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Club officially put up Man United target for sale

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Man United can now make official moves to land their summer transfer target Douglas Costa with Goal reporting that he has been put up for sale by Italian Serie A outfit Juventus.

It has been in the news that the Red Devils are interested in signing the Brazilian winger as an alternative for Jadon Sancho, their major target for the summer window.

The Red Devils have continued to be linked with the former Man City academy player but they are yet to agree on a deal with Borussia Dortmund because of the £100 million tag.

It is claimed that Man United are getting frustrated and might dump the deal for the Borussia Dortmund star and consider other options with Douglas Costa being mentioned.

Reports claim he has fallen down the pecking order in the team and may not be considered for selection in the new season, making it necessary for him to find a new club.

Man United will have to officially learn the fee for Douglas Costa from Juventus as Goal already reports that he is available for sale this summer window.

The summer transfer window is gradually running out and Man United have not made expected signing after Donny van de Beek from Ajax.

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

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Brentford hand David Raya condition to Arsenal

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English Premier League club Arsenal have been told by Brentford that they can only have their goalkeeper target, David Raya, if they will agree to loan him back for the rest of the season.

The Telegraph reports that the Bees rejected a £10m bid from Arsenal for the Spanish goalkeeper who made 49 appearances last season.

It is understood that the 25-year-old is well known to Arsenal’s goalkeeper coach Inaki Cana because the tutor was with Brentford before moving to Arsenal in December last year.

David Raya is needed at Arsenal with the exit of Argentina shot-stopper Emi Martinez who has left the club to join Aston Villa after a brilliant performance that helped him deliver the FA Cup and the Community Shield. No doubt he left when the ovation was high.

Bernd Leno is now left as the only viable option as a goalkeeper at the Emirates Stadium under manager Mikel Arteta.

With Arsenal looking to sign more players before the end of the summer transfer window, there is no doubt a new goalkeeper will be brought in.

It is understood that the Gunners are close to sealing a deal for Dijon goalkeeper Runar Alex Runarsson as he has passed the first stage of medicals.

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Lyon president sends Aouar message to Arsenal

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Houssem Aouar

Arsenal have been told by Lyon President Jean-Michel Aulas that they have the opportunity to sign their top target Houssem Aouar but that will not happen until they are willing to meet his £44 million valuation.

The North London outfit are confirmed to have indicated an interest in the French Ligue 1 star but they are yet to agree on a deal as negotiations are still ongoing. Manager Mikel Arteta has hinted that the club is still in the market to add more players to the team.

When asked if Houssem Aouar would join the north London side, Jean-Michel Aulas reportedly said No because the Premier League side had not submitted an offer yet.

Now it is claimed that talks have been opened between the two clubs over a deal as the 22-year-old is understood to be keen on a move to Arsenal.

Arsenal will have to wait till the last minutes to stand the chance of having their £36m bid to be accepted.

Houssem Aouar is an important part of the Lyon team that reached the Champions League semi-finals by defeating Italian Serie A champions Juventus in the last-16 and Manchester City in the quarter-finals.

Should he join Arsenal, he will be an automatic replacement to Mesut Ozil who is still around but has been frozen out of the team.

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Wolves Confirm £13.5m Signing From Liverpool

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Wolves have confirmed the signing of young defender Ki-Jana Hoever from Premier League champions Liverpool in a £13.5m deal.

The transfer was officially announced this weekend after the Dutchman penned a five-year deal.

The Reds will receive an initial fee of £9m for the transfer of the player, while the remainder is dependent on the fulfilment of the add-ons inserted to his contract.

Ki-Jana Hoever leaves Liverpool after two seasons as he failed to break into the Reds team during his time at the club.

The majority of his appearances in the Reds colour came for the youth teams.

Ki-Jana Hoever becomes the fifth summer signing at Wolves who failed to qualify for European football this season after finishing in 7th position on the Premier League last term.

They had the option of Europa League last season but crashed out to eventual winners Sevilla in the quarterfinals.

Wolves have been very active in the transfer window this summer after the club-record deal to sign teenager Fabio Silva from FC Porto.

They also signed Vitinha from the Portuguese Champions as the contingent from Portugal continues to grow at the club.

Matija Sarkic (Aston Villa) and Marcal (Olympique Lyon) also signed for Wolves this summer.

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Liverpool Complete Third Summer Signing

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Six-time European champions Liverpool have made their biggest signing of this summer’s transfer window following the signing of Portuguese international Diogo Jota.

The Reds have signed Diogo Jota from Wolverhampton Wanderers in the Premier League.

The 23-year-old has signed a five-year contract to become a Liverpool player.

Liverpool boss Jurgen Klopp always wanted to sign a new attacker to provide stiff competition for his front three of Roberto Firmino, Sadio Mane and Mohamed Salah.

Klopp was heavily linked with German international Timo Werner but the former RB Leipzig forward decided to sign for Chelsea ahead of the Merseyside giants.

Werner had talked about his admiration for Klopp and Liverpool but the lure of regular first team football played a major role in his decision to sign for Chelsea ahead of Liverpool.

The German attacker signed for Chelsea from Bundesliga side in a £53m deal.

