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    Man Utd ‘must pay Edinson Cavani £2m even if he quits in summer due to contract clause amid Boca Juniors transfer talks’

    MANCHESTER UNITED will have to hand Edinson Cavani a £2million pay-off this summer even if they wish to extend his stay at the club, according to reports.The Uruguayan, 34, joined the Red Devils at the start of the 2020-21 campaign on a 12-month contract.
    Cavani looks set to leave Man Utd at the end of the seasonCredit: AP
    The deal also included the option of a one-year extension if both Man Utd and Cavani could agree on the terms.
    However, the striker has been heavily linked with a move to Boca Juniors at the end of the season as he is continually rumoured to want away from Old Trafford.
    And according to The Mirror, Man Utd will have to pay Cavani £2m if he is to depart this summer due to a ‘kiss-off clause’ in his contract.
    It is thought that Boca will not be able to afford the salary packet Cavani currently receives from Man Utd, which is said to be £10.5m per year.
    But he could be happy to take a pay cut to move to Argentina if he is given his £2m from United.
    The former Paris Saint-Germain striker has scored seven goals in 28 appearances for Ole Gunnar Solskjaer’s side this season.
    Former United defender Marcus Rojo recently talked up the possibility of Cavani joining Boca Juniors.
    He said: “I promised to take him fishing if he comes here.
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    “He loves fishing, he’s always going on about it. He has a lake near his home and was always trying to get me to go out with him.”
    Man Utd currently have a plethora of attacking options including the likes of Anthony Martial, Marcus Rashford and Mason Greenwood.
    But Cavani does start for Solskjaer’s men away at Tottenham this afternoon.
    Man Utd have impressed in the Premier League this season and look set to comfortably finish second.
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    Mino Raiola ‘wants to make Erling Haaland first £1m-a-week player as Man Utd step up transfer interest in Dortmund star’

    MINO RAIOLA wants to make Erling Haaland the first £1million-a-week footballer, according to reports. And that could mean a three-way shootout between Manchester City, Real Madrid and Paris Saint-Germain for the Norwegian’s signature.
    Erling Haaland could become the first footballer to earn £1million per weekCredit: Alamy
    According to the Mirror, the super-agent is determined to secure a mega-money deal for his client which is likely to price out many of the interested clubs.
    A contract worth £1m per week would put Haaland ahead of the likes of Lionel Messi, Cristiano Ronaldo and Neymar as the world’s top earners.
    As revealed by SunSport, Haaland himself wants £600,000 per week – enough to make him the record earner in the Premier League.
    But it seems his agents is pushing for an even better deal.
    Raiola and Haaland’s dad Alf-Inge met with Spanish giants Barcelona and Real Madrid at the beginning of April.
    And it is thought both clubs were stunned by the figures quoted by the agent.
    Those same numbers have been given to the Premier League sides considering a bid for the 20-year-old.
    On top of stumping up record-breaking wages, a move this summer would surely require at least a £150m transfer fee which few clubs will be able to afford, especially with the effects of the pandemic.
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    City boss Pep Guardiola said: “I don’t know what’s going to happen – but at these prices we’re not going to buy any striker.”
    But the report insists Raiola – who is in store for more than £25m in commission – believes some clubs will be willing to pay for a guaranteed goalscorer.
    Haaland has 33 in 34 games this season – taking his tally to 49 in 52 for Dortmund since his arrival in January 2020 and getting to 20 Champions League strikes in record time.
    But while the likes of cash-strapped Barcelona and Juventus as well as Premier League pair Liverpool and Chelsea may be put off by the incredible demands, Manchester United are thought still to be keen.
    The Red Devils did not hold talks with the striker’s representatives last week but Haaland’s compatriot Ole Gunnar Solskjaer remains an admirer.
    He tried to lure the then-teenager to Old Trafford before his Dortmund move – but refused to be drawn into committing to a summer pursuit.

    Solskjaer said: “Even though I worked with Erling it’s not right for me as Manchester United manager to talk about Erling, he will make his own mind up.
    “I’m focusing on the next two months and whatever happens in the world of football there is only so many places anyone can go to and I just, focus on the ones who are here.”
    SunSport columnist Karren Brady likened the transfer negotiations around Haaland to the marriage of a prince – with only the very wealthiest having a chance of landing him.
    She wrote: “Monarchs depended on the knowledge of ambassadors and the bargaining power of favourite relations for securing a bride with a huge dowry, lands, a title of her own and, with luck, beauty.
    “These negotiators travelled far and wide and were often well rewarded.
    “Should this remind readers of agent Mino Raiola and Alf-Inge Haaland, it is no coincidence — the couple have been on a tour of Europe inspecting possible match-ups for young Erling.
    “The fee for the 20-year-old blond giant and serial goalscorer is said to be £100-£150m — a sum only affordable to the wealthier aristocracy among clubs.”
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    Raiola is working on sorting out a mega transfer for his client – and is in store for a bumper pay dayCredit: Getty Images – Getty

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    Paul Pogba EXCLUSIVE, Harry Kane ‘to cost Man Utd over £120m’, De Gea may leave club on loan, Haaland transfer LATEST

    MANCHESTER UNITED will have to shell out a whopping £120m if they want to land Harry Kane this summer, according to reports.Meanwhile we’ve the latest on David De Gea, while the Red Devils are also said to have become less keen on Erling Haaland following Mino Raiola’s visit to Barcelona and Real Madrid.

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    RICE TRY
    Exclusive: West Ham will tell Manchester United to forget any plans to offer Jesse Lingard as part of a deal to sign Declan Rice.
    The Hammers are desperate to tie Lingard down to a permanent deal at the London Stadium following the success of his loan spell at the club.
    But United want Rice to help provide the base in their midfield to build a team capable of challenging for the Premier League title next season.
    That has led to Old Trafford bosses wondering if they could broker a deal which would see Lingard play a makeweight in an £80million package to take Rice to the North-West.
    Yet West Ham are in no mood to be bullied and want to seal a straight deal for Lingard this summer.
    And they have no intention of their 22-year-old vice-captain being part of any conversations over a transfer.
    TOP POG
    Exclusive: Paul Pogba is a captain in the Manchester United dressing room and will leave his team-mates devastated if he is sold.
    The French World Cup-winning midfielder has a difficult relationship with fans after his agent repeatedly linked him with a move away.
    But a source said Pogba is hugely popular in the dressing room.
    They said: “Paul may be regarded with suspicion by a lot of the fanbase because of his agent courting other clubs, but there is no doubt where the players stand with him.
    “They recognise he is one of the team’s stars and he is as desperate as they are for the club to be successful again.
    “He is well-liked by all his team-mates and no one wants him to leave.
    “But they also understand if a player is unhappy, it usually leads to his departure.
    “They all hope he will start the next season at Old Trafford.”
    PLAY IT AGAIN SAM
    Exclusive: Manchester United want to bring keeper Sam Johnstone back from West Brom in a shock swoop.
    Johnstone’s reputation has grown after a stunning campaign with the Baggies, earning him a first senior England call-up.
    United have put him at the head of their wishlist if David De Gea, 30, or Dean Henderson go this summer.
    We revealed the Red Devils would not carry on with both De Gea and Henderson, 24, sharing games in the future.
    Johnstone, 28, who came through the Old Trafford ranks before a £5million move to Albion in 2018, could be tempted to move as his deal is about to enter its final year.
    West Brom might cash in as Johnstone is also one of their top earners.
    FOR-EVRA
    Even Patrice Evra is getting involved in the 14-year anniversary of Man Utd’s 7-1 win over Roma.
    The classic match saw him net his first Champions League goal.

