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02 Sep 2015 10:16:52
In reply to ozzy on rumours page. There are reports in Germany that say that dortmund do not have an option to buy januzaj.

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02 Sep 2015 11:07:57
The press association say there isn't aswell.

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02 Sep 2015 11:37:11
I think the situation with Januzaj is that LVG doesn't like him or trust him but the club do not want to sell as LVG will be gone in less than 2 years.

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02 Sep 2015 12:50:56
I think they want to see him develop but allowing it to happen in Germany is a good experience for him, doesn't mean he will be playing for an opposition team and less risk if it doesn't work out.
but I expect he will come back a far better player ready to get more games for United.

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02 Sep 2015 13:18:25
No issue its last season for van gaal.
He hasn't improved or say found balance in squad even after so called 3 transfer window

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02 Sep 2015 16:11:30
I'd have liked to see Adnan on loan in the PL rather than Germany but maybe there weren't any options that would suit his development as well as Dortmund? I don't get the issue with it hurting us as he couldn't play against us but could play against our rivals and help take points from them.

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02 Sep 2015 16:38:51
rodio,

We have improved a hell of a lot and looking at the squad there seems to be a good balance to me, especially of youth and experience.

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02 Sep 2015 16:58:50
Its a great league to play in but I feel its the wrong club for Januzaj, where and when does he play?
Dortmund have plenty of players that will play ahead of him, I believe he would of played more games if he stayed with us.

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02 Sep 2015 17:04:22
Looking at the way Dortmund have begun the season and the attacking options available to them , it'll be interesting to see how much game time he gets there

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02 Sep 2015 02:07:06
Ed 002 welcome back to the site, don't know if you have alrady answered it but who were utd target for cb position, were we intrested in otamendi. Did we come close to signing any cb or there was no cb available in which lvg was intrested

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{Ed002's Note - Mats Hummels was the primary target, if available - which he wasn't a move to Old Trafford was always going to be unlikely at best, but there was a chance and there was interest in him from Juventus. Godin was also of interest but was unlikely to be available in the summer. Garay would certainly have been an option for the summer - but the club failed to move for him. The likes of Howedes, Virgil van Dijk, Dragovic, Mings, Miranda were considered but only made sense at a much, much lower fees than were being asked or as potentyial future players. Terence Kongolo was possibly the one who got away. Otamendi was of interest to Barcelona, Zenit, Chelsea, Napoli, Manchester City and CSKA before a move to Valencia in January 2014 and a subsequent loan to Atlético Mineiro. As Otamendi has only effectively been playing in Spain since August 2014 a move in January was unlikely - but he was of interest. There has been interest in but if he forces a move from Dinamo Kiev I suspect he will end up elsewhere. Marquinhos won't happen as he has signed a new contract.

Otamendi was of interest to Barcelona, Zenit, Chelsea, Napoli, Manchester City and CSKA before a move to Valencia in January 2014 and a subsequent loan to Atlético Mineiro. As Otamendi had only effectively been playing in Spain since August 2014 a move in January this year was very unlikely - but he was of particular interest to Manchester United who did have offer rejected - with both Manchester City and Real Madrid asking to be kept informed of his availability and , of course, he did eventually make the move.

For me, the answer would have been Garay and Kongolo.}

02 Sep 2015 09:08:47
Thanx a lot ed

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02 Sep 2015 13:01:10
Welcome back Ed2 good to get that bit of extra insight and frankness. Well done to all the eds for a great site that I now visit regularly.
Yer man I am

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01 Sep 2015 19:52:16
Ed002 when or if you ever get chance could you do us a summary of this transfer window and possibly let us know which players we were defenitly interested in doing a deal for be quite interested in seeing if the so called top journalists do have any idea about the club thanks in advance

