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ERLING HAALAND'S representatives have held a positive meeting with Barcelona regarding a potential transfer to the club.

Agent Mino Raiola and dad Alf-Inge Haaland flew to Spain and met with Barca president Joan Laporta as Europe's top clubs vie for the Norwegian's signature.

And no sooner than they were done there did they fly across the country to meet with Real Madrid.

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    WERNING LIGHT

    An unusual show of support for Timo Werner from Tuchel Thomas today.

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    HEAD'S GONE

    Oxford have called in cops after accusing an unknown Sunderland staff member of headbutting goalkeeper Jack Stevens.

    The U’s lost a bad-tempered League One clash 3-1 today but two tunnel clashes at the break and full-time whistle left boss Karl Robinson raging.

    He said: “Yes something happened but we’ll let the police deal with that.

    “It’s funny because they usually have more TV cameras than any other clubs in world football for the last two-and-a-half years with the documentaries.

    "But for some unknown reason there wasn’t one in the tunnel at half time for the first time in three years.

    “Their players seen it, but what happened I will keep that quiet.

    “Our goalkeeper will make a charge and at the end of the game it shows how severe it was because the fourth official asked the person who it was to leave early to get out the way.

    “It shows you again the conduct of what they do when they score the winner right in front of our bench.

    “I’m furious and there’s so many things I could say but we have to keep our dignity at times an plead the fifth.”

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    ROR POTENTIAL

    Manchester City boss Pep Guardiola has hailed Liam Delap’s “incredible” progress and promised the 18-year-old striker a first-team spot next season.

    Guardiola said: “Liam is doing incredibly well – we are in touch with Enzo Maresca to see how (EDS players) are developing.

    “Next season he will be with us, training with us every day.”

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    HOW DID HE MISS?

    Miss of the season from Reading's Lucas Joao in their 1-1 draw with Barnsley.

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    ROLE TO PLAY

    Teddy Sheringham has revealed how Ole Gunnar Solskjaer felt being a bench role during Manchester United’s iconic treble season.

    He told the club’s website: “Ole and I definitely had a similar philosophy on being substitutes.

    “I mean, you don’t want to be known as or called a ‘super sub’ or a ‘great sub’. I played a lot of games.

    “In the latter part of my career, I came on and scored goals as a sub and people remember that.

    “It’s fine. Not a problem, but there is the first part of my career people need to remember as well. But you do have to get your head around it.”

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    CLATT'S OFF

    Mark Clattenburg hailed Rebecca Welch's EFL refereeing appointment as a major leap forward for the men's game.

    He told Sky Sports: "Rebecca Welch is an amazing story because she didn't start until 27 so this is very late.

    "To achieve what she has done in 10 years, I want to wish her the best because this is her first step.

    "I remember at 25 when I first refereed a football league game and that was unheard of.

    "To break those barriers is so important, so everybody will be watching Rebecca.

    "We all want to wish her well because this is the stepping stone that can enhance and make women more accepted in the men's game."

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    TOP MARCS

    Ole Gunnar Solskjaer is hopeful both Marcus Rashford and Mason Greenwood will be fit to face Brighton this weekend.

    He said: “As always when you send them away on an international break you keep your fingers crossed they'll be available for you.

    “I don't know about Anthony (Martial), he didn't join in training this morning but Marcus and Mason trained for the first time this morning and hopefully they can get through that with no reaction.

    “And if they complete the selection tomorrow they might be available for selection.”

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    FLYING FOXES

    Jonathan Morgan is out for revenge against London City Lionesses with Leicester on the verge of sealing their dream promotion.

    An Easter Sunday win against the only team to have beaten the Foxes in the Women's Championship would guarantee them a WSL spot.

    He said: “I've said to the girls that I want to get a little bit of revenge for that loss to London City because it was such a, such a big loss for us and it was a bit unexpected.

    “But it was also a sliding door moment in the season because it highlighted some of our weaknesses and vulnerabilities, which we were able to shore up as you can see in the 11 wins since,

    “We need to treat this game the same as we have treated all the others.

