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EPL: Top Three Manchester United Performers This Season

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Marcus Rashford

Manchester United have had an inconsistent season till date but some players have managed to shine amidst the inconsistency that has engulfed the club this season.

The Red Devils are in the hunt for Champions League football though they have six points to make up on fourth-placed Chelsea in the last 13 games to have a chance of returning to the pinnacle of European club football next season.

Their next game is a mouthwatering clash at Chelsea in the Premier League shortly after the winter break.

That game will give them the chance to move closer to Chelsea on the league table in the fight for Champions League.

The top three teams Liverpool, Leicester City and Manchester City are far above the rest with the others fighting for just one slot as regards Champions League football next season.

Manchester United reached the semifinals of the Carabao Cup before they were eliminated by city rivals Manchester City via a 3-2 aggregate defeat over two legs.

The Red Devils are in the FA Cup fifth round and also in the last 32 of the UEFA Europa League.

Despite the inconsistent season, players like Marcus Rashford, Fred and Scott McTominay have maintained a consistent level of performance.

1. Marcus Rashford – He has been the bright spot of the season for Manchester United who have missed his influence in the past games. He injured his back against Wolves last month and won’t be back until next month. Since his absence, Manchester United have not managed a goal in the Premier League.

2. Fred – The Brazilian has been able to resurrect his Manchester United career. He was considered a £52m flop last season following his move from Ukranian champions Shakthar Donetsk.

3. Scott McTominay – The young Scottish international midfielder has been very good for Manchester United this season. He was one of the best young players in the Premier League until December when he suffered a knee injury during the league game at home to Newcastle United.

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Arsenal Warned They Have To Settle For £40million Transfer Fee For This Attacker

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Arsenal have been warned that they might need to cash out on star striker Pierre-Emerick Aubameyang this summer.

According to club legend Nigel Winterburn via Gentingbet, the Gunners will need to sell Aubameyang in the summer if he does not extend his contract at the club.

The Arsenal skipper has just one year left on his Arsenal deal at the moment and his long-term future at the Emirates Stadium is in serious doubt.

Aubameyang addressed those transfer rumours of a move away from Arsenal earlier this season as he pointed out that his commitment is to the North London club especially since the arrival of new manager Mikel Arteta.

Former Gunners midfielder Mikel Arteta has been able to turn the fortunes of Arsenal around for the better in comparison to where the club was when he took over the first team in December 2019.

According to ex-Arsenal left-back Nigel Winterburn, his former club might need to settle for a transfer fee of £40m for Aubameyang this summer and that they have to sell him to avoid a free transfer move when his contract expires in 2021.

Pierre-Emerick Aubameyang left Borussia Dortmund in Germany for Arsenal in January 2018 in a £57m deal. His transfer was a club record as at then.

Since his transfer to Arsenal, the Gabonese international has scored 58 goals in 94 matches in all competitions. In addition, he has 13 assists from those games.

Pierre-Emerick Aubameyang has spent a large portion of his playing time on the wings as present and past Arsenal managers have not been able to accommodate him and Alexandre Lacazette upfront at the same time.

His position might not influence his decision as to the Gunners’ failure to qualify for Champions League football since he became an Arsenal player.

Manchester United and Barcelona have both been touted as his next destination in recent weeks.

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Bruno Fernandes Transfer Details Confirmed Including Jorge Mendes’ Fee

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Manchester United made one of the most expensive signings of the January transfer window after they splashed the cash to recruit Bruno Fernandes from Sporting Lisbon.

The details of the transfer has now been made public by CMVM, Portuguese Securities Market Commission, via Portuguese newspaper A Bola.

According to the media outlet, Manchester United have paid an initial fee of €55m (£46m) for the Portuguese international midfielder and that they could receive up to €25m (£21m) in add-ons.

Sporting Lisbon inserted a sell-on clause in the contract that makes them get 10% of his next transfer fee. Former club Sampdoria FC of Italy also benefitted from a similar arrangement as they collected part of his transfer fee to Manchester United.

It was also revealed that around €5.5million (£4.61m) was paid to intermediaries for the transfer to go ahead and this said money was split between super-agent Jorge Mendes’ Gestifute agency and PositionNumber.

PositionNumber is the agency that represents Bruno Fernandes and managed by Miguel Pinho, who’s his brother-in-law.

In the end, Sporting Lisbon got €34.13m (£29m) from the Bruno Fernandes transfer to Manchester United after all the other parties have collected their monies.

Bruno Fernandes has had a good start to his football career at Old Trafford and has already made three appearances across all competitions including two starts in the Premier League.

He made his Manchester United debut just two days after joining the Red Devils on January 30.

Bruno Fernandes played his first game in the red and white of Manchester United during the goalless draw at home to Wolverhampton Wanderers.

He went on to provide an assist in his second game for the Red Devils during the 2-0 win at Chelsea in their league clash on Monday night.

