Real Madrid could offer four players in order to sign Paul Pogba this summer – reports

Real Madrid could offer four players to Manchester United join order to sign French World Cup winning midfielder Paul Pogba this summer, according to reports. It would seem that instead of this being actual news, it is a suggestion with nothing concrete to go by, despite the way the report was written. Such is typical in journalism today.

However, with the coronavirus pandemic raging on around the world and only one top European football league back up and running – the Bundesliga, it would seem that a swap deal could be an option, If United were to be tempted with players involved, which might be tough considering the fact Ole Gunnar Solskjaer will his his own thoughts.

It is stated that Norwegian midfielder Martin Odegaard, 21, James Rodriguez, 28, Lucaz Vazquez, 28, and Brahim Diaz, 20, could be offered to the Old Trafford club. However, there is no solid proof that these players could be involved. Obviously, United would need to see that any players in a swap deal could be utilised in the squad.

Odegaard has spent the season on loan at Real Sociedad, making a total of 28 appearances for the club, scoring seven goals, assisting eight more. He is a central midfielder who can play in the attacking role in the middle and on the right-wing although most appearances have been in attacking midfield. He could have a big future ahead of him.

Rodriguez has played 13 times this season, scoring one goal and two assists. He was once a player on United’s radar, before and after the 2014 FIFA World Cup, however, they did not get their man. It’s a no for me. Vazquez has made just 18 appearances, scoring three goals and two assists. Once linked to United, but things have now changed.

Diaz, formerly of Manchester City, could be a star in the making and has a good career ahead of him. He has made just seven appearances this season, scoring one goal and one assist. If a swap deal was on the cards, Toni Kroos, even at the age of 30 would be a good player to start with, if Solskjaer wanted him at the club.

Paul Pogba told to take a pay cut to seal Juventus return this summer – reports

Manchester United midfielder Paul Pogba has apparently been warned that he must take a pay cut if he is to return to Juventus this summer, according to reports. It has been suggested that the Frenchman is desperate to leave United this summer and that he has grown disillusioned with life at the Old Trafford club.

United manager, Ole Gunnar Solskjaer is said to be willing to cash in on the player this summer as long as the price is right, curtailing any further unrest in the dressing room. Four years ago, United signed the Frenchman, returning to the club after four years, in an £89 million club and world record transfer.

Four years later, it would seem, based on the seemingly constant speculation, that the 2018 FIFA World Cup winner is seeking to move on again, back to the club he has been the most successful. at least in terms of winning trophies, however, Juventus have continued winning trophies without him at the club.

If United were able to sell Pogba for anything close to their valuation of the player, which last summer was £150 million, then United would be able to reinvest the money into the players that Solskjaer would like to bring to the Old Trafford club, namely Jadon Sancho from Borussia Dortmund and Jack Grealish from Aston Villa.

Pogba is reportedly on £290,000 per week at United, which is something that will not be matched by Juventus, which has become an apparent stumbling block in the bid to resign the Frenchman. Based on this, it has been stated by Italian news source, Tuttosport that the player will need to accept a drastic drop in his current salary.

The coronavirus pandemic is currently having a big financial impact on world football all teams will be tightening the purse strings in some way or another, including United, who have made huge losses already and will continue to do so, along with every club out there, as long as supporters are kept away from stadiums when football returns.

Pogba signed a five-year contract when he returned to United in the summer of 2016, which is due to expire in the summer of 2021, but the club added an option to add one a sixth year, which is what they have been doing for new signings and contract renewals since David Moyes managed the club, meaning United are in the driving seat.

United will be ensuring that Pogba is not allowed to leave the club as a free agent, which would see a prized asset walk away from the club with no recompense at all. Real Madrid had shown interest in the player but wages are a stopping point there, which leave Juventus left in the race, with wages an issue too.

Perhaps, if money is the players motivation, he will sign a new contract at United but if he does not want to be at the club, he will just have to take a hit in his wallet and leave the club he once called his destiny, also stating that ‘the time was right to go back to Old Trafford’. Forgive me for thinking that these were just words, no real meaning intended.

Could Paul Pogba regain his top form at Manchester United, saving the club money post-coronavirus?

Manchester United midfielder Paul Pogba has long been linked with an exit from the Old Trafford club, in fact almost as soon as he returned to the club in the summer of 2016 for a then world record transfer, which is still a club record transfer today. Last summer, the French World Cup winner stated that he wanted a new challenge.

