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Messi and Ronaldinho reunite at PSG game, Newcastle line up Howe with Emery linked, Chelsea latest – transfer news live

LIONEL MESSI was the two-goal hero as PSG beat RB Leipzig - and his good friend Ronaldinho was in the stands to watch him do it.

The pair embraced on the field before the game in which the Parisians battled back from 1-2 down to win 3-2.

Back on English soil, Newcastle are stepping up their search for a new manager with Steve Bruce reportedly on borrowed time.

The new Saudi owners are reported to have identified former Arsenal boss Unai Emery as their top target, while one-time Celtic target Eddie Howe is also a target.

Elsewhere, Chelsea reportedly rejected the chance to sign Gianluigi Donnarumma on a free transfer over the summer as they opted to keep the faith in Edouard Mendy.

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  • FULL TIME!

    So tonight’s Champions League games are all over.

    And there was drama all over the place – nowhere more so than the Wanda Metropolitano where Liverpool won 3-2.

    Here are the final scores…

  • REUNI-RON

    Lionel Messi and Ronaldinho reunited with a hug that brought their Barcelona golden years flooding back.

    The South American legends smiled broadly as they embraced before PSG’S Champions League clash with RB Leipzig on Tuesday night.

    Argentinian Messi, a one-club Barca icon until joining PSG this summer, and Brazilian Ronaldinho, overlapped at the Nou Camp from 2004-8.

    Barcelona won LaLiga twice and the Champions League in that time.

    And Messi, in particular, looked as if was greeting a friend missing for decades as he wrapped his arms around the 41-year-old and patted his back several times.

    Ronaldinho, who was wearing a Barca scarf, then walked away with one of his characteristic huge beams on his face.

  • SOL SEARCHING

    Ole Gunnar Solskjaer says he ‘couldn’t ask for better staff’ amid Man Utd’s terrible run of form.

    The Norwegian is under severe pressure having won just once in six games.

    And speaking after United’s 4-2 loss at Leicester on Saturday, he said: “Every team will go through a patchy period and we’re in one now.

    “The form is poor, we know that, we hold our hands up and we know we need to improve. Every team will go through that every year.

    “We’ve gone through it [before] and come through stronger. As I’ve said so many times, the coaching staff that we’ve got here are absolutely amazing.

    “The attention to detail, the sessions they put on, the preparation that we have here. I don’t think I could ask for better staff.”

  • SAL GOOD

    Mo Salah has become the first Liverpool player ever to score in nine consecutive games.

    The Egyptian netted in Tuesday’s Champions League group stage game against Atletico Madrid.

    And Salah has now set a record by becoming the first-ever Red to net in nine matches in a row. The flying forward has been in red-hot form this season.

    He already has two goal-of-the-season contenders after wonder strikes against Manchester City and Watford.

    And Salah produced another dazzling run before firing past Jan Oblak with just eight minutes on the clock at the Wanda Metropolitano.

    There were question marks over whether the goal had taken a deflection off Atletico’s Geoffrey Kondogbia first. But Uefa eventually confirmed the strike belonged to Salah, putting him in Liverpool’s history books.

    Mo Salah has become the first Liverpool player to score in nine consecutive games
  • HOT FREDDED

    Dani Alves had fired shots at Ole Gunnar Solskjaer and Manchester United over Brazilian midfielder Fred.

    Brazil international Fred is often criticised and has split opinion during his time at Old Trafford.

    But legendary right-back Alves has leapt to his defence and pointed the finger of blame elsewhere.

    Alves said: “Every Brazilian becomes world class when wearing the national team jersey.

    “I hear so many people complaining about Fred. But when he plays for Brazil he is better than all of their midfielders.

    “The problem is the club or coach, not Fred.”

  • HALF-TIME ROUND UP

    It’s half-time in the tonight’s late Champions League games with Liverpool’s trip to Atletico undoubtedly the tie of the evening so far.

    The Reds raced into a 2-0 lead through Mo Salah and Naby Keita before an Antoine Griezmann brace pulled the hosts level inside 35 minutes.

    Elsewhere, Real Madrid are 1-0 up at Shakhtar Donetsk, Ajax are beating Borussia Dortmind 2-0 at home, and it’s 1-1- between PSG and RB Leipzig in France.

    Inter Milan are beating Sheriff 1-0 at the San Siro and Porto and AC Milan is still goalless in Portugal.

