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Diogo Dalot: The making of a quality right-back




Diogo Dalot

Two years ago, Diogo Dalot wasn’t known by any United fan, player or board member. The youngster was in Portugal making name for himself.

The player’s fame was steadily rising as he continued with his stellar performance for Porto’s youth team.

As result of his regular and wonderful showings at the right side of defence, the youngster was promoted to the Primera side. A step forward for the player in his young career.

Porto’s first-team

As a young player who recently joined the senior squad, it wasn’t a big disappointment to sit on the bench for many matches.

Dalot was learning the trade from the senior players in the team, though, he wasn’t given the chance to put all he has learnt into test in a competitive match.

After the long wait, the 19-year-old eventually made his first-team debut last season against Lusitano G.C. in a game that ended 6-0 in their favour.

Despite spending most of last season at the sideline, the youngster was able to feature for six first-team matches.

Dalot move to the greater height

Irrespective of his inability to feature prominently for the Portuguese giants, Dalot managed to attract interest from top clubs including Manchester United, Chelsea, Arsenal and Bayern Munich.

Unfortunately for the youngster, he picked up a longterm injury prior to the end of last season and that made many suitors cooled their desire to sign the right-back.

Having seen watched him play on different occasions, Manchester United manager José Mourinho was very much convinced of Dalot’s quality hence, he didn’t terminate his interest in his compatriot.

He pushed through with his desire to lure the youngster to Old Trafford during the summer transfer market. After many weeks of negotiations with his former club, José Mourinho finally reached a £19m deal for Dalot’s signature.

Dalot at Old Trafford

Since his move to Old Trafford, the 19-year-old has been developing quite impressively. He picked up a four-month during the pre-season tour and he was denied the chance to lay claim for a place in the team’s starting lineup at the start of the campaign.

After returning back to full fitness, the youngster wasn’t rushed back into the first-team, instead, Mourinho sent his compatriot to the U-23 side for a regular game time and action so as to regain his perfect shape and form.

He encountered another injury problem while he was in action for his country during the last international break, however, it was a minor one as he returns to action in after just a week.

So far, he has played three competitive games with the Red Devils and he performed wonderfully well much to the pleasure of his manager.

In Saturday’s 4-1 victory over Fulham, the young Portuguese started at the right-back position ahead of Luke Shaw.

He was just too hot for the Cottagers at the right flank, he dashed forward in many occasions, delivering beautiful crosses into opponent’s box.

His impressive display during the game sent Twitter into total meltdown as fans couldn’t help but praise the youngster.

They believe Dalot is the right-back that has been missing in the team for many seasons. They tipped him for great success at Old Trafford.

On his part, Mourinho admitted the player’s quality and tipped him to remain at Old Trafford for the next ten years.
According to him, the teenager is the best right-back the club will see in the next decade and he’s happy to have pushed through his decision to buy him against all odds.

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£90m target might be a waste of money for United, this player now considered

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Toby Alderweireld

English Premier League outfit Man United have weighed their options ahead of the coming summer transfer window and have decided to dump their interest in Leicester City defender Harry Maguire to move in for Tottenham’s Toby Alderweireld.

The Red Devils are keen on a new central defender and have been told they will have to pay £90 million for the Leicester City defender but there is a better deal that could make good use of other options with a more reduced fee.

The Guardian reports that a price tag of £25 million has been placed on Toby Alderweireld to have him leave in the coming summer transfer window which is a better deal for the Red Devils.

More so, it is suggested that Toby Alderweireld has got more to offer to the Red Devils in terms of quality and experience which make the Leicester City man a no deal.

However, a bid is expected to be submitted for Toby Alderweireld as Man United are now ready to meet with the asking price in the summer window.

Meanwhile, it is suggested that Leicester City opted for the £90 million price tag for Harry Maguire so as to have suitors away from him.

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This star is determined, he trains with Arsenal team in Dubai

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Mesut Ozil

German international Mesut Ozil has not taken into consideration all of the controversies concerning him as far as the season is concerned as he is bent on working with the Unai Emery team and fighting for his shirt.

The start of the season was challenging to the former Real Madrid star as he was charged by the Gunners manager Unai Emery to do more for the team so as to justify his huge pay. He was later left on the bench for a couple of games which ensured he was linked away from the club.

In his response, Mesut Ozil made it clear that he would remain at the Emirates Stadium and give his best not minding what happens.

The commitment of the former World Cup winner is again showcased as he is reported to have trained with the team in Dubai over the weekend in continuation of his resolve to win the heart of the Spanish manager.

