9.15am Chelsea news LIVE: Werner transfer ‘ends pay cut talks’, Chilwell to cost £60m, Premier League fixtures LATEST – The Sun

CHELSEA have all but agreed their first summer signing with RB Leipzig's Timo Werner set to arrive for £54m.

And they've received a valuation for one of their other top targets as Leicester name their price for Ben Chilwell.

Follow all the latest updates and transfer gossip from the Bridge below…


    Chelsea'sbid for player pay cuts looks doomed after landing £54million Timo Werner.

    The Blues have not officially given up on persuading the squad to help ease cash flow problems triggered by the coronavirus pandemic.

    But a source said: “It would be morally wrong for a club to ask its players to take pay cuts to help with costs and then go out and spend lots of money in the transfer market. That would p*** off the entire dressing room.”

    Skipper Cesar Azpilicueta initially persuaded the squad to swallow a ten per cent salary cut until September to help the club continue to pay other staff.

    Now Germany striker Werner’s big-money move, set to be finalised next week, means it will now be virtually impossible to reach agreements.

    The plan, originally, was for the senior players to shave a tenth off their wages and save around £10m.


    Chelsea have posted footage of Tammy Abraham's goal against Villa earlier in the season.

    Perhaps it was to make him feel better about sitting on the bench behind Timo Werner for all of next season?


    Timo Werner’s £54million transfer from RB Leipzig to Chelsea is as good as done.

    And the German star looks set become the club's highest earner with a deal that reportedly rises year-on-year to £170,000-a-week plus bonuses.

    The striker will sign a five-year contract with wages that increase annually after Frank Lampard made it clear he is ready to meet the German's release clause, according to the Athletic.

    Meanwhile, Fabrizio Romano has claimed that the Blues are also in talks to sign Leicester left-back Ben Chilwell.

    They state that the England international wants to join the club.

    Should a move for Chilwell fail to materialise, a move for Ajax defender Nicolas Tagliafico could come about.

    In other news, Chelsea will sell Mario Pasalic to Atalanta for £13.4m.

    Pasalic, 25, has spent the last two seasons on loan with the Serie A side, scoring 15 goals across 74 appearances.

    Italian journalist Nicolo Schira believes a deal is in place for the Champions League quarter-finalists to make the switch permanent.

    An agreement was put in place earlier in the season and it now looks as though Atalanta will complete the transfer.

    And finally, Chelsea have been crowned Women’s Super League champions after the final table was determined by points-per-game.

    A statement from the FA also confirmed that Aston Villa will be promoted to next season’s top-flight, with Liverpool relegated to the Championship.


    Chelsea will sell Mario Pasalic to Atalanta for £13.4million, according to reports.

    And that cash is expected to be given to Frank Lampard to help in his pursuit of Jadon Sancho and Ben Chilwell this summer.

    Pasalic, 25, has spent the last two seasons on loan with the Serie A side, scoring 15 goals across 74 appearances.

    Now Italian journalist Nicolo Schira believes a deal is in place for the Champions League quarter-finalists to make the switch permanent.

    An agreement was put in place earlier in the season and it now looks as though Atalanta will complete the transfer.

    Pasalic signed for Chelsea from Hajduk Split in his homeland of Croatia in 2014 as part of a £3m deal.



    Chelsea winger Pedro is set to shun Juventus' interest in favour of a summer switch to Serie A rivals Roma this summer.

    With his contract set to expire at Stamford Bridge, the 32-year-old has been linked extensively with both clubs.

    But AS have reported that Pedro sees a switch to Rome as “a priority” this summer.

    This backs up a story in Italian publication Il Tempo – even though Pedro is not short of potential suitors back in his native Spain.

    Mundo Deportivo write that, in addition to the Italian pair, Pedro is being courted by Valencia, Real Betis and Sevilla.




    Chelsea target Jadon Sancho has hit back after being slapped with a fine for breaking lockdown rules to get a haircut.

    The German Football League (DFL) released a statement on Friday confirming the punishment for the winger and Borussia Dortmund team-mate Manuel Akanji.

    But Sancho quickly slammed the fine, tweeting: “Absolute Joke DFL!”

    According to the DFL, the Borussia stars failed to abide by “hygiene standards” when having their barnets trimmed while under lockdown.



    BT Sport viewers will be given the option to listen to artificial crowd noise when the Premier League returns later this month.

    With games being played behind closed doors, ways to increase the atmosphere have been among the many plans to liven up broadcasts in Project Restart.

    Bundesliga broadcasts on the channel have not made up for the lack of supporters, leading to some viewers finding the resumed matches eerie and lacklustre.

    Meanwhile the synthetic atmosphere laid on top of Australia's rugby league broadcasts have been well received.

    BT will give viewers the choice to stick to the empty stadiums or listen to the artificial crowd noise via the red button.

    Another feature being introduced for the Premier League's restart is a “watch together” split screen mode.

    Viewers watching on the BT Sport app can link up with a friend or family member also watching on their phone or computer – providing they have a BT subscription.


    Aston Villa are set to host rivals West Brom in a behind-closed-doors friendly this Saturday as the restart of the Premier League and Championship looms closer. 

    According to the Daily Mail, the Baggies plan to take two teams to Villa Park and the possibility of two one-hour matches is on the cards, with a staff member set to referee the mini derby.

    Villa are 19th in the table and two points from safety, but could be heading for the drop if they continue their disappointing run of form when the top-flight resumes on June 17. 

    They may even swap places with Slaven Bilic's men who sit second from top in the Championship.

    The clash is reportedly being set up to boost competitive fitness levels while the Villans may look to test the fitness of their midfield maestro John McGinn.


    Chelsea target has been slapped with a fine after breaking lockdown rules to get a haircut.

    Along with fellow Borussia Dortmund star Manuel Akanji, the winger has managed to avoid a ban from playing in the Bundesliga.

    The German Football League (DFL) released a statement on Friday confirming the punishment.

