LIVERPOOL can afford to shell out for PSG wantaway Kylian Mbappe, according to reports.
Mbappe is said to be keen on a move away from Paris but would cost close to £175million.
Chelsea star Reece James looks set to miss just one game, the Blues clash with Aston Villa, following the injury he picked up against AC Milan in midweek.
Elsewhere, ex-Chelsea manager Thomas Tuchel would be open to becoming England boss.
The German is out of a job after being let go by the Blues earlier this season and is said to be looking to get back into management.
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Llack of respect
Chelsea legend Michael Ballack has slammed Todd Boehly’s first major decision as new owner, calling it “incomprehensible.”
Ballack has put new Boehly on blast for brutally sacking fellow German Thomas Tuchel just a few games into the season.
The ex-Germany international told Bild: “I was surprised by the sacking. For me it was incomprehensible when a coach is dismissed so quickly.
“Especially because Tuchel had such a great success like winning the Champions League. You can see that a new owner brings a new philosophy with a new understanding of ideas.
“Everyone has their own people they want to rely on, so they made the hard cut with the trainer. We have to see if it works in the long term. I believe that you have to approach such a successful and big club carefully.
“Chelsea doesn’t need any upheaval. Boehly is doing it differently now with his elbow mentality”
Aub guns blazing
Arsenal boss Mikel Arteta has hit back at criticism levelled at him by Chelsea star Pierre-Emerick Aubameyang.
Shortly after his move to Barcelona from the Gunners in January, Aubameyang was filmed saying: “Big characters and big players…he [Arteta] can’t deal with it. He needs some young players who don’t say anything. They listen.”
But it seems to have left Arteta unfazed with the Spanish tactician aiming a thinly veiled dig towards the Gabon international.
Arteta said: “People are free to discuss what they want.
“I have never been in a better dressing room [than this season] – more enjoyable, more hard-working, a better relationship between staff and players and it is an absolute pleasure as a coach to be a part of this group”
Chelsea's Kon artist
Chelsea are keen to sign RB Leipzig star Konrad Laimer next summer in a triple raid of the club.
The Blues have agreed to pay Christopher Nkunku's £53million release clause with the attacking midfielder undergoing a secret medical last month.
The West Londoners are also eyeing Josko Gvardiol having bid £80m for the defender during the summer.
According to Bild, Chelsea are now hunting a third Leipzig star in an almost unprecedented raid.
They claim that the Blues are eager to sign Laimer on a free transfer at the end of the season.
The midfielder is set to be out of contract at the end of the season and has no desire to sign an extension
All bar none
Manchester United legend Cristiano Ronaldo's agent Jorge Mendes has been spotted meeting Barcelona chiefs at a restaurant in the city.
Barcelona club president Joan Laporta and sporting director Mateu Alemany met with Menses in Catalonia.
Reporter Gerard Romero shared footage of the pair separately entering a restaurant.
Ronaldo's hot shot agent was also spotted heading into the eatery.
However, the men are said to have chatted about a possible return of Nico Gonzalez – who is on loan at LaLiga rivals Valencia.
But it is more than possible, Ronaldo and Silva were topics of that conversation too
Kant believe it
Chelsea star N'Golo Kante has suffered an injury setback and is due to be out for the next five games.
Kante, 31, will also now be a potential doubt for the 2022 World Cup in Qatar, starting November 20.
According to L'Equipe, the midfielder has relapsed from his hamstring injury.
France manager Didier Deschamps is due to name his squad for the Qatar showcase in just under three weeks.
The France international last played in mid-August, limping out of the 2-2 draw on August 14 against Tottenham.
Chelsea fans were hoping to have the ex-Leicester star back soon after he was training with the first team again
New deal for Xhaka
Arsenal ace Granit Xhaka has resurrected his Emirates career in recent months, and could yet complete a miraculous transformation by signing a lucrative new deal.
Xhaka's time in North London looked up when he fell out with furious Gunners fans after shunning the captain’s armband back in February.
A summer transfer move to Roma was even on the cards until a last minute change of heart.
But now the Switzerland international is prospering at the heart of the Premier League leader’s midfield, acting as the perfect example for the squad’s younger players.
