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    WAYNE ROONEY has urged Manchester United to let Cristiano Ronaldo quit Old Trafford - and tells them what type of striker they should be looking for. The former Derby manager struck up a glorious partnership with Ronaldo during their time together at the club during the noughties. 2Ronaldo has made clear his ambition to play for a club in the Champions League this seasonCredit: EPA 2Rooney and Ronaldo used to terrify Premier League defences between 2006 and 2009Credit: Getty Now the new DC United boss has cast his eye over the troubles of his former teammate, who had been agitating to leave the club earlier this summer during his second spell in Manchester. United have held firm and they have been helped by the fact huge clubs like Chelsea and Atletico Madrid have turned down the chance to bring in the 37-year-old. Uncertainty hangs over the forward ahead of Erik ten Hag's Premier League opener today against Brighton, especially following Ronaldo's pre-season antics. But Rooney has suggested it will be in both party's interest to let him...
    FANS will notice a changing of the guard among match officials in the early months of the new Premier League season. Experienced quartet Mike Dean, Martin Atkinson, Jon Moss and Kevin Friend will no longer be on the pitch while Tom Bramall is the sole new referee in the Prem. 1Ex-referee says it's sink or swim for new Premier League officialsCredit: PA And with the imminent departure of refs' boss Mike Riley, a shake-up will continue to take place ahead of Howard Webb's expected arrival in the winter. Promoted Bramall is young at 32 but is viewed as a promising prospect following his rapid rise through the leagues. My own refereeing journey was similar to Sheffield-based Bramall's pathway as we both spent two seasons in the National League before moving up to the Football League. After four seasons in the EFL where I've heard Championship managers rated him highly, Bramall is in the big time as the fifth ref to be promoted by the PGMOL in the last year. READ MORE IN FOOTBALLTRANSFER NEWS Barcelona line up £67m Alexander-Arnold bid,...
    Peter Drury’s voice has been synonymous with the Premier League for over 20 years. As he embarks on his first season as NBC’s play-by-play announcer, his new bosses have made one thing clear — don’t change the style. “That’s a very strong message I get,” Drury said as he prepared for the opening weekend of games. “I’m not thinking of myself necessarily as speaking to any other audience than I already have done over the years. It’s my job simply to tell the story of the game. That doesn’t change whether I’m in the UK or America, or anywhere else in the world. “It’s very clear that the American audience does not want a patronizing Englishman talking down, assuming that he or she has to have the game explained to them. The relationship has got way beyond that.” Drury takes over for Arlo White, who called NBC’s coverage of England’s top soccer league since they acquired the rights in 2013. White is the lead announcer for the LIV Golf Series and calls some games for Major League Soccer’s Chicago Fire....
    Players take a knee before a match between Tottenham Hotspur and Leicester City on May 1, 2022.Visionhaus | Getty Images Sport | Getty Images Premier League players will no longer routinely take a knee before matches, the league has announced ahead of the new season. Players began taking the knee during Project Restart, in the wake of George Floyd's unlawful killing in the USA and the Black Lives Matter movement which followed. Aston Villa's televised game with Sheffield United started off the top flight's stance, which has since been replicated across the domestic leagues and beyond - and caused friction with the UK Government when England players were booed while making the stance ahead of Euro 2020 last summer. More recently, a number of individual clubs and players have announced they will stop taking a knee and now, the Premier League have followed suit more than two years since the initiative was first introduced. Players will still take a knee before certain rounds of matches, including the FA Cup and Carabao Cup finals, as well as Boxing Day matches and...
    HOWARD WEBB is to be offered a new deal by MLS in a late bid to fend off a move back to the Premier League. The former top-flight whistler, 57, is in line for a Prem return as refs' chief to replace Professional Game Match Officials Limited boss Mike Riley. 1Howard Webb will be offered a new MLS deal in a bid to try and stop him returning to the Premier LeagueCredit: Getty - Contributor Webb is under contract with Major League Soccer, where he is general manager of the Professional Referee Organisation, until January. SunSport understands Webb is keen for a UK comeback later this year and MLS will not stand in his way. But chiefs of the American body will try to tempt the 2010 World Cup final official, who is on a £500,000-a-year contract, with fresh terms if he has a late change of heart in the coming months. MLS have a board meeting Stateside towards the end of this month.Riley announced in June he was stepping down from his post after 13 years in charge of...
    CRISTIANO RONALDO reportedly wants his Manchester United future resolved BEFORE the start of the new Premier League season. But with the Red Devils getting their campaign underway against Brighton on Sunday, the 37-year-old is running out of time. 1Cristiano Ronaldo reportedly wants his Manchester United future resolved BEFORE SundayCredit: Getty Ronaldo is still eager to leave United despite returning to training last week. And he wants to be out the door before Erik ten Hag and Co officially kick off their campaign on Sunday. That's according to Spanish outlet AS, who say Ronaldo is eager for a change of scenery as soon as possible. Ronaldo is desperate to continue playing in the Champions League and lift the trophy for a sixth time in his career. Read More Man Utd NewsRED DEVILS LATEST £71m De Jong 'meeting soon', Ronaldo admission, Tielemans latest His agent, Jorge Mendes, has held talks with numerous clubs across Europe in recent weeks without any success as of yet. Mendes is claimed to be doing all he can to try and engineer a move for Ronaldo. The...
