Wednesday’s latest stories from the world of football in ESPN FC’s What’s Trending…
EUROPA LEAGUE: The Swedish FA’s head of security has told The Times the police operation for Wednesday’s Europa League final in Stockholm will be “one of the biggest” seen in the country.
– Ajax manager Peter Bosz says the Europa League final has lost its “glow” after the attack in Manchester.
MAN UNITED: Atletico Madrid will demand that Manchester United pay more than half of Antoine Griezmann’s €100 million buyout clause in a lump sum this summer if the club make a formal bid for the player, sources have told ESPN FC.
– Griezmann told French TV he has a “six” out of 10 chance of joining Manchester United this summer, though the striker also rated his odds of staying at Atletico Madrid slightly higher. He also told L’Equipe he is “ready to go” in order to win trophies.
CHELSEA: Chelsea have announced they have cancelled their Premier League victory parade, which had been due to take place in London on Sunday, in the wake of the terror attack in Manchester.
MAN CITY: The agent for Yaya Toure says both he and the Manchester City player will donate £50,000 toward those impacted by Monday night’s attack in the city.
– Pep Guardiola has flown to Abu Dhabi for an end-of-season review with Manchester City’s board, a source has told ESPN FC.
– Kelechi Iheanacho is ignoring the speculation over his future and intends to start next season as a Manchester City player.
BARCELONA: Spain’s Supreme Court on Wednesday upheld a 21-month suspended prison sentence for Barcelona star Lionel Messi in his appeal over three counts of tax fraud, a judicial source confirmed.
REAL MADRID: Real Madrid have completed their move for promising Brazilian youngster Vinicius Junior from Flamengo.
– Real Madrid have spent a reported €45 million on the 16-year-old in order to avoid a repeat of losing out on Neymar to Barcelona, according to former Brazil international Edmundo, who believes the teenager could one day be worth €200m.
ARSENAL: Arsenal are facing a defensive crisis heading into the FA Cup final after Gabriel Paulista was ruled out and Shkodran Mustafi remains doubtful, meaning Arsene Wenger may have to ditch his successful back-three formation for what could still be his last game in charge.
– Former Arsenal midfielder Emmanuel Frimpong has told ESPN FC that he believes the disappointment of missing out on next season’s Champions League might be the push the London side need.
– Arsenal are ready to send Polish defender Krystian Bielik out on loan again next season with a number of Championship sides interested, sources close to the club have told ESPN FC.
– Malaga coach Michel will not be surprised if a club pays the €6 million release clause to acquire the team’s top scorer Sandro because he says it is a “bargain” price for a striker that had a very impressive campaign.
– Midfielder Blaise Matuidi has said “only time will tell” whether he stays with the club when his contract expires in 2018.
BAYERN MUNICH: Bayern Munich CEO Karl-Heinz Rummenigge has said Bayern Munich will not be bullied by the financial muscle of English clubs into paying a €100 million transfer fee, amid speculation they are interested in signing Arsenal’s Alexis Sanchez.
– Bayern Munich have signed Felix Gotze, the younger brother of Mario Gotze, on a professional contract until 2019, the club have confirmed.
AC MILAN: Former AC Milan defender Alessandro Nesta says the club were right to celebrate qualifying for the Europa League next season, even if it would have been seen as a failure when he played for the club.
INTER MILAN: Former Inter Milan president Massimo Moratti has given his approval to Luciano Spalletti being appointed the Nerazzurri’s new coach in a move which would have a domino effect on Serie A coaching positions.
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