Haaland agent BANNED from meeting Chelsea as Man City boss rants over rumours, Liverpool transfer news LIVE

ERLING HAALAND'S representatives visited Barcelona and Real Madrid on Thursday as the transfer race for the Norwegian hots up.

Meanwhile Pep Guardiola has gone on a tirade over rumours linking Manchester City to the hotshot Dortmund striker.

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  • Etienne Fermie

    GUARD UP

    Manchester City boss Pep Guardiola has claimed that he will never discuss a move for Erling Haaland out of respect for his players.

    The transfer circus surrounding the striker is in full flow with his agent Mino Raiola and father Alf-Inge pictured in Barcelona this week.

    The pair also held discussions with Real Madrid and are expected in England to meet with several Premier League clubs.

    City are among the clubs interested but Guardiola insisted that it would be disrespectful to publically entertain speculation surrounding Haaland.

    When asked about the Norwegian, he said: “You understand I’m not going to talk about any names, about other players at other clubs.

    “It would not be polite for Borussia Dortmund and for Haaland. Absolutely, it’s not my business.

    “I have two months with these players that we have here, they deserve as much respect from their manager to [not] talk about another player when we have two months ahead, important ones with what we have done so far.

    “So, if I’m a player and the manager speaks of other players I’d say: ‘What the f*** are you doing?’.

    “We are here to do what we have to do right now. I never comment, never in five years I speak about another player from another club. Never, never.”

    Pep Guardiola will not publicly speak about Erling Haaland
  • Etienne Fermie

    ERLI MOVE

    Mino Raiola reckons he may have been 'too careful' with his decision to move Erling Haaland on to Borussia Dortmund.

    The Norwegian striker joined the German giants in January 2020 from Austrian outfit Red Bull Salzburg.

    A number of Europe's elite clubs were interested in signing the 20-year-old, including Premier League big boys Manchester United.

    But Raiola opted against moving the hitman on to one of Europe's big boys in order to further his progression, a decision he somewhat regrets given how prolific he's been since joining Dortmund.

    He told The Athletic: "With Haaland, everybody was wrong. He did things much quicker than everybody imagined.

    "'Haaland is in front of his own development. He is ahead of his own schedule.

    "Maybe I was too careful when I said, 'Oh no, let's move to Dortmund instead of I-don't-know-where.'"

    Erling Haaland joined Borussia Dortmund from Red Bull Salzburg
  • Etienne Fermie

    CRYSTAL CLEAR

    Manchester United are close to appointing Crystal Palace recruitment specialist Jamahl Jarrett to their scouting team.

    The 32-year-old is poised to become the lead scout for the South of England as the Red Devils continue their coaching and recruitment shake-up.

    Jarrett has been with Palace for ten years, and is also the co-founder and director of football for Lambeth Tigers.

    He set up that football club to encourage children into football and not into a life of crime and gang culture.

    Kids from the Tigers have gone on to join the youth-set ups of the likes of Palace, Manchester City, Chelsea, Arsenal, Tottenham, West Ham, Fulham, Millwall and Leicester City.

    Crystal Palace recruitment specialist Jamahl Jarrett is poised to join Man Utd
  • Etienne Fermie

    SEND ADE

    Chelsea have entered the race for Juventus star Adrien Rabiot, according to reports.

    The Frenchman has been a regular for Andrea Pirlo this season.

    But with the Old Lady targeting a rebuild, Rabiot could be sacrificed for some fresh blood.

    According to Tutto Mercato, Chelsea could set up an unlikely reunion between the 25-year-old and former Paris Saint-Germain boss Thomas Tuchel.

    Adrien Rabiot could be on his way to Stamford Bridge this summer
  • Etienne Fermie

    ACT VAZ

    Lucas Vazquez is set to be offered a deal by both Manchester United and Chelsea, according to reports.

    The Real Madrid star is out of contract at the end of the season and is rumoured to have told his current club he will not be penning an extension.

    According to Spanish newspaper ABC, United, Chelsea, AC Milan and Bayern Munich are all willing to offer the 29-year-old a four-year deal worth more than he currently earns.

