Messi could be offered LIFETIME Barca deal, Arsenal 'in for Hakimi' & Luiz surgery, Haaland 'wants Real Madrid transfer'

ERLING HAALAND has decided that Real Madrid is his preferred destination, according to reports in Spain.

Meanwhile, Lionel Messi could be offered a Barcelona contract that would see him continue to be paid by the club for the rest of his life.

And David Luiz has undergone successful knee surgery, Arsenal have confirmed.

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  • Ian Tuckey

    BASH ARRI

    Chelsea defender Antonio Rudiger was sent home from training following an Easter Sunday bust-up with goalkeeper Kepa Arrizabalaga, according to The Telegraph.

    Antonio Rudiger is said to have apologised to Chelsea team-mate Kepa ArrizabalagaCredit: Getty

    The argument was reportedly sparked in a small-sided game after Rudiger was said to have made a late tackle on Kepa.

    Chelsea's record signing reportedly reacted badly and the heated argument quickly escalated into pushes being exchanged.

    Tuchel allegedly decided that Rudiger should not take part in the final five minutes of training, while goalkeeper Kepa completed the session.

    Defender Rudiger is said to have apologised to the Spaniard later on and Chelsea are understood to be happy that the incident is now closed.

  • Ian Tuckey

    TOBY LINKED TO BRUGGE

    Club Brugge have made a bid for Tottenham defender Toby Alderweireld, reports say.

    The Belgium star, 32, signed a contract extension to keep him at Spurs until 2023.

    But according to Voetbal 24, Alderweireld is wanted by Belgian champions Brugge.

    The speculation comes as he was left out of Spurs' squad for a second successive game on Sunday.

    Alderweireld has played 27 times for the Lilywhites so far this season, 18 of which have come in the Premier League.

    However, he is fighting with a number of players for a first team place.

    Eric Dier, Joe Rodon, Davinson Sanchez and Ben Davies are among those who have played as a centre-back for Tottenham this season.

    And there have also been some talks that Spurs could be in the market for another defender in the summer.

    RB Leipzig captain Marcel Sabitzer and Southampton's Jannick Vestergaard have both been touted as potential options for Jose Mourinho's side.

  • Ian Tuckey

    NEV-ER LISTEN

    Manchester United legend Gary Neville has accused FIVE Arsenal players of ignoring Mikel Arteta's instructions during their defeat to Liverpool.

    The defending Premier League champions ran riot against the North Londoners on Saturday night in a comfortable 3-0 win at the Emirates.

    During the latter stages of the game, Neville, who was on commentary for the clash, slammed Arsenal's lack of fight.

    He said on comms with Martin Tyler: "We have seen the old Arsenal tonight. It's been very shabby. I've not liked it from minute one. There's been a real lack of hunger."

    After the game, he added on Sky Sports: "A lack of pace, a lack of a plan…

    "But I have to say, when you are carrying too many who don't want to do the work without the ball, to the extent that four or five didn't, then Arteta's gameplan is gone.

    "Arteta knows where he needs to go. And he has got confirmation of it tonight."

  • Ian Tuckey

    CALL OF THE FOXES

    Leicester boss Brendan Rodgers looks set to try his luck with a bid for his Celtic old-boy Callum McGregor.

    Rodgers is a huge fan of the all-action midfielder.

    The Foxes will spend in the next window but only want a couple of major captures.

    And both potential transfers could be from Rodgers' former club.

    McGregor, 27, is under a long contract in Scotland, but that will not stop the Northern Irishman from trying to secure his services.

    He wanted McGregor when he first left, but Celtic's bid for ten titles in a row made that too difficult.

    Now Celtic are starting again and Rodgers will look to try his luck.

    McGregor has featured in 44 games in all competitions for the Hoops this term, where he has chipped in with four goals and seven assists.

    The ex-Liverpool manager is also expected to make a £20million summer bid for French striker Odsonne Edouard.

  • Ian Tuckey

    KANE CLEAR OF BRUNO AND SALAH

    Harry Kane's rapid double in Tottenham's 2-2 draw at Newcastle put him top in the Golden Boot race above Mo Salah and Bruno Fernandes – with 18 goals.

    Salah briefly went in front when netting the second of Liverpool's goals in Saturday's 3-0 defeat of Arsenal.

