Chelsea vs Man City Champions League final build-up, fans brawl in Porto, Pochettino to Spurs EXCLUSIVE, Alaba Real move

CHELSEA and Man City are counting down to their huge Champions League final in Lisbon tonight.

More than 16,000 fans will be in attendance at the showpiece, with the Premier League pair scrapping it out for the biggest prize in European football.

Though there has been some shameful scenes with fans clashing in Porto.

On the transfer front, Liverpool have confirmed the capture of RB Leipzig star Ibrahima Konate.

And we've the very latest on the managerial merry-go-round, with Mauricio Pochettino, Zinedine Zidane and Max Allegri all in the news.

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  • Kostas Lianos

    HAALAND DEMAND

    Borussia Dortmund superstar Erling Haaland has practically revealed what he needs to join another team.

    Haaland recently won the German Cup with Dortmund, who beat RB Leipzig 4-1 thanks to a brace from the star centre-forward.

    The Norway international has stated that he wants to win more trophies, something that should work as a takeaway for all his suitors.

    Manchester United, Manchester City, Chelsea, Liverpool, Real Madrid and Barcelona have been linked with the 20-year-old.

    Haaland said: “I am a simple guy. When I like something I just want to have more.

    “Like I have said before, when I score a goal, I always chase the next goal. I just won my first major trophy and it was a great feeling, so I want to win trophies”

  • Kostas Lianos

    CITY SALE

    Arsenal are on red alert as Manchester City seem set to sell Raheem Sterling and Riyad Mahrez in the summer.

    Sterling and Mahrez have been very impressive during their tenure at the Etihad.

    According to the Daily Mail, however, the attacking duo has been deemed surplus to requirements ahead of the summer transfer window.

    Nevertheless, the Gunners’ financial limits combined with their failure to qualify for Europe would make it difficult to land the two wingers

  • Kostas Lianos

    PEP TALK

    Manchester City boss Pep Guardiola has confirmed he is staying at the club for the long term.

    City manager Guardiola will get his chance to win his third Champions League trophy, following his triumph in 2009 and 2011 as Barcelona head coach.

    The Spaniard. who has two years to run on his deal, admits he has "everything he needs".

    Guardiola said: "The club gives the manager everything he needs. Of course investment, I cannot deny that and everybody knows it, but not just that.

    "I have friends in the hierarchy above me, and the players have the feeling that I'm the manager because they feel I've been supported by all the people [above me].

    "Most importantly, apart from the players – because in five or six teams in England and Spain, they have top players as well – I feel comfortable with my staff, the backroom staff, I have everything. I can't ask for more to do my job as best as I can do"

  • Kostas Lianos

    NAIL ON THE ED

    Manchester City star Ederson seems to be preparing for a potential penalty shootout ahead of tonight's Champions League Final against Chelsea.

    But the City shot-stopper isn't only getting ready to defend his goal as he also seems set to to take on a spot-kick.

    The Brazil international was filmed having a go and fired the ball to the top right corner with ease.

    According to TNT Sports, Ederson took on 11 penalties in training and converted a whopping ten of them.

  • Kostas Lianos

    RICE BLOW

    Manchester United have been dealt with a major blow in their bid to sign West Ham star Declan Rice, who has also been linked with Chelsea.

    According to the Daily Mail, United have become increasingly concerned over Rice’s release clause, which is said to be in the region of 100million.

    Hammer boss David Moyes recently said: “I don’t agree with the owners that Declan Rice is a £100m footballer.

    “Far, far more than £100m”

  • Kostas Lianos

    TOP D-OD

    Real Madrid ace Martin Odegaard is Arsenal’s “No1” target ahead of the summer transfer window.

    That is according to The Athletic, who claim that the Gunners’ top priority is to sign Odegaard on a permanent basis as soon as possible.

    The attacking midfielder joined the north Londoners from Real Madrid on loan last January.

    The Norway international put together a raft of impressive performances and has since impressed manager Mikel Arteta to a point that he convinced him to keep him

  • Kostas Lianos

    PHIL-ING IN

    Barcelona are keen to sell Philippe Coutinho in the summer transfer window after a disappointing spell in Spain.

    Coutinho moved to Barca from Liverpool in 2018 and has failed to stand out at the Nou Camp in the last three years, one of which he spent on loan at Bayern Munich.

