Chelsea Prepared to Let Gary Cahill Leave on Loan in January Amidst West Ham & Man Utd Interest

​Chelsea have reportedly given the green light for veteran centre back Gary Cahill to leave the club on loan in January and Manchester United are ready to make a move for the defender.

Since Maurizio Sarri’s arrival in West London, Cahill has been limited to just five appearances in all competitions, with just one of them coming in the Premier League. The lack of playing time led Cahill to admit that he would need to leave in January if things didn’t improve.

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According to the Express, Chelsea are now willing to let Cahill leave on loan. The Englishman is behind the likes of David Luiz and Antonio Rudiger in the pecking order at the club, and a loan deal is thought to be best for all parties.

It’s understood that Manchester United’s centre back crisis has led Jose Mourinho to show interest in Cahill, but he’s not the only one. SouthamptonWest Ham United, Aston Villa and Sheffield Wednesday are all also reportedly interested in signing the centre back on loan, though it’s not yet clear whether Championship clubs would be able to afford his wages.

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Cahill himself has already previously admitted that a move away would be on the cards, and although a January deal would only be a loan, he would be looking for a permanent move away next summer. Until a move materialises, it appears Cahill may be set for a continued spell on the bench.


6 Reasons Why Man Utd Cannot Afford to Let Juan Mata Leave Old Trafford

Manchester United are reported to be in contract negotiations with Juan Mata and fellow countryman Ander Herrera, both of whom could leave Old Trafford as free agents in June.

Mata, who has emerged as a tremendously popular figure at the club ever since he arrived from Chelsea in the murky depths of the David Moyes era in 2014, has been linked with both Arsenal and a return to La Liga where he last played with Valencia in 2011.

Here are six reasons why United cannot afford to let the Galician leave.

6. Rewarding Loyal Service

Mata actively deserves a new contract for serving United for the last four-and-a-half years.

A World Cup and Champions League winner and twice Chelsea Player of the Year before arriving at Old Trafford as £37.1m record signing in January 2014, he hasn’t kicked up a fuss even though things haven’t exactly gone as planned at the club.

The Spaniard always gives his all and his reaction towards Raheem Sterling’s late showboating in the Manchester derby last weekend was a sign that he still desperately cares.  

5. Important for the Dressing Room

Football is not all about what happens on the pitch and Mata is a key figure in the United dressing room as a senior player and leader, one who has captained the team on several occasions.

Every squad needs figures that others can look up to, individuals who can perhaps solve disputes, get the team working together, and generally lead by example.

One recent example of the role Mata performs behind the scenes concerns the plight of Alexis Sanchez at Old Trafford. A report from The Times this month explained that Sanchez has been left feeling ‘lonely’ and ‘ignored’ after seemingly failing to build a rapport with his teammates.

Mata is apparently one of only three players – the others being David de Gea and Romelu Lukaku – who actually takes the time to engage with Sanchez. And Mata’s support could be crucial if fans are ever to see the best of Sanchez in a United shirt.  

4. Great With Fans

Mata is not your typical modern footballer. He is more interested in art and culture than Snapchat and FIFA 19 – Manchester’s Whitworth Art Gallery is one of his favourite places.

He also has charitable interests such as Common Goal, and handles himself with incredible humility in an industry where arrogance and self-promotion often rules.

Mata certainly hasn’t forgotten that football owes itself to fans. He makes sure to regularly interact with supporters, posing for pictures and signing autographs for younger fans, and always seems so flattered and blown away by the love he receives in return.

Fans need players they can engage and identify with.  

3. He WANTS to Play for United

United could do a lot worse than keep a player like Mata who wants to play for the club given that a handful of other individuals have looked like they could take it or leave it at various points over the last couple of years.

When it was reported last month by The Sun that United wanted to further contract talks it was noted that Mata is ‘keen to stay’. It also doesn’t appear to be about holding out for more money as a source even told the tabloid, “It’s purely about playing for Juan,” and that “…it is by no means certain that even extra cash will do the trick.”

Playing time is something that Mata hasn’t had enough of. He’s only started 28 of the 50 Premier League games United have played since the start of last season, such has been the revolving door policy behind manager Jose Mourinho’s team selection.

It is perfectly understandable that a 30-year-old should want to play as much as possible.

He remains invested in the local area too. It has already been mentioned how a local art gallery is one of his favourite places to visit, but Mata also co-owns a Spanish restaurant in the centre of Manchester as well.

2. Unique Ability

Mourinho has often used Mata wide on the right over the last two-and-a-half years. It is a role he can play but not one in which he genuinely thrives.

His skill set is more suited to that of a ‘number 10’ and he was noticeably better when he played centrally in the recent 2-2 draw against Chelsea. He then played there again against City but United saw so little of the ball as a team that Mata was ineffectual.

United have no one else who can really perform that role, and speaking to ESPN last month, Old Trafford legend Paul Scholes suggested that the missing piece in the underperforming current team is a ‘link player between the midfield and the forwards’.

Scholes explained, “The link player must have the quality to pass and create. I did it a bit. I’m thinking more of a [Kevin] De Bruyne, [Eden] Hazard or David Silva.”

Scholes actually mentioned Mata as an option but expressed concern over a lack of ‘legs’ to perform the role. He is arguably no less physically able than David Silva, though, and it would be on the likes of Paul Pogba, Ander Herrera and Fred to do the midfield leg work for him.

As long as Mata has the vision and intelligence to take up dangerous positions and pick passes then he could be lethal for United. What’s more, finding a player in the transfer market to do the same job might cost £100m or more given today’s enormous prices.

