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1. In respect of each of Seasons 2009/10 to 2017/18 inclusive, the Premier League Rules applicable in those seasons that required provision by a member club to the Premier League, in the utmost good faith, of accurate financial information that gives a true and fair view of the club’s financial position, in particular with respect to its revenue (including sponsorship revenue), its related parties and its operating costs, namely:
(a) for Season 2009/10, Premier League Rules B.13, C.71, C.72, C.75 (amended to C.79 from 10 September 2009 for the remainder of Season 2009/10) and C.80;
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(1) for Seasons 2009/10 to 2011/12 inclusive, Premier League Rules Q.7 and Q.8; and
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(b) each of Seasons 2010/11 to 2015/16 inclusive, the Premier League Rules applicable in those Seasons requiring a member club to include full details of player remuneration in its relevant contracts with its players, namely:
(1) for Seasons 2010/11 and 2011/12, Premier League Rules K.12 and K.20;
(2) for Season 2012/13, Premier League Rules T.12 and T.20;
(3) for Seasons 2013/14 and 2014/15, Premier League Rules T.12 and T.19; and
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(b) for Seasons 2014/15 to 2017/18 inclusive, Premier League Rule B.15.6.

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(a) for Season 2015/16, Premier League Rules E.52 to E.60; and
(b) for Seasons 2016/17 and 2017/18, Premier League Rules E.53 to E.60.

5. In respect of the period from December 2018 to date, the Premier League Rules applicable in the relevant Seasons requiring a member club to cooperate with, and assist, the Premier League in its investigations, including by providing documents and information to the Premier League in the utmost good faith, namely:
(a) for Season 2018/19, Premier League Rules B.16, B.19, W.1, W.2, W.12 and W.13;
(b) for Season 2019/20, Premier League Rules B.16, B.19, W.1, W.2, W.12 and W.13;
(c) for Season 2020/21, Premier League Rules B.16, B.19, W.1, W.2, W.12 and W.13;
(d) for Season 2021/22, Premier League Rules B.15, B.18, W.1, W.2, W.15 and W.16; and
(e) for Season 2022/23, Premier League Rules B.15, B.18, W.1, W.2, W.15 and W.16.

Commissions are independent of the Premier League and member clubs. The members of the Commission will be appointed by the independent Chair of the Premier League Judicial Panel, in accordance with Premier League Rules W.19, W.20 and W.26.

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This confirmation is made in accordance with Premier League Rule W.82.1. The Premier League will be making no further comment in respect of this matter until further notice.

11 Jan 2024 13:54:52
Ed002 what lbs are we looking at? And who is interested in ake? Thank you

{Ed002's Note - Valentin Barco but he is heading elsewhere. MC are not looking to sell Ake at this time.}

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17 Dec 2023 13:09:09
Dear ed's ,if you may, please can you give us the possible in's and out's list for us ,for the upcoming january 2024 transfer window?,thanks in advance

{Ed002's Note - January needs are a LB and DM. I expect Phillips to depart and they are looking at the likes of Barco and Merlin for LB and a whole bunch of options to replace Phillips.}

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24 Aug 2023 13:59:30
Hello there ed002, are we interested in Eze? Thank you

{Ed002's Note - My notes say: Eberechi Eze (CM/AM) Crystal Palace have no intention of selling the player who struggled until he was at QPR and is now excelling at Palace. An enquiry from Spurs and another from Newcastle were turned away. Arsenal have sent scouts on a few occasions but have preferred targets and dwindling space in the squad. Keep a watchful eye on Manchester City.

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19 Aug 2023 06:40:52
Good morning Eds I hope you are well.

Who might City be interested in to replace KDB, now that the Paqueta deal may be off?

Thanks and have a great weekend.

{Ed002's Note - Initially they will make more use of Cole Palmer but do have a couple of AM players they could still be interested in (Dani Olmo and Oscar Gloukh). We will see what happens in the coming days.}

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19 Aug 2023 14:00:17
Thanks Ed, have a great weekend!

