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CHELSEA have suffered a big blow in their pursuit of Norwegian wonderkid Erling Haaland, with the Dortmund start reportedly set to choose one of Man Utd, Man City or Liverpool.

We've also got all the latest from the Premier League, as well as an update on Cristiano Ronaldo's future.


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  • Josh Graham


    Manchester United are looking for a team to buy Andreas Pereira in the summer as Lazio appear uninterested in triggering his release clause, according to reports.

    United sent Pereira out on loan to the Serie A giants in October but he is struggling to fit into manager Simone Inzaghi's plans and has only played a mere 548 minutes this season.

    The 25-year-old has registered a mere 21 appearances across all competitions.

    According to Corriere dello Sport, Lazio owner Claudio Lotito is not interested in stumping up the cash for the attacking midfielder and thus United will look for a different buyer elsewhere.

    The Red Devils are hoping to offload the out-of-favour Brazilian for £21million ahead of the summer transfer window.

    Pereira made a total of 40 appearances under United manager Ole Gunnar Solskjaer last term.

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    Michael has revealed his 'wild theory' that Sadio Mane refused to go down in the box against Chelsea as Mohamed Salah would have taken the resulting penalty.

    Within the opening ten minutes at Anfield and the game evenly-poised at 0-0, Mane beat Andreas Christensen to a ball in the box.

    And despite being clipped by the Dane, the Reds winger failed to go down for what surely would have been a spot-kick.

    And speaking to Optus Sport, Owen claimed: “I couldn’t believe he didn’t go down there.

    “It was a great touch and he possibly thought he might get a chance at the end of it.

    "But he did something similar a week ago (against Sheffield United). I just wonder, and it might be a little bit of devious thoughts creeping into my head, Salah is the penalty taker in this team…

    "And if (Mane) thinks he’s getting a chance to score he thinks ‘well I’m going to score, if I don’t stay on my feet, Salah’s going to get another penalty’."

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    Jurgen Klopp was left frustrated on the touchline with Mo Salah's defensive contribution moments before hooking him off, according to reports.

    The German boss raised eyebrows when he subbed the Premier League's top scorer and talisman with his side 1-0 behind to Chelsea just after the hour mark.

    Mo Salah was subbed by Jurgen KloppCredit: Reuters

    Salah, 28, appeared suprised when his number went up and failed to hide his frustration as he headed off the field.

    It was his earliest substitution in a game since September 2017.

    According to sports reporter Matt Critchley, who was inside Anfield, Klopp was 'screaming at him to track back' before opting to bring on Alex Oxlade-Chamberlain.

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    Dean Henderson expects to be Manchester United No1 next season – with David De Gea facing an uncertain future at the club.

    Ole Gunnar Solskjaer is set to be without his first-choice goalkeeper for the rest of the month after he went back to Spain for personal reasons – believed to be the birth of his first child.

    The ex-Atletico Madrid ace will be missing for at least five games, and Henderson will now get an extended run in the side.

    The 23-year-old feels ready to take over in goal full-time, with United now considering selling De Gea in the summer.

    Henderson was frustrated with sitting on the bench for the first eight-months of the campaign, and there were rumours he was open to leaving.

    The former Sheffield United ace has been eyed by Borussia Dortmund and Tottenham, who are looking for a long-term replacement for Hugo Lloris.

    But United have NO intentions of selling one of their prized academy products, with Solskjaer a huge fan of his talents.

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    Marcus Rashford could potentially need surgery on his shoulder after spearheading England’s Euros bid, according to reports.

    The Manchester United striker, 23, has been hampered by the problem since November after tearing a muscle.

    And the Telegraph reports he might need to have it fixed once the campaign is over if it continues to bug him.

    Rashford has played 42 times for United this season and will be a key part of England manager Gareth Southgate’s plans in the summer.

    The report also says that some United players are ‘amazed’ the striker has been able to play through the pain barrier for his side.

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    A furious Steve Bruce is on the hunt for the Newcastle dressing room leak – but insists his players still believe in him. 

    A Magpies mole revealed an extraordinary bust-up between the Toon boss and Matt Ritchie on Tuesday. 

    Steve Bruce and Matt Ritchie had a training ground spat this weekCredit: Reuters

    The winger called Bruce a ‘coward’ for throwing him under the bus on TV after the 1-1 draw against Wolves for failing to deliver tactical instructions off the bench. 

    On hearing this, the Newcastle manager stormed out of his office to confront and ‘shoulder barge’ Ritchie. 

    But Bruce insists a training ground row is nothing new – before vowing to catch the leak. 

