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Transfer news: Gueye to Man United; Zlatan to Leeds

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In the latest transfer news Idrissa Gueye has been linked with a shock move to Manchester United, while Zlatan Ibrahimovic to Leeds United could actually be happening.

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Starting in Leeds, Zlatan Ibrahimovic has been linked with a move to newly-promoted Leeds United.

Ibrahimovic, 38, has admitted he probably won’t stay at AC Milan beyond this season and after Leeds owner Andrea Radrizzani admitted they tried to sign Zlatan in January but it didn’t come off, while they are also eyeing a deal for free agent Edinson Cavani.

Zlatan told our partners Sky Sport Italia that he is unsure of his future.

“I still have three games, still 10 days, nobody said anything to me and I don’t expect anything else. There are things that we cannot control, but that seem strange to me, but we are doing great things. We play with great confidence and we believe in what we do,” Ibrahimovic said.

So, a new contract at AC Milan seems unlikely despite Zlatan continuing to score goals after his short term return to Milan. He has now scored seven goals and added four assists in his 13 Serie A appearances since arriving back at AC Milan and even though head coach Stefano Pioli is staying on, it seems like Milan CEO Ivan Gazidis wants to take the team in a different direction.

Zlatan to Leeds would be epic on so many levels and they need a prolific goalscorer. Marcelo Bielsa has Patrick Bamford as his main striker and he’s hardly been prolific, so a Premier League caliber forward is essential if Leeds are going to impress back in the Premier League. That said, Bielsa’s tactics really on plenty of high-pressing and Zlatan or Cavani may struggle to do that. Still, as the target man both would work in finishing off chances.

If they can sort out the finances with Zlatan, you can see this happening, right?

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Switching from Leeds to Manchester, a report from Le10 Sport in France states that Idrissa Gueye to Manchester United could happen.

Gueye, 30, joined Paris Saint-Germain from Everton last summer and the midfield destroyer is apparently available for a transfer this summer. With Ander Herrera and Julian Draxler ahead of him in the pecking order at PSG, plus PSG’s sporting director Leonardo wants to bring in plenty of new players, the report says Gueye and Leandro Paredes could be sold.

It is believed Man United have enquired about Gueye who is a master of breaking up play in front of the back four and would be an upgrade on Nemanja Matic, Scott McTominay and Fred in that area of the pitch. Gueye is said to want to stay at PSG but there’s a deal to be done here as Wolves are also reportedly interested in the Senegalese holding midfielder.

There’s been a lot of focus on Man United adding attacking players this summer but bringing in Gueye would be a perfect fit for their midfield and add balance.

Idrissa Gueye joins PSG for $36.5 million

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Idrissa Gueye has finally completed his transfer from Everton to Paris Saint-Germain, for a fee believed to be $36.5 million.

The Senegalese midfielder has been an awesome destructive force since he arrived in the Premier League at Aston Villa in 2015 and moved to Everton in 2016. He made 108 appearances for Everton and Gueye was one of the PL leaders each season in categories such as most interceptions and tackles made.

Everton confirmed the departure of the 29-year-old on Tuesday and thanked him for “always giving everything” for the Toffees.

“Thank you! Since my arrival I have felt at home at this club, you have welcomed me and my family with open arms,” Gueye said in a statement on social media. “Everton FC gave me the opportunity to continue in the Premier League and the last 3 years… I have had some amazing experiences which I will cherish forever. I am grateful to have had the love and support of you all throughout this journey and I must say no matter the weather or performances the support was always there.

“As you know I am about to start a new journey, a journey that I have dreamed about since a kid and when this opportunity presented itself I couldn’t turn it down. To my teammates and coaches I will miss you and will continue to support you. Everton… we are family and will continue to be and for me Merseyside will always be BLUE.”

Gueye will now be playing for PSG in the UEFA Champions League and Everton really couldn’t stand in his way.

Is it blow for Marco Silva‘s side? Absolutely. Gueye gave his midfield balance and shielded the defense superbly in the second half of last season. Losing Gueye and not bringing back Kurt Zouma on a permanent basis will certainly see Everton’s defensive unit be weaker than 2018-19. New signing Fabian Delph was signed to fill the void left by Gueye, while Tom Davies and Morgan Schneiderlin will also battle for a central midfield spot.

But having signed Andre Gomes permanently, plus chase the likes of Wilfried Zaha and other forward players, it is clear that Silva and Technical Director Marcel Brands have big plans to spend big in the final days of the summer transfer window.

Senegal, Nigeria into AFCON semifinals via narrow wins

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Senegal and Nigeria both faced surprise quarterfinalists in Benin and South Africa, and both found out their opponents were no slouch, requiring slim one-goal victories to reach the semifinals of the 2019 Africa Cup of Nations.

Up first in thee day, Senegal topped Benin 1-0 on a 69th minute strike by Idrissa Gueye who burst straight down the heart of the Benin defense and took a feed from Sadio Mane before slotting home the winner. For much of the game, Benin’s defensive shape locked Senegal down, as the favorites held 63% possession but could only manage four shots on target to Benin’s three.

