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Chelsea turned down Donnarumma free transfer for Mendy, Unai Emery to Newcastle odds tumble – transfer news live

EDOUARD MENDY produced a man of the match display to give Chelsea a 1-0 victory at Brentford.

But things could have been very different as the Blues were offered the chance to sign Gianluigi Donnarumma on a free transfer.

Meanwhile Steve Bruce will still be in charge of Newcastle for this weekend's match against Tottenham, but for how long?

Frank Lampard is the current favourite to become the Toon's next manager.

However, the odds on former Arsenal boss Unai Emery are tumbling after he led Villarreal to the Europa League.

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  • OVERNIGHT ROUND-UP

    Newcastle's new mega-rich dawn begins against Tottenham today.

    And as the lowly Toon host Tottenham, ex-Roma chief Paulo Fonseca has joined Chelsea legend Frank Lampard as a strong tip to succeed current Magpies' manager Steve Bruce.

    Newcastle's Saudi owners have so far spoken only briefly to Bruce, who admits he is dreaming of staying in charge when the big spending comes.

    Meanwhile, Everton will leap above troubled Manchester United into the Premier League top four if they beat West Ham at Goodison Park in this afternoon's other game.

    Leicester ended United's 29-game unbeaten away run as the Foxes' late double in yesterday's 4-2 win ruined Marcus Rashford's goalscoring return from shoulder surgery.

    United midfielder Paul Pogba said: "We deserved to lose. We need to be more mature, play with more experience and arrogance in a good way."

    Ben Chilwell's third goal in three games for club and country put Chelsea back on top with a 1-0 victory as they survived Brentford's late onslaught.

    The England left-back admitted: "The last 20 minutes, we showed the mentality we need all season.

    "It was hell on Earth, the last 20 minutes, but we did pretty well."

    Bernardo Silva and Kevin de Bruyne netted as Manchester City - with Raheem Sterling making a rare start - beat Burnley 2-0.

    But Liverpool were far and away yesterday's outstanding performers, winning 5-0 at Vicarage Road in Claudio Ranieri's first match as Watford manager.

    Sadio Mane netted his 100th Prem goal before Roberto Firmino notched a hat-trick.

    And Mo Salah bagged his 104th top-flight strike, putting him level with Didier Drogba as the Prem's top-scoring African ever.

    On the transfer front, Liverpool, United and City are being linked with Monaco’s £50million-rated midfielder Aurelien Tchouameni.

  • TOON OFFERED ME DAILY PRIVATE JET IF I'D TAKE JOB

    HARRY REDKNAPP EXCLUSIVE: The Newcastle United job was one of the most attractive out there long before the Saudi millions arrived.

    In fact, if it hadn’t been for a late change of heart a few years ago, I’d have ended up managing them myself.

    At the time I was Portsmouth boss when Paul Kemsley, a close mate of Mike Ashley’s, got in touch.

    Newcastle were looking for a new manager - it was after Sam Allardyce - and Mike wanted to know if I was interested… and obviously I wanted to hear what they had to say.

    What they told me was very, very tempting, too. Not least because, regardless of the flat they’d have got me, they were prepared to lay on a private plane from Bournemouth airport at 7am every morning.

    Then, about five o’clock, they would fly me back home if I didn’t want to stay up, so I could still live down here if I wanted to.

    I must admit, I gave it really serious consideration and at one stage it was very much, ‘Why not?’

    It’s such a massive club, with a massive fan base, and has always had massive potential.

    READ HARRY'S FULL COLUMN HERE.

  • NEW TOON OWNER TO WATCH FIRST GAME

    Newcastle's new Saudi supremo will be at St James’ Park for first match of the club's new era today.

    His Excellency Yasir Al-Rummayan, Newcastle's chairman following the £300m takeover, will attend this afternoon's Premier League clash against Tottenham.

    Al-Rummayan is governor of the Public Investment Fund, Saudi Arabia's sovereign wealth fund, which now owns 80 per cent of the club.