    PAY FUL PRICE
    Premier League giants Manchester United and Tottenham are both considering a move for on-loan Fulham defender Joachim Andersen, according to reports.
    Parent club Lyon are believed to have slapped a £25million price tag on the 24-year-old.
    According to the Telegraph, Lyon have already received an offer for Andersen from an unnamed Premier League club.
    The French side are rumoured to be in need of the cash and willing to accept around £25m for the player.
    Reports suggest the Denmark international is being monitored by Man Utd, who are set to release Phil Jones in the summer.

    MAN UTD’S H2H V SPURS
    The last time Spurs did the double over Man Utd in the top flight? The 1989-90 season. 31 years ago.
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    KANE REMINDER
    A reminder of the story of the day which could potentially have a major impact on Manchester United…
    Tottenham star Harry Kane is going to push for an exit from the club if Spurs fail to qualify for next season’s Champions League.
    That is according to The Athletic, who claim Kane has grown increasinly frustrated with the north Londoners’ lack of silverware and general direction.
    The England captain has said he will clarify his future after this summer’s delayed Euro 2020 competition.
    However, Kane appears reluctant to spend another year outside of Europe’s elite tournament and may have to look for a different club if Tottenham fail to finish in the top four.
    Manchester United have been previously linked with the 27-year-old but Tottenham are not keen on letting their star striker join a Premier League rival
    TOTTENHAM V MANCHESTER UNITED
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    SPECIAL NIGHT
    Who remembers this classic performance from Manchester United as they dispatched Roma 7-1? 14 years ago today.

    CAV EXIT
    Edinson Cavani is reportedly close to agreeing his Boca Juniors transfer.
    But the deal will only be announced at the end of the season.
    Todo Fichajes claims there is no chance Cavani, 34, will be extending his Manchester United contract this summer.
    After scoring just seven times in 28 games, while also suffering from persistent injuries, Cavani appears to be on the verge of a swift exit.
    Buenos Aires giants Boca Juniors have long been keen on signing the iconic forward, having already poached Marcos Rojo from Old Trafford.
    It’s now said that a deal is close to completion, with Cavani eager to be closer to his family in South America.

    READY FOR REDEMPTION
    Manchester United were thrashed 6-1 by Spurs before Christmas.
    A LOT has changed since then. Will the Red Devils avenge that horror show with a win over Spurs at the Tottenham Hotspur Stadium tomorrow?
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    SET TO STAY
    Manchester United transfer target Paulo Dybala is reportedly set for contract talks with Juventus next month.
    The Red Devils were linked with the attacker in January as reports claimed Dybala, 27, was set for an exit if he did not agree a new deal.
    Talks had stalled between Juventus and Dybala but the two parties are now believed to be ready to sit down to discuss terms.
    And the Argentina international could be offered an £8.7million annual salary to sign, according to Italian newspaper Tuttosport.
    That would represent a £2.1m increase on Dybala’s current £6.5m wages , which shows the Old Lady are determined to keep him.
    The development will come as a blow for United, who have had Dybala in their sights as far back as 2019.
    Credit: Reuters
    CAVANI ‘UNSURE’ ON FUTURE
    Manchester United manager Ole Gunnar Solskjaer has revealed his conversations with Edinson Cavani over his future at the club.
    The Uruguayan is out of contract this summer and has been heavily linked with a move to Boca Juniors.
    “I’ve kept in touch with Edi and, of course, we keep an open dialogue,” Solskjaer said.
    “He’s still unsure what he wants to do next season, which I find fine.
    “It’s not been an easy year either for him, or the rest of the world this season, so he still wants to time to make his mind up.”
    Credit: AFP
    ZLA-ZA LAND
    Former Manchester United striker Zlatan Ibrahimovic will make his big-screen debut alongside Hollywood A-listers Marion Cotillard and Vincent Cassel, it has been confirmed.
    The legendary Swedish striker, 39, is set to star Ain sterix & Obelix: The Middle Kingdom alongside a host of big-name stars.
    Zlatan will take on the role of Antivirus in the fifth live-action installment of the iconic French kids’ book franchise.
    The evergreen AC Milan star is yet to speak out publicly about his film debut.
    However, earlier this week he did tweet out a picture bearing the name ‘Antivirus’ – his character in the Asterix & Obelix movie.
    Reports claim the film has been given a whopping £52million budget.
    Credit: AFP or licensors
    BRUCEY BONUS
    It was 28 years ago today that Man Utd legend Steve Bruce netted here…

    VAN DE PLAN
    Manchester United are ready to end Donny van de Beek’s nightmare as they eye a swap deal for Adrien Rabiot, according to reports.
    The Dutch midfielder, 23, arrived from Ajax last summer in a £39million, five-year deal.
    But it has not worked out as expected with just two Premier League starts.
    Now Tuttosport in Italy state the Old Trafford club are looking to ship Van de Beek out – and bring Rabiot in instead.

    HURRY FOR HARRY
    So, after the news that Harry Kane is set to leave Spurs if they don’t qualify for the Champions League this season, do Manchester United swiftly make a move for the England captain.
    Ole Gunnar Solskjaer’s men have been linked with a move for the Tottenham man for some time. Is this the moment to strike?
    Daniel Levy will reportedly make the Red Devils fork out £120million if they are to secure his services. Worth it?
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    TITLE BID ALIVE?
    Are Manchester United still in with an outside chance of the Premier League title?
    Man City’s defeat to Leeds mean the Red Devils have two games in hand and could potentially close the gap to eight points if they win both of them.
    It’s highly, highly unlikely. But possible?
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    LUKING GOOD
    Manchester United manager Ole Gunnar Solskjaer substituted Luke Shaw on Thursday’s Europa League win over Granada at half-time.
    There were concerns that Shaw was dealing with an injury ahead of Sunday’s clash at Tottenham.
    However, Solskjaer confirmed that it was just a precautionary measure.
    He said: ““I had to protect Luke. But I think and hope he should be okay for the weekend”
    NO CHANCE
    Paul Merson was very critical of Manchester United’s opponents on Sunday as he claimed Tottenham have no chance of finishing in the Premier League top four.
    Merson told Sky Sports: “I don’t give them a chance of reaching the top four. I just can’t see them putting five or six wins together.
    “They go to Newcastle, who are struggling like mad, and all of a sudden it has opened up for them. Chelsea have been beaten, Leicester have been beaten and Spurs had a chance to stamp their authority on the race for the top four.
    “But they go to St James’ Park and it was never comfortable for them. I never sat watching the game thinking Spurs have definitely won this. It just wasn’t like that.
    “That’s why I can’t see them stringing enough wins together. They do tend to shoot themselves in the foot. They’ve got that inconsistency about them”
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    FRANK STATEMENT
    Recently departed Chelsea manager Frank Lampard revealed that he tried to sign West Ham ace Declan Rice in the summer transfer window.
    Rice was among Manchester United’s top targets in the summer but the talented midfielder ultimately stayed with the Hammers where he continues to impress.
    Lampard said during Q&A for the Willow Foundation: “I have probably given it away with how I spoke about him, but I think it’s common knowledge that I was a big fan of his.
    “It didn’t happen for various reasons, but we brought in a lot of players in the summer. But I was a big fan of him.
    “For understandable reasons, West Ham know the player that they have on their hands”
    NEVE-S SAY NO
    Manchester United have added Wolves star Ruben Neves to their summer transfer list.
    That is according to 90Min, who claim that the Wolverhampton outfit is prepared to sell their star midfielder.
    Wolves are facing the prospect of having to let a handful of stars go because parent company Fosun are looking to restructure their commitment to the club.
    That is why super agent Jorge Mendes has been instructed to find potential buyers that will meet Wolves’ asking prices for some of their top Portuguese players.
    Neves appears to be one of them and although United are keeping an eye on potential midfield acquisitions they are still prioritising a centre-back and a winger
    KYLING TIME
    Paris Saint-Germain sensation Kylian Mbappe has been linked with a host of Europe’s top hitters ahead of the summer transfer window.
    Reports suggest that Manchester United are among them, although the Red Devils appear to be prioritising a new centre-back and a winger.
    Mbappe is reportedly stalling over a new contract with PSG as his current deal runs out in 2022.
    According to Cuatro, however, the star striker wants to join Real Madrid
    LEEDS UPSET
    Leeds shocked high-fliers Manchester City at the Etihad with a surprise 2-1 win, despite playing with 10 men for 45 minutes.
    Liam Cooper was dismissed following an ugly lunge on Gabriel Jesus, which was upgraded from a yellow card to a red after VAR intervened.
    Cooper was sent off just four minutes after Stuart Dallas opened the scoring for the visitors.
    City equalised with Ferran Torres after 76 minutes but Marcelo Bielsa’s men wouldn’t be denied as they got a late winner during stoppage time with Dallas.
    That means second-placed Manchester United are now 14 points below their rivals ahead of Sunday’s clash with Tottenham
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    Man Utd ready to bring Sam Johnstone back from West Brom in shock transfer should David De Gea or Dean Henderson leave

