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Solskjaer’s angry spat with Chris Wilder shuts down Teddy Sheringham opinion

Ole Gunnar Solskjaer proved Teddy Sheringham wrong when he engaged in a furious spat with Sheffield United boss Chris Wilder on Thursday.

The Manchester United boss clashed with the Blades manager on the touchline as the game, which the Red Devils won 3-2, drew to a close.

The spat was triggered by Ethan Ampadu upending Marcus Rashford, prompting the Norwegian to launch a verbal attack on his contemporary.

Wilder could be seen giving it back to Solskjaer as the duo argued their cases.

Solskjaer isn’t known for clashing with other managers like the man he replaced at Old Trafford, Jose Mourinho, for instance.

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And he’s largely seen as a “nice” character without a mean streak.

His former team-mate at United, Teddy Sheringham, once said of him: “He’s the nicest man in the world. All the managers that I knew that were good had that little nasty streak in them that put people in their place. I can’t really imagine Ole doing that.

“But he’s obviously doing a fantastic job. He’s obviously excelled his expectations since he’s gone in there. He’s got to get the job.”

Solskjaer’s willingness to get stuck in and have a verbal spat with Wilder, who is no shrinking violet, shows he’s not always the “nice” guy he’s seen in the press.

Sheringham said he couldn’t imagine Solskjaer getting angry

In fact, two men who have played under him have said the opposite.

Ashley Young once said of Solskjaer: “A lot of people in the press still see him as the baby-faced assassin. But it was like I said before, when he arrived it was like the boss [Sir Alex Ferguson] had walked back through the door. When he gets down the business, it’s serious.

“At times in the dressing room, he’s had to lose it, and I think that’s right when things aren’t going well. You need to be told that.

Ashley Young admitted Solskjaer has a nasty side

“He’s got a nice side and a horrible side, which I feel you need. A lot is said about managers, but it’s down to the players at the end of the day.”

While Chris Smalling said: “I think he [Ole] has got that sort of nasty side. I think every manager has that, the so-called hairdryer treatment when things need a little turnaround.”

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Man Utd transfer round-up: Jadon Sancho January move dashed by Borussia Dortmund


Manchester United’s transfer business came under greater scrutiny after they lost 6-1 to Tottenham Hotspur in their last Premier League outing.

Ole Gunnar Solskjaer’s side will return to action on Saturday night with a trip to Newcastle, but the international break has provided a chance for many to take a closer look at a window dominated by United’s failed pursuit of Jadon Sancho.

Donny van de Beek was the most expensive of the club’s new recruits, while plenty of fringe players were offloaded on temporary or permanent deals.

We’ve got the latest from across Europe on big deals past and present as Solskjaer’s men prepare to return to action.

Jadon Sancho will not be on the market in January

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Chances of January move for Sancho dashed by Dortmund

Manchester United are likely to need to wait until next summer to come back in for Jadon Sancho, if reports from Germany are to be believed.

United were unable to reach an agreement to sign the England international from Borussia Dortmund in the last transfer window, and the forward has returned to domestic action with the German club.

According to Sport Bild (via the Express), Dortmund will not entertain a January exit for the player, who they value at €108m.

United are still keen on Sancho, despite clinching deals for attacking talents Edinson Cavani, Facundo Pellistri and Amad Diallo on deadline day, but the German press believe any mid-season approach will fall flat.

Sancho scored his first goal of the season in September as Dortmund beat Duisburg in the cup, and came on as a late substitute in England’s Nations League victory over Belgium on Sunday.

No United interest in Coman, claims Bayern chief

Kingsley Coman was one of the names mentioned in connection with Manchester United as the prospect of a deal for Jadon Sancho waned, but there was never any real interest in the Champions League winner.

That’s according to Bayern Munich sporting director Hasan Salihamidzic, who revealed the club wouldn’t have entertained any interest if it had arrived.

“There was nothing, and we wouldn’t have looked into it either,” Salihamidzic told Sport Bild (via the Manchester Evening News).

“His goal in the Champions League final should explain enough why we are relying on him wholeheartedly.”

