Manchester United and Liverpool wanted to sign Jorginho ahead of Chelsea

Jorginho was wanted by Manchester United and Liverpool in the summer (AMA/Getty Images)Manchester United and Liverpool wanted to sign Jorginho before the midfielder joined Chelsea, according to the player’s agent.

Jorginho joined Chelsea in a £57 million deal from Napoli in the summer but the Italy international had attracted interest from several clubs around Europe.

But the 26-year-old was keep to link back up with Maurizio Sarri after thriving in his system at Napoli.

‘There had been calls from Liverpool, Manchester United, Manchester City, Tottenham and Chelsea,’ Jorginho’s agent Joao Santos told ESPN Brasil.

‘In a way, all the great English clubs saw Jorginho because he was already in the Italian team.

Jorginho has already become a key part of Chelsea’s system (Getty Images)‘From this, they came for him and he went to Chelsea based on an agreement with Napoli.

‘Jorginho still had two years of contract and the last word was from Napoli.

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‘In that moment, the best deal for Napoli was Chelsea.

‘It was not only the financial proposal, but also the power and the will of Napoli weighed heavily, who did not want to sell him because they would have to invest a lot to get a replacement.

‘It would not be an immediate replacement.’

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Manchester United enter race with Chelsea and Liverpool to sign Christian Pulisic

Christian Pulisic is on Manchester United’s radar (TF-Images/Getty Images)Manchester United are in the race to sign Borussia Dortmund winger Christian Pulisic ahead of Chelsea, according to reports.

The 20-year-old is regarded as one of the top young prospects in the Bundesliga and is being monitored by several clubs across Europe.

Chelsea have been heavily linked with a move, with reports claiming that the United States international is viewed as a potential replacement for Eden Hazard.

Liverpool are also said to be interested in a deal as Jurgen Klopp remains a huge admirer.

But according to SportBild, Liverpool and Chelsea will face competition from United as they are considering a move next summer.

Pulisic will have a year remaining on his deal with Dortmund next summer (Getty Images)The report also claims that Chelsea want to sign Pulisic in the upcoming January window, but Dortmund are unwilling to allow the winger to leave midway through the campaign.

Pulisic will only have a year remaining on his contract at the end of the season and Dortmund will reportedly accept an offer of £70m.

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The midfielder has also admitted he would be keen to move to the Premier League.

‘England, the Premier League, is a league where lots of kids dream of playing so there is no reason why maybe one day I won’t play here,’ Pulisic said earlier this month.

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Manchester United in pole position to sign Napoli ace Kalidou Koulibaly ahead of Chelsea and Liverpool

Man Utd, Chelsea and Liverpool have all been linked with moves for Napoli’s Kalidou Koulibaly (Picture: Getty)Manchester United are in pole position to sign Napoli defender Kalidou Koulibaly ahead of Premier League rivals Chelsea and Liverpool, according to reports.

Jose Mourinho is desperate to sign a quality centre-back in January after missing out on the likes of Toby Alderweireld and Harry Maguire in the summer.

In 13 Premier League fixtures this season, the Red Devils have already shipped 21 goals – the most of any team in the top half of the table.

The Daily Mirror say Mourinho has informed Manchester United of his desire to bring Koulibaly to Old Trafford in January.

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The Senegal international, who has developed into a key player for Napoli over the last four years, is said to be keen on a switch to England.

Maurizio Sarri is a known admirer of Koulibaly and also reportedly wants to secure his signature, while Liverpool have kept tabs on his situation in Naples.

But the Mirror claim United are in pole position to strike a deal with Napoli as they look to bolster Mourinho’s defensive options.

Koulibaly, 27, is valued at over £80million and is rated as one of the most talented defenders in Europe.

Mourinho wants Man United to sign a top defender in January (Picture: Getty)

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While United did not concede this weekend, they were held to a goalless draw at home by struggling Crystal Palace.

Following the disappointing performance, Mourinho said: ‘You must play with brain and also with heart and I think not enough heart.

‘We didn’t have that intensity that in my opinion is basically related with your brain, with your heart.

‘There are games that are special games and not just one more, and this was a special game.

‘It was the first of eight Premier League games until the end of December and a game we needed to win, and it was not enough from the heart.’