Harry Maguire wrapped up the result for Manchester United in the second half after Anthony Martial had given his team the lead via a first-half header.

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EPL: Liverpool Legend Gives Verdict On Klopp Selling Salah This Summer

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Liverpool legend Jamie Carragher has given his verdict on the news that manager Jurgen Klopp could sell star forward Mohamed Salah in the summer as he bids to add new players to the Reds attack.

The former Reds defender was surprised that Liverpool will think about selling Mohamed Salah who’s the topscorer at the club this season.

Jamie Carragher believes that Liverpool won’t sell Salah this summer before adding that Klopp will sign new players to improve his frontline ahead of next season.

It had been reported that Liverpool wants to sign both Jadon Sancho and Timo Werner.

Jadon Sancho plays his club football for Champions League last 16 recipient Borussia Dortmund, while Timo Werner plays his club football for another Champions League last 16 recipient in RB Leipzig.

Liverpool have been linked with the club-record £120m swoop of Jadon Sancho from Borussia Dortmund as the Reds want the young England international to return to the Premier League.

On his part, Timo Werner will set Liverpool back to the tune of £42m for his transfer from RB Leipzig to England next season.

The two players would cost around £162m and the possible sale of Mohamed Salah could fund the two transfers.

Timo Werner is also a target for both Chelsea and Manchester United though the petite German striker is said to favour a move to join Jurgen Klopp and his players at Anfield.

Jadon Sancho is also in the same situation with Chelsea and Manchester United also interested in him. He was a Premier League Player at Manchester City before his exit three years ago.

Liverpool are clearly not ready to relax despite a spectacular league season that has seen the Reds fail to win just one game. They have a 22-point lead over the chasing pack in the league with 11 games left.

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Why Jadon Sancho Is A Perfect Fit For Manchester United

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Manchester United are one of the teams in the Premier League keen to sign Borussia Dortmund winger Jadon Sancho who has been in devastating form for his team for the better part of the last two years.

Recent reports claimed that Manchester United are ready to spend more than £100m on the 19-year-old England international and he has shown that he has the quality to be the right fit for the Red Devils.

Jadon Sancho was on the books of city rivals Manchester City before he made the decision to leave the Premier League champions in search of regular first team opportunities.

The Three Lions of England winger signed for Borussia Dortmund in 2017 and that decision has been the right one for his career.

Sancho became the youngest player to scored 25 league goals in the German Bundesliga earlier this season. He has scored 13 goals and added 13 assists in 20 league matches.

He has been able to form a potent partnership with new Borussia Dortmund signing Erling Haaland. Both players showed their potent partnership during the Champions League last 16 first leg clash at home to French champions Paris Saint Germain (PSG).

Borussia Dortmund beat PSG 2-1 to hold a slender advantage ahead of the second leg billed for next month with Erling Haaland netting twice.

Jadon Sancho is a perfect fit for Manchester United in the following ways:

Quality

Jadon Sancho is a step up in quality in comparison to the wingers at Manchester United at the moment. The Englishman has more quality than the Manchester United options like Daniel James, Juan Manuel Mata etc.

Goals and Assists

Jadon Sancho will add more goals and assists to the Manchester United attack. He has scored 16 goals in all competitions for Borussia Dortmund this season in addition to providing 14 goals to the other Borussia Dortmund players.

 

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Top Three Replacements For Kepa Arrizabalaga Revealed

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Chelsea goalkeeper Kepa Arrizabalaga could leave the club this summer after manager Frank Lampard dropped him from his starting XI.

The Spanish international has sat on the bench in the last two games in the Premier League after some questionable performances in the Chelsea goal.

Kepa Arrizabalaga has one of the worst save ratio in the Premier League this season and that prompted Lampard to drop him for the away game at Leicester City in the league.

The Spaniard was replaced in the Chelsea starting XI by 38-year-old ex-Argentine international shot stopper Willy Caballero for the Leicester City game which ended in a 2-2 draw at the King Power Stadium.

Willy Caballero was then retained for the next league game at home to top-four rivals Manchester United on Monday night. He was unable to influence the result which was in favour of the visitors.

Manchester United completed the double over Chelsea for the first time in the Premier League era after the 2-0 away win at Stamford Bridge via the goals from Anthony Martial and Harry Maguire either side of the halftime interval.

The Red Devils had thrashed Chelsea 4-0 at home in the reverse fixture on the opening weekend of the season.

Kepa Arrizabalaga is the most expensive goalkeeper in world football after Chelsea paid £71m to sign him from Athletic Bilbao. Here are four goalkeepers that could replace him:

1. Nick Pope

The Burnley goalkeeper is one of the best shot stoppers in the Premier League this season and he has emerged as a strong contender to replace Kepa Arrizabalaga as the Chelsea number one.

2. Dean Henderson

Manchester United loanee Dean Henderson has been in good form since his loan move to Sheffield United from the Red Devils. French champions Paris Saint Germain (PSG), Sheffield United and many more are interested in a permanent deal for him.

