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Juventus ‘in talks to sign Manchester United and Borussia Dortmund target Ferran Torres’

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Juventus have stepped up their pursuit of Valencia star Ferran Torres and are now in talks with the player’s representatives, according to reports in Spain.

Torres has a release clause of £87million and the likes of Manchester United and Borussia Dortmund have all been linked with his signature.

Juventus appear to have jumped ahead in the race to sign him though, with radio station Onda Cero claiming talks between the two parties are now ‘entering a genuinely intensive stage’.

Ferran Torres (left) takes on Ferland Mendy and Sergio Ramos (right) in a game last week

Ferran Torres (left) takes on Ferland Mendy and Sergio Ramos (right) in a game last week

Ferran Torres (left) takes on Ferland Mendy and Sergio Ramos (right) in a game last week

Torres (right) has an £87million buyout clause and has been linked with a host of top clubs

Torres (right) has an £87million buyout clause and has been linked with a host of top clubs

Torres (right) has an £87million buyout clause and has been linked with a host of top clubs

Torres has a deal until June 2021 at Valencia, and so the club know that unless they can tie him down to a new contract, they will have to sell him this summer to avoid him leaving on a free in 12 months’ time.

The young star, who has come through the club’s youth academy, has been linked with a whole host of top clubs and is eyeing an exit with Valencia currently set to miss out on European football.

The club sacked boss Albert Celades on Monday night after a run of two wins in 13 matches, and former Barcelona coach Ernesto Valverde has been linked with the now-vacant role. 

This season, Torres has scored six goals and provided seven assists in 40 competitive matches, but it has not been enough to drag them higher than eighth in the table.

A European spot is still on at the Mestalla, but Valencia will need to leapfrog the likes of Real Sociedad, Villarreal or Getafe ahead of them. 

Valencia sacked manager Albert Celades (pictured) on Monday with side struggling in eighth

Valencia sacked manager Albert Celades (pictured) on Monday with side struggling in eighth

Valencia sacked manager Albert Celades (pictured) on Monday with side struggling in eighth

Maurizio Sarri appears keen on a swoop for Torres after securing Arthur on Monday afternoon

Maurizio Sarri appears keen on a swoop for Torres after securing Arthur on Monday afternoon

Maurizio Sarri appears keen on a swoop for Torres after securing Arthur on Monday afternoon

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Max Holloway auctioning off worn and bloodied kit from UFC 251 Volkanovski defeat to raise money for food bank

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MAX HOLLOWAY is selling his bloodied and battle-worn UFC 251 kit to raise funds for charity.

The former featherweight champ lost to Alexander Volkanovski after a controversial points decision on Saturday night.

A visibly battered and bruised Max Holloway revealed his charitable gesture

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A visibly battered and bruised Max Holloway revealed his charitable gesture
Holloway is auctioning off his blood-spattered shorts

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Holloway is auctioning off his blood-spattered shorts
Fans get their hands on Holloway's shirt

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Fans get their hands on Holloway’s shirt

The UFC’s Fight Island in Abu Dhabi played host to the bout with 28-year-old Holloway suffering his second successive defeat against his Aussie opponent.

The pair previously met at UFC 245 where former rugby player Volkanovski also battered his way to victory via the judges scorecards.

Holloway has chosen to list all his fight night kit – including his blood-spattered shorts, gloves and wraps – for fans to bid on.

The current total for the bundle stands at around £15,200 with five days left for supporters to offer more for the memorabilia.

All the money raised will be donated to Hawaii Foodbank in the US.

Holloway lost to Volkanovski in the fight held in Abu Dhabi on Fight Island

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Holloway lost to Volkanovski in the fight held in Abu Dhabi on Fight Island
Holloway lost out after a controversial decision went against him

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Holloway lost out after a controversial decision went against him
Fans can snap up his used gloves

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Fans can snap up his used gloves

Announcing his charitable move, Holloway said: “As you guys know, the unemployment rate in Hawaii is one of the highest rates in the nation.

“So I’m going to be auctioning off my fight-worn kit and all of the proceeds is going to the Hawaii Foodbank.

“This is your chance to steal something from the fight.”

UFC supremo Dana White threatened to SACK the judges who handed Holloway defeat.

Furious fans previously claimed Holloway was robbed after being denied victory in the co-main event of the night.

Holloway's wraps are included in the collection up for grabs

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Holloway’s wraps are included in the collection up for grabs
His jumper is part of the rare bundle too

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His jumper is part of the rare bundle too

Just one judge scored the scrap in favour of Holloway but White did not hold back on his views in the post-event presser.

He said: “You can’t leave it to these guys. We’ve got some bad judging.

“I’m sure [Holloway] is devastated. Did anybody here score it for Volkanovski? Anybody? Nobody in the media?”

Dana White suggests ‘bad judging’ was behind Max Holloway loss to Volkanovski

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Man Utd vs Southampton betting tips: Bruno Fernandes to continue his scoring streak in win – Premier League predictions

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THE Premier League fixtures continue to come thick and fast as we approach the business end of the campaign.

It’s been another terrific week of action in the top-flight, with another hectic week of fixtures kicking-off with Monday Night Football at Old Trafford.

 Bruno Fernandes got the party started against Villa

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Bruno Fernandes got the party started against VillaCredit: Times Newspapers Ltd

Man Utd vs Southampton (Monday, 8pm)

The Man Utd juggernaut continues to roll on.

