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Lyon agree a deal with Man Utd striker
Manchester United striker Memphis Depay on a verge of moving to Lyon. According to Sky Sports sources, Lyon agree a deal to buy Depay. The Red Devils have a buy-back option and sell-on clauses as part of the deal which could rise to £21.7m. The 22-year-old forward has made eight appearances so far this season.
Griezmann could join Man Utd this summer
According to Sky Sports sources, Antoine Griezmann is on Manchester United's radar but any deal with Atletico Madrid would not be agreed before the summer. Reports in national papers today claim Griezmann is a target for Jose Mourinho, and we understand if the France striker becomes available, United will make an offer. United, reportedly, feel he's at the right age and fits the right profile for the club.
Man Utd eye Monaco fullback
Manchester United are eyeing after AS Monaco defender Benjamin Mendy. According to TMW, Napoli are keen to sign the 22-year-old fullback this summer. Nevertheless, intermediaries have learned of rival interest from Red Devils. United head coach Jose Mourinho has big concerns over his defender options and is considering a move for Mendy. The Frenchman, reportedly, is seen by Mourinho as a potential replacement for Luke Shaw.
Depay fancies a move to Lyon
Manchester United striker Memphis Depay fancies a move to Lyon. The French club prepared a new bid for Depay yesterday. According to And L'Equipe, the Dutchman is eager to see the deal done. The 22-year-old attacker midfielder has also been linked with Everton and Marseille.
Man Utd want to sign Tierney
According to the Mirror, Manchester United are keeping an eye on Celtic fullback Kieran Tierney. The 19-year-old has been out for two months with an ankle injury. Nevertheless, the paper reports that Red Devils had previously sent scouts to watch him. The defender has made 19 appearances during this season.
Ibrahimovic still confident of Man Utd title challenge
Manchester United attacker Zlatan Ibrahimovic has refused to give up on the idea of his side pushing for the Premier League title this season. "Imagine if we'd got those points dropped early in the season, where we'd be now? It'd be a big difference. But, okay, we're paying for it," the 35-year-old striker told reporters. "We had a gap where there was a distance to the top five but now we're closer. From second to us is five points, Chelsea is 12. We are there, we just wait for the other ones to do mistakes. "If we could have won against Liverpool it'd have been a fantastic result but we take the draw and let's see what the other teams do. Hopefully, they make mistakes and have their own dip because we had our dips. We just need to win and keep going like we're doing. We've got great confidence."
Giroud: Mkhitaryan did well, but my goal was better
Arsenal striker Olivier Giroud once again spoke about his scorpion kick goal and compared it to Henrikh Mkhitaryan's scorpion kick. "It's unbelievable that two such goals were scored in one week. I don't know whether I was inspired or not, it's a destiny. Speaking honestly, people try to test me and say that Mkhitaryan's goal was better. He also did it well but I think that my goal was more beautiful. We were very happy in the dressing room as we all were surprised with such a goal," Giroud said.
Man Utd want to sign Griezmann next summer
Manchester United are expected to sign Atletico Madrid forward Antoine Griezmann next summer, according to The Independent. Atletico are planning to bring back Chelsea striker Diego Costa - and if they can re-sign their former player they will sanction the sale of Griezmann. Man Utd will have to pay up to £100m to sign Griezmann, who is good friends with France team-mate Paul Pogba.
What can prevent Chelsea from Premier League glory?
Antonio Conte’s Chelsea continue their journey to the Premier league glory. The Blues are well-placed at the first place in the table with 7 points of advantage from their nearest rivals Tottenham and Liverpool. With 17 weeks still to go, we already have reasons to start discussions about the competition in the league. Do Chelsea have any real rivals to challenge their leadership, are there any factors that can prevent them from winning the 5th Premier league title in their history. The schedule Despite being top of the table, Chelsea are yet to meet their main rivals in the league. In the coming week, they will face tournament underdogs Hull City and will probably grab three points, though their next matches will present some major headache to Antonio Conte. First, Chelsea will have to visit Liverpool which are believed to be the main favorite to fight for the title with the London-based side. Jürgen Klopp’s men fought it till the end with Manchester United recently, conceding the equalizer only in the ending of the match. Moreover, having Philippe Coutinho back from the injury, Liverpool will receive a huge boost to their title hopes. The Reds will surely make it hard for Chelsea to take points from Anfield. The situation will get more difficult for Conte and his men days later when they host city rivals Arsenal. Wenger’s side are fourth in the league and are only one point behind Liverpool and Tottenham. The positive result against leaders could see them back to the title race which is a big temptation and motivation. And finally, Chelsea will have to face two Manchester sides in April. First, they will host Pep Guardiola’s City side on April 5, and then will visit Old Trafford 10 days later. These are too difficult exams for Hazard and Co., and if they don’t lose too many points in these 4 games, their title dreams will become reality. Concluding, we can say that nothing is decided yet and Chelsea will have to run their engine with the full power to reach the finish in the first place. Diego Costa’s problem Another problem for the London-based club is Diego Costa and his financial demands. The Spaniard has received a huge offer from Chinese Super League and is considering a move to the destination where Oscar moved weeks earlier. Being Chelsea’s top scorer and leading goalscorer in the league, Costa becomes another headache for Conte. It’s already reported that the duo had a major conflict during one of the training sessions and as a result, Diego was left out of Chelsea squad against Leicester. Costa went on to provoke Chelsea and ask a salary rise. It’s believed, that his representatives have already presented their demands to Roman Abramovich. Costa wants to earn 300.000 pounds per week which is twice as much as his current wage. It’s true, that Chelsea can satisfy these demands and forget about the danger of losing their top man to China, but this kind of atmosphere inside the team may be harming the team overall. We all know that the biggest problems have always started from minor issues that weren’t handled successfully. Summing up, we see that Chelsea will have to solve a difficult puzzle in their pursuit of happiness. They are still the favorites to win the trophy, no one can doubt it, but Premier League is full of surprises. We just have to wait and see how Antonio Conte will handle the situation. If he finds the exit from the maze, we will see John Terry lifting the EPL cup in May.
Scholes: “China? I wouldn’t have gone anyway”
Manchester United legend Paul Scholes doesn't understand Premier League players leaving for China. “I'm not talking money here, but I was at the biggest football club in the world anyway," he said. “I lived 20 minutes from the ground, a club I loved as a kid. "£300,000 a week…I wouldn't have gone anyway. We were winning trophies every season."