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    Scholes believes Man Utd WILL splash out £150m on Erling Haaland transfer and only Chelsea can afford to rival them

    PAUL SCHOLES has backed Manchester United to sign Erling Haaland this summer.Borussia Dortmund have put a £150million price tag on the strike sensation, leading Scholes to believe that only United or Chelsea can afford him.

    Paul Scholes believes only Manchester United or Chelsea can afford Erling HaalandCredit: Rex
    Barcelona and Real Madrid have already held talks with the 20-year-old’s entourage, while Manchester City have also been linked.
    But Scholes, 46, does not believe the LaLiga giants have the finances to pull off the deal.
    And he also doubted Pep Guardiola’s desire to spend big on a striker.
    Asked about a United bid on BT Sport, the former midfielder explained: “I think they probably would, why not?
    “I think it’s about the club who can pay for him. I don’t think there’s too many of them.
    “You think of Real Madrid and Barcelona, all the noises you hear.
    “They probably couldn’t pay that type of money.
    “Man City look like they don’t want to pay that type of money.

    “To be fair, they very rarely play with a No9 anyway. Even with [Sergio] Aguero and Gabriel Jesus, he’s hardly played them.
    “So is that the type of player that Guardiola wants? I’m not sure it is.
    “It’s a player United will be desperate for, Chelsea will be desperate for.
    “They’re probably the two clubs who I think could probably afford it this summer.”
    However, fellow former Premier League player Jamie O’Hara has told United they will struggle to sign the Norwegian.
    Paul Pogba’s situation was used by the ex-Tottenham star to outline how Haaland may be nervy about joining a team short on trophies.

    He told talkSPORT: “Look at Pogba. They paid £100million for him and he’s gone they’re thinking we’re going to the next level.
    “And it hasn’t worked. He’s been almost trophyless.
    “Haaland’s not going to Manchester United where it will be, ‘We might win something, we might not’.
    “He’s going somewhere where he is winning everything.”
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    Danny Drinkwater wants Chelsea return despite ‘frustrating’ Blues spell and says he has fallen out of love with football

    DANNY DRINKWATER is still hoping for one last chance at Chelsea while he rebuilds his career out on loan.On loan at Turkish club Kasimpasa, the 31-year-old says he is still searching for the love of the game that he felt so strongly when winning the Premier League title with Leicester.
    Danny Drinkwater is hoping to revive his career in TurkeyCredit: Getty
    The midfielder joined Chelsea a year after that fairytale achievement but the £35million switch has not gone to plan.
    And Drinkwater has described his time at Stamford Bridge as ‘frustrating’.
    He told Sada Elbalad’s Elmatch Program: “It was a big price tag at the time but I felt it was exciting.
    “It was a new change, I felt I could play and show my worth. I just think it was a lack of chances.
    “My time at Chelsea has been nothing but frustrating.
    “It is a weird position that I am in. It is definitely different but I don’t think I am the first, nor will I be the last. This is part of football.”
    Drinkwater only made 23 appearances for Chelsea, almost all of which came under Antonio Conte in an injury-hit debut season.
    While he enjoyed a ‘great relationship’ with Maurizio Sarri, the signing of Jorginho meant he was told to find a new club on deadline day.
    There were days where I got frustrated at the whole situation, things started to happen off the pitch that shouldn’t have.Danny Drinkwater
    The player recalled: “[Sarri] gave me one hour of the window.
    “He said, ‘I think you’re gonna get frustrated’, he explained and was honest, which was great.
    “But I had one hour to find a club because I wasn’t willing to go abroad. I’d just had a son, I wanted to be close to my son.
    “And I didn’t want to be part of the loan structure, it was a lot of mixed feelings. So I decided to stay, I was baffled.
    “There were days where I got frustrated at the whole situation, things started to happen off the pitch that shouldn’t have.”
    Quiet loan spells at Burnley and Aston Villa were followed by a switch to Kasimpasa, where Drinkwater has made seven appearances.
    A return to Thomas Tuchel’s Chelsea in the summer is not out the question for Drinkwater, who still has a year left on his contract, but he accepts that it is a ‘long’ way off.
    Asked if he can get back in the Blues team, he noted: “I would like to think so.

