BRYAN ROBSON has exclusively told SunSport that he believes Jude Bellingham will be a big part of England's World Cup bid.
The former Three Lions skipper also mentioned that he sees a bit of himself in the Bellingham by the way the Dortmund ace supports the attack and gets back to defend from midfield.
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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‘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!’.”
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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.
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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.
Stuttgart confirm signing of Zagadou
Bundesliga side VfB Stuttgart have confirmed the signing of defender Dan-Axel Zagadou.
Zagadou, 23, has joined them on a free transfer after his contract with Borussia Dortmund expired in the summer. He has signed a deal valid until 2026 with Stuttgart.
Sporting director Sven Mislintat said in a statement on the club's website: "Daxo has all the qualities a top-level centre-back needs.
"He's athletically strong, is a good passer and has gained valuable experience domestically and at European level over the past few years.
"He knows the Bundesliga so won't need long to integrate himself here with us. We're very pleased that Daxo has decided to join us, and we welcome him warmly to VfB."
Zagadou added: ""I'm very happy to be here. I'd like to thank those in charge at VfB for the faith they've shown in me. I'm really looking forward to being out on the pitch with my new team-mates soon."
Barcelona plot sensational Real swoop
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.
Trippier gives Isak high praise
England and Newcastle right-back Kieran Trippier has given high praise to new club signing Alexander Isak.
He told the Mirror: "He’s slotted in straight away and, in training and games, it’s like he’s been here for ages, but it’s more about developing as a team and finding his strengths.
"Everyone has seen what he’s all about. I’ve played against him in La Liga. He plays off the shoulder, he’s quick, he’s good in the air. We’ve got an all-round striker, at such a young age.
"He’ll keep growing and will keep scoring goals for us, that’s for sure. But we need goals from all over the pitch, not just him.
"We’ve created so many opportunities the last couple of games. we just need to start putting them in."
Brighton boss slept on floor during Ukraine invasion
New Brighton boss Roberto De Zerbi slept on a hotel floor during the latter stages of his time at Shakhtar Donetsk due to the Russian invasion of Ukraine.
De Zerbi and his international players were rushed into a Kyiv hotel to shelter when Russia's invasion of the country began, where he waited until all his players, their partners, children and parents were en route to safety before arranging his return to Italy.
The 43-year-old twice refused offers to get himself and his staff out and back to Italy, as he wanted to ensure all his players had been taken care of and found their way across a border.
Shakhtar's Junior Moraes told the New York Times in February: "They had two opportunities to leave us and the coach said, ‘No, I stay here until the end.'"
Speaking to Radio 105 back in Italy, De Zerbi said: "There were those who slept in the bunker [of the hotel] and those in the rooms.
"I slept in the room to understand what was happening outside the hotel, when I heard a roar would go into the bunker. Then I would go back to my room after a few hours."
United contract talks with star duo
Manchester United are in contract negotiations with Diogo Dalot and Marcus Rashford, according to reports.
The pair have been in strong form this season for United, with Dalot putting in a number of strong displays at full-back and Rashford close to his best with three goals and two assists.
And according to Pedro Almeida, United are in discussions with their agents to discuss terms for extensions.
Both players’ contracts end in the summer of 2023, meaning either could leave the club for free if terms for an extension are not agreed upon.
Erik ten Hag will be keen to keep them at the club as both have proved vital in his early days with The Red Devils.
Mouss be good
Arsenal and Chelsea are among FIVE Premier League clubs who have reportedly sent scouts to watch Bayer Leverkusen winger Moussa Diaby.
Tottenham, Man City and Newcastle are also said to have sent scouts to monitor the 23-year-old this season, though Chelsea’s were present as Diaby scored his side’s second against Atletico Madrid.
Diaby has featured 134 times for the German club scoring 36 goals, 17 of which came last year.
A fee of £50-£60million is believed to be enough to convince Leverkusen to sell the winger.
However, this could go even higher with so many rich big names interested.
Coming Tu get you
Thomas Tuchel has been linked with a quick return to management to replace Bayern Munich's Julien Nagelsmann.
The German champions have suffered a bizarre run of form that sees them go into the international break fifth in the Bundesliga table, five points off the top after falling to defeat to Ausburg at the weekend.
Reports from Germany suggest Tuchel has become something of a "problem|" for Nagelsmann, while Spanish reports add that if results don't improve then Tuchel is an "easy" option for the club.
While their league form has stuttered, results in the Champions League are more than ideal, with the Bavarians in a commanding position of their group after wins over Inter Milan and Barcelona.
Arsenal North London derby boost
The North London derby may be two weeks away, but Arsenal have been handed a big boost ahead of the game.
Tottenham captain and goalkeeper Hugo Lloris has pulled out of France’s Nations League games with a thigh injury, which has left him doubtful for the game on October 1st.
It means backup goalie Fraser Forster would need to step up to make his first appearance for the club.
A win for either side in the derby could take them top of the league, with just a point separating the two teams as it stands.
Erik’s top Ten
Manchester United overspent in the summer transfer window but manager Erik ten Hag is already targeting more additions.
United splashed a staggering £200million and Ten Hag is keen to continue his re-build after seeing positives in performances and results in recent weeks.
However the Dutchman’s buying may have to wait beyond the January transfer window as the Red Devils’ net spend is double what was originally projected, claim The Athletic.
The next sizeable budget for United is set to be available in the summer of 2023
Freund in need
Chelsea are close to landing Red Bull Salzburg chief Christian Freund as their next sporting director.
The Blues' new owner Todd Boehly has been keen to bring in a transfer boss after conducting the club's summer business.
And now Boehly has a new manager at the helm in Graham Potter, he wants a new sporting director in place to work alongside him.
According to Fabrizio Romano, the West Londoners are close to hiring Freund after agreeing personal terms with the Austrian.
Salzburg have been informed of the agreement and Chelsea have to finalise a compensation package with the club to secure Freund's arrival
Harry for Potter
Chelsea are plotting a move for Tottenham superstar Harry Kane and could offer Romelu Lukaku in exchange.
New Blues manager Graham Potter is a big fan of Kane and would love to bring him with him to Stamford Bridge.
So the West Londoners could make a move for the star striker once Lukaku returns from his loan at Inter Milan.
Chelsea plan to offer Spurs cash plus Lukaku in exchange for the England striker, according to Calciomercato.
But the Belgium international is happy at Inter and Chelsea have an agreement in principle with the Serie A giants for Lukaku to spend a second year on loan at the San Siro.
Transfer expert Gianluca Di Marzio reports a second loan switch could cost £9million, though a permanent transfer is also on the cards
Knighton bid progress
Prospective Manchester United buyer Michael Knighton stated that his plan 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”
Take the Myk
Arsenal have suffered a setback in their bid to sign Shakhtar Donestk star Mykhaylo Mudryk as Newcastle have emerged as rival bidders.
The Gunners have been interested in Mudryk but pulled out of a deal last summer due to the high fee Shakhtar were demanding.
Despite reports also suggesting the winger had agreed personal terms with Arsenal – the deal was not completed.
And now the Magpies want to hijack the transfer, according to Football Insider.
Eddie Howe has supposedly given the green light to the signing that could be worth up to £26million.
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BRYAN ROBSON has exclusively told SunSport that he believes Jude Bellingham will be a big part of England's World Cup bid.