Wednesday, Dec 01, 2021 - 17:24:39
251 results - (0.005 seconds)

Madrid and Man:

latest news at page 1:
    THE Ballon d'Or is the biggest annual individual prize in football. The trophy, organised by France Football Magazine, is the go-to prize to determine the world's best player. 1Lionel Messi has won the Ballon d'Or SIX timesCredit: AFP or licensors Lionel Messi has won the prize six times, while Cristiano Ronaldo has taken home the gong on five occasions. And a year after the prize was axed due to the Covid-19 pandemic, fans are waiting to find out when the 2021 award will be announced. When is the 2021 Ballon d'Or being announced? The prize is set to be announced by France Football on Monday, November 29. As usual, Paris will host a glitzy ceremony at the Chatelet Theatre where the players will be suited and booted. How can I watch the Ballon d'Or and can I live stream it? There is a live stream of the Ballon d'Or on L'Equipe's YouTube channel. The coverage starts at 7.30pm on Monday. Eurosport will also live stream the Ballon d'Or on their website and app. Who has been nominated this year? ...
    MANCHESTER UNITED could face stiff competition from Paris Saint-Germain in their pursuit of Real Madrid star Vinicius Jr. The French giants are trying to tempt the Brazil superstar with a £14.4million-a year wage offer, according to Spanish media outlet ABC. 2Vinicius Jr is in the form of his life at Real MadridCredit: Rex 2PSG star Mbappe is thought to be a target for Real MadridCredit: Getty That works out at a staggering £275,000-a-week. Their report explains how Real still hope to convince the 21-year-old to extend his current contract from 2024 to 2027 with an improved deal. The Spanish giants are said to be offering Vini Jr an annual wage increase from £2.8m to £6.7m with a number of big performance-related bonuses. But PSG are trying to secure him as a possible replacement for Real Madrid target Kylian Mbappe should he move to the Bernabeu, the report adds. The Red Devils hierarchy are likely to be keeping a close eye on developments as they are also reported to be preparing a 'major offer' for the star....
    NEWCASTLE have joined a long list of teams hoping to sign Benfica youngster Darwin Nunez. According to Portuguese news outlet Record, the Magpies are “In the running” for the 22-year-old. Rex 1 Nunez has a release clause of €150 million However, they have some competition on their hands as a number of other clubs including Real Madrid, Inter Milan, Athletico Madrid and Manchester City are also interested. Benfica have made it clear that they do not want to lose their young starlet in the winter. If the striker were to leave in January it is likely that he will only be sold for his release clause, which currently stands at €150 million. Nunez has had an impressive season making 15 appearances for Benfica, scoring eight goals and assisting two. Most read in Sport UNITED LATEST Rangnick deal reached on interim basis, Pochettino permanent manager BOOST NICK OF TIME Meet Ralf Rangnick, the man tipped to save Man Utd who inspired Klopp & Tuchel SNOWBOARDING TRAGEDY Snowboarder Grilc dies aged 38 after hitting head on rock CANNABIS KING Tyson accepts...
    CRISTIANO RONALDO took his goal tally to an incredible 799 with his late strike against Villareal on Tuesday. Remarkably, he has hit that amount from just 1,095 games and has the chance to make it 800 against Chelsea on Sunday. 4Cristiano Ronaldo struck his 799th career goal against Villareal on TuesdayCredit: AFP 4Ronaldo's overhead kick goal against Juventus in the Champions League was one of his most memorableCredit: Getty 4CR7 also stunned Old Trafford with a rocket free-kick against Portsmouth in 2008 Should he score at Stamford Bridge CR7 would take his Manchester United tally to 129. Since his return Ronaldo has popped up with a few late winners for the Red Devils, scoring in the last minute against Villareal and Atalanta in the Champions League. And overall, the 90+ minute has been his most prolific time to score, with 45 goals coming in that period. But Ronaldo's most prolific spell did not come at United. He has 450 goals for Real Madrid and the five teams he scored most goals against all play in Spain; Ronaldo has 20 goals...
    CHELSEA star Mason Mount is being 'tracked' by Real Madrid, Manchester City and Bayern Munich, according to reports. SunSport understands that the England ace, 22, currently has no intention of leaving Stamford Bridge any time soon. 2Mason Mount is a key man at ChelseaCredit: Reuters But that doesn't mean that his performances haven't attracted attention from elsewhere. According to Fichajes, Mount's displays have garnered interest from some of Europe's biggest clubs. They claim that Real Madrid would love to sign the midfielder. And they add that Bayern Munich see him as a perfect future replacement for Thomas Muller. Man City have seen Mount's talents up close in the Premier League for some time. But Chelsea selling to anyone, let alone a direct Prem title rival, feels far-fetched. Most read in Premier LeagueLive BlogFOOTY LIVE Newcastle join £70m Vlahovic transfer race, Gerrard WINS first Villa matchLive BlogGUNNERS LATEST Arteta SLAMMED after Liverpool loss, Franck Kessie battle, Pepe may LEAVELive BlogUNITED LATEST Brendan Rodgers EXCLUSIVE, Solskjaer farewell interview, Carrick takes chargeDIMWITS Thugs hit Payet on head with full bottle of water as...
    REAL MADRID are 'desperate' to sign Kylian Mbappe and Erling Haaland, according to reports. The Spanish giants are concerned that they are losing their grip at the top of European football, given the rise of oil-rich clubs. 4AS report that Madrid want to build around Mbappe, Haaland and Vinicius Jr 4Real Madrid are determined to sign Kylian MbappeCredit: Getty 4Erling Haaland could swap Germany for SpainCredit: Reuters President Florentino Perez is eager to protect his club against the rise of the likes of Manchester City and now Newcastle United, by securing the signatures of two of Europe's best young players. According to AS, Madrid want to seal a pre-contract agreement with Paris Saint-Germain star Mbappe in January, when they will be allowed to open negotiations with the French striker. They tried to sign the 22-year-old for £137million last summer, only to be knocked back by the Ligue 1 side. But they are confident they can complete a free transfer ahead of next season, with Mbappe's contract set to run down. AS also claim that Madrid want to sign Haaland from...
