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Manchester City – 18 Mar 11:01

Paper Talk: Arsenal to pay 53m for Real star; Spurs ace set for new deal

Arsenal are ready to pay £53million to land a top Real Madrid star this summer, while Luis Enrique is stalling over a potential move to become Chelsea’s new manager, according to Sunday’s newspapers.



Arsenal are reportedly willing to pay £53m to prise Luka Modric away from Real Madrid this summer as part of a midfield overhaul.

According to El Gol Digital, Arsene Wenger’s side are confident of landing the 32-year-old, who spent previously spent four years at north London rivals Tottenham, as Real are already lining up a replacement.

The report goes on to state that Real chief Zinedine Zidane wants to bring in Liverpool’s Emre Can to replace Modric, although Juventus remain favourites to sign the Germany star on a free this summer, as reported in the Sun on Sunday.

Modric currently has a contract with the La Liga giants until 2020, but he has been tipped as one of five top Real stars to be moved on this summer as the club prepare for a major overhaul of their first-team squad after a woeful season domestically.

The Croatian is also said to be strongly considering a return to England, having made his name as one of Europe’s top midfielders during his time at White Hart Lane.

Gunners boss Wenger, who still has doubts over his won future at the club, is looking to revamp his midfield and Modric would no doubt provide an upgrade over some of the talent at The Emirates.


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Paul Pogba’s agent Mino Raiola is offering the Manchester United midfielder to potential buyers after his falling out with Jose Mourinho (Sunday Mirror)

Liverpool face missing out on signing Roma goalkeeper Alisson as Real Madrid plot a world-record £70m move this summer (Sunday Mirror)

West Ham, Watford and Newcastle are all considering a move for Fulham midfielder Tom Cairney, who will be allowed to leave for £20m if the west London side miss out on promotion (Sunday Mirror)

Marcus Rashford says he is ready to step in for England at the World Cup if Harry Kane is not fit to lead Gareth Southgate’s attack (Sunday Mirror)

Luis Enrique is stalling on an agreement to become the next Chelsea manager in the hope Arsenal choose him to replace Arsene Wenger this summer (Daily Star Sunday)

Stoke boss Paul Lambert dropped Erik Pieters for Saturday’s clash with Everton after the Dutch defender broke a club curfew (Sunday Mirror)

Zinedine Zidane wants to hijack Juventus’ attempts to sign Emre Can, who is out of contract at Liverpool at the end of this season (Sun on Sunday)

Tottenham will open contract talks with Heung-Min Son as a reward for his impressive form this season (Sun on Sunday)

Wolves will compete with Arsenal to sign AC Milan striker Andre Silva who has only scored once since making a £34m move last summer (Sun on Sunday)

Manchester United have moved ahead of Manchester City in the race to sign Shakhtar Donetsk’s highly-rated defensive midfielder Fred (Daily Star Sunday)

Zinedine Zidane has denied Gareth Bale is unsettled at Real Madrid and insisted the club are not overly concerned about his persistent injury problems (Mail on Sunday)

Arsenal are trying to negotiate a move for Robert Lewandowski who wants to leave Bayern Munich after four years but the player has his heart set on Real Madrid (Sunday Express)

Jurgen Klopp is trying to persuade Liverpool’s board to sign Paris Saint-Germain midfielder Julian Draxler at the end of the season (Sunday Express)

Neymar is demanding his wages are trebled to £1m-a-week to stay at Paris Saint-Germain amid interest from Real Madrid (Sunday Times)

John Terry wants to play on next season at Aston Villa even if it means coming up against his former club Chelsea in the Premier League (Sunday Times)

Gareth Southgate says “loyalty and spirit” will play a big part in his squad selection for the World Cup (Observer)


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Manchester City – 17 Mar 16:33

Liverpool fans call for cap on Man City ticket prices in CL

Liverpool supporters have joined forces to urge Reds officials and their Manchester City counterparts to cap away ticket prices at £30 for next month’s Champions League quarter-final.

Having faced inflated costs in their group game at Sevilla and the last-16 tie in Porto, the Spirit Of Shankly group and Spion Kop 1906 have called on both clubs “to do the right thing”.

“Given the escalated ticket prices for travelling supporters so far in this season’s competition, there is an opportunity here to send a strong statement on the value of supporters beyond money,” said a statement posted on

“Both Liverpool and City will receive significantly large sums of revenue for reaching this stage of the Champions League, and we ask this be shared with supporters.

“We ask that both clubs look at their pricing for this fixture. As an example, away tickets for Premier League games are capped at a maximum of £30 and we hope this can be reciprocated for these two fixtures.”

Liverpool host City in the first leg on Wednesday April 4 with the return fixture taking place the following Tuesday.


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Man City News plus Team, Fixtures and Transfer Updates | Mail Online 17 Mar 15:17

Liverpool fans call for cap on away prices for Champions League

Liverpool supporters have joined forces to urge Reds officials and their Manchester City counterparts to cap away ticket prices at £30 for next month's Champions League quarter-final.

Manchester City – 17 Mar 14:29

Sane makes CL promise ? but only if City beat Liverpool

Leroy Sane admits the Champions League will be “really difficult” to win but he gives Manchester City a “good chance”.

The Citizens have been drawn against fellow Premier League outfit Liverpool in the quarter-finals with both sides winning a match each in domestic action this season.

Pep Guardiola’s side have won the League Cup aready this season, while the Premier League title now looks like a formality and Sane reckons the Champions League could also be within reach.

“This year, we’re a real strong team, and we understand Pep Guardiola’s philosophy, have improved a lot and know what he wants from us,” Sane said.

“The Champions League is a really tough tournament and every single game is really special and difficult.

“But we have a good chance to come to the final and win the Champions League. But it will be really difficult.”

Reacting to the draw, City’s sporting director Txki Begiristain reckons both Liverpool and City would have preferred a Champions League tie against foreign opposition.

“It’s a very difficult one,” Begiristain said. “We’re playing against a Premier League team.

“It’s something that you don’t like when you play Champions League but it’s what it is, we have to accept it and, of course, they’re a strong team.

“It’s going to be a difficult one because we know each other very well, so it makes it even more difficult.

“Both stadiums and the atmosphere they can generate – Anfield road, the Etihad – it’s going to be great. Great teams and I think good football from both sides.”


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Man City News plus Team, Fixtures and Transfer Updates | Mail Online 17 Mar 12:41

Mourinho fears Man United will struggle if Man City keep spending

United trail City by a massive 16 points in the Premier League, while Guardiola has already lifted the Carabao Cup and guided his team into the quarter-finals of the Champions League.

ESPN FC - Manchester City News 17 Mar 11:24

Jurgen Klopp knows how Liverpool can beat Man City in Champions League

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Manchester City – 17 Mar 08:59

The 11 players to reach 50 assists in under 200 PL games ? PF

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Man City News plus Team, Fixtures and Transfer Updates | Mail Online 17 Mar 00:26

Liverpool boss Jurgen Klopp angry after Merseyside derby is moved

When Klopp’s anger started to subside, he did not need reminding about the opportunity that presented itself. The draw for the Champions League quarter-finals paired Liverpool with Manchester City.

Man City News plus Team, Fixtures and Transfer Updates | Mail Online 16 Mar 23:51

Leroy Sane says Man City 'have good chance to win Champions League'

The league leaders have earned themselves a mid-season break after winning 40 out of 47 games in all competitions this season and will return to action against Everton

Man City News plus Team, Fixtures and Transfer Updates | Mail Online 16 Mar 19:57

Premier League and FA Cup team news, odds and stats

As a double header weekend of Premier League and FA Cup action approaches, Sportsmail brings you the latest squad news, odds and stats on every top flight fixture as it breaks.

ESPN FC - Manchester City News 16 Mar 17:54

Manchester City avoid Spanish giants, but Liverpool draw will be no picnic

Jurgen Klopp believes Liverpool - Manchester City UEFA Champions League quarterfinal clash will be hard for both teams. Stewart Robson previews the all-English UCL quarterfinal clash between Liverpool and Man City and the pitfalls both teams must navigate to reach the semifinals. Put the passports and the sun cream away. Manchester City are heading 35 miles down the road to Liverpool for their next Champions League adventure. No Andalusian sunshine, no snow-capped Bavarian Alps -- it will be the train to Lime Street Station and a familiar walk up the Scotland Road that awaits City's travelling support. For Spanish giants Real Madrid and Barcelona, they got their wish of avoiding Pep Guardiola's City until later in the competition. For Liverpool, it is a different story:...

