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Can Lindelof follow in footsteps of best United defenders?

Victor Lindelof is set to join Manchester United for close to £31million this week, becoming their most expensive central defender of all time. The Sweden international is ready for a medical and is primed for a move from Benfica, with Ed Woodward looking at completing transfer business early for Jose Mourinho. Here, Sportsmail takes a look at the top 10 central defensive signings to have played for United in the Premier League era.

Man United bid for Real Madrid striker Alvaro Morata 

Manchester United have lodged a bid for Alvaro Morata as their aggressive transfer strategy begins to take hold. The Real Madrid striker will cost United upwards of £60million and is seen as a replacement for the recently released Zlatan Ibrahimovic. Real are hopeful of thrashing out a deal somewhere above £70m with further talks expected in the coming days.

THE TRANSFER COLUMN: Adnan Januzaj is a target for Real Sociedad. The Spanish club have discussed an £8.8m offer with Manchester United keen on a buy-back option.

Aston Villa is emerging as a serious option for former Chelsea and England captain John Terry as he seeks to extend his playing career after leaving Chelsea at the end of this season.

Mayweather Promotions have booked the MGM Grand Garden Arena in Las Vegas for a 'boxing event' on August 26. The booking has sparked rumours it could be Mayweather vs McGregor.

Gabriel Heinze has revealed he once incurred the wrath of Roy Keane during their playing days at Manchester United - with the hot-headed Irishman knocking him out cold following a defeat.

KIT HOLDEN: In football, one season can change everything. Just ask Serge Gnabry. In the space of just 12 months, the German winger has gone from rejection at Arsenal to signing for Bayern Munich.

The British and Irish Lions will face their fourth test of their tour of New Zealand when they come up against the Highlanders on Tuesday. Sportsmail provides you with all you need to know about them.

The Premier League has seen many footballers best known for their silky skills, but plenty of others are notorious for different reasons. Sportsmail counts down the bad boys from 50-41.

£185m Neymar tops new list as world's most valuable player

Barcelona star Neymar is still someway short of matching the goalscoring feats of team-mates Luis Suarez and Lionel Messi, but the Brazilian has been valued as the world's most expensive player. In a new study by the CIES Football Observatory, the 25-year-old emerges as the most valuable footballer on the planet, ahead of Messi and Tottenham duo Harry Kane and Dele Alli based on certain key criteria. Neymar is valued at an eye-watering £185million according to the research, based on performance, employer clubs, international status, contract, age, position and marketability.

Cristiano Ronaldo highest-paid sporting celebrity at £73m

Cristiano Ronaldo's aspirations to be the undisputed No 1 footballer in the world are plain to see and now the Portuguese star can lay claim to the highest-paid sporting celebrity. Forbes has released its annual list of the top 100 highest-paid entertainers with the Real Madrid and Portugal superstar sitting in fifth place. Ronaldo has dropped one place from fourth in 2017 but iconic No 7's earnings of £73.2 million supersede his footballing contemporaries.

The friendly clash is a chance for Gareth Southgate to try new things against one of the world's best teams as the England manager looks to create a side capable of fighting for major honours.

70 teams will learn their fate for the first round via a live stream from Thailand on June 16 at 1pm UK time, where former Arsenal and France midfielder Emmanuel Petit will be the special guest.

Cristiano Ronaldo and Lionel Messi have created many spectacular and memorable moments over the years for supporters all over the world and have dominated the game we all love for a while now.

Torino president Umberto Cairo will only allow Andrea Belotti to leave for Manchester United if the striker's £88million release clause is triggered. 

The 33-year-old former Manchester City and Tottenham Hotspur forward joined Palace on a six-moth loan spell in January last year and was released at the end of that season.

Messi and Suarez joined by Fabregas on holiday in Ibiza

Barcelona strikers Lionel Messi and Luis Suarez have been joined by Chelsea midfielder Cesc Fabregas for a holiday to Ibiza. The trio were spotted stepping out on the sunshine island with their families as they enjoy some time to rest following a gruelling season competing for honours. Messi and Suarez, who were with their respective partners Antonella Roccuzzo and Sofia Balbi, fell short of defending their La Liga title as fierce rivals Real Madrid claimed the crown.

England U21s arrive in Poland for European Championships

England Under 21s have touched down at their Kielce training base ahead of the start of the European Championships in Poland. The Young Lions left Birmingham airport on Monday afternoon as look to emulate the success of their U20 counterparts - who clinched the U20 World Cup on Sunday.

Michael Keane’s prospective move to Manchester United appears unlikely to materialise with the England defender eager to ensure regular football ahead of the World Cup.

Liverpool fans would have been forgiven for getting a surge of excitement as they saw Dominic Solanke pick up the Golden Ball at the Under 20 World Cup last week, but is it a true indicator of success?

Wayne Rooney's career may have reached an impasse. The interest from China does not appear to be there, and even if it was, Rooney is reluctant to move his family east.

Diego Costa admits he sees no point in trying to fight for a future at Chelsea if he is not wanted and has again not ruled out rejoining Atletico Madrid this summer despite their transfer embargo.

Kane, Chamberlain and Co Enjoy England Training In Paris

Despite only picking up a draw in their World Cup qualifier against Scotland, the England camp seemed in a positive mood ahead of their friendly with France in Paris on Tuesday. Gareth Southgate led training on the eve of their match at the Stade de France following the weekend's 2-2 draw. Those who played against Scotland were back in action on Monday after being given training off the previous day and the brief rest clearly seems to have buoyed them to go again.

Ronaldo displays 'big' impact for Real Madrid legends

The scintillating Brazilian spent the 1990s and 2000s ripping apart defences for some of the Europe's greatest teams and was a phenomenon to behold. He notched up accolades during spells with PSV, Barcelona, Inter, Milan and, of course, was one of Real Madrid's Galacticos.

Manchester United and Liverpool are among seven Premier League clubs to have opted not to send scouts to the European Under-21 Championship finals this summer in Poland.

Tom Heaton will start England's friendly against France on Tuesday night as Gareth Southgate tests out the Burnley goalkeeper at the Stade de France on Tuesday night.

Just over a week ago eight people were killed in the capital by terrorists and on May 22 a bomb rocked Manchester Arena, leaving 22 people dead and injuring many more.

France hit the training field ahead of England showdown

NEW France have been putting the final touches to their preparations ahead of the upcoming showdown with Gareth Southgate's England at the Stade de France. Kylian Mbappe and Paul Pogba took to the training pitch and set the tempo as Les Blues launched into a competitive session under a glowing Parisian sun.  Manager Didier Deschamps put his men through their paces in St Denis, hoping to dispel any lingering concerns following their recent defeat to Sweden in Stockholm.

FIFA 18 Ultimate Team Icons to feature Pele and Maradona

Two of the greatest players of all time will be coming to FIFA 18 Icons after EA Sports announced the inclusion of Pele and Diego Maradona. The South American giants will be joining former Real Madrid striker Ronaldo in Ultimate Team for the latest edition of the game, which will be coming to PS4, Xbox One and PC. And they are not the only legends who will be available to players of FIFA when the next edition drops on September 29.

Morata's agent held talks with Real Madrid officials on Friday and made it clear the striker wants more game time after starting just 14 league games on his return to the Bernabeu.

If United boss Jose Mourinho wanted a sure thing next season he probably should have overlooked Lindelof in favour of a man who last failed to pick up a league winner's medal in 2008.

Jurgen Klopp has made contact with Monaco forward Kylian Mbappe's representatives as Liverpool throw their name into the ring in the battle to sign Europe's most in-demand teenager.

Chaos in kickboxing fight as bloodied rival is knocked out while facing the WRONG way before fans storm the ring to start a brawl 

All hell broke lose at a kickboxing championship on Saturday night after spectators entered the ring to attack one of the fighters following a controversial KO. Armenian Harut Grigorian was fighting Dutch athlete Murthel Groenhart at the Glory 42 Kickboxing Championship event in Paris. At the start of round two, Grigorian appeared to turn towards his corner with his gloves down after a knee to the head from Groenhart.

