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Premier League Defender Favours United return

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West Bromwich Albion defender Jonny Evans reportedly favours a return to Manchester United despite interests from Manchester City and Arsenal.

Both City and Arsenal failed with bids to sign the former Manchester United man in the summer and are expected to return with bids in the winter transfer window.

The Northern Ireland international has 18 months left in this current deal at the Hawthorns but up to date has shown no signs he is willingly penning a new deal with the club.

A deal regarding a move away seems to be possible in the January transfer window as West Brom have put a ₤30 million fee on the defender.

Man United boss Jose Mourinho has slammed the club’s decision to sell Evans, who was regarded as unwanted by then manager Louis Van Gaal and sold in the summer of 2015 and is reportedly keen on a deal to bring the 29-year old back to the club.

The defender on his part is in favour of a return to Old Trafford amidst interest from fellow Premier League side Arsenal, Leicester City and Manchester City. It is believed these teams have not given up hope of signing the player and are set to return for offers when the January window opens.

Manchester City though, are also looking at the possibility of signing Southampton defender, Virgil Van Dijk who appears to be their number 1 target.

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No reason why I will not play in the EPL, Chelsea target says

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Christian Pulisic

Chelsea have received a huge boost in their pursuit of Bundesliga No. 22 Christian Pulisic after he made his wish to play in the English Premier League public.

The Borussia Dortmund forward has been on the radar of the West London club as well as Liverpool but it seems the Blues are now in a better position to sign the player this time around.

With the 20-year-old being in the final 19 months of his current contract with the Bundesliga giants, suggestions are that this is the best time for Chelsea to have the player join the Stamford Bridge.

Although, Christian Pulisic says he is not in a hurry for a move but he clearly affirmed that the Premier League is a place where lots of young lads dream to play, stressing that he sees no reason why he will also not be listed as one of those that will play there.

The 20-year-old admits that he is currently having it good at Borussia Dortmund and he wishes to enjoy it while it last before considering a move away.

However, the West London club will have to wait for the United States international until he is ready for a move as he has already made it known that he is not leaving Germany at the moment.

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Chelsea keep mute on star player allegations

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Andreas Christensen

English Premier League giants Chelsea have refused to give a reaction on the reports that they made illegal money transactions to secure the transfer of Andreas Christensen.

The transfer saga linked to Chelsea’s defender has been a major issue in the media within the past few days which alleged that Andreas Christensen’s father Sten Christensen joined Chelsea as a talent scout on July 1 2012.

It was observed that July 1st 2012 was the same day his son Andreas Christensen joined the Stamford Bridge following his 16-year-old birthday which creates suspicion on how the deal was run.

In what seems to be an abnormality, it was alleged in a report by Politiken that Sten Christensen secretly received well over £600,000 over four years from Chelsea without conducting any scouting for the club.

Although Andreas Christensen is yet to make his Premier League debut appearance for Chelsea, the Blues are facing a threat of being banned from having signings until further notice.

In a bid to have Chelsea react through a spokesman, he declined by stating that he will not give any comment on speculations regarding player’s contract which to him, remains confidential.

However, there are expectations that Andreas Christensen will leave the West London club should he fail to have starting roles or regular playing time at the club.

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Maurizio Sarri to table £60m for 6f tall right back

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Elseid Hysaj

Chelsea boss Maurizio Sarri is reportedly keen on tempting Elseid Hysaj from his former club to the Stamford Bridge in the winter transfer window opening in coming months.

The Italian boss is a big fan of the right-back and is keen to have him join the Blues knowing that they have worked together in the past and the fact that Elseid Hysaj already knows his demands and tactics.

Sarri had made efforts to move along with Elseid Hysaj in the summer window when he also dumped the Italian side for England but a deal did not fall through and he is keen to try his luck again.

Elseid Hysaj’s agent Mario Giuffredi had once reacted to the speculations linking his player to the West London club in the summer by being open to a possible move.

