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    Ancelotti ‘tells Real Madrid bosses to sign Harry Kane in transfer showdown talks’ as he breaks silence on Tottenham ace

    REAL MADRID manager Carlo Ancelotti has urged club bosses to sign Tottenham superstar Harry Kane in the summer, reports suggest.Kane is running the last 12 months of his deal with Spurs and a bidding war looks set to take place for his signature ahead of the upcoming transfer window.
    Tottenham superstar Harry Kane has been linked with a move away this summerCredit: Getty
    Real Madrid boss Carlo Ancelotti has asked club chiefs to sign KaneCredit: Rex
    According to The Athletic, Real are among the clubs keeping tabs in the star striker after Ancelotti declared his interest during transfer showdown talks with the club’s hierarchy.
    The Italian tactician met with president Florentino Perez and general manager Jose Angel Sanchez on Thursday at Los Blancos’ Valdebebas training ground.
    That is when the ex-Chelsea boss asked for the England captain to reinforce his attack ahead of next season.
    The former Everton manager will need a new centre-forward if Karim Benzema ends his legendary 14-year stint at Santiago Bernabeu amid ongoing reports linking him with Al-Ittihad.
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    Ancelotti remained coy, though, when addressing links with Kane recently.
    The 63-year-old head coach described the forward as a “top player” but insisted he wouldn’t discuss the topic further out of “respect” for Tottenham.
    Ancelotti said: “Harry Kane is a top player but we have to respect Tottenham, he’s a Tottenham player.
    “I can guarantee to you that Real Madrid will have a competitive team again next season”.
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    Manchester United are also in the running for Kane’s signature amid their desperate search for a top centre-forward to replace Cristiano Ronaldo.
    The 29-year-old doesn’t appear keen to go abroad as he is only 48 goals away from surpassing Alan Shearer’s legendary Premier League record of 260.
    Tottenham chairman Daniel Levy, though, is not keen to sell his star player to a direct rival. More

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    Mason Mount ‘rejected STAGGERING Chelsea offer’ before agreeing terms with Man Utd over transfer

    MASON MOUNT reportedly rejected contract offers of up to £200,000 A WEEK to stay at Chelsea.Despite the club’s best attempts to renew his deal, the midfielder looks set to leave the Blues this summer.
    Mason Mount reportedly rejected a massive contract offer from ChelseaCredit: Getty
    Mount, 24, has been at the club since academy level and currently earns a weekly wage of £75,000.
    His current contract at Stamford Bridge is set to expire at the end of next season.
    And Manchester United have already agreed personal terms that would see him move to Old Trafford, according to The Guardian.
    The report claims the England international had hoped for more and relations with the club’s hierarchy have become strained.
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    The club and new manager, Mauricio Pochettino, are believed to have insisted that they wanted to keep hold of the midfielder.
    However, Man Utd are now looking to seal a deal that would complete the move for Mount.
    Boss Erik ten Hag is thought to be a fan of Mount’s pressing game and is keen to add more athleticism to his midfield options.
    Chelsea are looking to sell multiple stars this summer to make up for the £600million outlay on players over the last year.
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    An exit for Mount would relieve potential FFP issues the club could face with the Blues holding out for £70m plus add-ons.
    Although due to his contract running down, the Red Devils are hoping to pay between £50m and £60m and have made contact with the London club.
    If a deal cannot be agreed with United or another of Mount’s suitors, the Blues would look to get one last season out of him and try to persuade him to stay for longer in the meantime.
    Mount looked emotional at the end of Chelsea’s final match of the season last month as he waved goodbye to supporters. More

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    Ten Hag points to key stat to show Man Utd were ‘absolutely’ better than City despite Rashford ‘offside’ at Old Trafford

