Jordan speaks on ‘good run of goalscoring form’ after downing Wolves

For the fourth time in his last seven games in all competitions, Jordan Ayew found his way onto the score sheet for Swansea City.

On Wednesday, the striker was at his best as he netted to help the Jack Army to a 2-1 win over Wolverhampton Wanderers in the English FA third-round replay.

It was an amazing goal by all standards as the 26-year-old danced past five Wolves men before beating goalkeeper Will Norris with his shot. 

“Leroy passed me the ball and I had some space in front of me, so I just ran at the defence and managed to score,” Ayew said, as reported by his club’s official 

“It was a positive thing and good for our confidence.

“I’m on a good run of goalscoring form, but the most important thing is that the team are doing well and improving. 

“I try to give my best every time and it’s just a bonus for me to score. I just need to continue like that.”

Ayew opened the scoring after just 11 minutes, before Wilfried Bony registered the winner on 69 minutes after Diogo Jota restored parity for the second tier side three minutes earlier.

“We started the game very well,” the Black Star added. 

“We showed that we are a Premier League team in the first half, but got a bit too comfortable and that’s when they scored the goal from our mistake.

“But we outplayed them for most of the game and that is positive for our confidence going into the next game.

“We’re coming up to a crucial stage of the season and every match is going to be important. 

“We know it’s not going to be easy but, with the support as well as the quality and confidence that we have now, we need to start improving and getting points on the board.”

Ayew has made 28 appearances, involving 23 starts and seven goals, in all competitions for Swansea so far this season.

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He joined the Jack Army in January last year.

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Manchester United January transfer news LIVE: Bale in talks over Old Trafford move


Bale in talks with Man Utd


Gareth Bale is in talks with Manchester United, as he doesn’t want to be part of the sinking ship at Real Madrid, according to Don Balon

The former Spurs star believes Jose Mourinho can help him return to his best and is willing to take a pay cut to make the move, though Real Madrid’s asking price is still higher than what the Premier League club are willing to spend. 


Alexis & Mkhitaryan deals close


Henrikh Mkhitaryan, Alexis Sanchez

Arsenal manager Arsene Wenger believes a swap deal involving Alexis Sanchez and Manchester United’s Henrikh Mkhitaryan could happen in the next 48 hours.

The Gunners boss has said on Alexis: “I’ve worked on transfers for 30 years. It’s likely to happen but things can break down at any minute. As long as it’s not over the line, these kinds of things are never guaranteed.”

He added on Mkhitaryan: “This will be an exchange of players. Are we still on the transfer market after that? Yes.”

Read the full story on Goal.


Diarra prefers PSG to Man Utd


Lassana Diarra Marseille Ligue 1

Paris Saint-Germain are in pole position to sign free agent Lassana Diarra, Le Parisien reports.

The Ligue 1 leaders face competition from Manchester United, where manager Jose Mourinho has previously worked with the player at both Chelsea and Real Madrid, and Inter.

Diarra, who will turn 33 in March, wants to play in a team capable of being competitive in the Champions League. 


Man Utd in new contract talks with De Gea


David de Gea Manchester United

Manchester United have opened preliminary talks with David de Gea over a new long-term contract, according to the Telegraph .

The Spanish goalkeeper is out of contract at the end of next season although there is an option to extend his deal by another year.

Jose Mourinho said the option would be activated if necessary but the club will still look to lock down De Gea’s long-term future.


Man Utd to launch ‘operation Ronaldo’


Cristiano Ronaldo Real Madrid

Manchester United are set to launch “operation Ronaldo” according to La Sexta (via Mundo Deportivo).

The Premier League side are prepared to spend €200 million between salary and transfer fee to bring the Portuguese star back to his old club. 


‘Mkhi will be fantastic for Arsenal’


Henrikh Mkhitaryan Manchester United Derby FA Cup

Henrikh Mkhitaryan will be “a fantastic signing” for Arsenal, says Phil Neville, with a Manchester United exit making a lot of sense for the Armenian.

The midfielder appears to be heading towards the out door at Old Trafford, with a proposed switch to Emirates Stadium set to form part of an agreement to take Alexis Sanchez in the opposite direction.

Read the full story on Goal.


Alexis agrees £14m-a-year Man Utd contract


Alexis Sanchez, Arsenal

Alexis Sanchez has agreed a deal worth £14 million a year after tax to sign for Manchester United on a contract until the summer of 2022, claims the Daily Telegraph .  

United appear to have won the race to sign the Arsenal attacker after Manchester City ended their interest in the Chile international, who is out of contract at the end of the season.

Jose Mourinho’s side are now waiting on Henrikh Mkhitaryan to accept a move to Arsenal before finalising the capture of Alexis on a four-and-a-half year contract.


