Manchester United transfer news: Juventus duo linked and more

Manchester United have been linked with a move for Juventus midfielder Blaise Matuidi. According to French outlet Le Parisien, the likes of United, Paris-Saint Germain and Everton have expressed made inquiries regarding the World Cup winner. The 32-year-old has been a vital part of Serie A side for last two years. The Italian champions would hate to lose him, but he could also be used as a negotiating factor for any potential deal for Paul Pogba, who is also courting interest from Real Madrid and PSG. The Red Devils have…

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Have Manchester United learned from their mistakes of last summer?

Ole Gunnar Solskjaer

Last summer transfer window was quite a difficult one for Manchester United. The Red Devils failed to acquire most of their top targets, which ultimately proved to be a fatal blow for now-former manager Jose Mourinho. In sharp contrast this summer, United have been ruthless in market and they haven’t hesitated in paying over-the-top money to acquire their targets. United have already paid in the region of £50m to sign Aaron Wan-Bissaka from Crystal Palace, and if the latest reports are to be believed, United are set to sign Harry…

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Manchester United face multiple disappointments in transfer window

Paul Pogba

Manchester United have seen their second bid for Aaron Wan-Bissaka rejected by Crystal Palace. According to Sky Sports, United’s second bid was worth up to £50, including £15 in add-ons. The Eagles reportedly want something between £45m-£50m up front for the 21-year-old. It remains to be seen whether United would go back with an improved third bid or would they shift focus elsewhere. A recent report from the Sun has claimed that United have identified PSV right-back Denzel Dumfries as a back up to Wan-Bissaka. United were also linked with…

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Four clubs that could sign Neymar this summer

The football world is buzzing with the news that Neymar could be allowed to leave his summer. According to Bilel Ghazi of L’Equipe, the Parisian club are open to sell their €222 signing this summer if they receive a suitable offer. Coming up with a suitable offer for a player who has already been sold for €222m is a huge risk for any club, but it is not everyday that a player of Neymar’s quality becomes available in the market. Hence, we look at four clubs who could possibly sign…

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Manchester United chase defenders with Premier League experience

One of the top priorities for Manchester United manager Ole Gunnar Solksjaer this summer is to fix up his leaky defence. Last season, not many United defenders manage to make a mark, and it appears that the club has decided to target defenders with Premier League experience this summer. Firstly, United have been strongly linked with Crystal Palace full-back Aaron Wan-Bissaka. United have already seen a £40m bid rejected by Palace, but they are hopeful that a deal can be reached soon. The English youngster is also said to be…

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Have Real Madrid found a solution for Gareth Bale?

Gareth Bale has become a problematic figure at Real Madrid this summer. Following a turbulent season, the Welshman has fallen out of favour with fans, and he also doesn’t figure in the plans of head-coach Zinedine Zidane. It is apparent that the La Liga giants want to offload the 29-year-old, who is currently on £350,000 wages after tax. However, Los Blancos might find it difficult to sell Bale on a permanent deal this summer. Premier League sides like Manchester United and Tottenham have refrained from registering their interest in the…

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Manchester United transfer news: Wan-Bissaka, Bale and more

Manchester United have received encouraging news in their pursuit of Crystal Palace right-back Aaron Wan-Bissaka. According to Sky Sports, Wan-Bissaka favours a move to Old Trafford this summer. United’s interest in the Palace right-back is not a fresh news, and reportedly, they have already seen their initial bid of £40m rejected by the Eagles. However, the Red Devils are expected to go back with a better bid for the England U21 international. They are also keeping tabs on PSG’s Thomas Meunier and Tottenham’s Kieran Trippier. Meanwhile, United have no interest…

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Juventus ready to push for a swap-deal for Paul Pogba

The rumours linking Manchester United midfielder Paul Pogba with a return to Juventus continue to intensify every day. A report from the Guardian has claimed that the Old Lady are very much interested in signing the midfielder, and they have already made contact with United. The French midfielder joined United from Juventus in a £93.2m deal in 2016. The report adds that the Serie A club are not in a position to cough up that kind of money. Hence, they are likely to offer one of Paulo Dybala, Alex Sandro…

