Fernando Torres’ overhead kick wins La Liga goal of the season

​Fernando Torres’ superb overhead kick against Celta Vigo has been voted La Liga goal of the season by Sky Sports users.

The former Chelsea and Liverpool man picked up 25 per cent of the votes, beating Lionel Messi’s Clasico winner from April (23 per cent) and Kevin-Prince Boateng’s finish to a superb team move for Las Palmas against Villarreal (16 per cent).

A shortlist of 13 brilliant goals from the past campaign were compiled, and we asked for your help in picking the best, with nearly 9,000 votes in total.

Messi featured twice, the first his stunning late strike against Real Madrid in El Clasico and the second his solo run and finish at home to Eibar on the final day of the season.

His Barcelona team-mate Neymar was also recognised for his goal against Celta Vigo in March, while Real star Isco scored a beauty at Sporting the following month.

And, of course, Las Palmas’ fantastic team goal against Villarreal made the cut.

  • Raul Garcia – Deportivo v Athletic Bilbao 

4 %

  • Nicola Sansone – Villarreal v Real Sociedad

1 %

  • Kevin-Prince Boateng – Villarreal v Las Palmas

16 %

  • Jonathan Viera – Las Palmas v Athletic Bilbao

1 %

  • Dani Garcia – Valencia v Eibar

2 %

  • Andreas Pereira – Granada v Las Palmas

2 %

  • Fernando Torres – Atletico Madrid v Celta Vigo

25 %

  • Antoine Griezmann – Deportivo v Atletico Madrid

4 %

  • Neymar – Barcelona v Celta Vigo

3 %

  • Isco – Sporting v Real Madrid

6 %

  • Lionel Messi – Real Madrid v Barcelona

23 %

  • Gabriel – Leganes v Real Betis

1 %

  • Lionel Messi – Barcelona v Eibar

13 %

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Former Barcelona assistant coach Juan Carlos Unzue returns to Balaidos as Celta vigo coach 

​Juan Carlos Unzue has returned to Celta Vigo to succeed Eduardo Berizzo as boss, further narrowing the field of candidates for the vacancy at Barcelona.

Berizzo, who is expected to take over at Sevilla following Jorge Sampaoli’s imminent departure for Argentina, left Celta at the end of a season in which the Galicians reached the semi-finals of the Europa League and finished 13th in La Liga.

Unzue – the assistant to Luis Enrique at Barca until the pair left the Nou Camp this weekend – has signed a two-year deal at Balaidos, Celta announced on their official website on Sunday.

The 50-year-old former goalkeeper had been touted as a long-term successor to Enrique in Catalonia, but his appointment as Celta head coach would appear to leave Ernesto Valverde in the clear to take charge of Barca.

The Copa del Rey winners will announce their new manager on Monday and Valverde, who left Athletic Bilbao last week, is the front-runner with the likes of Sampaoli and Diego Simeone recently ruling themselves out of contention.

Ronald Koeman, Laurent Blanc and Arsene Wenger have also been linked.

Former Manchester United striker Javier Hernandez becomes Mexico’s all-time leading goalscorer 

Former Manchester United striker Javier Hernandez became Mexico’s leading scorer during a 2-1 defeat by Croatia.

Hernandez headed in his 47th goal with four minutes left in Saturday’s friendly in Los Angeles, a warm-up for the Confederations Cup in Russia.

It took the Bayer Leverkusen forward, 28, past Jared Borgetti’s record in his 91st international appearance.

“Javier is one of the best finishers in the world,” Mexico coach Juan Carlos Osorio said.

Hernandez, who was the fastest Mexico player to score 40 goals for his country, equalled Borgetti’s record in March.

He scored 59 goals in 156 appearances for United after arriving at Old Trafford in 2010, before joining German side Leverkusen in August 2015.

Latest Football News 

  • ​Midfielder Michael Carrick will be staying with Manchester United until at least June 2018 after signing a new one-year contract.

  • Manchester United are in talks with Inter Milan about the potential signing of Croatia winger Ivan Perisic. Inter have set a price of €55million for the 28-year-old Croatia international, but United have so far bid just  €40million for Perisic.

  • Chelsea are also interested in signing Ivan Perisic from Inter Milan.
  • Manchester United are poised to offer manager Jose Mourinho a new five-year contract.
  • Manchester City are planning to open talks with manager Pep Guardiola over a long-term deal beyond the three-year contract he signed on his arrival last summer.
  • Meanwhile, Guardiola is facing pressure from City’s owners to bring back Joe Hart after the 30-year-old’s season-long loan at Torino.
  • Arsene Wenger thinks his 35 years in management means he remains the right man for Arsenal, although his future remains unclear.
  • Chelsea and Arsenal are interested in Italy international Belotti, who could cost £85m.
  • Stoke are preparing a £45m package to sign striker Wayne Rooney, 31, from Manchester United. Their sponsors Bet365 will fund the £45million package for Rooney, with former United man Mark Hughes desperate to get the 31 year-old on board.

  • Rooney is looking at moves to China or the United States after Everton cooled their interest in the England captain.

  • Luis Enrique insists he is feeling “no sorrow” as he departs Barcelona after leading them to more silverware. 
  • “No sadness at all, total joy,” he said after the game.
  • Diego Costa says the only club he would leave Chelsea for is his old side Atletico Madrid.
  • Atletico Madrid president Enrique Cerezo says Antoine Griezmann will stay at the club, despite interest from Manchester United.
  • Jose Mourinho has urged vice-chairman Ed Woodward to tie up a quick deal for Burnley defender Michael Keane.
  • Injured out-of-contract Manchester United striker Zlatan Ibrahimovic, 35, has several offers from other clubs and will definitely stay in Europe, according to his agent.

  • Zlatan Ibrahimovic is ready to talk about extending his stay at Manchester United after ruling out a move to the MLS.
  • West Ham have put in an offer for Manchester City striker Kelechi Iheanacho.
  • The Hammers are prepared to meet the £140,000-per-week wage demands of Everton’s England midfielder Ross Barkley, 23.
  • Tottenham and Everton both want Hull City defender Harry Maguire, 24.
  • Chelsea, Arsenal and Tottenham are interested in signing Celtic striker Moussa Dembele, 20, but face competition from AC Milan.
  • Liverpool are ready to challenge Manchester clubs City and United for the signature of Monaco left-back Benjamin Mendy, 22.

  • Manchester United face competition from Roma for Benfica and Sweden central defender Victor Lindelof, 22, who is valued at £35m.
  • Valencia have given up on keeping Manchester City defender Eliaquim Mangala, 26, with City not willing to accept an offer of below the £15.7m option in his loan contract.
  • Rafa Benitez wants to bring Napoli’s Pepe Reina back to the Premier League with Newcastle.
  • Newcastle target Michy Batshuayi, 23, has refused to rule out a loan move next season – insisting he is prepared to “go wherever Chelsea” send him.
  • Burnley are considering a move for Everton striker Oumar Niasse, 27, who has hardly played for the Toffees since a £13m move last year, but scored five goals while on loan at Hull for the second half of this season.

  • Marco Reus is facing six months out with cruciate ligament damage picked up in Borussia Dortmund’s 2-1 DFB Pokal final win against Eintracht Frankfurt, according to a report in Bild.

  • Marseille are stepping up their bid to sign Laurent Koscielny.
  • AC Milan have emerged as rivals to Arsenal, Chelsea and Tottenham in the race to sign Celtic striker Moussa Dembele.
  • Manchester City and Arsenal are chasing Dinamo Zagreb starlet David Colina.
  • Romelu Lukaku is at the centre of a world-record £100m tug-of-war between Chelsea and Manchester United.
  • Tottenham have offered £2m for Espanyol goalkeeper Pau Lopez, but the Spanish club want £3m for the ‘keeper currently on loan at White Hart Lane.
  • Ally McCoist wants the Sunderland job and a chance to link up again with the Black Cats’ chief executive, Martin Bain.
  • Neil Warnock has emerged as a surprise candidate to take over at Sunderland.

  • Sunderland will make an official move for Aberdeen boss Derek McInnes in the next 48 hours.
  • Crystal Palace may have to pay Fulham around £5m in compensation if they want to secure the services of boss Slavisa Jokanovic, as the Serb does not have a release clause in the contract he signed with the Cottagers in February.
  • Huddersfield Town manager David Wagner will be offered a new £2.5m-a-year contract if his side beat Reading in Monday’s Championship play-off final.
  • Former Barcelona and Juventus defender Martin Caceres is in talks with Celtic and Leicester after deciding to quit Southampton.
  • Swansea and Brighton have  stepped back into the chase for Arsenal target Henry Onyekuru, the goalscoring winger from Belgian side Eupen.
  • Swansea are poised to make a bid for Las Palmas midfielder Roque Mesa, as they look to replace £30m-rated Gylfi Sigurdsson.
  • West Ham want to sign Sunderland keeper Jordan Pickford and use Adrian as a makeweight in a deal worth around £25m.
  • A young sports physiotherapist has died just days after retiring from Mansfield Town FC due to a terminal cancer diagnosis. Matt Salmon, 25, had worked for the club for three-and-a-half years, mainly as the academy physio.

Serie A – Juventus end with 17 year old Moise Kean stoppage-time winner; Atalanta move to fourth after Chievo victory

​Atalanta 1 – 0 Chievo Verona

Bologna 1 – 2 Juventus

  • Bologna 1 – 2 Juventus

Juventus ended their championship Serie A campaign with a nod to the future as 17-year-old Moise Kean scored a stoppage-time winner in a 2-1 comeback victory over Bologna on Saturday.

A second-half substitute, Kean connected on a difficult header following a free kick from Miralem Pjanic.

