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Injured Everton star aiming for December return


Yannick Bolasie is hoping to receive the best Christmas present by returning to first-team action around the festive period. The 28-year-old has been sidelined since suffering a serious knee injury against Manchester United in December and has undergone two operations since then to correct the problem.
It was initially feared the Everton winger, who joined in a £25m deal from Crystal Palace last summer, would be sidelined until 2018 but he is now focused on providing Ronald Koeman’s side with a boost before the end of the year.
“Getting back in December would be the best Christmas present,” he told Sky Sports. “A player like me always wants to be on the pitch. “Strangely, I think that having this injury will give me the composure that I have been looking for. “I know that will take my game to another level. I am going to be subconsciously more cautious with any sharp movements, but that should improve my game massively. “My old managers Alan Pardew and Tony Pulis always felt I would gain more composure with age. Now I have had this injury, I think it will come, but I don’t think I will lose my pace or my sprinting – and I feel strong already.”
Bolasie scored or assisted five goals 13 league appearances before injury ruled him out for the rest of the season last Christmas and his return will almost feel like a new signing for Koeman’s side.
The Toffees have already been active in the transfer market by bringing in Jordan Pickford and Davy Klaassen for a combined worth of more than £45m and Bolasie’s return will only improve their offensive options.

Manchester City interested in Borussia Dortmund left-back Raphael Guerreiro


Borussia Dortmund left-back Raphael Guerreiro has emerged as a surprise target for Manchester City ahead of the summer transfer window. According to the football transfer rumours in French Media (Foot Mercato), Manchester City are interested in Borussia Dortmund left-back Raphael Guerreiro.
The Portugal international was signed by Borussia Dortmund in July 2016 from Lorient for a fee of 12 million euros. The 23-year-old has a valid contract with Borussia Dortmund until June 2020. Guerreiro has scored seven goals and provided 10 assists in 35 games for Borussia Dortmund in all competitions this season.
The Portugal international has been in impressive form for Borussia Dortmund this season. Raphael Guerreiro has represented Portugal at Under-21 level, winning 13 caps, before making his senior international debut in November 2014. As a member of Portugal national football team, Raphael Guerreiro has won 19 caps and has scored two goals.
Adding a left-back remains Manchester City’s top priority this summer and Pep Guardiola will have drafted a shortlist of a number of possible targets he could approach in the coming weeks.
Pep Guardiola has always been a manager who keeps his eyes on the most talented young players across the globe. Manchester City manager Pep Guardiola wants to continue to strengthening his squad so they’re able to compete both domestically and in the Champions League next season.
Manchester City are desperate to make an impact in this summer transfer window. The left-back can also play as a full-back, offering Pep Guardiola a different option should he change his formation at Manchester City.
Juventus have reportedly registered an interest in his services and have enquired over his availability. It’s now down to the manager and the board to decide his future.
Raphael Guerreiro would reportedly be interested in a move this summer, but if Manchester City do want him, they will have to beat those other interested clubs to his signature.

Gameiro and Gaitan have until January


They only arrived at the Estadio Vicente Calderon last summer but now Nicolas Gaitan and Kevin Gameiro must prove themselves at Atletico Madrid next season.
Diego Simeone welcomed the Argentinian and the Frenchman with open arms in hope that the duo could push Atletico Madrid to the next level.
After an arguably lacklustre first stint at the club, Simeone would have considered moving the two recent additions if the right offer had arrived.
However, with FIFA's transfer ban now implemented, the two players have a lifeline to save their careers in Madrid, before the ban is lifted in 2018.
Departures of the duo would have made room for other options such as Diego Costa, Alexander Lacazette, Vitolo, Sandro and Fabinho, but instead Simeone will hope the players can recapture the form once showcased at Benfica and Sevilla respectively.
The Argentine coach had initially pinpointed a high-profile striker amongst a list of Costa, Pierre-Emerick Aubameyang, Edinson Cavani, Alvaro Morata and Gonzalo Higuain, but with the players mentioned seemingly off-limits, Simeone went for an affordable Gameiro.
Gaitan, however, had been chased by various clubs during his time in Portugal, with El Cholo his main suitor. The 29-year-old midfielder was notably the more disappointing of the two, as he tallied a dismal five assists compared to an impressive 20 in the season before, though the player rarely featured in the first eleven.
As for the 30-year-old striker, appearances in the starting eleven were more prominent, but his goal scoring record failed to emulate that of his triumphant time at the Estadio Ramon Sanchez Pizjuan.
For now, both players will relish the chance to reprove themselves in Madrid, as the two will look ahead to earn a place in Russia for the World Cup next summer.



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