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LIONEL MESSI could yet stay at Barcelona despite being linked with a big-money move away from the Nou Camp.

Also on the transfer front, we've the very latest on Erling Haaland as well as updates from all the top Premier League clubs.


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  • Jon Boon


    Manchester United legend Paul Scholes has said Thomas Tuchel must have been 'watching a different game' after the Chelsea boss claimed the 0-0 bore draw with the Red Devils had "high quality" moments.

    It was a game of few chances, with the biggest incident being a penalty shout for United after a handball by Callum Hudson-Odoi.

    And Scholes wasn't impressed.

    "I actually think Tuchel was watching a different game on his iPad when he said it was a game full of high quality," Scholes told Premier League Productions.

    "I didn’t see one bit of quality throughout the game. The number of times players got in good positions but failed with easy passes. Scott McTominay, Bruno Fernandes…

    "There was quality on the pitch, don’t get me wrong, but did any of them show it? I don’t think they did."

  • Jon Boon


    Has Folarin Balogun offered a cryptic clue about his future with Arsenal through Instagram?

    The 19-year-old striker is yet to sign a new contract with the Gunners – with 15 clubs said to be interested in securing his services.

    And now Balogun has deleted all photos from his Instagram page – offering a hint that his future lies away from the Emirates.

    Manager Mikel Arteta has revealed that he would like to keep the youngster at the club.

    However, Balogun reportedly wants assurances that he will get first team opportunities should he commit to a new deal.

  • Jon Boon


    Brazilian legend Rivaldo has tipped Manchester City to dominate football, if they sign Lionel Messi.

    The Argentinian could be set to leave Barcelona this summer after becoming disillusioned with the Cataland.

    And Rivaldo believes if City boss Pep Guardiola is successful in capturing the six-time Ballon d'Or winner, the Cityzens will be unbeatable.

    "Pep Guardiola has one of the best squads in Europe and Manchester City are in incredible form right now after 20 consecutive wins, jumping to a 13-point lead in the league and taking a solid step forward in Europe this week," he told Betfair.

    "City are a very rich club and that allows them to sign the best players in the world. For that reason, they would be a very solid destination for Lionel Messi if he leaves Barcelona.

    "Mix the great moment of form they're going through with the fact that Guardiola has already coached Messi with huge success, and it's clear that the English club would become even stronger with the Argentinian star on their ranks.

    "In fact, with Messi, they would be the favourite to win any competition."

  • Jon Boon


    Leeds United are reportedly eyeing up a move for France U21 international Boubakary Soumare.

    The Lille midfielder, 21, could be sold in the summer – and Marcelo Bielsa is said to be a big fan.

    And Soumare might be a potential replacement for star playmaker Kalvin Phillips.

    "Is this a preparation for Phillips moving on somewhere, is someone coming in for him with a big move? This might be one of those areas that they’re looking at just in case," former Sunderland striker Kevin Phillips told Football Insider.

    "It’s sensible to do that. It’s not gonna cost the earth. He’s a technical player. He’s a French Under-21 and they’re always technically fantastic. He’d fit into that Leeds side because technically the whole team looks very good."

  • Jon Boon


    A number of Premier League stars are becoming hooked on sleeping pills, The Sun can exclusively reveal.

    A number of footballers are mixing “sleepers” with alcohol to chase a new recreational high.

    Insiders say the problem with pills such as Zopiclone and Zolpidem is growing at a terrifying rate with some risking their lives and careers.

    Three England players have managed to get their hands on larger quantities of the Class C prescription medication, according to the report which you can read here.

  • Jon Boon


    Georgina Rodriguez has revealed Cristiano Ronaldo is banned from changing lightbulbs in his mansion in case he gets injured.

    The Spanish beauty also left fans guessing whether she and Ronaldo had tied the knot by telling Italian magazine Sportweek she cooked all the meals in the house for her "husband".

    “Cristiano is a super dad and the best husband I could dream of.

    “But he doesn’t cook.

    “After training all morning, he deserves to find a good plate of hot food prepared with love at the table.

    “We have a chef and sometimes I cook.

    “And changing a light bulb in our house is impossible, we have such high ceilings.

