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CHELSEA EYEING FIRST HOME LEAGUE WIN

Immediate past European champions Chelsea have their focus on getting a first win at home in the Premier League this season ahead of the visit of Leicester City this weekend. Chelsea and Leicester City take on each other in one of the week four Premier League games scheduled to take place on Saturday afternoon.


Chelsea have only played once at home in the league this season and they were unlucky not to win the game. They were denied victory by the stoppage time header from Tottenham Hotspur striker Harry Kane as the London Derby encounter ended in a 2-2 draw. Senegalese international Kalidou Koulibaly celebrated his home debut for Chelsea with the first goal of the game via a well-taken volley off a Marc Cucurella corner kick. His goal gave Chelsea a one-nil lead at the end of the first 45 minutes. Danish star Pierre-Emile Hojbjerg scored the first Spurs equaliser before Reece James restored the lead for the Blues. In the end, Kane and Spurs had the last laugh with their second equaliser to secure a point from the game which dominated by Chelsea.




FULHAM SECURE ANDREAS PEREIRA TRANSFER

Newly promoted Premier League side Fulham have announced the signing of Brazilian midfielder Andreas Pereira from Manchester United in a £13m. Fulham will pay an initial fee of £10m for Pereira plus £3m in add-ons. The 26-year-old has signed a four-year deal as a new Fulham player until the end of the 2025/26 season.


Fulham are back in the Premier League after one season in the Championship. The Cottagers secured their place in the Premier League by winning the Championship last season. The West London club would be keen to extend their stay in the Premier League in comparison to their last two stays. On both occasions, they were sentto the Championship after one season. In their bid to achieve an extended stay in the Premier League, Fulham are adding quality players to their squad. Brazilian player Pereira is their second summer signing after Portuguese international midfielder Joao Palhinha. Defensive midfielder Palhinha joined the Cottagers from Sporting Lisbon in the Portuguese league. Fulham paid £17m to secure the transfer of Palhinha from Sporting Lisbon.




            REAL MADRID TO DEMAND €50 MILLION FOR FRENCH STAR FERLAND MENDY

According to a report by Spanish outlet Defensa Central, Real Madrid will not put Ferland Mendy up for sale but could cash in on him if a suitor presents an attractive proposal. The Merengues are open to offloading the French international for around €50 million amid interest from Chelsea and Manchester United. Ferland Mendy joined Real Madrid from Lyon in July 2019 and has since endured a mixed bag of a stint with Los Blancos. While the 27-year-old has garnered a lot of success in the Spanish capital, he has also had some fitness issues, particularly in the 2021/22 season.


The French defender has turned out 105 times for Real Madrid thus far, chipping in with five goals and nine assists. But Mendy faces an uncertain future at the Santiago Bernabeu ahead of the summer transfer window following Antonio Rudiger’s arrival in a Bosman move. However, he will not have a shortage of suitors if he leaves Real Madrid, with Chelsea and Manchester United keen on signing him.




                MAN UNITED MIDFIELDER SET TO LEAVE OLD TRAFFORD THIS SUMMER

Manchester United attacker Jesse Lingard is resigned to leaving the club this summer amid his poor treatment over the past 12 months, BBC Sport reports. Lingard has been a fringe player for the Red Devils this term with just 548 minutes of game time. He is expected to leave when his contract expires in June, and appears unlikely to change his stance.


Incoming boss Erik ten Hag is said to be keen on talking with him, but Lingard has made his mind up to move on, having received false promises from Ole Gunnar Solskjaer and Ralf Rangnick this season and has set his sights on playing for another club next season,.




                     MAN UNITED REPORTEDLY SUBMIT BID TO SIGN LAZIO STAR

Manchester United have been linked with Sergej Milinkovic-Savic for a long time and the latest reports suggest that a big bid has been made. According to Il Tempo (via SW), Juventus continue to press to sign the Serbian midfielder but Man Utd have submitted a superior offer to hire his services.


Claudio Lotito obviously wants the maximum fee from the sale of the creative midfielder and Tutto Mercato Web have claimed that the Lazio president would prefer an auction to sell him abroad. The 27-year-old star’s current deal is due to expire in 2024 and the Biancocelesti value (GdS) him at around 80 million euros (£66million).




                        ERIK TEN HAG REPORTEDLY COMPLETES UNITED INTERVIEW

Manchester United may have made a breakthrough in their search for a new manager as Erik Ten Hag has reportedly been interviewed for the upcoming job in the summer. United had drawn up a potential four-man shortlist to take over on a long-term basis in the summer when Ralf Rangnick’s temporary deal expires. However, they had been urged to make a late push for Thomas Tuchel following the sanctions imposed at Chelsea.


But reports of a Chelsea raid appear wide of the mark as Ten Hag has now reportedly been interviewed by United bosses, meaning that they may have chosen their new manager. The news will come as a blow to Mauricio Pochettino, Luis Enrique and Julen Lopetegui who are also said to be in contention.




HOWE EXPLAINS HAYDEN OMISSION FROM SQUAD

Newcastle Unitedmanager Eddie Howe has explained the reason for the omission of midfielder Isaac Hayden from the 25-man Premier League squad for the rest of the season.

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Howe explained the omission of the Arsenal Academy graduate in his pre-match press conference on Monday morning ahead of the crucial home game against Everton in the Premier League. According to him, Hayden suffered a long-term knee injury in December and that played a big part in his exclusion from the Premier League squad for the second half of the current season. His spot in the team has been taken by fellow midfielder Bruno Guimares who arrived at the club officially just before the winter transfer window closed last week. The Magpies paid an initial fee of €40m plus €8m in add-ons to sign the Brazil international from Lyon in the French Ligue 1.




CARRICK CONFIRMED FOR HUGE CHELSEA GAME

Michael Carrick is set to be in charge of the Manchester United team for the huge Chelsea clash in the Premier League this weekend. According to Sky Sports, Carrick will be in the Manchester United dugout for theChelsea game as the search for a manager gathers pace.

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Manchester United are without a manager at the moment after Ole Gunnar Solskjaer was sacked last weekend on the back of a wretched run of league results. The Norwegian lost his job after a run of five defeats in the last seven matches and four defeats in the last five matches. Following the dismissal of the former club striker, Carrick was made the caretaker manager. Carrick was one of the assistant managersunder Solskjaer.