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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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Does Nwaneri get paid?
Ethan Nwaneri made his professional debut for Arsenal at the weekend in the 3-0 win over Brentford.
However, the 15-year-old’s meteoric rise has led to questions over how much he is paid.
Players cannot sign a professional contract until they turn 17.
Nwaneri is yet to even leave school, with his GCSE exams scheduled for next year when he will be 16.
He is unable to earn a weekly salary while in education, according to The Mirror.
Once he leaves school Nwaneri will be able to sign scholarship forms.
Arsenal interested in Locatelli
Arsenal have renewed their interest in Juventus star Manuel Locatelli.
According to CalcioMercato, the Gunners have renewed their interest in Locatelli 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 Leicester ace Youri Tielemans never materialised into a bid.
Massiliano Allegri and Juve have lost patience with the 24-year-old Italian and are now consequently prepared to offload him
Knighton's United takeover latest
Potential Manchester United buyer Michael Knighton revealed his aim to submit a bid is "moving forward as planned".
Knighton tweeted: "Thank you ALL for the wonderful messages of support. There is much going on behind the scenes.
"Things are moving forward as planned.
"I apologise I can't be on this platform more, just bogged down in meetings.
"God bless & every good wish to all of you. Yr support is greatly appreciated"
Tielemans addresses transfer speculation
Leicester star Youri Tielemans doesn't regret staying despite interest from Manchester United and Arsenal.
Tielemans said: “I’m not going to speak too much about my contract situation at the moment.
“I didn’t leave Leicester in the summer as I always said the project had to be the right one.
“Just because things are getting worse now at Leicester doesn’t mean I should regret [staying]”
PSV open to selling Gakpo
PSV Eindhoven have admitted they would be open to selling Cody Gakpo if the right offer arrived.
Gakpo was linked with a move to Manchester United, Arsenal, Everton, Leeds and Southampton during the summer transfer window.
PSV’s director of football told Voetbal International: “I can say with my hand on my heart that there has been no offer for Cody to which the management or the supervisory board have said: ‘We must do this’.
“We did state that if there were certain offers, we would have to sell.
“Not only from a financial point of view, but also because agreements were made with the Gakpo camp before my time”
January transfer disagreements
Manchester United chief executive Richard Arnold is not keen on more additions in the January transfer window.
United boss Erik ten Hag, on the other hand, wants more additions in the winter.
That is according to The Athletic, who report that Arnold wants to wait until summer for further business.
The Red Devils were busy in the summer transfer window after Ten Hag took over at the helm
Fernandes’ Tottenham admission
Manchester United star Bruno Fernandes has admitted he was fuming after a switch to Tottenham collapsed before moving to Old Trafford from Sporting Lisbon.
Fernandes told The Atheltic: “Obviously I wanted to go to the Premier League.
“The manager, Mauricio Pochettino, was the one who wanted me there [Tottenham]. It was a good offer but Sporting tried their best to keep me.
“The president [Frederico Varandas] spoke with me but he spoke with me on the wrong day. It was the day after they decided to refuse the offer from Tottenham and I was really angry.
“Luckily for me, the manager [Marcel Keizer] was the right one at the right time”
Chelsea to hijack David Luiz
Chelsea are looking to hijack a deal for Aston Villa ace and Arsenal target Douglas Luiz in the January transfer window.
According to the BirminghamMail, Chelsea have also shown interest in Luiz.
The midfielder’s contract runs out in June 2023 and it will be difficult for Villa to demand a high asking price with clubs eligible to begin pre-contract talks in January.
The Blues joined in amid uncertainty surrounding N’Golo Kante and Jorginho’s future
De Zerbi class
New Brighton manager Roberto De Zerbi has proven he can handle unreal levels of pressure.
De Zerbi previously worked at Shakhtar Donetsk and twice refused offers to get himself and his staff out of Ukraine and back to Italy after Russia's invasion.
The Italian refused to leave the Ukrainian capital before all his overseas players had been taken care of and found their way across a border.
With commercial flights grounded, federations scrapped for plans to evacuate players and finally managed to arrange coaches and a train to Romania for his aces.
De Zerbi waited until all his players, their partners, children and parents were en route to safety before arranging his own return to Italy
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.
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