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    Ex-Man Utd and Arsenal striker Welbeck signs for Brighton on a free after being released by Watford

    BRIGHTON have completed the signing of free agent Danny Welbeck.
    The former Manchester United and Arsenal striker has signed a one-year deal at the Amex.

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    Danny Welbeck was a free agent after his release from WatfordCredit: Brighton Fc

    ✍️ Albion have completed the signing of striker Danny Welbeck.The former Manchester United, Arsenal and Watford forward has agreed a one-year deal with Albion!🤝 @firsttouchgames 🤝#BHAFC 🔵⚪️
    — Brighton & Hove Albion (@OfficialBHAFC) October 18, 2020

    Welbeck, 29, had been a free agent since his Watford contract was terminated by mutual consent on October 6.
    Welbeck joined the Hornets on a £100,000-a-week contract in August 2019 following his release from Arsenal at the end of the previous season.
    He went on to score three goals in 20 appearances last term as Watford were relegated from the Premier League.

    Welbeck, who has 16 goals in 42 caps for England, will wear Brighton’s No18 jersey.
    He will vie for a spot up front in Graham Potter’s side along with Neal Maupay, Aaron Connolly, Florin Andone and fellow newboy Andi Zeqiri.
    Discussing Welbeck’s arrival, Potter said: “We are delighted to have Danny joining us. He will complement our existing striking options.
    “He’s got an undoubted pedigree, and he is quick and technically very good.

    “He will add to our attacking threat and we are thrilled to add another player of his experience and quality.”

    Brighton also capitalised on the free agent market to sign Adam Lallana after his contract with Liverpool expired in July.
    Welbeck played 142 times for Man United, winning the Premier League in 2012-13.
    He joined Arsenal in a £16million move in 2014 but struggled with injury throughout large parts of his time in north London.

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    Barcelona ‘expect Lionel Messi to join Man City next summer’ and can be reunited with Pep Guardiola in free transfer

    BARCELONA expect Lionel Messi to join Manchester City at the end of this season, according to reports.
    And the stunning switch will be a FREE transfer with the Argentine’s Nou Camp contract set to expire next summer.

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    Messi was part of the Barcelona side that lost to Getafe on SaturdayCredit: Avalon.red. All rights reserved.

    Messi, 33, was close to re-uniting with Pep Guardiola during the most recent transfer window.

    However, the deal was scuppered when Barcelona made it clear they would fight him all the way over his exit.
    Messi believed he had a clause in his contract allowing him to leave for free, but Barca refuted that and made it clear they would only allow him to go if his £630million release clause was triggered.

    Not wanting to take his beloved club to court, and after speaking with new boss Ronald Koeman, Messi decided he would remain at the club this season.
    But the Mirror report that the Catalan giants accept he will be on his way to the Etihad in around eight months time.
    Koeman recently explained how he helped convince Messi to stay for this season: “I was always hoping Messi would stay for this season.
    “If he had left in the summer, I would have had a very different situation at Barca.

    “He wanted to leave but the club was very clear to him. The buy out clause was so high, that not a single club in the world was going to pay that in these times.
    “I went to his house and took time to listen to all the things he said. But I also explained to him that I had not been a part of the problems he had with the club and told him how I was going to work to change things.
    “We ended up talking football tactics. It ended as a proper football chat and that convinced me he is a real lover of the game and he still wanted to put everything he has into Barcelona.”

    Messi’s move to Manchester City could be dependent on Guardiola agreeing a new contract with the club.
    His current deal expires at the end of the season and without the Spanish boss at the helm, Messi could have reservations over joining.
    The pair lifted two Champions League titles together during their partnership at Barcelona.
    In addition to linking up with Pep, Messi would also join forces with Argentina international team-mate Sergio Aguero.
    The current Man City striker recently joked that the duo are like an “old married couple”.

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    Messi would love to work with Guardiola and Aguero at the EtihadCredit: The Mega Agency

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    Man Utd eye Federico Valverde transfer as Real Madrid midfielder starts to fulfil potential

    MANCHESTER UNITED have put Real Madrid’s Uruguay superstar Federico Valverde on their hit-list.
    The midfield magician has pushed his way into the Spanish side’s team this season and started to justify his big reputation.

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    Man Utd have put Real Madrid’s Uruguay superstar Federico Valverde on their wish listCredit: Getty Images – Getty

    Valverde, 22, has been tipped for the top for years but is slowly proving his quality in LaLiga — and long-term admirers United are on red alert.
    And with Paul Pogba openly admitting he likes the idea of a move to Real Madrid in the future, United are keeping an eye on Valverde in case a swap becomes possible.
    Valverde has a £640MILLION buyout clause, which shows how much Real think of him.
    It would be unusual for United to sign a player from a major European rival at his age but Pogba could be a very intriguing pawn in the game.

    Old Trafford boss Ole Gunnar Solskjaer had confirmed the club triggered the one-year extension in Pogba’s contract.
    His deal was up at the end of this season with no announcement that the club had taken up the opportunity to extend it by a further year.
    Solskjaer said: “Paul’s our player, he’s going to be here for another two years and sure he’s focused on doing his best for us and we want to see the best from Paul and I’m sure in the next couple of years we’ll get the best out of him.”
    Just last week the Frenchman once again flirted with Real, who he said it would be a ‘dream’ to play for.