    THE Premier League is back! Crystal Palace and Arsenal kick off the football season on Friday as the nine-month rollercoaster of emotion begins. 22This ex-NFL cheerleader is the other half of a new Arsenal signing 22While a recent Man Utd recruit boasts this stunning showgirl as his missusCredit: https://www.instagram.com/lopezbenitezmuri/?hl=en And this summer, our top flight clubs have been busy boosting their squads with new signings they hope will quickly settle into their new surroundings and become a success. But it's not just the footballers who need to acclimatise to a new country, their Wags will be joining them on an adventure too. From a former NFL cheerleader to an Argentinian showgirl, this year's new additions will add to the glam of the greatest league in the world. Matt Turner/Ashley Herron US goalie Turner made a great catch in Ashley - who was a cheerleader for the New England Patriots. The pom pom queen, 25, even got the opportunity to perform at Super Bowl LII, as Tom Brady's team were defeated by the Philadelphia Eagles in Minneapolis, Minnesota. In 2018, Herron...
    SIX changes to the laws of football for next season have been agreed. The game’s law-making body, the International Football Association Board, has confirmed decisions initially made in December. 1Football rule changes were discussed at the 136th AGM of the International Football Association Board (IFAB) in DohaCredit: Getty The organisation's annual general meeting was due to be held as a virtual event from Zurich in March. But Russia’s invasion of Ukraine saw it rescheduled and finally held as an in-person gathering in Doha. Here is an explanation of the six changes you will see in the beautiful game in the next campaign. They will come into effect in both the Premier League and the EFL. READ MORE IN FOOTBALLROBO SCORES Qatar World Cup set to have 'ROBOT LINESMEN' for first time in history Law 3 – Players While competitions have had the option of allowing up to five subs per match after the pandemic, this was only a temporary measure. This has now been made permanent and was a significant factor in the Prem and EFL adopting this law...
    HARRY KANE’s 50th England goal would NOT be awarded under new offside laws being introduced for the new season.  The International FA Board has now “clarified” the guidelines to referees over what constitutes “deliberate” playing of the ball by defenders that resets play and puts the attacker in an onside position. 2Kane's 50th England goal would not have stood under the new rules as he was originally in an offside position when the ball was playedCredit: PA 2Mbappe's winning goal against Spain would have been ruled out for offsideCredit: Getty Ifab’s rethink was a result of Kylian Mbappe’s winner for France in last season’s Nations League win against Spain. Defender Eric Garcia stretched out to block a through-ball, inadvertently setting up Mbappe - who was in an offside position when the ball was initially played - to score. Under the revised guidelines, that would now be called offside. But a series of examples to show the difference between what is deemed deliberate and non-deliberate included England’s equalising penalty against Germany last month, converted by skipper Kane. Read More in FootballTRANSFER...
    A look at what’s happening in European soccer on Friday: GERMANY European soccer restarts in earnest for the new season with Bundesliga teams Borussia Dortmund and Stuttgart playing lower-league opposition in the first round of the German Cup. Dortmund, which lost top-scorer Erling Haaland to Manchester City in the offseason, plays at 1860 Munich and Stuttgart visits Dynamo Dresden, another third-division team. Second-division Nuremberg and Karlsruher SC also face lower-league opposition on the opening night of the competition. More German Cup games are scheduled for Saturday, Sunday and Monday. The Bundesliga kicks off on Aug. 5. ENGLAND The English season begins with a second-tier Championship match between Huddersfield and Burnley, which has a new manager in former Manchester City captain Vincent Kompany following the team’s relegation from the Premier League. The Premier League starts on Aug. 5. ___ More AP soccer: https://apnews.com/hub/soccer and https://twitter.com/AP_Sports Copyright © 2022 The Associated Press. All rights reserved. This material may not be published, broadcast, written or redistributed.
    FANS of the Prem’s seven European clubs will be allowed to stand at Uefa games this season. Uefa’s ruling executive committee is understood to have agreed to a one season standing “trial” for English, German and French clubs. 1Chelsea will be amongst the clubs allowed safe standing in Champions League games this seasonCredit: Getty The Government confirmed last month that the successful “safe standing” trial at Spurs, Chelsea and Manchester United would be rolled out across the professional game for this season. That had only applied to domestic matches, with Chelsea, Liverpool, Manchester City and Tottenham expected to have to revert to all-seater arenas for their Champions League matches, with similar restrictions for United and Arsenal in the Europa League and West Ham in the Conference League. But the change of heart by Uefa chiefs will allow those fans who have standing tickets to continue to utilise those sections for Euro games. The Prem seven will also be allowed to offer standing tickets for visiting fans, with Uefa initially restricting the change to the three major nations where standing is...
    BRUNO FERNANDES has made Anthony Martial a promise going into Manchester United's Premier League curtain raiser next week. Erik ten Hag's side get their campaign underway by hosting Brighton at Old Trafford next Sunday. 2Anthony Martial and Bruno Fernandes have a "connection"Credit: Alamy One man that could feature is Anthony Martial, having played his way back into contention during pre-season. The Frenchman was virtually written off last term, being loaned to Sevilla in January and enduring an underwhelming spell in Spain. As United flew to Bangkok for the first leg of their pre-season tour of Thailand and Australia, Martial asked Fernandes to "give him some assists". The Portuguese responded: " I will, for sure man, you know that we have that connection." READ MORE ON MAN UTDRED DEVILS LATEST Ronaldo in Roma loan LATEST, Milinkovic-Savic and De Jong updates Martial scored three goals on the trip... but none of them were assisted by Fernandes - a detail that didn't go unnoticed by the forward. In a clip captured by MUTV, Fernandes said: "Here we are again with Tony Martial. "The...
