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Ole Gunnar Solskjaer has confirmed ‘talks’ are ongoing regarding a Manchester United exit for Alexis Sanchez.

The Chile forward has been tipped to leave Old Trafford before the closure of the European transfer window on September 2, with Inter Milan believed to be interested in a deal for the 30-year-old.

Sanchez played for United in a behind closed doors friendly with Sheffield United earlier this week – the Red Devils believed to have won 3-1.

Though the former Arsenal forward was given permission to skip training on Thursday in order to travel to London to sort out a visa issue at the US Embassy.

It is thought that Manchester United are willing to allow Sanchez to leave the club, although his exorbitant £500,000-a-week wages are proving to be a stumbling block.

With reports suggesting the Red Devils could be forced to continue paying a large portion of his salary even if he were to leave.

Speaking about the United seven, Solskjaer has confirmed that discussions are being held regarding a proposed transfer.

“There are still talks with some clubs,” the United boss said in his pre-match press conference. “But he played in that game and he played well.

“As I have said he is working hard. Let’s see in September what is going to happen.”

Solskjaer impressed with Manchester United’s ‘engine’ ahead of Palace clash

Renato Sanches has arrived in Lille as he hopes to finalise his summer departure from Bayern Munich.

Sanches made just four Bundesliga starts last term and has already confirmed his desire to leave the club this summer.

And he looks to be getting his wish, having been spotted at Lille Airport on Friday, before posing with fans.It’s understood that Les Dogues will pay €20m+5m for his signature, with a five-year deal ready to be signed.

Bayern will now turn their attentions to Espanyol midfielder Marc Roca who has a €40m release clause.

According to reports, the Bundesliga champions have already sent a transfer delegation to Barcelona in hope of completing a deal before next week.

Alex Oxlade-Chamberlain says it is like Liverpool's Champions League success did not happen as the team are so hungry for more trophies.

Jurgen Klopp's side triumphed against Premier League rivals Tottenham to be crowned kings of Europe for the sixth time in the club's glittering history.

Oxlade-Chamberlain missed the vast majority of the 2018-19 season due to a serious knee injury but he signed a new long-term deal, reported to run to 2023, on Thursday.

The England midfielder feels the desire for further silverware is fuelling Liverpool, who have won their opening two Premier League fixtures as well as clinching UEFA Super Cup glory against Chelsea.

"I think it is obvious to see the team is progressing. Even when we're not playing well, we still manage to grind out results and that's a really positive thing," Oxlade-Chamberlain told Liverpool's official website.

"In times when we are playing well, it sort of speaks for itself, we thrive and we have the ability to steamroll teams.

From the outside, it would look like a really good time to sign – and I can speak even more from the inside about how good the group of lads is.

"It is a really, really good group of players, not only talent but characters and how much everyone respects each other. The manager and the coaches, the backroom staff, they're all a massive part of it.

The whole set-up, the structure, is perfect at the moment.

"Last year was the first sign of that going in the right direction with the Champions League.

Now, in a weird way, it is almost like it didn't happen, but I think that's credit to everyone around the building – everyone is hungry for the next thing and what's next.

"That's the right attitude to have to go on and be more successful and go on to win more things. That's the plan, hopefully we can follow it through and win some more things."

Reds boss Jurgen Klopp is similarly thrilled to have Oxlade-Chamberlain commit his future to Anfield.

"When I heard Ox had signed his new contract with us, I am sure my emotions were the same as every Liverpool fan hearing the news tonight – absolutely delighted," Klopp said.

"This is because an absolutely outstanding player and person has shown his belief and commitment to our project here and it's a deal I think makes sense on both sides.

"I think Ox has said himself it feels to him like he has been here a lot longer than he actually has and that is something I would agree with. I think that's down to his personality around the place here at Melwood.

"I have said in the past, one of the best things about him is what an outstanding human being he is, one of the nicest guys you will meet. Of course, he is also an outstandingly talented footballer, too."

Anthony Martial has played down any potential rivalry with Marcus Rashford for Manchester United’s centre-forward position, but admitted they are running a competition to see who will score the most goals in training.

Many United fans and pundits have reservations about Martial and Rashford playing in the same eleven, considering both players prefer to play through the middle.