    Madrid, meanwhile, are believed to have offered Vazquez a new three-year contract worth 10 per cent less than his existing deal.

    The player, who can play anywhere down the right, is said to have rejected their advances.

    Vazquez, 29, is set to leave Real Madrid at the end of the season, according to reports
  • Jake Lambourne

    FULL-TIME

    Leeds have emerged victorious in the Yorkshire derby after beating Sheffield United 2-1 at Elland Road.

    Phil Jagielka's own goal in the 49th minute proved to be the difference in the second half and the Blades couldn't recover.

    The result lifts Leeds up into 11th spot, while United have slumped to a third consecutive defeat.

  • Jake Lambourne

    GOODBAI

    Eric Bailly is reportedly wanted by Inter Milan – if the centre-back snubs an Old Trafford contract extension.

    The disgruntled Ivorian's current deal expires at the end of next season but SunSport revealed he was panning to reject new terms.

    Bailly was fuming when Ole Gunnar Solskjaer overlooked him for the second leg of the Europa League tie against AC Milan and told pals he would not put pen to paper on a 12-month extension he was due to agree last month.

    And The Daily Record reports Inter are looking to take advantage of Bailly's situation at United.

    The Serie A leaders are poised to end Juventus' decade of dominance in the Italian league as they sit five points clear of city rivals AC Milan at the top.

    The report states United value Bailly at around £17million but Inter will try to negotiate the price down.

  • Jake Lambourne

    TEAM NEWS

    Here is how Leicester and Manchester City line-up at the King Power Stadium for their clash in an hour.

  • Jake Lambourne

    GOING GREEK

    Arsenal star Reiss Nelson is wanted on loan by Olympiacos, according to reports.

    The homegrown talent was handed his Gunners debut as a teenager by Arsene Wenger, before impressing at Hoffenheim during the 2018-19 season.

    But he has desperately struggled for game time under Mikel Arteta this term.

    Nelson, 21, was wanted on loan by Hertha Berlin earlier this season, but believed that he should stay and fight for his place instead.

    But, with further action having not been found, Football London claim that Greek giants Olympiacos want to borrow the talented winger for next season.

    Nelson has made only two Premier League appearances this season, but hasn't even made the matchday squad since November.

    His last taste of first-team action in any competition came against Newcastle in the FA Cup back in January.

    Reiss Nelson has featured in only two Premier League games this season
  • Jake Lambourne

    LEYT BLOOMER

    Eddie Hearn admitted he wrote off England captain Harry Kane's chances of making it to the top of the game when he was a youngster at Leyton Orient.

    The boxing promoter's dad Barry was chairman of the League Two side for just shy of 20 years between 1995 to 2014.

    And a 17-year-old Kane was sent on loan to the O's in January 2011 by then-Tottenham boss Harry Redknapp after showing promise in Spurs' Under-18s.

    Hearn told The Harry Redknapp Show: "We were watching Harry [Kane] thinking – and shows what we know about football – we were going ‘He’s decent but let’s be honest he ain't ever going to make it at the top level."

    Harry Kane was sent on loan to Leyton Orient as a youngster
  • Jake Lambourne

    HALF-TIME

    Sheffield United have scored a dramatic equaliser to go into the break drawing 1-1 against Leeds.

    Jack Harrison put the Whites in front in the 12th minute as he capped off a beautiful, free-flowing move from the hosts.

    And after dominating the opening 45 minutes, they couldn't keep their lead in the closing stages after Ben Osborn's shot was judged to be just over the line.

  • Jake Lambourne

    GOAL HAAL

    Erling Haaland is Manchester United's best bet if they are to sign a striker in the summer, according to Paul Scholes.

    He told the Webby & O'Neill show: "[United] need a No9. I think the forwards they have are very good, but are any of them really a No9, or are they wide players? You just can't make sense out of it really.

    "When Cavani's played, he's looked alright but he's had a few injuries. He's at that age. It was always going to happen, he was always going to be bit-part.

    "They need someone who is more permanent who's out there and available. I know Haaland is talked about a lot, he's going to cost a lot of money. Harry Kane at Spurs, there's rumours that he might want to leave there.

