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SERGIO AGUERO reportedly wants a move to Barcelona this summer - but boss Ronald Koeman is keen to bag former Man Utd man Memphis Depay.

Meanwhile Cristiano Ronaldo's Juventus future appears uncertain after they lost 3-0 to Serie A rivals AC Milan.

And Man City are celebrating after Leicester's win at Man Utd confirmed them as Premier League champions.

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  • GOOD MORNING FOOTBALL FANS

    Manchester City are champions of England once again after neighbours Man United lost at home to Leicester.

    Pep Guardiola’s dominant side have now lifted their third title in four years after blowing away the rest of the field.

    And the Spaniard believes the 2020/21 season has been the toughest of his five year reign.

    “This has been a season and a Premier League title like no other,” he said.

    “This was the hardest one. We will always remember this season for the way that we won.

    “I am so proud to be the manager here and of this group of players.

    “They are so special. To come through this season – with all the restrictions and difficulties we’ve faced – and show the consistency we have is remarkable.

    “It is relentless. Every single day, they are there, fighting for success, trying always to be better. They have been so, so resilient.

    “That is equally true of each and every member of our backroom staff, who have worked tirelessly behind the scenes to ensure that our players are fully equipped to take on the unexpected challenges and new routines throughout such a turbulent year.

    “Not forgetting, of course, all of the staff across our organisation who work to make this club the success it is.

    “Whether that’s been from the offices at CFA or working from home, the efforts of every employee in such trying circumstances have contributed to this achievement.”

    Meanwhile, Aymeric Laporte is reportedly set to play for Spain at the Euros after repeatedly being snubbed by France.

    Marca claims the centre-back, 26, is set to become a Spanish national this week.

    And following pleas from boss Luis Enrique, Laporte will be selected for Spain’s Euro squad having never been capped by his country of birth.

    The defender was born in Agen, France, but moved to Spain with Athletic Bilbao in 2010.

    He spent eight years there before joining City in 2018 for £65million.

    And finally, Chelsea manager Thomas Tuchel insists his players are fully concentrated on Arsenal and not Saturday’s FA Cup final against Leicester.

    Tuchel said: “We just have an eye on the players’ workload and on the statistics that we have, who is maybe overloaded on high speed and from that we will decide who is at risk of injury. Everyone who is not at risk of injury will be available for the game.

    “It’s not the time to manage the game on Saturday now. Now is the time to manage the game on Wednesday.

    “We’re in the middle of a race for the top four and cannot judge games.”

  • VAN BLASTEN

    Marco Van Basten has warned Donny van de Beek being a 'big boy' at Ajax is not the same as cutting the mustard at Manchester United.

    He told ZiggoSport: "It just shows what a great life [players] have when they play at Ajax.

    "They all think very quickly that they are a big boy here and can make it in other countries.

    "But in the Netherlands, there is a nice competition.

    "In a team like Ajax you are really helped, especially in the No10 position.

    "Then you often see that they go abroad and it is a different story."

  • MANCHESTER UNITED 1 LEICESTER 2

    If it is any consolation to Manchester United fans this has put a severe dent in Liverpool’s hope of qualifying for the Champions League.

    Maybe that was the plan all along for the protesters.

    Get the game against Klopp’s men postponed leading to fixture congestion that forced Ole Gunnar Solskjaer to field a severely weakened side allowing Leicester to get a vital three points towards securing a place in the top four.

    Read Neil Custis' match report HERE.

  • CONTE THE LOSSES

    Inter Milan players have been asked to give up two months of their wages as the club's financial crisis deepens, according to reports.

    The damning news comes just a week after Romelu Lukaku and Co fired the Nerazzurri to an historic Serie A title.

    It remains their first Scudetto since Jose Mourinho's treble-winning side in 2010 and ended Juventus' nine-year dominance.

    Although it is confirmed they will receive their bonuses for the Serie A achievement, they will also be asked to freeze their wages.

    Like many big clubs across Europe, their finances have been crippled by the coronavirus pandemic.

    According to Sky Sport Italia, owner Steven Zhang held a meeting with the players asking for their cooperation to help with the financial issues.

  • GUARD OF HONOUR

    Manchester City are champions of England once again after neighbours Man United lost at home to Leicester.

    Pep Guardiola's dominant side have now lifted their third title in four years after blowing away the rest of the field.

    City should have spent Saturday evening celebrating their title triumph but were forced to put the champagne on ice after losing 2-1 at home to Chelsea.

    But it was just a matter of when before their champion status was confirmed with three matches to spare when Caglar Soyuncu headed home Leicester's 66th-minute winner at Old Trafford.

  • TH£ RICH LI$T

    Five of the Premier League’s Big Six have been named in Forbes’ top 50 most valuable sports teams on the planet just weeks after their failed European Super League money-grabbing plot.

    Arsenal, Chelsea, Liverpool, Manchester City, Manchester United and Tottenham were among 12 European giants to sign up for the controversial breakaway competition last month.

    Incredibly, FIVE of the greedy Premier League’s Big Six are among Forbes’ top 50 most valuable sports teams on the planet – worth a combined £13BILLION.

  • LAP IT UP

    Aymeric Laporte is reportedly set to play for Spain at the Euros after repeatedly being snubbed by France.

    Marca claims the centre-back, 26, is set to become a Spanish national this week.

    And following pleas from boss Luis Enrique, Laporte will be selected for Spain’s Euro squad having never been capped by his country of birth.

    The defender was born in Agen, France, but moved to Spain with Athletic Bilbao in 2010.

    He spent eight years there before joining Manchester City in 2018 for £65million.

  • BUFFON OFF

    Juventus keeper Gianluigi Buffon has announced he will leave the club at the end of the season.

    The 43-year-old spent 17 years with the Italian giants before departing for Paris Saint-Germain in 2018.

    Sky Sports journalist Fabrizio Romano tweeted a quote from Buffon which read: “I’ve decided to leave Juventus at the end of the season, I’m not extending the contract."

    And Juve Canal report that the keeper added: "This year will be the definitive end of my beautiful & long experience with Juventus."

  • GHANA GET YA

    Exclusive by Duncan Wright: Manchester United are ready to press ahead with a £15million bid for winger Kamaldeen Sulemana - and hope he will be qualified to play for them by the start of next season.

    United sent top scout Tommy Moller Nielsen to watch Sulemana score in FC Nordsjaelland’s 2-2 draw against Copenhagen on Monday night after tracking the 19-year-old all season.

    And SunSport understands they are set to make a move for the Ghana international soon.

    United know they may need to act fast in order to beat Ajax, Bayer Leverkusen, Lyon and Monaco in the race for his signature.

  • WHITE STUFF

    The Italian sleeping giants have turned their attention to White on the instruction of new boss Jose Mourinho.

    When Mourinho agreed to take charge in the Eternal City he made it clear the side needed strengthening, and the 23-year-old Seagulls ace is one of the names he gave them.

    But the chances of Roma being able to seal a deal for White are remote, because there is so much interest in him Brighton know they can place a huge valuation on him – in excess of £45million.

    Liverpool were watching him closely after that year at Elland Road, making inquiries to the Seagulls as the club were rejecting bids up to £25m from Leeds.

    But it is not just Jurgen Klopp who admires from afar, Arsenal and Manchester United have also been tracking his performances in the Premier League.

  • TEAM NEWS

    Ole Gunnar Solskjaer has sprung a shock with a heavily rotated side for tonight's clash against Leicester.

  • PJAN OF ACTION

    Barcelona are reportedly keen to sign Chelsea midfielder Jorginho in the summer and are willing to offer Miralem Pjanic in exchange.

    The Bosnian moved to the Nou Camp in a high-profile switch from Juventus last year, but he has failed to live up to expectations in Spain.

    According to Sport, Barca are keen to offload the player at the end of the season, and have identified in-form Jorginho as a possible replacement.

    The Catalan side are even exploring the viability of a swap deal involving the pair.

    However it remains to be seen if the West Londoners would be persuaded into a deal considering Jorginho's recent stunning displays.

  • TOUGHEN UP

    Sir Alex Ferguson hailed Cristiano Ronaldo as 'tough as old boots'.

    The Scot told the Guardian: "At United, all the best players were mentally tough.

    "Ronaldo is tough, honestly, as old boots. He was always going to be a great player because he had it up there [Ferguson taps his head].

    "We played a part in that because Eric Harrison, the [youth] coach, made it tougher for the youngsters.

    "He said, ‘If you don’t have mental toughness, you’ll never make United’s first team.'"

  • TUCHEL ON FA CUP

    Chelsea manager Thomas Tuchel insists his players are fully concentrated on Arsenal and not Saturday’s FA Cup final against Leicester.

    Tuchel said: “We just have an eye on the players’ workload and on the statistics that we have, who is maybe overloaded on high speed and from that we will decide who is at risk of injury. Everyone who is not at risk of injury will be available for the game.

    “It’s not the time to manage the game on Saturday now. Now is the time to manage the game on Wednesday.

    “We’re in the middle of a race for the top four and cannot judge games”

  • TUCHEL ON KOVACIC

    Chelsea manager Thomas Tuchel confirmed that Mateo Kovacic will be unavailable for Wednesday’s clash with Arsenal but is very pleased with the way Billy Gilmour has filled in.

    Tuchel said: “He [Kovacic] is not ready for tomorrow, we have to postpone it to Wembley. His personal race is on to make it to the squad for Wembley.

    “Billy Gilmour had to step up now because we miss Kova so much and we play normally always with a double-six, so we were rotating constantly between N’Golo [Kante], Jorgi[Jorginho] and Kova. Once we miss Kova now for so many games, so many weeks, it was on Billy to step up and I was very happy that he could deliver when it was needed.

    ‘So full credit for that, but Kova is a big loss with his ability to drive with the ball, his speed on the ball, without the ball. Kova is such a positive character and unique player, a real fighter on who you can always rely in games and training.

    ‘We really miss him, he is a good match with Jorgi and N’Golo in all combinations. So it’s a big miss and I can’t wait until he’s back in full team training. He’s taken some steps in the right direction and I hope he can rejoin team training after our game with Arsenal.”

  • FIRST SIGNING

    Manchester United’s new director of football John Murtough is close to completing his first signing.

    According to the Daily Telegraph, the Red Devils are closing in on Aston Villa goalkeeper Tom Heaton.

    However, Heaton’s imminent arrival doesn’t mean either David de Gea or Dean Henderson, who’ve been battling for the No1 position, are on their way out of United.

    Instead, the United academy graduate is joining up as a third-choice goalkeeper

  • ARTETA ON CRITICISM

    Arsenal boss Mikel Arteta addressed all the criticism the team has received from former players, fans and the media amid a poor season.

    Arteta said: “I think everybody is entitled to give their opinions and when they have the chance to do that, they have to say what they feel.

    “Again, it’s nothing for me to say. I cannot control that. If you ask me what I would like to have around the team and around everything that is related to the football club, is that we have the unity and stability to work. But if it’s not the case, it’s nothing that I can do.

    “They are entitled to their opinions. The only way I can prove that is by having a team that performs on the pitch and makes them proud. That’s the only thing that I can do. The only thing I can be judged on is do I create the necessary environment for a top, elite team to compete at the higher level and get everybody in the condition to do their best?

    “And after that, do I get the best out of the players that I have? The maximum, whatever the level is, do I get the best out of that? This is how I judge myself and at the end, in the outside world, how I am going to be judged is just with results, nothing else.

    “What we’ve done good before, in the past, in the process… it’s irrelevant. It’s only what you get from that result when you are on that pitch”

  • ARTETA ON TRANSFERS

    Arsenal boss Mikel Arteta addressed the possibility of certain players leaving the club in the summer.

    Arteta said: “I think that having a pre-season is going to be really helpful because we haven’t had any time to work together yet, since we arrived.

    “But after that, let’s see where we finish next season and the amount of games that we have to play.

    “But obviously, in terms of game preparation and time to coach them, it’s much better to be in that position rather than not having any time to prepare between games.

