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Another Sanchez story? Here is why Man United must avoid signing this 29-year-old La Liga attacker at all costs

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Manchester United Opinion: Why United should avoid signing Gareth Bale?

According to Spanish football expert, Andrew Gaffney, Real Madrid star Gareth Bale could be offered to Manchester United and Paris Saint-Germain in the upcoming summer transfer window.

The Wales international, 29, has endured a tough season at the Santiago Bernabeu, scoring just eight league goals in a season which was supposed to see him take over the mantle as Real Madrid’s main man following Cristiano Ronaldo’s departure to Juventus.

Real have had a difficult season in the La Liga and are set to end the season third in the table, without a single trophy. The Spanish giants’ poor form has seen Zinedine Zidane return as manager.

Zidane and Gareth Bale had a rocky relationship during the Frenchman’s first stint at the club, and his return at the Santiago Bernabeu is likely to spell the end of the Welsh winger.

The Los Blancos are keen to offload the 29-year-old superstar in the summer, as Zidane wants to make wholesale changes at the club following their underwhelming 2018/19 campaign. That being said, should Manchester United sign Bale?

Manchester United finished a full 32 points behind their city rivals and eventual champions Manchester City – the same difference between themselves and Cardiff in 18th in the 2018/19 campaign.

Ole Gunnar Solskjaer made an immediate impact when he replaced Jose Mourinho as the manager in December; however, since being appointed permanently in March, results have been awful.

The Red Devils won just two of their final 12 fixtures, taking just a point from relegated duo Huddersfield Town and Cardiff City in their final two games to slump into sixth place in the Premier League table.

Given the miserable season, Solskjaer is expected to bring in reinforcements over the summer. The Norwegian tactician wants to conclude his transfer business by July 1, as he wants everyone in for the pre-season.

United have had problems on the right wing for some years now, with Solskjaer’s squad lacking an out-and-out right wide-man. Bale, in that sense, could be the answer to their problems but Solskjaer should avoid splashing the cash on him.

The Welshman is set to turn 30 in July and will at the most have three years to offer at the highest level.

He has had recurrent injury problems for the past three seasons at Madrid and rarely makes the starting XI when fit. The former Tottenham ace would cost a lot of money in the transfer fee as well as in the wages.

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United have had to go through a nightmarish time following Alexis Sanchez’s signing and they don’t need another superstar just to cling onto wages and underperform.

Verdict

Thus, the addition of Bale, who has struggled at Real Madrid, is just not worth for Solskjaer’s United.

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Arsenal

Arsenal plotting an audacious swoop to sign this 27-year-old Real Madrid dynamo would solve Emery’s wing woes

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Arsenal Opinion: Why the Gunners should make a move for Lucas Vazquez

According to a report from Spanish news outlet Mundo Deportivo, Arsenal are interested in signing Real Madrid winger Lucas Vazquez.

Zinedine Zidane is expected to swing the axe after a dismal 2018/19 campaign at the Santiago Bernabeu, with some players expected to be sold after a rare trophy-less campaign for the Spanish heavyweights. But Lucas Vazquez is one player Zidane will be desperate to keep hold of.

The report claim Arsenal aren’t the only club interested in the Spanish international. Liverpool are also in the running for the winger, who managed 47 appearances across all competitions last season, bagging five goals and four assists.

Arsenal were ever so close to returning to the Champions League but some really poor performances during the business end of the campaign coupled with the chastening defeat at the hands of Chelsea in the Europa League final in Baku ruined their chances of a return to Europe’s most elite competition. Unai Emery faces a big summer transfer window ahead of him and he’ll have to recruit smartly from the limited funds allocated to him.

The Gunners desperately need a couple of wide players, with Mesut Ozil and Henrikh Mkhitaryan being deployed there at times despite not being natural wingers. And as expected, they haven’t delivered the goods, while the team’s only natural wide-man in Alex Iwobi has blown hot and cold. Thus, Emery has to solve the issue ahead of the new campaign and a player like Lucas Vazquez would fit the bill perfectly at the Emirates.

A right-winger by trade, Vazquez also operates as a right-back and right wing-back at Madrid when required, which shows his versatility. The 27-year-old has pace and energy in abundance that allows him to beat his marker. He is also a decent dribbler and is an excellent outlet to have during counter-attacking threats.

The Spaniard may not be the most technically gifted player but his commitment, energy, desire and work ethic are second to none. Vazquez’s work-rate and versatility will definitely be pleasing to Unai Emery and his ability to have a real impact in the forward areas of the pitch will bolster the Gunners’ chances of challenging the likes of Manchester City and Liverpool for the Premier League title.

Not to forget, Vazquez has also won three Champions League titles with Madrid. So, his experience and winning attitude in the Arsenal dressing room would come handy.

Verdict

Vazquez would be an excellent addition to the Arsenal side that has been over-reliant on the services of their two centre-forwards.

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The Spanish international’s work-rate, experience, winning mentality and versatility would make him a real asset at the Emirates and hence, Arsenal must do everything possible to beat Liverpool to the 27-year-old’s signature.

