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ARSENAL are targeting a move for Jesse Lingard after the on-loan Man Utd winger's performances for West Ham.

Tottenham are back in action today against Man Utd in the Premier League, while we've the very latest on reports from Spain that Luis Suarez is open to heading back to Liverpool.

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  • Kostas Lianos

    LOOKING AT LUIS

    Atletico Madrid star Luis Suarez may consider a shock return to Liverpool in the summer.

    That is according to Spanish outlet Todofichajes, who claim that Suarez has grown frustrated with Simeone's tactics.

    It is claimed that their relationship is 'difficult' and that the star striker could take up a clause in his contract that would allow him to leave at the end of the season without a penalty.

    And the Uruguay international would be keen to rejoin Liverpool, although David Beckham's Inter Miami side pose as a tempting alternative

  • Kostas Lianos

    JES DO IT

    Arsenal are planning a sensational swoop for Manchester United loanee Jesse Lingard.

    Lingard has been rejuvenated following his loan move to West Ham in January and Hammers boss David Moyes is desperate to sign him on a permanent basis.

    But the Gunners have also been impressed by the winger and are looking to make a move in the summer.

    However, the Red Devils are hoping the 28-year-old will sign a one-year extension to his contract that runs out next year so that they can profit out of a possible transfer

  • Kostas Lianos

    TAKING THE MIK

    Arsenal manager Mikel Arteta is facing growing resentment from players who are upset over being blamed for the team's problems instead of him.

    SunSport understands that senior players believe Arteta is all ‘emperor’s new clothes’ by talking a good game but failing to actually deliver.

    They are also questioning why he happily revelled in leading the club to FA Cup glory late last season but is not so keen on taking responsibility for poor results throughout this campaign.

    This marks the first sign of cracks beginning to appear within the Emirates over the way the Spaniard has gone about his job in the first 15 months he has been in charge at the helm

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  • Joshua Jones

    GOOD MORNING FOOTBALL FANS

    Arsenal stars have turned on boss Mikel Arteta, SunSport can exclusively reveal.

    Senior players are increasingly frustrated at the way boss Arteta has been able to paint a picture that the fault for the side’s poor season is all down to them.

    It is the first sign of cracks beginning to appear within the Emirates over the way Arteta has gone about his job in the 15 months he has been in charge.

    They are questioning why he happily revelled in leading the club to FA Cup glory last season but is not so keen on taking responsibility for poor games.

    Sticking with the Gunners, they are set to join the race for Jesse Lingard this summer.

    The England midfielder has rejuvenated his career at West Ham following his loan switch in January.

    Lingard has just 12 months left on his current contract, and ideally United would like him to sign another – if only to ensure they get top dollar should they sell.

    Meanwhile a married Premier League star snubbed snaps of his lovechild, we can reveal.

    The rat also ignored a legal warning that he will be named in an upcoming overseas court hearing.

    We told last week how the ace fathered a baby girl with event hostess Jaqueline Sousa during a secret two-year fling.

    And Bayern Munich’s chances of progressing into the Champions League knockout have taken a major blow.

    Star man Robert Lewandowski has revealed he will not be fit for the return leg in Paris.

    The striker, 32, missed last week’s 3-2 Champions League quarter-final first-leg defeat in Bavaria with a knee injury sustained on international duty with Poland.

  • Richard Forrester

    RICE TRY

    Exclusive: West Ham will tell Manchester United to forget any plans to offer Jesse Lingard as part of a deal to sign Declan Rice.

    The Hammers are desperate to tie Lingard down to a permanent deal at the London Stadium following the success of his loan spell at the club.

    But United want Rice to help provide the base in their midfield to build a team capable of challenging for the Premier League title next season.

    That has led to Old Trafford bosses wondering if they could broker a deal which would see Lingard play a makeweight in an £80million package to take Rice to the North-West.

    Yet West Ham are in no mood to be bullied and want to seal a straight deal for Lingard this summer.

    And they have no intention of their 22-year-old vice-captain being part of any conversations over a transfer.

  • Richard Forrester

    THE REAL DEAL

    Real Madrid beat rivals Barcelona 2-1 at home in an entertaining, rain-soaked El Clasico on Saturday to go top of LaLiga.

    Karim Benzema put the champions in charge at a soggy Bernabeu stadium with a delightful backheel in the 14th minute.

    And a deflected Toni Kroos free kick doubled Real’s lead in the 28th.

    Barca hit back on the hour mark through Oscar Mingueza to revive their hopes.

    And the defender almost found the equaliser later on to rescue a point.

    The Catalans also had a huge penalty appeal waved away when Martin Braithwaite fell following a challenge by Ferland Mendy.

    Meanwhile, Real midfielder Casemiro was sent off in stoppage time for picking up two yellow cards in the space of a minute.

    There was more drama to come when Barca substitute Ilaix Moriba hit the crossbar in the fourth minute of added time.

