Manchester United news: Paul Pogba and Mino Raiola warned by Ole Gunnar Solskjaer that club don’t need to sell

10 Jul

Manchester United do not have to sell anyone, manager Ole Gunnar Solskjaer says.

His comments come a day after wantaway midfielder Paul Pogba’s agent, Mino Raiola, told talkSPORT he hopes the player’s future can be sorted soon.

Pogba is taking part in pre-season training, but is keen to leave Man United
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Pogba has made no secret of his desire to move on and in his first press conference since last season, Solskjaer fielded questions about the happiness of United’s record signing.

“There has been loads of talk and speculation, of course, about all our players or many of our players, both ins and outs,” he said.

“For me, it’s business as usual. When you’re Man United, you expect all these things to pop up in the summer,” Solskjaer added.

“And of course I’ve been in touch with Paul, spoken to Paul. Spoken to Rom [Romelu Lukaku], spoken to Rashy [Marcus Rashford], Jesse [Lingar] – I’ve spoken to all the players, more or less, over the summer. As you do, you keep in touch with them.

“As far as I am aware and up to now, we don’t have any bids for any of our players so there’s no reason to say other than Paul – or most of our players – have long contracts.

“We are Man United – we don’t have to sell players.”

Solskjaer, though, seemed to agree with Raiola about Pogab’s attitude towards the club. “Agents talk all the time. Paul is a top bloke, a great professional. He has never put himself out of the team. He has always wanted to play and he always gives his best.”

Ole Gunnar Solskjaer was speaking to media in Perth and said the club are in no need to sell players
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Pogba has been linked with both Juventus and Real Madrid and, speaking to the Sports Bar on talkSPORT, football journalist Mark Langdon discussed the obstacles Real face in buying Pogba.

They have already spent heavily on Eden Hazard, Ferland Mendy and Luka Jovic and now need to sell players to raise funds for the costly United midfielder.

Gareth Bale, Keylor Navas, Isco and James Rodriguez are all believed to be up for sale and Langdon believes the Colombian is the best chance of making some fast cash.

“James Rodriguez is one player they can sell,” he said. “There’s a fair bit of interest from Napoli and Atletico Madrid and that would be more likely route for Real Madrid to make money than to get rid of Gareth Bale.”


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United are in Australia for the first part of their pre-season tour and will face Perth Glory on Saturday 13 July before playing English rivals Leeds United four days later.

The club then travel to Singapore and will play Serie A side Inter at the National Stadium on Saturday 20 July where another wantaway player, Lukaku, could play against his next club.

The striker’s agent has been vocal about Inter’s desire to land him.

However, it has been reported Lukaku has also been offered to Juve and Napoli, managed by former Chelsea bosses Maurizio Sarri and Carlo Ancelotti respectively.

Antoine Griezmann: How Barcelona could line up next season with France star, Neymar and Frenkie de Jong

10 Jul

As the final whistle sounded at Anfield on the night of May 7, an incredible noise broke out as the football world soaked up one of the most remarkable nights in recent history.

Against all odds, Liverpool had clawed back a three goal deficit to win 4-0 and knock the mighty Barcelona out of the Champions League.

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For the second time in as many seasons, the Blaugrana were outplayed and outfought away from home after Roma dumped them out of Europe in 2018.

As Lionel Messi trudged despondently off the pitch, an inquest began and the plans for next season began to be hatched.

Frenkie De Jong was already on his way from Ajax, with rumours circulating about the next arrival to Camp Nou.

And the latest big name signing has now been confirmed as French World Cup winner Antoine Griezmann joins from Atletico Madrid for £108million.

Antoine Griezmann has tormented Barcelona for years
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Moreover, De Jong’s Ajax team-mate Matthijs De Ligt seemed destined to join Juventus, but the Italian giants are struggling to agree a fee and Barca are back in the frame.

The 19-year-old centre-back has the talent and temperament to start for the LaLiga champions, with Gerard Pique reaching the twilight of his career.

But perhaps the most shocking potential capture is that of Neymar.

In 2017, the Brazil international shocked the world after agreeing a world record €222m (£198m) move to Paris Saint-Germain to pursue his dreams of being recognised as the best player in the world.

Neymar could well be making a sensational return to Camp Nou
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But the move to the French capital has turned sour. Rumours of a humbling return to Barcelona have intensified and the 27-year-old has failed to report to pre-season training.

In order to escape his Parisian purgatory, there are even suggestions Neymar will sacrifice as much as HALF of his mammoth weekly wages to ensure he gets his return.

So with all this talent on display, how on earth will Barcelona be able to fit all of their best players onto the pitch?

Below, talkSPORT.com has assembled a potential starting XI for Barcelona next season, including the players they have already signed and some of the players linked with a move.

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As mentioned above, 32-year-old Pique is nearing the end of his established career. Having a 19-year-old alongside him will not only help with the gruelling leg work, but allow the Spain international to mentor De Ligt in the same way Carles Puyol once helped him. Both prefer the right side but Pique may well shift to the left due to his experience.

Jordi Alba still loves to bomb on from left-back and the introduction of Frenkie De Jong to the Barca midfield will only further compliment the side.

De Jong typically operates as a pivot in midfield, but does so from the left-hand side. This in turn allows his full-back to maraud forward with little to no regard for his defensive duties.

But it is up front where Barca would be most impressive. With Griezmann and Neymar supplying Luis Suarez up front and Messi pulling strings in his usual free role from the right, the Champions League trophy could finally be returning to Barcelona.

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Transfer news and football gossip: Newcastle ‘not interested’ in selling Longstaff, Tottenham ‘in talks’ with Real Madrid midfielder, Konsa having medical at Aston Villa

10 Jul

talkSPORT.com rounds up all the latest transfer news and football gossip from Wednesday’s papers and online…

Newcastle are believed to have told Manchester United that they have no interest in selling Sean Longstaff this summer – FULL STORY

Tottenham are in talks with Real Madrid over a potential move for midfielder Dani Ceballos. (Sky Sports)

Ezri Konsa is having a medical at newly-promoted Aston Villa ahead of a move from Brentford. (The Sun)

Newcastle are ready to make a formal approach for Steve Bruce to become their next manager. (Daily Mail)

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Manchester United centre-back Victor Lindelof is a shock target for Barcelona, as 19-year-old Ajax star Matthijs de Ligt has decided to sign for Juventus – FULL STORY

Real Madrid will have to pay a record fee of around £162million to sign Paul Pogba from Manchester United this summer. (Marca)

Ole Gunnar Solskjaer will ask the French midfielder to wait one more year before leaving Old Trafford. (The Sun)

However, Tottenham Hotspur playmaker Christian Eriksen is United’s main target to replace Pogba if he ends up moving this summer. (Evening Standard)

Solskjaer wants also wants Belgium striker Romelu Lukaku to turn down a move to Inter Milan and stay at Old Trafford next season. (The Sun)

Victor Lindelof’s agent has revealed the Man United defender is wanted by a ‘great European club’
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Manchester City assistant boss Mikel Arteta and Nice coach Patrick Vieira have been warned off the Newcastle United job by recently departed boss Rafa Benitez. (The Sun)

Sheffield Wednesday manager Steve Bruce would welcome an approach from Newcastle United after the ex-Sunderland boss became the favourite to succeed Benitez at St James’ Park. (Chronicle)

Arsenal have been offered the chance to sign Real Madrid’s Dominican Republic striker Mariano Diaz, 25, for a reduced fee of £18m. (Daily Star)

Liverpool are optimistic Champions League Divock Origi will agree a new contract at Anfield. (ESPN)

Bournemouth have offered England striker Callum Wilson a new five-year contract amid interest from Chelsea, West Ham and Everton. (Daily Mail)

Callum Wilson is wanted by a number of Bournemouth’s Premier League rivals
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West Ham’s move to sign Celta Vigo forward Maxi Gomez is off after the club failed to agree a payment structure for the 22-year-old Uruguayan. (Sky Sports)

But the Hammers have been offered Marseille striker Mario Balotelli on a free transfer as an alternative. (Daily Mirror)

