One of the biggest news on the transfer scene in the last few hours is the potential collapse of the ‘Timo Werner to Liverpool’ transfer. Several popular media outlets have reported that Premier League heavyweights Liverpool are not ready to pay the money quoted by his club for the transfer thus leading to the question if the petite forward is really worth the €60m release clause in his contract at German Bundesliga outfit RB Leipzig.
Timo Werner has been performing well for RB Leipzig for some years and the German international is only 24 but the Reds are still not convinced about his price tag. The player is not short of suitors after his impressive displays in RB Leipzig colours this season with the likes of German champions Bayern Munich, Manchester United and Chelsea also interested in the player.
The interest from elsewhere has not stopped Timo Werner from his desire to play for Liverpool. According to reports, the player wants to stay and continue his development at RB Leipzig if a move to Liverpool is not possible.
His stats in front of goal suggest that the player is worth the €60m price tag leading to the summation that the Reds might not have issues with the money if the dreaded Coronavirus had not happened. European clubs have seen their income suffer seriously because of Coronavirus and the situation is likely to deteriorate especially if football takes a while before accommodating fans at match venues.
Liverpool have a formidable front three of Mohamed Salah, Roberto Firmino and Sadio Mane and the club splashing the cash on another forward that won’t easily displace one of the aforementioned trio amidst the negative financial effects from Coronavirus could be a wishful thinking. Apart from the task of displacing one of Salah, Mane or Firmino, Timo Werner has to also adapt to a new league. A deal is still a possibility especially if RB Leipzig lowers the release clause which expires in a matter of weeks.
Timo Werner has scored 30 goals in all competitions including a league treble during the win over hosts Mainz 05 at the weekend. He has 24 goals in the German Bundesliga this season.
Ole Gunnar Solskjaer hints at unleashing this weapon against Chelsea
After securing a win 2-1 against French Ligue 1 outfit Paris Saint Germain in the Champions League, Man United boss is already planning to unleash more weapons on West London outfit Chelsea when they meet on Saturday.
The Red Devils were without new striker Edison Cavani and the Norweigan manager has hinted that he will be available to face the Blues when they meet at the weekend.
Ole Gunnar Solskjaer has to explain that the former Paris Saint Germain player has not had enough training and that is why he was not in action against his former team but he is hopeful that he will be ready to give the fight to Chelsea.
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After a win against Newcastle at the last weekend, the Red Devils continued their winning streak against the French Ligue 1 outfit in the Champions League and they will be hoping it continues when they meet the West London outfit.
The Red Devils started the season on a slow note after losing two games in their first three games but that seems to have changed as they have returned to winning ways with two wins in two games.
Man United are currently in 15th place in the Premier League table but a win against Chelsea will definitely lift them in the standing.
Europa League: Arsenal predicted XI against SK Rapid Wien
After losing 1-0 to Man City at the weekend, the English Premier League outfit Arsenal will now face SK Rapid Wien in the Europa League in their first European journey this season.
After struggling in the attack against Man City, it is expected that the North London outfit will pull out a new system and Mikel Arteta might consider playing a fairly different team to be able to pull a win.
New Arsenal signing Thomas Partey did not start in the Premier League game against Man City with the Spanish boss claiming that he is not ready for games because he has not had enough training with the club and has not fully understood the system of play despite having all the qualities to do so.
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It is, therefore, unknown if the Ghanaian international will be given his full debut in the Europa League game as that decision will be left alone to manager Mikel Arteta to make.
However, the predicted starting eleven could have Bernd Leno give way for Alex Runarsson, while the set-up at the attack could be changed as well.
See predicted XI: Alex Runarsson, Sead Kolanisanc, Rob Holding, Gabriel Magalhaes, Cedric Soares, Ainsley Maitland-Niles, Mohamed Elneny, Joe Willock, Riess Nelson, Smith-Rowe, Nketiah.
The likes of Bukayo Saka, Thomas Partey, Willian, Bernd Leno, Alexandre Lacazette, and Nicolas Pepe could start from the bench.
Arsenal set for Wolverhampton battle over Bundesliga star
English Premier League outfits Arsenal and Wolverhampton Wanderers are set to battle for the signature of Bayern Munich star Angelo Stiller ahead of the coming transfer window.
The future of the 19-year-old is uncertain at the German Bundesliga outfit as he is considering his long-term future at the club with his current contract set to expire next summer window.
Angelo Stiller recently made his debut for the Bundesliga outfit in the DFB Pokal and there are chances that he has already started his countdown at the club if he eventually decides to leave.
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It is understood that a manger Mikel Arteta has watched the versatile midfielder and he will be making a move for him later in the summer transfer window but that will only happen if he makes the decision to leave.
German Bundesliga trio Werder Bremen, Stuttgart, and Union Berlin are reported to be keen on the signature of the Bayern Munich star which leaves him with a lot of options.
However, Wolves are the major contenders for the signature of the 19-year-old as he is believed to prefer a move to the English Premier League than remain in Germany.
