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Toe Poke Daily: Premier League bosses get Snapchat 'baby face' filter treatment

Toe Poke Daily: Premier League bosses get Snapchat 'baby face' filter treatment


Manchester City are ready for a battle to hang onto Leroy Sane with Bayern Munich pushing to sign the Germany international, sources have told ESPN FC.

The Premier League champions want to keep Sane but the 23-year-old winger has just two years remaining on his contract with a new deal remaining unsigned.

Bayern president Uli Hoeness has confirmed their interest in Sane as they look to replace Arjen Robben and Franck Ribery, but has also said they will not spend more than €80 million on a player.

"We are considering him," Hoeness told Suddeutsche Zeitung on Thursday.

However, City are unlikely to let the 2018 Young Player of the Year, leave for less than €100 million despite the fact he has falling down the pecking order in Pep Guardiola's first team.

Sane started just three matches in the final two months of the season with sources telling ESPN FC that Guardiola has been frustrated with his performances.

Raheem Sterling and Bernardo Silva were Guardiola's preferred options in his wide positions with Riyad Mahrez chosen ahead of Sane for the final title-winning game of the season at Brighton and FA Cup victory over Watford.

Guardiola has insisted that he wants Sane to stay but after the Wembley win said he will not stop him leaving if he wants to go.

Meanwhile, City are set to restart talks with midfielder Ilkay Gundogan in the coming weeks, ESPN FC has been told.

The 28-year-old is entering the final year of his deal and talks were put on hold during the season with Gundogan relaxed about his situation.

But he emerged as a key figure in the final months of the season as City landed a domestic treble and Guardiola reiterated his desire for him to remain at the club.

Atletico Madrid's Rodri remains a priority target this summer but fellow holding midfielder Fernandinho, 34, has been identified as a potential centre back option next season while Gundogan can play further forward as a possible replacement for 33-year-old David Silva.

Information from ESPN FC's Germany correspondent Stephan Uersfeld was used in this report.

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Whether it be dogs, kittens, grumpy pandas or rainbow-coloured vomit, Snapchat has a filter for absolutely everyone and everything these days.

To that end, we have taken it entirely upon ourselves to run the Premier League's "Big Six" managers through the baby face filter just to see what they'd all look like.

The results, as they say, might shock you -- and, especially in Jurgen Klopp's case, slightly haunt your dreams for the rest of eternity.

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It's not very often that you see English football clubs getting pulled into high-profile rap feuds. However, Aston Villa have quite unwittingly found themselves embroiled (if only in a very peripheral sense) in the ongoing hostilities between Drake and Pusha-T.

On Wednesday night, Toronto Raptors played Milwaukee Bucks in Game 5 of the 2019 Eastern Conference Finals with Mallory Edens, daughter of Bucks owner Wes Edens, sat courtside.

Mallory just so happened to be wearing a Pusha-T shirt, which was presumably a reference to the rapper's inflammatory 2018 squabble with Drake, who just so happens to be an ambassador for the Raptors. The Raptors ended up beating the Bucks, which led Drake to seek retribution by changing his Instagram profile pic to one of Mallory along with a message on his story saying "all is fair in war and war."

In the photo, Mallory can be seen wearing an Aston Villa shirt, and not just any Villa shirt -- specifically a retro replica of the 1981-82 European Cup winning jersey, which is niche to say the least.

While it may seem a little odd on the surface, it's probably worth mentioning that Wes Edens, Mallory's father, is also co-chairman of Villa and has been since July last year. As such, he could be a Premier League chief next season, if they can win Monday's Championship playoff against Derby (live on ESPN+).

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