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Liverpool ready for major battle over prolific Ligue 1 forward

Timothy Aiyeku

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Kylian Mbappe

English Premier League outfit Liverpool are in a strong position to secure the signature of French Ligue 1 outfit Paris Saint Germain forward Kylian Mbappe next summer transfer window as he is set to quit France.

The France international forward has already intimated the Ligue 1 giants of his decision to leave the club at the end of the season and that has attracted a lot of interest from clubs across Europe.

Kylian Mbappe’s contract with the Ligue 1 outfit runs until 2022 but the club might be forced to sell him in the summer of 2021 if he insists on leaving so as not to lose him for free.

Spanish la Liga outfit Real Madrid are known to be frontiers in the bid to secure the service of the World Cup winner if he eventually turns down all efforts by Paris Saint Germain to convince him of a change in decision.

This development sets the Premier League outfit on a path to battle Real Madrid for the signature of one of the most talented teenagers in the world.

Liverpool have been tipped by pundits to having the ability to defeat Real Madrid in the battle for the player as their reputation would be improved amongst other European Clubs.

The Premier League team could be handed a major advantage in the bid for Kylian Mbappe against Real Madrid because the Spanish la Liga outfit are also keen on other players like Erling Haaland and that could weaken them financially.

Liverpool’s only stumbling block is the fact that the 21-year-old might prefer a move to the Spanish La Liga outfit ahead of a move to the English Premier League because of his pattern of play.

However, a luring offer and a better plan must be presented to Kylian Mbappe to be able to convince him against a move to the Spanish capital.

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

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EPL: Dayot Upamecano opens up on Manchester United speculation

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Dayot Upamecano

This might not be good news for English Premier League club Manchester United as they have been told that they are not alone in the race for Dayot Upamecano and it is made clear that there are yet to be a concrete offer for his signature.

The player himself made this known when he admitted he has been in great demand but noted that he does not know what the future holds for him as he has just signed a new contract with his club because he wants to be with his teammates.

The RB Leipzig was also on Arsenal radar but with the capture of Gabriel Magalhaes, the Red Devils will now enjoy a free run for his signature in   January.

It is understood that manager Ole Gunnar Solskjaer is a big fan of the 21-year-old as he was attracted by his impressive performances on RB Leipzig’s run to the Champions League semi-finals.

However, reports claim that the Red Devils board is not too convinced about the readiness of Dayot Upamecano for a first-team football in the English Premier League and that has to be sorted out before an official bid is submitted to his club in January.

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Transfer: How Cristiano Ronaldo is still helping United

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Cristiano Ronaldo

Juventus star, Cristiano Ronaldo might have parted ways with his former club, Manchester United but that does not mean he has not been having one influence or the other on the club.

This was made known by former defender Patrice Evra who claims that the Portuguese star played a major role in bringing Bruno Fernandes to Manchester United in the last winter transfer window.

He revealed that Cristiano Ronaldo was the one who gave the go-ahead to the club to move in for Bruno Fernandes as they did not know anything about the player before his capture.

Patrice Evra stated that Bruno Fernandes is now making a massive impact at the club by ensuring more wins and helping to bring out the best in Paul Pogba.

Bruno Fernandes has even boasted that the best is yet to be seen of him as he has been training very hard to help his team the more in the coming season.

However, Cristiano Ronaldo remains a living legend of Manchester United as he made a very big impact at the Old Trafford, including winning of the Champions League, the Premier League as well as winning the World Best Footballer award as a Red Devils player under manager Alex Ferguson.

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Manchester United are £2m close to sealing 19-year-old sensation

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Benoit Badiashile

The search by English Premier League club Manchester United continues for players that will turn their season around but they are only close to sealing one.

Manchester United are keen on a new defender that will partner Harry Maguire and have been linked with French Ligue 1 outfit Monaco star, Benoit Badiashile with their first bid rejected.

According to AS, the Red Devils had submitted an offer of £25 million for the signature of Benoit Badiashile but Monaco rejected it because it was £2 million short of his release clause.

This means the Red Devils can complete the signing of the central defender if they return with an additional £2 million bid as that is the only way they can land him in January transfer window.

The Spanish outlet also adds that Monaco are not interested in parting ways with Benoit Badiashile because they still have a big need of him but they will be left with no choice if his release clause is tabled.

One area manager Ole Gunnar Solskjaer will focus on in January is the defensive department after seeing his team concede 36 goals   last season.

However, we expect to see more signings from the Red Devils in January.

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