The full story: How Man Utd failed in Milinkovic-Savic transfer swoop because of one star
Mourinho does not appear a man primed for the Manchester United sack. After all, why else would you attend Montenegro vs Serbia on a Thursday night?
The answer is Milinkovic-Savic. The Lazio star has been tipped to move to Old Trafford in recent times, most notably back in the summer.
Given United’s horrendous summer window, it would be easy to point the finger at Ed Woodward.
Instead, Paul Pogba was the main reason that Milinkovic-Savic did not secure a stunning move to the Premier League.
Pogba wanted out this summer. And, depending on which reports you read, he still does.
When Barcelona flutter their eyelashes at you, it turns your head. And Pogba, a man who has recently admitted to being distracted, took the bait.
United found themselves in a tricky situation late in the window and just days before the new Premier League season. Would their No 6 really be allowed to depart?
They submitted a bid but one that was badly-received at Old Trafford. An offer of £45million, plus flop signings Andre Gomes and Yerry Mina, was swiftly rejected.
And that was enough for United to dig their heels in. Missing out on Milinkovic-Savic in the process.
Milinkovic-Savic blossomed for Lazio but has found Italian football a tougher nut to crack so far this season.
But Mourinho’s presence for Serbia’s match last night suggests that a move is not dead. And, should Pogba go, expect the rumour mill to kick into gear again.
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October 12, 2018
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on going into the boxing ring with Mayweather.</p><p>Nurmagomdedov recently called out the undefeated boxing champion, urging him to take up the offer of a fight.</p><p>And Mayweather has now responded, saying he’ll fight Nurmagomdedov AND rematch McGregor in 2019.</p><p> fter me and Khabib lock up, me and McGregor we gonna lock up again </p><p>"After me and Khabib lock up, me and McGregor we gonna lock up again."</p><p>McGregor suffered a 10th-round TKO loss to Mayweather in the ring in Las Vegas in August last year in a fascinating encounter.</p><p>‘Money,’ (50-0), is keen to cash in on more paydays with the pair ready to box, although the American is keen to dictate the terms on which he fights the UFC stars in proposed negotiations.</p><p>"When I face Khabib, of course I am getting a nine-figure payday," he said.</p><p>"More than the McGregor fight. Probably $100m more - I'm going to say between $110m and $200m (more) guaranteed.</p><p>"We fighting. I’m my own boss, so I can't say what's going on at Khabib's end, but at my end we can make it happen.</p><p>"I'm Floyd Mayweather. I'm the A-side, you call me out you come into my world.”</p><p>Nurmagomedov is waiting to hear the full extent of his punishment from the UFC after attacking one of McGregor’s coaches in the immediate aftermath of his win in Vegas.</p><p>There are claims Nurmagomedov may quit the UFC for good - and a move to boxing would certainly suggest he will turn his back on mixed martial arts.</p><p>And it is now looking increasingly likely Mayweather will come out of retirement once again in hope of becoming the first man, at the 28th attempt, to inflict a defeat on Nurmagomedov.</p><p> See today's front and back pages, download the newspaper, order back issues and use the historic Daily Express newspaper archive. </p>
a return to the Nou Camp</p><p>He wants to leave PSG. Real Madrid remain the favourites to take him but it doesn't hurt letting it be known that he would happily return to the Nou Camp. That way if he does end up at the Bernabeu he can say: 'I wanted to rejoin Barca but they didn't want me.'</p><p>Catalan radio RAC1 reported on Wednesday that the president Josep Maria Bartomeu sounded out the dressing room in the summer. There was no word on what the response was, but it can be taken for granted that most of them would welcome him back. Big hitters like Lionel Messi, Luis Suarez and Gerard Pique have remained friends and Philippe Coutinho and Arthur are international team-mates.</p><p>Neymar remains close friends with former team-mate Lionel Messi (pictured) and Luis Suarez</p><p>Diario Sport tends to be the closest paper in Barcelona to Neymar. Mundo Deportivo and RAC1 would be far closer to the president. Seems more likely the club have briefed that the player would return and they are not ruling it out. This would also be a good time to float the idea because it's the club annual general meeting on Saturday. It will not be difficult to gauge the response.