Manchester United should not hesitate to sign Everton Soares from Gremio
The 22-year-old is contracted to the club till 2022 but the Brazilian has hinted that he will be open to joining a Premier League club next summer. (h/t Mirror)
The 22-year-old Brazilian has been one of the hottest young prospects in the Brazilian top flight for quite some time now. In fact, he seems to have taken his game to a new level this season, scoring 10 goals and providing 3 assists.
Soares has earned rave reviews for his hugely improved performances this season and his stocks have soared even higher after he was handed his international debut for Brazil in the friendlies against the United States and El Salvador.
A technically-gifted and tactically versatile attacking midfielder who is also capable of operating as a wide forward, Soares has that typical Brazilian essence in his style of play. Known for his mesmerizing dribbling skills and his ability to light up the scene with moments of brilliance, his end product has improved a lot over the course of the last couple of seasons.
A fleet-footed forward, Soares likes to take on the defenders with his dribbling and uses his awareness and vision to exploit the half-spaces in the final third. He is also a crisp passer of the ball and has the ability to set his teammates into free spaces with incisive through balls.
The 22-year-old is also adept at using his agility and athleticism to cut inside from the left and is adept at testing the goalkeeper with powerful shots from range.
To put things into perspective, United need more depth in their attacking options to achieve a better goalscoring record. Alexis Sanchez has shown glimpses of his brilliance but the Chilean hasn’t had the impact that Jose Mourinho would have liked.
On the other hand, Romelu Lukaku’s failure to find the net on a consistent basis this season has rendered United short of options up front. Juan Mata hasn’t been at the top of his game either and Jesse Lingard has struggled with injuries.
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Anthony Martial has been the brightest spark of United’s otherwise tottering campaign so far. The Frenchman has delivered the goods in recent weeks but United need more firepower to challenge for a top-four spot this season.
And Gremio’s starlet Everton Soares is a player destined for big things in the coming days. However, United would have to fight it out with their city rivals if they want to snap him up in January or next summer. The Citizens have been making all the noise this season but United should look to have the final say in this transfer tussle.
Man City would pull off an immensely shrewd move by rekindling interest in this immaculate 23-year-old midfielder
Manchester City Opinion: Why Julian Weigl will be a smart addition for City?
Pep Guardiola has made a massive difference since arriving at Manchester City three years ago. His first season at the Etihad Stadium went trophyless, but there were signs of massive improvement for City. The Spaniard’s philosophy was clear; he has slowly but steadily has got rid of the entire deadwood at the club and replaced them with younger, hungrier talents.
And as things stand, Guardiola has helped Manchester City win back-to-back Premier League titles. The Spanish tactician’s team are on course for an unprecedented treble of domestic trophies this season ahead of the FA Cup final against Watford.
But, the Cityzens were knocked out of the Champions League on away goals at the quarter-final stage by Tottenham this term, after falling to Liverpool at the same round last time around.
The Champions League trophy has eluded Guardiola at City yet again and that could see the Mancunian club look for reinforcements in the summer transfer window. One of the important areas the City manager should look at this summer is the midfield, with Ilkay Gundogan already refusing a new contract at the club.
Gundogan has been one of City’s most important players in their title triumph this season, especially due to Fernandinho’s recurrent injury problems. But he is out of contract at the end of next season and talks over a new deal have stalled and unless that changes quickly, City may have to consider cashing in on the German this summer.
Also, with Fernandinho and David Silva ageing, Guardiola has to plan a massive revamp of his midfield. That said, one player City must look at is Borussia Dortmund midfield anchor Julian Weigl, who was heavily linked with a move to the Etihad last summer.
Julian Weigl, 23, was once regarded as one of the biggest stars of German football after his emergence at 1860 Munich. His performances at 1860 Munich saw him get picked up by Dortmund in 2015 and at the Signal Iduna Park as he established himself as one of the best young midfielders.
However, in the last 18 months or so, the 23-year-old’s stock has gone down. Injuries and lack of form has stalled Weigl’s career at Dortmund, with the 23-year-old managing just managing 25 and 17 league appearances in the past two seasons.
Perhaps, a move away from Dortmund will help the five-cap Germany international revive his career. That being said, Manchester City must reignite their interest and sign Weigl this summer.
Weigl will boost City’s options in midfield, whilst being a potential long-term replacement for Fernandinho. An excellent passer of the ball, the 23-year-old combines his technical qualities with his work rate, energy and vision to dictate the tempo of games.
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He is a clever player, known for his uncanny ability to pick the right passes in the offensive third of the pitch. All in all, Weigl would be a fantastic fit in Pep Guardiola’s system.
Weigl is incredibly talented and has a long way to go before he hits prime, which is why Manchester City should take full advantage right now.
Great job Sarri – These 3 nail-biting matches were the turning point in Chelsea’s march to a 3rd-place finish
Chelsea Opinion: 3 moments of the season that led the Blues to 3rd place
Chelsea are one of the many English clubs who are currently going through a period of transition and while sides like Tottenham have found it difficult to maintain that high level of football on a consistent basis, Chelsea’s attacking wealth means that they too must begin to look back on their season with pride.
