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Sources: Man Utd doubt Juve can afford Pogba

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United insist Pogba, who is under contract until at least 2021, is not for sale. And, privately, the club have also played down Juventus’ ability to pay a transfer fee which would be significantly higher than the £89.3 million United paid for Pogba in 2016 while also offering a salary that would tempt the 26-year-old to return.

Real Madrid are also interested in Pogba and sources have told ESPN FC he would prefer a move to the Bernabeu to link up with compatriot Zinedine Zidane. Solskjaer is keen to keep Pogba, who scored 16 goals in 47 games last season, and build a new-look team around the World Cup winner.nike nfl jerseys cheap paypal

The Norwegian is set to name Ashley Young as club captain following Antonio Valencia’s departure but is open to offering Pogba a leadership role within the dressing room that would see him wear the armband when Young is not in the team.10

Should Pogba force a move, sources have told ESPN FC United have identified Tottenham’s Christian Eriksen and Leicester’s James Maddison as possible replacements.cheap nfl nike jerseys china

Manchester City, Liverpool and Tottenham are also interested in 22-year-old Maddison, who impressed in his first season in the Premier League following his move to the King Power Stadium from Norwich last summer.

Eriksen is open to a move away from Tottenham after helping Mauricio Pochettino’s side reach the Champions League final. The Denmark international, who been at the club for six years, is also on Real Madrid’s radar.

Solskjaer is already targeting at least one new midfielder this summer after Ander Herrera left on a free transfer. The Spaniard is expected to join Paris Saint-Germain.

Roma owner sorry for season, explains De Rossi exit

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AS Roma president James Pallotta has admitted in a brutally honest open letter that the club’s season was a “complete disaster” but defied his critics by saying he would not standing down.

Roma fell far short of expectations as they finished sixth in Serie A and were beaten in the Champions League round of 16 by Porto. Coach Eusebio Di Francesco was sacked after that elimination in March and sporting director Monchi also left.

Roma, currently without a coach, have not won a major trophy since Pallotta, among the U.S. investors who took over the club in 2011, became president in 2012.cheap nike nfl jerseys wholesale

He said the team’s lack of success was a “major regret,” adding that nobody “has been more disappointed, more depressed or more upset with how things have gone at Roma over the last 18 months than I have been… Last season for me was a complete disaster.”

The coach, he said, he been handed an unsuitable squad.10

“The team simply didn’t fit well together with the system that Di Francesco wanted to play,” said Pallotta. “He was clearly put in… a tough position this past year and was collateral damage. That’s something that we all regret.”

Roma fans were infuriated when the club decided not to offer stalwart midfielder Daniele De Rossi a new contract, forcing him out after 18 seasons, but Pallotta said he could not afford to risk the 35-year-old getting injured and leaving the side short of options in a key area.cheap nfl nike jerseys china

“While I would love to have Daniele on the team, you only have two [defensive midfielders] and if one gets hurt, Roma is screwed. It’s just as simple as that.”

Palotta added: “We may have had some differences of opinion on how his playing career at Roma has ended but I’m not going to get into that in the public domain; that’s between Daniele and myself.

“Daniele was emotional but he’s emotional because he cares and has cared about Roma forever. He plays with his heart – we’ve seen it for 18 years with Roma and on the world stage with Italy. He shows his emotion in the locker room, that’s what made him a great captain, and I firmly believe that whatever Daniele has ever done, it has been for the betterment of the club.”

Source: Arsenal want Leipzig’s Upamecano

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Arsenal are targeting the signing of RB Leipzig centre-back Dayot Upamecano, a source close to the Premier League club has told ESPN FC.

While there has been no official bid for the 20-year-old Frenchman — a member of the Bundesliga’s meanest defence last season — the German side have been made aware of the Gunners’ interest.cheap nike nfl jerseys wholesale

Leipzig are in the midst of attempting to renew the former Valenciennes player’s existing contract beyond 2021 but might consider a sale in case Upamecano pushes for a move.8

Arsenal’s failure to qualify for the Champions League after losing the Europa League final 4-1 to Chelsea on Wednesday night could hamper their pursuit of Upamecano.cheap nfl jerseys china nike

Without the funds from UEFA’s most lucrative competition, meeting Leipzig’s asking price will likely prove too difficult for Unai Emery’s side.

