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AS Roma Plotting January Swoop For Xerdan Shaqiri

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Italian Serie A giants AS Roma want to sign Liverpool play maker Xerdan Shaqiri according to the report from the stables of EuroSport.

It was revealed that AS Roma are keen on a January transfer for him as they look for an alternative for the injury stricken Nicolo Zaniolo who was a victim of a serious knee injury during their last game in the Italian Serie A.

Zaniolo was stretchered off with a serious knee injury during the league game against Juventus which the Old Lady won 2-1 to move two points clear at the top of the table.

The Italian international will almost certainly miss the 2020 European Championships as a result of the serious knee injury.

Nicolo Zaniolo would have been named in the Italy squad for the tournament later this year if the young midfielder was fit.

For AS Roma, Xerdan Shaqiri is the perfect option to replace the injured Zaniolo by they are expected to meet a resistance from Reds boss Jurgen Klopp in their quest to sign the Swiss international player.

Shaqiri has struggled for fitness this season and that has led to just a handful of appearances thus leading to rumours that he wants to leave the Merseyside giants in this winter transfer market.

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Real Madrid Youngster On Radar Of Manchester United

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Martin Odegaard

Young Real Madrid loanee Martin Odegaard is the latest midfielder to appear on the radar of Premier League giants Manchester  United.

This is according to the latest reports from the stables of El Diario Vasco which said that Martin Odegaard has been watched by the Premier League team on multiple occasions.

It was said that Marcel Bout has seen the player in action on a number of occasions this season.

Marcel Bout is the head of scouts at Manchester United.

Martin Odegaard is a Real Madrid player but he’s presently on loan at fellow Spanish La Liga side Real Sociedad.

He has scored seven goals for Real Sociedad this season including the strike against his parent club Real Madrid in the Spanish Copa Del Rey.

Martin Odegaard scored one of the goals as Real Madrid were beaten 4-3 at home by Real Sociedad in the quarterfinals of the competition.

The 21-year-old is expected to return to Real Madrid this summer at the end of his loan spell with Real Sociedad.

Manchester United are expected to strengthen their midfield this summer and Martin Odegaard could be the man for the job.

The Red Devils need to sign a new quality midfielder despite the signing of Bruno Fernandes last month. This is due to the imminent exits of Nemanja Matic and Paul Pogba.

Serbian international Matic has few months left on his contract at Old Trafford and he would be a free agent this summer.

On his part, Paul Pogba has a year remaining on his Manchester United deal plus the clause of an additional year.

Pogba is fed up with life in Manchester and he’s expected to leave the Red Devils this summer. The French World Cup winner has barely featured for his team this season and that’s due to a persistent ankle issue.

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Man Utd Tipped To Sign Player Similar To Liverpool star Van Dijk

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Harry Maguire

Manchester United have been backed to sign a top player to complement Harry Maguire at the heart of their defence by footballer turned pundit Garth Crooks.

Crooks is a pundit with BBC and he’s adamant that Three Lions of England player Harry Maguire needs a new quality centre back partner this summer despite the recent improvement shown by Manchester United defensively.

The Red Devils have not conceded a goal in each of their last three games in the Premier League.

The defensive showing has propelled Manchester United to a return of seven points from three league games thus taking the team to fifth spot on the table and three points off Chelsea who occupy fourth place on the Premier League log at the moment.

Harry Maguire became the world’s most expensive defender last summer after the Red Devils splashed the sum of £80m on him. He was signed from Leicester City after two seasons with the Foxes.

He has played with three centre backs since his time at Manchester United.

Phil Jones, Victor Lindelof and Eric Bailly have all taken turns to partner Harry Maguire who’s obviously the first choice central defender at Old Trafford.

Garth Crooks wants Manchester United and chief executive Ed Woodward to sign a new centre back to partner Harry Maguire and that the new player should be similar to Liverpool defender Virgil Van Dijk.

Dutch international Van Dijk has been the benchmark for defenders in recent times after his stunning adaptation to life at Liverpool upon his transfer to the club in January 2018.

He held the record for the most expensive defender in the history of mankind for many months before it was broken by the aforementioned Maguire.

Liverpool paid £75m to sign Virgil Van Dijk from Southampton around two years ago and the player has more than justified that price tag.

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Man United Backed To Sign 200-Goal Striker This Summer

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Edinson Cavani

Manchester United legend Robin Van Persie has backed the club’s pursuit of Edinson Cavani who plays his club football for French champions Paris Saint Germain (PSG).

Robin Van Persie told SportBible that Edinson Cavani has shown that he’s a regular and consistent goalscorer for both club and country for the best part of the last decade.