    “I don’t know if it is a good idea to go back to Chelsea and start declaring these things. I have got a long way to go.
    “I have to try and start enjoying my football again because in this moment it has disappeared.
    “I keep working hard, I keep grafting and I am doing the right things at the right times and I need to stay injury free and see where it takes me.
    “It is a short career so I need to keep doing the right things and hope things turn around.”
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    How Chelsea could line-up with Aguero and Haaland in attack and ‘better Paul Pogba’ Ryan Gravenberch in midfield

    CHELSEA are set for another big summer of spending and several top players are linked with the Premier League side.Erling Haaland, Sergio Aguero and Jose Gimenez represent just a portion of the talent reportedly being targeted in West London.
    How Chelsea could line up with a trio of new signings
    Ryan Gravenberch is the latest highly-rated Ajax academy productCredit: Getty
    The latest name to enter the Blues’ radar is Ryan Gravenberch, who has been described as ‘better’ than World Cup winner Paul Pogba.
    Reports in Italy name the midfielder as another star being sought after by several clubs.
    Liverpool, Barcelona, Juventus and Manchester United are all said to be monitoring Gravenberch, along with Chelsea.
    Despite being just 18, he has racked up over 50 appearances for Ajax.
    Bidding would have to start at around £30million, according to La Gazzetta dello Sport, and the Dutchman is under contract to 2023.
    Gravenberch joins Borussia Dortmund striker Haaland in being linked with a Stamford Bridge switch.
    Chelsea are leading the race to land Dortmund powerhouse Erling HaalandCredit: Getty
    A change in formation would be required to fit in Aguero and Haaland
    Sergio Aguero is thought to be keen on a free transfer to Chelsea this summerCredit: EPA
    Chelsea are thought to be in the running for a £150m summer deal.
    Thomas Tuchel may choose to reinforce his frontline for next season having admitted that Kai Havertz and Timo Werner were disappointments in Wednesday’s win over Porto.
    One forward certainly available is soon-to-be free agent Sergio Aguero.
    Reports suggest the Argentine is ‘tempted’ by the Blues in his quest to break the Prem goal record.

    And a defender is also said to be highly sought after with Jose Gimenez on a long list of targets in that department.
    Any new signing would have to fit into Tuchel’s trusted 3-4-2-1 system.
    It is hard to see how Haaland and Aguero would play in the same XI, potentially making the Manchester City legend a super sub if both joined.
    Gravenberch could settle into a midfield role alongside Mateo Kovacic or N’Golo Kante, with Gimenez completing the German’s three-man defence.
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    Chelsea target Ajax’s ‘better Paul Pogba’ Ryan Gravenberch but face transfer competition from two Premier League rivals

    CHELSEA are reportedly targeting Ajax’s Ryan Gravenberch – who has been dubbed a ‘better Paul Pogba’. The Blues did business with the Dutch outfit for Hakim Ziyech last year and want to get another deal over the line.
    Chelsea are interested in a summer transfer for Ajax sensation Ryan GravenberchCredit: Getty
    Thomas Tuchel is desperate to bolster his Chelsea squad this summer when he has his first full transfer market since replacing Frank Lampard in January – with the exciting central midfielder seemingly high on his wish list.
    But according to Gazzetta dello Sport, he faces competition from two other Premier League clubs for the teenager.
    It is thought Liverpool are one of those sides also chasing Gravenberch while reports have also linked him with Barcelona, Juventus and Manchester United.
    The Reds look on course to lose midfielder Georginio Wijnaldum on a free transfer when his contract expires this summer.
    Ajax value their 18-year-old sensation at around £30million.
    He is under contract until 2023 but it would surely take a mammoth bid to prise another homegrown talent away from Amsterdam.
    Gravenberch joined Ajax’s academy in 2010 and became the club’s youngest Eredivisie player aged 16 years and 130 days.
    He now has eight goals in 50 first-team appearances – as well as three senior Dutch caps.

