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Lyon midfielder Nabil Fekir has refused to rule out an exit from the club despite intense transfer rumours linking him with a move away from the French Ligue 1 giants.

In his recent interview with French radio station RMC Sport, Nabil Fekir disclosed that anything can happen while responding to the question about his future.

The player didn’t rule out the possibility of signing a new contract with Lyon before adding that he will meet with club president Jean-Michel Aulas to discuss fresh contract matters.

He has just 18 months left on his present Lyon contract which expires at the end of next season.

Nabil Fekir is one of the most in-demand players on the European football scene with clubs like Liverpool, Chelsea, Manchester United and Bayern Munich repeatedly linked with him.

The French international forward came close to joining Liverpool this summer only for the Reds to pull out of a deal at the last minute.

The Merseyside giants had agreed on a deal worth around £53m for the player before they pulled out as a result of concerns about his knee.

Nabil Fekir was part of the France squad that won this summer’s FIFA World Cup tournament in Russia by beating Croatia 4-2 in their final clash.

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French World Cup winner To Reject New Chelsea Contract

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Chelsea have been rocked by the news that striker Olivier Giroud will reject a new deal to stay at the club beyond this summer when his deal is expected to run out.

According to the publication from the Daily Mirror, the French World Cup winner is not ready to commit his immediate future to Chelsea having struggled for regular playing time this season.

In a recent interview, Olivier Giroud narrated how he has been frustrated at his lack of playing time at Chelsea this season.

Giroud signed for West London giants Chelsea in January 2018 in a deal reported to be around £18m.

The 32-year-old joined the club from Premier League top-four rivals Arsenal and he has performed well for his team.

Giroud is the leading topscorer in the Europa League this season following his treble against Ukrainian side Dynamo Kiev in the round of 16.

He started the season as the second choice striker behind Chelsea loanee Alvaro Morata who has since joined Spanish La Liga club Atletico Madrid.

Morata has signed a loan contract that runs out till the end of next season at Atletico Madrid with the option to sign a permanent deal at the club.

Olivier Giroud has continued his role as the second choice striker since Gonzalo Higuain was signed to replace the aforementioned Morata.

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Unai Emery gets transfer kitty boost

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Arsenal boss Unai Emery has been hinted that he could have an increase in the transfer budget that was initially promised him if he is able to ensure qualification to the Champions League in the coming season.

The Gunners boss was initially told he would have £40 million to engage in the summer transfer window as the club have got limited funds.

But with the hope of qualification, there would be a need to boost the squad to be able to face the challenge ahead for European competition and the Spanish boss has been told he would now have £70 million to spend.

The North London outfit are currently in the race for a top-four finish against Man United, Chelsea and Tottenham but there are hopes that they can scale through if all remaining games until the end of the season can be won.

Arsenal are lucky to have all opponents outside of the top six teams which makes it easier.

However, there are expectations that they will be without Wales international midfielder Aaron Ramsey in the coming season because he has already agreed on a deal with Italian Serie A Champions Juventus while it is unsure if England international Danny Welbeck would be trusted to remain at the club owing to the injury he sustained.

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Arsenal to swoop for this Ramsey replacement

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Latest report hints that North London outfit Arsenal are ready to swoop for Hoffenheim midfielder Kerem Demirbay ahead of the coming summer transfer window.

The move for Kerem Demirbay is a bid to have Wales international midfielder Aaron Ramsey replaced ahead of the coming season.

The former Cardiff City midfielder has already agreed to join Italian Serie A outfit Juventus on a four-year deal after refusing to extend his stay with the North Londoners.

Kerem Demirbay has been impressive since he joined the German Bundesliga side and has been tipped to serve as a perfect replacement for the Juventus-bound star player.

The midfielder has so far scored four goals and provided 8 assists in 28 games to give the clue of the quality he has got to offer the Arsenal team.

However, Kerem Demirbay is expected to make a decision on the move as he would be the one to decide his future with the German Bundesliga outfit.

Meanwhile, the Gunners team are expected to buy one more defender as manager Unai Emery hopes to strengthen ahead of the coming season.

The Spanish manager has been charged with a title win in the coming season, especially if the team is able to secure qualification to the Premier League in the coming season.

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Unai Emery told why he must play Ozil in Napoli clash

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North London outfit Arsenal boss Unai Emery has been given reasons why he must play German international Mesut Ozil in their Europa League second leg clash against Napoli later on Thursday.

The Gunners team had secured a 2-0 advantage in the first leg at the Emirates Stadium but there are suggestions that they will have a real test when they play at Naples because Napoli will be waiting to give them a real test.

Paul Merson has therefore warned manager Unai Emery that the World Cup winner must be in the team, especially ahead of Armenian midfielder Henrikh Mkhitaryan because he is still a match winner.

Mesut Ozil was earlier criticised for poor performance as he was also left out of the team for a couple of games but Paul Merson states that he is still a better pick than Henrikh Mkhitaryan.

He stressed that the former Real Madrid star has got the ability to u pick the Napoli defence and that is what is needed because of the need for the Gunners to score a goal in the game.

Paul Merson, therefore, tipped Arsenal to secure a win in the game, adding that they will not be good enough for the semi-finals if they can not take advantage of the 2 goals lead.

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United told when they will win trophies

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English Premier League outfit Man United have been told not to expect to win a trophy anytime soon because they still have a big job to do.

This is according to Graeme Souness who gave his reaction to the Red Devil’s defeat against Barcelona in the Champions League quarterfinals.

Man United were defeated 3-0 with two goals coming from Argentina international Lionel Messi which means they will have to wait until next season to be able to play a European competition.

