Real Madrid have money for Haaland transfer – Raiola, Messi 'close to new TEN-YEAR Barcelona deal', Lukaku to Chelsea

REAL MADRID appear to have moved to the front of the queue for Dortmund's Erling Haaland.

Agent Mino Raiola stated that the Spanish champions have the funds to sign the Norwegian this summer, despite the collapse of the European Super League.

Lionel Messi is close to signing a new ten-year deal with Barcelona, according to reports.

The contract would keep him affiliated to the club while allowing him to spend time in the MLS if he chooses to do so.

Messi would then reportedly take up an executive role on his return to Spain.

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  • Josh Graham

    IN A MIN

    Real Madrid CAN afford to splash £154million on Erling Haaland, according to his agent Mino Raiola.

    Madrid president Florentino Perez had claimed no mega money signings would be possible without the cash injection from the shamed European Super League.

    But Raiola told AS: "Real Madrid can afford Erling Haaland. They have money to sign him."

    Perez had previously told El Larguero: "When money does not flow from the rich clubs to the poor clubs, everyone suffers.

    'It's impossible to make signings like Mbappe and Haaland, in general, not just for Real Madrid, without the Super League."

    Erling Haaland's agent Mino RaiolaCredit: Getty – Contributor
  • Josh Graham

    GARDEN OF EDEN

    Paul Pogba's agent Mino Raiola jokingly suggested a Real Madrid swap deal with Eden Hazard could come to fruition.

    Manchester United's French midfielder has regularly been linked with a move to Los Blancos.

    And Raiola told AS: "For Pogba, Madrid always had a great attraction … Zidane is his idol. The important thing now is to know what United want, what project United are proposing to Pogba.

    "Pogba is interested in one thing, winning the Champions League and winning titles, and we are going to see where this is possible, whether at United or at other clubs.

    "At one time Pogba felt a lot of love and trust from United, and there were several other clubs… But then, it is very difficult for United and Madrid to come to an agreement over a big transfer, because strong clubs do not want to sell strong players to other strong clubs.

    "And I’m not going to fool him, for Pogba playing for Madrid was always a very attractive thing for Zidane too. He is his young idol.

    "I don’t know. I believe nothing is impossible, but football depends on the day. And you have to be flexible and consider all possibilities.

    "Suppose tomorrow Madrid want to make a Hazard-Pogba exchange? It is just an example. And if all four parties liked it, why not?"

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  • Josh Graham

    HEND IS NIGH

    Jordan Henderson looks destined to miss England’s bid for Euros glory.

    Jurgen Klopp has revealed Henderson is nowhere near a return to Liverpool training — and could still be weeks away.

    The Three Lions kick-off their summer campaign against Croatia in 44 days’ time.

    Reds boss Klopp said: “There are a lot of steps to go after that before they can take part in football training.

    “They are all quite a long way from that.”

    Liverpool play their last game of the season on May 23 against Crystal Palace but Henderson appears to have little or no chance of being ready for the Eagles’ visit.

    That is the day before England head coach Gareth Southgate is expected to name his squad for the finals.

    Credit: EPA
  • Marc Mayo

    GOOD MORNING FOOTBALL FANS,

    Cristiano Ronaldo has become ‘nervous and irritable’ at Juventus – and has ‘given up’, according to reports.

    The 36-year-old has not enjoyed the best season of his career this time around, despite still managing 25 goals in 29 Serie A outings.

    And according to Gazzetta dello Sport, his entire demeanour around the club has changed.

    Ronaldo has failed to reach a single Champions League semi-final during his three years in Turin, the competition he was signed to win.

    Meanwhile, Mateo Kovacic is a major doubt for the Real Madrid second leg after suffering a setback in his recovery from injury.

    The Chelsea and Croatia star, 26, has missed the last five games with a hamstring problem.Tuchel said: "Unfortunately Kovacic is still injured.

    "He trained with us, but he's still not fully confident, he felt something at the end of training. So he's not available, unfortunately.

    "All the others are available except for Toni Rudiger, who got injured in the last minute of the Madrid game. Everybody else is available.

    "Before training today we thought that Kova had a big chance to join us latest for Madrid, maybe even for today.

    "So now we have a little setback, not a big one, with him."I don't want to be too negative, let's see how he is tomorrow. For Toni, I'm quite positive for Wednesday."

    And finally, Ryan Mason staged a meeting with Tottenham’s players to tell them: Don’t call me gaffer.

