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Transfer news LIVE: Cristiano Ronaldo ‘offered to Barcelona’ – LATEST Leeds, Liverpool, Spurs, Man City gossip

TRANSFER season has reached fever pitch with the summer window in full flow.

And Barcelona have reportedly been offered the mouthwatering chance to pair Cristiano Ronaldo up with Lionel Messi.

Follow ALL of the latest transfer gossip, news and updates below…

Spectators will be made to sign up to a new code of behaviour.

It will make them take full responsibility for themselves and others by not attending if they have Covid symptoms or have been exposed to anyone with them.

And strict crowd management plans will be enforced with one-way entry and exit and staggered arrival times.

Seating will be socially distanced and hand washing and sanitiser stations set up.

But no trials are scheduled for the North West, which remains under stricter control.

CROWDS COMING BACK!

Football fans will finally begin returning to stadiums next month — but might not be allowed to sing.

A further easing of lockdown rules announced tonight will also see snooker lovers back in the Crucible this weekend for the World Championship.

Rugby matches and racing at Goodwood are also on the list of approved “pilot” events in the coming weeks.

But capacity will be capped and all fans will likely be urged not to chant or shout for fear of spreading the virus.

The new Premier League season starts on September 12.

Trials of allowing some fans back in stadiums will be tested later that month ahead of a planned full rollout in October…

WAIT ON JADON

Borussia Dortmund want to keep Jadon Sancho for another year — to start a bidding war next summer.

Manchester United are not giving up on the England winger, 20, and have put all other transfer business on hold to chase a deal.

But the German giants want to wait for the financial impact of coronavirus to clear so big guns like Barcelona and Real Madrid bid against United and they can get the top price.

The news will anger the Red Devils, who have been negotiating for two months and offered £70million rising to £110m.

But Dortmund wanted more up front, while the player has snubbed pay of £220,000 a week.

Sancho was sure he would be a United player by now but has not yet spoken about it publicly.

“I think it would be the same if this was to happen again at City.

“He has been brought in by their owners specifically to win the Champions League, whether he likes it or not.

“They were winning the Premier League before he arrived.

“So he hasn’t so far achieved anything at City that nobody else has.

“He can say what he wants about not being judged on the Champions League because he has to protect himself — but he has been brought in to win this tournament.

“I’m not saying he would be unsuccessful if he doesn’t manage to win it. But he would not have done what was on the tin.”

EUR KIDDING

Rio Ferdinand almost choked on his ice cream as Pep Guardiola tried to convince the hundreds and thousands.

Manchester City boss Pep insisted this week he would not be a failure if he did not deliver the Champions League trophy to the Etihad.

But Ferdinand, who skippered Manchester United to Europe’s biggest honour in 2008 disagreed.

He said: “Listen, with the competitive spirit Guardiola has, the perfectionist he seems to be and the obsessive nature he has, he would not be happy if he walked away from City without winning the Champions League.

“He was probably more successful at Bayern Munich than he has been at City but the fact he didn’t win the Champions League in Germany will always taint his time there.

“That is due to the level he has operated at in the past and the standards he set himself at Barcelona…

CAN’T PEREIR IT

Andreas Pereira is going to leave Manchester United despite Ole Gunnar Solskjaer pleading with him to stay, according to reports.

Brazilian outlet Esporte Interativo report he is on his way but the Norwegian “tried in vain” to make him stay.

He was recently linked with a move to Brazilian side Santos.

PAIN IN THE ARSENAL

Willian’s agent has slammed Arsenal’s previous transfer policy by accusing the club’s former head of recruitment Sven Mislintat of “cock ups”.

Kia Joorabchian – who represents Cedric Soares, David Luiz and Gunners bound Willian – has been labelled as having too much influence on Arsenal’s transfers since Mislintat left his role in January 2019.

But when asked about his links with Arsenal’s dealings the super-agent took a swipe at Mislintat.

He told talkSPORT: “People forget about the previous guy, Sven.

“He made a bunch of cock-ups with players he brought in at very, very large numbers.”

CAREER DRIVEN

EA Sports have released their latest trailer for Fifa 21, ahead of the game’s October 6 release date.

The promo focuses on career mode, which appears to have had quite the revamp.

Vice-president of EA Nick Wlodyka told Goal: “The Career Mode is very important for this year.

“We’ve really made the biggest investments we’ve ever made to make sure we’re delivering exactly what our players are asking for.

“We’ve had so much feedback over the past few years from our players wanting to see more things they can control in career mode.

“We listened to what they want to be able to do, things they haven’t been able to do in the past.”

WHAT THE CUP?!