    Harry Kane went clear on 18 goals with his second goal at Newcastle todayCredit: EPA
    Spurs striker Harry Kane celebrates his double in the 2-2 draw at St James' ParkCredit: Getty
  • Ian Tuckey

    OLE PREDICTS BRI-GHT FUTURE

    United boss Ole Gunnar Solskjaer believes young French talent Hannibal Mejbri is not far away from a senior debut.

    Ole Gunnar Solskjaer has been delighted with Hannibal Mejbri’s progressCredit: Getty

    And the Norwegian told the United website: “Yes, definitely. He was unlucky getting injured, six weeks ago, when he was supposed to come up [to train] with us.

    The 18-year-old midfielder has torn up in the Under-23s.

    “Now he’s got over the injury and joined in, and he’s done well, the boy.”

  • Ian Tuckey

    NEWCASTLE 2 TOTTENHAM 2

    Newcastle's Arsenal loanee Joe Willock pounced late on for a point-saver – after Harry Kane's clinical double for Spurs.

    Joelinton threaded lowly Toon's neat opener from Sean Longstaff's fine pass before Kane promptly struck on 30 and 34 minutes and later hit a post.

    Midfielder Joe Willock celebrates his late equaliser for lowly NewcastleCredit: AFP

    But Willock levelled five minutes from time after after Miguel Almiron's shot was cleared from the line.

    Tottenham boss Jose Mourinho told BBC Radio 5 Live: "I am frustrated. We needed to win the match and we came to win. We were not far from winning but… created some instability with so many individual defensive mistakes."

    Newcastle manager Steve Bruce said: "I thought we were the better team and had an edge and energy about us.

    "They deserved to win the game and it was the performance I was delighted with."

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  • Ian Tuckey

    VAN NOT MOVING

    Ole Gunnar Solskjaer has revealed Manchester United midfielder Donny van de Beek is set to stay at the club this summer after re-discovering his form during the international break.

    The Dutch star scored in Netherlands’ 7-0 victory over Gibraltar on Tuesday.

    Van de Beek will be hoping to kick on as he returns to Old Trafford

    But he has failed to find his form throughout his first season with Man Utd, featuring in just 13 Premier League games since arriving at the start of the campaign.

    That has led to rumours around Van de Beek’s future at the Theatre of Dreams. But according to The Telegraph, Solskjaer insists Van de Beek is in no mood to give up.

    The Red Devils boss said: “Donny scored some absolute crackers when we were all back in training on Friday.

    “He scored some absolute top, top goals that I’d be really proud of myself and it’s done him the world of good, going away and scoring a goal for Holland.

    “We hope we can see a lot of that for the next eight weeks of the season and then to kick on again.

    “Sometimes it’s natural that if you don’t play and have injuries you lose a little bit of confidence and spark.

    “Then you go away with your national team and feel good. I can talk from my own experience, sometimes I went back to play for Norway and you get the feel about yourself better.”

  • Ian Tuckey

    NEYMAR 'KEEN ON MESSI REUNION'

    Neymar has reportedly put talks over a new Paris Saint-Germain contract on hold.

    Catalan newspaper Ara claim the Brazilian is keen on reuniting with Lionel Messi and is confident the Argentine will remain at Barcelona.

    The report adds that Neymar believes his ex-MSN partner will pen a new deal at the Camp Now.

    And the 29-year-old is also said to have informed his former employer Barca of his willingness to return to Spain.

    The stance marks a dramatic U-turn following reports last month that Neymar was closing in on a new mega-money PSG contract.

    The forward was said to be is in the final stages of agreeing terms on a new five-year deal to keep him in France until 2026.

    That itself came amid stories that Neymar could be set for a stunning exit this summer with his current contract expiring in 2022.

    The PSG star, who is already the top earner in Ligue 1 on £607,000-a-week, would be in line for further Champions League-related bonuses.

    His new pay packet is unlikely to see him overtake Cristiano Ronaldo and Messi, who are the two top earners in European football.

  • Ian Tuckey

    PIRLO CRUNCH TIME

    Andrea Pirlo could lose his job as Juventus boss if they are beaten by Napoli on Wednesday, according to reports in Italy.

    The Serie A champions dropped yet more points in the league on Saturday as they were held to a 2-2 draw away at Torino.

    The result leaves Juventus, who have won the title in each of the last nine seasons, clinging on to a Champions League qualification place with just ten games remaining.

