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Chelsea Donnarumma free transfer boost, ‘Sancho to PSG if Mbappe leaves’, Luis Suarez ‘open to Liverpool return’

PSG are reportedly ready to move for Jadon Sancho if a new contract cannot be agreed for Kylian Mbappe.

Meanwhile Chelsea have received a big boost in their pursuit of AC Milan goalkeeper Gianluigi Donnarumma on a free transfer.

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  • CRIS CROSS

    Cristiano Ronaldo endured a difficult day at the office despite Juventus' win over Genoa.

    The Bianconeri maintained third position in the Serie A table with the 3-1 victory, in which Ronaldo failed to score.

    That disappointment was used to explain his somewhat controversial reaction at the final whistle.

    Pictures of the winger, 36, tossing his Juve shirt to the ground were noticed by a number of fans, who reacted angrily.

    But, according to La Gazzetta dello Sport, it was clear to those present that he had heard a ball boy call out for the shirt.

    And Ronaldo dropped it to the ground before the youngster gleefully gathered it up.

    The Portuguese star nevertheless let his frustration show in the dressing room, where he reportedly punched a wall.

  • TUCH LOVE

    Chelsea have been handed a huge transfer boost after Barcelona star Ousmane Dembele named Thomas Tuchel as his favourite coach.

    The French winger has failed to light up LaLiga as many expected following a £97million move from Borussia Dortmund in 2017.

    It has led to rumour that the cash-strapped Spaniards may look to flog the 23-year-old, with Chelsea previously linked.

    And it appears Dembele would be keen to link up once again with his former Dortmund boss Tuchel.

    Speaking to BeIn Sports, the 23-cap France international said: "Thomas Tuchel is my favourite coach.

    "Under him I played more on the right side before I was moved to ten or in the middle.

    "If he had stayed, it would have been very difficult to leave Dortmund. I would probably not have done it."

  • ERLI CALL

    Manchester United will reportedly make a quick decision on whether or not they'll sign Erling Haaland in order to avoid a repeat of the Jadon Sancho saga of last summer.

    The Red Devils still hold an interest in landing the prolific Borussia Dortmund hitman, despite being snubbed by the Norwegian and his agent - Mino Raiola - in December 2019.

    But unlike their ill-fated pursuit of Sancho in 2020, the United brass will be 'urged to assess whether Haaland is a viable option' as soon as possible.

    That's according to The Athletic, who claim Old Trafford chiefs want to know if the 20-year-old will be out of their price range in order to identify alternative targets.

    United were left scrambling to sign a winger last summer after Dortmund refused to budge on their £104million valuation of England international Sancho.

    The Red Devils ended up signing 18-year-old Amad Diallo on transfer deadline day after it became apparent they wouldn't be able to land Sancho.

    Haaland is United's top priority this summer, although they're also thought to be interested in signing Tottenham striker Harry Kane.

  • CITY BOY

    Manchester City are set to sign Brazilian wonderkid Kayky from Fluminense, according to reports.

    The Premier League leaders have been linked with the forward since the start of the year.

    And according to Fabrizio Romano, City are now pushing ahead for a deal worth £8.7million plus £14.75m in potential add-ons.

    Kayky is on course to receive a five-year contract but would not arrive at the Etihad until the summer of 2022.

    The 17-year-old is a product of the Fluminense academy, which has produced the likes of Real Madrid legend Marcelo and Liverpool's Fabinho.

    Dubbed the 'next Neymar' in his homeland, the winger is blessed with pace and close-control.

  • CZECH OUT

    Arsenal are facing a huge injury crisis ahead of their Europa League return trip to Slavia Prague.

    The Gunners easily swept aside Championship-bound Sheffield United 3-0 on Sunday – but it came at a cost.

    Rising star Bukayo Saka came off injured, and he could join a packed treatment room at the Emirates.

    Speaking after the game Gunners boss Mikel Arteta confirmed left-back Kieran Tierney is ‘probably out for the season’ while David Luiz will also miss the Slavia game.

    He added: “Emile [Smith Rowe] and Martin [Odegaard], we don’t know yet.