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    Paul Pogba said it would be a ‘dream’ to play for Real Madrid Credit: EPA

    Pogba said: “Yes, all footballers would like to play for Real Madrid.
    “Maybe it is a dream. It is a dream for me, why not one day? As I have said, I am at Manchester United and I like my club.
    “I am performing at Manchester United, I am enjoying myself and I want to do everything I can to get the club back to where it deserves to be.
    “I am going to give my maximum, like my teammates. I prefer to concentrate on football and on returning to fitness.”

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    Real Madrid and Barcelona to fight for Man Utd star Bruno Fernandes in shock transfer after just eight months in England

    REAL MADRID and Barcelona are ready to lock horns in a battle to get Bruno Fernandes out of  Old Trafford.
    The Spanish giants are closely monitoring Fernandes’ situation despite the player having spent just eight months at Manchester United.

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    Fernandes is being chased by Barcelona and Real Madrid after rumours of a row at UnitedCredit: AFP or Licensors

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    Fernandes was unhappy at being subbed following a blazing row at half-time of the 6-1 loss at home to SpursCredit: EPA

    While Fernandes denies there are serious problems at the club, the midfielder was unhappy about being subbed at half-time in this month’s 6-1 loss against Spurs.
    He was also very vocal in a dressing-room row at the break before being told by boss Ole Gunnar Solskjaer he was being swapped for Fred.
    When asked yesterday why he had subbed the player, Solskjaer refused to explain.
    He said: “There are many reasons behind subs in a game and if I explain every time I take a player off, I don’t think that’s the right thing.

    “I explained to Bruno and he accepted it, no problem.”
    The player and club have tried to play down suggestions of a half-time row between Fernandes and Harry Maguire as they trailed Spurs 4-1.
    The Portuguese, 26, also had to dismiss a story in his homeland that he lacked faith in Solskjaer’s tactics, claiming that was not the case.
    Ahead of today’s visit to Newcastle, Solskjaer added: “He’s clearly not happy with the stories but welcome to United, this is what happens.

    “They are going to try to create a division between us but it’s not going to happen.”
    Meanwhile, Solskjaer confirmed Man Utd have triggered the one-year extension in Paul Pogba’s contract.
    His deal was up at the end of this season but with no announcement the club had taken the option to extend it by a year.
    Last week Pogba again flirted with Real Madrid, saying it would be a dream to play for them.
    But Solskjaer said: “Paul’s our player, he’s going to be here for another two years.
    “He’s focused on doing his best for us and we want to see the best from Paul and I’m sure in the next couple of years we’ll get the best out of him.”

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    Man Utd trigger Paul Pogba one-year contract extension just a week after midfielder reveals Real Madrid transfer ‘dream’

    OLE Gunnar Solskjaer has confirmed that the club have triggered the one-year extension in Paul Pogba’s contract.
    His deal was up at the end of this season with no announcement that the club had taken up the opportunity to extend it by a further year.

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    Pogba could have left for free next summer had United not triggered a one-year extension clause in his contract Credit: PA:Press Association

    Just last week the Frenchman once again flirted with Real Madrid, who he said it would be a ‘dream’ to play for.
    But Solskjaer said: “Paul’s our player, he’s going to be here for another two years and sure he’s focused on doing his best for us and we want to see the best from Paul and I’m sure in the next couple of years we’ll get the best out of him.”
    Solskjaer is obviously looking for a response from his team after the 6-1 home defeat to Spurs last time out.
    He said: “We need a response as we always do after we lose a game. You want to win the next one, we want to try and dominate the game.

    “The result is very important, but we want to see positive body language and mindset.
    “You don’t get anywhere being negative. We want to go out there, go for the win and see players who want to work for the points.”
    The club’s move comes after Pogba’s comments about Real Madrid while speaking on international duty.
    While he maintained he was focused on United, the midfielder otherwise did little to play down speculation of a transfer to the Bernabeu.

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    Solskjaer insists United fans will see the best of Pogba over the next two yearsCredit: Reuters

    He told the press: “I am at Manchester. We know that this has been spoken about a lot and I have not [spoken about it].
    “I heard a lot of noise that I was going to leave and I was going to leave to clubs left and right.
    “Today, I am still at Manchester United and I am fighting to try to take the club even higher.
    “We have all heard these things that have been said. What to respond?
    “Yes, all footballers would like to play for Real Madrid. Maybe it is a dream. It is a dream for me, why not one day?
    “As I have said, I am at Manchester United and I like my club.

    “I am performing at Manchester United, I am enjoying myself and I want to do everything I can to get the club back to where it deserves to be.
    “I am going to give my maximum, like my team-mates. I prefer to concentrate on football and on returning to fitness.”
    Despite his wishes, reports say Madrid may swerve the 27-year-old in favour of other targets.

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    Tottenham sign Joe Rodon in deadline-day transfer after snapping up talented Welsh youngster

    TOTTENHAM have completed their move for Swansea defender Joe Rodon.
    The North London side have been locked in talks hoping to convince the Swans to lower their £18million asking price.

