6.45pm Man Utd news LIVE: Sancho-Sanchez swap, Pogba £89m asking price, Dybala and Pjanic don’t want United transfer – The Sun

MANCHESTER UNITED are pressing on with training with the Premier League approving full contact sessions as part of Project restart.

And the Red Devils are also reportedly offering Alexis Sanchez to Dortmund as a makeweight in a potential deal for Jadon Sancho.

Get all the Red Devils news and updates here…

  • MAKING HIS MARC

    Marcus Rashford has given Manchester United a huge boost by confirming his injured back feels “good” ahead of the season restarting.

    Rashford posted three photos of himself training in his back garden.

    He wrote alongside the pictures: “Feels great to have the ball at my feet again. Weather isn't too bad either. Hope you've all had a great day!”

    One fan responded to the message by asking: “How's the back Marcus?”

    And the Old Trafford hero replied: “I'm feeling good mate, thank you!”

  • RODDY HELL

    Former Wigan striker Hugo Rodallega claims he often saw Man Utd legend Wayne Rooney “drinking like a madman”.

    Speaking to friend and fellow Colombian footballer Johan Arango, Rodallega said: “If people knew how many times I bumped into Rooney in Manchester drinking like a madman or the number of times I saw Gerrard on a bar dancing shirtless…

    “They are human beings, there is nothing wrong with it.

    “I can count with one hand the number of footballers who don't drink. All of them, all of us, go out and drink.

    “I have always said it. I enjoy drinking and dancing. I love salsa dancing.

    “There is nothing wrong with it. I know we are footballers, but we are human beings too.”

  • FLOP SWAP

    Man Utd are considering offering Alexis Sanchez to Borussia Dortmund as part of a deal to sign Chelsea target Jadon Sancho, according to Mundo Deportivo.

    United will try and dump forgotten man Alexis Sanchez on Borussia Dortmund, to try and reduce their asking price for Sancho.

    Sanchez is currently on loan at Italian side Inter Milan but has failed to make an impact.

    United are desperate to land Sancho and are fully aware rivals Chelsea would also like to bring him to the Premier League.

  • BELE RUMBLE

    Barcelona have reportedly put Man Utd, Arsenal and Chelsea target Ousmane Dembele on the transfer list.

    Mundo Deportivo claims he is apparently available for just £44.5million – just three years after a £135m switch from Borussia Dortmund.

    Dembele has managed just 74 appearances in that time after suffering TEN injuries.

    The winger, 23, last played for Barcelona in late November before suffering a serious hamstring blow.

    And the LaLiga giants are now ready to cut their losses as they put their faith in Ansu Fati and Francisco Trincao instead.

  • NO HEN DEPARTY

    Man Utd are set to let Dean Henderson stay at Sheffield United for the rest of season – despite his loan deal expiring in June.

    The England hopeful, 23, is currently on loan at Bramall Lane with United chiefs facing a moral dilemma over whether to recall him.

    United and the Blades are both vying for the final Champions League qualification spot, worth £60million.

    But Old Trafford chiefs are set to be kind and allow him to finish off the 2019-20 season at Sheffield United.

    The current campaign has been on pause since March after the coronavirus pandemic forced all sport into lockdown.

    Premier League chiefs are now hoping to restart next month, with Friday June 12 the initial proposed date, although some reports claim it could be pushed back to June 26.

  • STRIKING GOLD

    Man Utd are considering moves for Timo Werner and Moussa Dembele, according to reports.

    The Red Devils took Odion Ighalo as a quick-fix loanee for the second half of the season when Marcus Rashford fractured his back.

    But the Nigerian's deal at Old Trafford expires on May 31 and with Shanghai Shenhua unwilling to permit an extension, he is set to return to the Chinese Super League team in time for their season starting.

    And while Ighalo certainly filled a hole during his brief stint at Old Trafford, scoring four goals in eight appearances, he was never deemed a long-term solution up front.

    That is why Ole Gunnar Solskjaer is looking at buying a younger, explosive striker in the summer.

    According to Goal, two of those on his wish list are Werner and Dembele.

    At 24 and 23 respectively, they have enough experience to come straight into the starting XI but should have their best years ahead of them.

  • THIERR UP

    United reportedly rejected the chance to sign Thierry Henry before he joined Arsenal as Sir Alex Ferguson claimed “he's always f***ing injured”.

    According to Old Trafford's former head of security Ned Kelly the Red Devils were the Frenchman's “first choice” ahead of the Gunners.

    Kelly told beIN Sports: “In the tunnel after the game my phone goes, Eric's [Cantona] older brother Jean-Marie says, 'Ned, tell Alex [Ferguson] that Thierry Henry wants to come to the club',

    “Now this was before he went to Arsenal, his first choice was Manchester United. So I go to the boss and say, 'boss, I've just had Jean-Marie Cantona on the phone, he had said Henry wants to come to the club'.

    “He [Ferguson] says, 'no way, he's always f****** injured'. He went to Arsenal, the rest is history.”

  • JUVE GOT TO STAY

    Juventus are reportedly not prepared to sell Aaron Ramsey this summer despite interest from Manchester United.

    The 29-year-old has impressed since joining the Italian giants on a free transfer from Arsenal in the summer of 2019.

    He has been heavily linked with a move to Old Trafford as part of a swap deal with Paul Pogba.

    But Tuttosport have revealed that Juventus are not planning to sell the Welsh midfielder anytime soon.

    He is described as “untouchable” as the Turin club plan to give him a leading role within the team.

    It is reported that Juventus are also set on keeping hold of Miralem Pjanic, Rodrigo Bentancur and Blaise Matuidi.

  • STRIP TEASE

    Man Utd fans breathed a sigh of relief as leaked images appeared to show their home kit for next season.

    Supporters were left fearing the worst after it was rumoured that the design of 2020/21 strip resembled a “bus seat”.

    But pictures posted by FootyHeadlines appear to show the club have opted for a much simpler design.

    The latest images show a predominately red jersey with three white Adidas stripes running along each shoulder.

  • WE HAVE CONTACT

    The Premier League has taken another step closer to a return to action with new Covid-19 test results expected today

    Top-flight stars will now be able to train in larger groups and even tackle each other ahead of next month's proposed return.

    But the Premier League insisted testing will continue and the health of players and staff is still of paramount importance – with the latest test results due today.

    A statement read: “Premier League Shareholders today voted unanimously to resume contact training.

    “[This marks] another step towards restarting the Premier League season, when safe to do so.

    “Squads are now able to train as a group and engage in tackling while minimising any unnecessary close contact.”

  • SPECIAL BRU

    Paul Pogba and Bruno Fernandes have FINALLY trained together.

    The two midfielders joined forces at Carrington this week as the club continued to train in small groups.

    Fernandes has been a huge hit for the Red Devils since he made the £48million move from Sporting Lisbon.

    The Portuguese playmaker racked up three goals and four assists before the Premier League was suspended.

    But fans have not had the chance to see him pair up with Pogba in the middle due to the Frenchman's injuries.

    However, the latest training snaps from Carrington have given the supporters something to get excited about.

  • PHIL IN

    Mikel Arteta has reportedly “already confirmed” a transfer plan to sign Philippe Coutinho and is confident he can get the best out of the Brazilian.

    Coutinho, 27, is currently on loan at Bayern Munich but is the subject of plenty of transfer interest from the Premier League.

    Manchester United, Chelsea and Leicester have all been linked with moves for the playmaker, who left Liverpool for Barcelona in 2018.

    But according to ABC in Spain, Gunners boss Arteta has laid out a plan to make Coutinho an integral player in his side next season.

    Barcelona are looking to sell their flop and recoup some of the £145million they paid for him as they desperately raise funds for the likes of Lautaro Martinez.

    Only Lionel Messi, Frenkie de Jong and goalkeeper Marc-Andre ter Stergen are off limits as Nou Camp bosses desperately try to patch up the leaks in their accounts.

  • STAY ON TRACK

    Man Utd and Arsenal are now able to track and trace players during training sessions to avoid coronavirus potentially sweeping through their squads.

    Liverpool, Manchester City and Spurs are also among the 11 top-flight sides using the technology which shows how many players come into contact with a certain team-mate during a session – and for how long.

    The 20 clubs tested their players and staff for a third time yesterday with just eight positive results for the virus from the opening two rounds.

    While players will continually be tested during the weeks, a player could catch the virus and spread it around the team – once full contact training resumes – before the next test days later.

    Football performance analysis company STATSports also helped the Premier League in their blueprint for Project Restart and the phased training.

  • PAUL TO PAY FOR

    Man Utd will settle for recouping the £89million they spent on Paul Pogba if they agree to sell him, according to reports.

    But a dream return to Juventus could be off the cards due to the midfielder's £15m-a-year wage demands.

    Pogba, 27, has just one year left on his current deal at Old Trafford and continues to be linked with a transfer away.

    United demanded as much as £150m for him last year but after a turbulent season with ankle injuries – limiting the Frenchman to just eight appearances – as well as coronavirus, they are likely to drop their asking price.

    And Corriere dello Sport believe an offer of £89m would be enough for the club to sell.

    That is the exact figure Manchester United paid Juventus to re-sign Pogba back in 2016 after four successful years in Italy.

  • GOING ON TORR

    Ole Gunnar Solskjaer is reportedly putting together a bid for Valencia forward Ferran Torres.

    The Standard report that Unitedwant to “make a firm offer right now” to lead the race for Torres should they miss out on Borussia Dortmund's Jadon Sancho.

    Torres is under contract with the La Liga club until June 2021 and has a release clause of £92m written into his current package – but Los Che may be forced to accept a much lesser price this summer if they cash in this summer.

  • SAN-TASTIC FIGURES

    Jadon Sancho's amazing stats prove he is “ready to play for Liverpool and Manchester United”.

    That's the verdict of ex-Borussia Dortmund and Tottenham midfielder Steffen Freund as Premier League giants queue up for £100million-rated England attacker Sancho.

    With Chelsea too reportedly keen on Sancho, Freund told talkSPORT: “Jadon is ready to play for Liverpool or Man United, no question, because his stats are unbelievable.”

    “That shows he can take the next step.

    “In the Borussia Dortmund side with [Erling] Haaland, [Julian] Brandt improving, with Emre Can signing, with changing to a back-three that suits Sancho.”

  • FIGHTING FIT

    Man Utdplayers have returned to training fit and healthy, delighting medical staff.

    SunSport understands that not a single player has reported back overweight despite the coronavirus delay to the season.

    Two or three stars, including keeper David De Gea, have returned to social distancing sessions LIGHTER because of doing less weight training.

    Conditioning staff are said to be “chuffed to bits” that the players have been looking after themselves in lockdown.

    United are concentrating more on cardio exercises this week and “are hoping the restrictions will be lifted quicker” so they can introduce some of the gym equipment.

    This could mean machines and weight-trainers are moved outdoors to fit with any restrictions.

  • OD TO JOY

    Odion Ighalois “very close” to reaching an agreement to stay at Manchester United, his agent has confirmed.

    The former Watford striker is set to return to Shanghai Shenhua when his six-month loan deal expires on Sunday.

    However, United are hoping to prolong the 30-year-old's stay at Old Trafford with the Premier League season now due to finish in July.

    Ole Gunnar Solskjaer confirmed that the Red Devils remain in talks but Ighalo’s agent has revealed that an agreement is close.

    Ladi Salami told FootMercato: “On the one hand, the Super Eagle [Nigerian] feels very good in Manchester with which it is very close to a salary agreement.

    “Negotiations with the Chinese are ongoing and are going well.

    “On the other hand, in view of the latest regulations in force in the Middle Empire, it is almost impossible to offer such amounts.”

  • TED TALKS

    Teddy Sheringham pulled no punches as he launched a scathing attack on Paul Pogba, slamming the midfielder for being “cocky and arrogant”.

    He said: When you look at Pogba, yes, he may be a talented boy, but does he have the same mentality?

    “Does he really dig deep and get Manchester United out of the mire when the going gets tough? For me the answer is no. He gives off the wrong vibe as a Manchester United player.

    “Yes, it's good to be cocky and arrogant at the right times, Dwight Yorke had that as well, a big smile on his face when he played.

    “But Yorke had a desire to do the right things at the right times. You've got to have that, and I don't think Paul Pogba gives you that.

    “He would be one that would need to go so that you can get someone else in with the right mentality and desire to drive Manchester United out of the position they are in and move the club forward.”

  • JADON SANCHO LATEST

    Borussia Dortmund may struggle to hold on to Jadon Sancho after their Bundesliga hopes were all but ended by Bayern Munich.

    Joshua Kimmich's first-half strike was enough to separate the two sides at an empty Westfalenstadion, which left Dortmund trailing Bayern by seven points with six games to go.

    Sancho started on the bench as he continues to make a recovery from a calf injury and struggled to have an impact when he came on.

    Manchester United and Chelsea are among the clubs interested in signing the 20-year-old.

    And according to the Evening Standard, Sancho – now in his third season at Dortmund – may be ready to return to the Premier League and seek a new challenge.

  • OD ONE OUT

    Ole Gunnar Solskjaer admits he wants to extend Odion Ighalo’s loan deal with the striker set to leave at the end of the week.

    Solskjaer told MUTV: “The loan deal went until the end of May now, so obviously he’s supposed to be going back.

    “We’re in dialogue. They’ve been great towards us, his club, and allowed him to play for his dream club.

    “It’s been a dream for him and hopefully he can finish off what he started, hopefully with a trophy for us.

    “At the moment, nothing has been agreed. Their league is going to get started soon so we’re just waiting to see.”

  • GOOD MORNING, MAN UTD FANS

    Ole Gunnar Solskjaer has confirmed Paul Pogba and Marcus Rashford will both be available when the Premier League returns.

    Pogba has featured just EIGHT times this season after undergoing surgery on a foot injury – and been strongly linked with a move away.

    Rashford hasn’t featured since January after suffering a double fracture in his back.

    SunSport told you all United players are in the good books having returned to their Carrington training base without putting on weight during the lockdown.

    Meanwhile, Utd fans tuning in to check out Jadon Sancho in Dortmund's clash against Bayern Munich were left somewhat disappointed with his performance – and questioning whether he had piled on the pounds.

    Finally, Odion Ighalo's agent says his man is “very close” to reaching an agreement with Man Utd.

    The Nigerian's loan spell in the Premier League from parent club Shanghai Shenhua comes to an end this week, but Ladi Salami said: “We are very close to a salary agreement.”

  • TWO GOOD

    Ole Gunnar Solskjaer has confirmed Paul Pogba and Marcus Rashford will both be available when the Premier League returns.

    Pogba has featured just EIGHT times this season after undergoing surgery on a foot injury – and been strongly linked with a move away.

    Rashford hasn’t featured since January after suffering a double fracture in his back.

    SunSport told you all United players are in the good books having returned to their Carrington training base without putting on weight during the lockdown.

  • AL STAY PUT

    Former Inter striker Ruben Sosa has told the club to keep hold of Alexis Sanchez.

    The 31-year-old Man Utd forward joined the Serie A side on a season-long loan last year but has failed to make a mark.

    Speaking to La Cuarta, Sosa said: “I was with him in the hotel where he lived in Milan. For me he's a great player, with a long career, especially with his national team, he's very respected.

    “He hasn't been given the right time, he can't play so little, he needs to stay on the pitch for several games, for ninety minutes. He needs time to go back to be the player he is.

    “He needs two games to gain confidence, but he needs to do it whilst starting and playing the full game.

    “I'd keep Alexis for another year at Inter. He's a goal scorer, physically he's very well and still has a lot to give. He's a guy who has scored a lot of goals and will continue to do so.”

  • BIG NAME SIGNING

    Fans tuning in to get a glimpse of Jadon Sancho, including Man Utd supporters, were left somewhat disappointed with his performance.

    Joshua Kimmich's exquisite chip handed Bayern Munich a one-goal victory, and probably an eighth straight Bundesliga title, in a game which saw Sancho come on for the second half.

    And some viewers on Twitter even said they believe the England international was overweight.

