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Liverpool soon to cash in on the sale of Dejan Lovren

Timothy Aiyeku

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Emerging reports claim that English Premier League champions Liverpool will soon cash in from the sale of Dejan Lovren as Russia outfit Zenit St Petersburg are reportedly on their way with a £9 million bid for the defender.

Dejan Lovren has been severally linked away from the Anfield with reports claiming he might be having his last season with Liverpool as his contract with the club expires next summer amidst interests from a number of clubs.

The Russian outfit are keen to add the experience of the 31-year-old to the team and are set to table a bid of £9 million for his service. The club is set to part ways with former Chelsea defender Branislav Ivanovic and will need a replacement with that level of experience.

However, the possibility of a deal is still unlikely as it is unsure if the Reds team will receive £9 million for Dejan Lovren. They are reported to have valued the player for £15 million, the reason why £13 million offer was rejected from Italian Serie A outfit Roma last summer window.

Although, Liverpool could be forced to come down on the fee for Dejan Lovren so as not to lose him for free or trigger a one-year extension of his stay at the club.

Timothy Aiyeku is a Mass Communication graduate from the Ahmadu Bello University, Zaria. He is a sports, everything football analyst.

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It is confirmed, United move for this Borussia Dortmund player may NEVER happen

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Erling Haaland

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.

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.

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Alexandre Lacazette’s future could have been decided already

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Alexandre Lacazette

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.

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.

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Is another Mesut Ozil situation happening already?

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Mesut Ozil

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.

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.

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Saliba: Why Mikel Arteta might be right at the end

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William Saliba

English Premier League outfit Arsenal manager Mikel Arteta has been under attack for keeping William Saliba at the club when he is yet to be handed his debut despite being hyped as a quality player.

The young defender signed for the North London outfit in 2019 but he is yet to be handed his debut as he was loaned out for a season to his former French club.

Now that he has returned, his name is missing from the Europa League squad and the chances of playing in the Premier League are slim. Mikel Arteta had the opportunity of loaning him out during the summer transfer window but failed to do that and was blasted by William Saliba’s former manager.

However, the decision to keep William Saliba might have been justified with the injury of Rob Holding as his presence at the club now gives more options to the club as well as an opportunity for him to have his debut.

The reason for snubbing Willaim Saliba from the Europa League squad is unknown but the current happening and injury situation might have proven him right as he might reconsider his decision and have the player called back into the squad.

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Man United blasted for bad treatment

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Ander Herrera

French Ligue 1 outfit Paris Saint Germain player, Ander Herrera has blasted his former club, Man United for treating him badly when he was at the Old Trafford.

Ander Herrera recalled his experience during his last months with the Red Devils ahead of the Champions League encounter that will have him face his former teammates.

According to him, he was happy at the Old Trafford and wanted to stay at the club for more years but he was snubbed by the club. He lamented that not even a call was put to him despite winning the player of the year award.

Ander Herrera stressed that he was pained because he felt he was giving his all to the Red Devils but did not get the same love in return.

While expressing his respect for the Man United’s executive vice-chairman Ed Woodward, and the board, Ander Herrera stated that he does not expect everyone to think the same way and that made him respect their decision.

Howbeit, Ander Herrera added that he is now happy at Paris Saint Germain and will definitely give his best for his new club against his former team in an encounter that promises to be fierce as a result of their last meeting.

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Odion Ighalo given fresh Man United hope

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Odion Ighalo

Nigerian international striker Odion Ighalo has been given fresh hope to see more games and deliver what he has to offer for the club before he leaves in January.

The former Watford striker has not been favoured for games since the start of the season as he has only started in the Carabao Cup for the Red Devils. The situation has been made worst for him with the presence of Edison Cavani in the team. It is understood that the former PSG star would be favoured ahead of him.

According to Ole Gunnar Solskjaer, Odion Ighalo still has a lot to offer to the club because he is a very important member of the Man United squad before he leaves.

Ighalo joined Man United from Chinese outfit Shanghai Shenhua and was impressive in his early days at the club with five goals in four games before the lockdown. He was forced to extend his loan deal with the club until January 31 but he has not been favoured for games.

Sadly the Nigerian international striker is expected to be named for a bench role in the game against French Ligue 1 outfit, Paris Saint Germain, despite the absence of Edison Cavani after he was ruled out by manager Ole Gunnar Solskjaer.

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How true is PSG boss’ claim about Paul Pogba

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Paul Pogba

Thomas Tuchel, the Paris Saint Germain manager has described Man United midfielder Paul Pogba as one of the best in the world ahead of their Champions League clash on Tuesday.

The French Ligue 1 giants will host the Premier League outfit to begin the Group H encounter and according to Thomas Tuchel, during a news conference, Paul Pogba is one of the best as he adds that this must be recognized before he can be stopped in the game.

Thomas Tuchel fears that the midfield could be Man United’s strongest angle to pull counter-attacks with the presence of Bruno Fernandes but he is more specific about the Frenchman who has been previously linked with a move to PSG.

However, former Man United player who is now with PSG, Ander Herrera has stated that the former Juventus player has all it takes to win the Ballon d’Or because of the qualities he possesses.

He added that Paul Pogba can do everything, one-on-one, box-to-box, as well as playing as a deep midfielder to make him a complete player.

However, this is coming when some pundits hold the option that Paul Pogba has not given his best to Man United as he has been involved in controversies for some seasons as a result of his future.

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Arsenal have this to boast of despite Man City defeat

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Bernd Leno

The majority of Arsenal fans have been left disappointed after seeing the team fall by a goal to Man City at the weekend as it hints that the situation has not changed.

The goal by Raheem Sterling was enough to condemn Arsenal for not having what it takes to win any of the big six teams since 2015.

However, goalkeeper Bernd Leno suggests that there are positives that must be celebrated from the game as he boasts that the North London outfit have been able to close the gap on Man City at the top.

He confessed to being disappointed by the defeat, noting that the team felt down but he is proud of the good display in the game because the team competed against Man City which led to the slim win.

Bernd Leno affirmed that the last game against Man City at the Etihad ended in a 3-0 defeat against but that has been slimmed down with the big difference that was witnessed.

According to him, his team’s inability to get past Man City goalkeeper Edison was the only stumbling block in their game as they should have delivered a win or shared the spoil.

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