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Is this youngster set to follow Ronaldo’s footsteps?

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Portuguese star Cristiano Ronaldo left his home country at a very young age seeking for a greener pasture.

After his breakout season in Portuguese Primera League with Lisbon in 2002-03 season in which he scored three goals, many clubs vied for his signature.

Former Arsenal manager Arsene Wenger went high and low trying to convince the youngster to join his team.

The Frenchman organized some secret discussions with the player’s representative in order to capture Ronaldo’s signature ahead of Manchester United’s Alex Ferguson.

Liverpool manager Gérard Houllier was equally interested in the 18-year-old’s services as he was heavily linked with the player.

Barcelona president Joan Laporta tried to lure Ronaldo to Camp Nou but his efforts were fruitless.

Despite Wenger’s regular contact with the youngster’s agent, Ronaldo chose to move to Old Trafford to develop his career.

The Portuguese star became a world-class player under Fergie’s’ watch and tutelage. He won his first Balon d’Or award while playing for the Red Devils before heading to Real Madrid in 2009. The rest is history as they often say.

The rise of a young player tagged ‘next Ronaldo’ by Old Trafford faithfuls

Just like the Portuguese player, academy product Marcus Rashford break into limelight at the age of 18, thanks to Louis Van Gaal’s interest in youth development.

The England international made the world go crazy with his wonderful display of skills and goalscoring prowess in his first season as first-team player in 2015-16 season.

Though, he hasn’t won the Balon d’Or award yet, the youngster was nominated among the world’s most creative youngsters in 2016-17 season.

He was equally nominated for the best U21 player of the year in the same season.

These recognitions were confirmation that he isn’t just a young Manchester United player, but also signify that he has a great future ahead as long as he maintains a high level of humility and he’s ready to learn from the best.

The Setbacks

Football is a game with many setbacks and once they occur in any youngster’s career, they tend to slow down the pace of their development.

Injury, change of manager, new players and loss of form often have negative effects on youngster’s development.

In Rashford’s case, the addition of Alexis Sanchez from Arsenal during the previous season halted his blistering and pacy rise to fame.

Irrespective of his fine form in the early part of last season, Mourinho dropped Rashford from his starting lineup so as to integrate the Chilean star into his team.

His form drastically dropped as results of his bit-part role under the Portuguese manager. However, the England international has regained his form and he’s back to Mourinho’s starting XI.

Real Madrid show Interest

Just like Cristiano Ronaldo who left for Santiago Bernabeu having spent some years at the Theater of Dreams, Marcus Rashford is being tracked by Real Madrid.

According to Manchester Evening News, the 21-year-old striker is being tipped as Solari’s prime target ahead of the January transfer market.

Is Rashford ready for Real Madrid’s challenge, will Mourinho sanction his move to Santiago Bernabeu, will he become a Balon d’Or winner with the Spanish giants?

Time will give perfect answers to the these questions

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How United plan to offload Romelu Lukaku

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There are feelers that interim manager Ole Gunnar Solskjaer is making moves to have Belgium international Romelu Lukaku leave the club in the coming summer window.

Romelu Lukaku is one of the few players that have failed to impress under the new interim manager and that seem to be getting him upset with speculations that they will not work together in the coming season, should Ole Gunnar Solskjaer remain in charge.

Latest report hints that the Red Devils are interested in a swap deal to have Romelu Lukaku join Italian Serie A outfit Inter Milan so that they can boost their chances of landing Mauro Icardi.

The Red Devils are keen on the signature of the Inter Milan forward with suggestions that Ole Gunnar Solskjaer is more interested in working with him than with Romelu Lukaku.

Mauro Icardi who has established himself at the San Siro was not looking forward to parting ways with the Italian giants until recent happenings where it was announced by the club on the social media that he is no longer the club’s captain.

This is a piece of good news for the Red Devils as they hope they can make it happen by offering Romelu Lukaku to the Italia outfit in the deal.

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How Ed Woodward pans to transform United into champions

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It is understood that Manchester United executive vice-chairman Ed Woodward is bent on transforming the Red Devils into champions by overhauling the squad, starting from the summer transfer window.

The intention is to ensure that the club stops being a struggling team to becoming champions by winning league titles, something that was last experienced under legendary boss Alex Ferguson.

It is understood that the first process begins with appointing a new permanent manager following the sack of Jose Mourinho last year December. Although, Ed Woodward is in the dilemma of giving the opportunity to interim boss Ole Gunnar Solskjaer to take over or moving in for a new and more experienced manager.

The fans have insisted that the former Red Devils forward be giving the opportunity to continue on a permanent basis after impressing with wins and returning the club back to the top-four spot to qualify for the Champions League next season.

