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ESPN FC News 22 May 21:55

England name Tottenham Hotspur's Harry Kane captain for World Cup

ESPN FC's Paul Mariner examines England's strike force and wonders if they'll have what it takes to lead the Three Lions to glory at the World Cup. After the excitement of England's World Cup squad announcement, the Exploding Heads are here to break the bad news to those who didn't make the cut. England have named striker Harry Kane as their captain heading into the World Cup in Russia this summer. Kane, 24, the two-time Premier League Golden Boot winner, is the vice captain to Hugo Lloris at Tottenham and has occasionally worn the armband since Wayne Rooney retired from international competition in 2017. England manager Gareth Southgate made the announcement in a live video on Twitter on Tuesday morning. "Last night, we told the rest of the players that we've named Harry as captain for...

ESPN FC News 22 May 21:53

Troisi embraces competition for spots

James Troisi speaks from Socceroos camp in Turkey.

ESPN FC News 22 May 21:24

Zlatan introduces himself, Salah's lookalike, Ronaldo statue redemption in best of Toe Poke

Relive 10 of the best stories that amused and amazed in this season of football around the world. It's that time of year again when we here at Toe Poke pause a moment to take stock of the season just gone -- the thrills, the spills, the truly, truly dreadful penalty kicks (stay tuned!). Here are our various winners and indeed losers from 2017-18 ... Redemption of the season November brought with it redemption for one of the biggest laughing stocks of last season, as Portuguese artist Jose Antonio Navarro Arteaga was handed an artistic reprieve. Arteaga is of course the man who made a hash...

ESPN FC News 22 May 21:03

West Ham appoint Manuel Pellegrini as manager to replace David Moyes

Manuel Pellegrini has signed a three-year contract to become West Ham United's manager. The former Real Madrid and Manchester City boss

ESPN FC News 22 May 12:59

Transfer Talk: Tottenham optimistic over Martial move, Lewandowski to Chelsea?

The transfer window is open, and Transfer Talk has the latest rumours making the rounds. Follow live with our daily blog throughout the

Manchester United News | Man Utd Transfer News | Mail Online 22 May 11:14

Transfer news LIVE: Liverpool, Man Utd, Arsenal and rest of Europe

For many of Europe's top stars, the end of the domestic season means attention now turns to the World Cup in June.  Follow all the latest news as it happens with Sportsmail.

Manchester United News | Man Utd Transfer News | Mail Online 22 May 11:08

Pogback MK II? Juventus manager targets reunion with Paul Pogba

Juventus manager Massimiliano Allegri is targeting a sensational reunion with Manchester United star Paul Pogba this summer as the Frenchman's Old Trafford future is in doubt. 

Manchester United News | Man Utd Transfer News | Mail Online 22 May 11:07

Marcus Rashford works on fitness for World Cup during Portugal holiday

The club season may have finished, but there can be no rest for Manchester United star Marcus Rashford. The striker is on holiday in Portugal ahead of the World Cup in Russia.

Manchester United News | Man Utd Transfer News | Mail Online 22 May 10:49

Nordsjaelland's entire club will commit to Juan Mata's Common Goal charity

Ahead of their last home game of the season against Copenhagen, the club announced they will be giving away one per cent of their total stadium revenues to the cause in a pioneering move.

Manchester United – 22 May 10:40

Man Utd set to pull plug on 53m swoop for top midfield target

Manchester United are ready to end their interest in a deal to sign Shakhtar Donetsk midfielder Fred, amid claims the Brazilian has set his sights on a move elsewhere.

United manager Jose Mourinho is keen to strengthen his central midfield this summer and is believed to have made Fred, as well as Lazio’s Sergej Milinkovic-Savic, his top two targets.

And while United thought they won the race for the 25-year-old, beating off rival interest from Manchester City, it seems late interest from PSG may have swayed the player’s mind.

United are reported to have held preliminary talks with Fred over a switch to Old Trafford and while they left feeling optimistic they had won the race to sign him, the Brazilian is now dragging his heels on the potential move.

A further warning light for United came last week when the player appeared to indicate he was in no hurry to determine his next move.

“Now I just have to wait to get through the World Cup and see which is the best destination,” he told SporTV.

“I think I have to change a little. I have dreams of playing in major clubs in Europe. I made it clear that it’s my moment.