Coman made his first start of the season on September 30 in the German Super Cup, and was also involved for France in their Nations League draw with Portugal.

Chris Smalling was offered to AC Milan

Milan ‘rejected’ moves for Man Utd duo

AC Milan added Manchester United youngster Diogo Dalot to their squad shortly before the European transfer deadline, taking the Portuguese under-21 international on loan for the season.

However, according to reports in Italy, the former Porto man wasn’t the only United player offered to the Rossoneri.

Calcio Mercato (via Sport Witness) reports that Andreas Pereira and Chris Smalling were both offered to Stefano Pioli’s side, only for Milan to opt against signing either.

Pereira was never a significant consideration due to Milan’s pursuit of Brahim Diaz, the report claims, while Smalling’s move was an effective non-starter due to the player’s preference for a Roma switch.

Smalling did indeed join Roma on deadline day, while Pereira has moved on loan to Lazio, who have an option to make the move permanent at the end of the season.





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Man Utd transfer round-up as Camavinga move made plus centre-back shortlist


Despite a busy end to the international transfer window, Manchester United are already eyeing up reinforcements to their squad after losing 6-1 to Tottenham in their last game before the international break.

United added Edinson Cavani to their squad on deadline day, as well as agreeing deals for youngsters Facundo Pellistri and Amad Diallo, while Chris Smalling left for Roma.

However, United are continuing to look to the future, with a number of targets being sounded out.

We’ve got the latest on a couple of big names linked with an Old Trafford switch, as well as updates on potential exits as Ole Gunnar Solskjaer’s side are permitted to do more business with EFL clubs before Friday’s domestic transfer deadline.

United add Tarkowski to centre-back shortlist

Manchester United remain in the hunt for a new central defender, and Burnley’s James Tarkowski is reportedly among the names under consideration.

The Burnley centre-back was the subject of interest from West Ham United over the summer, but has remained at Turf Moor.

However, his contract with the Clarets expires in 2022 and he could be available next summer at a more affordable price as a result.

According to the Athletic , a new centre-back is one of their priorities for next summer; Tarkowski has been added to a shortlist already including Napoli’s Kalidou Koulibaly and RB Leipzig’s Dayot Upamecano.

Tarkowski, who was born in Manchester, has played more than 100 top-flight games for Burnley since their promotion in 2016 and made his England international debut in 2018.

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United posing threat to Real Madrid in Camavinga chase

French midfielder Eduardo Camavinga opted to stay at Rennes for the 2020-21 season despite reported interest from across Europe, but Manchester United are continuing to explore a move for the teenager.

Camavinga, who made his Ligue 1 debut last season at the age of 16, made his first appearance for the French senior team in September and scored his first international goal against Ukraine on Wednesday before being replaced by United’s Paul Pogba.

And, according to AS (via the Star) , United have ‘put in place a mechanism’ to bring the teenager to Old Trafford despite interest from Real Madrid.

The report claims Ole Gunnar Solskjaer sees Camavinga as a long-term replacement for Paul Pogba, whose contract is due to expire next summer, with AS suggesting United pose a ‘giant threat’ to Madrid despite Zinedine Zidane being keen on adding the youngster to his squad.

Eduardo Camavinga recently made his France debut

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Youngsters Laird and Puigmal unlikely to leave

Manchester United academy talents Ethan Laird and Arnau Puigmal now look likely to stay at Old Trafford rather than heading out on loan before Friday’s domestic deadline.

United have allowed a number of youngsters to make temporary exits to clubs, with Dylan Levitt and Tahith Chong among those to leave on season-long deals.

However, defender Laird – who has been training with the first team – and Spanish under-19 midfielder Puigmal are unlikely to join the loan exodus, according to the Manchester Evening News.

One youngster who could be allowed to move on, though, is Di’Shon Bernard.

The centre-back, who made his United debut in the Europa League last season, has reportedly been in talks with clubs in League One and League Two.

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Paul Merson suggests Arsenal got one over Man Utd in transfer window


Paul Merson has claimed Manchester United are “going nowhere” after their deadline day scramble.

