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  • September 9, 2022

CHELSEA have announced Graham Potter as their new manager.
Potter replaces Thomas Tuchel in the Stamford Bridge hot-seat.
Meanwhile, Wolves are edging closer in completing a sensational deal for former Chelsea striker Diego Costa.
The midlands outfit successfully appealed Costa's initial rejected work permit meaning that the Spanish veteran will undergo his medical.
And Newcastle are shockingly in advanced talks to sign former Liverpool goalkeeper Loris Karius.
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Champions League fixtures WILL go ahead next week
Champions League and Europa League football WILL go ahead for Chelsea, Liverpool, Manchester City, Tottenham, Manchester United and Arsenal after The Queen’s death.
With the nation mourning the loss of the longest-reigned monarch in British history, no domestic matches will be played.
But the same does not apply for next week’s round of European Uefa fixtures.
If any Premier League side were not to play, they would be forfeiting the points.
Ron looked ‘every one of his 37 years’, says Nichol
Cristiano Ronaldo looked “every one of his 37 years” in Manchester United’s 1-0 defeat to Real Sociedad on Thursday night, according to ex-Liverpool star Steve Nicol.
Speaking to ESPN, he said: “I’ll be honest, when you mention the game, the only thing I have in my head is Ronaldo clean through [on goal] and getting caught by two players.
“That’s kind of what springs to my mind. And he did have another look.
He had a couple of other chances, not as good as that one, but there was just something missing.
“That’s what I think about when I think of this game.
“There wasn’t much in it between the two sides, not that many chances in the game.
“But that’s the only thing I can think of. The fact that Ronaldo was clean through and looked every one of those 36, 37 years.”
Premier League statement after fixture postponement
In a statement, a Prem spokesman said: “At a meeting this morning, Premier League clubs paid tribute to Her Majesty Queen Elizabeth II. 
“To honour her extraordinary life and contribution to the nation, and as a mark of respect, this weekend’s Premier League match round will be postponed, including Monday evening’s game.”
Prem chief executive Richard Masters added: “We and our clubs would like to pay tribute to Her Majesty’s long and unwavering service to our country.  
“As our longest-serving monarch, she has been an inspiration and leaves behind an incredible legacy following a life of dedication. 
“This is a tremendously sad time for not just the nation but also for the millions of people around the world who admired her, and we join together with all those in mourning her passing.”
 Premier League games POSTPONED
This weekend’s entire football programme has been postponed following The Queen’s death.
Prem, EFL and FA chief consulted with the Government at a breakfast meeting this morning.
And with the nation mourning the loss of the longest-reigned monarch in British history, it was agreed that no matches will be played.
Neville slams Glazers for 'panic' transfers
Gary Neville has accused Manchester United of "panic buying" towards the end of the summer transfer window.
The Red Devils introduced Tyrell Malacia, Christian Eriksen, Lisandro Martinez, Casemiro, Martin Dubravka and Antony to the squad, taking the net spend to over £200million.
It is something Neville believes was an unplanned reaction to results and protests against the Glazer ownership.
Speaking on The Overlap, he said: "Manchester United wanted to spend about £130m-£140m, they ended up spending £230m.
"Obviously we've seen it before with the Glazer family – loads of trouble, protests building, invest the money to try and appease the fans and basically panic-buy.
"The Casemiro and Antony bids came in two days before the Liverpool game, which was obviously a moment where they just needed to get players in.
"It wasn't the strategy at the start of the summer to spend the money they've spent."
Arsenal fans see the bright side after Brazil snub
Arsenal fans have seen the bright side after three of their Brazilian first-team stars were left out of the national team set-up.
Defender Gabriel, as well as attackers Gabriel Jesus and Martinelli were missing from Tite's Brazil squad.
However, fans are seeing the positives.
Arsenal fans would rather see their players stay injury-free, with the North London club currently sat top of the Premier League.
One fan tweeted: "I hate our players going and risking injury at international friendlies. I’m so happy they’re staying!"
Another said: "Nice little rest for them with the congested fixtures list."
Missing Wan
Aaron Wan-Bissaka reportedly appeared in the Manchester United directors' box last night – despite being named on the bench.
The right-back was listed among the substitutes for United's 1-0 Europa League defeat to Real Sociedad.
But, according to MEN, the 24-year-old showed up in the directors' box just before kick-off.
And he played no part in the game as a controversial Brais Mendez penalty condemned Erik ten Hag's side to defeat.
Victor Lindelof was shuffled over to right-back when Lisandro Martinez came on at half-time.
That's despite Wan-Bissaka, a natural right-back, being named among the substitutes.
