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There’s no better time United players and their coach need huge motivation than on Saturday during their final preparation for the much talked about encounter against Liverpool at the Old Trafford Stadium.

Former Manchester United manager Sir Alex Ferguson, who knows what it takes to face Liverpool, visited the team’s Carrington training ground to watch the training session.

Though he didn’t disclose his reasons for the visit, he was seen having a heart-to-heart chat with Solskjaer and Michael Carrick as the manager perfects his tactics for Sunday’s showdown.

The trio went on to watch United U18 side during their one-all draw with Middlesbrough in their league clash as the young Red Devils picked up a point at home.

Ferguson will hope that the motivation the players drew from his visit is enough to help them overcome the challenges from Jurgen Klopp’s who are in fine shape.

Meanwhile, injured midfielder Paul Pogba has wished his teammates good luck ahead of the game as he won’t be available for selection due to injury.

The Frenchman has been out of action for some weeks due to an ankle injury but he has told the fans that he will be fully fit for their next encounter.

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Is Arsenal’s Coutinho chase over?

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Philippe Coutinho

One player Arsenal were strongly linked with this summer transfer window is Brazilian international Philippe Coutinho but speculations of his move to the Emirates Stadium has been on the low.

Until the arrival of Ronald Koeman as Barcelona manager, Philippe Coutinho was tipped to have a return to the Premier League with his agent confirming it amidst strong interest from the North London club.

Philippe Coutinho’s loan spell with German Bundesliga outfit Bayern Munich ended last season and he was meant to leave the club but his wish was never to return to Barcelona where he was not favoured.

The whole situation changed with the coming of the new Catalan boss who reportedly convinced the former Liverpool player to return and have a good time at Cmp Nou.

However, the latest report claims a deal for Philippe Coutinho is not over yet for Arsenal as they could still make an attempt to snap him up before the end of the summer transfer window.

Although there are many questions to ask, including if the Gunners can convince Philippe Coutinho again if they can meet the asking price of the Brazilian and pay his huge weekly wage.

Howbeit, the Gunners might have turned their attention to Lyon midfielder Houssem Aouar and Thomas Partey from Atletico Madrid.

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Contrary Mohamed Elneny report remerges

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Contrary to what was reported by the Egyptian press that Arsenal midfielder Mohamed Elneny will be leaving the Emirates Stadium this summer transfer window, it has been claimed that he will be staying.

A recent publication had claimed that Mohamed Elneny’s agent flew to Turkey with the hope of holding talks with two clubs as offers have been received from them.

The 28-year-old was with Besiktas last season on a loan deal and has since returned to Arsenal with some starting roles this season with great performance.

He is being linked with a move to Galatasaray and Trabzonspor this summer but Mohamed Elneny could be bracing up for the challenge at Arsenal after enjoying two starts.

Sports journalist Chris Wheatley reports that he has been told by those very close to Mohamed Elneny that he is staying at Arsenal for this season.

However, the Egyptian international will be ready to fight for playing time as it is clear that the North London outfit will be signing a midfielder this summer transfer window to add to the competition for playing time.

Arsenal are reportedly making efforts to sign either Thomas Partey or Houssem Aouar this summer window as negotiations are still ongoing.

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This Arsenal forward will leave this summer window

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If claims by Athletic’s David Ornstein are anything to go by, then Arsenal forward Reiss Nelson will be leaving the Emirates Stadium this summer transfer window for a loan deal.

Reiss Nelson is not assured of regular playing time with Arsenal this season because of the several options available in the team and that could keep him out of the team.

To help him continue his development and have playing time, he will have to leave the club this summer transfer window for a loan deal as Arsenal are not willing to let him leave on a permanent deal.

David Ornstein said he has been informed that the 20-year-old winger will be leaving the club on loan for more playing time as well as gain more experience before returning to the club.

He noted that talks have already begun with some clubs for his likely destination as he is attracting interest from a number of teams already. His contract with Arsenal is expected to end in the summer of 2023 which is enough time for him to prove himself.

This development gives a hint that a lot will still happen with the North London club before the end of the summer transfer window.

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Arsenal Cleared To Sign Frenchman For £54million

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North London giants Arsenal have been cleared to sign their top transfer target as long as they are ready to pay his transfer fee.

This is according to the report via The Daily Telegraph which stated that the Gunners have been given the chance to sign Lyon skipper Houssem Aouar for £54m and that the player will still wait to make a final decision due to the presence of an unnamed Champions League club.

Houssem Aouar is a big target for Arsenal boss Mikel Arteta as he bids to improve the creativity from his midfield.

Arsenal star Mesut Ozil was saddled with the creative burden at the club but the retired German international is no longer at the peak of his powers.

Aouar is seen as his long-term replacement but the Gunners will have to snap him up from Lyon.

The Gunners made an offer of player plus cash at the start of the transfer window and are yet to make another bid after the first one was turned down.

Arsenal were ready to offer Matteo Guendouzi in a swap deal for Aouar who’s yet to make an appearance for the French national team.

