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Jesse Lingard’s move to Newcastle is in danger of collapse, despite Ralf Rangnick giving the deal his blessing… as Manchester United hold firm in their demand for loan fee and substantial survival bonus

  • Jesse Lingard’s proposed loan move to Newcastle United is on brink of collapse 
  • The England international had been given Ralf Rangnick’s blessing to move 
  • However, Manchester United are asking for a package worth £15m for the deal 


Jesse Lingard’s move from Manchester United to Newcastle is in danger of collapsing after the two clubs failed to agree terms.

Lingard was given the green light to spend the remaining five months of his United contract on loan at St James’ Park following talks with interim boss Ralf Rangnick on Tuesday.

However, Newcastle are reluctant to pay a loan fee and substantial bonus if they win their battle to stay in the Premier League, as well as footing Lingard’s £100,000-a-week wages. It’s understood the entire package could cost the club’s Saudi owners in excess of £15million.

Jesse Lingard's move to Newcastle United is in danger of collapse during the January window

Jesse Lingard’s move to Newcastle United is in danger of collapse during the January window

United have already rejected offers from Tottenham and West Ham because they are rivals for a top-four place, and now have six days to revive talks with Newcastle or find an alternative option.

Everton have also expressed an interest but there has been friction between the Glazer family and Farhad Moshiri in the past after United pulled the plug on moves for Sergio Romero and Van de Beek.

Now Lingard could be left in limbo until the end of the season when he will end a 21-year association with United and leave Old Trafford as a free agent.

The 29-year-old England international has played a bit-part role again this season, starting just two games under Ole Gunnar Solskjaer and Rangnick, and is desperate to reclaim a place in Gareth Southgate’s squad ahead of this year’s World Cup.

Newcastle boss Eddie Howe is desperate to add some fresh faces to his squad in the window

Newcastle boss Eddie Howe is desperate to add some fresh faces to his squad in the window

Lingard still wants to join Newcastle, having revived his fortunes with a successful loan spell at West Ham last year, but is becoming increasingly frustrated with United’s stance.

Meanwhile, Crystal Palace are interested in signing Van de Beek, another of United’s peripheral players, on a short-term basis.

Having blocked the Dutchman’s proposed loan move to Everton last summer, United may be more open to offers now with Valencia said to be another option.

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Southampton ‘are NOT planning a bid to sign’ impressive on-loan Chelsea striker Armando Broja permanently this month… as West Ham also eye a deal for the Albanian

  • Southampton not planning to sign Armando Broja permanently this month
  • The 20-year-old has netted seven times in 21 outings for the Saints this season 
  • West Ham are reportedly interested in signing the Albanian international striker 


Southampton are not planning a bid to make Armando Broja’s loan move permanent, despite initial reports of a £25m deal in place for the Chelsea striker. 

The Albanian international has been in fine form for the Saints, scoring seven goals in 21 outings since joining on loan last summer.

There is however no plans to make his move permanent in the final days of the January transfer window, despite ongoing interest from Southampton boss Ralph Hasenhuttl, according to talkSPORT.  

Southampton are not planning a bid to make Armando Broja's loan move permanent

Southampton are not planning a bid to make Armando Broja’s loan move permanent 

The Saints were initially planning a £25million bid for the Chelsea striker this month

The Saints were initially planning a £25million bid for the Chelsea striker this month

Saints boss Ralph Hasenhuttl said of the player’s future earlier this month: ‘We will find the right conversation with the player, the agents, the club. What they want, what Chelsea want.

‘I think we should let the young lad develop his game because this is the most important thing for him to play games. 

‘He likes it here, he enjoys it here, we have a young team and these are all reasons why he develops his game and is getting better.

Southampton boss Ralph Hasenhuttl provided an update on Broja's future earlier this month

Southampton boss Ralph Hasenhuttl provided an update on Broja’s future earlier this month

‘In the end we need to make the best decision for the player, when it’s a win, win, win for everybody, then we will find the right decision for the summer. 

‘As long as he is our player, we will have as much fun with him and make him better.’

