Daily Roundup: Latest Football News Content Across Europe

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Italy

Sergej Milinkovic-Savic is set to sign a new contract with Lazio, and clubs around Europe will be interested. The midfielder was a Manchester United transfer target during the summer, and according to reports there will not be a release clause in the new contract. (Corriere dello Sport)

Napoli are looking for ways to fund a new stadium and backing from McDonald’s is an option. (Cronache di Napoli)

“I am the property of Roma,” says Daniele de Rossi, in an interview where he talks about the pressure of being a symbol of the club. “It is an enormous responsibility that you always carry on your shoulders. It means you have no choice,” he says. (Il Romanista)

Spain

Tottenham didn’t buy anyone this summer and they missed out on a potential star in 2014 too; it’s been revealed that they turned down the option to sign Real Madrid’s Marco Asensio. (Mundo Deportivo)

The managers have been talking about the proposal to play Girona vs Barcelona in the United States in January. “Miami? Everyone must play on the same pitches,” said Real Madrid boss Julen Lopetegui, while Barcelona coach Ernesto Valverde said “it’s still too early” to talk about it. (Spanish press)

Portugal

Liverpool are interested in Sporting Lisbon forward Gelson Dala. However, they’ll have to fight off Bayern Munich for the 22-year-old. (A Bola)

Rui Patricio may have moved to Wolves already, but Sporting Lisbon are still trying to resolve deals that were made this summer after several players terminated their contracts. The players, including Patricio, cited ‘just cause’ as reason to end their deals with the club, after masked fans attacked players and staff back in May following Sporting’s failure to qualify for the Champions League. (Record)

France

Jose Mourinho would like to bolster his attacking options by signing Argentine striker Mauro Icardi from Inter Milan. (Le 10 Sport)

Arsenal could be set to sign Lille forward Nicolas Pepe, who is valued at around £30m. The club have reportedly met with the 23-year-old’s representatives. (Le 10 Sport)

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Aston Villa Eager To Re-sign John Terry But Still Can’t Afford His Salary – Steve Bruce

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John Terry could not return to Aston Villa this season due to issues surrounding the player’s salary, according to manager Steve Bruce.

John Terry spent last season at Villa Park as the club fought their way to the Championship final in the search for promotion back into the Premier League, but the Villans eventually suffered a narrow defeat to Fulham at Wembley and were forced to try their luck once again this year.

Terry only had a one year contract at the club and is now a free agent. 

The Chelsea legend completed a medical with Spartak Moscow ahead of a surprise move to Russia, but the deal has since fallen through due to family reasons.

With the former England international still looking for a new club, Aston Villa manager Bruce had confirmed that the club are still interested in re-signing Terry this season, but the Championship will not be able to afford the defender’s £60k a week wages from last year.

“If all was right and we could afford John, we would have him back in a heartbeat,” Bruce said ahead of Aston Villa’s trip to Blackburn Rovers, quoted by the Birmingham Mail. “But we’re not in a position to offer him the salary that he was on last season.

“We certainly weren’t able to compete with the offer he had in Russia, either.”

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Full Transcript Of Maurizio Sarri Post-mach Press Conference After Chelsea’s Emphatic Victory Over Cardiff City

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Top of the league, is it unfair to say you can’t win the league?

 I cannot change my mind for one match. I think that at this moment Liverpool and Manchester City are another step than us. But I think we can improve. My target is to be the best team in England, but not in one month. Maybe one season, maybe a little more. But our target is this. But at the moment, I repeat, for me in my opinion Liverpool and Manchester City are better than us.”

Where do you think you can improve? 

“I think in this moment we are very dangerous in the offensive phase but we are not so solid as I want in the defensive phase. Today we knew that this opponent is very strong in the set-pieces but we were not ready to answer. We need to improve, but we are able to and can improve very quickly.”

Hazard the best player in the league?

“Maybe. I thought Hazard was one of the best players in Europe, but now I am changing my mind that he is the best. I think Hazard can improve more. I think that he can spend less energy than now at 50 or 60 metres to the opposite goal.”

How much did Giroud play in Hazard’s good game?

“I think Olivier has played very well without scoring, but very well for the match, I think.”

How is Hazard spending too much time away from the goal, defending? 

“No [not defending], when we have the ball in our half and he touches the ball five times or six times, so his actions it shows he spends a lot of energies, and can have more energy in the last 25 metres. I think he can score 30 or 35 goals.”

Satisfied with start?

“I am very happy because I thought the beginning for me has been very difficult. I have been lucky because I have good players, not just one, but good players, so I am lucky. I am very happy with my team, to be here and play in the Premier League.”

Easier for Hazard with Jorginho and Kovacic?

“I think he can do it, he can do it. I told him in the last two days because Eden only arrived two days ago. After the international teams I prefer to give the players one day off. I have spoken to him in the last two days, yesterday I told him for me he can score 40 goals. But spend less energy far from the goal and play in the last 25 metres.”

