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Deadline Day Madness: Manchester United’s Move For Vidal Still On, Arsenal Linked With Bacca, And Petr Cech May Leave Chelsea

Today is one of the two days when everyone pays attention to which players can be bought, loaned or sold by clubs in a last-minute dash to make their teams ready for the new season. With each team at least 2 games into their respective seasons, each of them knows where they have to strengthen and where they have to trim the unnecessary fat.

Here, FootballFriendsOnline will take a look at the top clubs in the Premier League, the places they need to strengthen or trim, and also the current transfer rumours.

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Manchester City:

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Falcao

Strengthen: Their team seems to be well-balanced as of now. With at least two players available to fill each position, their team doesn’t need too many reinforcements. The problem would be keeping everyone happy, by ensuring that there is constant rotation and that everyone gets chances to play, or else people will want to leave in the January transfer window.

Trim: There is news that Alfredo Negredo is unhappy and wants to leave, which is why City were lining up Falcao as a replacement. This move might not work out, but if it does, City cannot help but play Agüero and Falcao if both are fit, which will reduce the number of chances available to the others. Micah Richards could also be on his way out, as he has not got too many minutes in the last two years and clearly doesn’t fit into the scheme of things. Boyata and Sinclair might end up going out on loan.

Arsenal:

Strengthen: Striker, Defensive Midfielder/Defender – Arsenal desperately need a striker, and need to sign someone experienced, who can torment opposition defences. Yaya Sanogo, in last night’s game against Leicester looked out of his depth in the Premier League and it will be suicidal to Arsenal’s hopes of winning the League if they rely on Sanogo in Giroud’s absence. Wenger’s team has lacked an option in defence, who can make exceptional tackles and win back possession. A good central defender or a defensive midfielder is a necessity. With few options available in the transfer market now that the bargain buys have been made, Wenger will be expected to pull a rabbit out of the hat and make the right move, two years in a row. They are currently linked with a move for Carlos Bacca from Sevilla.

Trims: None. Even if Arsenal seem to have too many options in attacking midfield, injuries, losses in form and many other issues trouble Arsenal midway through the season, due to which they haven’t been able to sustain their form over the course of an entire season for a long time. One possible trim could be Zelalem or Akpom or Gnabry who could go out on loan to get more match-time.

Liverpool:

Strengthen: Liverpool have strengthened in all the right places. Rodgers deserves credit for using the windfall from Suarez’s sale to increase Liverpool’s squad depth in numerous areas so as to increase competition among players to push themselves to be first-team choices.

Trims: Fabio Borini. With Mario Balotelli now in the scheme of things, Borini should be sold when his transfer value is still in double-digit-millions, so that Liverpool are not forced into selling him on the cheap next year. Suso could also go out on loan to get more first-team minutes.

Chelsea:

Strengthen: Chelsea have strengthened in almost all their key areas and have got three strikers, who are all capable of putting in match-winning performances. Jose cannot grumble this year, if he doesn’t win, as his team is strong enough to challenge for trophies on all fronts. They have enough depth in terms of their keepers, defenders, midfielders and forwards and do not need to buy or sell today.

Trims: Petr Cech wants to leave if he is not going to be the first choice keeper. Chelsea need to keep a replacement ready, if Cech forces his way out on the transfer deadline day, so as to provide backup to Courtois over the course of the season. One of the midfielders, hopefully John Obi Mikel, needs to be offloaded today.

Manchester United:

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Welbeck

Strengthen: Defensive midfielder, Defender, Attacking midfielder – Manchester United are an unbalanced team, with too many players to play in a particular position and hardly any players to play in other positions. A defensive midfielder is essential if united want to catapult themselves into the top-4. Most of their poor results can be down to the fact that they have been unable to control the opposition from launching attacks, by making tackles and winning back possession. Ander Herrera will need time to adjust to the Premier League, and the pursuit of Arturo Vidal is on. Even though this transfer will be tough to pull off with less time left in the window, he will be a stunning addition to the squad if  they somehow manage to seal the deal. United also require another defender to provide them with enough squad depth to get through the season, owing to the injury-prone nature of most of their defenders. An attacking midfielder is also of utmost importance, with both Nani and Kagawa departing the club. Another top-class attacking midfielder could be a useful addition.