    The attacking midfielder has been linked with a transfer away but Arsenal are reportedly not interested in the Brazil international just yet.

    Transfer expert Fabrizio Romano tweeted: “Barcelona are open to sell Philippe Coutinho this summer. Arsenal are NOT interested in signing him, as of today”

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  • Kostas Lianos

    KOUNDE BOOST

    Sevilla star defender Jules Kounde has confirmed that he “will perhaps have to change clubs this summer”.

    Kounde has been linked with a move to Manchester United, Arsenal, Chelsea and Real Madrid.

    And the centre-back, who stood out this season in LaLiga, has said he wishes to play for a “big club”.

    Kounde told reporters at France’s Clairefontaine training camp: “Regarding my future, it’s certain that I will perhaps have to change clubs this summer.

    “But nothing has been finalised yet. I have not decided anything.

    “My goal is to play for a big club, to try to always progress and to win trophies.

    “It’s true that I might have to move but that’s not relevant today”

  • Kostas Lianos

    HAALAND BLOW

    Borussia Dortmund superstar Erling Haaland has stated that he remains “respectful” towards his contract.

    Haaland has been linked with a move to Manchester United, Manchester City, Liverpool, Barcelona, Real Madrid and Chelsea ahead of the summer transfer window.

    However, the star centre-forward appears to be happy at Dortmund, especially after they sealed Champions League qualification.

    Haaland told Viaplay: “Well, I have a contract for a couple of years so I am respectful towards my contract.

    “Like I have said before, I’m a big fan of the Champions League and I think everybody knows that. It was a relief to secure that spot. It was really important.

    “I am a simple guy. When I like something, I just want to have more. When I score a goal, I always chase the next goal.

    “I have big dreams. I just won my first major trophy and it was a great feeling. So I want to win trophies”

  • Kostas Lianos

    SOU-PER YVES

    Arsenal have been handed a big boost by Liverpool in their bid to sign Brighton star Yves Bissouma.

    That is because the Reds will not enter the bidding war to buy Bissouma despite Georginio Wijnaldum’s imminent departure in the summer.

    According to The Athletic, head coach Jurgen Klopp has decided that an already existing member of the squad can fill in for Wijnaldum in midfield.

    Klopp has faith in Curtis Jones and is not likely to offload Naby Keita or Alex Oxlade-Chamberlain in the summer transfer window

  • James Orr

    CAUSE A STER

    Raheem Sterling leads a shock list of Manchester City stars reportedly up for sale this summer.

    The England winger, 26, has won three Premier League titles in six years at the Etihad but has fallen out of favour in recent weeks.

    Saturday's Champions League final is likely to start with him on the bench having played only ten minutes over the last two rounds.

    According to the Mail, City are willing to listen to offers for Sterling in a bid to fund Pep Guardiola's transfer wishlist.

    Jack Grealish and Harry Kane have both been strongly linked with the English champions yet the pair could cost £300million. Real Madrid, Barcelona and Arsenal are all named as being interested in Sterling.

  • James Orr

    KICKING OFF

    Shocking images show brawls between Man City and Chelsea fans as they gather in Porto ahead of the Champions League final.

    Hundreds of fans were already in Portugal yesterday for tonight's big game featuring the two English teams.

    People were involved in clashes with police officers, it has been reported.

    Two fans were reportedly injured after shameful clashes near Porto’s Sao Bento railway station and in the city’s riverside quarter.

    One Chelsea fan was pictured drenched in claret as blood poured from his mouth which had been busted open.

    A witness said: “It was pretty minor – some people wanted another drink and the police were determined to move people on and back to their hotels.

    “There was no trouble between Chelsea and City fans.”

  • Marc Mayo

    GOOD MORNING FOOTBALL FANS

    Tottenham want to start official talks with Paris Saint-Germain on Monday about bringing Mauricio Pochettino back to North London.

    PSG boss Poch is eyeing a return to Spurs after falling out with the French giants’ sporting director Leonardo.

    And if Poch does make the move, he will ask Harry Kane to give him at least one more season at Tottenham.

    The England captain, 27, made clear he wants to leave in his hunt for honours — but that was before Poch let on he was interested in going back.

    Spurs chairman Levy hopes it will persuade the striker, who still has three years on his deal, to stay put.