    “Bukayo [Saka], we’ll see how he develops in the next few days. He had discomfort in his thigh and it’s the last thing we need because we are missing some big players at the moment.”

    Captain Pierre-Emerick Aubameyang also missed the game at Bramall Lane with a cold, but is expected to return to face Slavia Prague.

  • MOUR TO DO

    Jose Mourinho needs to 'take responsibility' for Tottenham's troubles, according to Sky Sports pundit and former Spurs star Jamie Redknapp.

    The Londoners surrendered a 1-0 lead on Sunday to meekly lose 3-1 at home to Manchester United.

    Speaking after the game, the 47-year-old said: "What Jose has also done in this period is he's made them a really tough watch.

    "You can say what you like about Spurs but they always been a good football team, they've always had a style. If Spurs fans were here right now watching that, they wouldn't enjoy it one bit.

    "Too often I watch this side and there's no flair or excitement. I don't think this is a bad squad of players, I've said it before and I stand by it.

    "Jose is looking at it and trying to blame everybody else, he has to take responsibility.

    "When you're a good manager, you organise your team to get that result whatever it takes. A great manager would find a way to get them organised."

  • NOT DONN YET

    AC Milan are reportedly struggling to make progress on Gianluigi Donnarumma’s contract situation – opening the door for Chelsea.

    The 22-year-old goalkeeper’s deal expires in the summer and negotiations are said to be moving slowly.

    A pay increase from his net salary of £100,000-a-week to a £133,000-a-week wage is on the table but no deal has been signed.

    And while Milan have spoken calmly about the situation in previous months, technical director Paolo Maldini was described as frustrated when referring to the situation in the week.

    He said: “These are choices everyone has to make.

    “I am not here to judge, I am here to do what is best for the club. I also know that you need two parties to be happy in order to strike a deal.”

    La Gazzetta dello Sport note that little progress has been made over a renewal with the club and player far apart in their ideal terms.

  • CZECH IN

    Mikel Arteta was upbeat about Arsenal’s Europa League chances after Sunday’s victory over Sheffield United.

    The Gunners head to Slavia Prague on Thursday with the quarter-final tie level at 1-1, although the Czech team hold a key away goal.

    Prague have already beaten Leicester, Bayer Leverkusen and Rangers this season but Arteta was determined to be positive going into the clash.

    The 39-year-old told MOTD: “Overall we had a really good performance – 3-0 away from home is never easy.

    “We had to be fully focused on the league, there is a lot to play for.

    “The best way to prepare for Prague was by winning today.

    “We are going to to win the game at Prague. That’s it, that is our mindset.”

  • CAM-ETH THE HOUR

    Eduardo Camavinga is set to reject any new contract offer Rennes make him this summer, according to The Athletic.

    The 18-year-old wonderkid has long been on the radar of Real Madrid and is expected to move to one of Europe's top clubs.

    However, the big question is whether he will depart at the end of this season or run down his contract until 2022 in order to broaden his options.

    Agent Jonathan Barnett, who also represents Mason Mount, Jack Grealish, Saul Niguez and Gareth Bale has stated his view that Camavinga is ready to play in the Premier League next season.

  • NOT IN IT FOR THE LONG HAAL

    Manchester United are set to make a quick decision on whether to sign Erling Haaland or not, according to reports.

    The Athletic claim the Red Devils are desperate to avoid a protracted transfer saga like last year’s with Jadon Sancho.

    United attempted for ten weeks to agree a fee with Haaland’s club Dortmund for Sancho but nothing came of it.

    They are also aware that the package of a £150m transfer fee, Haaland’s wages and payments to agent Mino Raiola currently fall outside their wage structure.

    David de Gea is the Red Devil’s highest paid player at the moment at £375,000-a-week.

    Should United not sign Erling Haaland they could move on to other targets like Tottenham’s Harry Kane, or even keep Edinson Cavani.

  • IN FOR THE KYL

    PSG are ready to move for Jadon Sancho if they cannot agree a new contract with Kylian Mbappe, according to David Ornstein.

    The Parisian hierarchy are keen admirers of the England international, who Dortmund have stated could leave the club for the right price.

    Manchester United are also ready to make a move for Sancho this summer, but will not consider doing business at the £110m asking price Dortmund set last year.

