European Super League contracts REVEALED, Daniel Ek eyes Arsenal, Odegaard blow – Spurs, Chelsea, Man City transfer news

THE fallout from the European Super League continues after it was revealed Real Madrid and Barcelona were set to earn £52m MORE than the English big six.

Meanwhile, we've the very latest as Spotify founder Daniel Ek reveals that he wants to buy Arsenal.

Follow ALL of the latest updates below after an explosive week in the world of football…

  • William Pugh

    NOT FOR KEEPS

    Lee Grant has been left ‘upset’ after Manchester United performed a ‘U-turn’ over a new contract.

    The 38-year-old goalkeeper joined the Red Devils back in 2018 in a £1.5million deal from Stoke City.

    Despite barely featuring as third-choice stopper, he has grown to become a popular member of Ole Gunnar Solskjaer’s first-team squad.

    His current deal with United comes to an end in June but he expected to pen a new 12-month extension. However, the Daily Mail claims he looks set to depart the club now.

    And the veteran is ‘upset because he feels the club have reneged on the offer’ of a fresh contract. Grant has only played two games for United in his three seasons.

    But it spells more goalkeeper troubles for Solskjaer to sort through over the coming weeks and months.

  • William Pugh

    KARREN BRADY – EXCLUSIVE

    Just in case you think the threat of the European Super League has scotched the privilege of football’s self-chosen few, it hasn’t — not yet.

    Uefa, aware of the media-entitled Dirty Dozen’s greed for more, more, more, had taken this into account when they re-drew plans for the Champions League.

    Announced the day after the short-lived Super League coup, their plan accepted the right of the dozen to special treatment giving 'clubs with the highest club coefficient over the last five years' two places among the 36 in the first round.

    This means simply that should, say, Leicester finish sixth in the Premier League and Spurs tenth, then Spurs having the 'coefficient' — a coverall word for a decent record and a big reputation — could go through.

    Leicester, by the way, have as many Premier League titles as Liverpool, and one more than Spurs. Anyone can see this is not fair. It is a further connivance at gross favouritism and, indeed, a suggestion from Uefa that there were grounds for the breakaway.

    There aren’t. The way to win a place must be on the field not in a cabal of men in suits. I watched four of the six give apologies to their fans and players for being part of the money cartel and wondered where the apology was to their colleagues in the Premier League, as well as all our managers, players and fans.

  • William Pugh

    'COMPLETE NONSENSE'

    Uefa president Aleksander Ceferin has blasted the Super League calling it 'complete nonsense'.

    The plan seems doomed but the Uefa big-wig continues to stick the boot in.

  • William Pugh

    GUN BLAZING

    Manchester City star Ilkay Gundogan has blasted Uefa and called the revamped Champions League the ‘lesser of two evils’ amid the collapse of the European Super League.

    His club announced on Tuesday night they were pulling out of the controversial breakaway after backlash from fans and criticism from players.

    And City boss Pep Guardiola even refused to call it sport when quizzed about it.

    Two squad members of the Premier League leaders, Kevin De Bruyne and Aymeric Laporte, both used their social media platforms to publicly condemn the proposal earlier in the week.

    Now Gundogan has become the latest City star to express his views as he also slammed Uefa’s new format for the Champions League.

  • Gary Stonehouse

    GOOD MORNING FOOTY FANS

    Here's your main headlines on Saturday morning:

    Leaked details from the failed European Super League show Real Madrid and Barcelona were set to scoop over £52m more than the other clubs.

    Barca claim they signed up to the breakaway for 'financial sustainability' despite spending nearly £1billion on transfers in the last five years. 

    An offer for the Old Firm to join is top of the list of plans to be discussed over Premier League reform.

    Ryan Giggs will miss Wales' Euro 2020 campaign this summer after being charged with coercive control and assaulting his ex-girlfriend after a row. 

    Arsenal's fans protested against the club's involvement in the Super League prior to their game against Everton.

    Bernd Leno's shocking own goal handed the Toffees a 1-0 win for their first victory at Arsenal for 25 years. 

    Spotify founder Daniel Ek has thrown his hat in the ring to buy Arsenal if the Kroenkes are prepared to sell. 