But Martial dismissed the idea he and Rashford cannot gel together upfront. ‘At training, we have this competition between us about scoring goals,’ Martial said.

‘We measure who does the best finishing and who scores the most. ‘Who’s winning? Well, that depends… Sometimes it’s him, sometimes it’s me. In games, Marcus likes to play in the middle, like me.

‘I don’t mind dropping off, dropping out, we interchange during games. ‘It doesn’t bother me to let him take the lead occasionally. It helps us to terrorise opposition defences and I hope we can keep it up over the course of the season.’

Martial and Rashford have started both United’s games so far this season, with the attacking pair scoring in the opening day win over Chelsea.

Both forwards are on two goals in two games after Martial scored in the 1-1 draw with Wolves last week.

United take on Crystal Palace this weekend hoping to get back to winning ways and shrug off the penalty controversy of their last game.

Paul Pogba missed from the spot in the draw with Wolves and reports claim Ole Gunnar Solskjaer has now taken the Frenchman off penalty duties.

 

Thursday, 22 August 2019 23:42

Nkoudu seals a deal with Besiktas

Georges-Kevin Nkoudou has joined Besiktas from Tottenham.

The winger has signed a four-year deal with the Black Eagles after failing to make the grade in the Premier League.

Nkoudou moved from Marseille to Tottenham in 2016 but did not start a league game for the club.

The 24-year-old has had loan spells with Burnley and Monaco and has now been allowed to leave Spurs for a reported €5million (£4.52m).

Thursday, 22 August 2019 22:36

Chucky Lozano moving to Napoli

Post a long summer of talks and speculations regarding his transfer by the Vesuvius, the baby faced Mexican Hirving Lozano, also nicknamed ‘El Chucky’, finally appeared on Italian soil.

The long desired signature of the Mexican starlet on a 5-year deal worth 42 million euros is awaiting final confirmation, however, the affair is done and dusted; the official announcement via Twitter is just a matter of hours away.

In the Southern Italian city, currently there is a hunger for victories, and even more so a need to reduce the gap between them and their biggest rival Juventus who have made it a habit of winning the Serie A this decade.

The eagerness to finally meet the young Mexican talent is strong.

“Make us win!” was one of the phrases one could hear the supporters chanting while greeting the fourth addition to the team this summer, after Elif Elmas, Di Lorenzo and Manolas.

Yesterday, the 24-year-old player passed his medicals in Rome and got to experience a passionate welcome from his new supporters.

His medical went ahead without any issue, with no trace of the small injury he sustained in his last game for PSV Eindhoven, where he scored 45 goals over two seasons. Previously he was associated with Mexican club Pachuca.

Hirving Lozano is expected to make his debut in a Napoli shirt on August 31, against Juventus in Turin – not the easiest way to start.

Today, at Napoli’s training centre, he’s meeting with his coach, Carlo Ancelotti, who would be waiting for his winger with open arms – for the first time to seal the deal of a new and hopefully successful partnership for the club.

The Italians are always ready to welcome young and hungry talents like Hirving and it will be exciting to see how he performs for Napoli in the coming years.

 

Alex Oxlade-Chamberlain has officially agreed a new long-term contract extension with Liverpool.

Oxlade-Chamberlain – a €40m signing from Arsenal in 2017 – impressed at Anfield before suffering a horror knee injury against Roma, which kept him out for 18 months.

However, the European champions have shown their faith in his talent by securing his future on Merseyside.

“I’m really, really excited,” he told the club’s official website.

“It’s been in the pipeline for a little while, so it’s nice to finally get it done and just extend my time here, which I am really looking forward to.

“You’ve got to count your blessings every time you get an opportunity like this, you don’t get the chance to play for Liverpool Football Club every day.

“I am really excited to be able to extend my time here.”

Oxlade-Chamberlain is available for selection against former side Arsenal on Saturday.

Watford captain Troy Deeney has undergone successful ‘minor’ knee surgery and will be out of action for ‘several weeks’ while he recovers, the club has confirmed.

Deeney played 90 minutes as the Hornets were narrowly beaten by Everton on Saturday, but he won’t now be seen back on the pitch for some time.

