Three-time European champions Manchester United have dropped out of the keenly contested race to sign Ajax Amsterdam defender Matthijs De Ligt this summer.
According to Spanish newspaper Marca, the Dutch international centre back will choose between Spanish La Liga champions Barcelona and French Ligue 1 title holders Paris Saint Germain (PSG).
It was revealed that all the other interested clubs have dropped out of the race including Manchester United and that the quest to sign Matthijs De Ligt during the present transfer window is down to two clubs namely Barcelona and PSG.
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Spanish champions Barcelona had initially agreed to a deal with the player’s agent Mino Raiola only for the Italian super agent to inflate the sign-on fee for his client after the magnificent displays on the part of Matthijs De Ligt during the Champions League.
De Ligt led Ajax Amsterdam to the Champions League semifinals before they were eliminated by Tottenham Hotspur on the away goals rule via what was virtually the last kick of the game.
Premier League giants Manchester United were thought to be among the favourites for the player after reports claimed they made a £75m bid for him in addition to weekly wages of around £350,000 per week though it must be pointed out that the Red Devils were not able to offer him Champions League football.
Unai Emery Names Provisional Squad For Liverpool Clash
Arsenal manager Unai Emery has named his provisional squad ahead of the top-of-the-table clash with Liverpool at Anfield on Saturday evening.
Liverpool and Arsenal are the only teams to win their first two Premier League games this season and they will face off for the biggest match of week three.
Ahead of the game, Unai Emery has welcomed both Mesut Ozil and Granit Xhaka back into his squad.
German World Cup winner Ozil has missed the last two games mainly due to security issues especially the first league game of the season at Newcastle United (ended in a 1-0 win to the Gunners).
He missed the second league game at home to Burnley (2-1 win to Arsenal) because of illness.
On the part of Xhaka, the Swiss international missed the Burnley game only due to a back problem.
For hosts Liverpool, the big injury news is the absence of first choice goalkeeper Alisson Becker for the Arsenal game because of an ankle problem.
Arsenal’s Provisional Squad: Bernd Leno, Emiliano Martinez, Ainsley Maitland-Niles, Shkrodan Mustafi, David Luiz, Sokratis Papasthathopoulos, Calum Chambers, Nacho Monreal, Sead Kolasinac, Granit Xhaka, Matteo Guendouzi, Lucas Torreira, Mohamed Elneny, Joe Willock, Dani Ceballos, Henrikh Mkhitaryan, Nicolas Pepe, Mesut Ozil, Pierre-Emerick Aubameyang, Alexandre Lacazette, Gabriel Martinelli
Berbatov Reveals Two Arsenal Players He Loves Ahead Of Liverpool Clash
Former Manchester United attacker Dimitar Berbatov has revealed that he’s a big fan of two Arsenal players.
The ex-Bulgarian international made this known in a chat with Betfair.
He was speaking ahead of the blockbuster Premier League clash between Liverpool and Arsenal.
Liverpool will host the Gunners at Anfield on Saturday evening with the hope of extending their lead at the top of the table.
Both Liverpool and Arsenal won their opening two league games of the season but the Reds are at the summit by virtue of a better goal difference.
Only Liverpool and Arsenal secured maximum points amongst the Premier League teams at the end of week two.
Ahead of the game between the top two Premier League teams, Dimitar Berbatov warned Liverpool about the threat posed by Arsenal attacking duo of Pierre-Emerick Aubameyang and Alexandre Lacazette.
According to him, he loves the partnership between Aubameyang and Lacazette before adding that Liverpool will have to be mindful of the two players.
Both strikers were on target as Arsenal recorded a second successive league win at home to Burnley last weekend.
The Gunners beat Burnley 2-1 to add to their 1-0 win over Newcastle United away from home on the first weekend of the new Premier League season.
Lampard Names Provisional Squad For Norwich City Clash
Chelsea manager Frank Lampard has named his provisional squad for the crucial league game at the home of newly promoted team Norwich City.
