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Man United In Advanced Talks For Kluivert

Manchester United are in advanced talks to sign Justin Kluivert from Ajax in a 10 million pound deal according to reports.

Kluivert, who only turns 19 in May, was part of the Ajax squad that faced Manchester United in the Europa League final last year, and is a player Jose Mourinho is long said to have admired. Playing off his favoured left side, Kluivert is considered one of the best up and coming talents in European football and with his contract up next year Manchester United could be well placed to pick up a bargain. Especially when Manchester United’s favourite agent Mino Raiola is also Kluivert’s agent.

So how would Kluivert fit in at Manchester United? At just under five foot eight Kluivert isn’t the biggest, but he has blistering pace and loves to dribble. In Premier League terms his style isn’t dissimilar to an Eden Hazard when he’s in full flow, but to suggest he’s on that level yet would be jumping the gun. Caution should always be taken when hyping up young players from any league and Manchester United will know only too well that a superstar in the making from the Dutch league isn’t a guaranteed ticket to success in the Premier League. Memphis Depay anyone?

Whether United truly are in for Kluivert remains to be seen. But with his contract up in just over a year, Mourinho an admirer, and Mino Raiola his agent, there’s already a number of positives in Manchester United’s favour.

Mourinho Reveals Summer Transfer Targets

Jose Mourinho has indicated he will sign two midfielders this summer, as he looks to strengthen an area that currently looks bereft of ideas and cohesion.

With Michael Carrick retiring Mourinho already knew he’d need to bring in at least one midfield replacement this summer. However, with Marouane Fellaini yet to sign a new contract and free to leave in the summer that would force Mourinho in to making two midfielder signings.

With Paul Pogba, Nemanja Matic, Ander Herrera and Scott McTominay Mourinho’s only midfield options if Carrick and Fellaini leave, it’s not hard to see why United will need strengthen. Even with Fellaini and Carrick Manchester United currently look decidedly lightweight in the midfield, and many United fans feel that Mourinho should already have been prioritising the midfield area regardless of departures.

With the January transfer window shut Mourinho will have to wait until the summer to remedy the issue and that at least gives him a few months to assess his options and scout the possibilities.

So who might be on Mourinho’s scouting list? Milinković-Savić of Lazio, Jorginho of Napoli, Seri of Nice, and Fabinho of Monaco are four names that instantly spring to mind and with the current state of Manchester United’s midfield any two from that four would certainly improve Mourinho’s options. Although it shouldn’t be forgotten that Mourinho likes players who are established in the premier league and there are some suggestions that he’ll go back for Eric Dier from Tottenham if as many expect, Tottenham fail to qualify for the Champions League and a mass exodus ensues.

Mourinho Hands Klopp Manager of the Month

Jose Mourinho was nailed on to be January’s manager of the month. Premier League wins over Everton, Stoke and Burnley meant that a draw or better against Spurs would have guaranteed Mourinho a first manager of the month award of the season and broken his big rival Pep Guardiola’s unprecedented four in a row winning streak.

And whilst Guardiola is still highly unlikely to win the award for January, Mourinho’s tactical nightmare at Spurs looks to have handed the award to another rival in Jurgen Klopp.

Of all the premier league managers Klopp, Mourinho and Guardiola have the best record in January with three wins and one loss. However, with Guardiola’s one loss coming against Liverpool that surely counts Guardiola out as a contender? To give the award to Pep over a manager who beat him would be extremely dubious. So with Guardiola out of the running it’s a straight race between Mourinho and Klopp.

Klopp’s record reads wins over Burnley away, City home, Huddersfield away and then a loss to Swansea away with 9 goals scored and 5 conceded.
Mourinho’s record reads wins over Everton away, Stoke home, Burnley away and then a loss to Spurs away with 6 goals scored and 2 conceded.

When analysing the above a fair conclusion would be that Mourinho should still be awarded his first manager of the month award for the season. United and Liverpool mirrored each other’s results against Burnley and when you look at the fixtures United’s are definitely the tougher run of games with a more even spread of goals that highlight a strong defence and decent attack. Liverpool have scored more goals but with five goals conceded the stats show a side that is very imbalanced.

