German Bundesliga giants RB Leipzig have delivered a transfer update on star player Timo Werner amidst the interest from the Premier League.
RB Leipzig gave an update on the future of Timo Werner at the club through their Chief Executive Officer (CEO) Olivier Mintzlaff.
According to him, Timo Werner will stay at the club and that the Champions League campaigners have not been in talks with Premier League leaders Liverpool as reported in the media.
Italian journalist Nicolo Schira had earlier stated that Liverpool are in talks to sign Timo Werner.
He disclosed that Liverpool want to wrap up the transfer for the German international before April when the £50m release clause in his RB Leipzig contract will expire.
Olivier Mintzlaff spoke about Timo Werner shortly after the German Bundesliga win over Werder Bremen on Saturday.
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RB Leipzig secured the top spot on the league table with the 3-0 win at home to their opponents, though Timo Werner was not amongst the goalscorers.
Mintzlaff was quoted by TransferMarketWeb in relation to the possible transfer of Timo Werner.
The petite German international is also a major target for Chelsea and manager Frank Lampard who wants a strong competition for Tammy Abraham.
England international Tammy Abraham has been the first-choice striker at Chelsea and they have been overreliant on him.
Tammy Abraham has 15 goals in all competitions including 13 in the league.
Frank Lampard doesn’t fancy his backup options in that central striker department, both Olivier Giroud and Michy Batshuayi are the backup options at Chelsea but they have seen little action over the course of the season till date.
Timo Werner has scored 20 goals in the league for RB Leipzig this season plus two goals in the Champions League where they’ll face RB Leipzig in the last 16 of the competition later this week.
Will Aubameyang Still Be An Arsenal Player Next Season
Just like what Manchester United have to face with midfielder Paul Pogba this summer, Arsenal will also be confronted with the future of club skipper Pierre-Emerick Aubameyang in North London.
Aubameyang has been a wonderful servant for Arsenal in his three years and there’s little or no doubt about that as the focus is on the Gunners to retain his services for the long haul. The Gabonese international has one year left on his Arsenal contract and that makes the Gunners susceptible to losing his services with other big European teams like Manchester United, Barcelona and Real Madrid all rumoured to be interested in him.
Pierre-Emerick Aubameyang is able to lay claim to the title of the most productive Arsenal player over the last two seasons based on his performances and only shot-stopper Bernd Leno comes close. The Gabonese striker scored 31 goals for the Gunners last season in all competitions.
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22 of those 31 goals came in the Premier League and that was enough to earn him the joint Golden Boot Award alongside the Liverpool duo of Sadio Mane and Mohamed Salah. He has already scored 17 league goals before the season was called off temporarily due to Coronavirus and only Leicester City star Jamie Vardy has scored more (19 goals).
One of the preferences for manager Mikel Arteta and Arsenal this summer is to retain the services of Aubameyang but that is dependent on the ability of the club to convince the player that his personal targets and aspirations can be met.
Gabonese international Aubameyang wants to win trophies as he enters the last lap of his football career but Arsenal do not look like a club that can meet that target at the moment. Arsenal won’t be facing the problem of hanging on to his services as they have to find a suitable replacement for him if he decides to leave the club.
Will Pogba Leave Man United This Summer
One of the biggest questions that Manchester United will have to answer whenever football escapes from the claws of Coronavirus is the future of star player Paul Pogba at the club.
For now, French midfielder Paul Pogba and Manchester United have been forced to stay at home because of the aforementioned Coronavirus which has left virtually all sporting events useless in the past weeks.
The Premier League had to suspend the season as a result of Coronavirus and whether it is completed or not, the future of Pogba at Manchester United is expected to be at the front pages of British media outlets in the coming weeks.
Paul Pogba has two years left on his present deal with the Old Trafford side including the one year from the extra year clause in the contract signed by him when he returned to English football some four years ago in a then world-record deal. He left Italian champions Juventus for Manchester United for £89m in the summer of 2016 after spending four fruitful years in Turin.
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Pogba has not been able to reproduce his sparkling Juventus form for Manchester United though it must be pointed out that the Manchester United Academy player has flattered deceive on several occasions.
He spoke about his desire to leave Manchester United last summer and the challenge for the Red Devils would be to retain his services at the club since the task of replacing him could even be harder than keeping him happy at the club. After his admission last summer, Manchester United still managed to hang on to him but that has not been productive due to an ankle issue that has reduced him to just eight matches in all competitions this season.
Pogba is not short of suitors if he wants to leave the Red Devils with former club Juventus and Real Madrid interested in him.
Is It Time Up For De Gea At Manchester United
It is very difficult to argue against the case of Spanish international shot-stopper David De Gea being the best player of the last decade at Manchester United and this is testament to his form over the last eight to ten years.
