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How Zidane’s Transfer Wish-list Could Affect Solskjaer’s Plans In January





Real Madrid manager Zinedine Zidane has finally made his transfer wish-list for the upcoming winter transfer window and the Frenchman has decided to launch another transfer bid for his longtime target Paul Pogba.

According to Tuttomercatoweb, the Galacticos manager is targeting five players with his countryman at the top of the list.

In the report, the former Juventus star is Zidane’s prime target while Christian Eriksen, Bruno Fernandez, Fabian Ruiz and Donny van de Beek are also included in the manager’s list of wanted players.

This means that Solskjaer could be forced to look for Paul Pogba’s replacement next year due to Zidane’s undying interest in the playmaker.

Having said that, Zidane’s speculated transfer list also boosted United’s hopes of signing James Rodriguez and Isco in January.

Tuttomercatoweb revealed that Zidane is willing to release both players to create space for incoming players.

The two attack-minded players aren’t rated by the French tactician and he’s ready to cash-in on their signatures.

James has always been linked with a switch to the Premier League giants, hence, this will serve as good news to the Red Devils board members.

As for Isco, it remains unknown if the Red Devils are willing to lure the Spaniard to the Theatre of Dreams.

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

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Paul Pogba

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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Chelsea: Mario Pasalic Future Decided

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Mario Pasalic

Chelsea have decided to sanction the sale of Mario Pasalic to the Italian Serie A according to the latest reports from the Daily Star.

It was revealed that Champions League campaigners and Italian giants Atalanta want to turn the loan deal of Croatian international Mario Pasalic into a permanent transfer.

Mario Pasalic has not figured prominently for the West London giants since he signed for the club six years ago.

The Croatian international midfielder became a Chelsea player in 2014 on the back of his £3m transfer from Hadjuk Split in his native Croatia.

He has been sent on loan by Chelsea in each of the last six seasons.

Mario Pasalic has been on loan to clubs like French giants AS Monaco, AC Milan and Russian Premier League side Spartak Moscow before his loan transfer to Italian Serie A outfit Atalanta at the start of the last campaign.

He has been a permanent fixture at Atalanta since the start of last season and was part of the team that finished third at the end of last season as the Italians qualified for the Champions League for the first time in their history.

After a successful loan spell at Atalanta last season, Mario Pasalic returned to the club last summer for another loan spell and he has helped the club to fourth place on the league table this season as well as the first knockout stage of the Champions League for the first time in their history.

Mario Pasalic and Atalanta will face Spanish La Liga side Valencia in the knockout stage of the Champions League later this month.

Atalanta are prepared to make his move a permanent one in a £12m deal.

Chelsea manager Frank Lampard has an array of midfield talents at his disposal and he can afford to let Mario Pasalic leave the club permanently.

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Latest: The Clubs Plotting Transfer For Dean Henderson Revealed

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Three European clubs are ready to fight for Sheffield United shot stopper Dean Henderson this summer especially if the English goalkeeper becomes available.

Dean Henderson is on loan at Sheffield United from Premier League giants Manchester United and he has posted a lot of impressive performances in the colours of the Blades this season.

The 22-year-old goalkeeper also spent last season on loan at Sheffield United as the Blades returned to the Premier League after a long time.

Dean Henderson was instrumental to their promotion to the Premier League from the English Championship at the end of the last campaign and he has been a key performer for the Blades this season.

No Premier League goalkeeper has kept more clean sheets than Dean Henderson (9) this season.

He has been able to propel the Blades to fifth position on the league table with his impressive performances in goal.

According to the Daily Mail, French champions Paris Saint Germain (PSG), Chelsea and Tottenham Hotspur are interested in the Manchester United loanee.

First choice PSG goalkeeper Keylor Navas is gradually entering the twilight of his career and Dean Henderson could be his replacement at the Parc des Princes.

Dean Henderson has always maintained that his dream is to play for Manchester United but his path has been blocked by both David De Gea and Sergio Romero.

De Gea and Romero are the first choice and second choice shot-stoppers at Manchester United and they are seasoned internationals.

Dean Henderson’s transfer fee could be out of reach for Sheffield United according to manager Chris Wilder.

According to him, it would take a lot of money to sign Dean Henderson.