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Manchester United face a battle in keeping David de Gea

It has been stressed enough in the media that Manchester United need an overhaul in the summer. A lot of faces are supposed to make exit, while a lot of new faces are expected to arrive at Old Trafford in the summer. However, United’s main battle may lie elsewhere this window. The Red Devils face a tough fight to keep their star goalkeeper David de Gea at the club. The Spaniard has only one year left in his deal with United, and according to Sky Sports, he has turned down…

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Antonine Griezmann set to dominate transfer headlines this window

Antoine Griezmann

Undoubtedly, France international Antoine Griezmann is one of the biggest talents in football. And when a player of such calibre becomes available in the market, it is surely going to make a lot of noise. Since moving to Atletico Madrid in 2014, Griezmann has been linked with an exit for the club almost every window. However, the 28-year-old is finally set to make his exit from Atletico this summer. Griezmann has publicly announced that he would be leaving Atletico in the summer, and that has already put a lot of…

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The Premier League’s out of contract stars

As the 2018/19 season finishes, we take a look at some players from the Premier League’s (PL) top six who will be out of contract this summer. Starting at Manchester United, Ole Gunnar Solksjaer has a lot of work today ahead of next season at Old Trafford. The players out of contract this summer at United are Antonio Valencia, Ander Herrera and Juan Mata. Ashley Young was awarded a one-year contract extension back in February so he will stay on for at least one more year. Club-captain, Valencia, will be…

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The End of Solksjaer’s honeymoon period

Ole Gunnar Solskjaer

Things were going so well at Old Trafford. Right up until early March, Ole Gunnar Solskjaer’s revitalised Manchester United team were beating almost everyone they met. Other than the home defeat to Paris Saint Germain in the first leg of their Champions League (CL) last-sixteen tie, no-one had managed to conquer Ole’s Red Devils. And United even went on to knock PSG out of the CL with that memorable win in France. However, that was the last notable victory Solskjaer’s team managed in the 2018/19 campaign. United did win two…

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Turbulent summer ahead for Man Utd

With the curtain coming down on another Premier League campaign last Sunday, one of English football’s top six teams faces a summer of massive upheaval. Manchester United won two of their last 12 games in all competitions. After that famous Champions League victory in Paris, Ole Gunnar Solskjaer’s team fell to pieces as their season collapsed around them. Solskjaer took over at Old Trafford in December after United had been handed a 3-1 beating at Anfield, home of their much-improved rivals, Liverpool. That visit to Merseyside was Jose Mourinho’s last…

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Solskjaer plans mass Utd changes in the summer

Manchester United’s new permanent manager Ole Gunnar Solskjaer could face one of the busiest summers in the club’s recent memory, according to Sky Sports, with up to six first team regulars preparing to depart Old Trafford for pastures new. The futures of some other players are also up in the air, while prospective transfer targets look as though they may be difficult – or at the very least highly expensive – to bring in as the club seeks to return towards the top of the Premier League next season. Ander…

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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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The path Solskjaer followed to reach management of Manchester United

The playing career of Ole Gunnar Solskjaer was highly successful, albeit after a slow start.  For five years he played in the lowly Norwegian leagues for Clausenengen, until close to his 22ndbirthday.  At that time, just prior to the start of 1995, he got the big move, which he waited patiently for, to Molde. In his first season with them, Solskjaer scored freely.  He developed a good strike partnership with Arild Stavrum.  Between them, they scored 36 Tippeligaen goals, 20 of which were Solskjaer’s.  The pair’s good form helped their…

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Ole Gunnar Solskjaer named Man Utd caretaker manager until end of season

Manchester United have named former player Ole Gunnar Solskjaer as caretaker manager until the end of the season, a day after sacking Jose Mourinho. Solskjaer spent 11 seasons at Old Trafford, scoring the winning goal in the 1999 Champions League final. The 45-year-old takes over with United sixth in the Premier League. “Manchester United is in my heart and it’s brilliant to be coming back in this role,” said the Norwegian. “I’m really looking forward to working with the very talented squad we have, the staff and everyone at the…

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Manchester United trigger contract extension for Anthony Martial

