Manchester United legend Gary Neville has revealed that Manchester City won’t win the Premier League title and the Champions League title.
Gary Neville talked about the Premier League champions while he was doing his punditry work on popular English news channel Sky Sports.
The former Manchester United defender said that city rivals Manchester City won’t win the two major trophies namely the Champions League and Premier League titles.
According to him, Pep Guardiola knows that he does not have the squad to win those aforementioned major trophies.
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Gary Neville said that the Manchester City defence is not good enough to win those trophies.
Manchester City have lost the services of former skipper Vincent Kompany this summer.
Vincent Kompany left Manchester City when his contract expired in the summer and has since taken up the job as a player/manager at Belgian top flight side Anderlecht.
Apart from losing the services of Vincent Kompany, Manchester City would be without first choice centre back Aymeric Laporte till next year after the French player suffered a serious knee injury.
England international John Stones has also struggled with injury this season thereby forcing manager Pep Guardiola to field defensive midfielder Fernandinho in the centre back position this season.
Allegri Reveals Juventus Players He’ll Sign For Man Utd
Former Juventus and AC Milan manager Massimiliano Allegri has revealed the players that he’ll sign for Manchester United if he takes charge of the team.
Allegri has been seriously linked with the managerial job at Premier League club Manchester United in the past few days.
According to the latest report credited to Italian news outlet Tuttosport, Manchester United have opened talks with the Italian tactician about taking over from Ole Gunnar Solskjaer who’s under pressure after a poor start to the current Premier League season.
It was revealed that Manchester United have offered Allegri 6.5 million pounds yearly salary for him to take the managerial job at Old Trafford.
The aforementioned publication also said that former Manchester United left-back Patrice Evra will be a part of his backroom staff at the Theatre of Dreams.
Retired French international left-back Evra was at Manchester United before he left the club to play for Juventus under the guidance of Maximiliano Allegri.
He has not been without a managerial job since his resignation as the Juventus manager this summer.
Apart from the Manchester United job, the Italian has also been linked with Spanish champions Barcelona.
The Daily Mail claimed that he will sign former players at Juventus, Emre Can and Mario Mandzukic, for Manchester United when he becomes their manager.
Man Utd To Table Deal For Serie A-based Hitman As Lukaku Replacement In January
Struggling Premier League outfit Manchester United have set their sights on a Serie A-based striker ahead of the resumption of the transfer window in the New Year.
This is according to the publication from the Telegraph which revealed that Manchester United are preparing a 35 million pounds bid for AC Milan striker Krzysztof Piatek.
The Red Devils see Polish international Piatek as the man to fill the vacuum left by Romelu Lukaku in the summer.
Belgian all-time topscorer Lukaku left Manchester United to join Italian Serie A giants Inter Milan in a deal reported to be around 74 million pounds.
He has already scored three goals for the Nerazzuri in the Italian Serie A this term.
Piatek was previously at Italian top flight outfit Genoa where he spent just six months before joining AC Milan in January of this year.
He has not been able to hit the back of the net like what was obtainable last season.
Piatek has scored just one goal for AC Milan this season.
On their part, Manchester United have several issues on the attacking front.
In addition, they have one of the poorest attacks in the Premier League this term after nine goals scored in eight games.
Why Chelsea’s Move For 22-Goal Serie A Might Not Work
West London giants Chelsea have been linked with a possible move for AC Milan striker Krzysztof Piatek when the January transfer window reopens next year.
According to The Sun, Chelsea might go back for Polish international striker Piatek who has struggled for form in recent games.
Krzysztof Piatek has scored one goal in the last nine appearances after a run of 22 goals in the Italian Serie A last season for Genoa and AC Milan.
He signed for Genoa last summer before leaving the club for fellow Italian top flight team AC Milan after just six months.
Chelsea were strongly linked with Piatek in January before the Polish international star left Genoa for AC Milan and those transfer links are back.
It’s unlikely that Chelsea will sign him one year after they could have signed him before the player left for AC Milan.
Chelsea are hopeful that they would be able to sign new players in January.
This will happen if their transfer ban is reduced.
Chelsea were given a two-window transfer ban by world football’s governing body FIFA for breach of rules in relation to the signing of players under the age of 18.
Blues’ boss Frank Lampard was unable to sign players during the just concluded transfer window.
Shevchenko Releases 24-Man Squad For Nigeria Game
Former Chelsea striker Andriy Shevchenko has released a strong 24-man squad for the upcoming friendly games against Nigeria and Lithuania.
Andriy Shevchenko is the Ukraine national team manager at the moment and the ex-AC Milan and Dynamo Kiev striker will be in charge of the September games against the Super Eagles of Nigeria and European country Lithuania.
Nigeria will face Ukraine on September 10 in their first game after this summer’s African Cup of Nations (AFCON) tournament in Egypt.
Ndidi was an important part of the Super Eagles team that finished the tournament in third position after the 1-0 win over the Carthage Eagles of Tunisia in their 3rd/4th place playoff.
Full Squad (Ukraine)
Goalkeepers: Andriy Pyatov (Shakhtar Donetsk), Denys Boyko (Dynamo Kyiv), Andriy Lunin (Valladolid, Spain).