“As soon as I come back from the World Cup we will sit down, talk and look at the options.”

According to Metro, United will respond by telling Fred they are not prepared to wait to push through a potential move and could yet go back in for Napoli star Jorginho.

However, United may face a battle convincing the Italy international to sign amid claims he has made up his mind on a move to City.

“Jorginho is still under contract, but if Napoli find an agreement with City then he goes to Manchester,” his agent Joao Santos told CalcioNapoli24.

“Finding an agreement with the English won’t be a problem, considering their importance, but I repeat it depends on Napoli as the player is tied to the Azzurri for two more years.

“City are champions of England and among Europe’s top clubs. Now we must stay calm. If Napoli and City find a solution, we can talk about it, otherwise the player will be happy to stay at Napoli.

“For now, I haven’t heard from anyone at Napoli because I imagine they’re busy planning for next season.

“I hope to hear from their director, and maybe he’ll be in Naples in the next few days to talk about Jorginho.”


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Manchester United News | Man Utd Transfer News | Mail Online 22 May 10:31

Manchester United pushing to land Juventus left back Alex Sandro

Juventus left back Alex Sandro is one marquee signing Jose Mourinho is pushing hard for after Manchester United’s season without silverware. He is also interested in Toby Alderweireld.

Manchester United – 22 May 09:43

Paper Talk: Liverpool plan ambitious 140m triple swoop; Arsenal chase defensive man mountain

Liverpool have been linked with a triple swoop for £140m worth of talent, while Arsenal hope to fix their defensive woes by swooping for Porto’s defensive lynchpin, according to Tuesday’s newspapers.



Liverpool are attempting an audacious swoop for three players they hope will further strengthen their new-found defensive resolve.

The Reds finished the season with the fourth-best defensive record in the Premier League in 2017/18, but had the season started 10 matches in, Liverpool would have had the best.

Their new-found defensive steel was hugely helped along by the £75m January arrival of Virgil van Dijk, but Jurgen Klopp knows he will need to further strengthen his backline if the club are to mount a push for the Premier League title next season.

As such, the Daily Mirror reckons Liverpool are now ready to make AC Milan goalkeeper Gianluigi Donnarumma their new No 1 goalkeeper target and will spend up to £70million to land the young Italian.

A clause in Donnarumma’s contract allows him to leave Milan after they failed to qualify for the Champions League and Klopp believes the goalkeeper is more obtainable than Alisson Becker at Roma.

Liverpool have also reportedly targeted swoops for Newcastle defenders Jamaal Lascelles and James Tarkowski, according to the Independent.

The duo are rated at around £35million apiece and are seen as cover and competition for both Van Dijk and, more likely, Dejan Lovren.

Although Liverpool would unlikely sign both, the addition of all three players, including Donnarumma, the papers seem to think the triple deal would set the Champions League finalists back a cool £140m.


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Danilo Pereira: A potential summer target for Liverpool

Arsenal are continuing their long-term pursuit of Porto’s defensive man mountain Danilo Pereira (Daily Mirror)

Ipswich have interviewed Frank Lampard twice as they search for a new manager (Daily Mirror)

Ian Wright has slammed Arsenal’s U-turn over Mikel Arteta as ’embarrassing’ (Daily Mirror)

Manchester United midfielder Marouane Fellaini is wanted by Italian giants AC Milan. The Belgian international is available on a free transfer after refusing a new deal at Old Trafford (The Sun)

Willian: Winger was linked with a move to Man Utd

Willian is desperate to stay at Chelsea – but his future depends on whether the club sacks manager Antonio Conte (The Sun)

Joe Hart could be given a shock get out of Man City by MLS sister team New York City (The Sun)

Barcelona are planning a summer move for Spurs’ 17-year-old English forward Reo Griffiths (The Sun)

Chelsea make Bayern Munich’s Robert Lewandowski their top transfer target (Daily Telegraph)

Chelsea are ready to spend as much as £100m to land Poland hitman Lewandowski (Daily Express)

Fulham manager Slavisa Jokanovic has emerged as a surprise candidate for the Chelsea manager’s job (Daily Express)

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However, TEAMtalk exclusively revealed Jokanovic was on the Blues’ shortlist way back on May 1

Chelsea fans are concerned that Roman Abramovich will be driven out of the club (Daily Telegraph)

