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Paul Pogba confirms plans to seek contract talks with Man Utd

Pogba is out of contract at the end of next season and only last month his agent suggested the midfielder needed a "change of air", putting pressure on Man Utd heading into the summer


Everton may need to pay £45m for Tariq Lamptey

Football finance expert Kieran Maguire has claimed that Everton could have to pay as much as £45m for Brighton right-back Tariq Lamptey. The Athletic’s David Ornstein had previously revealed that the 20-year-old is a long-term Toffees target as the club looks to strengthen at right-back. Jonjoe Kenny looks close to joining Burnley, whilst club captain Seamus Coleman is 32 years of age and well into the autumn of his career. There is a sense of...


Scotland given Hampden Euro 2020 assurance as UEFA promises 'maximum space' to Tartan Army tournament dream

It had been feared that the ongoing pandemic would see the tournament moved to a single host country.


Semmens' top Jan priority surely clear after Tuesday; Southampton reportedly confident - opinion

Southampton are reportedly confident that Ryan Bertrand will sign a new contract with the club, which is a huge boost for Ralph Hasenhuttl.


The Cardiff City transfer headlines as Bluebirds and Birmingham City given transfer boost as Steven Gerrard makes Rangers contact for Jack Simpson

Here's your round-up of all the latest transfer news and gossip from the Cardiff City Stadium


'The music stopped': Kobe Bryant remembered on anniversary of death

Kobe Bryant wasn’t in the bubble with the Los Angeles Lakers last October when they won the NBA championship. He wasn’t at the All-Star weekend in Chicago where half the players wore his number on their uniforms, the other half wearing his daughter’s jersey number. He wasn’t there to hear the Basketball Hall of Fame announced that his career was worthy of enshrinement. Yet his presence was so clearly felt in each of those moments. “Everything...


Manchester United transfer news: Paul Pogba tipped to stay if Red Devils win title

Rio Ferdinand believes the Frenchman could yet remain at Old Trafford


Chelsea midfielder Billy Gilmour expected to leave on loan for remainder of the season

Chelsea midfielder Billy Gilmour expected to leave on loan for remainder of the season


Saints fans react as reported target Demarai Gray nears Bundesliga move

A number of Southampton fans have been reacting to the latest development on the long-term future of Leicester City winger Demarai Gray. who has agreed personal terms with Bundesliga side Bayer Leverkusen, according to Sky Sports. The 24-year-old has been the subject of intense speculation around his future this month, with the winger entering the final few months of his current deal with Leicester and having been out of favour with the Foxes so...


Jeremie Frimpong seals Bayer Leverkusen transfer as Celtic rake in huge fee for right-back

The 20-year-old has signed a four-year contract as he continues his career in the Bundesliga.


Manchester United player Paul Pogba defends Zlatan Ibrahimovic over Romelu Lukaku incident

Manchester United midfielder Paul Pogba has defended Zlatan Ibrahimovic against claims of racism.


5 changes from Solskjaer, Martial replaces Rashford: Man Utd Predicted XI vs Sheff Utd - opinion

Manchester United play host to Premier League strugglers Sheffield United at Old Trafford on Wednesday.


Chelsea vs Wolves LIVE: Latest score, goals and updates from Premier League fixture tonight

Follow all the action as Chelsea welcome Wolves to Stamford Bridge this evening in the first game of new head coach Thomas Tuchel’s tenure. The German, who has previously managed Borussia Dortmund and PSG, took charge of training yesterday evening after Frank Lampard was sacked on Monday. The Blues were thoroughly outclassed in their last league outing against Leicester and that defeat proved to be the final straw for Lampard, with the Blues...


Magnussen enjoying Cadillac IMSA car after "easy to drive" F1 machinery

Ex-Formula 1 driver Kevin Magnussen says challenging for wins in the IMSA SportsCar Championship has taken him back to "the things that got me excited about being a race driver"


Amad Diallo makes notable impression on new Man Utd team-mate Mason Greenwood

Greenwood hailed Amad Diallo's 'wonderful' skills as he faces competition from his fellow teenager ahead of Manchester United's Premier League clash with Sheffield United


Dean Smith eager to keep Tom Heaton at Villa Park

Tom Heaton has recently come back from a serious knee injury but has found himself on the bench upon making his return to Aston Villa’s first team squad. The 34-year-old hasn’t made an appearance at senior level since last January and has only represented the under-23s this season. He has been an unused substitute in Villa’s last five Premier League games. However, Villa manager Dean Smith insists that the England international has a place in...


Tottenham vs Liverpool prediction: Who will win as Mourinho and Klopp go head-to-head?

Tottenham host Liverpool in the Premier League this week but how will the match unfold? Here are the latest predictions.