According to report Pete O’Rourke, Arsenal will reward Xhaka by beginning talks over a new deal following the player’s involvement at the World Cup
Ten Hag keen on Toney
Manchester United are eyeing Brentford star Ivan Toney if Cristiano Ronaldo leaves the club.
Toney has registered six Premier League goals in nine appearances so far this season.
And the centre-forward's superb form earned him an England call-up for last month’s Nations League games against Italy and Germany.
The 26-year-old is under contract with the Bees until 2025, with the club hoping they can keep him by offering a new £100,000-a-week contract
Reece James boost
Chelsea and England have received some good news regarding Reece James' fitness.
Reports suggest James will only miss one match, having limped off in discomfort during Tuesday's Champions League encounter with AC Milan.
There were fears in the aftermath of the San Siro contest that the right-back would face a fitness battle in order to be ready for next month's 2022 World Cup in Qatar.
But the Evening Standard claim that the 22-year-old is only certain to miss this weekend's Premier League clash with Aston Villa, and will be back in contention for the midweek trip to Brentford
Liverpool find cash for Mbappe
Liverpool CAN afford the mega £175million to sign Paris Saint-Germain wantaway superstar Kylian Mbappe in January.
Mbappe, 22, is said to want to leave his hometown club as soon as possible.
And Marca report that the Reds have the financial clout to land the star striker.
Meanwhile, football finance expert Kieran Maguire also reckons the Merseysiders would easily comply with the Fair Play restrictions
Tuchel 'open to England job'
Ex-Chelsea manager Thomas Tuchel would be open to taking the England manager's job.
Tuchel was suddenly sacked by the Blues' new owners in September and replaced by Graham Potter.
But after a month out of the game, Bild report the German tactician 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 as he is 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
Good morning, football fans
It was a good night for English sides in Europe as Arsenal, Manchester United and West Ham each won their ties – all by a narrow one-goal margin.
While the Gunners and the Red Devils still have work to do in the Europa League, victory for the Hammers has sealed their progression to the knockout stages of the Europa Conference League.
And there was further good news for fans of English football with the revelation that Reece James will be fit for the World Cup.
The Chelsea right-back limped out of his side’s match with AC Milan on Tuesday, but is now expected to return to training next week.
However, the outlook for his Stamford Bridge colleague N’Golo Kante is less promising.
The midfielder has suffered a setback in his recovery from a hamstring injury, and is expected to miss another five weeks, putting him at serious risk of missing out on being part of Didier Deschamps’ French squad.
Meanwhile, in the women’s game, Blues boss Emma Hayes has revealed she faces time away from the dugout after undergoing an emergency hysterectomy.
The 45-year-old has explained the need to put her health first, and thanked the club for their understanding, and her doctors for their care.
Another club in need of a new boss are Wolverhampton Wanderers, and they could turn to a familiar face.
After Julen Lopetegui rejected the job at Molineux, Wolves are said to be considering former manager Nuno Espirito Santo.
The Portuguese coach managed the Old Gold for four years before departing at the end of the 2020-2021 season.
Finally, Frenkie de Jong is said to be unhappy at Barcelona due to a lack of playing time – let the transfer saga recommence!
Scholes surprised by scoring exploits
Paul Scholes says he never would have expected Cristiano Ronaldo to go on to score 700 goals after judging the youngster that first arrived at Old Trafford in 2003.
The former Manchester United star was discussing the Portuguese forward’s goalscoring exploits with Owen Hargreaves on BT Sport ahead of tonight’s clash with Omonia Nicosia.
“I knew him as a young player when he first came over from Sporting Lisbon, and he was a little bit flash, a little bit cocky with all the skills,” remarked Scholes.
“But he soon learnt that he had to start producing goals, making goals, scoring goals.
“I never thought he would go on to score 700 goals. I never really saw that as a young player, but what he did for the next few years at Manchester United, and then so successfully at Real Madrid in Spain, he is a sensational footballer.
“He became a centre-forward when he went to Real Madrid, he never really played that position here. He was a wide player that didn’t really run back so people had to sacrifice themselves for that, and that’s why he scored so many goals.
