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Thursday, October 17

  • Brandon Williams has signed a new long-term deal with United
  • Arsenal are interested in Olympiakos winger Daniel Podence
  • Lionel Messi has reiterated his desire to stay with Barcelona

Brandon Williams signs

Brandon Williams has signed a new long-term deal with Manchester United after making his first-team breakthrough.

The 19-year-old United fan has been with the club since the age of seven and made his debut in last month’s Carabao Cup clash with Rochdale.

Williams’ first start came the following week at AZ Alkmaar in the Europa League and the left-back has now agreed a new contract until 2022, with the option of a further season.

“This season has just been better than I expected, being a first year,” he said. “Getting into the squad, obviously doing well in the league and keeping going until the end of the season.”

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Arsenal target

Arsenal are interested in Olympiakos winger Daniel Podence.

That’s according to Greek publication Sportime, who claim Unai Emery wants the Portuguese winger at the Emirates Stadium.

Podence, 23, joined Olympiakos from Sporting Lisbon in July 2018 and has since impressed – netting a superb individual effort against Tottenham in the Champions League.

Sportime claim two Premier League clubs are monitoring Podence with Sevilla also eyeing up the £21million-rated attacker.

However, Podence has today signed a new contract with Olympiakos – though the details of the deal are undisclosed and it’s not known whether that will put off potential suitors.

Messi talks Barcelona exit

Lionel Messi has reiterated his desire to stay with Barcelona.

The Argentine magician, 32, recently claimed he considered leaving Barcelona in 2013 amid a tax avoidance case.

But having landed an incredible sixth Golden Shoe of his career – Messi says he’s never “never had the need to leave” Barcelona.

“Each of us looks for experiences that he considers to be best for himself,” he told Gazzetta dello Sport. “I have never had the need to leave the best club in the world, which is Barcelona. Here I enjoy every workout, every game and the city.”

Transfer news LIVE | Express Sport is on hand to bring you all the latest rumours and gossip

Transfer news LIVE | Express Sport is on hand to bring you all the latest rumours and gossip (Image: GETTY)

Aston Villa raid

Manchester United should raid Aston Villa for three of their star players in January, according to former Red Devils striker Alan Brazil.

Brazil reckons defender Tyrone Mings and midfielders Jack Grealish and John McGinn would improve Ole Gunnar Solskjaer’s side.

“When we’re talking about who United might target, they could do worse than Mings, Grealish and McGinn couldn’t they?” Brazil said on talkSPORT.

“If they are going to spend a couple of hundred million… I don’t want to decimate the Villa side but that would.

“If you are Ole and you’re going to Ed Woodward that is who I would want. Do you not think those three would improve United? “Put the three of them in United’s side and I think they finish top five.”

Transfer news LIVE | Express Sport is on hand to bring you all the latest rumours and gossip

Transfer news LIVE | Express Sport is on hand to bring you all the latest rumours and gossip (Image: GETTY)

Mesut Ozil’s future

Arsenal manager Unai Emery has insisted Mesut Ozil has the “possibility” to be a key part of his team again.

The playmaker has only featured twice for the Gunners this season, but in an interview with The Athletic refuted suggestions he may leave the Emirates any time soon.

Ozil signed a new three-and-a-half year contract worth £350,000 per week in January 2018 which will run until the summer of 2021 and stated this week he would be “staying until then.”

Emery said: “This year started difficult for him. He worked well in pre-season and he was playing in the games. But then the problem he had along with Sead Kolasinac stopped him. After that he was sick for one week and then he lost a lot of training to keep his fitness.

“But in the last two to three weeks he’s improved with us in training and I think it’s good. I didn’t close the possibility for him to play.”



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