At the time, it was expected that the player wanted a transfer away from the club, which is not something he has admitted to and not something that he had denied. However, his agent, Mino Raiola, has kept talking, saying many things about the player he represents and his future, which was seemingly away from the Theatre of Dreams.

The coronavirus pandemic suspended world football in mid-March with only the Bundesliga back in action and La Liga to return in a matter of weeks. The Premier League has launched Project Restart with clubs in the first stage – a socially distanced return to training. It is expected that the season will resume either from the 12 June or the 19 June.

This season at United, Pogba has been limited to a total of seven appearances, playing in the Premier League and the Carabao Cup. He has not scored any goals but has two assists to his name, playing 610 minutes of football. He has suffered various ankle injuries this season, seeing him miss a total of 39 matches in all competitions this season.

At the time the coronavirus pandemic suspended football, Pogba was on the final stretch of his recovery and has been cleared to return to training, albeit on his own during the lockdown, now training in groups of five at the clubs Carrington training complex. He could feature for the club during the remainder of the season.

United have nine Premier League matches still to play, seeking to find a way into the top four this season, which would earn them UEFA Champions League football, currently sitting in fifth place in the league. The club is still in the Emirates FA Cup with the club facing Norwich City in the quarter finals, also in the UEFA Europa League round of 16 stage.

Pogba could play himself back into he team, partnering the likes of Scott McTominay and January signing, Bruno Fernandes at the club, which could bring out the best of Pogba, seemingly with him playing a deeper role in midfield, laying off the ball to a teammate and running forwards to get into the box, which could bring more goals to his game.

United were once expecting him to be the creativity in the squad and during his absence due to injury this season, that was clear as creativity was a problem, resulting in the club making a successful move for Fernandes in January, the rest being history. Pogba stated on his return to the club that it was his destiny, he needs to make that true.

Many are waiting for Pogba and Fernandes to work together on the pitch, brining out the best for United to the point that pictures of the duo training, when the players returned to the Aon training complex last week, showing the level of excitement. Pogba has it in him to be the best he can be, which will make things so much easier for him at United.

Hannibal Mejbri could be given first team role at Manchester United next season – reports

Manchester United academy midfielder Hannibal Mejbri could be given a first team role at the club next season, according to reports. Ole Gunnar Solskjaer will have been keeping a close eye on the player, after his high profile move to the club from AS Monaco last summer. His first season has shown his ability, something which could be utilised further.

He may only still be 17 but he came to the club after already having been tipped to have a glittering career in the game and United were adamant that they would sign the player, completing the £9.3 million deal nearly a year ago with the player making his debut at U18 and U23 level this season, possibly seeking him rise further next season.

The coronavirus pandemic suspended world football in mid-March ending up cancelling youth football, meaning the player will not be seen again this season, unless Solskjaer wants to give him a chance now, which might not seem logical given that he would be at least sixth-choice in the midfield ranks and would seldom play first team football.

However, there is a chance that he should shine when called upon, meaning he would give the Norwegian manager a good headache, adding some glittering ability to his team, possible saving the club money when they dabble in the transfer window this summer, or whenever the new transfer window opens, which might not actually be until August.

At this moment in time, Solskjaer has Paul Pogba, Bruno Fernandes, Scott McTominay, Fred and Nemanja Matic in the first team, with the likes of James Garner and Dylan Levitt in the U23s and seeking first team football. However, the pair could be loaned out next season, making a space at that level for Mejbri, where he would regularly play.

This would keep him match fit and not expecting to play week in and week out in the first team, which probably would not happen next season, unless he did well on his debut, doing enough to stay in the squad, which would be fairytale-like and not necessarily something that would happen – but you never know.

Nicky Butt, who came through the clubs academy, graduating in the famous Class of 1992 with the likes of Ryan Giggs, David Beckham, Paul Scholes and Gary Neville was the head of the academy last summer before stepping up to the role as head of first team development, keeping an eye on players like Mejbri. When the Frenchman was signed, Butt said:

“It’s hard to get him under the radar when we’ve chased him for so long and he’s come from a big club for a big fee, so that’s impossible.