Worried about Kovacic injury?

“No. No. I spoke to the doctor a minute again and he said it was nothing serious.”

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Lukaku Scores, Matic Sees RED As Manchester United Hold On To Beat Watford

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Lukaku Scores, Matic Sees RED As Manchester United Hold On To Beat Watford

Manchester United battled their way to a 2-1 win at Vicarage Road on Saturday in a game where they displayed much more togetherness than previous matches.

Two first-half goals from Romelu Lukaku and Chris Smalling left the manager Jose Mourinho, his staff and his players elated, even the travelling army of United fans, with the general mood around the camp a far cry from what it was just a few weeks ago.

The second-half was all about the solidity of United’s rearguard action and pressure from Watford.

The pressure became evident as Nemanja Matic was being sent off following a series of fouls. United then needed a wonderful David de Gea’s late save to deny Christian Kabasele but they did  just hold out. 

United remain six points behind joint-leaders Chelsea and Liverpool – now the only teams boasting a 100 per-cent record as a result of United’s win – but the feel-good factor inside Mourinho’s camp is certainly much improved after an excellent win on Saturday.

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N’Golo Kante Reveals Other Clubs Were Interested In Signing Him This Summer

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Chelsea midfielder N’Golo Kante has revealed that other clubs were interested in signing him during the summer, but “there was no urge” to leave Stamford Bridge

Paris Saint-Germain are rumoured to have made contact with Chelsea regarding a big-money move for N’Golo Kante, but he was unwilling to force his way out of Stamford Bridge after being given assurances over his role in the side.

‘There was not a big desire on my side to go elsewhere after the World Cup,’ he said. ‘There was interest from other clubs, but after speaking with Chelsea, things were clear. ‘The club is counting on me and I feel good here. What was logical therefore was to stay at Chelsea.

‘There were some discussions with PSG. But after a discussion with Chelsea, I understood that what was most important was to feel good where I was. ‘I feel good at Chelsea. It is good for me to stay at Chelsea.’

 

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I Have A Good Relationship With Unai Emery – Mesut Ozil

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Mesut Ozil has reiterated that he remains “very happy to play for Arsenal” and insists that he has a “good relationship” with Gunners manager Unai Emery.

Unai Emery denied reports of a bust-up with Mesut Ozil after the German missed last month’s win over West Ham United through illness.

Making his 200th Gunners appearance, the 29-year-old scored what proved to be the decisive goal in Saturday’s 2-1 victory over Newcastle United.

“I am very happy to play for Arsenal and especially for the new coach,” Ozil told BBC Sport at full time.

“He knows what he wants and the team accepts that we have a good relationship. We score and we are happy, even the players that don’t play, we are all a team.”

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Floyd Mayweather Says He’s Set To Fight Manny Pacquiao This Year

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Floyd Mayweather Says He’s Set To Fight Manny Pacquiao This Year

Former world welterweight champion Floyd Mayweather on Saturday said he will face Manny Pacquiao later this year in a rematch of their 2015 superfight.

In a posting on Instagram, Mayweather said he will come out of retirement to fight Pacquiao, three years after scoring a comfortable points victory over the veteran Filipino.

“I’m coming back to fight Manny Pacquiao this year another 9 figure pay day on the way,” Mayweather wrote on Instagram. No further details were given.

A video accompanying the post showed Mayweather and Pacquiao talking to each other at an event but their exact exchange of words could not be heard clearly.

Mayweather earned an estimated $220 million from his first fight with Pacquiao, which finally took place after years of on-off negotiations.

Pacquiao earned around $100 million from the contest.

Mayweather retired later in 2015 after his 49th victory but returned to the ring last year for a lucrative victory over mixed martial arts star Conor McGregor.

The 41-year-old’s announcement on Saturday comes as Las Vegas prepared to stage the biggest fight of the year, the middleweight showdown between Gennady Golovkin and Saul “Canelo” Alvarez.

While Mayweather’s remarks on Saturday are the latest in a long line of mischievous social media postings hinting at a comeback. Speculation about a rematch with Pacquiao has rumbled for years.

Pacquiao, who claimed to have been hampered by an injured shoulder in his first fight with Mayweather, has long talked enthusiastically about a rematch.

“Mayweather? If he decides to go back to boxing then that is the time we are going to call the shots,” he said in July.

“I have the belt, so it’s up to him. If he wants to come back in boxing let’s do a second one.”

Pacquiao (60-7-2, 39 knockouts) made a return to the ring in July after a one-year absence, defeating Argentina’s Lucas Matthysse in the seventh round in Kuala Lumpur.

(AFP)

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Guardiola: Foden Is Ready For England

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Pep Guardiola has stated that Manchester City midfielder, Phil Foden is ready to play for England.

The youngster is a rising star in the Premier League, but only made five appearances last season.

Guardiola has also stated that Foden will get enough playing time this season to get a shot at the England shirt.

“No, no, I don’t feel the pressure about that,” he replied. “I feel the pressure to win the games. We do our best, I do my best.

