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21st August 2021

KYLIAN MBAPPE is once again being linked with Real Madrid after being pictured alone while his PSG team-mates went to training in a group.

Meanwhile Bernardo Silva has reportedly refused to be used as a makeweight in a deal to bring Harry Kane to Man City from Tottenham.

And Cristiano Ronaldo has taken to Instagram to furiously deny rumours that he will join Real Madrid.

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  • Jake Lambourne

    GUNNAR SIGN MORE

    Manchester United still want to make one more signing this summer but need to sell first, according to reports.

    The Red Devils have enjoyed a busy transfer window, adding Jadon Sancho, Raphael Varane and Tom Heaton to their star-studded squad.

    According to the Manchester Evening News, United are exploring the possibility of signing another midfielder before the end of August.

    Doubts have been raised about the strength of Ole Gunnar Solskjaer’s midfield, with many unconvinced by Fred and Scott McTominay.

    There are also huge question marks over Paul Pogba’s future, with the Frenchman entering the final year of his Old Trafford contract.

    And some believe Nemanja Matic’s best days are behind him after the ex-Chelsea star turned 33 last month.

    It’s believed United would like to bring in another top-class player but need to shift some deadwood before they can do anymore business.

  • Jake Lambourne

    SUPER SADIO

    Liverpool hosted a full crowd for the first time in 18 months and Liverpool fans were treated to three points after a comfortable 2-0 win against Burnley.

    And in the process Sadio Mane became the fourth-highest African goalscorer in Premier League history.

    He scored Liverpool's second of the game after 69 minutes, firing past Nick Pope after an excellent pass from Trent Alexander-Arnold.

    The goal was Sadio Mane's 96th in the Premier League.

    Only three African players have scored more goals in the English top flight than the Senegalese international, including his Liverpool compatriot Mo Salah.

    Didier Drogba is currently the highest African goalscorer in Premier League history – netting 104 times during his time at Chelsea.

    Salah is then second on the list with 98 goals, with Emmanuel Adebayor third on 97.

    Sadio Mane is just one behind Adebayor on 96 Premier League goals, and it's now a race between him and Salah to see who can overtake Drogba's record first.

  • Jake Lambourne

    DONE AND DUS-TED

    Fiorentina striker Dusan Vlahovic his reportedly set to stay with the Italian club.

    Both Arsenal and Man City have been linked with a move for the 21-year-old.

    And Atletico Madrid have also been rumoured to lure the Serbian ace to Spain.

    But according to Fiorentina boss Vincenzo Italiano, Vlahovic is poised to sign a new deal.

    He said: “Dusan wants to stay. We’re in talks to extend his contract.

    "I’m 100 per cent sure, he’s staying."

  • Jake Lambourne

    FULL-TIME! LIVERPOOL 2-0 BURNLEY

    Liverpool have put themselves top of the Premier League table with two wins from two.

    The Reds, who won the title in 2020, beat Burnley at Anfields 2-0 thanks to goals from Diego Jota and Sadio Mane.

    It gives them maximum points, having beaten newly-promoted Norwich last week.

    Read more from SunSport's match report by clicking HERE.

  • Jake Lambourne

    CRIS CROSS

    Juventus manager Massimiliano Allegri has confirmed that Cristiano Ronaldo will be staying at the club.

    The Man Utd legend has been linked with a return to Old Trafford, as well as moves to join Real Madrid and PSG.

    With just one year left on his contract in Turin, it has been rumoured that Ronaldo could seek a new challenge.

    However Allegri has rubbished those reports, as he said: "Cristiano told me he’s staying at Juventus.

    "He’s not leaving the club and it was never a problem, he’s training so well."

  • Jake Lambourne

    LU BEAUTY

    David Luiz has emerged as a transfer target for Flamengo with the club reportedly looking to add more top football stars to their ranks. 

    The Brazilian champions' interest in the former Gunners centre-back, 34, comes in the same week as their loan deal for Man United’s Andreas Pereira.

    Brazilian news outlet Globo reports the club have made contact with Luiz’s representatives. 

    The Daily Mail claims the player – who has 57 Brazil international caps – has had meetings with Flamengo’s football director Bruno Spindel and vice president Marcos Braz. 

    It is thought the duo are keen on strengthening their ranks by bringing some of football’s biggest names to the Marcarana. 

    And Globo claims the financial details of a contract has already been agreed upon.

    However, it is thought Luiz, who is currently residing in Brazil, wants to have more time to weigh up his options.

