Chelsea Dybala-Jorginho swap, Haaland LATEST, Arsenal Aubameyang update – Liverpool and Man City transfer news

THE summer transfer window is drawing ever closer and we've got all the latest twists and turns here on SunSport.

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.

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'.

Follow ALL of the latest updates below…

  • Jake Lambourne

    GUNNED DOWN

    Arsenal target Achraf Hakimi has shut down speculation regarding his future bu insisting he is happy at Inter Milan.

    The right-back is claimed to be on the Gunners' radar to replace Hector Bellerin should the Spaniard depart the Emirates in the summer.

    But Hakimi has declared he wants to remain at the San Siro, as he told La Repubblica: "The team that attracted me the most was Inter and I saw it as a growth project.

    "I am honoured to be one of the testimonials for the new club logo. I like it, as it looks to the future, a future we can build together.

    "I hope to stay at this club for a long time and I’m very happy."

  • Jake Lambourne

    KONA STAY

    Liverpool transfer target Ibrahima Konate has declared his intention to stay at RB Leipzig beyond the end of the season.

    The 21-year-old youngster has been heavily linked with a move to Merseyside this summer after impressing in the Bundesliga.

    But in a recent interview the centre-back appeared to quash any speculation he could be on his way out of Leipzig in the near future.

    Speaking to BILD, he said: "There are often rumours in football and many believe them immediately.

    "I or my agents did not get a call from Liverpool. I also have big goals with RB Leipzig.

    "These are currently the best possible result in the Bundesliga, reaching the cup final and the Under-21 European Championship with France.

    "I have a contract until 2023 and contracts are there to fulfil them."

    Konate looks set to stay put in Germany this summer
  • Jake Lambourne

    RULES DON’T MATTER

    David Beckham’s Inter Miami violated MLS budget rules to sign World Cup winner Blaise Matuidi, an investigation has confirmed.

    The 34-year-old Frenchman signed for the American outfit back in August but was not confirmed to be one of the three allocated high-priced players that the league permits each club and was instead classified as a ‘target allocation money’ player (TAM).

    Matias Pellegrini, Rodolfo Pizarro and Gonzalo Higuain were the three ‘designated’ high-priced players in the 2020 Inter Miami squad, meaning Beckham’s side needed to think creatively in order to get Matuidi on board.

    They did so by buying Pellegrini out of his contract in order to get back in compliance with the rules.

    And the league said Pellegrini is being loaned to Fort Lauderdale – the affiliate of Miami in the third tier United Soccer League’s League One.

    “Matuidi’s compensation was above the compensation limit for a TAM player and he should have been classified as a designated player,” the MLS said in a statement.

    “As a result, Inter Miami violated the designated player limit as the team had three designated players in addition to Matuidi during 2020.”

  • Jake Lambourne

    CHRIS CROSS

    Chris Smalling’s wife has slammed the “rats” who held her at gunpoint during a terrifying £100,000 raid as she spoke out for the first time.

    The former Manchester United defender, 31, and ex-Page Three girl Sam Cooke, 35, were woken in the early hours by three hooded men who burst into their bedroom.

    The former model said on Instagram: “I’d just like to suggest that those living their lives like these thieves who came into our bedroom at 4am pointing guns at our heads, rethink their choices in life and live in a more respectable and conscious way like real men, not rats (disrespectful to rats I know).

    “I suspect your life hasn’t been easy but there’s always another way. A way that will lead to blessings and not karma biting you on the ass, which I’ve no doubt it will!

    “And for the record, anyone thinking of coming near me and my family again, we have no jewellery or watches left and don’t intend to buy any more!

    “If you see us wearing anything it’s likely fake. So don’t bother”.

    Three hooded men broke in while the couple and their two-year-old son slept
  • Jake Lambourne

    TEAM NEWS

    This is how Newcastle and West Ham line-up at St James' Park ahead of their 12.30pm kick-off.

  • Jake Lambourne

    PEPE TALK

    Nicolas Pepe has been warned he will be out of the team if he lets his standards slip again.

    Arteta said: “We all know Nico has the incredible ability to succeed and we can give him all the help he wants to achieve that.

    “But now it all depends on him because he needs to have the right mindset to consistently do what he can.

    “What he has produced in the last few games is the level of performance that I am going to ask from him all the time.And if it is something below that level then he is not going to be playing.

    “The biggest thing for Nico is understanding what he needed to do when he was not in the team and then producing that when he did play.

    “He needed a period of adaptation after coming from the French league but that is over. We can’t talk about adaptation any more. Now it is all about performance.

    “Nico has the players to support him, a manager that trusts him, all the staff that are willing to help him and team-mates who really like him. So now there are no excuses.”

  • Jake Lambourne

    YOUR TAM'S UP

    Tammy Abraham has been left out of Chelsea's squad for their FA Cup semi-final against Manchester City.

