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    Luis Suarez ‘open to Liverpool move’, Lingard to Arsenal EXCLUSIVE, Tottenham build-up – Man City, Chelsea transfer news

    ARSENAL are targeting a move for Jesse Lingard after the on-loan Man Utd winger’s performances for West Ham.Tottenham are back in action today against Man Utd in the Premier League, while we’ve the very latest on reports from Spain that Luis Suarez is open to heading back to Liverpool.

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    HAALAND BOOST
    Borussia Dortmund may have to sell one or two star players in the summer transfer window.
    That is according to Marca, who claim that Dortmund may have to cash in on stars like Erling Haaland or Jadon Sancho in order to cover a net loss of roughly €80-90million (£69-78m).
    The club’s sporting director Michael Zorc confirmed those numbers that come as a result of a financial impact that occurred from the fans not attending the Signal Iduna Park during the coronavirus pandemic.
    Zorc said during a press conference: “If we have to play the rest of the season without fans, as seems to be the case, we will have losses of between €80 and 90 million, based on that we will have to act.”
    Haaland can be signed for only £75m next season due to a condition in his contract and that means Dortmund may have to sell him in the summer in order to avoid missing out on some major sums.
    The star striker has been linked with the likes of Manchester United, Manchester City, Chelsea and Liverpool
    REAL’S CHELSEA STRATEGY FOR MBAPPE
    Real Madrid have been operating a crafty plan to sign Paris Saint-Germain superstar Kylian Mbappe.
    In fact, Real have been implementing the same strategy they used to sign Eden Hazard and Thibaut Courtois from Chelsea.
    That is according to Football Espana, who claim that Los Blancos have been working on dissuading Mbappe from signing a contract extension with PSG.
    That would allow them to either pressure the reigning Ligue 1 champions to sell in the summer with a price reduction or wait until next year when the star striker’s contract expires
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    HOPES MARRED
    Leicester have overtaken Tottenham and Manchester United in the battle to sign Lille ace Boubakary Soumare.
    Soumare is rated at £30million and his displays have been so impressive in France that he has been described as the next Paul Pogba.
    According to the Daily Star, United and Spurs have been keeping tabs on the young star midfielder but the Foxes feel more confident in landing him.
    So much so, that Brendan Rodgers appears to be in pole position to sign the France under-21 international
    KANE WARNING
    Ex-Tottenham manager Harry Redknapp has warned Spurs superstar Harry Kane that the grass is not necessarily greener on the other side.
    Reports suggest that Kane will push for an exit in the summer transfer window if Spurs fail to qualify for the Champions League.
    The England captain has been linked with a move to Manchester United but Redknapp is adamant that there’s really only one club in the Premier League that can guarantee him titles and Champions League football in the next few years and that is Manchester City.
    He told talkSPORT: “A year ago I said he’d never leave Tottenham.
    “His life is great, all the money he ever needs, he’s a family man and all of his family are settled, it’s a big club, fantastic training ground, fantastic stadium and with a team that I thought would be challenging this year.
    “You’d like to think he’d stay and take the club forward. Without him, it would be very difficult for Tottenham to look to be at a top club.
    “Where do you go? He wants Champions League football. Unless you go to Man City, you’re not guaranteed it beyond next season… that top four is chopping and changing”
    MAJOR KANE PREDICTION
    Former Tottenham boss Harry Redknapp believes Harry Kane won’t leave Spurs at the end of the season.
    Redknapp is adamant that reported Manchester United target Kane won’t go anywhere unless club chairman Daniel Levy’s financial demands are met.
    Reports suggest that the star striker will push for a departure if the north Londoners fail to qualify for the Champions League but Levy appears to have placed a staggering £120million asking price on him.
    Redknapp told talkSPORT: “I think he will [stay], unless he goes to Brentford! No, but seriously I think he’ll stay.
    “He ain’t going to go unless Daniel does a deal that he wants. Make no mistake, Daniel drives the hardest bargain in the world.
    “Unless he gets the deal he wants and it suits Tottenham then he won’t go. He’s going to demand the king’s ransom for him. If he doesn’t get the money to rebuild the team then Harry won’t be going anywhere”
    STAR SWAP
    Paris Saint-Germain could try to sign Cristiano Ronaldo if Kylian Mbappe joins Real Madrid in the summer.
    That is according to Tuttosport, who claim that PSG will need someone to replace Mbappe if Real manage to land the striker at the end of the season.
    That is why the reigning French champions will make a move for Juventus superstar Ronaldo.
    Juve have claimed they don’t want to sell the Portugal international but if it comes down to it then they may ask for Mauro Icardi to move the other way
    HAALAND RECORD
    Borussia Dortmund superstar Erling Haaland has set a new speed record in the Bundesliga.
    That makes Haaland the fastest player in the competition as he overtook Bayern Munich ace Alphonso Davies.
    The striker clocked 22.39 mph (36.04 km/h) during Dortmund’s 3-2 win over Stuttgart on Saturday at the Mercedes-Benz Arena.
    The Norway international has been linked to a mega-money transfer in the summer with the likes of Manchester United, Manchester City, Liverpool and Chelsea all keen
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    KANE THEY SIGN HARRY?
    Manchester United have been long-term admirers of Tottenham talisman Harry Kane, according to ongoing reports.
    But signing Kane won’t be easy for any Premier League team as Spurs are not willing to let their star striker join a domestic rival.
    Plus, the England captain is rated at about £120million, which poses as a sky-high fee following the coronavirus’ financial impact on the market.
    The 27-year-old has declared that he will clarify his future after the summer’s delayed Euro 2020.
    But recent reports suggest that he will push for a departure if Tottenham fail to qualify for the Champions League
    HAALAND CRAZY TERM
    Borussia Dortmund superstar Erling Haaland’s agent Mino Raiola will try to make his client the first ever £1million-a-week player!
    That is according to the Daily Mirror, who claim Raiola sees Haaland as a once-in-a-generation type of player that deserves to receive record-breaking sums wherever he competes.
    That wouldn’t sit well with Premier League clubs Manchester United, Chelsea and Liverpool following the financial impact of the coronavirus pandemic.
    But there’s a sense that Abu Dhabi-owned Manchester City and Qatari-backed Paris Saint-Germain could all rise up to that kind of challenge
    TOP POG
    The Manchester United dressing room would be devastated if Paul Pogba left the club.
    Pogba has been repeatedly linked with a move away from United because of his agent Mino Raiola and that has led to an uneasy relationship with a section of the fans.
    But SunSport understands that the star midfielder is well-liked and respected at the back and his team-mates wouldn’t take it well if he was sold at the end of the season.
    A source claimed: “Paul may be regarded with suspicion by a lot of the fanbase because of his agent courting other clubs, but there is no doubt where the players stand with him.
    “They recognise he is one of the team’s stars and he is as desperate as they are for the club to be successful again.
    “He is well-liked by all his team-mates and no one wants him to leave.
    “But they also understand if a player is unhappy, it usually leads to his departure.
    “They all hope he will start the next season at Old Trafford”
    SAM-THING SPECIAL
    Manchester United are keen on re-signing Sam Johnstone in the summer.
    SunSport understands that United have been keeping an eye on Johnstone and are impressed with his stunning displays at West Brom ever since his £5million move three years ago.
    The Red Devils are going to move for the talented goalkeeper if either David de Gea or Dean Henderson depart at the end of the season.