“I think Phil is ready [for England]. If he wasn’t ready [for City], he wouldn’t be here. He’s ready and after − it’s the same case with Leroy [Sane] − he can compete with David [Silva], with Gundo [Ilkay Gundogan], with Kevin [De Bruyne] when he’s fit, with Dinho [Fernandinho], with the top players.

“If you see the big 10-20 clubs in Europe in all the competitions, you don’t see many people playing who are 18-19 years old, maybe one, two, three… but not too many.

“He’s special, his work ethic is excellent, he will have a lot of minutes this season and after that Gareth has his own decision.”

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Football Papers: All The Latest Football News And Transfer Gossips This Morning

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  • Manchester United are refusing to sell Anthony Martial because they would owe 50 per cent of the profits to Monaco.
  • Jose Mourinho admits he is in the dark over Paul Pogba’s future at Manchester United.
  • Newcastle manager Rafael Benitez insists he has no regrets about selling Aleksandar Mitrovic to Fulham.
  • Unai Emery is to limit his squad rotation as Arsenal prioritise the Europa League.
  • Pep Guardiola has told Gareth Southgate that Phil Foden is ready to play for England now.
  • Mauricio Pochettino has demanded his players must go for the ‘kill’ against Liverpool after Tottenham’s defeat at Watford.
  • West Ham’s Jack Wilshere will have tests on Tuesday to assess the damage to his left ankle.
  • Unai Emery has praised Newcastle manager Rafa Benitez as a pioneer and demands his Arsenal team must improve.
  • Neil Lennon has questioned if there is an agenda at play after Steven Gerrard escaped an SFA rap while Steve Clarke did not.
  • Cardiff manager Neil Warnock wants to leave Chelsea on Saturday having laid down a marker to take Ethan Ampadu on loan in January.
  • Zinedine Zidane has been backed to return to management by Real Madrid boss Julen Lopetegui amid speculation linking him with Manchester United.
  • Unai Emery insists Arsenal players must speak English in the dressing room.
  • Manuel Pellegrini has told his West Ham players to “trust” his attacking philosophy because he has been winning with it for 35 years.
  • Pep Guardiola has told Leroy Sane he must prove he has the hunger to win back his Manchester City place.
  • Marcos Rojo suffered an injury setback as he limped out of Manchester United Under 23’s fixture with Reading.

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Mourinho: Rashford Must Play Centre Forward For England

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Jose Mourinho believes Marcus Rashford can play the three roles in front, but must play in centre forward for England.

The Portuguese manager defended his use of the youngster in the wing role, even though he is out for this weekend’s clash.

However, Mourinho believes Rashford can only play centrally for England due to their style of play.

“To be in a system of four, to be a winger, it takes him a little bit out of his positions, but the way Manchester United plays is with three attacking players,” he said.

“When we play with three up top – because sometimes we also play with two – our three attacking players are not wingers. They’re not wide or open all the time.

“They have the freedom to come and play in between positions, and any one of the three positions is a good position for him.”

Mourinho said Rashford had to be used centrally by England due to Gareth Southgate’s system.

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Pochettino: Tottenham Must Be Agressive Against Liverpool

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Mauricio Pochettino has challenged his Tottenham players to be aggressive against Liverpool, as he fears a loss means a problem is afoot.

Tottenham won their first three games, before losing their match against Watford before the international break.

Pochettino said if the squad starts to crash, it means there is a problem with the squad.

“If Saturday we play in the same way … rather than take off players, I will be on the phone to say, ‘Houston, we have a problem’. Come on,” Pochettino told UK newspapers.

“If, against Liverpool at Wembley, you do not have the desire and the focus to play [there is something wrong]. It is not about playing well, it is about attitude and to say, ‘Hey, come on, we are aggressive and we try to win’.

“If you watch the Watford game again, you see we played so slow, so sloppy, from the beginning. It was like we thought, ‘OK, it is a nice afternoon in Watford, Elton John is in the stands’.”

He added: “To win games, we need to be focused for 95 minutes. If not, you always pay in football.”

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Mohamed Salah and Georginio Wijnaldum Were Not Jurgen Klopp First Choices At Liverpool, Journalist Reveals

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Liverpool manager Jurgen Klopp wanted two other players before opting to sign Mohamed Salah and Georginio Wijnaldum, according to journalist Kristian Walsh.

Wijnaldum joined Liverpool from Newcastle two summers ago, but it was Napoli star Piotr Zielinski who was Klopp’s chief target back then.

As for Mohamed Salah, the Egyptian set the Premier League alight upon his return, winning the Golden Boot at the end of his first season with Liverpool. However, Bayer Leverkusen’s Julian Brandt could have been the one to come in instead if Klopp had his way, per Walsh.

“Before Gini Wijnaldum, Piotr Zielinski was pursued, with Udinese proving curiously difficult to negotiate with,” he wrote in the ECHO.

