Liverpool legend Alonso to become boss, Arteta hails Arsenal star Odegaard – Chelsea, Tottenham transfer news

XABI ALONSO is set to become the new manager of Bundesliga side Borussia Monchengladbach.

Meanwhile fellow Spaniard Mikel Arteta has hailed Martin Odegaard for taking Arsenal to "another level".

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  • Jack Figg

    WINGING IT

    Jadon Sancho has reportedly flown to Dubai ahead of Borussia Dortmund’s Champions League clash with Manchester City to speed up his recovery from a muscle injury.

    The Athletic claims Sancho, 20, is desperate to face his old side in the European quarters next month.

    But the England winger has been sidelined since March 2 with a muscle problem.

    And Sancho has been ruled as just 50/50 to make the first-leg trip to Manchester on April 6.

    However, the ace is determined to feature for his side against Pep Guardiola’s quadruple chasers.

    And Sancho has now jetted off to the United Arab Emirates to see a specialist after receiving permission from Dortmund.

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  • Jack Figg

    THAT'S RICH

    Chelsea will be 'scary' next season if they sign Erling Haaland, believes Micah Richards.

    The Blues are among a number of top European sides, including Manchester United, chasing the Norwegian's signature at the end of the campaign.

    Club chiefs are reportedly willing to give the move the green light, IF boss Thomas Tuchel can guide them into next season's Champions League.

    And pundit Richards, 32, believes that they will have it made if they can sign the Borussia Dortmund hotshot.

    Following Chelsea's 2-0 win over Sheffield United, he told the BBC: "I think they've got absolutely everything. They've sorted their defensive problems.

    "The only thing to add that little bit of icing to the cake would be a striker. They've put Werner in there, they've put Havertz in there.

    "It seems like they've not really cracked that offensive aspect of the game.

    "I'm not going to speculate. If you put Haaland in this team, they'll be scary next season."

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  • Jack Figg

    LAC OF THE NET

    Alexandre Lacazette feels he should have ended the game with two goals as Arsenal drew 3-3 with West Ham.

    The striker thought he had bagged a brace only for his first effort to be awarded as a Soucek own goal instead.

    He said: “I think the first goal is mine. That’s not nice.

    “The second goal, the third goal in the second-half, we came back for the draw.”

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  • Jack Figg

    BLEAK FOR BEEK

    Mark Hughes believes Manchester United are set to force £40million transfer flop Donny van de Beek out of the club.

    The 23-year-old has managed just one goal and one assist in his 27 games for the Red Devils so far this season.

    Speaking to Stadium Astro, Hughes said: "Clearly it's difficult, he hasn't had enough game time and you can see that in his play.

    "He's wandering and not really getting on the ball, doesn't know how to affect the game, can't demand the ball of his team-mates because they're not quite sure whether or not they have enough confidence in him.

    "He looks like a guy who's wandering around lost on the field. Okay, some of that responsibility he has to take on himself, he has to be more demonstrative, he has to be a key player.

    "He's a big-money signing he's come from a big club in Ajax so he's used to being a top player of influence.

    "But clearly, since he's come to United he hasn't shown anything like what the level he needs to be at to remain a Man United player.

    "He can only have so many opportunities, at some point he's going to have to take them or United will move him on.

    "I think they're edging towards that decision if he's not careful."

  • Jack Figg

    ONE & ONLY

    Jose Mourinho might want to consider wrapping Harry Kane in cotton wool.

    After all, without the England striker, Spurs would be in real trouble this season.

    Kane, 27, has been involved in a staggering 61.2 per cent of all of Tottenham's goals this season.

    In the Premier League, Spurs have scored 49 times – with Kane involved in a barely-believable 30 of those.

    Kane has scored 17 times – the joint-top in the Premier League with Mohamed Salah.

    The forward has also added 13 assists – two more than second-placed Kevin De Bruyne such is his importance to the Tottenham team.

    According to research from TheseAreTheOdds.com, no other Premier League team has been as dependent on one player as Tottenham are on Kane.

    Harry Kane provides nearly two-thirds of all Tottenham's goals
  • Joe Brophy

    WHAT A COU

    Manchester United have been beaten to highly-rated teenage defender Soumaila Coulibaly by Borussia Dortmund.

    The Bundesliga side will acquire the 17-year-old in the summer when his contract with Paris Saint-Germain expires.

    Speaking to The Mail about his move, Coulibaly was thrilled to be joining the German side.

    "It was nice to have so much interest from so many clubs, but I cannot wait to get started with Dortmund," he said.

