Jul 28 2016

Photo: Zlatan Ibrahimovic takes part in his first Manchester United training session

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Zlatan Ibrahimovic was Manchester United’s second signing of the summer transfer window and he moved to Manchester in the last few days.

The 34-year-old took part in his first training session since joining the Red Devils. Jose Mourinho’s side played Wigan Athletic at the DW Stadium and Borussia Dortmund in China in the pre-season.

Their clash against Manchester City was cancelled due to bad weather and United executive vice-chairman Ed Woodward expressed disappointment after the fixture was cancelled.

Ibrahimovic was not a part of any of these matches as Mourinho handed him an extended break following his participation in the Euro 2016 with Sweden, which was his final appearance for the national side as he announced retirement from international football.

United will take on Turkish giants Galatasaray in the upcoming pre-season fixture in Sweden on Saturday. The former Juventus and Barcelona striker could feature for the first time in the Red Devils’ shirt in his homeland. The pictures from Ibrahimovic’s first training session is shown below.

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Jul 27 2016

Manchester United’s hope of signing midfielder ended by manager

Nemanja Matic

Chelsea manager Antonio Conte has handed Manchester United a transfer blow after suggesting that midfielder Nemanja Matic is an important player at Stamford Bridge, ruling out any potential transfer away from the west London club.

The Serbian international played a key role in the middle of the pitch in helping the Blues win the title in the 2014-15 Premier League season, when Jose Mourinho was their manager. However, he lost his place in the starting lineup after a dip in form. Simultaneously, even Chelsea were struggling, which led to the Portuguese coach’s sacking last December.

Mourinho returned to management after United announced him as Louis van Gaal’s successor in May. The former Inter Milan and Real Madrid manager wanted to bring Matic to Old Trafford in the summer transfer window, according to the Mirror.

Matic’s future at Chelsea became uncertain after Conte signed France international N’Golo Kante from Leicester City. However, the ex-Juventus and Italy coach has other plans and admitted that the midfielder is a key part of his plan for the upcoming season.  

“Matic is an important player for me, a very important player. In my idea of football he is an important player and he knows this,” Conte said, as quoted by Chelsea’s official website.

“I am delighted with his attitude and behaviour and I see in him a great commitment. I know with his work he can become a fantastic midfielder, one of the best in the world in my opinion.”


Jul 27 2016

Photo: Mourinho’s Manchester United midfield target in Spanish giants’ shirt

Andre Gomes

Manchester United’s hope of signing Andre Gomes has been crushed after the midfielder left Valencia and completed a move to Barcelona.

The 22-year-old was a key part of Portugal squad that won the Euro 2016 after beating host nation France in the final. They won in the extra time, courtesy to Eder’s goal, which was the difference between the two sides. He was also impressive for Valencia in the 2015-16 season.

Gomes’ form for both club and country saw him attract interest from clubs across Europe. According to the Mirror, the Portuguese international was wanted by the Red Devils in the summer transfer window and he hailed United manager, Jose Mourinho.

The Daily Mail reported even Champions League winners Real Madrid were also interested in signing the midfielder. However, Gomes rejected both United and the Spanish capital club to join the latter’s arch-rivals Barcelona.

Gomes completed his medical and has already signed a contract with his new club. A statement on Barcelona’s official website read, “André Gomes is officially an FC Barcelona player. On his second day at the club, the new midfielder had final medical checkups before heading to the club offices.”

“The Portuguese international signed his new contract just before midday at the club’s headquarters alongside president Josep Maria Bartomeu before heading to the Camp Nou Platea for a photo session.”

United are also chasing Juventus star Paul Pogba. The France international has been heavily linked with a move to Old Trafford, the club he left to join the Turin club in 2012. The Red Devils are not the only side interested in signing him as even Madrid are also looking at the option of signing him. Their manager Zinedine Zidane confirmed his side’s interest in Pogba.


