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  • October 12, 2022

KYLIAN MBAPPE has "already signed" a secret deal with Real Madrid, with the Frenchman desperate to leave PSG, according to blockbuster reports.
According to former player and current pundit Jan Aage Fjortoft, the France international is heading to Real after the 2022 World Cup either in January or the summer.
Fjortoft also claimed that the 23-year-old has already signed a secret deal with Los Blancos, who have been keeping tabs since last year.
He tweeted: "…Like I have said for a long time…after the World Cup Mbappe will join Real Madrid either in the first or the second transfer- window.
"My tip is that that deal is already signed and locked up someway."
Elsewhere, Liverpool winger Luis Diaz will be out of action until after the World Cup after picking up a knee injury in the loss to Arsenal at the weekend.
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Red Devils 'could land Sergej for £44m'
Manchester United could beat Juventus to Lazio midfielder Sergej Milinkovic-Savic if they bid £44million.
That's the suggestion tonight from reports in Italy over the Serbia playmaker.
United were thought to have come on for the 27-year-old in the summer.
And it's understood he's a serious target for Juve in January.
Milinkovic-Savic is said to have an agreement allowing him to leave for the right offer before his contract expires in 2024.
And encouragingly for United, there are claims Lazio would prefer to sell him abroad.
Tuchel 'open to England job'
Thomas Tuchel would be open to taking the England manager's job, according to reports, writes JOSHUA JONES
The German was suddenly sacked by Chelsea's new owners in September and replaced by Graham Potter.
But after a month out of the game, Bild in Germany report Tuchel would consider the Three Lions gig if it became available at some stage in the future after the World Cup.
Gareth Southgate is under the biggest pressure he has faced in his six years as head coach of the national team.
England are winless in six matches going into next month's winter tournament.
And there is some suggestion Southgate could walk away from the job after Qatar 2022, regardless of how far his side go – although his contract runs until December 2024.
Tuchel's successor Potter remains the favourite to be the next England manager, despite just signing a £50million, five-year contract at Stamford Bridge.
Eddie Howe, Mauricio Pochettino and Steve Cooper are also among the likeliest candidates.
Prove you watched us
Furious Manchester United fans have lashed out at the club yet again, writes ANTHONY CHAPMAN.
That’s after being told to PROVE they went to games in order to renew their season tickets.
The Mail claims United have introduced tougher rules for renewals next season.
Fans must have their tickets scanned at a minimum of 10 league home games.
But an IT glitch did NOT register some attendees at the Old Trafford matches against Brighton, Arsenal and Liverpool.
And United have now emailed affected fans telling them the games will not count towards the renewal requirements – unless they can PROVE they were there.
Supporters are being asked to provide various bits of information including photo IDs, a description of the steward they interacted with… and even the clothes they were wearing.
The Manchester United Supporters Trust have caught wind of the bizarre email.
And they have raised the issue with the club as affected fans look for a speedy resolution.
Supporters are already annoyed after United had 600 tickets REMOVED by police for this month’s trip to Chelsea.
Gunners are flying away
Arsenal's main improvement this season is complete freedom playing away, ex-Gunner Mikael Silvestre claims.
The former Manchester United defender told bettingexpert: "The table doesn’t lie. Nine games in, they are cruising, picking up a lot of points.
"They play away from home like it doesn’t matter to them, which is a big change compared to last few seasons. So it’s a big improvement.
"Right now they are superior to those teams in many aspects.
"I didn’t expect Spurs to be – I don’t want to use negative – but they lacked entrepreneurship in the game. They were playing on the safe side during the derby."
"But that wasn’t the case of Liverpool, and it was a great game back and forth."
Rowett tipped for Baggies' job
EXCLUSIVE: Gary Rowett is in line to replace Steve Bruce as West Brom boss, writes FRANKIE CHRISTOU
The Millwall manager is keen for a move back up north after spending three years away from his family in the capital. 
Albion axed Bruce on Monday with the club sitting 22nd in the Championship – their lowest position for 20 years. 