3. Bartlomiej Dragowski

Fiorentina goalkeeper  Bartlomiej Dragowski is a major target for Chelsea.

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EPL: Arsenal’s Top Centre Back Target Revealed

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The top centre back target for Arsenal ahead of this summer’s transfer window has been revealed via popular German newspaper SportBild.

According to the popular media portal, Bayer Leverkusen defender Jonathan Tah is the top centre back target for the Gunners later this year.

It was further disclosed that Jonathan Tah has a release clause of £40m.

The Arsenal defence has been shaky in the past years but there have been signs of improvement in recent times under new manager Mikel Arteta.

Under Arteta, Arsenal have conceded just seven goals in eight appearances in the Premier League.

In addition, the Gunners signed two defenders in the January winter transfer market.

Cedric Soares and Pablo Mari joined the Gunners on respective loan deals last month but they are yet to make an appearance for their new team.

Portuguese international right-back Cedric Soares is presently injured as a result of the knee injury sustained last month during the league game between his former club Southampton and visitors Crystal Palace.

He joined Arsenal on loan from the Saints on deadline day of last month’s transfer window.

Cedric Soares is expected to return to full fitness by the end of February.

For Pablo Mari, the Spanish centre back signed on loan from Brazilian Serie A giants Flamengo last month after the Gunners paid around £4m for the transfer with the option of a permanent transfer for £8m this summer.

He has already played for the Arsenal u23s during the 2-1 loss to the Chelsea u23s earlier this week.

Arsenal have been linked with a lot of centre backs ahead of this summer including the aforementioned Jonathan Tah.

Apart from the German international, the Gunners are also interested in RB Leipzig star Dayot Upamecano and Premier League star Nathan Ake who is on the payroll of Bournemouth.

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EPL: Top Four Players To Replace Paul Pogba Next Season

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Manchester United midfielder Paul Pogba will almost likely leave the club ahead of next season and the Red Devils have already started the hunt for a replacement for him.

Pogba has one year to go on contract at Old Trafford though Manchester United have the option of activating the extra year clause in that contract to take him till the end of the 2021/22 season.

His agent Mino Raiola has already talked up his exit from Manchester United with the likes of Real Madrid and former club Juventus interested in him.

Paul Pogba was a big target for Real Madrid and manager Zinedine Zidane last summer but club bosses led by president Florentino Perez deemed him to be too expensive.

Real Madrid and other interested clubs like Juventus, Paris Saint Germain (PSG) can sign him for £100m this summer.

Here are viable transfer options to replace Pogba this summer:

Boubakary Soumare

The Lille midfielder was a serious target for Manchester United and Chelsea in January but he opted to stay at his French club until this summer at least. He has been a regular in the Lille lineup this season.

Jack Grealish

The English midfielder has been one of the best players in the Premier League this season and he has been the catalyst for Aston Villa as they aim to avoid relegation to the English Championship in their first season back in the top flight. The former champions are one point and one place better than West Ham United who occupy the last relegation spot.

James Maddison

The England international is one of the top targets for Manchester United ahead of this summer. He has scored nine goals for Leicester City this season.

Declan Rice

The West Ham United star is one of the young English midfielders on the radar of Manchester United.

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Arsenal Make Transfer Phone Call In Pursuit Of This Player

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Arsenal have made an enquiry for Villarreal winger Samuel Chukwueze according to one of their former players, Santi Cazorla.

Villarreal midfielder Santi Cazorla was an Arsenal player for six years until the summer of 2018 when the then new manager Unai Emery decided to let him leave the club on a free transfer after two years of several injury setbacks.

At one point, doctors told Santi Cazorla that it would be hard for him to play football again but the Spanish international was able to recover from what was the lowest part of his football career.

Cazorla has since returned to full fitness and he’s a big player for Villarreal in the Spanish La Liga. The midfielder has also returned to the Spanish national team setup.

Arsenal officials have contacted Santi Cazorla to enquire about Super Eagles star Samuel Chukwueze as confirmed by the ex-Gunners player during his last interview via the Daily Express.

The Gunners are not the only club interested in Samuel Chukwueze who was part of the Super Eagles squad to last summer’s African Cup of Nations (AFCON) in Egypt.

Samuel Chukwueze and Nigeria finished the tournament in third place.

Apart from Arsenal, Chelsea and Liverpool are also keen on the Villarreal star.

On Samuel Chukwueze, Santi Cazorla revealed that the Nigerian player has the quality to represent Arsenal before adding that the winger is on the payroll of Villarreal.

Arsenal have started their plans for the summer as regards new players though the focus would be mainly on the defensive side of things.

The Gunners were able to strengthen their squad in the last transfer window with the capture of both Pablo Mari and Cedric Soares on respective loan deals.

The two players will go a long way to boost North Londoners Arsenal on the defensive side of things.

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