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Ander Herrera: Ole Gunnar Solskjaer backs midfielder to give his all for Manchester United despite Paris Saint-Germain and Arsenal rumours

Ole Gunnar Solskjaer has backed Ander Herrera to give his all for Manchester United despite uncertainty over his future.

The midfielder is out of contract with the Red Devils at the end of the season and there has been speculation that he will leave.

Ander Herrera is out of contract this summer

Paris Saint-Germain are rumoured to be the front runners to sign him, with the 29-year-old already free to negotiate with overseas clubs.

There have also been reports that Arsenal were considering a move for Herrera – should he become available.

Solskjaer was asked whether there was hope that Herrera could still stay in his press conference ahead of their crunch match with West Ham on Saturday.

Herrera is reportedly wanted by PSG

“Well, you have to ask him,” he said. “I don’t know how they’ve been the last few talks, but we’ve let him focus on his fitness as well.

“He loves to play and he’s not very happy when he can’t help his teammates and he’s always giving his all – it doesn’t matter if he’s got five years left of his contract or five weeks.

“He’s been working really hard to get fit from his injury that he sustained against Liverpool.

“He came back and he got a different one here in training because he’s been really putting a lot of work in.

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“And unfortunately that’s come at a time where, as you say, there are contract talks but that’s ongoing, so I can’t really comment too much on how far they have come down the line and what he’s deciding.”

Solskjaer did, though, rather bizarrely suggest that questions over the future could have had an impact on his fitness.

“Maybe the future might have been worrying him and maybe that’s part of the reason that he’s injured,” the United boss said. “Who knows?


“He doesn’t know because he got a different injury in training.

“Hopefully he can be available for around about Chelsea, City but I’m not sure because he got another muscle injury.”

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With six games left, Solskjaer’s side are three points off the Champions League places.

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Arsenal transfer news: Gunners ‘could make late move’ for Manchester United midfielder Ander Herrera

Arsenal are reportedly considering a late move for Ander Herrera this summer.

The Manchester United midfielder is out of contract at the end of the season and is set to leave the club.

Ander Herrera is set to leave Manchester United on a free transfer

United’s executive vice-chairman, Ed Woodward, chose to activate a year-long extension on Herrera’s contract last summer instead of negotiating a new deal.

It had previously been reported that Paris Saint-Germain were set to sign the 29-year-old.

According to French publication, L’Equipe, Arsenal could make a late move for Herrera as Unai Emery is a big fan of the midfielder.

PSG were the favourites to sign Herrera

Herrera’s protracted signing from Athletic Bilbao was completed in 2014 when United met his £28.85million buyout clause.

He has gone on to make 187 appearances for the club and won the FA Cup, League Cup and Europa League.


The midfielder has established himself as a key member of Ole Gunnar Solskjaer’s team and has made 14 appearances under the new manager.

His exit from Old Trafford looks set to be imminent, though, as United left it late to offer Herrera a new deal.

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Transfer news and football gossip: Arsenal plot late Ander Herrera bid, Liverpool in talks with Nike over huge kit deal, Real Madrid name their price for Gareth Bale

talkSPORT.com rounds up all the latest transfer news and football gossip from Friday’s papers and online…

Arsenal will make a late attempt to sign Manchester United midfielder Ander Herrera. The 29-year-old’s contract expires at the end of the season and he is thought to be on his way to Paris Saint-Germain on a free transfer. (L’Equipe)

Liverpool are in advanced talks with Nike over a new kit deal which would surpass Manchester United’s £750million deal with adidas as the biggest struck by any Premier League club. (ESPN)

Real Madrid want £112million for Gareth Bale this summer, with Manchester United believed to be interested. The Welshman is not part of Zinedine Zidane’s plans next season. (AS)


The Spanish giants have made Tottenham playmaker Christian Eriksen their top transfer target this summer, rather than Manchester United midfielder Paul Pogba. (El Confidencial)

Everton boss Marco Silva is keen to agree permanent deals for Kurt Zouma and Andre Gomes, who have spent this season on loan at Goodison Park from Chelsea and Barcelona respectively. (Liverpool Echo)

Bayern Munich stars Robert Lewandowski and Kingsley Coman were involved in a training ground fight on Thursday. (Bild)

David Neres is a man in demand

Arsenal and Everton will battle it out to sign Ajax’s Champions League hero David Neres. The 22-year-old, who scored a fine solo goal during the Dutch club’s 1-1 draw with Juventus on Tuesday, is also wanted by Liverpool. (Telegraph)

Bournemouth are one of the clubs interested in Burnley goalkeeper Nick Pope, who could be allowed to leave Turf Moor this summer alongside Joe Hart. (Daily Mail)

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Liverpool transfer news: Thorgan Hazard signals intention to leave Borussia Monchengladbach and sporting director mentions Reds as interested club

Liverpool’s interest in Thorgan Hazard appeared to be confirmed by Borussia Monchengladbach’s sporting director Max Eberl.

