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Liverpool have to pay £80million to complete Alisson signing

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Alisson Becker

According to reports, Liverpool and La Liga giants Real Madrid face a potentially major obstacle on completing the transfer of AS Roma safe hand Alisson as he’s in discussions over a fresh contract that could see a buyout clause included in the deal.

Alisson heavily linked

As per Italian publication Calciomercato, the Brazilian is wanted by the likes of Real Madrid, Liverpool, and Paris Saint-Germain, but could be about to see his valuation rise to £80million.

Alisson’s good form in the Italian Serie A recently has quickly seen the goalie become labeled as one of the best goalkeepers across Europe, and it looks like only a matter of time before the shot-stopper makes his way to a bigger European side.

Liverpool in need of a top quality goalie

The Reds urgently require the services of a quality safe hand of this caliber, with British publication the Sun also recently linking the Merseysider’s with Stoke City goalkeeper Jack Butland in that role.

Neither Belgian Simon Mignolet nor Loris Karius has impressed in between the sticks for the club when handed the opportunity by manager Jurgen Klopp, and it’s crystal clear that Alisson would be an upgrade.

For Real Madrid, the side also look in need of a top quality signing in that position as first choice goalie Keylor Navas fails to convince fans and manager alike as being a suitable Number one.

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Finally Arsenal star set to bid farewell

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Emiliano Martinez

Arsenal are set to part ways with their third choice goalkeeper Emiliano Martinez, according to reports from the Daily Mail.

The reports claim that he is being linked with a move to Leeds United as they are desperate to land him as their first choice goalkeeper.

Although, the Yorkshire side do not have Emiliano Martinez as their only option as they seek to lure former Real Madrid goalkeeper Kiko Casilla as they are desperate to land any of the available options and for the best fee.

However, Emiliano Martinez became the third choice at the club following the loan move of David Ospina and the coming of Bernd Leno from German Bundesliga giants Bayer Leverkusen in the summer.

The German goalkeeper ended up becoming the first choice ahead of experienced former Chelsea Petr Cech who is now second in the ranking.

However, the Gunners are still battling to find their feet in the goalkeeping department with pundits having the opinion that the former Chelsea stopper remains the best that the club have got at the moment

The North London side have not been having it all good in recent time as they have not had a consistent result in their last five games.

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Arsenal make interest in Ligue 1 star known

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Ismaila Sarr

The North London outfit Arsenal have made it clear that they do not have enough funds to sign players in this winter transfer window but will rather have players join on loan with the hope of finalizing a deal in the coming winter transfer window.

Despite that, Gunners manager Unai Emery is still making efforts to see how he can convince the club for a deal as he makes his interest in French Ligue 1 outfit Rennes star Ismaila Sarr known.

The North London boss is desperate to land the star player before the transfer window runs out as he wishes to close the gap between his side and the West London outfit Chelsea, who are in the fourth position.

The Spanish boss has lost England International Danny Welbeck which is the reason why he is keen on the signature of the French Ligue 1 player.

However, the North London side have their chances for a top four finish limited after their defeat to West Ham United in the last Premier League game.

So far this season, Ismaila Sarr has scored 8 goals in 24 games and has shown the potential that he can improve and impress at the English league.

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Ole Gunnar describes Mourinho’s style as ‘stupid’

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Ole Gunnar Solskjaer

New interim Manchester United manager Ole Gunnar Solskjaer has described the pattern of play and tactics under his predecessor Jose Mourinho as ‘stupid’.

The Portuguese boss was sacked as United manager in December 2018 for failing to guide his side into producing results and was immediately replaced by the former United player.

Since taking over as United boss, Ole Gunnar Solskjaer has recorded six wins in six games which have helped United to return back to their feet as well as having brighter hope of a Champions League qualification.

Under the former Chelsea manager, a defensive approach was adopted with some of the players having to openly criticize the Mourinho for his antics.

It did not end with the players as club legends and pundits accused the Portuguese boss of playing a different style, different from what the club is known for.

However, Mourinho refused and insisted that the best way for the team and the club was to be more defensive minded but apparently, it did not work out for him.