    Despite being fully fit and the competition's top scorer with four goals in three matches – there is no place for him in Thomas Tuchel's picks.

    The striker has not featured for Chelsea since February 20 where he was subbed at half-time in a 1-1 draw with Southampton.

    Abraham, 23, has only just returned to the squad having missed seven games with an ankle injury.

    But he was an unused substitute against Crystal Palace and in both Champions League quarter-final legs against Porto.

    Abraham is understood to be upset at his lack of game time under Tuchel and could be ready to move on.

  • Jake Lambourne

    SOD THE QUAD

    Pep Guardiola insists he could not care less about the quadruple as he heads for Wembley on Saturday.

    In the next six weeks they will also have the chance to win the Premier League, Champions League and Carabao Cup.

    Guardiola said: “This is what I say every day, 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 in the semi final. That’s where they have to talk. There is the place.

    “That’s all I’m concerned about. The rest I don’t care about, I couldn’t care less about it.”

  • Jake Lambourne

    DINNER WINNER

    Thomas Tuchel will never forget the day his dinner date with Pep Guardiola turned Messi.

    But today he plans to turn the tables on his managerial mentor.

    In December 2014, Tuchel was invited to a Munich restaurant by the man who was the king of German football at the time.

    Tuchel was between jobs after walking out of Mainz and jumped at the opportunity to pick the brains of then Bayern boss Guardiola.

    As the duo prepare for a Wembley reunion this afternoon, Tuchel asked: “When you are out for dinner with Pep, why not talk about football? What else was there for me to talk about?

    “For me, he was a huge influence. I didn’t know him when he was at Barcelona — but I watched almost every game and was very impressed by the way he made success happen."

    Read more HERE.

  • sstreet

    CAV SOME OF THAT

    Bruno Fernandes has lavished praise on 'proper striker' Edinson Cavani.

    The midfielder said after Man Utd's win over Granada: "Everyone knows Cavani, everything he does, he is a proper striker, we know the qualities of our players.

    "It was a good game, Europa League is always difficult, they can create danger but we controlled the game, had the ball a lot.

    "I don't think it was bad tempered, we keep moving, do the right things, 2-0 again is really good for us.

    "Now is the time to take the next step and win a semi final but we must focus on the next game which is the league."

  • Jake Lambourne

    HAA LA LAND

    Man Utd have received a boost in their boost of signing Borussia Dortmund striker Erling Haaland in the summer.

    According to Goal, Real Madrid and Barcelona have been dealt a blow in their pursuit of the Norway international.

    They claim that the LaLiga clubs are unable to meet his £30million-a-year salary demands.

    The player – who is available for £65m in 2022 – will be allowed to leave BVB of the German side receive a £130m fee at the end of the season.

  • Jake Lambourne

    DYB DAB

    Chelsea are reportedly keen to bring Juventus forward Paulo Dybala to Stamford Bridge in the summer.

    According to Tuttosport, the Blues would be willing to offer the Old Lady players in exchange for the Argentina international.

    They state that Emerson Palimieri and Jorginho could be used in any deal for Dybala.

    Though they claim that no discussions are yet to take place between the two sides.

    Dybala has just one year left on his deal in Turin.

  • Jake Lambourne

    PHIL YER BOOTS

    EXCLUSIVE – Shaun Wright-Phillips reckons that Phil Foden can become the most decorated English player of all time.

    He told SunSport: "I really believe Phil Foden could go on and become the most decorated player in English football history.

    “He’s got a good number of medals already and you can only see him winning a lot more the way things are at City.

    “Everything is set up for the club, the manager and him in the years ahead.

    "He shows it’s not all about being big and strong. All-round players like him don’t need to be, which is something I can relate to!

    “He has everything that the top midfielders need. He’s got pace and the vision to see what is going on around him. He’s got a wand of a left foot. There’s so much to his game.”

  • Jake Lambourne

    BLADE RUNNER

    In case you missed it, Sheffield United chairman Prince Musaad Bin Khalid Al Saud has resigned from his role due to personal reasons.

    Prince Musaad has been in the position of the rock-bottom Premier League side since September 2019.

    The 28-year-old posted a statement on the Blades' official website that read: "It has been an absolute pleasure and a real privilege to be chairman of this great club and I have always tried to uphold the values of the club and act as a true custodian.

    "I would like to thank Prince Abdullah for giving me the opportunity to be chairman of Sheffield United Football Club.

    "I also thank the board, Stephen Bettis, and the vice-presidents for their support throughout my tenure.

    "As I move on there are many who I want to thank. Foremost you the fans, who have given me so many great memories, especially in our first season back in the Premier League. You truly are the best."

    Read more HERE.