</p><p>Some supporters never want to see Neymar in a Barcelona shirt again after the way he gave the club the runaround last summer. But if he returns with his tail between his legs, and rejecting a move to Real Madrid in the process, those against the idea would probably be in a minority. El Mundo Deportivo ran a fan poll on Thursday and 64 per cent said they would have him back, albeit with only 17,000 votes.</p><p>More than that, there is still a court case to be decided. Neymar is still demanding around 26m euros (£23m) in unpaid bonuses. Presumably he would drop that demand, due to be heard in January next year, if he wanted to come back.</p><p>No they can't afford him. He will cost the same 222m euros (£196m) PSG paid for him and his wages are currently hovering around the 45m (£40m) euros mark. Barcelona's wage bill is already at the limit set by the club's own statutes. Players would have to leave. PSG have shown an interest in Ousmane Dembele and Ivan Rakitic in the past so they are the two names being put forward. Players plus cash deals tend to happen very rarely – too many stars need to be aligned.</p><p>Barcelona may have to use Ousmane Dembele and Ivan Rakitic as bait to land Neymar</p><p>The original story suggested Neymar would only return if the coaching staff wanted it. But Ernesto Valverde's contract runs out at the end of the season and so far there has been little interest from the club in renewing him. It seems unlikely his view on the matter would make or break any deal?</p><p>Neymar remains the priority signing for the club's president Florentino Perez. That will not have changed. Likewise the reservations held by other board members and club supporters stays the same. Neymar left to escape Messi's shadow and win the Ballon d'Or. Now he finds himself in Kylian Mbappe's shadow. Do Madrid really want to make him their one-year delayed replacement for Cristiano Ronaldo? Perez remains a believer.</p><p>Neymar is keen on leaving PSG after just a season-and-a-half at the French giants</p><p>Neymar will be 27 next summer. No one is quite sure if that means he is in his prime or definitively on the way down? Let's see how the rest of the season pans out with PSG. The only certainty is he will, one way or another, be the transfer story of the summer of 2019 just as he was two years ago. </p><p>Do you want to automatically post your MailOnline comments to your Facebook Timeline?</p><p>Your comment will be posted to MailOnline as usual.</p><p>Do you want to automatically post your MailOnline comments to your Facebook Timeline?</p><p> We will automatically post your comment and a link to the news story to your Facebook timeline at the same time it is posted on MailOnline. To do this we will link your MailOnline account with your Facebook account. We’ll ask you to confirm this for your first post to Facebook.</p><p>Part of the Daily Mail, The Mail on Sunday & Metro Media Group</p>
porting director, including Roma’s Monchi and Juventus’ Fabio Paratici.</p><p>Mourinho remains under pressure and a series of bad results against Chelsea, Juventus and Everton in the upcoming matches could seal his fate.</p><p>Mourinho was given a stay of execution after United produced a dramatic comeback against Newcastle in their last match.</p><p>From 2-0 down, United came back to win 3-2 in the final moments to keep the Portuguese in a job.</p><p>But results need to improve before Mourinho is completely out of trouble.</p><p>It would appear that United are looking to move into a new structure in one fell swoop by bringing in a new director and allowing him a say in the next manager.</p><p>Woodward is currently in charge of the running of the club and has been criticised for his football decisions despite taking United to new heights commercially.</p><p>A new director would oversee player recruitment with the scouting team as well as playing a role in the hiring and firing of a manager.</p><p>But with the move now on hold until the Mourinho saga is decided it looks like Woodward wants to take his time with both roles.</p><p>United are down in eighth after a poor start to the season and defeat to Chelsea at Stamford Bridge would see them fall 10 points off the pace and virtually out of the title race already.</p><p>After Chelsea, United come up against Cristiano Ronaldo and Juventus in the Champions League.</p><p>United won their opening European clash against Swiss side Young Boys, but drew with Valencia at home.</p><p>And Sky Italia journalist Federico Zancan says Mourinho could even get the boot after the Chelsea game if they suffer a heavy defeat,</p><p>He said: "The victory against Newcastle has hidden them from the problems, but this Saturday at Stamford Bridge ( against Chelsea ) is a serious game and then there will be the one in the Champions League against Juventus.