Manchester City are in fresh talks with Leicester to sign Riyad Mahrez (Daily Telegraph)

West Ham have agreed a deal with Manuel Pellegrini for up to £7m per year (Daily Telegraph)

Real Madrid are set to make a move for Gianluigi Buffon with Manchester United reluctant to sell David De Gea (Daily Express)

Former Norwich striker Grant Holt is to become a pro-wrestler with a UK franchise (Daily Mail)

Danish Superleague side FC Nordsjaelland have announced their entire club is committing to Juan Mata’s Common Goal charity (Daily Mail)

James McClean has revealed Celtic broke his heart by signing another player over him (Daily Record)

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SkySports | Manchester United 22 May 09:00

Tuesday's Man Utd transfer rumours

We round-up the latest Manchester United transfer rumours on Tuesday, May 22.

SkySports | Manchester United 22 May 08:00

Transfer Centre LIVE!

All the latest news and transfer rumours, with Riyad Mahrez possibly on the move and all the reaction as Arsenal close in on Unai Emery.

Manchester United – 21 May 21:28

Euro Paper Talk: Messi wants Man Utd man as Mourinho nears Juve ace

Lionel Messi wants Barcelona to launch a move for a Man Utd star – news which will eventually help bring a Juventus star to Old Trafford – while Gigi Buffon has snubbed a last-gasp offer from a London-based side, according to Monday’s European papers.



Lionel Messi has urged Barcelona to launch a transfer raid on Manchester United this summer with a move for Daley Blind in their sights, according to reports in Spain.

The LaLiga champions are likely to let Lucas Digne move on this summer and Don Balon claims out-of-favour Dutch defender Blind is the man they want to replace him.

The Spanish outlet claims Barca want Blind to provide cover and competition for first-choice left-back Jordi Alba, while the Dutchman’s ability to provide cover in a holding midfield role also of appeal.

Should Blind arrive, Barca are likely to show Digne the door, with the French full-back hotly tipped to move on to Juventus.

The 24-year-old former PSG man is seen by Massimiliano Allegri as a likely replacement for Alex Sandro, with Blind’s move to Barca likely to start a chain reaction that will eventually see Brazilian Sandro move to Old Trafford in a £50m deal.


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AS Roma are leading the chase for Liverpool, Man Utd and Spurs target Justin Kluivert, claims a report in France.

France Football claim to have the inside track and report that the Serie A outfit are in advanced talks with the 19-year-old.

PSG have also been monitoring the winger who last week admitted he was not renewing his Ajax contract.

Kluivert took a swipe at Ajax officials Edwin van der Sar and Marc Overmars after denying him a move to Tottenham.

Kluivert criticised CEO Van der Sar and club director Overmars after they only told him about a bid from Spurs last summer when it was too late.

Tottenham wanted to take Kluivert to the Premier League in 2019 and asked about a potential deal whilst negotiating for Davinson Sanchez last summer.

The Eredivise club told Dutch newspaper Volkskrant: “Spurs’ proposal was that Kluivert would play in Amsterdam for another two years and that he would then go to Spurs. We did not go further on that, because we wanted to renew Justin’s contract.”

Kluivert is seething though over Ajax’s decision to turn down the offer and claimed club officials “do what they want” and has hinted that his time in Holland is up.

“I’m not renewing my contract at Ajax.

“Ajax wants me to extend my contract so that they can ask for more [when they sell],” he told Volkskrant. “What do they really want? My plan was to stay, but a lot has happened lately.”






Gianluigi Buffon’s move to PSG has been agreed, with the 40-year-old snubbing a last-ditch attempt by West Ham to bring him to the Premier League (Calciomercato)
Inter Milan sporting director Piero Ausilio has revealed that the club is confident of signing Barcelona’s Rafinha on a permanent basis this summer (Tuttosport)
Former West Ham forward Simone Zaza insists he wants to stay at Valencia this summer after being linked with a return to Serie A (Marca)

Paris Saint-Germain owner Nasser Al-Khelaifi has ruled out the appointment of Arsene Wenger as the club’s sporting director (L’Equipe)


Alvaro Odriozola’s display for Real Sociedad against Barcelona has impressed the Spanish champions and they will try and sign him (Don Balon)

Isco has issued a warning to Real Madrid boss Zinedine Zidane over his future. It is reported that the playmaker will force his way out of the club if he does not start in the Champions League final against Liverpool (Don Balon)

