7.45am Chelsea news LIVE: Philippe Coutinho transfer LATEST, Jadon Sancho update, Spurs want Giroud – The Sun

CHELSEA are eyeing up a big summer rebuild to back Frank Lampard when the transfer window opens – with the club's transfer ban lifted.

We have the latest transfer talk on the likes of Gabriel Magalhaes, Alex Telles and Philippe Coutinho and – but the Blues could miss out on Bayern Munich goalkeeper Manuel Neuer.

Meanwhile, should Chelsea hope to sign Jadon Sancho, they will need to be playing Champions League football next season.

Follow all the latest updates and gossip from West London below…

  • Griez lightning

    Antoine Griezmann wants to take Philippe Coutinho’s shirt number at Barcelona next season.

    Griezmann has worn No 17 since joining Barca from Atletico Madrid last summer, but has now set his sights on No 7 – currently worn by Coutinho.

    “I would like to get the number seven shirt again,” Griezmann said during a live Twitch stream.

    Barcelona are open to offers for Coutinho this summer and will consider bids in the region of €80m (£69.45m).

    Chelsea boss Frank Lampard is thought to be keen on the Brazilian given his proven Premier League quality.

  • MORNING CHELSEA FANS

    The Blues have reportedly been given a boost in their quest to sign Jadon Sancho with the Borussia Dortmund ace ready to reject Manchester United if they fail to secure Champions League football.

    Sancho is the prime target for United in the next transfer window but the huge uncertainty created by the coronavirus crisis means the Borussia Dortmund star has no need to hurry any decision.

    But should the Red Devils land Sancho, then it could pave the way for Chelsea to complete the signing of Barcelona's Philippe Coutinho.

    Spanish outlet Sport are reporting that the United have stolen the march on the Blues in the race to sign Sancho meaning Frank Lampard's side are likely to turn their attention to Barcelona's Coutinho.

    Reportedly boss Lampard has asked Stamford Bridge owner Roman Abramovich for a substantial war chest to strengthen his attacking resources this summer.

    And Sancho is also being chased by Callum Hudson-Odoi, with the England winger wanting to play his compatriot on Fifa 20.

    Speaking to MOTDx, the teenage he said: “Listen, do you know who I’m calling? I’m calling this person on purpose because he always thinks he’s better than me but he knows he’s not. I’m calling Sanch. Jadon Sancho.

    “I’m waiting for you to play me right now. I don’t care where you are, what you’re doing, you need to play me. Make sure you’re ready.”

    In other news, Chelsea are reportedly battling Arsenal for the signature of Achraf Hakimi – with the Moroccan full-back impressing on loan at BVB.

    The Athletic state that should Real Madrid want to offload him, the two London clubs are ready to snap him up.

    And finally, TEAMtalk state the Gunners are ready to hand Willian a two-year deal should the Brazilian not sign a new deal at the Bridge.

  • FRANCE SHOCK

    Ligue 1 side Stade de Remis are in shock tonight after club doctor Bernard Gonzalez tragically committed suicide after contracting coronavirus.

    According to reliable reports in Le Parisien, the 60-year took his own life at home on Sunday afternoon, linking his death with getting COVID-19.

    It is understood he was in quarantine with his wife – who also had the virus – when the devastating incident occurred.

    He is believed to have written a suicide note, explaining the reasons he killed himself.

    His death has said to have caused heartbreak throughout the city in northern France, according to its mayor Arnaud Robinet.

    He added: “He was the club doctor. A great professional, recognised and appreciated by all.

    “I have a touched thought for his parents, for his wife, his family.

    “He is a collateral victim of COVID-19, because it had been detected positive and was inside for a fortnight.

    “I know he left a note to explain his gesture, but I ignore its content. He was a committed man.”

  • PAY 'N DISMAY

    EXCLUSIVE by Mark Irwin: Some Premier League clubs fear they are being pushed into an unwanted war with their players by top-flight rivals.

    Teams are alarmed by the PFA’s rejection of the proposal for ALL players to take a wage cut or pay deferral of up to 30 per cent.

    And while some billionaire club owners are ready for a confrontation, others want to ease off and reach an amicable compromise agreement with the players’ union, who fear the wage-cut proposal will cost the Government £200million in lost taxes.

    More talks are planned this week and a number of chief executives are looking to take the heat out of the situation.

    But there is a growing feeling that at least three clubs are looking to take advantage of the coronavirus crisis to slash their annual wage bills.

    PFA bosses are angry their members are being singled out for criticism after Liverpool, Spurs, Newcastle, Norwich and Bournemouth put non-playing staff on furlough.

    Top-flight stars feel they are being blamed for the actions of owners who are asking the taxpayer to pick up the tab for their lowest-paid workers.

  • EUR OFF

    Both the Champions League and Europa League could be ABANDONED if coronavirus shutdown continues, warns Uefa chief Aleksander Ceferin.

    The Uefa boss added that playing behind closed doors would be the preferred option to scrapping games all together.

    Ceferin told ZDF Sportstudio: “We are waiting for the development of this terrible situation in the world, and mainly in Europe. Football isn’t the same without fans. But it is definitely better to play with fans than without fans.

    “The thing is, football is absolutely not the same without spectators.

    “But it is still better to play the game behind closed doors and have it on TV, which is what the people need and want because it brings positive energy to their homes, than not playing at all.