    It is understood he will not be a regular visitor to the North East but will be present for the symbolic occasion on Tyneside.

    Al-Rummayan is one of the most powerful men in Saudi Arabia, also holding the post of chairman of Saudi Aramco, the country's oil and natural gas company which is one of the biggest firms in the world by revenue.

    The new regime do not plan a revolution and Tottenham midfielder Harry Winks is believed to be among the potential targets in the January transfer window.

    But former Newcastle star Chris Waddle wants to see the boat pushed out - and fancies Paul Pogba at St James'.

  • DID ICARDI WANDA?

    Wanda Nara has seemingly accused husband Mauro Icardi of cheating on her in an explosive social media post.

    The 33-year-old took aim at the PSG forward and fellow Argentianian by sharing a message hinting at infidelity and then unfollowing him on Instagram.

    She angrily wrote in Spanish, "Another family that you have ruined for a slut" in a cryptic message on Saturday night that has had fans gossiping online.

    The pair have been married since 2014 and have two children together, Francesca and Isabella.

    But they allegedly met in controversial circumstances, with Nara accused of cheating on ex-husband Maxi Lopez with Icardi, who were team mates at Sampdoria at the time.

    Earlier this year, the mum-of-five also appeared to confirm that she two-timed Lopez in an Instagram live chat.

  • KEEPER SENT OFF FOR HITTING TEAM-MATE

    Ex-Wolves keeper Aaron McCarey has been sent off hitting his own team-mate.

    McCarey, 29, had to be pulled back by his Glentoran team-mates following his furious reaction towards Bobby Burns in a 2-2 Irish Premiership draw with Coleraine.

    Former Wolves keeper Aaron McCarey sent off for hitting team-mate Bobby Burns in face during League of Ireland Premier Division game

    BBC footage suggests McCarey held Burns responsible for allowing Cathair Friel to stroke a late equaliser past him after a break forward from midfield.

    While the Coleraine players celebrated, McCarey races over to Burns in his penalty area and knocks him to the floor by shoving him in the face.

    The keeper then appears to drag Burns up from the floor by his shirt before other players intervene.

    The BBC’s Alvin McCaig, who was reporting on the game, said: “Drama upon drama at the Oval, starting with Lyndon Kane setting up substitute Friel to hit the bottom corner and equalise on 81 minutes.

    “But then McCarey gets up and races towards Burns, proceeding to lash out and leaving referee Andrew Davey with no choice but to show him a red card.”

  • MENDY'S THE DON

    Edouard Mendy repaid the faith Chelsea showed in him with a phenomenal display in the 1-0 win at Brentford.

    And it emerged today that the Senegal international could have been deputising for Gianluigi Donnarumma this season.

    Fabrizio Romano reports that the Blues had the option of signing the Italy goalkeeper but ultimately turned it down as they were happy with Mendy.

    Donnarumma would ultimately end up at PSG.

  • ED'OR MENDY

    Edouard Mendy's stunning performance in Chelsea's 1-0 win at Brentford was worthy of the Ballon d’Or, according to team-mate Antonio Rudiger.

    Germany centre-back Rudiger was left open-mouthed as the keeper helped defy the Bees' heavy late pressure.

    Brentford hit the woodwork three times and Mendy even used his FACE to stop an effort from Pontus Jansson at point blank range.

    As Chelsea returned to the top of the Premier League, Rudiger wrote on Twitter: “Someone explain why he’s not nominated for the Ballon d’Or. What a performance… EDOUARD MENDY.”

    This year’s nominations are led by the usual suspects such as previous winners Lionel Messi, Cristiano Ronaldo and Luka Modric.

    Sadio Mane has already lashed out at organisers as he demanded to know why his international team-mate Mendy wasn’t on the list.

  • RIYAD SET TO PLAY RAPPER ON TV

    Riyad Mahrez has been lined up to become the Stormzy of sport... by playing a rapper on French TV.

    The Manchester City winger, is pals with Franck Gastambide, who produces the Canal Plus show Valide.

