Chelsea 'confident of Donnarumma free transfer', Cristiano Ronaldo '£21.5m price' – Liverpool, Spurs transfer news

CHELSEA and PSG are increasingly confident that they can persuade Gianluigi Donnarumma to leave AC Milan this summer.

The Italy goalkeeper is out of contract and both clubs reportedly believe they can meet agent Mino Raiola's demands.

Meanwhile Juventus have reportedly named their price for Cristiano Ronaldo.

The five-time Ballon d'Or winner is said to be available for a fee of £21.5m as Juve consider cashing in.

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  • Marc Mayo

    GOOD MORNING FOOTBALL FANS

    Premier League and Championship clubs have been blasted for claiming £13MILLION of Government cash in just four months to furlough staff.

    Leeds, Newcastle, Burnley and Sheffield United bagged up to £575,000 in December alone under the job retention scheme set up by Chancellor Rishi Sunak.

    Nicky Butt could join Wayne Rooney at Derby after quitting as Manchester United’s head of first team development.

    The former Red Devils midfielder, 46, spent nine years in the role and as a coach at Old Trafford, bringing through the likes of Marcus Rashford, Mason Greenwood, Scott McTominay and Dean Henderson.

    Thomas Tuchel’s sour relationship with Borussia Dortmund could dent Chelsea’s chances of signing Erling Haaland, in a boost to Man Utd.

    Bild claim the German left Dortmund on bad terms and club chiefs are reluctant to sell to a side coached by their former manager.

    The report adds that it’s ‘very unlikely’ the Bundesliga outfit will allow Haaland to seal a move to Stamford Bridge this summer.

    Man Utd legend Paul Ince revealed he would prefer to sign Haaland than Harry Kane.

    Meanwhile Ole Gunnar Solskjaer is reportedly in contact with Erling Haaland over a summer transfer to Manchester United.

    United are among a number of top European sides chasing the Norwegian’s signature at the end of the campaign.

    Ole Gunnar Solskjaer is reportedly in contact with Erling Haaland over a summer transfer to Manchester United.

    United are among a number of top European sides chasing the Norwegian’s signature at the end of the campaign.

  • Jack Figg

    RAMBUTT

    Nicky Butt could join Wayne Rooney at Derby after quitting as Manchester United’s head of first team development.

    The former Red Devils midfielder, 46, spent nine years in the role and as a coach at Old Trafford, bringing through the likes of Marcus Rashford, Mason Greenwood, Scott McTominay and Dean Henderson.

    Yet it is understood Butt did not see eye to eye with new director of football John Murtough.

    And while the Class of ’92 star said all the right things on his departure, his exit was still a surprise.

    Butt, who played almost 400 games under Sir Alex Ferguson and was a member of the historic 1999 Treble-winning side, said: “Having come through the academy myself it has been an absolute privilege to come back and work with a new generation of talent making that same journey.

    “I’m proud of the role everyone on the staff plays in giving our young footballers the best possible chance of fulfilling their potential.

    “The results are clear to see in the increased number of home-grown players reaching the first team.

    “I already know from my playing days how difficult it is to leave Manchester United but it feels like the right moment for a new professional challenge.

    “I look forward to exploring opportunities that build on the great experiences I’ve had here over the past nine years.”

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  • Jack Figg

    ODE NO!

    Arsenal were dealt a massive injury blow when Martin Odegaard limped off on Wednesday night.

    The midfielder, 22, was withdrawn at half-time of Norway's 3-0 win over Gibraltar with an apparent ankle problem.

    And it leaves Gunners boss Mikel Arteta sweating on the fitness of one of his brightest stars in recent months.

    Odegaard joined on loan from Real Madrid with a view to making his move permanent.

    And his form in a red shirt has gone down well with Gunners fans.

  • Jack Figg

    PAUL NO PUNCHES

    Man Utd legend Paul Ince revealed he would prefer to sign Erling Haaland than Harry Kane.

    The ex-England star said: “If I was in charge of United and you offered me Harry Kane or Erling Haaland on a plate right now, I think I’d be taking Haaland.

