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  • September 12, 2022

ARSENAL'S Europa League clash against PSV Eindhoven is set to go AHEAD, despite fears over policing numbers for the Queen's funeral.
The Dutch side have confirmed the game will go ahead as planned at the Emirates stadium – with the Metropolitan Police under strain due to the period of national mourning.
Barcelona are determined to come back in for Manchester City star Bernardo Silva.
The LaLiga giants failed in an attempt to sign the Man City ace, 28, in the summer transfer window.
Despite their financial woes, the Catalan side managed to spend almost £150million on new recruits – bringing in Robert Lewandowski, Raphinha, Frank Kessie, Andrea Christensen, Jules Kounde, Marcos Alonso and Hector Bellerin.
Barcelona have also managed to raise £700million by selling various digital assets, which makes any potential deal for Silva a possibility.
Sport claim that Xavi's side can now add to their squad without any fear of spending beyond their means.
And Thomas Tuchel has broken his silence after his Chelsea exit, with the ex-Blues manager speaking of his devastation.
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Ronaldo offered transfer to Saudi Arabia
Cristiano Ronaldo will have more offers to move to Saudi Arabia next year, according to football chief Yasser Al-Misehal.
The striker, 37, told Manchester United he wanted to leave the club in June in search of Champions League football.
Ronaldo could not find a suitable club to join and that led Saudi Arabia outfit Al-Hilal to make a bid.
Al-Hilal reportedly offered CR7 a two-year deal worth a staggering £211million – which works out to £2m a week.
But he rejected the offer along with a proposal from Al-Nassr.
Despite that, president of the Saudi Arabian Football Federation Al-Misehal believes more bids will be made from Saudi clubs next year.
He told The Athletic: “We would love to see a player like Cristiano Ronaldo playing in the Saudi league.
"It would bring a huge positive feedback and it would be big news for everyone. I’m sure everyone knows the achievements and records of Cristiano Ronaldo, but also as a player who is a great role model.
“I think, ‘Why not?’. I’m sure it would be a very expensive deal, of course, but we can see our clubs getting higher revenues in the past couple of years.
"We have already seen some big players who used to play in the Premier League come to the Saudi league.
“I like Cristiano Ronaldo as a player and I would like to see him play in Saudi Arabia.”
Newcastle set to sign Karius on free transfer
Newcastle are set to confirm the signing of former Liverpool flop Loris Karius, according to reports.
The 29-year-old is wanted by the Magpies as a replacement for Martin Dubravka after he joined Manchester United on loan.
The club have reportedly held off the announcement of the signing due to the death of the Queen.
The goalkeeper is a free agent after his deal at Liverpool expired at the end of last season.
Brighton to offer Caicedo huge pay rise
Brighton are set for contract talks with Moises Caicedo amid fears he could follow Graham Potter to Chelsea.
The Ecuador midfielder was very much on Chelsea’s radar even before Potter left the Amex to replace Thomas Tuchel.
And the Seagulls are ready to offer him a much-improved deal in a bid to ward off interest.
Caicedo, 20, has nearly three years left on his current contract but is among the lowest-paid players in the first-team squad.
Brighton are unlikely to put him in the same bracket as top earners like player-coach Adam Lallana and Danny Welbeck.
They are on £60,000-plus per week.
But Caicedo is line to be offered a big increase on his current wage, which some sources claim is less than £10,000 per week.
Chelsea offer Kante new deal
Chelsea have offered N'Golo Kante a new three-year contract, according to reports… but the Frenchman wants four.
The midfielder, 31, has entered the final season of his current deal at Stamford Bridge.
Concerns exist surrounding his injury record, but the Blues remain keen to keep the Frenchman.
According to The Athletic, Chelsea's former owners had proposed a three-year extension with the option of a fourth.
Talks paused as the club were taken over by Todd Boehly, before a new verbal offer was made last month.
The fresh terms, however, only included two years plus the option of a third.
As it stands Kante is not willing to accept such a deal as he wants the security of a longer contract.
The highly-rated star is happy at Stamford Bridge and would be willing to play there for the rest of his career.
Jaap Stam ‘open’ to joining Man Utd
Manchester United legend Jaap Stam has offered himself up to join Erik ten Hag’s coaching staff.
