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  • September 29, 2022

TOTTENHAM HOTSPUR are set to finally complete the signing of Dejan Kulusevski for £31million this summer according to reports.
Kulusevski, 22 joined Spurs in January following an 18-month loan deal with Juventus.
But the winger has shun in North London and according to transfer guru Fabrizio Romano, Tottenham will offer Kulusevski a contract once the season has concluded.
Meanwhile, Cristiano Ronaldo was reportedly offered to AC Milan by agent Jorge Mendes while trying to push through Rafael Leao's deal to Chelsea.
Ronaldo was desperate to leave United in the summer but his agent failed to materialise a move for the Portuguese legend.
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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."
Ronaldo sister slams his 'sick, ungrateful' critics
Cristiano Ronaldo's sister Katia Aveiro has leapt to his defence after he was slammed by Portugal fans following the 1-0 loss to Spain.
The defeat meant Portugal lost their place at the top of Nations League Group A2 with Spain instead qualifying for the final four.
Supporters were quick to criticise Ronaldo after the match with some questioning whether he should still be picked.
But Katia rejected the backlash and accused the fans of being cruel and ungrateful while claiming Ronaldo receives little support and is still the "best player in the world".
She wrote on Instagram: "He has his family and those who love him by his side. They will always be by his side, no matter what.
"But the current times don't surprise me at all. The Portuguese spit on the plate they eat [from], it has always been that way.
"That's why when someone appears from the ashes and changes mentalities, it bothers… With you always, my king. Calm down.
"It is necessary to give a hand to those who have always given theirs to Portugal. But the Portuguese are sick, petty, soulless, stupid, ungrateful and forever ungrateful. This guy who's sitting, he's on his knees… There's no one to give him a hand.
"It is cruel. And it was already so much, but so much that he gave and gives. The one sitting is called Cristiano Ronaldo and he is just the best player in the world."
Most ex-players rate Ron over Messi
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.
Gunners could loan Balogun to Reims for ANOTHER season
Arsenal could extend Folarin Balogun’s contract and renew his loan with Reims.
Jeunes Footeux say Emirates boss Mikel Arteta is closely monitoring the England Under-21 striker and has already decided he wants to keep him.
But the French outlet believe the Gunners believe the 21-year-old would benefit from another term at Reims – if he remains in form and they stay in the top flight.
Balogun has already hit five goals as Ligue 1's joint-fourth top scorer this term.
In April 2021 he signed a new four-year Arsenal contract.
'Utd could pip Leeds to Gakpo'
PSV Eindhoven winger Cody Gakpo could join Manchester United rather than Leeds in the summer.
That's the verdict of transfer expert Fabrizio Romano, who says the Holland star has remained on the radar of Old Trafford chief Erik ten Hag.
Roman told CaughtOffside that United could now leap back over Leeds in the hunt for the 23-year-old.
Elland Road boss Jesse Marsch reportedly bid £43million on deadline day for Gakpo.
But Romano believes the Eindhoven-born ace could be even more in demand if he shines at the World Cup this winter.
Ched secretly married his girlfriend
Preston striker Ched Evans has secretly married his girlfriend Natasha Massey – the woman who stood by him during his rape trial.
The 13-cap Welshman, 33, tied the knot in a lavish ceremony this summer to the beauty therapist, 32.
Evans was found guilty of raping a 19-year-old woman in 2012 – a verdict which was later overturned before he was found not guilty in a retrial.
Natasha had been dating the ex-Sheffield United player for almost three years when he cheated on her with the teenager at a Premier Inn in Rhyl, North Wales, which left her heartbroken.
The daughter of wealthy businessman Karl Massey wore a lace bodice dress for her wedding day and beamed as she posed with her footballer husband who was pictured in a tuxedo.
A source said: “Natasha has stood by Ched through thick and thin and their wedding day showed that they have firmly put the past behind them.
“The couple couldn’t wipe the smile off their faces as they said ‘I Do’ in front of their closest family and friends.“
Arsenal battling for fifth with Man Utd, says Barnes
John Barnes reckons that Arsenal will be lucky to claim the final Champions League spot this season.
