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Bournemouth winger Ryan Fraser rejects contract extension

AFC Bournemouth are fighting relegation on one hand, while on the other side, they are fighting contract issues.

This time Ryan Fraser has rejected the short-term deal extension and will be free to leave the club during the summer transfer window.

The in-demand winger will leave the club on a Bosman transfer who has gained the interest from clubs including Arsenal and Tottenham Hotspur.

Arsenal were interested to sign the player under Unai Emery in the previous transfer window but a move couldn’t materialise. Later, Arsenal also cooled their interest on the player.

 

In 28 games for the club in Premier League, Ryan Fraser has one goal and four assists to his name. The 26-year-old also has managed one cross per game on an average along with 1.6 passes per game. However, with the club dealing with the relegation battle, Ryan Fraser is looking for pastures new.

The club issued a statement, which read:

Winger Ryan Fraser has declined to sign a short-term contract extension”.

However, amidst this challenging season,  AFC Bournemouth came to this conclusion. While Simon Francis Andrew Surman, Artur Boruc and Charlie Daniels have meanwhle agreed to extend their stay at the south-coast club. 

 

Bournemouth sit in 18th place in the Premier League table and will be looking to move up the ranks. They are two points above Aston Villa and below West Ham and Watford who have a better goal difference compared to Eddie Howe’s side.

The club will face Crystal Palace on Sunday at their home of The Vitality Stadium  in the first match after the season suspension.

24/7 football Weekly transfer round-up

Hello and welcome to the 24/7 Football’s weekly transfer round up.

English Premier League is all set to return from 17th June amid the pandemic and the games are to be played behind the closed doors. Despite the pandemic, the football operations haven’t come to a halt and has filled the football world with the rumors.

The traditional top six will be looking to end their season with European spots whereas the newly promoted sides apart from Sheffield United will be looking to avoid the relegation. However, these factors will not stop the rumour mill from discussing potential gossip and deals surrounding footballers.

Here are the top transfer rumours of the week

1) Chelsea close in on Timo Werner

After a quiet transfer window in 2020, Chelsea are expected to reinforce their side with few quality signings. Frank Lampard’s side have reportedly closed in on signing the RB Leipzig striker, Timo Werner, after triggering the €60 million release clause for the German striker.

 

The move to Stamford Bridge will come as a surprise for the Liverpool fans as they expected German striker to sign for the Anfield outfit. However, it is learned that the release clause was the major deterrence for Liverpool to sign the German international.

Also Read: CHELSEA LOOK SET TO SIGN TIMO WERNER FROM RB LEIPZIG

2) Gunners reportedly agree personal terms with Thomas Partey

According to the reports published in football.london, Arsenal have agreed personal terms with the Atletico Madrid midfielder Thomas Partey.  The midfielder has been a long term target for the three-time Premier League winners and reports are suggesting that Arsenal have made the breakthrough in the transfer.

 

The Ghana international has been phenomenal for Rojiblancos and their manager, Diego Simeone is a huge admirer of the player. He has asked the club to give a new contract to the player and extend his stay at the Spanish capital. However, Arsenal remain determined to sign the midfielder and increase their midfield options.

Despite the speculations, there is one major roadblock for Arsenal to sign Thomas Partey. According to Goal.com, Thomas Partey has asked for Champions League qualification before agreeing to sign for the Emirates-based outfit. So the major question remains, can Arsenal seal the deal for the Atletico Madrid midfielder?

3) Ole Gunnar Solskjaer targets Argentine wonderkid

It is no brainer that Manchester United have turned their attention to sign the prodigies and wonderkids across the globe after they saw the effectiveness of Daniel James, Mason Greenwood and Brandon Williams in the Premier League. The low-risk signings have been a notable shift in Manchester United’s transfer policy and are expected to continue in the upcoming transfer windows.

 

According to Todo Fichajes, Manchester United are interested in signing the Argentine wonderkid, Thiago Almada from Velez Sarsfield. The player has a €22 million release clause and the Red Devils are willing to pay the hefty sum for the teenager’s signature. However, it has been revealed that Manchester United are not the only club looking to Almada but Arsenal, Manchester City and Atletico Madrid are also interested in the teenager. With this in mind, can the United Chief-Executive, Ed Woodward lure the player to Stretford End?

Premier League agrees to allow five substitutions in post-pandemic restart

On Thursday, all the 20 member clubs of the Premier League gave the nod for five substitutions when the League resumes on June 17.

The English top-flight is all set to restart their 2019-20 season on June 17th with Liverpool on top of the table, needing just two wins to secure their first championship since the 1989/90. 

The new decision comes as no surprise as the new rule is in the lines of temporary guidelines provided by the International Football Association Board (IFAB). The football body allowed the temporary amendment in order to facilitate the completion of the ongoing season.

 

There was approval to increase the number of players on bench from seven to nine by shareholders. The step is welcomed by managers and players as it will allow them to change their approach towards the game. It is also something that is approved by IFAB and Premier League, keeping the players’ welfare in their mind.

However, the rules also state that only three occasions will be provided for managers and clubs to make changes. This is a measure to avoid frequent disruptions during the match.

During the meeting, the clubs’ shareholders have also given their consent towards the neutral venue fixtures. Thought a vote has still to be held, the shareholders have agreed to host the games in a neutral venue if the situation demands.

For instance, one of the games that may be held at a neutral ground is the Merseyside Derby between Liverpool and Everton.  

It was revealed that discussions were also held regarding the promotion and relegation along with European qualifications if the season gets disrupted again due to the pandemic. However, no contingency plans have yet been finalised with the focus of the meeting being the resumption of the 2019/20 campaign. 