In addition, a source in Germany has indicated Upamecano, whose Leipzig team have qualified for the Champions League as the third-placed team behind champions Bayern Munich and Borussia Dortmund, would be less inclined to push through a move if Arsenal were in the Europa League next season.

Paderborn seal fairytale promotion to Bundesliga

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SC Paderborn completed a remarkable return to the Bundesliga next season despite a 3-1 defeat to Dynamo Dresden on Sunday.cheap nfl nike jerseys from china

Paderborn, who reached the Bundesliga for the first time in 2014-15, were relegated that season and again the following season to fall to the third tier. In 2016-17, they narrowly avoided a third relegation in three seasons (to the Regionalliga) despite finishing 18th, as 1860 Munich’s administration error and failure to secure a licence to play saw them stay up.

Yet, incredibly, they finished second the next year to climb back up to 2.Bundesliga.10

Knowing all they needed to do was beat or equal Union Berlin’s result against Bochum to claim the second automatic place behind already-promoted FC Cologne, Paderborn went ahead in the 10th minute.

Germany under-20 midfielder Philipp Klement netted his 16th goal of the season, before Dynamo hit back quickly through Baris Atik.nfl nike jerseys for cheap

Atik then scored again either side of half-time to complete his hat trick and seal the win, but Paderborn were promoted as Union drew 2-2 with 10-man Bochum.

Down 2-0, Union scored twice in the final 10 minutes but couldn’t get a winner as they finished third in the league on goal difference (five behind Paderborn) and a point ahead of Hamburg in fourth. They will contest the relegation playoff against VfB Stuttgart.

Sources: Barca could lose De Ligt to Juve, PSG

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Barcelona believe they have lost ground to Juventus, Paris Saint-Germain and Bayern Munich in the race to sign Ajax defender Matthijs de Ligt, sources have told ESPN FC.nfl cheap jerseys nike

Sources close to the negotiations said that the “optimism” which Barca maintained a few weeks ago has decreased due to the renewed interest of some of Europe’s biggest clubs and the excessive demands from De Ligt and his agent, Mino Raiola.

Barcelona have been leading the chase for the in-demand centre-back for weeks. They already have an agreement in principle with Ajax to sign him for a similar figure to what they will pay for Frenkie de Jong — €75 million plus add-ons.

But they have still not managed to strike a deal with De Ligt and Raiola, which has allowed Juve, PSG and Bayern to re-open negotiations and attempt to better the offer made by Barca, who are beginning to tire of the player’s elevated financial demands.8

The main problem facing Barca is Raiola’s attempt to take advantage of the interest from elsewhere and De Ligt’s excellent end to the season to push for a salary which the Catalan club are not prepared to pay.

De Ligt helped Ajax win a domestic double and reach the Champions League semifinal — and that is being used as a reason to backtrack on an agreement struck with Barcelona in March and ask for more money, as revealed by ESPN FC earlier this month.nike nfl jerseys wholesale cheap

Barca are unable to meet those new demands and sources have said the club will not budge another inch from the last offer they made. They hope other factors will play in their favour, such as the player’s will to move to Camp Nou, the signing of De Jong and the chance to play with Lionel Messi.

Juve’s sporting director Fabio Paratici said two weeks ago that De Ligt “will sign for Barcelona” following a conversation with his Ajax counterpart, Marc Overmars. But talks between Barca and De Ligt have hit a snag and sources have suggested Juve and PSG may now be better placed to land the defender.

Barca have worked on the deal for months. After announcing the signing of De Jong in January, president Josep Maria Bartomeu made the decision to push hard for De Ligt, even though he wasn’t a priority for the club at the time. Given the good relationship with Ajax, they were able to loosely agree the framework of a fee with the belief they would be able to convince the player to join.