United have therefore lined up former Real Madrid boss, Zinedine Zidane, Tottenham boss Mauricio Pochettino and former Chelsea boss Antonio Conte as possible managers to take over at the Old Trafford.

Also, there is a will to ensure that Spanish goalkeeper David De Gea commits his future to the club as they are yet to convince him into signing a new deal.

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What United’s FA Cup visit means to Chelsea

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Manchester United will visit the Stamford Bridge to face Chelsea in the FA Cup tie, an attempt to return to winning ways on Monday next week after their defeat to French Ligue 1 outfit Paris Saint Germain within the week.

However, the visit is of big concern for to the West London side with assistant coach Gianfranco Zola claiming that the game will mark the beginning of a crucial run for his side.

Noting that United will be a big challenge for the Blues, Gianfranco Zola stated that his side will be focused on winning the game.

Also, the West London outfit recently saw a 6-0 humiliation Manchester City but they have bounced back with a win against Malmo in the Europe League.

United have seen their unbeaten run across all competitions under new interim manager Ole Gunnar Solskjaer ended by the French Ligue 1 outfit but they hope it would continue in the Premier League.

The Red Devils have had their season turned around by the new manager after having a very slow start of the season under former manager Jose Mourinho.

Meanwhile, a win for United will hand them hope to win a title this season after supposedly losing out of the Premier League.

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Sanchez’s possible destination will shock Arsenal fans

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There are suggestions that Chile international Alexis Sanchez will be heading out of the Old Trafford as his move to Manchester United has not yielded any result.

The former Barcelona playmaker left the North London outfit to the Red Devils in last year to earn about £400,000 but is it now suggested that he took a bad decision and might be set to return back in the summer window.

Alexis Sanchez failed to excel under former manager Jose Mourinho and he is yet to impress under the new interim manager Ole Gunnar Solskjaer which cast doubt over his ability to deliver good performance at the Old Trafford the way he did at the Emirates Stadium.

However, there is suggestion according to former Arsenal player Marc Overmars that Alexis Sanchez could return as it is now glaring that he made a wrong decision to have parted ways with the North London outfit.

During his three-year spell at Arsenal, Alexis Sanchez was one of the most feared players in the Premier League where he scored a total of 80 goals and impressed.

The same cannot be said of the star player at the Old Trafford as he has scored only 5 goals in the 37 appearances that have been handed to him.

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Man United speaks on agreeing to new David De Gea deal

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One of Manchester United’s issues is to agree on a new deal with Spanish goalkeeper David De Gea so as to seal his stay at the club for a longer period of time.

David De Gea, who joined the Red Devils in 2011 from Atletico Madrid, has refused to sign a new deal with the club especially when he fell out with the former manager Jose Mourinho before his sack.

Efforts to convince the Spanish stopper to put pen to paper failed until he was forced into a 12 months extension as permitted by a clause in his contract to keep him for another one year.

With the coming of new interim manager Ole Gunnar Solskjaer, it was expected that David De Gea reconsider his stance and commit his future to the club but that has not been done which remains a concern to the club.

However, United’s executive vice-chairman Ed Woodward had stated that he hopes the club are able to agree on a new deal with the Spanish man rapidly so as to forge ahead with the cub’s progress.

Meanwhile, the situation with David De Gea is already being monitored by Italian Serie A outfit Juventus as they wish to land him at the club in the coming summer window.

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Chelsea Blow As Juventus Insist £105m Talent Is Not For Sale

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Premier League giants Chelsea have received unpalatable news in their pursuit of Juventus forward Paulo Dybala after Juventus disclosed that the Argentine international player is not for sale.

The petite attacker has been linked with clubs like Real Madrid, Liverpool and Chelsea in recent weeks after his struggles at Italian Serie A giants Juventus with the arrival of Portuguese superstar Cristiano Ronaldo in a club-record deal last summer.

In a chat with Italian media outlet Gazetta dello Sport, Juventus sporting director Fabio Patarici said that the club is not looking to sell Dybala since they can replace him with either Messi or Neymar.

Paulo Dybala has not performed to his full potentials at Juventus this season and that could be traced to Ronaldo who has now assumed the main man role at the club at the expense of Dybala.

The former Palermo player has scored 10 goals in all competitions with only two of those coming in the Italian Serie A.

Recent reports claim that Real Madrid want to spend as much £105m to secure his transfer from the Italian champions, while Liverpool have also been linked with him in an unlikely swap deal involving Mohamed Salah with reports claiming that Juventus want to offer £50m plus Dybala for Salah.

