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  • September 29, 2022

EVERTON ace Anthony Gordon has admitted that £60million is a 'crazy' price tag for any club to spend on a player.
Chelsea had several bids turned down for Gordon in the summer with the Toffees unwilling to cut ties with their star man.
The Blues failed to land Gordon but reports suggest that they have made Inter Milan defender Milan Skriniar a priority instead.
And Tottenham are set to finally complete a permanent deal for Dejan Kulusevski.
Kuluvsevski, 22 has shun since he joined Spurs in January following an 18-month loan deal with Juventus.
But the winger could miss the North London derby this weekend with a hamstring injury.
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Frank to take his Pick
Frank Lampard told reporters he had 'good news' when they assembled for his Thursday afternoon press conference.
The Everton manager went on to reveal that he would be welcoming back Jordan Pickford this weekend after the the England goalkeeper recovered from a thigh injury.
However, the outlook is not so bright when it comes to Nathan Patterson, whose absence was described as 'a blow.'
The right-back injured his knee during international duty with Scotland, and faces up to six weeks out.
Lampard confirmed that Seamus Coleman would be the likely replacement for the former Rangers youngster when they travel to Southampton on Saturday.
The future versus the past
Does this weekend's Manchester derby pit the best striker in the world against one of the best there has ever been?
Speculation over goalkeeper swap increases
Atletico Madrid want David de Gea. Manchester United want Jan Oblak. Could a swap deal be on the cards?
That's the belief 90 Min, who suggest that the two goalkeepers could simply move to each other's clubs on free transfers following the expiry of their contacts at the end of this season.
Atleti have supposedly tabled a new deal for Oblak, but with the Slovenian stopper unsettled in the Spanish capital, it seems unlikely to be signed.
Similarly, United hold the option of triggering a 12-month extension to De Gea's dwindling contract.
However, the 31-year-old is one of the club's highest earners on around £350,000-per-week, and those at Old Trafford are eager to free up funds.
Chairman to run rule over Rodgers
Leicester City chairman Aiyawatt Srivaddhanaprabha is to fly into England to attend his club's relegation six-pointer with Nottingham Forest on Monday night.
The Thai businessman will take in his first Foxes game in over six weeks, mounting further pressure on the underfire Brendan Rodgers.
The Leicester board have so far offered their support to the former Celtic manager, but a poor performance or result may just seal the Northern Irishman's fate.
The Telegraph suggest that Srivaddhanaprabha could take his cue from the crowd as the East Midlands outfit go in search of their first win this season.
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Smith Rowe undergoes groin surgery
Arsenal have confirmed that Emile Smith Rowe has undergone surgery to repair a damaged tendon in his groin.
The operation is said to have been a success, and the England international will now undergo a period of recuperation.
The 22-year-old is expected to return to training during December.
The club stated that Smith Rowe has been experiencing discomfort for several months which has limited his game time, and so a decision was made following consultation with specialists and the Arsenal medical team.
Gordon admits 'crazy' price tag
Anthony Gordon reckons transfer price tags like his own have gone 'absolutely crazy.'
Chelsea had several bids turned down for the England Under-21 star this summer with Everton unwilling to sell their prize asset.
Gordon himself is valued at around £60m but would never look in the mirror and arrogantly believe he is worth that eye-watering amount of dough.
The 21-year-old forward said: “The minute you do that, there’s only one way you’re going to go.
“You need to stay humble. You need to focus on today and tomorrow and don’t look too far into the future.
“The money in football, that’s just how it is nowadays. It’s absolutely crazy.
“I don’t think any player is worth that amount of money but I’m also not going to talk myself down.
“I wasn’t too focused on that because I can only control what I can control."
Defender is Milan in demand
Chelsea have made Inter Milan's Milan Skrniar a priority signing for next summer, according to reports in Italy.
The Slovakian centre-back is out of contract at the San Siro at the end of the season, and would be available on a free transfer.
However, the Blues can expect competition across Europe for his signature from the likes of Real Madrid, Paris Saint-Germain and Tottenham.