    SERGIO AGUERO is reportedly prepared to leave Manchester City in January. And bookmakers Betfair believe either Juventus or Real Madrid is the Argentine legend’s most likely destinations. 2 Juventus are the slight market favourites to sign Sergio Aguero BET £10 GET £50 IN FREE ACCAS WITH BETFAIR* Aguero, 32, has been immense throughout his nine-year stint at the Etihad Stadium, scoring 255 goals in 373 appearances for the Manchester club. But with injuries mounting up and his contract due to expire in June 2021 – there’s talk of departure. Reports in claim suggest the striker is ‘open’ to joining Lionel Messi at Barcelona during the winter window. And there were whisperings earlier this year that City would considering selling their all-time leading scorer to avoid losing him for free. Bookmakers Betfair have responded with a market on Aguero’s potential January move and have installed Juventus as favourites. The Italian champions are 11/2 to bring Aguero to Turin and partner him alongside Cristiano Ronaldo, while Real Madrid follow closely behind at 6/1. Paris Saint-Germain are next in line at 11/1...
    MANCHESTER UNITED are still interested in signing Borussia Dortmund superstar Jadon Sancho. The Red Devils are market leaders in the competitive race to finally secure the 20-year-old’s signature, according to bookmakers Betfair. 2 Manchester United boss Ole Gunnar Solskjaer is a big admirer of Borussia Dortmund star Jadon Sancho BETFAIR BET £10 GET £50 IN FREE ACCAS*  Executive vice-chairman Ed Woodward has spent the better part of 12 months trying to negotiate a deal for the England international. But neither his or the club’s efforts to lower Dortmund’s £100m asking price have been successful. 90min claim a fresh approach is in the pipeline with United officials discussing the prospect of a deal similar to that of Christian Pulisic. It would involve the Old Trafford club signing Sancho in January and loaning him back to the Bundesliga giants for the remainder of the season. Bookmakers Betfair think this is a real possibility and have United as favourites to be Sancho’s next club at 4/1. But despite their tags as favourites, there’s looming competition from Europe with Real Madrid (8/1) and Bayern...
    MANCHESTER UNITED and Chelsea have received a boost in their pursuit of Erling Haaland after it was reported Real Madrid have 'accepted he is going to the Premier League'. The Spanish giants were thought to be interested in signing the Norwegian, whose release clause enables him to leave Borussia Dortmund for £64million. 2Haaland is set to leave Dortmund in the summer as Europe's top clubs battle to sign himCredit: AFP 2The Norwegian has established himself as one of the most prolific strikers in footballCredit: Getty But now it has been reported that Madrid believe Haaland will join an English club when he leaves the German outfit. As reported by Sport, journalist Josep Pedrerol said: "Real Madrid assumes that Haaland will play in England next year and they have it ruled out." Real Madrid president Florentino Perez had previously stated he wanted to sign both Haaland and Paris Saint-Germain forward Kylian Mbappe. He said: "Which one do I choose to build a new project? I take both without a doubt. "At Real Madrid, there are always the best players in the...
    MANCHESTER UNITED and Arsenal could be set to miss out on RB Leipzig’s talented youngster Dominik Szoboszlai. La Liga giants Atletico Madrid have entered the race to sign the 21-year-old and reports suggest they could be in pole position. 1Dominik Szoboszlai has bagged six goals for RB Leipzig so far this seasonCredit: AFP AS reports United are a more likely Premier League destination than the Gunners if Szoboszlai does favour a move to England. The north London club tried to bring him to the Emirates last year but he opted for a five-year deal in Germany instead. Any renewed offer would need to trigger the player’s reported €60million (£51m) release clause. Fit-again Szoboszlai is rumoured to be frustrated at a lack of playing time at Red Bull Arena. The Hungarian made the move to the Bundesliga outfit from fellow Red Bull club Salzburg back in January. Most read in Premier LeagueLive BlogUNITED LATEST Kessie available for FREE, Rodgers FAVOURITE to replace SolskjaerLive BlogGUNNERS LATEST Lacazette linked with Barcelona move, Vlahovic transfer battleLive BlogFOOTY LIVE England vs Albania build-up, Lampard to...
    MANCHESTER UNITED will be able to sign AC Milan star Frank Kessie on a free transfer next summer, according to reports. There has been considerable speculation about the midfielder's future with Kessie yet to agree a new deal. 1Franck Kessie has been linked to several big European clubsCredit: Getty It has been reported that Milan are yet to meet Kessie's wage demands of £150,000 a week, according to Fichajes. Instead, the Italian giants are offering a salary of around £100,000. The report suggests United are still in the race for Kessie, with the free transfer possibility said to be "delighting" the Red Devils. But it may not be straightforward for the club to complete a deal with Barcelona and Real Madrid also believed to be interested. Arsenal and Paris St Germain are reportedly targeting Kessie too so the Cote d'Ivoire international could have multiple offers to consider over the next few months. Tottenham could also be prepared to make a move since Antonio Conte is a big fan of Kessie - having launched a transfer bid to sign him while...