Football world responds to the death of George Floyd

In a recent turn of events in the United States of America amid pandemic, the racist events have resurfaced due to Geroge Floyd’s death. Geroge Floyd was an American-African who died due to the atrocity of white policemen in Minneapolis. He was hand-cuffed and was held around his neck in a kneeling position for around nine minutes which resulted in the death of Floyd. This has sparked the violent protests across the United States.

The protesters upped their ante on Tuesday which resulted in a complete shutdown of lights in White House.

Supporting the fight against racism, footballers and their clubs have come out to show their collective support for George Floyd. Not only football, but the sport stars across the globe like Roger Federer, Rafael Nadal, Tiger Woods, Coco Gauff have also joined the protest.

Showing their support, Borussia Dortmund stars Jadon Sancho and Achraf Hakimi displayed “Justice for George Floyd” while celebrating their goals against Paderborn. Similarly, Monchengladbach’s Marcus Thuram kneeled during his celebration. These actions have irked the German Football Association and are investigating the incident.

However, the investigation from the German Football body made International football organisation, FIFA, interfere with the matter. FIFA president, Gianni Infantino asked the FA’s to applaud their players for their support against racism rather than handling the sanctions on them.

Players have taken the incident personally as many are targeted with racial abuse across Europe and the globe. The Football Association in England have stated that they will take a “common sense” approach towards the players if they are found imitating any action supporting the anti-racism movement.

Here is how the football players and football clubs across the globe have come out in the support of George Floyd:

 

Paul Pogba

 
 

Premier League

 

Marcus Rashford

 
 

Jadon Sancho

 
 
 
 

Liverpool

 

Arsenal

 

Bayern Munich

 

Kylian Mbappe

 

Frenkie de Jong

 

Serge Aurier

 

Lionel Messi

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Five shocking Manchester United transfers

One of the best clubs in Europe and a traditional top-six club in England, Manchester United have been a poor side in their performances since the departure of legendary manager, Sir Alex Ferguson.

Most of the poor performances can be attributed for the flawed transfer policies of Manchester United under both Sir Alex Ferguson and his successors. Here are the top five shocking transfers that went on to raise the eyebrows of Old Trafford fans.

Morgan Schneiderlin

Under Louis van Gaal, Manchester United were looking to sign some fresh talent and rebuild the club.  Legends such as Ryan Giggs and Paul Scholes had just retired or were on the verge of retirement. Subsequently, Manchester United signed Morgan Schneiderlin from Southampton for a reported fee of £25m. However, the French international failed to impress at Old Trafford and was shipped off to Everton in 2017 by Jose Mourinho for a fee of €23 million following his inconsistent performances at Stretford End.

Radamel Falcao

The Columbian international was one of those European league players who came with a high reputation to England. However, within the days of his arrival, “El Tigre” proved that he is not up to Premier League standard.

Ed Woodward signed Radamel Falcao on a loan deal following his impressive performances at Atletico Madrid, Porto and Monaco. Manchester United had signed the player on a season-long deal worth £6 million on the deadline day.

During his stay at Old Trafford, Falcao was able to score four goals and notch up five assists in 29 appearances across all the competitions.

United however chose not to make the loan move permanent and The Columbian forward experienced another unsuccessful stint in the Premier League at Chelsea.

Diego Forlan

The Uruguayan’s spell at Old Trafford was rather disappointing and proved to be one of the disastrous decision by the legendary manager, Sir Alex Ferguson.

 

Manchester United acquired the services of Forlan for a reported fee of €11 million from the Argentinian club, Independiente. However, the striker failed to live up to the hype with just 17 goals to his name across all the competitions. Forlan  did manage 98 appearances for the club under Ferguson as the manager looked to avoid the backlash from supporters after splashing out a huge amount in the transfer market.

Following on from his spell at Old Trafford, Forlan enjoyed rather more success at clubs such as Villarreal and Atletico Madrid, proving that a move away from the Premier League was the best decision for his career. 

Alexis Sanchez

If Manchester United fans were allowed to undo one signing ever, that would be Alexis Sanchez without a doubt. Jose Mourinho signed Alexis Sanchez from Arsenal in a cash+player deal. Henrikh Mkhitaryan moved to Emirates and Alexis Sanchez to Old Trafford.

Coming with a huge reputation, Alexis Sanchez failed to be that star player whom the whole world admired in his Barcelona and Udinese days. In his 45 appearances for Manchester United, Sanchez managed just five goals and added nine assists to his name across all the competitions.

After Ole Gunnar Solskjaer took the reigns at Old Trafford on a permanent basis, Sanchez was loaned to Inter Milan with the Norwegian international looking to transform the club. In one of the recent transfer rumors, Alexis Sanchez is rumoured to be part of deal for wonderkid Jadon Sancho from Borussia Dortmund.

 

Bebe

Ferguson has pulled the strings perfectly when it comes to transfers.  However, there is one instance where the successful Scottish Manager’s gamble on a player failed to come off.

Bebe, the Portuguese youngster was signed by Ferguson for a reported fee of €8.8 million in 2010 from the Portuguese club Vitoria de Guimaraes. The player was literally living on the streets of Lisbon before he got offered the chance to wear the esteemed jersey of Manchester United.

 

However, Manchester United realised their mistake early and allowed the winger to appear just seven times across all competitions for Manchester United. Moreover, Manchester United recovered some of their investment on the player by loaning him out to several clubs across Spain and Portugal.