    It read: “The DFL has fined Manuel Akanji and Jadon Sancho.

    “The Borussia Dortmund players had reportedly violated general hygiene and infection protection standards during home hairdressing appointments. This can be seen in photos published in the media and on social media.

    “There is no question that professional footballers do have to have their hair cut. However, this currently has to be done in accordance with the medical guidelines.

    “In specific cases, the club had also provided its players with a corresponding opportunity. The DFL does not provide any information about the amount of a penalty in contractual penalty proceedings.

    “Players have the right to lodge a complaint within five days. The penalties are expressly not directed against the club, for which there is no 'organizational fault'.”


    Timo Werner reportedly agreed to move to Chelsea after Liverpool missed the deadline but he remains on good terms with Anfield boss Jurgen Klopp.

    The Premier League giants had until June 15 before Werner's £49m release clause at RB Leipzig expired, but it is claimed that Werner personally set the Reds a separate deadline to see if they were prepared to meet the sum.

    It is understood the Merseysiders became reluctant to meet Werner's buy-out sum as the coronavirus pandemic continues to wreak havoc with clubs' finances.

    According to The Athletic, Werner grew anxious as the June 15 date loomed closer as he didn't want a repeat of last summer when he bid farewell to RB Leipzig ahead of a move to Bayern Munich, only for the deal to fall through.

    This prompted the 24-year-old to hash out a separate deadline with the Reds to see if they were truly interested enough to meet his buy-out clause.

    Klopp consulted with Anfield owners Fenway Sports Group and then phoned Werner to explain they wouldn't be making a move, insisting it was purely for financial reasons.

    The German ace is said have understood the reasoning and the pair remain on good terms.


    Champions League winner Juan Mata has hailed John Terry and Frank Lampard for helping him bed in at Chelsea.

    Mata first arrived in England in 2011 when he joined from Valencia, but he found life tough in a new country where he could not speak the language.

    He said: “Initially I found it hard here, especially communicating with the players from here.

    “At the time, (John) Terry and (Frank) Lampard were captains and helped me a lot at the start.

    “I also learned that English football on the pitch and off is different from the rest, because it's physically demanding, the games are high pace, and off the pitch the behaviour of the fan and the organisation of the Premier League is fantastic.

    “And over time I gradually saw that I had made a very good decision.”


    Ray Parlour is stunned Manchester United have not pushed harder for Timo Werner after Chelsea agreed a fee for his signing.

    He said on talkSPORT: “I’m amazed that Man United are not in for Werner.

    “They’ve got money and probably do need another striker; [Marcus] Rashford can play wide if you need him to off the flank.

    “I’m sure Manchester United might make a last-minute pop for Werner as well.

    “I think the agent is trying to work the market now; that is how they work, putting it out there that the deal is nearly done and alerting other clubs so they have to pull their finger out.

    “If we really want this player then we’ve got to up the money and up the wages’, and suddenly it could be a different factor for Chelsea.”


    Timo Werner’s £54million transfer from RB Leipzig to Chelsea is as good as done.

    And the German star looks set become the club's highest earner with a deal that reportedly rises year-on-year to £170,000-a-week plus bonuses.

    The striker will sign a five-year contract with wages that increase annually after Frank Lampard made it clear he is ready to meet the German's release clause, according to the Athletic.

    Liverpool were heavily linked with the 24-year old but it is understood the Reds are reluctant to meet Werner's release clause as the coronavirus pandemic continues to wreak havoc with clubs' finances.

    The highly-rated forward, 24, has scored 31 goals in all competitions this season, taking his total Leipzig tally to 92 in just four seasons and the Blues will be paying a handsome premium in the hope he hits the net for them.


    Chelsea's FA Cup quarter-final against Leicester has been confirmed for Sunday, June 28 at 4pm and will be broadcast on BT Sport.

    Here are the full fixtures:

    Saturday June 27

    Norwich City vs Man Utd (5.30pm) BBC

    Sunday June 28

    Sheffield United v Arsenal (1.00pm) BT Sport

    Leicester City v Chelsea (4.00pm) BT Sport

    Man City vs Newcastle (6.30pm) BBC


    Chelsea have been given a clear path to sign Werner, without competition from Manchester United or Liverpool.

    And that could well be down to United's “growing confidence” they can sign Jadon Sancho from Borussia Dortmund.

    Journalist Sam Pilger tweeted an update on the situation.

    Either way, it leaves very few stumbling blocks for the Blues landing German hotshot Werner.


    Jude Bellingham will reportedly see out the season as a Birmingham scholar before a potential summer switch.

    Manchester United have been competing with Borussia Dortmund and Chelsea to sign the teen sensation after his breakout season at St Andrews.

    Long tipped to leave Blues at the end of the season, Bellingham is set to remain on his £145 weekly wage for the rest of the extended campaign.

    According to the Mail, the 16-year-old and his family maintain a strong relationship with the club.

    An amicable solution that benefits all parties is being discussed to ensure Birmingham are not left out of pocket when Bellingham makes his move.

    The Championship club have experienced financial difficulty in recent years, with a winding-up petition dismissed in December and points deduction last season, amid debts thought to top £90million.


    Here are Chelsea's CONFIRMED Premier League fixtures.

    We're just waiting on confirmation of the FA Cup quarter-final tie at Leicester, which is likely to be June 28.

    • June 21 – Aston Villa vs Chelsea (4.15pm) Sky
    • June 25 – Chelsea vs Man City (8.15pm) BT
    • July 1 – West Ham vs Chelsea (8.15pm) Sky


    The Premier League has cemented the fixtures for June’s matches.

    Here they are the first load of games!

