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SERGIO AGUERO is to leave Man City this summer, the club have confirmed.

Meanwhile Chelsea are reportedly looking to include Timo Werner in a potential swap deal for Erling Haaland with Borussia Dortmund.

And Arsenal are reportedly being drawn into a five-way battle to sign Fiorentina forward Dusan Vlahovic, 21.

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  • Josh Graham

    WEL DONE

    Rebecca Welch will make history as the first female referee to take charge of an EFL game.

    Welch will whistle Harrogate Town vs Port Vale on Monday April 5.

  • Josh Graham

    SPAIN AGAIN

    Chelsea will play their away leg against Porto in Sevilla's Roman Sanchez-Pizjuan Stadium.

    Covid-19 travel restrictions means the game can't take place in Portugal.

    And the Blues will hope for another positive result in Andalusia after a stunning group stage effort in December.

    Chelsea thumped Sevilla 4-0 in their own backyard with Olivier Giroud netting all the goals.

    And Thomas Tuchel will be hoping his side can excel again at what is now a happy hunting ground.

  • Josh Graham

    FINDING JACK

    A documentary portraying Jack Charlton's remarkable life revealed the difficult relationship with his brother.

    Finding Jack Charlton, which was aired on Monday, relived the Leeds United legend's life both on and off the field. Jack died aged 85 in July after suffering from lymphoma and dementia.

    The Charlton brothers had a difficult relationshipCredit: Getty

    During his illustrious career he won two league titles with Leeds, the FA Cup and League Cup and, of course, the historic World Cup in 1966.

    Jack is also a hero in Ireland after helping them qualify for their first World Cup as a manager in 1990 in which 500,000 fans welcomed them back onto Irish soil in Dublin after their knockout.

    But his relationship with Manchester United legend Sir Bobby, who was two years his junior, suffered after they fell out in 1996.

    Jack accused Bobby of not visiting their mother Cissie before her death in the same year.

    Bobby, who won the Ballon d'Or in 1966, would reveal his wife Norma and Cissie had a falling out and he opted to take the side of his other half.

  • Josh Graham

    CONFIDENCE TRICKS

    Gareth Bale admits that he DOES suffer from a lack of confidence.

    The Wales captain has had a mixed season at Tottenham, with form and fitness issues under boss Jose Mourinho.

    Bale – who has ten goals in 25 games for Spurs so far this season – explained: “Confidence is a massive thing in football.

    “Whether you are the best player or the worst, having confidence as a footballer — especially for me — is one of the most important things.

    “Playing in the final third you need to take risks. You really need to feel good about yourself and to be able to beat a defender, shoot and score goals.

    “I’m building my confidence up slowly which has been good — and that has shown in my performances and with scoring goals.

    “I need to keep improving, keep putting in good performances. And then hopefully they can keep on getting better and better to lead into the Euros.”

  • Josh Graham

    FERGIE FEUD ROUND TWO

    Controversial super-agent Mino Raiola has reignited his feud with Sir Alex Ferguson by firing fresh shots at the Manchester United legend.

    The pair fell out back in 2012 when Paul Pogba’s representative convinced him to leave the Red Devils due to a lack of first-team football.

    Mino Raiola has reignited his Fergie feud over Paul Pogba

    Now the Dutch-Italian Raiola has fired back at the 79-year-old, claiming he only liked ‘yes’ men and comparing him to disgraced ex-Fifa president Sepp Blatter.

    And he also says that United’s owner the Glazers proved him right about his client when they signed him back for £89.3m after Ferguson’s retirement.

    He told The Athletic: “When Ferguson criticised me, that was my biggest compliment anybody could give me.

    “Ferguson is used to people coming in and, ‘Yes, sir. Yes, sir. Yes, sir. Yes, sir’.

    "All I have to say that when Ferguson left Manchester United the club's owner [the Glazers], by buying back Paul Pogba, told me that I was right.

    “Because I didn't want to take Paul Pogba away. He [Ferguson] didn't believe in Paul Pogba."