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15 Aug 2023 18:56:26
Hi Ed,

Any movement on potential ins Doku and Paqueta?

thanks in advance.

{Ed002's Note - Jeremy Doku (RW) Bayern Munich turned their attention to him but have stepped back after being told an asking price by his agent that reflected Rennes paying over the odds for him - and Rennes do not consider him for sale. Aston Villa and Newcastle have a declared interest. West Ham have made clear they can give him playing time which he may not get elsewhere. Liverpool had an interest in Doku when he was at Anderlecht. It was suggested to Arsenal that he would be a good replacement if they can off-load Pepe or Manchester City to replace Mahrez but they have been looking at others aswell.

Lucas Paqueta (CM) There are issues and he may depart in the summer with Manchester City very keen. West Ham will look to exploit their interest to get the best fee possible and Manchester City are likely to go to £80M or thereabouts.}

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16 Aug 2023 13:25:11
Thanks Ed

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12 Jul 2023 21:18:59
Evening ED, is it possible to know which teams have enquired about Alvarez? Thank you.

{Ed002's Note - Manchester City have no intention of selling and have told interested sides taht.}

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13 Jul 2023 16:31:21
Cheers for the response, and no surprise they do not want to lose him, excellent player.

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13 Jul 2023 16:31:21
Cheers for the response, and no surprise they do not want to lose him, excellent player.

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31 May 2023 10:45:24
Hi dear ed's , can you please , if you may provide us with a transfer list for mancity and the possible outgoings.
Thanks in advance

{Ed002's Note - Kyle Walker (RB) Manchester City have a replacement in mind. Milan would like talks. At the right price Aston Villa or West Ham may be interested. Player has said he will end his career back at Sheffield United, which means he could stay another season at MC.
Joao Cancelo (LB) Will return to Manchester City in the summer with Mendes seeking a new club - Barcelona may offer an option. Bayern Munich are unwilling to pay the €70M option but could seek a transfer at a lower fee. Arsenal may offer a wildcard option but the price may well be an issue.
Aymeric Laporte (CB) PSG will make an offer. Barcelona offer an option but will need to agree sales first. A wildcard would be Spurs or Chelsea if they fail to sign their first choice.
Kalvin Phillips (DM) Do not rule out Manchester City letting Kalvin Phillips go as they have a replacement in mind to upgrade him. He has been offered around and Liverpool may well be keen. Aston Villa or West Ham may provide a wildcard option.
Shea Charles (DM) Borussia Dortmund and Newcastle have registered an interest. Eintracht Frankfurth, Everton and RBL have sent scouts. I cannot see Manchester City selling this summer.
Ilkay Gundogan (CM/DM) Free Agent in the summer but the club could look to a new contract. Barcelona have added him to their list of economically viable options and have spoken with the player. The problem is he won't just want to be cover. Could be a low price addition for Juventus who are shuffling their midfield. I am not aware of any approach from Arsenal who would need the permission of Manchester City to speak with him. Depending what happens with Saul, Atletico may become interested. Bayern may look to him as cover, but again, he will want to be playing.
Bernardo Silva (AM) Barcelona and PSG are keen.
Erling Haaland (S) Team Raiola are open to negotiating with Manchester City to remove a termination clause from his contract. Real Madrid were intending to meet the clause in 2024 but may bring it forward a year knowing that PSG may look to an offer. Bayern Munich and Chelsea may still maintain an interest, but the player will likely want Real Madrid who may need decide between him and Mbappe. Affording Bellingham and one of the others in the same window could be a significant problem for Madrid who are looking to clear wages still. PSG would like to replace Messi and Neymar with Haaland.

