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Football gossip: Pogba, Hart, Mahrez, Richarlison, Hazard

Paris St-Germain have made contact with agent Mino Raiola over a move for 25-year-old Manchester United midfielder Paul Pogba. (ESPN) The idea of France international Pogba returning to Juventus is a “mirage”, according to the Italian club’s chief executive Giuseppe Marotta. (Mediaset, via Manchester Evening News) United will demand £140m if Pogba is to leave Old Trafford this summer, two years after paying £89m to sign him. (Mail) Manchester City still want to sign Leicester’s 27-year-old Algeria forward Riyad Mahrez and are lining up a £65m summer bid. (Sun) The…

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Football gossip: Gray, Martial, Neves, Wilshere, Lamela, Vieira, Jorginho

Tottenham are considering another move for 21-year-old Leicester City winger Demarai Gray. Spurs wanted to sign Gray last summer but the Foxes refused to consider offers for the England Under-21 captain. (ESPN) Spurs manager Mauricio Pochettino is interested in Paris St-Germain left-back Layvin Kurzawa, 25, but could face competition from Chelsea for the Frenchman. (Mirror) Lyon and Juventus want to sign Manchester United’s France forward Anthony Martial, 22. (Sun) Arsenal were also considering making a bid for Martial but manager Arsene Wenger has prioritised other areas of his squad to…

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Bournemouth 0-2 Manchester United – BBC Sport

Chris Smalling (third from right) has scored in three consecutive Premier League away games, after scoring only once in his previous 101 games Manchester United’s “professional” 2-0 win at Bournemouth proved the players want to feature in Saturday’s FA Cup semi-final with Tottenham, according to manager Jose Mourinho. Mourinho made seven changes to his side as United bounced back from Sunday’s surprise home defeat by bottom club West Brom. Chris Smalling and substitute Romelu Lukaku scored in either half at the Vitality Stadium to give United a four-point lead over…

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Fan arrested at Rochdale v Oldham match after running at referee

Joe Rafferty’s penalty was saved by Johny Placide A fan has been arrested after running on to the pitch to remonstrate with the referee in Rochdale’s goalless League One draw against neighbours Oldham. The supporter charged towards official Peter Bankes after a first-half penalty was awarded to hosts Rochdale. He slipped and was restrained by Oldham defender Anthony Gerrard and stewards. A 27-year-old man has been charged with pitch encroachment, possession of class A drugs and using threatening words or behaviour. Oldham have also confirmed that the man has been…

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Football gossip: Fred, Pogba, Mbappe, Thiago, Batshuayi

Manchester United manager Jose Mourinho wants to sign Brazilian midfielder Fred from Shakhtar Donetsk as a replacement for Paul Pogba. Manchester City are also interested in signing the 24-year-old. (Mirror) Real Madrid are interested in signing France international Pogba but president Florentino Perez will not sign the 25-year-old unless he lowers his wage demands and has a strong World Cup performance. (Express) Manchester City have set their sights on bringing Paris St-Germain‘s French striker Kylian Mbappe, 19, and Bayern Munich‘s 27-year-old Spanish midfielder Thiago Alcantara to the Etihad this summer….

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Rochdale 0-0 Oldham Athletic – BBC Sport

Joe Rafferty’s penalty was saved by Johny Placide A fan had to be restrained by players after coming on to the pitch to remonstrate with the referee in Rochdale’s goalless League One draw against neighbours Oldham. The supporter charged towards official Peter Bankes after he awarded a first-half penalty to hosts Rochdale, before being led away by Oldham defender Anthony Gerrard and stewards. But visiting goalkeeper Johny Placide saved Joe Rafferty’s spot-kick after Gerrard, cousin of ex-Liverpool captain Steven Gerrard, brought down Joe Thompson in the box. “I saw the…

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Mainz v Freiburg: Hosts awarded penalty on VAR after half-time whistle blown

Referee Guido Winkmann had to call back both sets of players while the sprinklers were on for half-time A penalty was awarded after players had already left the pitch for half-time in Mainz’s Bundesliga win over relegation rivals Freiburg on Monday. Referee Guido Winkmann called both sides back from the dressing room after consulting the video assistant referee (VAR) system and penalising Freiburg for handball. Mainz midfielder Pablo de Blasis scored the penalty to put the hosts 1-0 up. “It leaves a bitter taste,” Freiburg sporting director Jochen Saier said….

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