    The drama focuses on the rap scene in France, with many real-life stars taking part.

    Mahrez, 30, came close to filming an episode before his City committments scuppered the plan.

    However the Paris-born Algeria international could yet take a role in the series in future.

    Gastambide, 42, said: "Riyad and I have mutual friends, and he phoned me during the lockdown last year.

    "He told me he loved the series. I said: 'Come on over, and we'll do something together for it.'

    "Riyad was due to be in Season 2. The problem was, what with him playing for Manchester City, he was unable to come over and record.

    "We were hopeful he might be able to make it right up until the final moment.

    "But in the end it couldn't be done."

  • FONSECA TIPPED FOR TOON

    Paulo Fonseca is being tipped as among the favourites to succeed Steve Bruce as Newcastle manager.

    Bruce, 60, has been under growing pressure since the Saudi-led consortium completed their takeover of the club last week.

    There has been considerable speculation about his future and possible replacements, with some managers such as Steven Gerrard and Brendan Rodgers distancing themselves from the job.

    But Fonseca is thought to be one of the leading candidates to become Newcastle boss, according to ESPN.

    The Portuguese has been out of work since leaving Roma at the end of last season but he did come close to taking over at Tottenham in the summer.

    He is said to be an interesting option for Toon due to his attacking style of play.

    Fonseca also has a proven track record of success, winning the league and cup double three years in a row with Shakhtar Donetsk.

    But the 48-year-old could face a battle for the Newcastle manager's job.

  • CHILWELL FIRES CHELSEA TOP OF PREM

    BRENTFORD 0 CHELSEA 1: Ben Chilwell fired home his third goal in three games for club and country as his 45th winner at battling Brentford put Chelsea top of the Premier League.

    Bees striker Bryan Mbeumo twice hit the woodwork, either side of England left-back Chilwell's 45th minute clincher.

    And despite controlling most of the first half, the Blues had to cling on at the end.

  • KANTE LEAVES SARR IN A RIGHT MESSI

    Malang Sarr might no longer think N'Golo Kante deserves his 'nicest man in football' tag.

    Fans went wild on social media after Chelsea posted a video of Kante embarrassing Sarr with a deft nutmeg in training on his way to a dazzling solo goal.

    N’Golo Kante embarrasses Malang Sarr in Chelsea training and scores incredible goal

    Centre-back Sarr might have gone wild afterwards too - but not with joy.

    Midfielder Kante spun and danced around Sarr and Co with the ball hugging his feet at high speed before he flicked it home with the outside of his left foot.

    Sarr was left on his backside - while Blues' supporters were left looking for superlatives.

    But there was as much criticism for Sarr as praise for his fellow Frenchman.

    And when one fan posted "Sarr made him look like Messi" the reply came back "Kante made himself look like Messi".

    Another poster argued: "If Kante can do this to Malang Sarr, imagine what would the likes of Mahrez, Saint Maximin and Salah would do to him."

  • MANY UTD FANS DEMAND OLE SACKING

    Manchester United fans have called for Ole Gunnar Solskjaer to be sacked following their 4-2 defeat to Leicester.

    United started brightly and took the lead through a well-taken goal from Mason Greenwood.

    But Leicester dominated for large parts and took the lead late on to extend United’s poor run to one win in their last five games.

    Pressure is growing on Solskajer to improve both results and performances, with Gary Neville suggesting they are not at the same standard as their title rivals.

    Some fans are in agreement and want Ole to go as a result.

    One supporter wrote on Twitter: “It’s time for Ole to leave, he’s had the money, he’s had the support but I can’t see him smiling through defeats and poor performances.”

    “Always a legend but it’s time to go, out of the title race already, he’s not cut out for the job.”

    Another added: “If Manchester United were a serious club they would sack Ole today.”

    A third said: “If United sack Ole tomorrow. Not one Premier League club phones him. That’s the difference.”

  • SPURS AND HAMMERS EYE GREEN

    Saint-Etienne's England Under-21 keeper Etienne Green is being linked with Tottenham and West Ham.

