Solskjaer 'in touch' with Cristiano Ronaldo, Gareth Bale considering RETIREMENT, Chelsea monitoring £34m Monaco starlet

HARRY KANE appeared to wave goodbye to Tottenham fans last night after their defeat to Aston Villa.

And he has told Gary Neville he wants to be on the level of Cristiano Ronaldo or Lionel Messi.

Meanwhile, Chelsea are showing interest in Robert Lewandowski, with the 32-year-old poised to leave Bayern Munich this summer.

And Lionel Messi could also leave Barcelona this summer, with Manchester City favourites to sign the Nou Camp icon.

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  • Jake Lambourne

    MAN DOWN

    Harry Maguire will miss the Europa League Final in Gdansk due to his ankle ligament injury.

    Now he must be a major doubt for England and the Euros next month too.

    Hopes were raised when he was pictured on Thursday night without crutches or his protective boot at the premier of Sir Alex Ferguson’s film ‘Never Give In’.

    But Manchester United boss Ole Solskjaer says those are forlorn hopes.

    Solskjaer said: “He's walking but it's a long way from walking to running. To be honest  I don't think we'll see him Gdansk, no.

    “I'm going to give him until Tuesday night, the last training session to be out there. Steadily but surely he's improving but ligaments take time to heal.”

  • Jake Lambourne

    ING FOR A PENNY

    Man City are reportedly interested in signing Southampton striker Danny Ings if they fail in their pursuit of Harry Kane.

    Pep Guardiola’s side are thought to be among the Premier League sides chasing Kane, with Manchester United and Chelsea also competing for the England captain who has recently expressed his intent to leave Tottenham.

    But if that does not come off, The Athletic are reporting that Man City have the same idea as their local rivals Man Utd in signing fellow English forward Ings.

    The Saints striker has impressed for Ralph Hasenhuttl’s side since returning to the club following an unsuccessful spell with Liverpool.

    After netting eight times during a loan period back at St Mary’s, Ings joined on a permanent deal at the beginning of the 2019-20 campaign.

    And since then he has scored a tremendous 38 goals in 72 games for Southampton.

  • Jake Lambourne

    IRN BRU

    Steve Bruce admitted that Arsenal loanee Joe Willock may have priced himself out of a permanent Newcastle move. 

    He said: “It’s a double-edged sword because he’s probably done too well. I know for a fact we will do our utmost to test Arsenal’s resolve. 

    “We know it’s going to be very, very difficult because he’s become the youngest player in the Premier League to score six in six, and he’s somebody else’s player. 

    “We’re going to be up against it. We’re expecting that but we can only try, and I will make sure we try our best. 

    “We have to respect that he’s Arsenal’s player and that he’s 21-years-old. 

    “But of course it would be disappointing if we can’t bring him back.”

  • Jake Lambourne

    BALED OUT

    Gareth Bale is considering retirement after he sees out the final year of his contract at Real Madrid.

    Bale is due to return to Spain after his loan spell at Tottenham and it has been claimed the 31-year-old is ready to call time on his career in 12 months.

    Spanish title AS say the Welsh international is now going through the process of starting to wind down his playing career – and that has already impacted on how he has performed back at Spurs.

    The winger made no secret of the fact he only agreed to the loan switch in order to ensure he was fit enough to lead the Wales challenge in the Euros this summer.

    Being fit for the international game has been so central to his thoughts that it has meant he has picked and chosen when he was able to play at club level this season.

    It has emerged Bale drew up his own individual training plan which has seen him only take part in three work-outs a week – one of them being a recovery session.

  • Jake Lambourne

    IN THE BAGGIE

    Chris Wilder will reportedly hold talks over becoming West Brom's new boss.

    The Baggies are on the lookout for a manager after Sam Allardyce rejected an offer to plot their promotion bid out of the Championship.

    Having only won four of his 25 games in charge, the 66-year-old has called for the club to find a 'long-term' solution in the dugout.

    Lincoln boss Michael Appleton and ex-Chelsea manager Frank Lampard have been linked.

    But Wilder is the frontrunner after the Telegraph reported on upcoming negotiations between the club and coach.