West Ham are reportedly interested in the 20-year-old, who has only played four minutes of first-team football for Chelsea, featuring against Everton in the Premier League in March 2020. 

The Hammers are desperately looking to sign a forward to help provide competition and support to Michail Antonio.

It remains to be seen whether Chelsea are even prepared to listen to offers for their academy graduate, as the European champions are said to be weighing up his long-term future at Stamford Bridge.

He only put pen to paper on a new five-year contract last July, meaning Blues officials will be able to command a sizeable transfer fee should they decide to cash in on him.

A number of teams have already enquired about their asking price for Broja, who scored 11 goals in 34 appearances on loan in Holland with Vitesse last season.

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Barcelona star Ansu Fati is ‘set to miss up to THREE months out’ after suffering a hamstring injury in Copa del Rey defeat… as injury-hit teenager opts AGAINST surgery in favour of a ‘conservative recovery plan’

  • Barcelona’s Ansu Fati is facing two to three months out with a hamstring injury
  • The 19-year-old came off injured in the Copa del Rey loss by Athletic Bilbao
  • He is reluctant to have surgery on his latest injury after previous treatment
  • The Catalan club confirmed that Fati will follow a ‘conservative recovery plan’ 
  • Fati has scored five goals in just 10 matches for the Catalan giants this season 


Barcelona star Ansu Fati is set to miss two to three months worth of action after suffering a hamstring injury in the club’s Copa del Rey defeat by Athletic Bilbao.

The 19-year-old has only featured 10 times for Barca so far this season due to struggling with multiple injuries and he has now suffered yet another setback.

Fati hobbled off the pitch in tears in the Catalan giants’ Copa del Rey defeat to Athletic Bilbao and he had to be consoled by manager Xavi and his opposite number, Marcelino.

Barcelona are set to be without star striker Ansu Fati, who has suffered another injury setback

Barcelona are set to be without star striker Ansu Fati, who has suffered another injury setback

The 19-year-old (right) hobbled off in Barca's Copa del Rey defeat to Athletic Bilbao in tears

The 19-year-old (right) hobbled off in Barca’s Copa del Rey defeat to Athletic Bilbao in tears

And now reports in Spain are claiming he won’t be back on the pitch until the end of March at the earliest as he begins his rehabilitation on his hamstring injury. 

According to Sport, the teenager is facing a three-month spell on the sidelines, leaving him with yet another disappointing injury to overcome this season.

It’s already clear that another surgery might be a good idea, something Barca have advised him of.

But Fati has opted against surgery for a fourth time this season and has instead chosen to conduct a ‘conservative recovery plan’, according to the club’s official website.

Fati took to social media earlier this week where he vowed to ‘never give up’ after learning the news of his injury.

He wrote on Twitter: ‘Unfortunately, I am having to live the worst part of football, but I will never give up! Thank you very much for your messages of support and love! NEVER GIVE UP.’ 

Fati (centre) is reportedly not keen on undergoing another surgery after multiple last year

Fati (centre) is reportedly not keen on undergoing another surgery after multiple last year

The La Masia graduate has a ‘terrible memory’ of the meniscus arthroscopy he underwent ‘where many mistakes were made’ as he had to go through the operating room three times last year, reports Barca Universal.

Fati’s first injury came on November, 7, 2020 when he tore the meniscus in his left knee which required multiple bouts of surgery. 

Then on September, 26, 2021, Fati returned only to suffer recurring ailments which stunted his progress.

Despite constant injury setbacks, the youngster has been in excellent form for the Catalans when he has played. 

Fati has three goals in five LaLiga games and five in 10 in all competitions.

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Mexican journalist Lourdes Maldonado Lopez was gunned dead in her car on Sunday in Mexico’s border city of Tijuana, according to a statement from the Baja California state prosecutor’s office. The 68-year-old had decades of experience as a journalist before she was ruthlessly shot dead.

But now her beloved pooch has been pictured waiting for her return.
Chato, her dog, was still waiting outside her home in the Sante Fe neighbourhood, sitting on her doorstep as if her owner would return from work like any other day.

