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* Dortmund confirms possible Sancho transfer

English national Jadon Sancho has a gentlemen’s agreement with Borussia Dortmund that would allow him to secure an exit under certain conditions, Dortmund Sporting Director Michael Zorc confirmed speaking to the media.

“We already had a gentlemen’s agreement with Jadon last year that he can switch under certain conditions, He’s been with us for a couple of years. However, this agreement does not exist with Erling.”

Zorc confirmed that this agreement was almost activated last summer during Manchester United’s pursuit of Sancho, adding: “In the end, the requirements were not met.”

* Tuchel making history at Chelsea

Thomas Tuchel has already announced his arrival at the Premier League. Chelsea is currently in a good run of form and their latest tie saw them collect three more points with Kai Havertz scoring a match-winning brace.

That result has cemented the Blues’ standing in the fourth spot with four games to play.

It was also their 11th clean sheet under Tuchel, from just 15 games with the former Paris Saint-Germain boss at the helm.

No Premier League Manager before him can claim to have achieved those feats, with Mourinho and Scolari opening their respective spells in English football with 10 shutouts from 15 fixtures.

He has made a positive impact after he replaced Chelsea legend, Frank Lampard.

Under him, Chelsea have secured a top-four spot, FA Cup final berth, and a spot in the Champions League semi-finals.

* Ole hoping two stars remain at Old Trafford

Manchester United boss Ole Gunnar Solskjaer hopes that Manchester United’s improvement this season will convince Paul Pogba and Edinson Cavani to remain at the club beyond the end of the campaign.

The pair have been integral parts of a Red Devils side that has challenged many teams as they beat the end of the Premier League this season.

Ole peaking to the media said, “(Paul) knows my feelings about him and that I want him to stay. It’s about creating an environment that we thrive in, a competitive environment and a team who challenge for trophies.

“He and Edinson are winners but they are also human beings and they must enjoy coming in and enjoy playing for this team.

“If we can play like (we did in a 6-2 win over Roma on Thursday) against Liverpool, and they can feel our progress. Our chances are probably bigger to keep them.”

* Neymar hopeful for second leg turnaround

Brazilian national Neymar says he will do anything to help Paris Saint-Germain beat Manchester City, even if it means that he has to “die on the pitch”.

PSG succumbed to a 2-1 defeat to City at Parc des Princes in the first leg of their Champions League semi-final. It means they need two goals and concede none if they were to secure a spot in the finals.

Speaking after scoring in PSG’s 2-1 win against Lens in Ligue 1 on Saturday (1), the Brazilian told the club’s official media channel, “The first thing to do now is to rest and then really refocus on the Champions League.

“We had a very tough first leg against Manchester City but we have to believe it no matter what the stats say or our percentage chance of winning.

“I think every Parisian should believe in us! I’m in the front line, and I’ll be the first warrior who goes into battle for the team.

“I will give the best of myself and I will do anything to bring this back no matter what, even if I have to die on the pitch.”

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