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MAN UTD are increasing their preparations for the return of the Premier League on June 17.

We've the very latest on the long-running saga with Jadon Sancho after the forward netted a hat-trick against Paderborn, while Chris Smalling looks destined to remain at Roma.

Follow all the very latest news from Old Trafford below…

  • MAN UTD ROUND-UP

    It's all go at Old Trafford ahead of the Premier League's expected return on June 17.

    The club's players are all now back in contact training, with the top-flights latest round of testing showing zero active cases of coronavirus.

    Jadon Sancho has been linked with a move to United all year and announced his return to the Dortmund side in some style this evening.

    The Englishman netted a classy hat-trick as BVB teed off after the break, hitting the net SIX times against lowly Paderborn.

    And in an emotional moment, the Three Lions star unveiled a shirt sporting a message of support for George Floyd.

    In terms of outgoings in the North West, Chris Smalling's United exit for Roma has 'basically been negotiated' according to Gazetta dello Sport.

    The English defender has become the odd man out at Old Trafford after a decade at the club and his loan is extended until the Italian season can resume.

    Roma expect to be able to do a deal to let him stay at the Stadio Olimpico.

    The situation with Odion Ighalo's loan continues to rumble one, with reports suggesting that United are set to get an extension.

    The Nigerian striker, 30, was set to leave Old Trafford TODAY after his spell from CSL club Shanghai Shenhua ends.

    If an extension is successful, he could reportedly stay at United until January 2021.

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America’s Got Talent LIVE – Latest updates from AGT – The Sun

AMERICA'S Got Talent 2020's season 15 two-hour premiere begins Tuesday at 8pm EST on NBC.

Judges Simon Cowell, 60, and Howie Mandel, 64, will return while supermodel Heidi Klum, 46, and actress Sofia Vergara, 47, joined the show earlier this year after last season's cast shakeup.



The Modern Family star and Project Runway host replaced former panelists Gabrielle Union, 47, and Julianne Hough, 31, after they reportedly spoke up about the "toxic culture" that went on behind-the-scenes.

Former NFL player turned actor Terry Crews, 51, will perform his second season of hosting duties after he replaced Nick Cannon in 2019.

Get all the latest AGT news and updates here…

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9.15pm Man Utd news LIVE: Sancho ‘overweight’ in Dortmund loss, Pogba Juventus talks, Solskjaer wants Ighalo to stay – The Sun

MANCHESTER UNITED are pressing on with training ahead of the Premier League's likely restart in June.

But they could be without Odion Ighalo, who Ole Gunnar Solskjaer says he wants to stay until the end of the season but will be recalled by Shanghai Shenhua this week if a deal cannot be reached.

Get all the Red Devils news and updates here…

  • OLD LADY COUNTS PENNIES

    Juventus have told Paul Pogba to drop his £11million-a-year wage demands if he wants a return to the Old Lady.

    According to Tuttosport, the World Cup winner will have to lower his salary expectations and can expect a lower rate than he earns at Old Trafford.

    Pogba was a world record £89m signing when he re-joined United in 2016.

  • GREAL DEAL

    Man Utd tried to sign Jack Grealish from Aston Villa in 2012, former boss Alex McLeish has claimed.

    The midfielder, 24, is being linked with a summer move to Old Trafford.

    But Big Eck says United's interest goes way back.

    He said: “At that moment [2012] we felt people were getting in contact with him to leave Villa.

    “That was one of the main reasons to get him involved with us [in the first team].

    “He would have been on the bench anyway because of the casualties we had. He was the best youngster coming through.

    “When we played Man United we heard he was in a restaurant being courted by one of the agents to try and get him to Man United.

    “We were a bit alarmed about that so we fought well to keep him. We knew he loved Villa, his old man as well. We had them in speaking to them. They’re lovely people.”

  • OD MAN IN?

    Odion Ighalo's agent says his man is “very close” to reaching an agreement with Man Utd.

    The Nigerian’s loan spell at Old Trafford expires this week.

    His future is still unclear, with reports claiming Ole Gunnar Solskjaer wants to keep him.

    But a decision is being complicated over talks with Ighalo's parent club Shanghai Shenhua.

    Ladi Salami said: “On the one hand, the Super Eagle [Nigerian] feels very good in Manchester, with which it is very close to a salary agreement.

    “Negotiations with the Chinese are ongoing and are going well.”

  • HEN-D OF THE ROAD

    Man Utd are set to let Dean Henderson stay at Sheffield United for the rest of season – despite his loan deal expiring in June.

    The England hopeful, 23, is currently on loan at Bramall Lane with United chiefs facing a moral dilemma over whether to recall him.

    United and the Blades are both vying for the final Champions League qualification spot, worth £60million.

    But Old Trafford chiefs are set to be kind and allow him to finish off the 2019-20 season at Sheffield United.

    The current campaign has been on pause since March after the coronavirus pandemic forced all sport into lockdown.

    Premier League chiefs are now hoping to restart next month, with Friday June 12 the initial proposed date, although some reports claim it could be pushed back to June 26.

  • OD ONE OUT

    Ole Gunnar Solskjaer admits he wants to extend Odion Ighalo’s loan deal with the striker set to leave at the end of the week.

    The Red Devils boss told MUTV: “The loan deal went until the end of May now, so obviously he’s supposed to be going back.

    “We’re in dialogue. They’ve been great towards us, his club, and allowed him to play for his dream club.

    “It’s been a dream for him and hopefully he can finish off what he started, hopefully with a trophy for us.

    “At the moment, nothing has been agreed. Their league is going to get started soon so we’re just waiting to see.”

  • BEATEN TOON IT

    Newcastle have opened talks with Philippe Coutinho and lead Manchester United, Arsenal and Chelsea in the race to sign him, according to reports.

    The Magpies have moved to land the ex-Liverpool man ahead of their imminent mega-money Saudi backed takeover.

    Reports earlier today suggested the Gunners plan to start discussions with the 27-year-old soon while United and Chelsea have been linked for months.

    But the Toon have beaten the Premier League trio to the punch and begun talks with the playmaker and his camp, according to Spanish outlet Mundo Deportivo.

  • SOL PROPRIETOR

    Ole Gunnar Solskjaer says Man Utd are doing all they can to keep Odion Ighalo, despite his loan deal running out at the end of this week.

    He told the club website: “The loan deal went until the end of May now, so obviously he’s supposed to be going back.

    “We’re in dialogue. They’ve been great towards us, his club, and allowed him to play for his dream club.

    ”It’s been a dream for him and hopefully he can finish off what he started, hopefully with a trophy for us.

    “At the moment, nothing has been agreed. Their league is going to get started soon so we’re just waiting to see.”

  • STRIKING GOLD

    United are considering moves for Timo Werner and Moussa Dembele, according to reports.

    Ole Gunnar Solskjaer is looking at buying a younger, explosive striker in the summer.

    According to Goal, two of those on his wish list are Werner and Dembele.

    At 24 and 23 respectively, they have enough experience to come straight into the starting XI but should have their best years ahead of them.

  • GIFT OF THE RAB

    Real Madrid have reportedly joined the race to sign Rabbi Matondo from Schalke.

    Ole Gunnar Solskjaer's side have been heavily linked to the former Manchester City academy star.

    According to Diario Madridista, Madrid president Florentino Perez is keeping a close eye on Matondo.

    It is reported that Matondo's progress in the Bundesliga has “not gone unnoticed” by Zinedine Zidane.

  • 'LOOKING SHARP'

    Ole Gunnar Solskjaer has revealed how the Manchester United squad have been getting on at training.

    During an MUTV Group Chat interview, he said: “We're back in training which has been great.

    “The boys have been fantastic, the weather's been good and they've enjoyed.”

    Before he added: “Everyone's looking sharp, everyone's been in a good mood and we've been splitting up in groups so fours and five together and they've really done well.

    “Hopefully, they can as I said, step up and go to bigger training groups but so far it's been good.”

  • THREE & EASY

    The Premier League have finally given the go head for 3pm games to shown live on TV – with some matches even set to be aired for FREE.

    Top-flight bosses have dropped its opposition to the game being shown to compensate for them being behind closed doors.

    The long-standing blackout was lifted last month, but Prem bosses initially claimed they still wouldn't allow 3pm matches to be broadcast.

    But now they have had a “change of heart”, according to The Times – with the previously blocked games now allowed to be shown.

    There are 92 Premier League matches left to be played this season, with the restart pencilled in for June 12, although some fear it may be more like June 26.

    Every match will be broadcast via some medium to make up for the fact fans are not allowed to watch live from inside the stadium.

  • EXCLUSIVE

    United's players have returned to training fit and healthy, delighting medical staff.

    SunSport understands that not a single player has reported back overweight despite the coronavirus delay to the season.

    Two or three stars, including keeper David De Gea, have returned to social distancing sessions LIGHTER because of doing less weight training.

    Conditioning staff are said to be “chuffed to bits” that the players have been looking after themselves in lockdown.

    United are concentrating more on cardio exercises this week and “are hoping the restrictions will be lifted quicker” so they can introduce some of the gym equipment.

  • OD MOVE

    Dimitar Berbatov has claimed the Premier League should bend the rules to allow United to sign Odion Ighalo's replacement.

    The striker's loan deal is set to expire on May 30 – and he could return to Shanghai Shenhua if fresh terms are not agreed.

    Berbatov said: “United need to know what is happening with him.

    “If they know they will lose him, they need to find someone else to replace him.”

    Before he added: “If a team is losing a loan player because of the situation, the federation should allow a team to get someone else because of the situation.

    “If Ighalo goes, United should be allowed to get a replacement.”

  • GREAL DEAL

    Alex McLeish has revealed Manchester United tried to sign Jack Grealish when he was in charge of Aston Villa.

    Speaking to the Claret and Blue podcast, he said: “When we played Man United w heard he was in a restaurant being courted by one of the agents to try and get him to Man United.

    “We were a bit alarmed about that so we fought well to keep him.

    “We knew he loved Villa, his old man as well.

    “We had them in speaking to them. They're lovely people.

    “That asked for something and the club went it's too much but, finally, you come to an agreement and everybody's happy.”

  • THIERR UP

    United reportedly rejected the chance to sign Thierry Henry before he joined Arsenal as Sir Alex Ferguson claimed “he's always f***ing injured”.

    According to Old Trafford's former head of security Ned Kelly the Red Devils were the Frenchman's “first choice” ahead of the Gunners.

    Kelly told beIN Sports: “In the tunnel after the game my phone goes, Eric's [Cantona] older brother Jean-Marie says, 'Ned, tell Alex [Ferguson] that Thierry Henry wants to come to the club',

    “Now this was before he went to Arsenal, his first choice was Manchester United. So I go to the boss and say, 'boss, I've just had Jean-Marie Cantona on the phone, he had said Henry wants to come to the club'.

    “He [Ferguson] says, 'no way, he's always f****** injured'. He went to Arsenal, the rest is history.”

  • NOT TOO KEANE

    Teddy Sheringham has claimed Paul Pogba lacks the Roy Keane factor that United need.

    He told Sky sports: “People mention top players and captains. When things weren't going right in our time, Roy Keane put things right.

    “He would drive our team on, he would dig deep and make sure we had a say in every game we played in because of his desire.

    “When you look at Pogba, yes, he may be a talented boy, but does he have the same mentality?

    “Does he really dig deep and get Manchester United out of the mire when the going gets tough? The answer for me is NO.”

  • HEN PECKED

    United have ordered Antero Henrique to get them Correntin Tolisso, according to reports in France.

    The former PSG sporting director is being lined up as a potential director of football at Old Trafford.

    According to Le 10 Sport, the club are hoping to recruit Tolisso when he leaves the Allianz at the end of the season.

  • OD SITUATION

    United are set to lose Odion Ighalo this week as talks with Shanghai Shenhua over extending the stay have stalled, according to reports.

    The Nigerian, 30, made a last-ditch loan move to Old Trafford in January as emergency cover in attack to replace injured Marcus Rashford.

    His contract with the Red Devils runs until May 31, four days after the Europa League final was scheduled to take place.

    With the season suspended, SunSport reported that Ole Gunnar Solskjaer wanted to extend the loan spell by a further three months to take in the end of the season.

    But his parent club Shanghai Shenhua have so far rejected that proposal – and want him back to start preparations for their new season which is due to kick-off in late June.

    And according to ESPN, the Chinese Super League team are unwilling to budge on their stance.

  • ON THIS DAY

    Beckham, into Sheringham…

    AND SOLSKJAER HAS WON IT!

    May 26 for every United fan is a special day.

  • IN HIS IMAGE

    Contract rebel Angel Gomes has named Andres Iniesta as the footballer he tries to emulate as the skilful attacking midfielder stalls over a new contract.

    Hopes that the 19-year-old WILL sign a new deal at United are increasing after his increased presence on the club’s official channels.

    Gomes told ManUtd.com: “In terms of who I model parts of my game on, I’d say [Andres] Iniesta. He was always one of my idols.

    “[He was] a big player I watched while growing up. [He played] in similar positions as me and I’ve always tried modelling my game on Iniesta.

    “In terms of footballers when I was young it was always Ronaldinho, the Brazilian players, Robinho [plus Portuguese] Cristiano Ronaldo at the time.

    “I remember the Joga Bonito stuff with the freestyling and stuff like that. As a youngster, all you wanted to do was practise skills, so I’d say players like Ronaldo [were my inspiration].”

  • OLD LADY COUNTS PENNIES

    Juventus have told Paul Pogba to drop his £11million-a-year wage demands if he wants a return to the Old Lady.

    According to Tuttosport, the World Cup winner will have to lower his salary expectations and can expect a lower rate than he earns at Old Trafford.

