After the Champions League last 16 drew to a close on Wednesday night, it’s the Europa League’s turn to take centre stage this evening. Arsenal and Manchester United are among the clubs vying for a spot in the quarter-finals ahead of Friday’s double-header draw.
But plenty of football news is swirling around away from the pitch amid the hectic fixture schedule. United are expected to host Sheikh Jassim bin Hamad Al Thani’s delegation at Old Trafford today, with Sir Jim Ratcliffe set to visit personally on Friday as the club’s takeover process enters its second stage.
Along with the Qatari interest, the Red Devils’ links to Kylian Mbappe are refusing to go away, but Erik ten Hag may have identified a realistic alternative. Meanwhile, Chelsea have made a telling decision on Mason Mount after contract talks at Stamford Bridge stalled.
Jurgen Klopp also produced an ‘angry’ admission after Real Madrid comfortably dumped Liverpool out of the Champions League 6-2 on aggregate. The 14-time kings of Europe join Chelsea, Manchester City and others in the quarters.
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