Sebastian Vettel tipped to cause Lewis Hamilton ‘commotion’ if one thing happens

Sebastian Vettel has been continuously linked with a switch to Mercedes for the 2021 F1 season after he announced he would be leaving Ferrari. With most other seats taken, Vettel could end up alongside Lewis Hamilton.

Mercedes have yet to extend Hamilton’s contract and there remain questions over what Valtteri Bottas will do next season.

Vettel has all the credentials needed to driver for the reigning world champions.

But Nick Heidfeld believes it would be unrealistic for the current Ferrari ace to end up at the Silver Arrows.

“It is a shame, but going to Mercedes is not realistic,” he told Sky in Germany.

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“It is interesting to hear that Toto Wolff analyses the qualities and not the nationality.

“A German team, of course, would like to have Vettel for marketing, but in my opinion Hamilton and Vettel will never be able to share a team.”

Heidfeld believes nobody would get anything out of Vettel and Hamilton teaming up at Mercedes.

He added: “No one would benefit from the signing of Vettel by Mercedes.

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“He would go to a team that is completely in the hands of Hamilton, who is also in top form.

“It is not ideal for Vettel, but it would not be good for Hamilton to have such a team-mate either.

“Mercedes wouldn’t want the two to be together either. That causes a lot of commotion and I just don’t see what’s going to happen.

“But we’ll have to wait and see what happens. I haven’t talked to Vettel, so I don’t know what he’s going to do.”

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Vettel is a four-time F1 world champion but there are a lack of options for him on the grid.

Ferrari, Red Bull, McLaren and Racing Point all look set on their driver line-ups for next season.

There is a vacancy at Renault following the announcement Daniel Ricciardo will replace Carlos Sainz at McLaren with the Spaniard taking Vettel’s seat at Ferrari.

Fernando Alonso has been linked with a return to the sport with Renault his most likely option.

That could mean Vettel either joins Mercedes or is forced to leave the sport for 2021 and possible end his career altogether.

F1 is currently tentatively scheduled to start in July with two races at the Red Bull Ring in Austria.

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Newcastle star urged to snub transfer amid £300m takeover and spending spree

Newcastle star Jonjo Shelvey has been urged to snub a move away from St James’ Park by Paul Robinson. The former Premier League goalkeeper says the midfielder could be part of something special at Newcastle as their £300m takeover draws closer.

Shelvey has been linked with a switch to West Ham ahead of the summer transfer window.

Hammers boss David Moyes is said to be an admirer of the 28-year-old.

However, Robinson says Shelvey should stay put with Newcastle’s takeover drawing closer.

When asked whether Shelvey should join West Ham, Robinson told Football Insider: “I think it could be a great time to be part of things at Newcastle. He should at least give himself the opportunity to be part of things.

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“West Ham’s future is far from sealed at the moment. If the league is to be restarted they have got a real perilous set of fixtures.

“If they were to be relegated then it is a different proposition for Jonjo Shelvey.

“Does he want to be part of a Newcastle that are heading in the right direction if the takeover was to happen or does he want to end up in the Championship with West Ham?

“It will be very dependent on the end of the season.”

Newcastle fans are hoping their £300m takeover is completed in the coming days.


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Toon owner Mike Ashley has agreed to sell the club to PCP Capital Partners, an organisation backed by the Public Investment Fund of Saudi Arabia.

However, it emerged on Tuesday night that a new court ruling could scupper the deal.

The World Trade Organisation ruled Saudi Arabia is behind a pirate satellite TV and streaming service, leaving the takeover in jeopardy.

They ruled the Saudi government is behind beoutQ, which offers illegal streams to sporting events, including Premier League games.

The likes of Fifa, Uefa, the Premier League, La Liga have tried to take action against beoutQ, however, the copyright cases were unsuccessful.


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Following the claims, a subsequent case was taken to the WTO, who ruled Saudi Arabia is in breach of international law.

The ruling could see Newcastle’s proposed new owners fail the Premier League’s owners’ and directors’ test.

Newcastle were tipped to splash the cash in the summer transfer window if their takeover was completed.

The Toon had been backed to sign Barcelona ace Philippe Coutinho, Gareth Bale of Real Madrid and Napoli centre-back Kalidou Koulibaly.