Rowett, 48, appeals to The Baggies due to his ability to work with a limited budget in the Championship. 
The former Birmingham boss has led the Lions to three top half finishes. 
Former Huddersfield boss Carlos Corberan is also a candidate. 
The Spaniard, 39, left the Terriers at the end of last season after leading them to the play-off final. 
Millwall lost their star man Jed Wallace to West Brom on a free this summer.
Toon chiefs promise not to move
The Toon Army can rest easy – Newcastle’s owners will NOT move them away from St James’ Park, writes OSCAR PAUL.
But Magpies CEO Darren Eales revealed they are considering doing a Mike Ashley and selling the naming rights for the Cathedral on the Hill. 
He also admitted they will look to Saudi Arabia for a bumper shirt sponsorship deal for next season to boost the coffers as part of the grand plan for global domination. 
But, unlike under despised former owner Ashley, Eales vowed to consult fans over any seismic decisions. 
Supporters are flocking back to the 52,000-capacity St James’ as the good times return, with thousands missing out every week. 
Given its city-centre location, expanding the famous old stadium is problematic. 
Building a swanky new ground is an option yet would prove controversial among the fanbase.
And Eales reassured: “It’s an amazing stadium and this is the place we want to be. There are 108 pubs within half a mile. The next is Wolves with 34, but there’s only one for away fans. 
“Here, it’s party city. Everyone has a great time. That is part of the magic of Newcastle United. We’re in a great place, we’ve got 50,000 and we’re packed."
'Chelsea ponder shock Martinelli move'
Chelsea could target Gabriel Martinelli if he fails to agree a new Arsenal contract.
The wideman, 21, is flying for the table-topping Gunners in his best season so far.
But it's claimed Chelsea are monitoring the situation over his contract.
The Blues would face a huge battle to land a player who is linking up so well with his fellow Brazilian, Gabriel Jesus.
Martinelli has also insisted he wants to stay at the Emirates for many years.
One factor, though, might be the sort of pay rise he is offered to extend his deal past 2024.
'Toney again on Red Devils' radar'
Ivan Toney is back on Manchester United's radar as a potential replacement for Cristiano Ronaldo, reports tonight suggest.
Brentford striker Toney, 26, still hopes to make the World Cup despite missing out on his first England cap when called up last month.
And Calciomercato are among the outlets claiming United are again keen.
Newcastle, West Ham and Leeds are also said to be interested in Toney.
He's hit eight goals in nine games and is under contract with Brentford until 2025.
It's claimed the Bees hope to convince the ex-Peterborough hero to stay with a a new £100,000-a-week deal.
Nunez facing Rangers costs Liverpool £4m
Liverpool have reportedly had to fork out £4million to Benfica due to Darwin Nunez playing against Rangers tonight.
The Reds agreed a club record fee worth £85m for the Uruguayan, 23, in the summer transfer window.
Portuguese newspaper A Bola report that only £65m was paid upfront, with the rest in bonuses.
The first of which is heading into Benfica's bank account shortly, as the £4m clause was triggered after ten appearances.
Nunez hit the ten-game landmark as Jurgen Klopp's team kicked off at Ibrox in the Champions League group stage.
The Liga Portugal side will get another £8.5m when he reaches 60 appearances. While the remaining transfer pot is made up of team and individual performance bonuses.
Nunez became one of the most sought-after forwards in Europe last campaign, after a sensational season with Benfica.
He netted 34 goals in 41 appearances – while also contributing four assists. The South American even scored against Liverpool in both legs of their quarter-final of Europe's most prestigious competition.
Arsenal & Utd face losing South American stars
Premier League clubs could be without their South American stars for the final match before the World Cup as Conmebol requested they were allowed an early release.
Conmebol, the equivalent of Uefa for South America, made a formal request to Fifa to grant their players are free to link up with the squad from Wednesday, November 9.
That is earlier than initially expected – players were expected to go after that weekend's matches – and could prompt the European, African, North American and Asian federations to make similar requests.
