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Man United close to signing £70m Lazio playmaker, Savic



Manchester United are ‘close’ to sealing a £70 million deal for Lazio’s Sergej Milinkovic-Savic, according to reports in Italy.
Reports indicate that United have ‘relaunched’ a bid to sign Serbia playmaker to replace Paul Pogba who has been linked with Real Madrid and Juventus.
United are reported to leading the race ahead of PSG to sign Milinkovic-Savic, who have also shown interest in the midfielder.
‘Sergej’ will reportedly be in for a salary of 6-7 million euros a year if he joins the Reds, although reports in England claim United have not interested in the player and that his agents could be behind the speculation to raise his valuation.
United are yet to launch any bid for the player and the reports emanating from Italy could be just rumours,” said a source.
United are currently in China for their pre-season tour and earlier overcame Tottenham 2-1 to win their fourth successive matches in the pre-season.
Anthoney Martial struck in the first half to give United the lead before Lucas Maura equalized in the second half with a deflected effort.
It was academy graduate Angel Gomes who scored late in the game to give the Red Devils a deserved victory.

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Davide Zappacosta Arrives for Roma Medical Ahead of Season-Long Loan From Chelsea



​Chelsea defender Davide Zappacosta has arrived at Roma to undergo a medical ahead of sealing a season-long loan to the Serie A side.

First-team opportunities have been hard to come by for the Italian since his move from Torino in 2017, and he has failed to even make the bench in either of Chelsea’s Premier League matches this season.

As a result, he was eager to leave the club on loan, and Roma have confirmed on ​Twitter that he has now arrived at the club for a medical.

There has been no confirmation of whether the deal will include an option for Roma to sign Zappacosta permanently next summer, with several reports coming up with conflicting information.

Goal’s ​Nizaar Kinsella states that the ​Serie A side wanted an option to buy after declining to meet ​Chelsea’s £23m asking price this summer, and the Blues are said to have accepted their demands in the hope of getting Zappacosta off their books at the end of the season.

Many Chelsea fans won’t be too disappointed to see the back of Zappacosta, given the Italian has failed to make an impact at Stamford Bridge. Club captain ​Cesar Azpilicueta has retained his place in the lineup, despite his recent struggles.

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Expensive Transfer Signings Who Flopped




Malcom Filipe Silva de Oliveira

​Having joined Zenit St. Petersburg this summer, Malcom’s tenure as a Barcelona player lasted just the one season. Ouch.

Signed from Bordeaux for a reported £36m, the 22-year-old was deemed to have much promise, having scored 12 goals and assisted a further seven in 32 starts in Ligue 1, all from a wide position.

However, the Brazilian failed to make an impact in Spain, scoring just once for the club before being shipped off to Russia.

Inspired by the move – as well as Philippe Coutinho’s potential departure, albeit a loan – here’s a list of seven expensive signings who flopped and were swiftly moved on elsewhere.

Alvaro Morata


A £60m signing from ​Real Madrid in 2017, Alvaro Morata was expected to replace the goals of the departed ​Diego Costa, who returned to Atletico Madrid having just helped ​Chelsea win their fifth Premier League title, scoring 20 league goals in the process.

Instead, the Spaniard scored just 16 goals over 18 months as the Blues failed to secure Champions League football. Having not settled in England, ​Morata was loaned – made permanent this summer – to ​Atletico, joining Costa in escaping Stamford Bridge.

Angel Di Maria

Angel Di Maria

Back in 2014, ​Manchester United paid Real Madrid £68m for Angel Di Maria, who had just enjoyed a fine campaign with Los Blancos, starring as the club won the UEFA Champions League.

United had just sacked David Moyes, appointed Louis van Gaal, and believed that splashing the cash for star players would return them to the summit of the Premier League.

Alas, the Argentine failed to endear himself to the Old Trafford faithful, struggled to adapt to English football and was subsequently sold to Paris Saint-Germain the following season.

​Christian Benteke


​Liverpool decided to pay ​Aston Villa £42m for Christian Benteke in 2015, having witnessed the powerful Belgian score 42 goals in 82 starts in the Premier League since his arrival three seasons prior.

However, the target man struggled to adapt to Liverpool’s style of play, which involved the ball on the floor and pressing while out of possession. Jurgen Klopp’s arrival in October was the beginning of the end for ​Benteke, who scored just nine goals for the Reds.

Jackson Martinez

Jackson Arley Martinez

Having been a prolific goal scorer for Porto – 67 in 90 games – Atletico paid £37m for Jackson Martinez in 2015, hoping that they had found another incredible marksman set to follow in the footsteps of Fernando Torres, ​Sergio Aguero, Diego Forlan and Radamel Falcao.

Rather, the Colombian scored just twice before being shipped off to China the following February, with Atletico somehow making a profit on their misfiring striker.

Andy Carroll

Andrew Carroll

With only six months of regular top-flight football under his belt, Liverpool paid £36m for then-21 year-old ​Andy Carroll, who had bagged 11 goals in 18 starts for ​Newcastle at the start of the 2010/11 season.

With the mere six goals in the following 18 months, Carroll departed for ​West Ham, initially on loan and then permanent the next summer.

Fortunately for Liverpool, the England international was acquired to replace the outgoing Torres alongside another man who fared just a bit better – a certain ​Luis Suarez.

Gaizka Mendieta

Lazio v Piacenza

Known in England for his spell at ​Middlesbrough, Gaizka Mendieta set Lazio back £43m when he arrived from Valencia in 2001 – a staggering fee at the time.

In Italy, however, the Spaniard struggled to capture his best form, failing to score a single goal for the club. He was loaned to ​Barcelona the following season before heading to Middlesbrough in 2003, initially on loan and then on a free transfer in 2004, in what was a massive financial loss for Lazio.

Zlatan Ibrahimovic

Zlatan Ibrahimovic

A controversial selection, certainly, given Zlatan Ibrahimovic’s pedigree, as well as his respectable goal record at Barcelona, which stands at 19 goals in 31 games.

However, not only did Barcelona pay £42m for the Swedish international, they also gave ​Inter legendary forward Samuel Eto’o, who proceeded to win the treble the next season under Jose Mourinho.

Zlatan was gradually replaced by ​Lionel Messi, who increasingly preferred to play central, and was loaned out to ​Milan the very next season, before joining the Italian giants permanently.

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Arsenal Agree £8m Deal With Chelsea for David Luiz



​Arsenal look set to seal the deadline day transfer of David Luiz for £8m after the Gunners struck a deal with Chelsea to move the defender across London, while club scapegoat Shkodran Mustafi is being linked with a switch to Ligue 1.

Unai Emery has been on the hunt for reinforcements in the centre of defence, after watching his side ship 51 Premier League goals last campaign while club captain Laurent Koscielny sealed a move to Bordeaux this summer.

Fears over regular playing time at Stamford Bridge appeared to have swayed Luiz into leaving Frank Lampard’s side, while Ornstein also adds that Kieran Tierney’s move to Arsenal will be a £25m deal on a five-year contract. Both players are due to have their medicals on Thursday and will be completed ahead of the 5pm deadline.

With Luiz’ arrival expected in the next few hours, news of Mustafi’s looming exit may force Emery to dip into the market once more. The aforementioned Umtiti appears the only viable option at present, although it would require some fee to prize the World Cup winner away from the La Liga side.

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