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Man City submit £90million bid for Man United target

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Kalidou Koulibaly

English Premier League outfit Man United have long been in the chase for Italian Serie A outfit Napoli central defender Kalidou Koulibaly but they might not go beyond that as league champions Man City are reported to have entered the race.

Gazzetta dello Sport report that Man City boss Pep Guardiola seeks to have the Senegalese international in his squad next season and has launched a juicy offer.

This means that the Red Devils will no longer be able to land the star defender as there is no doubt that the Citizens will win the race for him.

The league champions have parted ways with their legendary defender and captain Vincent Kompany which makes it necessary for them to land a replacement for him this window.

The Napoli star has shown the prospect that he can play in the English League because of his physicality and that is why former Red Devils manager Jose Mourinho insisted on signing him.

It has been added that Kalidou Koulibaly will rather consider a move to Man City because of his chances of winning titles and his willingness to play in the Champions League as the Red Devils failed to finish in the top four on the table.

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

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Angry Arsenal recruit, Saliba could return to France

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William Saliba

From every indication, Arsenal’s new recruit William Saliba would be returning to France to play in the French Cup Final with Saint Etienne against Paris Saint Germain.

The Gunners snapped up the player in a £27 million deal last year and allowed him to stay back on a loan deal which expired on June 30.

As a result of the Coronavirus pandemic, the French league was not concluded but the French Cup final has now been scheduled for July 24.

The French club have approached Arsenal for the player to return for the final game and it was initially agreed but conditions for William Saliba to return were not reached between both clubs, causing fracas.

The latest report now claims that William Saliba is really upset with the decision by Arsenal to turn him down and has already approached the club’s managing director Vinai Venkatesham, a development that could force a rethink and a new negotiation.

Should everything go fine, Willaim Saliba could still return to France for the final game before starting his Arsenal career ahead of the coming season.

The North London are very keen on the welfare of the defender, knowing his injury records and they are keen on ensuring he gets fit to start the season with the team.

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Man City in line to sign Chelsea reject

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Nathan Ake

North London outfit Chelsea were unable to find a place for young defender Nathan Ake, hence had him sold to Bournemouth after a loan spell.

The rejected player seems to have become a demand for Man City as they are reported to be interested in landing him with talks already opened.

Since the exit of Vincent Kompany, Man City have not been finding it good with their defensive department and will be seeking for all options available to be able to compete and bounce back after losing the EPL title to Liverpool.

Nicolas Otamendi and John Stones have not been giving their best while an option of David Alaba from Bayern Munch is being threatened by his high age demand. The same applies to Napoli’s Kalidou Kalibaly whose transfer fee is also high.

Nathan Ake might be the best option for Man City with manager Pep Guardiola hoping to work with him, having watched him play.

Chelsea have got a buy-back clause on Nathan Ake but that may not be a threat to Man City who are desperate at the moment for a defender.

Nathan Ake could cost £40 million but Man City are positive that Bournemouth will be forced to beat it down if the player desires a move.

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Barcelona star to snub Arsenal for Man United

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Antoine Griezmann

There are indications that English Premier League outfit Arsenal will miss out on their target and Barcelona striker Antoine Griezmann after reports claim he prefers a move to Man United.

The Gunners had indicated an interest in the France international and are ready to use a swap deal with Pierre-Emerick Aubameyang to tempt Barcelona who are also reportedly seeking the signature of the Gabon international.

While Arsenal are yet to tie down Aubameyang with a new deal, Barcelona are reported to be interested in his signature as they have not gotten the best from Antoine Griezmann since he joined Nou Camp from Atletico Madrid.

The latest report now claims that the France international was involved in a dressing room row and has fallen out of favour with the Catalan boss. It is claimed that the Premier League is his preferred destination and he favours a move to Man United.

According to the reports on The Express, the Griezmann family is unhappy with the situation of the former Atletico Madrid striker in Barcelona and are in full support of a move away from the club.

This, therefore, means that Arsenal’s chance of landing the star striker is now dim because of the uncertainty of his future at Barcelona.

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Klopp raises alarm over Chelsea, United “coup” plan

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Current English Premier League champions Liverpool are enjoying their reign and it would last until the coming season.

The Reds under manager Jurgen Klopp ended the 30-years wait after delivering the EPL title to the fans with seven games to spare. That is, of course, dominance and they have been taking a shot at it for the last two years.

However, manager Jurgen Klopp has raised an alarm that before now, it looked like his side and Man City were dominating but there are already efforts by Chelsea and United to overtake them.

The German boss stated that he expects a four-team race in the coming season, explaining that a team like Man United have made one or two signings and that has helped to bring the best out of the team. Chelsea have also confirmed two additions to their team and that will no doubt help to make them better.