David De Gea has set high standards for himself in the past years and this has come back to haunt him mainly due to his questionable performances in the Manchester United goal over the past 12 to 18 months.
His questionable form has led to calls for him to leave Manchester United for greener pastures but the big question is whether the Red Devils will be able to cope with his exit.
Some years back, David De Gea was at the peak of his powers and also came close to joining Real Madrid in the Spanish league if not for a fax machine. During that period, he was the best goalkeeper in the world alongside Bayern Munich shot-stopper Manuel Neuer but the Spaniard can’t lay claim to that title again after his drop in form.
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Atletico Madrid goalkeeper Jan Oblak, Liverpool shot-stopper Alisson Becker and Barcelona goalie Marc Andre Ter Stegen are few of the goalkeepers that have surpassed him in the rankings of the best goalkeepers in European and world football.
To put his drop in form into context, No Premier League goalkeeper has made more errors leading to a goal than David De Gea since the start of last season. His drop in form started after his long-term future at Manchester United was secured at the start of last season.
A lot of the Manchester United Faithfuls are happy to try out other options in goal other than David De Gea with the likes of Sergio Romero and Dean Henderson regarded as good options.
Sergio Romero is an experienced Argentine international and he’s the second choice goalkeeper at Manchester United. He has kept 10 clean sheets from the last 13 games in the Red Devils’ goal.
On his part, Dean Henderson is on loan at Sheffield United from Manchester United and he has been one of the top three goalies in the Premier League this season.
EPL: Will £72m Pepe Live Up To World Class Expectation At Arsenal
Arsenal fans were over the moon last summer following the capture of Ivorian international winger Nicholas Pepe but it is safe that the optimism from last year has been dampened after the player’s first year in English football.
The Gunners Faithfuls have not rejoiced over a transfer like they did with Pepe last summer since Arsenal signed German World Cup winner Mesut Ozil in the summer of 2014. Arsenal broke their transfer record six years ago to sign Ozil from Spanish La Liga giants Real Madrid.
The Gunners paid £42.5m for the playmaker who’s still a strong member of the starting XI under the guidance of manager Mikel Arteta.
Arsenal also had to break their transfer record to sign Nicholas Pepe from Lille in French Ligue 1 after the Ivorian international had a sensational 2018/19 season but he was not able to transform that form into the Premier League this season. Pepe was arguably the best player in France during the 2018/19 campaign as he fired Lille into the Champions League via a second-placed finish.
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His Lille form led to the interest in his services from a lot of big clubs on the European continent and that convinced Arsenal to fork out £72m for the 24-year-old winger. Other big European sides like Napoli, Inter Milan, Bayern Munich and many more were also keen on his signature.
Nicholas Pepe was expected to set English football on fire especially by his fans at Arsenal but the left-footed player has only shown his brilliance in a handful of games though club officials are certain that the first season is for him to acclamatise to the style of play in the Premier League. The Arsenal officials led by Mikel Arteta are hopeful that Nicholas Pepe will live up to his world class price tag in the coming seasons starting from the next season especially if the current season is not completed because of the dreaded Coronavirus.
Before the current season was suspended because of Coronavirus, Pepe scored four goals and provided six assists in 24 league games in addition to two goals in 6 Europa League outings.
EPL: £400,000 Weekly! Will Odion Ighalo Accept Offer OR Opt For Man United Stay
Manchester United striker Odion Jude Ighalo has been very vocal about the chance to play for a big club like the Old Trafford outfit on the back of his transfer in January.
Ighalo supported Manchester United as a boy but his opportunity to turn out for the club of his dreams didn’t come until the final years of his career as a player.
He was signed by Manchester United on loan in the January transfer window as a cover for the injured Marcus Rashford who suffered a long-term back injury as a second half substitute during the FA Cup third round replay with fellow Premier League side Wolverhampton Wanderers.
Marcus Rashford was the leading goalscorer at Manchester United until that chronic back problem struck. The Three Lions of England international scored 19 goals in all competitions until that point.
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Odion Ighalo was signed as a temporary replacement for the injury stricken Rashford and he has been able to live up to expectations or even surpass it. A lot of Manchester United fans were surprised wirh the move for the Nigerian striker on the final day of the 2020 January winter transfer market and they didn’t expect much from him but the former Watford attacker has been able to answer those critics in his first few games for the Red Devils.
Ighalo was in sensational form for Manchester United in all competitions before the season was called off temporarily.
He has scored four goals in three starts and five substitute appearances. No other player has more goals for the Red Devils in that period.
His loyalty to Manchester United will be tested in the coming weeks and months after his parent club Shanghai Shenshua offered him weekly wages of £400,000 for him to sign a two-year contract extension. He has to decide whether he will sign a new contract with the aforementioned Chinese Super League outfit or opt for a permanent transfer to Manchester United.
