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Solskjaer confirms Chris Smalling’s United future

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Chris Smalling has completed his loan term with Italian Serie A side, AS Roma, and has returned to his parent club, Man United amidst uncertainties over his future.

The uncertainty now seems to have been settled with the statement credited to manager Ole Gunnar Solskjaer as he reacts to the return of the defender.

Initial talks suggested a loan extension or a permanent stay in Italy after Chris Smalling impressed with AS Roma but negotiations did not work out and he has to return to his owners.

Manager Ole Gunnar Solskjaer has now confirmed Chris Smalling will be at the Old Trafford in the coming season by stating that the player is valuable to the club and could now have his chance.

The Red Devils manager reveals that he has been monitoring Chris Smalling in As Roma and is impressed with what he has seen. He is now assured that the defender can play regularly and also impress with the team in the comings season.

However, the return of Chris Smalling to the Old Trafford will not stop manager Ole Gunnar Solskjaer from bringing in new defenders in this summer transfer window as he hopes to get his team running again.

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

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Another Man United target set to join Liverpool

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Jadon Sancho

The list is unending for English Premier League club Man United for the number of disappointments in this summer transfer markets as they are set to lose out on another top target.

The hits for the Red Devils started with top target Jadon Sancho who will not answer the call from the Old Trafford for a stay with German Bundesliga outfit Borussia Dortmund.

Other two Man United targets, Gareth Bale and Sergio Reguilon have also snubbed them for a move to North London outfit Tottenham which makes it one of the most frustrating transfer windows for the club.

The list now continues with reports from France claiming that Liverpool have agreed on terms with Watford winger Ismaila Sarr who is already being linked with Man United.

France Football reports that the current Premier League champions agreed on a fee within the region of £32 and £36 million for the Senegal international winger who is followed by manager Jurgen Klopp.

The Red Devils had identified Ismaila Sarr as a good alternative to their top target, Jadon Sancho as it is confirmed they will not be able to pay his £100 million demand while the German Bundesliga club are not willing o negotiate the fee.

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The Aouar news we hate to hear as Arsenal fans have emerged

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Houssem Aouar

If there is anything Arsenal fans will not wish to hear, then it is the interest in Houssem Aouar by other clubs but sadly, that is already happening.

The latest reports have claimed that a Champions League team is also interested in the signature of the Lyon midfielder but they are only keeping it late to land him this summer transfer window.

Lyon director Juninho hints that the final two weeks of the summer transfer window could have the Champions League club step forward with their bid for Houssem Aouar.

The Telegraph also reports that the Gunners’ rivals will be willing to pay the £54 million wanted by the French Ligue 1 outfit for Houssem Aouar and that could lure the player into agreeing on the deal as he will fancy a Champions League football ahead of the Europa League.

No doubt, Houssem Aouar is a top target for manager Mikel Arteta which makes the Gunners insist on his signature. For Arsenal to be able to land the Lyon midfielder, they will have to sell more players to boost their financial strength.

Arsenal have already cashed in £20 million from the sale of Emi Martinez and will have to do more to get rid of more players if they must meet the valuation by the French Ligue 1 outfit.

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Messi, Arsenal link talks emerge again

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If you have ever heard that Barcelona star Lionel Messi was linked with a move to the English Premier League outfit Arsenal in the past and doubt that it is true. It has been talked about again.

Lionel Messi’s former agent has recalled how the Argentina international came close to becoming a Gunner in 2003 with former manager Arsene Wenger making an attempt to snap him up.

Speaking to Marca, Fabian Soldini said Lionel Messi was close to joining Arsenal as he was tempted by the offers from the English Premier League side but he later opted not to go.

According to him, the North London outfit were only able to prise away Spanish midfielder Cesc Fabregas because he accepted to leave as both were asked by the Catalans to go.

Cesc Fabregas went ahead to develop at the North London club but Lionel Messi became a more prominent figure in the game, and all of the feats would have been achieved in an Arsenal shirt.

With the number of players reported to have been linked with Arsenal under former manager Arsene Wenger, there is no doubt that the Frenchman is one of the best scouts, even as a manager, having identified such talent from a very young age.

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Arsenal Transfers: Arteta Set To Offload Two Defenders In Major Shake-up

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Arsenal manager Mikel Arteta has made the addition of a central midfielder his top priority for the rest of this summer’s transfer market according to the Daily Mirror.

Arteta could even need to sign two central midfielders with the future of young French midfielder Matteo Guendouzi in serious doubt at the club.

Matteo Guendouzi is not in Arteta’s plans, and the club is ready to listen to offers for him.

In his bid to sign a midfielder, Mikel Arteta wants to offload two defenders to provide non-homegrown space and funds for new arrivals.

Defenders Shkrodan Mustafi and Sead Kolasinac could be on their way out of Arsenal before the current transfer market closes in 12 days’ time.

Mustafi is the subject of a transfer enquiry from Italian Serie A side Lazio.

The German World Cup winner has less than a year on his Arsenal contract and a fee of around €15m as been mooted as the transfer figure required for his move from North London to Lazio.

