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Champions League: Mbappe, Cavani ruled out of Real Madrid clash

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Paris St Germain’s forwards Kylian Mbappe and Edinson Cavani have been ruled out of the club’s opening UEFA Champions League group stage match against Real Madrid on Wednesday, the French Ligue 1 champions said.

Mbappe picked up a hamstring injury and was forced off against Toulouse last month and has not featured since for PSG, while Cavani is out of action with a hip problem.

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PSG confirmed on Monday that the two strikers will resume training by the end of the week.

Thomas Tuchel’s side will also be without Neymar, with the Brazilian forward serving a three-match Champions League ban for insulting match officials following PSG’s defeat by Manchester United in the round of 16 last season.

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Mbappe, Neymar and Cavani netted 11 of PSG’s 20 goals in their Champions League campaign last season, and the trio will be crucial again in 2019-20 as the club look to go deep in Europe’s elite competition.

 

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JUST IN: EPL to resume June 17

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The Premier League season will resume on June 17, it has been confirmed.

Manchester City versus Arsenal will be one of the first matches to be played.

Aston Villa’s home clash with Sheffield United will also be played same day to mark the return of the English top flight.

A full fixture list will then be played on the weekend of June 19 to 21, with the agreement coming after Premier League clubs met on Thursday to continue discussions over ‘Project Restart.

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Details shortly…

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Belgian Cup final back on and set for Aug. 1

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Belgian Cup final back on and set for Aug. 1

League champions Club Bruges will meet Royal Antwerp in the Belgian Cup final on Aug. 1, the Belgian football association said on Thursday.

The match, which is holding in spite of the rest of the 2019/2020 season having been called off, will take place behind closed doors at the King Baudouin Stadium in Brussels.

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The decision was announced after the two clubs, the Belgian Pro League and football association met with city officials to sort out arrangements and police and security services gave a green light.

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The final was originally supposed to be played on March 22 but was called off at the start of the COVID-19 health crisis.

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Belgium has since ended its season early with Club Bruges declared champions.

 

 

 

 

 

 

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Transfer: Real Madrid offer Man Utd four players to seal Pogba deal

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Transfer: Real Madrid offer Man Utd four players to seal Pogba deal

In a bid to sign France midfielder, Paul Pogba, La Liga side, Real Madrid has offered Manchester United four players.

According to newsmen Odegaard, 21, James Rodriguez; Lucas Vazquez and ex-City midfielder Brahim Diaz are the lists of those who could be offered in part exchange.

However, Manchester United are not ready to let go of the France international.

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Reports have it that Ole Gunnar Solskjaer wants to pair Pogba and Bruno Fernandes; the pair trained together for the first time yesterday.

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In any case, Solskjaer wants Borussia Dortmund forward Sancho and Aston Villa midfielder Jack Grealish.

However, Man United have been financially strained due to the effect of the deadly coronavirus pandemic.

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United could raise further funds by selling Pogba to Real Madrid, who are also looking to save money by snubbing outright buy deals in favour of swaps.

United revealed revenues for the first three months of 2020 were down almost £30m — while net debt soared to £429.1m.

The first 18 days of lockdown cost them £23m, with Woodward insisting: “It will not be business as usual for some time.”

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