Hazard, the younger brother of Chelsea star Eden, has been linked with a move away from the Bundesliga club this summer.

Thorgan Hazard has been linked with a move to Liverpool

Eberl confirmed that the 26-year-old wants to leave Monchengladbach and will not be signing a new deal.

“Thorgan has informed us that he doesn’t want to extend his contract and that he wants to leave the club in the summer to take the next step,” Eberl told Sky Germany.

“I’ve heard this statement 15 times in the last 10 years as really great players have left us.

“That’s the way it is for us. We’ll have to see where his path will continue.

Hazard is much admired around Europe due to his performances for Borussia Monchengladbach

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Liverpool had reportedly made a bid of more than £36million for the attacking midfielder and are willing to outbid Borussia Dortmund.

Hazard is understood to favour a move to Dortmund, but his current club would prefer to see him go to Liverpool.

“I don’t know whether it will be at BVB, who are constantly being mentioned, or at Atletico Madrid, Liverpool or another club,” he added.


Hazard was signed by Chelsea in 2012 and was then loaned out to Belgian Pro League side Zulte Waregem for two seasons.

He was loaned to Monchengladbach for the 2014-15 campaign and that deal was later made a permanent one.

Hazard never made a first-team appearance for the Blues during his time for the club.

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Transfer news: Where Atletico Madrid midfielder Saul Niguez would fit in at Manchester United, Manchester City and Barcelona

As we enter the final stages of the season the summer transfer window approaches – which means the rumours hot up and up.

And one of the standout rumours sees Manchester United, Manchester City and Barcelona reportedly locked in a three-way battle for Atletico Madrid midfielder Saul Niguez.

Saul has reportedly caught the eye of the three European giants

The 24-year-old is contracted at the Wanda Metropolitano until 2026 but according to the Daily Mirror, that hasn’t put off the three clubs as they look to add some freshness to their ageing midfields.

Saul is a central midfielder who mainly plays in a more defensive role and is particularly effective at breaking up the play of the opposition but he does enjoy going forward during matches.

He’s also capable of playing on the left of midfield and has even filled in at left-back for Atletico – a manager’s dream!

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So we at talkSPORT.com looked at where Saul would fit in if he were to move to either United, City or Barcelona this summer.

Manchester United

Ole Gunnar Solskjaer is likely to receive financial backing in the summer and could need another defensively minded midfielder with reports claiming Ander Herrera is on his way to Paris Saint-Germain this summer.

Saul would naturally slot into Herrera’s position and he’d have some licence to get forward while Nemanja Matic holds the fort.

However, if Paul Pogba ends up leaving Old Trafford, the Spaniard could be given a more advanced role if he joins United which he is capable of playing.

How United could line up next season if they sign Saul

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Barcelona

It would cause quite a stir if Saul swapped Atletico for Barca but very few players can resist the lure of playing at the Nou Camp.

In this team we’ve put Saul on the left of a midfield three alongside Sergio Busquets and Ivan Rakitic.

However, Saul could be viewed as 31-year-old Busquets’ or 30-year-old Rakitic’s long-term replacement which would then make way for 22-year-old Arthur Melo in midfield.

Saul in a more defensive role may give Philippe Coutinho – who hasn’t impressed since his £142million move from Liverpool – to move into a deeper role in the future and be Andres Iniesta’s successor.

Could Saul be heading to Spanish giants Barcelona?


Manchester City

The Mirror report claims that Saul is Pep Guardiola’s No.1 target in the summer as City look to find a long-term replacement for Fernandinho, who turns 34 in May.

And after failing to land Jorginho last summer, City could be willing to splash out up to £130m on Spain international Saul to fill that void.

However, David Silva is also getting on at 33 so Saul could potentially slot into his position as well.

Is Saul the heir to Fernandinho’s holding role at City?

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Arsenal transfer target Christopher Nkunku reportedly rejects new Paris Saint-Germain contract 

Arsenal transfer target Christopher Nkunku has rejected a new Paris Saint-Germain contract, according to reports.

The 21-year-old has started just 12 league games for the French champions this season, and is behind Marco Verratti, Leandro Paredes and Julian Draxler in the midfield pecking order.