    And it doesn’t look like manager Ole Gunnar Solskjaer is going to have both De Gea and Henderson next season as none of them is keen on playing second fiddle
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    TOTTENHAM VS MANCHESTER UNITED PREVIEW
    Manchester United boss Ole Gunnar Solskjaer hopes to have Marcus Rashford and Luke Shaw fit for today’s clash at Tottenham.
    Rashford was taken off from Thursday’s Europa League clash at Granada after his goal due to an ongoing ankle issue.
    Shaw, on the other hand, came off due to an unspecified problem but there is yet no update ahead of the upcoming match with Spurs.
    Solskjaer will be without Anthony Martial and Phil Jones, who are nursing a knee injury, as well as Eric Bailly who recently tested positive for coronavirus.
    Tottenham manager Jose Mourinho will take on his former club without Ben Davies and Matt Doherty who are sidelined with an ankle and muscle injury respectively
    LOOKING AT LUIS
    Atletico Madrid star Luis Suarez may consider a shock return to Liverpool in the summer.
    That is according to Spanish outlet Todofichajes, who claim that Suarez has grown frustrated with Simeone’s tactics.
    It is claimed that their relationship is ‘difficult’ and that the star striker could take up a clause in his contract that would allow him to leave at the end of the season without a penalty.
    And the Uruguay international would be keen to rejoin Liverpool, although David Beckham’s Inter Miami side pose as a tempting alternative
    JES DO IT
    Arsenal are planning a sensational swoop for Manchester United loanee Jesse Lingard.
    Lingard has been rejuvenated following his loan move to West Ham in January and Hammers boss David Moyes is desperate to sign him on a permanent basis.
    But the Gunners have also been impressed by the winger and are looking to make a move in the summer.
    However, the Red Devils are hoping the 28-year-old will sign a one-year extension to his contract that runs out next year so that they can profit out of a possible transfer
    TAKING THE MIK
    Arsenal manager Mikel Arteta is facing growing resentment from players who are upset over being blamed for the team’s problems instead of him.
    SunSport understands that senior players believe Arteta is all ‘emperor’s new clothes’ by talking a good game but failing to actually deliver.
    They are also questioning why he happily revelled in leading the club to FA Cup glory late last season but is not so keen on taking responsibility for poor results throughout this campaign.
    This marks the first sign of cracks beginning to appear within the Emirates over the way the Spaniard has gone about his job in the first 15 months he has been in charge at the helm
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    GOOD MORNING FOOTBALL FANS
    Arsenal stars have turned on boss Mikel Arteta, SunSport can exclusively reveal.
    Senior players are increasingly frustrated at the way boss Arteta has been able to paint a picture that the fault for the side’s poor season is all down to them.
    It is the first sign of cracks beginning to appear within the Emirates over the way Arteta has gone about his job in the 15 months he has been in charge.
    They are questioning why he happily revelled in leading the club to FA Cup glory last season but is not so keen on taking responsibility for poor games.
    Sticking with the Gunners, they are set to join the race for Jesse Lingard this summer.
    The England midfielder has rejuvenated his career at West Ham following his loan switch in January.
    Lingard has just 12 months left on his current contract, and ideally United would like him to sign another – if only to ensure they get top dollar should they sell.
    Meanwhile a married Premier League star snubbed snaps of his lovechild, we can reveal.
    The rat also ignored a legal warning that he will be named in an upcoming overseas court hearing.
    We told last week how the ace fathered a baby girl with event hostess Jaqueline Sousa during a secret two-year fling.
    And Bayern Munich’s chances of progressing into the Champions League knockout have taken a major blow.
    Star man Robert Lewandowski has revealed he will not be fit for the return leg in Paris.
    The striker, 32, missed last week’s 3-2 Champions League quarter-final first-leg defeat in Bavaria with a knee injury sustained on international duty with Poland.
    RICE TRY
    Exclusive: West Ham will tell Manchester United to forget any plans to offer Jesse Lingard as part of a deal to sign Declan Rice.
    The Hammers are desperate to tie Lingard down to a permanent deal at the London Stadium following the success of his loan spell at the club.
    But United want Rice to help provide the base in their midfield to build a team capable of challenging for the Premier League title next season.
    That has led to Old Trafford bosses wondering if they could broker a deal which would see Lingard play a makeweight in an £80million package to take Rice to the North-West.
    Yet West Ham are in no mood to be bullied and want to seal a straight deal for Lingard this summer.
    And they have no intention of their 22-year-old vice-captain being part of any conversations over a transfer.
    THE REAL DEAL
    Real Madrid beat rivals Barcelona 2-1 at home in an entertaining, rain-soaked El Clasico on Saturday to go top of LaLiga.
    Karim Benzema put the champions in charge at a soggy Bernabeu stadium with a delightful backheel in the 14th minute.
    And a deflected Toni Kroos free kick doubled Real’s lead in the 28th.
    Barca hit back on the hour mark through Oscar Mingueza to revive their hopes.
    And the defender almost found the equaliser later on to rescue a point.
    The Catalans also had a huge penalty appeal waved away when Martin Braithwaite fell following a challenge by Ferland Mendy.
    Meanwhile, Real midfielder Casemiro was sent off in stoppage time for picking up two yellow cards in the space of a minute.
    There was more drama to come when Barca substitute Ilaix Moriba hit the crossbar in the fourth minute of added time.
    The hosts survived the nail-biting finish to complete a sensational week.
    TOP POG
    Exclusive: Paul Pogba is a captain in the Manchester United dressing room and will leave his team-mates devastated if he is sold.
    The French World Cup-winning midfielder has a difficult relationship with fans after his agent repeatedly linked him with a move away.
    But a source said Pogba is hugely popular in the dressing room.
    They said: “Paul may be regarded with suspicion by a lot of the fanbase because of his agent courting other clubs, but there is no doubt where the players stand with him.
    “They recognise he is one of the team’s stars and he is as desperate as they are for the club to be successful again.
    “He is well-liked by all his team-mates and no one wants him to leave.
    “But they also understand if a player is unhappy, it usually leads to his departure.
    “They all hope he will start the next season at Old Trafford.”
    PLAY IT AGAIN SAM
    Exclusive: Manchester United want to bring keeper Sam Johnstone back from West Brom in a shock swoop.
    Johnstone’s reputation has grown after a stunning campaign with the Baggies, earning him a first senior England call-up.
    United have put him at the head of their wishlist if David De Gea, 30, or Dean Henderson go this summer.
    We revealed the Red Devils would not carry on with both De Gea and Henderson, 24, sharing games in the future.
    Johnstone, 28, who came through the Old Trafford ranks before a £5million move to Albion in 2018, could be tempted to move as his deal is about to enter its final year.
    West Brom might cash in as Johnstone is also one of their top earners.
    THAU IS YOURS
    Premier League sides Leicester City and Crystal Palace are reportedly interested in signing Newcastle flop Florian Thauvin.
    The 28-year-old, who failed to score during his half-season at St James’ Park, is out of contract in the summer – but may yet sign a new deal at Marseille.
    According to French newspaper L’Equipe, Thauvin’s future remains unclear, despite there being just three months remaining on his contract.
    There are, however, reports coming out of Italy suggesting he will commit his future to the club.
    According to TuttoMercato, the appointment of former Argentina boss Jorge Sampaoli has persuaded Thauvin to stay in France.
    It is believed talks between the World Cup winner’s representatives and several clubs – including Leicester and Crystal Palace – have been held.