Don’t expect logic or fairness to win out when the award is handed out tomorrow though. The focus the Premier League panel will undoubtedly put on Liverpool beating City and ending their unbeaten run will not be ignored and will ultimately hand Klopp the award.

It’s an extremely close call but Mourinho only has himself to blame. A perfect January was destroyed by some suspect tactical decisions against Spurs that United should have comfortably expected at least a draw from. Oh well, there’s always next month.

Anthony Martial’s Future in Doubt Again!

Anthony Martial’s future at Manchester United has been thrown in to doubt again by Jose Mourinho’s recent actions.

Arguably Manchester United’s player of the season, Martial has excelled on the left hand side of United’s attack providing numerous goals and assists that like Burnley a couple of weeks ago, have turned out to be match winning contributions. However, with the signing of Alexis Sanchez, Martial immediately found himself shoved out to the right hand side against Tottenham, to allow Sanchez to take up his position on the left hand side of the attack.

What message that sends to Martial’s confidence only time will tell, especially when he’s worked tirelessly this season to impress a publicly sceptical Mourinho and delivered the goods.
Martial was back on the left hand side for the second half against Spurs, with Alexis Sanchez moving in the number ten position. But it again it raises the question of how much does Jose Mourinho truly trust and rate Anthony Martial?

It’s been a bumpy ride for Martial over the last eighteen months under Jose with Mourinho constantly criticising Martial whilst championing the more limited talents of Fellaini, Lingard and Rashford. Anthony Martial is without question one of the most exciting young forwards in world football and a firm fan favourite with the majority of Manchester United fans. But Mourinho doesn’t appear to share that excitement for Martial and ultimately it’s Mourinho who will dictate Martial’s Manchester United future.

Signing Alexis Sanchez was a huge statement by the club. But even signing a player of Sanchez’s calibre would be viewed as a waste of time by most fans if that signing was made to replace Martial, who was already established as United’s player of the season elect. Sanchez is required in one of United’s weaker attacking positions as either a right sided attacker or a number ten. But maybe Mourinho has other plans? And those plans may not involve Anthony Martial? Much to the frustration of many Manchester United fans.

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Alexis Sanchez in Straight Swap For Mkhitaryan

Alexis Sanchez will join Manchester United in a straight swap deal with Henrikh Mkhitaryan.

There had been talk earlier in the week that Manchester United would pay up to 25 million pounds plus Mkhitaryan to take Sanchez away from Arsenal but it appears Ed Woodward has played hardball with Arsenal and pulled off a deal that places even more scrutiny on Manchester City’s withdrawal over money concerns. It appears more and more likely that Alexis Sanchez simply chose the bigger club in Manchester United.

But whilst Manchester City can turn their open chequebook towards another big signing, the cold hard reality for Arsenal is they were never in a position of strength with Sanchez being out of contract in May and Manchester United clearly used this to their advantage in the negotiations. With both players expected to complete medicals tomorrow and be publicly unveiled by their new clubs, Arsenal fans will no doubt try and see the positive in the recruitment of Mkhitaryan. However, the harsh truth is, like with Robin Van Persie, United are stealing Arsenal’s most precious asset for next to nothing and in return are providing them with a player they no longer want.

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Raiola Holds Up Sanchez to Manchester United Deal

Mino Raiola, Henrikh Mkhitaryan’s agent, is now reportedly the biggest factor in the Alexis Sanchez to Manchester United deal. So who is Mino Raiola and how has he become more powerful than Manchester United in this deal?

Alex Ferguson was never a fan of super agent Mino Raiola and blamed him for the loss of Paul Pogba to Juventus, but in recent years Manchester United have been more than happy to feed Raiola’s ego in return for the likes of Pogba, Zlatan, Mkhitaryan and Lukaku.

In the case of Mkhitaryan, it now looks like Raiola could be come the obstacle Sir Alex always said he was….

