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Harry Kane professes Spain superiority

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England national team captain Harry Kane has admitted that the Spain national team are a more superior side in terms of passes of the ball.

The Tottenham star made this claim ahead of their clash with the Spanish national team on Monday in the UEFA nations Cup.

The 2018 World Cup golden boot winner will not forget that despite their poor outing at the world tournament, the Spanish side have scored 10 goals in their last two games.

However, the England captain hailed his side for having great qualities, pace and individual talents, noting that all of these qualities would be employed as an advantage to them against their Monday opponents.

England has just managed a point from their last two games in Group 4 in addition to losing by 2-1 to Spain at the Wembley Stadium earlier this month.

The goal from Marcus Rashford was cancelled by Saul Niguez and Rodrigo to give Spain the victory.

However, the England captain has not proven to be the leader as he has not scored a single goal since returning from the World Cup with the tournament’s golden boot in July.

Kane has made it clear that he does care about his level of the game as he hopes to keep working hard, not minding what the outcome of his games are.

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Timothy Aiyeku is a Mass Communication graduate from the Ahmadu Bello University, Zaria. He is a sports, everything football analyst.

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Bayern Munich condemned against Liverpool

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German Bundesliga giants Bayern Munich have been condemned ahead of their Champions League clash against Liverpool next year.

Both sides have been drawn against each other in the knockout stage and former Liverpool and Bayern Munich midfielder Didi Hamann holds the opinion that the German Bundesliga side have no chance against the English Premier League side.

Didi Hamann stated that he sees no opportunities for the Bundesliga side in the game as he gives it to last year’s runner-up, adding that the Reds side have been incredible so far this season which leaves them with the edge over Munich.

He added that for the first time in a while, Bayern Munich have not been fantastic and have not had a complete team as they have been known for. He said it could hunt the Reds in the game.

However, Liverpool are hoping to go beyond last season’s experience having reached the finals last season, losing to Spanish side Real Madrid in the encounter.

The Reds boss Jurgen Klopp is hopeful he has broken the deadlock by winning at least, a silverware this season knowing that he has not won any in his last three years in charge at the club which is gradually raising concerns for the team.

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Gonzalo Higuain to Chelsea?

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West London outfit Chelsea boss Maurizio Sarri is still keen on the signature of AC Milan striker Gonzalo Higuain in the winter transfer window which reopens in coming weeks.

It has been reported that the Italian boss had made enquiry of the Argentine international from the San Siro in a bid to unite with him again at the Stamford Bridge.

Both Sarri and Gonzalo Higuain had worked together at Italian Serie A side Napoli where they both had successful spell and enjoyed a good working relationship.

However, latest reports claim that the former Napoli boss has officially told the Chelsea management that he wants to have the Milan striker to his side in the second stanza of the season.

The Chelsea boss also noted to the board that his strikers have been lacking in goal scoring form and it could hurt the team in the second half of the season which starts in January.

Although Gonzalo Higuain has not lived up to expectation since joining AC Milan, Sarri is still positive that there can be a repeat of his success at Napoli in the Stanford Bridge.

Meanwhile, the West London side are fourth place in the league title and will hope to keep the press with a more robust squad so as to qualify to the Champions League next season.

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Arsenal Second Favourites To Sign 23-year-old Attacking Midfielder

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Adrien Rabiot

North London giants Arsenal are second favourites to sign wantaway Paris Saint Germain (PSG) midfielder Adrien Rabiot behind Spanish La Liga champions Barcelona.

As per the report from football.london, SkyBet have made Barcelona the overwhelming favourites to sign French international player Rabiot at 4/1 ahead of Arsenal (7/1), Liverpool (12/1) and Chelsea (14/1).

Rabiot, 23, was previously linked with a transfer to the Premier League in the summer when he had a year left on his current PSG contract.

The PSG midfielder can begin to talk to foreign clubs about a potential free transfer move as from the start of the New Year with six months left on his contract at the club.

The French champions have tried to tie Adrien Rabiot down to a new contract on several occasions but the player has already informed the club that he wants to leave the capital club on a free transfer this summer.