    “We want to play our best and win the game, but obviously this week is different because those three points would secure the title.

    "And it would be a fitting turnaround given the last game we lost was against London City.”

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    ODE TO JOY

    Arsenal look set to be without academy graduates Bukayo Saka and Emile Smith Rowe for their clash against Liverpool on Saturday.

    Commenting on the 19-year-old, Mikel Arteta said: "He hasn't trained with the team yet. He's been doing some individual work.

    "We had to pull him out of the squad. He's feeling better but hasn't trained with the team yet."

    Addressing Smith Rowe on Thursday, the ex-Everton midfielder added: "He has some discomfort in his hip.

    "We will see today with the physios and if he's okay for training tomorrow."

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    BOO-HOO CAMP

    Dani Olmo has revealed he was forced "against his will" before he joined Barcelona juniors to pose for a photo with Lionel Messi.

    He told The Players Tribune: "Once, before even joining La Masia, I accompanied my father while he was directing a game in Castelldefels.

    "I was eight. I was playing alone and happy, when someone – I think it was a friend of dad's – approached me and said, 'Hey, Dani, come here! You won't believe it. You can take a picture with Lionel Messi!'

    "Wow, Messi, right? In Castelldefels? What kid wouldn't want a picture with him? Well, me!

    "I said something like, "No thanks. I'm fine. I want to keep playing! It's just a picture, right?'

    "But against my will they put me next to Messi and took the photo."

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    SMALL PRICE TO PAY

    Manchester United have reportedly entered the race for Everton defender Thierry Small.

    The Express claim the 16-year-old could leave Goodison Park on a free transfer following limited first-team opportunities.

    And United are set to rival Arsenal, Brentford, Brighton and even Bayern Munich for the Everton academy graduate's signature.

    But the report adds that Small is ready to spurn the advances of any big clubs with playing time his current priority.

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    SUNDERLAND 3 OXFORD 1

    The Black Cats continued their march to promotion as they came from behind to beat Oxford 3-1 ahead of the crunch trip to Peterborough.

    Lee Johnson’s men stretched their unbeaten run in League One to 11 as Lynden Gooch, AIden McGeady and Max Power struck after James Henry’s opener.

    Read SunSport's match report HERE.

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    HA LA LAND

    Ole Gunnar Solskjaer is refusing to be drawn into a public battle to land Erling Haaland.

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    ROR POTENTIAL

    Manchester City boss Pep Guardiola has hailed Liam Delap's "incredible" progress and promised the 18-year-old striker a first-team spot next season.

    Guardiola said: "Liam is doing incredibly well – we are in touch with Enzo Maresca to see how (EDS players) are developing.

    "Next season he will be with us, training with us every day."

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    GOAL HAAL

    Erling Haaland is Manchester United's best bet if they are to sign a striker in the summer, according to Paul Scholes.

    He told the Webby & O'Neill show: "[United] need a No9.

    "I think the forwards they have are very good, but are any of them really a No9, or are they wide players? You just can't make sense out of it really.

    "When Cavani's played, he's looked alright but he's had a few injuries. He's at that age. It was always going to happen, he was always going to be bit-part.

    "They need someone who is more permanent who's out there and available. I know Haaland is talked about a lot, he's going to cost a lot of money.

    "Harry Kane at Spurs, there's rumours that he might want to leave there.

    "I think any one of them, you take any one of them, but I think if I had to choose, then Haaland would definitely be the one.

    "Purely for his age, great ability as well, the timing of his career, he's played under Ole [Gunnar Solskjaer] before…

    "I think it would make sense for everyone to do it, but there's going to be other clubs in for him which is going to be difficult."

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    WIN THE LOTTI

    Chelsea are reportedly lining up an £85million swoop for Torino's Andrea Belotti.

    The Blues are said to be interested in the 27-year-old striker who has bagged 11 goals and six assists in 25 Serie A appearances this season.

