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How United star could be leaving to La Liga outfit

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English Premier League outfit Man United star striker Anthony Martial could be on his way to Spanish La Liga outfit Sevilla as they have emerged as a shock side seeking for his signature.

The former Monaco man has been linked away from the Old Trafford right from the days of manager Jose Mourinho and that has still not changed under the new interim boss Ole Gunnar Solskjaer.

West London side Chelsea were earlier reported to make a shock bid for the French man how is out-of-favour at the club but they have been joined by the Spanish La Liga outfit.

Sevilla are reported to be desperate to land Anthony Martial and are already preparing to submit an offer before the end of this winter transfer window.

The Spanish outfit are in need of more options in the attack and they have pointed to the former Monaco striker as the best in the position.

It would be recalled that Sevilla made attempts to land Spanish striker Alvaro Morata from West London outfit Chelsea but the deal crashed as both clubs failed to reach an agreement.

Anthony Martial has a contract of six months still running at the Old Trafford and there is an option of extending for another 12 months.

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Alex Iwobi makes big Okocha claim

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Arsenal youngster Alex Iwobi has made a special claim of performing better than his uncle and former Nigerian international Jay-Jay Okocha ahead of the country’s bid to storm Egypt for the AFCON title.

Alex Iwobi will be having his debut AFCON competition in Egypt later in June and that has gotten him excited as he seems to have something related to Okocha other than blood.

It would be recalled that the former Bolton midfielder won his maiden tournament with Nigerian in 1994 when the country won their second AFCON title by defeating Zambia in the Tunisia final.

Alex Iwobi is, therefore, seeking to win the Super Eagles’ fourth AFCON title and his first in his debut year as he noted that he has seen the highlight of the 1994 Super Eagles and will hope he is able to make his own record.

The 22-year-old has been impressing with the Arsenal team and he is a major part of the Unai Emery team and he would be hoping to replicate the performance for the national team when the African competition is opened.

Meanwhile, Iwobi represented England at the junior level in the U16, U17 and U18 before agreeing to represent his father’s home country.

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First United departure revealed

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It has been revealed that Man United manager Ole Gunnar Solskjaer is ready to begin the overhaul of his squad ahead of the coming summer transfer window and he has identified Belgium international Romelu Lukaku as the player who should leave the club.

The Red Devils were eliminated from the Champions League by Barcelona and Ole Gunnar Solskjaer is unhappy that his team failed to spark to challenge the victory. He is reported to have blasted his players in the dressing room.

According to the Red Devils boss, the players failed to give their 100 percent in the game and that was why they lost without any regard.

However, Ole Gunnar Solskjaer seems to be willing to part ways with Romelu Lukaku after reports that he is now ready to listen to offers from suitors.

Meanwhile, Romelu Lukaku’s agent will not be taken by surprise as he has earlier stated that his client is ready and open for a move away from the Old Trafford.

The Belgium international will not be the only player to be axed as a number of old players will be leaving the club at the end of the season with new additions expected when Ole Gunnar Solskjaer storm the coming summer window.

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Emery makes incredible claim of Arsene Wenger

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North London outfit Arsenal boss Unai Emery has spoken on taking over from former manager Arsene Wenger, about a year after the French boss announced his decision to quit.

Arsene Wenger had a 22 years reign at the Emirates Stadium and was reportedly compelled to draw the curtain which he did on 20th April in 2018.

In his departing speech, he urged the supporters and his successor to ensure that the values of the club are kept as it has been the bedrock of the successes they have been able to achieve over the past years.

However, manager Unai Emery has now affirmed those words as he claims to be doing the job that was done by his predecessor, noting that the achievements and progress of the team come with a level of progress.

Unai Emery stressed that he has big respect for manager Arsene Wenger and the good job he did at the club before leaving.

However, the former PSG boss says he would be continuing in the progress and will hope to achieve big success at the North London outfit in his reign.

Meanwhile, Unai Emery said he is happy with his first season as he earned respect from the fans and also have a hope of landing a trophy.

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Former England international reveals why Solskjaer decision was a wrong one

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A former England international Jermaine Jenas has blasted the Man United for hiring former player Ole Gunnar Solskjaer as he claims that their decision was an emotional one.

The former Red Devils forward was asked to join the club on an interim basis in December after former manager Jose Mourinho was sacked for failing to win games and losing control of the dressing room.

The whole situation changed as soon as Ole Gunnar Solskjaer took over as he returned the club to winning ways and also ensured they played fine football which brought a remembrance of the era of legendary manager Alex Ferguson.

When he first took over, the Red Devils won 10 out of 11 games but that has now changed as they have lost 5 out of their last seven games across all competitions since he was handed the job on a permanent deal.

The former England international stated that the decision to make the job permanent for Ole Gunnar Solskjaer was a wrong one because it was made out of emotions.

Meanwhile, he argued that Reds Devils team have struggled to replicate Alex Ferguson and it is high time to get away with that style for a new Man United.

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Lingard sound this big warning to teammates

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Jesse Lingard has sounded a big warning to his Man United teammates to ensure the defeat suffered against Spanish La Liga outfit Barcelona in the Champions League quarter-finals.

The Red Devils were eliminated from the Champions League earlier in the week in a 4-0 aggregate and that makes it their fifth defeat in seven games but Jesse Lingard says they must learn to move on and not linger on the defeat as it could affect their progress.

According to him, there is still a fight that must be fought for qualification to return to the Champions League next season and that will not be achievable if they continue to dwell in the past.

Jesse Lingard noted that the team will be heading to the Goodison Park on Sunday and it will be a difficult one because both teams are fighting for something, hence the best team will emerge winner at the end of the day.

The Red Devils have got a line up of big games against Everton, Man City and Chelsea which will no doubt define their season and determine if they will play in the Champions League in the coming season.

