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Liverpool Set To Miss Out Of 23-year-old Star Despite Early Interest

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Liverpool and United in crunch battle for Germany international Timo Werner, who scored a hat-trick in Leipzig’s massive win over Mainz 05 on Saturday.

The two Premier League giants are reportedly leading the park for his services, though, other clubs like Bayern Munich are equally set to reignite interest on the 23-year-old.

The Bavarians were heavily linked with Werner’s signature some years ago but their fellow Bundesliga side managed to convince the in-form striker into penning a new four-year contract last summer.

Liverpool manager Jurgen Klopp tried all he could to see that his compatriot complete his switch to the Anfield Stadium in previous transfer windows but his efforts were arguably not enough.

With two months to the start of another transfer period, Klopp and his employers are said to have renewed their desire to sign the player but that could be impossible yet again.

This is because The Mirror reported on Sunday that United manager Solskjaer is ahead of the Reds in the race for Werner and the Norwegian tactician is ready to meet Leipzig’s price tag of £27m.

With yesterday’s hat-trick, the 23-year-old has now scored 13 goals and six assists goals from 15 matches in all competitions, and he is seen as the best long-term solution to United’s attacking prowess.

Timothy Aiyeku is a Mass Communication graduate from the Ahmadu Bello University, Zaria. He is a sports, everything football analyst.

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Liverpool Leading Man Utd In 21-year-old Midfielder Pursuit

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Premier League table toppers Liverpool have stepped up their interest in one of the best young players in the top flight of English football.

Norwich City midfielder Todd Cantwell has been a revelation for the Canaries in the league this season and Liverpool are keen to sign him when the summer transfer window reopens later this year.

Liverpool are not the only Premier League team interested in the 21-year-old English midfielder.

Manchester City, Manchester United and Tottenham Hotspur are all keen on Todd Cantwell according to The Athletic.

Liverpool have been in sparkling form in the Premier League this season but that has not stopped plans for new players ahead of next season. The Reds have already signed one player this year.

Japanese international Takumi Minamino signed for Liverpool on the first day of this year following his transfer from Red Bull Salzburg in the Austrian Bundesliga.

Liverpool paid his £7.25m release clause to secure his signing from the Europa League campaigners.

Takumi Minamino was an obvious absentee at the weekend during the Premier League clash at Norwich City. He was omitted for tactical reasons.

Todd Cantwell impressed a great deal for Norwich City during that game but it was not enough as his team lost narrowly to Liverpool who are miles ahead of all the other teams in the league.

Sadio Mane came off the bench to score the only goal of the game in the second half of the game.

The Senegalese international star had missed the last two games because of a muscle injury.

Apart from Todd Cantwell, Liverpool have also been linked with a move for players like RB Leipzig attacker Timo Werner and the Norwich City teammate of Todd Cantwell, Max Aarons.

Liverpool have 25 more points than their nearest challengers Manchester City at the top of the Premier League.

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Raheem Sterling Finally Makes Decision On Man City Future

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Manchester City attacker Raheem Sterling has made a decision on his future at the Etihad Stadium amidst the transfer links involving Spanish La Liga giants Real Madrid.

The future of Raheem Sterling at Premier League champions Manchester City is in doubt after the Citizens were slammed with a European ban for flouting Financial Fair Play (FFP) rules.

Manchester City have been suspended from European competitions for the next two years and that has led to doubts over the future of their players.

Aymeric Laporte, Kevin De Bruyne and Raheem Sterling have all been linked with moves away from the club after the announcement of the aforementioned European ban.

The agent of Raheem Sterling has now doused the tension surrounding the European ban.

According to his agent Aidy Ward, the future of former Liverpool player Raheem Sterling is at Manchester City.

Raheem Sterling is presently out of action after the injury he sustained during their last Premier League game.

He suffered a muscle injury during the 2-0 loss to Tottenham Hotspur.

According to Pep Guardiola, Raheem Sterling could be in line for a return when Manchester City travel to the King Power Stadium this weekend to face Leicester City.

Sterling will definitely miss the West Ham United game on Wednesday night as a result of the injury.

The fixture was initially billed for nine days ago before it was called off due to extreme weather conditions.

Manchester City players are not the only ones linked with an exit from the club as manager Pep Guardiola is also said to be a target for Italian champions Juventus.

Pep Guardiola has just one year left on his Manchester City deal at the moment and he could still leave the club in the summer with Juventus seriously interested in him rather than wait till the summer of 2021.

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Why Hakim Ziyech Would Be A Good Signing For Chelsea

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Chelsea were boosted by the news of a new signing last week following the agreement with Dutch club Ajax Amsterdam over the transfer of Hakim Ziyech.

The player won’t join Chelsea from Ajax Amsterdam until this summer.

Chelsea will pay £38m for his transfer from the Dutch champions and he could be the man to replace Willian on the right side of the attack.

Brazilian winger Willian has less than six months on his Chelsea deal meaning that his contract will expire in the summer. He would be a free agent by then amidst the interest from the likes of Barcelona and Atletico Madrid in the Spanish La Liga.

Chelsea have struggled in the past weeks and that has put their quest to qualify for Europe’s premier club competition, UEFA Champions League, in serious doubt.

The Blues are in fourth position on the Premier League table and they have one more point than Tottenham Hotspur in fifth place though they have played one more game than their London rivals.

Their game in hand is the home clash with Manchester United on Monday night.

Chelsea have struggled against bottom-half teams in the Premier League this season and Hakim Ziyech could be the player to solve that problem for manager Frank Lampard when he joins them as from the start of next season.

Moroccan international Hakim Ziyech would improve the Chelsea team in the following ways:

1. Quality

Chelsea have struggled a bit without the star quality of Eden Hazard and Hakim Ziyech could be the man to fill the void left by the Belgian international.

2. Goals and Assists

First choice striker Tammy Abraham has been the only source of goals at Chelsea this season. Hakim Ziyech scores goals and assists. He has scored 22 goals and provided 25 assists in the last 48 league games for Ajax Amsterdam.

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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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