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Brazilian Star only interested in Man United move

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Brazilian attacker Lucas Moura has been linked with a move away from French side Paris Saint Germain in this month’s transfer window.

Summer arrivals of fellow Brazilian Neymar from Barcelona and Kylian Mbappe from Monaco has seen Moura’s first team appearances diminish this season. This has seen the 25-year old linked with English giants Manchester United.

Latest reports say Moura is only interested in a move to Old Trafford despite interests from the likes of Bordeaux, FC Nantes, OGC Nice and Real Betis.

The Brazil international has failed to make a league appearance this season and is desperate for a move so as to put himself up for selection for Brazil’s team to the FIFA world cup in Russia in the summer.

However at the moment Man United are only interested in a loan move but the French giants are not prepared to sanction the loan deal instead are holding out for a permanent deal due to their need to comply with Uefa Financial Fairplay Regulations after heavy spending in the summer.

PSG are said to be asking for €30million for the player who has apparently turned down the chance of joining Nantes in the last few days as he waits on the Manchester club.

It is left to be seen if either Man united or PSG will change their stand as the transfer window continues.

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In-demand EPL full-back on Chelsea’s radar

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Chelsea will do all within their powers to land Crystal Palace star Aaron Wan-Bissaka before the end of this winter transfer window, according to The Mirror’s Adrian Kajumba

Aaron Wan-Bissaka has impressed so far this season which is the reason why he has attracted a number of clubs with Manchester United also keen to land the star defender.

It is no longer news that the Red Devils are keen to land a central defender and they have been attracted to Aaron Wan-Bissaka but they are believed to be behind the West London side in the race.

However, reports claim that Crystal Palace are already aware of the interest coming for the 21-year-old but they will only be interested in having him leave the club in the summer transfer window.

Aaron Wan-Bissaka only had his debut for the Eagles in February last year but has established himself in the tea, to become the defender to reckon with.

Meanwhile, the Blues will make all efforts to convince Crystal Palace after they must have submitted a luring offer that will seem difficult to reject.

The Blues are keen to beat off competition from North London side Arsenal for the top four finishes so as to qualify for next season’s Champions League.

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Chelsea to battle Real Madrid in interest for Tottenham star

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Christian Eriksen

English Premier League outfit Chelsea are reported to be ready to battle Spanish La Liga outfit Real Madrid over the signature of Tottenham star Christian Eriksen.

Christian Eriksen has been fantastic for the North London side which is the reason why he has been attracting a number of big clubs.

The Spanish outfit had indicated interest in the star player over the past weeks with reports that they are already preparing a bid that would be submitted to the Premier League side.

Christian Eriksen joined the Merseyside club in 2013 from Ajax and has since become one of Premier League most impressive player.

So far, Christian Eriksen has got his contract running with the North London side until 2020 but manager Mauricio Pochettino is not ready to force a decision on the player but will rather let him make the decision best for him.

Meanwhile, the Blues are already preparing to part ways with Belgium international Eden Hazard who is on his way to Real Madrid and Christian Eriksen could just be the perfect replacement for him.

Reports claim that the West London side will be ready to break the bank to land Christian Eriksen so as to add more depth to the already existing and robust midfield.

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Ligue 1 Star player keeps Liverpool, Chelsea waiting

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Nabil Fekir

English Premier League duo Chelsea and Liverpool will have to keep waiting on the decision of French Ligue 1 outfit Lyon star Nabil Fekir as he is yet to give his consent to the reported interest.

The two Premier League sides have shown strong interest in Nabil Fekir with offers already submitted but it is reported that he is on no rush to make a decision on whether to remain with the French side or move ahead.

However, Nabil Fekir made it clear that he is happy at the moment at the French Ligue 1 outfit but hinted that he is opened to securing another experience elsewhere just like every other player will wish for.

The French man, therefore, made it clear that he is currently holding talks with his representatives and family on the matter and has already held talks with the club’s president to know the plans they have got for him.

Meanwhile, Nabil Fekir noted that he is not under any pressure to make whatever decision that regards to his career which would let it public but at the moment he is focused on playing for the French outfit in addition o recording success with the club.