    “There are so many things to do because we already have a lot of players on loan and a lot of players with contracts still that we need to sort.

    “It will depend what happens with a lot of those players and what we are able to recruit to improve the team, that is going to determine where we are”

  • ARTETA ON CHELSEA TEAM NEWS

    Arsenal manager Mikel Arteta discussed Wednesday’s clash at Chelsea and shared some team news.

    Arteta said: “Well probably they’ve been the best team in the league in the last few months, what Thomas [Tuchel] has been able to do since he arrived has been exceptional. He put the team in two finals, the way the team is looking, how solid they are defensively as well, how composed and regular they have been in their performance has been excellent.

    “We have to see today, there were some issues over the weekend again. We are playing every three days and there is no time to train yet, today is the first day so we will have to wait and see. Yes [there were] some injuries, yes.

    “Well the situation with David [Luiz] is that he is not yet recovered, we will see how he does in the next few weeks. The rest are still in contention but we will have to see today how they come”

  • POLICE PRESENCE

    The police has made its presence felt outside Old Trafford ahead of Manchester United’s clash with Leicester tonight.

    This comes after last Sunday’s protests that saw a chunk of fans breaking in United’s ground and staging a demonstration outside The Lowry Hotel where the team was staying.

    More protests have been scheduled for the remaining home games, including tonight’s clash with the Foxes.

    Red Devils fans demonstrated against the Glazer family, who own the club, following the European Super League fiasco

  • BELLERIN REPLACEMENTS

    Arsenal star Hector Bellerin seems likely to exit the club at the end of the season.

    The Gunners are already lining up potential replacements as Paris Saint-Germain and AC Milan appear keen to sign Bellerin in the summer.

    The north Londoners are keeping tabs on Norwich ace Max Aarons as well as Real Betis player Emerson.

    Manager Mikel Arteta has been promised funds in the summer by majority shareholder Stan Kroenke, who is looking to rebuild his relationship with the fans after the European Super League fiasco

  • ARSENAL EXIT

    Arsenal are facing a massive exodus of players from the Emirates ahead of the summer transfer window.

    According to Football London, Dani Ceballos seems set to end his loan stint with the Gunners and return to Real Madrid after a series of errors in midfield.

    Bernd Leno, Hector Bellerin, Lucas Torreira, Matteo Guendouzi, Ainsley Maitland-Niles and Sead Kolasinac are also available for transfer at the end of the season.

    Stuttgart want to extend their loan deal for defender Dinos Mavropanos but also want to add a buying clause

  • CAM AND GET HIM

    Arsenal have made Rennes star Eduardo Camavinga their top transfer target ahead of the summer.

    That is according to Le10Sport, who claim the Gunners are doing everything they can to lure Camavinga to the Emirates as manager Mikel Arteta is looking to strengthen his midfield.

    The 18-year-old ace is considered as one of the hottest prospects in the market and has earned attention from Manchester United, Real Madrid and Paris Saint-Germain.

    Arsenal manager Mikel Arteta is very impressed with the France international, who will cost an excess of £50million

  • CLOCK TICKING

    Manchester United want to complete Jadon Sancho’s transfer before this summer’s delayed Euro 2020 competition.

    That is according to Bild, who claim United don’t want a fresh bid for Sancho to turn into another saga.

    The Red Devils are lining up an £80million swoop for the star forward, which is lower than last year’s £91m offer.

    The Euros are set to kick off on June 11 when Turkey face Italy

  • HAALAND BOOST

    Manchester United’s decision to hand Edinson Cavani a one-year extension works as a major boost for other clubs keeping tabs on Borussia Dortmund star Erling Haaland.

    United have been linked with Haaland in the last two years but Cavani’s new deal means the Red Devils may not be keen on going after another striker.

    That gives the likes of Chelsea, Manchester City, Real Madrid and Barcelona more hope of landing Haaland in the summer.

    However, Dortmund have proven to be fierce negotiators, as shown by United’s failed bid to buy Jadon Sancho last year, and will demand at least £30million for the Norway international

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