Chelsea into FA Cup quarter-finals, Man Utd skipper Maguire blasted, Messi to Man City boost – Arsenal, Liverpool news

THE FA Cup fifth round is finally at an end after Chelsea overcame Barnsley on Wednesday night to book a place in the quarter-finals.

The Blues will face Sheffield United at home in the last eight, while Man Utd were drawn against Leicester and City got Everton.

Read our live blog below to get the latest from around the clubs…

  • Alex Terrell

    HARDLY BLUE THEM AWAY

    Here is how Chelsea's stats racked up during their FA Cup fifth-round win over Barsnley at Oakwell last night.

  • Alex Terrell

    PARK HIM

    Harry Maguire 'is not a leader' and should be replaced by Ole Gunnar Solskjaer, according to former Manchester United defender Paul Parker.

    Two-time Premier League champ Parker slammed the Red Devils skipper for selfish play and failing to live up to his hefty £80million price tag.

    The ex-England international, 56, said: "Despite the position that Manchester United find themselves in the Premier League, they still need to strengthen in the transfer market this summer.

    "Regarding the centre-backs, people talk about bringing in a new partner for Harry Maguire, but I would look at bringing in two centre-backs, why can’t it be a player who comes in and plays alongside Victor Lindelof?

    "Harry Maguire is not a leader, he plays the game for himself, he sits way too deep, he dribbles for the sake of dribbling and runs himself into cul-de-sacs.

    "The goal against Sheffield United, he put David De Gea in a terrible position, and he made a terrible clearance which people then blamed the goalkeeper.”

  • Alex Terrell

    TONEY AWARD

    West Ham are reportedly considering a summer swoop for Brentford striker Ivan Toney.

    The 24-year-old has scored 22 goals in 27 appearances in the Championship this season.

    According to EuroSport, his incredible spell of form has attracted West Ham's attention.

    David Moyes is in need of a new striker after Sebastien Haller left for Ajax last month.

    And Toney has proved this season that he could fit the bill in the English top-flight.

    He signed for Brentford from Peterborough last summer for a fee of £5million.

  • Etienne Fermie

    MORNING FOOTBALL NEWS

    The FA Cup quarter-final draw has delivered some great ties which will be played across the weekend of March 20.

    Everton vs Manchester City has the potential to be the match of the round.

    While you can expect end-to-end action for Leicester’s clash against Man Utd.

    Chelsea have been handed another favourable tie as they will host Chris Wilder’s Sheffield United.

    And you can be sure of fireworks in the south coast derby between Bournemouth and Southampton.

    In other news, English football has united to demand social media giants stop talking and start acting to root out online abuse.

    In a direct and no punches pulled message to Twitter chief Jack Dorsey and Facebook’s Mark Zuckerberg, representatives of all areas of the game came together in an open letter to tell the companies that 'basic human decency' required intervention.

    Meanwhile, Bayern Munich have become just the second team to complete the sextuple after beating Tigres 1-0 in the Club World Cup final.

    Benjamin Pavard scored the only goal of the game as Hansi Flick's men joined Pep Guardiola's 2009 Barcelona side with a clean swoop of all six available trophies in the last year.

    It is Bayern's second time winning the Club World Cup, having lifted the trophy in 2013.

    Manchester City's pursuit of Lionel Messi has been given a boost after reports the Argentine 'does not like' the way PSG are going after him.

    A great deal of noise has come out of PSG about the possibility of signing Messi, with Neymar and Angel Di Maria among those who have commented on his potential arrival.

    And now there are reports surfacing about how Messi has not looked favourably upon that method of persuasion.

    Finally, the two Romanian officials at the centre of the Champions League racism row have been charged by Uefa.

    Sebastian Coltescu, the fourth official whose alleged comments to former Cameroon star Pierre Webo saw the players of both Istanbul Basaksehir and PSG walk off the pitch in December, and assistant ref Octavian Sovre face severe sanctions if the cases are deemed proved.

    Uefa announced that the pair had both been charged with “potential violation” of its Article 11.

  • Jake Lambourne

    GUARDIAN ANGEL

    Pierre-Emile Hojbjerg will forever remember the moment he and Pep Guardiola cried together.

    Dane Hojbjerg joined Bayern Munich from Brondby as a 16-year-old and was four months shy of his 18th birthday when he became the youngest player to represent the German club in the Bundesliga.