    CASEMIRO says Manchester United are “pumped up” to beat their arch-rivals this afternoon.Victory at Wembley will not only complete a domestic cup double for the Red Devils — but also deny their ‘noisy neighbours’ City a possible Treble.
    Erik ten Hag argued United were better than Man City when the sides met at Old Trafford earlier this seasonCredit: Getty
    Marcus Rashford has a goal ruled out for offside in the clashCredit: Getty
    And midfielder Casemiro said: “Of course, all of us and everyone connected with  United would love to win it.
    “We also know  it’s a one-off game, and a very tough one at that, but we are really pumped up to do it.”
    United manager Erik ten Hag knows how crucial it is to the club’s supporters to stop Pep Guardiola and Co from emulating their iconic 1999 Treble success.
    Dutchman Ten Hag said: “It is important for the fans, and it is important for us, so we will just give everything to win the FA Cup.”
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    The ex-Ajax chief, who tasted Carabao Cup glory in February, says they have the belief after gaining revenge for a 6-3 October loss at the Etihad by beating the champions 2-1 at Old Trafford.
    City fans still feel they were robbed in January when Marcus Rashford was flagged offside — but the ref allowed Bruno Fernandes to continue and net the equaliser.
    Yet Ten Hag argues the expected goals (XG) stat of 1.98 to 0.74 on the day proved they were the better side.
    He said: “No, if you see the XG  in that game it was absolutely our side’s.
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    “In the Etihad we didn’t show belief.
    “In Old Trafford we were determined to win from the first moment. It is up to us to show the same belief.”
    Ten Hag believes that victory over City would be a big step towards his goal of restoring the Red Devils to the very top.
    He said: “We had a good season — but this is a great chance to make  it a very good season.
    “We are in a good direction and have our chance in the summer to make new targets.
    “But the longer-term plan will stay the same. We want to restore  Manchester United.
    “When you see where we came from and the progress of the team —  third and winning the League Cup and in the final of the FA Cup — you can be happy. But in the summer, we start again.”
    It is clear that this occasion at Wembley is a massive one for  Ten Hag.He said: “I have played many cup finals in the Netherlands as a player and coach.

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    “But Wembley is probably the world’s best stadium and to be there in a final is very exciting.
    “It’s a great opportunity and we fought so hard for it. They are a great opponent and we look forward to the test.”
    United will be without winger Antony as well as forward Anthony Martial.
    Ten Hag was holding out hope that Brazilian Antony would make it after injuring an ankle.
    But the injury is still too serious to risk playing him. Ten Hag said: “There’s still a chance but a really small chance.”
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    Injury-prone Martial suffered a hamstring issue in Sunday’s 2-1 final-day win over Fulham.
    Ten Hag said: “It will be a long one but we need more assessments.”
    Ten Hag is hopeful Antony will be fit for the finalCredit: Getty More

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    Man Utd star Casemiro opens up on heated spat with Bruno Fernandes the last time pair played at Wembley