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€100m Chelsea Target Is NOT For Sale

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Inter Milan chief Piero Ausilio has revealed that the club wants to keep contract rebel Mauro Icardi at the club amidst the transfer rumours fuelled by the decision to drop him as the Nerazzurri captain.

Ausilio occupies the sporting director role at Inter Milan and in his latest interview monitored by FourFourTwo, he revealed that the Argentine international player is not for sale.

The new development is a big transfer blow to Premier League giants Chelsea who are long-term admirers of the former Sampdoria hitman.

The 25-year-old has also been linked with a transfer to European champions Real Madrid who are keen on a summer move for a long-term replacement for the ageing Karim Benzema.

€100m-rated Icardi came through the ranks at Catalan giants Barcelona before joining Sampdoria where he started his professional career.

He has scored 109 goals in 179 Italian Serie A games since Icardi joined Inter Milan in 2013.

Inter Milan had announced on Wednesday that Samir Handanovic will be the new skipper after Icardi was relieved of his captaincy duties though the club maintains that the decision is in isolation with the current contract standoff between the player and the Italians.

Mauro Icardi still has over two years left on his contract scheduled to run down in 2021.

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Chelsea Eyeing Discount In €36m Higuain Transfer

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Chelsea are reportedly holding out for a significant discount in their bid to make the loan transfer of striker Gonzalo Higuain a permanent one in the summer.

This is according to the report from Italian media platform Correire di Torino which claimed that Chelsea are not willing to pay more than €30m for a permanent transfer for Argentine international player Higuain.

Italian giants Juventus had earlier revealed that Chelsea can sign Higuain for €36m at the end of his short-term loan contract at Stamford Bridge.

Juventus confirmed the required transfer fee for a permanent Higuain deal during the official confirmation of his loan transfer to Chelsea during the January transfer window.

Eddie Howe Reiterates Desire To Keep Chelsea Target At Bournemouth

Since his move to Chelsea last month, Gonzalo Higuain has scored two goals in four appearances including two in three Premier League games.

He was part of the Chelsea squad that recorded their worst Premier League defeat via a 6-0 thrashing at the hands of English champions Manchester City.

Higuain’s compatriot Sergio Aguero was the tormentor-in-chief as he netted a treble to compound the woes of under-pressure Sarri.

Raheem Sterling found the back of the net twice, while German international player Ilkay Gundogan was also on target for the Citizens.

Chelsea dropped two places to sixth spot on the table as a result of the heavy beating.

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£18m Striker Wants Chelsea Stay Despite Foreign Offers

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Chelsea striker Olivier Giroud is desperate to stay at the club for at least one season despite offers from clubs outside England.

This is according to the report from the popular English media platform The Sun.

It was revealed that the French World Cup winner is hopeful that West London giants Chelsea will offer him a one-year contract extension.

Giroud was part of the French team that won a second FIFA World Cup title at the 2018 edition in Russia.

The ex-Montpellier player was the star striker for France who won the World Cup with a 4-2 victory over fellow Europeans Croatia in their final clash last summer.

The 32-year-old swapped Arsenal for Chelsea in January 2018 in a deal worth £18m and he went on to sign an 18-month contract at Stamford Bridge.

He has played second fiddle to both Alvaro Morata and Gonzalo Higuain at Chelsea this season though he has still managed 12 starts this season.

The Frenchman has also netted five goals in six Europa League games this term with his latest strike coming in the Europa League last 32 first leg win over Swedish side Malmo on Thursday night.

Giroud scored what proved to be the winning goal in a 2-1 away win over Malmo.

He has foreign offers from China and home country France.

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Journalist Confirms Liverpool Interest In £50m Bundesliga Attacker

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Five-time European champions Liverpool have been strongly linked with a summer move for in-form Bundesliga attacker Timo Werner and those transfer rumours have now been confirmed by an experienced journalist.

James Pearce of the Liverpool Echo has revealed that German international Timo Werner is on the radar of the Premier League challengers but it’s not certain that the petite striker will end up at the club.

This is coming on the back of the open support for the Werner transfer to Liverpool from two Reds stars namely Sadio Mane and Naby Keita.

Both Mane and Keita have thrown their weight behind the transfer with Guinean international Naby Keita saying that he will tell his former teammate to come to Liverpool if he decides to leave German Bundesliga club, RB Leipzig.

Naby Keita and Timo Werner were teammates at RB Leipzig before the former joined Liverpool last summer in a £53m deal.

£50m-rated Werner has less than 18 months left on his current deal at his German club having turned down several opportunities to sign a contract extension.

He has been in very good form for RB Leipzig in the German top flight after netting 11 goals to propel his team to the top four positions on the league table.

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