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Benitez Backs Man United Transfer Target For Big PL Move

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Kalidou Koulibaly

Newcastle United manager Rafael Benitez has thrown his weight behind Napoli defender Kalidou Koulibaly who has consistently been linked with a transfer to the Premier League.

Chelsea and Manchester United are the two Premier League clubs keen on a move for the 27-year-old.

Benitez spoke about Kalidou Koulibaly in a chat with reporters via the Daily Express.

The Newcastle United boss backed the Senegalese international centre back to be an instant hit in the Premier League in the event that he completes the much publicised transfer to the English top flight.

Kalidou Koulibaly played for Rafael Benitez while he was the manager of Italian Serie A giants Napoli.

Manchester United have emerged as slight favourites for the former Genk defender ahead of rivals Chelsea.

The Blues had been favourites in the summer when Maurizio Sarri replaced Antonio Conte as the Chelsea manager.

Many football stakeholders expected Koulibaly to follow in the footsteps of former teammates Jorginho.

The Italian swapped Napoli for Chelsea alongside Maurizio Sarri.

Manchester United have already had a £77m bid rejected for Kalidou Koulibaly according to various reports from the British media.

It was further revealed that it would take a world record bid for a defender to secure his signing from Napoli.

Manchester United will have to spend at least £90m on him.

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Chelsea keen on Heerenveen winger

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English Premier League outfit Chelsea are reported to be monitoring Heerenveen winger Arber Zeneli and could make a move for him before this January winter transfer window comes to an end.

Arber Zeneli will be out of contract with his club in June which makes him available this winter with no talks of a new deal on the table for him at the moment.

Should Heerenveen refuse to have the Kosovo international, 23 leave before the end of this month, they risk the chance of losing him for free at the end of the season with the keen interest coming from the West London side for him.

The West London side are on the verge of losing their star player and Belgium international Eden Hazard which makes Arber Zeneli a good fit knowing that he has got age on his side and has shown good prospect.

However, the Blues are reportedly preparing scouts to send to watch his game against Ajax this weekend so as to make a final decision on him.

The Blues will face a number of competitions from English Premier League sides as they are all keen to land the player as well.

Suggestions are that Arber Zeneli will not hesitate to jump into an offer from the West London side when it is finally tabled.

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Liverpool tie Robertson with new deal

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English Preemie League leaders Liverpool have been able to convince star defender Andy Robertson into committing his future with the club as they had him a five-year contract extension.

Liverpool had made a lot of effort before succeeding in convincing the Scotland national team skipper who arrived from Hull City for a fee of £8 million.

Andy Robertson is the latest to commit his future to the club after the likes of Mohamed Salah, Sadio Mane, Roberto Firmino and Joe Gomez.

The player has expressed his delight at committing his future to the Mersey side club as he hopes to achieve greatness under the German boss Jurgen Klopp.

Andy Robertson made it clear that the club is in need of trophies as he hopes the wait is over for them especially with the team’s current form and unbeaten run in the English Premier League.

However, the Reds are keen on a title win this season knowing that the former Borussia Dortmund boss has not won any title since joining the club some three years back.

Efforts to break the deadlock last season failed as he was defeated n the Champions League finals against Real Madrid as well as finish second behind Man City in the League.

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Aaron Ramsey To Earn £300,000 At Juventus

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Arsenal midfielder Aaron Ramsey is one of the highest paid British footballers on the world football stage after he signed a contract with Italian Serie A giants Juventus.

Three-time European champions Manchester United were keen on signing Aaron Ramsey on a free transfer before the Red Devils lost out on the race to sign the Welsh international star to the Italians.

According to the report from trusted English news portal The Times, Aaron Ramsey will be paid £300,000 per week at Juventus after signing a pre-contract agreement to join them at the end of his Arsenal contract in the summer.

Welshman Ramsey will team up with his new teammates at the Juventus Stadium upon the expiration of his Arsenal contract at the end of this season.

Apart from Manchester United, other clubs were also interested in the former Cardiff City player.

German champions Bayern Munich, Italian Serie A giants Inter Milan and Chelsea were also keen to sign Aaron Ramsey.

