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Manchester City Could Equal A Premier League Goalscoring Record Currently Held By Arsenal When They Face Newcastle United

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Pep Guardiola’s men head into the contest top of the table and on a run of seven straight league wins, making them firm favourites against a Newcastle side sitting joint-bottom.

The match also pits the league’s second-best attack against its worst defence, with Man City coming into the game off the back of a statement-making 7-0 win over Leeds United in midweek.

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A goal for the visitors looks highly likely, then, and should they find the back of the net then it would be the 26th successive Premier League fixture against Newcastle in which they have scored.

Arsenal are the only team to have scored in 26 consecutive games against a specific opponent in the Premier League before, doing so against West Bromwich Albion.

The last time Newcastle kept a clean sheet against Man City was in November 2006, when the two sides played out a goalless draw.

Victory for the champions would also see them break an even more impressive record, becoming the first team in English football history to win 34 top-flight games within a single calendar year.

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Man Utd perform transfer masterclass with deal ‘confirmed’, star spotted at new club

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Man Utd are on the verge of completing a deal to send Anthony Martial to Sevilla on very favourable terms, and the Frenchman has been spotted arriving in Spain.

The future of Martial was one of the biggest talking points at Old Trafford this month. The 26-year-old had a public spat with Ralf Rangnick after the German boss claimed Martial has refused to play.

Martial fired back on social media, stating he has never refused to don the club’s colours. Within a week, the saga was brought to a close, and Martial was integrated back into the matchday squads.

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However, whether he would remain at the club beyond January 31 remained a mystery.

Sevilla had drawn the strongest links with a potential loan move. However, United’s high demands had seemingly dissuaded the Spanish side.

United were demanding the buying club pay 100 percent of the forward’s salary, as well as a hefty loan fee.

Man Utd bargain hard over Martial

Rangnick suggested the club were open to sanctioning a move, though only if the terms of the deal were in United’s favour.

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Now, per transfer guru Fabrizio Romano, Martial’s loan move to Seville is a done deal. The Italian tweeted the switch is ‘confirmed’ after posting a video of Martial arriving in Seville.

The terms of the proposed move were revealed earlier on Tuesday, and they make great reading for United’s financial department.

The Daily Mail claimed that Sevilla offered a £5million loan fee, as per Man Utd’s request. Furthermore, per Romano, Sevilla have offered to cover his salary until June.

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What made that decision easier was the fact Martial has reportedly agreed to take a pay-cut to ease the move along.

There is not expected to be an option to buy included in the move. As such, United will be hoping Martial’s stint in Spain can mirror that of Jesse Lingard’s at West Ham last year.

If successful, Martial would return a superior player. He would also stabilise his transfer value – something that will please United if they seek a sale in the summer.


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Newcastle cave in to Man Utd, Lingard demands

Meanwhile, Newcastle are preparing one final push to sign Jesse Lingard and the winger is open to moving, but they still face an uphill struggle convincing Man Utd to sell, per a report.

West Ham and Newcastle have both been linked with acquiring Lingard on loan this month. While that is not as beneficial to Man Utd as an outright sale, it could at least boost their coffers if they can secure both a loan fee and the entirety of Lingard’s wages paid by the buying club.

And according to Sky Sports, that is exactly what Newcastle are now prepared to do. They report the Magpies are willing to pay both a loan fee and 100 percent of Lingard’s salary if a six-month loan can be agreed.

From the player’s end, Lingard would reportedly ‘welcome the opportunity’ to speak to Newcastle. Lingard is stated to have no intention of penning fresh terms at Old Trafford.

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Furthermore, another impressive loan spell over the next half-season would up his negotiating power in the summer when it comes to signing a free agent deal.

Lingard is deemed ‘desperate’ to play regularly over the next six months. However, despite Newcastle agreeing to meet Man Utd’s two demands, a deal is not straightforward.

The Red Devils are yet to make a ‘final decision’ on whether to allow Lingard to leave this month. Despite his lack of gametime under Rangnick, he remains a superb option in reserve – should the call ever come.

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Newcastle make ‘concrete approach’ for Gosens alternative as top-half competition denied

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Newcastle United are the latest Premier League club to be linked with Paris Saint-Germain outcast Layvin Kurzawa – but the transfer remains complicated.

Kurzawa has only played once for PSG this season and they are trying to offload him this month. However, the fact they extended his contract until 2024 just over a year ago is causing them problems.

Still, there are a number of clubs where there is a feeling Kurzawa may fit in. PSG are therefore trying to find the right solution for someone to take the 29-year-old.

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Several sources linked him with a transfer to Chelsea earlier this month. The Blues need a new left-back while Ben Chilwell is on the sidelines with an ACL injury. Thomas Tuchel has given Kurzawa more appearances than any other coach from their time together at PSG.

But it soon became clear that they would not be interested in a reunion, forcing the French sellers to look elsewhere.

He was reportedly offered to Manchester City, who have a lack of depth at left-back in one of the only gaps in their star-studded squad.

But Get French Football News are now reporting that no club in the top half of the Premier League wants to take Kurzawa.

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But they do confirm that Newcastle have made a “concrete approach” for the France international.

Whether it will lead to the desired outcome remains to be seen. PSG have asked Kurzawa’s agents to find him a new club, so are unlikely to turn down any offers. However, convincing the player is another matter.

Kurzawa’s family is settled in Paris and he does not want to uproot them, even though it means his chances of playing regular football are slim to none.

Whether Newcastle could tempt him with a high salary and a potential starting berth, only time will tell.

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Kurzawa could be Gosens alternative

Their interest in Kurzawa comes as reports reveal their pursuit of Robin Gosens is facing a serious threat.

Reports earlier this month stated the wing-back had agreed personal terms with Newcastle. It was then down to the Magpies to agree a fee with Atalanta.

According to Sky Sport, Newcastle have been preparing an official offer to Atalanta, who are seeking more than €25m.

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But there is a growing chance Newcastle could miss out. Various sources have reported that Inter Milan are keen on Gosens.

In fact, Fabrizio Romano writes that Gosens is Inter’s “main target” for January. As such, they are accelerating talks.

Romano’s latest update confirms Inter are now leading Newcastle in the race and want an immediate agreement.

It will force Newcastle to look for an alternative target. For now, their current options at left-back are Jamal Lewis, Paul Dummett and Matt Ritchie.

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They could add Kurzawa to their ranks but will have some work to do to convince him to leave Paris behind, no matter his footballing situation.

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