Despite the Gunners hot start, the former England international reckons the league leaders will end up “between fourth and sixth”.
The 58-year-old spoke to BonusCodeBets and said: “Arsenal needed a centre-forward and that’s Jesus’ position. He’s young and it’s a great signing for Arsenal.
“He’s scored seven goals this pre-season so he’s definitely hit the ground running and of course, Arteta would have known him from Man City, he would have known the type of player he was, it’s an excellent signing. 
“I know my top two will be Liverpool and Man City but my next two will be Chelsea and Tottenham. In what order, I don’t know.
“Arsenal will finish between four and six, quite possibly the top four. I think after that, it’s between them and Manchester United.
“Arsenal will finish around fourth, fifth or sixth, it’ll be around there.”
Why I didn't let Danilo join Gunners
Palmeiras president Leila Pereira claims he'd never have let Arsenal target Danilo leave in the last transfer window.
The Gunners reportedly offered £20million for the uncapped Brazilian – one of several midfielders linked to the Emirates over the summer.
Atletico Madrid, Benfica and Lyon were also thought to be keen on the 21-year-old.
But Pereira said: "Regarding Danilo, I said he wasn’t going to leave and he didn’t.
“I’ll tell you – players of this size, important in the history of Palmeiras, I don’t make decisions alone.
"I always consult our coach, coaching staff. If my coach says he can’t lose the player under any circumstances, he doesn’t leave.”
But the Gunners are still tipped by many to come back in for Danilo.
And Pereira admitted an "offer too good to refuse" could eventually lure him away.
But Danilo is said to have a release clause of 100million euros – about £86m.
Kane vs Jesus so close
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."
Jesus and Saliba key for Gunners' title dream
Jamie Carragher believes signing Gabriel Jesus and promoting William Saliba have made Arsenal "a lot closer" to title winners.
Ex-Liverpool hero Carragher also hailed manager Mikel Arteta's progress, including striker Jesus' arrival from Manchester City and centre-back Saliba suddenly earning a regular start.
Carra told talkSPORT: "If you actually watched Arsenal this season, you'd never seen them before. I mean, they do look like they could be title contenders.
"I've always been a huge fan of Mikel Arteta, really like how brave he's been – certainly last season – in blooding all these young players.
"Now, they're 12 months older but [with] the signing of Jesus and Saliba coming in at the back, [it] almost feels like it's completely changed the whole aspect of Arsenal right now.
"I think they could be a lot closer [to winning the league] than, you know, people give them credit for."
Osimhen could be out of reach in Utd's striker hunt
Manchester United are tipped to make a new striker their transfer priority – but are rated unlikely to land Victor Osimhen.
Napoli's Nigeria star has long been linked with United.
But transfer guru Fabrizio Romano reckons Erik ten Hag has little chance of signing Napoli – unless the Red Devils bid 100million euros (around £86m).
Romano wrote on his blog: “A new striker will be one of the top targets for Manchester United in 2023.
"It was a priority for summer 2022 but Ten Hag wanted to invest big money on Antony and this is why the plan changed, so Manchester United will consider the opportunities in 2023.
“Rumours of Victor Osimhen are not confirmed as Napoli have no intention to sell him, unless they receive an official bid of more than €100m so it looks extremely unlikely.
"It’s still an open situation for Man United… (they) will take time before deciding on the next big investment.”
Saka and Mount might be best as super-subs
Bukayo Saka and Mason Mount might be best as impact subs.
That's the view of ex-Chelsea defender Glen Johnson as under-fire England boss Garth Southgate ponders his line up for the World Cup opener against Iran in Qatar on November 21.
Arsenal wideman Saka was named the Three Lions' player of the year and Chelsea playmaker Mount has been one of Southgate's most reliable regulars.
Former England ace Johnson told SafeBettingSites: "Some players have impact from the bench and they're great at doing it.
"But just because they come off the bench and perform it doesn't mean they would have performed like that if they started the whole game.