It was the first Serie A goal for Kean, who was making just his third appearance in the league. In November, Kean became the first player born in this millennium to appear in Serie A.
Bologna’s Saphir Taider had opened the scoring with a splendid shot from beyond the area following the break, but Paulo Dybala equalised for Juventus in the 70th minute with a rebound following a shot from Gonzalo Higuain.
Juventus had already secured their record sixth-straight Serie A title and rested usual starters Gianluigi Buffon, Leonardo Bonucci and Mario Mandzukic. They will be looking to complete a Treble against Real Madrid in the Champions League final next Saturday.

Juventus moved seven points clear of second-placed Roma, who host Genoa on Sunday in the final match of Francesco Totti’s 25-year career with the Giallorossi.

  • Atalanta 10 Chievo Verona

Atalanta beat Chievo Verona 1-0 to move two points ahead of Lazio into fourth place, which would be a club record. Lazio visit relegation-threatened Crotone on Sunday.

Alejandro “Papu” Gomez, recently called up to the Argentina squad, scored for Atalanta with a shot from the centre of the area after an excellent through ball from Bryan Cristante.

Harry Kane wins PFA fans’ Premier League player of the Season award

Harry Kane has won the PFA Fans’ Premier League Player of the Season award, ahead of N’Golo Kante and Eden Hazard.

Over 49,000 votes were cast in the poll, which was held on the Sky Sports website and apps, and Kane, who finished as the Premier League’s top goalscorer, came out on top with 16,378 votes ahead of Chelsea midfielder N’Golo Kante, who received 13,515 votes.

Hazard, who scored 16 goals and grabbed five assists, finished third with 8,412 votes ahead of Alexis Sanchez (6,727), Tottenham midfielder Dele Alli (3,507) and Everton striker Romelu Lukaku (955).

The top six were chosen by our expert panel, which includedSky Sportspundits Paul Merson and Peter Beagrie, Mike Riley – general manager of the Professional Game Match Officials, and Malcolm Clarke – chairman of the Football Supporters’ Federation.

And it is Kane who has come out on top thanks to your votes, which have been verified by an independent party.

The 23-year-old scored 29 goals and provided seven assists to help Tottenham finish second behind champions Chelsea – their highest Premier League finish.
Kane finished as the league’s top scorer for a second successive season and his performances also saw him named in the PFA Premier League Team of the Year.

Coupe de France Final – Issa Cissokho’s late own goal gift PSG victory in French Cup final 

​Angers 0 – 1 Paris Saint Germain

PSG’s dominance in the domestic cup competitions continued on Saturday after they captured a record 11th French Cup title by beating Angers 1-0 thanks to an injury-time own goal.

 The capital side, who owed their victory to Issa Cissokho’s own goal a minute into added time in an otherwise dull final, claimed the title for the third year running and have now won 32 consecutive League Cup and French Cup games.

Their last defeat in a cup match came in the 2013/14 season when they were knocked out by Montpellier in the last 32 of the French Cup.

The result at the Stade de France should ease the pressure on coach Unai Emery after his side failed in the Champions League and lost their Ligue 1 title to Monaco, but they will end the season with two trophies, having beaten  Monaco 4-1in the French League Cup final in April.

PSG now own one more French Cup title than Marseille.

Cavani, who has scored 49 goals in all competitions this season, squandered a chance to match Zlatan Ibrahimovic’s 2015/16 tally of 50 when he missed the target from close range.
The result earned Girondins de Bordeaux, who finished sixth in Ligue 1, a Europa League spot next season.

Copa del Rey Final – Luis Enrique  sign off in style as Messi, Neymar and Paco Alcacer goals help clinch Copa del Rey title

Barcelona  31 Alaves

Luis Enrique ended his tenure as Barcelona manager in style with a 3-1 Copa del Rey final victory over Alaves at the Vicente Calderon on Saturday.

Lionel Messi opened the scoring with a sumptuous finish on the half hour, only to be usurped by Theo Hernandez, whose exquisite free-kick hauled Alaves level three minutes later.

But two quick-fire goals on the stroke of half-time from Neymar, in contentious circumstances, and Paco Alcacer turned the game firmly in Barcelona’s favour.

Enrique is leaving after three years in charge at the Nou Camp.

Messi, who struck the opener after exchanging passes with Neymar outside the penalty area, became the first player to score in four Copa finals (2017, 2015, 2012 and 2009) since Athletic Bilbao’s Telmo Zarra in 1950.

Neymar, who forced in Barcelona’s second when Messi played in Andre Gomes to cross low from the right, is the first man to score in three successive Copa finals since Ferenc Puskas, who achieved the feat with Real Madrid between 1960 and 1962.

The one major worry for Barcelona was a nasty head injury to Javier Mascherano, who was carried off on a stretcher after an early collision with Marcos Llorente,

He suffered concussion as well as a cut to his head, and an injury to his right knee that will need further tests, the club said afterwards.

Latest Football News 

  • ​Inter want to complete an ambitious double swoop for Real Madrid duo Pepe and James Rodriguez.

    • But, James Rodriguez wants to leave Real Madrid for Manchester United instead of Inter, but the two sides are unable to reach an agreement on a fee,  Diariogol reports.
    • Manchester City have sealed a move for Monaco midfielder Bernardo Silva, making the Portugal midfielder the club’s first addition of the summer. The 22-year-old’s transfer was announced on Thursday, and it will be finalised when the window opens on July 1. City confirmed that Silva will sign a five-year deal.
    • City will continue their summer spending spree with moves for England and Tottenham full-back Kyle Walker, 26, and Monaco and France defender Benjamin Mendy, 22.
    • City boss Pep Guardiola has upset his old club Barcelona by targeting three of the Spanish club’s academy players- Pablo Moreno, Nico Gonzalez and Ansu Fati.
    • Meanwhile, Yaya Toure is close to signing a new one-year deal with Manchester City.
    • Arsenal boss Arsene Wenger will sign a new two-year contract regardless of the result of Saturday’s FA Cup final.
    • Chelsea counterpart Antonio Conte, meanwhile, is set for a new £40m contract at Stamford Bridge plus a large transfer fund to add to his Premier League-winning squad.
    • Real Madrid are eyeing a move for Juventus defender Leonardo Bonucci.

      • Only a world-record offer in excess of £50m would tempt Juventus to part company with 30-year-old defender Leonardo Bonucci.
      • Jose Mourinho hopes to sign a right winger this summer and has turned his attention to Paris Saint-Germain’s Lucas Moura.
      • United are reportedly planning to muscle their way to a move for Liverpool’s top transfer target Virgil van Dijk this summer.
      • Chelsea and Brazil midfielder Willian, 28, says he is not interested in a move to the lucrative Chinese Super League and wants to become a British citizen.
      • Brazil and Liverpool midfielder Philippe Coutinho, 24, would be “an ideal player” for Barcelona, says national manager Tite.
      • Atletico Madrid striker Antoine Griezmann has dismissed reports he has already agreed to leave this summer but stopped short of committing his future to the club.
      • Liverpool are ready to break their club transfer record to land £50m-rated RB Leipzig midfielder Naby Keita.
      • AC Milan have reportedly threatened to bench highly-rated young goalkeeper Gianluigi Donnarumma if he fails to sign a new deal.
      • Rivals Inter Milan and AC Milan have reportedly joined Juventus in the race for Arsenal target Corentin Tolisso.

        • Barcelona have reportedly stepped up their interest in Manchester United target Marquinhos ahead of a summer move.
        • Francesco Totti has reportedly  accused Roma of forcing him to stop playing football.
        • Juventus have met with Angel Di Maria’s new agent Pablo Sabbag to discuss the potential transfer of the Paris Saint-Germain winger to the Bianconeri, with Inter Milan also interested. No decisive moves have been made yet, though.
        • Alvaro Morata has flown to Milan to seal a move to the Rossoneri, with the Spanish International striker set to be paid a salary of €7.5million a year at the San Siro.
        • German legend Ottmar Hitzfeld expects Borussia Dortmund to part ways with Thomas Tuchel this summer, revealing there is “no dialogue at all” between the manager and managing director Hans-Joachim Watzke.
        • Schalke are targeting Chelsea’s Bertrand Traore after the Burkina Faso forward spent a successful season on loan at Ajax, scoring 14 goals for the Amsterdam side over the course of the campaign.
        • Ahead of his final match in charge of Barcelona, Luis Enrique refused to rule out a return to the Catalan club in the future. He is expected to take a sabbatical year, but “never say never” on the 47-year-old one day sitting on the Camp Nou bench again.
        • Marseille have approached Rubin Kazan over a potential move for former Arsenal and Barcelona midfielder Alex Song, although no firm offer has been made.

          • Thomas Lemar is a target for Tottenham Hotspur, with the Premier League club expressing a “keen interest” in the midfielder to AS Monaco. However, they will face competition, with Juventus also interested.
          • Everton are not expected to take up the option to sign Enner Valencia permanently, having brought in the 27-year-old Ecuador winger on a season-long loan from West Ham in August.
          • Former Leicester boss Claudio Ranieri, 65, is being approached to replace Garry Monk at Leeds.
          • Monk and another ex-Leicester boss, Nigel Pearson, are both interested in taking over at Middlesbrough, with the club keen to speak with both of them.
          • Former Newcastle manager Alan Pardew has ruled out managing Sunderland while admitting he is ready for a new challenge.
          • Tony Pulis has been told by West Brom owner Guochuan Lai he will have a club record budget for new signings this summer.
          • Burnley chairman Mike Garlick has hailed Sean Dyche’s five years at Turf Moor and describes him as one of the best managers in the club’s history.
          • Tony Pulis is considering his future at West Brom because of persistent criticism from fans, despite securing a top-ten Pemier League finish.
          • Deportivo La Coruna president Tino Fernandez has confirmed the La Liga side are in talks to re-sign Arsenal striker Lucas Perez.
          • Watford midfielder Dion Pereira, 18, is wanted by West Ham and Newcastle.
          • Guillermo Varela has hit back at Eintracht Frankfurt after he was suspended and fined by the club for getting a tattoo against the coach’s wishes. 
          • He said: “I wonder what Real Madrid would have to do with Sergio Ramos. He gets tattooed every week. I can’t explain why I’ve been punished so hard.”
          • “I’ve been nailed to the cross as if I’d violently attacked the coach or done something else.”
          • Gary Cahill admits he was close to joining Arsenal before fate intervened and got him hooked on trophies at Chelsea.
          • Tottenham have sold more than half of the 9,000 premium season-tickets that will be available when their new stadium opens for the 2018/19 season.
          • Juventus forward Pablo Dybala is improving his weaker right foot – by writing with it. The 23-year-old Argentina international puts a pen “between my big toe and the little one” and scribbles away.