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4.40pm Man Utd news LIVE: Pogba begins Juventus talks, Solskjaer wants Ighalo to stay, Sancho transfer LATEST – The Sun

MANCHESTER UNITED are continuing with training ahead of the Premier League's likely restart in June.

But they could be without Odion Ighalo, who Ole Gunnar Solskjaer says he wants to stay until the end of the season but appears likely to be recalled by Shanghai Shenhua this week.

Get all the Red Devils news and updates here…

  • STRIKING GOLD

    United are considering moves for Timo Werner and Moussa Dembele, according to reports.

    Ole Gunnar Solskjaer is looking at buying a younger, explosive striker in the summer.

    According to Goal, two of those on his wish list are Werner and Dembele.

    At 24 and 23 respectively, they have enough experience to come straight into the starting XI but should have their best years ahead of them.

  • GIFT OF THE RAB

    Real Madrid have reportedly joined the race to sign Rabbi Matondo from Schalke.

    Ole Gunnar Solskjaer's side have been heavily linked to the former Manchester City academy star.

    According to Diario Madridista, Madrid president Florentino Perez is keeping a close eye on Matondo.

    It is reported that Matondo's progress in the Bundesliga has “not gone unnoticed” by Zinedine Zidane.

  • 'LOOKING SHARP'

    Ole Gunnar Solskjaer has revealed how the Manchester United squad have been getting on at training.

    During an MUTV Group Chat interview, he said: “We're back in training which has been great.

    “The boys have been fantastic, the weather's been good and they've enjoyed.”

    Before he added: “Everyone's looking sharp, everyone's been in a good mood and we've been splitting up in groups so fours and five together and they've really done well.

    “Hopefully, they can as I said, step up and go to bigger training groups but so far it's been good.”

  • THREE & EASY

    The Premier League have finally given the go head for 3pm games to shown live on TV – with some matches even set to be aired for FREE.

    Top-flight bosses have dropped its opposition to the game being shown to compensate for them being behind closed doors.

    The long-standing blackout was lifted last month, but Prem bosses initially claimed they still wouldn't allow 3pm matches to be broadcast.

    But now they have had a “change of heart”, according to The Times – with the previously blocked games now allowed to be shown.

    There are 92 Premier League matches left to be played this season, with the restart pencilled in for June 12, although some fear it may be more like June 26.

    Every match will be broadcast via some medium to make up for the fact fans are not allowed to watch live from inside the stadium.

  • EXCLUSIVE

    United's players have returned to training fit and healthy, delighting medical staff.

    SunSport understands that not a single player has reported back overweight despite the coronavirus delay to the season.

    Two or three stars, including keeper David De Gea, have returned to social distancing sessions LIGHTER because of doing less weight training.

    Conditioning staff are said to be “chuffed to bits” that the players have been looking after themselves in lockdown.

    United are concentrating more on cardio exercises this week and “are hoping the restrictions will be lifted quicker” so they can introduce some of the gym equipment.

  • OD MOVE

    Dimitar Berbatov has claimed the Premier League should bend the rules to allow United to sign Odion Ighalo's replacement.

    The striker's loan deal is set to expire on May 30 – and he could return to Shanghai Shenhua if fresh terms are not agreed.

    Berbatov said: “United need to know what is happening with him.

    “If they know they will lose him, they need to find someone else to replace him.”

    Before he added: “If a team is losing a loan player because of the situation, the federation should allow a team to get someone else because of the situation.

    “If Ighalo goes, United should be allowed to get a replacement.”

  • GREAL DEAL

    Alex McLeish has revealed Manchester United tried to sign Jack Grealish when he was in charge of Aston Villa.

    Speaking to the Claret and Blue podcast, he said: “When we played Man United w heard he was in a restaurant being courted by one of the agents to try and get him to Man United.

    “We were a bit alarmed about that so we fought well to keep him.

    “We knew he loved Villa, his old man as well.

    “We had them in speaking to them. They're lovely people.

    “That asked for something and the club went it's too much but, finally, you come to an agreement and everybody's happy.”

  • THIERR UP

    United reportedly rejected the chance to sign Thierry Henry before he joined Arsenal as Sir Alex Ferguson claimed “he's always f***ing injured”.

    According to Old Trafford's former head of security Ned Kelly the Red Devils were the Frenchman's “first choice” ahead of the Gunners.

    Kelly told beIN Sports: “In the tunnel after the game my phone goes, Eric's [Cantona] older brother Jean-Marie says, 'Ned, tell Alex [Ferguson] that Thierry Henry wants to come to the club',

    “Now this was before he went to Arsenal, his first choice was Manchester United. So I go to the boss and say, 'boss, I've just had Jean-Marie Cantona on the phone, he had said Henry wants to come to the club'.

    “He [Ferguson] says, 'no way, he's always f****** injured'. He went to Arsenal, the rest is history.”

  • NOT TOO KEANE

    Teddy Sheringham has claimed Paul Pogba lacks the Roy Keane factor that United need.

    He told Sky sports: “People mention top players and captains. When things weren't going right in our time, Roy Keane put things right.

    “He would drive our team on, he would dig deep and make sure we had a say in every game we played in because of his desire.

    “When you look at Pogba, yes, he may be a talented boy, but does he have the same mentality?

    “Does he really dig deep and get Manchester United out of the mire when the going gets tough? The answer for me is NO.”

  • HEN PECKED

    United have ordered Antero Henrique to get them Correntin Tolisso, according to reports in France.

    The former PSG sporting director is being lined up as a potential director of football at Old Trafford.

    According to Le 10 Sport, the club are hoping to recruit Tolisso when he leaves the Allianz at the end of the season.

  • OD SITUATION

    United are set to lose Odion Ighalo this week as talks with Shanghai Shenhua over extending the stay have stalled, according to reports.

    The Nigerian, 30, made a last-ditch loan move to Old Trafford in January as emergency cover in attack to replace injured Marcus Rashford.

    His contract with the Red Devils runs until May 31, four days after the Europa League final was scheduled to take place.

    With the season suspended, SunSport reported that Ole Gunnar Solskjaer wanted to extend the loan spell by a further three months to take in the end of the season.

    But his parent club Shanghai Shenhua have so far rejected that proposal – and want him back to start preparations for their new season which is due to kick-off in late June.

    And according to ESPN, the Chinese Super League team are unwilling to budge on their stance.

  • ON THIS DAY

    Beckham, into Sheringham…

    AND SOLSKJAER HAS WON IT!

    May 26 for every United fan is a special day.

  • IN HIS IMAGE

    Contract rebel Angel Gomes has named Andres Iniesta as the footballer he tries to emulate as the skilful attacking midfielder stalls over a new contract.

    Hopes that the 19-year-old WILL sign a new deal at United are increasing after his increased presence on the club’s official channels.

    Gomes told ManUtd.com: “In terms of who I model parts of my game on, I’d say [Andres] Iniesta. He was always one of my idols.

    “[He was] a big player I watched while growing up. [He played] in similar positions as me and I’ve always tried modelling my game on Iniesta.

    “In terms of footballers when I was young it was always Ronaldinho, the Brazilian players, Robinho [plus Portuguese] Cristiano Ronaldo at the time.

    “I remember the Joga Bonito stuff with the freestyling and stuff like that. As a youngster, all you wanted to do was practise skills, so I’d say players like Ronaldo [were my inspiration].”

  • OLD LADY COUNTS PENNIES

    Juventus have told Paul Pogba to drop his £11million-a-year wage demands if he wants a return to the Old Lady.

    According to Tuttosport, the World Cup winner will have to lower his salary expectations and can expect a lower rate than he earns at Old Trafford.

    Pogba was a world record £89m signing when he re-joined United in 2016.

  • GLAZE INTO THE FUTURE

    Manchester United owners the Glazers were only willing to let Saudi investors buy 20 per cent of the club, according to reports.

    That is because the family want to see United restored back to the top of the Premier League tree.

    It had been previously claimed that the Glazers were willing to sell for between £2billion and £3bn.

    But despite mounting debt, placed over the head of the club, the Glazers’ presence appears to be constant for the foreseeable future, according to the Athletic.

  • MARC OF THE MAN

    Marcus Rashford has revealed that 2.8MILLION children have received meals during lockdown with money he has helped raise, along with a special recognition award from the city of Manchester.

    The United striker tweeted: “Wouldn’t normally share these types of things but this certificate is not just for me, it belongs to you all.

    “Each and every one of you that has contributed the few £s you can, you’ve all made a huge difference.

    “2.8million children a week are receiving meals they otherwise wouldn’t have during this lockdown because of YOUR help.

    “I couldn’t have done any of this without the help of you all and @fareshare.

    “From being young I knew that if I ever got in a position that I could help I would and I’m so proud of what we’ve achieved so far.”

  • TRICKY DEVIL

    Cristiano Ronaldo looked ready to go at Juventus training before rounding off the session with an incredible trick shot.

    The Portuguese star, 35, flicked a football into a basketball hoop from long range, proving he's not going to be rusty following lockdown.

    Ronaldo let out a roar as the ball tickled the net on its way down – reminiscent of his infamous Ballon d'Or outburst.

    And he looked in top shape as he put in the work ahead of a proposed return to action on June 13.

  • NO FORGIVENESS

    Cesc Fabregas admits he is still angry over Wayne Rooney's “dive” during Arsenal's famous 'Pizzagate' clash with Manchester United… sixteen years later.

    The Red Devils ended the Gunners' 49 game unbeaten run after their incredible Invincibles season and the Spaniard has lifted the lid on the fiery match.

    Fabregas said: “We were so disappointed, we were angry, we were upset for the way it went.

    “Don’t get me wrong, it had to come to an end the Invincibles, the 49 games, and it can happen. It was at Old Trafford, against a great team, against a great Manchester United team.

    “But I think it’s the way it happened. First of all, Gary Neville, what he did to [Jose] Antonio Reyes, mamma Mia!”

  • HELPING HEND

    Manchester United are set to let Dean Henderson stay at Sheffield United for the rest of season – despite his loan deal expiring in June.

    The England hopeful, 23, is currently on loan at Bramall Lane with United chiefs facing a moral dilemma over whether to recall him.

    United and the Blades are both vying for the final Champions League qualification spot, worth £60million.

    But Old Trafford chiefs are set to be kind and allow him to finish off the 2019-20 season at Sheffield United.

  • GOOD MORNING, UTD FANS

    Bayern Munich midfielder Corentin Tolisso is the new man on the transfer speculation list – as United are once again linked with fellow 25-year-old France midfielder Adrien Rabiot.

    The Bundesliga champions are reportedly willing to sell Toliss as he has made just seven starts this season.

    And Juventus ace Rabiot has also struggled to hold down a regular place for the Serie A kings.

    Now Gazzetto dello Sport say United are in talks with his mum  and agent Veronique.

    Rabiot was initially linked with a swap deal involving Juve target Paul Pogba but now he is thought to be available at £27million.

    Talking of Pogba, ex-France and Barcelona striker Christophe Dugarry rates him the “ideal signing”for Real Madrid – but former Bernabeu star  Uli Stielike says the 27-year-old is not “humble” enough to be a wise buy.

    Meanwhile, loanee Odion Ighalo faces an uphill battle to persuade Shanghai Shenhua to let him stay with United beyond May 31 – for the rest of the extended Premier League season.

    The Chinese Super League club appear determined that the Nigeria striker, 30, returns for the start of their season next month. 

    And United starlet Angel Gomes dreams of emulating Barcelona and Spain legend Andres Iniesta.

    The England Under-20 midfielder told United's website: “In terms of who I model parts of my game on, I’d say Iniesta.

    “He was always one of my idols… a big player I watched while growing up.” 

  • SANCHO ALTERNATIVE SUS-SED

    Chelsea are being linked with Porto's Mexico winger Jesus Corona – as a cheaper alternative to Manchester United target Jadon Sancho.

    Corona, 27, who can also play as a wing-back, would also boost Frank Lampard's squad if, as expected, Willian and Pedro move on this summer.

    United are rated favourites to sign £100million-rated England attacker Sancho, 20, should he leave Borussia Dortmund this summer.

    But the coronavirus pandemic is likely to mean less spending this summer.

    So the chances of mega-fee players like Sancho and United midfielder Paul Pogba moving on in the summer have reduced dramatically.

  • PLAY-DAY LOANS: EXPERT VIEW

    As SunSport revealed some Prem clubs might consider payday-style loans, a financial expert involved in this area explains why the sport has arrived at such a situation.

    The specialist said: “Football has lived way beyond its means for years and now they’ve run out of money.

    “It’s like any other market in a downturn, so when you’re desperate for money you go to the people who have it and they dictate the terms.

    “Firms are being asked for loans from clubs who don’t necessarily have the assets to command better rates.

    “Liquidity in football clubs is very low and most of those looking for cash are asking for tide-over money of £30m-50m over six months.

    “There’s no rule to say the lender can’t set whatever rate it likes if they know the client is desperate.”

  • PLAY-DAY LOANS

    Cash-strapped Premier League clubs are considering payday-style loans with huge interest rates to stay in business.

    City investors are looking to cash in on the economic crisis caused by the coronavirus pandemic by charging 25 PER CENT on borrowings up to £100million.

    At least four struggling Prem outfits are at the mercy of private equity or venture capitalist firms offering loans at rates massively above the Bank of England base rate of 0.1 per cent.

    Lack of match-day revenue and uncertainty over how and when football will return have created a black hole in revenue for clubs.

    And with games behind closed doors likely in the immediate future, clubs are unable to borrow cash against season ticket sales and normal game-day income.

    They are also discouraged from using potential earnings from broadcast deals as collateral for loans.

  • BEST BA NONE

    Ex-Barcelona striker Christophe Dugarry claims Paul Pogab would be the “ideal” signing for Real Madrid.

    United midfielder Pogba's chances of moving to the Bernabeu or old club Juventus seem to have faded due to football taking a massive financial hit from the coronavirus pandemic.

    But former France, Milan and Birmingham star Dugarry told RMC Sport: “We have all observed that this [Real squad] is ageing a little. “It has problems projecting, breaking lines and reaching the second line when there are centres.

    “Pogba can do it. He is a boy who can score goals. For me, he is the ideal boy to give Real Madrid what is missing.

    “A year has passed that has been difficult for him, because he has injuries and his team does not perform well, but every time he has been able to play, he quickly recovers his level.”

  • BUK TO THE FUTURE

    Bukayo Saka appears to have told Manchester United and Liverpool they must be kidding if they hope to sign him.

    Arsenal have reportedly been struggling to reach an agreement with speedster Saka, 18, over extending his contract beyond 2021.

    But the ex-Gunners schoolkid posted a cute picture of himself in his very earliest days with the Londoners – smiling serenely as he posed in a teamshot.

    Saka's Instagram snap soon attracted tens of thousands of likes – with, inevitably, many fans urging him to pen a new deal.

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3.45pm Man Utd news LIVE: Ighalo returning to China, Josh King transfer, Sancho LATEST, new away kit leaked online – The Sun

MANCHESTER UNITED are kicking on with training ahead of the Premier League's likely restart in June.

But they could be without Odion Ighalo, who faces a nervous wait to find out whether he will be permitted to stay at Old Trafford or forced to return to Shanghai Shenhua.

Get all the Red Devils news and updates here…

  • STRIKER POSE

    Marcus Rashford has shared a picture of himself when he did modelling as a kid.

    A young footballer appeared on the back of a Kellogg's cereal packet advertising free swimming vouchers.

    He shared this long-distance shot on his Insta stories.

    Brilliant!

  • NOT SO SUPER

    The Women’s Super League and Championship seasons have been ended, according to the FA.

    Promotion and relegation are yet to be decided.

  • ON YOUR SAY 'SSO

    United are still interested in signing Bayern Munich midfielder Correntin Tolisso, according to reports.

    The Frenchman appears to be surplus to requirements at the Allianz Arena and Bayern would entertain selling him.

    Tolisso, 25, has played 24 games in all competitions this season.

    According to Bild’s Christian Falk: “At the moment there are no concrete negotiations. The player is currently injured.

