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GAME OVER! Manchester United ‘end’ transfer interest in Borussia Dortmund hotshot Haaland



Manchester United are no longer interested in signing Borussia Dortmund ace Erling Haaland this summer.

The Norway international, 21, is one of the most prolific strikers in Europe after scoring 76 goals in 74 games for his current team.

A host of clubs have been linked with Haaland in recent months, including Manchester City, Barcelona and Real Madrid.

However, according to the Daily Star, United are not considering making an approach for the highly-rated youngster.

It’s believed Haaland has “set his heart” on a move to Real and the Red Devils have reluctantly accepted his decision.

The former Molde and Red Bull Salzburg striker has a €75million release clause in his contract, around £62.7m.

His desire to move to the Spanish capital is also a blow for City manager Pep Guardiola, who had identified Haaland as a long-term successor to Sergio Aguero following his inability to land Harry Kane last summer.

Guardiola has been without a prolific centre-forward since Aguero, who recently retired from football due to a heart problem, was released at the end of last season.

It’s thought Real have been working on a deal to sign Haaland for the last six months and plan on pairing him with Paris Saint-Germain forward Kylian Mbappe.

The Frenchman, 22, is out of contract at the end of the season and is expected to join the Spanish giants on a free transfer.

Real president Florentino Perez has previously said the signings of Haaland and Mbappe would be impossible without the European Super League.

The ESL, a proposed competition which guaranteed the qualification of 12 clubs each season, collapsed within days of it’s announcement in April after heavy criticism.

“When money does not flow from the rich clubs to the poor clubs, everyone suffers,” said Perez shortly after the collapse.

“It’s impossible to make signings like Mbappe and Haaland, in general, not just for Real Madrid, without the Super League.

Speaking in December, United interim manager Ralf Rangnick praised Haaland but played down transfer rumours.

Rangnick worked with the talent when he was Red Bull’s head of football operations and will become a consultant at Old Trafford when his temporary contract expires.

“Haaland is a fantastic striker,” said the United boss. “I know best myself because I was together with the people at RB Salzburg at the time.

“I was also a little bit involved with the move [Haaland’s] from Molde to Salzburg therefore I know what kind of player he is.

“But in the meantime, the whole world has realised how good the player is. Two years ago, it was only a few people who believed.”

Rangnick currently has plenty of attacking options to choose from, including Cristiano Ronaldo, Bruno Fernandes and Marcus Rashford.

On his current forwards, the interim manager added: “I’m more than happy. The offensive players we have here, we have so many top players in the offensive department that we don’t need to speak about any other players.”


Pierre-Emerick Aubameyang provides update after return to Arsenal for heart tests



Pierre-Emerick Aubameyang has confirmed he’s “absolutely fine” after returning to London for health checks.

The Arsenal forward was away at AFCON with Gabon when he experienced some heart issues.

A scan revealed possible issues after Aubameyang tested positive for Covid 19 in the lead up to the tournament.

The Gunners recalled the 32-year-old, who is currently not being selected by Mikel Arteta following a disciplinary breach.

Aubameyang has taken to social media to share that he is “completely healthy” following further tests.

He said on Instagram : “Hi guys, I came back to London to do some additional checks, and I’m very happy to say that my heart is absolutely fine and I’m completely healthy!! Really appreciate all the messages over the last few days and I’m already back at it”

Gabon boss Patrice Neveu revealed that Arsenal were keen to get their player back once news of his possible issues broke.

He said, as quoted by Sky Sports : “What I know is that they’ve been Covid free for the last 72 hours. We couldn’t arrange an MRI for them, and as a result they couldn’t train.

“It was really annoying for them to stay in their rooms. We made the decision yesterday with the President and under pressure from the clubs too, because they’re worried so that [Aubameyang] should go back to Arsenal and Mario [Lemina] back to Nice.”

Despite Mikel Arteta’s recent shunning of the forward, Neveu did admit that it was the club’s right to recall their player.

Aubameyang is currently out of the first team picture as his future remains up in the air.

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AFCON 2021: Nigeria to play Tunisia in Round of 16



Nigeria will take on Tunisia in the 2021 Africa Cup of Nations Africa Cup of Nations Round of 16.

This was confirmed on Thursday, following the completion of all group games in the competition.

The Super Eagles finished top of Group D ahead of Egypt, Sudan and Guinea-Bissau.

The Carthage Eagles lost 1-0 to Gambia in their final Group F clash.

Nigeria’s match against Tunisia will be played on Saturday, January 23.

Kick off is 8pm.

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Novak Djokovic in talks to sue Australian government for ‘ill treatment’



Novak Djokovic is discussing with lawyers about suing the Australian government for £3.2million for “ill treatment”.

The unvaccinated tennis star, 34, claimed he had a visa exemption but was deported before the Australian Open.

The damages of £3.2million includes the £2.3million prize money the world No?1 tennis player expected to have won.

According to The Sun, a source close to his agent Edoardo Artladi said: “It’s well known that Novak and his family feel he was poorly treated in the quarantine hotel in Melbourne.

“His mother revealed how it was full of fleas and maggots. He was kept a virtual prisoner.”

Lawyer Toma Fila added: “He was subjected to humiliating treatment. He should sue.”

Djokovic is back home in Belgrade, Serbia.

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