  • Jake Lambourne

    BACK ON TORR

    Lucas Torreira has been told to leave Arsenal this summer with the Uruguayan keen on a return to Serie A, according to reports.

    The Gunners midfielder, 25, was loaned out to Atletico Madrid last season following the arrival of Thomas Partey.

    Despite Mikel Arteta making it clear Torreira was not in his plans, the former Sampdoria star had vowed to break back into the Arsenal set-up this summer.

    But after being told his time at the Emirates was up, the 31-cap Uruguay star is now targeting a return to Italy, according to football.london.

    Torreira’s agent Pablo Bentancur has revealed his client is keen on a move back to Serie A having spent three years at Sampdoria and two at Pescara.

    Roma and Lazio are both believed to be keen on him, but only on loan.

  • Jake Lambourne

    ATTABHOY

    Celtic have announced the signing of Croatian right-back Josip Juranovic from Legia Warsaw.

    The 26-year-old has agreed a five-year deal with the Scottish giants.

    Commenting on the move, Celtic manager Ange Postecoglou said: “We are absolutely delighted to be bringing Josip to the Club and we are sure he will be a great addition to the squad.

    “As I have said before, everyone at the club has been working hard to add to our squad and we have made good progress. I am really pleased to bring Josip in to support the rest of the boys.

    “We have so many challenges ahead of us and Josip will add important quality and depth. I am really looking forward to working with him.”

  • Jake Lambourne

    SAINTS ROW

    Southampton boss Ralph Hasenhuttl has promised fans that a new centre-back will be signed before the end of the window.

    The Saints have sold Jannik Vestergaard and Wesley Hoedt this summer.

    Commenting on the centre-half position, Hasenhuttl said: "Jannik was only with us one week after coming back from the Euros.

    “He has been an important player. Especially at the centre-back positions we don’t have big alternatives at the moment.

    “This is definitely a position we will want to do soon – before the end of the transfer window – and I can guarantee we will sign a player in this position.”

  • Jake Lambourne

    KICK-OFF

    Liverpool's clash at home to Burnley is underway.

    And you can keep up to date with all the action on the SunSport LIVE blog of the match.

    Click HERE to follow.

  • Jake Lambourne

    KANE IS ABLE

    EXCLUSIVE – Harry Kane WILL travel with Spurs today ahead of tomorrow’s Premier League clash at Wolves.

    The wantaway Tottenham striker will be involved in a matchday squad for the first time this season and is hoping to be on the bench tomorrow.

    Nuno Espirito Santo, preparing for the game at his former clubs, takes the squad to the midlands this afternoon to stay overnight.

    Santo claimed yesterday that Kane, hoping for a £160million move to Manchester City, would have a say if he plays again for the club.

    But it is understood Kane is keen to feature although is not certain if he will be on the bench.

  • Jake Lambourne

    PEP TALK

    Manchester City boss Pep Guardiola has shrugged off questions about Tottenham’s Harry Kane and insisted fellow striker Robert Lewandowski will stay at Bayern Munich.

    City are tipped to up their original £100million bid for England skipper Kane to £120m – still well below Spurs’ £160m valuation.

    Guardiola said: “I’m not going to talk about 11 days left, about the transfer market. I don’t know what’s going to happen, nobody knows.”

    And questioned if he was happy with his squad, the Spaniard insisted: “Absolutely.

    More than happy. It is the same team, except Sergio (Aguero, who has joined Barcelona) for Jack Grealish (signed from Aston Villa), that we had last season.

  • Jake Lambourne

    SAL SEARCHING

    Liverpool boss Jurgen Klopp has confirmed Mo Salah is in talks to extend his stay at Anfield.

    He said: "Two things: Mo is in a really good moment football-wise, mood-wise, how he behaves from the first day when he came back, absolutely great.

    "So we are all adults, all professionals and when there are talks, there are talks and when there's a decision we will tell you.

    "Until then it's unimportant how the parties work together in these things.

    "We don't have to talk about people in the background. With two years left you can imagine that there are talks, that's it."

  • Jake Lambourne

    TCHOU OF CLASS

    Man Utd are interested in signing French midfield sensation Aurelien Tchouameni, according to reports.

    Transfer guru Duncan Castles said: “He [Tchouameni] is an obvious fit for Manchester United if the change in midfield happens that we’ve been talking about for so long, which is that Paul Pogba doesn’t sign a new contract at Man Utd or is sold this summer.

