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Liverpool willing to strengthen squad with Bruno Fernandes

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English Premier League leaders Liverpool are arguably the strongest in the league but they are also seeking to strengthen their squad for the second half of the season.

The Reds are currently leading in the league table and have conceded lesser goals with a solid defending by former Southampton player Virgil Van Dijk as well as the newly recruited Brazilian goalkeeper Alisson Becker.

However, manager Jurgen Klopp is still keen to add more strength to his team and has considered Bruno Fernandes as a perfect fit for the club.

Bruno Fernandes has been impressive so far this season which has caught the attention of a number of sides including Merseyside outfit Liverpool who are keen to land the superstar in this winter window as well.

However, the Reds will have to pay as much as £35.9 million to be able to meet with the asking price for Bruno Fernandes if a deal must fall through.

It can be argued that this season is the best so far for Bruno Fernandes who has scored a total of 14 goals and 9 assists in 26 games this season for his side.

Liverpool are hoping this becomes their season as they wish to land their first league title in many years.

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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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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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Milan Skriniar

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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jamez rodriguez

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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Marouane Fellaini

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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Douglas Costa

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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Chelsea join host of EPL sides for highly-rated playmaker

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Christian Eriksen

There is a long list of suitors, including English Premier League sides who are all interested in the signature of North London outfit Tottenham playmaker Christian Eriksen and West London side Chelsea are reported to have joined the race.

The Blues will now join the likes of Manchester City, Arsenal, and Spanish La Liga outfit Real Madrid to compete for the signature of the star playmaker.

Christian Eriksen is a major part of the Mauricio Pochettino side and has been an unchanged figure with his class performance season-in, season-out. This has attracted a number of interests.

Tottenham will now be tempted with luring offers that could have them consider selling the star player with the likes of Real Madrid and Man City ready to break the star player.

The Spanish side have identified the Danish ace as a possible replacement for Cristiano Ronaldo who has left the club in the last summer to join Italian Serie A giants Juventus.

It is therefore uncertain what the decision of the North London side would be as they are yet to receive any official bid for the player but suggestions are that Tottenham will not let Christian Eriksen leave the club in this January winter transfer window.

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Chelsea ready for £40m deal with Everton

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Michy Batshuayi

English Premier League outfit Chelsea are reportedly ready to have Michy Batshuayi sold to Everton in this winter transfer window.

Michy Batshuayi has been recalled from his loan at the Spanish La Liga outfit Valencia after failing to impress at the club.

Everton are reportedly ready to have the signature of the star player with the Blues ready to hand him out for £40 million on a permanent deal but the Toffees are requesting loan deal.

Meanwhile, Everton cannot land him on loan anymore as they have already got Chelsea’s French defender Kurt Zouma on loan.

However, they are keen on having Michy Batshuayi as they struggle to put up quality performances in the attack and have identified the star player as a good fit who can rekindle his career at Everton.

Everton are therefore not alone in the race for Michy Batshuayi as French Ligue 1 outfit Monaco are also all out for his signature with the Thierry Henry side out to have a perfect second half of the season by strengthening their squad.

Monaco recently landed Spain international Cesc Fabregas from the West London outfit which means Michy Batshuayi will be the second capture from the Stamford Bridge should they win the race ahead of Everton.

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Chelsea not losing sleep over signature of star player

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Gonzalo Higuain

Sky Sports report that English Premier League side Chelsea are not losing any sleep over their wish to bring in Argentina international Gonzalo Higuain to the Stamford Bridge before the January winter transfer window ends.

The report, therefore, claims that the Blues are confident that they can at least, secure a loan deal for Gonzalo Higuain with an option of a buy.

The West London side are looking forward to parting ways with Spanish striker Alvaro Morata with manager Maurizio Sarri keen to have him leave for the Argentina international before this winter transfer window is over.

Italian Serie A outfit AC Milan are reported to be reluctant to let him leave the club in this winter window as they have got no replacement for him despite the fact that he has not been in the best of form.

However, from latest development, AC Milan boss Gennaro Gattuso seems to have given up on losing the player as he claimed that the decision is left for Gonzalo Higuain to make as he would not be forced to stay.

Meanwhile, Gonzalo Higuain has a past relationship with the Italian manager and will hope it is continued at the West London for the remaining part of the season.

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Klopp to push out £30-million rated Liverpool star?

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Jordan Henderson

Liverpool boss Jurgen Klopp might be forced to push out Jordan Henderson away from the club if the request and clamour of the fans is to be harkened to.

Emerging reports claim that the fans are unsatisfied with the player and might force him out of the club by mounting needed pressure on the German boss.

It has been established that Jordan Henderson has not been in fine form in some games which have been a setback to the club as he makes some dangerous mistakes in games.

Jordan Henderson left Sunderland to join Liverpool in 2011 for a fee of £17 million and became a regular in the team, in addition to becoming the captain following the exit of Steven Gerrard from the team.

The 28-year-old midfielder is now being accused of not pushing for the course of winning a title this term with his performance as he has yet to give in enough.

He has a contract with the Reds until 2023 and a release clause of about £30 million but the question of if he would wait to see out his contract at the Anfield is left to the German boss to answer knowing that an eyebrow has been raised already.

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Liverpool given 27-year-old transfer challenge

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English Premier League leaders Liverpool are one of the few sides that might have made up their mind not to make any move in this winter transfer window as a result of the big squad they have got at the moment.

With the latest development that saw Joe Gomez out to injury as well as Dejan Lovren who has joined the injury list, Liverpool boss was forced to play Fabinho in the defense to pair Virgil Van Dijk.

This has forced calls for new additions in the team with a lot of names already being linked with James Forrest being latest to be mentioned.

Former Wales striker John Hartson in reaction to the latest report of interest in James Forrest challenged that the Reds must have a deep pocket before they can land the star player.

James Forrest has so far scored 11 goals in the 17 appearances under his belt which makes him a player that is highly valued by Celtic and might not be allowed to leave so easily.

He noted that he was amazed to see the £8 million price quoted in the media, stressing that the Scottish side will not take as low as that for a player who has scored a number of goals to prove himself.

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