Everton are among a number of clubs keen on Manchester City and England midfielder Fabian Delph. (Sky Sports)

The Toffees are also interested in 19-year-old Juventus forward Moise Kean, with the Italian champions wanting £31m and a buyback clause in any deal. (Daily Mail)

Is Mario Balotelli set for a return to the Premier League?
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Norwich City’s 19-year-old English defender Max Aarons, who has attracted interest from the likes of Arsenal and Tottenham, has agreed a new five-year contract with the Premier League newcomers. (Daily Telegraph)

Paris Saint-Germain will want €222m (£200m) from Barcelona for Brazil forward Neymar – the same fee the French club paid for the 27-year-old tow years ago. (Daily Mirror) 

English billionaire Jim Ratcliffe has had a breakthrough in his bid to purchase French club Nice. (L’Equipe)

Manchester United transfer news: Victor Lindelof wanted by ‘great European club’ amid reported Barcelona interest

10 Jul

Victor Lindelof’s agent has revealed that a ‘great European club’ are interested in signing the Manchester United defender.

The news will come as a fresh blow to manager Ole Gunnar Solskjaer, who already faces the prospect of losing high-profile stars Paul Pogba and Romelu Lukaku – both of whom have expressed a desire to leave Old Trafford.

Victor Lindelof’s agent has revealed the Manchester United defender is wanted by a ‘great European club’
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Lindelof’s agent, Hasan Cetinkaya, has now thrown his client’s future into fresh doubt hinting the Sweden defender could be open to a move amid interest from Barcelona.

“Lindelof is in the orbit of a great European club but leaving United depends on the English club,” Hasan Cetinkaya told Mundo Deportivo.

The Catalan giants have reportedly attempted to speak with United over the potential sale of Lindelof on several occasions, but United’s stance has always been the same – the player is not for sale.

Such is the regard Lindelof is held in by the Premier League giants, they view the 24-year-old as an integral part of their future backline.

Lindelof was an ever-present for the Red Devils last season, making 40 appearances in all competitions.

It remains to be seen whether Lindelof could be tempted by a new challenge, having only arrived from Benfica in a £31m deal two years ago.

The centre-half, who endured a troubled opening campaign in Manchester, flew out with the rest of the United squad to Australia on Sunday for their pre-season tour as preparations gear towards the 2019/20 campaign.

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Floyd’s Pro Cycling makes Tour of Utah line up with name change

10 Jul

After missing out on the initial Larry H. Miller Tour of Utah team announcement in April, Floyd's Pro Cycling made the final team cut that was announced today – sort of. The Canadian Continental team sponsored by the Floyd's of Leadville CBD company owned by Floyd Landis will change its name to Worthy Pro Cycling for the August 12-18 race.

Worthy Brewing of Bend, Oregon, a secondary team sponsor that is owned by longtime Landis supporter Roger Worthington, will take on the title role for the 2.HC race that Sepp Kuss (Jumbo-Visma) won last year. Neither race organisers or Floyd's Pro Cycling would comment on the reasons for the name change when contacted by Cyclingnews.

“Race organizers are pleased that the invitation from the Tour of Utah has been accepted by Worthy Pro Cycling to compete in America’s Toughest Stage Race this August," Tour of Utah Managing Director John Kimball said in a statement provided to Cyclingnews in response to an email inquiring about reasons for the name change.

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"A name change has been approved by the UCI for this Canadian-based team, which has chosen to highlight another sponsor in its name during the Tour of Utah," Kimball said. "Individual riders for Worthy Pro Cycling are proven competitors and their participation in the Tour of Utah enhances the peloton."

In an exchange of messages with Cyclingnews, Floyd's Pro Cycling director Gord Fraser was equally opaque about reasons for the name change.

"Everyone at Floyd's Pro Cycling just wants our guys to have the opportunity to race the biggest stage race available to us in North America," Fraser told Cyclingnews. "It's great that Worthy Brewing takes the lead sponsor slot for this race. They've been great supporters of the program all year long."

2019 Larry H. Miller Tour of Utah Teams

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WIN! A pair of tickets to the Darley July Cup Day, at Newmarket Racecourses!

10 Jul

There’s just days to go until the pinnacle of the horse racing flat season; the final day of the Moet & Chandon July Festival at Newmarket Racecourses. To celebrate, talkSPORT are giving away two pairs of Premier Enclosure tickets.

 

With access to the Grandstand & Paddock and the Garden Enclosures, and even more on site bars and restaurants, Premier Enclosure tickets offer an out of this world opportunity to spectate this incredible event.

 

For your chance to win entry to what’s guaranteed to be an incredible day at the races, have a go at the question below.

 

Please note that by entering this competition you consent to having your details used in accordance with the Wireless Privacy Policy and your data will be used to contact you in case you are selected as the winner.

 

 

 

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Thomas: I’m looking forward to La Planche des Belles Filles

10 Jul

No alarms and no surprises, please. It was the kind of day every Tour de France contender just wanted to be over. On the long, flat run from Reims to Nancy on stage 4, there was nothing to prove and everything to lose for men like the Team Ineos pairing of Geraint Thomas and Egan Bernal.

Both riders came through the day safely in the main peloton and they might well have breathed Fernando Escartin's old mantra from the Tours of the 1990s to themselves as they unclipped from their bikes outside the Ineos bus past the finish line: one day less.

As ever, the Ineos riders warmed down on the turbo trainer after the stage, gazing into the middle distance while a forest of fans and television crews sprouted up around them. A British fan held up an image on a mobile phone screen and called out cheerfully: "This was the last time I saw you, G!" Thomas could surely only barely have seen the screen through the crowd but he smiled politely in acknowledgement all the same. Another day done.

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"It was a nice day until 50k to go and then it just went a bit crazy: manic and stressful," Thomas told reporters after he had completed his warm-down. "I'm happy to get that day ticked off,"

The defending champion Thomas lies 7th overall, 45 seconds down on maillot jaune Julian Alaphilippe (Deceuninck-QuickStep) and 5 behind his teammate Egan Bernal. The Colombian youngster earned the rank of co-leader after claiming victory at the Tour de Suisse in June, while Thomas' Tour preparation suffered a setback when he crashed out of the same race.

Although there are 176 riders in the Tour peloton, Team Sky's startling dominance in recent years means that there is a nagging sense that the outcome of the race may ultimately hinge on who wins the leadership contest between Thomas and Bernal at what has since been rebranded Team Ineos following the broadcaster's withdrawal from the sport.

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Kristoff loses to Viviani but discovers Philipsen’s Tour de France lead-out talents

9 Jul

Alexander Kristoff had an excellent lead out from young UAE Team Emirates teammate Jasper Philipsen Tuesday during stage 4 at the Tour de France and found the high-speed sprint sweet spot behind Elia Viviani (Deceuninck-QuickStep), with only a few extra watts, an extra gear and some extra road coming between victory in Nancy and second place behind the Italian.

Kristoff powered down the centre of the road in his all-white colours as Viviani went along the barriers. They hit the line together, but Viviani won with a better bike throw.

"I have to be happy with second, it was a close one. I've managed to beat a lot of good sprinters here today, Viviani was just a bit better but this gives me confidence for the sprints to come," Kristoff said.

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Viviani got an armchair ride from his Deceuninck-QuickStep lead-out riders Michael Morkov and Max Richeze but Kristoff also benefitted from superb work from 21-year-old Philipsen, one of the youngest riders in this year's Tour de France, a debutante in the Grand Boucle, but clearly a huge sprinting talent in his own right. He won a stage at the Tour Down Under on his WorldTour debut and won the Under 23 version of Paris-Tours back in 2017. He came up through Axel Merckx's Hagens Berman Axeon development team.

"Sven (Erik Bystrom) and Jasper (Philipsen) did a really good lead-out. We're a really small lead-out unit but today they worked very well, both of them, to put me in the right spot," Kristoff said, praising his teammates and encouraging them for future sprints clearly more important than any regret about second place.

"I didn't use too much energy, so it was all set for me to win, but Viviani was just a bit too fast for me at the end. I was there fighting with him side by side, but he had a small extra gear."

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