Jul 27 2016

Manchester United attacker should emulate ex-Arsenal star says OT legend

Zlatan Ibrahimovic

Zlatan Ibrahimovic joined Manchester United earlier this month after his contract at Paris Saint-Germain expired at the end of June. The striker has become the Red Devils’ high profile signing this summer and Old Trafford legend Bryan Robson remains hopeful the Swede can emulate what Robin van Persie did in his first season at the club.

Van Persie moved to United from Arsenal after Sir Alex Ferguson convinced the Dutch international to snub Manchester City to join his side. He was a key player as his goals helped the 20-time English champions win the Premier League title in 2012-13 season. It was United’s record title.

Ibrahimovic was the star player and the 34-year-old has only improved his goal scoring rate in the last few seasons. He scored 50 goals in all competitions for the Ligue 1 winners in the previous campaign and Robson remains hopeful the former Swedish international can replicate his PSG form at United in the upcoming season to help United win the title.

“Zlatan is 34 and it would have been nice to get him at 28 or 29, something like that, but the way he played for PSG last year showed he has a lot to offer still and he looks really fit,” Robson told MUTV.

“I think back to Sir Alex’s last year when everybody talked about Robin van Persie’s age and his injuries when he joined, but he won us the title with his goals that season. Hopefully Zlatan can do the same.

“He will take the pressure off Wayne Rooney as well. Every time we’ve had a bad result the excuse is that Wayne didn’t play particularly well. The pressure has always been on him to perform and Zlatan will take that away from Wayne a wee bit, so Wayne can relax and enjoy his game.

“Zlatan gave a great interview when the reporter told him that he’d previously described himself as 10 out of 10 and asked how he would rate himself now… Zlatan said 11 out of 10!”


Jul 27 2016

Real Madrid looking to block Manchester United’s fourth summer signing

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Real Madrid are looking to block Manchester United’s move in signing of Paul Pogba after their manager Zinedine Zidane revealed his side’s interest in Juventus midfielder.

The 23-year-old’s contract with his current employers runs down in the summer of 2019. He joined the Turin club from the Red Devils on a free contract in 2012. Since joining them, Pogba has become one of the star midfielders in the world.

Juventus star was part of France squad in the Euro 2016 in his homeland. Disappointing it was for Pogba as he saw his national side suffer a 1-0 defeat at the hands of Portugal in the final as Eder’s goal in the extra time saw Portugal beat France to win the European championship.

Pogba is currently on a holiday and is expected to join Juventus’ training session next month. He has been linked with a world-record move to Old Trafford. United are ready to break the bank and pay a fee of £100 million in landing the talented midfielder, according to the Daily Mail.

“In this moment we are still working [on a move for Pogba], and I cannot say anything more,” Zidane explained.

“Until August 31 anything can happen, but today he is not a Real Madrid player and I cannot talk about what will happen.”

“I always say how things are, but now is not the time to talk about this. A lot of clubs are interested in Pogba.”

“Real Madrid always want the best players. But we owe Juventus respect, and I can’t say anything more out of respect.”

Zidane’s latest comments could only complicate it for United as they had set their sights on making Pogba as their fourth summer signing. Jose Mourinho has already helped the Red Devils complete three signings as Eric Bailly, striker Zlatan Ibrahimovic and Henrikh Mkhitaryan have all moved to Old Trafford this summer.


Jul 26 2016

Liverpool’s €40m bid confirmed for Manchester United summer target

Joao Mario

Sporting star Joao Mario’s father has confirmed the midfielder has received an offer from Premier League club Liverpool.

The 23-year-old was a part of the Portugal squad that defeated France 1-0 in the extra time of the Euro 2016 final to win the European championship. He was impressive for his national side in the recently concluded tournament hosted by France.

The Portuguese international has been linked with a move away from his current employers and was attracting interest from the top flight clubs in England. According to The Sun, Manchester United and their rivals Chelsea were looking at the option of signing him, along with Serie A outfit Inter Milan.

Mario was not spotted in his side’s recent friendly defeat to Lyon. That sparked rumours of him leaving Sporting in the summer transfer window. His father has now confirmed Jurgen Klopp’s side tabled a €40 million, which has been rejected by the Portuguese club.