Nahuel Molina (RB) Manchester City will look to adding the Atletico Madrid player.
Tino Livramento (RB) Conerns remain over his knee problems but Manchester City and Arsenal will be watching when he returns to play again. Chelsea have an option to buy the player back this summer but have opted to sign another already.
Kieran Tierney (LB) Newscastle have approached Arsenal to declare an interest in the player. Manchester City see him as an option to preferred target Ben Chilwell.
Ben Chilwell (LB) Wanted by Manchester City. Chelsea will resist a sale unless the player pushes. New contract to be offered.
Giorgio Scalvini (CB/DM) Chelsea, Manchester City, Inter, Spurs, Juventus and Southampton have shown an interest in the young centre back who has also covered for Koopmeiners as a DM this season. Southampton can be discounted, and probably Spurs with the Italian management gone. Napoli and Atletico offer wildcard options.
Kim Min-jae (CB) Napoli are not looking to sell and there is interest from Manchester United, Newcastle, Manchester City and possibly still Spurs. Potential Laporte replacement at Manchester City. He has a €70M release clause that could attract other clubs as well.
Max Kilman (CB) Agent has told several clubs, including Manchester City, Leeds and Liverpool that he could be made available by Wolves - but I am sure they are not looking to sell.
Axel Disasi (CB) West Ham and Spurs had a declared interest but after adding Aguerd in the summer would have ended that and Spurs to Lenglet on loan. Southamption interest will have gone. After the sale of BB Monaco will probably not be open to a sale, even though they have an obligation to buy another CB. Wildcards will be Manchester United, Chelsea and Manchester City.
Luka Vuskovic (CB) Kiddie who is attracting attention from Bayern Munich, Manchester City and Hamburg. From a footballing family any transfer would be complicated by his representation and his age. Clubs would need to tread carefully.
Alessandro Bastoni (CB) Can be discounted.
Josko Gvardiol (CB) Opted to join RBL to replace Konate over Leeds. Leeds, again, and Newcastle have asked after him but that interest will go nowhere. RBL do not want to sell but he is reluctant to agree a new contract, but that won't force a summer exit if he does not agree a contract extension before then. RBL want to include a significant termination clause in his new contract. Chelsea have him at the top of the list of CBs the club are still considering and tried last Summer and again in January to buy him, having a huge offer rejected - they are still talking to RBL but RBL don't want to lose two or even three players to Chelsea this summer and they have given a huge figure that would facilitate further talks and any chance of a move. One benefit that Chelsea has is RBL interest in taking a Chelsea player in the summer. Juventus, Spurs and Marseille have also sent scouts to watch the player and Spurs have asked about availability but they can all be discounted. Real Madrid have also spoken to RBL about the player and like Chelsea are very keen, but Madrid could not afford JG and Jude Bellingham. Barcelona, who had him as an option, have shifted interest to a Free Agent. Of serious interest to Manchester City and now first choice for them. A self-confessed Liverpool supporter and they are interested but have not declared any interest with his club, although they have asked after his availability. Will be scared away by the price if he comes up for sale given what they need to do in midfield. Very, very expensive. I expect Manchester City or Chelsea to win out.
Ben Chilwell (LB) Wanted by Manchester City.
Khephren Thuram (DM/CM) Interest of Manchester United has returned. Interest of Newcastle and Crystal Palace remains although I would discount Crystal Palace. RBL want him as a Laimer replacement and will push following initial discussions. Liverpool asked Nice about his availability given that they looking to add a more DM player and he could become first choice. If interest grows his price will rise and the club would sell given the emergence of Alexis Beka Beka and an impressive youngster in Reda Belahyane. Player wants PSG but they have no interest at this time. Wildcard is Manchester City and another potential upgrade on Phillips.
Ryan Gravenberch (CM/DM/AM) Versatile midfield player who only joined Bayern Munich last summer and won't be for sale. I am not aware of any approach by Liverpool to Bayern Munich and Team Mino are certainly not offering him around, but they have had enquiries from a number of clubs, including Manchester City. The player has made it clear he would like his next move to be to Manchester United. If Liverpool has gone directly to the player again they may want to start fearing the worst.
Matheus Nunes (CM/DM) Liverpool have looked at the Wolves player but deem him too expensive at £50M. Do not rule out Manchester City letting Kalvin Phillips go and replacing him with Nunes.
Alexis Mac Allister (CM/AM) Not going to happen.
Gabri Veiga (CM/AM) Attracting scouts from PL and La Liga. Real Madrid offer an option but the player wants to be a starter and he won't be there. Newcastle may make an offer. Arsenal are keen but need to make a decision about departures. For Manchester United and Liverpool, an alternative to Bellingham but both are working on others. Others interested in Bellingham could also turn to him - Manchester City even. Ironically, the goals have started flowing as he has switched to CM from AM. Celta Vigo will not look to sell unless relegated but will perhaps not refuse a very good offer matching his €40M release clause.
Mason Mount (AM) Yet to agree a new contract and could depart if he is not more reasonable in his demands - and his demands are very significant. Real Madrid and Juventus, both via a third party, have asked after him. Juventus won't match his wage demands but they have a tax advantage, but I suspect they can be discounted unless a trade for Vlahovic, possibly including another player, could be arranged. Real Madrid are looking to move on a couple of high earners in the summer so could afford him, but it depends on departures. Manchester City have declared an interest with Chelsea during discussions over another player. Barcelona have made a direct approach to Chelsea but the salary demands would be an issue. There is no declared interest from PSG or Bayern Munich, who are two other clubs who could afford him, although with a change of coach the situation with Bayern may change. Chelsea are rather miffed with him after making what they consider was a very good offer, and will sell in the summer if a new contract is not agreed. Manchester United or Liverpool may be intererested as an alternative to Bellingham but they would likely not want to match his wage demands and have not at this time spoken with Chelsea. However, change of agent leads potentially to the door of Manchester United.
Samuel Iling-Junior (LW/AM) Left Chelsea to join Juventus and is doing very well and playing for the first team although he only moved up from the NextGen squad when Juventus gave him a new contract to fend off interest from Bayern Munich, Borussia Dortmund, RBL and Spurs. The remains interest of Chelsea being open to a return and Manchester City being keen as an option to Saka.
Bukayo Saka (W) Manchester City are keen. Arsenal have agreed a new contrtact.
Wilfried Gnonto (F) Juventus have offered McKennie on a permanent deal for Gnoto. Manchester City want him as cover.