  • BRAZIL-LIANT

    Manchester City are on the verge of signing Kayky from Fluminense, according to Fabrizio Romano.

    The up front fee would be around £8.7m with a potential £14.75m to be earned by the Brazilian club in add-ons.

    City have already had great success delving into Brazil's Serie A for play-offs, with Gabriel Jesus arriving from Palmeiras in 2016 for £27m plus add-ons.

  • GOOD MORNING FOOTY FANS

    Yesterday was an action packed day of Premier League football at both ends of the table as the race for the Champions League took another exciting turn.

    Manchester United came from behind to beat Tottenham 3-1 away.

    Goals from Edinson Cavani, Fred and Mason Greenwood put Spurs to the sword after Heung Son-min had given them a 1-0 half-time lead.

    But it was Cavani’s disallowed goal that caused the most controversy after Scott McTominay’s hand brushed Son’s face in the build up.

    Tottenham released a statement slamming ‘abhorrent’ racial abuse of Son after the game.

    The South Korean star came under attack from sick trolls online in the wake of the crunch clash in London.

    Earlier in the day rampant West Ham scored three for the third week running and threatened to bottle it for the third week running.

    Third placed Leicester were the victims as David Moyes’ men took a 3-0 lead through a Jesse Lingard brace and a Jarrod Bowen strike.

    Kelechi Iheanacho scored twice to worry the hosts but the Hammers held on to reclaim fourth spot and move within a point of the Foxes.

    After the game Brendan Rodgers said he feels let down by four Leicester stars who broke Covid rules.

    James Maddison, Ayoze Perez and Hamza Choudhury flouted restrictions by going to a party last Saturday, along with injured Harvey Barnes and they were all left out the squad.

    Arsenal beat Sheffield United 3-0 away in the late game to move ninth thanks to two from Alexandre Lacazette and one from Gabriel Martinelli with the Blades as good as down.

    But the Gunners have been dealt major blow after Mikel Arteta confirmed Kieran Tierney will miss the rest of the season – with Bukayo Saka and Martinelli also picking up injuries on Sunday.

    Earlier in the day, Newcastle nabbed a huge win at Burnley winning 2-1.

    Despite the positive result for his team at Spurs, Ole Gunnar Solskjaer blasted VAR for the decision to disallow Cavani’s strike and hit out at ‘con artist’ Son.

    Solskjaer told Sky Sports: “The game has gone, absolutely gone. If that’s a clear and obvious error, it’s one he [the ref] had to look at. It was a perfectly good goal, we shouldn’t be conned. I have to say, if my son stays down for three minutes and needs ten mates to help him, he won’t get any food because that’s embarrassing.

    “We weren’t conned, the ref was. That kick-started us. [Before] we played like a team who had played in Europe on Thursday.

    “Top reaction, we played great stuff second half. We felt the injustice and showed good character to come back. We can’t let those decisions ruin this good season for us. The goals we scored were excellent.

    “Cavani showed why he’s a No9. Fred even scores, that shows just how good we were. It was an excellent [disallowed] goal. Unfortunately the ref decided we are not playing football or VAR decided. I’m absolutely shocked if that is a foul.”

    And finally, Saturday’s FA Cup semi-final between Chelsea and Manchester City will still go ahead, The Sun understands.

    Ministers and sports chiefs will meet today and agree to allow the event to go ahead.

    It will likely open with a minute’s silence and black armbands for the players.

    The Government has told The FA the decision is up to them — but the 5.30pm kick-off may change if it clashes with Prince Philip’s service.

  • MOUR WAR

    Jose Mourinho launched a scathing attack on Ole Gunnar Solskjaer as the pair clashed in the tunnel after the final whistle.

    The Tottenham chief was furious after Solskjaer accused Son Heung-min of conning officials to get Edinson Cavani’s strike chalked off by going down too easily under a flailing arm from Scott McTominay.

    Seething Solskjaer said: “If my son stayed down for three minutes and he needed ten mates to help him up, he wouldn’t get any food. The game has gone — absolutely gone.”

    But former United boss Mourinho hit back as the row escalated when he told reporters: “I just want to say Sonny’s very lucky that his father is a better person than Ole.”

