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Major Attacking Targets For Man United This Summer

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Timo Werner

Manchester United were dealt a big blow with the news of the injury to star forward Marcus Rashford last month and that left the club threadbare as far as forward options are concerned especially with the summer exits of Alexis Sanchez and Romelu Lukaku last year.

Alexis Sanchez signed for Inter Milan on loan at the start of this campaign, while Romelu Lukaku joined the same team permanently in a £73.1m deal. Their exits left Manchester United left Anthony Martial, Marcus Rashford and young Mason Greenwood as the only central striker options available at the club and that ensured that the long-term injury to Rashford has been keenly felt.

In addition, Marcus Rashford is the topscorer with 19 goals in all competitions and the Red Devils are yet to score a league goal since the injury to him.

Nigerian striker Odion Ighalo has been signed on loan as cover for the injured Rashford but the club is expected to sign at least one marquee signing this summer despite the imminent return of Alexis Sanchez from Italian Serie A title contenders Inter Milan. Manchester United manager Ole Gunnar Solskjaer recently disclosed that Chilean international Alexis Sanchez will return to Old Trafford this summer after his loan spell at the San Siro.

Here are the major attacking targets for Manchester United this summer:

1. Timo Werner – The RB Leipzig attacker is a major target for a lot of clubs on the European continent after netting 20 goals in the German Bundesliga. Chelsea, Liverpool and Bayern Munich are also keen to sign the German.

2. Moussa Dembele – The Lyon striker was a January target for Manchester United before the French club revealed that the player is not for sale. The Red Devils are expected to return for him this summer as they try to finally sign a replacement for Lukaku.

 

I am Segun Amuda , Journalist at Thewistle.com. You can also find my articles here on topics related to Football. Outside Blogging, I have a keen interest in watching English Premier League Games. For any queries or issues related to articles on our website, kindly get in touch.

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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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EPL: Top Three Favourites For 4th Place Revealed

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The Premier League title race is all but over with leaders Liverpool way above every other team in the league. The Reds have 25 points more than nearest challengers Manchester City and it’s just a matter of time before the league title is officially confirmed.

With the league title race almost over, the most intriguing race in the Premier League this season is the battle for fourth place. Liverpool, Manchester City and Leicester City are almost confirmed for the top three spots.

Seven teams are in the frame for just one Champions League spot with 11 games left to play though the slot could increase to two slots with the European ban on Manchester City.

The Citizens have appealed against the ban from European football for two seasons as imposed on them by UEFA. With one or two Champions League spots available, here are the top three favourites for next season’s Champions League:

1. Tottenham Hotspur

Jose Mourinho made a bright start to his managerial career at Spurs upon his appointment in November before a below par festive period set his team back a little bit but things have improved in the past few games. Spurs have won their last three matches in the Premier League ahead of the crucial London Derby clash with hosts Chelsea this weekend. Mourinho and his players are in fifth spot and just one point from fifth-placed Chelsea.

2. Chelsea

The former Premier League champions are in pole position for a top-four spot but their form has not been good. Chelsea are without a win in the last four league games ahead of the next game at home to Tottenham Hotspur.

3. Manchester United

The Red Devils are firmly back in the race after the win over Chelsea on Monday night. Anthony Martial and Harry Maguire scored either side of the halftime interval to give Manchester United a 2-0 away victory over the Blues.

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Chelsea Latest Deal For Matias Vecino Revealed

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Chelsea are reportedly closing in on a move for Inter Milan midfielder Mattias Vecino ahead of this summer’s transfer window.

According to the Daily Mail, Chelsea are on the verge of making the Uruguayan international player their second signing of this summer.

Chelsea have already signed one player after the £38m agreement for Ajax Amsterdam star Hakim Ziyech.

The Moroccan international will join the Blues this summer after the two clubs reached an agreement for his transfer.

Hakim Ziyech has been the star of the Ajax Amsterdam squad over the last two seasons and he’ll be playing his club football at Stamford Bridge next season.

The Moroccan attacker can play in each of the four front attacking positions effectively and efficiently.

Hakim Ziyech helped Ajax Amsterdam to a double last season. Ajax ended the last campaign with the Dutch Eredivisie title and the Dutch Cup.

Chelsea were not able to sign players in the last two transfer windows, but they could end up with two new players before the transfer window reopens. The Blues could wrap up a deal with Inter Milan for Mattias Vecino in addition to the Hakim Ziyech’s transfer.

Mattias Vecino has a release clause of £23m in his Inter Milan contract at the moment and Chelsea are willing to pay that amount to secure his transfer.

The Uruguayan midfielder was seriously linked with Manchester United last month but the Red Devils opted to sign Bruno Fernandes from Sporting Lisbon in Portugal.

Manchester United signed Bruno Fernandes in a £44m deal that could rise to £68m.

Bruno Fernandes made his debut for the Red Devils during the penultimate league game at home to Wolverhampton Wanderers.

The Wolves game ended in a goalless draw and Bruno Fernandes played the entire duration of the game. He was also prominent in the last league game, a 2-0 away victory over Chelsea on Monday night.

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