Ole Gunnar Solskjaer spent the entire window chasing attacking signings and in the final hours landed three forwards.

Edinson Cavani signed on a free transfer from PSG, while young wingers Facundo Pellistri and Amad Diallo are more likely to have an impact in the future.

But Merson has claimed that United should have been focusing on defensive signings after shipping 11 goals in three games.

Solskjaer watched on as Tottenham scored six times at Old Trafford to condemn them to a second straight home defeat to start the season.

The midfielder’s move was confirmed on transfer deadline day as his Atletico Madrid release clause was activated

The former Arsenal star has also claimed his old side have stolen a march on United, after they signed Thomas Partey on Monday.

Mikel Arteta landed his top target after the Gunners finally triggered the former Atletico Madrid midfielder’s release clause.

And writing in his Daily Star column, Merson has claimed Partey should have been a target for Old Trafford bosses.

He said: “I like where Arsenal are going on the pitch. Mikel Arteta is doing really well. And Partey is an unbelievable signing.

“I don’t know why Manchester United or even Manchester City didn’t go for him. He’s better than what they’ve got.”

Paul Merson claims Man Utd are “going nowhere” after their transfer dealings

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Meanwhile, on United’s transfers, Merson has claimed that they have “opened the door” for the likes of Arsenal and Everton to gatecrash the top-four picture.

“Edinson Cavani is an underwhelming signing for Manchester United that shows they are going nowhere,” he added.

“He’s been available on a free transfer since I don’t know when, and I don’t think they got beaten by Tottenham because they can’t put the ball in the net.

“Having a man sent off in that game just gave them an excuse. They were already all over the shop defensively.

“It’s hard to play for a big club when you haven’t got any pace and their centre backs have none.

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Merson has labelled the signing of Edinson Cavani “underwhelming”

“I thought they were a shoe-in for the top four before the season started but until they get some legs in that back four I don’t see where they are going.

“They have opened the door for teams like Arsenal, Tottenham and Everton to finish in the top four this season.

“I don’t think they are a top four club at the moment. They can’t defend for toffee, and they let Chris Smalling go to Roma. He would probably get in the team right now.

“Cavani feels like a Quick Fix. But he’s probably not even that if I’m being honest. I don’t see him being the difference.”

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Chris Smalling admits ‘massive relief’ after sealing Man Utd exit for Roma move


Chris Smalling has admitted his deadline day move from Manchester United to Roma came as a “massive relief”.

Smalling ended his 10-year association with United on Monday, joining the Serie A club in an £18million deal on the final day of the transfer window.

The former England centre-back impressed on loan at the Stadio Olimpico last season, and hailed the “special” welcome he received from fans in Italy after making his move permanent.

Smalling also praised United, saying he left Old Trafford as “not only a better player, but a better person” after making 323 appearances since joining the Premier League giants from Fulham in 2010.

“United is a special place, and we achieved special things together, something I am beyond proud about,” the 30-year-old wrote on Twitter.

Chris Smalling joined Roma in a £18m move on transfer deadline day

“An unrivalled culture, where winning is not a want it is a need. I leave not only a better player, but a better person, with Utd forever in my DNA.

“For that, I have to thank all the staff, everyone connected to the club, and you the fans.”

Smalling’s move back to Serie A has perplexed many as it has left United short of centre-backs, with Ole Gunnar Solskjaer’s side having been defensively poor this season.

The centre-back appeared to have fallen out of favour at Old Trafford once United signed Harry Maguire from Leicester City for a record £80m.

Smalling was deemed surplus to requirements after United signed Harry Maguire – but they have been plagued by defensive issues

And he spoke of his relief at securing his future after signing a four-year deal with Roma.

“It’s a massive, massive relief. I think that everyone knew I wanted to come back and to finally get it done, albeit so close to the deadline, it’s just pure relief,” he told Roma’s official website.

“Now I can enjoy being back and then get straight back to it with the team tomorrow.”

On his reception from Roma fans after touching down in Italy, Smalling said: “It was truly, truly special. I could feel tingles up my spine.

