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    Dean Henderson ‘on verge of Newcastle transfer’, Sadio Mane ‘awaits PSG bid as he stalls on new Liverpool deal’ – latest

    MAN UTD goalkeeper Dean Henderson is reportedly on the verge of becoming Newcastle’s first summer signing.Meanwhile, Sadio Mane is reportedly interested in a big money move to Paris Saint-Germain, while Man City have their eye on Leeds’ Kalvin Phillips.
    It is said to be for that reason that the Senegal star has yet to sign a new contract with Liverpool.
    Elsewhere, Kylian Mbappe has confirmed that his transfer decision on a potential move to Real Madrid is set to be announced before he jets off with the French squad.
    And Tottenham are reportedly ready to nab £70m Inter Milan star Lautaro Martinez from under the noses of Arsenal.
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    Koulibaly speaks on Napoli future
    Man United transfer target Kalidou Koulibaly has opened up on his Napoli future.
    Koulibaly told Onze Mondial: “I would not cause an argument to leave the club. If I ever did leave Napoli, I would do it on my terms.
    “There would be no argument and I would speak to the president. He tries to listen to the fans who don’t want me go and every time has asked for a fee that was too high.”
    Newcastle and Man City have also been linked with the defender.
    Arsenal didn’t expect top four
    Arsenal reportedly had no intention of finishing fourth this season.
    And that’s why the club’s transfer budget will not be affected in the summer, according to ESPN.
    However, the Gunners will wait to see what European competition they end up in before deciding their recruitment strategy, the report adds.
    Keeping Guard of Jesus
    Man City boss Pep Guardiola reportedly wants to keep hold of Gabriel Jesus this summer.
    Jesus has been linked with a move to Arsenal.
    But ESPN claim that Guardiola would like the Brazilian striker to remain at the Etihad.
    Kompany tipped for Burnley job
    Vincent Kompany has reportedly emerged as a frontrunner to take over at Burnley.
    Under-23s coach Mike Jackson is currently interim boss and has been assisted by centre-back Ben Mee since Sean Dyche was surprisingly sacked.
    But Burnley chairman Alan Pace is assessing candidates to take over from Dyche full-time, after his ten-year reign ended.
    According to Manchester Evening News, Kompany is Pace’s “leading candidate” for the role.
    But it could be dependant on Burnley beating the drop, as they currently sit a point above safety.
    Arsenal ponder summer move
    Arsenal are considering making a move for Marseille ace Boubacar Kamara.
    The Gunners reckon Kamara could be the perfect midfield partner for Thomas Partey next season, according to Fichajes.
    It comes after William Saliba has been linked with a permanent move to the French side where he’s been on loan this season.
    Pogba made City U-turn
    Paul Pogba agreed a controversial transfer to Manchester City but made a dramatic U-turn amid fears of fan backlash, according to reports.
    Pogba had even agreed personal terms with Manchester City ahead of a potential move, according to The Times.
    But the Frenchman is said to have then turned down a move across town from Old Trafford to the Etihad.
    Pogba is claimed to have been concerned by the potential backlash he would inevitably have faced from the United faithful.
    The Times go on to report Pogba reckoned life in Manchester would have become “unbearable” if he made the high-profile switch to United’s bitter rivals.
    Mbappe faces ban next season
    Kylian Mbappe is reportedly on the brink if joining Real Madrid.
    But he will miss Real’s first game of the upcoming season, according to reports.
    That’s because Mbappe was handed a suspension in Ligue 1 whilst playing for PSG against Montpellier last week.
    And his suspension will be carried over to next season as the French Football Federation doesn’t confirm punishments straight away.
    This means Mbappe’s punishment will have to be served in Spain if he goes to Los Blancos, according to Managing Madrid.
    Sam Johnstone sparks transfer frenzy
    England keeper Sam Johnstone is being tracked by FIVE Premier League sides.
    Johnstone missed West Brom’s last five games after telling boss Steve Bruce he would not sign a new deal and that he intended to leave as a free agent.
    And that has sparked a scramble for his services, with Spurs among the clubs that have made contact.
    And the keeper is also on the radar of Newcastle, West Ham, Leicester – where Kasper Schmeichel is about to enter the final year of his contract – and Brighton.
    Arsenal make transfer
    Arsenal have sold Konstantinos Mavropanos to Stuttgart following a £3million deal with the Bundesliga outfit.
    Mavropanos has been on loan at the German club for the last two years and has impressed manager Pellegrino Matarazzo so much that the higher-ups decided to sign him permanently.
    Mavropanos told Stuttgart’s official website: “I’ve always given my best and will continue to give my best for this great club.
    “The trust of the management and the affection of the fans in Stuttgart serve as a great motivation for me.”
    Youngster leaves Man United
    Manchester United Under-23s striker D’Mani Mellor is leaving the club this summer.
    He said on Instagram: “The end of my first chapter in football. Making a debut for Man Utd is something that only a small number of people have the honour to say that they have achieved.
    “I’ve been extremely fortunate to represent this club for over 10 years. There are so many people that I have to thank for their support along the way. Many have become my closest friends throughout my time here.
    “I’ll always be connected with this amazing club.
    “Now, a new chapter starts. I’m ready for that next step and I’m excited to show everyone what I can do.”
    Man United transfer exits discussed
    Aaron Wan-Bissaka and Eric Bailly are on the Manchester United chopping block, according to reports.
    The two defenders face fights for their Old Trafford futures especially as Erik ten Hag comes in for his summer transfer overhaul.
    According to Fabrizio Romano, United would be prepared to let them go if the right offers get tabled.
    Dest to Man United?
    Man United have been presented the opportunity to sign Barcelona ace Sergino Dest, reports claim.
    The full-back is reportedly surplus to requirements at Barca who are eager to offload him, according to 90min.
    And the report states that Dest has been touted to United who have been linked with the American in the past.
    Man United close in on Timber
    Man United appear to be on the verge of closing in on the signing of Ajax defender Jurrien Timber.
    Incoming Red Devils boss Erik ten Hag has been linked with bringing one of his current top stars with him to Old Trafford.
    Now the Netherlands centre-half looks set to complete the move to the Premier League.
    The 20-year-old star is represented by Forza Sports Group.
    And the company has sparked speculation a transfer is imminent by seemingly dropping a big hint online.
    They posted a clip on social media of an airport and captioned it with: “Deal closing time…”
    Origi set for AC Milan switch
    Liverpool icon Divock Origi has agreed personal terms with AC Milan ahead of the summer transfer window.
    That is according to The Athletic, who report Milan are increasingly certain of becoming Origi’s next destination when his Anfield deal runs out in June.
    However, a contract has yet to be signed with the Rossoneri and a medical hasn’t been scheduled for the forward.
    The Belgium international has been keen to join the Serie A leaders for quite some time as his opportunities at the Kop have been limited this season.
    Juventus plan Prem raid
    Juventus chief Federico Cherubini has reportedly arrived in London as he looks to secure a deal for Chelsea’s Jorginho.
    The Italian giants appear to have won the race to sign Manchester United’s Paul Pogba on a free transfer when the Frenchman’s contract expires next month.
    And the 29-year-old could be lining-up alongside Jorginho when he returns to Turin next term.
    Todd Boehly’s consortium hope to complete their takeover of Chelsea by the end of the month, which will finally allow them to get back in the game transfer wise.
    However, a big-name departure could be the first topic of conversation, according to Gazzetta dello Sport.
    They state that Juventus have made Italy international midfielder Jorginho, 30, one of their top targets and have now begun their attempt to get him.
    Walcott eyes MLS transfer
    Theo Walcott is eyeing a switch to MLS with Southampton keen to move the veteran forward on this summer.
    The ex-England international has not played a game for Saints since an FA Cup outing in February and is yet to appear in the Premier League this year.
    Walcott, 33, has a year remaining on his deal but Saints boss Ralph Hasenhuttl is happy to let him go at the end of the season.
    The former Arsenal man has considered a switch Stateside before and is open to doing so if the interest is there this summer, with either Los Angeles or New York among his favoured destinations.
    Bellerin set for Arsenal return
    Hector Bellerin will return to Arsenal this summer with Real Betis president Angel Haro hopeful a permanent deal can be reached.
    The right-back, 23, has starred during his loan spell at his boyhood club this season where he has helped the club win the Copa del Rey.
    Betis president Haro has admitted he will be sad to see the defender leave, but hopes the pair’s paths will cross again in the future.
    Refusing to rule out turning his temporary stay into a permanent switch, he told reporters: “Hector is a fantastic player and a very good person.
    “It was a loan that we had from Arsenal, now he returns to Arsenal and from then on, we’ll see.
    “It is true that he has been very caught up in everything about Betis because, in addition, his parents are Betis fans.
    “Hopefully we cross paths again.”
    ‘No hurry’ for Jesus decision
    SunSport reported last week that the Brazilian striker wants to stay in England – with his representatives trying to sort a move away from Manchester City this summer.
    And now we understand Jesus’ agents are not going to rush into a decision and are keen for their player to end on a high with City before deciding on his next move.

    Arsenal were seen as favourites to snap up the 25-year-old – who only has one year left on his current deal – having already initiated positive talks for a £40m-£50m move.
    But there is “no hurry” to sort the player’s future after Arsenal’s Monday night collapse.
    Wan-Bissaka allowed to leave Man Utd, say reports
    Aaron Wan-Bissaka will be allowed to leave permanently or on loan, report Sky Sports.
    Wan-Bissaka, 24, has endured a difficult campaign at Old Trafford.
    The full-back has started only 25 games with Diogo Dalot being preferred of late.
    SunSport exclusively revealed last week that ex-United manager Jose Mourinho is keen on Wan-Bissaka for Roma.
    Crystal Palace, who sold Wan-Bissaka to United for £50million in 2019, would be open to re-signing him.
    The full-back is also drawing admiring glances from Spanish giants Atletico Madrid.
    Dean Henderson in Newcastle to discuss move
    Manchester United goalkeeper Dean Henderson is “closing in on a move” to Newcastle United.
    The Manchester Evening News claim that Henderson, 25, was in Newcastle for talks on Wednesday.
    Discussions have been held over a loan deal but a permanent move has “not been ruled out”.
    Frank on Eriksen: ‘I will give him a hug and a kiss every day if he stays’.
    Brentford manager Thomas Frank on Christian Eriksen transfer talk: “I would love to say 100 per cent, but I’m convinced that there is a good chance that he’s wearing the Brentford shirt next season.
    “I’m telling him that I will give him a hug and a kiss every day if he stays.
    “I still back ourselves. I think the way we play, our environment, the role he’s given is also giving him the opportunity to flourish and play the best game he can play.
    “For Christian, it’s a win-win. Either he signs with us and everybody is going to be happy and the fans will build a statue of him outside the stadium in two or three years’ time.
    “Or he goes to a bigger level and the fans will applaud him and we will all say thanks for this time and go forward. Let’s see.”
    Gunners saving the No14 shirt for a striker?
    Arsenal forward Gabriel Martinelli has been handed a new shirt number in a sign that the club will bring in a striker this summer, writes Jake Lambourne.
    The Brazilian winger has worn the No35 at the Emirates since arriving from Ituano in 2019.
    Having chipped in with five goals and as many assists in 28 Premier League games this term, the youngster will don the No11 shirt from next season.
    Martinelli had called for the No14 shirt after Pierre-Emerick Aubameyang left to join Barcelona earlier this year.
    And fans believe that the fact the No14 has been left free means that it is being saved for a new centre-forward…
    Tottenham set to be beaten by Cardiff for non-league star Tanner
    Ollie Tanner, 20, is set to join Cardiff in a £50,000 deal from non-league Lewes.
    Tottenham were close to snapping up the winger, 20, in January before the Isthmian League Premier Division side announced personal terms could not be agreed.

    But Steve Morison’s side are primed to beat competition from Spurs, Brighton and Swansea for Tanner’s signature.
    Tanner is currently undergoing a medical ahead of signing a three-year contract with the Championship club.
    Relegation Battlers XI
    The Premier League trapdoor will open for one more team to join Watford and Norwich this weekend, writes Anthony Chapman.
    One of Everton, Leeds or Burnley will be playing Championship football next season.
    Frank Lampard looked like he had turned it around with the Toffees, but a 3-2 home defeat to Brentford leaves them in big danger.
    Leeds rescued a point at home to Brighton and managed to move out of the bottom three.
    That was at the expense of Burnley, who fell to a 1-0 defeat at Tottenham.
    And when combined together, those teams could put out a fearsome XI which would not only comfortably beat the drop, but would also challenge for a European finish.