    He said: “There is no denying that I’ve had a row with Matt Ritchie. But let me tell you, these things happen at training grounds every week. 

    “Matty apologised the next day in front of the staff and players. It’s over and done with and we move on. The most disappointing thing is the leak and we’re all looking into it to try and find the culprit. But I’ve got 100 per cent faith in my squad and I’m sure they have in me.”

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    'HE'S A GIFT'

    Thomas Tuchel piled praise on 'gift' N'Golo Kante after his incredible performance against Liverpool – with the stats backing up the Chelsea boss.

    Mason Mount stole the show with a superb, match-winning goal just minutes before half-time.

    And after the game, ecstatic Tuchel told RMC Sport: "[Kante] is a gift. It’s incredible.

    "I’ve never seen anything like this. At training, in games, he never stops.

    "We look at the data on his intensity and he is incredible."

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    Premier League target Kalidou Koulibaly could be available for a bargain £39million this summer, according to reports.

    Manchester United, Liverpool and Man City have been linked with the no-nonsense centre-back along with Bayern Munich.

    The coronavirus pandemic has crippled the finances of European clubs and Napoli are no different.

    According to Il Mattino, Gennaro Gattuso's side need to trim their wage bill and Koulibaly is one of the names up for sale for the right price.

    Napoli's finances will be further plunged into the red if they fail to qualify for the Champions League.

    They currently sit five points adrift of fourth spot leaving Gattuso facing a fight to keep his job.

    Koulibaly has a contract with the Italian side until 2023 while he holds off signing an extension.

  • Josh Graham


    Lionel Messi will reportedly make a decision on his Barcelona future next week.

    The Catalan giants' skipper is out of contract at the end of the season and has been heavily linked with Manchester City and Paris Saint-Germain.

    Lionel Messi will soon decide on his futureCredit: Splash News

    Cash-strapped Barca are holding presidential elections.

    And The Telegraph reports Messi will hold talks with Sunday's election winner before deciding where his future lies.

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    Ex-Arsenal ace Mesut Ozil suffered minor ligament damage in his ankle at new side Fenerbahce.

    The former Germany international was crocked in Fenerbahce's 1-1 draw with Antalyaspor on Thursday night and had to be stretchered off the pitch.

    Mesut Ozil suffered a blow in his new coloursCredit: Getty Images – Getty

    And the 32-year-old has confirmed he'll be on the sidelines for the foreseeable future.

    Ozil tweeted in Turkish: "I am very sorry that I will not be able to help our team in the upcoming games due to partial tears in the inner and outer lateral ligaments of my feet.

    "I will do my best to get back on the field as soon as possible.

    "Thank you very much for your support and all good wishes"

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    Jamie Redknapp hit out at Trent Alexander-Arnold for his role in Chelsea's winner.

    Liverpool lost their fifth consecutive home game for the first time in their history as Mason Mount brilliantly bagged the crucial goal.

    Trent Alexander-Arnold copped some flak for Mount's winnerCredit: Getty Images – Getty

    The former Reds midfielder said on Sky Sports: "I think when you’ve got the two there against one, you have to do your best to show him down the line.

    "Even if he comes back inside, Trent Alexander-Arnold has got to get there quicker! He’s got to move his feet quicker, he’s got to block the ball.

    "At first I’m thinking show him down the line on his left but once he comes inside, you’ve got to block it. Trent doesn’t do enough for me.

    "I think you’ve got to get there quicker and block it.

    "I don’t want to take anything away from what’s a brilliant goal and they’ve executed that."

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    Here's what Chelsea boss Thomas Tuchel thought of his side's impressive 1-0 victory over Liverpool at Anfield last night.

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    Zlatan Ibrahimovic further proved he lives life in the fast lane after hitching a ride on a fan's motorbike before awkwardly singing at a music festival.

    The AC Milan striker was on his way to Sanremo Festival when an accident meant he was stuck in traffic for around three hours.

    With the threat of missing his duet with Bologna manager Sinisa Mihajlovic, the 39-year-old decided to jump out of the vehicle and ask a kind samaritan to drive him there.

    AC Milan boss Stefano Pioli may not have been too impressed after it was revealed the motorbike driver was driving on the motorway for the first time.

    Speaking about the incident, Ibrahimovic said: "There was an accident on the motorway. After three hours in the car I told my driver to open the door to let me out.

    "I stopped a motorcyclist and asked him, 'can you take me to Sanremo?'

    "Luckily he was a Milan fan. When we got here he told me, 'That was my first time on the motorway'. I've got the video!"

