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Pellegrini counting on City’s experience in title race

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Manchester City can’t afford any more slip-ups but Manuel Pellegrini feels experience can get them clinching the Premier League title.

Manuel Pellegrini believes Manchester City are still in the Premier League race despite having little remaining margin for error as City travel to Anfield to play Liverpool on Wednesday, after overcoming the same opponent on penalties at Wembley on Sunday to lift the League Cup.

That win came on the back of an emphatic 3-1 Champions League round-of-16 victory at Dynamo Kiev, a result that puts City in pole position to reach the quarter-finals of the competition for the first time.

But they head to Anfield, a ground where they have failed to win on their past 12 Premier League attempts, on the back of consecutive league defeats to top-two teams like Leicester City and Tottenham.

Pellegrini’s men are nine points behind Leicester with a game in hand and the manager is confident his players can still catch surprise leaders.

Pellegrini won the Premier League in his first season in charge at City, where his side came from behind to take top spot in the last week of the 2013-14 campaign and held off Liverpool’s challenge.

Under Roberto Mancini in 2011-12, City memorably turned an eight-point deficit behind Manchester United with six matches to play into final-day glory and, with the core of that squad still together, Pellegrini hopes those exploits will work to his advantage.

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Can Man Utd Afford To Lose Romelu Lukaku

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It’s no longer news that Manchester United striker Romelu Lukaku is closing in on a move to Italian Serie A giants Inter Milan but what’s surprising is the ease with which the Red Devils are willing to let him go.

Romelu Lukaku has been at Manchester United for two years since his £75m move from Merseyside giants Everton but his time at Old Trafford is gradually coming to an end.

The player recently talked up the Italian Serie A and his dream is close to becoming a reality after Inter Milan opened negotiations with Manchester United for the Belgian international hitman.

Lukaku has already agreed on personal terms with Inter Milan, but the two clubs are yet to agree on a transfer fee for him.

Inter Milan manager Antonio Conte has been the chief catalyst for the Nerazzurri as confirmed by sporting director Piero Ausilio.

According to him, the move for Lukaku is at the request of Conte who was appointed the Inter Milan manager last month.

Italian tactician Conte is a big fan of Lukaku whom he tried to sign during his time as a Chelsea manager.

Conte tried had failed to sign Lukaku in 2017 before his move to Manchester United.

Since his transfer to Manchester United, Romelu Lukaku has scored the most goals for the Red Devils (42 goals). Let’s examine the consequences of letting the Belgian striker leave for Inter Milan.
1. Goal Threat – Romelu Lukaku possesses a potent goalscoring threat and Manchester United might struggle to replace his goals if he leaves the club for Inter Milan this summer.

2. Proven Premier League Experience – The Manchester United striker has proven Premier League experience spamming clubs like Chelsea, West Brom, Stoke City and Everton. Manchester United might struggle to find a replacement with equal or more Premier League experience. Lukaku is the joint 19th leading goalscorer in Premier League history with 113 goals.

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Antoine Griezmann Has €800m Release Clause As New Barcelona Signing

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Spanish champions Barcelona have completed the signing of Antoine Griezmann from fellow La Liga club Atletico Madrid.

His transfer was confirmed earlier on Friday after the Catalan giants paid the €120m (£107m) release clause in his Atletico Madrid contract.

The French international player has signed a five-year deal with Barcelona until the end of the 2023/24 season.

This halts an almost two-year transfer saga involving Atletico Madrid and Barcelona.

Antoine Griezmann was linked with a move to Barcelona and Manchester United last summer but he went on to sign a new contract.

He spent five years as an Atletico Madrid player following his €24m move from fellow Spanish La Liga club Real Sociedad in 2014.

Griezmann scored 50 goals and also provided 25 assists for Atletico Madrid in his last two seasons with the club.

Upon his signing, Barcelona confirmed that their new signing has a release clause of €800m in his contract.

His official unveiling will take place on Sunday at the Nou Camp.

Antoine Griezmann will link up with the likes of Luis Suarez and star player Lionel Messi at Barcelona with the trio expected to form a deadly front trio ahead of the new season which kicks off next month.

 

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Transfer Update: Nicolas Pepe Transfer News

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Update: Nicolas Pepe representative has indicated that a switch to Paris Saint-Germain could happen

Italian Serie A club Inter Milan have drawn the first blood in the race to sign highly rated Lille winger Nicolas Pepe according to the latest reports emanating from the media in the United Kingdom.