Edinson Cavani has scored regularly for the Uruguayan national team over the last decade in addition to clubs like Palermo, Napoli and PSG.

He has scored 200 goals for his club PSG thus making him the leading goalscorer in the history of the club ahead of AC Milan striker Zlatan Ibrahimovic.

Edinson Cavani tried to leave PSG in the January transfer window but the French capital club wanted him to stay until the summer as they fight for major honours in four competitions namely the French League Cup, French Cup, Champions League and the French Ligue 1.

He has few months left on his PSG contract which gives him around £360,000 on a weekly basis.

Chelsea, Manchester United and Atletico Madrid were all interested in him though PSG only received bids from one club and that was Spanish club Atletico Madrid.

They had some bids rejected by PSG who wanted more money for the player despite the fact that he has few months left on his contract.

Robin Van Persie believes that Edinson Cavani will make a big impact at Manchester United if the club can secure his free transfer signing in the summer.

The former Dutch international knows all about making a big impact at Old Trafford after he fired the Red Devils to their last Premier League title.

Van Persie had controversially joined Manchester United from Arsenal in a £24m deal in the summer of 2012 and he went on to score 26 league goals to propel his new team to the title in his first season.

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EPL: Man United Identify Replacement For Outgoing Paul Pogba

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Manchester United have resigned to the fact that star player Paul Pogba could leave the club this summer despite the reluctance to let him walk out of the Old Trafford door.

Paul Pogba has been at Manchester United for four years since his then world-record move of £89m.

The Frenchman joined the Red Devils for the second time after a four-year stint at Italian champions Juventus.

He had left Manchester United for the Italians as a teenager.

Pogba has one year left on his current deal at Old Trafford with the option of another year and the general consensus is that the player will leave the club this summer for a new challenge.

Former club Juventus and Real Madrid are some of the options at his disposal.

He has hardly played for Manchester United this season and that’s down to a troublesome ankle problem sustained during the first month of this campaign.

Pogba underwent surgery on that troublesome ankle earlier this year and he’s gradually closing in on a return.

The French international has played in just seven  league games and eight games in total this season.

With his future in serious doubt, Manchester United officials have lined up a replacement for him in Aston Villa skipper Jack Grealish who has been one of the best playmakers in the Premier League this season.

This is according to the Manchester Evening News (MEN).

It was also revealed that the player has a £45m release clause in his contract at Aston Villa.

Jack Grealish has been in very good form for Aston Villa this season and he’s in line to make the England squad for next month’s friendly games.

He has scored seven goals plus six assists in the Premier League. Jack Grealish has been involved in 38% of all the Aston Villa goals in the league this season.

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EPL: Arsenal Willing To Meet €50m Release Clause To Sign This Midfielder

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Thomas Partey

Premier League giants Arsenal are prepared to meet the release clause of Atletico Madrid midfielder Thomas Partey according to the latest media reports emanating from the European nation of Spain.

Libertad Digital said that the Gunners want to meet the €50m release clause in the contract of the Ghanaian international player and that Arsenal manager Mikel Arteta sees the player has one to improve the options that he has in his midfield.

The media outlet also revealed that Atletico Madrid want to offer him a new contract that will see his release clause increase significantly from the aforementioned figure.

Thomas Partey has scored three goals and provided one assist from the Atletico Madrid midfield in 33 appearances in all competitions this term and the Ghanaian midfielder was immense as Atletico Madrid stunned Liverpool in the first half of their Champions League last 16 tie.

Partey produced a man-of-the-match performance in the colours of Atletico Madrid as he helped the Rojiblancos to establish a slim 1-0 lead from the first leg of the Champions League first knockout stage with Liverpool who are the defending champions.

That defeat was only the second for an unbeaten Liverpool team in the Premier League after the 2-0 loss to Italian Serie A giants Napoli in the first match of their Group E campaign.

Atletico Madrid manager Diego Simeone would be hoping that Thomas Partey comtinues his fine form when they travel to Liverpool to face the European champions in the second leg of their Champions League last 16 tie.

The Spaniards have to avoid defeat or maintain a one-goal defeat that involves them scoring to advance to the quarterfinals at the expense of the defending champions.

Arsenal manager Mikel Arteta will definitely improve his squad in the summer in virtually all the departments and Thomas Partey is a big option for him in midfield.

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Chelsea Offer Swap Deal To Sign This Player After Suffering Heavy Defeat

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West London club Chelsea are said to have  offered a swap deal for one of the best goalkeepers in the Spanish La Liga ahead of this summer.