  • Josh Graham


    Manchester United centre-back Victor Lindelof lifted the lid on his ongoing back pain ahead of the City derby this Sunday.

    Victor Lindelof has been struggling with a back problemCredit: Andy Hooper-The Daily Mail

    The Swede told the club’s media: “Of course. It’s a big game, everyone wants to play in those games.

    “Yeah I’ve been struggling a bit with my back. I’ve been having it for the last couple of months.

    “I missed a few games as well and I am just trying to manage it in a good way. I missed a few games and I came back slowly. I played one game and then I got to rest again, it felt a bit better.

    “It started to come back a little bit but I’m just trying to manage it in a good way, do the recovery right and then treatment. [I’m] just trying to manage it in a good way.

    “I have been having these issues for the last couple of months but I’m still out there because I want to be playing, to help my team win game.

    “That’s the most important thing for me. If I’m sore for a few days after it or in a bit of discomfort, that’s not a problem if the team wins. That’s the most important thing and I just want to be out there to help the team.”

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    Ralph Hasenhuttl revealed his Southampton players are using their WIVES as psychologists to get over relegation fears.

    The Saints are 14th and without a league win in nine games – and have been dragged into the dogfight down the bottom with 12 games remaining.

    Boss Hasenhuttl said: “At the moment, our psychologists are our wives at home, I think. We are not allowed to see anybody else.

    “In our bubble we have fewer people so it’s tough for us to use a psychologist at the moment.

    “For a Zoom meeting maybe it’s possible, but I try to be the psychologist for the guys.

    “When they need somebody else to talk to, my assistant coaches can speak to them, as can the physios and doctors.

    “There are other people who can give them a cuddle if they need or something else."

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    Manchester United midfielder Fred has revealed how Bruno Fernandes took the Prem by storm upon his arrival at Old Trafford.

    He said: “I think it surprised. His impact was very fast, you know.

    “He arrived here and already took over the midfield, called for the lead and took it.

    “Think he’s a great player, he came here to help us. I’m very happy with this.

    “He’s a very good guy, we see that he works a lot on a daily basis. A guy who’s always trying to win, you know?

    “He doesn’t like to lose. So his mentality is very cool, very good.”

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    Fulham boss Scott Parker said VAR was ruining the raw emotion of the game after seeing his side have a goal chalked off for this debatable handball.

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    The race for the top four hotted up last night as Chelsea inflicted Liverpool’s FIFTH home defeat in a row on the Reds.

    Mason Mount’s fine solo strike saw the Blues leave Anfield with an impressive 1-0 win.

    Jurgen Klopp hauled Mo Salah off just past the hour mark with his team chasing the game and his agent posted a cryptic tweet which caused a stir online.

    But that won’t bother Thomas Tuchel whose team leapfrogged West Ham and Everton to move fourth.

    Liverpool stay seventh – four points behind the Blues having played a game less than the Hammers and their bitter rivals Everton.

    Earlier in the evening the Toffees stopped Sam Allardyce getting one over on his old team by nicking a 1-0 win at Big Sam’s West Brom.

    Richarlison’s second-half header was enough to take all three points with the visitors surviving a late scare as the Baggies had a goal disallowed.

    Tottenham also won again – sneaking a 1-0 win at relegation threatened Fulham.

    Dele Alli got on the end of a Son Heung-Min cross and diverted it in off Cottagers defender Tosin Adarabioyo.

    Fulham also had a goal disallowed after the ball hit Mario Lemina’s arm in the build up and manager Scott Parker was fuming after the game claiming football is being ruined.

    Everton are fifth, with Spurs four points behind in eighth.

    And West Brom and Fulham stay 19th and 18th respectively.

  • William Pugh


    Scott Parker slammed VAR for ‘killing’ the excitement of football after Fulham were denied a precious point against Spurs.

    Video checks ruled out Josh Maja’s 63rd minute goal for handball by team-mate Mario Lemina during the build up.

    Fulham boss Parker said: “I understand why the goal was disallowed, but I don’t agree with it. We are trying to make the game so pure and sterile, and trying to control every moment.

    “What we want is goals and excitement and VAR is killing every bit of that and the raw emotion of the game that we absolutely love. We are going to get to a point where there will be no emotion in the game.

    “Tonight was about common sense and we did enough to win the game because we were superb in the second half. When I look at some of the decisions this season we have been on the wrong end of them. Newcastle and the penalty against Liverpool springs to mind.

    “Maybe there should be more common sense applied. Let the referees referee. They have years of experience. We are losing the raw emotion of the game we love. They are trying to control every aspect of the game to a tee.”

