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  • September 20, 2022

RB SALZBURG CEO Stephan Reiter has denied Chelsea are close to hiring Christoph Freund as sporting director.
The transfer guru, 45, was reported to have held talks with the Blues as Todd Boehly looks to hire a sporting director.
Meanwhile, Leicester are calculating the cost of sacking manager Brendan Rodgers, SunSport can exclusively reveal.
A sixth successive defeat has left the Foxes stranded at the bottom of the Premier League table.
Now chairman Aiyawatt Srivaddhanaprabha and director of football Jon Rudkin will decide over the forthcoming international break whether Rodgers has reached the end of the road.
Brentford head coach Thomas Frank is the name at the top of their list of potential replacements.
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Man Utd’s Rash decision
Manchester United are in talks to extend Marcus Rashford’s deal at Old Trafford.
The move comes amid transfer interest in Rashford from Chelsea and Paris Saint-Germain.
Transfer expert Pedro Almeida claims United now entered talks with the striker’s reps over extending his contract.
The England international’s current contract expires next summer, although there is an option to automatically renew it until 2024
Nwaneri's former suitors
Arsenal record man Ethan Nwaneri attracted plenty of suitors before making Premier League history.
According to The Times, Liverpool, Manchester United and Manchester City all “tracked” Nwaneri.
The youngster, aged just 15 years and 181 days, became the Premier League’s youngest ever player on Sunday against Brentford.
The attacking midfielder came on during the dying minutes as a substitute
Pav a look at that
Bayern Munich ace Benjamin Pavard has hinted he could be interested in a move amid interest from the Premier League.
Pavard was persuaded to stay at Bayern despite interest from Manchester United, Chelsea, Paris Saint-Germain, Atletico Madrid and Juventus.
Speaking to Telefoot, Pavard said: “I questioned myself, I had calls from different clubs with my agent. Afterwards, I had the Bayern coach with whom we spoke and with whom we have a good relationship.
“He made me understand that I was in his plans, that I was important for the team. Maybe one day I will go to one of these clubs, you never know what the future holds.
“I’m still a year at Bayern Munich. Afterwards, we have time to project ourselves.”
Liverpool target Valverde
Liverpool have not given up hope of signing Real Madrid ace Federico Valverde.
The Reds had an £85million deal lined up for Valverde this summer and plan to bid again, according to AS.
The Merseysiders tested Real's resolve with a huge bid late in the summer window.
But Los Blancos chiefs found the 11th-hour move for one of their crown jewels "offensive"
Taking the Myk
Arsenal face competition from five teams in the race to sign Shakhtar Donetsk star Mykhaylo Mudryk in January.
According to Calciomercato, Liverpool and Sevilla are set to test the water for Mudryk in the winter.
Meanwhile CBS Sports’ transfer expert Ben Jacobs has stated that as well as Arsenal and Sevilla, Newcastle, Ajax and Bayer Leverkusen are weighing up moves.
The Ukraine international has even talked up a switch to the Emirates after admitting he “can’t say no to Arsenal”, but stressed the club have to reach an agreement with Shakhtar
Hugo Lloris injury
Tottenham could be without Hugo Lloris for the North London derby on October 1 after he has withdrawn from the France squad with an injury.
Lloris is the captain of club and country but he has pulled out the French national team due to a thigh injury.
The injury leaves Spurs concerned their goalkeeper may not be fit for the huge clash against rivals Arsenal after the international break.
No2 Fraser Forster would have to step up and make his first appearance since joining the North Londoners over the summer
Antoine Griezmann interest
Manchester United are ready to pounce on Atletico Madrid loanee Antoine Griezmann in January if the LaLiga giants and Barcelona fail to resolve their row over the forward.
Griezmann is in the second season of his two-year loan spell back at the Wanda Metropolitano.
Atletico are obliged to pay Barca £34million to turn the versatile attacker’s temporary switch into a permanent stay if he plays 45 minutes or more in half their matches this term.
