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Star Player Set To End His Relationship With Man United In January

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Manchester United defender Chris Smalling could be ending his nine-year relationship with the club in January as Roma are reportedly set to sign him on a permanent deal.

The England international joined the Serie A side on loan in the summer after falling down the pecking order at Old Trafford following the acquisition of Harry Maguire from Leicester City.

He has hit the ground running at Roma and the Serie A side are looking at the possibility of capturing him on a permanent deal during the next transfer market.

Corriere Dello Sport (via Sport Witness) said that Roma have revealed their willingness to have the defender beyond this season and they are ready to meet United’s asking price.

The Italy-based media publication claimed that Roma sporting directors Franco Baldini and Gianluca Petrachi have been to Manchester to let the Glazers know of their interest in Smalling.

Will United let go of one of their highly experienced and longest-serving defenders in January? Only time will tell, but as it stands, Solskjaer won’t stop his employers from selling the player if Roma is willing to spend big on his signature.

Chris Smalling joined United from Fulham in 2010 and has won some trophies with the club, including FA Cup and Europa League glory.

The writer is a passionate Man United fan. He has good insights into the world of football especially the English Premier League.

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Does Solskjaer Wants Permanent Transfer For Odion Ighalo Now?

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Ole Gunnar Solskjaer has hinted that Odion Jude Ighalo could join Manchester United permanently at the end of his loan spell at the club.

Ighalo raised eyebrows in the footballing world after he signed for the Red Devils on loan on the final day of last month’s transfer window.

The 30-year-old Nigerian striker joined Manchester United on a short-term loan until this summer.

The former Watford striker was at Chinese Super League outfit Shanghai Shenshua before his loan move to Manchester United was approved last month.

On Ighalo and a possible transfer to Manchester United permanently in the summer when his short-term loan spell ends, Solskajer revealed that the player will be rewarded with a long-term deal if he impresses between now and the summer.

Solskjaer talked about Ighalo as he gets set to take his team to London to face Chelsea at Stamford Bridge.

Odion Ighalo is not likely to start the Chelsea game but he’s in line to make his debut for the club he has been supporting in his native Nigeria since he was a boy.

Due to the precautionary measures taken for the dreaded Coronavirus prevalent in China, Odion Ighalo was unable to travel with the rest of the Manchester United squad to Spain where they had their winter break.

Fellow new signing Bruno Fernandes will make the Manchester United starting lineup for the Chelsea having already bonded with the rest of the team. He had earlier made his debut in the last game vs Wolves at the start of this month.

Manchester United have failed to score in their three games in the Premier League and this barren run coincided with the injury to Marcus Rashford.

England international Rashford has three goals in two games against Chelsea this season and he has 19 goals in total.

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Why Odion Ighalo Would Perform Miracles For Manchester United Tonight

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Super Eagles of Nigeria striker Odion Ighalo is in line for his Manchester United debut when they face hosts Chelsea in a crucial league clash on Monday night.

The ex-Watford striker joined Manchester United on deadline day during the winter transfer window last month and he could be the player to fire the Red Devils back to Champions League football after one season.

Manchester United missed out on Champions League football this season after a sixth-placed finish at the end of the last league campaign and manager Ole Gunnar Solskjaer would be hoping to lead his team back to the competition next season.

The Chelsea game is significant for Manchester United as they have the opportunity to close the gap on their opponents who occupy the fourth and final place for Champions League qualification.

Fifth position could still be good enough for a spot in the Champions League next season after second-placed Manchester City were subject of a transfer ban in Europe.

Manchester City have been banned from any form of European competition over the next two seasons after breaching FFP (Financial Fair Play) rules.

Odion Ighalo was the second signing for Manchester United during the January transfer window after Portuguese international Bruno Fernandes and he could be the man to fire the Red Devils back into the Champions League.

Ighalo could perform miracles for Manchester United in the following ways:

1. Goals

Manchester United have struggled for goals in the absence of Marcus Rashford and Odion Ighalo could add firepower to a lean Manchester United frontline without Rashford who has 19 goals in all competitions.

2. Premier League Experience

He has adequate Premier League experience and that could be a useful ammunition for him and his new team between now and the rest of the season.

3. Plan B

Odion Ighalo will provide Solskjaer with a second option in attack even if Marcus Rashford returns to the team as expected next month.

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RB Leipzig Delivers Update On Timo Werner Amid Liverpool Transfer

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German Bundesliga giants RB Leipzig have delivered a transfer update on star player Timo Werner amidst the interest from the Premier League.

RB Leipzig gave an update on the future of Timo Werner at the club through their Chief Executive Officer (CEO) Olivier Mintzlaff.