The North London outfit had gone out to Dubai on Friday for a warm-weather camp and visited the Zabeel Palace to meet Sheikh Hamdan bin Rashid Al Maktoum as they prepare for the return to a Premier League top four fight with a Monday night game against Newcastle.

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Cristiano Ronaldo makes transfer demand that has unsettled Man United

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Juventus star player Cristiano Ronaldo has reportedly given a transfer request to the club chiefs to secure the signature of his former teammate and Real Madrid star Raphael Varane ahead of the coming summer transfer window.

A Spanish publication SPORT claims that the Portuguese international is willing to unite with the Frenchman and has told the club to do all in their power to secure the signature of the 25-year-old.

Raphael Varane has been impressive for the La Liga outfit over the years but recent development hints that he is unhappy at the club and will consider a move away from the club should he receive a luring offer.

However, the request by Cristiano Ronaldo to land Raphael Varane has unsettled English Premier League outfit Man United as they are also linked with the player and are willing to finalize a deal in the summer as well.

Raphael Varane has been on United’s wish list for a long time with their former boss Jose Mourinho making efforts to land him but was unsuccessful.

Now that the club’s executive vice-chairman Ed Woodward seems to be interested in the deal, they now face competition from the Italian side and they might not be able to match them in terms of financial strength.

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AC Milan

Arsenal encouraged in pursuit of Serie A target

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frank kessie

North London outfit Arsenal have been encouraged in their pursuit of Italian Serie A outfit AC Milan star Franck Kessie as they are reported to be willing to cash in on him for other transfer deals.

AC Milan needs to make the signature of Chelsea player Tiemoue Bakayoko permanent at the San Siro as he is currently on a loan deal which is the reason why they seek to have Franck Kessie sold to any club that is ready to meet with his asking price.

The North London outfit have been linked with the star player as they hope to have him as a replacement for Wales international Aaron Ramsey who is already on his way out of the club to join the Italian Serie A champions Juventus at the end of the season after agreeing to a four-year deal with the club.

There is, therefore, a need to have Aaron Ramsey replaced at the club and Franck Kessie has been identified as a perfect player for the replacement.

However, the North London outfit are being discouraged by the fact that AC Milan are asking for a $40 million fee for the star player which seems too big for the Gunners to pay.

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Three potential players signing for United in summer window

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Ole Gunnar Solskjaer

It has been reported that Man United interim manager Ole Gunnar Solskjaer has prepared preparations ahead of the coming season with the hope that he would be handed the job at the Old Trafford on a permanent deal.

The Red Devils are in search of a permanent manager following the sack of Jose Mourinho in December and the interim boss have been tipped to be announced any moment from now as he has impressed with the little time he had with the club.

However, Ole Gunnar Solskjaer is reported to be seeking the move of some players away from the Old Trafford because he does not have any need for them and wants them replaced.

The former Red Devils forward has therefore identified Borussia Dortmund star Jadon Sancho as is the first target, now that he has watched the 18-year-old impress with the England national team in addition to the strides he has made in the German Bundesliga.

Also, Napoli player Kalidou Koulibaly has been named as another player who is needed by Solskjaer because of his strength and his experience in the defence.

Moreover, Sporting Lisbon star Bruno Fernandes has been identified as a player who will come in for Ander Herrera who is set to leave the club.

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Arsenal preparing goodbye message for this star player

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Nacho Monreal

Emerging reports have confirmed that Spanish left fullback Nacho Monreal would be leaving the Emirates Stadium at the end of the season for Spain.

It is claimed that he is interesting LA Liga giants Barcelona but where he would be heading is still unsure as there is no doubt that he has a lot of offers in Spain.

Nacho Monreal was already being linked away from the club since the last winter transfer window with the suggestions that he would move on but that did not happen as no tangible offer was submitted for his signature.

However, it is claimed that the North London outfit have no intention of keeping the Spanish defender by renewing his contract which means he is only having his last days as an Arsenal player.

This, therefore, means that the North London outfit will make efforts to land a replacement for the defender as they plan to engage in the coming summer transfer window.

Nacho Monreal has not been much on ground for the Gunners this season, having missed a number of games due to the injury he sustained.

Suggestions are that he would end up at Camp Nou as Barcelona seeks to have an option in the left back position.

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Ex-Chelsea Player Makes England Debut In Group A clash

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Declan Rice

England manager Gareth Southgate handed West Ham United midfielder Declan Rice his first cap for the Three Lions during the comprehensive victory over Montenegro in their Group A clash.

Rice marshalled the midfield as England ran riot against Montenegro in Podgorica.