    But it is unlikely to stop Manchester giants City and United from trying to bag the Prem’s 23-goal Golden Boot winner.

    Meanwhile, David Alaba has signed a five-year deal with Real Madrid.

    The Austrian turned down a new contract at Bayern Munich, bringing his 12-year association with the German giants to an end.

    Alaba, 28, was determined to experience a new challenge, with a preference for playing in midfield.

    And after months of speculation, Madrid have finally officially announced the deal.

    The left-sided star has committed for five seasons, and will earn around £200,000-a-week.

    Alaba will be officially presented to Real Madrid supporters following the conclusion of Euro 2020, at which he is representing his country.

    And finally, N’Golo Kante and Edouard Mendy have been passed fit, handing Chelsea a monumental boost ahead of Saturday’s Champions League final against Manchester City.

    Kante, 30, had been struggling with a hamstring injury in recent weeks and missed the visit to Villa Park last weekend.

    In the penultimate game of the season against Aston Villa, summer signing Mendy collided with the post injuring his ribs just before half-time in an attempt to stop Bertrand Traore’s goal.

    Mendy’s injury forced a change at half-time with Kepa emerging from the tunnel to take his place.

    The pair returned to training just days before Saturday’s Champions League final, but it was unknown whether they would be passed fit to play.

    Luckily for the Blues, it has been confirmed that both are fit and ready to take part in the final, just over nine years on from Chelsea’s only triumph in the competition against Bayern Munich.

  • Joe Brophy

    HOMECOMING

    Tottenham want to start official talks with Paris Saint-Germain on Monday about bringing Mauricio Pochettino back to North London.

    PSG boss Poch is eyeing a return to Spurs after falling out with the French giants’ sporting director Leonardo.

    And if Poch does make the move, he will ask Harry Kane to give him at least one more season at Tottenham.

    The England captain, 27, made clear he wants to leave in his hunt for honours — but that was before Poch let on he was interested in going back.

    Spurs chairman Levy hopes it will persuade the striker, who still has three years on his deal, to stay put.

    But it is unlikely to stop Manchester giants City and United from trying to bag the Prem’s 23-goal Golden Boot winner.

  • Joe Brophy

    AL BE OFF

    David Alaba has signed a five-year deal with Real Madrid.

    The Austrian turned down a new contract at Bayern Munich, bringing his 12-year association with the German giants to an end.

    Alaba, 28, was determined to experience a new challenge, with a preference for playing in midfield.

    And after months of speculation, Madrid have finally officially announced the deal.

    The left-sided star has committed for five seasons, and will earn around £200,000-a-week.

    Alaba will be officially presented to Real Madrid supporters following the conclusion of Euro 2020, at which he is representing his country.

  • Joe Brophy

    KANT WAIT

    N'Golo Kante and Edouard Mendy have been passed fit, handing Chelsea a monumental boost ahead of Saturday's Champions League final against Manchester City.

    Kante, 30, had been struggling with a hamstring injury in recent weeks and missed the visit to Villa Park last weekend.

    In the penultimate game of the season against Aston Villa, summer signing Mendy collided with the post injuring his ribs just before half-time in an attempt to stop Bertrand Traore's goal.

    Mendy's injury forced a change at half-time with Kepa emerging from the tunnel to take his place.

    The pair returned to training just days before Saturday's Champions League final, but it was unknown whether they would be passed fit to play.

    Luckily for the Blues, it has been confirmed that both are fit and ready to take part in the final, just over nine years on from Chelsea's only triumph in the competition against Bayern Munch.

  • Joe Brophy

    WITHOUT FAIL

    Kevin de Bruyne has admitted that Manchester City will 'almost be failures' if they lose the Champions League final to Chelsea.

    The Belgian, 29, said: "As players, we understand the magnitude of the game.

    "If you win, you're a hero and if you lose, you're almost a failure, even if you're not a failure because getting to this stage is incredibly well done by the team and an individual.

    "But if you don't win, it will be something you don't really want to experience."

  • Joe Brophy

    GUNDO-WOE

    Ilkay Gundogan was forced out of training on Friday after suffering a thigh injury.

    Manchester City face Chelsea in the Champions League final tomorrow and the German had been expected to start in Porto.

    But Pep Guardiola may have to find a replacement after a scare just over 24 hours before the match.