    TO watch Casemiro tearing into Bruno Fernandes you would be forgiven for thinking there is problem between the two.It was the end of the Carabao Cup Final as Fernandes began to celebrate the 2-0 win over Newcastle when Casemiro grabbed him by the arm and started remonstrating.
    Casemiro had a go at Bruno Fernandes at the end of two games but says his fellow midfielder is a big reason he’s settled well at Man UtdCredit: @footballdaily
    Casemiro and keeper David de Gea celebrate Carabao Cup gloryCredit: PA
    He was unhappy that Fernandes had shot rather than teed him up for a simpler chance near the end of the game.
    It was the same at the final whistle of Manchester United’s 1-0 win over Aston Villa at the end of April after Fernandes lost the ball in the closing seconds.
    But Casemiro explains these are just examples of how the pair drive each other on as he opened up about his close relationship with someone he describes as ‘the engine’ of the team.
    Casemiro, 31, said: “I have a very good relationship with Bruno, we get on really well, and as you get to know him as a player, I can say this with complete confidence, he is one of the most important players at the club and everyone sees what a great player he is.
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    “We could spend all day talking about how good Bruno is because he is a fantastic player but to be honest and I say this to him, I expect a great deal from him because in my eyes, he’s one of the most important players in the team.
    “So, when he misses a chance, when one of his passes goes astray, we always want him to do everything perfectly but these are normal conversations.
    “I’ve never had an argument with Bruno, the opposite in fact, I just always demand a lot from him, and he demands a lot from me too.
    “Behind the scenes too, sometimes we’ll say to each other, ‘You could have scored, you could have done better there, because you’ve got the quality to do it’.
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    Indeed Casemiro puts it down to fellow Portuguese speaker Fernandes that he has been able to settle in to United so seamlessly in his first season.
    He said: “When I arrived here, and it was down to the language, I was fortunate that Bruno would always help me a great deal. He was always brilliant with me.
    “He taught me lots about the club, what it means.
    “When I speak about Bruno, I have great affection for him because he’s a player that helped me from the beginning in terms of the language and he’s a fantastic player, an incredible player, someone who brings a great deal to the team.
    “He’s the driving force of the team, the one that helps us the most. The team’s engine if you like.”
    That ‘engine’ will need to be at full throttle for Saturday’s FA Cup final as they take on Champions Manchester City who are heading for a treble.
    For United victory would make it a domestic Cup double on top of a third place league finish.
    Nobody could have predicted that after an opening day loss followed by that 4-0 thumping away to Brentford.
    The fear after that game was Casemiro would run a mile from his prospective move to Old Trafford from Real Madrid where he had won five Champions Leagues and three La Ligas.
    Quite the opposite, he sent a message to United’s Director of Football John Murtough that he ‘would fix it’.
    He said: “To be honest I did say that. I was speaking to my agent, and with John too about this afterwards.
    “I’d said this after it had happened because I was also very excited and I was aware that my period at Real Madrid had come to an end and I was really upbeat about coming here and taking on this new project, this new challenge. It was clear in my mind.
    “I had no second thoughts at all.
    “I knew that it wouldn’t be an easy challenge because it was a tough defeat to take for us but I think the excitement of coming here and making a change. We knew that there was still a long way to go.
    “I think the difference from then to now is the time that the manager has been here.
    Apart from the EFL Cup final, Casemiro and Fernandes also exchanged words after beating Aston Villa at the end of AprilCredit: @footballdaily
    “We understand his philosophy when it comes to working and that’s normal in football.
    “In my eyes the manager has had a great season, the club has had a great season but of course we’re excited and it’s lovely to playing in a FA Cup final.”
    Casemiro was part of the Real team that beat City over two legs in the Champions League semi-final last season.
    He also helped the Red Devils gain revenge for a 6-3 drubbing at The Etihad, a game he came on in after 59 minutes with the team 4-1 down, with a 2-1 victory in the return fixture at Old Trafford.
    So he knows they can be beaten and how to do it.
    He said: “We know that we have to play very well because they will give us a good game.
    “They play very good football, have a great manager, great players but every game is a different story, a different film as we like to say.
    “It’s a very important game but we also know that it’s one you should enjoy. It’s a final to enjoy.”
    Casemiro has become a hero in the stands at Old Trafford for his contribution in this his first season.
    He was devastated by the two red cards he received that kept him out of action for a total of seven games, having already been suspended for one after receiving five yellows.
    Without him United just weren’t the same.
    His impact has been in contrast to some other high profile players that can be named who came to Old Trafford towards the latter part of their careers.
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    He said: “The club and fans have been brilliant with me since day one. I love the affection I get from them and that everyone has behaved so well towards me so I’m very happy and I’m enjoying myself as if I was 20-year-old kid.
    “It’s because I’m very happy here and it isn’t just me, it’s my whole family too that are very happy here. More

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    Eight strikers Real Madrid could sign to fill Benzema’s boots including Kane, Rashford and shock Ronaldo transfer return