    PSG ‘tempt Mane with deal’
    Sadio Mane is reportedly reluctant to sign a new Liverpool contract due to transfer interest from abroad.
    Mane’s contract ends in summer 2023, and he’s yet to pen a new deal.
    But the Senegal forward could be on his way out the door if reports from Bild are true.
    The publication claims Mane’s being swayed by PSG who are tracking the attacker.
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    Sergino Dest ‘wants £24m Man Utd transfer’, Wan Bissaka told he can leave, Kalvin Phillips ‘will never join Red Devils’

    BARCELONA are ready to let full-back Sergino Dest leave for £24m, with Man Utd said to be in the driving seat if they choose to bid.Chelsea are reported to be interested in the American, but Dest is said to have his heart set on working with Eric ten Hag again.
    Meanwhile, Leeds’ Kalvin Phillips has reportedly told friends he will never move to Old Trafford.
    And the Red Devils face a battle with Real Madrid for the signature of Lazio’s Sergej Milinkovic-Savic.
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    Koulibaly speaks on Napoli future
    Man United transfer target Kalidou Koulibaly has opened up on his Napoli future.
    Koulibaly told Onze Mondial: “I would not cause an argument to leave the club. If I ever did leave Napoli, I would do it on my terms.
    “There would be no argument and I would speak to the president. He tries to listen to the fans who don’t want me go and every time has asked for a fee that was too high.”
    Newcastle and Man City have also been linked with the defender.
    Nunez ‘snubs’ Man United
    Darwin Nunez has reportedly rejected an approach from Manchester United to sign him from Benfica.
    Arsenal and Newcastle have both been linked along with the Red Devils in making a move.
    And French giants Paris Saint-Germain are also keen on Nunez.
    Now RMC Sport have offered an update on his situation, claiming that United have informed the star’s camp that they would be willing to pay £67.8million for him.
    However, it states that Nunez has refused United’s approach.
    He wants to sign for a club that will be competing in the Champions League next season – with United only able to qualify for the Europa League at best.
    Pogba made City U-turn
    Paul Pogba agreed a controversial transfer to Manchester City but made a dramatic U-turn amid fears of fan backlash, according to reports.
    Pogba had even agreed personal terms with Manchester City ahead of a potential move, according to The Times.
    But the Frenchman is said to have then turned down a move across town from Old Trafford to the Etihad.
    Pogba is claimed to have been concerned by the potential backlash he would inevitably have faced from the United faithful.
    The Times go on to report Pogba reckoned life in Manchester would have become “unbearable” if he made the high-profile switch to United’s bitter rivals.
    Ten Hag spotted
    Erik ten Hag has been spotted leaving the Man United’s London office ahead of taking charge.
    He arrived in London on a private jet on Wednesday alongside assistant Mitchell van der Gaag.
    The duo had previously been working for the Red Devils remotely, so as not to distract from Ralf Rangnick’s preparations for United’s final game of the season against Crystal Palace.
    But the soon-to-be manager did visit United’s southern office in the West End to meet up with his new bosses.
    A photo showed Ten Hag, dressed in a light suit with a blue shirt, in the back seat of a motor departing the premises alongside his agent Kees Vos.
    Now he could be set to attend United’s final game of the season.

    Man United scrap awards
    Man United have reportedly CANCELLED their end of season awards ceremony after a request from the players.
    The Red Devils will post their worst-ever Premier League points tally regardless of Sunday’s result at Crystal Palace.
    And their shocking season meant United stars were too embarrassed for the awards night to go ahead, according to the Mirror.
    Each year the club host a glitzy end-of-season do to recognise the best performers over the course of the season from both the first-team and the academy.
    The black-tie event held at Old Trafford has occupied a regular spot on the calendar during the final two weeks of the season for the last 10 years.
    But despite Covid-19 cancelling the last two editions, the players were not keen on the night going ahead this year.
    Matic: We’re doing our best
    Nemanja Matic has told Man United fans that the players are doing their best despite going through a rough patch.
    Matic said whilst pleading for fans the carry on supporting the club: “I know that we have had a couple of difficult seasons but I just want the fans to know that, at the training ground, we’re doing our best, and United will come back, for sure.”
    But the midfielder who is leaving United this summer insisted United will be back on top one day.
    He added: “It’s going to take some time but United will be back. Keep supporting the team. Stay together.”
    Beckham speaks on Real Madrid number
    David Beckham has revealed he became Real Madrid No 23 shirt to honour Michael Jordan – as he knew he couldn’t have Raul’s No7 top.
    The midfielder had to ditch the No7 he’d worn so iconically for the Red Devils and continued to don as England skipper in earning 115 caps.
    But he was delighted to instead pay homage to his ‘inspiration Jordan.
    He told a Complex store video: “The Number 7 was worn by Raul, the captain, the God of Real Madrid, so I was never going to get the No7.
    “So they said, ‘OK, these numbers are available’. I said, ‘well, 23, it has to be 23’. 
    “I’ve always been a fan of Jordan, but I think there are so many cultures that have been inspired by him, his game. 
    “And as you see it now – the world is inspired by him.”
    Elanga on United atmposhere
    Anthony Elanga has declared that everyone at Man United pushes each other to do better.
    In an interview with the club, he said: ““Competition is healthy, especially in the environment I am in.
    “I feel like everyone is pushing each other to become the best version of themselves [and] it shows, even in training.
    “Competition is something you need in a big team like Manchester United. If you want to become the best, you’ve got to compete with the best.”
    Matic praises United youngster
    Nemanja Matic has heaped praise on Man United youngster Hannibal Mejbri.
    Matic said to United’s website: “I have to say that Hannibal is a fantastic player and a great character.
    “The talent he has, he needs to use that. I really want to see him in the future and how he will grow.
    “I hope to see him get more minutes. I think that every time I see him in training, he surprises me with his quality, he’s still young, but I’m very excited.”
    Robbie Savage expresses joy
    Robbie Savage is delighted that his son Charlie was given a new long-term deal with Man United.
    Robbie said after his 19-year-son was handed the extension: “”So proud, thank you to everyone involved.
    “Huge thank you to Chris and Jake at new era.”
    Man United close in on Timber
    Man United appear to be on the verge of closing in on the signing of Ajax defender Jurrien Timber.
    Incoming Red Devils boss Erik ten Hag has been linked with bringing one of his current top stars with him to Old Trafford.
    Now the Netherlands centre-half looks set to complete the move to the Premier League.
    The 20-year-old star is represented by Forza Sports Group.
    And the company has sparked speculation a transfer is imminent by seemingly dropping a big hint online.
    They posted a clip on social media of an airport and captioned it with: “Deal closing time…”

    McClaren will be a good coach
    Steve McClaren will be a good coach at Man United although he wasn’t a great manager, Paul Parker claims.
    Parker told indiabetting.co.in: “Steve McClaren is a very good coach. As a manager, he wasn’t successful.
    “There are people who can coach and people who can manage. And there are only a few managers that we can talk about doing both, and who have done that and have been deemed as great managers.
    “Steve McClaren worked at United for a number of years so he’s got a basic idea of what may be needed.
    “Manchester United have to move on as a club from top to bottom from what they are doing and it can’t be the same things that made them into the club they are, they have to move a little bit with the times.
    “At the moment, Manchester United haven’t been adapting, they’ve been living in this world like the way it used to be.”
    How Ten Hag should treat players
    Erik ten Hag needs to treat all Man United players the same, Paul Parker claims.
    He told indiabetting.co.in: “I think someone who comes in and just talks and doesn’t stutter and does not make eye contact. I would imagine, he knows all that stuff, it’s all the part of management. Hopefully, he is going to be a manager and not just a head coach.”
    “Not someone who’s gonna walk in and start looking around and going “well, he’s earned that much money, he’s earned that much money,” and you think: Oh, I can’t have a go at him because he sells so many shirts and he’s got so many followers on Instagram.”
    “Go in there, everyone is in exactly the same boat and you treat all of them the same, nothing different, and that’s the bit that I would be looking for.”
    What Ten Hag needs to do
    Erik ten Hag needs to stamp his authority at Man United immediately, according to Paul Parker.
    Parker told indiabetting.co.in: “I think it’s the same thing for any job really, establishing authority. You know, you walk in your first day into any job, I mean, it’s gonna be difficult.
    “The first thing; your first team talk, your first group talk, your squad talk, that’s your most important one. It is the one that makes you or breaks you. It Is the one where anybody who will have a bad attitude will be looking for an excuse to dig into him. He’s got to let everyone know, that he’s not gonna suffer any problems.
    “It’s as simple as that. He’s come across there. His reputation is at stake as well. You know he’s a well-known man in his own country. He’s managed a very successful club, a big club, a renowned club and he surely hasn’t gone to Manchester United to ruin all that.”
    “He’s in a position now, where it’s gonna make him or break him. That’s what Manchester United has done to the previous four or five managers, I’ve lost count now. So, he’s got to go in there and do something different to all of them.
    “If he hasn’t been given the license to do it, just grab it. Just grab it now and just say I’m gonna take it and if you don’t like it get rid of me. He can’t have people messing him about. He can’t have people who are not going to give him a hundred per cent.”
    Juventus plan Prem raid
    Juventus chief Federico Cherubini has reportedly arrived in London as he looks to secure a deal for Chelsea’s Jorginho.
    The Italian giants appear to have won the race to sign Manchester United’s Paul Pogba on a free transfer when the Frenchman’s contract expires next month.
    And the 29-year-old could be lining-up alongside Jorginho when he returns to Turin next term.
    Todd Boehly’s consortium hope to complete their takeover of Chelsea by the end of the month, which will finally allow them to get back in the game transfer wise.
    However, a big-name departure could be the first topic of conversation, according to Gazzetta dello Sport.
     They state that Juventus have made Italy international midfielder Jorginho, 30, one of their top targets and have now begun their attempt to get him.
    Charlie Savage signs long-term deal
    Charlie Savage has signed a long-term contract with Man United.
    Robbie Savage’s son said on Instagram after penning the deal: “Great way to end an amazing season. Delighted to sign a long-term contract with this special club.
    “Thank you to my family for their support, without them this would never have been possible.
    “Also, a big shoutout to the @neweraglobalsports team for help making this happen, especially to Jake, Chris and Rio.
    “Time for a short break before going again and giving everything to keep pushing forward.”
    Wan-Bissaka allowed to leave Man Utd, say reports
    Aaron Wan-Bissaka will be allowed to leave permanently or on loan, report Sky Sports.
    Wan-Bissaka, 24, has endured a difficult campaign at Old Trafford.
    The full-back has started only 25 games with Diogo Dalot being preferred of late.
    SunSport exclusively revealed last week that ex-United manager Jose Mourinho is keen on Wan-Bissaka for Roma.
    Crystal Palace, who sold Wan-Bissaka to United for £50million in 2019, would be open to re-signing him.
    The full-back is also drawing admiring glances from Spanish giants Atletico Madrid.
    Dean Henderson in Newcastle to discuss move
    Manchester United goalkeeper Dean Henderson is “closing in on a move” to Newcastle United.
    The Manchester Evening News claim that Henderson, 25, was in Newcastle for talks on Wednesday.
    Discussions have been held over a loan deal but a permanent move has “not been ruled out”.
    Van der Gaag and McClaren to be part of coaching staff, say reports
    Erik ten Hag is claimed to want Mitchell Van der Gaag as his assistant at Old Trafford.
    Van Der Gaag is likely to be the man tasked with helping Ten Hag salvage the sinking ship at Manchester United as his No2.
    And reports say that Steve McClaren will also be re-joining the club.
    Transfer guru Fabrizio Romano tweeted: “Mitchell van der Gaag and Steve McClaren will be part of new Man Utd coaching staff, confirmed.
    “Full agreement at final stages and set to be signed with both of them.
    “#MUFC Official statement for McClaren to join United could be next week, as @MrStephenHowson reports.”
    United’s transfer struggles
    Former Man United star Teddy Sheringham reckons the Red Devils have fallen down the pecking order as a destination for big players.
    Sheringham made the claims whilst discussing United’s interest in Harry Kane.
    The former England striker told Genting Casino: “Manchester United are falling down the pecking order for big players, but having said that, they are still a massive club, they’re still a massive draw.
    “If they do come calling, it’ll be hard to turn them down. Even if they’re not in any European competitions next season, it would still be a very tough thing to say no to Manchester United.”
    United should sell Henderson, says Paul Parker
    Ex-England international Paul Parker said that Dean Henderson will refuse to sit on the bench again all season.

