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TRANSFER CHAT: Man City Bid Rejected for Lyon’s Ndombele, Here are Two Alternatives Pep Should Go For Instead

The Premier League trophy is still cooling down after being passed around a jubilant Man City team, and Pep Guardiola is already planning for next season’s title hunt.

Man City for the past two seasons have been a level above everyone else, albeit just this season as Liverpool pushed the Champions close. Pep knows the hunting pack are going to be upping their game in the close season, and have started to act swiftly in the transfer market that opens today.

Knowing that midfield general Ferdandinho is hitting the twilight years of his career, the need to look for a replacement is high on the priority list. Especially with a possible transfer window ban looming above the Etihad.

The man they seem to be targetting is Lyon’s Tanguy Ndombele. The international is creating interest from Europe’s top clubs, hence the quick action taken by the Citizens.

However, Lyon were quick to reject a bid from the Premier League champions. The 45m rated defensive midfielder is one to watch, but Ndombele only arrived at Lyon last summer and could be a hard player to lure away.

Pep maybe should look at these two players instead as alternatives…

Wilfred Ndidi

The Leicester man has filled the hole left by N’Golo Kante a few seasons ago. the youngster has somewhat been under the radar in the Premier League, however, is one of Leicester City’s and the leagues top performing midfielders.

He has plenty of experience in the league and, in no time should adapt to moving a little further up north.

Idrissa Gueye

The Everton midfielder has been a revelation in the Premier League this season under Marco Silva, topping the defensive midfield charts, ahead of the aforementioned Ndidi.

The former Aston Villa man tops the table for the most amount of tackles across Europe in his position; He’s strong, has great anticipation and loves nothing more than breaking up the play.

THE LOWDOWN: Lille’s Nicolas Pepe Linked To Man United, But How Good He Is?

It’s officially the transfer window and, it’s going to be a crazy season in terms of players linked with a move to Old Trafford.

However, one player that many Manchester United fans will be hoping is more than just a rumour, is one of the hottest prospects not only in Ligue 1 but across Europe – Nicolas Pepe.

Ole Gunnar Solskjaer is in need of some quality players, and he will be sure to look at bringing in exciting talent. As the Norwegian bids to reignite the Old Trafford crowd next season, after what was a dismal end to a dismal season.

The Red Devils need a player to play out on the right wing, it’s a position that they have on the whole struggled to fill last season. With no recognised natural squad player within the ranks, it’s got to be on the priority list behind defensive reinforcements.

The Lille player has had one hell of a season, scoring 21 and assisting 11 in his 38 games throughout last campaign. At just 23 years old, the Ivory Coast international is certainly on the tongues of many teams across the leagues.

He’s a dribbling, fast-paced winger, who likes to cut inside and look for the through ball. He has a keen eye for goal and is certainly one that could give the Stretford end that excitement when he gets on the ball.

Currently rated at 36m, Pepe will be going for at least double that in the summer should he leave Lille, especially in today’s market.

Solskjaer should go all out for Pepe, if Ed Woodward can pull it out of the bag it would make the whole league ears prick up. Grabbing a talent like Pepe would be a great signing and, one that can help the Red Devils through their transitional period, with them looking to become more than a sixth-placed team.

THE LOWDOWN: Who is Kalidou Koulibaly and What Can He Bring to Man United

Kalidou Koulibaly has established himself as one of the best centre-backs around in recent season with his impressive performances with Napoli.

Ole Gunnar Solskjaer needs major defensive reinforcements this summer, as it’s been widely reported on. A defensive pairing of Chris Smalling and Phil Jones doesn’t frighten many attackers, and success is built from the back with a decent foundation – As well the Norwegian knows.

In what is going to be a defining window at Old Trafford, a high class and strong defender is going to be high on the priority list.

Looking across Europe, in what is going to be a tight market, they’re not going to be many that are much better than the Senegalese international. With Napoli knowing this and slapping a reported record fee of 150m on his head, despite his 63m rating by Transfermarkt.

The 27-year-old has a strong passing game amongst other attributes, which would be perfect for Solskjaer’s plan of turning defence into attack with his own brand of attacking football. Carlo Ancelotti recently described the defender as one of the best in the world, so his talent is there for all to see and is no wonder United are trying to get him signed up as soon as possible.

He would also come with a wealth of experience under his belt having played Champions League football and featured in a very exciting Napoli side in Serie A.

The Red Devils can not gamble on a defender with potential, they have that already in Victor Lindelof. Solskjaer needs a player that can bring the Swede on, potentially pairing him up with Koulibaly who is entering his peak years could be a stroke of genius if Ole can pull it off.