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02 Jun 2023 15:01:29
Brilliant info, thanks Ed002!

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03 Jun 2023 20:36:23
Thanks for the reply ed

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06 Feb 2023 12:29:31
Is there anything you can clear up about the prem investigations ed? I know you probably can't go into too much detail to be fair most of it would probably confuse the majority of us but anything that can be simplified? Possible outcomes?

{Ed002's Note - A number of accusations have been referred to an independent commission for consideration.}

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15 Nov 2022 01:19:21
Any potential incomings for Jan ed002? Or is pep more likely to wait til next summer? :)

{Ed002's Note - My understanding that they have no plans for January Hving accepted they will lose out on Rafael Leao. There is a young striker they will look to sign but not for the first team.}

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26 Jul 2022 10:34:35
Hey all
Any news on a Man City left back?
Guardiola seems to want Cucurella but the club has a habit of walking away from overpriced options (which this is) - any news/altenatives? And any other incoming/outgoings expected?

{Ed002's Note - David Raum (LWB) only joined last summer but has had an excellent season turning in numerous assists. Borussia Dortmund made an approach to discuss the player in January but were told very firmly that he was not for sale by Hoffenheim. Other clubs, including RBL, Manchester United and Manchester City, have been taking notice and you can expect offers but the player does not want to move to England. He was offered and signed a contract extension in January. RBL will push. Was offered and signed a contract extension in January.
Marc Cucurella (LWB) Manchester City and Chelsea have spoken with his agent and Manchester City have spoken with Brighton who are reluctant to sell and have rejected their initial offer. Manchester City will make an improved offer. Recommended to Spurs by a scout.
Tyrick Mitchell (LB) has become a target for Manchester City. Crystal Palace are not looking to sell.}

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02 Aug 2022 17:55:20
Looks like Cucurella and Raum now off the table - what's your thoughts on other alternatives?