  • Josh Graham

    MO GO ZONE

    Mo Salah has failed to give assurances that his future belongs at Liverpool.

    The Egyptian superstar, 28, has been linked with high-profile moves to both Real Madrid and Barcelona with hints he is looking for a new challenge.

    Liverpool's disastrous title defence, which sees them struggling to qualify for a top four finish, is fuelling speculation over Salah's morale at the club.

    His frustration was laid bare when he was hooked off after 62 minutes in a defeat against Chelsea at the beginning of March.

    Salah still has two years left on his contract at Anfield but admitted the future 'is not up to him.'

    When asked whether he sees himself at another club after four years at Liverpool, he told Marca: "It is not up to me. We'll see what happens but I prefer not to talk about this now."

  • Josh Graham

    GO AL IN

    Chelsea are reportedly refusing to give up in the race to sign David Alaba for free this summer – but his £400,000-a-week wage demands remain an issue.

    However, Manchester City have decided to end their interest in the Austrian defender.

    David Alaba will be on the move this summerCredit: AFP

    Alaba, 28, revealed he will leave Bayern Munich after 13 years on a free transfer this summer when his contract expires.

    Real Madrid and Barcelona appeared to be battling it out for his signature with no transfer fee required.

    But despite reports in Germany that Alaba had rejected approaches from Chelsea and Paris Saint-Germain, the player's agent confirmed his client has not decided just yet.

    And Pini Zahavi – who also looks after Bayern team-mate Robert Lewandowski – refuted suggestions it is simply a two-horse race for Alaba between the LaLiga giants.

    He told Kicker: "David has to choose who wins the race. But we are still talking with other clubs. There is no deadline."

  • Josh Graham

    PIR PRESSURE

    Juventus are preparing for a summer clear out with five players up for sale, according to reports.

    The current Serie A champions are way off the pace in the table, ten points behind leaders AC Milan.

    New boss Andrea Pirlo, who replaced Maurizio Sarri, looks destined to become the first Juve manager in ten seasons to fail in winning the league.

    And as a result, the Italian legend is set to revamp his side and sell unwanted stars, the Daily Mail claims.

    Among those is ex-Arsenal midfielder Aaron Ramsey, 30, who joined on a free transfer in 2019.

    Injuries have halted the Welshman's momentum this season and leaves his future uncertain.

    Similarly, Paulo Dybala's time in Turin has also come under question, with the Argentine's contract expiring next summer and the forward, 27, is not set to receive an extension, leaving Juve wanting to cash in now to prevent him leaving on a free.

  • Josh Graham

    CHEEKY JIBE

    Nemanja Matic has teased team-mate Bruno Fernandes after the ghost goal that never was denied Portugal victory against Serbia.

    Matic has retired from international football but was still delighted to see his countrymen hold Euro 2016 winners Portugal to a 2-2 draw.

    But the ball appeared to be across the line late on only for a lack of goalline technology and the officials contriving to deny Cristiano Ronaldo who stormed of and threw down his captain's armband.

    Matic shamelessly shared an image of the ball on the line and tagged Fernandes and Ronaldo in his Instagram story.

    He wrote: "Just on the line. Is it all clear now?"

    Matic shared this to his Instagram story
  • Josh Graham

    JAMES GAINS

    James Rodriguez promised there is 'more to come' from his Everton spell.

    And he heaped praise on his father-figure manager Carlo Ancelotti.

    Colombian Rodriguez, 29, signed for Everton from Real Madrid on a free last summer and has recorded five goals and four assists in his 18 Premier League appearances.

    But as he looks set to return after a five-match absence through a calf injury, the ex-Bayern Munich star is confident he can still improve.

    He told the Everton website: "I'm reasonably happy with how I am playing. I think there's more to come and I can hit some better form but when I've performed well, it's had a positive effect on the team.

    "And that's what I want: for the team to play good football and perform at a high standard.

    "I've come to a good club, a club that wants to achieve big things."

  • Josh Graham

    DOUG DEEP

    Douglas Costa's loan spell at Bayern Munich will reportedly not be extended this summer.

    The Brazilian midfielder returned to the Bundesliga giants from Juventus in October.

    Douglas Costa looks set to leave Bayern Munich againCredit: Getty

    The 30-year-old, previously linked with Manchester United, has failed to impress Bayern boss Hansi Flick.

    And Goal claims the Champions League holders have already made the decision not to renew the loan or look to make it a permanent transfer.

    Costa originally signed for Bayern in 2015 from Shakhtar Donetsk and shone during his two years there before heading to Juventus on loan.

    That led to a permanent move, but an on-pitch row with Federico Di Francesco during a match against Sassuolo in early 2018 angered club officials.

    Things continued to get worse for Costa as he struggled for match action and he eventually ended up returning to Bayern looking to revive his career.

  • Josh Graham

    LUMPING ON LAMPS

    Frank Lampard could be a shock replacement for Aidy Boothroyd as England Under-21s manager.

    The ex-Chelsea boss will reportedly be a top candidate if the FA makes a change.

    The Young Lions look likely to be seeking a new boss this summer after another dismal European Championship performance.

    They have lost their opening two games of the tournament – going down to Switzerland and Portugal without scoring a goal – and look certain for an early exit.

    The Daily Mail claims recently-axed Chelsea boss Lampard will be among the top candidates the governing body want to speak to about the position.

  • Josh Graham

    SHAWLY NOT

    Manchester United boss Ole Gunnar Solskjaer claimed Luke Shaw is the second best finisher at the club behind Mason Greenwood.

    The Norwegian overlooked the likes of Marcus Rashford, Edinson Cavani and Anthony Martial in favour of his resurgent left-back.

    Ole Gunnar Solskjaer backed Luke Shaw and Mason Greenwood as the club's best finishersCredit: Times Newspapers Ltd

    Even the talismanic Bruno Fernandes is behind Shaw in the finishing ranks.

    Shaw said in February that the boss rates his finishing: "You should ask the manager he normally says me.

    "I understand people will say I don't score many goals but he's actually said to me I was one of them [best finishers]. I don't know if he was being nice or not."

    And Solskjaer backed up his player and said: "I've said that to Luke, yeah.

    "He is behind Mason Greenwood, Luke has a very good finishing technique when he gets in that position so I encourage him to get up there."

  • Josh Graham

    JUDGE JOEY

    Joey Barton is reportedly facing a legal fight after blasting former Bristol Rovers bosses as negligent in an explosive rant.

    The former Manchester City midfielder, 38, replaced Paul Tisdale on a contract until 2023 in February, with Tisdale himself only succeeding Ben Garner in November.

    Joey Barton is already causing a stir at Bristol RoversCredit: Getty

    And according to the Daily Mail, lawyers have been contacted after Barton accused the duo of negligence and described their training sessions as a 'farce'.

    After Saturday's 1-0 defeat to Sunderland, Barton fumed at Tisdale and Garner and said: "They've set these boys up for failure and we've got to try to reverse that trend.

    "Whatever has gone before me has been negligent. If they were doctors, they should certainly be struck off for what's gone on here before.

    "I could show you the footage of the training sessions. They're a farce. It wasn't done correctly.

    "How do I know that? Look at the league table. Look at the fact two managers have been removed from the job."

  • Josh Graham

    RASH DECISION

    Marcus Rashford picked Sadio Mane over Mo Salah as the best African talent in the Premier League.

    England ace Rashford was asked who is the greatest African player he has faced since debuting in 2015.

    And the 23-year-old plumped for Senegalese sensation Mane over Liverpool team-mate and ‘Egyptian King’ Salah.

    Rashford said: “I think there’s some great African talent in [the] league at [the] moment.

    “Mane particularly.”

  • Josh Graham

    BRUCIE BONUS

    Newcastle chief Mike Ashley will not sack boss Steve Bruce after showdown talks, according to reports.

