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EPL – Solskjaer Finally Picks Designated Penalty Taker

Amuda Segun

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Marcus Rashford

Manchester United manager Ole Gunnar Solskjaer has finally picked his designated penalty taker according to the latest reports emanating from the media in the United Kingdom (UK).

Solskjaer and his Manchester United players are under the spotlight after the penalty miss that overshadowed the Premier League meeting with Wolverhampton Wanderers on Monday night.

According to UK Sun, Ole Gunnar Solskjaer has made Marcus Rashford the designated penalty taker for the team.

It was revealed that Solskjaer tore into Marcus Rashford and Paul Pogba after the events of Monday night.

Rashford and Pogba had a discussion over the penalty awarded by Manchester United before the latter had his spot-kick saved by Wolves goalkeeper Rui Patricio.

At that point, the scoreline would have been 1-1 and a successful penalty from French World Cup winner Pogba would have given Manchester United a very good away win over their nemesis, Wolverhampton Wanderers.

Manchester United had taken a first-half lead through the in-form Anthony Martial who has scored in every game since the new league season started.

Wolves got back into the game through a sensational second-half strike from Ruben Neves and Manchester United would have gotten the three points at stake if not for the penalty miss.

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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Watford offer their prized asset to Man United

Timothy Aiyeku

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Ismaila Sarr

It was earlier reported that Man United are interested in the signature of Senegal international Ismaila Sarr as they are keen on a winger this summer window. This could just be the best of time to land him.

This is as the latest report by 90.min claims that the Red Devils are now in a pole position to sign Ismaila Sarr as Hornets have already offered him out to the club.

Liverpool were also reported to be interested in the signature of the Watford winger but they will no longer have a need of him as they have already secured the signature of Diogo Jota from Wolves.

With Man United known to be the confirmed suitors for Ismaila Sarr, they are expected to have a smooth run in the deal but they will also have to pay the £50 million that has been slammed on the player.

It is understood that the Red Devils will negotiate the fee for the winger as they have not valued him as high as the asking price. Ismaila Sarr is expected to be an alternative to England international winger Jadon Sancho who is highly needed at the Old Trafford but the £100 million fee by Borussia Dortmund cannot be met.

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Will Man United truly cash in £30m on this star?

Timothy Aiyeku

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Jesse Lingard

The speculation regarding the interest in Man United star Jesse Lingard seems too good to be true as it is claimed that the Red Devils will benefit £30 million from his sale.

The interest in Jesse Lingard by North London club, Tottenham is gradually gaining attention as it is claimed that former Man United manager Jose Mourinho is a big fan of the player and willing to work with him at Spurs.

Although it seems Jesse Lingard’s future with Man United is dim as he has not been favoured with a starting role since January 1. To make it worst, he was not named for a substitute role despite declared fit.

It is believed that Jesse Lingard is not wanted by manager Ole Gunnar Solskjaer who has not been able to get the best from him but Jose Mourinho is willing to change the narrative for the player by offering him the chance.

However, the £30 million fee could be the only challenge in having Jesse Lingard sold as the North London club has not valued him that high. It is believed that Tottenham will only be able to pay within the region of £20 million for him if they must sign him this summer window.

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Solskjaer told to approach this star to solve major issue

Timothy Aiyeku

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In a report by The Express, Man United manager Ole Gunnar Solskjaer has been told to move in for the signature of Leeds United player Marcelo Bielsa to help his team from struggling this season.

This is coming after the Red Devils suffered an embarrassing 3-1 defeat to Crystal Palace in their opening game of the season. There have been calls by pundits to Ole Gunnar Solskjaer to change his approach and bring in quality players before it gets late.

Tony Cascarino in his analysis says no player in Man United is ready to take risks that will help win the game, noting that they need a player like Marcelo Bielsa who has shown he can do it over again with Leeds United.

When speaking on talkSport, Tony Cascarino stated that he expected the Red Devils boss to bring in new legs early enough in their game against Crystal Palace but that did not happen because there was a need to bring in a player that will do something different.

He noted that the Red Devils do exactly the opposite of what Leeds United do and think they can have a chance by bringing in Marcelo Bielsa to the team this summer transfer window.

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Napoli boss makes another transfer claim of United, City target

Timothy Aiyeku

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Kalidou Koulibaly

Man United and Man City have shown interest in the signature of Napoli defender Kalidou Koulibaly with suggestions that he could be leaving the Serie A outfit to the English Premier League this summer transfer window.

It is understood that despite the interest already shown in the Senegal international defender, Man United are yet to make an approach for the player while Man City were earlier reported to have agreed on personal terms with the star player but no deal with Napoli.

The £70 million fee for the services of Kalidou Koulibaly remains a major challenge to all of his suitors and the club is unwilling to come down in their negotiation.