    STATEMENT WIN
    This was some performance from Chelsea today. Runaway 4-1 winners over Crystal Palace and a breakout display from Kai Havertz.

    BELL-TER
    Jude Bellingham achieved another remarkable milestone with his first Bundesliga goal.
    The England midfielder, 17, lashed home from the edge of the area as Borussia Dortmund kept alive their slim hopes of a top-four finish with a 3-2 comeback win at Stuttgart.

    MAUR PLEASE
    Maurizio Sarri has reportedly rejected the chance to become Fiorentina’s new manager.
    Football Italia claims the former Chelsea boss, 62, has snubbed the opportunity to take charge of the floundering Tuscans amid links with Napoli and Roma.
    Sarri, who has been out of work since being axed by Juventus last year, is eager to return to football this summer.
    The tactician has already rejected approaches from Marseille and Fenerbahce as he does not want to take charge of a new club mid-season.

    MARRED BY BLUNDER
    Referee Andre Marriner forgot to get Manchester City and Leeds players to take the knee before kick-off of their game.
    Marriner and the players stood for their period of silence to mark the death of Prince Philip, Duke of Edinburgh before the start of the match, which Leeds won 2-1.
    But the official then didn’t remember to order the usual gesture in support of the fight against discrimination.
    When he blew for the start of the game there was some confusion as a number of Leeds players started to kneel, only for play to go on.
    The Premier League say the incident was an oversight.

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    Leicester snapping up Hartlepool wonderkid Brad Young in bargain transfer with 18-year-old keeper star of future

    HARTLEPOOL goalkeeper Brad Young could be on his way to Leicester in a bargain deal.Young, 18, has been to the Foxes for training and talks — and his dream move may be sorted out this week.
    Leicester hope to wrap up a deal for 18-year-old goalkeeping sensation Brad Young from Hartlepool in the coming daysCredit: Rex
    The 6ft 4in Pools wonderkid almost joined Chelsea last season.
    He has been with England’s youth set-up while spending time on loan at Blyth Spartans.
    But SunSport understands a deal with the Foxes is close.
    Sunderland-born Young came through the youth academy at National League-leaders Hartlepool to earn his pro contract at Victoria Park.
    He would likely link up with Steve Beaglehole’s Under-23s set-up at Leicester.
    And should Brendan Rodgers’ side secure Champions League football next season, Young may even get a chance in the U19s Uefa Youth League.
    Kasper Schmeichel is the undisputed No1 at the King Power with Wales international Danny Ward his understudy.
    Veteran ex-Hull man Eldin Jakupovic is the third-choice but has not made a senior appearance for the club since May 2018.
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    Polish Jakub Stolarczyk sometimes joins Schmeichel and Ward on matchdays as part of the warm-up.
    However, 6ft 7ins American youth international Chituru Odunze, 18, was involved prior to the 2-0 defeat to Manchester City last week.
    Finally, Daniel Iversen is being eyed as the natural successor to his Danish compatriot Schmeichel.
    Joining the club in 2016, the 23-year-old is yet to play a first-team match for the East Midlanders but is earning his stripes with 110 senior appearances across four loan spells, currently with Preston North End in the Championship.
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    Konstantinos Mavropanos refuses to commit to Arsenal future opening door to making Stuttgart loan a permanent transfer

