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March 7, 2022 at 7:31 AM EST

Jordi Cruyff expecting to stay at Barcelona

Barcelona’s international department director Jordi Cruyff is focusing on planning transfer business for next summer amid reports suggesting Ajax want to hire him as their new sporting director, writes Dermot Corrigan.

Ajax are currently looking to fill the position after Marc Overmars left last month when it emerged he had sent a series of inappropriate messages to several female colleagues.

Read David Ornstein’s full Monday column by clicking on the link below.

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Dermot Corrigan·

La Liga Correspondent

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Ornstein: City or Real favourites for Haaland with striker’s future to be sorted in coming weeks

March 7, 2022 at 6:18 AM EST

Juan Mata looks set to move on

The Athletic’s Dermot Corrigan is reporting that Manchester United veteran Juan Mata looks set to leave Old Trafford on a free transfer this summer.

Mata, 33, has only featured four times for Manchester United this season and is expected to end his eight-year stay at the club at the end of the season.

Read the full report by clicking on the link below.

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Dermot Corrigan

Dermot Corrigan·

La Liga Correspondent

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Ornstein: City or Real favourites for Haaland with striker’s future to be sorted in coming weeks

March 7, 2022 at 5:42 AM EST

Bowen likely to miss Sevilla trip

Jarrod Bowen has been in impressive form this season, scoring eight league goals for West Ham in their challenge for a Champions League place.

But David Moyes’ side could be without him for a handful of games after the 25-year-old picked up a heel injury in the defeat at Liverpool.

Read David Ornstein’s full Monday column by clicking on the link below.

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Roshane Thomas

Roshane Thomas·

West Ham United Correspondent

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Ornstein: City or Real favourites for Haaland with striker’s future to be sorted in coming weeks

March 7, 2022 at 5:00 AM EST

City or Real favourites for Haaland with striker’s future to be sorted in coming weeks

Manchester City restored a six-point lead at the Premier League summit on Sunday with victory over Manchester United, which keeps Pep Guardiola’s side on course to retain their title.

But whatever happens in the final months of the season, City intend to strengthen their squad this summer and — as detailed by The Athletic in early January — Erling Haaland is the primary target.

Given his spectacular goalscoring record and the existence of a well-documented €75 million release clause that actives in the upcoming transfer window, the 21-year-old Borussia Dortmund and Norway international striker is of serious interest to a host of the continent’s biggest clubs.

Read David Ornstein’s full Monday column by clicking on the link below.

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David Ornstein

David Ornstein·

Football Writer

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Ornstein: City or Real favourites for Haaland with striker’s future to be sorted in coming weeks

March 7, 2022 at 4:38 AM EST

Danny Simpson leaves Bristol City

Former Leicester City right-back Danny Simpson has left Bristol City.

Simpson, who joined the club in March 2021 to link back up with Nigel Pearson, played just four games for Bristol City this season with his last appearance coming in October 2021.

The 35-year-old was part of Leicester’s Premier League title-winning side in 2016.

Anthony Hay

Anthony Hay·

EPL Staff Editor

March 7, 2022 at 4:23 AM EST

Listen to the latest Talk of the Devils podcast

Laurie Whitwell and Andy Mitten join Ian Irving to dissect Manchester United’s horror show against rivals City at the Etihad Stadium.

Anthony Hay

Anthony Hay·

EPL Staff Editor

March 7, 2022 at 3:59 AM EST

Kiernan Dewsbury-Hall will be a future Leicester City captain — Brendan Rodgers

Kiernan Dewsbury-Hall will be a future captain of Leicester City, manager Brendan Rodgers believes.

Rodgers has hailed the emergence of the 23-year-old midfielder this season and insists he has the personality as well as the ability to become a key component of the Leicester side for many years to come.

Despite his relative lack of first team experience at Leicester, Rodgers says Dewsbury-Hall is not slow to offer his opinion in team meetings and is displaying natural leadership qualities.

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Anthony Hay

Anthony Hay·

EPL Staff Editor

March 7, 2022 at 3:20 AM EST

‘England penalty miss was great for Bukayo Saka’s career’ — Mikel Arteta

Mikel Arteta believes Bukayo Saka’s penalty miss in last summer’s Euro 2020 final was great for the Arsenal midfielder’s career.

Saka suffered penalty heartbreak against Italy along with Marcus Rashford and Jadon Sancho in July as England missed the chance of winning their first trophy in 55 years.

The 20-year-old Arsenal academy graduate has gone from strength to strength this season as displayed on Sunday when he helped his side climb into the top four thanks to a goal and an assist.

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Anthony Hay

Anthony Hay·

EPL Staff Editor

March 7, 2022 at 2:24 AM EST

What we’re hearing about the week Abramovich announced he is selling Chelsea

Our Chelsea reporters have teamed together to write an extensive article on what they have been hearing during the week Roman Abramovich shocked the world by revealing he is selling the Premier League club.

Here’s a little snippet of what they have found but click the link below for the full read.

“No one knows who will succeed Abramovich yet, but this influential representative believes the model of the club is about to change and it will need to become far more self-sustaining. Chelsea sell players on an annual basis anyway to help their accounts, however there is a suspicion they will have to cash in on some individuals who were previously not earmarked to go.”

Anthony Hay

Anthony Hay·

EPL Staff Editor

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What we’re hearing about the week Abramovich announced he is selling Chelsea

March 7, 2022 at 2:08 AM EST

Good morning

Welcome to today’s breaking news blog.

