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Man Utd Agree Transfer Deal For Midfielder

Amuda Segun

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Premier League giants Manchester United have agreed on a £9m deal for highly rated AS Monaco midfielder Hannis Mejbri according to the Daily Mail.

It was revealed that Manchester United officials met with the player’s agent, Jorge Menses, to finalize a deal for him.

Hannis Mejbri fell out with his French Ligue 1 club and that has prompted Manchester United to swoop in on the 16-year-old midfielder.

Manchester United have signed just two players this summer and Hannis Mejbri could be the third player though he’s expected to join the youth team when he signs for the Red Devils.

Welsh international Daniel James joined Manchester United earlier this summer as their first signing.

The 21-year-old signed for Manchester United from English Championship club Swansea City after a stellar season with the Welsh club.

The Red Devils were said to have paid £15m upfront in addition to £3m in bonuses.

Manchester United went on to make their second signing of the summer with Aaron Wan-Bissaka who joined in a deal worth £50m thus making him the fifth most expensive player in the history of the club.

Only Paul Pogba, Romelu Lukaku, Angel Di Maria and Fred have been involved in more expensive transfers than that of Wan-Bissaka who joined from Crystal Palace.

 

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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Why Klopp may now be faced with difficult times at Anfield

Timothy Aiyeku

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German manager Jurgen Klopp has just led Liverpool to their first English Premier League title in 30 years but the celebration might be cut short by issues of the summer transfer window.

Klopp has got everything working for him before now and there could be a little switch to the other side as his wish for the summer transfer window is far from being granted.

Following the title win, the Liverpool owners claim that there is no need to do any summer transfer deal, explaining that the team have got the quality that can compete with any team, even in the coming season.

This claim is now being stressed by the Reds Sporting Director, Michael Edwards who insist on no signing this summer, stressing that he wants to keep his team together.

The stand of the Reds hierarchy is against the wish of manager Jurgen Klopp who will be left disappointed if he does not make any deal happen this window.

It is feared that this could be the beginning of his difficult times at the club and managing it will prove difficult except results on the pitch continues to be positive.

The Reds are reported to be keen on the signature of Italian Serie A outfit Napoli defender Kalidou Koulibaly but it is unlikely a deal will happen again.

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Liverpool target says he is bothered by link

Timothy Aiyeku

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Kalidou Koulibaly

Hardly will you find any Liverpool transfer news without talks of the club’s interest in Napoli defender Kalidou Koulibaly ahead of the summer transfer window.

It is claimed that Kalidou Koulibaly has an asking price of £90 million, but the fee would be beaten down on the negotiation table with Liverpool willing to pay £70 million.

Manager Jurgen Klopp seeks a partner for former Southampton defender, Virgil Van Dijk with commentators claiming that Kalidou Koulibaly will be perfect.

However, the latest report claims that the player is not willing to part ways with the Italian Serie A club any time soon.

He made it clear that he is 100% with Napoli and has not had any discussion of exit with the club hierarchy at any point.

Affirming that he has heard of the speculations linking him away from Naples, he claimed to be bothered because he is focused on helping his team.

According to Kalidou Koulibaly, he is happy at Napoli and will only leave if the club president refuses to renew his current contract.

Meanwhile, Kalidou Koulibaly still has over three years left in his contract with the Italian club, making a move away very unlikely.

The Reds team will be forced to stick with the squad available.

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Chelsea might be close to another big summer announcement

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Ugurcan Cakir

English Premier League outfit, Chelsea might be close to making an announcement of a new transfer ahead of the summer transfer window with reports that they had agreed on another deal.

Haber356 reports that the Blues have had their bid for Ugurcan Cakir accepted by Super Lig 1 club Trabzonspor ahead of the summer transfer window.

It is claimed that a bid of £22.5 million has been submitted and accepted by the Turkish outfit which makes a deal close to being sealed.

Ugurcan Cakir has been superb for his club, having had 39 appearances this term across all competitions. Chelsea has been monitoring the 24-year-old and is convinced already.

The West London outfit are keen on a replacement for Spanish shot-stopper Kepa Arrizabalaga who has been struggling to impress between the sticks.

It is believed that Ugurcan Cakir will bring in the needed competition and could take over as first-choice if he deserves it.

Chelsea have shown big ambition this season, having already concluded deals for highly rated forwards, Timo Werner and Hakim Ziyech with reports that more deals will occur as soon as the summer transfer window is open.

The ambition for the Blues is to qualify for the Champions League and win titles next season.

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How Chelsea’s defeat will help their summer transfer activities

Timothy Aiyeku

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Frank Lampard

West London club Chelsea suffered a bitter 3-0 defeat to Sheffield United at Bramall Lane on Saturday and they are yet to get over it.

The defeat has seen their chances of making it to the Champions League reduced as they could be forced to the fifth position especially if Leicester City defeats Bournemouth on Sunday and Man United best Southampton on Monday.

