Guido Rodriguez 'aware' of Arsenal interest, Chelsea 'confident of Donnarumma on free'- Liverpool, Spurs transfer news

BETIS midfielder Guido Rodriguez is reportedly "aware" of interest from Arsenal.

Meanwhile, 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.

And England's Under-21 side are in action against Switzerland this afternoon in the European Under-21 Championships.

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  • Josh Graham

    BUBBLING CALDERON

    Gareth Bale has been warned about a potential 'volatile' reaction from Real Madrid fans if he returns to Spain.

    Former Real president Ramon Calderon says Los Blancos supporters will only back him if he recreates his early Bernabeu form.

    Calderon, 69 – Real president between 2006 and 2009 – told TalkSPORT: "Fans are very volatile, it depends on his performances.

    “If he’s going to play well and score goals like he did when he first came then fans will back him. But if he’s not then problems will come again.

    "This club is very demanding, I remember with [Zinedine] Zidane they were booing him for the first five months because they thought we’ve paid a lot of money for a player that wasn’t playing as they expected.

    “I’m sure fans will be backing him if he does things well.”

  • Josh Graham

    SOL MATES

    Manchester United are reportedly ready to offer boss Ole Gunnar Solskjaer a bumper new deal.

    The Norwegian gaffer penned a three-year deal when he was given the Old Trafford job full-time in March 2019.

    ESPN reports the club have seen enough progress to offer the former super sub a new deal.

    The 48-year-old is approaching his final year in the summer and United brass are wary of causing too much speculation if negotiations drag on.

    The club are planning for the long-term under Solskjaer and have installed John Murtough as football director and Darren Fletcher as technical director with the pair's relationship with the manager key in securing their roles.

  • Josh Graham

    ALL BETIS ARE ON

    Real Betis' Guido Rodriguez is aware of Arsenal's reported interest in him but hasn't heard from Mikel Arteta.

    The 26-year-old midfielder has helped propel Manuel Pellegrini's side up to sixth in LaLiga.

    Reports suggested the Gunners were preparing to trigger his £68million release clause although the Andalusian side are expected to accept a far lower offer amid the pandemic.

    Arsenal's interest was put to Rodriguez and the Argentine international told Estadio Deportivo: "I saw it because friends from Argentina asked me, but I told them that I knew the same as them.

    "I am the protagonist because I am in the news but today, I do not know more or less than you who saw it.

    "I am very happy [at Betis], I arrived and there was one or two months with a strange situation for everyone with the issue of confinement but the truth is that I am very happy in Seville, with the city, the weather, at the club… I’m very happy.

    "It feels a bit [pandemic] when we walk down the street, I would have liked to experience all this with the fans in the stadium. I could only play a few games with the packed stadium."

  • Josh Graham

    MATES RATES

    Former Arsenal star Serge Gnabry has named his all-time XI of team-mates past and present.

    The German was never really given a proper chance at the Emirates, playing only 18 times for the Gunners first team.

    But despite this, four Gooners have made the cut – including current right-back Hector Bellerin and old skipper Laurent Koscielny.

    Gnabry, who won the treble with Bayern Munich last season, also claimed Mesut Ozil is the best player he's ever played with.

  • Josh Graham

    SWEDE AND SOUR

    Manchester United defender Victor Lindelof revealed the personal sacrifices he has to make to represent Sweden.

    The Red Devils centre-back is missing his son's second birthday to play for his country during the international break.

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    He wrote on Instagram: "Two years of being a father to this little man. I will always walk side by side with you through life. Happy birthday son.”

    Sweden face Georgia in tonight's World Cup qualifier before playing Kosovo on Sunday and Estonia in a friendly next Wednesday.

  • Josh Graham

    CON'S CANCER

    Stockport County striker Connor Jennings has been diagnosed with a rare form of cancer.

    Jennings, 29, discovered a tumour when undergoing scans for a persistent shoulder problem and low-grade chondroid sarcoma was diagnosed after a biopsy.

    The only course of treatment for the former Tranmere and Scunthorpe forward is to undergo surgery, and County have confirmed he will miss the remainder of the National League season.

    Jennings has enjoyed a long career in the lower leagues and Conference, and scored the winning goal in Tranmere’s League Two play-off final win over Newport Country in 2019.

  • Josh Graham

    ACE FROM MASE

    Manchester United ace Mason Greenwood has proved he is also a star off the pitch after sending an ill fan a heartwarming letter.

