Newcastle United Set to Offer Rolando Aarons to Sheffield Wednesday on a Permanent Deal

?Newcastle United are reportedly willing to let Rolando Aarons sign a permanent deal with Sheffield Wednesday at the end of the season. 

Aarons made the switch to Hillsborough on loan from the Magpies during the January transfer window, after Rafa Benitez deemed the 23-year-old surplus to requirements, choosing not to register him as a Premier League player for the 2018/19 campaign. 

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Steve Bruce snapped up the former England Under-20 international, and reports from the ?Chronicle suggest Wednesday are to be offered the chance to sign the winger on a permanent basis when his loan spell expires.

The Sheffield Wednesday loanee endured a difficult couple of years on Tyneside and most recently struggled during a short stint in the Czech Republic whilst playing for Slovan Liberec. 

This has not stopped Bruce from showing his faith in Aarons, and publicly praised him earlier in the month following his side’s win against ?Bolton Wanderers. 

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Speaking to BBC Sheffield and quoted by the ?Chronicle, Bruce said: “His career seemed to have fallen off the cliff a little bit, so you blow him a little bit of confidence, put an arm around his shoulder and remind him what a good player he was – which I remember when he first burst onto the scene.”

He added: “I’m delighted because he’s given us something we haven’t got – he’s got a little trick, he’s quick, and he’s energetic and young and I’m delighted for him because he’s a really, really good kid.”


?Sheffield Wednesday look to make a late run for a play-off spot and if an in form Aaron’s can continue to impress the manager, a deal could be on the cards should ?Newcastle make contact this summer. 

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Liverpool 1-5 Arsenal: Report, Ratings & Reaction as Gunners Go Top in Dominant Display

Arsenal Women returned to the top of the Women’s Super League on Sunday afternoon, as they beat Liverpool Women 5-1 at Prenton Park.

After dominating the opening 20 minutes, Arsenal took the lead through their captain Kim Little. The ball was crossed in by Katie McCabe and swept home by Little, as she gave the Gunners a deserved lead.

Arsenal doubled their advantage three minutes later, as Beth Mead squeezed the ball in from a tight angle. Though it didn’t look to be a goal and no one except Mead thought it had gone in, the officials soon realised what had happened and awarded the goal.

The Gunners got their third goal in the 65th minute, as Mead’s intended cross ended up finding the top corner. Joe Montemurro’s side made it 4-0 two minutes later, thanks to Dominique Bloodworth’s close range header.

Courtney Sweetman-Kirk gave Liverpool a consolation with a superb penalty 15 minutes to go, but Vivianne Miedema’s well taken goal restored Arsenal’s four-goal lead in a truly emphatic display at Prenton Park.


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Liverpool were second best all afternoon, as they welcomed a vastly superior side to Prenton Park. The Reds were eager to get revenge for their humiliating 5-0 defeat in the reverse fixture last September, but were unable to cause any problems whatsoever for Arsenal.

It was frankly an uninspiring performance from Vicky Jepson’s side, as they struggled to create any chances, scoring their only goal from the penalty spot. It was Liverpool’s third straight defeat in all competitions, as they had yet another afternoon to forget.


Player Ratings

Starting XI: Preuss (5); Purfield (6), Rodgers (5), Bradley-Auckland (6), Robe (6); Daniels (6), Murray (5), Coombs (6); Sweetman-Kirk (6*), Babajide (5), Linnett (5).

Substitutes: Blanchard (N/A).



STAR PLAYER – There were very few positives to take from their defeat, though Courtney Sweetman-Kirk’s goal was Liverpool’s only cause for celebration. It was a small confidence boost for the English forward, who scored her 11th goal of the season.


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Key Talking Point


?Arsenal were completely dominant at Prenton Park, and gave their hosts absolutely no chance. Knowing that a win would take them one point clear at the top of the table, the Gunners produced a ruthless performance and scored five goals in a dominant outing.

Montemurro will be delighted with his side, who proved themselves in style and showed their determination to win the league this season. With another four games in hand and sitting one point clear at the top, it is truly Arsenal’s title to lose.


Player Ratings

Starting XI: Peyraud-Magnin (6); Veje (6), Quinn (7), Williamson (6), Evans (6); Van de Donk (6), Bloodworth (8), Little (8); Mead (9*), Miedema (7), McCabe (7).

Substitutes: Carter (6), Samuelson (74′), Schnaderbeck (N/A).



STAR PLAYER – There were so many outstanding performers for Arsenal, but Beth Mead stood out. Her two goals were crucial in the Gunners’ victory, and she was excellent in attack all game long in another brilliant performance.


Looking Ahead

Liverpool return to the Academy Stadium to face Manchester City next Sunday, as they seek revenge for last week’s 3-0 FA Cup defeat to the Citizens. The Reds must then wait three weeks before their next game, when they are back at Prenton Park to host Bristol City on 21 April.

Arsenal are on the road again next weekend, when they travel to Birmingham City on Sunday. They then also have a three week period without a game, before they welcome Everton to Meadow Park on 21 April.