    MANCHESTER UNITED want to bring keeper Sam Johnstone back from West Brom in a shock swoop.Johnstone’s reputation has grown after a stunning campaign with the Baggies, earning him a first senior England call-up.
    Sam Johnstone, 28, could make a shock return to Manchester United this summerCredit: AP
    United have put him at the head of their wishlist if David De Gea, 30, or Dean Henderson go this summer.
    We revealed the Red Devils would not carry on with both De Gea and Henderson, 24, sharing games in the future.
    Johnstone, 28, who came through the Old Trafford ranks before a £5million move to Albion in 2018, could be tempted to move as his deal is about to enter its final year.
    West Brom might cash in as Johnstone is also one of their top earners.
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    Either Dean Henderson and David De Gea looks likely to leave Man Utd in the summerCredit: Reuters

    Meanwhile, United are set to offer midfielder James Garner a new contract.
    Garner, 20, has been a hit with Nottingham Forest on loan.
    United are looking into a  loan move abroad next term but could yet settle for another year in the Championship for him.
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    Harry Kane ‘to cost Man Utd over £120m’, De Gea may leave club on loan, Haaland transfer LATEST

    MANCHESTER UNITED will have to shell out a whopping £120m if they want to land Harry Kane this summer, according to reports.Meanwhile we’ve the latest on David De Gea, while the Red Devils are also said to have become less keen on Erling Haaland following Mino Raiola’s visit to Barcelona and Real Madrid.