    “I do not rule out there is still interest in the future. Bayern would sell him.”

  • BAD NEWS FOR ZLAT

    Zlatan Ibrahimovic may have played his last game in professional football with reports claiming the AC Milan striker has suffered a suspected Achilles injury.

    The Swedish striker – who turns 39 in October – only signed a short-term deal with the Serie A side when he re-joined the club on a free transfer midway through the season.

    And with his contract set to expire at the end of the campaign, his future not only at Milan, but in football is in doubt.

    Taking to Twitter, SportMediaset journalist Pietro Balzano Prota said: “Bad injury for Zlatan Ibrahimovic.

    “Medical tests are expected but it could be a long stop.”

    According to Sky Sports Italia via Marca, the former Manchester United marksman is feared to have ruptured his Achilles tendon.

  • NO COMING BECK FROM THAT

    Sir Alex Ferguson famously split David Beckham's eyebrow open after a furious spat following a defeat to Arsenal in 2003.

    And now former Manchester United defender Mikael Silvestre has shed more light on the details of the incident, revealing the other players had to step in to prevent the pair having it out.

    Speaking to FourFourTwo, Silvestre – who played the full game – said: “I was there. Everyone was shocked, but things like this happen in dressing rooms.

    “It was a random kick by the boss – it was just unfortunate that the boot went straight into Beckham’s face!

    “He was very angry and we had to intervene to prevent a confrontation. But that was the end of it then.

    “Still, it impacted their relationship, and was probably among the reasons why David left that summer and signed for Real Madrid.”

  • OD DECISION

    United fans are reacting to news that Josh King could replace Odion Ighalo after the Nigerian's loan stint ends.

    Ighalo's loan spell was only due to last until the end of May, due to the fact that he has commitments with his owning club Shanghai Shenhua in the Chinese Super League.

    But the Norwegian striker, who came through the youth ranks at Old Trafford, is not a name that excites United fans.

    Solskjaer did try to sign King, 28, before the winter window shut at the end of January, but managed to capture Ighalo instead.

    King has scored four goals and has two assists in 20 games this season.

  • GREEN BEHIND THE EARS

    Mason Greenwood posted an adorable picture of himself as a lad in a scarf and shirt at Old Trafford.

    And then another one of him celebrating a goal at the Theatre of Dreams, with the caption: “Dream big.”

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  • GETTING FIT

    United players were back at work on Bank Holiday Monday ahead of the club ramping up their preparation for Project Restart.

    Red Devils boss Ole Gunnar Solskjaer was spotted driving into Carrington in his Range Rover before Marcus Rashford and Co followed him in.

    The squad trained together for the first time last Wednesday after Premier League teams voted for Phase One of the resumption plan.

    However they have been initially kept apart, allotted different arrival slots and socially distanced to avoid an outbreak of coronavirus.

    Sunday's news that the two-metre distancing rule is being removed will allow top-flight sides to push towards their return to match action.

    Players are set to be able to train in pairs and small groups before this week's upcoming Premier League summit – where full-contact training will be up for discussion.

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  • BROUGHT TO BROOK

    Manchester United are still keen to sign Bournemouth star David Brooks, according to the MEN.

    Brooks, 22, has suffered an ankle injury that has kept him out for much of the season after making a big breakthrough last year.

    And his form has caught the attention of Ole Gunnar Solskjaer, who can call on Wales boss Ryan Giggs for advice on his temperament.

    Warrington-born Brooks scored seven and had five assists in his debut Premier League season.

  • CONTACTS BOOK

    Neville added: “I would be touching him, elbowing him. I wanted that contact.

    “If you were playing against a Michael Owen he wouldn’t want contact, he’d want to spin off your shoulder and play away from you.

    “But if you were playing against Emile Heskey he would bump into you, he would shove into you, he’d grab you, he’d hold you.

    “It depends on player by player, position by position. So the idea that you can have Covid coaches is a bit of a nonsense.

    “We’ve seen the games in Germany in the last couple of weeks and defenders are still marking at corners very tightly.”

  • TOUCH 'N NO

    Gary Neville has branded the Premier League’s plan to ask clubs to assign a coach to monitor contact as “nonsense”.

    That is just one of the protocols laid out in the second phase of Project Restart – which the top flight hopes to roll-out within the next week.

    The former Manchester United and England defender Neville said: “We saw Jadon Sancho over the weekend go and celebrate with his team-mates. A lot of football is around instinct.

    “I would say it’s player by player. The way Jamie Redknapp used to play, he would always be looking for space, he didn’t want player contact because he was trying to move into space to receive the ball.

    “Whereas I was constantly mauling my opponent, even off the ball.

    “I wanted to know where he was all the time and my hands would be all over him.”

  • SHOT IN THE FOOT

    Gary Neville revealed he and brother Phil missed England’s ‘dentist’s chair’ night out before Euro 96 – on the advice of David Platt.

    Boss Terry Venables and his squad were slammed after photos from their trip to the Far East emerged of stars such as Paul Gascoigne and Teddy Sheringham glugging down alcoholic cocktails poured into their mouths as they laid back on a dentist’s chair in one of the city’s rowdy bars.

    Former Manchester United defender Neville said: “We were going to go out to be fair, but David Platt came over to me, Phil, Nick Barmby and Jason Wilcox and said ‘Lads, I’ve been around England squads a long time, I know these lads and tonight is one to miss.

    “So me, Phil, Barmby, Wilcox, Platt and Sol Campbell ended up sitting on our own in this room in the hotel.

    “It was only the day after when the story broke that we realised what David Platt meant.

    “Me and Phil were only 19 and 20 at the time and we weren’t going to go against what David Platt said.”

  • HEN PECKED

    Transfer guru Antero Henrique is reportedly being chased by both Manchester United and Newcastle as they look to appoint him as their director of football.

    The 52-year-old is currently without a job having left his role as Paris Saint-Germain's sporting director last summer after three years spent in the French capital.

    Henrique was responsible for the signings of Kylian Mbappe and Neymar in 2017, and he has already helped out the Red Devils this season.

    According to Le10Sport, the Portuguese technician played a key role in helping the club lure Bruno Fernandes to Old Trafford from Sporting Lisbon in January.

    And now they claim United are ready to bring Henrique to the Theatre of Dreams, who they state is already working on an another potential signing.

  • GO AWAY

    United fans are divided over the club's away kit for 2020/21 after it leaked online.

    The black design, officially described as 'legacy green', was set to be launched this month but will come out later this summer due to the coronavirus pandemic.

    Supporters taking a look online via FootyHeadlines were torn between praising the kit's back-to-basics approach and being underwhelmed by the design.

    It was pointed out that next year's offering has many similarities with the current season's third kit, leading to criticism for a lack of imagination.

    Furthermore, the Chevrolet logo continues to be a bug bear for those who feel it clashes with the white club badge and Adidas logo.

  • WE'RE IN TUNE

    Bruno Fernandes has claimed that – given the choice – he would isolate with Juan Mata, because the Spaniard sings his song!

    The Portuguese said: “I would choose Juan, because if I isolate with Juan I can listen to my song all day, every day!

    “He always sings it to me! It’s not the atmosphere of Old Trafford, but Juan is the kind of guy who puts all his heart in the song, so when he sings the music for me is really nice!

    “Normally I arrive before him, and he comes at breakfast, gives me his hand and starts to sing the song — Bruno, Bruno, Bruno!”

  • BRING AND 'BI

    United have joined Arsenal in the race to land wantaway Juventus midfielder Adrien Rabiot, according to reports.

    Rabiot, 25, has only managed 11 Serie A starts after struggling to cement his role in Juve's congested midfield.

    And now boss Maurizio Sarri will offload if he receives an offer in the region of £27million.

    According to Gazzetto dello Sport, United are looking to make their move and have already held talks with his mother Veronique who acts as his agent.

    Boss Ole Gunnar Solskjaer is looking to bolster his squad when the transfer window opens and sees Rabiot as a bargain buy.

    It is also suggested that United have sent scouts to watch him in action on several occasions over the campaign.

  • CURT REPLY

    Paul Scholes' son Aaron is continuing the Twitter spat with former Birmingham, Sheffield United and Peterborough midfielder Curtis Woodhouse.

    Woodhouse, 40, has also taken to boxing in recent years.

    But he pulled no punches when describing Scholes and Red Devils pal Ryan Giggs as “overrated”.

    The row seems to have gotten bitter when Woodhouse tweeted: “Paul made you famous, now run along and spend his trust fund.”

    But Scholes Jr had a witty reply.

  • NO JESSING AROUND

    Lingard added: “I couldn't wait to get back to football but since being back it's been great.

    “At the moment we're currently training in groups with specific time slots.

    “It's been good just to get my boots on and back on the grass with the balls and around my team-mates and coaches.”

  • IT'S BEEN A LING TIME

    Jesse Lingard says Manchester United players have felt perfectly safe since returning to training last week.

    Ole Gunnar Solskjaer’s squad returned to Carrington on Wednesday after the two month shutdown due to the Coronavirus.

    Lingard said: “If it wasn’t a safe environment then we wouldn’t be training.

    “But we follow the right protocols, we get tested every two days and we keep our distance, obviously, group training as well.

    “At the moment we're taking everything so steady and we're waiting on the government to give the green light for the next step.

    “None of the players would be there if we didn’t feel it was safe.”

  • DAY OF THE TACKLE

    Premier League stars were cleared to kick off close-contact training on Sunday in a boost for the return of top-flight football.

    New Stage Two guidance lets elite athletes train in pairs and small groups and waives the two-metre social distancing rule.

    The news put a smile on the face of Wilfried Zaha as he began Crystal Palace training on Sunday.

    And the easing of restrictions came as just two new positive results returned from 996 Premier League tests last week. They were logged at different clubs and the figure is four fewer than the week before.

    More testing is due today and tomorrow before league bosses decide on Wednesday whether full-contact training will resume.

  • TIMO TO THINK

    Owen Hargreaves has told Timo Werner that he “could see him” at Manchester United after urging the RB Leipzig striker not to join Liverpool.

    Werner hit a hat-trick in Leipzig's 5-0 thrashing of Mainz on Sunday, topping up his tally to 30 goals for the season.

    And Hargreveas said: “Well, he's not going to get past Bobby Firmino, who is one of my favourite players to watch.

    “I think that's the thing. Wherever he goes, he has to play. With the way United play right now, I could see him there. They need a number nine.

    “Chelsea could be a good fit, I just think he's perfect for Liverpool in a way, but he's not guaranteed to start.

    “If he's happy rotating in the front three then yes, he'd be a great fit for Jurgen Klopp.

    “He works hard, he's a good goal-scorer, he's a good team-mate, all those things they need but he's not going to play ahead of Roberto Firmino, I just don't see that. He's too good in that team.”

  • MORNING UNITED FANS

    United fear loan star Odion Ighalo could have to say his goodbyes next week.

    Ole Gunnar Solskjaer would like to extend the Nigerian’s loan spell by a further three months to keep him until the end of the season.

    His parent club Shanghai Shenhua have so far rejected that proposal – and want him back to start preparations for their new season.

    With the initial deal due to expire at the end of the month, his last day with United will be Sunday.

    Ighalo, 30, has made it clear he wants to finish the season at Old Trafford after scoring four goals in eight matches.

    Meanwhile, Jesse Lingard says Manchester United players have felt perfectly safe since returning to training last week.

    The Old Trafford star said: “If it wasn’t a safe environment then we wouldn’t be training.

    “But we follow the right protocols, we get tested every two days and we keep our distance, obviously, group training as well.

    “At the moment we're taking everything so steady and we're waiting on the government to give the green light for the next step.

    “None of the players would be there if we didn’t feel it was safe.”

    Finally, United could miss out on the signing of Edinson Cavani as Inter Milan are said to be leading the race for his signature.

    The Red Devils, Chelsea, Atletico and even soon-to-be rich Newcastle have been linked to the 33-year-old.

    But according to L'Equipe, the Italian giants are the firm favourites to sign him from Paris Saint-Germain.

  • TOBI, OR NOT TO BE…

    Manchester United face competition from neighbours City for the signing of Vinicius Tobias..

    The Red Devils have reportedly been keeping a close eye on the 16-year-old Internacional star.

    But Tuttomercatoweb claim Pep Guardiola's side are hopeful of agreeing a deal for Vinicius.

    City want him to make the move to the Premier League when he turns 18.

  • 'IT'S BEEN GREAT'

    Jesse Lingard says Manchester United players have felt perfectly safe since returning to training last week.

    Ole Gunnar Solskjaer’s squad returned to Carrington on Wednesday after the two month shutdown due to the Coronavirus.

    The Old Trafford star said: “If it wasn’t a safe environment then we wouldn’t be training.

    “But we follow the right protocols, we get tested every two days and we keep our distance, obviously, group training as well.

    “At the moment we're taking everything so steady and we're waiting on the government to give the green light for the next step.

    “None of the players would be there if we didn’t feel it was safe.”

  • OD DEAR

    United fear they will have to wave goodbye to on loan forward Odion Ighalo next week.

    Ole Gunnar Solskjaer would like to extend the Nigerian’s loan spell by a further three months to take in the end of the season.

    But his parent club Shanghai Shenhua have so far rejected that proposal – and want him back to start preparations for their new season.

    So with the initial deal due to expire at the end of the month, his last day with United will be Sunday – unless there is a late breakthrough.

    Ighalo, 30, has made it clear he wants to finish the season at Old Trafford after scoring four goals in eight matches prior to the campaign being stopped due to the coronavirus pandemic.

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Bundesliga updates LIVE: Berlin derby TONIGHT, Sancho set to start vs Wolfsburg, Bayern team news

IT'S set to be a bumper week of Bundesliga action – and a pivotal few days in the title race.

The weekend's schedule got underway tonight with Hertha thrashing Union in the Berlin derby, before Dortmund and Bayern feature in a packed Super Saturday fixture list.

Follow all the latest updates, build-up and gossip from Germany's top-flight below…

  • BAYERN ARE BACK

    Bayern Munich have tweeted their excitement about playing their first home game since German football returned.

  • JUR'S WER GAME

    Liverpool are closing in on a £52million deal for Germany sensation Timo Werner.

    Sources say the transfer of the RB Leipzig striker is “happening”.

    Boss Jurgen Klopp is desperate to sign the hitman and plans to bring in £52m by selling Roma-target Xherdan Shaqiri, Harry Wilson and Marko Grujic.

    German newspaper Bild's Head of Football Christian Falk believes Werner's switch to Liverpool will happen this summer.

    He told lfctransferroom: “According to our information, the clause is 55 million as a base value and can grow to 60 million if RB Leipzig makes it into the Champions League.

    “And yes, I think this transfer is happening. Interestingly, Werner now has a new Social Media and Marketing agency.The boss of this agency is also Jurgen Klopp’s manager.”

  • BAY BATTLE

    Manchester United have been dealt a major transfer blow after reports emerged suggest Bayern Munich are after Jadon Sancho.

    The Borussia Dortmund and England winger, 20, is high on the Ole Gunnar Solskjaer's wish list after his stunning performances since moving to Germany in 2017.

    But according to ESPN, Dortmund's Bundesliga enemies Bayern Munich enquired about a deal for Sancho before the coronavirus crisis struck.

    Dortmund value their star at more than £100million – although Bayern would no doubt have to play a premium on top of that if they wanted to sign from their fiercest domestic rivals.

  • BUNDESLIGA TABLE

    Bayer Leverkusen could leapfrog Monchengladbach into third place if they manage to win away there this afternoon.

    Elsewhere, Wolfsburg could also pull within nine points of Dortmund if they beat them at home.

  • TODAY'S ACTION

    Ten teams are involved in Bundesliga action today as the German top flight continues amid the coronavirus outbreak.

    The first games kick-off at 2:30pm UK time while Bayern Munich vs Eintracht Frankfurt is the evening game.

  • GOOD MORNING,

    Bayern Munich have a huge opportunity to strengthen their title grip – just as they decline to cough up to keep Philippe Coutinho.

    The Bundesliga champions host mid-table Eintracht Frankfurt, with second-placed Borussia Dortmund four points adrift ahead of a tough trip to Wolfsburg.

