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Betting Preview: Manchester United vs Barcelona: Away Win Likely

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Manchester United and Barcelona rekindle their rivalry on the Champions League stage when both teams meet at the Old Trafford for the first leg of their last eight tie.

The Red Devils have suffered from at the hands of star player Lionel Messi and his Barcelona side in the past and they will be looking to buck the trend when they meet again later this week.

Manchester United got the better of Barcelona 1-0 on aggregate in their semifinal tie during the 2007/08 season en route the title which was won in that campaign via a penalty shootout win over Premier League rivals Chelsea.

Barcelona then went on to deny Manchester United the Champions League trophy on two occasions.

Lionel Messi and Samuel Eto’o were amongst the goals as Barcelona beat Manchester United 2-0 in the 2009 Champions League final before Messi added another final goal in the 3-1 win over the Red Devils during the 2011 Champions League.

Manchester United are underdogs ahead of their first leg clash against Barcelona with winning odds of 3.70 while the possibility of a draw is at the odds of 3.60.

Five-time European champions Barcelona are favourites to secure victory in the first Champions League meeting with Manchester United this season with odds of 2.00 according to Surebet247.

I am Segun Amuda , Journalist at Thewistle.com. You can also find my articles here on topics related to Football. Outside Blogging, I have a keen interest in watching English Premier League Games. For any queries or issues related to articles on our website, kindly get in touch.

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Report: Man United In Talks To Sign This Attacker

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Ousmane Dembele

Three-time European champions Manchester United are said to be in talks to sign Barcelona attacker Ousmane Dembele before this summer’s transfer market closes.

This is as per reports from various media outlets in the United Kingdom (UK).

The Daily Record specifically stated that talks have progressed between Manchester United and Barcelona over the transfer of the French international to Old Trafford.

Ousmane Dembele has endured an injury-hit time at Barcelona following his costly move from Borussia Dortmund in the German Bundesliga.

The 23-year-old signed for Barcelona in 2017 in a deal reported to be around £108m.

Constant injury issues limited his output to just 12 goals in 51 league outings and new Barcelona manager Ronald Koeman won’t mind his sale as he shapes his team for the new season.

Ronald Koeman has already sanctioned a big sale following the sale of Luis Suarez to Atletico Madrid.

Manchester United want a new winger and Ousmane Dembele is available as a very good alternative to top target Jadon Sancho of Borussia Dortmund as long as the Frenchman can maintain fitness.

The Red Devils have been very quiet in the present transfer window and that has left their fans frustrated.

They have made just one major signing since the start of the transfer window in July.

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Man United target wants Premier League move

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Nicolas Tagliafico

Man United target and Ajax star Nicolas Tagliafico has made it clear that he is open to a move to the English Premier League in this summer transfer window.

A lot has been said about the English topflight and Nicolas Tagliafico wants to have an experience as he also attracts interests and being linked with a number of clubs including Man United, Leicester City, and Chelsea.

All three English Premier League teams made inquiries about the Ajax left-back this summer window but never submitted a bid and this is a position that is highly needed by the Red Devils.

After failing to land Sergio Reguilon from Real Madrid, the Red Devils turned their attention to FC Porto left-back Alex Telles but have been unable to wrap up the deal despite claims that they have agreed on personal terms with the player.

Howbeit, the Red Devils could shift attention to the 28-year-old who has been reportedly told by Ajax that he can leave for a new club this summer window for a £23 million fee.

Man United are believed to have a good relationship with Ajax, following their capture of Donny van de Beek and they could take advantage of that relationship to negotiate for the experienced defender.

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This Man United player is going nowhere

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Daniel James

English Premier League club, Man United have valued Daniel James so high that they are not willing to let him go, irrespective of the situation surrounding him at the Old Trafford.

Daniel James joined the Red Devils last summer transfer window from Swansea and was impressive in his first four games of the season, scoring three goals to hint on a special at the club. With his speed and the quality he gave to Man United, he was voted the player of the month for August that year.

However, the situation has turned around for Daniel James as he has not been able to pick up that goal scoring form which leaves his future in the air at the Old Trafford.

He has been heavily linked with Leeds United as they are reported to be keen on Daniel James but from the latest report, he will not be allowed to leave the club.

Daniel James might not be the same player he used to be when he first joined Man United but manager Ole Gunnar Solskjaer is convinced of a bright future for the 22-year-old at the club.

Howbeit, the Red Devils could be forced to send Daniel James out on a loan deal if he will not be getting enough time this season, especially if a new winger joins the club before the end of the summer transfer window.

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Wolves set to hurt Man United with latest transfer decision

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Man United might be hurt again this summer transfer window with claims that their transfer target Douglas Costa could be leaving the Italian Serie A champions Juventus to join Wolves this summer window.

