Premier League Team of the Weekend: Arsenal, West Ham and Liverpool stars impress in Gameweek 4

2 Sep

Another thrilling weekend of Premier League action has passed and Manchester City and Liverpool were once again the standout performers.

The reigning champions dominated Brighton at home in 4-0 victory, while Liverpool also secured the three points in a convincing 3-0 victory at Turf Moor.

Spurs and Arsenal fought out a thrilling draw at the Emirates
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Elsewhere, top four competitors Man United, Chelsea, Tottenham and Arsenal all dropped points over the weekend.

Sheffield United came back from two goals down to salvage a point at Stamford Bridge, with Frank Lampard still searching for his first home win in charge of the club.

While Southampton also fought back to earn a deserved point at home to Manchester united.

In the last match of the weekend, Arsenal and Spurs fought out a thrilling 2-2 draw in the north London derby.

But who makes the Team of the Weekend? talkSPORT.com has given its verdict…

Hugo Lloris (Tottenham)

The Frenchman pulled off a string of superb saves to keep Arsenal at bay in the second-half and Spurs fans can thank their captain for earning a share of the points.

The Gunners had 26 shots in total in the match and the Frenchman expertly denied Matteo Guendouzi, Granit Xhaka and Dani Ceballos as Spurs were bombarded by a relentless second-half offensive.

Lloris produced a string of fine saves for Spurs
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Trent Alexander-Arnold (Liverpool)

The young full-back was denied his first goal of the season after officials realised his cross-turned-shot took a deflection off Chris Wood on the way in.

Despite this, Alexander-Arnold was once again a menace on the right side of Liverpool’s defence, working tirelessly in defence and hardly putting a foot wrong in attack.

Alexander-Arnold was denied his first PL goal of the season
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Ben Chilwell (Leicester City)

Jamie Vardy will get all the plaudits for netting twice but Chilwell was a constant threat down the left flank, providing the assist for one of the striker’s goals.

There’s a reason why the Englishman is being chased by some of the league’s top teams and that was clear for all to see over the weekend, with a solid display put in both in attack and defence.

Chilwell put in another solid display for Leicester
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Jannik Vestergaard (Southampton)

Vestergaard was an imperious presence for the Saints at the back and he finally got his first goal for the club when he rose higher than Victor Lindelof to nod home his side’s equaliser.

The 27-year-old marshalled Southampton’s defence brilliantly after his side were reduced to ten men, easily nullifying the threat of Marcus Rashford in attack.

Vestergaard scored his first Premier League goal to equalise
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Issa Diop (West Ham)

Clean sheets have come few and far between for the Hammers of late but deserved their shut-out on the weekend.

Diop has been criticised for some sloppy displays recently but he was particularly impressive at the back, keeping in-form striker Teemu Pukki = quiet throughout the match.

Diop was a rock at the back against Norwich

Matteo Guendouzi (Arsenal)

Guendouzi put in his best performance in an Arsenal shirt against Spurs and Gunners fans absolutely loved it.

Arsenal have seemingly unearthed a real gem of a midfielder as the Frenchman was absolutely everywhere, recovering the ball tirelessly and also delivering a superb pass for Pierre-Emerick Aubameyang to equalise in the second-half.

Guendouzi has been a huge hit for Arsenal
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Kevin De Bruyne (Man City)

De Bruyne was injured for most of last season but he is now back to his scintillating best.

The playmaker was untouchable against Brighton, scoring the opener and setting up the second for his fifth assist of the campaign so far.

De Bruyne is in red-hot form
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Callum Robinson (Sheffield United)

Robinson spurned a great chance to get on the scoresheet in the first-half but made amends with a superb display after the break.

The Blades midfielder hit the target seconds after the restart and then put in a beauty of a delivery that Kurt Zouma could only turn into his own net to earn a point for the Premier League newcomers.

Robinson starred for Sheffield Utd
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Tammy Abraham (Chelsea)

Chelsea look to have established their No.9 for the season after Abraham put in another brilliant display over the weekend.

The young forward held the ball up brilliantly all game and was also relentless in pressuring the opposition, which ultimately led to his goals which he finished well.