Trim: They need to get rid of one of their strikers, who clearly isn’t going to get enough time. Javier Hernandez and Danny Welbeck are linked with Real Madrid and Tottenham respectively, which could be bad for the club, as there will be just two strikers to shoulder the burden of the entire season. A young midfielder between Lingard and Powell could be sent out on loan, to get more game time. Anderson and Cleverley have to be offloaded, while Fellaini could be persisted with, as he could be of use to the club in the midfield.

Liverpool set to complete deal for World Cup star

Liverpool’s busy transfer window is set to continue as the Reds look to add further firepower in order to enhance their squad. According to reports from the much trusted and reliable Gianluca Di Marzio website, the Anfield side are very much interested in Argentina’s Wold Cup hero Sergio Romero as manager Brendan Rodgers looks to bring in the shot stopper to give more competition to his number one choice Simon Mignolet. Though Australian Brad Jones has been ever present in the Reds’  squad for a significant period of time, it might be true that Rodgers doesn’t have enough faith in the 32 year old and now wants an upgrade and Romero fits the bill perfectly.

The 27 year old Argentina won hearts all around the world after his sensational penalty shoot out heroices in the World Cup semi final against Holland which enabled the La Albiveleste to progress through to the finals where they were in fact beaten by eventual winners Germany at the Maracana.

The reason that the Reds are confident to sign the player is due to the fact that Romero’ agent is Mino Raiola, the latter who is also the agent of Mario Balotelli, the controversial Italian who joined the Reds last week. It is believed that  Raiola is working on the transfer for his client and an agreement is set to be reached in the coming hours.

However adding twist to the tale is the report from Gazzetta Dello Sport who however have claimed that Manchester United have also asked Sampdoria about a possible transfer as Louis Van Gaal looks for a back up to David De Gea. Europa league winner Sevilla re also interested as it is reported that Romero is unwanted at the Italian club after he had spent the earlier season on loan to French side Monaco.

(Picture): Arsenal star parties with Olympic Legend

Chilean Alexis Sanchez looks to have made a great start to his Arsenal career. After firing the Gunners to the Champions League group stages scoring against Turkish side Besiktas in midweek, the 25 year old was pictured partying in London nightclub Chinawhite last night with Olympic legend Usain Bolt. Accompanying the duo with Mauricio Isla who plies his trade for another London based and fellow Premier League club Queens Park Rangers.

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Following the Glasgow Commonwealth Games, Bolt flew to Brazil, and consequently flown back to the UK for some relaxation. The 100m world record holder and sprinter who is a self proclaimed Manchester United man partied and rapped along to rap tracks from the likes of Drake and Chris Brown with both the footballers.

Arsenal have had a good start to the season and Sanchez particularly has looked to be a great fit for Arsene Wenger. The gunners have collected four points from their opening two games in the brand new Premier League season and now travel to the King Power Stadium to take on the newly promoted side Leicester City on Sunday.

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Arsenal close to signing Manchester United target, after player wants Emirates move

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According to reports in ESPN, Arsenal are reportedly close to signing Manchester United target William Carvalho who has hinted that he wants to join the Emirates outfit. The highly rated 22 year old has attracted envious glances from all over Europe with a majority of top flight clubs waiting in queue for his signature. However Arsenal currently lead the  line and the report claims that Sporting Lisbon is hoping and is ready for a last minute snatch from Arsenal to prize away the Portuguese asset from his native country.

It has been indicated that the player himself is said to favour a side currently in the Champions League and there are huge chances that Arsenal may move for him before the transfer window slams shut on Monday. However he will not come cheap as Sporting want offers to be above £24m to do business. With fitness concerns surrounding Mikel Arteta and the inability of Mathieu Flamini to play the defensive midfield role to perfection, Gunners’ manager Arsene Wenger is expected to move for the player as he expects to mount a serious Premier League title challenge after the disappointments last term.