Conor McGregor teases Floyd Mayweather fight could be on

Conor McGregor has broken his unusually quiet social media activity by hinting at 'something big' in the pipeline. The Dubliner posed in some characteristically flamboyant clothing on his Instagram and Twitter post, donning a large blue overcoat lined with fur. His caption: 'Something big is coming' was accompanied by the cryptic hashtag #BP. The UFC champion has been linked with a mega-fight against Floyd Mayweather for months but there has been no apparent progress to thrashing out a deal in recent weeks.

JONATHAN MCEVOY: Sportsmail McEvoy takes looks at what has gone wrong this season for Britain's most successful team. And more importantly, how it can be fixed.

NIK SIMON IN DUNEDIN: The 24-year-old, who has not even started a Test for England, claimed he would not have made the tour if it were not for the advice of Adam Jones and James Horwill.

Christie's most famous fight came outside the ring when he tussled with opponent Mark Kaylor. They were promoting their Wembley title eliminator in 1985, but ended up wrestling in a puddle.

The five, who have no international appearances between them in any format as yet, are given a chance in a 16-man squad which as expected is missing several Test regulars.

Even though he is enjoying the best spell of his international career, Olivier Giroud has to keep proving himself for France. He has never been a favorite among fans after replacing Karim Benzema

Gabriel Jesus says he doesn't know how long it will take to recover from the fractured eye socket he sustained on international duty with Brazil but insists the injury is 'nothing serious'.

Juan Mata plays cruel prank on Manchester United supporter

Manchester United playmaker Juan Mata got his sweet revenge by playing a funny prank on a fan after being the victim of a practical joke himself recently by his own team-mates. Mata, who was set up not long ago by Jesse Lingard and Ashley Young, was eager to get his own back and that's exactly what he did.

Victor Lindelof can be the next Rio Ferdinand at Man Utd

Manchester United have moved quickly to bolster their defensive options with the arrival of Victor Lindelof, but how much do we know of the centre-back heading for the Premier League? The Sweden international will become Jose Mourinho's first summer signing for £30.7million after the fee was agreed with Benfica last week. Sportsmail has been in touch with Portugal football expert GONCALO LOPES to get the full inside track on the man heading for Old Trafford.

CHARLES SALE - SPORTS AGENDA: The two Manchester clubs are at the forefront in trying to end the even split of the £3billion foreign proceeds for the next three-year rights deal.

JONATHAN McEVOY IN MONTREAL: Lewis Hamilton eased across the finish line to claim a comfortable victory at the Canadian Grand Prix and pile the pressure on title rival Sebastian Vettel.

The goalposts may have moved in Formula One this season but, after a dominant one-two in Canada on Sunday, triple world champion Lewis Hamilton feels Mercedes are back on target.

Lions coach Andy Farrell: No rush to replace Stuart Hogg 

Luckless Scotland full-back Hogg collided accidentally with Conor Murray's elbow in Saturday's 12-3 win over the Crusaders. The Glasgow flyer is still sweating on the outcome of specialist examinations on his cheek, but defence coach Farrell believes the Lions boast a good array of alternative options.

Henry praises world-beater Murray as Lions end Kiwi sneers

The hasty shift in Kiwi attitudes towards Warren Gatland’s Lions accelerated on Sunday when Sir Graham Henry hailed Conor Murray as the world’s best scrum-half. From his vantage point as a World Cup-winning former All Blacks coach, who took charge of the Lions in 2001, Henry recognised the significance of the Munster man’s towering contribution to this mood-changing victory.

CHRIS FOY IN DUNEDIN: The Wales flanker knows his status as tour captain does not come with any selection guarantees attached.

The 27-year-old offered a candid assessment of his Lions status in freely accepting he currently trails Sexton and Farrell in the race for the fly-half shirt to face the All Blacks.

Northampton lock Lawes felt he was reaching career-best form during England's push to retain their Six Nations crown earlier this year. But now the 28-year-old feels in even better shape now.

Everton ace Morgan Schneiderlin marries former shop girl

Everton midfielder Morgan Schneiderlin has tied the knot with his long-term fiancée Camille Sold.  The pair exchanged vows in a civil marriage on June 8 - 15 months after Sportsmail reported that Schneiderlin had proposed to Camille during her time as a shop assistant in Manchester City Centre. A beaming Camille posted a picture of her and her beau on Instagram, captioned: 'Mr & Mrs Schneiderlin,' with the loved-up snap instantly attracting thousands of likes. 