Although, the Red Devils are in the risk of missing out of the Champions League next season as they face competition from Arsenal, Chelsea and Tottenham for the top-four slot and will have to achieve that before returning next season.

Graeme Souness stated that the Ole Gunnar Solskjaer team is not ready to land any major title this season as they will have to wait for some years because of the need to fix the team ahead of the coming challenge.

He noted that there is a need to engage in the coming summer transfer window and do some big deals if they must compete for titles because a majority of the team will not be able to meet up with the demands for titles.

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United now told to come for this Napoli star but on one condition

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English Premier League outfit Man United have been hinted that Italian Serie A outfit Napoli star Kalidou Koulibaly will now be available for sale in the coming summer transfer window.

The Red Devils have long been in the pursuit of the Senegal international defender with former manager Jose Mourinho insisting on his signature. The interest from the Portuguese boss was confirmed by Napoli president but it did not work through.

Man United have now been told that Kalidou Koulibaly will now be available for sale but they will have to meet with the asking price of £130 million for his signature or forget about landing him this summer window.

Kalidou Koulibaly’s contract with Napoli will expire in 2023 but there are suggestions that he would not see out his contract should the Red Devils meet with his asking price.

However, Man United are keen on the signature of a new centre back as manager Ole Gunnar Solskjaer has been told that he needs to have a total overhaul of his squad to be able to compete ahead of the coming season.

Meanwhile, it has been hinted that United boss Ole Gunnar Solskajer will have a budget of £200 million for the coming summer window.

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Solskjaer hoping to lure AC Milan star player

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It has been reported that Man United boss Ole Gunnar Solskjaer is doing all in his power to lure AC Milan right full-back Davide Calabria to the Old Trafford in the coming summer transfer window.

Davide Calabria’s contract at the San Siro is gradually running out and the club are making efforts to convince him to remain with a new deal but talks are still underway as an agreement is yet to be reached.

David Calabria impresses at the Italian Serie A outfit and has got a contract with the club until 2020 but there is an urgent need for a new right full-back at the Old Trafford with Antonio Valencia hoping to leave the club at the end of the season.

Ole Gunnar Solskjaer is reported to be uninterested in Diogo Dalot at the role while Ashley Young is not fancied for the position.

However, it is unclear if Davide Calabria will fancy a move away from AC Milan as he could be lured to remain at the club with a higher wage.

Meanwhile, the interest in Davide Calabria has been confirmed and it is suggested that the Red Devils have not come up with any real negotiation to land him in the summer window.

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How Solskjaer deceived United like Mourinho

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Former Man United midfielder Paul Ince has opined that his former team were deceived by Ole Gunnar Solskjaer as the current team is no different from what they had when manager Jose Mourinho was in charge of the team.

It would be recalled that Jose Mourinho was sacked by the Red Devils management in December last year and was immediately replaced by the former Red Devils forward on an interim basis where he performed impressively and won games, in addition to ensuring they play better.

The Red Devils in his first few weeks won a number of games and attracted praise of from other former players but Paul Ince noted that the situation has changed since Ole Gunnar Solskjaer got the job on a permanent deal.

According to him, the Red Devils no longer play good football and they have failed to win a number of games just like the team was known for under the former Portuguese boss.

He noted that no pressure on the players to win and that is a big mistake that was made by the club but they have failed to accept that.

However, he stressed that the Red Devils are miles away from their rivals and will have to spend more time before they can meet up.

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United legend urges Pogba to leave

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France international and Man United midfielder Paul Pogba has been unwittingly advised by former player Paul Ince to leave the club noting that he deserves to be in a better team.

The World Cup winner has been struggling to make an impact in the Man United team as he was part of the squad that were defeated 3-0 by Spanish La Liga outfit Barcelona earlier this week.

Paul Pogba started very slow at the start of the season under former manager Jose Mourinho but he immediately returned back to is best when Ole Gunnar Solskjaer took over as he scored goals and played better.

The same cannot be said of the former Juventus player at the moment because he has been inconsistent in his performance.

Paul Ince noted that there is no need to mount pressure on Paul Pogba because he cannot lift the Red Devils team alone.

According to the former United midfielder, Paul Pogba deserves a better and bigger team than Man United because of his quality, noting that he will need players of the same level of quality to be able to bring out his best.

However, Paul Pogba is already being linked away from the Old Trafford with reports claiming that he is pushing for a move to the Spanish La Liga outfit Real Madrid.

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Champions League: Liverpool Thrash Portuguese Opponents To Secure Last Four Berth

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Premier League leaders Liverpool have secured a spot in the Champions League semifinals following the thumping win over their Portuguese opponents.

Liverpool thrashed FC Porto 4-1 away from home in what was the second leg of their Champions League quarterfinal tie.

The Reds had earlier won the first leg at Anfield 2-0 with goals from Guinean international Naby Keita and Roberto Firmino.

Brazilian attacker Firmino scored again in the second half to extend the Reds’ lead having come on as a second-half substitute for Divock Origi.

Sadio Mane gave Liverpool a first half lead to put the game beyond FC Porto.

Mohamed Salah then doubled the lead for Liverpool before outgoing FC Porto defender Eder Militao pulled one back for the away side.

Eder Militao is a Brazilian international utility defender expected to leave the club for Real Madrid in the summer after just one season with FC Porto.

Roberto Firmino added a third goal to finally put the game beyond the reach of FC Porto before Virgil Van Dijk added a fourth goal for the Reds on the stroke of full-time.

Liverpool thrashed FC Porto 4-1 away from home to setup a semifinal meeting with Spanish champions Barcelona via a 6-1 aggregate win over FC Porto.

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