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  • ​Real Madrid are determined to sign Manchester United goalkeeper David de Gea and Chelsea playmaker Eden Hazard this summer and are willing to throw Spain striker Alvaro Morata into any deal for Hazard.

  • Under-pressure Arsenal manager Arsene Wenger will be offered the chance to take charge of Real Madrid this summer, or as a sporting director, if current boss Zinedine Zidane fails to maintain their impressive form.
  • Arsenal’s hierarchy could come to a compromise over manager Arsene Wenger’s future by making him the club’s first director of football.
  • There will be a major overhaul of the Gunners’ squad this summer even if 67-year-old Frenchman Wenger does not leave, with as many as nine players likely to be sold.
  • Barcelona forward Neymar is considering bids from Manchester United and Chelsea. Both Premier League clubs are willing to pay the Brazil international’s £170 million release clause and will make him the world’s highest-paid footballer.

  • Jose Mourinho will reportedly step up his pursuit of £40m-rated Eric Dier and Tiemoue Bakayoko, who has been valued at £50m.
  • Manchester United are preparing moves for Monaco defenders Djibril Sidibe and Benjamin Mendy.
  • Manchester City boss Pep Guardiola says he rates Arsenal striker Alexis Sanchez as one of the best in the world in the wake of the sides’ 2-2 at the Emirates on Sunday.
  • Barcelona keeper Marc-Andre ter Stegen has been linked with Manchester City but says he is “happy” at the Nou Camp club.
  • Manchester City, Arsenal, Liverpool and Chelsea will all battle it out to sign Real Madrid star James Rodriguez this summer.

  • Udinese midfielder Jakub Jankto may have increased his chances of a move to the Premier League after a goalscoring performance in front of Arsenal scounts on Sunday.
  • Arsenal are plotting a summer move for Everton midfielder Idrissa Gueye.
  • Barcelona are reportedly mulling over the signing of either Philippe Coutinho or Marco Verratti.
  • Marco Verratti will hold talks over his future at the end of the season. The 24-year-old has drawn interest from the likes of Chelsea, Manchester United, Juventus and Barcelona.

  • Juventus announce signing of Rodrigo Bentancur from Boca. The Uruguayan is viewed as one of the great promises of South American football and was a target for Real Madrid. Juve included an option in Tevez deal.
  • Rodrigo Bentancur was in Turin on Monday to undergo a medical before completing a move from Boca Juniors to Italian champions Juventus. The move was first arranged in the summer of 2015 when Carlos Tevez left Juve to move back to Boca. Juventus inserted a clause into the deal that handed them a purchase option on Bentancur that had to be activated by April 20, 2017.
  • The agent of Inter Milan midfielder Antonio Candreva has claimed that the player rejected a deadline-day move to a Premier League club.
  • Juventus sent scouts to watch Porto take on Benfica over the weekend so they could take a look at Yacine Brahimi, who Everton were understood to be interested in last summer.
  • The Turin giants have stepped up their chase for Bayern Munich winger Douglas Costa. The 26-year-old has slipped down the pecking order under Carlo Ancelotti.
  • The agent of Roma striker Stephan El Shaawary has said that his client wants to remain in the Italian capital despite interest from a number of Premier League clubs.
  • Sevilla sporting director Monchi, who is on the verge of joining Roma, has revealed that he came close to signing Robin van Persie and Brazilian full-back Marcelo.

  • Paris Saint-Germain and Marseille will battle it out in a bid to win the race to sign Porto youngster Andre Silva.
  • Former Barcelona captain Xavi is confident that Lionel Messi – who is out of contract at the end of next season – will renew his contract at the Camp Nou.
  • Former Germany international goalkeeper Tim Wiese has returned to play for German sixth-tier team Dillingen at the age of 35 – after spending time trying to make it as a wrestler in the WWE.
  • Julian Brandt’s father and agent has denied reports that his son has already agreed to join German champions Bayern Munich from Bayer Leverkusen.

  • Jose Mourinho would like to add Spaniard Aitor Karanka to his staff following his dismissal as Middlesbrough manager.
  • Mourinho will prioritise the Europa League if results do not go his team’s way in their next two top-flight games against Everton and Sunderland.
  • Manchester United are reportedly closing in on a shirt-sleeve sponsorship deal worth £20m a season – four times more than rivals City’s new sleeve deal.
  • Liverpool defender Dejan Lovren has criticised Everton’s Ross Barkley for refusing to apologise for a heavy challenge in Saturday’s Merseyside derby.
  • Liverpool pair Jordan Henderson, 26, and Adam Lallana, 28, have flown to Miami for treatment on their respective injuries.
  • Crystal Palace will attempt to sign defender Mamadou Sakho from Liverpool during the summer.
  • Palace will offer Wilfried Zaha up to £110,000-per-week, amid interest from fellow London clubs Chelsea, Arsenal and Tottenham.
  • Tottenham are waiting to see whether Harry Winks will play again this season after a scan revealed he has suffered ankle ligament damage.

