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Manchester United face competition from Arsenal to sign £75,000-a-week star

It’s not rocket science to understand that both Arsenal and Manchester United are in dire need of defenders in the upcoming January transfer window. While the Red Devils have a lot of injury concerns at the back and have been unable to replace Rio Ferdinand, Patrice Evra and Nemanja Vidic in the summer, Arsenal also failed to sign a centre back which is clearly the need of the hour. It thus appears that both of these fierce rivals will go all out to sign a centre back in the upcoming winter transfer window. ‘

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According to reports in English Media Outlet DAILY EXPRESS, Winston Reid could be the defender that both the clubs are looking at. Despite West Ham having a stunning start to the season beating the likes of Liverpool and Manchester City at home, Reid is reluctant to sign a new deal with the Hammers. West Ham are willing to offer the New Zealand International a £75,000-a-week  in a six year deal but have so far failed to convince the player to sign his extension at Upton Park . Reid’ hesitancy to sign a new deal clearly indicates that he might leave the club.

The centre back has a contract only till the end of the season and should he not sign an extension, West Ham wouldn’t risk to lose him on a free next summer. United have been very thin defensively and the Red Devils will also be without Marcos Rojo for this weekend’s clash against Crystal Palace as manager Louis Van Gaal will be not be able to field a proper defensive line. Arsenal too dont have a centre back to fall back upon if Per Mertesacker and Laurent Koscielny are injured. This would mean that Arsene Wenger who recently highlighted the need for defenders will look to sign Reid on a cut price deal.

Manchester club offers mega £200k-a-week deal to sign Liverpool target

Borussia Dortmund’s poor start to the Bundesliga season means it will be tough for the German side to hold on to their prized asset Marco Reus. The attacking German midfielder has attracted the likes of Manchester United, Liverpool and Bayern Munich. However reigning Premier league Champions Manchester City are ready to move first and according to Manchester based outlet Manchester Evening News, the Citizens are willing to offer a mega £200k-a-week deal to switch loyalties.

The 25 year old might move given his contract has a £20m release clause which is set to kick in the summer. Dortmund would be unable to stop Reus heading for the exit as Signal Iduna Park but would be helpless if an club comes calling. However, one thing is for sure the Jurgen Klopp led side wouldn’t want to sell Reus to Bayern. They have already lost key players like Mario Gotze and recently Robert Lewandowski to the Allianz Arena outfit.

Reus’ contract runs till 2017 but potential suitors are ready to move fast to sign one of the most hottest young prospects in World Football. Manchester City’s offer is believed to around €13m per season, an astonishing figure which is greater than even the highest earners at Bayern Munich.

Manchester United are also interested in Reus while Liverpool are keeping tabs but it is well known that both the clubs might not be able to offer the extraordinary wage packet like City. Moreover, Reus would only make a switch to a Champions league club and given United and Liverpool’s poo start in the Premier League, both the fierce rivals might miss out on the highest echelon of European Football next season.

(Picture): Liverpool players train at Santiago Bernabeu ahead of Real Madrid clash

Liverpool take on reigning European Champions Real Madrid on Tuesday night at the iconic Santiago Bernabeu stadium. The Reds have been in disarray over the past few weeks and football pundits world wide are rarely giving the English side a chance against the might of Carlo Ancelotti’s men. Real lead the Spanish Liga BBVA table while Liverpool have been at best poor. The Anfield side come into the encounter after a 1-0 loss to Newcastle United in the weekend.

Daniel Sturridge though might play a small role in the clash as he posted a picture of himself travelling withe the team to Madrid.

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It will also be a stern test of Brendan Rodgers’ character as he takes challenge of arguably the biggest game of his managerial career. Here are some pictures of the Liverpool side training in the Spanish capital.

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Liverpool have so far lost 2 of their Champions League matches and were lucky to scrape past through Bulgarian side Ludogorets in the opening match day.

Massive Boost for Arsenal as transfer target wants Premier League move

According to reports from English Media outlet DAILY EXPRESS, Arsenal have been boosted in their pursuit of FC Basel defender Fabian Schar. the Swiss International recently gave an interview to Swiss magazine Blick saying that he would jump at the opportunity at playing in the Premier League and is aware of the interests from top European club. Schar also mentioned that it is his dream of playing abroad. It is also believed that Basel have set an asking price of £10m on the player.

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Arsenal would be delighted with the recent developments. The Gunners’ need for defensive options are well documented. The North London side hardly have a centre back to fall back to if either of Per Mertesacker or Laurent Koscielny is injured. Schar who plays in the heart of the defense can also draft in as a right back would easily fit into Arsenal’s starting eleven. Moreover, he has enough experience and is also a goal scoring threat; he is quite tall and can prove to be an attacking outlet from set-pieces.

Scahr recently said, “Basel are open to negotiations, but at this moment I have decided that I want to concentrate on my performances. I went through a difficult period and it wasn’t the right time to discuss my renewal. I don’t want to be worrying about that now. My dream remains to have an experience abroad.”