Addressing the Adrien Rabiot situation during an interview with Yahoo Sport, PSG sporting director Antero Henrique revealed that the player will be frozen out of the team due to the stance he has taken.

The young French midfielder has already found the back of the net on two occasions this season in 21 PSG appearances in all competitions.

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Liverpool now ready to revive interest in La Liga defender

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English Premier League giants Liverpool are reported to be ready to revive their interest in Spanish defender Diego Llorente in the winter transfer window which reopens in coming weeks.

The Reds have been linked with the Real Sociedad star defender for a while but no deal fell through but they could be willing to strike a deal as they hope to maintain the lead in the race for the English Premier League title.

Reports claim that the Merseyside club have already sent in scouts to Spanish to have an assessment of the player before the last international break and Liverpool are believed to be satisfied with the reports from the scouts.

However, Liverpool are not alone in the chase of Diego Llorente as Noth London trio West Ham United, Fulham and Tottenham are all seeking his signature.

The 25-year-old has got his contract running with the Spanish La Liga side until 2022 and he could be allowed to leave before them should his suitors be willing to pay his £44.2 million release clause.

Meanwhile, the Liverpool side have got a solid attacking force with Mohamed Salah, Sadio Mane and Roberto Firmino but they seek more options and competition for them all.

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West Ham Emerge Frontrunners For 22-Year-Old Man United Midfielder

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East London giants West Ham United have emerged as frontrunners for wantaway midfielder Andreas Pereira.

Readwestham claim that the Hammers are ahead of other interested clubs like Arsenal and Chelsea in the race to sign the Belgian-born Brazilian player.

Andreas Pereira has been on the outskirts of the Manchester United team this season on his return from a loan spell at Spanish La Liga giants Valencia.

Los Che are also interested in the young Brazilian midfielder who could be available on loan or at a cut-price deal.

Andreas Pereira has six months remaining on his current Red Devils contract and the player is reluctant to sign a new deal unless he can be guaranteed regular first team football.

Manchester United can activate the extra year clause in his contract thus taking him to the end of the 2019/20 season.

Andreas Pereira started the season in the Red Devils starting XI.

He was in the starting lineup for the Premier League games against Leicester City (2-1) and Brighton and Hove Albion (2-3).

Andreas Pereira lost his place in the Manchester United XI shortly after the defeat against the Seagulls.

He has been able to play just six times for Manchester United in the new campaign.

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Real Madrid Favourites To Sign Arsenal Midfielder

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European champions Real Madrid have emerged as favourites to sign Arsenal midfielder Lucas Torreira.

The Uruguayan international player was linked with a move to the Los Merengues last weekend.

Lucas Torreira recently featured prominently for Uruguay at this summer’s FIFA World Cup tournament in Russia.

The 22-year-old was part of the Uruguay team that reached the quarterfinals at the tournament before they were knocked out by France who won a second World Cup title in Russia.

Bookmakers say that Champions League holders Real Madrid are favourites to sign Lucas Torreira.

According to Alex Apati of Ladbrokes via the Daily Star, Real Madrid are at the odds of 7/4 to sign him ahead of arch-rivals Barcelona (3/1) and Premier League champions Manchester City (10/3).

Lucas Torreira has been in sensational form for Arsenal since he signed for the club in the summer.

The Gunners agreed to a transfer fee of around £26m with Italian Serie A side Sampdoria for the petite midfielder and it’s to be paid in three instalments.

He was an integral part of the Arsenal side that went through 22 games in all competitions without suffering a single defeat.

The run came to an end at the weekend following the 3-2 defeat at the hands of Southampton at the weekend.

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Man United Eyeing £20m-rated Galatasaray Defender

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Three-time European champions Manchester United are monitoring the progress of highly rated Galatasaray defender Ozan Kabak.

The Daily Mail claim that the Red Devils could make a move for the young defender when the winter transfer window reopens at the start of the New Year.

Ozan Kabak is one of the emerging young prospects in Turkish football.

The 18-year-old made his debut for the Turkish giants earlier this year and he has been a regular fixture of the Galatasaray team under experienced manager Fatih Terim.