He was a key player for Lyon who reached the Champions League semi-finals last season.

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Arsenal Make Partey Or Aouar Transfer Decision As Owners Sanction One Deal

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Arsenal have made a transfer decision on who to sign between midfield targets Houssem Aouar and Thomas Partey according to The Atheltic.

The Gunners want to sign both players but they are struggling to raise funds for the two transfers and this could lead to the signing of only one.

Atletico Madrid midfielder Thomas Partey is said to be the transfer priority for the Gunners as he’s a more complete midfielder than Lyon midfielder Houssem Aouar.

In addition, the Ghanaian international has a release clause of £45m, while Arsenal will have to negotiate a transfer fee with Lyon for French junior international Houssem Aouar.

Arsenal manager Mikel Arteta has prioritised his midfield as the transfer window gradually winds down.

The Gunners struggled in midfield during the last Premier League game as they scrapped past West Ham United to further highlight the need for midfielders.

Substitute Eddie Nketiah came off the bench to score the winning goal as the North Londoners maintained their 100% record with a 2-1 home win over the Hammers.

Arteta and Arsenal are trying to raise funds for the signings of Partey and Aouar but they have not been successful in this regard.

The £20m transfer of Emiliano Martinez to Aston Villa has been the only significant player sale made at the Emirates Stadium this summer.

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Ex-Liverpool Striker Joins Atletico Madrid After Bargain Transfer From Barcelona Agreed

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Atletico Madrid have confirmed that they have reached an agreement with Spanish La Liga rivals Barcelona for the transfer of Luis Suarez.

It was disclosed that the two clubs have agreed on a €6m (£5.5m) for the former Liverpool striker.

Luis Suarez had to leave Barcelona after new club manager Ronald Koeman deemed him to be surplus to requirements.

The €6m transfer fee for the 33-year-old will be paid instalmentally as per the announcement made by Barcelona.

He leaves Barcelona as the third highest goalscorer at the club behind Cesar and Lionel Messi.

The Uruguayan international netted 186 goals in 283 appearances during his six-year stay at the Nou Camp.

During that time, Luis Suarez won 13 trophies for the Catalans.

He won four league titles, four Copa Del Rey titles and one Champions League title which came under Luis Enrique during the 2014/15 season.

Suarez won the Champions League title in his first season at the club.

He came close to joining Italian Serie A champions Juventus earlier this month before the transfer fell through.

Earlier reports had said that Barcelona president Josep Maria Bartomeu was not ready to sanction the sale of Luis Suarez to rival clubs like Atletico Madrid.

Suarez will replace Alvaro Morata at Atletico Madrid after the Spaniard signed for Juventus earlier this week.

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Ross Barkley and Ruben Loftus-Cheek transfer date revealed

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Aston Villa are reportedly plotting moves for two players from Chelsea in a bid to strengthen their squad for this season.

According to the Daily Mail, Villa want to bolster their squad in central midfield and the Chelsea duo of Ross Barkley and Ruben Loftus-Cheek have been targeted.

It was revealed that Aston Villa want a loan deal for either of the two England internationals who have found it hard to feature in the Chelsea XI this season.

Aston Villa have spent over £70m this summer in addition to the £140m spent on new players last summer as the club barely stayed up on the final day of last season.

The former European champions have signed goalkeeper Emiliano Martinez in a £20m deal this season, while the duo of Matty Cash and Ollie Watkins have joined from Nottingham Forest and Brentford respectively.

Watkins has signed for Villa in a club-record deal worth an initial fee of £28m and the club is keen to add either Barkley or Loftus-Cheek.

Ruben Loftus-Cheek is yet to feature for Chelsea since being substituted during half-time of the opening game at Brighton which the Blues won 3-1.

On his part, Ross Barkley was on the scoresheet as Chelsea beat Barnsley 6-0 in their Carabao Cup third round on Wednesday night.

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Report: Man United In Talks To Sign This Attacker

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Three-time European champions Manchester United are said to be in talks to sign Barcelona attacker Ousmane Dembele before this summer’s transfer market closes.

This is as per reports from various media outlets in the United Kingdom (UK).

The Daily Record specifically stated that talks have progressed between Manchester United and Barcelona over the transfer of the French international to Old Trafford.

Ousmane Dembele has endured an injury-hit time at Barcelona following his costly move from Borussia Dortmund in the German Bundesliga.

The 23-year-old signed for Barcelona in 2017 in a deal reported to be around £108m.

Constant injury issues limited his output to just 12 goals in 51 league outings and new Barcelona manager Ronald Koeman won’t mind his sale as he shapes his team for the new season.

Ronald Koeman has already sanctioned a big sale following the sale of Luis Suarez to Atletico Madrid.

Manchester United want a new winger and Ousmane Dembele is available as a very good alternative to top target Jadon Sancho of Borussia Dortmund as long as the Frenchman can maintain fitness.

The Red Devils have been very quiet in the present transfer window and that has left their fans frustrated.

They have made just one major signing since the start of the transfer window in July.

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