Ivorian international Pepe is one of the most exciting prospects on the European football scene.

According to the Daily Express, Inter Milan have made a big bid for him as they try to see off other interested sides like newly crowned European champions Liverpool.

It was revealed that Inter Milan have made a bid of around £80m for the 24-year-old forward.

Nicolas Pepe was in superb form for Lille during the just concluded season in the top flight of French football.

The Ivorian attacker scored 23 goals in all competitions for Lille with 22 of those goals coming in the league alone.

He also provided 11 assists in the league in addition to his goals.

Nicolas Pepe was the standout player for Lille and it’s not surprising that a lot of major European sides are on his trail.

The player is presently on international duty with the Ivorian national team at the ongoing African Cup of Nations (AFCON) tournament in Egypt and he would be hoping to build on a very good season at the said tournament.

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Liverpool Urged To Sign Antoine Griezmann

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Newly crowned European champions Liverpool have been told to sign Atletico Madrid forward Antoine Griezmann this summer.

Liverpool were advised to sign the French World Cup winner by ESPN pundit Craig Burley.

According to him, Antoine Griezmann would be a very good fit for Liverpool who already boast of one of the most fearsome attacks in world football.

The Liverpool front trio of Sadio Mane, Roberto Firmino and Mohamed Salah have performed well for the club on a consistent basis but Antoine Griezmann has a quality of his own.

He was a key member of the France team that won the 2018 FIFA World Cup tournament in Russia via a 4-2 win over surprise finalists Croatia in their final clash in Moscow.

Antoine Griezmann has already confirmed that he will leave Atletico Madrid this summer after five years at the club.

The 28-year-old signed for Atletico Madrid after the Spanish capital club reached an agreement with Real Sociedad for his transfer.

Spanish champions Barcelona are thought to be in pole position to secure his transfer by paying the €120m release clause but PSG are also showing interest in the player.

He is also linked with other clubs like Manchester United and Manchester City.

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Agent Reveals Liverpool’s Interest In Jean-Philippe

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Mainz 05 defender Jean-Philippe Gbamin is reportedly attracting interest from a lot of Premier League clubs including Liverpool.

According to him agent Bernard Collignon, Liverpool manager Jurgen Klopp called over a possible deal but his German Bundesliga outfit didn’t want to release him in the middle of the season.

The Liverpool manager called the player about a potential transfer in January 2018.

Jean-Philippe Gbamin is an Ivorian international player that can play in a number of positions effectively and efficiently.

The Mainz 05 star can play either as a central defender or as a defensive midfielder.

Jurgen Klopp was rebuffed in his attempt to sign Gbamin in January 2018 thus prompting him to move on to Brazilian international Fabinho whom he signed from French Ligue 1 giants AS Monaco last summer.

Fabinho started life at Anfield slowly but he was able to pick up towards the winter section of the season.

The Brazilian international player was part of the Liverpool team that pushed Premier League champions Manchester City all the way to the Premier League title.

Manchester City won the league from Liverpool by one point.

Fabinho was also in action for Liverpool when they defeated Tottenham Hotspur to win the Champions League title.

The agent of Gbamin rates his client at €60m and also confirmed that talks have taken place with the likes of Arsenal, Tottenham Hotspur and Everton.

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Bristol City Eyeing Permanent Transfer For 26-Year-Old Chelsea Loanee

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English Championship club Bristol City are plotting a permanent deal for Chelsea defender Tomas Kalas this summer according to the latest reports emanating from the media in the United Kingdom.

Tomas Kalas spent last season on loan at Bristol City whom he joined from Chelsea during last summer’s transfer window.

The Robins are keen to make his loan move to the club permanent this summer.

Kalas was in superb form for Bristol City but he was unable to propel them to the Championship playoffs as the Robins narrowly missed out on the playoff cut on the final day of the regular season.

The 26-year-old is the longest serving player at Chelsea after the Blues paid Czech side Sigma Olomouc £5.2m to secure his transfer in 2010.

Tomas Kalas has previously had loan spells at clubs like Middlesboro and Fulham whom he helped to secure promotion to the Premier League during the 2017/18 season.

He was not retained by Fulham for the Premier League season which turned out to be a poor one for the Cottagers.

Fulham will play their football in the English Championship next season after they suffered relegation from the top flight of English football for the first time.

The Cottagers finished second from bottom at the end of the latest Premier League season.

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Bayern Retain Interest In 18-Year-Old Liverpool Target

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German Bundesliga giants Bayern Munich still retain an interest in Chelsea winger Callum Hudson-Odoi according to Bundesliga football expert Christian Falk.