De Rossi to leave Roma after 18 years with hometown club

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Roma have announced Daniele De Rossi will be leaving the club at the end of the season, but the World Cup-winner said he will continue playing though league sources tell ESPN FC he won’t be headed to the LA Galaxy of MLS.

De Rossi, who inherited the captaincy of the Giallorossi following the retirement of Francesco Totti in 2017, will move to a new club next season and continue his career away from the Eternal City.cheap nfl nike jerseys from china

“We will all shed tears when he pulls on the Giallorossi shirt for the last time against Parma but we respect his desire to prolong his playing career — even if, at almost 36, it will be away from Rome. On behalf of everyone at Roma, I’d like to thank Daniele for his incredible dedication to this club and ensure him that our doors will remain open for him to return to the club in a new role whenever he wants.”

The 35-year-old’s final game for the club will be their fixture with Parma on May 26.10

De Rossi said he understood the club had to take a decision, though he felt he still had more to offer.

“I feel I could still have a made an impact on this team, playing five, 10 games,” he said in a news conference where his departure was confirmed. “[I could help] in the dressing room.
The former Italy international has finished a Serie A runner up eight times without ever winning the title but, asked if he could change one thing from his career, he said it would have been the 2018 Champions League semifinal defeat to Liverpool — the furthest Roma had reached in the competition since 1984.nfl nike jerseys for cheap

He has made a total of 615 appearances for his hometown club, second only to Totti on the list of the club’s all-time leading appearance makers, since debuting in 2001.

De Rossi is expected to move abroad after leaving Roma, having previously stated his attraction to the Premier League.

Cagliari face no punishment after racist abuse aimed at Juventus’ Kean in April

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Serie A have announced Cagliari will face no action after monkey chants were aimed at Juventus players Moise Kean, Alex Sandro and Blaise Matuidi during their match on April 2.

Kean reacted to the chants by celebrating in front of the home fans sat directly behind the goal after putting his side 2-0 ahead with five minutes remaining — an action which led Cagliari president Tommaso Giulini to claim any player would have received the same abuse.cheap nike nfl jerseys wholesale

However, six weeks later — and after AC Milan midfielder Tiemoue Bakayoko had been subjected to explicit racist chanting by Lazio fans for which the club was hand a suspended partial stadium closure — Serie A decided Cagliari would not face any punishment because the chants had “an objectively limited relevance” during the match.9

In a statement to ESPN FC on April 20, a Serie A spokesperson said they were committed to fighting racism. ESPN FC has again contacted Serie A for clarification following this most recent decision.cheap nfl nike jerseys from china

Juventus defender Leonardo Bonucci and manager Massimiliano Allegri were criticised after the Cagliari match for their comments condemning’s Kean’s celebration after the match against Cagliari.

Serie A has seen several incidents of racist chanting this season, including Inter Milan fans’ treatment of Kalidou Koulibaly in December for which the club faced a two-match stadium closure.

Meanwhile, Serie A acknowledged Inter supporters had engaged in territorial discriminatory chanting during Monday’s clash with Chievo but face no punishment.

They were, however, fined €10,000 after fans were found guilty of shining a laser on the pitch in the same match.

Bayern Munich miss chance to seal Bundesliga title after being held at Leipzig

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Champions Bayern Munich stumbled to a goalless draw at RB Leipzig on Saturday, missing their chance to seal the Bundesliga title as Borussia Dortmund kept their hopes alive and closed to within two points with one game left.

Bayern, who needed a win to make sure of a record-extending seventh consecutive league title, are on 75 points and will now face a final day examination against Eintracht Frankfurt next week.cheap nfl nike jerseys china

Dortmund, who beat Fortuna Duesseldorf 3-2, are on 73 and face Borussia Moenchengladbach next week.10

Leipzig are third on 66 and have secured their Champions League spot for next season. “We want to win this thing next week,” Bayern’s Thomas Muller said. “We have battled back from nine points behind [late last year]. We are very greedy.”

The Bavarians missed several good chances with Serge Gnabry and Robert Lewandowski failing to hit the target and also had a Leon Goretzka effort in the second half ruled out after video review.

