Liverpool 'want Mbappe' in summer, Arsenal target Silva, World Cup qualifiers suspended – Spurs, Chelsea transfer news
7th March 2021

LIVERPOOL are reportedly eyeing a mega-money swoop for French superstar Kylian Mbappe this summer.

Meanwhile Arsenal are rumoured to be interested in Andre Silva, while we've the very latest on Erling Haaland's potential move to the Premier League.

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  • Josh Graham

    TOUGH GLOVE

    Dean Henderson has been warned he has the toughest job in football – but Manchester United skipper Harry Maguire has no doubts the keeper is ready to take a golden chance to establish himself as the club’s No 1.

    Henderson, 23, who has played for United 14 times this season, will get a run of games after David De Gea returned to Spain for the birth of his daughter, and will be forced to quarantine when returning.

    Maguire said: “Being a goalkeeper is an unforgiving place, especially when you play for Manchester United.

    “It is probably the most scrutinised position in English football, maybe world football. And probably closely followed by the centre-backs!

    “When you play for this club you have to like the pressure. He has the personality to do that, Deano.

    “He will see this as an opportunity. Obviously I don’t want to put pressure on him but he’s a top keeper and he’s a lad who does not lack confidence!

    “He knows it’s an opportunity and sometimes you have to take it. It is fantastic we have David with his experience and Deano is coming through. We have two very, very good keepers fighting for one place.”

  • Josh Graham

    'STATS NOT EVERYTHING'

    Bruno Fernandes has hit back at claims he falls short against the Premier League heavyweights.

    Manchester United midfielder Fernandes has 15 league goals this season, but only two have come against the so-called Big Six and Leicester — a penalty against Tottenham and a goal against the Foxes.

    Bruno Fernandes said there's more to football than statsCredit: Getty Images – Getty

    He said: “I know people expect Bruno to score or assist in every game because when I arrived, I was playing really well.

    “I want to do that, it’s the most important thing. But as a player, I don’t look for the Big Six or the rest of the league.I look at every game the same way."

    He told Sky Sports: “I saw an interview from Luke (Shaw) saying ‘people now care more about stats than the performance’.

    "This is the truth. Because now they’re expecting from me just goals and assists and not performances.

    “I don’t need to see the stats to see if I play well or not. I know when I play well or not.”

  • Josh Graham

    GOOD MORNING FOOTBALL FANS

    This month’s South American World Cup Qualifiers have been postponed due to coronavirus travel restrictions.

    The pandemic has created a logistical nightmare in terms of flying players in and out of different countries.

    On Saturday, the South American football confederation, Conmebol, confirmed the decision to axe the fixtures.

    A statement read: “The Conmebol Council has decided to suspend the double-header of Qatar 2022 qualifiers scheduled for March.

    “The decision is due to the impossibility of receiving all South American players in a timely manner.

    “Fifa will work on the rescheduling of the date, in coordination with Conmebol and the member associations. Soon, the different options for holding the matches will be studied.”

    Meanwhile, on the transfer front, Paris Saint-Germain are reportedly willing to pay David Alaba’s £400,000-a-week wages when he becomes a free agent this summer.

    The Bayern Munich defender’s contract is up at the end of the season and he is rumoured to be turning heads across Europe.

    And while PSG are hoping they can secure his signature by facilitating his wage demands, AS believe the Austrian is waiting on interest from Chelsea and Real Madrid.

    And finally, Gareth Southgate is reportedly considering a call-up for Aston Villa’s Matt Targett.

    The England boss has been impressed with the 25-year-old’s form for Dean Smith’s side and is weighing up whether to include him, according to The Mirror.

  • Alex Terrell

    DON'T SKIP A BEAT

    Ole Gunnar Solskjaer wants Manchester United to be a team of leaders — not just Bruno Fernandes, writes PHIL THOMAS.

    The Portugal midfielder, 26, has been the Red Devils’ star man this term.

    Yet even he has shown signs of fatigue of late and opponents have started singling him out as the man to keep quiet.

    Now, ahead of today’s Manchester derby, the United boss urged the rest of his players to step up.

    Solskjaer said: “We expect everyone to be a leader, everyone to take that responsibility.

    “Of course it might be Bruno, but I know teams are trying to man-mark him at times.

    “Taking responsibility is important for everyone. Don’t wait for things to happen, you’ve got to make things happen.”

  • Joe Brophy

    WHAT A SHOCKER

    Romain Saiss' jaw-dropping miss for Wolves against Aston Villa has been described as 'one of the worst ever seen'.

    It looked almost impossible to miss from in front of the goal but the defender somehow cleared the crossbar.

  • Joe Brophy

    VILLA 0 WOLVES 0

    Romain Saiss' miss of the season and Emi Martinez’s smart save ensured both teams got what they deserved.