Sporting have already lost one of their prized assets in Marcos Rojo, the Argentine who joined United and is now sorting out his work permit issues. Arsenal have already been after a central midfielder who can screen the back four and also break down opposition attacks and had two of their bids rejected for Carvalho after their interest in want away Real Madrid midfielder and World Cup winner Sami Khedira ended thanks to the player’s astronomical wage demands which Wenger wasn’t inclined to meet.

With just under 48 hours remaining at the time of writing, Arsenal will however have to move fast. Wenger had earlier phone called PSG’s Adrien Rabiot but Italian side Roma are perhaps in pole position to sign the 19 year old French sensation.

Done Deal: Manchester United Agree £14m For World Cup Star Following Di Maria Move

Daley Blind, if reports are to be believed is a Manchester United player. 

Dailymail were the first to break the news amongst the British Media last night, but it has now been confirmed by BBC and telegraaf. According to BBC, Manchester United have agreed a fee with Ajax for versatile Netherlands international Daley Blind.

Blind, who came to lime light after his impressive performances in the World Cup has been chased by Manchester United and several other European clubs. The Red Devils have finally managed to convince Ajax’ Marc Overmars after they had agreed to pay Blind’s valuation of £14m. The 24, year old is yet to agree personal terms, but it believed that he will follow his International coach Louis van Gaal to Old Trafford within this week.

Blind will be LVG’s fifth signing after taking over the reign at Manchester United. The Dutch man can play at centre back, left -wing back and as a defensive midfielder giving his manager a variety of options to think about. At last United have managed to address their concerns at the back and Blind will be the answer to United’s fight for European places as the season progresses.

 

 

Report: Manchester United Manager Confirms Deadline Day Activity – Carvalho, Blind In Radar

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Manchester United manager Louis Van Gaal has admitted that he expects activity in the transfer market before the deadline on Monday night. The Dutch legend however has given no guarantees but he is certain that a plethora of transfers are in the pipeline with ins and outs reportedly possible before the transfer window slams shut. Van Gaal however wan’t drawn to take names as he believed that doing so would raise the value in the inflated transfer market. He stated, “I cannot say anything about that [the market] because it will raise the price.”

United face an away trip to promoted side Burnley in their search for the win of the season after being humbled at home in the opening day of the season against Swansea and then getting only a point at the Stadium of light against Sunderland before their second string side were humiliated by 4-0 at the hands of Championship side MK Dons in the Capital One Cup.

The Times report that United will now challenge Arsenal to bring in William Carvalho from Portuguese side Sporting Lisbon as Van Gaal is desperate to being in a central defensive midfielder to haul his midfield after reports suggest that the Red Devils have hit a potential stumbling block to sign Arturo Vidal from Juventus.

The Portuguese side earlier were refusing to baulk their €45 million (about £36 million) stipulated in the 22-year-old’s contract but they are now ready to do business at a lower price. United will try to do all they can to do business at €30m after they also signed Marcos Rojo from Sporting and believe that the cash deal would be enough to entice the club and the player to pursue his career at Old Trafford.

United are also believed to be in for Ajax man and World Cup star Daley Blind, a player who can feature in a variety of positions from left wing back to central defensive midfield and thus will suit Van Gaal’s 3-5-2 set up at Manchester.

 

Manchester City vs. Liverpool Player Ratings And Match Review

Manchester City rubber stamped their title credentials when they drubbed one of their title competitors, Liverpool in the second Premier League weekend. Manchester City were able to play their natural game throughout, as they found space when they attacked during the game, time after time. They could easily clean up any attack that Liverpool made, which was excellent and yet, eerie. If City keep playing like this, they are certain favorites to win the League. They didn’t look too perturbed, and if they can make an attack of Sterling – Sturridge – Coutinho look like amateurs, there will be few teams who can get past them, unless City have bad days in plenty. Fans of the other teams should beware of a City team that hasn’t hit its straps in terms of its attack, as that will define games even further.

