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Exclusive Report Of The 5 Players That Would Leave Manchester United This January

Timothy Aiyeku



Manchester United

The transfer window gets busy daily, with a number of teams in the Premier League making some vital signings this season.

The likes of Liverpool and Watford have signed players this January, If we consider the feuds between the big six teams in the English Premier League and the competition of finishing within the top four.

Many football fans are expecting their teams to follow suit for them to qualify for the UEFA Champions League.

As signing get bigger, there is need for some team to restructure their squad by selling some of their players that are surplus to requirement.

Manchester United is considered one of the teams in the League who need to sign new players during this transfer window.

However, there are some of their players who had become old woods in the squad. These set of players might need to be replaced; this piece will discuss five players the Red Devils might sell this transfer window.

Juan Mata

The Spanish midfielder moved from Chelsea to Manchester United for 46 million Euros, the attacking Midfielder was voted Chelsea players of the year for two consecutive seasons. His career got declined at Chelsea when Jose Mourinho was appointed Stamford Bridge manager for the second time. 

Jose who prefer using Brazilian attacking midfielder, Oscar ahead of him due to his inability to support the team defensively.  The Real Madrid Castilla once again discovered his form at Old Trafford, assisting a goal in his debut match against Cardiff City in a 2 nil victory.

The world Cup winner his reputed for his numerous assist in the Premier League. He has scored 51 goals and 50 assist in 255 Premier League campaign.

The signing of Ole Gunnar Solskjaer as the team manager reduced Mata playing opportunity, the Attacking midfielder has been relegated to the bench.

The United’s manager prefers using Paul Pogba has the only attacking midfielder in his famous 4-2-1-3 formation.

The former Chelsea player has been rarely used this season, he only appears 12 times on the pitch of play with 7 of the appearances coming off the bench. 

The Spanish Midfielder who recently extend his contract with Red Devil at the beginning of the season, signing 2 years which ends at 2021 campaign. However, leaving Manchester might be best option for the 31- years –old Spanish player. 

Various teams in the Spanish La Liga still want his service of the out favored united midfielder, the likes of Arsenal, Paris Saint- Germain and Valencia are currently monitoring his situation at Old Trafford and a return to Valencia might be the best option for the midfielder.

Jesse Lingard

The England midfielder joined Manchester United academy at age seven and had become a popular figure at Old Trafford.

The Manchester midfielder was re-instated into the first team after spending 4 seasons on loan at Leicester City, Birmingham City, Brighton & Hove Albion and Derby County respectively.

The United player scored his first senior goal for the Red Devils in a 2 nil victory against West Bromwich Albion.

Currently, he had scored 17 league goals, assisting 10 goals in 129 Premier League outings. Lingard’s statistic shows him performances have not been impressive, his form is dropping at a tremendous rate, over the last 365 days; he finished 2019 without a single goals or assists

The box to box midfielder career is currently declining. He is not showing any sign of improvement even though, he has been playing regularly for the team. 

With the look of things, it seems Solskjaer doesn’t trust his abilities any longer, the United’s legend opted to use him as a bait to lure Leicester City in selling their creative midfielder James Maddison in Player plus cash deal.

With Gunnar’s decision to sign an attacking midfielder this January and has earmarked Aston Villa captain Jack Grealish as the top priority since Brenda Rodger is adamant towards selling any players this January. 

 Jesse leaving Old Trafford might be the best option for him; having lost his place at both United squad and in the National team due to his poor performance, his dream to represent England in the upcoming Euro 2020 might not be accomplished if he choose to stay behold January.

Ashley Young

It has been confirmed that Manchester United have agreed with Inter Milan over transfer of Ashley Young.

Young started his career at Watford, making his senior appearance for the team in 2003.

The former England winger was signed by Manchester United from Aston Villa for an undisclosed fee, reportedly within the region of 15-20 million Euros.

The former Aston villa player started his career playing at the wing  for the Red Devils under Six Alex Ferguson where he was given the 18 jersey that was previously worn by Paul Scholes.