</p><p>"Exoneration before Juventus would take a very heavy defeat. The relationships are not solid with the company and some other negative result could also lead to the removal of Mourinho even if at this moment it is difficult to think of such fast timings.</p><p>"It must be said that United are pretty far behind in the league and has not yet faced any big team in Premier League except Tottenham who won 3-0 at Old Trafford.</p><p>“These close encounters that will define the season and career at Old Trafford by Mourinho are very important."</p><p> See today's front and back pages, download the newspaper, order back issues and use the historic Daily Express newspaper archive. </p>
he first time in his career after making the summer switch from Oklahoma City Thunder.</p><p>The power forward could only muster nine points in his 27 minutes on court as Anthony Davis shone for the visitors.</p><p>Anthony, 34, has been told he must get used to playing a substitute role this term as the Rockets launch a playoff push.</p><p>But he is struggling to adjust and says it may take time for him to settle in to the side.</p><p>"It's challenging mentally more so than anything, having to prepare for the game differently," Anthony said.</p><p>"Other than that, it's a challenge all the way around. It's just a matter of how I'm going to react to that challenge and accepting that challenge, which I am, which I will do.</p><p>"For me, at this point, it's more about what I have to do for the sake of the team, instead of trying to just go out there and do whatever or trying to have a specific role.</p><p>“Every night will be different; but for the most part, it is a challenge, but it's something that I'll get used to quick.”</p><p>Anthony also called on his team’s defence to firm up after they shipped in 131 points to the Pelicans.</p><p>"We know that we are one of the top offensive teams, but we want to mirror that with our defence," Anthony added.</p><p>"Tonight wasn't an indication of that, but we'll get better. There were some small things that didn't go our way or we didn't do tonight.</p><p>“We didn't communicate enough on the defensive end. We wasn't talking.</p><p>“We wasn't a unit out there defensively tonight. That's something we can learn from."</p><p>Meanwhile, former NBA star Mike D'Antoni understands Anthony’s frustrations.</p><p>"I know it's not the ideal situation for him, because he's a Hall of Famer and all that," D'Antoni said.</p><p>"He said he'd do anything for the team. We think that's best today.</p><p>“It might not be best later - we don't know - but having him is something that we didn't have last year. Obviously, it's really good.</p><p>"I know it's tough. We appreciate him doing it and trying to help us win a Championship."</p><p> See today's front and back pages, download the newspaper, order back issues and use the historic Daily Express newspaper archive. </p>
in in this year's playoffs thanks to not one, not two, but three separate incidents — each one more egregious than the other — that push the boundaries of sportsmanship.</p><p>After a pair of questionable slides into second base in Game 3 of the National Championship Series against the Milwaukee Brewers, Machado seemed to intentionally kick the leg of first baseman Jesus Aguilar while reaching first base in Game 4.</p><p>Perhaps if Machado admitted he was at fault, things might have blown over. But that didn't happen. </p><p>"If that’s dirty, that’s dirty. I don’t know, call it what you want,” Machado said. </p><p>For his antics, Machado joins a select group of MLB players who've taken the idea of "playing the game hard" a little too far.</p><p>Surprise! He was already in for his run-in with the Oakland A's in 2014 as a member of the Baltimore Orioles. Machado didn't like the way A's third baseman Josh Donaldson tagged him in the first game of a three-game series, so he waited until the series finale to enact his "revenge." </p><p>Machado swung and missed at a pitch and the bat mysteriously slipped out of his hands and helicoptered down the third-base line. The A's had already taken Donaldson out of the game by that point, but the benches cleared anyway.</p><p>In the 2015 NLDS, Utley slid hard and late into second to try to break up a double play. However, his primary target wasn't the base, but New York Mets shortstop Ruben Tejada. </p><p>Tejada suffered a broken leg in the collision and Utley was suspended for two games. (However his suspension was overturned on appeal) Under the spotlight of the playoffs, the incident led to a rule change that required baserunners to slide directly into the base and not initiate contact with the fielder. It's been dubbed the "Chase Utley rule." (It's also the rule Machado violated in Game 3 of this year's NLDS.)