Bayern Munich president Uli Hoeness said that the club won’t make any big signings in the summer (various)


Former Paris Saint-Germain boss Unai Emery will hold talks with Arsenal on Monday about their vacant manager’s job (Sky Sports)


Reported Barcelona, Liverpool, Tottenham and Arsenal target Max Meyer is ready to cause a transfer sensation by joining Hoffenheim on a free transfer at the end of his Schalke contract (Bild)

Man Utd remain on track to land Roma target Anderson Talisca after some revealing comments by Besiktas boss Senol Gunes. The Brazilian was linked with a €40m move to Old Trafford on Sunday (Calciomercato)

Boca Juniors star Wilmar Barrios is a £25million target for Tottenham. The player has also been linked with Roma (Gazzetta dello Sport)


Real Madrid, Manchester United and Liverpool target Mauro Icardi has expressed uncertainty about his future – despite helping Inter Milan achieve their target of qualifying for the Champions League

Lionel Messi says Barcelona would be delighted if Antoine Griezmann joins the club this summer, describing the Frenchman as one of “best players in the world right now” (RAC1)


PSG president Nasser Al-Khelaifi insists the club will complete a permanent deal for Kylian Mbappe this summer, despite the threat of FFP, and claims they wouldn’t sell the teenager even if they were offered “€1billion” (Canal +)

Napoli have raised the price on Jorginho’s head to €70m (£61m). Manchester City, Arsenal, Man Utd and Liverpool have all been linked (Corriere del Mezzogiorno)

Valencia are set to go head-to-head with Southampton in a bid to sign Lyon defender Mouctar Diakhaby (Le 10 Sport)

AC Milan have emerged as favourites to sign Marouane Fellaini after offering the Man Utd star a three-year deal (Corriere dello Sport)

Juventus will formally announce the free-transfer signing of Emre Can on Sunday and after Liverpool’s involvement in the Champions League final (Tuttosport)

Liverpool have been told they can sign Julian Brandt this summer – if they meet Leverkusen’s €60m asking price (Kicker)

Chelsea target Maurizio Sarri has suggested he could leave Napoli this summer, saying “everything comes to an end”

Napoli have drawn up a list of potential replacement for Sarri – with Antonio Conte top of the list (Corriere dello Sport)

Watford have reportedly entered the race to sign Egyptian winger Mahmoud Hassan from Turkish side Kasimpasa (Hurriyet)

Real Madrid are prepared to offer Gareth Bale and Toni Kroos to PSG in order to reduce the €250m asking price for Neymar (Don Balon)

Arsenal midfielder Jack Wilshere has emerged as a PSG transfer target, though the player appears likely to sign a new three-year deal with the Gunners (L’Equipe)

Manchester United are set to meet the €30m release clause in the contract of Real Betis star Fabian Ruiz (Don Balon)

Inter Milan are set to extend Luciano Spalletti’s contract this week after the club sealed Champions League qualification (Gazzetta dello Sport)

Bayern chairman Karl-Heinz Rummenigge believes Robert Lewandowski is loyal to the club despite the striker supposedly looking to secure a move to Real this summer (Munich Merkur)

Villarreal and Real Betis lead the race for in-demand Deportivo defender Sidnei (El Desmarque)

Liverpool are yet to initiate talks with Lyon star Nabil Fekir, despite the the Ligue 1 side appearing certain they will be losing the player this summer (L’Equipe)


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Manchester United – 21 May 20:43

Bale to snub Man Utd after being tipped for bargain move to rivals

Gareth Bale has snubbed a move to Manchester United this summer and informed Real Madrid he wants to return to Tottenham, if reports in Spain are to be believed.

Bale is ready to return to the Premier League after five highly-successful years and hopes to mark what looks like being his last appearance for the club with a fourth Champions League winners’ medal when Real face Liverpool in Kiev on Saturday.

Bale had been expected to sign for Manchester United, with the player being mentioned as one of five signings that Jose Mourinho was targeting this summer in a £250million overhaul of his squad.

The Welsh forward is also a favourite of executive vice-chairman Ed Woodward, but it now intentions of bringing Bale to Old Trafford could be scuppered by his former side, if reports in Spanish publication Don Balon prove accurate.

However, there still appears some work to be done before a fee can be agreed.

