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Why Guardiola is already confirming next season success for Liverpool

Timothy Aiyeku

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Manchester City manager Pep Guardiola is unwittingly predicting big success for Liverpool in the coming season after hailing one of their reported transfer decision.

Liverpool are reported to be interested in the signature of German Bundesliga outfit Bayern Munich star Thiago Alcantara with claims that personal terms have been agreed with the player and a deal would be completed after agreement on a fee has been reached with the club.

Thiago Alcantara has already told the Bundesliga giants he won’t be signing a new deal and would be leaving in this summer transfer window. To make this happen, he is reported to have placed his house on sale.

However, Pep Guardiola is confirming the quality of the Reds target, hinting that the Jurgen Klopp team will be stronger with Thiago Alcantara next season. He stressed that he has no doubts that the midfielder is an exceptional player will be a success in the English Premier League when he spoke to Goal.

This is coming when the Liverpool hierarchy claims the Jurgen Klopp team is already a strong squad that can beat any competition next season even without adding a player.

The former Barcelona midfielder has been with Bayern Munich for many years, winning seven Bundesliga titles, among a total of 14 major titles.

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

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The reason why Ole Gunnar Solskjaer singles out Juan Mata for praise

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Juan Mata

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.

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.

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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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