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Man United Turned Down £30m Transfer For Star Player

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Manchester United reportedly passed up the chance to sign Tottenham Hotspur defender Toby Alderweireld during the summer’s transfer window.

This revelation was made by Phil Brown via the Daily Star.

Phil Brown is the host of Beyond The Pitch podcast.

According to him, Manchester United didn’t take up the opportunity to sign Toby Alderweireld for just £30m.

The Belgian international player was one of the several centre-backs linked with the Red Devils during the summer.

Jose Mourinho publicly talked about his need for a new centre-back in the summer but he didn’t get his request.

Manchester United and Mourinho have suffered defensively this season without a new centre-back after conceding 24 goals in just 15 games in the Premier League.

The three-time European champions have been able to keep just two league clean sheets all season.

Apart from Toby Alderweireld, Manchester United were also linked with the likes of Diego Godin (Atletico Madrid and Uruguay), Jerome Boateng (Bayern Munich and Germany), Harry Maguire (Leicester City and England) and Milan Skriniar (Inter Milan and Slovakia).

Manchester United can still get Toby at the end of the current campaign.

The Belgian centre-back has a £25m release clause in his Tottenham Hotspur deal at the moment.

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Ex-Man Utd Star Deserves Champions League Chance – Teammate

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Crystal Palace defender Scott Dann is certain that teammate Wilfried Zaha deserves a shot at a Champions League club again.

Former Manchester United winger Zaha has made no secret of his desire to play Champions League football again after his experience at Manchester United.

English defender talked about Zaha in an interview with the London Evening Standard as he revealed that the Ivorian international player has the quality to play for a big club.

Zaha was formerly on the books of Manchester United whom he joined from Crystal Palace in January 2013.

The Ivorian winger was the last signing of the managerial era of legendary Manchester United manager Sir Alex Ferguson.

Wilfried Zaha didn’t impress during his time at Manchester United before joining Crystal Palace permanently in 2015.

He has been a key player for the Eagles since his return to Crystal Palace four years ago.

The winger could get a chance to impress again at Manchester United who are one of the clubs said to be interested in his services this summer.

Recenrt reports claim that both Tottenham Hotspur and Manchester United want to sign him.

Apart from the aforementioned Premier League clubs, French giants Paris Saint Germain (PSG) have also been liked with a £65m swoop for Zaha.

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Why Liverpool legends are confident this season

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There is no doubt that the confidence in Merseyside outfit Liverpool is increasing as the day passes by with the manager Jurgen Klopp team as they have continued to win games with just three left to the end of the season.

The Reds team have got the ambition to win their first English Premier League title in 29 years and it is hoped that the current team under manager Jurgen Klopp will be able to achieve that.

However, Liverpool legend Ian Rush has opined that the team have been better collectively, as he tipped them to secure the league title this season.

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According to him, individuals only win games but a team wins a title and that is being achieved by the collectivity in the team which is better than individuality.

He noted that what his former side needed to do is to continue winning and they will smile home at the end of the season because they have got it in their hands.

However, he hailed manager Jurgen Klopp for doing a good job of bringing the team together, noting that it is a major contribution that has helped the team with the successes so far.

Meanwhile, a win for Liverpool will mean winning their first Premier League title in 29 years.

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Arsenal Need A Summer Clearout – Club Legend

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Former Arsenal midfielder Ray Parlour has revealed that the Gunners need a transfer overhaul ahead of this summer’s transfer window.

The Arsenal legend talked about his former club and transfers while he was doing his punditry work with British radio TalkSport.

According to him, Manchester United are not the only major Premier League club in need of transfer revamp.

Ray Parlour said that Arsenal also need to rebuild their squad when this summer’s transfer window comes calling.

Arsenal suffered their first home league defeat of the season since the opening day of this Premier League campaign at the weekend.

The Gunners were beaten 3-2 by South London club Crystal Palace and the defeat was significant in the push for a top-four spot at the end of the season.

The defeat raised a lot of questions about the strength of the players outside the Arsenal first team.

Players like Mohamed ElNeny, Shkrodan Mustafi, Kostantinos Mavropanos and Carl Jenkinson were found wanting during the Crystal Palace game.

Crystal Palace striker Christian Benteke gave his team a first half lead before Gunners playmaker Mesut Ozil equalised for the home side very early in the second half.

Wilfried Zaha and James McArthur added a second and third goal for the visitors before Pierre-Emerick Aubameyang pulled one back for Arsenal in the last 13 minutes to setup a grandstand finish but Crystal Palace held on for the maximum points.

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Man Utd Draw Up Three-man Right-back Transfer Shortlist

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Premier League giants Manchester United have drawn up a three-man transfer shortlist ahead of this summer’s transfer window according to reports emanating from the media in the United Kingdom

Manchester United manager Ole Gunnar Solskjaer has always talked about the need to strengthen his squad this summer.

According to the specific report from the Independent, Manchester United have made the signing of a new right-back one of their priorities for this summer’s transfer window.

It was also revealed that they have shortlisted three players for the role.

The said players include Thomas Meunier of French Ligue 1 champions Paris Saint Germain (PSG), Aaron Wan-Bissaka of South London club Crystal Palace and Kieran Trippier of North London giants Tottenham Hotspur.

Manchester United are keen to replace Antonio Valencia who has battled with form and fitness this season.

England international Ashley Young has deputised for Antonio Valencia but the former Watford and Aston Villa player has been found wanting on several occasions.

Ashley Young was dropped for the league game against Merseyside giants Everton at the weekend as Manchester United produced their worst performance of the season.

Everton handed out a 4-0 thrashing to Manchester United to boost their chances of finishing in the top seven at the end of this Premier League season.

