English Premier League club Man United are reported to have set their sight on Real Madrid star Federico Valverde and will want to bring him to the Old Trafford as soon as possible.
Federico Valverde has a release clause of £640 million in his contract and it is claimed that the Red Devils want to use Paul Pogba as bait to land him.
It is feared that Federico Valverde’s interest is the reason why the Red Devils gave a new contract to the former Juventus midfielder so that his value can increase and he will be able to cover most part of the bill for the Real Madrid star.
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It is no secret that manager Zinedine Zidane is keen to work with the French midfielder and he has also publicly expressed his love for the Spanish giants, insisting that he will love to be at Bernabeu someday.
The only reason why the Spanish La Liga giants will back off from Paul Pogba’s chase is for the contract that has just signed but should Man United make him available plus cash for Federico Valverde, there are suggestions that a deal could happen.
Meanwhile, Paul Pogba is not the only Man United player reported to be on the hit list of Real Madrid. Bruno Fernandes is also reported to be attracting interest from Los Blancos as well as their rivals, Barcelona.
EPL: Frank Lampard left confused over selection of attacking role
Now that Chelsea seem to have returned to form with a 4-0 win in their Champions League game, attention will be given to the team as they resume the Premier League action against Burnley on Saturday afternoon.
The reason is that the West London outfit have not been impressive in the Premier League and will look to make amends by delivering a win despite playing away from home against a wounded Burnley team that is yet to win any game this season.
The Blues team have just won two games from their last six Premier League fixtures and that must improve if they must achieve their aim of winning a title and finishing in any of the top four positions this season.
However, the Blues boss Frank Lampard has confessed to being confused about his attacking selections as he battles to fit all his attacking players into the game against Burnley.
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Expressing delight that his attacking players are now becoming fit and getting to their best, after the Champions League, Frank Lampard boasts of having options in the attack because of the heavy schedule of games but fitting them in is the problem.
“We’re also searching for relationships because some of the newer players are learning about each other and learning how we want to play. So I’ve got no problem with the options at the minute, and the players have to understand that when you play every three days consistent up to Christmas and beyond, there will be some rotations at times and we’ll need everybody” he added
Meanwhile, Frank Lampard can decide to play all four – Hakim Ziyech, Kai Havertz, Christian Pulisic, Timo Werner in the game to be able to score goals as it happened in the Champions League.
With about £200 million already spent on recruitment, Frank Lampard will be left with no choice than to win a trophy or secure Champions League qualification.
Nicolas Pepe is told he risks getting Mesut Ozil treatment
Ivory Coast star Nicolas Pepe was impressive in Arsenal’s 3-0 win against Dundalk on Thursday night but he has been warned by former player Martin Keown that he risks getting the same treatment as Mesut Ozil if he does not get better with his consistency.
Mesut Ozil has been left out of Arsenal squad for all major competitions this season and that means he would be forced to leave with the January transfer window being considered to save his career.
The attitude and performance of the former Real Madrid playmaker are cited as the reason why manager Mikel Arteta continued to snub him from games before deciding to leave him out of the team after he refused to improve.
Martin Keown, reacting to Nicolas Pepe’s goal and performance in the Europa League game said “These are the moments from Pepe that we were expecting when he first arrived.”
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He lamented that the fans are yet to see enough of the former Lille player, adding that his best must be seen more often to be able to seal his place in the team.
Martin Keown noted that Mikel Arteta might have claimed to fail Mesut Ozil but such an excuse cannot be given of the Ivory Coast star because he has been given the opportunity but he has to get the best for himself.
“We’ve all talked about Ozil not being around and the manager saying he failed the player. What about Pepe now? We’re moving onto the next generation. How do you get the best from him, and is he getting the best for himself?”
However, manager Mikel Arteta has promised to help Nicolas Pepe and guide him towards consistency of performance.
The Spanish boss is encouraged by the fact that Nicolas Pepe is willing and he has hinted on helping him to be at his best every week.
The Ivory Coast international scored five league goals in his first season in England, against the 22 he scored in his final season with Lille.
Chelsea VS Burnley predictions
Chelsea return from their 4-0 victory over FC Krasnodar in the Champions League to face Burnley for a Premier League challenge on Saturday as favourites as they have extended their unbeaten run to three games.
After goalless draws against Sevilla and Man United in the Champions League and Premier League respectively, the Blues have now returned to winning ways with the sweet victory on Wednesday night.
The West London outfit will be travelling to Turf Moor against the Burnley team that is yet to win a single game this season after six matched in the Premier League.
There is very little to talk about the host team on Saturday because their past results have revealed that they are not in the best of form but we will not be surprised if they turn things around against the Blues team.
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However, the Blues team seems to have started scoring again with Hakim Ziyech getting his full debut and marking it with a goal, Callum Hudson-Odoi, Timo Werner, and Christian Pulisic were also all on the score sheet. Frank Lampard hopes on nothing less than more goals from his team at the weekend. They have recorded just one win in their last Premier League game.
Frank Lampard will still count on his summer transfer signing, Edouard Mendy to stand in between the sticks as he has been instrumental to the team’s resurgence this season. We also expect N’Golo Kante and Jorginho to give the depth in the middle.
Thiago Silva, who missed the Champions League game, has been confirmed to be available for the Burnley clash while the attacking quartet of Hakim Ziyech, Kai Havertz, Christian Pulisic, and Timo Werner might be unleashed on the Saturday opponent.
See predicted Chelsea lineup:
Edouard Mendy, James, Kurt Zouma, Thiago Silva, Ben Chilwell, N’Golo Kante, Jorginho, Hakim Ziyech, Kai Havertz, Christian Pulisic, Timo Werner.