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Man Utd Finally Identify Replacement For Injured Rashford

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Edinson Cavani

Manchester United were dealt a big blow last week after topscorer sustained a chronic back injury that’s set to keep him out until March at least.

England international Marcus Rashford is the leading goalscorer at Manchester United with 19 goals in all competitions and he had been carrying a small back injury before it was aggravated during the FA Cup third-round replay with Wolves at Old Trafford on Wednesday.

Rashford came on as a substitute on 64 minutes during that Wolves game at home before he was subbed off with 16 minutes later as a result of the same back problem.

Manchester United won that game 1-0 through a special goal from Juan Manuel Mata and Rashford was involved in the buildup to that winning goal from the Spaniard.

The price to pay for the Red Devils is that Rashford will miss up to 6-10 weeks with the back problem thus ruling him out until March.

The injury to Rashford has forced Manchester United to rejig their transfer plans and Paris Saint Germain (PSG) striker Edinson Cavani is a major target as a result according to the Daily Star.

Cavani has six months left on his PSG contract at the moment though the French club are reluctant to let him go this month.

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

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How correct is Arteta on Arsenal as an attractive club

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Many concerns have been raised over North London outfit Arsenal and their bid to engage in the summer transfer window because of their lack of results in recent years.

Manager Mikel Arteta has urged the club to sign more players as he hopes to rebuild a team that will be able to compete for titles with the top sides but that is being threatened by the fact that the Gunners will not be playing in the Champions League next season as they are currently ninth on the log while the Europa League is also very unlikely.

It is widely believed that a number of big players will want to join a club with a chance of success and titles ahead of others that cannot boast of the same.

This notion has been dismissed by Arteta who claims that Emirates Stadium still attracts a lot of players. He claims to be close to the market and the responses he has gotten so far from players he has been speaking to are positive.

He stressed that Arsenal have a rich history, incredible style of play and structure, adding that it is enough to attract players to the club.

However, it is not sure if the manager is speaking the truth on the reality on the ground but the true judgment would be known if the Gunners are able to strike big deals in this summer window, especially as they will not be in the Champions League next season.

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Chelsea’s challenge in Kepa’s proposed swap deal emerge

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From all indications, West London outfit Chelsea are willing to let go of goalkeeper Kepa Arrizabalaga in this summer transfer window.

The shot-stopper has been criticized for his unsatisfactory performance with commentators insisting that he should be part of the players that should be shown the exit door of the Stamford Bridge.

Chelsea have, therefore, been linked with Jan Oblak, the Spanish La Liga club Atletico Madrid goalkeeper who is valued at £110 million, a fee the Blues cannot meet.

In a bid to ensure a deal for Jan Oblak, it is reported that Chelsea are proposing a swap deal that will have Kepa Rrizabalaga go the other direction which is already being rejected by the Spanish side. While Atletico Madrid fancies the idea of a swap deal, they are not ready to have Kepa Arrizabalaga as part of it.

This makes the situation more complicated for the West London outfit who will find it difficult to sell Kepa, even at the £71.6 million that was invested in him while the weekly wage continues to be a challenge as well.

Atletico Madrid have been able to let go of David de Gea and Thibaut Courtois in the past to EPL clubs but they seem to value Jan Oblak more than his predecessors in the team.

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Inter add Giroud to list of wanted players from Chelsea

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Olivier Giroud

English Premier League outfit Chelsea will have to brace up for what is to come as Italian Serie A club Inter Milan are keen to raid the club of its players.

Inter Milan boss, Antonio Conte is a former Chelsea manager who is knowledgeable about the players in the Stamford Bridge. He is hoping to reunite with some of them and has a number on his wish list.

Having already captured Victor Moses, Conte is seeking to add Emerson Palmieri to his squad in Italy and he is not stopping at that. France international Olivier Giroud is the latest to be mentioned as those that will receive offers from Inter Milan as soon as the summer transfer window is opened.

The future of Emerson Palmieri is uncertain at the Stamford Bridge as the full-back has not been graced with enough appearances under manager Frank Lampard and has reportedly requested to leave. We will wait to learn if his request will be granted by the club.

However, it is not clear if the West London outfit will be willing to part ways with the former Arsenal man anytime soon but that will be determined by the nature of the offer and the replacement that would be available in the market.

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Arsenal could still sign up this Barcelona man

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Philippe Coutinho

English Premier League outfit Arsenal have been heavily linked with the signature of former Liverpool star and Barcelona playmaker Philippe Coutinho for the past transfer window without getting a deal done. This could be their opportunity.

It is reported by Goal that Spanish La Liga outfit Barcelona are willing to let go of the Brazilian to the Gunners and Newcastle having learned of their interests.

The Catalans are hoping to engage in this coming summer transfer window as they look to snap up Inter Milan striker Lautaro Martinez who is valued at £98 million. They will have to raise funds for him and Philippe Coutinho could be a source because his future at the club is no longer guaranteed.

