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However, they now seemingly face a fresh fight from Premier League rivals Liverpool to keep hold of the youngster.
The Reds will be able to offer Champions League football, with qualification for next years tournament all but secured.
Furthermore, Jurgen Klopp has a good record in giving the youth a chance – with the likes of Trent Alexander-Arnold breaking through to the Liverpool first team to emerge as one of England’s finest full-backs.
Hudson-Odoi is yet to start a single Premier League match this season and although he is a boyhood Chelsea fan, you can see why he would want to move to gain more chances elsewhere.
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Jérémie Aliadière has slammed Arsenal for allowing Aaron Ramsey to leave on a free because they struggle to attract the best players in the world.
The former Gunners striker came through the ranks at Highbury in his early career, playing alongside the likes of Dennis Bergkamp and Thierry Henry in north London.
At the peak of his powers, Arsene Wenger masterminded the club to a Premier League title without losing a game in 2004.
However, as the Frenchman’s power began to wane, so did the club and the club’s hierarchy decided to replace Wenger with former Paris Saint-Germain boss Unai Emery in the summer.
And the club will have to delve into the transfer window to replace another key figure at the Emirates when Ramsey joins Juventus in the summer – a decision the former Middlesborough and Leyton Orient striker cannot comprehend.
Aliadière told Jim White on talkSPORT: “It pains me every time I get to the Emirates and I see lately how well he is performing, knowing he won’t be there next season.
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Goalkeeper (Thibaut Courtois)
There have been question marks about Thibaut Courtois this season but given his contract lasts until 2024, he’s viewed as a long-term investment by the club.
If David de Gea ever becomes available then the Belgian might have something to worry about but for now Courtois’ position as the No.1 keeper looks reasonably safe.
Defence (Marcelo, Ramos, Varane, Carvajal)
Real have looked frail at the back on frequent occasions this season but they still have world-class defenders among their ranks.
And if anyone can galvanise them into getting their form back it’s Zidane, who is adored by everyone connected with the club having won three Champions League titles in his first stint as manager as well as a catalogue of trophies as a player for Los Blancos.
Bringing N’Golo Kante to Real would benefit Pogba hugely and also fill that Claude Makelele shaped hole that the club have lacked since 2004 but rumours that the Chelsea man wants to leave Stamford Bridge have gone quiet lately.
His preferred position is on the left of a front three and he would get many opportunities to score given Karim Benzema spent many seasons being the bridesmaid to ex-Real Madrid superstar Cristiano Ronaldo.
The spot on the right of the front three is up for grabs and although Gareth Bale started Real Madrid’s win over Celta Vigo last weekend, his future at the club is by no means secure and Isco was preferred by Zidane last season.
talkSPORT 2 were joined by European football commentator Kevin Hatchard on Thursday to share the latest transfer news from Spain, and he said:
“Kane and Mane are not realistic, because they’ve recently signed long term contracts.
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“I know we’ve seen situations where players have signed long term deals to protect the club so they can get a bigger transfer fee, but Mane has always spoken in glowing terms about working for Jurgen Klopp, he seems very happy and Liverpool are clearly heading in the right direction.
“I’d be very surprised if he made that move to Real, and it’s the same with Harry Kane.
“Kane is very much Mr Spurs and as long as Mauricio Pochettino is there – and that looks a lot more likely now that Zidane is back at Real Madrid and Solskjaer is doing so well at Manchester United – I think Kane will stay.
“The Eriksen thing is interesting because, while there has been talk about it for a long time, he hasn’t signed a new contract at Spurs.
“The feeling in Spain is that there is a very strong possibility Real Madrid will be able to get that deal done.”
“The feeling in Spain is that there’s a strong possibility they’ll get Eriksen.”
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Former Manchester City winger Jadon Sancho is also rumoured to be on United’s radar as the England international’s stock continues to rise following his spectacular 2018/19 campaign with Borussia Dortmund.
However, there are potential departures too with Paul Pogba claiming playing for Real Madrid under reappointed boss Zinedine Zidane would be a ‘dream’.
The Daily Star report Alexis Sanchez, Marcos Rojo and Antonio Valenica could leave in the summer so how might the Red Devils line up if all these rumours come to fruition?
United were a club who were suffering from an identity crisis under Mourinho, with the Portuguese’s sometimes ultra-defensive tactics conflicting with the attacking football they played during the glory days under Sir Alex Ferguson.
Solskjaer, who played under Ferguson between 1996-2007, has restored some of that positivity and there is a feeling among United fans that they’ve got their club back.
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If the club are to become title contenders again, they have to keep hold of David de Gea, whose deal was set to expires in June.
However, United activated a one-year extension on the Spaniard’s contract meaning he is likely to stay for another season.
And United will be hoping they will have progressed enough during that time to convince him to extend his time at Old Trafford.
They’ll also have to improve in defence and ideally get a world class centre-back in.
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