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    Stay up to date with our blog, below, for all the latest from Old Trafford…
    LUKING GOOD
    Manchester United manager Ole Gunnar Solskjaer substituted Luke Shaw on Thursday’s Europa League win over Granada at half-time.
    There were concerns that Shaw was dealing with an injury ahead of Sunday’s clash at Tottenham.
    However, Solskjaer confirmed that it was just a precautionary measure.
    He said: ““I had to protect Luke. But I think and hope he should be okay for the weekend”
    NO CHANCE
    Paul Merson was very critical of Manchester United’s opponents on Sunday as he claimed Tottenham have no chance of finishing in the Premier League top four.
    Merson told Sky Sports: “I don’t give them a chance of reaching the top four. I just can’t see them putting five or six wins together.
    “They go to Newcastle, who are struggling like mad, and all of a sudden it has opened up for them. Chelsea have been beaten, Leicester have been beaten and Spurs had a chance to stamp their authority on the race for the top four.
    “But they go to St James’ Park and it was never comfortable for them. I never sat watching the game thinking Spurs have definitely won this. It just wasn’t like that.
    “That’s why I can’t see them stringing enough wins together. They do tend to shoot themselves in the foot. They’ve got that inconsistency about them”
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    FRANK STATEMENT
    Recently departed Chelsea manager Frank Lampard revealed that he tried to sign West Ham ace Declan Rice in the summer transfer window.
    Rice was among Manchester United’s top targets in the summer but the talented midfielder ultimately stayed with the Hammers where he continues to impress.
    Lampard said during Q&A for the Willow Foundation: “I have probably given it away with how I spoke about him, but I think it’s common knowledge that I was a big fan of his.
    “It didn’t happen for various reasons, but we brought in a lot of players in the summer. But I was a big fan of him.
    “For understandable reasons, West Ham know the player that they have on their hands”
    NEVE-S SAY NO
    Manchester United have added Wolves star Ruben Neves to their summer transfer list.
    That is according to 90Min, who claim that the Wolverhampton outfit is prepared to sell their star midfielder.
    Wolves are facing the prospect of having to let a handful of stars go because parent company Fosun are looking to restructure their commitment to the club.
    That is why super agent Jorge Mendes has been instructed to find potential buyers that will meet Wolves’ asking prices for some of their top Portuguese players.
    Neves appears to be one of them and although United are keeping an eye on potential midfield acquisitions they are still prioritising a centre-back and a winger
    KYLING TIME
    Paris Saint-Germain sensation Kylian Mbappe has been linked with a host of Europe’s top hitters ahead of the summer transfer window.
    Reports suggest that Manchester United are among them, although the Red Devils appear to be prioritising a new centre-back and a winger.
    Mbappe is reportedly stalling over a new contract with PSG as his current deal runs out in 2022.
    According to Cuatro, however, the star striker wants to join Real Madrid
    LEEDS UPSET
    Leeds shocked high-fliers Manchester City at the Etihad with a surprise 2-1 win, despite playing with 10 men for 45 minutes.
    Liam Cooper was dismissed following an ugly lunge on Gabriel Jesus, which was upgraded from a yellow card to a red after VAR intervened.
    Cooper was sent off just four minutes after Stuart Dallas opened the scoring for the visitors.
    City equalised with Ferran Torres after 76 minutes but Marcelo Bielsa’s men wouldn’t be denied as they got a late winner during stoppage time with Dallas.
    That means second-placed Manchester United are now 14 points below their rivals ahead of Sunday’s clash with Tottenham
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    ED-ING OUT
    Manchester United striker Edinson Cavani appears to be ‘closer than ever’ to a move to Boca Juniors at the end of the season.
    That is according to ESPN, who claim Cavani is set to cut his two-year deal with United in favour of a move back to South America.
    A source told ESPN: “He has the option to continue in Manchester, where he feels very welcome, but the option to return to South America at this point is very real.
    “Those close to him think that ‘he ultimately will be the one making the decision’ and that ‘it seems he has it [decision] all very clear”
    TOTTENHAM WARNING
    Manchester United manager Ole Gunnar Solskjaer has urged his players to maintain a cool head and not to get “conned” by Tottenham on Sunday.
    United are looking to avenge October’s 6-1 thrashing at Old Trafford where Anthony Martial got sent off after retaliating to an elbow from Erik Lamela with a push in the Argentine’s face.
    Solskjaer said: “We didn’t look anything like [them] and we got conned into a red card and that’s something we have to be aware of.
    “We can’t react, because in games there’ll be situations you’ll be wound up; we’ve learnt from that.
    “I think the players will remember that game with a lot of pain and their pride has been hurt.
    “Pre-season was short … but we were so poor and I’m sure we’ll see some players wanting to prove we’re better than that”
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    BIDDING WAR
    Manchester United have joined the race for Sheffield United prospect Kyron Gordon.
    Gordon has impressed at centre-back with the Under-23s and while training with the first team.
    And thus, the 18-year-old has turned many heads around the Premier League.
    According to the Daily Mail, United, Leeds as well as Merseyside rivals Liverpool and Everton are reportedly keeping tabs on Gordon
    HAALAND PRAISE
    Bayern Munich star striker Robert Lewandowski praised Borussia Dortmund talisman Erling Haaland by saying he has what it takes to become the “best forward in the world”.
    Haaland has been linked with a host of Europe’s top hitters, with Manchester United being among them.
    Lewandowski told CBS: “He’s a great player. He has great potential, but he’s still very young.
    “In the future, he has the chance to become the best forward in the world, for sure”
    POTENTIAL KANE DEAL
    Manchester United would be open to a part-exchange player-plus-cash deal for Tottenham star Harry Kane.
    That is according to The Athletic, who claim that United can’t afford Spurs’ asking price, which is said to be in the region of £120million.
    That is why the Red Devils would only be open to a move if Spurs would accept a part exchange.
    Kane is reportedly likely to leave Tottenham if they fail to qualify for the Champions League
    MAKE A DE-CISION
    Manchester United legend Paul Scholes doesn’t agree with manager Ole Gunnar Solskjaer’s claim that both David de Gea and Dean Henderson are the club’s No1.
    Scholes told BT Sport: “I think it’s always awkward when you’re trying to keep two goalkeepers happy.
    “I was in a team that tried to replace Peter Schmeichel for years and it wasn’t until we got Edwin van der Sar, five or six years later, until it seemed to settle down again. Who’s number one here?
    “Ole’s said both of them, he’s clearly wrong. I think he couldn’t wait to give Dean Henderson a chance and with David de Gea’s girlfriend or wife having a baby, it gave him the opportunity to play Dean Henderson, which he’s done.
    “I think the number one is the one that plays in Premier League games. Has Dean Henderson totally convinced Ole? I think he’s got a big chance to do it, I don’t think he has over the past five or six games.
    “You have to say, David is a quality keeper, the service he’s given to United. What he did for four or five years when United were really struggling.
    “They could’ve been a mid-table team without him. He’s lost a bit of form and a bit of confidence, but I wouldn’t write him off”
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    ED’S UP
    Manchester United ace Edinson Cavani remains unsure about his future at the club.
    That is according to United manager Ole Gunnar Solskjaer amid speculation that Cavani may be on his way to Boca Juniors in the summer.
    Solskjaer said: “I’ve kept in touch with Edi, of course, and we keep an open dialogue.
    “He’s still unsure what he wants to do next season, which I find fine.
    “It’s not been an easy year either for him or the rest of the world this season, so he still wants time to make his mind up”
    MAJOR KANE UPDATE
    Tottenham star Harry Kane is going to push for an exit from the club if Spurs fail to qualify for next season’s Champions League.
    That is according to The Athletic, who claim Kane has grown increasinly frustrated with the north Londoners’ lack of silverware and general direction.
    The England captain has said he will clarify his future after this summer’s delayed Euro 2020 competition.
    However, Kane appears reluctant to spend another year outside of Europe’s elite tournament and may have to look for a different club if Tottenham fail to finish in the top four.
    Manchester United have been previously linked with the 27-year-old but Tottenham are not keen on letting their star striker join a Premier League rival
    SIR-TAINLY WRONG
    Tottenham boss Jose Mourinho has hit back at Manchester United manager Ole Gunnar Solskjaer following his claim that trophies are for egos.
    Mourinho takes on his former club tomorrow at the Tottenham Hotspur Stadium and believes Solskjaer’s legendary boss Sir Alex Ferguson would disagree with the Norwegian coach, who said before United’s FA Cup quarter-final exit at Leicester that cups are an ‘ego thing’.
    The former Chelsea manager said: “It’s his opinion. But I’m pretty sure his big boss Sir Alex had a different opinion about it.
    “But I respect what Solskjaer thinks. I think different. It’s not a problem, he’s not being disrespectful.
    “But, I repeat, I believe that his big boss, and the biggest in Premier League history, has a different view in relation to that”
    COOLING OFF
    Manchester United have cooled off their interest in Borussia Dortmund star Erling Haaland.
    That is according to ESPN, who claim the “road show” Haaland’s agent Mino Raiola and his father Alf-Inge put together in Barcelona and Madrid reminded United why they pulled back last year.
    The Red Devils were interested in the star striker while he played for Red Bull Salzburg.
    But they ultimately decided to hold fire and thus the Norway international went to Dortmund
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    RASHFORD CLAIM
    Manchester United legend Dimitar Berbatov believes Marcus Rashford will ‘dominate the future’ alongside Borussia Dortmund star Erling Haaland and Paris Saint-Germain talisman Kylian Mbappe.
    Berbatov told Betfair: “I hope he can continue improving because his pace, his agility and technique is all there, when he is on form United are dangerous.
    “Rashford is still a very young player and he is a superstar in world football, he’s been leading United’s attack for a while now too, I think he is getting the credit he deserves and hopefully he is only just getting started.
    “Mbappe, Haaland and Rashford are the players I am looking at to dominate the future.
    “Although he’s only 23, he’s already got lots of experience, he’s going into his fifth year of being a senior player and a big part of the team.”
    KANE THEY SIGN HARRY?
    Manchester United have been long-term admirers of Tottenham superstar Harry Kane, according to reports.
    However, signing Kane will be no easy feat for any Premier League side as Spurs are not willing to let their star striker join a domestic rival.
    Plus, the England captain is rated at about £120million, which poses as a sky-high fee following the coronavirus pandemic’s financial impact.
    The 27-year-old has stated that he will clarify his future after the summer’s delayed Euro 2020
    TOTTENHAM VS MANCHESTER UNITED
    Manchester United boss Ole Gunnar Solskjaer hopes to have Marcus Rashford and Luke Shaw fit for Sunday’s clash at Tottenham.
    Rashford was taken off from Thursday’s Europa League clash at Granada after his goal due to an ongoing ankle issue.
    Shaw, on the other hand, came off due to an unspecified problem but there is yet no update ahead of the upcoming match with Spurs.
    Solskjaer will be without Anthony Martial and Phil Jones, who are nursing a knee injury, as well as Eric Bailly who recently tested positive for coronavirus.
    Tottenham manager Jose Mourinho will take on his former club without Ben Davies and Matt Doherty who are sidelined with an ankle and muscle injury respectively
    MAN UTD 1 LIVERPOOL 0
    Sir Alex Ferguson can celebrate another win in Liverpool today – thanks to his Grand National runner.
    The Manchester United legend’s horse Give Me A Copper will run in the world’s most famous race – after the ex-Man Utd boss already landed a 108-1 treble at the Liverpool course.
    The horse, who Fergie co-owns with four others, has been targeted at the big one since 2019.
    Give Me A Copper is currently a 50-1 shot for the 40-runner contest.