Sheffield United recently broke their transfer record with the signing of Sander Berge from Club Brugge last month.

Dean Henderson is on course to make the England squad for the upcoming European Championships this summer.

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Chelsea In Talks Over Second Transfer After Ziyech Deal

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Hakim Ziyech

Chelsea fans were left excited by the prospect of Hakim Ziyech in their team after the Blues agreed on a deal to sign the Ajax Amsterdam playmaker this summer.

The Moroccan attacker will join Chelsea in the summer after Ajax Amsterdam agreed a £38m transfer with the Blues.

Hakim Ziyech has been a key player for Ajax Amsterdam in the past years especially last season when the Dutch giants won the league title and the cup in addition to reaching the Champions League semi-finals.

According to the Daily Express, Chelsea are keen to wrap up a second transfer after the Hakim Ziyech deal.

It was revealed that the Blues are after one of their former players in Jeremie Boga who plays his club football with Italian Serie A side Sassuolo.

Boga left Chelsea for Sassuolo in the summer of 2018 in a £3.5m deal and the Blues have the first refusal on a future transfer.

He has been in top form for Sassuolo in the Italian top flight.

The ex-Chelsea winger has scored seven goals and also added two assists for Sassuolo in the league this season.

In addition, Boga has made 32 more dribbles than any other player in the Italian top flight.

Chelsea are not the only club on the trail of the aforementioned Boga with the likes of Inter Milan, Barcelona, Everton and Napoli interested in him.

The Blues have a lot of wingers on their books and Boga might need to be convinced about a move back to Stamford Bridge especially after he saw little playing time during his time in West London.

Chelsea wingers Pedro Rodriguez and Willian might leave the club this summer after the expiration of their respective contracts.

Jeremie Boga could be the man to replace the aforementioned Blues wingers when they leave the club this summer.

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EPL: Man Utd Lineup vs Chelsea With Odion Ighalo And Bruno Fernandes Available

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Manchester United made their move in the January transfer window with the signings of Odion Ighalo and Bruno Fernandes as they try to make a push for a top-four finish in the English Premier League [EPL] at the end of this campaign.

The Red Devils spent a lot of money on Bruno Fernandes who signed for the club in a £47m deal plus add-ons and bonuses.

Bruno Fernandes signed for Manchester United from Sporting Lisbon as he became the fourth player to move from the Portuguese Super League giants to Old Trafford.

Cristiano Ronaldo, Nani and Marcos Rojo had earlier moved from Sporting Lisbon to Manchester United.

For Odion Ighalo, the Nigerian striker joined Manchester United on loan from Shanghai Shenshua in the top flight of Chinese football.

He has signed for Manchester United on loan till this summer without any option for a permanent transfer at the end of the loan spell though the 30-year-old could still join the Red Devils on the long run.

Both Bruno Fernandes and Odion Ighalo are in line to start for Manchester United when they face Chelsea at Stamford Bridge on Monday night.

Bruno Fernandes made his debut in the last game against Wolves which ended in a goalless draw earlier this month. The Portuguese international is expected to be in the starting XI for the Chelsea game.

The Premier League clash between Manchester United and Chelsea later this Monday is crucial for both teams in the push for Champions League football next season.

Manchester United manager Ole Gunnar Solskjaer has used a three-man defence in the big games most times and that’s likely to continue at Chelsea.

Man United XI vs Chelsea:

chelsea vs manchester united lineup

GK – David De Gea

RWB – Aaron Wan-Bissaka

CB – Victor Lindelof

CB – Harry Maguire

CB – Luke Shaw

LWB –  Brandon Williams

CM – Fred

CM – Scott McTominay

AM – Bruno Fernandes

ST – Odion Ighalo

ST – Anthony Martial

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Arsenal Expecting Offers For These Three Players

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Arsenal officials are reportedly expecting offers for three of their best players in the summer.

According to the Daily Mirror, the Gunners are expecting bids for star players Pierre-Emerick Aubameyang, Bernd Leno and Alexandre Lacazette.

Arsenal skipper Aubameyang will have just one year left on his contract at the Emirates Stadium and the Gabonese international is almost expected to leave this summer as he wants to play Champions League football once again.

