Lukaku set to miss Solskjaer’s first game at Cardiff

Romelu Lukaku is set to miss Ole Gunnar Solskjaer’s first game in charge of Manchester United against Cardiff City on Saturday. The former United striker was asked about the Belgian’s availability at his first press conference and revealed that the former Everton forward is likely to be missing. When asked about the 25-year-old’s availability, Solskjaer told reporters: “Lukaku has had a couple of days off, I’ve not seen him yet and I’ve not seen Alexis because he’s on his way back as well. “I’m looking forward to seeing them.” Reports have claimed that Lukaku’s absence is due to compassionate leave and…

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Real Madrid’s Marco Asensio ruled out with thigh injury

Real Madrid midfielder Marco Asensio will be out of action for sometime after suffering a thigh injury in his side’s 3-1 win over Kashima Antlers in the semifinal of the Fifa Club World Cup. The club revealed on Friday morning that the player has a grade II muscle strain in the right quadricep and that they are evaluating the situation. Asensio medical report.#RealMadrid https://t.co/Jx1Lnazh6Q — Real Madrid C.F. 🇬🇧🇺🇸 (@realmadriden) December 21, 2018 It is unclear how long Asensio will be out for but the 22-year-old will definitely miss the…

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Santos express interest in Manchester United’s Andreas Pereira

Brazilian side Santos are interested in signing Manchester United midfielder Andreas Pereira – and claim the player is also keen on making the move. The 22-year-old is a product of Man Utd’s academy having joined the club from PSV Eindhoven in 2012 at the age of 16. After progressing through the youth teams at Old Trafford, Pereira spent the last two seasons on loan at Granada and Valencia, suggesting he was ready for regular first-team football. He started Manchester United’s opening game of the season against Leicester before being taken off at half-time against Brighton in their…

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Barcelona sign Valencia defender Jeison Murillo on initial loan deal

Barcelona have announced the signing of Valencia defender Jeison Murillo on loan for the rest of the season, with the option to make it permanent for £22.6m. The 26-year-old Colombia international joined Valencia on a permanent deal in the summer following a season-long loan spell from Inter Milan. However he has only played three times all season for Marcelino’s side – with his sole La Liga game in September. He has previously played for Granada, Cadiz and Las Palmas in Spain. Murillo will be officially presented as a Barca player…

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Alex Sandro signs new long term contract at Juventus to end transfer speculation

Alex Sandro has ended transfer speculation linking him with a move away from Juventus after committing to a new deal until 2023 with the Italian champions. Sandro, 27, signed a five-year deal with Juventus when he moved from Porto in 2015. Since then, the left-back has made more appearances for the Bianconeri than any other defender. He has also provided the most assists. He has scored nine goals and made 18 assists in 134 appearances for Juventus. He has won three Italian league and cup doubles with the team. The Brazilian…

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