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Man Utd line up Cristiano Ronaldo replacement in second transfer blow to Arsenal

Manchester United are reportedly looking to pip Arsenal to the signing of Paulo Dybala as they line the former Juventus star up as Cristiano Ronaldo's potential replacement.The Red Devils have been rocked by the Portuguese superstar's request to depart the club this summer, less than one year after iconic No.7 sealed a sensational return. The 37-year-old is thought to be eager to escape United in order to appease his insatiable appetite to challenge for major honours and compete in the Champions League next season - something Erik ten Hag's team cannot offer.Having already edged in front of Arsenal in the race for Ajax star Lisandro Martinez, United now appear set to inflict a second transfer blow on Mikel Arteta's men.
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7 wonderkids who vanished as Liverpool's youngest ever scorer starts trial at Preston
Ben Woodburn was Liverpool's next big thing.The midfielder became the club's youngest ever goalscorer in 2016 after netting against Leeds as a 17-year-old - breaking Michael Owen's long-standing record - and apparently impressed manager Jurgen Klopp so much that the German began easing him into the senior side there and then.But six years and four underwhelming loan spells later, the Welshman was released without any fanfare, with his stock so low that even Preston North End didn't have the confidence to hand him a contract without taking him on trial first.With Woodburn's downfall in mind, Daily Star Sport has taken a look back at seven other wonderkids who inexplicably fell off the face of the earth.READ MORE: Liverpool release forgotten star Jurgen Klopp used to rave about as departures confirmedIn 2004, Freddy Adu was America's answer to Lionel Messi.Dubbed "the next Pele" after making his professional debut at just 14-years-old, Adu looked to have the world at his feet with clubs across Europe eagerly tracking his progress.He went on trial with Manchester United in 2006, though work permit issues scuppered a potential move, and was forced to wait another year until Benfica came calling to get his shot at the big time. Though sadly for the Ghanaian-born attacking, his spell in Portugal was a disaster.He featured just 11 times for the club before being shipped out on loan and spent the next four years nomadically hopping around Europe like a party-hungry gap year student.
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Neymar takes aim at Lionel Messi and Argentina as bitter rivalry ensues for World Cup
Neymar has taken a swipe at Argentina and PSG club mate Lionel Messi following their victory in the Finalissima at Wembley Stadium on Wednesday.Messi inspired his country to a 3-0 win over European Champions Italy, with goals from Lautaro Martinez, Angel Di Maria and Paulo Dybala separating the two sides on the night, though Messi was named man of the match after providing two assists.It's just the second trophy that Argentina have managed to get their hands on in 29 years, and despite the game having a bit of a pre-season feel to it, the players made the most of a rare moment of triumph.That being said, Neymar wasn't all that impressed and took a swipe at Messi and co once footage of their celebrations starting doing the rounds online."Have they won the World Cup?" Neymar posted sarcastically on Instagram.Brazil's rivalry with Argentina is as old as football itself and is steeped in tension and fierce competitiveness, so it's little surprise to see the talisman of the Seleção throwing pot-shots their neighbour's way, but the fact that his teammate - and by all accounts close personal friend - Messi was at the centre of all the jubilation has raised a few eyebrows.Does Messi need to win the World Cup to be considered as great as Pele and Maradona? Let us know what you think in the comments section.Whether Neymar's comment was genuinely vitriolic or not, it's always fun to see rivalries intensify ahead of the World Cup, which officially kicks off in November.Argentina and Aston Villa goalkeeper Emi Martinez insists Argentina will be "one of the favourites" in Qatar, despite their underwhelming performance four years ago in Russia, because they have Messi in their side."We always will be one of the favourites for the World
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