    West Brom are said to be keen on a free agent with their summer transfer budget already set.

    Chris Wilder is on West Brom's shortlist after leaving Sheffield United
  • Jake Lambourne

    RON WAY BACK?

    Manchester United are ready to snap up Cristiano Ronaldo from Juventus this summer, according to reports.

    And should the Portuguese icon be available, Ole Gunnar Solskjaer ‘would not hesitate’ in sanctioning a move for his former team-mate.

    Ronaldo, 36, is set to consider his options after Sunday’s Serie A final day, following a desperately disappointing season for the Old Lady.

    Juve currently sit fifth in the table, trailing the Champions League places by a point.

    But even if Andrea Pirlo’s side do clinch a top four berth, Ronaldo may opt to leave a year before his contract expires.

    And according to The Athletic, Man United chiefs are ‘monitoring’ their former No7’s situation with increasing interest.

    Solskjaer, 48, remains ‘in touch’ with Ronaldo, and even asked him for a character reference before signing Bruno Fernandes in January 2020.

  • Jake Lambourne

    CAPTAIN FANTASTIC

    Premier League-winning captain Wes Morgan has announced his retirement from football aged 37.

    The Leicester defender famously lifted the title in 2016 to cap the Foxes' remarkable fairytale feat.

    On Friday, the Foxes confirmed his decision to hang up his boots at the end of the campaign.

    Chairman Aiyawatt Srivaddhanaprabha said: “Wes has been one of Leicester City’s greatest servants, leading the team through the Club’s most successful era and helping to set the standards that have pushed the Club forward.

    “A big brother to everyone he has played with, a strong representative of the squad and a valuable source of counsel to managers and senior executives in the Club, his contribution has been enormous.

    “Wes has shown throughout his Leicester City career that he has a great deal to offer away from the pitch.

    “I’m excited to see how we can help him shape his career after football and how the Club can continue to benefit from his experience, knowledge and passion for the game.”

    Wes Morgan (centre, right) led Leicester to their historic 2016 title win
  • Jake Lambourne

    MESSI AFFAIR

    Lionel Messi has played his final game for Barcelona this season, and possibly ever, after being granted permission to miss tomorrow’s season-ender against Eibar.

    Ronald Koeman’s side have no chance of winning the title, having blown recent games against Granada, Atletico Madrid, Levante and Celta Vigo.

    So with nothing on the line, Barca have opted to allow their talisman to miss training today, as well as tomorrow’s game, in order to take an early holiday.

    The decision has been made in order to keep Messi fresh for next month’s Copa America, with the Argentine hoping to finally get his hands on the prestigious trophy.

    But, having still not penned a new deal, this means that last weekend’s dismal 2-1 home defeat to Celta would have been Messi’s last game for the club, should he opt to leave.

    Fans, however, are optimistic that the 33-year-old will stay, following the club election victory of Joan Laporta, and the imminent arrival of pal Sergio Aguero from Manchester City.

  • Jake Lambourne

    BREND NEW TEAM

    Tottenham are in the hunt for a new manager with Leicester boss Brendan Rodgers reportedly in line to replace Jose Mourinho.

    Spurs are said to have made the Northern Irishman their top target and he could bring some famous Foxes, including Youri Tielemans, with him if he makes the move.

    SunSport exclusively revealed today that should Leicester fail to qualify for the Champions League on Sunday, Spurs are ready to pounce for the former Liverpool and Celtic boss.

    Tottenham chairman Daniel Levy has been at pains to persuade his fellow execs the Leicester chief is still a suitable candidate.

    Some are still sore about disparaging comments Rodgers made about the North Londoners after turning down an approach from them nine years ago.

    But he is on the radar in their search for Mourinho’s replacement, after the Portuguese was sensationally axed last month and temporarily replaced by Ryan Mason.

    Here’s how Spurs could look under Rodgers.

  • Jake Lambourne

    READY FOR TCHOU

    Chelsea are thought to be interested in signing Monaco's midfield 'monster' Aurelien Tchouameni, according to reports.

    Blues boss Thomas Tuchel will be looking to improve his squad in the summer as he hopes to build on an impressive start at Stamford Bridge.