{Ed002's Note - Rayan Ait-Nouri (LWB) Barcelona have been looking to the Premier League for a young LWB and have identified Ait-Nouri and Maatsen as options. If Chelsea lose Alonso and Maatsen, then RAN is on their list of options. PSG have also declared an interest in Ait-Nouri. Manchester City offer a wildcard option if they cannot signe Cucurella.}

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17 Jul 2022 21:28:11
Hi Ed2,

Do you mind giving some insight on who city is looking to bring in this window?

Looks like a few more individuals linked with a potential move away (Zin, Silva Gundagan).

{Ed002's Note - I have already done this.}

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09 Jul 2022 10:48:35
Hi Ed,

With it looking increasing more likely Ake leaving to return to Chelsea (which I understand but he's been a solid 4th choice and is homegrown, so is a loss IMO) do we know who the CB replacement targets are?

Have seen a lot on Ake leaving but not who we would get to replace him? There were links to Pau Torres a while ago but other than that it seems a bit quiet.

I wouldn't mind a more experienced player (30+) who won't permanently take the spot long term so there's still a chance in the near future for someone like Mbete to make the step up, but not sure he's ready to go deep end in an injury crisis just yet.

Cheers,
TheManOfMeat

{Ed002's Note - I will try and find out - the club are certainly aware of a HG problem.}

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11 Jul 2022 10:10:28
Cheers Ed002.

Seen a bit today around Kounde (suprised if he would be happy as 4th choice albeit would look to challenge as a starter) and Gvardiol (I believe Leipzig don’t want to sell) so wouldn’t think they would be the most attainable of targets.

Cheers.
TheManOfMeat

{Ed002's Note - Kounde would want assurances. Gvardiol is not for sale.}

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13 Jul 2022 10:13:05
Thanks Ed as always, guessed as much.

The only others I could potentially find were Pau Torres i mentioned first, Salisu or Fofana - not sure if any of these are potentials?

Did a search but couldn’t find anything on them.

Cheers,
TheManOfMeat

{Ed002's Note - Kounde will now be first choice - the problem is he will want to be a starter.}

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17 Jun 2022 09:24:37
Hello Ed02,

I have two questions to ask to you. One i shall right now and the second after a while.

It seems like City are looking to sign a LB and a CM.
Who are the targets and who do you think the realistic chances are mate.

{Ed002's Note - Tyrick Mitchell (LB) and Marc Cucurella (LWB). There have been a huge number of CM players looked at.}

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17 Jun 2022 12:16:38
Do you expect any more additions other than that two mate?

{Ed002's Note - Yes.}

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04 Jun 2022 22:26:55
Hi ed002

Saw on another page that city are looking to add 2 more forwards to mix things up, could you share who these might be please?

{Ed002's Note - They want to add Rafael Leao to Haaland and Alvarez.}

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05 Jun 2022 19:12:23
Thank you ed

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02 Jun 2022 13:09:58
Do City have interest in Cucarella of Brighton?

{Ed002's Note - Marc Cucurella (LWB) Manchester City and Chelsea have spoken with his agent and MC have submitted an offer to Brighton whereas Chelsea have opted for another solution. Recommended to Spurs by a scout but they have a creative solution in mind to resolve their LWB issue.}

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18 May 2022 15:27:18
Hi Ed002,

Rumours today that Man City interested in Kalvin Phillips: any truth to this please?

As a CDM woukd he be a replacement or back up for Rodri?

Many thanks as always!

{Ed002's Note - Kalvin Phillips (DM) a financially more viable option to Declan Rice and Manchester United have enquired in the past and may maintain that interest when a new manager arrives in the summer. An ex-PL player acting as a scout for Real Madrid has watched the player on more than one occasion. Manchester City see as an option to replace Fernandinho. West Ham enquired and made a tentative offer to no avail in January. Aston Villa have enquired - it seems very unlikely. An enquiry from Newcastle may be followed up but I suspect the player would not be keen. Whilst he has the stupid haircut that Liverpool look for in recruits, I am not aware of any approach by Liverpool or Arsenal to Leeds at this time. Leeds will resist selling and look for a new contract. I expect a new contract will be agreed but he won't stay at Leeds forever.