Why Manchester United Must Retain Odion Ighalo
Ex-Super Eagles striker Odion Ighalo deserves to join Manchester United permanently at the end of his loan spell at the club and only a sadist would deny him that chance.
Ighalo has been very vocal about his love and affection for Manchester United since his shock loan move in the January transfer window.
The 30-year-old surprised a lot of people by leaving Chinese Super League side Shanghai Shenhua to join boyhood club Manchester United on loan for the rest of this season. He had supported the Red Devils while he was growing up in his native Nigeria and the striker found it difficult to turn down the opportunity of a lifetime.
His dream was to play for Manchester United and the injury to leading goalscorer Marcus Rashford facilitated that move for him as the Red Devils tried to sign attacking cover for the injured England international before settling for Odion Ighalo.
Several Manchester United fans were disappointed with the move for Ighalo but the former Watford striker has been able to prove doubters wrong with his form for his new team. He scored four goals in just eight appearances in all competitions before the season was suspended due to Coronavirus.
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Ighalo was handed just three starts and he scored in each of those games to further highlight his efficiency in front of goal since joining Manchester United. It would almost be an injustice towards Ighalo if he doesn’t get the chance to sign for the Red Devils permanently though this would depend on his club who has already offered him a two-year contract extension worth £400,000 weekly.
Ighalo has to be rewarded with a permanent Manchester United contract based on his scorecard since joining on loan on the last day of the January 2020 transfer window.
Three Reasons why he must sign are as follows:
1. Form – He has four goals in three starts for the Premier League giants.
2. Experience – The Nigerian striker is the most experienced attacker at Manchester United.
3. Passion – Ighalo has been able to transform his passion for the Manchester United badge into performances on the pitch.
Rio Ferdinand: Season Is Voided Due To Coronavirus Crisis With Liverpool Winning Nothing
Manchester United legend Rio Ferdinand has called for the current Premier League season to be cancelled due to the Coronavirus outbreak ravaging the United Kingdom (UK) and several other countries.
Rio Ferdinand is an ex-Premier League defender who won many league titles for Manchester United.
The former England international centre back took to his Instagram page to talk about voiding the present league season (2019/20 campaign) before adding that his reason is not from a place of opposition to Liverpool.
Manchester United and Liverpool have endured an intense rivalry over the past decades. The two clubs are the most successful in English football.
Rio Ferdinand revealed that his position on the matter is from the point of taking a critical look at the situation of things rather than opposing Liverpool to win the league title.
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According to him, the preference is to save lives at the expense of football in the face of COVID19 (Coronavirus).
Liverpool were on course to securing a first league title in three decades before the Premier League was called off for some weeks because of the aforementioned Coronavirus.
Liverpool had a 25-point cushion over the nearest team, Manchester City, at the top of the table and they needed just two wins from the remaining eight games to be crowned champions for the first time in the Premier League era.
Liverpool came close to winning the league title last season before they were piped to it by Manchester City. The Reds finished one point adrift of Manchester City during the last campaign.
With Liverpool maintaining a big lead at the top of the table, Premier League matches had to be suspended at the start of this month because of the dreaded Coronavirus pandemic. The start of the remaining league games was put back until April 4 before the date changed again.
Coronavirus: Man United Star Offers Help To Young Goalkeeper
Former and present Manchester United players have offered to help a young goalkeeper training on his own during self-isolation imposed as a result of the Coronavirus outbreak in the United Kingdom (UK) and other countries.
Manchester United playmaker Juan Manuel Mata and former Manchester United goalkeeper Ben Foster both offered to help the young boy after his mom, Sarah-Jayne Tobin, posted a video of his solo training.
The video shared on Twitter showed the young goalkeeper kicking a ball at the wall of a backyard before making saves in front of a small post.
His mom posted the solo training video with a #coronavirus hashtag and the following caption: “When you’re a goalkeeper… and an only child… in self-isolation… and trying to keep up with your training… came up with this himself! I’m so impressed.”
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Manchester United star Juan Mata offered to help the young goalkeeper with the 44-cap Spanish national team player keen to practice free-kicks with him.
Watford shot-stopper and ex-Red Devils player Ben Foster also offered to train the young boy.
Both Premier League players signalled their interest in him via their reply to the Twitter video posted by the young goalkeeper’s mom.
Mata and Foster have not been in action for their clubs as a result of the dreaded Coronavirus pandemic which has claimed a lot of lives all over the world including the UK.
The pandemic forced the Premier League to suspend the league till the end of next month. Premier League football was called off some two weeks ago due to the virus.
An initial return date of April 4 was announced by the Premier League until last week when the 20 clubs met to discuss the way forward for the league.
In the end, the date was shifted to the end of next month.