    Wednesday 17 June

    Previously postponed due to participation in the Carabao Cup Final

    18:00 Aston Villa vs. Sheffield United (live on Sky Sports)

    20:15 Man City vs Arsenal (Sky Sports)

    Friday 19 June

    18:00 Norwich vs Southampton (Sky Sports and live on Pick)

    20:15 Tottenham vs Man Utd (Sky Sports)

    Saturday 20 June

    12:30 Watford vs Leicester (BT Sport)

    15:00 Brighton vs Arsenal (BT Sport)

    17:30 West Ham vs Wolves (Sky Sports)

    19:45 Bournemouth vs Crystal Palace (BBC)

    Sunday 21 June

    14:00 Newcastle vs Sheffield Utd (Sky Sports and live on Pick)

    16:15 Aston Villa vs Chelsea (Sky Sports)

    19:00 Everton vs Liverpool (Sky Sports and live on Pick)*

    Monday 22 June

    20:00 Man City vs Burnley (Sky Sports)


    Chelsea have been crowned Women’s Super League champions after the final table was determined by points-per-game.

    A statement from the FA also confirmed that Aston Villa will be promoted to next season’s top-flight, with Liverpool relegated to the Championship.

    The top two flights of women’s football were axed on May 25 due to the killer virus.

    Manchester City and Chelsea have been awarded places in the Champions League for next season.

    An official statement from the FA said: “The FA Board has reached a majority decision to decide the 2019-20 Women’s Super League and Women’s Championship on a basic points-per-game basis, with promotion and relegation determined on sporting merit,

    “As a result, The FA Board has today confirmed the decision to award the 2019-20 Women’s Super League title to Chelsea Women, and to award the 2019-20 Championship title to Aston Villa Women FC.”


    Kepa and Tammy Abraham have reacted to news that Chelsea have agreed a fee for Timo Werner.

    The pair liked an Instagram post featuring Werner in a Blues kit.

    BREAKING: @timowerner has reportedly agreed to join @chelseafc on a permanent transfer, according to @bbcsport ✅

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    Here are some of the Blues’ leaked games and kick-off times so far.

    Remember, these are unconfirmed by the Premier League.

    • PL – June 21 – Aston Villa vs Chelsea (4.30pm) Sky
    • PL – June 25 – Chelsea vs Man City (8.15pm) Sky
    • FAC – June 28 – Leicester vs Chelsea (4.30pm) BT
    • PL – July 1 – West Ham vs Chelsea (8.15pm) Sky


    Callum Hudson-Odoi gets a shot on goal in training… but does Kurt Zouma block it?

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WATCH: 8 Homes Swept into the Sea After Massive Landslide in Norway

A number of homes in northern Norway collapsed into the sea on Wednesday due to a powerful landslide.

Around 4 p.m. local time, authorities first received reports of the incident in Alta, a town located on the northern coast of the Scandinavian country.

“There were some difficult and demanding minutes and hours at the early stage before we could make sure no people were taken," said Anders Bjorke Olsen, an official with the Vestfinnmark Police District, according to the BBC .

The slide was measured to be 650 meters (about 2,133 feet) wide and almost 140 meters deep (close to 500 feet), according to the official.

“It’s a pretty big mudslide. There are eight houses that have disappeared into the sea,” added Anders Bjordal, a Norwegian Water Resources and Energy Directorate engineer. ”There is a huge amount of mass that has gone into the sea.”

Mudslides that are this large are not common in Norway, Bjordal told CNN, noting that they only occur “maybe every one or two years.”

"Here in Alta there has never been a slide that big,” he added.

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Remains of Boy, 2, Found in Dumpster Behind Texas Church, and Mom Is Arrested

Sanchez allegedly admitted to police that her son had died in her care on or around May 28. She allegedly admitted to lying to police after hiding his body in the dumpster on Saturday.

It's unclear how Frankie died. Sanchez has been charged with first-degree felony injury to a child with intent. Attorney information was not available Wednesday.

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1.30pm Man Utd news LIVE: Havertz keen on United, Raul Jimenez £18m transfer, Sancho flew to England without permission – The Sun

MAN UTD are continuing their preparations for the return of the Premier League, and a likely clash with Jose Mourinho's Tottenham.

We've the very latest on the long-running saga with Borussia Dortmund ace Jadon Sancho, Leverkusen's Kai Havertz and a potential cut-price deal for Raul Jimenez.

Follow all the very latest news from Old Trafford below…


    Andreas Periera shared a picture at home with his baby, while wearing compression shorts.

    The Brazilian, 24, may see his gametime at United limited though, after the signing of Bruno Fernandes.

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    Recuperando de boa com minha neném 🥰

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    Wayne Rooney is back in training for Derby – sporting an impressive bushy beard and a thinning hairline.

    This is despite spending thousands on hair transplants over the years.

    The former Manchester United and England striker was put through his paces ahead of the Championship season resuming after the coronavirus suspension.

    But lockdown didn't look like it had done much for his thinning scalp.

    SunSport previously reported how the 34-year-old has spent as much as £30,000 on hair transplants.

    He has also been accused of using a spray-on hair thickener during match games to cover up.


    Kai Havertz wants guaranteed game time at his next club in order to consider his next move, according to reports.

    The German attacking midfielder/forward, 20, has been linked with a series of big moves this summer.

    And according to the MEN, Bayer Leverkusen would look to sell Havertz in the coming months because of financial difficulties as a knock-on effect of coronavirus.

    United’s top transfer priority remains landing Jadon Sancho, while Jack Grealish is also a realistic option in midfield.

    It remains to be seen whether United would have the funds to afford all three transfers though, with Chris Smalling earmarked to a permanent move to Roma for £25million.


    Midfielder Jesse Lingard has been showing off his new locks as United players continue training.

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    🤘🏾😁 #GetDisWork

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    United remain favourites to sign Lazio midfielder Sergej Milinkovic-Savic, thanks to their title challenge in Italy.

    That’s even though the club appear not to need him.

    Here are Betfair's odds on potential clubs:

    • 11-4- Man Utd
    • 10-3- Real Madrid
    • 4-1- Chelsea
    • 6-1- Tottenham
    • 15-2- Paris Saint-Germain
    • 9-1- Juventus


    United hope to flog Alexis Sanchez, Chris Smalling and Marcos Rojo to fund a transfer spree with Jadon Sancho their No1 priority, according to reports.

