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Lionel Messi Man City transfer is ON… if they pay him £500,000-a-week AFTER TAX, Zidane ‘to leave Real Madrid’

LIONEL MESSI is willing to join Man City if they pay him £500,000-a-week after tax, SunSport can reveal.

Meanwhile Cristiano Ronaldo's future is equally up in the air with the Portuguese ace reportedly looking at a Juventus exit.

And Zinedine Zidane has reportedly told his players he will leave Real Madrid at the end of the season.

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  • VARDY PARTY

    A fan-favourite Inbetweeners reference from the man who played in every round of the FA Cup.

  • FOX STEP

    Leicester boss Brendan Rodgers shared his thoughts after leading the Foxes to their first ever FA Cup trophy.

    Rodgers told the BBC: “It’s an amazing feeling.

    “I wasn’t aware before I came to Leicester that they hadn’t won the FA Cup. So to be able to give that to these supporters, plus Top [Srivaddhanaprabha] and his family, makes this a special day.

    “It’s a real collective effort at Leicester, from the board, players, staff and supporters. It’s an amazing day for the city.

    “Youri’s [Tielemans] goal was like an old-school FA Cup winning goal, but also Kasper’s [Schmeichel] saves. I thought we were the better team overall. We were super-aggressive and always a threat with the ball.

    “Chelsea are an amazing team but I though we deserved to win. It’s the FA Cup, and as a British coach, it means so much. I’m so proud, but more happy for everyone else. A monumental performance and what a day for everyone involved with Leicester.”

  • WHAT THE EK

    Spotify owner Daniel Ek has confirmed that he made a failed attempt to buy Arsenal.

  • ‘WIDER IMPLICATIONS’

    Arsenal have spoken to Mohamed Elneny about his pro-Palestinian social media post.

    “As with any employees of Arsenal, our players are entitled to express their views on their own platforms,” the club told Sky Sports News.

    “That said we have spoken to Mo about this so he understands the wider implications of his post.

    “As a club we are committed to confronting and eliminating all forms of discrimination and continue to champion the need for equality and diversity across all areas of life.”

  • NO SALE

    Arsenal have denied receiving a takeover approach from the club legend consortium led by Spotify founder Daniel Ek.

    The Swedish billionaire, 38, has claimed to be formulating a £1.8million bid to buy the Premier League side from unpopular owner Stan Kroenke.

    Fan protests against the American have escalated since the Gunners’ attempt to join the doomed European Super League.

    Arsenal supporter Ek promptly announced his intention to buy the club with the help of Thierry Henry, Dennis Bergkamp and Patrick Vieira.

    But a spokesperson for the North London outfit has denied receiving any official approach.

    Kroenke Sports Entertainment insist they have no intention of letting the club go despite the fan fury.

  • ZIZOU OFF?

    Zinedine Zidane has hinted he could leave Real Madrid at the end of this season.

    He said: "It's not, the only thing about me is that what I do, I do to the end, and then there comes a time when it's the moment to change.

    "For everyone, not just for me. For the club, for the good of the club, for the people.

    "I don't leave because it's easy. It's not like I turn away and don't look back. No, there are moments when you have to be there and there are moments when that's it, it's finished, it's time to change. But for the good of everyone, not just for me."

  • CHELSEA 0 LEICESTER 1

    Youri Tielemans glorious strike gave Leicester FA Cup final glory at the fifth attempt as Chelsea had a last-minute goal controversially ruled out on VAR.

    Tielemans hit a 25-yard top-corner special on 63 minutes - before the video assistant referee adjudged Blues' sub Ben Chilwell millimetres offside when his cross was deflected home by Foxes' sub Wes Morgan.

    Read SunSport's match report HERE.

  • MOUR SAINTS

    Jose Mourinho wants to take Newcastle winger Allan Saint-Maximin to Italy as part of his Roma revolution, according to reports.

    The former Chelsea, Man Utd and Tottenham boss will take over the sleeping Serie A giants in the summer.

    It is understood Mourinho, 58, will be given a healthy transfer budget to get the Giallorossi into the Champions League.

    And, according to Corriere della Sera, the Portuguese boss has identified the tricky Toon winger as a top target.

  • A STEP TOO VAR

    Manchester United will need to bid £60million to if they want to sign Real Madrid defender Raphael Varane, according to reports.

    The Red Devils are believed to be interested in the France international but their rumoured £40m bid will not be enough to sign him.

    According to Spanish newspaper AS, Real Madrid want €70m - around £60m - for Varane, who is out of contract at the end of next season.

  • SERGI-GO

    Paris Saint-Germain have joined the race to sign Real Madrid legend Sergio Ramos, according to reports.

    The Spaniard is out of contract at the end of the season, sparking interest in his signature.

    Several clubs are said to be tracking Ramos, but PSG are most interested in the Los Blancos captain, report AS.

  • SAINTS ROW

    Southampton have eased to a 3-1 win against Fulham to inflict further woe on Scott Parker's men.

    Che Adams, Nathan Tella and Theo Walcott all got on the scoresheet for the Saints.

    Click HERE to read the SunSport match report.

  • ARAM AND A LEG

    Man Utd are interested in signing Getafe midfielder Mauro Arambarri, according to reports.

    The Premier League giants are believed to have made contact with the 25-year-old's representatives over a possible summer move.

    According to AS, the Red Devils are one of many big European clubs monitoring the Uruguay international.

    Ole Gunnar Solskjaer's side, however, are said to be the most keen on a move and have made contact with Arambarri's people.

    The report claims United see him as a player that can complement Bruno Fernandes' abilities.

    And as Arambarri has a rumoured €25million release clause - around £21.5m - he would come relatively cheap in today's market.

    There are even rumours that Getafe would accept as little as £17m for the midfielder.

  • TO BE FRANK

    Frank Lampard's "fingerprints" are all over Chelsea's transformation despite Thomas Tuchel succeeding him in January, claims Joe Cole.

    Lamps' ex-England team-mate told the Mail: "Tuchel has come in and done an unbelievable job.

    "But you can't disregard what Frank did - holding the fort during a difficult time, getting the club to a cup final last year, getting Champions League when they had lost their best player (Eden Hazard).

    "He brought in many of these young players in and put £200million of talent on the bottom line.

    "They were going through a bad spell earlier in the season and that's Chelsea – you know if you go through a bad spell you could get the sack.

    "Frank's fingerprints will be on this team but you have to credit Tuchel – to come in and have the impact he's had is extraordinary. 

    "Chelsea is in a really healthy place at the moment so I am very happy, very confident."

  • TEAM NEWS

    This is how Chelsea and Leicester start for the FA Cup final.

  • UP FOR THE CUP

    Leicester and Chelsea fans are enjoying a big day out at the football once again as Wembley opened its doors for the FA Cup final.

    Some 21,000 fans are attending Saturday's clash between the Premier League clubs in the capital.

    It is the biggest crowd welcomed into a live event since the coronavirus pandemic led to multiple lockdowns and games being played behind closed doors.

    Those trekking up Wembley Way were asked to a Covid test in the days prior to the game before a lateral flow test this morning.

    The game itself kicks off at 5.15pm as Leicester look to win their first-ever FA Cup final after four defeats in the showpiece, the most recent in 1969.

  • ELNENY CONTINUED

    In a statement to the JC, an Arsenal spokesman said: “As with any employees of Arsenal, our players are entitled to express their views on their own platforms. 

    "That said, we are speaking to Mo about this so he understands the wider implications of his post.

    “As a club we are committed to confronting and eliminating all forms of discrimination and continue to champion the need for equality and diversity across all areas of life.”

  • MO LAUGHING MATTER

    Arsenal sponsor Lavazza are holding ‘urgent talks’ with the club after a controversial tweet from Mohamed Elneny.

    The Egyptian midfielder posted a pro-Palestine message amid the worsening conflict with Israel.

    The Jewish Chronicle reported coffee group Lavazza’s insistence on urgent talks with the club following Elneny’s social media post.

    The post included an image with the text ‘Palestine Lives Matter’ which shows an outline of Israel with pro-Palestine images within.

    The Lavazza Group told the JC: “We’ll immediately reach out to Arsenal to remark we are concerned about the club associated with such a message.

    “Content of this post is totally not aligned with our company values.  Lavazza Group is fully committed against racism and antisemitism.”

  • FEEL THE BURN

    Leeds eased to a 4-0 win away at Burnley earlier this afternoon with Spanish striker Rodrigo scoring twice.

    The Whites are now two points behind ninth-placed Arsenal, and four points clear of Aston Villa in 11th.

    Click HERE to read the SunSport match report from Turf Moor.

  • FOCUS ON IT

    Alex Scott has been named as the new host of the BBC’s Football Focus, becoming the show’s first permanent female host in its 47-year history.

    The former Arsenal and England star will take over from Dan Walker, who is stepping down after 12 years at the helm.

    The 36-year-old full-back made more than 200 club appearances during her playing career, earned 140 caps for her country and represented Great Britain at the 2012 London Olympics.

    Announcing the appointment in a column for BBC Sport, she wrote: “When I was a kid, I would never have watched television and thought someone like me could be presenting a programme like Football Focus.

    “For the BBC to trust me with this role and allow me to be my true, authentic self means a lot.”

  • SPURS RAGE

    Furious Tottenham fans called for Daniel Levy to quit in protests outside the stadium.

    Supporters launched flares and unleashed their anger after the recent European Super League controversy.

    Tottenham fans vented their anger against chairman Levy after the recent attempt to take the club into the failed European Super League.

    A Spurs fans' group snubbed Levy's offer of a peace summit with Tottenham Hotspur Supporters' Trust turning down the chance to meet him.

    The group insists it wants to meet owners ENIC directly to discuss the implementation of a six-point plan it has compiled “to lead the club into a new era.”

    And fans put up a banner at the protest which said 'To dare is too dear - ENIC out'.

  • ZLAT'S ENOUGH

    Former Man Utd striker Zlatan Ibrahimovic will NOT be taking part in the delayed Euro 2020 tournament for Sweden in the summer.

    The AC Milan ace will miss out due to a knee injury.

    Italian journalist Fabrizio Romano tweeted: "Sweden have decided that Zlatan Ibrahimovic will NOT take part to the Euros.

    "After the announcement of the conservative therapy needed by Zlatan to recover after his knee injury, he’ll be OUT of the Euros. Official."

    Sweden boss Janne Andersson told Expressen: “It’s sad but Zlatan is gonna miss the Euros because of his injury."

  • ERLI BID

    Barcelona are keen to sell Antoine Griezmann in the summer for the right price amid their bid to sign Borussia Dortmund star Erling Haaland.

    Barca are among Europe's biggest hitters that are keeping tabs on Haaland, who is set to be a major talking point ahead of the summer transfer window.

    But first, the Blaugrana need to raise some funds in order to meet the star striker's staggering €150million (£129m) asking price after the coronavirus pandemic's financial impact.

    According to Matteo Moretto, who works for Italian Sky Sports and Di Marzio, the Catalan giants will listen to offers for Griezmann at the end of the season.

    The talismanic forward has failed to replicate his Atletico Madrid success at the Nou Camp ever since his €120m (£108m) move two years ago.

    The France international has improved this season with 19 goals and 12 assists in 49 matches across all competitions.

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