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Jesse Lingard has revitalised his career after a loan move and now West Ham want to make it permanent – but it will not come cheap.

Lingard has six goals and two assists from eight games for the Hammers since joining from Manchester United.

The 28-year old’s stellar form has also seen him called up to the England squad for the first time in 18 months.

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Sky Sportsreports that West Ham will “do whatever it takes” to sign him permanently this summer but there are concerns from their camp that the Red Devils will try drive up his asking price accordingly.

The Daily Mail is already reporting that United are expected to put a sum of as much as £30 million ($A54m) on Lingard and are confident in getting as much given his stunning form reversal.

Gary Neville told Monday Night Football that Lingard’s turnaround could in fact see Manchester United opt to take him back instead of cashing in immediately.

“He’s a really good player. He’s going to have a great career,” Neville said.

“Manchester United have sent him out to West Ham to boost his career, maybe with the thought of boosting his price tag, but they might be thinking, ‘actually, we might want him back, he could be a real help to us’.

“If Jesse wants to play, and you can see he does want to play, then he needs to leave, because he’s not going to play every single week for a Manchester United team that’s competing for second or first place in the league.

“But if he’s willing to go back there and compete and be the player that Dan James has been for the last few weeks, in and out, then there’s no doubt he can play for Manchester United.”


Meanwhile, Liverpool are reportedly looking at extending four key men in an attempt to bolster their playing stocks ahead of the summer.

The Times reports that the Reds are looking to secure new deals for Mohamed Salah, Virgil van Dijk, Fabinho and goalkeeper Alisson Becker.

Salah has been linked to a move to either Real Madrid or Barcelona but his contract does not end until June 2023.

Talks with Salah will reportedly be prioritised given his importance to Liverpool’s attacking, recording 26 goals in all competitions this season despite not being surrounded by the same quality.

Van Dijk and Fabinho are also locked up until 2023 while Alisson’s deal runs until the end of the following year.


One of the other big storylines to follow is the future of Manchester City star Sergio Aguero.

The 32-year old will leave City after a decade at the club, set to celebrate with a fifth Premier League title.

Barcelona have been heavily linked to Aguero but a switch to another Premier League team is not off the cards, with Chelsea and Tottenham linked to the gun striker.

“Sergio Aguero is willing to forego Champions League football next season to stay in the Premier League and prove himself away from Manchester City,” The Telegraph’sMike McGrath writes.

“Chelsea and Tottenham Hotspur are two clubs Aguero would consider and both are far from guaranteed playing among Europe’s elite in 2021/22.

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“There are a clutch of clubs he would consider in the Premier League and it is understood the 32-year-old would remain in the country for the right offer and is open to proving he can add to his 257 goals in England.”

Chelsea’s Thomas Tuchel was asked about the striker last week and any potential interest in signing him but remained coy.

“We have full respect for Manchester City and for Sergio Aguero, who is a big player for them. There are no words needed from me about the achievements of this guy, he is a world-class player,” he said.

“But don’t forget, we compete in three competitions for Manchester City so I will never speak about their players and talk about a player’s future. It’s their player and I expect they do the same with our players.”

While that may be the case, Manchester United boss Ole Gunnar Solskjaer, while not ruling out a play at Aguero, previously said he does not think the 32-year old would “want to go to a local rival.”

Meanwhile, Arsenal manager Mikel Arteta has shut down the possibility of making an offer for Aguero.

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The madness started with Real Madrid president Florentino Perez claiming the Super League was the only solution to “save football”.

Then it was Fifa president Gianni Infantino, firing his warning shot to the rebel 12.

Then came three days of chaos.

By mid-morning, Prime Minister Boris Johnson was personally promising to bring the plot crashing down.

Then we heard Uefa chief Aleksander Ceferin urging the Premier League’s “dirty half dozen” to own up to their “mistake” and apologise to the fans who “bleed themselves dry” for their football clubs.

And that was just the start of football’s longest day, a battle for the soul of the game that ended with the bodies of the victims strewn over the Premier League clubs’ boardroom table, The Sun’s Martin Lipton reports.

Turning and fleeing like whipped little dogs, Manchester City and Chelsea have both claimed to have been the first English clubs to pull out of the doomed attempt to rip the heart of football.

City, Chelsea, Manchester United, Liverpool, Arsenal and Tottenham were part of 12 leading European clubs to sign up to the breakaway league on Monday (AEDT).