The 67-time Holland international, 50, is currently without a side after being sacked as FC Cincinnati boss a year ago.
Stam has served plenty of time in the dugout with other sides including Reading and Feyenoord.
After being linked with a move to United over the summer, Stam admits he is ready to join should Ten Hag feel the need to ask.
Stam told Tribal Football: “I never spoke to United – no one called me for any reason.
“But that’s how it is in football. When a new coach arrives, he invites his people who he knows and trusts and who can help him in certain ways.
“But like I said before, United is the club I love. I grew there as a person and as a player, they made me stronger, they made me who I am now.
“I have made history with this club and if they need me, if I can help them in any way, I am always at their service.”
Prem fixtures in doubt over TV truck shortage
This weekend's scheduled Premier League fixtures are at risk of being postponed over a shortage of TV trucks.
Many broadcasters are expected to offer 24/7 coverage of Her Majesty the Queen's funeral, which is due to take place next Monday.
And according to The Daily Mail, the Premier League's main rights holder Sky Sports is running out of the broadcast trucks required to deliver live coverage.
This is because Sky News will need them to aid with coverage of The Queen's funeral.
Arsenal vs PSV Eindhoven WILL go ahead as planned
PSV Eindhoven have confirmed that Thursday's Europa League clash with Arsenal WILL go ahead despite last week's Premier League postponements.
All English fixtures were scrapped last weekend as a mark of respect following The Queen's death.
But, all of this week's Europa League and Champions League games are still expected to be played.
And PSV have already stated that Thursday's match game IS still scheduled to take place.
A tweet on the club's official Twitter page read: "Arsenal vs PSV update: the match will be played in London with supporters."
Rangers' Champions League clash with Napoli – which was due to be played on Tuesday – has already been postponed due to "severe limitations on police" following the death of Her Majesty Queen Elizabeth II.
Man Utd's 'indecisiveness' cost them De Jong deal
Manchester United still believe that they could have signed Frenkie de Jong from Barcelona, according to reports.
The Red Devils chased the Dutchman all summer before finally admitting defeat.
According to Dutch outlet AD, the Red Devils feel that "indecisiveness" cost them a deal.
They add that club chiefs knew what they would have to pay to secure his signature after his matches with the Netherlands in early June.
But they wavered over the asking price, reportedly £73m, and did not appear to relent until after De Jong had returned from his holiday the following month.
By this point the 25-year-old was determined to dig his heels in and stay at Barcelona – making a deal difficult.
Arsenal consider loan move for teen
Arsenal are still considering a January loan deal for teenage prodigy Marquinhos.
But the 19-year-old Brazilian winger will only be allowed to leave if manager Mikel Arteta can sign another winger in the next transfer window.
The club has already decided that Marquinhos’ long-term future will be at the Emirates following his flying start to life in English football.
Arsenal had originally planned to allow the unknown rookie to spend all of this season on loan with a European club following his £3million summer arrival from Sao Paulo.
But they quickly changed their minds when they saw how quickly he acclimatised to training with Arteta’s senior squad.
Morning, football fans
Nice fans have been swooning over “elegant” Ross Barkley after the ex-Chelsea man’s debut on Sunday.
The 28-year-old midfielder came off the bench in today’s 1-0 win at Ajaccio.
After the game, Nice tweeted fans asking for their opinion on Barkley’s first game.
And the feedback was overwhelmingly positive, with one simply beaming: “Elegant.”
Another said: “He brought a lot of movement and solutions. An English mentality will do us good.”
Antonio Rudiger’s first Real Madrid goal sealed a 4-1 comeback win over Mallorca.
The champions have made the perfect start to their title defence, winning all five games.
Summer signing Rudiger rounded off the victory with his first goal for the club – a volley from a free-kick in added time.
The former Chelsea defender appeared to be in an offside position when the free-kick was played but the goal was allowed to stand.
Newcastle are keeping tabs on Brazilian wonderkid Andrey Santos, according to reports.
But mega-rich Toon face competition from big hitters Paris Saint-Germain and Barcelona for the £30million-rated midfielder.
According to iNews, the Magpies are very interested in landing the exciting 18-year-old midfielder.