TyC Sports report Fifa will now need to negotiate with clubs to work out the date players can jet off to Qatar. But South American countries are hoping it is just four weeks away – giving international managers at least 11 days to get ready for the tournament.
Moises Caicedo's Ecuador are involved in the opening game as they take on hosts Qatar in the curtain-raiser on November 20.
They are joined by five-time winners Brazil, Argentina and Uruguay.
And an early release date could prove a major blow for title-chasing Arsenal and Erik ten Hag's Manchester United – with both sides brimming with South American talent.
Arsenal's team includes Brazilian stars Gabriel Magalhaes, Gabriel Jesus and Gabriel Jesus, who all have ambitions of making the expanded 26-man squad.
United, meanwhile, boast compatriots Fred, Casemiro and Antony as well as Argentine Lisandro Martinez.
Red Devils 'keen on King'
Manchester United have reportedly been checking out Rangers defender Leon King.
The Glasgow-born star, 18, was named on the bench against Liverpool at Ibrox in the Champions League tonight after starting the Anfield clash last week.
And transfer expert Fabrizio Romano says ‘many clubs are monitoring’ King's progress, including United.
The starlet has the same agent as Red Devils' centre-back Raphael Varane.
King too is mainly a central defender but can also play at right-back.
Martial joins three Utd stars missing for Omonia tie
Erik ten Hag has confirmed Anthony Martial, Harry Maguire, Aaron Wan-Bissaka or Donny van de Beek will miss Manchester United's trip to Omonia.
The injured foursome all want game time in their bid to play more regularly in the Premier League.
But striker Martial has been unable to train, so he's joined the others on the sidelines.
Mbappe feels 'betrayed'
Kylian Mbappe feels “betrayed” by Paris Saint-Germain after the French champions failed to land his desired summer targets, according to reports in France.
The French forward put an end to months of speculation last May by finally penning what at the time was thought to be a three-year contract extension at PSG.
It has now emerged that the £650,000-a-week contract was in fact a two-year deal – with Mbappe possessing the option to extend it for a third.
The prospect of him doing so feels remote, however, with the 23-year-old reportedly already seeking a move, sensationally demanding that PSG sell him in January after a break down in their relationship.
French paper L’Equipe claim that Mbappe wanted his team to sign Robert Lewandowski, Bernardo Silva and Milan Skriniar during the summer.
The attacker has been linked with a move to the Premier League, including the likes of Liverpool, Arsenal and Manchester United.
Messi kits out Game of Thrones star
Lionel Messi and wife Antonela Roccuzzo were pictured with Game of Thrones star Kit Harington at Paris Saint-Germain's game with Benfica on Tuesday night.
The Argentine legend, 35, missed the Champions League clash through injury but was in the stands to support his team-mates.
And he took the opportunity away from the pitch to pose – alongside his wife Antonela – for a picture with Harington – who is best known for his role as Jon Snow in the hit TV show Game of Thrones.
But Messi wasn't the only PSG star that Harington met in the French capital.
He was also filmed being greeted by Real Madrid and Spain icon Sergio Ramos.
The centre-back came into the room and handed the actor his PSG shirt.
Harington appeared grateful as he shared a hug with the defender.
OutFoxed over pranks
Leicester have banned a number of birthday message announcements amid calls for manager Brendan Rodgers to be sacked, writes DYLAN TERRY.
The Foxes boss, 49, is coming under fire for his team's recent performances, with just four points from their opening nine games seeing them rooted to the bottom of the Premier League table.
And some Leicester fans decided to try and prank the club by getting their "sack Rodgers" agenda across in a rather bizarre way.
One fan submitted a request to have a birthday message displayed for the name "Brenda Nout" during their home game with Crystal Palace this weekend.
But they ended up being refunded their £20 payment as the club refused to comply.
Another fan sent one off for "Zak Rodgers" but had the same result as Leicester attempted to quash public discontent surrounding their manager.
It came after one social media user said: "If anyone is going to the Palace game on Saturday, I’ve just paid for a birthday scoreboard announcement for Zak Rodgers.