    ARSENAL signing Oleksandr Zinchenko is one of the most successful Premier League players ever. The £30million star spent five years at Manchester City where he made 76 Prem appearances. 3Oleksandr Zinchenko has won 81.6 per cent of his Premier League gamesCredit: Getty 3Arjen Robben is the only player who has won a greater percentage of Prem matches than ZinchenkoCredit: News Group Newspapers Ltd 3Many of the players in the top ten list have played for Manchester City Remarkably, Zinchenko won 62 of those matches as well as the league title on four occasions. That means he has won 81.6 per cent of the Premier League games he has played according to Opta - second only to former Chelsea winger Arjen Robben who boasts a record of 82.1 per cent. The top ten list consists of several of Zinchenko's now former City team-mates - and every player on the list has made at least 50 Prem appearances. Zinchenko's previous defensive team-mate at the Etihad Aymeric Laporte rounds off the top three with a win rate of 81.5 per cent. READ MORE...
    NOTTINGHAM FOREST are in advanced talks with out-of-contract former Manchester United ace Jesse Lingard and now look set to pip West Ham to his signature. Lingard has been a free agent since running his United contract down in June and has been looking for a new team ever since with the likes of Everton, Leicester, Tottenham and Newcastle also linked. 1Nottingham Forest are trying to sign former Manchester United ace Jesse LingardCredit: Reuters The versatile midfielder has been holding out for £180,000 per week and Forest have made a very lucrative offer that would see them smash their wage structure. West Ham are unwilling to splash that cash but the Premier League newcomers have held productive discussions with the England international. Meanwhile, Nottingham manager Steve Cooper has ruled out summer signing Omar Richards for the start of the season. There are fears Forest's new £8.5million arrival from Bayern Munich has suffered a hairline fracture. Read More on FootballRED DEVILS LATEST De Jong new UPDATE, Jurrien Timber TWIST, Piers REVEALS Ronaldo's future But Forest boss Cooper stressed: "He's not broken...
    MASON MOUNT has indicated he is ready to begin negotiations over a new contract at Chelsea, according to reports. The Blues forward's current deal does not expire until 2024, but his wages are one of the lowest in the squad. 1Mount is reportedly ready to begin talks over a new Chelsea contractCredit: The Times And he is now open to the idea of pledging his long-term future to Chelsea - despite reported interest from three other Premier League clubs. Speaking to The Athletic, the England international said: “I’ve got two years left on my contract and I’m very, very happy here. "Those [contract] talks will hopefully be starting soon.” Mount is on just £70,000 per week - a sum which accounts for just a quarter of the wages incoming signing Raheem Sterling is set to receive from the West London outfit. READ MORE ON CHELSEABLUES LATEST Koulibaly DONE DEAL, Raheem Sterling JOINS SQUAD in LA, Gnabry interest SunSport revealed back in April that Chelsea fear losing Mount to either Manchester City or Liverpool if they cannot tie him down to...
    GABRIEL JESUS and Richarlison have each headed to different sides of North London in recent days - but who is the better signing? Both forwards are more than proven proven at Premier League level and the Brazilian pair have the ability to score goals. 3Gabriel Jesus was announced as an Arsenal player this morningCredit: Getty 3Richarlison was confirmed as a Tottenham player on FridayCredit: Instagram / @spursofficial 3How Jesus and Richarlison compare in Premier League games Jesus has this morning been confirmed as an Arsenal player in a £45million deal from Manchester City, while Richarlison swapped Everton for Tottenham on Friday for £60m. The pair are both capped at international level by Brazil and no doubt know each other well from their time with the national team. But the Samba Stars are now bitter rivals as they prepare to face off on opposite sides of North London. Despite costing £15m less, Jesus' Premier League stats are more impressive than Richarlison's. Read More In FootballGAB THAT Arsenal seal £45m Gabriel Jesus transfer from Man CityFree bets! The...
    BRENNAN JOHNSON has capped a sensational season for club and country by signing a bumper new four-year deal with Nottingham Forest. Johnston, who has been with the club since he was eight, scored 19 goals and provided 10 assists to end Forest's 23-year-wait to return to the Prem, before helping Wales qualify for their first world cup finals for 64 years. 1Brennan Johnson signs a new four-year contract extension at Nottingham ForestCredit: Ritchie Sumpter/News Images His form led him to pick up the Championship Young Player of the Year award and sparked interest from several Premier League clubs. Brentford are long-term suitors while Newcastle, Leeds, Leicester and Tottenham were also interested in the Welshman. But Johnson has stayed loyal to Forest after dreaming of playing for the club in the top-flight. Johnson said of his new deal: "Just wanted to say that firstly the support that I’ve felt from the fans last season was unbelievable. Read More in FootballGET YOUR GOSS Mo Salah new Liverpool deal CONFIRMED, Richarlison COMPLETES Spurs moveNOT SO FAB Arsenal's Vieira appears to be INJURED...
    MANCHESTER CITY star Jack Grealish is getting ready to start the new season on a high. That’s after treating himself to a new top knot haircut after his holidays. 3Jack Grealish treated himself to a new haircut ahead of the upcoming seasonCredit: Instagram 3Grealish left A Star Barbers rocking a bold top knotCredit: Instagram Grealish, 26, looked to be in fine spirits as he received a trim at A Star Barbers. The hair experts have delivered some top cuts for pro footballers over the years, with Chelsea’s Reece James and West Ham’s Declan Rice both regular customers. Grealish was there in May to get a fresh upgrade on his regular style. But the City ace opted for a bold new look this week. READ MORE SUN STORIESJACK OF ALL RAVES Grealish parties in boxers after jetting to Harry Maguire’s £500k wedding 3Fans have been used to seeing Grealish with his usual long hair Instead of the flowing locks, Grealish’s barnet was given a tighter trim on the sides. The top was then tied up using a band and made into...
