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  • October 3, 2022

RUBEN AMORIM has been installed as the favourite to replace Bruno Lage at Wolves.
The Sporting Lisbon manager seems the logical choice to take the role, given the club's Portuguese connections in recent years.
Meanwhile, Jack Grealish has celebrated Manchester City's derby win over Manchester United at a Chinese restaurant with pals.
Leicester face Nottingham Forest in tonight's Monday Night Football clash at the King Power Stadium.
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Breaking: Middlesbrough sack Chris Wilder
Middlesbrough have sacked manager Chris Wilder this morning with the club third from bottom in the Championship.
The former Sheffield United boss has had his contract terminated with immediate effect following just two wins from this season's opening 11 games.
On Saturday, Boro were beaten 1-0 at bottom-of-the-table Coventry.
Wilder joined the Teesside club 11 months ago, leading them to an FA Cup quarter-final while also overseeing eight successive home wins between December and March.
Leo Percovich will temporarily take over the first team affairs, and will be assisted by Craig Liddle, Mark Tinkler and Lee Cattermole.
Foden close to new deal
It's been some weekend for Phil Foden.
The Manchester City fan and forward opened the scoring at the Etihad yesterday with his first goal in a Manchester derby, and went on to seal a hat-trick in the second half.
In doing so, Foden reached 50 goals under Pep Guardiola's management at a younger age than Lionel Messi managed it.
And reports this morning indicate that the 22-year-old is close to signing a lucrative new deal with his boyhood club.
The Athletic reveal that the final details of a new six-year contract are being prepared, and could be finalised this week.
It’s time up for Donny
Donny van de Beek has been ‘deemed surplus to requirements’ by Erik ten Hag, according to the Daily Express.
The Dutchman has endured a miserable time in England since moving to Old Trafford from Ajax for £40m two years ago.
The midfielder has started just four Premier League games for the Red Devils since his big-money transfer, and was shipped out to Everton on loan at the back-end of last season.
It was expected to be different this term with the arrival of Ten Hag, Van de Beek’s old manager in Amsterdam with whom he enjoys a great relationship.
But the United boss is now unable to see a future for the 25-year-old at the club, and is ready to cash in on his former star when the transfer window reopens.
Blues spend big on Nkunku
Chelsea have agreed to spend in excess of Christopher Nkunku's release fee in order to guarantee the signing of the French star.
That's according to The Athletic, who also understand that the forward has signed a pre-contract with the Stamford Bridge club.
Stories emerged last week that the RB Leipzig ace had already completed a secret medical with the Londoners, but details over the deal remained sketchy.
However, it now appears as though Nkunku will join the Blues next summer.
The 24-year-old has a release clause in the region of £50m, but that does not come into effect until next season.
In the circumstances, Chelsea have tabled a bigger fee in order to seal the deal.
Amorim early favourite for Wolves job
Sporting Lisbon boss Ruben Amorim has been installed as the favourite to replace Bruno Lage at Wolverhampton Wanderers.
The 37-year-old heads the betting from Sevilla manager Julien Lopetegui and former Olympicacos gaffer Pedro Martins.
Meanwhile, Andre Vilas-Boas, Sean Dyche and Jose Mourinho are also linked with a return to the Premier League.
The latest odds from SkyBet:
Gunners face competition for Dusan
Arsenal are expected to reignite their interest in Dusan Vlahovic when transfer window reopens in January.
But the Gunners will face stiff competition for the Serbian’s signature, according to Il Bianconero.
The North Londoners were desperate to land the forward earlier this year, but Vlahovic opted for Juventus at the last moment.
However, despite a dream start, the 22-year-old’s time in Turin has not gone according to plan.
And the Old Lady may be willing to cash in after Christmas.
If so, Paris Saint-Germain, Bayern Munich and Chelsea are also expected to make an approach for Vlahovic.