According to him, Timo Werner will stay at the club and that the Champions League campaigners have not been in talks with Premier League leaders Liverpool as reported in the media.

Italian journalist Nicolo Schira had earlier stated that Liverpool are in talks to sign Timo Werner.

He disclosed that Liverpool want to wrap up the transfer for the German international before April when the £50m release clause in his RB Leipzig contract will expire.

Olivier Mintzlaff spoke about Timo Werner shortly after the German Bundesliga win over Werder Bremen on Saturday.

RB Leipzig secured the top spot on the league table with the 3-0 win at home to their opponents, though Timo Werner was not amongst the goalscorers.

Mintzlaff was quoted by TransferMarketWeb in relation to the possible transfer of Timo Werner.

The petite German international is also a major target for Chelsea and manager Frank Lampard who wants a strong competition for Tammy Abraham.

England international Tammy Abraham has been the first-choice striker at Chelsea and they have been overreliant on him.

Tammy Abraham has 15 goals in all competitions including 13 in the league.

Frank Lampard doesn’t fancy his backup options in that central striker department, both Olivier Giroud and Michy Batshuayi are the backup options at Chelsea but they have seen little action over the course of the season till date.

Timo Werner has scored 20 goals in the league for RB Leipzig this season plus two goals in the Champions League where they’ll face RB Leipzig in the last 16 of the competition later this week.

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Man Utd Urged To Sign James Maddison Over Jack Grealish For This Reason

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Manchester United have been advised to prioritise the signing of Leicester City playmaker James Maddison over Aston Villa midfielder Jack Grealish according to former player Paul Parker via the Daily Express.

The Red Devils are expected to make a big splash financially in this summer’s transfer window and the midfield department is an area to be strengthened.

According to Paul Parker, Manchester United should make a move for James Maddison this summer at the expense of Jack Grealish despite the fact that the Leicester City player would be more expensive.

He also pointed out that James Maddison has shown his quality at the highest level on a more consistent basis than Jack Grealish who’s a boyhood Aston Villa supporter.

James Maddison has scored six goals plus three assists in 23 league games for the Foxes this season, while Jack Grealish has found the back of the net seven times in the Premier League in addition to providing five assists.

Manchester United were seriously keen on taking James Maddison to Old Trafford in the winter transfer window last month but the Foxes were adamant that the one-cap England international player won’t leave the King Power Stadium in the middle of the season.

Leicester City manager Brendan Rodgers spoke several times about James Maddison and the interest from other Premier League sides notably Manchester United. According to him, the player is not for sale.

Manchester United were able to strengthen their midfield last month with the signing of Portuguese international Bruno Fernandes from Sporting Lisbon in his native Portugal.

The Red Devils could pay as high as €80m for Bruno Fernandes including bonuses and add-ons.

Bruno Fernandes scored eight goals plus seven assists in 15 league matches for Sporting Lisbon before his transfer to the Premier League.

He has already made his debut for the Red Devils.

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EPL: Absence Of Takumi Minamino Explained

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Liverpool signing Takumi Minamino was an obvious absentee during the Premier League game at Norwich City on Saturday night.

Eyebrows were raised immediately it was evident that the Japanese international won’t be part of the Premier League Matchday 26 squad to face basement club Norwich City at Carrow Road.

The reason behind his omission has now been revealed by James Pearce who works for the Liverpool Echo.

According to him, Takumi Minamino was left out of the Liverpool squad for the Norwich City game for tactical reasons.

The Japanese attacker has not been able to impose himself on the Liverpool squad since his transfer to the club this year.

The absence of Takumi Minamino at Norwich City shows the strength of the squad at the disposal of Jurgen Klopp especially after a lot of his players returned to full fitness.

One of such players Sadio Mane was responsible for the only goal of the game as the Reds needed to dig deep to win the game at the expense of the Canaries.

Senegalese international Sadio Mane came off the bench to score the only goal of the game in the 78th minute.

The 1-0 win was enough to take Liverpool 25 points clear of Manchester City in second place. Manchester City are the Premier League champions having won it in each of the last two seasons.

Manchester City will lose their title to Liverpool unless there’s a monumental collapse on the part of the Reds.

Liverpool have won their last 17 league games since the goalless draw at the home of arch-rivals Manchester United.

In 26 Premier League games, Liverpool have dropped points in just one match.

Takumi Minamino is expected to get a Premier League winners medal even if he doesn’t play much football between now and the end of the current campaign.

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Manchester United ‘Considering Summer Move For French Midfielder’

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English Premier League giants Manchester United are considering a summer move for one of the best young players in French football.

