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Opinion: Liverpool should go for this “next Lionel Messi” now that he’s affordable

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Pietro Pellegrini

A little reason to be surprised at this wonder kid who already got into the limelight of football elites by making the first team shirt for Monaco at the age of 17 after signing a deal reported to be £17.1 million.

Pietro Pellegrini was envisaged by his club’s owner as the “next Lionel Messi”; little wonder how he circumvented into the Serie A team before earning a move to French side Monaco.

The 17-year-old adroit player is like a new wine in old bottle that can break ankles with his skills; he’s partly becoming one of Europe’s finest young talent.

Before he caught the eyes of the French side, Pellegrini came in through the hierarchy as Genoa’s newly discovered talent after making his debut as the combined player to be part of the Seria A team at the age of 15 years and 280 days.

He broke yet another record after becoming the first player to score a goal in the Seria A born in 2001.

He also saw the back of the net in September, making him the youngest player to have scored a brace in the Seria A: that eventually made his father burst into tears.

Well, scouts were watching and it didn’t take quite long to decide if he would be the next man to be dimmed as a World best contender in the future. He was notified by Manchester United, Ac Milan and Inter Milan for his signature but he opted for Monaco at the age of 16-years-old, knowing fully well that Monaco are good at raising future talents.

It appears like he wouldn’t stay for too long but it’s glaring that many elite clubs would be watching to make a move at the right time. For a young talent who already have the mentality of a 10-years experienced player-to catch the eyes of his international manager Roberto Mancini, it means he has so much heart for goals.

More reason why Liverpool need to fight their way to capture this player to help boost the chances of making it to the top level.

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Wolves Join Arsenal In Race To Sign 7-Goal Winger

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Yacine Brahimi

Premier League newcomers Wolverhampton Wanderers have joined other English top flight sides in the free transfer race to sign FC Porto winger Yacine Brahimi.

Wolves’ interest was revealed by Portuguese media outlet Correio da Manha.

Yacine Brahimi is closing on an exit from FC Porto with his contract scheduled to expire at the end of the season.

The Algerian international player is said to be keen on a move to the Premier League this summer upon the expiration of his contract.

The 28-year-old has scored seven goals in 21 appearances for FC Porto this term and his goal contributions have aided the Portuguese giants’ in their run to the top of the league table in the top flight as well as the last 16 of the Champions League.

Yacine Brahimi played 68 minutes as FC Porto lost the first leg of their last 16 ties with Italian capital club AS Roma on Tuesday night.

They were beaten 2-1 at the Stadio Olimpico with Italian teenager Nicolo Zaniolo getting the two goals for the hosts, while substitute Adrian Lopez got the away goal for the Portuguese team ahead of the second leg next month.

Adrian Lopez had replaced Brahimi in the second half of the game.

Other Premier League sides like Everton, West Ham United and Manchester United are also interested in the Algerian winger.

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Club Legend Predicts Arsenal Return For £500,000 p/w Arsenal Player

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Alexis Sanchez

Former Arsenal winger Marc Overmars believes that Manchester United forward Alexis Sanchez can reignite his form at his former club.

Arsenal legend Overmars spoke about Chilean international Alexis Sanchez, Arsenal and the player’s struggles at Manchester United in his latest interview with media outlet ADN Deportes.

The ex-Dutch international star talked about how the former Barcelona and Udinese player has performed below expectations at Manchester United before adding that Arsenal could put him out of his misery at Old Trafford.

Marc Overmars is the technical director at Dutch Eredivisie giants Ajax Amsterdam at the moment and he has been linked with a similar role at Arsenal though he might have to battle AS Roma director Monchi for that position.

Alexis Sanchez became the highest paid player in British football when he joined Manchester United at the start of last year in a swap deal involving Henrikh Mkhitaryan who’s now an Arsenal player.

The 30-year-old signed a contract worth £350,000 weekly plus add-ons that take his wages to the £500,000 mark per week.

Sanchez has endured a frustrating one year at Old Trafford as he has struggled to replicate the impressive form shown at Arsenal.

The Chilean forward has scored just two goals for Manchester United this season.

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Man Utd Favourites To Sign £100m-rated Bundesliga Star

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Jadon Sancho

Three-time European champions Manchester United have emerged as the front-runners to sign highly talented attacker Jadon Sancho when the transfer window reopens this summer.

Jadon Sancho plays his club football for German Bundesliga giants Borussia Dortmund at the moment.