    The Tottenham caretaker manager, 29, stressed to the squad — with many having been former team-mates — that he wants to keep things informal.

    He said: “One of the first things I said to them was that I do not expect to be called ‘gaffer’ or ‘boss’.

    “Call me what you have been calling me for the last five or ten years — or however long I have known you.

    “The most important thing for me is respect. You can call me what you want but if you don’t respect me then it is not good. The respect is there from everyone.

    “Not just the players but the groundsman, the kitmen, everyone. I have a good relationship with everyone.”

  • Joe Brophy

    MACE IS ACE

    Ryan Mason staged a meeting with Tottenham’s players to tell them: Don’t call me gaffer.

    The Tottenham caretaker manager, 29, stressed to the squad — with many having been former team-mates — that he wants to keep things informal.

    He said: “One of the first things I said to them was that I do not expect to be called 'gaffer' or 'boss'.

    "Call me what you have been calling me for the last five or ten years — or however long I have known you.

    “The most important thing for me is respect. You can call me what you want but if you don’t respect me then it is not good. The respect is there from everyone.

    “Not just the players but the groundsman, the kitmen, everyone. I have a good relationship with everyone.”

  • Joe Brophy

    KARREN BRADY

    “The refereeing itself has been poor this season, possibly the worst I have seen in the Premier League.

    “No doubt there will be statistics that prove me wrong but, subjectively, I can remember no time when the whistle was so out of tune with the game.

    “VAR was sold to us as a way of perfecting decisions.”

    Read more HERE.

  • Joe Brophy

    CAN'T GO RON

    Cristiano Ronaldo has become 'nervous and irritable' at Juventus – and has 'given up', according to reports.

    The 36-year-old has not enjoyed the best season of his career this time around, despite still managing 25 goals in 29 Serie A outings.

    And according to Gazzetta dello Sport, his entire demeanour around the club has changed.

    Ronaldo has failed to reach a single Champions League semi-final during his three years in Turin, the competition he was signed to win.

  • Joe Brophy

    HOT ROD

    Arsenal are reportedly increasing their efforts to land Real Betis star Guido Rodriguez this summer.

    El Desmarque claim that the LaLiga side might be forced to cash in on the central midfielder who has a £70million release clause in his contract.

    And the report adds that Arsenal are set to make every effort to sign Rodriguez at the end of the season.

  • Joe Brophy

    TRUTH OR DAR

    Manchester City have completed the £5.2million signing of Argentine 'mini Messi' Dario Sarmiento from Estudiantes.

    The Premier League leaders boast one of the best academy setups in the country, and are always keen to bolster their ranks with fresh talent from abroad.

    And Sarmiento, 18, is to become the latest exciting young player to arrive this summer.

    In addition to a £5.2m fee, Estudiantes will receive a 20 per cent sell on clause.

    Sarmiento will officially become a City player on July 1, Estudiantes have confirmed.

  • Joe Brophy

    GET ZAN IN

    Manchester United are willing to offer Donny van de Beek to Roma in a swap transfer for Nicolo Zaniolo, according to reports.

    The Dutchman, 24, arrived from Ajax last summer in a £39million deal but has struggled to make his mark at Old Trafford.

    Van de Beek’s tally of one goal and two assists from 32 appearances in total mean United may look to cut their losses by shipping him back out this summer.

    And La Repubblica via Sport Witness state they could try and do a trade with Roma for Zaniolo.

    The report says the Red Devils were ‘pressing and testing the water’ and have now ‘proposed an exchange’ with the Serie A side.

  • Joe Brophy

    CHEEK OF IT

    Ruben Loftus-Cheek has been offered a route back at Chelsea after a glowing compliment from his manager.

    Thomas Tuchel said: "I was quite a fan of him when he was younger.

    "He reminded me of Michael Ballack. There were links with him moving to Germany. We are well aware of his talent.

    "I don't know why things have not worked out as he wished but now he is doing good.

    "I cannot judge him from TV and hearsay. I love to work with players then to give my opinion."

  • Joe Brophy

    PAUL-ING BACK

    Paul Pogba reckons Manchester United are good enough to win the Premier League title again after closing the gap on rivals City.

    The French midfielder told the BBC’s Football Focus: “We are getting closer and closer.

    “We see that we were struggling a little bit, we know that, but we don’t have to look back. We have to look forward.

    “What’s forward now is second [place], now we get closer to City, who were, before, to be honest way ahead of us.

