MANCHESTER UNITED are set to sell either David De Gea or Dean Henderson, SunSport can exclusively reveal.
Meanwhile Chelsea are reportedly looking to the Bundesliga again as Thomas Tuchel makes a £26m approach for Niklas Sule.
BETS OF THE DAY: DON’T MISS TODAY’S BEST ODDS BOOSTS
Read our live blog below to get the latest from around the clubs…
Chelsea boss Thomas Tuchel admits he tried signing Luis Suarez from Barcelona for PSG.
Tuchel said of the Atletico Madrid star: “He is a natural striker, a born striker, and has the certain mentality that only strikers have.
“This mentality is to show his will, intensity and anger to score, score and score. He is never satisfied.
“So what a mentality, what a player. I’m not involved in his history with Chelsea and to me it’s never good to look too far in the past.
“We only look forward. We play him with Atletico and we know of his qualities. We’re aware of them and will try to stop him from scoring.
“It was a possibility to sign him in Paris.
“We heard the rumours he was about to leave Barcelona — and who can not be interested in signing one of the best strikers in world football, past and present?
“We tried our luck, we did not make it. He decided to stay in Spain, move to Atletico and has proven his quality.
“He maybe would’ve been a fit to our squad in Paris. Now things are different.
“He is under contract now at Atletico Madrid and it’s not worth thinking about it. I haven’t and the possibility is high we won’t think about it.”
Thomas Tuchel admits he tried signing Luis Suarez for PSG
EXCLUSIVE FROM TOM BARCLAY
Brighton have opened talks to extend Alexis Mac Allister’s contract.
The Argentine, 22, has been a revelation since the turn of the year and one of the key factors behind the Seagulls’ upturn in form.
Albion are keen to reward their playmaker with improved terms.
Mac Allister, who has two years left on present deal, joined the club in January 2019 and was initially loaned out to Argentinos Juniors and Boca Juniors back in his home country.
The Argentina international returned to Albion last January but saw his adaptation period to a new country and league hampered by the pandemic.
But he has become one of the first names on the team sheet for boss Graham Potter in the last few months.
Brighton want to hand a new deal to Alexis Mac Allister
Anthony Martial lacks the desire to a be Premier League goal-machine, according to Alan Shearer.
He told Match of the Day 2: “Only four league goals this season, not enough movement, he’s certainly not desperate enough to score goals.
“When you look at his positioning, he spends far too much time [out wide] when you need someone in the box.
“Not once does he look to get anywhere near that box to score goals.
“He’s spending too much time out there [wide], there’s no focal point, there’s no one there to hold the ball up.
“He should realise he should get out of there and get into the box.
“I don’t think it means enough to him to put that ball into the back of the net.
“He’s only ever scored more than 20 goals in a season once. And that’s not just league goals.
“When you consider Manchester United are top scorers in the Premier League with 53 and he’s got four, I don’t think that’s anywhere near enough.”
Shearer has criticised Martial’s attitude after drawing yet another blank vs Newcastle
RON AND ONLY
Cristiano Ronaldo jumped to the top of the Serie A scoring standings after netting twice for Juventus against Crotone.
The 36-year-old superstar leapfrogged Romelu Lukaku after his brace for Juve in their 3-0 home win.
But the Portuguese star also missed an open goal as he spurned the chance to complete his hat-trick.
Despite that, Ronnie is now top of the scoring charts with 18 goals this term – one more than Lukaku.
However, Juve are eight points behind Inter with a game in hand.
Cristiano Ronaldo leads the Serie A goal charts with 18 strikes
Christian Benteke scored a dramatic 95th minute winner at Brighton for Crystal Palace.
The Belgian left it late to secure a 2-1 victory in the derby clash at the Amex.
The result leaves Brighton just four points above the drop zone.
Meanwhile, Palace are now ten points clear of 18th place Fulham.
EXCLUSIVE BY NICK PISA
Roman Abramovich’s new £430million super yacht is seen in all its glory for the first time.