FA Cup prize money has been slashed by half for next season as the financial crash in football because of Covid-19 continues to bite.

The Football Association have been forced to lower the money forked out to teams across the competition – hitting those most in need the hardest.

Semi-pro and lower league teams are fighting for their survivals following the coronavirus pandemic and many were hoping a decent Cup run might be able to keep them alive.

Last year teams who won a game in the extra preliminary round were awarded £2,250 while the losers collected £750 – but those payments have been reduced to £1,125 and £325 respectively.

Winning a fourth qualifying round tie to make the First Round proper had been worth £18,750 to a club, but next season that reward is slashed to just £9,375…

KOULED OFF

Manchester United have been dealt a blow after Napoli were said to have agreed terms with Gabriel Magalhaes – with Kalidou Koulibaly now set to quit.

A host of Premier League clubs – including Arsenal and Tottenham – were interested in the £22million-rated Lille centre-back.

His brother and sister even started following the Gunners on Instagram.

But Napoli appear to have won the race for Magalhaes, according to Manchester Evening News.

DOR SLAMMED SHUT

Manchester United have been thrown yet another Jadon Sancho transfer warning, after a latest Dortmund chief declared “we are very happy he’s staying”.

Dortmund legend Sebastian Kehl, who now works within the club, has reiterated his delight that their No7 will in fact be staying for the 2020-21 campaign.

He told Kicker: “It was important to clarify this subject. Of course, we are aware of Jadon’s appeal [in the market] but we also know how important he is for our team.

“He is a player who can make the difference in every game. He had an outstanding past year with 17 goals and 17 assists [in the Bundesliga].

“He gives the team something extra and we are very happy that he is staying, as his team-mates have already stated in recent days.”

STARTING GUNN

Willian will complete his free transfer to Arsenal this weekend after leaving Chelsea, according to reports.

The Brazilian star, 32, is rumoured to have agreed to a three-year contract worth £100,00 a week with the Gunners.

Talks over a new contract at Stamford Bridge stalled after Blues chiefs refused to offer more than two years.

On Thursday, Willian’s agent, Kia Joorabchian, confirmed his client’s next career move would be announced soon.

And now, the Daily Mail have claimed it will be to Arsenal – and will be as early as this weekend.

NO SMALL FEE – EXCLUSIVE

Manchester United are demanding £20million for Chris Smalling this summer – with Roma still desperate to snap him up.

The England defender, 30, returned to Old Trafford last week after his loan with the Serie A giants ended.

He still has two years left on his £130,000-a-week deal, which Roma were forced into paying a large chunk of.

SunSport understands the ex-Fulham ace would be willing to take a sizeable pay cut to secure a move away.

However, the Giallorossi are only willing to fork out around £15m for him, which United have rejected.

“The Premier League can then express why they are ignoring a petition of more than 100,000 people.

“Why are they ignoring a call from the government?

“The situation at Newcastle highlights a much broader problem within football. And that is, who exactly is running football in this country?

“There’s a lot of executives and a lot of appointees but we are sadly lacking a voice of reason for supporters associations at any level.

“These organisations operate in secrecy and the only thing they bear in mind is the finances for their own organisations when there is a lack of voice from communities up and down this country

“Showing them this lack of respect is outrageous.”

‘WHY ARE THEY IGNORING THE GOVERNMENT’

AN MP has demanded the Premier League face a government grilling over the failed Newcastle takeover.

Ian Lavery wrote to the Digital, Culture, Media and Sport Committee to push for answers as the Prem maintains a wall of silence.

Magpies owner Mike Ashley and the Saudi Arabian-led consortium remain desperate to revive the £300m deal.

The bid was withdrawn on July 30, with the potential buyers blaming the Prem for scuppering the takeover.

More than 100,000 fans signed a petition, and were joined by over 50 MPs and Prime Minister Boris Johnson in calling for clarity.

Lavery, the Labour Wansbeck MP, said: “I have written to the chair of the DCMS committee asking if he would consider a session with the Premier League…

It reads: “Those at the bottom of the merit table, and those who complete fewer than 10 matches, do not qualify.

“Payments to those who complete fewer than 20 matches are discounted (by 40 per cent up to 14 matches and 15 per cent up to 19).

“The distribution is otherwise based on a set number of “shares” which are split in the manner specified in the document, with the first ranked referee receiving the most shares.

“A further email is sent on behalf of Mr Riley after the end of the season referring to PGMOL’s Board having confirmed the size of the pot.

“The maximum payment for 2014-15 was around £3,500 and the lowest was under £700.

“Mr Riley’s evidence was that merit payments would be made as indicated unless the referee group had had a ‘catastrophic’ season, which he thought might happen if the EFL was dissatisfied with the overall level of service.”