Alexis Sanchez to Manchester United is a deal that’s been limping on all week and the latest suggestion is that Mino Raiola is the man holding it up. Sanchez and United agreed their part of the deal last weekend, with full details of his wage and signing on fee leaked on Wednesday. However, a deal cannot be achieved until Manchester United and Arsenal agree on the fee, and with Arsenal wanting a player, Mkhitaryan, instead of cash, this is where Raiola comes in and wields his power.

So much power that it’s now being suggested by those close to the deal that it’s up to Raiola if Mkhitaryan goes to Arsenal or not. If Raiola decides it’s good for his client, it will happen. If he doesn’t like the deal it won’t. What that means for Sanchez and United remains to be seen. But it’s another example of the power agents now hold in football and it doesn’t take much guesswork to predict that the biggest factor in whether this deal will go ahead or not will be money.

With Mkhitaryan and Raiola guaranteed to make more money from this deal than they would if he stayed at United on his current contract, or returned to Dortmund who don’t have the financial pull of Arsenal, it’s pretty certain Mkhitaryan will move to Arsenal. But not until Raiola is happy that the slice of the pie he and his client get are to his liking and size.

Alexis Sanchez To Make Manchester United Debut Against Burnley

Alexis Sanchez will make his Manchester United debut against Burnley on Saturday according to reports. The premier league deadline for players to be registered with clubs for the weekend fixtures is midday on Friday, and with two full days to complete the deal Manchester United are confident they can hand Alexis Sanchez his debut in the tough away fixture at Burnley.

Debate still rages on as to how the Alexis Sanchez to Manchester United deal will be structured. The ideal choice for Manchester United and Arsenal is that Henrikh Mkhitaryan features in the deal. This allows Arsenal to bring in a much needed player to replace Sanchez and it allows Manchester United to offload Mkhitaryan, who clearly no longer has a future at the club. However, Mkhitaryan’s resistance to the deal and Mino Raiola’s unrealistic wage demands could scupper this preferred option. That would not ultimately prevent the Sanchez to Manchester United deal going ahead though. Manchester United are willing to pay a straight 35 million for Sanchez, so if Mkhitaryan doesn’t feature in the deal there should be no problem in getting the deal over the line by Friday.

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Fellaini to Quit Manchester United

Marouane Fellaini will quit Manchester United this summer for a new challenge according to reports.

Out of contract this month and free to arrange a deal with any club outside the Premier League, Fellaini’s future has long been one of concern for Jose Mourinho and Manchester United.

Manchester United now find themselves in the strange situation where a player with Fellaini’s limited qualities effectively has them begging him to stay. So much so that Jose Mourinho is still hoping he can persuade Fellaini to stay on their current trip to Dubai.

However, it is understood that Fellaini wants a new challenge away from Manchester United. And whilst this thirst for a new challenge may well be driven by the fact that he’s a free agent and can expect substantial wages at his new club and a signing on fee running in to millions, the reality is Marouane Fellaini is somewhat of a divider when it comes to Manchester United fan opinion.

Whilst some will miss the big man’s no nonsense approach and effort levels, others will rejoice in the departure of a player who symbolises the route one direct football many United fans detest.

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Man United Willing to Pay £40M for Tottenham’s Danny Rose

Man United want 40 Million Danny Rose

Manchester United are still finding the rhythm in overtaking Man City in the Premier League. In order to do this, it’s reported that Jose Mourinho is eyeing Tottenham’s Danny Rose.

Reports have it that the possible transfer deal is worth £40 million, making this one of the biggest transfers this year.

Rose has already been eyed by Man United for some time. However, the possibility of the transfer moving forward were bleak, until now. Rumors about his interest in a move to the Reds have been swirling around the media for months. However, he decided to make it official as he stated in an interview that he would welcome any opportunity to move to another team if it means having higher chances of winning more trophies. And now, Manchester United is seeing this interest as an opportunity for them to increase their chances of getting a Premier League title.