    "They are a great club with a proven track record of developing some of the best young talents in the world and I aim to do my best for the club and fans.

    "I am thankful to my agents [Epic Sports] for helping me in making this move to Dortmund and also to Paris Saint-Germain where I have learnt so much already in my career."

  • Joe Brophy

    DEJA BLUE

    Manchester United's new away kit for the 2021-22 has seemingly been leaked online.

    Renowned kit-leak website Footy Headlines have shared what they believe to be United's away strip for next season.

    The top will see new sponsor TeamViewer across the front for the first time from January 2022.

  • Joe Brophy

    NEV-ER SAY NEVER

    Jamie Carragher quickly trolled Gary Neville after his club Salford sacked Richie Wellens.

  • Joe Brophy

    ICE BERGE

    Sheffield United star Sander Berge has reportedly emerged as a target for Liverpool to replace Georginio Wijnaldum.

    The Reds will be in the market for a new midfielder in the summer with the Holland international set to depart on a free transfer.

    Liverpool may have already lined up his replacement, with Eurosport declaring that Berge is being eyed up by the Premier League champions.

    They state that the 23-year-old is likely to depart Bramall Lane should the Blades be relegated, as he would prefer to compete in the top-flight.

  • Joe Brophy

    VAR FETCHED

    Prem club chiefs will help agree how to improve VAR next term when they meet virtually on Thursday.

    The latest meeting of the 20 'shareholder' clubs is due to discuss the feedback from the survey commissioned by League bosses.

    Clubs have been given an extra 48 hours, until Wednesday to return their thoughts on a series of incidents that have taken place this season.

    Fans and players alike have voiced their frustrations over some crunch calls especially over defensive handballs and penalty decisions.

    It is hoped that the responses of players and managers will enable refs’ chief Mike Riley and his officials to agree on a consistent approach for the new campaign from August.

    League bosses and clubs accept that subjective refereeing calls mean there can never be 100 per cent consistency.

    But the aim is to give all officials clearer starting points for their decisions, either on the pitch or in the VAR booth at Stockley Park.

  • Joe Brophy

    LACA CLAIM

    Alexandre Lacazette astonishingly claimed he and Arsenal’s players did not ‘respect’ Mikel Arteta’s tactics and game plan against West Ham.

    He told Sky Sports: “My feeling is mixed between being proud of my team for coming back in the second-half and being disappointed with the first-half.

    “We didn’t respect the game-plan from the coach and we conceded three goals.

    “This is not what we wanted.”

  • Joe Brophy

    KANE-DEPENDANCE

    Tottenham boss Jose Mourinho might want to consider wrapping Harry Kane in cotton wool.

    After all, without the England striker, Spurs would be in real trouble this season.

  • Joe Brophy

    PAUL THE OTHER ONE

    Paul Merson has branded Arsenal's start away at West Ham as 'unacceptable' after they fell 3-0 behind inside 32 minutes.

    He told Sky Sports: "That was Arsenal's season in 90 minutes. One minute they're poor, one minute they're good.

    "They're so inconsistent. It's like a rollercoaster, [Mikel] Arteta's got to sort that out if they want to be successful next season.

    "It's unacceptable if you're playing for Arsenal to start like that, or if you're playing in the Premier League.

    "Fair play to them, they showed a lot of spirit to come back, but it's the consistency – if they want to finish in the Champions League places they can't play 45-minute football."

  • Joe Brophy

    TAKING THE MICHAEL

    Chelsea icon Michael Essien has revealed what made Jose Mourinho such a key figure in his career.

    Now a coach himself with FC Nordsjaelland in Denmark, Essien, 38, explained: "I have played under so many coaches and every one is different. I would take Mourinho as an example – I was very much connected with him.

    "He's a winner, he gives you tactical details and makes sure it's very clear so when you're on the pitch you know what to do.

    "It's one of the things I am going to carry with me and hopefully I can transmit to the boys if one day I become a manager."

    He then added: "I didn't think I would make the transition. When I was playing I always said 'no I don't want to be a coach' but when you love the game so much you always try to be in the game.

    "So two or three years ago I said I am coming toward the end of my career and I want to learn about the coaching side of the game and it will give me the opportunity to be on the pitch and to be around the players.

    "Actually when I started doing it, it was something I wanted to do. The whole project here is very good for my transition into the coaching side of the game."

  • Joe Brophy

    SHEFFIELD KARL-ING

    Oxford manager Karl Robinson is one of the managers being considered to replace Chris Wilder at Sheffield United.

    The Blades are taking their time trying to settle on the right man to lead the club’s attempts to make an instant return to the top-flight once their almost certain relegation is confirmed.

    Former Fulham and Watford boss Slavisa Jokanovic is their leading target, as revealed by SunSport last week, but there are others also being considered.

    And it is understood one of those is 40-year-old Robinson, who has gained an impressive reputation operating on a shoestring budget at Oxford and still producing a competitive side playing good football.

    Jokanovic’s CV is strong having twice achieved promotion to the Premier League during his time in charge at Fulham and Watford.

  • Joe Brophy

    WELL DONE

    Salford have sacked Richie Wellens after showdown talks with co-owner Gary Neville.

    The League Two side fell to another defeat at the weekend that leaves them six points off the play-off places.

    SunSport exclusively revealed that co-owner Gary Neville had held a huge inquest into Salford’s shaky promotion campaign.

  • Joe Brophy

    PIRL-WOE

    Juventus boss Andrea Pirlo has ONE game to save his job, according to reports in Italy.

    The Italian chief, 41, has endured a tricky debut season in charge, with the Old Lady ten points adrift of Serie A leaders Inter Milan.

    Juve have won the last NINE league titles in a row.

    And in a bid to keep their streak alive, the club could sack Pirlo if he doesn't win next weekend's derby game with Torino, say Tuttosport.

    Their front page reads: "Pirlo and Torino, a derby to save himself."

  • Joe Brophy

    THE PAT RACE

    Manchester United and Arsenal are locked in a transfer battle for RB Leipzig striker Patson Daka.

    The 22-year-old Zambian international has scored 20 goals in just 18 Austrian Bundesliga games so far this season.

    And, according to Salzburger Nachrichten, his performances have caught the eye of numerous Premier League clubs including Man Utd, Arsenal, Liverpool and Manchester City.

  • Joe Brophy

    ZIN BUSINESS

    Zinedine Zidane will stay at Real Madrid next season, according to reports.

    The Frenchman has been linked away from the Spanish capital, with rumours persisting around the France national team job.

    Zizou's contract at Real Madrid also expires in July 2022, and having endured a turbulent campaign, it has been suggested that he could leave the club.

    But Telefoot believe that he is set for talks with president Florentino Perez in the coming months regarding an extension.

  • Joe Brophy

    KANE YOU BELIEVE IT

    Gary Neville caused uproar online after describing Harry Kane's method of winning a penalty at Aston Villa 'cute'.

    Fans were quick to point to occasions where the Manchester United legend had criticised Mo Salah for similar incidents and suggest he was being a hypocrite.

  • Joe Brophy

    TAKING THE MIK

    Arsenal sacked Unai Emery after just 18 months for underperforming – but his replacement Mikel Arteta is struggling even more.

  • Joe Brophy

    SHEAR MISERY

    Manchester United were labelled 'flat' and 'poor' by England legend Alan Shearer after their dismal 3-1 defeat to Leicester on Sunday.

    The 50-year-old told the BBC: "They looked very, very tired.

    "They couldn’t cope with the pace that Leicester showed this evening, even with the changes that came on didn’t make them any better.

    "It was a really flat, poor performance from them."

  • Joe Brophy

    LICENSE TO KILL

    Kylian Mbappe showed off his scintillating speed with a devastating counter-attacking goal against Lyon on Sunday evening.

    The 22-year-old sprung clear from inside his own half before sweeping the ball home to score PSG's fourth goal of the game.

  • Joe Brophy

    BRUCIE BONUS

    Steve Bruce has escaped the Toon axe for now – despite club legends turning on the team.

    Calls for Bruce’s sacking reached fever pitch after Newcastle’s 3-0 loss at relegation rivals Brighton on Saturday.

    Yet owner Mike Ashley is convinced keeping Bruce is still their best hope of staying up.

    Newcastle have won just twice in 20 games and sit 17th – two points clear of Fulham and the bottom three.

    But it is understood the Sports Direct billionaire is in no mood to make a change.

  • Joe Brophy

    MOUR ANGER

    Jose Mourinho has laid into modern football stars, blaming ‘selfishness’ and ‘agents’ for some of Tottenham’s recent poor performances.

    He said: “Football nowadays is not easy. Selfishness is around, the individualism is around, the connection between agents and the press is around.

    “You need time to develop team empathy because the psychological profile of young people now is not an easy one.

    “I want to be proud of my players, doesn’t matter the result. During my career I was proud of my players many times after defeats.

    “I was not proud last Thursday [against Zagreb] and I was not proud at the Emirates [against Arsenal last Sunday].”

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