“Zielinski has now established himself at Napoli, while Wijnaldum has become a key part of the Reds’ midfield. Last summer, Julian Brandt opted to remain at Bayer Leverkusen despite interest from Klopp, with Mohamed Salah arriving instead.

“It was a move which clearly paid dividends for Liverpool – but Brandt enjoyed a good season himself, ending with selection for the World Cup ahead of Leroy Sane.”

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Real Madrid Manager Julen Lopetegui Speaks On Real Madrid’s Interest In Hector Herrera

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Real Madrid manager Julen Lopetegui has played down reports that he is interested in signing Porto midfielder Hector Herrera.

Hector Herrera has made almost 200 appearances for Porto since a move from Pachuca in 2013.

His current deal will expire at the end of the season, however, and it is understood that he will move on a free transfer next summer.

Tottenham Hotspur and Arsenal are also interested in the midfielder’s service according to various reports, while reports in Spain had claimed that Madrid wanted to sign the Mexican ahead of the 2019-2020season.

Lopetegui, however, has branded the rumours “an invention”, with Los Blancos not in the hunt for the midfielder.

“The Hector Herrera rumours are just an invention. I wasn’t in Porto, I did go with my family on holidays, but I didn’t meet Hector,” Lopetegui told reporters.

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Harry Winks Like Xavi, Andres Iniesta – Mauricio Pochettino

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Tottenham manager Mauricio Pochettino has claimed that Harry Winks could be England’s ‘Xavi or Andres Iniesta’.

Harry Winks impressed for Tottenham in the early stages of the 17/18 season

The midfielder picked up an ankle injury in November, however, and eventually underwent surgery in May.

The 22-year-old has returned to the fold this season, appearing in Tottenham’s last three Premier League matches.

Pochettino has said that Winks “characteristics are perfect”, and has insisted that he could become “one of the best midfielders in England” if he continues to develop.

“His characteristics are perfect. When we talk about midfielders like [Spain greats] Xavi and Iniesta, he’s like this type of player. He has this capacity but he needs to take my words in a very positive way – he needs a lot of work,” he told reporters.

“I don’t want to praise him too much because if so his head [grows big]! His perception will be ‘wow!’ And the reality is he still needs to prove [himself].

“He has the possibility and the potential, of course, but now it is up to him and we go again: mentality. In his mind he is capable to learn about suffering: there never is enough training, always try to be better. Football must be his focus, not the business around football.

“Maybe [if he learns this] he will play at a very good level and be one of the best midfielders in England. If he wants to take my advice, take it. If people don’t want to take it, we cannot help. But of course his potential is to be a very, very good player for England and Tottenham. First for Tottenham and then, if England believe that he can help them, for England, too.”

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FIFA Task Force Proposes Huge Transfer Changes, Luxury Tax And Loan Limit

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A FIFA task force have suggested the use of an algorithm to calculate transfer fees as well as a luxury tax and a limit on the number of players who can be loaned in a report on possible reforms to the transfer system.

The report, which has been seen by Reuters, found multiple failings in the current system, saying among its many criticisms that it led to “various abuses at the expense of young players and the integrity of competitions.”

It said that an inflated transfer market was driving “unsavoury practices which may lead to the exploitation of players.”

In a section on the role of agents, the report added: “The transfer system appears to have turned into a speculative market. This is not fair to the football clubs or grassroots which are the foundation of the professional sport.”

FIFA president Gianni Infantino said after being elected in 2016 that transfer system reform was one of his priorities and he has since voiced his concern at spiralling transfer fees.

The report said “mechanisms to achieve transparency and objectivity” in the calculation of transfer fees should be considered.

It raised several ideas for putting the brakes on fees, including the use of an algorithm, or set of mathematical rules, to calculate the value of players.

The task force, set up by Infantino in November, said the Swiss-based CIES Football Observatory had already developed an algorithm to “estimate transfer values and probabilities in a scientific way.”

Another idea it put forward was to impose a luxury tax on excessive transfer spending and use the money raised to create a solidarity fund.

The report also recommended limiting the number of player loans a club could make in a season to between six and eight in and the same number out, with a maximum of three to or from the same club. It also said the loan system needed to have a clearly-defined purpose.

The report said the current setup “sometimes prevents young players from fully developing their talent,” adding that one unnamed club had loaned out 146 players between 2011 and 2017.

A limit on squad sizes was also proposed, the report saying that “the stockpiling and subsequent loaning of players, particularly young players, can be detrimental to their development due to the unsettling nature of being ‘on loan.’”

Regarding agents, it proposed a cap on fees and an end to the practice where the same agent can act for both clubs and the player in a single transaction.

It proposed the creation of a clearinghouse to process transfers, pay agents and redistribute training compensation, saying this would help prevent “fraudulent conduct and money laundering.”

 

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Marcos Rojo Suffers New Manchester United Injury Set Back

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Marcos Rojo’s hopes of returning to the Manchester United first team having suffered a huge blow when he limped out of his team’s Under-23 clash with Reading Under-23s on Friday night.

