Manchester United boss Jose Mourinho has cast doubts over the future of Victor Lindelof due to his slow start to life in the Premier League, reports say.
The Portuguese boss signed the 23-year-old from Benfica last summer , having failed to seal his signature during the last January transfer window. However, the defender has not been able to hit the ground running and has mostly been deployed in cup games.
Reports in Manchester Evening News have it that Jose Mourinho is worried about the performances of Victor Lindelof since he arrived at Old Trafford last summer, which has prompted the United boss to deploy the duo of Phil Jones and Eric Bailly at centre-back.
However, the report also claims that Mourinho has been assured by his contacts in his home country, Portugal about the quality of Lindelof and would give the Swede sometime to gell at United’s style of play.
The defender was at the centre of criticism due to his lack-lustre display that saw Huddersfield defeat Manchester United last weekend, putting some dent on their title chase as they contend with Manchester City for the Premier League title this season.
Manchester United have also been plagued with injuries to certain key players in the first team, causing too many reshuffling from Mourinho in games this season
Latest Transfer Update Issues By Donny Van Der Beek
Ajax Amsterdam star Donny Van Der Beek won’t be joining Manchester United after he agreed on a deal to join Spanish La Liga club Real Madrid according to the Daily Star.
The Dutch international is expected to join Real Madrid in a £47m deal later this year as he’s seen as the long-term replacement for Luka Modric at the Estadio Santiago Bernebeu.
Donny Van Der Beek has been a long-term transfer target for Manchester United dating back to last season when the young Dutchman was painting European football with goals.
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He was part of the Ajax Amsterdam team that won the Dutch league title in the first division last season plus the Dutch Cup after the final win over Willem II.
Manchester United want to strengthen their midfield and Donny Van Der Beek won’t be the man as he’s Real Madrid-bound this summer.
The Red Devils are having serious difficulties in signing players in this January transfer window and that has infuriated the Manchester United Faithfuls.
Manchester United were thought to be close to signing Sporting Lisbon midfielder Bruno Fernandes but that is likely far from the current position with the two clubs deadlocked in talks over the goals coring Portuguese international player.
EPL: Chelsea Finally Identify N’golo Kante Replacement
West London giants Chelsea are keeping tabs on Lille midfielder Boubakary Soumare who’s seen as a long-term replacement for key player N’Golo Kante.
The interest of Chelsea in Boubakary Soumare was confirmed by The Athletic with Kante linked with a move away from the club.
The French international player was previously linked with a transfer to Real Madrid last year though the Spaniards have since moved on from him to other midfield options like Ajax Amsterdam midfielder Donny Van Der Beek who’s expected to sign for the Los Merengues this summer after an agreement of £47m was reached for his transfer as per the report from various media outlets.
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N’Golo Kante has uncharacteristically missed several games for Chelsea this season due to several injuries stemmed from his decision to play through the pain barrier for the Blues in the Europa League final last season.
Kante was rushed back from injury to face Arsenal in the final of the Europa League which ended in a 4-1 win for Chelsea.
Boubakary Soumare is only 20 years but he has enhanced his reputation after his impressive performances for Lille since the start of this campaign.
Soumare is also attracting interest from Premier League rivals Manchester United.
EPL: Confirmed Chelsea Lineup vs Arsenal
Chelsea have been very poor in the Premier League in recent weeks as highlighted by the disappointing 1-0 loss at the home of injury-hit Newcastle United at the weekend in their last league game and it doesn’t get better when they face London rivals and rejuvenated team Arsenal at home on Tuesday night.
The Blues can take solace from the earlier meeting between the two teams this season in the Premier League which saw Chelsea come from behind to beat Arsenal 2-1 away from home with the aid of two late goals.
Chelsea have won just one of their last four games in the Premier League but they are still able to hang on to their place in the top-four positions on the league log.
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They have a five-point advantage over fifth-placed Manchester United and a win over Arsenal will extend it to eight points with the Red Devils not in action until Wednesday when they face Burnley at home.
Chelsea boss Frank Lampard could make some changes to his team especially in defence ahead of the London Derby clash with the Gunners.
Chelsea XI vs Arsenal: Kepa Arrizabalaga; Cesar Azpilicueta, Antonio Rudiger, Kurt Zouma, Emerson Palmieri; Jorginho, Mason Mount, N’Golo Kante; Willian, Callum Hudson-Odoi and Tammy Abraham.
Why Sheffield United Are Vulnerable To Arsenal Interest In John Fleck
Premier League surprise team Sheffield United have been rocked with the news that North London giants Arsenal are interested in one of their best players.
Sheffield United are in their first season back in the Premier League after more than a decade in the lower leagues and they have more than punched above their weight in seventh position on the league table at the moment.
The Blades have been in very good form under the guidance of manager Chris Wilder and midfielder John Fleck has been one of the best players in the team this season.
