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Manchester United battles Barcelona over Juventus defender

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Barcelona and Manchester United are among three clubs chasing the signing of Juventus and Netherlands international defender Matthijs de Ligt in the upcoming summer transfer window.

Transfer News: Barcelona Battle Manchester United For Matthijs De Light
Barcelona and Manchester United are reportedly set to battle it out for the signing of Juventus defender Matthijs de Ligt in the summer.
According to Calciomercato, Barcelona and Manchester United are among three clubs chasing the signing of Juventus and Netherlands international defender Matthijs de Ligt in the upcoming summer transfer window.


Matthijs de Ligt is widely regarded as one of the best young centre-backs in Europe. Having burst out onto the scenes at AFC Ajax, the defender secured a big-money move to Juventus in 2019, snubbing several top clubs in the process.

However, his time in Turin has been a mixed bag as he has had to share game-time with Leonardo Bonucci and Giorgio Chiellini.

At the same time, Juventus have also deteriorated as a team over the past couple of seasons, which has led to the 22-year-old considering his future at the club.

Mino Raiola, de Ligt’s agent, has already hinted that the defender could be on the move at the end of the season, and there seems to be no shortage of interested parties.

Chelsea and Bayern Munich have already been linked with a move for the former Ajax captain.

Along with them, Barcelona and Manchester United have also thrown their hats in the ring to secure the services of the Juventus superstar later this year.
Transfer News: Barcelona Battle Manchester United For Matthijs De Ligt
Barcelona and Manchester United are reportedly set to battle it out for the signing of Juventus defender Matthijs de Ligt in the summer.
According to Calciomercato, Barcelona and Manchester United are among three clubs chasing the signing of Juventus and Netherlands international defender Matthijs de Ligt in the upcoming summer transfer window.


Matthijs de Ligt is widely regarded as one of the best young centre-backs in Europe. Having burst out onto the scenes at AFC Ajax, the defender secured a big-money move to Juventus in 2019, snubbing several top clubs in the process. However, his time in Turin has been a mixed bag as he has had to share game-time with Leonardo Bonucci and Giorgio Chiellini.

At the same time, Juventus have also deteriorated as a team over the past couple of seasons, which has led to the 22-year-old considering his future at the club. Mino Raiola, de Ligt’s agent, has already hinted that the defender could be on the move at the end of the season, and there seems to be no shortage of interested parties.

Chelsea and Bayern Munich have already been linked with a move for the former Ajax captain. Along with them, Barcelona and Manchester United have also thrown their hats in the ring to secure the services of the Juventus superstar later this year.

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Barcelona will need at least one new central defender in the summer. Question marks remain over the futures of the French duo, Clement Lenglet and Samuel Umtiti, while Eric Garcia has not flourished as expected upon returning from Manchester City. With Gerard Pique also not getting any younger, a long-term replacement for the former Spanish international is needed.

So, a move for de Ligt makes a lot of sense for Barcelona. However, they will have to battle Manchester United in pursuit of the Netherlands international. The Red Devils bolstered their defence with Raphael Varane last summer but have continued to leak goals. Victor Lindelof and Harry Maguire have hardly been consistent enough, while Eric Bailly has not gotten a regular run in the side.Ivorian could be on his way out in the summer in search of more playing time, while Phil Jones, too, is likely to leave Old Trafford. A new centre-half, thus, will be required at Manchester United next season. There have been reports of a contract offer for soon-to-be free agent Niklas Sule, with de Ligt also emerging as a viable transfer target.

With interest in the Dutch international spiking, it could spark a transfer war in the summer. And, it will be interesting to see who among the aforementioned clubs come out on top.

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Manchester United, Arsenal, and Chelsea set to battle it out for Atletico Madrid forward

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Manchester United, Arsenal, and Chelsea are all set to battle it out for Atletico Madrid forward Joao Felix.

Felix has endured a difficult start to the season for Atletico and is yet to score in five starts in the league.

Last season wasn’t much better for Felix, only managing 24 league starts.
With competition up top including French international Antoine Griezmann, Felix is often used as a rotation option under Diego Simeone.

Now, according to Fichajes, a move to the Premier League could be on the cards, with Manchester United, Chelsea, and Arsenal all interested in signing the striker.

Both Manchester United and Chelsea will need to find a long-term replacement for their current first-choice strikers.

Cristiano Ronaldo and Pierre-Emerick Aubameyang are both reaching the latter stage of their careers for their respective clubs, so bringing a player with a similar age profile to Felix would be a smart move.

A move to Arsenal may not benefit Felix’s development as much, with Gabriel Jesus performing exceptionally well for the North London club and still only 25 years old.

 

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Manchester United transfer news RECAP plus fixture updates and Cody Gakpo latest

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Manchester United and fellow Premier League clubs are counting down the days until they can strike-up further business in the transfer market. Erik ten Hag welcomed six players to Old Trafford during his first window and they have all made their mark in the starting XI.

Tyrell Malacia, Christian Eriksen and Lisandro Martinez have all quickly become mainstays, while Antony broke a record set by Zlatan Ibrahimovic when he scored on Sunday night. That 2-1 victory over Everton also saw former Real Madrid player Casemiro handed his first Premier League start for the club.

Martin Dubravka was the other recruit, signing on a season-long loan from Newcastle.

With one eye on January and future windows, meanwhile, United are understood to still have Frenkie de Jong on their radar, while elite clubs from across Europe will be queuing up for Jude Bellingham should he decided to leave Bundesliga side Borussia Dortmund in the near transfer window.
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So good’: Reece James and Carney Chukwuemeka react to display from £135m star Chelsea reportedly want to sign

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Jude Bellingham shined yet again last night for Borussia Dortmund on the Champions League stage, which received some interesting reaction from a Chelsea perspective.

England star Bellingham, 19, scored in Dortmund’s 1-1 draw against Sevilla. It means the teenage midfielder has now scored in all four Champions League group stage matches so far this season

Afterwards, Bellingham posted on Instagram “more to do” following Dortmund’s midweek result in Europe.

There were some interesting replies in the comment section, especially from two current Chelsea stars.

“Another day at the office”, Reece James posted.

Carney Chukwuemeka added: “So, so good”.

Bellingham in Champions League

Another Bellingham masterclass in the Champions League highlights why Chelsea, along with other elite teams, are linked with his signature.

German publication Bild report that Chelsea are now favourites to sign Bellingham ahead of the likes of Liverpool and Real Madrid.

Another Bellingham masterclass in the Champions League highlights why Chelsea, along with other elite teams, are linked with his signature.

German publication Bild report that Chelsea are now favourites to sign Bellingham ahead of the likes of Liverpool and Real Madrid.

Bellingham plays alongside plenty of Chelsea stars on the international stage with England, so let’s hope they can put in a good word to try tempt him to the Bridge.

He’s an all – action central midfielder that offers so much both offensively and defensively.

 

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