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‘Tough’ January Market Won’t Stop Manchester United From Signing This Player

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Mario Mandzukic

Though Manchester United have reportedly described the winter transfer market a tough period to get new players, the Red Devils are very much keen on signing one or two players, especially a striker.

British media outlet Manchester Evening News claimed that the Red Devils are uncertain over their chances of signing new players in January because top European clubs won’t be ready to release their players mid-way into the season.

Notwithstanding, the Premier League giants believe they are going all-out to complete the signing of one striker due to the unfavorable situation at Old Trafford.

The Red Devils have not been scoring goals since the start of this season and the board members have reportedly promised to get a new striker who will help solve Solskjaer’s problems at the final half of the pitch.

A deal for Mario Mandzukic’s services appeared to be done and dusted but waiting for an official announcement in January, that’s if reports making headline across England are something to rely on.

Meanwhile, the Red Devils are also set to make official bids for Borussia Dortmund’s winger Jadon Sancho and Leicester City’s attacking midfielder James Maddison.

It is, however, unknown if both clubs would risk losing the two influential players in the middle of the season.

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Mesut Ozil makes future decision after squad snub

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German international Mesut Ozil has told his friends at Arsenal that he is unmoved by his snub from matches as he will still see out his contract with the club.

Ozil currently enjoys a £350,000-a-week contract with Arsenal and it is expected that he would be shown the exit door because of his unsatisfactory performance but that has not happened.

Maybe it’s a ploy by the Gunners to discourage Mesut Ozil from staying but it’s obviously not working as he is yet to play a single game since the restart of the season, despite the huge weekly wage he pockets.

This, therefore, means that Ozil could leave as a free player as he is currently in his last 12 months at the Emirates Stadium. He would be permitted by the law of the game to begin pre-contract negotiations with any suitors in January.

The decision by manager Mikel Arteta to leave him out of his team is not unconnected with his poor performance as Mesut Ozil has only delivered 3 assists in 23 games for his team in all competitions.

There is no doubt that Arsenal have not benefitted from the service of the World Cup winner in the last months and that remains a big blow to the club.

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Arsenal get big advantage ahead of Liverpool clash

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This season will not end until North London club Arsenal face the current English Premier League, Liverpool in one of the mid-week fixtures.

However, the Gunners have been handed a major advantage ahead of the clash because they will be playing a Liverpool team with reduced strength as the Jurgen Klopp side will be without Jordan Henderson.

He sustained a ligament injury in their Wednesday’s 3-1 win against Brighton and have been confirmed to be out of the season after a scan was conducted to ascertain the gravity of the injury.

Jordan Henderson will now miss Liverpool’s games against Burnley, Arsenal, Chelsea and Newcastle.

Commentators have confirmed the development as a major advantage to Arsenal because Liverpool will be turning up with a reduced strength.

However, it promises to be a big game for both sides because they both have something at stake despite having the season decided already.

For Arsenal, it is a bid to have European football with a qualification for the Europa League as the Champions League has become almost impossible while Liverpool are looking to beat the 100 points record already set by Man City.

The manager Jurgen Klopp side are just eight points away from achieving this feat.

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Why Chelsea’s new signings could make no meaning next season

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No surprise, Chelsea fans are already in a light mood ahead of next season after seeing their team complete two major signings.

Timo Werner and Hakim Ziyech have both been confirmed to fly the Blues colours ahead of the coming season and the club is already preparing to confirm a deal for Kai Havertz which is no doubt a major boost for the Frank Lampard team.

There are, therefore, suggestions that all the good signings for the attacking roles might just end up in a mess if there is no major reinforcement of the defensive roles.

The Blues need depth in the defence if they must succeed in their bid to win titles in the coming season.

Leicester City defender Ben Chilwell and West Ham United star Declan Rice have both been linked as options for buys by Chelsea but a deal is yet to happen.

Commentators claim that Chelsea must get the West Ham United player even if they are unsuccessful in their bid for the Leicester City man.

Declan Rice has been heavily linked and no doubt he seeks a move to Chelsea. He has been tipped to be the new John Terry at the Stamford Bridge.

West Ham are asking for a £80 million fee which is argued to be too high but Declan Rice’ signature has been tipped to make the attacking recruits more effective.

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Arsenal fans won’t love this Santi Carzola news

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The latest report claims that former Arsenal star Santi Carzola will soon be announced as a new signing for Qatari club Al Sadd.

The 35-year-old will now be ending his stay with Spanish La Liga outfit Villarreal for a new challenge.

This development will not be appreciated by Arsenal fans who wish to have Santi Carzola back at the Emirates Stadium.

It was earlier expected that the Spanish playmaker will make a return to the North London after expressing his love for the club and wishing to have a ceremonial exit. His impact at the club was too big for him to leave without any noise.

