Dortmund set for’ Sancho wage talks’
Borussia Dortmund are reportedly in advanced talks over borrowing back Jadon Sancho – but there’s one snag.
The Germans would struggle to afford the Manchester United outcast’s wages.
So Dortmund are expected to ask Old Trafford chiefs to pay some of the England winger’s salary if he returns to the Bundesliga for the rest of the season.
Sancho’s loan fee is also likely to be up for discussion.
Fifa under pressure over 2026 World Cup final
Fifa chiefs are under pressure to confirm the venue for the 2026 World Cup final.
And there are signs that the biggest game in football could be played indoors for the first time.
New York’s MetLife Stadium had long been considered the front-runner.
An East Coast venue would allow a mid-afternoon kick-off, prime time in Europe.
But temperatures in the Big Apple in mid-July regularly hit 90F-plus, likely to mean stifling conditions and a slow-paced game.
So expectations are increasing that Dallas could be the chosen option.
The Cowboys’ AT&T Stadium in Arlington, 19 miles from the city, is called the world’s largest air-conditioned room, with the retract- able roof helping set a temperature of 70F.
It would mean a kick-off at 2pm local time to fit the demands of European audiences and likely lead to a faster game.
Dallas and Miami — home of the North and Central American and Caribbean confederation Concacaf — are alternatives for Fifa bigwigs’ main tournament base away from New York.
Red Devils invite Littler to Spurs clash
Luke Littler has been invited to watch his beloved Manchester United after the PDC World Darts Championship final.
The teenage prodigy takes on Luke Humphries for the Sid Waddell trophy and £500,000 in prize money on Wednesday night.
Littler has enjoyed a meteoric rise after storming to the final on his Alexandra Palace debut.
He has now been rewarded with an offer from the Red Devils following his fairytale run.
The Daily Mail report that United have invited Littler to attend their match against Tottenham at Old Trafford on January 14.
Littler had already been planning to visit the Theatre of Dreams after the tournament.
He has also received good luck messages from United stars Luke Shaw and Jonny Evans during his fairytale run.
De Gea career is up a creek WITH a padel
David de Gea still remains without a club after he left Manchester United in the summer.
The Spanish shot-stopper spent 12 years between the sticks for the Red Devils, but now he’s turned his attention to a new sport.
According to The Athletic, De Gea has been spending much of his time since leaving Old Trafford playing PADEL.
Padel is a Mexican game similar to both tennis and squash and is played on a small court that has fencing all around it that the ball can be played off.
The ex-Spain number one, 33, isn’t the only footballer that has turned their attention to the growing sport either.
Former Newcastle and PSG star Hatem Ben Arfa, 36, is also a big padel player and has even earned himself a national ranking for the sport in France.
Alongside his padel playing De Gea is reportedly maintaining his fitness should the right opportunity to return to the pitch pop up.
However that offer is yet to come despite rumours of a move to Newcastle United and offers from teams across Europe’s top leagues.
Fans hail ‘crazy’ Andre
Manchester United supporters have hailed Andre Onana for agreeing to play Tottenham 24 hours before Cameroon’s first Afcon fixture.
United negotiated Onana’s departure for the tournament with Cameroon following the club’s dismal start to the season.
And many United fans have praised the keeper for his devotion to the club.
One wrote: “That’s crazy though.”
Another said: “It’s good to see how dedicated he is to the team.”
A third wrote: “Fair play to him.”
Onana set to face Spurs… DAY before Cameroon game
Erik ten Hag has got his way with Andre Onana staying with Manchester United to play against Tottenham on January 14 – just ONE day before Cameroon’s AFCON opener.
The keeper will now travel to meet up with his country and their African Cup of Nations bid in Ivory Coast straight after the game.
He will be available for the clash with Guinea the day after.
United reached an amicable agreement with Cameroon, having initially signed Onana in the belief that he had retired from international football.
The club understood he would not be going to AFCON when they paid Inter Milan £47M for him in the summer.
But Cameroon persuaded him to change his mind.
Boss Ten Hag was adamant that Onana’s original promise he would be available throughout his first English campaign should be honoured, at least to some extent.
Indeed if Cameroon do not manage to qualify from their group which also includes Senegal and Gambia my may not miss any club fixtures thanks to the deal that now been struck.