Christopher Nkunku’s playing time has been limited this season

His deal runs out next summer, which means the club could cash in on him before the start of the 2019/20 campaign rather than risk losing him for free at the end of that season.

French outlet Le Parisien claim Nkunku, a product of PSG’s academy, has turned down a contract extension.

Arsenal boss Unai Emery is believed to be keen on the midfielder, who could replace Juventus-bound ace Aaron Ramsey at the Emirates.

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Nkunku, who played under ex-PSG boss Emery for two years from 2016, is rated at £30million, but the Gunners could try to sign him for less as he enters the final year of his contract.

In January, Nkunku’s agent, Jose-Karl Pierre-Fanfan, confirmed Arsenal’s interest in the player.

He said: “There is a real interest from Arsenal for Nkunku, but the discussions are quite complicated.


“There are restrictions from Arsenal’s side, they cannot do a transfer in the middle of the season.

“His situation will be evaluated in June, then he will have just one year left on his contract, and his situation will need to be evaluated.

“He is a young boy, who needs to play, enjoy himself, and to sign up for a project for the long-term, that is what he is looking for, and he was in that phase with Arsenal but it looks complicated. If we have to wait, then he is ready to do that, he will wait.”

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Tottenham transfer news: Spurs ‘close to signing’ Fenerbache midfielder Eljif Elmas in €20m summer deal

Tottenham Hotspur are close to signing Fenerbache midfielder Eljif Elmas, according to reports in Turkey.

The highly-rated 19-year-old has already been linked with a number of Premier League clubs, including Leicester City and Manchester City.

Eljif Elmas has been linked with a move to Spurs

TuttoMercato had previously reported that Fiorentina were the front runners to sign the Macedonia international.

However, Turkish news outlet Superhaber now claim ‘Elmas’ new address’ will be in Tottenham as the youngster is ‘transferring to England’.

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A fee of around £17.2million (€20m) has been touted as the Turkish club need to balance their books to comply with Financial Fair Play rules.

Elmas has played 34 times for Fenerbache this season and has been capped by Macedonia 10 times.

They signed him for just €180,000 in 2017 from Rabotnicki and could land a huge profit if they sell him in the summer.


Fenerbache are currently struggling in the Super Lig and sit 13th place.

They are just five points above the relegation places with seven games of the current season to go.

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Man United transfer news: Paul Pogba’s relationship with Ole Gunnar Solskjaer ‘deteriorating’ amid Real Madrid interest

Paul Pogba’s relationship with Manchester United boss Ole Gunnar Solskjaer is deteriorating, reports claim.

Earlier this season, the Frenchman fell out with  former United manager Jose Mourinho, who allegedly called him a ‘virus’ during a dressing room rant.

Paul Pogba and Ole Gunnar Solskjaer are reportedly not seeing eye to eye

Solskjaer has been able to get Pogba firing again since replacing Mourinho as manager in December, but he has not scored or assisted a goal in his past six games.

French outlet Le Parisien claim Pogba’s relationship with Solskjaer is ‘slowly fading’ amid reported interest in the France international from Real Madrid.

The 26-year-old admitted last month that a move to the Bernabeu would be a ‘dream’, especially now Zinedine Zidane has returned as Los Blancos’ manager.

But Solskjaer has tipped his star midfielder to stay at Old Trafford beyond the summer. 

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Prior to Manchester United’s 1-0 defeat to Barcelona in the first leg of their Champions League quarter-final, he said: “Paul is looking forward to tomorrow. He’s a Manchester United player.

“He’s one of our, of course, big performers on the big stage.

“He knows the game against PSG [when Pogba was sent off] was not his greatest moment so he is only focused on playing well tomorrow against Barcelona.

“I cannot see him not playing for Man United next season either.”

Pogba’s threat was minimised by experienced Barcelona midfielder Sergio Busquets on Wednesday night.

The United star will be hoping for better luck when his side travel to the Nou Camp next Tuesday.


Securing Champions League football for next season could be crucial to keeping Pogba, who moved back to Old Trafford in a £89million deal from Juventus in 2016.

United have lost two of their last three Premier League games to put their top-four hopes in doubt.

They are sixth and three points off fourth placed Tottenham with six games to go.

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How Liverpool could line up next season without Sadio Mane, but with Ruben Neves, Callum Hudson-Odoi and David Neres

Liverpool fans across the globe are waiting with bated breath for the climax of what has been an incredible season.

The chance to complete a European and league double does not come along very often, but the Reds may well be on the brink of something truly spectacular.

