Man Utd want £150m Haaland, Chelsea transfer cash, Europa League draw reaction, Arsenal, Tottenham, Liverpool news

MANCHESTER UNITED and Chelsea remain hot on the tail of Borussia Dortmund star Erling Haaland, but they're going to have to pay one pretty penny to land him.

Elsewhere Liverpool have exciting targets of their own, while we've got you covered on all the transfer news from the rest of the Premier League's top clubs.

And the Europa League draw has taken place with Manchester United facing AC Milan and Arsenal to play Olympiacos, while Spurs have drawn Dynamo Zagreb.


Follow our LIVE blog below to get the latest from around the clubs…

  • Jake Lambourne


    Footie-mad Britain could host all of the Euros this summer thanks to the stonking vaccine rollout.

    Whitehall insiders said they are “ready and waiting” to step in to host the summer spectacular if asked.

    No10 is facing a growing clamour to rescue the championships, which was meant to be played across 11 countries this summer.

    MPs have warned that forcing teams to zigzag around Europe while the pandemic is still raging is a “biohazard disaster” waiting to happen.

    And President of the Albanian FA Armand Duka broke cover to say the entire tournament could now be moved to England.

    He said: "The hope is that Euro 2020 can be played with 50 per cent of fans in the stands. It's possible that Euro 2020 will be played solely in England.

    "There are still four or five months left, let's see if the situation will change. If not, England remains a possibility."

  • Jake Lambourne


    Former Real Madrid hardman Pepe revealed he slept in bed with his mother until he was 17 – much to the annoyance of his dad.

    The Portuguese centre-back, 38, now captains Porto but grew up in Brazil before leaving for Europe when he turned 18.

    Pepe developed a reputation as a no-nonsense defender during a decade at the Bernabeu in which he was booked 79 times and sent off on six occasions in 334 appearances.

    But in an interview with Portuguese outlet Tribuna Expresso, the towering 6ft 2in defender revealed he was spoiled as a child.

    Pepe – who left Madrid in 2017 – said: "Until I came to Portugal, at the age of 17, I slept with my mother, so imagine what it was like [laughter].

    "I was already big and I slept with my parents, so I imagine my father did not like to have me there [laughs]. 

    "This is interesting: the other day I was talking to my mother and she was telling me that I really liked to run my hand through her hair and I told her that maybe I already knew it would be too much time away from her."

    Veteran Porto defender Pepe revealed he slept in his mother's bed until he was 17
  • Jake Lambourne


    Steve Bruce has hit back after angry Newcastle fans spotted him laughing with Manchester United boss Ole Gunnar Solskjaer on TV following their 3-1 defeat on Monday. 

    The Toon Army were far from amused to see their manager smiling on the touchline moments after their 12th loss in 16 games. 

    The Magpies could drop into the relegation zone by the end of the weekend if they lose to Wolves and Fulham beat Crystal Palace. 

    But Bruce defended it by stating that Solskjaer had complemented his side, and stressed there was nothing wrong with chatting to his old mate.

    He said: “Listen, I've known Ole Gunnar Solskjaer for 20 years. 

    “Now, if I'm caught smiling with him – he was complimenting us on how well we played, so if that's a bad thing that I've smiled with Ole Gunnar Solskjaer, then unfortunately okay. Let it be.”

  • Jake Lambourne


    Man Utd head to Chelsea on Sunday afternoon hoping to take another step closer to securing Champions League football for next season.

    The Red Devils start the weekend in second – ahead of Leicester's clash with Arsenal – and go into the game six points clear of Chelsea.

    However, United will be without Paul Pogba once again for the journey to West London.

    Pogba is set to be missing for a 'few weeks' still with his thigh strain.

    Edinson Cavani, Donny van de Beek, Scott McTominay and Daniel James are also doubts for the 4.30pm kick-off on Sunday as they try to shake off injuries.

    Here's how United could start.

  • Jake Lambourne


    Thomas Tuchel could have Thiago Silva fit for Sunday's clash with Manchester United.

    A thigh issue has kept Silva, 36, out since the start of the month but he is nearing a return to action.

    Whether Tuchel risks the centre-back will be a key selection headache ahead of United's visit.

    The case for sticking with the same XI that beat Atletico Madrid in midweek is strong.

    Andreas Christensen has ably filled in for much of Silva's absence, helping keep a clean sheet as Chelsea progressed in the Champions League.

    Olivier Giroud's breathtaking overhead kick winner should be enough to earn the striker consecutive starts for the first time since Tuchel became Blues boss.

    Here's how the Blues could line-up.

