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‘Mo Salah? No: Also give credit to this player

Bright Okafor

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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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Wolves set to hurt Man United with latest transfer decision

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Man United might be hurt again this summer transfer window with claims that their transfer target Douglas Costa could be leaving the Italian Serie A champions Juventus to join Wolves this summer window.

Douglas Costa has been linked with the Red Devils as a replacement to Jadon Sancho. The England international winger is the top target for Man United this summer transfer window but they are failing to strike his deal as his £100 million valuation cannot be met.

Gareth Bale was a reported option for the Red Devils but he opted for North London club Tottenham and now it is suggested that Douglas Costa could be heading to Wolves, a development that will be a big blow to Man United.

The Brazilian winger’s respected agent, Jorge Mendes is reported to have a strong link in Italy and entire South America. TuttoSport claims the super-agent is considering Wolves as the best destination for his client.

This will be a big disappointment to the Red Devils and will be a setback to their bid to land a winger this summer window. They might have to begin a new search as it has been confirmed by popular journalist Fabrizio Romano that Man United will sign a winger this season.

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Man United take the front row in race for Bournemouth star

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Man United are reported to be leading in the race for the signature of David Brooks as they hope to add him to tier books before the end of the summer transfer market.

Manchester Evening News reports that a deal could be sealed in the coming weeks with the 23-year old also keen on a bigger opportunity following an impressive and consistent performance in the topflight for the past two seasons.

Leicester City have also shown interest in the signature of David Brooks but they seem to be abandoning his chase after securing the signature of Cengiz from the Italian Serie A outfit AS Roma to make Man United favourites.

With less than 2-years left to the end of his current contract, Bournemouth could take advantage of that to cash in from his sale as they are now aware that the Red Devils are desperate for new players despite winning their Carabao Cup game on Tuesday night.

Following their defeat in the opening game of the Premier League, Man United manager Ole Gunnar Solskjaer confirmed that his team must do more in the recruitment of players before the summer window ends.

The Red Devils have only been able to add Donny van de Beek to their books this transfer window.

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Arsenal might consider London swap ahead of Atletico Madrid deal

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Thomas Partey

North London outfit are keen on bringing in a midfielder with manager Mikel Arteta having his attention on Ghanaian midfielder Thomas Partey from Spanish La Liga outfit Atletico Madrid.

It has been a stressful wait to land a midfielder as the Gunners are unwilling to meet the valuation of the Atletico Madrid player due to the lack of funds. Efforts to reduce the financial burden of £45 million by including a player in the deal have been rejected by the Spanish La Liga outfit.

However, it is now reported that the Gunners are considering moving in for Chelsea midfielder N’Golo Kante as an alternative for Thomas Partey with Daily Express reporting that the two London clubs are in talks.

Should an agreement be reached between the two London clubs, the North London outfit will be sending Matteo Guendouzi to west London but the Gunners will have to add some cash to make the deal work through.

While this report cannot be confirmed, the North London club have confirmed that they are actively in the summer transfer market and are hoping to bring in new legs before it is shut down.

The Arsenal outcast has been offered to Atletico Madrid in a proposed swap deal for Thomas Partey but it was rejected.

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Solskjaer reveals the truth about Smalling’s Roma move

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Chris Smalling

It is no longer a secrete that Chris Smalling is keen to leave Man United this summer transfer window as he is interested in a move to the Italian Serie A to continue his career.

Chris Smalling was in Italy on a season-long loan deal where he gave impressive performances although. He has since loved life in the country. A return to Man United for the new season is not an option for Chris Smalling.

Reports claim he has an agreement with AS Roma but there have been delay in announcing a deal as the Red Devils have had their demand on the fee.

Manager Ole Gunnar Solskjaer has finally opened up on the reason why Chris Smalling is still at the club. According to him, AS Roma are yet to improve their bid from the last offer that was rejected.

He explained that he does not have the decision to make on Chris Smalling’s valuation but the club is yet to receive any sufficient bid for the experienced defender.

This means he might be forced to remain in England or move to other clubs if AS Roma fail o up their bid before the end of the summer transfer window.