    “That’s what the people want, that brings positive energy, and it will be July or August. We can’t play it out in September or October.”

    “If the authorities do not allow us to play, then we cannot play.”

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WWE WrestleMania 36 LIVE RESULTS: Charlotte wins NXT title, Otis vs Ziggler underway – start time, stream FREE, matches – The Sun

WRESTLEMANIA 36 continues with Night 2 on NOW!

What drama we had last night on with the stunning Boneyard match – and there's plenty in store TONIGHT with Brock Lesnar vs Drew McIntyre for the WWE title, Edge vs Randy Orton and John Cena vs The Fiend.

  • Main show start time: Midnight UK time, 7pm ET
  • Live stream/ TV: WWE Network/ BT Sport Box Office
  • New Network subscribers can get a 30-day trial FREE for WWE Network

Follow ALL of the latest updates from WrestleMania night 2 below…

  • OTIS VS DOLPH ZIGLER

    Otis is distracted on the apron by Deville and Zigler goes low and the match is turned on its head…. but here comes Mandy!

    Mandy slaps Deville.

  • OTIS VS DOLPH ZIGLER

    Otis smashed Zigler into the corner and it's all one-way action here.

  • OTIS VS DOLPH ZIGLER

    Zigler reigns in some big haymakers but Otis just takes it and laughs before taking out Dolph with a series of closelines.

    Big body slam and Zigler is in trouble here.

  • OTIS VS DOLPH ZIGLER

    Otis gets his hands on Zigler early but soon after gets a super kick to the face.

  • UP NEXT: Otis vs. Dolph Ziggler

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7am Chelsea news LIVE: Philippe Coutinho transfer LATEST, Sancho wants Champions League football, Tottenham want Giroud – The Sun

CHELSEA are eyeing up a big summer rebuild to back Frank Lampard when the transfer window opens – with the club's transfer ban lifted.

We have the latest transfer talk on the likes of Gabriel Magalhaes, Alex Telles and Philippe Coutinho and – but the Blues could miss out on Bayern Munich goalkeeper Manuel Neuer.

Meanwhile, should Chelsea hope to sign Jadon Sancho, they will need to be playing Champions League football next season.

Follow all the latest updates and gossip from West London below…

  • MORNING, CHELSEA FANS

    Transfer talk is buzzing around the Bridge – concerning Jadon Sancho, Lautaro Martinez, Philippe Coutinho and even Brazil legend Robinho!

    Let's get that last one out the way – so as not to add a small worry to Blues’ fans at a time when there are far bigger things to focus on

    The İstanbul Başakşehir playmaker, now 36, has revealed he wanted to join Chelsea over Manchester City when he left Real Madrid in 2008 after two successive LaLiga titles.

    Any hopes the Blues have of signing England attacker Jadon Sancho rose after the suggestion the 20-year-old wants Champions League football next season.

    That dampens Manchester United's hopes of signing him, even if Old Trafford boss Ole Gunnar's Solskjaer might be given a bigger cheque book than his Chelsea counterpart Frank Lampard.

    And the Blues might also be encouraged to hear reports Barcelona are ready to sell “flop” Philippe Coutinho for half the £140million they paid Liverpool two years ago.

    Arsenal, Spurs and even his old club have all been linked with the Brazil playmaker, 27, who is on loan with Bayern Munich.

    But Barca are said to have offered Chelsea target and Argentina striker Martinez £170,000 a week to move from Inter Milan in the next transfer window.

    Meanwhile, Inter's Serie A rivals Atalanta reportedly want to make Croatia midfielder Mario Pasalic's loan deal from Stamford Bridge permanent this summer.

    Finally, Chelsea are vying with Arsenal for Real Madrid's Morocco full-back Achraf Hakimi, according to The Athletic.

    The 21-year-old has been a stand-out Bundesliga performer on loan with Borussia Dortmund this term.

  • STARS REFUSE TO BAIL OUT 'RICH OWNERS'

    Premier League players are refusing to bail out their clubs as English football heads towards civil war.

    Manchester City’s Kevin De Bruyne, Watford captain Troy Deeney and West Ham skipper Mark Noble led the fightback in a video conference that served only to deepen divisions in the game.

    Premier League chiefs and club executives thought the players were ready to buy into their proposal for a wage cut or deferral of up to 30 per cent designed to stave off financial meltdown caused by the coronavirus crisis.

    But the message they got back was: ‘We’d rather give our cash to the NHS than help out our rich owners’.

    And the PFA  supported the hardline stance with a strong statement that hit back at criticism of players from politicians.

    The players’ union claimed such a big cut in stars’ wages would actually damage the public services that were fighting the pandemic.

    The PFA said: “The proposed 30 per cent salary deduction over a 12-month period equates to over £500million in wage reductions and a loss in tax contributions of over £200m to the Government.

    “What effect does this loss of earning to the Government mean to the NHS? 

    “Was this considered in the Premier League proposal and did the Health Secretary, Matt Hancock, factor this in when asking players to take a salary cut?”

  • CHELSEA CHERRY PICKING?

    Bournemouth are set to end their ‘spend, spend, spend’ policy – puting Manchester United, Spurs and Chelsea on alert over Callum Wilson and Josh King.

    Owner Maxim Demin has backed the Cherries' success story during their remarkable rise to the Premier League.