    GOOD MORNING MAN UTD FANS
    Manchester United visit Tottenham on Sunday and Jose Mourinho told Ole Gunnar Solskjaer that Sir Alex Ferguson would never have stood for his claim that trophies are for egos.
    Tottenham boss Mourinho took a dig at his United successor ahead of the Prem clash in London.
    Solskjaer — potless since he took over from the Portuguese in December 2018 — said before United’s FA Cup quarter-final exit at Leicester that cups are an ‘ego thing’.
    He also argued how a league finish is the true barometer of progress. But Mourinho hit back: “It’s his opinion. But I’m pretty sure his big boss Sir Alex had a different opinion about it.
    “But I respect what Solskjaer thinks. I think different. It’s not a problem, he’s not being disrespectful.
    “But, I repeat, I believe that his big boss, and the biggest in Premier League history, has a different view in relation to that.”
    Elsewhere, Manchester United’s Under-23s threw away a 2-0 lead to lose 3-2 at home to West Ham last night.
    Former Red Devil Ademipo Odubeko scored a hat-trick for the Hammers as the Londoners took a win back down south.
    And Marcus Rashford will ‘dominate the future’ alongside Erling Haaland and Kylian Mbappe.
    That is the view from former Manchester United star Dimitar Berbatov, who hailed the England international as the main man at Old Trafford.
    He told Betfair: “I hope he can continue improving because his pace, his agility and technique is all there, when he is on form United are dangerous.
    “Rashford is still a very young player and he is a superstar in world football, he’s been leading United’s attack for a while now too, I think he is getting the credit he deserves and hopefully he is only just getting started.
    “Mbappe, Haaland and Rashford are the players I am looking at to dominate the future.
    “Although he’s only 23, he’s already got lots of experience, he’s going into his fifth year of being a senior player and a big part of the team.”
    In transfers, United star Edinson Cavani is said to be closer than ever to sealing a move to Boca Juniors.
    The Uruguayan, 34, appears to be heading for the Old Trafford exit door in the summer with his contract coming to an end.
    ESPN claim Boca’s vice president, Juan Roman Riquelme, is personally handling the negotiations to ensure the striker’s arrival.
    Cavani is believed to be unsettled in England but United big wigs are said to have met with him in a bid to convince him to stay for another season.
    Spanish goalkeepers David De Gea and Kepa could be loaned out by United and Chelsea, according to reports.
    Both stoppers have fallen out of favour at their clubs with Dean Henderson edging his way towards being permanent No1 ahead of De Gea at Old Trafford.
    And Kepa has been well and truly ousted by Edouard Mendy at the Blues.
    As a result, ESPN report the pair could be farmed out on loan this summer as both clubs look to free up some wages.
    IT’S THE KNEE FOR DEENEY – EXCLUSIVE
    Troy Deeney says footballers should continue taking the knee next season.
    Watford captain and SunSport columnist Deeney is part of a Premier League advisory group discussing the issue. Players have taken the knee to highlight the need for racial equality since football came out of lockdown last June.
    And, as black players continue to be targeted on social media, Deeney urged his fellow pros to continue the practice. He said: “It’s my personal belief that taking a knee has made a real difference — that it has highlighted the issue and provoked conversation.
    “I think taking the knee in front of full houses will have even more of an impact. There need to be further talks about what happens if some supporters boo or show dissent in other ways.
    “But in my view that would only add to the difficult and necessary conversations on racism continuing. A lot more discussions are needed between players, clubs and the leagues.
    “I would like unity on this and I’d like us to continue reinforcing the key message of civil rights and equality. People of colour simply want the same rights as everyone else. We’re not asking for reparation for what has happened in the past — just equality going forward.”

    MOUR JIBE
    Jose Mourinho told Ole Gunnar Solskjaer that Sir Alex Ferguson would never have stood for his claim that trophies are for egos.
    Tottenham boss Mourinho took a dig at his Manchester United successor ahead of their Prem clash this weekend.
    Solskjaer — potless since he took over from the Portuguese in December 2018 — said before United’s FA Cup quarter-final exit at Leicester that cups are an “ego thing”.
    He also argued how a league finish is the true barometer of progress. But Mourinho hit back: “It’s his opinion. But I’m pretty sure his big boss Sir Alex had a different opinion about it.
    “But I respect what Solskjaer thinks. I think different. It’s not a problem, he’s not being disrespectful.
    “But, I repeat, I believe that his big boss, and the biggest in Premier League history, has a different view in relation to that.”

    KARREN BRADY COLUMN
    The negotiations around Erling Braut Haaland resemble those before the marriage of a prince in years gone by.
    Monarchs depended on the knowledge of ambassadors and the bargaining power of favourite relations for securing a bride with a huge dowry, lands, a title of her own and, with luck, beauty. These negotiators travelled far and wide and were often well rewarded.
    Should this remind readers of agent Mino Raiola and Alf-Inge Haaland, it is no coincidence — the couple have been on a tour of Europe inspecting possible match-ups for young Erling.
    The fee for the 20-year-old blond giant and serial goalscorer is said to be £100-£150million — a sum only affordable to the wealthier aristocracy among clubs. The two envoys have so far talked to hard-up Barcelona and Real Madrid and include the two Manchester clubs and Chelsea among their targets.
    Erling may have liked to join Leeds, where he was born and where his father played for three years, but I don’t think they are in the running.And, make no mistake about it, money is the critical factor.
    Daddy Haaland and his Italian mate are looking for, it is reported, £25m each in agent fees. Should this or the transfer fee prove beyond the reach of clubs, then Erling will remain at Borussia Dortmund for a season more.

    DANNY HIGGINBOTHAM – EXCLUSIVE COLUMN
    When I look at West Ham I see a team who collectively feel they have a point to prove.
    In previous seasons, it seemed some players felt the club should be privileged that they were there.
    But now they have a squad and a manager who feel proud to be at a club instead of using it as a stepping stone.
    You have got Jarrod Bowen and Said Benrahma trying to prove their worth in the Premier League, as well as Craig Dawson trying to show he can still cut it. Then Jesse Lingard who is showing his class after being given the opportunity after joining from Manchester United on loan.
    On top of all that you have former Red Devils manager David Moyes managing them. Who after a great career at Everton, was suffering from his experience of trying to succeed Alex Ferguson at United.
    There is a mentality at the club which is shining through every game.And Moyes has got them playing to their strengths.