    “If you were Cristiano Ronaldo, would you change a light bulb nearly 20 foot above the ground?

    “Better not. Take care of yourself and dedicate yourself to being the best at what you do. I'll take care of the rest. I make it all work out. I like to take care of my home and my family.”

  • Jon Boon


    Ipswich Town have sacked manager Paul Lambert as the clubs appears to be nearing a takeover.

    The Scot has been in charge at Portman Road since 2018, but a strained relationship with current owner Marcus Evans, including an incredible bust-up at a meeting on Thursday where Lambert questioned Evans' interest in the club has sealed his fate.

    “I have enjoyed a healthy working relationship with Paul in our time together and he has brought a lot of positive aspects to the Club," Evans wrote in a club statement on Ipswich's website.

    “It has however become clear after holding discussions over the last few days that there are significant differences of opinion as to the order of immediate priorities and we agreed it was best for us to part company. I would like to wish both Paul and (assistant) Stuart (Taylor) the best in the future.”

    Evans is reportedly close to selling a majority stake in the club to a five-man consortium featuring three co-owners of the USL club Phoenix Rising.

  • Jon Boon


    As you can see, Liverpool were well worth their win against Sheffield United on Sunday night.

    The Reds were dominant in a 2-0 win, ending a run of four straight defeats.

    But for Aaron Ramsdale in goal for the Blades, it could have been far more.

  • Jon Boon


    Curtis Jones has dedicated his goal against Sheffield United to Liverpool's Brazilian shot-stopper Alisson.

    The Red No1 was missing from Sunday's line-up on compassionate leave after the death of his father three days ago.

    Jones said in an interview with Sky Sports after the game: "I’d like to take this time to say that this goal is for Ali’s dad actually – may he rest in peace, and if Ali sees this, this is for you, bro.

    “He’s a strong lad, a big part of the team, he’s not here today but we miss him for sure, and I’d like to dedicate my goal to him, his dad, and the rest of his family.”

  • Jon Boon


    AC Milan's technical director Paolo Maldini has revealed he would like to talk to Chelsea about making Fikayo Tomori's loan move permanent.

    The Italian legend has said he is impressed with the defender's performances so far, but believes the believed £26million transfer fee is a bit steep.

    “Tomori is a good talent and we have an buy-option clause,” he told Sky in Italy ahead of their clash at Roma on Sunday. 

    “The price is very high. AC Milan will decide at the end of this season and we will discuss about it with Chelsea's board."

    Tomori has appeared five times in Serie A this season.

  • Jon Boon


    Liverpool have ended their winless run by defeating Sheffield United 2-0 at Bramall Lane.

    Curtis Jones and an own goal by Kean Bryan were the difference, as the Blades fell to another defeat.

    For Liverpool, that ends a run of four defeats in a row – a tumultuous February for the defending Premier League champions.

    That'll sent them up nicely for their next game… Chelsea at Anfield.

  • Jon Boon


    Crystal Palace talisman Wilfried Zaha is a major doubt for the Eagles upcoming matches against Manchester United and Tottenham.

    The Ivory Coast international has missed the last four Premier League games with a thigh muscle strain.

    When asked whether he will be fit for the Man Utd and Spurs games, the former England manager said: “I doubt it, unfortunately. I think we have to wait.

    “The Manchester United game that has been thrust upon us is obviously something we’re pretty unhappy about, especially in this current state of affairs where we do have so many of our good players, our first team players unavailable.

    “It’s pretty tough to have to play Man United now and then get three weeks off when we don’t need three weeks off. I’d have much preferred if this game had stayed where it was.

    “But it’s part and parcel, I guess, of being in the Premier League, being involved in cup competitions.

    "The powers that be feel the need to move games, sometimes it will suit a team and sometimes it won’t. But I’ve got to say, the game coming up on Wednesday definitely doesn’t suit us.

    “I’d have much preferred to have a week now to get people back in some sort of form, give those guys who are playing at least a few more days to possibly be ready.

    "And most importantly give ourselves a chance to recover from two unbelievably difficult games that we’ve had to face against Brighton and Fulham where we’ve spent a lot of the time working very hard to defend our goal.”