  • Everton have become the latest club to be linked with a move for Jonathan Klinsmann.

  • Everton’s teenage midfielder Tom Davies has signed a new five-year contract with the Premier League side. The 18-year-old has made 17 appearances for Everton this season, including 10 Premier League starts.
  • Sunderland boss David Moyes will be asked by the Football Association to explain himself after telling a BBC reporter she might “get a slap”.
  • Moyes has said he “deeply regrets” comments in which he said a female reporter “might get a slap” after a postmatch interview.
  • Ex-Aston Villa striker Dion Dublin thinks the ghost of his dead dog may have been captured on camera after the ashes of ‘Big Frank’ were scattered on Hoylake Beach.
  • Cristiano Ronaldo has said it came as a surprise when Sir Alex Ferguson told him he was to wear the No. 7 shirt at Manchester United, following in the footsteps of George Best, Eric Cantona and David Beckham.
  • Borussia Dortmund CEO Hans-Joachim Watzke has hit out at Pierre-Emerick Aubameyang’s sponsors Nike after the attacker’s masked goal celebration in Saturday’s 1-1 draw at Schalke.
  • Philipp Lahm has told Die Welt he has no regrets about criticising Bayern Munich over the club’s transfer policy in 2009 and backing then coach Louis van Gaal.

  • Celtic manager Brendan Rodgers has played down the suggestion he could take over at Arsenal if Arsene Wenger decides to step down this summer.
  • La Liga president Javier Tebas confirmed on Monday that the 12-0 score in Segunda B game will be investigated after Eldense’s board of directors requested a probe into the possibility that match-fixing was involved.
  • Former Mexico international Nery Castillo has announced his retirement from the sport to take on a new venture, Nery’s Fishing, a store in Greece dedicated to anglers. 
  • Castillo, 32, who in 2007 helped Mexico to a runner-up Gold Cup finish as well as third place in the Copa America, last played football in 2014 for Rayo Vallecano. During his time with Shakhtar Donetsk from 2007-11, he played on loan at Manchester City as well as with Major League Soccer side Chicago Fire.
  • The German FA (DFB) is set to investigate Schalke mascot Erwin after he showed referee Felix Zwayer a red card in the derby draw with Borussia Dortmund, kicker has reported. 

Ligue 1 results – Balotelli  scores as Nice tighten grip on third place; Lyon held by Rennes

​Rennes 1 – 1 Lyon

Lorient 1 – 0 Caen

Montpellier 0 – 1 Toulouse

Nantes 2 – 1 Angers

Nice 2 – 1 Bordeaux

  • Nice 2 – 1 Bordeaux

Mario Balotelli scored one goal and set up another as Nice beat Bordeaux to move four points behind Ligue 1 leaders Monaco.

The former Liverpool and Manchester City striker equalised from the penalty spot after Gaetan Laborde had given Bordeaux the lead.

The penalty was awarded after Arnaud Souquet was fouled by Jeremy Toulalan.

Balotelli then set up Valentin Eysseric to hit the winner for third-placed Nice.

They are one point behind second-placed Paris St-Germain, who won the French League Cup by beating Ligue  1 leaders Monaco 4-1 on Saturday.

Both Monaco and PSG have a game in hand over Nice.

Bordeaux, whose only defeats in their 12 previous league outings had come against the top two, gave as good as they got for long periods, but were unable to find a way back into the game.

  • ​Rennes 1 – 1 Lyon

Firmin Ndombe Mubele came off the bench to snatch a 1-1 draw for 10-man Rennes as fourth-placed Lyon allowed victory to slip from their grasp.

The home side played with a man less for 85 minutes after defender Ramy Bensebaini was dismissed for handball, although Alexandre Lacazette saw the resulting penalty saved by keeper Benoit Costil on a costly afternoon for the visitors.

Maxwel Cornet fired Lyon into a 52nd-minute lead but Mubele secured a point nine minutes from time with a shot from distance.

  • Lorient 1 – 0 Caen

Lorient, who started the day propping up the table, gave their survival hopes a boost with a 1-0 victory over Caen in a stormy affair at the Stade du Moustoir.