    FORMER Arsenal player Paul Merson has claimed current Gunners forward Eddie Nketiah wouldn't get in the Fulham team. The Gunners recently tied the 23-year-old down to a new five-year deal as his contract was set to expire. 2Nketiah secured a new contract with Arsenal after an impressive end to the seasonCredit: PA 2Merson remains unconvinced by Nketiah's ability to lead the line for ArsenalCredit: Rex It came after the Englishman netted five goals in Arsenal's final seven Premier League matches of last season. But Merson remains critical of Nketiah's ability, insisting he does not have what it takes to push the North London outfit on and into the Champions League. Speaking to The Star, he said: "All Arsenal have got up front right now is Eddie Nketiah, who recently signed a new contract when it looked like he might leave. "And no disrespect to Nketiah but Mikel Arteta must realise he won’t get you into the top four. Absolutely no chance. That’s a fact. READ MORE IN FOOTBALLGET SOME OF TAT Arsenal's White and stunning fiancee get another matching tattoo on holiday "Nketiah can’t...
    BOURNEMOUTH have completed the signing of Joe Rothwell on a free transfer. Scott Parker tried to land the midfielder - who has signed a four-year deal - in January but saw his approach knocked back by Blackburn Rovers. 3Rothwell has sealed a move to the Vitality StadiumCredit: Getty 3The midfielder has agreed a four-year deal with the south coast sideCredit: Getty 3He will be looking to help them avoid relegation back down to the ChampionshipCredit: Getty Rothwell, 27, ran his contract down at Ewood Park before making the switch to the south coast, with the Cherries getting there ahead of a number of clubs. Bournemouth chief Neil Blake said: "Joe has been on our radar for a while now and we’re delighted to bring him to the club. “Unsurprisingly, we had huge competition to sign Joe, so we’re really pleased that he has chosen AFC Bournemouth as the next step in his career. “Joe has proven himself as an outstanding midfielder in the Championship over the past few seasons and we believe he can continue his development under head coach...
    KEVIN FRIEND has become the latest Premier League referee to hang up his whistle - and add to the scrutiny on the new generation of top-flight officials. Friend, 50, who has been on the Prem list since the 2009-10 season, will move to a new job with PGMOL. 3Kevin Friend is retiring from his role as a Premier League refereeCredit: Getty He will fulfil the newly-created role as manager of the Select Group Two referees, who look after Championship matches and can be the fourth official in the Premier League. The Leicestershire-based official's career highlight came in 2019 when he was the man in the middle for the FA Cup final as Manchester City thumped Watford 6-0. Friend, who hilariously booked the crowd in a pre-season friendly, also oversaw the League Cup final in 2013 and the Community Shield the year before and was ref when Luis Suarez bit Branislav Ivanovic. This season he showed just two red cards in 18 top-tier matches - both for second yellow cards. READ MORE ON FOOTBALLPAR FOR THE COURSE Dean...
    MIKEL ARTETA is ready to splash the cash this summer to transform Arsenal back into Champions League regulars. The Spaniard was left pulling his hair out at the end of last season as his young Gunners squad blew it. 3Mikel Arteta is pushing ahead with his Arsenal overhaulCredit: AFP 3Arsenal could have three new signings in their side when they start the seasonCredit: The Sun Despite being in the top four for the majority of the run-in, they blew the chance of earning the extra millions from Champions League revenue with a late slump and were pipped by North London rivals Tottenham. Arteta and Arsenal, who have discovered they will travel to Crystal Palace on the opening day of the Premier League season, will have to make do with the Europa League this term. But he hopes to have a whole new-look side at his disposal as he continues his summer overhaul. Arsenal have already signed Porto playmaker Fabio Vieira after agreeing a £30million fee to fend off Premier League rivals. READ MORE ON FOOTBALLGUNNERS NEWS Porto CONFIRM Vieira's sale,...
    AMAZON PRIME have revealed what Premier League fixtures they will show before and AFTER the Qatar World Cup. The broadcaster has been handed two rounds of fixtures, with the first back being played in October before the winter tournament. 2Prime will carry TWO rounds of Premier League fixturesCredit: AMAZON PRIME 2Arteta will meet with old mentor Guardiola on PrimeCredit: Reuters Prime will carry a blockbuster between Arsenal and Premier League champions Manchester City on Tuesday, October 18. Six other fixtures will be shown on the 18th. AFC Bournemouth vs Southampton, Brentford vs Chelsea, Brighton vs Nottingham Forest, Crystal Palace vs Wolves, Fulham vs Aston Villa and Leicester vs Leeds will also be available to watch. And the very next day, Prime will broadcast Tottenham's visit to Manchester United. READ MORE IN FOOTBALLHERE WE GO Premier League fixtures announced for 2022-23 with Ten Hag facing tricky start Liverpool will welcome West Ham to Anfield, a fixture the Hammers lost narrowly last season. And Newcastle will take on Everton. Prime will then carry a second round of fixtures which happen...