Liverpool did not give up, even when they were 3-0 down, as they almost took charge of the game towards the 83th minute when they scored a goal (an own-goal by Zabaleta) and threatened to score more. Liverpool were good, but were unable to trouble City in their third. Their play was imaginative to an extent, but lacked any sort of an end product, and Suarez was definitely missed. Lambert was introduced too late to have an impact, as a 4-1-3-2 strategy with Lambert in the XI could have challenged City. Liverpool were not so great at the back, but the margin makes it look like an even shoddier performance than what it was.

However, the muscle that City possess in midfield looked ominous. Liverpool were outplayed and ran out of men who could push and tackle the opposition City players, as they focused on Silva, Nasri, Yaya and Dzeko, maybe forgetting that Jovetic was on the pitch, for which he made them pay, with a well-taken brace. Stevan Jovetic showed his class, as he staked his claim for a place in the team, after his forgettable, injury-hit season last year, and deserves the Man of the Match award.

Ratings:

Manchester City:

Joe Hart – 6.5/10 – Made saves, but was shielded by a good defence

Pablo Zabaleta – 6/10 – Shuttled up and down the right flank on his return, was unfortunately involved in the only goal that Liverpool scored.

Martin Demichelis – 7/10 – Coped with Sturridge and Sterling, unlike the last time where he was outmuscled and outmaneuvered by them.

Vincent Kompany – 7.5/10 – Marshalled the defence with aplomb, thus doing what he does best.

Gael Clichy – 8/10 – Stifled Sterling in one of his best performances, made important clearances throughout.

Fernando – 6/10 – No-nonsense approach, cleared up all the messes, kept getting possession back for City.

Yaya Toure – 6/10 – Was the powerhouse in midfield, but didn’t exactly light up the game.

David Silva – 7/10 – Had a decent game, made key passes into the centre, got better with time.

Samir Nasri – 6.5/10 – Was decent, but came to life in the second half.

Stevan Jovetic – 9/10 – Proved what he was capable of in a City shirt, both goals reflected his efforts.

Edin Dzeko – 6.5/10 – Led the line, held up play and did everything he had to, but nothing exceptional came from him.

Liverpool:

Simon Mignolet – 5/10 – Had a horror game, will not forget the Aguero goal for some time.

Glen Johnson – 6/10 – Made efforts to defend consistently, tried to attack from the back without success.

Dejan Lovren – 6/10 – Is slowly becoming the leader of the defence, however, had a so-so game.

Martin Skrtel – 5.5/10 – He was a rock at the back, but couldn’t make an impact on the game.

Alberto Moreno – 5/10 – Had a baptism by fire, had to keep Silva and later on Navas at bay, wasn’t a great performance. He also let Jovetic score the first goal.

Joe Allen – 6/10 – Moved the ball forward, but it kept coming back to him. He wasn’t able to compete with City’s tough midfield.

Steven Gerrard – 6/10 – Faded away as the game went on, marshalled his troops forward, but that wasn’t enough.

Jordan Henderson – 6/10 – Made runs forward, but couldn’t impose himself on the game.

Raheem Sterling – 6.5/10 – Made attempts to beat the defence, linked up with Sturridge and supplied chances in the first half.

Coutinho – 5.5/10 – Inconsistency got the better of him; it was a lacklustre performance in a crunch game.

Daniel Sturridge – 6.5/10 – Showed why he needs a strike partner, couldn’t do everything by himself.

Manchester City can take delight from this game and use it for inspiration later on during the season, as their strikers were not in top form, but good performances from the rest of their players spurred them on. Liverpool fans could say that the scoreline didn’t do justice to their team’s efforts on the pitch. However, they will need to up the ante now, as they would want to prove that they are title contenders, not just also-rans.