  • Jake Lambourne


    These are all the ties for the Europa League Round of 32.

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    Arsenal have been drawn against Olympiacos in the last-16 of the Europa League.

    The Gunners will be hoping for revenge after being knocked out of the competition against the Greek side last season.

    Manchester United meanwhile will face AC Milan in what is the standout tie of the round.

    Tottenham will pit their pits against Dinamo Zagreb, with Rangers to battle Slavia Prague.

  • Jake Lambourne


    Chelsea and Manchester City are the frontrunners for Erling Haaland's signature this summer, according to reports.

    The Borussia Dortmund hotshot has hit 27 goals in 25 games this season, including a recent scissor kick spectacular against Schalke.

    A fee of around £150million is said to be required to prise the Norwegian from the Bundesliga club.

    In 2022, a release clause worth £75m will activate but Europe's top clubs may not wait for such a reduction.

    According to Eurosport, Chelsea want to make a statement in the market to highlight their title ambitions under Thomas Tuchel.

    The Blues are described as confident of their chances of signing Haaland, having made contact with senior figures in his camp.

  • Jake Lambourne


    A reminder that the Europa League draw for the Round of 16 starts at 12!

    There are no restrictions, meaning the likes of Arsenal, Man Utd, Tottenham and Rangers can all face each other.

    Head over to the SunSport LIVE blog of the draw for coverage.

    Click HERE to follow.

  • Jake Lambourne


    Ex-Celtic and Newcastle star Ki Sung-yueng has blasted reports linking him to the abuse of youths as a starlet in his native South Korea.

    The midfielder, 32, released a furious statement after articles hinted he was the country’s mystery star player who had been accused of attacks on two schoolmates in 2000.

    It comes after a lawyer in the country claimed an ace forced two youths to perform sexual acts on him and a pal and they beat them if they refused.

    Ki, who joined Seoul FC last summer, wrote on Instagram: “I have absolutely zero connection to events reported in the media.

    “I don’t think I really need to say much more than that. Nothing of that nature ever happened. I will stake my football career to that.”

    The midfielder, who was a hit with Celtic fans during his two-year spell at the club, vowed to take legal action to protect 'my suffering family'.

    He added: “I didn’t think this could be a problem because it’s not true, but then I realised it could threaten my career and put my family in danger. I will not sit idly by.”

    Ki Sung-Yeung, pictured during his time at Celtic, denied claims he was involved in forcing youths to perform sexual acts on him
  • Jake Lambourne


    Burnley have demanded £50million from Tottenham if they are to sell Nick Pope this summer, according to reports.

    Jose Mourinho is eager to find a replacement for Hugo Lloris and is considering a move for the Clarets shot-stopper.

    Pope, 28, has been grabbing attention due to his fine form this season, making nine clean sheets in 24 games in a struggling Burnley side.

    The likes of Chelsea and West Ham have come knocking as a result, but it seems Burnley are determined to keep him.

    His contract runs until 2023 with the option of an extra year, so his asking price has been set at £50m, report LanchashireLive.

    Such a price tag is a blow for Spurs as they had a net spend of only £47m last summer.

    Nick Pope has a contract at Burnley until 2023
  • Jake Lambourne


    Mikel Arteta has heaped praise on Bukayo Saka after the Arsenal ace chipped in with two assists in the 3-2 win against Benfica.

    Speaking of the 19-year-old, he said: "How good can he be is a question nobody can answer.

    "How good he is and how good he wants to be, that is probably where we can find a lot of answers for why he is doing so well.

    "He is a boy that is constantly willing to learn, to get better, to work on the things he can do better and he is a very humble and hard working boy.

    "When that happens normally, and you have the talent he has, you can go a long way."

  • Jake Lambourne


    Zlatan Ibrahimovic has awarded Ronaldo Nazario his title of the world's best-ever footballer.

    The debate over the game's greatest of all time, or GOAT, has ramped up in recent years amid the stunning longevity of Lionel Messi and Cristiano Ronaldo.

    While Diego Maradona and Pele are also often named as candidates, former Brazil forward Ronaldo has also earned a high number of nominations.

    AC Milan star Ibrahimovic made the case for the double World Cup winner.

    The 39-year-old told the Discovery+ Sweden: "Ronaldo, El Fenomeno, he's the best of all time.

    "For me, that Ronaldo is football, the way he moved. He's the greatest player in history, without a doubt."

  • Jake Lambourne


    Man Utd may be put off signing Max Aarons due to Norwich's £35million asking price, according to reports.

    The Red Devils are one of a number of clubs interested in the 21-year-old ahead of the summer transfer window.

