interested in signing him when he opted for Fulham as a 16 year old. Newcastle, Lille, Everton and Spurs have also been looikimg at Dembele since the start of the season. A move in January seems unlikely and the player will need to be advised that he doesn't end up moving only be sat on the bench or playing in the reserves.}

30 Nov 2015 09:10:58
Cheers Ed. That clear cut.

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29 Nov 2015 23:27:16
Another week goes by and the top teams struggle to win. City's scoreline flattered them, with their goals coming as much from errors by Southampton. It really has become a difficult league and our point at Leicester was not bad, all things considered. If Arsenal have Sanchez injured for a while their challenge may well falter, giving Liverpool and Spurs an opening. We have an opportunity to take advantage of what should be some winnable games and go into the new year on top. Will we take it?

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29 Nov 2015 16:58:58
Anyone know anything about plans to extend the capacity of old trafford .?

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28 Nov 2015 19:35:40
Hi ed01 or 02, I was wondering if u guys heard anything regarding thoughts on van gaal inside United. As in are the board happy with the job he is doing and team play in general? I remember sir Bobby once saying United wouldn't hire jose because of his style of play so sure he wouldn't be happy with how we are playing at the moment?

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{Ed001's Note - there have been issues behind the scenes for a long time, with a lot of people unhappy with the way the team are playing. The only thing that is keeping him in the role is the results. So long as United are top four, it is very difficult to remove him, or to make a case for replacing him. The only problem is that as dissatisfaction grows, performances will not improve, confidence is affected and team spirit suffers. So when, if, a bad patch happens, things can quickly fall apart with little hope of arresting a slide into the midtable places. Playing safe football does mean it is unlikely to happen though.}

28 Nov 2015 20:16:41
So no matter how awful we play, as long as we're top 4 he's not going anywhere huh. Well that's frustrating. I've backed the manager but jus can't make myself do it anymore.
Another thing, if he is let go, with talks of city signing pep and liverpool having signed klopp. Will the board be brave enuf to give the job to giggs? In your opinion that is.

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{Ed001's Note - is that bravery or taking the easy route out by going with the man in place?}

28 Nov 2015 20:42:11
Depends on hw u look at it. I'd say it's bravery.

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28 Nov 2015 23:52:50
It's not bravery Dip. It's stupidity.

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29 Nov 2015 07:34:19
Actually it's a gamble. If it works out, with giggs at the helm, the decision will be termed as a brave decision. If it doesn't then it will Hav been a stupid one. But this pretty obvious. Putting all that aside I hope the powers that may b at United be brave and sack Lvg before things go frm bad to worse.

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01 Dec 2015 11:02:40
"Sack LVG before things go from bad to worse. " Seriously. I give up with some of you people.

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01 Dec 2015 16:49:23
Why Maverick?

Do you disagree that things are bad now? If so you are entitled to your opinion, but so are those of us who don't like seeing our team play boring, slow football, whatever the results.

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28 Nov 2015 13:06:07
Ed002 I have read a report that James Rodriguez's agent has been speculating about his clients future due to his current financial package at Madrid and the fact he feels James is being overlooked due to the 'untouchables' of Bale, Benz and Ronaldo etc always first choice.

Roncero (the AS journalist) goes on to say many great clubs like Man Utd, Juventus, Bayern among others could offer Rodriguez the package he deserves (or his agent thinks he deserves) . Probably a nothing story I know but I thought it was one worth asking when you consider Madrid have let a few big names leave for big money over the past few years such as Ozil, Di Maria, Higuain etc.

Could James be lured away from the Bernabeau and if so would Madrid be willing to listen to offers for him?

Thanks bro.

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{Ed002's Note - You really need the Real Madrid page for this but there is no plan to sell James Rodrigues in January. There are a four significant things going on in the background that could have an impact on whether or not he would be available in the summer. Right now Mendes is focused on the futures of three other players.}

28 Nov 2015 14:32:18
This what happens when you buy ego/worlds best players, they always use and play other big sides to try and hold the current clubs to ransom.

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28 Nov 2015 19:21:05
Good job we haven't got any of the worlds best players then!

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01 Dec 2015 12:22:37
Mike Smalling would disagree.

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{Ed025's Note - love it harry..

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