The three-cap England international has been in superb form for Borussia Dortmund in their ascent to the top on the German Bundesliga table with several Premier League clubs keen to see him return to the top flight of English football.

Manchester United are 4/1 favourites to sign him according to bookmakers BetVictor ahead of Chelsea (8/1) and the quartet of Manchester City, Tottenham Hotspur, Liverpool and Arsenal (10/1).

Sancho, 18, joined Borussia Dortmund on a free transfer at the start of last season despite the best efforts of Manchester City to prevent him leaving the club.

That transfer decision has come back to haunt Manchester City who were unable to offer him more playing time at Erica’s stadium before his exit.

The young English talent has scored nine goals and provided a whopping 17 assists in 41 appearances in all competitions for Borussia Dortmund since he joined the 1997 Champions League winners in the summer of 2017.

Eight of his goals have come this season with Borussia Dortmund still going strong in both the Champions League and the Bundesliga.

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Arsenal Face £100m Threat For Benfica Starlet

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Arsenal have been dealt a major transfer blow in the wake of the news that Premier League rivals Manchester United are plotting a £100m bid for highly rated Benfica attacker Joao Felix ahead of this summer’s transfer window.

This was revealed by popular English news outlet The Sun.

Arsenal are one of several clubs to have registered their interest in the impressive Joao Felix who has been in sensational form for Portuguese Super League outfit Benfica since the start of the season.

He has scored nine goals and also provided five assists in 23 appearances for Benfica this term.

Joao Felix has scored and also provided a goal in each of his last three games for Benfica to further underline his immense talent.

Arsenal are cash-strapped at the moment with recent reports claiming that the Gunners will be able to spend just £45m, excluding player sales, when the transfer window reopens in the summer.

The Gunners won’t be able to contest with Manchester United and other interested teams in the race to sign Joao Felix who says Juventus superstar Cristiano Ronaldo is his idol.

Arsenal were only restricted to loan signings during the last transfer window.

Other clubs like Juventus, Liverpool, Wolverhampton Wanderers and many more are also keen on a move for Joao Felix who has a release clause of £105m (€120m) in his Benfica contract.

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How Man Utd Can Sign €60m Juventus Winger

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Douglas Costa

Manchester United were rebuffed in their quest to sign Juventus winger Douglas Costa during the winter transfer window but the Red Devils can still sign the player according to reports coming out of the media in Italy.

It’s no secret that Manchester United want to strengthen both the centre back and right wing positions ahead of the resumption of the transfer window in the summer.

Reports claimed that Manchester United made a €60m bid for Brazilian international star Douglas Costa after they had identified him as their number one target in the right wing position.

The big bid was rebuffed by Juventus who wanted to hold on to Douglas Costa until the summer at least.

Italian media outlet Tuttosport claim that there’s light at the end of the tunnel for Manchester United in their bid to sign Douglas Costa.

It was revealed that the Italians would be open to a sale if they can get Manchester United midfielder Paul Pogba in exchange.

Manchester United consider French World Cup winner Paul Pogba as a big part of their future plans and that means the proposed swap deal won’t happen.

Paul Pogba spent four fruitful years at Juventus between 2012 and 2016 before Manchester United splashed £89m to sign him.

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Why Man Utd Missed Out On Premier League Defender Revealed

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jamaal lascelles

Three-time European champions Manchester United could have signed highly rated Newcastle United defender Jamaal Lascelles during the winter transfer window.

This is according to the sources close to ESPN.

It was revealed that the 25-year-old was on the list of the transfer targets at Manchester United while former manager Jose Mourinho was still at the club.

Italian Serie A stars like Kalidou Koulibaly (Napoli) and Milan Skriniar (Inter Milan) were the top targets on the said transfer list but Lascelles was also on it.

Jamal Lascelles is a key player for the Magpies having joined the Northeast club from hometown team Nottingham Forest in 2014.

The English centre back signed for Newcastle United from the former European champions alongside compatriot and shot stopper Karl Darlow.

He was named the Newcastle United captain shortly after the Magpies suffered relegation from the Premier League in 2016.

Jamaal Lascelles led his team back to the English top flight at the start of last season before helping the Magpies to a top-10 finish at the end of the league campaign.

He recently signed a new contract at Newcastle United until the end of the 2023/24 season.

Lascelles has played 22 times for Newcastle United in the Premier League this season.

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Man United In Free Transfer Bid For FC Porto Star

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Yacine Brahimi

Manchester United are one of several Premier League clubs targeting a free transfer move for FC Porto forward Yacine Brahimi according to the various media reports emanating from Portugal.

