TRANSFER speculation is intensifying ahead of a massive summer window.

Erling Haaland is the man on most clubs' lips but there's also interesting news from the likes of Arsenal, Liverpool and Barcelona.

Meanwhile England could be line to host additional Euro 2020 matches with Dublin reportedly likely to pull out.

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  • Josh Graham

    PET PEEVE

    Arsenal must focus on shedding HALF of the dressing room after a woefully disappointing season, Emmanuel Petit has claimed.

    The Frenchman, 50, won the Premier League in his first of three years at the club and is dismayed by their current situation with the Gunners in TENTH.

    Emmanuel Petit urged old side Arsenal to axe half the squadCredit: Getty – Contributor

    He told Ladbrokes at the launch of its 5-A-Side Bet: "When I look at the older players in the team, it's like they think it's a retreat football club, somewhere you just go for a vacation.

    "They have ambition, but I don't really expect them to win big games anymore. If you took away the name 'Arsenal' and looked at that group of players… average.

    "At the end of the season, if I'm Arsenal, if I'm Arteta, if I'm on the board, to be honest with you, I think my main concern is getting half of the dressing room out. Honestly.

    "I like the young players, but they need to be surrounded by the likes of Lee Dixon and Tony Adams, those personalities.

    "It's a simple science but if there's one thing I've learnt as a footballer, it's that you become a better player when you play with better players!"

  • Josh Graham

    BRUING UP A STORM

    Bruno Fernandes has claimed one trophy is not enough for a club like Manchester United.

    The Portuguese midfielder has been a revelation since arrived at Old Trafford from Sporting Lisbon in January 2020.

    On talkSPORT, Trevor Sinclair asked the ace whether second place in the Prem and winning the Europa League would count as a successful season.

    And Fernandes replied: “It is never successful when you win just one trophy with this club.

    “You always have to improve.”

  • Josh Graham

    CITY SLICKER

    Hear from Kevin De Bruyne after he committed his future to the Citizens.

    The Belgian maestro, 29, said: "Pep and I see football in the same way. Having that relationship with a manager is so important to me because our objectives are totally aligned, and we want the same things.

    “This football club is geared for success. It offers me everything I need to maximise my performance, so signing this contract was a straightforward decision.

    “I am playing the best football of my career and I honestly feel there is more to come.

    “I could not be happier. Since joining City in 2015, I have felt at home. I love the fans; my family are settled here in Manchester and my own game has developed really well.

    "My focus now is on ensuring we have a successful end to the current campaign.

    “Our results and performances so far have been excellent, but we need to make sure we end the season with the silverware we deserve.”

  • Josh Graham

    GOOD BRUY

    Kevin De Bruyne has finally confirmed he is staying at Man City with the midfielder now set to cash in more than the £300,000 a week he is currently on.

    The Belgian has agreed to extend his stay by four years with the Premier League leaders until 2025 – meaning he will have spent a decade with the club.

    Kevin De Bruyne has signed a four-year extension at the Etihad

    SunSport reported on March 10 that an agreement was edging closer after KdB knocked back the first offer – and they shook hands on the agreement earlier this week.

    He was previously on around £300,000 a week at City and is believed to have agreed a small increase.

    But crucially the former Chelsea man was given the assurances on the football side that the club’s ambitions matched his own.

    De Bruyne is on the brink of a third Premier League title but is desperate to win the Champions League – the one club trophy missing from his CV.

  • Josh Graham

    HAKAN PLAN

    Arsenal and Chelsea are in the transfer race for Hakan Calhanoglu, according to reports.

    The AC Milan midfielder, 27, is out of contract at the end of the season so will become a free agent this summer.

    Arsenal and Chelsea are battling it out for AC Milan ace Hakan CalhanogluCredit: Getty Images – Getty

    And according to Sky Sport Italia, the Premier League pair are battling it out to land the Turkish international with both making offers.

    But they face competition from Serie A giants Juventus.

    The Old Lady are in pole position to secure Calhanoglu and will table a better deal as soon as they are officially allowed.

