Joleon Lescott express concern for Manchester City star Gabriel Jesus

Joleon Lescott express concern for Manchester City star Gabriel Jesus amid rumours of Pep Guardiola’s side landing a big-name striker this summer… as former United star Andrew Cole insists Brazilian ‘should be looking to be the No 1 striker’

  • Joleon Lescott and Andrew Cole have expressed concern for Gabriel Jesus 
  • The Manchester City star has failed down to nail a spot in the strongest XI 
  • Pep Guardiola hinted that decisions would be made on the futures of his players
  • City have been linked with a move for £154m Erling Haaland this summer 
  • And Cole says that Jesus must be ‘looking to be the No 1 striker’ next season 

Joleon Lescott and Andrew Cole have expressed concern over Gabriel Jesus’ Manchester City future with the Brazilian having plateaued during their title-winning campaign. 

The 24-year-old has failed to tie down a place in Pep Guardiola’s strongest XI this season, after a miserable run of games without scoring earlier in the campaign convinced the Spaniard to play a false nine system.

The City boss hinted in his pre-match interview ahead of Friday’s trip to Newcastle that decisions would be made over the future of his stars this summer, amid reports that the newly-crowned champions are in the hunt for Borussia Dortmund’s Erling Haaland. 

Joleon Lescott has expressed concern for Gabriel Jesus’ Manchester City future this summer

The Brazilian, 24, has failed to nail down a spot in the newly-crowned champions' strongest XI

The Brazilian, 24, has failed to nail down a spot in the newly-crowned champions’ strongest XI

‘We prepare for the last games of the season, and after we are going to decide next season which guys are going to follow and which guys are going to leave to go to another place,’ he said. 

And Sky Sports duo Lescott and Cole have expressed concern for the striker, who starts at St James’ Park.

‘I don’t think he has cemented himself as the bona fide striker for next season,’ former City defender Lescott said. 

‘If he was more dominant in front of goal and more prolific I don’t think we’d be talking about city playing a false nine. 

Pep Guardiola hinted that the futures of his stars will be decided before the end of the season

Pep Guardiola hinted that the futures of his stars will be decided before the end of the season

And Lescott questioned whether Jesus would be happy as the No 2 striker next season

And Lescott questioned whether Jesus would be happy as the No 2 striker next season

‘If they do get someone in as the recognised striker where does that leave him in terms of his mentality, does he want to play no 2 to someone potentially younger than him?’

Cole, who enjoyed a hugely successful career at Manchester United and Newcastle, believes that Jesus is reaching a critical point in his career where he needs to make an impact. 

Asked if he would be happy as a second-choice striker, Cole said: ‘At 24? Me being me, no. At 24 he should now be looking to be the main striker. 

City have been linked with a mega-money move for Borussia Dortmund hotshot Erling Haaland

City have been linked with a mega-money move for Borussia Dortmund hotshot Erling Haaland

‘He has had the opportunity to watch Aguero for a few years now, and if you can’t learn off someone like Aguero you are never going to learn. 

‘At the age he is at now he’s got to be saying to himself next season “I am the No 1 striker.” Definitely.’

Jesus has scored 13 goals in 38 games for the newly-crowned champions this season, having made 27 starts for Guardiola’s side.  

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Pep Guardiola has ‘Erling Haaland, Harry Kane, Lautaro Martinez and Andre Silva on his radar’

Pep Guardiola has a ‘four-man striker shortlist this summer, with Erling Haaland, Harry Kane, Lautaro Martinez and Andre Silva on Manchester City boss’ radar’ to replace Sergio Aguero

  • Pep Guardiola is to be backed financially in this summer’s transfer window
  • The Manchester City boss has his eyes on Erling Haaland or Harry Kane up top
  • Lautaro Martinez and Andre Silva are also strikers on Guardiola’s shortlist 
  • Guardiola’s biggest priority is replacing Sergio Aguero, who is leaving the club

Pep Guardiola is set to receive the support he needs from the Manchester City board to bring in more top players this summer and has a four-man shortlist for a new striker. 

Despite having the strongest squad in the Premier League, being crowned champions earlier this week and having a first Champions League final against Chelsea on 29 May, Guardiola is ready to bolster his options even further. 

City have made no secret that their top priority is finding a replacement for Sergio Aguero. The 32-year-old will leave the club at the end of the season, and a successor of equal stature is required.

Pep Guardiola has a four-man shortlist for a new Manchester City striker in the transfer window

Erling Haaland (pictured) and Harry Kane have been strongly linked to Manchester City

Kane (pictured) has hinted that he may leave Tottenham this summer

Erling Haaland (left) and Harry Kane (right) have been strongly linked to Manchester City

Guardiola has been strongly linked with Borussia Dortmund superstar Erling Haaland, and England captain Harry Kane, who is increasingly thought to be considering leaving Tottenham this summer. 