    "I think any one of them, you take any one of them, but I think if I had to choose, then Haaland would definitely be the one.

    "Purely for his age, great ability as well, the timing of his career, he's played under Ole [Gunnar Solskjaer] before…

    "I think it would make sense for everyone to do it, but there's going to be other clubs in for him which is going to be difficult."

  • Jake Lambourne

    DAN THE MAN

    Arsenal are reportedly lining up a transfer swoop for Borussia Dortmund defender Dan-Axel Zagadou.

    The Gunners are primed for a busy summer transfer window and are actively looking at the 21-year-old French centre-back.

    Mikel Arteta is hoping to help shore up the defence which has leaked 32 goals in 29 Premier League games this season and left his side ninth in the table.

    Journalist Duncan Castles, speaking on his podcast The Transfer Window, claims the North Londoners have identified Zagadou as a 'strong option' in the heart of defence.

    He reports the club believe they could land their man for as little as £25.5million and they are 'preparing a deal' with 'quite a lot of work done on that'.

    Borussia Dortmund ace Dan-Axel Zagadou is a reported target for Arsenal
  • Jake Lambourne

    JESS THE ONE

    Jesse Lingard has smashed West Ham’s record for most goals and assists after his flying start.

    The playmaker joined the Hammers from Manchester United on loan in January, has since revived his career.

    So much so, that he is averaging a goal or an assist every 88 minutes.

    And according to Opta, it is the best ever ratio by a West Ham player in a single campaign in the competition.

    That is from a minimum of 500 minutes, and Lingard is ahead of club legend Paulo Di Canio at the moment.

    With with five goals and two assists in 617 minutes, Lingard currently leads the way with a contribution every 88 minutes.

    Jesse Lingard has thrived at West Ham since joining on loan from Manchester United
  • Jake Lambourne

    FULL-TIME

    WEST BROM HAVE BEATEN CHELSEA 5-2!

    Despite late pressure from the Blues, Callum Robinson scored his second of the match in added time to make it an away victory to remember for the Baggies fans.

    The Midlands side are now just seven points behind 17th-placed Newcastle with eight games to go.

    For Chelsea, Thomas Tuchel has lost his unbeaten record, and the West Londoners missed the chance to go two points behind Leicester in third.

  • Jake Lambourne

    MO-LYMPICS

    Mohamed Salah is set for showdown talks with Liverpool, according to reports.

    The Reds want to discuss his plans to play for Egypt in the upcoming Olympic Games, which end just a week before the new Premier League season begins.

    Egyptian FA boss Ahmed Megahed wants Salah to represent his nation at this summer's tournament and it is believed the 28-year-old wants to play.

    Speaking to Egyptian television, Megahed said: "Liverpool management replied to our message saying that they [will] discuss the situation with the player.

    "I am sure that Salah is eager to wear the Pharaohs' jersey while participating in the Olympics if he could but it's not his own decision to make as he needs to discuss it with the club's management.

    "I hope Liverpool accept our request."

    The men's Olympic tournament is for those aged 23 or under but each nation are allowed to have three older players.

  • Jake Lambourne

    SAM'S TOWN

    WHAT A GAME!

    West Brom lead Chelsea 4-2 with 20 minutes to go.

    Callum Robinson volleyed home expertly to put the Baggies 3-1 up, before Mbaye Diagne banged in a fourth.

    But Mason Mount pulled back a goal in the 72nd minute.

    Chelsea came from three goals down earlier in the season against West Brom to nick a point, can they do it again?

  • Jake Lambourne

    TEAM NEWS

    Here is how Leeds and Sheffield United start in the Yorkshire derby at Elland Road.

  • Jake Lambourne

    AGUE-RUE

    EXCLUSIVE – Sergio Aguero is a natural-born winner whose exit will leave Manchester City with a massive void this summer.

    That is the view of Nedum Onuoha, who saw firsthand the impact a young Aguero had when he joined from Atletico Madrid in the summer of 2011.

    The 34-year-old said: “It’s a shame to see Sergio go because the guy is more than just a No 9 for City, he is an icon for the football club, he’s one of the best strikers the Premier League has EVER seen, not just Man City.