The 460ft Solaris, which will have eight decks including a helicopter pad, is nearing completion.
No expense has been spared and its two advanced electric engines will make it the most powerful yacht in the world.
A source said: “This will be the yacht of the year when she is launched.”
Roman Abramovich’s new yacht is a beauty
All the vital details of Roman’s new boat
Jamie Carragher has hailed Carlo Ancelotti as the Merseyside derby’s Man of the Match..
He told Sky Sports: “I watched the game again and Everton’s Man of the Match was the manager.
“It’s been 22 years since they won there. Notoriously Everton’s record at Anfield is horrendous.
“To win at Anfield for Everton is huge and they celebrated like mad and deservedly so.
“Everton had only won six games there since 1960.”
Jamie Carragher has hailed Carlo Ancelotti for Everton’s win at Liverpool
Atletico Madrid star Joao Felix says he admires Chelsea star Mason Mount ahead of their Champions League clash.
Felix told the Mail: “I like the way he [Mount] plays, the way he likes to drag the ball, the way he touches the ball.
“I played with Chris Willock in Benfica three or four years ago and he told me that Chelsea has a guy that he sees who is similar to me and he told me it was Mason Mount.
“A few years later he appeared in Chelsea and I like the way he plays.”
Joao Felix has revealed his admiration for Mason Mount
Jamie Carragher has blasted Liverpool’s dreadful home record after four successive defeats at Anfield.
He told Sky Sports: “Liverpool can’t win the league without Van Dijk, that’s the big picture.
“But the problem Liverpool have at centre-back or with midfielders in defence does not mean they cannot win home games against Everton, Brighton, Burnley and West Brom.
“It’s not an excuse for individual games. No matter what problem you have as a Liverpool player you cannot not win at home for six games – that’s unacceptable.
“I’ve been in teams, not as good as this one, but you find a way to win. We beat Everton twice with 10 men.
“Liverpool started the game against Everton with 10 Champions League winners. Van Dijk is not an excuse in individual games.”
Jamie Carragher has slammed Liverpool’s home record
The whistle has gone for the break at the Amex and Crystal Palace lead Brighton 1-0.
Jean-Philippe Mateta bagged a goal for the visitors in the 28th minute.
And Brighton have it all to do in the second half.
FOLLOW THE ACTION WITH OUR LIVE MATCH BLOG
Jose Mourinho has been named the World’s Best Coach of the 21st Century by the International Federation of Football History & Statistics (IFFHS).
The organisation yearly decides on the World’s Best Club Coach and the World’s Best National Team Coach.
Combining these annual stats and scoring points to each manager accordingly, they have deduced that Mourinho is top of the tree.
The stats have been taken into account from when the awards began, in 2001.
Germany coach Joachim Low is in second spot, with Man Utd legend and the world’s most decorated manager Sir Alex Ferguson in third.
Man City chief Pep Guardiola is in fourth with former Arsenal gaffer Arsene Wenger completing the top five.
Jose Mourinho has already claimed he is the best manager in the world
Thomas Tuchel was wrong to haul Callum Hudson-Odoi off the pitch against Southampton, according to Jamie Carragher.
He told Sky Sports: “A manager is paid to make decisions and get results.
“If [Tuchel] felt making that change gave them more chance of winning the game and helping Chelsea get in the Champions League then I have absolutely no problem with it.
“[Hudson-Odoi] lost the ball seven times in the game and had it 18, so that may have been a problem for the manager.
“But the two times he lost it poorly, he was sprinting after the ball.
“When the manager says he’s wasn’t happy with his counter-pressing… I can’t really see too much of a problem.”
DEAN AND GONE
Man Utd goalkeeper Dean Henderson is reportedly attracting the interest of Tottenham, Chelsea and West Ham.
The rising star is ready to leave Old Trafford if he is not given the No1 jersey at Old Trafford.
The Manchester Evening News reports Henderson is frustrated by his lack of football at United.
