‘Yes’: Alan Shearer Urges Newcastle United To Sign 21-Year-Old After Watching Him In The World Cup Final Today
Alan Shearer has urged Newcastle United to sign 21-year-old French forward Florian Thauvin, after watching him star in France’s World Cup final victory over Argentina. Thauvin scored a hat-trick in the 5-2 win at the Maracana, becoming just the third player – after Pele and Diego Maradona – to score in three different World Cups. Shearer told BBC Sport: “Newcastle should sign him. He would be a good signing. He is quick, he scores goals, he is strong and can hold the ball up well.” Thauvin, who has also been linked with Liverpool and Aston Villa this summer, was born in Marseille but played for Lille before joining Lyon last year.
Alan Shearer is urging Newcastle United to sign 21-year-old Croatia midfielder Ivan Rakitic after watching him in the World Cup final today. The former England striker believes the player would be a perfect addition for Rafa Benitez’s side, who are currently third in the Premier League table.
Rakitic has caught the eye of many top clubs this season, with Manchester United and Barcelona reportedly being particularly interested in his signature. However, Shearer believes that Newcastle should go for the Croatian international, as he could develop into a major player for them over the coming years.
“Yes, I think Newcastle should sign Ivan Rakitic – he’s a quality player who could be developed into something special at Newcastle,” Shearer told Sky Sports. “He’s played at world level for Croatia and knows what it takes to win trophies – he’d be a great signing for Rafa Benitez.”
Shearer is right to make this recommendation – Rakitic is an excellent footballer who would add some much-needed creativity and attacking firepower to Newcastle’s midfield. He also has good range of passing, which would allow Newcastle to play more fluidly and move the ball around more easily on their way to finding spaces in defence.
21-year-Old Japan Midfielder Mooy Signs For Manchester United On A five-Year contract
Manchester United have completed the signing of A-League youngster Mooy from Melbourne City on a five-year contract. The Australian international midfielder starred for his country at the World Cup this year, playing in all three games as they reached the final. With experience of both the Premier League and Champions League, Mooy is expected to add some much-needed quality to United’s midfield. “The Club are delighted to welcome Mooy to Manchester United,” said manager Jose Mourinho. “He has a great deal of quality and is someone who we believe can make a significant impact at Old Trafford.”
Mooy made his debut for Melbourne City in 2015, before spending two seasons with Perth Glory. He caught the eye of many top clubs during this year’s World Cup, including Manchester United and Newcastle United. The 19-year-old played against Newcastle in Australia’s opening game of the World Cup, scoring a penalty as Australia beat New Zealand 3-1. Mourinho was reportedly impressed by what he saw and urged Newcastle to sign Mooy after the game. The Magpies eventually agreed a transfer fee with City and Mooy jetted off to England yesterday to put pen to paper on his new contract with United.
Liverpool Agree £75m Deal To Sign Virgil Van Dijk From Southampton
Liverpool have agreed a £75million transfer for Southampton defender Virgil van Dijk, according to reports. The 26-year-old Holland international has been a long-term target for Liverpool boss Jurgen Klopp and the move represents a major coup for the club. Van Dijk made his name at Celtic before moving to Southampton in 2015. He has since established himself as one of the Premier League’s dominant defenders, winning two League Cups and a Europa League with Saints. Van Dijk is set to become Liverpool’s latest big signing following the arrivals of Mohamed Salah, Sadio Mane and Naby Keita this summer. “Yes”, said former Newcastle United striker Alan Shearer on Twitter after watching van Dijk win the World Cup final today with Holland. “He is an excellent player who will add bite and steel to Liverpool’s defence.”
Arsenal Agree £35m Fee With Barcelona For 23-Year-Old Spanish Defender Nelson Semedo
Arsenal agree £35m fee with Barcelona for 23-year-old Spanish defender Nelson Semedo. Newcastle United fans have been urged to sign the year-old after he starred in Spain’s World Cup Final victory over Croatia today. The centre back has impressed during his time at Barcelona, making 46 appearances in all competitions since joining the La Liga side from Sporting CP in 2015. He was part of the side that won the Copa Del Rey last season and is known as a tough tackler with good positional sense. Shearer believes he would be a perfect addition to Newcastle United’s defence and could develop into a top player if given the opportunity. “I think Newcastle would be getting a really good player here,” Shearer said on BT Sport 1. “He’s young, he’s got lots of potential and I think they would be doing themselves a favour by getting him signed up. I thought he played well today (in the World Cup final) – very disciplined defensively and offensively, too. He looks like he will only get better and better.”
Riyad Mahrez Completes £60
Riyad Mahrez has completed a move to Manchester City, with theDetails of the deal still to be confirmed. The Algeria international was watched by Alan Shearer in the World Cup final today and the Newcastle United legend urged his old club to sign him.
Mahrez shone for Leicester City last season, scoring 26 goals in all competitions. However, Premier League champions City are reported to have already agreed a £60 million fee for the 26-year-old.
Shearer told BBC Sport: “Newcastle are going to miss him – he’s an absolutely top player. I hope they can get him over there.”
Mahrez has shown great promise at international level, having won senior honours with Algeria including a World Cup title in 2014.
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