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

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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.”

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U.S. swimmer Alvarez saved from drowning by coach at world championships in Budapest (Photos)

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Anita Alvarez loses consciousness in pool at world championships in Budapest

American artistic swimmer Anita Alvarez was in danger of drowning after losing consciousness in the pool at the world championships in Budapest before being rescued by her coach Andrea Fuentes.

Spaniard Fuentes, a four-time Olympic medalist in synchronized swimming, jumped into the pool after she saw Alvarez sink to the bottom at the end of her solo free final routine.

She was given medical attention beside the pool before being taken away on a stretcher.

It was the second time Fuentes has had to rescue Alvarez after she leapt into the pool during an Olympic qualification event last year and pulled her to safety along with the American’s swim partner Lindi Schroeder.

“Anita is much better, she is already at her best. It was a good scare, to be honest,” Fuentes told Spanish newspaper Marca.

“I jumped into the water again because I saw that no one, no lifeguard, was jumping in. I got a little scared because she wasn’t breathing, but now she’s fine. She has to rest.”

In a statement on the US Artistic Swimming Instagram page, Fuentes said 25-year-old Alvarez would be assessed by doctors on Thursday before a decision was made on her participation in Friday’s team event.

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A member of Team USA (R) swims to recover USA's Anita Alvarez (L), from the bottom of the pool.
A member of Team USA (R) swims to recover USA’s Anita Alvarez (L), from the bottom of the pool.
USA's Anita Alvarez is recovered from the bottom of the pool by a team member after the incident.
USA’s Anita Alvarez is recovered from the bottom of the pool by a team member after the incident.
She was given medical attention beside the pool before being taken away on a stretcher.
She was given medical attention beside the pool before being taken away on a stretcher.

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Serie A: Pogba agrees deal with Juventus

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Juventus have reached an agreement in principle to sign Paul Pogba, according to Sky Italia.

Pogba is a free agent after leaving Manchester United this summer.

It is believed that small details of the contract are being sorted out. It will either be a four-year contract or a three-year deal with an option for a further year.

Pogba will officially sign the contract at the start of July.

The move to Juventus would mark a return to a club where Pogba spent four years before rejoining United in 2016.

Manchester City also made a bid to sign Pogba from their bitter rivals, but the player opted against it and has now gone back to Italy.

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LaLiga fixtures for 2022/2023 season confirmed

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LaLiga fixtures for 2022/2023 season

The LaLiga fixture list for the 2022/2023 season was released by the Spanish Football Federation (RFEF) on Thursday.

Real Madrid will open their campaign with a trip to newly promoted Almeria, while Barcelona are home to Rayo Vallecano.

The two rivals will face off in the first Clasico on the weekend of October 16.

The game on Match Day 9, will be played at Madrid’s Santiago Bernabeu stadium, with the return fixture at Barcelona’s Camp Nou taking place on the weekend of March 19, 2023.

Atletico Madrid, who finished third last season, begin the season away at Getafe while Sevilla, who finished fourth in the final Champions League spot, will travel to Osasuna.

The 2022/23 LaLiga season will begin on the weekend of August 14, 2022, and end on the weekend of June 4, 2023.

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