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18 May 2022 16:07:04
Wow, thanks for the really quick response Ed002, really appreciated! Really kind of you to give up your time to reply.

{Ed002's Note - You are welcome.}

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10 May 2022 17:53:17
Visitor from the Liverpool page in peace.

Firstly, think you guys will win every game quite easily now, and the title will be yours. Sucks, but City were just too far ahead for Liverpool to catch.

Second, I think Haaland will be a great signing for City, but it will mean they will have to change how they play a little. Will be interesting to see how quickly they can adapt to that.

Thirdly, one for Ed002 probably. Can you explain how "release clauses" work in light of the news about the Haaland fee? I know there are restrictions on how they operate in principle but I've never fully understood when they are and when they aren't enforceable etc.

All the best everyone!

{Ed002's Note - He had a termination clause which is different - and it was essential in agreeing a move to Borussia Dortmund.

Perhaps a reminder about transfer related clauses would be apt. This is a horribly complex area not least because they are written under individual national laws. They cause a great deal of misunderstanding with football supporters and the media alike.

The "buy out clause" is legally binding between a club and a player. The "buy out" is effectively what it says - a means for the player to buy himself out of the contract. As an example, if a player wishes to buy himself out of a contract, he pays the applicable FA (on behalf of the club) the amount of the "buy out" clause effectively becoming a free agent. The problem is that in most cases a player would need to obtain that money from the buying club - and this is fraught with issues regarding "tapping up" and, of course, taxation (as it can be seen as income for the player and would therefore be subject to income tax). There was a test case about the taxation issue in Spain several years ago which is why they have an exception. All players in Spain and Portugal have a clause that allows the player to buy himself out of his contract without any tax implications - the tax implications passing to the buying club - typically at 50% on top of the value of the clause for the higher profile players. This was to address a ruling from around 30 years ago allowing players a way out of their contracts. The other notable point about Spain and Portugal is that the clauses, if invoked by a non-Iberian club, need to be paid in full by the player (there are local rules that stop tax being due) but by needing to put up 100% of the money upfront would end many transfers then and there. It works differently in Iberia to elsewhere as the tax implications do not make such clauses viable in other countries, so when Arsenal purchased Thomas Party they had to provide the money to him and then he had to immediately transfer those funds to the Spanish FA – leaving Arsenal to subsequently pay the tax due on the transfer by due date. All players in Iberia must have a figure set and agreed with the club. So "buy out" clauses are very rare elsewhere. Related to this is the Webster Ruling that allows players under certain conditions to break contracts after a certain period of time (three years under 28 and two years after being 28) by paying the club the amount the club would pay the player over the remaining length of the contract. It is very rarely invoked and could easily result in a protracted legal case.

A "release clause" is far more common in that it gives a figure that the club would accept for the sale of a player to another club - but it is not legally binding except where both parties (clubs) are in the same country (for the sake of argument I should say that football Spain and Portugal count as the same country as do England and Wales) for legal purposes. These are normally unreasonably high figures (Messi at Barcelona has a €700M release clause for example) introduced to act as a deterrent for hostile bids - and even then the club could easily block a move. However, if a club in the same country does agree to match a release clause then the selling club would be obliged to ask the player if he is interested - there is no obligation on the player to make a move. For interested clubs outside of the country, the selling club may use it as a guide but are under obligation to accept a bid and may demand a higher figure – as was the case when Roberto Firmino moved from Hoffenheim to Liverpool for more than his “release clause”.

There is then the becoming popular "termination clause" which is binding between the player and the club and if met would see an offer from anywhere accepted and the player given the opportunity to make a call on a move. This overcomes the issues associated with "buy out" clauses as the money would be paid by one club to another and about the legal proximity of the buying side.