    PAUL POGBA claims he left Manchester United because he did not receive a substantial contract offer from the club. The midfielder, 29, is set to leave Old Trafford after six years when his contract expires at the end of the month. 1Paul Pogba says Manchester United were "bluffing" with their contract offerCredit: Getty And he believes United never really wanted to extend his stay, which is why they offered him terms they knew he would reject. In a new Amazon Prime documentary about his life titled The Pogmentary Pogba shares the conversation he had with his agent, the late Mino Railo, about United's offer in the summer of 2021. Raiola says to his client: “Yes. They absolutely want you to stay. "For me, the offer doesn’t reflect that. I told them, ‘If you want him to stay, don’t make that offer’. Read More on Man UtdHERE WE GO Premier League fixtures announced for 2022-23 with Ten Hag facing tricky startMAN UTD NEWS Prem fixtures & TV times RELEASED, club still chasing Frenkie de Jong "I will make them...
    THE Premier League have revealed their 2022-23 Nike match-ball - and it's a stunning retro throwback. The fixtures for the upcoming season were released early on Thursday morning. 2The Premier League have released the new Nike ball for the 2022-23 season - inspired by the 1992-93 Mitre Pro-MaxCredit: @premierleague 2The 2022-23 Nike ball is heavily inspired by the Mitre Pro-Max used in the first-ever Premier League season And the official Premier League Twitter account followed that up shortly afterwards by sharing two pictures of the new match-ball. Nike's 2022-23 effort is inspired by the iconic 1992-93 Mitre Pro-Max ball used for the first-ever Prem campaign, even featuring the navy blue, red and gold arrows. The Premier League shared a sneak peek of the ball on Twitter, captioned: "Inspired by the first PL season, 30 years ago. "The new 2022-23 Nike Flight PL Ball. Out 15 July." READ MORE SPORT STORIESHERE WE GO Premier League fixtures announced for 2022-23 with Ten Hag facing tricky start Fans swarmed in their thousands to have their say... but most focused less on the ball...
    MANCHESTER UNITED are in talks with Nottingham Forest over a proposed loan move for Dean Henderson, according to reports. The goalkeeper, 25, is out of favour at Old Trafford and has been heavily linked with a move away. 2Nottingham Forest want to sign Dean Henderson on loanCredit: Reuters 2Forest need a goalkeeper after Brice Samba announced his desire to leaveCredit: Alamy Premier League newboys Forest are in need of a shot-stopper after play-off hero Brice Samba announced he wants to leave the club. Henderson has been eyed as his replacement with Forest seeking a loan deal that could be made permanent for £20million, reports Fabrizio Romano. Negotiations are reportedly ongoing with Henderson said to be open to the switch. The keeper made just five appearances for United last season and with the World Cup looming he will be hoping for regular game time to impress Gareth Southgate. Read More in FootballMAN UTD NEWS Man Utd OFFER Christian Eriksen deal, Barcelona 'drop De Jong price to £70m' Henderson was left out of England's Nations League squad after falling behind Aaron Ramsdale...
    MANCHESTER UNITED have reportedly received a transfer boost after Christian Eriksen allegedly rejected a contract extension at Brentford. The 30-year-old Danish star made his incredible return to competitive football in January just six months after suffering a cardiac arrest for Denmark at the Euros. 1Christian Eriksen has allegedly snubbed a contract renewal from BrentfordCredit: Getty He moved to newly-promoted Brentford on a six-month deal and showed he had lost none of his magic as he helped the Bees secure their top-flight status. Eriksen produced one goal and four assists in his ten starts. And that has led to a host of clubs wanting to sign him this summer. Now, Italian transfer guru Alfredo Pedulla has stated that Brentford have suffered a blow as the attacker is set to snub the opportunity to stay. READ MORE IN FOOTBALLFree bets! The best free bets and sign up offers available from our bookmaker partners MAN UTD NEWS Rashford and Sancho face World Cup AXE, Lewandowski EXCLUSIVE That is due to the ex-Inter Milan ace wanting to play again in the Champions League although...
    EVERTON full-back Jonjoe Kenny is set to join Hertha Berlin on a free transfer, according to reports. Kenny, 25, was released by the Toffees last week after it was announced he refused to sign a new deal. 1Jonjoe Kenny rejected a new contract at Everton and reports suggest he could be on his way to Hertha Berlin on a free transferCredit: Getty German outlet Bild are claiming that Kenny could now be on his way to sign for Hertha. The Athletic claimed Kenny had offers from two German clubs and one side in the Premier League. And reports suggest he will return to the Bundesliga after he spent the 2019-20 season on loan at Schalke. Kenny joined Everton when he was just nine years old and went on to feature 69 times for the club. READ MORE IN FOOTBALLGET YOUR GOSS Haaland to be announced TODAY, Darwin Nunez set for Liverpool medical FREE BETS AND SIGN UP DEALS - BEST NEW CUSTOMER OFFERS He also had loan spells at Celtic, Oxford and Wigan, plus he captained Everton's youth sides. Kenny...
    MANCHESTER CITY want Gabriel Jesus to pen a new contract, according to reports. The Brazilian has been strongly linked with an Etihad exit this summer, with Arsenal and Chelsea keen. 2Gabriel Jesus recently lifted his fourth Premier League titleCredit: Getty But City haven't given up hope of keeping the £50million-rated 25-year-old. According to 90min, Pep Guardiola's side feel that they have offered Jesus a "very good deal" in a bid to entice him to stay. Guardiola values the forward highly, having started him in both legs of City's Champions League semi-final against Real Madrid. Jesus began 21 of City's Prem games last term, but could see his importance wane following the arrival of Erling Haaland. Read More Football NewsGUNNERS NEWS Arsenal target £17million striker Simeone, Gunners 'enter Raphinha race' The City star's representatives are considering their options, with their client having gathered plenty of interest. Arsenal are confident that they are in the driving seat to sign Jesus, while Chelsea, Real Madrid, Barcelona, Juventus and Tottenham are all being kept in the loop. AC Milan are claimed to have also...