Inter Milan’s Lautaro Martinez and Eintracht Frankfurt striker Andre Silva are also on Guardiola’s shortlist, according to The Times

The 25-year-old Silva has made a huge impression at Frankfurt this season, scoring 25 goals in 30 Bundesliga games and helping them to fifth in the league. 

Meanwhile Martinez, 23, has been a key part of Antonio Conte’s Serie A-winning squad, with 16 goals and eight assists in 36 league games.

Guardiola's biggest transfer priority this summer is finding a replacement for Sergio Aguero

Guardiola’s biggest transfer priority this summer is finding a replacement for Sergio Aguero

Lautaro Martinez (pictured) and Andre Silva are also on Guardiola's four-man striker shortlist

Silva has scored 25 goals in 30 Bundesliga games this season

Lautaro Martinez (left) and Andre Silva (right) are also on Guardiola’s four-man striker shortlist

Both of these options would be significantly cheaper than either Kane, whose Spurs chairman Daniel Levy is renowed for driving extremely hard bargains, or Haaland, who would command a package of £150million-plus to be prised away from Dortmund.

But the German club have a strong financial interest in selling Haaland this transfer window, as the 20-year-old’s contract contains a £65m release clause that can be activated next summer. 

Guardiola’s bargaining power would also increase should Dortmund fail to qualify for next’s season Champions League. 

Further along the squad, the Man City boss is also said to be a big fan of Jack Grealish, though Aston Villa are believed to want £80m for the playmaker, which according to The Times, is too much money for Guardiola. 

Guardiola is said to be a big fan of Aston Villa's Jack Grealish but doesn't want to spend £80m

Guardiola is said to be a big fan of Aston Villa’s Jack Grealish but doesn’t want to spend £80m

Another position of perhaps greater significance is defensive midfield, with Guardiola possibly having to plan for life after 36-year-old stalwart Fernandinho. 

The Brazilian is yet to decide on a 12-month contract extension that City have offered him, and West Ham’s Declan Rice is being viewed as a potential replacement. 

Other players leaving the club include Eric Garcia, who is shaping to move to Barcelona on a free transfer, and Benjamin Mendy, who City are looking to sell after another poor season.    

Guardiola may also have to plan for life without 36-year-old defensive midfielder Fernandinho

Guardiola may also have to plan for life without 36-year-old defensive midfielder Fernandinho

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Dwight Yorke claims Edinson Cavani’s new deal will STOP Manchester United from winning the title

Dwight Yorke claims Edinson Cavani’s new deal will STOP Manchester United winning the Premier League title next season with ex-Red Devils striker fearing that veteran marksman’s renewal will prevent club from signing Harry Kane or Erling Haaland

  • Dwight Yorke says Edinson Cavani’s new deal could stop United winning the title 
  • The Uruguayan. 34, committed his future to Old Trafford after a strong season 
  • Cavani’s new deal has cast doubt over a big-money move for a new striker
  • Yorke believes not signing a new striker could ‘hamper’ United’s title hopes 

Dwight Yorke believes that Edinson Cavani’s new contract at Manchester United could prove a stumbling block to the Red Devils’ hopes of winning the Premier League title next season.

Cavani, 34, committed his future to Old Trafford this week, having hinted at an exit in the summer with the Uruguayan yearning for a return to South America. 

The former PSG marksman’s impact has been hailed by the likes of Gary Neville, who believes that United will not enter the race for Erling Haaland or Harry Kane as a result of Cavani’s performances for Ole Gunnar Solskjaer’s side.

Dwight Yorke believes that Edinson Cavani’s new deal could stop United winning the league

However, former United striker Yorke claims that Cavani’s commitment to United may ‘hamper’ the club’s tilt at the league title next season, having failed to be crowned English champions in eight years.

‘I dont think a lot of people expected Cavani to do as well as he has done, and I think Man United and Ole are delighted with what he’s contributed so far,’ Yorke told talkSPORT.

‘When you do well you should be rewarded, and he’s been rewarded with this new contract.

The Uruguayan veteran committed his future to United after yearning for South America

The Uruguayan veteran committed his future to United after yearning for South America

Cavani has made a good impact at United and has been hailed by the likes of Gary Neville

Cavani has made a good impact at United and has been hailed by the likes of Gary Neville

‘But my problem with it is, does it really hamper bringing in a younger version of a No.9?

‘It’s paramount we win the Premier League title next season, and is Cavani really going to take us over the line? That’s probably the one stumbling block.’

Yorke added that former team-mate Solskjaer has impressed in the United hot seat, but the expectation for next season will be to get the club ‘over the line’ and wrestle the title off local rivals Manchester City. 

