Roma Ready Loan Bid for Arsenal Defender Shkodran Mustafi

?Roma have allegedly joined the race for Arsenal defender Shkodran Mustafi, who is believed to be free to leave the Emirates Stadium on loan this summer.

Having secured the signing of David Luiz from Chelsea on transfer deadline day, first-team opportunities look like they will be hard to come by for Mustafi, who has been linked with an exit all summer.

Shkodran Mustafi

There has been plenty of interest in Mustafi, and now Tuttomercatoweb claim that Roma are putting together a loan bid for the German, with a view to a permanent deal next summer.

Sporting director Gianluca Petrachi is thought to have spoken with ?Arsenal officials to find out their demands, and has discovered that Mustafi would be allowed to leave on loan if Roma offer to pay his €3m-a-year wages.

The Gunners also want Roma to agree to a price to potentially sign him permanently next summer, with a fee of between €20m and €25m thought to be enough to get this over the line.

The ?Serie A side have just completed a deal for 22-year-old Mert Cetin from Genclerbirligi, but they don’t want to rush his introduction to the team, so they have begun looking for some short-term options. 

Roma began by pursuing a deal for ?Liverpool‘s ?Dejan Lovren but, with talks breaking down, it seems they have now turned their attention to Mustafi.

The German tumbled down the pecking order at the Emirates last season after a number of hugely frustrating performances, with both ?Rob Holding and ?Calum Chambers now ahead of him in the pecking order.

David Luiz

?Luiz and Sokratis Papastathopoulos are set to be Unai Emery’s first-choice pairing in defence, so Mustafi faces being the fifth-choice defender if he remains with the Gunners going forward.

As a result, he could be interested in a move elsewhere, as he looks to prove himself as a top class defender once more.


Marcus Rashford & Ole Gunnar Solskjaer Explain Man Utd’s Penalty Decision Process

?Ole Gunnar Solskjaer has insisted that he has no problem with Paul Pogba taking penalties for Manchester United, after the Frenchman saw his effort saved by Rui Patricio in Monday’s 1-1 draw with Wolverhampton Wanderers.

After winning the penalty himself, Pogba spoke with teammate Marcus Rashford to decide who would take it. It was decided among them that the Frenchman would take it, but he saw his powerful effort convincingly stopped by Patricio.

Paul Pogba

Speaking to ?Sky Sports after the game, Solskjaer insisted that he has no problem whatsoever with the midfielder taking penalties, as the decision is left to both ?Pogba and ?Rashford during matches.

He said: “The two of them are the designated penalty shooters. It’s up to them there and then to decide that ‘this is mine’. 

“Sometimes players feel they are confident enough – Paul has scored so many penalties for us, today Patricio made a good save.

“You can see the slides on the PowerPoint [to prove they were both designated penalty takers]. The two of them have been confident before. Marcus scored last week but Paul was also confident. I like players with confidence.”

Neither Rashford nor Pogba looked frustrated as they discussed who would take the penalty, with both players seemingly open to allowing the other to step up. However, it was Pogba who was given the nod, and Rashford insisted (via ?BBC Sport) that he had absolutely no problem with what happened.

“Paul wanted to take it, it’s that simple. Anyone can miss a penalty, he has scored so many penalties and it is normal to miss one,” Rashford said.

Paul Pogba,Marcus Rashford

“It is simple, if you want to take it, you take it. I took one last week so for me it’s no problem that he took it.

“It’s unfortunate he didn’t score but that’s football. The confidence that you’re going to score is always the same. We practise all week and we score the majority of them.”


Antonio Rudiger Returns & Michy Batshuayi Shines as Chelsea Under-23’s Thump Liverpool

?Chelsea Under-23’s picked up a convincing 3-0 win over Liverpool Under-23’s on Monday evening, largely thanks to hugely impressive performances from both Antonio Rudiger and Michy Batshuayi.

Rudiger had been sidelined since the 1-1 draw with Manchester United in April, in which he picked up a nasty knee injury which required surgery.

Antonio Rudiger,Curtis Jones

However, he made his long-awaited return to action at Stamford Bridge, playing the full 90 minutes against ?Liverpool and forming an impressive partnership with young Marc Guehi in defence.

Whilst it was hardly the toughest of tests for ?Rudiger, he still had to deal with the highly rated pairing of Rhian Brewster and Harvey Elliott, and he certainly did so with ease.

First-team manager Frank Lampard was in attendance, and he will likely have been delighted with what he saw from ?Rudiger, who could soon make his return for the senior side after proving his fitness with the developmental squad.

It was Rudiger’s delightful long ball which allowed ?Batshuayi to open the scoring with a fantastic chipped effort, although a glaring error from Liverpool shot stopper Caoimhin Kelleher certainly made things easier for the Belgian.

Batshuayi was looking to get some minutes under his belt after being omitted from ?Chelsea‘s squad for their opening games of the ?Premier League campaign, and will have certainly given Lampard plenty to think about.

His positioning was on show for his second goal of the night. After some fantastic play from exciting youngsters Juan Castillo and Timo Anjorin, the ball found its way to Batshuayi in the box, who fired home to give Chelsea a commanding lead.

Michy Batshuayi

To return the favour, Batshuayi then set up Anjorin, who embarked on a stunning solo run to net Chelsea’s third and cap off what was a commanding performance from the Blues.

Lampard will have been delighted to see both Rudiger and Batshuayi get 90 minutes of action, but he will also have been hugely impressed with central midfielder Billy Gilmour and right-back Tariq Lamptey – both of whom could be knocking on the door of the senior side soon.


