Merseyside club Everton are back in the hunt for Three Lions of England defender Chris Smalling ahead of the upcoming transfer window in the New Year.
Smalling currently plays his club football for Premier League heavyweights Manchester United.
According to the publication from popular English media outlet The Sun, Everton are interested in signing the 28-year-old centre back on a free transfer at the end of this campaign.
Chris Smalling has less than a year on his current deal with the Red Devils meaning that the Englishman would become a free agent next summer.
Manchester United, however, have the option to extend his Red Devils contract by an additional year until the end of the 2019/20 season.
The aforementioned report claimed that Everton would be looking to sign him on a free transfer at the end of this season or in January if Manchester United decide to give him an additional year.
The Toffees already have long-term centre-back options like Michael Keane and summer signing Yerry Mina but there are doubts over the duo of Kurt Zouma and Phil Jagielka.
Zouma is likely to go back to parent club Chelsea at the end of his season-long loan deal, while Jagielka is almost certain to leave at the end of the season.
New Bruno Fernandes already found at Man United
Man United have been all agog with the presence of Portuguese star Bruno Fernandes has he has come in to deliver good performances on the pitch for the club.
The Red Devils secured the services of the midfielder from Sporting Lisbon and there has not been any regret as he has become a force in the team, scoring goals and delivering assists. More to the results he has helped to improve is the fact that he has brought out the best of controversial France international Paul Pogba, as well as helping him to settle at the club.
However, Man United fans have reasons to be happy as they might have gotten a new Bruno Fernandes in the club with like-performance and quality.
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Hannibal Mejbri is the young 17-year-old that has been tipped to step into the shoes of Bruno Fernandes in no time. He joined the Red Devils academy from French Ligue 1 outfit Monaco just 12 months ago and has attracted a lot of attention with his performances.
The analysis rates him as the sixth on the ranking of midfielders at the Old Trafford, starting from the senior team which makes him closer to working with manager Ole Gunnar Solskjaer.
Hannibal Mejbri will continue his progress with Man United and will continue to learn from the Portuguese international.
Chelsea fans won’t like this as Kante’s Stamford Bridge career might be over
Emerging reports claim that France international N’Golo Kante is a surprise name on the list of expected exits as he might be sold by the West London outfit Chelsea in this summer transfer window.
The reports claim that the World Cup winner could be sold to accommodate Kai Havertz from German Bundesliga club Bayer Leverkusen ahead of the summer transfer window.
The asking price for Kai Havertz is around the region of £90 million and that looks too high for the Blues and they are imploring all options to make a deal happen, the reason why they could cash in on the former Leicester City midfielder to sanction a deal.
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N’Golo Kante has not been a regular under the manager Frank Lampard reigns and his current fate at the club started with the reigns of former manager Maurizio Sarri who brought in Jorginho from Napoli to take up the midfield role.
Chelsea have already spend heavily to bring in Timo Werner and Hakim Ziyech ahead of the coming season with expectations that Kai Havertz will help to balance the team.
This, therefore, means that N’Golo Kante could be shown the way out with Spanish La Liga giants Real Madrid reported to be interested in his signature.
Arsenal in major contest to keep talented midfielder
English Premier League club Arsenal will face a major challenge to keep Dani Ceballos at the Emirates Stadium for a permanent deal.
The Spanish international has been with the North London outfit for the past 12 months on loan and with the contract set to run out at the end of the season, manager Mikel Arteta seeks to work with him on a permanent basis, having fallen in love with the player’s quality.
Before now, Dani Ceballos barely get a role in the team because of his injuries but he seems to be forming a major part of the team, especially now that German international Mesut Ozil has not been in the team since the restart of the EPL.
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However, Arsenal will face a major challenge from Spanish La Liga club Real Betis as they are reported to be in contact with Ceballos for a return to the club, knowing that he started his football career with the outfit.
It is unlikely that Real Madrid will be in need of Dani Ceballos anymore, reasons why he is readily available but will be making a choice for the club with the brightest prospect and opportunity to play regularly.
There is no doubt that both Arsenal and Real Betis are willing to hand the player the opportunity of a regular football but the choice will be left for Dani to make.
Transfer: No more hope for Liverpool on this big player
One of Liverpool’s targets in this coming summer transfer window is midfield star Thiago Alcantara from the German Bundesliga giants Bayern Munich.
Thiago Alcantara is also happy with the prospect of joining the current English Premier League champions but that will not happen if manager Jurgen Klopp does not clear his midfield to create space for the 29-year-old.
It is reported that funds are not readily available to the German boss to make some deals; hence, he will have to make some sales to be able to cash in on the player.
