Manchester United boss Jose Mourinho has made it known that he apologised to Armenian star player Henrikh Mkhitaryan in the dressing room for substituting the former Borussia Dortmund playmaker at halftime against Derby County.
Mkhitaryan was replaced by summer signing Romelu Lukaku after just minutes, but his side were still able to push for a win in the FA Cup Third Round.
Lukaku scored the second goal for the night following Jesse Lingard’s superb opener, and Jose Mourinho – who has only won the FA Cup just once in 2007 while still at Chelsea – has now progressed to the next round of the tournament.
Armenian star player Henrikh Mkhitaryan, who has lost his place in Jose’s squad, was handed a rare start on Friday night at Old Trafford
The player was impressive at the start of the game with Derby, but was surprisingly replaced after 45 minutes by manager Jose Mourinho.
But the Portuguese tactician, speaking after the 2-0 win, agreed Herink played well in the game, and that he was not also happy replacing the player so early in the game.
He however added that the decision was a necessary one to help his side score a goal before full-time.
“I didn’t like what I did. [It was] unfair.” Mourinho said.
Man Utd Midfield Target Eyeing Club-record Move To Spurs
Real Betis midfielder Giovanni Lo Celso will tell the club to let him leave for Premier League side Tottenham Hotspur this summer.
According to the publication from TeamTalk, the Argentine international midfielder has set his sights on a move to the Premier League.
The 23-year-old is keen to link up with compatriot Mauricio Pochettino at Tottenham Hotspur this summer.
The Manchester United target is presently on holiday after representing Argentina at the just concluded COPA America tournament in Brazil.
Lo Celso and Argentina finished the tournament as the third best team behind runners-up Peru and champions cum hosts Brazil.
The aforementioned publication said that Spurs are ready to spend a Club-record transfer fee of €70m on Giovanni Lo Celso.
It was also revealed that Real Betis would be more than happy to accept the said offer from Spurs despite the fact that he has a release clause of €100m in his current deal with the Spanish La Liga club.
Any Spurs’ move for Giovanni Lo Celso is dependent on the transfer of Lyon midfielder Nabil Fekir to Real Betis.
The Spanish club has already agreed on a €30m deal for Nabil Fekir who has just one year left on his Lyon contract at the moment.
Official Man Utd Bid Expected For Bruno Fernandes This Week
Premier League giants Manchester United will make a bid for Sporting Lisbon midfielder Bruno Fernandes this week according to the player’s agent.
The incoming bid was revealed by popular journalist Duncan Castles via Transfer Window podcast.
According to him, the agent has informed Sporting Lisbon that they should expect a bid from Manchester United for his client.
Bruno Fernandes has been linked with a move to Manchester United for the majority of this summer’s transfer window and a transfer is still a long way from reality due to the high demands from Sporting Lisbon for their player.
The Portuguese international midfielder has a release clause of £88m in his current deal at Sporting Lisbon though recent reports claimed that the club will be more than happy to let him leave for £70m.
The 24-year-old is a top priority for Manchester United in their quest to sign a midfield replacement for Ander Herrera who left the club this summer to join French Ligue 1 giants Paris Saint Germain (PSG).
Sporting Lisbon had a good season in the last campaign and Bruno Fernandes was at the heart of it.
The club ended the season with the Portuguese Cup title after the penalty shootout win over rivals FC Porto.
Arsenal Transfer Target Teases Fans With Social Media Video
Gremio attacker Everton Soares has teased Arsenal fans with a social media video amidst the intense transfer rumours linking the player with a move to the club during this summer’s transfer window.
The Arsenal target raised the hopes of the Gunners fans with the video which showed that he’s learning the English language.
Latest media reports claimed that the Gunners are closing in on a move for the Brazilian international attacker.
It was revealed that the North London giants have agreed on a £36m deal for Everton Soares as they try to bolster their squad with a new winger this summer.
Arsenal were said to have reached an agreement for £25m in upfront payment plus £11m in add-ons.
Everton Soares has scored five goals and also added one goal for Brazilian Serie A club Gremio in 13 games in all competitions this season.
The 23-year-old has been in very good form for both club and country.
Everton Soares was an important player for the Brazilian team that won the 2019 COPA America tournament earlier this month.
He was the man-of-the-match for the Selecao who sealed their ninth title in the history of the tournament by beating Peru 3-1.
Everton Soares is seen as a cheaper replacement for Crystal Palace winger Wilfried Zaha at Arsenal.
Jurgen Klopp Adviced To Sign £60m Rated Midfielder
Reigning European champions Liverpool have been urged to sign Leicester City midfielder James Maddison this summer.
Liverpool boss Jurgen Klopp was advised to go for the young English midfielder by club legend Steve Nicol.
According to the former Reds defender, James will add creativity to the Liverpool midfielder.
Steve Nicol talked about Liverpool and James Maddison while he was doing his punditry job on popular media channel ESPN.
James Maddison has been linked with the biggest Premier League clubs this summer but the £60m Manchester United target is still a Leicester City player.