    Brian Tevreden, who promoted Gravenberch to the Under-15s aged 12 then made him captain, hailed the young midfielder – and made some bold comparisons, including to the £89million Manchester United man.
    He told Goal: “Physically, I see Frank [Rijkaard] in him from back in the day because he’s tall and very strong.
    “But technically, I would say he’s a better version of Pogba in his best days at Juventus, in terms of his technique and his presence on the pitch.
    “He’s very dominant like Pogba was, and that’s what I see in Ryan.”
    Tevreden also believes Gravenberch’s next step will be to ‘a big club in Europe and he will be a big success’.
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    Arsenal and Chelsea in Hakan Calhanoglu free transfer race as Man Utd target’s contract runs down at AC Milan

    ARSENAL and Chelsea are in the transfer race for Hakan Calhanoglu, according to reports.The AC Milan midfielder, 27, is out of contract at the end of the season so will become a free agent this summer.
    Hakan Calhanoglu is a free transfer target for both Arsenal and Chelsea this summerCredit: Getty Images – Getty
    And according to Sky Sport Italia, the Premier League pair are battling it out to land the Turkish international with both making offers.
    But they face competition from Serie A giants Juventus.
    The Old Lady are in pole position to secure Calhanoglu and will table a better deal as soon as they are officially allowed.
    AC Milan tried to get Calhanoglu to extend his four-year stay at the San Siro.
    But while they offered a new deal worth £66,000 per week, the former Bayer Leverkusen man wants in excess of £82,500 per week.
    Calhanoglu is yet to decide where he wants to play his football next season.
    Last season, Turkish paper Fanatik quoted the playmaker saying: “God willing, I will be a Chelsea player next season.”
    But he denied the comments and insisted he had not discussed Chelsea talks with the press.

    Calhanoglu – once a Manchester United target – is in his prime aged 27 and has racked up 163 appearances for Milan.
    This season, the 55-cap international has seven goals and 11 assists in 34 games.
    Transfermarkt value the soon-to-be free agent – who can play in the No10 or wide on the left – at £31.5million.
    Once dubbed as the ‘new Mesut Ozil’, Calhanoglu could fill the playmaker spot under Mikel Arteta at the Emirates vacated by the German.
    Martin Odegaard arrived in January on loan from Real Madrid and the Gunners hope to make a permanent deal in the summer – but Calhanoglu is another option.
    But the Turk would face stronger competition for a place under Thomas Tuchel at Chelsea with the likes of Christian Pulisic, Mason Mount, Hakim Ziyech and Kai Havertz all vying to play behind the central striker.
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    Chelsea free transfer ‘tempting’ Sergio Aguero as Man City striker looks to break Shearer’s Premier League goals record

    SERGIO AGUERO will consider staying in the Premier League as reports suggest a move to Chelsea is on the cards.At the end of the season, the striker will leave Manchester City when his contract expires after a ten-year stay at the Etihad.
    Sergio Aguero currently sits fourth on the all-time Prem scorers listCredit: Reuters
    Alan Shearer leads the way with 260 goals for Blackburn and NewcastleCredit: Getty Images – Getty
    A vast array of clubs are linked with an offer, including Arsenal and Chelsea in the Prem.
    Despite turning 33 in the coming summer and a disappointing season in terms of fitness and form, Aguero is said to want a move to a top club.
    Stamford Bridge is described as a ‘tempting’ destination by the Evening Standard, along with Real Madrid, Barcelona, Juventus and Paris Saint-Germain.
    Any club bidding for his services would not have to pay a transfer fee, leading to a sizeable demand in terms of salary – of around £250,000-a-week.
    Chelsea are reportedly in the running for a move at the end of the season, something the player is said to be aware of.
    And Aguero is thought to be highly motivated by the prospect of breaking the Premier League goal record.
    Currently on 181 strikes, he is 79 behind Alan Shearer’s leading tally of 260.
    The Argentine has averaged just over 18 goals per season for City, a ratio which will require around five years to catch the Newcastle legend.

