Atletico Madrid defender Diego Godin has revealed that he snubbed a move to Manchester United due to ‘personal reasons’.
The Uruguayan was heavily linked with a move to Old Trafford during the last days of the summer transfer window.
United boss Jose Mourinho was keen on adding a central defender to his ranks during the last window, with the likes of Toby Alderweireld, Yerry Mina and Harry Maquire all tipped to sign for the Red Devils.
Any of the transfers did not materialise due to their unwillingness to meet the quoted asking prices for the targets.
Just before the end of the summer window, Manchester United made frantic efforts to sign Diego Godin from Atletico Madrid by triggering his release clause of £22.5 million but the player decided against signing for United, sparking reports that he has renewed his deal at Atleti.
Diego Godin has now denied reports of a new deal at Atletico Madrid, revealing that he snubbed United’s approach for ‘personal reasons’.
Prior to his revelation, there were speculations that Manchester United were furious at the player’s agent who made the club believe that they could sign the player whereas their approach just used to get a better contract at Atletico Madrid.
How Real madrid wish favours Chelsea ahead of United for Gareth Bale
West London outfit Manchester United might be made to lose out on their long term target Gareth Bale despite his wish to join the Old Trafford but that might not happen because his club wants otherwise.
Gareth Bale has been on the radar of the Red Devils team even before he left the North London outfit Tottenham to join the La Liga outfit but all of their efforts failed to fall through.
Now that he is being rumoured to be unsettled at the club and seek a move away, it is claimed that he is now willing to answer the call at Man United but the Real Madrid are not willing to sanction that.
It is claimed that the Spanish giants are willing to let go of Gareth Bale to the West London outfit Chelsea rather than United because of the already existing good relationship between both sides.
However, it is not clear how much would be tabled for the star player but suggestions are that the Blues and the Red Devils will well consider Gareth Bale’s price before making a move for him because of his age which is already 30,
It is no longer news that Chelsea have a policy of not signing a player who is more than 30 for more than a year contract.
Liverpool Face Merseyside Threat For €100m Midfielder
Five-time European champions Liverpool will have to fend off the threat of Merseyside rivals Everton in their quest to sign highly rated Sporting Lisbon midfielder Bruno Fernandes when the transfer window reopens this summer.
Portuguese media outlet Correio da Manha claim that the Toffees will battle it out with Liverpool for Bruno Fernandes.
The Portuguese international player has a €100m release clause in his current contract with Portuguese Super League giants Sporting Lisbon who might be open to a summer sale due to their current financial state.
Bloomberg had earlier revealed in November 2018 that Sporting Lisbon are in debt to the tune of €281m and they could raise funds through player sales in the summer to settle some of their debts.
Bruno Fernandes has been one of the best players for Sporting Lisbon this term.
Sporting Lisbon might need to sell him below the aforementioned release clause to raise funds for their debts.
Liverpool and Everton could do with a midfield signing this summer.
The Liverpool midfield has come under severe criticisms this season because of their ineffectiveness while Everton are not certain about keeping Andre Gomes in their midfield for next season.
Andre Gomes is on a season-long loan deal from Spanish La Liga giants Barcelona.
Few years ago, Alex Teixeira confirmed talks with Chelsea, should the Blues be worried now
Three years ago, former Shakhtar Donetsk midfielder confirmed that he had talks with Chelsea FC.
“I know there has been some interest from Chelsea lately, but at the moment nothing is concrete”.
The former Shakhtar Donetsk midfielder has scored 22 goals in that season which has attracted a lot of clubs because of his performance.
With the current Chelsea team, Texeira is more likely to replace Pedro than any other players in the squad.
Williams and Hazard play in the wild position, while Alex Teixeira can operate mostly in the central position.
The Brazilian would have been an excellent scorer that will add value to Chelsea’s failing attack, however, Chelsea never agreed a fee with his Ukrainian side and Chinese side Jiansu Suning tabled an incredible deal for Alex Teixeira, The Guardian reported that it was worth around £38 million, smashing the Chinese transfer record.
