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Tomori to return to Chelsea after loan term?

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Chelsea youngster Fikayo Tomori recently joined Italian Serie A outfit AC Milan on an initial loan deal for the remainder of the season and there are already talks of whether he would returm to the Stamford Bridge or secure a permanent move.

The young defender has made his full debut and played well alongside Alessio Romagnoli at the back which remains an experience he has always dreamt of.

In the loan deal, there is a clause that permits a €30m buy-out clause which must be decided by Rossoneri need to decide at the end of the season

On a podcast, popular transfer journalist, Fabrizio Romano spoke about the situation and the chances of Tomori staying.

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“We’ll see if they will sign Tomori or send him back to Chelsea and go for a different centre-back. It’s an interesting player, he had a good match against Inter. He’s a different centre-back, fast, aggressive but €30m is too much, it’s not a small fee.

“Milan will take a decision at the end of the season, Ricky Massara is in love with the player. For sure they will go for him if he will show his skills,” he said.

Meanwhile, before his sack, Frank Lampard said Fikayo Tomori has a future at Chelsea and will not be allowed to leave permanently.

“He absolutely has a long-term future,” said Lampard as quoted by football.london.

“We will see if and when he goes out on loan. I took him on loan to Derby and he was one of the best players in the Championships.

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“There is a long-term plan for Fikayo in my head and if he goes out on loan it will be to enhance his personal development and come back as a better player.”

Fikayo also spoke after his debut with AC Milan. He said “A lot more people are realising that there’s more to football than the Premier League and England,” he told reporters after the pulsating derby at San Siro.

“I speak to a lot of English players and they always say: ‘How come players from Brazil or Argentina move at 16, 17 yet English players don’t seem to go out of England a lot.’

“I think it’s definitely a positive that many young English players want to leave England and are willing to try something new, to learn new languages and a different style of play.

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“That’s only going to benefit them and the national team as well.

“Going abroad gives you a different view on football as a whole rather than just Premier League and England and being in the comfort zone. Being out of your comfort zone can definitely develop a person and a player as well.”

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Veteran Dutch coach drops major hint that marks Ten Hag’s end at Ajax

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Veteran Dutch coach Aad de Mos has stated that the big hint that Erik ten Hag’s stay at Ajax has come to an end is that he has lost his dressing room.

Ajax lost the Dutch Cup final on Sunday as Ten Hag is understood to be willing to leave for Manchester United at the end of the season

Erik ten Hag has reportedly impressed Man United ahead of Mauricio Pochettino who was also linked earlier on.

De Mos told Eindhovens Dagblad: “Ten Hag has lost his way a bit.

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“He has to be careful after these series of results, because I think the dressing room at Ajax is really sick. He has of course taken risks.

“The Ihattaren substitution also turned out completely wrong. Ten Hag is losing players in the dressing room.

“Since (sporting director Marc) Overmars left, he no longer wins a game, the football is completely gone.”

Should Man United announce Erik ten Hag, he would be charged with the responsibility of raising the team to be able to challenge for the title next season.

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The Red Devils have struggled for the Premier League title since legendary manager Alex Ferguson left the club. They hope to be back soon.

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Tottenham urged to immediately sell this player to United for this reason

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Spurs insider John Wenham, who regularly breaks news about Tottenham on his Lilywhite Rose social media channels has urged the club not to hesitate over selling Steven Bergwijn to Man United this summer.

The Red Devils are understood to be linked with the winger with claims that Erik ten Hag, who is on the verge of becoming United’s manager is a big fan.

Wenham claims Spurs would not be strengthening a rival if Bergwijn was to move to Old Trafford.

“If they are going to offer the money then I have no issues selling to them,” Wenham told Football Insider correspondent Ben Wild.

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“I have seen him in the Premier League and I would still sell him in the summer as I have said many, many times.

“I think we can make some money on him. Man United’s potential interest could lead to Ajax coming forward earlier with an offer.

“There is the Ten Hag link but I still see him joining Ajax this summer. I have no interest in this ‘selling to a rival’ thing.

“I imagine the club would just be happy to sell him, it’s not like he instantly weakens us and makes them so much stronger.

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“We deemed him not good enough for us, so if they want to pay the money then fine.”

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Arsenal lose as the player set to leave is said to be heading to greatness

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Marseille manager Jorge Sampaoli has claimed that Arsenal midfielder Matteo Guendouzi,who would cease to be a Gunner at the end of the season is on the way to becoming one of the best midfielders in the world.

Marseille’s president, Pablo Longoria, had confirmed that Guendouzi will permanently sign for the French club at the end of the season after a clause was triggered in his loan agreement with Arsenal.

Under Mikel Arteta, Guendouzi fell out of favour at Arsenal due to concerns over his attitude but after finding his form in Ligue 1, Sampaoli believes the 22-year-old is progressing into a world-class talent.

‘Guendouzi’s physical condition is exceptional. He can recover very quickly, he has less risk of injury,’ Sampaoli said.

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‘He has also managed to impose himself, which can be seen with his selections for the France team. Finally, he is the soul of the team.

‘He has not progressed thanks to me, it is in general, he has gained in maturity. He is on the way to becoming one of the best midfielders in the world.’

Speaking about his decision to join Marseille, Guendouzi told RMC Sport: ‘It was a carefully considered choice.

‘There were very good discussions with the president, with the coach and people in my family.

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‘We really made the best decision all together. For me, it’s the best choice I’ve made in many years.

‘I’m very happy and very fulfilled. President (Pablo) Longoria and coach Sampaoli are the people who presented the project to me and which made me want to come.’

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Former England striker reveals why move to United did not work out

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Former England international striker Jermain Defoe has revealed that he was close to joining Man United but it didn’t work out until he landed at White Hart Lane with Tottenham Hotspur in 2004.