He made this known in a chat with Get German Football News.

According to him, Bayern Munich want to sign both Callum Hudson-Odoi and Leroy Sane.

He further revealed that that the Bavarian giants will leave the transfer of Callum Hudson-Odoi until next summer if they get Sane this summer.

Manchester City winger Leroy Sane has been strongly linked with the Bavarian giants this summer though the Premier League champions want to retain his services and also offer him a new contract.

Christian Falk revealed that Callum Hudson-Odoi and Bayern Munich have an understanding that he will move to the Allianz Arena on a free transfer next summer if they sign Sane this summer.

Callum Hudson-Odoi has been linked with a move to Liverpool as well as Borussia Dortmund.

The 18-year-old is presently recovering from a serious Achilles injury sustained towards the end of the season.

He suffered the unfortunate injury during a home league game against Watford.

Callum Hudson-Odoi is already back in light training as he recovers from the Achilles injury.

The young winger has one year left on his contract and he’s expected to be back in action in three months.

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Liverpool In Pole Position To Sign £25m Italian Midfielder

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Premier League giants Liverpool are the favourites to sign highly rated Brescia midfielder Sandro Tonali who has had a very good season.

This is according to the newest reports coming out of the British media.

Sandro Tonali could be a Liverpool player soonest with an official bid expected for him by next month.

The 19-year-old had been earning rave reviews for his impressive performances for Brescia in Italian football.

Sandro Tonali has a release clause of around £25m in his present deal which will run out tomorrow.

The young Italian midfielder has been attracting the interest of clubs from Juventus to Inter Milan to Chelsea but they are still yet to make an offer.

The Liverpool midfield is crying out for more creativity ahead of the new season and Sandro Tonali could be the man to add the creative spark.

Sandro Tonali scored three goals and also provided seven assists for his Italian club.

Liverpool lacked the creative spark needed to dominate games and the signing of a new midfielder will go a long way to correct the lack of creativity.

Apart from Sandro Tonali, Liverpool have also been linked with a move for Sporting Lisbon midfielder Bruno Fernandes.

The Portuguese midfielder also has suitors from everywhere.

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Liverpool Forward Told To Join Barcelona For This Reason

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Liverpool forward Mohamed Salah has been told to consider a move to Spanish champions Barcelona by Cameroonian football legend Samuel Eto’o.

In a chat with the BBC, Eto’o told Salah to join Spanish champions Barcelona because of the playing style at the Nou Camp.

According to him, the playing style at Barcelona will definitely suit Mohamed Salah.

Egyptian national team star Salah has been in superb form since joining the Reds from fellow Italian Serie A giants AS Roma.

The former Chelsea winger sealed a €44m move from AS Roma to Liverpool.

Mohamed Salah announced himself to the British audience when he scored 44 goals in just 52 games for the Reds with 32 of those goals coming in the Premier League.

The 26-year-old helped Liverpool qualify for Champions League football and also reached the final of the competition before he was substituted as a result of a shoulder injury.

Real Madrid won that Champions League final via a 3-1 win for the Los Merengues who were able to benefit from the injury to Salah.

Liverpool have come back in a stronger way after they won the Champions League title via a 2-0 win over Premier League rivals Tottenham Hotspur with Salah getting one of the goals.

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Man Utd Striker To Earn €6m Per Annum At Inter Milan

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Italian giants Inter Milan ushered in a new era following the appointment of former Chelsea manager Antonio Conte this summer.

The Italians have made Conte their new manager after the dismissal of Luciano Spalletti at the end of the last campaign.

Upon his first managerial appointment since he left Chelsea last summer, Conte has set his sights on a move for Manchester United striker Romelu Lukaku.

The 26-year-old is the top transfer target for Inter Milan this summer as demanded by Conte and the latest reports claim that the player has agreed on a deal with the Nerazzurri.

According to the publication from the stables of popular Italian transfer news portal La Gazzetta dello Sport, Romelu Lukaku has agreed on a €6m yearly salary with Inter Milan though the Nerazzurri will also have to agree on a fee with Manchester United for him.

Romelu Lukaku has previously talked about a possible football career in Italy and he could get his wish this summer.

The former Chelsea player has spent just two years at Manchester United since his big money transfer from fellow Premier League side Everton.

Lukaku finished as the Red Devils’ topscorer in his first season at Manchester United with 27 goals in all competitions before netting just 15 goals in all competitions in his second season.

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