Ole Gunnar Solskjaer Admits Alexis Sanchez Could Leave Man Utd Amid Inter Interest

Manchester United manager Ole Gunnar Solskjaer has admitted Alexis Sanchez could leave the club this summer following his side’s 1-1 draw with Wolves on Monday night.

Sanchez is expected to join Inter following a disastrous move from Arsenal to Old Trafford, the Chilean managing just five goals in 45 appearances for the Red Devils, with a medical with the Serie A club ?slated for Tuesday.

?Now, speaking after Anthony Martial’s thumping finish and Ruben Neves’ stunner ensured United left Molineux with a point, Solskjaer has revealed ?Sanchez could leave before the window closes for good throughout Europe.

He said: “Well, there’s still a couple of weeks left of the transfer window and there is a chance…some clubs have shown interest in Alexis, so we’ll see what happens. Can’t update you more than that.”

Solskjaer’s declaration comes just ?days after the former striker said he still counts on Sanchez as part of his squad, backing the former Barcelona ace to come good at the club.

Alexis Sanchez

Sanchez wasn’t involved in United’s Monday night clash with Wolves as ?United were pegged back by Nuno Espirito Santo’s side. Martial’s cool finish had given the visitors the lead, but Neves’ stunning curler ensured the points were shared.

?Paul Pogba also saw a penalty saved by Rui Patricio, prompting some social media reaction as to whether Marcus Rashford – who scored a spot kick against Chelsea last week – should’ve taken it instead. But that’s besides the point, as United have bigger problems than players missing penalties. No, really, they do. Scott knows, right Scott?

Cheers mate.??


Twitter Reacts as Wolves End Manchester United’s One-Game Winning Streak With 1-1 Draw at Molineux

?Fifth, seventh, 13th and even 20th! Many predictions have been made about where Manchester United will finish in the Premier League this season and few of them were kind to the Red Devils.

They’re actually in fourth as it stands after their opening day defeat of Chelsea and Monday night’s 1-1 draw with Wolverhampton Wanderers. That’s good, isn’t it? No?

Nothing is good enough for United fans.


United supporters have had to endure something of a barren period after Sir Alex Ferguson’s glorious 27-year reign at the helm. There have been some good players since Fergie left, but there have also been some really bad ones.

Victor Lindelof certainly used to be one of the latter. However, he’s no doubt improved in the post-Mourinho era. Well, most people think he has, but you can never please everyone…

I wonder if James always counts the number of bad passes played by the Swede.

Still, he wasn’t the only person left a little miffed by the performances of certain individuals.

Poor Daniel James, he’s only 21 and still finding his feet in the Premier League, yet football fans don’t seem to care. They take no prisoners and this time the Welshman was the target. Maybe it’s because he dived.

The winger’s theatrics failed to earn his side an early spot-kick, but they should still have taken the lead when Anthony Martial arrived at the perfect time to meet Marcus Rashford’s delivery…

You can probably tell what happened. Yeah, Martial missed.

What could the Frenchman do to make amends? Surely, there was something he could do to make things right with his teammates. Well, there was one way…

That’s right, his lethal left-footed rifle into the roof of the net gave United a 1-0 advantage over Wolves and brought up his half-century of goals for the club.

A lot of people think that’s an admirable achievement…

However, a lot of people don’t…

Given their troublesome displays in recent years – and that includes 2018/19 – there may have been doubts about United’s chances this season.

Nevertheless, a 4-0 crushing of Chelsea put everyone in a buoyant mood, whilst a half-time lead against the Wanderers was also putting a smile on the faces of Red Devils everywhere…

Solskjaer must have been eager to get the second half underway, so his recruits could continue to show their newfound confidence and put their hosts to the sword. Supporters were calling for blood and United went in search of a kill.

Unfortunately, the new man James was a little over-excited in his search for a second goal, accidentally treading on the foot of Diogo Jota…

The vertically-challenged starlet was lucky to escape a second caution, but his team couldn’t escape the clutches of a hungry pack of Wolves.

They were given fair warning when Raul Jimenez struck the woodwork, although the striker’s frustrations will be nothing compared to those of one punter in particular…

David de Gea got away with that one, but he would soon be picking the ball out of the net as Ruben Neves let loose a dirty long-range effort following a short-corner routine…

Disgusting indeed. It was pure filth from the Portugal international, who continues to shine in a thrilling Wolves lineup.

There are many ways to describe a goal of such quality and others were certainly more eloquent with their praise for Neves.

Of course, no goal is complete without a nerve-jangling wait for VAR to confirm that no one was 0.1mm offside in the buildup…


So, we can all agree that VAR is the worst thing since unsliced bread, yes? Monday night’s referee may disagree…

Moss and his team of officials would call upon the surveillance system for another game-changing decision before the night was out.

Just after the hour-mark, the scores still tied at 1-1, Paul Pogba was sent tumbling to the floor by opposing skipper Conor Coady. VAR was consulted and VAR said pen. Let’s just say it was debatable.

So, Pogba was the man to take the responsibility and in classic Pogba style had his spot-kick saved. Some defended him, but most couldn’t resist having a dig…

The bigger issue wasn’t the miss, however, it was the childish debate over who should be allowed to take the penalty…

Or maybe the bigger issues were to do with the overall match and not a single incident in the contest. Could it be that Pogba’s failure was just one mistake in a sea of errors? Surely not, this is Manchester United!

The final whistle confirmed that the points would be shared at Molineux, leaving the visitors on four points and Nuno Espirito Santo’s battlers on two. Neither team will be over the moon with that, neither should be too upset.