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Manchester United Co-Chairman Avram Glazer Has Acquired A Franchise For A New T20 Professional Cricket League In The UAM Organisers

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Glazer, also an owner of NFL Super Bowl winners Tampa Bay Buccaneers, completed the purchase in his role as chairman of private equity firm Lancer Capital.

The United Arab Emirates T20 League is a professional six-team competition sanctioned by the Emirates Cricket Board which is set to take place for the first time in February and March 2022.

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Wednesday’s announcement comes after the Glazer family were outbid in their attempt to buy one of the two new franchises in the money-spinning Indian Premier League — the forerunner of all current global T20 franchise cricket events.

“I am very excited to be a part of UAE T20 at its formation,” Avram Glazer said.

“UAE T20 promises to be a world-class event that will be transformative to the growth of cricket in the Emirates.”.

Khalid Al Zarooni, UAE T20 League chairman and vice-chairman of the Emirates Cricket Board, added: “I am very excited to welcome Mr Glazer to the UAE T20 Family.

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“To have a partner who has invested into sports properties with a long-term perspective is a testament to the strength of the UAE T20 League’s business model and its value proposition to fans and its stakeholders, and an ode to the UAE as the destination of choice for global sports events.”

The names of the franchises have yet to be announced.

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Worry for Chelsea as Timo Werner admits ‘incredible’ star can ‘choose where he goes’

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Chelsea forward Timo Werner admits compatriot Antonio Rudiger can ‘choose where he goes’ as the player’s contract saga rumbles on.

The centre-back is attracting interest from European heavyweights Bayern Munich, Paris Saint-Germain and Real Madrid due to his contract situation. He will become a free agent in the summer as things stand.

According to Sky Sports, Rudiger is ‘in no rush’ to sort out a pre-contract agreement with one of those three teams.

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Bild journalist Christian Falk has given Blues fans a promising update by claiming Rudiger’s priority is to stay in west London.

But supporters will be worrying about the star defender’s future until a formal announcement is made.

Team-mate Werner has now weighed in on the situation, as well as that of Andreas Christensen. Rudiger’s defensive partner is also out of contract come the end of the season.

“I would be happy if they stay,” Werner told Sky Germany (via the Daily Mirror).

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“They can improve every team. There are still a lot of good central defenders [for other teams to buy]!”

Timo Werner hails ‘incredible’ team-mate

On Rudiger, Werner added: “He plays incredible. As a free agent he could choose where he goes!”

Rudiger has been one of Chelsea’s best performers over the last 12 months. He has reached a new level since the arrival of Thomas Tuchel last January.

The Berlin-born star has only been on the losing side three times in the Premier League this term. He has popped up with goals in the 3-0 victories over Tottenham and Leicester, while also registering two assists in December’s win against Leeds.

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Rudiger originally cost £31.5million when joining from Serie A outfit Roma back in July 2017. His value sits at that same fee, according to transfermarkt.


How many points Newcastle may need to stay in the Premier League – 40 not the magic number


Alan Shearer slams Tuchel comments

Chelsea were left frustrated on Tuesday night as they dropped points against Brighton away from home.

The Champions League holders went ahead through Hakim Ziyech in the first half, despite his goal coming against the run of play.

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But they could not hold on for all three points as Adam Webster equalised in the 60th minute.

During a post-match interview, Tuchel said his players looked ‘tired’ and need ‘some days off’.

But former striker Shearer doesn’t agree. He said on DAZN: “[I] don’t accept that, I’m not having that.

“I get it’s been a tough time for every football club in the world, they’ve all had very difficult circumstances, as has everyone, not just football.

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“But he’s got a bench tonight that’s worth £220million. [Mateo] Kovacic, [Kai] Havertz, Werner, [Christian] Pulisic.

“[Tuchel] left [Mason] Mount out on Saturday, brought Mount back in tonight. That performance, certainly going forward, was not a tired performance.”

READ MORE: Chelsea rebel faces ‘imminent’ exit as transfer talks reach ‘very advanced’ stage

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Newcastle lodge Lingard offer Man Utd hoped for, but West Ham, Tottenham could be the real winners

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Newcastle have made a formal approach to sign Jesse Lingard that is to Manchester United’s liking, but West Ham or Tottenham could yet be the true winner, per multiple reports.

Lingard, 29, has been afforded a paltry 88 minutes of league action this term. His sparkling loan spell with West Ham last season suggested he might be given a chance back at Old Trafford. However, neither Ole Gunnar Solskjaer or Ralf Rangnick saw fit to up Lingard’s game-time.

As such, and with just six months remaining on his contract, a January exit is looking increasingly likely.

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Newcastle, West Ham and Tottenham have all shown interest. Now, according to the Times, it is Newcastle that have made the first move.

They report the Magpies have made a ‘formal approach’ to sign the forward. Newcastle would reportedly prefer a permanent deal, though could be willing to settle for a loan move. To that end, they are ‘prepared to pay a £2m’ loan fee.

That will be music to the ears of Man Utd, along with the fact Newcastle are reportedly willing to cover 100 percent of Lingard’s wages.

Newcastle offer ideal for Man Utd, but not Lingard

Another tick in the column comes from Newcastle’s position in the table. The Magpies are no threat to Man Utd’s aims this season. Losing Lingard to West Ham or Tottenham, however, would strengthen a direct rival for fourth spot.

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However, according to Caught Offside, a deal isn’t necessarily straightforward.

Citing talkSPORT’s Alex Crook, the outlet note Lingard’s preference is to return to London and link back up with David Moyes at West Ham.

The outlet stated both the Hammers and Spurs remain interested in acquiring Lingard. However, neither are noted to be in the mix for a loan deal at present. Instead, Tottenham specifically are seeking a free agent pick-up in the summer.

According to the MEN, that opens the door to Lingard joining Newcastle on loan this window. An impressive stint similar to the one that lit up West Ham could then see him move to either West Ham or Tottenham as a free agent in the summer – assuming Newcastle fail to negotiate an option to buy.

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Anthony Martial exit finally in sight

Meanwhile, Manchester United have finally found a taker for Anthony Martial with talks already underway at securing the unhappy striker a move away from Old Trafford.

That’s according to Calciomercato, who claims the Serie A giants are intensifying their efforts to sign the Frenchman. They report that talks are already well underway between Martial’s agent Philippe Lamboley and officials at Juve.

Furthermore, it’s reported that Martial has given his ‘total willingness’ to ‘start again’ in Turin after a difficult season so far.

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United, for their part, will inform Juventus of the same terms they told Sevilla. They want any suitor to pick up the entirity of Martial’s wages – some €7.5m a season (£120,000-a-week). In addition, United are demanding a €5m loan fee for the player to see them through until the end of the season.

And finally, the Red Devils are reportedly willing to offer Juventus the chance to see Martial before opting for a permanent deal. As such, his loan fee includes a ‘right to buy’ – giving Juventus first refusal – as opposed an ‘obligation to buy’.

Calciomercato, however, does report that Juventus’ finances are stretched and they may need to sell before financing the deal.

READ MORE: Barcelona ponder Man Utd raid as Brazilian star slots onto five-man transfer shortlist

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