Man United fans, what do you make of Koulibaly – would he welcomed addition to Old Trafford?

Harry Maguire is Back on Ed Woodward’s Radar, How Would the 40.5m Rated Leicester Man Improve Man Utd

Manchester United are reportedly back in the hunt for Leicester City’s centre back Harry Maguire, with the club looking like they have to top the 75m bid from last year.

Maguire’s stock rose after an impressive World Cup, which prompted the bid from then boss Jose Mourinho with the search for a centre back failing throughout the window. United once again are in the market for defensive reinforcements after a dismal campaign, missing out on Champions League football once again in recent years.

The standard of players United have in the back line is a far cry of the Vidic and Ferdinand days. Maguire is English and a defender that can play also – two major bonuses as they look to get a strong partnership like the one mentioned above.

Last season’s signing Victor Lindelof looks to have settled into the English game after his first full season of adaptation. With a defensive pairing of Lindelof and Maguire, it’s one that may not look strong on paper but two centre backs that have big futures ahead of them.

Solskjaer has to get away from the recent United tradition of signing big named players and look for them 7m Vidic’s, or the bargain-priced Steve Bruce’s of the footballing world. Albeit the market is completely different nowadays. You have to pay a premium for English players, so 75m may seem a bargain in today’s inflated market, especially when you look at rivals Liverpool’s recruitment in Virgil Van Dijk.

It may be hard to prize Maguire away from the Foxes following Brendan Rodgers taking over. The former Premier League champions have looked impressive under Rodgers and, pushed Man City hard on Monday night.

It sounds ridiculous nowadays that Leicester could be more attractive to stay at than going to United, but sadly that at the moment is a harsh truth many Red Devil fans have to deal with.

Man United fans, what do you think?

Is Maguire a missing part of the jigsaw for the Solskjaer?

Champions League Qualifying Failure Means Man United Could Now Miss Out On Jadon Sancho

The Former Manchester City man made the move to Bundesliga giants Borussia Dortmund two summers ago, with playing regular first-team football being the attractive proposition for the young England man.

With his impressive debut season with BVB, Sancho has certainly pricked the ears up of many of Europe’s elite including that of Man City’s rivals Man United in his second season.

Solskjaer was said to be readying a 100m bid for Sancho, to help solve United’s right wing conundrum. However, since the Red Devils have failed to qualify for next season’s Champions League via a top-four spot for the third time in the post Fergie era – this looks unlikely.

This could hugely dent any potential targets United want, with them going into what is arguably their biggest transfer window to date. If United’s transfer policy is to change, and actually recruit well instead of throwing money at big named players in a bid to hope they gel together – targets like Sancho could be out of bounds.

The Englishman has had a season to remember following his move to Germany, a bold move for a young man of 17 at the time. He has seen himself called up to make his international debut for England under Gareth Southgate after his 12 goals and 19 assists across all competitions, have helped Dortmund push Bayern Munich close in this years title race.

The 72m rated winger has strong passing and dribbling skills, alongside his ability to find the back of the net on a regular occasion there’s no wonder he’s one of Europe’s hottest properties. Sancho’s move abroad in hindsight looks like it was the right move for him and hopefully, it has opened the door for more Englishmen to pluck up the courage to do likewise.

However, if Sancho does make the move to the red side of Manchester, it would be a kick in the teeth for the blue side that let him go a couple of years ago.

Man United Should Go For These TWO Defenders Instead if De Ligt Rejects Summer Move

Ajax centre back Matthijs De Ligt has been rumoured to have rejected a 60 million summer move to Old Trafford, just at the time reds boss, Ole Gunnar Solskjaer makes his first attempt to rebuild United’s broken defence.

Sunday’s 1-1 draw at Huddersfield ended their hopes of a top-four finish meaning for the fourth time since Sir Alex Ferguson stepped down from the Old Trafford hot seat, United won’t be playing in Champions League next season.

De Ligt’s Old Trafford snub means that Ole will have to turn to his Plan B options in defence. But who could they be for United as they look to rebuild their squad this summer?

We take a look below…

Harry Maguire

Perhaps not so much a left field option for United, but Maguire will know of the Reds interest, particularly after last summers wild attempt to steal the Englishmen from Leicester City.

Maguire looked the part on Monday night at the Etihad as his side were narrowly defeated 1-0 by reigning Champions Manchester City. This move would be seen as an upgrade for the Foxes men, particularly as Leicester don’t play Champions League or any European football. However, potentially having to go higher than the 75m bid last season, could put the Red Devils off. Whether Maguire would leave this new and exciting Brendan Rodgers project at the 2016 champions could be very doubtful.