    KONSTANTINOS MAVROPANOS refused to commit his future to Arsenal – despite only signing a new contract last year.And instead, the Greek defender opened the door to making his Stuttgart loan switch permanent.
    Konstantinos Mavropanos suggested he may be willing to leave Arsenal and join Stuttgart permanently when his loan expiresCredit: AP
    Mavropanos, 23, joined the Gunners from PAS Giannina in his homeland in 2018 but has just eight first-team appearances under his belt.
    He spent the second half of last season at Nurnberg, penned a fresh three-year deal at the Emirates and headed back to Germany for the current campaign – making 16 Bundesliga appearances in an injury-hit spell.
    But as the end of the season looms, questions remain over what is next for the centre-back.
    Speaking to Bild, Mavropanos revealed staying at Stuttgart is an option.
    Asked if he will return to the Emirates this summer, he said: “I can’t say that at the moment. Things can change quickly in football.
    “I still have two months here in Stuttgart and would like to end the season with the team as high up as possible.
    “The door at VfB is open for me – that’s very good. 
    “But I can only really think about the future once we have talks with Arsenal for the new season.”
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    Former Arsenal head of recruitment Sven Mislintat is now sporting director at Stuttgart.
    And he confirmed in March the German club want to extend the deal for Mavropanos – at least on loan for another season.
    The defender has put in a series of fine performances this term and earned himself his first senior Greece cap in the March internationals.
    That has led to some Arsenal fans calling for him to be given a chance at the Emirates next season.
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    The defender’s performances earned him a senior debut for the Greek national team in MarchCredit: AFP

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    Mino Raiola ‘wants to make Erling Haaland first £1m-a-week player as Man Utd step up transfer interest in Dortmund star’

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

    ARSENAL are plotting to beat West Ham to the permanent signing of Jesse Lingard, SunSport can exclusively reveal.We’ve also got the latest on Sergio Aguero’s future with Tottenham and Leeds reportedly interested, while Kylian Mbappe could be set for Real Madrid.

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    RICE TRY
    Exclusive: West Ham will tell Manchester United to forget any plans to offer Jesse Lingard as part of a deal to sign Declan Rice.
    The Hammers are desperate to tie Lingard down to a permanent deal at the London Stadium following the success of his loan spell at the club.
    But United want Rice to help provide the base in their midfield to build a team capable of challenging for the Premier League title next season.
    That has led to Old Trafford bosses wondering if they could broker a deal which would see Lingard play a makeweight in an £80million package to take Rice to the North-West.
    Yet West Ham are in no mood to be bullied and want to seal a straight deal for Lingard this summer.
    And they have no intention of their 22-year-old vice-captain being part of any conversations over a transfer.
    THE REAL DEAL
    Real Madrid beat rivals Barcelona 2-1 at home in an entertaining, rain-soaked El Clasico on Saturday to go top of LaLiga.
    Karim Benzema put the champions in charge at a soggy Bernabeu stadium with a delightful backheel in the 14th minute.
    And a deflected Toni Kroos free kick doubled Real’s lead in the 28th.
    Barca hit back on the hour mark through Oscar Mingueza to revive their hopes.
    And the defender almost found the equaliser later on to rescue a point.
    The Catalans also had a huge penalty appeal waved away when Martin Braithwaite fell following a challenge by Ferland Mendy.
    Meanwhile, Real midfielder Casemiro was sent off in stoppage time for picking up two yellow cards in the space of a minute.
    There was more drama to come when Barca substitute Ilaix Moriba hit the crossbar in the fourth minute of added time.
    The hosts survived the nail-biting finish to complete a sensational week.
    TOP POG
    Exclusive: Paul Pogba is a captain in the Manchester United dressing room and will leave his team-mates devastated if he is sold.
    The French World Cup-winning midfielder has a difficult relationship with fans after his agent repeatedly linked him with a move away.
    But a source said Pogba is hugely popular in the dressing room.
    They said: “Paul may be regarded with suspicion by a lot of the fanbase because of his agent courting other clubs, but there is no doubt where the players stand with him.
    “They recognise he is one of the team’s stars and he is as desperate as they are for the club to be successful again.
    “He is well-liked by all his team-mates and no one wants him to leave.
    “But they also understand if a player is unhappy, it usually leads to his departure.
    “They all hope he will start the next season at Old Trafford.”
    PLAY IT AGAIN SAM
    Exclusive: Manchester United want to bring keeper Sam Johnstone back from West Brom in a shock swoop.
    Johnstone’s reputation has grown after a stunning campaign with the Baggies, earning him a first senior England call-up.
    United have put him at the head of their wishlist if David De Gea, 30, or Dean Henderson go this summer.
    We revealed the Red Devils would not carry on with both De Gea and Henderson, 24, sharing games in the future.
    Johnstone, 28, who came through the Old Trafford ranks before a £5million move to Albion in 2018, could be tempted to move as his deal is about to enter its final year.
    West Brom might cash in as Johnstone is also one of their top earners.
    THAU IS YOURS
    Premier League sides Leicester City and Crystal Palace are reportedly interested in signing Newcastle flop Florian Thauvin.
    The 28-year-old, who failed to score during his half-season at St James’ Park, is out of contract in the summer – but may yet sign a new deal at Marseille.
    According to French newspaper L’Equipe, Thauvin’s future remains unclear, despite there being just three months remaining on his contract.
    There are, however, reports coming out of Italy suggesting he will commit his future to the club.
    According to TuttoMercato, the appointment of former Argentina boss Jorge Sampaoli has persuaded Thauvin to stay in France.
    It is believed talks between the World Cup winner’s representatives and several clubs – including Leicester and Crystal Palace – have been held.

    STATEMENT WIN
    This was some performance from Chelsea today. Runaway 4-1 winners over Crystal Palace and a breakout display from Kai Havertz.

    BELL-TER
    Jude Bellingham achieved another remarkable milestone with his first Bundesliga goal.
    The England midfielder, 17, lashed home from the edge of the area as Borussia Dortmund kept alive their slim hopes of a top-four finish with a 3-2 comeback win at Stuttgart.

    MAUR PLEASE
    Maurizio Sarri has reportedly rejected the chance to become Fiorentina’s new manager.
    Football Italia claims the former Chelsea boss, 62, has snubbed the opportunity to take charge of the floundering Tuscans amid links with Napoli and Roma.
    Sarri, who has been out of work since being axed by Juventus last year, is eager to return to football this summer.
    The tactician has already rejected approaches from Marseille and Fenerbahce as he does not want to take charge of a new club mid-season.

    MARRED BY BLUNDER
    Referee Andre Marriner forgot to get Manchester City and Leeds players to take the knee before kick-off of their game.
    Marriner and the players stood for their period of silence to mark the death of Prince Philip, Duke of Edinburgh before the start of the match, which Leeds won 2-1.
    But the official then didn’t remember to order the usual gesture in support of the fight against discrimination.
    When he blew for the start of the game there was some confusion as a number of Leeds players started to kneel, only for play to go on.
    The Premier League say the incident was an oversight.