    NEWCASTLE have opened talks to try and snap up England international Kieran Trippier, it's claimed. The Atletico Madrid player has been persistently linked with a return to the Premier League, and St James' Park has emerged as a possible destination. 1Trippier is a regular in the Atletico Madrid side Spanish football expert Guillem Balague revealed that discussions have been taking place between the Magpies and the right-back's representatives. He told Radio 5Live: “I hear from Atletico Madrid that Newcastle are really interested in getting Trippier and they have started negotiations with his people. "I am not sure if they will get him or not.” Trippier, 31, came close to a move to Manchester United and Arsenal in the summer. SunSport revealed in June that Trippier wanted to join the Red Devils, even telling his England team-mates that he was keen to do so. Old Trafford boss Ole Gunnar Solskjaer saw him as ideal competition for Aaron Wan-Bissaka. PRIVACY NIGHTMARE Urgent warning to delete Google Chrome from your phone NOWhot mama Teen Mom Jade Cline shows off curves in skintight...
    MANCHESTER UNITED and Newcastle could reportedly miss out on FREE Inter Milan ace Marcelo Brozovic with LaLiga champions Atletico Madrid interested. The Croatian midfielder's contract expires next June and he has a host of top clubs interested in signing him. 1Brozovic helped Inter win the Italian title last term under new Spurs boss Antonio ConteCredit: GETTY IMAGES According to Fichajes.net, Atletico are keeping a close eye on Brozovic's contract siutation. The Serie A champions have until January 1 to try and tempt the 28-year-old to stay in Italy. If they fail to agree new terms, he can negotiate a pre-contract with other teams. And the report states Atletico have already made their move, offering Brozovic a two-year deal with an option for a third. Atletico's interest is a blow to Premier League duo Man Utd and newly rich Newcastle. The Red Devils are keen to bolster their midfield ranks and can afford to pay Brozovic the £5million-a-year he's holding out for. HARROWING DEATH All about Tina Tintor and her tragic death involving NFL star Henry RuggsRESORT SIEGE Armed...
    MANCHESTER CITY are leading the pack in the race to sign Borussia Dortmund talisman Erling Haaland. Pep Guardiola’s side are the bookmakers’ 7/4 favourites to complete the marquee transfer but there’s strong competition from Real Madrid, Manchester United and Liverpool. 2 Manchester City are looking for a striker to replace Sergio Aguero £20 RISK FREE BET WITH PADDY POWER* The Citizens are busy planning for life without Sergio Aguero, whose contract is set to expire in June 2021. Aguero has scored 255 goals and provided 73 assists in 373 appearances for the club since arriving from Atletico Madrid for £35m in 2011. But with injuries mounting up, uncertainty over his contract and Gabriel Jesus struggling to convince – City are studying their transfer options. And either Haaland or Inter Milan’s Lautaro Martinez are on the very short shortlist. Haaland, 20, has continued his astronomical rise to prominence in the Bundesliga having bagged 27 goals in 29 competitive opting for the club. The Norwegian forward has proven he’s capable of mixing at the very highest level since his move from...
    MANCHESTER UNITED are the bookmakers’ favourites to land Mauricio Pochettino. But executive vice-chairman Ed Woodward and co. can’t afford to dither if they’re to fend off approaches from Barcelona and Real Madrid. Getty Images - Getty 1 Mauricio Pochettino has been tipped to replace Ole Gunnar Solskjaer at Manchester United BETFAIR BET £10 GET £50 IN FREE ACCAS* – NEW CUSTOMER OFFER  Ole Gunnar Solskjaer, Zinedine Zidane and Ronald Koeman all find themselves under severe scrutiny at this early stage of the season. And it’s former Spurs boss Poch who’s vying for all three roles. However, Solskjaer is considered to be at greatest risk of being replaced with Manchester United priced at 6/4 to be Pochettino’s next managerial job. The Spanish heavyweights aren’t far behind – both locked at 3/1. Pochettino, 48, was sacked by Tottenham in November 2019 and hasn’t taken another role since. But rumours of his future have gathered pace since his appearance on Monday Night Football. He said in no uncertain terms that he was ready to return to managment. Mauricio Pochettino next club odds -...
    PAUL POGBA reportedly favours a move back to Juventus in 2022 with Manchester United resigned to losing the midfielder on a free transfer. Though it has been claimed that the Old Lady will have to offload at least two midfielders in order to snap him up - including Arsenal icon Aaron Ramsey. 3Manchester United midfielder Paul Pogba could depart the club on a free transfer next summerCredit: Getty 3Juventus midfielder Aaron Ramsey may have to be sold in January in order for the Italians to sign PogbaCredit: Getty World Cup winner Pogba is in the final year of his contract at Old Trafford and is free to talk to foreign clubs in the New Year. He had hinted at keeping at United last month after declaring that he loves playing alongside Cristiano Ronaldo. But SunSport understands that talks to extend his stay at the Theatre of Dreams have been shelved following the 5-0 defeat against Liverpool. The 28-year-old, who was sent off against the Reds, has been linked with moves to Real Madrid and Paris Saint-Germain as well as the...
    REAL MADRID are closing in on a sensational double swoop for Paul Pogba and Erling Haaland, according to reports in Spain. Manchester United midfielder Pogba, 28, is out of contract at the end of the season. 2Real Madrid are confident of landing Paul Pogba on a free transfer next summer, say reportsCredit: AP 2Real Madrid are also hoping to snap up £63m striker Erling Haaland next yearCredit: AFP The 2018 World Cup winner is able to negotiate pre-contract terms with other clubs from January 1. Meanwhile, Haaland, 21, is believed to have an agreement in place with Real Madrid to join when his £63million release clause comes into effect in the summer. Both players are represented by super-agent Mino Raiola. Real Madrid had feared they would face competition to sign the duo from Barcelona, thanks to the Nou Camp giants' strong relationship with the agent. But with Barca in disarray - both on the pitch and financially - AS report Los Blancos are now firmly in the driving seat to sign Pogba and Haaland. Pogba is likely to be available...