    But now boss Eddie Howe is bracing for a shake-up in the next transfer window and strikers Wilson and King, both 28, could be the ones to bring in the cash.

    Bournemouth have collected a lot of young players in the past few seasons but have been unable to make a profit on them.

    Dominic Solanke and Jordon Ibe arrived from Liverpool with big prices and big reputations but have failed to deliver.

    The South Coast outfit will lose Ibe and Ryan Fraser at the end of their contracts this summer.

    Winger David Brooks, 22, would also be a wanted man if he had not missed the season with a serious ankle injury.

  • UTD FEAR SANCHO SNUB IF THEY MISS TOP 4

    Chelsea target Jadon Sancho is ready to reject Manchester United if they fail to secure Champions League football.

    Sancho is the prime target for United in the next transfer window but the huge uncertainty created by the coronavirus crisis means the Borussia Dortmund star has no need to hurry any decision.

    And sources indicate that playing in Europe’s biggest competition remains an important consideration for the England winger in choosing his next employers.

    Prior to the coronavirus lockdown, reports claimed United were prepared to offer Sancho an astonishing £400,000-per-week deal to pick them over the other big clubs in the race to sign him.

    But Liverpool, Chelsea and other suitors will have renewed hope that they can win the race once football’s future becomes clear.

    Much will depend on if, when and how the outstanding issues from the current Premier League season are resolved – and the progress of Manchester City’s appeal against their two-season ban from European competition.

    If City’s suspension is upheld by the Court of Arbitration for Sport, even for a reduced period of one year, then fifth place, where United currently sit, would almost certainly be enough to qualify for the Champions League.

    But should City succeed in avoiding a ban or at least postponing it, United would have work to do.

  • JADON CALLED OUT

    Chelsea starlet Callum Hudson-Odoi has called on rumoured Blues target Jadon Sancho… to play him at Fifa20.

    Speaking to MOTDx, the teenage England international said: “Listen, do you know who I’m calling? I’m calling this person on purpose because he always thinks he’s better than me but he knows he’s not. I’m calling Sanch. Jadon Sancho.

    “I’m waiting for you to play me right now. I don’t care where you are, what you’re doing, you need to play me. Make sure you’re ready.

    “Every time I speak to him I’m like, 'Oi, Sanch, let’s play FIFA' or he’ll be like, 'Cal let’s play' and I’m always like, 'Ah I’m doing something' and he’s saying he’s doing something.

    “We never get to play, so now I’m telling him, listen, I’m ready. Let’s play, let’s go. I’m ready for you now. Make sure you get this on stream, everything, make sure it’s live so everyone knows what’s happening. It has to be there.”

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3pm Arsenal news LIVE: Ozil sends Gnabry tweet as he wears Gunners shirt, Willian to be available, Jose Reyes tragedy – The Sun

MIKEL ARTETA is plotting an overhaul at Arsenal after winning his own personal battle with coronavirus.

Serge Gnabry turned heads by wearing a Gunners shirt in a video, but it is unlikely Arteta could lure him back from Bayern Munich.

But we have all the latest transfer talk and more information about the Jose Reyes tragedy.

Follow all the latest Arsenal news and gossip with our blog below…

  • GUNNER MAKE A MOVE

    Willian has put Arsenal on red alert by admitting contract negotiations at Chelsea have come to a standstill.

    He told Expediente Futebol: “Really a very beautiful story that I built at this club, I have a very special affection for the fans, for the people who work there and I identified myself a lot here.

    “Everyone knows that my contract ends now in a few months, so the renewal is really a difficult thing to happen.

    “I think it will be very difficult for me to renew because Chelsea offered me two years, I asked for three and it ended there, we didn’t talk anymore, we didn’t negotiate anymore.

    “Three years – Chelsea said it would be impossible, so for now theres this difficulty, but nothing is impossible.

    “We don’t know what can happen, suddenly we could make a deal and get it right. But what I can say today is that my contract is going over and I will be free to negotiate with any team.”

  • COUT COUP

    Chelsea are in negotiations with Philippe Coutinho over a summer transfer, according to reports.

    The Brazilian, 27, is currently on loan at Bayern Munich from Barcelona for the season.

    But according to Sport, the Bavarians are unwilling to exercise their £105million option to buy him at the end of his spell.

    And now it is thought Chelsea made a march on Arsenal to land Coutinho by contacting the player's agent Kia Joorabchian, with whom they have a strong relationship.

  • CUT YOUR CLOTH

    Premier League stars are being urged to take a pay cut during the coronavirus pandemic with a potential £100million ready to be contributed to the fight.

    Clubs across Europe are instilling salary reductions to ensure regular staff are paid during football's lockdown – but English football is yet to agree on its next step.

    The latest official accounts on player wages, tallied by Deloitte, outline a massive £2.9billion earned annually across the top-flight.

    Given these numbers are for the 2017/18 season, they are undoubtedly higher now after salaries rose 15 per cent to reach that figure from the previous year.

    Therefore a simple two-month pay cut of 20 per cent across the board would raise at least £100m to ensure staff are paid and to help the NHS.

    And that figure rockets up to £150m if the cut is either extended to three months or two months' wages are reduced by 30 per cent.

  • ANGEL GABRIEL

    Arsenal have sent their fans wild by joining in the opendoorchallenge by commemorating Gabriel Martinelli's goal against Chelsea.