Abraham has seized his opportunity under Frank Lampard
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Jamie Vardy (Leicester)

It was a textbook Vardy performance and his second goal was a thing of beauty.

The pacy striker’s form is showing no signs of slowing with age and he was a danger for the Foxes all game, bursting through the Bournemouth defence with some explosive runs and, as always, producing clinical finishes when it matters.

Vardy bagged a double as Leicester breezed past Bournemouth
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Sergio Aguero (Manchester City)

Raheem Sterling has been stealing the limelight so far this season but Aguero once again delivered the goods for his side over the weekend.

The Argentine is the ultimate finisher and his two strikes once again demonstrated how important he is to Pep Guardiola’s side.

Aguero scored twice against Brighton – taking his tally to six goals in four Premier League games this season
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How West Ham could line up with new signing Albian Ajeti

8 Aug

Albian Ajeti could be a star for West Ham this season.

The striker joined the Hammers in an £8million deal from Basel on transfer deadline day.

Ajeti scored 15 goals in the Swiss Super League last term.

The 22-year-old has followed exciting attacking additions Sebastian Haller and Pablo Fornals through the door at the London Stadium this summer.

West Ham could challenge for a Europa League spot this season with Ajeti hoping to impress in England.

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Hammers boss Manuel Pellegrini often played with two strikers during his time in charge of Manchester City, which saw him win the Premier League title in 2014.

It could result in Ajeti partnering £45million club-record signing Haller up front with Declan Rice and fit-again Jack Wilshere supporting in midfield.

Felipe Anderson is likely to operate on the left wing after a successful debut 2018/19 Premier League campaign and Spain Under-21 star Pablo Fornals or Manuel Lanzini could battle it out for a starting place on the right side.

West Ham are looking strong ahead of the new season
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Haller is expected to be West Ham’s first-choice striker this season, however, a drop in form or injury could see Ajeti called upon.

Playing in his preferred no.10 role, Lanzini would offer bags of creativity for Ajeti to thrive on, and Wilshere could dictate the play from a more defensive position alongside Rice.

Could Albian Ajeti star for West Ham in a lone striker role?
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Manchester United transfer news: Every centre-back Ole Gunnar Solskjaer’s side have been linked with this summer, including Harry Maguire and Kalidou Koulibaly

27 Jun

Manchester United have been linked with a host of centre-backs so far this summer.

After conceding 54 Premier League goals last season, the most of any side in the top six, boss Ole Gunnar Solskjaer has prioritised a central defender in the transfer window.

Manchester United want to sign Leicester’s Harry Maguire this summer
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Former Red Devils boss Jose Mourinho tried to sign a centre-back last year, but failed in his attempts to bring Leicester’s Harry Maguire and Tottenham’s Toby Alderweireld to Old Trafford.

In the end, Solskjaer’s side finished an underwhelming campaign trophyless and in sixth place.

Buying a towering and commanding defender could help push them back into the top four next term.

Here, talkSPORT.com look at all the centre-halves Manchester United have been linked with ahead of the 2019/20 season.

Kalidou Koulibaly (Napoli)

Manchester United have been long-term admirers of Kalidou Koulibaly
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Out of all the centre-backs linked with the club, Koulibaly would arguably be the most exciting capture.

The Napoli defender is considered one of the best in Europe after impressing in Serie A for the past five seasons.

After signing a new five-year contract with Napoli last August, the club are believed to be demanding in excess of £100million for their star man.

While the price tag could prove to be a stumbling block, Manchester United might be encouraged by the Italian giants’ tendency to sell their players for big transfer fees.

Jorginho joined Chelsea in a £57million deal last year and Gonzalo Higuain moved to Juventus for £77.9million in 2016.

Harry Maguire (Leicester)

Leicester do not want to lose Harry Maguire
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Manchester City and Manchester United are reportedly willing to pay £65million to land Maguire this summer.

However, Leicester will only consider a bid in excess of £75million, the fee Liverpool paid Southampton to make Virgil van Dijk the world’s most expensive defender in January 2018.

The England defender is understood to be happy at the King Power Stadium, but could have his head turned by a top six Premier League club.

At just 26 years old, Maguire could help steady a leaky defence for years to come at Old Trafford.