    Only Romain knows how he managed to spoon the ball over the bar from point-blank range early in the second half.

    Read Dan King's match report HERE.

  • Joe Brophy

    FIGHTING BACK

    Sir Alex Ferguson had an 80 percent chance of death following a brain haemorrhage in May 2018, his doctor has revealed.

    The legendary football manager, 79, admitted in his upcoming documentary Never Give In, that he had a 20 percent chance of survival following a brain haemorrhage.

    The former Manchester United manager said: “I remember falling and so after that I don’t remember a thing.

    “It was sudden. It stopped. It just stopped. It was no man’s land.”

    His doctor added: “So I remember estimating his mortality – at that point in time it was 80 per cent. It was an 80 per cent chance he would not survive.”

  • Joe Brophy

    MO ON THE GO?

    Mo Salah is reportedly exploring a potential exit from struggling Premier League champions Liverpool.

    Salah was taken off after just 62 minutes in the defeat to Chelsea with Real Madrid and Barcelona interested in landing the frustrated Egypt star.

    According to Eurosport, Salah has been making hints over a new contract with the suggestion he is looking for a new challenge.

  • Joe Brophy

    BACK TO THE BRIDGE?

    Former Chelsea midfielder Oscar has revealed it is his 'dream' to end his career at Stamford Bridge.

    He told talkSPORT: "I think about finishing at Chelsea because I had good times before at Chelsea.

    "Chelsea helped me a lot to improve and to do what I always dreamed [of], which was to play in the Champions League and they helped me to play in the World Cup and to win the Premier League.

    "I have a lot of friends at Chelsea. If I have a chance to finish my career at Chelsea, it's a dream for me."

  • Joe Brophy

    GUNNER REGRET IT

    Emiliano Martinez has hit out at Arsenal by claiming 'they did not trust me like they should have'.

    He told Sky Sports: "I love everything about Arsenal. I still love them and I'm still watching the games, but I just felt like they didn't trust me like they should have.

    "That's the reality because they kept buying goalkeepers to go in front of me and I was the goalkeeper from the academy.

    'When I was on a high, I still felt like they didn't deserve me because of the way they were treating me.

    "They couldn't guarantee me the games I needed so I thought that if they couldn't guarantee me games, I'm moving on.

    'They didn't say to me that I wasn't going to play, they just didn't guarantee me the games that I wanted to play.

    'So, after 10 years, I decided to leave, and it was very difficult. My family didn't understand why I was leaving when I was at such a good level at Arsenal, but it was my decision to leave and I'm really proud I did it."

  • Joe Brophy

    XHAK ATTACK

    Arsenal midfielder Granit Xhaka has apologised to Gunners fans after his horrific blunder against Burnley on Saturday.

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  • Joe Brophy

    COVID CANCELLATION

    This month's South American World Cup Qualifiers have been postponed due to coronavirus travel restrictions.

    The pandemic has created a logistical nightmare in terms of flying players in and out of different countries.

    On Saturday, the South American football confederation, Conmebol, confirmed the decision to axe the fixtures.

    A statement read: "The Conmebol Council has decided to suspend the double-header of Qatar 2022 qualifiers scheduled for March.

    "The decision is due to the impossibility of receiving all South American players in a timely manner.

    "Fifa will work on the rescheduling of the date, in coordination with Conmebol and the member associations. Soon, the different options for holding the matches will be studied."

  • Joe Brophy

    DO US A BRU

    Manchester United will reportedly have to fork out an extra £4.2million if Bruno Fernandes is named PFA Player of the Year.

    The player-voted award is set to be fought over by the Portuguese star with the likes of Ilkay Gundogan, Harry Kane and Ruben Dias.

    Should Fernandes, 26, prevail it will be another clause activated for his employers to stump up for.

    According to The Times, United paid Sporting CP an initial £46.6m to sign the attacking midfielder in January 2020.

    Since then, two clauses have been met worth £4.2m each, for starting 25 games and qualifying for the Champions League.

    Picking up the PFA honour will trigger another £4.2m in an agreement which could also be met by him finishing in the Ballon d'Or top three.

  • Joe Brophy

    EZE NOW

    The wife of Ezequiel Garay has revealed his disappointing form in the sack.

    She said: "If you ask me whether I still have the same sexual appetite as before, my answer is no.

    "I don't know whether it is down to a lack of time or a lack of desire, but the truth is no, I don't.

    "But that is how it is. I love my husband.

    "But I don't want sex with him every day, as I am exhausted. I think many people will identify with me."

  • Joe Brophy

    HA LA LAND

    Erling Haaland struck twice in the first nine minutes to light up Der Klassiker – showing why Manchester United are so keen on the Borussia Dortmund striker.

  • Joe Brophy

    CHAMPIONS ELECT

    Rangers were rampant as they put St Mirren to the sword and charged even closer towards the league title.

