Cristiano Ronaldo 'wants Sporting Lisbon return', Haaland 'to Real Madrid NEXT SUMMER' – Chelsea, Man City transfer news

CRISTIANO RONALDO reportedly wants an emotional return to his former club Sporting in Portugal once his Juventus contract expires.

The five-time Ballon d'Or winner left the Lisbon club at just 17 years old to join Manchester United in 2003.

Meanwhile reports from Spain claim Erling Haaland will stay at Dortmund next season before joining Real Madrid next summer.

And Lionel Messi could offered a TEN YEAR deal with Barcelona.

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  • Marc Mayo

    KAM AND GET IT

    Former Arsenal youth star Glen Kamara is on the club's radar for a summer switch.

    According to Football Insider, the Rangers star will be offered a five-year contract at Emirates Stadium if a deal can be done.

    Kamara has two years left on his contract with the Scottish champions, who are keen to tie him down further.

  • Marc Mayo

    BALE BE BACK?

    Tottenham's next manager will be given the chance to keep Gareth Bale for the 2020-21 season, according to reports.

    Bale, 31, arrived back at White Hart Lane on a season-long loan under Jose Mourinho last summer.

    It was expected he would return to Real Madrid at the end of the campaign where his deal has one year left.

    But according to the Daily Mail, Spurs have first refusal on agreeing another loan switch this summer.

  • Marc Mayo

    GOING NOWHERE

    The Glazer family are described as intent on seeing out their 'long-term plan' at Manchester United despite Sunday's protests.

    A report in the Guardian outlines their mega-money ambition.

    With the club currently worth just over £3billion, the Americans are said to want to grow it into a £7.2billion ($10bn) empire.

  • Joshua Jones

    GOOD MORNING FOOTY FANS

    It was a busy day yesterday as West Ham kept their Champions League dream alive with a 2-1 win at Burnley.

    West Brom’s survival hopes also took a huge knock as they could only draw 1-1 at home with Wolves.

    Elsewhere, the Premier League and FA have vowed to crush the Super League plotters if they attempt another breakaway.

    In a move to reassure fans the threat has been killed off for good, the FA launched an inquiry by demanding full and frank answers from Arsenal, Chelsea, Liverpool, Spurs and the two Manchester giants.

    And the Premier League promised it will change its rulebook to dismiss any possibility of the rebels coming back for a second attempt.

    A Prem statement read: “The Premier League has prepared a series of measures to enshrine the core principles of the professional game an open pyramid, progression through sporting merit and the highest standards of sporting integrity.

    “These measures are designed to stop the threat of breakaway leagues in future.”

    The Big Six are facing disrepute charges for their parts in the attempted coup. FA top brass are understood to feel heavy fines are more likely, rather than punishments that would hit the fans such as points deductions.

    At Arsenal Spotify CEO Daniel Ek will reportedly submit a formal bid in the region of £1.8billion to Gunners owner Stan Kroenke by the end of the week.

    The Swedish billionaire is poised to test the American’s resolve by turning his interest into a concrete offer.

    Ek, 38, is so desperate to take control of his beloved side, he has teamed up with Invincibles Thierry Henry, Patrick Vieira and Dennis Bergkamp.

    At Man Utd, the Manchester United Supports Trust published an open letter to United co-owner Joel Glazer yesterday.

    In the letter, the trust say: “No-one wants what happened at Old Trafford Sunday to be a regular event.

    “We are football fans and we want to support our team. We don’t want to spend our days off work protesting outside our football ground. 

    “But what happened was the culmination of sixteen years in which your family’s ownership of the club has driven us into debt and decline, and we have felt ever more sidelined and ignored.

    “After sixteen years not one member of the Glazer family has ever had so much as a conversation with us, the club’s Supporters Trust. Yesterday, that frustration reached boiling point."

    United also released a statement rejecting reports suggesting Sunday’s protesters were allowed into the stadium by club staff.

  • William Pugh

    BREAKAWAY BAN

    The Premier League and FA have vowed to crush the Super League plotters if they attempt another breakaway.

    In a move to reassure fans the threat has been killed off for good, the FA launched an inquiry by demanding full and frank answers from Arsenal, Chelsea, Liverpool, Spurs and the two Manchester giants.

    And the Premier League promised it will change its rulebook to dismiss any possibility of the rebels coming back for a second attempt.

    A Prem statement read: “The Premier League has prepared a series of measures to enshrine the core principles of the professional game an open pyramid, progression through sporting merit and the highest standards of sporting integrity.

    “These measures are designed to stop the threat of breakaway leagues in future.”

    The Big Six are facing disrepute charges for their parts in the attempted coup. FA top brass are understood to feel heavy fines are more likely, rather than punishments that would hit the fans such as points deductions.

  • William Pugh

    TA CARRA

    Liverpool legend Jamie Carragher has defended Manchester United fans from ‘lazy’ criticism over Sunday’s Old Trafford protest.

    The majority of pundits appeared to lend their backing to the angry group of protestors as the game was eventually postponed. But ex-Red Graeme Souness wasn’t too positive, saying: “I think (the anger) is out of United not being top dogs as much as what happened (with the ESL) last week."

    However, fellow Sky Sports pundit Carragher has dismissed Souness’ comments as ‘lazy’, claiming United fans had every right to be angry and protest. He responded on Monday Night Football: "I really want to get this message across. This is not the European Super League for me.

    "The supporters who really felt this more and marched on stadiums (after Super League) are Manchester United and Arsenal – that's because they had a huge problem with their owners before this.

    "I've listened to a lot this morning and I watched other things. I've got no problem with people having a different point of view or a different opinion from me, because it's nuanced what happened yesterday. But get the facts. Please. When you are going to talk about this, know what's going on.

    "So let's not accuse Manchester United fans of just throwing the toys out the pram because they're not competing with [Manchester] City or in the Champions League, whatever it may be. That is absolute nonsense."

  • William Pugh

    FULL-TIME!

    Burnley 1 – 2 West Ham

    West Ham's Champions League dream is still alive!

    Chris Wood gave the Clarets the lead with a penalty but a Michail Antonio brace completed the comeback before half-time.

    The Hammers had about 7.5million chances in the second-half but could not make it a more comfortable finish against a woeful Burnley.

    The Hammers up to fifth and Sean Dyche's side stay 16th but nine points clear of the relegation zone.

  • William Pugh

    G NEV WANTS FOOTBALL TO SUPPORT PROTEST

    Gary Neville believes all football fans should support the United protesters.

    Speaking yesterday, the former United defender said: “Look, I’ve never thought they were brilliant owners but I have seen in football that there are worse owners than the Glazer family.

    “However, I think all football fans should unite today behind what Manchester United fans have done because honestly, what they [the owners] did two weeks ago was really dangerous for English football, we must not forget that.

    “They tried to create a famine two weeks ago in English football, in Dutch football, in German football, in French football, all over Europe. 

    “Those 15 clubs would have walked away from their leagues with their money and basically destroyed the ethos of the pyramid of relegation and promotion in English football, so that’s number one.”

  • William Pugh

    THEY THOUGHT IT WAS PAUL OVER

    Paul Gascoigne last night revealed he cheated death when a helicopter door burst open — and he wasn’t wearing a seat belt.

    The former Newcastle, Spurs, Lazio and England star, 53, was being flown from a hospital visit back to an island for the Italian version of I’m A Celebrity.

    He said: “I’m scared of flying at the best of times and always say a little prayer before take off. But I was chatting to the pilot as we were taking off so I must have forgotten my seat belt.

    “We are over the sea when he pulls to the right and the door flies open and I lurch towards it. I’ve never been so frightened. My career and family flashed in front of my eyes — but I managed to hold on and slide the door closed.

    “I told the pilot what happened and we just exchanged glances as if to say, ‘F* hell, that was close’. I thought if I fell out into the sea I might survive the drop but I was scared there might be sharks.

    “I could see the headlines. Fat bloke who was good at football falls out of a helicopter and is eaten by a shark.”

  • William Pugh

    CROSSED THE LINE – EXCLUSIVE

    By Sarah Ridley and Daniel Hammond

    A protester who ran across the Old Trafford pitch with a Manchester United corner flag was later filmed sniffing a suspicious white powder off it.

    In scenes that will do nothing for his cause, he was shown outside the ground emptying the substance on the bottom of the pole. After appearing to snort it, he holds up the flag — bearing the club’s crest — and shouts “United” while laughing into the camera.

    The video was shared on Snapchat with a laughing emoji and a caption reading: “Striped off the flag.”

    Sunday’s demo saw 1,000 fans gather outside the stadium to protest at the club owners, the US-based Glazer family, in the wake of the failed European Super League proposals.

    Around 100 stormed the pitch. Others massed at the hotel where United players were staying. The match against Liverpool was postponed. Police said six officers were hurt, including one who suffered a fractured eye socket and another whose face was slashed.

  • William Pugh

    RED LIGHT – EXCLUSIVE

    Manchester United and Liverpool stars are frantically ramping up security following yesterday’s incident at Old Trafford.

    Players at the Premier League giants had already been reviewing safety arrangements due to concerns about some fans’ reaction to the European Super League proposals.

    But Sun Online understands those plans have now escalated with one security expert – who specialises in protecting football players – urging stars to take extra precautions.

    Paul Davies, who runs Manchester-based firm Benchmark Security, said: “I’d strongly recommend players use live monitoring of their homes with CCTV and also consider putting in place security with K9 dog units.”

    On the scale of the risk now posed to players another source said: “There is a real anger from a small minority of fanatical fans who follow the big six clubs and the fear is this has put players at increased risk.

    “Many players are worried about being targeted to and from training as well as on matchdays. As a result many are now stepping up security in and around their homes to protect them – and their families. There is also a huge amount of venom being spewed on social media towards some."

  • William Pugh

    GOOOOOOOOOOOOAAAALLLLLLLL – ANTONIO!

    Burnley 1 – 2 West Ham

    29. What a turnaround!

    Said Benrahma whips in an almost un-defendable in-swinging cross from the left-hand side.

    And Antonio ghosts in to glance it past Pope with his right foot from six yards out.

    The Hammers' Champions League hopes are still alive!

  • William Pugh

    GOOOOOAAAAL – ANTONIO!

    Burnley 1 – 1 West Ham

    21. Well that didn't last long.

    Fantastic response from West Ham.

    Ball played out to Coufal wide on the right, he teases a ball in at the back post and Antonio bullies Lowton to reach the ball first and power a header home from close range.

  • William Pugh

    GOOOOOAAAAL – WOOD!

    Burnley 1 – 0 West Ham

    19. Soucek brings down Wood in the box after some sloppy defending from Diop and Anthony Taylor points to the spot.

    The New Zealander gets up and slams it in the bottom left corner.

  • William Pugh

    WILLY WORRY

    Wolves star Willy Boly has been ordered to rest after being struck by heart palpitations as a result of long covid.

    Defender Boly contracted coronavirus at the start of last month, but though he has recovered from the initial infection the long term damage has caused problems.

    The 30-year-old missed the Black Country derby draw with Wolves and boss Nuno Espirito Santos said: “He’s not in a good place. He is in a tough moment.

    “He had the infection and now he is not able to train, his heart rate increases very, very fast. So we have to look.

    “His energy is not there, he feels tired, the heart rate increases very fast, and he's not able to sustain the level of training that we want. He is doing exams, analysis to see if there is another issue – I hope not.

    “But it's a study case that everybody has to realise after COVID, how the players – it's not the first week, the first day but over a longer period of time, which effects did Covid-19 have on Boly. Many other players must be aware of this.”

  • William Pugh

    EK OF AN OFFER

    Spotify CEO Daniel Ek will reportedly submit a formal bid in the region of £1.8billion to Arsenal owner Stan Kroenke by the end of the week.

    The Swedish billionaire is poised to test the American's resolve by turning his interest into a concrete offer.

    Ek, 38, is so desperate to take control of his beloved side, he has teamed up with Invincibles Thierry Henry, Patrick Vieira and Dennis Bergkamp.

    Speaking to CNBC last week, Ek- valued at over £3bn – insisted he has the funds to assume control of Arsenal. That came after the Kroenke family issued a statement where they declared they will not entertain any offers.

    But it has been claimed that Arsenal ARE up for sale, with Kroenke willing to do business for the right price. And according to the Telegraph, Ek will submit an offer by the end of the week after attempting to make contact with Kroenke over the weekend.

    Sky Sports have stated that Ek will bid £1.8bn, and even if the offer is rejected, his interest will not go away.

  • William Pugh

    FULL-TIME!

    West Brom 1 – 1 Wolves

    And that could be it for West Brom.

    Fabio Silva's fortunate effort gave the visitors the lead on the stroke of half-time.

    Diagne headed a deserved equaliser just past the hour mark and despite some huffing and puffing from the Baggies, they did not have enough.

    Ten points and a serious goal swing needed from four games for Sam Allardyce's men. I don't think so.

  • William Pugh

    END BEN BAN

    Arsene Wenger has called for France to end their six-year exile of Karim Benzema following his alleged role in a plot to blackmail Mathieu Valbuena.

    The Real Madrid star, 33, hasn't played for the reigning world champions since 2015. Benzema is alleged to have been involved in a plan to blackmail Valbuena over an X-rated video on his mobile phone.

    The forward will go on trial in October – but Arsenal legend and fellow Frenchman Wenger insists Benzema should be allowed to play at Euro 2020 as his exile is for non-footballing reasons.

    Wenger told EFE: "The non-call up of Benzema is not dependent on the quality of the player.

    "For me, Benzema deserves 100 per cent to be called up for the European Championship… He could play for any national team.

    "It is because of an extra and non-sport problem that he is not playing. He has been playing for Real Madrid for more than ten years as a starter, and his record is excellent."