Marcos Rojo has not played since featuring for Argentina at the 2018 World Cup, he missed Manchester United’s pre-season preparations with a ‘physical problem’.

United boss Jose Mourinho confirmed during Friday’s press conference that he wanted Rojo to play the full 90 minutes for Manchester United’s Under-23s ahead of a potential first-team return.

Rojo, however, had to be replaced before the hour mark in the Premier League 2 fixture – which finished 1-1 – and looked uncomfortable as he headed straight down the tunnel with a United doctor.

Summer signing Diogo Dalot also featured on Friday night as the defender steps up his return from a knee problem.

The 19-year-old, a summer signing from Porto, could now be in line to travel with the senior team to Switzerland on Tuesday ahead of the Champions League tie with Young Boys on Wednesday.

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Daily Roundup: Latest Football News Content Across Europe

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Spain

For the second consecutive season, Barcelona’s wage bill will be higher than Real Madrid’s with this season’s war chest standing at €66m (£59m) more than their La Liga rivals. The club’s €632m (£563m) budget is also double what Atletico Madrid pay their players. (AS)

Real Madrid’s latest financial report suggests the club has €372m (£332m) available to spend but plans to renovate the Bernabeu to the tune of €575m (£513m) could severely limit the club’s power in the transfer market for the foreseeable future. (AS)

The president of Paris Saint-Germain, Nasser Al-Khelaifi, has admitted the constant transfer rumours linking Neymar to Real Madrid are “a bit frustrating”. Al-Khelaifi added: “On our side, we respect Real Madrid and its president, Florentino Perez, but I think it’s important for everyone not to work behind the scenes.” (Marca)

Barcelona’s Ivan Rakitic has played down the allure of PSG in the summer transfer window, stating “it did not take anything special” for him to reject any approach and stay at the Camp Nou. (Marca)

Italy

Roma are hoping to renegotiate the contracts of Manchester United target Kostas Manolas and Manchester City target Lorenzo Pellegrini to remove their current release clauses. As things stand, Manolas can leave the club for €36m (£32m) while Pellegrini’s price stands at just €30m. (La Roma 24)

PSG hoped to lure Sami Khedira to the Parc des Princes with a contract offer that would have doubled his salary and allowed him to work under compatriot Thomas Tuchel, yet the defensive midfielder opted to stay in Turin and sign a new contract with Juventus until 2021. (CalicoMercato)

Rafinha could be on his way back to Inter from Barcelona in January. The 25-year-old does not seem to feature in Ernesto Valverde’s plans and, with his contract set to run into its final year next summer, the Brazilian is hoping to return to Italy permanently in a deal worth around €25m (£22m). (CalcioMercato)

Cagliari midfielder Nicolo Barella is a target for AC Milan, however, the Rossoneri would not only have to fork over €40m for the 21-year-old and may face competition from their cross-city rivals Inter for his signature. (Corriere dello Sport)

France

Popular French football agent, Christophe Hutteau, has criticised PSG for not dealing with Adrien Rabiot’s contract situation sooner and has stated that if the midfielder’s current deal was not set to expire next summer he would be worth between €40-60m. (Le 10 Sport)

Germany

Former Borussia Dortmund forward Leonardo Bittencourt has stated he would prefer to play for Germany over Brazil if the offer ever arose. The 24-year-old has dual nationality and has yet to be capped at senior level by either nation. (Kicker)

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Daily Roundup: Latest Football News Content Across Europe

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Spain

For the second consecutive season, Barcelona’s wage bill will be higher than Real Madrid’s with this season’s war chest standing at €66m (£59m) more than their La Liga rivals. The club’s €632m (£563m) budget is also double what Atletico Madrid pay their players. (AS)

Real Madrid’s latest financial report suggests the club has €372m (£332m) available to spend but plans to renovate the Bernabeu to the tune of €575m (£513m) could severely limit the club’s power in the transfer market for the foreseeable future. (AS)

The president of Paris Saint-Germain, Nasser Al-Khelaifi, has admitted the constant transfer rumours linking Neymar to Real Madrid are “a bit frustrating”. Al-Khelaifi added: “On our side, we respect Real Madrid and its president, Florentino Perez, but I think it’s important for everyone not to work behind the scenes.” (Marca)

Barcelona’s Ivan Rakitic has played down the allure of PSG in the summer transfer window, stating “it did not take anything special” for him to reject any approach and stay at the Camp Nou. (Marca)

Italy

Roma are hoping to renegotiate the contracts of Manchester United target Kostas Manolas and Manchester City target Lorenzo Pellegrini to remove their current release clauses. As things stand, Manolas can leave the club for €36m (£32m) while Pellegrini’s price stands at just €30m. (La Roma 24)

PSG hoped to lure Sami Khedira to the Parc des Princes with a contract offer that would have doubled his salary and allowed him to work under compatriot Thomas Tuchel, yet the defensive midfielder opted to stay in Turin and sign a new contract with Juventus until 2021. (CalicoMercato)

