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Manchester United ‘facing £70m black hole if they miss out on Champions League football

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Manchester United’s failure to qualify for the Champions League on Sunday will cost the club £70million.

Chelsea face a similar fate as they risk losing £50m if they fail to finish in the top four this season.

Both Ole Gunnar Solskjaer and Frank Lampard’s men need just one point each on the final day of the Premier League season to avoid such a destiny. 

Manchester United’s failure to qualify for the Champions League will cost them £70million

Manchester United’s failure to qualify for the Champions League will cost them £70million

Manchester United’s failure to qualify for the Champions League will cost them £70million

Should United lose to Leicester, Brendan Rodgers’s men will overtake The Red Devils, who could find themselves in fifth and back in the Europa League if Chelsea do the business against Wolves.

Should United slip back into fifth, they will lose out on the Champions League qualification money, which is worth around £80m – £50m more than in Uefa’s secondary competition.

Though the financial ramifications of failure on Sunday go beyond that of the qualification money.

While Frank Lampard's failure to finish in the top four this season could cost the club £50m

While Frank Lampard's failure to finish in the top four this season could cost the club £50m

While Frank Lampard’s failure to finish in the top four this season could cost the club £50m

United need one point against Leicester on Sunday to land a spot in the Champions League

United need one point against Leicester on Sunday to land a spot in the Champions League

United need one point against Leicester on Sunday to land a spot in the Champions League

United could lose another £20m from the kit deal with Adidas, as the highly sought after brand states that their annual £75m fee will be cut if they fail to qualify for Champions League football for two years in a row.

The Red Devils will also see a loss of revenue from the £330m TV rebate shared between the Premier League clubs.

United, among with all other Premier League clubs, have been hit bby the coronavirus crisis.

Old Trafford has missed out on around £20m in gate revenue due to games being held behind closed doors.

The club has even secured for a £140m loan from Bank of America to help cover the dent in their income, according to The Sun.

Should United lose to Leicester on Sunday, they will still have the opportunity to make Champions League but would need to win the Europa League when it returns next month. 

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Maurizio Sarri leaves Juventus as a champion but his reputation at top clubs is in tatters

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Maurizio Sarri will have entered Saturday evening asking just what Andrea Pirlo offers in comparison to him having been sacked as Juventus boss. 

The Italian champions wasted no time in axing Sarri, who still had two years left to run on his deal in Turin, after their shock elimination in the Champions League to Lyon on Friday night.  

For a start, Pirlo boasts far better hair. But on a more serious note, Pirlo will not need to learn or develop Juventus’ DNA having spent four years anchoring the Bianconeri’s midfield. He gets what the club is about and that’s vitally important.

Ultimately, Sarri just never quite got it and for that he paid the price.  

Maurizio Sarri delivered a ninth-straight Serie A title for Juventus but it was far from vintage

Maurizio Sarri delivered a ninth-straight Serie A title for Juventus but it was far from vintage

While there was some joy there was also a lot of despair and it was clear he and the club were not a perfect match

While there was some joy there was also a lot of despair and it was clear he and the club were not a perfect match

Maurizio Sarri became a champion at Juventus but also shattered his reputation as an elite-level manager having been sacked just one year into a three-year contract in Turin

Cristiano Ronaldo became exasperated and it was inevitable Sarri was heading for a divorce

Cristiano Ronaldo became exasperated and it was inevitable Sarri was heading for a divorce

Cristiano Ronaldo became exasperated and it was inevitable Sarri was heading for a divorce

Andrea Pirlo has no managerial experience but understands Juventus' DNA better than most

Andrea Pirlo has no managerial experience but understands Juventus' DNA better than most

Andrea Pirlo has no managerial experience but understands Juventus’ DNA better than most

The appointment of Sarri always felt off from the start, something just did not seem to fit together. 

Juventus chairman Andrea Agnelli comes across as a man who wants what others have, someone who more often than not is of the belief that the grass can always be that little bit greener. 

And despite them clinching an eighth-straight Serie A title, delivered by Massimiliano Allegri last year, Agnelli craved more aesthetic and attractive football to watch and to dazzle the rest of Europe with. 

With great difficulty in attaining Pep Guardiola, Agnelli’s mind was cast to the eye-catching ‘Sarri-ball’ that was delivered at Napoli in the 2017-18 season. 

Sarri moved to Chelsea that summer for one season before Agnelli could get his hands on a man that was a major detachment from the clean-cut, company man that Allegri came across as. 

There he would be, his side toiling against Sassuolo, Atalanta, Cagliari, Roma, Lazio, pick any side this season, with a cigarette butt dangling precariously in his mouth. It felt almost metaphorical for how precarious his job at the Allianz Stadium was and so it proved.  

There was a belief that his system simply didn’t work in English football – even after he delivered Chelsea the Europa League – and so back in Italy it was expected his career would be back on track. 

He was brought in by Andrea Agnelli to deliver attractive football but never managed to do it

He was brought in by Andrea Agnelli to deliver attractive football but never managed to do it

He was brought in by Andrea Agnelli to deliver attractive football but never managed to do it

Only what transpired was a tumultuous campaign that saw his tactics questioned, whispers of fall-outs with key dressing room figures and he was even the target of social media rants from Cristiano Ronaldo’s sister.  