Mane was the most incisive Senegal attacker, and he saw two goals wiped off the board by VAR checks for offside. It looked that Benin actually may take a shock lead early in the second half as Senegal goalkeeper Alfred Gomis nearly put one clumsily into his own net, but the potential own-goal skittered wide and Gueye struck soon after. Benin defender Olivier Verdon, who just joined La Liga side Alaves this summer, was sent off late for a foul on Gueye to essentially seal the match.

Nigeria was also under threat of upset as they took on South Africa, but a late winner from Udinese defender William Troost-Ekong gave them a 2-1 victory and a spot in the semifinals. The 89th minute decider was bundled home by the 25-year-old after South Africa goalkeeper Ronwen Williams whiffed looking to punch a corner.

That proved vital as previously, Samuel Chukwueze’s first-half goal off his blocked first attempt cancelled out a 71st minute effort from Bongani Zungu. The South Africa equalizer survived a contentious VAR check that appeared to confirm a blatant offside, but the assist came off the back of Odion Ighalo so the goal stood.

With both winners into the semifinals, Senegal will draw the winner of Madagascar and Tunisia, while Ivory Coast and Algeria battle for a chance to meet Nigeria in the semis. Both those remaining quarterfinals take place tomorrow, with the semifinals set for July 14 in Cairo.

Top 5 players to watch on Deadline Day

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January has seen some familiar names come and go from the Premier League.

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Mousa Dembele, Gonzalo Higuain, and Alvaro Morata are on the list, and some others will likely join them on a frantic deadline day.

We’ll keep are eyes trained for the specific names below…

Make sure to tune-in for our special Transfer Deadline Day show on NBCSN on Thursday, Jan. 31 from 5 p.m. ET as we focus on all of the moves across the Premier League in the January window. You can stream the show live online right here.

Idrissa Gana Gueye, Everton — The poor man’s N'Golo Kante, Everton’s mighty midfielder has been linked with Paris Saint-Germain for much of the January window. Rumors that Marco Silva would leave the club if a sale is made sound a bit much, but Gana is a real treat for any club.

Callum Hudson-Odoi, Chelsea — Subject to massive bids from Bayern Munich, relatively speaking, the Blues’ youngster was not in the 18 for Chelsea’s 4-0 loss at Bournemouth on Wednesday.

Yannick Carrasco, Dalian Yifang — The Belgian winger is just 25, and a year removed from a $30-plus million move from Atletico Madrid to China. Linked with Arsenal and AC Milan.

Miguel Almiron, Atlanta United — He’s been photographed on Tyneside and Atlanta needs to sell him. Given the club’s stingy ownership, though, we’ll believe the signing has happened when Newcastle United announces the move and shows a photo of him in black and white.

Nathan Ake, Bournemouth — Why would Bournemouth sell the center back? Because they may have to, with rumors of a buyback clause in his contract following a Chelsea sale 18 months ago.

BONUS: Eden Hazard, ChelseaAnd by extension, Maurizio Sarri. Chelsea is going to want to cash in on Hazard should he not sign a new deal, and his value tomorrow is going to be higher than it will be at any point in the next 18 months (his contract with Chelsea expires in the summer of 2019). Real Madrid needs a jolt, and so does Chelsea. Changing managers again won’t do it. Sure, it’s a wild idea… but watch him anyway.

Transfer rumor roundup: Allan to PSG, Meunier to Everton

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Paris Saint-Germain is at the heart of a trio of transfer rumors, including their long-term pursuit of Everton midfielder Idrissa Gana Gueye.

Thomas Tuchel’s club is hoping to improve their midfield in a few ways, linked with Gueye, Bayern Munich’s Renato Sanches, and Napoli’s Allan.

Everton’s play involves getting a big name player at Goodison Park, with the Toffees said to need Gueye and cash to pry Thomas Meunier away from PSG (and help with Financial Fair Play).

Meunier is two years younger than Gueye, 30-times capped by Belgium, and plays right back. Everton upgraded its left back spot with Lucas Digne in the summer, and 30-year-old captain Seamus Coleman currently mans right back.

PSG is also said to be hopeful of getting Allan for around $70 million. The 28-year-old Brazilian leads Napoli with 3.6 tackles per game and only Kalidou Koulibaly and Marek Hamsik have the ball more than Allan.

Sanches, 21, is the youngest of the bunch and has been used regularly as a sub for Niko Kovac’s Bavarians.

Calcio Mercato says Fulham, Newcastle United, and Cardiff City’s hopes for defensive reinforcements include Cameroonian defender Michael Ngadeu.

The 28-year-old Ngadeu has 18 months left on his contract at Slavia Prague, and is a regular for Cameroon.

And a former Newcastle man is being linked with a move back to the Premier League, as Rangers’ captain James Tavernier is said to be interesting Southampton to the tune of a $10 million purchase.

Make sure to tune-in for our special Transfer Deadline Day show on NBCSN on Thursday, Jan. 31 from 5 p.m. ET as we focus on all of the moves across the Premier League in the January window. You can stream the show live online right here.