    “Again, most likely avenue for that to happen is Paris Saint-Germain at present.

    “Then you bring in Tchouameni who would certainly be much lower maintenance than Pogba, should be more consistent in his performance.

    “If they have that space in their squad created by Pogba, then Tchouameni is one of the options to replace.

    “He would be cheaper than options like Declan Rice, who has been mentioned as an option for them. I’m told Monaco value him at around €40m [£34m].”

  • Jake Lambourne

    COR BLIMEY

    Bayern Munich have reportedly offered Spurs £17million-PLUS Corentin Tolisso for wantaway midfielder Tanguy Ndombele.

    It is understood Ndombele is keen to depart North London having not been part of Nuno Espirito Santo's plans in pre-season.

    And according to Sky Sports, Bundesliga champions Bayern are prepared to bring him to Bavaria.

    They are even willing to offer Spurs a like-for-like replacement in Tolisso.

    However they state that Spurs have turned down the offer.

  • Jake Lambourne

    MART IN THE MAKING

    Mikel Arteta has hinted that Gabriel Martinelli could play as a No9.

    The young Brazilian is one of Arsenal’s most versatile squad members as he’s able to operate out wide and up front.

    Arteta said: “Time will tell [if he’s a number 9].

    “But I would like to develop him in both positions because I think he’s got the potential to do both.”

  • Jake Lambourne

    MOY BIEN

    David Moyes admits he is still a big fan of Manchester United’s Jesse lingard – amid speculation West Ham will bid for the England midfielder before the transfer window shuts.

    Hammers’ boss Moyes confirmed he “hopes to do some more business” in the next 11 days.

    And asked about Lingard he said: “The questions are not for me, the questions are for Manchester United. 

    “But you know we enjoyed having him.”

    And of possible upcoming transfers, Moyes added: “We have been trying hard and we are trying to add to a good group of players and give ourselves more options at different times.”

  • Jake Lambourne

    LAP OF HONOUR

    Man City are ready to let Aymeric Laporte leave but only if their £60million valuation is met, reports say.

    The defender has seen his game time slashed after the signing of Ruben Dias last summer and recent emergence of John Stones.

    And according to The Mail, the Premier League champions have agreed not to prevent Laporte from leaving.

    But they will demand £3m more than the £57m they paid Athletic Bilbao in 2018 when they signed the centre-back.

    It is claimed Real Madrid and Juvenuts are among the clubs interested in signing Laporte.

  • Jake Lambourne

    SAUL ABROAD

    Chelsea are reportedly considering a move for Atletico Madrid midfielder Saul Niguez.

    The Blues have been busy in the transfer market this summer, splashing out a whopping £97.5million acquiring the services of Romelu Lukaku and free agent Marcus Bettinelli.

    And a swoop for Spain international Saul could be on the cards for the west Londoners.

    That's according to Italian journalist Fabrizio Romano, who claims there's a 'possibility' last season's Champions League winners bring the 26-year-old to Stamford Bridge before the window closes a week on Tuesday.

    Atletico are understood to be keen on keeping Saul at the Wanda Metropolitano Stadium and will reportedly make a decision on his future in the coming days.

  • Jake Lambourne

    FRIGHT NIGHT

    Arsenal legend Ian Wright fears Manchester United could be unstoppable this season with new signing Raphael Varane at the back.

    On his show with Kelly Coates, Wrighty and Kelly, the he said: "For him to go to Manchester United now, in his prime. It’s a magnificent signing. He’s a top player."

    And, alongside Harry Maguire and Luke Shaw in United's defence, Ole Gunnar Solskjaer now have a world-class team.

    Wright added: "Now they’ve got world class next to Harry Maguire and, for me, Luke Shaw is world class. That’s it. It’s shored up.

    "He’ll mark the space and go and try and get into the places where they’ll try and turn and get at someone like Harry Maguire. He’ll snuffle that out.

    "We’re talking about a defensive unit now, which matches the front end in respect of quality. It’s frightening."

  • Jack Figg

    MORNING TRANSFER ROUND-UP

    Manchester City boss Pep Guardiola claims Robert Lewandowski will stay at Bayern Munich – but refused to discuss Harry Kane.

    City are still tipped to up their original £100million bid for England skipper Kane to £120m – still well below Spurs’ £150m valuation.

    And although Lewandowski has sparked interest across Europe as the Premier League champions hunt a world-class hitman, Guardiola insists the Polish legend is off limits.