    AC Milan tried to get Calhanoglu to extend his four-year stay at the San Siro.

    But while they offered a new deal worth £66,000 per week, the former Bayer Leverkusen man wants in excess of £82,500 per week.

  • Josh Graham

    KON THEY GET HIM?

    Manchester United are reportedly set to lock horns with Liverpool for RB Leipzig defender Ibrahima Konate.

    Jurgen Klopp has had well-documented issues at centre-half, with first choices Virgil van Dijk and Joel Matip out for the season.

  • Josh Graham

    JUR FUMING

    Jurgen Klopp blasted referee Felix Brych's performance in the Champions League quarter-final and accused him of making 'personal' decisions against Sadio Mane.

    The Liverpool boss, 53, saw his side slump to a 3-1 defeat away at Real Madrid in the first leg on Tuesday night.

    One particular incident saw Mane brought down by last-man Lucas Vazquez – and 27 seconds later Marco Asensio scored before Mane was booked for tripping Vazquez.

    Klopp fumed: "The situation with Sadio – what the ref did tonight I don’t understand.

    "For me that was something personal because he dealt with the situation with Sadio, which was a clear foul, like he was a diver or whatever.

    "From that moment on whenever Sadio went down he didn’t get anything. That is not right.

    "That is what I told him after the game, that I thought he was unfair with Sadio."

  • James Orr

    ZIN TO TURIN

    Zinedine Zidane has dropped a huge hint he wants to manage Juventus.

    The Real Madrid boss confessed the Italian giants will 'always be important to me'.

    Zidane, 48, spent five seasons as a player with the Old Lady between 1996 and 2001.

    And asked whether he missed Italy and would return there as a manager, he certainly did not rule it out.

    The Frenchman said: "Italy is always in the heart. Juve has always been important to me.

    "I don't know (laughs). For now I'm here. Let's see."

  • James Orr

    OH GUER ON THEN

    Sergio Aguero will consider staying in the Premier League as reports suggest a move to Chelsea is on the cards.

    At the end of the season, the striker will leave Manchester City when his contract expires after a ten-year stay at the Etihad.

    Despite turning 33 in the coming summer and a disappointing season in terms of fitness and form, Aguero is said to want a move to a top club. Stamford Bridge is described as a 'tempting' destination by the Evening Standard, along with Real Madrid, Barcelona, Juventus and Paris Saint-Germain.

    Any club bidding for his services would not have to pay a transfer fee, leading to a sizeable demand in terms of salary – of around £250,000-a-week.

  • Joshua Jones

    GOOD MORNING FOOTBALL FANS

    Charlie Savage hopes to go one better than his old man — and make the grade at Manchester United.

    But the 17-year-old midfielder says Scott McTominay, not his dad Robbie, is the main inspiration behind his goal to reach the Old Trafford first team.

    He told SunSport: “The main inspiration for me is Scott — he’s the best with us. He comes over to talk to us. He had it difficult in the youth team.

    “He didn’t play many matches but he just kept going and he proved it’s not always the standout players who make the first team.

    “Sometimes it’s the players who might have had a back seat but they keep pushing and pushing.

    “Scott, Marcus Rashford and also Brandon Williams all inspire us to improve and move forward.”

    Meanwhile, England looks set to be handed at least four more Euro 2020 games – with Uefa braced for Dublin to effectively pull out of hosting on Wednesday.

    And that would hand Gareth Southgate and his Three Lions the prospect of an extra match on home soil this summer, although NOT at Wembley.

    Uefa’s deadline for the 12 scheduled venues to confirm they are able to stage games with crowds is close of business on Wednesday.

    The Irish capital is believed by senior Uefa figures to be the most likely city to be unable to give Euro chiefs the guarantees they have sought, leaving the Aviva set to be stripped of its games.

    And if so, it is now expected that the four games due to be played in Ireland will be switched to England, as the FA is already in advanced planning for seven games at Wembley.

    And finally, Craig Dawson is a permanent West Ham player as a huge bonus from Monday’s thrilling win at Wolves.

