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Tuesday, 20 Jun 2017 18:00 EATakipchumba@kenyafreepress.com
The Serbian international who is currently playing for the just-ended English Premier League’s champions, Chelsea, has been linked to a move to Manchester United where Jose Mourhino is coaching.
According to The Sun, the Chelsea midfielder is interested in a re-union with his erstwhile coach Jose Mourinho at the Old Trafford.
The consistent on-pitch defensive midfielder who’s known for his combative style of play features prominently in the list of options that the ‘special one’ is considering for the defensive midfield role.
The professional footballer is widely considered to have been one of the key players who played a towering role in delivering the much-coveted silverware- English Premier League trophy, in the immediately-ended season. A season that am cock-sure left Antonio Conte, all the Chelsea football hotheads and the club’s boss in the seventh planet.
Another player that the Manchester United’s coach is in hot pursuit of is the Portuguese international, Nelson Semedo, who plays as an invincible right back. O Jogo reported recently that Manchester “are set to make a renewed offer to sign the 23-year old Nelson Semedo from Benfica after already bringing in his former team-mate Victor Lindelof.”
Benfica are demanding forty million pounds for the player in question. The Benfica player, whose role as a right back is wowed has also been linked with other elite clubs including Bayer Munich, Barcelona, Man City and PSG, according to the Goal.com.
In the writings of the Daily Express, Manchester United are reluctant to try to sign Cristiano Ronaldo from Real Madrid. The 32- year old unstoppable Real Madrid forward has extensively been said to be eager to leave the highly acclaimed Spanish football powerhouse, perfectly in the league of Barcelona.
Old Trafford has, however, maintained a line of doubts as regards entering the race to sign in their ex-player. Manchester United fear that Ronaldo’s claimed appetite for quitting the top flight Spanish club could be construed as a way of extracting a better deal from Real Madrid, and therefore don’t want to spend the summer negotiating for a player they can never sign.
To Jose M. the Portuguese international is just but a pie in the sky. So, going after his much sought after signature is akin to looking for a black cat in a high-pitched darkness.
Manchester united, under the stewardship of the ‘controversial’ manager Mr. Jose Mourinho ended the season at position six with 69 points; just six points behind the fifth-placed Arsenal. Being the winners of Europa League in the just-ended season that saw Ajax trounced in the final 2-1, Man united has qualified for Champions League next season.
Kipchumba is a staff writer/columnist at the Kenya Free Press