Malian-born Spanish winger Adama Traore has come a long way in his Premier League career which started at Aston Villa. The player came through the famed La Masia Academy at Barcelona and was earmarked for big things resulting from his huge potentials.
It is safe to say that Adama Traore didn’t show those potentials at the start of his Premier League career upon moving to England from Barcelona. He was part of the Aston Villa team that suffered relegation for the first time in the Premier League era during the 2015/16 campaign.
Adama Traore often showed his rawness at Aston Villa as he did little to prevent the club from dropping into the English Championship. The same relegation befell his next club Middlesbrough whom he joined shortly after his first season in England.
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The 24-year-old suffered Premier League relegation with Middlesbrough in his first season at the Riverside and that proved to be a blessing in disguise as he began to show his true potentials in the English Championship the following season under the guidance of Tony Pulis.
His impressive performances at Middlesbrough earned him a club-record move to Wolverhampton Wanderers in 2018 and he has been able to make a better impact in his third shot at Premier League football after his Aston Villa and Boro experiences.
Adama Traore had a good first campaign at Wolves during the 2018/19 season and this proved to be the catalyst for him to become one of the most improved players in the English top flight this season. The biggest English teams are now interested in his services with Manchester United said to be leading the race to sign him.
Other big clubs like Liverpool and Manchester City also want to sign the speedster who will definitely not be a cheap acquisition.
Manchester United are in the market for wingers this summer and Adama Traore is a good possibility leading us to how they can sign him. The Red Devils will have to pay a big transfer fee that could be over £50m for the player and also see off rivals Liverpool and Manchester City to secure him onto their playing squad at the start of the 2020/21 season.
Chelsea Midfielder Joins Aston Villa On Loan
Chelsea midfielder Ross Barkley has joined fellow Premier League side Aston Villa on loan for the remainder of this season.
His loan deal to the former European champions was confirmed by the Blues on Wednesday morning.
Ross Barkley has decided to move away from Chelsea after the array of talents signed by the club left him on the fringes.
The 26-year-old would now be hoping to make his mark on an Aston Villa side that has started the season in sparkling form.
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Aston Villa have won two from two league games and are currently in the top four despite playing a game lesser than 16 other teams.
Ross Barkley could make his debut for Aston Villa in the upcoming league game at home to champions Liverpool.
The Carabao Cup fourth round clash at home to Stoke City on Thursday night might come too soon for him.
He scored 11 goals in 86 appearances for Chelsea with the last of his goals coming last week during the Carabao Cup fourth round win over second tier team Barnsley.
Ross Barkley joined Chelsea from Everton in January 2018 in a £15m deal and has struggled to consistently hold a permanent spot in the first team.
He played under three managers namely Antonio Conte, Maurizio Sarri and Frank Lampard.
End of the road for Man United as target signs 5-year deal
The speculations linking Jack Grealish to Man United have can now be put to rest following reports that he has signed a new 5-year deal with Aston Villa.
After hoping Aston Villa to avoid relegation last term, Jack Grealish was linked with a move to the Old Trafford with speculations that efforts are being made to snap him up but that did not work out.
Now, it is confirmed that he will be with Aston Villa for more years after penning a long-term deal with the club until 2025 as he is highly valued by the club owners.
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Aston Villa owners have shown ambition to bounce back this new season with the decision to keep Jack Grealish as well as bring in other players in this summer transfer window so as to avoid the mistakes of last season.
Jack Grealish has been one of the best on Aston Villa’s book, scoring 10 goals in 41 appearances as a midfielder last season, particularly the goal he scored in the last game of the season.
However, Jack Grealish was never a priority for the Red Devils and now that they have secured the signature of Donny van de Beek, there will be no need for a new addition at the midfield.
EPL: Arsenal Finally Make Emiliano Martinez Decision
Arsenal have made the decision to drop goalkeeper Emiliano Martinez from their Premier League opener this season amidst the on-going transfer rumours linking him with clubs in England and Spain.
The Guardian confirmed the news as it was disclosed that the Gunners’ boss Mikel Arteta has opted to leave out Martinez from his squad for the trip to newly promoted team Fulham in what’s the opening game of the 2020/21 Premier League season.
Emiliano Martinez wanted assurances from Mikel Arteta to be the Gunners first choice shot stopper ahead of Bernd Leno but the Spanish tactician was unable to give him what he wanted.
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The Argentine goalkeeper turned down a new contract from Arsenal and with two years left on his existing deal, the club has decided to cash in on him with Premier League side Aston Villa interested.
In the last few days, another English top flight club said to be Brighton and Hove Albion has joined the race to sign him in addition to Spanish La Liga club Real Betis.
Bernd Leno was the undisputed first choice goalkeeper at Arsenal before his injury led to Emiliano Martinez taking his place. Martinez played the final 11 games of last season and impressed a great deal.
He was also in goal for the Community Shield win over Liverpool at the start of this campaign despite the fact that Leno was fit.
EPL: Emiliano Martinez agrees terms with Aston Villa
Arsenal goalkeeper Emiliano Martinez could be an Aston Villa player at the start of next week according to the publication from the stables of The Telegraph.