    The Red Devils know it will take a huge bid of around £105million to land the Borussia Dortmund winger this summer, even with the financial impact of coronavirus.

    But according to the Evening Standard, United know they face a tricky task raising the cash from player sales this summer.

    All three players are out on loan this season, with Sanchez heading to Inter Milan.

    But his massive £505,000-a-week wages mean it will be very difficult to find a club willing to pay out a significant transfer fee as well as come close to paying his salary – especially considering Sanchez turns 32 this year and has scored just three league goals since signing for United in January 2018.

    Smalling, meanwhile, has enjoyed a fine season with Roma this term, racking up 28 appearances and winning over plenty of fans in Italy and the club hope for a £25m sale.


    United are set to offer Brandon Williams a bumper new deal following his breakthrough season.

    The 19-year-old, who has played 12 times in the Premier League, currently pockets £4,000-per-week at Old Trafford.

    But according to The Athletic, Williams is set for a huge payrise as part of the deal offered by United.

    Ole Gunnar Solskjaer's side are keen for his new contract to reflect his importance within the first-team.

    Williams could see his wages multiply significantly to put him on par with some of his team-mates at Old Trafford.

    In comparison, fellow left-back Luke Shaw rakes in £190,000-per-week and Diogo Dalot takes home £50,000.


    Ander Herrera joked that it's like being back in Manchester during training in Zaragoza.

    The PSG midfielder has been back in Spain since the cancellation of the French league.

    The Spaniard, 30, posted on Instagram: “Rainy session, these days make me feel like back in Manchester”.

    He added a wink face emoji, a rainy cloud and a football

    Rashford replied: “Ah bro, get yourself back to Manchester. Weather looks terrible”.

    Herrera said back: “All the best kid, smash it these 10-15 games left, I will be watching you.”

    Rainy session, these days make me feel like back in Manchester 😜🌧⚽️

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    Timo Werner’s agent has reportedly told Manchester United and Chelsea to stop wasting their time as the deal to take the German to Liverpool is effectively done.

    Transfer expert Ian McGarry said: “Werner has agreed personal terms with Liverpool.

    “On a five-year contract that will pay the player around £140,000-a-week.

    “It has been widely reported that Chelsea and Manchester United have been interested in the player. Our information is that's not the case.

    “The reason for that is that they believe and have been told by the player's representatives that a deal is effectively done to Liverpool.

    “And effectively they would be wasting their time.”


    United are favourites to sign Harry Kane if he leaves Spurs.

    The Red Devils are looking for a striker and Harry Redknapp admitted the Tottenham forward would have to leave White Hart Lane if he wants to win trophies.

    Coral have made Ole Gunnar Solskjaer's side favourites to land the England captain.

    • 2-1 Manchester United
    • 9-2 Real Madrid
    • 8-1 Bayern Munich
    • 10-1 Manchester City
    • 10-1 Barcelona
    • 10-1 Juventus
    • 12-1 PSG
    • 16-1 Liverpool


    How much are you looking forward to seeing the Portuguese prince playing once again?

    His stats show how he has been arguably the Premier League's signing of the season!


    Bruno added: “For me, playing in England and for Manchester [United] was the highest part of my career.

    “To play in the Premier League, for one of the best teams in the world.

    “When I received the call saying, ‘Bruno, you have the chance of moving to Manchester’ I called my wife, my brother, my sister, my mother and just started crying.

    “But I was crying through happiness. I fought all my life for this, for this top club. The chance was here and I needed to take it with both hands, to follow my dream.

    “My family knew since the beginning that I wanted to be a footballer, they knew my big dream was to be in the Premier League and to play for Manchester.”


    Bruno Fernandes broke down in tears after landing his transfer to Manchester United as he says “I fought all my life for this club”.

    The Portuguese midfielder has hit the ground running at Old Trafford since his £55million move from Sporting Lisbon in January.

    Fernandes remembers his hero Cristiano Ronaldo making the switch to Old Trafford in 2003 which left him hoping that one day he too could reach the great heights of the five-time Ballon d’Or winner in Manchester.

    He admits he was overcome with emotion when he was told he would finally be completing his dream move.

    He told Mario Djurovski in an Instagram Live interview: “You know, I will say the truth that I was scared.

    “It was a dream [come true] but it was a big dream.”


    Brandon Williams enjoyed a tussle with Angel Gomes at training.

    The United left-back shared a picture of the pair in a quick sprint for the ball.


    United and Chelsea target Jadon Sancho allegedly flew to England without permission from Borussia Dortmund, according to reports.

    German publication Bild suggests Sancho, 20, jetted to the UK after he and multiple team-mates were discovered having had haircuts.

    The winger is now in hot water with his club after it emerged they breached lockdown rules.

    Team-mates Axel Witsel, Thorgan Hazard, Raphael Guerreiro, as well as Sancho hired a barber to get stuck into their lockdown locks.

    It is reported Sancho, from Camberwell in South London, also flew to Britain during the height of the pandemic.


    Gordon Strachan has revealed his long-running feud with Sir Alex Ferguson is dead and buried and the pair are pals again.

    Strachan followed Fergie from Aberdeen for United before joining Leeds as they won the 1992 First Division title.

    The former midfielder, 63, told the Mail: “There was a barrier that needed to be broken and I am delighted.

    “We should have spoken sooner and life is a wee bit better now that we can enjoy the past rather than be scared to speak about it.

    “We wrote our bits in our books and I look back now and wonder what on earth I was doing. He would probably feel the same.

    “He said to me, 'Ach, you know what I am like' and I said to him, 'Ach, you know what I am like'. And we moved on.”


    Manchester United received a transfer boost with Wolves reportedly lowering their asking price for Raul Jimenez to just £18million.

    The Midlands club face a battle to keep hold of their Mexican No9 when the transfer market reopens with plenty of clubs interested.

    United are understood to be one of those sides – but they face competition from the likes of Juventus and possibly Real Madrid.

    And according to TuttoJuve, Wolves could demand as little as £18m for the striker.

    That is despite the club paying a record £32m to make his loan from Benfica permanent last summer.

    Jimenez, 29, has scored 39 goals for the Molineux side in 88 appearances, with 22 coming this term.


    Premier League TV plans will include the option of fake crowd noise and could give fans rare dressing room access, according to reports.

    TV coverage is one of the items on the agenda at today's meeting between all 20 Premier League clubs.

    Sky are said to be one of the channels considering the move for the games that will be played behind closed doors from June 17, according to the Mirror.

    Supporters had the option to listen to fake crowd noise during recent Bundesliga matches and the feedback was mixed.

    Some fans got behind the idea but many said it was “too weird” and had to “mute the unnatural sound”.

    As a result, Sky could offer each game on two of their channels – one with crowd noise, and one without.


    With the Premier League’s return edging ever closer, Paul Pogba could finally make a return to the United first team.

    Some fans are salivating over the prospect of actually seeing their record signing, 27, play alongside January hit Bruno Fernandes.

    And former striker Dimitar Berbatov appears to be one of them.

    He told Betfair: “It will be the first time we get to see Fernandes and Pogba play together and it will be interesting to see if they can hit it off, they will have had the chance to get to know each other in training but that is totally different to a game.

    “It could be a great partnership and I am sure that Pogba’s return is a massive boost and will give huge confidence to the whole team.

    “One player doesn’t define a team, but when you have good, quality, confident players putting all their effort in to help the team then you are going to succeed.”

    Meanwhile, on the transfer front, Saul Niguez’s big announcement was regarding the launch of a new club in Elche… rather than a big move to Old Trafford.

    And in more unpopular news, Real Madrid are reportedly willing to enter the race for United’s top-target Jadon Sancho… but want to wait until 2021 to land the Borussia Dortmund starlet.

    It's not all bad though, with star forward Marcus Rashford believed to have told friends that he will be fit for the first game back against Spurs.


    Manchester United midfielder Jesse Lingard has reportedly asked Chris Smalling and Ashley Young what life is like in Italy.

    Lingard found it difficult to nail down a regular starting spot under Ole Gunnar Solskjaer prior to the season being halted due to coronavirus.

    Inevitably it has led to speculation that the 27-year-old might exit Old Trafford this summer.

    And according to The Independent, Lingard seems to fancy an Italian job.

    The newspaper reports that he “has been in regular contact with Chris Smalling and Ashley Young about what Italy is like”.

    It adds that “the midfielder is greatly tempted by a move to Serie A”.


    Marcus Rashford believes he will be ready to face old boss Jose Mourinho on the first day of Project Restart.

    The Manchester United forward has been sidelined since he suffered a stress fracture of his back in mid-January.

    However he was one of the first players to return to Carrington after it re-opened following the Coronavirus shutdown.

    And the signs are that his hard work has paid off – as he has told friends will be fit for the first game.

    That is scheduled to be away to Tottenham – where his old boss Mourinho is currently in charge.


    Manchester United's new hero Bruno Fernandes has revealed his excitement at the “fantastic” opportunity to play alongside Paul Pogba later this month when the Premier League resumes.

    The January transfer hit told Mario Djurovski on an Instagram Live: “I think Paul is one of the best players in Manchester and in the world.

    “He was injured for a lot of time. The opportunity to play side to side with him is fantastic because you want to play with the best players you can.”


    Anthony Martial's wife Melanie joined protesters in Paris in the wake of the tragic death of George Floyd.

    She wrote on Instagram: “JUSTICE AND EQUALITY FOR ALL ✊🏼✊🏽✊🏾✊🏿 SAY NO TO RACISM

    “I would also like to tell you that today I moved not only for the police blunders, but for racism in general…

    “Know that today I saw people of all origins come to support the same cause! That of fighting against racism and injustices ✊🏼✊🏽✊🏾✊🏿

    “Some speeches brought tears to my eyes, suffering in my eyes, on the faces of these people moved me. I am horrified to see that in 2020 racism still exists

    “Let's change things”

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    🙌🏽🙌🏾🙌🏿 JUSTICE ET ÉGALITÉ POUR TOUS ✊🏼✊🏽✊🏾✊🏿 SAY NO TO RACISM 🇫🇷 Je sais que tout le monde préfère liker des photos de bombes atomiques sur Instagram mais désolée les réseaux sont pour moi un moyen de partager ma vie mais aussi de soutenir les causes qui me tiennent à cœur 💓 Ça fait longtemps que je soutiens @assa.traore_ sur les réseaux sociaux et bien d’autres, je n’avais pas eu l’occasion jusqu’ici de me déplacer, aujourd’hui c’est chose faite et je ne regrette absolument pas! D’autre part je voudrais également vous dire qu’aujourd’hui je me suis déplacée pas uniquement pour les bavures policières, mais pour le racisme en général… Sachez que aujourd’hui j’ai vu des personnes de toutes origines venir soutenir une même cause! Celle de lutter contre le racisme et les injustices ✊🏼✊🏽✊🏾✊🏿 Certains discours m’ont mis les larmes aux yeux, la souffrance dans les yeux, sur les visages de ces personnes m’ont bouleversées. Je suis horrifiée de voir qu’en 2020 le racisme existe encore 💔💔💔 Changeons les choses 🤍🤎🖤 #justiceforgeorgefloyd #justicepouradama #justicepourtheo #justicepourgayecamara #justicepourziedetbouna #justicepourtous

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    There was only one man, given that he a Portuguese Man United star, that could have been Diogo Dalot's hero growing up…

    Quizzed on that very subject by Man United's official website, Dalot replied: “Cristiano [Ronaldo].

    “I’ve said that many times. I think there’s not a lot more to talk about.