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Chelsea and Liverpool issued warning over Leon Bailey transfer

Bayer Leverkusen insists they will not sell Leon Bailey in January (REX)Bayer Leverkusen’s sporting director Jonas Boldt insists the club have no intention of selling Leon Bailey in the January transfer window.

The 21-year-old has revealed that Chelsea, Manchester United, Liverpool and Manchester City have all expressed an interest in signing him.

Bailey still has over four years remaining on his current deal with Leverkusen and while the German club admit the winger will be sold at some stage, he will not be leaving midway through the season.

‘The conversation was good. We all know that Leon will eventually leave,’ Boldt told Bild.

‘But we have made it clear that a winter transfer is out of the question. He also knows that he has our backing.’

Bailey says he is in no rush to leave Bayer Leverkusen (Getty Images)Speaking to FourFourTwo, Bailey admits he is in no rush to leave Leverkusen, despite several teams being keen to sign him.

‘Manchester United, City, Chelsea, Liverpool – a lot of clubs were interested,’ Bailey said,

‘But the most important thing as a pro is taking things a step at a time and not rushing to the top too quickly. Because once you get there, where do you go next?

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‘I believe the right timing is important, and it was the right moment to be at Bayer Leverkusen. They are a tremendous club with so much history.

‘A lot of good players have come from there; they can get into the Champions League and are always doing well. So why not them?

‘It was the perfect move for me and I’m happy I made it. My focus isn’t really on moving anywhere yet.’

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Leon Bailey rejected transfer offers from Manchester United and Chelsea

Bailey is a rising star at Bayer Leverkusen (Picture: Getty)Leon Bailey claims he turned down offers from a host of Premier League sides before signing for Bayer Leverkusen.

The 21-year-old is one of the most promising young forwards in Europe and was wanted by several top clubs in January 2017 when he was still a Genk player.

Manchester United, Chelsea and Liverpool made transfer offers to Bailey, but were rejected in favour of a switch to Germany.

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Bailey explained it was not the right time to make such a big move.

‘Manchester United, City, Chelsea, Liverpool – a lot of clubs were interested,’ Bailey told FourFourTwo.

‘But the most important thing as a pro is taking things a step at a time and not rushing to the top too quickly. Because once you get there, where do you go next?

Bayern Munich to use major advantage over Liverpool and Man Utd in race to sign Arsenal star Aaron Ramsey

Aaron Ramsey is destined to leave Arsenal on a free transfer in the summer (Picture: Getty)Bayern Munich will look to take the opportunity to steal ahead of Premier League rivals Liverpool and Manchester United by starting talks with Aaron Ramsey about a potential summer move in January.

The Arsenal midfielder’s decade-long stint in north London is set to come to and end in June when his current contract expires.

Ramsey was close to penning a new deal last month but the offer was withdrawn on the advice of Unai Emery, who would reportedly prefer to use the funds available to him to strengthen other areas of his squad, rather than reward the 27-year-old with a significant pay rise.

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The Wales international’s situation has alerted the likes of Liverpool, United and Chelsea, while Serie A giants Juventus and AC Milan are also keeping close tabs.

According the Express, however, Bayern are keen to make the first move and with Ramsey able to speak to foreign clubs when the transfer window reopens in January, the Bundesliga giants are at a significant advantage.

Unai Emery believes Aaron Ramsey is surplus to requirements at Arsenal (Picture: Getty)

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Ramsey has struggled to establish himself in Unai Emery’s line-up this season and again started on the bench during Saturday’s 1-1 draw against Liverpool.

Speaking about Ramsey’s mindset ahead of yesterday’s match, Emery said: ‘The most important thing for me with Aaron is, I spoke with him last week, his spirit, his quality, his confidence, his focus to us in training, in matches like today.

‘He played for 20 minutes against Crystal Palace, he played with this spirit.

‘He’s focused with us, with the training and in every match like today also. He is working very well.’

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Paul Merson tells Liverpool to sign Aaron Ramsey and blasts ‘pathetic’ Arsenal

Liverpool should sign Aaron Ramsey from Arsenal, says Paul Merson (Picture: Rex Features)Paul Merson has told Liverpool to sign Arsenal midfielder Aaron Ramsey to boost their hopes of winning a Premier League title.

Ramsey will leave the Emirates next summer after Arsenal informed the Wales international he would not be offered a new contract.

The 27-year-old has won three FA Cup trophies in his ten-year spell at Arsenal but is set to move on, with a number of clubs interested in securing his services.