The winger was first deployed as a wing back under Louis Van Gaal’s first competitive game in his famous 352 formation against Swansea City, although the match ended in City’s favour, defeating Manchester United in a 2-1 victory.

Young’s days as a winger ended when Jose Mourinho was appointed as United’s manager.

Jose prefers using Juan Mata and Mkhitaryan at both wings. The England player was restricted to just 4 appearances at the first half of the season.

His second campaign under the Portuguese manager was spectacular, he started the season as a right backs in a 3 nil victory over Basel in the champion League. 

Since then, he become a huge impact in Red Devils defense line, where he plays as both a right back and wing back in many occasions. 

The signing of Wan Bissaka makes him surplus to requirement, things might not turn his away when we considered his age and intensity, however leaving Old Trafford might be the best option for him.

Nemanja Matic

The Serbia International was signed from Chelsea on 30 of July 2017. The defensive midfielder has been prolific since he re- united with his former Chelsea manager Jose Mourinho.

The left footed play career was blooming under the Portuguese, his defensive ability earn the Red Devils a UEFA Europa league Trophy.

The rise of Scott Mc Tominay under Ole Gunnar Solskjaer reduces Matic effectiveness on the pitch of play.

His brilliant performances make the Serbia international fall out of favor in Solskjaers’s first team squad. 

His situation has fueled speculation,a move to Jose Mourinho’s Tottehman could be on the card for him this January.

Matic who has enjoyed best of his performance under Jose, who he was his manager at Chelsea and Manchester United respectively, with six month left on his contract at united, it will be better option for United to sell him this January or might need up losing him for free next season.

A number of clubs in the Serie A are hoping to sign him this transfer window. Leaving Manchester United might be the best option for the retired Serbia Midfielder.

Diogo Dalot

The speedy Right back was signed from Porto for 19 million Euros by Jose Mourinho.

The defender was bought as a perfect replacement for Young.

His first season at Old Trafford was promising; he recorded 22 appearances in all competition during his previous season.  

The arrival of Wan-Bissaka form Crystal Palace distorted the Portuguese growth at Old Trafford.

Rumors suggest that Manchester United is willing to listen to offer for the 20- years-old player.

Staying at Old Trafford might limit his development;  the young defender will have to compete with Ashley Young and Matteo Darmian for the backup spot.

Dalot who still have 4 years contract at Old Trafford would not be allow to leave cheaply, however going out on loan might be a better option to the promising defender, some clubs in the Championship will love to sign him on loan.

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

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Transfer Ratings: Jesse Lingard To Arsenal

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Jesse Lingard

Jesse Lingard was delighted to take the break from football on account of the Coronavirus. He was going through his worst season after breaking into the first team at Old Trafford. The forced time off is a perfect opportunity to reflect on his performances and start a clean slate when football returns.

The United Academy graduate Lingard performed badly earlier this season until the Red Devils manager Ole Gunnar Solskjaer was filmed hurling insults at him during a Carabao Cup clash in January.

Solskjaer blew off at Lingard during the Carabao Cup semifinal second leg clash with Manchester City after the player repeatedly lost possession to the opponents. Lingard played around an hour of the game, and Manchester United won 1-0 which was insufficient to take them to the finals, having lost the first leg at home (1-3).

Jesse Lingard changed his agent to renowned Italian SuperAgent, Mino Raiola, increasing the rumours of a possible transfer from Old Trafford. The outburst from his manager further heightened those transfer reports. His long-term future at the Theatre of Dreams is far from certain despite the break from football as he continues to be linked with other clubs.

In the past weeks, Lingard has been the subject of transfer interests with clubs like Italian Serie A giants AC Milan, and the Premier League duo of Arsenal and Leicester City.

The rumours have intensified in the past few days due to the close relationship between his agent Mino Raiola and Arsenal chief executive Raul Sanllehi. A lot of Arsenal fans will argue that Jesse Lingard is the last attacker the club needs right now with several players in that position at the moment.