  • Dave Fraser


    Ole Gunnar Solskjaer has accused Chelsea of 'influencing the referees' after Manchester United did not receive a penalty in their goalless draw at Stamford Bridge.

    The United boss was referring to an article on Chelsea's website that referenced a controversial decision in the reverse fixture earlier this season.

    Speaking to Sky Sports about the decision, Solskjaer said: "It's all these outside influences.

    "Even the VAR talk before the game on Harry [Maguire]. It's cheeky when they put that on their website.

    "That's influencing the referees."

    When reporter Geoff Shreeves asked Solskjaer what he was referring to, he said: "You can go back and look on their website."

    Earlier in the game, Attwell decided not to award a penalty after the ball flicked Callum Hudson-Odoi's hand in Chelsea's box.

    Solskjaer was seen pleading with the linesman but it made little difference as the game finished 0-0.

  • Dave Fraser


    Schalke's shambolic season will reach a new low next week, as they hunt a record FIFTH manager of the campaign.

    The boss search will recommence after ex-Arsenal duo Sead Kolasinac and Shkodran Mustafi reportedly led a player revolt against Christian Gross.

    The former Spurs manager, Schalke boss No4 of this season, had only been in charge since December 27.

    But the Swiss managed only one win in 11 games at the helm, losing his final match 5-1 at Stuttgart on Saturday.

    He now joins David Wagner, Manuel Baum and Huub Stevens on the Schalke scrapheap.

    And according to Bild, Kolasinac, Mustafi and veteran Klaas-Jan Huntelaar led a 'player revolt' against Gross leading to his departure.

  • Dave Fraser


    And that is 2-0 to Liverpool.

    Roberto Firmino has pressed home the Reds' advantage after Sadio Mane had a goal disallowed for offside.

    The Brazilian showed quick feet to skilfully breeze through the Blades defence and shoot at goal.

    It takes a deflection, leaving Aaron Ramsdale stranded.

    In fact, that's gone down officially as Kean Bryan own goal. Unlucky. But they all count.

    Boy, do Jurgen Klopp's boys need this…

    …if they can cling on.

    Sheff Utd 0 Liverpool 2

    You can follow all the action with our live blog here.

  • Dave Fraser


    Roy Keane slammed Manchester United for their 'boring' performance in the 0-0 draw with Chelsea on Sunday.

    The Old Trafford legend Keane was less than impressed with his former team, who have now drawn 0-0 in each of their last four games against top six clubs.

    Speaking on Sky Sports, he said: "I think Man Utd are looking at the teams more behind them and trying to keep the distance, instead of saying 'let's go and win football matches'.

    "I think they're concentrating on cementing second place and winning a cup.

    "A real lack of quality from United. When you look back at the big games where they've not produced, that must be a concern.

    "Some of these games have been really boring, considering there are some really good attacking players on the team.

    "Their mindset is just not to be beaten in these big games, rather than going for it."

  • Dave Fraser


    Liverpool strike first at Bramall Lane through youngster Curtis Jones.

    Jones finds some space in the box and fires a wonderful volley into the bottom corner.

    The referee checks with VAR to see if the ball had done out of play.

    But after a quick review, the goal stands.

    Sheff Utd 0 Liverpool 1.

    You can follow all the action with our live blog here.

  • Jon Boon


    Luke Shaw has revealed referee Stuart Attwell told Harry Maguire people would ‘talk afterwards’ if he gave Manchester United a penalty for handball against Chelsea.

    The Red Devils were livid after Callum Hudson-Odoi appeared to handle the ball in the Blues’ penalty area.

    But after a lengthy VAR check, Attwell ignored United's requests for a spot kick.

    And Shaw has now claimed Attwell was involved in a confusing exchange with Red Devils captain Maguire in the wake of the incident.

    Shaw told Sky Sports: “At the time I saw a handball but I wasn’t sure whether it was Mason (Greenwood) or Callum.

    “I don’t know why they checked for a pen, if it’s not going to be a pen I don’t think they needed to stop.

    “I even heard the ref say to H ‘if I say it’s going to be a pen, it’s going to cause a lot of talk afterwards’.