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Mohamed Elneny’s agent flies to Turkey for transfer talks

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Mohamed ElNeny

Although Mohamed Elneny might have had good performances since he returned from his season-long loan spell but that does not mean he will remain at the club for the season if the latest reports are anything o go by.

It is reported that the Egyptian’s agent has travelled to Turkey to hold talks with the Galatasaray and Trabzonspor with both clubs having an offer for the Gunners midfielder.

ExtraSport is convinced that Mohamed Elneny could be the next exit from the Emirates Stadium despite starting getting the nod from manager Mikel Arteta in two of the first three games this season.

With reports that his agent is already in Turkey, it is understood that Mohamed Elneny will be agreeing on a deal with either of the mentioned clubs before returning back.

It is believed that the move by Mohamed Elneny is connected with Arsenal’s bid for new midfielders, a development that sends the signal that the Egyptian might go down the pecking order in the Mikal Arteta team.

However, the North London outfit will prefer a permanent deal for Mohamed Elneny as they will hope to cash in from his sale to be able to sanction other deals in this summer transfer window.

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Another Man United target set to join Liverpool

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Jadon Sancho

The list is unending for English Premier League club Man United for the number of disappointments in this summer transfer markets as they are set to lose out on another top target.

The hits for the Red Devils started with top target Jadon Sancho who will not answer the call from the Old Trafford for a stay with German Bundesliga outfit Borussia Dortmund.

Other two Man United targets, Gareth Bale and Sergio Reguilon have also snubbed them for a move to North London outfit Tottenham which makes it one of the most frustrating transfer windows for the club.

The list now continues with reports from France claiming that Liverpool have agreed on terms with Watford winger Ismaila Sarr who is already being linked with Man United.

France Football reports that the current Premier League champions agreed on a fee within the region of £32 and £36 million for the Senegal international winger who is followed by manager Jurgen Klopp.

The Red Devils had identified Ismaila Sarr as a good alternative to their top target, Jadon Sancho as it is confirmed they will not be able to pay his £100 million demand while the German Bundesliga club are not willing o negotiate the fee.

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The Aouar news we hate to hear as Arsenal fans have emerged

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Houssem Aouar

If there is anything Arsenal fans will not wish to hear, then it is the interest in Houssem Aouar by other clubs but sadly, that is already happening.

The latest reports have claimed that a Champions League team is also interested in the signature of the Lyon midfielder but they are only keeping it late to land him this summer transfer window.

Lyon director Juninho hints that the final two weeks of the summer transfer window could have the Champions League club step forward with their bid for Houssem Aouar.

The Telegraph also reports that the Gunners’ rivals will be willing to pay the £54 million wanted by the French Ligue 1 outfit for Houssem Aouar and that could lure the player into agreeing on the deal as he will fancy a Champions League football ahead of the Europa League.

No doubt, Houssem Aouar is a top target for manager Mikel Arteta which makes the Gunners insist on his signature. For Arsenal to be able to land the Lyon midfielder, they will have to sell more players to boost their financial strength.

Arsenal have already cashed in £20 million from the sale of Emi Martinez and will have to do more to get rid of more players if they must meet the valuation by the French Ligue 1 outfit.

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Messi, Arsenal link talks emerge again

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Lionel Messi

If you have ever heard that Barcelona star Lionel Messi was linked with a move to the English Premier League outfit Arsenal in the past and doubt that it is true. It has been talked about again.

Lionel Messi’s former agent has recalled how the Argentina international came close to becoming a Gunner in 2003 with former manager Arsene Wenger making an attempt to snap him up.

Speaking to Marca, Fabian Soldini said Lionel Messi was close to joining Arsenal as he was tempted by the offers from the English Premier League side but he later opted not to go.

According to him, the North London outfit were only able to prise away Spanish midfielder Cesc Fabregas because he accepted to leave as both were asked by the Catalans to go.

Cesc Fabregas went ahead to develop at the North London club but Lionel Messi became a more prominent figure in the game, and all of the feats would have been achieved in an Arsenal shirt.

With the number of players reported to have been linked with Arsenal under former manager Arsene Wenger, there is no doubt that the Frenchman is one of the best scouts, even as a manager, having identified such talent from a very young age.

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