    “Now we show them that we can compete. We show that we are here and that we have a team to go and win the title.

    “It’s just a few details. We can do it, for sure.

    “Liverpool did it, City did it and now we’re there. We have to show that we can make it as well. That’s the next goal.”

  • Joe Brophy

    ALL WANT ALLAN

    Steve Bruce is braced for interest in ‘special’ Allan Saint-Maximin this summer.

    The Toon boss said: “I have no doubt he will attract interest because you only have to watch him once to realise he’s a really gifted, talented footballer.

    “He’s one of them that will get you off your seat, and how many have got that these days?

    “He scored a goal in training the other day which was just remarkable. He does that, where we all just have to stand and applaud.

    “You can see when he’s playing and injury free then he’s a special, special talent which inevitably will draw interest.

    “But the last thing we want to be doing is selling our best players.”

  • Joe Brophy

    ED ON BLOCK

    Ed Woodward was blasted at a fans' forum after Manchester United’s attempts to break away into a European Super League.

    In a lengthy speech read to him on behalf of nine of the eleven forum members, Ian Stirling of the Manchester United Supporters Trust did not hold back.

    Stirling said: “We are disgusted, embarrassed and angry at the owner’s actions in relation to the planning, formation and announcement of the European Super League.

    “Once again this clearly demonstrates that the club’s owners are only interested in maximising their own profits and do not care about or respect the views of Manchester United fans.

    “The complete lack of engagement with fans, our players and manager is a gross mishandling of club affairs and one which we cannot forgive.

    "It was an attack on fans and on clubs across the whole of football and we have simply had enough.

    “Joel Glazer’s subsequent apology is not accepted.

    "Actions speak louder than words and he and his family have shown time and again that their sole motivation is personal profit at the expense of our football club.

    “We should not need to explain to anyone involved in the ownership or running of Manchester United Football Club why the European Cup is an integral part of our club’s history and how this proposal has betrayed it. Yet we clearly need to.”

  • Joe Brophy

    JACK WILLS

    Jack Grealish has delivered a timely boost to Aston Villa and England by returning to training.

    However the 25-year-old Villa skipper will miss his 11th game on the spin against Everton this weekend as he continues his battle back from a painful shin injury.

    Dean Smith revealed: "Jack showed a positive scan. He won't be available for this weekend.

    "We're obviously a little bit tentative after the last time so he's doing gradual loading.

    "He's working on his own at the moment. It's a loading stress injury so we can't rush him."

  • Joe Brophy

    EDIN FOR A NEW DEAL

    Edinson Cavani has reportedly decided to STAY at Manchester United.

    The Uruguayan was unplayable as he helped himself to two goals and THREE assists in United’s 6-2 thrashing of Roma in the Europa League semi on Thursday.

    And according to ESPN, the 34-year-old has made a U-turn and ‘decided to stay at United’.

    The decision will reportedly be ‘announced next week’.

    Uruguayan journalist Rodrigo Romano is even reporting the forward will agree a contract extension TODAY.

  • Joe Brophy

    RUD AWAKENING

    Chelsea boss Thomas Tuchel confirmed that Antonio Rudiger has been ruled out of the Fulham clash due to injury.

    Here's how they could line-up in his absence…

  • Joe Brophy

    KNOCKED BACK

    Manchester United have had a bid for Dejan Kulusevski rejected by Juventus, it’s been claimed.

    The Red Devils are still in the market for a winger following their failed pursuit of England international Jadon Sancho last summer.

    Sweden international Kulusevski is said to be one of the names on Ole Gunnar Solskjaer’s list of targets.

    And according to reports, the Red Devils have had an approach for the 21-year-old knocked back by the Old Lady.

    Italian outlet Calciomercato claim Juve said ‘no’ to the Premier League big boys as they’re eager to retain Kulusevski’s services.

  • Joe Brophy

    FRED’S REDS

    Freddie Ljungberg revealed the three ways Bukayo Saka and Emile Smith Rowe stood out in the Arsenal academy including ‘not trying to cheat’.

    He told BT Sport: “I have been with them Saka and Smith Rowe since they were 15, I know most of their parents. They’re amazing players.

    “I always thought they had it in them. They’re very different as individuals, but they’re clever boys, they listen and they have a good understanding of football. I always believed in them.

    “When you do youth there’s so many players, but they were training very, very hard, not trying to cheat. They of course had talents that not many other players had.

