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                     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.




10-MAN UNITED STUNNNED BY YOUNG BOYS

Manchester United began the new Champions League campaign on a disappointing note after they were beaten by Swiss champions Young Boys in their Group F opener thanks to the late goal from American striker Theoson-Jordan Siebatcheu.The hosts were able to make their numerical advantage count via a 2-1 win on a historic night.


Cristiano Ronaldo was a big signing for Manchester United just before the transfer window ended at the end of last month as the clubmanaged to secure his return after several years. The Portuguese international moved back to Manchester United twelve (12) years after leaving the club for Spanish team Real Madrid for a big transfer fee in 2009. He left the Red Devils after six years to join Real Madrid.




ASTON VILLA WANT TO SIGN JUVENTUS STAR IN JANUARY

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The summer transfer window may have come to an end but it has not stopped clubs from making their plans ahead of the winter transfer window in January. While a lot of clubs got their prime targets this summer and are currently not planning to involve in any business whatsoever (except for possible departures) in January, others have continued to keep close tabs on the possible players that they are willing to sign come the January winter transfer window. One of the club’s that had themselves a decent summer transfer window is English Premier League outfit Aston Villa. After an interesting transfer window that saw them lose their star player Jack Grealish and sign a couple of new faces, they want more.

According to reports from the Daily Sun, the Villans are keeping very close tabs on Juventus youngster Weston McKennie and are keen on signing the young attacker in January. Villa submitted an offer for the player to Juventus but the Italian Serie A giants rebuffed the opening bid as they insisted that the player was a very important part of manager Masimiliano Allegri’s squad for the season. However, things look to have changed a little and it looks lilt they might be willing to listen to offers after all.




CELTIC CONFIRM THEY HAVE SIGNED HART ON A PERMANENT DEAL

Scottish Premiership giants Celtic have confirmed that they have completed the signing of former Manchester City goalkeeper Joe Hart from Tottenham Hotspur. Hart joined Spurs under Jose Mourinho some months ago and was signed as a backup goalkeeper to Hugo but was not able to prove himself as a befitting candidate at the club. He joined the London club after being released by Burnley at the end of the 2019-20 Premier League season and was out of a job until he was offered one at the Tottenham Hotspur stadium. Mourinho revealed after his unveiling that Hart is a professional and his wealth of experience is a major reason why they agreed to sign him.

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Hart trained with the first team on several occasions but was unable to displace Lloris as the club’s number one goalie so after Mourinho’s departure, it was only normal for Spurs to allow him to leave the club. After selling him to Celtic, the new Tottenham manager asked the club to open talks with Italian Serie A side Atalanta their goalkeeper Pierluigi Gollini as they looked to replace him with someone seemingly better than the former England international shot-stopper.




HAALAND ADMITS HE’S SAD TO SEE SANCHO JOIN UNITED

While Manchester United signing Jadon Sancho from German Bundesliga giants Borussia Dortmund brought smiles and joy to a lot of faces, it brought the opposite feeling to some others. The Red Devils confirmed that they had struck a deal with the German giants that would see one of their star players swap Germany for England and there has been a lot of reaction about the deal, especially on social media where pundits and United’s former players have had their say about the club’s new big-money signing.

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Sancho and Haaland formed a deadly attack partnership at Dortmund and they were a threat to opposition defenders last season. They convinced for a couple of goals and it is only normal that Haaland will have to miss his best assists supplier of last season. Following the transfer of the England international forward to Old Trafford, Haaland revealed that he is sad to see his friend leave and that he would miss the former Manchester City youth player, but also admitted that it’s one of those things that happen in football.