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Georginio Wijnaldum

Liverpool’s’ club manager has quickly given acknowledgement to Georginio Wijnaldum for his judicious efforts in the midfield.

 If there is a need to mention any player who works as energetic as the three attackers upfront, then the Dutch midfielder should not be left out of the line.

Despite the intense pressure of having the clubs captain on the bench and summer signing Fabinho, the 27-year-old midfielder cooled his nerves in Liverpool shirt in the past three matches.

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The Dutchman was given credit for completing 75 passes out of 76 in the hard-fought match against the progressively harmful Brighton at the instant when Liverpool were not at their best.

The depth of the midfield was increasingly under pressure but the Dutch midfielder likewise raised his game to meet the demands from his manager.

In the 88 minutes the host’s supporters had their hands in their mouths when the second most expensive goalkeeper in the world pulled up a great save.

Jorgen Klopp concluded that this would have been one of those matches that would have been considered as a dropped point.

However, Wijnaldum was the leading force behind the defenders, and his performance speaks volume of Klopp’s three bodies in the midfield; his patience and maturity on the pitch makes him a pleasant player to watch.

Okafor Bright is a B.Eng holder of Petroleum Engineering who is passionate about sports, articles and content development.

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Serie A Giant Plotting Swap Deal For £35m-rated Arsenal Star

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Seven-time European champions AC Milan are eyeing a swap deal for Arsenal midfielder Lucas Torreira according to the latest reports emanating from the Italian media.

Uruguayan international Lucas Torreira has emerged as a top transfer target for AC Milan this summer.

The 23-year-old is presently with the Uruguayan national team at the ongoing COPA America tournament in Brazil.

Uruguay is bidding for a first COPA America title in eight years and Lucas Torreira is expected to be a big part of that quest for glory.

According to the specific publication from La Gazzetta dello Sport, AC Milan are willing to offer Frank Kessie in exchange for Lucas Torreira though it remains to be seen whether the Gunners would sanction a deal for the £35m-rated midfielder.

Lucas Torreira is an important player for Arsenal having joined the Gunners from Italian top flight club Sampdoria last summer.

Ivorian international Frank Kessie has spent the last two seasons on loan at AC Milan from fellow Italian Serie A club Atalanta with the obligation to sign him for £30m this summer.

Sampdoria manager Marco Giampaolo is expected to take over the managerial role at AC Milan this summer.

Marco Giampaolo is keen to reunite with Lucas Torreira whom he worked with at Sampdoria.

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Man Utd To Miss Out On Antoine Griezmann Signing

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Premier League giants Manchester United will reportedly miss out on Atletico Madrid forward Antoine Griezmann this summer.

This is according to the publication from the Daily Mirror which claimed that Spanish La Liga champions Barcelona will complete a deal worth £150m for French World Cup winner Griezmann.

The said fee includes the transfer fee and his wages.

It was also revealed that Barcelona skipper and talisman Lionel Messi personally put a call through to Antoine Griezmann to talk to him about moving to the Nou Camp.

Three-time European champions Manchester United and French giants Paris Saint Germain (PSG) have also tried to sign Antoine Griezmann this summer but the two clubs will miss out on his signing to Barcelona.

Atletico Madrid star Griezmann came close to joining Barcelona last summer but he decided to stay with the Rojiblancos and also sign a new contract.

The Frenchman could have left Atletico Madrid for Barcelona shortly after he played a big role for France in their World Cup winning feat in Russia last summer.

French national team star Griezmann will finally get his wish to sign for Barcelona one year later thanks partly to the intervention of Lionel Messi as mentioned above.

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£36m Attacker Talks Up Man United Transfer

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Gremio striker Everton Soares has talked about the prospect of playing for Premier League giants Manchester United this summer.

In a chat with the Daily Mail, the 23-year-old Brazilian international spoke about how his playing style will suit the style at Manchester United and the other interested clubs.

He had earlier brushed off transfer rumours surrounding him before responding when pressed further about the clubs keen to sign him this summer.