    In a chat with indiabetting.co.in, the former United defender was asked whether Man Utd should sell Dean Henderson to rivals Newcastle.
    Parker said: “I personally do.
    “Give him the opportunity and go and prove it. You can prove it at Newcastle with the pressure on him from their fans.
    “If he’s got an opportunity to play regular football, he’s gonna want it.
    “He’s not gonna be sitting down, his ego is not allowing him.”
    Pogba to re-join Juve, say reports
    Juventus have reportedly offered Paul Pogba £120,000-a-week wages to re-join them this summer, writes Anthony Chapman.
    But the Manchester United exile could scupper a free transfer as he seeks a higher salary from his former side.
    Goal claims Juventus have a three-year contract on the table for Pogba, 29 – despite the Italians claiming they have a “gentleman’s agreement” to talk with United first.

    The midfielder spent four years in Turin between 2012 and 2016, winning four titles and two Italian Cups.
    And fallen giants Juve, guaranteed to finish fourth on Saturday, want Pogba 2.0 to resurrect their Serie A ambitions next term.
    However, issues remain over the Frenchman’s wage demands.
    Ronaldo still has key role at Man Utd, says Winterburn
    Cristiano Ronaldo will still offer huge value to Manchester United next season, claims Nigel Winterburn.
    The Arsenal legend would be stunned to see Ronaldo leave the Red Devils after just one year back at Old Trafford, writes Etienne Fermie.
    Ronaldo, 37, has been linked with a summer exit amid uncertainty over his role under incoming boss Erik ten Hag.

    Winterburn, 58, told Paddy Power: “Manchester United won’t just bring Cristiano Ronaldo in for one season and ship him out so quickly, it just won’t happen.
    “He still offers huge value to Manchester United, and we’ve seen that in his goalscoring record. His age is but a number.
    “He has huge experience, and he could play an important role if United opt to go down the younger route in setting an example of how to train and play, as well as what it means to win and lose.
    “He can help those younger players around the training ground and if he can accept that, he might be used in a slightly different way and have less game time.
    “It doesn’t surprise me that he’s still there. If you have someone of his quality, you have to use them and use them in the right system.
    “I believe there’s a role for him to play next season at United, he’s a superstar.”
    Man Utd transfer target Antony sends message to Ten Hag
    Manchester United transfer target Antony promised to “always stand” with his Ajax boss Erik ten Hag.
    The Dutch manager has taken charge of his final match with the Amsterdam giants.
    as revealed by SunSport, winger Antony could be top of the Man Utd wishlist.

    In a farewell video message for the departing boss, Antony – who is reportedly keen to test himself in England – said: “I want to wish you all the best at your new club.
    “I also want to thank you for everything you taught me.
    “I am thankful all the opportunities and learning every day.
    “Know that I will always stand with you if you need me.”
    Ten Hag brought Antony to Ajax in 2020 and the forward, 22, has racked up 22 goals and 20 assists in his 79 appearances as well as two Eredivisie titles.
    Man Utd fan campaign to ‘Boycott Adidas’
    Manchester United fans have ramped up their anti-Glazer tactics by starting a “#BoycottAdidas” trend on Twitter.
    Some United supporters threatened not to wear Adidas products until the Glazers sell the club.
    Adidas are the club’s official kit manufacturers.

    Fan group The 1958 revealed on Wednesday night that they would be targeting a different stakeholder each week.
    They wrote on Twitter: “Calling all reds! Tonight we launch our worldwide cyber campaign against the Glazer stakeholders.
    “Each week we’ll be focusing on one Stakeholder at a time and posting two easy tasks every few days that week.
    “This week we start with: Adidas.
    “Do your bit, save your club.”
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    Dybala to Totttenham, Man City enter Kalvin Phillips race, Sadio Mane ‘awaits PSG bid as he stalls on new deal’ – latest

    TOTTENHAM are said to be interested and in the process of trying to sign Juventus’ Paulo Dybala, who has confirmed he is leaving the Italian club this summer. Meanwhile, Sadio Mane is reportedly interested in a big money move to Paris Saint-Germain, while Man City have their eye on Leeds’ Kalvin Phillips.
    It is said to be for that reason that the Senegal star has yet to sign a new contract with Liverpool.
    Elsewhere, Kylian Mbappe has confirmed that his transfer decision on a potential move to Real Madrid is set to be announced before he jets off with the French squad.
    And Tottenham are reportedly ready to nab £70m Inter Milan star Lautaro Martinez from under the noses of Arsenal.
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    Origi set for AC Milan switch
    Liverpool icon Divock Origi has agreed personal terms with AC Milan ahead of the summer transfer window.
    That is according to The Athletic, who report Milan are increasingly certain of becoming Origi’s next destination when his Anfield deal runs out in June.
    However, a contract has yet to be signed with the Rossoneri and a medical hasn’t been scheduled for the forward.
    The Belgium international has been keen to join the Serie A leaders for quite some time as his opportunities at the Kop have been limited this season.
    Juventus plan Prem raid
    Juventus chief Federico Cherubini has reportedly arrived in London as he looks to secure a deal for Chelsea’s Jorginho.
    The Italian giants appear to have won the race to sign Manchester United’s Paul Pogba on a free transfer when the Frenchman’s contract expires next month.
    And the 29-year-old could be lining-up alongside Jorginho when he returns to Turin next term.
    Todd Boehly’s consortium hope to complete their takeover of Chelsea by the end of the month, which will finally allow them to get back in the game transfer wise.
    However, a big-name departure could be the first topic of conversation, according to Gazzetta dello Sport.
    They state that Juventus have made Italy international midfielder Jorginho, 30, one of their top targets and have now begun their attempt to get him.
    Walcott eyes MLS transfer
    Theo Walcott is eyeing a switch to MLS with Southampton keen to move the veteran forward on this summer.
    The ex-England international has not played a game for Saints since an FA Cup outing in February and is yet to appear in the Premier League this year.
    Walcott, 33, has a year remaining on his deal but Saints boss Ralph Hasenhuttl is happy to let him go at the end of the season.
    The former Arsenal man has considered a switch Stateside before and is open to doing so if the interest is there this summer, with either Los Angeles or New York among his favoured destinations.
    Bellerin set for Arsenal return
    Hector Bellerin will return to Arsenal this summer with Real Betis president Angel Haro hopeful a permanent deal can be reached.
    The right-back, 23, has starred during his loan spell at his boyhood club this season where he has helped the club win the Copa del Rey.
    Betis president Haro has admitted he will be sad to see the defender leave, but hopes the pair’s paths will cross again in the future.
    Refusing to rule out turning his temporary stay into a permanent switch, he told reporters: “Hector is a fantastic player and a very good person.
    “It was a loan that we had from Arsenal, now he returns to Arsenal and from then on, we’ll see.
    “It is true that he has been very caught up in everything about Betis because, in addition, his parents are Betis fans.
    “Hopefully we cross paths again.”
    ‘No hurry’ for Jesus decision
    SunSport reported last week that the Brazilian striker wants to stay in England – with his representatives trying to sort a move away from Manchester City this summer.
    And now we understand Jesus’ agents are not going to rush into a decision and are keen for their player to end on a high with City before deciding on his next move.

    Arsenal were seen as favourites to snap up the 25-year-old – who only has one year left on his current deal – having already initiated positive talks for a £40m-£50m move.
    But there is “no hurry” to sort the player’s future after Arsenal’s Monday night collapse.
    Wan-Bissaka allowed to leave Man Utd, say reports
    Aaron Wan-Bissaka will be allowed to leave permanently or on loan, report Sky Sports.
    Wan-Bissaka, 24, has endured a difficult campaign at Old Trafford.
    The full-back has started only 25 games with Diogo Dalot being preferred of late.
    SunSport exclusively revealed last week that ex-United manager Jose Mourinho is keen on Wan-Bissaka for Roma.
    Crystal Palace, who sold Wan-Bissaka to United for £50million in 2019, would be open to re-signing him.
    The full-back is also drawing admiring glances from Spanish giants Atletico Madrid.
    Dean Henderson in Newcastle to discuss move
    Manchester United goalkeeper Dean Henderson is “closing in on a move” to Newcastle United.
    The Manchester Evening News claim that Henderson, 25, was in Newcastle for talks on Wednesday.
    Discussions have been held over a loan deal but a permanent move has “not been ruled out”.
    Frank on Eriksen: ‘I will give him a hug and a kiss every day if he stays’.
    Brentford manager Thomas Frank on Christian Eriksen transfer talk: “I would love to say 100 per cent, but I’m convinced that there is a good chance that he’s wearing the Brentford shirt next season.
    “I’m telling him that I will give him a hug and a kiss every day if he stays.
    “I still back ourselves. I think the way we play, our environment, the role he’s given is also giving him the opportunity to flourish and play the best game he can play.
    “For Christian, it’s a win-win. Either he signs with us and everybody is going to be happy and the fans will build a statue of him outside the stadium in two or three years’ time.
    “Or he goes to a bigger level and the fans will applaud him and we will all say thanks for this time and go forward. Let’s see.”
    Gunners saving the No14 shirt for a striker?
    Arsenal forward Gabriel Martinelli has been handed a new shirt number in a sign that the club will bring in a striker this summer, writes Jake Lambourne.
    The Brazilian winger has worn the No35 at the Emirates since arriving from Ituano in 2019.
    Having chipped in with five goals and as many assists in 28 Premier League games this term, the youngster will don the No11 shirt from next season.
    Martinelli had called for the No14 shirt after Pierre-Emerick Aubameyang left to join Barcelona earlier this year.
    And fans believe that the fact the No14 has been left free means that it is being saved for a new centre-forward…
    Tottenham set to be beaten by Cardiff for non-league star Tanner
    Ollie Tanner, 20, is set to join Cardiff in a £50,000 deal from non-league Lewes.
    Tottenham were close to snapping up the winger, 20, in January before the Isthmian League Premier Division side announced personal terms could not be agreed.

    But Steve Morison’s side are primed to beat competition from Spurs, Brighton and Swansea for Tanner’s signature.
    Tanner is currently undergoing a medical ahead of signing a three-year contract with the Championship club.
    Relegation Battlers XI
    The Premier League trapdoor will open for one more team to join Watford and Norwich this weekend, writes Anthony Chapman.
    One of Everton, Leeds or Burnley will be playing Championship football next season.
    Frank Lampard looked like he had turned it around with the Toffees, but a 3-2 home defeat to Brentford leaves them in big danger.
    Leeds rescued a point at home to Brighton and managed to move out of the bottom three.
    That was at the expense of Burnley, who fell to a 1-0 defeat at Tottenham.
    And when combined together, those teams could put out a fearsome XI which would not only comfortably beat the drop, but would also challenge for a European finish.

    PSG ‘tempt Mane with deal’
    Sadio Mane is reportedly reluctant to sign a new Liverpool contract due to transfer interest from abroad.
    Mane’s contract ends in summer 2023, and he’s yet to pen a new deal.
    But the Senegal forward could be on his way out the door if reports from Bild are true.
    The publication claims Mane’s being swayed by PSG who are tracking the attacker.
    Arsenal face battle to tie Saka down to new deal
    Arsenal reportedly face a battle to keep Manchester City target Bukayo Saka if they miss out on a top four finish this weekend, writes Anthony Chapman.
    The Athletic claims the Gunners want to hand their star man a lucrative new deal this summer.
    Saka, 20, has just one year left on a £30,000-a-week contract, although Arsenal have the option to extend it for a further 12 months.