We will bring you reaction to Manchester United’s heavy 4-1 defeat at the hands of rivals Manchester City and the rest of this weekend’s Premier League action as well as the latest on Roman Abramovich’s plan to sell Chelsea in the near future.

And we will of course provide you with any breaking news over the course of the day.

Anthony Hay

Anthony Hay·

EPL Staff Editor

March 6, 2022 at 4:45 PM EST

Are Liverpool getting good at succession planning?

A year ago this week Liverpool were on their knees after a record sixth successive home league defeat at the hands of lowly Fulham left them eighth in the Premier League table. Now supporters are dreaming of a clean sweep. It’s the second transformation Klopp has overseen during his Anfield reign.

But what about the future of the man who so emphatically delivered on his mission to turn doubters into believers? Liverpool’s thrilling resurgence hasn’t altered his plan to take a break from football when his current contract expires in the summer of 2024 shortly after his 57th birthday. He has made that promise to his family.

More on Liverpool’s reality, from The Athletic’s James Pearce.

Jacob Whitehead

Jacob Whitehead

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Are Liverpool getting good at succession planning?

March 6, 2022 at 4:34 PM EST

BREAKING: Ronaldo in Portugal during Manchester derby

To the outside world, Cristiano Ronaldo had been expected to lead the line against Manchester City. As it happened, he was not in the country by the time of kick-off at the Etihad.

It is believed Ronaldo flew to Portugal once his absence for the Manchester derby became clear. He reported a recurrence of the hip flexor problem that troubled him earlier this year, which treatment could not soothe, and then took a flight to his homeland before Sunday.

Sources say the trip caused surprise among the United dressing room, given the significance of the fixture. Injured players are not obliged to attend matches but it is said Ronaldo’s team-mates feel his presence at the stadium, given his aura and contributions this campaign, could have been beneficial.

Full story below.

Laurie Whitwell

Laurie Whitwell·

Manchester United Correspondent

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Ronaldo and a trip to Portugal that caused surprise at Manchester United

March 6, 2022 at 4:06 PM EST

Crystal Palace: Could this be their best PL season in recent memory?

The Athletic’s Matt Woosnam certainly thinks so after Palace’s brilliant 2-0 win at high-flying Wolves yesterday.

Jacob Whitehead

Jacob Whitehead

March 6, 2022 at 3:16 PM EST

ICYMI: The painful lessons Manchester United can learn from City

David Moyes was once chastised for suggesting United should aspire to be more like City – but these days that is undeniably true.

From recruitment to executive hires, academy to planning, these are the lessons, as painful as it may be, United must learn.

After today’s 4-1 defeat, it is more evident than ever.

Jacob Whitehead

Jacob Whitehead

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The painful lessons Manchester United can learn from City

March 6, 2022 at 2:27 PM EST

NEWS: Remainder of Man United’s season is about ‘developing the team’ — Rangnick after 4-1 defeat

Jacob Whitehead

Jacob Whitehead

March 6, 2022 at 2:15 PM EST

Arsenal: Top Four Favourites

They’re now a point ahead of Manchester United with three games in hand.

The Athletic’s James McNicholas has written about how the combination of Martin Odegaard and Bukayo Saka will propel their present and future.

Jacob Whitehead

Jacob Whitehead

March 6, 2022 at 1:47 PM EST

Bowen suffers no significant damage

He went off against Liverpool yesterday early in the second-half.

A club statement has said: “West Ham United can confirm a scan has shown that Jarrod Bowen suffered no significant damage following the injury he picked up at Liverpool on Saturday evening.

“The 25-year-old suffered an impact injury to his right heel during a challenge early in the second half at Anfield and, despite attempting to carry on, had to be substituted five minutes later.

“Head of Medical Richard Collinge said: “Jarrod underwent an MRI scan in London on Sunday morning and thankfully no significant injury has occurred. He will continue to be monitored by the medical team and will undergo further examination in the coming days.””

Jacob Whitehead

Jacob Whitehead

March 6, 2022 at 1:40 PM EST

FT: City 4-1 United

Manchester City moved six points clear of Liverpool after thrashing Manchester United 4-1 at the Etihad.

Kevin De Bruyne and Riyad Mahrez scored two apiece, with City producing an awesome second-half performance to overwhelm United.

United, who started with Bruno Fernandes and Paul Pogba as false nines, contributed to an exciting, open first half. De Bruyne scored twice from close range either side of a classy equaliser by Jadon Sancho.

But the second half was all City – they had 14 shots to none by United, and a third goal was long overdue when Mahrez scored with a delightful half-volley from De Bruyne’s corner.

Mahrez got his second in the 90th minute to complete a humbling afternoon for United, who fell below Arsenal earlier in the day. They are struggling to make the top four; City only have eyes for another league title. The derby confirmed what we already knew: the two teams are worlds apart.

Rob Smyth

Rob Smyth

March 6, 2022 at 12:55 PM EST

64′: City 2-1 United

Around half an hour left. De Bruyne’s double currently the difference…

Jacob Whitehead

Jacob Whitehead

March 6, 2022 at 12:49 PM EST

Chelsea youngster Fiabema returns to Norway

Young Chelsea striker Bryan Fiabema has joined Rosenborg on loan.

The 19-year-old moved to Chelsea from Tromso in 2020 but has not made a first-team appearance in west London.

Luke Bosher

Luke Bosher·

Junior Editor, News

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