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    Man Utd ‘could end Donny van de Beek’s nightmare spell with transfer swap deal for Adrien Rabiot from Juventus’

    MANCHESTER UNITED are ready to end Donny van de Beek’s nightmare as they eye a swap deal for Adrien Rabiot, according to reports.The Dutch midfielder, 23, arrived from Ajax last summer in a £39million, five-year deal.
    Donny van de Beek could be sold just a year after joining Manchester United for £35mCredit: Getty
    Rabiot arrived on a free transfer from PSG in 2019 but could be let go to raise funds at the Allianz StadiumCredit: Getty
    But it has not worked out as expected with just two Premier League starts.
    Now Tuttosport in Italy state the Old Trafford club are looking to ship Van de Beek out – and bring Rabiot in instead.
    Juventus were keen on the 19-cap international last summer before his move to Manchester.
    And United hope they have retained that interest a year on – then would also be willing to let Rabiot leave.
    The French midfielder, 26, joined the Old Lady on a free transfer from Paris Saint-Germain in 2019.
    He has racked up 74 appearances for the Italian giants and still has two years left on his deal.
    Van de Beek, a slightly more forward-thinking player, has a current market value of £31.5m according to Transfermarkt, while Rabiot’s is £28.8m.
    But Juventus’ financial state may mean they would rather sell the player who has also been linked with Chelsea, Everton and Manchester City.
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    United boss Ole Gunnar Solskjaer, who has opted for Bruno Fernandes as his No10 this season, admitted after the recent international break he is desperate to get £125,000-a-week Van de Beek involved more before the end of the season.
    The Red Devils have eight Premier League games left and are still hopeful of winning the Europa League.
    Solskjaer said: “Donny scored some absolute crackers when we were all back in training on Friday.
    “He scored some absolute top, top goals that I’d be really proud of myself and it’s done him the world of good, going away and scoring a goal for Holland.
    “We hope we can see a lot of that for the next eight weeks of the season and then to kick on again.”
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    De Gea could leave Man Utd on loan, Haaland interest wanes after Raiola roadshow, Nuno Mendes targeted

    MANCHESTER UNITED are reportedly so keen to get David de Gea off their wage bill that they could let him leave on loan.And the Red Devils are also said to have become less keen on Erling Haaland following Mino Raiola’s visit to Barcelona and Real Madrid.

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    Stay up to date with our blog, below, for all the latest from Old Trafford…
    IT’S THE KNEE FOR DEENEY – EXCLUSIVE
    Troy Deeney says footballers should continue taking the knee next season.
    Watford captain and SunSport columnist Deeney is part of a Premier League advisory group discussing the issue. Players have taken the knee to highlight the need for racial equality since football came out of lockdown last June.
    And, as black players continue to be targeted on social media, Deeney urged his fellow pros to continue the practice. He said: “It’s my personal belief that taking a knee has made a real difference — that it has highlighted the issue and provoked conversation.
    “I think taking the knee in front of full houses will have even more of an impact. There need to be further talks about what happens if some supporters boo or show dissent in other ways.
    “But in my view that would only add to the difficult and necessary conversations on racism continuing. A lot more discussions are needed between players, clubs and the leagues.
    “I would like unity on this and I’d like us to continue reinforcing the key message of civil rights and equality. People of colour simply want the same rights as everyone else. We’re not asking for reparation for what has happened in the past — just equality going forward.”

    MOUR JIBE
    Jose Mourinho told Ole Gunnar Solskjaer that Sir Alex Ferguson would never have stood for his claim that trophies are for egos.
    Tottenham boss Mourinho took a dig at his Manchester United successor ahead of their Prem clash this weekend.
    Solskjaer — potless since he took over from the Portuguese in December 2018 — said before United’s FA Cup quarter-final exit at Leicester that cups are an “ego thing”.
    He also argued how a league finish is the true barometer of progress. But Mourinho hit back: “It’s his opinion. But I’m pretty sure his big boss Sir Alex had a different opinion about it.
    “But I respect what Solskjaer thinks. I think different. It’s not a problem, he’s not being disrespectful.
    “But, I repeat, I believe that his big boss, and the biggest in Premier League history, has a different view in relation to that.”

    KARREN BRADY COLUMN
    The negotiations around Erling Braut Haaland resemble those before the marriage of a prince in years gone by.
    Monarchs depended on the knowledge of ambassadors and the bargaining power of favourite relations for securing a bride with a huge dowry, lands, a title of her own and, with luck, beauty. These negotiators travelled far and wide and were often well rewarded.
    Should this remind readers of agent Mino Raiola and Alf-Inge Haaland, it is no coincidence — the couple have been on a tour of Europe inspecting possible match-ups for young Erling.
    The fee for the 20-year-old blond giant and serial goalscorer is said to be £100-£150million — a sum only affordable to the wealthier aristocracy among clubs. The two envoys have so far talked to hard-up Barcelona and Real Madrid and include the two Manchester clubs and Chelsea among their targets.
    Erling may have liked to join Leeds, where he was born and where his father played for three years, but I don’t think they are in the running.And, make no mistake about it, money is the critical factor.
    Daddy Haaland and his Italian mate are looking for, it is reported, £25m each in agent fees. Should this or the transfer fee prove beyond the reach of clubs, then Erling will remain at Borussia Dortmund for a season more.

    DANNY HIGGINBOTHAM – EXCLUSIVE COLUMN
    When I look at West Ham I see a team who collectively feel they have a point to prove.
    In previous seasons, it seemed some players felt the club should be privileged that they were there.
    But now they have a squad and a manager who feel proud to be at a club instead of using it as a stepping stone.
    You have got Jarrod Bowen and Said Benrahma trying to prove their worth in the Premier League, as well as Craig Dawson trying to show he can still cut it. Then Jesse Lingard who is showing his class after being given the opportunity after joining from Manchester United on loan.
    On top of all that you have former Red Devils manager David Moyes managing them. Who after a great career at Everton, was suffering from his experience of trying to succeed Alex Ferguson at United.
    There is a mentality at the club which is shining through every game.And Moyes has got them playing to their strengths.

    ROUGH RIDE FOR REDS
    Manchester United’s Under-23s threw away a 2-0 lead to lose 3-2 at home to West Ham tonight.
    Former Red Devils Ademipo Odubeko scored a hat-trick for the Hammers as the Londoners took a win back down south.
    ⌚ FT — #MUAcademy U23s: #MUFC 2 West Ham 3A disappointing night for our young Reds, who fell to three goals from Ademipo Odubeko, after leading 2-0.The focus turns to the Manchester derby next week for Neil Wood’s side 🔴 pic.twitter.com/xEzbb5cp6M— Manchester United (@ManUtd) April 9, 2021

    KANE YOU BELIEVE IT
    It would cost between £120million and £150m to prise Manchester United target Harry Kane away from Tottenham, according to ESPN.
    The England striker has three years left on his contract and has been heavily linked with a move away from Tottenham as their season threatens to collapse into mediocrity once again.
    And ESPN report: “Tottenham are adamant Kane is going nowhere and although they occupy a strong negotiating position, the situation is more complicated.
    “Kane has a genuine affection for Tottenham and ideally wants to win silverware with them. But if they end up trophy-less again, how much longer can he wait?
    “The forward cannot instigate a move – he also isn’t the type of character to rock the boat – but he is also fiercely ambitious and has previously hinted at his frustration that there hasn’t been more of a tangible return for the progress Spurs have made.
    “A concrete, competitive bid of between £120m-£150m would have to be taken seriously by a team that invested £1bn in a stadium to maximise income from live events just before crowds were banned for a year.”

    EFL ON PRINCE PHILIP’S DEATH
    There will be a two-minute silence before every EFL game this weekend after the death of Prince Philip.
    An EFL statement read: “Following the sad passing of His Royal Highness The Prince Philip, Duke of Edinburgh, the EFL can confirm that there will be a two-minute silence ahead of all EFL fixtures taking place tonight and across the weekend (9-10 April).
    “Players, coaches, and match officials will also be wearing armbands as a mark of respect to the late Duke.”
    Rick Parry, EFL Chair said: “The EFL is truly saddened to learn of the passing of Prince Philip, Duke of Edinburgh, at the age of 99.
    “As a patron of over 800 organisations, his high regard for the encouragement of sport and welfare of young people was unequivocal, and his loss will undoubtedly be felt not only here in the UK but across the world.
    “Our collective thoughts are with Her Majesty the Queen and the Royal Family at this difficult time.”

