Arsenal 'want Andre Silva to replace Lacazette', Chelsea dealt Haaland blow – Tottenham, Liverpool transfer news

CHELSEA have suffered a big blow in their pursuit of Norwegian wonderkid Erling Haaland, with the Dortmund start reportedly ready to choose one of Man Utd, Man City or Liverpool.

Meanwhile Arsenal are rumoured to be keen on replacing Alexandre Lacazette with former AC Milan striker Andre Silva.


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    Manchester United have launched a bid for Barcelona prodigy Ilaix Moriba, according to reports.

    The midfielder, 18, has won rave reviews since breaking into the Catalans' first team earlier this season.

    Spain Under-18 international Moriba has been labelled the new Paul Pogba, with similar strength and creativity to the Red Devils superstar.

    And Barcelona sports daily Mundo Deportivo claimed Old Trafford officials have tabled an offer for the Guinea-born teenager.

    RB Leipzig are also said to have made an offer for Moriba, whose Nou Camp contract is due to expire next year.

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    Fifa has confirmed it wants 'robo linesmen' to call offsides at next year’s World Cup finals.

    And world chiefs are keen to roll out Arsene Wenger’s new 'daylight' offside idea in a bid to guarantee more goals.

    Fifa president Gianni Infantino revealed he is ploughing full steam ahead with 'semi automatic offsides'.

    That sees the use of artificial intelligence 'skeletal technology' to give assistant referees instant signals of an attacker transgressing.

    Infantino said: “We tested it at two games in the Club World Cup in January and the tests were very positive.

    “VAR can take too long on occasions, although it brings justice, but with this technology we will get instant decisions.”

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    Leicester are close to beating Arsenal to Celtic star Odsonne Edouard ahead of the summer transfer window, reports suggest.

    According to MailOnline, The Foxes see Edouard as a long-term replacement for legendary centre-forward Jamie Vardy.

    The star striker appears keen on reuniting with Brendan Rodgers, his former manager at Celtic Park, and a £15million deal is said to be close to being completed.

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    The Premier League could push back the 36th and 37th gameweeks of the 2020-21 season so every team can welcome back fans to at least one game.

    Boris Johnson opened the way to crowds of up to 10,000 attending matches for the final round of fixtures last week.

    But the Premier League is said to have held ‘casual’ talks about moving the 36th and 37th gameweeks, according to The Athletic.

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    Neymar has hinted that he will be fit for Paris Saint-Germain’s clash with Barcelona following a month out with a groin injury.

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    Arsenal's Europa League opponents Olympiacos qualified for the Greek Cup semi-finals thanks to a hilarious late goal.

    And the Gunners might want to have a look as it show they will have to be constantly focused when they clash with the same team that threw them out of Europe last year.

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    Pep Guardiola has told players due to fly to Covid ‘red zones’ in the international break they will not be allowed to travel.

    He said: “We will wait until after this game against United and I am pretty sure that next week we’ll talk about that.

    “But I think it makes no sense if the players go to the national team and then have to isolate for ten days when they come back.

    “We’ve worked incredibly hard for seven, eight or nine months and after the international break comes the real part of the season.

    "And important players – maybe six, seven, eight, nine players – cannot play for ten days?

    “It makes no sense – they are not going to fly. That’s for sure.

    “If they can fly, play with the national team and come straight back to training, they’ll fly.

    “We invest a lot of time and money for the important part of the season.

    “Maybe Uefa or Fifa might make something special for them. I’m sure they’ll understand this argument.”

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    Pierre-Emerick Aubameyang is set to return to Arsenal's starting line-up for Saturday's trip to Burnley.

    Here's how they could line-up…

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    Gareth Southgate somehow needs to pick a 23-man squad for this summer's rearranged Euro 2020 tournament.

    And then he will be tasked with narrowing that down a starting XI to face Croatia on June 13.

    Between now and then, there will be plenty of factors to consider – not least form and injuries.

    But here are five players we think should, as things stand, definitely be lining up at Wembley that afternoon HERE…

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    Arsenal have joined Manchester United in the hunt for Eintracht Frankfurt striker Andre Silva as a replacement for Alexandre Lacazette, according to reports.

    Ole Gunnar Solskjaer and Co recently registered an interest in the Portuguese striker.

    United appeared to have a clear run at Silva, but Arsenal have now revealed they are interested, according to Calciomercato.

    The report in Italy claims Gunners chief Mikel Arteta views Silva as a direct replacement for Lacazette.

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    Newcastle owner Mike Ashley has suffered a new double setback in his legal battle with the Premier League.

    Toon chief Ashley launched arbitration proceedings in November over the collapsed planned £340m Saudi takeover.

    Ashley then launched a bid to get the panel chairman, sport law specialist Michael Beloff QC replaced and for the entire proceedings to be conducted in public.