    But Bayern boss Hansi Flick is telling his players they must win their own mind games to overcome playing behind closed doors due to the coronavirus pandemic.

    He said: “What is decisive is mentality.

    “Obviously it is an advantage if you have higher quality on the pitch but this is a situation which is not very easy.

    “It is important that the team pushes itself so as to cover the level of motivation that has gone missing with the empty stands.”

    Meanwhile, Bayern chairman Karl-Heinz Rummenigge confirmed they will NOT pay £110millin to activate an option to keep Barcelona playmaker Coutinho, 27, who has been linked with Chelsea, Manchester United and even HIS old club Liverpool.

    Rummenigge told Das Spiegel: “Now we're going to draw up squad planning internally and we'll see if he still has a role to play with us.”

    Elsewhere, ex-Bayer Leverkusen hero Dimitar Berbatov has urged Kai Havertz to snub the Premier League for now — and bulk up.

    Chelsea, Liverpool, Manchester City and United are all thought to have been trailing Leverkusen midfielder Havertz, 20.

    But ex-United striker Berbatov said: “He will need a bit more muscle. 

     

    “He should stay at Leverkusen and develop even more, get that experience which will help him for when the time comes to go somewhere else.”

    In Friday night's mid-table derby, Hertha Berlin bagged three superb goals in ten minutes to sink neighbours Union 4-0 .

  • SAN-TASTIC

    EXCLUSIVE: By Jan Aage Fjortoft

    The big question in Germany is whether this is the year that Bayern Munich might be toppled.

    Normally I thought the only team that could beat Bayern was themselves, if they come across problems.For the first time in a while, they have real challengers — and Dortmund have two absolute stars in Jadon Sancho and Erling Haaland.

    The next week is going to be critical in the title race.

    This weekend, Dortmund play at Wolfsburg, who are on fire, while Munich have Frankfurt at home.

    I love watching Jadon and how he has developed.Since Erling moved there in January he has got most of the headlines because of his goals.

    But Sancho could have got them too because he is unbelievable in producing assists and goals for his team-mates.It seems to me he can play everywhere — wide on the left or right, behind the strikers or pushing through from the middle.

  • BAYERN TIE DOUBT

    Chelsea, Manchester United and City's European hopes are in doubt after the government confirmed a two-week quarantine on UK arrivals from June 8.

    No exemptions are being given to sports starts, potentially causing a real headache for British clubs left in Europe.

    It means should Real Madrid fly to England for the second leg of their last-16 tie with Pep Guardiola's side, the Spanish giants would have to wait in complete lockdown for two weeks before being able to train and then play the match.

    Similarly, Chelsea are due to fly to Germany to play Bayern Munich which would again cause the same problems for Frank Lampard's men when they return to England.

    United are still in the Europa League, beating LASK 5-0 in the first leg of their last-16 clash in Austria with the second leg at Old Trafford, while Wolves and Scottish side Rangers could also fall victim to the new crackdown.

  • YOU MUST BECOME HEAVYWEIGHT HAVERTZ

    Dimitar Berbatov has urged Kai Havertz to snub the Premier League for now — and bulk up.

    The Bayer Leverkusen midfielder, 20, has been linked with Chelsea, Liverpool, Manchester City and United and enhanced his growing reputation with two goals in Monday’s 4-1 win over Werder Bremen.

    But ex-United striker Berbatov, who left Leverkusen to join Spurs in 2006, believes Havertz is not yet tough enough to leave his native Germany.

    Berbatov, 39, said: “I’d like to see Havertz in the Premier League but it is a bit too early for him.

    “He will need a bit more muscle. We all know how defenders can squash you and smash you into pieces.

    “He should stay at Leverkusen and develop even more, get that experience which will help him for when the time comes to go somewhere else.”

  • BAYERN DECLINE TO PAY COUTINHO FEE

    Bayern Munich will spark more talk of Philippe Coutinho returning to the Premier League by declining to pay a £110million option to buy the Barcelona playmaker.

    Chelsea, Manchester United and even old club Liverpool have been linked with the Brazil star, 27, although financial restraints due to the coronavirus pandemic make a summer transfer less likely.

    Bayern chairman  Karl-Heinz Rummenigge told Der Spiegel: “The option expired and we haven't activated it.

    “Now we're going to draw up squad planning internally (for next season) and we'll see if he still has a role to play with us or not.”

    Coutinho started just 15 of Bayern's 25 games, coming on as substitute eight times, before the Covid-19 lockdown halted football action. 

    But with Barca insisting he could still have a role back at the Nou Camp, he hopes to impress now the Bundesliga has restarted.

  • NO BRAIN, NO GAIN

    Bayern Munich players must work harder to motivate each other to maintain a winning mentality while playing in empty stadiums, coach Hansi Flick said on Friday.

    The Bundesliga became the first major sports league to restart last week after more than two months following an easing of COVID-19 pandemic restrictions in Germany, but games are played without fans for health safety reasons.

    Flick said ahead of the Bundesliga leaders’ match with Eintracht Frankfurt: “What is decisive is mentality.

    “Obviously it is an advantage if you have higher quality on the pitch but this is a situation which is not very easy.

    “It is key that you bring that mentality to the pitch. It is important that the team pushes itself so as to cover the level of motivation that has gone missing with the empty stands.”

  • RESULT: HERTHA BERLIN 4 UNION BERLIN 0

    Four goals in 25 minutes after the break take Hertha up a place to tenth in the Bundesliga, while shellshocked neighbours Union stay 12th.

    Check out our live blog here.

  • BOY WONDER

    Latest: Hertha Berlin 4 Union Berlin 0

    Ex-Manchester City centre-back Dedryck Boyata slams home Hertha's fourth goal on 77 minutes.

    Follow all the action on our live blog here.

  • IT'S A DOD-DLE

    Latest: Hertha Berlin 3 Union Berlin 0

    Here'sDodi Lukebakio slotting in the second of Hertha's three goals in ten minutes in their sudden derby demolition of Union.

  • HERTH-SHATTERING SPELL

    Latest: Hertha Berlin 3 Union Berlin 0

    Three superb goals early in the second half put Hertha in command of Friday night's Bundesliga game.

    Vedad Ibisevic's diving header in the 51st minute, Dodi Lukebakio's neat finish as he rounded the keeper and an exquisite curler from Matheus Cunha's curler provided an explosive ten minutes.

    Follow all the action on our live blog here.

  • BAY IN WAIT FOR SANCHO

    Bayern Munich have emerged as major rivals to Jadon Sancho's host of Premier League suitors, like United and Chelsea.

    Reports in Germany suggest the Bundesliga champions regard the Borussia Dortmund attacker as an alternative to Manchester City's Germany wideman Leroy Sane.

    England star Sancho has bagged 19 goals and 17 assists for German giants Dortmund in all competitions this season.

  • HURLY-BERLI DERBY ACTION

    Ahead of this weekend's full busy schedule, you can get live coverage of the single Friday night game, Hertha Berlin vs Union Berlin, with our live blog here.

    Union, in 12th, must win to swap spots with 11th-placed Hertha, who likewise would move up just one position with victory.

    It's goalless at half-time.

  • PREM WILL LEARN FROM BUNDESLIGA

    Premier League chief executive Richard Masters insists they will learn from the Bundesliga's return and is “as confident as we can be” about restarting in June.

    He said the Prem would be “flexible” about a restart date, having previously targeted June 12 after the coronavirus pandemic halted action on March 13.

    Masters told the BBC: “There is some momentum. We've taken the first step.

    “It's great for everybody, including the fans, to see our players back on the training ground.”

    He said the Bundesliga's resumption last weekend, which went smoothly despite being behind closed doors, would provide useful help.

  • GLAD YOU THOUGHT OF IT

    Three Premier League clubs are interested in following German super-fan Ingo Muller's idea of cardboard cut-outs in empty stands.

    SunSport understands those behind the new ‘Stay at Home – Be at the Game’ project have held talks with club officials – two sides in the top half of the table – about adopting the concept.

    If those discussions prove successful, then £20 recyclable and water-proof cut-outs could be placed in stadiums when the Premier League resumes in June.

    Some of the money raised will be donated to the NHS in the fight against coronavirus.

    Top US sporting bodies like the NBA and MLS have also shown an interest as international sport looks set to return behind closed doors in the wake of the Covid-19 pandemic.

    Borussia Monchengladbach supporter Ingo Muller organised almost 14,000 cut-outs of fans and season-ticket holders for his in-form Bundesliga club.

    It will go live to the world when Gladbach face Bayern Leverkusen at the Borussia-Park on Saturday afternoon.

  • THREE INTER WON

    Liverpool and Chelsea target Timo Werner is one of three players Inter Milan are tipped to chase in a bid to unseat champions Juventus.

    Italy's Tuttosport claim RB Leipzig's Germany frontman and PSG record scorer Edinson Cavani, who was linked with Manchester United last season, are at the front of their list.

    Cavani, 33, will be a free agent at the end of the season, making him an attractive proposition for Inter after they seemingly missed out on another player hunted by Chelsea, Napoli forward Dries Mertens.

    Inter's third apparent target remains a mystery – but it is thought they will prioritise top young Italian talent.

    Fiorentina duo Federico Chiesa and Gaetano Castrovilli, plus Brescia’s Sandro Tonali, are among the suggested names.

  • KOP URGED TO CHASE SANCHO OVER WERNER

    Chelsea and United target Jadon Sancho is one of three possible signings Liverpool should prioritise, says Anfield legend John Barnes.

    The former England winger thinks Jurgen Klopp should pursue Borussia Dortmund’s England attacker Sancho, plus Leicester City's Turkey defender Caglar Soyuncu and Real Sociedad’s Spain centre-back Diego Llorente.

    But it is RB Leipzig and Germany striker Timo Werner who remains the player most commonly linked with a huge summer switch to Liverpool.

  • JUL IN OUR CROWN BID

    Borussia Dortmund winger Julian Brandt has been labelled a key man in the Bundesliga title hunt.

    While speculation grows over the future of his Germany and club team-mate Mario Gotze, former Bayer Leverkusen star Brandt has been in scintillating form.

    And Dortmund boss Lucien Favre said of the 24-year-old: “Julian Brandt is able to play many different positions in different systems. That shows great quality.

    “He played in midfield with only one or two additional players and he also played as striker against Slavia Prague. 

    “I like this very much because as a coach you get a lot of opportunities with a player like this. He is performing very well. He has to keep up his development like it is right now.

    “Sporting director Michael Zorc said: “He is a fantastic player – that's why we tried so hard for him and finally signed him. I have not seen many players with his potential.”

  • THAT'S GOTTA HURT

    Borussia Dortmund chief Lucien Favre admits Germany midfielder Mario Gotze is unsuited to the Bundesliga title-chasers' style of play.

    Ahead of Saturday's clash with Wolfsburg, Favre threw the 27-year-old's future even higher in the air.

    He said: “I have been talking to Mario Gotze, and unfortunately this is not the right system for him.

    You must say the truth about this.Of course, he is able to play half-left or half-right, but we will see.

    There are still many games ahead of us and we need to count on every single player.”

  • MENTAL BATTLE

    Bayern boss Hansi Flick says the race for the Bundesliga title behind closed doors will be won in the minds almost as much as on the pitch. With his leaders hosting Eintracht Frankfurt in an empty Allianz Arena on Saturday, Flick said: “What is decisive is mentality.

    !Obviously it is an advantage if you have higher quality on the pitch, but this is a situation which is not very easy.”

  • LUCKY NO8

    Bayern are chasing a record-extending eighth consecutive Bundesliga title and are four points ahead of second-placed Borussia Dortmund.

    They played their first game behind closed doors, beating Union Berlin 2-0 and now face Frankfurt.

    Flick added: “Everyone of us has now played at least one time in front of empty stands.

    “We know what to expect. Before our game last week we had also trained at the Allianz Arena (and not at the training centre) so we know what to expect in terms of atmosphere.”

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Coronavirus UK LIVE: Deaths reach 36,042 as Government trial ‘on-the-spot’ swab test and reveal antibody test roll out – The Sun

THE UK coronavirus death toll hit 36,042 today and the government announced plans to roll out more than 10 million antibody tests next week.

Matt Hancock revealed contracts had been signed to provide the tests from Roche Diagnostics and Abbot Labs.

The Health Secretary said the tests would be distributed in phases during this evening's press conference.

Meanwhile, Mr Hancock also revealed a new 'on-the-spot' swab test is being trialled, which would provide results in 20 minutes.

His comments come after the death toll in the UK increased by 338 in just 24 hours.

Elsewhere, EasyJet announced it would resume a small number of flights in the UK and France next month with crew and passengers wearing masks.

Also, Boris Johnson is set to launch a new track-and-trace scheme by June 1 to identify new coronavirus cases and isolate them quickly.

Follow our coronavirus live blog for all the latest news and updates…

  • LOCKDOWN COULD HAVE TRIGGERED SUNNIEST SPRING EVER

    Researchers have said that the falling pollution levels caused by the international coronavirus lockdowns may be triggering the brightest spring on record.

    Nasa studies show a 17 per cent drop in carbon emissions, which are known to block sunlight, leading to a stronger sun this spring.

    Dr Peter Inness, a meteorologist at the University of Reading, told The Telegraph: “We have seen some record-breaking weather this year already, but for this spring to even rival the sunniest summers on record is quite extraordinary.”

    More on this here

  • TAXI DRIVER DIES OF CORONAVIRUS AFTER 'INFECTED' FARE-DODGER SPAT AT HIM

    An East London cabbie died after a thug spat in his face shouting “I've got the coronavirus and now you've got it too” before dodging the £9 fare in Stratford on March 22.

    Trevor Belle, 61, died in the Royal London Hospital on April 18, having tested positive for Covid-19 and falling ill shortly after the incident.

    His friend and fellow Arsenal fan, Damian Briggs, described Trevor as “a jovial person who, as serious as life is, would always find a way to get a smile on your face so you can take your mind off the problem.

    “No matter how bad it was, he always found a way to have a laugh and chuckle.”

  • TRUMP 'TESTED VERY POSITIVELY IN ANOTHER SENSE' TODAY

    Trump said that his coronavirus test came back “positively toward negative” today as he walked maskless into a Michigan automotive plant.

    He told reporters: “I tested very positively in another sense. So this morning, yeah, I tested positively toward negative.

    “Right, so, I tested perfectly this morning. Meaning, I tested negative.”

  • A QUARTER OF AMERICANS DON'T WANT TO TAKE CORONAVIRUS VACCINE

    25 per cent of Americans have little or no interest in taking a coronavirus vaccine, according to a Reuters/Ipsos poll. 14 per cent of them said they were not interested at all.

    In a blow to Trump, 36 per cent of respondents said they would be less willing to take a vaccine if Donald Trump said it was safe, compared with only 14 per cent who would be more interested.

    Some of the 4,428 respondents voiced concern that the record pace at which vaccine candidates are being developed could compromise safety.

  • MULTI-MILLIONAIRE IS TRYING TO SUE AGAINST CORONAVIRUS MEASURES

    A multimillionaire businessman worth £200 million Simon Dolan filed a complaint with the High Court saying that coronavirus economic restrictions will kill more people than coronavirus.

    He argues that the economic slump in the wake of coronavirus “will lead to far more deaths from suicide, undiagnosed conditions, untreated conditions – indeed far more than would have been potentially saved by the lockdown.”

    Mr Dolan also believes the regulations are costing the UK £2.5bn a day and are a breach of freedoms of the individual held under the European Convention on Human Rights.

  • CLAPPING IN CHELSEA

    An NHS worker reacts at the Chelsea and Westminster Hospital during the Clap for our Carers campaign in support of the NHS.

  • HEROES TEAR UP AS THEY REACT TO THE CLAP

  • BOJO CLAPS SOLO

    Boris Johnson was pictured outside number 10 clapping to pay his respect for carers on his ones, without Carrie or baby Wilfred.