Manchester United have triggered the option of a year’s extension on the contract of France forward Anthony Martial. The 23-year-old’s current deal would have expired in the summer but will now run to 2020. United took a similar move with their Spain keeper David de Gea last month. Martial’s representatives remain in discussions with United over a new separate deal beyond the contract that has been extended to 2020. However Martial’s agent Philippe Lamboley told French TV station RMC he is “very pessimistic about a positive outcome of the discussions”.…

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Jose Mourinho sacked by Manchester United after defeat to Liverpool

Manchester United have sacked Jose Mourinho following Sunday’s defeat at Liverpool, ending a tenure that began in May 2016. A poor start to the Premier League season has seen United slip 19 points behind the leaders, Liverpool, and fall off the pace in the hunt for a top-four place. They have won only once in six league matches, drawing during that sequence with struggling Southampton and Crystal Palace. The club issued a statement on Tuesday morning which read: “Manchester United announces that manager Jose Mourinho has left the club with immediate…

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Manchester United draw PSG in Champions League, Liverpool to face Bayern Munich

Manchester United have drawn Paris Saint-Germain in the last 16 of the Champions League, while Liverpool will face Bayern Munich and Tottenham will take on Borussia Dortmund. Manchester City were drawn against Bundesliga side Schalke, meaning three of the four English teams will face German opposition. Cristiano Ronaldo will return to the city of Madrid, with Juventus drawn against Atletico. Holders Real Madrid must overcome Dutch side Ajax, while Barcelona will take on Lyon and Roma will face FC Porto. The first legs of the last-16 ties will be split…

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Manchester United’s Chris Smalling signs new contract until 2022

Manchester United defender Chris Smalling has signed a new contract until June 2022, with the option to extend for a further year. Smalling joined United from Fulham in July 2010 for an undisclosed fee after impressing in two seasons at Craven Cottage. The 29-year-old has since made more than 200 appearances for United and should he stay until the end of his new deal, it would mark 12 years at Old Trafford for the Englishman. Smalling said: “This is my ninth season with the club and I am delighted to…

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Liverpool face defensive crisis with Trent Alexander-Arnold ruled out of United clash

Liverpool are facing a shortage of defenders for Sunday’s visit of Manchester United after Trent Alexander-Arnold was ruled out with an ankle injury. The 20-year-old suffered the injury during Tuesday’s 1-0 Champions League win over Napoli and it is feared he could miss the busy festive season games. Jurgen Klopp’s side are desperately short on defenders with centre-back Joel Matip now ruled out for six weeks after fracturing his collarbone in the dying moments of the same game. Another defender, Joe Gomez, is out for around the same period after fracturing…

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Manchester United activate one-year extension on David de Gea contract

Manchester United have triggered the one-year option on goalkeeper David de Gea’s contract to avoid any uncertainty over his future heading into the January transfer window, according to a report in the BBC. His contract was due to end in the summer, allowing him to talk to overseas clubs from 1 January and sign a pre-contract agreement. However, United have extended his deal for another year. As manager Jose Mourinho confirmed after Tuesday’s 1-0 win over Young Boys, United are keen to hold on to the keeper, who has won…

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Video assistant referees (VAR) set to be used in Premier League next season

Video assistant referees are set to be used in the Premier League next season after clubs agreed in principle to the move. The Premier League will now make a formal request to the International Football Association Board and Fifa. VAR was used at the 2018 World Cup, is in operation in Italy and Germany’s top divisions, and has been utilised in some FA Cup and Carabao Cup games. The Premier League has been carrying out “non-live” trials this season. VAR will also be used in the Champions League from next season. There…

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Borussia Dortmund’s Christian Pulisic open to Premier League move

Christian Pulisic has said he is open to moving to the Premier League, with Chelsea understood to be leading the race to sign the forward from Borussia Dortmund next summer. Pulisic has been linked to several Premier League sides including Liverpool and Tottenham in the past but it is understood that Chelsea have shown most interest in prising him away from the Bundesliga leaders. The 20-year-old – who spent a year in Oxfordshire as a child before moving back to the United States with his family – has so far refused to discuss a…

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