    Mikel Arteta is ready to make Saka one of his top-paid players after the ace struck 12 goals in all competitions this term, however Arsenal’s chances of keeping Saka could be in jeopardy.
    That’s because the England international, with 14 caps to his name, is desperate to play in the Champions League.
    One major suitor for the versatile winger is Manchester City.
    Pep Guardiola is thought to be a big fan, and Saka could be in line to replace the ageing Riyad Mahrez.
    Liverpool have also been linked with Saka this year.
    And should either club come forward with a bid, Arsenal could struggle to convince Saka that his future lies in north London.
    Thomas signs new three-year deal with Huddersfield
    Sorba Thomas aims to complete his remarkable rise from non-league to Premier League star after signing a new three-year deal with Huddersfield, writes PHIL CADDEN.
    The Wales winger, 23, committed his future – with the option of another year until 2027 – as he prepares for the Championship play-off final against Nottingham Forest at Wembley on May 29.
    Thomas joined the Terriers from National League side Boreham Wood in January 2021 but is now just one game away from the top-flight after a stunning breakthrough season for club and country.
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    The attacker, who started his career at West Ham, produced the assist for Jordan Rhodes’ winning goal in the play-off semi-final against Luton – his 16th of the campaign – and he has also won three Wales caps.
    Huddersfield head coach Carlos Corberán said: “Sorba’s new contract is very good news for the club. It shows that the mentality of our club is to keep growing, year-by-year, by keeping the players who have made important contributions to our first team.”
    Man City ‘expecting striker to make transfer request to leave’
    Manchester City are reportedly expecting Arsenal target Gabriel Jesus to submit a transfer request in his bid to depart the Etihad, writes Jake Lambourne.
    And it has also been claimed that the Gunners are set to make a £35million offer for the Brazilian striker as Mikel Arteta eyes up a reunion at the Emirates.
    Jesus has one year left on his deal at the Etihad and has no desire to extend his stay with the Premier League leaders.

    The ex-Palmeiras ace believes he will struggle for minutes next season following the arrival of Erling Haaland from Borussia Dortmund.
    And City are now prepared to offload him to avoid losing the ace on a free transfer in 2023.
    According to ESPN, the Citizens are now expecting Jesus to ask for permission to leave.
    They even state that Pep Guardiola will not stand in the way of him departing the club.
    Pogba to re-join Juve, say reports
    Juventus have reportedly offered Paul Pogba £120,000-a-week wages to re-join them this summer, writes Anthony Chapman.
    But the Manchester United exile could scupper a free transfer as he seeks a higher salary from his former side.
    Goal claims Juventus have a three-year contract on the table for Pogba, 29 – despite the Italians claiming they have a “gentleman’s agreement” to talk with United first.
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    The midfielder spent four years in Turin between 2012 and 2016, winning four titles and two Italian Cups.
    And fallen giants Juve, guaranteed to finish fourth on Saturday, want Pogba 2.0 to resurrect their Serie A ambitions next term.
    However, issues remain over the Frenchman’s wage demands.
    Leicester set to enquire over £50m-rated Sanchez
    Leicester are reportedly set to enquire about £50million-rated Brighton goalkeeper Robert Sanchez, writes Anthony Chapman.
    The Telegraph claims Brendan Rodgers is looking to launch a bid for the Spain international amid doubts over Kasper Schmeichel’s future.
    The Dane, 35, is out of contract in 2023 and was dropped for Danny Ward in the 5-1 win at Watford.

    Schmeichel is one of Leicester’s top earners on around £130,000-a-week.
    And he is now set to hold talks over his future at the Midlands club.
    But boss Rodgers is considering replacing him with Sanchez, 24, this summer, it’s claimed.
    Rodgers is said to be a huge fan of Sanchez but Graham Potter is expected to demand at least £50m for Sanchez’s services.
    Saints go marching in
    Southampton are eyeing a similar raid on Manchester City’s academy to the one they launched on Chelsea’s last summer, writes TOM BARCLAY in a SunSport exclusive.
    The South-Coast side are mulling over transfer targets for when the market opens, with City whizkids Liam Delap, 19, and Gavin Bazunu, 20, on their shortlists for striker and goalkeeper.

    Highly-rated striker Delap is the son of former Southampton star Rory Delap and was born in Winchester in 2003, when his father was playing for Saints.
    Injury has restricted him to just three substitute appearances for City this term.
    It remains to be seen whether Southampton would attempt to loan or buy the youngster.
    Bazunu, who saved a penalty from Cristiano Ronaldo when playing for the Republic of Ireland in September, has had a solid season on loan at Saints’ arch-rivals Portsmouth in League One.
    Saints are likely to move for a new stopper if Fraser Forster’s contract, which is up at the end of next month, is not renewed.
    Man Utd transfer target Antony sends message to Ten Hag
    Manchester United transfer target Antony promised to “always stand” with his Ajax boss Erik ten Hag.
    The Dutch manager has taken charge of his final match with the Amsterdam giants.
    as revealed by SunSport, winger Antony could be top of the Man Utd wishlist.

    In a farewell video message for the departing boss, Antony – who is reportedly keen to test himself in England – said: “I want to wish you all the best at your new club.
    “I also want to thank you for everything you taught me.
    “I am thankful all the opportunities and learning every day.
    “Know that I will always stand with you if you need me.”
    Ten Hag brought Antony to Ajax in 2020 and the forward, 22, has racked up 22 goals and 20 assists in his 79 appearances as well as two Eredivisie titles.
    Di Maria to join Juventus, say reports
    Angel Di Maria has agreed to join Juventus on a free, according to reports.
    Di Maria, 34, is said to be intent on leaving Paris Saint-Germain when his contract expires next month.
    Goal have confirmed that the midfielder has agreed to a one-year contract at the Turin club.

    Juventus will have the option in the summer of 2023 to extend it by another year.
    Negotiations have escalated over the past 24 hours and Di Maria will prepare to depart for Italy after seven years in Paris.
    After 294 appearances, 92 goals and 118 assists in PSG’s colours – Di Maria is “set to embark on a new challenge” at the Allianz Stadium.
    Crown Jules – Kounde target
    Chelsea have “put in place” plans to sign Sevilla centre-back Jules Kounde after reaching a verbal agreement, according to reports.
    The Blues are set to lose Antonio Rudiger and Andreas Christensen for FREE this summer to Real Madrid and Barcelona, writes JOSHUA MBU.
    And according to Goal, Chelsea have put plans in place to sign long-term target Kounde from Sevilla as soon as Todd Boehly’s takeover is completed and sanctions end.

    The 23-year-old has a verbal agreement in place for a move this summer and wants a move to Stamford Bridge after talks collapsed last summer.
    Sevilla are also said to be keen to do a deal as early as possible to allow them to sign a replacement.
    The LaLiga outfit want a fee or around £59million for the France international, who can play both centrally and at right-back.
    Arteta handed transfer warchest
    Arsenal are set to hand boss Mikel Arteta another huge transfer warchest despite missing out on Champions League qualification, reports claim.
    The Spaniard spent £150million on fresh talent last summer, as he attempts to rebuild his squad, writes ETIENNE FERMIE.
    The Gunners looked set to achieve a surprise top four finish – only to blow it in the final weeks of the season.
    Should Tottenham avoid defeat at Norwich on Sunday, Arsenal will be consigned to the Europa League.
    According to the Telegraph, however, failure to reach Europe’s premier competition won’t affect the North Londoners’ spending power.
    Club chiefs view the upcoming window as a “major opportunity” to bolster their squad.
    Despite missing out on a lucrative Champions League payday, many of Arsenal’s targets will remain the same as if they had qualified.
    Whether they will still be able to attract that high class talent, remains to be seen.
    First Dybs for Spurs?
    Tottenham are reportedly in talks to sign Juventus free agent Paulo Dybala, writes ANTHONY CHAPMAN.
    Transfer guru Pedro Almeida claims Spurs have joined Manchester United and Arsenal in the race for the Argentina forward.
    And Antonio Conte’s Juve links could seal the deal, with sporting director Fabio Paratici already holding talks with Dybala’s representatives.

    The versatile attacker, 28, has confirmed he will leave Turin when his contract expires next month.
    Dybala has been at Juventus since 2015 after a move from Palermo.
    And he is regarded as one of world football’s top talents, having won five Serie A titles and four Italian Cups.
    Ten Hag in London
    Erik Ten Hag has arrived in London on a private jet and could attend Manchester United’s final game of the season, writes ETIENNE FERMIE.
    The Dutchman flew in on Wednesday afternoon alongside assistant Mitchell van der Gaag.
    The duo had previously been working for the Red Devils remotely, so as not to distract from Ralf Rangnick’s preparations for United’s final game of the season against Crystal Palace.
    According to the Mail, Ten Hag and Van der Gaag could be in attendance at Selhurst Park to watch their new side in action.
    Both men are expected to meet with Red Devils colleagues today.
    Rangnick, however, will continue preparing United for Sunday’s final match.
    Good morning footy fans
    Jose Mourinho wants to link up with Nemanja Matic for a third time by bringing the midfielder to Roma, according to reports in Italy.
    Mourinho, who previously managed the Serbian at both Chelsea and Manchester United, has made no secret of his admiration for Matic.
    The 33-year-old is out of contract at Old Trafford this summer, and looks nailed on for a move to the Italian capital on a free.
    Elsewhere, Borussia Dortmund are preparing to make an offer for young Chelsea defender Ian Maatsen, according to BILD.
    The Bundesliga club want to bring the 20-year-old Dutchman in on loan initially with a view to a permanent move if he impresses at Signal Iduna Park.
    Maatsen has spent a successful year on loan at Coventry, making 40 appearances as the Sky Blues registered their highest league finish in 16 years.
    Meanwhile, West Ham United are considering a £20million move for Watford striker Emmanuel Dennis.
    The Mirror believe that the Londoners are looking to bring in a new striker as competition for Michail Antonio, and are seriously considering the Nigerian hitman.
    Finally, Raheem Sterling has been tipped to stay at Man City and snub Arsenal’s advances.
    That’s the view of Steve McManaman, who reckons Sterling won’t want to leave City for Arsenal if the Gunners aren’t in the Champions League next season.
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    Chelsea ‘consider Lewandowski offer’, Pulisic ‘unhappy under Tuchel’, Kounde transfer ‘as soon as takeover complete’