Transfer Ratings for Jesse Lingard to Arsenal: 2/10

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EPL: Why Spurs Star Harry Kane Would Be A Perfect Signing For Man United

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Harry Kane

Manchester United have been linked with an ambitious swoop for Tottenham Hotspur striker Harry Kane this summer during the past weeks of little or no football caused by the Coronavirus pandemic.

The Red Devils are expected to spend big on players ahead of next season with the hope of making an assault on the Premier League title alongside the likes of Liverpool and noisy neighbours Manchester City. Spurs striker Harry Kane and Borussia Dortmund winger Jadon Sancho are the two big names on the Manchester United shortlist for this summer if reports in the British tabloids are to be believed.

Manchester United have been known admirers of Harry Kane while Mauricio Pochettino was the Spurs boss and many would argue that they have an even more difficult chance of prising the player away from his North London club with Jose Mourinho as the Tottenham Hotspur manager. Mourinho was unceremoniously sacked as the Red Devils boss at the end of 2018 and the last thing he would want is to lose his star player to a direct rival.

Manchester United will also have to contend with the bargaining power of Spurs chairman Daniel Levy in the event that the player attempts to force a transfer to Old Trafford, a scenario that’s highly unlikely. Harry Kane won’t be signed on a cheap certainly and a world-record fee of over £200m would be required for his transfer if the England international star were to move from Spurs to Manchester United. Here are the reasons why the player would be a perfect fit at Old Trafford:

1. Goals – Harry Kane would be a regular source of goals if he can overcome his hamstring woes of recent seasons.

2. Longevity – The English striker is still relatively young at 25 meaning that he has at least a decade to go before hanging up his boots.

3. Premier League experience – His experience of English top flight is also a big boost for the Red Devils.

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EPL: Top Three Clubs For Chelsea Attacker Pedro Next Season

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Chelsea winger Pedro Rodriguez is one of three first team players with serious doubts over their respective futures in West London. French World Cup champion Olivier Giroud and Brazilian international Willian are the other two players.

Pedro, Giroud and Willian will be free agents this summer if they fail to agree contract extension at Chelsea.

Spanish international Pedro has been at Chelsea since his £21m move from La Liga outfit Barcelona five years ago. He was part of the team that won the Premier League title during the 2016/17 season under the guidance of Italian tactician Antonio Conte.

Pedro Rodriguez signed his one and only contract extension at Chelsea in 2018. He signed a new one-year deal to take his time at Stamford Bridge to the summer of 2020.

The Spanish winger has been a regular fixture in the Chelsea XI since his time at the club until this season. Blues manager Frank Lampard had Pedro Rodriguez in his team at the start of the season until he spent some weeks on the sidelines as a result of injury.

Pedro Rodriguez lost his place in the Chelsea XI upon his return from injury and he didn’t reclaim a spot in the starting XI until February. Let’s examine the potential clubs for him for next season as his Blues contract gradually comes to an end:

1. Aston Villa – Pedro was seriously linked with a January transfer to Aston Villa when he hardly played football for Chelsea. Aston Villa were unable to pull off a transfer for him.

2. Barcelona – The player has talked up the possibility of returning to the Nou Camp in his recent interviews. Pedro Rodriguez left Barcelona to join Chelsea in the summer of 2015.

3. Chelsea – Spanish international forward Pedro Rodriguez could still extend his stay at Stamford Bridge beyond this season. He has spent five years at Chelsea.

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EPL: Best Replacements For Outgoing Aubameyang At Arsenal

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Arsenal fans worldwide are anxious over the long-term future of skipper Pierre-Emerick Aubameyang at the club as he has 12 months to run on his Gunners contract at the moment. Their fears over the future of the Gabonese international was not helped by the son of club owner Stan Kroenke.

According to Josh Kroenke, Arsenal are planning to sell some of their big names this summer and that the club will benefit from the sale of these players on the long run. Josh Kroenke has further cast doubts over  the future of Aubameyang who’s attracting serious interest from other clubs.