According to reports Coutinho’s agent, Kia Joorabchian is ready to have his player join Arsenal as they have a proven record and history than Newcastle.

It is therefore believed that the Gunners will jump at any opportunity to snap up the 28-year-old but they could be hindered by their lack of funds while an option of a loan deal could be considered as well.

With Matteo Guendouzi expected to leave the Emirates Stadium, the former Liverpool playmaker might just be the perfect replacement.

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The three players Arsenal will move for this summer

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If the words of Kevin Campbell are to be followed by North London outfit Arsenal, then the Gunners will be moving for three players in this coming summer transfer window to boost their squad.

The Gunners are having it difficult and struggling to win titles even under manager Mikel Arteta and analysis points to the direction that more additions are needed to be able to compete against bigger sides.

With the summer transfer window underway, Kevin Campbell stated that Arsenal should focus on recruiting players into three positions. He noted the central defence and central midfield as the main areas needed to be equipped if the team must compete to win titles next season.

The former Arsenal striker suggests Thomas Partey and Adrien Rabiot from Atletico Madrid and Juventus respectively in the midfield while a player like Napoli star, Kalidou Koulibaly for the defence.

He stated that the club needs players of these qualities, stating that after watching the North London derby something must be done in the summer transfer window.

Meanwhile, the transfer dealings of the North London outfit will be dependent on Arsenal’s transfer budget and their qualification to the Europa league because most players will snub clubs without European football.

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Barca cause tension in Arsenal following transfer speculation

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There will be unease at Arsenal, especially among the fans with reports that Spanish La Liga giants Barcelona have made their star striker Pierre-Emerick Aubameyang their second target ahead of the summer.

Barcelona have made Lautaro Martinez from the Italian Serie A club Inter Milan their first and major target but with the £100 million price tag slammed on him, they could be forced to abandon him for the Gabon international.

This development is coming when Arsenal are on the verge of losing their bid for Europa League qualification, a situation that could force most of the star players out of the club.

More so, Pierre-Emerick Aubameyang is yet to sign a new deal and that could be a factor for the Catalans to snap up the signature of the Gabon international striker.

Pierre-Emerick Aubameyang has been outstanding for the Gunners since last year, picking up the EPL golden boot in the previous season and already in the contest for this season. Losing him will be a big one for the North London club and it is something the fans will never wish for.

It is feared that a bid from Barcelona might be difficult for Pierre-Emerick Aubameyang to reject, especially if the Gunners fail to qualify for the Europa League as they are confirmed to miss the Champions League next season.

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PSG targets Marcus Rashford for transfer

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Marcus Rashford

Emerging reports claim that French Ligue 1 outfit Paris Saint Germain are keen on the signature of Marcus Rashford from the English Premier League club Man United.

Marcus Rashford is one of the youngest talents at the Old Trafford and is tipped to have a good future at the club and for the England national team.

However, Paris Saint Germain are keen to strengthen their attack and have identified the England international as the ideal player needed to deliver goals at the club.

The Independent reports that Marcus Rashford is the major target for the Ligue 1 giants with Thomas Tuchel as his major as they have concluded plans on making a bid for him once the summer transfer window is opened.

Paris Saint Germain are reported to have learned of the £100 million fee for the Red Devils attacker and they are willing to spend that heavy on him but it is unlikely that Man United will let him go in this summer transfer window.

Meanwhile, manager Ole Gunnar Solskjaer has made it clear that none of his attackers will be leaving the club anytime in the summer transfer window as he looks forward to working with them in the coming season.

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Arsenal star repeatedly mentioned in summer exit

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Alexandre Lacazette

The name of France international Alexandre Lacazette has repeatedly been mentioned in Arsenal’s transfer exit list with various reports linking him to other clubs.

The latest is the report claims that Italian Serie A outfit, Juventus have identified the former Lyon striker as an option for transfer for the replacement of Gonzalo Higuain on a long-term basis.

The Italian Serie A giants have Arkadiusz Milik from Napoli as their major target but the Gunners man, alongside Raul Jimenez will be an option if they fail to land the striker.

Alexandre Lacazette has been previously linked with a move to Spanish La Liga side Atletico Madrid with claims that he would be used as a swap deal for Ghanaian midfielder, Thomas Partey.

Thomas Partey is believed to be the major target for Arteta as reports claim that manager Mikel Arteta is a big fan of the midfielder and would be bringing him to add depth to the middle.

Now that the future of Matteo Guendouzi at the Emirates Stadium is bleak, there are chances that Arsenal will invest in the Atletico Madrid midfielder to help fortify the team.

However, commentators have argued that manager Mikel Arteta will not let go of Alexandre Lacazette in the transfer window, especially after claiming that he wants to have more of him in subsequent games and seasons.

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