    And according to Goal, 21-year-old Tchouameni is on Chelsea's radar as someone they would like to acquire.

    The Frenchman has broken through as a first team regular for Monaco this season, playing 36 times and scoring two goals.

    His importance to the Ligue 1 side means a move for Tchouameni's services could set Tuchel's men back a hefty £34million.

    This is a great deal more than what he arrived for in January 2020 when he joined from Bordeaux for £15.5m.

    Aurelien Tchouameni could be on his way to Stamford Bridge
  • Jake Lambourne

    MOY BUEN

    Norwich star Emiliano Buendia is reportedly keen to link up with Arsenal in the summer.

    The Gunners have stepped up their interest in the Canaries playmaker and are believed to be set to make an offer.

    And according to European football journalist Ekrem Konur, the Argentine ace has already made up his mind where he wants to play.

    Konur tweeted: “Emiliano Buendía wants to go to Arsenal. Arsenal wanted Emiliano Buendia during the last transfer period, but his transfer was not completed.

    “Negotiations are now continuing where they left off.”

  • Jake Lambourne

    GET GREAL

    Man City are interested in signing Jack Grealish and Harry Kane this summer, according to reports.

    Pep Guardiola's side have already bagged two trophies this season, and could bag a third when they face Chelsea in the Champions League final next week.

    But this success doesn't mean that they won't necessarily spend big in the off season.

    According to the Telegraph, Guardiola and Co are targeting a number of big names this summer – including Kane and Grealish.

    The Spurs striker, 27, has made his desire to leave Tottenham Hotspur Stadium this summer clear, telling Gary Neville that he would like an 'honest conversation' with chairman Daniel Levy.

    And while Guardiola, 50, refused to comment on speculation, he is privately known to be a huge admirer of Spurs' No10.

  • Jake Lambourne

    JAD YOUR CHANCE

    Borussia Dortmund star Jadon Sancho will be allowed to leave the club for under £86million this summer, according to reports.

    And Manchester United and Chelsea are set to battle it out in an ‘open race’ for the England winger.

    The Red Devils were desperate to land Sancho last summer.

    But Dortmund’s previous asking price of £117million proved to be more than United were willing to pay.

    This time around, however, Fabrizio Romano reports that the German side’s position is ‘clear’ – that they will sell for a ‘bit less’ than £86m.

    Man United and Chelsea are both keen on signing the 21-year-old, but no offers or talks have yet taken place.

  • Jake Lambourne

    RODGER THAT

    EXCLUSIVE – Tottenham are ready to pounce for Brendan Rodgers if Leicester fail to qualify for the Champions League on Sunday.

    Rodgers has been Daniel Levy’s preferred choice to replace Jose Mourinho but it had been feared Spurs may not be able to tempt him if the Foxes finish in the top four.

    Leicester are in fifth going into the final game – against Spurs – and that has renewed Levy’s hopes of luring him away.

    Now the Spurs chairman is desperate for his side to shatter Leicester’s Champions League dreams.

    Although Europa League football would be a big achievement for Leicester, Spurs believe it may not be enough to keep 48-year-old Rodgers in the Midlands.

    Tottenham face the nightmare prospect of being involved in the new Europa Conference League next season — or even out of Europe altogether — but Levy believes he can do enough to persuade his man to move south.

  • Jake Lambourne

    ED’S UP

    Arsenal reportedly remain in the race to lure Odsonne Edouard away from Celtic.

    Leicester are understood to be the favourites to prised the French striker away from Scotland in the summer.

    But according to the Daily Record, the Gunners are still keen on securing the 23-year-old’s services.

    They state that a fee in the region of £20million should be enough to sign the centre-forward.

    Edouard scored 18 goals in 31 Scottish Premiership games this season.

  • Jake Lambourne

    RIP LEN

    Len Badger has died aged 75 following 'complications from surgery'.

    Tributes have poured in for the former Sheffield United defender, who represented his hometown club with distinction between 1962 and 1976.

    Badger, born in Sheffield suburb Darnall, made 541 appearances for his boyhood team, as well as becoming their youngest ever captain in 1966.

    In a lengthy tribute, the Blades pointed to Badger's outstanding 'loyalty' and 'pride' in playing for the 'unfashionable' Sheffield United.