Sad times? Bayern back Mane
The Bayern Munich board have publicly backed summer signing Sadio Mane despite his poor run of form in front of goal.
The Senegalese star's career in Germany got off to a flyer with five goals in his first six appearances for the Bavarians.
However, the strikes have dried up for the former Liverpool man with the Bundesliga giants stuttering, and it's now just one goal in the last seven matches.
Former Bayern ace and now director at the club, Hasan Salihamidzic said: “Sadio still needs a bit of time. He has to get used to the Bundesliga, but he will. I speak regularly with him.
"Sadio is one of the best players in the world, we will still have a lot of joy with him.”
Dejan doubtful for derby day
Tottenham’s Dejan Kulusevski is a major doubt for Saturday’s North London derby at Arsenal.
According to The Athletic, the forward has a suspected hamstring injury following two appearances for Sweden during the international break.
Kulusevski started both games for his country this past week, playing 83 minutes in the 4-1 defeat to Serbia and then the entire 90 in the home draw with Slovenia.
However, since returning to his club, the Swede is said to be struggling, and has now begun treatment.
The 22-year-old has been a key performer for Antonio Conte this term, scoring once and registering three assists in seven Premier League games.
Maguire missing for City visit
Harry Maguire could miss Sunday’s Manchester derby after picking up an injury on international duty.
The much-maligned Manchester United player suffered a muscle problem during England’s 3-3 thriller with Germany at Wembley.
The 29-year-old returned to Carrington the next day for treatment, but this weekend’s fixture is likely to come too soon for him to feature.
Club captain Maguire had lost his place in the Red Devils’ first team following the 4-0 defeat at Brentford last month.
However, Erik ten Hag has indicated that the centre-back remains an important player within the group, and provides significant squad depth.
England's women name November opponents
England are to play games against Japan and Norway in November as they prepare for next year's Women's World Cup.
Sarina Wiegman's European champions will take on their two opponents in Spain as part of a training camp.
The 2023 World Cup is due to take place in Australia and New Zealand, kicking off on July 20, 2023.
The current holders are the United States, who have won the last two competitions.
Fulham star fires way to fifty
Mitro's on fire – for club and country!
The Fulham forward took his red-hot form on to the international stage during this break, bagging four goals in two games.
Those Serbian strikes included a hat-trick in Saturday's 4-1 win over Sweden.
And his effort in Tuesday's 2-0 win over Erling Haaland's Norway took his tally for his country to 50 – bringing up the half-century in just 76 international matches
For context, it took Lionel Messi 107 games and Cristiano Ronaldo 114 to reach the same milestone.
The 28-year-old has six Premier League goals to his name this season, and has netted 27 times in his last 30 appearances for the Cottagers.
Not bad for someone who is supposedly Championship level.
New Devils deal for Dalot
Manchester United are preparing to offer Diogo Dalot a new contract in order to ward off interest from abroad, according to the Manchester Evening News.
The right-back has begun this season impressively, starting all eight games this season, subsequently making a problem position in Erik ten Hag's back four his own.
And the 23-year-old was on target twice for Portugal in Saturday's 4-0 win at Czech Republic, registering his first international goals.
The Red Devils have been linked with big-money moves for other right-backs this year, but Dalot's form is forcing those at the club to reconsider.
European giants Barcelona, Juventus, Atletico Madrid, AC Milan and Roma are all said to be monitoring the situation.
City midfielders on Barca radar
Premier League champions Manchester City are planning showdown talks with Bernardo Silva to secure his long-term future.
The Spanish international is described by The Mail as 'unsettled' at the Etihad Stadium, having considered leaving the club in each of the past two summers.
Barcelona pushed hard for the midfielder in the close-season with Xavi incredibly keen on the 28-year-old, but Pep Guardiola convinced him to stay put – for now.
Meanwhile, the LaLiga giants are also said to be interested in City's Ilkay Gundogan.
The 31-year-old has just nine months remaining on his current deal, and could be tempted by a big-money move to Spain.
Gunners to land January bargain
The Daily Express are reporting that Arsenal may finally land long-term transfer target Houssem Aouar in January – and at a knockdown price.
The Lyon midfielder is out of contract at the end of this season, and the Ligue 1 club know he could swan off in the summer on a free transfer.
Quoted as a £50m purchase two years ago, the Gunners were then unable to negotiate a deal for the French international.
Several Premier League clubs including Nottingham Forest and Fulham were linked with the 24-year-old in the summer, and were told he was available for as little as £12.6m with Lyon looking to cash in.
That figure is likely to be even less once the transfer window reopens.
Race for Jude hotting up
The battle to sign England starlet Jude Bellingham is sure to be a long and competitive one.
This week Real Madrid signalled their intention to land the teenage sensation, joining the likes of Manchester United, Manchester City, Liverpool and Chelsea in the race.
However, Fabrizio Romano warns that no decision on the 19-year-old midfielder’s future will be made ahead of the World Cup.
Instead, he states that Bellingham’s current club, Borussia Dortmund, are not feeling the pressure to enter into negotiations and will instead set a price tag in 2023.
Toon target Leicester ace Madison
Gareth Southgate may not be interested in James Maddison, but Newcastle United certainly are.
The Toon Army failed with a two bids for the Leicester playmaker in the summer, but are preparing another offer for when the transfer window opens in January, report The Times.
The midfielder has just over 18 months remaining on his current contract at the King Power – and the cash-strapped Foxes will have to consider cashing in.
Indeed, with time ticking away on his deal, the St James' Park outfit are confident of landing their man at a knockdown price.
Despite his club's appalling start to the season, Maddison has scored three goals and registered one assist in six appearances.
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Arsenal will rev up their hunt for Douglas Luiz, Christian Pulisic is ready to stay at Chelsea and Manchester United are being linked with two wingers.
The Gunners could land Aston Villa's Brazil midfielder Douglas Luiz in January after two failed bids in the summer.
That's partly due to concern over Thomas Partey's injury problems, which might keep him out of the leaders' home Prem derby with third-placed Spurs.
USA attacker Pulisic reportedly believes Graham Potter's appointment as Chelsea boss has boosted his chances of regular action – making a New Year's loan exit less likely.
And although United boss Erik ten Hag is thought to have a striker as his transfer priority, wideman Hirving Lozano and Cody Gakpo are in his sights.
Mexico star Lozano, who also interests Everton, Bayern Munich and RB Leipzig, is struggling for starts with Napoli.
And PSV could be willing to sell Holland ace Gakpo in January, with United leading the race ahead of Leeds.
Meanwhile, Atletico Madrid and Barcelona are said to be monitoring Red Devils' right-back Diogo Dalot.
However, the Portugal ace would prefer to extend his Old Trafford contract – IF he remains first choice for Ten Hag.
Lastly, Everton's £60million-rated wideman Anthony Gordon – targeted by Chelsea over the summer – is confident he can sneak into England's World Cup squad.
Rio slams racist abuse aimed at Richarlison
Manchester United legend Rio Ferdinand slammed the vile racist abuse directed at Tottenham star Richarlison while on international duty with Brazil.
The winger had a banana thrown at him by a yob from the stands during the Selecao’s 5-1 victory against Tunisia at Parc des Princes on Tuesday during their final game before the 2022 World Cup.
The 25-year-old had put his nation 2-1 up during the friendly game in Paris and was celebrating when the fruit was thrown at him.
Manchester United ace Fred then kicked the banana away with Richarlison appearing not to notice it until later.
Ferdinand took to Instagram where he released a clip condemning the “mad” incident.
Ronaldo career rated better than Messi's
Cristiano Ronaldo’s legendary career TRUMPS that of rival Lionel Messi – according to a survey of former footballers.
The global superstars have been the subject of comparison from footy fans for the best part of two decades.
Messi, 35, holds more individual accolades to his name, winning the Ballon d’Or seven times to Ronaldo’s five scoops of the prestigious award.
But a whopping two-thirds of ex-footballers reckon five-time Champions League winner Ronaldo, 37, has had a better career than his Argentine adversary.