  • TAKING THE MKH

    Arsenal have reportedly rejected two bids from Roma to sign Henrikh Mkhitaryan on a permanent basis.

    The Express claim the Serie A sides latest offer was in the region of £10million for the Armenian, who has impressed on loan in Italy.

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7.40am Arsenal news LIVE: Gnabry wears Gunners shirt, Sagna continues attack on club, Jose Reyes tragedy – The Sun

MIKEL ARTETA is plotting an overhaul at Arsenal after winning his own personal battle with coronavirus.

Serge Gnabry turned heads by wearing a Gunners shirt in a video, but it is unlikely Arteta could lure him back from Bayern Munich.

But we have all the latest transfer talk and more information about the Jose Reyes tragedy.

Follow all the latest Arsenal news and gossip with our blog below…

  • MORNING, GUNNERS FANS

    Arsenal’s season may be coming to an end amid the coronavirus crisis.

    But that doesn’t mean Mikel Arteta isn’t already considering his ins and outs for the next campaign.

    Arsenal are thought to be keen on signing a new right-back.

    And it’s reckoned Everton’s Jonjoe Kenny is in their sights this summer.

    The 23-year-old has impressed on loan at Schalke this season and could now find himself competing with Hector Bellerin to start at the Emirates.

    Meanwhile, it’s believed Arsenal have been priced out of a move for Ousmane Dembele – despite the winger being surplus to requirements at Barcelona.

    The Spanish giants are apparently seeking £110million for the injury-prone Frenchman.

    But Arsenal do not have that kind of cash in their budget but will take hope in the fact that Dembele has just two years remaining on his Nou Camp deal.

    Arsenal are also said to have lost out in the race for Gent wonderkid Jonathan David.

    The £20m-rated Canadian winger is wanted by the Gunners to boost their options in the final third.

    But it’s believed David prefers a move to Barcelona as that’s where his idol Ronaldinho became the world’s best player over a decade ago.

  • DAN DEAL

    Arsenal's hopes of signing Dani Ceballos were given a boost as Zinedine Zidane put him on a list of stars who could leave Real Madrid this summer, according to reports.

    Zidane needs to cut down his current squad of 37 – including those out on loan – to fit within the 25-man quota for next season.

    And it is thought Ceballos, 23, could well be one of the 12 at risk of facing the chop – as well as the likes of Luka Modric, Gareth Bale and James Rodriguez.

    According to the Daily Star, the Gunners will be hopeful of securing a new deal for the man they have on loan at the Emirates until June 30 – either on loan again or on a permanent deal.

  • WRIGHT ATTITUDE

    Ian Wright “hated” Alan Shearer because of his England team-mate's annoying supremacy in bagging Premier League goals.

    Arsenal legend Wrighty is now “proud” to be the Newcastle great's friend – but in the 1990s it seemed he wanted to give his rival striker a Golden Boot up the backside.

    On his My Classic Football Shirts Warehouse Tour show, Wrighty picked up a Shearer top and said: “Proud to call him my friend now..but when we were playing I hated him.- simply because of his hunger to score goals.on a weekly basis.

    “You come in and you've scored two, Shearer scores three. If you scored two, Shearer scored one. If you score three Shearer scores two.

    “So you can never catch up with him. And we're talking about someone who had three years out of the game with real bad injuries and he's still got 260. He's still way out in front.

    “I'm not sure really people realise the enormity of his achievement.”

  • TRUE GENT

    Arsenal, Man Utd and Chelsea have suffered a transfer blow with £20m Gent wonderkid Jonathan David reportedly preferring a move to Barcelona.

    According to Mundo Deportivo, the young midfielder would prefer a move to La Liga giants Barcelona. 

    He has been a long standing admirer of former Barcelona star Ronaldinho for his playing style and trademark smile.

    The Catalan giants need to replace Luis Suarez as he is set to miss most of the rest of the season – when it resumes – after he had surgery on a troublesome knee injury.

    David has been hailed as the most flexible forward in the Belgian top-flight, with the youngster capable of fitting in across the front-line.

  • GRIEZY PEASY

    Barcelona are considering part-exchanging Antoine Griezmann for Neymar, according to reports.

    Barca value Griezmann at £88million while Paris Saint-Germain want £135m for Neymar and the two could do a swap deal, according to Sky Sports News.

    Arsenal are among the teams believed to be looking at Griezmann.

    While Neymar has been linked with Manchester United and Chelsea in recent transfer windows.

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7pm Man Utd news LIVE: Jadon Sancho transfer welcomed by Rashford; Erling Haaland, Jude Bellingham, Paul Pogba latest – The Sun

MANCHESTER UNITED are making big plans to bring Jadon Sancho to Old Trafford and form a deadly trio with Marcus Rashford and Anthony Martial.

Elsewhere, Gary Neville has made a funny revelation from his time with the Red Devils, while target James Maddison has discussed the best players he's faced.

And we have the latest updates on what Ole Gunnar Solskjaer's squad are getting up to with coronavirus suspending action.

Follow all the latest gossip and news from Old Trafford below…

  • POG OFF

    Manchester United midfielder Paul Pogba is reportedly still desperate to leave the club with the Frenchman's priority to join Real Madrid.

    According to 90min, Pogba is hell-bent on securing a dream move to the Bernabeu as he looks to play under Zinedine Zidane.