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Chelsea ace Christian Pulisic sent Lukaku, De Bruyne, Salah message over Blues future

Chelsea winger Christian Pulisic could follow in the footsteps of Romelu Lukaku, Mohamed Salah and Kevin de Bruyne by walking away from Stamford Bridge in order to play consistent first-team football and continue his development. That’s the opinion of ex-USA international Herculez Gomez, who thinks Pulisic will have to fight for “everything” at Chelsea.

Pulisic had a mixed time during his first season at Stamford Bridge following his £57million move from Borussia Dortmund.

The young American made 16 appearances in the Premier League and had a decent spell in the starting XI before a muscle injury ended his campaign.

He was played primarily on either wing supporting lone striker Tammy Abraham, and popped up with four goals and two assists.

The Blues aren’t short of options out wide, and added to their attacking reinforcements by signing Hakim Ziyech from Ajax.

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And Gomez indicated that Pulisic could become the latest player to leave Chelsea after growing frustrated over a lack of playing time.

Lukaku, Salah and De Bruyne all left the club at an early age to get first-team football before becoming top players, and the ex-America striker hinted Pulisic could be next.

Speaking on ESPN FC, he said: “This is just life at a big club.

“Just to throw out some names you’ve got Lukaku, Salah, Kevin de Bruyne, Higuain, they’ve all made some sort of stop at Chelsea and then you’re gone.

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“If you can’t produce in that half-season or whatever they give you, that’s it and it’s on to the next. That’s life at a big club.

“If I’m Christian Pulisic, I’d never get comfortable, I have to fight for everything.”

However, ex-Chelsea player Craig Burley insisted that Pulisic will be a big part of Frank Lampard’s plans for next season.

He added: “I think they like him a lot and have seen glimpses.


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“But ultimately they want to see him over a full season.

“Frank Lampard didn’t pay a lot of money for him, it was the board who paid a lot of money for him. Lampard just inherited him.

“I think Lampard gave him ample opportunities after a slow start, and I think he saw glimpses of what Pulisic can do.

“I think Pulisic will play a big part next season, but he’ll have competition for places.”

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Christian Mbulu dead: Morecambe defender dies suddenly aged 23

Morecambe defender Christian Mbulu has tragically died at the age of 23. Mbulu joined Morecambe after being released by Crewe Alexandra in January. The defender, who also had spells at Millwall and Motherwell, made three appearances for the League Two outfit this season.

Mbulu’s former Millwall team-mate Ben Thompson confirmed the tragic news on his Instagram on Tuesday evening.

On his Instagram story, Thompson wrote: “Lost for words. RIP brother.”

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Man Utd fans convinced Jadon Sancho transfer is done after key Borussia Dortmund decision

Manchester United fans are convinced Jadon Sancho is joining this summer after the winger was benched for Borussia Dortmund’s clash against Bayern Munich on Tuesday evening. Sancho has come off the bench in Dortmund’s previous two Bundesliga games.

However, it’s claimed the England international is recovering from an injury.

Sancho is on the bench again as Lucien Favre’s men face Bayern Munich in a crucial game in the Bundesliga title race.

And United fans are convinced Sancho’s admission from Favre’s starting XI means he’s heading to Old Trafford this summer.

One United supporter wrote on Twitter: “Jadon Sancho getting bench reminds me of the Lukaku and solskjaer vibes in pre season. Welcome to Manchester United @Sanchooo10.”

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Another said: “Dortmund is learning how to live without Sancho; you remember Pulisic to Chelsea??”

“No start for Sancho again? Yup that’s a confirmed move to United then. No one can tell me otherwise- I know how this works,” agreed a fellow fan.

Another wrote on Twitter: “Sancho on bench again only tells me one thing…. United soon.”

United have made Sancho their No. 1 transfer target ahead of the summer transfer window.

However, it’s understood Dortmund will demand over £100m for the 20-year-old.

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The German giants have no problem with letting the former Manchester City ace leave – as long as their asking price is met.

A lot has been made of Sancho’s future, with former Dortmund midfielder Steffen Freund warning the winger about leaving the Bundesliga.

He said: “Jadon is ready to play for Liverpool or Man United, no question, because his stats are unbelievable. That shows that he can take the next step.