    Pogba was a world record £89m signing when he re-joined United in 2016.

  • GLAZE INTO THE FUTURE

    Manchester United owners the Glazers were only willing to let Saudi investors buy 20 per cent of the club, according to reports.

    That is because the family want to see United restored back to the top of the Premier League tree.

    It had been previously claimed that the Glazers were willing to sell for between £2billion and £3bn.

    But despite mounting debt, placed over the head of the club, the Glazers’ presence appears to be constant for the foreseeable future, according to the Athletic.

  • MARC OF THE MAN

    Marcus Rashford has revealed that 2.8MILLION children have received meals during lockdown with money he has helped raise, along with a special recognition award from the city of Manchester.

    The United striker tweeted: “Wouldn’t normally share these types of things but this certificate is not just for me, it belongs to you all.

    “Each and every one of you that has contributed the few £s you can, you’ve all made a huge difference.

    “2.8million children a week are receiving meals they otherwise wouldn’t have during this lockdown because of YOUR help.

    “I couldn’t have done any of this without the help of you all and @fareshare.

    “From being young I knew that if I ever got in a position that I could help I would and I’m so proud of what we’ve achieved so far.”

  • TRICKY DEVIL

    Cristiano Ronaldo looked ready to go at Juventus training before rounding off the session with an incredible trick shot.

    The Portuguese star, 35, flicked a football into a basketball hoop from long range, proving he's not going to be rusty following lockdown.

    Ronaldo let out a roar as the ball tickled the net on its way down – reminiscent of his infamous Ballon d'Or outburst.

    And he looked in top shape as he put in the work ahead of a proposed return to action on June 13.

  • NO FORGIVENESS

    Cesc Fabregas admits he is still angry over Wayne Rooney's “dive” during Arsenal's famous 'Pizzagate' clash with Manchester United… sixteen years later.

    The Red Devils ended the Gunners' 49 game unbeaten run after their incredible Invincibles season and the Spaniard has lifted the lid on the fiery match.

    Fabregas said: “We were so disappointed, we were angry, we were upset for the way it went.

    “Don’t get me wrong, it had to come to an end the Invincibles, the 49 games, and it can happen. It was at Old Trafford, against a great team, against a great Manchester United team.

    “But I think it’s the way it happened. First of all, Gary Neville, what he did to [Jose] Antonio Reyes, mamma Mia!”

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8am Man Utd news LIVE: Saul Niguez £70m transfer ‘very close’, club working on another TWO signings, Jadon Sancho latest – The Sun

MAN UTD are preparing for the return of the Premier League, with the full squad now back in training.

And that squad could become significantly stronger in the summer, with a £70m deal for Saul Niguez reportedly "very close", according to claims in Spain.

Follow live Man Utd updates and transfer gossip below…

  • TRIPLE THREAT

    Ole Gunnar Solskjaer will be given the money to make THREE major signings this summer, according to reports.

    The transfer market looks to be hit significantly by the coronavirus pandemic, but Manchester United still want to bring in new players.

    Spanish website Todo Fichajes claim a £70million deal for Atletico Madrid midfielder Saul Niguez is 'very close' to becoming a United player.

    And according to the Evening Standard, the Red Devils want three summer signings with Jadon Sancho their top target with Jack Grealish, Jude Bellingham and another striker on their radar.

    United have had to redraw their transfer plans, they will still have a significant advantage over their rivals this summer.

  • GOOD MORNING, MAN UTD FANS

    Miralem Pjanic seems to have ruled out a move to Old Trafford while fellow target Kai Havertz has been urged to do the same… by a United legend.

    Juventus' Bosnia midfielder Panic who has also been linked with PSG and Chelsea, has reportedly insisted he is only interested in joining Barcelona.

    And in fact Mundo Deportivo claim the 30-year-old has already agreed to sign for the La Liga giants once the season finally ends.  

    Meanwhile, ex-United striker Dimitar Berbatov has urged Bayer Leverkusen midfielder Kai Havertz to snub the English game for now — so he can bulk up and develop his game.

    With Chelsea and Man City also keen, Berbatov said: “I’d like to see Havertz in the Premier League but it is a bit too early for him.

    “He will need a bit more muscle. He should stay at Leverkusen and develop even more, get that experience which will help him.”

    United's Europa League hopes face a headache due to the new government-imposed 14-day quarantine on UK arrivals from June 8

    Ole Gunnar Solskjaer's men are 5-0 on Austria's LASK in the last 16  – ahead of the return at Old Trafford.

    And in the virtual but real world, United are suing the makers of Football Manager for allegedly infringing trademark by using the club name “extensively throughout the game”.

  • JOSE: I WAS A SILLY BERGA

    Ex-Chelsea and Manchester United boss Jose Mourinho admits he was a “d***head” to his Inter Milan Treble-winning side of 2010.

    The Spurs chief also revealed he was violent with his players and told them “they had won the Scudetto of s**t” following a defeat to Bergamo.

    Mourinho lifted the Serie A title, the Coppa Italia and the Champions League in 2009-10.

    The Portuguese, 57, said: “I’m never fake, I’m original. It’s me and that’s it. I was also a d***head but that was me.”

    Mourinho lost his cool with his Inter squad following the 3-1 defeat to Bergamo in January 2009.

    He told Gazzetta dello Sport: “I was very violent with the players — I told them they had won the Scudetto of s**t.

    “It was only afterwards I understood I had hurt them and I apologised.”

  • YOU MUST BECOME HEAVYWEIGHT HAVERTZ

    Dimitar Berbatov has urged Kai Havertz to snub the Premier League for now — and bulk up.

    The Bayer Leverkusen midfielder, 20, has been linked with Chelsea, Liverpool, Manchester City and United and enhanced his growing reputation with two goals in Monday’s 4-1 win over Werder Bremen.

    But ex-United striker Berbatov, who left Leverkusen to join Spurs in 2006, believes Havertz is not yet tough enough to leave his native Germany.

    Berbatov, 39, said: “I’d like to see Havertz in the Premier League but it is a bit too early for him.

    “He will need a bit more muscle. We all know how defenders can squash you and smash you into pieces.

    “He should stay at Leverkusen and develop even more, get that experience which will help him for when the time comes to go somewhere else.”

  • BAYERN DECLINE TO PAY COUTINHO FEE

    Bayern Munich will spark more talk of Philippe Coutinho returning to the Premier League by declining to pay a £110million option to buy the Barcelona playmaker.

    Chelsea, Manchester United and even old club Liverpool have been linked with the Brazil star, 27, although financial restraints due to the coronavirus pandemic make a summer transfer less likely.

    Bayern chairman  Karl-Heinz Rummenigge told Der Spiegel: “The option expired and “we haven't activated it.

    “Now we're going to draw up squad planning internally (for next season) and we'll see if he still has a role to play with us or not.”

    Coutinho started just 15 of Bayern's 25 games, coming on as substitute eight times, before the Covid-19 lockdown halted football action. 

    But with Barca insisting he could still have a role back at the Nou Camp, he hopes to impress now the Bundesliga has restarted.

  • BAY IN WAIT FOR SANCHO

    Bayern Munich have emerged as major rivals to Jadon Sancho's host of Premier League suitors, like United and Chelsea.

    Reports in Germany suggest the Bundesliga champions regard the Borussia Dortmund attacker as an alternative to Manchester City's Germany wideman Leroy Sane.

    England star Sancho has bagged 19 goals and 17 assists for German giants Dortmund in all competitions this season.

  • FAR FROM A DON DEAL

    Swansea boss Steve Cooper insists rumoured United target Joe Rodon would be far from cheap.

    Wales centre-back Rodon has been linked with Old Trafford all summer.

    But Cooper says no club has yet come in for the 22-year-old.

    He told the BBC: “Joe is an outstanding player and just as good a person as well.

    “But there hasn’t been any interest at the moment and I know he is a talking point and somebody tells me he is in the papers.

    “But there has been absolutely nothing official going on… the whole market is going to be interesting.. because I don’t think there will be loads of players bought with fees.

    “I don’t think the chairman will be selling anyone on the cheap, that’s for sure, because we have got a good few assets at the club and we don’t want to lose them.”

  • PREM 'CONFIDENT' OF RETURN

    Premier League chief executive Richard Masters insists they are “as confident as we can be” about restarting in June.

    He said the Prem would be “flexible” about a restart date, having previously targeted June 12 after the coronavirus pandemic halted action on March 13.

    Masters told the BBC: “There is some momentum. We've taken the first step.

    “It's great for everybody, including the fans, to see our players back on the training ground.”

    He said the Prem would learn from the Bundesliga's return last weekend, which went smoothly despite being behind closed doors.

    British football could even be played out to empty stands until next year.

  • UTD SUE MAKERS OF FOOTBALL MANAGER

    United are suing Football Manager's makers for allegedly infringing trademark by using the club name “extensively throughout the game”.

    ESPN report that Sega and SI are also accused of infringing United's trademark by replacing the official club crest “with a simplified red and white striped logo”.

    United say the game's publisher and developer uses the club's name but not the crest – unless customers download it.

    In reply the game makers claims the club's name has been used since 1992 in Football Manager and its forerunner Championship Manager “without complaint by the claimant”.

    United's barrister Simon Malynicz QC asked Mr Justice Morgan at a remote hearing on Friday to allow the club to add allegations involving “the practice of supplying 'patches' or 'mods,' essentially downloadable files containing replica trademarks, which consumers then incorporate into the game”.

    Malynicz added: “Consumers expect to see the club crest next to the name Manchester United … and this failure to do so amounts to wrongful use.”

    Sega and SI responded in writing, saying: “The claimant has acquiesced in the use by the defendants of the name of the Manchester United football team in the Football Manager game and cannot now complain of such use.”

  • CUT-OUTS FOR SHUT-OUTS

    Three Premier League clubs are interested in having cardboard cut-outs in empty stands when top-flight football returns.

    SunSport understands those behind the new ‘Stay at Home – Be at the Game’ project have held talks with club officials – two sides in the top half of the table – about adopting the concept.

    If those discussions prove successful, then £20 recyclable and water-proof cut-outs could be placed in stadiums when the Premier League resumes in June.

    Some of the money raised will be donated to the NHS in the fight against coronavirus.

    Top US sporting bodies like the NBA and MLS have also shown an interest as international sport looks set to return behind closed doors in the wake of the Covid-19 pandemic.

    It is the brainchild of ingenious German super-fan Ingo Muller, who has organised almost 14,000 cut-outs of fans and season-ticket holders for his beloved Borussia Monchengladbach.

    It will go live to the world when the Bundesliga side face Bayern Leverkusen at the Borussia-Park on Saturday afternoon.

  • UTD IN THE KOUL RUNNING

    Napoli star Kalidou Koulibaly is reportedly again a major target for Manchester United in the summer with Ole Gunnar Solskjaer's side desperate to sign a centre-back.

    The 28-year-old – valued at around £70million – could be on the move at the end of the season after six years spent in Serie A after joining from Genk in 2014.

    United are alleged to have made an £89m bid for the defender last year, and are ready to make a new offer for him at the end of the campaign.

    Due to the coronavirus pandemic, Napoli are unlikely to receive an offer of that amount again, with his price tag drastically dropping.

    According to the Daily Express, the Red Devils have made bringing a centre-half to Old Trafford their No1 priority.

  • THREE INTER WON

    Liverpool and Chelsea target Timo Werner is one of three players Inter Milan are tipped to chase in a bid to unseat champions Juventus.

    Italy's Tuttosport claim RB Leipzig's Germany frontman and PSG record scorer Edinson Cavani, who was linked with Manchester United last season, are at the front of their list.

    Cavani, 33, will be a free agent at the end of the season, making him an attractive proposition for Inter after they seemingly missed out on another player hunted by Chelsea, Napoli forward Dries Mertens.

    Inter's third apparent target remains a mystery – but it is thought they will prioritise top young Italian talent.

    Fiorentina duo Federico Chiesa and Gaetano Castrovilli, plus Brescia’s Sandro Tonali, are among the suggested names.

  • KOP SHOULD STOP SAN UTD DEAL

    Chelsea and United target Jadon Sancho is one of three possible signings Liverpool should prioritise, says Anfield legend John Barnes.

    The former England winger thinks Jurgen Klopp should pursue Borussia Dortmund’s England attacker Sancho, plus Leicester City's Turkey defender Caglar Soyuncu and Real Sociedad’s Spain centre-back Diego Llorente.

    But it is RB Leipzig and Germany striker Timo Werner who remains the player most commonly linked with a huge summer switch to Liverpool.

  • BARCA CRACK MIRA DEAL

    Chelsea and Manchester United target Miralem Pjanic has ruled out moving to London and is determined to join Barcelona, reports say.

    The Bosnia midfielder, 30, has also been linked with PSG as Juventus chief Maurizio Sarri is prepared to let him to.

    But Mundo Deportivo claim he has already agreed to sign for Barca once the season finally ends.

    Pjanic was reportedly eager to switch the Serie A champs for the LaLiga kings.

    And Barcelona also wanted to add experience to the midfield, to help a batch of rising stars coming through.

    A deal with Juve could see Barca's Brazil midfielder Arthur, 23, head the opposite way on a season-long loan.

    Chelsea boss Frank Lampard was reportedly willing to let Jorginho head to Turin in a bid to land Pjanic.

  • EURO LOCK-OUT?

    Chelsea, Manchester United and City's European hopes are in doubt after the government confirmed a two-week quarantine on UK arrivals from June 8.

    No exemptions are being given to sports stars, potentially causing a real headache for British clubs left in Europe.

    It means should Real Madrid fly to England for the second leg of their last-16 tie with Pep Guardiola's side, the Spanish giants would have to wait in complete lockdown for two weeks before being able to train and then play the match.

    Similarly, Chelsea are due to fly to Germany to play Bayern Munich which would again cause the same problems for Frank Lampard's men when they return to England.

    United are still in the Europa League, beating LASK 5-0 in the first leg of their last-16 clash in Austria with the second leg at Old Trafford, while Wolves and Scottish side Rangers could also fall victim to the new crackdown.

  • UTD EYE £10m NU KID ON THE BLOCK

    United are willing to pay £10million for Sporting Lisbon whizkid Nuno Mendes on the advice of former Old Trafford midfielder Nani, reports say.

    Left-back Mendes, 17, has just a year left on his current deal with the Portuguese giants, having rejected a two-year extension amid interest from leading European clubs.

    Mendes has yet to play a senior match but has trained with Sporting's first-team squad.

    And his performances have obviously attracted the attention of Nani who has put in a glowing review to United chiefs.

    Nani spent eight years at Old Trafford before eventually returning to boyhood club Sporting in 2018.

    Now pacy, skilfulMendes could soon follow in his footsteps, according to the Daily Star.

  • NO GO DIOGO

    United are keen to keep Diogo Dalot, despite interest from Barcelona and Paris Saint-Germain.

    The right-back and winger was hailed as the future by Jose Mourinho after he joined from FC Porto in 2018.

    The Portuguese, 21, had a groin injury which kept him out for most of the first-half of the season, but ESPN say boss, Ole Gunnar Solskjaer is determined to keep him at Old Trafford.

  • NEW HAZARD TO WORRY ABOUT

    Dimitar Berbatov has tipped Man Utd and Liverpool target Kai Havertz to become Eden Hazard’s long-term replacement at Chelsea.

    The former Spurs and Man Utd striker told Betfair: “I think it is interesting to see Chelsea linked with him, they haven’t really replaced Hazard since he left and it was always going to be difficult to do so.

    “I think for sure they need to go for a young player with a lot of football ahead of them, if that is the case then they will also have to be patient as well because sometimes young players need time to adjust to the physicality and speed of Premier League.

    “Havertz is an option for them but it has only been the first week back of the Bundesliga and I hope that he continues to way he has comeback, by scoring and producing the goals that he has done so far.”

  • WATCH OUT

    Manchester United star Scott McTominay has named his top academy prospects at the club to watch out for.

    The Scotland international has moved up himself from the youth team to become a first-team regular.

    Speaking to the club's official website, the 23-year-old said: “For the younger boys? There's a lot.

    “You see Di'Shon [Bernard], Largie [Ramazani], Jimmy [Garner], you see Mason [Greenwood], obviously, coming in and Mason's on his way to being established.

    “He's not quite at that level of being a regular first-teamer, and that's what Mason has to strive to become.

    “He's one of the most talented players that I've seen for a long time – his left-foot, right-foot shooting is ridiculous.”

  • FLIRTY DOZEN

    Cristiano Ronaldo has got United fans talking after sharing a picture of himself during the Champions League triumph of 2008.

    The Juventus star shared the image of himself, Rio Ferdinand and team-mates with the famous trophy.

    What a team that was!

  • BRAN THE BRAVE

    Brandon Williams is clearly missing matchday football.

    The young left-back, 19, has posted a picture of himself taking a throw-in on Instagram.

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  • BAME CONCERNS

    The Government will today be asked for immediate research on whether BAME players are at enhanced risk by the planned return to contact training, reports MARTIN LIPTON.

    PFA deputy chief executive Bobby Barnes will urge the country’s deputy chief medical officer, Jonathan Van Tam, to intercede and demand proper answers.

    The fears of the players has been articulated by Watford’s Troy Deeney, worried about the impact of potential Covid-19 infection on his five-year-old son.

    Chelsea have also given fearful N’Golo Kante dispensation not to return to training unless he feels confident in his health and safety.

    But while Barnes has previously spoken to Premier League chiefs over the concerns, asking for more research to be undertaken before the green light can be given by the players, the union chief will now press the issue again.

    By going direct to Van Tam at a three-way video meeting this afternoon, also attended virtually by League bosses and medical chiefs, Barnes wants to make it clear that the issue must be properly addressed before players will assent to a full training ground return.

  • JAD-ON HOLD

    Jadon Sancho’s proposed £100million-plus move to Manchester United is “on hold”, according to reports.

    Borussia Dortmund are said to be waiting until the transfer market returns to normal after the financial meltdown brought about by coronavirus.

    The Telegraph report that fees and wages are expected to drop by 50 per cent when the summer window opens.

    But Dortmund are determined to get what ex-Man City kid Sancho, 20, is worth and will reportedly hold out for the full £100m figure.

    Sancho has two seasons left on his deal with the Bundesliga club but will still command a big fee before his final year, after costing them just £8m.

    Due to the coronavirus pandemic and a lack of Champions League football, net debts soared to £429m – a rise of £127.4m.

  • ‘BRI-LLIANT

    Hannibal Mejbri is going to start in the Manchester United reserves next season before being considered for the first team.

    The Frenchman, 17, is seen as the most promising young talent in the Old Trafford youth ranks.

    Along with Ethan Laird and Largie Ramazani, Mejbri is likely to start his season in Premier League 2 before aiming for Ole Gunnar Solskjaer’s first-team squad, according to MEN.

    James Garner and Dylan Levitt are the other two players close to first-team action after playing games in the reserve division.

    Hannibal has already provided three assists in five games in Premier League 2 this season and such form could see him fast-tracked behind Mason Greenwood into the first-team.

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8.15am Man Utd news LIVE: Sancho has ‘understanding’ to leave Dortmund, Sanchez blasts Mourinho ‘atmosphere’ – The Sun

MAN UTD chiefs are preparing for the return of the Premier League, with the full squad now back in training.

And Raul Jimenez's dad has commented on interest from the club, while Jadon Sancho reportedly expects his move to Old Trafford to be completed in the summer in line with an "agreement" he has with Dortmund.

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  • OH TEDDY, TEDDY

    Teden Mengi could become the latest United youth star promoted to the first-team following his outstanding displays in training.

    At just 18, the centre-back is yet to make his senior debut with the attention on breakthrough stars such as Brandon Williams and Mason Greenwood.

    However the coming months may provide the ideal opportunity for Mengi to make the step up.

    Having sat on the bench for the Red Devils' Europa League trip to Astana earlier in the year, the local lad is faring up well against first-team regulars in training.

    Specifically, in measurements taken of the squad's individual workouts during football's shutdown, Mengi is said to have clocked the fourth-fastest running speed of the entire club.

    Only Jesse Lingard, Axel Tuanzebe and first-placed Daniel James clocked a quicker pace than the teenager in this top-speed test.

  • 'THEY ARE SAID TO BE VERY HONOURABLE'

    There is a “very high chance” Jadon Sancho will leave Borussia Dortmund this summer, according to David Ornstein.

    He told The Athletic's Ornstein and Chapman podcast: “Sancho was expecting to move this summer and there's still a very high chance that will happen.

    “There's an understanding between Sancho and Borussia Dortmund that if the right price arrives that he can go and there's no expectation that Dortmund wouldn't honour that.

    “They are said to be very honourable in these sort of situations.

    “They're looking for no less than €120million [£107m], some say to me no less than €130m [£116m] and that certainly the figure that they want is around what they received or agreed for Ousmane Dembele.”

  • MORNING, RED DEVILS FANS

    Paulo Dybala is reportedly set to extend his stay at Juventus until 2025 to deal Manchester United a major blow.

    The 26-year-old was close to joining the Red Devils last summer, only for the Old Lady to pull the plug, with the ex-Palermo ace since becoming a key player under Maurizio Sarri.

    Prior to the coronavirus pandemic bringing a halt to the football calendar, Dybala had chipped in with 13 goals and 12 assists in 34 games in all competitions

    Such has been his impressive form, Juve's sporting director Fabio Paratici told Sky Sport Italia of the club's intentions to keep hold of the forward.

    He said: “We're working to extend Paulo Dybala's contract. We want him as part of Juventus for many years.”

    Meanwhile, Bruno Fernandes stunned Manchester United staff with his new-found pace while Jesse Lingard and Dan James record the quickest sprint speeds during lockdown.

    The Old Trafford new-boy, 25, is not known for his lightning speed, using his skill and guile over raw pace on the pitch.

    But Fernandes left staff gobsmacked as he ranked amongst the top sprinters during lockdown.

    United's players were tracked using GPS devices during the enforced break, with Fernandes up there with the quickest.

    During home training sessions, Man Utd stars were monitored on such things as distance covered and top speed.

    And Fernandes clocked an impressive 21.3mph in his best effort not far off eventual winner James on 22.9mph.

    Axel Tuanzebe, Lingard and Under-18s captain Teden Mengi finished just behind James.

    Finally, Man Utd players arrived for training for the first time in over two months after getting the all-clear from their coronavirus tests.

    Red Devils stars last worked out at their Carrington complex on March 13 but are now back to business following a vote from Premier League clubs to approve a formal return to the training ground.

    The agreement to move to “Stage One” of the training protocols will see all 20 top-flight squads beginning basic work from today.

    United captain Harry Maguire was among the first arrivals at Carrington on Wednesday morning alongside Fred, Scott McTominay and Nemanja Matic.

    Academy prospects Angel Gomes, Mason Greenwood and Tahith Chong were also pictured after the club ordered the players to arrive at staggered times throughout the day to undergo sessions in small groups.

    The likes of Paul Pogba, Fernandes and Odion Ighalo then arrived in the afternoon alongside a masked Sergio Romero.

  • OLE IN ONE

    Ole Gunnar Solskjaer says he would rather have “a hole in his squad than an a**ehole”.

    Solskjaer said: “I’d rather have a hole in the squad than an a**ehole. Personality is so important. We’re a team in a team environment.

    “You want players to have a bit of ego and edge but they have to be able to adapt.

    “In March 2019, players were physically tired, mentally tired and we had injuries. The players started with negative thinking, whereas now it’s positive thinking.

    “There were other things I didn’t like last year, some personal agendas which couldn’t be sorted out until the summer.

    “There will always be players who want to play more in football, but if a team is to be successful then players have to be available at different times.

    “I feel in this group we don’t have one bad apple.”

  • EXCLUSIVE BY DUNCAN WRIGHT

    Real Madrid and neighbours Atletico are the latest big Spanish club to make it known they are willing to sell some of their stars.

    That is sure to put Premier League giants including Man Utd, Chelsea and Arsenal on red alert.

    SunSport revealed this week how Barcelona have effectively invited offers for all but three of their players as they desperately look to plug a hole in their finances.

    Now it has emerged that LaLiga rivals Real and Atleti are also in the market to offload players as the cost of the Covid-19 crisis begins to bite.

    The top clubs in the Premier League have all been made aware that the two clubs in the Spanish capital are open to do business for the majority of their players.

    Real are still trying to pursue a plan to find the resources to sign Neymar from Paris Saint-Germain, but to do that they would need to bring in a huge amount of funds.

    Gareth Bale is one of those they would be happy to move on to get his £650,000-a-week wages off their books, but others are also available.

    But the problem for the Spanish giants is the value of players is likely to drop markedly when football resumes, and they may not get the kind of fees they would hope.

  • EXCLUSIVE BY DUNCAN WRIGHT

    THE Premier League's big return to training has been hampered – by sticky balls.

    All 20 top flight clubs have now resumed work in strictly controlled sessions as part of Project Restart aiming to complete the season.

    But the coating of disinfectant being smeared on all the balls has reacted in the scorching temperatures across the country, causing the surface to become tacky.

    Some players have complained they are now running slowly on the already dry grass in the few ball drills they are able to enjoy in Phase One of the training programme.

    SunSport has learnt how just two days into the new regime stars are claiming they are “pointless” and “ludicrous”.

    They claim the sessions are not fit for purpose to help them build up match fitness ahead of the planned return to action next month.

  • JIM BEAM

    Raul Jimenez's dad admits he's delighted the Wolves star is being linked with top sides including Man Utd and Juventus.

    He said: “Raul has always said it's something very cool (to hear of the interest).

    “He's very happy at his club, hopefully getting into positions for Champions League and Europa League at the moment. Always for him, all of that will be very gratifying, very cool to hear those comments.

    “Right now is the time of rumours, God willing the league hopefully resumes next month and that's where we are right now.

    “The rest, there is nothing. He's only commented on what he sees that they publish, but nothing at the moment.

    “Later, if there is something different, we will see. But now, yes, they are mere speculation and rumours.”

  • PLEA BARGAIN

    Man Utd are considering a surprise move for Alassane Plea.

    The Standard claims the Borussia Monchengladbach star could be heading to Old Trafford this summer after impressing in Germany.

    United could be willing to pay as much as £25m for the French forward.

  • GREAT SCOTT

    The government has announced a “renewal taskforce” to help sport return – with ex-England footballer Alex Scott on board.

    Culture Secretary Oliver Dowden wants advice on “how to get sport back safely in a way that works for both clubs, players and supporters alike”.

    And amid gradual easing of the Covid-19 lockdown, he said the government are looking for “new and different ways to get industries back up and running”.

    Dowden added: “Finding creative, crowd-free ways to navigate coronavirus is the biggest challenge for our recreation and leisure sectors right now”.

    But he confirmed the government are looking at a gradual process, rather than a sudden return, and insisted that safety concerns will remain the priority.

  • WINDS OF WINTER

    Arsene Wenger has called for the January transfer window to be axed as out-of-favour players “give up”.

    The Arsenal legend who is now FIFA's head of global development, has suggested changes to the game in the wake of the coronavirus crisis.

    The Frenchman said: “I am for the abolition of the January transfer window

    “Managers don't deal with this second window well.

    “In October, as soon as a player does not play anymore, he tries to find a solution elsewhere and waits for January to leave,

    “He is no longer mobilised, he gives up.”

  • HAVING A LAUGH

    SunSport can exclusively reveal Kai Havertz is a target for Man Utd, Chelsea and Liverpool.

    The Bayer Leverkusen ace has been sensational this season.

    But the Premier League trio also have to content with interest from Bayern Munich.

    Leverkusen could also be looking for a major fee after valuing Havertz at £100million before the start of the coronavirus crisis.

  • POG'S DINNER

    Andre Gray has hit out at Paul Pogba critics as he says no-one can get near the Manchester United star on the pitch.

    Speaking to Threesixtytv, the Hornets ace said: “People talk about [Paul] Pogba and it annoys me.

    “Whenever I’ve played against Pogba, four or five times now, no-one can get near him.

    “He might not set the world on fire and score top-corner goals. But you cannot get near the kid – he’s always somewhere you’re not and you can’t fathom it.

    “Until you’re on the pitch with him, you’ll never understand. From the stands it’s like ‘oh, he’s turned him’. When you play the game and understand the midfield positions, you cannot fathom him.”

  • ON THE PAUL

    Paulo Dybalais reportedly set to extend his stay at Juventus until 2025 to deal Manchester United a major blow in their pursuit of the player.

    The 26-year-old was close to joining the Red Devils last summer, only for the Old Lady to pull the plug, with the ex-Palermo ace since becoming a key player under Maurizio Sarri.

    Prior to the coronavirus pandemic bringing a halt to the football calendar, Dybala had chipped in with 13 goals and 12 assists in 34 games in all competitions

    Such has been his impressive form, Juve's sporting director Fabio Paratici told Sky Sport Italia of the club's intentions to keep hold of the forward.

    He said: “We're working to extend Paulo Dybala's contract.

    “We want him as part of Juventus for many years.”

  • UNITED FRONT

    Man Utd players arrived for training for the first time in over two months after getting the all-clear from their coronavirus tests.

    Red Devils stars last worked out at their Carrington complex on March 13 but are now back to business following a vote from Premier League clubs to approve a formal return to the training ground.

    The agreement to move to “Stage One” of the training protocols will see all 20 top-flight squads beginning basic work from today.

    United captain Harry Maguire was among the first arrivals at Carrington on Wednesday morning alongside Fred, Scott McTominay and Nemanja Matic.

    Academy prospects Angel Gomes, Mason Greenwood and Tahith Chong were also pictured after the club ordered the players to arrive at staggered times throughout the day to undergo sessions in small groups.

    The likes of Paul Pogba, Bruno Fernandes and Odion Ighalo then arrived in the afternoon alongside a masked Sergio Romero.

  • BRU-NO WAY

    Bruno Fernandes stunned Manchester United staff with his new-found pace while Jesse Lingard and Dan James record the quickest sprint speeds during lockdown.

    The Old Trafford new-boy, 25, is not known for his lightning speed, using his skill and guile over raw pace on the pitch.

    But Fernandes left staff gobsmacked as he ranked amongst the top sprinters during lockdown.

    United's players were tracked using GPS devices during the enforced break, with Fernandes up there with the quickest.

    During home training sessions, Man Utd stars were monitored on such things as distance covered and top speed.

    And Fernandes clocked an impressive 21.3mph in his best effort not far off eventual winner James on 22.9mph.

    Axel Tuanzebe, Lingard and Under-18s captain Teden Mengi finished just behind James.

  • BIKE RAK

    Ivan Rakitic headed out for a family bike ride after putting Europe's top clubs on red alert by hinting at a Barcelona exit this summer.

    The Catalan giants are prepared to cash in on the Croatian veteran this summer to raise funds of their own.

    The 32-year-old has just one year remaining on his deal at the Nou Camp.

    His availability is set to spark a transfer scramble with clubs across Europe including Juventus, Inter Milan and Atletico Madrid set to pursue a deal.

    Rakitic has also attracted attention from Premier League giants Manchester United and Tottenham.

    The Red Devils attempted to land Rakitic in January but the move was blocked because his wife Raquel wanted to remain in Barcelona.

    And the happy couple looked more than content in Spain as they embarked on a family bike ride with their two daughters and their golden retriever, with the midfielder also hopping on an electric scooter.

  • COUT ABOVE

    Manchester United and Chelsea were urged to make a move for Barcelona's Philippe Coutinho by Owen Hargreaves.

    The formerUnited and Bayern Munich midfielder believes the Brazilian would be a welcome addition back to the Premier League.

    Speaking on BT Sport, the 39-year-old said: “I love his game, I love him as a player.

    “He is obviously going though a bit of a tough time after leaving Liverpool.

    “Barca didn’t work and Bayern hasn’t really worked, but there is still plenty of time and I would never count him out.

    “I would love to see him back in the Premier League. He makes a lot of teams better.

    “Premier League teams are probably the only ones with the capacity to sign him and, let’s be honest, when he was here he was a dream to watch.”

  • PLEA BARGAIN

    Man Utdare reportedly lining up a swoop for Borussia Monchengladbach star Alassane Plea.

    The Standard claims Ole Gunnar Solskjaer has made contact with the French forward’s representatives over a stunning move to Old Trafford this summer.

    Plea, 27, joined Gladbach from Nice for around £20m in 2018 and has gone on to score 24 goals in 64 matches.

    The Frenchman’s latest strike came in Saturday’s 3-1 win at Eintracht Frankfurt.

    And it’s reckoned Plea is available for just £25m when the transfer window opens.

  • ON THE BALLO

    Man Utd have “identified” Monaco left-back Fode Ballo-Toure as a potential summer transfer target.

    The 23-year-old only joined the Ligue 1 club for £10m from Lille back in January 2019 and made 21 appearances this campaign until it was suspended due to the coronavirus pandemic.

    Now France Under-21 international’s displays have caught the eye of Red Devils boss Ole Gunnar Solskjaer, according to The Times.

    They claim Old Trafford scouts believe Ballo-Toure would provide perfect competition for Luke Shaw and Brandon Williams.

    It also states United are on the lookout for cut-price deals once the window re-opens amid the financial uncertainty over the Covid-19 outbreak.

    However, they could be tempted to swoop for the Monaco defender, who is under contract until 2023.

    Ballo-Toure began his career at Paris Saint-Germain before joining Lille in 2017, and it was an impressive two-year stint there in the French top-flight that persuaded the Principality to swoop for his services.

  • RON WITH THE WIND

    Nani claims Cristiano Ronaldo talked openly of leaving Manchester United for Real Madrid before his world-record switch, claiming he’d “had enough.”

    Ronnie swapped Old Trafford for the Bernabeu in 2009, netting the Red Devils £80million.

    But Nani, who was Ronaldo’s housemate in Manchester, claims his compatriot made no secret of his desire to quit United during his final Premier League season.

    He told the UTD Podcast: “Some days he [Ronaldo] was telling us openly, ‘I’m here six or seven years now, I think it’s enough for me’.

    “But it was always, ‘I will see, I will see’, but we never though it [Real Madrid move] would happen so fast.

    “After we won the league in the second year he left, he produced a great season so we were still surprised.”

  • DOR OPEN

    Jadon Sancho remains likely to leave Borussia Dortmund this summer with Manchester United at the front of the queue, according to reports.

    The 20-year-old has persistently been linked with a move away from Signal Iduna Park this season – but the financial effect of the coronavirus has changed the financial dynamics of every club in Europe.

    Ed Woodward himself last month warned of the changes that fans would see in the transfer market this summer.

    But according to The Athletic, the Red Devils are still in contact with Borussia Dortmund and a deal remains likely.

    Speaking on the Ornstein & Chapman Podcast, the former said: “Sancho was expecting to move this summer and there’s still a very high chance that will happen.

    “There’s an understanding between Sancho and Borussia Dortmund that if the right price arrives that he can go and there’s no expectation that Dortmund wouldn’t honour that, they’re said to be very honourable in these sort of situations.

    “They’re looking for no less than €120million [£107m], some say to me no less than €130m [£116m] and that certainly the figure that they want is around what they received or agreed for Ousmane Dembele.”

  • PLAY ON

    Uefa chief Aleksander Ceferin is “absolutely sure” fans will be back in stadiums “very soon” despite fears football faces 12 months of being played behind-closed-doors.

    When asked why he felt the disease would not impact football in the long-run, Ceferin told The Guardian: “It's a serious situation but it is going down now and we are being more cautious.

    “We know more about the virus and in general I'm an optimistic person.

    “I don't like this apocalyptic view that we have to wait for the second and third waves or even a fifth wave … people you know are likely to die one day, but do we have to be worried today? I don't think so.

    “We are ready and we will follow the recommendations of the authorities but I'm absolutely sure, personally, that good old football with fans will come back very soon.”

  • 'BE A BIT KINDER'

    Ex-Manchester United star Luke Chadwick has accepted apologies from Gary Lineker and Nick Hancock for cruel jibes about his looks.

    The ex-footballer recently admitted gags about his appearance on BBC's They Think It's All Over killed his confidence.

    It came at the time he was trying to make his mark at Premier League giants Manchester United.

    Chadwick's revelations led to host of the hit 1990s show Hancock and team captain Lineker issuing apologies for their behaviour.

    Former Spurs and England star Lineker responded on Twitter, saying: “I was part of that show, therefore, I too would like to apologise to @luke_FFF for any hurt caused.”

    And Hancock told BBC Breakfast: “Listening to Luke is incredibly humbling.

    “He's shown so much more generosity and understanding and good judgement than we did at the time. I’m appalled for him and at myself.”

  • WHO WILL LAND HIM?

    PSG are reportedly considering a bid for Manchester United target Erling Haaland while worrying over Kylian Mbappe's future.

    Real Madrid continue to be strongly linked with the French striker, whose contract expires in 2022.

    Talks are said to have struggled so far amid talk of a potential release clause and a £600,000-a-week wage – that would match Neymar's salary in Paris.

    But alternative plans are being made, according to Marca, in the form of Borussia Dortmund star Haaland.

    Real Madrid and Manchester United appear to be the frontrunners for the Norwegian's signature, the Red Devils having come close to signing him in January.

    With 13 goals in 12 games for the Bundesliga club, any doubts over his talents have evaporated and he notched yet again on German football's return from a two-month shutdown against Schalke 04 on Saturday.

  • 'WASN'T PREPARED'

    Marcus Rashfordadmits he has struggled to cope with the attention of being a Manchester United star.

    In an ATP Tour chat with two-time Wimbledon champion Andy Murray, Rashford confessed: “I can’t say I’ve ever really enjoyed the attention off the pitch.

    “That’s one thing growing up as a footballer that you never think about.

    “You always think about playing in the first team and scoring goals for United or at Old Trafford or any stadium. But you forget how your life can change overnight.

    “Things that you can do with your friends, things that you can do with your family, the places you can go, it all changes.

    “And I probably wasn’t as prepared for that bit as I was the actual going on the pitch and playing.

    “For me that bit was the easier bit. It obviously took a lot of hard work to get there but when the opportunity came up I felt ready to step up.”

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Gov. Andrew Cuomo’s live coronavirus test comes back negative

The coronavirus test that Gov. Andrew Cuomo took during a live press briefing has come back negative, he announced Monday.

“When you find out you’re negative, it’s actually a nice sense of relief,” Cuomo told reporters at the Roswell Park Cancer Institute in Buffalo on Monday. “It is peace of mind.”

“I didn’t have any symptoms or anything but, you know, you don’t need to have symptoms” to be infected, continued Cuomo, who had been tested prior to Sunday.

A doctor administered the deep nasal swab test to Cuomo during the live briefing Sunday, helping him illustrate the point that getting screened is simple, fast and painless.

“There’s no reason why people shouldn’t be getting tested,” the governor reiterated Monday. “You protect your family, protect your colleagues, so get tested.”

Cuomo repeated the message as another 106 New Yorkers succumbed to the bug in the 24-hour period ending at midnight Monday.

“Every day, the number of deaths is still painfully high,” said Cuomo, as the overall number of confirmed deaths rose to 22,725. “But it is down.”

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Coronavirus LIVE: UK ready to move to lockdown level three as deaths hit 34,636 and vaccine hope on horizon – The Sun

THE UK is ready to move into lockdown level three as the death toll hit 34,636 with hopes of a vaccine on the horizon.

Business Secretary Alok Sharma, at yesterday's coronavirus Government briefing, praised work on a vaccine by UK researchers, promising Brits would be the first in line if a successful vaccine is developed here.

He added extra funding is also being pumped into the huge efforts to develop a vaccine, which would see a successful vaccine rolled out across the UK in just six months.

However Mr Sharma stressed the plans were dependent on manufacturing, adding that it's possible a vaccine may never be developed.

Mr Sharma also announced the UK is now in a position to begin a move to level three of lockdown.

Meanwhile, the latest rise in deaths confirmed by NHS England is smaller than it was yesterday, when 181 deaths were logged.

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  • CORONA FEARS

    More than 75 per cent of black, Asian and minority ethnic doctors are worried about contracting coronavirus.

    The Royal College of Physicians found in a survey 48 per cent of all doctors were either concerned or very concerned for their health during the pandemic – with the rate rising to more than three quarters when it came to BAME doctors.

    It comes after the Office for National Statistics revealed black doctors are four times more likely to die from coronavirus.

  • ANOTHER BITE OF THE APPLE

    Apple will reopen more than 25 of its stores in the US after closing branches across the world in response to the coronavirus pandemic.

    To keep staff and shoppers safe, social-distancing rules will be put in place.

    “Our commitment is to reopen our stores when we are confident the environment is safe,” Deirdre O’Brien, Apple’s head of retail, wrote on Sunday in a note on the company’s website.

  • A UNIQUE GRADUATION

    A US high school has managed to organise a graduation for their students – by using a ski lift.

    Senior at Kennet High School in New Hampshire will ride up the 2,000 foot summit of Cranmore Mountain to get their diploma.

    The graduating students will also get a picturesque snap from the top of the mountain.

    And to ensure their safety, students will have an empty chair lift in between them.

    Principal Kevin Carpenter told WCAX: “Everybody's ecstatic about this.”

  • DEATH TOLL

    The US coronavirus death toll has risen above 90,000 NBC News has reported today.

    Nearly 1.5million people have also caught the deadly bug.

    And the worrying trend has sparked fears the number of deaths in the United States will surpass 100,000 by June 1.

  • EXCITED CROWDS

    FC Seoul has apologised after filling stands emptied due to coronavirus with 'sex dolls'.

    Thirty mannequins – 25 women and 5 men – were used to fill the stands for the first home match of the K League season.

    But many people online commented that the figures looked like sex dolls, prompting an apology from the club.

  • 'TOO SOON'

    The government will not be varying coronavirus lockdown rules by region despite a wide range of infection rates across the country.

    Business Secretary Alok Sharma said the government would be sticking to a national approach at Downing Street's press briefing yesterday.

    Mr Sharma added that it was “too soon” to discuss a phased lifting of lockdown by region.

  • SECOND SPIKE

    Europe must prepare for a deadly second wave of coronavirus infections this winter, a top WHO chief has warned.

    Dr Hans Kluge, the organisation's director for Europe, said he was “very concerned” about another spike in cases despite months of lockdown across the continent finally bringing the infection rate under control.

    Speaking to the Telegraph, Dr Kluge warned that now was “time for preparation, not celebration” as stringent lockdown measures begin to ease across Europe.

  • ALMOST HALF OF BRITS HAVE GAINED 1LB A WEEK DURING LOCKDOWN

    Nearly half of Brits have piled on almost 1lb a week since lockdown, with Geordies putting on the most weight.

    A poll found that 47 per cent of us confessed to gaining 5lb or more over the past seven weeks.

    People on Tyneside were at the top of the table, with 62 per cent saying their weight soared as they exercised less, ate more comfort food and drank more alcohol.

    Read more on the story here.

  • TRAIN SERVICES TO INCREASE THIS WEEK

    Britain's train companies will ramp up services on Monday to reflect coronavirus travel restrictions being eased.

    Industry body the Rail Delivery Group said services will be increased from around 50% of the standard timetable to 70%.

    But in a bid to enable social distancing, their capacity will be reduced to as little as 10% of normal levels, and passengers are being urged to avoid non-essential travel.

    British Transport Police will have more officers at London stations in a bid to control crowds.

    Will Rogers, managing director at East Midlands Railway, warned that the new timetable “will only allow a small rise in the number of passengers we can accommodate”.

    He added: “We urge everyone to only go by train if it is necessary and keep public transport for key workers and those who must travel.”

    Passengers travelling by train are being asked to wear a face covering and keep a two metre distance from other people where possible.

    Transport operators are being urged by the Government to rearrange, remove or limit seating “to try and ensure social distancing is observed”, which may include blocking off seats in close proximity to others and removing face-to-face seating.

  • RUSSIA REPORTS NEARLY 10,000 NEW COVID-19 CASES

    Russia on Sunday reported 9,709 new cases of COVID-19, the second consecutive day the number of new cases was less than 10,000. Total new cases for the week were 2,937 lower than in the previous week.

    Chief epidemiologist Anna Popova said Sunday that the situation has stabilised, but prevention measures will persist.

    Russia's coronavirus taskforce said the overall number of cases nationwide stood at 281,752.

    It added that 94 people had died over the last 24 hours, bringing the official death toll from the virus to 2,631.

  • POLICE BREAK UP 70-PERSON PARK RAVE WITH DJ PROTESTING SOCIAL DISTANCING

    Police were forced to break up a 70-person rave over the weekend as crowds moaned that they were “sick of isolation”.

    Officers were called to a mass gathering in Granville Country Park in Shropshire where a DJ was playing loud music to a large crowd of lockdown breakers.

    It comes amidst other stories of large gatherings this weekend despite lockdown rules clearly stating that Brits are now only allowed to meet one member of another household.

    West Mercia Force have since slammed the ravers who broke the rules.

    Read more about it here.

  • CHILD SERVICES 'OVERWHELMED' BY UNDER FUNDING AND CORONAVIRUS

    Children's services are being overwhelmed by the “perfect storm” of a decade of under funding and the coronavirus crisis, five leading charities have warned.

    Analysis by The Children’s Society, Barnardo’s, Action for Children, NSPCC and the National Children’s Bureau reveals a £2.2 billion funding fall of local services for vulnerable kids over the past decade, as they are swamped with demands for help.

    It is feared even more children and families, ‘hidden’ from the view of professionals during the lockdown, could slip through the cracks, doomed to reach crisis point before any help is provided.

    The cuts between 2010/11 and 2018/19 mean that spending on early help dropped by almost half (46%).

    The charities are calling on the government to do more as the “overstretched services” are struggling to cope through the coronavirus crisis, with a crippling spike in demand expected, as the true extent of the devastation caused by the pandemic becomes apparent.

  • CONTACT TRACING WILL INCLUDE 'DIFFICULT TO REACH COMMUNITIES'

    At Sunday's Downing Street press conference Alok Sharma was asked about how the Government will consider language and cultural differences in contact tracing within the BAME community.

    More than 17,000 people have been recruited to work as contact tracers after a target was set by the Health Secretary to hire 18,000 people by mid-May.

    When asked about how the tracing strategy will address barriers to contact tracing in the BAME community, Mr Sharma said the Government wanted to ensure they have the right number of people.

    He continued: “This is also a question of making sure that people from across all communities are able to come forward for this really vital task as well.”

    Mr Sharma also said work was ongoing to study the disproportionate impact of Covid-19 on BAME people.

    The Business Secretary added: “In terms of contact tracing, I think there's a very important point and we need to make sure that all communities are represented.”

  • EUROPE MUST PREPARE FOR SECOND VIRUS WAVE IN WINTER, WARNS WORLD HEALTH CHIEF

    Europe must prepare for a deadly second wave of coronavirus infections this winter, a top WHO chief has warned.

    Dr Hans Kluge, the organisation's director for Europe, said he was “very concerned” about another spike in cases despite months of lockdown across the continent finally bringing the infection rate under control.

    Speaking to the Telegraph, Dr Kluge warned that now was “time for preparation, not celebration” as stringent lockdown measures begin to ease across Europe.

    Though cases in hard-hit countries such as the UK and Italy have seen a dramatic reduction in the past few weeks, Dr Kluge claims that the pandemic remains at an early stage.

    The WHO chief said: “I’m very concerned about a double wave – in the fall, we could have a second wave of Covid and another one of seasonal flu or measles.”

  • INDIA EXTENDS NATIONWIDE LOCKDOWN AMID RISING CORONAVIRUS INFECTIONS

    India has extended a nearly two-month-old stringent lockdown by another two weeks.

    Mumbai, New Delhi, Chennai and some other key regions still battling to control the rising curve of coronavirus infections.

    On May 4, the government eased some restrictions, allowing reopening of neighbourhood shops and manufacturing and farming in rural areas. It also resumed running a limited number of trains, mainly to carry the stranded workers.

    But the government-run National Disaster Management authority said in a statement on Sunday that fresh guidelines will be issued, that will also address the need to open up economic activity.

    A government statement said travel by air and metro will remain shut down nationwide until the end of May. Schools, hotels, restaurants, bars, shopping malls, cinemas and places of worship will also be closed across the nation.

    The Health Ministry on Sunday reported a record jump of nearly 5,000 cases of COVID-19 in the past 24 hours, raising the number of confirmed cases to 90,927, with 2,872 deaths.

  • CANCER SUFFERER BANNED FROM ASDA STORE FOR BREAKING LOCKDOWN RULES TO USE TOILET

    A pensioner with bladder cancer was banned from Asda after breaking lockdown rules to use the store's toilet.

    Graham Dunn, 76, is now banned from the branch in Tunstall, Stoke-on-Trent following the incident.

    The grandfather, who due to his illness needs to relieve himself every 15 minutes, claims he was told to wait in line for half an hour after he had missed the OAP shopping slot.

    Read more on the story here.

  • FUNDRAISING APPEAL LAUNCHED AFTER BABY DIES FROM RARE ILLNESS

    A family has launched a fundraising appeal following the death of an eight-month-old baby who died from a rare childhood illness.

    Alexander Parsons, from Plymouth, died on April 25 at Bristol Children's Hospital after being diagnosed with Kawasaki disease, his family said.

    The illness affects children under the age of five, with symptoms including a high temperature, rashes, swelling and a toxic shock style response.

    Medical experts believe up to 100 children in the UK have been affected from a condition similar to Kawasaki disease, which has been linked to coronavirus.

    Health Secretary Matt Hancock said last month that experts are investigating the new syndrome in children “with great urgency” but has stressed it is rare.

    Research led by Imperial College London is looking at the characteristics of those who have been admitted to hospital, while information regarding the illness is being shared across the international community.

  • ITALY RECORDS LOWEST NUMBER OF COVID-19 DEATHS SINCE LOCKDOWN BEGAN

    The number of people in Italy who died from COVID-19 in the past 24 hours sank to 145 on Sunday – the lowest number since Italy's lockdown went into effect.

    The total number of deaths in the country has now reached 31,908.

    The contagion in Italy has slowed significantly, with just 675 confirmed new cases, according to the Civil Protection Agency.

    The true scope of the pandemic in Italy is believed to be much higher as testing is still restricted mostly to people showing symptoms who need to be hospitalised.

    The number of currently infected people dropped under 70,000, while more than 125,000 have recovered from the virus.

    Pressure on hospitals continues to ease, with 13 fewer patients in intensive care and 89 fewer people in hospital, as the country prepares to open bars, restaurants, shops and other activities on Monday.

  • BARCELONA FUNERAL HOME SHUTS TEMPORARY MORGUE

    A funeral home in Barcelona has closed a temporary morgue it had set up inside its parking garage to handle the overflow of victims of the Spanish city's coronavirus outbreak.

    The last coffin was removed and buried on Sunday.

    The home said more than 3,200 victims of COVID-19 passed through the temporary morgue since it was set up in March.

    The funeral home installed refrigeration units inside its closed parking garage to condition it to hold the deceased in their coffins.

    The home plans to reopen part of the garage for parking but keep the refrigeration units in place in case they are needed again.

  • CARER DIES HOLDING PIC OF DAUGHTER AND BABY GRANDCHILD AFTER THINKING SHE BEAT VIRUS

    A carer who died from coronavirus was holding a picture of her daughter and granddaughter in her final moments.

    Sue Cairns, 58, initially thought she had beaten the disease but tragically passed away after an 18-day battle with the deadly bug.

    Carer Sue was diagnosed with Covid-19 at the Queen Elizabeth The Queen Mother Hospital (QEQM) in Margate, Kent after developing a persistent cough.

    Read more on the story here.

  • US CONFIRMS 31,967 NEW CASES AND 1,394 DEATHS

    The US has reported 31,967 confirmed cases of infection, according to the latest update from the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC).

    According to data, accurate up to 4pm ET on Saturday, the total number of cases across the US now stands at 1,467,065.

    The CDC confirmed the daily death toll had risen by 1,394 to 88,709 during the same period.

  • NEW YORK GOVERNOR TESTED FOR VIRUS ON LIVE TV

    New York Governor Andrew Cuomo was tested for coronavirus on live TV Sunday, and urged all people in the state experiencing flu-like symptoms are now eligible for tests.

    Any New Yorkers experiencing flu-like symptoms or those who will be returning to work as part of phased reopenings across the state can now get tested, Cuomo said.

    “You don't have to be New York tough to take that test,” he said during the live broadcast of his daily briefing.

    “If I am not here tomorrow, that means I tested positive,” the Governor said as a nurse in PPE took a nasal swab.

    The state is expanding eligibility as it deals with a surplus of testing capacity. Cuomo said drive-thru and walk-in testing sites are performing about one-third of the 15,000 tests theyre capable of each day.

    In all, the state is testing about 40,000 people per day.

  • ARCHBISHOP OF CANTERBURY HOPES FOR SOCIAL CARE INQUIRY AFTER CORONAVIRUS

    The Archbishop of Canterbury has said he hopes for a Royal Commission into social care after the coronavirus pandemic.

    Speaking to BBC News, Justin Welby said he hoped there would be lessons learned after this crisis, mentioning a Royal Commission, a rarely used form of public inquiry.

    The archbishop said: “What I hope and pray that we learn is first of all that we cannot base our society on the idolatry of wealth, even of health.

    “Secondly, that we build a vision of the society we want. We have a commission of inquiry into what we learned from this, not to blame but to learn.

    “We have Royal Commission on how we look after social care.”

    When asked whether austerity measures should be put in place after the pandemic, he said it would be “catastrophic”, particularly for already disadvantaged people.

  • TRUMP RESPONDS TO OBAMA CRITICISM

    Donald Trump has given his first public response to Barack Obama’s indirect criticism of the US government’s handling of the coronavirus pandemic.

