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Man Utd signing Jadon Sancho means three stars must impress Ole Gunnar Solskjaer

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Three Manchester United players will have their work cut out to earn a place in Ole Gunnar Solskjaer’s team after the Premier League giants finally announced the capture of Jadon Sancho.

Sancho has officially become a Red Devils player after completing his £73million switch from Borussia Dortmund.

Sancho has been lauded as the solution to United’s right-wing problem, with Solskjaer having tried various players in the position.

They include Marcus Rashford, Mason Greenwood, Dan James and Amad, who have all had varying degrees of success on the right of the Red Devils’ attack.

Rashford will most likely revert to his favoured role on the opposite flank next season – especially if Paul Pogba’s much touted move to Paris Saint-Germain comes to fruition.

But the other three will each have to step up and impress Solskjaer after being presented with their own challenges by the arrival of Sancho.

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For Greenwood, the task of carving out a future at United is arguably more straightforward.

The 19-year-old was often played on the right last season, although it is well known that he sees his future as the Red Devils’ centre-forward rather than on the flanks.

Greenwood will look to show next term that he can lead the line at Old Trafford for years to come – although he faces tough competition in the short term from the hugely experienced Edinson Cavani.

The deadly finisher will be looking to learn all he can from the former PSG star, and if he can carve out a role as United’s main striker he will undoubtedly benefit from the kind of service Sancho can provide.

For Amad, the signing of Sancho will pose a different problem.

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When the Ivorian joined United from Atalanta in the January transfer window, it seemed as though he could be the long-term fix for the right-wing spot, given United had refused to meet Dortmund’s £108m valuation of Sancho last summer.

Then 18, Amad made a hugely promising start to life at United, being fast-tracked into first-team training and scoring an exquisite headed goal to help see off AC Milan in the last-16 of the Europa League.

It remains to be seen whether Sancho’s move will consign Amad to more time on the bench, or perhaps a loan move to gain more first-team experience.

But the talented teenager is able to play in a variety of roles, including as a No10 or on the left wing, and will be looking to show Solskjaer he can do a job in any of those positions – although having only just turned 19 he has plenty of time on his side.

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The player who perhaps the most to lose from Sancho’s arrival is James, who has struggled to nail down a regular starting spot since his £16m signing from Swansea two years ago.

Now 23, his opportunities are likely to be even more limited with Sancho among the competition.

However, his best route into the team could be on the left flank, where he most commonly plays for Wales and is able to cut inside on his favoured right foot.

He is of course likely to find his way blocked by Rashford – but increased competition for the England forward can only be a good thing for Solskjaer and United.

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Tuchel hands 22-year-old his first Chelsea start – predicted starting XI against Leeds this weekend

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Chelsea will look to get back to winning ways in Sunday’s game against Leeds United at Elland Road.

The Blues dominated proceedings in the London derby against Spurs last week, however only came out of things with a point following Harry Kane’s late equaliser.

Thomas Tuchel operated a fluid and unique system at Stamford Bridge, with Ruben Loftus-Cheek and Mason Mount especially thriving in the new look system.

However, the Blues could turn back to the recognised back three this weekend, with our predicted lineup for the game against Leeds.

GK and Defence

Edouard Mendy made a brilliant save just before Spurs’ late equaliser at the end, and his position in the squad is more than secure for this one.

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With there still being no breakthrough on the Wesley Fofana front, Cesar Azpilicueta will return to the starting lineup as captain at Elland Road.

Fixtures are yet to pick up in the early stages of the season, so Thiago Silva should still be fresh and okay to participate again.

The centre-backs will be completed by Kalidou Koulibaly, who showed his quality again in an emphatic display against Spurs.

Midfield

Reece James scored almost instantly after being moved back to wing-back on Sunday, and the Blues will look to get the attacking best out of him on Sunday.

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Jorginho may have been at fault for the first conceded goal last week, although his great performance will still see him start again against Leeds.

