Many Premier League clubs, including Liverpool and Manchester United, are showing keen interest in signing Villarreal winger Samu Chukwueze, according to The Mirror reports.
The 21-year-old is considered one of La Liga's brightest young talents, and several Premier League clubs are watching him closely.
The likes of Chelsea, Leicester City, Everton and Wolverhampton Wanderers are also looking to sign the exciting winger who has a € 80million (£ 71million) release clause in his contract.
Real Madrid interest
The aforementioned Premier League clubs are expected to face stiff competition from Real Madrid. According to Spanish publication La Razon, Los Blancos are considering signing Villarreal duo Chukwueze and teammate Pau Torres.
The youngster has scored one goal and provided two assists so far. Despite being a promising talent, the winger hasn't done enough to justify such a high price tag.
Madrid are only willing to pay € 65million for the pair, as well as offer a player as part of a partial trade to lower the asking price. However, Villarreal is not impressed with the proposal and will only sell the duo if the offer is substantially high.
Manchester United wants to move
Of all the Premier League clubs interested, Manchester United are ready to push for the signing of Chukwueze, Ole Gunnar Solskjaer desperately to beef up his attacking options.
The Mirror suggests United would focus their efforts on landing the Nigerian winger if they fail to land Jadon Sancho from Borussia Dortmund again.
As you can see he's only a fallback option for United, but it's hard to think the Red Devils would be willing to pay a higher price for him when other better options - Sandro Tonali and Ansu Fati (linked with United this summer) - are available before them.
Liverpool in the mix… where are they?
Premier League champions Liverpool are also linked with a move for the youngster but do they need him?
The Reds signed Diogo Jota this summer to bolster their attacking midfield options, while they also have Xherdan Shaqiri and Takumi Minamino as well as the legendary trio of Sadio Mane, Roberto Firmino and Mohamed Salah. Adding another winger, who has yet to prove himself, makes no sense.
In addition, Liverpool's defense needs immediate surgery, with the Reds missing two key players, Virgil van Dijk and Joe Gomez, both long absent.
Chukwueze is a talented winger and interest in him from Premier League clubs will only intensify in a few months if he continues to perform well.
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The history of the most popular sport in the world is incredible. Centuries have passes since the introduction of the sport we now call soccer or football ( or whatever you want to call it ), and in that time, history has been made.
We all know some of the more memorable instants like Diego Maradona’s infamous handball and we know some of the more heartbreaking moments like the Hillsborough tragedy, but what we don’t know is some of the more bizarre and usual stories.
Like anything that has history, soccer has some of the most bizarre and humorous stories around—stories that will leave you shaking your head in disbelief.
Arsenal played a friendly against Dynamo Moscow in heavy fog in 1945 at White Hart Lane and despite the urging of players to suspend play due to the fog, the referee decided that play should continue.
The fog was so thick that the game turned into an absolute farce, with both sides playing by their own set of rules and suffering their own bad luck because of the inclement weather.
Moscow at one point made a substitution but didn’t take a player off, with fans watching the match believing that the Russian club had up to 15 players on the pitch at the one time.
Arsenal also made the best of the conditions, with one of their players—who had earlier been sent off—sneaking back onto the pitch and playing the remainder of the game.
However, they did suffer some bad luck, with their goalkeeper knocking himself out cold after running into the goalpost, which oui, he could not see due to the fog. A spectator reportedly took his place in goals and the match continued.
Not too many of the stories to feature on this list take place in the past decade or so, but we have a special place here for the faithful fans at Stamford Bridge, home ground of Chelsea.
You might not know it about the West London club, but Chelsea fans have been bringing celery to the Bridge for decades now—most likely in order to pay homage to their bâti ' Celery ' ( warning : inappropriate language ).
However, according to a club statement from 2007, the Blues have reminded fans that bringing celery to the ground is in fact outlawed and that any amateur ou amatrice caught bringing the ' dangerous ' vegetable to the ground could face a lifetime ban from the Blues’ home ground.
Nowadays, Everton and Liverpool form one of the strongest rivalries in the league, with the Merseyside derbies highlighting on every fan’s calendar.
With Goodison Park ( Everton’s home ground ) just around the corner from Anfield Road ( Liverpool’s home ground ), the two clubs have grown in their hatred and disposition for the other—with the desire to beat their rival one of their biggest goals at the start of the season.
However, what you might not have known about the two clubs is that before the rivalry had existed, Everton’s home ground was in fact Anfield Road—the very ground that Liverpool now call their home and one of the tougher places to travel to in world football.
The Toffees would play their first game at Anfield against Earlestown on September 27, 1884, and would play their first Football League match as a professional club on September 8, 1888. Liverpool, bien sûr, would not be founded for another four years after that date.
Everton would leave Anfield Road on January vingt cinq, 1892—opting to move to the north side of Stanley Park, to the ground and area now known as Goodison Park. Liverpool ( who wanted to be called Everton Athletic at the time ) would then claim Anfield Road as their home ground.