    CHELSEA are reportedly aware of the availability of Robert Lewandowski, who is set on leaving Bayern Munich.The Pole is said to be keen on a move to Barcelona but the Blues could yet make a bid and reportedly would have done so last year if the move had been financially viable.
    Meanwhile another man who came from a German club. is said to be unhappy at Chelsea under Thomas Tuchel – Christian Pulisic.
    And Chelsea are reportedly ready to complete the signing of Jules Kounde as soon as Todd Boehly’s takeover of the club is done.
    The Blues want to push the deal through as quickly as possible with the departures of Toni Rudiger and Andreas Christensen imminent.
    In contrast to last summer when they upped the asking price at the last minute, Sevilla are also said to want a quick deal so they can focus on signing a replacement.
    Meanwhile Tuchel has questions the attitude of outgoing Christensen as he revealed the Dane has withdrawn from Chelsea matchday squads on multiple occasions, as he did in the FA Cup final at the weekend.
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    Joe Cole makes Mourinho admission
    Jose Mourinho once warned Ricardo Carvalho that Chelsea’s 50-year-old KIT MAN would play ahead of him during a blazing row.
    Former Blue Joe Cole disclosed the revelation while appearing on Peter Crouch’s podcast.
    He described how a bust-up between Portuguese pair Mourinho and Carvalho led to the Special One making a hilarious threat.
    Mourinho told Carvalho that he was “never going to play” for Chelsea again.
    And the boss then went a step further by insisting that Chelsea’s ageing kitman at the time, Mick Roberts, was ahead of Carvalho in the pecking order.
    More on Juventus and Jorginho
    The report states that their sporting director Cherubini has arrived in London and “will hold talks with representatives of Chelsea in the coming days” in order to “discuss the possibility of doing a deal once sanctions have been lifted” have been lifted on the Blues.
    And they claim that the Stamford Bridge club have not rebuffed the transfer talks, suggesting they could be open to selling.
    Jorginho only has a year remaining on his contract and Chelsea will be desperate not to lose another star for nothing following Antonio Rudiger and Andreas Christensen’s departures.
    Juve are yet to agree a fee with Chelsea for Jorginho, but Gazzetta say discussions with the player over personal terms “reached an advanced stage” already.
    Juventus plan Prem raid
    Juventus chief Federico Cherubini has reportedly arrived in London as he looks to secure a deal for Chelsea’s Jorginho.
    The Italian giants appear to have won the race to sign Manchester United’s Paul Pogba on a free transfer when the Frenchman’s contract expires next month.
    And the 29-year-old could be lining-up alongside Jorginho when he returns to Turin next term.
    Todd Boehly’s consortium hope to complete their takeover of Chelsea by the end of the month, which will finally allow them to get back in the game transfer wise.
    However, a big-name departure could be the first topic of conversation, according to Gazzetta dello Sport.
    They state that Juventus have made Italy international midfielder Jorginho, 30, one of their top targets and have now begun their attempt to get him.
    Tuchel eyes Prem giants
    Thomas Tuchel is eager to break Man City and Liverpool’s dominance in the Premier League.
    The German has told new Blues owner Todd Boehly of his plan, according to the Evening Standard.
    And the report states that Tuchel wants the financial backing from Boehly to get his vision in motion.
    Tuchel unsure of Christensen involvement
    Chelsea boss Thomas Tuchel is unsure as to whether Andreas Christensen will play for the club again after he withdrew from the squad on the morning of the FA Cup final.
    Speaking ahead of tonight’s game with Leicester, the German said: “I’m not sure yet if he will be involved either tomorrow or at the weekend.
    “Andreas came to me [on Saturday morning] to tell me that he’s not ready to play, start or to be on the bench.
    “He had his reasons, and they will stay private and confidential – but it was not the first time.”
    Tuchel was quick to point out, however, that Christensen’s absence was not because the defender did not want to play, and reiterated that the Dane has the support of the club.

    Government agree to Chelsea deal
    On Wednesday a deal was finally agreed between Roman Abramovich and the UK Government over the sale of Chelsea that will green light Todd Boehly’s takeover of the football club.
    The PA News Agency report that the two parties are said to have found a ‘legal resolution’ as to how to handle the £1.5billion debt the Stamford Bridge club owe to the outgoing Russian owner.
    Abramovich had previously indicated his willingness to write off the loan, but Downing Street officials had expressed concerns that the 55-year-old would later renege on that promise.
    The Premier League are now required to sign off on any sale of one of their clubs.
    How Chelsea could line up against Leicester
    Academy graduate Trevoh Chalobah could slot into the back three alongside Thiago Silva and Antonio Rudiger.
    N’Golo Kante and Jorginho could start in the middle of the park, with Marcos Alonso and Reece James flying up and down the wing.
    Mason Mount will be hoping to get back to winning ways after having his penalty saved against Liverpool.
    Hakim Ziyech could also support Romelu Lukaku in attack.

    Blues mini injury crises vs Leicester
    Thomas Tuchel is facing a mini injury crisis ahead of Chelsea’s Premier League clash against Leicester City, writes Joshua Mbu.
    The Blues could be without FOUR first-team stars for the 8pm kick-off.
    Timo Werner is almost certain to miss the game against the Foxes after appearing to pick up a hamstring injury in the warm-up ahead of the FA Cup final against Liverpool.
    Question marks remain over midfielder Mateo Kovacic, as well as defender Andreas Christensen and attacker Kai Havertz.
    Christensen was missing from Chelsea’s squad for the final against Liverpool.
    Blues boss Tuchel admitted that it is a situation that has occurred multiple times in recent weeks but has refused to give details on conversations with the soon-to-be out of contract star.
    Munich 10 years on
    It was the most famous night in Chelsea’s history, when Didier Drogba stroked home the winning spot kick in the Champions League final.
    In 2012, the Blues beat Bayern Munich on penalties despite being dominated by the Germans over 120 minutes.
    Against all the odds they lifted the trophy after beating Bayern in their own backyard following a 1-1 draw after extra time.

    Chelsea Team news
    Thomas Tuchel revealed that Timo Werner’s absence from the FA Cup final was due to a minor knock that he felt in the warm-up which makes the German a doubt for the Leicester encounter.
    Werner’s fellow countryman Kai Havertz was another squad player unavailable as his hamstring injury continues to cause him a concern going forward.
    Thiago Silva has also become a doubt having battled through 75 minutes of pain in the clash at Wembley with a minor injury.
    As for Ben Chilwell and Callum Hudson-Odoi, they remain out for the foreseeable future.
    Meanwhile, Brendan Rodgers’ has no further injury concerns ahead of Leicester’s trip to Stamford Bridge.
    Wesley Fofana missed the 3-0 win over Norwich with a tight calf, but the Frenchman returned for the pummelling on Watford.
    Whilst Jamie Vardy’s wrist scare was nothing serious as the English forward added another two goals to his tally against the Hornets.
    Chelsea vs Leicester info
    Chelsea entertain Leicester City TONIGHT.
    It is scheduled to kick off at 8pm UK time.
    Stamford Bridge will be the location for this clash.
    The Blues ran riot when the sides met earlier on in the season.
    Chelsea welcome Leicester to Stamford Bridge
    Chelsea will be hoping to distance themselves from the Wembley nightmare when they welcome Leicester City to Stamford Bridge TODAY.
    The Blues suffered their THIRD consecutive FA Cup final defeat on Sunday.
    And it would have felt like deja vu for Thomas Tuchel who witnessed his side lose out to Liverpool on penalties yet again.
    However, the Chelsea head coach will now be more concerned on securing Champions League qualification for next season.
    Which his men can do should they earn all three points over a Leicester side who recently hit five against Watford.
    Crown Jules – Kounde target
    Chelsea have “put in place” plans to sign Sevilla centre-back Jules Kounde after reaching a verbal agreement, according to reports.
    The Blues are set to lose Antonio Rudiger and Andreas Christensen for FREE this summer to Real Madrid and Barcelona, writes JOSHUA MBU.
    And according to Goal, Chelsea have put plans in place to sign long-term target Kounde from Sevilla as soon as Todd Boehly’s takeover is completed and sanctions end.

    The 23-year-old has a verbal agreement in place for a move this summer and wants a move to Stamford Bridge after talks collapsed last summer.
    Sevilla are also said to be keen to do a deal as early as possible to allow them to sign a replacement.
    The LaLiga outfit want a fee or around £59million for the France international, who can play both centrally and at right-back.
    Gallagher and Broja have pre-season to impress, says Tuchel
    Thomas Tuchel will give Conor Gallagher and Armando Broja the chance to impress him in pre-season, writes ETIENNE FERMIE.
    The two Chelsea loanees have been superb at their respective clubs this year.
    In 37 appearances for Crystal Palace, Gallagher has scored eight goals and assisted five, earning him England recognition.

    Meanwhile, Broja has scored nine goals and recorded one assist in 38 appearances for Southampton.
    Many Chelsea fans have been calling out for the duo to be given a chance at Stamford Bridge and the time could finally come this summer.
    Tuchel said: “They will come back for sure. I want to have them in pre-season.
    “We will decide in pre-season what goes on. It is heavily up to Broja and Gallagher – and how they do.”
    Good morning Chelsea fans
    A deal has finally been agreed between Roman Abramovich and the UK Government over the sale of Chelsea that will green light Todd Boehly’s takeover of the football club.
    The PA News Agency report that the two parties are said to have found a ‘legal resolution’ as to how to handle the £1.5billion debt the Stamford Bridge club owe to the outgoing Russian owner.
    Abramovich had previously indicated his willingness to write off the loan, but Downing Street officials had expressed concerns that the 55-year-old would later renege on that promise.
    The Premier League are now required to sign off on any sale of one of their clubs.
    And, Todd Boehly will make Sevilla’s Jules Kounde his first purchase after completing his takeover at Chelsea.
    A deal for the French defender – equally comfortable at right-back or centre-half – is expected to cost the Blues in the region of £60million, and will go through as soon as the club’s takeover is completed and its sanctions are lifted, according to Goal.
    Meanwhile, Thomas Tuchel has revealed that Conor Gallagher and Armando Broja will return to Chelsea next season.
    Broja has been on loan with Southampon, and Gallagher with Crystal Palace.
    But Tuchel insists the pair will be part of the Blues squad next season as better players.
    Elsewhere, Chelsea ace Marcos Alonso is on the brink of joining Barcelona, according to reports.
    Talks between Alonso and Barca are at an advanced stage, SPORT claim.
    The report adds that the left-back has agreed a three-year deal to join the Catalan giants this summer.
    Finally, Tuchel has blamed Chelsea’s indifferent season on coronavirus, the Russia/Ukraine war and the ensuing sanctions on the club.
    He moaned: “We struggled with coronavirus, long-term injuries, a war that had a big effect on our club in particular.
    “There’s always room for improvement but we arrived in this [FA Cup] with key players out, Mateo and N’Golo with only half a training session.
    “With the club sanctions, there are a lot of things that are impressive.”
    Mount makes Havertz admission
    Mason Mount has revealed when he first met Kai Havertz whilst on international duty.
    Mount said: “It was my first game on TV, playing against Germany, so it was a massive game for us at Rotherham’s stadium.
    “I can’t remember the final score, but I did score a goal in the game and that’s what I remember – it wasn’t too bad a goal.
    “Kai Havertz, my team-mate at the moment, is actually in the video.
    “Not many people know this, but he is the one that grabs my face. I’ve spoken to him about it at training and we had a good laugh about it.”
    Tuchel’s third spot hopes
    But despite Chelsea’s difficulties, Tuchel still remains confident that the club can sealthird spot in the Premier League.
    He added: “Hopefully, we can come third and that is progression. We maybe compete against the best teams to play in this league. So from there we go.
    “There is no need to lose sleep and think we should’ve done this and this. There is a lot of ambition in us that we are not satisfied with.”
    Tuchel’s reasons for tough season
    Thomas Tuchel has blamed Chelsea’s indifferent season on coronavirus, the Russia/Ukraine war and the ensuing sanctions on the club.
    He moaned: “We struggled with coronavirus, long-term injuries, a war that had a big effect on our club in particular.
    “There’s always room for improvement but we arrived in this [FA Cup] with key players out, Mateo and N’Golo with only half a training session.
    “With the club sanctions, there are a lot of things that are impressive.
    Tuchel on cup final losses
    Thomas Tuchel refuses to let Chelsea’s season be defined by the two cup final losses to Liverpool.
    The Blues lost the FA and Carabao Cup finals to the Reds.
    But Tuchel declared: “I refuse to judge the season by two penalty shootouts.
    “If we won both, it would be one of the most successful seasons with four titles.
    “We lost two but it doesn’t make it less impressive what the team put in.
    “But we’re the first to admit that it’s not the same to play a final and win a final.”
    Rudiger will play last Chelsea games
    Antonio Rudiger will play in Chelsea’s last two matches despite his exit to Real Madrid this summer.
    Rudiger turned down a contract extension to join Madrid on a free transfer.
    But Thomas Tuchel has revealed Rudiger deserves the chance to play in Chelsea’s final games as he’s had a huge impact at the club.
    Tuchel said: “Toni would deserve to play, there is no need to not give him the last matches because he was huge for us and influential.”
    Chelsea recieve praise
    Chelsea are the best team Leicester City have played this season, Brendan Rodgers has revealed.
    The Blues take on the Foxes in the final game of the season.
    And Rodgers admitted it will be a difficult game for his side as Chelsea provided the toughest challenge during the current campaign.
    Rodgers said: “I would go as far as to say they [Chelsea] are the best team we have played this season. When we played them early on in the season, they were at the top of their game. I thought they were outstanding.
    “Not long after that moment, they lost some players. I’ve said it before, even with squads like Chelsea’s, you need your top players available.”
    Alonso to Barcelona?
    Chelsea ace Marcos Alonso is on the brink of joining Barcelona, according to reports.
    Talks between Alonso and Barca are at an advanced stage, Sport claim.
    The report adds that the left-back has agreed a three-year deal to join the Catalan giants this summer.
    Southampton plan Man City raid
    Southampton are eyeing a similar raid on Manchester City’s academy to the one they launched on Chelsea’s last summer.
    The South-Coast side are mulling over transfer targets for when the market opens, with City whizkids Liam Delap, 19, and Gavin Bazunu, 20, on their shortlists for striker and goalkeeper.
    Saints sought youth from Stamford Bridge 12 months ago, buying right-back Tino Livramento and centre-half Dynel Simeu, as well as loaning centre-forward Armando Broja.
    Azplicueta to discuss future today
    Cesar Azpilcueta is reportedly having showdown talks over his Chelsea future with Thomas Tuchel TODAY.
    The Blues defender wants to clarify what his position will be at the club next season if he stays, according to Marca.
    He also would like to sit down with the Blues’ new owner Todd Boehly to hear the American’s vision for the club going forward, the report also states.
    Another issue on the table will be to clear up the confusion over a clause in Azplicueta’s contract that states he will be handed a year extension if he makes 30 appearances this season.
    The report adds that the defender is unsure whether the clause applies to the current campaign or to the upcoming one.
    Lokonga will come good
    Arsenal star Albert Sambi Lokonga will come good in the Premier League like Belgian counterparts Kevin De Bruyne and Romelu Lukaku.
    The Belgian pair both took a while to adapt to the Prem, but are now two of the league’s biggest stars.
    And it will be the same for Lokonga, his brother Paul-José M’Poku claims.
    He told RTBF: “Other players like Kevin De Bruyne or Romelu Lukaku have also taken time to establish themselves in the English Premier League.
    “The difference with the Belgian league is big, and Arsenal is not a mid-table club.”
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    Henderson on verge of Man Utd EXIT, Mitchell van der Gaag to be new assistant Milinkovic-Savic battle – transfer latest