John Fleck is attracting serious interest from Arsenal according to Football Insider and he could be available for £20m.
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The 28-year-old midfielder showed his quality as a goalscoring midfielder after he netted the equalizer for the Blades during their Premier League trip to Arsenal at the weekend in a game that ended in a 1-1 draw after Brazilian and Arsenal attacker Gabriel Martinelli had given his team the lead.
John Fleck has 18 months left on his Sheffield United contract and that makes the club vulnerable to the Arsenal interest in the player.
Arsenal are a bigger club too and they can offer him a better salary package in addition to him having the chance of achieving more at the North London club.
John Fleck is the joint topscorer for Sheffield United in the Premier League with five goals.
EPL: Confirmed Arsenal Starting Lineup vs Chelsea
Arsenal have the direct chance to close the gap on a top-four place in the Premier League as they take the short trip to face Chelsea in the London Derby league meeting billed to take place at Stamford Bridge on Tuesday night.
The chasing pack has a better chance of catching up with a wobbly Chelsea team in recent weeks than the other three teams mentioned earlier.
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Chelsea have a five-point cushion over the chasing pack spearheaded by Manchester United in fifth place with 15 games left to play.
Arsenal are ten points worse off than Chelsea at this stage of this season and another defeat against the Blues will put an end to their slim top-four hopes.
Chelsea came from a goal down to score two goals in the last ten minutes and win the game 2-1 away at Arsenal in their first league match this season.
Possible Arsenal XI: Bernd Leno; Ainsley Maitland-Niles, David Luiz, Sokratis Papasthathopoulos, Bukayo Saka; Granit Xhaka, Lucas Torreira, Mesut Ozil; Alexandre Lacazette, Nicholas Pepe and Gabriel Martinelli.
Report – Bruno Fernandes To Man Utd Deal Will Be Completed
Portuguese Super League giants Sporting Lisbon are confident of a deal with Manchester United for their star player, Bruno Fernandes.
This is according to Goal which revealed that Manchester United have just 11 days to agree a transfer fee with Sporting Lisbon for Portuguese international star Bruno Fernandes.
Both Pogba and McTominay are not expected back in the Manchester United squad until next month after respective ankle and knee problems.
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Paul Pogba and his young midfield counterpart Scott McTominay both sustained the injury in the same game, the Boxing Day clash at home to Newcastle United which ended in a 4-1 victory for the Red Devils.
Manchester United had offered Sporting Lisbon around £60m for Bruno Fernandes which includes add-ons covering clauses like winning the Ballon d’Or and it was rejected by the Portuguese according to the above mentioned publication.
Sporting Lisbon made a counter offer of a straight deal of £68m and they are confident of agreeing a deal with the Premier League club for their best player amidst financial troubles.
Victor Moses Arrives Milan For Inter Milan Medical
According to Sky Sports, Chelsea winger Victor Moses has arrived Inter Milan ahead of his medical.
Inter Milan director Piero Ausilio had earlier said that the Nerazzuri has an agreement in place for Victor Moses with Chelsea and the player is in Italy to complete his transfer.
He had six months left on his loan deal to Turkish Super Lig giants Fenerbahce whom he joined from Chelsea in an 18-month loan deal in January 2019.
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Victor Moses had a very good start to his loan career with the Turkish club last season but he was not able to enjoy the same level of success at the start of this campaign as he has struggled for fitness thus restricting him to just six matches this season in the colors of Fenerbahce.
If he joins Inter Milan, Victor Moses would be the fourth player from the Premier League to join the Italians in the last six months after Romelu Lukaku, Alexis Sanchez and Ashley Young.
Romelu Lukaku and Sanchez joined the Nerazzuri last year, while Young was a £1.3m signing from Manchester United.
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PSG Delivers Firm Verdict On Edinson Cavani Transfer
French giants Paris Saint Germain (PSG) officials have delivered a firm transfer verdict on striker Edinson Cavani who is a target for both Manchester United and Chelsea.
According to Goal via one of its publications, PSG sporting director Leonardo and club manager Thomas Tuchel see Edison Cavani as an important part of their squad and they don’t want him to leave the club this month despite the fact that the Uruguayan international player has six months remaining on his PSG contract at the moment.
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Several clubs are ready to offer PSG some money for the final six months of the player’s contract but club officials prefer to lose his services this summer on a free transfer.
Edinson Cavani had been a regular in the PSG starting XI for several years until last summer when the French champions signed Mauro Icardi on loan from Inter Milan in the Italian Serie A.
Mauro Icardi has taken his spot in the first team aided by the injury to Edison Cavani at the start of the season.
Atletico Madrid are in pole position to sign Edison Cavani and have already offered €10m for him though it was turned down by PSG who says he is not for sale.