Manchester United have prioritised the need for a defensive reinforcement ahead of the upcoming transfer window scheduled to begin in a few weeks time.
One of the defensive transfer targets linked with Manchester United is Napoli defender Kalidou Koulibaly and the Senegalese international centre-back is open to the transfer according to transfer-talk.
Kalidou Koulibaly is widely regarded by many as one of the best centre-backs in world football.
He was part of the Senegal team that failed to advance beyond the group stage of this summer’s FIFA World Cup tournament in the European nation of Russia.
Koulibaly and Senegal were knocked out in Group H via their inferior disciplinary record to second-placed Japan.
The 27-year-old has grown to become a key player for Italian Serie A giants Napoli since he joined the club in the summer of 2014.
He has played under the managerial reign of Rafael Benitez, Maurizio Sarri and Carlo Ancelotti (present manager) at Napoli.
Manchester United and Chelsea are said to be in the hunt for the Senegalese centre-back but the Red Devils have jumped to the front of their rivals in the race to sign him.
The Red Devils had a £77m bid rejected for him with the Italian Serie A giants said to be holding out for £90m.
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English Premier League outfit Man United have been told to move in for Chelsea star N’Golo Kante in this summer transfer window.
The advice was given by Tony Cascarino who claims that the France international could be forced out of Chelsea if a huge bid is submitted for his signature.
It is widely believed that the former Leicester City midfielder is unhappy at Stamford Bridge as he was forced away from his natural defensive role by manager Maurizio Sarri to favour Jorginho.
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The speculation adds that N’Golo Kante was a shadow of himself as a result of the treatment by the former Napoli boss.
However, Man United have been told of the possibility of securing the signature of the World Cup winner if they are willing to pay big.
Tony Cascarino on Times column says the Red Devils are in need of quality players as well as a transformation of mentality.
He stressed that many of the players act like they do Man United a favour for playing at Old Trafford and that is not a good mentality going forward.
Meanwhile, manager Ole Gunnar Solskajer has made it clear that he would be flushing some players out of the club as they have not shown commitment to playing for the club
Paul Pogba now at Madrid’s mercy, deal facing major twist
It has been suggested that France international Paul Pogba is no longer confident of landing his dream move to Spanish La Liga outfit Real Madrid in this summer transfer window.
It is no longer a secret that Paul Pogba wants to leave Man United to be with Real Madrid after claiming that he wishes to play under manager Zinedine Zidane.
The French boss has also made him a top target but there have been itches over negotiations between the two parties involved.
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While the World Cup winner is demanding for an ambiguous weekly wage that Real Madrid are not willing to pay, the Spanish giants are also refusing to budge on their valuation of No.1 transfer target Paul Pogba.
This is reported to have placed the World Cup winner under undue pressure as there are fears that he will remain at Old Trafford if a deal fails to fall through.
However, the former club of the star midfielder Juventus remains another option as he is also being wanted at the club for a return.
Juventus are keen to work with the star player as new manager Maurizio Sarri made it clear that he succeeded at the West London outfit with Eden Hazard; he can also succeed at Juventus with Paul Pogba.
Sources reveal details of Frank Lampard deal with Chelsea
It is no longer secret that Chelsea will be given their former player Frank Lampard the mandate to lead the team after Italian boss Maurizio Sarri left the club to join Italian Serie A outfit Juventus.
Maurizio Sarri only joined Chelsea last summer transfer window but he can no longer wait as he had a rough year with the Blues fans and the owner.
Frank Lampard has been tipped as favourite among other candidates and there are claims that he has already met with the club owner Roman Abramovich.
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While there is yet to be an official claim from either of the parties, sources in Italy are saying that the deal to make Frank Lampard the Chelsea manager is done.
Nicolo Schira from the Gazzetta also added that Frank Lampard will be signing a three-year deal with the club as he already has the backing of the billionaire owner.
However, Frank Lampard is expected to be joined by other former players as backroom staff and technical director.