Apart from being the club skipper, Pierre-Emerick Aubameyang is also one of the top performers in the team on a weekly basis and it would be difficult to sign an efficient replacement for him.

Aubameyang won the Premier League Golden Boot last season alongside Mohamed Salah and Sadio Mane, both from Liverpool after the three players scored 22 goals at the end of the 38-game season. In total, the Arsenal captain scored 31 goals in all competitions.

In the current season, Aubameyang has maintained his status as the go-to man for goals at Arsenal after netting 20 goals in all competitions before the season ended prematurely because of Coronavirus. 17 of those 20 goals came in the Premier League.

Arsenal are already searching for a replacement in the event that Aubameyang leaves the North London outfit this summer. Here are the best options available:

1. Edinson Cavani – PSG hitman Edinson Cavani would be a free agent in the coming weeks and he could be a cheaper alternative for Arsenal in the quest to replace Aubameyang. Arsenal will have to pay a lot of money in weekly wages to make the transfer possible.

2. Jonathan David – Canadian international Jonathan David has been scouted by Arsenal on several occasions this season. He has scored 23 goals for Belgian club Gent this season.

3. Odsonne Edouard – French attacker Odsonne Edouard is another option for Arsenal in their quest to find a replacement for the aforementioned Aubameyang. Edouard has been in red-hot form for Celtic this season and he has proven that he has the required quality to make the step up to the Premier League.


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EPL: Best Three Clubs For Liverpool Playmaker Who Out Of Contract This Summer

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Liverpool midfielder Adam Lallana is closing in on an exit from the club this summer with the outgoing European champions not expected to offer the England international a new deal.

His contract at Liverpool will expire this summer thus bringing an end to his five-year stay at Anfield. His time at Liverpool has been successful but he has been greatly limited due to his several injury problems.

Despite his injury problems at Liverpool over the past few years, Adam Lallana is still a quality player as witnessed in bits and pieces over the course of the present season suspended because of the viral disease known as Coronavirus.

The £25m signing from fellow Premier League club Southampton in 2015 was part of the Reds squad that ended the club’s lengthy trophy drought with the Champions League triumph last season. Liverpool had gone seven years without a single trophy until last season when Lallana and Liverpool beat fellow Premier League outfit Tottenham Hotspur 2-0 in the Champions League final.

His greatest contribution at Liverpool this season was when he came off the bench to score the late equaliser for his team in a 1-1 draw at Manchester United in October 2019. Lallana was able to preserve the Reds’ unbeaten run until the start of last month when a 3-0 loss at Watford ended that run.

Adam Lallana would be a sought after free agent this summer when he leaves Liverpool and several English clubs like Leicester City, Arsenal and Southampton have been linked with a move for him. Here are the top three clubs for the English playmaker:

1. Leicester City – Adam Lallana could be the direct replacement for James Maddison at Leicester City. Maddison is a big target for Manchester United.

2. Southampton – A sensational return to former club Southampton could be on the cards this summer. The ex-Saints skipper left the club in a controversial manner for Liverpool in 2015

3. Arsenal – The Gunners are also in the running to sign him as a free agent.

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EPL: Is It Time To Sell This Man United Defender?

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Phil Jones

Legendary Manchester United manager Sir Alex Ferguson was widely applauded after he played a prominent role to help the club fend off Arsenal in the race to sign English defender Phil Jones from Blackburn Rovers in 2011. Manchester United had to part ways with £16m to sign the then young prospect ahead of rivals Arsenal and their manager Arsene Wenger.

It is safe to say that Phil Jones has not matched the same tenacity shown by the Red Devils off the pitch with his performances on the pitch. Phil Jones was expected to be a part of a formidable centre back partnership with Chris Smalling for both club (Manchester United) and country (England) for many years to come but that has not happened with the two players facing respective bleak futures at Old Trafford.

Chris Smalling was a £10m signing from Fulham in 2010 and he had to leave Manchester United for Italian side AS Roma on loan at the start of the season to accommodate the signing of Harry Maguire in the Red Devils defence. Smalling is on course to make his loan move to Italy permanent with Roma keen to sign him on a long-term deal after his impressive loan spell at the club.

Phil Jones would be best advised to follow in the footsteps of former club and national team colleague Chris Smalling as he tries to revive his career which has stagnated at Manchester United. The 28-year-old has been linked with a lot of English clubs over  the last two transfer windows and this summer could be the perfect time for him to finally leave the Red Devils.

Southampton and Leicester City are some of the Premier League teams previously touted as a possible destination for Phil Jones who has 27 caps for England. He has scored two goals in 256 league games at Manchester United.

For now, he’s behind Harry Maguire, Victor Lindelof, Eric Bailly and Axel Tuanzebe in the centre back pecking order at his club and more central defenders might be signed in the summer.

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EPL: Does Giroud Deserves A New Chelsea Contract?

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The suspension of Premier League due to the Coronavirus menace came at a wrong time for some clubs including West London giants Chelsea and their ageing striker Olivier Giroud.

Giroud and Chelsea were getting their groove back before the Coronavirus pandemic forced matches to be suspended until further notice.

Chelsea manager Frank Lampard didn’t fancy French international Giroud as his main striker until February when results had completely taken a turn for the worse, especially in the Premier League. Blues boss Lampard started with Tammy Abraham as his first-choice striker, while Michy Batshuayi was his understudy leaving Olivier Giroud to be the third choice striker despite being the most experienced of the three players.

Giroud became the third choice striker under Frank Lampard and that restricted him to few leagues starts before February 2020 when he became the first choice partly because of the injury to Tammy Abraham as well as the inability of the aforementioned Batshuayi to fill the vacant striker void.

Olivier Giroud is a World Cup winner having led the line for France at the last edition of the tournament in Russia some two years ago and all of his experience came to the fore for the Blues as he was a major catalyst as Chelsea improved their league results which had been very poor either side of the winter.

Lampard introduced Giroud back into the Chelsea starting XI during the home London Derby clash with Tottenham Hotspur and that decision led to 7 points from three Premier League clashes until the league was suspended. Giroud scored twice and also provided three assists in those three league games as he helped Chelsea maintain their place in the top four.

Giroud will be a free agent in the next few months but he would be hoping that he has done enough to get a new contract at Stamford Bridge despite coming close to leaving the club to Inter Milan FC of Italy in January. The picture will definitely be clearer in the coming weeks.

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Premier League: Best Free Transfers This Summer

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Premier League clubs have been left in a spot of bother as regards the players whose contract will expire this summer and this is due to the suspension of all things football including the top flight of English football.

When Premier League football will resume is yet to be certain though the 20 clubs agreed for April 30 which is not feasible going by the struggles of breaking free the dreaded Coronavirus. Football was suspended across the world because of the virus which started from Wuhan city in China.

The uncertainty of a return date for the Premier League has left the 20 clubs with decisions to make concerning the players with contracts up by the end of May. Here are five of the best from those players:

1. Olivier Giroud – The French international hardly played football for Chelsea this season until February when manager Frank Lampard turned to him to partly save the club from losing their grip on a Champions League spot. Giroud was the third choice striker behind Tammy Abraham and Michy Batshuayi. The Frenchman was brought back into the Chelsea XI for the Spurs game in February and has scored two goals in three league games since then.

2. Claudio Bravo – The Manchester City shot-stopper is the back up to first-choice Ederson Moraes. The Chilean international has spent four years at the Etihad Stadium since his transfer from Barcelona.

3. Willian – The Brazilian winger is one of three Chelsea players who will be a free agent in the summer. He has been one of the best players at Stamford Bridge this season.

4. Jan Vertoghen – Age is not on the side of the Tottenham Hotspur centre back but the Belgian international is still a quality defender.

5. Pedro Rodriguez – Alongside Chelsea teammates Willian and Olivier Giroud, Spanish international Pedro Rodriguez will also be a free agent this summer.

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