    Steven Gerrard's men will be crowned champions and end Celtic's domestic dominance if the Hoops fail to beat Dundee United on Sunday.

    Ryan Kent put the home side in front with a left-footed strike from outside the area before Alfredo Morelos followed up moments later to coolly double the lead.

    Moments after the restart Ianis Hagi put the icing on the cake.

  • Joe Brophy

    ON TARGETT

    Gareth Southgate is reportedly considering a call-up for Aston Villa's Matt Targett.

    The England boss has been impressed with the 25-year-old's form for Dean Smith's side and is weighing up whether to include him, according to The Mirror.

    And he could recreate his impressive partnership with left-sided team-mate Jack Grealish on the international stage when Southgate names his next squad on March 18.

    Targett has started all 25 of Villa's Premier League games and helped them to keep 13 clean sheets.

    He could challenge fellow in-form star Luke Shaw for the left-back role after his sensational form for the Red Devils.

  • Joe Brophy

    DO ME A FAVRE

    Former Borussia Dortmund manager Lucien Favre is being touted to take over at Lyon at the end of the season.

    Current Lyon boss Rudi Garcia is out of contract this summer and his future at the club remains unclear.

    Lyon have impressed this season and are still in with a chance of winning Ligue 1.

    Garcia's team are just three points off table toppers Lille and one point behind defending champions Paris Saint-Germain.

    But, according to Le 10 Sport, Favre is being talked up as a potential replacement at the end of the campaign.

    Swiss coach Favre was sacked by Dortmund in December following their 5-1 thrashing at the hands of Stuttgart.

  • Joe Brophy

    LI-VAR-POOL

    Liverpool would be just one point off the top four if VAR had not been used in the Premier League this season.

    The Reds are currently down in seventh place, four points behind fourth-place Chelsea following their fifth successive home defeat on Wednesday.

  • Joe Brophy

    RUB IT IN

    Ruben Dias shared a long embrace with John Stones during January's Manchester derby because he had been poked in the EYE by his pal.

    Stones told the Telegraph: "We’d actually gone to high five and my hand slipped and I ended up poking him in the eye.

    "We were buzzing having won, having kept another clean sheet and how we’d played.

    "But I’m there half saying, ‘Sorry, I’ve just poked you in the eye’ and half celebrating at the same time.

    "It was a nice moment I will always remember. We’ve actually got some pictures around the training ground now of the whole squad after that game celebrating on the pitch together.

    "It’s a moment that really showed the character and team spirit. The relief and emotion when the final whistle goes — I think we let it out in that embrace."

  • Joe Brophy

    REGGAE, SET, GO

    Jamaica could field as many as TEN England-qualified stars at the 2022 World Cup in Qatar.

    The Reggae Boyz are making waves on the international scene after it was revealed they have approached a number of players about switching allegiance.

  • Joe Brophy

    LOW BALL OFFER

    Joachim Low went to great extents to seal Jamal Musiala's commitment to Germany, it has been claimed.

    The winger, 18, has enjoyed a rapid rise at Bayern Munich – sparking a battle between England and Die Mannschaft for his international allegiance.

    Both countries held talks with Musiala and his family, and The Times liken Low's efforts to turning up on the player's doorstep, asking him to join him at the Euros.

    The World Cup winning coach, 61, is said to have offered the forward a starring role in his side, which won just three of eight games in 2020.

  • Joe Brophy

    AL UP FOR GRABS

    Paris Saint-Germain are reportedly willing to pay David Alaba's £400,000-a-week wages when he becomes a free agent this summer.

    The Bayern Munich defender's contract is up at the end of the season and he is rumoured to be turning heads across Europe.

    And while PSG are hoping they can secure his signature by facilitating his wage demands, AS believe the Austrian is waiting on interest from Chelsea and Real Madrid.

  • Joe Brophy

    NOT MILLER TIME

    Fans are calling on the EFL to take action after Rotherham called off their match at Brentford and Tuesday's fixture with Luton due to COVID-19.

    It is the second time this season that the relegation-threatened Millers have been forced to postpone games because of positive test results in their squad.

    They also cancelled fixtures against Derby and Middlesbrough earlier in the campaign while a further THREE games were rearranged due to a frozen pitch.

    And now fans want the Football League to step in and take action in the form of a points deduction.

    Coventry City fan Sean Kay tweeted: "Should be point deduction for the amount of games they've postponed this season – boring now."

  • Jake Lambourne

    FULL-TIME

    It's all over at Bramall Lane and Southampton have emerged as 2-0 winners against Sheffield United.

    James Ward-Prowse opened the scoring with a first half penalty, before Che Adams doubled the visitors' lead with a stunning strike just after the break.

    The win keeps the Saints in 14th spot, while United remain rooted to the bottom of the table.

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