Reports from Spain suggest Real Madrid have placed a team of scouts in a VAR-type nerve centre, peering at screens all the better to “monitor” the movements of Borussia Dortmund winger Jadon Sancho and RB Salzburg striker Erling Braut Haaland. They won’t have seen much of the 19-year-old Englishman over the weekend after he was dropped from Dortmund’s squad as punishment for returning 24 hours late from international duty with England, the latest in a series of time-keeping offences. Manchester United are also understood to be keeping tabs on the two youngsters. Manchester City are preparing to offer Raheem Sterling a new and improved deal worth £450,000 per week to keep any potential suitors – yes, you again Real Madrid – from trying to turn his head. Elsewhere in the city, Manchester United are considering making a move for former Liverpool player Emre Can. The German midfielder’s move to Juventus just hasn’t worked out and after a … [Read more...] about Football transfer rumours: Jadon Sancho and Erling Braut Haaland to Real Madrid?
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Manchester City have changed the English football landscape in the last five or so years, according to the club’s latest record signing, Rodrigo Hernández. The £62m defensive midfielder signed from Atlético Madrid gave a straight answer when asked whether Spanish players now thought City a more attractive destination than Manchester United. “I talk with some of the guys back home and they tell me the city of Manchester might be becoming more blue,” the 23-year-old said. “I think in the last few years City have changed the story in England, not just in Manchester, but I am not here for the rivalry, I am here for the football challenge.” Generally known as Rodri, the player will wear the name Rodrigo on the back of his shirt. Bayern Munich were also willing to meet the €70m buyout clause Atlético put on the Spain international, though he said he had an easy decision to make as soon as he knew City were interested. “This is one … [Read more...] about City’s new £62.8m signing Rodri says Manchester may be getting ‘more blue’
Robert Preston takes the grainy photo – just a few square centimetres and yellowing with age – from his wallet and with a careful thumb and forefinger holds it up to the light. In the picture he is just seven and his three brothers are aged three to 11, the youngest grave-faced and chubby cheeked. His 14-year-old sister, her dark hair perfectly coiffed, peeps over the tops their heads. It’s the Glasgow Fair holiday circa 1947 and they are in Dunoon, a coastal town that sits on the Firth of Clyde and a popular “doon the watter” destination for Glaswegians escaping the urban sprawl. “I’m the only one left now.” The 76-year-old Preston’s tone, who was born in Govan, icon of Glasgow’s shipbuilding heritage on the River Clyde, is matter of fact. Two brothers died of cancer, one of heart complications, and his sister dropped dead in the street after a brain aneurysm. “I don’t think that’s unusual,” says … [Read more...] about The Glasgow effect: ‘We die young here – but you just get on with it’
Paul Gascoigne has been cleared of sexually assaulting a woman he kissed on a train. The 52-year-old former footballer told jurors he had only been comforting her because she had been called "fat and ugly" by another passenger.It is the latest in a string of court cases and health scares that have overshadowed the success he gained with clubs at home, in Europe and, perhaps most memorably, with England. In 1985, a 17-year-old Gascoigne made his league debut for his beloved Newcastle United as a second-half substitute against Queens Park Rangers.Within three years, "Gazza" had won the PFA Young Player of the Year award. Shortly afterwards, in the summer of 1988, he joined Tottenham for £2.3m.During the World Cup in 1990 he showed his vulnerable side, shedding tears of frustration after his booking in the semi-final against West Germany ruled him out of a potential appearance in the final.Despite England's subsequent defeat on penalties, Gascoigne went on to win the BBC Sports … [Read more...] about Paul Gascoigne: Gazza’s years of trials and tribulations