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Major twist at United as talks of contract extension with star player is almost concluded

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Juan Mata

There seems to be a major twist at the Old Trafford following reports that want-away star Juan Mata could be staying back with English Premier League side Man United for the coming season.

It was earlier reported that Juan Mata would be parting ways with the Red Devils and would be heading to French Ligue 1 outfit Paris Saint Germain as his contract with the club was set to expire.

But in a quick twist, it is claimed that he is very close to agreeing on a new deal with Man United for a stay, according to David McDonnell.

The midfielder joined United from Chelsea for a fee of £37.5 million in 2014 and would be out of contract in two weeks, but there is a bid by manager Ole Gunnar Solskjaer to have him stay back for another season because of how well he has impressed.

David McDonnell, therefore, writes that the discussions between Man United and the player are 90 percent complete as he expects talks to be concluded in a few days

Juan Mata currently earns £140,000-a-week with the Old Trafford giants but there are expectorations that it would be increased in order to have him convinced of a better life at Old Trafford

Timothy Aiyeku is a Mass Communication graduate from the Ahmadu Bello University, Zaria. He is a sports, everything football analyst.

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Ex-Liverpool Striker Joins Atletico Madrid After Bargain Transfer From Barcelona Agreed

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Atletico Madrid have confirmed that they have reached an agreement with Spanish La Liga rivals Barcelona for the transfer of Luis Suarez.

It was disclosed that the two clubs have agreed on a €6m (£5.5m) for the former Liverpool striker.

Luis Suarez had to leave Barcelona after new club manager Ronald Koeman deemed him to be surplus to requirements.

The €6m transfer fee for the 33-year-old will be paid instalmentally as per the announcement made by Barcelona.

He leaves Barcelona as the third highest goalscorer at the club behind Cesar and Lionel Messi.

The Uruguayan international netted 186 goals in 283 appearances during his six-year stay at the Nou Camp.

During that time, Luis Suarez won 13 trophies for the Catalans.

He won four league titles, four Copa Del Rey titles and one Champions League title which came under Luis Enrique during the 2014/15 season.

Suarez won the Champions League title in his first season at the club.

He came close to joining Italian Serie A champions Juventus earlier this month before the transfer fell through.

Earlier reports had said that Barcelona president Josep Maria Bartomeu was not ready to sanction the sale of Luis Suarez to rival clubs like Atletico Madrid.

Suarez will replace Alvaro Morata at Atletico Madrid after the Spaniard signed for Juventus earlier this week.

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Ross Barkley and Ruben Loftus-Cheek transfer date revealed

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Aston Villa are reportedly plotting moves for two players from Chelsea in a bid to strengthen their squad for this season.

According to the Daily Mail, Villa want to bolster their squad in central midfield and the Chelsea duo of Ross Barkley and Ruben Loftus-Cheek have been targeted.

It was revealed that Aston Villa want a loan deal for either of the two England internationals who have found it hard to feature in the Chelsea XI this season.

Aston Villa have spent over £70m this summer in addition to the £140m spent on new players last summer as the club barely stayed up on the final day of last season.

The former European champions have signed goalkeeper Emiliano Martinez in a £20m deal this season, while the duo of Matty Cash and Ollie Watkins have joined from Nottingham Forest and Brentford respectively.

Watkins has signed for Villa in a club-record deal worth an initial fee of £28m and the club is keen to add either Barkley or Loftus-Cheek.

Ruben Loftus-Cheek is yet to feature for Chelsea since being substituted during half-time of the opening game at Brighton which the Blues won 3-1.

On his part, Ross Barkley was on the scoresheet as Chelsea beat Barnsley 6-0 in their Carabao Cup third round on Wednesday night.

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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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Arsenal might consider London swap ahead of Atletico Madrid deal

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Thomas Partey

North London outfit are keen on bringing in a midfielder with manager Mikel Arteta having his attention on Ghanaian midfielder Thomas Partey from Spanish La Liga outfit Atletico Madrid.

It has been a stressful wait to land a midfielder as the Gunners are unwilling to meet the valuation of the Atletico Madrid player due to the lack of funds. Efforts to reduce the financial burden of £45 million by including a player in the deal have been rejected by the Spanish La Liga outfit.

However, it is now reported that the Gunners are considering moving in for Chelsea midfielder N’Golo Kante as an alternative for Thomas Partey with Daily Express reporting that the two London clubs are in talks.

Should an agreement be reached between the two London clubs, the North London outfit will be sending Matteo Guendouzi to west London but the Gunners will have to add some cash to make the deal work through.

While this report cannot be confirmed, the North London club have confirmed that they are actively in the summer transfer market and are hoping to bring in new legs before it is shut down.

The Arsenal outcast has been offered to Atletico Madrid in a proposed swap deal for Thomas Partey but it was rejected.

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