It was yet another 3-0 victory for the Red Devils as they swatted Aston Villa aside with relative ease, in the process perhaps condemning Dean Smith’s side to an instant return to the Championship.

We landed all four of our selections for the match  – and as for the 12/1 on them winning next year’s title, that’s already been cut to 8/1. Hope you all got on.

A Champions League place now looks a formality, with Leicester sweating on the dual Manchester pincer of United’s surge and City’s upcoming court case.

In their way on Monday Night Football is a Southampton side who on paper have nothing to play for, but have been absolutely superb since football resumed just under a month ago.

The Saints are unbeaten in three after a credible 1-1 draw at Everton and boast in their ranks one of the Premier League’s hottest marksman.

 Ings was at it again against Everton, scoring Southampton's goal in the 1-1 draw

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Ings was at it again against Everton, scoring Southampton’s goal in the 1-1 drawCredit: AP:Associated Press

Danny Ings seems to have been around forever, but is still only 27 and enjoying the best season of his career.

His strike against the Toffees keeps him in the race for the Golden Boot, while the Saints as a whole seemed buoyed by a herculean effort to beat Man City in their last home game.

No way do they pitch up at Old Trafford and simply lay down.

With the way this United team is ticking though, that might not matter too much.

Southampton can try all they want, but if Bruno Fernandes and Paul Pogba start pulling the strings in the middle, they’re in trouble.

Pogba is no longer the star at Old Trafford – but SunSport’s main man Neil Custis reckons that’s exactly how he likes it.

As you’d expect, United on the win market is a measly price – 2/7 gets you £2.85 profit on a tenner.

 Man Utd's excellent recent form has seen them shoot up the table

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Man Utd’s excellent recent form has seen them shoot up the tableCredit: AFP or Licensors

Ole’s men have scored 15 in their last four matches, conceding just twice after a couple of defensive howlers against Bournemouth.

Southampton have been excellent on the road this term and that Cherries game did prove United have weakness which can be probed.

The Saints have scored in all but TWO of their away games this season – Burnley and Liverpool – while they’ve netted at Man City, Tottenham, Chelsea, Wolves and Arsenal.

We really like the look of the 2/1 on United to win this one but with the Saints scoring.

While both teams to net on it’s own is a very tempting 19/20.

Southampton don’t have a great record in terms of results here, but Old Trafford holds no fear as they’ve netted on six of their last eight visits.

They’re in great form and we reckon those are brilliant prices despite Man Utd’s recent dominance.

While for the more adventurous amongst you, backing the home side to win BOTH halves is 15/8.

Hardly something to turn your nose up at, as that’s happened in United’s last four games straight.

 Fernandes has been superb since arriving in January

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Fernandes has been superb since arriving in JanuaryCredit: AFP or licensors

When looking at a goalscorer bet, sometimes it makes sense to play the hot hand.

Fernandes is the player you want to trust your cash with, although you’d be hard-pressed to find fault with the 7/5 on Mason Greenwood continuing his own streak.

The Portuguese magician is a bigger price to net anytime than both Marcus Rashford and Anthony Martial, despite four in his last three.

3/2 for him to score at anytime is the best bet of the week, while 4/1 on the designated penalty taker and set piece specialist bagging the first goal should also be backed.

SunSport’s best bets

*All odds from Ladbrokes and correct at time of publication. 

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Man Utd vs Southampton: Live stream FREE, TV channel, teams and kick-off time for massive Premier League clash TONIGHT

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MAN UTD welcome Southampton to Old Trafford knowing three points will put them third in the table.

Cross-town rivals Man City had their Champions League ban overturned this morning, but the Red Devils can put themselves in pole position for a top four finish if they win tonight.

 Man Utd were ruthless as they beat Villa 3-0

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Man Utd were ruthless as they beat Villa 3-0Credit: AFP

Southampton meanwhile are enjoying a rich vein of form and in Danny Ings have the division’s hottest marksman.

The former Liverpool striker is chasing the Golden Boot and netted his 19th goal of the season in a 1-1 draw with Everton.

 Danny Ings struck again as Saints picked up a point on Merseyside

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Danny Ings struck again as Saints picked up a point on MerseysideCredit: AP:Associated Press

When is Man Utd vs Southampton?

  • Kick-off at Old Trafford is set for 8pm BST.
  • When the Saints last visited this ground, an 89th minute winner from Romelu Lukaku gave United all three points after a 3-2 victory.

Which TV channel and live stream can I watch it on?

  • You can catch this game live and FREE on Sky Pick, which is available on Freeview 11.
  • The match will also be shown on Sky One, Sky Sports Main Event, Premier League and Ultra HD.
  • If you want 24 hours access to Sky Sports, grab a NOW TV pass from £9.99 to stream on your mobile, tablet, games consoles or laptop.

What is the team news?

After a brilliant run of form, Ole could send out the same XI which saw off Aston Villa with no new injury concerns.

Phil Jones and Axel Tuanzebe remain out, but otherwise the Norwegian has a fully fit squad to choose from.

For the visitors, Jannik Vestergaard could return to the fold after sitting out the Everton draw with a thigh problem.

But none of Moussa Djenepo, Sofiane Boufal and Yan Valery will feature again for the Saints this season.

 How Man Utd could line-up against Southampton

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How Man Utd could line-up against Southampton

Match odds

  • Man Utd to win – 2/7
  • Draw at Old Trafford – 21/5
  • Southampton victory – 9/1
  • Both teams to score – 20/23

*All odds from Ladbrokes and correct at time of publication.

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