Manchester United are not the only club interested in Ozan Kabak.

City rivals and Premier League champions Manchester City and the Italian Serie A duo of AS Roma and Inter Milan.

The player is rated at around £20m by the club though he has a £6.7m release clause in his current deal with Galatasaray.

Ozan Kabak is yet to play one season at the highest level but the teenager has been earning rave reviews for his impressive showings in the colours of Galatasaray.

He could be a very good defensive signing to boost an ailing Manchester United squad.

The Red Devils’ defence has been in shambles this season following 29 goals conceded in just 17 Premier League games.

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Guardiola Keen To Sign 26-Year-Old Arsenal-Linked Player

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Manchester City have made contact with Real Madrid midfielder Isco Alarcon in the bid to sign him.

According to the publication from Spanish media portal AS via Talksport, Manchester City manager Pep Guardiola wants to sign Isco who has fallen out of favour with Real Madrid manager Santiago Solari.

Isco has battled with a lack of game time at the Estadio Santiago Bernebeu since Argentine tactician Solari became manager.

Arsenal have been heavily linked with the 26-year-old since new manager Unai Emery took charge in the summer.

Unai Emery is aware of the quality possessed by the Spanish international player during his time in La Liga with clubs like Valencia and Sevilla.

He was recently part of the Spanish national team that failed to impress at this summer’s FIFA World Cup tournament in Russia.

Isco and Spain were eliminated in the first knockout stage of the tournament by the host nation.

Russia defeated Spain on penalties in their last 16 clash after both sides had played 1-1 at the end of regulation time and extra time.

Isco has failed to live up to the expectations of many Real Madrid fans who believed that he could step up in place of former talisman Ronaldo.

Cristiano Ronaldo left Real Madrid for Juventus this summer in a deal worth an initial fee of €100m.

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Man United Transfer Target Shuts Down Ajax Exit Rumours

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Highly rated Ajax Amsterdam defender Matthijs De Ligt has dismissed transfer rumours linking him with an exit from his club when the January transfer window reopens in the next fortnight.

De Ligt shut down those exit rumours in his recent interview monitored by theweek.

The 19-year-old was speaking after he was named the most promising under-21 player on the European football scene on Monday.

Dutch international centre back Matthijs is regarded as one of the hottest properties in Europe.

The aforementioned transfer rumours had linked him with European heavyweights such as Manchester United and Spanish La Liga champions Barcelona.

Nou Camp outfit Barcelona are said to be keen on a move for him as a long-term replacement for Gerard Pique.

Recently retired Spanish international defender Pique is entering the twilight of his career and Barcelona see De Ligt as a quality replacement for him.

Manchester United are in need of defensive reinforcements following their disappointing start to this season defensively and the acquisition of Matthijs De Ligt would go a long way to improve the Red Devils’ ailing defence.

Manchester United have kept just two clean sheets in the Premier League this season and also conceded 29 goals this season (after 17 games) which is more than the 28 goals conceded last season.

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Man United Say No To Big Bid For Midfielder

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Premier League giants Manchester United are reportedly keen to hang on to the services of their prized asset when the transfer window reopens in two weeks time.

The Daily Express claim that the Red Devils have already made a decision not to sell French midfielder Paul Pogba following a reported incoming bid of around £125m from Italian Serie A giants Juventus.

An earlier report from the Daily Star had revealed that Italian champions Juventus are eyeing a £125m bid for the talented midfielder.

The said transfer fee would have made him the fourth most expensive player on the world football stage behind the Paris Saint Germain (PSG) duo of Neymar and Kylian Mbappe as well as Barcelona playmaker Philippe Coutinho.

Pogba’s agent Mino Raiola is said to be negotiating his possible return to Italy after he became frustrated with life at Old Trafford.

The 25-year-old was involved in several bust-ups with Jose Mourinho before he was sacked as the Manchester United manager on Tuesday morning.

The Portuguese tactician stripped him of his duties as the Manchester United vice-captain and also dropped him from the starting XI for the last three games in the Premier League.

His last league start was the goalless draw with London club Crystal Palace at Old Trafford on Matchweek 14.

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