The former Crystal Palace man was pictured arriving for the game, but he was not snapped on the bench during the match.
Mbappe blasts Hakimi for misplaced pass
Kylian Mbappe gave Achraf Hakimi both barrels as he criticised him for a poor pass he played during a game.
The pair were captured on video in the tunnel at half-time, with Mbappe critical of his team-mate.
The pictures originally from Prime Video show them in conversation with Hakimi apologising for the pass his team-mate has highlighted to him, though the pictures appear to be from a game last season.
But Mbappe replied by saying: "It's not enough to say sorry," and demanded more quality from the defender.
Kylian Mbappé est le joueur le plus égoïste au monde pic.twitter.com/SblEQucIS5
Galatasaray confirm five new signings
Galatasaray have confirmed FIVE new signings including ex-Manchester United star Juan Mata and Paris Saint-Germain striker Mauro Icardi.
The Turkish giants confirmed the news on Thursday night, with the arrivals of defender Matthias Ross, midfielder Milot Rashica and winger Yusuf Demir also announced.
Icardi, 29, joins Galatasaray from PSG after being reduced to the bench in Ligue 1 due to the superstar trio of Lionel Messi, Kylian Mbappe and Neymar.
Meanwhile, Mata, 34, departed Manchester United at the end of last season when his contract expired.
Arsenal duo left out of Brazil squad
Arsenal's Gabriel Martinelli and Gabriel Jesus have been left out of Brazil's national team for the upcoming international fixtures, according to journalist Victor Canedo.
Meanwhile, Manchester United new boy Antony has been recalled.
Tu Much
Chelsea stars reportedly "hated" playing near the dugouts as they were sick of Thomas Tuchel moaning on the sideline.
Tuchel, 49, was sacked by the club following their shock Champions League defeat away at Dinamo Zagreb.
He is said to have lost the faith of Boehly and his players.
The Daily Mail report that a number of Chelsea's wide players disliked playing alongside Stamford Bridge's East Stand.
This is because Tuchel would stand in his technical area on that touchline and complain.
And the players grew sick of the German manager's "constant barking and moaning".
Blues wing-backs and wingers were supposedly fed up with Tuchel groaning loudly whenever they made a mistake.
Napoli leak Keylor Navas' wages
Napoli director Cristiano Giuntoli has claimed Keylor Navas is on wages of £13million at PSG.
The Costa Rican keeper has lost his place as No1 in the French capital to Gianluigi Donnarumma.
As a result, Napoli were among the clubs in talks to sign Navas.
But club chief Giuntoli revealed talks broke down due to the stopper's financial demands.
He said: "Keylor Navas deal collapsed because there was no agreement between PSG and player's camp on the salary: he's on €15m gross wages per season.
"We will not try again for Navas in January – it's over."
Saudi Arabia, Greece and Egypt to bid for World Cup
Saudi Arabia are reportedly set to announce a joint bid with Greece and Egypt to host the 2030 World Cup.
It could mean ANOTHER winter tournament is on the cards following Qatar later this year.
The Times claim an announcement is imminent and that Saudi Arabia would be the lead contributor.
The Gulf nation would pay for at least some of the other two countries’ costs.
To avoid blazing hot summer conditions, the tournament would again be played during the colder months.
It would mean another break in the Premier League and other top tables around Europe.
Marquinhos scores on Arsenal debut
Arsenal new boy Marquinhos broke down in tears when he scored on his Arsenal debut last night.
The 19-year-old gave the Gunners a 1-0 advantage in the 16th minute.
He made the perfect run towards the back post to meet and fire home Eddie Nketiah’s cross after a swift counter-attack.
Marquinhos raced straight towards the corner flag to celebrate and fell to his knees.
Arsenal went on to win the game 2-1 against FC Zurich.
19-year-old Marquinhos gets Arsenal up and running in the Europa League this season 💪

A goal on his senior debut for the club ⚽️ #UEL pic.twitter.com/hdJjgexKbv
Diego Costa spotted in Wolves kit for the first time
The Striker, 33, had his work permit accepted on appeal on Wednesday after it was initially rejected by the Home Office.
He completed a medical yesterday after being given the green light to fly to the UK.
And although Wolves have not yet officially announced him as a new signing, he has now been pictured in the club's training kit.
Harry Kane pays tribute to The Queen
On Twitter, the England captain wrote: "My thoughts are with the Royal Family at this very difficult time.
"The Queen was an amazing inspiration and will be remembered for her incredible years of service to this country. Rest in peace, Your Majesty."
Mykhaylo Mudryk reveals he "couldn't say no" to Arsenal move
Arsenal transfer target Mykhaylo Mudryk has admitted he "couldn't say no" to the Gunners if they tried to sign him.