The shot stopper is not prepared to sit on the bench in the Premier League next season and this has alerted a number of clubs about a potential move.
Dean Henderson wants regular football at Manchester United
Crystal Palace are keeping tabs on Radu Dragusin’s contract stand-off with Juventus ahead of a possible free summer transfer, according to repotrs.
The Romanian centre-back, 19, is out of contract at the end of the season, with Tottenham and Newcastle also linked.
And now Corriere dello Sport have claimed the Eagles are set to swoop for Dragusin in a bid to bolster their squad after a tricky 2020-21 so far.
Dragusin has been restricted to just two Coppa Italia games since, well down Andrea Pirlo’s pecking order.
And a new Juve contract offer does not look likely for the teen.
Crystal Palace have joined the chase for Juventus defender Radu Dragusin
THREE LIONS ROAR
England fans are sure to be excited at Boris Johnson’s roadmap out of lockdown on June 21.
England play Czech Republic at Wembley the day after.
That could see Wembley full of fans – providing coronavirus cases haven’t spiked again and all tests have been carried out effectively.
But for all those who can’t make the game, there are bound to be filled-out pubs and beer gardens around the country.
There will also be fans at England’s clash against Scotland at Wembley on June 18.
England fans will be delighted that social distancing restrictions are set to end one day before the team’s game against Czech Republic
Brighton host Crystal Palace in the M23 derby tonight.
Neil Maupay leads the line for the Seagulls in a strong starting XI.
But there is no Wilfried Zaha for the visitors, who will look to Eberechi Eze for inspiration.
FOLLOW THE ACTION WITH OUR LIVE MATCH BLOG
FIL YER BOOTS
Former Chelsea star Filipe Luis has revealed how Jose Mourinho left him feeling ‘betrayed’ during his time at Stamford Bridge.
The Brazilian barely featured in the Premier League during his one season in English football.
And Luis was also dropped for the 2015 League Cup final despite featuring in every game leading up to the showpiece event.
Luis told the Mail: “When I was on the bench for the first game of the season I knocked on Mourinho’s office door and said: ‘Why did you bring me here? Why didn’t you just leave me at Atletico?’
“He said that he didn’t feel as secure defensively with me in the team as he did with Cesar Azpilicueta.
“At the time (I was dropped) I felt betrayed for want of a better word. I did not want to work for Mourinho for another year.
“But it was not his fault. We won the final and I have the medal at home!”
Filipe Luis has revealed he felt betrayed by Jose Mourinho at Chelsea
Nottingham Forest keeper Brice Samba deployed some hilarious time-wasting tactics in their nervy 1-0 win over Blackburn.
With the game in added-time, and Forest clinging onto a vital three points, the stopper first appeared to lose the ball… before realising it was in his penalty area.
When he did locate it, and place it to take the kick, he did so clearly outside his six-yard box.
Samba was then told to move it back to ensure some more precious seconds ticked on the clock.
After a hop, skip and jump in his run up, the 26-year-old finally lumped the ball into play.
CUP FOR IT
The Carabao Cup final could see fans welcomed to Wembley Stadium with the EFL targeting pilot events before the coronavirus lockdown ends.
An EFL spokesperson said: “We note the Prime Minister’s announcement today in respect of a roadmap for easing national lockdown restrictions and the Government’s criteria for a phased return of fans to sporting events.
“As has been our approach throughout the pandemic, the EFL wants to see supporters back in our stadia as soon as it is safe to do so.
“We will continue to work with clubs, DCMS, the SGSA and local authorities to this end.
“Following a successful fan pilot programme in the autumn, the EFL and member clubs have shown test events for fans can be safely delivered with the appropriate measures in place.
“With the Carabao Cup final taking place on April 25 and the culmination of the EFL season on May 8/9, we look forward to engaging with the Government about its pilot programme.
“We will be working to welcome as many fans as possible to the Sky Bet Play-Off Finals which will conclude the 2020-21 season on the Spring Bank Holiday weekend.”
