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EPL: Manchester United stance on signing Kalidou Koulibaly

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Kalidou Koulibaly

Premier League club Manchester United are losing their grip on the transfer of Napoli defender Kalidou Koulibaly according to the latest reports emanating from the media in Italy.

French champions Paris Saint Germain (PSG) are rivals to rhe Red Devils as regards the transfer of Kalidou Koulibaly.

Earlier reports had claimed that Manchester United are looking good for the transfer of the Senegalese international centre back who’s expected to leave Napoli this summer after growing weary about his time with the Italian Serie A club.

According to the specific publication from renowned Italian media portal La Gazzetta dello Sport, PSG have opened talks with the agent of the player.

It was disclosed that PSG sporting director Leonardo has already made an offer for his agent worth around £10.2m in salary on a yearly basis.

Kalidou Koulibaly has been given a four-year deal and it remains to be seen whether PSG will agree a fee with Napoli for his services.

The Napoli defender could be the long-term replacement for the ageing Thiago Silva at PSG.

Koulibaly is seen by many football fans as one of the best centre backs in world football.

Real Madrid and Manchester are also interested in him.

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

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    Andrzej

    January 21, 2020 at 1:13 am

    What’s new ? MU is looking for a 34+ years old players on the end of their football life. Young , talented players
    are too much for Woodward to handle. The one that are now in the club are either a waste of time and money
    (Martial , Shaw , Bailey), or are on their way out (Chong, Tuanzebe).

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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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Liverpool Told Why Salah Must Not Be Sold…Even If They Get A £130m Bid

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Premier League table toppers Liverpool have been informed that they can’t sell star player Mohamed Salah even if they receive a Premier League record transfer fee of £130m for him.

This is according to Liverpool legend Stan Collymore in his column with the Daily Star.

According to him, Mohamed Salah adds goals and assists to the Liverpool team and that the Egyptian international is almost irreplaceable.

There has been transfer rumours surrounding Mohamed Salah and Real Madrid.

The Spaniards have been linked with the Liverpool duo of Mohamed Salah and Sadio Mane.

The aforementioned £130m bid would be a Premier League record surpassing the £89m transfer fee paid for Paul Pogba by Manchester United when they secured his signing from Italian Serie A champions Juventus.

Mohamed Salah has been a key player for Liverpool since his move from AS Roma in the Italian Serie A in a deal reported to be around £40m.

In his first season, Mohamed Salah scored 32 goals as he finished as the leading goalscorer in the Premier League.

He was able to set a new record for the most goals scored in a 38-game season.

In total, the Egyptian international scored 44 goals in all competitions in the colours of the Reds.

In that first season, Mohamed Salah fired Liverpool to the Champions League final before Real Madrid see off the Merseysiders to win the competition for the third season in a row.

Salah and Liverpool went one better in the following season with the Champions League title for the first time in 14 years as they defeated Tottenham Hotspur in the Premier League derby.

Mohamed Salah was one of the goalscorers as Liverpool beat Spurs 2-0 to win the competition.

He has scored 15 league goals for Liverpool this season as the Reds close in on the Premier League title for the first time.

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EPL: The Real Reason Hakim Ziyech Joined Chelsea Revealed

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New Chelsea signing Hakim Ziyech has disclosed the reason behind his move to Stamford Bridge.

Moroccan international Hakim Ziyech has been confirmed as a Chelsea player though he won’t join his new teammates until this summer.

He has already penned a five-year deal with the Blues until the summer of 2025.

Earlier this month, Ajax Amsterdam announced that they have reached an agreement with Premier League giants Chelsea for the transfer of their player Hakim Ziyech and that the player will team up with the Blues at the end of the season.

The Dutch champions will receive £38m for the transfer of the attacker who can play in a lot of positions.

Hakim Ziyech can play as a striker, as a second striker, as a left winger, as a right winger and as the player behind the lone striker.

In his first interview with Chelsea, Hakim Ziyech revealed the reason behind his transfer to the club.

According to him, Chelsea manager Frank Lampard was a big reason for the transfer.

Ziyech also said that the move had been alive during the January transfer window but the parties involved decided to wait till the summer.

He has been a major player for Dutch champions Ajax Amsterdam for the better part of the last three years.

Hakim Ziyech played a big role for Ajax Amsterdam as they won two trophies at the end of the last campaign.

Ziyech and Ajax beat rivals PSV Eindhoven to the Dutch league title and also played a big role in the Dutch Cup which his team won by beating Willem II 4-0 in the final of the competition.

His biggest influence was evident for everyone to see in the Champions League as he helped Ajax Amsterdam reach the semifinals of the competition.

Ajax were the surprise team of the competition last season.

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Top Three Clubs To Sign Matic When He Leaves Manchester United Nemanja Matic

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Manchester United midfielder Nemanja Matic is attracting interest mainly from the Italian Serie A as his football career in the Premier League gradually comes to an end.