Arsenal might negotiate his transfer for lesser as they try to cash in on him. The Gunners have adequate centre-back cover following the arrivals of Gabriel Magalhaes and William Saliba from France.

Gunners left-back Sead Kolasinac is a big target for German Bundesliga side Bayer Leverkusen with a fee of €10m being touted as the transfer figure needed for his move back to Germany.

Sead Kolasinac signed for the Gunners from German team Schalke 04 on a free transfer three years ago.

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Arsenal Handed Thomas Partey Ultimatum By Atletico Madrid After £49.5m Agreement

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Premier League team Arsenal have been handed an ultimatum to fulfil the release clause obligations in the contract of Atletico Madrid midfielder Thomas Partey or risk losing out on him.

Renowned Italian journalist Fabrizio Romano revealed via his official Twitter account that the Gunners will have to pay the €50m (£45m) release clause in Partey’s contract at the club before adding that Arsenal have less than two weeks to pull off the signing.

The transfer guru also pointed out that Atletico Madrid no longer have pressing financial needs after they sanctioned the transfer of Spanish striker Alvaro Morata to Juventus in a £49.5m.

Morata has returned to Juventus on a loan deal for this season at £8.2m with the option to make his transfer permanent for £41.3m at the end of the loan contract next summer.

Arsenal have been trying to sign Thomas Partey since the current transfer window opened in July.

Atletico Madrid are interested in Arsenal player Lucas Torreira and the Gunners proposed a player-plus-cash offer involving the Uruguayan and Thomas Partey but it was swiftly turned down by the La Liga team.

The Gunners must pay the release clause of the 27-year-old Ghanaian international in full to sign him.

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Arsenal’s Chief Edu Picks Out £27m Rated Transfer Alternative

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According to reports from Football London, Arsenal sporting director Edu has picked out £27m AS Roma midfielder Amadou Diawara as the alternative for the Gunners if they are unable to sign Atletico Madrid midfielder Thomas Partey, and his Lyon counterpart Houssem Aouar.

The 23-year-old Guinean is a defensive midfielder and he’s seen as the transfer alternative for both Partey and Aouar.

Gunners’ boss Arteta has made both Thomas Partey and Houssem Aouar his midfield targets in the current transfer window, but the club will need a lot of money to pull off just one of the two transfers.

Atletico Madrid are adamant that Arsenal will have to pay the £45m release clause in Partey’s contract at the club.

The Spaniards are interested in signing an Arsenal player, Lucas Torreira, but they are only ready to offer a loan deal for the diminutive Uruguayan international.

Lyon skipper Aouar is a more attack-minded midfielder than Partey and he’s more expensive at £53m.

He was at the heart of Lyon’s midfield last season as they reached the Champions League semi-finals. Aouar scored nine goals plus 10 assists in 41 games last season for the French club.

Arsenal offered midfielder Matteo Guendouzi earlier in this window but the option of a swap deal was thrown out by Lyon.

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Report: Everton Eyeing £22.5m Alternative For Fikayo Tomori

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Merseyside giants Everton have shifted their attention to £22.5m Barcelona defender Jean-Clair Todibo after the move to sign Fikayo Tomori from Chelsea stalled.

The Toffees were thought to be closing in on a loan deal for Chelsea centre back Tomori earlier this month but that transfer has stalled in the past days paving the way for the club to pursue other defensive targets.

Fikayo Tomori is now expected to stay at Chelsea to fight for his place in the team. The Nigerian-born England international came on as a second half substitute over the weekend as his team suffered their first league defeat of the season.

Tomori and Chelsea were beaten 2-0 at home by Liverpool who had a man advantage for the larger part of the game after Danish international Fikayo Tomori was sent off towards the end of the first half.

Kai Havertz was sacrificed as Fikayo Tomori replaced the new signing to fill the centre back vacuum left by Andreas Christensen.

Everton are desperate to sign a new central defender in this transfer window and 20-year-old Todibo is the new target though the Merseysiders will have to contend with Wolves who are also interested in the young French player.

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Man United Find Sancho Solution As Plan B ‘Agrees Move’

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Manchester United are closing in on the deal to sign the alternative to top target Jadon Sancho according to the Daily Express.

Watford winger Ismaila Sarr is the right wing alternative to Borussia Dortmund winger Sancho for Manchester United and the aforementioned report said that the Red Devils are on the verge of securing his transfer on loan for the whole of this season.

Manchester United have tried to sign Englishman Jadon Sancho since this summer’s transfer window started, and they have been unsuccessful so far.

Dortmund gave the Red Devils until August 8 to meet his £108m asking price, and they were unable to meet up with that condition mainly due to the finance involved.

Jadon Sancho is now expected to stay at Borussia Dortmund for the current season thus prompting Manchester United to consider an alternative in Senegalese international Sarr.

The Red Devils want to sign a right wing specialist in this transfer window.

It was disclosed that Watford are open to a loan deal for Ismaila Sarr as Manchester United are the only team interested in him after Liverpool opted to sign Diogo Jota.

Premier League champions Liverpool were forced to turn to Jota after Watford slammed a £50m price tag on the African star.

Ismaila Sarr is now on course to sign for Manchester United on loan with the option of a permanent transfer.

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