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Report: Man United line up move for Alexis Sanchez

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This couldn’t happen… could it?

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The Daily Express is reporting that Manchester United are ready to make a move for Alexis Sanchez this summer with the Arsenal superstar set to have only 12 months left on his contract with the Gunners at the end of this season.

With Sanchez, 28, still not agreeing to a new deal (along with Mesut Ozil and manager Arsene Wenger) it appears increasingly likely he’ll leave the Emirates Stadium this summer.

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The Chilean attacker has been involved in more PL goals than any other player this season, scoring 17 goals and adding nine assists, as his importance to Arsenal was highlighted by his benching in the 3-1 defeat at Liverpool last weekend where he came on at half time to set up Danny Welbeck‘s goal and prove a handful before almost netting a late equalizer.

Reports of Sanchez having a training ground bust-up with teammates have leaked out after his benching but Wenger has dismissed those rumors. Still, the former Barcelona and Udinese forward seems far from happy. He has been linked with moves to Chelsea and Manchester City in the Premier League, plus Paris Saint-Germain, Juventus and Atletico Madrid and also rumors about a big money move to China continue.

He’s a born winner and has been close to tears when being subbed off this season, is often told to stop training so hard and he reacted furiously when Arsenal’s players celebrated drawing 3-3 at Bournemouth in January after they trailed 3-0 late on. Yet, when he was subbed out in Arsenal’s humiliating UEFA Champions League defeat against Bayern Munich in midweek he was seen smirking on the bench.

Where would he fit in at United?

Well, Jose Mourinho certainly has options with Marcus Rashford, Anthony Martial, Jesse Lingard, Juan Mata and Henrik Mkhitaryan all available to play wide. It’s likely Wayne Rooney will leave this summer and Zlatan Ibrahimovic‘s future seems to be in doubt too, so perhaps a slot is opening up for Sanchez.

With Antoine Griezmann looking likely to stay at Atletico Madrid this summer, United may move for Sanchez and then it becomes a very tricky situation for Arsenal. Do they risk losing Sanchez for nothing in the summer of 2018? Or cash in and get $30 million this summer?

The Gunners would much rather Sanchez moved abroad but with PL clubs queuing up to offer him a big improvement on his current $160,000 per week wages, the fierce competitor would surely prefer to remain in the PL.

Coutinho rocket helps LFC to PL Asia Trophy (video)

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Goals from Mohamed Salah and Philippe Coutinho helped Liverpool come back from an early deficit to win the PL Asia Trophy on Saturday in Hong Kong.

Islam Slimani gave Leicester City an early lead in front of a heavy pro-Liverpool crowd at Hong Kong Stadium, but Coutinho delivered the goods on both goals in a 2-1 win.

The tournament win is Liverpool’s first in its second trip to the PL Asia Trophy Final.

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First he crossed for Salah to head home, and then he scored the above goal by cutting in from the left and lashing a shot past a flailing Kasper Schmeichel.

We’ve seen this one before from Coutinho, just not on this particular continent. The Brazilian remains a Barcelona target, but looks prepared for the season in whatever land he sets foot.

Transfer rumor roundup: Latest on Alexis, Neymar to PSG; Van Dijk

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Neymar and Alexis Sanchez to Paris? Brazil and Chile’s finest living as one? Reunited and it feels so French?

The latter’s talents will see Arsenal’s resolve tested by a $46 million bid, according to Sky Sports, though Gunners manager Arsene Wenger has been adamant that Sanchez will not be sold this summer.

Reports circled last year that Arsenal was prepared to offer Sanchez and Mesut Ozil record deals to stay at the club, though PSG has reportedly met with Sanchez and his agent with ideas of incredible $650,000 per week wages at the Parc des Princes.

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A source also told Sky Sports that it would take “a miracle” for Neymar to remain at Barcelona, so that Sanchez/Edinson Cavani/Neymar trident could be coming to a theater near you.

Southampton manager Mauricio Pellegrino is hopeful of convincing Virgil Van Dijk to stay at St. Mary’s, but for now he’s been forced to ask the defender to take time away from the club.

Van Dijk, hopeful to engineer a move to a UEFA Champions League club, has not been in the preferred mental state for Pellegrino.

“When I was talking with him, the boy said that he is not available to play because he wants to leave. I need to work with a player that works at 100 percent to defend Southampton. This is the decision. I had to say: ‘OK, if you don’t want to be involved because you don’t feel OK, you have to train alone until this period of time.'”

Liverpool publicly ended their interest in Van Dijk following Southampton complaints, and the club maintains it will not sell the influential center back.

West Ham’s loan move for Joe Hart could see both of its 2016-17 goalkeepers leaving the London Stadium. Multiple reports say Darren Randolph could be off to Middlesbrough, with Adrian also heading to the Northeast to play for countryman Rafa Benitez at Newcastle.

Must watch Milivojevic free kick leads Palace past WBA (video)


Goals from Luka Milivojevic and Bakary Sako led Crystal Palace to a 2-0 win over West Bromwich Albion in the third place game of the PL Asia Trophy.

Palace had lost 2-0 to Liverpool in its semifinal, while West Brom fell to Leicester City in penalty kicks after trading goals over 90 minutes.

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Milivojevic’s free kick, won by Wilfried Zaha, was super. Whipped in with force and a wicked curl, Baggies keeper Ben Foster didn’t have a chance to reach it with his dive.

Sako created his goal with a darting move off a long dribble, though it needed a pair of deflections to get behind Foster.

The Baggies had their chances, and Julian Speroni made an outstanding save on Matty Phillips late in the match.

STREAM LIVE: Liverpool-Leicester duel for PL Asia Trophy

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Goals from Bakary Sako and Luka Milivojevic spearheaded Crystal Palace’s 2-0 win over West Bromwich Albion in the PL Asia Trophy third place game, and now Liverpool and Leicester City tangle for the title.

The final will be staged at 8:30 a.m. ET, when Liverpool will hope to build on a 2-0 semifinal win paced by Divock Origi and Dominic Solanke goals.

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West Brom lost to Leicester City in its semifinal when youngster Sam Field missed the side’s seventh attempt in penalty kicks. Jay Rodriguez scored the Baggies goal in regulation of a 1-1 draw.

Here are the lineups for Leicester City and Liverpool: