Agent Rebuffs Rumours of Jorge Mendes Directing Reported Liverpool Midfield Target to Man United

Lazio midfielder Sergej Milinkovic-Savic has found himself on the radar of several clubs in Europe this season, including Liverpool, Juventus and Inter.

Recent reports have also linked Manchester United with the Serbian, and it is also being suggested that the Red Devils have asked super-agent Jorge Mendes to intervene on their behalf as they look to snatch him up.

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However, the player is being represented by former Chelsea striker Mateja Kezman, who has rubbished the rumours after rightly claiming that he is the only one who could discuss the player’s future with Lazio.

“I am the only one who can discuss Sergej’s future with Lazio and therefore know how things could go,” Kezman told Lalaziosiamonoi.it (H/T ​Inside Futbol). “Now these market rumours make no sense and can put pressure on Lazio and distract the team, who are having a great season.”

The erstwhile striker was asked if any mega-bids have been made with the aim of recruiting his client, but he explained that such a question is one to be directed at Lazio.

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“This is a question to ask the club,” he replied. “Now we need peace of mind. This is not the time to talk about any kind of transfer.”

Kezman, who retired from playing in 2012, spent the 2004/05 season at Chelsea, coming in with high expectation after scoring 122 goals in 105 appearances for Dutch side PSV Eindhoven.


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His time at Stamford Bridge did not go as well as it could have, though, with the Serbian scoring just seven times before leaving for Atletico Madrid the following term.

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Former Man Utd Defender Wes Brown Insists Manchester Derby Won’t Decide Title Race

Ex-Manchester United defender Wes Brown has insisted that Sunday’s Manchester derby will be a decider in the title race.

Manchester City look to be running away with the league, but a loss to their neighbours could see them veer off track, while a win would hand them a firmer grip on the trophy.

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Brown, speaking exclusively to 888sport, declared that the Manchester derby has overtaken United vs. Liverpool as the Premier League’s biggest match, but he doesn’t see Sunday’s game ending the title race even if City win.

“If United lose I wouldn’t say the title race is over but it does give City a great chance to push on,” he said. 

“As we’ve seen so many times in the past the Christmas period is interesting in itself and anything can happen there. If United win then it would make that Christmas period even more exciting. I want United to win anyway but I also hope they win because it would make the league interesting.

“For the league position then I would say it’s the bigger game now. Both teams have unbelievable players. For me when I looked at the fixtures I’d look for the Liverpool game first and then City but that’s how I was brought up. I reckon the younger lads coming up now will probably look for the Man City game. Maybe if I was playing now I’d do the same too.”

Despite City’s recent dominance, Brown reckons his former team are still the ‘top dogs’ in Manchester. But he admitted that United fans are frustrated by Jose Mourinho’s style of play.

“Of course United are still the top dogs but I’m telling you now that City have started this season off unbelievably,” he added.

“The team is brilliant and I’ve got a lot of friends who are City fans and they’re so excited by Pep and how he wants his team to play. It’s a Barcelona style where everyone wants the ball and keeps the ball and keeps moving. I think it’s fantastic for Manchester itself that both of its clubs are first and second. 

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“It makes it so interesting too that the sides are so different. City are proving themselves by going out and winning week in and week out in a positive way. United are winning every week too but it’s more defensive which is why the fans are getting frustrated. Jose though is just doing what he thinks is the right thing to get the points.”

Red Devils keeper David de Gea put in quite the performance in goal against Arsenal last weekend, making a league record-tying 14 saves, and Brown tipped him to eclipse the likes of Peter Schmeichel and Edwin van der Sar to become United’s best ever stopper.

“He’s got a chance to become United’s greatest,” Brown raved. “He’s been brilliant for three or four seasons now and under different managers he’s got United a lot of points from making unbelievable saves. 


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“He just continues to do that and that Arsenal game just reminded everybody just how brilliant he is. To get on that stage alongside Schmeichel and Van Der Saar you have to do it regularly and he is.”

Read the full 888sport interview with Wes Brown, including his thoughts on who are the top dogs of Manchester.

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Manchester United Legend Bryan Robson Admits City Are Now on Level Playing Field

Manchester United legend Bryan Robson has admitted Manchester City have now caught up with his former side, but has not ruled the Red Devils out of the title race just yet. 

Jose Mourinho’s men head into the Manchester derby on Sunday at Old Trafford eight points removed from the Citizens at the top of the Premier League, a rather daunting tally after a mere 15 games. 

However, it is not just this season where the the Sky Blues have asserted their dominance, pipping the red half of the city to the league title on the final day in 2014 and enjoying a number of successes over their neighbours head-to-head, including a 6-1 hammering in the league and an FA Cup semi final victory. 

Undoubtably the financial backing available at the Etihad Stadium has played a pivotal role in the emergence of the now-top flight superpower, with City today arguably holding more pulling power than the once dominant United. 

Robson has told betsafe.com that his former rivals are now gaining a similar stature to that of his ex-club, however believes the Red Devils still could snatch the Premier League title away from Pep Guardiola’s grasp, but only if they take all three points this weekend. 

“If you look back at the last five years, both clubs have done really well: they’ve won the Premiership, they’ve won trophies”, the 60-year-old said. 

“What City have done is caught up with United now. They’re a big club and they’ve got loads of ambition. 

“I think it’s very close, and this season is going to be really interesting in what happens in May. 

“You’ve got the Champions League final, and the FA Cup final and you’ve got whoever’s going to win the title. 

“There’s a long way to go yet, City are playing some great football and they’ve ben outstanding in games where they’ve absolutely destroyed teams. 

“But you never know what could happen: a loss of form, a couple of injuries to real key players and all of a sudden United could come back into it. 


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“For me, this game is massive for United to win, you don’t want City getting eleven points clear at this stage of the season.”


​Watch the betsafe.com interview with Paul Dickov and Bryan Robson, including how United will be working on preventing City from building play from the back

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Who will win this weekend’s Manchester derby?

The most-anticipated game of this weekend’s Premier League fixture list is the final one as Manchester United host leaders Manchester City at Old Trafford.

 

Anyone who has bet on the Premier League this season will know that Manchester City are running away with the league. In the opening 15 games this season, City have recorded 14 wins, dropping just two points with a draw against Everton in their second game of the season.

 

Pep Guardiola’s side are a long way away from reaching the longest unbeaten streak, but a win in the Manchester derby on Sunday would see City break the Premier League record for the most games won in a row (currently 13 games).

 

The odds on Premier League winner 17/18 already points to Manchester City, and a win this weekend would see their odds shrink even lower than their current 1.19 price at Betfair.

 

The amount of money being thrown about in football has increased significantly over the past few seasons with ‘big’ clubs spending huge sums of money on players and regularly spending over £100 million each season. City and United are no exception.

 

In the past few seasons players such as Kevin De Bruyne (£55 million) and Raheem Sterling (£44m) have moved to City while Paul Pogba (£89,) and Romelu Lukaku (£75m) have been United’s biggest buys.

 

Manchester City alone this past summer spent more than £150 million on four defensive players – £49m on Benjamin Mendy, £45m on Kyle Walker, £34.9m on goalkeeper Ederson and £26.5m on Danilo.  The only attacking player they signed, Bernardo Silva, also set them back £43m.

 

To highlight the spending of both clubs, the graphic below looks at how much money has been spent on players by both Manchester clubs since 2008: