Man Utd interest in Varane, Chelsea want Donnarumma, Boris backs England World Cup bid – Arsenal, Tottenham news

MANCHESTER UNITED are said to be after Raphael Varane this summer, with Real Madrid braced for an offer, while Chelsea are reportedly keen to sign Gianluigi Donnarumma on a free transfer from AC Milan.

Meanwhile Boris Johnson has backed a potential UK bid for the 2030 World Cup.


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  • Jake Lambourne


    Tony Adams believes Arsenal should sell right-backs Hector Bellerin AND Cedric Soares – then get in a ‘good one in’.

    The Gunners legend, 54, does not believe either of the current options are good enough.

    He told Stadium Astro: “If you’re bringing players in who is a lesser standard, you don’t get someone that’s less than what you’ve got.

    “Cedric, is he better than Bellerin? Have you made an improvement there? Take it or leave it.

    “Or are you telling me we need two? Get rid of two and get a good one! That would be the opinion that I would have.

    “You always bring in players better than the ones you have got or don’t bring them to the club.”

  • Jake Lambourne


    Real Madrid are expecting Manchester United to ‘renew their interest’ in Raphael Varane this summer.

    The Red Devils tried and failed to sign the centre-half three years ago under Jose Mourinho.

    Zinedine Zidane’s return convinced him to stay at Madrid then, but with the Real boss under-pressure himself, the France legend’s presence may not be a factor this time.

    And The Telegraph claims Los Blancos are bracing themselves for an offer from Old Trafford for their defender.

    The 27-year-old defender has entered the final 18 months of his contract at the Bernabeu.

    With fellow centre-back and United target Sergio Ramos, 34, becoming a free agent in June, Real have made it a priority to tie down Varane long-term.

    Man Utd will revive their interest in Raphael Varane this summer
  • Gary Stonehouse


    Ole Gunnar Solskjaer claims Manchester United won't splash out this summer – despite neighbours City moving 15 points clear in the Premier League with their 21st win in a row.

    Solskjaer's men visit Crystal Palace tonight and the Etihad on Sunday after City blitzed three late goals to beat Wolves 4-1.

    Gabriel Jesus struck twice as Pep Guardiola's leaders equalled Arsenal's record of 19 straight Prem games without falling behind.

    Guardiola told BT Sport: "We were fantastic. After 1-1 we suffered but we created lots of chances in the end."

    But although City look a class above, Solskjaer predicts United will spend modestly like ithe clubs in the next transfer window.

    He said: “There’s going to be less transfers. The pandemic is definitely affecting everyone in football, the lack of finances."  

    Meanwhile, European football chiefs have welcomed Prime Minister Boris Johnson's offer to stage the whole of Euro 2020, not just the seven games Wembley is already due to host.

    With Uefa planning to confirm the schedule by April 7, one source told The Sun: “It is great for us that England is so keen to play its part this summer.”

  • Ian Tuckey


    Manchester City took another massive step towards seizing the Premier League title back – but boss Pep Guardiola claimed he won’t rest until they are the dominant force in England again.

    Jurgen Klopp’s Liverpool wrecked Guardiola’s dream of a hat-trick of title wins last season when the German led the Anfield club to their first title success in 30 years.

    But a late three-goal blitz blew stubborn Wolves aside as City opened a 15-point gap at the top of the table with a 4-1 win, to make it  21 wins on the spin and edge ever closer to their third title in four campaigns.

    City also clocked up a club record 28 games without defeat – previously set in by Guardiola’s ‘Centurians’ in 2014 – but the Spanish boss seems more interested in creating a powerful new City dynasty and refuses to accept this season’s race has already been won.

    “The champions are Liverpool,” he insisted. “The crown belongs to them. 

    “We’re in the best position right now to take it out and we are going to try. And we want to win it next season and defend it all season.”

    Guardiola added: "We suffered after we conceded the goal with their first shot on target.

    "But the win was well deserved – it was a fantastic game..  We were fantastic, we played really well and were in control. It was nice to finish with goals.”

  • Ian Tuckey


    Pep Guardiola's rampant City have matched an Arsenal record stretching back 21 years.

  • Ian Tuckey


    Gareth Taylor reckons Manchester City women have got enough quality in their ranks to snatch Lyon’s Champions League crown. 

    And the Citizens boss expects his side to progress beyond the last 16 after being knocked out at this stage by Atletico Madrid last season. 

    Taylor’s players, who are second in the WSL, will play Fiorentina in next in the competition. 

    And the Italian side, whose squad includes ex-Arsenal centre-back Louise Quinn, were dispatched by Gunners after 6-0 defeat on aggregate last term. 