“But you want to get young people under the radar because, coming from a different country and getting the price tag in your head and coming to one of the biggest clubs in the world, there’s going to be so much pressure in the first place.

“I’ve got a 16-year-old kid who, I would hate that pressure on their shoulders…

“But they have that and it’d be foolish to put them out there too soon, because you don’t know what’s around the corner. They’re children.”

Mejbri has made a total of 20 appearances at youth level this season (15 starts and five substitute appearances) playing at both U18 and U23 level. He has scored one goal and five assists since making his debut back in August 2019 after receiving international clearance after his transfer. If he makes the first team, he will not be classed as a homegrown player, which is not really an issue given that United have many of those already.

Barcelona forward to be available for £37 million this summer, alerting Manchester United and Arsenal – reports

Barcelona forward Ousmane Dembele could be available for just £37 million this summer, according to reports. This could be something that changes the summer plans of Premier League teams Manchester United and Arsenal, as they have previously held an interest in the player. He is not the first player at the Catalan club to have his asking price slashed.

It has been suggested that Barcelona has put the majority of their squad up for sale this summer, to balance the books because of the coronavirus pandemic. However, it is stated that at least six players will not be available, presumably including star player Lionel Messi and goalkeeper Marc-Andre ten Stegen.

Executives at the club know that they will need to sell a number of players in order to slash the wage bill, keeping the club solvent, which could be great for the buyers market this summer. Dembele was brought from Borussia Dortmund in the summer of 2017 for €105 million with add-ons reported to be in the region of €40 million.

If a sale happened for Dembele and it was this low, it would be a considerable loss for the Catalan club, one to regret. However, the player has not had the best time at the club which could be a deterrent for a number of clubs this summer, unless they feel they could bring out the best of the 23-year-old in the very near future.

This season, despite the coronavirus pandemic suspending world football, the French forward has made just nine appearances at the club, playing in La Liga and the UEFA Champions League. He has scored just one solitary goal, playing 492 minutes of football, suffering a number of hamstring injuries this season, which could be a deterrent also.

Since signing for the club in the summer of 2017, Dembele has made a total of 74 appearances at the Catalan club, scoring just 19 goals and 17 assists. At Borussia Dortmund, Dembele made a total of 50 appearances, scoring ten goals and 22 assists. At Rennes, his first senior club. Dembele made a total of 29 appearances, scoring 12 goals and five assists.

Dembele has the ingredients to become a good player but with his number of injuries since signing for Barcelona and the lack of penetration going forward, with very few goals and assists, even £37 million could be an uncalculated risk and something United should stay clear of. However, if could all work out for him away from Spain.

In Spain, football is set to resume on the 8 June 2020 and Dembele is not going to be tested for coronavirus, which suggests he is not going to be fit before the conclusion of the season, therefore his 2019/20 season is over. This could be a reason for the price cut but his injury history needs to be looked at too. United, or anyone else do not need injury prone players.

Ole Gunnar Solskjaer might keep an eye out for the player and see what develops in the summer, but at this moment in time, he should continue pushing for the number one targets the club want to sign, of which Dembele, at least not this one, will be part of, if indeed he is in the plans of the club at all. I would doubt it right now.

Mino Raiola ‘opens talks with Juventus’ ahead of summer transfer for Paul Pogba – reports

Mino Raiola, the agent of Manchester United midfielder Paul Pogba has apparently opened talks with Juventus about a return to the Italian club this summer, according to reports. The 27-year-old French midfielder has been pushing for a ‘new challenge’ since saying so on a promotion tour of the Far East last summer.

It was stated that both Real Madrid and Juventus were interested in the French FIFA World Cup winner with the former recently reported to have pulled out of the race to sign Pogba due to his wage demands. Raiola would seemingly prefer Pogba to move back to Juventus with reports of him opening talks reported by Le10Sport.

Pogba’s most successful stage of his career was at Juventus after leaving United in the summer of 2012 before returning in the summer of 2016, winning four Serie A titles, two Coppa Italia’s and two Supercoppa Italiana’s. At United, the Premier League is still elusive whilst the player has won the EFL Cup (now Carabao Cup) and the UEFA Europa League.

Pogba himself stated that his return to United was his ‘destiny’ and that he had unfinished business at the club. However, if you look at his performances over nearly four years, there is little to talk about in a positive context. Granted, the player has done some special things at the club but consistency is not something associated with that.

