Monday’s Transfer Rumor Roundup: Dzeko to Arsenal, Pedro to Manchester United

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The Daily Star claims that Arsenal want Manchester City striker Edin Dzeko.

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The 29-year-old Bosnian forward had an injury-hit campaign last season and with Raheem Sterling and Wilfried Bony arriving at the Etihad Stadium over the past six months, Dzeko’s playing time with the Citizens could diminish even further. The Gunners have plenty of attacking options too, with Olivier Giroud, Danny Welbeck and Theo Walcott able to play centrally and the likes of Alexis Sanchez, Mesut Ozil and Alex Oxlade-Chamberlain out wide. However, the Star reports that Arsenal are worried about the burden on Giroud and the lingering knee issues Welbeck has been suffering from. Dzeko is likely to cost upwards of $25 million. Dzeko has scored 71 goals in 185 games for City, winning two Premier League titles since arriving from Wolfsburg in 2010.

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Elsewhere, the Daily Mirror claims that Manchester United are willing to trigger Pedro’s release clause of $30 million if Angel di Maria leaves Ols Trafford for Paris Saint-Germain. The 27-year-old Barcelona forward has seen his playing time decrease at the Nou Camp in recent seasons and with Lionel Messi, Neymar and Luis Suarez taking the soccer world by storm last season, he may have to move on from the only club he has ever known in order to fulfill his potential. United boss van Gaal has hinted that he may sign a “surprise” striker between the now and the end of the transfer window. A predatory striker of Pedro’s nature who can play centrally or out wide might just fit the bill.

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Mitrovic, left, celebrates after scoring his side’s third goal during a Champions League game against Arsenal

Newcastle United is expected to sign Serbian forward Aleksandar Mitrovic after the 20-year-old was spotted at Newcastle Airport. Mitrovic will arrive from Anderlecht for $20 million and the towering striker scored 44 goals in 90 games for the Belgian club which included a goal against Arsenal in the UEFA Champions League. The Daily Mail claims that his teammate at Anderlecht, Chancel Mbemba, will also join Newcastle in the coming days. Mbemba, also 20, has already made 16 appearances for DR Congo and is regarded as the top central defender in the Belgian Pro League. All of this comes after the Magpies signed Dutch international midfielder Georginio Wijnaldum for $21 million last week.

Wrapping things up, the Daily Star say the race for Charlie Austin now includes four Premier League teams with Bournemouth and West Ham joining Newcastle United and Leicester City. The Queens Park Rangers forward, 25, scored 18 goals in his debut PL season but suffered relegation with the R’s. Austin broke into the English national team over the summer and would be a starter for any of the four aforementioned teams as his meteoric rise from semi-pro soccer to a leading PL marksman continues. Austin’s transfer fee is said to be putting a lot of teams off though, with QPR asking for offers in excess of $30 million for their main man.

VAR allows Man Utd goal, overturns Mane as Liverpool trails at half

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Marcus Rashford has put Manchester United ahead at Liverpool, and the Reds are furious that VAR didn’t reverse the marker.

The English striker was on the business end of a Daniel James cross, which came two moves after Victor Lindelof kicked Divock Origi as the Belgian lost possession with a sloppy touch.

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Scott McTominay picked up the ball and sent James down the right flank. Virgil Van Dijk played off the crosser, and Joel Matip couldn’t clear the effort and it reached Rashford who beat Alisson Becker.

Origi was certainly caught by Lindelof, and no one would’ve blinked had Martin Atkinson ruled it a foul, so perhaps the poor touch is what cost the Belgian his whistle?

VAR again worked against Liverpool minutes later when a long ball over the top glanced off Sadio Mane’s hand before the Senegalese scored a goal. It had a little impact on the play, but the rules are the rules when they are bad ones.

Either way, the Red Devils relish the chance to deny Liverpool its chance at history. The visitors are one win from matching PL records for consecutive wins and away wins.

Tuanzebe injured in warm-ups, Rojo now in Manchester United XI

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Well then.

Manchester United’s announced XI has changed thanks to a presumed injury to center back Axel Tuanzebe.

Marcos Rojo will take the youngster’s place in a back three with Harry Maguire and Victor Lindelof.

Liverpool and United kickoff from Old Trafford at 11:30 a.m. ET (Watch live at on NBCSN and online via NBCSports.com).

The 29-year-old Rojo has played four times this season, but just 30 minutes in the Premier League.

Phil Jones has been added to the bench.

LINEUPS

Manchester United: De Gea, Wan-Bissaka, Lindelof, Maguire, Rojo, Young, Fred, McTominay, Pereira, James, Rashford. Subs: Romero, Mata, Martial, Jones, Greenwood, Garner, Williams.

Liverpool: Alisson, Robertson, Van Dijk, Matip, Alexander-Arnold, Fabinho, Henderson, Wijnaldum, Mane, Origi, Firmino. Subs: Adrian, Lovren, Milner, Keita, Gomez, Oxlade-Chamberlain, Lallana.

Lukaku scores 2, celebrates with Conte as Inter Milan bounces back

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If this guy was still in red, Manchester United would have a lot more hope heading into today’s visit from Liverpool.

Romelu Lukaku scored his fourth and fifth Serie A goals of the season on Sunday as Inter Milan outlasted Sassuolo 4-3 at Stadio Citta del Tricolore.

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Lautaro Martinez also scored twice in the win, as Inter rebounded from its loss to Juventus and reclaimed second place. Inter sits a point back of The Old Lady.

Lukaku caused a bit of buzz online when he raced over to manager Antonio Conte following his second goal for a fiery embrace (It’s Conte. Fiery is his thing).

From Football-Italia:

“Conte and I are both team players, so when I score a goal, I want to celebrate with everyone. I am focused only on working and giving my best in every match.”

Inter is home to Borussia Dortmund on Wednesday in almost a must-win given its slow start to life in the Champions League.

Lukaku, who’s also scored six goals in his last four appearances for Belgium, already has a goal in a Milan Derby and a solid strike partner in Martinez.

He ranks near the top of Inter’s performance charts on WhoScored, chipping in on the defensive end as well.

Watch Live: Manchester United v. Liverpool

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Manchester United chases a notable home win over rivals Liverpool without Paul Pogba and David De Gea, as the visitors look to match a pair of Premier League records on Sunday at Old Trafford (Watch live at 11:30 a.m. ET on NBCSN and online via NBCSports.com).

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Liverpool can tie the standard for consecutive away Premier League wins (9) while also winning its 18th-straight league match.

There’s a place on the Manchester United bench for Anthony Martial, but there are three center backs in the forms of Harry Maguire, Axel Tuanzebe, and Victor Lindelof.

Liverpool’s Mohamed Salah is not ready for any sort of return.

David De Gea and Aaron Wan-Bissaka have passed fit for United, while Divock Origi starts with Roberto Firmino and Sadio Mane for Liverpool.

LINEUPS

Manchester United: De Gea, Wan-Bissaka, Lindelof, Maguire, Tuanzebe, Young, Fred, McTominay, Pereira, James, Rashford. Subs: Romero, Mata, Martial, Rojo, Greenwood, Garner, Williams.

Liverpool: Alisson, Robertson, Van Dijk, Matip, Alexander-Arnold, Fabinho, Henderson, Wijnaldum, Mane, Origi, Firmino. Subs: Adrian, Lovren, Milner, Keita, Gomez, Oxlade-Chamberlain, Lallana.