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

Timothy Aiyeku



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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EPL: Big shock as Solskjaer changes United’s transfer plans

Timothy Aiyeku




There is no doubt that Man United fans will be left disappointed at this time following the recent statement credited to manager Ole Gunnar Solskjaer on what to expect in the next few days left in the transfer market.

Man United struggled to defeat Brighton on Saturday with a nasty performance wich also exposed their defensive lapses but after the game, Ole Gunnar Soslkajer stated that there is no need for the club to bring in new defenders.

According to him, the Red Devils have too many centre-half and they will all be given the opportunity this season with much training work needed to be done to improve them.

He noted that Eric Bailly is available for the team and the issue is to get everyone in good shape and not to bring in new defenders as expected by the fans.

Ole Gunnar Solskjaer added that his team have struggled because of individual mistakes and that needed to be corrected instead of rushing to the market for some buys.

This is against the opinions of a number of pundits that have consistently claimed that the Red Devils must bring in a quality centre-half if they must be title challengers this season.

Of course, the fans will be left dejected at this point, knowing that the team might struggle throughout the season.

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EPL: Arsenal take another big step in chase of their long-term target

Timothy Aiyeku



Houssem Aouar

North London outfit Arsenal are keen on the signature of their long-term target, Houssem Aouar and they are reported to be preparing an improved bid that would be submitted to French Ligue 1 outfit Lyon.

Houssem Aouar has been the target for the Gunners for the past months and there has not been any breakthrough with both clubs failing to agree on a fee.

The Gunners had earlier proposed a swap deal involving Matteo Guendouzi but that was rejected by the French Ligue 1 outfit. A recent bid of £32 million was also submitted for Houssem Aouar and it was rejected as well.

Lyon president Jean-Michel Aulas has confirmed that the North London outfit are keen on the signature of Houssem Aouar but their bid is far from what they demand the player, adding that the midfielder will have to remain with the club this season.

However, has reported that the Gunners are now preparing a higher bid that could convince Lyon into releasing Houssem Aouar before the end of the summer transfer window.

According to the report, Arsenal will now submit an offer of £36.5 million and £9 million add-ons with the hope that a deal will be concluded as the player has already agreed to join the North London club.

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EPL: Should Arsenal have any worry over bid to sell players?

Timothy Aiyeku



Lucas Torreira

One thing that has been most talked about is the fact that the North London outfit Arsenal will sell some players to be able to bring in new ones but that has not happened as expected.

So far, the Gunners have only earned £20 million from the sale of Emi Martinez while a number of names that have been listed as part of those to leave the club are yet to seal any deal with their suitors.

The North London outfit have already secured the signature of Willian and Gabriel Magalhaes from Chelsea and Lille respectively but they still have other targets but cannot buy because of the lack of funds.

It is understood that the club must sell before they can bring in their remaining targets. However, efforts to sell Lucas Torreira seem to have suffered a setback as one of his suitors has backed out of the deal.

Italian Serie A outfit Torino are one of the suitors alongside Fiorentina and Atletico Madrid but the club has stepped down their interest with the claim that Lucas Torreira is expensive for the club to buy.

This means the option of selling the former Sampdoria midfielder has been limited to two but Atletico Madrid still remains a favoured destination as talks are still ongoing between the two clubs.

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EPL: Arsenal bid for £250,000-a-week star still on cards

Timothy Aiyeku



Philippe Coutinho

All hope is not lost for Arsenal in chase of Barcelona star Philippe Coutinho with reports that manager Mikel Arteta is still making moves to bring him to the Emirates Stadium on loan.

The Brazilian international spent last season on loan with German Bundesliga outfit Bayern Munich and he is now returned to Barcelona after being convinced by new manager Ronald Koeman.

However, there is expected to be some shake off in the Catalans team with a number of players including Luis Suarez and Ivan Rakitic while a number of names are still being mentioned.

This development has not gone down with the club’s star player Lionel Messi who has spoken out and that is expected to cause a shaking in the club, a situation that could force some players out of the team.

The Gunners are reportedly hoping to take advantage of the situation and bring in Philippe Coutinho who could also be unsettled as his future at Camp Nou is still uncertain.

It is understood that manager Mikel Arteta is a big fan of Philippe Coutinho and he could take advantage of the club’s relationship with his agent to bring him to the Emirates Stadium this summer transfer window.