Nadal secures 'La Decima' as he wins 10th French Open

MIKE DICKSON IN PARIS: From the straggly-haired teenager with no sleeves who emerged from left field to win in 2005, to the sporadically injured thirtysomething in 2017, it was never so straightforward. Such a monopoly did he exercise that he romped through the fortnight for the loss of just 35 games. The overall achievement is magnificent but Sunday's final was a non-event as he routed Stan Wawrinka 6-2, 6-3, 6-1 in just over two hours.

For Cleveland coach Tyronn Lue, the physical turn the NBA Finals took in game four is just what he wanted and is the recipe he hopes the Cavaliers will follow for the rest of the series.

Harlequins have announced that James Horwill is to succeed Danny Care as club captain for next season. Horwill joined Quins in 2015 and has made 40 appearances.

Rafa Nadal says winning a French Open-Wimbledon double for the third time in his career will be 'complicated' but is highly motivated to have a go as he prepares for the grasscourt season.

Na demonstrates 'unplayable' US Open rough at Erin Hills as he hacks at ball before losing it and blasts: 'Every hole we got this'

If Kevin Na's demonstration is anything to go by, the US Open at Erin Hills could descend into farce unless organisers rev up their mowers.  On a video shared on his Instagram feed the Korean-American shows how unforgiving the fescue is at this year's tournament.  Na throws his ball about three feet away into the long grass before finding it deep beneath the undergrowth. 

McIlroy's season has been thrown into disarray by the rib injury suffered during the winter, which initially kept him sidelined for six weeks after losing a play-off in the South African Open.

Since becoming the first English winner of the US Open for 43 years at Merion in 2013, Rose has recorded five top-10 finishes in major championships, three of them coming in 2015.



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Man United star Wayne Rooney enjoys holiday with Wes Brown

Although the international break continues for the world's finest footballers, those not involved with their national teams have been able to soak up the sun and relax after a long and arduous season. For the likes of Harry Kane and Gary Cahill, there is still work to be done with the England team, but for Wayne Rooney, who is still the official England captain, summer came early when Gareth Southgate chose not to name him in his squad. The Manchester United star wasted no time in jetting off to sunnier climes with his wife Coleen and their children. He was even joined by his former team-mate and close friend Wes Brown as a recent Instagram post revealed.

Arsenal target Silva set for AC Milan as he arrives in Italy for medical ahead of £35million move from Porto

Andre Silva has joined Serie A giants AC Milan from Porto for £35million (€40million) on a five-year deal, the Serie A side have confirmed. Silva, who has drawn interest from Arsenal, was announced by AC Milan on Monday afternoon with a tweet confirming that he is 'officially a red & black player.'

Manchester United, who could lose David de Gea this summer, have had their interests piqued by Donnarumma. While Real Madrid could also swoop for him should they not land De Gea.

Liverpool midfielder Jordan Henderson has called on his team-mates to make a fast start to next season, believing the return to the top four must be used as a stepping stone for further success.

Fulham wonderkid Ryan Sessegnon has the talent to make it at the top level according to team-mate Ragnar Sigurdsson. The 17-year-old is a target for both Liverpool and Tottenham.

A winding-up petition against Leyton Orient has been dismissed at a High Court hearing. Controversial owner Francesco Becchetti was given until Monday to pay off debts.

Tammy Abraham has grown up and now the striker wants to show the world. A season on loan at Bristol City has taken the Chelsea player on a journey which will continue in Poland this month.

Cristiano Ronaldo will don a pair of special edition CR7 Mercurial Campeoes boots for this year's Confederations Cup.  The Portugal captain has been given the unique design by Nike.

Keep track of all the major transfers involving senior players in the Premier League as Sportsmail brings you all the summer deals right the way through to transfer deadline day.

Stay up-to-date with all the new confirmed kits set to feature during the 2017-18 Premier League campaign as Sportsmail takes a look at the brand new strips your team will be wearing.

Whether your Premier League side is taking on local opposition or racking up the air miles with trips Down Under, keep track of all the latest friendly matches announced as well as the results here.

