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Liverpool owners have new stance on January winter window

Timothy Aiyeku

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Virgil van Dijk

Liverpool will be without Joe Gomez and Virgil Van Dijk for a long time which makes Jurgen Klopp’s team short of central defenders for the season’s challenge.

Virgil Van Dijk has been ruled out of the season after sustaining a knee injury in the Merseyside derby against Everton while Joe Gomez sustained an injury during the International break with the England national team.

It is widely believed that the former Borussia Dortmund manager will move into the January winter transfer window to bring in covers that will help him defend the league title.

The Reds team have been linked with several names ahead of the summer transfer window, including David Alaba, Dayot Upamecano and Kalidou Koulibaly as all the players linked are tipped to have the quality to play at a big club like Liverpool.

But The Athletic reports that Reds owners are now thinking differently and might have concluded not to enter the mid-season transfer window to sign a centre-back. The report added that Liverpool owners have only asked the club’s recruitment team to focus their searching next summer transfer window.

However, reports claim that Jurgen Klopp has no issue with the latest stand of the club owners on not signing a central defender in the January window and has agreed with the decision.

The former Borussia Dortmund boss will now rely on Matip and Fabinho as their centre-back pairing moving forward while the likes of Rhys Williams, Billy Koumetio, and Nat Phillips will be given chances to prove them.

So far, Jurgen Klopp has had it very good with his squad as they have not lost any game since the injury of the former Southampton central defender as they hope it continues even after the International break.

This report gives a major boost to other clubs who were showing interest in the signature of Liverpool’s three major targets, David Alaba, Dayot Upamecano, and Kalidou Koulibaly.

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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