    But despite Aarons appearing certain for a move, Championship table-toppers Norwich won't budge on their valuation.

    According to the Express, club chiefs may deem a £35m outlay on Aarons 'unnecessary' – choosing to target a new striker and centre-back instead.

    SunSport revealed this week that Norwich turned down a £20m bid from Roma last month.

    Everton and Bayern Munich are also interested in the England youth international.

  • Jake Lambourne


    Liverpool goalkeeper Alisson will heartbreakingly miss his father's funeral due to coronavirus restrictions after he drowned in Brazil.

    Jose Agostinho Becker, 57, was found dead at midnight on Wednesday by a lake on the family's rural property near Lavros do Sul in southern Brazil.

    And The Mail reports Reds shot-stopper Alisson, 28, desperately tried to find a way to negate travel bans and restrictions in order to return to Brazil to be with his family.

    But with his wife 28-weeks pregnant and the prospect of a ten-day stint in hotel quarantine, he has been unable to find a way home.

    Alisson's boss Jurgen Klopp tragically found himself in a similar situation earlier this month when he was forced to skip his mother's funeral with a total ban on travel into Germany from the UK.

    Jose Becker was declared missing at around 5pm on Wednesday when workers on the ranch raised the alarm with his family who alerted local police.

    His funeral will take place on Friday in Novo Hamburgo – where the family's main residence is.

  • Jake Lambourne


    Tomas Soucek celebrated with Slavia Prague's heroes after their shock win at Leicester on Thursday night.

    After a 0-0 draw in their Europa League last-32 first-leg tie at home, the Czech side knew they needed a miracle to progress away to the high-flying Foxes.

    Incredibly, Slavia Prague stunned Brendan Rodgers' side to win 2-0 thanks to second-half goals from Lukas Provod and Abdallah Sima.

    As they celebrated on the King Power Stadium pitch, they grabbed a phone and gave Soucek a ring.

    The West Ham midfielder, 25, spent 15 years at Slavia Prague before his move to England.

    Soucek worked his way through the youth ranks to the first-team before finally leaving in a £19.1million deal last summer.

  • Jake Lambourne


    Liverpool have suffered ANOTHER defensive setback with Jordan Henderson ruled out until at least April.

    The England international – who has been forced to play at centre-back-back recently – picked up a groin injury in the 2-0 defeat against Everton last week.

    A Reds statement said: "Liverpool can confirm Jordan Henderson has undergone an operation on the injury he sustained during last weekend's Merseyside derby with Everton.

    The captain was withdrawn after half an hour of the Anfield fixture having picked up a groin issue that left him unable to continue.

    Following further assessment with the club’s medical team, Henderson has successfully had a corrective procedure carried out on the adductor injury. He will begin a rehabilitation programme immediately.

    No specific timescale is being placed upon his return; however, the 30-year-old is ruled out initially until after the March international break."

  • Jake Lambourne


    A simulated draw for the Europa League last-16 produced the tantalising prospect of Manchester United facing Rangers.

    Who knows what could unfold at 12pm on Friday when the teams are drawn for real in Uefa's Swiss headquarters.

    Unlike the previous round, there are no seedings and teams from the same country will not be kept apart.

    English football is represented by Manchester United, Arsenal and Tottenham following Leicester's elimination, with Rangers the sole Scottish club left.

    A simulated draw concocted by SunSport produced the fascinating prospect of Steven Gerrard taking on Ole Gunnar Solskjaer.

    Here's how the other ties looked.

    The full SunSport simulation of the last-16 draw
  • Jake Lambourne


    Gary Lineker showed his excitement at reports of England being handed the reins to host every game of Euro 2020.

    Talk has been sparked of Uefa binning its original plan to host the tournament across 12 European cities, with a Wembley final.

    But SunSport has revealed that the governing body has no plans at this stage to tear up the extensive tournament setup.

    Lineker responded to the idea of England being named the sole host of the summer showcase, tweeting: "Ooooft. Yes please."

    Fans across the country are excited by the prospect although some are concerned of the impact it would have on its coronavirus situation.

    Vaccine rollout has been quicker in the UK than the rest of Europe, with another country doing well, Israel, offering to host Euro 2020.

    Read more HERE.

  • Jake Lambourne


    Edouard Mendy has hailed 'very expressive' new Chelsea boss Thomas Tuchel for boosting confidence within the squad.

    Since replacing Frank Lampard last month, the Blues have won six and drawn two of his eight matches in charge.

    Mendy said: "We know what he wants so when we are on the pitch we have to show why he has chosen us.