ESPN FC - Manchester City News 16 Mar 17:34

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Klopp: Liverpool v City is a dream draw for Man United fans

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ESPN FC - Manchester City News 16 Mar 14:53

Manchester City's Leroy Sane says he is not playing for individual prizes

Stewart Robson previews the all-English UCL quarterfinal clash between Liverpool and Man City and the pitfalls both teams must navigate to reach the semifinals. Manchester City's Leroy Sane is among the favourites for the Young Player of the Year but the winger insists he's not playing for individual honours. Sane has been a key part of City's extraordinary season with 12 goals and 15 assists in all competitions. He's already improved on his contribution in his first season following his £37 million switch from Schalke in 2016 and believes he will get even better under manager Pep Guardiola. "To be honest, I haven't thought about it at all. I'm not...

Manchester City – 16 Mar 14:52

?Liverpool have nothing to lose ? the pressure is on Man City?

Man City and Liverpool fans react to the Champions League draw, while our Arsenal readers dissect their win over AC Milan in Your Says of the Day.

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Champions League draw reaction

I actually think Liverpool could do ok against City, over two legs. Convenient that all three Spanish teams managed to avoid each other.


Horrible draw but City will attack us.

They will score at Anfield. If we lose I hope City win it.

Sean the Sailor


Liverpool confidence

On balance, I’ll take that. Let’s not forget that we dominated them for most of the match at Anfield – so it can be done – and we were giving a fairly good account of ourselves at their place until Mane’s red card.

Nothing was going to be easy at this stage and at least we know what we’re dealing with.

Red Herring

I didnt want city not because of its a difficult draw, i think all the teams left in the last 8 are difficult. But i wanted a glamour tie: a traditional euro giants. A bayern or madrid maybe. Its been ages since we played one.

Reds forever

No problem, the pressure will be much higher on City, especially after spending hundreds of millions and still no European trophy.

Liverpool have nothing to lose, we just play our usual game with aggression and put fear into their hearts, plus nervousness and mistakes into their game, can’t wait


Afternoon guys, don’t think either set of supporters really wanted this tie but hey ho it is what it is and should be a great tie. Hoping you guys beat Ush*ted into 2nd place, rather a footballing side get 2nd spot rather than Park The Bus Ush*ted.

Ashton blue

I’m normally an optimistic guy and always have us down as winning but think we will get knocked out. I think we are just as exciting going forwards on our day and in some ways even more unplayable but defensively they are stronger.

I could see us winning if this was a one off but over 2 legs I think they’ll go through but it won’t be a walkover for them – of that I’m convinced!


well then lads, what ya think??? my pool mate has gone under and is going to the pub at dinner just to take the thought of the game away for an hour. Should be one hell of a tie this. Not sure about the user above saying you dominated us at Anfield, stats don’t really suggest that nor did my ageing memory. That aside, I do hope the swamp dwellers will be watching 2 attacking sides playing attacking football and from the off actually going for the win 100% without fear of getting beat. Lovely.



Arsenal finish the job

I don’t know whether to praise or criticise the team.So what i’ll do is analyse the performance,like always.
Wenger’s negative approach to the game almost cost us.Starting with five midfielders(as was expected),I can understand them keeping posession and trying to control but what really gets to me and has always gotten to me is their lack of direct approach.We just looked to hold onto posession,but the team really dosen’t know how to make use of it.It was so frustrating,when they scored that screamer I so wanted them to go on and expose this rubbish team(that’s what we are,as much as anyone dosen’t want to admit it).Luckily,we got that penalty.I think they got a few good chances.

Ozil is so so i said I love him and hate him so many times.He’s not really exciting to watch.yes he connects the dots,and he’s “intelligent” but for goodness sake try and be more direct.he never shoots,when you’re up against him you know he’s going to pass,always.He had a poor game.Not only him,but other players were so indirect as well.Whatever,that was my opinion of the game.

Yes over the two legs we deserved to go through,but it wasn’t as convincing as the scoreline showed because if you see the attemts and chances milan were just woeful.
We will need to gear up,really.Chuck this idea of ozil and miki starting together.I’d even play welbeck if it means us to be more direct.

the specialone

The passing at the back is still shockingly bad and Wellwide well sorry but that was no penalty. Was it a dive well it was either that or he stumbled on himself just as he did in Milan. For me seeing countless of replays it just looks like a dive. Dont like that behaviour in other teams players and i dont like it in ours.

