Transfer news LIVE: Arsenal scrap Chelsea, Liverpool contact, Tottenham Pochettino clause



Posted Monday, November 25, 2019 by Express.co.uk

Transfer news LIVE: Arsenal scrap Chelsea, Liverpool contact, Tottenham Pochettino clause

Transfer news LIVE

· Arsenal and Chelsea are set to do battle for Flamengo wonderkid Reinier Jesus

· Liverpool have been approached about young hotshot Rhian Brewster leaving

· Tottenham may have stopped Mauricio Pochettino going to manage a rival club

· Manchester United will receive cash from Cristiano Ronaldo's last transfer

Man Utd given transfer advice

Gary Neville has identified the areas most in need of strengthening at Manchester United.

“The midfield’s just a problem for United full stop, let’s be clear about it,” Red Devils legend Neville told Sky Sports.

“Even with Scott McTominay in it it’s a problem. They haven’t strengthened in that area, obviously [Paul] