Man Utd set to prioritise Bellingham over Sancho

Jude Bellingham has leapfrogged Jadon Sancho in Manchester United’s list of transfer targets for the summer, according to reports.

Sancho, 21, had previously been the top priority for United, with the club having come close to securing his signature last summer.

Ultimately, the top brass at Old Trafford judged Borussia Dortmund’s valuation of the winger to have been too high, meaning Sancho stayed in Germany, but this summer, the dynamic is different.

If certain conditions are met, Sancho will be allowed to depart, such is the nature of the player’s “gentlemen’s agreement” with the club.

“We already had a gentlemen’s agreement with Jadon last year that he can switch under certain conditions,” sporting director Michael Zorc told ARD.

“He’s been with us for a couple of years. However, this agreement does not exist with Erling [Haaland].”

According to Bild, though, this development is of little interest to United, whose gaze is now focused on Sancho’s compatriot, Bellingham.

“At United at the moment, there is nothing at all on the Sancho interest. On the contrary, a move is not likely. The reason? Jude Bellingham,” journalist Christian Falk told the German publication.

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“Dortmund themselves have the replacement for Sancho and would therefore sell Sancho. The English are now simply focusing on Bellingham instead.”

The 17-year-old has surpassed expectations in his first season at Dortmund, establishing himself in the midfield earlier than many forecasted.

With 14 goals and 18 assists in 35 appearances, Sancho hasn’t done too badly either this season, and remains one of the most highly-sought-after players in world football.

United could do with them both for the hectic schedule coming up, with the Red Devils set to play four games in the space of nine days following the postponement of their match with Liverpool.

The marathon begins with a trip to Villa Park on Sunday, just three days after their Europa League clash with Roma.

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Speaking after that game, manager Ole Gunnar Solskjaer railed against the fixture organisers, describing the pile-up as “physically impossible”.

“It’s unheard of. It’s made by people who’ve never played football at this level,” the Norwegian told The Daily Star.

“[It’s] physically impossible for the players to do it after being here [Rome] – doing Sunday, Tuesday, Thursday is impossible.

“We’ve not been dealt a good hand, but we’ll play it as well as we can.”

Klopp has one-word verdict on Man Utd midfield after ‘crazy’ call

Jurgen Klopp thinks Manchester United will be able to cope with their fixture congestion due to one particular area of their squad.

Ole Gunnar Solskjaer has raged against the decision to reschedule Manchester United’s postponed meeting with Liverpool in between games against Aston Villa and Leicester, forcing the Europa League finalists to play three Premier League matches in five days.

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That could have ramifications on the Champions League qualification race if Solskjaer fields more weakened sides against their closest competitors, which Klopp would entirely understand.

Asked after the hard-fought win over Southampton whether he expects Manchester United to rotate to cope, Klopp said: “We have to do that very often and people never like that because it is always like this. We have cup competitions and we have games and games and games, so we rotate and people always think we don’t respect the competition.

“I think everybody is 100 per cent sure Ole Gunnar Solskjaer respects the Premier League 100 per cent, but the situation is now like it is – and I really think it’s crazy what we did with that. I know there were not proper solutions, but I think there could be a better situation than that, I am pretty sure.

“I am not [sure], is it possible that United has a weekend off after that or something like that? So, three games in five days but then a weekend off, so it looks like there could have been a window where we could have done something slightly different.

“But it is a decision and I understand that he doesn’t like that, definitely. We will see what we make of that. We have a tough programme ourselves because of that because now we play the last four games in a very short period of time. That’s how it is and we will see what we can make.”

Klopp added his one-word praise for Manchester United’s midfield.

“I think we would have played the strongest United team possible on the original date, so that’s what we expect,” he said. “Nothing else. If Man United is doing it like that, we cannot change that.

“I think Man United has only just good players. If I think about the players they could play, they have a really strong side available – pretty good. Midfield, wow. Up front, all good players. They might be young but they are good.

“I expect a strong team against us – and what they do in other games, we obviously have no influence but, as I said, we would have played the strongest Manchester United side last Sunday and that’s what we expect now.”