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    Tottenham managed to cut a deal for Swansea’s Joe Rodon before the 5pm transfer deadlineCredit: Getty Images – Getty

    And Jose Mourinho has finally got his man after having a £7m bid for the Wales international rejected by the Championship club two weeks ago.
    The Swans insisted they valued the 22-year-old at £18m and have been holding out hoping to get top price for the centre-back.

    But Tottenham chairman Daniel Levy was reluctant to go to that price.

    He has already splashed out big this summer bringing in Gareth Bale, Sergio Reguilon, Pierre-Emile Hojbjerg and Matt Doherty.
    Levy was hoping to agree a package which sees an up-front payment in the region of £10m with further instalments of £5m.
    The centre-half is regarded as one of the best talents outside the top flight.

    Jose Mourinho has made it clear he wants to strengthen his options in the centre of his defence after Jan Vertonghen left North London at the end of last season.

    Should the two clubs find an agreement over the next few hours then it is unlikely personal terms would be an issue to sort out.

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    Chelsea transfer target Gianluigi Donnarumma in talks with AC Milan and agent Mino Raiola over new contract

    CHELSEA transfer target Gianluigi Donnarumma is in talks with AC Milan and his agent Mino Raiola over a new contract, according to reports.
    After a stand-off, the 21-year-old goalkeeper is now in contact with the club for a new agreement which comes as a blow to the Blues.

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    Donnarumma has some big choices to make as he decides his futureCredit: Rex Features

    They had harboured hopes of nabbing the youngster on a free next summer, even after the signing of Edouard Mendy.
    But with Donnarumma and his notorious agent Riola now in discussion with Milan, Chelsea will have to watch on nervously to see if anything is agreed.
    Italian outlet Calcio Mercato report that the goalie does want to stay with AC Milan and is willing to extend his contract, which runs out in June 2021.
    Discussing Donnarumma last month, club legend and technical director Paolo Maldini suggested there was little reason to rush.

    The 52-year-old told Sky Sport Italia: “He has played 220 games with Milan at his age, that’s absolutely uncommon. The more he goes on, the more he becomes a leader.
    “He is a leader in training and with his behaviour. His growth has been truly exponential.
    Paris Saint-Germain and Real Madrid are also believed to be ready to swoop, meaning Chelsea will have a fight even if contract talks break down.
    Donnarumma on a free would represent extraordinary business if the London side could pull it off, and would make a big contrast to their signing of Kepa Arrizabalaga.

    The club splashed a colossal £71.6million on the Spaniard to bring him to Stamford Bridge.
    But he has made a string of errors over multiple seasons and has recently been replaced by £22m Edouard Mendy from Rennes.
    Kepa was believed to want a way out but changed his mind.

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    Man Utd trigger Paul Pogba one-year contract extension just week after midfielder reveals Real Madrid transfer ‘dream’

    OLE Gunnar Solskjaer has confirmed that the club have triggered the one-year extension in Paul Pogba’s contract.
    His deal was up at the end of this season with no announcement that the club had taken up the opportunity to extend it by a further year.

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    Pogba could have left for free next summer had United not triggered a one-year extension clause in his contract Credit: PA:Press Association

    Just last week the Frenchman once again flirted with Real Madrid, who he said it would be a ‘dream’ to play for.
    But Solskjaer said: “Paul’s our player, he’s going to be here for another two years and sure he’s focused on doing his best for us and we want to see the best from Paul and I’m sure in the next couple of years we’ll get the best out of him.”
    Solskjaer is obviously looking for a response from his team after the 6-1 home defeat to Spurs last time out.
    He said: “We need a response as we always do after we lose a game. You want to win the next one, we want to try and dominate the game.

    “The result is very important, but we want to see positive body language and mindset.
    “You don’t get anywhere being negative. We want to go out there, go for the win and see players who want to work for the points.”
    The club’s move comes after Pogba’s comments about Real Madrid while speaking on international duty.
    While he maintained he was focused on United, the midfielder otherwise did little to play down speculation of a transfer to the Bernabeu.

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    Solskjaer insists United fans will see the best of Pogba over the next two yearsCredit: Reuters

    He told the press: “I am at Manchester. We know that this has been spoken about a lot and I have not [spoken about it].
    “I heard a lot of noise that I was going to leave and I was going to leave to clubs left and right.
    “Today, I am still at Manchester United and I am fighting to try to take the club even higher.
    “We have all heard these things that have been said. What to respond?
    “Yes, all footballers would like to play for Real Madrid. Maybe it is a dream. It is a dream for me, why not one day?
    “As I have said, I am at Manchester United and I like my club.

    “I am performing at Manchester United, I am enjoying myself and I want to do everything I can to get the club back to where it deserves to be.
    “I am going to give my maximum, like my team-mates. I prefer to concentrate on football and on returning to fitness.”
    Despite his wishes, reports say Madrid may swerve the 27-year-old in favour of other targets.

    Man Utd star Paul Pogba confirms he’d like Real Madrid transfer ‘one day’ but insists he’s happy at Old Trafford More