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Champions League: UEFA investigates Man Utd error, round of 16 draw may be redone

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UEFA are looking at redoing the Champions League last 16 draw all over again after a major blunder, the UK Mirror reports.

Manchester United were initially drawn against Villarreal, which was against competition rules, as they both qualified from the same group.

Villarreal were then drawn against Manchester City.

However, it appears United’s ball was not put back into the correct pot, enabling them to be drawn against Atletico Madrid, who were the next team picked out.

UEFA are looking at redoing the Champions League last 16 draw all over again after a major blunder, the UK Mirror reports.

Manchester United were initially drawn against Villarreal, which was against competition rules, as they both qualified from the same group.

Villarreal were then drawn against Manchester City.

However, it appears United’s ball was not put back into the correct pot, enabling them to be drawn against Atletico Madrid, who were the next team picked out.https://434d7426d7b1d3a4201212adad33147f.safeframe.googlesyndication.com/safeframe/1-0-38/html/container.html

Giorgio Marchetti, overseeing the draw, could be heard saying: “For Atletico Madrid, the possibilities are all except Liverpool, who were in the same group and Manchester United. Manchester United have already been drawn.”

A senior UEFA source has confirmed they are looking into the episode and whether the draw must be performed again, to preserve the integrity of the competition.

United are currently “awaiting clarification” from UEFA.

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Another Arsenal player leaves Emirates Stadium

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Daniel Ballard

Arsenal player, Daniel Ballard has agreed a transfer to Championship side, Sunderland.

The player, whose move to Burnley failed through last season, has also played for Swindon Town and Blackpool on loan.

The Northern Ireland international has not had the opportunity to play a single first team game for the Gunners.

And now his stay at the club is coming to an end as he is set for an imminent move from the north London side

The Athletic reports that Ballard was very close to joining Burnley last week, but a deal could not be agreed.

The likes of former club Blackpool and Sheffield United were interested in the player.

He is now on his way to Sunderland.

Despite never making the cut for Arsenal, Ballard has proved himself on the international stage, already picking up 15 caps for Northern Ireland and scoring two goals.

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EPL: Leeds to replace Raphinha with Super Eagles forward

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Leeds United are in the race to sign Moses Simon from Nantes, according to RMC.

The Premier League side are competing with another Ligue 1 side Nice for the Super Eagles forward.

With Raphinha in talks with Arsenal, Chelsea and Barcelona, Leeds are already looking for his replacement.

The Elland Road club is holding out for £65m for Raphinha and some of that income will be put back into the team.

Simon, 26, can play all across the frontline. He is right footed, although he played the majority of last season on the left wing.

The winger scored six goals and grabbed eight assists from 30 Ligue 1 games last season.

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Boehly set to sign two Man City players for Chelsea

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Chelsea are in talks with Manchester City over a move for both Raheem Sterling and Nathan Ake, the UK Telegraph reports.

Sterling is the Blues’ top priority this summer, with Thomas Tuchel eager for the club to sign the England international.

Although Tuchel wants to bolster his attack, he is also looking to bring in defenders following the exits of Antonio Rudiger and Andreas Christensen.

Chelsea have now turned to their former defender Ake as part of their summer rebuild.

Ake made his Chelsea debut back in 2012 and made 17 senior appearances for the club.

In 2017, he joined Bournemouth in a £20million deal having impressed on loan the previous season.

Following Bournemouth’s relegation in 2020, the Dutchman joined City in a deal worth £40million.

It is believed Chelsea co-owner Todd Boehly contacted City on Monday to discuss their valuation of both Sterling and Ake with the Blues keen to sign both players.

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