Manager Diego Simeone has been doing his best to avoid Atleti paying full price by restricting the France international to just one start in eight games across all competitions.
It has been claimed that the Blaugrana are preparing a lawsuit against Atletico with the latter seemingly finding a loophole around the move.
However The Athletic have stated that should the two clubs fail to resolve their dispute, Griezmann could be available for a transfer in January.
This could see United revive their interest in the France international having failed to secure his services in the previous window
Kevin Freund speaks
Red Bull Salzburg chief Christoph Freund also hinted at a stay despite praising Chelsea, revealing he is happy at the Austrian club.
Freund said: "Chelsea is a huge club in transition.
“I can’t say exactly what will happen in the next few weeks and months.
"You should never rule anything out in football and Chelsea are such a huge club.
“But I’m sports director in Salzburg and I really enjoy it”
Christoph Freund blow
Red Bull Salzburg CEO Stephan Reiter has denied Chelsea are close to hiring Christoph Freund as sporting director.
Despite talk of a verbal contract being agreed, Reiter says the Austrian is going nowhere.
The RB Salzburg chief told Sky Sports: "I can definitely rule that out.
"Neither Chelsea nor Christoph Freund spoke to me or the club management about something like that.
"Christoph recently signed a contract with us until 2026, which applies to him as well as to players, managers or coaches"
Leicester target Dyche
Leicester are keeping tabs on Sean Dyche amid the uncertainty surrounding current manager Brendan Rodgers' future.
The Foxes have suffered a disastrous start to their campaign that has seen them drop to the bottom of the Premier League table.
Rodgers' side is winless and has lost a staggering six straight matches out of their first seven games of the season.
According to the Telegraph, the club's decision makers are thinking ahead and will consider a swoop for Dyche if their current manager leaves from the dugout during the international break.
The former Burnley boss was sacked in April after nine-and-a-half years at Turf Moor with the club embroiled in a heated relegation scrap that saw them drop to the Championship.
Leicester are likelier to move for a manager with Prem experience should Rodgers depart from the King Power Stadium
Cost a fox
Leicester are calculating the cost of dismissing manager Brendan Rodgers, reports SunSport's Mark Irwin.
Rodgers is one of the highest-paid managers in the Premier League, with only Pep Guardiola, Jurgen Klopp and Antonio Conte earning more than his £10million-a-year.
With a contract which still has almost three years to run, it will cost in excess of £10million in severance pay to get rid of the 49-year-old tactician.
But with the Foxes spending just £15m in the summer transfer market and set to report record annual losses of £120m, the big question is whether they can afford to wield the axe on the Northern Irishman.
Leicester chairman Aiyawatt Srivaddhanaprabha and director of football Jon Rudkin will decide over the forthcoming international break whether Rodgers has reached his end.
Brentford boss Thomas Frank is the name at the top of their list of potential replacements
Robson praises Bellingham
Manchester United legend Bryan Robson praised Borussia Dortmund star Jude Bellingham as he said he's got "a bit of everything about him".
Robson told SunSport's Ken Lawrence: “He has fantastic anticipation — as we saw in the way he darted into the box to put away his header. But he wins plenty of battles as well.
“A lot of people think he’s more or less an attacking midfielder but he can do the other side of it as well.
“He’s a good size. He’s pretty quick and in fact he’s got a bit of everything about him.
“What he’s got to do, of course, is keep his feet on the ground and work hard to be the best he can be”
Good morning football fans
Manchester United are preparing a £25million swoop to sign Benfica striker Goncalo Ramos, SunSport can reveal.
Ramos, 21, has scored eight goals and registered five assists in 12 matches this season.
It comes with Erik ten Hag wanting to continue his redevelopment of the Man United squad and boost The Red Devils firepower.
Elsewhere, Barcelona are plotting a sensational swoop for Real Madrid star Marco Asensio.