    Newcastle argued that Beloff could not be impartial as he had previously advised Premier League chiefs on takeover rules that led to involvement in broadcast “piracy” leading to automatically failing its owners and directors test.

    Saudi Crown Prince Mohammed Bin Salman is the head of the Kingdom’s Public Investment Fund that was the leader of the Toon consortium.

    It has also been named by the World Trade Organisation as responsible for the beOUTQ service that pirated the beIN Sport feed of Prem and other sporting rights in the Middle East and North Africa region.

    But Newcastle’s arguments were rejected by the High Court, serving Ashley a significant blow.

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    Jack Grealish also denied that he had the best first touch in the Premier League in favour of praising Bruno Fernandes and Kevin De Bruyne.

    He said: “No, that’s not true.

    "I do some alright touches but come on, you need to put a bit of respect on Bruno and KDB.

    “De Bruyne, he’s my favourite player. I think he’s probably the most perfect player in the Prem.

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    Jack Grealish says there was no point in Manchester United signing him last summer – because Bruno Fernandes had already taken his gig.

    The Aston Villa skipper made the comment during a light-hearted video interview with YouTuber and avid United fan Harry Pinero.

    He put Grealish on the spot by asking him why he didn’t sign for United in the summer.

    But the midfielder weaved around the question and replied: "You’ve got Bruno anyway.”

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    How does Manchester City's red-hot run compare with football's best winning streaks?


    1. Bayern Munich – 23 wins (2020)
    2. Real Madrid – 22 wins (2014)
    3. MAN CITY – 21 wins* (2020-21)
    4. Barcelona – 18 wins (2005-06)
    5. PSG – 16 wins (2015-16)
    6. Bordeaux – 16 wins (2009)
    7. Real Madrid – 15 wins (2011)
    8. Bayern Munich – 14 wins (2017-18)
    9. Lyon – 14 wins (2006)
    10. Juventus – 13 wins (2015-16)
    11. Bayern Munich – 13 wins (2013-14)
    12. Atletico Madrid – 13 wins (2012)
    13. Bayern Munich – 13 wins (2009-10)
    14. Inter Milan – 13 wins (2007-08)
    15. Arsenal – 13 wins (2002)
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    Juventus have identified Chelsea star Jorginho as an alternative to main summer transfer target Manuel Locatelli, according to reports.

    Sassuolo ace Locatelli poses as Juve's top target ahead of the summer transfer window following a raft of impressive performances in Serie A this season.

    According to Calciomercatio, however, the defending Italian champions are lining Jorginho up as a potential Plan B in case they fail to land their main man.

    Juventus have been keeping tabs on the star midfielder since last season when former Blues boss Maurizio Sarri was in charge.

    The Italy international broke onto the scene at Napoli in 2017 when Sarri was in charge and continued to shine bright at Stamford Bridge when the Italian coach took him along to West London.

    Juventus have continued to track Jorginho even after Sarri was replaced by club legend Andrea Pirlo in the dugout last summer.

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    Edouard Mendy has set a Premier League record after becoming the ONLY goalkeeper to have kept a clean sheet in over half of his matches.

    Frank Lampard fought with club brass to sign a new goalkeeper in the summer after losing faith in Kepa Arrizabalaga.

    And the sacked boss' decision has been proven to be a good one, with Thomas Tuchel now reaping the rewards.

    Still early in his Premier League career, Mendy – for now, at least – is the best goalkeeper in division history in terms of clean sheets.

    Of the 210 goalkeepers to have played at least ten top-flight matches, NONE boast a better clean sheets ratio than the Senegalese ace.

    Mendy has kept 12 clean sheets in just 22 matches – most-recently in the 1-0 win over Liverpool at Anfield on Thursday night.

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    Ole Gunnar Solskjaer swears he isn’t trying to freeze out David De Gea in favour of Dean Henderson.

    The Manchester United No1 and partner Edurne Garcai are now celebrating the arrival of their daughter Yanay.

    Ole Gunnar Solskjaer rubbished any conspiracy theories over David De Gea’s absenceCredit: Times Newspapers Ltd

    De Gea headed back to Spain to be at the birth although reports suggested he would have been happy to stick around for at least Sunday’s Manchester derby and he will face ten days in hotel quarantine upon his return to the UK.

    Solskjaer said: “As soon as David travels back, we just have to follow the government rules. But I expect him to be available very soon, not too far.

    “Making up stories is not fair on our fans, not fair on David, we want our players back as soon as poss. But there’s a human being in there and David was there for this fantastic day for him and his girlfriend.

    “This is the biggest occasion in any parents’ lives and it’s a fantastic day for David, of course.

    “When you become a dad that’s the best possible feeling you could have and the ones lucky enough to have that feeling know.”