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Another Liverpool star commits future to the club

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Alexander-Arnold

Instead of bringing in new players in this January winter transfer window, the English Premier League leaders Liverpool have been busy with the business of landing improved and new contracts to their star players.

The latest to be handed a new deal is Trent Alexander-Arnold who is ready to remain with the Merseyside club for a longer period of time.

Trent Alexander-Arnold is a Liverpool Academy product but has been able to grow into becoming a better player as well as breaking into the first team of manager Jurgen Klopp.

However, Trent Alexander-Arnold has now joined the long list of Andy Robertson, Sadio Mane, Roberto Firmino, Joe Gomez and Mohamed Salah who have been offered new deals in the course of the season as a way of committing them to the club.

The England international expressed delight in having to pen his signature for the Reds team, adding that it remains a privilege to play in the team.

He, therefore, promised to give his best so as to ensure the first English Premier League under the reigns of manager Jurgen Klopp in addition to dominating in the league.

However, the Liverpool team have been on their toes ensuring they leave nothing to chance in their bid for the league title.

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Why we lost to Arsenal, Sarri

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Chelsea boss Maurizio Sarri has given a hint on why his side suffered a humiliating 2-0 defeat in the hands of the North London outfit Arsenal on Saturday evening

The West London side were not only defeated but were outplayed by Arsenal which is the reason why the Italian boss lashes out on the players as he puts the blame on them.

It has been an inconsistent performance by the West London side since their defeat to Tottenham which ended their 18 games unbeaten run and that has to be corrected by the former Napoli manager.

However, he stated that he lost because some of the players in his team seem difficult to motivate as he noted that he had made efforts to do that after their defeat to the other North London side Tottenham but that has not worked yet with the defeat.

Meanwhile, the Blues boss is ready to take a part of the blame because his side failed to show up completely against the Gunners team.

However, the game between both sides have been reduced to three points which leave the race for a top-four finish very open and more competitive especially with United coming from behind.

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Arsenal 2 : 0 Chelsea – Three talking points from the game

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The Gunners returned to winning ways as they thrashed Chelsea 2-0 to the Emirates stadium in one of Saturday’s Premier League game.

The Blues had defeated Arsenal in Emery’s first game of the season, Maurizio Sarri’s side narrowly overcame the Gunners’ challenge 2-1 at Stamford Bridge last year.

However, yesterday’s game was totally different from the previous fixture in August 2018 as the North London club dominated the Blues for the most part of the game.

Emery’s men deservedly took the lead in the 14th minute when Lacazette powered a beautiful shot past Kepa Arrizabalaga who was busy all through the clash.

The home side doubled their lead after 25 minutes when Laurent Koscielny scored with his shoulder.

The Blues were made to chase the game before half time and they couldn’t find the back of the net throughout the mouthwatering and entertaining game.

Here are the top three talking points from the game.

There’s more to Ozil’s omission than Emery’s ‘tactical reason’

It has been long I saw Ozil play a full match. It’s either he was subbed out or he was subbed in by Emery.

In fact, it’s been a while he featured in Arsenal kit and Emery keeps providing ‘tactical reasons’ for the player’s regular omission.

In a game that’s as classic as Saturday’s fixture, every Arsenal fans would expect the German star to be in the starting lineup so as to create more chances with his creativity.

But the former Real Madrid playmaker was surprisingly left out of the starting XI which further suggested that there are off-field crises between the player and the Spanish tactician.

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Arsenal vs Chelsea – Three talking points

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Alexander Lacazette

The Blues were defeated by Arsenal at the Emirates Stadium on Saturday, thanks to goals from Lacazette and Laurent Koscielny.

However, here are the concluding part of the top three talking points that emerged during the encounter.

Morata’s switch to Madrid is imminent after another omission

Alvaro Morata’s move away from Stamford Bridge dominated transfer podcasts during the week as it is believed he could be heading back to La Liga later in the month.

Many rumour mongers revealed Maurizio Sarri has reached an agreement with AC Milan for Gonzalo Higuain who will serve as Morata’s short-term replacement for the rest of the campaign.

Despite being in top and perfect condition prior to Saturday’s fixture, Sarri decided to leave the striker out of his travelling squad which means the Spaniard is partially out of Stamford Bridge.

