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Potential Replacements For Outgoing Odion Ighalo At Manchester United

Amuda Segun

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Odion Ighalo

Nigerian striker Odion Ighalo is almost helpless as his Manchester United dream is set to come to an end after some months. The former Super Eagles star is on the verge of returning to parent club Shanghai Shenshua in the Chinese Super League as his loan deal at the Theatre of Dreams ends in a matter of days.

Ighalo wants to stay on at the Premier League club but the two teams have not been able to reach a conclusion to this effect. Manchester United want the striker to complete the current season with no obligation to sign him permanently, while Shanghai Shenshua are adamant that the Red Devils will have to sign the player if they want to retain his services beyond the May 30 expiration date for his loan transfer to Manchester United as agreed between the two clubs when Ighalo became a Red Devil at the end of January.

Odion Ighalo has been able to fulfil a lifelong dream of playing for Manchester United at the age of 30 and he has also done well more than expected with a return of four goals in just three starts. Age is however not on his side which is the main reason behind Manchester United’s reluctance to sign him on a permanent deal. The target for Manchester United is to sign a younger striker this summer leading us to possible striker targets to replace Odion Ighalo at the club:

1. Timo Werner – He has scored goals for fun in the German Bundesliga this season including a hattrick during the 5-0 thrashing of hosts Mainz 05 at the weekend. The RB Leipzig star now has 24 league goals.

2. Moussa Dembele – The Frenchman has been the subject of a €70m bid from Manchester United according to earlier reports. The Lyon striker is also a target for rivals Chelsea.

3. Harry Kane – The Spurs player would be the first choice on the list of potential replacements for Odion Ighalo if he’s made available for a transfer.

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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Man united fans disagree with Solskjaer on this one thing

Timothy Aiyeku

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Jadon Sancho

Everything looks alright at Man United because of the fine form of the team and the smiles that have been put on the faces of the fans, but there could still be one thing to disagree about.

The summer window transfer market is something every club and their fans anticipate as the target is to recruit more additions to help strengthen the team.

For Man United, the focus has been Borussia Dortmund winger Jadon Sancho as manager Ole Gunnar Solskjaer is keen on the player.

The Norwegian manager has not spoken much on the need for defenders, as a matter of fact, he dismissed talks of that topic when he stated that he has got a number of them at the club, and this is where the problem lies.

Man United fans seem uncomfortable with the stance of the former Red Devils player. They could start throwing stones.

Commentators opine that there is a high need of defenders to help balance the team and give depth because of the shaky performance of the legs available at the Old Trafford.

This could cause fracas between Ole Gunnar Solskjaer and the fans in the coming season especially if he insists, and the defensive department does not get better in any way.

The Red Devils have been linked to Nathan Ake but manager Ole Gunnar Solskjaer has moved to dismiss the speculations.

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Who Chelsea fans should hold responsible for defeat

Timothy Aiyeku

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Frank Lampard

Chelsea suffered a 3-0 defeat to Sheffield United at Bramall Lane on Saturday and that has got everyone talking.

The chance of getting into the top four positions is now slim because they could be reduced to the fifth position if Leicester City and Manchester United beat Bournemouth and Aston Villa respectively.

In his analysis, former Arsenal player Ian Wright noted that Blues’ defender Andreas Christensen was bullied by Sheffield United attackers and could not hold on.

More so, he claims that manager Frank Lampard should be held responsible for the defeat because he was naive, especially for trying to play in a shape like Man United.

According to the Gunners legend, Chelsea players were unable to have their stance on the pitch as their midfielders and defenders were overpowered.

While admitting that Frank Lampard will be disappointed, Wright stated that they lacked intensity and pace to keep down the pressure from their opponents.

It is now obvious that fans will have to wait until the end of the season to know who joins Liverpool and Man City for the Champions League ticket.

The contest is between Man United, Chelsea and Leicester City with the Red Devils looking real for the challenge.

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Liverpool legend to return to England for managerial role

Timothy Aiyeku

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Liverpool legend Steven Gerrard is on the wanted list of Championship side Bristol for a managerial role ahead of the coming season.

The Championship side parted ways with their former manager Lee Johnson since last weekend and are considering a number of options to help the team especially after an inconsistent season.

The Express reports that amongst the list already compiled, the Robins are more interested in the choice of the former Liverpool midfielder.

It is believed that his presence at the club will help motivate the players and serve as an inspiration for them to do more, owing to his history and achievements in the game.

Steven Gerrard is still the manager at Scottish club Rangers and it is unknown if he will be willing to dump them to return to England.

Suggestions are that the Reds legend will be dreaming of managing an EPL side in the nearest future and this opportunity could be the starting point as he looks to emulate the likes of Frank Lampard, Ole Gunnar Solskjaer and Mikel Arteta of Chelsea, Man United and Arsenal respectively.

All these managers are of the same age grade and played together as either teammates or opponents in their active career.

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Arsenal given Lacazette transfer backing

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Alexandre Lacazette

Again, the name of France international Alexandre Lacazette has been mentioned as a player Arsenal can part ways with in order to sanction other deals.

Gunners’ boss Mikel Arteta will not have enough funds to engage in the summer transfer window despite the high need for more additions.

