Juventus ‘expect’ Alex Sandro to finalise £50m Manchester United transfer once season finishes Sean Kearns Sunday 13 May 2018 10:08 am Share this article with Facebook Share this article through Alex Sandro is set to join Manchester United (Picture: Getty)
Manchester United are closing in on an agreement for Brazil full-back Alex Sandro with Juventus expecting the defender to move to Old Trafford in a deal worth around £50m.
Jose Mourinho wants to strengthen in full-back areas this summer with first choice pair Antonio Valencia and Ashley Young entering the final years of their careers at the Theatre of Dreams.
Sandro, 27, was keen on a move to the Premier League last summer and attracted interest from Chelsea but he’s urged Juventus to agree a deal with United this time around, according to the Times .
Juventus signed Sandro from Porto in 2015 for a fee of around £23m but they value the Brazilian above the £50m that Manchester City paid Tottenham for Kyle Walker last summer and will demand in excess of £55m.
The Serie A giants now ‘expect’ to agree a deal with United once the season finishes and the deal is likely to match Walker’s move to the Etihad. Alex Sandro has urged Juventus to accept United’s offer (Picture: Getty)
That would make Sandro the joint-third most expensive defender in the world after Virgil van Dijk and Aymeric Laporte. Advertisement Advertisement
Sandro’s arrival will push Luke Shaw further to the exit door at Old Trafford and United want to recoup as much of the £27m they paid Southampton in 2014 as possible.
Malaysia to review not revoke fake news law, says Mahathir 14 May 2018 These are external links and will open in a new window Close share panel Image copyright Getty Images Image caption Commuters in Kuala Lumpur are being warned against the dangers of fake news Malaysia’s new Prime Minister Mahathir Mohamad has said he will redefine a controversial anti-fake news law introduced by his predecessor.
The legislation, brought in just before last week’s election, was criticised as undermining freedom of speech.
Mr Mahathir had himself been targeted under the law and during his campaign had vowed to entirely abolish it.
But he has now said there have to be “limits” to freedom of the press and freedom of speech.
Meanwhile the head of AirAsia has apologised for backing the ousted government of Najib Razak.
Days before the election, the budget airline’s chief Tony Fernandes had released a video supporting Mr Najib and had an AirAsia aircraft painted with a slogan for the ruling government. Image copyright Facebook/Najibrazak Image caption Najib Razak (middle) had publicly thanked Tony Fernandes (right) for his support
On Sunday he apologised in a Facebook video, saying he had “buckled at the crucial moment in our history. It wasn’t right and I will forever regret it”. Profile: Mahathir Mohamad Defining fake news
Under Malaysia’s controversial fake news law, anyone convicted of disseminating false content can be jailed for six years or fined up to RM500,000 ($128,000; £90,400), or both.
The laws were introduced in April, just over a month before the general election. Critics said it was an attempt by the authorities to stifle dissent.
One person, a Danish national, has been convicted so far. Can you spot fake news?
During his election campaign, Mr Mahathir had said that if his Pakatan Harapan coalition won power they would “abolish or cancel” the laws , along with several others deemed “oppressive”.
Mr Mahathir was himself investigated for allegedly spreading fake news, over claims his plane had been tampered with. Image copyright EPA Image caption Mr Mahathir is now one of the oldest country leaders in the world
But the new prime minister said on Sunday: “Even though we support freedom of press and freedom of speech, there are limits.”
“The fake news law will be given a new definition so that the public and media outlets will know what is fake news and what is not fake.” Royal pardon for future PM?
In a bitterly contested election, Mr Mahathir, 92, last week ousted the Barisan Nasional (BN) coalition which had been in power since independence in 1957.
Himself a former prime minister with BN, he came out of retirement and defected to the opposition to take on his former political ally and protégé Najib Razak.
Ahead of the vote, Mr Mahathir said he would pardon jailed opposition leader Anwar Ibrahim and hand over power to him in two years. Image copyright Getty Images Image caption Anwar has called the charges against him a political smear campaign
Mr Anwar was once Mr Mahathir’s deputy, but was jailed on widely criticised charges of sodomy and corruption amid bitter tensions between the two men.
The jailed politician’s daughter, Nurul Izzah, on Saturday confirmed reports that her father would “receive a full royal pardon” and was due to be released on Tuesday.
Share this article with Facebook Share this article through Anthony Martial missed Manchester United’s final Premier League game of the season.(Getty Images)
Anthony Martial has broken his silence after missing Manchester United ’s final Premier League game of the season by paying tribute to Michael Carrick.
The France international was not named in Jose Mourinho ’s matchday squad for the 1-0 win over Watford, even though the United manager had promised to start the forward after the goalless draw against West Ham on Thursday evening.
Reports had claimed that Martial was at Old Trafford but left in a car before the match had began.
Mourinho subsequently denied those claims and insisted that the 22-year-old had suffered a knee injury in training on Friday .
United supporters had viewed Martial’s omission as another suggestion that the player could be leaving Old Trafford this summer. What a player and also a great man thanks for all your advices ! Have a great retirement Legend @carras16 pic.twitter.com/niUZNNjOSN
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But, sadly for Chelsea, their failure to make the final of either European cup, coupled with their fifth-place finish, means they will definitely be playing in the Europa League next season even if Liverpool beat Real Madrid.
The Champions League final will, however, determine which pot the Reds end up in for the group stage draw: win in Kiev and they will be seeded in pot 1, lose and they will be in pot 3. No team has ever won the Champions League in three straight seasons (Picture: Getty) When is the Champions League final?
The Champions League final between Real Madrid and Liverpool will take place in Kiev – the capital of Ukraine – on Saturday May 26 th .
The game will kick off at 19.45 BST, and takes place at the NSC Olimpiyskiy Stadium, which was recently reconstructed for Euro 2012 where it hosted the final. When is the draw for the Champions League 2018/19 group stage?
Incredibly, the preliminary round draw for the Champions League – which features teams from Andorra, San Marino, Gibraltar and Kosovo – takes place before the World Cup has even started, with matches scheduled in the middle of the tournament. The first qualifying round, which will involve Celtic, also overlaps with the World Cup, though the play-off proper is not until the end of August.
No Premier League clubs will have to worry about that, though, with all four sides going straight in the group stages. The draw for the group stage will take place on Thursday August 30th in Monaco, not the usual location of Nyon, with the first matches played in the middle of September. Advertisement Advertisement