    "It's very positive for all the players because he gives us a lot of confidence and we need to improve and to play great football when we are on the pitch.

    "He is very expressive. He shows when he likes something when you did well on the pitch. Every day at training and in the game, he pushes you. 

    "He stays positive but he also shows his determination and that is good for me and the team."

  • Jake Lambourne


    Inter Milan youngster Martin Satriano has 'admitted' that he's 'flattered' by rumoured interest from Arsenal and Chelsea.

    The striker, who has benefited from training with Romelu Lukaku and Lautaro Martinez, also admitted that the Premier League is the 'No1 league in the world'.

    On rumoured interest, he told the Mail: "It is always flattering, yes, it is a sign that I am doing things well and that I have to continue down that path.

    "I try to use it as an incentive to keep working and be better every day.

    "The Premier League is the No1 league in the world in terms of competition, that I think all the players want to play, I think all the teams are very good.

    "It is a very competitive league where any team can beat anyone. But for now I am totally focused on Inter and to do the best with them."

    Martin Satriano has scored five goals in his last four games for Inter's Under-19s
  • Jake Lambourne


    Paul Pogba will remain on the sidelines for a number of weeks, Manchester United boss Ole Gunnar Solskjaer has confirmed.

    The Red Devils were without the midfielder for Thursday night's draw with Real Sociedad in the Europa League.

    It was the fifth game he has missed since coming off early in the draw with Everton at the start of the month.

    A thigh injury has kept Pogba, 27, out of action and his recovery will run into March.

    Solskjaer admitted to BT Sport after the Sociedad match: "Paul is still out for a few weeks."

    Pogba will definitely miss Sunday's crucial trip to Chelsea and the following midweek game away to Crystal Palace.

    Paul Pogba will have to wait for his return from a thigh injury
  • Marc Mayo


    Man Utd eased into the last 16 of the Europa League with a 4-0 aggregate win over Real Sociedad.

    The second leg at Old Trafford ended in a 0-0 stalemate, meaning the Red Devils went through thanks to their first-leg thrashing.

    Mikel Oyarzabal could have pulled one back for the visitors but sent his penalty flying over the bar.

    Axel Tuanzebe did find the back of the net, but his effort was ruled out due to a foul by Victor Lindelof.

    United will be joined in the last 16 by Arsenal, who survived a nervy clash against Benfica to progress.

    The Gunners needed an 87th minute goal from Pierre-Emerick Aubameyang to seal a 3-2 victory on the night, making it 4-3 on aggregate.

    It was the captain’s second goal of the game, with Kieran Tierney also on target for Mikel Arteta’s men.

    But Leicester crashed out of the competition after suffering a 2-0 defeat to Slavia Prague at home.

    The Foxes drew 0-0 in the first leg of their last-32 tie.

    Goals from Lukas Provod and Abdallah Sima secured victory for Slavia at the King Power.

    Meanwhile, Maurizio Sarri reportedly agreed to make an astonishing Chelsea return last month to replace Frank Lampard.

    But Roman Abramovich stopped the move to appoint Thomas Tuchel instead.

    Italian journalist Ciro Venerato told Rai Sport: “Chelsea, after having sacked Lampard, wanted Sarri. 

    “Marina Granovskaia, in particular, fought for his return.

    “Sarri had said ‘yes’ to Chelsea but Abramovich stopped everything. “

    Finally, Liverpool are in pole position to land Renato Sanches from Lille, according to reports.

    Calciomercato claims the Reds are ahead of AC Milan in the race for the ex-Bayern Munich youngster.

  • Anthony Chapman


    Victor Lindelof delivered a UFC-style flying knee to Jon Bautista's face to KO Axel Tuanzebe's goal against Real Sociedad.

    Replays clearly showed the Swede had launched his knee into the head of Sociedad striker Bautista.

    Lindelof was swiftly shown a yellow card and the goal was chalked off.

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    Eric Dier has denied Jose Mourinho’s claims he was suffering from a ‘crisis of confidence’.

    Tottenham boss Mourinho made the comments earlier this month after axing the England star from his first team line-up following a dip in form.

    But the defender rubbished the accusations, to give his under-pressure manager another headache.

    Dier insisted: “Confidence-wise, I don’t feel like I’ve been in a bad place all season.

    “I’ve gone through periods where I’ve had low confidence in the past so I know what it feels like and I haven’t felt that this season.

    “The most important thing is the reality and people’s perception versus reality can be different sometimes.”

    Eric Dier has hit back at questions over his confidence from Jose Mourinho

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