    And in midweek they will travel to fifth place Napoli who are only behind Pirlo's side on goal difference.

    According to Tuttosport 'alarm bells are ringing' at Juve and Pirlo could find himself out the door if they lose in Naples.

    As well as their domestic struggles, Juve were dumped out of the Champions League last month.

    In a quite incredible second leg against Porto, the Italian champions lost on away goals despite beating the Portuguese side 3-2 in Turin.

    It is the second successive season that the Old Lady have failed to reach the quarter-finals in Europe.

     

  • Ian Tuckey

    MINA OPPORTUNITY

    Everton centre-half Yerry Mina wants a move to Italy’s Serie A, REPORTS ALAN NIXON.

    The Colombian seems set to leave Goodison in the summer and both Inter Milan and Fiorentina have been alerted.

    Mina, 26, joined the Toffees from Barcelona in a £28.5million deal in 2018.

    Everton are also on the lookout for a new keeper as Swede Robin Olsens loan from Roma ends soon.

    Meanwhile, Mina, who scored against England in the World Cup, has had a mixed time on Merseyside with injuries and some inconsistent form.

    The towering defender only recently returned following a calf issue he picked up in Everton’s 3-1 defeat to Manchester City in February.

  • Josh Graham

    HAALAND BOOST

    Erling Haaland's future at Borussia Dortmund was put in more doubt on Saturday as his side fell further behind in pursuit of a Champions League place.

    Eintracht Frankfurt struck three minutes from time to hand Dortmund a tenth Bundesliga defeat of the season, going down 2-1 at home.

    The result leaves Haaland and co seven points adrift of Frankfurt, who occupy the all-important fourth Champions League qualification place.

    Dortmund's domestic struggles have arisen despite Haaland's truly sensational campaign.

    The Norwegian has scored 33 goals in 32 games so far this season, 21 of which have come in the Bundesliga.

    The best route now for Dortmund to get into the Champions League next season may well be to win the competition.

    The German side have progressed through to the last eight but face the ominous task of taking on Pep Guardiola's ruthless Manchester City side.

  • Josh Graham

    'TOP FELLA'

    Manchester United goalkeeper Dean Henderson has rubbished suggestions of Paul Pogba being a bad influence, insisting the midfielder is a 'top fella'.

    The France international's commitment to the Red Devils has been questioned by many over the years, with several pundits branding the former Juve man as 'lazy'.

    Paul Pogba is a 'top fella', according to team-mate Dean HendersonCredit: Getty

    World Cup winner Pogba has also been accused of being a negative influence in the dressing room.

    But according to Henderson, both claims couldn't be any further from the truth.

    During an appearance on YouTube channel UMM, he said: "It's not true what a lot of people say about him, he's a real, real top fella.

    "I've got a lot of time for Paul and he's always willing to help me and stuff like that.

    "So shout out to him as well."

  • Josh Graham

    EVAN SENT – EXCLUSIVE

    Middlesbrough boss Neil Warnock is hoping to snatch striker Ched Evans from Preston , WRITES ALAN NIXON.

    The Boro gaffer fancies the 32-year-old on a free transfer.

    The Wales international's deal at Deepdale expires at the end of the season.

    Boro are also targeting Oxford goalkeeper Jack Stevens as well as Evans.

    Evans only joined the Lilywhites on an initial loan transfer from League One outfit Fleetwood Town in January.

    Preston turned his deal into a permanent stay a month later, but it remains to be seen whether he will offered a contract extension.

    The ex-Sheffield United ace has impressed during his short stay – chipping in with three goals in 14 Championship appearances.

  • Josh Graham

    KNEE BOTHER

    David Luiz will miss both legs of Arsenal’s Europa League quarter-final against Slavia Prague after undergoing a knee operation.

    The Brazilian defender, 33, went under the knife today after suffering the injury in training last week.

    David Luiz has had a knee op after an injury in trainingCredit: Getty

    An Arsenal spokesman confirmed: “David underwent a small procedure on his right knee on Sunday morning.

    “The procedure has been a success and David is now back at home rehabilitating.

    “He will be able to return to daily support and recovery with our medical team at the training centre in the coming days.

    “He is expected to be back to full fitness and available for selection in the upcoming weeks.”

  • Josh Graham

    HEND OF THE ROAD

    Dean Henderson is thought to have been selected to start against Brighton over David De Gea, according to reports.

