One would have thought that a big club like Manchester United would have their Director of Football (DoF) in place at the moment just like what’s obtainable in many of the big clubs on the European football scene, but that’s not the case at the Theatre of Dreams.
Several candidates were interviewed for the role earlier this year but nothing is yet to come out of it.
Former Manchester United players like Rio Ferdinand and Darren Fletcher were interviewed for the post while Edwin Van Der Sar recently talked about taking up a role like that at the club.
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Ex-Man Utd shot-stopper Edwin Van Der Sar is the current CEO (Chief Executive Officer) at Dutch Eredivisie giants Ajax Amsterdam.
According to the publication from The Athletic, Manchester United are yet to appoint a Director of Football partly due to the fact that club manager Ole Gunnar Solskjaer and his assistant Mike Phelan already do some of the jobs expected of a DoF.
Both Solskjaer and Phelan are under serious pressure to keep their respective jobs after the indifferent start to the season in the Premier League in particular.
Manchester United are in the 12th position on the table at the moment.
EPL: Man United receive words from their defensive target
Man United have continued to be linked with Dayot Upamecano from the German Bundesliga outfit RB Leipzig but there have not been any concrete report of negotiations with the player.
It is reported that the Red Devils are still making moves to move in for the player before the end of the summer transfer window, especially after they were defeated in their opening game of the season.
However, the player has something to tell the Red Devils regarding their interest in him. He stated that he is fully focused on staying with RB Leipzig this season, not minding the speculations of offers from his suitors.
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Dayot Upamecano confirmed speaking with some clubs as regards a move away from Germany but he will remain focused on the game this season while he will not force anything to happen.
The young defender was at his peak last season for the German Bundesliga club, helping them to reach the Champions League semi-finals last season and that has earned him the attention all around Europe.
With less than two weeks to the end of the summer transfer window, the direction of the Red Devils for the summer transfer market is yet to be known but the fans have been assured of seeing new faces at the club this season.
EPL: Man United to make late swoop for Barcelona player
The Red Devils have been reported to be planning a late swoop for the signature of Barcelona and French defender, Samuel Umtiti, according to France Football.
The future of the World Cup winner at the Camp Nou is very unlikely and has been linked with a move away from the club with Arsenal and Man United mentioned as possible destinations for the Frenchman.
The chances of Arsenal continuing with their reported pursuit of Samuel Umtiti are slim as they have already made some defensive additions with Gabriel Magalhaes and William Saliba.
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However, Man United are yet to settle their defensive challenge and that could lead them into making a move for the French defender who is out of favour with the Spanish La Liga outfit.
While Barcelona can boast of other options in their team for the season’s challenge, they also want to cut down their wage bill as a result of the financial downturn, a major reason why Samuel Umtiti could be sold.
Pundits have told manager Ole Gunnar Solskjaer that he needs to bring in another centre-half that will pair with Harry Maguire to be able to avoid unnecessary defeats.
Samuel Umtiti could also be the ideal player for the Red Devils knowing his experience in the game at a big level.
EPL: Arsenal, Liverpool strikers in demand by EPL club
Sheffield United boss Chris Wilder has called on the club’s board to bring in strikers if he must perform this season.
He has also listed Liverpool’s Rhian Brewster and Arsenal’s youngster Folarin Balogun as the players he is interested in working with this summer window. His choice has also been motivated by the fact that they will be easy to access financially.
Chris Wilder believes the summer transfer activates will not be complete without reinforcing the attack of the Blades this season as he has reportedly spoken with Liverpool’s manager Jurgen Klopp on getting Rhian Brewster on loan this season but he is yet to get the reply from the German boss.
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Sheffield United are also reported to have made an approach for Folarin Balogun who is Arsenal’s U-23s hitman and are also waiting for a response from the North London outfit.
The Gunners were initially not willing to let go of the Nigerian kid but he is bent on having a first-team experience and has refused to sign a new deal with his current contract expiring in June.
Folarin Balogun has been tipped to step in the shoes of Pierre-Emerick Aubameyang with his potentials and it is hoped that he can still be convinced to be a little patient.
EPL: Arsenal to take this big decision to land Aouar, fans may not like it though
English Premier League club seem to be desperate to land their midfield target Houssem Aouar from French Ligue 1 outfit Lyon and that could lead them into making big decisions.
The Gunners have had an earlier bid rejected while a swap deal proposal was turned down with Lyon keen to take Houssem Aouar’s asking price of £54 million.
With manager Mikel Arteta desperate on a midfielder, the club could be forced to make some big decisions, including selling some of the players to be able to raise some funds for the deal.
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The Independent reports that French striker Alexandre Lacazette could be the man to be sold to raise some funds for the deal with two years left to the end of his contract.