England secured their second victory from two games with a 5-1 away win over Montenegro.

Declan Rice was an unused substitute for England in Friday night’s 5-0 win over Czech Republic in the first game of the Three Lions’ qualifiers for Euro 2020.

The former Chelsea player received his first call-up earlier this month after switching his international allegiance from the Republic of Ireland.

He had played three games for the Republic of Ireland whom he qualified for through his grandparents.

Declan Rice was able to switch international allegiance since he had not played competitive football for the Republic of Ireland.

The players from his former club dominated the game against Montenegro especially Ross Barkley.

The former Everton player scored twice either side of the halftime interval to give England a comeback win over their Euro 2020 opponents.

Michael Keane, Harry Kane and Raheem Sterling got the other goals for England against a Montenegro side that took the lead when Marko Vesovic scored in the 17th minute but the hosts were unable to hold on to that advantage.

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Chelsea Winger Impresses On Full England Debut

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Callum Hudson Odoi

Young Chelsea winger Callum Hudson-Odoi impressed a great deal on the occasion of his first start for the England national team.

The 18-year-old was a constant thorn in the flesh of Montenegro in their Euro 2020 qualifier with Montenegro on Monday night.

He had earlier made his England debut in the first Euro 2020 qualifier for the Three Lions.

Callum Hudson-Odoi came on as a second-half substitute for hat-trick hero Raheem Sterling as England thrashed Czech Republic 5-0 in their first game of the qualifiers.

The Chelsea winger was given a start and he repaid the faith from England manager Gareth Southgate by providing the second goal for Chelsea teammate on 39 minutes.

Marko Vesovic had earlier given the hosts the lead in Podgorica before Michael Keane equalised for England on the half-hour mark.

Ross Barkley added a third goal in the second half before Harry Kane and Raheem Sterling scored in the final 20 minutes of the game to give England a convincing win over Montenegro.

England were able to maintain their perfect start to the qualifiers with two wins from two games.

They have opened a four-point gap at the top of the table with the thumping win over Montenegro.

England have six points from two games ahead of Bulgaria (2 points) in second place.

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Sterling Over Hazard For Real Madrid – Ex-Chelsea Striker

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Raheem Sterling

Former Chelsea striker Chris Sutton has advised Spanish La Liga giants Real Madrid to opt for Manchester City attacker Raheem Sterling over Blues talisman Eden Hazard.

In a chat with the Daily Mail, former Celtic and Chelsea player Sutton praised Raheem Sterling as he revealed that the England international is now a world class player.

He further revealed that outgoing European champions Real Madrid should be trying to sign former Liverpool star Sterling ahead of Hazard.

Real Madrid are expected to rebuild their team this summer and several players including Sterling and Hazard have been linked with a move to the club.

Chris Sutton was speaking after Raheem Sterling added another goal for England against Montenegro.

Sterling scored the fifth and final goal for the Three Lions of England who had to come from a goal down to beat hosts Montenegro 5-1 in their second game of the Euro 2020 qualifiers.

The 24-year-old has now scored four goals in his last two games for his country after his treble in the first qualifying match.

Raheem Sterling scored a hattrick as England pummelled Czech Republic 5-0 at home to open their Euro 2020 qualifying campaign with a win.

Apart from Sterling, the trio of Harry Kane, Ross Barkley and Michael Keane were all on target for the 1966 world champions after Montenegro had taken a 17th-minute lead through Marko Vesovic.

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Chelsea Striker Secures 3rd Spot On France Topscorer List

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olivier giroud

Chelsea striker Olivier Giroud has secured the third spot on the list of all-time topscorer for the French national team after his latest goal in the colours of Les Blues.

The former Arsenal player was on target for the world champions during their thumping victory over Iceland at home.

It was the second game of their Euro 2020 qualifying campaign.

France thrashed Iceland 4-0 in front of their fans to maintain top spot in Group H.

The world champions took the lead in the 12th minute through Barcelona defender Samuel Umtiti and France thereafter took the advantage into the halftime interval.

Olivier Giroud added a second goal for France midway into the second half for his 35th international goal thus moving to third on the list of all-time French senior national team topscorers ahead of David Trezeguet (34 goals).

He had moved joint third with the aforementioned Trezeguet after the 32-year-old scored one of the goals in their Euro 2020 qualifying opening win over Moldova on Friday night.

France thrashed Moldova 4-1 away from home and Giroud got one of those goals.

France were leading 2-0 against Iceland into the final twelve minutes of the game before Kylian Mbappe and Antoine Griezmann made it a comprehensive 4-0 victory for the world champions.

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