"If anyone is likely to be in their seat 30 mins before KO, I’d love a photo of it."
Keane 'not clever, easy to play against'
Former Arsenal midfielder David Hillier claims Manchester United legend Roy Keane was his "dream" opponent – as he wasn't clever and was "easy to pick off.".
Hiller's assessment is even more eyebrow raising as he was never a big name and often a fringe player in his eight years with childhood club the Gunners, whereas Keane is an all-time Premier League great.
But the Londoner, who earned one England Under-21 cap, didn't hold back in describing how comfortable he felt playing against the midfield hardman.
Hillier told the Under The Cosh podcast: “I had a game against Roy Keane at [Nottingham] Forest. We played them in the cup. F****** hell, I camped all over him, mate.
"He was my dream player to play against… Perfect for me.
“Used to rangey, long, simple runs, not clever players, easy to pick off.
"Roy Keane weren’t a clever player when he made runs. He was just direct third man run, that’s all it was.”
And questioned about energy levels, he responded: “Oh I was easily as fit as Roy Keane. I was fitter than Roy Keane.”
Jude out of Arsenal's reach
Rio Ferdinand has rubbished suggestions that Arsenal could be in the race for Jude Bellingham.
The 19-year-old star continues to take Europe by storm with a string of impressive performances.
He made it four goals in four Champions League games after scoring in Dortmund’s draw with Sevilla yesterday.
And Ferdinand thinks he could be destined for great things – but did not believe he would be on his way to the Emirates any time soon.
Fellow pundit Joleon Lescott said last night that the Gunners could attract a “whole different calibre of player” in regards to Bellingham.
But Ferdinand laughed and said firmly in response: “Jude Bellingham isn’t going to Arsenal!”
EFL Blackout on the Brink
THE EFL is considering AXING the 3pm TV blackout in order to broadcast every game.
And it’s already setting up a bidding war, with parties like Netflix and Amazon keen on buying the rights to matches.
Just like the Premier League, there is a blanket ban on broadcasting all 3pm matches on Saturdays.
But chiefs are now ready to lift the veil and make every single game in the Championship, League One and League Two available for live TV, according to the Mail.
The 3pm-5.15pm live football blackout has had a long tradition in England football, with the original purpose being to keep attendances up at lower league games.
The rule was briefly suspended when stadiums were empty during the pandemic.
The news comes weeks after Hollywood star and Wrexham owner Ryan Reynolds went to war with the National League over streaming rights in the fifth-tier.
Dalot of interest in Red Devils defender
Juventus are keeping tabs on Manchester United ace Diogo Dalot ahead of the January transfer window, reports suggest.
Dalot, 23, has landed a starting role at right-back under United manager Erik ten Hag and that has earned him interest from Juve.
According to Calciomercato, the Bianconeri are following the Portugal international’s progress at Old Trafford with “great attention” as Juan Cuadrado and Alex Sandro’s deals run out in June.
The 23-year-old’s contract with the Red Devils also expires in June but he has an option to renew until 2024.
However, talks between the two parties are not reported to be at an advanced stage in this moment in time.
And Dalot appears keen to leave Manchester as he and his agent are “looking around” for a new challenge.
Arteta 'rewarding the trust' Gunners paid in him
Arsenal are reaping the reward of keeping the faith in manager Mikel Arteta.
That's the view of ex-Gunner Mikel Silvestre as the Premier League leaders prepare to visit Norwegians Bodo/Glimt in the Europa League tomorrow.
Silvestre told bettingexpert: "It’s impressive. He’s rewarding the trust put in him."
"The players are fighting for him because they believe in what he is trying to do.
"It’s not perfect and it might be difficult at some point, given the lack of depth in the squad."
Quick Kyl leaves rivals trailing
Kylian Mbappe is the fastest footballer in the world.
The Paris Saint-Germain speedster has helped the French giants to four Ligue 1 titles – plus a Champions League final.
Of course, his goals have been part of the reason, but his stunning speed with and without the ball has also helped split open defences everywhere.