     Kevin De Bruyne and Sergio Aguero hand Manchester City a fitness boost ahead of Sunday's Carabao Cup final with Tottenham. 

    Jorginho has claimed former Chelsea boss Frank Lampard lacked the experience to succeed at Stamford Bridge. 

  • Simon Mail

    GUNNERS MISFIRE

    Arsenal completed a miserable week with a 1-0 home defeat to Everton.

    Bernd Leno will want to forget tonight quickly after a nightmare own goal settled the contest.

    Richarlison's ball was turned into his own net by the goalkeeper in a huge blunder.

    Everton still have a chance of qualifying for Europe after their first win at Arsenal since 1996.

    But after a night of protests from fans, Arsenal's only hope of qualifying for Europe is winning the Europa League.

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  • Simon Mail

    BERND BLUNDER

    Arsenal's week has just got worse as Everton take the lead after an absolute stinker from Bernd Leno.

    Richarlison plays the ball across the goal but Leno diverts the ball through his legs and into the net for a shocking own goal.

    A complete howler and it is not likely to quieten the mood of the Arsenal fans protesting outside.

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  • Simon Mail

    EK OF A SHOUT

    Arsenal fans want the owner Stan Kroenke out and perhaps they could have a potential buyer?

    Spotify founder Daniel Ek is an Arsenal fan and appears to have thrown his hat in the ring to oust the Kroenkes.

  • Simon Mail

    REDS KON'T WAIT

    Liverpool are reportedly poised to land RB Leipzig defender Ibrahima Konate after agreeing personal terms.

    The Reds must pay the £34million release clause to prize Konate, 21, away from the Bundesliga outfit.

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    Manchester United are also interested in the defender but Liverpool appear to be in pole position to sign him.

    Konate is a long-term solution and will provide competition for Joel Matip, Joe Gomez and Virgil van Dijk when the Liverpool players return to fitness.

    The France Under-21 international helped RB Leipzig into the Champions League but his appearances have been restricted due to injury this season.

  • Simon Mail

    XISCO'S RAF 'N READY

    Watford boss Xisco Munoz has credited Rafa Benitez and Claudio Ranieri for teaching him how to become a winner.

    And he has used those skills to good use by turning Watford into a winning machine since taking over in December.

    The Hornets are on the verge of clinching automatic promotion and an immediate return to the Premier League.

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    Munoz, who worked under them at Valencia, said: “Rafa built a very good squad, the best I ever played in, and I’ve nothing but huge admiration for him and Claudio.

    “Playing for Rafa was a life-changing moment for me in football. He showed me a different way to play football and how to be a winner all the time.

    “What he did made me realise the process is the most important thing if you want to reach your goals.

    “You must work hard every day, to try and give the best. That is what he taught me."

  • Simon Mail

    JOR DROPPING

    Jorginho has taken a swipe at former Chelsea boss Frank Lampard claiming he was not up to the job.

    The midfielder struggled for game time under Lampard this season but is now back in favour under Thomas Tuchel.

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    But Jorginho claims Lampard's lack of experience was always likely to count against him.

    Jorginho told ESPN Brazil: "Look, I'll be really sincere here on Lampard.

    “I believe, given he was a legend at the club, he skipped some steps necessary for learning before moving to a big club.

    "He came to a club where he is a legend, without having experience at other clubs.

    “I think he came too soon, skipped a few steps ahead and wasn't ready for a job at this level, to be honest."

  • Simon Mail

    ARSENAL PROTESTS

    Arsenal fans are not happy after the club's role in the failed plan to join the European Super League.

    The Gunners host Everton tonight and some of the supporters are making themselves seen and heard at the ground ahead of kick-off.

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  • Simon Mail

    WELSH CHAOS

    Ryan Giggs will miss out on leading Wales at Euro 2020 after the former Manchester United star was charged with coercive control and assault on his ex-girlfriend.

    The Crown Prosecution announced their decision this afternoon into the alleged incident at Giggs’ home in Manchester last November.

    Robert Page will continue to take charge of Wales, on a temporary basis, with his role extending to the duration of this summer’s tournament.