The defender became a fans’ favourite at Roma while on loan last season

“To see such a big crowd as soon as I landed… honestly, I felt the love from the fans as soon as I first stepped on the pitch but it has just grown and grown [since] and it’s just such a special feeling.”

Smalling is now targeting silverware with Roma after helping them finish fifth in Serie A last season.

The Giallorossi have now won a major trophy since their Coppa Italia triumph in 2008, and Smalling wants to end that wait.

“I think one of my first goals was to be here long-term, and now it’s about getting a trophy,” he said.

Smalling was given a ‘special’ welcome when he touched down in Italy this week

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“I think that was something that was alluded to me when I first joined and I think now that is an aim that this club needs.

“Because I think even when I joined, this is obviously a massive club – but it has been without a trophy for a long time now.

“So that’s going to be one of my aims and I’m sure one of the team’s aims this season, to really give something back for the fans to cheer about.”





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Dimitar Berbatov highlights Man Utd transfer mistake after frustrating summer


Dimitar Berbatov feels Man Utd should have kept Chris Smalling at the club to help try and solve their defensive issues.

The 30-year-old completed a permanent switch back to Roma after an impressive spell on loan there last season.

United managed to raise £18million from Smalling’s sale but did not reinvest in a new centre-back despite the shortcomings of their current crop.

Victor Lindelof, Harry Maguire and Eric Bailly have all been criticised for their performances this season, as well as last, and Berbatov believes Smalling’s departure could come back to bite his old club.

“The disappointment amongst United fans will be deeper now than it was in recent weeks even,” Berbatov told Betfair . “I see they picked up [Edinson] Cavani and [Alex] Telles, and now the window is closed without signing a centre-back.

Chris Smalling has returned to Roma permanently

“I have said for weeks that I think they need a centre-back, and this is a show from Ole that he trusts the guys he has there already, but I feel like they should have signed someone.

“I wonder if they really should have kept even Chris Smalling, who has had a fabulous time at Roma, but often when you loan a player, it is a sign that they are done anyway.”

Smalling made 37 appearances for Roma last season, helping them to a fifth-placed finish in Serie A.

The ex-England international was keen to return to Italy after his loan spell ended but reports claimed Roma only submitted the necessary documents just 60 seconds before the window shut.

He has since admitted he was concerned the deal was not going to go through, suggesting he would not have been happy to stay in Manchester.

“It’s a massive, massive relief. I think that everyone knew I wanted to come back and to finally get it done, albeit so close to the deadline, it’s just pure relief,” Smalling told the official Roma website.

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Solskjaer let Smalling go despite United's glaring issues in defence
Solskjaer let Smalling go despite United’s glaring issues in defence

“Now I can enjoy being back and then get straight back to it with the team tomorrow.

“I’m generally known as quite a calm guy but there were definitely times when I was just so up and down [emotionally]. Obviously, me knowing what I wanted to do but waiting for it to happen.”

He added: “I am so happy to be here. I have been fighting hard to come back and finally we are reunited. I am ready to give my all, I can’t wait to get going again!”

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Jamie Redknapp blasts Man Utd transfer decision over Chris Smalling


Jamie Redknapp has slammed Manchester United for their decision to let Chris Smalling leave on a permanent basis.

The Sky Sports pundit went on to state that the England international is better than current options Eric Bailly and Victor Lindelof.

United have had a rollercoaster of a transfer window after months went by with just Donny van de Beek signed.

Ole Gunnar Solskjaer was hellbent on landing Jadon Sancho but the Red Devils have looked perilous at the back.

They went into deadline day determined to sign players, with Alex Telles and Edinson Cavani top targets.

A move for Sancho had fallen through with Borussia Dortmund not willing to negotiate.

Chris Smalling left for Roma on deadline day

But one outgoing caused a stir when Smalling left for Roma on a permanent basis, following on from his successful spell there last year.

And Redknapp could not understand why the ex-Fulham star was allowed to leave considering the problems United have had at the back.

It was only Sunday when Tottenham turned up to Old Trafford and scored 6 in their worst home defeat since 2013.