    CRISTIANO RONALDO has announced he and Georgina Rodriguez are expecting TWINS. Model Georgina, 27, is three months pregnant with the Manchester United star's babies. 4Cristiano Ronaldo with daughter Eva, partner Georgina, son Mateo, daughter Alana Martina and son Cristiano Jr Ronaldo, 36, is already a dad of four with three of his children born to two surrogate mothers. The couple are said to be thrilled with the news having both revealed their plans to have more kids. Ronaldo admitted in 2017 he wanted SEVEN children while Georgina last year said: "My desire for motherhood is stronger than anything. "I hope to have more children." Ronaldo is a dad to Cristiano Jr, 11, twins Eva and Mateo, four, and three-year-old Alana Martina, who the pair had together. The Portugal superstar met Georgina in 2016 when she worked in a Gucci store in Madrid. Most read in SportNEW REPORT Trade 'agreed if issues solved' around NFL star facing sex assault allegationsLive BlogUNITED LATEST Pogba-Solskjaer snub EXCLUSIVE, Conte wants United job but board 'not keen'COURT OUT Ronaldo ordered to tear down 'illegal' tennis...
    FORMER Real Madrid boss Zinedine Zidane is one of four men being considered as a replacement to Ole Gunnar Solskjaer by Manchester United chiefs. And SunSport has explored how the Red Devils could line up under the Frenchman if they decide to sack Solskjaer and appoint the 49-year-old. 2Man Utd could have a few new faces if they appoint Zinedine Zidane to replace Ole Gunnar Solskjaer A leading agent has been instructed to contact some of the biggest names in the game, with Leicester boss Brendan Rodgers, Ajax chief Erik ten Hag and ex-Inter Milan manager Antonio Conte on the list with Zidane. United chiefs are desperate not to sack Solskjaer, but they can no longer ignore the shocking downturn in form and results. Things reached their lowest point on Sunday when they were hammered 5-0 at home by bitter rivals Liverpool. With Solskjaer's team struggling for form, Zidane would likely look to add to United's ranks in January if he was in charge by then. Chelsea legend Eden Hazard has struggled with injuries since his £130million move to the Bernabeu in June...
    OLE GUNNAR SOLSKJAER'S days at Manchester United could be numbered - with a four-man shortlist already drawn up. As SunSport exclusively revealed, Antonio Conte, Zinedine Zidane, Brendan Rodgers and Erik Ten Hag are the candidates for one of the biggest jobs in world football. 6 6Man Utd could be close to replacing Ole Gunnar Solskjaer as managerCredit: PA United were thumped 5-0 at home to big rivals Liverpool at the weekend - with the team's tactics and shape all over the place. Fans flooded out well before the final whistle, seemingly sick of the current regime and wanting change. Here, SunSport runs through how the awesome foursome compare, and the pros and cons of each. ANTONIO CONTE The only one of the four to have won the Premier League, with Chelsea in 2016/17. The 52-year-old, who is currently out of work, has tasted success everywhere he goes, with his charismatic managerial style reflected on the pitch by striving to get the best out of every player. But his disciplined coaching style has often ruffled the feathers of a few of...
    REAL MADRID are confident of landing Paul Pogba on a free transfer next summer. The Manchester United midfielder’s deal at Old Trafford is due to expire at the end of this season. 2Pogba will be a free agent in the summer if he does not sign a new contract at Old TraffordCredit: Getty 2Mbappe is also a free agent in the summer and Real are the frontrunners to agree a dealCredit: Getty And reports in Spain say Real Madrid believe they can finally lure the 28-year-old to the Bernabeu after tracking him for several years. They also hope to land his France international team-mate Kylian Mbappe from Paris Saint Germain. And they hope it would help to clinch a deal for the young forward if he knows he can play alongside Pogba. Speaking earlier this month about his situation at PSG, Mbappe told RMC Sport: "I asked to leave, because from the moment where I did not want to extend [my contract], I wanted the club to receive a transfer fee so they could bring in a quality replacement. "This club...
    MANCHESTER UNITED reportedly wanted Eduardo Camavinga and Saul Niguez before bringing Cristiano Ronaldo back to the club. The Portuguese legend, 36, returned to Old Trafford from Juventus on deadline day and he has already scored five goals for the Red Devils. 3Man Utd reportedly axed moves for two midfielders to re-sign Cristiano RonaldoCredit: Rex Ronaldo looked set to join rivals Man City before a phone call from Sir Alex Ferguson persuaded him to come back to the club he left for Real Madrid in 2009. His arrival followed the captures of French defender Raphael Varane from Los Blancos, winger Jadon Sancho from Borussia Dortmund plus freebie reserve goalkeeper Tom Heaton. However, Italian journalist Fabrizio Romano, speaking on his YouTube channel, has now claimed United had originally not been planning on a move for Ronaldo. Instead, they wanted to bring in either 18-year-old Camavinga from Rennes or Saul from Atletico Madrid to bolster their midfield. French international Camavinga has now gone on to sign for LaLiga giants Real Madrid. Meanwhile Saul did get a transfer to the Premier League. He has...
    AURELIEN TCHOUAMENI is at the centre of a 'European bidding war' with Real Madrid said to have joined the chase. The Monaco ace is already wanted by Manchester United, Chelsea and Liverpool and is now on Juventus' and Los Blancos' radars. 2Real Madrid have joined the race for Aurelien Tchouameni 2The Frenchman is already wanted by Man Utd, Chelsea and LiverpoolCredit: Rex Juve boss Max Allegri is said to be a huge fan of the holding midfielder. And the Old Lady will make an offer for the Frenchman in January, according to Italian outlet TuttoSport. Tchouameni, 21, lit up Ligue 1 in his 36 appearances for Monaco last season, winning the league's Young Player of the Year award and earning a spot in the Team of the Season. The youngster burst onto the scene at Bordeaux in 2019 before making the switch to Monaco last January in a deal thought to be worth around £17million. He starred alongside former Chelsea midfielder Cesc Fabregas in midfield to help his side finish third in Ligue 1 last season and secure a spot in the Champions League third qualifying round. His...
