Category: Italian

Manchester United ready to launch move for 54-goal forward

According to reports in the Sunday Mirror, Manchester United are lining up a huge £155m move for Juventus forward Paulo Dybala, who has scored 54 goals in 102 appearances for the club.

What’s the word, then?

Well, the Sunday Mirror says that the Red Devils want the impressive Argentinean after learning that he has now release clause in his contract with the Serie A giants.

The Sunday Mirror says that United’s executive vice-chairman Ed Woodward has already told Dybala’s management team that Jose Mourinho wants him at Old Trafford if he does leave the Old Lady, with Barcelona also said to be keen.

If United did manage to pull off the coup it would be the second time in only a few years they have bought a player for big money from Juventus following the £89m addition of Paul Pogba in 2016.

Why do United want Dybala?

They want him because he is quickly becoming one of the best and most consistent attacking players in Europe, if not the world.

The 23-year-old scored 19 goals and provided a further 11 assists in 48 appearances in all competitions last season mainly playing as a secondary striker, but he looks set to better that total with 12 goals in eight outings in total already this term.

The Argentina international has already proven that he can score any type of goal and he also likes to run at opposition defenders having successfully completed 18 of the 26 take-ons he has attempted in six Serie A appearances this season.

Would he be a good signing?

He certainly would be.

While anyone will struggle to match Lionel Messi in the future, Dybala is perhaps the player most similar to him in European football right now and he would prove to be an exciting addition to the United frontline.

Dybala has shown his finishing abilities already and looks to have all of the attributes to be a success in the Premier League.

What’s the verdict, then?

Well, United have plenty of attacking players in the form of Marcus Rashford, Henrikh Mkhitaryan, Romelu Lukaku and Anthony Martial, but Dybala would certainly add some unpredictability and something a little bit different.

Prising him away from Juventus could be the main issue though, even if they are willing to offer £155m.

'I'd take him over Griezmann', 'The perfect number 10' … Man United fans react to transfer link

According to reports in the Sunday Mirror, Manchester United are ready to launch a £155m bid for impressive Juventus forward Paulo Dybala, and Red Devils fans are excited at the prospect of signing the Argentina international.

The Sunday Mirror says that United have shown an interest in the in-form attacker – who has scored 12 goals in eight appearances in all competitions for the Serie A giants – after finding out he doesn’t have a release clause in his contract.

The report adds that Jose Mourinho’s men could face competition from Barcelona for the signature, but that executive vice-chairman Ed Woodward has already told the player’s management team that the Portuguese boss wants him.

Man United supporters were quick to have their say on the rumour via social media, and while some said they would “take him over Griezmann” – the Atletico Madrid player has long been linked with an Old Trafford move – others believe he would be “the perfect No.10”.

Here is just a selection of the Twitter reaction…

Tottenham line up move for Ligue 1 star who rejected Chelsea

According to reports in the printed edition of the Sunday People on September 24th (Page 47), Tottenham Hotspur are reportedly ready to go head-to-head with Serie A giants Inter Milan in the race to sign Rennes centre-back Joris Gnagnon, who is rated at £14m by his club and has already rejected a move to Chelsea.

What’s the word, then?

Well, the Sunday People report says that the 20-year-old is considered to be one of the top young talents in France after becoming a key first team player for Rennes, and Tottenham are said to be watching him closely despite only signing two young centre-backs – Juan Foyth and Davinson Sanchez – during the summer.

Chelsea wanted to sign the defender before the transfer window slammed shut at the end of last month, but in an interview with Foot Mercato the Ivory Coast international said he turned down the move to Stamford Bridge this summer as he didn’t believe that he would be playing regularly.

How good is Gnagnon?

Well, he has already started all seven of Rennes’ Ligue 1 fixtures this season and he even scored in the impressive 3-1 win away at Marseille earlier this month.

He has shown his defensive capabilities by 38 clearances and seven interceptions in those domestic appearances, while he has also proven just how strong he is in the air by winning 22 of the 31 headed duels he has contested.

He had his breakthrough campaign during the 2016/17 season, and he has been catching the eyes of scouts from the likes of Tottenham and Inter since.

Would he be a good signing?

Gnagnon looks to be a proper defender and if Spurs believe that he has the quality to go right to the top and that £14m could prove to be a bargain in the long run, then they simply have to make their move.

Mauricio Pochettino has proven that he can nurture young talent and the 20-year-old could be the next impressive player to make it in the Tottenham first team.

Is the rumour likely to be true?

It may well be true that they are monitoring Gnagnon, but having signed Sanchez and Foyth – who are 21 and 19 respectively – as well as having Toby Alderweireld, Jan Vertonghen and Eric Dier in their ranks, it would be something of a strange addition in the near future.

With the player also rejecting Chelsea because of fears he wouldn’t play, this would surely be a problem for him, too.

'If he doesn't start I'll despair' … Everton fans want star to be given Atalanta chance

Everton face Atalanta in their opening Europa League group game in Bergamo on Thursday night, and Toffees fans want Dominic Calvert-Lewin to be handed the striker’s role.

After starting the Merseyside outfit’s first two Premier League matches of the season and picking up assists in both matches, the 20-year-old has found himself on the substitutes’ bench for his side’s previous two top flight clashes against Chelsea and Tottenham Hotspur with the likes of Wayne Rooney, Gylfi Sigurdsson and Sandro Ramirez preferred in the attacking positions.

However, the young centre-forward replaced the latter at half-time in Ronald Koeman’s side’s 3-0 defeat to Spurs on Saturday, and he will be pushing for a start in Italy with a tough-looking clash against Manchester United at Old Trafford to come on Sunday.

Everton supporters were quick to have their say on Calvert-Lewin ahead of the Atalanta fixture, with some saying they would ‘despair if he doesn’t start up top’.

Here is just a selection of the Twitter reaction…

In Focus: Arsenal set sights on ideal midfield successor to Cazorla

Arsenal are looking to rejuvenate their forward line in the upcoming year and have identified a talent in Italy as their ideal successor to Santi Cazorla, according to Calcio Mercato.

What’s the story?

Left out of Arsenal’s Premier League squad for the first-half of the season and unavailable until January at the earliest, 32-year-old Santi Cazorla is coming to the end of his time at the top and the fact his contract is due to expire next summer is a major concern.

Many felt Arsenal needed to act in the transfer market this summer to sign a central midfielder but the club clearly felt differently, although the situation will change in the next 12 months as they seek to replace the veteran Spaniard.

Reports in Italy claim Udinese’s Jakub Jankto is Arsenal’s prime target to fill Cazorla’s void, although it’s indicated the 21-year-old Czech Republic international may want to remain in Serie A; where AC Milan and Juventus are also linked with the player’s signature.

What would he offer?

Elegant on the ball and possessing a keen eye for a killer pass, Jankto is, on paper at least, the sort of player Arsenal have been crying out for. Without Cazorla, Arsenal have looked rather lacklustre and are without the link from defence to attack that they need.

With Jankto slotting into the centre of midfield alongside Granit Xhaka, Arsenal would have a playmaker and an enforcer in the heart of their side. He’d allow Aaron Ramsey to potentially move into a more attacking role behind the striker, possibly replacing Mesut Ozil.

At 21, Jankto also has the ability to be crafted into a top-class player for the coming years and is the sort of man that Wenger and his successor can build a team around. He also wouldn’t break the bank, which fits into Arsenal’s strict budget.