Fans could be welcomed back to Wembley for the Carabao Cup final on April 26
BIEL OR NO BIEL
Marcelo Bielsa will give Leeds an answer on his future BEFORE the end of the season – even though he does not want to.
The Leeds boss, 65, said: “If the club needs an answer before the end of the season, I will respond.
“I will tell them they should consider what happens in the last part of the season.
“It is possible that they could say they will wait, or they may say they need to resolve it. If they need a response, I will give one.
“What it seems like is that the president is offering me an extension and I am delaying it.
“It could be interpreted as the club having more desire for me staying than I do, and that is not the case.
“In no way do I want to position myself above the club.”
Marcelo Bielsa will decide whether he stays at Leeds BEFORE the end of the season
JOT IN THE ARM
Diogo Jota is set to return to Liverpool training THIS WEEK – and could even make his comeback against Chelsea.
Jurgen Klopp is set to be handed a major boost with the return of Jota following a near-three-month layoff with a knee injury.
The summer buy from Wolves damaged ligaments in his knee during the December 9 draw with Midtjylland in the Champions League group stage.
But Klopp has been given a much-needed shot in the arm by the news Jota will be available for training this week.
Diogo Jota is set to return to Liverpool training this week
A generous Internacional fan stumped up £133,000 of their own money so loan star Rodinei could play vs his parent club Flamengo.
But it did not go to plan as the ace was sent off, allowing Flamengo to win 2-1 and move a step closer to the title.
Rodinei joined Internacional last year but was prevented from facing Flamengo unless they received a £133k payment.
The Brazilian was amazingly cleared to play in the match after wealthy farmer Maggi Scheffer stumped up the huge payment.
But Rodinei made a costly mistake at the start of the second half when he went in late on Filipe Luis, receiving a straight red.
Rodinei was sent off against his parent club
FROM SUNSPORT’S MARK IRWIN
Juventus and Inter Milan have joined the battle for Sergio Aguero.
The Man City striker has already spoken with Barcelona and Atletico Madrid about a possible move this summer.
His current £250,000-a-week contract expires at the end of the season and no talks have yet taken place about a new deal.
The Premier League leaders are reluctant to commit themselves until Aguero has proved that he has fully recovered from coronavirus and a lingering knee problem.
It is understood that Aguero’s preferred option would be to extend his stay at City but he is currently weighing up all alternatives.
Juventus and Inter Milan have joined the race for Sergio Aguero
Mesut Ozil appeared to sing the Turkish national anthem before Fenerbahce’s game at home to Goztepe on Sunday.
The Istiklal Marsi is played before all Super Lig and cup games in Turkey.
However, it was Ozil’s rendition of the song on Sunday that got people talking.
The ex-Arsenal playmaker, 32, famously refused to sing the Germany national anthem during his 92 matches for his country.
Ozil claimed he preferred to pray while his team-mates belting out their rendition of Deutschlandlied.
But the former Gunners ace was seen moving his lips in time to the Turkish national anthem ahead of the 1-0 defeat at home to Goztepe.
The moment came after Ozil was criticised for NOT singing it on his Fenerbahce debut last week.
Ozil was seen appearing to sing along with the Turkish national anthem ahead of Fenerbahce vs Goztepe on Sunday
Fans of Everton and Man Utd both flooded social media after members of their clubs were spotted on substitution board duty this weekend.
But in fact those getting excited have been asleep at the wheel since Project Restart – in JUNE.
Prem chiefs confirmed that the boards have not been handled by the fourth official since the return of action last season.
While it was always a job for officials in the past, Covid protocols mean there are now TWO substitution boards being used at every game.
The home side has one, with the away team operating the other, in a safety measure.
It is also a regulation that all boards are sanitised immediately after matches, along with the corner flags and goalposts.
Lee Grant was the man to hold the sub board to introduce Juan Mata
Duncan Ferguson was on hand to introduce Alex Iwobi to the game
Source: Soccer - thesun.co.uk