    Yet just a couple of days after he turned 18, in 2013, Hojbjerg’s dad, Christian, called to reveal that he was suffering from stomach cancer.

    Hojbjerg revealed: “Guardiola called me in and said: ‘I heard about your father, I’m incredibly sorry. Let’s just talk together’.

    “Then all of a sudden I started crying and said I was confused and scared.

    “Then he said to me: ‘The people you care about the most and who are closest to you, you have to stick to them, even if it costs a little in the workplace’.

    "He said that he would always be there for me. And then he started to cry and did not know what to say.”

  • Jake Lambourne

    FOOTBALL UNITED

    English football has united to demand social media giants stop talking and start acting to root out online abuse.

    In a direct and no punches pulled message to Twitter chief Jack Dorsey and Facebook’s Mark Zuckerberg, representatives of all areas of the game came together in an open letter to tell the companies that 'basic human decency' required intervention.

    It said: “The language used is debasing, often threatening and illegal.

    “It causes distress to the recipients and the vast majority of people who abhor racism, sexism and discrimination of any kind.

    “We have had many meetings with your executives over the years but the reality is your platforms remain havens for abuse.

    “Your inaction has created the belief in the minds of the anonymous perpetrators that they are beyond reach.”

    Players are understood to be considering a boycott of Twitter, Facebook and Instagram as a sign of their growing anger and indignation.

  • Jake Lambourne

    TAM’S THE MAN

    And Chelsea are through to the FA Cup quarter-final!

    Tammy Abraham scored the only goal of the game after tapping home from close range.

    Have a look at his strike below.

  • Jake Lambourne

    POG'S CHOICE

    Paul Pogba is reportedly being chased in a three-way transfer battle this summer.

    Fabrizio Romano claims Real Madrid, Paris Saint-Germain and Juventus are all keen on the Manchester United star.

    United sources claim Pogba remains happy at the Theatre of Dreams.

    But Romano says the World Cup winner, currently out injured with a thigh problem, is set to receive some tempting offers.

    Linking Pogba’s potential next destination with the future of sought-after Lyon playmaker Houssem Aouar, Romano explained: “The key for the future of Aouar would be Pogba.

    “Some clubs are looking for both players, like PSG, Juventus and Real Madrid. No one is going to sign both players.”

  • Jake Lambourne

    YERN FOR MORE

    Bayern Munich have become just the second team to complete the sextuple after beating Tigres 1-0 in the Club World Cup final.

    Benjamin Pavard scored the only goal of the game as Hansi Flick's men joined Pep Guardiola's 2009 Barcelona side with a clean swoop of all six available trophies in the last year.

    It is Bayern's second time winning the Club World Cup, having lifted the trophy in 2013.

    But they missed out on that campaign's sextuple after losing the German Super Cup to Jurgen Klopp's Borussia Dortmund.

    And there is no chance of Bayern repeating the feat this term as they have already been knocked out of the German Cup in a shock shootout defeat to second-tier minnows Holstein Kiel.

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  • Jake Lambourne

    PAUL OVER

    Liverpool and Leeds have been handed a transfer boost with Udinese admitting Rodrigo de Paul is set to leave this summer.

    The versatile Argentine midfielder, 26, is reportedly valued at £30million by his club.

    Udinese sporting director Pasquale Marino said: “De Paul has characteristics that many top clubs in Europe are missing.

    “I hope it doesn’t happen, but whoever signs him next summer will raise their team to a different level.”

    Reflecting on his future, De Paul added: “I don’t know when my last day here will be.

    “I will give everything for Udinese until that moment. There were many rumours about my future in January, but I immediately met the director to tell him I wanted to go nowhere.

    “I closed doors for everyone, my daughter was born here and my son is going to be born here.”

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  • Jake Lambourne

    PEPE TALK

    Arsenal star Nicolas Pepe has been outed as the football room-mate from hell – because he snores so loudly he sounds like a motorbike.

    Crystal Palace forward Wilfried Zaha has stated he was forced to ask bosses to let him move rooms after being paired with Pepe while on Ivory Coast duty.

    The 28-year-old told the On the Judy podcast: "Oh my days. Nicolas Pepe. I asked to leave the room.

    "I went and asked to leave the room because he sounded like a motorbike.