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Alex Teixeira’s completed his transfer same year and moved to China two years ago now, with Chelsea failing to score goals back to back, so has he shown Chelsea what they are missing now?
So far the attack-minded player has been a success in China, undoubtedly, but his form has certainly not left Chelsea fans wondering what it might have been to have a player that can assist Higuain.
He scored 13 goals for Shakhtar Donetsk in the 2016 and this season his side have been facing relegation. In all honesty, he has not been the massive success his stats at Shakhtar Donetsk projected he would be in China.
Alex Teixeira has failed to win any silverware with Jiansu in two years and there is no headway he will make the Brazil national squad soon. Fans must have believed that a move to Chelsea would have been a good step in the right direction for his career.
We could simply say he is operating at a lower league, due to the lower level of competition in the Chinese Super League – but we strongly doubt if Chelsea fans will be losing any sleep over this missed transfer from two years ago.
Why United fans have no reason to worry about Solskjaer
English Premier League Manchester United fans have been told that they have no reasons to worry because interim manager Ole Gunnar Solskjaer has got the defensive mix that can help the team through to the end of the season.
According to suggestions, the Red Devils boss has discovered a new partnership that has proved to excel the coming games.
The first test would be the Red Devils Premier League tie against Liverpool at the weekend as the game will help to access the Old Trafford side properly.
French international midfielder Paul Pogba and Ander Herrera have both shown in the game against Chelsea at the Stamford Bridge that they can form the solid partnership that will help hand the club victory in their subsequent games.
Both players were slow to performance at the start of the season under former manager Jose Mourinho but that has been sorted out with the new interim manager who has helped the star players to get back to their best.
However, a win for the Red Devils will mean that Ole Gunnar Solskjaer would be considered for the job on a permanent deal while a win for the Red Devils will make the league leaders with three points clear ahead of Man City.
What I did at United that will never be forgotten, Zlatan
Zlatan Ibrahimovic has boasted that he was able to do something as a Manchester United player that will never be forgotten on the English Premier League.
The star striker had a spell at the Old Trafford between 2016 and 2018 where he scored 29 goals in 53 games and won the League Cup as well as the Europa League trophy before he left to MLS side LA Galaxy.
Zlatan Ibrahimovic stated that there were criticisms that he would not succeed at the Old Trafford but he was able to conquer and became a force to reckon with.
He noted that people held the notion that he was coming to England at an old age and will not be able to meet up with the competition but those claims triggered him to record the success he had.
Zlatan Ibrahimovic boasted that winning is in his DNA and he will always win wherever he went.
The 37-year-old therefore, however, hailed Man United fans for being amazing all and having support for the players.
Meanwhile, Zlatan Ibrahimovic has had spells in most of the major leagues including the Spanish La Liga, the Italian Serie A, the EPL and the US Major League Soccer.
United to reward star player with new deal, guess who
There are reports that English Premier League outfit Manchester United will hand a three-year contract extension to star player Ander Herrera for his outstanding performance at the club.
Just like every other player, Ander Herrera had a very slow start of the season where he failed to deliver good performance as expected under former manager Jose Mourinho but with his sack and the coming of Ole Gunnar Solskjaer, it all changed.
The Sun reports that United chiefs have considered the Spanish star as the man behind the success of Paul Pogba and Marcus Rashford and have considered him as deserving a new contract.
Ander Herrera has a running contract with the Old Trafford team but it is set to expire at the end of the season which makes it important to either hand him a contract extension or lose him for free.
However, the star player was instrumental to adding more troubles to Chelsea and manager Maurizio Sarri after scoring the opening goal in the FA Cup tie before Paul Pogba completed it to make it 2-0 at the Stamford Bridge.
Meanwhile, Ander Herrera has no doubt found his mojo and he is reported to be happy to make the fans happy with the wins and new form under the interim manager.
Why Marco Silva Wants Permanent Deal For Kurt Zouma
Everton manager Marco Silva has revealed that he would like to pursue a permanent transfer for defender Kurt Zouma at the end of this season.