Apart from Liverpool and Manchester United, the 22-year-old has also been linked with Premier League champions Manchester City and Champions League finalists Tottenham Hotspur.
James Maddison had a very good season in his first campaign as a Premier League player following his £24m transfer from Norwich City last summer.
Without him in the Norwich City squad, the Canaries were able to win the English Championship last season thereby gaining promotion to the Premier League ahead of the new season.
Sheffield United and Aston Villa are the other two promoted clubs aside from the Canaries.
James Maddison scored seven goals and also added seven assists in 36 games in his first Premier League campaign.
£12m Transfer Fee Slapped on Ex-Man Utd Player
Interested clubs will have to pay over the odds if they want to sign Burnley goalkeeper Tom Heaton this summer.
This is according to the report from the Birmingham Mail.
Several clubs are interested in signing through England international shot stopper but Burnley is adamant that the player would only be sold from £12m or more.
This is despite the fact that the 33-year-old has just one year left on his Burnley contract at the moment.
The aforementioned publication stated that newly promoted Premier League outfit Aston Villa have had a £4m bid rejected for Tom Heaton as the offer is still £8m away from the valuation placed on him by the Clarets.
Aston Villa are the only club to make a bid for Tom Heaton though clubs like Bournemouth and Crystal Palace have also been linked with the experienced shot stopper.
The former European champions are back in the Premier League for the first time in two years after they won the Championship playoff final at the end of last season.
Ex-Manchester United star Heaton has one year left on his contract but he has failed to agree on a new deal with Burnley officials.
He will leave the club for free next summer if the goalkeeper is not sold.
Top Scout Reveals Reason Behind Controversial Arsenal Exit
Popular scout Sven Mislintat has revealed the reason behind his controversial exit from Arsenal earlier this year.
The German talent spotter talked about his Arsenal exit in a chat with his native media outlet 11freunde.
According to Sven Mislintat, Arsenal broke their promise to him about the sporting director role before adding that the two parties had different ideas on the future and that ultimately led to his exit from the club.
Sven Mislintat made his name as one of the best talent spotters in European football while he was at German Bundesliga giants Borussia Dortmund.
He was credited with the signings of players like Robert Lewandowski, Ousmane Dembele and many more.
The German scout left Borussia Dortmund for Arsenal in November 2017.
He spent over a year at Arsenal before his controversial exit in February 2019.
During his time at Arsenal, he masterminded the record signing of Pierre-Emerick Aubameyang in January 2018.
The Gunners paid £57m to sign the Gabonese international striker from Borussia Dortmund.
Earlier reports had claimed that he had a disagreement with the Arsenal hierarchy over the loan signing of Denis Suarez.
In the end, he was vindicated as Denis Suarez was a flop at the club.
Sven Mislintat had agreed to a sporting director role with the previous Arsenal management under Ivan Gazidis but the position changed when Raul Sanllehi was made the head of the new management team at the club.
Juventus Could Offer Three Players In Swap Bid For Paul Pogba
Italian Serie A giants Juventus are plotting a swap bid to sign Manchester United midfielder Paul Pogba this summer.
Juventus have made some smart signings during this summer’s transfer window and it could get better with the signing of former player Paul Pogba.
According to Italian news outlet Corriere della Sera, Juventus have picked out three players that could be useful for a swap deal with Manchester United for their French midfielder.
It was revealed that the Italians could offer players like Joao Cancelo, Blaise Matuidi and Douglas Costa for Pogba.
Joao Cancelo has previously been linked with the Premier League duo of Manchester City and Manchester United this summer but the Portuguese international is still a Juventus player.
Blaise Matuidi and Douglas Costa have also been linked with Manchester United in previous transfer windows.
Recent reports claimed that Manchester United are yet to receive any concrete offer for Paul Pogba and it remains to be seen whether the swap deal from Juventus will be enough to convince Manchester United to sell their star player.
Paul Pogba was on the books of Juventus for four years between 2012 and 2016 before he returned to England in a world-record £89m deal.
He had left England for Juventus in the summer of 2012.
Man Utd Target Given Jersey Number After Completing Transfer
New Juventus signing Matthijs De Ligt has been given a jersey number at the club on the back of his transfer earlier this week.
De Ligt was confirmed as a Juventus player on Thursday morning after passing his medical 24 hours earlier.
The 19-year-old centre back has been given the jersey number four at Juventus ahead of the new season.
Juventus won the race to sign the young Dutch international ahead of other European clubs like French Ligue 1 champions Paris Saint Germain (PSG), Spanish La Liga champions Barcelona as well as the Premier League duo of Liverpool and Manchester United.
When asked about his choice of Juventus, the player admitted that he has many Italian football idols from Paolo Maldini to Franco Baresi to Fabio Cannavaro to Alessandro Nesta.
He believes that his transfer to Italy will take his game to the next level.
Juventus paid an initial fee of €75m for his transfer in addition to €10.5m in add-ons to make the deal a total of €85.5m.
Matthijs De Ligt was a key player for Ajax Amsterdam before he left the Dutch Eredivisie giants to join Juventus this summer.
He won two major trophies with Ajax Amsterdam during the last campaign.
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