    Cavani thought he had given United the lead when he slotted home in the 33rd minute. But referee Chris Kavanagh ruled it out after VAR advised him to check the pitchside monitor.

    It looked a harsh decision and the Red Devils were further incensed when the South Korean fired Spurs ahead seven minutes later. Old Trafford manager Solskjaer — despite his side’s sterling second-half comeback — was still angry about the incident afterwards.

    The Norwegian said in a television interview moments after the final whistle: “It was a perfectly good goal. We weren’t conned, the referee was.”

  • TEARS FOR TIER

    Arsenal have been dealt major blow after Mikel Arteta confirmed Kieran Tierney will miss the rest of the season - with Bukayo Saka and Gabriel Martinelli also picking up injuries on Sunday.

    The Gunners left-back, 23, was substituted at half-time in the defeat by Liverpool last weekend. Tierney was injured in a clash with James Milner and scans have revealed he suffered ligament damage.

    And after Arsenal beat Sheffield United 3-0 on Sunday, Arteta admitted: “Kieran is out, probably for the season."

    And the news only got worse from there, with Arteta also confirming Saka and Martinelli had picked up knocks at Bramall Lane.

    Saka hobbled off the pitch with 20 minutes to play after starring in the No10 role after the Gunners boss gambled with Granit Xhaka at left-back in the place of Tierney.

    Martinelli was also taken off with just under ten minutes of the game to go having scored just minutes earlier. And Arteta revealed both players had picked up injuries in a major blow ahead of Thursday's crunch Europa League quarter-final second-leg away to Slavia Prague.

  • SUN BACK PAGE

    Here is the back page of Monday's Sun newspaper after a thrilling weekend of Premier League action at both ends of the table.

  • ROD RAGE

    Brendan Rodgers says he feels let down by four Leicester stars who broke Covid rules.

    James Maddison, Ayoze Perez and Hamza Choudhury flouted restrictions by going to a party last Saturday, along with injured Harvey Barnes and they were all left out the squad for the 3-2 defeat at West Ham.

    Rodgers said: “From a personal perspective, I was bitterly disappointed, I’ve got to say. It was a breach. My objective coming into Leicester City was to create a standard on and off the pitch.

    “Particularly at this time when we’re challenging and fighting to finish off a really exciting season — that standard and the values we have as a club, they fell well below that.

    “The guys who weren’t involved in the squad at West Ham would have been. However, as a consequence of their behaviour, they weren’t.

    “It’s a mistake they’ve made. I won’t hold it against them. It’s not what their identity is as young guys. They’ve made a mistake and been punished for it. It’s in the past now. It wasn’t ideal (timing). But that’s how strongly I felt on it. We were coming into a game that was a very important game for us. But some things are bigger than football."

  • PLAY ON

    Saturday’s FA Cup semi-final between Chelsea and Manchester City will still go ahead, The Sun understands.

    Ministers and sports chiefs will meet Monday and agree to allow the event to go ahead.

    It will likely open with a minute's silence and black armbands for the players.

    The Government has told The FA the decision is up to them — but the 5.30pm kick-off may change if it clashes with Prince Philip’s service.

    The Football League has already told its clubs that 3pm games may be moved 'to avoid a clash'.

  • WE STAND WITH YOU

    Tottenham have released a statement slamming 'abhorrent' racial abuse of Son Heung-Min following Sunday's 3-1 defeat to Manchester United.

    The South Korean star came under attack from sick trolls online in the wake of the crunch clash in London. Son was involved in a controversial first-half VAR decision that saw a United goal questionably chalked off.

    And the ace has since received vile racist messages on the internet from cowardly trolls. Spurs put out an official club statement on Sunday night taking aim at the people behind the messages.

    And they proudly told Son: We stand with you. The statement read: “Another matchday and more abhorrent racial abuse suffered by one of our players.

    “This has again been reported to the platforms and we shall now undertake a full review alongside the Premier League to determine the most effective action moving forward.

    “We stand with you, Sonny.”

  • 'CON ARTIST'

    Ole Gunnar Solskjaer has blasted Son Heung-Min for ‘conning’ the ref during Manchester United’s 3-1 win at Tottenham.

