One of the biggest transfer questions this summer is the future of Manchester United midfielder Paul Pogba at Old Trafford. The time might be right for the player to leave Manchester United finally.
Paul Pogba’s commitment to Manchester United has been heavily questioned in the past months especially after he publicly admitted that he wants to leave the club that trained him for the second time. The Manchester United Academy graduate left the club for Juventus when he was a teenager before returning four years later in 2016.
Two major C-factors have led to the general consensus that this summer is the best time for Pogba to leave. The first factor is his commitment to the Red Devils as pointed out earlier.
The second factor is his contract which will run out in 2022. Manchester United must sell him this summer if they want to receive more than the £89m paid to sign him from Juventus in 2016 since he’s unlikely to sign a new deal at the Theatre of Dreams.
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Manchester United don’t need to worry too much about a potential replacement for Paul Pogba with Atletico Madrid midfielder Saul Niguez available for a transfer as long as the club is willing to spend money amidst the financial uncertainties caused by COVID 19.
Saul Niguez has a release clause of £138m in his current Atletico Madrid contract and that’s the major requirement for Manchester United to sign him as long as they are able to convince the player about joining them.
The first main reason why Manchester United need to sign the 25-year-old Spanish international this summer is his quality. He has shown that he has the quality to replace a World Cup winner like Pogba via his performances for Atletico Madrid since making his debut for the club in 2012.
Another reason is his consistency. Unlike Paul Pogba who has battled with injuries in the last two years, Saul Niguez has hardly being injured over the course of his Atletico Madrid career.
Lastly, Saul Niguez is the most rated on the list of midfield targets being scrutinised by Manchester United this summer.
Transfer Ratings: Alexandre Lacazette To Atletico Madrid (Swap Deal)
Arsenal striker Alexandre Lacazette has had to deny the transfer rumours linking him with a move to Spain this summer with La Liga giants Atletico Madrid said to be interested in him. According to the French international, his long-term future is at the Emirates Stadium but as we all know that the transfer market is fickle and anything could happen between now and next season.
Atletico Madrid have previously expressed public interest in the player especially when he was at Lyon. Lacazette could have signed for the Rojiblancos shortly before he joined Arsenal in 2017.
The latest interest in him from the Wanda Metropolitano Stadium is in the form a possible swap deal with Atletico Madrid midfielder Thomas Partey who is a serious person of interest to Arsenal manager Mikel Arteta. Ghanaian international midfielder Partey is high on the list of targets for the Gunners as per the reports in the United Kingdom (UK) media.
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Arteta wants to rebuild his midfield ahead of next season and Lacazette could be sacrificed to get Partey to do the job needed in the Arsenal midfield. Partey has shone for his club this season and they have an able replacement for him in the shape of Marcos Llorente who was responsible for the downfall of Liverpool in their Champions League round of 16 tie. Llorente scored twice as a substitute in extra time to send Atletico Madrid through to the quarters at the expense of the defending champions.
Alexandre Lacazette has spent three seasons at Arsenal including the current one which has been his poorest. He lost his place to young strikers Gabriel Martinelli and Eddie Nketiah at various points of the season.
His loss of form led to calls for his sale from some section of the Arsenal fanbase. Atletico Madrid are the overwhelming favourites to sign him if he becomes available and a swap deal with Thomas Partey makes the transfer doable amidst its complexity.
Transfer Ratings for Alexandre Lacazette to Atletico Madrid in a swap deal with Thomas Partey: 4/10.
Why Thomas Partey Will Be A Good Signing For Arsenal
Atletico Madrid midfielder Thomas Partey is firmly on the radar of Premier League heavyweight Arsenal ahead of the upcoming transfer market this summer. As a matter of fact, the Ghanaian international star has been under the watchful eyes of Arsenal and their scouts for some time.
Arsenal were said to be interested in Partey last summer and even had an informal discussion over a possible transfer but they were put off by his transfer fee. The interest has increased rapidly over the past months especially after his series of consistent cum impressive performances for his club this season.
Thomas Partey has remained a top target for Arsenal even with the appointment of a new manager in Mikel Arteta last year December. In the past few days, both Partey and Arsenal have been in the news about linking up this summer.