Away from the poor form, loss of points and threat to Champions League qualification, former Liverpool manager Graeme Souness stated that the defeat will help manager Frank Lampard to know his summer transfer stance.

According to him, the defeat has been able to expose the players and the team in general which will help Frank Lampard to know what he needs and who to sell at the club.

He stressed that with the defeat, the former Blues player would have known the players he can not trust and that should inform his transfer decisions.

However, Frank Lampard blasted his team for not being sharp in the game, stressing that Sheffield United was stronger both physically and mentally and that gave them the victory.

Meanwhile, the race for the Champions League spot will not be decided until the last games of the season. Both Man United, Chelsea and Leicester City are in the contest.

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Man united fans disagree with Solskjaer on this one thing

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Jadon Sancho

Everything looks alright at Man United because of the fine form of the team and the smiles that have been put on the faces of the fans, but there could still be one thing to disagree about.

The summer window transfer market is something every club and their fans anticipate as the target is to recruit more additions to help strengthen the team.

For Man United, the focus has been Borussia Dortmund winger Jadon Sancho as manager Ole Gunnar Solskjaer is keen on the player.

The Norwegian manager has not spoken much on the need for defenders, as a matter of fact, he dismissed talks of that topic when he stated that he has got a number of them at the club, and this is where the problem lies.

Man United fans seem uncomfortable with the stance of the former Red Devils player. They could start throwing stones.

Commentators opine that there is a high need of defenders to help balance the team and give depth because of the shaky performance of the legs available at the Old Trafford.

This could cause fracas between Ole Gunnar Solskjaer and the fans in the coming season especially if he insists, and the defensive department does not get better in any way.

The Red Devils have been linked to Nathan Ake but manager Ole Gunnar Solskjaer has moved to dismiss the speculations.

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Who Chelsea fans should hold responsible for defeat

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Frank Lampard

Chelsea suffered a 3-0 defeat to Sheffield United at Bramall Lane on Saturday and that has got everyone talking.

The chance of getting into the top four positions is now slim because they could be reduced to the fifth position if Leicester City and Manchester United beat Bournemouth and Aston Villa respectively.

In his analysis, former Arsenal player Ian Wright noted that Blues’ defender Andreas Christensen was bullied by Sheffield United attackers and could not hold on.

More so, he claims that manager Frank Lampard should be held responsible for the defeat because he was naive, especially for trying to play in a shape like Man United.

According to the Gunners legend, Chelsea players were unable to have their stance on the pitch as their midfielders and defenders were overpowered.

While admitting that Frank Lampard will be disappointed, Wright stated that they lacked intensity and pace to keep down the pressure from their opponents.

It is now obvious that fans will have to wait until the end of the season to know who joins Liverpool and Man City for the Champions League ticket.

The contest is between Man United, Chelsea and Leicester City with the Red Devils looking real for the challenge.

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Liverpool legend to return to England for managerial role

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Liverpool legend Steven Gerrard is on the wanted list of Championship side Bristol for a managerial role ahead of the coming season.

The Championship side parted ways with their former manager Lee Johnson since last weekend and are considering a number of options to help the team especially after an inconsistent season.

The Express reports that amongst the list already compiled, the Robins are more interested in the choice of the former Liverpool midfielder.

It is believed that his presence at the club will help motivate the players and serve as an inspiration for them to do more, owing to his history and achievements in the game.

Steven Gerrard is still the manager at Scottish club Rangers and it is unknown if he will be willing to dump them to return to England.

Suggestions are that the Reds legend will be dreaming of managing an EPL side in the nearest future and this opportunity could be the starting point as he looks to emulate the likes of Frank Lampard, Ole Gunnar Solskjaer and Mikel Arteta of Chelsea, Man United and Arsenal respectively.

All these managers are of the same age grade and played together as either teammates or opponents in their active career.

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Arsenal given Lacazette transfer backing

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Alexandre Lacazette

Again, the name of France international Alexandre Lacazette has been mentioned as a player Arsenal can part ways with in order to sanction other deals.

Gunners’ boss Mikel Arteta will not have enough funds to engage in the summer transfer window despite the high need for more additions.

Ray Palour is the latest to claim that the former Lyon striker should be sacrificed and shown the exit door for the club to fund other transfers.

The Arsenal legend is more particular about the club bringing in a replacement for Aaron Ramsey who left the Emirates Stadium to pitch tent with Italian Serie A giants, Juventus.

According to him, Mikel Arteta must secure the service of a goal scoring midfielder to make his team more threatening and stand the chances of winning more games.

Aaron Ramsey gave Arsenal that ability and quality before his exit from the club. He scored a number of goals that gave the team some points.

The burden has been on Alexandre Lacazette and Pierre-Emerick Aubameyang to deliver goals since Ramsey left and that ought not to be, according to Ray Palour when he spoke to Talk Sports.

Meanwhile, Aaron Ramsey has not been having it all good with the Serie A giants. He has not delivered same quality he is known for and already being reported to return back to England with Chelsea showing interest.

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