Real Madrid’s Raphael Varane ‘wants Premier League move’

Real Madrid centre-back Raphael Varane is reportedly keen to try his hand in the Premier League amid speculation surrounding his Blancos future. The World Cup-winning Frenchman has entered the final 18 months of his deal with the La Liga champions, who are supposedly still confident of convincing him to sign a new deal. However, should Varane choose not to put pen fresh terms, Madrid would be expected to list him for transfer this summer rather than risk seeing him leave for nothing at the end of next season. Amid reported…

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Manchester United ‘handed Kalidou Koulibaly transfer boost’

Manchester United have reportedly received a boost in their pursuit of Napoli’s Kalidou Koulibaly after Bayern Munich ruled themselves out of the running to sign the centre-back. Koulibaly was strongly linked with a switch to the Premier League last year amid reported interest from Man United, Manchester City and Liverpool, but a move failed to materialise and he stayed put in Naples. However, with United expected to move for defensive reinforcements in the summer transfer window, speculation over the future of Koulibaly – whose contract is up in 2023 –…

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Manchester City ‘offer Kevin De Bruyne new deal’

Manchester City have reportedly tabled another new-and-improved contract offer to playmaker Kevin De Bruyne. Negotiations over fresh terms for the former Chelsea man have been ongoing for a number of months, and he was understood to have been growing increasingly frustrated over the time it was taking to agree a new deal. De Bruyne reportedly rejected City’s first offer of a new contract back in January, but manager Pep Guardiola affirmed that he was not concerned about the future of his inspirational playmaker. Now, The Times reports that the Premier…

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AJ steps up war of words with fellow world champ Fury

Anthony Joshua has told Tyson Fury: You’re just a warm-up act. Joshua (pictured above) is ready to put his WBA Super, IBF and WBO titles on the line against the WBC kingpin in a summer blockbuster to crown the undisputed world heavyweight champion. And while he believes the undefeated Gypsy King, 32, may be looking to wind down his career, AJ insists the all-British dust-up is just the start of more challenges to come. Just bring itSpeaking to JD Sports, he said: “He can bring whatever he wants, it doesn’t…

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UEL: Arteta tells Arsenal to ignore criticism and eye Olympiacos revenge

Mikel Arteta concedes the next week will be “massive” in determining the success of Arsenal’s season and wants his players to ignore any criticism coming their way. Arsenal visit Olympiacos in the last 16 of the Europa League on Thursday, with Arteta hoping the Gunners can gain revenge. They were beaten on away goals by the Greek side in the last 32 of last season’s competition. The tournament represents the Gunners’ best chance of reaching next year’s Champions League, with them having slumped to 10th in the Premier League. A…

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Solskjaer lauds record-breaking Haaland: There are not many more superlatives to use

Ole Gunnar Solskjaer is running out of superlatives to describe Erling Haaland after the Borussia Dortmund striker sent Champions League records tumbling. Haaland scored twice in Tuesday’s last-16 second leg against Sevilla at Signal Iduna Park to help Dortmund through 5-4 on aggregate in a thrilling tie. In doing so, Haaland became the first player to score twice in four successive matches in the Champions League as he took his tally in the tournament to 20 goals in 14 games. That is the quickest time a player has reached 20…

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‘Phenomenal’ Odegaard delights Arteta at Arsenal

Mikel Arteta has heaped praise on Martin Odegaard for how he has started at Arsenal, calling the midfielder’s effort “phenomenal”. Odegaard joined Arsenal on loan from Real Madrid towards the end of the January transfer window. He is yet to register a goal or an assist in eight outings for the Gunners, prompting former players like Martin Keown and Nigel Winterburn to criticise his start. But Arteta has been highly impressed by the 22-year-old and is thrilled with how well he has settled, amid speculation over whether Arsenal will opt…

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Mourinho wants Tottenham trophy to mark Levy landmark

Jose Mourinho “would love” to bring silverware to Tottenham to mark two decades at the helm for chairman Daniel Levy. Spurs face Dinamo Zagreb in the Europa League round of 16 on Thursday, which will mark 20 years since Levy assumed the role following ENIC’s takeover in 2001. While Levy’s reign has proven a huge commercial success, on-field glory remains scarce, with the 2008 EFL Cup triumph providing the only exception. Premier League title tilts have floundered, while the 2018-19 campaign ended with a Champions League final loss to Liverpool.…

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