Apart from Manchester United, Premier League champions Manchester City, seven-time European champions AC Milan and French champions Paris Saint Germain (PSG) also want to sign him.

Everton reacted to questions about the aforementioned transfer rumours shortly after he made a goalscoring impact for the Brazilian national team.

The Gremio striker came off the bench for the Selecao during their 2019 COPA America opener against Bolivia.

He came on as an 81st-minute substitute for Ajax Amsterdam forward David Neres with Brazil leading 2-0 courtesy a pair of second-half goals from Barcelona playmaker Philippe Coutinho.

Everton added a third and final strike for Brazil in what was the goal of the game four minutes after coming on as a second half substitute.

Interested clubs like Manchester United will have to pay between £27m and £36m which is a far cry from his £71m release clause.

Gremio president Romildo Junior had earlier stated that interested clubs must pay the full release clause.

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Liverpool fans told to expect surprise in Matthijs de Ligt deal

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Matthijs de Ligt

Matthijs de Ligt has been in the news for many weeks as he is being linked to a number of big teams in Europe after impressing in the just concluded season.

The likes of Man United, Liverpool, Barcelona and Paris Saint-Germain are all linked with the star player but no decision has been made until after his engagement with the national team.

An earlier report had hinted that Matthijs de Light would be joining the French Ligue 1 outfit as it is claimed that his parents are already in search of a house for him but former Premier League striker Darren Bent has suggested that there would be a surprise in the pursuit of the 19-year-old.

Darren Bent told the Daily Star that his former team are desperate and will go all out to surprise everyone to seal the deal in this summer window.

He noted that there is a bid by the club to get Matthijs de Light and Virgil Van Dijk play together as they would be a great duo for the team in their bid to push for the title.

However, Matthijs de Light seem to be skeptical about a move to England after hinting that it would be strange to him.

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EPL Club In £13m Bid For Arsenal Midfield Target

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Premier League club West Ham United have moved closer to the signing of one of the midfield targets with Arsenal after Spanish club Eibar accepted a £13m bid for Joan Jordan.

This is according to Sky Sports who also confirmed that Spanish La Liga giants Valencia have had a £13m bid accepted for the 24-year-old.

The Gunners have been linked with a move for Joan Jordan as they search for a replacement for Aaron Ramsey but the North Londoners are yet to make a concrete offer for the Eibar player who has made 75 appearances for his club in the last two seasons.

Arsenal will have to do without Aaron Ramsey who has left the club after his contract expired.

The 28-year-old will join Juventus on a free transfer ahead of the new season after he agreed on a four-year contract worth £400,000 on a weekly basis.

Welsh international Ramsey was an Arsenal player for one decade.

Joan Jordan is on the verge of becoming the fourth summer signing at West Ham United who have already made four transfers as at the early stage of this summer’s transfer window.

West Ham have signed goalkeepers David Martin and Roberto as well as midfielder Pablo Fornals.

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Why Man United will lose in Lukaku’s Inter Milan transfer

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There seem to be nothing beneficial for Man United in the expected move of Belgium international striker Romelu Lukaku from the club to Italian Serie A outfit Inter Milan aside the fee that would be paid.

Romelu Lukaku had a frustrating last season and has opted to leave the club by declaring his love for Serie A, while Inter Milan new manager Antonio Conte is also a fan of the striker.

The Red Devils had, therefore, made an arrangement to snap up another player in addition to the fee that would be paid but that will not happen as it has been rejected.

An attempt by Man United to have included defender Milan Skriniar in a potential deal was rejected, according to reports in Italy.

Man United are desperate to rebuild their team and have a need for defenders with the Inter Milan player tipped to be a good deal for the club but that hope is ended.

This remains a blow to the Red Devils knowing that the demand of £75 million for the Belgium international would not be met by the Serie A outfit.

However, it is expected that negotiations would only be centered on the 26-year-old for a deal.