Mario Giuffredi stated that Hysaj remains a great and experienced player who can fit well into the rigours of the English Premier League with his physicality.

According to him, Chelsea might not find it easy getting the service of his client because they might have to pay within the sum of £60 million to be able to have his signature.

However, Chelsea can have a good bargain to get the price lowered down knowing that Kevin Malcuit has overtaken Hysaj as Napoli’s right full-back.

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Arsenal Player Confirms Potential Super League Return

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Granit Xhaka

Arsenal midfielder Granit Xhaka has revealed that he would like to secure a transfer back to Swiss Super League side FC Basel before he ends his football career.

Xhaka talked about his Basel desire when he was asked if he is hoping to play for the club again in an interview with Swiss media outlet Basellandschaftliche Zeitung via the Daily Mail.

The 26-year-old Gunners star further revealed that he’s hoping to copy a previous example from Basel legend Alexander Frei.

Granit Xhaka came through the ranks at the Swiss club before he joined German Bundesliga side Borussia Moenchengladbach in the summer of 2012.

The Swiss international captain went on to spend four successful seasons in Germany before his performances earned him a big money move to the Premier League with the Gunners.

Arsenal paid around £35m for him in the summer of 2016 while Arsene Wenger was still the Arsenal.

Wenger has since been replaced by Unai Emery who penned a three-year contract this summer to emerge as the Arsenal manager.

Xhaka has continued to maintain his status as an important player for the North Londoners.

He is a big part of the recent run of fifteen games without defeat in all competitions.

 

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Hazard makes surprise claim on Ballon d’Or award

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Eden Hazard

Chelsea star Eden Hazard has ruled himself out of this year’s Ballon d’Or award, stating that he does not deserve to win it.

The Belgium international has been shortlisted in this year’s list, making it his third time after coming 8th in 2015 and 19th in 2017. This time again, he feels he does not deserve it because he has not worked hard enough.

Hazard’s claim comes when he is enjoying a very good form and being one of the best players in the West London club with 8 goals this season and 4 assists to his name.

Although, the Belgium international says he does not feel motivated by individual awards as he stated that some players deserve it ahead because they have been better.

Therefore, Hazard pointed at French giants Paris St Germain star Kylian Mbappe as the best candidate for the award because he has been consistent and scoring goals as well.

Hazard is of the opinion that Spanish giants Real Madrid star Luka Modric would have been a better candidate for the award also but because he has been little quiet especially in the months of August and September.

However, Hazard has his focus on a title win this season with manager Maurizio Sarri.

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Why Dembele move to Liverpool will be bad news for Chelsea

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Ousmane Dembele

It has been revealed that should Liverpool succeed in the capture of Barcelona star Ousmane Dembele, it would be bad news for their Premier League title rivals Chelsea.

The French forward has been linked to the Anfield ahead of the January transfer window and Liverpool are keen to break the bank in order to have his signature.

The Reds boss Jurgen Klopp who is a big fan of the player is ready to break the bank to launch a whopping sum of £85 million offer for the player with the hope that it could tempt the Spanish giants into giving him away.

However, cashing in on Dembele is believed to boost the financial power of the Camp Nou team to be able to make an offer for Chelsea star Eden Hazard.

Reports according to El Gol Digital reveal that Barcelona boss Ernesto Valverde is a fan of the Belgium international and has already made a request for him.

Meanwhile, Hazard is being wanted at Real Madrid with the Bernabeu side willing to meet his fee but the West London side have been reluctant in having the player leave.

Although, Hazard recently declared his wish to play at Real Madrid having stated that the Los Blancos remains a childhood dream club.

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Napoli Enter Race To Sign 21-Year-Old Arsenal Target

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Nicolo Barella

Italian Serie A giants Napoli are the latest club to enter the keenly contested race to secure the signing of highly rated Italian international midfielder Nicolo Barella ahead of the upcoming transfer window scheduled to start as soon.

According to the report from popular English media outlet TalkSport, Napoli have joined other interested parties like Arsenal, Tottenham Hotspur, Liverpool and Inter Milan.