</p><p>In May 2016, the Texas Rangers second baseman took offense to a hard slide by Toronto Blue Jays outfielder Jose Bautista. But there were still lingering tensions between the two teams from the ALDS the year before — when Bautista memorably flipped his bat after what turned out to be a game-winning home run. </p><p>When the two players collided at second base, Odor took a swing and connected with Bautista's jaw, knocking off his helmet and sunglasses. Odor received an eight-game suspension.</p><p>Speaking of throwing punches, Papelbon never really fit in with the Washington Nationals when they acquired him at the 2015 trade deadline. He sealed his fate, however, when he openly criticized teammate Bryce Harper in the middle of a late September game for not running out a routine fly ball. </p><p>The two started yelling at each other in the dugout and had to be separated after Papelbon briefly had Harper in a chokehold. He was suspended for the final four games of the season.</p><p>The now-retired catcher was one of those players fans liked having on their team, but hated when he was playing against them. He was noted for sliding hard with his spikes high and for frequently running inside the first-base line to increase the chances of being hit by a throw.</p><p>Pierzynski's most infamous play likely was in Game 2 of the 2005 ALCS when he swung and missed at what would have been the final out in the ninth inning. As Los Angeles Angels catcher Josh Paul rolled the ball back to the mound and the Angels headed toward their dugout, Pierzynski raced to first base, claiming the ball had hit the dirt. Without the benefit of instant replay, he was awarded first base, leading to Joe Crede's game-winning double.</p><p>Though he's been able to gain a bit of redemption in his post-retirement career as a broadcaster, A-Rod had a history of questionable antics on the field — many of them extremely petty in comparison to the others on this list.</p><p>Rodriguez drew the ire of A's pitcher Dallas Braden when he cut across the pitcher's mound on his way back to the dugout after making an out. Braden called him out on the breach of protocol: "Get off my mound!"</p><p>As a baserunner, A-Rod was once accused of yelling at a fielder who was about to catch a routine infield fly. However, his signature stunt came in Game 6 of the 2004 ALCS, when he slapped the glove of Red Sox pitcher Bronson Arroyo as he was being tagged out on the way to first base. He was called out for interference as Boston went on to win the game and rally from a 3-0 deficit to win the series.</p><p>Always the intense competitor, Clemens greatest heel turn came in the 2000 World Series. As the New York Yankees' starter in Game 2, the Rocket faced New York Mets catcher Mike Piazza in the bottom of the first inning.</p><p>When the two teams met earlier in the regular season, Clemens hit Piazza in the helmet with a pitch, adding even more fuel to the Subway Series fire. In their first World Series meeting, a Clemens fastball shattered Piazza's bat -- sending the broken barrel tumbling toward Clemens and into his hands. </p><p>The fiery right-hander mysteriously flung the bat shard in the direction of Piazza, who was running down the first base line. Piazza took offense and both benches emptied. Clemens was later fined $50,000, but the Yankees won the Series in five games.</p>
short trip to face London rivals West Ham on Saturday.</p><p>Spurs have several key players ruled out, though returing aces look set to feature at the London Stadium.</p><p>The best news for boss Mauricio Pochettino is that Christian Eriksen is fit and ready to go following the international break.</p><p>The Danish star suffered from abdominal problems before the break but didn't feature for his national team in a bid to recover.</p><p>Mousa Dembele has also recovered from a thigh injury and will return to the squad.</p><p>Victor Wanyama had an injury scare for Kenya during the international games but is ready to play if called upon.</p><p>Dele Alli, Jan Vertonghen and forgotten man Vincent Janssen remain absent from the first-team picture.</p><p>Alli isn't far off a recovery, though Vertonghen must wait until December to return from a hamstring issue.</p><p>There was a slim chance of Danny Rose returning to the line-up after missing England duty, but his hopes have been dashed with Saturday coming just too soon for a comeback.</p><p>Ben Davies will fill his space, with Kieran Trippier at right-back despite the return of Serge Aurier.</p><p>Erik Lamela is likely to take a place on the bench following Eriksen's recovery.</p><p>Lucas Moura and Son Heung-Min are tipped to start on either flank with England hero Harry Kane leading the line.</p><p>(4-2-3-1) Lloris; Trippier, Alderweireld, Sanchez, Davies; Dier, Winks; Son, Eriksen, Moura; Kane.</p><p> See today's front and back pages, download the newspaper, order back issues and use the historic Daily Express newspaper archive. </p>