According to Spanish media outlet El Chiringuito TV, Chelsea have offered €30m plus Kepa Arrizabalaga to Atletico Madrid in their bid to sign Jan Oblak from the Spanish capital club.

Jan Oblak is widely regarded as one of the best shot stoppers in the Spanish La Liga and he has been instrumental to the successes recorded by his club in recent seasons.

The Slovenian international goalkeeper is one of the top goalkeepers on the European football stage and he’s widely renowned for his shot stopping abilities.

He has been linked with the Premier League [EPL] in previous transfer windows with clubs like Arsenal and Manchester United.

Chelsea manager Frank Lampard has decided that first choice Kepa Arrizabalaga is not good enough and that the Spaniard will be sold this summer.

Kepa Arrizabalaga had one of the worst stats for a Premier League goalkeeper this season before club legend Frank Lampard decided to drop him from his starting XI for the away game at Leicester City in the league and he has not regained that number one spot since that game which ended in a 2-2 draw with Chelsea centre back Antonio Rudiger netting twice for his team.

38-year-old Willy Caballero was the Chelsea back-up goalkeeper until that Leicester City match when he was promoted to the starting XI.

Ex-Argentine shot stopper Caballero has stayed in the Chelsea starting XI since that day and he was in goal for the Champions League clash with Bayern Munich on Tuesday night.

Willy Caballero conceded three goals in the second half as Chelsea were convincingly beaten 3-0 at home by the German champions in the first leg of their last 16 tie.

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EPL: Liverpool Could Get This Attacker For £20m Less Than Previous Report

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EPL table toppers Liverpool have been boosted by the news that they can sign one of their top transfer targets for this summer in a deal that would see them pay less money for him.

Liverpool have made RB Leipzig attacker Timo Werner their top transfer target for this summer as manager Jurgen Klopp tries to build their attack for the new season which starts after the 2020 European Championships this summer.

Klopp and Liverpool are expected to win the league title and they are not ready to rest on their laurels.

To this effect, they want to sign Timo Werner from RB Leipzig who are in a big battle with the likes of Borussia Dortmund and Bayern Munich for the German Bundesliga title this season.

Liverpool need just four wins from their last 11 league games to be crowned champions for the first time in the league in three decades.

The Reds would also be bagging their first Premier League title ever.

Timo Werner has been flirting with the idea of Liverpool in recent interviews as he said that he was flattered by the interest of the Reds in him before adding that Liverpool manager Jurgen Klopp is the best manager in the world.

The petite German international was said to have a €50m release clause in his present RB Leipzig deal and that Liverpool were trying to do a deal for him before that clause expires in April.

Recent reports have revealed that the release clause is €20m less and that Liverpool could sign him for a paltry sum of €30m for a striker of his calibre.

According to Sport1, the release clause is less than first thought.

Timo Werner has scored 21 goals plus six assists in 23 German Bundesliga games for his team this term in addition to four Champions League goals.

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Europa League: Top Three Favourites To Win The Title Revealed

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The Europa League has entered the business end this season after the first leg of the various last 32 ties last week Thursday as the favourites tried to build a first leg advantage ahead of the second leg billed to take place on Thursday night.

Chelsea are the defending champions but they are not able to defend the title they won last season by beating London rivals Arsenal in the final.

The Blues are in the Champions League this season as a result of that win plus their third-place finish from the last campaign in the Premier League.

With the Blues out of the competition this season, the stage is set for a new winner to emerge after the latest edition of the competition this summer.

Let’s examine the top three favourites for the Europa League title this term in the absence of holders Chelsea:

1. Inter Milan

Italian giants Inter Milan are one of the top three favourites and that’s partly due to the influence of manager Antonio though the Italian tactician don’t have a very good in Europe.

He would be hoping to correct that notion by leading Inter Milan to their first form of title since they won the Champions League title in 2010. The Nerazzuri are yet to win any trophy for a decade.

Inter Milan have a star-studded squad that could cope with the demands of both Europa League and the Serie A where they are in a three-team battle with Juventus and Lazio for the title.

They have a foot in the last 16 of the Europa League after the 2-0 away win over Ludogorets Razgrad in the first leg of their last 32 tie.

2. Arsenal

Last season’s finalists are one of the favourites for the competition this season. They won their last 32 first leg via a 1-0 away victory at Olympiacos FC of Greece.

3. Manchester United

2017 champions Manchester United are one of the Europa League favourites this season but they have work to do in their last 32 tie with Club Brugge FC of Belgium. Both teams played 1-1 in the first leg ahead of their clash at Old Trafford on Thursday night.

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