PSG target Mohamed Salah; Manchester United in pole position for Jadon Sancho

PSG target Mohamed Salah; Manchester United in pole position for Jadon Sancho

PSG look to Salah as Mbappe Plan B

As Paris Saint-Germain await a response from Kylian Mbappe on whether to accept the club's offer to extend his deal beyond 2022 or leave the Ligue 1 giants this summer, sporting director Leonardo has a list of potential replacements that includes Liverpool forward Mohamed Salah, sources have told ESPN.

Salah, 28, has two years left on his contract and has 21 goals and four assists in 33 Premier League matches this season.

However, with the Egypt international having been at Anfield for four years, PSG are hoping he would be open to a new chapter in his career, particularly if Liverpool fail to qualify for the Champions League next season.

Salah, who was signed for an initial €42 million from Roma in the summer of 2017 and has improved under manager Jurgen Klopp, recently said the club have not approached him for a new deal.

However, Klopp has also said previously that he did not want any of his front three (Salah, Sadio Mane and Roberto Firmino) to leave in the summer.

Man Utd in pole position to sign Sancho

Manchester United believe they lead the chase to sign Jadon Sancho this summer if they can agree a fee with Borussia Dortmund, having overcome hurdles including personal terms and agent fees a year ago, sources have told ESPN.

Finding a broad agreement with Sancho and his representatives proved a stumbling block during the last summer transfer window, with no significant progress made until early September.

However, sources have told ESPN that United hope those talks will give the club a head start if the 21-year-old leaves the German side ahead of next season.

There is a belief at Old Trafford that Dortmund are willing to let Sancho leave this summer and that the asking price will be significantly lower than the €120m demanded 12 months ago. Sources have told ESPN that Sancho remains keen to return to the Premier League after four seasons in Germany. Liverpool and Chelsea have also been linked with the former Manchester City youngster.

United are also interested in Dortmund striker Erling Haaland and Tottenham's Harry Kane, although there is a feeling the need to sign a centre-forward has been reduced by 34-year-old Edinson Cavani's decision to sign a one-year contract extension.

Porto third choice for Champions League final venues

Porto will stage the Champions League final between Manchester City and Chelsea on May 29, however sources told ESPN that the Estadio do Dragao was UEFA's third choice of the three options available to replace Istanbul's Ataturk Stadium as the host venue.

With two English clubs contesting the final, UEFA had been keen to move the game to London's Wembley Stadium to ensure domestic supporters could attend without incurring travel costs. But despite initially offering its support to the game being staged in London, the UK government's refusal to exempt up to 2,000 UEFA staff, sponsors and international broadcasters from a 10-day quarantine period forced European football's governing body to take the game to Portugal, which is on the UK green list and open to travel between the two countries.

But sources have said that internal politics within the Portuguese Football Federation (FPF) led to Porto being pushed, and selected, as the host venue. Domestic sensitivities in Portugal prompted the FPF to back Porto in order to avoid rivalries being inflamed by Lisbon hosting the final for a second consecutive year.

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Galtier set to quit Lille, eyes Premier League move

Lille manager Christophe Galtier could walk away from the Ligue 1 title-chasers this summer, with sources telling ESPN he is keen to manage in England.

Galtier's move could be one of up to 13 managerial changes in Ligue 1 in the coming weeks, which would set a record in the division.

At Lyon, chairman Jean-Michel Aulas and sporting director Juninho have identified a number of names to replace Rudi Garcia such as Patrick Vieira, Marcelo Gallardo and Blanc, as well as Roberto De Zerbi and Paulo Fonseca.

Pescara boss' daughter intimidated by Salernitana fans

Italian Serie B side Salernitana's end to the season was marred by disgrace and controversy despite earning a first promotion back to the top flight since 1998.

Going into their final match of the campaign away to Pescara, Salernitana knew a win would confirm their return to Serie A for the first time in 23 years.

Designer washbags, fancy headphones banned in Raul's squad

Real Madrid legend Raul Gonzalez has led the club's B-team Castilla to the promotion playoffs to Spain's Second Division with a no-nonsense disciplinary approach that has seen designer bags and fancy headphones banned among the squad.

Raul, who is Madrid's all-time record appearance holder and second top scorer behind Cristiano Ronaldo after 16 years at the club as a player, took over as Castilla coach in 2019.

Branded washbags and rucksacks are forbidden, as are the outsized, expensive headphones usually favoured by players, although Apple AirPods are permitted.

Raul's first season in charge of Castilla was curtailed when the 2019-20 campaign was brought to a premature end by the COVID-19 pandemic. This year they have impressed, with a number of youngsters such as Sergio Arribas, Antonio Blanco, Marvin Park and Miguel Gutierrez doing sufficiently well to earn regular first-team minutes.

Castilla will play UD Ibiza this Sunday in the first stage of the promotion playoffs, with another round to follow if successful, having last featured at Second Division level in 2014.

The battle for No. 10 at Arsenal

Mesut Ozil's departure from Arsenal in January has left the coveted No. 10 shirt vacant and sources have told ESPN that several players have requested to switch to No. 10 next season, including No. 9 Alexandre Lacazette, who wore the shirt for his final four seasons at Lyon prior to joining the Gunners in 2017.

One source has told ESPN that Pierre-Emerick Aubameyang (who has No. 14 currently) has also shown an interest, although he is on record as stating his preferred numbers are seven and nine.

Sources have also told ESPN that Emile Smith Rowe (No. 32) is in the running and may be offered the No. 10 as part of negotiations taking place over his contract extension, although it is unclear whether he is part of the conversation at this stage.

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