However, former United striker Yorke says Cavani's new deal could 'hamper' their title hopes

However, former United striker Yorke says Cavani’s new deal could ‘hamper’ their title hopes

The Borussia Dortmund star is top of United's wishlist this summer

Harry Kane has been linked with a move away from Tottenham

United have been linked with big-money moves for Erling Haaland (L) and Harry Kane (R) 

‘Ole has been in that job for three years, he’s really cemented himself in that manager role now, he’s got the lads playing how Manchester United play, he’s got us to four semi-finals and now a final, so can he get us over the line and really step up? That’s the challenge he’s got,’ he added.

‘I hope the Cavani signing, although he’s been great for us, doesn’t hamper us getting in the players we need.

However, Cavani's new deal could dissuade United from pursuing a new No 9 this summer

However, Cavani’s new deal could dissuade United from pursuing a new No 9 this summer

‘I think we need another two players to really get us over the line in terms of challenging for the Premier League title next season.’

United are reportedly lining up another swoop for Jadon Sancho, having missed out on the Borussia Dortmund star during a prolonged transfer saga last summer. 

Mason Greenwood has thrived in the right of a front three, but United view the talented hotshot as a centre forward and Sancho’s arrival could see the youngster shifted into a central role. 

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Jurgen Klopp rules out any big-money signings for Liverpool this summer

Jurgen Klopp rules out any huge transfers for Liverpool this summer and doubts whether likes of Mbappe, Haaland and Sancho will be on the move given football’s financial woes… as the German insists a fully-fit Reds squad can challenge for the title

  • Jurgen Klopp insists there will be no big-money moves for Liverpool this summer
  • Reds have been linked with Kylian Mbappe, Erling Haaland and Jadon Sancho 
  • But Klopp doubts whether they will be moving, given football’s financial woes
  • German insists a fully-fit squad will be able to challenge City, United and Chelsea

Jurgen Klopp insists there will be no mega-money transfers for Liverpool this summer and doubts whether the likes of Kylian Mbappe, Erling Haaland and Jadon Sancho will be on the move.

Clubs across Europe are still counting the cost of the coronavirus pandemic and having to play behind closed doors, meaning there is a lot less money available than there has been previously.

Liverpool have regularly been linked with the big-name trio but Klopp has always tried to play down the likelihood of the club breaking the bank to bring any of them to Anfield.

Jurgen Klopp insists there will be no mega-money transfers for Liverpool this summer

The Reds have been repeatedly linked with a move for PSG and France star Kylian Mbappe

The Reds have been repeatedly linked with a move for PSG and France star Kylian Mbappe

Even Manchester City’s regaining of the Premier League title from the Reds will not prompt a change in policy, with the prospect of failing to qualify for the Champions League reducing the money available to Klopp.

Asked what might be possible transfer-wise, the German, who believes much of the business will be done late in the window with clubs assessing their finances and Euro 2020 also to take place, said: ‘Not a lot. It depends on what happens if someone wants to leave, if we sell. We can never really plan early.

‘Not playing Champions League doesn’t help obviously, but it’s not our biggest problem. The market will be really strange.

‘I hear about really big money moves… is Kylian Mbappe going? Haaland? Sancho? I don’t see that happening a lot this summer because the football world is still not in the same place it was before.

‘The situation is better than I would have thought a year ago but the financial situation is a year where everyone suffers.

Klopp doesn't think the likes of Erling Haaland (left) or Jadon Sancho (right) will be on the move

Klopp doesn’t think the likes of Erling Haaland (left) or Jadon Sancho (right) will be on the move

‘We will see how the market will develop but for sure it won’t be an early market.

‘It’s not good if you don’t go to the Champions League, but there is still a chance and while there is a chance we should not speak about it as no chance.’

Instead Klopp insists a fully-fit squad will be able to challenge City and the emerging threat of Chelsea, both of whom are better placed to spend money, and Thursday’s opponents Manchester United.

He believes having all three senior centre-backs – Virgil Van Dijk, Joe Gomez and Joel Matip – and captain Jordan Henderson ready for pre-season after long-term injuries will be like having new signings. 

‘You don’t think City and Chelsea always have advantages? And we still won the league and the Champions League, so it is our situation,’ he added.

‘I never look at other clubs and think “They can do this, so we can’t do that”.

Klopp says not having the Champions League doesn't help when recruiting new players

Klopp says not having the Champions League doesn’t help when recruiting new players

Klopp insists having the likes of Joel Matip and Virgil van Dijk back will be like new signings

Klopp insists having the likes of Joel Matip and Virgil van Dijk back will be like new signings

‘I am not interested in being the coach of the best team in the world, I am interested in being the coach of the team who can beat the best team in the world.

‘If two or three of them play in our league then we will try to beat them and if we can beat some others as well we will have enough points to win something.

‘We just have to use our situation better than we did this year. Yes, we had bad luck, definitely, but this was not a season where we could not have become a champion. No chance.

‘But could we have had five, six, seven more points, with exactly the same situation we have been in the whole time? Yes.

‘Getting the players back makes us better, definitely. These are our first transfers. We don’t know exactly when it will happen but it will happen.’

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Bayern Munich’s incoming CEO Oliver Kahn rules out move for Erling Haaland this summer

Bayern Munich’s incoming CEO Oliver Kahn rules out move for Erling Haaland this summer and hits out at ‘unimaginable €100m package’ to prise the star striker from rivals Dortmund this summer

  • Bayern’s Oliver Kahn has ruled out a summer transfer swoop for Erling Haaland
  • The new CEO says a ‘€100m package is unimaginable for Bayern at the moment’
  • Haaland has become one of the most sought after player in European football
  • He has scored 53 goals in all competitions for Dortmund since his arrival in 2020
  • But Kahn believes Robert Lewandowski can carry Bayern for the next few years

Bayern Munich’s new CEO Oliver Kahn has ruled out a summer transfer swoop for Borussia Dortmund striker Erling Haaland.

Haaland has become one of the most sought after player in European football – having scored 53 goals in all competitions for Dortmund since his arrival in January 2020.

However, Kahn – who will succeed Karl-Heinz Rummenigge as CEO later this year – says a ‘€100m package’ is unimaginable for Bayern at the moment and that they can rely on Robert Lewandowski instead.’  

Bayern’s new CEO Oliver Kahn has ruled out a summer transfer swoop for Erling Haaland

Kahn has said those who speak of the transfer rumours ‘don’t understand the situation’.   

The current Bayern director, who will take over as CEO, told Bild: ‘Sorry, whoever spoke about that didn’t understand the situation.

‘A package that costs – as we heard – over €100m is unimaginable for FC Bayern at the moment.’ 

Oliver Kahn (above) says a '€100million package is unimaginable for Bayern at the moment'

Oliver Kahn (above) says a ‘€100million package is unimaginable for Bayern at the moment’

Haaland (above) has become one of the most sought after player in European football

Haaland (above) has become one of the most sought after player in European football

Bundesliga outfit Dortmund are adamant that they will keep their star man – who is contract to the club until 2024.

However, super-agent Mino Raiola was pictured in Spain with Haaland’s father earlier this year to meet with LaLiga giants Barcelona and Real Madrid.

Premier League trio Manchester City, Chelsea and Manchester United have also all been linked with bringing the striker to England.

He has scored 53 goals in all competitions for Dortmund since his arrival in January 2020

He has scored 53 goals in all competitions for Dortmund since his arrival in January 2020

Regardless of Haaland's situation, Kahn is confident Robert Lewandowski can carry the squad

Regardless of Haaland’s situation, Kahn is confident Robert Lewandowski can carry the squad

Regardless of Haaland’s situation, Kahn is confident Bayern will continue to score goals with Lewandowski in the squad.  

 He said: ‘Robert still has a two-year contract here. His performances cannot be questioned. He’s scored 39 goals [in the Bundesliga] so far!

‘Just for that, we don’t have to think about Haaland today. Robert can keep this level for a few more years.’

Lewandowski has scored a total of 46 goals across all competitions this season and is expected to add more to his tally.  

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Should Man United break the bank to sign Harry Kane or stick with Edinson Cavani?

Of the eight goals Manchester United scored in their Europa League semi-final against Roma, Edinson Cavani scored four of them and set up a further three.

The Uruguayan striker is enjoying a rich vein of form and it looks like the 34-year-old is tempted to extend his stay at Old Trafford.

But will a strike force that combines Cavani with Anthony Martial, Marcus Rashford, Bruno Fernandes and Mason Greenwood be good enough to challenge for the top honours?

Edinson Cavani has been excellent for Manchester United in recent weeks as they have made it through to the final of the UEFA Europa League against Villarreal 

It increasingly looks as though Cavani will be part of Ole Gunnar Solskjaer's plans next season

It increasingly looks as though Cavani will be part of Ole Gunnar Solskjaer’s plans next season

But the question remains over whether United need to splash out on a top-class striker such as England captain Harry Kane in order to compete for the major prizes

But the question remains over whether United need to splash out on a top-class striker such as England captain Harry Kane in order to compete for the major prizes 

There is an argument that in order to take the next step and compete properly in the Premier League title race and the Champions League, United must splash out on a world-class striker – and Harry Kane is top of the shopping list.

So do Ole Gunnar Solskjaer’s side need to go out and sign a new forward or does Cavani’s form suggest they have enough firepower as it is?