    The Toon are hovering dangerously above the relegation zone following a dismal run of form.

    Steve Bruce is set to avoid the sack on TynesideCredit: PA

    Bruce's side sit two points above the drop zone after a shocking 3-0 defeat against relegation rivals Brighton.

    Newcastle have won just two of their last 20 games in all competitions with supporters venting their frustrations at shoddy performances on the pitch.

    The Telegraph write how Bruce held training ground talks on Monday with Newcastle chiefs including managing director Lee Charnley.

    And it emerged how the club will not axe Bruce for the crucial Premier League run-in despite the manager thinking 'long and hard' about his position.

    Owner Ashley would be forced to pay Bruce a £4million compensation package to sack him now.

  • Josh Graham

    POL-AXED?

    England's World Cup qualifier with Poland is in doubt following a coronavirus outbreak in the Polish ranks.

    Media officer Jakub Kwiatkowski confirmed players Grzegorz Krychowiak and Kamil Piątkowski returned positive tests.

    Kwiatkowski confirmed he had also tested positive although 'remaining members of the training staff had negative results.'

    England are due to take on their Group I opponents at Wembley tomorrow.

    It comes after Poland confirmed back-up goalkeeper Lukasz Skorupski was in self-isolation after testing positive for the virus at the end of last week.

    Leeds midfielder Mateusz Klich was also forced to miss the recent 3-3 draw with Hungary after returning a positive test.

    Star striker and skipper Robert Lewandowski has already been ruled out of a duel with Harry Kane through a knee injury.

  • Josh Graham

    SWISS ROLE?

    Former Borussia Dortmund manager Lucien Favre is the latest man to declare an interest in managing Celtic, according to reports.

    The 63-year-old Swiss is available after being sacked by Dortmund in December following a poor Bundesliga run – and is now being linked with the Hoops job.

    Lucien Favre is in the frame for the Celtic jobCredit: EPA

    The former Hertha Berlin, Borussia Moenchengladbach and Nice boss was dismissed in December after a 5-1 defeat to Stuttgart.

    But he guided the club into the knock-out stages of the Champions League after finishing top of their group.

    Favre has been linked with a move to French side Lyon as a replacement for Rudi Garcia at the end of the season – but Lille coach Christophe Galtier now appears to be in pole position for that job.

    Favre has also been linked with a move to Bundesliga side Bayer Leverkusen.

    But now the Daily Mail claims that he is also interested in the Parkhead post, although his agents failed to respond to their approach.

  • Josh Graham

    HAAL-OUT ATTACK

    Sergio Aguero will bid an emotional farewell to Manchester City this summer — with a statue to be built in his honour.

    And City plan to make Borussia Dortmund sensation Erling Haaland their top target as boss Pep Guardiola targets an era of domination.

    City chairman Khaldoon Al Mubarak paid tribute to legendary striker Aguero, who spent ten stunning years at the Etihad — but is not having his contract renewed.

    He said: “Sergio’s contribution to Manchester City over the last ten years cannot be overstated.

    “His legend will be indelibly etched into the memories of everyone who loves the club and maybe even in those who simply love football.

    “This is not yet the moment for farewell words and speeches — there is still much to achieve in the remainder of the time we have with Sergio, and we look forward to his contributions to the challenges which lie ahead.”

    Norwegian goal machine Haaland, 20, tops City’s list of replacements, while Tottenham’s Harry Kane is also a target.

  • Josh Graham

    MEN AT WORK

    Chelsea have joined a host of European rivals as they chase the signing of youngster Gabriel Menino, according to reports.

    Brazilian club Palmeiras are braced to cash in on their 20-year-old midfielder to help ease financial woes caused by the pandemic.

    Chelsea could receive the gift of the GabCredit: Getty

    Menino is playing beyond his years in South America and his performances are set to spark a transfer scramble.

    Juventus, Atletico Madrid and Tottenham are all ready to join Chelsea by battling for his signature.