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{Ed002's Note - (1) Martial - a lot is expected of him, Guy Hillion had Chelsea in there talking about him when they were discussing loans with Monaco and they would have gone to €20M - probably a fair price and certainly their limit. Manchester United has paid well over the odds for him. (2) Schneiderlin - a very good player who will be fine. (3) Depay is a real talent but it is yet to be seen if Depay is really ready for a full season in England. Might be a year too early. (4) Darmain was of interest to MU last summer and would have moved to Chelsea as a replacement for Ivanovic if he had left this summer. Plenty of interest from the leading clubs in Europe - excellent buy although far from first choice at MU. (5) I think Schweinsteiger was a dumb move - he should have chosen options he had in the United States. (6) Romero is nothing special - journeyman goalkeeper and not a long-term solution. De Gea staying fouled up those plans and the whole matter should have been dealt with earlier. (7) Centre Back - putting aside the kiddie I know nothing of, this was probably the real mistake of the summer. Starting out looking for one and possibly even two centre backs and getting nothing was probably disappointing for many. Hummels was the primary although unrealistic target. There was a simple obtainable solution with Garay and Kongolo that could have been completed very early on. Even as a last minute buy, the affordable Nkoulou was being touted around.

So a couple of risky buys, overspending and one pretty dumb buy - plus failing to address the CB issue. Probably not a bad summer if you are realistic.}

02 Sep 2015 09:02:42
Many thanks to Ed002 for her overall assessment of transfer activity this summer. Is there any chance, please, of commenting more about the striker situation, which worries me almost as much ss CB? Was Martial really the only/first choice and what about the departures of Van Persie, Hernandez, Facoa, Henriquez (not forgetting loan of Januzai) before only a single replacement striker was signed?
Red Setter

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{Ed002's Note - You have to keep in mind that you are talking about fringe players and players who did not play a lot of games. MU still has options going forward.

But others were looked at (and they decided to go elsewhere or no effort was made): Aleksandar Mitrović (went to Newcastle), Santos' Gabriel Barbosa (was never going to happen), Cavani (not at that price given his age and his wages), Benzema (never pushed by MU), Ings (went to Liverpool but would probably not been viable), Mandzukic (whilst his agent said there was interest I very much doubt it), Muller (was never a viable option), Bakkali (interest dropped), Kenedy (tried very hard but was never going to move anywhere but London).}

02 Sep 2015 09:55:19
Thank you so much Ed002 for detailed evaluation of United transfer window - really appreciated. Overall a success I think - maybe LvG wasn't determined enough to bring in CB because of Blind's performances and having Rojo, Jones and McNair in reserve.

Thank you also to all the other Eds for your consistent hard work and patience when dealing with the paranoia of us football fans desperate for any news. This is an amazing site (would love to know readership stats!) and we're lucky to have it. I'm a constant daily visitor and look forward to hearing how United will win the league in the next couple of years (though think City will be hard to catch this year! Maybe we're battling for second!)

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02 Sep 2015 00:48:17
Can anyone confirm if Januzaj's loan has an option to buy? Everywhere I look I'm seeing conflicting reports about it so if anyone has any knowledge it would be greatly appreciated, thanks.

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01 Sep 2015 21:55:38
Ed002
I assume you wouldn't want to talk about this but can you please explain what happened in the pedro fiasco.

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{Ed002's Note - Last summer Barcelona would have listened to significant offers for Pedro but nobody would bite. Manchester City, Arsenal and Manchester United are known to have enquired with his agent earlier in 2014. PSG spoke with Barcelona about the player in the summer of 2013 and in January 2014. This summer he was always going to move. Arsenal's interest remained as did that of Inter, but neither were intersted at the asking price. An unsolicited approach was made to Manchester United to see if they were interested as well, but initially they are not. With Salah leaving this summer it was Chelsea who pushed for a deal once the elections were over. Barcelona did look to using him as part of a convoluted part exchange with Kovacic but no deal could be struck with Inter. Manchester United came in with an offer that was less than that of Chelsea - both of which were a long way short of the asking pice. Chelsea, aware of Manchester United interest, sent Marina Granovskaia to complete the deal with the authority to act as she thought best. And that was it. The package offered to Barcelona was accepted. The package offered to the player required little or no negotiation.}

01 Sep 2015 22:05:32
Thanks a lot ed.

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01 Sep 2015 23:00:42
Seems a lot less of a 'fiasco' when you put it like that, shock horror the press make united look stupid again.