Issa Diop (West Ham)

Issa Diop has been a revelation at West Ham
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Diop is believed to be on Manchester United’s shortlist of defensive targets.

The Hammers ace, 22, starred in his debut season in England, making 38 appearances for Manuel Pellegrini’s side.

It has been claimed United are willing to offer £45million plus a player for Diop, who only joined West Ham for £22million last summer.

His dominant performance in West Ham’s 3-1 win over United last September drew praise from Mourinho.

The Portuguese coach said: “He had a fantastic match.

“Congratulations to the scout that found a 21-year-old kid Diop – a monster who dominated in the duels.”

William Saliba (Saint-Etienne)

William Saliba (right) looks set for a move to Arsenal
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Saliba is one of the brightest prospects in Europe.

The 18-year-old played 17 times in a breakthrough 2018/19 season and his form has caught the eye of Manchester United and Arsenal.

Saliba, who can also operate at right-back, is reportedly edging closer to a £22.3million move to Arsenal, with the youngster set to be loaned back to Saint-Etienne for the upcoming campaign.

The France Under-19 international fits United’s new transfer policy of signing young players, though.

The Red Devils have already signed Wales starlet Dan James from Swansea for £18million and £50million-rated Crystal Palace full-back Aaron Wan-Bissaka is set to follow him through the door at Old Trafford.

Toby Alderweireld (Tottenham)

Toby Alderweireld can leave for £25million this summer
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Alderweireld has just one year left on his Tottenham contract and a £25million release clause.

Signing the Belgium international would be a huge coup for United.

Solskjaer reportedly has reservations over the defender’s age, claiming the 30-year-old would only provide a short-term solution to the club’s defensive woes.

But Alderweireld, who has also been linked with a move to Roma, still boasts five years of Premier League experience and has become one of the league’s top defenders during that time.

Milan Skriniar (Inter Milan)

Milan Skriniar recently signed a new deal with Inter Milan
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This transfer link seems to be the most unrealistic one.

Skriniar signed a new long-term contract with Inter Milan in May, which appears to have dampened interest from Manchester United and Real Madrid.

With Romelu Lukaku linked with an Old Trafford exit to the San Siro, reports in Italy say Inter have rejected the chance to involve Skriniar in a swap deal.

The Slovakia international is seen as a crucial part of new boss Antonio Conte’s plans.

Manchester United transfer news: How Red Devils could look if they sign targets, including James Maddison and Aaron Wan Bissaka but without Paul Pogba and Romelu Lukaku

18 Jun

Manchester United have already secured the signing of Daniel James from Swansea this summer but their transfer business will certainly not be stopping there.

The Red Devils have been linked with dozens of players as Ole Gunnar Solskjaer’s plans the rebuild of his squad.

Solskjaer is preparing for his first full season as Man United manager
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The Norwegian knows he faces a huge task to propel United back amongst Europe’s elite and a big spend in the market is needed.

But how could his side line-up next season if they secure these targets and with Paul Pogba and Romelu Lukaku seemingly on their way out of Old Trafford? talkSPORT.com has given its verdict…


Harry Maguire

United are reportedly ready to match Leicester’s valuation of long-term target Maguire.

The Sun claim United’s executive vice-chairman Ed Woodward will stop at nothing to land the England centre-back and is poised to offer him a five-year deal worth £350,000-a-week.

The Red Devils could throw Eric Bailly and Marcos Rojo into the deal if Foxes boss Brendan Rodgers is prepared to accept a part-exchange.

Man City are also keen on Maguire but United look to be going all out to win the race for the 26-year-old and hope his relationship with number two Mike Phelan – who gave Maguire his first Premier League break when he was boss of Hull – helps them secure his signature.

Issa Diop

United have also reportedly identified Issa Diop this summer as they look to add much needed quality in the centre of defence.

The Red Devils are willing to pay £45million for the 22-year-old Frenchman, according to Sky Sports -and should Maguire be signed the pairing could establish a formidable partnership for many years to come.

United have needed quality at the back for many years now, with Phil Jones and Chris Smalling very prone to an error and flops Eric Bailly and Marcos Rojo not up to the task.

