Abramovic given ultimatum to condemn Russia president Putin; Pochettino close to join Man United

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Sat-26/02/2022

Roman Abramovich and Alisher Usmanov have been told to condemn Vladimir Putin’s invasion of Ukraine if they want to avoid repeated calls for sanctions in parliament.(Daily Telegraph)

Marcelo Bielsa is adamant he will not walk away from Leeds mid-season but admits his players’ faith in him has been eroded during their slump in form.(Daily Telegraph)

Interested parties are reportedly on “high alert” over the possible sale of Chelsea.(Daily Mirror)

Mauricio Pochettino is the apparent front-runner to take the permanent manager’s position at Manchester United but there is now rival interest from Real Madrid.(Daily Mirror)

Kepa Arrizabalaga believes he should face Liverpool on Sunday to make up for the heartbreak of being ditched for the Club World Cup final.(The Sun)

Fabrice Muamba believes Christian Eriksen will need to keep his emotions in check as he prepares to make his stunning return in the middle of a relegation scrap.(The Sun)

Jack Wilshere eventually came off the bench to try and light up Danish football – but not before a 10-minute floodlight failure threatened to wipe out his long-awaited comeback.(The Sun)

UEFA are set to terminate their controversial £66m sponsorship deal with Russian state energy company Gazprom.(Daily Mail)

The three remaining European Super League (ESL) rebels, Real Madrid, Barcelona and Juventus, will relaunch their doomed project this week with the promise to scrap the original proposal to make certain clubs permanent members, in what is shaping up to another direct attack on Uefa’s pre-eminence in European football.(Daily Telegraph)

Paris St-Germain could make a move for Chelsea’s 30-year-old France midfielder N’Golo Kante in the summer. (Telegraph)

PSG’s Argentine manager Mauricio Pochettino, 49, has rebuffed advances from Manchester United to take over as boss at Old Trafford as he waits for the chance to take the helm at Real Madrid. (Sport – via Star)

England striker Harry Kane, 28, could once again request to leave Tottenham if Antonio Conte leaves his job as Spurs boss. (Express)

Netherlands midfielder Georginio Wijnaldum, 31, could leave PSG after just one season, with the ex-Liverpool midfielder linked with Atletico Madrid, West Ham, Newcastle United and Aston Villa. (Calciomercato – in Italian)

Arsenal have contacted the representatives of Sweden striker Alexander Isak but want Real Sociedad to lower the 22-year-old’s release clause in order to do a deal. (Sport, via Mail)

Chelsea have the option of triggering a one-year extension to Spain defender Cesar Azpilicueta’s deal, which runs out in the summer, but the 32-year-old wants the Blues to match the offers of other clubs if they want to keep him for longer. (90Min)

Manchester United midfielder Paul Pogba, 28, is said to be open to a move to Paris St-Germain, according to former Chelsea striker and fellow Frenchman Nicolas Anelka. (RMC Sport, via Star)

RB Leipzig’s Spanish left-back Angelino could leave the German club in the summer, with Arsenal, Tottenham and Barcelona linked with the 25-year-old. (Calciomercato – in Italian)

Southampton hope they can retain the services of 19-year-old full-back Tino Livramento for at least another season, with Manchester United keen on the England Under-21 international. (Sun)

London rivals West Ham and Brentford are interested in Hull City’s English pair, forward Keane Lewis-Potter and defender Jacob Greaves, both 21. (90min)

Denmark defender Andreas Christensen will not consider a move to another Premier League club out of respect for Chelsea when his deal at Stamford Bridge expires at the end of the season. Barcelona and Bayern Munich are said to be keen on the 25-year-old. (Fabrizio Romano)

West Ham, Leicester City and Everton have been linked with a move for Bristol City midfielder Alex Scott, with the English 18-year-old also attracting interest from abroad. (Mail)

Aston Villa are said to be open to offers for 24-year-old former England Under-21 defender Ezri Konsa. (Football Insider)

Atletico Madrid are considering a move for Napoli and Italy right-back Giovanni di Lorenzo, 28, as the Spanish champions look for a permanent replacement for 31-year-old England defender Kieran Trippier, who left for Newcastle in January. (Diario AS – in Spanish)

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