And finally, "buy back clauses". The most common way is that for a fixed period, typically two or three years, the selling club will have the opportunity to match any offer made (if the player is to be sold) by another club and buy back the player if he agrees. Rarely, clubs have the opportunity to buy a player back at a fixed price when a player is put up for sale of a two or three year period (this is what Chelsea used with a couple of players although they later negotiated a deal which gave them a percentage of the sale, as was the case with Bertrand Traoré moving from Lyon to Aston Villa). Finally there is a very uncommon variant of this where by the club have the opportunity to buy back the player at a fixed fee in year one, a different fixed fee in year two and another different fixed fee in year three if put up for sale. This was used by Barcelona when Oriol Romeu was sold to Chelsea.}

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10 May 2022 19:58:18
Ed is there any clause in this contract? I heard madrid backed out because they didn't want to agree to a clause. Might just be bs from the media

{Ed002's Note - I am not aware of the terms being fully agreed yet.}

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10 May 2022 20:22:07
Thanks for the quick reply Ed

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10 May 2022 20:57:32
Cheers for the detailed response Ed002, very informative.

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10 May 2022 09:35:16
Ed02 - plenty of talk about a deal being agreed for Haaland. Is this true?

Thanks

{Ed002's Note - In principle.}

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04 May 2022 22:16:19
Good evening ED, is it possible when time allows to know who is interested in Raheem Sterling? Thank you.

{Ed002's Note - Raheem Sterling (W) At the right price his sale will help the start of a rebuild. He will be available for perhaps £50M. Could be one of the players offered to Spurs for Kane if Haaland doesn't sign or to Barcelona if any part exchange is possible - but I suspect their interest was fleeting. Arsenal may offer an option as a Pepe replacement. Milan would want to offer a player in exchange and have other priorities. Else he will have to settle for a new contract or run the final year of his down.}

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21 Apr 2022 14:56:31
Hi Ed,

With Alvarez and potentially Haaland (albeit I'll take that with a pinch of salt until he's in a city shirt) looking to come in, do you know who the potential outs could be in the summer to make space in the squad?

Not sure if there are going to be any shuffles in defence or midfield either with Fernandinho leaving?

Cheers,
TheManOfMeat

{Ed002's Note - In terms of departures it should also be remembered that Aguero and Ferran Torres have gone without direct replacements. I would expect something like this:
Scott Carson (G) Out of contract
Arijanet Muric (G) Another loan.
Nathan Ake (CB) Time to move on with the player expressing an interest in a return to London - West Ham, Newcastle and Crystal Palace may offer solutions. A better option my be found in Milan.
Fernandinho (DM) Will leave Manchester City in the summer as a Free Agent, with Atletico Mineiro, Corinthians, Botafogo and Flamengo all interested.
Bernardo Silva (AM) The player would like to move on with interest from Atletico. Barcelona have asked if MC would be interested in a player exchange. Milan have lost out on their first option and will look to a deal at the right price. PSG and Juventus has a declared interest. Manchester City don't want to sell and will offer a new contract.
Riyad Mahrez (RW) Time has come to move on. Agent is offering him to numerous high-end clubs. Manchester City may look to extend his contract to save money. PSG need a Di Maria replacement and he is on the list. Otherwise perhaps hard to sell.
Raheem Sterling (W) At the right price his sale will help the start of a rebuild. He will be available for perhaps £50M. Could be one of the players offered to Spurs for Kane if Haaland doesn't sign or Barcelona if any part exchange is possible. Arsenal may offer an option as a Pepe replacement. Milan would want to offer a player in exchange. Else he will have to settle for a new contract or run the final year of his down.
Jayden Braaf (LW) is available and being offered around. No firm interest that I am aware of and those clubs showing a vague interest are unattractive to the player. I assume the club are not convinced he can step up. Perhaps another loan.
Nahuel Bustos (S) On loan at Girona but River Plate offer an option.
Liam Delap (S) German sides will continue to try and cherry-pick the best of the best young British players after their success with players like Sancho, Bellingham and Musiala. Delap is on the list for Bayern Munich and Borussia Dortmund as well as RBS. Manchester City will refuse a sale but may offer a loan.

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