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Arturo Vidal breaks silence over Man United transfer rumours

Manchester United target Arturo Vidal has made it clear that he has no intentions of leaving Bayern Munich in the summer.

The Chile international, who was heavily pursued by Man United to no avail in 2014, could be moved along following the arrival of Leon Goretzka from Schalke.

And Jose Mourinho, according to reports, has pinpointed Vidal as one of his main midfield targets ahead of the retirement of Michael Carrick and possible departure of Marouane Fellaini in the summer.

But Vidal, when asked about the rumours, was adamant that he wasn’t planning on going anywhere in the transfer window.

“I’m not thinking about a transfer. I feel very comfortable here,” he said.

“Of course I would like to extend my contract. That’s an option. My kids are very happy here, too.”

With Ander Herrera also reportedly subject to interest from AC Milan, plans need to be put in place ahead of the summer to secure two midfielders at the very least.

And with the transfer window set to be shorter than normal, United simply cannot waste their time chasing dead ends, or even players who need convincing. The case of Vidal in 2014, along with David Moyes’ numerous failed transfer exploits the year before, are examples of why doing this can be fatal.

Pursuing the likes of Nice’s Jean Michel Seri and Real Madrid’s Mateo Kovacic, therefore, would be far more sensible given that the pair both expressed a desire to leave last summer and will be on the market next time around.

West Ham chief delivers important transfer update, fans will be delighted with this

West Ham chief delivers important transfer update, fans will be delighted with this – originally posted on Sportslens.com

West Ham chairman David Sullivan has promised to overhaul the club’s recruitment policy ahead of the summer transfer window.

The Hammers had a very poor January window which was followed by the sacking of Tony Henry.

The former chief of recruitment was dismissed after making racist remarks in an email. Apparently, Henry said to an agent that West Ham would not consider signing African players anymore.

Sullivan has asked the fans to have faith in the club to turn it around in the transfer market. The West Ham co-chairman believes that the club will analyse their targets better in future and they won’t be spending money just for the sake of it.

The West Ham fans will certainly appreciate this initiative from the club. There is no doubt that the Hammers need to improve their recruitment in order to break into the top 8.

He said: “Going forward, we are going to completely re-jig it, I am going to delegate the whole thing to a huge new analysis system and a new head of recruitment, massive video analysis department, increase the scouting. Every player will be looked at five or six times, we won’t be signing a player based on who the manager has never seen play; the manager will watch him play and we hope we will spend our money better. We are not going to spend money for the sake of it.”

West Ham spent a considerable sum of money in the summer but former manager Slaven Bilic struggled to get their best out of his new signings. The arrival of Moyes has made a positive impact on the new players and the likes of Chicharito and Arnautovic have improved in the recent weeks.

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Tottenham player reveals transfer desire, says he would love to play for this club

Tottenham player reveals transfer desire, says he would love to play for this club – originally posted on Sportslens.com

Tottenham forward Fernando Llorente has revealed that he misses playing for Juventus and that he would love to return to Turin.

The Spaniard has struggled to hold down a first team place at Spurs and he was linked with a move to Chelsea in January. However, the Blues opted to sign Olivier Giroud instead.

Meanwhile, Llorente’s comments will certainly fuel speculations surrounding his future at the London club now.

The former Juventus striker said that the Bianconeri are a big family and he misses the atmosphere at the Italian club. Llorente also revealed how emotional he was when he had to leave the club.

He said: “Juve is a difficult place to leave. I left the Vinovo training ground crying. It’s also true what David Trezeguet said: ‘It’s only when you leave Juventus that you realise what you had’. I miss it like crazy and would love to return. It’s a special club because, despite being an enormous club, it’s like a family inside. There is a fine image of Juventus here and I raise it even more: I always speak very highly of the Bianconeri and give them a good rep.”

Considering the fact that Llorente has failed to make a positive impact at Spurs, his departure is unlikely to make any difference to Pochettino’s side. The Londoners could use a younger and more mobile back up forward anyway.

It will be interesting to see whether the Spaniard decides to move on in the summer. Juventus already have Dybala and Higuain at their disposal and therefore a return to Turin seems unlikely at this stage.

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Chelsea and Real Madrid set for £100M transfer talks, Real could send star players to Blues

Antonio Conte Real MadridReal Madrid prepared to pay £100M for Thibaut Courtois. Real could send star players to Chelsea in exchange. READ MORE: Chelsea could pay £53M buyout clause to sign Barca star. Real Madrid are prepared to break the bank in order to land Chelsea goalkeeper Thibaut Courtois, according to the Independent. Courtois suffered a serious knee […]

Bad news for Manchester United as Real Madrid consider record transfer

Bad news for Manchester United as Real Madrid consider record transfer – originally posted on Sportslens.com

According to Don Balon, Real Madrid are closing in on Inter Milan striker Mauro Icardi. The 24-year-old is nearing a £96m move to Los Blancos, which would be bad news for fellow suitors Manchester United.

Icardi has been in fantastic form this season, scoring 18 goals in 22 Serie A games. The Argentine, who came to the San Siro from Sampdoria in 2013, has been linked with a move away for a record fee.

His reported release clause would make him Real’s and Manchester United’s most expensive signing, although the former look most likely to land his signature.

