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Chelsea eye Tchouameni transfer, Henry LATEST on Arsenal takeover, Messi set to feature for PSG vs Man City TONIGHT

ENGLAND'S football stars are mourning after 1966 World Cup hero Roger Hunt died aged 83.

And Lionel Messi is set to return from injury to make the Ligue 1 side's squad for the mammoth clash.

Meanwhile Chelsea are in the hunt to sign Monaco's defensive midfielder Aurelien Tchouameni, 21, who is valued at around £34million.

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  • PEACOCK PICKED

    Sheffield Wednesday keeper Bailey Peacock-Farrell has been called up to Northern Ireland's squad for their two upcoming World Cup qualifiers.

    The team are due to take on Switzerland and Bulgraria in October.

    It is thought the player could be unavailable for his club's clash with Bolton Wanderers which falls on October 9, the same day as Northern Ireland's clash with Switzerland.

  • RICHARLSON RUMOUR

    Everton forward Richarlson has reportedly refused to dismiss speculation linking him with a move away from the club.

    It comes weeks after the player was linked with transfer interest from Paris Saint-Germain and Real Madrid.

    And the Mirror reports Barcelona lodged an eye-watering £85million bid for the player in January 2020.

    Richarlson told Brazilian outlet Ole: "I have great affection for the people of Everton and for the club, who received me so well from the first day I arrived.

    "I don't know what the future holds. If one day I have to go, it must be good for me, but also for the club.

    "But if I stay, I will continue giving my life for this shirt and for the fans, who have always supported me and were with me at all times."

  • DUBAI CASH

    Barcelona have reportedly been offered a financial lifeline by a firm based in Dubai.

    The club are currently contending with an eye-watering £1billion debt compounded by the loss of superstar playmaker Lionel Messi.

    According to the TV show El Curibito via Mundo Deportivo, a company from the United Arab Emirates has offered the Catalan giants a €1.5bn (£1.3bn) loan to pay their debts.

    And it is claimed the firm would over a two-year moratorium on repayments meaning the club may not need to make repayments until 2023.

  • NUNO NEEDS TIME

    Tottenham are being urged to give Nuno Espirito Santo more time in the club'a managerial hot seeat following losses to Arsenal, Chelsea and Crystal Palace.

    The club conceded nine goals and scored just once during the three defeats in the Prem.

    And talkSPORT reports speculation concerning pressure on Nuno is mounting following a cryptic Instagram post shared by former Spurs caretaker boss Ryan Mason.

    The post featured a picture of the club's building with the caption which read, 'see you in the morning'.

    Darren Bent believes Nuno should be given more time to turn reverse the team's poor run.

    Bent told talkSPORT: “You’ve got to give him more time. They weren’t saying this at the start of the season when they were at the top of the table three games in, no goals conceded and Arsenal were rock bottom."

  • TUCHEL TACTICS

    Rio Ferdinand reckons Thomas Tuchel made several tactical errors during Chelsea's loss to Man City at the weekend.

    And the Old Trafford hero reckons the Blues could be out of the title race this term. 

    Chelsea lost 1-0 courtesy of a solitary goal netted by Gabriel Jesus.

    Ferdinand told the Vibe with FIVE YouTube show: "I think Chelsea looked a little bit [overawed]. Tuchel said after that maybe they were a bit fazed by the occasion.

    "He changed his style of play, the formation, played two up front, which I think backfired. They didn’t play long enough, they tried to keep playing and got caught with the press.

    "I said Chelsea were favourites a couple of weeks ago, but after watching them two – probably the best two teams in the league for the last six months – I can’t see past City. Seriously I can’t."

  • NOA'S A GOER

    Arsenal are rumoured to be in a transfer tug-of-war with AC Milan for the services of Noa Lang.

    And it is reported the Brugge striker is keen on a move to the Emirates.

    Voetbal24 claims Mikel Arteta sees the forward as a top transfer target for next year.

    Lang, 22, who is also a Leeds and Sevilla target has been valued around the £20million mark.

  • BEST WESTON

    West Ham are rumoured to be working on a deal to sign Weston McKennie.

    Football Insider claims talks between the Juventus midfielder and the Irons have already taken place.

    It is thought the Hammers are eyeing the USA international, 23, as a possible replacement for Declan Rice should he leave next year.

    Reports claim the Irons are lining up a lucrative deal for Weston.

  • KOP STROP

    Liverpool transfer target Otavio isn't sure if the Reds still want to sign him, the FC Porto star revealed.

    The Kop giants were linked with a move for the attacking midfielder this summer but it never materialised.

    Otavio is likely to feature for Porto when they face Jurgen Klopp's side in the Champions League this week.

    But if he ever does make the switch to Anfield, Otavio is aware that he'll have to put in some impressive performances in Europe and domestically.

    He said: "Whether they were interested or not, I don’t know.

    "But if there is any team interested in me, it would be for my work in both the league and the Champions League."

  • ON THE SPOT

    Thierry Henry has suggested that Spotify owner Daniel Ek is still pursuing an Arsenal takeover.

    Ek's proposal to buy the Gunners hit a brick wall earlier this year, but he, with Henry's support, is still interested in buying the club.

    Henry revealed that Ek will keep knocking until Arsenal answer his calls.

    The Frenchman told Sky Sports: "To be able to get there, you need to have someone to respond on either side, it didn’t happen yet.

    "We, he, is here to stay. Let’s see what’s going to happen.

    "I think it’s going to be long. I think you remember me saying it’s going to be long. How long it’s going to be, I don’t actually know but we are here to stay."

  • KESS IT DONE

    Liverpool and Manchester United target Franck Kessie is reportedly considering a move away from AC Milan.

    The midfielder's Milan contract ends in June, meaning he can start negotiations with other teams in January.

    The 24-year-old has rejected Milan's latest contract offer which will be music to Liverpool and United's ears.

    But the Prem sides will face competition from European rivals Paris Saint-Germain who are also said to be tracking the star.

  • LION IN WAIT 

    Paris Saint-Germain boss Mauricio Pochettino has revealed Lionel Messi WILL be in the club's squad to face Manchester City.

    The 34-year-old has missed the last two clashes against Metz and Montpellier after suffering a bone contusion on his right knee.

    But former Tottenham gaffer Pochettino has insisted he is recovering well ahead of Tuesday's Champions League clash - though being named in the starting XI may come too soon for him.

    Speaking in Monday's pre-match press conference, he said: "We will wait until tomorrow to confirm who will participate.

    "Can I confirm Messi will be there on Tuesday?

    "I never confirm the team the day before. It's something we will see tomorrow.

    "Leo is a bit like Marco Verratti. He's progressing very well. I think he will be in the squad.

    "But I still have not decided the starting XI."

  • PALM READ

    Ex-Leeds United star Carlton Palmer reckons Manchester City have already wrapped up the signing of Borussia Dortmund star Erling Haaland.

    The 21-year-old will be available for £64million next summer but Palmer thinks City will pay over the odds for the striker to expedite his switch to the Etihad stadium.

    The former Stockport City boss wouldn't be surprised if Pep Guardiola's team fork out £140m for the Norwegian.

    Speaking to This Is Futbol: "I think they’ll have probably already wrapped that deal up myself for the January transfer window.

    "I’d be surprised if the Haaland deal’s not done. Knowing that he’s going to be available at the end of the season, they might even give 100 million for Haaland so Dortmund get an extra £40m to let him out at Christmas."

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