It is understood that the former Lyon striker will not be lacking in suitor once he is asked to leave the club as Italian Serie A outfit Juventus are one of those expected to make a move for him.
However, this reported decision to sell Alexandre Lacazette might not go down well with the fans that have much faith in the striker to help deliver goals. The French striker has also not been lacking in his duty to score this season.
Emmanuel Adebayo on his way back to the EPL
Former Arsenal striker and Togo international Emmanuel Adebayo could be on his way back to the English Premier League as he is reported by The Sun to be on the wanted list of West Brom.
Emmanuel Adebayo has been on the books of Paraguay club Olimpia but his contract with the club ended in July and he has been a free player since then.
It is understood that West Brom manager Slaven Bilic is a big fan of Emmanuel Adebayo and thinks the Togo international striker can still make a mark in the Premier League this season.
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Slaven Bilic is, therefore reported to have held talks with Emmanuel Adebayo and it was a positive one as the player is also interested in another spell in the English Premier League.
The West Brom boss is positive that the experience of the former Arsenal, Man City, Real Madrid, and Tottenham striker can help bolster his attacking options this season.
Emmanuel Adebayo can boast of 97 Premier League goals to his name and he could round it up to 100 with the opportunity of playing with West Brom this season.
Should personal terms be agreed upon between the two parties, Emmanuel Adebayo will be making a surprise return to the English Premier League.
EPL: Wright takes a dig at Man United in “van de Beek comment”
Arsenal legend Ian Wright has taken a dig at Man United by claiming that their new signing Donny van de Beek would have fit into the Gunners system more than the Red Devils.
Donny van de Beek is the only major signing by Man United this season after joining from Ajax to add to the options in the midfield.
Ian Wright claims the Dutch midfielder could have been better at Arsenal when he spoke on The Kelly & Wrighty Show. He noted that Donny van de Beek’s quality already exists at the Old Trafford before his coming, adding that he does the same thing as Paul Pogba and Bruno Fernandes.
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The Arsenal legend admits the Dutch midfielder is a great player but he might not give more than what the Red Devils already have because his preferred positions are already being handled by great players.
However, the Gunners are currently in the search for a new midfielder as they are making efforts to convince Atletico Madrid and Lyon for the signatures of Thomas Partey and Houssem Aouar respectively.
Meanwhile, Man United have given the hint that they are still in the summer transfer market to land players that will help improve their team for the season’s challenge.
EPL: How Arsenal will prise away Aouar from Lyon revealed
Transfer guru Fabrizio Romano has given the hint that the North London outfit Arsenal will snap up the signature of Houssem Aouar from French Ligue 1 outfit by leaving it close to the end of the summer transfer window.
Houssem Aouar is a top target for the Gunners and efforts to convince the French Ligue 1 giants to come down from their £54 million asking price has failed but the North London club are not giving up on eh possibility of the deal.
Manager Mikel Arteta holds the belief that his side can challenge for titles and return to the Champions League if he is able to add a quality midfielder to his team before the end of the summer window.
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However, the transfer guru hinted that the Gunners will leave it late to strike the deal for the 22-year-old midfielder, adding that in the process of waiting for the last minute, Arsenal must have gotten rid of Sead Kolasinac, Lucas Torreira, and Sokratis Papa to raise some funds.
According to Fabrizio Romano, Houssem Aouar is very interested in the idea of moving to Arsenal and he is ready to give his nod as soon as an agreement is reached between the two clubs.
EPL: Chelsea Confirm £22m Transfer
Chelsea have increased the African contingent on their payroll following the capture of Senegalese international shot stopper Edouard Mendy.
The 28-year-old becomes the eighth signing of the summer for Chelsea after the announcement was made on Thursday.
Edouard Mendy signs for the Blues from French team Rennes after the two clubs reached an agreement of £22m in transfer fees for his services.
He has signed a five-year contract until the summer of 2025.
Edouard Mendy is now expected to become the first choice goalkeeper ahead of the troubled Kepa Arrizabalaga who has struggled for form and confidence for the better part of the last one year.
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The Senegalese goalkeeper could make his first appearance with the club at the weekend as Chelsea travel to the Midlands to take on Premier League newcomers West Bromwich Albion.
Chelsea had previously signed free agents Thiago Silva and Malang Sarr in this transfer window.
Other signings include Ben Chilwell, Kai Havertz, Timo Werner and Hakim Ziyech.
With the signing of the aforementioned Mendy, Chelsea could send Kepa Arrizabalaga on loan as per the latest reports in the media.
Kepa Arrizabalaga became the most expensive goalkeeper in world football when Chelsea activated his £71m release clause at La Liga club Athletic Bilbao two years ago.
His loss of confidence has seen him produce howlers consistently.