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Man United have already signed seven players dubbed ‘the next Cristiano Ronaldo’

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Not for the first time, Manchester United are being linked with another player dubbed ‘the next Cristiano Ronaldo’.

River Plate forward Julian Alvarez is the latest in a long line of stars to be compared to the Portugal international.

So, with that being the case, Idusport will now take a look at the seven players they’ve signed over the years likened to the 36-year-old.

Nani

Even when Ronaldo was at the club, United were linked with players of a similar calibre to the Portugal international.

And when they signed Nani from Sporting Lisbon, obvious comparisons were made.

Both are forwards, Portuguese, capable of sublime skill and scoring goals.

Nani really kicked on after Ronaldo’s move to Real Madrid in 2009, dazzling as the club won the Premier League title two years later and again in 2013.

Yet he never quite scaled the same heights as Ronaldo, leaving after Louis van Gaal took over from David Moyes.

Zoran Tosic

In January 2009, at a time where Ronaldo was being linked with a move away, in came Zoran Tosic.

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Tosic would later claim he was being prepared to replace the Portugal forward, saying: “My first six months at the club were for me to prepare, to get stronger.

“And in the next six months it’s important to try and break into the team and prove that I’m a United player.

“To be honest, I think that probably Cristiano was the best player in the team and so someone will come in to take his place.”

Tosic was never able to and any hope he’d be the next Ronaldo died down within months of his arrival.

Gabriel Obertan

After Ronaldo left United in 2009, they knew they needed a winger.

So they turned to Gabriel Obertan, who had impressed for Bordeaux and Lorient over in France.

Yet after just 14 Premier League appearances, Obertan was sold to Newcastle United.

The 32-year-old is currently strutting his stuff for USL Championship side Charlotte Independence these days.

And comparisons with Ronaldo have long died down as a result.

Bebe

Ferguson always liked to watch a player before he signed them. That was his style, to ensure no stone was left unturned.

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Yet he made an exception for Bebe, who joined the club back in the summer transfer window of 2010.

As a Portuguese forward, he found himself being compared to Ronaldo right from the start. It was clear, however, he was nowhere near the level of the club’s current No 7.

Bebe scored two goals from six matches at Old Trafford before finding a home for himself in Spain.

Currently playing for Rayo Vallecano, Bebe is looking to help them stay in La Liga this term.

Wilfried Zaha

Before his retirement in 2013, Ferguson clinched a deal for Wilfried Zaha.

Again, as a forward with pace, trickery and goals in his locker, many thought he’d be the ‘next Ronaldo’ the club were looking for.

Alas, they were mistaken.

Zaha was never really given a chance at Old Trafford, making just four appearances under Moyes.

He’d later say he suffered from depression in Manchester, accusing the club of not doing enough to help him settle.

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Angel Di Maria

In 2014, United signed a player who had all the skills to be Ronaldo’s heir.

Angel Di Maria had shown he was world-class at Real Madrid, playing a vital role as Los Blancos won the Champions League.

And he rocked Manchester upon arriving, with a chip against Leicester a memorable moment.

Yet Di Maria never settled in the city, with a break-in at his family home impacting him both on and off the pitch.

He left after just a year, having failed to achieve consistency with Ronaldo’s old No 7 shirt on the back.

Memphis Depay

After Di Maria came Memphis Depay.

Having dazzled for PSV Eindhoven over in the Eredivisie, many thought he was the heir to Ronaldo the club had been looking for.

Alas, things didn’t work out.

Depay, like Di Maria before him, initially impressed. Yet he fell out with Van Gaal and never recovered, eventually being sold by Jose Mourinho.

Currently at Barcelona, the Dutchman is doing all he can to show he belongs at the highest level.

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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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