    The defender completed the required 15 Premier League appearances of 45 minutes or more in the terms of his loan deal from Watford in the 3-2 victory that put the Irons fourth.

    It means Dawson’s one-year temporary contract now automatically becomes a two year fixed contract for a knockdown fee of £2.2 million.

    Dawson, 30, said: “Coming to West Ham has been a great move for myself, and it is a privilege to play for a Club with such rooted traditions.

    “The squad has a real togetherness, team spirit and great quality. I’m excited for what my future at the Club may hold and the potential for what we as a Club can go on to achieve.”

  • Joe Brophy

    FATHER TALK

    Charlie Savage hopes to go one better than his old man — and make the grade at Manchester United.

    But the 17-year-old midfielder says Scott McTominay, not his dad Robbie, is the main inspiration behind his goal to reach the Old Trafford first team.

    He told SunSport: “The main inspiration for me is Scott — he’s the best with us. He comes over to talk to us. He had it difficult in the youth team.

    “He didn’t play many matches but he just kept going and he proved it’s not always the standout players who make the first team.

    “Sometimes it’s the players who might have had a back seat but they keep pushing and pushing.

    “Scott, Marcus Rashford and also Brandon Williams all inspire us to improve and move forward.”

  • Joe Brophy

    HAAL OF FAME

    Manchester United are one of the clubs that can afford to sign Erling Haaland, according to reports.

    Dortmund are said to be looking for an offer of around £150m to part company with the Norwegian this summer – and The Athletic claim that fee would be in the Red Devils’ price range.

    However, whether the deal can be pushed over the line or not depends on how willing United are to go back into business with Haaland’s agent Mino Raiola.

    Raiola has exasperated senior figures at Old Trafford by claiming Paul Pogba wants to leave on numerous occasions.

  • Joe Brophy

    RIGHT BACK AT HOME

    SunSport's Charlie Wyett says: "Trent Alexander-Arnold hoped to prove a point against Real Madrid and he did just that.

    "Because the Liverpool defender delivered a performance which confirmed his spot for Euro2020. At home in front of the TV.

    "England manager Gareth Southgate will have gained absolutely no satisfaction watching the right-back suffer another torrid evening, particularly the 45 minutes."

  • Joe Brophy

    MANCHESTER CITY 2 BORUSSIA DORTMUND 1

    Phil Foden rescued Manchester City's Champions League campaign with a last-gasp winner against Borussia Dortmund at the Etihad.

    Marco Reus had scored a late equaliser as Borussia Dortmund apperaed to have put a huge dent in City's hunt for a first-ever Champions League title.

    Read SunSport's match report HERE.

  • Joe Brophy

    WILL I NEVER

    Southampton would like to revisit a loan move for Manchester United whizkid Brandon Williams.

    Saints boss Ralph Hasenhuttl wants more depth in the full-back areas and likes Williams’ ability to play both on the left and right.

    Hasenhuttl tried to borrow Williams, 20, from United in January but Ole Gunnar Solskjaer refused to let him go.

    Southampton are hopeful Solskjaer will reconsider his stance for next season though, with Williams starting just three games this term.

  • Joe Brophy

    NOT A LOCK

    Tom Lockyer faces a major race against time to be fit for Wales at Euro 2020 after an ankle operation.

    The Luton centre-back, 26, has been ruled out for the rest of the Championship season following the long-standing ankle ligament problem.

    Hatters boss Nathan Jones said: "Tom will miss the rest of the season. Tom’s had to have an operation.

    "It's a real strange one, but he's had to go in which is a bit frustrating for me, because he’s going to be out for two months, which only affects a month of the season but he's had two months out prior to that.”

  • Joe Brophy

    BLUES BOOST

    Chelsea have been given a huge boost with N'Golo Kante and Christian Pulisic named in the squad for Wednesday night's clash at Porto.

    Blues boss Thomas Tuchel has confirmed both players are fit to travel for the Champions League quarter-final first-leg.

    Tuchel confirmed: "They are fit enough to be in the squad and will be in the squad so this is good news.