    They wrote: "Len was one of the greatest full backs to play for the club, but he was also one of its greatest characters.

    "Those fortunate to know him will testify that he was one of the funniest, warmest and kindest people you would ever have the joy of meeting. He loved the Blades beyond measure.

    "He never wanted to play for anyone else, and it was possibly that loyalty to one of the more unfashionable clubs that cost him a far more glittering career, but that mattered little to him.

    "He was proud of the fact he was a Blade, and you could find no other former player with not only an encyclopedic knowledge of the games he had played in, but in the history of the club full stop. He cared and it mattered."

    Len Badger represented Sheffield United with distinction between 1962 and 1976
  • Jake Lambourne

    SON CONTINUED

    A police statement read: "A Met investigation into a torrent of online racist abuse directed at a high profile London footballer, has resulted in twelve men being arrested or interviewed under caution.

    "The recent police action, which occurred over the past two weeks, culminated yesterday evening (Thursday 20 May) with a man being visited by the Met at his Greater Manchester home address.

    "The twelve men have each been arrested, or interviewed under caution, under suspicion of using words or behaviour, or displaying written material with intent to stir up racial hatred."

    The Met were alerted to the abuse through Manchester United's online reporting tool, See Red, and investigated to track down the anonymous account holders.

    The men were then spoken to under 'suspicion of using words or behaviour, or displaying written material with intent to stir up racial hatred'.

  • Jake Lambourne

    RACISM ARRESTS

    Metropolitan Police have confirmed eight arrests over allegations of the racist abuse of Tottenham star Son Heung-min.

    The Korean forward was targeted with disgusting attacks following April's 3-1 defeat to Manchester United.

    Both clubs and the Premier League strongly condemned the incident amid countless cases of footballers being abused online.

    The Met have confirmed eight arrests as a result of an investigation into the racist attacks of a 'high-profile Tottenham player'.

    The unnamed men were aged between 20 and 32 and lived across the UK, including Dorset, Llanelli, Hartlepool and Cheshire.

    All eight have been released under investigation.

    A further four, including a 63-year-old man, have been interviewed under caution, all of whom have been released as enquiries continue.

  • Marc Mayo

    GOOD MORNING FOOTBALL FANS

    Tottenham superstar Harry Kane has reiterated his desire to win silverware and stated he does not want to end his career with any regrets, while Manchester United, Manchester City and Chelsea keep tabs.

    Kane has told Spurs he wants to leave the club at the end of the season after another trophyless campaign that saw the north Londoners missing out on Champions League qualification for the second year in a row.

    The England international told Gary Neville’s YouTube show, The Overlap: "I don't want to come to the end of my career and have any regrets. I want to be the best I can be.

    "I never said I'd stay at Spurs for the rest of my career and I've never said I'd leave Spurs. People might say, 'he's desperate for trophies, he needs trophies', but I feel like I've still got almost another career to play.

    "I've still got so much more to give. I can produce better numbers than I'm producing at the moment.

    "I'm not afraid to say, 'I want to be the best'. I want to try and get on the level [Cristiano] Ronaldo and [Lionel] Messi got to. That's my ultimate goal – to be winning trophies season in, season out, scoring 50, 60, 70 goals season in, season out.”

    Meanwhile, Arsenal are reportedly keeping tabs on Norwich ace Emiliano Buendia ahead of the summer transfer window.

    The Gunners are looking for a potential replacement for Martin Odegaard, who may return to Real Madrid once his loan stint comes to an end.

    According to Goal, the Canaries will ask for a fee in the region of £40million for the Argentine playmaker.

    The 24-year-old has registered 15 goals and 17 assists in 41 matches across all competitions this season and helped Daniel Farke’s side return to the Premier League.

    Arsenal legend Dennis Bergkamp insists Spotify co-founder Daniel Ek, who is trying to buy the club from the Kroenke family, is "not a quitter".

    Bergkamp told Voetbal International: “Daniel doesn’t see a takeover as buying a nice toy.

    “We can’t force anyone to sell. I understand that, in addition to that offer, Daniel has now reached out twice to Josh Kroenke and his bankers.

