Henry, Bergkamp and Vieira 'join Spotify owner's Arsenal takeover bid', Chelsea 'lead Varane transfer race'

SPOTIFY owner Daniel Ek has reportedly stepped up his Arsenal takeover bid by bringing three Gunners legends on board.

Thierry Henry, Dennis Bergkamp and Patrick Vieira are said to be ready to join the Swede in his effort to oust unpopular owners the Kroenke family.

Chelsea have moved ahead of Manchester United in the race to sign Raphael Varane from Real Madrid, according to reports.

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  • Josh Graham

    £MIRATES RICH LIST

    Mesut Ozil is still Arsenal's second highest player despite leaving in the January transfer window.

    The 32-year-old left the Emirates earlier this year and moved to Fenerbahce.

    But the Gunners agreed to pay 90 per cent of his £350,000-a-week deal until it ends this summer, reports say.

  • Josh Graham

    SEEING RED

    Fuming Arsenal fans are planning another huge protest against their hated owner before their clash with Villarreal next week.

    The Gunners supporters gathered in huge numbers last Friday outside the Emirates before facing Everton.

    Thousands of them chanted and held up banners demanding Stan Kroenke sell up after the recent European Super League shambles.

    And the fans are now expected to make their feelings known again before the Europa League second-leg match on 6 May.

    SunSports understands action groups and supporters trusts believe even more will turn up this time around.

    There were at least 1,000 people at the rally last week, with fireworks, flares and an effigy of US owner hanged up.

  • Josh Graham

    MONEY FOR NOTHING

    Arsenal are still paying Mesut Ozil £315,000 a WEEK despite him leaving for Fenerbahce, reports say.

    The Gunners are forking out 90 per cent of the midfielder's salary even though he left the club in the January window.

    Ozil, 32, brought his eight-year Arsenal stay to an end when he moved to Istanbul.

    The midfielder had six months left on his contract with the Gunners but opted to move on to pastures new as he'd been frozen out by Mikel Arteta.

    But The Athletic's David Ornstein revealed that the club haven't been able to cut ties just yet.

    He says that the Gunners are still paying 90 per cent of the £350,000-a-week deal until the end of June.

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  • Josh Graham

    NO GOOD BAILLY

    Eric Bailly is reportedly set to sign a new contract at Manchester United.

    The Manchester Evening News reports the centre-back is set to commit to a new deal after being reassured about his chances of playing time next season.

    The Ivorian has lagged behind Victor Lindelof in the battle to partner Harry Maguire at the back.

    The 27-year-old has made 100 appearances for United since joining from Villarreal in 2016.

  • Josh Graham

    ENGLAND REIGNS

    English football is poised to reclaim the title of best in Europe – after NINE years.

    And if either Chelsea or Arsenal beat their Spanish opponents this week, England will be confirmed in top spot – even if all four remaining Prem clubs go out at the semi-final stage.

    The exploits of the Prem’s Euro battlers have seen England’s five-year coefficient score rise to 98.283 points.

    Two points are earned for every win and one for each  draw in European competition, divided between the number of teams who have qualified – seven in the case of England – to provide an average score for each country.

    England started the season in second place behind Spain, who have been top of the Euro table since 2012.

    But while English clubs have accrued 22.071 points so far, Spain have gathered just 18.642, for a total of 96.997.

    With only Real Madrid and Villarreal left of La Liga’s initial seven sides, Spain’s maximum possible final total is 98.711.

    England will be assured of topping that if Arsenal, Chelsea, Manchester City and Manchester United, between them pick up just three draws or a win and a draw in their combined eight matches across both legs of the semi-finals.

  • Josh Graham

    COLE DOWN

    England and Chelsea legend Joe Cole had his fair share of injuries on the pitch but now the pundit seems to have injured his knee in the commentary box!

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  • Josh Graham

    CITIZEN KANE

    Ryan Mason refused to discuss Harry Kane’s Tottenham future after their Carabao Cup final defeat.

    Spurs fans fear another season without a trophy will increase the chances of striker Kane quitting the club in the summer.

    But when asked what the future holds for his England captain, interim boss Mason simply replied: “He’s got training this week and will be preparing for a very important match this weekend.

    “Harry’s a true professional and that’s about it.”

    Mason also insisted Kane was fit to start, despite a lacklustre display on his return from an ankle injury.

    He said: “He’s fit. There were no problems with him whatsoever. He took a couple of hits in the game but his ankle is fine.”

  • Josh Graham

    HEN-OUR ROLL

    Goalscoring legends Thierry Henry and Alan Shearer have become the first inductees of the Premier League Hall of Fame.

    The online showcase of English football's modern greats launched on Monday morning ahead of a fan vote on six more additions.