Sarri and his story of being a banker before throwing himself into football management is one well told. It is remarkable to have gone ahead and had the career he has given he started with a role managing eighth-division side USD Stia in 1990. 

Slowly this unfamiliar, introverted, chain-smoking manager was beginning to get on the radar of those high up in Italian football. 

His resume makes incredible reading when it is acknowledge that in 30 years he has gone from Faellese to Cavriglia, Antella, Valdema, Tegoleto, Sansovino, Sangiovannese, Pescara, Arezzo, Avellino, Hellas Verona, Perugia, Grosseto, Alessandria, Sorrento and Empoli where he really drew credit for the now-derided ‘Sarri-ball’.

Juventus laboured their way to victories and draws, often reliant on the output of Ronaldo

Juventus laboured their way to victories and draws, often reliant on the output of Ronaldo

Juventus laboured their way to victories and draws, often reliant on the output of Ronaldo

The Champions League was where Sarri would be measured and he failed under the pressure

The Champions League was where Sarri would be measured and he failed under the pressure

The Champions League was where Sarri would be measured and he failed under the pressure

And then his story becomes more high-profile: Napoli, Chelsea and Juventus.  

While the fall-out from his one-and-done season in Turin is still to be properly unpacked, the question now is, what next? Is his time as a league-winning manager over?  

The one thing that was consistently levelled against Sarri was that his football, while easy on the eye when it works, does not, or had not, delivered tangible trophy success.

He did win the title this season, Juventus’ ninth Scudetto in a row, and so he can no longer be ridiculed for not winning in his own country.  

‘If you won with me, you must be good,’ he joked in the dressing room after clinching the league title. It was said in jest but there was an element of truth to it; it was all alien and the players knew it. 

Europa League success at Chelsea couldn't spare him the sack and top clubs will overlook him

Europa League success at Chelsea couldn't spare him the sack and top clubs will overlook him

Europa League success at Chelsea couldn’t spare him the sack and top clubs will overlook him

The Italian failed to win over both fans and the club's hierarchy while manager at Chelsea

The Italian failed to win over both fans and the club's hierarchy while manager at Chelsea

The Italian failed to win over both fans and the club’s hierarchy while manager at Chelsea

To get his career back on track he needs to return to an underdog club where he can thrive

To get his career back on track he needs to return to an underdog club where he can thrive

To get his career back on track he needs to return to an underdog club where he can thrive

There was some rumours of Roma being his next landing spot with some pressure on Paulo Fonseca in the Italian capital. For now that seems a stretch. 

But with no appetite to welcome him back to England with open arms and the only way in Italy is down, Sarri has a lot to think about before putting himself back in the firing line. 

What made Sarri so attractive and unique was it was not all about trophies. Underdog teams thrived under him because it was more about philosophy, footballing beliefs and schooling opponents by simply out-performing them. 

And so that is key for the next move. Sarri needs to turn his back on the glitz, glamour and champagne lifestyle that clings to the European elite. 

To get his love for the game back, Sarri needs to find a home that inspires him as much as minor side Tegoleto did when he gave up that career in the bank.  

The 61-year-old manager at Empoli where he drew credit for the now-derided 'Sarri-ball'

The 61-year-old manager at Empoli where he drew credit for the now-derided 'Sarri-ball'

The 61-year-old manager at Empoli where he drew credit for the now-derided ‘Sarri-ball’

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Fancy rolling back the years with Eric Cantona or Xavi? EA Sports reveal the 11 new icons in FIFA 21

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EA Sports have announced the 11 new legendary players that will grace FIFA 21’s Ultimate Team mode, allowing players to incorporate the likes of Eric Cantona, Xavi and Fernando Torres into their squads.

Fans will be able to get their hands on the next instalment of the FIFA series on October 6, which will feature over 100 ‘Icons’ for the first time ever.

Along with Cantona, Xavi and Torres, gamers will also be given the chance to add Nemanja Matic and Ashley Cole into their teams on Ultimate Team (FUT).

Manchester United legend Eric Cantona has been added into FIFA 21's Ultimate Team mode

Manchester United legend Eric Cantona has been added into FIFA 21's Ultimate Team mode

Manchester United legend Eric Cantona has been added into FIFA 21’s Ultimate Team mode

EA Sports announced 11 new 'Icons' that will be incorporated into FIFA 21 – released on Oct 6

EA Sports announced 11 new 'Icons' that will be incorporated into FIFA 21 – released on Oct 6

EA Sports announced 11 new ‘Icons’ that will be incorporated into FIFA 21 – released on Oct 6

Hungarian legend Ferenc Puskas has been added to the popular game series for the first time ever, while German duo Bastian Schweinsteiger and Philipp Lahm make their returns.

Samuel Eto’o and Petr Cech complete the star-studded line-up added to FUT for this year’s title.

Icon cards have become a staple in FUT and are some of the rarest items to be acquired in the game mode.