The photo was posted on Twitter by her fellow journalist Yolanda Morales.

It was captioned: “The dog of the murdered journalist, Lourdes Maldonado.”

Lourdes had told the Mexican president, Andres Manuel Lopez Obrador, three years ago that she feared for her life.

She had come to the President’s daily morning news conference and asked for his support “because I fear for my life,” she said.

Her tragic death marks the second journalist to be killed in the same area in the space of only a week.

Photographer Margarito Martinez was shot down outside his own home.

He was well-known for covering crime in the city of Tijuana.

She was the third journalist to die since the start of the year, marking the country’s status as one of the deadliest places for journalists outside a warzone.

Since 2000, more than 100 journalists have been killed in Mexico, with only a fraction of the killings leading to convictions

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Following the latest murder, the president pledged a full investigation.

He said: “What happened is very regrettable,” adding that investigators still had to determine a motive and evaluate any possible links to a labour dispute Maldonado was involved in.

Local police were alerted to the shooting at 7pm local time on Sunday, and found Lourdes dead on arrival.

Rights groups condemned the killing, with the Committee to Protect Journalists (CPJ) calling on authorities to “thoroughly and transparently investigate the attack.”

The group wrote on Twitter it was “shocked” by her murder.

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Media rights watchdog Reporters Without Borders regularly ranks Mexico as one of the deadliest countries in the world for reporters, alongside Afghanistan and Yemen.

The violence is regularly blamed on powerful drug cartels that kill to discourage journalists from investigating, or general reporting on, their dealings or connections to officials.

Rights groups have also called on authorities to investigate a fatal stabbing attack earlier this month that led to the death of journalist and social media activist Jose Luis Gamboa in the eastern state of Veracruz.

Investigators have not yet said if that killing was related to Gamboa’s work.

A media worker was also non-fatally stabbed in Yucatan state in the country’s east last week, Jan-Albert Hootsen, CPJ’s representative in Mexico, wrote on Twitter.




Ronald Araujo ‘REJECTS Barcelona’s opening contract offer’ as his Nou Camp future remains uncertain… with ‘Chelsea and Man United both interested in bringing the Uruguayan defender to the Premier League’

  • Ronald Araujo has reportedly rejected Barcelona’s opening contract offer
  • It’s claimed Chelsea and Manchester United are preparing to take advantage
  • Araujo, 22, has become Xavi’s top choice to partner Gerard Pique at centre back
  • But he wants a new deal that reflects his performances and role in the team 


Ronald Araujo has reportedly rejected Barcelona’s opening contract offer as Chelsea and Manchester United prepare to take advantage.

Araujo, 22, has developed into one of Barcelona’s top defenders since earning a promotion from the club’s B team in 2019, overtaking Clement Lenglet and Samuel Umtiti to become Xavi’s top choice to partner Gerard Pique.

However, the Uruguayan’s future is unclear with his contract expiring in the summer of 2023 and both parties no closer to agreeing terms on a new deal. 

Defender Ronald Araujo has reportedly rejected Barcelona's opening offer of a new contract

Defender Ronald Araujo has reportedly rejected Barcelona’s opening offer of a new contract

Xavi wants to keep the 22-year-old but Araujo wants a contract reflecting his recent displays

Xavi wants to keep the 22-year-old but Araujo wants a contract reflecting his recent displays

According to Spanish newspaper Marca, Araujo has turned down Barcelona’s opening offer after talks between the club and his agent last week.

It’s claimed that although the offer was quickly rejected, talks were ‘amicable’ and more negotiations are expected in the coming months.

But news of Araujo’s uncertainty over his future at the Nou Camp has given Premier League sides Chelsea and United hope of tempting him to England.

Chelsea could be in desperate need of defenders this summer with Antonio Rudiger, Andreas Christensen and Cesar Azpilicueta all out of contract at the end of the season.

United, meanwhile, are still looking for ways to tighten up their defence after the poor form of Harry Maguire and the underwhelming performances of Raphael Varane since he arrived from Real Madrid.