Sportsmail’s ADAM SHERGOLD and LUKE AUGUSTUS offer both sides of the argument. 

WHY UNITED MUST SIGN KANE

BY ADAM SHERGOLD

Edinson Cavani has proved a wonderful signing for Manchester United, the Uruguayan striker enjoying a shimmering Indian summer in his fine career.

But for Ole Gunnar Solskjaer’s team to take the next step and challenge for the major honours rather than merely the Europa League, big money needs to be spent on a new striker this summer.

That’s not to say that Cavani should be let go. A one-year contract extension should be offered to the 34-year-old if he wants it, a just reward for his 14 goals.

It would be an insult, however, to the tangible progress United have made under Solskjaer over the past 12 months if the Glazer family didn’t back him in the market.

Borussia Dortmund's Erling Haaland is another striker set to be in serious demand this summer

Borussia Dortmund’s Erling Haaland is another striker set to be in serious demand this summer

Kane cuts a dejected figure as Tottenham lose out to Man City in the Carabao Cup final

Kane cuts a dejected figure as Tottenham lose out to Man City in the Carabao Cup final

United are a top quality centre forward and centre half away from giving Manchester City a real run for their money in next season’s Premier League and going deep in the Champions League.

And that forward needs to be either Harry Kane or Erling Haaland. Given the intense competition and inevitable bidding war for Haaland, you’d say Kane is the more likely option.

England’s captain has enjoyed another excellent season with 31 goals and 16 assists for Tottenham. He has added further strings to his bow by becoming a more rounded forward.

He is, at the age of 27, the complete centre forward and entering his prime. Yet he still doesn’t have a single piece of silverware to his name.

Spurs’ meek defeat to City in the Carabao Cup final must have confirmed to Kane that if he doesn’t agitate for a move away soon then he will never fulfil his ambitions in the game.

Kane must realise that in order to achieve his ambitions he must leave Tottenham soon

Kane must realise that in order to achieve his ambitions he must leave Tottenham soon

United can make a strong case to him. Solskjaer can argue to Kane that he will be the missing piece, their No 1 striker for the next five years with the service to score at least 30 times a season.

If United add a reliable 30-goal striker to their ranks, they will be in the mix for every trophy.

Fail to move for Kane now and stick with Cavani and Anthony Martial for another year and chances are United will completely lose out and set themselves back years.

As Rio Ferdinand said in the BT Sport studio on Thursday night: ‘I worry about what you do if you let Kane and Haaland go somewhere else.’

And as Paul Scholes added: ‘United are a club that need to sign a proper centre forward for the next five years. I’m talking a Kane or Haaland.

‘Cavani will slow down, fitness-wise, injury-wise (he) might not be great.’

Rio Ferdinand says United cannot miss the chance to secure a big name for the future

Paul Scholes admitted he does not see any of United's other current strikers becoming centre forwards

Rio Ferdinand (left) says United cannot miss the chance to secure a big name for the future while Paul Scholes does not see any of United’s other current forwards becoming strikers

Exactly. Yes, Daniel Levy will drive a hard bargain for Kane, asking upwards of £100million. But this is precisely what United’s endless commercialisation is for.

There’s also the potential factor of the Glazers trying to quell European Super League fan fury in the summer with a big-name capture.

But it’s also fundamentally about where United want to go. 

Are they content to plod along in the top four, getting within touching distance but not quite touching the silverware, as Pep Guardiola’s City create a Fergie-style dynasty of success with a Kane or Haaland banging in the goals?

Kane guarantees any team 30-plus goals per season and could take United to the next level

Kane guarantees any team 30-plus goals per season and could take United to the next level

Or do they want to go toe-to-toe for the title with City and Chelsea and Liverpool; compete for the Champions League with Bayern, Real and PSG?

When it comes to scoring goals, Kane is as close to a safe bet as it’s possible to get in football. He can take United to the next level. They must go all-out to sign him.

WHY UNITED SHOULD STICK WITH CAVANI

BY LUKE AUGUSTUS 

The grass isn’t always greener on the other side and both Manchester United and Edinson Cavani must remember this.

This unlikely partnership has blossomed into something special with the 34-year-old reinvigorated at Old Trafford and with the club benefitting tremendously from it.

There is no denying Harry Kane’s world-class abilities; he and Robert Lewandowski are the two best No 9s in the world.

However, with a reported £150million price-tag – and in a transfer market that is still reeling from the impact of coronavirus on club finances everywhere – United are arguably better off reinvesting that money on more glaring holes in the squad than Tottenham’s talisman.