It has been attack and attack since Ole Gunnar Solskjaer took over and that has produced more result than even anticipated.

When asked, he claimed that the club is known for attacking and not for the “stupid square and back passes”

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Arsenal can’t fund Denis Suarez and Yannick Carrasco’s permanent deal!

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Yannick Carrasco

Arsenal are interested in Yannick Carrasco’s services but the club is financially disabled to finalize their move for the Belgian star.

According to the Sun, Arsenal manager Unai Emery is unhappy with his team’s current run of results and he’s told his employers to get him some world-class players who would help bolster every department of his team, especially at the back.

Despite the manager’s call for a new addition, it’s believed that Sven Mislintant might fail to meet his demands as he’s struggling to raise fund for any deal at the ongoing transfer window.

Instead, the club’s hierarchy is set to be engaged in many loan deals. The Sun claimed that Barcelona’s want-away midfielder Denis Suarez is the Gunners main target but the North London club are only planning a six-month loan deal.

As for Carrasco, the Dalian Yifang’s playmaker/ winger is ready to join the Gunners as revealed by his wife but the Premier League outfits are equally set to offer him a six-month loan deal.

Meanwhile, latest rumors suggest that Emery is willing to help the club raise money as he has offered Mesut Ozil to two Serie A sides Juventus and AC Milan.

The former Sevilla and Paris St-German boss isn’t contended with the German’s work-rate on the field of play, hence, he wants to cash-in on his signature before the end of the January transfer market.

Should he successfully sanction the player’s sale to any of the two clubs, The Mirror said he will invest the money realized in Carrasco’s signature.

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Chelsea target Leandro Paredes undergoes medical

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Leandro Paredes

Chelsea target Paredes has undergone medical amidst rumors he could be heading to Chelsea as Fabregas replacement.

Don’t be deceived, the medical isn’t one of the processes that must be taken by players who are about joining a new club.

Leandro’s medical was conducted by Zenit Saint Petersburg’s hierarchy for their players so as to ensure they are in good shape all through their vacation period.

Russian League is currently observing its mid-season break and some players are on vacation.

As for Zenit St Petersburg, they are engaged in friendly matches in preparation for their upcoming Europa League’s round-32 fixture against Fenerbahce next month.

The 24-year-old Argentinian midfielder was tipped as the best player to fill the vacuum which was created by Fabregas’ move to Monaco last week.

Some reporters revealed that Sarri has tabled £26.8m for his services. They also said the player has reached personal terms with the Blues and a move to Stamford Bridge is imminent.

Chelsea fans can’t wait to see Paredes undergo his Chelsea medical ahead of his move to the West London outfits.

They took to Twitter to comment on the player’s proposed move to Sarri’s team in the January transaction period.

One fan tweeted: “Give us Paredes. We need him. Let him go to Chelsea. Please.”

Another fan anticipates his switch to Chelsea has be added: “Welcome to Chelsea.”

Parades joined Zenit Saint Petersburg from Roma for £24m last season. He has featured in 61 games and has scored 10 goals in all competitions

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Barcelona complete a three-horse race for Morata’s signature

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Alvaro Morata

Barcelona have reportedly joined Sevilla and Atletico Madrid in the race for Chelsea’s Underwhelming striker Alvaro Morata.

The Catalans are said to be in need of a center-forward who will feature alongside Luis Suarez at the final half of the pitch.

There was a shocking rumor that Ernesto Valverde is eyeing former Granada and Watford striker Odion Ighalo who is a free agent having terminated his contract with relegated Chinese Super League side Chanchun Yatai.

However, the reports linking the Catalans with the Nigerian star has turned out to be a mere rumor because the latest rumor suggests the La Liga Champions have developed interests in the former Real Madrid attacker.

Sevilla and Atletico Madrid are also believed to be in the race for the 26-year-old striker whose spell at Stamford Bridge has been one to forget.

The Spanish international has failed to hit the ground running since his switch to West London two years ago and he’s set to rejuvenate his career by heading back to his home country.

Spanish media El Gol Digital claimed that the former Juventus man is in talks with Diego Simeone’s side ahead of a possible move to the Spanish Capital before the end of the season.