          Scottish Cup Final – Tom Rogic’s stoppage-time goal help Celtic secure historic domestic treble

          Celtic 2 – 1 Aberdeen

          Celtic completed a domestic treble without losing a game as Tom Rogic fired in a stoppage-time goal against Aberdeen to win the Scottish Cup.

          A beautifully controlled half-volley from Jonny Hayes after nine minutes was reward for a fine Dons start.

          But Celtic were level within two minutes as Stuart Armstrong was given too much time to pick out the far corner from the edge of the box.

          Late Celtic pressure paid off as Rogic fired low past goalkeeper Joe Lewis.

          A thrilling 90 minutes concluded with Celtic not only lifting the cup for the first time since 2013 but becoming the first side in Scotland to complete an unbeaten treble.

          It is the 37th time the Hoops have lifted the world’s oldest national football trophy and the fourth time they have won the treble – and their first since 2001.

          Derek McInnes’ Dons, looking to end a 27-year wait to win the competition for an eighth time, were left as runners-up to Brendan Rodgers’ side in the Premiership, the League Cup and now the Scottish Cup.

          DFB Pokal Final – Thomas Tuchel secures his first trophy as Aubameyang’s cheeky penalty earn win for Dortmund

          Eintracht Frankfurt 1 – 2 Borussia Dortmund

          Borussia Dortmund ended a run of three DFB-Pokal final defeats in a row to secured the German Cup for a fourth time, and first in five years,  with a 2-1 victory over Eintracht Frankfurt on Saturday.


          Christian Pulisic drew a penalty in the 67th minute and Pierre-Emerick Aubameyang tucked away the spot kick to secure the victory in what may have been the striker’s final game for the club after he reportedly handed in a transfer request this week.

          Ousmane Dembele got Dortmund off to a great start in the eighth minute when he eluded Jesus Vallejo on the right and curled the ball inside the far post.


          However, they could not press home their advantage and on the half-hour, Frankfurt, appearing in their first cup final for 11 years, equalised through Ante Rebic.

          Dortmund replaced Marco Reus and Marcel Schmelzer with Gonzalo Castro and Christian Pulisic at half-time and it was the latter who won the penalty after he was fouled by Lukas Hradecky, allowing Aubameyang to his 40th in 46 matches this season.

          Aubameyang, the Bundesliga top scorer this season with 31 goals, has been the subject of transfer speculation linking him with a big-money move away from Dortmund in the summer.

          Frankfurt brought on Alexander Meier for a defender in response but he was unable to get the side out of the jam, giving Dortmund the title at the fourth attempt after losing the previous three finals.

          Former Hull City coach Marco Silva named as Watford’s new coach

          Watford have named former Hull boss Marco Silva as their new head coach, replacing Walter Mazzarri at Vicarage Road.

          Silva left Hull following their relegation from the Premier League at the end of the season.

          Although the Portuguese was unable to save Hull from the drop, Silva impressed during his five months in charge of the Tigers and had been linked with vacancies at Porto and Crystal Palace.

          Watford chairman Scott Duxbury said on the club’s website: “Marco was one of the most sought-after head coaches in the Premier League.

          “His pedigree and promise speaks for itself, with his achievements in top divisions elsewhere across Europe as well as his work at Hull City last season.

          “We are delighted to have secured his services and to be welcoming a head coach of his profile and potential.

          “It’s an exciting time to be a Watford fan and I’m sure all supporters will join me in offering Marco and his family the warmest of welcomes to Vicarage Road.”
          The 39-year-old Silva won the Greek title with Olympiacos in 2016 and the Portuguese Cup with Sporting in 2015. He had also coached with Estoril before moving to Hull in January of this year.

          Silva becomes the ninth man to take charge of Watford in just five years, with the Pozzo family having been quick to pull the trigger since their takeover in 2012.
          Silva has signed a two-year deal but will know he must satisfy demanding owners if he is to see it out.
          Mazzarri signed a three-year deal when he took over last May but was dispensed with despite ensuring the club’s safety in the Premier League with a 17th-placed finish.

          His departure was perhaps not a surprise given that he replaced the popular Quique Sanchez Flores, similarly dispensed with despite guiding the club to 13th and the semi-finals of the FA Cup.

          FA Cup Final – Ramsey grabs the winner as Arsenal beat 10-man Chelsea to seal record 13th FA Cup victory

          Arsenal 2 – 1 Chelsea

          Arsenal ended a season of frustration and uncertainty with FA Cup glory, denying 10-man Chelsea the double as Arsene Wenger secured his record seventh FA Cup final win, to became the most successful manager in the competition’s history.

          Alexis Sanchez gave Arsenal the lead in contentious fashion after only four minutes, when referee Antony Taylor overruled his assistant after he had flagged for offside against Aaron Ramsey, — although his handball in the build-up was missed.

          In a lively battle between north and west London at Wembley, Chelsea – who trailed 1-0 to Alexis Sanchez’s controversial opener Victor Moses was sent off on 68 minutes for picking up a second yellow card for diving. 

          However, Diego Costa sensationally levelled for the 10 men on 77 minutes.
          Having stumbled home fifth and missed out on Champions League qualification, criticism of the Wenger has reached unprecedented and unpalatable levels.

          Arsenal, outstanding throughout, refused to be denied and were back in front inside three minutes when Ramsey, who scored the FA Cup final  winner against Hull City in 2014,did it again with a header from substitute Olivier Giroud’s cross.

          Wenger pumped his fists in delight at the final whistle, as a season that has brought so much criticism for the 67-year-old Frenchman, ended in Wembley glory with a record 13th FA Cup win for the Gunners.

          With Laurent Koscielny suspended and Gabriel and Shkodran Mustafi missing out through injury, Wenger had to field a makeshift back three of Per Mertesacker, who was making his first start in 13 months, alongside Rob Holding and Nacho Monreal.

          A larger than usual security presence welcomed supporters at a time of heightened alert following Monday’s terror attack.

          Armed police patrolled Wembley and all in attendance underwent rigorous searches after 22 people were killed and many more injured in the attack at Manchester Arena.

          Chelsea did not wear their black armbands in the first half after leaving them inside the jackets they decided against due to the warm weather.

          Argentina reach an agreement with Sevilla over coach Jorge Sampaoli’s appointment

          Argentina have reached an agreement in principle with Sevilla over the appointment of coach Jorge Sampaoli.

          A Sevilla statement read: “Sevilla FC and the Argentina Football Association have reached an agreement in principle for the release of Jorge Sampaoli from his managerial contract so that he may take the duties as Argentina national team coach.

          “This agreement in principle is subject to the presentation and drafting of the pertinent documents and they are to be signed by both sides on Thursday, June 1.

          “In the conversations between Sevilla FC and AFA, who have acted in representation of Jorge Sampaoli, the financial terms of his release clause were not discussed at any time. Both parties are satisfied with the agreement that was reached.”

          Manchester United players dominate Europa League squad of the season

          Eight Manchester United players were named in the Europa League squad of the season, selected by UEFA’s technical observers.

          United, who won the competition with a 2-0 victory over Ajax in Stockholm on Wednesday, had by far the most players in the 18-man selection, with Sergio Romero, Eric Bailly, Daley Blind, Antonio Valencia, Ander Herrera, Paul Pogba, Henrikh Mkhitaryan and Zlatan Ibrahimovic all included.

          Runners-up Ajax and semifinalists Celta Vigo and Lyon each contributed three players, while quarterfinalists Anderlecht’s Youri Tielemans — who joined Monaco in a €25 million deal this week — completes the selection.

          Former United boss Sir Alex Ferguson was among UEFA’s technical observers in Stockholm along with former Romania internationals Cristian Chivu and Ioan Lupescu, ex-Serbia and Inter Milan midfielder Dejan Stankovic, former Poland defender Stefan Majewski and Mixu Paatelainen, who played for and managed Finland.
          Herrera drew particular praise from the panel, who said he was “the Man of the Match in the final and extremely important throughout United’s campaign,” while they said Ibrahimovic — injured in the quarterfinal win over Anderlecht — had been a “talisman” until that point.

          The ever-present Pogba, meanwhile, was described as the “complete midfield player” and Blind drew praise for his “excellent reading of the game in the final [which] helped to nullify Ajax’s potent attack.”

          Others to draw notable praise were 17-year-old Ajax defender Matthijs De Ligt, whose “mature performances belied his years,” and Tielemans, labelled an “impressive young player who was outstanding throughout competition.”