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    Mason Mount has revealed his goal celebration was jokingly aimed at mocking team-mate Kurt Zouma.

    The England midfielder fired Chelsea into a Champions League spot after scoring a brilliant winner to pile more misery on Liverpool.

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    Mount, 22, picked up the ball on the left, cut inside Fabinho and drilled it into the bottom corner.

    Sprinting off in celebration, Mount was joined by Ben Chilwell before they pulled off a piece of choreography.

    Explaining what it meant, Mount told Chelsea's official site: "Me and Chilly always sit together behind Zouma on the plane when we travel away for the Champions League and stuff.

    "He's always watching cartoons like anime so we usually watch from behind and laugh at him.

    "We said if one of us scored, we'd do it so that was the reason behind it and obviously it's one for Kurt as well."

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    Former England youth ace Jamal Musiala, 18, has penned professional terms at Bayern Munich by signing a five-year deal.

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    IFAB have changed the handball law just a day after Fulham's controversial goal was chalked off against Spurs.

    Now: "Accidental handball that leads to a team-mate scoring a goal or having a goal-scoring opportunity will no longer be considered an offence."

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    Manchester United are looking for a team to buy Andreas Pereira in the summer as Lazio appear uninterested in triggering his release clause, according to reports.

    United sent Pereira out on loan to the Serie A giants in October but he is struggling to fit into manager Simone Inzaghi's plans and has only played a mere 548 minutes this season.

    The 25-year-old has registered a mere 21 appearances across all competitions.

    According to Corriere dello Sport, Lazio owner Claudio Lotito is not interested in stumping up the cash for the attacking midfielder and thus United will look for a different buyer elsewhere.

    The Red Devils are hoping to offload the out-of-favour Brazilian for £21million ahead of the summer transfer window.

    Pereira made a total of 40 appearances under United manager Ole Gunnar Solskjaer last term.

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    Michael has revealed his 'wild theory' that Sadio Mane refused to go down in the box against Chelsea as Mohamed Salah would have taken the resulting penalty.

    Within the opening ten minutes at Anfield and the game evenly-poised at 0-0, Mane beat Andreas Christensen to a ball in the box.

    And despite being clipped by the Dane, the Reds winger failed to go down for what surely would have been a spot-kick.

    And speaking to Optus Sport, Owen claimed: “I couldn’t believe he didn’t go down there.

    “It was a great touch and he possibly thought he might get a chance at the end of it.

    "But he did something similar a week ago (against Sheffield United). I just wonder, and it might be a little bit of devious thoughts creeping into my head, Salah is the penalty taker in this team…

    "And if (Mane) thinks he’s getting a chance to score he thinks ‘well I’m going to score, if I don’t stay on my feet, Salah’s going to get another penalty’."

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    Jurgen Klopp was left frustrated on the touchline with Mo Salah's defensive contribution moments before hooking him off, according to reports.

    The German boss raised eyebrows when he subbed the Premier League's top scorer and talisman with his side 1-0 behind to Chelsea just after the hour mark.

    Mo Salah was subbed by Jurgen KloppCredit: Reuters

    Salah, 28, appeared suprised when his number went up and failed to hide his frustration as he headed off the field.

    It was his earliest substitution in a game since September 2017.

    According to sports reporter Matt Critchley, who was inside Anfield, Klopp was 'screaming at him to track back' before opting to bring on Alex Oxlade-Chamberlain.

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    Dean Henderson expects to be Manchester United No1 next season – with David De Gea facing an uncertain future at the club.

    Ole Gunnar Solskjaer is set to be without his first-choice goalkeeper for the rest of the month after he went back to Spain for personal reasons – believed to be the birth of his first child.

    The ex-Atletico Madrid ace will be missing for at least five games, and Henderson will now get an extended run in the side.

    The 23-year-old feels ready to take over in goal full-time, with United now considering selling De Gea in the summer.

    Henderson was frustrated with sitting on the bench for the first eight-months of the campaign, and there were rumours he was open to leaving.

    The former Sheffield United ace has been eyed by Borussia Dortmund and Tottenham, who are looking for a long-term replacement for Hugo Lloris.

    But United have NO intentions of selling one of their prized academy products, with Solskjaer a huge fan of his talents.

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    Marcus Rashford could potentially need surgery on his shoulder after spearheading England’s Euros bid, according to reports.

    The Manchester United striker, 23, has been hampered by the problem since November after tearing a muscle.

    And the Telegraph reports he might need to have it fixed once the campaign is over if it continues to bug him.

    Rashford has played 42 times for United this season and will be a key part of England manager Gareth Southgate’s plans in the summer.

    The report also says that some United players are ‘amazed’ the striker has been able to play through the pain barrier for his side.

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