    City fans will hope that Gundogan's exit was simply a precaution with no further news yet from the club.

    The 30-year-old trudged out of the session inside the Estadio do Dragao and headed straight down the tunnel.

    It is thought he had felt discomfort in his thigh before departing the workout.

  • Joe Brophy

    GUIRE AND HIGHER

    Harry Maguire is reportedly confident of featuring in England's Euro 2020 kick-off against Croatia.

    The Three Lions face their Group D rivals in just over two weeks' time and are sweating on the fitness of their star centre-back.

    The 28-year-old had been ever-present for Manchester United in the Premier League until he suffered ankle ligament damage against Aston Villa – ruling him out of the run-in.

    The Red Devils' form crumbled in his absence and he watched from the stands as his team lost Wednesday's Europa League final.

    Following the defeat in Gdansk, United have increased their communication with the England setup and national team staff checked in with Maguire on Friday.

    According to the Mail, his progress is looking good and there is confidence that he will be fit for June 13.

    United are reportedly set to meet Maguire again on Monday for a fresh check-up, with the results once again beamed to Gareth Southgate's physios.

  • Joe Brophy

    FOX TROT

    Gary Lineker has quit BT Sport to follow his beloved Leicester City in Europe next season with his sons.

    The England football legend, 60, announced the move on Twitter this evening after joining the channel in 2015 to present their live Champions League coverage.

  • Joe Brophy

    BURN OUT

    Sheffield United striker Oli McBurnie has received interest from Scottish champions Rangers, according to reports.

    The 24-year-old has struggled since joining the Blades from Swansea for £20million two years ago.

    In 65 appearances for the club he has only netted seven times, with just one of those coming in the 2020-21 campaign.

    McBurnie's drop off in form came at a time when Sheffield United desperately needed goals as they finished bottom of the Premier League table with just 23 points.

    As a result of his poor displays, The Mail claim he is currently valued by Rangers at a reduced £15m.

    This means the Blades will have to take a financial hit if they are to offload him before they begin their season back in the Championship.

  • Joe Brophy

    KOP CHOP

    Liverpool are set to axe up to TEN players in a major squad overhaul this summer, with Georginio Wijnaldum, Divock Origi and Xherdan Shaqiri the biggest names.

    Elsewhere, Mark Grujic and Harry Wilson – on loan at Porto and Cardiff respectively – are set to be moved on permanently in the coming months.

    Takumi Minamino is expected to be sold this summer after he spent the second half of the 2020-21 season on loan at Southampton after failing to inspire at Anfield.

    Loris Karius is likely to be finally moved on, along with Taiwo Awoniyi after the latter finally qualified for a work permit.

    The £8m-rated Nigerian forward is a target for Championship trio Fulham, Stoke and West Brom.

    Forwards Sheyi Ojo, Ben Woodburn and Liam Millar are also set to be moved on this summer – either on loan or permanently.

  • Joe Brophy

    JONAS BOTHER

    Jonas Hoffman could become the latest transfer target fought over between Chelsea and Tottenham.

    The Premier League clubs are both linked with the Borussia Monchengladbach winger ahead of the summer transfer market opening.

    According to German outlet Kicker, the 28-year-old is interesting LaLiga clubs as well as Tottenham and Chelsea.

    The Blues were reportedly growing their interest in Hofmann in the spring, with rumours pointing towards a £14million price tag.

    Thomas Tuchel coached the player at Borussia Dortmund but sold him to Gladbach midway through the 2015-16 season.

    Since then, he has continued to impress in the Bundesliga and has reportedly been scouted several times by Spurs in recent months.

  • Joe Brophy

    MASS EFFECT

    Juventus have officially announced Massimiliano Allegri's return to the club.

    Andrea Pirlo was sacked as boss of the Serie A giants on Friday morning after a disastrous 2020-21 season.

  • Joe Brophy

    CON HIS WAY

    Antonio Conte is reportedly 'interested' in taking over at Tottenham amid claims he's been added to the shortlist of managers the club are looking at.

    The 51-year-old Italian remarkably quit his role as Inter Milan boss on Wednesday despite having led them to a first Serie A title in 11 years

    And the ex-Juventus coach has immediately popped up as one of the favourites for the Spurs job.

    According to The Guardian, Conte is interested in joining the Lilywhites, but he is still not leading the way as favourite for the role.

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