    The hosts survived the nail-biting finish to complete a sensational week.

  • Richard Forrester

    TOP POG

    Exclusive: Paul Pogba is a captain in the Manchester United dressing room and will leave his team-mates devastated if he is sold.

    The French World Cup-winning midfielder has a difficult relationship with fans after his agent repeatedly linked him with a move away.

    But a source said Pogba is hugely popular in the dressing room.

    They said: “Paul may be regarded with suspicion by a lot of the fanbase because of his agent courting other clubs, but there is no doubt where the players stand with him.

    “They recognise he is one of the team’s stars and he is as desperate as they are for the club to be successful again.

    “He is well-liked by all his team-mates and no one wants him to leave.

    “But they also understand if a player is unhappy, it usually leads to his departure.

    "They all hope he will start the next season at Old Trafford.”

  • Richard Forrester

    PLAY IT AGAIN SAM

    Exclusive: Manchester United want to bring keeper Sam Johnstone back from West Brom in a shock swoop.

    Johnstone’s reputation has grown after a stunning campaign with the Baggies, earning him a first senior England call-up.

    United have put him at the head of their wishlist if David De Gea, 30, or Dean Henderson go this summer.

    We revealed the Red Devils would not carry on with both De Gea and Henderson, 24, sharing games in the future.

    Johnstone, 28, who came through the Old Trafford ranks before a £5million move to Albion in 2018, could be tempted to move as his deal is about to enter its final year.

    West Brom might cash in as Johnstone is also one of their top earners.

  • Dylan Terry

    THAU IS YOURS

    Premier League sides Leicester City and Crystal Palace are reportedly interested in signing Newcastle flop Florian Thauvin.

    The 28-year-old, who failed to score during his half-season at St James' Park, is out of contract in the summer – but may yet sign a new deal at Marseille.

    According to French newspaper L'Equipe, Thauvin's future remains unclear, despite there being just three months remaining on his contract.

    There are, however, reports coming out of Italy suggesting he will commit his future to the club.

    According to TuttoMercato, the appointment of former Argentina boss Jorge Sampaoli has persuaded Thauvin to stay in France.

    It is believed talks between the World Cup winner's representatives and several clubs – including Leicester and Crystal Palace – have been held.

  • Dylan Terry

    STATEMENT WIN

    This was some performance from Chelsea today. Runaway 4-1 winners over Crystal Palace and a breakout display from Kai Havertz.

  • Dylan Terry

    BELL-TER

    Jude Bellingham achieved another remarkable milestone with his first Bundesliga goal.

    The England midfielder, 17, lashed home from the edge of the area as Borussia Dortmund kept alive their slim hopes of a top-four finish with a 3-2 comeback win at Stuttgart.

  • Dylan Terry

    MAUR PLEASE

    Maurizio Sarri has reportedly rejected the chance to become Fiorentina’s new manager.

    Football Italia claims the former Chelsea boss, 62, has snubbed the opportunity to take charge of the floundering Tuscans amid links with Napoli and Roma.

    Sarri, who has been out of work since being axed by Juventus last year, is eager to return to football this summer.

    The tactician has already rejected approaches from Marseille and Fenerbahce as he does not want to take charge of a new club mid-season.

  • Dylan Terry

    MARRED BY BLUNDER

    Referee Andre Marriner forgot to get Manchester City and Leeds players to take the knee before kick-off of their game.

    Marriner and the players stood for their period of silence to mark the death of Prince Philip, Duke of Edinburgh before the start of the match, which Leeds won 2-1.

    But the official then didn't remember to order the usual gesture in support of the fight against discrimination.

    When he blew for the start of the game there was some confusion as a number of Leeds players started to kneel, only for play to go on.

    The Premier League say the incident was an oversight.

  • Dylan Terry

    KANE DECIDER?

    Could a defeat for Spurs tomorrow spell the end for Harry Kane's time at the club? Their clash with Man Utd really does feel that big…

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  • Dylan Terry

    PREMIER LEAGUE'S SUNDAY SCHEDULE

    Here is what Sunday's Premier League action looks like:

    • 12:00 – Burnley v Newcastle
    • 14:05 – West Ham v Leicester City
    • 16:30 – Tottenham Hotspur v Manchester United
    • 19:00 – Sheffield United v Arsenal
    • Dylan Terry

      LOOKING AT LUIS

      Luis Suarez could make a shock return to Liverpool, according to reports.

      The Atletico Madrid forward, 34, is understood to be frustrated with Diego Simeone's tactics.

      Spanish outlet Todofichajes state the pair have a 'difficult' relationship which could result in the striker leaving – with a clause in his contract enabling him to leave this summer with no penalty.

      And the report adds Suarez could be open to a transfer back to Liverpool, seven years after leaving Anfield for Barcelona.

    • Dylan Terry

      SET TO STAY

      Manchester United transfer target Paulo Dybala is reportedly set for contract talks with Juventus next month.

