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Arsenal in for PSG’s Christopher Nkunku, Is he a good option?

It has been reported that Arsenal are to try and sign Paris Saint-Germain’s Christopher Nkunku.

It’s been said that Arsenal hasn’t got a lot of money to spend on players this summer although, Nkunku’s expected price and actual price are massively different. Previous claims state that he was worth £30 million. Now it is believed that Arsenal will only have to bid £13.5 million for the midfielder and that could be enough to secure his services at the Emirates. Bundesliga outfit RB Leipzig has also shown some interest in signing the Frenchman, so Arsenal will have to bear that in mind. 

The now 21-year-old, started his youth in 2003 with AS Marolles and was there six years until 2009. He then spent a year at RCP Fontainebleau before joining PSG in 2010. He’s been there ever since. 

In the 2015-2016 season, Nkunku played for PSG’s B team and made 27 appearances. He managed five goals that season also. He’s since had 55 appearances for PSG and eight goals, although not a great return but Nkunku is still young.  

The player’s current contract doesn’t expire until 2020. However, he’s made it quite clear that he wants regular football. It’s something that Arsenal could offer him as they look to change their dynamics under Unai Emery, with the former PSG manager knowing a little more than the rest about Nkunku. The midfielder could also be a great option for cash struck Arsenal. 

Man United fans divided on James signing from ‘this project requires patience’ to ‘Look at Real Madrid’s signings’

Fans are divided between excitement and outrage as Manchester United sign Daniel James, whilst the elites of Europe are bolstering up their squads with guaranteed shirt sellers.

Whilst Real Madrid, PSG, Juventus and Barcelona are successfully signing and chasing the likes of Hazard, Griezmann, De Ligt, De Gea and many more of the world’s most elite players. Manchester United’s one signing has been the young Welshman Daniel James from Swansea City for £15million plus £3million in add-ons. Many see this is a positive move which can protect the future of Manchester United, however many others are disappointed in the lack of quality being brought into the club compared to the other billionaire clubs around Europe.

However, not all fans are focusing on the whereabouts of their rivals, as some see Daniel James as a first step in rebuilding a once great Manchester United.

Two Gk’s Man Utd Shouldn’t Look Past as Oblak Rumours Persist

As concern about David De Gea’s future at Manchester United grows, speculation of his replacement follows suit in the form of Atlético Madrid’s Jan Oblak.

David De Gea has been considered one of the world’s best goalkeepers for the past few years and, is renowned as a saviour in the red side of Manchester. In the 2017/18 Premier League season, De Gea accumulated an impressive 18 clean sheets, with only 28 goals conceded; a stark contrast to his 2018/19 Premier League season, as he only managed to keep 7 clean sheets and conceded a whopping 52 goals.

With Manchester United failing to join the elites of Europe in the Champions League next season. De Gea is rumoured to be seeking pastures new with the French giants Paris Saint-Germain, as their own goalkeeping master Gianluigi Buffon exits the side this summer. As a result, Manchester United’s reported interest in the Slovenian Jan Oblak has increased but is he the best option for Ole Gunnar Solskjaer’s summer rebuild?

Here are two alternatives which may solve Manchester United’s goalkeeping drama…

Dean Henderson

In the delight of Ed Woodward’s wallet, the young Sheffield United superstar goalkeeper would not have an effect, as he already plays for Manchester United.

Dean Henderson’s loan at the Championship side Sheffield United saw him gain 21 clean sheets and see his temporary team be promoted to the Premier League for the first time since 2006. However, despite an impressive season, Solskjaer saysHe’s obviously won promotion with Sheffield United and that’s been fantastic for him. If he plays a year in the Premier League for them, it might be the best thing“, meaning we may see more of him after proving himself at a Premier League level.

Mike Maignan

Manchester United have reportedly shown an interest in the French side Lille’s 23-year-old goalkeeper, who kept a respectable 17 clean sheets in 42 appearances for the side who managed to finish second in the league behind PSG and above Lyon.

According to reports, Lille have quoted a transfer fee of €35million. Manchester United fans may be uncertain about entrusting a young and fairly unknown goalkeeper with the huge responsibility of being between the sticks at Old Trafford. However, this was a very similar case when a young David De Gea began to start for Manchester United at age 19.

LOWDOWN: Who is Manchester United Target Giovani Lo Celso?

As the transfer window rumours continue to rumble on, once again a player has been linked to Manchester United.

Reports are emerging that Manchester United could join Real Madrid and Tottenham Hotspur in the race for Real Betis midfielder, Giovani Lo Celso and that the bidding as opened up at £53m.

Who is Giovani Lo Celso and why is he generating so must interest?

The 23-year-old Argentinian midfielder initially joined Real Betis from Paris Saint Germain on loan last summer, with Real Betis paying Lo Celso’s transfer clause of £19.35m in April making the move permanent. Lo Celso as had an impressive season having made 46 appearances, scoring 16 goals and 6 assists, so it’s not surprising he’s caught the eye of some European clubs.

If you are an attacking midfielder from the city of Rosario in North Eastern Argentina and favour you’re left foot, you’re in good company. Superstars like Lionel Messi and Angel Di Maria were both born in the city and the next man of the production line of creators is Giovani Lo Celso.

An ex-teammate of Angel Di Maria, Lo Celso came through the ranks at Rosario central and, is now aiming to emulate that of his ex-teammate Di Maria and international team-mate Messi, by becoming a household name in European football. The 23-year-old youngster shot to prominence very quickly. He made his first-team debut for Central in July 2015 and after 45 games and some very promising performances, this prompted PSG to part with £8.5m to sign the promising attacking midfielder in July 2016.