“But to then turn himself into a number nine, a target man really, and his finishing is just brilliant.”
Kante's suffers World Cup blow
N'Kolo Kante's hopes of going to the World Cup are in real doubt this evening after it emerged that the midfielder had suffered a setback in his recovery from a hamstring injury.
L'Equipe report that the Chelsea man's relapse is expected to keep him out for at least the rest of October.
Les Bleus coach Didier Deschamps is required to name his World Cup squad by November 9, giving the 31-year-old very little time to prove his fitness.
Kante has been out of action since starting Chelsea's 2-2 draw with Tottenham in the middle of August.
Brentford keeper suffers freak injury
Brentford goalkeeper Thomas Strakosha faces a fortnight on the treatment table after saving a penalty.
The Albanian international reacted superbly to stop Kristoffer Ajer's spotkick in training, but hurt himself in the process.
Manager Thomas Frank explained the incident at his Thursday press conference, saying: "He made an unbelievable penalty save and was very unfortunate to get injured with an ankle ligament injury so he’s out for two weeks."
Strakosha joined the Bees on a free transfer in the summer following the expiry of his contract with Lazio.
Southampton's Shields to join Blues
Todd Boehly's restructuring of Chelsea will continue with the appointment of Joe Shields as co-director of recruitment and talent.
The 35-year-old is currently Southampton's head of recruitment, a role he's held for just three months after leaving Manchester City.
The Saints are said to be furious at the development, and have subsequently put Shields on gardening leave, telling him to stay away from the club.
Chelsea, meanwhile, also hope to bring in RB Leipzig’s former technical director, Christopher Vivell, and have spoken to Stuart Webber, Norwich's current technical director.
Hargreaves: Ronaldo is a phenomenon
Cristiano Ronaldo has been labelled 'a phenomenon' by his former Manchester United teammate Owen Hargreaves.
The ex-England international, now BT Sport pundit, was full of praise for the Portuguese legend after he scored the 700th goal of his club career at Everton on Sunday.
"The numbers are ridiculous. The guy is just a phenomenon," Hargreaves said as he reminisced with Paul Scholes.
"In the team we had [at Manchester United], there were a lot of great players, but he was the difference maker. We had Scholesy, a genius footballer, we had Giggsy, we had David Beckham, we had all these guys.
"But Cristiano is six foot one, he's quick with both feet, he can jump, he can do virtually everything.
"I don't think he would have envisaged scoring 700 goals. He had all these amazing skills, but then he figured out to specialise in goalscoring.
"For us, he was the best player in the world and won the Ballon d'Or, but went to Real Madrid and, all of a sudden, he turned goalscoring into looking like the easiest thing. He scored 50-60 a season! 700 goals, that's 35-a-season for 20 years!"
Hand of God ball to auction
The ball used for Diego Maradona's infamous Hand of God goal is set to earn the referee who allowed it £3m at auction.
Maradona scored arguably the most controversial goal in football history at the 1986 World Cup against England when he punched the ball into the net after going up for a challenge with Peter Shilton.
The referee Ali Bin Nasser, who met with the late Maradona years later, and his linesman never saw the obvious handball that helped Argentina beat the Three Lions 2-1 and make it through to the semi-finals before winning the World Cup.
According to the Daily Mail, the match official is set to rake in the dosh over one of the most historic errors in football as the matchball of that game will go under the hammer in the UK next month.
The Tunisian is selling the ball with Graham Budd Auctions on November 16 with bids expected to come in at around £2.5m-£3m.
He claims he wants to share this big 'part of international football history' and insists to this day that he didn't see Maradona's handball.
Bruno a big hit at Toon
Newcastle United have no plans to sell Bruno Guimaraes despite the midfielder taking the Premier League by storm.
The performances of the Brazilian since arriving in England has made the biggest clubs in Europe sit up and take note, but the Magpies insist he is at St James' Park to stay – and win.
"Absolutely do I not want to sell Bruno!", new sporting director Dan Ashworth tells Craig Hope of the Daily Mail.
"He is a top player and a really important part of this journey."
The 24-year-old arrived in the north-east for £40m back in January, and has produced seven goals and two assists in 24 appearances for Newcastle since.