    Thomas Tuchel talked up Aguero as a ‘world-class player’ when questioned on a move for a forward recently.
    Erling Haaland has also been linked to Chelsea yet the coach opted against confirming his interest.
    He said: “There is big news around [Haaland] and his agent.
    “It seems like they are creating a race for the player and I will fully accept this a player for Borussia Dortmund, a promising player of course.
    “He isn’t our player and is not in our squad. So, we will not comment on anything else regarding Haaland.
    “You can ask about Aguero too but it’s the same answer as Haaland. We have full respect for Manchester City and for Sergio Aguero, who is a big player for them.

    “There are no words needed for me about the achievements of this guy, he is a world-class player.”
    One team who will not be signing Aguero is Manchester United.
    Ole Gunnar Solskjaer confirmed at the weekend that bringing players across the city was not an option, with the player reportedly also not keen.
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    Jerome Boateng available on FREE transfer in summer as Bayern will not renew deal with ‘several English clubs’ keen

    PREMIER LEAGUE clubs have been alerted to Jerome Boateng’s availability after Bayern Munich decided to let the defender go.Out of contract in the summer, the defender will follow David Alaba in departing as a free agent.
    Jerome Boateng is set to become a free agent at the end of the seasonCredit: AP
    The 32-year-old has made over 350 appearances for Bayern, winning the treble twice, since a 2011 move ended a flop spell at Manchester City.
    But, according to German publication Kicker, Boateng’s exit has been rubber-stamped by Munich bosses.
    And his entourage have already been informed of the decision to move him on.
    A departure from Allianz Arena has been rumoured for some time and the interest of some clubs was piqued when Bayern secured the signing of Dayot Upamecano for next season.
    Bild report on ‘several’ English clubs monitoring his situation with a move to MLS not out of the question.
    The German has previously featured in links to Arsenal and Chelsea.

    Mikel Arteta is in the midst of a huge squad rebuild at Emirates Stadium while a new centre-back is thought to be on Thomas Tuchel’s long list of targets in the next window.
    Boateng missed Saturday’s 1-0 win over RB Leipzig due to suspension but has otherwise remained a first-choice for the Bundesliga giants.
    Coach Hansi Flick recently defended his player after Bayern advisor Uli Hoeness criticised calls for his return to the German national team.
    The World Cup winner was one of the veteran players discarded by Joachim Low two years ago, a decision called into question after the recent defeat to North Macedonia.
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    Erling Haaland transfer boost for Chelsea, Liverpool and Man City as Dortmund’s Champions League hopes hit by loss

    ERLING HAALAND’S future at Borussia Dortmund was put further in doubt on Saturday as his side fell further behind in pursuit of a Champions League place.Eintracht Frankfurt struck three minutes from time to hand Dortmund a tenth Bundesliga defeat of the season, going down 2-1 at home.
    Haaland was left frustrated as his side were beaten again on SaturdayCredit: AP
    The result leaves Haaland and co seven points adrift of Frankfurt, who occupy the all-important fourth Champions League qualification place.
    Dortmund’s domestic struggles have arisen despite Haaland’s truly sensational campaign.
    The Norwegian has scored 33 goals in 32 games so far this season, 21 of which have come in the Bundesliga.
    The best route now for Dortmund to get into the Champions League next season may well be to win the competition.
    The German side have progressed through to the last eight but face the ominous task of taking on Pep Guardiola’s ruthless Manchester City side.
    Dortmund have not reached the last four of Europe’s premier competition since they made it to the final in 2013 when they were beaten by Bayern Munich.
    Meanwhile, speculation surrounding Haaland continues to rumble on.
    And those rumours around the 20-year-old’s future took another twist this week as his father Alf-Inge and agent Mino Raiola travelled to Spain to meet both Barcelona and Real Madrid.

    Haaland could be set to leave Dortmund at the end of the seasonCredit: Getty
    A number of Premier League clubs are also being linked with Haaland.
    Chelsea, Manchester City and Liverpool have all been touted as possible destinations for him at the end of the season and it was reported Raiola met with the English sides on Friday.
    But the German club have set their price at £135million, with Haaland’s release clause of £65m not coming into play until next summer.
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