  • INCREASING MIGRANT CORONAVIRUS CROSSINGS 'IGNORED' BY FRENCH AUTHORITIES

    A British fisherman has said that French Channel patrol boats are passively allowing migrant boats to cross to the UK from France during the coronavirus crisis.

    Skipper Matt Coker has accused patrols of making little to no attempt to stop migrants from crossing the border after reporting increasing numbers of migrant dinghies in recent weeks.

    “They don’t seem so interested in stopping the vessels as the do escorting them across.” He told Sky News.

    The Home Office confirmed there were a total of 9 separate incidents on the English and French sides of the Channel on Thursday.

    More on this here

  • NHS WORKERS REACT TO TONIGHT'S CLAP

    NHS workers react at the Aintree University Hospital gathered for the Clap for our Carers campaign in support of the NHS.

  • RUSSIANS RALLY AROUND NURSE WHO FACES THE SACK OVER 'TOO HOT' PPE

    A 23 year old Russian nurse who stripped down to her undies under her translucent PPE is seeing a lot of support from the public and politicians.

    The nurse, named Nadia, complained she was too hot in PPE while serving at a major hospital in Tula.

    She is being backed by her colleagues, who say the hospital wasn't providing proper PPE, which shouldn't have been transparent in the first place.

    Nadia is being repremanded for “non-compliance with the requirements for medical clothing”, but is now being offered a job as an underwear model.

  • SELF-EMPLOYED START GETTING UP TO £7,500 IN GOVERNMENT CORONAVIRUS SUPPORT

    Self-employed workers are starting to get their cash from their equivalent of furlough.

    The Self-Employment Income Support Scheme (SEISS), that opened last week, will see back payments of up to £2,500 per month.

    YOU can claim if you're a self-employed individual or a member of a partnership and you:

    • have submitted your self assessment tax return for the tax year 2018/19
    • traded in the tax year 2019/20
    • are trading when you apply, or would be except for coronavirus
    • intend to continue to trade in the current tax year (2020/21)
    • have lost trading profits due to coronavirus.

    More on this here

    TODAY'S PRESS CONFERENCE IN BRIEF

    Health Secretary Matt Hancock was joined by Professor Chris Whitty and Professor John Newton at today's press conference.

    • Mr Hancock opened by commenting on Mental Health, revealing the Government are giving £4.2m in funds to charities like the Samaritans, Young Minds and Mental Health UK.
    • Health and care workers have a bespoke service to get help by texting “FRONTLINE” to 85258.
    • Hancock spoke about a swab test from OptiGene, which is currently being trialled that can provide results in 20 minutes.
    • He said that experts are not sure whether those that test positive on the antibody tests are immune to coronavirus.
    • The Health Secretary revealed that around 17% of people tested in London had tested positive for antibodies, while the national figure is about 5%.
    • Antibody tests from Roche Diagnostics and Abbott Labs have been approved, with three further tests being currently assessed.
    • Contracts have been signed to provide over 10 million tests from Roche and Abbott in the coming months, which will begin being rolled out from next week in a phased manner, with health and care staff, patient and residents first.

    MANCHESTER PRIMARY SCHOOL IN LOCKDOWN AFTER CORONAVIRUS CASE

    A Manchester primary school has been forced to temporarily shut after a case of Covid-19 was confirmed today.

    A risk assessment is being carried out to determine which pupils and staff need to self isolate at Milton St John's CE Primary School, in Mossley, Tameside.

    The school had previously been open to the children of key workers and vulnerable families, reports MEN.

    CLAP FOR CARERS IS AT 8PM TONIGHT

    The nation will come together to clap for carers at 8pm tonight for the eight week in a row.

    The initiative sees the involvement of millions of people and is intended to thank the estimated 1.3 million Britons who work for the NHS and other key workers as they combat the coronavirus on the frontline.

    British landmarks including the Royal Albert Hall, the Wembley Arch and Lincoln Cathedral are all lit blue during the weekly show of gratitude.

    CORNISH CLAMPDOWN

    Cornish cops swooped down on coronavirus campers after people stayed at the beach overnight in spite of PHE rules.

    The dawn raids ended in visitors being moved on “with engagement, explanation and education” according to police.

    More on this story here

    THIS IS HOW BEACHES IN THE POST-CORONAVIRUS COSTA'S COULD LOOK

    MORE THAN 3,600 AMERICANS POISONED BY DISINFECTANT IN APRIL

    The US poison control centres reported that there were over 3,600 cases of disinfectant exposure reported in April.

    The massive spike of around 2000 extra cases on February's figures is believed to be down to people “drinking or bathing in disinfectants” following President Trump's infamous press briefing in which he told the American people to try injecting disinfectants, like bleach, to fight coronavirus.

    Manufacturers previously reported that officials had allegedly contacted them following the Presidents remarks to ask them to make their products “taste worse”.

    A CENTURION HAS RAISED ALMOST 200K FOR DOING LAPS OF HIS GARDEN WHILE FASTING

    A centurion and poet from St Albans has raised more than £170,000 for Covid-19 relief by walking laps of his garden while fasting for Ramadan.

    Similar to Captain Tom Moore's efforts, Dabirul Islam Choudhury, from St Albans, has been walking 100 laps of his garden and intends to give the money to coronavirus charities around the world.

    Muslims are not allowed to have water or food during scorching daylight hours while fasting, which can last up to ten hours. Centurion's like Dabirul are normally exempt due to their age.

    Support his amazing effort here

    GOODBYE RUBY TUESDAY

    Virgin Atlantic Boeing 747-400 jumbo jet nicknamed 'Ruby Tuesday' was pictured departing Glasgow en route to Spain where it will be dismantled after the company made 1,350 staff redundant due to coronavirus.

    The massive plane was named in honour of the Rolling Stones song.

    FIVE PER CENT OF ENGLAND HAS ALREADY HAD CORONAVIRUS

    One in 20 English people is estimated to have had coronavirus according to Health Secretary Matt Hancock.

    The stats, gathered by the ONS were released as he announced that 10 million antibody tests will be made available to health and social care staff, as well as their patients and those in care.

    Experts hope that a degree of antibody immunity will last for at least a year or two after an infection has cleared.

    NHS STAFF CRITICISED FOR NOT SOCIAL DISTANCING ON BREAKS

    Frontline staff have been told off by a top NHS England director for not social distancing at work.

    Dr Chris Moran expressed concerns that staff were causing management a bit of a headache for not social distancing in social environments such as the canteen or the loos.

    He said: “We know when directly managing patients social distancing is impossible, that’s what PPE is for to protect both sides of the equation.

    “But I think in the staff-only areas we could do quite a lot better in some of the places that I’ve visited.”

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8am Chelsea news LIVE: Kante refuses to train, Jorginho ‘would like’ Juventus move – agent, Hudson-Odoi misses training – The Sun

CHELSEA have returned to training as the return of the Premier League draws closer, but N'Golo Kante and Callum Hudson-Odoi were notable for their absence.

Kante is choosing not to train due to coronavirus fears, with the full backing of the club and Frank Lampard, while Hudson-Odoi is feeling unwell and on medication.

Follow all the latest updates from Stamford Bridge below…

  • GI WHIZZ

    Frank Lampard is delighted Olivier Giroud's contract has been renewed until the end of next season.

    The Blues boss said: “Since I have been back at Chelsea, Olivier has been brilliant as a professional and as a man in general.

    “He has great qualities to help the squad both on and off the pitch, not only with his talent but with the example he sets every day and the experience he brings to our young squad.

    “I am very pleased that will continue next season.”

  • JUVE DONE IT THIS TIME

    Jorginho's agent has reignited speculation that he could leave Chelsea for Juventus in the summer.

    Joao Santos told Radio Kiss Kiss: “Juventus are one of the top teams in Europe and any player would like to play for them.

    “I haven’t heard from [sporting director] Paratici, he hasn’t called me. Jorginho has three years left on his contract with Chelsea, he’s doing well in London.

    “I read about the links with Juve through newspapers and various outlets.”

    And pressed on whether Jorginho would like to move to Turin, he said: “I repeat: Juventus are one of the top clubs in football.”

  • MORNING, BLUES FANS

    Chelsea have confirmed that Olivier Giroud’s contract has been extended for another year.

    The Frenchman said: “I am delighted to continue my journey and adventure at Chelsea.

    “I can’t wait to get back to playing and enjoying competitive football with my teammates.

    “I’m looking forward to wearing the Chelsea shirt again, especially in front of our fans at a full Stamford Bridge, whenever it is safe to do so.”

    Boss Frank Lampard added: “Since I have been back at Chelsea, Olivier has been brilliant as a professional and as a man in general.

    “He has great qualities to help the squad both on and off the pitch, not only with his talent but with the example he sets every day and the experience he brings to our young squad.

    “I am very pleased that will continue next season.”

    Chelsea have also decided to extend Willy Caballero’s deal by a further season.

    Meanwhile, Chelsea have reportedly been joined by Real Madrid in the race for Lille star Gabriel.

    Spanish news outlet AS claims the Brazilian centre-back, 22, is now a £30million target for Los Blancos.

    He has enjoyed a great season with Lille in Ligue 1, making 24 appearances.

    Zinedine Zidane’s preferred target is RB Leipzig ace Dayot Upamecano.

    But The Germans are demanding a whopping £54m, while Bayern Munich are also ready to compete for his signature.

    Real are therefore looking at other options and Gabriel is understood to be high on their wish list.

    Finally, Manuel Neuer has signed a new contract at Bayern Munich in a major blow to Chelsea.

    The Blues had hoped to bring the German legend to Stamford Bridge to replace Kepa Arrizabalaga this summer.

    Neuer, 34, was expected to quit Bayern this summer after the club controversially brought in Alexander Nubel as his long-term replacement in January.

    But the German's new deal will see him surely end his career at the Allianz Arena – as he will be aged 37 by the time his deal expires.

  • EXCLUSIVE BY TOM BARCLAY

    Avram Grant has told SunSport he is proud of his achievements at Chelsea – despite losing the 2008 Champions League final to Man Utd.

    He said: “Reading my notes back made me proud of everything. You see only the result and the result was clear.

    “But I consider more what brought us there. The training, the mentality, everything. No doubt, it was a great season.”

  • KANTE DO IT

    N’Golo Kante skipped Chelsea training today because of his fears over coronavirus.

    The midfielder has been granted compassionate leave by the club and it is not known when he will return.

    France World Cup winner Kante completed day one of Chelsea’s return to training on Tuesday after testing negative for coronavirus.

    But it is believed he has concerns over the safety of going back to duty alongside his team-mates full time while England remains in lockdown.

    As a result he was allowed to miss Wednesday’s session with the blessing of head coach Frank Lampard and the club.

  • EXCLUSIVE BY DUNCAN WRIGHT

    Real Madrid and neighbours Atletico are the latest big Spanish club to make it known they are willing to sell some of their stars.

    That is sure to put Premier League giants including Man Utd, Chelsea and Arsenal on red alert.

    SunSport revealed this week how Barcelona have effectively invited offers for all but three of their players as they desperately look to plug a hole in their finances.

    Now it has emerged that LaLiga rivals Real and Atleti are also in the market to offload players as the cost of the Covid-19 crisis begins to bite.

    The top clubs in the Premier League have all been made aware that the two clubs in the Spanish capital are open to do business for the majority of their players.

    Real are still trying to pursue a plan to find the resources to sign Neymar from Paris Saint-Germain, but to do that they would need to bring in a huge amount of funds.

    Gareth Bale is one of those they would be happy to move on to get his £650,000-a-week wages off their books, but others are also available.

    But the problem for the Spanish giants is the value of players is likely to drop markedly when football resumes, and they may not get the kind of fees they would hope.

  • EXCLUSIVE BY DUNCAN WRIGHT

    THE Premier League's big return to training has been hampered – by sticky balls.

    All 20 top flight clubs have now resumed work in strictly controlled sessions as part of Project Restart aiming to complete the season.

    But the coating of disinfectant being smeared on all the balls has reacted in the scorching temperatures across the country, causing the surface to become tacky.

    Some players have complained they are now running slowly on the already dry grass in the few ball drills they are able to enjoy in Phase One of the training programme.

    SunSport has learnt how just two days into the new regime stars are claiming they are “pointless” and “ludicrous”.

    They claim the sessions are not fit for purpose to help them build up match fitness ahead of the planned return to action next month.

  • WHERE THERE'S A WILL

    Chelsea have also decided to extend Willy Caballero’s deal by a further season.

    The Argentine goalie beamed: “I am very happy to make this announcement.

    “It is a privilege to be part of this squad and family, at one of the most historic clubs in the Premier League.

    “It is a difficult time for everyone right now so I feel blessed by this opportunity and truly appreciate it.

    “I want to thank my teammates for helping me to be at my best and I want to thank the boss and club for extending my contract.

    “I’m sure they will continue to demand the maximum from me and I will compete with the same energy as always.

    “I am very happy.”

    Boss Frank Lampard added: “I trust in Willy, he trains brilliantly and is a great professional.

    “He stepped into the team earlier this year and showed his quality, and his experience is invaluable in the dressing room.

    “I’m delighted he will be with us next season.”

  • ROUD AWAKENING

    Chelsea have confirmed that Olivier Giroud’s contract has been extended for another year.

    The Frenchman said: “I am delighted to continue my journey and adventure at Chelsea.

    “I can’t wait to get back to playing and enjoying competitive football with my teammates.

    “I’m looking forward to wearing the Chelsea shirt again, especially in front of our fans at a full Stamford Bridge, whenever it is safe to do so.”

    Boss Frank Lampard added: “Since I have been back at Chelsea, Olivier has been brilliant as a professional and as a man in general.

    “He has great qualities to help the squad both on and off the pitch, not only with his talent but with the example he sets every day and the experience he brings to our young squad.

    “I am very pleased that will continue next season.”

  • GREAT SCOTT

    The government has announced a “renewal taskforce” to help sport return – with ex-England footballer Alex Scott on board.

    Culture Secretary Oliver Dowden wants advice on “how to get sport back safely in a way that works for both clubs, players and supporters alike”.

    And amid gradual easing of the Covid-19 lockdown, he said the government are looking for “new and different ways to get industries back up and running”.

    Dowden added: “Finding creative, crowd-free ways to navigate coronavirus is the biggest challenge for our recreation and leisure sectors right now”.

    But he confirmed the government are looking at a gradual process, rather than a sudden return, and insisted that safety concerns will remain the priority.

  • WINDS OF WINTER

    Arsene Wenger has called for the January transfer window to be axed as out-of-favour players “give up”.

    The Arsenal legend who is now FIFA's head of global development, has suggested changes to the game in the wake of the coronavirus crisis.

    The Frenchman said: “I am for the abolition of the January transfer window

    “Managers don't deal with this second window well.

    “In October, as soon as a player does not play anymore, he tries to find a solution elsewhere and waits for January to leave,

    “He is no longer mobilised, he gives up.”

  • GIFT OF GAB

    Chelsea and Arsenal have reportedly been joined by Real Madrid in the race for Lille star Gabriel.

    Spanish news outlet AS claims the Brazilian centre-back, 22, is now a £30million target for Los Blancos.

    He has enjoyed a great season with Lille in Ligue 1, making 24 appearances.

    Zinedine Zidane’s preferred target is RB Leipzig ace Dayot Upamecano.

    But The Germans are demanding a whopping £54m, while Bayern Munich are also ready to compete for his signature.

    Real are therefore looking at other options and Gabriel is understood to be high on their wish list.

  • OL SHOW YOU

    Olivier Giroud proved to Karim Benzema he is no “go kart” by rocking up at Chelsea training in a stunning Ferrari.

    The Blues frontman was on the receiving end of a harsh jibe from his French compatriot in March.

    Real Madrid's Benzema slammed comparisons between the two strikers – by suggesting the gulf between them is like that of a Formula One car against a go kart.

    Giroud, however, is the first-choice central striker for Didier Deschamps as he closes in on 100 caps.

    And the Blues man, 33, proved he has plenty of class off the pitch, too, with his stylish arrival at Cobham.

  • NEU ERA

    Manuel Neuer has signed a new contract at Bayern Munich in a major blow to Chelsea.