LaLiga duo want United’s Martial
There were barely any positives for Manchester United to take from yesterday’s 6-3 humbling at the Etihad Stadium – but Anthony Martial’s two-goal cameo from the bench was one.
The Frenchman scored his first goals of the season in the final seven minutes of the derby, having only just recovered from injury.
However, this morning, the forward is being linked with a move away from Old Trafford.
According to reports in Spain, Sevilla and Valencia are both interested in signing Martial when the transfer window reopens.
Martial spent the second half of last season on loan at Sevilla, and the Andalusian club are keen to link up with the 26-year-old again.
Erling urges Jude to join him
Manchester City star Erling Haaland has told Jude Bellingham to join him at the club, according to reports.
The pair played together at Borussia Dortmund and now the Norwegian goal machine is keen for Bellingham to follow his footsteps by signing for the Premier League champions.
The 19-year-old midfielder is attracting interest from a number of clubs as well as City including Real Madrid, Liverpool, Chelsea and Manchester United.
Reports suggest that Haaland is trying to do his bit to convince the English midfielder to make the move but he is keeping his options open.
SunSport have exclusively revealed he could be available for just £83million in the summer if the fee is paid up front.
Reims want loan star permanently
Reims are hoping to secure the permanent signing of young Arsenal star Folarin Balogun.
The 21-year-old striker is currently on loan at the French club, and has already made quite the impression.
Balogun has netted six times in his first nine Ligue 1 games, including the opener in Sunday’s 2-2 draw at Troyes.
Transfers specialist Ekrem Konur broke the news that Reims are now exploring the possibility of securing his signature on a long-term basis.
However, the North Londoners are unlikely to let their young Gunner go without a fight.
Balogun is currently contracted to the Emirates club until 2025.
United's nightmare numbers
Yesterday's game did NOT go down well for Manchester United.
It was another leaky defensive performance from the Red Devils.
And the 6-3 win for City was the most goals ever scored in a Manchester derby.
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Wolves want Sporting Lisbon boss Ruben Amorim to replace Bruno Lage, who was ruthlessly sacked yesterday.
Club chiefs will draw up a list of candidates today with Amorim, 37, at the top.
But it will cost them £20million in compensation if they want to pry the 7/4 favourite away from the Portuguese giants.
Lage was axed after Saturday’s dismal 2-0 defeat at fellow strugglers West Ham.
Wolves powerbrokers decided within hours of the final whistle.
But the 46-year-old was only informed yesterday morning his 16-month Molineux stint was over.
Pierre-Emerick Aubameyang will use tricks and tips picked up from the original Ronaldo as he attempts to revive Chelsea’s Champions League campaign against old club AC Milan.
The Gabon international never made a first-team appearance for Milan but trained with Brazilian Ronaldo on a daily basis.
Ronaldo may have kept a young Aubameyang out of the side, but — despite being “a bit fat” by that time — he taught him plenty.
Aubameyang said: “The team was really strong, to tell the truth.
“Ronaldo, Paolo Maldini, Alessandro Nesta… at that time I was very young.
“I was just trying to improve and looking at him to learn as much as I could. To tell the truth, he was a bit fat by then! But he was still the best.
Djed Spence’s sister had a sly dig at Antonio Conte after Arsenal defeated Spurs 3-1 in the North London derby.
The defender has only played one minute since signing for Tottenham from Middlesbrough, with Emerson Royal preferred.
Royal was sent off for a serious foul after catching Gabriel Martinelli high on the ankle.
And Spence’s sister revealed things “could’ve been different” if her brother was involved.
Auba using Ronaldo's tricks for success
Pierre-Emerick Aubameyang will use tricks and tips picked up from the original Ronaldo as he attempts to revive Chelsea’s Champions League campaign against old club AC Milan.
The Gabon international never made a first-team appearance for Milan but trained with Brazilian Ronaldo on a daily basis.
Ronaldo may have kept a young Aubameyang out of the side, but — despite being “a bit fat” by that time — he taught him plenty.