    “He’s younger, not that Kane’s old, and he’s got a bit more pace, not that Kane is slow.

    “If you were going to buy Harry Kane right now he’d probably cost you around £80/90m and he’d likely be on a five-year contract which takes him into his thirties.

    “When you buy a player you’ve always got to look at how you might make a profit from them later on.

    “Haaland is only 20, so you could bring him in for around £100m and you’d still be able to make a profit from him in five years’ time.

    “With Kane you’d have the guarantee that he’s already a proven goalscorer in the division.

    “He knows the Premier League well so you know he’d get you 25 goals a season.

    “But I think Haaland would do the same at any club in any division, and he’s only going to get better.”

     

  • Jack Figg

    BALE OUT

    Gareth Bale confirmed he is returning to Real Madrid next season.

    The Wales captain, 31, has struggled to reach his best form during his season-long loan at Tottenham.

    Bale is currently preparing to lead Wales against Belgium in Wednesday's opening World Cup qualifier.

    Ahead of the game he added: "I always think when things aren’t going too well at a club, it’s nice to get away, especially mentally get away from the club environment.

    "Definitely it can be a benefit. We focus on these games for Wales, which are very important for us.

    "We forget club life and concentrate on this."

  • Jack Figg

    LUC IS IN

    Bayern Munich are in advanced talks to sign Lucas Vazquez on a free transfer, according to reports.

    The Real Madrid winger is out of contract at the end of the season.

    The 29-year-old, who has been linked with a move to Tottenham and Everton in the summer, is yet to agree a new deal in Spain.

    And Spanish outlet AS claim Bayern are leading the race but there is no agreement in place despite the two having advanced talks.

    The report adds that Vazquez still hasn't given up on staying at Madrid but would welcome a move to the Bundesliga champions.

  • Jack Figg

    FOR REAL

    Liverpool keeper Adrian is reportedly keen on a return to Real Betis at the end of the season.

    Spanish outlet La Razon claim the LaLiga side would consider re-signing the veteran keeper if Claudio Bravo leaves the club this summer.

    The report adds that Betis have already agreed a deal for Granada's Rui Silva meaning Adrian wouldn't be needed unless another goalkeeper leaves.

    The Spaniard would provide additional cover for Joel Robles with ex-Barcelona keeper Bravo linked with a move to Colo-Colo in Chile.

    Adrian is in his second season with Liverpool but looks likely to leave despite the club holding an option to extend his deal by another year.

    The 34-year-old was brought in as No2 for Alisson Becker but lost his place to Caoimhin Kelleher following a series of poor performances.

  • Jack Figg

    RIO DONNY GET IT

    Rio Ferdinand admits he feels sorry for Manchester United outcast Donny van de Beek.

    The United legend has questioned why the club signed Van de Beek if they were not prepared to play him regularly.

    Ferdinand told his podcast, Vibe with Five: “I feel for him. I don’t care who you are – if you’re playing the odd two minutes here and there, three minutes here and there, you cannot perform.

    “I don’t care what level of player you are.

    “I don’t think he’s been helped in terms of team selection and opportunities so I don’t think it’s fair to say he’s underperforming because he’s not been put in a position to perform yet on a consistent basis.

    “I really do feel for him but it would be interesting to hear what he was sold and told on the way in because the lack of opportunities, I don’t think he’d have come here if he’d known that.”

  • Jack Figg

    ROYAL GUNNER

    Real Betis right-back Emerson Royal is reportedly a prime contender to replace Hector Bellerin at Arsenal this summer.

    Brazil star Emerson could fill one of Mikel Arteta's problem positions if Bellerin departs for Barcelona or PSG, as expected.

    Spanish newspaper Mundo say the Gunners have been ‘closely monitoring’ Emerson, 22.

    And Arsenal have also been linked with his Betis team-mate Guido Rodriguez, an Argentina midfielder who has a £68million release clause.

    But Emerson's situation is complicated by the unusual terms of his exit from Atletico Mineiro to Spanish club Betis in February 2019.

    Betis AND Barcelona agreed to pay €6million (approx. £5.1m) each in a joint deal.