A move to Atletico Madrid will see Morata face his former club Real Madrid who sanctioned his move to the Blues after falling out of favor with former manager Zinedine Zidane.

Meanwhile, the Blues are yet to find his replacement as Juventus are unwilling to let go of their experience goalscorer Gonzalo Higuain, while Bournemouth are equally reluctant to release Callum Wilson this month.

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United willing to pay £40m for highly rated EPL star

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David Brooks

It has been reported that English Premier League side Manchester United will be willing to pay the sum of £40 million to land highly rated Bournemouth star David Brooks in this winter window.

The Sun reports that the Red Devils are keen on his signature and would make another attempt for him in the coming winter window should they fail to land him before the end of January.

Reports from the English Press claims that the Old Trafford side are not alone in the pursuit of David Brooks as another North London side Tottenham are also interested in landing him.

David Brooks has established himself this season as a midfielder with big quality and potential which is the reason why he has been identified by the EPL sides.

The 21-year-old has virtually started all games for Bournemouth this season and has been able to help with five goals and provided two assists.

United interim manager Ole Gunnar Solskjaer is understood to be a big fan of the star player and is willing o bring him to the Old Trafford either now or later in the summer window.

However, Bournemouth are keen on keeping the star player especially till the end of the season.

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Arsenal step closer to having Denis Suarez

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Denis Suarez

English Premier League side Arsenal are reported to be close to agreeing on a deal with Spanish La Liga giants Barcelona over a deal for Denis Suarez.

The North London side are keen to land the superstar in this winter transfer window but a deal has been delayed as a result of the inability of both sides to agree in terms.

The fee for the Gunners is not an issue to discuss yet as they wish to land Denis Suarez on a loan deal before having talks for a permanent deal in the summer but the Spanish side are insistent that the player is allowed to leave on a permanent deal or remain.

However, the latest report reveals that Denis Suarez’s agent has come down to plea with the Spanish La Liga giants to let the star player leave the club,.

The agent wishes for more playing time for the star player which is not guaranteed at the Nuo Camp and that could be a major setback to his career.

Meanwhile, the Gunners have lost England international Danny Welbeck and will wish for Denis Suarez as a perfect replacement for him in their bid to secure a Champions League qualification with a top four finish.

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Arsenal, United lead race for 21-year-old sensation

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A number of English Premier League sides are reported to be interested in the signature of France international Marcus Thuram with the hope that they can land him in this January winter transfer window.

The Sun reports that Marcus Thuram is set to be the big thing in French football with his impressive performance as he is tipped to be more efficient than his father in the national team.

Marcus Thuram is being monitored by the likes of Arsenal, Manchester United and Tottenham with an offer expected to be received for him before the end of January.

However, the Red Devils and the Gunners are tipped to be leading in the race for the star player as they hope to land him after he impressed this season.

Marcus Thuram is only 21 years of age but he has been able to steer the attention in the French Ligue 1 by scoring a total of 10 goals in the 17 games under his belt.

The star player is the son of French 1998 World Cup winner Lilian and has been tipped to outshine his father with his level and potential he has displayed.

Suggestions are that United will win the race for the star player especially now that they have returned to winning ways.

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Ozil unmoved by transfer rumours, makes big statement with Twitter post

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sanchez-ozil

Arsenal star Mesut Ozil is obviously not moved about the different speculations linking him away from the club as he went to his social media handle, Twitter to give his reaction.

The German international has been a subject of speculations away from North London in the past weeks with reports that he could be on his way out in this winter transfer window.

He is also understood not to be in the good books of the Gunners manager Unai Emery with reports claiming that the Spanish boss wants him to leave the club before the end of the month.

It is alleged that Unai Emery is unsatisfied with the performance of the star player and feels the best option for Arsenal and Ozil is to part ways owing to the big financial commitment on the player.

The Spanish boss also wants the fund other transfer dealings with the income from the former Real Madrid player as the weekly wage of £350,000 has been the bone of contention.

However, Ozil looks to be unmoved by all of the media reports as he gets his head down working hard to give a better performance.

Ozil posted a picture in the gym where he wrote “No matter what… put in the work”

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