This season, despite the coronavirus pandemic suspending world football, Pogba’s appearances have been limited due to two ankle injuries. He’s made just eight appearances for the club, scoring no goals but assisting twice, both against Chelsea in the opening Premier League match of the season. He is now fit and should be ready to play again.

This summer, Pogba will effectively be into his final year of contract at United, although there is an option for another year to be added, which will give United some weight in demanding a certain fee for the player, although, if he really wants to leave, it could upset him but at the end of the day, he knew it was a possibility, so should understand this.

Juventus could offer a player or two as part of the deal with reports that Aaron Ramsey and Adrien Rabiot could be involved, but personally, I think Ole Gunnar Solskjaer and United should demand a straight sale, with no players included, adding more pressure on Juventus to stump up the cash. United do not need cast offs at this time.

Any money received for Pogba could be reinvested into the squad, should the Glazers not want to make the money disappear – as we know that is what they have been doing for years now, using the club as a cash cow, which in these tumultuous times, could be a massive negative for them, especially with the fan base being against them.

If Pogba does want to leave the club he once said was his destiny, it would suggest that his destiny was not at the Theatre of Dreams at all and seemingly failing at the club, during what should have been the peak of his career, could be damning, at least to the people who do not idolise him, which many seemingly do despite a lack of consistency.

Manchester United and Arsenal told £27 million will land French defender this summer – reports

Barcelona have reported made French central defender, Samuel Umtiti, a previous target for both Manchester United and Arsenal, available for just £27 million this summer, according to reports. Earlier this year, before the coronavirus pandemic, his valuation was £46 million, seeing a considerable drop by the Catalan club.

The La Liga giants financial situation has reportedly worsened, with every club around the world feeling the after effects of the pandemic, which could result in a sale of players who are considered not needed by the club, to balance the books so to speak. United have suffered too with a £28 million loss of their own because of the virus.

Spanish news source, Sport, has suggested the Catalan club will sell players this summer, some with reduced fees. It is thought that Barca want to use Umtiti to lower the fee paid to Inter Milan for forward target Lautaro Martinez, however, the Frenchman has not heard anything from the Serie A club, but has been told to expect contact.

This might be something that leave United and Arsenal high and dry, although the latter club seem to be more interested in Umtiti than United, as I think the Frenchman was a Jose Mourinho target, more than an Ole Gunnar Solskjaer target. United may need to new defender this summer though, especially if some of them leave the club.

It is expected that Chris Smalling will leave, as could Marcus Rojo and Phil Jones, who has been sparingly utilised so far this season. Saying that though, departures would create space for Axel Tuanzebe, who has spent his first season back at the club after a period of loan spells and Teden Mengi, who has been tipped to make his rise to the first team soon.

Solskjaer would probably be a fan of the latter option as the Norwegian manager wants to trust youth more, which is the road to success that Sir Alex Ferguson found and Solskjaer was a fan of his methods. Umtiti has been sidelined with a calf injury but has suffered many injuries at the Catalan club, making him seem injury prone – something United would not want.

Umtiti has made just 16 appearances for Barca this season, before the coronavirus pandemic suspended world football. For a 26-year-old France international, injury aside, I would expect him to play a lot more for the club. The player will be seeking a prominent role under new manager Quique Setien, who took over the club in January.

However, as he has been injured more often than not in his career at the Catalan club, especially this season, it could leave him with a lot of work to do in order to play himself into his manager’s plans for the remainder of the season, and into the future, if he does remain at the club past this summer, whenever the transfer window opens and closes.

My personal opinion is that United could do a lot better than spend dead money on Umtiti. A few years ago the player showed a lot of promise, but now, he has a lot to prove, which could go against him. I would much rather see Solskjaer trim the squad and give chances to youth players, Tuanzebe first and maybe Mengi, if he is needed in the squad.

Manchester United to make transfer bid for Bayern Munich’s French midfielder – reports

Manchester United are reportedly preparing to make a fresh approach for Bayern Munich midfielder Corentin Tolisso, according to reports. It is reported that United tried to sign the player on loan in January, which was unsuccessful. As the player has struggled to setting at the Allianz Arena, now could be the time to test the water for a transfer.