Thomas Tuchel makes tactical vow to Chelsea fans: ‘We play for scoring and creating chances’

Thomas Tuchel has promised Chelsea fans his side will play “brave”, attacking football under his management. The German manager, who replaced Frank Lampard this week after the club legend was sacked on Monday, takes charge of his first game against Wolves just a day after being officially confirmed as the manager. Tuchel has seen success in Germany with Borussia Dortmund and France with Paris Saint-Germain and has been made aware that the...


Shumpert: It’s been tough this season but it’s really brought out more of who I am

Discovering her own mental toughness proved vital for basketball player Chelsey Shumpert after recovering from a knee injury that threatened to hamper her career, writes Nicola Kenton. The Nottingham Wildcats player experienced the third knee injury of her career last summer when she had meniscus and lateral damage. But the 25-year-old saw it as an opportunity to improve herself and get ready for the 2020-21 season of the Women’s British...


Leone Nakarawa to leave Glasgow Warriors for Pro14 rivals Ulster

Leone Nakarawa will leave Glasgow Warriors at the end of the season to join Guinness Pro14 rivals Ulster.


Chelsea v Wolves: Tuchel opts for Jorginho and Giroud as Mount, Werner are benched

Chelsea start life under Thomas Tuchel against Wolves on Wednesday following the dismissal of Frank Lampard.


West Ham fans despair at David Ornstein's transfer suggestion on Jesse Lingard

Many West Ham fans have voiced their anguish on social media as The Athletic’s David Ornstein suggested that the Hammers’ pursuit of a striker could end with the capture of Jesse Lingard. Twitter: @utdreport If the Lingard deal gets done, it may mean West Ham shelve their plans to sign a striker this month — bu… https://t.co/jGgPECRoEi (@David_Ornstein) The transfer of Lingard hasn’t been confirmed yet but could be completed as the Irons have...


Pierre-Emerick Aubameyang explains reasons for Arsenal absence in emotional statement

The Arsenal captain missed the weekend's FA Cup loss to Southampton and Tuesday night's win over the same opponents in the Premier League, with the club only declaring "personal issues" as the reason for his absence.


Godfrey axed, £14.5m-rated ace starts in 4 changes by Ancelotti: Predicted Everton XI – opinion

Carlo Ancelotti has confirmed Everton’s Lucas Digne will be fit to face Leicester on Wednesday but will be without Abdoulaye Doucoure through suspension.


Carlo Ancelotti hints that James Rodriguez could extend Everton stay

Carlo Ancelotti’s latest comments are bound to delight many Everton fans after the manager revealed that he sees no reason why James Rodriguez would not have his stay at Goodison Park extended. The Toffees signed Rodriguez on a two-year deal in September and an option to extend his deal by a further 12 months was included in the transfer. Signed on a free transfer from Real Madrid, as confirmed by Marcel Brands recently, the Colombian playmaker...


Mourinho could give Spurs new threat with £36m "exceptional talent" who idolises Ozil - opinion

Tottenham Hotspur would be getting something brand new if they secure the signing of Gladbach powerhouse Florian Neuhaus.


Laporta: Barcelona cannot allow 'disrespectful' PSG to talk about Messi

Joan Laporta understands the urgency to sort Lionel Messi's future - and is not happy with PSG's public interest in the player.


Aubameyang grateful for support as Arsenal captain's mother recovers from illness

Pierre-Emerick Aubameyang appeared confident of returning soon after informing Arsenal fans why he had to miss their previous two matches.


Manchester United youngster Mason Greenwood in awe of Edinson Cavani ‘movement’

Mason Greenwood has described the admiration he holds for Edinson Cavani’s game with the Manchester United youngster claiming the Uruguayan “does everything right as a footballer”. The 19-year-old scored in the FA Cup win over Liverpool last weekend after a 10-game run without a goal. But Greenwood has revealed the lessons learned from former PSG and Napoli star Cavani as he makes his way in the game. "He's a top striker, you can tell the second...


Mount insists he has 'nothing but praise and gratitude' for Lampard

Mason Mount spent the 2018/19 season on loan at Derby under Frank Lampard, before returning to Chelsea to flourish under him for the last couple of seasons.


Newcastle could land a Fabian Schar upgrade for Steve Bruce in £4m-rated colossus – opinion

Steve Bruce can deliver a huge upgrade on Fabian Schar by signing Omar Colley amid claims Sampdoria are open to selling the Newcastle United target.


The Firmino fallacy - is Brazil star to blame as Liverpool's faltering attack face up to Kane and Son?

Roberto Firmino has struggled for goals this season at Liverpool, but how much is he to blame for their overall drop off in attack?