United manager Jose Mourinho has openly stated he won’t be signing another attacker in the summer but rather the midfield, so losing a player as talented as Icardi would be a major blow.

In his five years with the Nerazzurri, the prolific South American centre-forward has scored more than 90 goals in 170 games in all competitions. The former Barcelona youngster has three years left on his Inter contract, so the selling club hold all the cards.

Real need to replace the ageing Karim Benzema, and Don Balon suggest Icardi is one of many strikers on the lost of potential replacements. United have Romelu Lukaku, Zlatan Ibrahimovic and Marcus Rashford so they boast enough depth up front.

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Chelsea transfer news: Blues prepared to pay £53M buyout clause of Barcelona star

BarcelonaChelsea interested in Barcelona defender Samuel Umtiti. Umtiti has £53M buy-out clause. Blues prepared to triple his current £2.66M-a-year wages. READ MORE: Chelsea handed unwanted injury news ahead of Barca clash. Chelsea are interested in signing Barcelona centre-back Samuel Umtiti, according to Don Balon (via the Express). The Blues’ sturdy back-line was the foundation of […]

Pundit makes damning statement on Sanchez transfer

Pundit Jamie Redknapp has not held back on his assessment of Alexis Sanchez’s transfer to Manchester United and what it could mean for Marcus Rashford.

The youngster has reportedly been moved to sit alongside the Chilean international in the club’s dressing room as it appears that Jose Mourinho wants the latter to mentor the former.

In theory the move is exactly what Rashford needs as he could certainly learn a lot from a ready made, star player like Sanchez.

Good players improve by playing with better players and on paper it doesn’t seem like the two are likely to cause each other any problems.

However, Redknapp believes that Alexis’ transfer is only going to harm Marcus, stopping him from developing any further and hurt his future England plans.

According to Caught Offside, Jamie said to Sky Sports: “I can’t help but feel disappointed about what it does to a player like Marcus Rashford,’ the former Liverpool man told Sky Sports.

“Some would say that great players come and go and you’ve got to get on with it, but the bottom line is that Rashford has now dropped down the pecking order.

“That’s what football is like. When I signed for Liverpool at the age of 17, I went straight ahead of all the other players in the youth team because I had been bought in from outside.

“It’s the same with Sanchez now. Due to his reputation and the fact he has been bought by the manager, Sanchez will always go ahead of Rashford whether he is playing better or not.

“It’s the hardest thing for a young English player. You feel like you are just getting to the top of the pecking order and then suddenly, bang, it’s like a sledgehammer hits you. Your club have signed a world star.

“Mourinho has said Sanchez can be an inspiration to Rashford but I don’t think that’s what he needs right now. We’re talking about an established England international. There is only one way to learn, and it’s not by sitting next to someone in the dressing room, it’s by playing in the team.”

The pundit’s accusations seem to be pretty wild, particularly since it’s too early to make any judgement on the effect of Alexis Sanchez on Marcus Rashford‘s development.

However, if one was to go on what has already happened so far this season then one can assumed the Englishman should be safe of what Jamie Redknapp has said.

Rashford has been Mourinho’s go to player from the moment the Portuguese boss arrived at Old Trafford and he has consistently called upon the academy product, showing his faith in the young man’s talent.

In terms of positions, yes Sanchez has a preference to play on the left wing but his versatility is perhaps what encouraged Jose to chase after him so desperately.

Pundit claims that this Man Utd transfer will happen

Former Liverpool player Steve Nicol believes that Monaco’s Fabinho is set to make the move to Manchester United and has backed the club’s interest in him.

The Brazilian has been quite public with his intentions on leaving the French side and it seems that this summer will certainly see him complete a transfer elsewhere.

Whether it’s to United or not is yet to be seen but there has been rumours of Jose Mourinho’s in the versatile midfielder and he would definitely make a quality addition.

The Portuguese manager has also publicly stated his transfer targets for the next transfer window, insisting that investment is needed in the Red Devils’ midfield.

Nicol though has stated his belief that Fabinho will join Mourinho’s men and has explained why the transfer makes perfect sense for both parties.

According to the Express, Steve said to ESPN: “I think they do (lose another player) and I think they will. Monaco have shown that they’re not going to hold onto their best players, they’ll happily take the money. I think that’s exactly what they will do.

“They must (need the money) because the talent they’ve let go over the last couple of seasons has been incredible. This guy will go as well and I think he will go to Manchester United.

“I think it would be a great move for Man United. If you can get him and Matic together in the middle that will free up Pogba, then this would really make sense. I think this absolutely is a hit.”

Manchester United’s current midfield options are Michael Carrick, Marouane Fellaini, Ander Herrera, Scott McTominay, Nemanja Matic and Paul Pogba.

Jose seems to prefer a two man midfield working as a pivot despite the club’s and in particular Pogba’s success in a three man midfield.

Either way the lack of depth is pretty concerning with Carrick set to retire at the end of the season and join the club’s backroom staff.

Whilst McTominay has been solid if unspectacular, he’s still got a long way to become a regular for the team and United will need better depth.

Fellaini’s contract situation continues to be a stalemate and Herrera has yet to hit the highs of last season’s impressive campaign.