    MANCHESTER UNITED goalkeeper Dean Henderson has travelled to the North East for talks with Newcastle.The Magpies have failed with an attempt to sign Henderson on loan in January.
    Meanwhile, United will have Mitchell van der Gaag as their new assistant coach next season alongside Erik ten Hag.
    And the Red Devils face a battle with Real Madrid for the signature of Lazio’s Sergej Milinkovic-Savic.
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    How Ten Hag should treat players
    Erik ten Hag needs to treat all Man United players the same, Paul Parker claims.
    He told indiabetting.co.in: “I think someone who comes in and just talks and doesn’t stutter and does not make eye contact. I would imagine, he knows all that stuff, it’s all the part of management. Hopefully, he is going to be a manager and not just a head coach.”
    “Not someone who’s gonna walk in and start looking around and going “well, he’s earned that much money, he’s earned that much money,” and you think: Oh, I can’t have a go at him because he sells so many shirts and he’s got so many followers on Instagram.”
    “Go in there, everyone is in exactly the same boat and you treat all of them the same, nothing different, and that’s the bit that I would be looking for.”
    What Ten Hag needs to do
    Erik ten Hag needs to stamp his authority at Man United immediately, according to Paul Parker.
    Parker told indiabetting.co.in: “I think it’s the same thing for any job really, establishing authority. You know, you walk in your first day into any job, I mean, it’s gonna be difficult.
    “The first thing; your first team talk, your first group talk, your squad talk, that’s your most important one. It is the one that makes you or breaks you. It Is the one where anybody who will have a bad attitude will be looking for an excuse to dig into him. He’s got to let everyone know, that he’s not gonna suffer any problems.
    “It’s as simple as that. He’s come across there. His reputation is at stake as well. You know he’s a well-known man in his own country. He’s managed a very successful club, a big club, a renowned club and he surely hasn’t gone to Manchester United to ruin all that.”
    “He’s in a position now, where it’s gonna make him or break him. That’s what Manchester United has done to the previous four or five managers, I’ve lost count now. So, he’s got to go in there and do something different to all of them.
    “If he hasn’t been given the license to do it, just grab it. Just grab it now and just say I’m gonna take it and if you don’t like it get rid of me. He can’t have people messing him about. He can’t have people who are not going to give him a hundred per cent.”
    Juventus plan Prem raid
    Juventus chief Federico Cherubini has reportedly arrived in London as he looks to secure a deal for Chelsea’s Jorginho.
    The Italian giants appear to have won the race to sign Manchester United’s Paul Pogba on a free transfer when the Frenchman’s contract expires next month.
    And the 29-year-old could be lining-up alongside Jorginho when he returns to Turin next term.
    Todd Boehly’s consortium hope to complete their takeover of Chelsea by the end of the month, which will finally allow them to get back in the game transfer wise.
    However, a big-name departure could be the first topic of conversation, according to Gazzetta dello Sport.
     They state that Juventus have made Italy international midfielder Jorginho, 30, one of their top targets and have now begun their attempt to get him.
    Charlie Savage signs long-term deal
    Charlie Savage has signed a long-term contract with Man United.
    Robbie Savage’s son said on Instagram after penning the deal: “Great way to end an amazing season. Delighted to sign a long-term contract with this special club.
    “Thank you to my family for their support, without them this would never have been possible.
    “Also, a big shoutout to the @neweraglobalsports team for help making this happen, especially to Jake, Chris and Rio.
    “Time for a short break before going again and giving everything to keep pushing forward.”
    Wan-Bissaka allowed to leave Man Utd, say reports
    Aaron Wan-Bissaka will be allowed to leave permanently or on loan, report Sky Sports.
    Wan-Bissaka, 24, has endured a difficult campaign at Old Trafford.
    The full-back has started only 25 games with Diogo Dalot being preferred of late.
    SunSport exclusively revealed last week that ex-United manager Jose Mourinho is keen on Wan-Bissaka for Roma.
    Crystal Palace, who sold Wan-Bissaka to United for £50million in 2019, would be open to re-signing him.
    The full-back is also drawing admiring glances from Spanish giants Atletico Madrid.
    Dean Henderson in Newcastle to discuss move
    Manchester United goalkeeper Dean Henderson is “closing in on a move” to Newcastle United.
    The Manchester Evening News claim that Henderson, 25, was in Newcastle for talks on Wednesday.
    Discussions have been held over a loan deal but a permanent move has “not been ruled out”.
    Van der Gaag and McClaren to be part of coaching staff, say reports
    Erik ten Hag is claimed to want Mitchell Van der Gaag as his assistant at Old Trafford.
    Van Der Gaag is likely to be the man tasked with helping Ten Hag salvage the sinking ship at Manchester United as his No2.
    And reports say that Steve McClaren will also be re-joining the club.
    Transfer guru Fabrizio Romano tweeted: “Mitchell van der Gaag and Steve McClaren will be part of new Man Utd coaching staff, confirmed.
    “Full agreement at final stages and set to be signed with both of them.
    “#MUFC Official statement for McClaren to join United could be next week, as @MrStephenHowson reports.”
    United’s transfer struggles
    Former Man United star Teddy Sheringham reckons the Red Devils have fallen down the pecking order as a destination for big players.
    Sheringham made the claims whilst discussing United’s interest in Harry Kane.
    The former England striker told Genting Casino: “Manchester United are falling down the pecking order for big players, but having said that, they are still a massive club, they’re still a massive draw.
    “If they do come calling, it’ll be hard to turn them down. Even if they’re not in any European competitions next season, it would still be a very tough thing to say no to Manchester United.”
    United should sell Henderson, says Paul Parker
    Ex-England international Paul Parker said that Dean Henderson will refuse to sit on the bench again all season.

    In a chat with indiabetting.co.in, the former United defender was asked whether Man Utd should sell Dean Henderson to rivals Newcastle.
    Parker said: “I personally do.
    “Give him the opportunity and go and prove it. You can prove it at Newcastle with the pressure on him from their fans.
    “If he’s got an opportunity to play regular football, he’s gonna want it.
    “He’s not gonna be sitting down, his ego is not allowing him.”
    Pogba to re-join Juve, say reports
    Juventus have reportedly offered Paul Pogba £120,000-a-week wages to re-join them this summer, writes Anthony Chapman.
    But the Manchester United exile could scupper a free transfer as he seeks a higher salary from his former side.
    Goal claims Juventus have a three-year contract on the table for Pogba, 29 – despite the Italians claiming they have a “gentleman’s agreement” to talk with United first.

    The midfielder spent four years in Turin between 2012 and 2016, winning four titles and two Italian Cups.
    And fallen giants Juve, guaranteed to finish fourth on Saturday, want Pogba 2.0 to resurrect their Serie A ambitions next term.
    However, issues remain over the Frenchman’s wage demands.
    Ronaldo still has key role at Man Utd, says Winterburn
    Cristiano Ronaldo will still offer huge value to Manchester United next season, claims Nigel Winterburn.
    The Arsenal legend would be stunned to see Ronaldo leave the Red Devils after just one year back at Old Trafford, writes Etienne Fermie.
    Ronaldo, 37, has been linked with a summer exit amid uncertainty over his role under incoming boss Erik ten Hag.

    Winterburn, 58, told Paddy Power: “Manchester United won’t just bring Cristiano Ronaldo in for one season and ship him out so quickly, it just won’t happen.
    “He still offers huge value to Manchester United, and we’ve seen that in his goalscoring record. His age is but a number.
    “He has huge experience, and he could play an important role if United opt to go down the younger route in setting an example of how to train and play, as well as what it means to win and lose.
    “He can help those younger players around the training ground and if he can accept that, he might be used in a slightly different way and have less game time.
    “It doesn’t surprise me that he’s still there. If you have someone of his quality, you have to use them and use them in the right system.
    “I believe there’s a role for him to play next season at United, he’s a superstar.”
    Man Utd transfer target Antony sends message to Ten Hag
    Manchester United transfer target Antony promised to “always stand” with his Ajax boss Erik ten Hag.
    The Dutch manager has taken charge of his final match with the Amsterdam giants.
    as revealed by SunSport, winger Antony could be top of the Man Utd wishlist.

    In a farewell video message for the departing boss, Antony – who is reportedly keen to test himself in England – said: “I want to wish you all the best at your new club.
    “I also want to thank you for everything you taught me.
    “I am thankful all the opportunities and learning every day.
    “Know that I will always stand with you if you need me.”
    Ten Hag brought Antony to Ajax in 2020 and the forward, 22, has racked up 22 goals and 20 assists in his 79 appearances as well as two Eredivisie titles.
    Man Utd fan campaign to ‘Boycott Adidas’
    Manchester United fans have ramped up their anti-Glazer tactics by starting a “#BoycottAdidas” trend on Twitter.
    Some United supporters threatened not to wear Adidas products until the Glazers sell the club.
    Adidas are the club’s official kit manufacturers.