The player’s father was quoted via a local radio station in Ghana that the Atletico Madrid star has been in talks with Arsenal only for his representatives to deny that Thomas Partey has been in contact with the Gunners in what would be a big blow to Arsenal fans who are already rejoicing that they could see the player in their red and white colours as from next season.
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Apart from the latest situation as mentioned above, Arsenal fans have to be worried about the club’s finances and the ability to be able to raise the £44m release clause in Thomas Partey’s Atletico Madrid contract amidst the current Coronavirus pandemic.
Arsenal fans are excited about Thomas Partey and they have every right to be via the following reasons:
1. Defensive Solidity – Thomas Partey will definitely add defensive solidity to an often porous Arsenal defence line. It must be pointed out that Arsenal have improved defensively since Arteta became their manager in December 2019.
2. Quality – Thomas Partey is a better midfield option compared to the ones currently at Arsenal. In addition, some Arsenal midfielders like Lucas Torreira, Dani Ceballos and Granit Xhaka still have their long-term future at the club unresolved.
3. Goal Threat – Xhaka and Torreira have played the majority of the games under Arteta and both players contributed little in goals and assists. Thomas Partey represents a better goal threat than the two regular midfield maestros at the centre of Arsenal’s midfield.
EPL: Arsenal Starting XI with Thomas Lemar
Atletico Madrid winger Thomas Lemar has again been linked with a move to Premier League giants Arsenal after failing to live up to his price tag in the Spanish La Liga.
According to the various media reports on the European continent, Thomas Lemar is a target for the Gunners as well as other European sides like Tottenham Hotspur and French champions Paris Saint Germain (PSG).
The French World Cup winner has neither scored or assisted any goal in the Spanish La Liga this season despite making 15 appearances.
Thomas Lemar also had no goal output in six group stage games in the Champions League last year.
Atletico Madrid signed him from AS Monaco at the start of the last campaign in a transfer said to be worth around £51.5m.
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He came close to signing for the Gunners just months before his Atletico Madrid transfer.
Lemar almost joined Arsenal in the summer of 2017 but the transfer didn’t go through as AS Monaco were unable to sign a replacement in time before that summer’s transfer window ended.
The French winger was seen as a like-for-like signing to replace Alexis Sanchez that summer after Manchester City made a bid to sign the Chilean international.
Possible Arsenal XI with Lemar: Bernd Leno; Hector Bellerin, David Luiz, Pablo Mari, Sead Kolasinac; Lucas Torreira, Granit Xhaka, Mesut Ozil, Thomas Lemar, Pierre-Emerick Aubameyang and Gabriel Martinelli.
EPL: Arsenal ‘In Talks’ Over Potential Deal For Thomas Lemar
North London club Arsenal are said to be in talks to sign Atletico Madrid forward Thomas Lemar who is surplus to requirements at the Spanish capital club.
According to French publication RMC Sport, Arsenal are in negotiations to sign Thomas Lemar from Atletico Madrid but a deal has not been agreed for him.
Thomas Lemar joined Atletico Madrid from former French champions AS Monaco at the start of the last campaign in a deal reported to be around £52.7m but the French international has not lived up to his price tag as he has struggled to make an impact for the Rojiblancos.
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Atletico Madrid want to sell him to fund the move for a new striker believed to be experienced Paris Saint Germain (PSG) hitman Edinson Cavani.
PSG director Leonardo recently confirmed a €10m bid from Atletico Madrid for Cavani before revealing that the offer was turned down.
Atletico Madrid want to sign the Uruguayan striker before the transfer window closes next week.
The player has already been offered a two-and-a-half-year deal by Atletico Madrid until the end of the 2021/22 season.
Edinson Cavani has scored 198 goals in 293 games since he joined from Napoli in the Italian Serie A around eight years ago.
Atletico Madrid might sign Alexandre Lacazette January
Atletico Madrid could turn their attention to Arsenal striker Alexandre Lacazette if Paris Saint Germain (PSG) continue to rebuff their bid to sign Edinson Cavani.
This is according to the latest media reports in the European nation of Spain.