Aubameyang said: “The team was really strong, to tell the truth.
“Ronaldo, Paolo Maldini, Alessandro Nesta… at that time I was very young.
“I was just trying to improve and looking at him to learn as much as I could. To tell the truth, he was a bit fat by then! But he was still the best.
Amorim lined up by Wolves
Wolves want Sporting Lisbon boss Ruben Amorim to replace Bruno Lage who was ruthlessly sacked yesterday.
Club chiefs will draw up a list of candidates today with Amorim, 37, at the top.
But it will cost them £20million in compensation if they want to pry the 7/4 favourite away from the Portuguese giants.
Lage was axed after Saturday’s dismal 2-0 defeat at fellow strugglers West Ham.
Wolves powerbrokers decided within hours of the final whistle.
But the 46-year-old was only informed yesterday morning his 16-month Molineux stint was over.
Sister act
Djed Spence's sister had a sly dig at Antonio Conte after Arsenal defeated Spurs 3-1 in the North London derby.
The defender has only played one minute since signing for Tottenham from Middlesbrough, with Emerson Royal preferred.
Royal was sent off for a serious foul after catching Gabriel Martinelli high on the ankle.
And Spence's sister revealed things "could've been different" if her brother was involved.
Hart trolled
Joe Hart was trolled for faking injury after being "brutally knocked out" in Celtic's win over Motherwell.
The keeper was involved in an aerial collision with Sondre Solholm Johansen in which he lost the ball.
Joe Hart brutally knocked out in todays Celtic v Motherwell clash. Not for the faint hearted. pic.twitter.com/fQSfS0G7KQ
But when trying to get back on his line, Hart bumped into defender Johansen.
And after a brief pause, the former Manchester City stopper then collapsed to the floor.
His delayed reaction had fans ripping into Hart on social media.
One said: "Joe Hart brutally knocked out in todays Celtic v Motherwell clash. Not for the faint hearted."
Record breaker Haaland
Man City striker Erling Haaland set THREE new records with his latest hat-trick against Manchester United.
Haaland set a new Premier League landmark as he became the first player to score three hat-tricks in three consecutive home matches.
The goal machine’s latest treble took his tally up to 14 in the Prem.
This means he is this season’s top scorer in Europe’s top five leagues and he is ahead by a big margin.
Haaland’s record breaking afternoon did not stop there – he had a hand in five of City’s six goals also assisting Foden twice.
As a result, the 22-year-old has smashed the record for most goal contributions in one Manchester derby.
Neville blasted
Man Utd legend Gary Neville has been lambasted online after predicting his former team would beat Manchester City.
One fan tweeted: “Gary Neville before the start of the game – City are getting done… Just like your punditry…not a blooming clue.”
Another posted: “Listening to the Gary Neville commentary on Sky, he’s definitely holding back tears.”
A third wrote: “Is there a bigger jinx in world football than Gary Neville?”
This supporter stated: “Oh dear, this has not aged well.”
And that one tweeted: “You meant United were getting done, right?”
Brentford troll Utd
Brentford have brilliantly trolled Manchester United following their derby day demolition by Manchester City.
United were on the end of a 6-3 thrashing from Pep Guardiola’s side, with Erling Haaland and Phil Foden both running out with hat-tricks.
Upon seeing today’s result The Bees brilliantly trolled Man Utd on their Twitter page.
They Tweeted: “Brentford Man City, 4-0 up at half-time,” accompanied by a handshake emoji.
Leeds 0-0 Aston Villa
In a fiery contest, both sides had to settle for a point.
Leeds had Luis Sinisterra sent off for two bookable offences, as banned American manager Jesse Marsch watched from the stands.
Either could have won it, but Leeds remain unbeaten at Elland Road so far this season.
Gallagher's Wag sings his praises
Conor Gallagher's gorgeous girlfriend heaped praise on her man after his stunning match-winner at Crystal Palace.