Zouma, 24, is on a season-long loan at Goodison Park from Chelsea having joined the Toffees at the start of the current campaign.
Marco Silva spoke to the Liverpool Echo about the French international centre back as he said that he was desperate for the player to join him at Everton before the Portuguese tactician added that he wants to keep the player at the club.
Kurt Zouma joined Everton on the deadline day of the last summer’s transfer window.
The French defender has made 27 appearances for the Merseyside giants in all competitions.
Zouma has been one of the standout players for Everton in what’s gradually becoming a difficult season for the Toffees under Marco Silva.
Everton fans are unhappy with the league status of the team with the Toffees in ninth position on the Premier League log.
Kurt Zouma spent last season at Stoke City but he was unable to prevent them from dropping down to the second tier of English football.
It remains to be seen whether he has a future at Chelsea or the Blues would want to do a deal for him.
Why Alvaro Morata Joined Atletico Madrid Revealed
Chelsea striker Alvaro Morata has revealed what prompted him to sign for Spanish La Liga giants Atletico Madrid during the January transfer window.
Spanish international Morata talked about his move to Atletico Madrid in an interview with AS.
According to him, the Atletico Madrid made contact with him over three years ago in their bid to sign him over three years ago before adding that he promised Atletico Madrid manager Diego Simone about signing for the club.
Chelsea paid a club-record transfer of £71m to secure his transfer from European champions Real Madrid in the summer of 2017.
Morata didn’t have the best of times at Stamford Bridge despite the fact that he had a great start to his Chelsea career.
The Spaniard joined Atletico Madrid on loan from Chelsea in January with the option to make the transfer permanent in the summer.
His position was taken at Chelsea by Gonzalo Higuain who also joined the Blues on loan from Italian Serie A champions Juventus.
Higuain has scored two goals for Chelsea since his transfer to the West London club last month.
Juventus have already told Chelsea that the can sign the Argentine international player for €36m at the end of his loan deal this summer.
How United might be Liverpool’s gate way to win the EPL title
Liverpool have been told that winning the English Premier League only starts with winning the highly anticipated game against Man United in the Premier League.
The Merseyside club are currently second in the Premier league table behind defending champions Man City but they have earned same 65 points with Liverpool having a game at hand which would be played on Sunday.
A win for the Reds will mean that they go up on the log with three points clear and a former defender Phil Thompson claims that his former side will not give up the top spot as long as they are able to mount it.
The Liverpool legend hopes the dominance of his former side continues to win the title this season having missed out of the opportunity last season.
The last time Liverpool won a Premier League title was in 1990 with so many trials in the past. Manager Jurgen Klopp has been tipped to break the deadlock by ensuring he also wins his first title in his three-year reign at the club.
However, Man City will have to wait for the Sunday result to know their fate with Pep Guardiola stating that they are ready to give the last fight to win the title.
Betting Preview: Schalke 04 vs Manchester City: Citizens Are Massive Favourites
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Premier League champions Manchester City will start as heavy favourites when they travel to take on Schalke 04 in the first leg of their last 16 ties in the Champions League.
Many football stakeholders expected more from Manchester City manager Pep Guardiola in the Champions League than what he has offered since he was appointed in 2016 and this season represents a fantastic opportunity to write the wrongs of the last two seasons.
Manchester City lost to French club AS Monaco in the last 16 in his first season before Liverpool knocked the Citizens out of the competition last season at the quarterfinal stage.
The English champions had reached the last four in the last season (2015/16) under Manuel Pellegrini.
Ahead of the Schalke 04 game, Manchester City have won their last four games scoring 18 and conceding just once.
Bet9ja is offering the odds of 1.28 for a Manchester City victory and the odds of 9.90 for a win for their hosts Schalke 04.
German Bundesliga club Schalke 04 has not had the best of seasons in the league as their campaign has suffered a great deal because of their involvement in the Champions League.
Manchester City are a high-scoring side and Bet9ja is offering a reasonable 1.52 for over 2.5 goals.
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