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England boss Gareth Southgate wants Tottenham’s 23-year-old striker Harry Kane to replace Wayne Rooney as the national team’s captain.

 

Report says Chelsea star playmaker has demanded to be first choice at the Bernabeu should he move to Madrid this summer. Real Madrid have relied on their ‘BBC’ of Gareth Bale, Karim Benzema and Cristiano Ronaldo since the Welshman’s 2013 transfer. But with Hazard coming in that trident is likely to be split up.And that is the Blues winger’s demand; he wants one of those three to be sold in order to make way for him. It then means Karim Benzema is the man most likely to be heading for the exit door. Bale and Ronaldo are considered to be indispensable while Benzema’s star is on the wane at the Bernabeu.It is understood that this will be good news for English teams who will be falling over themselves to offer Benzema an escape route out of Madrid.

 

Man City forward Gabriel Jesus, 19, could make his return from a broken metatarsal earlier than expected, in time for City’s FA Cup semi-final with Arsenal. Meanwhile, City’s re-arranged Premier League meeting with rivals Man United will be played on Thursday, 27 April.

 

A Ghanaian player said: “I would like to thank my wife and my girlfriend” before correcting himself after being named man of the match.

 

Arsenal will rival Tottenham and Chelsea for Everton’s Ross Barkley if the 23-year-old attacking midfielder is put up for sale this summer.

 

Man City have been in negotiations with Benfica over the Portuguese club’s 23-year-old goalkeeper Ederson.

 

Man United left-back Luke Shaw wants to leave the club, with Stoke, Crystal Palace and Newcastle keen to sign the 21-year-old.

 

Romelu Lukaku will be allowed to leave Everton under the terms of an agreement reached last year. The club told the 23-year-old striker they would not stand in his way if they failed to qualify for the Champions League this season. Premier League leaders Chelsea are leading the race to sign the Belgian international if he leaves Goodison Park.

 

Man City manager Pep Guardiola claims his record is “exceptional” when compared to rival managers.

 

Arsenal and Man United have been scouting Monaco’s 22-year-old defensive midfielder Tiemoue Bakayoko. Meanwhile, he has been called up to the France squad as replacement for United midfielder Paul Pogba, 24, who is injured.

 

Man City are prepared to pay £50m to sign Juventus’ 29-year-old Italian centre-back Leonardo Bonucci.

 

Stoke manager Mark Hughes accused Chelsea’s 28-year-old forward Diego Costa of employing “dark arts” in Saturday’s 2-1 win for the Blues.

 

Juventus and AC Milan have joined the race to sign Benfica’s 23-year-old right-back Nelson Semedo, who is also a target for Man United.

 

Former Arsenal midfielder Gilberto Silva says the current Gunners players “could do more” to help under-fire manager Arsene Wenger.

 

Real Madrid’s 29-year-old left-back Fabio Coentrao has admitted bribing his way through the theory test required for his driving licence.

 

Sevilla boss Jorge Sampaoli has denied being approached over taking the Barcelona job next season.

 

Crystal Palace boss Sam Allardyce says Saturday’s 1-0 win over Watford shows his side have put a fear of playing at Selhurst Park behind them.

 

Zlatan Ibrahimovic’s agent has dismissed talk linking the 35-year-old striker with a move to Napoli when his Man United contract expires at the end of the season.

 

Manchester City’s owners are considering buying another club, in the Chinese Super League or South America.

 

Sunderland manager David Moyes says owner Ellis Short’s rare appearance at the Stadium of Light for Saturday’s 0-0 draw with Burnley has no bearing on his future at the club.

 

Liverpool defender Joel Matip, 25, says he is glad Cameroon won the Africa Cup of Nations, but will never play for his country again.

 

Arsenal boss Arsene Wenger says he has made a decision on his future at the Gunners and will reveal whether he will stay or go “very soon“.

 

Liverpool face competition from both Manchester giants for RB Leipzig striker Timo Werner. The Reds boss Jurgen Klopp has sent his scouts to monitor the 21-year-old’s form this season.However, it is saids that Man United and Man City have both enquired about his availability. Werner, who is under contract until 2020, has been prolific for Leipzig since joining from Stuttgart last summer.

Ronald Koeman says Romelu Lukaku’s future is in his own hands amid mounting reports that he could be set to return to Chelsea this summer.

The Everton boss did say: “You need to have hope in life!

Of course we like to keep best players and we will do the maximum to keep these players but the final decision will be with the player himself.

The fans love Rom, everyone loves Rom.

 

Man United target Antoine Griezmann says Atletico Madrid will have the final decision on his future.

The French striker did say: “As I have said so many times in the past, I have a contract with Atletico, I am happy here and so is my family.

And besides, to leave, first the club has to want to sell me, right?

I try to be happy out on the pitch and give my best for the fans. Everything’s going well. Here we have sun all the year round and that is also a big help.

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