Injuries have ruled N’golo Kante and likely Mateo Kovacic out of the game, there is a big choice to be made to partner the Italy internatonal. While Ruben Loftus-Cheek starred against Spurs, Conor Gallagher will be chosen to partner in midfield, being handed his first start for the club.

Marc Cucurella will look to build on his impressive performance last week with another start against Leeds, with Ben Chilwell still not quite at match fitness.

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Attack

The Chelsea attack will have a familiar look to the last two weeks, with Mason Mount occupying the free-roaming role in the attack against an opponent he has had a lot of success against before.

Raheem Sterling will try again in his quest to open his Chelsea league account, with him missing a glorious chance last week.

Kai Havertz is another man who missed a great opportunity to win the game for the Blues at the weekend, although his work in the front three was enough to see him start again.

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Atletico Madrid do not want to pay €40 million for Barcelona attacker

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Atletico Madrid are in a precarious situation in regards to their ownership of Antoine Griezmann.

The Spanish giants had signed the Barcelona forward on a two-year loan deal last summer. The contract included a mandatory purchase option worth €40 million if the player features in 50% of the matches with a minimum of 45 minutes between the games across two seasons.

Last season, Griezmann featured in 82.5% of the matches, meaning Atletico Madrid may have to virtually leave him out on the bench throughout the 2022/23 campaign if they are to avoid paying the fee for the Frenchman in 2023.

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However, with Luis Suarez leaving the club, Atletico Madrid consider Griezmann a viable part of the club’s attacking unit and Los Colchoneros must get the best out of him, if they are to regain their lost status in the title race in this new season.

At the same time, the club are not too keen on meeting the mandatory €40 million purchase clause set on Griezmann’s contract. This has been reported by Mundo Deportivo which suggests the club are looking to reduce the overall valuation of the clause.

While Barcelona are yet to respond to Atletico’s overtures, there is a clear indication that the capital club have no intention to pay anywhere near the €40 million for the services of Griezmann, who was barely even a starter for Diego Simeone’s men last season

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The Frenchman was even left out on the bench in Atletico’s opening game against Getafe. However, coming on as a substitute in the final half an hour, the attacker was able to break his scoring duck by netting the third goal in a 3-0 victory.

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It will be interesting to see whether the little cameo compels Simeone to start him in future matches, although his performances should not deter Atletico Madrid from their attempts to lower the price tag of the star striker.

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Barcelona star’s move to Chelsea is now ‘heating up’ – report

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Pierre-Emerick Aubameyang could be close to securing a move to Chelsea from FC Barcelona, with the move now heating up, reports Victor Navarro on COPE.

Aubameyang joined Barça only eight months ago, arriving as a free agent from Arsenal in January. He helped the Catalans finish second in La Liga last season and finished the campaign as the club’s joint top scorer in all competitions along with Memphis Depay

And, Barcelona could now lose both their top scorers this summer. Depay is closing in on a move to Juventus, having reportedly agreed a two-year contract with the Italian giants.

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And now Aubameyang could be on his way to Chelsea imminently, with the move ‘heating up’ recently. The Blues have made the 33-year-old Gabonese striker their top target after losing both Timo Werner and Romelu Lukaku.

Chelsea manager Thomas Tuchel enjoyed a successful relationship with Aubameyang during their time at Borussia Dortmund and is now pushing for a reunion.

Reports earlier on Thursday indicated that Chelsea were planning to submit a formal offer for the former Arsenal captain imminently.

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Now, Victor Navarro is claiming that the two clubs are negotiating over the transfer of the 33-year-old, with all parties intent on getting the move over the line.

Barcelona need to get rid of players so that they can register Jules Kounde and make more additions, with a new right-back and left-back on the club’s agenda.

The departure of Depay alone will not be enough to register Kounde. And with Frenkie de Jong unwilling to leave and no offers arriving for Sergino Dest yet, Aubameyang’s exit seems the best option for Barça.

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The ex-Arsenal superstar has fallen down the pecking order at Camp Nou this season following the arrival of Robert Lewandowski. A move to Stamford Bridge could see him become the first-choice striker and enjoy regular game-time.

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