  • Josh Graham

    TRUE ST-ARR

    Chelsea are reportedly plotting a £10.5m swoop for Metz’s teenager star Pape Sarr.

    The Senegal midfielder, 18, has enjoyed a dramatic rise into the French side’s first-team this term.

    As well as attracting admiring glances from a host of big clubs, he has also earned international recognition.

    Sarr won his first cap for his country in an Africa Cup of Nations qualifier against Congo last month.

    That came only four months after his league debut for the French club in November.

    Now L’Equipe claims Thomas Tuchel’s Chelsea have joined the growing list of teams queuing up to try and sign him.

    But the Blues will face stiff competition for Sarr’s signature. Premier League rivals Everton and Newcastle are also keen on the starlet.

  • Josh Graham

    GREAT DANE

    Arsenal have reportedly joined Manchester United and Chelsea in the transfer chase for Fulham’s loan star Joachim Andersen.

    The 24-year-old has shone for the Cottagers this season in the top-flight despite his side looking certain to be relegated from the Premier League.

    The Danish international has made 27 appearances since moving to London from Lyon but looks unlikely to make that switch permanent this summer.

    Lyon are expected to cash in on the defender, and despite Andersen’s good relationship with Fulham’s Scott Parker, a move to the Championship will not interest him.

    The LIgue 1 team will demand at least £20million for the centre-back.

    The Mirror states that Arsenal could be preparing a swoop as a replacement for David Luiz.

    The Brazilian is a free agent in June and has yet to finalise a new 12-month extension with the Gunners.

  • Josh Graham

    YOU KEN DO IT

    Kenny Dalglish reckons Celtic and Rangers would thrive in a British League – and would easily finish in the top half every season.

    SunSport exclusively revealed on Thursday that plans were in place to create a new cross-border competition following the collapse of the breakaway European Super League (ESL) movement.

    Writing in his column in the Sunday Post, Dalglish said: “In the days since the ESL collapsed, there has been more talk of new league structures, only this time it’s not with any ESL, but a new British league set-up.

    “The chat has mentioned there could be a place for Rangers and Celtic in any new structure.

    “Now, I have no problem with that because I think the Old Firm would do really well in it.

    “Given the same financial resources as many of the other clubs, I believe they’d comfortably be in the top half of any British league every season.

    “They both have brilliant fan bases, and they would be successful. But I do think they’d need to compete to get the rewards."

  • Josh Graham

    SPOT ON

    Thierry Henry, Dennis Bergkamp and Patrick Vieira have reportedly joined forces with Spotify founder Daniel Ek's to make a bid to takeover Arsenal.

    The Telegraph reports the three Invincibles could all return to the club in some form if the streaming giant's Swedish billionaire is successful in taking over from Stan Kroenke.

    In the wake of the Super League debacle, fans protested heavily against majority shareholder Kroenke and his son Josh insisted the club wasn't for sale during an online fans forum last week.

    Forbes puts Ek's worth at £3.4billion and he confirmed his interest in buying the Gunners on Twitter last week.

    He wrote: "As a kid growing up, I’ve cheered for @Arsenal as long as I can remember. If KSE would like to sell Arsenal I'd be happy to throw my hat in the ring.”

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  • Josh Graham

    TAKE IT TO VAR

    Chelsea are reportedly leading the race to sign Real Madrid centre-back Raphael Varane.

    The Blues are edging out PSG and Manchester United as clubs look to snare the 28-year-old this summer, according to Mundo Deportivo.

    The France star is out of contract in June 2022 and is yet to agree an extension in the Spanish capital.

    The report states Chelsea are prepared to pay the £60.8million their Champions League semi-final opponents will ask for.

  • sstreet

    SIEGE OF TROY

    Troy Deeney has had his say after Watford won promotion back to the Premier League.

  • Gary Stonehouse

    GOOD MORNING FOOTBALL FANS

    Here are your main headlines this Monday morning:

    Manchester City won their fourth consecutive Carabao Cup after beating Tottenham 1-0 at Wembley Stadium on Sunday thanks to Aymeric Laporte's winner.

    Manchester United, on the other hand, drew 0-0 with Leeds at Elland Road in a match that saw a group of fans flying a banner over the stadium which read "2bn stolen #GlazersOut" in protest against the Glazer family after the owners' participation in the European Super League fiasco.

    Arsenal star striker Pierre-Emerick Aubameyang shared a promising fitness update as he was pictured working out in a gym ahead of Thursday's Europa League semi-final against Unai Emery's Villarreal in Spain.

    Aubameyang was diagnosed with malaria two weeks ago and is not yet certain if he will play any part against Emery's team.