    KYLIAN MBAPPE has admitted that he only wants to join Real Madrid. And the French forward also revealed that Paris Saint-Germain signing Lionel Messi has NOT changed his mind. 2Kylian Mbappe wants to LEAVE Paris next summerCredit: Getty The 22-year-old has under a year remaining on his current contract at Parc des Princes. And in a revealing interview with L'Equipe, Mbappe has admitted that he fully intends to swap the French capital for that of Spain, in a blow to potential suitors in the Premier League. He said: "I was NOT changing my mind because of Leo Messi's arrival… it’s a privilege, he’s great but I don’t make decisions on sudden impulses. "I had made my decisions and I had thought long and hard about it. "What could make me stay at PSG? We're far from it… since I wanted to leave Paris this summer. "I'm not going to be the hypocrite, my ambition was clear. We will see what happens - my future is not my priority now Most read in Premier LeagueLive BlogUNITED LATEST Brozovic transfer eyed, five...
    CHELSEA are in talks with RB Leipzig star Christopher Nkunku, according to reports. The Blues have made the French midfielder, 23, one of their top targets for next summer's transfer window. 1Chelsea have opened talks over a move for Christopher Nkunku but face competition from Man City and Real Madrid for the RB Leipzig midfielder, according to reportsCredit: Reuters Nkunku played under Thomas Tuchel at Paris Saint-Germain, prior to his 2019 move to Leipzig. And the German boss is keen to work with the midfield superstar again after taking a huge leap forward since heading to the Bundesliga. Nkunku has scored nine goals in just ten games in all competitions this season, including a scintillating hat-trick during the 6-3 Champions League loss at the hands of Manchester City. The incredible showing also caught the eye of Pep Guardiola, with the Etihad chief also in talks with Nkunku. The midfielder's agent, Pini Zahavi, has confirmed he is in talks with Chelsea, Man City and Real Madrid over a summer 2022 switch, according to Foot Mercato. Nkunku is under contract at RB...
    REAL MADRID have reportedly joined the race with Liverpool and Manchester City to sign RB Salzburg ace Benjamin Sesko. Madrid are said to be eyeing the 18-year-old sensation as the ideal long-term replacement for the ageing Karim Benzema, ESPN claim. 2Sesko has captured the attention of Madrid, Liverpool and CityCredit: AP 2The Slovenian star has drawn comparisons with Dortmund striker Haaland who Madrid are also interested inCredit: Getty The Spanish giants have also been chasing Paris Saint-Germain ace Kylian Mbappe and Borussia Dortmund star Erling Haaland for the same purpose. But Los Blancos think the young Slovenian striker, who has been compared to goal hero Haaland, would be the cheaper option out of the trio. With six goals in just 14 games in all competitions this season, Sesko has already proved that he can be just as prolific as Mbappe and Haaland. The comparisons to Haaland doesn't phase Sesko, who's entering the final year of his contract. When previously asked about his and Haaland's similarities, Sesko told Goal: "Such comparisons motivate me and give me energy. "They do not represent...
    MANCHESTER UNITED want to have a final decision over the future of Paul Pogba by Christmas. Pogba is in the last year of his Old Trafford contract and would be free to talk with other clubs in January. 2Midfielder Paul Pogba has reportedly been eyed by Paris Saint-Germain and old club Juventus but Man Utd are keen to keep himCredit: PA 2Luring PSG striker Kylian Mbappe remains Real Madrid's transfer priorityCredit: Getty United bosses are desperate to avoid having a circus drag out into the second half of the season which could overshadow a potential challenge for trophies by Ole Gunnar Solskjaer’s side. They have been in regular conversation with agent Mino Raiola in an attempt to thrash out terms on a new contract which could top £400,000 a week. And over the past couple of months it is understood United have grown increasingly confident they will be able to tie the 28-year-old midfielder down for the majority of the rest of his career in peak fitness. They are aware there is interest from other big clubs on the continent...
    BORUSSIA DORTMUND CEO Hans-Joachim Watzke admits they face a big challenge to keep Erling Haaland. The Norwegian striker has scored an incredible 68 goals in 67 matches for the Bundesliga club since his arrival from RB Salzburg in January 2020. 3Dortmund's CEO has admitted it's a 'difficult' task holding on to Erling HaalandCredit: Reuters 3The hotshot striker has a host of big clubs chasing his servicesCredit: Getty That phenomenal record has made the 21-year-old one of the hottest properties in Europe with a host of big guns chasing his signature. Real Madrid and Barcelona have both been linked while Manchester United remain keen on bringing him to Old Trafford. Chelsea were also in the running for the hotshot before they switched their focus to bringing back Romelu Lukaku instead. Despite holding on to their star man in the summer window, Dortmund are believed to have an agreement with Haaland that he has a release clause between £75million and £100m that can be activated at the end of this season. And even though he did not confirm that, Watzke did admit...
    ZLATAN IBRAHIMOVIC has claimed he has 'nothing less' than Lionel Messi or Cristiano Ronaldo and insists he is not bothered about having never won the Ballon d'Or. The 39-year-old has scored an incredible 502 goals in 835 appearances in a quite incredible club career. 4Ibrahimovic has argued his case for being the best in the worldCredit: Getty 4Messi has won a startling six Ballon d'Or awardsCredit: AFP or licensors And he is continuing to pull up trees despite rapidly approaching 40, netting 28 goals across his last two campaigns with AC Milan. But despite his remarkable record and success, Ibrahimovic hasn't ever quite received the praise of Messi and Ronaldo. He has also failed to win the Champions League. However, the Swedish legend does not believe there is anything between the three of them. Speaking to France Football magazine, he said: "If you're talking about intrinsic qualities, I have nothing less than them. "If you look at the trophies… yes, I didn't win the Champions League. Most read in FootballLive BlogUNITED NEWS Ronaldo 'not here for a vacation', Lingard to REJECT contract...