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EPL: Man United and Arsenal could still battle for this defender

Timothy Aiyeku



Man United manager Ole Gunnar Solskjaer has stated that his club will not move in for a new defender, insisting that he has several of them at the club after their slim 3-2 win against Brighton on Saturday.

This is against the advice to him by pundits and former players to bring in quality and experienced defender to the club if he must compete for titles this season.

However, the Red Devils manager might be forced to have a rethink, especially as it is reported that Barcelona defender Samuel Umtiti has been made available this summer transfer window.

Barcelona’s new manager Ronald Koeman looks to rebuild his team and that will see a number of players leave the club, including Samuel Umtiti who is on the radar of a number of teams including Inter Milan, Rennes, and Lyon.

With claims that he could be available for a cheaper fee, Man United could take advantage of that to secure a partner for Harry Maguire to mend the shaky defence.

Arsenal have also made some defensive additions and are reported to sell some of their centre-back to e able to create space in the team but that will also not stop them from taking the chances of having an experienced defender like the Frenchman.

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EPL: Arsenal mentioned as likely destination for 33-year-old

Timothy Aiyeku



Sami Khedira

English Premier League outfit Arsenal have been mentioned by some reports as part of the likely destination for Sami Khedira who is believed to be available on a cheap fee.

The option for the North London outfit this summer window is Houssem Aouar but there have been difficulty in agreeing on a deal with French Ligue 1 outfit Lyon as they cannot meet his asking price.

With Sami Khedira set to leave the Bianconeri this summer window, his age might not be an issue as he will give Arsenal his experience and defensive discipline to help challenge bigger teams in the Premier League.

The only reason why Sami Khedira is being suggested to Arsenal is for the fact that they lack the financial strength to bring in their major targets while time is also running out on them.

However, it is very unlikely that manager Mikel Arteta will seek to work with Sami Khedira because of his age as the style of the Spanish boss fits into younger players.

Sami Khedira has been a long-term target for the North London outfit. It would be recalled that former Arsenal boss Arsene Wenger made several attempts to land the Germany international but was unable to win his chase.

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EPL: 27-year-old Man United might be heading to Tottenham

Timothy Aiyeku



Jesse Lingard

North London outfit Tottenham are reported to be keen on the signature of Man United player Jesse Lingard as they plan to submit a big-money offer before the summer transfer window ends.

Tottenham recently confirmed the signature of two Man United targets, Gareth Bale and Sergio Reguilon and they seem not willing to sop at that as they are hoping to land Jesse Lingard from Man United.

Daily Star reports that manager Jose Mourinho is interested in working with Jesse Lingard again, as the player was one of his favourites during his reign as the manager in the Old Trafford.

It is understood that Jesse Lingard has fallen down the pecking order in the Ole Gunnar Solskjaer team and the club does not seem ready to hand him a new contract with his current deal expected to run out in the next summer window.

The Red Devils could take advantage of this to cash in from his sale as long as the North London club can submit a luring offer to get the service of the England international.

With Man United struggling to deliver good performances this season, they could be forced to earn £30 million from Jesse Lingard’s sale to be able to sanction other deals.

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EPL: Man United to lose La Liga No.11 forward to Liverpool

Timothy Aiyeku



Ousmane Dembele

The English Premier League defending champions Liverpool seem not to be done with the summer transfer window as they are reported to be planning to hijack Man United’s bid for the service of Barcelona forward Ousmane Dembele.

Ousmane Dembele has continued to be linked away from the Spanish giants to the English Premier League but there are claims that Barcelona are not willing to let him go.

Both Man United and Arsenal have been linked with Ousmane Dembele in the past but none have been able to win his signature.

Man United will hope to land Ousmane Dembele as a replacement for their top target Jadon Sancho as they cannot meet the fee for the Borussia Dortmund player.

However, the Red Devils could make a move for the Barcelona man who has struggled to make a mark at Camp Nou since arriving from Borussia Dortmund in 2017.

While the quality of the French forward is known to all clubs, but his injury situation that has been consistent and contributed to his inability to make a mark in Barcelona could scare suitors away.

Howbeit, Liverpool are reported to be in contact with Ousmane Dembele’s agent, according to Sport, and could strike a deal before the summer transfer window ends.

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