    “More than anything, this pandemic has fully, finally torn back the curtain that so many of the folks in charge know what they’re doing. A lot of them aren’t even pretending to be in charge,” Obama said in a speech on Saturday.

    On Sunday, when asked by reporters about Obama’s comments, the president said: “Look, he was an incompetent president, that’s all I can say. Grossly incompetent.

    “So I think we had a great weekend. We did a lot of terrific meetings. Tremendous progress is being made on many fronts, including coming up with a cure for this horrible plague that has beset our country,. It was a working weekend, it was a good weekend. A lot of very good things have happened.”

  • RUDD: GOVERNMENT WOULD MAKE "BETTER DECISIONS" WITH MORE WOMEN

    Amber Rudd has claimed that the government would be making “better decisions” if more women were in senior positions.

    The former Home Secretary said it was not a matter of “optics”, but an issue of “good government”.

    “We hear a lot from Number 10, and particularly from Dominic Cummings in the past, about wanting to make sure that we have a diverse talent at the top of government.

    “Well, I would start by making sure there are some women at the top.

    “The most senior posts are generally held by men and I really think the Prime Minister needs to do something about that.”

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9pm Arsenal news LIVE: Partey ‘hoping for Gunners transfer’, Willian denies Spurs move, SIX players for sale – The Sun

ARSENAL are back in individual training as the Premier League looks to restart on June 12.

There looks to be a busy summer ahead at the Emirates with the future of Pierre-Emerick Aubameyang still uncertain, but there's good news on Thomas Partey.

Follow all the very latest updates from North London below…

  • KING HENRY

    Thierry Henry has revealed his solo goal against Liverpool at home during his 2003/04 season is his best ever goal.

    Speaking to Sky Sports' The Football Show, he said: “When you look at that goal, nothing in it makes sense.

    “Why am I there with Gilberto Silva when the ball is cleared up? I don't even know why I'm there. All I know is when the ball came I saw the goal.

    “I told you that stadium had a heart but Michael Owen scored before half-time and the heart of that stadium wasn't going.

    “When I watch my goals, I never really get goosebumps but watching this one, I can remember and relive that moment when I felt the heart of the stadium going again.

    “I rarely felt like that, when the heart of the stadium went back beating again.”

  • TAKING THE MKH

    Henrikh Mkhitaryan has begged Arsenal to hash out a transfer agreement with Roma and insisted “my time in London is over”, according to reports in Italy.

    The Gunners flop has spent this season on loan at the Serie A side and is about to enter the final 12 months of his contract with the North Londoners.

    The winger arrived at the Emirates in January 2018 as part of the swap deal with Manchester United involving Alexis Sanchez.

    According to Corriere dello Sport, he told his employer: “My time in London is over, I hope you manage to find an agreement with Roma because my desire is to remain.”

  • RETURNING TO THE KING

  • SERIOUS SAM

    Samir Nasri has opened up on the doping scandal that rocked the former Arsenal star's career.

    After visiting the Drip Doctors medical centre while on holiday in Los Angeles, the Frenchman was banned for 12 months by Uefa.

    The scandal broke while Nasri was on loan at LaLiga side Sevilla and he has now spoken of how he lost any desire to play football once the investigation began.

    He told an Instagram Live discussion: “What happened in Los Angeles ruined my season.

    “It was an injection of vitamins that was legal and I had a prescription.

    “I was destroyed because I thought I was going to be banned for two years.

    “I didn't want to play anymore after that.  I even told [Sevilla boss, Jorge] Sampaoli to leave me out, but he always wanted me to play.

    “I was lost, I was anxious and angry with everything. I didn't show it on the pitch but football was over for me.”

  • DEAL BREAKERS

    Premier League clubs have been given until June 23 to settle the futures of their soon to be out-of-contract stars.

    There are 86 top-flight players set to be available on a free transfer come June 30, but the league are desperate for fair ground rules to be implemented surrounding their futures and the integrity of the competition.

    Clubs are expected to have three options.

    According to The Athletic, the first could see them hand out-of-contract stars a “season 2019-20” extension, taking them until midnight of the day that the campaign finally finishes – with no change in terms.

    The second would be to make a normal offer of a multi-year extension, while the third will be to notify them that no offer is forthcoming.

    High-profile stars Willian, David Silva and Jan Vertonghen are among the 86 set to be left in limbo.

  • RAMPAGE

    Juventus ace and former Arsenal star Aaron Ramsey can handle playing for Manchester United, according to former Wales boss Chris Coleman.

    He told beIN Sports: “If it’s not going to happen for him, he’s definitely the type of player that could handle playing for Manchester United.

    “Because when you play for Manchester United the jersey is much heavier than when you’re playing for another club in the same league, a smaller club with all due respect, and the weight of the jersey is not the same.

    “When you’re playing for a big club you’ve got to be able to handle that week in, week out. And he’s certainly got the appetite for that.”

  • FAN'S VIEW – Dave Seager

    It was nearly impossible to pick the best XI foreign Arsenal players I have watched live.

    There were a few tricky decisions when I did the same with British players recently but this challenge proved much tougher – especially with some of the stars I left out.

    When you consider the number of fabulous imports we have been lucky to watch, Arsenal have been blessed.

    Of the 11 usual starting players in the unbeaten 2003/04 campaign, only Ashley Cole and Sol Campbell were English.

    So, is it just a case of those nine Invincibles plus two or have we had better?

  • BLOCK SHOCK

    FA bosses will intervene if Prem clubs try to null and void the season.

    SunSport reported today the “Special Share” granted to Wembley chiefs at the formation of the Prem allowed them to block any attempt to axe relegation from the top flight.

    But senior FA officials also believe the powers would let them step in and overturn any vote to end the season prematurely.

    That aligns with the belief of Premier League chief executive Richard Masters that the competition cannot be cut off in its prime.

    It could set up a possible clash between the two bodies, although at this stage they appear to be on the same page and that would only change if the League’s stated position was overturned by its 20 member clubs.

    The FA are also understood to believe that proper criteria of “sporting merit” should be applied to determining relegation issues and European qualification if the League cannot resume and be played to a conclusion.

    One senior official declared: “The ideas of either null and void or no relegation is simply unacceptable.”

  • ON THIS DAY

  • CRACKDOWN

    Spitting, shirt swapping and team celebrations will all reportedly be banned when Premier League football returns from the coronavirus blackout.

    The top flight is pushing ahead with plans to resume matches on June 12 in a bid to finish the season and avoid financial meltdown.

    But strict sanctions will be in place in a bid to prevent any new Covid-19 cases among players, according to the Telegraph.

    Stars will also be prohibited from sharing water bottles under measures to get football back under way.

    The new rules could be in place for up to 12 months as football chiefs desperately try to finish the season.

  • REAL DEALS

    Real Madrid are set for a mass exodus with reported Man Utd, Chelsea and Arsenal targets Gareth Bale and James Rodriguez on their way out this summer.

    According to Marca, the Bernabeu hierarchy have given strict orders for the club to sell before they buy due to the financial uncertainty surrounding the killer virus.

    Bale and Rodriguez are just two of five big-earners set to be axed by Zinedine Zidane.

    It’s reckoned Paul Pogba, Eduardo Camavinga and Erling Haaland are all on his shopping list.

  • WHERE WILL HE GO?

    Arsenal defender Martin Keown believes that Chelsea winger Willian will shun a move to join the Gunners in favour of a switch to Spain.

    The Brazilian international is set to be a free agent at the end of the season after failing to agree a new deal at Stamford Bridge – despite Frank Lampard keen for him to stay.

    But Arsenal legend Keown has stated that he doubts whether Willian will make a move across London.

    Speaking to talkSPORT, he said: “I don’t see him going to Arsenal.

    “I think he’s aiming for Barcelona or Real Madrid. He’s an incredible talent.

    “Chelsea will be weaker if he goes but Frank Lampard knows what he’s doing. I’m sure he wants to keep him.”

  • COMBATIVE SPIRIT

    Arsenal's Invincibles were always fighting in training, according to former Gunners defender Lauren.

    He even admitted to being involved in a scrap with Gunners legend Thierry Henry.

    Speaking to the Arsenal website, the 43-year-old said: “Of course there was fighting. I love at Arsenal that the journalists didn't go to the training sessions.

    “In our time if the journalists were to attend training there would be history every single day.

    “How competitive we were – all fighting between ourselves. I had a fight with Thierry [Henry], Thierry with Martin [Keown], Patrick with Freddie [Ljungberg].

    “We were all very competitive and we were all fighting because we all had big egos, big personalities but by the time the games arrived, we were fighting for the same goal.”

  • PEPE TALK

    Arsenal could have to sell six players to fund the remaining fee left to pay for Nicolas Pepe.

    The Gunners splashed a club record £72million in the summer to sign winger Pepe from Lille on a five-year contract.

    Bleacher Report have now claimed the Gunners are looking to sell up to six players in the next window to ensure they have the cash to cover the money owed to Lille.

    Skipper Pierre-Emerick Aubameyang and strike partner Alexandre Lacazette have both been linked with a move away from London recently, with Mesut Ozil also named as a potential way of recouping money.

  • DARK ARTS

    Gary Neville believes the Premier League is trying to blackmail clubs into playing again – by threatening them with relegation if they refuse.

    Top-flight chiefs will meet on Monday to discuss how best to implement Project Restart and complete the season, currently suspended due to the coronavirus crisis.

    A number of clubs at the bottom of the table are said to be against plans to play matches at neutral venues. But they have been warned if they do not agree, the season could be scrapped, which could result in them facing the drop.

    Outspoken TV pundit and Salford owner Neville said: “You can call them negotiations between the clubs or you can call them blackmail, whichever way you want to put it.

    “There is no doubt we’ve got a divided Premier League at this moment in time in respect of what the clubs want and that isn’t healthy going into this situation.

    “When you think about the message from day one in this global pandemic, everyone talked about a social approach, being together and be kind.

    “But football is not a nice place at the moment, it is full of self-interest.”They are somehow trying to get to an agreed position but it really is getting dirty behind the scenes – that we’ll relegate you if you don’t play.

    “What about health? It is unsavoury the way football is perceived at this moment in time by people outside. The clubs at the bottom were always going to get bullied by the rest of the league into playing.”

  • JUDGEMENT DAY

    Arsenal's hopes of signing Dayot Upamecano have been handed a boost, with RB Leipzig reportedly dropping their asking price for their much-coveted defender.

    The Gunners have long been admirers of the 21-year-old, but have so far been unable to stump up a fee that would tempt the Bundesliga side into selling.

    But with Upamecano fast approaching the final year of his contract, Leipzig are believed to be willing to lower their asking price in order to ensure that they are not left empty handed at the end of his contract in 2021.

    According to Bild, they will accept bids of around £34million for the Frenchman, having previously been expected to stick to his £52million release clause.

    Bayern Munich have been seen as front-runners for Upamecano's signature, but the coronavirus pandemic has shifted their transfer strategy.

    The Bundesliga champions will now prioritise prising Leroy Sane from Manchester City, as well as acquiring a new right-back.

  • TURKISH DELIGHT

    Mesut Ozil is reportedly under consideration by Fenerbahce bosses – according to a close friend of the midfielder.

    Ozil has been linked with a move to Fenerbahce for years, even reportedly telling his mother that he would play for them one day.

    And now, in an interview with SportX, as reported by Sport Witness, Ozil's next move could take him to Turkey.

    His friend, TV host and big Fenerbahce fan Acun Ilicali, said: “I receive lots of questions about Mesut Ozil.

    “I believe in the future that good things will happen. I’m not in a position to give details but I know our president is also working hard for this.

    “When his contract with Arsenal will expire, the favourites would be Fenerbahce. We are also working on that front. I really wanted to tell you in more detail, but I cannot. We’ll talk about these things when the time comes.”

  • AL OR NOTHING

    Sir Alex Ferguson fought many title deciders with Arsenal but Patrice Evra has revealed one startlingly simple approach from the Manchester United legend.

    Speaking to the UTD club podcast, the Frenchman revealed: “I remember a game. It was sometime we were playing against Arsenal.

    “It was Sunday, it was sunny, and the speech of Ferguson was like 15 seconds.

    “He was like, 'Guys, it's Sunday, it's really sunny outside. I don't want no one to f*** up my Sunday'.

    “And you know if you missed a cross or something – you don't want to be the person to do that!

    “Don't ruin his Sunday! It's very important for him!”

  • WILL HE STAY OR WILL HE GO

    Willian has handed Arsenal a major transfer boost by denying having talks with Tottenham.

    The Brazilian looks almost certain to leave Chelsea at the end of this season as he hunts for a three-year-deal and North London seems a likely destination.

    Willian's Chelsea contract expires this summer and the club have only offered him a two-year-deal but the winger wants three.

    Earlier this week it was reported Willian had agreed to move to Spurs having discussed the move with his “friend” and old manager Jose Mourinho.

    But the 31-year-old has flatly denied that is the case, according to ESPN.

    Brazilian journalist Joao Castelo-Branco tweeted: “Willian completely denies rumour that Mourinho has been in touch recently regarding playing for Tottenham. Absolutely no deal even close there. willian thfc cfc.”

  • GRAM MASTER FLASH

    Dani Ceballos is not even a fully fledged Premier League star – but no one in the English top flight earns more than him from Instagram.

    The 23-year-old Spaniard is on loan at Mikel Arteta's side from Real Madrid – with the Gunners being told they will need to shell out £44m to sign him permanently.

    Surprisingly, Ceballos is far and away the Premier League's top earner on the photo-sharing site, according to data from Online Casinos.

    They looked at a player's total number of promotional posts since the start of this season and coupled that with information from a recent report into influencer marketing.