    Taylor, 47, said: “I believe we can win it, I think we're good enough to win it. Actually achieving that is the hard part. 

    “I think cup competitions, you don't really tend to get any second chances. 

    “We've seen over the years that Lyon have been really consistent in this competition and really dominated so that's going to be difficult to change. “There's a lot of really good teams still at this stage of last 16.”

    City’s run in Europe's top club competition this term is the first under Taylor’s reign as head coach.

    And it involves a team boasting a wealth of new talent including three-time Champions League winner and former Lyon star Lucy Bronze. 

    And Taylor believes the calibre of his squad – which includes USA stars Sam Mewis, Rose Lavelle and Abby Dahlkemper – could give City an advantage against Europe’s best sides. 

  • Ian Tuckey


    Ole Gunnar Solskjaer has ruled out a major summer spending spree as Manchester United try to close the gap on rivals City.

    The United boss saw Pep Guardiola’s side moved a mammoth 15 points clear last night with their 4-1 win against Wolves.

    Dortmund duo Erling Haaland and Jadon Sancho are said to be on Man Utd's radar

    Old Trafford legend Rio Ferdinand has urged his ex-club to ‘move heaven and earth’ to sign hotshots Erling Haaland or Kylian Mbappe ahead of their Prem rivals.

    Gary Neville and Paul Scholes also want United to bring in a new centre-back partner for Harry Maguire but Solskjaer, who ideally wants a striker and defender, says Covid-19 will hamper his transfer budget.

    Solskjaer said: “There’s going to be less transfers happening in the world of football with all these changes.

    “The pandemic is definitely affecting everyone in football, the lack of finances, it’s affected everyone.

    “All clubs in the world are going through the same situation so it’s no different for other clubs than for us.”

  • Ian Tuckey


    Cristiano Ronaldo slotted home the clincher in Juventus's 3-0 defeat of Spezia in his 600th league game – with his 20th goal in 21 Serie A matches this season.

    Champs Juve are now just three points of leaders AC Milan.

    Alvaro Morata put Juventus ahead on 62 minutes, with Federico Chiesa soon doibling the lead.

    Cristiano Ronaldo drills Juve 3-0 up in his 600th league game across EuropeCredit: Getty Images – Getty
    Ex-Man Utd and Real Madrid attacker Cristiano Tonaldo salutes his goalCredit: Getty Images – Getty


  • Ian Tuckey


    Manchester City's incredible surge to 21 straight wins and a 15-point Prem lead is matched by the stats.

    Gabriel Jesus, twice, and Riyad Mahrez struck in the final 10 minutes in tonight's 4-1 Etihad defeat of Wolves.

    Leander Dendoncker's own-goal opener was cancelled by Conor Coady heading home on 61 minutes from Wolves' first goal attempt and first touch in the City half.

  • Ian Tuckey


    Jadon Sancho fired Borussia Dortmund to the DFB Cup semi-finals with the only goal against Borussia Mönchengladbach.

    And fellow Manchester United target Erling Haaland was involved in the stunning, 66th-minute counter-attacking clincher.

    Nico Schulz stole possession on the edge of his own area, bursting forward to feed Haaland, who flicked it for Marco Reus – the skipper then teeing up England attacker Sancho for a fine drive in off a post.

  • Ian Tuckey


    EXCLUSIVE: England World Cup hero Sir Geoff Hurst tonight backed PM Boris Johnson’s offer to host the Covid-hit Euros here.

    Sir Geoff declared the bid to bring football home again would “recapture the spirit of ’66” when his hat-trick saw off the Germans in the final.

    Sir Geoff Hurst has backed Boris Johnson’s offer to host the Covid-hit Euros in the UK

    Twelve nations are due to stage the Euros, with the semis and final at Wembley.

    But in a move heartily backed by The Sun, Boris offered our stadia for the whole tournament amid our jabs success.

    Sir Geoff said staging this summer’s European championships here would bring joy to the country’s pandemic-hit footie fans.

    The UK’s vaccine rollout has surged ahead of the continent’s.

    It means while fans may not be allowed at stadia in the EU by the June 11 date of the opening game, around 10,000 supporters should be able to attend matches here.

    And with all restrictions scheduled to be lifted in England, we should have full stadia by June 21.

  • Ian Tuckey


    Gabriel Jesus completed City's 21st victory in a row in stoppage time – putting them 15 points clear of second-placed neighbours United.

    Follow all the reaction on our live match blog HERE – and go HERE for our match report.

  • Ian Tuckey


    Riyad Mahrez struck on 90 minutes to ensure City's 21st straight win – after Wolves had made a decent stab of finding an equaliser.

    Follow all the action and reaction on our live match blog HERE.

  • Ian Tuckey


    EXCLUSIVE: Boris Johnson's offer to stage the whole of Euro 2020 has been welcomed by European football chiefs.

    Wembley is already due to stage SEVEN games at the tournament, including all three of England’s opening group matches, both semi-finals and the July 11 final.

    But the PM’s invitation, exclusively revealed by The Sun, has opened the way for the ultimate summer of football across the country.

    One source told The Sun: “It is great for us that England is so keen to play its part this summer.”

    European football’s governing body Uefa plans to confirm the schedule for this summer’s delayed tournament by April 7.

    That is the date Euro bosses have ordered the current 12 planned host cities to confirm their willingness to host games.

    But Uefa is demanding that ALL hosts commit to staging games with fans inside grounds.

    The Government announced last week that all Covid restrictions will be ended from June 21, opening the way for Wembley to allow a 90,000 full house in for the finale of the tournament.

    That adds to the growing prospect of more matches being pla

  • Ian Tuckey


    Just after Raheem Sterling hit the post, Gabriel Jesus bundled City back in front on 80 minutes, following a rebound from a Kyle Walker cross.

    Follow all the action and reaction on our live match blog HERE.

  • Ian Tuckey


    Chelsea were delighted to see Thiago Silva looking sharp and back in full training today – ahead of Thursday's Prem clash atLiverpool.

    The champions would leapfrog the Blues who are currently fifth, if they win.

  • Ian Tuckey


    Wolves' shock leveller on 61 minutes has – so far – transformed this contest into end-to-end stuff.

    Follow all the action and reaction on our live match blog HERE.

  • Ian Tuckey


    Equalisers don't come more unlike than this!

    Joao Moutinho's fine free-kick was brilliantly headed home by Conor Coady – Wolves' first goal attempt and first touch in the City area.

    Follow all the action and reaction on our live match blog HERE.

  • Ian Tuckey


    Torino are furious after being handed a 3-0 defeat for failing to turn up to play Lazio while the team self-isolate following a coronavirus outbreak.

    Eight Torino players and two staff members tested positive for Covid-19, some with the more contagious variant detected in England.

    The local health authority forced Torino to close its training ground last Tuesday, with players and coaching sent into isolation.

    The quarantine period ends at midnight on Tuesday night – after the game more than 400 miles away in Rome was due to finish.

    However, with the game not officially called off until 45 minutes after the scheduled kick-off time, Lazio still followed their usual matchday routine and the club announced the starting line-up on social media.

    The players walked around the Stadio Olimpico pitch and some even took selfies as they waited to find out what would happen.

    Serie A's governing body held an emergency meeting earlier in the day but voted not to postpone the match.

    Torino president Urbano Cairo hit out: "The league cannot be defended by not taking note of the objective reality, a reality that says we cannot move or leave the city – that's glaringly obvious."

  • Ian Tuckey


    Leander Dendoncker's 15th-minute own goal is all City have to show for their 75% share of first-half possession.

    Wolves failed to produce a shot or goal or even enter the home penalty area.

    Follow all the action and reaction on our live match blog HERE.

  • Ian Tuckey


    Real Madrid are reportedly willing to consider selling Manchester United target Raphael Varane this summer.

    Real are said to be frustrated at the France centre-back so far not signing a new contract.

    And the Manchester Evening News suggest the Spanish giants are open to a summer sale.

  • Ian Tuckey


    City are totally dominating possession, so far looking certain to make it 21 wins in a row.

    Follow all the action and reaction on our live match blog HERE.

  • Ian Tuckey


    Of all the stats about much-criticised Arsenal record buy Nicolas Pepe, this one might be the most surprising..

  • Ian Tuckey


    Chelsea and Manchester City transfer target Mohamed Ihattaren is on his last chance at PSV Eindhoven due to ‘totally unacceptable’ behaviour.

    Boss Roger Schmidt said: “It was totally unacceptable. It was impossible for me to include him in the group. Today he was able to see what is needed at his position.

    “If he works as hard as Mario Gotze, Ryan Thomas, Mauro Junior, Cody Gakpo or Noni Madueke, things can work out. If not, it has no chance.

    “It’s not a one-way street. Of course you have to support and help someone, but from the other side something also has to come back.

    “Ultimately, it is always the same in life: you cannot change people, people can only change themselves.

    “We tried to change him. It’s up to him now. It is also not always easy for young players. Hype quickly develops around them.

    “Everyone is looking for these types of players. Everything is still possible, but we now have to change the style of aid.”

  • Ian Tuckey


    City's pressure is rewarded on 15 minutes, Leander Dendoncker deflecting Riyad Mahrez's cross past his own keeper.

    Follow all the action and reaction on our live match blog HERE.

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