  • FOLLOW RON

    Peter Schmeichel reckons Jadon Sancho can turn things around at Manchester United if he takes a leaf out of teammate Cristiano Ronaldo’s book.

    Sancho’s had a poor start with United since joining in the summer from Borussia Dortmund and hasn’t registered one goal or assist.

    But if Sancho can shake off the pressure that comes with his expensive price tag and model Ronaldo’s blueprint, he’ll become a Old Trafford favourite in a few years.

    The Dane said: “It’s a big, big, big price tag for him and it feels a bit heavy for him at the moment.

    “But he will look at this guy [Ronaldo] and he can say: ‘If I do something along those lines, I can be as good as him. I have all the basics, but I can be as good as him’.

    “That might take him two or three years to catch on to that but that then gives him maybe 10-12 years after that.”

  • CREATIVE ART

    Mikel Arteta has called on his Arsenal players to start creating more after they looked blunt in front of goal against Crystal Palace.

    The Spaniard said: “We always want to create more.

    “Today we had a few really good chances to score, and we didn’t.

    “But I said before, the period that penalised us was with the ball.

    WWe didn’t play at the level that we had.”

  • RALLYING CRI

    Cristiano Ronaldo has sent out a passionate message to the rest of his Manchester United players ahead of their Champions League clash against Atalanta on Wednesday.

    The Red Devils have won just two of their last seven games in all competitions as pressure grows on manager Ole Gunnar Solskjaer.

    Ronaldo has also received his fair share of criticism despite scoring five goals in the first seven games of his second spell at Old Trafford.

    Many fans and pundits believe the 36-year-old does not offer enough to the team outside of scoring goals.

    But Ronaldo’s leadership qualities were there for all to see in his latest post on Instagram.

    Speaking ahead of the European clash with Atalanta, he said: “Our time is coming!

    Ronaldo posted on social media in a bid to whip up his players ahead of a huge game
  • REVIVED

    Super League rebels have drafted a new plan – for a 40-club breakaway.

    Despite the bail-out by the six Premier League clubs involved, Real Madrid, Barcelona and Juventus are still refusing to give up on their plot.

    And their latest plan, being sent to stakeholders across Europe, shows a desperate effort to restore life to the fading scheme.

    Under the draft, Super League insists it will not be a ‘breakaway’ or even a closed shop. Instead, it envisages two leagues of 20 clubs.

    Clubs that qualify for the competition would be ‘shareholders’ for the year, following the model of the Prem and other major leagues and liable to relegation out of it.

    In a sop to those who criticised the clubs for their greed in joining the initial £4.6bn venture, Super League is now claiming it is in favour of tight cost controls and accusing Uefa and President Aleksander Ceferin of abandoning efforts to make clubs live within their means by the planned changes to its Financial Fair Play regulations.

    The six English clubs that attempted to breakaway received fierce protests before pulling out
  • FULL-TIME!

    There were 11 goals across the first two Champions League games of the evening.

    Man City built on their 2-0 half-time lead as second-half goals from Kyle Walker, Riyad Mahrez and 19-year-old star Cole Palmer to win 5-1 at Club Brugge.

    And Sporting Lisbon added just one more in the second-half as the Portuguese giants won 4-1 at Besiktas.

  • RONNING IN BURSTS

    Cristiano Ronaldo has produced more sprints in the Premier League so far this season than Harry Kane, new stats have shown.

    The Red Devils forward has been criticised in recent years for failing to put any sort of pressure on the ball and offering little for the team away from hitting the back of the net.

    And while there is a case to be made for that – as figures from earlier this month show – alternative stats for the opening eight games of the league season offer a more complex picture than one might guess.

    The 36-year-old Portuguese superstar has covered an average of 9.3 kilometres since his return to the English top flight. That is less than Kane, Mohamed Salah and Pierre-Emerick Aubameyang, but more than Romelu Lukaku’s 8.6.

    However, when you look at the number of sprints per game, Ronaldo is actually surprisingly high. The Man Utd forward has averaged 15.1 sprints every 90 minutes in the Prem since the beginning of his second spell at Old Trafford.

    That is significantly more than both Kane and Lukaku, neither of whom exceed and average of 12.

    Here are the stats comparing Ronaldo's running to other top Premier League forwards
  • AL NOT BE DRAWN

    Mikel Arteta refused to speculate about Alexandre Lacazette’s future after the Frenchman scored a late equaliser for Arsenal against Crystal Palace.