Rafinha could be on his way back to Inter from Barcelona in January. The 25-year-old does not seem to feature in Ernesto Valverde’s plans and, with his contract set to run into its final year next summer, the Brazilian is hoping to return to Italy permanently in a deal worth around €25m (£22m). (CalcioMercato)

Cagliari midfielder Nicolo Barella is a target for AC Milan, however, the Rossoneri would not only have to fork over €40m for the 21-year-old and may face competition from their cross-city rivals Inter for his signature. (Corriere dello Sport)

France

Popular French football agent, Christophe Hutteau, has criticised PSG for not dealing with Adrien Rabiot’s contract situation sooner and has stated that if the midfielder’s current deal was not set to expire next summer he would be worth between €40-60m. (Le 10 Sport)

Germany

Former Borussia Dortmund forward Leonardo Bittencourt has stated he would prefer to play for Germany over Brazil if the offer ever arose. The 24-year-old has dual nationality and has yet to be capped at senior level by either nation. (Kicker)

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Liverpool Women manager Neil Redfearn Resigns After Heavy Defeat Vs Arsenal

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Liverpool Women manager Neil Redfearn has resigned after just one league game in charge.

The former Leeds United and Rotherham United boss took over at the side in July after spending last season Doncaster Belles and was in the dugout as the new WSL season began last Saturday.

That game – an away trip to Arsenal Women – ended in a crushing 5-0 defeat and just six days later, the Reds have confirmed his exit from the club.

A statement on the Liverpool website read: “The club would like to thank Neil for his work in rebuilding the squad ahead of the 2018-19 season and wish him the best of luck for the future.”

Former Liverpool, Sheffield Wednesday and England goalkeeper Chris Kirkland, 37, has been named as caretaker boss.

He will be assisted by Vicky Jepson, who was appointed as a first-team coach in August.

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Mnachester United Manager Jose Mourinho Blasts ‘Compulsive Liars’ In Defence Of Marcus Rashford

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Manchester United manager Jose Mourinho took aim at those questioning Marcus Rashford’s development

Here is what the Manchester United boss said when asked about  Marcus Rashford at the press conference previewing the trip to Watford.

Question: “Marcus is obviously banned for this weekend and the coming domestic games, but what did you make of his performances over the international break?”

Answer: “Speaking about Marcus, I think I can expect that Sunday I’m going to be highly criticised for not playing him tomorrow because some of the boys are really obsessed with me and some of them they have I think a problem with some compulsive lies.

“So, I can expect that Sunday some of them they will wake up in the morning and, as always, the first thing they think, that comes to their mind, is Jose Mourinho, so I can imagine on Sunday I am going to be criticised for not playing Marcus.

“But it is not my fault, he is suspended, so probably you should remind them that he is suspended, and he cannot play.

“Performances with England, of course, I’m happy.

“He played well, he competed well, he scored and especially in a period where he comes with some sadness after his suspension and it was very good that he did that.

“Ummm, if you don’t mind to lose a couple of minutes with me, I’m going to do something not for you but for the United fans because I think I hold myself to the United fans and for them, I am going to spend two minutes with you.

“On the season 16-17, Marcus Rashford played 32 Premier League matches, 11 Europa League matches, including the final, three FA Cup matches, six League Cup matches, including the final, and the Community Shield.

“He had 53 appearances but if you want to take to the minutes of play, he played 3,068 minutes and if you want to divide that by 90 minutes of the matches, he played 34.2 matches of 90 minutes on the 16-17.

“On the 17-18, he played 35 matches in the Premier League, eight in Champions League, five in FA Cup, including the final, three League Cup matches and the European Super Cup final.

“He played a total of 52 matches with 2,676 minutes. If you divide that by 90, it gives 29.7 matches.

“So, with me in two seasons, he had 105 appearances, 5,744 minutes, 63.7 matches of 90 minutes, including five finals, so the people that is speaking about his minutes I think they are a bit confused.

“Marcus Rashford is not Dominic Solanke, he’s not Ruben Loftus-Cheek, he’s not Dominic Calvert-Lewin.

“He’s Marcus Rashford, Manchester United player, with an incredible number of appearances and an incredible number of minutes played at the highest level in the best possible competitions.

“So, Manchester United supporters – for you and just for you – to know what we are doing with Marcus Rashford, Luke Shaw, Jesse Lingard, Scott McTominay, that’s what we are doing here.”

Question: “You or someone has done some research, it clearly irritates you that there is a perception about you…”

Answer: “It’s not a perception. You know some of the persons, everybody knows that they have double salaries.

“They work also for the clubs and when they work also for the clubs, of course, they are not independent and of course they conduct things in the direction they want to conduct things.

“That’s obvious and that’s human, and that’s natural. It’s not ethical but I accept, clearly.

“The ones that wake up in the morning and the first thing that comes into their mind is Jose Mourinho and Manchester United, I feel sorry for them because there are much more interesting things to wake up and to be happy in the morning (about) than to speak immediately about us and about football.