Jurgen Klopp is on the cusp of glory at Liverpool

After despatching Porto 2-0 on Tuesday night in the Champions League, the attention will turn Chelsea on Sunday in the Premier League.

Although they have played a game more, Liverpool are top of the table and are two points clear of closest competitors Manchester City.

With all the pressure and expectation swirling around Anfield, Jurgen Klopp could be forgiven for letting the pressure to get to him.

However, the German remains as charismatic and likeable as ever.

Liverpool beat Porto 2-0 on Tuesday night


In fact, if the gossip mill is to be believed, the former Borussia Dortmund head coach may well be looking to next season already by lining up a series of signings.

The odds on Callum Hudson-Odoi swapping the Kings Road for Kirkby have plummeted over the weekend and rumours of a move for Wolverhampton Wanderers playmaker Ruben Neves have continued to gather pace.

And Real Madrid’s tormentor-in-chief David Neres has also been linked with a move to Merseyside after playing a crucial role in Ajax’s run to the Champions League quarter-finals.

But there is also talk of at least one high-profile exit from the club which Klopp may have to contend with.

Hudson-Odoi has been linked with a move to Liverpool

A deal was reportedly in place to take Sadio Mane to Real Madrid at the end of last season.

But Zinedine Zidane’s shock departure after the Champions League Final meant the deal never took place and the Senegal star has been irrepressible this season.

With the Frenchman back in charge at the Bernabeu, the 26-year-old could well be involved in a transfer saga.

So how would Liverpool cope with his departure. talkSPORT.com looks at how Liverpool *could* line up next season.

Ruben Neves is a reported target for the Reds

RELEASING HENDO (4-3-3)

On Tuesday night, Jurgen Klopp apologised for playing Jordan Henderson out of position for a year-and-a-half while Liverpool captain.

The midfielder has operated in a deep role for club and country, almost like a No.6 just sitting In front of the back four. However, it was his lung-bursting runs and attacking play which earned him a £20million move from Sunderland in 2011.

With Fabinho and Neves able to interchange between attacking and defensive transitions for the Reds, the England international can bomb on and join the attack, with Naby Keita and Alex Oxlade-Chamberlain fantastic alternatives from the bench.

Fabinho’s versatility means he can drop into the ‘false full-back role’ to cover Andy Robertson and Trent Alexander-Arnold when they maraud forward. By dropping alongside the centre-halves when Liverpool are in possession, the Brazil international would allow the wingers to cut inside and create space on the overlap for the full-backs on the outside.

Liverpool’s triumvirate of midfielders are crucial to this formation working

WING WIZARDS (4-2-3-1)

Callum Hudson-Odoi’s remarkable rise at Chelsea is eerily similar to that of David Neres of Ajax in that both men have faced adversity head on, despite their tender years.

Maurizio Sarri’s reluctance to use the 18-year-old England international had led to rumours of a move away, while Neres was not guaranteed a starting place in Amsterdam until February of this year – remarkable considering he scored 14 goals and registered 13 assists last season.

Neres made his international debut for Brazil last month

Both play with a direct and fearless style which make them nightmares for defenders to stop and Liverpool’s relentless pressing and counter-attacking style would be perfect.

With Mohamed Salah using his pace in behind to stretch teams, the mercurial Roberto Firmino would be able to exploit the spaces in between defence and midfield.

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Liverpool transfer target David Neres scores stunning goal for Ajax vs Juventus in Champions League

Liverpool transfer target David Neres scored a stunning goal in the Champions League on Wednesday night.

The Brazil winger levelled for Ajax in a 1-1 draw against Juventus in the first leg of their quarter-final tie.

David Neres starred against Juventus on Wednesday

He cut in from the left to curl a superb effort past former Arsenal goalkeeper Wojciech Szczesny in the 46th minute.

You can watch the brilliant goal below…

Reports in France claim Liverpool have expressed an interest in Neres, but are yet to submit a bid, while Borussia Dortmund are believed to have offered Ajax €40million for his services.

And Liverpool supporters were certainly big fans of Neres’ strike.

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Cristiano Ronaldo, who played for the first time since suffering a hamstring injury last month, opened the scoring for Juventus with his 125th Champions League goal.


But Neres’ equaliser keeps the tie alive for Ajax, who will go to Turin with confidence after beating holders Real Madrid 4-1 at the Bernabeu in the last round.

Ajax boss Erik Ten Hag said: ”1-1 is not the result you hope for, but it is a result.

“Last time we lost 2-1 to Madrid at home, so we are still in it. We had some very good opportunities.”

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