Liverpool 2-0 Southampton: Thiago nets as Reds edge Saints

Liverpool kept their faint top-four hopes alive but the unconvincing manner of the 2-0 victory at home to Southampton does not bode well for their Champions League aspirations.

Jurgen Klopp’s side stumbled over the line for only a second league win at Anfield in 2021 thanks to Sadio Mane’s first-half header and Thiago Alcantara’s first goal for the club in the 90th minute.

At this stage of the campaign results rather than performances are the preference and considering Liverpool’s woeful home record this year, this was a welcome boost after conceding late equalisers in their previous two matches.

Chelsea’s added-time winner at Manchester City had put Thomas Tuchel’s side into third just before kick-off, setting Leicester as Liverpool’s new primary target – who were nine points ahead.

More injuries – to Ozan Kabak, Ben Davies, James Milner and Naby Keita – meant academy graduate Rhys Williams was drafted in for his first start in two months alongside Nat Phillips, returning at centre-back after a two-match absence.

It also meant Klopp was without his three first-choice central defenders plus the two he signed in January as cover.

His lack of resources showed with Ben Woodburn, who spent the first half of the season on loan at Blackpool, in the squad for the first time in two years alongside 18-year-old centre-back Billy Koumetio, making his debut on a Premier League bench.

The game quickly settled into a familiar pattern at Anfield of chances created but not converted with Fraser Forster, returning in goal, twice saving from Salah and once from Diogo Jota while Jannik Vestergaard blocked Thiago’s follow-up.

Georginio Wijnaldum’s header hit the crossbar while Phillips, the hosts’ only real aerial threat, headed wide from a Trent Alexander-Arnold corner.

But from a similar far-post position, Mane made no mistake from Salah’s 31st-minute cross – the first time this season the pair had combined for a Premier League goal.

It was the conclusion of a pivotal passage of play as 46 seconds earlier, Alisson Becker had blocked Che Adams’ shot and caught Nathan Redmond’s rebound as Saints began to build some threat.

Klopp was less happy after the goal than before it as Southampton pushed back with Kyle Walker-Peters sending a cross-shot wide and Nathan Tella directing a six-yard header straight at Alisson.

Normal service was restored after the break with Jota forcing Forster into a near-post save and Phillips getting his header all wrong on the edge of the six-yard box but it faded much quicker than the first-half start.

Liverpool resorted to keep-ball, without really threatening, in order to nullify the visitors but it still required Alisson to dive at the feet of Michael Obafemi and push over fellow substitute Ibrahima Diallo’s drive.

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But even the goalkeeper was not infallible and was lucky to escape when a mishit clearance straight to Adams was returned back to him when the Saints forward should really have scored.

Jota’s weak shot wide was his last action before being replaced by Roberto Firmino, while Mane’s volley past Forster was ruled out for offside as the match entered a nervy final 10 minutes.

Thiago slotting into the Kop goal from outside the edge of the penalty area just as the clocked ticked past 90 minutes ended the hosts’ anxiety but on this evidence there will be more to come.

And the worrying is far from over for Saints, who are not mathematically safe and a 13th defeat in 17 matches leaves them still looking over their shoulders.

Hodgson hails goalscorer Eze after win over Sheff Utd

Crystal Palace boss Roy Hodgson has praised Ebere Eze after the midfielder got a goal and an assist in the 2-0 win at Sheff Utd.

The 22-year-old joined from Championship side QPR amid plenty of hype and anticipation.

He showed once again why the Eagles paid £20million for his services at Bramall Lane.

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Eze was already causing Sheff Utd all sorts of problems within the first two minutes.

He raced past two players before playing the ball to Christian Benteke, whose shot was deflected into the net off George Baldock.

Benteke nearly made it two by heading a Jeffrey Schlupp cross towards goal, only for Blades keeper Aaron Ramsdale to save brilliantly.

In the second half, Palace continued to look comfortable but couldn’t find a second goal.

Eze eventually stepped up to provide them with that cushion in the 88th minute.

He picked up the ball in his own half and dribbled past multiple players before shooting. His effort was deflected into the net, this time off John Fleck.