      The Red Devils were linked with the attacker in January as reports claimed Dybala, 27, was set for an exit if he did not agree a new deal.

      Talks had stalled between Juventus and Dybala but the two parties are now believed to be ready to sit down to discuss terms.

      And the Argentina international could be offered an £8.7million annual salary to sign, according to Italian newspaper Tuttosport.

      That would represent a £2.1m increase on Dybala’s current £6.5m wages , which shows the Old Lady are determined to keep him.

      The development will come as a blow for United, who have had Dybala in their sights as far back as 2019.

    • Dylan Terry

      HANS TIED

      Hansi Flick has dropped a hint he is prepared to quit Bayern Munich at the end of the season.

      The gaffer watched his side lumber to a drab 1-1 draw with Union Berlin to stay five points above RB Leipzig at the top of the table.

      Before the contest with Union Berlin, Flick refused to answer questions on his future and said: "I am around 18 months in this job and I have a team that has developed.

      "We are absolutely focused on our job. It is important that we stick together."

      When asked about his thoughts on the Bayern hierarchy, he bluntly responded: "Everything has been said."

    • Dylan Terry

      CHELSEA CRUISING

      Quick update from Selhurst Park as Chelsea have beaten Crystal Palace 4-1.

      Christian Benteke managed to pull one back for the hosts but Christian Pulisic doubled his tally for the day to make sure of the points for Thomas Tuchel's side.

      EASY. NIGHT'S. WORK.

      Credit: Eddie Keogh Telegraph Media Group
    • Dylan Terry

      DIE-GO?

      Inter Milan are eyeing Atletico Madrid boss Diego Simeone – as questions linger over Antonio Conte even before the end of the season.

      Ex-Chelsea chief Conte is tipped to depart despite Inter leading Serie A by 11 points.

      And Todo Fichajes claim Argentinian Simeone, 50, is the clear top target for the Italian giants.

      Conte, 51, was thought to have been close to leaving the San Siro last summer amid reports of conflicts with the Inter board.

      Now it is thought he could depart as early as this summer, although 2022 and 2023 have also been mentioned.

    • Dylan Terry

      GRIM REAPER

      Grimsby's first half with Bradford descended into chaos after Stefan Payne headbutted his own team-mate.

      The League Two strugglers had just fallen behind when the Bantams' Anthony O'Connor opened the scoring in the 42nd minute.

      With tensions rising, they came to a head just minutes after when team-mates Payne and Filipe Morais were involved in an astonishing bust-up.

      It was sparked when Morais played a pass down the line looking for Payne.

      The ball was wayward and Payne was apparently furious, making his frustrations known to the Portuguese winger.

      Morais, 35, fired back with his own comments before the two squared up as the half-time whistle blew.

      Payne then completely lost his cool and pushed his head towards Morais in front of the officials while the players were heading for the tunnel.

    • Dylan Terry

      KO BLOW

      Aston Villa ace Trezeguet was left in tears after being forced off injured in Saturday’s 2-1 defeat at Liverpool.

      The Egyptian winger, 26, was subbed off at Anfield with just minutes remaining following a tackle from match-winner Trent Alexander-Arnold.

      Trezeguet was clearly distraught as he went down, clutching his face in pain.

      Villa medics rushed on to the field to provide treatment in the hope he could see out the game.

      But Trezeguet who could be seen being consoled by fellow Egyptian Mo Salah – was unable to continue against the Reds and had to be helped off the field.

      As he headed towards the tunnel, the attacker broke down in tears as Jurgen Klopp watched on sympathetically.

    • Dylan Terry

      TOP FOUR RACE

      So with Chelsea set to win and Liverpool already having fought back to take all three points at Anfield, who do we think is best placed to finish the season in the top four.

      Tottenham, Leicester and West Ham are all in action tomorrow – the latter two against one another at the London Stadium.

      Could this be a defining weekend in the race for a Champions League spot?

      Credit: Ryan Browne-The Times
    • Dylan Terry

      BLUE BEAUTIES

      Chelsea have raced into a 3-0 lead inside half an hour at Selhurst Park against Crystal Palace.

      Kai Havertz, Christian Pulisic and Kurt Zouma with the goals.

      Credit: AP
    • Dylan Terry

      GOODNIGHT, MISTER THOM

      Chelsea boss Thomas Tuchel has revealed the 'two-minute' conversation he had with Paris Saint-Germain bosses before he was sacked last year.

      In an interview with Sky Germany, Tuchel said: "It was very surprising because on December 22 I felt it for the first time in the evening.

      "I had a conversation with my Sporting Director, and another before the match on December 23. I felt that it could be a possibility, but I didn’t feel like it was real.

      "We won 4-0… [we had] a conversation that lasted for two minutes. There was not much left to say.

      "So I got up, I said that he had to sort out the problem and I left. We got our things together and we went home to celebrate Christmas."

      Credit: AP

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