Serbian international Matic has played for two clubs in the Premier League namely Manchester United and Chelsea. He signed for Manchester United from the Blues three years ago.

Tottenham Hotspur manager Jose Mourinho was responsible for bringing Matic from Chelsea to Manchester United in a £40m deal.

Nemanja Matic signed a three-year deal until the summer of 2020 upon signing for Manchester United and was a regular under Jose Mourinho before the Portuguese manager was sacked by the Red Devils in December 2018.

His position in the Manchester United has been less certain with Ole Gunnar Solskjaer as the Red Devils manager and that informed his desire to leave the club in January but that was no longer possible especially with the injuries to several midfielders at the club.

The injuries to the likes of Scott McTominay and Paul Pogba meant that the Serbian midfielder had to see out the remainder of his contract at Old Trafford until this summer despite the interest from the likes of Inter Milan, Atletico Madrid etc.

Matic has made 22 appearances for the Red Devils in all competitions this season including the last three games.

Calcio Mercato revealed that Manchester United won’t offer him a new contract and several clubs are on his trail. Here are the top three favourites to sign him this summer:

1. Juventus

The Italian champions are one of the clubs keen to sign the Serbian international but the Old Lady will wait till the summer before deciding on their plans for the player.

2. Inter Milan

The Nerazzuri were interested in him before they opted for Christian Eriksen whom they signed from Tottenham Hotspur in January.

3. AC Milan

The salary package for Nemanja Matic could scupper a possible move to AC Milan. He earns €10m annually at Manchester United.

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EPL: Arteta Sends Transfer Message To Lethal Aubameyang

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EPL:Arsenal manager Mikel Arteta has sent a firm transfer message to star striker Pierre-Emerick Aubameyang as doubts over his long-term future at Arsenal continues.

Mikel Arteta has been very impressive since becoming the new Arsenal manager as evident in the narrow win over Everton at the Emirates Stadium on Sunday evening.

After the game, Mikel Arteta spoke extensively above his skipper as he said that the club would do everything within its power to tie him down to a new contract thereby ending the transfer speculation over his future at the club.

Pierre-Emerick Aubameyang will have one year left on his Arsenal deal by this summer and senior Gunners officials might have no choice than to sell him if he doesn’t pen a new deal or risk losing him for free next summer when his contract will expire.

The Gabonese international has spent a little over two years at Arsenal since his then club-record transfer from Borussia Dortmund in the top flight of German football.

Arsenal paid £57m to sign him from the German Bundesliga.

He has been the leading goalscorer at Arsenal since then despite playing on the wings.

Pierre-Emerick Aubameyang received praise and adulation from his manager Mikel Arteta after he scored twice to lead the Gunners to a slim 3-2 win over Everton at home during the just concluded weekend.

The Gabonese international star has now taken his league tally to 17 goals to make him the joint topscorer in the division alongside Jamie Vardy who plays his club football for Leicester City.

He has 19 goals in all competitions for Arsenal this season, which is nine more than the next player, Gabriel Martinelli.

Pierre-Emerick Aubameyang was the topscorer in the Premier League last season alongside the Liverpool duo of Mohamed Salah and Sadio Mane.

The Three African players all scored 22 league goals last season.

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EPL: Liverpool To Complete Jadon Sancho’s Transfer Ahead Of Man Utd On One Condition

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Reigning European champions Liverpool have been tipped to sign highly rated Borussia Dortmund winger Jadon Sancho ahead of arch-rivals Manchester United on one condition.

Liverpool and Manchester United are the top two clubs in success terms in English football and they enjoy a rivalry that has lasted for several decades.

During the latest episode of The Agenda, journalist Caoimhe O’Neill tipped Liverpool to beat their rivals to the signing of Jadon Sancho this summer before adding that it would only be possible on one condition.

According to her, Liverpool will have to sell one of their front three to accommodate the arrival of England international Jadon Sancho.

Sadio Mane, Mohamed Salah and Roberto Firmino are members of the famed Liverpool front trio and they have all been instrumental to their successes in the last eight months.

Liverpool have won the Champions League, UEFA Super Cup and the FIFA Club World Cup titles within that time and the three front players were instrumental to those achievements.

The signing of a quality player like Jadon Sancho is tempting especially with age on his side. The 19-year-old has been in devastating form for his German team in the last two years.

He has 16 goals and 18 assists in 31 games in all competitions. His attacking stats can’t be matched by any of the Liverpool front three but their synergy can’t be overemphasized and that has been key to the aforementioned Liverpool achievements.

Manchester United wanted to sign Jadon Sancho last summer but Borussia Dortmund were keen on keeping him for this season. The teenage attacker could leave this summer and a transfer fee of £100m plus would be required to secure his signing.

Apart from Liverpool and Manchester United, Chelsea are also in the running to sign him as they try to sign a replacement for Real Madrid signing Eden Hazard.

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