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Messi Man City transfer back on EXCLUSIVE, Zidane ‘tells Real Madrid players he is leaving in summer’, Ronaldo latest

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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  • AMA GO CRAZY

    Thomas Amartey casually tossed Chelsea's official FA Cup final pennant over his shoulder in celebration at Leicester's Wembley win.

    A Youri Tielemans screamer gave the Foxes their first FA Cup triumph on Saturday, with help from a tight VAR call that ruled out a late equaliser.

    It sparked wild celebrations from the players and thousands of fans allowed inside the stadium.

    In the dressing room, the squad revelled in their win with footage posted online including an Instagram Live by Wesley Fofana.

    The French defender filmed Amartey, who was an unused substitute in the game, grab the Blues pennant and toss it over his shoulder, to loud laughter from his team-mate.

    The players also sung and danced along to the Neil Diamond classic Sweet Caroline as the celebrations continued.

  • ZI-DONE

    Zinedine Zidane will not continue as Real Madrid manager beyond this season, according to reports.

    The announcement was apparently made to the Madrid squad ahead of the clash with Sevilla last week.

    The Frenchman has a year left on his remaining contract but he is set to resign as manager of the club for a second time, claims Goal.

    Zidane led Los Blancos to the Champions League semi-final for a fourth time this term, but was defeated by Thomas Tuchel's Chelsea.

    He still has a chance of winning LaLiga for the third time, with his team currently trailing rivals Atletico by two points with two games remaining

  • KA-BAK TO SQUARE ONE

    EXCLUSIVE - Liverpool will say farewell to Turkish centre-back Ozan Kabak at the end of this season — and put their rivals on alert.

    Kabak, 21, helped out the Reds by signing on loan in the winter window and went straight into Jurgen Klopp’s side as they coped with a defensive crisis.

    But now the decision has been taken to scrap a full-time deal that would have meant paying £18million to his German side Schalke.

    Boss Klopp believes Kabak would not be in the first-team picture at Anfield next term.

    And the cash-conscious club are not prepared to splash out that kind of money for the defender to sit on their bench.

    It is a massive blow for Kabak, whose parent club dropped out of the Bundesliga while he was away.

  • CUP UPSET

    Rio Ferdinand has revealed his regret at never winning the FA Cup and admitted: 'It still grates'.

    The Manchester United legend won six Premier League titles, two League Cups and one Champions League during his time at Old Trafford.

    But he never once lifted the oldest prize in the book, losing in finals against Arsenal in 2005 and most recently to Chelsea in 2007.

    That day, Didier Drogba's extra-time winner meant Ferdinand had to settle for a silver medal, and still struggles to live it down to this day.

    He said on BT Sport: "It still grates, definitely. I'm sitting here looking at it (the trophy) and I want to launch it. 

    "They were bad moments. I was lucky enough to win quite a lot of stuff in my career.

    "But I tell you, I probably spend more time even in retirement thinking about not getting my hands on that trophy."

  • GOOD MORNING FOOTBALL FANS

    Manchester City have been told they can have Lionel Messi if they pay him £500,000-a-week AFTER TAX.

    The superstar’s contract with Barcelona runs out at the end of the season and his father Jorge has started the process of deciding where his future lies.

    SunSport understands the 33-year-old is open to the idea of a 12-month contract, with an option for a further year, if a club will stump up £25million-a-year.

    That would make him the best-paid player in Premier League history and the lack of a transfer fee plus the enormous commercial cut gained by signing Messi could make financial sense.

    Meanwhile, Edinson Cavani will hit a six-figure jackpot if he is a chart-topper in his second season at Old Trafford.

    The Manchester United striker agreed a deal to stay for another 12 months, as Sunsport revealed he had been offered a pay hike to £250,000-a-week.

    And the Uruguay forward could earn close to the same again in bonuses if he is in the goals next season.

    Cavani, 34, will pick up an extra £100,000 if he is United’s leading scorer – and a similar amount if he ends up as the Premier League’s Golden Boot winner.

    It is also understood that United will promise the South American a rolling annual review, which could even see him staying in England for another season beyond the next one.

    And finally, Leicester boss Brendan Rodgers shared his thoughts after leading the Foxes to their first ever FA Cup trophy.
    He 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.”

  • ED START

    Exclusive by Phil Thomas: Edinson Cavani will hit a six-figure jackpot if he is a chart-topper in his second season at Old Trafford.

    The Manchester United striker agreed a deal to stay for another 12 months, as Sunsport revealed he had been offered a pay hike to £250,000-a-week.

    And the Uruguay forward could earn close to the same again in bonuses if he is in the goals next season.

    Cavani, 34, will pick up an extra £100,000 if he is United’s leading scorer – and a similar amount if he ends up as the Premier League’s Golden Boot winner.

    It is also understood that United will promise the South American a rolling annual review, which could even see him staying in England for another season beyond the next one.

  • ALL BARC, NO BITE

    Man City's hopes of signing Lionel Messi have been rekindled by his new contract offer at Barcelona, SunSport can reveal.

    Messi, who turns 34 next month, has accepted his salary with Barca will be reduced but wants better terms than the two thirds reduction proposed by the Catalans.

    Only Man City and PSG have the post-pandemic clout to match Messi's terms and staying at Barcelona still appears the most likely option.

    However new club president Joan Laporta is desperate to sign Erling Haaland and could even be willing to dispense with the Messi to push the deal through.

  • GETTING MESSI

    Exclusive by Duncan Wright: Manchester City have been told they can have Lionel Messi if they pay him £500,000-a-week AFTER TAX.

    The superstar’s contract with Barcelona runs out at the end of the season and his father Jorge has started the process of deciding where his future lies.

    SunSport understands the 33-year-old is open to the idea of a 12-month contract, with an option for a further year, if a club will stump up £25million-a-year.

    That would make him the best-paid player in Premier League history and the lack of a transfer fee plus the enormous commercial cut gained by signing Messi could make financial sense.

  • DOR OPEN

    Manchester United are reportedly in ‘pole position’ for signing Jadon Sancho.

    Sport1 claim the winger is keen on making a switch to Old Trafford as United ‘will remain’ the club of his choice.

    The report adds that talks between the Red Devils and the Borussia Dortmund star’s agent are ‘already underway.’

  • REAL PROBLEM

    Zinedine Zidane is set to leave Real Madrid at the end of the season.

  • 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.

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