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Aubameyang LATEST, Arsenal Odegaard blow, Chelsea target Aguero, Haaland update – Liverpool, Man City transfer news
ARSENAL'S quest in making Martin Odegaard's transfer permanent has taken a blow, with reports in Spain naming him as one of Real Madrid's four 'untouchables'.
And we've got the very latest on Sergio Aguero and Erling Haaland's futures as the transfer speculation intensifies for what will be a thrilling summer.
Follow ALL of the latest updates below…
Pep Guardiola is shrugging off Manchester City's Quadruple bid on FA Cup semi-final weekend.
City face Chelsea at 5.30pm today before Leicester meet Southampton at 6.30 tomorrow night
Etihad chief Guardiola said: “People talk about the past, they talk about the quadruple. I couldn’t care less.
“I care about the next training session and about how you behave, your understanding and your body language, mood.
“And then Saturday against Chelsea. That’s where they have to talk. There is the place."
Meanwhile, Tottenham are sweating on Harry Kane's fitness for next Sunday's EFL Cup final against City after the two-goal striker limped off late in last night's 2-2 Premier League draw at Everton.
Boss Jose Mourinho said: "He felt something. But let me be optimistic and believe he has time to recover.”
Meanwhile, it's claimed Manchester United have met Erling Haaland's agent Mini Raiola and are also keen on Leicester centre-back Wesley Fofana.
Finally, reports in say Barcelona winger Ousmane Dembele will be a big-money target for Liverpool this summer.
JOSE SHRUGS OFF POGBA CRITICISM
Jose Mourinho insists he "couldn’t care less" about Paul Pogba’s criticism of his management style.
The French midfielder hit out at his former manager and suggested he 'goes against his players' unlike current Manchester United boss Ole Gunnar Solskjaer.
He also revealed details of the 'strange relationship' he had with the Portuguese during his time in charge of the Red Devils between 2016 and 2018.
Pogba and Mourinho had a famous training ground clash in 2018 after the United boss thought Pogba had been laughing at the club's defeat to Derby.
And Pogba has revealed it is tough to explain his relationship with the Tottenham boss even now.
However, when asked after Tottenham’s 2-2 draw at Everton about the ex-Juventus star’s remarks, the Spurs chief said: “I would like to say that I couldn’t care less what he said.
“I couldn’t care less – not interested at all.”
ARTETA WARNS PEPE
Nicolas Pepe has been warned he will be out of the team if he lets his standards slip again.
The £72million Ivorian star proved to be a slow burner at Arsenal since his record move from Lille nearly two years ago.
But now boss Mikel Arteta is hoping the penny has finally dropped for the inconsistent winger who frustrates and excites in equal measure.
Pepe, 25, scored his tenth goal of the season on Thursday night to set the Gunners on their way to a 4-0 Europa League win at Slavia Prague.
PEP'S LACK OF FOUR-SIGHT
Pep Guardiola insists he could not care less about the quadruple as he heads for Wembley on Saturday.
The Manchester City boss knows his team could take a huge step towards an unprecedented clean sweep by beating Chelsea in the FA Cup semi-final.
KANE INJURY SCARE
Tottenham have suffered a huge scare ahead of next week's Carabao Cup Final after Harry Kane limped off after netting twice in the 2-2 draw at Everton.
The 27-year-old hobbled off deep in stoppage time as concerned boss Jose Mourinho watched on – with the Wembley showpiece against Manchester City looming on Sunday, April 25.
EAR TO STAY
The first woman to ref an EFL match says she was delighted that players ‘chewed her ear off’ in the historic match.
Rebecca Welch oversaw Port Vale's 2-0 League Two win at Harrogate on Aprl 5.
IN OUS JOB?
Ousmane Dembele is Liverpool's transfer priority as they consider spending big to replace Sadio Mane.
That's the claim from Spain, with Fichajes.net suggesting the Reds might cash in on Mane this summer due to his erratic season up front.
PULISIC AND MOUNT ARE KEY VS MAN CITY
DANNY HIGGINBOTHAM EXCLUSIVE: Mamchester City will go into this semi-final full of confidence, but Chelsea will fancy their chances.
Both sides have had success this season by deploying a false nine but in reality they have moulded it to each of their strengths.
SLEEVE IT OUT
Paul Pogba has explained why he wore a long black sleeve on only his left arm against Granada.
The Manchester United midfielder’s armwear beneath his short-sleeve top sparked mystery as Thursday’s 2-0 away win completed a 4-0 aggregate route to the Europa League semi-finals
LIVERPOOL SUIT HAALAND
Jamie Carragher believes Liverpool is the ideal setting for Erling Haaland.
The Norwegian is wanted by a host of clubs, including Manchester United, this summer but the ex-defender hopes to see him at Anfield.
He told CBS Sports: “I think Haaland should come to Liverpool, because it’s his type of football.
“Basically heavy metal football, he relies on his pace and his power. That’s the type of football that Liverpool play.
“Who would not want to play in front of the Kop? Liverpool, energy, Champions League football nights.”
TORREIRA PLEADS TO JOIN BOCA
Lucas Torreira has again pleaded with Arsenal to let him join Boca Juniors and suggested the Gunners could sanction a one-year loan deal.
The Uruguayan midfielder is desperate to return to South America after the death of his 53-year-old mother from Covid-19.
COLIN THE CATER-VILLA
Aston Villa love Colin the Caterpillar cakes so much they celebrate players’ birthdays with a 2ft version.
Villa's chef combines two Marks & Spencer £7 chocolate sponges for a “Double Colin”.