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Man United linked with another Frenchman

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Issa Diop

English Premier League outfit Man United are reported to be interested in the signature of West Ham United centre half Issa Diop and could move in for him in the summer transfer window.

The Frenchman is only 22 but has shown that he can be a great player in the English Premier League after impressing for the Hammers last season.

It is claimed that Man United have been attracted to the star player and will make a move to land him before the end of this summer window.

Sky Sports report that the Red Devils are willing to give out a player in return to enable them rectify their leaky defence ahead of the coming season.

However, the Red Devils have been told that Issa Diop will not go for anything less than £60 million as they do not seek to part ways with him now.

The Red Devils are hoping to rebuild their team as manager Ole Gunnar Solskjaer is unhappy with the performance of his team in the just-concluded season.

Meanwhile, the Red Devils boss bad been handed the sum of £100 million to engage in the market as he seeks to land new faces. The first signing Daniel James has already been captured from Swansea.

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No rivalry for Liverpool in pursuit of 23-year-old target

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Timo Werner

Merseyside outfit Liverpool have been tipped to have a free run in their pursuit of German Bundesliga outfit Red Bull Leipzig star Timo Werner in this summer transfer window.

The Reds team had indicated interest in the 23-year-old but faced battle against Bayern Munich for his signature but that seems to have faded away as it is claimed that the German giants have cooled their interest in the striker.

Liverpool are in search of a striker that will give major competition to Brazilian international Roberto Firmino and have identified Timo Werner as the best fit after he scored a total of 16 goals for his Bundesliga team last season.

Now that Bayern Munich have shifted their attention to Manchester City’s Leroy Sane, Liverpool will now have the free run to land the player should manager Jurgen Klopp make a case for him with the board.

However, Timo Werner has been valued at around £50 million, a fee the Reds would be able to pay if willing.

Howbeit, there is a bid by manager Jurgen Klopp to beat the competition from Man City in the English Premier League for the title as they have now lost out to their rivals in the last two seasons.

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Arsenal Agree Personal Terms With £18m Attacker

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Alexis Claude-Maurice

Europa League finalists Arsenal have agreed personal terms with highly rated Lorient attacker Alexis Claude-Maurice according to the report from popular media platform Goal.

It was revealed that the Gunners are closing in on a move for the young French striker but they still have to reach an agreement with his club.

Arsenal have had two bids rejected for the winger with Lorient holding out for £18m for one of their prized assets.

The Gunners have a good working relationship with Lorient from previous transfers involving French centre back Laurent Koscielny and young French midfielder Matteo Guendouzi.

Laurent Koscielny has been an Arsenal player since his £8.45m move from Lorient in 2009 though his time in North London might be coming to an end.

The retired French international defender has one year left on his Arsenal deal at the moment and new contract talks have broken down.

Borussia Dortmund have enquired about signing Koscielny whom Arsenal have slapped an asking price of £10.6m on.

Arsenal also signed Matteo Guendouzi from Lorient last summer in a deal reported to be around €7m and the young midfielder has been a revelation on the back of his impressive performances for the Gunners during the just concluded season.

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Chelsea

The future of this Chelsea loannee revealed by brother

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Gonzalo Higuain

It has now been confirmed that Gonzalo Higuain will not be staying at the Stamford Bridge after his loan deal.

It was earlier expected that the West London outfit will take up the option of keeping the Argentina international on a permanent deal but his agent who is also his brother Nicolas said the striker only wants to play for Juventus in Italy.

He made this claim while reacting to interest from AS Roma for the star striker as he stressed that the 31-year-old still has a contract with the Old Lady.

This leaves the Blues team with limited options in the attack ahead of the coming season as they might not be able to bring in a replacement in this summer window.

Chelsea have been handed a transfer ban that stops them from registering new players in the next two transfer windows and that has not been upturned as at the time of writing this report.

The Blues team will be left with no option than to rely on France international Olivier Giroud and also return Tammy Abraham to the team from his loan spell with Aston Villa.

However, Chelsea will have to sort out having a new manager as Maurizio Sarri might be on his way out.

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