“In the Borussia Dortmund side with [Erling] Haaland, [Julian] Brandt improving, with Emre Can signing, with changing to a back-three that suits Sancho.

“It would be good for him to play for Borussia Dortmund now and next year so that he will have more match time.


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“He’s only 20, so why not play for Borussia Dortmund? We’re not talking about Freiburg or Paderborn, we’re talking about Borussia Dortmund, one of the top 20 clubs in Europe.

“Remember Jovic, who moved to Real Madrid from Eintracht Frankfurt, he’s not playing. If you have an offer from Real Madrid you think, ‘I have to go’.

“No, you don’t have to go because the salaries in the Bundesliga are on a good level, too, not as much as Real Madrid or the Premier League, though.

“But you can earn good money and improve and not make too much of a big step at once.

“So for Jadon to move to Man United with that pressure, they are struggling to qualify for the Champions League, so maybe it’s better to stay another year in Dortmund.”

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What Man Utd owners the Glazers think about selling Red Devils

Manchester United’s owners the Glazers have no intention of selling the club and were only willing to let a Saudi Arabian consortium buy just a 20 per cent share, reports say. The Americans are unpopular figures among fans at Old Trafford. But it appears they won’t be going anywhere anytime soon, with the family very much determined to steer the Red Devils back to the top of the Premier League.

When the Glazers took over at United in 2005, many felt uneasy.

The Red Devils were seen as selling their soul and, in the years since, the Americans have been subject to various protests both on the terraces and away from the field of play.

Even Ole Gunnar Solskjaer had his doubts. At a time where supporter fury was growing in volume, he said 15 years ago: “I think it is important that the club remains in the right hands.

“I am absolutely on the supporters’ side and think the club is in very good hands as it is today. I am a United fan myself and only want what is best for the future.”

For a while, things worked.

The Glazers saw United win trophies galore under Sir Alex Ferguson but, in the years since the Scot walked away, the Red Devils have fallen down the football power rankings.

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Earlier in the season, at a time where supporter fury was reaching its peak, a Saudi Arabian consortium showed interest in buying the club.

It’s previously been claimed the Glazers were willing to sell up should they receive an offer in the region of £2billion to £3b.

But The Athletic say the Glazers are very much determined to stay put and continue the work they started years ago.

It’s claimed they were only willing to sell a stake worth 20 per cent to the Saudis when they held talks last year.

And a former United director, whose name is withheld, believes the Glazers are ‘attached’ to the Red Devils.

“People underestimate how attached the owners are to Manchester United,” they said.

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“I’m sure there have been people in the past who have been prepared to wave some notes at them but it would take a lot to get them out.

“Not just because they’d want to maximise their return but also because being the owner of Manchester United means something.”

Meanwhile, former United defender Gary Neville recently claimed the Glazers had allowed Old Trafford and general match days to ‘tire’.

“When I think of Manchester United and the land Manchester United own, there should be a Man United World around there,” Neville told Sky Sports.

“They should be influencing education and community, there should be entertainment for the public, it should be a real experience of Manchester United around that stadium.


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“Old Trafford has been allowed to tire, the team has been tiring, the stadium is starting to look old and it needs investment.

“Around the area, there is a huge opportunity to create a Man United experience, something that can influence not just Manchester – their reach is global.

“Old Trafford is a special place, it could be so much more special.

“If you tap into what City have done over there with a far lesser name and a far more difficult hand to play. The opportunities for United are big, but they have to have a strategy and an ambition to deliver what it can be.

“The City owners have a vision of what they want for their football club and their football product to be while United seems more insular at this point in time.”

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Man Utd impressed by transfer target who they want to ‘take pressure off’ Anthony Martial

Manchester United have been impressed by Raul Jimenez’s form in the Premier League and have him on a list of striker targets, according to transfer expert Duncan Castles. Wolves frontman Jimenez has scored 22 goals in 45 appearances in all competitions this season following his permanent move to Molineux. United are keen on bringing in a striker to reduce the pressure on Anthony Martial.

Martial has been United’s main centre-forward following the exit of Romelu Lukaku last summer.

Castles says Juventus are also keen on Jimenez but insists no offers have been made yet.