However, it will be a blow to Ole Gunnar Solskjaer if his team fail to play in the Champions League next season.

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Solskjaer makes Tottenham, Arsenal top-four claim

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The race for the top-four finish in the Premier League table is currently between Man United, Arsenal, Chelsea and Tottenham and the Red Devils feel some of the teams have got an edge.

The Red Devils are currently a sixth place with two points behind fourth-placed Arsenal and fifth-placed Chelsea which means they will have to do more to be able to catch up.

What is more disturbing for the Red Devils is the fact that they will have to travel to the Goodison Park to face Everton before they will line up for the clash against Man City and Chelsea.

Solskjaer stated that his team are not in a better position to qualify for the Champions League next season despite having their rivals Tottenham, Arsenal, and Chelsea still in European tournaments.

He noted that he would have loved his team to also play in the semi-finals, adding that it is the wish of every player to want to compete and win titles.

However, Ole Gunnar Solskjaer has stated that the attention of his team is to see through the next three fixtures in the Premier League because the games will define their season before they later travel to Huddersfield and then host Cardiff City to end their season.

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Chelsea Midfielder Demands Focus On Frankfurt Tie

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Chelsea midfielder N’Golo Kante has called on his teammates to focus on the upcoming Europa League semifinals against German Bundesliga side Eintracht Frankfurt.

Kante talked about German club Frankfurt in his post-match thoughts after Chelsea knocked out Czech Republic side Slavia Prague in the Europa League quarterfinals.

The French World Cup winner called on his teammates to quickly switch focus on facing Eintracht Frankfurt for the right to secure a spot in Europa League finals.

Kante and Chelsea faced a little scare against Czech side Slavia Prague and were able to come out of it unscathed.

The Blues had already won the first leg 1-0 away from home before the second meeting between the two teams at Stamford Bridge on Thursday night.

Pedro Rodriguez gave Chelsea the 5th-minute lead before an own goal from Ivorian defender Simon Deli doubled the lead for the hosts.

French World Cup winner Olivier Giroud extended his record as the topscorer in the Europa League this season to 10 goals after he edged Chelsea 3-0 ahead.

Thomas Koubek pulled one back for Slavia Prague before Pedro Rodriguez added his second goal to give the Blues a 4-1 lead.

Two second-half goals from Petr Sevcik reduced the deficit to 4-3 but Chelsea held on to wrap up a 5-3 aggregate victory over their Czech opponents.

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Klopp Sympathises With Rival After Devastating Champions League Exit

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Liverpool manager Jurgen Klopp has sympathised with rival manager Pep Guardiola and his Manchester City team after their cruel exit in the Champions League.

The German tactician made this known during his pre-match press conference ahead of the crucial Premier League clash at Cardiff City on Sunday evening.

Guardiola and Manchester City were dumped out of the Champions League on Wednesday night after their goal was disallowed during their quarterfinal second leg clash with North London giants Tottenham Hotspur.

With the scores at 4-3, Manchester City needed to score a goal to secure a last four spot in the competition ahead of Tottenham Hotspur.

Raheem Sterling thought he has scored that goal in added time only for it to be ruled out by VAR after it had been given by centre referee Cuneyt Cakir.

Manchester City have the opportunity to bounce back from that setback when they face Spurs at home in their Premier League clash scheduled to hold on Saturday afternoon.

A win for the Citizens will push them above Liverpool at the top of the table ahead of the Reds’ away game against Welsh side Cardiff City.

The Bluebirds host Liverpool with the club battling to escape relegation at the end of the current Premier League season.

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Club Legend Delighted With Klopp’s Impact At Liverpool

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Former Liverpool midfielder Xabi Alonso has hailed the impact of manager Jurgen Klopp at the club since he took charge of the team a little over three years ago.

The Liverpool legend has been impressed with the German tactician since he was appointed the Reds manager in 2015.

Ex-Spanish international Alonso talked extensively about Klopp during an interview with Nico Rosberg on Beyond Victory.

According to him, he would have loved to play for Jurgen Klopp and that he’s a big fan of the former Borussia Dortmund and Mainz 05 manager.

Klopp has been able to transform the fortunes of Liverpool to be amongst the best teams on the European football scene once again.

He led Liverpool to the 2016 Europa League final in his first season at the club before they were beaten 3-1 by Spanish club Sevilla who had to come from behind to win the trophy.

Klopp also led Liverpool to last year’s Champions League final before they were beaten 3-1 by Spanish giants Real Madrid.

He has led the Reds to the Champions League semifinals this term as well as turn the Merseysiders into a strong contender for the Premier League title.

Liverpool and Manchester City are in a close battle for the Premier League title.

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Europa League: Sarri Unhappy With Napoli Exit

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Chelsea manager Maurizio Sarri has been left unhappy after Napoli were knocked out of the Europa League at the quarterfinal stage on Thursday night after their aggregate defeat at the hands of Premier League club Arsenal.

Sarri talked about Napoli during his post-match press conference after his Blues team saw off Czech Republic side Slavia Prague in their Europa League quarterfinal duel on Thursday night.

Maurizio Sarri has close ties with Italian Serie A giants Napoli after spending three years at the club before joining Chelsea last summer.

The Italian tactician enjoyed a good measure of success while he was at Napoli and it was his work there that earned him a big move to Chelsea.

Sarri has not had the best of times at Chelsea but he has been able to lead them to the semifinals of the Europa League at the expense of Slavia Prague.

Chelsea survived a little scare before they saw off the Czech side 4-3 at home and a 5-3 aggregate victory over the less fancied Slavia Prague.

Sarri’s former team Napoli were second best against Arsenal over the two legs and the Gunners will play in the semifinals of the competition after a 3-0 aggregate win over the Italian Serie A giants.

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