It was revealed that the Gunners shot stopper has agreed on a four-year contract worth £60,000 on a weekly basis with Aston Villa after manager Mikel Arteta failed to give the Argentine first choice assurance.
Emiliano Martinez wants to be the number one goalkeeper at Arsenal and that informed his decision to reject a new deal at the club as he wants regular playing time over money to help his bid to become the undisputed first choice for his country.
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The 28-year-old was the subject of an initial bid of £10m from Aston Villa. The bid was turned down by the Gunners prompting the Midlands club to make a new offer of £15m plus add-ons for him that has proven successful in the eyes of the North London club’s hierarchy.
The Gunners have already identified a potential replacement for Emiliano Martinez in Brentford goalkeeper David Raya.
Various reports said that the Gunners made a £10m bid for David Raya which was rejected.
Brentford informed the Gunners that the shot stopper is not for sale this summer.
Arsenal Offered PSG Stopper As Villa Grow Impatient On Martinez
Premier League giants Arsenal have been offered the chance to sign Paris Saint Germain (PSG) shot stopper Alphonse Areola on loan for the coming season.
This is according to the publication via the Daily Mirror which said that Alphonse Areola could be the man to replace wanted Arsenal goalkeeper Emiliano Martinez at the Emirates Stadium.
The Gunners are also interested in Brentford goalkeeper David Raya who came close to helping his club into the Premier League before they were beaten 2-1 by Fulham in the Championship playoff final.
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Arsenal are not the only ones in the running for Areola, fellow London clubs Fulham and Chelsea are also in the equation.
For Emiliano Martinez, the Gunners player is the subject of a second bid from Aston Villa who are growing impatient over the situation.
Aston Villa have made a new bid of £15m plus add-ons according to the Daily Mail. The Midlands club has lined up Manchester United goalkeeper Sergio Romero as an alternative for Martinez if Arsenal continue to play hardball.
Emiliano Martinez performed well as the first choice Arsenal goalkeeper when usual first choice Bernd Leno suffered an injury. He has tasted the number one shirt and he’s not ready to let go despite the return of German international Leno from injury.
Villa Make Second Bid For Arsenal Player – Report
Premier League side Aston Villa have made a second bid for Arsenal goalkeeper Emiliano Martinez as they attempt to bolster their squad for the new season scheduled to start on Saturday.
Aston Villa narrowly escaped relegation from the Premier League last season and manager Dean Smith is keen to avoid a repeat by beefing up his squad for this campaign.
The Midlands club made a first bid of £10m for Emiliano Martinez and that was swiftly rejected by the Gunners.
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According to The Athletic, Emiliano Martinez is the subject of a second bid of almost £20m which is said to be the asking price set by Arsenal. It remains to be seen whether the new bid will be convinced enough for the Gunners.
Emiliano Martinez is the longest serving player at Arsenal after spending over a decade and he recently got his chance to be the number one Arsenal goalkeeper due to the injury to former first choice Bernd Leno towards the end of last season.
He has been able to justify his selection with a series of impressive performances. Martinez was an important player for the Gunners as they won the FA Cup and the Community Shield in the space of one month.
Aston Villa to swoop for United duo
Aston Villa are reportedly considering the signature of Man United stars Diego Dalot and Sergio Romero ahead of the coming season.
Dean Smith’s team were only lucky to escape relegation in the just-concluded season and will now seek to bolster their squad to be able to challenge in the coming season.
With the future of the two Man Unite stars uncertain, Daily Star reports that Aston Villa will make an attempt to land them this summer transfer window by submitting a bid.
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Man United will be looking at offloading some of their players to be able to make room for newcomers as manager Ole Gunnar Solskjaer plans to rebuild his team for next season’s challenge.
The Red Devils failed to deliver any title in the just-concluded season which remains a major challenge to the club boss. He is desperate to change the narrative by bringing in fresh legs to the team.
England international winger Jadon Sancho was the major target for the Red Devils but they failed to convince German Bundesliga outfit on reducing the fee for his signature.
It has been a very slow transfer window for the Red Devils but there are suggestions that a lot of deals will be concluded before the close of the summer.
EPL: How Man United will land £70m target
Aston Villa have splashed a £70 million tag on their midfielder, Jack Grealish and that is too high for Man United to pay but they may resolve in player exchange to be able to land him.
The coronavirus has hit Man United like other clubs and they will not be able to pay such a high fee for the player that helped his team escape relegation in the last game of the season.
However, reports in England claims that Man United could offer three players to Aston to be able to match the valuation with Daily Mail reporting that the Red Devils are keen to complete the deal before the end of the summer transfer window.
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With Aston Villa reportedly under pressure to sell Jack Grealish to be able to cash in, it is uncertain if they will accept the offer from the Red Devils.
However, it is claimed that Man United could offer Dean Henderson or Sergio Romero to Aston Villa as one of the goalkeepers might be made to leave the club this summer window.
Diogo Dalot has been mentioned several times as part of the players that could leave Man United this summer window. He might be offered to Aston Villa to be able to convince them about releasing Jack Grealish as well as reduce £70 million asking price.