“But for the Manchester United supporters, I think it is important they have the right idea of how things are in reality.

“But the most important thing of all is that the kid is a good kid, the kid is a good player, he knows what Manchester United did for him.

“Starting in the academy, then Mr Van Gaal’s support, then my support and the club’s support, and the new contract and the new shirt, and being selected for every single match since I am here.

“Marcus Rashford was selected for every single match – he was never, never one day out of selection because of my decision, only if injured or, like in this, because he is suspended.

“He was never, never out of a selection, so he knows and that’s the most important thing.

“But, again, media is very important, and I think it’s very important the Manchester United supporters they know the truth.

“That’s why I’m going so specific about his numbers.”

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No €250m Release Clause For Kevin De Bruyne At Manchester City – Pep Guardiola

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Manchester City manager Pep Guardiola has clarified his previous comments relating to a potential release clause in the contract of Kevin De Bruyne.

Guardiola, speaking ahead of Saturday’s Premier League clash with Fulham, appeared to suggest that De Bruyne had a buy-out clause of around £223m inserted into his current deal.

However, he said that he was merely insisting that De Bruyne would not be sold for that amount, and is currently unaware of any release clause in the 27-year-old’s contract.

“The journalist asked if we’d sell for £223m and I said ‘no’. I don’t think he has a release clause in his contract,” Guardiola told reporters.

De Bruyne was named City’s Player of the Year as Guardiola claimed his first Premier League title last season, setting a new points record for the division along the way.

Having reached the semi-finals of the World Cup with Belgium over the summer, De Bruyne was eased back into action as a substitute for City’s opening weekend clash at Arsenal but suffered a knee ligament injury in training the following week.

 

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Mesut Ozil Should Keep His Starting Place Regardless Of His Performances – David Seaman

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Former Arsenal goalkeeper David Seaman believes Mesut Ozil should remain a regular starter for the club even if he doesn’t play well in every game because of his quality

Mesut Ozil has been a divisive figure among fans partly because of inconsistent performances and partly due to his negative body language during games.

After being named in Arsenal’s starting XI for their first Premier League game of the season – a 2-0 loss at home to Manchester City – Ozil was taken off in the second half of the 3-2 defeat at Chelsea in match-week two.

He was subsequently omitted from Arsenal’s squad against West Ham a week later amid reports of a training-ground bust-up with Emery,

Arsenal Manager Unai Emery Tells Mesut Ozil To Step Up His Performances

The retired German international then started against Cardiff before the international break, playing 84 minutes before being substituted off with Arsenal winning 3-2,

Seaman believes that such is Ozil’s ability to influence a game, the playmaker should remain an automatic pick for Emery regardless of performances. 

“If you don’t play well then you will get singled out. That’s the way it is,” Seaman exclusively told Standard Sport when asked if Ozil is unfairly criticised.

“He doesn’t play well every game. I think a lot of fans expect him to play well every game when it’s impossible.

“He’s a quality player, there’s no doubt about that. Sometimes people think he doesn’t care, but that’s just his style. He does care – a lot.

“And he’s still got great qualities so, for me, he stays in the Arsenal team no problem.”

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Report: Jose Mourinho Failed With Summer Bid For Leonardo Bonucci

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Manchester United boss Jose Mourinho reportedly failed in his attempt to sign Leonardo Bonucci during the summer transfer window.

The frustrated Jose Mourinho prioritised signing a centre-back during the off-season, only to miss out on several targets

United’s long-running pursuit of Harry Maguire was well known, as was their deadline-day approach for Diego Godin, but The Sun reports that another high-profile defender was also on Mourinho’s radar.

Bonucci instead returned to Juventus in a £31m transfer, though, a year after heading the opposite way, as United officials did not feel that he offered good value for money.

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Arsenal Manager Unai Emery Tells Mesut Ozil To Step Up His Performances

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Unai Emery has admitted that Mesut Ozil still has to improve and has called on the Arsenal midfielder to become more dominant in matches.

Speaking ahead of Arsenal’s trip to Newcastle United this weekend, Emery played down talk of a dispute with Mesut Ozil and insisted that he still has more to offer.

“I want to find with him the possibility to do the best, to make decisive passes, to do more near and in the box to score,” he told reporters. “He is working for the team to help us with his quality. But he is feeling like I am feeling.

“He can improve, he can do more. We will work, we will help him, give him the possibility on the pitch to be together, to find his qualities for us. He could feel different [after quitting Germany] but every day with us I look at him and he looks well and happy, working with our demands.

“He had a relaxing three days off at the weekend. Mesut works very well here. I look at him with the focus totally here. I have a very good relationship with Mesut and professionally I push him for improvements to give us the best in his qualities and performances.”

Arsenal face Newcastle at St. James’ Park on Saturday.

