According to new reports coming from Spain, Arsenal star player Mesut Ozil has agreed to a deal with Barcelona and will leave North London in the January transfer window.
Ozil is out of contract at Arsenal at the end of this season and will be available to sign as a free agent next summer if he failed to put pen on paper for a new deal.
And Catalunya Radio (via Metro) made it known that La Liga giants Barcelona have already held talks with the midfielder’s party, and a three-and-a-half-year deal has now been agreed by the two sides.
It was also added that Arsene Wenger’s side would accept a bid of €20 million (£17.7m) for Mesut next January instead of losing him for nothing when summer comes.
Barcelona were heavily linked with Liverpool’s Phillipe Coutinho during the summer transfer window, but the Anfield club didn’t sell him despite the huge bids from the Catalan giants.
The Camp Nou club are understood to be exploring potential alternatives to the samba star, and it was said that Mesut is their ‘Plan B’ should in case they won’t be able to get Countiho next year.
The Germany international has also been heavily linked with moving to Old Trafford to reunite with his former manager Jose Mourinho at the club, and it was reported that he has received offers from six other clubs.
Premier League: Predicted Chelsea XI vs Newcastle United
Former European champions Chelsea have the opportunity to make the top four in the Premier League for the first time this season when they take on Newcastle United at home.
It is one of the week nine games in the Premier League and the match is billed for Stamford Bridge on Saturday evening.
Chelsea have won their last two games in the Premier League and they could make it three wins in a row.
The Blues have not managed three victories on the bounce in the league this season though it must be pointed out that the Premier League is just two months old.
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They face a Newcastle United side that has been largely unpredictable this season under new manager Steve Bruce.
Newcastle United have failed to beat any team outside the traditional top six since the start of this Premier League season.
The Magpies have won just two Premier League games this season and they have been against traditional top six teams.
Newcastle United stunned Spurs at home via a 1-0 win last month before repeating the same scoreline at home to Manchester United in their last league game.
Chelsea XI (4-3-3): Kepa Arrizabalaga; Cesar Azpilicueta, Fikayo Tomori, Kurt Zouma, Marcos Alonso; Jorginho, Mateo Kovacic, Ross Barkley; Mason Mount, Willian, Tammy Abraham.
Chelsea Suffer Triple Injury Blow Ahead Of Newcastle United Clash
Chelsea will be without three players for their Premier League clash with Newcastle United at Stamford Bridge on Saturday afternoon.
The Blues have won their last two games in the Premier League and the target ahead of the Newcastle United game is to make it three league wins on the trot.
Their quest to record a third successive Premier League victory has not been helped by the news that three players will miss the game.
The likes of Antonio Rudiger, N’Golo Kante and Andreas Christensen will miss the game against the Magpies at home.
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German international centre back Rudiger has barely been fit since the back end of last season when he sustained a serious knee injury during a league game at the home of Manchester United.
He has recovered from that knee injury but the former AS Roma player recently picked up a groin injury and will miss the Newcastle United game.
On his part, French World Cup winner Kante sustained an injury while he was on international break with his country and will miss the game against Newcastle United.
Andreas Christensen also picked up an injury while he was on international duty with Denmark and that injury will force him to miss the Newcastle United game.
Chelsea Handed Major Boost On The Injury Front Ahead Of Newcastle United Clash
West London giants Chelsea have been handed a major injury boost ahead of their Premier League clash with Newcastle United.
Chelsea host the Magpies in a week nine clash in the Premier League and they could have Emerson Palmieri back in the squad for the game.
Brazilian-born Italian international Emerson Palmieri has recovered from the muscle injury that saw him miss one month of action.
The left-back sustained the injury while he was on international duty with Italy last month.
The former AS Roma player is back in full training ahead of the visit of the Magpies on Saturday evening.
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In his absence, Marcos Alonso has deputized for him at left-back.
Marcos Alonso was the undisputed Chelsea left-back before the Spaniard was dethroned by Emerson Palmieri towards the end of last season while Maurizio Sarri was the Blues manager.
Sarri was replaced by Frank Lampard in the summer after the Italian tactician took the managerial job at Juventus.
Since he became the Chelsea manager this summer, former Blues midfielder Frank Lampard has opted for Emerson Palmieri ahead of Marcos Alonso.
Emerson Palmieri was part of the Chelsea squad that won the Europa League title last season by beating Arsenal in the final.
Ex-Man Utd Star On Target In Thumping Win
Argentine international Angel Di Maria was the star of the show as French champions Paris Saint Germain (PSG) extended their lead at the top of the Ligue 1 table.
Di Maria scored a brace as PSG beat OGC Nice 4-1 away from home to open up a five-point gap at the top of the French Ligue 1 table.
The in-form winger gave PSG a 2-0 at the halftime interval before Ignatius Ganago pulled one back for the home side in the second half.
Nice suffered double setback after both Wylan Cyprien and Christophe Herelle were sent off thus reducing the hosts to nine men.
