Revealed: The transfer saga as to how Sanchez signed for United and not City instead

Sanchez completed his high-profile move to Manchester United from Arsenal in January in a swap deal which saw Henrikh Mkhitaryan go the other way. A lot was expected off him as he knew the style, the aggressiveness and the demands of this league. So, it seemed as if he would adapt immediately to the side and in the club.

Instead, he looked a bit shaky by seeing the atmosphere and the demands of the club. This took him by surprise due to which his start wasn’t the most ideal one. 3 Goals in 18 Appearances wasn’t a good return by any means from a new Manchester United Number 7. But the story could’ve been completely for the Chilean in January.

Back in summer 2017 before the start of the new season, Manchester City were interested in signing Sanchez for around £60 million. In fact, they had reached an agreement for him but since Arsenal couldn’t find any replacement, the move fell out. They even had a £90 million bid rejected by Monaco on the deadline day for Thomas Lemar.

Sanchez, as a result, had to sit out the deadline day waiting for a replacement as he was DESPERATE to join Pep Guardiola. With only a year left on his contract, Everyone felt that the move was imminent and to the advantage of City, he would be available for a much lesser price than in the summer.

When City came back in January after an outstanding 6 months which saw them lead the table and were certainly called the ‘would be Champions’. So, it was clear that City would get their man this time around. Arsenal only demanded  £35 million for them to secure a deal. In addition to that, the wages and agent fees demanded by Sanchez was so high City had to back out of the deal due to Financial Advances. On the other hand, United were ready to fulfill all the demands in order to secure the move. Currently he is the highest earning player in the Premier League.

Alexis Sánchez created 4 chances against Leicester City. Only Eriksen & Holebas (both 5) managed more in the opening Premier League fixtures. pic.twitter.com/0gq3yI25P2

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When asked about the move, Chairman Khaldoon Al Mubarak said “We looked at it again in January, but the situation had changed for us compared to how we looked at it in the summer,” he added. “The reality is that the economics simply didn’t work for us anymore. If it makes sense for us, we’ll do it. If it doesn’t make sense, we are perfectly comfortable walking away.”Pointing towards the sudden rise in wage demands, Sanchez opted for the red half of Manchester over blue.

Alexis Sanchez, as an attacker would have been much better off had he joined Manchester City. He would have played in a much fluid and attacking system at city rather than a pragmatic style under Mourinho. If he wasn’t money-minded about his wages, he would have been a Premier League Champion till now.

Man Utd star shows desire to leave Old Trafford

Manchester United defender Matteo Darmian finally breaks his silence, after not being sold by the Red Devils till now.

Manchester United got off to a good start to their new season after defeating Leicester City 2-1 on the opening night of the Premier League. It wasn’t the most impressive of performances from United but it was a crucial victory to start the season following a torrid pre-season tour.

Apart from the youngsters, there were players who wanted to leave the club in search of minutes. One of them was Matteo Darmian. At one point, it seemed that Darmian would be the first player to leave the club – following the early arrival of Diogo Dalot from Porto.

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Instead, injuries to both captain Antonio Valencia and Dalot at the start of the pre-season saw Darmian slotted into the starting line-up against most of the remaining pre-season games. In fact, he even started against Leicester. Clearly, they are forced to use him, despite the fact he has his heart set back to Italy.

In an interview with Libero (h/t Calciomercato), the Italian clarified his foremost desire is to play meaningful minutes and not be 3rd choice behind Valencia and Dalot.

“United is one of the biggest clubs in the world, anyone must deserve the place and I work in light of this.
 
“But of course I’d rather play more, even if it means leaving Manchester; where I dream of going back to is Italy, in Serie A, where I got a lot of satisfaction.”

The 28-year-old has been with the Red Devils since 2015 but has mostly filled the role of a depth option, starting just five Premier League matches last year.

Author’s Take:

I feel this all has to be United’s fault not to sell him early and he has the right to be disappointed as he is not getting his desired move.

Moreover, being 28 now, teams like Juventus don’t come around more often. So, he had a chance to move to Turin but United blocked that as well as they did not have any recognised right back. Also, Darmian was very unfortunate as Valencia and Dalot got injured at the same time, which kept him in the club.

 

 

“Premier League giants should be banned from the Champions League” thunders club chairman

Liverpool’s last year’s long and unwinding journey towards Kiev came to a bitter end. The Merseyside club witnessed a very disappointing loss against Real Madrid in the Champions League final.

Moving on from that, Reds have now become a genuine favorite to clinch trophies, backed by stunning transfers. The Anfield club is all set to ingress the stage of this year’s Champions League – with an aim to bounce back from last year’s final nightmare.