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01 Sep 2015 21:05:39
Sorry if this has been asked ed002 but could you tell me if we was in for anyone this week that didn't quite make it over the finish line cheers

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{Ed002's Note - Yes - last Thursday in Monaco MU put in an unacceptable bid for Felipe Anderson that they expected to be accepted. Subsequently Wolfsburg put in an unacceptable bid as well. It was screwing around - and could have been completed.}

01 Sep 2015 22:19:01
Oh wow that would of been great would he of been aswel as martial or one or the other, thanks a lot great to have you back btw

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{Ed002's Note - Unrelated.}

01 Sep 2015 22:33:21
Cheers

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{Ed004's Note - GCU that is who I was hinting at}

01 Sep 2015 23:00:13
Wow thanks 002, sounds like the club tried to sign a right winger after all (Pedro and Felipe Anderson).

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01 Sep 2015 22:59:29
I did wonder on the Arsenal page if it was us. I think when ED002 mention an unnamed English club had made a bid.
ED004 what are your thoughts on this seasons transfer window? Good bad indifferent?

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{Ed004's Note - a bit indifferent. I think the incomings have been very good and after yesterday/start of the season would nearly class De Gea as a new signing. Darmian is probably the best for value as he's been fantastic, a fit Shaw is also like a new signing. Schneiderlin and Schweinstieger are massive improvements while we have signed two fantastic young attackers. Although we didn't sign all the positions we wanted to as I think we are still a left centre back short. Also, I think we have sold/let go of too many attacking options. Part of me is delighted Di Maria is gone but he just seems the ideal right winger that we are crying out for and I would've loved to see him have another go at adapting or we should've kept Januzaj and tried him out wide right}

02 Sep 2015 16:58:34
Ed004

I do not remember Anderson on that list, Lazio like Monaco would have sold since they missed the CL. I never said he was unattainable. But some of the other names being mentioned were pipe dreams in my view.

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{Ed004's Note - I was hinting at in in our posts. He didn't play for Lazio on Sunday night was an unused sub. A player who didn't play for a big club and quick}

01 Sep 2015 18:46:46
Do any of the eds know what we plan to do with Valdes now? Hope everything gets sorted out so if De Gea doesn't sign a contract then we can plan for the future with Valdes between the sticks.

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{Ed001's Note - LVG wants rid of him.}

01 Sep 2015 20:58:31
Thanks for the reply. How do you think we'll go about doung that? The two ways I think are we simply release him or have him train with the u21's till January then offload him.

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01 Sep 2015 20:16:40
Eds, if his contract is canceled by mutal agreement, can he join another club or he can't until January ?

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{Ed002's Note - No he can't.}

01 Sep 2015 17:33:55
Any chance of a last minute loan deal coming in.ala Falcao last year.
With Berahino making the statement of not playing while peace at was. Possible on a loan with option to buy with Wilson on loan the other way.

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01 Sep 2015 17:24:17
"Man United will initially pay £22m up front to Monaco for Anthony Martial then £3.5m per/ year for 4 years. (RMC)"

This makes it sound so much better.

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01 Sep 2015 17:31:31
60m€ + 20m€ in possible ad ons. doesn't sound good anyway you put it.

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01 Sep 2015 17:53:36
I can´t believe we pay that much for this kid.

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01 Sep 2015 18:41:57
It didn't cost me anything Carlos. How come you had to pay?

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01 Sep 2015 18:46:24
Gotta bare in mind he'll be on very low wages too.

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01 Sep 2015 19:21:29
Where has the 80m euros figure come from ?

Chelsea allegedly had £40m bid rejected earlier in the window prior to their getting Falcao on loan. They were told by Monaco that Martial was not for sale. They've changed their tune though when knocked out of Champs League.

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01 Sep 2015 20:07:25
Think €80m was rounded down somewhat:

£22m up front
£3.5m each year for 4 years
£5m per season he's the top scorer for 4 years
£5 if he becomes European player of the season


Not my money so I don't care, we needed speed up front and we have it.

I don't control MUFC chequebook, I don't control who plays in the team, I only control my emotions when we play and if we win games with Martial. That's all that matters.

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01 Sep 2015 21:02:32
£5m if he becomes European player of the season 😵

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01 Sep 2015 21:49:16
If that breakdown of martial transfer fee is true then I think this could turn out to be a bargain of a deal.