    KANE DECIDER?
    Could a defeat for Spurs tomorrow spell the end for Harry Kane’s time at the club? Their clash with Man Utd really does feel that big…
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    PREMIER LEAGUE’S SUNDAY SCHEDULE
    Here is what Sunday’s Premier League action looks like:

    12:00 – Burnley v Newcastle
    14:05 – West Ham v Leicester City
    16:30 – Tottenham Hotspur v Manchester United
    19:00 – Sheffield United v Arsenal

    LOOKING AT LUIS
    Luis Suarez could make a shock return to Liverpool, according to reports.
    The Atletico Madrid forward, 34, is understood to be frustrated with Diego Simeone’s tactics.
    Spanish outlet Todofichajes state the pair have a ‘difficult’ relationship which could result in the striker leaving – with a clause in his contract enabling him to leave this summer with no penalty.
    And the report adds Suarez could be open to a transfer back to Liverpool, seven years after leaving Anfield for Barcelona.

    SET TO STAY
    Manchester United transfer target Paulo Dybala is reportedly set for contract talks with Juventus next month.
    The Red Devils were linked with the attacker in January as reports claimed Dybala, 27, was set for an exit if he did not agree a new deal.
    Talks had stalled between Juventus and Dybala but the two parties are now believed to be ready to sit down to discuss terms.
    And the Argentina international could be offered an £8.7million annual salary to sign, according to Italian newspaper Tuttosport.
    That would represent a £2.1m increase on Dybala’s current £6.5m wages , which shows the Old Lady are determined to keep him.
    The development will come as a blow for United, who have had Dybala in their sights as far back as 2019.
    HANS TIED
    Hansi Flick has dropped a hint he is prepared to quit Bayern Munich at the end of the season.
    The gaffer watched his side lumber to a drab 1-1 draw with Union Berlin to stay five points above RB Leipzig at the top of the table.
    Before the contest with Union Berlin, Flick refused to answer questions on his future and said: “I am around 18 months in this job and I have a team that has developed.
    “We are absolutely focused on our job. It is important that we stick together.”
    When asked about his thoughts on the Bayern hierarchy, he bluntly responded: “Everything has been said.”

    CHELSEA CRUISING
    Quick update from Selhurst Park as Chelsea have beaten Crystal Palace 4-1.
    Christian Benteke managed to pull one back for the hosts but Christian Pulisic doubled his tally for the day to make sure of the points for Thomas Tuchel’s side.
    EASY. NIGHT’S. WORK.
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    DIE-GO?
    Inter Milan are eyeing Atletico Madrid boss Diego Simeone – as questions linger over Antonio Conte even before the end of the season.
    Ex-Chelsea chief Conte is tipped to depart despite Inter leading Serie A by 11 points.
    And Todo Fichajes claim Argentinian Simeone, 50, is the clear top target for the Italian giants.
    Conte, 51, was thought to have been close to leaving the San Siro last summer amid reports of conflicts with the Inter board.
    Now it is thought he could depart as early as this summer, although 2022 and 2023 have also been mentioned.

    GRIM REAPER
    Grimsby’s first half with Bradford descended into chaos after Stefan Payne headbutted his own team-mate.
    The League Two strugglers had just fallen behind when the Bantams’ Anthony O’Connor opened the scoring in the 42nd minute.

    With tensions rising, they came to a head just minutes after when team-mates Payne and Filipe Morais were involved in an astonishing bust-up.
    It was sparked when Morais played a pass down the line looking for Payne.
    The ball was wayward and Payne was apparently furious, making his frustrations known to the Portuguese winger.
    Morais, 35, fired back with his own comments before the two squared up as the half-time whistle blew.
    Payne then completely lost his cool and pushed his head towards Morais in front of the officials while the players were heading for the tunnel.
    KO BLOW
    Aston Villa ace Trezeguet was left in tears after being forced off injured in Saturday’s 2-1 defeat at Liverpool.
    The Egyptian winger, 26, was subbed off at Anfield with just minutes remaining following a tackle from match-winner Trent Alexander-Arnold.

    Trezeguet was clearly distraught as he went down, clutching his face in pain.
    Villa medics rushed on to the field to provide treatment in the hope he could see out the game.
    But Trezeguet who could be seen being consoled by fellow Egyptian Mo Salah – was unable to continue against the Reds and had to be helped off the field.
    As he headed towards the tunnel, the attacker broke down in tears as Jurgen Klopp watched on sympathetically.
    TOP FOUR RACE
    So with Chelsea set to win and Liverpool already having fought back to take all three points at Anfield, who do we think is best placed to finish the season in the top four.
    Tottenham, Leicester and West Ham are all in action tomorrow – the latter two against one another at the London Stadium.
    Could this be a defining weekend in the race for a Champions League spot?
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    BLUE BEAUTIES
    Chelsea have raced into a 3-0 lead inside half an hour at Selhurst Park against Crystal Palace.
    Kai Havertz, Christian Pulisic and Kurt Zouma with the goals.
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    GOODNIGHT, MISTER THOM
    Chelsea boss Thomas Tuchel has revealed the ‘two-minute’ conversation he had with Paris Saint-Germain bosses before he was sacked last year.
    In an interview with Sky Germany, Tuchel said: “It was very surprising because on December 22 I felt it for the first time in the evening.
    “I had a conversation with my Sporting Director, and another before the match on December 23. I felt that it could be a possibility, but I didn’t feel like it was real.
    “We won 4-0… [we had] a conversation that lasted for two minutes. There was not much left to say.
    “So I got up, I said that he had to sort out the problem and I left. We got our things together and we went home to celebrate Christmas.”
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    MORE TO COME
    Rangers are tracking Morecambe winger Carlos Mendes Gomes.
    The Senegal-born attacker, 22, has been watched a number of times this season and the Scottish champions have contacted the League Two side about a potential move.
    SunSport also understands Rangers have done their due diligence on the ex-Atletico Madrid youth.
    Gomes is out of contract at the end of this season and could be available on a free if he doesn’t sign a new contract at Morecambe.