Unfortunately, things don’t seem to be in sync when looking at the Spurs’ inner circle. Daniel Levy, Tottenham’s chief, says that he wouldn’t let any transfers push through, especially
when it comes to selling their most cherished possessions free. He says that this would just strengthen their rival teams, and he wouldn’t let it happen.

However, it’s not just Man United wishing to get Rose to play for their team. Along with the Reds, Juventus, Real Madrid, and Paris Saint-Germain are also hoping to attract the 27-year-
old. But out of the four clubs, the one who’s most aggressive is Manchester United. One source says that Jose Mourinho likes the playing style of Rose. It’s even said that the United coach is
expecting to have him early next year because of his natural fondness with the footballer.

And even though the relationship between Tottenham and Man United aren’t the best, it still boils down to money at the end of the day. This means that if the price is right for both clubs, then there are no reasons to doubt that the transfer won’t happen.

So, what’s up with the Spurs? Well, it’s safe to say that Pochettino’s decisions are still a big factor in the transfer. In his statement, he says that Rose isn’t in perfect shape as he just
recovered from a 10-month- long rehabilitation due to an injury. Though this is based on facts, one can easily say that this might be one of Pochettino’s tactics so that the other teams would look elsewhere. But if ever Danny Rose makes his way to Man United, then this would also mean Luke Shaw going to Tottenham.

Surprisingly, the Red Devils are more than willing to let this happen. And what’s even more surprising is that they’re prepared to pay a hefty sum of money just to get Rose to the team.
How much? £40 million!

And is it worth it? Well, it seems like it is. With a passing success percentage of 88.9% and an overall rating of 6.44, one can see that Rose’s statistics is way above average. The Englishman
is also pretty good when it comes to aerial duels, dribbling, and tackling. Plus, he’s a gifted defender. All of these traits are complementary to what Man United needs. And now that they’re trailing Manchester City’s strong 1/8 odds, it makes sense for them to double their efforts.

One way of doing that is by getting Rose to the team as soon as possible. The Red Devils are currently seated at the Premier League’s second spot with 14/1 odds to spare. But Chelsea and Tottenham are nearing them with 18/1 and 20/1 odds. To avoid them being stepped over by other teams, they need a legit defender/midfielder. Who is it? It might be Danny Rose.

So, when this transfer happens, it’ll then be highly recommended for you to bet on Man Unitedgames from the top UK betting sites. Why? It’s because their chances of title-contention are stronger than ever. That is if the transfer does happen, of course.

Ross Barkley Perfect For Manchester United

Ross Barkley would be perfect for Manchester United. Not the words you’ll here from the majority of Manchester United fans, but listen carefully and more and more fans are starting to think Barkley could be exactly what United need.

Barkley is one of those players that seems to have been around forever. But at only 23 years of age that’s another string to Barkley’s bow that could benefit a club like United who have been caught woefully short of midfielders this last few weeks. Plenty of Premier League experience, creative, fast, strong, Barkley ticks many boxes in the search for a midfielder who can come to Old Trafford and offer some much needed squad depth and exuberance. He’s also played with Lukaku and has an understanding of what Lukaku likes in relation to crossing and through balls.

Add in to the above that Barkley’s a free agent in May and the question has to be why aren’t Mourinho and United all over this deal? Tottenham and Chelsea are both very keen so it’s not like Barkley isn’t admired by other big clubs.

The issue lies in Barkley’s inconsistency and a question mark over whether he has the scope to improve. There’s no question that on his day Barkley can be the shining light on the pitch, the issue is there’s been too many games for Everton where that light has gone missing. Mourinho was an admirer of Barkley from his Chelsea days but as with Renato Sanches we’ve already seen that Mourinho’s admiration for a player can come full circle in less than twelve months if he sees traits he doesn’t like. But with Pochettino interested, it’s fair to say that Barkley with the right management can take that next step and become one of the league’s best performing attacking midfielders.

The question is will Manchester United put their hat in the ring for Barkley? Personally I think they should. Especially with all the rumours that United don’t actually have that much money to spend. A player of Barkley’s potential for free is a no brainer.


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