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Angry Mourinho blast Woodward for blocking his move for Juventus Star

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José Mourinho was linked with quite a number of top-class defenders during the summer window but was unable to finalize a deal for any of them before the window shut down.

Harry Maguire, Jerome Boateng, Leonardo Bonucci, Toby Alderweireld, and Yerry Mina were all tracked by the Portuguese manager, hoping to get at least one defender from the list.

According to Yahoo Sports, Mourinho’s move for former AC Milan defender Leonardo Bonucci was surprisingly blocked by his employers, who claimed they can’t afford to release huge money for his signature.

Yahoo Sports revealed that the San Siro outfits wanted £37m for the Italian international but the Red Devils board members were reluctant to pay such amount for the player, whom they believe is too old to command such steep price tag.

As result of their decision to end negotiations with Milan for the experienced and ever-reliable defender, Mourinho is furious with his employers and has reportedly blasted them for not being able to play their role in his mission to win the Premier League this season.

The Sun added that Mourinho’s relationship with Woodward continues to be a major source of concern for the club due to the recent outburst between the two parties over the manager’s failed move for the Italian international.

Nonetheless, Bonucci was eventually signed by Juventus before the close of the transfer period as Massimiliano have so much trust in the player’s strength and discipline at the back of the pitch,

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£23m offer received as Chelsea weigh up options

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Emerging reports reveal that English Premier League outfit Chelsea have received a bid of £23 million for left full-back Emerson Palmieri from Italian Serie A outfit Inter Milan.

While the Blues are willing to part ways with the player, Inter Milan are keen to land him to solve their defensive issues ahead of the coming season.

For the West London club, doing away with Emerson Palmieri and Marcus Alonso is already in the pipeline with newcomers for the left-back position a target in the coming summer transfer window. No wonder Frank Lampard now prefers to make us of Ceaser Azpilicueta who is not a natural left player.

Tutto Mercato Web reports that Chelsea Director Marina Granovskaia initially requested for £27 million for Emerson Palmieri but is forced to come down on the price because it is becoming clear that he no longer has a future at the Stamford Bridge.

Inter Milan are offering Emerson Palmieri a five year deal, and he would be paid £3.6 million a year at the San Siro.

However, The West London outfit are considering the option of Leicester City defender Ben Chilwell as a replacement for the left-back position as there is no assurance that Marcos Alonso will also be staying after this season.

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Klopp to return important player to tomorrow’s squad

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Liverpool will continue their Premier League campaign, even after winning the title with a game against Brighton & Hove Albion on Wednesday evening.

There is no longer anything at stake but manager Jurgen Klopp will be careful with his selection to balance up the team, win games and also ensure the safety of the players.

Liverpool Echo reports that James Milner will now return to the team to face Brighton & Hove Albion after missing the game Aston Villa.

James Milner has been injured and he is reportedly recovering and fit to play a game for the EPL champions. He could even start in the game.

Liverpool boss is making efforts to be careful with Andy Robertson who has played too many games and has not rested since the restart of the league. James Milner who is very experienced can serve as a cover.

James Milner is a utility player who can operate from both sides of the team and can play as a central midfielder. His presence will go a long way in helping Liverpool to win more games.

Since winning the League title, the Reds team have only picked 7 from 12 points and they want to keep winning to secure 100 points to beat Man City record.

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One ‘error’ made by Jurgen Klopp that worked for him

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Liverpool have been blistering in great form for the past seasons and it is widely believed that manager Jurgen Klopp has been making the right decisions with his recruitment, choice of players for games, and substitutions.

That may not be all true according to a former Liverpool player Emile Heskey who claimed that Jurgen Klopp’s usage of Trent Alexander-Arnold at the right full-back position is not the best for the player.

In his analysis, the former Reds claims that Trent Alexander-Arnold is best as a midfielder and not a right-back, adding that at the right-back position, the player provided 12 assists in 33 EPL games, making him one of the most creative legs in the league. He is reported to have created 79 opportunities for his teammates and 17 of them are classified as big chances.

No wonder, Trent Alexander-Arnold is being compared with De Bruyne in terms of crossing and passing ability. It is only the Man City midfielder that has created more chances than the Reds youngster.

Emile Heskey feels Trent Alexander-Arnold is very influential in the Jurgen Klopp team and he could be handed another role while younger players like Neco Williams, a 19-year-old Academy player could be made to replace him, having proved to be a prospect with his performance when he was subbed in during the Crystal Palace game that ended 4-0 last month.

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Chelsea ready to offer £8m/y to beat United for highly-rated midfielder

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Chelsea manager Frank Lampard is very ambitious with his transfer plans and he is ready to leave no stone unturned to be able to compete in the coming season.

One player the Blues have pointed to as a transfer plan is Kai Havertz from German Bundesliga outfit Bayern Leverkusen but they have Man United to compete with to land the highly-rated midfielder.