WENGER'S CLASSY CALL TO VIEIRA
Patrick Vieira revealed his old Arsenal boss Arsene Wenger comforted him with a phone call after Nice sacked him.
The former Gunners midfielder was sent packing by the French side in December after five losses on the spin in all competitions helped dump them out of the Europa League at the group stage.
But as he approaches a return to management, Vieira has lifted the lid on what Wenger said to console him.
Speaking to L'Equipe, Vieira said: "Of course, I had Arsene on the phone.
"And one of the first sentences he said was, 'You're never a real coach until you get fired'.
"We discussed how he saw me from the outside. It was very constructive discussions, as always with Arsene.
"When you get into this profession, you have to accept the idea that you will get fired at one point or another.
"I would have preferred it to have been a little later but it happened, and what is important for me, and I am sure of it today, is that this is experience to me."
UTD ARE FRIENDS OF FO
Manchester United have reportedly made contact with Leicester City about signing Wesley Fofana.
The French defender, 20, has been a revelation for the Foxes this season after signing from Saint Etienne for £36.5million last September.
YAYA 'WANTS PEACE' WITH CITY AND PEP
Manchester City legend Yaya Toure has revealed he is trying to repair his relationship with old boss Pep Guardiola.
The midfielder's exit at the Etihad in 2018 was tarnished with comments accusing Guardiola of having a problem with African players in an explosive interview with France Football.
GERRO HAILS 'SENSATIONAL' ARSENAL
Steven Gerrard revealed he loved Arsenal's fierce staring down of Slavia Prague as they took the knee before thumping their Europa League opponents 4-0.
Thursday night's skipper Alexandre Lacazette positioned himself right in front of the Czech side, who did not kneel just days after Ondrej Kudela was slapped with a ten-game ban for racist behaviour against Rangers in the previous round.
‘UTD MEET HAALAND AGENT’
Manchester United have reportedly met Erling Haaland’s agent Mino Raiola over the Borussia Dortmund striker
Gazzetta dello Sport previously suggested Haaland’s father Alf-Inge and Raiola went to Spain to speak to both Barcelona and Real Madrid.
And Manchester City have also been linked with the Norway superstar, 20.
But any formal move for the £150million-rated goal machine still seems some distance away.
CHELSEA 'TOP OF QUEUE FOR JUDE'
Chelsea are reportedly eyeing a huge summer transfer raid for Dortmund’s England starlet Jude Bellingham.
The midfielder, 17, further strengthened his burgeoning reputation with another fine performance against Manchester City in the Champions League.
Former Birmingham City ace Bellingham was chased by City’s neighbours Man United last summer but the Red Devils lost out to the Bundesliga side.
But Dortmund are bracing themselves for another tricky summer as they aim to hold on to their young talent, including previous Manchester United target Jadon Sancho.
Now Eurosport claims Chelsea are the Premier League club currently displaying the most interest in their latest starlet – with links to Declan Rice having seemingly cooled since Thomas Tuchel's arrival as boss
Now it is claimed they feel Bellingham would be more suited to the style that the German is trying to implement at Stamford Bridge.
Dortmund are said to believe they will recoup a fee of around £100m when they do eventually decide to sell.
CHELSEA will face Manchester City in the FA Cup semi-final without Mateo Kovacic and Andreas Christensen as Thomas Tuchel contemplates his forward conundrum.
Boss Tuchel has some key selection decisions to make through the spine of his side.
COLE RETURNS TO PLAYING … BUT FORGETS BOOTS
Joe Cole rolled back the years by turning up for non-league side Belstone FC at the weekend.
The former England, Chelsea and West Ham midfielder, 39, called it a day three years ago following a final swansong with the Tampa Bay Rowdies.
FOXES' COVIDIOTS WANT TO 'WRITE THEIR OWN HEADLINES'
Brendan Rodgers wants his Covidiots to start making headlines for the right reasons – starting against Southampton at Wembley in Sunday's FA Cup semi-final.
The furious Foxes boss axed star midfielder James Maddison, Ayoze Perez and Hamza Choudhury ahead of last weekend's defeat by West Ham after The Sun revealed they had breached Covid lockdown protocols by attending a house-party at Perez's home.
ROSI'S CREAM OF THE CROP
Premier League referee Martin Atkinson says Tomas Rosicky was his favourite player to deal with – after the ex=Arsenal winger invited him to ref his testimonial in the Czech Republic.
And Atkinson said Alan Stubbs was the toughest player he has officiated, with the Everton centre-back “scaring me to death”.
CAVANI D-DAY LOOMING
Manchester United are tipped to decide Edinson Cavani’s future at a meeting over the next few weeks
Journalist Fabrizio Romano says the Uruguay legend, 34, will also make up his own mind in the same timescale – with Argentine giants Boca Juniors keen to lure him away with a two-year contract.
BENDTNER'S PORSCHE COULD BE AT STAKE
Former Arsenal star Nicklas Bendtner is facing having his £234,000 Porsche seized after being charged with seven driving offences.
The Denmark international striker has been ordered to appear before Copenhagen district court on April 27.
ANDRE WOULD COST UTD £35m
Man Utd will have to fork out £35million if they want to sign Eintracht Frankfurt striker Andre Silva in the summer.
According to Bild, the Red Devils are interested in the Portugal international who has banged in 23 Bundesliga goals this term.
It has been claimed that United are battling Atletico Madrid and Barcelona for his signature.
Silva is seen as a cheaper alternative to Borussia Dortmund marksman Erling Haaland.