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Redknapp told Sky Sports: “If you looked at Manchester United on Sunday, you could be getting a player in for every position.

“Not one of those players did anything or showed anything that they want to be a Manchester United player.

“The players he has have got to do so much better.

Jamie Redknapp took aim at Victor Lindelof and Eric Bailly

“The interesting thing for me, they’re letting Chris Smalling go to Roma.

“I’ve watched Bailly and Lindelof, he’s gone to Italy and been successful there – I’m thinking he’s better than what they’ve got.”

It followed comments made by Patrice Evra, who was shocked by his former club’s performance against Spurs.

The Frenchman took aim at Harry Maguire, who made a number of errors – including a catastrophic start when he yanked Luke Shaw down to the ground, allowing Tanguy Ndombele to score.

He said on Sunday: “I know you have to have some filter when you talk on TV but it is a shambles.

“Gary Neville I heard him say captain Harry Maguire needs a holiday. We always hear about pairing him with someone. But what about taking him out of the squad?

United had a shocking performance against Tottenham

“I don’t want to start to criticise players. I am someone who’s been there. I make many comments about the board but tonight no one has any excuse.

“They let down all the United fans. I don’t care about the result because I have been beaten 6-1.

“But it’s just about every year it’s the same story. Right now I feel all the United fans.





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Chris Smalling transfer sees Harry Redknapp offer Man Utd warning


Ole Gunnar Solskjaer has made a huge mistake by letting Chris Smalling leave Manchester United, according to former Tottenham manager Harry Redknapp.

The England defender rejoined Italian giants Roma – where he spent the duration of the 2019-20 season on loan – on Monday night.

Smalling, who Solskjaer deemed surplus to requirements, has penned a four-year deal at the Stadio Olimpico.

The former Fulham defender’s £18million move back to Serie A has perplexed many as it’s left United – who have been defensively poor this season – short of centre-backs.

Like many others, Redknapp has been left stunned by Solskjaer’s decision to let the 30-year-old return to Rome, telling Sky Sports: “It’s a difficult one.

England defender Chris Smalling has re-joined Italian giants Roma

“You look at Man United at the moment – I would think him and Harry Maguire, I’d want to see, for me, that probably might be their best partnership they had.

“And now suddenly he’s going. It still leaves them, for me, very short. Another central defender.

“They haven’t got anybody in. And the scenario, as we saw yesterday, they’re very open at the back.

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“They’re very open in lots of positions, but certainly centre-half. I would’ve kept Smelling around.

“I wouldn’t be selling him at the moment.”

Smalling joined Manchester United in summer of 2010 from Fulham for a fee £7.2million.

During his ten years at Old Trafford, the former Isthmian League star made 323 appearances for the Red Devils – scoring 18 goals and providing four assists.

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Cavani completes Man Utd transfer business – with one glaring omission


Manchester United have completed the deadline day signing of Uruguay striker Edinson Cavani

But United’s summer-long pursuit of England winger Jadon Sancho will end in failure.

Former Napoli and Paris St Germain striker Cavani joined United as a free agent, signing a one year deal with an option for an extra year, on wages of £200,000-a-week.

Cavani said: “ Manchester United is one of the greatest clubs in the world, so it is a real honour to be here. I’ve worked really hard during the time off and I feel eager to compete and represent this incredible club.

“I have played in front of some of the most passionate supporters in football during my career and I know that it will be the same in Manchester. I cannot wait to experience the Old Trafford atmosphere when it is safe for the fans to return.

Cavani is PSG’s record scorer with 200 goals

“I look forward to continuing to write my little story inside the book of football and I know that’s why my focus has to remain the same as always – work, work, work. I have had a conversation with the manager and this has increased my desire to wear this beautiful shirt.”

United boss Solskjaer said: “Edinson is an experienced ultimate professional who always gives everything for his team.

“His goalscoring record for club and country is fantastic and we are delighted to sign a player of his calibre. He’ll bring energy, power, leadership and a great mentality to the squad but most importantly he’ll bring goals.