And they feel their strong links in Brazil could see them beat off the Champions League heavyweights.
It is thought Vasco da Gama would demand around £30m for their box-to-box star Santos.
Haaland's Champions League dream
Erling Haaland says it is a "big dream" for him to win the Champions League as he prepares to face his old club.
Manchester City’s new strike sensation will meet his former employers Borussia Dortmund at the Etihad on Wednesday.
And Haaland's biggest target is the Champions League — his favourite competition.
Asked what his aims are during his time at City, the £51.4million ace said: “I want to keep developing as a footballer, that’s one of the most important things.
“For me it’s about performing well as a team, to play well with your team-mates.
“I want to develop, win games, win trophies and to have a good time. I love the Champions League, I have to say it.
“Everybody knows this and (winning it) is a big dream for me.”
Carroll's horror crash
Former England footballer Andy Carroll has been involved in a horrifying head-on crash.
His £130,000 Mercedes GLS SUV collided with a Ford Fiesta — shunting it 30 yards up the road.
Witnesses living on the residential street told how the ex-Liverpool, Newcastle and West Ham striker looked “dazed and in utter shock” as he emerged from his monster motor.
The ponytailed player, 33, then swiftly went to check on the condition of the three people in the red Fiesta.
A front wheel of Carroll’s black Merc came off. Side panels and part of the bumper were also smashed.
Witnesses said Carroll, 33, who had been at the wheel, was breathalysed along with the woman driver of the Fiesta. No arrests were made.
Lingard and Nunez get tattoos
Ex-Man Utd star Jesse Lingard shared a tattoo parlour with Liverpool forward Darwin Nunez this weekend.
The Nottingham Forest player had some time off after Premier League fixtures were cancelled.
So he paid a visit to Artemis Tattoo Studio in Manchester.
The shop is one of Lingard's favourites and the former Englnad international often gets new ink courtesy of tattoo artist Dale McGovern.
And on this occasion he was joined in the studio by Reds newboy Darwin Nunez.
Tuchel breaks his silence
Devastated Thomas Tuchel has broken his silence following his Chelsea sacking.
And the German revealed his pain at writing the statement "many years" earlier than he had hoped.
"I am devastated that my time at Chelsea has come to an end," he said.
"This is a club where I felt at home, both professionally and personally.
"Thank you so much to all the staff, the players and the supporters for making me feel very welcome from the start.
"The pride and joy I felt at helping the team to win the Champions League and the Club World Cup will stay with me forever.
"I am honoured to have been a part of this club’s history and whatever the future holds for me, the memories of the last 18 months will always have a special place in my heart."
Nice impression
Nice fans have been swooning over “elegant” Ross Barkley after the ex-Chelsea man’s debut on Sunday.
The 28-year-old midfielder came off the bench in today’s 1-0 win at Ajaccio.
After the game, Nice tweeted fans asking for their opinion on Barkley’s first game.
And the feedback was overwhelmingly positive, with one simply beaming: “Elegant.”
Another said: “He brought a lot of movement and solutions. An English mentality will do us good.”
Rooney gives youth a chance
Wayne Rooney is putting his faith in youth at DC United.
That’s after handing a debut to a 15-year-old last night.
Matai Akinmboni became the third-youngest player in MLS history when Rooney started him against Real Salt Lake on Saturday.
The teenage defender caught the eye of his new boss earlier this summer.
And he was rewarded with a historic run-out in yesterday’s 0-0 draw.
Stam wants to work ten Hag
Man Utd legend Jaap Stam has offered himself up to join Erik ten Hag’s coaching staff.
Stam told Tribal Football: “I never spoke to United – no one called me for any reason.
“But that’s how it is in football. When a new coach arrives, he invites his people who he knows and trusts and who can help him in certain ways.
“But like I said before, United is the club I love. I grew there as a person and as a player, they made me stronger, they made me who I am now.
“I have made history with this club and if they need me, if I can help them in any way, I am always at their service.”
Shaw still struggling with foot injury
Luke Shaw is struggling with a foot injury which is threatening his place for club and country, writes Joshua Jones.
And that has heaped further misery on his woeful start to the season.
The Manchester United man, 27, started the campaign under Erik ten Hag at left-back ahead of summer signing Tyrell Malacia.