Chelsea could be in desperate need of new defenders this summer

Ralf Rangnick is said to be keen on a move for Araujo with United's defence still leaking goals

Thomas Tuchel (left) and Ralf Rangnick (right) both want to bring Araujo to the Premier League

Araujo has developed into a key player for Barcelona but his contract expires next summer

Araujo has developed into a key player for Barcelona but his contract expires next summer

There is still a strong possibility that Araujo stays put at Barcelona, however. It’s thought that sporting director Mateu Alemany has made his new contract a ‘priority’.

Given Barcelona’s financial woes and need to spend funds in other areas of Xavi’s squad, tying down Araujo seems like an obvious necessity given his age and ability.

It’s thought the player wants to commit his future to Barcelona but will only do so if he is offered a contract that reflects his recent displays. 

Real Madrid have also shown interest in Araujo but, as Sportsmail reported earlier this week, the Spanish rivals have ‘agreed an unwritten rule’ to stop speaking to each other’s players under contract. 

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UK companies have lost hundreds of billions of pounds to Covid and an equal amount to Brexit, but the tally from the UK leaving the European Union is now rising faster, according to a report by The Centre for Economics and Business Research. This found numerous coronavirus lockdowns that had inflicted huge damage on businesses throughout the UK had cost them a staggering £251billion by March 2021. It revealed the value of the goods and services produced by the country’s under-pressure economy had plunged by £250billion more than it otherwise would have been.

The report cited figures from business insurer Simply Business which said Covid cost small businesses alone an estimated £126.6billion. while a report from the Government in November revealed the country lost almost £365 billion in GDP from Covid overall.

But David Jinks, head of consumer research at delivery firm ParcelHero, said: “British businesses have had a torrid few years.

“Brexit or Covid, which has been the heavier burden for them to bear?

“The shocking answer is that the entirely avoidable Brexit crisis has had as much of an impact on UK businesses as the unforeseeable Covid-19 tragedy, and its costs are still rising.

“No one could have foreseen the arrival of the pandemic and there was little that could have been done to shield UK businesses in advance.

“However, this is certainly not the case for the impact of Brexit on UK businesses.”

Before the UK formally left the EU on January 1, 2021, a report from Bloomberg Economics revealed that by the end of the previous year, the economic cost of Brexit had already surged past £200billion in lost revenues for UK companies.

The report had calculated the UK economy had shrunk by three percent than it otherwise would have been.

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Also since Brexit, the UK Trade Policy Observatory claimed the loss of trade with the EU has cost UK businesses a further £44billion.

Mr Jinks said: “That breaks down to £32.5billion lost in potential imports to the UK and £11billion in exports to the EU.”

Further analysis showed the UK Government spent an additional £8.1billion on preparing for Brexit and the end of the transition period in December 2021, according to the Institute for Government.

This means the combined costs of Brexit and the pandemic both equal around £250billion but longer term, it has been claimed the UK leaving the EU could end up costing even more than Covid.

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Thomas Sampson, Associate Professor at the London School of Economics, said: “When measured in terms of their impact on the present value of UK GDP, the Brexit shock is forecast to be two to three times greater than the impact of Covid-19.

“Moreover, the Office for Budget Responsibility (OBR) told the BBC last October that leaving the EU would “reduce our long-run GDP by around four percent.”

It has been reported the impact from the UK pandemic will only see GDP output fall by just two percent.

The latest report from Government Business Insights showed that in December, two-thirds of UK firms experienced challenges with exporting and nearly eight in ten with importing.

Mr Jinks added: “This has had a knock-on effect on transport and logistics companies.

“A staggering 36.7 percent of transport and logistics companies either closed, paused trading entirely or continued trading only partially in December.”




England captain Owen Farrell is ruled out of the entire Six Nations, Eddie Jones confirms, with fly-half set for surgery after picking up a ‘freak’ injury while training with Saracens in major blow ahead of the tournament


England have been dealt a major Six Nations blow with Eddie Jones revealing captain Owen Farrell has been ruled out of the entire tournament.