Next week will decide whether the 26-year-old is set for Atletico Madrid’s move or not.

Unai Emery’s substitutions must improve

Emery’s substitution has left so much to be desired since the start of the season and Saturday wasn’t exempted.

The Spanish manager surprisingly subbed out lively Alexandre Lacazette for Alex Iwobi in the 67th minute, a decision that didn’t go well with the Gunners fans who voiced their displeasure against the ex-Sevilla manager.

Lacazette scored the first goal of the night and he troubled the Blues defence throughout the day, he deserves to full-time action.

Saturday wasn’t Aubameyang’s day as he was quiet all through the night. The Gabonese ought to have been taken off for Iwobi, not Lacazette.

Irrespective of the Result, Arsenal remain in the fifth position with 44 points but they are now three points behind Chelsea in the race for Champions League spot next season

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Man United Handed Transfer Blow As Agent Rules Out January Exit For Defensive Target

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Manchester United have received a major transfer blow in the chase for one of their defensive targets after his agent ruled out a January exit for him.

Brazilian international utility defender Eder Militao has been in superb form for his club and that has rightfully attracted the attention of several European heavyweights like Real Madrid and Manchester United.

Manchester United have been heavily linked Eder Militao dating back to when Jose Mourinho was still the Red Devils player.

The 20-year-old is on the payroll of Portuguese Super League champions FC Porto at the moment.

Eder Militao has mostly played as a centre back for FC Porto this season despite the fact that he’s a right-back.

The Brazilian defender can also play as a defensive midfielder.

He joined FC Porto at the start of last season after the club reached an agreement for his transfer with Brazilian Serie A side Sao Paulo.

Reacting to rumours of a January exit for Eder Militao via Spanish newspaper AS.His agent Giuliano Bertolucci ruled out an exit for the player in the current January transfer window.

He further revealed that his client could join European champions Real Madrid in the summer.

Earlier reports had claimed that he has already agreed on a deal with Eder Militao but that was denied by his agent.

Eder Militao has a €50m release clause in his current FC Porto contract that will increase by 50% if it’s not activated by the end of this month.

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Man United Close To Making First January Signing

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Premier League giants Manchester United are closing in on their first signing in this January transfer window according to various reports emanating from the British media.

The Daily Mail claim that the Red Devils are on the verge of securing the transfer of highly rated young French midfielder Noah Emeran this month and that the player will join the club before the current January transfer window runs out.

The 16-year-old has caught the eye of Manchester United officials despite the fact that he has not played a single professional game for his club.

Noah Emeran is presently on the payroll of French Ligue 1 club SC Amiens.

Manchester United will pay a compensation fee of around £90,000 for the young Frenchman.

Emeran has played twice for the French u-16 team.

He can play in midfield as well as in the forward positions.

The latest development is coming on the back of the great news that the attacking duo of Marcus Rashford and Anthony Martial will be handed respective new contracts to commit their long-term futures to the club.

Rashford has been previously linked with European heavyweights like Real Madrid and Juventus, while Martial is a strong transfer target of Italian Serie A giants Inter Milan.

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Southampton In Free Transfer Bid For Two-Goal Man United Defender

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Phil Jones

Struggling Premier League club Southampton have been linked with a few transfer move for Manchester United defender Phil Jones in the summer.

According to footballtransfertavern, the Saints could be the next destination for the 26-year-old England international centre back and that he would be a fantastic addition to the defensive setup at Southampton in the event that they survive relegation at the end of this Premier League season.

Southampton are in the middle of a relegation battle that’s almost certain to last until the end of the season.

The Saints are in the battle with clubs like Fulham, Huddersfield Town, Newcastle United and Cardiff City.

They have already sacked their manager Mark Hughes with former RB Leipzig boss Ralph Hassenhuttl named as his replacement.

The Austrian has already guided the Saints to three big wins in his almost ten games in charge of the team.

He guided the team out of the relegation zone last weekend with a stunning 2-1 away win over Leicester City despite playing over half of the game with ten men.

Phil Jones has less than six months left on his Manchester United contract without any contract talks in sight.

He has scored two goals in 153 Premier League games for the Red Devils since he joined them in the summer of 2011 in addition to 27 appearances for the England national team.

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