Angelo Stiller is one of the players tipped to serve as an alternative to Arsenal’s summer transfer target and Lyon star Houssem Aouar.
Championship defender could be next Man United signing
English Premier League outfit Man United are reportedly making efforts to snap up the signature of 22-year-old Swansea City defender Joe Rodon in the coming transfer window.
It is understood that the race for Joe Rodon will not be an easy one for the Red Devils as they have been joined in the race by Leicester City who are also keen on the service of eth Wales international.
West Ham United and Tottenham are also suitors for the services of the young defender as he is attracting interest from a number of Premier League clubs.
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However, Man United are reported to be favourites in the chase of Joe Rodon as they are very keen on him because of the need for a defender in the team.
The Sun reports that Man United had their £7 million offer plus add-ons rejected by Swansea City and the same was done to the North London club when they stepped forward with their offer.
Man United are keen to land a centre-defender that will partner Harry Maguire as the former Leicester City defender is yet to have the perfect partnership that will ensure his best.
Howbeit, Ole Gunnar Solskjaer is still in the market and it is expected that the January winter transfer window will be a busy one for the club.
The reason why Ole Gunnar Solskjaer singles out Juan Mata for praise
Man United boss Ole Gunnar Solskjaer has been full of praise of Juan Mata, stressing that he is impressed by the recent form of the star player.
According to him, a lot can be known about a player when they are playing and when they are not, adding that Juan Mata has been able to prove that he is a special breed.
Insisting that everyone at Man United knows his qualities, Ole Gunnar Solskjaer stated that Juan Mata is a professional who was patient when he was not playing, adding that each time he also gets the opportunity to play, you can see what he has to add to the team.
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However, it was expected that Juan Mata will bid goodbye to the Red Devils but that did not happen as he stayed back and would be available for the next couple of months.
Man United are aware that they cannot keep Juan Mata for a longer time because of his age but his contribution and experience has been helpful to the team, the reason why Ole Gunnar Solskjaer has been full of his praise.
Howbeit, should Man United secure the service of more talented youngsters, Juan Mata’s playing time will definitely be affected.
It is confirmed, United move for this Borussia Dortmund player may NEVER happen
If the merging reports are to be believed, then Man United might never secure the signature of Borussia Dortmund player Erling Haaland in the future after missing out on their chance in the past.
The Red Devils are reported to have made an attempt for the signature of the striker but they opted out in the January transfer window because of the agency fee that was deemed too high.
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Reports claim that the Red Devils are making efforts to return for his signature in the coming summer transfer window but that might not happen as the player is not interested in a move to the club but prefers a move to the Spanish La Liga giants Real Madrid.
Spanish outlet ABC claims that Real Madrid are now favourites in the chase of Erling Haaland and they are ready to do business with the German Bundesliga outfit in the coming months.
Man United already have a history of failed transfer negotiation with Borussia Dortmund with their experience during their chase of England international winger, Jadon Sancho at the just concluded summer transfer window.
A fee of £108 million could not be met by the Red Devils and that put an end to the deal.
Alexandre Lacazette’s future could have been decided already
The exit of French striker Alexandre Lacazette might have been delayed but it could still happen in the nearest future if the latest development is anything to relate with.
The future of the former Lyon striker was up in the air during the summer transfer window as it was claimed that he would be leaving the club with Atletico Madrid and Juventus as his likely destination but that did not happen as manager Mikel Arteta decided to keep him for the season.
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However, Alexandre Lacazette has not been a regular in the Arsenal team as he is mostly used to bench roles. The game against Man City has given the hint that he might not be needed in the Arsenal team with the Spanish boss preferring to use Brazilian international Willian in the centre-forward position knowing that he is a natural winger.
This has raised concerns over the future of Alexandre Lacazette and it is claimed that he might be nearing his exit from the club to have him secure a regular playing time elsewhere.
Meanwhile, the former Man City assistant manager has been accused of being disrespectful to Alexandre Lacazette and not having faith in his ability to lead the team’s attack.
Is another Mesut Ozil situation happening already?
It is feared that another Mesut Ozil situation might be happening again at the English Premier League club Arsenal with the recent controversies surrounding Pierre-Emerick Aubameyang.
It is no longer news to everyone Mesut Ozil has been accused of falling to his comfort zone and not giving his best to the club after he was handed a whopping £350,000-weekly deal to make him the club highest-paid player.
For many months, the North London outfit have not enjoyed the service of their highest-paid player and he seems to be satisfied with it, going by his social media posts and his activities during training.
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The same seems to be happening with Pierre-Emerick Aubameyang who has not been at his best since he was handed a new and improved deal by the club.
Concerns were raised by Arsenal fans after the former Borussia Dortmund striker failed to help the team in the 1-0 defeat against Man City as it has been observed that he has not scored a goal for few games and has not been at his best.
In a witty response to the criticisms, Pierre-Emerick Aubameyang took to his Instagram to post a picture of himself doing an exercise and captioned it “A lot of bla bla. At the end we speak as usual” and this has not gone well with fans.