“Wolves will not, I’m told, stand in his way if they get an offer which meets their valuation of the player,” Castles said on the Transfer Window podcast.

“Jimenez is interested in that move [to Juventus], it’s not by any means the only club that have been checking on Jimenez’s availability and considering him as a signing for the next seasons.

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“As we told you on the podcast some time ago, Manchester United have been very impressed with the way he’s played and he is one of the options they’ve been looking at as a centre-forward to add into their squad and to take pressure off Anthony Martial for next season, to give them two options and give them a player who you’d have to say is a much better aerial prospect and a stronger, more physical presence than Martial, so to give them tactical options there.

“Nothing in terms of offers from either club at present and of course they’re dealing with Wolves who have very substantial financial backing behind them.”

Martial has scored 16 goals in all competitions for United this season.

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But former West Ham goalkeeper Shaka Hislop can see the Frenchman leaving Old Trafford if United bring in a replacement.

“I can see [Martial] departing Old Trafford,” Hislop told ESPN.

“At times he’s cut a forlorn figure and not looked happy with his football.

“The challenge is, I don’t see why Manchester United let him go right now.


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“Manchester United don’t have an awful lot of world-class talent in that dressing room and Martial is one of their brightest talents.

“So until you find a replacement for him, until you can pack that dressing room with players as good as or better than, I don’t see why you let him go.

“It makes sense for Martial to look for an exit right now, it just doesn’t make sense for Manchester United and they’re holding the cards.”

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What former Liverpool star Emre Can believes about James Milner

Former Liverpool midfielder Emre Can appears to still be in admiration for James Milner’s fitness levels.


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Can, 26, played alongside Milner for three seasons before quitting Anfield for Juventus on a free transfer in the summer of 2018.

While the two regularly competed for a place in Jurgen Klopp’s midfield, Milner’s versatility ensured he was a regular fixture in the team in a number of positions. The 34-year-old is most comfortable in central midfield but has filed in at full-back during his spell at Anfield.

One of the most outstanding features of Milner’s game is his engine – and he proved his super-human fitness levels by winning Liverpool’s pre-season fitness tests last summer.

Christian Falk, the head of football for Germany publication BILD, was recently chatting with Can, who now plays for Borussia Dortmund, about Milner.

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The journalist revealed the former Manchester City and Aston Villa star is his “favourite Liverpool player” because “he is purely about football”.

And Falk revealed to LFC Transfer Room: “Emre said to me that he thinks that Milner is still the fittest player in Liverpool.”

Milner has remained the top of the game in England for a number of years since breaking into the Leeds team at the age of 16. He is renowned for putting in the hard yards and recently offered a fascinating insight into his longevity.


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“Fortune is one [thing], I think you need that luck with injuries and things like that,” Milner told BBC Radio 5 Live. “But I’ve always tried to do whatever I can to give myself the best opportunities, whether that’s looking at diet and gym work; I did that as early as Leeds and Newcastle, the gym stuff, and that’s developed as well. I just try to push myself.

“Earlier in my career, maybe five or six years ago, people were saying ‘You’re going to have to start toning down your work in training and reducing your numbers and output in training to keep that longevity’ and I didn’t really agree with that.

“I thought, obviously I’m going to drop off at some point in terms of physical output and things like that, but surely if I push myself more, the further distance I’ve got to fall. If I do drop off then I’ll be in amongst the pack as opposed to dropping from the middle pack downwards. That’s what I’ve always tried to do.

“I’ve always tried to push myself, always tried to keep the young lads in place in terms of running and stuff like that. I’m sure I’ll get reeled in at some point but I’m hoping that’s not for a few years yet.”

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Chelsea expected to battle three Premier League rivals for in-demand Bournemouth star

Chelsea could be one of four high-profile Premier League clubs said to be monitoring Josh King ahead of a summer transfer. The Bournemouth striker has established himself in the top flight after a number of eye-catching seasons and is now being linked with a move up the table.

King is well-regarded in the Premier League, maintaining a strike-rate of nearly a goal every three games for the Cherries since moving to the Vitality Stadium in 2015.

And four of the traditional top-six clubs are interested in signing up the 28-year-old, according to Sky Sports.

Manchester United made a £20million bid for King on deadline day in January, although this was rejected so the Red Devils signed Odion Ighalo on loan from Shanghai Shenhua instead.