Names mentioned are Didier Drogba, Petr Cech and Makalele to fill other vacant positions at the West Londo outfit.
The Frank Lampard era is expected to begin as early as possible if the words of the club owner is to be believed.
Klopp told why Matthijs de Ligt should not be the focus
Merseyside outfit Liverpool boss Jurgen Klopp has been told that he needs to reinforce his defence but Dutch international and Ajax Central defender Matthijs de Ligt should not be the focus.
Matthijs de Ligt has been on the wish list of a number of top clubs and the Reds team are not left out of it as he appears to be the focus for the German boss.
A former Liverpool striker John Aldridge is of the opinion that the focus for the former Borussia Dortmund boss should be investing in a new left-back as an option for Andy Robertson.
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It seems confirmed that Liverpool will be parting ways with Alberto Moreno which makes Andy Robertson the only viable option for the position. It could be risky to have just him alone without a replacement.
The former striker argues that there may be a need to bring in Matthijs de Ligt to pair with Virgil Van Dijk in the defence but he is already being priced out by the huge demands from his camp.
He stressed that Jurgen Klopp must focus on the left-back to provide an option for Robertson, adding that a long-term injury for the player could cast spell to Liverpool’s season if not well handled.
Why Man United will not sign Matthijs de Ligt this summer
English Premier League outfit Man United have been desperate to land the signature of Ajax central defender Matthijs de Ligt in this summer transfer window but there is yet to be a positive report about a possible deal in coming days.
There has been a lot of competition for Matthijs de Ligt in this summer window with the likes of Liverpool, PSG and Barcelona also keen him.
While all cubs are willing and able to meet with his asking price, Matthijs de Ligt has come out to claim that he will only make a decision after the Nations League, a decision the Red Devils also await.
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However, the Holland legend Ruud Gullit has told the Red Devils to forget about signing Matthijs de Ligt because of their failure to qualify to the Champions League next season.
Meanwhile, Barcelona were earlier reported to be favourites for the Ajax defender but they seem to have dumped their interest in the star player after the capture of his teammate, Frenkie de Jong.
From every indication, Liverpool and PSG are favourites to land the star player and it is feared that the French Ligue 1 giants will win the race should Liverpool fail to act on it
Man Utd £40m Short Of Valuation Slapped On Top Defensive Target
Three-time European champions Manchester United are in the transfer market for a new quality centre back but the Red Devils have so far been frustrated in the bid to meet their target.
Leicester City Harry Maguire is a top defensive target for Manchester United alongside the likes of Kalidou Koulibaly and Issa Diop.
Kalidou Koulibaly plays his club football for Italian Serie A giants Napoli at the moment, while Issa Diop plays his club football for fellow Premier League club West Ham United.
Manchester United tried to sign Harry Maguire last summer shortly after the former Hull City and Sheffield United defender impressed for the Three Lions of England at the 2018 FIFA World Cup tournament in Russia.
The Red Devils were unable to sign him because of the £60m-70m asking price slapped on him.
Manchester United are back for him this summer but Leicester City have increased the asking price to £80m.
According to ESPN, Manchester United are still £40m short of the Leicester City valuation for Harry Maguire.
The England international has enjoyed a meteoric rise in English football since his move to Leicester City two years ago.
He joined the Foxes from relegated Hull City for a fee of around £17m, including add-ons, in the summer of 2017.
Arsenal Target Agrees 5-Year Free Transfer Deal
Paris Saint Germain (PSG) midfielder Adrien Rabiot has reportedly agreed on a deal to join Italian champions Juventus this summer.
This is according to media outlet El Chiringuito which claimed that the young French international midfielder has agreed to join the Old Lady on a free transfer.
It was revealed that Adrien Rabiot has agreed on a five-year contract with the Italian champions and he will link up with his new team when his PSG contract ends in a few days’ time.