‘When I was younger at West Ham and was coming through, like any young player there is speculation and was always linked to Man United,’ he told talkSPORT.

‘I remember speaking to the Man United boys years later and they thought I was coming.

‘You always think at this stage and think it would have been amazing to play under someone like Sir Alex [Ferguson] and all the trophies they’ve won.

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‘I try not to regret anything as things happen for a reason.

‘I remember getting a phone call from my agent the day before I signed for Tottenham and said I’m taking you to Juventus.

‘A club that size with its culture, that experience and that. Went back to Tottenham and loved it, Harry Redknapp signed me again.’

Defoe’s most recent club saw him return to Sunderland in January 2022 on a short-term deal but just two months later he’s decided to hang up his boots.

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One of his wish would have been to be named as one of those that made history at Old Trafford.

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Piers Morgan, Aubameyang ‘exchange words over Arsenal exit

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Arsenal fan Piers Morgan and Pierre-Emerick Aubameyang exchanged words on the social media over his move away from the Emirates Stadium.

Morgan has always insisted that it was a mistake to let Aubameyang leave after he fell out with Mikel Arteta and was stripped of his captaincy.

The Gunners fan therefore hit out at his fellow supporters on Twitter after the 32-year-old striker netted in Barcelona’s 4-0 victory over Osasuna on Sunday evening.

‘Arsenal fans have spent the past two hours gloating about why we’re so much better without Aubameyang and they’re glad he’s gone,’ Morgan wrote after the Gunners beat Leicester.

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‘Meanwhile, he just scored his sixth goal in nine goals for Barcelona, which includes five goals in six La Liga games. I miss you Auba.’

But Aubameyang had no interest in being pitted against Arsenal fans and played down Morgan’s criticism, saying his departure has worked out well for everyone involved.

‘Thanks Piers but sometimes everyone benefits from a separation,’ he responded.

‘Most important is that everyone is happy now. And we had good times that I will [not] forget.’

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On Monday morning, Morgan replied: ‘Classy response, as I would expect from you, Pierre-Emerick, but for the record: I’m not happy.’

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What Paul Merson told United that will stop them from signing Pochettino

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Paul Merson has warned Man United against engaging PSG boss Mauricio Pochettino as their new manager.

The former Tottenham Hotspur boss is in line for the job as he is being considered alongside Erik ten Hag of Ajax with Ralf Rangnick set to leave the role in the summer.

Merson wrote in his Daily Star column: “Manchester United should be running a mile from Mauricio Pochettino after his Champions League fiasco with Paris Saint-Germain.

“United were cringeworthy in the Manchester derby. Embarrassing. Not one United player gets in the City team. Not one single player. And that’s extraordinary.

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“It was like watching an FA Cup tie between a Premier League side and a non-league team.

“But if you were a United fan watching PSG collapse against Real Madrid you’d be even more worried.

“Everyone knows United love Pochettino but I’m not sure he’s right for them at all.”

Merson added: “I don’t think they should be going for Pochettino at all. That should be the end of that.

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“He didn’t win a trophy at Tottenham. Didn’t win the league in his first season at PSG, where that is basically a given. And now this.”

Merson concluded by saying “the last person they need in charge of that [the rebuild] right now is Mauricio Pochettino.”

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How Bergkamp could distract United’s transfer plan on deadline day

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From indications, Man United have planned not to allow Donny van de Beek out of the club but this could be distracted by Arsenal legend Dennis Bergkamp.

It is understood that Bergkamp, whose daughter is dating Van de Beek, has contacted Patrick Vieira to accelerate Van De Beek’s exit from United and Palace hopes this will smooth the player’s path to Selhurst Park.

The player who has to speak out last year, said “I don’t know what the manager thinks and what he expects from me but I played [a deeper] role before with Ajax,” when Ole Gunnar Solskjaer was still at the helm.

“Of course at the end I was a 10 but I also played a few games as a number six, so I think I can play this.

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“The way we play, for me, I think number six or number eight [is my best position]… I don’t care where, I just want to play so it doesn’t matter where.”

Asked what Van de Beek could do to get into the United starting XI, Rangnick said: “Just work hard. So far, as I have got to know him, he has got a top mentality.

“He works hard in every training session. He is a team player through and through. There will be games where he will get his chance to play, I am sure.

“I also had a long conversation with him last week about that and again, of course it is difficult for him right now because he also wants to play for the Dutch national team, he wants to qualify for himself and play in the World Cup in Qatar.

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“In order to do that he needs to get game time here. But I still believe we should keep him, and he should stay here, definitely until the end of this season and try to get as much game time as he possibly can.”

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Football journalist tells Arsenal Vlahovic will be at the Emirates if they are willing to do just this one thing

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Arsenal have been sweating over the signing of Dusan Vlahovic from Italian Seire A outfit Fiorentina as a move seems difficult.

It is understood that the player does not fancy a move in this January winter transfer window and the only option for him is the summer.

Also, Vlahovic is not convinced about a move to Arsenal as Tottenham Hotspur are also keen on securing his services.

However, football journalist Sami Mokbel insists that Arsenal can sign Dusan Vlahovic but will have to put together a package worth £150m to make it happen.

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Mikel Arteta looks to bring in reinforcements up front and has confessed that it has been difficult.

Several names have been linked with the North London outfit, including midfielders as the team continues to struggle with Dusan Vlahovic as a major target, fitting into the current crop of Arsenal team because if his age.

However speaking to GiveMeSport, football journalist Sami Mokbel said: “I think the costs that are attached to the deal are pretty prohibitive as well. Big agent fees, big wages, and a big transfer fee.

“My understanding is that the total deal over a period of five years could cost upwards of £150m including wages.”

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