    “His service can’t be questioned at all.

    “His personality and understanding of what the club is will be missed, because he took part in the change from when it was hoping for success, to being successful.

    “City do lose a big presence, a big personality and a big player but they have to adapt, because football does not end when you lose your star players.”

  • Jake Lambourne

    HALF-TIME

    What an eventful first half that was at Stamford Bridge!

    Chelsea go into the break behind despite taking the lead through Christian Pulisic.

    The American tapped home into an empty net after Marcos Alonso's free-kick hit the post.

    But just moments later, the Blues were reduced to ten men in the 29th minute after Thiago Silva was sent off for two yellow cards.

    The Brazilian was making his first Chelsea appearance after missing 11 games through injury.

    And the Baggies made their extra man advantage count as Matheus Pereira equalised in injury time with a sumptuous lob.

    Sam Allardyce's men then took the lead with the last kick of the half with Pereira getting his second of the game after firing home at the near post.

  • Jake Lambourne

    JAIL TIME

    Former Southampton midfielder Jhon Viafara has been slapped with an 11-year prison sentence for smuggling cocaine into the USA.

    The ex-Colombian international was sent down for drug trafficking in a federal court in Texas on Wednesday.

    The 42-year-old – who made 83 appearances for the Saints between 2006-08 – was extradited to the US in January 2020.

    In November, the former midfielder pleaded guilty to conspiracy to import 5kg or more of cocaine into the country.

    The retired footballer was accused of being the the kingpin in an operation that used speed boats and small planes to send the drug into America from Colombia via Mexico.

    Viafara, who has been under investigation for three years, was ushered onto his flight to Texas in handcuffs last year.

    Former Southampton ace Jhon Viafara is facing 11 years behind bars
  • Jake Lambourne

    CHO CHO SLIDE

    Leicester striker Kelechi Iheanacho has penned a new deal at the King Power Stadium until 2024.

    The 24-year-old – who was named as March's Premier League Player of the Month – told LCFC TV: "I can’t express how I’m feeling.

    "I’m excited, I’m happy, I’m overwhelmed! It’s a great moment and I’m happy that Leicester City gave me a new contract.

    “It’s been a great time here. It’s not been easy, but there’s a lot of people here that are good people, great people to work with.

    "They are nice people and they make me feel comfortable and welcome since I came in.

    "It’s been really great being here. It’s like a family. I’m happy being here and hopefully I can stay here many more years.”

  • Jake Lambourne

    KICK-OFF

    And away we go!

    Chelsea's home clash against West Brom is underway in West London.

    Thomas Tuchel's side are looking to get back to winning ways in the Premier League following their goalless draw away at Leeds last time out.

    Meanwhile the Baggies are searching for their first victory since beating Brighton on February 27.

    Follow all the action on the SunSport LIVE blog.

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  • Jake Lambourne

    LONDON CALLING

    Arsenal are reportedly ready to make an offer for Inter Milan star Achrad Hakimi if right-back Hector Bellerin departs in the summer.

    The Morocco international – capable of playing as a winger of full-back – could be available with Inter needing to raise funds.

    And Calciomercato claim the Gunners are ready to bring him to the Emirates should they need to replace Bellerin.

    They state that the North Londoners would be willing to fork out £43million in order to sign the 22-year-old.

  • Jake Lambourne

    MESSI BUSINESS

    RB Leipzig star Dani Olmo has revealed he was forced 'against his will' to pose for a photo with Lionel Messi before he joined Barcelona juniors.

    Olmos told The Players Tribune: "Once, before even joining La Masia, I accompanied my father while he was directing a game in Castelldefels.

    "I was eight. I was playing alone and happy, when someone – I think it was a friend of dad's – approached me and said, 'Hey, Dani, come here! You won't believe it. You can take a picture with Lionel Messi!'

    "Wow, Messi, right? In Castelldefels? What kid wouldn't want a picture with him? Well, me! 

    "I said something like, "No thanks. I'm fine. I want to keep playing! It's just a picture, right?'

    "But against my will they put me next to Messi and took the photo."

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