          Alexandre Lacazette, in talks over a move to Atletico Madrid, was “Lyon’s key attacker” and the French side’s Corentin Tolisso was hailed for “one of the goals of the tournament versus Roma.”
          Goalkeepers

          Sergio Alvarez (Celta Vigo), Sergio Romero (Manchester United)
          Defenders

          Eric Bailly (Manchester United), Gustavo Cabral (Celta Vigo), Jeremy Morel (Lyon), Matthijs De Ligt (Ajax), Daley Blind (Manchester United), Antonio Valencia (Manchester United)
          Midfielders


          Pablo Hernandez (Celta Vigo), Ander Herrera (Manchester United), Paul Pogba (Manchester United), Youri Tielemans (Anderlecht), Corentin Tolisso (Lyon), Henrikh Mkhitaryan (Manchester United), Amin Younes (Ajax)
          Forwards


          Zlatan Ibrahimovic (Manchester United), Alexandre Lacazette (Lyon), Bertrand Traore (Ajax)

          Latest Football News 

          • ​Jose Mourinho has handed Ed  Woodward a list of four players – Antoine Griezmann, Romelu Lukaku, Andrea Belotti and Michael Keane – to sign in a £300m spending spree.
          • PSG midfielder Blaise Matuidi is on Jose Mourinho’s radar.

          • Monaco star Bernado Silva reportedly arrived in Manchester on Thursday night, with City said to be favourites to sign the playmaker. Silva, 22, has arrived in Manchester for a medical and to complete talks over a move to the Etihad Stadium in a deal that could be worth around £65 million.
          • City are also set to make a move for his Monaco teammate Benjamin Mendy.
          • Manchester City announced on Thursday that a string of players will leave the club this summer, with Bacary Sagna, Gael Clichy, Jesus Navas, and Willy Caballero all moving on.
          • The foursome join Pablo Zabaleta as players with expiring contracts to leave the club this month. Yaya Toure and Tosin Adarabioyo are also out of contract, and manager Pep Guardiola has said a decision on their futures will be revealed soon.

          • Mario Mandzukic has committed his future to Serie A champions Juventus until June 2020. Mandzukic, 31, has scored 11 goals for Juve in all competitions this term, while registering another eight assists.
          • Lionel Messi has agreed to terms with Barcelona over a new four-year contract worth €40m a year.
          • Barcelona are targeting a summer move for Manchester United midfielder Ander Herrera.
          • But, United will not sell the Spain midfielder Herrera, 27, to Barcelona.
          • Manchester City are back in the race for Arsenal defender Hector Bellerin, who is also a major target for Barcelona.
          • Arsenal’s Laurent Koscielny and Chelsea’s Kurt Zouma are reportedly among Marseille’s transfer targets.

          • Arsenal have offered a new contract worth £270,000 a week to Alexis Sanchez in a bid to keep the forward at the club.
          • The Gunners are eyeing a move for Borussia Monchengladbach winger Thorgan Hazard.
          • Diego Costa will cost Tianjin Quanjian a world-record £152m if his move to China goes ahead this summer.
          • Chelsea will only sell 28-year-old striker Diego Costa if a bidder meets their £60m valuation.
          • Manchester United are ready to activate Atletico Madrid striker Antoine Griezmann’s £86m release clause.
          • United are confident of signing Griezmann by the end of June and have already agreed a “hugely persuasive” financial package with the 26-year-old’s representatives.
          • Manchester United’s 31-year-old forward Wayne Rooney has two offers from China that would be worth £50m in salary over two years.
          • Monaco are set to join Chelsea, Arsenal and Tottenham in the race for Leicester winger Riyad Mahrez.

          • West Ham have signed defender Pablo Zabaleta on a free transfer. Zabaleta has agreed a two-year deal at London Stadium.
          • West Ham are hoping Pablo Zabaleta can help lure Kelechi Iheanacho to the club for £25m.
          • Manchester City and Manchester United have jointly pledged £1m to an emergency fund set up to support the victims of Monday’s attack in the city.
          • Chelsea star David Luiz has revealed he took a pay cut to return to Chelsea last summer and says he  took a “risk” in returning, but the ”risk” has paid off.
          • Arsenal made an approach to sign  Miguel Almiron last summer, now the Paraguayan is tearing it up for  Atlanta United.
          • Newcastle United are plotting a £39 million bid for Sporting midfielder William Carvalho, but face competition from West Brom.
          • Brighton hope to beat Newcastle to the loan signing of 19-year-old Tammy Abraham after both clubs were given permission to speak to the Chelsea striker.
          • Timmy Abraham, the 15-year-old brother of Tammy, has joined Fulham from Charlton Athletic.

          • Real Madrid striker Alvaro Morata, a target for Manchester United and Chelsea, is close to agreeing a £52m move to AC Milan.
          • Stoke forward Marko Arnautovic is a £15m transfer target for AC Milan and Paris St-Germain.
          • Juventus are preparing an offer for 23-year-old Monaco and Brazil midfielder Fabinho, a target for Manchester United and Manchester City.
          • The Serie A champions are pulling out of the race for Arsenal, Inter and Napoli target Corentin Tolisso.
          • Pierre-Emerick Aubameyang has asked to leave Borussia Dortmund.
          • Napoli striker Arkadiusz Milik organised a Tinder ‘date’ with four fans, who got to join the 23-year-old on a tour of the club’s stadium.
          • Andres Iniesta has placed doubt over his future after revealing that there is a chance that he may not end his career at Barcelona.
          • Reported Liverpool transfer target Leon Goretzka has poured cold water over reports linking him with a move to Bayern Munich.

          • Crystal Palace winger Wilfried Zaha has signed a five-year contract extension with the Premier League club.
          • Former England boss Fabio Capello says United are “not an exciting team” and need more than just France international Griezmann.
          • After talks with FC Porto this week, former Hull City boss Marco Silva looks set to turn down a move to Portugal because he wants to continue his career in the Premier League. Crystal Palace are the most likely destination.
          • Former club captain Nigel Pearson is expected to get the Middlesbrough job, but Garry Monk is also a candidate after resigning from Leeds United.
          • Ex-Boro boss Aitor Karanka is the favourite to replace Monk at Elland Road.
          • Chris Coleman has dismissed rumours linking him with the vacant Palace job and says he wants to remain with Wales until the 2018 World Cup.
          • West Brom will have to pay £35m if they want to sign Watford striker Troy Deeney, 28, this summer.
          • Leicester City and Everton are also considering moves for Deeney.

          • Liverpool will have to pay up to £60m if they are to sign RB Leipzig’s 22-year-old midfielder Naby Keita.
          • Liverpool goalkeeper Alex Manninger, 39, will retire after the club’s post-season tour to Australia – and is considering becoming a joiner.
          • Everton could sign defender Cuco Martina, 27, on a free transfer after he was released by Southampton.

          • Manchester United right-back Antonio Valencia has been rewarded for an impressive season with a new contract, the Premier League club have announced.
          • Valencia, 31, only signed a new one-year deal in January. But after becoming a key part of Jose Mourinho’s team, the Ecuador international has signed a further extension which will keep him at Old Trafford until at least 2019 with the option of another year.
          • He was voted United’s Players’ Player of the Year this season after playing 43 times and captained the team in the final of the Europa League in Stockholm on Wednesday night.
          • Claude Makelele has signed a new contract to remain part of Paul Clement’s coaching staff at Swansea City.
          • The former French international joined the Swans in January on a short-term deal which was due to expire this summer but has now committed his immediate future at Liberty Stadium.
          • Swansea City striker Fernando Llorente, 32, says he held talks with Chelsea manager Antonio Conte in January, but would now be open to a return to Spain.
          • Watford want to make 24-year-old Genk and Gambia defender Omar Colley their first summer signing.
          • Jose Mourinho has named his price for goalkeeper David de Gea. The Portuguese boss wants €75m (£65m) from Real Madrid for the Spaniard, or rumoured Chelsea  targetAlvaro Morata plus €25m (£21.7m). Although it seems the striker is set on a move to AC Milan.
          • Real Madrid forward Cristiano Ronaldo’s scheduled appearance in London this weekend has been postponed after the UK terror threat level was upgraded in the wake of the Manchester terrorist attack.

            • Angel Di Maria could be moving to Inter Milan in the summer. The Nerazzurri are offering Paris Saint-Germain €50m, that’s more than Juventus. Manchester  United transfer target Ivan Perisic could move in the opposite direction.
            • Napoli are ready to do battle with Paris Saint-Germain for Manchester City full-back Gael Clichy, who is available on a free.
            • Napoli have also targeted Bayern Leverkusen goalkeeper Bernd Leno as a replacement for current number one Pepe Reina.
            • Jerome Boateng has told SportBild he plans to remain at Bayern Munich next season, amid reports he wanted assurances about his future at the club.
            • Eliaquim Mangala will not be part of Manchester City’s plans next season. On loan at Valencia, the French defender’s entourage has been told by Txiki Begiristain that he doesn’t fit into Pep Guardiola’s plans. He will cost around €20m, which would rule out a permanent move to Valencia.
            • Arsenal striker Lucas Pérez will hold talks with Arsenal this summersays his agent. The player is unhappy with the lack of minutes he received and his priority would be to return to Deportivo if the situation doesn’t look like improving.

              • Chelsea transfer target Franck Kessie is close to signing for AC Milan, the clubs have already had talks and a medical is on the horizon.
              • Milan are also interested in Lyon’s Corentin Tolisso, but he looks set to move to Inter or Juventus.
              • Nice are unclear whether or not Mario Balotelliwill sign an extension on his initial one-year deal and it has emerged that Marseille could be an option for the former Liverpool striker. They are looking for a replacement for Bafetimbi Gomis and the Italian striker has paid tribute to the OM fans in the past.
              • An agent representing Real Madrid’s new signing Vinicius Junior says Barcelona offered a better financial package to the player, but the youngster was more attracted by the football project outlined by Los Blancos.
              • Madrid announced this week that they had signed Vinicius, 16, from Flamengo, with the reported €45 million transfer effective in July 2018 when the Brazil youth international turns 18.
              • Reports from Italy suggest that former Leeds United patron Massimo Cellino is considering a takeover move for Serie A side Genoa.
              • Derby want to sign Burnley winger George Boyd on a free transfer, with the 31-year-old Scotland international yet to agree a new deal with the Clarets.
              • Fans can now be buried in a wooden replica coffin of Real Madrid’s Bernabeu stadium.