    TOP MARCS
    Marcus Rashford will ‘dominate the future’ alongside Erling Haaland and Kylian Mbappe.
    That is the view from former Manchester United star Dimitar Berbatov, who hailed the England international as the main man at Old Trafford.
    He told Betfair: “I hope he can continue improving because his pace, his agility and technique is all there, when he is on form United are dangerous.
    “Rashford is still a very young player and he is a superstar in world football, he been leading United’s attack for a while now too, I think he is getting the credit he deserves and hopefully he is only just getting started.
    “Mbappe, Haaland and Rashford are the players I am looking at to dominate the future.
    “Although he’s only 23, he’s already got lots of experience, he’s going into his fifth year of being a senior player and a big part of the team.”

    EDS TURNED
    Manchester United star Edinson Cavani is said to be closer than ever to sealing a move to Boca Juniors.
    The Uruguayan, 34, appears to be heading for the Old Trafford exit door in the summer with his contract coming to an end.
    ESPN claim Boca’s vice president, Juan Roman Riquelme, is personally handling the negotiations to ensure the striker’s arrival.
    Cavani is believed to be unsettled in England but United big wigs are said to have met with him in a bid to convince him to stay for another season.
    Ole Gunnar Solskjaer has even publicly admitted plans to keep the veteran forward but declared the decision was down to the player.
    Yet SunSport previously reported how Boca chief Riquelme has been in ‘direct contact’ with the ex-Paris Saint-Germain star.

    LEAVE US A LOAN
    Spanish goalkeepers David De Gea and Kepa could be loaned out by Manchester United and Chelsea, according to reports.
    Both stoppers have fallen out of favour at their clubs with Dean Henderson edging his way towards being permanent No 1 ahead of De Gea at Old Trafford.
    And Kepa has been well and truly ousted by Edouard Mendy at the Blues.
    As a result, ESPN report the pair could be farmed out on loan this summer as both clubs look to free up some wages.
    Their report states: “Two goalkeepers — United’s David de Gea and Chelsea’s Kepa Arrizabalaga — are prime candidates to be loaned out because they’ve both lost their first-team place, are tied to long contracts and earn big wages.
    “Potential buyers for either player are likely to be thin on the ground, but if United and Chelsea can find a team willing to share some of the wage outlay and give two high-profile international keepers some much-needed game-time, everyone benefits.”

    LIONEL JESSE
    Jesse Lingard said ‘practice makes perfect’ when asked about his vast improvement since moving from Man Utd to West Ham on loan.
    The midfielder scored a ‘goal of the season’ contender for the Hammers against Wolves last time out and the England star revealed he has been practicing such goals in training.

    GRAVE RAIDERS
    Manchester United have reportedly joined the race for Ajax’s Ryan Gravenberch – who has been dubbed a ‘better Paul Pogba’.
    Dutch outlet SoccerNews reports the Red Devils are after the talented 18-year-old following his rapid development.
    The report states the Eredivisie giants could receive up to £26million for their prized asset. United face plenty of competition with Prem rivals Chelsea and Liverpool also linked.
    Runaway league leaders Manchester City have also been mentioned as well as LaLiga giants Barcelona. Both United and the Blues did business with Ajax last summer which could help them negotiate a deal this time around.
    Donny van de Beek arrived at Old Trafford from the club for £40m but has struggled for Premier League minutes under Ole Gunnar Solskjaer.
    Chelsea hammered out a deal for playmaker Hakim Ziyech, with the transfer agreement announced in February 2020 before the player arrived ahead of this season.

    DEJA VIEWS
    Manchester United are reportedly lining up a move for Juventus star Dejan Kulusevski.
    Italian journalist Daniele Longo claims the Red Devils have renewed their interest in the Swede after attempting to sign him from Atalanta. Yet the report adds that United face a battle to sign Kulusevski with Serie A giants Juventus reluctant to sell.
    Andrea Pirlo is set to remain in charge next season despite a poor season and wants to continue the club’s rebuild around the 20-year-old. SunSport revealed Ole Gunnar Solskjaer was keeping tabs on Kulusevski before he completed a £31.5million move to Turin in January 2020.
    United sent scouts to watch him in action during his loan stint at Parma before Juve moved to sign him from parent club Atalanta. But Kulusevski has struggled to make an impact in his first season with the Bianconeri, leading to speculation surrounding his future this summer.
    He has operated as a second striker and winger this term but has scored just three goals in 26 Serie A appearances.
    Juve however remain convinced he is destined to become a superstar and Kulusevski is learning under United legend Cristiano Ronaldo.

    FANNING THE FLAMES
    Uefa has revealed that FOUR planned host cities have not been able to give the fan commitments required to host Euro 2020 games.
    And the news increases the prospect of more matches being shifted to English soil. As expected, Euro chiefs are set to dump Dublin – due to host a potential England last 16 game – and the other planned Group E venue of Bilbao.
    But Rome, due to host the opening game and also Wales’ final Group A game with Italy, and Munich, also failed to meet Uefa’s deadline for guaranteeing fans will be allowed.
    Like Dublin and Bilbao, they have until Uefa’s ruling executive committee meets on April 19 “to provide additional information on their plans” but the clock is ticking.
    Uefa is aware that England is keen to take on extra games in addition to the seven scheduled for Wembley if needed, with the Dublin matches the most likely to be moved at this stage.
    Of the eight venues who have said turnstiles will be opened, Uefa confirmed the FA will allow “a minimum” 25 per cent of Wembley’s capacity – 22,500 fans – to attend the three England group games and the last 16 match in the stadium, with the hope to add numbers for the two semi-finals and Final in July.
    MARK OF RESPECT
    British sport will stand in silence for the Duke of Edinburgh tomorrow but all fixtures and events will go on as planned.
    Prem clubs joined the League and FA in paying their condolences after Prince Philip’s death was announced at the age of 99. The League said it was ‘deeply saddened’ by the news.
    All Prem players will wear black armbands and there will be a minute’s silence before kick-off of all 10 fixtures this weekend, starting with Fulham’s clash with Wolves last night “as a mark of respect”.
    The EFL swiftly followed suit by implementing the same policy across the 72 clubs. And while the Prince Philip’s grandson, the Duke of Cambridge, is FA President, Wembley chiefs said that, after ‘seeking guidance from the Royal Household and the Government’, it was approving matches.
    The FA, which is ‘recommending’ 60-second silences and black armbands, said: “We can confirm all football fixtures this weekend can continue at the discretion of the competition organisers.
    “As a mark of respect, all flags at Wembley Stadium and St. George’s Park will fly at half-mast and the Wembley arch will also be lit.”