Gallagher came off the Chelsea bench to score a screamer in the 90th minute – his first goal for his boyhood club – and break the hearts of his former supporters after starring on loan at Palace last season.
That earned Graham Potter his first win as Blues boss – and a congratulatory message from his Wag and No1 fan.
Gallagher posted a picture of his muted celebration at Selhurst Park and wrote: "Special moment for me scoring my first @chelseafc goal! Big 3 points!"
And long-term model partner Aine May Kennedy simply commented: "Superstar," followed by a face emoji and three love hearts.
Aine May also took to her own Instagram story with a photo of the four-cap England star captioned: "Aw I just love you. So deserved."
She then added a video taken from the away end full of jubilant Chelsea supporters in South London followed by a pic of Gallagher as a kid in the academy.
Aine May concluded: "So proud of you."
Guardiola wants more
Man City boss Pep Guardiola wants better from his players despite hammering Manchester United 6-3.
However Guardiola was not overly happy with the team's performance in the second period.
He told Sky Sports: "It was really good. We scored four goals and we could have scored more really.
"They played better in the second half and the last minutes was flat, but it was a good game and everyone in the stadium was happy.
"In the first half we were aggressive and had the space and the quality of players we had up front made the difference.
"We can win or lose but there are many things we can do better. Some players were not good today so they have to improve.
"Perfection doesn't exist, it's impossible. But we must try to look there.
"We did good, we can do better, many, many players had sloppy passes. This is not good. We have to be more consistent. In some areas we were still not good."
Haaland's Bellingham plea
Man City star Erling Haaland has told Jude Bellingham to join him at the club, according to reports.
The pair played together at Borussia Dortmund and the Norwegian goal machine is keen for Bellingham to follow him and sign for the Premier League champions.
The 19-year-old midfielder is attracting interest from a number of clubs as well as City including Real Madrid, Liverpool, Chelsea and Manchester United.
Reports suggest that Haaland is trying to do his bit to convince the English midfielder to make the move but he is keeping his options open.
Real Madrid are confident they will sign him for less than £100million and they lead the race with Liverpool, claims journalist Ben Jacobs.
Ampadu's unwanted Serie A record
Chelsea ace Ethan Ampadu broke the history books for the wrong reason while out on loan at Spezia.
The Welshman set a new all-time Serie A record during his side's 4-0 defeat to Lazio.
He gave away the fastest penalty in the league's history bringing down Ciro Immobile after just 39 seconds.
Ampadu dived in bringing down the Italian striker before he got back up and missed the spot kick.
He was booked for the foul and was later subbed off after 66 minutes.
Gundogan hunt
Barcelona are continuing their pursuit of Manchester City star Ilkay Gundogan, according to reports.
Gundogan is yet to decide his future at City beyond next summer as his contract nears its expiry date.
And Barcelona are hoping to take full advantage of this by landing the German on a free transfer, as reported by Spanish publication Sport.
However, Barca will not be alone in their efforts to sign him with a number of clubs lined up to make a move for the 31-year-old.
Ex-Barcelona manager and current Man City boss Pep Guardiola has expressed his desire for Gundogan to stay at the Etihad.
City are planning to open discussions with him following the World Cup.
BREAKING: Wolves 'SACK' Bruno Lage
Wolves manager Bruno Lage has parted company with the struggling Premier League club, Portuguese media are reporting.
His departure follows a dire start to the season.
Wolves’ 2-0 defeat at West Ham on Saturday was the team’s fourth of a campaign in which they have scored just three times in the league, despite owners Fosun backing Lage with £100million in the summer transfer window.
Portuguese sports daily Record reported today: “Bruno Lage is leaving Wolves, this paper has learnt.
“The Portuguese manager didn’t resist the bad results and is going to leave the Premier League side.
“Saturday’s 2-0 defeat against West Ham was the straw that broke the camel’s back.”
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