Diop, at just 22 years old, was one of West Ham’s standout performers this season and if Solskjaer lands him it would be a superb addition.

Aaron Wan-Bissaka

United have also been crying out for a new right-back in recent years, with Ashley Young slotting into that position at points last season.

Crystal Palace’s Wan-Bissaka has been identified as the player to recruit in that position.

The Eagles have reportedly turned down a £35million plus add-ons bid for the defender and it is understood Palace are not happy with the structure of the offer but could be tempted with a bid of £50million up front.

The England Under-21 international is thought to prefer a move to Old Trafford but is not agitating to leave Selhurst Park and hasn’t submitted a transfer request.

James Maddison

Another reported target for United is Leicester playmaker Maddison – but Solskjaer will have to fend off interest from a number of clubs to secure his signature.

The Foxes star has been heavily linked with £60million moves to top Premier League clubs this summer.

He registered seven goals and assists each in his debut season in the top flight after joining Leicester from Norwich in a £22million deal last summer.

Maddison enjoyed a fine debut season in the Premier League
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When asked if he was distracted by speculation surrounding his future, Maddison said: “No, you have just got to ignore that and take it all in your stride.

“As a 17-year-old boy, I’d started five games for Coventry and saw on my phone that I was being linked with Tottenham and Liverpool.

“With transfer talk, you need to take it as a compliment that people are even talking about you, it won’t distract me.”

Have a look at how Manchester United could line-up below…

Is this how the Red Devils could line-up next season?

Remembering what former Manchester United boss Jose Mourinho said about West Ham star Issa Diop

16 Jun

Jose Mourinho’s words about Manchester United target Issa Diop will go down well with the Old Trafford faithful.

The Red Devils are reportedly plotting a £45million bid plus a player for West Ham defender Diop.

Jose Mourinho is a fan of Issa Diop

The 22-year-old, who only joined the Hammers in a £22million deal from Toulouse last summer, made 38 appearances in an impressive debut season in England.

He played a starring role in West Ham’s shock 3-1 win over Manchester United last September, which heaped the pressure on Jose Mourinho at Old Trafford.

And the Portuguese coach, who was eventually sacked by United chiefs in December, was full of praise for Diop in his post-match interview.

Mourinho said: “He had a fantastic match.

“Congratulations to the scout that found a 21-year-old kid Diop – a monster who dominated in the duels.”

Mourinho tried to sign a central defender in last summer’s transfer market, but failed to land Leicester’s Harry Maguire or Tottenham’s Toby Alderweireld.

Signing a centre-half is believed to be a top priority for United ahead of the 2019/20 season.

They have been linked with moves for Ajax star Matthijs de Ligt, £80million-rated Maguire and Napoli ace Kalidou Koulibaly, who is valued at £100million.

Manchester United transfer news: Five potential Mathijs De Ligt alternatives with Ajax captain ‘close’ to Paris Saint-Germain move

12 Jun

Manchester United’s pursuit of Matthis De Ligt looks set to finally be brought to an end with the defender set to join Paris Saint-Germain.

The Ajax captain, who is still only just 19, has emerged as one of the brightest young talents in world football and has even been courted by Barcelona.

The 19-year-old wonderkid will reportedly reject advances from Man United and Barcelona to join PSG
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But, according to reports, PSG have stolen a march on their European rivals and will wrap up De Ligt’s signature soon.

Last summer, Jose Mourinho tried and failed to bring a marquee centre-half to the club, with the likes of Giorgio Chiellini and Diego Godin linked.

But when the Atletico Madrid skipper used United’s interest as leverage, Mourinho and the club left negotiations with their tails tucked firmly between their legs.

In order to avoid such embarrassment this season, Ed Woodward and Ole Gunnar Solskjaer will surely be looking to conclude their business early this time around.

So just who else could they get to shore up their defence instead?

talkSPORT.com has identified five potential targets for the Red Devils instead of Paris-bound De Ligt. Scroll down to see the possible candidates.

Harry Maguire (Leicester City)

The Leicester City defender was linked with a move to Old Trafford last summer as well
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Last summer, United were told to pay £75million for the England international after his heroics at the World Cup.

This time around, Solskjaer and Woodward may have to shell out £80million to make that happen.

