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Erik ten Hag can complete first Man United transfer by fulfilling target’s “dream”

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Erik ten Hag ‘s frustrating wait for his first signing as Manchester United manager goes on – but the Red Devils boss certainly isn’t short of options.

Among the countless list of names linked with the Red Devils, Hoffenheim sensation David Raum has emerged as an exciting target, having picked up the Bundesliga ‘s Newcomer of the Year award last season thanks to a slew of spectacular performances which included three goals and 11 assists in 32 games.

The attack-minded left-back is now the subject of a four-team transfer battle – according to Sky Germany and Bild – as United, Newcastle, West Ham and Borussia Dortmund all vie for his sought-after signature.

While Raum would cost around €40 million (£36.3m), convincing the 24-year-old Germany international to uproot appears to be a simpler task than haggling down his price tag.

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Amid links of a big-money move away from Hoffenheim, Raum was quizzed on his future by Sport1 and revealed the “dream” he has that’ll factor into any decision. “Naturally, I would have liked to have played on the international stage with Hoffenheim,” the former Greuther Furth defender explained.

“Unfortunately, that didn’t work out. That continues to be a dream for me.”

While the Red Devils’ sixth-place finish in the Premier League last time out marked their worst points return for 31 years, it means that Ten Hag’s team will play in the Europa League next season, the competition which Raum’s side agonisingly missed out on in the final weeks of the campaign.

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Granted, Dortmund (staples of the Champions League group stage) and West Ham (entering the Europa Conference League) can both also boast about their involvement in European football, but Ten Hag can lean on the highly-rated German’s ambitions in any potential negotiations to finally get his first deal as United manager over the line.

Raum’s personal campaign made him one of the standout performers in the Bundesliga last season, notably putting the most crosses into the penalty area in Europe’s top five leagues – Cristiano Ronaldo, take note.

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His displays at club level have earned him nine caps for Germany, having left newly-promoted Greuther only a year ago on a free transfer following another assist-laden term.

While the Red Devils target seems to be relaxed about his future – understandable given that his contract with Hoffenheim runs until 2026 and includes a release clause which comes into play after next season – United fans are much more eager to see Raum or anyone of his pedigree come through the door and help kickstart Ten Hag’s revolution.

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Mateo Kovacic, N’Golo Kante: Chelsea injury news and expected return dates before Leeds United

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Chelsea take on Leeds United on Sunday afternoon in a highly-anticipated Premier League bout at Elland Road.

The Blues have endured a turbulent start to the Premier League season; Thomas Tuchel’s side kicked off the new campaign with a 1-0 win over Everton despite a somewhat unconvincing performance,

before welcoming Tottenham Hotspur to Stamford Bridge, where an impressive display was dampened by a controversial stoppage-time equaliser.

Now, the west Londoners will be looking to translate a good performance into three points. So, with that in mind, here’s all the latest Chelsea injury news for Tuchel to contend with.

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Now, the west Londoners will be looking to translate a good performance into three points. So, with that in mind, here’s all the latest Chelsea injury news for Tuchel to contend with.

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Mateo Kovacic

One player that Tuchel won’t have at his disposal is central midfielder Kovacic, who is suffering from a slight knee issue at this moment in time

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What Tuchel said: “[Kovacic] has issues with his knee, always a little bit of a reaction. We decided to take a step back and increase treatment time to reduce the stress that comes from training to have a normal reaction before we start again. Everybody else is available

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Man United enter ‘final negotiation’ to sign £64,000-week-star

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Manchester United are in final negotiations with Barcelona to sign USA defender Sergino Dest, according to Spanish publication Sport.

The Red Devils are keen on bolstering multiple positions before the transfer deadline, and a new right-back is said to be among priorities.

Earlier this month, it was claimed that United are prepared to accelerate Aaron Wan-Bissaka’s exit in order to secure the services of Dest.

It is now reported that United are in the final phase of negotiations with the Blaugrana for Dest, who started his playing career at Ajax.

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There has been talk over a loan deal with an obligation to buy, but the Catalan giants are quite clear that they want €20 million (£17m) to offload him.

Dest was initially reluctant to leave Barcelona, but has now changed his stance. The 21-year-old is said to welcome a reunion with Erik ten Hag.

Dest would be an ideal right-back for Erik ten Hag

United lacked creativity from the right-back position last term. Diogo Dalot and Aaron Wan-Bissaka failed to register a goal or an assist in any competition.

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The trend has remained the same this season. Dalot is now the first-choice, but the Portuguese has started the new campaign in a relatively poor fashion.

Hence, there are no surprises that United are looking to land Dest. The United States star has not lived up to his expectations at Barcelona, but was impressive at Ajax.

Under Ten Hag, he made his debut for the Amsterdam giants in 2019/2020. He had a solid maiden campaign with eight goal contributions from 38 appearances.

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A reunion with Ten Hag at United could bring the best out of him. Graduating through the Ajax system, he should be familiar with the playing style under the Dutchman.

At £17m, it seems a no-brainer signing for United. He has not even entered the prime of his career, and won’t command big wages. He is currently on £64,000-a-week.

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Oleksandr Zinchenko left Arsenal teammates to shame in dust with unreal skills in training

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Oleksandr Zinchenko has had a superb start to life at Arsenal.

The versatile Ukrainian signed for the Gunners in a £32 million move from Manchester City this summer.

He has hit the ground running, starting at left-back in each of Arsenal’s opening two Premier League games of the campaign.

Arsenal have won both of those games with Zinchenko even recording an assist in the 2-0 victory over Crystal Palace.

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Zinchenko’s impressive technical ability has been on full show so far this season.

And he has shown just how good his ball control is in a recent video posted by Arsenal.

Mikel Arteta gave his players a keepie uppie challenge in training.

Players were tasked with keeping the ball in the air from one side of the pitch to the other.

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If a player let the ground hit the floor they had to go back to the start line and start all over again.

The person that was last to complete the drill was given the forfeit of having to buy the rest of the squad breakfast the following morning.

The drill starts and Arsenal players are nearly all of the players start steadily with the focus on not letting the ball touching the ground.

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Zinchenko didn’t have that mentality, though. The 25-year-old went all out from the start and raced well clear of his teammates.

You can watch it in the embedded video below:

 

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