“We will miss Troy because he is a very important player for us but I know he will be supporting us in the next games.

I am looking forward to seeing him back as soon as possible,” Watford boss Javi Gracia said as he gave the injury update to the club’s official website.

Watford are yet to pick up a point in the Premier League yet this season after last weekend’s defeat at Everton followed an opening day thrashing at the hands of Brighton.

The Hornets have now lost their last six games stretching back to last April, a run that included a regrettable 6-0 annihilation at the hands of Manchester City in the FA Cup final. Deeney’s absence will be a blow.

The 31-year-old has been a talisman ever since Watford returned to the Premier League in 2015 and last season marked a return to something like his best form after a down year by his previous standards in 2017/18. 

The pressure will now be on the likes of Andre Gray and Danny Welbeck to step up.

Welbeck arrived as a free agent earlier this month following his release from Arsenal in June.

The 28-year-old former Manchester United talent has recovered from a serious ankle injury that ended his 2018/19 campaign last November and is looking to kickstart his career.

The England international, who scored his last Premier League goal in a 3-1 Arsenal win over West Ham three days shy of exactly one year ago, made his Watford debut as a late substitute against Everton.

Fernandinho has revealed he will be working ‘closely’ with club-record signing Rodri, with many expecting the 23-year-old to be the long-term replacement for the veteran Brazilian in the Manchester City midfield.

The Premier League champions strengthened their midfield options with the £62.8m capture of Rodri from Atletico Madrid this summer, City boss Guardiola planning for the future as the club look to continue their dominance.

Fernandinho has now vowed to do everything he can to help the Rodri settle in Manchester, the Spain international likely to replace the 34-year-old who is entering the twilight of his trophy-laden Man City career.

“There are some tough games to come, especially away at places like Burnley, Everton and Watford – different kinds of challenges but for sure he is going to learn,” Fernandinho said.

“We are going to work closely, and I will be there for him to talk and advise him with whatever he needs, but of course he’s already a quality player who I like very much.

“He has done really well in pre-season and in the first few games he’s played in the Premier League.

“He’s tall, technically very good and he’s going to help us a lot this season and for the future.”

CHAMBERLAIN has been the forgotten man for Liverpool, but now Danny Higginbotham is backing him to become another Philippe Coutinho for Jurgen Klopp.

The star’s Anfield career took several months to take off, but when it finally happened he gave the Reds a new dimension on their way to reaching the 2018 Champions League final.

But after suffering a devastating knee ligament injury in the semi-final against Roma, the England international missed over a year’s worth of action.

Report believes he has the attacking quality to become another Philippe Coutinho for Jurgen Klopp, after making his first Premier League start in 16 months.

"The way Alex Oxlade-Chamberlain plays, he wants to get forward from midfield," Higginbotham said."You have the front three, we know the outside of the front three like to play narrow.

"Roberto Firmino likes to drop deep, so there is going to be space in behind for Alex Oxlade-Chamberlain to get into. That's something he was doing really well before he picked up his injury.

"It will take a bit of time for him to get back up to speed again but he's an important player for Liverpool and can give them something different.

"Roberto Firmino creates a lot of problems for centre backs. He drags them out and that leaves space in behind. Alex Oxlade-Chamberlain, before he got his injury and missed a lot of time, was taking that space up.

"I'm not comparing him to Philippe Coutinho but it's similar to what Philippe Coutinho was doing at Liverpool to a certain extent, getting beyond the midfield with players in front of him.

"That's what Alex Oxlade-Chamberlain is capable of. There is no doubting the talent he has. You can see from his touch maps that spaces have been created for him to get into."

Liverpool passed by the option to re-sign Coutinho from Barcelona, as the star joined Bayern Munich on loan with a view to making the deal permanent.

Klopp backed the Bundesliga club to get the best from the Brazilian, who he sometimes played central as well as on the left.“[He is a] very dominant player who helps a team properly,” said Klopp.

“But from the first day onwards they [Bayern] will get a great player.

“Now they have to integrate and treat him so that they get the full package, and then the Bundesliga has a real top player.”

Tottenham, Arsenal and Manchester United all expressed an interest in the 27-year-old this summer.

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