The Shakhtar Donetsk winger, 21, has been heavily linked with a move to the Emirates.
Mikel Arteta attempted to sign him on deadline day, but a move did not come to fruition.
However, Mudryk has claimed he would have to take the opportunity in North London if it arose.
Speaking to CBS Sports, he said: "My dream is to play in Premier League, of course.
"Arsenal is a very good team, very good manager – so from my side, I can’t say no to Arsenal!"
He added: "But a transfer is not just up to my decision."
Barcelona 'preparing lawsuit against Atletico' over Griezmann
Barcelona are preparing a lawsuit against Atletico Madrid for the transfer of Antoine Griezmann, Spanish media say.
The Frenchman left Atletico for Barcelona in 2019 but returned on a two-year loan in August 2021.
The Spanish side face having to pay £34million to buy Griezmann permanently if he plays more than half of their matches this season.
This obligation is only reached if he plays a full 45 minutes of football in half the games.
To avoid activating the clause, Atletico appear to be restricting his game time.
But according to Sport, Barca are set to launch legal action, believing terms of the deal have already been met.
Brighton draw up four-man manager shortlist
Ex-Brighton boss Graham Potter was appointed as Thomas Tuchel's successor at Chelsea on Thursday.
The Blues had to pay a world-record compensation fee of around £22million to lure him to Stamford Bridge, but chief Todd Boehly was quickly able to get the deal across the line.
The huge move leaves Brighton without a manager, but the Seagulls have already drawn up a four-man shortlist of potential new gaffers, according to The Athletic.
On that list is:
Man Utd decided AGAINST appointing Graham Potter as manager
The Red Devils rejected the chance to hire Graham Potter – who was appointed Chelsea head coach on Thursday – as their manager, according to the Daily Mail.
United chiefs decided against appointing the now-Chelsea boss last season because of his lack of experience in the Champions League and Europa League.
That is despite the fact that Erik ten Hag had never managed in the Premier League before.
Ronaldo pays tribute
Cristiano Ronaldo has paid an emotional tribute to Her Majesty, Queen Elizabeth II following her passing.
On his Instagram, he wrote: "Seven years of my career were played in the Premier League, making this my 8th season living in England.
"Throughout these years, I’ve felt the everlasting love of the UK for it’s Queen, and how important Her Majesty was and will forever be to the British people.
"I pay my respect to her memory and I mourn this irreplaceable lost with the country that I’ve learned to call home.
"My thoughts and prayers are with the Royal Family."
Chelsea vs Liverpool AT RISK
Chelsea's clash with Liverpool could be moved amid policing issues in the capital following The Queen’s death.
The Premier League and EFL have postponed all matches this weekend along with a host of other sporting events.
Chelsea’s Premier League showdown at home to Liverpool is still currently scheduled to take place on Sunday 18 September at 4:30pm.
But now there are fears that the game could be postponed or even moved to another location.
No sporting events are expected to take place during the Queen’s funeral parade and service, expected to be on Monday 19 September.
But millions of people are likely to start descending on London on the Sunday, which will provide a huge drain on Metropolitan police resources, to pay tribute to The Queen after her 70-year reign.
Champions League fixtures WILL go ahead next week
Champions League and Europa League football WILL go ahead for Chelsea, Liverpool, Manchester City, Tottenham, Manchester United and Arsenal after The Queen's death.
With the nation mourning the loss of the longest-reigned monarch in British history, no domestic matches will be played.
But the same does not apply for next week's round of European Uefa fixtures.
If any Premier League side were not to play, they would be forfeiting the points.
Premier League make statement after fixture postponement
In a statement, a Prem spokesman said: “At a meeting this morning, Premier League clubs paid tribute to Her Majesty Queen Elizabeth II. 
“To honour her extraordinary life and contribution to the nation, and as a mark of respect, this weekend’s Premier League match round will be postponed, including Monday evening’s game.”
Prem chief executive Richard Masters added: “We and our clubs would like to pay tribute to Her Majesty’s long and unwavering service to our country.  
“As our longest-serving monarch, she has been an inspiration and leaves behind an incredible legacy following a life of dedication. 
“This is a tremendously sad time for not just the nation but also for the millions of people around the world who admired her, and we join together with all those in mourning her passing.”
Breaking: Premier League games POSTPONED
This weekend’s entire football programme has been postponed following The Queen’s death.
Prem, EFL and FA chief consulted with the Government at a breakfast meeting this morning.
And with the nation mourning the loss of the longest-reigned monarch in British history, it was agreed that no matches will be played.
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