    PREMIER LEAGUE clubs will send stewards with their away fans next season in a bid to clamp down on crowd problems. The league's bosses pushed through new fan measures aimed at ensuring a “safe matchday environment” at the Prem’s Annual General Meeting in Harrogate. 2Man City fans invaded the pitch after they won the league and Aston Villa player Robin Olsen was hurt by a fanCredit: Rex 2Everton fans stormed the pitch after their side secured Premier League survival for another yearCredit: Getty The 20 club chiefs unanimously backed the move to help control supporters. This comes after pitch invasions at Man City and Everton that resulted in Aston Villa keeper Robin Olsen being hit by a fan and Crystal Palace boss Patrick Viera being involved in an altercation with a supporter. They also agreed to extend the £30 cap on away ticket prices for a further three years. Premier League's chief executive Richard Masters said: “It is vital that everyone feels safe at a football match. READ MORE IN FOOTBALLTransfer news live Zidane 'AGREES' PSG deal, Real Madrid...
    NOTTINGHAM FOREST have been dealt a shock blow after goalkeeper Brice Samba told the club he wants to leave. The fan's favourite is about to enter the final year of his contract and is reluctant to sign a new deal, according to The Athletic. 1Brice Samba has shocked Nottingham Forest revealing he wants to the leave the clubCredit: Rex The Congo-born stopper became a hero at the City Ground after saving three penalties in the play-off semi-final penalty shootout versus Sheffield United. And it's because of his achievements and popularity that he wants out. Samba's decision is not said is to be financially motivated but about respect. It comes as a surprise considering Samba has formed a strong bond with the city and the club. READ MORE IN FOOTBALLTransfer news live Zidane 'AGREES' PSG deal, Real Madrid keen on Reece James transfer FREE BETS AND SIGN UP DEALS - BEST NEW CUSTOMER OFFERS He has two children that were both born in Nottingham. The 28-year-old joined Forest back in 2019 from Caen in France. Since his...
    COVENTRY CITY striker Viktor Gyokeres is wanted by both Fulham and Middlesbrough. The Swedish international caught the eye with his displays for the Sky Blues in the Championship this term. 1Viktor Gyokeres is wanted by both Fulham and MiddlesbroughCredit: Getty He scored 18 goals in 47 matches for Mark Robins’ men. Now that form has caught the eye of their rivals - and the club could cash in. Promotion winners Fulham are keen on the 23-year-old ahead of their return to the Premier League. And Championship rivals Middlesbrough are also interested. READ MORE IN FOOTBALLTransfer news live Real Madrid 'to focus' on Tchouameni, Spurs close in on Perisic Chris Wilder’s side, who just missed out on the play-offs, are desperate for attacking reinforcements as their boss looks to bring in a new strike force. Meanwhile, Coventry could bring in Crystal Palace starlet Luke Plange as a replacement. The 19-year-old forward was loaned back to Wayne Rooney’s Derby after signing for Palace in January. He made 24 appearances for the relegated Rams and scored four goals. Most read in Sport'F***ED IT...
    AMERICAN businessman Todd Boehly is on the cusp of purchasing EPL side Chelsea for around $5.2bn. Premier League and government bosses have given the go-ahead for the takeover by the LA Dodgers co-owner to proceed. 5Boehly is taking over from Roman Abramovich - but isn't in top ten sport owners for wealthCredit: PA 5Mexican billionaire Carlos Slim owns Real Oviedo in SpainCredit: Getty 5LA Clippers owner Steve Bullmer is top of the rich listCredit: Reuters 5 Boehly also has a hefty stake in the Los Angeles Lakers, but is surprisingly nowhere near the top when it comes to the richest sports club owners in the world. According to research by OLBG, five of the top ten richest owners are currently involved in football - and Boely doesn't make the TOP 50. The club with the richest owner in terms of net worth currently ply their trade in the Spanish second division. Real Oviedo were saved from extinction in 2012 when they were bailed out by Mexican billionaire Carlos Slim. Read More On The SunDARK WEB Shooter's horror posts...
    THOMAS TUCHEL will be chomping at the bit for Chelsea to spring into life in the transfer market - and he doesn't have long left to wait. Todd Boehly's £4.25bn takeover now has Government and Premier League approval, meaning new signings aren't too far away. 2How Chelsea could look next season after a £200m transfer spree Reports suggest Boehly is eager to back Tuchel in the upcoming window and will give the German around £200m to play with. Chelsea are even said to have drawn up an EIGHT-MAN centre-back shortlist to cope with the departures of Antonio Rudiger and Andreas Christensen. It's expected to be a busy summer of incomings and outgoings at Stamford Bridge, and Tuchel's line up could be very different come the start of the new season. Jules Kounde tops the shortlist of defenders, and the Sevilla man would slot straight in on the right hand side of a back-three if he is recruited. Read More On ChelseaBLUES NEWS UK government and Premier League APPROVE Todd Boehly's Chelsea takeover Meanwhile on the other...
