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Liverpool will finish 2020 as it passed most of it – top of the Premier League table. However, Manchester United are three points behind the champions with a game in hand, and a possible title challenge could revive them in January.
Amad Diallo is set to complete his trade from Atalanta to deliver a bite to the right of attack, while The Sun reports that Max Aarons is on United’s wish list, but they may have to wait until January to sign the full-back. from Norwich.
Jadon Sancho was United’s number one goal in the summer, but losing him at the time would always attract more suitors, and Chelsea are now reportedly back in the running for the Borussia Dortmund star.
As for Arsenal, Sead Kolasinac has joined Schalke on loan, while Real Madrid midfielder Isco has been linked to a loan, and Hertha Berlin’s young defender Omar Rekik could be on his way north of London.
Back at Liverpool, the Wolves can trade in for Liverpool’s Gini Wijnaldum, who will be a free agent next summer, while the Reds are said to have plunged in to beat United against Celta Vigo star Stefan Bajcetic.
Meanwhile, the Lionel Messi saga continues with reports in Spain suggesting that he will remain in Barcelona until 2023 before moving to the United States to raise his children, oh, and also play for David Beckham’s Inter Miami.
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Kolasinac says goodbye to Arsenal … for now
Is this the last time we’ve seen Sead Kolasinac in the Arsenal jersey?
His current contract with Gunners will run through the summer of 2022 …
Pennington leaves Everton on loan
News of a confirmed departure from Goodison Park.
Everton have confirmed that defender Matthew Pennington will join League One’s Shrewsbury Town on loan for the remainder of the 2020/21 season.
The 26-year-old academy graduate has been restricted to Premier League 2 appearances for the Toffees this period following pre-loan spells with players like Hull, Ipswich, Leeds, Walsall, Coventry and Tranmere.
Pennington has appeared nine times in total for Everton at the senior level, scoring in a Merseyside derby, but the last of those outings came in 2017.
García agrees a contract with Barcelona
Less positive developments at Manchester City, who seem on the verge of losing Eric Garcia.
Italian transfer specialist Fabrizio Romano reports that the Spanish central defender has agreed to a five-year contract to return to the Camp Nou.
Garcia has less than six months left in his current deal with the city, as he declined the offer of an extension and is free to discuss the terms with foreign suitors in January.
It remains to be seen if he will have to wait until the summer to complete his move to Barça, or if the club will try to reach an agreement with City to make it happen next month.
Liverpool reach an agreement with Bajcetic
Good news for Liverpool, who are looking to have secured the signing of Stefan Bajcetic.
According to., The Reds managed to pounce and seize the signing of the 16-year-old Celta de Vigo defender before the new Brexit regulations come into play.
Bajcetic had reportedly been linked to a Manchester United signing.
Evans signs new contract with Leicester
Jonny Evans has put an end to any speculation about a possible departure from high-flying Leicester by signing a new two-and-a-half-year contract at the club.
The experienced Northern Ireland center-back has put in writing an extension that will keep him at King Power Stadium until the summer of 2023.
“I am absolutely delighted to have signed. I am delighted to be committed to the Club and delighted that the Club has committed to me, ”said Evans.
“I have loved being here from the first day I entered. There is a great atmosphere in the place and it is a Club with a lot of ambition.
“The players are ambitious and the signings they have made over the years, they have signed young and hungry players and it has been great for me to join that and be a part of it.”
Edu explains Kolasinac’s departure
Here’s what Arsenal manager Edu has to say about Kolasinac’s return to Schalke, the club the Bosnian left-back spent six years with before going on free transfer in 2017 …
“Sead needs to play regularly so we have decided together that returning to Germany with Schalke will benefit him at this time.
“We will remain in close contact with Sead and wish him great success for the remainder of the season with Schalke.”
Arsenal wish Kolasinac the best
Here’s what the Gunners said on Twitter …
Done deal! Kolasinac to Schalke
Arsenal have confirmed that Sead Kolasinac has been on loan to Schalke for the remainder of the season. It appears that Arsenal are not paying any of his salary, and with Schalke saying that he is not paying his full salary, the defender has likely received a pay cut for first-team football.
Man Utd activates Lingard’s contractual clause
Manchester United have activated the one-year extension clause in Jesse Lingard’s contract, according to PA.
Lingard has made just two appearances for Ole Gunnar Solskjaer’s team this season, and his contract would expire in the summer.
However, United has activated a clause to keep Lingard until 2022. It is not uncommon for United to activate these clauses to protect a player’s value, so it doesn’t necessarily mean more playing time for Lingard at Old Trafford.
The four best contenders
Everton, Leicester and Aston Villa will dream of a place in the top four and the riches of the Champions League when Auld Lang Syne airs across the country.
Carlo Ancelotti has overseen a remarkable turnaround in 12 months at Everton and growing ambition has seen them linked to Isco and Tottenham’s underdog midfielder Dele Alli.
With added firepower and increased reliability from England goalkeeper Jordan Pickford on Ancelotti’s New Year’s wish list, Leicester manager Brendan Rodgers could prioritize midfield (longtime goal William Carvalho) while remaining determined to keep his talented team together.
Finishing in the top four may be a fanciful conversation for Villa, but just being linked to Inter Milan midfielder Matías Vecino shows just how far the club has come under Dean Smith.