He has six months left on his Arsenal contract and can start free transfer talks with clubs outside England.

Various media reports claim that an official announcement on his free transfer move to Juventus will be made next month having already done his medical with the club.

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Arsenal Eyeing Move For Dutch Eredivisie Star Lozano

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Arsenal are reportedly plotting a transfer for highly rated PSV Eindhoven star Hirving Lozano.

According to the publication from Italian media outlet Tuttomercatoweb, the Gunners are stepping up their interest in the Mexican international.

Arsenal have joined other clubs in expressing their interest in him.

The Gunners have already confirmed that they can only sign players on loan in the current January transfer window but that has not stopped the club from identifying possible signings including Hirving Lozano.

Mexican attacker Lozano has been one of the standout performers in the Dutch Eredivisie over the past two seasons.

He has also been attracting the interest of major European heavyweights like Chelsea and Spanish champions Barcelona though Italian Serie A giants Napoli are believed to be in pole position for him.

Napoli manager Carlo Ancelotti is a big admirer of the player with reports claiming that the Italians have already held talks with his agent Mino Raiola.

Dutch champions PSV Eindhoven have already slapped a €40m (£35m) asking price on Hirving Lozano which is a significant increase on the transfer fee required to sign him shortly after last summer’s FIFA World Cup tournament in Russia.

PSV had earlier slapped a €30m (£26m) asking price on him.

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Man United Fail In Bid To Offload Marcos Rojo Three Times

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It has been revealed that Manchester United tried to offload one of their defenders on three occasions but failed to achieve their aim.

According to the Manchester Evening News, the Red Devils have tried to sell Marcos Rojo three times.

Argentine international defender Rojo was one of the players signed under the managerial reign of Dutchman Louis Van Gaal (LVG).

Rojo joined Manchester United from Portuguese Super League giants Sporting Lisbon in 2014.

Manchester United first tried to offload him in 2015 and then in 2016 following the £30m signing of Ivorian international Eric Bailly from Spanish La Liga outfit Villarreal in the summer of that year.

The Red Devils tried to get Marcos Rojo off their payroll last year with fellow Premier League side Everton interested in him but his weekly wages proved to be a major stumbling block to a possible move.

Marcos Rojo is one of several Manchester United players with just few months left on their respective contracts and it’s almost certain that the Argentine won’t be offered a new deal that will see him stay at the club beyond this summer.

Club captain Antonio Valencia, Ashley Young, Andreas Pereira, Juan Manuel Mata, and Ander Herrera also have less than six months left on their contracts at Old Trafford.

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Man United In Three-Way Battle For Premier League Right-back

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Three-time European champions Manchester United are in a three-way battle in their quest to sign one of the young prospects on the Premier League scene.

The Daily Mirror claim that the Red Devils have to battle with rivals Manchester City and Chelsea for Crystal Palace right-back Aaron Wan-Bissaka.

It was revealed that the three clubs have been scouting the young England defender.

The 21-year-old has been in sensational form for the Eagles in what’s his breakthrough season in the colours of the South London club.

Aaron Wan-Bissaka has played all but one of the Eagles’ Premier League games this season and that was because of suspension.

Wan-Bissaka has replaced Joel Ward as the first choice right-back at Crystal Palace.

Manchester United will have to fend off the interest of both Manchester City and Chelsea for Aaron Wan-Bissaka.

The Red Devils want to improve their squad on the defensive front in the wake of a very poor defensive record this season.

Manchester United have conceded 32 goals alone this season in 22 league games this term in addition to just four clean sheets all season.

The Red Devils defence was back to the best at the weekend after they kept a rare clean sheet in the 1-0 away win over top four rivals Tottenham Hotspur.

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Inter Milan To Offer Man United Transfer Target A New Contract

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Manchester United have been dealt a big blow in the bid to sign highly rated Inter Milan centre back Milan Skriniar following the news that his club will sit down with his representatives over a new deal next month.

Milan Skriniar plays his club football with Italian Serie A giants Inter Milan at the moment.