Man Utd consider Darmian sale


Matteo Darmian Manchester United

Manchester United could sell Matteo Darmian in the January transfer window, with AC Milan and Valencia both showing an interest, reports The Independent

Darmian, who can play at right or left-back, has been unable to secure a regular starting spot at United, who are open to letting him go this month.

According to Calciomercato.com , meanwhile, Juventus are keen on a summer deal for Darmian amid suggestions United could use the Italy international as part of a bid to sign Alex Sandro.


Arsenal players want Alexis gone


Alexis Sanchez Arsenal

Arsenal’s players want the Alexis Sanchez transfer saga to be resolved before their game against Crystal Palace on Saturday, reports the Evening Standard

Manchester United are hoping to conclude a deal for Alexis after Manchester City pulled out of the race, although it appears to hinge on Henrikh Mkhitaryan agreeing to move in the opposite direction .

Speaking after Arsenal’s defeat at Bournemouth on Sunday, Arsene Wenger stated he was expecting Alexis’s future to be decided within 48 hours .

However, with no resolution reached, the Arsenal are squad are determined to see the Chilean on his way before their next match at home to Palace at the weekend.


Barca start Umtiti contract talks


Samuel Umtiti Barcelona

Barcelona have told Samuel Umtiti and his representatives of their intention to reward the defender with a new contract, according to Mundo Deportivo

Umtiti’s current deal runs until 2021, but his €60 million release clause has led to reports of interest from Premier League rivals Manchester City and Manchester United.

That has prompted Barca to take steps to remedy the situation, although the France international is happy to wait until the end of the season before negotiating a renewal.


Alexis had Man City concerns


Alexis Sanchez, Arsenal

Alexis Sanchez was worried about Pep Guardiola’s rotation policy before Manchester City pulled out of a deal to sign the Arsenal forward, reports the  Manchester Evening News

City have scrapped long-held plans to bring in the Chile international and Goal understands Sanchez’s agent Fernando Felicevich going back on his word was a key factor in the decision .

However, though Sanchez was keen to work with his former Barcelona coach Guardiola again, he was concerned about how much playing time he would get with the Premier League leaders.

Manchester United are now hoping to finalise a deal for Sanchez, who is out of contract at the end of the season, with Henrikh Mkhitaryan expected to head to Arsenal.


Goretzka agrees Bayern deal


Leon Goretzka Germany

Bayern Munich have won the race to sign Leon Goretzka after agreeing a deal for the Schalke midfielder, according to Sport Bild

Goretzka is out of contract at the end of the season and was reportedly a target for the likes of Barcelona, Liverpool, Manchester United and Real Madrid.

However, Bayern have convinced the Germany international to stay in the Bundesliga, with Goretzka to sign a deal at the Allianz Arena, subject to passing a medical after recently suffering from a lower leg injury.

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Arsenal January transfer news LIVE: Aubameyang plans remain ‘secret’


Auba possible, but Arsenal out of Malcom race


Arsene Wenger is keeping his plans to bring Pierre-Emerick Aubameyang to Arsenal “secret”, but admits a move for Malcom will not happen.

The Gunners have been heavily linked with attacking talents at Borussia Dortmund and Bordeaux, but only one of those mooted deals is now a possibility.

Find out what Wenger has had to say right here.


Alexis & Mkhitaryan deals close


Henrikh Mkhitaryan, Alexis Sanchez

Arsenal manager Arsene Wenger believes a swap deal involving Alexis Sanchez and Manchester United’s Henrikh Mkhitaryan could happen in the next 48 hours.

The Gunners boss has said on Alexis: “I’ve worked on transfers for 30 years. It’s likely to happen but things can break down at any minute. As long as it’s not over the line, these kinds of things are never guaranteed.”

He added on Mkhitaryan: “This will be an exchange of players. Are we still on the transfer market after that? Yes.”

Read the full story on Goal.


Dortmund in contact over Giroud


Olivier Giroud, Arsenal

Borussia Dortmund are in contact with Arsenal over a deal for Olivier Giroud, who the Bundesliga club want as a replacement for Pierre-Emerick Aubameyang, according to RMC .

The report claims that BVB only want the French striker as a stop-gap for the rest of the season, with a long-term replacement to come in this summer. 


‘Mkhi will be fantastic for Arsenal’


Henrikh Mkhitaryan Manchester United Derby FA Cup

Henrikh Mkhitaryan will be “a fantastic signing” for Arsenal, says Phil Neville, with a Manchester United exit making a lot of sense for the Armenian.

The midfielder appears to be heading towards the out door at Old Trafford, with a proposed switch to Emirates Stadium set to form part of an agreement to take Alexis Sanchez in the opposite direction.