Cavani delivered again for Manchester United with two sublime goals in Rome on Thursday

Cavani delivered again for Manchester United with two sublime goals in Rome on Thursday

The 34-year-old showed he is the main man up front and United's most natural goalscorer

The 34-year-old showed he is the main man up front and United’s most natural goalscorer

Just think about it for a second. Scoring goals hasn’t been a problem for the Red Devils this season, as their eight across their Europa League semi-final two legs with Roma proved. It’s keeping them out that has cost them.

A centre back and a holding central midfielder player are two priority positions for Ole Gunnar Solskjaer’s side this summer if they are to challenge Premier League champions-elect Manchester City next season as well as to fare better than the Champions League group stages.

The likes of Villarreal’s Pau Torres and Sevilla’s Jules Kounde have been linked as potential centre-back signings this summer and they will cost north of £50m, while West Ham’s Declan Rice has a valuation of at least £70m if United are to try to make him their holding midfielder.

One of those centre backs plus Rice would result in a total of £120m. That’s a lot of money but would enable Ole Gunnar Solskjaer to play a more expansive and possession-based brand of football. 

United should spent their money on a quality holding midfielder like West Ham's Declan Rice

United should spent their money on a quality holding midfielder like West Ham’s Declan Rice

Signing a new centre half such as Jules Kounde of Sevilla should be United's main priority

Signing a new centre half such as Jules Kounde of Sevilla should be United’s main priority

For example, he would likely feel more secure playing Paul Pogba as one of the two midfield pivots alongside Rice – which would therefore free up a space in the wide areas for someone else.

Former United midfielder Owen Hargreaves also believes United should keep Cavani and reinvest elsewhere on the squad.

Speaking in the BT Studio during punditry duty after United’s clash with Roma, Hargreaves outlined: ‘Every ex-Man United player or fan wants Harry Kane or Haaland but the money that will cost now in the climate is just not realistic.

‘I think Cavani has done a wonderful job. Get him to sign a new deal and obviously there are no transfer payments there. Obviously he’s on big wages. I think they can spend that Haaland, Kane money on potentially three other players.’

Owen Hargreaves feels United should give Cavani a new deal and spend big money elsewhere

Owen Hargreaves feels United should give Cavani a new deal and spend big money elsewhere

Cavani has scored 14 goals in 34 appearances for the club since making his debut in October and his influence on and off the pitch is unquestioned. So, why change that?

His movement off the ball is world class and he has given Solskjaer’s side a dimension they have lacked up front during his entire managerial reign there.

The Uruguayan has the approval of his team-mates, which is a clear indicator of his value to his peers too.

Speaking before the second leg against Roma, Bruno Fernandes told BT Sport: ‘The most important thing with Edi for me is not the movement he does or the goals he scores but the way he helps off the ball.

‘People like to see numbers so see how much he runs each game – he’s normally in the top three and he’s a striker!

Cavani has built an impressive understanding with Bruno Fernandes (right) at United

Cavani has built an impressive understanding with Bruno Fernandes (right) at United

‘You see how he helps us defending, you see when he or someone else loses the ball he tries to recover it straight away and press.

‘The mentality he has is passing to us and he has to keep passing it to us because he has the right mentality to be a champion and we have to learn from that.

‘Everyone can see his technical qualities because he made history everywhere else he’s played and nobody can delete history.’

Mason Greenwood is huge beneficiary in learning under Cavani’s tutelage. The way Cavani stuck up for him after a spat with Roma defenders on Thursday night was a joy to see.

Now United must put up a fight and keep their No 7 for next season too.

Cavani jumped in to defend his team-mate Mason Greenwood from Roma defenders

Cavani jumped in to defend his team-mate Mason Greenwood from Roma defenders

The Uruguayan was furious as Rick Karsdorp and Gianluca Mancini confronted Greenwood

The Uruguayan was furious as Rick Karsdorp and Gianluca Mancini confronted Greenwood

Michael Owen claims Mason Mount and Phil Foden will become ‘two of the best players in the world’

Michael Owen claims ‘phenomenal’ Chelsea star Mason Mount and Manchester City hero Phil Foden will become ‘two of the best players in the world’ and will reach the level of Kylian Mbappe and Erling Haaland

  • Michael Owen believes Mason Mount and Phil Foden will be among world’s best
  • The pair will face each other in the Champions League final in Turkey on May 29 
  • Mount helped Chelsea reach the final as he found the net against Real Madrid
  • Owen says Mount and Foden can reach Kylian Mbappe and Erling Haaland’s level

Michael Owen has claimed that Mason Mount and Phil Foden will become two of the best players in the world and will reach the same level as Kylian Mbappe and Erling Haaland.

England team-mates Mount and Foden are set to face each other when Chelsea take on Manchester City in the Champions League final on May 29.

Both players have enjoyed excellent seasons and Mount has been crucial to Chelsea’s progress, as he demonstrated again on Wednesday by scoring in their 2-0 semi-final second leg victory at home to Real Madrid. 