    And the Red Devils boss believes ‘the game has gone’ after his side had a goal ruled out by VAR after an incident involving Spurs ace Son and Scott McTominay.

    Solskjaer told Sky Sports: “The game has gone, absolutely gone. If that’s a clear and obvious error, it’s one he [the ref] had to look at. It was a perfectly good goal, we shouldn’t be conned. I have to say, if my son stays down for three minutes and needs ten mates to help him, he won’t get any food because that’s embarrassing.

    “We weren’t conned, the ref was. That kick-started us. [Before] we played like a team who had played in Europe on Thursday.

    “Top reaction, we played great stuff second half. We felt the injustice and showed good character to come back. We can’t let those decisions ruin this good season for us. The goals we scored were excellent.

    “Cavani showed why he’s a No9. Fred even scores, that shows just how good we were. It was an excellent [disallowed] goal. Unfortunately the ref decided we are not playing football or VAR decided. I’m absolutely shocked if that is a foul.”

  • Subs

    WILLIAN (FOR SAKA 69) - 6

    Did not really have much time to make a significant impact on the game.

    Would have like to have seen a bit more from him given his poor campaign up to this point.

    MOHAMED ELNENY (FOR MARTINELLI 84)

    Only touched the ball a handful of times after coming on.

    EDDIE NKETIAH (FOR LACAZETTE 89) - N/A

    Literally came on for a run around at the end and to give Lacazette a couple of minutes rest after a superb display.

  • Alexandre Lacazette - 8

    Often gave up his own chance of scoring by dropping deep early on, before dispatching his one first half opening with aplomb.

    Missed a good chance ten minutes after the break, failing to keep his head over the ball when it was played to him on the edge of the area.

    But another supreme finish in front of goal four minutes from time made it two for the Frenchman - a top night's work.

  • Dani Ceballos - 8

    At the centre of a lot of Arsenal's good work in the first half, most notably with a wonderfully audacious flick to set up Lacazette's opener.

    Also played a delightful ball over the top for Chambers who could not make the most of it.

    Looks undoubtedly the most cultured midfielder at Arteta's disposal, along with the unused duo of Emile Smith Rowe and Martin Odegaard.

    Gabriel Martinelli - 7

    Wasted a lovely move from Arsenal in the first half by drilling his shot into the side netting.

    But, for an injury-prone player, he rode a second half knock, stayed on the pitch and finished off a lovely move to get his first goal of the season.

  • Thomas Partey - 6

    Really gives Ceballos and Saka the opportunity to motor forward and join the attacks.

    You rarely feel like he is doing anything, but watch closely and you will see he is often the key man in turning the ball over for Arsenal.

    Keeps things ticking over and is an essential part of how Arteta wants to play.

    Nicolas Pepe - 5

    Was probably the one Gunners forward who offered next to nothing in the opening 45 minutes.

    Only real impact came when his shot was saved in the lead up to Martinelli's goal.

    Promises a lot with his pace and ability to face up to a defender one-on-one, but continually his end product is lacking.

    Also could have scored in injury time but tried to pass instead of simply sliding the ball into the corner.

  • Granit Xhaka - 6

    Clearly not a natural left-back but did enough to keep Sheffield United quiet for most of the match.

    Lazily allowed McGoldrick a sight of goal early on after failing to track his run into the box.

    His lack of pace and positional awareness could prove costly against better teams.

    Bukayo Saka - 7

    His pace is absolutely unplayable at times and his footballing brain is just as excellent.

    Saka taunted the Sheffield United defence early on with some jinking runs and darts in behind from the No10 role.

    He then linked up superbly with Ceballos for Arsenal's opener as his push for a place in Gareth Southgate's England squad ramped up even more.

    But he did go off holding his thigh in the second half, something which will worry Gunners fans ahead of the Slavia Prague game Thursday.

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Atletico did not lose at the Camp Nou. Busquets' injury is the turning point of the match (and the championship race?)
Verratti injured his knee ligaments in PSG training. Participation in the Euro is still in question
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Manchester United would like to sign Bellingham in the summer, not Sancho. Borussia do not intend to sell Jude