Benjamin Moukandjo fired them into a 29th-minute lead but they found themselves up against it when midfielder Francois Bellugou was sent off for a foul on Jonathan Delaplace four minutes after the restart.

Caen frontman Ronny Rodelin and defender Damien da Silva missed chances to level, and their chances of a fightback were dealt a blow nine minutes from time when the latter was shown a red card for a foul.

  • Montpellier 0 – 1 Toulouse

Andy Delort fired Toulouse to a first win in six at Montpellier, scoring the only goal of a 1-0 triumph as half-time approached.

Striker Delort opened the scoring after running on to Christopher Julien’s knockdown at the end of a half during which both sides had previously gone close.

Delort, Issa Diop and Oscar Trejo all forced early saves from keeper Laurent Pionnier, while Montpellier’s Stephane Sessegnon, Isaac Mbenza and Yacouba Sylla threatened at the other end.

  • Nantes 2 – 1 Angers

Prejuce Nakoulma’s double was enough to claim a 2-1 victory for Nantes over Angers in an explosive start to the second half at La Beaujoire.

The striker’s close-range left-footed finish handed his side a 48th-minute lead, and he doubled his tally within six minutes when he fired home right-footed.

However, frontman Famara Diedhiou headed the visitors back into the game from Issa Cissokho’s cross within seconds to spark an onslaught.

But Angers could not rescue the game as they slipped to just a second defeat in seven in the league, with Cissokho sent off for a foul on Guillaume Gillet four minutes from time.

BundesLiga results  – Mario Gomez scores a seven minutes hat-trick to earn a point at Leverkusen, Mainz beaten by Ingolstadt 

​Ingolstadt 2 – 1 Mainz 05

Bayer Leverkusen 3 – 3 Wolfsburg

  • Bayer Leverkusen 3 – 3 Wolfsburg

Mario Gomez plundered a hat trick inside seven minutes but Wolfsburg saw a remarkable fightback victory at Bayer Leverkusen snatched from their grasp in a dramatic conclusion.

The visitors, who ran out at the BayArena in 15th place in the Bundesliga, looked to be in deep trouble when Kevin Volland’s 65th-minute strike gave the home side a 2-0 lead after Karim Bellarabi had opened the scoring before the break.
Striker Gomez halved the deficit with 10 minutes remaining when he headed home Jakub Blaszczykowski’s cross and repeated the feat three minutes later with Maximilian Arnold the provider this time.

He completed his treble from the penalty spot with three minutes remaining after Blaszczykowski had been felled by Benjamin Henrichs.

That sent the travelling supporters into raptures, but their joy was short-lived as substitute Kai Havertz spared Leverkusen’s blushes with an 89th-minutre equaliser.

  • ​Ingolstadt 2 – 1 Mainz 05

Florent Hadergjonaj blasted lowly Ingolstadt to just their sixth league win of the season against Mainz to keep their survival hopes alive.

The home side got off to the perfect start when defender Romain Bregerie headed them into a 10th-minute lead from Markus Suttner’s cross, and they held their advantage until Marvin Matip’s own goal dragged Mainz back into it with 19 minutes remaining.

But two minutes later, Hadergjonaj’s shot from a tight angle flew past keeper Jonas Lossl to secure a precious victory.

Serie A results  – Juve held by Napoli; Milan draw at Pescara 

​Torino 2 – 2 Udinese

ChievoVerona 1 – 2 Crotone

Fiorentina 1 – 0 Bologna

Genoa 0 – 5 Atalanta

Palermo 1 – 3 Cagliari

Pescara 1 – 1 AC Milan

SSC Napoli 1 – 1 Juventus

  • SSC Napoli 1 – 1 Juventus

Juventus moved six points clear at the top of Serie A with eight games remaining after a draw away to Napoli.

Sami Khedira put the visitors ahead after just seven minutes following a deft one-two with Miralem Pjanic.

Napoli captain Marek Hamsik levelled after the break from Dries Mertens’ reverse pass.

Mertens then hit the post from a tight angle after beating goalkeeper Gianluigi Buffon to Kwadwo Asamoah’s back-pass but Juve held on.

The build-up to the game had been dominated by the return to Naples of former striker Gonzalo Higuain, but the 29-year-old was unable to have a meaningful impact on the match.

  • Pescara 1 – 1 AC Milan

AC Milan needed a Mario Pasalic equaliser to salvage a 1-1 draw with bottom of the table Pescara on the east coast.