    The Manchester Evening News reports Henderson will get the nod tonight in a sign he is the new No1.

    Marcus Rashford and Mason Greenwood are fit for the game and were pictured arriving at The Lowry Hotel with the rest of the squad.

    Victor Lindelof is also thought to have been included despite not training on Friday.

  • Josh Graham

    LOST HIS TUCH

    Thomas Tuchel was two games short of equalling Maurizio Sarri's Prem record for the best unbeaten start to a season.

    But the shock 5-2 hammering at home to West Brom left him stuck in third place on the leaderboard of best Premier League starts.

     

  • Josh Graham

    TAKING THE MIK

    Mikel Arteta's first 50 Prem games have been WORSE than Unai Emery's.

     

  • Josh Graham

    ITALY FOR YERR – EXCLUSIVE

    Everton centre-half Yerry Mina wants a move to Italy’s Serie A, REPORTS ALAN NIXON.

    The Colombian seems set to leave Goodison in the summer and both Inter Milan and Fiorentina have been alerted.

    Yerry Mina fancies an Italian JobCredit: Getty

    Mina, 26, joined the Toffees from Barcelona in a £28.5million deal in 2018.

    Everton are also on the lookout for a new keeper as Swede Robin Olsens loan from Roma ends soon.

    Meanwhile, Mina, who scored against England in the World Cup, has had a mixed time on Merseyside with injuries and some inconsistent form.

    The towering defender only recently returned following a calf issue he picked up in Everton's 3-1 defeat to Manchester City in February.

  • Josh Graham

    CATS OUT OF THE (MONEY) BAG – EXCLUSIVE

    Black Cats owner Kyril Louis-Dreyfus is itching to spend if they go up, REPORTS ALAN NIXON.

    Contacts close to Louis-Dreyfus in France reveal that he has earmarked £60million for new faces for Sunderland.

    But that cash will NOT be spent all at once.

    The 23-year-old vowed to rebuild Sunderland earlier this year after slamming his predecessors for “asset-stripping” the League One club.

    Heir to an estimated £4billion fortune, the new Black Cats owner acquired a majority stake from Stewart Donald back in February.

  • Josh Graham

    REAL PASSION

    How about this for a celebration from Real Sociedad boss Imanol Alguacil after his side one last season's delayed Copa Del Rey final.

    Real Sociedad manager Imanol Alguacil puts on club shirt and passionately chants during press conference after guiding side to Copa Del Rey glory

  • Josh Graham

    FOLLOW THE TRENT

    Check out Trent Alexander-Arnold's roaring celebration after a wonderful assist for Diogo Jota's opener against Arsenal last night.

    A message to Three Lions boss Gareth Southgate?

  • Josh Graham

    SUPER HALF!

    Southampton recovered from two goals down to go in at 2-2 against Burnley in the Easter Sunday midday kick-off.

    Stuart Armstrong and Danny Ings cancelled out a penalty from Chris Wood and Matej Vydra's sizzler.

  • Josh Graham

    WEAR AN ATT

    Fans mocked Prem ref Stuart Attwell's Peaky Blinders style lockdown haircut.

    The official sported a brazen shaved look in Liverpool's 3-0 win over Arsenal.

    Stuart Attwell had his hair shaved everywhere but the top!Credit: Kevin Quigley-The Daily Mail

    As many are left struggling to contain their out of control manes, Attwell decided to boldly shave his back and sides, while failing to attempt any fade on top.

    And his new look caused quite a stir on social media, as one user stated it was more entertaining than the Reds' one-sided affair at the Emirates.

    They quipped: "Most entertaining thing I’ve seen in these 45 minutes is Stewart Atwell’s hair."

    Another added: "Someone tell Stuart Atwell that a #PeakyBlinders haircut is not for everyone."

  • Josh Graham

    WHAT IS THE MATA?

    Juan Mata is set to stay at Manchester United for another year – unless the Red Devils receive a bid of around £5million.

    Mata joined from Chelsea in January 2014 but has struggled for game time this season.

    Juan Mata is set to stay at Manchester United unless a suitable bid comes inCredit: AFP

    And the Daily Star reports United will trigger a one-year extension on the Spanish playmaker's contract.

    But should any potential clubs come calling Old Trafford chiefs will demand£5m to let the 32-year-old leave.

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