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Liverpool are not currently believed to be in the running to sign Ramsey, but Merson says he can help Jurgen Klopp win the Premier League.

And the Arsenal legend has branded his former club ‘pathetic’ for the way they have handled Ramsey’s contract situation.

‘Arsenal are pathetic for the way they’ve treated Aaron Ramsey – and he could be playing for Liverpool soon instead of against them,’ Merson told the Daily Star.

‘I don’t understand what my old club are doing. How can you let a player that good run down his contract like this? It’s a nonsense.

Klopp has been urged to sign Ramsey (Picture: Getty)‘It makes no financial sense to lose him on a free so they might as well sell him for whatever they can get now in January.

‘If Liverpool want him they might as well do a deal now. He would fit in there and he would help them challenge for the title.

‘Manchester City are a much stronger, deeper team than Liverpool at the moment, but Ramsey could help change that.’

Since being signed by Arsene Wenger from Cardiff City in 2008, Ramsey has developed into an influential figure at the Emirates.

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His influence has waned somewhat under new manager Unai Emery, but Merson still believes Arsenal have made a mistake.

He added: ‘Whoever gets him will be getting a very good player. He makes good runs, scores goals, and has the vision to pick a pass.

‘He’s a proven player and because of his contract you could get him on the cheap while it will could cost Arsenal around £40m to replace him.

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‘Maybe Unai Emery has someone else in the pipeline he knows can replace Ramsey, or maybe he thinks he can get a better player on less wages.

‘But it just seems strange. It makes no financial sense and I cannot believe what they have done letting it get this far.’

Ramsey will be hoping to help Arsenal continue their impressive run against Liverpool on Saturday afternon.

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Ryan Giggs tells Aaron Ramsey he can play for ‘anyone in Europe’ with midfielder set to leave Arsenal

Aaron Ramsey will leave Arsenal next summer (Picture: Rex Features)Ryan Giggs insists Arsenal midfielder Aaron Ramsey can play for ‘anyone in Europe’.

The Wales international is searching for a new club after Arsenal informed him he would not be offered a new contract.

Ramsey had hoped to sign a contract extension with his current deal set to expire at the end of the season.

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But Arsenal decided to abandon talks and have told Ramsey he will leave the club on a free next summer.

Manchester United, Chelsea and Liverpool have all been linked with a move for the 27-year-old and Giggs says he ‘won’t be short of offers’.

‘I’ve been asked a lot about Aaron Ramsey leaving Arsenal next summer,’ Giggs told Sky Sports.

‘And all I can say is that when he comes to camp with us he’s always ready, he’s a great professional and this contract situation has never affected him so far.

Manchester United legend and Wales boss Ryan Giggs (Picture: Getty)‘Of course you want your players settled but from my point of view it’s just a case of him playing regularly, that’s all you want as an international manager.

‘Wherever that may be is obviously out of my hands but I just want him playing.

‘He won’t be short of offers as he’s a talented player. He’s one of those players that, if he plays a full season, will get 10-15 goals from midfield and that’s a very attractive player to have in any side.

‘He’s friends with Gareth Bale so obviously he’ll be able to tell him what it’s like to play abroad and Aaron’s certainly got the talent to play anywhere in Europe but that will totally be his decision.

‘As long as he’s playing regular football, that’s all I really care about.’

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Ramsey has spent over a decade at Arsenal, helping the club win three FA Cup titles since being signed by Arsene Wenger from Cardiff City.

Former Arsenal and England defender Martin Keown says he is ‘astonished’ that the Welshman has been told he will leave.

He told the Daily Mail: ‘From the club’s point of view, they have made a decision and are not letting themselves be dictated to by a player.

‘If they wanted to keep him, they surely would have left the door open and tried to find a solution financially.

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‘I expect Ramsey to continue to be 100 per cent committed to the cause. He is a fantastic professional who will give everything to the football club.

‘But I do find it staggering that the contract offer has been removed. When you think about how much it will cost to replace a player like Ramsey, it is astonishing that he will be allowed to leave.

‘The club must have already identified targets who they feel represent better value for money.’

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Arsenal legend Martin Keown ‘astonished’ by Aaron Ramsey transfer update

Aaron Ramsey will leave Arsenal at the end of the season (Picture: Getty)Martin Keown says he is ‘astonished’ Arsenal have told Aaron Ramsey he will be leaving the club next summer.

