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Mourinho to exchange Paul Pogba for Alex Sandro, what’s he thinking?

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Manchester United manager José Mourinho is so much desperate to terminate Paul Pogba’s contract with the team due to his hostile relationship with the player.

Manchester United midfielder Paul Pogba was said to be heading to Barcelona during the previous transfer market in the summer but the Red Devils failed to sanction the deal.

According to Tuttosport in July, the Camp Nou outfits were unwilling to dance to United’s tune in terms of the player’s price tag, hence, the deal collapsed abruptly.

In the same month, another report emerged — this time via Sky Sports Italia — that Juventus were more than ready to re-sign the Frenchman whom they let go for £88m in 2016.

United gave a listening ear to their offer but already had their own criteria that would warrant the player’s switch to the Turin outfits.

According to the Italian outlet, Mourinho was willing to release his midfielder only if Juventus manager Maximiliano Allegri was willing to add Miralem Pjanic as a makeshift for Pogba’s signature.

That was the end of negotiations between both clubs as Allegri couldn’t afford to let go of the influential Miralem Pjanic.

The Winter transfer market is set to commence in two weeks time, Mourinho, who couldn’t sign a center-back in the summer, is currently making his wishlist of players.

One of his targets for the upcoming transfer market is Juventus left-back Alex Sandro. The 27-year-old has been a constant target for Mourinho since 2016 but the Portuguese manager failed in his attempts to lure him to Old Trafford.

However, this time the former Porto boss is going extra mile to drive home his demand. He is ready to offer a one-time world’s most expensive player Paul Pogba as a makeshift for the Brazilian star — what is he thinking?

It’s not surprising anyway, the relationship between both parties has never been cordial nor encouraging since the previous season.

Pogba often criticized the Mourinho’s tactical discipline whenever results didn’t go their way.

Mourinho also loved to question the player’s character on and off the pitch, therefore, worsening the situation.

Two masters can’t be in a team unless they are willing and ready to perish, Mourinho and Pogba are fast becoming two parallel lines that will never have anything in common.

Parting ways with the World Cup winner seems the best option for Mourinho and the whole team, but exchanging him for Alex Sandro sounds disgusting and disgraceful to the Frenchman’s quality.

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Solskjaer hints on what fans should expect in summer window

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Manchester United boss Ole Gunnar Solskjaer has given the hint that his side will go all out to add more strength to their squad in the coming summer transfer window.

He made this claim after seeing his first defeat as Red Devils boss on Tuesday night against French Ligue 1 outfit PSG after 1 2 games.

The former United forward revealed that his side have learnt a lesson in the Champions League game but they are already making efforts to explore the market to bring in players that can take them to the next level.

He unwittingly admitted that his side were unable to compete against PSG because of the quality of their squad which is the reason why he said a lesson has been learnt.

However, United will be faced with another major test against Liverpool later this month and the clash is expected to have an effect in the shape of the league table.

Should Liverpool secure a win, they will go three points clear on the table ahead of Man City while United might not be able to keep hold of their fourth position.

Meanwhile, It is not sure if Ole Gunnar Solskjaer will be considered for the job on a permanent basis to oversee the summer transfer.

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Updates On Leeds United Permanent Stay For Izzy Brown

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English Championship high-flyers Leeds United are interested in a permanent move for Chelsea loanee Izzy Brown.

This was confirmed by experienced journalist Phil Hay of the Yorkshire Evening Post.

Izzy Brown is on a season-long loan deal at Leeds United from West London giants Chelsea.

Phil Hay was reacting to the question about a possible transfer for the 22-year-old.

According to him, Leeds United want to sign Izzy Brown permanently but his weekly wages could be a stumbling block for any deal to happen.

He further added that Leeds United would only be able to afford the player if they secure promotion to the Premier League at the end of this season.

Leeds United were previously the Championship leaders before they were dethroned by Norwich City on Sunday.

The Canaries are now the top team on the English Championship table following their 3-0 win over East Anglia rivals Ipswich Town on Sunday.

Izzy Brown signed for Premier League giants Chelsea in 2013 as a teenager from Midlands club West Bromwich Albion and has made just one appearance in the Premier League since then.

He could get the chance to establish himself in the Premier League if Leeds United secure promotion to the English top flight at the end of this campaign.

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Update On AC Milan Scheduled Transfer Talks For Tiemoue Bakayoko

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Seven-time European champions AC Milan have scheduled transfer talks with Chelsea in a bid to sign midfielder Tiemoue Bakayoko on a permanent deal according to widespread reports coming out of Italy.

French midfielder Bakayoko is on a season-long loan at Italian Serie A giants AC Milan from London club Chelsea after failing to settle in the Premier League.

Italian media outlet Calciomercato claim that AC Milan have scheduled transfer talks for April in their quest to make his transfer permanent.