Maguire has continued to improve since his move from Sheffield United in 2017 and is dangerous in both penalty boxes.

His marauding runs from a left centre-back position are the stuff of legend and doesn’t let his defensive game suffer, managing 152 clearances in the Premier League last season.

Ruben Dias (Benfica)

The 22-year-old is highly-rated and wanted by Real Madrid
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Real Madrid are tentatively looking to replace 33-year-old Sergio Ramos at centre-half and are reportedly looking at the Portugal international.

While Zinedine Zidane has already brought in Eder Militao from Porto, signing Dias would vastly improve their defence.

With De Ligt looking unlikely, United could steal a march on their European rivals and nab the 22-year-old from under Los Blancos’ noses.

Dias played both games in Portugal’s Nations League campaign, maintaining a 93 per cent pass accuracy and managed 11 recoveries in the final against the Netherlands.

Ibrahima Konate (RB Leipzig)

Konate sends Robert Lewandowski for a Kielbasa
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Last season, RB Leipzig conceded the fewest goals in the Bundesliga – thanks largely to the performances of Konate.

The Frenchman is lightning quick and strong in the air, meaning he would fit into a high-pressing style of play.

And his strongest attributes are not just physical either. The 20-year-old finished the season with a 92 per cent dribble completion rate in the Bundesliga, showing he is comfortable on the ball.

As the video below suggests, making a step up to the Premier League would not be a bridge too far, as Konate dominated Bayern Munich striker Robert Lewandowski.

Dayot Upamecano (RB Leipzig)

Arsenal have also been linked with a move fro the 19-year-old
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This time last year, Upamecano was described by those in Germany as ‘the best young defender in world football’ ahead of De Ligt.

It would be incorrect to suggest the 20-year-old’s development has slowed, rather the Ajax captain has simply excelled that much.

“He loves defending, getting the ball off opponents,” France youth coach Jean-Claude Giuntini said of Upamecano prior to the FIFA U17 World Cup in 2015. “He’s still young and has room for improvement, but he has a great attitude, and a lot of determination.”

For a full profile on the youngster – also wanted by Arsenal – check out talkSPORT.com’s scout report here.

Issa Diop (West Ham United)

The French defender was imperious against United back in September
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At the London Stadium last season, Issa Diop bullied Romelu Lukaku, Mohamed Salah and Harry Kane – none of the Premier League sharp-shooters were able to get past the Hammers defender at home.

A £24million signing from Toulouse, Diop initially struggled on his debut at Arsenal as Manuel Pellegrini’s side shipped four.

However, his reading of the game and the aggression he possesses mean the 22-year-old has all the attributes to go right to the top.

He does have a tendency to dive in and leave himself exposed, but 165 duels won in the top-flight last season suggest he has the drive and ability to make up for it.

Manchester United transfer news: Six centre-backs Jose Mourinho could sign, including Toby Alderweireld and Kalidou Koulibaly

11 Dec

The January transfer window is just around the corner and Manchester United appear to be putting a plan into place as they look to sign a new centre-back.

The Red Devils have already conceded 26 goals this season – more than Newcastle United and Crystal Palace – and only have a goal difference of +2.

Manchester United manager Jose Mourinho.

This has seen the club go back to the drawing board and, according to The Sun, manager Jose Mourinho, his agent Jorge Mendes, and the club’s executive vice-chairman Ed Woodward all met last week and they agreed their plans for January.

As part of this, it’s believed a move for a new centre-back will be sanctioned having missed out on several targets in the summer.

But who could they sign? talkSPORT.com takes you through six possible players they could land below.

1. Toby Alderweireld (Tottenham Hotspur) – Estimted Cost = £40million

According to The Sun, the Belgian midfielder is currently the most viable option for the Red Devils thanks to his contact expiring in the summer.

Spurs do have the option to trigger an extension on his deal but it would then activate a £25million release cause, which would almost certainly mean an immediate sale.

Alderweireld has spent three years with Spurs.

Alderweireld is a solid solution for Manchester United but it’s hardly a long-term option.

The 29-year-old suffered a serious hamstring injury last year against Real Madrid and while he has returned and looked back towards his best, he’s looked shaky on occasion and appears to have lost a touch of pace.