    They claim Los Blancos remain keen on signing the player despite his torrid time with injuries of late.

    And they state he desires to work with Zidane – a player Pogba has called his idol in the past.

    A Red Devils source in 2018 said: “Paul grew up with Zidane as his hero and would like to play for him at some stage in his career.

    “He could have back at Real, but he felt he had unfinished business at United and their interest only came along very late in the day.

    “Paul has a similar all action style to Zidane and a lot of what he days was off the back of watching him and learning from him.”

  • ED HUNTER

    Edinson Cavani is set to be offered £6million-a-year to make a shock Napoli return on a free transfer from Paris Saint-Germain.

    The Uruguay ace is out of contract with the French outfit this summer and is unlikely to sign a new deal.

    Chelsea and Arsenal failed with bids for Cavani in January, while Manchester United have also been linked.

    According to TuttoSport, Napoli are poised to make a move for their former frontman and plan to offer the PSG star £6m-a-year, around £115,000 per week.

  • WIZARD OF OUS

    Arsenal have been dealt a serious blow in their pursuit of Manchester United and Chelsea target Ousmane Dembele after Barcelona slapped a whopping £110million price-tag on his head.

    And Barca are prepared to cut their losses and cash in with Liverpool and Man City also reportedly interested.

    Mundo Deportivo report how the trio of Premier League clubs could be put off by his £110m asking price.

    Dembele has just over two years left on his contract and they know his value will continue to drop if he refuses to sign a new deal.

  • QUEUING UP FOR ROD

    Arsenal, Everton and Wolves are reportedly in the hunt for James Rodriguez, who has also been linked with Chelsea and Manchester United.

    Marca claims Premier League clubs will queue up this summer for the Colombia winger, who contract expires in 2021. T

    Rodriguez, 28, won three league titles and the Europa League with Porto before a £40million move to Monaco in 2013.

    An incredible World Cup at the end of the season secured a dream move to Real Madrid, where he landed two Champions League and one La Liga crown.

    However, the midfielder eventually fell out of favour under Zinedine Zidane and ended up spending two seasons on loan at Bayern Munich.

    Rodriguez returned to the Bernabeu last summer but has made just seven league appearances this season.

  • HAA LA LAND

    Manchester United will fight Real Madrid for Erling Haaland's signature with both teams reportedly willing to pay his £63million release clause.

    The 19-year-old has been in scintillating form since his January switch to Borussia Dortmund and he could on the move again in the summer.

    Dortmund expect to keep hold of Haaland for at least another season.

    But having agreed to a reported £63m release clause, the Norwegian – who has bagged 12 goals in hid first 11 Dortmund games – could leave after just half a season.

    Spanish reports suggest Real Madrid will act in the summer and United would move for Haaland as soon as he decides to leave Dortmund, according to ESPN.

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4.30pm Chelsea news LIVE: £30m Gabriel Magalhaes transfer close, Jadon Sancho latest, Blues enter Bellingham race – The Sun

CHELSEA are eyeing a summer rebuild despite the uncertainty surrounding coronavirus suspending the Premier League.

Frank Lampard has enjoyed an encouraging first campaign at Stamford Bridge and looks set to open the chequebook when the Blues' transfer ban is lifted.

We've got the latest on their pursuit of Jadon Sancho, Jude Bellingham and many more.

Follow all the latest updates and gossip from West London below…

  • ROUD MOVE

    Chelsea ace Olivier Giroud has revealed he did not expect to be still at Chelsea.

    Speaking to French outlet, Telefoot, the ex-Arsenal striker told how he thought he would be on the move as he looked to gain first-team football ahead of Euro 2020 – which has now been postponed for a year.

    Giroud said: “To be honest, I saw myself playing elsewhere.

    “I had six tough months, which is why I wanted a change of scene to get back to playing and enjoying myself on the pitch, so I tried to leave in January.”

  • NEU THANK YOU

    Manuel Neuerhas rejected a new Bayern Munich contract because he wants a five-year-deal, according to reports.

    The news will come as a huge boost to Chelsea who are reportedly keen on signing the German if they can get rid of Kepa.

    Neuer is already considering ditching Bayern because the German giants have a deal to bring in Schalke shot-stopper Alexander Nubel, 23, from next season.

    But the Bundesliga champions offered their long-serving captain a new deal regardless.

    However, 34-year-old Neuer has turned it down as he wants a contract that would see him play on until he is 39, according to German outlet Bild.

    Bayern have offered the stopper a deal until 2023 but are wary of offering a longer term as that would see Nubel on the bench for the full length of his contract.

  • HEADING BAK

    Tiemoue Bakayoko is hoping for a “dream” move back to AC Milan.

    The centre-midfielder is out on loan at Monaco from the Blues this season, but spent the 2018/19 campaign in Italy with the Rossoneri.

    And according to Calcio Mercato, the 25-year-old wants a return to Serie A in the summer.

    Chelsea shelled out £40million to bring in Bakayoko from then-French champions Monaco in July 2017.

    At that time it was the second-highest transfer fee paid out for by the Blues, after the £50m spent to bring Fernando Torres in from Liverpool.

    But it was regarded as a bargain for a midfielder who had impressed many with his performances in Ligue 1 and in European competition.

    But Bakayoko looked a completely different player at Stamford Bridge and soon became a target for the boo boys despite playing 43 games in total.

