Man Utd make decision on Sanchez and Smalling loans, FA Cup replays to be scrapped next season and more


After completing their one-year loan spells with Inter Milan and AS Roma, the pair will return to the Old Trafford outfit next month.

Manchester United have decided against extending the loan spells of Alexis Sanchez and Chris Smalling with Inter Milan and AS Roma.

The pair moved to Italy on a season-long loan last June and saw their stays in the Serie A extended for two months due to the coronavirus pandemic. Under the current agreement they are bound to report back at Old Trafford after the final Serie A matchday scheduled on August 2.

United have the next stage of Europa League in mind as the duo’s current sides could face the Red Devils in the latter stages of the competition. None of them will be eligible to play in the 2nd tier European competition given that United are also in it.

And according to a report by Sky Sports, Ole Gunnar Solskjaer’s side will only let the duo leave if they receive offers for their permanent departures. The Red Devils are reportedly hopeful that their sale would generate funds that would help the club sign its targets in the transfer market.

Man Utd make decision on Sanchez and Smalling loans
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Top News 2: FA Cup replays to be scrapped next season

FA Cup replays to be scrapped next season
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With the 2020/21 Premier League season resuming on September 12 and ending on May 23, FA Cup will be played without any replays next term.

FA Cup has decided to do away with replays in a bid to ease the physical burden on players in an otherwise fixture-packed campaign, as per reports.

Premier League announced Friday that the 2020/21 season will be kicked off on September 12 and will finish after thirty eight round of games on May 23.

The compression of the upcoming campaign means that the physical toll on the health of the players will be immense as they will play a full season in one less month than normal.

And the Mirror now reports that The FA has responded to club’s concerns about a fixture-packed schedule by scrapping replays in the world’s oldest cup competition.

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Top News 3: Arsenal preparing transfer offer for Aston Villa midfielder

Arsenal preparing transfer offer for Aston Villa midfielder
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Amid rumors that top transfer target Thomas Partey is set to sign a contract extension with Atletico Madrid, it seems that the Gunners have set their sights close at home.

Arsenal have set their sights on Aston Villa midfielder Douglas Luiz and are hoping to complete his signing in the upcoming summer transfer window, reports 90min.

The former Manchester City midfielder has been brilliant for the Villa Park residents since the restart and might join the Gunners if Mikel Arteta’s side can move on Matteo Guendouzi and Lucas Torreira.

His former side Man City might also make a late offer for the 22-year-old as Pep Guardiola’s side are currently looking for a long-term replacement for Fernandinho.

Villa’s future in the Premier League will undoubtedly be a major factor in their decision of whether to retain or let go Luiz in the summer. Their potential relegation from the Premier League might convince the Villans to sell Luiz to make up for loss of revenue of not playing in the English top-flight.

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