Lyon midfielder Houssem Aouar is undoubtedly one of the best young players in France and he has emerged as a transfer target for Manchester United.

According to the Daily Mail, Manchester United have turned their attention to Houssem Aouar ahead of this summer’s transfer window.

The Red Devils have already strengthened their midfield with the signing of Bruno Fernandes last month and the Premier League giants are expected to sign at least one midfielder in the summer.

Bruno Fernandes has signed for the Red Devils from Portuguese Super League giants Sporting Lisbon for an initial fee worth £47m plus bonuses and add-ons that could take the whole transfer to the £68m mark.

He made his debut for his new team during the last game at home to fellow Champions League contender Wolverhampton Wanderers which ended in a goalless draw.

That result left Manchester United six points adrift of West London giants Chelsea in fourth spot.

Apart from Bruno Fernandes, Manchester United also signed striker Odion Ighalo in the last transfer window. The Nigerian international has moved to Old Trafford on loan from Chinese giants Shanghai Shenshua.

Unlike Bruno Fernandes who’s a certainty for the starting XI ahead of Chelsea game on Monday evening in the Premier League, Ighalo is not a certain starter though Solskjaer confirmed that he’ll be with the squad.

Manchester United target Houssem Aouar has scored eight goals plus six assists in 31 appearances in the colours of Lyon.

The French giants are in the fight for Champions League qualification from the top flight in France and Houssem Aouar is a big part of the team.

Lyon will also face Italian champions Juventus in the last 16 of the competition this season.

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EPL: What Solskjaer Said About Odion Ighalo Ahead Of Chelsea Game

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Manchester United manager Ole Gunnar Solskjaer has hinted that new signing Odion Ighalo could make his debut for Manchester United ahead of English Premier League [EPL] trip to Chelsea on Monday night.

In his press conference for the game, Solskjaer revealed that the Nigerian striker will travel to London with the squad and that he is in line to make his first appearance for Manchester United whom he joined on loan from Chinese top flight side Shanghai Shenshua.

Odion Ighalo has been training alone since he moved back to England from China as part of the two-week precaution against Coronavirus which has ravaged the Asian country.

He was playing for  Watford before moving to China some years ago.

Solskjaer would be hoping that Ighalo can add the much needed firepower to a blunt attack that has gone three games without a single goal.

Manchester United have failed to score in each of their last three games in the Premier League.

Solskjaer and his players failed to score during the 2-0 defeat at the hands of hosts and league leaders Liverpool before the same scoreline was recorded at home to Burnley.

Manchester United made it three successive league games without a single goal following the goalless draw at home to Wolves and the Chelsea game gives them the perfect opportunity to get back on track especially with the Champions League race now firmly back on after the European ban imposed on city rivals Manchester City.

Only the top four places will guarantee Champions League football in the next campaign but fifth spot could be available after UEFA banned second-placed Manchester City for breaching Financial Fair Play (FFP) rules which is subject to an appeal.

Manchester United are six points adrift Chelsea who occupy fourth position, while they are four points below Sheffield United.

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Manchester United: Real Madrid, Juventus Can Sign Paul Pogba For This Amount

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Manchester United and star player Paul Pogba have reached a crossroad where both parties believe that they would be better off apart.

Pogba has spent four years at Manchester United in his second spell at the club and he has just one year left on his current deal plus the additional year at the prerogative of the club.

His agent Mino Raiola confirmed on Thursday night that the player could return to Juventus.

According to him, a summer move back to Turin is a possibility for Paul Pogba.

Mino Raiola spoke to reporters about Paul Pogba shortly after the Coppa Italia clash between AC Milan and Juventus at the San Siro on Thursday night.

AC Milan and Juventus played out a 1-1 during that game which was the first leg of the second semi-final in this season’s competition. The second leg is billed for the Juventus Stadium at the start of March.

The French international spent four seasons at Juventus between 2012 and 2016 before his £89m world-record transfer to Manchester United.

Paul Pogba had been through the ranks at Manchester United before joining Juventus on a free transfer in 2012 as a teenager.

After winning a league title in each of his four seasons at Juventus plus helping the Old Lady reach the 2015 Champions League final before the 3-1 loss to Spanish champions Barcelona, Paul Pogba sealed a then world-record transfer back to the Premier League and he has been a controversial figure since then.

According to the Daily Express, Manchester United are ready to let Paul Pogba leave the club this summer as long as they recoup the £89m spent on him.

Real Madrid and Juventus are both interested in signing him this summer.

Pogba is still recuperating from the ankle surgery he had last month though he could be back in the Manchester United team by the start of next month.

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