.</p><p>Hazard has made a stunning start to the season with seven goals in eight games.</p><p>But he has made no secret of his wish to play for Real Madrid during his career.</p><p>And should Hazard show any sign of an unwillingness to remain in London, the Champions League holders will be at the front of the queue to sign him.</p><p>There is also space at the Bernabeu for Hazard following the exit of Cristiano Ronaldo in the summer.</p><p>"When Real Madrid or Barcelona come knocking especially with foreign players that have come over to the Premier League it is very difficult to turn them down," he said.</p><p>"It doesn't matter who you are whether you are [Philippe] Coutinho, [Luis] Suarez, Ronaldo to name just a few, [Luka] Modric as well.</p><p>"So obviously it's going to be very difficult and he [Hazard] would fit in seamlessly at a club like Real Madrid, there's no doubt about it, but it would be a real shame if he was to leave the Premier League."</p><p>Hazard returned to Chelsea on Wednesday and the report says the club are waiting to hear from the player.</p><p>Speaking at a football business event in Doha, club chairman Bruce Buck said they will do whatever it takes to convince Hazard to stay.</p><p>"Every Chelsea fan in London and around the world loves Eden Hazard," Buck told beIN Sports.</p><p>"And he's not only a great footballer but I think he's a wonderful lad.</p><p>“We want him to stay and we will do what we have to do to entice him to stay."</p><p> See today's front and back pages, download the newspaper, order back issues and use the historic Daily Express newspaper archive. </p>
ight in boxing history back in 2015, when after years of protracted talks Mayweather outpointed his rival in front of a record pay-per-view audience. </p><p>Floyd Mayweather and Manny Pacquiao are in advanced talks over a rematch next May</p><p>The two former pound-for-pound kings met in the richest fight in boxing history back in 2015</p><p>Mayweather outpointed his rival but could have the chance to fight him again next year</p><p>'Floyd is going to fight on December 31 and I'm going to fight January 12,' Pacquiao said. 'After that, we'll know... he's coming back, we'll discuss it after Broner.</p><p>'If that fight happens, I want Cinco de Mayo (May 5) or July.'</p><p>Since the Filipino fighter lost to Mayweather, he has beaten Timothy Bradley, Jessie Vargas and Lucas Matthysse, but also suffered a shock upset in being defeated by Jeff Horn.</p><p>The 39-year-old has been touted to face Amir Khan but now looks increasingly likely to go up against Kell Brook next year. </p><p>Pacquiao wants the fight to be on May 5, almost exactly four years after their last meeting</p><p>The Filipino boxer will first have to overcome Adrien Broner when they fight in January</p><p>Mayweather has not fought since beating Conor McGregor last August and has been lined up with another UFC fighter who wants to cross codes.</p><p>Khabib Nurmagomedov defeated the Irishman in the Octagon this month and called out Mayweather for their own lucrative bout.</p><p>Mayweather responded: 'Oh, we fighting. He called me out. So, he gotta come to my world.</p><p>'I'm my own boss. So, I can't say what's going on on Khabib's end. But, on my end, we can make it happen.</p><p>'When I face Khabib I'm getting a nine-figure payday. It's more than the McGregor fight. Probably $100million more, guaranteed.</p><p>'I'm going to say somewhere between $110m and $200m guaranteed.'</p><p>The fight, however, looks unlikely to happen – especially given the prospect of being lured back into the ring to face his old foe Pacquiao next year.</p><p>Mayweather fought against Conor McGregor last August and could be lured into the ring again</p><p>Do you want to automatically post your MailOnline comments to your Facebook Timeline?</p><p>Your comment will be posted to MailOnline as usual.</p><p>Do you want to automatically post your MailOnline comments to your Facebook Timeline?</p><p> We will automatically post your comment and a link to the news story to your Facebook timeline at the same time it is posted on MailOnline. To do this we will link your MailOnline account with your Facebook account. We’ll ask you to confirm this for your first post to Facebook.</p><p>Part of the Daily Mail, The Mail on Sunday & Metro Media Group</p>
