MANCHESTER United travel to Spain to take on Sevilla in the first leg of their Round of 16 Champions League clash, while Shakhtar Donetsk host AS Roma.
In the lead up to the clash, Jose Mourinho moved to shift the pressure off an out of form Paul Pogba by suggesting he has the “same responsibility” as the rest of his teammates despite the enormous price United paid for him.
The clashes wrap up the Round of 16 first legs, with the return the return legs to be played on March 14.
Former Liverpool star Luis Suarez has been linked with a return to Merseyside, seven years after he left the club for Camp Nou.
Spanish outlet Todofichajes reports he has a ‘difficult relationship’ with Atletico Madrid manager Diego Simeone, and the 34-year-old is apparently struggling with the high-pressing style – suffering an muscle injury in training last week.
The Uruguay superstar has another season remaining on his deal in Madrid, where he has bagged 19 goals this season to help Atleti sit top of La Liga, but reportedly has a contract clause allowing him to exit without penalty.
That could see him quit the club at the end of the season, with Todofichajes reporting Liverpool have sounded him out over a stunning return to Anfield.
David Beckham’s Inter Miami is a more likely destination.
If Spurs miss out on the top four – and therefore the Champions League – Harry Kane could be on his way out of Tottenham.
It has been widely reported (first by The Athletic) that Kane – soon to turn 28 – is concerned about Spurs’ lack of competitiveness, and could demand an exit.
However, he is said to be waiting until after he captains England at the Euros to decide his future.
But with a contract running until June 2024, that would require some co-operation from the club. Manchester City and Manchester United have been strongly linked with the player, while it has been reported by TF1 that his former coach Mauricio Pochettino has held talks with Kane over a move to Pochettino’s new club Paris Saint-Germain. If PSG lose Kylian Mbappe – with Real Madrid the most likely destination – the Parisians would almost certainly chase Kane as their top priority.
Kane has repeatedly affirmed his love for Spurs, but has made no secret of his ambitions to win trophies – something the club hasn’t done in 13 years.
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Roy Keane told Sky Sports: “He must be getting frustrated.
“If they can’t get into the Champions League, and obviously they are not competing at the top end of the league, then it is only natural from a selfish point of view that Harry Kane would have to look at his options – and he would have some great options because he is a world-class striker and there aren’t many out there.
“ … Kane must be looking at this Manchester United team and thinking ‘I could be the top man up front for Man United’. Kane must fancy a United move. I think Kane fancies United.
“Man United have closed the gap to City and Kane would be a huge step.”
Spurs currently sit seventh in the league, six points off fourth-place West Ham. But they have another chance of silverware this campaign, taking on Man City in the EFL Cup final in a fortnight.