2. Harry Maguire (Leicester City) – Estimated Cost = £75million

Last summer, following an excellent season with the Foxes and a fine World Cup campaign with England, the Red Devils almost landed Maguire.

In the end, Leicester’s £75million demands derailed their bid to land the 25-year-old star.

Maguire was one of the stars of World Cup 2018.

Commended for his ability to bring the ball out from the back, a possible combination of Maguire and Luke Shaw on the left is no doubt exciting.

His aerial abilities are also key and make him a threat in both boxes which will be an added bonus.

3. Kalidou Koulibaly (Napoli) – Estimated Cost = £90million

One of the finest defenders in Europe, the Senegalese is renowned for his passing game and would be a safe pair of hands at any European giant should they wish to land him.

In recent communications with Napoli it appears Man United have been quoted a sum of £90m, which might be too much for them given their reluctance to shell out on Maguire.

Koulibaly has long been linked with a Premier League transfer.

If the Red Devils do sign Koulibaly, though, his compatibility with their current midfield would definitely be a concern given the lack of orchestrator in the centre of the pitch.

4. Kostas Manolas (Romas) – Estimated Cost = £32million

Back in November, the Greek centre-back’s name cropped up in relation to a switch to Manchester United.

A standout star for the Italian side, Manolas hit the headlines across Europe last season when he scored a historic Champions League goal as Roma eliminated Barcelona thanks to a 3-0 victory at the Stadio Olimpico.

Manolas has been a fine performer for Roma.

Strong in the air and a capable ball-player, he’s a fine all-rounder and has the aggression and heart that will be demanded from Mourinho.

Manolas could also be tempted to leave his home of four years.

He previously stated: “It’s only natural you want to play for the biggest clubs, like Barcelona, Man Utd, PSG and Bayern Munich.

“I think I could make the difference anywhere I went, even at Barcelona – although I have never spoken to them.”

5. Issa Diop (West Ham) – Estimated Cost = £40million

Signed for around £22million in the summer, Diop is already a star at the London Stadium with several superb displays alongside fellow new boy Fabian Balbuena.

Against Tottenham Hotspur, Diop shackled Harry Kane superbly and is a consistent performer at the tender age of 21.

Diop has performed excellently in the Premier League.

Good in the air and fine with the ball at his feet too, he’s an up and coming talent and while an immediate sale by West Ham is unlikely, it would be worth an attempt.

An average of 2.4 tackles per game, 1.8 interceptions per game, and 4.5 clearances per game show he can do the fundamentals extremely well.

6. Milan Skriniar (Inter Milan) – Estimated Cost = £76million

After a meteoric rise from MSK Zilina to Internazionale in two seasons, Skriniar could again be on the move.

His tremendous one-on-one abilities are well known and it’s surely only a matter of time another European giant attempts to prise him away from the San Siro.

Skriniar is one of the finest young defenders in Europe.

A new contract with his current club has been mooted, but the 23-year-old could still move on.

His ability to pick the ball up and drive forward initiating attacks could give a counter attack Manchester United side some extra oomph.

Skriniar’s displays in Inter’s clashes with Barcelona in the Champions League were perfect showcases, despite his side winning neither clash.

Liverpool transfer news: Five potential targets for Jurgen Klopp to sign in January including Barcelona and Lyon wonderkids

4 Dec

Jurgen Klopp is seemingly on the brink of something truly special at Liverpool.

After so many years of being nearly men to rivals Manchester United, Arsenal and Chelsea, the Reds genuinely have a chance of claiming their first Premier League trophy.

Although they have the mighty Manchester City to contend with at the top of the table, Klopp’s men are seemingly the only side well-equipped enough to stop the rampant Citizens.

However, despite assembling a truly sensational squad, the German has proved he is not afraid to dip into the transfer market halfway through the season to improve his team.

At the beginning of 2018, the German parted with a whopping £75million to sign Virgil van Dijk from Southampton – a world record fee for a defender.

And while the need to spend that sort of money this time around may not be obvious, the German has certainly shown he is not afraid to pull the trigger on big money signings.