    REAL MADRID are set for a busy summer transfer window after Karim Benzema reportedly agreed a move away from the club.The French striker is thought to have made up his mind and has his heart set on a move to Saudi Arabia side Al Ittihad.
    Karim Benzema is believed to be on his way out of Real MadridCredit: Getty
    Benzema, 35, now looks set to leave the Santiago Bernabeu after 14 years and 24 major honours.
    He is set to be paid an eye-watering £342million over a two-year contract with Al Ittihad.
    However, Madrid must now find a replacement for the striker that bagged 353 goals during his time at the club.
    Harry Kane
    Harry Kane could be a replacement for BenzemaCredit: Getty
    The Tottenham star, 29, has just enjoyed a personally sensational season as he netted 30 times in the Premier League.
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    However, the North London outfit faltered as it limped to an 8th-placed finish, missing out on European football for next season.
    Kane has been tipped for an exit from Spurs this summer and has previously been linked with a move to Los Blancos.
    Although an attempt to sign the England captain could prove to be tricky, as SunSport exclusively revealed, he wants to stay in the prem, but Benzema’s bombshell could see Madrid test his resolve.
    Cristiano Ronaldo
    Cristiano Ronaldo could be tempted into a return to MadridCredit: Getty
    The Portuguese star, 38, would only be a short-term option but does know his way around the LaLiga giants.
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    Ronaldo starred for the club over a nine-year stay with the club, during which he became its top-ever goalscorer.
    Currently playing his trade in Saudi Arabia with Al-Nassr, it is thought that he would be keen on a return to European football, and Madrid could become an option.
    Victor Osimhen
    Victor Osimhen is thought to be on the way out of Napoli this summerCredit: Getty
    The Napoli talisman is one of the hottest names in the market this summer after leading the Naples side to the Serie A title this season.
    Osimhen, 24, has been linked to a host of European giants this season, such as Manchester United, Chelsea, PSG and Bayern Munich.
    However, Madrid could push their way to the front of the queue to sign the 25-goal hitman, with Napoli believed to want £130m to let him leave.
    Marcus Rashford
    Madrid could tempt Manchester United into selling Marcus RashfordCredit: Getty
    Rashford, 25, has enjoyed his best-ever season at Manchester United, firing 30 goals in 55 appearances in all competitions.
    He could be added to Madrid’s existing Vinicius Jr and Rodrygo attack, giving the club a rapid-looking front three.
    A move to the Bernabeu could intrigue the Red Devils ace, and a deal might be possible as his contract is set to expire in 2024.
    A decent offer could tempt the Old Trafford outfit into a sale rather than lose him for free next summer, especially if they could beat rivals Barcelona to his signature, as they have been linked with a move.
    Erling Haaland
    Erling Haaland would add firepower to the Madrid attackCredit: PA
    The Norwegian superstar, 22, would definitely fit the El Galactico bill after netting 52 goals in 51 games for Manchester City in his debut campaign with the club.
    The Haaland has been a previous target for Madrid before he opted to move to the Premier League.
    Los Blancos have been tipped to make a world record bid for the former Borussia Dortmund striker in the summer of 2024, but could opt to bring their plans forward a year to seal a move sooner.
    Kylian Mbappe
    Kylian Mbappe was previously linked with a move to Real MadridCredit: Rex
    The 2018 French world cup winner, 24, has seemed destined for a move to Madrid and almost did in 2022 until he signed a mega contract with PSG.
    However, after a disappointing season in France, it is thought that Mbappe is considering quitting the club to fulfil his ambition of winning the Champions League.
    And with his deal in the French capital set to expire next summer, Madrid could once again try and convince PSG into a sale.
    Lautaro Martinez
    Lautaro Martinez could make a fine striker for MadridCredit: Getty
    Martinez, 25, has enjoyed another fruitful campaign with Inter Milan as he has netted 21 goals in 37 Serie A appearances this season.
    He has also helped his club to the Champions League final, where they will face Manchester City.
    The Italian club are dealing with some financial issues and could be forced into a sale in order to rebuild the squad.
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    Madrid have been linked with Kai HavertzCredit: Getty
    The Chelsea frontman could be a shock option for Madrid after they were already linked with a move for him.
    Havertz, 23, was not so long ago viewed as one of the most exciting stars in Europe after impressing with Bayer Leverkusen.
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    He has won the Champions League, FA Cup and Club World Cup with the Blues.
    However, the German international’s form has dropped over the last year, and Chelsea could be tempted into a sale in order to make back some of the £600m they have just forked out on players over the last year. More

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    Three ways Mason Mount could fit into Man Utd line-up as he ‘agrees personal terms’

    MANCHESTER UNITED could have three different options to deploy Mason Mount in their line-up next season as they close in on signing the England star.Mount has been strongly linked with a departure from Chelsea after refusing to extend his contract, which runs out next year.
    Mason Mount looks to be set to join Man Utd this summerCredit: Getty

    It emerged yesterday that he has reportedly agreed personal terms with Manchester United and the playmaker is now expected to join Erik ten Hag’s team this summer.
    The 24-year-old is determined to leave Chelsea and the club won’t stand in his way – although the West Londoners will try to secure as large a fee as possible in order to avoid losing him for free in 2024.