    ROB-BED OF LEWANDOWSKI
    Bayern Munich have been dealt a huge blow after Robert Lewandowski revealed he will NOT be fit for the crunch second-leg with Paris Saint-Germain.
    The superstar striker, 32, missed last week’s 3-2 Champions League quarter-final first-leg defeat in Bavaria with a knee injury sustained on international duty with Poland.
    Despite initially being ruled out for around four weeks, there were hopes Lewandowski could make a miraculous recovery for Bayern’s away leg in the French capital.
    But Lewandowski has now confirmed the Champions League holders will have to manage without him once again.
    Lewandowski told Sky Sports: “No, [next week] is still too early.
    “I’ll do everything I can to get back on the pitch, but only when I feel really good and safe. It’s not a good feeling to sit at home.”

    MAKING THEIR MART
    Arsenal are keeping tabs on Fluminese star Matheus Martinelli over a £35million summer transfer, according to reports.
    Brazilian outlet Globo Esporte claim the Gunners have been scouting the 19-year-old midfielder for the last few months.
    Arsenal have been impressed by what they’ve seen so far from the attacking star – no relation to 2019 signing Gabriel Martinelli.
    And now Emirates chiefs are set to make a move for the in-demand star who has a £35m release clause in his contract.

    SIMPLY THE TRENT
    Trent Alexander-Arnold – with Gareth Southgate in the stands – has just hit the winner for Liverpool against Aston Villa.
    A message to the England boss?

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    Rangers track Morecambe winger Carlos Mendes Gomes with ex-Atletico Madrid youth’s contract up in the summer

    RANGERS are tracking Morecambe winger Carlos Mendes Gomes.The Senegal-born attacker, 22, has been watched a number of times this season and the Scottish champions have contacted the League Two side about a potential move.
    Morecambe winger Carlos Mendes Gomes, 22, is being tracked by RangersCredit: Getty
    SunSport also understands Rangers have done their due diligence on the ex-Atletico Madrid youth.
    Gomes is out of contract at the end of this season and could be available on a free if he doesn’t sign a new contract at Morecambe.
    The forward, who was born in Dakar and raised in Tenerife, moved to Manchester with his family when he was 15.
    He spent two years in the Atletico academy, but his first two years in English football were spent at non-league West Didsbury.
    He operates mainly on the right wing and has been with the Shrimps for three seasons.
    Meanwhile, Celtic have been in contact with the SFA demanding clarification over the Rangers Covid five delay.
    Hoops chiefs are seeking answers from Hampden after charges against the Ibrox rule-breakers – with an appeal still to be heard nearly two months on from the illegal incident.
    Nathan Patterson, Bongani Zungu, Calvin Bassey, Dapo Mebude and Brian Kinnear were caught up at a house gathering in February, in a clear breach of coronavirus protocol.
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    The Gers have been watching the Senegal-born attacker closelyCredit: Alamy

    The five players were each hit with with four-match bans, plus a further two games suspended.
    However, Rangers appealed this decision, therefore freeing up Patterson and the rest to play for their respective clubs in the mean time.
    The hearing will now be held on Saturday – with Patterson, Zungu and Bassey therefore free to face Celtic.
    The Hoops are unhappy as Hampden chiefs hit them with punishment for Boli Bolingoli’s breach within four days earlier this season, with the Hoops having games postponed that left them playing catch up in the league.
    And now, Celtic have met with Scottish football’s governing body to seek clarity on the Ibrox five situation.
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    Chelsea and Liverpool in action TODAY, Aguero future LATEST, Mbappe to Madrid – Man City, Spurs, Arsenal transfer news

    THE Premier League returns today with a bumper schedule of matches with Man City, Chelsea and Liverpool in action. On the transfer front we’ve the latest on Sergio Aguero’s future with Tottenham and Leeds reportedly interested, while Kylian Mbappe could be set for Real Madrid.

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    SIMPLY THE TRENT
    Trent Alexander-Arnold – with Gareth Southgate in the stands – has just hit the winner for Liverpool against Aston Villa.
    A message to the England boss?

    LIVERPOOL WIN
    Liverpool picked up a late and dramatic 2-1 win over Aston Villa at Anfield.
    Villa opened the scoring with Ollie Watkins on 43 minutes before the Reds saw Roberto Firmino’s equaliser getting chalked off because Diogo Jota was marginally offside in the build-up.
    Mohamed Salah did what Firmino couldn’t in the second half before Trent Alexander-Arnold’s late winner on stoppage time.
    Liverpool are now on their way back to the top four
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    LIVERPOOL EQUAL
    Liverpool equalised against Aston Villa with the usual suspect Mohamed Salah.
    The Reds worked hard for an equaliser and finally got it when Salah picked the ball up from the far post after Emiliano Martinez saved Andy Robertson’s shot and turned home from close range.
    We are currently on 74 minutes and the Merseysiders need a win to work their way back to the top four.
    Reminding you that Villa opened the scoring with Ollie Watkins before Liverpool saw Roberto Firmino’s equaliser being disallowed because Diogo Jota was marginally offside
    NEVE-S SAY NO
    Manchester United have reportedly added Wolves star Ruben Neves to their summer transfer list.
    That is according to 90Min, who report that the Wolverhampton club is prepared to sell their star midfielder.
    Wolves are facing the prospect of having to let a handful of key players go at the end of the season because parent company Fosun are looking to restructure their commitment to the club.
    That is why super agent Jorge Mendes has been instructed to seek potential buyers that will meet Wolves’ asking prices for some of their top Portuguese stars.
    Neves appears to be one of them and although United are keeping an eye on potential midfield acquisitions they are still primarily looking for a centre-back and a winger
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    LIVERPOOL BEHIND
    It’s half-time at Anfield with Liverpool trailing 1-0 following Ollie Watkins’ opener.
    Roberto Firmino equalised for the Reds but a lengthy VAR review chalked it off because Diogo Jota was just inches offside in the build-up.
    The reigning Premier League champions haven’t been taking their chances in the first half and are facing an uphill battle in the second half
    AGUERO LATEST
    Leeds have emerged as surprise candidates to sign Manchester City legend Sergio Aguero in the summer.
    According to 90Min, the Whites are keeping tabs on Aguero, who has stated he will be leaving City at the end of the season when his contract expires.
    The Elland Road outfit can’t offer him Champions League football but the prospect of him not having to move from his home in the north west could be a major catalyst.
    The star striker has reportedly received offers from other Premier League clubs as well as teams in Spain, France, Italy, the Middle East and the US.
    Reports suggest that the Argentina international has also been approached by Chelsea, Arsenal, Tottenham and West Ham
    LIVE SCORES
    It’s been 16 minutes since Liverpool’s clash with Aston Villa kicked off at Anfield with the score still goalless.
    Reds boss Jurgen Klopp has started with Alisson, Alexander-Arnold, Nat Phillips, Kabak, Robertson, Wijnaldum, Fabinho, Milner, Salah, Jota and Firmino.
    Villa manager Dean Smith, on the other hand, opted for Martinez, Cash, Konsa, Mings, Targett, Luiz, McGinn, Trezeguet, Nakamba, Traore and Watkins.
    Chelsea take on Crystal Palace at Selhurst Park at 5.30pm.
    LEEDS UPSET
    Leeds stunned high-fliers Manchester City at the Etihad with a shock 2-1 win, despite playing with 10 men for 45 minutes.
    Liam Cooper was sent off following an ugly lunge on Gabriel Jesus, which was upgraded from a yellow card to a red after VAR intervened.
    Cooper was sent off just four minutes after Stuart Dallas opened the scoring for the visitors.
    City equalised with Ferran Torres after 76 minutes but Marcelo Bielsa’s men wouldn’t be denied as they got a late winner during stoppage time with Dallas
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    ED-ING OUT
    Manchester United ace Edinson Cavani appears to be ‘closer than ever’ to a move to Boca Juniors in the summer.
    That is according to ESPN, who claim Cavani is looking to cut his two-year deal with United in favour of a move to South America.
    A source told ESPN: “He has the option to continue in Manchester, where he feels very welcome, but the option to return to South America at this point is very real.
    “Those close to him think that ‘he ultimately will be the one making the decision’ and that ‘it seems he has it [decision] all very clear”
    BIDDING WAR
    Manchester United have joined the race for young Sheffield United prospect Kyron Gordon.
    Gordon has impressed at centre-back with the Under-23s and while training with the first team this season.
    And thus, the 18-year-old has turned many heads around the Premier League so far.
    According to the Daily Mail, United, Leeds as well as Liverpool and Everton are reportedly keeping tabs on Gordon

