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  • James Orr


    Arsenal are reportedly in the transfer battle to sign Eduardo Camavinga after he refused to sign a new contract at Rennes.

    But the Gunners face strong competition from Manchester United and Real Madrid for the defensive midfielder.

    Reports earlier this week stated the 18-year-old would not put pen to paper on a new deal with the Ligue 1 side.

    With his current contract expiring in 2022, that means Rennes may be forced into selling their young star or risk losing him for free next year.

    And according to Marca, Arsenal may try their luck to lure the Frenchman to the Emirates – even if, like Rennes, they cannot offer Champions League football next season.

  • William Pugh


    Two more Premier League sides booked their place in the European semi-finals last night.

    A stunning Arsenal performance featured an Alexandre Lacazette brace to knock out Slavia Prague.

    Bukayo Saka and Nicolas Pepe got in on the act for a 4-0 win on the night – 5-1 on aggregate.

    They now face a reunion with Unai Emery after Villarreal beat Dinamo Zagreb.

    But there was a blow for the Gunners pre-game as Pierre-Emerick Aubameyang confirmed his diagnosis with malaria.

    The club captain caught the illness of international duty with Gabon and posted an update from his hospital bed.

    He wrote: “I’ve spent a few days in hospital this week but I’m already feeling much better every day, thanks to the great doctors that detected and treated the virus so quickly.

    “I wasn’t really feeling myself the last couple weeks but will be back stronger than ever soon!”

    Manchester United will face Roma in the other semi-final after beating Granada 2-0 at Old Trafford.

    Edinson Cavani bagged early on before a Jesus Vallejo own goal, while Edin Dzeko netted in a 1-1 draw for the Italians at home to Ajax.

    In transfer news, yesterday SunSport revealed United’s intention to push ahead with signing Nikola Milenkovic.

    The Fiorentina defender is available for £38million this summer, a fee the Red Devils will hope to negotiate down.

  • Marc Mayo


    Barcelona are said to be revving up their plan for a new centre-back.

    A left-footed replacement for Samuel Umtiti is in demand, so say Mundo Deportivo.

    AC Milan’s Alessio Romagnoli, Lisandro Martinez of Ajax, Marcos Senesi of Feyenoord and Real Betis star Aissa Mandi are named on their shortlist.

    Credit: EPA
  • Marc Mayo


    Massimiliano Allegri is the latest name to move into the crosshairs of Bayern Munich, according to reports in Italy.

    Hansi Flick is thought to be ready to leave the Bundesliga giants in the summer, potentially to take over the German national team.

    And Sportmediaset believe Allegri is ready for a return to the dugout with a decision due from Bayern in the coming weeks.

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  • Marc Mayo


    Mikel Arteta credited the weekend demolition of Sheffield United with inspiring Arsenal's stunning win over Slavia Prague.

    He told BT Sport: "We started really well in a convincing way, aggressive in our high press. We looked a threat all the time.

    "I really like the reaction of the team to the goal being disallowed. We scored some great goals, The clean sheet is important as well, the second one in two games.

    "It helped the way we played against Sheffield United. The players were in high confidence, when performances are so high the collective improves. The boys were really at it from the start.

    "It is a really important win in a crucial moment. We won in a convincing way, so credit to the players."

  • Marc Mayo


    Harry Kane can be forgiven for considering his future at Tottenham with Manchester United claimed to be interested, according to Dimitar Berbatov.

    In recent weeks, numerous reports have claimed the England captain, 27, is considering his future at Spurs in a bid to finally win some silverware.

    Berbatov told Betfair: "According to reports, he will look to leave Spurs if they fail to qualify for the Champions League next season.

    "This isn't a surprise. I don't know if it will happen, but Kane is clearly thinking about his future.

    "I can see why Kane would want to move if they don't make the Champions League and if they don't win the League Cup.

    "I would not be surprised as of course he wants to play Champions League football. It depends on how Spurs finish the season."

    Credit: AFP
  • Marc Mayo


    Barnsley have warned Crystal Palace off nicking boss Valerien Ismael this summer.

    Ex-Eagles defender Ismael has masterminded an unlikely playoff charge at the Tykes since taking over in October.

    Palace are assessing their managerial options with the contract of current chief Roy Hodgson due to expire in the summer and have been linked with a swoop for their former defender.

    But Barnsley chief executive Dane Murphy told the club’s website: “There is of course going to be interest in Valerien because of the unbelievable job that he’s doing.

    “But he has given us no hint or impression that he wants to be anywhere else but in Barnsley.

    “We have him on a multiple-year contract, he’s at the front of our ship and we want to keep him here for as long as we possibly can.”