Michael Owen believes Chelsea’s Mason Mount will become one of the world’s best players

Owen described Mount as 'phenomenal' following his display in the win versus Real Madrid

Owen described Mount as ‘phenomenal’ following his display in the win versus Real Madrid

Owen described Mount as ‘phenomenal’ and added that he believes Foden, 20, can become one of England’s greatest ever players. 

Speaking on BT Sport, Owen said: ‘It’s so exciting for the summer of course with England. I think Mason Mount, and Phil Foden for that matter, are going to be two of the best players in the world in the future. They’re that good. It’s going to be so exciting to watch that.

Asked whether Mount and Foden can be compared to Paris Saint-Germain forward Mbappe and Borussia Dortmund star Haaland, Owen said: ‘They’re going to get there, Mount is a phenomenal player – but Foden can be one of the best players England has ever seen.’ 

Owen feels Manchester City's Phil Foden could become one of England's greatest ever players

Owen feels Manchester City’s Phil Foden could become one of England’s greatest ever players

Mount has developed extremely well since breaking into the Chelsea side at the start of last season and he now has the chance to win two trophies this season, with the Blues also through to the final of the FA Cup, where they will play Leicester.

The 22-year-old endured some criticism last season but he has frequently caught the eye this campaign, scoring nine goals and providing eight assists across all competitions.

Mount’s all-round performances have been of a very high standard as he has linked play superbly as well as demonstrating his excellent tactical understanding of the game. 

Owen believes that the clash between Chelsea and City in Turkey will be intriguing from a tactical perspective as Thomas Tuchel takes on Pep Guardiola.

Owen said: ‘Yeah it’s horses for courses. Man City are the best team in Europe, I have no doubt about that. If it was a two-legged game, you would back City even more. But a one-off game they have the tools to hurt anybody (Chelsea). 

Rio Ferdinand says it's a huge positive to have so many English players through to the final

Rio Ferdinand says it’s a huge positive to have so many English players through to the final

‘It will be a fantastic tactical battle, two great minds of football going head to head.’

Ferdinand, meanwhile, stressed that the prospect of a significant amount of English players taking part in the Champions League final is a major positive.

He said: ‘Pep’s won 14 out of 15 finals, it’s mouth-watering. What I love is that it’s about seven, eight, nine English players playing in the Champions league final.

‘Talking selfishly about England players going to that expectation of winning a tournament. The Champions League is a dream final for us now. Hopefully we can get everyone out to Istanbul.’ 

‘Foden, he’s the best young talent in the world at the moment. We’ve got Mason Mount, Jack Grealish, Sterling, Rashford, Sancho, Bellingham – all of those players have got the potential to be at the top table of players in world football.

‘It’s outstanding for us as fans but the England manager – imagine being him having that at your disposal? 

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Erling Haaland ‘WILL play for Borussia Dortmund next season’ insists club sporting director

Erling Haaland ‘WILL play for Borussia Dortmund next season’ despite interest from Chelsea, Man United and Real Madrid, insists sporting director Sebastian Kehl… with Norwegian superstar believed to ‘completely identify’ with the German club

  • Borussia Dortmund are confident striker Erling Haaland will stay this summer
  • Haaland, 20, has a suite of top clubs looking to buy him for £150million-plus
  • But Dortmund director Sebastian Kehl said Haaland ‘identifies’ with the club 

Erling Haaland will not leave Borussia Dortmund this summer despite a host of suitors circling with potential £150million-plus bids, according to a top club executive.

Widely expected to be one of the hottest transfer prospects this summer, talk of Haaland’s departure from Dortmund was ignited by his agent Mino Raiola and his father going on a tour of Europe and meeting with several clubs to discuss the 20-year-old’s future. 

Real Madrid, Barcelona, Manchester City, Manchester United and Chelsea are just some of the big names that are chasing Haaland’s signature.  

Dortmund sporting director Kehl (pictured) said Haaland 'completely identifies' with the club

Erling Haaland (left) will stay at Borussia Dortmund, according to Sebastian Kehl (right)

But Dortmund sporting director Sebastian Kehl insists he is confident that Haaland will remain at the club.

‘I understand that Erling Haaland will play for Borussia Dortmund in the new season,’ Kehl told the Sport1 broadcaster’s Doppelpass program.

‘Erling totally agrees. I see him every day and I can say that he completely identifies with the club,’ he said. 

Haaland's Dortmund future may depend on whether they make it into the Champions League

Haaland’s Dortmund future may depend on whether they make it into the Champions League 

Despite Kehl’s assurances, reports in Germany earlier this week insisted hopes of keeping Haaland hinge on Dortmund securing Champions League football for next season, otherwise the situation around the striker will become ‘unreal’.