Portuguese media outlet Correio da Manha claim that the Red Devils have already offered the Algerian international star a contract for him to join them on a free agent at the end of the season.

Other Premier League sides like Arsenal, West Ham United and Everton are also in the running to sign the 28-year-old.

Yacine Brahimi has less than six months remaining on his current deal at FC Porto and he’s not expected to renew his contract at the Estadio Dragao.

The Algerian winger has been an important player for FC Porto since he joined the club in 2014 shortly after his heroics at the FIFA World Cup tournament in Brazil.

Brahimi was part of the Algerian team that posted the best result for Africa via a last 16 place before they were beaten 2-1 by eventual champions Germany after extra time.

He has scored nine goals and provided six assists for FC Porto.

Yacine Brahimi was in the starting XI as FC Porto fell to a 2-1 loss to Italian Serie A club AS Roma in the first leg of their Champions League last 16 tie on Tuesday night.

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Man United Draw Up Six-Man Transfer Shortlist

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Kalidou Koulibaly

Manchester United have reportedly drawn up a transfer shortlist of six players ahead of the upcoming transfer window in the summer.

This is according to the Daily Mirror which revealed that chief executive Ed Woodward has compiled a six-man transfer shortlist for this summer’s transfer window.

A new centre back is the top priority for Manchester United this summer alongside the fullback positions, both left-back and right-back.

Manchester United are also expected to strengthen their midfield options this summer.

Napoli defender Kalidou Koulibaly is on top of the list with the Red Devils hopeful that they can pull off a deal for him at the end of this summer.

Manchester United might have to spend a club-record transfer fee to seal his transfer.

The Senegalese international player is widely regarded as one of the top three centre backs in world football.

Atletico Madrid defender Lucas Hernandez and Fiorentina star Nikola Milenkovic also made the shortlist.

Both Hernandez and Milenkovic can play at centre back and fullback but the latter represents a cheaper option than the other player who was part of the French squad that won last summer’s FIFA World Cup tournament in Russia.

Others on the transfer shortlist include Tanguy Ndombele (Lyon), Ivan Rakitic (Barcelona) and Joao Felix (Benfica).

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Man United Offer €50m Player Free Transfer Contract

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Adrien Rabiot

Paris Saint Germain (PSG) midfielder Adrien Rabiot could join Manchester United as a free agent this summer after it was revealed that the Red Devils have offered him a contract after talks were held between both parties.

Spanish media outlet Don Balon revealed that Manchester United have offered the player a contract for him to sign for the Red Devils on a free transfer.

Manchester United have moved to snap up the talented midfielder ahead of other interested clubs like Arsenal, Barcelona, Liverpool, Real Madrid and Tottenham Hotspur.

€50m-rated Adrien Rabiot will leave PSG in the summer after the end of his contract having already rejected several opportunities to extend his contract at the club beyond this summer.

As a result of his decision not to sign a new deal, the 23-year-old has been frozen out of the PSG team with his last appearance coming in December.

He last featured for PSG as a second-half substitute in the Champions League final group stage clash with Red Star Belgrade.

PSG won the game 3-1 to seal top spot at the end of proceedings in Group C.

Real Madrid are said to be the new favourites for his signature as the Los Merengues see him as a cheaper alternative for Tottenham Hotspur midfielder Christian Eriksen or Manchester United player Paul Pogba.

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Man Utd To Step Up Interest In €120m Talent THIS Summer

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Premier League giants Manchester United will step up their interest in highly rated Benfica attacker Joao Felix this summer according to reports coming out of the media in the United Kingdom.

Joao has grown to become one of the most exciting young players in European football after his series of impressive performances for his Portuguese club.

The Portugal u-21 international attacker has scored nine goals in addition to five assists in 23 appearances in the colours of Benfica this season.

The Sun claim that the Red Devils will make a big bid for the 19-year-old when the transfer window reopens in the summer.

Joao Felix was the subject of a £61m bid from Premier League title challengers Liverpool only for Benfica to reject it in favour of the player’s full release clause which stands at €120m (£105m).

He recently put pen to paper on a new Benfica contract until the end of the 2022/23 season.

The player recently talked about a possible exit from Benfica in his last interview before hinting that he could join his idol Cristiano Ronaldo at Italian Serie A champions Juventus.

Real Madrid, Barcelona, Chelsea and Wolverhampton Wanderers are all interested in a move for the in-form player.

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