Adrien Rabiot has previously been linked with Arsenal and club manager Unai Emery is keen to reunite with him this summer, but it seems the Spanish tactician will need to look elsewhere in the quest to sign a replacement for Welsh international midfielder Aaron Ramsey.
Unai Emery worked with Adrien Rabiot for two years while he was the PSG manager between 2016 and 2018.
The former Sevilla and Valencia manager is looking to sign a new midfielder this summer following the exit of Aaron Ramsey who has left Arsenal after the expiration of his contract.
Aaron Ramsey left the Gunners after a decade as an Arsenal player.
The 28-year-old has signed a four-year free transfer deal with Juventus where he will most likely link up with Adrien Rabiot if the PSG midfielder completes his transfer to Juventus.
Liverpool a step closer to Bruno Fernandes deal
English Premier League outfit Liverpool are reported to be close to securing a deal for Portuguese outfit Sporting Lisbon star Bruno Fernandes with claims that they have already had a bid submitted.
Bruno Fernandes has been on the radar of a number of teams with Man United and Tottenham also keen but the Reds team are poised to snap him up and have submitted a bid of £40 million for the goal-scoring midfielder, according to a Correio de Manha report.
It is now unsure if Sporting Lisbon will accept the sum of £40 million after reports have claimed that they insist on a £60 million to land the Portuguese international.
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While an official reply to the bid is being awaited, it is expected that manager Jurgen Klopp will make another move for the star player by improving their offer so that they can land him ahead of other suitors.
So far, Liverpool is the most attractive side among the teams being linked with to the Sporting Lisbon man because of their status as the Champions League defending champions and their success in the last two years.
Meanwhile, manager Jurgen Klopp does not want big money signings as he would only seek to keep his team together.
Three former Chelsea players expected to return to Stamrord Bridge
A restructuring has already begun at West London London outfit, Chelsea, starting with the exit of Italian boss Maurizio Sarri.
Maurizio Sarri left the Stamford Bridge after a year following his switch from Italian Serie A outfit Napoli.
The Italian won the Europa League title as well as reached the finals of the Carabao Cup while he was able to deliver a third-place finish but that will not stop him from having issues with the club.
However, the development calls for a form of a restriction and addition to the team’s management and they are set to bring back three of their former players to help salvage the team.
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Already, Frank Lampard has been linked and it is expected that he would be officially unveiled in coming days after holding talks with the club owner Roman Abramovich.
However, Claude Makelele is the latest to be linked with a return to the Stamford Bridge where he won two Premier League titles under Jose Mourinho in 2005 and 2006.
Former Chelsea goalkeeper Petr Cech is also on the list of those expected return back has been tipped to become the new technical director, a role that has been vacant for a while.
Also, Didier Drogba is tipped to be part of the backroom staff should Frank Lampard take up the role in coming days.
AC Milan Open Talks To Sign £22m-rated Arsenal Target
Seven-time European champions AC Milan have opened talks with fellow Italian Serie A club Fiorentina over the signing of one of their players according to the latest reports emanating from the Italian media.
Fiorentina midfielder Jordan Veretout has been attracting the interest of several European clubs this summer including Premier League giants Arsenal.
Apart from Arsenal and AC Milan, the Italian Serie A duo of Napoli and AS Roma are also interested in the French midfielder.
According to the specific report from popular Italian transfer news portal Calciomercato, AC Milan are the first club to show serious interest in Jordan Veretout after the Rossoneri opened talks with a view to signing him this summer.
Fiorentina have already slapped a £22m asking price on him.
Former Aston Villa player Veretout has scored 15 goals in 75 appearances for Fiorentina since he joined the Italian Serie A outfit.
Arsenal are looking for a midfield replacement for Juventus-bound Aaron Ramsey and the aforementioned Veretout is one of several midfielders linked with a move to North London.
Welsh international star Ramsey has ended his decade-long association with the Gunners whom he signed for in 2008.
Aaron Ramsey joined Arsenal from Welsh club Cardiff City after the Gunners beat Manchester United to his signature.
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