  • William Pugh

    UNDER ATTACK

    The copper slashed in the face with a bottle during the chaos at a protest by Manchester United fans is 'incredibly lucky' to have not lost sight in his eye, Greater Manchester Police Federation said.

    The police constable, with around 20 years service under his belt, suffered a 'significant' slash wound to his face during Sunday's demonstration at Old Trafford.

    The unidentified officer remains unnamed by the Federation – which represents the force's rank-and-file – but they did confirm he is in "lots of pain" and will need a considerable period off work to recover.

    The largely peaceful protest spilled into incidences of violence, with Greater Manchester Police confirming two officers were injured – explaining one had been 'attacked with a bottle and sustaining a significant slash wound to his face, requiring emergency hospital treatment'.

    The violence was condemned by GMP and the club as 'reckless and dangerous' as some football fans took the demonstration too far.

    Stu Berry, Chairman of the Federation, said: "Our brave colleague went to work yesterday to keep the people of Greater Manchester safe – and he ended up coming under attack. He is incredibly lucky not to have lost the sight in an eye. This is not right."

  • William Pugh

    TEAM NEWS IS IN!

    Burnley host West Ham in the last game of the weekend at 8:15pm.

    The Hammers are still in the hunt for a Champions League spot although anything other than a win tonight would all-but kill their hopes.

    And the Clarets are looking to seal their safety although they already have a comfortable cushion over woeful Fulham.

    And here is how the teams line up.

  • William Pugh

    GOOOOAAAALLL!

    West Brom 1 – 1 Wolves

    62. Wonderful cross from the left hand side from Townsend.

    Inch perfect.

    And it found Diagne all alone, seven yards out and he nodded it into the bottom left corner.

    Game on!

  • William Pugh

    REF-F-S

    There was only one sub at half-time in the game between West Brom and Wolves at the Hawthorns but it wasn't a player.

    Referee Paul Tierney had to be replaced by fourth official Mike Dean as he picked up a calf injury before the break.

    Tierney strapped his leg up and took Dean's place on the sideline as his colleague took his place in the middle.

  • William Pugh

    BLUES MOVE

    Chelsea are reportedly planning a summer transfer move for Manchester United starlet Lauren James.

    The Daily Mail claims the WSL club are willing to pay a record fee for the forward whose brother Reece plays for the Blues' Prem giants. But Emma Hayes' side may have to fight off stiff competition from French champions Lyon who are also thought to be interested in the 19-year-old..

    If the Blues' rumoured move comes to fruition, it could see James link up with older brother Reece who has already made a name for himself at Stamford Bridge

    And it would also see the duo make history as the first siblings to play for the same club after already achieving the feat on the national stage for England.

    The Mail claims the allure of Champions League football could tempt James to a Chelsea switch. James has managed 11 starts for Casey Stoney's side this season, having missed part of the Red Devils' 2020-21 campaign due to injury.

    The striker, who received her first senior England call-up in November 2020, has netted 22 goals in 40 Man United appearances following a 2018 switch from Arsenal.

  • William Pugh

    GOOOOOOAAAALLLLL – FABIO SILVA!

    West Brom 0 – 1 Wolves

    45+2. Owen Otasowie drives the ball at West Brom's box from the right.

    He plays a neat ball into Vitinha who executes a beautiful bit of skill to slot it into Semedo.

    The right-back pulls it back towards Silva but leaves the pass short.

    But Kyle Bartley cleared the ball straight into Silva's shin and it balloons up over the keeper's head and in.

    That is rotten luck and could be the goal to seal West Brom's fate.

  • William Pugh

    TAKE ZLAT

    Romelu Lukaku took a not-so-subtle dig at Zlatan Ibrahimovic after Inter Milan were crowned as Serie A champions.

    Lukaku has been instrumental in helping the Nerazzurri win their first Scudetto since 2010, banging in 21 goals in 33 Italian top-flight games. Since joining from Manchester United in 2019, the Belgium international has found the back of the net a whopping 61 times in 92 matches in all competitions.

    And he has struck up a rivalry with his former Red Devils team-mate Ibrahimovic, now with AC Milan, which intensified this season with the city rivals involved in a title race.

    The duo have been involved in a war of words off the pitch as well as on it, with the Swedish maverick taking offence to a tweet from Lukaku last year. Taking to social media after Inter's 4-2 derby win in February 2020, the ex-Chelsea centre-forward tweeted: "There's a new king in town."

    Ibrahimovic then had his revenge when AC beat Inter in October 2020 where he scored twice in a 2-1 win. He posted: "Milan never had a king, they have a GOD.”

    But Lukaku has had the final say after Inter's Serie A success, as he uploaded a picture of himself with open arms being mobbed by his team-mates, in a snap reminiscent of what Ibrahimovic shared.

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