Tolisso moved from Lyon to Bayern in the summer of 2017 for a fee of €41.5 million with a reported €6 million in add-ons. The player suffered a Cruciate Ligament Rupture months after helping France win the 2018 FIFA World Cup, missing 38 matches for his club that season and has played a bit-part role at the club this season.

Bayern were seemingly not interested in reducing their midfield strength during the January transfer window. Despite this, United are still seemingly keen on attempting to sign the 25-year-old, who will turn 26 in August. With Paul Pogba rumoured to still want to leave the club, reinforcements in midfield will be needed.

United could be the club that the midfielder could resurrect his career at. His form has seemingly taken a dip in form recently but during his first season at the Bavarian club, he made 40 appearances, scoring 10 goals and seven assists. He could add something to Ole Gunnar Solskjaer’s side if there was availability for him at the club, post-Pogba of course.

Tolisso made just four appearances, scoring one goal but his season was destroyed by injury. During the current season, the French midfielder has played 24 times, scoring three goals and five assists, which could be all for him this season seeing as he had ankle surgery last month and as the Bundesliga has resumed this weekend, he might not play again.

He would need to prove his fitness if United were to make a move for him though as they will not want to bring in a player that is not ready to play for the club, whenever the 2020/21 seasons starts. United have been linked to a fair few players already and the 2019/20 season has not yet resumed, and might not depending on what happens on Monday.

Reports state that Tolisso will not be stopped from leaving by Bayern, who are seeking to raise the cash to sign Manchester City winger Leroy Sane, who was heavily linked to the club last summer and suffered an Cruciate Ligament Rupture during the FA Community Shield at the start of the season – similar to the injury Tolisso had last season.

Solskjaer will be seeking to continue his rebuild of the Old Trafford club this summer after bringing in Aaron Wan-Bissaka, Daniel James, Harry Maguire, and Bruno Fernandes to the club over the past year with United’s fortunes seemingly changing for the better. This summer, United have been linked with many players already.

The Red Devils are tipped to sign Jadon Sancho from Borussia Dortmund, Jack Grealish from Aston Villa and Jude Bellingham from Birmingham City. If Pogba ends up leaving the Theatre of Dreams, Solskjaer will need another midfielder, which is where Tolisso, or others who have ben linked to the club would come in. We shall see what happens.

Juventus advised to ‘sacrifice’ Aaron Ramsey for Paul Pogba; Manchester United told Welshman is the ‘perfect fit’

Juventus have reportedly been told to part company with Welsh midfielder Aaron Ramsey, who the club signed as a free agent last summer, along with French midfielder Adrien Rabiot so they can afford to bring Paul Pogba back to the Italian club this summer. The Frenchman has long been linked with a return to the club.

Former Juventus star Alessio Tacchinardi has also suggested that two midfielders would be needed by his former club, which seems silly considering they have two midfielders, who have been at the club for less than a year. I understand the urgency to get Pogba back, but is this logical? I guess nothing will ever surprise me in football. He said:

“In order to get [Paul] Pogba back, I would let [Adrien] Rabiot and [Aaron] Ramsey go, even if the Welshman did show a few signs of life in the last few games.”

Ramsey, 29, has struggled for consistency at Juventus since he move as a free agent last summer, making 24 appearances, scoring four goals and one assist. Tacchinardi believes that Rodrigo Bentancur would be better in the team, especially paired with Pogba, should the Italian club end up re-signing the player this summer, which could be likely if Pogba pushes.

Former Wales manager Chris Coleman believes that Ramsey is the ‘perfect fit’ for United. It is suggested that Maurizio Sarri will be seeking to sell the Welshman this summer which has reportedly interested Ole Gunnar Solskjaer. Coleman, speaking about the Welshman and his apparent suitability for United, said:

“I’ve been fortunate to see the best of Aaron when I was manager of Wales. He’s at his best when he’s under a bit of pressure, when he’s playing against the best teams and when he’s playing in the big games.

“If it’s not going to happen for him at Juventus he’s definitely the type of player who can handle playing for Manchester United.

“When you play for a club like Manchester United the jersey is much heavier than when you are with a smaller club in the Premier League.

“If you play for a big club you’ve got to handle that extra weight. He certainly has the appetite for that.”

United were interested in Ramsey back in 2008, maybe earlier as Sir Alex Ferguson contacted Cardiff City manager, Dave Jones about the player. It has been stated that Ramsey was a United fan whilst growing up but in the end decided to sign for Arsenal. It was a blow to United at the time, who really wanted to sign the player.