    That means Emerson is currently due to move onto Barca this summer – when they pay their share plus £2.5m extra.

    And new Barcelona president Joan Laporta is reportedly keen to go through with that transfer.

  • Jack Figg

    HAARD PUSH

    Ole Gunnar Solskjaer is reportedly in contact with Erling Haaland over a summer transfer to Manchester United.

    United are among a number of top European sides chasing the Norwegian's signature at the end of the campaign.

    And Red Devils boss Solskjaer 'keeps calling' his countryman in a bid to convince him to move to Old Trafford, according to Spanish outlet AS.

    Haaland previously played under Solskjaer at Molde and the two are said to have maintained contact.

    Dortmund are bracing themselves for a flurry of bids this summer.

    And Haaland has reportedly spoken to his agent, Mino Raiola, to make it crystal clear he wants to quit if Champions League football is off the table at the Westfalenstadion.

  • Jack Figg

    BUTT OUT

    Nicky Butt has quit as Man Utd's head of first-team development for a "new challenge" after coaching there nine years.

    The former England midfielder, 46, who won six Premier League titles as a United player, leaves amid an overhaul of the club's technical department.

    Butt helped bring current first-teamers like Marcus Rashford, Scott McTominay, Axel Tuanzebe, Dean Henderson and Mason Greenwood through United's famous academy.

    And Butt told the club's official website: “Having come through the Academy myself to play almost 400 games for Manchester United, it has been an absolute privilege to come back and work with a new generation of talent making that same journey.

    “I’m proud of the role everyone on the staff plays in giving our young footballers the best possible chance of fulfilling their potential.

    "The results are clear to see in the increased number of homegrown players reaching the first team.

    “I already know from my playing days how difficult it is to leave Manchester United. But it feels like the right moment for a new professional challenge.

    "I look forward to exploring opportunities that build on the great experiences I’ve had here over the past nine years.”

  • Jack Figg

    NO MUR

    Danny Murphy believes Man Utd will axe Ole Gunnar Solskjaer unless they lift the trophy.

    Ex-Liverpool midfielder Murphy told talkSPORT: "They can't be blaming tiredness for a loss at Leicester and their squad not being strong enough.

    "Yes, they're going to get in the top four… but so they damn should!

    "I like him and I'm not one who wants to see managers sacked and I do think they've made some strides forward, but Manchester United have to be doing better.

    "If they don't win the Europa League and only finish in the top four then I think they'll make a change."

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  • Jack Figg

    DEVILS NEED SOL

    David Beckham insists his old Manchester United team-mate Ole Gunnar Solskjaer is doing an "incredible job" as boss – and has the strength to withstand any criticism.

    Beckham told ESPN: "I've seen some of the criticism but I suppose when you are a manager of Man United, when they've had success over the years that they've had, there was always going to be a point where people get criticised, whether it's the players, whether it's the owners, whether it's the manager.

    "Ole's been in the game long enough to be able to take any kind of criticism.

    "He's very quiet, he gets on with his job, and I think he's done an incredible job down at United.

    "The results are starting to show that. Hopefully it continues because the fans love Ole, we all love Ole and we all want him to do well.

    "So when the criticism comes, he's one person that can take it."

  • Jack Figg

    KANE WELL ABLE

    Premier League clubs have been given a boost with Real Madrid reportedly preferring to sign Harry Kane over Erling Haaland this summer.

    SER Deportivos claims the Spurs star has emerged as Los Blancos’ No1 target.

    That means the likes of Man United, Chelsea and Man City could be left to battle it out for Haaland.

    And it would also be good news for PSG in their efforts to keep Kylian Mbappe.

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  • Jack Figg

    BRAND IDENTITY

    Jack Grealish is reportedly wanted in a four-way tussle for his sponsorship rights.

    The Mirror claims big brands including Nike and adidas are keen on signing the Aston Villa star to lucrative deals.

    And the sponsorship battle is proof of Grealish’s ever-rising stock in the Premier League.

    The versatile playmaker, 25, has impressed this term with six goals and ten assists in just 22 outings.