Real are looking at recouping as much as €80million (£69.9m) for the Wales star, though Spurs are thought to have offered nearer the €50million (£43.7m) mark.


However, the Spanish outlet acknowledges that Spurs chairman Daniel Levy remains a hard man to deal with and is likely to get his way, given Real’s determination to offload and Bale having seemingly made his choice.

Spurs hope to present Bale as their marquee signing ahead of their return to their rebuilt White Hart Lane stadium.

Bale has been in a rich vein of form for Real Madrid of late and his chances of starting the Champions League final on Saturday were assessed by his coach Zinedine Zidane.

Meanwhile, claims that Real Madrid are ready to sacrifice Bale this summer have been given further credibility by suggestions that the defending European champions have offered his services to PSG this summer.


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Manchester United – 21 May 15:58

Alexis Sanchez makes admission after FA Cup final defeat

Alexis Sanchez says he has struggled to adapt at Manchester United in “every game” since he arrived in January.

The 29-year-old arrive at Old Trafford in January in a straight-swap deal with Henrikh Mkhitarayan ad signed a four-and-a-half-year deal, worth £14m a year after tax.

But the Chile forward has struggled to hit the heights he did at Arsenal and he was almost anonymous in Saturday’s 1-0 FA Cup final defeat to Chelsea, whilst also being the subject of criticism from Paul Scholes.

Sanchez has scored just three goals in 16 games and after the defeat at Wembley he admitted he has struggled to get to grips with Jose Mourinho’s style of play.

“I think that in every game I’ve played in I’ve maybe found it hard to adapt to the style of play and I’ve been getting to know my team-mates,” said Sanchez. “I believe we need to improve in all aspects.”

We need to be focused and concentrated in the big games and the same in the so-called lesser games too. That’s what the great sides do and I think United are a great side, so that’s what we need to do.

“Manchester United is a massive club that always aspires to win big trophies and that is what I’m trying to make happen. I want to try and keep improving so we can see the club winning trophies.

“I believe that United really is a very big club on a worldwide scale and even more so in England where it’s the biggest.

“They always want to win and to be fighting on all fronts and that’s the reason I wanted to come here.

“I also had some great players alongside me at Barcelona, some highly experienced guys who had great quality. I think that United are not too dissimilar as a club to them in their size and stature.

“However, we still have areas where we can improve, and we can do this day-to-day and a game-to-game basis.”


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SkySports | Manchester United 21 May 14:40

Pogba refuses to rule out Utd exit

Paul Pogba is non-committal about his long-term future with Manchester United but says he does not have to be "best friends" with Jose Mourinho.

SkySports | Manchester United 21 May 11:50

Euro papers: Fellaini to Milan?

Europe's biggest clubs are already plotting their summer moves with a World Cup to negotiate around.

SkySports | Manchester United 21 May 11:30

'Fellaini won't renew United contract'

AC Milan sporting director Massimiliano Mirabelli says Marouane Fellaini will leave Manchester United this summer, but admits the Italian club have not yet agreed a deal for the Belgian.

Latest Stories, Video, and Commentary about Manchester United | BBC 27 Jun 23:33

Rooney future 'could clog up pre-season'

Wayne Rooney's future needs to be resolved to stop it "clogging up" Manchester United's pre-season, says Gary Neville.

Latest Stories, Video, and Commentary about Manchester United | BBC 23 Jun 15:44

Preston sign Manchester United's Harrop

Preston North End to sign Josh Harrop on a four-year deal when his Manchester United contract expires on 3 July.

Latest Stories, Video, and Commentary about Manchester United | BBC 23 Jun 15:36

Fabinho would be 'tempted' by Man Utd

Monaco midfielder Fabinho would be tempted by a move to Manchester United, who have strengthened their backroom staff.

Latest Stories, Video, and Commentary about Manchester United | BBC 21 Jun 01:00

'Shocking that Man Utd do not have women's team'

Ex-England keeper Rachel Brown-Finnis on what Man Utd are missing out on as the biggest club in the world without a women's team.

Latest Stories, Video, and Commentary about Manchester United | BBC 21 Jun 00:15

Man Utd cleared in 89.3m Pogba deal

Manchester United are cleared by Fifa of wrongdoing in the £89.3m deal to sign Paul Pogba last year, but Juventus face charges.

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