"I think subs are just as important, because when the starting 11 isn't playing well, you need people that can come on and have an impact and change the game.
"It's a tough one but at the same time, if people aren't firing and your subs are coming off the bench and putting in a good performance, then of course that's going to be in your mind to give that certain person more minutes."
Chelsea delay recruiting new transfer guru
Chelsea are set to delay plans to recruit a transfer guru until after the World Cup.
Chairman Todd Boehly and right-hand man Behdad Eghbali are scouring the globe for a sporting director to help buy the biggest names and source up-and-coming talent.
The two Americans had hoped to get a new person before November’s finals in Qatar which is a huge showcase for players.
But after a potential move for Red Bull Salzburg’s Christoph Freund failed to happen, Boehly is prepared to take his time with the appointment. Bayer Leverkusen’s Tim Steidten is another linked with a move to the Blues.
But Chelsea are looking at many candidates and finding the right person is the priority above getting somebody in quick.
Blues boss Graham Potter is assisting with the recruitment process. Boehly is also looking to take on a technical director to help Potter on a more nuts and bolts level.
Lead physio Thierry Laurent was relieved of his duties after 17 years at the club on Tuesday as part of a shake-up. On the playing front, Chelsea are optimistic that their France midfielder N’Golo Kante will be fit to play for his country at the World Cup.
'AC had last-minute Cristiano chance'
Manchester United ace Cristiano Ronaldo was offered to AC Milan in a late summer transfer, according to reports.
Five-time Ballon d’Or winner Ronaldo, 37, communicated his desire to leave Old Trafford after United failed to qualify for the Champions League last term.
Instead, United had to settle for a sixth-placed finish and Europa League football.
Ronaldo’s agent, Jorge Mendes, held talks with a number of top Champions League clubs.
But none decided to follow up with an official move for the 816-goal man.
It has been revealed, though, that Serie A champions AC Milan were offered Ronaldo late on by Mendes, journalist Gianluca di Marzio has reported via mbn.com.
Mendes had desperately tried to engineer a move for Ronaldo’s compatriot Rafael Leao to Paris Saint-Germain or Chelsea, so that there could be room for the football icon at the San Siro.
Finally… a top-class North London derby
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."
Cantona and son net in same game
Manchester United legend Eric Cantona and his son Emir both scored in a French charity match that featured legends such as Fabian Barthez and Djibril Cisse.
The Frenchman, 56, got on the scoresheet with a good headed finish.
His 13-year-old son then followed up with a goal after his 56-year-old father netted.
Cantona is among the Premier League‘s most revered legends and had several defining career moments while at Manchester United.
Among his most infamous moments include his impish chip against Sunderland, his cryptic quote about seagulls and trawlers, and his kung-fu kick into a Crystal Palace fan in 1995.
There was nothing quite so dramatic on show at the charity game but the Cantona name was still heavily involved.
Facundo faces crunch time
Manchester United right-winger Facundo Pellistri could be loaned out in January if he fails to get much game time before then.
The 20-year-old has impressed for Uruguay but Antony, Jadon Sancho and Anthony Elanga are ahead of him in Erik ten Hag’s wideman options at Old Trafford.
Red Devils linked to Lozano
Manchester United are being linked with Napoli winger Hirving Lozano.
The 59-cap Mexico star, 27, is thought to be unhappy at Matteo Politano being preferred to him for the Italian giants.
And the Mexican edition of Marca claims United, Everton, Bayern Munich and RB Leipzig are monitoring Lozano's situation.
Malacia shows off huge lion tattoo
Manchester United star Tyrell Malacia has revealed that he also has a huge lion tattoo covering his back like his compatriot Memphis Depay.
The 22-year-old full-back headed to Old Trafford from Feyenoord for an initial £12.9million this summer.
And after a rocky start by the Red Devils, he is now firmly finding his feet with a number of impressive displays.
Now Malacia, who shone in a new role for Holland at the weekend, has given his Instagram followers a glimpse of what is under the shirt as he showed off his incredible ink work.
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