“I’ve always said that if the opportunity presented itself, I would take it, obviously in agreement with Basel. I need a team with important prospects. I’d like the Bundesliga, Premier League or top Italian clubs like Inter, Milan and Juventus. I couldn’t say no. I want to hear all my options and consider them carefully. There was some contact in the summer, but nothing serious.”

So will arsenal sign the player in the upcoming winter transfer window? Only time will provide the apt answer

Done Deal: Arsenal complete midfielder transfer

Arsenal midfielder Francis Coquelin has joined Championship side Charlton Athletic on a one month loan deal. the Gunners released a public statement in their official website which read: French midfielder Francis Coquelin has joined Championship side Charlton Athletic on loan for a month..Everyone at Arsenal wishes Francis well for his time at The Valley.

The 23-year-old has made 43 Arsenal first-team appearances but has failed to garner a starting eleven place for the North London side. Coquelin returned to the Gunners this season having spent the 2013/14 campaign on loan at German side Freiburg. The midfielder got significant game time making 24 appearances and scoring once for the German outfit. Before his experience in Germany Coquelin spent a  season-long loan with French Ligue 1 club Lorient in 2010/11.

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It is believed that manager Arsene Wenger believes that the young Frenchman will gain experience. Coquelin, who can also play at full-back joined Arsenal in 2008. he has also gone on to represent France at Under-21 level. Coquelin will now be eligible to make his debut for the Addicks in Tuesday’s Championship match at Leeds United.

The plethora of talent that Arsenal have at their disposal is being marred by frequent injuries. Wenger though has always been a visionary and has recast-ed young talents into future superstars. Coquelin might not feature for the London time any time any sooner and the move personally would be a great learning curve.

Big Money Star Ready To Leave Manchester United, negotiations started

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Manchester United fans hold on to your breath. If reports from Dutch website Soccer News are set to be believed than Robin Van Persie could be on the verge of leaving the Red Devils in the summer. Van Persie has clearly struggled this season and no longer has abilities for which United signed him from Arsenal while Sir Alex Ferguson was in charge. The 31 year old is also on massive wages with a hefty sum of 250k-a-week at Old Trafford.

The report claims that Turkish side Fenerbache are interested in Van Persie and could make a move for the player. Negotiations have almost started and the Turks are willing to offer an enticing package to Van Persie. the striker clearly understands that United won’t be willing hsi hefty wages beyond the summer if they don’t qualify for the Champions League this season.

Moreover with Radamel Falcao’s permanent deal close to completion, Louis Van Gaal wouldn’t want to waste his wage structure and rather give young striker James Wilson a chance to show his talent. Moreover, Wayne Rooney can also play just off the main striker which means that United can play an extra midfielder to hold control. All of these hint towards Van Persie’s exit at old Trafford. The Dutchman though has shown his true class ever since joining United, helping them to the title in his first season with the club.

However, Ferguson’s retirement clearly has made an impact on his game, but he still finished with goals last season during the treacherous reign of David Moyes. RVP also had a stunning World Cup as he led Holland to the semi finals of the grand tournament. This season, he only has shown glimpses of his true self and has struggled to make an impression.

(Picture): Arsenal star Lukas Podolski share joke with Theo Walcott in Instagram

There is no denying the fact that Arsenal’s Lukas Podolski is one of the most entertaining characters in the dressing room. The German is clearly a fan favourite thanks to his professionalism and the way he reacts even if he is not playing. Podolski is also known to have a huge presence in Social Media site Twitter and also uses Instagram on a regular extent. The left footed striker shared a joke with Theo Walcott which shows his cheerful nature and had fans laughing.

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Podolski, showing great sense of humour wrote “Theo said to me, ‘Lukas, what happens if the pitch gets flooded with rain?’ I said, ‘the teams bring on the subs!’”

the use of social media is well known among Arsenal players. Right after the Gunners beat Crystal Palace in the weekend, Alexis Sanchez posted a picture in Twitter. Podolski too was unlucky not to get himself on the scoresheet having hit a thunderous volley on the cross bar.

(Picture): This Manchester United backline against City will make you Laugh

Sergio Aguero’s deft second half goal ensure Manchester City would beat Manchester United in a heatedly contested derby on Sunday afternoon. United were lucky to be still in the game after the first half as referee Michael Oliver put in a shocking shift in the Manchester derby. While Chris Smalling was rightly sent off, City were denied two clear penalties. First it was Marouane Felliani who brought down Sergio Aguero and then it was Marcos Rojo who was lucky to stay on after he clearly tripped Yaya Toure right on stroke of half time.

But Rojo dislocated his shoulder in the second half and has to be stretchered off. This mean that United had to field a makeshift defense which only had two natural defenders. Have a look at this picture.

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Anton Valencia was drafted in as right back while Luke Shaw played in his natural left wing back role. As Rojo was stretchered off, substitute Paddy McNair partnered Micheal Carrick in the heart of the defense. yet somehow City just won by 1-0.