“He has had a brilliant career so far, winning trophies at almost every club he has played for, and he still has so much more to give at the highest level.

Solskjaer welcomed the arrival of the Uruguayan

“The opportunity for our young players to learn from one of Europe’s top goalscorers over the last 10 years is fantastic and it will really benefit them going forward. Edinson knows exactly what it takes to succeed and we are all looking forward to seeing him make an impact at Manchester United.”

As well as signing Cavani, United completed the signing of Porto left-back Alex Telles, but were left to rue their failure to add England star Sancho to their squad.

United made a right-winger their priority, but refused to meet Borussia Dortmund’s £108million asking price for Sancho and could not agree a deal for Barcelona’s Ousmane Dembele.

Watford’s Ismaila Sarr was also on their radar, but again United were only interested in a loan, which left Ole Gunnar Solskjaer without the right-sided attacker he wanted.

The Serie A star is seen by the Red Devils as an alternative to Jadon Sancho
Sancho was the player United wanted all summer

Brazil star Telles, 27, joined for £13.6milllion, rising to £15m with add-ons.

Telles has been on United’s radar since 2014, when he was at Galatasaray, but the club stepped up their pursuit of him in the last two years.

The Brazil international will leap ahead of Luke Shaw and Brandon Williams in the left-back pecking order and become United’s first-choice in that position.

Telles said: “To join a club with the prestige of Manchester United is a huge honour.

“You have to work hard to get to this moment in your career and now I am coming to this club, I can promise that I will give everything in my heart to be a success here.

“I won many trophies at Porto and I want to continue that at United. The manager has a clear plan and direction for this team and I can’t wait to pull on the famous shirt.”

Telles also arrived on deadline day

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Solskjaer said: “He’s a player we’ve been tracking for some time and his performances over the past few years are exactly what we’re looking for.

“He’s a fighter and a winner and will add real determination and competition to the squad. Alex has the qualities, both as a player and as a person, that we want here.”

Former United defender Chris Smalling, who spent last season on loan at Roma, sealed a permanent move to the Serie A side, in a deal worth £13.6m, rising to £17m.

Although United had agreed to the terms of the deal earlier on deadline day, Roma left it until one minute before the Italian window shut, although the move was eventually confirmed.





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Thomas Partey could be handed dream Arsenal shirt number if transfer comes off


Thomas Partey is on the verge of becoming Arsenal’s sixth signing of the summer.

After weeks of posturing, the Premier League giants have decided to meet the Atletico Madrid midfielder’s release clause.

The north Londoners have agreed to pay the Spaniard’s £45million for the 27-year-old, whose nine-year love affair with Los Rojiblancos is set to come to an end.

All that remains for Partey to seal his move to the Emirates – which he pushed through after enticing the Arsenal brass to meet his release clause – is for him to pass his medical and finalise personal terms.

Thomas Partey is on the verge of joining Arsenal

Personal terms, however, are reported to have been provisionally agreed for a while.

With Partey’s arrival at the Emirates seemingly imminent, attention has turned to what shirt number the Ghanaian will wear at the Emirates.

Partey currently occupies the No.5 shirt for club and country. And he could very well end up being given the same number at Arsenal.

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New signings Willian and Gabriel Magalhaes both hit the ground running against Fulham but Mikel Arteta is still on the lookout for new signings. Lyon midfielder Houssem Aouar and Brentford keeper David Raya are two of the names on their radar.

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That’s because Italian giants Roma are reportedly weighing up a last-gasp bid for Arsenal’s current No.5, Sokratis Papastathopoulos.

According to reports, the Serie A giants have identified the Greece international as an alternative to Manchester United defender Chris Smalling.

Should Sokratis end up leaving the Emirates, that would pave the way for Partey to wear the No.5 shirt.

He could, however, be handed the No.29 shirt – which is available following Matteo Guendouzi’s loan move to Hertha Berlin.

The No.18, 26 and 27 shirts are also available for him to take should he opt for a different number.

Partey could make his Arsenal debut a week on Saturday when the Gunners travel to Manchester to take on Premier League title hopefuls Manchester City at the Etihad Stadium.





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