    “He’s an example and he showed everyone how good he is. For me, he’s been a role model since the beginning.”


    Manchester United full-back Diogo Dalot has spoken of his joy at seeing compatriot Bruno Fernandes hit the ground running at Old Trafford.

    He told the club's official website: ““It was very good.

    “I think it was more something that helped me a lot as well, when you have a Portuguese guy that you know as well, in your team, sharing all the moments that you shared with the other ones but now a friend.

    “It’s fantastic to have him there and more of that feeling that he’s a very good player for the team and for the club.

    “That makes me happy the most and it’s unbelievable for me and for everybody.”

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LeBron James, Aaron Rodgers Call Out Drew Brees After He Says Players Should Stand During Anthem

NBA star LeBron James criticized New Orleans Saints quarterback Drew Brees after the former Super Bowl champion likened the #TakeAKnee movement to “disrespecting the flag," just over a week after George Floyd was killed by a white police officer who kneeled on his neck for eight minutes.

Yahoo Sports posted an interview with Brees on Wednesday where he was asked about the possibility NFL players would continue the movement that Colin Kaepernick started in 2016 by kneeling during the national anthem to protest police brutality and systemic racism.

“I will never agree with anybody disrespecting the flag of the United States of America or our country," Brees, 41, told Yahoo. "Let me just tell you what I see or what I feel when the national anthem is played and when I look at the flag of the United States."

Brees then talked about his two grandfathers, who he says fought in the military during World War II.

"Both [risked] their lives to protect our country and to try to make our country and this world a better place," he said. "So every time I stand with my hand over my heart looking at that flag and singing the national anthem, that’s what I think about."


The comments garnered swift blowback over social media, and James, who has defended Kapernick and the #TakeAKnee movement in the past, was one of the loudest voices to criticize Brees.

“WOW MAN!!” James, 35, wrote on Twitter. “Is it still surprising at this point. Sure isn’t! You literally still don’t understand why Kap was kneeling on one knee?? Has absolute nothing to do with the disrespect of [the flag] and our soldiers (men and women) who keep our land free."

“My father-in-law was one of those men who fought as well for this country," the Los Angeles Lakers star continued. "I asked him question about it and thank him all the time for his commitment. He never found Kap peaceful protest offensive because he and I both know what’s right is right and what’s wrong is wrong! God bless you."

Green Bay Packers quarterback Aaron Rodgers joined in on the criticism, posting a picture of himself locking arms with his teammates — an alternative protest for those who didn't want to kneel.

"A few years ago we were criticized for locking arms in solidarity before the game," Rodgers said. "It has NEVER been about an anthem or a flag. Not then. Not now. Listen with an open heart, let’s educate ourselves, and then turn word and thought into action."

Saints' wide receiver Michael Thomas also apparently took aim at Brees, saying, "He don’t know no better," and "We don’t care if you don’t agree and whoever else how about that," on Twitter.

When asked about his comments by ESPN, Brees doubled down and defended himself by saying he's done his "absolute best to make this world a better place."

"I believe we should all stand for the national anthem and respect our country and all those who sacrificed so much for our freedoms," Brees said. "That includes all those who marched for women's suffrage in the 1920s and all those who marched in the civil rights movements and continue to march for racial equality. All of us … EVERYONE … represent that flag. Same way I respect all the citizens of our country … no matter their race, color, religion."

"And I would ask anyone who has a problem with what I said to look at the way I live my life," Brees continued. "Do I come across as someone who is not doing my absolute best to make this world a better place, to bring justice and equality to others, and hope & opportunity to those who don't have it? That's what I meant by actions speak louder than words. … My ACTIONS speak for themselves."

The Saints did not immediately respond to PEOPLE's request for comment.

To help combat systemic racism, consider learning from or donating to these organizations:

• Campaign Zero (joincampaignzero.org) which works to end police brutality in America through research-proven strategies.

• ColorofChange.org works to make government more responsive to racial disparities.

• National Cares Mentoring Movement (caresmentoring.org) provides social and academic support to help black youth succeed in college and beyond.

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Snooker’s Alfie Burden takes knee in solidarity with Black Lives Matter

Sport’s sweeping statements of solidarity with the Black Lives Matter movement reached the unlikely environs of a largely deserted Marshall Arena in Milton Keynes on Wednesday.

Burden took a knee prior to the start of his Championship League match against Ryan Day, emulating the protests which have spread since the death of George Floyd in Minnesota.

Burden, a former Arsenal apprentice who is also a coach at Southern League Hendon, said he made the gesture to emphasise the importance of all those with a platform taking the opportunity to speak out.

The 43-year-old said: “It was very important. I stand behind the fight against racism. It’s a disgraceful thing, the well-documented death of George Floyd in America.

“It was my platform to say how I felt about things. We are united together. There is no place for racism in society. That was my platform. I wanted to make my feelings known today.”

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Former Chorister Recalls Funny Mishap During Queen Elizabeth's Coronation

Many years after the big day, Ledger was also privately presented to the Queen at Windsor Castle as one of her Royal Coronation Boy Choristers. During this meeting, they got to share memories of the events of June 2, 1953, and about St. George’s School at Windsor Castle.

“At the time it felt that this meeting was meant to be," says Ledger. "It will always be a greatly treasured memory and a truly significant moment of my life.”

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George Floyd's Family Wants 1st-Degree Murder Charge, Says Independent Autopsy Shows Asphyxia

The independent autopsy disagreed with the Hennepin County Medical Examiner’s finding that underlying health conditions may have contributed to Floyd’s death.

"The knee to the neck and the knees to his back both contributed to him not being able to breathe, and what those officers did that we see on the video is the cause of George's death, not some underlying, unknown health condition. George Floyd was a healthy young man,” said Crump. “Beyond question, he would be alive today if not for the pressure applied to his neck by fired officer Derek Chauvin and the strain on his body from the two additional officers kneeing him in his back.”