This move came only just one year after Lo Celso made his first-team debut for Rosario Central. After signing for PSG, Lo Celso had to wait three months before making his anticipated debut in a cup tie against US Avranches. Lo Celso added four Ligue 1 appearances and impressed with some stunning displays, highlighting his potential and quality.

Lo Celso is a complete midfielder who can play both wide areas and centrally. However, his best position is behind the striker as a number 10 or as one of the more attacking midfielders in a three-man central midfield. He boasts a good passing range, and Lo Celso combination play is superb. The midfielder is very adept at linking play both with short passes and longer ones which makes him the ideal midfielder.

Lo Celso is sublime in the final third, finding through passes to create chances and thereby also goals, he also boasts a good shot which makes him a threat from a distance if he’s given space outside the penalty area.

Another good feature of his game and a feature that is sought by in modern football is his ability to beat his opponents in midfield by dribbling. With his close control and acceleration, this makes Lo Celso a difficult player to defend against as he can break the defensive lines of the opposition either by passing or dribbling through them.

His technical ability with the ball, coupled with his calmness when in possession also sees him become very resistant to pressure as he remains calm and in charge of the situation. Lo Celso’s speed, acceleration, balance, intelligence and technical ability make him an attacking player with a close to complete skill set, and a complete midfielder.

Is it Time to Bid Farewell to the Premier League’s Top Six?

As the Premier League season draws to a close, the inevitability of who the top six clubs will be is once again plain to see.

In the entire history of the Premier League, only Blackburn in 1994/95 and Leicester City in 2015/16 managed to buck the trend and top the table. For the other 25 seasons, it has been one of the two Manchester clubs, Chelsea or Arsenal.

This demonstrates the gulf that exists between the six richest clubs in the country and everyone else. There hasn’t been a single season in which at least two of the current top six, haven’t finished in the Champions League or Europa League places.

Currently, Wolves sit 11 points adrift in 7th place and although this is a very credible performance by the West Midlands club, it does show that all the rest of the Premier League is doing is making up the numbers.

It’s a similar situation in Europe with PSG in France 16 points clear, Juventus 18 points above Napoli in Italy. Ajax and PSV 18 points ahead in Holland and Barcelona nearly 30 points ahead of fifth-placed Sevilla in Spain, and Germany dominated by Bayern where 10 points separate 3rd and 4th places.

There have been rumours of interest by European clubs in a breakaway League, which some would say already exists in the UK. Not so long ago, German publication Der Spiegel ran a story about talks between Europe’s top clubs on the possibility of a breakaway league.

Many of the clubs allegedly involved were quick to distance themselves from the story, but given that most of the big clubs have the interests of their shareholders in mind rather than that of their supporters, the idea will not be seen as one which should be discounted.

The original idea that the vast amounts of money that have come into the game would trickle down to the lower leagues has proved to be just a pipe dream. As in real life, the poor have got poorer and, the rich have got very richer indeed.

With what seems like a weekly occurrence, clubs with solid support and a rich footballing history are finding themselves facing ruin as a result of massive debt. Much of this can be attributed to the fact, that clubs have found themselves needing to pay extortionate wages in order to attract players to reach the promised land of the Premier League.

Before the TV money came along, it was the people who came through the turnstiles who dictated the success of a club, now their contribution is looked at as little more than small change. The Far East market is an almost bottomless pit of merchandise sales to people who will never set foot in Old Trafford or Stamford Bridge, yet whose money is funding the chasm, which grows wider every season between the haves and have nots.

There is a growing crisis which needs to be addressed in British football, and if it means losing the countries top clubs and returning to the state that existed before Sky arrived then it is a price the sport may have to pay.

Ole’s at The Wheel and Is Rekindling The Spirit Of 1999

It was one of the those classic European nights, one that United fans haven’t witnessed or felt for a very long time. Ole Gunnar Solskjaer’s turnaround at the Red Devils has been immense since taking over from Jose Mourinho.

Having only one loss on his Old Trafford record against last night’s opponents in the first leg, Solskjaer went to the Parc de Princes in old fashioned United blind belief. An early goal gave the fans an instant jolt of ‘We can do this’ followed by the PSG goal which made the task the same as at the first whistle.

Solskjaer’s in-game management was there for all to see, after Lukaku’s second goal – his 6th in the last three matches – United changed shape and it seemed like a clear plan to stay in the game, snuff PSG out until the final 10 mins and then in true Fergie style, throw the kitchen sink at them.

United pressed forward, some decent play in the final third presented Dalot with a chance to shoot. The ball deflected off the defenders arm and out for a corner, before VAR got involved and finally after some serious thought, gave a 94th minute penalty. Rashford stepped up, cool, calm and collected and slotted home from 12 yards.

At the final whistle three things became clear – The first being the players instantly sprinting towards the away section to join in the celebrations, shirts thrown into the crowd and a real sense of togetherness between the playing staff and the fans was there for all to see.

Secondly, Lukaku’s gester to the TV camera’s about writing and speaking before an embrace with Paul Pogba, again showed another sign of togetherness and that not all is what it seems if you are to believe the press this week.

Lastly, in the post match interview with Rashford and Lukaku there seemed a glimpse of a partnership developing between the two. Their words of each others play, the understanding that if one strikers does X, the other does Y. It instantly took me back to a budding Cole/Yorke feel.

With the last minute winners, the counter attacking play, the freedom in which the players play and the crowd bring the atmosphere again – it’s all got the feeling of ’99.

United fans will be hoping it can yield some of the same results.

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