World Cup winner Mbappe, 23, clocked a record top speed of 10.6 metres per second in 2020 – around 22.4mph.
It is still some way short of 100m world record holder Usain Bolt's 27.8mph when he set the record in 2009.
But in football, France's Mbappe – who is said to feel "betrayed" just months after signing his mega contract at PSG – leaves the rest trailing.
Gareth Bale – who signed for Los Angeles from Real Madrid this summer – was rated as the second fastest at 10.3m per second and Athletic Bilbao's Inaki Williams third with 9.9m per second.
Chelsea's Pierre-Emerick Aubameyang, then at Arsenal, notched 9.8m.
Utd and Chelsea get wind of Gust
Manchester United and Chelsea are among a horde of top European clubs scouting Lyon starlet Malo Gusto, according to reports.
The 19-year-old established himself as Les Gones’ first-choice right-back mid-way through last season.
He has quickly gathered a reputation as one of Europe’s most promising full-backs – attracting plenty of attention in the process.
According to 90min, Man United and Chelsea scouts have been sent to watch Gusto and write reports on him during the early months of this season.
Arsenal, Tottenham and Manchester City are also showing interest in the French youth international.
While Barcelona are claimed to have made enquiries over the summer.
Utd boost over Sergej
Lazio have insisted there is no deal on for Sergej Milinkovic-Savic to move to Juventus.
The midfielder, long linked with a move to Manchester United, looked like he had been edging towards a January move to Turin after reports in recent days.
But Lazio chiefs have come out fighting – and claimed the price for the 27-year-old has now gone up.
Punishment didn't Fik the crime
Mason Mount believes old Chelsea pal Fikayo Tomori should NOT have been sent off against his side in the Champions League.
Milan defender Tomori was given his marching orders by the referee after pulling back Mount as he burst through on goal and into the penalty area.
While contact was light between two England internationals the ref deemed Tomori to have denied a clear goalscoring opportunity, sent him off and awarded The Blues a penalty much to the protest of Milan.
Mount, 23, told Chelsea's website: "He's obviously my mate, I've known Fik for a very long time and I felt for him in that situation, I was gutted for him. I don't think it was a sending-off.
"Was it a penalty? Maybe, yes. I'm an honest player and I want to try to score a goal and he pulled me back a little bit, but I feel for him for that decision. It's a tough one.
"I felt him trying to pull me back, but I was running to goal so I wasn't going to go down and I felt like I could still have an opportunity to score.
"So I carried on going, didn't score and then obviously the ref blew up and gave a pen straight away. I was probably a bit surprised at the time because I've still gone through and had a shot."
Jorginho subsequently converted the spot-kick before Pierre-Emerick Aubameyang sealed a fourth victory on the bounce for Graham Potter.
Moyes excited but fearful over busy schedule
David Moyes says West Ham feel primed to go on a run before the World Cup but fears they could be undermined by pesky fixture schedulers, writes JACK ROSSER.
The Hammers have won five of their last six in all competitions and are starting to click after a difficult start.
Moyes said: "You could say we're on one [a charge] already. We're beginning to go in the right direction and see signs of the new players doing well and the ones who have played so well for two years finding form."
West Ham now face a run of 10 games in a month before the break for Qatar. Added to that already difficult task, the east Londoners have been asked to play Monday, Thursday and Sunday in one week at the end of this month.
Protests to the Premier League and broadcasters have fallen on deaf ears as the club battle what is already a packed schedule.
Moyes said: "We have tried to do something about it. Not only are we in a congested period but they're asking us to do even more by squeezing another game in when we could have easily played on the Sunday.
"We are excited by the games, because it is great for us here at West Ham. But then there is a week like this and I don’t quite understand why you wouldn’t change that game back to the Sunday.
"It’s obviously probably to do with television rights and that and we are very fortunate because a lot of the money which comes into football comes through television.
"I’m not going to be critical of it but I think a bit of common sense could have taken place there maybe and we could’ve got the game on the right day."
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