“Proposals for the lad don’t come directly to me,” Mario’s father said, as quoted by Football Italia.

“They go to his agent, Kia Joorabchian, and the Sporting President. I was informed, however, that the club said no to €35m plus €10m in bonuses from Inter and to €40m from Liverpool. Nothing particular has happened, my son is a professional and knows he has a contract with Sporting.”

“At the same time, we’re talking about a very valuable player for the club, who would aspire to bigger projects in the course of his career.”


Jul 26 2016

Record transfer boosts Manchester United’s chances of completing fourth signing

Gonzalo Higuain

Juventus have confirmed they have completed a deal in signing Gonzalo Higuain from Napoli for a transfer fee of €90 million on Tuesday.

The Italian club will pay the fee over the two financial years and the Argentine international will become the third most expensive player in the history of football behind Gareth Bale and Cristaino Ronaldo as Real Madrid paid the fee to Tottenham Hotspur and Manchester United respectively.

Higuain’s move from Napoli to the Turin club is Serie A record transfer. He will sign a five-year deal with the Italian champions.

A statement on Juventus’ official website read, ” Juventus Football Club can today confirm that it has purchased the registration rights of Gonzalo Higuain for €90 million, payable in two financial years. The player has agreed a five-year contract with the club.”

Higuain’s move to Juventus could boost Manchester United as they are chasing their midfielder Paul Pogba. The France international, who joined the Old Lady from the Red Devils is linked with a move back to Old Trafford.

The Sun reports that this could pave the way for the former United midfielder to rejoin the Premier League giants on a world-record fee of £100m in the current transfer window. Pogba’s sale will help Juventus to recover the money they paid in landing Higuain.

Juventus director Giuseppe Marotta has refused to comment on the ongoing situation with Pogba. He said, “Pogba to Manchester United? We will see when everything is over. Right now we are in the same situation.”

Jose Mourinho has made signing Pogba as a priority in the summer transfer window. United have already helped the former Chelsea boss completed three signings as the Red Devils landed Eric Bailly, Zlatan Ibrahimovic and Henrikh Mkhitaryan.


Jul 26 2016

Club confirms rejecting Arsenal’s €35m bid for Manchester United summer target

Alexandre Lacazette

Lyon have confirmed they have rejected a €35 million bid from Arsenal for their star player Alexandre Lacazette.

The 25-year-old has been in fine form for the Ligue 1 outfit in the last few seasons. In the 2015-16 campaign, he scored 23 goals in all competitions, which includes 21 goals in the league from 34 appearances.

His form for the club has seen him attract interest from the north London club. They are not the only club interested in signing Lacazette. The Mirror reported that the Gunners’ league rivals Manchester United and Liverpool are also looking at the option of signing him in the summer transfer window.

However, it was believed that Arsene Wenger’s side are leading the race for the striker’s signature. The France international is wanted by his compatriot at the Emirates and made a bid to land him this summer.

Arsenal’s approach of £29 million has now been revealed and Lyon also denied that they have received a €48 million bid for Lacazette.

“Olympique Lyonnais denies categorically having received a €48m offer from Arsenal for the transfer of Alexandre Lacazette as Le Progres stated in its issue this morning,” Lyon confirmed the communication via their official Twitter account.

“The club regrets once again that the publication has not bothered to contact us before publishing the false information which creates confusion on the day we publish annual turnover of £183m, up 111% compared to 2014/2015.

“The reality is that the Arsenal made ??an offer of €35m which Olympique Lyonnais did not respond to for one reason only: OL wants to keep Alexandre Lacazette because he is irreplaceable and one of the major leaders of Bruno Genesio’s group.”

Lyon’s latest statement will be a blow for Arsenal and Wenger, who were chasing Lacazette. For United and Liverpool, they have strengthened in that position, but Jose Mourinho could bring in a striker if he decides to allow James Wilson and Will Keane leave Old Trafford on loan. Should he allow the duo to leave United, Lacazette could be an option to fill in that position. 



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