past two months which has put some distance between himself and his club team-mates.</p><p>Barcelona's club chiefs are believed to be concerned at the amount of travelling Pique is putting his body through this early in the campaign.</p><p>Gerard Pique has travelled more than any of Barcelona's internationals so far this season</p><p>His growing tennis commitments have seen him travel regularly to America as well as China</p><p>The centre back's fascination for tennis has taken him worldwide from Madrid to Shanghai and is becoming a big part of his schedule. </p><p>The 31-year-old's first mammoth trip was his 15,000km return trip to Florida - just days after the start of the La Liga season - for a press announcement about the revamped Davis Cup.</p><p>Having missed training for that special press conference, he returned to the US soon after to watch the US Open final at Flushing Meadows.</p><p>He made the 20,000km trip to Shanghai recently to watch Novak Djokovic win the Masters</p><p>He is spearheading the new format for the Davis Cup and is kept busy in international breaks</p><p>A 20,000km trip to Asia for the Shanghai Masters saw him catch Novak Djokovic in scintillating form and he looks set to travel to London for the ATP Finals in November. </p><p>Pique, who spearheads the company behind the new format of the Davis Cup, was in Madrid this week at a press breifing to talk through it all.</p><p>He said on Wednesday that world No 1 Rafael Nadal has told him he will play as long as he is not injured.</p><p>Stepping away from international duty looked set to be a boost for Barcelona but his growing tennis commitments are beginning to take their toll on the Catalan club's bosses. </p><p>Only Chilean midfielder Arturo Vidal is getting anywhere near Pique's amount of miles travelled in the international breaks. </p><p>Club bosses are growing concerned that he is travelling more than any other squad players</p><p>Chilean midfielder Arturo Vidal is the only player who even gets close to Pique's total</p><p>Do you want to automatically post your MailOnline comments to your Facebook Timeline?</p><p>Your comment will be posted to MailOnline as usual.</p><p>Do you want to automatically post your MailOnline comments to your Facebook Timeline?</p><p> We will automatically post your comment and a link to the news story to your Facebook timeline at the same time it is posted on MailOnline. To do this we will link your MailOnline account with your Facebook account. We’ll ask you to confirm this for your first post to Facebook.</p><p>Part of the Daily Mail, The Mail on Sunday & Metro Media Group</p>
ummer and he is gearing up for his league debut against Portland Trail Blazers tonight.</p><p>Head coach Luke Walton claimed James’ addition will help the younger players develop into at least playoff contenders.</p><p>But Barkley thinks they could still line-up with a number of old heads in the side, throwing confusion on their team philosophy.</p><p>The NBA pundit even reckons San Antonio Spurs, Denver Nuggets and Oklahoma City Thunder will finish above the Lakers in James’ maiden season.</p><p>"What kind of team are they? Are they gonna let those young guys play, or are they going to put those old guys out there?” Barkley told The Dan Patrick Show.</p><p>“That's why I didn't understand because those old guys are not their future.</p><p>“[Lonzo] Ball, [Kyle] Kuzma, Brandon Ingram - that's their future. So, I don't know what the Lakers are doing.</p><p>“Are they going to try to groom those young guys and go forward with LeBron, or are they going to play those old guys?</p><p>“I think that's going to be the most fascinating thing. I mean, I have no idea what the Lakers are doing.</p><p>“Are they a young team or are they an old team? I think that's what I'm gonna be watching for the most."</p><p>Meanwhile, Washington Wizards star John Wall believes James will transform the Lakers this term.</p><p>“LeBron going to the Lakers makes them a powerhouse team,” he told talkbasket.net.</p><p>“It’s a team that didn’t make the playoffs last year but is definitely going to make the playoffs because you know what he’s done the last eight years he’s been in the East.</p><p>“I think it’s going to be more challenging in the West. I think there’s still going to be some more trades that happen.”</p><p> See today's front and back pages, download the newspaper, order back issues and use the historic Daily Express newspaper archive. </p>