Haaland has a £65million release clause which becomes active next summer and while Dortmund are determined to keep the striker for at least one more season, there is a growing sense the Champions League holds the key. 

The Norwegian is this season’s Champions League top scorer with 10 goals, and has amassed a staggering 37 goals in 38 games in all competitions.

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Liverpool and Man United on alert as Jadon Sancho ‘has gentleman’s agreement to quit Dortmund’

Liverpool and Manchester United put on red alert after Borussia Dortmund chief Michael Zorc confirms Jadon Sancho and the German club have a ‘gentleman’s agreement’ over a move… but Erling Haaland does NOT

  • Jadon Sancho is being touted for a move from Borussia Dortmund in summer
  • The German side are in danger of missing-out on Champions League football
  • Manchester United fell short in a desperate pursuit of the winger last year
  • Michael Zorc has revealed Sancho has an agreement which allows him to leave

The likelihood of Jadon Sancho quitting Borussia Dortmund in the summer has just shot up, with club chief Michael Zorc confirming they’ll be willing to let the star go. 

Manchester United came close to snatching Sancho last year but the Old Trafford side couldn’t match Dortmund’s final requirements. Both Ole Gunnar Solskajer’s side and Liverpool are being linked to another attempt this summer. 

With the German side enduring a frustrating season, finding themselves in danger of failing to qualify for the Champions League, both Sancho and Erling Haaland will be considering their futures. 

Jadon Sancho could be set free of Borussia Dortmund this summer through an agreement 

The Englishman has continued to star this season, but Dortmund have endured a tough term

The Englishman has continued to star this season, but Dortmund have endured a tough term 

Manchester United went in for Sancho last season and are expected to have another attempt

Jurgen Klopp's Liverpool are being linked with an attempt to beat their rivals to his signature

Manchester United went in for Sancho last season and Liverpool are also being linked with him

‘We already had a gentlemen’s agreement with Jadon last year that he can switch under certain conditions,’ sporting director Zorc told ARD .

‘He’s been with us for a couple of years. However, this agreement does not exist with Erling.’

Zorc also confirmed the reason for United’s pursuit falling short last season: ‘In the end, the requirements were not met.’

Dortmund director Michael Zorc has admitted the club have an understanding with Sancho

Dortmund director Michael Zorc has admitted the club have an understanding with Sancho

Erling Haaland doesn't have such an exit route, but is also expected to move this summer

Erling Haaland doesn’t have such an exit route, but is also expected to move this summer 

Amid Dortmund’s poor form, the two future Ballon d’Or prospects have continued their stunning output. Sancho has 12 goals and 18 assists, Haaland has hit the back of the net 37 times.  

The Norwegian’s agent, Mino Raiola, has already undertaken a tour of Europe’s elite clubs to drum-up interest in the 20-year-old,  who won’t be content with Europa League football next term.   

Real Madrid president Florentino Perez insisted they can’t afford Haaland after his Super League plot fell through, though Raiola replied: ‘They have money to sign him.’ 

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Erling Haaland misses out on Borussia Dortmund’s DFB Cup semi-final with ‘slight muscular problem’

Erling Haaland misses out on Borussia Dortmund’s DFB Cup semi-final against Holstein Kiel with ‘slight muscular problem’ in huge blow to BVB’s chances for silverware

  • Erling Haaland is to miss Borussia Dortmund’s DFB Cup semi final through injury
  • The star striker, 20, has a ‘slight muscular problem’ according to a club tweet
  • Dortmund played down concerns, writing ‘get well soon Erl!’ in the message 

Borussia Dortmund have suffered a huge blow ahead of their DFB Cup semi final as Erling Haaland is missing out through injury.  

The superstar centre-forward, who has scored an astonishing 37 goals in 38 games so far this season, will sit out Dortmund’s crunch match because of a ‘slight muscular problem’, the club said in a tweet. 

Having released the teamsheet ahead of Saturday night’s match, Dortmund had to clarify Haaland’s glaring omission from the squad shortly after. 

‘Erling Haaland is not in today’s squad as a result of a slight muscular problem. Get well soon, Erl!’ the tweet reads. 

The tone of the message sought to tampen down concerns of any long-term issue for Haaland, with Dortmund describing the injury as ‘slight’ and trying to appear casual by wishing the striker well.  

The news is a huge blow for Dortmund, whose DFB Cup run is their only chance of securing a trophy in a difficult season.

The club sit fifth in the Bundesliga table, one place and currently one point outside the Champions League positions. 

News of Haaland’s injury will have put several clubs on alert, as the 20-year-old Norwegian is arguable the hottest transfer prospect this summer, with the likes of Manchester City, Real Madrid and Barcelona all in the hunt to sign him.  

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