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However, commentators argue that manager Jurgen Klopp is unwilling to part ways with his midfield options, Naby Keita and Curtis Jones which stops the opportunity for Thiago Alcantara to join the club.
Meanwhile, this might be good news for Italian giants Juventus and English Premier League club Man City as they are also keen on the player.
It is now unclear if Thiago Alcantara will seek a move to any rather Juventus or Man City as he already has his heart at Anfield but that will depend on future developments.
The development on Thiago Alcantara could just end his dream move to Liverpool with the club hierarchy only hoping to snap up their defensive targets to help strengthen the squad for a new challenge next season.
Is Kieran Tierney toeing the steps of Matteo Guendouzi
Emerging reports from the Emirates Stadium hints that new Arsenal recruit Kieran Tierney is already drawing bad blood from his Gunners teammates as a result of his aggressiveness in training, a development that could cost him his place in the team.
Kieran Tierney joined Arsenal from Celtic with a fee if £25 million and already being loved by both the fans and the manager because of his impressive performance at the let-back.
It is now being reported by ESPN that the attitude of the former Celtic man is unacceptable by some of the players who are already making complaints.
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It is feared that Kieran Tierney could be making the same mistake made by Matteo Guendouzi who is now out of the team after being asked by manager Mikel Arteta to train alone due to attitude.
Although, Arteta has been full of praise of the left full-back as well as former Arsenal and Chelsea defender Ashley Cole who both hail Kieran Tierney as a good addition to the team, in addition to helping to build an attack in games.
The North London outfit fans will only hope that Kieran Tierney’s attitude will not escalate to that of Guendouzi to avoid losing his place in the team, knowing his contribution since he joined.
Lampard to spoil Juventus party ahead of summer window
If the claim credited to Chelsea boss, Frank Lampard is anything to go by, Italian international Jorginho will not be leaving the Stamford Bridge this summer transfer window despite speculations.
Jorginho has not been a part of the Frank Lampard team since the restart of the league as the Chelsea legend has his attention on a younger squad that has been working for him. He was only handed 10 minutes of play from the bench against Crystal Palace, making speculations of Juventus’ interest in the midfielder to come alive with manager Maurizio Sarri reported to be keen on a reunion with his former player.
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However, Lampard has not viewed the situation in the same light after claiming that Jorginho is an important player in the West London outfit, hinting that he would be staying ahead of the summer window.
Giving reasons why he has not been playing Jorginho, Lampard claims to be having selection issues, citing N’Golo Kante, Mateo Kovacic, and Gilmour as other options available for selection. He added that Mason Mount, Ross Barkley, and Ruben Loftus-Cheek are other options in the advanced role at the midfield which makes playing time for Jorginho difficult.
Juventus will be left disappointed if Jorginho fails to make a move as he is already in next season’s plan for manager Maurizio Sarri.
This Liverpool summer transfer target almost a done deal
There are suggestions that Liverpool summer transfer interest in Italian Serie A outfit Napoli defender, Kalidou Koulibaly is almost a done deal.
This is after reports claim that the Serie A club are willing to take a reduction in the asking price of £100 million for the defender. According to the latest report, Napoli are now willing to accept within the region of £60- £70 million for the defender.
The 29-year-old has been tipped to form a great partnership with Liverpool defender Virgil Van Dijk who also came in on a big-money deal from English Premier League outfit Southampton in 2018. He has helped the Reds team to win the Champions League and now the premier League.
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Liverpool will now take this chance to snap up the player to continue the challenge ahead of the coming season after manager Jurgen Klopp claims he expected clubs like Man United and Chelsea to challenge more for the title, especially now that they are engaging with a number of deals in the summer transfer window.
It is also reported that the Reds are hoping to have smooth talks with the player on personal terms to have a deal completed as soon as the summer transfer window is opened.
Man United in advanced talks with biggest summer transfer target, not Sancho
Man United have been linked with a number of names ahead of the summer transfer window and with the latest reports, they are making progress with one of the biggest names.
It is claimed that the Red Devils are in advance talks with Federico Chiesa, according to Italian publication, Corriere Fiorentino. It is reported that Man United have agreed to pay a fee of £50 million to Viola to land their 22-year-old star in this summer transfer window.
The young lad has been impressive so far, scoring six goals and providing three assists for his team this term to make him get the attention he has from Europe.
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A major challenge is that Federico Chiesa is reportedly not sure if he should make a move away from Viola this term and he is considering all options before giving his nod to the deal.
Federico Chiesa seeks to be sure he would be handed a regular playing time in the manager Ole Gunnar Solskjaer team because he wants to represent his country in competitions and that will be a major criterion.
Meanwhile, Man United’s summer transfer deals are highly dependent on their qualification to the Champions League next season, according to claims already made by Ole Gunnar Solskjaer.