    "It was mad, it was crazy. I was like, 'No'. These are the first times as well when I went [with Ivory Coast].

    "They let me move and share rooms with Salomon Kalou. And he was like 'Bro, I know.'"

  • Jake Lambourne

    AHM'S RACE

    Ahmed Musa could choose between Southampton, Brighton and Burnley – after West Brom reportedly turned down the chance to sign Leicester's former record buy.

    The £16.6 million Nigeria striker has seemingly not done enough to impress Baggies boss Sam Allardyce during a week's trial.

    But at least three other Premier League teams,  lus his old club CSKA Moscow, are said to be keen on the 28-year-old.

    The Express and Star say second-bottom West Brom tested out Musa but have limited scope financially.

    That's mainly because Allardyce was so busy adding to their wage bill in the January transfer window.

  • Jake Lambourne

    DRAW RECAP

    Two great games in the FA Cup quarter-final to get excited for.

    Everton vs Manchester City has the potential to be the match of the round.

    While you can expect end-to-end action for Leicester’s clash against Man Utd.

    Should Chelsea beat Barnsley, they will face Sheffield United in what is another favourable tie for the Blues.

    And finally you can expect fireworks in the south coast derby between Bournemouth and Southampton.

  • Jake Lambourne

    FA CUP DRAW

    The FA Cup quarter-final draw starts is just about to start.

    Click HERE to follow the draw on the SunSport LIVE blog.

  • Jake Lambourne

    BOX OFFICE

    Amazon Prime have struck up a deal with LaLiga to show every match on their streaming service.

    The partnership will commence this weekend and will last until the end of the 2021-22 season.

    However, fans will need to fork out an extra £6.99 every month in order to tune in to the likes of Lionel Messi and Eden Hazard.

    It will also include access to a LaLiga channel that will be aired 24/7 and have highlights, analysis and interviews.

    All content will be available to watch both live and on-demand.

    LaLiga president, Javier Tebas, said of the agreement: "We are excited to be growing our UK presence with Amazon Prime Video, which has quickly become an important name in the world of sport.

    "The UK has a deep love of football and a huge demand for premium live content, which is reflected by the range of broadcast options we are making available to fans."

  • Jake Lambourne

    ALL FOR ON

    Ajax stars supported their suspended team-mate Andre Onana by wearing his goalkeeper shirt.

    The Dutch side's No1 was slapped with a one-year ban by Uefa for failing an out-of-competition doping test.

    The shot-stopper mistakenly took his wife's pills when feeling unwell, believing them to be a 'simple aspirin'.

    Ajax wore long-sleeved 'Onana 24' shirts back to front for the warm-up before their game against rivals PSV on Wednesday.

    Banned substance Furosemide was found in the former Chelsea target's urine in October.

    The 24-year-old was pictured smiling in the stands as his team-mates paid tribute before the 2-1 win in the KNVB Cup quarter-final.

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  • Jake Lambourne

    NEYM CHECK

    The Barcelona scout who discovered Andres Iniesta has his eyes on Spain's next rising star – Bryan Gil.

    The Sevilla ace, who is currently on loan with Eibar, has even been likened to Barca's former superstar Neymar.

    German Vaya Ballabriga tolf Cadena Ser, he said: "Right now he is Spain's best footballer and I compare him with Neymar.

    “He can do certain things and has great versatility, as he can play at full-back, in the middle or on the left wing. It's impressive.

    “I have spoken with Raman Planes about him and he has Bryan Gil in mind."

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  • Jake Lambourne

    BOATENG BREAK

    Jerome Boateng has been given an indefinite break by Bayern Munich after his ex-girlfriend Kasia Lenhardt was found dead.

    Lenhardt was found dead at the age of 25 just one week after splitting up with the Germany international.

    Now Bayern boss Hansi Flick has confirmed Boateng will be afforded an indefinite spell of compassionate leave and will miss the Club World Cup final.

    Boateng, 32, had played in Monday's 2-0 semi-final win over Al Ahly before Lenhardt's death a day later.

    Ahead of the final against Tigres, Flick revealed: "The news from Berlin hurt us very much.

    “Jerome asked me to let him travel back to Germany, and we have granted him permission to do so. He will not be available to us until further notice.”