    “You see so many talents that don’t make it, [they need] that little extra drive.”

  • Joe Brophy

    VAN DE CHEEK

    Donny van de Beek's fellow Manchester United star Jackie Groenen has teased her compatriot over his lack of minutes this season.

    The former Ajax star hasn’t started a league game in 2021 and has only played more than 20 minutes on one occasion since the start of December.

    However, his Dutch compatriot Groenen, who signed for United's Women team in 2019, revealed the 24-year-old is enjoying himself in England.

    But the midfielder, 26, couldn't resist poking fun at Van de Beek after she made her debut at The Theatre of Dreams under Casey Stoney last month.

    Groenen told ESPN: "I joked the other day by telling him that I've played Old Trafford more times than he has.

    “I think he's having a good time, so it must be fine. I talk to him regularly.”

  • Marc Mayo

    FAN-DEMONIUM

    Every Premier League team will be allowed fans in their stadium before the end of the season after an entire round of fixtures were moved.

    Prem chiefs today confirmed that match week 37 set for Saturday 15 and Sunday 16 May will take place a few days later.

    The round will now be played on Tuesday 18 and Wednesday 19 May – one day after the latest lockdown restrictions lift.

    From Monday 17 May sports teams can host up to 10,000 fans or 25 per cent of stadium capacity.

    That meant that teams scheduled at home on the final day of the season on Sunday 23 May could've potentially had an unfair advantage.

    But the Premier League today moved the penultimate set of fixtures – meaning the 10 away sides on the final day will now have a midweek home game with fans.

  • Marc Mayo

    TELE ME MORE

    ITV are preparing a bid to bring top flight English football back to free-to-air TV as they contemplate buying a stake in BT Sport, according to reports.

    It was revealed earlier this week that BT Sport was being put up for sale.

    And streaming platforms Amazon, Disney and DAZN were all touted as potential buyers for the TV network in a deal that would be worth billions.

    But according to The Telegraph, ITV have now emerged as another possible buyer.

    Both ITV and BT Sport have attempted to diversify in recent times, with ITV a partner in YouView and BT considering investing in ITV's streaming service BritBox.

    BT Sport is believed to be worth around £2billion.

  • Marc Mayo

    ALLEG UP

    Juventus are reportedly set to hire old coach Max Allegri and rebuild their squad around Paulo Dybala rather than Cristiano Ronaldo.

    The Old Lady's decade of Serie A dominance has come crumbling down under the stewardship of Andrea Pirlo.

    And now the Bianconeri are struggling to even secure the vital fourth Champions League qualifying spot despite having claimed nine Scudettos on the bounce.

    Juve are level on points with Napoli in third and AC Milan in fifth with five games of the season to go and Pirlo has been warned he faces the sack if he fails to secure a spot in Europe's premier competition.

    Gazzetta reports there is set to be a 'sweet revolution' in Turin this summer with 53-year-old Allegri potentially returning to the helm.

    If he returns, here’s how SunSport’s Joshua Jones reckons they may line up…

  • Marc Mayo

    SAM’S PAIN

    Ralph Hasenhuttl has claimed it will be a 'miracle' if Sam McQueen plays football again.

    The Southampton left-back, 26, hasn't featured since picking up a horror ACL injury in October 2018 while on loan with Middlesbrough.

    Hasenhuttl told Prost International: “His knee is good. He had some other problems, it’s a very long story to be honest.

    "I’ve never had a situation where I was coming to the club and never see a player [not] playing for two-and-a-half years now. Since I’m here I’ve never seen him on the pitch.

    “But when you know the infection on his knee and how things are going on then its even now a wonder that he’s able to play football or maybe one time will be able to play football again.

    “We don’t know if he will ever return back to the pitch but if [he does] then it is a miracle.”

    Credit: PA:Empics Sport
  • Marc Mayo

    KA-PAU

    Manchester United are in 'advanced' talks to sign Villarreal defender Pau Torres, according to reports.

    The Red Devils are searching for a long-term centre-back partner for club captain Harry Maguire.

    And according to El Larguero they are closing in on Torres as they hope to secure his signature before he joins up with the Spain squad for Euro 2020 in June.

    It has also been reported that while Real Madrid were interested in him, they are now 'resigned' to the fact that he is heading to Old Trafford.

    Torres' release clause is currently £43.4million, but that rises to £56.4m in the final 15 days of the summer transfer window.

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