Manchester City may be running away with the Premier League title after being ahead of the second place Manchester United with 13 points. However, the race for a top four finish is going very strong.
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Manchester City Agree £44.5m for Midfielder
According to British newspaper Metro, Manchester City have agreed a £44.5 million fee to sign Fred from Shakhtar Donetsk in the summer.
Fred has been a target of Pep Guardiola and City for a while now, and the midfielder was linked with a January switch to the club along with Aymeric Laporte.
Although City failed to sign him in the winter transfer window, it is understood that a deal has been stuck for him to make the switch once the season is over.
Fred, who was signed by Shakhtar back in 2013 to replace the outgoing Fernandinho, is a dynamic midfielder who can help both defense and attack.
Guardiola and his team have been scouting him for a while, and see the Brazilian as someone who can give Fernandinho competition in midfield.
The 24-year-old has appeared in 142 games for Shakhtar since arriving over four years ago, helping the club win five trophies.
He is also a Brazil international, and has played six games for the Seleção — although there is only a slim chance he will board the plane for Russia with the squad come the World Cup time.
Manchester United have also shown interest in acquiring Fred recently, although it now appears that they are set to miss out on the player.
Arsenal Target Former Barcelona Man to Replace Arsene Wenger
According to Catalan newspaper Mundo Deportivo, Arsenal are set to hijack city rivals Chelsea to bring in Luis Enrique as the head coach of the club.
It is understood that Arsenal are going to reconsider Arsene Wenger’s future at the club at the end of the season due to the team’s unconvincing performances so far.
Enrique managed Barcelona for three years from 2014 to 2017, and was very successful at the Catalan capital.
With him in charge, the club won nine trophies including one Champions League and two La Liga titles.
However, after last year’s disappointing end to the season, Enrique decided not to renew his contract at Barcelona and took a sabbatical from coaching.
Chelsea are also very keen on bringing the Spaniard to replace their current manager Antonio Conte, who is under a severe pressure at the club following back to back losses to Bournemouth and Watford.
Although Conte has recently reassured that he will not be going anytime anytime soon, many speculations from London suggest that Chelsea owner Roman Abramovich’s patience on the Italian is wearing thin.
Arsenal, though, are working quickly to win Enrique’s signature before their city rivals do.
The 47-year-old reportedly is already planning on moving to London by the summer, which put both clubs in red alert.
Chelsea Superstar Talks About Possible Exit from Club
During an interview with Espacio Reservado, Chelsea striker Alvaro Morata admitted he is currently happy at the club but would be open for a move back to Real Madrid.
Morata just signed for Chelsea in the summer for a club record fee of £58 million from Madrid, after a frustrating year the the Spanish capital despite winning both La Liga and the Champions League.
He has scored 12 goals so far in 31 games for the defending Premier League champions, although the Spaniard has come under massive criticism for a string of bad performances, particularly in a 2-2 draw against Arsenal last month.
“Obviously I have to respect Chelsea, who made a huge effort to sign me and I’m very happy here,” Morata said when asked about his future.
“But Madrid will always be Madrid for me”.
The 25-year-old is currently suffering from a back injury, which has been keeping him out of action since January 22. He is also set to miss out Monday’s home clash against West Bromwich Albion, with his return date still unknown.
Chelsea manager Antonio Conte also talked about the seriousness of Morata’s injury during yesterday’s press conference, admitting that even he doesn’t know when the striker will be available again.
“We are talking a lot about bad results but we forgot that we’re facing a serious situation,” Conte said. “Players like Morata are missing for a lot of time and we’re struggling a lot to find the solution to the pain in his back.
“If you ask me if [he will be out] one day, one month, the rest of the season I don’t know. For this reason I’m a bit worried.”
The manager is also under a severe pressure after back to back shock losses to Bournemouth and Watford, which saw Chelsea going down in score lines of 3-0 and 4-1.
“We have to try to stop this bad run, and to try to get three points [against West Brom],” Conte said regarding the club’s current situation.
“It won’t be easy because as you know very well in this type of situation, the confidence is not high. We have to work, we have concentrate on getting three points.”
He also talked about his future at the club, reassuring to the fans that he won’t be going anywhere anytime soon.
“I’m not thinking for one moment the possibility of going away from this club. My commitment, the commitment of my players is totally for this club,” he said.
“You know that a lot of times the manager or coach depends on results. In this case we’re having poor results and for this reason we must pay great attention.”
Reports from England suggest that Chelsea owner Roman Abramovich has already run out of patience on Conte, and eyes the former Barcelona boss Luis Enrique as the replacement.
Conte himself has been linked with a return to Italy to take on the national team after their failure to clinch a World Cup spot for this summer’s tournament in Russia.
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