But, meanwhile, according to Express, Napoli President Aurelio De Laurentiis has made an astonishing claim that Liverpool should be banned from the Champions League. Laurentiis has accused Liverpool and Serie A giants AS Roma for breaking UEFA rules by having the same owner.

Aurelio De Laurentiis, Napoli president

UEFA guidelines do not permit two clubs owned by the same owner or company to take part in the Champions League competition.

Recently  Aurelio de Laurentiis had a talk with Gazetta Dello Sport, said: “I have the feeling that Roma and Liverpool have the same owner.“I was told by somebody a few years ago and if it was true they would not be allowed to play the Champions League.”

But, Express understands Liverpool and Roma’s supporters have nothing to be worried about.

The Merseyside club is owned by The Fenway Sports Group, who took over the ownership back in 2010.

American businessman James Pallet, meanwhile, has owned the majority of the stake at the Italian outfit AS Roma since 2011. Pallet also has shares in NBA team Boston Celtics.

Liverpool owners Fenway, also own the Major League Baseball’s Boston Red Sox.

From my side, I don’t think Liverpool need to worry about it. As the report understands, both the two clubs don’t have the same owner and therefore, they won’t be much concerned about this.

 

Unai Emery has urged Arsenal star to contribute defensively to keep his place

Mesut Ozil was the player called into question by manager Unai Emery at the press conference following his far from impressive display against Manchester City.Playing as a right winger cutting inside,  He was responsible for a slate of misplaced passes, looked jittery in possession, and exhibited an uncharacteristic lack of assurance going forward.

Not even Ozil, the entire team looked disjointed against a far superior Manchester City. The choice of keeper was questioned post-match considering they were looking to play out from the back. The partnership of Guendouzi and Zhaka wasn’t the most ideal either. Guendouzi, being only 19, was a bright spot for Arsenal but Lucas Torreira could’ve been a much better partner to him than Zhaka.

When asked about Ozil’s defensive duties Emery failed to hold back as he said in his pre-match press conference, via the  Mirror: “Every player needs to do [that] in the true moment of a match.

“There are defensive moments and attacking moments. Every player each needs this commitment. For me, we need to start together, whether we are attacking or defending. I want that from every player. The positioning, he [Ozil] is playing all his career like a ten, like a right winger going inside to receive the ball.

“It’s clear he needs the ball more to give more options in attack. He needs to do in each match, be demanding for us. Defensive moments are for each and every player. Don’t change Mesut Ozil in his positioning.”

Mesut Özil for Arsenal vs. Man City:

• Most possession lost (19)
• Most possession gained (7)

A bizarre mix. 🙃 pic.twitter.com/oFBjYLidZO

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Arsenal might have a crunch time at Stamford Bridge against a Chelsea side who outplayed Huddersfield in the opening matchday. They even have to make changes in their formation to get the best out of Ozil and Mkhitaryan because they are the creators of the side. From what we saw against City, Ozil wasn’t comfortable in 4-3-3 formation and it’s true that he hasn’t been the most consistent since the past 2 seasons and contributing defensively might not be his ideal style of playing but when played in the right formation, he is one of the best number 10 in the world. Ask Jose Mourinho.

Manchester United Legend Reveals Premier League star’s Future

The World-Cup winning midfielder urged to stay at the Theater of Dream with Mourinho trusting him with the captain armband in the first match against Leicester City. The Frenchman’s future is in limelight throughout the summer transfer window with the move to Spain or returns to Juventus on cards. But according to Manchester United legend Paul Scholes, Paul Pogba “is not a Barcelona type of player”.

Scholes told to Radio 5 Live,“I just don’t see Pogba as a Barcelona type player. We hope he stays, every team wants to keep their best players and we want him to stay. He has amazing qualities but has not shown them enough. Hopefully, he can drive United to a title challenge.”

Paul Scholes thinks Manchester United is the best place for the 25-year old to stay and thrive to become better and better, Camp-Nou transfer would prove to be a big mistake for him acknowledging the style of play of Barcelona.

Scholes added about the reports regarding the rift with the manager in his talk,“I don’t know – there’s obviously some sort of breakdown in their relationship from what we read.. do we know that for definite? I don’t know. What we do know is that Paul needs to perform more often than he is doing.

“We all know the talent that he’s got. Great ability, great strength, an athlete, but he’s only doing it once every three or four games and if you’re going to challenge for a title I just don’t think that’s enough.”

Paul Pogba scored against the Leicester City to silenced some of his critics in his first outing since the World-Cup win and Paul Scholes wants Pogba to show more intensity in his play and takes more responsibility in the coming weeks if United has to win the premier league this season.

