Transfer rumours: Haaland, Lacazette, Klopp, Cavani, Noble, Raphinha, Costa

Manchester City will not pursue a deal for Paris St-Germain striker Kylian Mbappe, 22, this summer because of the France international’s wage demands, with Borussia Dortmund’s Norway striker Erling Braut Haaland, 20, or Inter Milan’s27-year-old Belgium international Romelu Lukaku seen as alternatives. (The Athletic – subscription required) Haaland will have the pick of Europe’s elite sides to choose from this summer, with Manchester United, Chelsea, Liverpool, Bayern Munich, Real Madridand Juventus also interested in signing him. (ESPN) Real Madrid hope Gareth Bale’s upturn in form at Tottenham will make it…

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Ben Godfrey’s own goal was the first time Everton had conceded in four matches

Ben Godfrey’s own goal was the first time Everton had conceded in four matches Chelsea manager Thomas Tuchel praised forward Kai Havertz after his fellow German played a vital role in the Blues’ victory over top-four rivals Everton. His shot was turned in for an own goal by Ben Godfrey for the opener before the Germany international won a penalty, which Jorginho converted, to maintain Tuchel’s unbeaten record as Chelsea boss. Havertz, 21, moved to London in a £71m transfer from Bayer Leverkusen in September but has only scored one…

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Steven Gerrard: Rangers manager’s journey from unveiling to title winner

Steven Gerrard was unveiled to a large crowd at Ibrox in May 2018 Sitting in a silent room of strangers, Steven Gerrard’s delivery was deafening to those listening intently inside as much as those jubilantly spilling out on to the streets and stands. It is still within the fledgling hours of his Rangers managerial tenure when the question is put to him about his message to the Rangers fans. The former Liverpool captain holds his breath briefly, before finding a two-word reply. It was all that was needed. “Let’s go.”…

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Gareth Bale and Harry Kane both scored twice to inspire Tottenham to a third consecutive Premier League win at the expense of Crystal Palace.

Gareth Bale has scored six goals in his last six games in all competitions for Spurs Gareth Bale and Harry Kane both scored twice to inspire Tottenham to a third consecutive Premier League win at the expense of Crystal Palace. On-loan Real Madrid forward Bale had Kane to thank for both of his goals, opening the scoring with a tap-in from Kane’s cross and heading in a superb second from another assist from the England forward. In between, Christian Benteke had drawn Palace level with their first effort on target…

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Karim Benzema scored a late equaliser as Real Madrid prevented city rivals Atletico Madrid from moving five points clear at the top of La Liga.

France striker Benzema was earlier denied several times by keeper Jan Oblak at the Wanda Metropolitano. Luis Suarez scored the opener, which Kieran Trippier helped create on his return from a 10-week ban for betting. Atletico are three points clear of Barcelona and five ahead of third-placed Real. England right-back Trippier, who was suspended in December and fined £70,000 after a Football Association panel found he broke betting rules, was bright throughout for the hosts. He started the move for Atletico’s goal, finding Marcos Llorente with a clever pass from…

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Manchester United brought Manchester City’s sequence of 21 successive victories in all competitions to a crashing halt with an impressive derby victory at Etihad Stadium.

Bruno Fernandes’ penalty after 101 seconds is the earliest goal Man City have conceded in a league match at Etihad Stadium Manchester United brought Manchester City’s sequence of 21 successive victories in all competitions to a crashing halt with an impressive derby victory at Etihad Stadium. Pep Guardiola’s side still have what looks to be an unassailable 11-point lead at the top of the Premier League, but the manner in which United subdued a previously unstoppable City and enhanced their own top-four chances will be a huge confidence boost to…

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Hearts of Oak beat 10-man WAFA SC 4-0

  Today’s win sees Hearts of Oak climbing to fourth on the Ghana Premier League table Hearts of Oak on Sunday afternoon posted a 4-0 emphatic win over WAFA SC at the Accra Sports Stadium on Matchday 17 of the Ghana Premier League season. The Phobians today hosted the side from Sogakope in Accra with new head coach Samuel Boadu on the touchline. After some end to end action in the first 20 minutes, WAFA SC had a man sent off giving Hearts of Oak the advantage in personnel. Capitalising…

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AFCON Qualifiers: Wakaso others leave Ghana camp

  Black Stars midfielder Mubarak Wakaso Ghana’s preparations for their 2021 Africa Cup of Nations qualifiers against South Africa and Sao Tome and Prince later this month will take a break from Thursday, the Football Association (GFA) has announced. The Black Stars are in the second stage of preparations for the March 25 and 28 double-header. The camping contingent is made up of 32 home-based players and two foreign-based stars, namely midfielder Mubarak Wakaso and Emmanuel Boateng, who both play club football in China. “The Black Stars will break camp…

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U-20 AFCON FINAL: Percious Boah guns for tournament golden boot

  Ghana Striker, Percious Boah Sat, 6 Mar 2021Source: footballmadeinghana.com Ghana Striker, Percious Boah will have it all to do when he takes to the field on Saturday evening as the Black Satellites battle the Hippos. Ghana faces Uganda in the final match of the U-20 Africa Cup of Nations tournament in Mauritania. The clash takes place at the Stade Olympique in Nouakchott with the winner claiming the ultimate prize. As the two teams battle for glory, there is another battle that will emerge on the pitch between the two…

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