Read the full story on Goal.


Juve plot Bellerin bid


Hector Bellerin Arsenal

Juventus are ready to make a move for Arsenal full-back Hector Bellerin, reports Tuttosport , with discussions having already been opened.

The Serie A giants are eager to refresh their defensive ranks over the summer and see the Spaniard as an ideal addition.


Malcom to snub Gunners?


Malcom Arsenal

Arsenal are in danger of missing out on Bordeaux forward Malcom, according to The Times .

The Gunners are eager to land the 20-year-old Brazilian amid uncertainty regarding the respective futures of Alexis Sanchez and Mesut Ozil.

They have, however, been unable to agree personal terms with the youngster, while a compromise on a fee is also yet to be reached.


Walcott sends message to Arsenal fans


HD Walcott League Cup

Theo Walcott sent an emotional message to Arsenal supporters after his 12-year spell at the club came to end following his move to Everton.

Walcott completed a £20 million switch to Goodison Park on Wednesday, putting pen to paper on a three-and-a-half-year deal.

Check out what he had to say to Gunners fans right here!


Juventus eye Ozil and Erikson


Mesut Ozil Arsenal

Juventus are hoping to add Arsenal’s Mesut Ozil and Tottenham’s Christian Eriksen as options to be their new No.10, according to  Corriere dello Sport .

Erikson is keen on a new deal with Spurs, while Ozil will hit the open market this summer. 

The Sun reports that the Serie A champions would end up paying a combined total of £62 million for the pair.


Walcott: Rooney conviced me


Theo Walcott Arsenal

Everton signing Theo Walcott revealed Wayne Rooney played a big role in his decision to make the move to Goodison Park.

“I had numerous chats with Wayne and that was one massive factor which really tempted me to come to Everton,” Walcott told  evertontv .

Read the full story on Goal!


Arsenal players want Alexis gone


Alexis Sanchez Arsenal Chelsea

Arsenal’s players want the Alexis Sanchez transfer saga to be resolved before their game against Crystal Palace on Saturday, reports the Evening Standard

Manchester United are hoping to conclude a deal for Alexis after Manchester City pulled out of the race, although it appears to hinge on Henrikh Mkhitaryan agreeing to move in the opposite direction .

Speaking after Arsenal’s defeat at Bournemouth on Sunday, Arsene Wenger stated he was expecting Alexis’s future to be decided within 48 hours .

However, with no resolution reached, the Arsenal are squad are determined to see the Chilean on his way before their next match at home to Palace at the weekend.


Walcott joins Everton in £20m deal


Theo Walcott Arsenal

Everton have completed the £20 million signing of Theo Walcott from Arsenal.

The 28-year-old makes the switch from the Gunners and becomes Sam Allardyce’s second signing of the January transfer window, following Cenk Tosun’s arrival from Besiktas.

Read the full story on Goal!


Walcott deserves praise for Arsenal career


HD Walcott

Theo Walcott’s impressive stats warrant praise instead of criticism after his 12-year stint with Arsenal ended with a move to Everton on Wednesday, writes Goal ‘s Chris Wheatley.

Read the full story on Goal!


Alexis agrees £14m-a-year Man Utd contract


Alexis Sanchez Arsenal

Alexis Sanchez has agreed a deal worth £14 million a year after tax to sign for Manchester United on a contract until the summer of 2022, claims the Daily Telegraph .  

United appear to have won the race to sign the Arsenal attacker after Manchester City ended their interest in the Chile international, who is out of contract at the end of the season.

Jose Mourinho’s side are now waiting on Henrikh Mkhitaryan to accept a move to Arsenal before finalising the capture of Alexis on a four-and-a-half year contract.


Chelsea not in running to sign Alexis


Alexis Sanchez, Arsenal, 17/18

Chelsea are not in the running to sign Alexis Sanchez from Arsenal.

The Blues have decided not to rival Manchester United for the Chile international, who interested Manchester City prior to them pulling the plug on interest of their own.

Alexis is understood to want between £350,000-£400,000-per-week to leave the Gunners, and Chelsea have baulked at the costs involved in pursuing the 29-year-old.

Read the full story on Goal!


Auba’s father in London as Dortmund eye Batshuayi


Pierre-Emerick Aubameyang Borussia Dortmund

Pierre-Emerick Aubameyang’s father, who also acts as his agent, is travelling to London for talks with Arsenal, with Dortmund wanting Michy Batshuayi as his replacement, according to Bild

The Gunners have been strongly linked with the Gabon international and it appears negotiations are progressing well, while the Bundesliga club see Batshuayi as a decent option to replace their star striker.

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Carroll isn’t the answer to pressure Chelsea’s Morata- Wise

Andy Carroll is the not the answer for Chelsea, says Dennis Wise, with the West Ham striker unlikely to put enough pressure on Alvaro Morata.