Ray Palour is the latest to claim that the former Lyon striker should be sacrificed and shown the exit door for the club to fund other transfers.

The Arsenal legend is more particular about the club bringing in a replacement for Aaron Ramsey who left the Emirates Stadium to pitch tent with Italian Serie A giants, Juventus.

According to him, Mikel Arteta must secure the service of a goal scoring midfielder to make his team more threatening and stand the chances of winning more games.

Aaron Ramsey gave Arsenal that ability and quality before his exit from the club. He scored a number of goals that gave the team some points.

The burden has been on Alexandre Lacazette and Pierre-Emerick Aubameyang to deliver goals since Ramsey left and that ought not to be, according to Ray Palour when he spoke to Talk Sports.

Meanwhile, Aaron Ramsey has not been having it all good with the Serie A giants. He has not delivered same quality he is known for and already being reported to return back to England with Chelsea showing interest.

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New Bruno Fernandes already found at Man United

Timothy Aiyeku

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Bruno Fernandes

Man United have been all agog with the presence of Portuguese star Bruno Fernandes has he has come in to deliver good performances on the pitch for the club.

The Red Devils secured the services of the midfielder from Sporting Lisbon and there has not been any regret as he has become a force in the team, scoring goals and delivering assists. More to the results he has helped to improve is the fact that he has brought out the best of controversial France international Paul Pogba, as well as helping him to settle at the club.

However, Man United fans have reasons to be happy as they might have gotten a new Bruno Fernandes in the club with like-performance and quality.

Hannibal Mejbri is the young 17-year-old that has been tipped to step into the shoes of Bruno Fernandes in no time. He joined the Red Devils academy from French Ligue 1 outfit Monaco just 12 months ago and has attracted a lot of attention with his performances.

The analysis rates him as the sixth on the ranking of midfielders at the Old Trafford, starting from the senior team which makes him closer to working with manager Ole Gunnar Solskjaer.

Hannibal Mejbri will continue his progress with Man United and will continue to learn from the Portuguese international.

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Chelsea fans won’t like this as Kante’s Stamford Bridge career might be over

Timothy Aiyeku

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NGolo Kante

Emerging reports claim that France international N’Golo Kante is a surprise name on the list of expected exits as he might be sold by the West London outfit Chelsea in this summer transfer window.

The reports claim that the World Cup winner could be sold to accommodate Kai Havertz from German Bundesliga club Bayer Leverkusen ahead of the summer transfer window.

The asking price for Kai Havertz is around the region of £90 million and that looks too high for the Blues and they are imploring all options to make a deal happen, the reason why they could cash in on the former Leicester City midfielder to sanction a deal.

N’Golo Kante has not been a regular under the manager Frank Lampard reigns and his current fate at the club started with the reigns of former manager Maurizio Sarri who brought in Jorginho from Napoli to take up the midfield role.

Chelsea have already spend heavily to bring in Timo Werner and Hakim Ziyech ahead of the coming season with expectations that Kai Havertz will help to balance the team.

This, therefore, means that N’Golo Kante could be shown the way out with Spanish La Liga giants Real Madrid reported to be interested in his signature.

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Arsenal in major contest to keep talented midfielder

Timothy Aiyeku

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Dani Ceballos

English Premier League club Arsenal will face a major challenge to keep Dani Ceballos at the Emirates Stadium for a permanent deal.

The Spanish international has been with the North London outfit for the past 12 months on loan and with the contract set to run out at the end of the season, manager Mikel Arteta seeks to work with him on a permanent basis, having fallen in love with the player’s quality.

Before now, Dani Ceballos barely get a role in the team because of his injuries but he seems to be forming a major part of the team, especially now that German international Mesut Ozil has not been in the team since the restart of the EPL.

However, Arsenal will face a major challenge from Spanish La Liga club Real Betis as they are reported to be in contact with Ceballos for a return to the club, knowing that he started his football career with the outfit.

It is unlikely that Real Madrid will be in need of Dani Ceballos anymore, reasons why he is readily available but will be making a choice for the club with the brightest prospect and opportunity to play regularly.

There is no doubt that both Arsenal and Real Betis are willing to hand the player the opportunity of a regular football but the choice will be left for Dani to make.

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Transfer: No more hope for Liverpool on this big player

Timothy Aiyeku

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One of Liverpool’s targets in this coming summer transfer window is midfield star Thiago Alcantara from the German Bundesliga giants Bayern Munich.

Thiago Alcantara is also happy with the prospect of joining the current English Premier League champions but that will not happen if manager Jurgen Klopp does not clear his midfield to create space for the 29-year-old.

It is reported that funds are not readily available to the German boss to make some deals; hence, he will have to make some sales to be able to cash in on the player.

However, commentators argue that manager Jurgen Klopp is unwilling to part ways with his midfield options, Naby Keita and Curtis Jones which stops the opportunity for Thiago Alcantara to join the club.

Meanwhile, this might be good news for Italian giants Juventus and English Premier League club Man City as they are also keen on the player.

It is now unclear if Thiago Alcantara will seek a move to any rather Juventus or Man City as he already has his heart at Anfield but that will depend on future developments.

The development on Thiago Alcantara could just end his dream move to Liverpool with the club hierarchy only hoping to snap up their defensive targets to help strengthen the squad for a new challenge next season.

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