    The Welsh FA released a statement which said: “The Football Association of Wales has noted the decision of The Crown Prosecution Service to proceed with charging Ryan Giggs, the Men’s National Team Manager.

    “In light of this decision, the FAW can confirm that Robert Page will assume the role of Cymru Men’s National Team manager for this summer’s EURO 2020 tournament and will be assisted by Albert Stuivenberg.

    “An FAW Board meeting will be convened to discuss these developments and its impact on the Association and the National Team.”

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  • Simon Mail

    GIGGS CHARGED

    Former Manchester United winger Ryan Giggs has been charged with coercive control and assaulting his ex-girlfriend Kate Greville after a row.

    The Wales manager, 47, was held after cops were called to his £1.7million mansion in Worsley, Greater Manchester on November 3.

    He was quizzed at a police station before being released on bail pending further enquiries.

    But Giggs was charged today with assault occasioning actual bodily harm and one count of coercive and controlling behaviour against PR exec Kate.

    The second count spans more than three years – between December 2017 and November 2020.

    Giggs has also been charged with a second count of assault against another woman aged in her 20s following the alleged bust-up last year.

    He will appear at Manchester and Salford Magistrates’ Court on April 28.

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  • Simon Mail

    KANE AND ABLE?

    Harry Kane will be given until Saturday to prove his fitness for Tottenham's Carabao Cup final against Manchester City.

    The England star missed Spurs' midweek win over Southampton with an ankle injury picked up against Everton.

    Tottenham are desperate to have Kane fit for Sunday's Wembley final as they bid for silverware but interim boss Ryan Mason has admitted time is running out.

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  • Josh Graham

    DOUBLE TROUBLE

    Kevin De Bruyne and Sergio Aguero have handed Manchester City a Carabao Cup final boost by stepping up their comebacks.

    The pair both trained on Friday – meaning they are in the frame for the Wembley showdown with Tottenham on Sunday.

    De Bruyne injured his ankle in the FA Cup semi-final defeat to Chelsea last weekend and there were fears he had suffered ligament damage.

    However the 29-year-old has made steady progress over the week and given himself an outside chance of featuring against Spurs.

    Aguero has been sidelined for the last three weeks but is back in the frame for what will be his last month at the Etihad.

    Guardiola said: “Both Sergio and Kevin trained today.

    “For Sergio this was his first training session for a few weeks. On Saturday there is our last training session and after that we’ll decide.”

  • Josh Graham

    MORE THAN O-KAY

    Manchester City have confirmed the signing of Brazilian forward Kayky.

  • Josh Graham

    DIFFERENT LIGA

    The passion of England football fans was the key to victory in the Super League battle.

    That was the verdict of Javier Tebas, head of Spain’s La Liga, as he reflected on a tumultuous and tortuous few days which saw the game pulled back from the abyss of greed.

    Power of the fans – LaLiga boss Javier Tebas

    He said: “We waited 25 years for this to happen.

    “Then it came and in 48 hours, it is going to disappear – dissolving like a teaspoon of sugar in hot water. I don’t want to say the Premier League clubs were forced to join but they were told that many were already in and everybody was going to sign.

    “Then the English clubs withdrew straightaway because their fans and politicians got involved. Some of the English clubs who joined surprised me.

    “But Manchester United, we know the owner, he’s part of the NFL.

    The American owners have a different concept of sport and feel the competition structure for them should be completely closed, getting more money.

    “But that’s the US style, not the European way. We have a different tradition.

    “In Europe we believe in open competition and can’t understand a closed shop.

    “So the people who were the most surprised were the ones who apologised. 

    “They didn’t know the opinions of their fans and the Government. The fans have really strong feelings in England. They showed it and it made a difference.”

  • Josh Graham

    CASH RICH

    Leaked details of the Super League contracts reveal that Barcelona and Real Madrid were due to cash in over £52m more than other sides.

    The El Clasico pair are the only sides along with Juventus to not publicly state their withdrawal from the breakaway league.

  • Josh Graham

    GUNNER BE JUICY

    AFTV host Robbie Lyle clashes with Gunners legend Ray Parlour over whether the YouTube channel want Arsenal to lose to get more hits.