              Toons’ Paul Dummett, 25, quits international duty for Wales 

              Newcastle United defender Paul Dummett has made himself unavailable to play for Wales.

              The 25 year old, who is yet to play in a competitive international, has won two caps, both in friendly matches against the Netherlands.

              “He doesn’t want to play international football, which is a disappointment from our point of view,” said Wales manager Chris Coleman.

              “But he’s made that decision, and we have to abide by that.”

              Totti set for his last game for AS Roma

              Francesco Totti says his “love for football will never fade” as he prepares for “the last time I can wear Roma’s jersey” on Sunday.

              The 40-year-old Italian is to end his 24-year playing career with Roma – he is set to become a director at the only club he has played for

              He has scored 307 goals in 783 games since making his debut in 1993 aged 16.

              “I can’t tell you in a few words how much these colours meant, mean and will always mean to me,” he tweeted.

              “I just feel that my love for football never fades. It’s a passion, my passion. It’s so deep I can’t imagine not fuelling it any longer. Ever.

              “From Monday I’m ready to go again. I’m ready for a new challenge. Roma v Genoa, Sunday, 28 May 2017, the last time I can wear Roma’s jersey.”

              Totti, a World Cup winner with Italy in 2006, has won one Serie A title and two Coppa Italias at Roma.

              He was widely expected to quit playing last summer but signed a one-year extension to his contract.

              This season he has made 27 appearances, mostly as a substitute. Roma are second in the table, four points behind newly-crowned champions Juventus before the final day of the season on Sunday.

              Totti was 16 when he made his Roma debut as a substitute on 28 March 1993 in a 2-0 win against Brescia.

              Garry Monk resigns as manager of Leeds United

              Garry Monk has resigned as manager of Leeds United, with the club “shocked and disappointed” by his decision.
              A statement issued by Leeds on Thursday afternoon added that Monk’s resignation was “reluctantly accepted” by chairman Andrea Radrizzani.

              The former Swansea manager was only in charge at Elland Road for one season, after replacing Steve Evans last summer, but guided Leeds to a seventh-place finish in the Championship, missing out on the play-offs by five points.

              After such a promising campaign, he was expected to sign a contract extension to remain with Leeds but Monk has decided against it.

              His departure comes just a day after the controversial ownership of Massimo Cellino came to an end.

              In a statement, the club said: ”Leeds United can confirm that we have received Garry Monk’s resignation from his role as first team manager.

              “We are shocked and disappointed by Garry’s decision but his resignation has been reluctantly accepted by chairman Andrea Radrizzani.

              “Andrea made it clear to the media yesterday that his intention was to exercise the club’s option to extend the manager’s contract for another 12 months and immediately begin negotiations for a longer term deal.

              “Mr Radrizzani has met with Garry twice since taking over at Elland Road earlier this week and during the second meeting yesterday it became clear that Garry was considering life beyond Leeds United, as at no time did Garry wish to discuss terms for a longer contract.

              “Following that meeting yesterday Garry’s agent requested that the option was not exercised and his resignation was received this morning.
              “Whilst we are deeply saddened by Garry’s decision, there is no individual bigger than our club and we will now begin a process to identify and appoint a new head coach to take the club to the next level.

              “We thank Garry for his contribution during his time at Leeds United, we are disappointed that we could not continue on this journey together.”
              Ex-Boro boss Aitor Karanka is the favourite to replace Monk at Elland Road.

              Marco Silva leaves relegated Hull City


              Hull City have confirmed that head coach Marco Silva has left the club.

              Silva departs Humberside, along with assistant head coach Joao Pedro Sousa and goalkeeping coach Hugo Oliveira, after rejecting the opportunity to remain at the KCOM Stadium.

              Silva had been at the club for four and a half months, after replacing Mike Phelan, and a statement from Hull reads: “Although disappointed by Marco’s departure, we would once again like to place on record our appreciation of his efforts and those of his support staff.

              “Despite only being in charge for a short period of time, the 39-year-old became a firm fans’ favourite and will be forever remembered for his efforts to maintain our Premier League status.”

              “The Club will now undertake a thorough and considered recruitment process to appoint a replacement.”
              Silva has been widely linked with a move to take over Porto, but sources told ESPN FC earlier on Thursday that Crystal Palace are attempting to scupper the move and bring him aboard to replace Sam Allardyce, who resigned on Tuesday.
              Tigers vice-chairman Ehab Allam told Sky Sports News: “The way the contract was structured meant there would be one year left on his contract had we stayed in the Premier League — but with relegation unfortunately he had the option to go.

              “He’s been fantastic for us but I accept he’s a better calibre manager than the Championship. I understand why he wants to stay in the Premier League or go to a big European club with the prospect of Champions League football. We’d love him to stay. We’re very sad to lose him but I respect why he’s taken the decision.”

              The news is a bitter blow to Tigers fans, who made it clear they wanted Silva to stay during and after Sunday’s 7-1 rout by Tottenham.

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              • ​Ajax’s starting XI that faced Manchester United in the Europa League final is the youngest ever to be named for a major European final.
              • Ajax coach Peter Bosz selected a side with an average age of 22 years and 282 days to face United in Stockholm on Wednesday.

              • Bayern Munich have dropped a  major hint they could sign Alexis  Sanchez – but say they won’t be  railroaded into spending over the  odds.
              • But, Manchester City players are convinced Sanchez, and Tottenham and England defender Kyle Walker, 26, will join them for a combined £100m.
              • Manchester United are reported to an agreement in place that will see Croatian winger Ivan Perisic move to the club this summer in a €50m deal.
              • Inter Milan are chasing Sassuolo defender Francesco Acerbi.
              • Real Madrid and Colombia playmaker James Rodriguez, 25, is more likely to join Chelsea than Manchester United.

              • Marcus Rashford will net another £10,000 pay rise to his Manchester United contract this summer.
              • Chelsea have cancelled Sunday’s planned victory parade following security advice in the wake of the Manchester terror attack.
              • AC Milan want to finalise Gianluigi Donnarumma’s new deal as soon as possible, amid reports Juventus are ready to rival Man City and Man Utd for his signature.
              • Milan are leading the chase to sign reported Chelsea transfer target Alvaro Morata this summer. Real Madrid are reportedly willing to sell the player if any club meets their €60million (£51.65m) asking price.
              • AC Milan are also interested in signing  Barcelona defender Aleix Vidal.
              • Milan are also poised to make a move for Roma midfielder Radja Nainggolan – a long-term target of Chelsea.
              • French champions Monaco have beaten Premier League rivals to the capture of sought-after Belgian midfielder Youri Tielemans on a five-year contract.
              • Monaco’s 18-year-old France forward Kylian Mbappe has told any interested clubs he will only move if he is guaranteed regular playing time.
              • France full-back Bacary Sagna claims he is in the dark about his future, with his Manchester City contract set to expire next month.
              • Sampdoria are the latest Serie A club linked with a summer move for Mario Balotelli.
              • West Ham and West Brom both want 27-year-old Manchester United and England defender Chris Smalling.
              • The Hammers will bid for Chelsea and Belgium striker Michy Batshuayi, 23, and 20-year-old Manchester City and Nigeria forward Kelechi Iheanacho.
              • Lionel Messi has reportedly instructed Barcelona not to waste their time bringing Everton midfielder Gerard Deulofeu back to the club this summer.

