No trophies? No problem for Solskjaer
Manchester United officials are ready to put their trust in Ole Gunnar Solskjaer by handing over a new contract to their manager. The Telegraph reports that the Premier League club will offer the Norwegian boss an extension of his current contract, which will expire in the summer of 2022 – even if United fail to earn silverware this season. The club hierarchy is “convinced that real progress is being made” under the leadership of Solskjaer. United’s last real chance to win a trophy this season is in the UEFA Europa League after being kicked out of the FA Cup by Leicester City last week.
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Paper Round’s point of view: Some might say it’s a lack of ambition on the part of a club that has dominated English football for years, but you could also argue that Manchester United are working steadily to become a team that could fight for it again. trophies. Is Solskjaer the right manager to take the club to the next level? I do not think so. The 48-year-old has yet to prove himself a winner in his managerial role. United have yet to make it through a semi-final under Solskjaer and that is just not enough.
Revealed: Man City’s summer transfer plans
Manchester City’s transfer plans have come to light, with the Telegraph saying Borussia Dortmund striker Erling Haaland is seen as the club’s ‘main target’ this summer. The club are keen to sign a long-term successor for outgoing Sergio Aguero, who is expected to leave the Etihad when his contract expires at the end of the season. City are also interested in Aston Villa captain Jack Grealish but are unwilling to respond to the Midlands club’s £ 100million valuation for the 25-year-old. Pep Guardiola also hopes to offload Benjamin Mendy and add a new left-back to his squad.
Paper Round’s point of view: Haaland will be the most wanted striker in the summer transfer window and Manchester City will desperately need to win the race to secure his signing. Premier League leaders will face Manchester United, Chelsea, Real Madrid and Barcelona to sign the 20-year-old, so it won’t be easy. City will certainly regret not making a move for Grealish last summer. The England international has reportedly been available for around half of his current asking price of £ 100million. Grealish probably won’t be a priority target, but would certainly add a bit more star quality to the offense.
No deal with Real for Odegaard
Real Madrid will refuse to negotiate a deal that would send Martin Odegaard to Arsenal permanently, according to the Sun. The 22-year-old joined the Gunners on loan during the winter transfer window and has impressed since arriving in the Emirates. The Sun reports that there is no buyout clause in Odegaard’s contract with Arsenal and that Real Madrid expect the Danish playmaker to return to the Spanish capital this summer. Los Blancos are ready to give Odegaard a chance to prove himself next season, but the youngster will be looking to ‘seek assurances’ on his playing time with head coach Zinedine Zidane ahead of the 2021-22 campaign.
Paper Round’s point of view: This will be devastating news for the Gunners. Odegaard has been a breath of fresh air since joining Arsenal and the club have reportedly hoped to keep him beyond the current loan deal. Realistically, Real Madrid’s asking price would likely always have been out of reach for the north London club, but they might have hoped to extend the loan for another season. Los Blancos will take a look at Odegaard’s performance at Arsenal and believe he will have a role to play in their own squad next season. Will it be a big enough game for the 22-year-old? Zidane’s appeal could be decisive for Arsenal in their attempt to extend their stay in England.
A new deserved offer for Iheanacho
Leicester City are expected to reward Kelechi Iheanacho with a new contract after the 24-year-old’s recent impressive performances. The Sun says Iheanacho will sign a deal that will see his weekly salary drop from £ 60,000 per week to £ 90,000 per week. The Nigerian forward is set to enter the final year of his current contract, but the club see him as a long-term replacement for Jamie Vardy, 34. Foxes boss Brendan Rodgers is said to have played a big part in Iheanacho’s desire to stay at King Power Stadium.
Paper Round’s point of view: There had been major doubts about Iheanacho’s quality since joining Leicester. The 24-year-old has shown glimpses of quality at Manchester City, but it would have been more than fair to say that he failed to realize his potential with the Foxes. However, Iheanacho has proven his skeptics wrong since the start of the year. Leicester lost two talented players to James Maddison and Harvey Barnes to injured, but Iheanacho took full advantage of his run in the starting XI. The Nigeria international has scored seven goals in his last four appearances, sending the Foxes to the FA Cup semi-finals along the way.
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