    The striker is out of contract at the end of the season but showed he is still committed to the cause by thumping home to make it 2-2 in the dying seconds at the Emirates in Monday.

    And Arteta said after: “Well, we have him!

    “He’s our player, and he shows real commitment so I’m not thinking about anything.

    “I’m thinking about how to get the best out of him, and tonight he showed a real big moment and how much he cares about the team.”

  • GONZ TO BE GONE – EXCLUSIVE

    By Steve Brenner in Miami

    Gonzalo Higuain is considering retirement at the end of the MLS season after a disappointing spell at David Beckham’s Inter Miami.

    The former Real Madrid and Juventus hitman, 33, arrived in south Florida in September 2020 but has scored just 11 goals in 35 games over the past two campaigns.

    He was dropped earlier this season by boss Phil Neville because of fitness issues and Miami sources have told SunSport they expect the Argentine frontman to hang up his boots next month when the regular season ends.

    Top earner Higuain has 12 months left on a £4.1million-a-year deal and with Neville desperate to reshape his squad following a difficult first campaign here, the former Manchester United man would be happy to get him off the wage bill.

  • SEEING RED

    Former Manchester United stars Rio Ferdinand and Michael Owen were involved in a feisty argument over whether Mohamed Salah or Luis Suarez were better for Liverpool.

    The pair were discussing the credentials of the Anfield icons as Jurgen Klopp’s team prepare to face their old striker in the Champions League at Atletico Madrid tonight.

    Suarez, 34, achieved legendary status with the Reds after he almost fired them to the Premier League title in the 2013-14 campaign.

    That season under Brendan Rodgers he scored 31 goals before heading off to Barcelona that summer.

    Now it is Egyptian Salah who is the king of the Kop, helping Liverpool to both Champions League and the Premier League since his arrival from Roma in 2017.

    Suarez averaged 0.62 goals per game during his period on Merseyside while 29-year-old Salah has a slightly better one of 0.63. And it was while examining the stats that Ferdinand and Owen got into their debate over who was the best – with neither sitting on the fence.

  • SIGN MAN UP

    Javier Manquillo dreams of Newcastle signing Kylian Mbappe and Erling Haaland as he insists the Toon are unfazed by becoming ‘hated’.

    The Magpies’ right-back charitably adds Lionel Messi and Cristiano Ronaldo to the list of newcomers he’d accept at newly-rich St James’ Park.

    The 27-year-old told The Telegraph: “I understand that this operation will arouse antipathy or hatred. But we are not going to stop enjoying this period because of this.

    “If you ask me who I’d sign for Newcastle, I’d go for Mbappe and I’d go for Haaland. If it was a PlayStation team I’d also go for Messi and Cristiano, but the youngsters who stand out the most right now are those two.

    “I have read that there is talk of (Steven) Gerrard and (Frank) Lampard.

    “But our manager now is Steve Bruce and we support him without hesitation.”

    Javier Manquillo says the Newcastle squad are unfazed by any 'hatred' they'll face
  • FOOTBALL PROBE

    A married Everton star arrested on suspicion of child sex offences has had his bail extended.

    The Premier League player, who can’t be named for legal reasons, was held by police on Friday, July 16 before being released on bail.

    Greater Manchester Police have now confirmed the player has had his bail extended by a further three months, The Athletic reports.

    No further details about the case have been provided. Cops raided his home earlier in July and “several items were seized”.

    The international player has been suspended by Everton while police continue to investigate the allegations.

    A statement from the club said: “Everton can confirm it has suspended a player pending a police investigation. The club will continue to support the authorities with their inquiries and will not be making any further statement at this time.”

    Everton said a player had been suspended pending a police probe
  • HALF-TIME ROUND-UP!

    Manchester City lead 2-0 at Club Bruge at half-time in their Champions League clash.

    Joao Cancelo and a Riyad Mahrez penalty gave Pep Guardiola’s side their excellent start as they look to top Group A.

    Elsewhere, Sporting Lisbon lead 3-1 at Besiktas at the break as they look to keep their qualification hopes alive in Group C.

  • OH DEAR OLE

    Cristiano Ronaldo has reportedly recommended Zinedine Zidane to Manchester United’s hierarchy.

    Despite Ole Gunnar Solskjaer having the backing of United’s board, Ronnie has sung the praises of his old Real Madrid boss, according to Spanish outlet El Chiringuito.