              • A 21-month jail term handed down last year to Barcelona and Argentina footballer Lionel Messi has been confirmed by Spain’s Supreme Court, but he is unlikely to go to prison.
              • Messi and his father Jorge, who manages his finances, were both convicted in 2016 of defrauding Spain of €4.1m (£3.5m; $4.6m) in taxes.
              • Jorge Messi’s jail term was reduced because he paid some of the taxes.
              • But in its decision on Wednesday, the court said: “It defies logic to concede that someone who earns a large income does not know that he must pay taxes on it.”
              • Middlesbrough goalkeepers Victor Valdes and Brad Guzan are both set to leave the relegated Premier League club. Valdes, 35, will leave Boro at the end of June after his deal was terminated a year early by mutual consent.
              • Guzan, 32, had already agreed to join MLS side Atlanta United in January.
              • Eintracht Frankfurt have suspended on-loan Manchester United right-back Guillermo Varela after he got a tattoo against the club’s advice.
              • Varela, 24, suffered an inflammation as the result of the tattoo and will now miss Saturday’s DFB Pokal final against Borussia Dortmund.
              • Frankfurt also announced in a statement that they now have no interest in making the deal permanent.
              • Newcastle have confirmed the  permanent signing of Chelsea  winger Christian Atsu for an  undisclosed fee, believed to be  £6million.
              • Newcastle and Everton are  reportedly keen on signing Sporting  Lisbon star Ruben Semedo, who  could be available for a cut-price  £13million.
              • Bournemouth manager Eddie Howe has no interest in signing Chelsea defender John Terry, 36, on a free transfer.
              • Craig Shakespeare has flown to France for talks with Leicester City’s owners as he closes in on the permanent manager’s role.
              • Chelsea boss Antonio Conte is set to sign a new contract to stay at Stamford Bridge after Saturday’s FA Cup final.
              • Former Sunderland boss David Moyes is interested in the Scotland job if Gordon Strachan leaves after June’s World Cup qualifier against England.
              • Hull manager Marco Silva is set to leave the club and become Porto boss.
              • Four-time Champions League winner Clarence Seedorf wants to manage in England and would be willing to take on the right “project” with a Championship club.
              • Former Sunderland striker Kevin Phillips, who is a first-team coach at Derby County, wants to start his managerial career with the Black Cats.
              • West Ham are reportedly ready to test Manchester United’s desire to keep hold of Anthony Martial.
              • Former Manchester United winger Memphis Depay, 23, has had to pay a tax bill of about £20,000 for one of his sports cars after being pursued by HM Revenue & Customs.
              • Marcus Rashford will net another £10,000 pay rise to his Manchester United contract this summer.
              • West Ham are bracing themselves for a summer fight with Marseille for another of their top stars – £20m record-signing Andre Ayew.
              • West Ham United have made a £120,000 bid for Lincoln City defender Sean Raggett.
              • Premier League new boys Brighton are plotting a move for Hertha Berlin’s Japan international midfielder Genki Haraguchi.
              • Attacking midfielder Siem de Jong will return to Newcastle next season after PSV decided against making the Dutch 28-year-old’s loan deal permanent.
              • Tottenham are plotting another swoop on Ajax – this time for Kasper Dolberg.
              • Manchester City midfielder Yaya Toure and his agent will donate £100,000 to help the victims of the Manchester Arena attack.
              • Southampton expect a decision from the Premier League next week on whether Chinese investors can complete a £200m takeover.
              • Italian businessman Andrea Radrizzani has completed his takeover of Leeds United, ending Massimo Cellino’s three-year spell as the club’s owner.
              • Leeds United midfielder Ronaldo Vieira has committed his future to the club by signing a new four-year contract to remain at Elland Road.
              • Leeds United are considering a move for former Middlesbrough boss Aitor Karanka should talks over an extended deal with Garry Monk fail to see an agreement reached.
              • Former Premier League striker Nile Ranger has been jailed after admitting online banking fraud.
              • The 25-year-old Southend United footballer was sentenced to eight months for conspiracy to defraud by obtaining bank details and transferring money.
              • Ranger played for Newcastle United, England Under-19s, Swindon Town and Blackpool, before moving to Southend United in August.
              • Joey Barton has been released by Burnley, one month after being banned from football. Barton, 34, was suspended for 18  monthsafter admitting a Football Association charge in relation to betting.
              • Chelsea defender Cesar Azpilicueta has described reports linking him with Barcelona as “flattering” but insists he is happy at Stamford Bridge.
              • Former Arsenal midfielder Abou Diaby is set to be released by Marseille next month after two injury-hit seasons with the French side.
              • Chinese club Tianjin Quanjian have denied holding talks with Diego Costa, 28, over a move for the Chelsea and Spain striker.
              • Championship side Queens Park  Rangers are battling to hold onto  teenage midfielder Josh Bowler,  with Everton trying to sign him.
              • Daniel Sturridge scored a goal and bagged an assist as Liverpool strolled to a 3-0 friendly win over A-League champions Sydney FC in Australia on Wednesday.
              • Jurgen Klopp’s side, who had only arrived in Australia some 11 hours prior to kick-off, began the match with two club legends — Steven Gerrard and Jamie Carragher — in the starting XI, which gave the match somewhat of a testimonial atmosphere.
              • Alberto Moreno doubled Liverpool’s advantage 10 minutes later, latching on to a sumptuous chip from Roberto Firmino before drilling past a despairing Danny Vukovic.

              Europa League Final – Paul Pogba and Henrikh  Mkhitaryan score as Manchester United secure Europa league trophy on an emotional night in Stockholm 

              Manchester United lifted the Europa League trophy to claim their second major trophy of the season and secure Champions League football as they overcame Ajax to win the Europa League final in Stockholm.

              On an emotional night following the attack which killed 22 people at Ariana Grande’s concert at the Manchester Arena on Monday, United’s fans were allowed a measure of celebration as Jose Mourinho’s side won in comfort.


              Paul Pogba’s deflected strike and Henrikh Mkhitaryan’s close-range goal secured United’s second trophy of the season and a result which may offer some joy to the city of Manchester following a devastating week.

              Victory also earns the club a place in next season’s Champions League group stage and justifies the decision of manager Jose Mourinho to prioritise this competition in recent months.

              The celebrations of the fans and players at the full-time whistle were, however, tempered by thoughts of the terrorist attack at Manchester Arena on Monday evening, which prompted heightened security at the Friends Arena and a sombre build-up to the showpiece match.

              Stockholm knows all too well the impact of such an attack as just last month five people were killed by a hijacked truck in the city centre, meaning security around the game had already been beefed up.

              Mourinho’s men wore black armbands in Stockholm, where a minute’s silence quickly turned into applause.

              Pogba, who was playing less than two weeks after the death of his father, almost rewarded those travelling supporters inside the first minute, but shot narrowly wide from distance.

              But the world’s most expensive player only had to wait until the 18th minute for the breakthrough, which followed a terrible throw-in from Jairo Riedewald, presenting the ball to Juan Mata in a dangerous area.

              The ball was worked to Pogba, via Marouane Fellaini, and the Frenchman’s 20-yard shot took a wicked deflection off the knee of Davinson Sanchez giving wrong-footed goalkeeper Andre Onana no chance of keeping it out.

              It was a cruel moment for Ajax, but the goal was a just reward for a dominant, controlled first-half display from United and they might have doubled their advantage when captain Antonio Valencia’s fine run and shot from a tight angle forced Onana to beat the ball away.
              But the second goal arrived just three minutes into the second half and it came from another of Mourinho’s summer signings following a Mata corner.

              Chris Smalling nodded the ball down for Mkhitaryan inside the six-yard box and the Armenian leapt to hook the ball past Onana, sparking vigorous celebrations and more ‘Manchester’ chants.

              The goal was a bitter blow for an Ajax team with an average age of just over 22 who rarely threatened Sergio Romero – and things might have gotten worse when Fellaini headed Pogba’s cross straight at the goalkeeper or when substitute Jesse Lingard was denied by a last-ditch Sanchez tackle in the closing minutes.

              Ajax’s callow side — the youngest ever in a major European final — were unable to find a way back.

              Club captain Wayne Rooney was introduced from the bench in the 89th minute for what might prove to be a farewell appearance, as United held on to add the Europa League to the EFL Cup they won in February and ensure there will be five Premier League teams playing in the Champions League next season.

              Europa League glory means United join Ajax, Bayern Munich, Chelsea and Juventus as the only clubs to have won all three major UEFA trophies, including the now-defunct European Cup Winners’ Cup, as well as the Club World Cup or the Intercontinental Cup.
              Meanwhile, Zlatan has his picture taken in front of a huge banner that reads: ZLATAN – STAY AND YOU CAN SHAG MY WIFE.

              Ernesto  Valverde leaves Athletic Bilbao with Barcelona appointment imminent 

              Ernesto Valverde has left Athletic Bilbao and could replace Luis Enrique as Barcelona coach.

              According to multiple reports, Valverde has already agreed a deal to replace outgoing boss Luis Enrique in the managerial hot seat at the Nou Camp for next season, with the Catalan giants set to reveal their new coach next Monday.

              Valverde’s contract with Athletic Club was already set to expire.
              A brief club statement read: “Ernesto Valverde will not continue as coach of the first team of Athletic Club in the 2017/18 campaign.

              “The coach, accompanied by president Josu Urrutia, will hold a press conference on Wednesday, May 24 at 1200 (local time) at San Mames.”
              Valverde, who helped Barca win the UEFA Cup Winners’ Cup and Copa del Rey during his two-year spell at the club, had impressed since taking charge of Athletic for a second time in 2013.

              He led the club to four successive top-seven finishes, a Copa del Rey final and the quarterfinals of the Europa League.

              The former Espanyol, Olympiakos, Villarreal and Valencia boss also helped Athletic lift their first silverware in three decades when he masterminded a 5-1 aggregate defeat of Barca to win the 2015 Spanish Super Cup.
              Ernesto Valverde’s exit from Athletic Bilbao has been confirmed a week before Barcelona will announce their new head coach.
              The confirmation will arrive two days after the team’s Copa del Rey final meeting with Alaves on Saturday.

              Sam Allardyce quits as manager of Crystal Palace  – hints  at retirement 

              ​Sam Allardyce has left his job as Crystal Palace manager after just five months in charge at Selhurst Park, stating that he has “no ambition to take another job” in football.

              Allardyce told Palace owner Steve Parish of his desire to leave the club during a meeting in central London on Tuesday.

              The 62-year-old signed a two-and-a-half-year deal when he was appointed as Palace boss in December – less than three months after leaving his role with England – and managed to keep the club in the Premier League, lifting them from 17th to 14th.

              “In some ways, this has been a very difficult decision to make but in others it has been a simple one,” Allardyce said in a statement released by his representative.

              “I will always be grateful to Crystal Palace and Steve Parish for giving me the opportunity to go out with my head held high having helped keep the club in the Premier League.


              “More than that, they gave me a chance of rebuilding my reputation after what happened with England. I felt I needed another shot at being a Premier League manager and showing that I still had the ability to achieve something significant. As I said last weekend, Palace gave me the chance of rehabilitation.
              “That’s why it’s hard walking away now. I believe the club are heading in the right direction with a hugely supportive board of directors, a great squad of players and some of the most passionate fans I’ve ever met. It’s been a privilege to have worked for them for the past five months.

              “But there comes a time when you have to take stock of what direction you want your life to take – and that’s been the simple part for me.

              “I want to be able to savour life while I’m still relatively young and when I’m still relatively healthy, even if I’m beginning to feel all my 62 years.

              “While I’ve got the energy, I want to travel and also spend more time with my family and grandchildren without the huge pressure that comes with being a football manager. I owe that to my wife and family.

              “This is the right time for me, I know that in my heart. I have no ambitions to take another job, I simply want to be able to enjoy all the things you cannot really enjoy with the 24/7 demands of managing any football club, let alone one in the Premier League.
              “Steve Parish has been superb during our conversations today. I know it came as a shock to him that I would walk away but our discussions have been incredibly civilised with no recriminations and no fall-out.