Paul Pogba is a world-class player with lots of quality and shown his capability every now and then with his performance but he has to take more responsibility for the time if United want to win the premier league. Manchester United and the manager shown his confidence in Pogba by giving him the armband and wants him to stay and perform for the team with full of his capabilities an let team win games.

Mourinho clears the air about relationship with Man Utd superstar

Jose Mourinho has broken his silence on his relationship with French World Cup winner Paul Pogba. The Portuguese boss insists there has been no disagreement with Manchester United’s record signing. A summer of discontent has seen repeated reports that Pogba wishes to leave the club he joined from Juventus for 89.3 million euros two summers ago, and move to Barcelona.

According to The Evening Standard, the enigmatic playmaker hasn’t seen eye to eye with Mourinho since his return. Barcelona have been monitoring his situation with great interest.

The former Juventus player said after the 2-1 win against Leicester: “If you’re not happy, you cannot give your best. There are things I cannot say otherwise I will get fined.” This sparked rumours about the feud between Pogba and Mourinho.

However, The ES also reports that the Portuguese boss has tried to put pay to any rumours of bad blood between him and Pogba in a press conference today, stating that the French star is ‘working well’.

The truth is we are together for two years and a couple of weeks, and I’ve never been so happy with him as I am now,” Mourinho told reporters – as per The ES.

“He’s working well, he’s playing well, he does for the fans, he does for the team and that’s what I want. I want him to play for the team, which he is doing, and, I repeat, I couldn’t be happier than I am.”

It’s good to see that the tension at Old Trafford is cooling down with time. Honestly, Pogba needs to know that Barcelona doesn’t need him right now and he can be the hero for Manchester United this season. So, he should completely focus on his performances ahead.

Maurizio Sarri Excepts Big Things from This Chelsea Star

Mateo Kovacic sat out the league opener against Huddersfield, though he could feature against Arsenal today. Chelsea are having troubles in the midfield, having sold Bakayoko and Fabregas suffering from a knee injury. In this, Kovacic could be the solution to Sarri’s midfield problems. Kovacic in the few games that he played at the Bernabeu proved again and again that he is a quality central midfield player.

Messi Nutmegs a journalist from 100m

Hence, Kovacic is in line for his Chelsea debut and what better than against Arsenal. Sarri is confident about his latest signing and stated he expects “big things” from the Croatian. “I expect a lot from him because, for me, he’s a very great player. In my opinion, he can improve more.”

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The manager continued saying how useful Kovacic can be for the Blues: “I think Mateo will be very useful for us. He’s a very technical player,” Sarri told reporters. “At this moment he has to work. I think he’s not ready now for 90 minutes, but maybe he could be used for 30 minutes tomorrow. I think he can play in any of the three positions in midfield. He’s a very good offensive player, but he has improved in the defensive phase in the last two years in Madrid.”

Mateo Kovacic was signed by Chelsea on the deadline day on a season-long loan. The deal was part of Thibaut Courtois moving to the Madrid giants. The ex-Real Madrid star is a brilliant passer of the ball and has great defensive abilities. His man-marking abilities contribute to his extensive skill set.

If used thoughtfully, he could be a big key in Chelsea’s midfield. The fans will be hoping big things from the 24-year old, as he hopes to light up the Stamford Bridge.

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Jose Mourinho: No problems with France star

Manchester United manager Jose Mourinho says he “couldn’t be happier” with Paul Pogba after the France midfielder suggested he was dissatisfied with life at Old Trafford.

The World Cup winner, 25, fell out of favour last season and this summer has been linked with a move to Barcelona.

Mourinho said: “He’s playing well, he does for the fans, he does for the team and that’s what I want.

“I cannot demand more from him, I cannot ask more from him.”

Pogba started in the season opener against Leicester last Friday, scoring in the 2-1 win.

  • Pogba: ‘If you’re not happy, you cannot give your best’

The former Juventus player said afterwards: “If you’re not happy, you cannot give your best. There are things I cannot say otherwise I will get fined.”

But Mourinho said: “The truth is we are together for two years and a couple of weeks, and I’ve never been so happy with him as I am now.

“We never had a hard – I don’t know how you like to say – exchange of words. Everything is respected. I have no problems at all.”

Meanwhile, the United manager said Italy full-back Matteo Darmian was likely to remain at Old Trafford. The 28-year-old had been given permission to find a new club, and was a tipped for a return to Serie A.

The Portuguese manager said: “I don’t think he will go. He cannot have any bad feelings towards us, because we opened the door for him in case his desire was to go, but it looks like it’s not going to end in a transfer and for me it is good news.

“For me it’s good news that Matteo is staying.”