    CHRISTIAN ERIKSEN could be in line for a new deal with Brentford after talks opened between the club and his representatives. However, they face a fight from rival Premier League teams. 2Eriksen and his family appeared to bid the Brentford fans an emotional farewellCredit: PA 2Eriksen couldn't prevent Brentford from losing on the final day against Leeds UnitedCredit: Getty The 30-year-old was taken on by Brentford in January after he became a free agent for medical reasons - signing a deal with The Bees until the end of the season. However, after proving his fitness upon his return to football, Eriksen now has at least three Premier League clubs interested in signing him this summer, claims transfer guru Fabrizio Romano. Manchester United and Tottenham are two clubs that have been linked with a summer swoop. Brentford director Phil Giles said: "It's no secret that we'd love Christian to stay. We will continue to discuss that possibility with him." READ MORE ON FOOTBALLTransfer news live Mbappe was 'in talks' with Liverpool, Mane reaches Bayern 'breakthrough' The former Tottenham and Inter Milan...
    AN ex-England and Premier League footballer could come out in a TV documentary about gay footballers. He is in talks to open up about his sexuality in a show now in production and planned to be aired on Channel 4. 3An ex England footballer is preparing to come out as gay in a TV documentary Network and production company chiefs have held talks with the player after a series of meetings with agents, as well as former and ­current footballers. It comes after Blackpool’s Jake Daniels, 17, last week became the first playing pro in Britain to come out since Justin Fashanu in 1990. The Sun on Sunday had revealed a day earlier that a Championship player was about to come out. A footie insider said: “This documentary is going to be big and is the talk of the game at the moment. "But after Jake made his announcement, it has just got ­bigger and made the topic even more relevant. “They have been in talks with a secretly gay player and are confident he will participate and come...
    LIVERPOOL are reportedly set to offer Joe Gomez a new contract to stay at Anfield. The England international defender arrived at Anfield from boyhood club Charlton Athletic back in 2015. 2Liverpool are set to offer Joe Gomez a new contract to stay at AnfieldCredit: Alamy 2The defender has five Premier League clubs chasing his servicesCredit: PA Since then he has gone on to help the Reds to Champions League and Premier League glory as well as the Uefa Super Cup and Club World Cup. However, the 24-year-old suffered a serious knee injury last season and has struggled for regular action this term since his return. He has been limited to just 10 starts in all competitions, with only seven in the top-flight, after falling behind Joel Matip and Ibrahima Konate in the pecking order. Gomez’s current contract expires in 2024 and a host of clubs have been linked with a transfer move for him. READ MORE FOOTBALLLU-TURN Atletico ace Suarez ‘wants shock Barca move and would slash pay to complete return’ Newcastle, West Ham and Crystal Palace have all shown...
    PREMIER LEAGUE clubs could get a fifth Champions League spot EVERY season under revamp plans thrashed out by Uefa chiefs today. After two years of bitter debate and discussion, clubs, leagues and Europe’s governing body finally agreed the format of the new-look competition, to start from 2024-25. 1English clubs have received a major Champions League boostCredit: Getty The move from the current group based initial phase to a 36-team single league set up has been confirmed. And while the plans to use five-year “historical coefficients” has been dumped following a widespread backlash, the last two places in the new competition will be based on club performances. Under the deal, the top two performing nations - with the total points earned by the clubs divided by the number of sides in European club competitions - will get the two extra spots. If the system had been in operation this season, that would have been the Prem and Holland’s Eredivisie, with Tottenham and PSV Eindhoven benefitting. In four of the past five seasons, England’s ranking has been in the top two, earning...
    Final bids are being prepared for European champion Chelsea and new business figures are being added to consortia as the process to end the ownership of sanctioned Russian oligarch Roman Abramovich steps up. Four known bids are still under consideration to buy Chelsea, which could be sold for 3 billion pounds ($4 billion) given the interest that has emerged since Abramovich put the west London Premier League club up for sale six weeks ago. Steve Pagliuca, co-owner of the NBA’s Boston Celtics, went public for the first time on Tuesday to confirm his plans to become a Premier League team owner that could see him have to relinquish his 55% controlling stake in Serie A team Atalanta. The American cannot control two clubs playing in the same UEFA-organized European competition, though Atalanta is not in qualifying contention for next season. “Later this week, we will submit a substantial and credible bid proposal,” Pagliuca said in a statement. “One that we expect will meet the respective requirements and regulations of the Premier League, UK Government and UEFA — and we...
    NEW Brighton signing Kjell Scherpen has already become the JOINT-TALLEST Premier League player ever. Standing at 6ft 8in, the goalkeeper enters a select group of mighty footballers to ply their trade in England’s top flight. 10 But who are the other behemoths to kick a ball in the Premier League? And how big was their impact in the beautiful game? Here, SunSport’s Anthony Chapman walks with giants… 10Kjell Scherpen - who stands at 6ft 8in - is the latest giant to move to the Premier LeagueCredit: Getty KJELL SCHERPEN - 6ft 8in The former Ajax goalkeeper has completed his move to the Amex and will challenge Robert Sanchez for Brighton's No1 jersey. At 21 years old, is there still room to grow for the Dutch stopper? 10Costel Pantilimon won the title at Man CityCredit: REUTERS COSTEL PANTILIMON - 6ft 8in Romanian goalie played for Sunderland and Watford while also winning the 2014 title with Manchester City. Pantilimon is now back in his home country with Denizlispor after 54 games in the Premier League. 10Traore only played once for EvertonCredit: PA:Empics...
    (CNN)No trophy will be lifted at the Etihad Stadium on Sunday, but when the dust settles on this Premier League season, April 10 may well be remembered as its defining date.On paper, Manchester City's impending showdown with Liverpool is no more significant than any other 'title-deciding' fixture between the two leading teams that often surfaces towards the end of a Premier League season. Both teams will still have another seven games to navigate and come full-time on Sunday, the largest the gap could be extended would be -- if City were to win -- a mere four points.And yet -- at the risk of tempting fate and beckoning the most underwhelming, dull 90 minutes imaginable -- Sunday's clash could determine the destiny of three different competitions and mark a pivotal chapter in a team's ascent to legendary status within English football.A league of their own Read MoreAs has been the case for all but one of the last four seasons, City and Liverpool have once again effectively played in a league of their own. The Reds sit a point off...