Goal revealed on Wednesday that the Blues continue to haggle with their London rivals over a potential fee for the England international.

The reigning Premier League champions had been eager to take the 29-year-old on a six-month loan deal, but West Ham are looking for £20 million in a permanent agreement.

Chelsea are continuing to mull over an approach, but club legend Wise believes they should be looking elsewhere for a more mobile option to compete with £70m summer signing Morata.

“[Carroll] is a handful on his day, he really is,” the former Blues midfielder told Sky Sports.

“But, no, I don’t think he is [the answer]. The reason being is he doesn’t play enough games.

“He’s had a lot of injuries, 29 years old, doesn’t score enough goals. So, therefore, looking from that point of view, no.

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“And I think that Chelsea, they need a striker that likes to go in behind and stretch teams.

“He won’t be that person. If they play with one up front he will be more of a hold up and I think with the players that they’ve got they come off more.

“And they always need that one person that’s really going to stretch to give them the space.

“I think there’s more out there that’ll score more goals because they’ll get a lot of chances and really push Morata and that’s what he needs.

“I think Andy won’t push him as far because he’ll play only a certain amount of games.

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“And I think you want a player that’s really going to push Morata, that’s going to score goals and put him under pressure.”

Carroll has only made it past the 20-game mark in a Premier League season on one occasion since joining West Ham on a permanent basis in the summer of 2013.

He has also failed to break into double figures in terms of goals scored in all of his four seasons with the club – with the 2010-11 campaign the last time he reached that mark in top-flight competition.

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Burnley v Manchester United Betting Preview: Latest odds, team news, tips and predictions

Burnley will be desperate to arrest their bitterly disappointing dip in form when they welcome Manchester United to Turf Moor on Saturday afternoon.

Sean Dyche’s side have failed to win any of their last seven matches in all competitions, but having come close to upsetting Jose Mourinho’s men at Old Trafford last month, the Clarets will be confident that they can get their season back on track with a win in the reverse.

Match odds

Burnley allowed a two-goal lead to slip from their grasp when these teams met in Manchester last month and Betfair Sportsbook offer 11/2 (6.50) that Dyche’s side take all three points on this occasion – should the Clarets deliver, it will be their first victory of 2018.

Man United took full advantage of Manchester City’s first domestic defeat of the season as they closed the gap at the top of the table to 12 points with a supremely comfortable 3-0 win against Stoke City on Monday night, and Mourinho will demand that his side maintain their perfect start to 2018 with a win in this one.

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United can be backed at 4/7 (1.57) with Betfair Sportsbook to achieve that objective, while the same firm go 3/1 (4.0) that both teams are forced to settle for a share of the spoils.

Team news

The loss of Stephen Ward has been a bitter blow for Burnley and the Republic of Ireland international looks set to sit out once again when Mourinho’s team visit Turf Moor.

Zlatan Ibrahimovic and Michael Carrick are expected to be sidelined once again this weekend, although Mourinho was able to welcome Antonio Valencia back into his starting line-up against Stoke City and the Ecuadorean – who scored the opening goal against the Potters – is expected to wear the captain’s armband again this weekend.

A low-scoring contest?

Nine of Burnley’s 11 Premier League matches at Turf Moor so far this season have seen fewer than three goals scored, with goals scored at both ends in only two of those matches; Betfair Sportsbook offer 8/11 (1.73) that there are fewer than three goals on this occasion, while the same firm go 4/6 (1.67) that either side fails to find the net this weekend.

The case for clean sheets

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The Clarets have kept a clean sheet in each of the five Premier League victories that they have chalked up on their own patch so far this season; Betfair Sportsbook offer a generous 4/1 (5.0) that Burnley keep United at bay, while the same firm go 9/1 (10.0) that Dyche’s side win without conceding.

United have kept a clean sheet in each of their four fixtures since conceding twice against Burnley at Old Trafford back on Boxing Day and Betfair Sportsbook go 10/11 (1.91) that they keep another clean sheet on this occasion, while the 13/10 (2.30) quote from the same firm for Mourinho’s charges to win without conceding could well prove popular with punters.

Tips and predictions

Burnley have failed to score in four of their last six Premier League matches and, having hit just 19 league goals so far this season – significantly fewer than any other team in the top half of the table – it is fair to suggest that Dyche’s side are not where they are due to their free-scoring form in the final third of the pitch.

No side has conceded fewer Premier League goals than Manchester United so far this season and, so, it is Betfair Sportsbook’s 13/10 (2.30) quote for Mourinho’s men to win without conceding at Turf Moor that could represent real value for punters ahead of Saturday’s showdown.

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