    The Colchester-born 21-year-old has an English dad and French mother and grew up in France.

    He became a St-Etienne regular last season and won his first U-21 cap in Monday's 1-0 win in Andorra.

  • UTD LEAD PREM RACE FOR AURELIEN

    Manchester United are eyeing Monaco’s Aurelien Tchouameni as a replacement for Paul Pogba, according to reports.

    But the Red Devils face competition from Premier League rivals Liverpool and Manchester City in landing the France midfielder.

    And ESPN reports Monaco have slapped a £50million price tag on the highly-rated 21-year-old, who joined from Bordeaux in January last year.

    Old Trafford officials are making contingency plans should they fail to agree a new contract with the mercurial Pogba.

    The Frenchman is into the final year of his contract and would be free to speak to foreign clubs when the transfer window reopens in January.

    His suitors are a who’s who of European football with Barcelona the latest giants to enter the race for his signature.

    Real Madrid have been long-time admirers of the 28-year-old, while Paris Saint-Germain and Juventus are also monitoring his situation.

    While Pogba has been ‘offered’ to Barca, a move to Camp Nou would prove to be difficult.

  • MBAPPE 'SURE TO LEAVE NEXT SUMMER'

    Kylian Mbappe will leave PSG next summer regardless of any new contract offers, Spanish reports claim.

    It comes after the French forward looked to leave Paris to join Real Madrid, who were believed to have made two bids for the superstar.

    But PSG rejected both, the most said to be worth £145million, despite Mbappe's contract expiring at the end of the season.

    He is free to negotiate a free transfer to Real or any club in January but PSG remain hopeful they can convince him to stay.

    And despite that, Mbappe has had no change of heart and will pursue an exit from the French capital when his deal expires, AS report.

    The 22-year-old opened up about the summer transfer saga and admitted he DID ask to leave and join Real so PSG could receive a fee for him.

    Mbappe told French radio station RMC. “I asked to leave, because from the moment where I did not want to extend, I wanted for the club to receive a transfer fee so that they could bring in a quality replacement."

  • JORGINHO OR KANTE DESERVE BALLON D'OR

    Patrice Evra is “fed up” with Lionel Messi constantly winning the Ballon d’Or and wants to see a new victor this year.

    The prestigious award will be given out in November and six-time winner Messi is the current favourite.

    But Evra believes Chelsea pair Jorginho and N’Golo Kante deserve it – they won the Champions League this year with Jorginho also winning Euro 2020 with Italy.

    Evra said on Prime Video: “I’m fed up; it’s rotten that they [might] give it to Leo Messi.

    “In my opinion, the Ballon d’Or has to go to Jorginho or [N’Golo] Kante.

    “What are they going to tell me he did this year? Winning the Copa America, well, that’s fine. But say what he did all year with Barcelona.”

  • FOX BITE

    Leicester have staged a sensational turnaround and are currently 4-2 up against Manchester United.

    Foxes ace Caglar Soyuncu put them ahead with a scrappy goal to make it 2-1 as the second half progressed.

    United star Rashford then came off the bench to score and equal the score once again.

    But United's resurgence was short-lived as Jamie Vardy hit the net to put the Foxes in front.

    Then Patson Daka scored to make it 4-2 to Brendan Rodgers' side in the last five minutes of normal time.

    However there's still five minutes of stoppage time to go so anything is possible.

  • KLOPP'S TOP

    Liverpool boss Jurgen Klopp claims Mo Salah is the best player in the world following his wonder strike against Watford today.

    Salah produced an individual flash of brilliance before scoring the Reds' fourth goal in the game they won 5-0 against the Hornets.

    And after the game, when Klopp was asked where he ranks the Eygptian amongst his peers, he said: "Top. Come on, we all see it, who’s better than him in this moment?

    "That’s clear, there’s always this discussion and all these kinds of things."

  • PENALTY SHOCK

    Sky Sports soccer Saturday host Jeff Stelling was shocked that Brighton weren't given a penalty against Norwich City in the first half of the game.