    Real Madrid boss Zinedine Zidane is hopeful that Ferland Mendy and Toni Kroos will available for Tuesday's Champions League semi-final against Chelsea in Madrid.

    And former Tottenham boss Harry Redknapp poured cold water on United's hopes of signing Harry Kane in the summer as he is confident the star striker won't leave Spurs.

  • Kostas Lianos

    REAL INJURY UPDATE

    Real Madrid manager Zinedine Zidane is hoping that Ferland Mendy and Toni Kroos will be available for Tuesday's Champions League semi-final against Chelsea.

    Real captain Sergio Ramos is going to remain sidelined but could return in time for the second leg at Stamford Bridge.

    Zidane said: "The intention is that Mendy and Kroos return [for Chelsea], but we have to see.

    "We have to recover as Tuesday is going to be the most difficult of the season"

  • Kostas Lianos

    RING THE BEL

    Barcelona have significantly lowered their asking price for striker Ousmane Dembele.

    That is according to reports in Spain, which claim that Dembele will be available for a fee in the region of €50million (£44m) and €60m (£52m) in the summer transfer window.

    The France international has repeatedly been linked with Manchester United in the past.

    The 23-year-old’s contract runs out next year and Barca will want to make sure they don’t lose him for free in the summer of 2022

  • Kostas Lianos

    KANE FUTURE

    Former Tottenham boss Harry Redknapp believes star striker Harry Kane will stay at Spurs in the summer.

    Reports suggested that Kane, who has been linked with Manchester United and Manchester City, will leave the north Londoners at the end of the season if they fail to qualify for the Champions League.

    However, Redknapp is confident the England captain will remain loyal to the club after Jose Mourinho’s replacement is announced.

    Redknapp told Goal: “I think he’ll stay. I think the new manager will come in and convince him that they’ll be having a go and signing a few more players.

    “There’s nobody better than him. I wouldn’t swap him for any centre-forward in the world, personally.

    “He would guarantee Man City, Man Utd or Liverpool winning the league next season, for sure. He’s a fantastic player. Tottenham have to keep him”

  • Kostas Lianos

    AUBAMEYANG FITNESS UPDATE

    Arsenal star Pierre-Emerick Aubameyang shared a promising fitness update on social media.

    Aubameyang has been sidelined these past two weeks after being diagnosed with malaria while on international duty with Gabon's national team.

    However, the star striker appears to be making some serious progress as he shared a story on Instagram showing him working out in the gym.

    Nevertheless, it is not yet certain if the ex-Borussia Dortmund ace will play any part against Unai Emery's Villarreal on Thursday in Spain

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  • Kostas Lianos

    ESL JOKE

    Manchester United legendary captain Roy Keane showed glimpses of his humour onsocial media.

    Keane directed a rare joke towards former team-mate Gary Neville following his passionate opposition against the failed European Super League project.

    Neville was among the loudest voices condemning the ESL format and even called for clubs involved to be punished, including his former club United.

    Keane is also opposed with the proposed project but that didn’t stop him and fellow United legend Paul Scholes from directing a tongue-in-cheek jibe towards their former team-mate

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  • Kostas Lianos

    RODGERS PAST

    Tottenham want to sign Leicester boss Brendan Rodgers as their new manager.

    However, Spurs and Rodgers have a past following the Foxes bosses' past comments towards the north Londoners.

    The Northern Irishman was approached by Tottenham in 2012 after an impressive two-year spell at Swansea.

    However, the 48-year-old signed with Liverpool and angered Spurs by saying he was relieved he snubbed them in favour of the Reds.

    Although some are still sore about Rodgers' past comments he is still targeted as Jose Mourinho's replacement

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  • Kostas Lianos

    HOT ROD

    Tottenham want Brendan Rodgers to become their new manager in the summer.

    Spurs chairman Daniel Levy is trying to convince fellow executives that Rodgers is still the right man for the job.

    The Northern Irishman has been working wonders with the Foxes ever since joining them from Celtic in 2019 as he led them to Europa League qualification in his full maiden season and is now set to take them back to the Champions League.

    Levy is looking for someone to replace Jose Mourinho, who was fired earlier this week, while Ryan Mason has filled in as interim head coach

  • Kostas Lianos

    BEST OF THE RES

    Villarreal star Pau Torres is still among Manchester United’s transfer targets ahead of the summer market.

    According to Manchester Evening News, Torres may well be on his way out of the Yellow Submarines at the end of the season as he has been seeking advice from friends about a possible transfer.

    The 24-year-old defender has also attracted interest from Manchester City following a string of impressive performances under Unai Emery.

    United manager Ole Gunnar Solskjaer is reportedly desperate to sign a new defender that can partner up with Harry Maguire at centre-back

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