    He was shipped out to Milan after just a season in West London, and went on to feature in 42 games in all competitions.

  • BERNA-BYE

    Premier League clubs have been put on high alert after a trio of big-name Real Madrid stars were reportedly deemed surplus to requirements at the Bernabeu.

    Boss Zinedine Zidane is keen on a summer reboot of his squad, but has been told that he must offload some of his highly-paid stars before he can recruit more.

    According to AS, this means that the likes of Gareth Bale, Luka Modric and James Rodriguez could all be on the market this summer.

    This is bound to pique the interest of a number of the Premier League's top clubs, including Manchester United, Arsenal and Chelsea.

    Former Tottenham winger Bale was close to joining Chinese Super League side Jiangsu Suning last summer, before the deal was dramatically scrapped by Madrid chiefs. The 30-year-old has since been in and out of Zidane's side, having also sparked controversy by posing with a Wales, Golf, Madrid flag.

    Bale has repeatedly been linked with the Red Devils, however, who could look to try and finally thrash out a deal for the Welshman this summer. His team-mate Modric has long been a key cog in the Real Madrid midfield, playing an integral role in winning four Champions Leagues during his time with the club.

  • LUKA IN REAL TROUBLE

    Chelsea and Arsenal transfer target Luka Jovic is ‘doing a good job of ruining his career’ at Real Madrid, says ex-coach Dragoslav Stepanovic.

    Jovic's former boss and fellow Serb Stepanovic has slammed the 22-year-old for sabotaging his dreams of making it as a star at the Bernabeu.

    The striker, 22, moved to the Spanish outfit from Eintracht Frankfurt last summer on a six year deal, for £50m.

    He has failed to impress in his first LaLiga campaign, scoring just twice in 24 games since his switch from the Bundesliga.

    Madrid decided to splash the cash on him as he scored 27 goals in 48 games for Eintracht Frankfurt last season but he has fallen out of favour for Zinedine Zidane's side.

    The star hit headlines after breaking quarantine and flying to Serbia to visit his girlfriend, Sofia Milosevic amid the coronavirus crisis.

    And former Eintracht Frankfurt coach Stepanovic has claimed the striker is ruining his career.

    He said to Kurir: “He is the only man who does 100 per cent to ruin his career.

    “Jovic works against himself. He was lucky that Adi Hutter gave him a shot at Eintracht and then made the biggest transfer in Serbia’s history and went to Madrid. I can’t believe what the boy is doing to himself.

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8am Chelsea news LIVE: Sancho can LEAVE Dortmund, Hakimi transfer talks, and Blues enter Bellingham race – The Sun

CHELSEA are eyeing a summer rebuild despite the uncertainty surrounding coronavirus.

Frank Lampard has enjoyed an encouraging first campaign at the Bridge and looks sure to open the chequebook – we've got the latest on their pursuit of Jadon Sancho and Jude Bellingham.

Follow all the latest updates and gossip from West London below…

  • ROUD MOVE

    Chelsea ace Olivier Giroud has revealed he did not expect to be still at Chelsea.

    Speaking to French outlet, Telefoot, the ex-Arsenal striker told how he thought he would be on the move as he looked to gain first-team football ahead of Euro 2020 – which has now been postponed for a year.

    Giroud said: “To be honest, I saw myself playing elsewhere.

    “I had six tough months, which is why I wanted a change of scene to get back to playing and enjoying myself on the pitch, so I tried to leave in January.”

  • MORNING, CHELSEA FANS

    The Blues are being inked with a string of Europe's top starlets.

    Top of the list yet again is Jadon Sancho – but with a warning from Borussia Dortmund.

    The German giants admit they would not stand in the England attacker's way if he wanted to leave in the summer – but would hold out for their valuation of around £120million.

    Equally daunting for Chelsea is that Manchester United long seem to have been the 20-year-old's main admirers.

    And Dortmund CEO Hans-Joachim Watzke told Bild: “You always have to respect what the player wants.

    “We said before coronavirus that our favourite idea is that Jadon will stay with us.

    “I can say that even the very rich clubs, despite the existing crisis, don’t believe they can go on a bargain tour with us.“

    Chelsea are reportedly in talks with Real Madrid over £50m-rated left-back Achraf Hakimi.

    The 21-year-old is also thought to be interesting Bayern Munich, having shone during his current loan spell with Dortmund.

    And the latest transfer twist over 16-year-old Birmingham midfielder Jude Bellingham is that the Blues are now said to be in pole position – ahead of United.

    The Daily Mail say Chelsea are ready to match Brum's £30m valuation after Bellingham's sensational breakthrough season.

  • CESC MADE FAB DECISION

    Arsenal legend insists ex-Chelsea midfielder Cesc Fabregas was right to leave the Gunners forBarcelona in 2011.

    Emirates fans were furious when the Spaniard decided to return to the Nou Camp but Merson believes it was the correct decision.

    Fabregas joined the Spanish giants for £35million but surprisingly only won one La Liga title during his second spell at the club.

    Merson told SkySports: “I can understand the reason Cesc Fabregas laid out as to why he left Arsenal for Barcelona in 2011.

    “I don’t know too many footballers, who when Barcelona and Real Madrid come calling don’t go.

    “Fabregas is an interesting case because he did leave Barcelona as a youngster to go to Arsenal, but he couldn’t turn it down when they came calling again.

