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Aguero Barcelona talks, Balogun new Arsenal deal, Neymar to STAY at PSG, Donnarumma to Chelsea – Liverpool transfer news

BARCELONA are in talks with Sergio Aguero as they look to reunite the Man City star with long-term pal Lionel Messi.

Arsenal have received a mega boost as 19-year-old Folarin Balogun has signed a new contract with the club.

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  • GOOD MORNING FOOTY FANS

    Manchester City set up a Champions League semi-final against Paris Saint-Germain after a 2-1 win against Borussia Dortmund last night.

    But Liverpool crashed out after being held to a goalless draw by Real Madrid.

    Jude Bellingham put Dortmund ahead against City, giving the Germans the advantage on goal difference.

    However, a penalty from Riyad Mahrez and a Phil Foden thunderbolt secured a 4-2 aggregate win for Pep Guardiola's quadruple chasers.

    It was a different story at Anfield, with Liverpool failing to find a way past Thibaut Courtois.

    The blank stalemate saw Real go through 3-1 on aggregate, and they will play Chelsea for a place in next month's Istanbul final.

    Meanwhile, Declan Rice sounded out Harry Maguire and Luke Shaw on what it is like at Manchester United while away with England, according to reports.

    The Manchester Evening News reports Rice, 22, asked his England pals some questions about aspects of life at Old Trafford during the international break last month as he contemplates his future.

    A number of United players are thought to be very popular within the England group and club chiefs may hope that senior stars could help swing a deal.

    United are said to have been monitoring his progress for over two years as they look to land a young defensive midfielder.

    The report states the club believe Rice - who can also slot in at centre-back - could develop into more of a box-to-box style player at United.

    Finally, Bayern Munich are sure they can land Erling Haaland on the cheap - if they wait until next summer, reports say.

    The 20-year-old Dortmund striker is being tracked by all of Europe's top clubs from Man City and United to Real Madrid and Barcelona.

    Haaland could be on the move this summer in a deal worth a mega £150million.

    But the Daily Mail reports that Bayern think they can sign him for £65m next year.

    That would meet the release clause in his Dortmund contract and make him a long-term replacement for Robert Lewandowski, 33.

    And Haaland would then become the latest Dortmund player to move on to rivals Bayern like Lewandowski, Mario Gotze and Mats Hummels.

  • ED NOWHERE

    Edinson Cavani should snub a Boca Juniors transfer and stay at the top level in Europe, according to his Uruguay manager.

    The Manchester United striker, 34, continues to be linked with a return to South America at the end of the season when his initial Old Trafford contract expires.

    But the Uruguay national team boss reckons Cavani is better off plying his trade among Europe's elite.

    As reported by Depo in Argentina, Oscar Tabarez wants his 118-cap striker to stay with United for another season and test himself against the best defences ahead of the 2022 World Cup.

    Remarkably, those views come in stark contrast to Tabarez's assistant Mario Rebello who believes Cavani should quit Old Trafford and play where he is 'comfortable'.

  • REAL DEAL

    Liverpool crashed out of the Champions League as they failed to find a way past Real Madrid at Anfield.

    The second-leg of the quarter-final ended 0-0, handing Real a 3-1 aggregate win to set up a semi-final clash against Chelsea.

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  • FODE FOR THOUGHT

    Phil Foden's thunderbolt helped Man City set up a Champions League semi-final against Paris Saint-Germain.

    Riyad Mahrez was also on the score sheet as City fought back from a Jude Bellingham opener to beat Borussia Dortmund 2-1 on the night and 4-2 on aggregate.

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  • EURO STARS

    Man United are set to ring the changes for the Europa League quarter-final second leg against Granada with a TRIO of starters suspended.

    Captain Harry Maguire, left-back Luke Shaw and influential midfielder Scott McTominay are all out of Thursday's game at Old Trafford after picking up yellow cards in the 2-0 win in last week's first leg.