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Russian billionaire oligarch and Chelsea owner Roman Abramovich speaking to David Beckham.Source: AFP

But reaction to the incendiary scheme was scathing, with politicians and football authorities threatening to take legal action against the so-called “dirty dozen” and potentially ban them from domestic leagues.

Chelsea owner Roman Abramovich is reported to have led the Blues’ charge out of the Super League after the severity of the blowback.

The Sun reports the Russian billionaire was “shocked to the core by how quickly everything had fallen apart” as a source told the publication he “had no idea that there would be such a backlash”.

He was also allegedly furious he hadn’t been warned about how harsh the reaction would be to the proposal.

The Guardian reported Ambramovich “took the first step” to remove Chelsea from the Super League by telling the club’s executive to begin drafting plans to pull out.

“This was a case of a man known for looking notably unimpressed by most things taking a look at the collapsing edifice around him and thinking: ‘Right, this is done’,” Barney Ronay wrote. Rumours swirled about Chelsea’s backflip, but City had already announced their withdrawal before Abramovich’s decision was made public.

Abramovich is valued at A$19.17 billion by Forbes and is a key figure in where English football sits right now. His take over of Chelsea in 2003 eventually led to Sheikh Mansour’s take over of Manchester City with both clubs pouring money into the sport, forcing Manchester United, Liverpool, Arsenal and others to do the same.

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Football supporters demonstrate against the proposed European Super League outside of Stamford Bridge football stadium in London on April 20, 2021, ahead of the English Premier League match between Chelsea and Brighton.Source: AFP

For the other clubs that joined the break-away plot, the shame and humiliation is multiplied by their decision to crawl back to the Premier League.

It was too much for Manchester United’s under-fire executive vice-chairman Ed Woodward to survive with the club announcing he will leave the club.

Tottenham chairman Daniel Levy is also among the figures to have been most mutilated by the scandal, after the group of 14 Premier League clubs remaining with the league passed on a message that the dirty six were “destroying” the game.

When the representative for the 14 remaining clubs spoke publicly about his conversation with Levy, there was no sympathy for the Tottenham boss’ contrition.

“We are all still seething at what has gone on. Every single one of us. There is no sympathy at all for Levy, or anyone else involved,” a source from within the group of 14 clubs told The Sun.

“They are the ones who put us in this position because of their greed.”

Within 48 hours of the first pawn being moved across the chess board, it was over, leaving just the victims. Some have just lost their reputations.

Others their pride. A few — with more to come — their jobs. But none of them have escaped uninjured.

And while City and Chelsea did the right thing first, the fans who laid siege outside Stamford Bridge and condemned the Etihad hierarchy they have so often rightly praised, will long remember.

Clubs explain wild backflip

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One by one, as the dominoes fell, English clubs explained why they were backing down.

In a statement, Manchester City said: “Manchester City Football Club can confirm that it has formally enacted the procedures to withdraw from the group developing plans for a European Super League.”

Manchester United said it had “listened carefully to the reaction from our fans, the UK government and other key stakeholders” while Liverpool said: “In recent days, the club has received representations from various key stakeholders, both internally and externally, and we would like to thank them for their valuable contributions.”

Arsenal said what everybody was thinking. “We needed no reminding of this but the response from supporters in recent days has given us time for further reflection and deep thought,” the Gunners’ statement said.

“It was never our intention to cause such distress, however when the invitation to join the Super League came, while knowing there were no guarantees, we did not want to be left behind to ensure we protected Arsenal and its future.

“As a result of listening to you and the wider football community over recent days we are withdrawing from the proposed Super League. We made a mistake, and we apologise for it.”

Tottenham chairman Daniel Levy tried to justify why Spurs got involved in the first place.

“We regret the anxiety and upset caused by the ESL proposal,” Levy said. “We felt it was important that our club participated in the development of a possible new structure that sought to better ensure financial fair play and financial sustainability whilst delivering significantly increased support for the wider football pyramid.”

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Liverpool chief John Henry issues apology to fans and Jurgen Klopp over Super League



Liverpool owner John Henry has addressed the club’s fans and Jurgen Klopp this morning following FSG’s decision to withdraw from the European Super League.

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Sir Alex Ferguson push from inside Man Utd as Ed Woodward resigns amid Super League fiasco



Manchester United pulled out of proposed plans for a European Super League late last night.

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