Speaking about Eze, Hodgson said: “[He was] very, very good. A difficult period, a bit of a baptism of fire with Chelsea, Man City, Leicester in a row. Not as easy to get on the ball and show skills.

“We know that’s the quality he possesses, we preach that we want to see it and we won’t criticise if he tries it and it doesn’t come off.

“He was bold with the ball, stayed on it, drove forward, and of course got his reward with an assist and a goal.”

When asked about Eze’s potential to become a Palace star, Hodgson added: “If you ask me if I’m happy with him this season, absolutely. He’s more than played his part.

“It’s his first season coming from the Championship and you expect a bit of time taken to adapt, especially with the gulf between the top teams and the bottom. You can’t beat teams anymore by organisation or work rate.”

The player’s brilliant performances at Selhurst Park this term have already seen him linked with a big money move.

But Hodgson has brushed those rumours aside: “We’ve only just signed him, [it’s] quite an investment to pay £15m and £5m in add-ons. I wasn’t contemplating that it would be a one-season investment.

“I hope that’s not the case and I believe any interest will be warded off, we brought him in to make us better, not make a small profit after one year.”

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Émilie Dequenne avec son mari, Julie Gayet pimpante au festival de La Rochelle

La 21e édition du Festival de la fiction de La Rochelle se déroule du 11 au 15 septembre 2019.

La première journée a été marquée par la projection du premier épisode de la minisérie de M6 Un homme ordinaire, en présence de ses deux héros, Arnaud Ducret et Émilie Dequenne. D’ordinaire habitué à la comédie, Arnaud Ducret s’est vu confier la lourde tâche d’endosser le rôle de Christophe de Salin, un père de famille introuvable après que les corps de sa femme et de leurs quatre enfants ont été retrouvés sous la terrasse de leur maison. Ce scénario n’est pas sans rappeler l’affaire de Ligonnès dont Un homme ordinaire est inspiré. Anna-Rose (Émilie Dequenne), une professionnelle du Net et de ses réseaux, cherche à comprendre. Happée par cet homme, et par cette horreur, elle va dangereusement basculer de la Toile à la réalité…

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Tous les deux présents pour la projection du premier épisode de la minisérie, Émilie Dequenne et Arnaud Ducret se sont présentés devant les photographes avec leurs moitiés respectives. L’actrice belge de 38 ans était accompagnée de son mari Michel Ferracci, qu’elle a épousé en 2014, et l’acteur et humoriste de 40 ans était venu avec sa compagne Claire Francisci. Fier de ce nouveau projet, Arnaud Ducruet a publié une vidéo de la soirée sur sa page Instagram, qui a suscité de nombreux commentaires, dont un d’un certain Franck Dubosc. “Tu vas tout déchirer !“, lui a-t-il lancé.


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Cette année, le jury du Festival de la fiction de La Rochelle est présidé par Valérie Karsenti (Scènes de ménages) et est composé d’Alex Beaupain, compositeur qui a beaucoup collaboré avec Christophe Honoré (Les Chansons d’amour, La Belle Personne) et plus récemment sur l’unitaire Jonas pour arte, la comédienne Élodie Frenck (Les Petits Meurtres d’Agatha Christie), Sydney Gallonde, producteur (Une Chance de trop), François Tron, directeur général des contenus de la RTBF, la réalisatrice Isabelle Czajka (Tuer un homme, Ronde de nuit) et la scénariste Marie Roussin (Les Bracelets rouges).

Le prince Harry joue les traders, Meghan de retour à Londres

La rentrée est décidément bien chargée pour le prince Harry. Après avoir célébré les cinq ans des Invictus Games le 10 septembre 2019, le duc de Sussex s’est mobilisé pour le Charity Day de mercredi. Tous les 11 septembre depuis maintenant quinze ans, des personnalités venues de partout dans le monde se rendent chez BCG Partners et ses filiales.