Now it is claimed by Napoli boss, Gennaro Gattuso that he will be sad if Kalidou Koulibaly leaves the club this summer window because he is a top player. He admitted that it is a difficult moment for football in terms of finances which could force the club to sell but he will be glad to have him stay.

However, Man City are already paying attention to Sevilla defender Jules Kounde but their opening bid of £60 million has been rejected. It is unclear if they will return for the Napoli star or will step up their bid for the La Liga player.

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Man United finally get similar quality as Jadon Sancho

Timothy Aiyeku

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Jadon Sancho

The summer transfer window has not ended for Man United if emerging reports are anything to go by as they are still in the search for a number of positions.

The humiliating 3-1 defeat suffered by the Red Devils in their opening Premier League game against Crystal Palace has made it mandatory for them to secure new additions to the team with manager Ole Gunnar Solskjaer confirming that it would be done.

England international winger Jadon Sancho was the top target for the Red Devils but it seems he will remain with German Bundesliga outfit Borussia Dortmund as a fee for his signature was not agreed upon.

The latest report now claims that Man United are shifting their attention to Atletico Madrid attacker Joao Felix as a potential alternative to the Man City academy product.

Joao Felix joined the Madrid team for £113 million from Benfica last summer window but his future at the club looks shaky as he only scored nine goals and gave three assists in La Liga.

Daily Star reports that the Red Devils could just hand him a new start of his career in the Premier League to be able to fulfill his potentials should an agreement be reached over his fee.

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Arsenal might have “agreed” Partey deal with Torreira talks

Timothy Aiyeku

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Thomas Partey

A lot of issues have been unfolding in Arsenal’s bid to get rid of some players and bring in new faces so as to stabilize the team to face the season’s challenge after two Premier League games.

It is understood that Spanish La Liga outfit Atletico Madrid are keen on the signature of Arsenal midfielder Lucas Torreira and to get him, Thomas Partey who is a top target for the Gunners will have to head in the other direction.

An attempt by the Spanish La Liga team to offer a loan deal to the North London outfit for the service of the Uruguay international failed as a permanent buy is the only option for Arsenal.

However, El Gol Digital reports that Atletico Madrid are keen on Lucas Torreira and cannot meet the financial implication. The only option is to let go of Thomas Partey to the Emirates Stadium.

It is understood that Thomas Partey is also keen on a move to the Arsenal and with the latest development; it could just be a deal for the two clubs to strike in the coming days.

Lucas Torreira was on the radar of a number of clubs, including Torino and Fiorentina but the two Serie A clubs might have been stepped backward in the race for him with Atletico Madrid now leading.

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Sokratis Papa’s move to Napoli attached to one condition

Timothy Aiyeku

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Sokratis Papastathopoulos

The first player to have been allegedly told by manager Mikel Arteta to leave Arsenal this summer window because he is not in the plans for the new season is Sokratis Papa but he is yet to find his way out.

Sokratis Papa has been linked with a move to Italian Serie A outfit Napoli with claims that personal terms have been agreed with the player but Napoli are yet to make steps into finalizing the deal.

It is, therefore, reported by Italian outlet Corriere dello Sport, that the Naples team will not complete a move for Sokratis Papa if they are unable to sell Kalidou Koulibaly as expected.

Both Man United and Man City have indicated an interest in Kalidou Koulibaly with speculations that there could be an agreement for personal terms between the player and the Pep Guardiola team.

However, a deal is yet to fall in place as Man City and Man United have not met the £70 million valuation for Kalidou Koulibaly which makes a deal far from being agreed upon. Napoli have also made it clear that they will not be coming down on the price.

The development means Sokratios Papa will have to wait until Napoli gets sorted with Kalidou Koulibaly’s move or seek other options before the end of the summer transfer window.

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Why Ozil holds the key to Aouar’s deal

Timothy Aiyeku

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Arsenal outcast Mesut Ozil has been mentioned again as the North London club continues to struggle in their bid to land Lyon star Houssem Aouar this summer transfer window.

Houssem Aouar is a top target for Arsenal and there have been efforts to snap him up but his £60 million tag has been standing in the way for the North London outfit.

According to Caught Offside, Arsenal’s chances of landing Houssem Aouar this summer transfer window lie in their ability to convince Mesut Ozil out of the club.

With Ozil being out of the team for the past months and yet to feature in any game since the season started, selling him will help the North London outfit cash in some reasonable funds.

Also, taking the German international al off their books will help to reduce the financial burden on the club to be able to accommodate other players with top quality like Houssem Aouar.

Howbeit, it has been a difficult task for the Gunners to convince Mesut Ozil about his future at the club. He is reported to have turned down offers from top teams to be able to see out his current contract with Arsenal.

With about 12 months left to the end of his contract, Arsenal could lose Mesut Ozil for free.

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