    And Axel Tuanzebe could be the beneficiary with the 23-year-old in line for a rare start.

    Youngster Will Fish, 18, has also been promoted to the senior squad for the game with Eric Bailly still unavailable after testing positive for Covid-19.

  • WAHEY JUDE

    Jude Bellingham scored a sensational goal to give Borussia Dortmund the lead against Manchester City in their quarter-final second-leg.

    The England star, 17, was cruelly robbed of his first Champions League goal in the first leg at the Etihad.

    But Bellingham made sure he had his revenge in the second leg with a wonderfully composed goal to give his side the lead.

    And it also ensured Bellingham became the youngest ever English player to score in the Champions League.

  • LONG HAAL

    Bayern Munich are sure they can land Erling Haaland on the cheap - if they wait until next summer, reports say.

    The 20-year-old Dortmund striker is being tracked by all of Europe's top clubs from Manchester City and Manchester United to Real Madrid and Barcelona.

    Haaland could be on the move this summer in a deal worth a mega £150million.

    But the Daily Mail reports that Bayern think they can sign him for £65m next year.

    That would meet the release clause in his Dortmund contract and make him a long-term replacement for Robert Lewandowski, 33.

    And Haaland would then become the latest Dortmund player to move on to rivals Bayern like Lewandowski, Mario Gotze and Mats Hummels.

  • TUCH OF CLASS

    Thomas Tuchel has dedicated Chelsea's Champions League success against Porto to crocked Mateo Kovacic.

    He said: "I was very sad yesterday to see him after twenty minutes in training to have this little muscle injury more or less out of nothing.

    "We played little boxes after training just to have a little sweat and he felt his hamstring.

    "So he is for sure out of the game against City as well, which is a big loss. 

    "I was very sad for him because we don’t have so many experienced players that have played Champions League many times.

    "So if you see him when the anthem is playing and he stands there that he’s relaxed and he’s a hard fighter – everyone is happy to have him around. So we did it for him."

  • BAILL OUT

    Fed-up Eric Bailly has been offered transfer lifelines from Spain and Italy, according to reports.

    According to ESPN, clubs from LaLiga and Serie A are considering offering him the chance to resurrect his career on the continent.

    Bailly's current deal expires in 2022, so the chance to offload the 37-cap international this summer for a fee rather than for nothing next year could be appealing for United.

    They had offered Bailly a 12-month extension but that has been snubbed by the Ivorian.

  • WINDOW PAIN

    A window of the Real Madrid coach has been smashed on its route into Anfield.

    Video footage and images emerged of a broken window on the side of the luxury bus outside Liverpool's home ahead of their crunch Champions League quarter-final second leg.

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    Real Madrid coach window smashed outside Anfield on way to Champions League crunch tie vs Liverpool
  • MAN CITY TEAM

    Kevin De Bruyne and Phil Foden are back for Man City's Champions League quarter-final against Borussia Dortmund.

    City are 2-1 up from the first leg and have included Oleksandr Zinchenko in tonight's team at left-back.

    Bernardo Silva could be starting as a false nine, while John Stones partners Ruben Dias at the back.

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  • LIVERPOOL TEAM

    Mo Salah, Sadio Mane and Roberto Firmino all start in Liverpool's Champions League quarter-final against Real Madrid.

    Fabinho and James Milner are also involved as the Reds look to overturn a 3-1 deficit from the first leg.

    But with Nat Phillips and Ozan Kabak in central defence, it could be a nervy night for Jurgen Klopp.

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  • RICE ON BOIL

    Declan Rice sounded out Harry Maguire and Luke Shaw on what it is like at Manchester United while away with England, according to reports.

    The Manchester Evening News reports Rice, 22, asked his England pals some questions about aspects of life at Old Trafford during the international break last month as he contemplates his future.

    A number of United players are thought to be very popular within the England group and club chiefs may hope that senior stars could help swing a deal.

    United are said to have been monitoring his progress for over two years as they look to land a young defensive midfielder.