Check out the five players talkSPORT.com think Liverpool may try to sign in 2019.

Christian Pulisic – Borussia Dortmund

The USA international seems to have been linked with a move to the Premier League for some time now, hardly surprising considering he helped spread the rumours.

But while Chelsea are also linked with a move for the Dortmund starlet, it may be the perfect time to strike.

With Jadon Sancho excelling in Germany and Adam Lallana potentially on his way out, a move to Anfield is not beyond the realms of possibility for the 20-year-old.

Ousmane Dembele – Barcelona

Another player who has garnered Premier League interest in recent months, Dembele is a player of extremes.

On some days, the World Cup winner is electrifying and clinical – as exemplified against Spurs in the Champions League.

However, his constant tardiness and inability to settle in Spain could mean a move abroad may entice the 21-year-old.

Issa Diop – West Ham United

Injuries to Joe Gomez and Joel Matip have seriously whittled down Jurgen Klopp’s defensive options this winter.

With the Premier League and Champions League still realistic options, signing Diop could be a masterstroke.

The France youngster has shown he cut it in the top flight and would not be cup tied for Europe, unlike some other defensive options. The Hammers would need to be tempted by a huge offer.

Tanguy Ndombele – Lyon

Against Paris Saint Germain at the Parc des Princes, Liverpool’s midfield was simply outclassed.

The nous of Marco Verratti and the graft of Adrian Rabiot made Jordan Henderson and James Milner look rather inadequate – something Klopp will be keen to avoid in the future.

Ndombele has been compared to N’Golo Kante and Michael Essien during his incredible rise in France, even earning four caps for the World Cup holders since October. He would add much-needed drive, exuberance and talent to the Reds’ engine room.

Houssem Auoar  – Lyon

The 20-year-old earned rave reviews from Manchester City boss Pep Guardiola for his role in Lyon’s draw with the Premier League side in the Champions League.

Technically assured and comfortable on the ball, the French-Algerian is adept at playing in either an orthodox midfield role or on the flanks.

At just 20, beating the likes of Barcelona and the aforementioned City to the signing of Aouar would be seen as a huge statement of intent.

West Ham transfer news: Paris Saint-Germain ‘planning £50million move for Hammers defender Issa Diop’

27 Oct

West Ham United defender Issa Diop is a £50million target for Paris Saint-Germain, according to reports.

The French centre-back was signed by the Hammers for £22m from Toulouse only in the summer, and has made an impressive start in the Premier League.

West Ham centre-back Issa Diop is wanted by PSG

He penned a five-year contract at the London Stadium – for what was a club-record fee at the time, before the arrival of Felipe Anderson – but the 21-year-old is now being linked with a big-money move back to France.

According to the Daily Mail, Ligue 1 champions PSG have been impressed by Diop’s performances and are keen to bring him back to his homeland.

PSG are always on the hunt for young French talent and have been tracking Diop for some time, since before West Ham brought him to the Premier League.

Diop has earned praise for his displays this season, with Jose Mourinho branding him a ‘monster’ after West Ham’s victory over Manchester United earlier this season.

And it is claimed the Red Devils could also be interested in the young centre-back, after Mourinho praised West Ham scouts for unearthing such a talent.

West Ham make first move for Arsenal and Tottenham Hotspur target Issa Diop by submitting £15m bid

13 Jun

West Ham have made a £15million bid for Toulouse defender Issa Diop, who is wanted by both Arsenal and Tottenham.

The 21-year-old has been tipped as a future star of French football and has been scouted repeatedly this season.

Diop is regarded as one of the finest young defenders in Europe and he’s established himself as a France youth international

Arsenal and Tottenham have watched the centre-back on numerous occasions, while more recently Everton and Fulham have shown an interest.

But, according to L’Equipe, West Ham have been the first to make a move by submitted a formal offer worth a reported £15m.

The Hammers want to sign a centre-back this summer and Diop is now their No.1 target.

Toulouse are yet to respond to West Ham and it remains to be seen whether they are even open to selling the defender.

Diop made 41 appearances in all competitions in 2017/18, chipping in with three goals

It is not known whether Arsenal or Spurs will make their own approaches for Diop now that West Ham have taken the initiative and made the first move.