    Grealish is currently sponsored by Nike, who have a deal with the England international until the end of the year.

    Nike are eager to strike fresh terms with Grealish, who wore one of their tracksuits while sitting in the stands for Villa’s 2-0 defeat against Spurs on Sunday.

    Numerous footballers are backed by the American company, including fellow Three Lions Harry Kane, Mason Mount and Marcus Rashford.

    But with Grealish becoming an important player for his country, while also being linked with a big-money summer transfer away from Villa Park, Nike face competition from rivals.

    The main threat comes from German giants adidas, who boast the likes of Jude Bellingham, Luke Shaw and Jesse Lingard among their ranks.

    Fellow Germans Puma, sponsors of Man United captain Harry Maguire, are also interested in bringing Grealish on board.

  • Jack Figg

    GOING HAM

    Former Manchester United striker Romelu Lukaku kicked pineapple on pizza and carbonara pasta from his diet in pursuit of Inter Milan glory.

    According to La Gazzetta dello Sport, key to Inter’s rise has been losing 16lbs of weight under the guidance of the nutritionist Matteo Pincella, who began his career in rugby.

    In 2012, he joined up with Antonio Conte at Juventus and now combines his club role with working for the Italian national team.

    Under Pincella, Inter stars are studied and handed unique diet plans that rarely feature pasta dishes.

    Instead, chicken, sweet potatoes, shirataki noodles, and fish all feature heavily and a single cheat meal a week is allowed.

    For 27-year-old striker Lukaku, that has meant ditching some of the bad habits he took with him from Manchester United.

    Pineapple on pizza and carbonara pasta are just two of the guilty pleasures given the boot, helping him drop from 15st 11lbs to around 14st 9lbs.

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  • Jack Figg

    FROZEN

    Man Utd have frozen season ticket prices for the TENTH year in a row.

    Red Devils fans haven't set foot inside Old Trafford for over a year due to the ongoing coronavirus pandemic.

    But season ticket holders will be thrilled by the news they won't have to dip further into their pockets to keep their seats.

    A statement from United's managing director, Richard Arnold, read: "This past year has tested all of our resilience.

    "Fans have missed being at Old Trafford and we have missed them being there.

    "While we will continue to plan for every eventuality, we are announcing our plans for season ticket holders for next season with optimism that this will be a fresh start and a long-awaited step towards normality.

    "Season ticket prices have been frozen for the 2021-22 season, as part of our ongoing commitment to fair pricing that has been a fundamental part of our ticketing policy for some time.

    "This marks the 10th successive season that the club has kept prices frozen in general admission areas of the stadium."

  • Josh Graham

    RING RING, OLE ON THE PHONE

    Erling Haaland is repeatedly called by Ole Gunnar Solskjaer as he tries convince him to join Manchester United.

    According to AS, Solskjaer phones his Norwegian compatriot regularly to try and sell the idea of Old Trafford.

    Borussia Dortmund forward Haaland, 20, is preparing for international duty alongside new skipper and Arsenal midfielder Martin Odegaard.

    The striker has bagged 21 goals in 21 Bundesliga games this season and is wanted by a host of Europe's top clubs.

  • Josh Graham

    DON DEAL

    Chelsea and PSG are reportedly more confident they can convince AC Milan Gianluigi Donnarumma to move.

    Sport Mediaset suggests both European giants are ready to meet his demands.

    Gianluigi Donnarumma could be tempted away from AC MilanCredit: Reuters

    The report states the clubs are ready to meet the requirements set out by the player's agent.

    The highly-rated 22-year-old is out of contract this summer and has been previously linked with Manchester United.

  • Josh Graham

    JOR DROPPED

    Chelsea have suffered another injury blow after Italy manager Roberto Mancini confirmed Jorginho is out with a knee problem.

    The Blues midfielder has been a first-team regular since Thomas Tuchel's arrival at Stamford Bridge.

    Jorginho didn't feature in the 2-0 Champions League victory over Atletico Madrid in midweek due to suspension.

    But the 29-year-old would have missed the game anyway after picking up a knock in the 0-0 draw with Leeds last Saturday.