    The Blues had hoped to bring the German legend to Stamford Bridge to replace Kepa Arrizabalaga this summer.

    Neuer, 34, was expected to quit Bayern this summer after the club controversially brought in Alexander Nubel as his long-term replacement in January.

    But the German's new deal will see him surely end his career at the Allianz Arena – as he will be aged 37 by the time his deal expires.

  • WAR OF THE MOSES

    Victor Moses is facing an uncertain future at Chelsea with the winger set to be dumped by Inter Milan after his flop loan spell.

    The Nigerian has struggled to hold down a first-team place while in Italy, making just seven appearances, mostly as a substitute.

    The 29-year-old has also had injury problems, failing to stay fit and not being a major part of Antonio Conte's starting plans.

    It is understood Inter have made an enquiry to Chelsea and were told he would cost around £10.75m to seal a permanent transfer.

    But the Italian club would only be willing to pay around £6m due to financial constraints related to the coronavirus pandemic.

    However, Conte is a big fan of Moses and could ask his old club whether they can take him back on loan for the whole of next year.

  • COUT ON HIS OWN

    Chelsea target Philippe Coutinhois back training on his own for Bayern Munich as the German giants consider extending his deal, according to reports.

    The Brazilian is on loan with the Bundesliga giants from Barcelona and is recovering from an ankle injury which he had surgery on in April.

    Coutinho was due to return to the Nou Camp at the end of the season but Bayern are considering extending his stay on a short term basis until the Champions League is finished, according to Spanish outlet Sport.

    But despite the brief respite, the Bundesliga giants are not expected to make his move permanent and his Barcelona future also looks in doubt.

    Latest reports suggest Bayern have offered Manchester City star Leroy Sane Coutinho's No10 shirt and a bumper pay rise in a bid to land him in the next transfer window.

    The Bavarianshave been desperate to sign the German winger, 24, since last summer, before his season-ending injury in August's Community Shield.

  • YOUNG OFFENDERS

    Chelsea reminded two members of staff of their responsibilities after they reportedly broke lockdown rules to sign two eight-year-olds.

    Saturday was the first day clubs could sign players for under-9 football next season and the West Londoners are said to have flaunted lockdown rules in order to get there first.

    Pictures reportedly seen by Football London appear to show the Blues' local head of recruitment and another member of staff enter the youngsters' homes to sign deals.

    The club had planned to deliver the contracts in hard copy and exchange at a safe distance, according to the Standard.

    Clubs are often in a hurry to snap up the best young talent but other London clubs are said to have acted in a more professional manner by recruiting youth players over Skype, Facetime and Zoom.

    A scout at one of Chelsea's rival clubs called the move “disrespectful” and some reportedly view it as a move to get ahead in the “very competitive market” for kids currently in year three at school.

  • COUT ABOVE

    Chelsea and Man Utd have been urged to make a move for Barcelona's Philippe Coutinho by Owen Hargreaves.

    The former Manchester United and Bayern Munich midfielder believes the Brazilian would be a welcome addition back to the Premier League.

    Speaking on BT Sport, the 39-year-old said: “I love his game, I love him as a player.

    “He is obviously going though a bit of a tough time after leaving Liverpool.

    “Barca didn’t work and Bayern hasn’t really worked, but there is still plenty of time and I would never count him out.

    “I would love to see him back in the Premier League. He makes a lot of teams better.

    “Premier League teams are probably the only ones with the capacity to sign him and, let’s be honest, when he was here he was a dream to watch.

  • PHIL TO THE BRIM

    Chelsea have been handed a huge boost in the race to land Philippe Coutinho after Bayern Munich boss Hansi Flick cast doubt over the Brazilian's long-term future in Germany.

    The Brazilian playmaker was left out of the Bavarians squad for their 2-0 win over Union Berlin following a setback he suffered from an ankle injury.

    The 27-year-old now faces a fight to be fit for the rest of Bayern's games before he finishes his season-long loan from Barcelona.

    The Bundesliga champs have the option to make Coutinho's move permanent but have so far seemed unwilling to meet Barca's £100million price tag.

  • PARD UP FOR CASH

    Frank Lampard snubbed the chance to be Ipswich boss – because they had no money.

    His uncle Harry Redknapp revealed the current Chelsea chief was offered the Tractor Boys’ hotseat before he took over at Derby two years ago.

    Redknapp said: “I got him the job at Ipswich.

    “I phoned Marcus Evans and said ‘Listen you need a manager, Frank Lampard’s your man.’

    “He met him, loved him, offered him the job. Frank said ‘Harry, they’ve got no budget, it’s difficult there. I can’t bring any players in. What can I do?’

    “I said ‘It’s a great club, Ipswich, Frank but you’re going to need a bit of help. You ain’t got a magic wand.’

    “Then suddenly the Derby job became available and I rang Mel Morris. He’s got a house up the road from me and I get on ever so well with him.

  • OUT OF THE BLUE

    Chelsea great Michael Essien has revealed he almost signed for rivals LIVERPOOL instead.

    Essien recalled: “I had a lot of offers when I was at Bastia. I was close to signing for Liverpool when Gerard Houllier was their coach.

    “I even went to Melwood to meet the coach. We had a talk, and I returned to France.

    “But the offers were still coming – from PSG, Marseille.

    “However I told Bastia I didn't want to move, and they also didn't want to sell me. They wanted me to stay another year.

    “That was fine with me. I didn't want to leave the club, so I stayed for my third year with them.

    “Lyon joined the three aforementioned clubs to enquire about me. I thought it was too early for me to move to England.”

  • DOR OPEN

    Jadon Sancho remains likely to leave Borussia Dortmund this summer with Manchester United at the front of the queue ahead of Chelsea, according to reports.

    The 20-year-old has persistently been linked with a move away from Signal Iduna Park this season – but the financial effect of the coronavirus has changed the financial dynamics of every club in Europe.

    Ed Woodward himself last month warned of the changes that fans would see in the transfer market this summer.

    But according to The Athletic, the Red Devils are still in contact with Borussia Dortmund and a deal remains likely.

    Speaking on the Ornstein & Chapman Podcast, the former said: “Sancho was expecting to move this summer and there’s still a very high chance that will happen.

    “There’s an understanding between Sancho and Borussia Dortmund that if the right price arrives that he can go and there’s no expectation that Dortmund wouldn’t honour that, they’re said to be very honourable in these sort of situations.

    “They’re looking for no less than €120million [£107m], some say to me no less than €130m [£116m] and that certainly the figure that they want is around what they received or agreed for Ousmane Dembele.”

  • PLAY ON

    Uefa chief Aleksander Ceferin is “absolutely sure” fans will be back in stadiums “very soon” despite fears football faces 12 months of being played behind-closed-doors.

    When asked why he felt the disease would not impact football in the long-run, Ceferin told The Guardian: “It's a serious situation but it is going down now and we are being more cautious.

    “We know more about the virus and in general I'm an optimistic person.

    “I don't like this apocalyptic view that we have to wait for the second and third waves or even a fifth wave … people you know are likely to die one day, but do we have to be worried today? I don't think so.

    “We are ready and we will follow the recommendations of the authorities but I'm absolutely sure, personally, that good old football with fans will come back very soon.”

  • OUT OF THE BLUE

    Roberto Carlos has revealed that he came “very close” to joining Chelsea in 2007.

    He told Goal: “I had two proposals, Fenerbahce and Chelsea. Chelsea didn't work out so I signed for Fenerbahce.

    “But, with Chelsea, it got very close. It was literally agreed and I just had to go there and sign the contract.

    “It was just a week before I signed for Fenerbahce and I had been to Paris to meet both Roman Abramovich and Peter Kenyon.

    “Unfortunately, in the final moments something didn't work out just before finalising, which happens a lot in football. There was an issue with the lawyer.

    “It was all agreed, though, and I am 100 per cent sure I would have done well in the Premier League and it would have suited my characteristics.”

  • N'GOLO TOUPEE

    Chelseafans couldn't believe their eyes when N'Golo Kante rocked up to training with a full head of HAIR.

    The midfielder, 29, has only ever been seen with a shaved head since he made the move to England back in 2015.

    The likes of Manchester United duo Paul Pogba and Anthony Martial decided to brave the shave while on lockdown.

    But Kante clearly resisted the urge to give himself a haircut at home before he made his return to Cobham.

    Chelsea's squad returned to training on Tuesday in small groups as they prepare for the return of the Premier League.

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7pm Man Utd news LIVE: Jimenez transfer LATEST, Sancho transfer ‘discouraging’ Gomes, Matondo backup plan – The Sun

MANCHESTER UNITED are ready for a busy summer on and off the pitch as the Premier League aims to kick on with Project Restart.

But there are concerns that their transfer pursuit of Jadon Sancho is pushing Angel Gomes closer towards Chelsea, while a move for Raul Jimenez is also reportedly being considered.

Follow all the latest updates and transfer news below…

  • WERNING LIGHT

    Jurgen Klopp's hopes of landing Timo Werner received a surprise boost as RB Leipzig tweeted: “Liverpool fans, You love Timo Werner. So do we. Let’s support him together!”

    But Manchester United and Chelsea target Werner failed to score in Leipzig's 1-1 draw with Freiburg as the Bundesliga returned after the coronavirus pandemic.

    But RB excited Anfield supporters on social media with their post asking them to back the Germany striker, 24.

    They even rammed home the message by adding the hashtag YoullNeverWalkHimHome, albeit an offbeat offshoot of Liverpool's “You’ll Never Walk Alone” chant.

    All this strengthens the Reds' position as favourites to sign the 29-cap star, who is thought to have a £52million release clause.

  • KISS OF STRIFE

    Former Man Utd target Marcus Thuram could be punished after appearing to kiss his team-mate while celebrating a goal.

    German top flight rules have banned players from celebrating with their team-mates during the coronavirus pandemic.

    The Borussia Monchengladbach star looked to peck his fellow player on the cheek after scoring his side's second against Frankfurt.

    Any contact outside of challenges is banned – and subs have even been made to sit two metres apart.

    Thuram, 22, the son of France legend Lilian, could now be punished by Bundesliga bosses, possibly in the form of a fine, if he is deemed to have broken the rules.

  • GREAT SCOTT

    Fans were left stunned by Scott McTominay's physique as the Manchester United midfielder showed off his shredded abs.

    Anyone fearing that players will be unable to maintain their fitness during football's shutdown can be pointed towards the Scot's busy work-rate.

    A picture uploaded to Instagram showed McTominay and a friend posing after a workout, with the United star's ripped abs on full display.

    It was captioned: “Big week complete.”

    Many fans replied with how impressed they were with the 23-year-old's work, although there was one cheeky dissenting voice.

    Bruno Fernandes commented: “Scottttyyyyy training with the ball is really important, don't forget that!”

  • THE LAST WORD

    RB Leipzig striker Timo Werner is ready to stay in Germany for another year in order to seal a “dream” move to Liverpool.

    In a slap in the face to Reds' rivals Manchester United and Chelsea, the striker has said he would stay at the Bundesliga club, which would then give him the choice of his next move: Anfield.

    he Premier League champions-elect have been battling for the Germany international for much of this season.

    He could replace either Mo Salah or Sadio Mane if huge offers come in for the players.

    The Athletic claim he will stay and then get closer to the end of his Leipzig contract, when a much cheaper release clause kicks in.

    It is due to finish in 2023 and in a year's time, his value will have decreased.

    Werner, who has hit 27 goals in 34 games for Leipzig this season, has a release clause valued at £53m this summer.

    But that figure drops to £35m in 2021 and just £22m in 2022, the website claims.

  • KAN'T SEE IT

    Manchester United will not sign Harry Kane as he will likely move abroad, according to Paul Ince.

    The Red Devils have been linked with the Tottenham striker for months but the ex-United midfield Guvnor thinks he will look further afield in pursuit of a “new challenge”.

    He told Paddy Power: “I cannot see Kane to Man Utd happening. I can see him going, yes, and wanting to leave Tottenham, but not to join United.

    “What people are forgetting is that United have got Marcus Rashford up front.

    “He’s always wanted to play up front, but what you need to remember is he can also play off the left-hand side, as we’ve seen from plenty of his goals this season.

    “Plus, between him and Anthony Martial, Kane coming in would also bring some competition to the side.

    “There’s always been a sense of competition at United, and it would be nice to see that back again, players fighting for their places.

    “So if you’re looking at Rashford left, Kane centre and Jadon Sancho on the right, it sounds pretty nice doesn’t it?

    “But it probably sounds like a dream for a reason, it is a dream.”

  • IRN BRU

    How Man Utd fans will be hoping Bruno Fernandes picks up how he left off once the football season resumes in England

  • UNSTOPPA-BALE

    Dani Ceballos reckons his Real Madrid team-mate Gareth Bale will set the Premier League on fire if he returns to England.

    The on-loan Arsenal midfielder is convinced the Welshman – a target for Manchester United – is better suited to the Prem rather than life in LaLiga.

    He told Spanish newspaper Marca: “The Premier League is a league that suits him quite well, but he's an important player for Real Madrid.

    “Let's not forget everything he has given the club.

    “Whoever does not trust him has to put on the Champions League finals.

    “He has given enough to the club.”

  • DEVIL IN DISGUISE

    Bundesliga football returned with “Supreme Leader” Owen Hargreaves appearing as a pundit on a big screen from his house.

    The German league is back underway behind closed doors amid the coronavirus pandemic, and former Manchester United midfielder Hargreaves was on punditry duty for BT Sport.

    But the ex-England international was likened to a “dictator” by freaked out fans as he was seen in the middle of the other two presenters.

    Another said: “Football is back, being led by Supreme Leader Hargreaves.”

  • PAUL TO PLAY FOR

    Manchester United star Fred has revealed that he wants Paul Pogba to stay at the club.

    He told Esporte Interativo: “Pogba is a great player.

    “The people who are here on a daily basis with him know that. Everyone who watched the World Cup and watched his football knows that he’s a great player. And for sure we want him to stay. Because he will add us a lot.

    “He’s a guy who has an immense quality, he’s a strong player for the Premier League. He knows how to play the Premier League. So I’m sure I want him to stay because I’m sure he will help us a lot.

    “We’re in the same position, but the more quality players on the team, the better. You will not build a team with 11 players. You need a strong squad. So I really hope that he stays, and if he stays, I’m sure he will be a very strong reinforcement for us next season.”

  • FOOTBALL'S BACK

    Live football is back with a bang as Borussia Dortmund take on fierce rivals Schalke in the Bundesliga.

    Jadon Sancho and Co have not played since their Champions League exit to PSG in March and know a win is needed here to keep the pressure on league leaders Bayern Munich.

    You can keep up with all the drama in our SunSport Live Blog HERE.

  • WICK BURNT OUT

    Former Manchester United star Luke Chadwick admits cruel jokes about his appearance on BBC show They Think It's All Over killed his confidence.

    Speaking to The Athletic, Chadwick, who is now a coach at Cambridge United, revealed the torment he went through.

    The 39-year-old said: “When they started bringing it [my appearance] up, they were bringing me to the attention of millions of people.

    “I remember the first time and someone texting me to say, 'Nice appearance on They Think It's All Over'.

    “I was so shocked because I was quite naive back then, even if I was playing occasionally for Manchester United.

    “I watched it the next week and I could see people laughing at these jokes about me. It was obviously funny to other people but, to me, it didn't feel like that.”

  • GAR AND GET IT

    Manchester United are reportedly set to loan out academy midfielder James Garner at the end of the season.

    The Merseyside-born teenager has been among Ole Gunnar Solskjaer's homegrown talents making their way in the first-team, alongside the likes of Brandon Williams and Mason Greenwood.

    However, with only a handful of appearances in cup competitions, a spell away from the club to gain experience is thought to be the best option.

    According to MEN, a loan stint is inevitable with first-team coach Michael Carrick a big fan of the youngster.