Although the Blues started the season on fire under the managership of Maurizio Sarri, as time wore on, the intensity of the Blues football dropped too. While they were able to blow teams away from within the opening 10 minutes of fixtures in August and even September, after that period, they began to struggle.
As usual, Chelsea’s biggest grey-area was the striker’s role of course. Alvaro Morata was brought in to solve this issue and if anything, he made it a lot worse. More recently though, since the arrival of Gonzalo Higuain, the Blues have looked a shot sharper going forward and some of his goals have been vital as Chelsea hunt for Europa League glory this season.
Here are the 3 moments that secured 3rd place for Chelsea:
Chelsea 2-0 Manchester City
The high-profile fixture between Pep Guardiola’s tactically sound Manchester City side and the Blues resulted in a fairly surprising result that most people didn’t expect. Not only did Chelsea win, they achieved the almost unthinkable feat of keeping the forwards from the Etihad Stadium at bay.
Goals from David Luiz and World Cup winner N’Golo Kante were enough to see a 2-0 victory on the night. While they gladly took the 3 points, it was a match which proved a couple of things to the rest of the league – that Manchester City weren’t unbeatable and that Chelsea were a force to be reckoned with.
Manchester City 6-0 Chelsea
In the reverse fixture of what was probably their worst game of the season, they were dealt an absolute tactical masterclass by Pep Guardiola who set up his City side in such an attacking manner that the Chelsea defence didn’t know what hit them.
A brace for Raheem Sterling and a hat-trick for Sergio Aguero topped off an emphatic 6-0 victory at the Etihad Stadium. This result came as a real wake up call to everyone involved at the football club. The realisation that they still have a long way to go before they can compete with City has certainly had a positive effect on the players.
Chelsea 1-1 Eintracht Frankfurt (4-3 penalties win)
Chelsea’s latest European fixture was a spectacular win against high-flying Bundesliga outfit Eintracht Frankfurt who boast players like Sebastian Haller and Luka Jovic. Although they were trumped by the Germans for a majority of the tie, they showed great resilience in the second half to keep the tie at 1-1.
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The game went to penalties and it was the Belgian skipper Eden Hazard who stepped up to score what could well have been his final goal at Stamford Bridge. Chelsea have now set up a Europa League final tie against Arsenal in Baku in the coming weeks and have the opportunity to give Maurizio Sarri what would be his first ever professional trophy.
10 goals, 5 assists – Arsenal beating Man City to sign this 22-year-old dynamo would help Emery build a solid future
Arsenal Opinion: Gunners should try to beat Man City in the race to sign Joe Aribo
The Sun understands that Charlton are desperate to try and convince the 22-year-old to sign a new contract at The Valley, with reports claiming that manager Lee Bowyer is hopeful of retaining the services of his star midfielder.
Aribo has been one of the key driving forces behind Charlton’s march to the League One playoffs this season, contributing with 10 goals and 5 assists in all competitions for the Addicks.
Most recently, the 22-year-old put in a wonderful performance and scored in the 2-1 victory over Doncaster in the first leg of semi-finals in the League One playoffs to give Charlton the upper hand in the tie.
Aribo rose to prominence with Staines Town in the Isthmian League and won the club’s Academy Player of the Year award in 2014 before joining Charlton Athletic in September 2015. He struggled for regular minutes in his first couple of seasons at the club but has really come of age for the Addicks in the third-tier this time around.
The youngster’s scintillating run of form has put him on the radar of top Premier League club like Man City and Arsenal, who are keen to groom the youngster and get the best out of him. With the Premier League giants circling around like sharks, Charlton are going to find it increasingly difficult to keep hold of their prized asset even if they secure promotion to the Championship, particularly with his contract expiring in the summer.
Essentially a central midfielder by trade, Aribo is also capable of playing out wide on the flanks and has caught the eye with his raw pace, power, drive, determination and work-rate. He is a tremendous athlete who likes to drive at the opposition with his pace and power, and has a good eye for a pass too.
Aribo is not quite the finished article just yet but he has the attributes and the potential to develop into a Premier League quality player, as evident from his links with Arsenal and Man City. He has only risen to prominence this season in League One but the potential has been there for everybody to witness.
Aribo’s metahporic rise is a clear testament to the amount of work that Charlton have put in developing the youngster at the club. The likes of Ezri Konsa, now at Brentford in the Championship and Karlan Grant, who currently plies his trade with Huddersfield Town are amongst those to have successfully made the jump and Aribo might be the next in the queue.
To put things into perspective, Arsenal should look to beat Man City in the race to sign the talented midfielder on a free transfer this summer. Even if a move does materialize, Aribo wouldn’t be in contention for a first-team role and the Gunners are likely to draft him into their U-23 squad to further his development.
Academy stars like Joe Willock, Emile Smith-Rowe, Eddie Nketiah and Bukayo Saka have been given opportunities in the first team by Unai Emery and Aribo might get his chance too if he manages to impress for the youth and reserve sides.
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Traditionally, Arsenal have a good record when it comes to transforming youngsters into first-team players and Aribo is definitely a very talented youngster who can make the step up to the Premier League in due course of time. To conclude, Arsenal should sign him in a bid to increase competition in their young ranks and strengthen their reserves.
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