Ben Godfrey

The Norwich man has already appeared on www.thefootballmancave.com site before as a potential United signing. Ex-player Rio Ferdinand has already called for club officials to make a move on Godfrey this summer.

The 21-year-old is believed to have sounded a move away from Carrow Road and United could be an offer impossible to turn down. A young British defender with great potential, he hasn’t missed a minute of Championship action since December.

However, whereas with Kalidou Koulibaly from Napoli, United wouldn’t be signing proven talent at the top level. This approach to the transfer market mirrors signings of Chris Smalling and Phil Jones back in 2010 and 2011. This is something Solskjaer will have to consider. Whether signing proven world-class talent or younger players blessed with potential.

Man United Should Let Pogba Go For £160m and Go For Dybala – Agree

One more game to play before the Premier League season comes to a close, fast forward 12 months and the same question as resurfaced yet again, a question that I’m sure Ole Gunnar Solskjaer and the Manchester United hierarchy want answering?

…And that question is will Paul Pogba be a Manchester United player next season or, will he be strutting is stuff at the Bernabeu in front of thousands of Real Madrid fans

With Manchester United failing to secure Champions League football next season, it seems this time around, Pogba’s speculated departure seems a reality.

There’s no doubt that Pogba is a very gifted and talented player who wants to win trophies, and of course, play in the Champions League where he can display his talents to the whole of Europe. However, one thing is for sure Pogba won’t be able to do that whilst still at Manchester United.

With his fellow countryman and icon sat at the helm at Real Madrid, Pogba as now turned his attention, and maybe set is heart on playing for Zidane at Real Madrid, and who can blame him because it’s now or never.

I’d like Pogba to stay at Manchester United and help Ole Gunnar Solskjaer rebuild this club, and be in the mix with Manchester City and Liverpool in winning the Premier League title. After all, Pogba is a product of the academy and he said back in 2016 on his return to Old Trafford, that’s he’s come back home. But sadly I think the pulling power of Zidane and Real Madrid is going to be too good to turn down.

If Pogba as got his heart set on going to Real Madrid, I think Manchester United should accept his wishes and let him go because if he wants to go it’s pretty obvious he doesn’t want to play for Manchester United. With that said, the rumoured 160m Manchester United will receive for Pogba will go towards a replacement, and Pogba could have a part to play in helping recruit his replacement in the form of his ex-teammate and good friend, Paulo Dybala.

I’m an admirer of the Dybala and would like to see the Argentinian ply his trade at Old Trafford, so it excites me that Manchester United are supposedly in talks with Juventus over a sensational £85m swoop for the dynamic Argentinian.

The 25-year-old attacking midfielder, is the complete package, with his quick and creative play. This agile player possesses great technical ability, combined with his ability to beat players in one and one situations. Through his speed on the ball and exceptional dribbling skills, he is capable of creating chances for teammates or scoring goals himself.

He is comfortable in dropping deep and playing off other players. He is known for his stamina and hard-working contributions off the ball while helping out defensively. With his back to goal or running at players, there’s no question that Dybala is a handful to the opposing team.

I’m hoping to see Dybala wearing a Manchester United shirt at Old Trafford next season, showing 75,000 Manchester United fans why he was the man to replace Pogba.

Two Replacements For Pogba Should He Leave For Real Madrid

As the season draws to a close, that means one thing, the transfer window is due to be open, and with that, the transfer rumours run rife.

One transfer rumour that has reared its ugly head yet again is that of Paul Pogba’s future at Manchester United. This time United’s talisman has been linked to a potential move to Real Madrid. Manchester United are unwilling to part ways with there star player, and Ed Woodward will not make it easy for Real Madrid but he may be tempted to sell the French World Cup-winning midfielder if, Real Madrid can stump up £160m.

There’s no doubt that Pogba as bags of talent, and is Man Utd’s best player, but his consistency on the pitch continues to let him down. If the inevitable happens and Pogba does jump ship, one thing is for sure Ole Gunner Solskjær will have to replace him.

Two players Ole should be looking at to replace Pogba, ironically have been dubbed the ‘new Paul Pogba’ and the ‘Serbian Paul Pogba’…

Sergej Milinković-Savić

The Serbian as established himself, in the modern sense of the term, as the complete midfielder. The 24-year-old possesses the physicality and height of a defensive midfielder, but also blends his movements and attacking ability of an attacking midfielder. With his height he can also be a target man, these attributes have earned him the name ‘Paul Pogba of Serbia’

Furthermore, he’s also been compared to previous players such as Yaya Toure and Zinedine Zidane. Sergej has been a stand out performer for Lazio for the past couple of seasons, and with four goals and four assists to his name this season, it’s no surprise that he’s caught the eye of other European clubs including Man Utd.