Wylan Cyprien was sent off for two yellow cards before the aforementioned Herelle got his marching orders via a straight red card.
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PSG capitalized on the numerical advantage with two late goals from Kylian Mbappe and Mauro Icardi.
Di Maria has been in very good form for PSG this season after netting seven goals in all competitions including a return of four goals in ten league games.
The Argentine star signed for PSG in the summer of 2015 in a 44 million pounds deal from Manchester United.
He spent just one season at Manchester United while Dutch tactician Louis Van Gaal was the manager.
See How United Are Faring In Their Negotiations With Ligue 1 Striker
Manchester United are not just in the 12th position on the Premier League standings, they are also 18 goals behind their neighbors Manchester City who have scored 27 goals this season.
Nine goals from eight matches are unacceptable for United’s standard and Solskjaer is doing something to change the situation at Old Trafford.
The Norwegian boss is linked with some top strikers in the world including Mario Mandzukic, Zlatan Ibramovich, and Ligue 1 star Moussa Dembele.
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It was reported by the Mirror that the Premier League outfit are close to reaching a deal with Juventus for Croatia’s 33-year-old Mandzukic. But how are they faring in their mission to lure Lyon’s in-form striker Dembele to Old Trafford in January?
It is believed that Lyon are asking too much for the player’s services as they could place a huge £71m price tag on the France U21 international.
According to the report, United won’t give in to the asking price, but negotiations are still ongoing between both clubs.
As for Ibramovich, nothing concrete is coming out of Old Trafford as Solskjaer isn’t ready to re-sign the Sweden international who was with the Red Devils during Mourinho’s regime.
Man Utd Considering January Move For Ex-Premier League Player
Premier League giants Manchester United are considering a possible move for Juventus midfielder Emre Can ahead of the resumption of the transfer window next year.
This is according to the latest reports coming out of the media in the United Kingdom.
Manchester United are expected to boost their squad in the New Year after their poor start to the new Premier League season.
The specific report from Sky Sports said that Manchester United want to sign Emre Can during the winter transfer window in two months time.
Emre Can was on the payroll of Premier League leaders Liverpool for four years before he left the club for Italian Serie A giants Juventus at the end of last season.
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The German international midfielder joined Liverpool from Bundesliga side Bayer Leverkusen in the summer of 2014.
He left Liverpool after his contract with the Merseyside giants ended.
Emre Can signed for Juventus on a free transfer last summer.
He was a regular part of the first team under the managerial reign of Maximiliano Allegri but his situation has changed since the Italian manager was replaced by compatriot Maurizio Sarri at Juventus.
Emre Can is surplus to requirements in the Juventus midfield under Sarri.
Former Premier League Manager Predicted United Vs Liverpool Outcome
United vs Liverpool clash has always been one fixture everyone wants to watch due to the rivalry between both clubs, and the successes both clubs have achieved in the league since its inception.
Sunday offers football fans, coaches and pundits the opportunity to witness another epic battle between the two most successful Premier League sides as United welcome the Reds to the Theatre of Dreams.
Former players, coaches, football experts and fans have been analyzing the possible outcome of the encounter, and here is Harry Redknapp’s prediction.
The former Tottenham manager believes the Reds would emerge the winner after 90 minutes of action because of their current form which has see them recorded eight back-to-back victories this season.
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In his analysis, Redknapp reiterated that Solskjaer’s team didn’t have the required quality to withstand Liverpool’s threat judging by their recent form.
“They (United) do have the boost of Luke Shaw and Aaron Wan-Bissaka being available again, but the squad still looks light [in quality]”
He also stressed that the host lack creativity at the middle of the pitch and Pogba’s unavailability will add more to their woes against the Merseyside club on Sunday.
“A lack of creativity has been the main reason they find themselves down in twelfth position and Paul Pogba will now join goalkeeper David De Gea in missing out on this weekend’s huge match through injury.”
Solskjaer Provides Update On Injured Man Utd Player
Manchester United manager Ole Gunnar Solskjaer has provided an injury update on one of his players.
Solskjaer talked about David De Gea during his pre-match press conference ahead of the blockbuster Premier League meeting with rivals Liverpool.
The Manchester United boss is no stranger to the rivalry between his club and Premier League leaders Liverpool and the said rivalry will be rekindled this weekend when the two teams meet at the Theatre of Dreams on Sunday evening.
Ahead of the game, Ole Gunnar Solskjaer gave an injury update on his team especially on David De Gea who suffered an injury during the just concluded international break while he was playing for his country.
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De Gea suffered a groin injury while he was on international duty with the Spanish national team.
He went off injured during the game between Spain and Sweden in Solna.
The Euro 2020 qualifier between Sweden and Spain ended in a 1-1 draw as the former champions booked their place at the tournament proper.
On the injury to De Gea, Ole Gunnar Solskjaer said that the injury is not bad as first feared before adding that the Spanish international shot stopper is unlikely to be fit for the weekend’s game at home to Liverpool.