Manchester United and Chelsea in potential summer swoop for PSG striker Edinson Cavani

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Champions League chasers Manchester United and Chelsea considering bidding for Paris St-Germain striker Edinson Cavani, after it was revealed he wants to play in the Premier League. 

Italian publication Calciomercato has reported that Cavani, 32, would jump at the chance of playing in England. It is thought he is looking for a new challenge after PSG’s latest Champions League failure.

Manchester United have been interested in the Uruguayan for some time, but have never made a concrete bid for him.

Meanwhile Chelsea were reportedly in talks about bringing Cavani to Stamford Bridge a couple of years ago but a deal never materialised. However, they maintain an interest, especially given their problems up front this season.

Cavani’s striking record is impressive – he’s scored 133 goals in 181 appearances for PSG and 46 goals in 109 matches for Uruguay – so on the surface he could be the man to solve both clubs’ problems up front.

However, Chelsea still have the threat of a two-window transfer ban hanging over them, which would nix any interest. Meanwhile at 32, would Cavani fit into United’s transfer strategy, which is said to be focusing more on youth.

Other clubs would also be interested in Cavani, if he did decide to leave Paris. Former club Napoli are thought to be interested, although club president Aurelio de Laurentiis has recently said that the player would have to lower his wage demands if they were to do a deal.

Real Madrid and Juventus set for fight to sign Manchester United star Paul Pogba

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European giants Real Madrid and Juventus are both set to try and tempt Paul Pogba away from Manchester United this summer, according to reports. 

Speculation about the future of midfielder Pogba has intensified again in recent weeks again with reports of him not being happy under Reds boss Ole Gunnar Solskjaer.

The France international had had very public fallings out with previous boss Jose Mourinho and had been expected to leave in the summer. But this had changed when Solskjaer arrived along with an upturn in form. However, as United and Pogba’s form has dipped, speculation has increased.

Spanish newspaper AS has gone so far as saying that Pogba has agreed terms with Madrid already.

Los Blancos manger Zinedine Zidane is known to be a fan of the 26-year-old and would be the sort of marquee signing he is looking for as he overhauls his squad this summer.

However, Pogba’s former club, Juventus, are also thought to be keen on re-signing him, according to The Observer. Indeed, they report Pogba’s agent, Mino Raiola, has met with Juve officials.

It is thought United will demand £112 million for a player they signed for £89 million back in summer 2016. If Juventus are to fund that, they may have to sell players first.

Whether Pogba stays could largely depend on if Manchester United quality for next season’s Champions League. They currently sit 6th, 3 points behind Chelsea in 4th with 2 matches remaining.

All the factz on Brighton v Newcastle United, including which TV channel its on

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The tea-time kick off in the Premier League today sees Newcastle United travel south to face Brighton & Hove Albion at the Amex Stadium. 

Brighton desperately need points to stay ahead of Cardiff City, who currently occupy the final relegation place. But while Newcastle have nothing to play for, it means they can play with freedom.

The match kicks off at 5.30pm and it is live on BT Sport 1. Here are the factz you need to know:

* Brighton are bang out of form: they’ve lost 6 of their last 7 matches, failing to score in any of them.
* Newcastle have won 5 of their last 10 PL matches, losing 3.
* Glenn Murray hasn’t scored at the Amex since December.
* Only 6 clubs have conceded fewer goals than Newcastle this season – 44.
* The Seagulls have only scored more than one goal in a league match 3 times this year.

All the factz on the April 27 3pm kick-offs in the Premier League

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Just four matches kicking off at 3pm in the Premier League today, and eyes will be on the relegation battle, with two matches that could prove significant. 

Here are the factz you need to know:

Crystal Palace v Everton 

* Two late goals took Everton to victory over Crystal Palace in the reverse fixture.
* Palace are in inconsistent form – 5 wins and 4 losses in their last 9.
* Everton are in form – 4 wins in their last 5 matches.
* Only Huddersfield Town have won fewer points at home than Palace.

* Everton have also kept clean sheets in 6 of their last 8 matches.

Fulham v Cardiff City

* Cardiff won the reverse fixture 4-2 earlier in the season.
* Since relegation Fulham have won two matches.
* Cardiff have lost 7 of their last 9 matches – but have won the other 2.
* Ryan Babel is the man Cardiff need to stop – he’s been involved in all of Fulham’s last 5 goals at home (2 goals and 3 draws).

* Cardiff won their last away match – they haven’t won two in a row in the top flight since 1957.

Southampton v AFC Bournemouth 

* If Saints better Cardiff’s result today they will be safe from relegation.
* Saints have won 6 matches in 2019 – as many as they won in the whole of 2018.
* Bournemouth have won just 2 of their last 10 PL matches, losing 6 of them.
* Southampton have scored in 12 successive home matches – a run only bettered by Manchester City, Liverpool and Arsenal.

* Only the betting 3 have a worse defensive record than the Cherries, who have conceded 62 goals.

Watford v Wolverhampton Wanderers 

* Watford have beaten Wolves twice already this season – once in the league and the epic 3-2 FA Cup semi-final win.
* Watford have won 5 of their last 10 PL matches, losing 4.
* Wolves haven’t kept a clean sheet in 13 away matches – the longest run in the division.
* Gerard Deulofeu is the man to stop – he has 8 goals in his last 10 appearances for the Hornets.
* Wolves have used just 19 players this season – the fewest since Liverpool in 1995/6.

All the factz on Tottenham Hotspur v West Ham United, including which TV channel its on

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Today’s early kick off in the Premier League is a London derby between Tottenham Hotspur and West Ham United at the Tottenham Hotspur Stadium. 

Spurs are seeking a win to cement a Champions League spot, while West Ham will want to get one over on old rivals.

The match kicks off at 12.30pm and it is live on Sky Sports Premier League and Sky Sports Main Event. Here are the factz you need to know:

* Spurs are looking for their first League double over the Hammers since 2012/13. They’ve beaten them twice already this season in league and cup.
* So far, Spurs have a perfect record at their new stadium – 4 games played, 4 wins, no goals conceded.
* West Ham are awful away from home – seven defeats in their last 8 matches.
* Spurs are in inconsistent form – 3 wins and 3 defeats in their last 6 matches.
* Defence is West Ham’s problem – they’ve conceded 2 or more in their last 6 matches and have kept 5 clean sheets all season.