However, three Premier League titles, one FA Cup, three League Cups, five FA Community Shields, one UEFA Champions League, one UEFA Europa League and one FIFA Club World Cup, which United achieved during the time he was at Arsenal, does not compare to three FA Cups and two FA Community Shields, obviously.

Ramsey has seemingly not convinced Sarri that he is the player that Juventus need to help them conquer Europe again, which is something United have done twice since they last did during the 1995/96 season. Coleman, suggesting that he did not understand by Ramsey signed for Juventus further commented by saying:

“I understand why Aaron went to Juventus. They are a great club and they always have a great chance of winning the League.

“He had been at Arsenal a long time, probably didn’t achieve what he wanted to achieve because Arsenal haven’t achieved what they would have liked in the last 10 years.

“He went there for good reasons but he’s too good to be sitting on the bench. If he’s got a chance at Juventus and Sarri likes him then okay.

“He might be out of form, maybe it’s taking him a little while to get used to a different culture. It’s not a walk in the park when you move from one country to the next, a different type of football, a different ask.

“But he wants to be in the starting eleven. In my opinion he’s good enough to be in it.”

It does seem puzzling why the 29-year-old signed for Juventus last summer but the reported £400,000 per week contract could have been something to do with it. That said, it is unlikely that United would agree to such terms, if they were to allow Pogba to leave the club this summer. The Frenchman is on a lot less than this each week.

Ramsey would have to see what United would consider offering him, if they are in fact interested in signing him. He would be a ready-made replacement for Pogba and has established himself in the Premier League. The discontent from Arsenal supporters would be hilarious but the last player United signed from Arsenal was short-lived.

Paul Pogba might actually want to stay at Manchester United linking up with Bruno Fernandes

There has been a lot of speculation surrounding the future of Paul Pogba with Real Madrid interested in the French FIFA World Cup winning midfielder to Juventus wanting him to return to the club he left four years ago. However, the coronavirus pandemic might actually stop any of that from happening. There is a chance the player never wanted to leave.

This might be more of an opinion rather that fact as I don’t actually know what Pogba wants but a move this summer, for the money United would be seeking to get for him, is unlikely, especially in there fact that United are unlikely to spend £100 million or more on Jadon Sancho, Phil the club has been linked for much of the past year.

If United, who are one of the richest clubs in the world, cannot sign a player like Sancho, breaking Pogba’s club record transfer fee from the summer of 2016, it is unlikely that any other club could afford to pay for Pogba, with United still in the driving seat regarding his contract, which expires next summer but had an extra year which could be added.

It is fair to say this season has been pretty much a failure for Pogba, who has been out for much of the season with ankle problems, recovering from one injury, then injuring the other ankle. If the coronavirus pandemic had not happened, he might not have played much football. With Project Restart on the horizon, he might get some football after all.

Since January, when United signs Bruno Fernandes from Sporting Clube de Portugal, Pogba was the man in midfield that every other player, and support, relied upon to get something going on the pitch. However, not that the 25-year-old Portuguese midfielder is at the club, and playing well, Pogba will not be the only man to get things started.

Fernandes has played nine times this season, scoring three goals and a further four assists. The Portuguese magnifico has literally turned the tide in terms of ability from the midfield and left supporters of the club wondering what kind of effect he and Pogba could have in midfield together. That prospect has even left Ole Gunnar Solskjaer dreaming.

If Project Restart actually happens, which we could know at some point on Monday, Solskjaer could have both players available to start, presumably with the first match being against Tottenham Hotspur, which was United’s next match after the coronavirus pandemic suspended world football. Marcus Rashford could also be back in action.

The prospect of both Pogba and Fernandes in midfield is an exciting one and if the Frenchman’s mind is not already ,Ade up regarding his future, he could see that magic the pair could make on the pitch, which might resurrect his aspirations to finish what he started at the club. United is Pogba’s destiny after all.

Pogba has played eight times this season, seven times in the Premier League and once in the Carabao Cup. He has yet to score a single goal but did assist two goals in the league against Chelsea in the opening match of the season, a 4-0 victory at Old Trafford. United’s spark could reignite with both Pogba and Fernandes pulling the strings in midfield.

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