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Ten Hag causes shockwaves by offering forgotten star Manchester United lifeline



It seems like the Brazilian forward time at Manchester United might not be up after all. The academy graduate, who was out on loan at Flamengo back in his homeland, is set to be offered a chance to stake his claim as a member of the new-look squad by manager Erik Ten Hag.

Andreas Pereira‘s last played for the English club back in 2020 and since then has spent time out on loan at Italian club Lazio as well as Flamengo. The Brazilian club had agreed a €10.5 million transfer fee with United for the 26-year-old and it looked like the midfielder’s time as a Red Devil was drawing to a close.

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But now it looks like the deal has collapsed and Andreas is heading back to England with Yahoo Brasil reporting that Manchester United’s football director John Murtough has contacted Andreas to let him know that he ‘fits the desired squad profile’ for next season.

Ten Hag had already mentioned how he wants to assess all players before taking a decision. The midfield situation at the 20-time English champions is quite complicated at the moment. Already the club has bid farewell to the likes of Paul Pogba, Nemanja Matic, Juan Mata and Jesse Lingard.

The club does not have too much cover in that position with only Fred and Scott Mctominay among the players who have considerable Premier League experience.

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Talented youngsters like Hannibal Mejbri and and James Garner are knocking on the door as well but they lack experience at the highest level.

The three-time European champions are searching for midfield reinforcements with Frenkie de Jong and N’Golo Kante among the club’s top targets. However, these deals will be easier said than done with the club not playing in the elite European competition.

Andreas fits the bill as he has racked up 75 appearances for United and knows what it is like to play in the Premier League as well as the Europa League. He also has a year left on his contract with United having the option to extend it further by another year.

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With no suitors currently lining up for his signature, both parties might just benefit from another year at Old Trafford.

Another thing which might work in the former PSV Eindhoven youth product’s favour is his versatility. He can play in a number of positions including defensive midfield, further forward as well as out on the wings.

His penchant for performing during pre-season might also sway things in his favour!

If midfield deals fall through at the last moment, Andreas might well get another lease of life as a Red Devil.


Barcelona youngster in line to bench Jordi Alba for Real Sociedad clash – report



As Barcelona drew 0-0 against Rayo Vallecano for the season opener, Jordi Alba was among the five to be substituted off to make way for offensive depth. The Spaniard is usually among the brightest offensive outlets in the team, but failed to make an impact last week.

Alba also looked out of his depth during pre-season, and it was reported that people within Barcelona were surprised that he started over Alejandro Balde.

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The 18-year-old was impressive during the run-up to the league opener, and was expected to take Alba’s place in the lineup.

While that did not happen vs Rayo, Javi Miguel reports that he is in line to start against Real Sociedad as the left-back. Xavi has informed Balde about his decision, and has told him to train with high intensity leading up to the game.

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Balde has been linked with an exit from Barcelona, especially given Marcos Alonso’s imminent arrival. However, an impressive performance at Anoeta could open the doors for his continuity.

The Chelsea defender has reportedly completed his move to Barcelona, subject to registrations and signatures. The club plan to announce it in the coming days if they are able to register Jules Kounde in time for the game.

Balde played in every single one of Barça’s pre-season fixtures, even registering an assist — to Raphinha —, against Inter Miami.

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Barcelona fans will hope the gamble pays dues, especially because it will likely not go down well with Alba, who is one of the team captains

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Barcelona yet to receive any offers for exit-bound right back, price tag sits at €20m



Barcelona are said to be pushing Sergino Dest towards an exit, but a recent report from journalist Adria Albets has confirmed that the player does not have any offer at the moment.

Regardless of what has been said in the past, neither have Manchester United tabled any formal offer for the right-back, nor have they made contacts with the 21-year-old’s representative.

For the moment, Barcelona are clear pretty clear about offloading Dest but in order to fulfil the operation, they are demanding in excess of €20 million.

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For that particular reason, his agents are finding it hard to find a suitor as no club is willing to match the valuation for a player who is already fallen down the pecking order.

Xavi has so far preferred to use make-shift centre-back, Ronald Araujo, as a full-back. And while the Uruguayan has done well at times, it’s pretty clear that the team is looking to bring in a full-time right-back this summer.

For that, several players such as Hector Bellerin, Juan Foyth, Diogo Dalot, Thomas Meunier and Jeremie Frimpong have been considered, but there remain several complications in carrying out the operation

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To begin with, Villarreal’s valuation of €42 million for Juan Foyth is proving to be a hindrance.

Barcelona are finding themselves in this situation mostly because their attempt to sign a certain Cesar Azpilicueta failed.

Meanwhile, as far as Dest is concerned, he knows in order to get regular minutes, he needs to move away from Camp Nou, but Barcelona’s asking price of €20 million is putting a stop to his desire.

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Manchester United were thought to be weighing up a fresh move worth €20 million for the defender, but the Premier League side is yet to make any formal move. Hence, the Dutch-born American defender continues to train within the Barcelona ranks for the time being.

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Report: Chelsea prepared to listen to offers for their ‘huge talent’, will demand nearly £60m



Report: Chelsea prepared to listen to offers for their ‘huge talent’, will demand nearly £60m

Chelsea would reportedly prefer to sell Christian Pulisic rather than loan him out this summer.

According to The Sun, Manchester United are interested in signing the 23-year-old Blues attacker on loan

is understood that Chelsea would rather offload the American on a permanent basis, though.

The report says they’ll listen to offers for Pulisic during the next couple of weeks, but want to recuperate the full £58million they paid for him a few years ago.

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With Chelsea demanding nearly £60million for the forward, will any club step forward with a bid?

Chelsea prefer to sell Pulisic

It makes little sense doing Man United a favour by sending them Pulisic on loan, so you can fully understand why a permanent transfer would make much more sense.

Described as a “huge talent” earlier this year by Gary Neville, Pulisic is a player that frustrates supporters at Stamford Bridge.

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The winger can produce moments of brilliance in the final third, but there’s no major consistency in his game.

He finished last season with eight goals and five assists in 38 matches across all competitions, which wasn’t a bad return considering he missed a couple of months with an ankle problem

However, the United States international can’t seem to become a real favourite under Chelsea manager Thomas Tuchel.

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His 2019/20 campaign is proof of what a talented player he can be.

The forward had 21 direct goal contributions in 34 Blues appearances, but it was a familiar case of injuries interrupting him whenever he builds up some momentum.

It would be quite a surprise if a clubs willing to fork out a near-£60million sum for him.

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