    HAALAND PRAISE
    Bayern Munich superstar Robert Lewandowski praised Borussia Dortmund talisman Erling Haaland by saying he has what it takes to become the “best forward in the world”.
    Haaland has been linked with a host of Europe’s top hitters, with the likes of Manchester United, Manchester City, Liverpool and Chelsea being among them.
    Lewandowski told CBS: “He’s a great player. He has great potential, but he’s still very young.
    “In the future, he has the chance to become the best forward in the world, for sure”
    PART DEAL
    Manchester United would be open to a part-exchange player-plus-cash deal with Tottenham for star striker Harry Kane.
    That is according to The Athletic, who claim that United can’t afford Spurs’ asking price, which is said to be in the region of £120million, due to the financial impact of the coronavirus pandemic.
    That is why the Red Devils would only be open to a move if Spurs would accept a part exchange.
    Kane is reportedly set on leaving Tottenham if they fail to qualify for the Champions League
    FRANK ASSESSMENT
    Former Chelsea manager Frank Lampard revealed that he tried to sign West Ham ace Declan Rice in the summer transfer window.
    Lampard said during Q&A for the Willow Foundation: “I have probably given it away with how I spoke about him, but I think it’s common knowledge that I was a big fan of his.
    “It didn’t happen for various reasons, but we brought in a lot of players in the summer. But I was a big fan of him.
    “For understandable reasons, West Ham know the player that they have on their hands”
    BAK NEXT SEASON
    Liverpool appear keen on triggering Ozan Kabak’s buyout clause in the summer.
    The Reds signed Kabak on loan, with an option to buy, during the January transfer window from Schalke.
    According to talkSPORT, the club’s hierarchy has been so impressed that they want the centre-back to sign a permanent deal with the reigning Premier League champions.
    That means Liverpool are likely to pay a fee in the region of £18million for the Turkey international in the summer
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    SHOCK KANE UPDATE
    Tottenham star striker Harry Kane is going to push for an exit from the club if Spurs fail to qualify for next season’s Champions League competition.
    That is according to The Athletic, who claim Kane is growing increasinly frustrated with the north Londoners’ lack of silverware and general direction.
    The England captain has said he will clarify his future after this summer’s delayed Euro 2020 tournament.
    However, the 27-year-old appears reluctant to spend another year outside of Europe’s elite competition and may have to look for a different club if Tottenham fail to finish in the top four
    WHAT WOULD ALEX DO?
    Tottenham manager Jose Mourinho has hit back at his Manchester United successor Ole Gunnar Solskjaer following his claim that trophies are for egos.
    Mourinho clashes with his former club on Sunday at the Tottenham Hotspur Stadium and believes Solskjaer’s legendary boss Sir Alex Ferguson would disagree with the Norwegian coach, who said before United’s FA Cup quarter-final exit at Leicester that cups are an ‘ego thing’.
    The former Chelsea manager retorted with the following statement: “It’s his opinion. But I’m pretty sure his big boss Sir Alex had a different opinion about it.
    “But I respect what Solskjaer thinks. I think different. It’s not a problem, he’s not being disrespectful.
    “But, I repeat, I believe that his big boss, and the biggest in Premier League history, has a different view in relation to that”
    COOLING OFF
    Manchester United have reportedly cooled off their interest in Borussia Dortmund talisman Erling Haaland.
    That is according to ESPN, who claim the “road show” that Haaland’s agent Mino Raiola and his father Alf-Inge put together in Madrid and Barcelona reminded United the reason why they pulled back last year.
    The Manchester giants were interested in the star striker while he played for Red Bull Salzburg.
    But they ultimately decided to hold fire and thus the Norway international went to Dortmund instead
    THOM TO SHINE
    Arsenal manager Mikel Arteta has urged £45million signing Thomas Partey to step up on the pitch and prove to the world exactly why the club splashed the cash for him last summer.
    Arteta said: “Hopefully we will see the best version of Thomas at Sheffield United on Sunday and against Slavia Prague next week.
    “Now that he has got a sequence of two or three games I think we’ll see him finishing the season in a really strong way.
    “It’s very difficult to make a proper assessment of Thomas’ performances so far because he has missed six months and that is a long time.
    “He is still adapting to our way of playing, which is different to what he did at Atletico, but he we can all see what he brings to the team.
    “It’s about him finding the level of consistency that we need from him because he has the capacity that we can build a team that can play around him.
    “The biggest difficulty he has had so far is that he has not been fit. Then every time he recovered, he missed the next game.
    “He has not had time to prepare himself physically to play at the highest level and that has obviously had an impact because the Premier League demands real fitness”
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    KANE HE BE SIGNED?
    Manchester United have been long-term admirers of Tottenham megastar Harry Kane, according to reports.
    However, landing Kane will be no easy feat for any Premier League team as Spurs are not willing to let their star striker join a domestic rival.
    Plus, the England international is rated at about £120million, which poses as a sky-high fee amid the coronavirus pandemic’s financial impact.
    Kane has stated recently that he will clarify his future after the summer’s delayed Euro 2020
    AGUERO FUTURE
    Manchester City legend Sergio Aguero is set to leave the club once his contract runs out in the summer following 10 years of glittering service at the Etihad.
    And City boss Pep Guardiola hinted that he wouldn’t mind if Auguero joined a rival club ahead of next season.
    Guardiola said: “The best for him, we wish – all of us. Find the best for Sergio for the last years in his career, for sure.
    “We’ll be delighted with the decision he takes, the best for him and his family and his career. My preference is his preference. His preference is my preference. The best for him is the best for us”
    CRYSTAL PALACE VS CHELSEA
    Chelsea take on Crystal Palace at Selhurst Park later on in the afternoon as they look to return to the Premier League’s top four.
    The Blues boast almost a full squad with Thiago Silva set to miss the encounter due to the red card he received in last weekend’s thrashing to West Brom.
    N’Golo Kante and Christian Pulisic have returned from injury and could be part of Thomas Tuchel’s starting line-up as they came off the bench on Wednesday’s Champions League win against Porto.
    Palace will be without Michy Batshuayi as he is not eligible to face his parent club and joins Connor Wickham on the sidelines after he picked up a slight knock during training.
    Nathaniel Clyne (muscle), James Tomkins (eye), Mamadou Sakho (thigh) and James McArthur (calf) are still out
    TO BE FRANK
    Frank Lampard revealed he has received some ‘flattering’ offers to return to management – but ‘they were not quite right’ for the Blues legend.
    Lampard returned to Stamford Bridge in the summer of 2019 and in his first season secured the club and top four finish and a place in the FA Cup final.
    But 18 months later and he was forced to clear out his locker as Chelsea’s form suffered, leading to his firing.
    Lampard, who was replaced by German Thomas Tuchel, has now spoken out for the first time since being sacked by Blues owner Roman Abramovich.
    Speaking at a Q&A hosted by the London Football Awards in aid of the Willow Foundation, he said: “Football has consumed my life firstly as a player and then as a manager.
    “Nobody wants to lose their job. But when you go into this career, it can happen, no matter how good you think you are.
    “It’s given me a lot more time to be at home. It’s been great to be around the family.
    “I’ve had some opportunities that have come up in the last six weeks, two months, that have been flattering, but not the right thing.
    “They were not quite right.”