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Man City ‘to Smash Transfer Record’ to Beat Man Utd to €100m Signing of Milan Skriniar

?Manchester City are preparing to go head-to-head with rivals Manchester United in the race for Inter defender Milan Skriniar, and are ready to lodge a bid of €100m to beat the Red Devils.

Both sides have been heavily linked with a host of top centre-backs, with Skriniar’s name one of many to have been suggested. The 24-year-old has excelled since his move to Inter in 2017, with both Manchester clubs said to have tried to sign him in the past, and it appears as though they could reignite their interest this summer.

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News of? City’s imminent bid comes from AS (via ?Calciomercato), who state that Pep Guardiola is ready to blow his rivals out of the water with a huge €100m offer.

Skriniar’s agent has recently claimed that ?Inter ?rejected a bid of €55m from City in January 2018, adding that the club would need an offer closer to €100m to part ways with their star defender, who is also being targeted by both ?Real Madrid and ?Barcelona.

Jose Mourinho was thought to be a huge fan of the Slovakian, and now Ole Gunnar Solskjaer appears set to continue his interest into the summer, as he looks to bolster his defensive options. However, with City reportedly preparing to flex their financial muscle, ?United may be forced to look elsewhere.

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?Napoli’s Kalidou Koulibaly has also been the subject of reported interest, whilst Ajax wonderkid Matthijs de Ligt remains high on the wish list for both sides.

Should City secure the expensive signing of Skriniar, it would likely smash their current transfer record which stands at £60m, after the signing of ?Riyad Mahrez from ?Leicester City last summer.

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Guardiola is looking for younger defenders to cement City’s place as one of Europe’s top sides for the foreseeable future, with both Nicolas Otamendi and ?Vincent Kompany approaching the latter stages of their careers.

He is said to be infatuated with De Ligt, but any deal for the Dutchman would certainly be tough, with the likes of ?Bayern Munich and Barcelona keen on a summer move. As a result, Guardiola has set his sights on Skriniar, and is seemingly not prepared to accept defeat.

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Napoli Poised to Sell Allan to Paris Saint-Germain in Order to Keep Kalidou Koulibaly at Club

?Napoli are willing to sell midfielder Allan to Paris Saint-Germain this summer in order keep Kalidou Koulibaly at the club.

The 27-year-old defender has been the subject of intense interest from the likes of Manchester United and Juventus in recent times, with the Red Devils seeing a €90m bid rejected for the Senegalese international in January. 


According to Italian newspaper Il Mattino (via ?football-italia) however, the Naples-based club may have found a way to keep Koulibaly at the Stadio San Paolo, by selling midfielder Allan instead.

The Brazilian, who is valued at €75m, is the subject of interest from French giants PSG, with the article claiming that the 28-year-old is keen on a move to France’s capital, meaning that the departure of another key player such as Koulibaly during the same window would be unlikely. 

Allan

The central defender had been linked with ?Bayern Munich in the same article, with the German side willing to spend €110m on Koulibaly, while ?United are ready to offer as much as €150m, according to La Gazzetta dello Sport, via ?Calciomercato, but both those offers could now be rejected should ?Napoli go through with the sale of Allan.

Both Koulibaly and Allan, who are currently on international duty for Senegal and Brazil respectively, have been key figures for Carlo Ancelotti’s side this season, with the defender playing in 26 of the club’s 28 Serie A games.

Allan meanwhile has averaged 3.6 tackles in his 25 Serie A games this season to help the club to second in the table, as well as reach the quarter-finals of the Europa League. 

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Memphis Depay Backed by Former Arsenal Star Robert Pires for Shock Premier League Return

Memphis Depay has been urged back to the Premier League to join one of Manchester United’s rivals by former Arsenal star Robert Pires. 

Depay spent two seasons at Old Trafford and was dubbed a flop by many of the supporters before he could make a name for himself at the club. Jose Mourinho shipped the Dutchman off in 2016 to Lyon and he has been enjoying his football ever since. The 25-year-old scored twice in the Netherlands’ most recent match against Belarus and there is talk that he could return to the Premier League with Liverpool. 

Pires has backed the Dutch midfielder to succeed if he returns to England and sees Liverpool as his best option to become a Premier League star. Speaking to Bwin via the Daily Star, Pires claimed: “Depay wants to come back to the Premier League and he feels he has unfinished business in England.

“He perhaps feels he wasn’t given a chance to perform and earn the right to stay longer considering he was so young and showed glimpses of undoubted potential. Depay might want to return to Manchester United or he might be motivated to prove them wrong by performing for one of their rivals in the Premier League.”

Following the match against Belarus, Netherlands manager Ronald Koeman held Depay in high praise by stating: “I say it every time, he is a great player. He may be going through a lesser phase at his club, but if he feels free and has confidence, he can do a lot.”

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Aside from Pires, current Liverpool stars Virgil van Dijk and ?Georginio Wijnaldum have also backed Depay and see him as a perfect replacement for Philippe Coutinho at Anfield. Liverpool are set to spend in the summer after a particularly quiet January window and Depay looks like he could be the attacking-midfielder that Jurgen Klopp has been searching for since Coutinho’s departure last summer. 

?The Reds are set to continue their fight for a Premier League title when they take on Tottenham on the final day of March in a match that could define their title aspirations. 

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