1. Important Goals

Mata has often chipped in with important goals for United, managing to find the net 10 times in all competitions in each of his first three full seasons. His output dropped to just three last season, but he has already matched that tally just a quarter of the way through 2018/19.

Taking the 2016/17 campaign as an example, Mata scored United’s very first Premier League goal to take the lead against Bournemouth on the opening weekend. He later netted a crucial second in a 4-1 win over Leicester, the only goal in a 1-1 draw with Arsenal and opening goals against West Ham and Watford over the course of the campaign.

It was similar in the cups after decisive EFL Cup goals against Manchester City and Hull, a crucial second goal in a 4-0 win over Feyenoord and a winner against Rostov in Europe.

And no United fan can forget Mata’s contributions in games against Liverpool. He had a direct hand in four of the five goals United scored against Liverpool home and away in the Premier League in 2014/15. Mata scored assisted in a 3-0 win at Old Trafford that season, before later netting a brace in a 2-1 win in the reverse fixture at Anfield, including an acrobatic volley.  


Borussia Dortmund Star Christian Pulisic Admits He Is Open to Premier League Move

Borussia Dortmund star Christian Pulisic has revealed he would be open to a ‘dream’ move to the Premier League in the future, with Liverpool, Manchester United and Tottenham all reportedly interested in the winger.

With his current contract set to expire in 2020, and having refused to enter into negotiations with Dortmund over extending his deal, rumours have abounded over Pulisic leaving Germany and joining one of the Premier League elite. 

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Ahead of USA’s international friendly against England on Thursday night, the American admitted he would like to test himself in the Premier League once his time with Lucien Favre’s side ended.

Speaking ahead of the game (as quoted by ​TEAMTalk), Pulisic said: “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.”

Jurgen Klopp’s ​Liverpool side have long been the frontrunners in the race to sign Pulisic, and have been tipped for a move to secure the winger’s signature next summer.

However, it has been reported that both Premier League rivals ​United and ​Spurs have also registered their interest in the USA international with Dortmund reportedly valuing the player at around €70m.

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Whilst the 20-year-old was candid about a potential move to England later in his career, he was adamant that he is enjoying his time playing in the ​Bundesliga, particularly with ​Dortmund leading the way this season.

He added: “As you can, we are having a great year at Dortmund and I am enjoying every moment of that.

“Then when the time comes for me to talk in the breaks about my future, then that’s when those things happen.

“Like I said before, reading these articles (about me), I tend to stay away from that stuff. I know it is going to be there but it is not my priority.”

After being left out of Dortmund’s stunning victory over rivals Bayern Munich last weekend in favour of English starlet Jadon Sancho, Pulisic is likely to come up against his club-mate on Thursday as part of the USA squad to face the Three Lions.


‘Monster’ Issa Diop Brushes Off Jose Mourinho Praise as He Reaffirms Commitment to West Ham

​West Ham United centre back Issa Diop has admitted to being flattered by Jose Mourinho’s glowing comments following the Hammers 3-1 defeat of Manchester United, but insisted he has no interest in jumping ship.

The Frenchman arrived in east London from Toulouse in a £22m deal with and has taken to English football like a duck to water. 

After staying on the bench for the club’s first two ​Premier League games, the 21-year-old has played every minute of every game in the division since.

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One of those games was the 3-1 victory over United at the London Stadium back in September, after which Mourinho heaped praise on the youngster, in what was seen as a scathing review of his own defensive options. 

​The Portuguese tactician declared Diop: “a monster who dominated in the duels”. 

Asked how he felt about such comments in an interview with ​Foot Mercato, the Hammers star replied: “Yes, of course it’s nice. But my coach is Manuel Pellegrini (laughs).

“So it’s his opinion that interests me the most. He advises me to continue to progress.”

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When he was subsequently probed on the Red Devils’ advances and whether he had a career plan in mind, the defender replied: “Not at all. I’m at West Ham right now. I take the most pleasure from this. I try to give the best possible performance.”

Diop also spoke about his exit from Toulouse and why he chose the Irons above other suitors this summer.

He revealed: “I think it was the right time to leave. West Ham is the club that wanted me the most, where there was the most affinity. The project interested me. That’s why I chose them.

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“There were other clubs that were interested. But in my head, it was ​West Ham. The choice was quickly made… For me, it’s a good thing.

“I do not think you have to go through an intermediary club or anything like that. West Ham wanted me a lot. There is no reason why it does not work.”


Andreas Pereira Uninterested in Signing New Man Utd Contract After Lack of Chances

Manchester United midfielder Andreas Pereira reportedly does not find the idea of extending his contract at Old Trafford to be of much interest, as he appears unlikely to achieve his dreams and ambitions with so little playing time.

Pereira started each of United’s first two Premier League games of the new season in the absence of Ander Herrera and Nemanja Matic, but he was substituted at half-time in the second of those two appearances and has played only 35 minutes in all competitions since.

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According to Yahoo Esportes in Brazil, Pereira, who earned his first senior international cap in September, has told friends that he dreams of playing the 2022 World Cup for the Seleção.

It is said that he understands the need to play regularly if that is to become a reality.

Given his recent omissions and the competition for midfield places at United, Pereira therefore may be unlikely to be willing to extend his Old Trafford contract.

As things stand, Pereira’s current United deal is due to expire this coming June, although as with many players at the club there is a 12-month extension clause that can push it to 2020.

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Due to turn 23 in January, the player has made fewer than 20 first team appearances for United to date. In total, including loans at Granada and Valencia, he only has 84 senior club games to his name, making him rather inexperienced compared to his contemporaries.

The slightly younger Dele Alli, for example, has played almost three times as many games in his career, while Marcus Rashford had played over 130 games for United before turning 21.