Nicolo Barella plays his club football for Italian Serie A side Cagliari at the moment.

Earlier reports had claimed that Tottenham will make a bid of around £35m for him when the January transfer window comes around.

Barella is one of the most sought-after midfielders on the European football stage.

The 21-year-old has grown to become a key player for Cagliari since he made his debut in 2015.

He has found the back of the net on seven occasions in 82 Italian Serie A appearances since he made his debut against Parma in 2015.

Nicolo Barella is now a member of the Italian national team setup after he made his debut for his country in October.

He played his first game for Italy in an international friendly against fellow Europeans Ukraine which ended 1-1 before adding a second cap against Poland in the UEFA Nations League.

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Liverpool fans all saying the same thing about Sturridge

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Daniel Sturridge

Liverpool fans seem to be losing patience with English international Daniel Sturridge as the majority of them wants him out of the Anfield with a replacement already mentioned.

The fans became furious with the player after the charge by the FA against him which accused him of allegedly breaching the betting rules which also relates to his loan move to West Brom in January this year.

In reaction to the allegation, a Liverpool spokesman told BBC Sports that the English forward is not guilty of the charge and has never gambled on football, adding that the player has been questioned and he has explained the whole situation.

However, coupled with the fact that Sturridge has been unable to win the heart of the German manager for a first-team shirt, the fans are unhappy with him and wants him out of the club.

Lazio’s Ciro Immobile has been named by the fans as the player they wish to see in the Reds shirt having scored a total of 8 goals and 5 assists in 16 games this season to add to the 41 goals he netted in 47 games last season.

Transfer market have valued the Italian international at about £45 million and the fans are convinced that the amount can be met by the Merseyside club.

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Arsenal Finally Approach French Club For £43m Forward

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Nicolas Pépé

Sky Sports pundit Guillem Balague has confirmed that Premier League giants Arsenal have approached Lille for forward Nicolas Pepe with a view to a move when the transfer window reopens in January.

The report from footballtalk revealed that the Gunners have been told that only a bid of €50m (£43m) would be enough to secure his signing from the French Ligue 1 side.

Ivorian international star Pepe has been in impressive form for Lille in the 2018/19 league season.

He has scored eight goals and provided seven assists in 13 Ligue 1 appearances for Lille and his sensational output has propelled his team into the top three on the league table.

His suitors Arsenal are in the market for a new forward following the serious injury sustained by Danny Welbeck.

The 27-year-old England international player suffered a season-ending injury in the Europa League outing with Sporting Lisbon at the Emirates Stadium on Thursday night.

Welbeck broke his right ankle during the game which ended goalless on Thursday night.

He has since undergone two surgeries to correct the problem that will see him miss the majority of what’s left of this season.

Several forwards have been linked with the North Londoners as a possible replacement for the injured Welbeck.

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Big twist in Liverpool’s pursuit of Dembele

Timothy Aiyeku

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Ousmane Dembele

A latest twist have emerged in Liverpool’s alleged pursuit of Barcelona winger Ousmane Dembele as it is now being reported that the Reds are not interested in bringing him to the Anfield.

Before now, the Anfield side were reported to have beaten other clubs in their interest for the French forward and it was believed that they were already preparing a bid to be launched for him in the coming winter transfer window.

The Liverpool Echo newspaper had revealed that manager Jurgen Klopp is not planning any move for the Barcelona man in the January window; hence a bid will not be submitted.

The reports of Dembele leaving the Camp Nou is as a result of his inability to impress since having a big-money move from Borussia Dortmund, prompting Premier League giants like Arsenal, Chelsea, Manchester United to show interest in the player.

However, Dembele’s agent earlier claimed that his player was not thinking of a move away from the Camp Nou but will remain to fight for a starting role at the club.

The agent argued that the former Borrusia Dortmund has a lot of time to make the starting XI because of his young age which is a reason why he will not rush out of the club.

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