Comme l’explique l’AFP, le temps d’une journée commémorant les victimes des attentats de New York, le leader mondial dans le courtage sur les marchés financiers reverse l’intégralité de son chiffre d’affaires aux associations caritatives représentées par les célébrités. La mission, que ces parrains et marraines célèbres acceptent bien volontiers, consiste à passer des ordres de Bourse auprès de traders, chaperonnés par des brokers de BGC Partners. Un exercice auquel le prince Harry s’est joyeusement prêté, tandis qu’en France, Louane, Claire Chazal et Tina Kunakey se sont mobilisées.

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Renaud parle de sa santé : “Je n’ai fait ni cancer du foie, ni cirrhose”

Renaud va mieux et le soleil renaît dans nos vies. Le chanteur de 67 ans était l’invité surprise de RTL, samedi 14 septembre 2019, où il a évoqué sa collaboration avec Dave En effet, l’émission portait sur son dernier album, Souviens-toi d’aimer, que Renaud a produit. L’occasion pour les deux hommes de revenir avec candeur sur leur grande amitié.

Quasiment un an après son admission en clinique pour soigner son addiction à l’alcool, Renaud explique aujourd’hui être totalement sobre. “Je suis en parfaite santé depuis un an, je ne bois plus une goutte d’alcool depuis neuf mois”, a expliqué l’interprète de Mistral Gagnant par téléphone. “Malgré ce que dit la presse people, la presse de caniveau, ça va très bien : je n’ai ni AVC, ni cancer du foie, ni cirrhose du foie, ni Parkinson“, poursuit Renaud, précisant ne s’accorder que du Bitter San Pellegrino, apéritif italien sans alcool.

Une belle et grande nouvelle pour l’artiste, qui a vécu une période particulièrement difficile, marquée par la mort de son frère Thierry Séchan, qui était un grand parolier, en janvier dernier. Quelques jours plus tard, c’est sa mère, Solange, qui décédait. En septembre 2018, il avait ainsi été hospitalisé à la clinique du Parc, près de Montpellier, pour soigner son addiction à l’alcool.

Toujours sur les ondes de RTL, Renaud a fait la promotion de son prochain album, Les Mômes et les enfants d’abord, attendu pour le début du mois de novembre. “C’est un album sur l’enfance, je parle à la place des enfants. J’espère qu’ils verront ça, ainsi que les parents. Parce que c’est quand même plutôt des chansons pour les grands“, a-t-il appris. Un enthousiasme qui fait chaud au coeur.

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Romeo Beckham amoureux ? Sa nouvelle copine déjà intégrée dans la famille

Serait-ce une officialisation ? Le 15 septembre 2019, Romeo Beckham a été aperçu en bonne compagnie alors qu’il se rendait à un dîner de famille dans un restaurant branché de Londres. L’adolescent de 17 ans s’est en effet rendu au Harry’s Bar escorté d’une jolie jeune fille blonde au teint hâlé. Selon le Daily Mail, il s’agit de Mia Moocher, surnommée Mimi.

Dimanche soir, c’est entourée de sa famille et de quelques amis que Victoria Beckham a célébré son défilé printemps-été 2020 présenté l’après-midi même au ministère des Affaires étrangères. Parmi les personnalités à avoir fait une apparition remarquée, son fils Romeo n’a pas manqué d’attirer l’attention des photographes en arrivant accompagné d’une amie au look pointu, en combinaison de jean d’inspiration 70’s. Plus tôt, Mimi Moocher a pu assister au défilé de l’ex-Spice Girl puisqu’elle en a partagé un extrait en story Instagram. Déjà le 1er septembre, l’adolescente avait éveillé les soupçons de romance en partageant une photo de Romeo Beckham sur Instagram pour son anniversaire…

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Laura Smet en colère : message coup de poing et lourdes accusations

Laura Smet en a lourd sur le coeur, au point de vouloir partager sa colère avec les 244 000 personnes qui la suivent sur Instagram.