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01 Sep 2015 15:31:22
rumours we are interested in calhangalou any truth ed i know it was reported on rubbish metro but they got their info from turkish media thanks for all your trojan work for us all on the site

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{Ed002's Note - Hakan Calhanoglu has made no secret that he wants to move to Barcelona in 2016 and Barcelona has encouraged this - but much depends on some managerial issues. I would not have been surprised to have seen Arsenal make a move for him after Fekir became not available. I don't see how MU fits in to any of this.}

01 Sep 2015 16:10:15
Any chance of zlatan anybody ?

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01 Sep 2015 17:30:50
Superb freekick taker, probably the best in world right now. But do we need him?

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01 Sep 2015 15:18:03
Hi eds/other posters,

More a question of opinion really but say real have got cold feet over de Gea and are planning on not moving for him at all. Where does that leave de Gea ?

As stated he wanted to return to Spain for personal reasons, and now if Madrid are not interested he is well and truly buggered !

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{Ed002's Note - He has three options. (a) Sign a new contract with MU. (b) Make the move in January for a lesser fee. (c) Make the move next summer and thake the €12M offered to him.}

01 Sep 2015 16:26:08
Tough one now eh :-)

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01 Sep 2015 16:26:39
Could United loan DDG (or one of their other keepers ) out to a non UEFA club (ie MLS,Australia,Asia etc) ?

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{Ed002's Note - No, they could loan him to a non-FIFA nation or to a club from a country where the transfer window is still open.}

01 Sep 2015 16:32:57
Would you agree the true winners are still Real Madrid?
Madrid seem to have placed the blame on United, I'm not sure if United will issue a response and are just waiting on time to free up or if they'll ignore it to avoid making a bigger mess. However, De Gea wanted the move and probably still will get it. Madrid are still in pole position IMO, they have a keeper in Navas who is highly regarded by the fans (as shown by the poll which claimed 87.7% or something of fans wanted Navas over De Gea), nor did they give in and pay €40m to United which will probably appease the board and fans.

Of course, it isn't the best situation as Navas will now have low morale as he was being pushed out, and apparently did not want to move to United before LvG spoke to him and he didn't really have a choice. However, as Ed002 said, they can get him on the cheap in January, although if he plays in CL, he will be cup tied (I think) so I'm not sure if that's the option they'll take, or they can get him on a free and give him the €12m signing on fee. It probably depends on what is being whispered into De Gea's ear atm but I'm sure he will probably still want the move. (Here's hoping he doesn't!)

Ultimately though, it's not the best situation and I don't know if all of this is just speculation on my part lol. United still lose out on £29m (including Navas). That said, if De Gea signs a new contract, this would be perfect.

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01 Sep 2015 16:33:48
Gibraltar FC could have the greatest goalkeeper duo ever then. well DDG wants to be closer to Spain after all.

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01 Sep 2015 15:02:19
Eds I don't suppose there is anything in the Laporte stories from Spain, saying we will meet his buyout clause?

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{Ed002's Note - I have no idea what you are talking about.}

01 Sep 2015 14:54:34
Oh my, apparently Rojo is on his way out too.

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01 Sep 2015 15:17:02
Yet another player who has fallen out with the manager, we all heard about LVG's lack of man management before he arrived and my word, the rumours where bang on the button.
I'm really not liking this at all, LVG's way to stubborn.

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01 Sep 2015 15:26:14
Blind can cover for him

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01 Sep 2015 15:55:22
Don't believe everything you read Rojo is going nowhere.

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01 Sep 2015 16:17:02
I agree Rojo won't be going out this season but the fact remains that LVG is a hard man to get along with.

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01 Sep 2015 14:47:49
Utd's latest acquisition:
Regan Poole from Newport County (17 yr old).
Who?

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01 Sep 2015 15:16:40
Nice surname. Means living next to water in Old English.

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01 Sep 2015 16:28:28
Random reply of the day goes to Sam.

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01 Sep 2015 16:47:18
Random FACTUAL reply. you learn something new everyday!

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01 Sep 2015 13:42:09
Question for Ed002 if I may?

Can you see anymore incomings to OT today?

Thanks, Ronnie - much appreciated!