Meanwhile, he hinted that his team will not be carried away with the praise showered on them for the success this season but they will work hard like other clubs to ensure they achieve as well.

Manager Jurgen Klopp is already making efforts to convince the club management to help equip his team in the summer transfer window so they can get better.

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Surprisingly, Arteta confirms Arsenal talks with Madrid, guess the player

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Dani Ceballos

It’s surprising to learn that English Premier League outfit Arsenal are in talks with Real Madrid over the possibility of keeping Dani Ceballos on a permanent basis.

This is after manager Mikel Arteta made this known after Arsenal’s 4-0 thrashing of Norwich on Wednesday evening.

It has become a thing of surprise since Arsenal chief, Edu already hinted the player would return after making claims that he hopes to see Ceballos complete his loan deal while announcing a contract extension for other players.

Arteta has now confirmed his love for the player, stressing that Dani Ceballos understands what is needed and works hard.

According to Arteta, Ceballos was struggling with injury when he first took over at the Emirates Stadium without knowing his true quality.

The Spaniard has strung a series of impressive performances together with the manager stressing that he really wants to help the team by his efforts to always win the ball and his interceptions.

There is no doubt that the Spanish playmaker will add flare to the Arsenal team and will add that creativity anytime Mesut Ozil is unavailable. His runs and ability to drive the ball into the opponents half is special.

Dani Ceballos will also be glad to remain as long as he can be guaranteed playing time.

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Arteta not bothered about Aubameyang’s contract extension, see why

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It has now become obvious, the reason why manager Mikel Arteta has not shown any fear with the delay in contract extension of Gabon sensation Pierre-Emerick Aubameyang.

Dust is already been raised over issues of his contract. With some months left to the end of his current contract, the Gabon international is yet to seal a new deal and this is coming amidst interest from a number of clubs across Europe.

Knowing his quality and goal-scoring ability, it was expected that Arteta will be desperate to see his captain seal a new deal but his body language has not shown that.

The reason is now made clear after he confirmed that he is positive that Pierre-Emerick Aubameyang will remain at the club for many years.

When BT Sports asked Arteta about the progress so far on Aubameyang and contract talks, he replied by saying “I don’t know”

He therefore confidently assured that there is no need for worries because he is confident that the former Dortmund player will pen a new deal.

Meanwhile, Aubameyang has also confirmed that he hopes to sit with the club anytime soon but noted that he is focused on finishing the season in a better position.

Aubameyang has been outstanding for Arsenal and has set a club record of 50 goals in 75 games after his double against Norwich in the 4-0 win at the Emirates Stadium.

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Mourinho draws battle line with United after Fernandes claim

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Jose Mourinho

Tottenham manager Jose Mourinho seems to be attracting reactions and anger from Man United fans after a statement credited to him on Bruno Fernandes.

Despite all praise and glow by the Red Devils fans on the former Lisbon player, Mam United unwittingly placed him under the carpet by claiming he cannot swap him for Giovani Lo Celso.

It would be recalled that the North London outfit made an attempt to snap up the player from Lisbon but failed. They moved for an alternative, in Giovani Lo Celso.

While Bruno Fernandes has been on fire for the Red Devils with his fine form and goals, involving in 8 goals so far, Giovani Lo Celso is yet to equal that level of performance at Tottenham. He is yet to score or give any assistance.

Knowing this, Mourinho in an interview with Sky Sports claim to have no regret over Fernandes snub.

According to him, if Giovani Lo Celso was the player that joined Tottenham, he has got no match and not Fernandes can be compared to him.

Mourinho claims that the quality of Giovani Lo Celso is yet to be known, stressing that he has been playing through injury and there are plenty to come from the 24-year-old.

There is no doubt that Man United fans will not be taking this swipe from their former manager and will result in the social media to returning jabs at him.

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Sadio Mane to Real Madrid rumour surfaces again

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Again, Liverpool star Sadio Mane is being linked with a move away from Anfield to Spanish La Liga side Real Madrid.

This is not the first time of learning about this report since the Senegalese International started at Anfield as his game only gets better and better.

The Independent reports that Madrid manager Zinedine Zidane is a big fan of the former Southampton star and is ready to break the bank for him, not minding the financial implication of coronavirus pandemic on the club.

Sadio Mane is one of the most important players in Liverpool. He will never be forgotten for helping to deliver the Champions League trophy to the club as well as the English Premier League this season.

However, it is unlikely that the Reds will want to part ways with the Senegal International anytime soon and will not be lured by any whopping fee.

The Reds Chief are desperate to keep this Liverpool team together and already considering not to add to the squad in the coming summer transfer window.

While this is yet to be confirmed, manager Jurgen Klopp will only wish to add more depth to his team to be able to continue the winning run in the coming season.

Liverpool won the English Premier League for the first time in 30 years, a history Sadio Mane contributed to.

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