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READ: Full Transcript Of Maurizio Sarri Pre-match Press Conference Vs Cardiff City

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Team news…

“The best news is Fabregas. Fabregas now is very well. He’s training with the team during the week, so now he has only to improve his physical condition. I think that, in a few days or a week, he’ll be ready to play.

“So yesterday there were some problems with fever for Emerson and Zappacosta, and a little problem after the match with the national team for Loftus-Cheek, with the right tibia.

“I don’t know the situation today because I have to speak with the doctor. I don’t know if he’ll be able to play tomorrow – I’ll have to speak with the doctor and see the last training session.”

“I think that, at the moment, Fabregas can be available for the bench. But I want to speak to him. I think it’s maybe better to have two days of training.”

Could John Terry join your coaching staff?

“I don’t know… the last time I have spoken with him, he told me that he wants to play for another season. But I don’t know now the situation. I am talking about a week ago. I don’t know the situation. But Chelsea is his home, of course.”

So you would be open for him to come?

“Yes, of course. For sure, he will be a point of reference for me. For everybody here, I think.”

Is there a chance of it happening?

“I don’t know. He told me a lot of things, that he wants to play. I don’t know. I’d have to speak to him.”

Will you speak to Terry again, now he has turned down Spartak Moscow?

“No, it’s up to him. If he wants to play for another season, I think it’s right that he tries to play. But, if he wants to help us, I’m really very happy.”

Are you talking about bringing Terry back as a player or as a coach?

“I think in the coaching staff, I think. Because, as I said before, I want to give space to the young players. Fortunately, we have very strong young players: Loftus-Cheek, Hudson-Odoi, Ampadu… and I’d like to give them the right space.”

Why do you want him to be a coach here?

“Because, here, he’s a point of reference. Here is John Terry’s home. So he will be very important for everybody here. Only his presence.”

Would you ask him again next year?

“It’s up to him. It’s up to him. I am very open with him because he is the history of the club. He has won everything with the club, so it’s up to him.”

How impressed were you with Ethan Ampadu playing for Wales?

“I’m very happy for him. At the moment, for me, it’s not easy to give space to everyone. I have 28 players. But I hope, in the future, I think I will be able to give him space, to give a space to Hudson-Odoi, to Loftus-Cheek. They are very, very young and they are, for sure, the future of the club.”

What can he do to get into the side?

“In this first period, for me it was very important not to change especially the defensive line. But I hope in the future to be able to give space to everyone, even the defenders. In the first period, as you know, it’s very difficult to change the defensive line.”

What did you make of Neil Warnock’s comments over Tammy Abraham and Cardiff loan?

“I don’t know what to say. It was the player’s decision. Tammy, until two days before the deadline, wanted to stay here. On the last day there was an offer from Aston Villa and Tammy suddenly decided to go there. So I don’t know what to say about him.”

How has the international break been?

“I think it’s very difficult, very difficult for me and for every coach. I think also that FIFA has to change something for the national teams, because with four or five international breaks so long, it’s very difficult for us.

“Maybe the best thing to do is to put matches of the national teams at the end of the season.”

Did you go away?

“No, no, no. I stayed here all the time.”

Which teams can win the Premier League title?

“At the moment, I can answer Manchester City or Liverpool. At the moment.”

Can Chelsea?

“We need another step, I think, to be at the same level. I think so [that this season is too soon for Chelsea], I hope not. It’s very difficult to close a gap of 30 points at the beginning of the season. To close that gap in only one season is very difficult. But I think also we need to improve, and we can improve.”

How can you improve?

“Because my feeling is now we are not a very solid team in the defensive phase, of course. So I think we need to improve. And we can improve. My feeling during training is this team can improve.”

Cardiff a direct team…

“I think tomorrow will be a very difficult game because, mentally, the match after the break is always very difficult. Materially because we will play against a very physical team. So I think that, if we want to gain points, we need a very good performance tomorrow. It’s a difficult game for everybody to play against Cardiff, I think.”

Does it make it more difficult because people expect you to win?

“No, because, as I said, it’s very difficult materially. Tomorrow it’s very important for us to clear every ball, to play, to have a good distribution and good positions in the offensive phase, and to avoid counter-attacks. So, against a very physical team, a very aggressive side, I think it will be a very difficult test for us.”

Do you have any unusual fines? Watford have £100 per minute…

“I think it’s too much. £100 for every minute? That’s too much. As I said in every press conference, I think my players are professional.”

You father has told you to quit smoking, have you yet?

“At the moment, no. But my father told me to stop for the last 20 years, I think. He’s the only one who puts me in doubt, but unfortunately, at the moment, I am not able to stop.”

Would you like to stop?

“For one or two years, yes. No more. Then I’d like to start again.”

You said you would decide on full-time captain, has that been decided?

“No, no. I have my idea. I have decided, but I’d like to speak with the players before I tell you my decision. I’d like to space face to face to the club. At the moment, that’s not possible, so the captain is Azpilicueta. I’ll tell you the final decision after I have spoken to the players and the club.”

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