Jose Mourinho expects Dele Alli to stay at Tottenham despite interest from PSG

Jose Mourinho expects Dele Alli to stay at Tottenham despite interest from PSG


FIFA 21 TOTW 18 lineup confirmed with Neymar, Karim Benzema and Frenkie de Jong

The FUT 21 Team of the Week 18 lineup features Paris Saint-Germain forward Neymar, Real Madrid striker Karim Benzema and FC Barcelona midfielder Frenkie de Jong.


Wales rugby players face prospect of being put in seven-day Paris quarantine ahead of Six Nations finale

Six Nations bosses are still without clarity over whether or not the French Government will give the relevant quarantine exemptions to players and operational staff


Ricciardo: Norris partnership won't be a 'comedy show'

Daniel Ricciardo insists he is heading to McLaren to help the team build on its recent resurgence and not to create a “comedy show” with new team-mate Lando Norris. Ricciardo has joined the Woking-based outfit after a two-year stint at midfield rivals Renault where he will form a partnership alongside Norris. Since Norris arrived in F1 in 2019, the pair’s close bond is well-documented, providing fans with many entertaining moments. And while...


Key figure behind European super league plans involving Liverpool backs Champions League reform

UEFA and FIFA last week moved to block attempts to form a European super league that would see clubs involved offered up to £310m


Principality Stadium roof set to be shut for Six Nations despite Covid and no fans

There had been question marks over whether or not Wales would be allowed to shut the roof to do Covid-related health concerns


Liverpool may have already avoided a major transfer mistake

Watford Ismaila Sarr was on Liverpool's transfer shortlist before Diogo Jota was signed in September


Pogba claims Man Utd players no longer 'cheating' each other as Red Devils chase title

Manchester United's more consistent form is down to players all working harder for each other, Paul Pogba says.


Mesut Ozil’s Fenerbahce shirt number: Reason behind new signing’s pick

Mesut Ozil was officially unveiled as a Fenerbahce player on Wednesday, showing off the No.67 shift number in the process. The 32-year-old this week finalised a move to the Turkish giants, after reaching an agreement with Arsenal to terminate his £350,000-a-week contract. Ozil is understood to have forgoed around £7m to seal an Emirates Stadium exit, 10 months on from his last appearance for the club. Ozil has worn No.10 at Arsenal since Jack...


The winners and losers of Lampard's sacking and Tuchel's appointment

How different will Tuchel's first starting XI at Chelsea look to Lampard's most-recent outfit in the Premier League, a team which looked short of ideas and confidence at Leicester last week?


Aston Villa v Burnley - Ashley Preece's predicted XI as Dean Smith faces tough decision

Burnley vs Aston Villa - Here's a look at how Dean Smith's squad is shaping up and the tough decision he's weighing up ahead of tonight's encounter with Burnley


Being German plays a massive part - Poyet on why Tuchel replaced Lampard at Chelsea

Gus Poyet feels Chelsea had their head turned by Thomas Tuchel's availability, although not necessarily to help Timo Werner and Kai Havertz.


UEFA president Aleksander Ceferin confirms Euro 2021 plan and hopes for fans' return

The European Championships have already been put back 12 months after being postponed last year, and there have been questions over whether the proposed continent-wide format should be changed


Everton sign Alisha Lehmann from West Ham on loan for the rest of the season

Everton sign Alisha Lehmann from West Ham on loan for the rest of the season


Funso Ojo set for Aberdeen exit as Wigan close in on move for out of favour midfielder

The 29-year-old is not in the squad to face St Johnstone as he prepares to join the League One side.


Greening 2.0: West Brom must land "agile" 24-cap beast, he once gave Pardew nightmares - opinion

West Brom could land their next Jonathan Greening by bringing Jesse Lingard to the Hawthorns this transfer window.


Liverpool and Everton interested in signing youngster Kyron Gordon

Liverpool and Everton are both interested signing Sheffield United youngster Kyron Gordon, according to the Daily Mail. The 18-year-old centre-back is considered a ‘talented’ member of the Blades’ academy, almost forcing himself into Chris Wilder’s first team plans this season. He was named on the substitutes’ bench for his side’s FA Cup win over Bristol Rovers earlier this month, but didn’t feature. Liverpool and Everton are believed to be...


Padraig Harrington says Ryder Cup will be a big party if spectators are back

Padraig Harrington knows all about the introduction of a son to the sporting world. Patrick, then three and a half, asked if ladybirds could be placed in the Claret Jug after daddy won the Open in 2007. Harrington was in the field as Tiger Woods played alongside his son, Charlie, at December’s PNC Championship. To some, Woods was needlessly exposing his 11-year-old to the spotlight. Harrington, though, looked on with admiration. “I just think...