  • TIMES CHANGED

    Former Manchester United star Viv Anderson has incredibly recalled the £1-PER-YEAR boot deal he agreed as a player.

    https://twitter.com/Anderson_Viv/status/1261617310898573312/photo/1

  • JADONE

    Manchester United fans hoping to watch Jadon Sancho this afternoon are set to be disappointedby reports the winger has picked up an injury.

    The 20-year-old is reportedly set to start Borussia Dortmund clash against Schalke on the bench after picking up a calf injury.

    The Bundesliga will become the first major European league to return this afternoon following the coronavirus crisis.

    Yet the Athletic claim that Dortmund will be without Sancho for their crunch return against rivals Schalke, with the 20-year-old set to be named on the bench.

  • DOR OPEN

    Rio Ferdinand has reiterated his desire for Manchester United to sign Borussia Dortmund star Jadon Sancho.

    Asked if the Red Devils should sign the England star, Rio said: “I hope they do, man.”

    “He’s got that imagination, that carefree spirit – almost like that playground footballer vibe that I love. And he’s bringing it all to the big stage.”

  • GOT YOU, BEEB

    The BBC could get the nod to show Premier League games for FREE.

    Sky and BT Sport will show 47 of the remaining 92 games left to play once the coronavirus shutdown ends.

    These broadcasters will also get the opportunity to show the majority of the other matches live.

    But proposals have emerged that could see the BBC's Match of the Day show up to five matches between June 19 and the scheduled end of Project Restart in July, claim The Times.

    Government and broadcasting industry insiders have confirmed that the option of giving matches to the BBC is “very much on the table”, the newspaper reveals.

    Crucially, matches where it is feared that rival fans could congregate and clash might be picked for free-to-air TV.

  • RON'S RETIREMENT HOME

    Cristiano Ronaldo is reportedly building a new mansion in one of Portugal’s most prestigious residential areas.

    Work has just started on the mansion respected Portuguese daily Correio da Manha says will be the latest addition to the football star’s property empire.

    It says the 35-year-old plans to use the house as an investment, although popular magazine TV 7 Dias claimed he planned to use it as a family home after his retirement.

    A source described as a future neighbour told the magazine: “The land was fenced off recently and it was purchased by Ronaldo.

    “This is where he’s coming to live with his family when he finishes his career.

    “Everyone round here knows it and of course we’re happy. Ronaldo is Ronaldo.”

  • HAAVE TO SIGN HIM

    Manchester United remain on red alert over Borussia Dortmund striker Erling Haaland.

    Spanish outlet Mundo Deportivo claim that Real Madrid are still keen to sign the 19-year-old this summer.

    Los Blancos are set to watch Haaland on Saturday when Borussia Dortmund return to Bundesliga action.

  • SERGING BACKWARDS

    Manchester United target Sergej Milinkovic-Savic has no plans to force away from Lazio this summer.

    Italian outlet Corriere dello Sport claim the Serbian has performed a U-turn over his decision to leave the Serie A side since Simone Inzaghi took charge.

    The 25-year-old is now set to be offered a new £3.5million-a-year deal as a reward .

  • WILL I NEVER

    Manchester United have been handed a blow by the news that Leicester will reportedly resist any summer approach for Wilfred Ndidi.

    Allnigeriasoccer.com claim that both the Red Devils and Paris Saint-Germain remain interested in the midfielder but there have been no official approaches.

  • DOUBLE TROUBLE

    Manchester United are reportedly plotting a double swoop for the Bellingham brothers this summer.

    Ole Gunnar Solskjaer is allegedly prepared to offer 16-year-old Jude the chance to play first-team football next season.

    And 90Min claim the Red Devils are also interested in landing his younger brother Jobe.

    The youngster plays for the Birmingham City academy and has represented England at youth level.

    Jobe, who recently celebrated his 15th birthday, has already represented the club's Under-18 squad.

  • ZLAT'S ALL THAT

    Manchester United defender Victor Lindelof has hailed Zlatan Ibrahimovic as the best player he has ever played with.

    He told the club's website: “I’ve played with some really good players but, if I have to pick one, I’ll go for Zlatan.

    “I think he’s a great player and I got the chance to play with him in the national team and also in United. He’s the best player.”

  • ALL'S NOT WELL

    Aaron Cresswell has hit out at Project Restart – claiming the players are not being given a say on how to get back to football.

    The West Ham defender tweeted: “I think it’s been made pretty clear players opinions don’t count for much along with the head medical officer of fifa?

    “It’s been 10 weeks since we last played to try get a poll to see we’re (sic) players stand?”

  • MORNING UNITED FANS

    FInally, we have the return of top European football today as the Bundesliga resumes behind-closed-doors.

    And the standout clash is Saturday afternoon’s meeting between title-chasing Borussia Dortmund and Schalke, the game considered to be Germany’s biggest local derby.

    Now the Premier League will be praying the day proves a success — to show how the English game can get going again too.

    One of Manchester United’s top transfer targets Jadon Sancho will be in action later – but Paul Lambert believes the Dortmund star Sancho should think twice before leaving for United or any other club.

    Former midfielder Lambert won the Champions League with Dortmund in 1997 when they beat Juventus 3-1 and the Scotsman marked Zinedine Zidane out of the game.

    The Ipswich manager, who now plays for Dortmund’s Legends team and watches all of their games on TV, said: “Sancho is already at one of the biggest clubs in the world, which gets over 80,000 for every league game.

    “So, potentially, the lad has a big decision to make. Dortmund is a special club and you only realise it once you leave.

    “United are one of the biggest clubs in the world but is the atmosphere at Old Trafford as good as the Westfalenstadion? The answer is no.

    “He will have to ask himself will he fit in with the right players if he leaves? Will he keep making progress?

    “Dortmund will be in the Champions League but we are not yet sure about United and whether they will be.

    “If he comes home, it should be for football or family reasons, not money.”

    Meanwhile, United midfielder Jesse Lingard is living with former academy team-mate Larnell Cole.

    Speaking to ESPN about life in quarantine, he said: “Larny has been with me since day one of lockdown.

    “He lives on his own and my brother is in Greece and I would have been on my own as well, so it was the perfect time to get him in.

    “We didn’t know how long it was going to be for, but he’s still here!”

    Stay right here for all the very latest Manchester United news throughout the day.

  • GO AND GET JIM

    Duncan Castles has backed up claims from Portuguese daily Record that Man Utd are very keen to sign Raul Jimenez.

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10am Chelsea news LIVE: Lampard follows Mertens on Instagram, Premier League return meeting TODAY, Pulisic thanks Klopp – The Sun

IT'S all go at Stamford Bridge as Chelsea prepare for a busy summer in the transfer market.

We've got the very latest on the Blues' pursuit of Luataro Martinez, while there's also an update on the contract situation surrounding Paris Saint-Germain wonderkid Kays Ruiz-Atil.

Follow all the latest updates and gossip from West London below…

  • SOCIAL DISTANCING

    Frank Lampard has started following transfer target Dries Mertens on Instagram.

    The Blues have been heavily linked with the Napoli ace who is out of contract at the Italian club in the summer.

    Lampard attempted to make his move in the January transfer window but the club weren't willing to let him leave midway through the campaign.

    According to Italian publication II Mattino, Lampard has already been laying the groundwork to fend off rivals and secure Mertens' free transfer.

    The coronavirus pandemic is set to have a huge impact on the summer's window, so Mertens' availability for nothing makes him even more desirable.

    Reports claim he has made direct contact with the 33-year-old and his representatives to assess whether a move to London would interest him.

  • DEC THE HALLS

    Chelsea are reportedly keen to bring former academy player Declan Rice back to the club should N'Golo Kante move on at the end of the season.

    The West Ham midfielder was released by the Blues at the age of 14, with the 21-year-old subsequently joining the Hammers.

    Since making his debut for West Ham during the 2016/17 season, the England international has featured in 101 games – establishing himself as a key player in the squad.

    SunSport reported last week how West Ham value the player at around £70million as they look to keep hold off their prized asset.

    And now the Mirror claim the Blues are ready to test their London rivals' resolve should they lose Kante in the summer.

  • SELL TO BUY

    Chelsea could offload four stars in order to fund moves for Timo Werner and Jadon Sancho, according to reports.

    Football.London claim Ross Barkley, Michy Batshuayi, Kurt Zouma and Emerson Palmieri could all leave for around £102m.

    But it is worth remember that top players are expected to go for a fraction of their pre-coronavirus fee.

    And a number of clubs including Barcelona have made it clear they will only target swap deals given the downturn in finances.

    Nevertheless, this report claims should all those players go for £102m then that cash – combined with the money saved from not making any signings in January – can be used for some big-name arrivals.

    Also under consideration for Leicester's Ben Chilwell and Birmingham sensation Jude Bellingham.

  • KEY WEEK FOR PREM

    The Premier League is set for a big key in deciding whether the Premier League’s ‘Project Restart’ will actually happen.

    It is understood that 14 out of 20 clubs must agree on a decision before it is officially put into place – with a vote scheduled for Monday.

    Brighton are among six teams who do not want to continue the campaign at neutral venues and Barber has expressed concerns in terms of the loss of their home advantage.

    Yesterday, Brighton CEO Paul Barber issued a fresh warning over hopes of a June 12 return and insisted one misstep could “ruin lives”, with three Seagulls players testing positive for coronavirus.

  • GOOD MORNING, BLUES FANS

    Manchester United have reignited their interest in Chelsea target and Inter Milan striker Lautaro Martinez.

    Sport reports that Ole Gunnar Solskjaer has tried to tempt him by putting a “multi-million pound contract” on the table.

    Martinez has a huge £94million buyout clause in his contract in his contract with the Serie A giants.

    But United and Chelsea face competition from Barcelona, Real Madrid and PSG for the Argentine’s coveted signature.

    Meanwhile, Petr Cech has revealed how he made the decision to quit Chelsea when Jose Mourinho benched him for Thibaut Courtois.

    He told the club’s official website: “I was not happy at all.

    “I could see in pre-season how hard I was working. There was nothing obvious suggesting I wouldn’t be ready to keep my spot.

    “But in a football team you can only have one goalkeeper playing every week, and unfortunately that was the way it went.

    “Thibaut was regarded as the future of the club with all his potential and quality. I understood the choice was made, even if I didn’t think it was my time.”

    Finally, Chelsea received a boost in the race for Paris Saint-Germain's prodigy Kays Ruiz-Atil after the teenager reportedly rejected a new contract.

    The young star, just 17 and already dubbed the 'new Messi', is being tipped for big things after becoming the youngest outfield player to sign a pro contract at the French giants.

    But his current deal expires in a year and according to Le Parisien, he has turned down a new offer.

    PSG were willing to tie him down until 2024 with the fresh terms on the table.

  • VAN THE MAN

    Vincent Kompany has hailed Virgil van Dijk as the greatest ever Premier League defender over Chelsea legend John Terry.

    Speaking to Sporf, he said: “I would choose Virgil van Dijk as the best defender in Premier League history.

    “It is a strange choice, because he is not in the scene as long as boys like Terry and Ferdinand.

    “Those boys have played in the league for a very long time, but the signals that Van Dijk gives in his last few seasons make it so clear that if he had gone to the absolute top before, he would be even further.

    “He makes a huge difference to his team.

    “A defender never stands alone, it is about his communication with teammates and how you make your team stronger.

    “The Liverpool before Van Dijk was there and the Liverpool after Van Dijk was a completely different team. That is why I choose him as the best defender from the Premier League ever.”

  • HAPPY GILMOUR

    Billy Gilmour has listed his top three Netflix shows to binge during lockdown.

    He told the Chelsea website: The Last Dance – “That’s so good. I’ve just started that.”

    Peaky Blinders – “The latest series has just come on to Netflix so I’ll have to watch that soon.”

    Prison Break – “Prison Break is amazing but everyone might have watched that already. I’ve only recently watched it because all the boys were caning me that I hadn’t seen it before!”

  • CECH MATE

    Chelsea legend Petr Cech has named Wayne Rooney as his toughest opponent.

    He told Chelsea’s official website: “Every time we played against United I had to make sure I was aware every time he had the ball, because he was very unpredictable and very clever.

    “He is a guy who can chase, who can fight, who can run, who is clever with his shot.

    “He could score from the halfway line, he could try and chip you if you were too high. That was a challenge I enjoyed.”

  • CHELSEA ROUND-UP

    Frank Lampard is looking at a big overhaul this summer – but before that can take place, there's the small matter of Project Restart.

    As yet, the government haven't given the green light for top-flight clubs to get back playing.

    It look set to be a busy summer of comings and goings, with Lampard hoping to build on a promising first year back in West London.

    In transfer news, Manchester United have reignited their interest in Chelsea target and Inter Milan striker Lautaro Martinez.

    Sport reports that Ole Gunnar Solskjaer has tried to tempt him by putting a “multi-million pound contract” on the table.

    Martinez has a huge £94million buyout clause in his contract in his contract with the Serie A giants.

    Whie in a boost for the Blues, Paris Saint-Germain's prodigy Kays Ruiz-Atil has reportedly rejected a new contract.

    The young star, just 17 and already dubbed the 'new Messi', is being tipped for big things after becoming the youngest outfield player to sign a pro contract at the French giants.

    But his current deal expires in a year and according to Le Parisien, he has turned down a new offer, opening the door for Chelsea to make their move.

    And finally, Petr Cech has revealed how he made the decision to quit Chelsea when Jose Mourinho benched him for Thibaut Courtois.

    He told the club’s official website: “I was not happy at all.

    “I could see in pre-season how hard I was working. There was nothing obvious suggesting I wouldn’t be ready to keep my spot.

    “But in a football team you can only have one goalkeeper playing every week, and unfortunately that was the way it went. Thibaut was regarded as the future of the club with all his potential and quality. I understood the choice was made, even if I didn’t think it was my time.”

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Coronavirus in Sport LIVE: UFC 249 reaction, three Brighton players test positive, Premier League return LATEST – The Sun

THE Bundesliga is coming back next week, and talks are continuing for the Premier League's comeback.

But some Prem clubs are opposed to Project Restart in the fear Liverpool will play the kids once they have won the title.

Meanwhile UFC 249 is experiencing problems ahead of tonight's show with fighter Jacare Souza testing positive for coronavirus.

Follow all the latest coronavirus in sport updates below, underneath our quick poll…

  • RONALD-WOAH

    Juventus star and Man Utd legend Cristiano Ronaldo has teamed up with US-based gym company Crunch to help fans stay in shape amid the coronavirus lockdown. 

    The Portugal legend has joined forces with American fitness franchise Crunch, to guide fans through virtual workouts during lockdown.

    Ronaldo has kickstarted the project by taking his followers through seven workouts on Instagram, including squats and press ups, to help them stay in shape while being cooped up in doors.

  • WAN OF A KIND – EXCLUSIVE

    Tom Clarke believes he is the ONLY pro English footballer in the world who has played throughout the coronavirus crisis.

    Speaking from Taiwan — where he also works as a model and actor — Clarke said: “I’m the only English player playing pro here, possibly the only one in the world right now.

    “It does feel weird. I feel very grateful that while everyone else in the world has been restricted to what they can do, we have had next to zero restrictions. Training’s continued, same as games, too.

    “The difference is someone now checks our temperature as we enter the training ground and handshakes have been minimised to more like an elbow bump for most people.

    “But there’s never been any nerves. I play with full commitment as any other professional does.”

  • NO CHANCE

    Liverpool have denied “absurd” claims that they will play a weakened team once they've secured the Premier League title.

    The Reds only need six more points to lift their first Premier League trophy in 30 years if and when the season restarts.

    According to the Telegraph, a Premier League executive from an unnamed club raised the issue that Liverpool could risk the integrity of matches by playing their youth team.

    But the Reds remain adamant that it would not be the case in the league with Klopp braced to field his strongest side possible.

  • EF-HELL

    Football League clubs face decimation unless they get a financial lifeline from top-flight outfits within the next seven weeks, according to an anxious Championship club exec.

    The insider told SunSport: “Unless there is a redistribution of wealth from the top of the game, many clubs won’t be able to survive for much longer.

    “The Championship teams need help from the Premier League. If we don’t get it soon a lot of clubs will be staring into the abyss of administration.