A reliable journalist, Nicolo Schira has therefore revealed that the West London outfit are keen on winning the race for Kai Havertz and have initiated talks with the player’s agent over a possible deal.

The journalist revealed that the Bleus team are willing to pay £8 million per year to win Man United in the chase and the club’s Director Marina Granovskaia is on top of the deal with constant contact with the player’s agent.

The 21-year-old is a highly rated central midfielder who can also play from the right-sided attacking midfield. He scored 12 goals and provided 6 assists for his club in the Bundesliga this season and 3 other goals with 2 assists in the Europa League.

Bayern Leverkusen have slammed a £70 million asking price on the player which will determine who will win the race but it is expected that negotiations will happen for a reduced fee.

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Rio Ferdinand welcomes the ‘new Pogba’ to Man United

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Former Man United defender Rio Ferdinand has claimed that Paul Pogba is now a new player after seeing a rejuvenated France international.

According to Ferdinand, Paul Pogba has been a different player since the restart of football, noting that it has really helped the team.

He stressed that Pogba is now playing like the player the Red Devils paid £89 million to buy from Italian Serie A outfit Juventus about four years ago, adding that his energy level has been incredible.

Rio Ferdinand therefore, claims that the new Pogba was born with the coming of Bruno Fernandes from Sporting Lisbon.

He noted that Fernandes is the motivation the World Cup winner needed as he will not like to be outplayed in any way.

However, the perfect match of Paul Pogba and Bruno Fernandes has helped the Red Devils form as they have been scoring a lot of goals since the restart of the season.

The Red Devils are now confidently pushing to secure a Champions League spot, hoping to displace Chelsea in the fourth position as they are just two points apart.

No doubt, fans will have to wait until the final game of the season before knowing the fate of the teams.

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Paul Scholes faults Man United transfer decision on Haaland

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English Premier League outfit Man United were linked with Erling Haaland in the January transfer window but failed to put a deal through.

The Red Devils failed to meet with the reported demand of German Bundesliga
club Borussia Dortmund and that messed up the deal.

Erling Haaland is one of the best strikers the world can boast of today which has been confirmed by the Red Devils legend Paul Scholes who gave a detailed analysis of the player.

Paul Scholes faults his former club for missing out on a striker with such quality in the winter window, insisting that no amount was too much for the young land.

The United legend stated that he has properly watched the 20-year-old in the restart of the season and is surprised any team can claim to seek a bargain of any sort for his fee.

He noted that Erling Haaland is a good and young player who is an “out-and-out goalscorer”.

In giving a detailed analysis of Erling Haaland, Paul Scholes stated that he is quick with a good pace and that gives him a good presence to score goals.

The Man United legend hopes that Man United will be able to land the striker in future but hinted that they will have to pay big to make that happen.

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Solskjaer to have first brawl with Ed Woodward, see why

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There could be some skirmishes at Man United between manager Ole Gunnar Solskjaer and the club’s chief, Ed Woodward in coming days.

It is reported that the United boss is ready to confront Ed Woodward to discuss issues of the summer transfer window.

The Norwegian manager is keen on the coming summer transfer window as he expected to add depth to his squad. He wants to be sure that he is on the same page with the club hierarchy, reason why he would be meeting Ed Woodward in the coming days, according to reports.

However, there are fears that there could be unease between Solskjaer and Woodward if an agreement is not reached.

Since taking over at the Old Trafford in 2018, Solskjaer has been able to sign 5 players but that has not helped the team to meet the target of competing for titles.

Ole Gunnar Solskjaer believes that more is needed to be done to be able to achieve his dreams at the Old Trafford.

A major concern is the Man United defence that must be equipped to be able to compete for titles and that is expected to be the target for Solskjaer when the summer window is opened.

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Contract termination: Antonio Valencia returning to Europe?

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The contract of former Man United captain Antonio Valencia with LDU Quito has been terminated.

The former Red Devils player only left the Old Trafford about 12 months ago after having 339 appearances at the Old Trafford before returning to his homeland of Ecuador with LDU Quito.

The Coronavirus pandemic that is ravaging the world has affected the club and its finance, they will no longer be able to meet with the contract agreement with Antonio Valencia, reason why it was terminated.

Valencia played 28 games for LDU Quito, scoring one goal and providing two assists before the latest development.

The club made it known that the decision was reached after mutual talks with the player over the issue.

Antonio Valencia is now a free player who still seek to continue his football career, even at age 35 as there are no expectations that he would retire anytime soon.

It is, therefore, believed that Europe will be his next destination and will be available in the summer transfer window.

Hopefully, EPL clubs will still come begging for his signature.

Major concerns about his fitness would be his only barrier to getting a new club as he has not played for the past four months.

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