  • Marc Mayo


    Thibaut Courtois has enjoyed a 'family' outing in Madrid…

    The Real Madrid goalkeeper posted a selfie with two giraffes who he dubbed his 'brothers' in a hilarious tweet, on an 'excellent afternoon with the family!!'.

  • Marc Mayo


    Ousmane Dembele is reportedly considering a move to England or Italy if he leaves Barcelona.

    The winger’s contract is up in 2022 and TuttoMercatoWeb claim he has rejected the latest offer.

    Initial contact with Paris Saint-Germain is detailed in the report but the switch is not thought to be Dembele’s preferred route, with Juventus another option.

  • Marc Mayo


    Here are the confirmed Europa League semi-final ties…

    First leg – Thursday, April 29. 8pm:
    Manchester United vs Roma
    Villarreal vs Arsenal

    Second leg – Thursday, May 6. 8pm:
    Roma vs Manchester United
    Arsenal vs Villarreal

    Credit: Getty
  • Marc Mayo


    Job done for Manchester United.

    Edinson Cavani and a Jesus Vallejo own goal seals their passage to the semis 4-0 on aggregate over Granada.

    Roma are their opposition after an Edin Dzeko goal made it 1-1 on the night and a 3-2 aggregate victory against Ajax.

  • Marc Mayo


    What a performance from Mikel Arteta's side, taking a 4-0 win over Slavia Prague and a 5-1 aggregate triumph.

    They will face Unai Emery and Villarreal in the final four.

  • Marc Mayo


    It really has been a perfect night on the pitch for Arsenal.

    Alexandre Lacazette makes it 4-0 picking up a Nicolas Pepe cross, jinking past his marker and firing home for 5-1 on aggregate.

    Elsewhere, Dinamo have a goal back against Villarreal but it is nevertheless 3-1 to the Spanish side.

    Credit: Reuters
  • Marc Mayo


    Edin Dzeko has put Roma back on level terms with Ajax.

    That means, with 15 minutes to go, the tie is fully in the Serie A side's favour with a 3-2 aggregate lead.

    The winner will face Manchester United in the next round.

  • Marc Mayo


    If Villarreal and Arsenal qualify tonight, they will face up in the Europa League semi-finals.

    Not only will that mean a reunion with old manager Unai Emery, but a meeting with one of Europe's hottest forwards.

    Gerard Moreno has contributed more goal involvements (23) that any player side from Robert Lewandowski (25) and Lionel Messi (27) in 2021.

    The Spaniard scored the second of the Yellow Submarine's 2-0 lead over Dinamo Zagreb.

    Credit: AFP
  • Marc Mayo


    It appears likely that three Europa League quarter-finals are done and dusted.

    The same cannot be said for Roma versus Ajax, where the Dutch club have just scored to take the lead at Stadio Olimpico – and had another chalked off by VAR.

    Brian Brobbey gathered up a long ball to nudge it around the goalkeeper and score.

    Roma still lead on away goals but are certainly not home and hosed.

  • Marc Mayo


    You can't argue with this display from Arsenal before tonight's game with Slavia Prague. Unity.

  • Marc Mayo


    Coventry have won 1-0 at Rotherham after that Leo Ostigard goal.

    It means the Championship survival fight looks like this:

  • Marc Mayo


    The Europa League semi-finals are taking shape with just 45 minutes left to play in tonight's ties.

    Arsenal are three to the good in Czech Republic and 4-1 up over Slavia Prague on aggreagte.

    Likewise, Manchester United have a commanding lead over Granada with Edinson Cavani making it 1-0 on the night and 3-0 overall.

    It's goalless in Italy, keeping Roma 2-1 up over Ajax.

    And Villarreal have opened up a 3-0 aggregate lead over Dinamo Zagreb, thanks to goals from Paco Alcacer and Gerard Moreno.

  • Marc Mayo


    Sheffield Wednesday manager Darren Moore has contracted pneumonia and blood clots while suffering from coronavirus.

    The former defender, 46, tested positive this month and will remain on leave of absence from the Owls.

    He told the club media: “I have developed pneumonia as a result of COVID-19, with blood clots on the lungs and extreme discomfort.

    “I am gutted to be away but I understand the situation and the course of action I must take.”

  • Marc Mayo


    Coventry have taken the lead at Rotherham in the Championship relegation dogfight.

    And they have Leo Ostigard to thank as he rose highest to nod home a free-kick.

    There are now just ten minutes for Rotherham to find a leveller against the opposition sat on the other side on the dotted line.

  • Marc Mayo


    Arsenal are on a mad one.

  • Marc Mayo


    Bukayo Saka makes it 3-0!

    That's 4-1 on aggregate. Arsenal are heading to the semi-finals.

  • Marc Mayo


    A very nice finish from Edinson Cavani.

    That's goal number nine on the season.

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