RED ENVELOPE

Premier League referees will receive a performance-related bonus – despite a season of shoddy officiating.

Despite the unpopular introduction of VAR, officials will yet again pocket some extra cash as they have done in previous campaigns.

A meeting will be held on September 12 to decide on the bonus figure each referee will receive although the total amount remains unknown.

All referees in each four divisions who have taken charge of more than ten games are eligible.

That is unless they have endured a “catastrophic” season, according to Sky Sports.

According to court documents written by Premier League referee chief Mike Riley, it informs refs of the size of their bonus…

SNAP IT SHUT

Premier League stars have been warned to STOP sharing holiday snaps on social media over fears of their quarantine whereabouts on their return to the UK.

Top-flight clubs are set to kick off their pre-season plans as early as next week following a condensed summer break.

A hatful of players are currently enjoying a quick break in the sun – with the likes of Dele Alli, Jack Grealish, James Maddison and Frank Lampard all making the most of their few weeks off.

But now Sportsmail have claimed stars have been urged to ditch social media in a bid to avoid awkward questions surrounding their whereabouts during periods of self-isolation.

Spanish hot-spots such as Marbella and Ibiza are favourites amongst the world’s best footballers.

NO DRAMEHS

Newly-promoted Leeds have signed full-back Cody Drameh from Fulham.

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— Leeds United (@LUFC) August 13, 2020

✍️ #LUFC are pleased to announce the signing of full-back Cody Drameh from fellow Premier League side Fulham

— Leeds United (@LUFC) August 13, 2020

LATE TO THE PARTEY

Arsenal have been dealt a major blow in their pursuit of Thomas Partey with Juventus reportedly keen to bring him to Italy.

The Atletico Madrid midfielder is understood to be the Gunners’ No1 target this summer, but they are struggling to meet his £45million release clause.

It has been claimed that the North Londoners would have to give Partey wages in excess of £200,000-a-week to convince him to join.

Mikel Arteta is desperate to land the Ghanaian international, but knows Arsenal will have to sell players in order to fund a move for him.

And according to La Gazzetta dello Sport, this could lead the Old Lady to poach his signature from under Arsenal’s nose.

They claim that Andrea Pirlo is keen to sign a defensive midfielder after Blaise Matuidi joined Inter Miami.

IT WON’T BE LONG

Kia Joorabchian also confirmed the announcement of Willian’s transfer to Arsenal is imminent.

He told talkSPORT: “It won’t be long before we announce it. We know where he is going.”

COCK-UP FC

Kia Joorabchian has launched a scathing attack on Arsenal’s recruitment policy, despite the fact that one of his clients is about to sign for them.

Joorabchian laid into to former sporting director Sven Mislintat for the Gunners’ recent transfer flops.

He told talkSPORT: “People forget about the previous guy, Sven.

“He made a bunch of, I don’t like to use the word, but, cock-ups with players he brought in at very, very large numbers.”

POSH MOVE

Man Utd youngster Ethan Hamilton has joined Peterborough United on a two-year deal.

Darragh MacAnthony announced the transfer on Instagram.

Delighted to announce new signing of 21 year old Ethan Hamilton who joins our CM ranks at @theposhofficial on a 2 year deal 👌🏻

A post shared by Darragh MacAnthony (@dmacanthony) on Aug 13, 2020 at 5:46am PDT

MOORE GOOD TIMES AHEAD

Kieffer Moore says he wants to take Cardiff back to the Premier League after joining from Wigan.

The powerful Wales striker has signed a three-year deal with the Bluebirds for a fee of just under £2million after the Latics went into administration and were relegated to League One.

Neil Harris’ Cardiff side suffered Championship play-off heartbreak last season, but Moore plans on taking his new team one step further in the upcoming campaign.

“I’ve spoken to the manager and his desire is to get promoted to the Premier League and that is something I share,” said Moore.

“The fans were a deciding factor for me. I know I’m going to play really good football here. The game really suits me. To have the backing from the fans straight away is amazing.”

HE’LL GET SILVA SERVICE

David Silva will be welcomed with “open arms” at Lazio.

The Manchester City legend will leave the Etihad once their quest for Champions League glory comes to a conclusion this month.

The midfield maestro is set to join the Italian giants in the “next weeks” – and his new team-mates cannot wait to have the 34-year-old on board.

That is according to Serie A’s top goalscorer and Lazio star Ciro Immobile.

He said: “Great player and great experience, we are waiting for him with open arms.

“I can’t wait for him to arrive, before Lazio players we are Lazio fans.”

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