    They claim Zidane has held talks with United big wigs but has snubbed a move because he wants to replace Didier Deschamps as France boss.

    Paris Saint-Germain and Newcastle are also said to have approached the legendary Frenchman but have both been knocked back.

  • SAK RACE

    Barcelona are reportedly interested in Arsenal target Alexander Isak.

    The Gunners are said to have highlighted the Swedish forward as a replacement for Alexandre Lacazette.

    But the Catalan giants have highlighted the Real Sociedad star as a cheaper alternative Erling Haaland who they are also in for.

    That is according to Spanish outlet AS who suggest Barca’s interest may make Arsenal director Edu’s job much harder.

  • JULES RAID

    Real Madrid’s Jules raid could foil the boys in Blue.

    The Spanish giants believe a player-plus-cash deal can land Sevilla’s France defender Jules Kounde ahead of Chelsea and Manchester United.

    DefensaCentral claim Kounde has shot up Real’s wishlist after showing he can play on the right as well as at centre-back.

    Sevilla rate the 22-year-old as their key man and are understood to have rejected a £43million bid from Chelsea in the last transfer window – as they want around £60m.

    It has already been suggested in Spain he would rather join United than the Blues, even telling his agent to initiate talks with Old Trafford chiefs.

    And now Real are being tipped as favourites as they pave the way for an exchange deal next summer.

    Jules Kounde, linked to Chelsea and Man Utd, is reportedly now a Real target
  • SPEED DIAL UP

    Manchester United starlet Amad Diallo might go out on loan in January to help him get up to speed after injury.

    The 19-year-old winger picked up a knock in training in August – which scuppered a loan move to Feyenoord – but was back involved in a session with the first-team squad last week.

    The three-cap Ivory Coast starlet was also back in training ahead of United’s Champions League clash with his former club Atalanta at Old Trafford on Wednesday.

    Speaking at a press conference ahead of the clash, United boss Ole Gunnar Solskjaer said a temporary spell somewhere else in the New Year might be the best option for the teenager.

    He added: “Amad trained his first session last week before Leicester. He is still continuing his rehab and will probably play in the Under-23s when he is ready for that.

    “His development has been exactly what we wanted from him, and he is learning the language. We have to make the decision before Christmas, whether he is going to play here or elsewhere. The injury was bad timing.”

  • HAMMER BLOW

    West Ham star midfielder Declan Rice will play for a team in the Champions League, according to Gary Neville.

    A number of clubs have been eyeing up the 22-year-old England international including Chelsea and Manchester United.

    And while Rice remains committed to his boyhood club for this season, Neville believes it won’t be long before he seeks a move to one of Europe’s giants.

    Speaking on Sky Sports, he said: “He’ll have to transfer to a team in the Champions League.

    “Where he plays in midfield. Where there’s high expectations. Where he’s playing against teams that are dropping deep every week and there will be different asks.”

    Rice’s current deal at West Ham does not come to an end until 2024.

    Rice has continued his superb form for West Ham at the start of the season
  • HOW CHELSEA COULD LINE-UP vs MALMO

    Chelsea welcome Swedish side Malmo to Stamford Bridge in the Champions League on Wednesday.

    And Thomas Tuchel has all but one of his squad to choose from with only Christian Pulisic unavailable.

    As a result, the German is likely to pick a strong side as the Blues look to make it two wins from three in Group H.

    How Chelsea could line-up against Malmo in the Champions League on Wednesday
  • TOON TAKEDOWN

    PREMIER LEAGUE clubs have bandied together to prevent Newcastle cashing in on new commercial deals with Saudi-owned companies.

    In the latest sign of the fury unleashed by the £305m Tyneside takeover, clubs called an emergency meeting on Monday.

    They voted 18-2 in favour of a motion that demands any sponsorship deals with member clubs are paid at a reasonable “market value” rather than inflated as a way of easing past Financial Fair Play rules.

    Only Newcastle – represented by outgoing managing director Lee Charnley – and Manchester City, whose own deals have been scrutinised by rivals in the past, voted against the proposals.

    While the new rule change is only a temporary stop-gap lasting a month, there were calls for it to be made permanent, with a number of clubs believing it will prevent the newly-enriched Toons being able to bypass financial regulations.

    But it adds to the mood of chaos and confusion among the 20 clubs, which has put the future of Prem chairman Gary Hoffman under threat.

    Premier League sides have come together to prevent Newcastle from taking advantage of commercial deals