  • Jake Lambourne

    ON THE PAUL

    Paul Pogba's agent Mino Raiola has commented on the possibility of the Man Utd midfielder returning to Juventus,

    Quoted by Italian journalist Fabrizio Romano, he said: "Paul Pogba to Juventus?

    "I can’t speak about Pogba because people are nervous, they don't sleep at night.

    "I have to work quietly… If I speak, someone gets offended."

  • Jake Lambourne

    ITALIAN SLOG

    Italy football legend Christian Vieri has claimed he would have been the 'best batsman in the world' had he picked cricket over football.

    Vieri – who spent ten years living in Australia – told Stats Perform News: "I was a big fan of cricket. Even at 13-14, we would go watch Australia play Test matches, ODI matches in Sydney. I'm a very big, big cricket fan.

    "I think [I play like] Chris Gayle from West Indies. I'm a left-hander.

    "When I used to play, I'm not a Test match guy… I want to smash the ball outside the stadium. I think I would've been good.

    "I just love playing. I was probably playing more cricket than football at school. [We would get a] tennis ball, tape it up to make it go faster and swing.

    "I think I would've been the best batsman in the world if I played cricket. I was an all-rounder. I was really good."

  • Jake Lambourne

    CHARGED

    The two Romanian officials at the centre of the Champions League racism row have been charged by Uefa.

    Sebastian Coltescu, the fourth official whose alleged comments to former Cameroon star Pierre Webo saw the players of both Istanbul Basaksehir and PSG walk off the pitch in December, and assistant ref Octavian Sovre face severe sanctions if the cases are deemed proved.

    Uefa announced that the pair had both been charged with “potential violation” of its Article 11.

    But there were no more details of the precise allegations, which came after reports in Romania and Spain – where the lawyer to the pair is based – that they had been cleared of any alleged racism.

    The charges follow a two-month investigation by the Uefa ethics and disciplinary inspector after the incident in the 14th minute of the December 8 match.

  • Jake Lambourne

    TAKING THE MIK

    Tottenham are reportedly in competition with Juventus for the signing of Sampdoria starlet Mikkel Damsgaard in the summer.

    The Denmark international has impressed in Serie A this term – chipping in with two goals and four assists in 20 matches.

    Damsgaard, 20, only joined Sampdoria in a £5million deal from Danish outfit Nordsjaelland last term, but he could be on the move yet again.

    According to Tuttosport via Football Italia, Spurs have been impressed by Damsgaard's performances.

    Jose Mourinho is said to have added the player to his shortlist, but the club are claimed to be battling the Old Lady for his signature.

    The Daily Star also report that Southampton, West Ham and Leeds are keen on the £15million-rated man.

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  • Jake Lambourne

    SPLASH THE CASH

    Man Utd are reportedly ready to hand boss Ole Gunnar Solskjaer a huge transfer warchest this summer.

    Red Devils chief Ed Woodward is prepared to spend 'significant sums' in the next transfer window, according to the Manchester Evening News.

    A centre-back to partner Harry Maguire remains top priority with the club also looking to bring in an attacking force.

    SunSport looks at five potential signings United could make now the cash is available.

    CLick HERE to see who could be brought in.

  • Joe Brophy

    LUK'S IN

    Luka Modric has reportedly offered to slash his pay in order to stay at Real Madrid for another season.

    Mundo Deportivo claims Modric made the proposal after a squad-wide second wage cut, brought about by the coronavirus pandemic, was rejected by the majority of Real’s first team.

    Modric, 35, is out of contract at the end of the season but has been one of Zinedine Zidane’s most reliable players this term.

    The former Spurs man earns £390,000-a-week in the Spanish capital but has offered to take a hefty pay cut.

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  • Joe Brophy

    'OBSCENE'

    Steve Bruce has been told by vile online abusers they hope he dies of Covid.

    The Newcastle boss opened up on the disgusting death threats as he revealed crocked 10-goal top scorer Callum Wilson will be sidelined for the next two months.

    Bruce said: "Some of the abuse has been vile and obscene, it really has. There have been death threats, I'm not sure how far back it goes to be honest. I just know that in conversations with my family over the last few days talking about Mike Dean's situation, it was brought to my attention that I've had it too.

    "It's really horrible stuff, which I couldn't really get my breath with. Things like someone saying they hope I die of Covid and all of this. It's obscene and you can actually feel the hatred."

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