Defenders: Serhiy Kryvtsov, Mykola Matviyenko, Serhiy Bolbat (all Shakhtar Donetsk), Nikita Burda, Vitaliy Mykolenko, Oleksandr Karavaev (all Dynamo Kyiv), Ihor Plastun(Gent, Belgium), Eduard Sobol (Bruges, Belgium).
Midfielders: Yevhen Konoplyanka (Schalke, Germany), Andriy Yarmolenko (West Ham, England), Ruslan Malinowski (Atalanta, Italy), Oleksandr Zinchenko (Manchester City, England), Roman Bezus (Gent, Belgium), Maryan Shved (Celtic, Scotland), Viktor Tsyhankov, Vladimir Shepelev, Vitaliy Buyalskyi(all Dynamo Kyiv), Taras Stepanenko, Marlos (both Shakhtar Donetsk).
Forwards: Roman Yaremchuk (Gent, Belgium), Junior Moraes (Shakhtar Donetsk).
AC Milan Complete €13m Summer Swoop For Ex-Arsenal Midfielder
Italian Serie A giants AC Milan have completed the signing of Ismael Bennacer for a reported fee of €13m.
Algerian international Bennacer joins AC Milan from fellow Italian club Empoli who suffered relegation from the Italian Serie A at the end of last season.
Empoli will campaign in the Italian Serie B for the new season.
Ismael Bennacer has put pen to paper on a five-year deal at Milan until the end of the 2023/24 season.
His transfer from Empoli to Arsenal was confirmed on Sunday morning.
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The 21-year-old has been handed the number 10 jersey at the San Siro.
Ismael Bennacer joined Arsenal from French club Arles in 2015 and went on to spend two years at the club before signing for Italian Serie B outfit Empoli in 2017.
He was one of the best players for Empoli last season in a campaign that ended in relegation from the top flight.
Bennacer was able to transfer the same form to the Algerian national team setup as his quality shone during the just concluded African Cup of Nations (AFCON) tournament in Egypt.
Algeria won the tournament by beating Senegal 1-0 in the final and Ismael Bennacer was at the heart of the victory as he won the best player of the tournament.
AC Milan Sign Arsenal Target In €30m Deal
Seven-time European champions AC Milan have completed the signing of Portuguese attacker Rafael Leao from French Ligue 1 club Lille.
His official announcement as an AC Milan player was made earlier on Thursday.
The player earlier underwent his medical this week before the official confirmation was made on Thursday.
The Rafael Leao transfer to AC Milan is worth €30m (£27m).
Rafael Leao has signed a five-year deal at AC Milan until the end of the 2023/24 season.
The Portuguese forward was linked with a move to Arsenal at the start of the current transfer window.
Rafael Leao had a very good season for Lille in his one and only season at the club whom he joined after his contract at Sporting Lisbon was canceled.
The player canceled his Sporting Lisbon contract last summer before joining Lille where he scored eight league goals to help his team to second spot at the end of the last French Ligue 1 season.
He formed a potent strike partnership with Nicolas Pepe who recently joined the Gunners for a club-record fee of £72m.
Pepe scored 22 league goals for Lille last season.
Lille have moved to plug some of the attacking gap left by the duo of Leao and Pepe with the signing of Victor Osimhen from Sporting Charleroi FC of Belgium.
Italian Giant In €35m Bid For Arsenal Target
Italian Serie A giants AC Milan are reportedly plotting a move for Lille winger Rafael Leao this summer.
This is according to the publication from French news outlet RMC Sport which revealed that the seven-time European champions want to sign the Lille attacker.
Rafael Leao had previously been linked with a move to the Premier League.
Arsenal are one of the clubs mentioned as a possible transfer destination for the young forward.
AC Milan will have to pay €35m to sign Rafael Leao from French Ligue 1 club Lille between now and the end of this summer.
The Italians want to sign him as a direct replacement for Patrick Cutrone who’s expected to join Premier League outfit Wolverhampton Wanderers in the coming days.
Rafael Leao left Sporting Lisbon to join Lille last summer after his contract with the Portuguese club was canceled at his own request.
Sporting Lisbon will be entitled to 20% of the transfer fee if the Lille winger moves to another club.
Rafael Leao had a good debut season at Lille where he scored eight goals in 26 appearances in the league.
His form was crucial to Lille who finished the league season as the second best team behind champions Paris Saint Germain (PSG).
AC Milan Join Man Utd In Race To Sign Defender
Italian Serie A side AC Milan have joined Manchester United in the race to sign Juventus defender Merih Demiral this summer.
According to popular Italian media outlet La Gazzetta dello Sport, the Rossoneri want to sign the young centre back during this transfer window.
It was revealed that Milan have already opened talks with Juventus and the player over a move to the San Siro.
Merih Demiral came to the Italian Serie A with Sassuolo during the winter transfer window in January before the 21-year-old joined Italian champions Juventus this summer.
The Old Lady paid €18m for him and they have gone ahead to reinforce their squad in the same position with the signing of Matthijs De Ligt from Dutch club Ajax Amsterdam.
De Ligt has joined Juventus in a deal worth €85.5m including €10.5m in add-ons thus making him the third most expensive player in the history of the Old Lady and behind the likes of new teammates Gonzalo Higuain and Cristiano Ronaldo.
The De Ligt transfer has pushed Merih Demiral further down the centre back pecking order at Juventus.
Manchester United have linked with the player but they will have to meet up with the €35m valuation from his club Diane.