Tiemoue Bakayoko has impressed a great deal in the colours of the Rossoneri since joining them on loan at the start of the season.

The former AS Monaco player didn’t have the best of starts at AC Milan but he recovered well to seal a permanent spot in the starting XI under manager Gennaro Gattuso.

AC Milan will also tell his parent club, Chelsea, to reduce his transfer fee by €5m from €35m to €30m.

The Blues had earlier inserted a €35m transfer fee in the loan contract that took Bakayoko to AC Milan last summer.

Tiemoue Bakayoko became surplus to requirements at Chelsea at the end of last season after his first season at the club following his £40m transfer from Monaco in the summer of 2017.

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Turkish Messi Emerges As A Top Target For Liverpool

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Trabzonspor FC of Turkey midfielder Abdulkadir Omur has emerged as a top target for Premier League leaders Liverpool.

According to media outlet iNews, the Reds are one of the major European clubs monitoring the progress of Abdulkadir Omur at Turkish Super Lig club Trabzonspor and that Liverpool are in pole position to sign him.

Abdulkadir Omur has seen his stock rise in the footballing world in the last two seasons.

The 19-year-old has been dubbed the Turkish Messi with his style of play.

Liverpool will have to contend with three other teams in the quest to sign the young Turkish midfielder.

Arsenal, Bayern Munich and Leicester City are all interested in the Turkish junior international.

In his breakthrough season last term, Abdulkadir Omur scored three goals and also provided six assists in 32 appearances for Trabzonspor in all competitions.

He has continued that form this season with seven goal contributions in just 20 games.

His progress was curtailed by the groin injury that he suffered in September but the player has recovered well to lead Trabzonspor to fifth spot on the Turkish Super Lig table.

The Liverpool midfield has come in for a lot of criticisms in recent week and the Turkish Messi can add a new dimension to it.

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Liverpool In Two-Horse Race To Sign Midfield Maestro

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Five-time European champions Liverpool are in a two-horse race in their quest to sign wantaway PSG midfielder Adrien Rabiot according to reports emanating from the Spanish media.

Spanish La Liga champions Barcelona were initially the front-runners to sign the talented French international player but their interest has waned in recent weeks after failing to agree to a free transfer deal for him.

Mundo Deportivo revealed that the player won’t be joining Barcelona before the transfer window shuts on Thursday but the Spaniards would welcome a summer move for him.

According to another Spanish media portal Sport, Liverpool and Tottenham Hotspur are the only clubs that have shown an interest in signing Adrien Rabiot before the end of this winter transfer window.

Adrien Rabiot is a wanted man especially amongst the Premier League clubs with the player expected to leave PSG at the end of his contract this summer.

The 23-year-old has already told senior officials at the French capital club that he wants to leave at the end of this campaign but PSG favour a January transfer which will give them some money in comparison to a free transfer move for the player in the summer.

Liverpool and Tottenham Hotspur are his likely destination if Rabiot leaves PSG this month.

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Liverpool Face New Threat In Pursuit Of £105m-rated Attacker

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Premier League table toppers Liverpool have a new threat to deal with in their quest to sign Benfica starlet Joao Felix following the news that German Bundesliga champions Bayern Munich have turned their focus to the attacking midfielder.

The Bavarian giants have switched their attention to Joao Felix after Chelsea failed to grant their wish to sign Callum Hudson-Odoi despite making five separate bids for the young England winger.

Bayern Munich were rebuffed in their pursuit of Hudson-Odoi even after making a £40m bid for the player.

The Blues’ initial asking price for their winger was £35m.

Callum Hudson-Odoi is expected to stay at Chelsea beyond the current transfer window at least.

He has 18 months left on his present deal with the West London giants.

Apart from Bayern Munich and Liverpool, Joao Felix has been linked with other European clubs like Borussia Dortmund, Atletico Madrid and Manchester United.

The interest of Bayern Munich was confirmed by German newspaper Sport Bild.

The Red Devils sent scouts to run the rule over the 19-year-old on Tuesday.

He has a release clause of €120m (£105m) in his current deal at Benfica having recently put pen to paper on a new contract at the club.

Joao Felix has scored five goals and two assists in six starts and five substitute appearances in the league this season.

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What’s next for Sarri after losing out on star player’s signature

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Maurizio Sarri couldn’t beat Paris St-German boss Thomas Tuchel to St Petersburg midfielder Leandro Paredes as it was confirmed that the Argentine player signed with the Ligue 1 champions.

The Zenit St Petersburg’s player has been a longtime target for the Italian manager but he was unfortunate to lose him to Tuchel’s side.

What’s next for Sarri?

If you ask me, Sarri has just two options to choose from before the end of the month.

1. END ALL INTEREST TO SIGN MIDFIELDER

The Blues are well equipped at the middle of the park, hence, the former Italian manager could decide to end his desire to add one player to his midfield setup before the end of the season.