But us getting past Athletico just dont see it that is the best team left. Lets see who we get next.


Let’s all be happy we won if you looked at this page you would have thought we lost! I Know we all wanted that. If we win this cup we will get to be in the champions league that is about the club not not the Manager so I can’t see a negative. These games are not about style is about winning, it really does not matter how we do it. I don’t like the five in midfield but it worked this time as we won even if we think Milan were poor we have lost this season against much worst teams! let’s hope for a good draw I don’t care who hopefully an away game first !


Well we rode our luck a little bit but over the two legs, we were worthy winners. There seems to be a bit of confidence coming back into the team and we’re looking a lot sharper from the midfield forward.

Xhaka, Rambo and Jack looked like they might be a good combination. Best game that Xhaka has had for us in a long time and although the keeper probably should have done better, it was still a great shot. Talking of ‘keepers, I thought Ospina had a great game apart from their goal – he also should have done a lot better. I still think we’d see a much better player if he had a longer run in the side.

As for Welbeck’s dive, I was really surprised. We do have players who – let’s say – don’t need a lot of persuasion to go down, but I wouldn’t have pegged Danny as one of them. There was definitely no contact and it wasn’t a penalty in a million years, but we’ve all seen him trip over his own feet before and go down with no one anywhere near him.

Three wins in a row – woohoo!

Al the Gooner



United’s ideal XI

We’re all keyboard warriors here, moaning about Jose and his tactics, what he should do and shouldn’t do, what he’s done and hasn’t done but given the current squad and our complaints about it, what does anyone/everyone think our current starting XI should be?

(RWB) Valencia (CB) Bailly (CB) Jones (LWB) Shaw
(DMF) McTomminay
(CMF) Matic (AMF) Pogba
(RW) Sanchez (LW) Rashford
(ST) Lukaku
I’d have DDG, obviously in goal, Valencia and Shaw would be wing backs who would get forward to support/overlap with Sanchez and Rashford. McTomminay would be a Makelele style defensive midfielder who basically would sit in front of the Centre backs in rarely cross the halfway line to allow our wing backs get forward and support the CB’s. Matic would be the link between attack and defence although Mata could also fill that role although Matic can also breakup attacks and help McTomminay. Pogba would be allowed to do pretty much whatever he wants because that’s the only way he’s happy or effective. Sanchez and Rashford would be wingers but also allowed to cut inside with Lukaku running off the shoulder of the CB’s and attacking crosses because he’s not a hold the ball up type CF the way Drogba was.


Shaw looks like he’s been on the pints of custard again so Young gets my vote at left back. That says alot I know. Smalling for Jones, I suppose although I don’t think there’s much difference. Funnily enough I’d just play Lindelof through till May now and see how he runs.

Herrera (when fit) for McTominnay…or Mata for McTominnay as an extra attacker at home to a team we should be expecting to beat, like the Brighton bandits.

You look at that side and it isn’t a million miles away….you can see what needs doing and where. Then you need the manager to show some bollocks and let the horses run free.

Feel strangely better about things typing that little lot out.

Wonderfuel Gas

To some extent it seems irrelevant who we play because the team is so stifled we play badly regardless, and I can only assume thats down to Mourinho’s tactics. But even before him we seem to have the ability to sign a very good player who starts really well but then gets worse and worse. We seem to have optimised that process with Sanchez and got him playing badly right from the off.

So it seems to me theres something fundamentally wrong at the club. We have lots of good players – I don’t buy this everyones sh*t story – I just think we’re not getting the best out of them. In a few cases that might be down to the players attitude – Martial and Pogba spring to mind. But it can’t be true for all of them. And I also don’t buy that we’re moving in the right direction – we seem to be getting worse not better.

I never wanted Mourinho in the first place so getting rid of him would be a good start, but I have a feeling that won’t solve anything either because somethings fundamentally wrong. I wanted Pochettino, but failing that I wish we had given the class of 92 a year to see what they could do (Giggsy/Scholes/Butt.) That might be romantic nonsense, but when experience managers that are so called tactical geniuses can produce the utter garbage we’ve had for the last few years I fail to see how they could have done worse. And at least they would have set up the team to play proper attacking football. If we keep playing as we are no decent player will want to play for us and the fans will be totally alienated and stop coming.



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