    "Christian went out right before the injury could happen.

    "He said at half-time he felt if he continued it would be an injury coming so we had to take him off.

    "Tammy is in the squad and [Kante] just did the last test and will be on the bench.

    "He feels very comfortable and comfortable enough to be on the bench."

  • Joe Brophy

    HT: MANCHESTER CITY 1 BORUSSIA DORTMUND 0

    Pep Guardiola's side lead through Kevin De Bruyne but huge controversy after the visitors denied a clear equaliser with VAR unable to intervene.

  • Joe Brophy

    HT: MADRID 2 LIVERPOOL 0

    Horrendous individual mistakes leave Jurgen Klopp's side on the brink after just half an hour in Spain.

  • Joe Brophy

    KHALDOON AND NO GLOOM

    Manchester City have announced losses of £126million for the 2019-20 due to the Covid pandemic – as boss Pep Guardiola explains why they have never spent a nine-figure sum on one player.

    With Guardiola refusing to be drawn on his interest in £100m-rated Borussia Dortmund goal sensation Erling Haaland, the Premier League leaders also revealed revenue for the period until June 30 was down 11 per cent to £478.4m.

    City’s finances were hit as revenues from last season’s Champions League, Prem and FA Cup matches held after that date were not included.

    Leroy Sane’s move to Bayern Munich – which could be worth £54.8 million to City – also went through just after the cut off.

    But the club lost out on ticket and stadium revenues towards the end of last season, refunds were handed out to season ticket holders and broadcast revenues were cut.

  • Joe Brophy

    STICKER SOCCER GLORY

    A footie-mad dad has finally got his huge sticker album collection up to date — with a 1998 World Cup England badge.

    Simon Livermore, 45, paid £11.41 in an online bidding war for the elusive crest.

    He has now completed every World Cup and Euros album produced by Panini since 1974.

    And he is already busy filling in his Euro 2020 sticker album.

    Brighton and Hove Albion fan Simon said: “Half the fun is the hunt. I’ve needed two for France 98 for absolutely forever but the badges, the foils, are particularly hard to come across.

    “I was always led to believe there was equal numbers printed, But I swear it’s not the case.”

  • Joe Brophy

    BAY FOR NOW

    Serge Gnabry has been ruled out of Bayern Munich's Champions League clash with Paris Saint-Germain – after testing positive for coronavirus.

    The former Arsenal winger, 25, missed training on Tuesday just a day before their European quarter-final first-leg showdown.

    And Bayern later revealed Gnabry would miss the game with PSG after returning a positive test for Covid-19.

    In a statement, the club confirmed: "Serge Gnabry has tested positive for coronavirus.

    "The FC Bayern forward is feeling fine and is now quarantining at home."

  • Joe Brophy

    GARD AGAINST

    West Ham will reportedly do whatever it takes to try and sign Jesse Lingard from Manchester United permanently this summer.

    The England star has rediscovered his top form on loan at the Hammers as he scored six goals in eight league games.

    A senior West Ham source told Sky Sports: "We will do whatever it takes to sign him.

    "He's been outstanding for us."

  • Joe Brophy

    ALEX GONG

    Alex Song has finally won a Premier League title … in DJIBOUTI.

    The Cameroon midfielder spent seven trophyless seasons with Arsenal before leaving for Barcelona in 2012.

    Song, 33, joined Djibouti club AS Arta Solar 7 last November after being released by Swiss outfit Sion.

    He has now captained the north-east African side to their first ever top-flight crown.

    Arta Solar beat second-placed AS Port 4-2 last Friday to seal the title with two matches left to play.

    Song said: "It's mission accomplished, and I am delighted. Coming here wasn't easy.

    "There are things you don't know about when you arrive in a new country, but thank God it has gone well.

    "I am proud for the club president, who has given me the opportunity to come here. He has achieved something historic."

  • Joe Brophy

    WHAT THE HECK

    Transfer guru Fabrizio Romano has claimed that Arsenal defender Hector Bellerin will once again have options to leave the club this summer.

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