    Brighton ace Neal Maupay appeared to be brought down by Canaries stopper Tim Krul after 23 minutes of the Premier League clash.

    Maupay got away from Norwich star Grant Hanley and then rounded Krul before stumbling to the floor.

    But referee Peter Bankes decided against giving a penalty to the Seagulls and a VAR review upheld his decision.

    A bemused Sterling then exclaimed: "I mean seriously, seriously. You can see he [Krul] has clipped Maupay. You have VAR, you have seen it about 10 times."

  • SPOILT FOR CHOICE

    Mo Salah has scored two wonder goals for Liverpool in as many weeks.

    His first sensational strike came last week against Manchester City, and then he hit another one today in the Reds' 5-0 win over Watford.

    But when asked which one of the strikes he preferred, Salah couldn't choose.

    Although the Egyptian did end up going with his City goal when pressed.

    Salah said: "Last game maybe. "I don’t know which one was better, this one or City!"

  • 'TEAM GAME'

    Mo Salah was responsible for scoring a wondergoal in Liverpool's 5-0 win over Watford this afternoon but insisted every goal his team scored was vital.

    Salah's teammate Roberto Firmino scored a hat-trick and Sadio Mane also got on the scoresheet.

    And although none of their goals was as stunning as Salah's, the Egyptian reckons that meant just as much to the team.

    He said: "All goals were very important, Bobby [Firmino] did a great job today scored a hat-trick, congratulations to him, Sadio scored a good goal, all the goals were very important."

  • ‘FED UP’

    Patrice Evra is “fed up” with Lionel Messi constantly winning the Ballon d’Or and wants to see a new victor this year.

    The prestigious award will be given out in November and six-time winner Messi is the current favourite.

    But Evra believes Chelsea pair Jorginho and N’Golo Kante deserve it – they won the Champions League this year with Jorginho also winning Euro 2020 with Italy.

    Evra said on Prime Video: “I’m fed up; it’s rotten that they [might] give it to Leo Messi.

    “In my opinion, the Ballon d’Or has to go to Jorginho or [N’Golo] Kante.

    “What are they going to tell me he did this year? Winning the Copa America, well, that’s fine. But say what he did all year with Barcelona.”

  • 'RIDICULOUS'

    Jermaine Jenas led the calls for the offside rule to change after Liverpool scored against Watford despite Mohamed Salah being in an offside position.

    Liverpool led 2-0 when Andy Robertson threaded a pass through to Salah, only for Craig Cathcart to dive for the ball to stop it reaching the offside Egyptian.

    The defender's touch diverted it goalwards and forced Ben Foster into a save, with Roberto Firmino tucking in the rebound.

    Offside was not given as Salah did not touch the ball, even though Cathcart only lunged for the ball to prevent the winger from reaching it.

    Such is the nature of the law, BT Sport commentator Jenas had no doubt it would be given but he asserted that he thinks the rule is wrong and needs to be changed.

  • KIND HEART

    England legend Gary Lineker has donated £3,000 to help pay for Doncaster Rovers Belles captain Sophie Scargill's knee ligament surgery.

    Scargill needed to raise £5,000 to pay for the surgery or wait two years to have it done on the NHS.

    The 26-year-old instead set up a JustGiving page which already raised over £8,000, well over the targeted amount.

    And Lineker, 60, donated £3,000 and sent the women's star a message of support.

    He said: "I see you need another £3,000. It’s my pleasure to help. Hope you’re back playing soon."

  • HAT'S IT

    Roberto Firmino has bagged a hat-trick as Liverpool thumped Watford 5-0 this afternoon.

    Just as the game was drawing to a close in the 90th minute, Firmino latched onto to a ball from Neco Williams to tap the ball in once again from close range.

    Oxlade-Chamberlain slid the ball into the path of Williams, who poked it past DannyRose and rounds him with ease.

    He then drove it into the box and fired a low ball across the face of goal that Firmino latched onto with ease.