    Mancini said: “As regards to the midfielders, we are really in a bit of difficulty in the centre.

    “We’re missing Jorginho, who wasn’t well. He’d taken a knock to the knee and he wasn’t fit to play in these games so we didn’t risk him.”

  • Josh Graham

    TRUE DRAGON

    Gareth Bale's love for Wales is so strong he says he would play for his country even if he was injured.

    Wales have not qualified for the global tournament since 1958 and Bale said: "I would never miss a Wales game. Even if I was injured I would try to play.

    “My commitment to Wales is not really in question. I love coming away with the national team.

    "I love putting on a Wales shirt, playing for the badge, playing for the country, the fans and they showed me so much love over the years.

    "Coming into my Wales career the main thing was to play in a major tournament and then we wanted to qualify for multiple tournaments.

    "We've managed to do that and to be able to tick everything off the list would be to qualify for a World Cup.

    "It's the one thing left that I want to achieve and there's no time like the present to try and qualify for the World Cup this time. We haven't done that for a long time. It would be amazing.

    "All of us players have dreamed of playing in a World Cup for Wales, it would be amazing and we want to give it our best shot. Possibly it's the last time I can qualify for a World Cup. Hopefully there is still one more fairytale to happen."

  • Josh Graham

    KEAN ON A SWAP

    Juventus are reportedly willing to offer Everton Aaron Ramsey in a swap deal for Moise Kean.

    Welshman Ramsey has been heavily linked with a move away from the Serie A giants with Liverpool and West Ham said to be leading the race.

    But the midfielder, 30, could be headed to the blue side of Merseyside, according to TuttoJuve.

    Kean, 21, is currently on loan with Paris Saint-Germain until the end of the season after a disappointing spell at Goodison Park – managing just two goals in 31 Premier League games.

    But the Italian has done well in France, scoring 11 goals in 20 appearances.

    While he is behind the likes of Kylian Mbappe and Mauro Icardi, Kean has looked a lot sharper.

    The Old Lady are said to be willing to offer cash plus Ramsey – who earns £400,000-a-week – or Douglas Costa for Kean.

  • Josh Graham

    BLUE ENGLAND

    SunSport compiled a best XI from Chelsea's England stars over the years.

     

  • Josh Graham

    ON THE BEEB

    Real Madrid could once again line up with Gareth Bale, Karim Benzema and Cristiano Ronaldo in attack next season.

    A huge summer in the transfer market is being prepared by Los Blancos which could see Zinedine Zidane return to his old favourite 'BBC' attack.

    Karim Benzema, Cristiano Ronaldo and Gareth Bale romped to glory previously at MadridCredit: Getty – Contributor

    Between 2013 and 2019, Madrid claimed four Champions League crowns, one LaLiga title and a Copa del Rey with Bale and Ronaldo partnering Benzema in attack.

    The setup broke apart when the Portuguese forward moved to Juventus but a summer swoop is reportedly being pondered.

    According to Spanish newspaper AS, Zidane is considering giving the trio another go as he looks to revamp his attack – with their front page talking of going "back to the future".

    Karim Benzema has arguably gone from strength to strength since Ronaldo left but no other replacement has fully made their case.

    If Real want to re-sign the 36-year-old, a fee as low as £22million has been touted.

  • Josh Graham

    LUC IS IN

    Bayern Munich are in advanced talks to sign Lucas Vazquez on a free transfer, according to reports.

    The Real Madrid winger is out of contract at the end of the season.

    Bayern Munich could poach Lucas Vazquez from Real MadridCredit: Getty

    The 29-year-old, who has been linked with a move to Tottenham and Everton in the summer, is yet to agree a new deal in Spain.

    And Spanish outlet AS claims Bayern are leading the race but there is no agreement in place despite the two having advanced talks.

    The report adds that Vazquez still hasn't given up on staying at Madrid but would welcome a move to the Bundesliga champions.

    Hansi Flick's side are also said to be keen to close the deal as quickly as possible with the Spain star's versatility a huge bonus.

    While traditionally a winger, Vazquez has provided cover for Madrid at right-back this season as well.

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