Liverpool's Philippe Coutinho coy on Barcelona talk

Philippe Coutinho says talk of a move to Barcelona 'is complicated' and insists his sole focus is on playing for Brazil ahead of his country's friendly against Australia. The Liverpool star has been linked with a move to the Catalan side in the Spanish press, with Sport claiming Coutinho has already agreed a transfer to the Nou Camp.

Manuel Neuer marries Nina Weiss as Mario Gotze attends

While his international team-mates enjoyed a 7-0 win over San Marino this weekend, Manuel Neuer had a day of celebration himself too. The Germany goalkeeper became a married man as he and his wife Nina Weiss completed their nuptials. The happy couple tied the knot in the picturesque Adriatic town of Monopoli - which is in the province of Bari, Italy.

Barcelona great Guardiola calls for support on Catalonia

Guardiola, who turned out 298 times for the club in a stellar 10-year spell at the Nou Camp, read a manifesto at a rally of several thousand supporters of Catalan independence who gathered at a fountain in Barcelona on Sunday. The former Spain international continued his career for his hometown club when he turned to management and helped Barca to 11 major trophies in a four-year spell at the helm.

Stoke won just two of their last 11 matches - mirroring an end-of-season slump in 2016 when they registered just one victory in their final 10 games - against a backdrop of growing fans' frustration.

Premier League stars David Silva and Diego Costa scored to give Spain a hard-fought victory over Macedonia, allowing them to keep control of their World Cup qualifying group.

This week has already been an exciting one for any fan of FIFA, with the announcement that Real Madrid’s Cristiano Ronaldo is going to be the cover star for the regular edition of FIFA 18.

Arsenal midfielder Aaron Ramsey has admitted he was unaware his Panenka penalty to help Wales win a point in Serbia came at the same Belgrade venue as the original from 41 years ago.

Fifty-one years after Bobby Moore lifted the World Cup at Wembley, England can boast again that they are world champions.

Owen and Karl Oyston, owner and chairman of the Lancashire club, are accused of 'improperly' extracting millions of pounds from its funds following promotion to the Premier League in 2010.

Lions full back Stuart Hogg suffers the unkindest of blows

The Lions had to overcome more than the Crusaders on Saturday — they had to deal with bad luck as well. Full-back Stuart Hogg left the field with blood pouring from a cut after running into the raised elbow of scrum-half Conor Murray as he chased the ball. Hogg set out to chase an up-and-under when Murray, in an attempt to move out of the way, raised his arms and caught the 24-year-old.

Farrells point the way forward for the Lions

What a huge day for the Farrell family. On the pitch, Owen bossed the game from start to finish and showed why he is so fundamental to the Lions on this tour. Meanwhile, off the pitch, his dad, Andy, should take a bow for masterminding a huge defensive effort which cut down the best attacking side in Super Rugby at source. As he approaches the best years of his career, Owen Farrell brings a calmness and control to proceedings as well as his natural aggression and physicality. He is an unusual but brilliant mix, and his combination with Conor Murray, who was absolutely on top of his game at scrum-half, is going to be the beating heart of the Lions.

NIK SIMON IN DUNEDIN: Sam Warburton has recovered from an ankle injury to captain the Lions against the Highlanders. The Wales flanker missed the games against the Blues and the Crusaders.

NIK SIMON AT THE AMI STADIUM: Warren Gatland claimed a week of heavy criticism created a siege mentality that helped the Lions get their tour back on track against the Crusaders.

CHRIS FOY AT THE AMI STADIUM: This was the statement victory that the Lions needed. Warren Gatland’s side shut down the unbeaten Super Rugby leaders to reignite their tour.

Wales skipper Sam Warburton will lead the Lions in three Test matches against the All Blacks as Gatland looks to secure back-to-back tour victories, following the 2-1 series win over Australia.

The British and Irish Lions travel to New Zealand for the first time in 12 years and are scheduled to play 10 matches across seven different locations, including three Tests against the All Blacks.

The British and Irish Lions squad met up for the first time ahead of their tour to New Zealand in June. The Lions' official twitter posted a photo of Alun Wyn Jones posing in the squad's kit.