Klopp and Liverpool also wanted to sign Ismaila Sarr from second tier team Watford after missing out on Werner. However, they were priced out of a move for Sarr thus leaving the club with the option of signing Diogo Jota.

Jota, 23, has been at Wolves for three years and was regarded as an important member of Nuno Espirito Santo’s team at the Molineux.

Other Liverpool signings this summer are left-back Kostantinos Tsimikas and midfielder Thiago Alcantara.

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Barcelona Banned From Signing Liverpool Midfielder

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Spanish giants Barcelona have been banned the club from signing midfield target Georginio Wijnaldum from Premier League champions Liverpool this summer.

La Liga officials have implemented strict financial guidelines on clubs in the top division this summer due to the Coronavirus Pandemic thus affecting Barcelona and their plans to sign players.

New Barcelona manager Ronald Koeman had wanted to sign Georginio Wijnaldum from Liverpool and Memphis Depay from French giants Lyon this summer but the Dutch tactician is unlikely to get his targets.

Wijnaldum and Depay both have one year left on their respective deals at Liverpool and Lyon. The two players were instrumental to the successes recorded by Ronald Koeman during his time as the Dutch national team manager.

Koeman left the Dutch job to take the managerial position at the Nou Camp.

La Liga’s Communications Director Joris Evers recently said that the football body has a new financial model that goes beyond the financial fairplay previously implemented by European football body UEFA.

Under the new financial guidelines, Barcelona will have to sell players to sign new players as they are struggling with an annual wage bill of €510m.

In addition, Barcelona also have to pay the same amount as the transfer fee to the Spanish government as part of the financial assistance to clubs during this Coronavirus Pandemic era.

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Liverpool Have Made Contact To Sign £40million Defender

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Premier League champions Liverpool have improved their title-winning squad with two signings in the space of two days and it looks like the Merseysiders are not done with transfers according to journalist Chris Williams.

It was reported by the journalist that the Reds are in contact with Schalke 04 over their defender Ozan Kabak.

Liverpool are one defender short following the exit of Dejan Lovren this summer. The Croatian international has signed for Russian Premier League side Zenit St. Petersburg.

Lovren had one year left on his Liverpool contract before he left England for Russia.

His replacement at Liverpool could be Ozan Kabak who’s rated at £40m by his German Bundesliga outfit.

Schalke 04 have financial issues at the moment and a bid of around £22m could be enough to prise Kabak away from the Germans.

Ozan Kabak, 20, was in the starting XI as Schalke 04 travelled to Munich to face Bavarian giants and treble winners Bayern Munich in the first game of the 2020/21 German Bundesliga season.

He was unable to prevent his team from suffering a heavy defeat against Bayern.

Ozan Kabak played 90 minutes as Bayern thrashed Schalke 04 8-0.

Former Arsenal forward Serge Gnabry was the star of the show as he scored a treble.

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Man United Want To Make Three Signings After Crystal Palace Defeat

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Manchester United are reportedly eyeing the addition of three new players to their squad before the transfer window shuts next month on the back of the stunning defeat to Crystal Palace.

The Red Devils started their 2020/21 Premier League campaign on the wrong footing with the 3-1 defeat at the hands of Crystal Palace.

The London club secured victory courtesy a second-half brace from former Manchester United star Wilfried Zaha.

Andros Townsend scored the opening goal of the game for the Eagles, while new signing Donny Van De Beek came off the bench to score the only goal for Manchester United.

According to the Daily Express, the Red Devils want to strengthen their squad after the Palace loss in three areas namely left-back, right-wing forward and central defence.

Reliable journalist Fabrizio Romano said that the priority for Manchester United is the signing of a left-back and a right-winger.

Recent reports disclosed that the Red Devils have agreed on a weekly salary with Alex Telles of FC Porto. The Brazilian international has less than a year on his existing deal with the Portuguese champions.

Borussia Dortmund winger Jadon Sancho is the main option for the right wing at Manchester United and they have alternatives in Inter Milan star Ivan Perisic and Juventus winger Douglas Costa if they don’t meet up with the £108m asking price for the England international.

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Report: Man United Midfielder Linked With A Move To Tottenham Hotspur

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Manchester United midfielder Jesse Lingard is the subject of an interest from Premier League rivals Tottenham Hotspur according to the latest reports emanating from the British media.

According to the specific report from the Daily Star, Spurs are interested in Jesse Lingard and the transfer could cost £30m.

It was said that Tottenham Hotspur manager Jose Mourinho is keen to reunite with Jesse Lingard whom he managed during his time at Old Trafford between 2016 and 2018.

Lingard started well under current Manchester United manager Ole Gunnar Solskjaer but he was unable to maintain that form.

The England international was an important player for Manchester United during the interim managerial regime of Ole Gunnar Solskjaer.

Jesse Lingard scored just one league goal for Manchester United throughout last season.

He scored the last goal of the league season for the Red Devils last term as Leicester City lost 2-0 at home to Manchester United on the final day of last season.

Spurs could make Jesse Lingard their fifth signing of this transfer window after Pierre Emile Hojberg, Matt Doherty, Sergio Reguilon and Gareth Balr.

Danish international Hojberg signed for Spurs from Southampton, while Doherty has joined from Wolves.

The duo of Reguilon and Bale have signed for Spurs from Spanish outfit Real Madrid.

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