Gabriel Paletta scored an early own goal when his wayward bouncing backpass eluded goalkeeper Gianluigi Donnarumma’s attempts to control it and found the corner of the net.

But Pescara were denied a famous win when Pasalic struck after 41 minutes.

  • ​Torino 2 – 2 Udinese

Emiliano Moretti and Andrea Belotti scored late goals as Torino snatched a 2-2 draw with Udinese.

The hosts looked set to slide to their second defeat in three games when Jakub Jankto opened the scoring with a powerful 49th-minute drive.

Stipe Perica doubled Udinese’s lead from close range in the 69th minute before Moretti struck in the 70th minute and Belotti grabbed the equaliser with seven minutes to go.

  • Fiorentina 1 – 0 Bologna

Eighth-placed Fiorentina sustained their bid for Europa League football as substitute Khouma Babacar clinched a 1-0 win against Bologna.

  • Genoa 0 – 5 Atalanta

Genoa, 12 points clear of the drop zone, look likely to avoid relegation — but a 5-0 home hammering by Atalanta did little to appease their unhappy fans.

Alejandro Gomez was the key man for upwardly-mobile Atalanta, who are up to fifth at the expense of Inter Milan. He grabbed a hat trick after Andrea Conti opened the scoring and Mauricio Pinilla was sent off for Genoa.

Italy Under-21 defender Mattia Caldara, who is owned by Juventus, was also on target.

  • Palermo 1 – 3 Cagliari

Palermo were determined to close the seven-point gap on 17th-placed Empoli but remain in dire straits following a 3-1 loss to Cagliari.

Diego Lopez’s men took the lead through Giancarlo Gonzalez in the 26th minute, but the visitors turned it around with a second-half brace from Artur Ionita and Marco Borriello’s 14th league goal of the season.

  • ChievoVerona 1 – 2 Crotone

Strugglers Crotone maintained a glimmer of hope that they could yet secure Serie A survival after beating Chievo 2-1 in Verona.

The promoted club were in 19th place with only 14 points heading into Sunday’s match, but a Diego Falcinelli winner lifted them to within five points of safety with eight games remaining.

Crotone took the lead through Gian Marco Ferrari six minutes after the break and, after Sergio Pellissier had levelled, Falcinelli clinched victory in the 82nd minute.

Scottish Premiership -Done Deal: Scott Sinclairs’ hat-trick  fires Brendan Rodgers Celtic to sixth straight league title with eight  games left 

Celtic have won a sixth consecutive Scottish Premiership title with eight games to spare after thrashing Hearts 5-0 at Tynecastle on Sunday.

Brendan Rodgers’ side needed three points against fifth-placed Hearts to be confirmed as champions after Aberdeen hammered Dundeeon Friday.

And they did so with a hat-trick from Scott Sinclair and goals from Stuart Armstrong and Patrick Roberts.

Unbeaten Celtic have dropped just four points so far during their campaign.

“My job when I came in was to win it in the best way we possibly could,” said Rodgers.

“We have had many outstanding performances, but we have only just begun because there’s still an awful lot of development in this team. That’s the real exciting part.”

Celtic are still on course to win the domestic treble, having beaten Aberdeen in November to win the League Cup, while they face rivals Rangers in the Scottish Cup semi-finals later this month.

The last time the club won all three major Scottish domestic trophies in one season was 2000-01 and the feat has only been achieved once since – when Rangers claimed a treble in 2002-03.

“The run we’re on is incredible,” said Rodgers in an interview with Football Focus prior to Sunday’s title-clinching victory.

Celtic could also became the first team to go a full 38-game Scottish Premiership campaign unbeaten.

The last time a Scottish side went a full season unbeaten was Rangers in 1898-99, while Celtic did the same the year before – but the season only lasted 18 games.

La Liga results  – Real and Barca win big; Sevilla draw to stay winless in four attempts 

​Sevilla 0 – 0 Sporting Gijon

Real Madrid 3 – 0 Alaves

Valencia 3 – 0 Deportivo La  Coruna

Granada 1 – 4 Barcelona

  • Real Madrid 3 – 0 Alaves

Real Madrid are two points clear at the top of La Liga with 10 games remaining after overcoming Alaves to record a fourth straight league win.

Karim Benzema put Zinedine Zidane’s side on course for victory after meeting Dani Carvajal’s fine cut-back.

Deyverson and Edgar wasted chances to equalise for Alaves before two goals in three minutes sealed the points.

Isco made it 2-0 before Nacho headed home after Gareth Bale’s free-kick had rebounded off the bar into his path.

Despite a victory which nudged Real closer to their first league title since 2012, this was a far from vintage display by the European champions.