He played the full 90 minutes in the defeat to Brighton before being hooked at half-time as United trailed Brentford 4-0.
Shaw has not featured since with Malacia impressing in the wins over Liverpool, Southampton, Leicester and Arsenal.
And the 21-cap England international was not even in the matchday squads against Leicester or Real Sociedad – although he was an unused sub against the Gunners.
Jorginho's new tattoos
Chelsea midfielder Jorginho has had some new ink – but it hasn't gone down too well with fans.
The Italian marked his incredible 2021 by having the Champions League and European Championship trophies that he won last year tattooed onto him.
His tattoo artist shared the designs, with one of his arms showing the Champions League trophy with blue ribbons.
And the other arm has the Euros trophy with the red, green and white colours of Italy.
Rudiger scores in Madrid win
Antonio Rudiger’s first Real Madrid goal sealed a 4-1 comeback win over Mallorca.
The champions have made the perfect start to their title defence, winning all five games.
Summer signing Rudiger rounded off the victory with his first goal for the club – a volley from a free-kick in added time.
The former Chelsea defender appeared to be in an offside position when the free-kick was played but the goal was allowed to stand.
Rashford preferred to Ronaldo
Manchester United manager Erik ten Hag has set Marcus Rashford a 20-goal target for the season to help push Manchester United to the Premier League title, reports SunSport’s Richard Moriarty.
And it is claimed United players think the team are better off with Rashford playing up front — and Cristiano Ronaldo benched.
A source said: “The manager wants Marcus to be United’s No 1 striker and lead the line up front.
“He believes Marcus has the ability to become one of the world’s best and wants him to express himself in matches.
“He is always telling him to use his pace and skills when he gets a chance. He told Marcus he will easily score 20 this season.
“They have a great relationship and Marcus is really happy.”
Toon ‘keeping tabs on Brazilian wonderkid Santos
Newcastle are keeping tabs on Brazilian wonderkid Andrey Santos, according to reports.
But mega-rich Toon face competition from big hitters Paris Saint-Germain and Barcelona for the £30million-rated midfielder.
According to iNews, the Magpies are very interested in landing the exciting 18-year-old midfielder.
And they feel their strong links in Brazil could see them beat off the Champions League heavyweights.
It is thought Vasco da Gama would demand around £30m for their box-to-box star Santos.
Potter’s European debut
Graham Potter’s first match in charge of the Blues could also be his Champions League debut.
Chelsea were set to take on Fulham this weekend, before the passing of the Queen saw all Premier League and EFL games postponed this weekend.
However, Potter’s side are due to face FC Salzburg on Wednesday. And according to Sky Sports, all Champions League matches are due to go ahead.
They said: “Discussions have been ongoing between Uefa and all the British teams in Champions League, Europa League and Europa Conference League competitions and all matches are expected to go ahead.”
Gunners still considering loaning Marquinhos out in January
Arsenal are still considering a January loan deal for teenage prodigy Marquinhos.
But the 19-year-old Brazilian winger will only be allowed to leave if manager Mikel Arteta can sign another winger in the next transfer window.
And the club has already decided that Marquinhos’ long-term future will be at the Emirates following his flying start to life in English football.
Arsenal had originally planned to allow the unknown rookie to spend all of this season on loan with a European club following his £3million summer arrival from Sao Paulo.
But they quickly changed their minds when they saw how quickly he acclimatised to training with Arteta’s senior squad.
BREAKING: Rangers game with Napoli postponed
Rangers' Champions League clash with Napoli has been postponed due to "severe limitations on police" following the death of Her Majesty Queen Elizabeth II.
The Glasgow side had been due to face the Italians at Ibrox on Tuesday night.
But amid the mourning period following The Queen's passing aged 96, the match has been moved back 24 hours to Wednesday.
The game will now have no away supporters, with Rangers fans also not allowed to attend the return fixture in Naples.
A club statement read: "Rangers can today confirm the upcoming Uefa Champions League match with SSC Napoli at Ibrox has been rescheduled for Wednesday, 14 September at 8pm.
"This is due to the severe limitations on policing resources and organisational challenges related to the ongoing events surrounding the passing of Her Majesty Queen Elizabeth II."
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