    GOOD MORNING FOOTY FANS
    There will be a two-minute silence before every EFL game this weekend after the death of Prince Philip.
    An EFL statement read: “Following the sad passing of His Royal Highness The Prince Philip, Duke of Edinburgh, the EFL can confirm that there will be a two-minute silence ahead of all EFL fixtures taking place tonight and across the weekend (9-10 April).
    “Players, coaches, and match officials will also be wearing armbands as a mark of respect to the late Duke.”
    In the Premier League, Wolves broke Fulham hearts with a smash-and-grab win at Craven Cottage last night.
    Adama Traore smashed a 92nd-minute winner into the top corner to give Nuno Espirito Santo a 1-0 victory.
    The move leaves Fulham three points from safety with just six games left having played two fewer than Newcastle in 17th.
    Wolves moved up to 12th with the win.
    Elsewhere, Jose Mourinho told Ole Gunnar Solskjaer that Sir Alex Ferguson would never have stood for his claim that trophies are for egos.
    Tottenham boss Mourinho took a dig at his Manchester United successor ahead of their Prem clash this weekend.
    Solskjaer — potless since he took over from the Portuguese in December 2018 — said before United’s FA Cup quarter-final exit at Leicester that cups are an “ego thing”.
    He also argued how a league finish is the true barometer of progress. But Mourinho hit back: “It’s his opinion. But I’m pretty sure his big boss Sir Alex had a different opinion about it.
    “But I respect what Solskjaer thinks. I think different. It’s not a problem, he’s not being disrespectful.
    “But, I repeat, I believe that his big boss, and the biggest in Premier League history, has a different view in relation to that.”
    At Man City, Pep Guardiola will have no problem if Sergio Aguero decides to stay in the Premier League this summer.
    At Chelsea, Thomas Tuchel has told Tammy Abraham there is no easy way back into the team.
    And Frank Lampard revealed he has received some ‘flattering’ offers to return to management – but ‘they were not quite right’ for the Blues legend.
    At Arsenal Mikel Arteta has urged Thomas Partey to step up and show just why Arsenal put so much effort into signing him.
    And finally, Troy Deeney says footballers should continue taking the knee next season.
    ‘HAVE TO STAND FOR SOMETHING’
    Reading captain Liam Moore has vowed to quit Twitter after receiving disgusting racist abuse.
    The centre-back was the subject of a vile social media poll and declared his intention to deactivate his account as a result.
    The poll from a now deleted account called Veljko Paunovic talks Reading FC asked: “Should a n***** be captain of Reading FC?” And the available listed answers read: ‘No’, ‘Not him’ and ‘N***** is a name’.
    Moore, 28, saw the horrendous post and hit out at Twitter for letting it happen. He wrote: “2021 and I’m not f****** surprised in the slightest. Twitter you’re as much to blame for making it so easy to abuse people.”
    And in a separate post, the Jamaican international wrote: “I have enjoyed engaging with many of you on here over the years but tonight was just another example of Twitter being toxic. You have to stand for something and for that reason I am deactivating my account. Thanks for your support.”
    Moore has more than 87,000 followers and hundreds of them commented messages of support.

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

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