The Gunners fans have also called on the club to bring back the 35-year-old to the club because of his quality and what he can add to the team.

It has been widely suggested that Arsenal have not been able to replace Santi Carzola since he left the club and his exit was a big loss to the North London club.

Santi Carzola battled with an injury that almost cost his football career, reason why he left the club after staying away from the pitch for a season on the treatment table.

However, there are reports that Santi Carzola will still return to the Emirates Stadium but that will happen in the future and he would be returning as a coach to help manager Mikel Arteta.

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Pogba refuses to debunk Real Madrid links

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This is not the first time Real Madrid will be linked to Man United midfielder Paul Pogba and this time, the speculations have come out strong.

It is reported that Real Madrid manager Zinedine Zidane is unhappy that the club was unable to snap up the signature of his France compatriot and is ready to make it happen this time.

This is coming when Paul Pogba is having life interesting at the Old Trafford as he is now in good form, with the club also recording wins.

After their win against Aston Villa, manager Ole Gunnar Solskjaer and the World Cup winner were faced with questions of what holds for the future.

In his reply, the former Juventus player refused to dismissed that he will not be making a move to Real Madrid. He only made mention of Man United’s ambitions at the moment.

Pogba answered by saying he wants to help Man United win double silverware, adding that he is just recovering from injury and hopes to get back strong into the team.

Commentators have argued that Paul Pogba could still be nursing his dream of playing for Real Madrid under manager Zinedine Zidane but that could not be an immediate project for him.

It is claimed he could be considering the possibility in the future, having earlier made it public that one of his career targets is to play for Real Madrid.

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Coutinho condition for Liverpool return issued

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Brazilian international Philippe Coutinho has not been the same player since he parted ways with Liverpool to Barcelona in a big-money deal.

Apparently, the condition in which the Brazilian left the Reds team was not a good one as the fans were left disappointed after showing him, big love.

Coutinho lived in his shadows in Barcelona and was forced out on loan to German Bundesliga outfit Bayern Munich where he made satisfactory performance.

His fate is now unknown because it is unclear his loan deal would be extended with Bayern Munich and he is not expected to return to the Camp Nou.

Former Aston Villa forward Gabriel Agbonlahor has given his view on the situation with Coutinho expressing confidence that he could return to be a Liverpool player but that will only happen with a condition.

Gabriel Agbonlahor stated that Coutinho must apologize to the club and the fans, expressing confidence that he would be forgiven and allowed to return.

While manager Jurgen Klopp is keen to add depth to his squad, Gabriel Agbonlahor stated that Coutinho is the player Liverpool needs at the moment to help strengthen their squad.

According to him, buying a player like Pierre-Emerick Aubameyang cannot help the Liverpool team because they already have proven goal scorers but noted that Coutinho will help complement the likes of Sadio Mane, Mohamed Salah and Firmino.

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Sanchez’s Man United fate could have been decided

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It is feared that the fate of Chile international Alexis Sanchez at Man United could have been decided already ahead of the summer transfer window.

The Chile international joined Man United from Arsenal and has failed to live up to expectation. He has struggled to deliver the form he was known for at the Emirates Stadium with Arsenal and Barcelona.

This made the Red Devils force him out on loan to Italian Serie A outfit where he spent the last 12 months. Inter Milan are already considering an option of another loan deal for a year but reports claim Man United are no longer interested.

It is reported that Man United have already decided to sell the player on a permanent deal. His £500,000 weekly wage has been a burden to the club and they are willing to let go of it in this summer window as they cannot get his fine performance in return.

However, Man United will struggle to offload the former Arsenal player because most clubs have been affected by the coronavirus pandemic and will not be able to meet with his asking price, as well as pay his high weekly wage.

Sanchez must be ready to take a pay cut to be able to sanction a deal with a new club ahead of the coming season.

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Chelsea at crossroad with Giroud

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English Premier League outfit are feared to part ways with France international striker Olivier Giroud in the summer transfer window.

The 33-year-old has been receiving interest from a number of clubs and the latest from Italian Serie A outfit Inter Milan seems irresistible for a new challenge.

The decision to let go of Olivier Giroud or keep him has been a difficult one to make for Chelsea because of a number of factors surrounding the team.

While Chelsea can boast of new additions of Timo Werner and Hakim Ziyech to boost their attack, analysis hints that the experience of the former Arsenal striker is still needed at the club, knowing his contribution at the moment. He could also be an option for the team.

Inter Milan also seek to land Emerson Palmieri in the coming summer transfer window with the player reportedly ready to hand his club a transfer request because he can no longer boast of a starting role under manager Frank Lampard.

Tottenham and West Ham United are also keen on the signature of Emerson Palmieri and will compete with Inter Milan but Italian Serie A outfit is his preferred destination because of his wish to work with Antonio Conte.

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