              “This is not about transfer targets, club finances or anything along those lines. This is me taking the decision I believe is right for my family and myself.

              “I would like to thank everybody for their messages of support since the news broke. I’ve no doubt I will miss management but I certainly have no regrets at this decision.”

              The former England manager was appointed as Alan Pardew’s successor, with the Palace languishing in 17th place and just a point above the relegation zone.

              It was a swift return to management for Allardyce, who had been out of work since leaving his post as England boss by mutual consent at the end of September after 67 days and just one game following a newspaper investigation.

              Allardyce inspired Palace to six wins from eight matches, including victories over Chelsea, Arsenal and Liverpool, to help them preserve their top-flight status with a 14th-place finish.

              In doing so, Allardyce maintained his record of having never been relegated from the Premier League.

              Latest Football News 

              • Barcelona are reportedly preparing to sell Manchester United target Neymar in the summer.
              • Barca are believed to have concerns about the Brazilian’s lifestyle and will offload the 25-year-old as long as his £170million release clause is met.

              • ​Juventus have made their loan signing of winger Juan Cuadrado from Chelsea permanent in a £17m deal.
              • Arsenal have opened talks with Belgian club KAS Eupen over signing 19-year-old Nigerian Henry Onyekuru. Everton, Southampton and West Brom are also interested in the striker.
              • The Gunners are preparing a move for Real Madrid right-back Danilo.
              • Alexis Sanchez’s agent is in talks with Bayern Munich after the German champions agreed to meet both the player and Arsenal’s financial demands.
              • Bayern are prepared to pay $65 million (£50m) to sign the Chilean and hand him a $14.5m-a-year (£11.2m) contract but Manchester City also remain interested.

              • Arsene Wenger will look to bring Hulk back to Europe from Shanghai SIPG if Alexis Sanchez leaves the club this summer.
              • Sunderland striker Jermain Defoe, 34, has begun talks with Bournemouth over a possible transfer.
              • Defoe could join the Premier League side on a free transfer after West Ham, who bid £6m for the England forward in the winter, ended their interest.
              • Manchester United are mulling over a £20 million bid for Everton playmaker Ross Barkley.
              • United are interested in signing central defenders Raphael Varane.
              • Chelsea and Bayern Munich have both joined the race to sign Tottenham defender Kyle Walker.
              • West Ham’s Manuel Lanzini is a shock target for champions Chelsea.
              • Real Madrid have agreed a deal worth €45 million to sign Flamengo prodigy Vinicius Junior. The 16-year-old Brazil youth star will not be able to officially make the switch to Spain until his 18th birthday but an agreement that will see Madrid pay two-thirds of the fee up front has been struck and will be announced this week.
              • Pepe is one of a number of players likely to leave Real Madrid this summer, according to AS, with Inter his most likely destination.
              • Real Madrid manager Zinedine Zidane has made Chelsea midfielder N’Golo Kante his No.1 transfer target.
              • Manchester City boss Pep Guardiola has flown to Abu Dhabi for end-of-season talks with Khaldoon Al Mubarak.
              • Chelsea will begin negotiations this week with Monaco over France midfielder Tiemoue Bakayoko, 22.
              • Conte is pleading with the Chelsea board to offer a deal to keep Spain player at the club.
              • The Blues boss is fighting to keep Diego Costa at Chelsea.
              • Manchester United are reported to  have made the first move to sign  in-demand defender Marquinhos by  lodging a £60m bid for the PSG star.
              • United have been given hope of signing Renato Sanches and Douglas Costa after both players endured a tough season at Bayern Munich.
              • Former Real Madrid captain Iker Casillas could make a summer switch to Liverpool.
              • Liverpool are leading the race for Arsenal midfielder Alex Oxlade-Chamberlain.
              • Atletico Madrid want to sign Monaco and Brazil player Fabinho. Manchester City are also rumoured to be interested in the 23-year-old, who can play at right-back or in midfield.
              • Former Liverpool and Chelsea striker Fernando Torres, 33, will stay at Atletico Madrid for another year and could be first choice if the club’s transfer ban is not lifted.
              • Monaco, Newcastle and West Ham will battle it out for Chelsea striker Michy Batshuayi this summer.
              • Craig Shakespeare has begun talks with Leicester City over the extension of his managerial contract.
              • Leicester will listen to offers for £15m flop Ahmed Musa this summer.
              • Jose Mourinho is open to offers for England defender Chris Smalling, 27.
              • Man Utd and Man City have paid tributes to all those killed and injured in Monday night’s terror attack at Manchester Arena.
              • Gael Clichy has said he will leave Manchester City next month. The former Arsenal and France left-back, 31, has been with the club for six years.
              • Everton have agreed a £25m deal with Swansea for midfielder Gylfi Sigurdsson, 27, but the Iceland player wants more than £120,000 a week to sign.
              • Juventus are reportedly pondering a move for Barcelona legend Andres Iniesta this summer.
              • Juve are preparing to renew the contract of much sought-after left-back Alex Sandro.
              • Roma midfielder Leandro Paredes, who has been strongly linked with a move to Liverpool, is reportedly wanted by AC Milan.
              • Roma have joined AC Milan in the race for Atalanta attacker Alejandro Gomez.
              • Barcelona are set to re-sign Gerard Deulofeu for €12 million from Everton.
              • Real Madrid won’t stop striker Alvaro Morata from leaving this summer.
              • Atletico Madrid midfielder Koke is set to commit his long-term future to the club.
              • Leicester City are working on a deal to sign former Arsenal target Samuel Chukwueze from his Nigerian club Diamond Academy.
              • Inter Milan are to make a summer move for Roma star Antonio Rudiger, who is also a target for Chelsea.
              • Besiktas star Anderson Talisca is ready to snub Manchester United and stay in Turkey.
              • Fiorentina are set to make a move for West Ham midfielder Pedro Obiang.
              • Napoli full-back Faouzi Ghoulam is on the radar of Paris Saint-Germain this summer.
              • Napoli are chasing Manchester City free agents Gael Clichy, Bacary Sagna and Pablo Zabaleta.
                • Watford are targeting former Bayer Leverkusen coach Roger Schmidt to take over as manager following Walter Mazzarri’s exit from the club.
                • Claudio Ranieri has been put off managing Watford after the way his pal Walter Mazzarri was treated.
                • Leicester are preparing to battle it out with Crystal Palace for Belgian side Anderlecht’s Senegal international defender Kara Mbodji.
                • The Foxes are also trying to snap up centre-back Harry Maguire on the cheap from relegated Hull, as he only has 12 months left on his contract.
                • Former Scotland and Aberdeen boss Derek McInnes is Sunderland’s No. 1 target to replace David Moyes.
                • Arsenal’s Laurent Koscielny is to serve a three-match suspension after his appeal against his sending-off in Sunday’s win over Everton was dismissed by the Football Association.
                • Former Barcelona president Sandro Rosell has been arrested on Tuesday as part of a money laundering investigation, police have confirmed to a number of Spanish publications.
                • Police investigating suspected tax fraud have raided the headquarters of Paris Saint-Germain and the homes of Angel Di Maria and Javier Pastore, a French official says.
                • Southampton do not expect a final decision on Claude Puel’s future until later this week but Marco Silva does not feature on their current list of possible successors.
                • Tim Sherwood is set to leave his role as director of football at Swindon.
                • Norwich are set to name Borussia Dortmund reserve boss Daniel Farke as their new manager.
                • Diego Maradona claims Roma legend Francesco Totti is the best player he has ever seen.
                • A psychic cow in Holland – who has an 85% success rate – has predicted that Ajax will beat Manchester United in the Europa League final on Wednesday.

                Chelsea’s  Antonio Conte wins LMA Manager of the Year

                Antonio Conte was named Manager of the Year by the League Managers Association in recognition of his title-winning first season as Chelsea head coach, at their 25th annual awards dinner on Monday night.

                Conte led the Blues, who finished 10th last campaign, to the Premier League title and this weekend’s FA Cup final during his first season in charge at Stamford Bridge.

                Chelsea claimed a Premier League-record 30 victories under the stewardship of Conte, including 13 in a row from Oct. 1, to finish seven points ahead of second-placed Tottenham.
                The Italian becomes only the third non-British winner of the prestigious award after Claudio Ranieri was honoured for guiding Leicester to the title last year and Arsenal’s Arsene Wenger claimed the accolade in 2002 and 2004.
                Conte, also voted Premier League Manager of the Year, is the second Italian boss in two years to win the Premier League following the Foxes’ triumph.

                The Championship award went to Chris Hughton for the second year running, after he led Brighton to England’s top flight.

                The 58-year-old ensured the Seagulls responded to last season’s disappointment, when they lost in the play-offs to Sheffield Wednesday, by securing automatic promotion alongside his former club Newcastle.

                Chris Wilder was also honoured for the second time is as many years, winning the trophy for League One Manager of the Year after he capped a superb first season in charge of Sheffield United with a top-of-the-table finish and an impressive 100 points.

                Wilder was recognised for his achievements in the fourth tier at the end of last season when he guided Northampton to the title before announcing his departure from the Cobblers to join the Blades.

                Paul Cook was voted the LMA League Two Manager of the Year after leading newly-promoted Portsmouth to title glory.

                The LMA marked their 50th Manager of the Year award with the presentation of the Sir Alex Ferguson Trophy to “the manager who has made the greatest use of the resources available in the current campaign.”