    REAL MADRID and Barcelona have joined Manchester United in the bidding war for Leicester star Youri Tielemans, reports suggest. Tielemans has been very impressive at King Power Stadium ever since the Foxes signed him on a club record £40million fee in 2019. 2Leicester star Youri Tielemans has been linked with a move to Manchester United, Barcelona and Real MadridCredit: AFP And transfer expert Fabrizio Romano claims that a host of top clubs are now keeping tabs on the midfielder ahead of the next summer transfer window. Romano reports that United, Real and Barca are among the Belgium international's suitors. The Italian journalist added that that this could be one of the most prominent transfer sagas of the coming summer. United will make a move for the 24-year-old if they lose Paul Pogba next year. Pogba's contract with the Red Devils runs out in June and he doesn't look close to signing a new deal any time soon. The star midfielder has been previously linked with a move to Real, who are still keeping tabs on him. BETTING SPECIAL GET RONALDO...
    A gay man who claimed homophobic thugs carved a slur into his buttocks with a knife has admitted he lied and said his boyfriend did it with his consent.  The 20-year-old had told detectives he was assaulted at the entrance to his apartment block in the Madrid neighbourhood of Malasana.  The 'eight assailants' blamed for the attack were said to have cut his lower lip with a knife and then scored the word 'maricon' into his buttocks - the Spanish equivalent of 'fa###t'.  People march through Madrid with rainbow flags to celebrate LGBTQIA+ pride in July 2016 The incident shocked Spain with regional and national politicians being holding debate about the apparent homophobic attack.  Government spokesman Isabel Rodriguez voiced her 'utter condemnation' of the violence after a weekly cabinet meeting.  Spanish PM Pedro Sanchez also called for an urgent meeting of the hate crimes committee for the end of the week.  But doubts arose after police said they had found had no evidence to back up his story on CCTV cameras in the area.  RELATED ARTICLES Previous 1 2...
    OLE GUNNAR SOLSKJAER’S super summer of transfer business has left him with an embarrassment of riches that can fill two teams of internationals. As our graphics show the Manchester United boss can easily switch his whole XI from Premier League games to domestic cup competitions and not see a huge fall in quality. 4Ole Gunnar Solskjaer's first XI after the transfer window 4The second Manchester United XI, packed full of internationals The potential to mix and match from a gruelling midweek Champions League trip to weekend Prem action is also huge. The Red Devils had one of their best summers ever in terms of transfer business. They landed Jadon Sancho from Borussia Dortmund, Raphael Varane from Real Madrid and - of course - snatched Cristiano Ronaldo from the grasp of neighbours City to bring him home to Old Trafford. Often it’s a case of landing one young player for the future, one unknown and one star – but this time it was three players who could slot into any team in Europe. The fact they will all be playing together...
    PREMIER LEAGUE champions Manchester City have the most expensive squad in Europe. That is according to findings from CIES, who claim City's team is valued at an eye-watering £926million. 1Six Premier League teams are among the 10 most expensive squads in Europe This comes after the Citizens splashed £100m for Jack Grealish and broke the British transfer record this summer. Rivals Manchester United, however, are not far behind in second place as they have closed the gap by £49m. This has been a very busy transfer window for United as they signed the likes of Jadon Sancho for £73m, Raphael Varane for £42m and club legend Cristiano Ronaldo for £19.8m. The top 10 is consisted of the Prem's big six, as the Red Devils and City are joined by Liverpool, Chelsea, Arsenal and Tottenham. The Blues are fifth ahead of the Reds, who occupy sixth place, whereas the Gunners are second to last above Spurs. Paris Saint-Germain completed some spectacular transfer business this summer as they landed some of the world's biggest stars. FREE BETS: GET OVER £2,000 IN NEW...
    PARIS SAINT-GERMAIN will move to sign Erling Haaland if Kylian Mbappe leaves the Parc des Princes next summer, according to reports. France international Mbappe informed the PSG brass last month that he wants to join Spanish giants Real Madrid. 3Paris Saint-Germain have reportedly identified Erling Haaland as a replacement for Kylian MbappeCredit: Getty 3France international Mbappe wants to join La Liga big boys Real MadridCredit: Getty PSG rejected £130m and £200million bids from Real for the World Cup winner, who they risk losing on a free transfer at the end of the season. And the Parisians have reportedly identified Borussia Dortmund hitman Haaland as a replacement for the 22-year-old. That's according to Spanish newspaper AS, who claim PSG are beginning to plan for the possibility of life without Mbappe. The prolific Haaland - who has scored a staggering 63 goals in just 64 appearances for Dortmund - has three years left on his contract with the Bundesliga outfit. PSG wouldn't, however, have to break the bank to sign the Norway international. It's understood the 21-year-old - the son of former...
    REAL MADRID are reportedly plotting an audacious triple swoop in the summer transfer window. According to reports, the La Liga giants are eyeing up sensational moves for PSG and Borussia Dortmund hitmen Kylian Mbappe and Erling Haaland and Manchester United midfielder Paul Pogba. 2How Real Madrid could line up if they sign Mbappe, Haaland and Pogba next summer Spanish newspaper Marca claim Real president Florentino Perez has greenlit moves for the trio and has already been in contact with Haaland's camp. Real had two bids for Mbappe rejected in the summer, with PSG turning down £130m and £200million bids from the Spaniards. Los Blancos will, however, be able to sign Mbappe on a free transfer next summer as his contract with the French champions expires at the end of the season. They'll also be able to acquire the services of Pogba for free too as his deal with Manchester United will also come to an end in the summer. But in the case of Haaland, Perez will have to dip into the club's pockets to sign Dortmund's goal machine. Haaland...