    Prince Musaad Bin Khalid Al Saud has left his role as Sheffield United chairman
  • Jake Lambourne

    NOU HOPE

    Barcelona president Joan Laporta is 'convinced' Lionel Messi will extend his contract, with talks 'progressing adequately'.

    The Argentine has two months left on his current Nou Camp deal, with Manchester City and PSG among those monitoring his situation.

    But after Laporta was appointed Barca's new president in March, he vowed to persuade Messi to commit his future to the club.

    He told Deportes Cuatro: "Everything is progressing adequately.

    "I will do everything within the club's capabilities to get him to stay. That's what we're doing. Messi is motivated.

    "He is an extraordinary person and I am convinced that he will want to continue at Barca."

  • Jack Figg

    FOOTBALL ROUND-UP

    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.

  • Ian Tuckey

    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.”

  • Ian Tuckey

    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.

    Nicolas Pepe has been told to not let his form slip

    And Arteta said: “We all know Nico has the incredible ability to succeed and we can give him all the help he wants to achieve that.

    “But now it all depends on him because he needs to have the right mindset to consistently do what he can.

    “What he has produced in the last few games is the level of performance that I am going to ask from him all the time.

    “And if it is something below that level then he is not going to be playing.

    “The biggest thing for Nico is understanding what he needed to do when he was not in the team and then producing that when he did play.

    “He needed a period of adaptation after coming from the French league but that is over. We can’t talk about adaptation any more. Now it is all about performance.

  • Ian Tuckey

    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.

    Man City boss Pep Guardiola says he couldn't care less about a quadruple

    In the next six weeks they will also have the chance to win the Premier League, Champions League and Carabao Cup.

    But Pep says he will not be distracted by what lies ahead and all his focus is on beating Thomas Tuchel's men.

    Guardiola said: “This is what I say every day, 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 in the semi final. That’s where they have to talk. There is the place.

    “That’s all I’m concerned about. The rest I don’t care about, I couldn’t care less about it.”

  • Ian Tuckey

    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.

    England skipper Harry Kane was substituted in the dying seconds

    Mourinho said: “I think it’s too early to say something.

    “For him to leave the pitch at 2-2, with a couple of minutes to go, is obviously because he felt something.

    “But let me be optimistic and believe he has time to recover.”

  • Ian Tuckey

    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.

    Rebecca Welch was happy that the two teams had a bawl as she made history

    And despite the constant clicking of cameras to capture the momentous day, the 37-year-old was just relieved the teams behaved as normal.

    Welch said: “The players didn’t treat me any differently – they were still chewing my ear off as they went past.

    “That was nice because I was a bit afraid of them not being like that.

    “You want players to go, ‘You got that one wrong, ref,’ or ‘It’s gone so well in the last 10 minutes’.

    “You need that and when I got it I felt normal and that I could just referee the game.

    “I was sick of hearing the camera clicking, but it’s the nature of the beast. People say it went really well but, for me, it was just a normal game.”

  • Ian Tuckey

     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.

    Barca's ex-Dortmund flier Ousmane Dembele is reportedly Liverpool's top targetCredit: Getty

    Barcelona have reportedly offered France winger Dembele, 23, a contract extension beyond next year.

    And they might well be happy to sell a player who has generally been in the shadows of attackers like Lionel Messi in his four years since arriving from Borussia Dortmund.

    Fichajes.net say Liverpool are willing to pay a huge sum for a pacy star like Dembele who could slot in well to their fluid front-three system.

  • Ian Tuckey

    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.

    Pulisic and Mount will be vital to Chelsea's hopes of toppling Man City

    As a centre-back you always want someone to mark and without a striker you always have doubt in your mind.

    The interchanging of City’s front three – whether it be Raheem Sterling, Bernando Silva, Riyad Mahrez, Phil Foden or Kevin De Bruyne – makes defenders go looking for their man out wide.

    At Chelsea, Thomas Tuchel will always have a man through the middle who drops deep to drag defenders with him to open up space for the midfield runners.

    And we all know Tuchel is capable of setting his side’s up to contain opposition attackers and be successful on the counter.

    The last four goals Pep Guardiola’s side have conceded have all been from deep runs from the midfield. It means both Mason Mount and Christian Pulisic will be key at Wembley today.

    But it will come down to how both defences deal with the midfield runners.

  • Ian Tuckey

    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 

    French World Cup winner Paul Pogba created a mystery over his armwearCredit: Getty

    But the 28-year-old says he’s been doing it most of the season following injury.

    Pogba told United’s website: “It started with the pain, I had the pain [left elbow].

    “It actually started with my right elbow, so I put it on my right, and I had the same problem with my left.

    :So I started playing with this to get it warm instead of the strapping. It’s tight on my elbow. I’ve been playing with this and it’s just natural now, just for security.”

  • Ian Tuckey

    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.”

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