Since Floyd's death, outrage has carried on in the form of protests throughout U.S. cities like Minneapolis, New York, Atlanta, Washington D.C. and Los Angeles, where acts of violence occurred over the weekend by both the demonstrators and the police.

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Staying Active! Queen Elizabeth Goes for a Horseback Ride While Self-Isolating at Windsor Castle

Although the Queen and her husband, 98, have been away from Buckingham Palace since March, the monarch has continued to speak with the public.

In her latest video address on May 8, she spoke from Windsor Castle to mark the 75th anniversary of the end of World War II in Europe, drawing comparisons to the difficulties the country is facing now, amid the coronavirus crisis.

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As she navigates the difficulties of life during a global pandemic, the Queen is drawing heavily on the strength she derives from her faith.

"Her Christian faith means so much to her, and those rituals of going to church on Sunday and praying in chapel are not happening," a close insider recently told PEOPLE.

Although those who know her say she misses the community feel of going to church with friends and family, life in the country is also a great support to her. “She loves to be out walking her dogs and is still riding,” a close observer added.

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10.15pm Arsenal news LIVE: Coutinho £10m loan transfer, Away kit LEAKED, Saliba legal dispute, Man City on June 17 – The Sun

ARSENAL know the exact date they will return to Premier League action, with a trip up the M6 to Man City scheduled for June 17.

And the Gunners' new away kit has been leaked while Mikel Arteta is still desperate to sign Philippe Coutinho but may have to settle for a loan deal.

Get the latest news, gossip and updates from the Emirates here…


    Arsenal posted a hilarious alternative commentary video on their Twitter to celebrate Alexandre Lacazette's birthday.


    Arsenal will have to settle for a loan deal if they are to have any chance of signing Philippe Coutinho, according to ESPN.

    Barcelona are keen to recoup over half the £142m fee they agreed with Liverpool for the Brazilian, which would price the Gunners out of the market.

    However, they are willing to loan Coutinho out for a £10m fee.

    But even if a deal can be agreed with Barcelona, Coutinho's £250,000-a-week wages may prove a stumbling block for the Gunners and Tottenham.

    Most of the Arsenal squad have already agreed a 12.5 per cent pay cut, meaning wages the likes of Coutinho's could be out of the question.

    And ESPN state that would put Chelsea in pole position to land the former Liverpool man, but so far they also have been unwilling to accept Barca's demands.


    Arsenal's Premier League stats up until the football blackout.

  • There will be four matches on Sundays too, at 12pm, 2pm, 4.30pm and 7pm.

    In order to fit in all games on TV, new kick-off times will be introduced.

    Friday and Monday games will be at 8pm, while Saturday will have FOUR matches starting at 12.30pm, 3pm, 5.30pm and 8pm.

    Midweek games, played on Tuesdays, Wednesday and Thursdays, will have 6pm and 8pm starts, allowing fans to watch footie all evening.

  • Premier League Chief Executive Richard Masters confirmed earlier reports by saying: “Today we have provisionally agreed to resume the Premier League on Wednesday 17 June.

    “But this date cannot be confirmed until we have met all the safety requirements needed, as the health and welfare of all participants and supporters is our priority.

    ‘’Sadly, matches will have to take place without fans in stadiums, so we are pleased to have come up with a positive solution for supporters to be able to watch all the remaining 92 matches.

    “The Premier League and our clubs are proud to have incredibly passionate and loyal supporters. It is important to ensure as many people as possible can watch the matches at home.

    “We will continue to work step-by-step and in consultation with all our stakeholders as we move towards resuming the 2019/20 season.”


    Premier League chiefs have confirmed England's top flight WILL return on June 17 – with Manchester City vs Arsenal starting the action.

    New kick-off times have been announced and all 92 remaining matches will be televised.

    As part of the plans to show every game, four matches will be shown for free on BBC for the first time.

    However, all safety requirements must be in place for Project Restart to go ahead.


    Liverpool's remaining home games as well as some major London derbies will reportedly be played at neutral venues.

    The measures will be taken in order to deter fans from gathering outside the stadiums, according to the Times.


    Arsenal fans shared their shock after Dani Ceballos became the latest star to show off his new lockdown hair with some supporters comparing him to Cristiano Ronaldo.

    The Spanish midfielder had been forced to abandon his usual cropped gelled look to debut his longer curlier locks at training this week.

  • Still, in reply to one tweet asking if Arsenal fans would have Wenger back, one joked: “I would even take him as a player.”

    Another posted: “That shouldn't be a question. We need him there at our club.”

    A fellow supporter wrote: “He's got the eye to spot crazy talented youngsters, he understands the club more than anyone.”

    Another reply read: “Hundred percent but he’d never do it.”


    Arsenal fans have called for Arsene Wenger to “come home” as the club's new chairman after Sir Chips Keswick announced his retirement.

    Lifelong fan Sir Chips, 80, stood down today after 15 years on the club's board.

    And almost as soon as it was announced, Arsenal supporters took to social media to demand a return of Wenger.

    Funny, really, considering how vociferous the Wenger Out movement was during the French legend's final few years in North London…


    Arsenal's new 2020-21 away kit has been leaked and the blood-splatter design has left fans totally unimpressed.


    More competition for Arsenal to consider as Galatasaray enter the mix for Ryan Fraser.

    The Bournemouth winger is out of contract in the summer and has long been linked with the Gunners.

    But Turkish outlet Takvim name Gala as another party keen on the Scot, along with Tottenham.

    And they will evaluate whether to launch an official bid when the season comes to a close.


    Sir Chips Keswick has released a statement to the Arsenal website upon the news he is leaving the club.

    The 80-year-old first joined the board in 2005 and has served as chairman for seven years.

    It read: It has been an honour to be the chairman of this great football club. Arsenal has always held a special place in my life and that will remain the case in the future.

    “I made my plan to retire at the end of this season clear to the board, before the global health crisis we are now experiencing.