FIFA 20 saw the addition of Zinedine Zidane, Pep Guardiola and Didier Drogba as icons, while fans are also able to include Pele, Diego Maradona and Paolo Maldini into their teams – if they are lucky enough.

Fans will also be able to put Fernando Torres into their team, who is now an icon in the game

Fans will also be able to put Fernando Torres into their team, who is now an icon in the game

Fans will also be able to put Fernando Torres into their team, who is now an icon in the game

Barcelona legend Xavi also makes his return to the game following his retirement in 2019

Barcelona legend Xavi also makes his return to the game following his retirement in 2019

Barcelona legend Xavi also makes his return to the game following his retirement in 2019

Following the announcement of the new icons last week, EA Sports stated: ‘Create your dream squad as a combination of today’s superstars and footballing giants of the past like Eric Cantona, Xavi, and Philipp Lahm joining Pele, Diego Maradona, Johan Cruyff, Ronaldo Nazario, Zinedine Zidane and more to make up the prestigious FUT 100.’

Along with the announcement of the new icons, EA also confirmed that they will be making the game ‘less toxic’ for players going forward. 

Goal celebrations such as the ‘Shush’ and ‘A-OK’ will be removed while the amount of time allocated to celebrate goals has also been reduced.

Explaining the recent removal and reductions, producer Sam Rivera told SPORTbible: ‘There are people who play a lot of matches in the weekend and they need to complete 30 matches in a certain amount of time.

Serbian legend Nemanja Matic will also be made available in FUT from October 6

Serbian legend Nemanja Matic will also be made available in FUT from October 6

Serbian legend Nemanja Matic will also be made available in FUT from October 6

Hungarian icon Ferenc Puskas has been added to the game for the first time ever

Hungarian icon Ferenc Puskas has been added to the game for the first time ever

Hungarian icon Ferenc Puskas has been added to the game for the first time ever

‘We really felt like there were instances where if we’re giving you an experience, it has to be smooth and it has to be to the point. I just want to come here and play; that’s what the game is for.

‘The game flow is so important and we need to keep it as short as possible. I play a lot of FIFA and for years I’ve felt we needed to trim this animation down so you don’t have 15 seconds of celebration plus ten replays.

‘We’re now at a point where you have time to celebrate, which is part of football and that’s what we want, and then you watch one replay of the goal and you’re back into play.

‘It’s a change the hardcore community are going to appreciate a lot.’ 

FIFA 21 ULTIMATE TEAM ICONS 

Eric Cantona (New)

Petr Cech (New)

Ashley Cole (New)

Samuel Eto’o (New)

Phillip Lahm (New)

Ferenc Puskas (New)

Bastian Schweinsteiger (New)

Davor Suker (New)

Fernando Torres (New)

Nemanja Vidic (New)

Xavi (New)

Pele 98 CAM

Maradona 97 CAM

Ronaldo 96 ST

Cruyff 94 CF

Ronaldinho 94 LW

Yashin 94 GK

Maldini 94 CB

Eusebio 93 CF

Baggio 93 CAM

Best 93 RW

Baresi 93 CB

Henry 93 ST

Gullit 93 CF

Matthaus 93 CM

Rivaldo 92 LW

Raúl 92 CF

Cannavaro 92 CB

Butragueno 92 ST

Lineker 92 ST

Figo 92 RW

Moore 92 CB

Stoichkov 92 ST

Van Nistelrooy 92 ST

Schmeichel 92 GK

Puyol 92 CB

Del Piero 92 CF

Bergkamp 92 CF

Zanetti 92 RB 

Nesta 92 CB

Hierro 91 CB

Nedved 91 LM

Scholes 91 CM

Socrates 91 CAM

Trezeguet 91 ST

Seedorf 91 CAM

Gerrard 91 CM

Ballack 91 CM

Viera 91 CM

Roberto Carlos 91 LB

Owen 91 ST

Van Der Sar 91 GK

Kluivert 91 ST

Pires 91 LM

Shevchenko 91 ST

Shearer 91 ST

Desailly 91 CB

Blanc 91 CB

Laudrup 91 CAM

Lehmann 90 GK

Lampard 90 CM

Makélélé 90 CDM

Veron 90 CM

Zola 90 CF

Ferdinand 90 CB

Deco 90 CM

Inzaghi 90 ST

Overmars 90 LM

Larsson 90 ST

Petit 90 CDM

Hernandez 90 ST

Rui Costa 90 CAM

Rijkaard 90 CDM

Litmanen 90 CAM

Crespo 90 ST

Gattuso 89 CDM

Campbell 89 CB

Nakata 88 CAM

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9am Chelsea transfer news LIVE: Kai Havertz ‘WILL join after Europa League’, Willian completes medical, Stones £20m bid

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KAI HAVERTZ is edging closer to a move to Chelsea with reports that he is even keener than Jadon Sancho to leave the Bundesliga.

And Frank Lampard is also said to be interested in a cut price deal for John Stones, after an agent revealed he vetoed another transfer.

Follow all the latest transfer updates from the Bridge below…

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