According to Mundo Deportivo, Xavi and Co would like to sign soon-to-be out of contract Real ace Asensio as their next marquee signing.
Asensio, 26, will be out of contract at the Bernabeu next summer and could leave for free.
The report goes on to state that if his contract situation is the same come the winter transfer window, Barca may decide to act then.
And Premier League clubs are reportedly considering plans to SCRAP replays in the FA Cup.
That’s as part of a “New Deal for Football”, which could also see sides play U21 sides in the Carabao Cup.
The Times claims the proposals are at the heart of talks at Wednesday’s Premier League shareholders’ meeting.
Discussions will take place over ideas to potentially deliver £250million in extra funds to the EFL while also reforming parachute payments.
And one proposal is to permanently cut FA Cup replays in the third and fourth rounds from 2024.
As for the Carabao Cup, teams playing in Europe could field their U21s in a bid to freshen up the competition – or even withdraw entirely.

‘He is very, very special.’
Arsenal star and ‘coach’ Granit Xhaka has lauded 15-year-old Ethan Nwaneri following his record breaking debut against Brentford.
Nwaneri was not even alive when Arsenal moved to the Emirates.
But Xhaka, who also revealed he has been doing his coaching badges and has trained the Under 16 side said: “He looks old when I see him, but the club can be proud of a player like him.
“He has a big future. I am doing my coaching licence and I have trained the under-16s. You can see a big difference with him and the other guys. He is very, very special.
“You have to protect him as he is very young but if he keeps going like this with his hard work he has a big, big future.
“It’s not only me that feels old. I spoke with one Brenford guy and I told him this guy was 15 and he looked at me and said: ‘f*** me, we are looking old!’.”
Read the full story here.
Man City send Haaland physio to Norway
Manchester City have sent a physio to Norway to keep an eye on Erling Haaland following his blistering start to the season.
Physio Mario Pafundi has been sent to the Scandanavian country ahead of their Nations League clashes against Serbia and Slovakia.
Norway coach Stale Solbakken claimed Pafundi will effectively work as their third physio and will not work exclusively with Haaland.
However, he did admit the striker had recommended the medical man should be added to the backroom staff for the upcoming games.
Haaland has 14 goals in just nine matches following his summer £51million transfer from Borussia Dortmund.
Full story here.
FA Cup replay scrap considered
Premier League clubs are reportedly considering plans to SCRAP replays in the FA Cup.
That’s as part of a “New Deal for Football”, which could also see sides play U21 sides in the Carabao Cup.
The Times claims the proposals are at the heart of talks at Wednesday’s Premier League shareholders’ meeting.
Discussions will take place over ideas to potentially deliver £250million in extra funds to the EFL while also reforming parachute payments.
And one proposal is to permanently cut FA Cup replays in the third and fourth rounds from 2024.
As for the Carabao Cup, teams playing in Europe could field their U21s in a bid to freshen up the competition – or even withdraw entirely.
Robson gives Belligham high praise
On Bellingham, Robson said: “He has fantastic anticipation — as we saw in the way he darted into the box to put away his header. But he wins plenty of battles as well. 
“A lot of people think he’s more or less an attacking midfielder but he can do the other side of it as well.
“He’s a good size. He’s pretty quick and in fact he’s got a bit of everything about him.
“What he’s got to do, of course, is keep his feet on the ground and work hard to be the best he can be.”
Read the full interview here.
Robson on England midfield
Following injuries to a number of England midfielders, including Manchester City’s Kalvin Phillips and Jordan Henderson, Robson believes a Declan Rice and Jude Bellingham pivot would be the way to go for England at the upcoming World Cup.
He said: “Declan Rice is a given as an England holding midfielder — he’s so solid and reliable.
“Depending on how Gareth Southgate wants to play, Bellingham could have a role alongside him.
“What’s sure is that Gareth has had Bellingham on his radar for some time now — he started playing him when he was still 17.