    “The club is in safe hands with Stan and Josh, the board and the executive team. I know Arsenal will emerge strongly from this situation and I look forward, like all our supporters around the world, to seeing the team in action as soon as possible.”

    The Gunners have confirmed that the board is now made up on Stan Kroenke, Josh Kroenke, Lord Harris and Ken Friar.


    Arsenal chairman Sir Chips Keswick has announced his retirement from the role after seven years.


    Former Arsenal forward John Hartson wants Arsenal fans to make their minds up on David Luiz.

    There were plenty of Gooners annoyed at yesterday's reports that the centre-back will leave the club when his contract expires in June.

    But Hartson has called them out as exactly the ones criticising Luiz since he signed from Chelsea last summer.


    The Premier League is set to return on 17 June with Manchester City hosting Arsenal and Aston Villa taking on Sheffield United.

    Project Restart has been handed a huge boost after talks between the 20 clubs were held today.

    It is understood that the “majority” of Premier League clubs are keen to get the ball rolling next month.

    The initial plan was for football to return on Friday June 12 – but it is now expected to be delayed by just under one week.

    Players need more time to get back to match fitness to avoid the risk of injuries.

    But the four clubs with games in hand, due to the Carabao Cup final, are preparing for a midweek start before the full resumption days later.


    Police in England have reportedly given the green light for MOST Premier League games taking place at regular venues.

    Neutral grounds were touted as a major part of Project Restart but were met with fierce opposition from several teams.

    The Mail now reports that police are happy for games to be held across the country, in each of the 20 grounds.

    Yet they still hold reservations over a small number of high-profile matches that could still attract fans to gather outside the ground – breaking coronavirus restrictions.


    Mikel Arteta is on a mission to transform his Arsenal team into title contenders this summer.

    But the Gunners boss faces losing his top scorer and star centre-back in the upcoming transfer window.

    Paris Saint-Germain are said to be a weighing up a £35million move for contract rebel Pierre-Emerick Aubameyang.

    The Gabon international, who has scored 20 times this season, has just one year left on his current deal at the Emirates.

    And former Chelsea star David Luiz is reportedly set to quit the Gunners next month once his contract expires.

    Here, SunSport's Joseph Miles delivers an expert verdict on just how that transformation may pan out…


    Bruno Fuchs is the latest name linked with Arsenal in the gossip columns.

    Website Todo Fichajes report on Ajax moving towards a deal with Internacional for the defender.

    But the Gunners are keeping a close on eye on things, along with Monaco and Manchester City.

    Fuchs is rated at £4.5million and reportedly wants a move to Europe this summer.


    It’s many happy returns for Arsenal striker Alexandre Lacazette today as the Frenchman turns 29.

    The club are celebrating their No9 with a compilation of his best bits at Emirates Stadium.


    Latest figures released by financial giant KPMG are not good reading for the Gunners…

    The list has named Real Madrid as the world’s most valuable club.

    Worth £2.95billion, Los Blancos are just ahead of Manchester United in second – at £2.84bn.

    Barcelona, Bayern Munich and Liverpool make up the top five with the Premier League leaders rising two places since the previous valuations.

    Manchester City are followed by Chelsea in seventh place, falling behind the Reds at a decreased value of £1.88bn.

    Tottenham jump up to eighth and Paris Saint-Germain are next.

    Hanging on in the top ten, Arsenal’s worth fell 13.2 per cent and is now rated at £1.57bn.


    Jamie Carragher is “not surprised” David Luiz is set to leave Arsenal.

    Reports suggest the centre-back's contract expires next month and the Gunners will not offer a renewal.

    And former Liverpool defender Carragher thinks William Saliba's summer arrival means Luiz will be no big loss for Arsenal.

    He told Sky Sports: “We know he can lack concentration and make poor decisions and that's cost certain teams. That's why he's moved on in his career.

    “I know Arsenal are really excited about the prospect of Saliba coming in who will be joining next season. He's only 19, so I still think they need a little bit more experience in that position.

    “To be honest, it's no surprise they won't be renewing David Luiz's contract.”


    Paul Merson reckons Mikel Arteta will flourish when football returns.

    The Gunners’ transfer market plans are set to be held back by the coronavirus crisis and the ex-midfielder believes Arteta will be able to coach his young squad with less pressure.

    “I think this situation helps someone like Mikel Arteta. Arsenal need such an overhaul of players that it's actually almost impossible to get that many players in.

    “There's now an opportunity for him to work with the current crop, and I think it actually takes the pressure off of Arteta, and now anything is a bonus.

    “Arsenal's expectations will be nowhere near as high as they were a few months ago. I think he'll now be given loads and loads of time to build. He's young, he's enthusiastic, and he'll want to work with younger players.

    “He's not a Mourinho or Pep Guardiola, who I'd call your Tiger Woods and Rory McIlroys, they're just dealing in majors, nothing else! Arteta is the type who might work from the ground up with lesser players.”


    Arsenal remain “confident” of signing Bukayo Saka up to a new deal.

    Football.London report of the club’s optimism in tying down the young winger past his 2021 expiry date.

    Fans had become worried by a cryptic Instagram post by Saka.

    He posted on the social media site that he was a “kid with a dream” amid speculation he will have plenty of offers to leave the Emirates.


    Arsenal legend Paul Merson believes the coronavirus pandemic will increase the emphasis on coaching ability.

    With the quiet transfer market, managers will be forced to work harder to get the best out of their squads – rather than just buying in new talent.

    Merson told Sky Sports: “I just don't think clubs are going to be in a position to pay £70m, £80m on players anymore. I don't see that happening.

    “I quite like it because now coaches have got to be coaches, they've got to make these players better. I think clubs are going to be really, really cautious in the market.

    “For me, this is where coaches become coaches. It's all well and good buying £80m players all the time. Seriously, what do you need to coach an £80m player? If you're coaching an £80m player, telling them what they need to do, he isn't worth £80m.

    “The good coaches will come to the fore, and those that aren't will struggle. Some will blossom, some will not.”

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