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Virgil sends strong message to Man United

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Wednesday is expected to produce one of most interesting derbies in the English Premier League as Man United and Man City are expected to clash.

More to the derby is the fact that they both have things to battle for as Man City must win to be able to land the Premier League title with a point clear above Liverpool while United seek a win to be able to stand the chance of a top-four qualification, especially after suffering a 4-0 humiliation in the hands of Merseyside outfit Everton earlier at the weekend.

However, Liverpool will also be affected by the result of the game as they currently sit top in the Premier League table with two points above Man City.

Should the Red Devils see a win in the Wednesday clash against Man City, Liverpool will stand the chance of lifting the Premier League title this season while the Red Devil’s hope of securing a top-four finish would be redeemed.

Liverpool defender, Virgil Van Dijk has admitted that his team will seek United to win the game but more importantly, the Red Devils will also benefit.

Virgil Van Dijk therefore told Man United to help themselves by winning the highly anticipated game by football fans

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Happy Klopp speaks on 61-goal trio

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Manager Jurgen Klopp has hailed his three forwards Mohamed Salah, Sadio Mane and Roberto Firmino for scoring 61 goals put together this season.

He admitted that the fine form and quality of the three players have helped his side push for the league title and hope on the Champions League title at the end of the season.

The Reds team are currently in the semi-finals of the Champions League and they are expecting to clash against Barcelona later next month while they are still in contention for the English Premier League title as they are sitting top in the league table.

Jurgen Klopp added that the three players are yet to slow down in their feats this season, stressing that they still have the creativity and the speed to help out in decisive moments.

However, the Merseyside outfit will hope that Man United are able to defeat Man City later on Wednesday so that their bid to win the league title would be boosted with just three games left.

The Reds team have not won a domestic league title in 29 years and they are desperate to break the deadlock with manager Jurgen Klopp also keen to win his first title as Liverpool boss.

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Liverpool vs Barcelona: Mourinho makes big claim

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Former Man United is not keeping mute on the big semi-final clashes in the UEFA Champions League this season as he makes a big claim on the expected clash between the English Premier League side Liverpool and Spanish La Liga outfit Barcelona later in May.

Liverpool were able to book the clash against Barcelona after defeating Porto while Man United were defeated by the Spanish giants.

A win for the Reds team will mean they will be playing in the finals for the second consecutive year and that remains the target of the club ahead of the game.

However, former Red Devils boss predicts that the Reds team have a 50% chance of playing in the finals because they also have a very strong squad.

Jose Mourinho, in his analysis stated that the Jurgen Klopp team are better than they were last season but noted that they will have to tackle the threat by Argentina international Lionel Messi as Barcelona without him makes Liverpool the favourites.

However, the Reds team have got the ambition of winning the double as they are also in the race for the Premier League title win against defending champions Man City which would be the first title won by manager Jurgen Klopp since he joined Liverpool.

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Sarri gives the biggest shock in Champions League claim

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There are already insinuations that West London outfit Chelsea boss Maurizio Sarri does not give a damn about qualification to the Champions League next season after a claim attributed to him.

The Italian boss has always been confirmed with the issue of securing qualification to the Champions League and that seems to be pissing him up as he claimed that there is no big deal about playing in the European biggest competition.

According to Maurizio Sarri, the Champions League is being overrated by journalists as they keep talking about it.

He noted that his major aim is playing good football and winning the English Premier League title as well as the Europa League, stressing that the attention must not all be on the Champions League, adding that people give the competition too much importance

However, Maurizio Sarri is still keen to have his team finish in the top-four as he noted that he has his attention on the remaining Premier League games which he claimed would be very difficult.

Meanwhile, the mandate given to the former Napoli boss is to secure qualification to the Champions League ahead of the coming season and that is yet to be done with competition from Arsenal, Tottenham and Man United.

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Klopp takes swipe at Man United

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Liverpool boss Jurgen Klopp has taken a swipe on Man United as they prepare for their Manchester derby against City later on Wednesday.,

The Reds team delivered a 2-0 win against Cardiff on Sunday to return top in the Premier League table ahead of Man City with two points clear.

It has been suggested that the Red Devils could help the Reds team by defeating Man City so as to give them an easy landing for the Premier League title but that has been dismissed by the German boss.

Jurgen Klopp made this known after the Red Devils were defeated 4-0 by their Merseyside rivals Everton on Sunday.

According to him, the Man United team are also helpless and from what has been displayed against Everton, there are no chances that they will be able to see past City on Wednesday.

While noting that he will wait until Wednesday to know what the outcome of the game would be, his team will be focused on winning their next game and think less about Man City and Man United.

However, Jurgen Klopp is looking forward to winning his first title as Liverpool boss for about three seasons at the club and the team also hope to end their 29-year English Premier League title drought.

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Nice president challenges Sarri for Giroud

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French Ligue 1 outfit Nice president Gauthier Ganaye has challenged Chelsea boss Maurizio Sarri over the future of Olivier Giroud at the Stamford Bridge.

Olivier Giroud has been linked away from the West London outfit over lack of playing time with reports claiming that he would be leaving as soon as the season is over.

However, manager Maurizio Sarri recently stated that an agreement has been reached between the club and the former Arsenal striker for him to remain at the club, insisting that Olivier Giroud will be at Chelsea next season.

This has been challenged by Nice president who claims that a move is possible because his club are already considering a move for the World Cup winner at the end of the season.

The Nice President noted that Olivier Giroud’s contract with the Blues is already expiring at the end of the season while no agreement has been reached. He added that his club are aware that his salary wills e huge but they are ready to meet with that.

However, Olivier Giroud has been criticized for not scoring goals for Chelsea as he has been blamed for the lack of cutting edge in the team but the club have insisted on keeping him ahead of coming season.

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