    Credit: PA:Press Association
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    Cardiff could take advantage of staging Euro 2020 games if Dublin forfeits its hosting rights.

    The FA of Ireland are becoming increasingly resigned to not being able to give Uefa its required guarantees of allowing fans into the Aviva Stadium by next month’s deadline.

    And the Welsh capital, rather than another English city, is likely to be given the chance to take up the four matches planned — three group games and a last-16 clash which could involve England — for the Aviva Stadium.

    Uefa have reiterated their plan to retain the current 12-country format but there are growing doubts over not just Dublin as hosts but also Glasgow – due to hold three games in England’s group – and Bilbao.

    The Welsh capital was one of the two bidding cities to miss out when the host venues were chosen by Uefa in 2014, along with Stockholm and both countries are set to be asked to come to Uefa’s rescue should any of the hosts officially withdraw.

    Staging games in Wales would be welcomed by the UK Government and also avoid the scenario of two matches being played in the same country on the same day, as would happen if the Dublin games were switched to England.

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    Mick McCarthy goes into his 1,000th game as a manager riding high at Cardiff.

    McCarthy, 62, has had a stunning impact in the Welsh capital since replacing Neil Harris in January — and Big Mick has been rewarded with a new two-year contract to stay on until 2023.

    Ahead of Friday's trip to face Huddersfield, McCarthy said: “I have enjoyed every minute of the time we’ve had at this great club so far and we’re delighted to be staying.

    “I’d like to thank Vincent Tan for offering us the opportunity to do that. I was 32 when I became a manager. I’m a bit more comfortable in the role now. I’m cool with my age, my experience, my big nose and my wrinkly forehead.

    “My hair is dropping out but I don’t give a flying f***. It’s just all about getting results — and at the moment it’s great. But there is also no point getting carried away and having your head in the clouds.

    “I don’t bull s*** anyone or waffle. I tell the players the way it is and what it is I want. Everybody gives you a pat on the back — then suddenly there is a knife in their hand.”

    Credit: Getty Images – Getty
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    Real Madrid striker Karim Benzema has revealed his sporting idol is heavyweight boxer Mike Tyson.

    The 33-year-old has come from humble beginnings to lead the line for the Spanish giants for more than a decade.

    And Benzema sees similarities in his and Tyson's road to success.

    Speaking to AS, he said: "I come from a neighbourhood where things were difficult. When I saw older boys well dressed and with beautiful cars, what I wanted was to be like them.

    "I have no idols, but I do have role models. In football, I would say that Ronaldo, the Brazilian, was a role model for me. I also admire Mike Tyson, because both he and I came from the bottom and grew.

    "Nobody has given us anything."

  • William Pugh


    Manchester United are STILL making money – despite the Covid crisis.

    The pandemic has shut Old Trafford for 12 months, costing United around £6million in revenue every matchday.

    But qualifying for this season’s Champions League helped plug the money gap, even though United exited at the group stage to go into the Europa League.

    United banked £108.7m in broadcast cash for the first three months of the season, up £34m from the same period in 2019.

    That more than made up for gate revenue falling off a cliff, with United taking just £1.5, compared to £33.1m 12 months earlier. The club’s total revenue stood at £172.8m, up £4.4m, bringing a profit of £63.9m – although the club's net debt stands at £445.5m.

    Unveiling the club’s latest financial results, executive vice-chairman Ed Woodward conceded the club was still in the middle of an unprecedented situation, although he believes there is 'light at the end of the tunnel'.

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    The Scottish midfielder, 31, is said to be fuming because he felt his boss hung him out to dry over his part in the 1-1 draw with Wolves.

    The Mail report claimed Ritchie, who joined the club for £12million in 2016, told Bruce he was ‘done’ with him.

    Bruce is said to have hit back, saying: “What are you going to do? Tell Lee Charnley?”

    That is claimed to be a reference to allegations that Magpies players have voiced their frustrations at Bruce’s methods to the club’s managing director.

    However, BBC Sport says Ritchie has apologised for what he said and that the matter is now considered closed.

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    Newcastle would reportedly be forced to shell out more than £4million if they were to sack Steve Bruce.

    The Times claim Toon owner Mike Ashley is standing by the 60-year-old despite poor form and reports of player bust-ups.

    The report adds that Bruce would be entitled to a compensation package of more than £4m if Newcastle perform a U-turn and sack him.

    The English manager was already under pressure on Tyneside after a run of three games with a win in the Premier League.

    His injury-ravaged squad are just one place and three points outside the relegation zone.

    And reports this week revealed that Bruce allegedly barged into Matt Ritchie during a training ground row…

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