                David Moyes resigns as coach of relegated Sunderland


                Sunderland manager David Moyes has resigned following the club’s relegation from the Premier League.
                The former Manchester United and Everton manager oversaw a campaign in which the Black Cats finished bottom of the Premier League, with just six wins from their 38 games.
                Moyes, 54, informed chairman Ellis Short of his decision to step down at a meeting in London on Monday.
                “I would like to thank Ellis Short and the Board for giving me the opportunity to manage Sunderland and the fans for always being so passionately supportive of their club.
                “I wish the players and my successor well in their efforts towards promotion back to the Premier League,” said Moyes.
                Moyes took charge in  July last year,after Sam Allardyce left to become England manager.
                Speaking about the decision, chairman Ellis Short said: “I pursued the services of David Moyes for a considerable period prior to his appointment last summer, which makes the announcement of his departure difficult for everyone concerned.
                “Having worked tirelessly throughout the campaign to avoid relegation from the Premier League, David has chosen to leave the club without compensation, which is testament to his character.

                “In the days ahead we will take some time for reflection, and then focus on recruitment and pre-season as we prepare for our Championship campaign. We wish David well in the future.”

                Lionel Messi  set to equal Cristiano Ronaldo’s four-time European golden shoe


                Lionel Messi is set to draw level with Cristiano Ronaldo and win the European Golden Shoe for a record-equalling fourth time.

                Messi, 29, scored twice against Eibar to finish the Liga season as top scorer on 37 goals, giving him 74 Golden Shoe points with each goal worth two points in the table.

                Sporting Lisbon striker Bas Dost scored a hat trick in his final match against Chaves to go clear in second with 34 Portuguese Primeira Liga goals and 68 points.

                Borussia Dortmund’s Pierre-Emerick Aubameyang is third with 31 goals in the Bundesliga to take the Torjagerkanone in Germany.

                Both have completed their league campaigns, with only Serie A of Europe’s major leagues to play its final round of games next Sunday.

                Roma striker Edin Dzeko is the top scorer in Italy with 28 goals, meaning he would need to net nine times in their last match at home to relegation-threatened Genoa just to draw level with Messi. Napoli’s Dries Mertens is on 27 goals, with Torino’s Andrea Belotti on 25.

                Messi previously won the award, which counts goals in the biggest leagues as more points, in 2010, 2012 and 2013.

                Since Ronaldo won the Golden Shoe as a Manchester United player in 2007-08, every winner has come from a club in Spain — though in 2013-14 Liverpool’s Luis Suarez shared the award with Ronaldo.

                Golden Shoe table

                • Lionel Messi, Barcelona, 74 points
                • Bas Dost, Sporting Lisbon, 68
                • Pierre-Emerick Aubameyang, Borussia Dortmund, 62
                • Robert Lewandowski, Bayern Munich, 60
                • Harry Kane, Tottenham Hotspur, 58
                • Luis Suarez, Barcelona, 58
                • Edin Dzeko, AS Roma, 56
                • Dries Mertens, Napoli, 54
                • Edinson Cavani, Paris Saint-Germain, 52.5
                • Andrea Belotti, Torino, 50
                • Romelu Lukaku, Everton, 50
                • Anthony Modeste, Cologne, 50
                • Cristiano Ronaldo, Real Madrid, 50

                Latest Football News 

                • Atletico Madrid striker Antoine Griezmann has told French TV he has a “six” out of 10 chance of joining Manchester United this summer.
                • Reports have suggested United could bid £85 million (€98m) for the 26-year old, a boyhood admirer of United icon David Beckham, and his adviser has said Real Madrid, Manchester City, Chelsea and Barcelona have also made enquiries.
                • ​Manchester United are in advanced talks to sign 22-year-old Monaco playmaker Bernardo Silva, who is also a target for Barcelona and Real Madrid.

                • Wayne Rooney is due to address his Manchester United future after the Europa League final.
                • Sergio Aguero and manager Pep Guardiola have both confirmed the Argentine, 28, will remain a Manchester City player.
                • Pep Guardiola will not leave his Manchester City players out of contract waiting for too much longer.
                • Yaya Toure wants to end his career at Manchester City…and say a proper farewell to the fans with a trophy.

                  • Chelsea are targeting Ajax’s 20-year-old Colombia defender Davinson Sanchez.
                  • The Blues will step up their bid to sign Romelu Lukaku next month after making the Belgium striker their first-choice target ahead of Real Madrid’s Alvaro Morata.
                  • Chelsea and Manchester United  target, Tiemoue Bakayoko, has  ruled out leaving Monaco for fellow French side Paris Saint-Germain.
                  • Paris St-Germain winger Angel di Maria, 29, is keen for a return to Real Madrid to fill the void which will be left by the expected departure of 25-year-old James Rodriguez.
                  • Angel Di Maria is Juventus’ number one transfer target this summer.
                  • Max Allegri has demanded €7million-a-year to extend his stay at Juventus beyond 2018.

                  • AC Milan are close to completing their first summer signing, with Villareal’s Mateo Musacchio undergoing a medical ahead of a move.
                  • Roma are reportedly back in for Sassuolo’s Gregoire Defrel, having been rebuffed in January.
                  • Bayern Munich have asked Arturo Vidal about Arsenal’s 28-year-old forward Alexis Sanchez, the midfielder has revealed.
                  • And Chile midfielder Vidal says he is encouraging the Bundesliga club to sign compatriot Sanchez.
                  • The German champions are ready to accept offers for Douglas Costa and Renato Sanches.
                  • Bayern Munich are looking to add to their German contingent by registering their interest in Marvin Plattenhardt. 
                  • Adidas’ official website had accidentally leaked a photo of a Plattenhardt-emblazoned Bayern strip in what was named ‘an oversight’.

                  • Pierre-Emerick Aubameyang has hinted that he could leave Borussia Dortmund after the DFB Pokal final against Eintracht Frankfurt, saying: “I’ll make a decision next week.”
                  • Atletico Madrid are preparing a second effort to bring Diego Costa back to the club from Chelsea.
                  • Everton target Sandro Ramirez wants to stay in Spain and join Atletico Madrid this summer.

                  • Josh Harrop is expected to sign a new Manchester United contract after his goalscoring debut against Crystal Palace.
                  • Christian Benteke is trying to persuade Mamadou Sakho to stay at Crystal Palace.
                  • Mauricio Pochettino has vowed to “improve” Tottenham ahead of next season after recording the club’s best top-flight finish since 1963.
                  • Daniel Sturridge says it is up to Liverpool to decide his future.
                  • Sunderland manager David Moyes will hold talks with owner Ellis Short in London on Monday.

                    • Arsenal’s hopes of signing forward Alexandre Lacazette, 25, appear to have ended after Lyon president Jean-Michel Aulas revealed the long-time Gunners target has verbally agreed to join Atletico Madrid.
                    • Arsenal goalkeeper David Ospina, 28, is in talks with Turkish side Fenerbahce about a £5m move, after being frustrated at a lack of first-team opportunities behind Petr Cech.
                    • Tianjin Quinjian are prepared to make an offer for Werder Bremen striker Max Kruse.
                    • Crystal Palace are haggling with Marseille over the price for goalkeeper Steve Mandanda’s return to France.
                    • Leicester and West Brom are competing to sign Middlesbrough centre-back Ben Gibson, 24, but could have to pay up to £20m for the Boro captain.
                    • Burnley boss Sean Dyche insists the Clarets will not sell 24-year-old defender Michael Keane, who is a target for former club Manchester United, unless a suitable deal can be struck.

                      • Newcastle are poised to firm up their interest in Burnley’s 25-year-old striker Andre Gray.
                      • Everton boss Ronald Koeman will make a statement on 23-year-old midfielder Ross Barkley’s future this week after speaking to the club’s board.
                      • Man Utd have announced they will  face Sampdoria in a friendly at  Dublin’s Aviva Stadium as part of  their pre-season preparations.
                      • Liverpool could be set to face former Premier League champions Leicester alongside two other Premier League  clubs in the Asia Trophy.
                      • Former referee Graham Poll believes Martin Atkinson made a mistake by not awarding a penalty against Liverpool when it was goalless in their 3-0 win over Middlesbrough on Sunday.
                      • West Ham have become embroiled in further controversy after it emerged the club will pay just a fraction of the £2.3m annual business rates bill on their London Stadium home.
                      • The bookies have sensationally linked Troy Deeney with a move to Birmingham City.
                      • Robbie Keane has emerged as a potential transfer target for Harry Redknapp at Birmingham City.
                      • Former Leeds favourite Harry Kewell is set to be given his big break in management when he is named Crawley’s new manager this week.
                      • Leroy Sane clearly enjoyed his Champions League goal against Monaco earlier this season – the 21-year-old Manchester City forward has revealed he has a tattoo of himself celebrating the strike on his back.

                      Dortmund’s  Pierre-Emerick Aubameyang beat Robert Lewandowski to the Torjagerkanone on final day

                      ​Pierre-Emerick Aubameyang’s two goals on the final day of the Bundesliga season saw him beat Robert Lewandowski to finish as the division’s top scorer, an accolade known as the Torjagerkanone.

                      Lewandowski, who played the full game but failed to score as Bayern Munich ran out 4-1 winners against Freiburg, ended the season on 30 goals.

                      While Aubameyang, whose brace in Borussia Dortmund’s 4-3 victory against Werder Bremen ensured a third-place finish, managed 31 over the campaign.

                      Dortmund’s victory means they qualify for the group stages of next season’s Champions League.

                      “The Torjagerkanone means a lot to me,” Aubameyang, who started the day a goal behind Lewandowski, said. “It was a great effort — made by the whole team.

                      Lewandowski’s 30 goals included three hat tricks and eight doubles as Bayern won the Bundesliga for a fifth consecutive season, finishing 15 points ahead of second-placed RB Leipzig.

                      Although Dortmund were not as successful overall, Aubameyang proved more deadly in front of goal. The Gabon international scored four goals in the 5-2 win over Hamburg in November but did not notch a hat trick and only produced six doubles.

                      That means 25 of Lewandowski’s goals came in 11 games, and he only scored in 16 of the 33 games he played in the Bundesliga compared with Aubameyang who scored in 22 of his 32 appearances.