    Combine the two and Ceballos – who has 1.9 million Instagram followers – has amassed a huge £101,193 so far this season.

    That equates to a very healthy £2,927 a WEEK.

  • SORT THIS MES

    Kevin Campbelltold Arsenal to sell Mesut Ozil and then join Manchester United in the transfer race for Jack Grealish.

    The former Gunners marksman reckons his old club should cash in on the German as he feels the 31-year-old is past his best.

    Campbell told the Metro: “Arsenal need an all-rounder in midfield. Arsenal need someone in the middle of the pitch who not only can create, he can break the play up, but he’s got legs, we miss that. We’ve been a strong spine for years.

    “There was talk of should we go for Jack Grealish or James Maddison, these type of guys would improve Arsenal.

    “No disrespect to Mesut Ozil, but Ozil is on the wrong side of his Arsenal career with a year left on his contract after this.

    “But we need someone who’s going to be in there with legs, we need creativity, and someone that when the games not going particularly well, he can get stuck in and knuckle down as well.”

  • ART ATTACK

    Arsenal are set to battle Chelsea for Orkun Kokcu this summer, according to reports.

    Gunners boss Mikel Arteta has been keeping a close eye on the £23million Feyenoord midfielder for several months.

    Emirates chiefs have already made contact with the 19-year-old's representatives following his impressive spell of form.

    But Voetbal International journalist Martijn Krabbendam has revealed the Gunners are not the only interested club.

    Chelsea are also keen as Frank Lampard looks to bolster his midfield during the summer transfer window.

  • ARMCHAIR SUPPORTERS

    Crowd noises could be broadcast inside stadiums via fans sat on their sofas when football returns from the coronavirus pandemic.

    German tech company hack-CARE have developed a mobile phone app, MyApplause, that is reportedly under consideration by Arsenal, Manchester City and Liverpool.

    It works by giving fans four options to transmit a noise that will resonate across the stadium as the game pans out.

    A cheer, jeer, applause or whistle noise can be made with the app claiming it has the capacity for up to one million viewers.

    And they reckon a minimal delay of only a tenth of a second comes between the button being pressed and the noise being transmitted, making for instant reactions akin to a real game.

    Jurgen Kreuz of hack-CARE told Sportsmail that the company wants to generate tangible interest from major teams before pitching their idea to the Premier League.

  • GUNNING FOR IT

    Mikel Artetahas warned Arsenal transfer targets that they can’t hesitate over joining the Gunners.

    It comes with the club being linked with a host of players including Willian, Thomas Partey and Samuel Umtiti.

    In an interview with Ian Wright on Adidas UK's Twitter account, he said: “Everybody wants to come here and we have a really clear idea of what we are.

    “It doesn't need much convincing and if they do, for me it's not a good starting point. If I have to convince a player to stay or to join us. To Arsenal? It holds me back a little bit.

    “It has to be 'what do we have to do? I want to play for that club and represent exactly the values the style of play that I want'. That's the kind of emotion I want to hear at the start.

    “The same with the players that are here. Once you finish what are the feelings you have towards the club? That's what really interests me.”

  • KURZ FOR OPTIMISM

    There is “zero chance” of Barcelona moving for Arsenal target Layvin Kurzawa this summer, according to reports.

    The French full-back is out of contract at Paris Saint-Germain on June 30, with a number of top European clubs believed to be interested in acquiring his services.

    But according to Le10Sport, sources close to both Barcelona and the player himself have confirmed that there have been no talks at all between the two parties.

    The Camp Nou giants still have stalwart Jordi Alba occupying the position, and moved to bring in Junior Firpo as back up only last summer.

    Barca chiefs will have higher priorities in what could be a chaotic summer ahead, as they try and seal expensive moves for top targets Lautaro Martinez and Neymar amid the chaos brought on by Covid-19.

    This then, could open the door for Arsenal.

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Coronavirus in Sport LIVE: Premier League games ‘could be less than 90 minutes’, EFL may not start next season – The Sun

THE Premier League is planning to return on June 12 at neutral venues – but only if it gets the green light from the government.

However, PFA chief Gordon Taylor has stunned fans by revealing that playing less than 90 minutes could be one of the rule changes considered.

Follow all the latest coronavirus in sport updates below, underneath our quick poll…

  • CHAMP CASH CRISIS

    Football League (EFL) clubs are facing a “cash hole” of £200 million by September, chairman Rick Parry told a parliamentary committee on Tuesday.

    Parry, the former chief executive of Liverpool, was being questioned by the Digital, Culture, Media and Sport Committee, and said all involved in the game, including players and owners, needed to “share the pain”.

    He said: “We are heading for a financial hole of about 200 million, a cash hole we need to fill, clubs will need to fill…the cash hole towards autumn looks pretty grim.”

    Parry said he was hoping the league would come out of the crisis “stronger, leaner more efficient, to have a proper reset” and said he hoped players would be willing to take pay cuts.

    “What was clear at the start of the process (was that) the players were not aware of the depth of the problem,” he said, adding that an “open book” policy from the league would help the players see the need for cuts or deferrals.

  • BACK ON THE GRASS

    Manchester United target Jadon Sancho is back in training ahead of the Bundesliga's restart with Borussia Dortmund.

    The star England winger, who is United's top transfer target this summer, has got back to business with Erling Haaland, Axel Witzel and Mario Goetze.

  • BUNDESLIGA RETURN

    German chancellor Angel Merkel is expected to approve the return of the country's top flight for next Friday, May 15.

    There have been bumps during the first week back at training, with Cologne having three players testing positive for Covid-19.

    And Hertha Berlin's Salomon Kalou suspended for filming himself breaking coronavirus guidelines.

    But the league is expected to progress as planned at the end of next week.

    Bayern Munich remain top, four points ahead of second-placed Borussia Dortmund with nine games to go.

  • TAYLOR MADE

    Premier League games could last less than 90 minutes when football returns, according to PFA chief Gordon Taylor.

    The controversial Professional Footballers’ Association supremo told BBC Radio 4: “I’m talking about protocol that’s coming out, I’m talking about the future.

    “We don’t know the future, what we do know is what propositions have been put forward and ideas.

    “More subs, games possibly not being full 45 minutes each way, neutral stadiums, there’s lots of things put forward.

    “We’re trying to wait to see what proposals are and have the courtesy to let the managers and coaches and players assimilate all those and come to a considered view.”

  • TESTING GETS FULL MARKS

    Coronavirus testing will be available ahead of UFC 249.

    According to MMAFighting.com, the event will include both swab and antibody testing.

    UFC want the results available before the event, but in a leaked email, it is not specified how many tests will be taking place.

    Testing will begin when the fighters arrive in Jacksonville, Florida ahead of the event this Saturday where Tony Ferguson fights Justin Gaethje.

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  • HOLD TRAFFORD

    As reported last night, United’s plan to increase Old Trafford's capacity will have to wait until the end of next season because of coronavirus.

    The Red Devils were planning on boosting attendances at home games by adding seats in the summer but they have been scuppered by Covid-19.

    The club had planned to increase capacity after the installation of 300 disabled positions in 2006 reduced the overall capacity from 76,000 to 73,300 but this is now on hold, according to the Mail.

    United were hoping to reconfigure existing areas to add more seats as stadium expansion poses significant logistical challenges.

    In 2018, it emerged the Glazers wanted to increase Old Trafford's overall capacity to a whopping 90,000.

    They planned to put an extra tier on the Sir Bobby Charlton Stand to boost attendances, but the ambitious and complex plan could have left the Red Devils homeless.

  • THUMBS UP FOR NRL

    Australia's suspended National Rugby League has declared it is “full steam ahead” for its May 28 restart after players agreed to 20 per cent pay-cuts for the abridged 2020 season.

    Players will be guaranteed 80 per cent of their salary in the 20-round season, which was reduced from 25 rounds due to the impact of the coronavirus.

    Australian Rugby League Commission chairman Peter V'landys said in a statement on Tuesday: “It is full steam ahead for the resumption of the competition on May 28.

    “All eyes will be on the NRL as the only live sport on television. There will never have been more interest in rugby league than on May 28.”

    The season was suspended after two rounds in March when travel restrictions and border controls aimed at containing COVID-19 made it untenable.

  • HIT & MISSY

    American swimming superstar Missy Franklin shares the pain of those athletes who have been forced to put their dreams of glory at Tokyo 2020 on hold, reports PA.

    The five-time Olympic champion is still haunted by her enforced retirement at the age of just 23 in 2018 due to a shoulder injury – wrecking her own hopes of becoming the most decorated female swimmer of all time.

    Franklin told laureus.com: “I never expected that my career was going to be over at 23. I never wanted it to be.

    “My ultimate goal was to be the most decorated female Olympic swimmer of all time, and I didn't get that.

    “That was something that from the moment I stepped on to the Olympic stage in London, I really, really believed I could do.

    “It makes a dream and a goal even harder to lose, when you really, truly believe that you can do it, and you don't.”

  • MACCY BIRTHDAY TO ME

    Rory McIlroy has been enjoying a birthday under isolation as he gets set to play in a coronavirus charity game in Florida.

    The £3.21million clash between Dustin Johnson, Rickie Fowler and Matthew Woolfe will take place on May 17 in a skins game.

    McIlroy said on Instagram: “Thank you for all the birthday wishes! Quarantined birthday with my family is all I wanted.”

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  • GOOD MORNING SPORTS FANS

    Yesterday was a busy day as Harding Park golf course is set to reopen in a huge boost to PGA Championship going ahead after coronavirus lockdown.

    In tennis, Serena Williams played HERSELF at tennis in a brilliant Tiktok video in her back garden.

    F1 bosses revealed ambitious plans to start coronavirus-hit season with drivers tested every two days.

    And SunSport exclusively revealed the world's best modern pentathlete set up a SHOOTING RANGE in his back garden with his Team GB team-mate.

    In football, SunSport exclusively revealed Premier League stars will be banned from spitting and ordered to wear snoods or masks as the full list of training rules were revealed.

    Six Prem teams – including West Ham and Brighton – also emerged who are putting 'Project Restart' at risk because they do not want to play matches at neutral stadiums.

    But it was revealed top flight games will be shown on YouTube for FREE when the season resumes.

    And SunSport also exclusively revealed Wembley is back as a potential venue as club chiefs fight to return.

    But the Premier League's foreign players are facing pressure from their families over alleged railroading into a return.

    Their thoughts are in line with Ian Holloway who exclusively told SunSport he fears 'killing' players if football rushes to return from the coronavirus delay.

    Real Madrid were set a May 11 deadline for return to training with LaLiga planning resumption.

    Cristiano Ronaldo donated money to struggling lower league players not being paid.

    And finally, Tottenham are set for a £10m hit as the NFL cancelled all London games for 2020 season over coronavirus safety fears for players and fans.

  • “I’ve loved the Premier League this year. It’s been an incredible experience.

    “The questions in mind now are: How will it finish? When? If they postponed it, will I be back in it next year?

    “Thursdays, apart from the clapping at 8pm, are no different to other days.

    “I accept the lockdown but I miss playing Newcastle and Rotterdam. That was tough.”

  • DARTISTRY

    Glen Durrant joked he should be crowned Premier League Darts champ if Liverpool are handed the football title post-lockdown.

    The Middlesbrough thrower won four out of six matches in league combat to sit top of the nine-man table before the sporting shutdown.

    Durrant, 49, laughed: “If Liverpool are given the title, then give me the title as well!

    “I’ll take the £250,000 first prize, no problem…

  • “They may be able to argue that point. And they can always find an excuse not to make themselves available, citing an injury.

    “But it’s also the case that there’s an extra issue with French, Dutch and Belgian players.

    “Their families are asking why they are possibly going to be put at risk by the Premier League and their clubs when football has been stopped by the governments in their own countries.

    “At the same time, they are looking at a higher death figure in the UK — and yet seeing football wanting to return soon.”

  • SAFETY FIRST

    The Premier League’s foreign legion are coming under pressure from their families over allegedly being railroaded into playing again.

    Premier League chiefs are determined to bring players and coaches inside the tent and ensure they have a full voice in restart discussions.

    But there are particular issues with players from France, Holland and Belgium — where football has been cancelled until September.

    One PL insider explained: “There’s an argument that all players might have a legitimate legal standpoint to say their health and safety is being compromised, or even threatened by being made to play…

  • “Then we will have restrictions on how people move around in the paddock.

    “We cannot social distance within a team, so we have to create an environment that in itself is effectively a small bubble of isolation.

    “The teams will stay within their own groups and won’t mingle with other teams.

    “They will stay in their own hotels. So there is a tremendous amount of work going on with the FIA and I am very encouraged by what I have seen and what I am hearing that we will be able put on a safe environment.”

  • DRIVING TEST

    Formula One bosses have released details on their ambitious plan to kick-off their season.

    F1 chief Ross Brawn had already announced the sport wants to start in Austria on July 5 with a race behind closed doors.

    SunSport revealed how F1’s plans included chartering in flights to a nearby airfield and keeping teams in separate hotels.

    And now Brawn, who is also looking to do the same with Silverstone and the British GP, says F1 will also employ a vigorous testing system for the coronavirus.

    He said: “Everybody will be tested and will receive clearance before they can go in to the paddock and every two days they will be tested…

  • WEMBLEY WAY OUT – EXCLUSIVE

    Wembley is back on the agenda as a potential venue to complete the Premier League season.

    The FA had offered both the national stadium and St George’s Park to be used from June to August.

    Last week top-flight teams made clear they wanted only club grounds used as neutral venues.

    Government officials are in talks with stakeholders and yesterday stressed playing under the Arch should be a serious option as it fits all the criteria.