    RALF RANGNICK will reportedly work just SIX DAYS per month when he takes up his role as a consultant at Manchester United. The 63-year-old German is currently the club's interim manager until the end of the season. 1Rangnick will begin his two-year consultancy position at the end of the current campaignCredit: AP But in the summer he will then move upstairs to begin a two-year consultancy role. According to The Mail, this will consist of just 144 days work over the course of his contract. That works out as less than one week per month. It is thought Rangnick has not been involved in the search for Man Utd's next permanent manager. READ MORE ON MAN UTDMan Utd news live Rooney backs Pogba to LEAVE, Van Gaal reveals he's battling cancer Ajax boss Erik ten Hag and PSG manager Mauricio Pochettino are thought to be the frontrunners for the vacancy. Ten Hag had reportedly emerged as the favourite after SunSport revealed secret dossiers confirmed he was the leading candidate. The Dutchman has also already interviewed for the position. With Pochettino...
    PREM clubs have voted to introduce five substitutes from next term. But four of the 20 clubs STILL opposed the move when it was put to a vote. 2Prem managers will be allowed to make five substitutions starting from next seasonCredit: Getty 2Liverpool boss Jurgen Klopp was one of those strongly in favour of the rule being changedCredit: Getty League chiefs gave a presentation at yesterday’s shareholders’ meeting backing the move. The club bosses were told that coming into line with the rest of Europe’s major leagues would be a positive move. Studies of European leagues found there would be no competitive advantage for the Big Six - who have been the biggest backers of the change. The research suggested the development of younger players would benefit from the extra playing opportunities, while injuries would be reduced by the lighter workload.  Read More SportWORLD CUP DRAW All the info on draw for Qatar 2022 World Cup And it was also pointed out that next season will be even more packed than normal, with all the group stage games in European...
    THE Premier League have announced that the transfer window is being extended ahead of the World Cup at the end of the year. The 2022/23 season is due to start one week earlier than usual - with the first fixture set to take place on August 6. 1The transfer window has been extended by three weeksCredit: Reuters And with the January window now facing unprecedented issues due to the World Cup finishing just two weeks before, the Premier League have decided to extend the summer window. Instead of opening on July 1, business can commence from June 10 and will be permitted until September 1. A statement from the Premier League, which also confirmed that Covid testing will end on April, revealed the transfer window change. The statement read: "It was also confirmed that the Summer 2022 Transfer Window will open on 10 June and will close at 23:00 BST on 1 September in line with other European leagues." More to follow. ...
    REFEREES are set to train with Premier League players to improve the relationships, according to reports. The proposal was put forward by Manchester United interim manager Ralf Rangnick. 3Ralf Rangnick believes referees training with Premier League clubs will help build relationships and improve performancesCredit: AP He feels the performances of top-flight officials could be improved by the refs going through their paces with clubs in the week. And it would also help build rapport between the two groups come matchdays. As reported by the Daily Mail, the suggestion was largely supported when Rangnick raised it at a recent summit involving managers and referees. The PGMOL, who organise the refs in the Premier League, are said to be keen to have their whistlers use the elite-level facilities at clubs. READ MOREMan Utd news live Ten Hag needs 'football club not commercial club' - transfer news latest It is thought the new idea - dubbed the ref revolution - could come into force as early as next season. Rangnick's suggestion would also help players get a better understanding of the...
    BARCELONA president Joan Laporta believes that the European Super League is "far from being abandoned". The hated project was canned last year just days after its announcement after fans mobilised to protest against football fat cats. 3Joan Laporta is determined for the Super League to come into existenceCredit: EPA Desperate Barca, Real Madrid and Juventus chiefs have clung on to hopes of a revival, however, and Laporta reckons that English clubs could risk the wrath of their supporters by getting back onboard. In an interview with Mundo Deportivo, he said: "Super League abandoned? No, far from it. "We are there with Juventus, Madrid and waiting for the other teams. "The English clubs and German clubs are waiting to see if it will be a new format of competition or it will be an improved Champions League." Read More in FootballJUVE GOT ISSUES Juventus KO'd from Champions League in last four years by teams out of ESL Sky Sports pundit Gary Neville was among those most staunchly against last year's grim proposals. And the Manchester United icon fully expects...
    THE PGMOL and Mike Dean are yet to make a decision over the referee’s future. Dean, 53, oversaw Manchester City’s FA Cup quarter-final 4-1 win over Southampton at St Mary’s on Sunday amid speculation he could retire at the end of the campaign. 2Premier League Mike Dean could retire at the end of the seasonCredit: Eddie Keogh Telegraph Media Group 2Dean has taken charge of over 500 Premier League matchesCredit: Ian Walton Telegraph Media Group But speculation was rife that the veteran ref will walk away at the end of this campaign before he took charge of Manchester City’s FA Cup quarter-final victory over Southampton on Sunday. However, SunSport understands that no decision has been made so far by Dean or the refereeing governing body over whether he will continue next season. Should Dean put down his whistle at the end of the campaign, he could stretch his red card record by taking up the role of Video Assistant Referee at Stockley Park. Dean is about to finish his 22nd year of Premier League officiating having developed into one of...