    “Whatever Kroenke’s intentions are, it would be good if we at least have a conversation with each other.

    "Regardless, Daniel is not a quitter and neither are we. We are here to stay.”

    And Paris Saint-Germain boss Mauricio Pochettino wishes to sign Liverpool ace Georginio Wijnaldum.

    According to L'Equipe, Pochettino wants to add some firepower to his midfield and needs someone to pair up with Marco Verratti.

    Wijnaldum seems to be among his top targets as the Netherlands international's contract runs out in the summer.

    The 30-year-old is likely to depart from Anfield at the end of the season and has also been linked with Barcelona

  • Kostas Lianos

    LOST DE-NA

    Arsenal great Dennis Bergkamp claims the club’s original DNA, which led to Premier League dominance, has been lost.

    Bergkamp told Voetbal International: “Like Patrick Vieira and Thierry Henry, it’s hard for me to recognise the Arsenal from our time.

    “The ambition to win trophies is in Arsenal’s DNA. Never accept a loss. That mentality has slowly disappeared.

    “I feel there’s a sense of resignation within the current situation. That is very serious.

    “It’s like it’s normal, given the financial conditions, that Arsenal are ending up somewhere in the middle of the league behind the top clubs.

    “That’s not how it should be with this club. Arsenal’s DNA needs to be repaired”

  • Kostas Lianos

    ART ATTACK

    Fabrizio Romano is adamant that Arsenal are going to continue with Mikel Arteta in the dugout.

    Romano said on the Here We Go podcast: “Arsenal’s intention is to go on with Arteta, I would say 100 per cent, because they are convinced with Arteta, they are convinced with the project.

    “They think that one year with this kind of manager, he needs time.

    “The season has been really disappointing and they know about it, but they want to continue with Arteta, so at the moment the situation is planning with him about players to sell, players to sign and rebuilding in the summer.

    “So Arteta is the man for Arsenal”

  • Kostas Lianos

    HIP, HIP, HARRY!

    Harry Maguire has handed Manchester United a major injury boost.

    Maguire injured his ankle against Aston Villa two weeks ago and cast doubt over his fitness ahead of the Europa League Final against Villarreal on May 26.

    But the star defender ditched his crutches when he attended the premiere of Sir Alex Ferguson’s new movie.

    Check it out:

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  • Kostas Lianos

    NEM-ING THEIR PRICE

    Manchester United are keen to let Nemanja Matic join Jose Mourinho at Roma.

    That is according to Corriere dello Sport, who claim that United have agreed to let Matic leave for a cut-price €10million (£8.6m).

    Mourinho has a long past with the midfielder as he brought him to Chelsea from Benfica in 2014.

    The Portuguese manager, who will replace Paulo Fonseca at the Olimpico, then took him with him to United

  • Kostas Lianos

    LOYALTY

    John Barnes claims Harry Kane is not disloyal to Tottenham but football has changed in a way which makes it impossible for someone to stay at the same club forever.

    Barnes told BonusCodeBets: “Nothing in football is surprising.

    “Harry Kane is a Tottenham fan and loves the club, but modern-day football players come and go.

    “This whole idea of loyalty, you support a club, being a one club man, nobody is like that anymore.

    “He is not disloyal at all; it is modern football. If he stayed, that would be surprising. He must decide what he wants to do for himself”

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  • Kostas Lianos

    LINGARD UPDATE

    Jesse Lingard has been in incredible form at West Ham ever since his January transfer move to east London from Manchester United.

    Latest reports show that United are not planning on keeping Lingard and instead could sell him to raise their transfer kitty or swap him for one of their top targets.

    However, manager Ole Gunnar Solskjaer recently claimed he would love to have the forward back at Old Trafford.

    Solskjaer previously said: “Jesse has been brilliant since he left and I’ve answered this quite a few times. Selfishly we could have kept him because he’s always got a part to play.

    “Jesse is a fantastic lad around the place, Man United through and through. Never once did he moan or cause me a problem, he just came in and worked really hard.

    “He deserved a chance to play for more football – that’s why we let him go to West Ham because he deserves a chance for what he’s done throughout his life for Man United. Of course we [will] welcome him back”

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