Brilliant Jason Roy makes incredible catch look so easy

During Australia's innings of 277 for nine, batsman Glenn Maxwell was given a life by Liam Plunkett and he decided to take advantage two balls later by smashing Mark Wood hard to the midwicket boundary. Roy raced into position and with his foot fractions of an inch from the boundary rope held the catch but knew his momentum was taking him over the line. So he threw the ball up into the air as he went, keeping his eye on it all the time.To complete the catch, he nonchalantly stepped back on to the field, caught the ball again on its way down and celebrated removing one of the Aussies’ danger men.

Paul Collingwood reckons his time as the only man to lift an ICC trophy for England might be coming to an end. Eoin Morgan is spearheading a charge towards the Champions Trophy.

Six months ago England’s only batting concerns centred on how to get good players such as Jonny Bairstow and Sam Billings into the side. Now things are different.

The sight of Steve Smith, hands on hips, chuntering while Ben Stokes took Pat Cummins apart at Edgbaston was indeed a glorious one for English eyes, particularly with the Ashes in November.

Jack Senior once beat Speith but is yet to make it big

DEREK LAWRENSON: Asked to name the English golfers who inflicted the two most stinging defeats in Jordan Spieth’s career to date, any sports fan would easily get Danny Willett at the Masters last year. The other? Now here’s a story you will not have heard before. It happened at the 2011 US Amateur Championship at Erin Hills, which just happens to be the venue for this week’s US Open.  Spieth was playing in his last Amateur before turning professional and was desperate to add the title to his US Junior Championship, but he could not get past a gritty Lancastrian by the name of Jack Senior.

Patrick Stewart drinks champagne out of Ricciardo's boot

There are many things you can expect to see when you go to a Formula One race - fast cars, quick overtakes, spectacular crashes to name three. What you generally don't expect is a veteran British actor drinking champagne out of one of the driver's shoes - but that is what those viewing the Canadian Grand Prix got to see.

Lewis Hamilton cruised to victory at the Canadian Grand Prix leading every lap on his way to a third victory of the season, but here are six things you missed from the Gilles Villeneuve Circuit.

The much-delayed independent report into claims of bullying and discrimination within the Great Britain cycling team will be published on Wednesday morning.

Marcus Willis has a message for Wimbledon - give me a wild card and I can give you more headlines. He says he is still living in the whirlwind of the remarkable two weeks last summer.

WILL KELLEHER IN SAN JUAN: The head coach handed 10 players their debut in what was a stunning victory against Argentina – it was the most uncapped men in an England Test for 61 years.

Sam Davies is ready to take his chance at fly-half for Wales when they face Tonga on Friday. The 23-year-old has made just six replacement appearances for his country to date.

As revealed by Sportsmail on Saturday, the Russian was struggling badly with injury and has decided to skip Wimbledon to repair a torn muscle. She plans to play next in California at the end of July.

Leading Royal Ascot hope Main Desire is injured and out of next week's meeting. The Michael Bell-trained filly had been due to run in the Queen Mary Stakes but is unlikely to run again this season.

Sportsmail's racing expert Robin Goodfellow dishes out his tips ahead of Monday's meetings at Ayr, Pontefract, Windsor and Brighton.

England exposed their old faults against Scotland

OLIVER HOLT AT HAMPDEN PARK: England and Scotland threw a cloth of gold over a cabbage patch at Hampden Park on Saturday. The magnificent end to their World Cup qualifier will live long in the memory but it acted as a camouflage for the well-meaning and energetic drudgery that had gone before. Both Gareth Southgate and Gordon Strachan seized upon the supercharged drama that saw three goals scored in the dying minutes of an astonishing 2-2 draw and, quite rightly, identified significant psychological promise in the fact that their players had refused to accept defeat when all seemed lost.

George Ford gave one of the great performances by an England No 10 when he provided both the X-factor and steadying hand in England’s magnificent 38-34 win over Argentina.

ROB DRAPER: Zinedine Zidane took the time to show Kylian Mbappe around Real’s training facilities when the boy came to visit. He is 18 now and football’s most-wanted teenager.

Gareth Southgate’s appraisal was that the way England fought back from 2-1 down demonstrated great character. But England dropped two points at Hampden Park rather than gaining one.