New deal for rejuvenated Xhaka
Granit Xhaka has resurrected his Arsenal career around in recent months, and could yet complete a miraculous transformation by signing a lucrative new contract.
The midfielder’s time at the Emirates looked up when he fell out with furious fans after shunning the captain’s armband back in February.
A summer move to Jose Mourinho’s Roma was even on the cards until a last minute change of heart.
But now the Swiss international is prospering at the heart of the league leader’s midfield, acting as the perfect example for the squad’s younger players.
According to journalist Pete O’Rourke, the Gunners will reward Xhaka by beginning talks over a new deal following the player’s involvement at the World Cup.
De Jong unhappy at Barca
What a difference a few months can make (and not to mention a shambolic Champions League campaign).
According to reports in Spain, Manchester United target Frenkie de Jong is unhappy with life at Barcelona.
The Dutchman was the subject of a drawn-out transfer saga over the summer when the Red Devils were desperate to make him their statement signing.
However, the 25-year-old insisted his preference was to remain at the Nou Camp despite the LaLiga giants keen to move him on to balance their books.
Sport believe that De Jong is now disillusioned in Catalonia as he continually finds himself on the fringes of Barca’s biggest games.
It has been suggested that United could resurrect their interest in the player when the transfer window opens in January.
Timely James boost for Blues
Good news for Chelsea – and England!
Reports surfacing this afternoon suggest that Reece James will only miss one match, having limped off in discomfort during Tuesday's Champions League encounter with AC Milan.
There were fears in the aftermath of the San Siro contest that the right-back would face a fitness battle in order to be ready for next month's World Cup.
However, the Evening Standard believe that the 22-year-old is only certain to miss this weekend's Premier League clash with Aston Villa, and will be back in contention for the midweek trip to Brentford.
Toffees talks for in-form Iwobi
Everton have begun negotiations with Alex Iwobi over a new contract at Goodison Park.
The Nigerian still has 18 months to run on his current deal with the Merseyside club, but Frank Lampard is keen to tie him down while he is playing the best football of his career.
The former Arsenal man has created 18 chances for Everton this season, and last week scored a screamer against Manchester United.
Iwobi's upturn in form has been credited to Lampard, who has shifted the 26-year-old from an inconsistent winger to a rampaging central midfielder.
Nuno linked with Molineux return
Manager-less Wolverhampton Wanderers could turn to former boss Nuno Espirito Santo after being rejected by Julen Lopetegui.
According to the Mail, the Portuguese gaffer is interested in returning to top-level European football.
The 48-year-old has been managing in Saudi Arabia with At-Ittihad for the past three months, but would be tempted back by the Black Country club that he led between 2017 and 2021.
After four successful years, Santo bid an emotional goodbye to Molineux, and eventually took over at Tottenham – but his time in London quickly turned sour.
Reports suggest that Wolves will soon talk to their former coach after hitting a brick wall in their managerial search.
Arteta salutes ‘phenomenal’ dressing room
Smells like team spirit.
Arsenal manager Mikel Arteta has praised the atmosphere among his squad as they prepare for four days in which they will hope to cement their place at the top of both the Premier League and their Europa League group.
And when asked about the mood in the camp, the Spaniard simply replied: “Phenomenal.”
“I have never been in a better dressing room,” he continued.
“[It’s] more enjoyable, more hardworking, [there are] better relationships with the staff to players and it’s an absolute pleasure as a coach to be part of this group.”
Casemiro wants to keep learning
Casemiro arrived in the Premier League last month as one of the most decorated players in Europe – but the Brazilian has vowed to keep learning.
Even at the age of 30-years-old, the midfielder admits to reviewing all of his post-match statistics in order to analyse his game.
“I look at them a lot and I enjoy it,” Casemiro told the United Review, Manchester United’s official programme.
“I think I watch through my games three or four times over. Yes, it’s the way you learn and develop by correcting errors. I think it’s key to continue evolving in football.
“I watch a lot of football. I love it. My wife gets a bit annoyed, as there is only football on at home! Football is my passion, it’s my soul and I believe that’s been the key to my success. I love football. I love watching football.”
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