    ‘SHE’S OVER THE MOON’
    Jesse Lingard has revealed his mum is loving his stunning performances for West Ham.
    The Man Utd loanee has been in scintillating form since his January switch to the East Londoners and he is widely believed to want to make the move permanent in the summer.
    And the England star has also revealed his outstanding form has been wonderful for his mum to see.
    Lingard has spoken in the past of her struggles with depression and is delighted his mum is now getting the help she needs.
    Jesse Lingard’s bringing joy to many but especially his “proud” Mum. “She’s over the moon!” The famous quote ‘You never know what someone is going through’ hit us all when we discovered Jesse’s Mum was ill. Now Jesse’s urging anyone struggling to “Speak up! It’s a relief.”#beINPL pic.twitter.com/N0irouctLd— beIN SPORTS (@beINSPORTS_EN) April 9, 2021

    RASH DECISION
    Manchester United have been handed a boost with Marcus Rashford set to be fit to start this weekend’s clash against Tottenham.
    The England star was on target in the 2-0 Europa League win over Granada but was withdrawn during the game due to a lingering ankle issue. Ole Gunnar Solskjaer admitted pre-match that Rashford was not 100 per cent fit after he was also forced off in the win over Brighton.
    But the Norwegian played down any fears that the 23-year-old’s injury problems had worsened meaning he is likely to start on Sunday.
    He said: “I don’t think you need to be concerned about his fitness, no, of course barring any injury. His fitness is really good, he’s an athletic boy, he’s a fit boy, a strong boy. You see tonight when he goes into headers and challenges, he can look after himself.
    “At one point of course you hope to get to a postion where he doesn’t have to play every game, every minute and at the moment we have to take him off because his foot’s a little bit sore.
    “Hopefully that’ll improve as the season goes on because I think he was better tonight than he was on Sunday.”

    NUDE AWAKENING
    When Olmo Garcia revealed himself to the world during Manchester United’s Europa League game on Thursday, the people of Granada could be forgiven for having seen it all before.
    A famous night for the LaLiga club had only reached the sixth minute when the game was interrupted by a streaker. The man raced across the Estadio Nuevo Los Carmenes pitch before taking a tumble and being arrested by police.
    But it would not have taken long for the authorities to identify the perpetrator, who has reportedly been arrested 15 TIMES in the last few months alone.
    Garcia, 37, is something of a local celebrity in Granada and is often seen baring all on his walks around the city. In the summer of 2016, he was inspired to live life in the buff during a trip across the Americas.
    And this way of life culminated in Thursday’s demonstration that took some time to prepare.
    According to Granada newspaper Ideal, he snuck into the ground at 9am on the day of the game and hid under a tarpaulin for 14 HOURS before emerging once the game had kicked off.

    MOURINHO ON SPURS V MAN UTD
    Spurs boss Jose Mourinho has reflected upon his side’s 6-1 win over Manchester United at Old Trafford earlier this season, insisting it has no bearing on the reverse fixture this weekend.
    He said: “I believe that 6-1 doesn’t reflect the reality. It can happen. Of course it can happen, between two great, the results they can happen in an isolated way.
    “I go much more in the direction of the other two previous matches between us and United.
    “We lost 2-1 at Old Trafford, with the penalty, and we draw 1-1 at home last season, also with a penalty. I think this is more the reality. We are not far from each other so I think it is going to be a difficult match for both.
    “If Solksjaer is going to use that result I don’t know. If it was the opposite. If it was my team losing 6-1 to them I would just say to my guys that it happened once and it’s not going to happen twice. This doesn’t reflect the reality.
    “The game is going to be tight and we can win, but I don’t know, maybe Solksjaer has different things.”

    HAALAND OR KANE?
    Among this debate around Harry Kane and a possible move to Manchester United, there is also the question as to whether they would consider moving for Erling Haaland this summer.
    Paul Scholes and Owen Hargreaves had that conversation last night…
    “He has taken real considered steps in his career, this is not going to be about money.””I can’t think of a player this young and that has been this coveted by everyone.”Erling Haaland will be top of many wanted lists this summer…But who will be the right fit? 🤔 pic.twitter.com/BPfT0mJaEz— Football on BT Sport (@btsportfootball) April 8, 2021

    SOLSKJAER ON KANE
    Ole Gunnar Solskjaer has spoken about Spurs star Harry Kane as Man Utd prepare to come up against him this weekend.
    Kane, 27, is being linked with a move away from north London at the end of the season.
    And Solskjaer could not be more complementary about the brilliance he possesses.
    He said: “When you’re playing against one of the best centre forwards in European football, of course it’s something that we prepare for.
    “I think every team when they play Tottenham or England, you know Harry Kane’s qualities.
    “But we prepare the defenders for every single opponent.
    “The season that Son and Kane have had, their relationship is one of Tottenham’s strengths and they have other quality players we have to be aware of.”
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    MAN UTD BACK CORONAVIRUS PASSPORT
    Manchester United have officially declared their support for the Premier League’s decision to write to Boris Johnson in a bid to back vaccine passports to pack out stadiums this summer.
    The footy body and other major sports groups including the England and Wales Cricket Board, Wimbledon and the RFU told the PM and other party leaders ‘Covid certificates’ are needed to ditch social distancing in stadiums.
    And the Red Devils have now released their own statement on the matter.
    Collette Roche, Manchester United Chief Operating Officer, said: “Manchester United fully endorses the open letter signed by a range of sports governing bodies, including the Premier League.
    “We support the ongoing work of the Premier League and DCMS to deliver a timetable and a framework for the safe return of our fans.
    “We have worked closely with the Premier League as they negotiate the challenges, consult with medical experts and review the different options open to them.”
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    DEATH OF PRINCE PHILIP
    Manchester United’s official Twitter account have just sent out their condolences following the death of His Royal Highness The Prince Philip, Duke Of Edinburgh.

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    So, earlier today defender Joachim Andersen – on loan at Fulham from Lyon – was linked with a permanent move to Manchester United at the end of the season.
    What do we think of that Red Devils fans? Has he impressed you enough in the Premier League so far in the 2020-21 campaign?
    Credit: Jamie McPhilimey – The Sun
    LEVEL HEADED
    Paul Pogba remained level headed this morning despite Man Utd’s positive result last night.
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    Man Utd join Chelsea and Liverpool in transfer race for Ajax star Ryan Gravenberch – dubbed a ‘better Paul Pogba’

    MANCHESTER UNITED have reportedly joined the race for Ajax’s Ryan Gravenberch – who has been dubbed a ‘better Paul Pogba’.Dutch outlet SoccerNews reports the Red Devils are after the talented 18-year-old following his rapid development.
    Manchester United are reportedly in the race for Ajax’s Ryan GravenberchCredit: Reuters
    The report states the Eredivisie giants could receive up to £26million for their prized asset.
    United face plenty of competition with Prem rivals Chelsea and Liverpool also linked.
    Runaway league leaders Manchester City have also been mentioned as well as LaLiga giants Barcelona.
    Both United and the Blues did business with Ajax last summer which could help them negotiate a deal this time around.
    Donny van de Beek arrived at Old Trafford from the club for £40m but has struggled for Premier League minutes under Ole Gunnar Solskjaer.
    Club legend Gary Neville slammed the baffling treatment of the Dutchman and suggested it will have left the player feeling ‘really low’.
    Chelsea hammered out a deal for playmaker Hakim Ziyech, with the transfer agreement announced in February 2020 before the player arrived ahead of this season.
    Liverpool could view the starlet as a potential replacement for Georginio Wijnaldum who has been linked with a free move away from Anfield when his contract expires this summer.
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    Gravenberch is under contract until 2023 but it would likely take a hefty transfer fee to prise another homegrown talent away from Amsterdam.
    He 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 51 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 £89million Manchester United man Pogba.

    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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    Ajax star Ryan Gravenberch shows off his skills on the training pitch More