    “I can’t think of too many players that could turn it down.

    “You may get a player to wait around another year, but they always end up going in the end, and I had no problem with Fabregas going when he did.”

    Since Fabregas left the Emirates, the Gunners have struggled for success, winning just three FA Cup's.

  • LUKA IN REAL TROUBLE

    Chelsea and Arsenal transfer target Luka Jovic is ‘doing a good job of ruining his career’ at Real Madrid, says ex-coach Dragoslav Stepanovic.

    Jovic's former boss and fellow Serb Stepanovic has slammed the 22-year-old for sabotaging his dreams of making it as a star at the Bernabeu.

    The striker, 22, moved to the Spanish outfit from Eintracht Frankfurt last summer on a six year deal, for £50m.

    He has failed to impress in his first LaLiga campaign, scoring just twice in 24 games since his switch from the Bundesliga.

    Madrid decided to splash the cash on him as he scored 27 goals in 48 games for Eintracht Frankfurt last season but he has fallen out of favour for Zinedine Zidane's side.

    The star hit headlines after breaking quarantine and flying to Serbia to visit his girlfriend, Sofia Milosevic amid the coronavirus crisis.

    And former Eintracht Frankfurt coach Stepanovic has claimed the striker is ruining his career.

    He said to Kurir: “He is the only man who does 100 per cent to ruin his career.

    “Jovic works against himself. He was lucky that Adi Hutter gave him a shot at Eintracht and then made the biggest transfer in Serbia’s history and went to Madrid. I can’t believe what the boy is doing to himself.”

  • FOOTBALL might be hiatus, but there's no shortage of activity at the Bridge.

    With their transfer ban lifted, this summer could be a busy time in West London as Frank Lampard looks to build on a promising first campaign in charge.

    Jadon Sancho is being targeted by a number of Premier League clubs but the England wideman won't come cheap.

    Dortmund CEO Hans-Joachim Watzke itold Bild: “You always have to respect what the player wants.

    “We said before coronavirus that our favourite idea is that Jadon will stay with us.

    “I can say that even the very rich clubs, despite the existing crisis, don’t believe they can go on a bargain tour with us.

    “We don’t have to sell anyone below value.”

    While Chelsea are reportedly in talks with Real Madrid over Achraf Hakimi, 21, to bolster their shaky defence.

    Blues boss Frank Lampard has identified the 21-year-old as a defender he can add to strengthen his options at the back.

    And in other transfer news, Chelsea are planning to beat Man utd in the race to sign £30million-rated Jude Bellingham from Birmingham City.

    The Blues are ready to step up their interest in the 16-year-old wonderkid and according to the Daily Mail, they are ready to meet the valuation.

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Coronavirus in sport LIVE: Premier League in meeting TODAY, Wimbledon latest, Fury vs Wilder 3 date, Olympics postponed – The Sun


THE Tokyo Olympics could take place next SPRING – which is generating even more confusion for athletes.

The Games were postponed untill 2021 this week after the Japanese organisers bizarrely planned to plough on.

Meanwhile Tyson Fury's trilogy fight with Deontay Wilder has been pushed back to October 3, Wimbledon's fate is expected to be revealed next week and the Premier League and EFL are set to meet with the PFA today.

Follow all the latest news and updates as the sporting world deals with the threat of coronavirus…

  • WE'LL TACKLE THIS

    The NFL Draft will go ahead as planned from April 23 to 25 this year.

    The event, where college players get selected by the 32 pro clubs, with the worst team last season getting the first pick and the Super Bowl winner the last, is going ahead in Las Vegas.

    But the NFL has decided there will have to be major changes.

    The typical TV shot of players in their living rooms surrounded by family as they get picked will have to change – and stars of tomorrow will have to sit alone.

    Commissioner Roger Goodell said: “All clubs should now be doing the necessary planning to conduct draft operations in a location outside of your facility, with a limited number of people present, and with sufficient technology resources to allow you to communicate internally, with other clubs, and with draft headquarters.”

  • IT'S NOT PROP-ER

    England rugby legend Brian Moore has become the latest person to slam Wetherspoons chief Tim Martin – for allegedly not paying £20,000 owed to a brewery for beer sold to his pubs.

    Martin is already in hot water, making headlines for all the wrong reasons – including failing to pay staff and telling them to work at Tesco.

    And now Moore has got in on the act, calling the Wetherspoons chief a “c**t” – amongst other things, in an evening-long rant.

    Moore, nicknamed Pitbull during his playing career, wrote: “Tim Martin – you owe @WimbledonBrew and me £20,000 for Pitbull beer you've sold.

    “You have the money and the profit; why aren't you paying? Do we really have to issue a statutory demand?

    “The brewery is a small local business – it needs the cash.”

  • 'ARHOSWCH ADREF'

    Ex-Arsenal star Aaron Ramsey has urged fans to stay at home – in three languages.

    The Juventus midfielder is holed up in the heart of the outbreak in northern Italy.

    He urged fans – in English, Italian and Welsh – to 'Stay at Home', 'Stai a Casa' and 'Arhoswch Adref'.

    Of course they all mean one thing.

  • SLOW IT DOWN

    Mikel Arteta has described his ordeal with coronavirus and what he went through.

    The Arsenal boss said: “I had a difficult three or four days with a bit of temperature, a dry cough and some discomfort in my chest.