    GARETH TAYLOR is optimistic about Manchester City's hopes of beating Real Madrid in their Champions League qualifying duel.  But the Academy stadium boss will be without Ellen White, Ellie Roebuck and Lucy Bronze due to injuries.  4Ellie Roebuck will miss Manchester City's clash with Real Madrid due to a calf injuryCredit: PA 4Ellen White is being treated for a medical issue and will miss City's trip to Real MadridCredit: PA Roebuck, 21, became the latest City ace on the club’s injured list with the goalkeeper contending with a calf problem.  The England stopper did not travel to Spain with the squad who will play the first leg of the clash in their opponent’s home ground at 8:00 pm this evening.  However, it is thought the Lionesses number one will be fit in time for City’s first league game of the new WSL season against Everton on Saturday. Meanwhile forward White, 32, and full-back Bronze, 29, are also sidelined. The club says White is receiving treatment for a medical issue and Bronze is currently recovering from knee surgery.  Ahead...
    REAL MADRID have undergone a huge summer of change in preparation for Kylian Mbappe's arrival. A key player in Raphael Varane has left the Bernabeu, with Manchester United completing a £41million deal for the defender. 4Real Madrid have planned their transfer activity in preparation for Kylian Mbappe's arrival Arsenal have also signed Martin Odegaard on a permanent transfer for £25m, helping Real to fund a move for Mbappe. With the club plotting a £145m move for Mbappe spending in other areas has been tight this season, with only free agent David Alaba arriving. He has replaced high earner Sergio Ramos, who made the switch to PSG. There have been a total of 17 dealings from Real this summer, with eight players agreeing contract extensions. They include Luka Modric, Karim Benzema, Casemiro, Lucas Vazquez , Nacho Fernandez, Dani Carvajal, Thibaut Courtois and Fede Valverde. The La Liga giants also allowed four players to leave on loan, including Brahim Diaz, Takefuso Kubo, Victor Chust and Alvaro Odriozola. Most read in FootballLive BlogGunners news Gunners target Tomiyasu, Aouar switch OFF, Betis eye Bellerin...
    LIVERPOOL have been handed an incredibly tough Champions League draw after being placed in Group B alongside Atletico Madrid, Porto and AC Milan. Jurgen Klopp's side will go in search of the club's seventh European title this season as they look to reclaim the trophy they lifted in 2019. 3Klopp will know his side face an extremely tough Champions League groupCredit: Tom Jenkins/ The Guardian 3Liverpool were crowned European champions for a sixth time in 2019Credit: Reuters But they will have to do it the hard way following an extremely difficult group draw. Liverpool were put in pot 2 and as a result were always going to be placed in with a big European name. But they would not have wanted to see Diego Simeone's Atletico side, who knocked them out in the 2019-20 competition. And things got even more challenging for those on Merseyside when last year's quarter-finalists Porto were added to their group. Runners-up in the Portuguese league last season, Porto met Liverpool back in the last eight of the 2018-19 tournament as the Reds came out 6-1...
    MANCHESTER CITY will learn their Champions League group stage opponents this week, with the draw set to take place in Istanbul on Thursday. Pep Guardiola's side will be looking to pick themselves up, having come so close to finally winning the competition last time around. 4 4Pep Guardiola was left crestfallen after losing May's Champions League finalCredit: Getty City overcame Paris Saint-Germain in the semi-finals, only to fall at the final hurdle to Chelsea. The reigning Premier League champions are set for some difficult clashes straight away - and could even face last year's semi-final opponents in the group stage this time around. Pot 1: Chelsea, Villarreal, Atletico Madrid, Manchester City, Bayern Munich, Inter Milan, Lille, Sporting Lisbon. Pot 2: Real Madrid, Barcelona, Juventus, Manchester United, Paris Saint-Germain, Liverpool, Sevilla, Borussia Dortmund. Pot 3: Porto, Ajax, RB Leipzig, Atalanta, Zenit Saint Petersburg, Benfica. Pot 4: Club Brugge, Young Boys, AC Milan, Malmo, Wolfsburg, Dinamo Zagreb or Sheriff Tiraspol. Pot 3 or 4: Shakhtar Donetsk or Monaco, RB Salzburg or Brondby, Besiktas, Dynamo Kyiv. Most read in FootballLive BlogTRANSFER NEWS LIVE...
    ENGLISH clubs will find out their Champions League Group Stage opponents when the draw is made in Istanbul on Thursday. Chelsea will be eager to see who they'll begin their defence against, while Manchester United, City and Liverpool are set to be in the mix once again. 5 5 The four Premier League clubs are bound to be among the favourites. But there will be tough tests along the way. Chelsea find themselves in Pot 1 as reigning champions, alongside Prem winners Manchester City. While Man United and Liverpool will be drawn from Pot 2. The Blues and Man City may feel like they have an advantage, but Pots 1 and 2 are both full to the brim with dangerous opposition. Thomas Tuchel's side, as well as Pep Guardiola's, could even draw the German's former side Paris Saint-Germain from Pot 2. Champions League draw Pots 1-4 Pot 1: Chelsea, Villarreal, Atletico Madrid, Manchester City, Bayern Munich, Inter Milan, Lille, Sporting Lisbon. Pot 2: Real Madrid, Barcelona, Juventus, Manchester United, Paris Saint-Germain, Liverpool, Sevilla, Borussia Dortmund. Pot 3: Porto, Ajax, RB...