Instead of getting a midfielder to serve as Cesc Fabregas replacement, Sarri should learn to trust Ross Barkley and give him the nod to play an advanced role at the middle of the pitch.

Should Barkley move to the advanced role, N’Golo Kante — who has been playing as a playmaker — will move back to his normal defensive midfield position where he will partner Jorginho.

2. INTENSIFY MOVE FOR BELGIAN STAR YANNICK CARRASCO

Sarri was linked with a move for Dalian Yifang’s midfielder Yannick Carrasco some weeks back but we haven’t heard any rumours recently concerning the Belgian star.

The former Napoli manager must pressure his employers so as to get the lively, versatile and impressive player ahead of Arsenal and Manchester United.

He shouldn’t miss out on Carrasco just as he did with Paredes, else, he might pay for it by the end of the season.

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Gary Cahill set to join Crystal Palace

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Having failed to command regular place in Maurizio Sarri’s team, it is expected that experienced defender Gary Cahill will be on the lookout for a new suitor and that has been the case since the start of the January transfer market.

Transfer media reported two weeks back that Thierry Henry was hopeful of bringing him to Monaco this month, however, the move won’t materialize as the Frenchman was sacked by his employers during the week.

Cahill is also said to be drawing Claudio Ranieri’s attention. The Fulham manager hopes to lift his team out of relegation zone and he believes the experienced defender will have positive influence on the rest of the team as the season draws closer to its end.

The latest report concerning the former Three Lions captain suggested Crystal Palace are keen on his services. The Premier League team are not doing too well at the moment but they want to correct it by signing quality and experience players.

The Sun revealed that Roy Hodgson is interested in the former Aston Villa man and a bid has been submitted to Maurizio Sarri.

Cahill, 32, is a reliable defender who can help the Eagles achieve their mission to avoid the drop by the end of the season.

Should Palace eventually lure the defender to Selhurst Park this week, Hodgson may decide to sanction Dann’s proposed move to Craven Cottage.

The Eagles centre-back has been linked with a switch to Fulham but Palace are reluctant to let him go because there is no capable replacement for him.

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Liverpool’s Target Barella Favours Premier League Transfer Over Italy Stay

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Cagliari Calcio midfielder Nicolo Barella is in favor of a move to the Premier League at the expense of staying in the Italian top flight.

This is according to the publication from Italian media platform Gazzetta Dello Sport which claimed that the player is ready to snub the chance to stay in the Italian Serie A for the Premier League.

Napoli and Inter Milan are keen on the young Italian international midfielder but it seems like they will miss out on him to Premier League clubs with the latest development.

Nicolo Barella has emerged as one of the best midfielders in the Italian top flight since he broke into the Cagliari first team two seasons ago.

Premier League sides like Manchester United, Arsenal, Chelsea and Liverpool have been touted as possible transfer destinations for Nicolo Barella though the Italian player could tilt towards the Blues due to the influence of both Maurizio Sarri (manager) and Gianfranco Zola (assistant manager).

Ex-Napoli boss Sarri and his assistant Zola are pushing for Barella to sign as the Blues continue to search for a quality replacement for Cesc Fabregas.

Spanish midfielder Fabregas left for struggling French Ligue 1 outfit AS Monaco earlier in this January transfer window.

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Azpilicueta out, Hysaj in — Chelsea reveal plans for January window

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Maurizio Sarri never hides his strong admiration for Napoli right-back Elseid Hysaj but the Italian manager might need to offload one of his regular starters before he brings him to Stamford Bridge.

Hysaj is one of the most sought-after defenders at the ongoing transfer market as Chelsea, Liverpool and Arsenal have all been linked with his signature.

Sarri has been reportedly been told by the Blues hierarchy to sell one of his defenders so as to fund his move for the 24-year-old.

Team captain Caesar Azpilicueta, whose performance all through the season has been nothing to applaud, could make way for the incoming player, that’s according to Daily Mail.

The media suggest that Sarri isn’t happy with the Spaniard’s display at the back and he won’t think twice before sanctioning his sale to any interested club.

At the time of this report, it is believed that the West London outfits are in talks with Napoli for his signature but both parties are far from reaching an agreement.

Chelsea want a loan move deal which will include an outright-buy clause but the Serie A giants are reluctant to accept the bid, instead, they want to sell him out on a permanent deal.

Hysaj is valued at £45m by Napoli but the Blues are financially handicapped to meet the demanding price before the end of the month.

Meanwhile, Chelsea fans are beginning to run out of patience with Roman Abramovich over the time spent on Higuain’s signature.

Many reports revealed that the Argentine underwent his medicals at Stamford Bridge last week but he’s yet to seal his move to the team, much to the frustration of their supporters.

Hopefully, the former Real Madrid striker will complete his switch to West London today.

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