    But asked if he was content with his squad, Guardiola said: "More than happy.

    "It is the same team, except Sergio (Aguero, who has joined Barcelona) for Jack Grealish (signed from Aston Villa), that we had last season.”

    Meanwhile, Old Trafford chief Ole Gunnar Solskjaer says he and Paul Pogba are focused on United's efforts on the pitch – while leaving contract talks to the midfielder's agent and club officials.

    Elsewhere, Arsenal have landed Sheffield United keeper Aaron Ramsdale for £30m on a six-year contract.

    Gunners' manager Mikel Arteta hailed the 23-year-old's "huge, huge" potential – and fates fellow newcomer Martin Odegaard as a "unique" talent

    Centre-back Ben Gibson says he chose to join Norwich permanently after his disastrous spell at Burnley on the advice of England manager Gareth Southgate.

    Lastly, Everton are reportedly set to rival Arsenal for Lazio forward Joaquin Correa.

  • Ian Tuckey

    BOSSES CAN’T FORCE PLAYERS TO BE VACCINATED

    Premier League bosses admit they are powerless in their battle to get stars vaccinated.

    Arsenal and Chelsea both have players in isolation ahead of tomorrow’s derby as Covid continues to cause havoc.

    Gunners quartet Pierre-Emerick Aubameyang, Alexandre Lacazette, Willian and Alex Runarsson all tested positive last week, while Chelsea duo Christian Pulisic and Ruben Loftus-Cheek were ruled out yesterday.

    Arsenal boss Mikel Arteta was shocked that last week’s opener at Brentford was not called off — even though they did not request a postponement.

    Arteta, who only has Aubameyang from the Covid-hit players back in training, said: “We had an incredible 48 hours before that match which created a big uncertainty and probably an unprecedented Arsenal line-up.

    “For me, it was simple. My best players have Covid and they cannot play.

    “So we did what we had to do and the club doctor explained the situation, how it had developed and the risks that we considered.

    “But the regulators decided that the best thing to do was to play the game.”

  • Ian Tuckey

    GIB ME HOPE OF ENGLAND

    Ben Gibson joined Norwich permanently on the advice of Gareth Southgate.

    Now back in the Premier League and preparing for Saturday’s trip to champs Manchester City, the defender has not given up hope of finally appearing for his former manager with the England senior team.

    Gibson, who played for Southgate with the Under-21s, was on the bench for three senior games during 2017 — before his career dived after a 'disastrous' £15million move from Middlesbrough to Burnley in 2018.

    The 28-year-old played six times in two years for Sean Dyche and last summer turned to Southgate — who was also Boro boss when he was a youngster at the club — for some wisdom.

    The centre-half spent last season on loan at Carrow Road, with promotion triggering an £8m move.

    He now hopes Norwich can finally end their rotten run in the Premier League after five relegations in their previous seven top-flight seasons.

    Gibson said: “I did speak to Gareth before joining. It is testament to the man that, at the lowest point of my career, he was there for me.

    “I met up with him and we had a good conversation. Let’s be honest, he had much bigger concerns on his plate than speaking to a struggling player who he once managed — but he offered his opinion.

    “He was complimentary about the way Norwich played and the area, a football club that is  definitely on the up.

    “Gareth said, ‘You need to be playing football — back your ability,  you are a confident lad’. That helped me make the Norwich decision, along with massive input from my close family and friends.”

  • Ian Tuckey

    MBAPPE'S KYL-ER HEADER

    Kylian Mbappe gave more than a nod and a hint to new boy Lionel Messi that that the France striker can still be the PSG main man – by heading an amazing goal in the 4-2 win at Brest.

  • Ian Tuckey

    OUR TOP GAARD

    Mikel Arteta rates new Arsenal midfielder Martin Odegaard as a “unique talent”.

    The former loanee from Real Madrid says the Norway star, 22, offers everything he is looking for in a player.

    Credit: Getty

    Arteta told Sky Sports: “He brings a lot of things that he brought last season as well.

    “He made us better, we needed more options, alternatives, creativity and players that can be morals for this football club.

    “He has a unique talent based on the way we want to play so I’m delighted that the club has made an effort and we have Martin on a permanent deal here.

    “You’ve seen the numbers and what we did after Christmas when Martin was in the team and we had people like Emile, the team performed at a completely different level.

    “He’s someone that we admire and he’s still at the age in his career when the potential he has is still immense.”

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