    Corriere Granato reports Chelsea are one of four interested Premier League sides.

    High flying West Ham, Jose Mourinho's Spurs and Carlo Ancelotti's Everton are the other teams mentioned.

    Thomas Tuchel's side could look to recruit the Torino skipper as a slightly cheaper alternative to Erling Haaland or former forward Romelu Lukaku.

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    ALL BEHIND ROO

    Manchester United legend Wayne Rooney finally hung up his boots this season with his Old Trafford legacy poised to remain for generations.

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    PUSH AND PAUL

    Paulo Dybala is reportedly set to be sold by Juventus following a breach of lockdown rules.

    Team-mates Arthur Melo and Weston McKennie attended an alleged gathering with the striker after Italy introduced strict coronavirus measures.

    Media reports suggest police were called to the dinner, which included several people, and the club has reacted furiously.

    The trio are set to be left out of Saturday's local derby with Torino and have all reportedly been fined.

    According to CalcioMercato, the episode has added further fuel to the fire of Dybala's exit from the team.

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    MORE FROM KLOPP

    Liverpool centre-back Virgil van Dijk is also fighting to join the Dutch squad as he continues his recovery from cruciate knee ligament damage that has kept him out for the past six months.

    Klopp added: “Nothing has changed. They are all in the place they should be at the moment and that is it.

    “Time will show. I do not want to take a player away from England or Holland.

    “If they are ready then they are ready. If they are not ready, I cannot change that.

    “It is not about me to make the decision. I only deliver the news when I have it, and I do not have it at the moment.

    “No bad news, no brilliant news.”

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    HEN HEARTY

    Jordan Henderson has been offered a glimmer of hope that he could still make England’s bid for Euro glory.

    Liverpool boss Jurgen Klopp insists he still has “no idea” of whether Henderson will be ready but he revealed: “At the moment he cannot train but he will train in the next days and weeks for sure.

    “It is just about time. If the time will be enough? I hope so.”

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    HOT ROD

    Marcelo Bielsa is adamant that Rodrigo has already justified Leeds’ record £26million spend – despite just three goals.

    Injuries and a bout of Covid have restricted the Spanish forward to 12 starts since joining from Valencia.

    Asked if supporters have to wait until next season to see Rodrigo’s best, he said: “No, he can immediately show the resources he has.

    “Rodrigo has already shown how important he can be to Leeds and has also justified, with the abilities he has, his transfer fee.

    “We hope to have him healthy for a considerable amount of time and, if this happens, he will be able to show his ability very quickly.

    “For me, it would be very difficult in the current footballing scenario to obtain a player with his qualities.

    “He becomes a starter when he’s in a good state.

    “We have seen what he is capable of – he is a great striker.”

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    OD TO JOY

    Arsenal look set to be without academy graduates Bukayo Saka and Emile Smith Rowe for their clash against Liverpool on Saturday.

    Here's how Mikel Arteta's side could line-up…

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    MORE FROM SOLSKJAER

    Ole Gunnar Solskjaer admitted it will be difficult to do anything out of the public eye in his pursuit of Erling Haaland.

    He said: “I think the way the world works at the moment, you'd like to do all your business on the quiet and all your talks on the quiet but there are platforms everywhere, there’s news, the media make that more difficult.

    "Who can you trust? Hopefully we can suddenly sit here with players no one has written about.

    "We conduct our recruitment business, scouting, the players that we are interested in, we do it the right way I hope and feel.”

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    SOL MATES

    Ole Gunnar Solskjaer is refusing to be drawn into a public battle to land Erling Haaland.

    He said: “Even though I worked with Erling it's not right for me as Manchester United manager to talk about Erling, he will make his own mind up.

    “I'm focusing on the next two months and whatever happens in the world of football there is only so many places anyone can go to and I just, focus on the ones who are here.”

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    'STAY STRONG'

    Donny van de Beek wished old Ajax pal Abdelhak Nouri a happy birthday as the ex-midfielder turned 24 on Friday.

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