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{Ed002's Note - Probably not. Logistics are now difficult for anything not already in hand.}

01 Sep 2015 14:58:29
Sad to hear. I was expecting us to bring in a few attacking players.

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01 Sep 2015 14:39:33
Thanks again Ed002 for the reply!

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01 Sep 2015 10:58:47
Express reporting that Griezzman to us for 46.1 million. Don't know how reliable this is. But it's currently doing the rounds on Twitter!

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01 Sep 2015 11:16:01
Lets pray Griezmann comes to Utd with a sprinkle of Laporte too!

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01 Sep 2015 11:20:54
Must be true then, yippee!

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01 Sep 2015 11:41:14
cant see it happening its all quiet today so far after the mayhem of yesterday still feel we've lost out most on the DDG deal

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01 Sep 2015 11:46:35
God forbid I post a rumour.

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{Ed002's Note - It won't be happening.}

01 Sep 2015 11:47:06
Telegraph's ogden also saying the same. he has said there is a 46.1m release clause and there is a apossibility if United act fast. Fingers crossed with his tweet yesterday giving hope.

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{Ed002's Note - Try not to be so easily teased.}

01 Sep 2015 11:56:48
Thought so 002

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01 Sep 2015 11:58:14
Nice to have you back ed

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01 Sep 2015 12:26:09
United fans current poor state due to LVG has made ed002 to show some Mercy and give some info. It is better to say we signed ed002 on the deadline day.

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01 Sep 2015 12:58:03
Cant see how United have lost on the DDG deal Brendan81.

If DDG stays for a season, and plays like he can, we have a great keeper and another year to find a rfeplacement (or maybe even get him to signa new contract).

If he cant/wont play well then a year in the stands is bad for him and bad for RM.

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01 Sep 2015 16:27:43
Come again Stevetrom???

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01 Sep 2015 10:57:17
Latest is Hakan Calhonoglu for 26 million?

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01 Sep 2015 11:10:21
Seems like Ed and LVG are working off Ronnie's list

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01 Sep 2015 11:08:33
After him it may be Fakin Havenaclu!

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01 Sep 2015 11:25:54
Very very good player, better than de bruyne for me.

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01 Sep 2015 11:39:44
There is logic to my madness!!!

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01 Sep 2015 11:42:21
Ha good one Beast

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01 Sep 2015 18:08:09
Ronnie might be lvg or ed woodward lol

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01 Sep 2015 08:32:47
Just seen that we were working on bringing in Reus and Laporte but haven't been able to agree the prices. Athletic wanted €50m for Laporte but don't know about Reus, anyone else heard anything? Between them and Martial I think that would have just about been problem sorted. Anything else would have been a bonus

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01 Sep 2015 09:19:44
Dealing with Bilbao on deadline day, déjà vu that again ha. Be 2 great buys mind, would prefer Griezmann personally along with Laporte.

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01 Sep 2015 09:38:48
Looking likely we'll be paying €50m+ for a relatively unknown, untested 19 year old, I'd suggest Laporte looks like a comparative steal. Reus would be great but I'm too realistic to see this happen.

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01 Sep 2015 09:49:07
How could we sign those 2 when the windows are closed.

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{Ed002's Note - The transfer window is open until 1800 today.}

01 Sep 2015 09:59:16
Greizmann not leaving from what I've heard. Reus will be good signing but didn't we lack strikers ?

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01 Sep 2015 11:04:59
Definetly go for Laporte!

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01 Sep 2015 11:10:41
Both would be great signings. I don't see either happening though.

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01 Sep 2015 00:09:19
apparently both madrid and united are still trying to push the dea gea deal, uefa to look into it tomorrow.

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01 Sep 2015 00:22:14
I'd be surprised if an exception isn't made.

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01 Sep 2015 07:14:11
Spain are extremely strict. They have already come out and said that the paper work was too late. Although Real Madrid have so much power in Spain, it will set a precedent as I'm not sure it has ever been allowed before.

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01 Sep 2015 13:18:04
Get the feeling that Madrid have scuppered this deal.

Maybe they are going to try to get him for free next season, or the message has got back that the fans may have not been too keen on this move.

Leaves both De Gea and Navas in a bit of tricky situation now.

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31 Aug 2015 23:48:19
Wilson to Bolton -- apparently - anybody heard anything?

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