    MANCHESTER CITY are ready to let Aymeric Laporte leave but only if their £60million valuation is met, reports say. The defender has seen his game time slashed after the signing of Ruben Dias last summer and recent emergence of John Stones. 1Man City will let Aymeric Laporte leave if their £60m valuation is met, reports sayCredit: Getty And according to The Mail, the Premier League champions have agreed not to prevent Laporte from leaving. But they will demand £3m more than the £57m they paid Athletic Bilbao in 2018 when they signed the centre-back. It is claimed Real Madrid and Juvenuts are among the clubs interested in signing Laporte. The centre-half spent six years in Bilbao, which qualified him to play for Spain as he switched international allegiances from France. Laporte, 27, played in all six of Spain's European Championship matches this summer. But they were knocked out on penalties by eventual winners Italy in the semi-finals. Recent in Betting TipsLive BlogBrest 2 PSG 4 Di Maria lob ensures PSG triumph in...
    FOUR of the top five most valuable teams in the world come from the Premier League. And English sides make up half of the top ten. 5 5Lionel Messi has risen PSG's profile alreadyCredit: The Mega Agency Paris Saint-Germain, however, have upset the apple cart, rising to third after signing six-time Ballon d'Or winner Lionel Messi. Manchester City are unsurprisingly No1 on the list, having just fielded the most expensive team in history in their 1-0 loss to Spurs. With new £100million signing Jack Grealish starting, City's XI cost a combined £530m - with their bench having been bought for a further £300m. In total, according to Transfermarkt, their squad's market value comes to an astonishing £955.6m. Second are Chelsea, bolstered by the £97.5m signing of Romelu Lukaku. Thomas Tuchel's men are rated at a combined £898.2m. 5City's new £100m man Jack Grealish couldn't prevent his side losing 1-0 to SpursCredit: Rex 5Romelu lukaku has returned to Chelsea for £97.5mCredit: Getty Most read in FootballLive BlogTRANSFER NEWS LIVE Ronaldo to PSG LATEST, Kane in Spurs squad, Chelsea eye BellinghamLive BlogGUNNERS...
    REAL MADRID are reportedly plotting a huge rebuild with a host of stunning free transfer signings. The Galacticos are feeling the pinch following the coronavirus pandemic and have been forced to cut costs. 3Kylian Mbappe and Paul Pogba are two freebies Real Madrid are plotting swoops forCredit: Reuters 3Chelsea defender Antonio Rudiger is another player being targeted by the LaLiga giantsCredit: Rex But that has still not stopped them from targeting several high-profile arrivals for NOTHING following their recent free capture of David Alaba from Bayern Munich. That is according to Spanish publication AS, who state the LaLiga giants are plotting swoops for soon-to-be out of contract stars Kylian Mbappe, Paul Pogba, Leon Goretzka and Antonio Rudiger. Paris Saint-Germain striker Mbappe has long-been their No1 transfer target and will not commit to a new contract in the French capital. The World Cup winner remains on the same contract that he signed back in 2017, and earns less than half of new signing Lionel Messi. But he refuses to renew, amid strong hints that he will sit out the remaining months...
    RAPHAEL VARANE will not be available for selection against Leeds in a blow to Red Devils as his transfer from Real Madrid will not be not completed in time. Manchester United boss Ole Gunnar Solskjaer, 48, has confirmed that the £43million deal struck with Real Madrid for the 28-year-old France international is not officially complete yet. 2Varane will not be available to face Leeds on Saturday and will have to wait to make his debut for the RedsCredit: PA DREAM TEAM 2021/22PLAY DREAM TEAM FOR THE 2021/22 SEASON £100,000 prize pot up for grabs £50million budget to build your best XI Play in Mini Leagues against your mates, colleagues, etc Click here to play for FREE Dream Team app available through Apple Store and Google Play Store As such, he will not be available to face Leeds on Saturday and has yet to take part in team trainin. He said: "He's [Varane] not trained with us. Things happen and things take time. "Unfortunately with the isolation and the delay, these things... It's not 100 per cent...
    TOP teams from across Europe have CONFIRMED their kits for the 2021/22 season. And some clubs have decided to roll back the years a put a retro twist to some of their kits. 37Messi posing with PSG's home shirt on TuesdayCredit: GETTY IMAGES DREAM TEAM 2021/22PLAY DREAM TEAM FOR THE 2021/22 SEASON £100,000 prize pot up for grabs £50million budget to build your best XI Play in Mini Leagues against your mates, colleagues, etc Click here to play for FREE Dream Team app available through Apple Store and Google Play Store The new season is already underway in France, and the Premier League Bundesliga and LaLiga are set to get underway this weekend. But the Serie A doesn't start until the August 21. Here's a round-up of the kits for some of the biggest clubs around Europe. Man Utd home, away and third The Red Devils' have stuck with the the same colour as this year's - 'Real Red' - and feature Chevrolet as the sponsor, after the car giants extended their deal at the end of...
    MANCHESTER UNITED will finally announce the arrival of Raphael Varane TOMORROW. The Red Devils are signing the France international centre-back, 28, from Real Madrid in a £42million deal - which is worth an initial £34m. DREAM TEAM IS BACK! SIGN UP NOW FOR THE 21/22 SEASON WITH £100,000 PRIZE POT UP FOR GRABS 3Raphael Varane was spotted arriving for his medical at Man Utd on TuesdayCredit: Eamonn and James Clarke 3The Red Devils will officially announce his £42m arrival on ThursdayCredit: PA The star was spotted arriving at United's training ground for the first time on Tuesday after he enjoyed a post-Euro 2020 break to undergo his medical. SunSport now understands that Varane has successfully completed those medical checks and signed on the dotted line to make the transfer official. He has agreed a four-year contract with the option for a further 12-months. Varane has already posed in United’s colours for the official announcement with his shirt number all set to be unveiled. The numbers 12, 16, 22, 24 are the lowest ones currently available at Old Trafford but it...