For long periods their players looked jaded after long trips during the international break.

Mid-table Alaves, promoted as champions of Spain’s second-tier at the end of last season, beat  Barcelona 2-1at the Nou Camp last September and the Basque club will be frustrated they did not pick up at least a point at the Bernabeu.

Karim Benzema has scored against all the 31 sides he has faced in La Liga (120 goals)

  • Granada 1 – 4 Barcelona

Barcelona overcame the absence of top scorer Lionel Messi to cut Real Madrid’s La Liga lead to two points with a comfortable win at Granada.

Luis Suarez’s exquisite lob just before half-time opened the scoring before on-loan Chelsea midfielder Jeremie Boga equalised with a composed finish.

Paco Alcacer restored Barca’s lead before Uche Agbo was sent off for two yellow cards.

Ivan Rakitic’s deflected finish made it 3-1 before Neymar scored the fourth.

Suarez hit the bar before opening the scoring with a fine finish after Guillermo Ochoa, who had denied the former Liverpool striker with two fine saves, came rushing off his line.

Granada are in the relegation zone, eight points from safety, yet they were given hope of a surprise result when substitute Boga slotted beyond Marc-Andre ter Stegen.

Alcacer, another substitute, restored Barca’s lead after a lob over the defence by Suarez before Agbo, on loan from Watford, was shown a second yellow card.

Barca, who lost midfielder Rafinha to an injury early in the game, made the extra man advantage count.

Rakitic’s shot was going wide before it took a deflection and found its way into the net before Neymar rounded off a highly satisfactory night for the visitors with a tap-in.

  • ​Sevilla 0 – 0 Sporting Gijon

Sevilla slumped to their fourth La Liga game without a win after being held to a goalless draw at home by lowly Sporting Gijon.

And it could have been even worse for Sevilla after referee Inaki Bikandi reversed a decision to award the visitors a penalty after a trip in the box after half an hour.

Bikandi initially pointed to the spot, only to realise one of his assistants had also raised his flag for offside against a Gijon player, giving Sevilla a let-off.

  • Valencia 3 – 0 Deportivo La  Coruna

Valencia ran out 3-0 winners over Deportivo La Coruna at the Mestalla.

Ezequiel Garay, Joao Cancelo and a Raul Albentosa own goal boosted Los Che into 13th place with the victory.

EPL results  – Mustafi rescues point for Arsenal vs Man City; Stalemate at the Liberty stadium ; the pl table

​Swansea City 0 – 0 Middlesbrough

Arsenal 2 – 2 Manchester  City

  • Arsenal 2 – 2 Manchester  City

Arsenal came from behind twice at the Emirates Stadium as they drew 2-2 with Manchester City.

Leroy Sane gave the visitors an early lead when he showed great composure to round David Ospina and slot home.

Theo Walcott levelled before the break as he stabbed home from inside the area, but parity would be short lived as Sergio Aguero made it 2-1 minutes later with a precise finish.

The Gunners levelled once again in the second half; central defender Shkodran Mustafi heading home from a corner.

Against a backdrop of uncertainty over the future of manager Arsene Wenger and the supporter protests aimed at ousting the Frenchman, the Gunners showed they can still cut it with the best in the division as they fought for a point.

Speaking at a planned fans’ forum event on Sunday morning, chief executive Ivan Gazidis admitted results over the last six weeks were “a catalyst for change” – although he was not referring purely to Wenger’s position.

Arsenal have beaten only Hull, Sutton and Lincoln since February and while Wenger is yet to announce whether he will sign a new deal to stay at the club beyond the end of the season, fans again called for him to leave with a pre-game protest.

  • ​Swansea City 0 – 0 Middlesbrough

Swansea and Middlesbrough earned a point a piece in their battle to avoid relegation after playing out a low quality 0-0 draw at the Liberty Stadium on Sunday.

Hull’s victory over West Ham on Saturday had left Swansea outside the drop zone only by virtue of them having a superior goal difference to the Tigers.

Middlesbrough’s position is ever more precarious – five points adrift of Swansea, albeit with a game in hand – and they might come to rue substitute Rudy Gestede failing to accept the best chance of the match in stoppage time.

So a goalless draw, which highlighted the failings of both sides in front of goal, will only serve to encourage the teams around them.

There was no shortage of endeavour or commitment as would be expected in a classic relegation six-pointer, but neither team could provide the defining moment of quality which would have meant so much.

Swansea suffered a blow before kick-off when top scorer Fernando Llorente was ruled out with a calf problem.