Arsenal handed Odegaard blow, Messi ‘close’ to new Barcelona contract


England launched their World Cup qualifying campaign by thrashing San Marino 5-0 at Wembley.

Ollie Watkins came off the bench and scored the final goal on the Aston Villa striker’s debut.

Watkins’ first cap is set to be a financial boost for Exeter and Brentford with the forward’s former clubs reportedly poised to benefit by sharing £1million after winning his first cap.

Harry Kane has been heavily linked with a move to Real Madrid but former president Ramon Calderon believes it will be difficult this summer due to their economic restrictions.

Refs’ chief Mike Riley has promised Premier League clubs VAR will be ‘changed and improved’ for next season. Riley has asked for clubs for feedback on VAR over the last two seasons.

Elsewhere, Chelsea could be without Christian Pulisic for the start of next season after the American star admitted he would be honoured to compete in the Tokyo Olympics.

It is the end of an era for Scott Brown after the Celtic captain announced he is joining Aberdeen as player-coach this summer.

Real Madrid reportedly expect attacker Martin Odegaard to be back at the club next season. Arsenal are hoping to secure another loan deal or sign the Norway star permanently after an impressive spell with the Gunners.

In other news, Barcelona legend Rivaldo claims Lionel Messi is close to signing a new deal at the Nou Camp. Rivaldo says the election of Joan Laporta as new president increases the chances of the superstar staying at Barca.

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