Rated at 67.5m Sergej Milinkovic-Savic could be an ideal replacement for Pogba.

Tanguy Ndombele

France keeps churning out world-class talent, the latest being Tanguy Ndombele. The 22-year-old Lyon midfielder has already been dubbed the ‘new Paul Pogba’. He is physically mature and possesses incredible dribbling skills, which as akin to ex-Spurs player Moussa Dembele. The Lyon man also has raw power and accurate dribbling which is so rare.

Boasting 5.65 dribbles per game with an 81.6% completion rate, Ndombele is a natural and dangerous dribbler. The young Frenchman is also an accurate passer of the ball, with 52.22 passes per game at an impressive 89.1% success rate, Ndombele has the ability to cut open sides and manipulate possession, alongside 8.66 successful passes into the final third, Ndombele is a progressive passer.

This is what makes him different to the ex-Spurs man Dembele. Simply put he is a powerhouse, and if he decides to leave Lyon and his homeland and chooses the right move he could set the world alight. With teams such as Man City, Juventus and Spurs keeping tabs on this talented midfielder, Man Utd will have a fight on their hands in securing his signature, but it’s a fight worth taking as Tanguy Ndombele would easily fill the boots of Paul Pogba.

Manchester United Lock Horns With The Old Lady For Ruben Dias Signature

As the season draws to a close, Ole Gunnar Solskjaer will already have one eye firmly on the transfer window, where he’ll be looking to strengthen the squad.

One area, in particular, he’ll be looking to rebuild and strengthen is the leaky defence. One person Solskjaer will be looking to recruit is Benfica’s highly rated young prospect Ruben Dias.

However, with Juventus also keeping a close eye on the Portuguese wonder kid, Manchester United will have to battle it out with the Old Lady, who have recently secured their eighth successive Serie A title, to secure Ruben Dias signature.

The 21-year-old defender has been a stand out performer this season for Benfica. Having scored four goals, and two assists in 45 appearances this season for Benfica. It’s no surprise that this young defender is valued at 28m by transfermarkt and, has caught the eye of both Man Utd and Juventus.

Dias is contracted to Benfica until 2023 only having penned a new contract at the start of the season. The defender loves to play a short pass out of the defence, however, his concentration within a game can often let him down. This will get better with age as will his tackling, with Dias prone to fouling often with a little over-eagerness.

The Red Devils may already have the edge with Benfica after, they allowed Victor Lindelof to transfer to the North West last summer under Jose Mourinho. The Swedish centre-back has flourished this year and United fans can start to see a glimpse of what kind of defender he can be, they’ll hopefully be getting the same from Dias.

Juventus are looking to replace ageing defenders, such as Giorgio Chiellini, if Dias decides to go Juventus he’ll be alongside some seasoned defenders who will bring him along. Manchester United need an experienced commanding defender to play alongside Lindelof, but can a Dias/Lindelof partnership work and, has he got the attributes Manchester United need in a defender?

Man United fans what do you think?

The Lowdown on Joao Felix as Man United Look To Secure His Signature

Manchester United boss Ole Gunnar Solskjaer is looking to secure one of the hottest properties in Europe this Summer in Joao Felix.

Felix has been linked to Old Trafford, as the Red Devils look to bring in the freshest and hottest talent around. Solskjaer has a huge job rebuilding the squad this summer transfer, and the recruitment of Felix would certainly send a message of intent out.

Having a goal ratio of just under one in every two matches, the Benfica star has certainly caught the attention of many of the elite European clubs. Hence the reason United want to get the deal signed and done as quick as possible.

The 31.5m rated star can play in a variety of positions, however, his most prolific role is in front of goal as a forward where he has bagged 14 goals and seven assists in 20 games.

The Portuguese man’s strength is to hold on to the ball until the killer pass is ready, and is a big handful on the counter-attack – which would suit Solskjaer style of play.

There are no visible weaknesses for the 19-year-old but the glaring one is experience, which will come with age. Benfica has a rich history of youngsters coming through the ranks, and Felix is just another name to add to the list.

He is yet to make his international debut but, he has scored four goals in his ten appearances for Portuguese u21s.

This is all not bad, considering he only made his debut last August. Obviously, there have been many comparisons to Cristiano Ronaldo, which is always going heighten the hype. Nevertheless, Felix has certainly put himself on the map this season and looks as if he could be one of Europe’s brightest talents.

Man United fans should get very excited if this lad moves to the Premier League, and is one to light up the stands at Old Trafford.

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