    The report states the club believe Rice - who can also slot in at centre-back - could develop into more of a box-to-box style player at United.

  • BACK PHWOAR

    Man United and Chelsea are desperate to add a touch of class to their defensive ranks this summer.

    But with plenty of options out there, just who is the best centre-back available?

    SunSport has compared the stats of FOUR world-class defenders linked with the Premier League giants.

    If money is no object, who would you sign from this lot?

  • MAN ON THE SILVER MOUNT-AIN

    Mason Mount has been backed for a starring role at Euro 2020 by Rio Ferdinand.

    He told BT Sport: "We can talk about ability and how Mount plays etc, but one thing that is not in doubt is his character.

    "For one so young to be criticised the way he has been, [which was] because he's not an Instagram-friendly player.

    "He's about output and influencing games, taking a game by the scruff of the neck at a critical moment. And he's someone I think that will continue to grow and he relishes being under the spotlight.

    "If we're talking about England, he starts. Where he plays, you can sort that out."

  • NOT SHAW ABOUT THAT

    Luke Shaw has admitted he just laughs off his new 'Shawberto Carlos' nickname as he continues his stellar 2020-21.

    Reflecting on comparisons to legendary left-back Roberto Carlos, Shaw said: "I’ll be honest I’ve seen some things on social media.

    "And sometimes in my group chats my mates send me some stuff and I just laugh about it. I can't be compared to him, he was unbelievable.

    "I'm aware of it and it's nice to be even mentioned alongside his name. But I just laugh about it."

  • SPEAK OUT

    Rangers have confirmed they will appeal against Glen Kamara and Kemar Roofe's bans - as they welcomed Ondrej Kudela's 10-game suspension for racist abuse.

    A statement read: "Rangers notes the Uefa disciplinary decision relating to our fixture v Slavia Prague at Ibrox on 18th March.

    "We welcome the suspension imposed on Ondrej Kudela.

    "This not only vindicates Glen Kamara’s evidence but underlines the severity of the comment, given the maximum number of games has been imposed by UEFA.

    "Nevertheless, we believe the sanctions imposed on our two players (Glen Kamara and Kemar Roofe) are severe.

    "We have written to Uefa, seeking clarification in writing on the basis that we intend to appeal the suspensions on both of players.

    "We will make no further comment on this matter."

  • SEEING RED

    Ole Gunnar Solskjaer has blamed Old Trafford's red banners for Manchester United's erratic home form - after his players complained the colour was too distracting.

    He said: "You’ll see a change now. If you see the banners around the club it’s not red anymore. 

    "We’ve looked into this. There shouldn’t be a reason, really.

    "But some of the players have mentioned that split-second decision you have to make where you look over your shoulder to see if your teammate is there or not and the red shirt is on a red background with red seats. 

    "So we’ve tried to change that, along with the anti-racism campaign.

    "It was important that it wasn’t red anymore."

  • MATT-ER OF TIME

    Julian Naglesmann is being lined up to replace Hansi Flick at Bayern Munich, club legend Lothar Matthaus has claimed.

    And that's because Flick is set to take over from Joachim Low as Germany boss.

    Matthaus told Sky Sports: "I already said two weeks ago that in my opinion, this is Hansi Flick's last season.

    "I've said that Hansi Flick is right at the top of the [German FA] DFB's list.. There's an offer from the DFB.

    "So, they want Hansi Flick and I think - or rather, I'm convinced - that Hansi Flick will no longer be Bayern coach after this season.

    "Munich have already chatted a bit with Nagelsmann, including about financial matters.

    "Before the start of this season, Flick said that the coach should have a vote on new signings, which I think is right. As a coach, what am I going to do with players who I perhaps don't want?

    "I think it's got too much for Hansi, and then the offer, the opportunity is there to become Jogi Low's successor."

  • TAKING THE CRIS

    Paris Saint-Germain are preparing an audacious player-swap move in a bid to sign Cristiano Ronaldo, according to reports.