    Menino has a £51million release clause in his contract but Mundo Deportivo writes how an offer of around £13m would be too difficult to turn down.

    Although that figure could rise if the interested parties start a bidding war.

  • Alex Terrell

    HIGH FLYING WORDS

    Manchester City super fan Noel Gallagher has paid tribute to Sergio Aguero.

    The Argentina star announced his departure from the Etihad at the end of the season when his contract ends.

    Writing on the Noel Gallagher's High Flying Birds Instagram account, the former Oasis star, 53, said: "What a life. What a hero."

    Then in Spanish he wrote: "See you later Kun Aguero."

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  • Josh Graham

    LEAVE STEVE

    Manchester United are reportedly set to raid noisy neighbours Man City for top youth scout Stephen Ajewole.

    And that has sparked fears at the Etihad of their transfer secrets being leaked to their rivals.

    According to the Daily Mail, United want to bring Ajewole in as the new lead scout for the Under 15-18s.

    The swoop is being headed up by United's head of youth recruitment David Harrison.

    Harrison left his role as head of European youth scouting at City to join United in 2017.

    Ajewole has been described as an 'emerging recruitment specialist'.

    He joined City as a UK southern football scout in August 2014 and has predominantly been based in London.

  • Alex Terrell

    PURPLE GAZE

    Arsenal are reportedly in a five-way battle to sign Fiorentina's Serbian striker Dusan Vlahovic.

    The Serbian ace, 21, has scored 12 goals in Serie A this season.

    RB Leipzig, AC Milan, Atletico Madrid and AS Roma are reportedly all interested in Vlahovic's services.

  • Alex Terrell

    LINDEL-OFF

    Victor Lindelof has left the Sweden squad and headed back to Manchester for “personal reasons”.

    The Old Trafford defender will miss the Swedes’ friendly against Estonia after playing 180 minutes in their wins over Kosovo and Georgia.

    Sweden assistant Peter Wettergren confirmed the United centre-back was heading back to the North West of England.

    Wettergren said: “He will leave us tonight for private, personal reasons.”

  • Richard Forrester

    GOOD MORNING FOOTBALL FANS,

    Manchester City have confirmed Sergio Aguero will leave the club this summer.

    The Argentina striker, 32, is City’s all-time leading goalscorer with 257 goals in 384 games.

     City Chairman, Khaldoon Al Mubarak has revealed the club will build a Sergio Aguero statue alongside Silva and Kompany.

    He told the club’s website: “Sergio’s contribution to Manchester City over the last 10 years cannot be overstated.

    “His legend will be indelibly etched into the memories of everyone who loves the Club and maybe even in those who simply love football.

    “This is not yet the moment for farewell words and speeches. There is still much to achieve in the remainder of the time we have with Sergio, and we look forward to his contributions to the challenges which lay ahead.

    “In the meantime, it gives me great pleasure to announce that we will be commissioning an artist to create a statue of Sergio to live at the Etihad Stadium alongside the ones under construction for Vincent and David. And we look forward to the opportunity to bid Sergio a fitting farewell at the end of the season.”

    Meanwhile, Vladimir Coufal has claimed the Czech Republic side stand by Ondrej Kudela following allegations that he racially abused Rangers’ Glen Kamara.

    The West Ham star said: “Of course, everyone from the Czech team stands by Ondrej and everyone is glad that he is here.

    “He is an important part of our squad. Other things that happened, I can’t comment on.

    “I think Ondrej is happy he could be here. He is a big professional and for him, it’s no problem.”

    And finally, Liverpool are in pole position to land RB Leipzig defender Ibrahima Konate for £33million.

    A number of European clubs have been watching the French centre-back, 21.

    But the Premier League champions are the only ones prepared to meet his buy-out clause.

    Liverpool have drawn up a five-man list for potential central defenders this summer.

    And this includes Ozan Kabak, 21, who joined on loan from Schalke in January.

    The Reds have an option to buy him for £18m – with add-on clauses.

    But they do not need to activate it until June.

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