Atletico Madrid want to sign Uruguayan international Edinson Cavani from PSG and have already had a bid turned down by the French champions.
PSG sporting director Leonardo confirmed on Sunday night that Atletico Madrid made a bid for the 32-year-old striker and that it was turned down by the club.
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Leonardo spoke to reporters shortly after the French Cup win over second-tier club Lorient.
Atletico Madrid had a €10m offer rejected for Edinson Cavani and its not certain whether they will push ahead with another offer for the striker who has played second fiddle to Mauro Icardi since the Argentine international signed for PSG last summer on loan from Italian Serie A giants Inter Milan.
PSG want to sign Icardi permanently after his successful loan spell with the club.
For Cavani, he has six month remaining on his PSG deal at the moment.
Alexandre Lacazette is a long-term Atletico Madrid Target and the Frenchman could become an option if the Spaniards fail to lure Cavani from PSG according to Catalan publication Mundo Deportivo.
Finally, Arsenal Consider Transfer Swoop For Thomas Lemar
Arsenal are reportedly ready to upgrade one of their attacking positions by making the move for an experienced winger in the January transfer window.
The Gunners are said to be interested in a move for Atletico Madrid winger Thomas Lemar who was part of the France squad that won the 2018 FIFA World Cup tournament in the European nation of Russia.
This is according to the publication from the stables of ESPN which claimed that Thomas Lemar has not been able to produce his nest form for the Spanish La Liga giants since joining them last year.
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Thomas Lemar made his name at French club AS Monaco as he was part of the team that reached the Champions League semifinals in surprising fashion during the 2016/17 season.
That AS Monaco side also ended the wait for a league title which had eluded the club for 17 years (since 2000) until that season.
Thomas Lemar is an experienced winger at the age of 24 and the Frenchman is an upgrade on the present Arsenal options like Bukayo Saka, Reiss Nelson and Joe Willock.
Arsenal manager Mikel Arteta is also said to be monitoring the situation of Dejan Kulusevski who is one of the best young midfielders in the Italian top flight this season.
Manchester United Can Finally Sign Pogba’s Replacement For £85m
Manchester United are interested in signing highly-rated Atletico Madrid midfielder Saul Niguez who has a release clause of £125m in his current contract with the Rojiblancos.
According to The Telegraph, Manchester United can sign Spanish international Saul Niguez for £85m which is £40m lesser than the release clause in his Atletico Madrid contract.
Atletico Madrid defeated Osasuna 2-0 at home at the weekend with Saul Niguez getting the clinching goal for Diego Simeone’s side.
The goal against Osasuna took his tally to three goals in 19 appearances for the season.
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Manchester United have made the signing of a quality midfielder top priority ahead of the winter transfer market in the New Year and Saul Niguez is said to be one of the targets on their list.
The Red Devils let midfielders Ander Herrera and Marouane Fellaini leave the club earlier this year, but they have been unable to replace them since then.
Marouane Fellaini is a Belgian international star who was at Manchester United until the January transfer window this year when he joined Chinese Super League outfit Beijing Gouan in a £10m deal.
For Spanish international midfielder Ander Herrera, he joined French Ligue 1 champions Paris Saint Germain (PSG) on a free transfer this summer.
Manchester United To Back Solskjaer For £126m-rated Signing
Senior Manchester United officials are ready to back manager Ole Gunnar Solskjaer in the transfer window according to the various reports from the British media ahead of the January transfer window.
Ole Gunnar Solskjaer was under pressure as at the start of this month with reports claiming that he could lose his job if results go against him during the Tottenham Hotspur and Manchester City games last week but the Norwegian tactician was able to win the two matches and his job is safe especially after the outcome of the last two games in the Premier League.
Manchester United hierarchy wants to back Solskjaer with signings like Atletico Madrid midfielder Saul Niguez who has a release clause of €150m (£126m) during the upcoming transfer window in January.
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Despite the good results earned in the last two games, Manchester United want to sign players in the January transfer window especially in midfield and attack.
Apart from Saul Niguez who is a long-term transfer target dating back to last summer, Manchester United have been linked with Premier League stars like Jack Grealish and James Maddison.
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