Football news LIVE: Reece James could MISS World Cup, Liverpool 'CAN afford £175m Mbappe', Tuchel 'open to England job' | The Sun

Football news LIVE: Reece James could MISS World Cup, Liverpool 'CAN afford £175m Mbappe', Tuchel 'open to England job' | The Sun

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 could MISS the World Cup with his knee injury from the AC Milan looking worse than expected.

A decision on whether James needs to have surgery will be made in the next 24-48 hours, according to reports.

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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  • Kostas Lianos

    Blues want Bell

    Chelsea have told Borussia Dortmund they are willing to pay over £87million to sign Jude Bellingham.

    The Blues have therefore appeared to have taken a shock lead in the race for his signature.

    The West Londoners are prepared to bid close to a whopping £90m to land Bellingham, according to Bild.

    But new owner Todd Boehly will face competition from the likes of Manchester United, Liverpool and Manchester City for his signature

    Credit: EPA
  • Kostas Lianos

    Made his Marc

    Arsenal, Manchester United and Tottenham are set to battle for Santos wonderkid Marcos Leonardo.

    Leonardo, 19, has been dubbed the “next Neymar” and is tipped for big things in Europe.

    The forward has registered a total of 11 goals in 28 Brazilian top-flight games this season.

    Arsenal, United and Spurs are all interested in the talented striker, according Calciomercato.

    Previous reports claimed the Brazil Under-20 international was on his way to Liverpool, but there are now multiple teams in the race for his signature

  • Kostas Lianos

    Arsenal target ‘next Haaland’

    Arsenal are keeping tabs on Nordsjaelland star Andreas Schjelderup, dubbed by some as the next Erling Haaland.

    According to Calciomercato, the Gunners are among a number of teams interested in Schjelderup, 18, who has registered 14 goals and five assists in 51 appearances.

    The forward has already registered eight goal contributions in just 12 appearances so far this season.

    The Norway youth international’s contract expires in 2024 and Nordsjaelland are said to be willing to accept a fee around £17.5million. 

    Reporter Dean Jones has said the young striker has “similar traits” to Manchester City superstar Haaland

  • Kostas Lianos

    Time to be Frenk

    Barcelona star Frenkie de Jong is “disgusted” by his situation at the Nou Campand looks set to quit the club.

    De Jong, 25, was at odds with Barca in the summer over millions in wages still owed to him by the club and was linked with a move to Manchester United and Chelsea.

    The midfielder has only appeared as a substitute in the last two matches and Sport claim he is “disgusted” with his role.

    The Netherlands international is desperate for more game time before the 2022 World Cup in November but has found himself behind the likes of Sergio Busquets, Gavi, and Pedri in midfield

  • Kostas Lianos

    The Mil deal

    Lazio have slapped a staggering £105million price tag on Sergej Milinkovic-Savic.

    Milinkovic-Savic’s deal expires at the end of next season and he is set for crunch talks with the Serie A side to discuss his future.

    Manchester United, Liverpool and Juventus are all keen on signing the 27-year-old in the summer.

    But Lazio president Claudio Lotito has now insisted that the Serbia international’s price will rise every month as he attempts to ward off interest.

    Lotito told Il Messaggero: “I have no agreement with his agent [Mateja] Kezman to sell him to Juventus or anyone else in the winter.

    “On the contrary, he is now worth €120m [£105m], not €100m [£88m]. Every month the price goes up”

    Credit: Getty
  • Kostas Lianos

    Atletico's Firm interest

    Liverpool look set to lose the second member of their infamous "big three" in as many summers.

    Following the departure of Sadio Mane to Bayern Munich, Roberto Firmino looks set to follow suit by leaving Anfield next summer.

    The striker's contract is up in 2023, and despite a strong start to the season it appears he will not be rewarded with a new deal.

    Instead, Atletico Madrid manager Diego Simeone wants to offer the Brazil international an escape route.

    According to TodoFichajes, Simeone believes Firmino would be the perfect player to complement Antoine Griezmann and Joao Felix up front

  • Kostas Lianos

    Saka contract warning

    Ex-Chelsea star Joe Cole urged Arsenal to get a new deal agreed with Bukayo Saka

    Cole told BT Sport: “You have to understand how young he is, where he is in his career. Arsenal have got such a gem here. He’s already so experienced, he’s one of the leaders on the team on the pitch, he takes responsibility.”

    “He’s a fantastic player and he’s one that Arsenal have got to tie down and build this new regime this new great side that seems to be emerging [around him].

    “The beauty with him is you can use him there on the left of a front three, you can use him as a number 10, a left wing back, on the right wing. But he’s just a fantastic footballer and he’s getting his education through Arteta and fantastic players.

    “Young players around him have all got his energy and they’ve kept it going tonight. It’s important momentum at this stage of the season”

  • Kostas Lianos

    Llack of respect

    Chelsea legend Michael Ballack has slammed Todd Boehly’s first major decision as new owner, calling it “incomprehensible.”

    Ballack hasput 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”

  • Kostas Lianos

    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”

    Credit: PA
  • Kostas Lianos

    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

  • Kostas Lianos

    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

  • Kostas Lianos

    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

  • Kostas Lianos

    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

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  • Kostas Lianos

    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

  • Kostas Lianos

    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

  • Kostas Lianos

    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

  • Kostas Lianos

    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

    Credit: AFP
  • Kostas Lianos

    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!

  • Sam Dymond

    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.”

  • Sam Dymond

    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.

  • Sam Dymond

    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.

  • Sam Dymond

    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.

  • Sam Dymond

    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!"

  • Sam Dymond

    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.

  • Sam Dymond

    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.

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