It was an even more nervous affair at Dortmund, where goals from Christian Pulisic, Thomas Delaney and Mario Gotze eventually sealed a win for the title contenders.cheap nike nfl jerseys wholesale

The hosts suffered with a blunder from keeper Marwin Hitz that allowed Duesseldorf back into the game at 1-1 before the hosts then had to sweat it out after a Duesseldorf goal in stoppage time reduced the deficit to 3-2.

Hitz, replacing injured Roman Buerki, also brought down Dodi Lukebakio for a second-half penalty which the forward fired wide.

Hanover and Nuremberg were relegated while Stuttgart beat Wolfsburg 3-0 to hold on to 16th place and will go into a relegation/promotion playoff with the second division’s third-placed team.

Borussia Dortmund keep title hopes alive in win over Fortuna Dusseldorf

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Borussia Dortmund kept the Bundesliga race alive by beating Fortuna Dusseldorf 3-2 on Saturday.

Dortmund almost blew another two-goal lead after letting 10-man Düsseldorf come perilously close to an equaliser in injury time.cheap nfl jerseys china nike

Christian Pulisic, playing his last home game for Dortmund, opened the scoring four minutes before the break with his first headed goal in the Bundesliga. It could be his last. The American midfielder is leaving for Chelsea in a €64 million deal agreed in January.9

Dortmund keeper Marwin Hitz — who was filling in for the injured Roman Burki – let Dusseldorf captain Oliver Fink’s harmless-looking header slip through his fingers in the 47th.

Then came the news that Goretzka had scored for Bayern, but it was ruled out and Thomas Delaney restored Dortmund’s lead over Düsseldorf in the 53rd.cheap nike nfl jerseys wholesale

Dodi Lukebakio missed a penalty for Dusseldorf, before Mario Götze thought he’d sealed it in injury time. Dawid Kownacki pulled one back, however, to set up another nervy finale.

Bayern Munich, who drew 0-0 against RB Leipzig, boasts a considerably better goal difference by 17 goals, meaning a draw against Eintracht Frankfurt in Munich next Saturday will be enough to seal the title. Dortmund must win at Borussia Monchengladbach and hope for a Frankfurt victory to take the title.

Melbourne Victory take second-string side to face Daegu FC

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Melbourne Victory have taken the kids to South Korea for their midweek AFC Champions League distraction, leaving the bulk of their senior squad at home to prepare for Sunday’s A-League semifinal.

All five foreigners have been spared the gruelling 20-hour door-to-door trip to face Daegu FC on Wednesday night.

Victory’s result against the K League 1 side will have no bearing on their season, given they have already been mathematically eliminated from the tournament.cheap nike nfl jerseys wholesale

As Victory boss Kevin Muscat has just one priority — reaching the A-League Grand Final — he opted for a travelling party of just 15 players.

Of the team that defeated Wellington Phoenix 3-1 on Friday night, Thomas Deng, James Donachie and Elvis Kamsoba are the only starters to travel, along with substitutes Storm Roux and Kenny Athiu.10

Along with the foreign five, Lawrence Thomas, Terry Antonis, Leigh Broxham, Carl Valeri and Anthony Lesitotis were told to stay put.

James Troisi, the club’s sole member on the injury list as he recovers from a small hamstring tear, also won’t be risked.

Ola Toivonen, who scored Victory’s third goal in the elimination final against Wellington, said the contest with the Phoenix took a toll.cheap nfl jerseys china nike

“We knew it was gonna be a physical game and we were ready for it,” he said. “We played smart. So we deserved to win.”

Toivonen’s chip from an acute angle over Filip Kurto was a superb individual effort from Friday’s man of the match.
He might have finished with a hat trick except he twice played in teammates while in goal-scoring positions.

“I’m not really a goalscorer. I like to put other players in positions as well,” he said.

Having scored twice against Sydney FC this season already, Toivonen will be a marked man at Jubilee Stadium.

The 32-year-old said he was delighted to be heading to Kogarah, where he scored a fine free kick back in November, and not their most recent venue, the SCG.