With Ighalo due to return to China when his loan expires, United are on the hunt for a new striker and it is logical that they could revisit their approach for King.

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Meanwhile, the report from Sky Sports points out that Chelsea are also on the lookout for attacking reinforcements this summer.

Manager Frank Lampard is hoping to sign a frontman who can ease the goalscoring burden on Tammy Abraham, with Moussa Dembele, Timo Werner and Victor Osimhen all linked.

Olivier Giroud has recently signed a 12-month extension on his contract at Stamford Bridge but Michy Batshuayi is expected to move on after failing to convince the Blues boss of his worth.

King could therefore fill the void left by the Belgian and would provide the west London club with vital attacking versatility.

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The Norwegian is renowned for his link-up play, often dovetailing well with England international Callum Wilson, and can also play out wide due to his impressive pace.

He has scored 48 times for Bournemouth in 163 appearances, while notching 17 goals in 46 international outings.

King has just one year left on his current contract and is expected to leave this summer as the Cherries cash in.

Meanwhile, Tottenham are searching for a back-up to Harry Kane as the north London outfit often struggle on the rare occasions when their captain is sidelined due to injury.


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Spurs could therefore be the third club monitoring King while Arsenal would complete the quartet, with Liverpool and Manchester City presumably happy with their attacking options.

King started his career in the Manchester United academy and was frustrated that a return to the club did not come to fruition earlier this year.

Speaking to Norwegian broadcaster TV2, he said: “How close it was I have no complete answer to.

“I have to watch what I say. I had some faith that it was going to happen.

“And it was a bit sensitive for me considering that I moved to England as a 16-year-old to achieve my dream and wanted to reach that goal at Manchester United.”

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How Man Utd could line up if Jadon Sancho and two other Bundesliga stars join

Manchester United are hellbent on signing Jadon Sancho this summer, with the Borussia Dortmund star Ole Gunnar Solskjaer’s top transfer target. However, the Red Devils also have interest in Erling Haaland and Kai Havertz, who are both in fine form. Express Sport now takes a look at how United could line up should they sensationally manage to sign all three.

Jadon Sancho

Manchester United have struggled with right wingers ever since Cristiano Ronaldo upped and left for Real Madrid in 2009.

Angel Di Maria, Alexis Sanchez and Memphis Depay have all toiled on the flank when played there – which is why the Red Devils want Sancho.

They feel the England international can fare better than the trio, deeming him a generational talent.

And that’s why, should he sign, he’d be deployed on the wing that has caused United so many problems over the years.

He’d represent a substantial upgrade on Daniel James, who has fared well since his move from Swansea in the summer.

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Erling Haaland

United still want to sign Haaland one day – despite the Norway international rejecting them in January.

And, should he join, the Red Devils would deploy him in the No 9 role.

Haaland is far deadlier than Anthony Martial, despite the France international enjoying a positive campaign at Old Trafford.

He’d be able to link up with Sancho, who he currently plays with at Dortmund.

And Haaland and Sancho would both be formidable alongside Marcus Rashford, who has taken his game to new heights this season.


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Kai Havertz

While United’s links to Havertz have admittedly been fleeting, Solskjaer is an admirer of the Bayer Leverkusen star.

And it’s easy to see why.

He’s already scored four times since the Bundesliga came back and has 10 goals to his name in the league, with five assists too.

If United were to snap up the Germany international he could take Bruno Fernandes’ place in the No 10 role.

The Portugal international could then drop deeper into midfield – taking Paul Pogba’s place with the midfielder of interest to Real Madrid and Juventus.

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Erling Haaland praised

Haaland didn’t score for Dortmund in their Bundesliga clash with Wolfsburg on Saturday – but he was praised by ESPN pundit Shaka Hislop nonetheless.

“Erling Haaland is unique in what he does,” he said.

“His size, his strength, his pace, but as a goalkeeper I think his biggest asset is how quickly he hits the ball, with no backlift, and how clean he hits it.

“When he puts his foot on the ball, you know it’ll be something special.

“As a goalkeeper you have to find your position a whole lot sooner than you would ordinarily.

“You have to be prepared for everything that comes, because he doesn’t mis-hit.”

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