    “Now I am feeling completely recovered but my main concern was the people that I’d been in contact with. That’s when a bit of fear comes in.

    “I was worried because I have my wife and three children at home with me and my missus and our nanny both went through it, but thank God the kids never got it.

    “I set up a room and a bathroom just for myself but it was probably too late because the virus was already contagious and after the second day my missus started to feel the symptoms as well.

    “We were reacting to the virus rather than preventing it and that is why I insist you should now stay at home to slow the process down and avoid a lot of situations.”

  • MORE ON FOOTIE RETURN

    Though football was pencilled in to kick off again on April 30, there is an acceptance it will not be back for weeks, if not months.

    But the Government has told football chiefs it would be totally supportive of the game returning as soon as it is judged safe to do so.

    A Prem source said: “There is no way anybody would even think of getting back on the pitch until the time is right and the medical experts give the all-clear.

    “But this is a football crazy country and its return would give millions a real lift.”

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7.50am Arsenal news LIVE: Mikel Arteta coronavirus update, Upamecano transfer latest, swoop for Man Utd defender – The Sun

ARSENAL will not play again in the Premier League until at least May after Premier League extended its coronavirus suspension by four weeks.

Mikel Arteta has spoken out about coronavirus as he recovers after testing positive for it, while the Gunners have revealed plans to help deal with the crisis including donating money to charity and helping out the youngsters in the local area.

Meanwhile, there is interest in Manchester United's on-loan defender Chris Smalling and updates on Dayot Upamecano.

Get all the latest Arsenal news and gossip here…

  • GOOD MORNING ARSENAL FANS

    Mikel Arteta has urged the nation to help the NHS by staying at home to avoid the coronavirus which laid him low.
    The Arsenal boss insists: “We are living in a unique situation and owe a massive gratitude to everyone involved in healthcare, hospitals, people in services and people, trying to provide food and transportation.
    “I know the situation in Spain and we are a little bit behind them in the UK so I encourage everybody to be sensible and stay at home.
    “We have to help the NHS as much as possible and give the opportunity for elderly people to get the treatment they require more than anyone else.
    “I had a difficult three or four days with a bit of temperature, a dry cough and some discomfort in my chest.
    “Now I am feeling completely recovered but my main concern was the people that I’d been in contact with. That’s when a bit of fear comes in.”

    But time at home has also helped Arteta plan for a busy summer, with the Spaniard reportedly keeping tabs on Valencia midfielder Carlos Soler.
    Sky Sports claim the LaLiga side need to raise money to balance the books this summer.

    The Gunners are also said to have launched their bid to sign Manchester United defender Chris Smalling.
    Italian outlet Corriere dello Sport claims the Gunners have made an offer and asked their Premier League rivals “for information” regarding a potential summer deal.
    The report suggests that the on-loan Roma defender has made a return to England a ‘concrete option’ to be closer to family members following the coronavirus pandemic.

  • UPA THE ANTE

    Arsenal have been put on red alert after Dayot Upamecano revealed he is ready to hand in a transfer request in a bid to force through a transfer.

    The French defender, 21, has a £55million release clause in his contract and could leave if any club matches that fee.

    But, German outlet Bild have claimed Upamecano will hand in a transfer request if no club matches the valuation in a bid to force through an exit.

  • SUAR NOTE

    Ian Wright has slammed Arsenal for their infamous £40million + £1 offer for ex-Liverpool striker Luis Suarez in 2013.

    He told the BBC: “It’s a nightmare to think about because there was a time when he could have gone to Arsenal but they made that ridiculous bid, a pound extra.

    “He left a Liverpool side that should have won the league to go to Barcelona when they were amazing – and made them better. He’s amazing.”

  • ART ATTACK

    Mikel Arteta admits he has struggled to cope with more than two weeks away from the training ground and only limited contact with the Arsenal players via the club’s WhatsApp group.

    But his enforced isolation has allowed him to catch up on quality time with his family and he admits: “I have three kids with a lot of energy and for 17 years I haven’t had the chance to wake up with my family and spend a lot of dedicated time with them.

    “We are in a world where everything is social media, but this is a unique opportunity to realise how much we all need each other.

    “How important is touching and hugging each other? I miss that with a lot of people I love and we can’t do that at the moment so we have to be emotionally more open.

    “We have to tell each other what we are feeling and emotionally I feel very fulfilled because now I am giving my kids everything,which is not something I’m not always able to do.

    “We are living with a virus that is putting the world aside and transforming everything that we prioritise in life.

    “So we have to learn these important lessons and not forget about them in two or three months’ time.”

  • ART OF WAR

    Mikel Arteta has urged the nation to help the NHS by staying at home to avoid the coronavirus which laid him low.

    The Arsenal boss insists: “We are living in a unique situation and owe a massive gratitude to everyone involved in healthcare, hospitals, people in services and people, trying to provide food and transportation.

    “I know the situation in Spain and we are a little bit behind them in the UK so I encourage everybody to be sensible and stay at home.

    “We have to help the NHS as much as possible and give the opportunity for elderly people to get the treatment they require more than anyone else.

    “I had a difficult three or four days with a bit of temperature, a dry cough and some discomfort in my chest.

    “Now I am feeling completely recovered but my main concern was the people that I’d been in contact with. That’s when a bit of fear comes in.”

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