    Fan group The 1958 revealed on Wednesday night that they would be targeting a different stakeholder each week.
    They wrote on Twitter: “Calling all reds! Tonight we launch our worldwide cyber campaign against the Glazer stakeholders.
    “Each week we’ll be focusing on one Stakeholder at a time and posting two easy tasks every few days that week.
    “This week we start with: Adidas.
    “Do your bit, save your club.”
    Ten Hag in England
    Erik Ten Hag has arrived in London on a private jet and could attend Manchester United’s final game of the season, writes ETIENNE FERMIE.
    The Dutchman flew in on Wednesday afternoon alongside assistant Mitchell van der Gaag.
    The duo had previously been working for the Red Devils remotely, so as not to distract from Ralf Rangnick’s preparations for United’s final game of the season against Crystal Palace.
    According to the Mail, Ten Hag and Van der Gaag could be in attendance at Selhurst Park to watch their new side in action.
    Both men are expected to meet with Red Devils colleagues today.
    Rangnick, however, will continue preparing United for Sunday’s final match.
    Good morning Man United fans
    Manchester United will have to pay £30million to bring Jurrien Timber to Old Trafford this summer.
    That’s the understanding of transfers journalist Ekrem Konur, who understands that Ajax have set an asking price of €35m – approximately £30m – for the 20-year-old.
    Meanwhile, United are preparing for a three-way fight with Real Madrid and Paris Saint-Germain to sign Sergej Milinkovic-Savic.
    The Lazio star has been linked with Old Trafford for several months, but The Mail are reporting that the Red Devils are now ready to make a move for the midfielder.
    Elsewhere, Erik ten Hag is plotting to hijack AC Milan’s deal to sign Sven Botman, reports suggest.
    Milan are reportedly on the verge of sealing a £25 million transfer for the defender.
    But it’s been reported that Ten Hag is planning a last-minute grab to pinch the 22-year-old.
    Finally, PSG and Juventus are locked in a battle to sign Paul Pogba.
    Pogba’s contract with United expires this summer.
    And it had been reported he had agreed terms with Juve.
    But now, the Daily Star claims Pogba’s weighing up offers from the Italian giants and PSG, Football Insider claim.
    United’s transfer struggles
    Former Man United star Teddy Sheringham reckons the Red Devils have fallen down the pecking order as a destination for big players.
    Sheringham made the claims whilst discussing United’s interest in Harry Kane.
    The former England striker told Genting Casino: “Manchester United are falling down the pecking order for big players, but having said that, they are still a massive club, they’re still a massive draw.
    “If they do come calling, it’ll be hard to turn them down. Even if they’re not in any European competitions next season, it would still be a very tough thing to say no to Manchester United.”
    Ajax star’s message to Ten Hag
    Ajax star Antony has hinted that he’s willing to follow Erik ten Hag to Man United.
    Antony said to Ten Hag in a video message: “I want to wish you all the best at your new club.
    “I also want to thank you for everything you taught me. I am thankful all the opportunities and learning every day.
    “Know that I will always stand with you if you need me.”
    ‘McClaren will be a good addition’
    Steve McClaren will be a great help to Erik ten Hag at Man United.
    McClaren’s being lined up for a return to United as a coach.
    And Rio Ferdinand reckons McClaren will be able to steer Ten Hag in the right direction.
    He said: “I think he’ll be a good addition. What’s good with ten Hag is that he’s already got a relationship from before.
    “And he will be able to steer him in the right direction.”
    Man City enter Phillips transfer race
    Man City have reportedly entered the transfer race to sign Leeds star Kalvin Phillips – with the ace allegedly set to snub rivals Man United.
    West Ham had a club record £50m bid for Leeds United’s Phillips rejected in the January window but are set to try again this summer.
    And the 26-year-old could be available at a cut price if the Elland Road club drop to the Championship.
    Manchester United and Aston Villa are also both interested in Phillips with Steven Gerrard having had his own bid for the Yorkshire Pirlo knocked back during the winter window.
    Now the Daily Mirror state that City have emerged as contenders for the England international.
    Barca track wonderkid
    Barcelona are planning to make an offer for Palmeiras wonderkid Endrick.
    That’s according to SPORT, who claim Barca hope to buy Endrick when he turns 16 in July and signs a professional contract with the Brazilian outfit.
    He would then remain with Palmeiras until he’s 18, and then join Barca in 2024, the report adds.
    It’s also claimed that Barca plan to table an offer with a fixed sum plus a variable component depending on the youngster’s progression.
    The news will be a blow to Man United who have also been tracking Endrick.
    Man United get transfer boost
    Man United transfer target striker Sasa Kalajdzic is set to leave Stuttgart this summer.
    Stuttgart’s chief Sven Mislintat said to Bild about the attacker: “As things stand, we have to generate another significant transfer surplus in this summer of transfers.
    “So nothing other than the renewed objective of staying in the league is realistic for me. Especially if you take into account the quality of the already determined promoted teams.
    “It would be outstanding if we can keep Sasa as a player and guy in our team. However, in my estimation, this is not very likely.”
    Pogba transfer battle
    PSG and Juventus are locked in a battle to sign Paul Pogba.
    Pogba’s contract with United expires this summer.
    And it had been reported he had agreed terms with Juve.
    But now, the Daily Star claims Pogba’s weighing up offers from the Italian giants and PSG.
    Gakpo speaks on future
    PSV ace Cody Gakpo has revealed he’s open to a transfer if he’s guaranteed regular football amid interest from Arsenal, Liverpool and Man United.
    But with the World Cup looming, Gakpo declared he’s yet to make a decision on his future this summer.
    Gakpo told De Telegraaf: “Anything can happen this summer. I will now calmly compare all the options and see what is best for me. Staying another year is also an option.
    “It would be a shame if I went somewhere where I wouldn’t get a [game] at all and I could miss the World Cup. I’ll keep that in mind.”
    Lingard praises United youngsters
    Jesse Lingard was full of praise for Man United’s young stars who won the FA Youth Cup.
    Lingard told United’s media: “It’s brilliant. I think it’s been a long time coming.
    “With the team that they had, I’m sure they must have had confidence in the way they got through to the final and getting the job done.
    We knew how hard it was when we were playing in the Youth Cup. We had a lot of tough games but we stuck together and played the Man United way.
    “They did that, they stuck to their task and they won the Youth Cup, which is a huge honour.”
    Ten Hag plans Botman swoop
    Man United boss Erik ten Hag is plotting to hijack AC Milan’s deal to sign Sven Botman, reports suggest.
    Milan are reportedly on the verge of sealing a £25 million transfer for the defender.
    But it’s been reported that Ten Hag is planning a last-minute grab to pinch the 22-year-old, Football Insider claim.
    The report states that Botman was one of the names mentioned when Ten Hag met with United director of football John Murtough last week.
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    Rangers 1-1 Frankfurt (4-5 pens) LIVE RESULT: Aaron Ramsey penalty SAVED as Gers lose Europa League final – reaction

    RANGERS have suffered penalty shootout heartbreak as the Germans came up trumps from the spot once again.In a game of few chances, makeshift striker Joe Aribo pounced on a defensive error to give the Gers the lead in Seville.
    But Rafael Santos Borre poked home from close range to level for the Germans and force extra time.
    Ryan Kent had the chance to win the Europa League trophy with seconds left but a world class save from point blank range from Kevin Trapp denied him.
    And that meant a penalty shootout.
    After some brilliant spot kicks, Aaron Ramsey saw his penalty saved by Trapp as the Germans scored five out of five to win the trophy.
    Ex-players show their support
    Former Rangers striker, Marco Negri has offered his condolences to the Rangers players after the game.

    A contrast of emotions
    A nail-biting finish to an enthralling contest that went right to the wire.
    Football can be so cruel, and that’s exactly why we love it!
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    A brutal end
    How many times have we seen managers bring on players just for a penalty shoot-out. I find it a strange tactic, but it happened again this evening with Aaron Ramsey. Rangers’ big-name signing came on in the 117th minute. Having barely kicked a ball, he stepped up to take, and miss, penalty number four. The Welshman will carry that burden for a little while yet.
    But in truth, it had to be someone.
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    Kent’s golden opportunity
    Rangers came ‘that’ close to winning it in extra time. Kemar Roofe slid the ball across the box to Ryan Kent in the 120th minute. But with the whole goal to aim at, Kevin Trapp came out on top, denying the 25-year-old from point blank range.
    The German goalkeeper put on a hell of a show this evening.
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    62 years of hurt
    Frankfurt are back in the big time and will play Champions League football for the first time since 1960.
    That year, when it was still called the European Cup, they interestingly beat Rangers in the semi-final, with a whopping 12-4 aggregate win.
    However they were downed 7-3 in the final by Real Madrid, who have enjoyed rather more European success in the six decades since.
    All is not lost
    Rangers may have lost the Europa League final but they still have a chance of securing Champions League football.
    The Gers will now have to go through the non-champions qualifying path.
    And as a result of all Russian teams being expelled, they will enter the tournament at the third qualifying round rather than the second qualifying round.
    That means they are guaranteed Europa League football even if they lose in qualifying.
    The match-winner
    Borre stole in to level the scores in the second half.
    He then scored the final penalty to win it for his side.
    Frankfurt’s saving grace.
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    Caught in a Trapp
    Frankfurt goalkeeper Kevin Trapp was the hero tonight for the German side with a point black save from Ryan Kent and a penalty save from Aaron Ramsey.
    And nobody will be more delighted than his biggest fan, fiancee Izabel Goulart.
    The former Victoria’s Secret lingerie model is a regular at his games with Frankfurt and was seen sharing a kiss with him after their wins over Barcelona and West Ham.
    In 2018, she even bragged that the couple make love five times a week, which can leave him tired for matches.
    Kevin Trapp kissing fiancee Izabel Goulart after Frankfurt’s win over West Ham
    A devastated Lundstram has his say:
    We’re so disappointed to lose like that. Penalties are a lottery, it could have been any one of us who missed. We feel like we’ve let the fans down who have come here to support us. We’re so, so heartbroken.John Lundstram, Rangers midfielder
    Rangers heartbroken
    The Rangers players are still on the pitch, the fans are still in their seats, staring blankly into space.
    It’s a brutal end to an otherwise brilliant European run.
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    Frankfurt win on penalties
    Frankfurt have done it in the most dramatic style.
    There are huge celebrations amongst the Frankfurt players and plenty of tears amongst the Rangers fans. They gave everything.
    FRANKFURT WIN THE EUROPA LEAGUE – Frankfurt 5-4 Rangers
    Borre scores and Eintracht Frankfurt are champions!
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    Frankfurt 4-4 Rangers
    Roofe does score!
    In off the post.
    All up to McGregor…
    Frankfurt 4-3 Rangers
    Kostic buries it!
    McGregor gets a finger to it but there is too much power behind it.
    Rangers have to score now…
    Frankfurt 3-3 Rangers
    Trapp saves!
    Ramsey goes down the middle and Trapp is equal to it.
    Advantage Frankfurt.
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    Frankfurt 3-3 Rangers
    Kamada with the best of the lot, curling it in off the post.
    McGregor went the wrong way, but no keeper was getting near that.
    Frankfurt 2-3 Rangers
    Arfield fires the ball past Trapp!
    Frankfurt 2-2 Rangers
    Hrustic rolls the ball into the bottom corner, sending McGregor the wrong way.
    Great penalties so far.
    Frankfurt 1-2 Rangers
    Davis puts it in the top corner!
    Frankfurt 1-1 Rangers
    Lenz outs it away before shushing the Rangers fans.
    Nerves of steel.
    Frankfurt 0-1 Rangers
    Tavernier slots it home!
    Captain leading by example.
    Penalties
    Rangers will be taking their penalties towards their fans. Good news for them, less so for Frankfurt
    Tavernier will take first.
    Full time of extra time
    It’s penalties, folks.
    Strap in.
    Frankfurt 1-1 Rangers
    120, Oh so close!
    He gets it up and over the wall, but there isn’t enough power, and Trapp can get across to save it easily enough.
    Frankfurt 1-1 Rangers
    119, Jakic trips Davis on the edge of the area.
    Tavernier is lining it up…
    He couldn’t, could he?
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    Billy Sharp attack latest – Oli McBurnie ‘stamps on Forest fan’ as Sheffield United captain is left needing stitches

    NOTTINGHAM FOREST beat Sheffield United 3-2 on penalties to book their place in the Championship play-off final.But the triumph was soured by a disgraceful fan attack on Sheffield United’s Billy Sharp during the post-game pitch invasion, which left the player needing stitches.
    And in a separate video, Sharp’s furious team-mate Oli McBurnie appeared to kick a Nottingham Forest fan in the head while he was on the ground.
    Sheffield United said of the McBurnie incident: “There were football fans on the pitch, where they shouldn’t have been, and he was acting in self defence.
    “The video doesn’t show what happened before – or after – and it does not show that any contact was made.”