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West Ham would strike gold by reviving interest in this 26-year-old La Liga ace – only if Issa Diop chooses to exit

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West Ham Opinion: Why the Hammers should go for Ibrahim Amadou?

According to a report from The Telegraph, West Ham have rejected a £45million from Manchester United for their defender Issa Diop.

Manchester United are desperate to add a centre-back to their team this summer and Diop is the latest player they have been linked to.

The French defender had a great first season in the Premier League with West Ham and has caught the attention of United, who are rebuilding their squad under Ole Gunnar Solskjaer after a disappointing sixth-placed finish last season.

The Hammers don’t want to sell Diop, who arrived at the London stadium from Toulouse last summer, and are demanding £75million to ward off the Red Devils’ interest, the report adds. However, given United’s absolute necessity to sign a central defender, there is a chance of them forking out such a huge amount to prise the defender away to Old Trafford.

Hence, Manuel Pellegrini would be wise to start plotting potential replacements for Diop, who is understood to be close to a call-up to the France squad. Given the current situation, West Ham should reignite their interest in Sevilla defender Ibrahim Amadou.

Back in January 2018, the Birmingham Mail reported that West Ham were interested in signing Ibrahim Amadou, who was then plying his trade for LOSC Lille. But a move didn’t materialise then and Amadou went onto join Sevilla last summer.

The French defender, 26, had an injury-hit debut campaign with Sevilla where he managed just 17 appearances in the La Liga. In all, he made 32 appearances and scored a goal. Amadou was mostly used in his preferred position—defensive midfield—but he is also adept at playing in central defence.

The 26-year-old is a versatile player, who is strong, powerful and aerially excellent with good technical abilities. A robust, hard-working and tenacious customer on the pitch, Amadou has the ability to control the game with his good range of passing and game-reading when deployed in the holding midfielder’s role.

As a centre-back, he uses his no-nonsense approach to keep things tight, which makes him a good fit for either role.

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West Ham have already signed three players so far this summer as Pellegrini looks to break into the top six next season. And with Diop on the radar of Manchester United, the Hammers must think of potentially replacing him with Amadou.

Verdict

The addition of an experienced and dynamic defender like Amadou, who can add a little bit of freshness to the backline, could be exactly what Pellegrini’s side needs this summer.

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Manchester United

23 goals, 17 assists – Here’s why Man Utd must rekindle interest in this 27-year-old ace with €18m release clause

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Manchester United Opinion: Why Man United must go for Pablo Sarabia?

Manchester United’s rebuild under Ole Gunnar Solskjaer is finally up and running, as the club completed the signing of Wales winger Daniel James from Swansea City on Wednesday.

James, 21, signed a five-year contract at Old Trafford, with the option to extend by a further year, to become manager Ole Gunnar Solskjaer’s first signing in charge of the Red Devils.

The Reds’ disappointing sixth-placed finish last season has now led to a renewed desire to improve the squad in certain areas, as they finished a massive 31 and 32 points behind top two Liverpool and Manchester City respectively. It will take a lot of spending from United to catch up with either of their rivals.

Scoring goals became a big problem in the final stages of the 2018/19 campaign and apparently was one of the reasons why United couldn’t qualify for the Champions League when they had every chance to do so. The likes of Marcus Rashford, Anthony Martial and Romelu Lukaku struggled to pierce well-drilled defences, while Solskjaer lacked a ‘Plan B’ from the bench.

Jesse Lingard and Juan Mata weren’t effective and Alexis Sanchez continued to be a shadow of his former self. Regardless of signing James, the Red Devils still need more firepower up front and an out-and-out right winger is the need of the hour.

Last year, the Express claimed United were interested in Sevilla star Pablo Sarabia. However, a deal didn’t materialise but the Premier League giants must reignite their interest in the wide playmaker and sign him this summer.

Pablo Sarabia, 27, enjoyed a fantastic season with Sevilla as he bagged 23 goals and 17 assists in 52 games across all competitions. However, he is out of contract next summer and could be cashed in during this transfer window. Given his form and cheap release clause, €18 million, United must quickly sign him from the Spanish outfit.

In Sarabia, Solskjaer would get a player who has many qualities including his ability to create chances from open play and set pieces. Roaming in between the lines within the attacking third, he is good with the ball at his feet and playing his way out of tight spaces. From the right, the Spaniard likes to cut inside on his stronger left foot and unleash ferocious shots towards goal.

Playing centrally or on the right side of his team’s attack, he has proven himself as a fleet-footed dribbler who can work himself into dangerous areas before creating threatening opportunities for his team. Sarabia is a natural finisher in front of goal and has the knack of finding the back of the net from long range.

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Furthermore, the ex-Getafe man’s movement off the ball is absolutely fantastic which makes him a very tricky player to mark. The Red Devils could certainly benefit from such a creative influence in the final third of the pitch.

Verdict

United have lacked a quality right-sided attacker for some time now and Sarabia can solve this problem for them. At 27, he is playing at his prime and could take Solskjaer’s side to the next level in the 2019/20 campaign.

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