    AS claims PSG will offer both Moise Kean and Mauro Icardi to Juventus in a part-exchange deal for the recently-linked Man Utd target and Old Trafford legend.

    Ronaldo was thought to be angling for a move to Real Madrid but that appears increasingly unlikely with the Spanish side eager to land Kylian Mbappe.

    Both Mbappe and Neymar could leave Paris this summer with just a year left on their contracts.

    And getting their salary off the wage book will mean PSG have the cash to offer Ronaldo a lucrative deal.

  • TIM TO GO

    Former Tottenham star Rafael van der Vaart has urged Thomas Tuchel to drop Timo Werner as he branded the Chelsea striker a 'blind horse'.

    Van de Vaart told Ziggo Sport: "If I was Thomas Tuchel I would always pick Hakim Ziyech, simply because he is the best option by far.

    "He can cut inside and create chances, as can Mason Mount. That is what Olivier Giroud needs.

    "Timo Werner is super fast, and maybe that is something good to have in an away game when Chelsea are under pressure.

    "But all he does is put his head down and run himself to death.

    "Mount is a terrific footballer, and I think he can get even better, but Werner is truly a blind horse.

    "He already showed that's what he is like when he played in Germany - and he's doing it again now."

  • OLE BE DAMNED

    Ole Gunnar Solskjaer has revealed he was blasted by Sir Alex Ferguson for a cynical red card against Newcastle during his Manchester United playing days.

    He said: "I think every manager has certain values.

    "When I got sent off against Newcastle, I thought I did the right thing for the team and Sir Alex lambasted me after the game saying 'we don't win that way at Man United'.

    "I've lived by that ever since. We want to win in the right manner, it doesn't matter who we play against.

    "We want to win playing by the book. I'm not saying someone else doesn't, I'm just saying I think every manager wants to win in a fair way."

  • EURO STARS

    Simone Magill shared a touching post on Twitter hailing the heroic efforts of Northern Ireland who will compete in the 2022 Women’s Euros.

    The Everton striker is among the players who have been sharing emotional posts about their Northern Ireland side becoming the first to reach a major women's football tournament.

    Magill, who has made 56 international appearances, wrote: “There are some moments in your life you know you’ll remember forever.

    "Last night was one of them. What a special, special group.”

  • NEXT UP NUNO

    Nuno Espirito Santo is the surprise favourite to replace Jose Mourinho as Tottenham's next permanent manager.

    That's according to bookmakers Betfair, who've installed Espirito Santo as the 3/1 market leader to take the reins in North London IF Jose's given his marching orders.

    Nuno Espirito Santo – 3/1
    Julian Nagelsmann – 4/1
    Rafa Benitez – 8/1
    Erik ten Hag -10/1
    Ralph Hasenhuttl – 14/1
    Brendan Rodgers – 16/1
    Maurizio Sarri -20/1
    Diego Simeone – 20/1
    Eddie Howe – 20/1
    Frank Lampard – 25/1
    Marcelo Bielsa – 33/1
    Gareth Southgate – 33/1

  • UEFA RAP

    Uefa have banned Rangers striker Kemar Roofe for four games after his horror tackle on the Slavia Prague goalkeeper.

    Steven Gerrard's side were also hit with a massive fine by the European football chiefs.

    Roofe, 28, clattered into Slavia stopper Ondrej Kolar with an out-of-control high boot in their Europa League clash on March 18.

    The keeper needed a stretcher to take him off the field. And it was revealed the 26-year-old had in fact fractured his skull in the process.

    Pictures after the match showed the gruesome cuts to the face sustained in the challenge. The Gers striker was found guilty of 'assault', being cited under Article 15(1).

    The decision made by the Control, Ethics and Disciplinary Body said: "To suspend Rangers FC player, Mr. Kemar Roofe, for four (4) Uefa club competition matches for which he would otherwise be eligible, for dangerously assaulting another player."

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