    “I don’t know what happened there. H got told it was going to be a pen, they got told it was going to be a pen by VAR.

    “I don’t understand why they’ve got to stop it, you think he’s going to give a penalty.

    “We were attacking, it’s confusing with this VAR, if it’s not going to be a pen, we don’t want it to stop the flow of the game.”

  • Jon Boon


    It's 0-0 at half-time between Sheffield United and Liverpool… somehow.

    The Reds have peppered the Blades' goal, but have found Aaron Ramsdale in inspired form.

    He's pulled off save after save to keep Salah and Co at bay.

    Can Liverpool find a break through in the second half?

    You can follow all the action with our live blog here.

  • Jon Boon


    Former Real Madrid boss Manuel Pellegrini has revealed he was unhappy about the transfer policy at Los Blancos – despite breaking two world records.

    In 2009 Pellegrini arrived at the club and the likes of Cristiano Ronaldo and Kaka were soon signed.

    Brazilian superstar Kaka first joined for a world-record £60.3million fee before the club smashed that figure when they landed Ronaldo from Manchester United for £84.6m.

    Real Madrid also welcomed the arrivals of Karim Benzema and Xavi Alonso, splashing out over £200m in total.

    But that didn't make Pellegrini happy.

    He told The Athletic: "It was a special year, every coach wants a Real Madrid coach, but for various reasons I did not always agree with the president (Florentino Perez).

    "The president and I had different ways of thinking about the players.

    "They signed me a lot of very good players, but some of them played in positions where we were already strong, so I wasn't happy."

  • Jon Boon


    Manchester United's record against the so-called 'Big Six' clubs doesn't makefor pleasant viewing.

    In fact, Ole Gunnar Solskjaer's men have drawn four of their last six Premier League matches 0-0.

    Take a look at this.

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    Gareth Bale has revealed he knows not to 'say anything stupid' when answering his critics.

    The Wales star put in a man of the match performance as Spurs thumped Burnley 4-0.

    However, it hasn't been easy for the Real Madrid star on his return to North London – and he has struggled for fitness and form until Sunday's game.

    Bale told Sky Sports: "I have been building up a little bit to get fully fit. I felt comfortable and my form is coming back, it's nice to help the team.

    "I know you get criticism but I am experienced enough to keep my head down, not say anything stupid and keep plugging away.

    "We know football isn't fair sometimes and people will criticise but all we can do inside is keep going, and we showed that today."

  • Jon Boon


    Sheffield United host Liverpool at Bramall Lane, as the hosts look to keep their Premier League survival hopes alive.

    Here's the teams.

    • Sheffield Utd XI: Ramsdale, Baldock, Ampadu, Jagielka, Bryan, Stevens, Norwood, Lundstram, Fleck, McGoldrick, McBurnie.
    • Liverpool XI: Adrian, Alexander-Arnold, Phillips, Kabak, Robertson, Wijnaldum, Jones, Thiago, Mane, Salah, Firmino.

    You can follow all the action with our live blog here.


    Arsenal fan Piers Morgan has finally got his revenge on Jamie and Rebekah Vardy by trolling him over a two-year old tweet.

    The Gunners beat Leicester City at the King Power Stadium on Sunday, and the GMB host was in particularly buoyant mood.

    So often the Gunners' bogey team, the Foxes had been unbeaten against the North Londoners since October 2018.

    That run included four Premier League games against Arsenal, with Leicester winning three of those.

    After the first of those four matches, a 3-0 win in April 2019, the Vardys poked fun of famous Gooner Piers on Twitter.

    The Foxes frontman tweeted, 'Hi @piersmorgan' complete with a waving and 'zany face' emojis.

    Wife Rebekah also chimed in, tweeting, 'You alright hun @piersmorgan', as well as a cry-laughing emoji.

    Having waited almost two years to get his revenge, Piers took to Twitter immediately after the Sunday lunch-time win.

    Quote-tweeting both of the original tweets, Piers tweeted near-identical replies, just swapping out his own handle for the Vardys'.


    The tributes for Glenn Roeder are flooding in after his tragic passing was confirmed.

    Here's just some of what the football community is saying about the former player and manager.

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