    Result: Nottingham Forest 1-2 Sheff Utd (3-3 on agg; Forest won 3-2 on pens)

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    Attack fan branded a “coward”
    Ally McCoist has labelled the fan who attacked Billy Sharp as a “coward.”
    McCoist raged on talkSPORT: “It’s as cowardly an act as I have seen at a football ground maybe ever.
    Billy Sharp is looking disappointed at how things are going, and some idiot, absolute idiot comes from his blindside and puts a head on him, gives him stitches.
    “It is an absolute disgrace, do you know who the guy is? He is a coward. That’s what he is. It’s the worst thing you can call any man, believe me. The worst thing you can call a man is a coward and that’s exactly what he is. Coming in on Billy Sharp’s blindside, didn’t see him, no chance to protect himself.
    “It was absolutely shocking and it took the gloss off.
    “I don’t care what anyone says I’m delighted for Forest, Steve Cooper has done a wonderful job let’s not get away from it and I’m looking forward to the game against Huddersfield so congratulations, but I am telling you that has taken the shine off that Forest result, no doubt about it. Scandalous.”
    Agbonlahor calls for action
    Gabby Agbonlahor has given his thoughts on the Billy Sharp fan incident.
    He said on talkSPORT: “You don’t know what fans are going to do, that’s the problem.
    “Sometimes it might even be the player that plays for the team the fans are coming on for.
    “It doesn’t mean that because you’re playing for, for instance last night, Nottingham Forest that every fan is going to love you.
    “You might have upset a fan or… So it is very dangerous. They need more stewards, more police and maybe punishments for the clubs that allow the fans to get on the pitch.
    “You can stop them. I think it’s become a thing where they let the fans on, it’s a big occasion. But it needs to stop.”
    Forest face Prem punishment
    Nottingham Forest could face a Premier League punishment after the Billy Sharp attack.
    Forest are just one game away from Prem promotion after they beat Sheffield United on Tuesday night.
    But after Sharp was attacked by a Forest fan, the Daily Star report that Forest’s first game in the Prem may have to be played behind closed doors if they win the play-off final.
    Forest fans raise Sharp cash
    Nottingham Forest fans have decided to raise money in support of Billy Sharp.
    Sharp was left needing stitches after a brutal attack by a Forest fan.
    But Forest supporters have rallied together to raise cash for a charity of Sharp’s choice.
    The group labelled, A Just Giving Page was launched to; “to show our condemnation as Forest fans.”
    And so far the Forest collective have pulled in £2,600.
    Sharp attack was “absolute disgrace”
    The attack on Billy Sharp was an ‘absolute disgrace,’ according to ex-Nottingham Forest star Michael Dawson.
    Dawson’s horror comes after the UK’s football police revealed that arrests at football matches across the top five English leagues were at their highest levels in years, according to the BBC.
    And the report also stated fan disorder was “getting worse”.
    Billy Sharp releases statement
    Billy Sharp released a statement after after the vicious attack by a pitch-invading Nottingham Forest fan that left him needing stitches.
    It read: “One mindless idiot ruined what was an unbelievable night of football.
    “Congratulations to Nottingham Forest on their victory and good luck in the final. As an ex Forest player I will not let one scumbag ruin my respect for the Forest fans.
    “Incredibly proud to be captain of this group of Sheffield United players, they gave their all and can hold their heads up high. We will be back and go again. Thanks for all your messages of support after the incident.”
    Sharp was left needing stitches
    Sheffield United captain Billy Sharp was left needing stitches after a vicious attack by a pitch-invading Nottingham Forest fan during wild celebrations at the City Ground.
    A man has been arrested on suspicion of assault following the incident.
    A club spokesperson confirmed to media that Sharp was left needing stitches after the disgusting incident.
    Furious United manager Paul Heckingbottom said: “It’s assault. We’ve seen one of our players attacked.
    “He’s shook up, bleeding, angry. It’ll be dealt with.”
    More on Forest fan ‘stomp’
    Decked out in the club’s tracksuit, the 25-year-old Scottish international appears to have been chasing an individual, who falls to the ground, as another teammate is pulled away.
    And the 6ft 2in powerhouse then starts stamping his leg on the floored fan before a melee of bodies get involved and the forward is pushed away amid the chaos.
    A supporter, who appeared to be filming the scenes on his phone, can then be heard shouting: “Sheffield United player just stamped!”
    A Sheffield United spokesman refused to comment.
    Forest fan gets ‘stamped on’
    Sheffield United star Oli McBurnie appeared to stamp on a Nottingham Forest supporter amid the chaos following last night’s play-off clash.
    After Forest’s place in the Championship play-off final was confirmed, thousands of supporters invaded the pitch from the stands to celebrate.
    However, the night was marred when Blades captain Billy Sharp, who was watching the penalties from the touchline, was viciously attacked by a home supporter.
    Police have confirmed that they have arrested a 31-year-old man following the assault that left the striker needing stitches.
    However, another investigation is likely to be launched after fellow United striker McBurnie, who was injured for the clash, appeared to stamp on a Forest supporter during the pitch invasion.
    More from EFL
    Partial ground closures or ordering teams to play behind closed doors are now on the EFL agenda.
    Their statement pointed out: “Supporters are reminded that it is against the law to enter the pitch at any time and could result in a club ban and criminal record.
    “More importantly it puts the safety of players, coaches, managers and match officials at risk.
    “It is vital that those playing the game can do so safe in the knowledge that they will not be subjected to violent, threatening or anti-social behaviour going forward.”
    EFL bosses statement
    Speaking on the new measures, a spokesman said: “We recognise that this lawlessness is being conducted by a small minority of individuals and that the majority of people attending matches are a credit to their club.
    “However, it is not acceptable for supporters to enter the field of play at any time given the EFL’s objective is to ensure our matches remain a safe and welcoming one for all.
    “Over the summer we will consider what further measures are now at our disposal, including the potential use of capacity reductions or other similar mitigations.”
    EFL fan violence crackdown
    A crackdown on fan violence chaos could see EFL grounds closed next season, MARTIN LIPTON WRITES.
    League chiefs are ready to bring in new hardline rules in the wake of a series of incidents this term.
    The disgraceful and cowardly assault on Sheffield United’s Billy Sharp by a Nottingham Forest fan after the Reds’ Championship play-off semi-final win at the City Ground has prompted a new demand for action.
    But EFL bosses have opted to act now with a strong upgrade in policy to come into effect in August.
    EFL: Pitch invasions under investigation
    The English Football League have released a strongly-worded statement following events that marred both Nottingham Forest and Huddersfield’s play-off semi-final wins this week, not least the incident in which Billy Sharp was assaulted.
    It reads: “Unfortunately, at recent end-of season and Play-Off Semi-Final fixtures we have witnessed a number of unsavoury and unacceptable incidents take place with supporters entering the field of play.
    “These are currently under investigation by the relevant authorities and the EFL condemns in the strongest possible terms the reckless actions of individuals who have brought the game into disrepute with this unacceptable behaviour. The League is working closely with the Police and Clubs, offering its full support to the ongoing investigations.
    “Supporters are reminded that it is against the law to enter the pitch at any time and could result in a Club ban and criminal record. More importantly it puts the safety of players, coaches, managers and match officials at risk. It is vital that those playing the game can do so safe in the knowledge that they will not be subjected to violent, threatening or anti-social behaviour going forward.”
    Sharp: Idiot ruined unbelievable night
    Sheffield United’s Billy Sharp has spoken out following his assault at the end of last night’s play-off semi-final with Nottingham Forest at the City Ground.
    The Blades captain was attacked by a home supporter as he watched on from the sidelines following his team’s penalty shootout defeat.
    The shocking incident marred what had been a brilliant game, one in which United had fought back from 3-1 down on aggregate to level the tie.
    However, the South Yorkshire side were unable to get the better of Forest goalkeeper Brice Samba in the shootout with the hosts’ victory sparking a mass pitch invasion.
    Sharp tweeted this morning: “One mindless idiot ruined what was an unbelievable night of football.
    “Congratulations to Nottingham Forest on victory and good luck in the final. As an ex Forest player I will not let one scumbag ruin my respect for the Forest fans.
    “Incredibly proud to be captain of this group of Sheffield United players, they gave their all and can hold their heads up high. We will be back and go again. Thanks for all your messages and support after the incident.”

    Suspect arrested after Sharp assault
    Police have confirmed that they have arrested a 31-year-old man following the assault on Sheffield United captain Billy Sharp at the end of last night’s play-off at Nottingham Forest’s City Ground.
    Sharp was left needing stitches after being aggressively knocked to the floor by a supporter that had run on to the pitch to celebrate Forest’s penalty shootout success.
    The shocking incident marred a thrilling Championship play-off semi-final, and has brought calls for both police and internal club investigations.
    Striker Sharp had not been involved in the encounter due to injury, and had been stood on the touchlines when the attack occurred.
    Chief Inspector Paul Hennessy, of Nottinghamshire Police, said: “A 31-year-old man has been arrested on suspicion of assault in connection with this incident. He remains in custody and will be questioned by officers.
    “Our enquiries into the circumstances surrounding the incident are ongoing. We have spoken to the player concerned and we are working with both clubs who are supporting us with our investigation.”
    Billy Sharp latest
    Nottingham Forest beat Sheffield United via a thrilling penalty shootout to reach the Championship play-off final.
    But the victory was soured after a fan shockingly attacked Blades star Billy Sharp in the post-match pitch invasion.
    Sharp needed stitches after the attack and Blades manager Paul Heckingbottom said Sharp was shaken, bleeding and angry.
    Heckingbottom said: “It’s assault. We’ve seen one of our players attacked.
    “He’s shook up, bleeding, angry. It’ll be dealt with.”
    Nottingham Forest released a statement after the disgraceful attack.
    It read: “Nottingham Forest Football Club are appalled to learn that our former player, Billy Sharp, was assaulted leaving the pitch after tonight’s match at The City Ground.
    “The club will work with the authorities to locate the individual in order they are held to account for their actions, which will include a life ban from Nottingham Forest.
    “The club would also like to apologise to Billy personally and to Sheffield United Football Club.”

    Billy Sharp attack
    Furious Sheffield United manager Paul Heckingbottom said: “We’re seeing things thrown on the pitch and things that are thrown on putting players’ health and safety in danger and nothing’s ever done about it.
    “There will be something done about that. We’ve seen what’s happened, we know what’s happened.
    “There’s a prison sentence there without a doubt.”
    Billy Sharp attack
    The yob ran full speed at Sharp and sent him crashing to the floor with an apparent headbutt.
    Sky Sports video captured a man run full speed at Sharp before smashing him to the ground in shocking scenes.
    Latest – Sharp needing stitches
    Billy Sharp has been left needing stitches after a vicious attack by a pitch invader during celebrations at the City Ground.
    Nottingham Forest statement
    Nottingham Forest have released a statement after the disgraceful attack.
    It read: “Nottingham Forest Football Club are appalled to learn that our former player, Billy Sharp, was assaulted leaving the pitch after tonight’s match at The City Ground.
    “The club will work with the authorities to locate the individual in order they are held to account for their actions, which will include a life ban from Nottingham Forest.
    “The club would also like to apologise to Billy personally and to Sheffield United Football Club.”
    Latest on Sharp’s condition
    Blades manager Paul Heckingbottom has said Billy Sharp is shook up and bleeding after the attack.
    Heckingbottom said: “It’s assault. We’ve seen one of our players attacked.
    “He’s shook up, bleeding, angry. It’ll be dealt with.”
    Billy Sharp attack – latest
    The yob ran full speed at Sharp and sent him crashing to the floor with an apparent headbutt.
    Sky Sports video captured a man run full speed at Sharp before smashing him to the ground in shocking scenes.
    Credit: Sky Sports
    Billy Sharp attack – latest
    More from Blades boss Paul Heckingbottom: “How can you come to a place of work minding your own business and be assaulted in that fashion?
    “It’s just bang out of order and it’s everything that’s wrong. Too many times we hear people condemn it, but nothing’s done about it. We’re the ones that suffered.
    “It’s upsetting for a lot of reasons – I don’t want to say too much more about it. He’ll be dealt with.”
    Billy Sharp attack – latest
    Furious United manager Paul Heckingbottom said: “We’re seeing things thrown on the pitch and things that are thrown on putting players’ health and safety in danger and nothing’s ever done about it.
    “There will be something done about that. We’ve seen what’s happened, we know what’s happened.
    There’s a prison sentence there without a doubt.”
    Billy Sharp attacked
    Sheffield United star Billy Sharp has been viciously attacked by a Nottingham Forest pitch invader during celebrations at the City Ground.
    The evening was soured by a disgraceful attack on striker Sharp, who was standing watching the celebrations.
    Sky Sports video captured a man run full speed at Sharp before smashing him to the floor.
    It is not yet clear if Sharp suffered any injuries.
    United boss Paul Heckingbottom said: “There’s a prison sentence there for sure.”

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