    The England talent, 19, took notice of the teenager's situation by former Man Utd youth player Nenad Smiljanic.

    Smiljanic reached out to the Red Devils to see if anything could be done to raise the spirits of the teenager in hospital.

    And to his delight, Greenwood took time out of his day to construct a handwritten letter wishing him a speedy recovery.

    It read: "How are you? I believe you have not been well, but you are now recovering in hospital.

    “I hope you are soon better and back home. It is great that you are a Man Utd fan and I hope we can win something for you this season.

    "I’m enjoying playing for the first team and hope to score lots of goals for you over the next few seasons. Get well soon."

  • Josh Graham

    SERG IN DEMAND

    Manchester United should 'break the bank' for Erling Haaland or Harry Kane rather than sign Manchester City's Sergio Aguero, according to Ally McCoist.

    The Scottish legend and former striker believes a move for Aguero would cause 'uproar'.

    On talkSPORT, he said: "It would cause an uproar, I don’t see it.

    "They’ve already gone for the short-term fix of Cavani. I don’t think you’d go for another 32-year-old for a season.

    "I think the time has come for Manchester United to go and get Harry Kane or break the bank for Haaland."

  • Josh Graham

    BREAKING

    Germany's World Cup qualifier against Iceland is in jeopardy after one of their players tested positive for Covid-19.

    Borussia Monchengladbach star Jonas Hofmann has returned a positive sample leaving the rest of the German squad confined to their rooms – on the morning of their clash with the Icelandics.

    Jonas Hofmann has tested positive for Covid-19Credit: Getty

    The 23-year-old was previously linked with a move to Chelsea.

    Urgent talks are now being held by frantic German FA officials in a desperate attempt to make sure the Group J clash in Duisberg can go ahead as planned.

    Bild claims the players are supposed to self-isolate and a team meeting scheduled for this morning has been cancelled in an attempt to reduce any risk of further transmission.

    One option could be to roll-out a series of rapid-tests to the entire Germany squad to see if there are any more positive results returned.

    If they come back clear then it is hoped that the match can go ahead as planned.

  • Josh Graham

    DEVILISH

    How Manchester United could line-up next season with Sergio Aguero crossing the city and Hugo Lloris and Pau Torres arriving.

  • Josh Graham

    KEL RUNNINGS – EXCLUSIVE

    Kelechi Iheanacho has told Leicester City he is ready to sign a new long-term deal this summer, WRITES GRAEME BRYCE.

    Thanks to the Brendan Rodgers factor.

    Kelechi Iheanacho has been on fire under Brendan Rodgers at LeicesterCredit: Ian Hodgson – Daily Mail

    The 24-year-old enters the final year of his current £60,000-a-week five-year-deal this summer and the Foxes want to tie their in-form hitman down on a lucrative new deal, following his recent outstanding form.

    Iheanacho has been on fire, scoring seven goals in his last four games, including the crucial double against Manchester United which set up a Wembley FA Cup semi-final with Southampton.

    That hasn't gone unnoticed by rival clubs at home and abroad.

    However SunSport can reveal the striker, who has been directly involved in 15 goals in 15 starts this season, has no desire to leave Leicester and is in it for the long haul as he looks to emerge as Jamie Vardy's natural successor.

    A source close to the striker says Iheanacho feels Brendan Rodgers has taken his game to a new level and is bringing out the very best in him.

    And with the third-placed Foxes closing in on a Champions' League qualifying place and FA Cup final, he feels he has a huge part to play in the club's future.

  • Josh Graham

    JUST JU & ME

    Cristiano Ronaldo is reportedly set to hold crunch talks over his Juventus future at the end of the season.

    The Old Lady are fighting to qualify for the Champions League having been knocked out of this year's competition and the Serie A title race.

    A 1-0 defeat to Benevento before the international break left the team ten points off leaders Inter Milan despite Ronaldo hitting 23 goals in 24 league matches this campaign.

    But reports of a potential exit, including to old club Real Madrid, refuse to go away.

    It had been suggested that financial problems at Allianz Stadium could lead to the Italians accepting a bid as low as £21.5million for the star.

    According to La Gazzetta dello Sport, neither Juve nor Ronaldo are planning on a summer transfer at this time.

    In May, the two parties plan to sit down and discuss the path ahead with the 36-year-old out of contract in 2022.