Douglas Costa has been linked with the Red Devils as a replacement to Jadon Sancho. The England international winger is the top target for Man United this summer transfer window but they are failing to strike his deal as his £100 million valuation cannot be met.

Gareth Bale was a reported option for the Red Devils but he opted for North London club Tottenham and now it is suggested that Douglas Costa could be heading to Wolves, a development that will be a big blow to Man United.

The Brazilian winger’s respected agent, Jorge Mendes is reported to have a strong link in Italy and entire South America. TuttoSport claims the super-agent is considering Wolves as the best destination for his client.

This will be a big disappointment to the Red Devils and will be a setback to their bid to land a winger this summer window. They might have to begin a new search as it has been confirmed by popular journalist Fabrizio Romano that Man United will sign a winger this season.

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Man United take the front row in race for Bournemouth star

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Man United are reported to be leading in the race for the signature of David Brooks as they hope to add him to tier books before the end of the summer transfer market.

Manchester Evening News reports that a deal could be sealed in the coming weeks with the 23-year old also keen on a bigger opportunity following an impressive and consistent performance in the topflight for the past two seasons.

Leicester City have also shown interest in the signature of David Brooks but they seem to be abandoning his chase after securing the signature of Cengiz from the Italian Serie A outfit AS Roma to make Man United favourites.

With less than 2-years left to the end of his current contract, Bournemouth could take advantage of that to cash in from his sale as they are now aware that the Red Devils are desperate for new players despite winning their Carabao Cup game on Tuesday night.

Following their defeat in the opening game of the Premier League, Man United manager Ole Gunnar Solskjaer confirmed that his team must do more in the recruitment of players before the summer window ends.

The Red Devils have only been able to add Donny van de Beek to their books this transfer window.

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Solskjaer reveals the truth about Smalling’s Roma move

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Chris Smalling

It is no longer a secrete that Chris Smalling is keen to leave Man United this summer transfer window as he is interested in a move to the Italian Serie A to continue his career.

Chris Smalling was in Italy on a season-long loan deal where he gave impressive performances although. He has since loved life in the country. A return to Man United for the new season is not an option for Chris Smalling.

Reports claim he has an agreement with AS Roma but there have been delay in announcing a deal as the Red Devils have had their demand on the fee.

Manager Ole Gunnar Solskjaer has finally opened up on the reason why Chris Smalling is still at the club. According to him, AS Roma are yet to improve their bid from the last offer that was rejected.

He explained that he does not have the decision to make on Chris Smalling’s valuation but the club is yet to receive any sufficient bid for the experienced defender.

This means he might be forced to remain in England or move to other clubs if AS Roma fail o up their bid before the end of the summer transfer window.

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Another Man United target set to join Liverpool

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Jadon Sancho

The list is unending for English Premier League club Man United for the number of disappointments in this summer transfer markets as they are set to lose out on another top target.

The hits for the Red Devils started with top target Jadon Sancho who will not answer the call from the Old Trafford for a stay with German Bundesliga outfit Borussia Dortmund.

Other two Man United targets, Gareth Bale and Sergio Reguilon have also snubbed them for a move to North London outfit Tottenham which makes it one of the most frustrating transfer windows for the club.

The list now continues with reports from France claiming that Liverpool have agreed on terms with Watford winger Ismaila Sarr who is already being linked with Man United.

France Football reports that the current Premier League champions agreed on a fee within the region of £32 and £36 million for the Senegal international winger who is followed by manager Jurgen Klopp.

The Red Devils had identified Ismaila Sarr as a good alternative to their top target, Jadon Sancho as it is confirmed they will not be able to pay his £100 million demand while the German Bundesliga club are not willing o negotiate the fee.

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Man United Find Sancho Solution As Plan B ‘Agrees Move’

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Ismaila Sarr

Manchester United are closing in on the deal to sign the alternative to top target Jadon Sancho according to the Daily Express.

Watford winger Ismaila Sarr is the right wing alternative to Borussia Dortmund winger Sancho for Manchester United and the aforementioned report said that the Red Devils are on the verge of securing his transfer on loan for the whole of this season.

Manchester United have tried to sign Englishman Jadon Sancho since this summer’s transfer window started, and they have been unsuccessful so far.

Dortmund gave the Red Devils until August 8 to meet his £108m asking price, and they were unable to meet up with that condition mainly due to the finance involved.

Jadon Sancho is now expected to stay at Borussia Dortmund for the current season thus prompting Manchester United to consider an alternative in Senegalese international Sarr.

The Red Devils want to sign a right wing specialist in this transfer window.

It was disclosed that Watford are open to a loan deal for Ismaila Sarr as Manchester United are the only team interested in him after Liverpool opted to sign Diogo Jota.

Premier League champions Liverpool were forced to turn to Jota after Watford slammed a £50m price tag on the African star.

Ismaila Sarr is now on course to sign for Manchester United on loan with the option of a permanent transfer.

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