Dans la soirée du jeudi 19 septembre 2019, la comédienne de 35 ans a publié un message pour le moins virulent et accusateur, illustré par une photo en noir et blanc de son père, Johnny Hallyday. Le chanteur décédé le 5 décembre 2017 d’un cancer du poumon qui s’est généralisé se tient la tête entre les mains. “Mon père va être exhumé et je l’apprends par la presse. Quand sera respecté notre lien familial ! Des promesses faites face caméra mais dans la réalité rien. Son entourage artistique réinventé et on me parle des volontés de mon père! Son entourage juridique maintenant avec des changements toutes les 3 semaines et un fraudeur au commande! Ça va être long, j’ai le temps et l’énergie, je me battrai pour que l’image de mon père soit à la hauteur de son immense talent“, a-t-elle écrit.

Mon pre va tre exhum et je l apprends par la presse. Quand sera respect notre lien filiale! Des promesses faites face camra mais dans la ralit rien. Son entourage artistique rinvent et on me parle des volonts de mon pre! Son entourage juridique maintenant avec des changements toutes les 3 semaines et un fraudeur au commande! a va tre long, j ai le temps et l nergie, je me battrais pour que l image de mon pre soit la hauteur de son immense talent.

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Dans la saga de l’héritage de Johnny Halyday, le tribunal de grande instance de Nanterre a estimé que la justice française était compétente pour arbitrer ce contentieux familial. Une décision que conteste Laeticia Hallyday puisqu’elle a fait appel.

Accusations et imprécisions

Dans son message, Laura Smet aborde plusieurs points. Le premier concerne le caveau familial en cours de construction dans le petit cimetière marin de Lorient de Saint-Barthélemy, où repose son père depuis le 11 décembre 2017. Elle avait d’ailleurs assisté à la cérémonie aux côtés de Laeticia Hallyday. Lorsque Laura Smet écrit : “Mon père va être exhumé et je l’apprends par la presse“, ses mots ne sont pas exacts puisqu’il ne s’agira pas là d’une exhumation mais du déplacement de son cercueil de quelques mètres à peine. Cette précision avait été apportée en août dernier par l’AFP. Cette volonté de construire un caveau familial, contenant quatre places, était celle de son père, et il l’avait exprimée avant sa mort. Laeticia Hallyday ne fait donc que la suivre et en avait informé les deux grands enfants de Johnny. Suite à l’annonce de la construction du caveau, Laura Smet et David Hallyday avait brièvement réagi par le biais de leurs avocats.

Laura Smet évoque ensuite la démission de Sébastien Farran lorsqu’elle écrit : “Son entourage artistique réinventé et on me parle des volontés de mon père!” Puis le changement d’avocats de Laeticia Hallyday : “Son entourage juridique maintenant avec des changements toutes les 3 semaines et un fraudeur au commande!“. Avec “fraudeur”, viserait-elle André Boudou en faisant référence à ses affaires judiciaires ?

Suite à la publication de son message, Laura Smet a reçu le soutien de plusieurs membres de sa famille, parmi lesquels sa maman Nathalie Baye et son ancienne belle-soeur Estelle Lefébure, l’ex-épouse de David Hallyday.

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Ecclestone labels F1 Sprint Qualifying format ‘complete nonsense’

Former F1 supremo Bernie Ecclestone has predictably shot down F1’s Sprint Qualifying format that will be trialed this season, insisting the idea “complete nonsense”.

F1 is set to experiment at three venues this year with a new qualifying format that will see drivers compete in a Saturday afternoon 100-kilometer race that will determine the grid for race day.

The concept will be rolled out for the very first time at the British GP at Silverstone in July, with Monza and Interlagos also expected to trial the idea which, if successful, could become more widespread in 2022.

But Ecclestone says the sport’s current management is taking the wrong approach to the concept.

“The way they have decided it now is complete nonsense,” the 90-year-old reportedly told Germany’s Sport Bild.

“If the winner of the sprint race also gets points and is also on the first grid position, at the end of the season that does not give a true reflection of who is really the best driver.”

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Ecclestone, who once suggested that drivers should line up on Sunday’s grid in the reverse over of qualifying, still believes that the idea of inversing positions holds merit.

“My original idea was to give the winner of a sprint race maybe ten points, but let him start the race from tenth place,” explained Mr. E.

“If he had then moved up to third place in the race, for example, his real ability would have been better seen.”

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