In a poll recently conducted by The Athletic, a whopping 66 per cent of the former players quizzed picked Ronaldo when asked which of the pair had a better career.
That stat could stem from Ronaldo’s stints at multiple clubs during his career – an area he trumps Messi on.
The Portugal international has enjoyed two spells at Manchester United, a historic stint with Real Madrid and a trophy-filled stay with Juventus in addition to his humble beginnings at Sporting Lisbon.
Messi, meanwhile, remained loyal to Spanish giants Barcelona until the summer of 2021 when he joined French champions Paris Saint-Germain.
'Kane a better striker than Jesus'
Glen Johnson reckons Gabriel Jesus is a better all-round player than Harry Kane – but the England skipper is the finer striker.
Jesus’ table-topping Arsenal side host Kane’s third-placed Tottenham when Premier League action resumes on Saturday lunchtime.
And asked to compare the two, Johnson told SafeBettingSites: “I’m a fan of both but I have to go for Kane.
“I’m a big fan of Jesus, but Kane is a proper goalscorer.
“Jesus’ all around game is better, but if you’ve got a goalscoring opportunity to win the game then I think Kane is the man.”
Crash Gordon
Anthony Gordon claims he can gatecrash boss Gareth Southgate’s World Cup squad, writes TOM BARCLAY.
The £60million-rated Everton forward, 21, was one of the most sought-after players this summer, with Chelsea having two bids rejected for him.
Now Gordon has set his sights on being on the plane to Qatar — even if he admits himself it is a long shot.
The England Under-21 star said: “I’m one hundred per cent focused on making the World Cup squad.
“If it doesn’t happen, it doesn’t happen. It’s out of my control — but I’ll definitely give it my best try.
“To get there, I will need to score a lot of goals in the next couple of games. I’m ready for that challenge. I’m hopeful.
“If I didn’t have the ambition to play for England at the World Cup, then I would be a bit stupid.
“But I understand the squad is so good at the minute, that it’s going to be really tough to get in.”
'First big test for the Gunners'
Ex-Chelsea defender Glen Johnson believes Saturday’s top-three clash between Arsenal and Tottenham could be the classiest North London derby for many years.
The former England star told SafeBettingSites“Tottenham look great, Arsenal look great.
“Finally, we’ve got two good teams going into the North London derby!
“I literally have no idea how the game will play out because Arsenal surprised me, Tottenham look really solid.
“This game is probably the biggest 50/50 this season.
“This is the first big test for either North London clubs for Premier League title hopes. It This is their first big test, for both teams.”
Everton could lose Patterson for 5 weeks
Everton fear defender Nathan Patterson will be out for five weeks following an ankle injury suffered with Scotland.
The ex-Rangers right-back was forced off in last Wednesday's 3-0 Nations League win over Ukraine at Hampden Park.
Patterson, 20, a regular Toffees' starter this season, is certainly expected to miss the home clash against Manchester United on Sunday October 9 and at Tottenham six days later.
Everton also face Newcastle, Crystal Palace and Fulham later in October.
Chelsea target Gordon says player price tags are 'crazy'
Anthony Gordon reckons modern-day price tags like his own have gone “absolutely crazy,” writes TOM BARCLAY.
Chelsea had several bids turned down for the England Under-21 star this summer with Everton unwilling to sell their prized asset.
It came in a summer when the Blues splashed £62million on Brighton's Marc Cucurella and £70m on Wesley Fofana of Leicester.
While Gordon's fellow Young Lion Morgan Gibbs-White left Wolves for Nottingham Forest in a £42.5m deal.
Gordon himself is valued at around £60-70m but would never look in the mirror and arrogantly believe he is worth that eye-watering amount of dough.
The whizkid, 21, said: “I think the minute you do that, there’s only one way you’re going to go.
“You need to stay humble. You need to focus on today and tomorrow and don’t look too far into the future.
“The money in football, that’s just how it is nowadays. It’s absolutely crazy. Personally, I don’t think any player is worth that amount of money but I’m also not going to talk myself down.
“I wasn’t too focused on that because I can only control what I can control."
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