At the tournament launch this morning, Jones confirmed that his skipper picked up an injury while training with Saracens – and the issue will require surgery.

Farrell was set to make his return for his club against London Irish at the weekend in the European Challenge Cup, but then suffered a new right ankle problem.  

The setback meant that the star’s availability for the Six Nations was plunged into uncertainty, and Jones has said that he will be absent for all five matches.

He has not stepped onto the field since sustaining another ankle injury during the victory over Australia at Twickenham back in November. 

‘Massive blow for him personally, but it’s a chance for people to step up,’ Jones said. 

George Ford was drafted into group training in Brighton on Monday.

Ford has been widely heralded as one of the most in-form No 10s in the country this season, but was not chosen by Jones for the autumn Tests. 

With Test centurion Farrell now out, Ford has been handed a chance to revive his international career, as was reported by Sportsmail at the weekend.

Marcus Smith and the uncapped Orlando Bailey were selected as the other fly-half options in Jones’ initial squad this month, meanwhile. 

 

Smith will be first choice at 10, although Jones has been forced into a drastic rethink on his options in midfield, with Farrell nailed on to start the opener against Scotland.

Farrell’s injury follows on from Jonny May’s own fitness issues, while prop Joe Marler has pulled out of the group after testing positive for Covid-19. 

May is facing a race against time to battle back from a knee problem, and will visit a specialist to determine the extent of the injury. 

He is braced to miss the first two rounds of the Six Nations, however. 

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The exhibition of Mr Bacon’s work, which will open this Saturday, includes a warning sign on the door stating “this exhibition contains adult content”. The sign is included even though, an art expert argues, Western audiences are already desensitised to nude figures, and the warning may even be contributing to sexism in the art world.

Over 40 artworks by the infamously dark artist have been brought together for the Francis Bacon: Man and Beast exhibition.

The exhibition also includes a final canvas which is being displayed in the UK for the first time, and it is understood that the Royal Academy themselves decided the works warranted the warning.

While the exhibition does contain nudity, the Royal Academy of Arts is no stranger to such paintings, and they have not felt the need to warn visitors of the content in the rest of the gallery.

The content of the exhibition was reviewed, and the cautionary note was added to alert art lovers and Francis Bacon fans to the violent or potentially disturbing concepts either suggested in the paintings themselves, or referred to in display information.

The works included in the exhibition feature a series of nudes, including two male figures on a bed.

There are also many distorted and bestial human forms, images of crucifixion, and quadrupedal creatures that appear to be in agony.

Notes in the exhibition space state that Bacon’s intention was to “unlock the valves of feeling and return the onlooker to life more violently”, and his work is described as suggesting “a disintegration of civilised humanity”.

While Mr Bacon’s work is doubtlessly dark, the warnings have been criticised by art experts who point out that mere metres away from it are artworks packed with nudity, such as Sebastiono Ricci’s “Diana and her Nymphs Bathing” and “The Triumph of Galatea.”

These works have no content warnings.

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Ruth Millington, art historian and author of Muse, said: “This trigger warning is not only over the top, but oppressive and somewhat infuriating, given current contexts.

“Aren’t Western audiences already desensitised to naked bodies?

“We see them everywhere: adverts, influencers’ Instagram accounts, and, of course, pornography, which is readily accessible at the click of a button.

“We also see countless nude bodies inside museums worldwide.

“Just like interpretative wall panels in an exhibition, museums’ trigger warnings act as a framing lens, leading the viewer to feel that they are gazing upon disturbing content which requires censorship.

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“But it is these warnings that should be used with caution.”

Ms Millington added that historically, people may be more comfortable with female nudity in art, unlike Mr Bacon’s depiction of the male form.

She added that “art history is steeped in sexism”.

The Royal Academy of Arts stated that content warnings have been used before for exhibitions on Tracey Emin and Edvard Munch, with warnings allowing visitors the option of finding out more about the contents of galleries and making informed choices about what they wish to see.