  • Josh Graham

    SPURS SPENDERS

    Daniel Levy needs to back the next Tottenham manager in the transfer market if he wants take the club to the next level.

    That is the view of Alan Hutton, who was in the last Spurs team to win a trophy when they lifted the League Cup in 2008, as Ryan Mason leads out the North North Londoners against Man City in Sunday’s Carabao Cup final.

    He said: “For me that’s always been Tottenham’s problem – they get so far and just when they get to that stage when you think they are going to kick on, they don’t.

    “When you reach that stage, you have to keep spending to bring in better players and improve the squad. Yet it has just felt to me Tottenham have never really wanted to do that.

    “The top teams are always adding to what they already have. But when Tottenham have got to a certain level to challenge they have always just been content to stay there.

    “I think money has been a major part of it. When Tottenham have done well and needed to improve the squad they haven’t been prepared to spend the money and really go for it.

    “Daniel needs to decide what he wants Tottenham to be in terms of playing style and whether he really wants then to go for it now and reach that next level.

    “They always seem to be almost just there, never quite there, just falling short. If they really want to kick on now they are going to need to invest a lot of money to compete with the other clubs up there.”

  • Josh Graham

    SOL-LESS

    Ole Gunnar Solskjaer has hit out at the botched plan for a European Super league being driven by his own boss Joel Glazer.

    The Manchester United manager only became aware of it on the day it was announced last Sunday and has since had to confront an angry group of protestors at the club’s training ground.

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    Solskjaer said: “I didn't like the concept, it has to be on sporting merit, I want to earn the right to play in Europe.

    “We know we've been pioneers and we've been in Europe for many, many years, with the Busby Babes, we want to be part of a successful European campaign again. One of my best nights was something we worked really hard towards.

    “You can't be given it because your name is such and such, you have to earn the right to be there. And I've always felt and believed in stepping out of your comfort zone, being afraid of failure, that spurs you on, living on the edge a little bit, and that wasn't part of this.

    “My players last season were excellent, when I talk about this fear of failure, they were afraid of not making Champions League because we were so many points behind. They pulled themselves together as a team, achieved third, a very good achievement, this year striving towards trophies, and we're second.

    “I back my team to be in the top in Europe. But I still think that fear of failure is helping us do that and being a sporting competitor as I am and my nature is not being handed this, we can't be handed a place, that's my opinion.

    “I'm very happy all of the clubs have admitted their mistake, this was a bad idea, and the way it came out as well.”

  • Josh Graham

    TON OF CHECKS

    Manchester United have beefed up their security at Carrington after fans broke into the training complex yesterday – and even boss Ole Gunnar Solskjaer had to prove who he was.

    As the players arrived for drills today, two security guards greeted them at the entrance.

    Even United gaffer Solskjaer was stopped by two burly high-vis-wearing men.

    He appeared to be asked to remove his sunglasses to prove he really was the Red Devils leader.

    Around 20 supporters stormed Carrington on Thursday to voice their anger at the club's owners and their attempt to join the breakaway European Super League.

    The group made it on to the first-team pitch and refused to leave until manager Solskjaer came and spoke to them.

  • Josh Graham

    VEST-ED INTEREST

    Southampton are set to face interest from home and abroad as they look to keep Jannik Vestergaard.

    Tottenham are rumoured to be keen on the centre-back along with Serie A pair Juventus and Roma.

    Vestergaard, 28, has been a regular in the Saints line-up since a 2018 move from Borussia Monchengladbach.

    But his contract expiring in 2022 could force the club’s hand if serious interest arises in the summer.

    According to Italian portal TuttoMercatoWeb, Spurs are working on setting up a meeting with the player’s entourage.

    Roma could steal a march on their progress however with club general manager Tiago Pinto tipped to discuss a switch with Vestergaard’s representatives next week.

  • Josh Graham

    BAR-D MOVE

    Cash-strapped Barcelona have released a bizarre statement saying they joined the European Super for 'financial sustainability' – despite spending almost £1BILLION on transfers in the last five seasons.

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