    As a result, Premier League clubs are expected to do a U-turn and consider the north-west London arena.

  • SHOT AN IDEA – EXCLUSIVE

    We're used to fencing in the garden… but not shooting!

    Britain’s Joe Choong – the world No1 men’s modern pentathlete – has found a novel way to keep training during lockdown.

    Making use of the warm weather, Choong and his GB team-mate and flatmate Sam Curry have set-up a makeshift shooting range in their own GARDEN in Bath.

  • HOLLOW THREAT – EXCLUSIVE

    Ian Holloway has warned that football could end up “killing” players if they rush back and he reckons if players do not die, then it could kill the bus driver taking them to games.

    He said: “You see a film about zombies and everybody runs away from them but if football kicks off too early we will be running straight at them.

    “We go too early with this and players might end up dying.

    “It’s madness to even be thinking about playing when the dangers — according to the Government — are as bad if not worse than when this all started. It’s not only players at risk.

    “I don’t want to be responsible for the death of the bus driver taking us to a game. How would I be able to look his wife and family in the face? I couldn’t live with myself.”

  • RON THE WAY BACK

    Cristiano Ronaldo has left Madeira to return to Italy with his family after nearly two months on his native island.

    The 35-year-old was chauffeur-driven to the airport named after him so he could board his Gulfstream G200 Galaxy on Monday evening with his girlfriend Georgina Rodriguez and four children.

    The £20million plane departed just after 6pm local time and is due to reach Turin in the early hours of Tuesday morning.

    Cristiano is expected to have to self-isolate for a fortnight on club orders before resuming training with the rest of the Juventus squad ahead of a possible return to Serie A football.

    Weekend reports claimed his return plans were being frustrated by Spanish airspace problems.

    But his private jet landed on Sunday in Madeira to take luggage and three staff including a bodyguard to Italy before returning on Monday evening to the island.

  • SAL DESTROYING

    Ex-Chelsea striker Salomon Kalou has been suspended by Hertha Berlin after filming himself singing a “corona song”, flouting social distancing rules and moaning about pay cuts.

    In an ill-timed Facebook Live video, Kalou, 34, is seen fist-bumping team-mates and staff and even barging in on a pal's medical check-up.

    Defender Jordan Torunarigha was seen having what appeared to be his test for coronavirus – with Kalou having seen his result come back negative.

    On realising Kalou was filming, the doctor administering the test quickly says: “Sala, please. Sala, delete that, please.”

    Kalou simply claimed he was “only joking”.

    In the video, he is also heard singing a “corona song”, while criticising the club's decision to slash wages, adding: “They took 11 per cent. Why are they f***ing with us?'”

  • TOUCHED DOWN SAFELY

    Tottenham face a further £10million cash blow with NFL chiefs set to cancel this year’s four “London Games”.

    Spurs had capacity 60,000-plus crowds for their first two games on the sunken artificial pitch at the Tottenham Hotspur Stadium, with gridiron bosses hailing the spectacular new venue.

    Next season was due to feature the Atlanta Falcons and Miami Dolphins as the “home” teams, with two matches for Shahid Khan-owned Jacksonville Jaguars at Wembley.

    But NFL bosses are understood to have now decided that the four matches slated for London, plus one set to be played in Mexico City, will now stay on US soil as a result of the coronavirus crisis.

    It will make 2020 the first year since 2006 that has not featured an NFL game in London.

    The decision is set to be confirmed in the coming days with the NFL – which made a significant investment in the new Spurs stadium – expected to insist this is a one-off move.

  • FREE FOOTBALL

    Some Premier League games are set to be shown on YouTube for FREE when the season restarts following the coronavirus lockdown.

    Under a proposal currently being discussed, all 92 matches still due to be played are to be broadcast on Sky Sports, BT Sport or on YouTube.

    It is hoped the 2019-20 season can still be finished in a jam-packed seven-week summer schedule

    But with games set to be played in front of empty stadiums, football bosses want fans to be able to watch EVERY game live.

    Under the plans, most games will be shown on main broadcasters Sky Sports and BT Sport.

    Amazon will have a selection of other matches and with no games due to be shown live on the BBC or ITV, YouTube is being discussed as a free-to-air option.

  • KALOU BELIEVE IT?!

    Salomon Kalou has worried Bundesliga football bosses after showing a video of himself shaking hands with teammates during a medical check at Hertha Berlin.

    Footage released by the ex-Chelsea man, and promptly deleted, showed him breaking social distancing guidelines and interrupting a check-up on a colleague.

    The top-tier German side have contributed to the 1,724 tests conducted across the country’s footballing system ahead of a hoped-for return to action this month.

    However a spike in virus cases would put that in jeopardy with three positive tests reportedly emerging at Koln.

    Last week, Kalou told BBC Sport it would be “awkward” returning to football at this time, adding: “Football is a sport of contact. You've got to have contact. So I'm very curious to see what the rules will be when it comes to playing the game again.”

  • ONE STEP CLOSER

    LaLiga president Javier Tebas has reaffirmed his commitment to restarting the Spanish top-flight next month.

    Coronavirus testing is expected to start on Tuesday with all players, coaches and staff needing checks two days before training can begin.

    The Associated Press have revealed a four-stage protocol is in place to gently ramp up training sessions over the coming month before a kick-off in June.

    Tebas said in a statement: “The return of football is a sign that society is progressing towards the new normal. It will also bring back an element of life that people in Spain and around the world know and love.

    “People’s health is paramount, so we have a comprehensive protocol to safeguard the health of everyone involved as we work to restart LaLiga. Circumstances are unprecedented, but we hope to start playing again in June and finish our 19/20 season this summer.”

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8am Man Utd news LIVE: Jadon Sancho transfer LATEST, Rabiot scouted ‘several times’, Berbatov tips Kane to make transfer – The Sun

OLD TRAFFORD chiefs are gearing up for a busy summer.

With the Premier League pencilled to return on June 12, Man Utd are also looking forward to the transfer window where their No1 targets are reportedly Jadon Sancho and Jack Grealish.

Follow all the latest updates from Old Trafford below…

  • ROJO YOU DON’T

    Manchester United will take action on Marcos Rojo after he broke lockdown rules by smoking and playing cards with friends.

    The Old Trafford club will remind Rojo, 30, who is on loan at Estudiantes, of his responsibilities.

    The Argentina defender was filmed socialising with friends in his native country by his brother Franco despite social distancing guidelines.

    Footage was posted to and removed from social media – but not before others were able to grab it

    President Alberto Fernandez recently extended lockdown in Argentina until May 10.

  • SANCH-NO

    Jadon Sancho should REJECT a move to Manchester United, according to their former captain Paul Ince.

    Ince told Paddy Power said: “Sometimes as a player, it’s about looking at a team’s manager and coaching staff and whether they’d take you to that next level. That’s a decision Sancho will need to make.

    “We know that Pep [Guardiola] is experienced in that area, we know he can improve a player. But can Ole Gunnar Solskajer? We don’t know that, whatsoever.

    “He’s clearly trying to develop a young team, so that will help, but in terms of actually the man to man management and development of someone like Sancho, he’s a total unknown.

    “To use myself as an example, when I went to Inter Milan, I became a far better player under Roy Hodgson.

    “What I’m saying is, Sancho needs to consider all of those factors, culture, environment, team and ultimately the manager.”

  • MORNING, UTD FANS

    Paul Pogba and Marcus Rashford have sent reassuring messages to United fans via the club website as they battle to keep their fitness up in lockdown.

    Unsettled French World Cup winner Pogba, still being linked with a return to Juventus, said “We have got to stay motivated, there is no other choice.

    “I still have goals in my head and one day hopefully this [pandemic] will stop.”

    And as England striker Rashford continues his rehab he insisted he has never lost focus.

    He said: “It has been a tough period for me, the last few months, obviously being injured.

    “But in the last few weeks I have been able to step on it a bit more, so I have just been getting my head down and working.”

    Meanwhile, Wayne Rooney has claimed former youth-team sensation Ravel Morrison was far better than his contemporaries like Pogba.

  • PREM TESTS START

    Premier League players are already taking coronavirus tests.

    About 40,000 testing kits – costing about £4million – are to be bought by the League in a bid to get games resumed.

    But one major club has already started sending out kits to their players’ homes to test themselves.

    All Premier League clubs are set to resume training by next Monday on an individual basis although some have already opened their doors to players.

    It is hoped that full squad training will start on May 25 but football authorities are waiting for Prime Minister Boris Johnson’s approval to ease some lockdown measures on Thursday.

    The only way that the 92 remaining Prem games can take place is to complete mass testing.

    But it is still possible for some clubs and organisations to source test kits from abroad even though there is a debate over the reliability of some.

  • NO PLAY, NO PAY?

    Premier League players who opt out of football’s return may have to sacrifice their wages.

    A number of stars have expressed concerns about plans to resume the coronavirus-interrupted season next month.

    Top-flight clubs will assure players they will only be asked to return to training when it is completely safe to do so.

    But those who remain unconvinced face being told to take unpaid leave.

    One Premier League executive told SunSport: “This is a really sensitive issue and something we are absolutely determined to avoid if at all possible.

    “We know there are players who are understandably anxious and there is no question of forcing them to play against their wishes.

    “We hope we can give all our staff the assurances they need to willingly return to work in the next few weeks. But we will need to know which players will not be available for selection and it is likely they will be asked to forego their salaries during their absence.”

  • RASH CHALLENGE

    Marcus Rashford says he's using his time in lockdown to speed up his recovery from injury.

    The Man United forward has been out of action since January this year following a back problem he suffered during an FA Cup third round clash against Wolves.

    Rashford, who's scored 14 times in 22 league appearances this season, says rehab has been a “tough period” for him.

    The Old Trafford star told United's official web site: “I have sort of had my head down. It has been a tough period for me, the last few months, obviously being injured.

    “'But in the last few weeks I have been able to step on it a bit more, so I have just been getting my head down and working.”

  • POG'S GOALS

    Paul Pogba reckons the Covid-19 pandemic hasn't altered the goals he's set himself ahead of his return from injury.

    The French midfielder has been receiving treatment for a foot problem which led him to make just eight appearances for United so far this season.

    Pogba told United's club website: “We have got to stay motivated, there is no other choice.

    “It is a period and we don't know until when it will be like this, but I still have goals in my head and one day hopefully this [pandemic] will stop.”

  • RON 'CAN GO FOR PELE'

    Gary Neville also reckons Cristiano Ronaldo can go for Pele's record of 1000 goals.

    His former United team-mate said: “I have no doubts he wants to play til his late 30s and early 40s.

    “I genuinely believe he wants to beat Pele's record, I think he wants to beat Pele's numbers, I think that's where he's at inn his mind.

    “He wants to be the greatest of all time, that's his sole drive, if he does become the greatest of all time the teams he plays in will win trophies and be successful.”

  • DRIVE OF RON

    Gary Neville has revealed how Cristiano Ronaldo was obsessed with individual awards, because that helped the team.

    Neville said: “His drive was out of this world to become the best in the world.

    “He's one of very few players to announce that individual trophies were important to him.

    “He was absolutely driven that 'no I want to be the best player in the world' and it's important that I'm the best player in the world because in turn it'll help my team.

    “It was a different angle in terms of looking at it and he just wanted to be the very best in the world and it's so important to him, what he's done over many years is absolutely exceptional.

    “It's so special, his achievements are amazing and he's worked hard for it.”

  • NEV VS RAVEL

    Wayne Rooney has compared Ravel Morrison to Gary Neville in his Sunday Times column, where he lists reasons why players make the grade at senior level after being promising youngsters.

    He said: “I remember watching Ravel Morrison thinking he had everything required for a player in his position.

    “He was brilliant. He was confident. He nutmegged Nemanja Vidic three times in the space of a minute in one training game.

    “But he struggled with lifestyle and his environment which was sad for him – because I saw Paul Pogba come through, Jesse Lingard, all these players and Ravel was better than any of them by a country mile.

    “Gary's not a great footballer player but he worked in every minute of every training Session and made the most of everything he had.

    “He had a fantastic career through hard work.”

  • UNITED ROUND-UP

    Premier League chiefs are targeting a return to action on June 12 – and clubs are slowly getting their players back into individual training.

    Man Utd are set to do the same, but there's also plenty of transfer speculation swirling at Old Trafford.

    The Red Devils have reportedly sent scouts to watch Juventus midfielder Adrien Rabiot “several times” already this season.

    And it will only intensify speculation that Ole Gunnar Solskjaer is preparing a summer raid for the Frenchman, who left PSG on a free to join the Italian side.

    According to Tutto Mercato, United scouts have been in attendance during Juve's Champions League games.

    The 25-year-old has started three of them, coming off the bench in another.

    While Juventus transfer chief Fabio Paratici doesn't reckon Paul Pogba will leave Man Utd this summer – but only because of his huge wage demands.

    Pogba is thought to earn £290,000-a-week at Old Trafford, a figure Paratici believes few sides can match.

    He told Sky Sports Italia: “Paul Pogba is a fantastic player, we know him as a champion.

    “But something will change after the coronavirus crisis, because logically the salary demands someone at his level would have had before are now more difficult to get hold of.

    “Or, at least, he’ll have fewer clubs prepared to pay that money.”

    And in a boost for United fans hoping the England captain will make his way up the M6, Dimitar Berbatov has called for Harry Kane to follow his example and swap Spurs for Manchester.

    Berbatov told 5 Live's Football Daily: “When they came of course I knew I would be making people disappointed – especially Tottenham fans – but I was following my own path.

    “I knew if I missed that chance another one might never come. This is how it is in football.

    “The same situation is happening with Harry Kane at the moment, exactly the same.”

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