The 23-year-old has been a key player for Inter Milan since he joined the Nerazzurri from fellow Italian top flight side Sampdoria at the start of last season in a deal worth £20m.

The Slovakian international defender is widely regarded as one of the best centre backs on the Italian football scene alongside the likes of Napoli centre back Kalidou Koulibaly and Juventus star Giorgio Chiellini.

His Inter Milan form has been attracting the interests of two major European clubs namely Manchester United and Barcelona.

Spanish La Liga champions Barcelona have already turned their attention to Ajax Amsterdam defender Matthijs De Ligt thus giving the Red Devils a free run at Milan Skriniar.

The Slovakian centre back would certainly add defensive solidity to the Manchester United team but a transfer is a long way off with the player contracted to Inter Milan until the end of the 2021/22 season.

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Niko Kovac Dismisses Exit Rumours For Arsenal Target

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Bayern Munich manager Niko Kovac has dismissed exit rumors hovering over midfielder James Rodriguez.

The Colombian international playmaker has been linked with an exit from the German club whom he joined at the start of last season.

James Rodriguez signed for the Bavarian giants from European champions Real Madrid on a two-year loan deal after Bayern paid £11.5m for him with the option to make it permanent for around £37m.

James Rodriguez has not had the same impact as last season in this new campaign amidst reports that he has fallen out of favour with Niko Kovac.

The Croatian tactician spoke about James Rodriguez ahead of his side’s Bundesliga clash with TSG Hoffenheim at the weekend.

Niko Kovac revealed that the Colombian national team talisman wants to stay at the Allianz Arena just like the player said during a recent event.

This is certainly not what Arsenal fans want to hear with the Gunners faithful crying out for senior club officials to reinforce the squad with new signings.

The Gunners have been touted as a potential destination for James Rodriguez with reports claiming that Arsenal can sign him for the remainder of his Bayern Munich loan deal for just £3m.

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Everton In Bid To Re-sign Man United Midfielder

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Merseyside giants Everton have been linked with a move for Manchester United midfielder Marouane Fellaini with the Toffees keen to sign the Belgian international star during the ongoing January transfer window.

The Daily Mirror has revealed that Manchester United are ready to listen to offers for Marouane Fellaini who has been on the fringes of the Manchester United team since Norwegian tactician Ole Gunnar Solskjaer took charge of the Red Devils first team.

Solskjaer was named the interim manager at Old Trafford in December in the wake of the dismissal of Jose Mourinho.

The former Chelsea and Manchester United manager lost his job last month after an underwhelming start to this season.

Fellaini was a regular fixture in the Manchester United first team under Jose Mourinho but he has lost his place since Solskjaer came into the picture at the club.

Without Marouane Fellaini, Manchester United have won the last six games in all competitions under the guidance of Solskjaer.

Fellaini played in just one of those games as he came on as a second half substitute in the 2-0 home win over Championship side Reading in their FA Cup third round clash.

Fellaini signed for Manchester United in the summer of 2013 from Everton.

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Man United Made To Wait Until Summer To Sign Italy-based Winger

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Premier League giants Manchester United might need to wait till the summer before they can sign Juventus winger Douglas Costa.

This is according to the publication from Italian media portal Calciomercato.

Douglas Costa has been linked with a move to Manchester United with earlier reports claiming that the Red Devils will sign the Brazilian international star in a £36m deal this month.

Those reports proved to be wide off the mark.

The aforementioned publication revealed that Italian Serie A giants Juventus don’t have an intention of sanctioning an exit for the former Shakhtar Donetsk winger in the current January transfer window.

Douglas Costa initially joined Juventus from German Bundesliga giants Bayern Munich on a temporary deal at the start of last season.

He signed for the Old Lady on a season-long deal and impressed a great deal during the loan contract before the transfer was made permanent last summer in a £44m deal.

Douglas Costa has not had the same impact in this campaign like what was obtainable in the black and white of Juventus last season.

He could be a direct replacement for Manchester United flop Alexis Sanchez who has not been able to reproduce his good Arsenal form at Old Trafford since he left the Gunners in January 2018.

 

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