Lampard and his Chelsea players have not won a game this season and they have the chance to right that wrong when they visit Carrow Road for Saturday lunchtime kickoff.
French midfielder N’Golo Kante is nursing an ankle injury at the moment and he’s rated as doubtful for the game.
Kante makes the provisional squad alongside Pedro Rodriguez who missed training at the start of the week.
According to Frank Lampard, Pedro Rodriguez missed training as he was rested.
Since his appointment as the new Chelsea manager this summer, fans’ favourite Lampard has not won a competitive game.
The Norwich City clash is the fourth game for Frank Lampard as the Chelsea boss.
Chelsea suffered a 4-0 defeat away to Manchester United in his first game in the league before the 1-1 draw at home to Leicester City last weekend.
The 5-4 penalty loss to Liverpool in the UEFA Super Cup was sandwiched in between the two aforementioned league games.
Liverpool and Chelsea shared four goals at the end of extra time thus paving way for the dreaded penalty shootout.
Chelsea’s Provisional Squad: Kepa Arrizabalaga, Willy Caballero, Cesar Azpilicueta, Fikayo Tomori, Andreas Christensen, Kurt Zouma, Marcos Alonso, Emerson Palmieri, Jorginho, N’Golo Kante, Ross Barkley, Mateo Kovacic, Mason Mount, Kenedy, Pedro Rodriguez, Willian, Christian Pulisic, Olivier Giroud, Tammy Abraham, Michy Batshuayi.
Liverpool vs Arsenal: What Hector Bellerin Said About Dani Ceballos
Arsenal defender Hector Bellerin has praised the quality of summer signing Dani Ceballos after his bright start to life at the Emirates Stadium.
Spanish international midfielder Dani Ceballos was brought in by the Gunners this summer.
The Spaniard is one of six new faces in the Arsenal team including young French centre back William Saliba who has returned to Ligue 1 outfit Saint Etienne on loan after his £27m transfer from the same club.
Dani Ceballos has joined Arsenal on loan from Spanish La Liga giants Real Madrid and there’s no option of a permanent transfer at the end of the loan deal that will expire next summer.
Hector Bellerin paid glowing tribute to Dani Ceballos in his interview with Arsenal’s official website.
Bellerin is no stranger to Dani Ceballos having played with him in the Spanish national junior team setup.
According to him, he has been playing with Dani Ceballos since the age of 18.
He went on to praise the new Arsenal signing as one of the best players he has seen.
Hector Bellerin is presently recovering from a serious knee injury suffered during a home league game with Chelsea in January and he will have to wait to play alongside Dani Ceballos for Arsenal.
Lampard Praises One Player Ahead Of Norwich City Clash
Chelsea boss Frank Lampard was full of praise for young striker Tammy Abraham during his pre-match press conference on Friday ahead of the must-win league game with Norwich City.
Lampard takes his Chelsea team to face the newly promoted club at Carrow Road in what’s the first of Saturday’s Premier League matches.
Frank Lampard praised Tammy Abraham for his attitude before pointing out how he has been unlucky in front of goal at the start of the season.
Tammy Abraham fights for the lone striker role at Chelsea with more experienced players like French World Cup winner Olivier Giroud and Belgian international Michy Batshuayi.
The Nigerian-born England international striker spent last season on loan at Aston Villa whom he helped to gain promotion into the top flight of English football.
Tammy Abraham scored 26 goals as Aston Villa sealed a return to the Premier League via the playoffs.
He came close to scoring for Chelsea in the first league game at Manchester United after he hit the post.
Things would have been different if his strike had gone in as his Chelsea side were thrashed 4-0 by Manchester United.
Tammy Abraham won a penalty for Chelsea in added time of the UEFA Super Cup game with Liverpool.
Jorginho scored that penalty to make the scoreline 2-2 and take the game into penalties.
Tammy Abraham was the only player to miss his spot kick as Liverpool triumphed 5-4 on penalties.
He was also involved in the Blues’ third game of the season, a 1-1 draw at home to Leicester City in the Premier League.
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