Aubameyang addressed the transfer rumours linking him with other clubs as he said that his focus is on Arsenal.

He has not played Champions League football since joining the club from German Bundesliga side Borussia Dortmund at the start of 2018 for a then world-record of £57m.

Aubameyang has been the leading goalscorer at Arsenal since his arrival from Germany and the club won’t have any choice but to sell him in the summer if he fails to sign a new contract unless officials are ready to let him walk away for free in 2021 when his contract expires.

On Bernd Leno, the Arsenal goalkeeper has been one of the best players at the club this season as he has been able to maintain his quality in front of a shaky backline.

He has spent just two seasons at Arsenal whom the German international joined from Bundesliga outfit Bayer Leverkusen in a £19m deal.

Lastly, Arsenal striker Alexandre Lacazette will have two years left on his Gunners’ deal this summer, and he could be the subject of transfer interest from other clubs as his future at the Emirates Stadium is far from being certain.

Lacazette has endured a largely frustrating season that has seen him fail to score since the start of this year. He could redeem himself when Arsenal play hosts to Newcastle United in their next league game this weekend.

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Man Utd In Contact With Few Managers To Replace Solskjaer

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Manchester United have constantly been in contact with some Italian managers as they plan for life after current boss Ole Gunnar Solskjaer if results dwindle further under his watch.

Solskjaer and his players have not scored any goal in each of their last three games in the league and that barren run has seen them pick up just one point from those maximum nine points.

According to Tribal Football, a reliable source in Italy revealed that Manchester United have been in touch with some Italian managers over the managerial role at Old Trafford.

For now, Ole Gunnar Solskjaer has the backing of club executive Ed Woodward and other board members despite the run of inconsistent results in recent weeks.

Ahead of the next league game at fellow Champions League challengers Chelsea on Monday night, Manchester United are in eighth position on the table and six points off the top four places. Chelsea occupy the fourth spot on the league table which is the last Champions League place.

Manchester United can’t afford to lose the Chelsea game at the start of next week as that will almost put an end to their push for Champions League football next season via the Premier League. They can still qualify for the competition via the Europa League.

Red Devils Faithfuls expected more from the Ole Gunnar Solskjaer era which began in December 2018. Manchester United initially gave the former club striker the managerial job temporarily and he went on to win 14 out of his first 17 games in charge of the team.

His impressive start to his managerial career at Manchester United gave him the job permanently last year March.

Manchester United have won just nine games from the 25 games played in the Premier League this season. They are also in the Europa League last 16 and the FA Cup last 16.

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How Liverpool Scouted Marcelo Brozovic Revealed

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Marcelo Brozovic

Liverpool have sent scouts to watch one of their transfer targets in action as they prepare to strengthen their squad despite their sensational exploits this season. The Reds have won all of their league games this season except one which was the 1-1 draw at the home of Manchester United.

The Reds have 73 points from the maximum 75 points this season and they have opened a 22-point lead over the chasing pack. Their numerous successes have not stopped Liverpool from trying to sign new and quality players.

According to the report from Italian news outlet Sempre Inter, Liverpool officials were in Milan to run the rule over Inter Milan midfielder Marcelo Brozovic during the Milan Derby last weekend.

Croatian international Marcelo Brozovic was part of the team that reached the final at the 2018 FIFA World Cup tournament in Russia and he played his part as Inter Milan came from two goals down at the halftime interval to win the Milan Derby.

Ante Rebic and Zlatan Ibrahimovic scored in the last five minutes of the first half to give AC Milan a healthy lead at the halftime interval. Liverpool target Marcelo Brozovic started the fightback for Inter Milan in the second half.

Brozovic pulled a goal back at the start of the second half before goals from Mattias Vecino, Stefan De Vrij and Romelu Lukaku gave Inter Milan a 4-2 win over the Rossoneri.

Inter Milan midfielder Marcelo Brozovic has two years left on his contract with the San Siro giants but the club wants to open contract talks with him to extend it by two more years.

He earns €3.2m annually at Inter Milan and the proposed contract will see the salary rise to €4.5m-€4.7m.

Marcelo Brozovic could follow international teammate Mateo Kovacic to the Premier League after the Chelsea star made his move to Stamford Bridge permanent last summer in a £40m deal.

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