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Gary Neville names Premier League player Man United would ‘love’ to have in their team

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Gary Neville has pinpointed Tottenham talisman Harry Kane as the one Premier League player that Manchester United would ‘love’ to have amongst their ranks.

Kane has endured a difficult season following his exploits for England at Euro 2020, but the 28-year-old has done enough in recent weeks to hint that he’s on the verge of hitting top form again.

That has coincided with the arrival of Antonio Conte – although it remains to be seen if the Italian’s presence alone is enough to convince Kane his long-term future lies at Tottenham.

Kane was desperate to quit the club last summer to join Manchester City in a bid to win titles.

However, the move failed to materialise after City saw a number of bids rebuffed by Spurs supremo Daniel Levy.

And City’s failure to get a deal done for Kane came back to haunt them on Saturday night as he was their tormentor-in-chief, with the Spurs man inspiring the Londoners to a last-gasp 3-2 triumph at the Etihad.

Kane’s masterclass made a mockery of his struggling form – and was enough for Neville to label the England captain as a player that Manchester United would love to have.

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“Look, he’s class,” Neville told Sky Sports on Sunday during a segment dissecting the weekend’s big Premier League talking points.

“I know I’ve said before, these players at the highest level, even if they’re going through a more difficult patch on the pitch and off the pitch, they still perform, they still give a lot to the team.

“Yesterday was just an outstanding…I wouldn’t call it a centre-forward performance, I’ll just call it an all-round general leadership performance, just generally in the game.

“To go to Manchester City, you know how difficult it is; you’ve living off scraps as a forward in a game against Manchester City, your possession is down to sort of 25/30 percent, your touches in the game are less, so when you get touches in the game they have to count. And he made every single touch count last night, Harry Kane.

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“He was so precise in everything that he did, and when you play against City, to beat them, it has to be that way, because you might only get five [or] six attacks a game; two or three in the first half [then] two or three in the second half – and that’s not chances by the way, that’s attacks.

“Even then, you have to demonstrate courage and turn and take it in difficult positions because Rodri, Laporte, Dias, they’re all over you like a rash, [with] Cancelo and Walker preventing counter-attacks. They’ve got a real good block in place to stop you counter-attacking on them.

“But he was really, really good in the sense that he didn’t waste a pass. He was precise, everything he did was perfect, apart from the chance that he did have, I can’t remember what part of the game it was to be honest with you, but there was a point he had a great chance and Ederson saved it with his leg.

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“That was the only thing in the game you could argue that he did wrong, but I think [Kane’s performance] demonstrated what Manchester City were trying to sign, what I think Manchester United would love to have, that centre-forward who is reliable, that’s going to score goals, that you can play off.

“People say that he might not be able to run as much as he used to, but actually, for Manchester City, I don’t think that’s the most important thing because they dominate the ball at the edge of the opponents box for 75 percent of the game.

“Actually having pace doesn’t really count for that much as a Manchester City striker; you’ve got to be clever, you’ve got to work in tight spaces, you’ve got to have that awareness of where your team-mates are in tight spaces, and he has all those things.”

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Report: Chelsea agree personal terms with Inter Milan superstar

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Chelsea look to be closing in on the signing of 19-year-old midfielder Cesare Casadei.

The Blues are reportedly agreeing personal terms with the Inter Milan youngster ahead of what is expected to be a €15m (plus add-ons) transfer. Inter had been looking for around €20m all told.

As per Fabrizio Romano, and others, the highly promising Italy youth international, though who has yet to make his senior professional debut, has agreed a six-year deal with the Blues, choosing Chelsea over the likes of OGC Nice in France and US Sassuolo in Italy.

Presumably, Casadei will not be joining the Chelsea first-team right away, though post-Brexit work permit rules are fairly esoteric and confusing.

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Perhaps he will end up joining one of the aforementioned teams on loan to build up the necessary professional experience? Just speculating…

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While the two teams have yet to agree a transfer, this looks to be drawing to a successful conclusion for us, adding yet another teenager talent to the team as we look to build for not only this season but for many seasons in the future.

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Mikel Arteta drops Youri Tielemans hint as Arsenal can sign ‘more complete’ N’Golo Kante

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Today’s Arsenal transfer round-up on Tuesday, August 16.

Tielemans hint

Mikel Arteta’s increased use of Granit Xhaka could mean that Arsenal are close to giving up on transfer target Youri Tielemans.

The Gunners are still chasing a deal for the Leicester City midfielder but have seen their chances dwindle of doing a deal this summer and now, despite Xhaka previously saying he had come close to leaving, the club could have to do without a new addition.

Xhaka is now part of a new leadership group at the Emirates Stadium, a possible indication that he may remain at the club and throw a move for Tielemans into doubt.

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Kante replacement

With Tielemans becoming less and less attainable this season, Arsenal have reportedly turned their attention elsewhere.

According to the Express, Brighton midfielder Moises Caicedo is attracting interest from some of Europe’s top clubs including the Gunners and Manchester United. Having been previously compared with Kante, Arsenal’s desire to sign Caicedo is understandable.

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South American football expert Tim Vickery said, “A year ago he was saying that Kante of Chelsea is his role model but he is already more than that. He already offers more in the final third.”

Yeremi Pino flight explained

Transfer guru Fabrizio Romano has cleared the air regarding Yeremi Pino and denies that a bid has been made for him.

Romano told CaughtOffside, “Many clubs have been following Yeremi Pino for months, he is a top player of the future that at least three Premier League clubs have been monitoring for some time.

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“No proposals have been made yet to Villarreal, who would like more than €50m for their young star; it will not be an easy negotiation.

“As for the rumours about Arsenal – Edu was not travelling to Spain to meet Villarreal, also because Pino’s agents are based in the UK (Stellar Group).”

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Erik Ten Hag believes £64,000 a week player will agree to join Man United – Report

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Despite signing two defenders this summer, Manchester United’s backline has been terrible this season and yet another defender is linked with a move to Old Trafford.

Yesterday, we covered a story (via Sport) claiming that the Red Devils have submitted an offer to sign Sergino Dest, who has received a clear message to leave Barcelona.

Today, the Spanish news source have covered another report and stated that the American international has not been able to impress in the last two years, moreover, he failed to convince Xavi in pre-season. Therefore, his exit is considered essential.

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Erik ten Hag wants to get rid of Aaron Wan-Bissaka this summer so that he can complete the signing of Dest, who is valued at 20 million euros.

The Catalan media outlet claim the Dutch manager believes that the 21-year-old Barca defender will agree (say Yes) to join Man United.

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Ten Hag really needs to understand that players from the Netherlands or connections with Ajax are not guaranteed to solve the conundrum at Old Trafford.

Under Van Gaal, Depay and Blind failed to shine for Man United. For Ten Hag, thus far, the likes of Eriksen, Martinez and Malacia have not settled.

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Now, he is pushing to sign another ex Ajax player in the form of Dest. The American was a hit in the Eredivisie but has proved to be average in the La Liga.

The youngster’s current contract at the Nou Camp will expire in 2025 and he earns around £64,000 a week (The Sun).

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