Ramsey’s current deal at the Emirates expires at the end of the season and the Wales star expected to sign a contract extension.

But the Gunners shelved contract talks with Ramsey last month and told him in a face-to-face meeting this week that he would not be offered new terms.

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Ramsey has spent over a decade at the north London club, playing over 300 games and helping Arsenal win three FA Cup titles.

Asked about Arsenal’s decision to sell Ramsey for nothing next summer, Keown told the Daily Mail: ‘From the club’s point of view, they have made a decision and are not letting themselves be dictated to by a player.

‘If they wanted to keep him, they surely would have left the door open and tried to find a solution financially.

‘I expect Ramsey to continue to be 100 per cent committed to the cause. He is a fantastic professional who will give everything to the football club.

Martin Keown, left, is ‘astonished’ by the development (Picture: Getty)‘But I do find it staggering that the contract offer has been removed. When you think about how much it will cost to replace a player like Ramsey, it is astonishing that he will be allowed to leave.

‘The club must have already identified targets who they feel represent better value for money.

‘In an interview at the weekend, Raul Sanllehi – Arsenal’s head of football – said that they started identifying last summer’s signings in February and March.

Ramsey has spent over a decade at the Emirates (Picture: Rex)‘At that time, Arsene Wenger was still in charge. Unai Emery had not been appointed. Who is making the decisions on transfers? And how privy is the manager to these decisions?’

Arsenal have made an impressive start to the new campaign, winning 11 consecutive games in all competitions before drawing 2-2 with Crystal Palace last weekend.

The Gunners welcome high-flying Liverpool to the Emirates on Saturday and Keown wants his former club to produce a huge performance.

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‘I think this will be a 2-2 draw. Liverpool will go for them but Arsenal have a formidable home record,’ he added.

‘If Arsenal want to make that step back into the top four, they cannot afford to lose this game.

‘The fans want to see Arsenal getting results against the big teams.’

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Chelsea questioning need for Aaron Ramsey transfer due to Ross Barkley and Ruben Loftus-Cheek

Aaron Ramsey has been told by Arsenal that he will leave next summer (Picture: Getty)Chelsea are having second thoughts about pursuing Arsenal midfielder Aaron Ramsey, because of the impressive form of Ross Barkley and Ruben Loftus-Cheek.

Ramsey needs to find a new club after Arsenal told him in a face-to-face meeting that he would not be offered a new contract at the Emirates.

The Wales international has spent over a decade in north London – winning three FA Cup titles – but will leave the Gunners on a free next summer.

Chelsea had been one of a number of teams keeping tabs on the 27-year-old’s situation – Manchester United and multiple European clubs are also keeping an eye on developments.

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But the Daily Star say Chelsea chiefs are questioning the need to sign another midfielder with England pair Barkley and Loftus-Cheek continuing to impress.

Barkley endured a difficult debut season at Stamford Bridge following his emotional move from boyhood club Everton.

But the 24-year-old has now established himself as a genuine option to Maurizio Sarri, scoring three goals in his last three appearances for the Blues.

Loftus-Cheek, meanwhile, scored a hat-trick in the Europa League last month and opened his Premier League account in Sunday’s thrashing against Burnley.

Ross Barkley has made a fine start to the season (Picture: Getty)

Fellow Chelsea midfielder Ruben Loftus-Cheek is also impressing (Picture: Getty)Chelsea also have N’Golo Kante, Jorginho, Cesc Fabregas and Real Madrid loanee Mateo Kovacic in their ranks.

While Ramsey could join the club on a free transfer, he would be entitled to a significant signing-on fee and steep wages.

The Daily Star say Chelsea are in no rush to show their hand to Arsenal and Ramsey, and are keen to see how Barkley and Loftus-Cheek progress this season.

Ramsey was hoping to sign a contract extension at Arsenal but manager Unai Emery has praised his reaction to being told he would leave.

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‘The most important thing for me with Aaron is his spirit, his quality, his confidence, his focus to us in training, in matches like today,’ Emery said after Arsenal’s 2-1 win over Blackpool.

‘He played for 20 minutes against Crystal Palace, he played with this spirit.

‘He’s focused with us, with the training and in every match like today also. He is working very well.’

Arsenal face Premier League high-flyers Liverpool this weekend, while Chelsea take on struggling Crystal Palace.

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