“Now he’s got 15 caps and we have the two games coming up against Italy and Germany.
“It would be natural to think that Gareth will maintain that progress with him heading into the finals.”
Read the full interview here.
More on Ramos exclusive
He is valued around £25million by Benfica, which United would not go above — despite the player reportedly having a £100m release clause.
However, United boss Ten Hag does not have a big transfer pot for January, having gone over budget this summer. But there is still recognition of the urgent need for another forward.
Injuries to Anthony Martial and Marcus Rashford have exposed how short they are in that department, with Cristiano Ronaldo, 37, their only recognised and fit striker.
Ramos scored against Liverpool in last season’s Champions League quarter-final second leg at Anfield.
And he began this campaign in spectacular fashion, with a hat-trick against Denmark’s Midtjylland. In the league he has four goals in six appearances, plus two assists.
Read the full story here.
EXCLUSIVE: Man Utd planning £25m Benfica swoop
Manchester United are preparing a £25million swoop to sign Benfica striker Goncalo Ramos.
Ramos, 21, has scored eight goals and registered five assists in 12 matches this season.
It comes with Erik ten Hag wanting to continue his redevelopment of the Man United squad and boost The Red Devils firepower.
You can read the full story here.
AC Milan interested in Luiz
AC Milan are reportedly monitoring the situation of Douglas Luiz.
Luiz is out of contract next summer, and unless he signs a new deal he will be free to sign elsewhere for free upon contract expiry.
However, according to reports from Italy, Villa could sell the Brazilian in January in order to make some money, with Milan considering the midfielder as an option.
Luiz was the subject of a number of bids from Arsenal on deadline day, but none of the bids were accepted by the Midlands outfit.
Man Utd legend regrets club not signing Bellingham
In an exclusive interview with SunSport, Manchester United legend Bryan Robson revealed regret over the club failing to land Jude Bellingham.
He said: “I watched him closely playing against City and you could see how much he’s progressed since we thought we had landed him at Manchester United a couple of years ago.
“But you can see why he has become such a big target in the market because he is such a big talent. And if he keeps performing like he did against City he will be a big part of England’s World Cup bid…
“Myself, Sir Alex and Eric Cantona all met him with his mum and dad at Carrington and after that meeting we thought he was coming to us.
“We thought we had him and he would have been a great signing for us. But he definitely has it in him to become a great player for England.”
Arsenal interested in Locatelli
Arsenal have renewed their interest in Manuel Locatelli.
According to CalcioMercato, The Gunners have renewed their interest in him after failing to sign a central midfielder over the summer.
Mikel Arteta’s side saw a trio of deadline day bids rejected for Aston Villa star Douglas Luiz, while interest in Youri Tielemans never materialised into a bid.
Massiliano Allegri and Juventus have lost patience with the 24-year-old Italian and are now consequently prepared to sell him.
Mbappe refuses France squad photo
Kylian Mbappe has refused to take part in the French team's photo amid a row over his image rights which threatens to disrupt Didier Deschamps’ World Cup campaign.
ESPN claims the Paris Saint-Germain star, 23, does not want to endorse several brands – including betting and fast food outlets.
And after refusing to take part in March’s activities too, Mbappe insists he will continue to stay away from France’s latest photoshoots.
Mbappe said in a statement: “I have decided to not take part in the photoshoot after the French federation refusal to change the image rights agreement with the players.
“My representatives and I fully regret that no agreement could be reached, as asked, before the World Cup.”
Lanzini allowed to leave West Ham for free
West Ham United will reportedly allow Manuel Lanzini to leave the club for free during the January transfer window.
According to Football Insider, The Hammers are prepared to offload Lanzini following their signing of Lucas Paqueta.
It is also reported they told Lanzini to look for a new club via either a loan or permanent deal before the September 1 deadline.
As nothing materialised he is staying at the club until at least January, though he will once again be free to leave during the window.
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