    “We have no money coming in from gate receipts, sponsorship or merchandising and we’re being told we’ll be playing behind closed doors for the rest of the year…

  • SACRE BLEU

    Arsenal and Chelsea legend Cesc Fabregas who now plays for AS Monaco reckons the Ligue 1 season was axed “too soon” amid the coronavirus crisis.

    And seventh-placed Lyon – who were pushing for a spot in Europe – have threatened legal action after the 2019-20 campaign was scrapped.

    He told beIN SPORTS: “It was a big decision that was made and I can understand why they took it

    “But maybe it was taken a little too soon, considering a lot of the big league are still all trying to resume.

    “Although I completely understand the meaning behind it and it's better to be safe in all accounts, because the most important is the families and the health security of everyone and support this 100 per cent.

    “But maybe we could've considered individual training, where you have basically no risk. You're not touching anyone, you're not close to anyone.

    “See if everyone was getting closer to football behind played all over the world.

    “Obviously, it's very difficult and I understand someone needs to make decisions. We just have to do what they're telling us.

    “Difficult moment in our professional lives and personal lives, but we just have to hold on and everything will be fine in the future for sure.”

  • STUNK OUT THE PLACE

    Dominick Cruz has sensationally claimed that the referee who called a stop to his fight with Henry Cejudo stunk of cigarettes and alcohol at UFC 249.

    He said on the post-fight show on ESPN: “That was an early stoppage, 100 percent – I'm positive of it. I wish there was a way to keep these refs a little more responsible sometimes.

    “The guy smelled like alcohol and cigarettes, so who knows what he was doing. Definitely (he did). I wish they drug tested them.

    “I know Herb Dean is good. He's one of the best refs. I immediately when I saw that ref I was like, 'Man, is there a way to veto a ref and get a new one?' I wonder that.”

  • ONLY HUMAN

  • AIRBRUSHED

    Roman Reigns was bizarrely edited out of WrestleMania footage on last night’s Raw as the mystery over his WWE status took a new twist.

    The Big Dog was due to challenge Goldberg for the Universal Title at WrestleMania 36 last month but pulled out days before filming.

    Reigns, real name Joe Anoa'I, deemed the health risks of competing during the coronavirus pandemic too great after twice bravely winning battles against leukemia.

    The 34-year-old was replaced in the title match by Braun Strowman with the Monster Among Men going on to win the belt from his Hall of Fame foe.

    WWE’s Money in the Bank pay-per-view takes place this Sunday and a video promo showing successful cash-ins from the past was shown on Monday Night Raw to hype the extravaganza.

    It included Seth Rollins famously cashing-in his briefcase in the WrestleMania 31 main event between Brock Lesnar and Reigns, where he pinned the latter to become WWE champion.

    But it seems WWE edited the clip, and rather than show Rollins covering Reigns, the screen cut to black instead.

  • CORM ON THEN

    Greg Hardy said he thoroughly enjoyed not having a crowd at UFC 249… as it meant he could listen to commentator Daniel Cormier's advice.

    Hardy, who beat Yorgan de Castro, said: “Thank God for not having the crowd.

    “Shout out to DC. I heard him tell me to check him, so I started trying to check him. Game changer.”

  • TRUMP CARD

    President Donald Trump was delighted with the spectacle provided by UFC 249.

    In a pre-recorded statement which opened the event, he said: “Let's play.

    “You do the social distancing and whatever else you have to do.

    “But we need sports. We want our sports back.”

  • AD ENOUGH

    Adrien Rabiot has reportedly refused to return to Juventus after lockdown as he looks to force his way out of the club.

    Manchester United have been heavily linked to the 25-year-old after sending scouts to watch him “several times” this season.

    Serie A clubs have been given the go ahead from the government to return to training as of Monday.

    A number of Rabiot's Juventus team-mates have flocked back to Turin as they prepare for football to return.

    Cristiano Ronaldo arrived back in Italy on Monday and has to spend 14 days in quarantine after being on lockdown in Madeira.

    According to Sport, Rabiot has not even been in touch with his club to tell them when he will be back.

  • BREAKING NEWS

    Brighton have confirmed that a third player has tested positive for coronavirus.

    The unnamed player, who will now self isolate for 14 days, was tested on Saturday while his teammates continue training individually at the training ground.

    Premier League clubs are due to meet on Monday for more discussions about their proposed Project Restart plan.

    Brighton chief executive Paul Barber told Sky Sports: “It is a concern.

    “Despite all of the measures that we've been taking over the past few weeks, where the players haven't been involved in any significant training at all, we've still suffered another player testing positive for the virus.”

  • KNOCK IT OFF

    Anthony Knockaert called for the season to be scrapped — and branded it “absurd” players are not being consulted.

    The Brighton winger, on loan at Championship Fulham, fears he could infect a loved one if he catches the virus on returning to play.

    And as clubs prepare to discuss Project Restart tomorrow, Knockaert said: “Every player will be different in these situations.

    “I don’t think it would be the best decision to keep playing in the sense that we are going to be taking a risk.

    “Right now, if I had to return to the league and return to work, I would give it my all. But if I could give my opinion, I would be against it.

    “For me, the best decision in this case is that players have the right to speak and say what they want.

    “It’s absurd not to take into account the opinions of the players.”

  • PAUL OVER

    Paul Pogba had his summer move away from Manchester United “arranged” before coronavirus put plans on hold.

    Clubs have had to tighten the purse strings due to the pandemic – which has left his dream move to Real Madrid on the rocks.

    According to AS, Pogba had reached an agreement with his club that he would leave in the summer.

    The wantaway midfielder had everything in place – until the Covid-19 crisis left the sporting world at a standstill.

  • BEING FRANC

    Mike Tyson tipped Francis Ngannou to be a future UFC champion after his incredible win over Jairzinho Rozenstruik.

    It took the hard-hitting heavyweight just 19 seconds to knock his opponent out cold at the behind closed doors event in Florida.

  • FROM THE OCTAGON TO THE RING

    Henry Cejudo has admitted that he would love to do a WWE appearance following his announced retirement from UFC.

    He said: “I would love to do an appearance, but the stuff they do in WWE, sh**, I would love to beat up on Rey Mysterio. He can bend the knee too. And Kurt Angle.”

  • FIGHTING FIT

    Dominick Cruz was not happy with his stoppage decision against Henry Cejudo.

    He said: “I mean, I am not happy with the stoppage obviously because I specifically asked the Ref to let me go until I went out.

    “And I was standing up so.. if I had stayed on the floor, I get it. But I’m working my way up.

    “I was definitely still aware of what was going on and I get that there were unanswered shots but that is part of a fight.

    “You know, if I am standing up to my feet, I’m in the fight.

    “If I’m staying on the ground and continually getting chopped down I get it. But hats off to Henry Cejudo.

    “I don’t have any excuses. I shouldn’t have got caught with that knee.”

  • “I PREPARED FOR KHABIB”

    Tony Ferguson accepted he was beaten by the better man at UFC 249, but did point out that his training had been for a different style of fight against Khabib Nurmagomedov.

    Ferguson commented: “It was a long camp.

    “The weight cut had nothing to do with it. Justin's a tough son of a b***h, I'll be real.

    “I prepared for Khabib; not too much of a striker.

    “But s**t happens, man. What can you do? I would've much rather got finished instead of having somebody step in.”

  • MORNING SPORTS FANS

    Top-level sport HAS returned to our screens, overnight.

    And UFC 249 was an incredible success, with some absolutely outstanding fights in Jacksonville, Florida.

    Justin Gaethje incredibly beat Tony Ferguson in five rounds to set up a blockbuster title decider with Khabib Nurmagomedov, which will likely be behind closed doors once again.

    Meanwhile Pep Guardiola’s Champions League hopes will be dealt a blow by Boris Johnson today.

    The Prime Minister is expected to announce that anyone arriving into the UK from next month will face a 14-DAY quarantine.

    That would make it virtually impossible for Manchester City to hold their Champions League ties at home.

    The same would apply to Manchester United and Wolves, who would have to give up home advantage in the Europa League.

    And one Premier League club fears being without FIVE stars due to Covid-19 health concerns if the season restarts.

    SunSport has learned that one top-flight boss has discovered five of his first-teamers do not want to be involved.

  • FOUL PLAY – EXCLUSIVE

    Some Premier League clubs are alarmed at the prospect of playing at neutral grounds also used as coronavirus testing centres.

    Manchester City plan to continue sharing facilities with the NHS for at least three more months.

    More than 350 nurses are currently training in the Etihad Stadium suites, while more than 1,000 coronavirus tests are done there daily.

    The Etihad is understood to be one of eight proposed neutral venues to be used for football’s Project Restart.

    But one Prem club official said: “We would find it worrying for a ground still in use as a testing centre to be picked as a neutral venue.”

  • OPTING OUT – EXCLUSIVE

    One Premier League club fears being without FIVE stars due to Covid-19 health concerns if the season restarts.

    We revealed last week how over half the teams in the division had made it clear they would not force their players to turn out if they were worried for themselves or their family.

    SunSport has learned one top-flight boss has discovered five of his first-teamers do not want to be involved.

  • HOLD ON – EXCLUSIVE

    A top police official has called for the Premier League to DELAY next month’s proposed return.

    West Midlands Police and Crime Commissioner David Jamieson claimed even behind-closed-doors matches at neutral venues increase the risk of escalatingcoronavirus.

    He said: “I understand people want to seefootball resume but safety must come first. I can’t see how matches could take place without significant risks.

    “What happens ifthousands of fans turn up? How could the police enforce social distancing? How could they keep rival groups apart?

    “Even if fans did not turn up, the police would have to be on hand in case they did.

    “My officers are doing important work looking after the public and need to concentrate on that.”

  • “That scares you. I realise that, if I catch the virus, I could easily give it to those close to me and that can be very dangerous.

    “There are players who think more about the sport and are very keen to go back and take risks.

    “Right now, if I had to return to the league and return to work, I would give it my all. But if I could give my opinion, I would be against it.

    “For me, the best decision in this case is that players have the right to speak and say what they want.

    “The Government and the leagues will take decisions but in all that you have players.

    “It’s absurd not to take  into account the opinions of the players.”

  • KNOCK IT ON THE HEAD

    Anthony Knockaert called for the season to be scrapped — and branded it “absurd” players are not being consulted.

    The Brighton winger, on loan at Championship Fulham, fears he could infect a loved one if he catches the virus on returning to play.

    The 28-year-old said: “Every player will be different in these situations.

    “I don’t think it would be the best decision to keep playing in the sense that we are going to be taking a risk.

    “We all have family at home. I’m 28, I have children…

  • “Season ticket holders could soon be asking for their money back and we’re still having to pay all the players’ wages.

    “Many clubs have struggled to pay the wages in April and May and June’s pay-day becomes almost apocalyptic when the tax bills start arriving.

    “If we get to June 30 with norescue package in place, quite a few clubs will go intoadministration, including some from the Championship.

    “And once one goes, it will become like a houseof cards.”

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UFC 249 LIVE RESULTS – Ferguson vs Gaethje: UK start time, stream, TV channel, prelims, full fight card – The Sun

UFC 249 is here as MMA rides to the rescue for sports fans TONIGHT!

Tony Ferguson vs Justin Gaethje for the interim lightweight title headlines the HUGE card in Jacksonville, Florida – which has strict protocols in place.

  • *Prelims started at 1am BST (8pm EST),
  • Main card from 3am BST (10pm EST)
  • Expect Ferguson vs Gaethje main event around 5am
  • TV/ live stream: BT Sport 1 (UK), ESPN + (US)

Follow ALL of the latest updates below…

  • ROUND 1

    Nico Price in fight no 19 of his MMA career.

    Luque is the UFC's 13th ranked welterweight and starts the bout with a couple of leg kicks.

    Price, complete with ponytail, looks for a left headkick and then throws a one-two.

  • TWIST AND SHOUT

    Bryce Mitchell is a bad man and one to watch…

  • TALE OF THE TAPE

    Here is how the next two fighters stack up.

  • REVENGE?

    Niko Price lost to Vicente Luque when they met in 2017.

    But Luque is coming in off a defeat to Stephen 'Wonderboy' Thompson.

    The welterweight clash pits Brazil vs America over three five-minute rounds.

  • THE COUNT

    Michael Bisping sure is glad to be back…

  • FEATHER IN HIS CAP

    Bryce Mitchell says: “Yeah, he was talking a lot of s***.

    “99 per cent of people would have tapped right there, but I've got so much respect for him.”

  • EASY

    You won't decision wins much more clear than that…

  • VIDEO

    So much high-level grappling ond BJJ in these last 15 minutes…

  • RESULT

    Bryce Mitchell gets the unanimous decision win.

  • GRAPPLE MITCH

    Mitchell completely dominating the grapple during that contest.

    This was pretty typical of how it appeared the whole fight.

  • ROUND 3

    Mitchell's team tell him to not focus on the submission and just stay on top for the points win.

    Rosa, despite almost 15 minutes of one-sidedwrestling domination, dares to talk back.

    It goes to the judges where Mitchell will get a unanimous decision.

  • ROUND 3

    It's been like a sparring session with Mitchell fee to attack and Rosa signed up for a session on defence.

    Mitchell is looking for another trademark twister submission but Rosa and his team are always on the lookout for it.

    Thug Nasty now ties in an arm-triangle, putting Rosa in another awkward spot.

  • ROUND 3

    Rosa tried a spinning kick as is instantly taken down.

    Mitchell takes Rosa's back and and starts looking for an armbar.

    Rosa in trouble here but he has put on a defensive masterclass.

  • ROUND 2

    Mitchell looks for an armbar but Rosa uses the fence to wriggle out of danger again.

    Rosa and Mitchell showing such elite BJJ but Rosa is yet to show any real offence.

    Mitchell rams a few right hands into Rosa's unguarded ribs. Mitchell tries a third twister and rains elbows down before the bell goes.

  • ROUND 2

    Rosa on his back again, in survival mode.

    Mitchell is not suffering from the lack of fans or atmosphere.

    Mitchell lands a rare elbow strike from the top and a few swinging left hooks.

  • ROUND 2

    Mad defence from Rosa in that opener.

    Mitchell scores another takedown as soon as the second starts.

  • GROUND HIM DOWN

    Awesome work from Mitchell with his choking, but he couldn't get it over the line yet.

  • ROUND 1

    Mitchell still bossing the round, maybe a 10-8 round but Rosa is so tough.

    Thug Nasty looked for the kimura but failed.

    The round ends and goes in the bank for Mitchell.

  • ROUND 1

    Rosa has survived the Twister sub, amazing resilience and heart.

    Mitchell in cruise control and has another choke locked in.

    Mitchell in full mount but not looking for punches.

  • ROUND 1

    Rosa showing amazing guts by surviving that, what a warrior.

    Bryce in total control on the canvas and we hear his team say the sub is available.

    Mitchell transitioning looking for another sub but Rosa defending so well. Twister locked in!

  • ROUND 1

    Mitchell on the front foot trying to swarm Rosa.

    Rosa tries an early body kick to get off of the fence but Mitchell scores with a takedown.

    Mitchell gets the Rosa's back early. Rosa's face is red and he must tap!

  • MITCHELL LOOKS READY

    Here comes a fascinating featherweight matchup.

    Here's how they stack up.

  • UFC 249

    Mitchell vs Rosa next up in 145lbs featherweight rucking.

    Expect a submission or decision win here as both men are BJJ guys.

    Rosa is a Boston boy on the comeback trail but Thug Nasty is the favourite.

  • REACTION

    Asked about the lack of a crowd, winner Ryan Spann says: “It's not weird at all, I'm good, I don't like people. I do like them a little bit, but it's fine.

    “That was so close, I thought I had him, I heard him wheezing, barely breathing.

    “He's a veteran, he's been around a long time and he got out of it.

    “I was a little lethargical, I'm not happy with it, but I won so…”

  • RESULT

    We're awaiting for the judge's scorecards now.

    Sam Alvey looks confident, but Ryan Spann did a lot of work in the opening round.

    SPANN GETS THE DECISION

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