    Now excited United fans, who are still hoping that they can land No.1 transfer target Harry Kane from Tottenham to lead their attack, are wondering where Mount will fit into their side.
    As the attacker has shown in the past for both club and country, his versatility makes him an attractive option.
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    And that means that he will be able to fit into a number of positions.
    Mount could easily slot into a midfield three which would be the envy of most other Premier League clubs alongside Brazilian Casemiro and Portugal star Bruno Fernandes.
    That would certainly be a tantalising prospect for the Stretford End, especially if they can secure Kane’s signature and he lines up in front of them.
    Mount has also played in the No.10 role just behind the main striker, which may lead to him providing the ammunition for the likes of Kane or Marcus Rashford.
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    Even if the Spurs ace fails to make the move this term, Mount could then be deployed further forward.
    Rashford could perform the role as main striker, with Mount and Antony either side of him.
    United have also “held talks” over signing forwards Rasmus Hojland and Randal Kolo Muani if they can’t prise Kane away from Spurs.
    And they are also in the market for a new goalkeeper with Dean Henderson set to leave and doubts persisting over David De Gea’s form.
    The Red Devils are ready to pay Portuguese keeper Diogo Costa’s £65m release clause this summer, according to reports.
    Ten Hag warned long-term stopper De Gea this week that he won’t be guaranteed the No1 spot next season, even if he signs a new contract.
    Costa is the man earmarked to provide that competition for the Spaniard – or even replace him.
    And he may be lining-up in goal behind the rest of them once next season gets underway. More

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    Mason Mount ‘agrees personal terms’ with Man Utd with Chelsea star ready to snub Pochettino project to join rivals

    CHELSEA star Mason Mount has reportedly agreed personal terms with Manchester United.Mount has been strongly linked with a departure from Stamford Bridge after refusing to extend his contract, which runs out next year.
    Chelsea star Mason Mount has agreed personal terms with Manchester UnitedCredit: Rex
    And according to The Telegraph, the playmaker is now expected to join United ahead of the summer transfer window.
    The same report claims talks between the England international and the Red Devils have progressed positively since last Thursday when Erik ten Hag’s men beat the Blues 4-1 at Old Trafford.
    The 24-year-old is determined to leave Chelsea and the club won’t stand in his way.
    In fact, the West Londoners will try and attract a fee as high as possible in order to avoid losing him for free in 2024.
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    Mount has also attracted interest from Arsenal as well as Liverpool but it appears United are winning the bidding war.
    The versatile midfielder as well as forward’s departure signals the start of a major overhaul under Chelsea’s new manager Mauricio Pochettino.
    This comes after Manchester City held positive transfer talks with Mateo Kovacic’s representatives.
    Todd Boehly is open to selling Kovacic after he also entered the final year of his contract.
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    And “concrete talks” have now begun between the two Premier League giants over a summer deal.
    Pochettino has also offloaded Joao Felix and Denis Zakaria who returned to Atletico Madrid and Juventus respectively after their loan stints ended.
    Chelsea academy graduate Dujon Sterling, on the other hand, has joined Rangers.
    And Ruben Loftus-Cheek appears to have agreed a move to AC Milan. More

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    David Raya’s agent warns Brentford to slash £40million asking price as keeper eyes Chelsea transfer

    BRENTFORD have been warned to lower their asking price for David Raya or risk losing him for nothing – after signing a potential replacement.The Bees goalkeeper has rejected several contract offers but Thomas Frank wants £40million for the Spaniard.
    David Raya’s agent has warned Brentford to lower his client’s asking priceCredit: Rex
    Brentford signed Dutch goalkeeper Mark Flekken in an £11m deal from Freiburg.
    Raya, who is a target for Tottenham and has been tracked by Chelsea, has one year left on his deal.
    His agent Jaume Munell said: “If Brentford does not lower the price tag for David Raya this summer, we’ll be ready to leave as free agent in one year.”
    Raya’s representatives are urging the Bees to cut their asking price by more than half, feeling a price-tag of around £15-20m is fair.
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    Following the signing of Flekken on a four-year-deal, Frank said: “We’re very happy to have signed Mark.
    “He’s a player with a lot of quality who will strengthen our goalkeeper group.
    “He has big experience and joins us after two great seasons with Freiburg, who have just had a top season in the Bundesliga, finishing fifth and qualifying for the Europa League.”
    Raya joined Brentford from Blackburn in 2019 and quickly rose to prominence at the Gtech Community Stadium.
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    The goalkeeper has since amassed a total of 54 clean sheets in 161 appearances.
    The Spain international has also been linked with Manchester United ahead of the summer transfer window.
    United reportedly consider the 27-year-old as a potential replacement for David de Gea who will be out of contract on June 30. More