  • Josh Graham

    WEMBLEY CALLING

    Talks are reportedly underway to welcome fans to next month's Carabao Cup final at Wembley.

    As many as 8,000 supporters could be allowed in for Tottenham's clash with Manchester City on April 25.

    EFL organisers are lobbying for the match to be added to Government-sanctioned test events before the planned reopening of venues in May.

    Somewhere between 4,000 and 8,000 seats could be filled when a decision is made in the coming days.

    However, according to the Mail, plans are afoot to give away most of the tickets to NHS staff as a thank you for their hard work over the pandemic.

    It is said that local residents would also be in line to attend, perhaps putting Spurs at a slight advantage with the game played in the capital.

    A small allocation for both clubs feature in the plans although it is uncertain whether City fans would be allowed to travel from Manchester.

  • Josh Graham

    WRIGHT STUFF

    Arsenal legend Ian Wright has urged the club to turn Martin Odegaard's loan spell from Real Madrid into a permanent stay.

    The 22-year-old has dazzled in his recent outings for the Gunners, and was instrumental in the club rescuing a point in the dramatic 3-3 draw against West Ham.

    Odegaard – who limped out of Norway's 3-0 World Cup qualifying win against Gibraltar on Wednesday – has featured in 12 games for Arsenal since January.

    Speaking on Ringer FC’s Wrighty’s House podcast, he said: "Watching Odegaard play for Arsenal, I’m so happy and I’m so sad.

    "Simply because when you look at Odegaard’s contribution, and I was thinking with this West Ham game, it’s going to be different, he’s got [Thomas] Soucek and [Declan] Rice.

    "He’s going to be playing in that area where he has got some real ballers with him, and I said before the game, I want to see how he does, and not only does he excel, we go 3-0 down, and the man is literally just showing up.

    "On the half-turn, his quick thinking, his passes, as soon as he gets it, he already knows what he’s doing. We have to find a way to sign him. I don’t know how it’s going to happen. He’s the one."

  • Josh Graham

    GUESS LU'S BACK

    Liverpool are interested in a sensational reunion with Luis Suarez, according to reports.

    The Uruguayan left Anfield for Barcelona in 2014, after scoring 82 goals in 133 appearances for the Reds.

    And following six stellar years, the striker moved on again, this time to Atletico Madrid.

    But according to Fichajes, his next destination could be a familiar one.

    They claim that Jurgen Klopp is seeking a further option upfront, in addition to current stars Roberto Firmino, Mohamed Salah and Diogo Jota.

    And a pursuit of Suarez, 34, could be hastened, should Salah depart this summer.

    The former Kop hero left Barcelona under a cloud last year, having been forced out by now-ousted club president Josep Maria Bartomeu.

  • Josh Graham

    KA-PAU

    Manchester United could be ready to launch a bid for Pau Torres with the defender reportedly interested in a move to England.

    The Spaniard is said to be available for around £52million in the summer due to a buyout clause in his Villarreal contract.

    According to MEN, the 24-year-old is open to leaving LaLiga having come through the ranks at Estadio Ceramica.

    However, United may be made to wait on Torres if he is called up to Spain's Euro 2020 squad.

    He reportedly wants to focus on a strong end to the season with Villarreal and a good tournament in the summer before deciding on his future.

    The Yellow Submarine's form could play a big role with the club sat seventh in its pursuit of European football.

    It has previously been said that missing out on a Europa League spot could see Torres become available for less than his release clause.

  • Josh Graham

    PUL OUT

    Chelsea could be without Christian Pulisic for the start of next season, after the American admitted it would be a 'massive honour' to play at the Olympics.

    The Tokyo football tournament gets underway on July 21, with the final taking place on August 7.

    If selected, Pulisic would miss a crucial chunk of pre-season, with August 7 also set to be the Premier League's opening day.

    The Olympic football tournament is predominantly limited to players under 23. But at 22, Pulisic would still qualify.

    The winger told NBC: "The Olympics is of course a massive honour to play in and to represent your country in an Olympics would be amazing.

    "I am fully supporting the guys in qualifying now. It is something I’ve thought about and that I’ve wanted to play in.

    "Obviously I can’t control exactly what goes on and what is best for me at the time and the team at the time, I can’t say. But it is something that I would like to play in."

  • 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.”

    Credit: PA:Press Association
  • 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.”

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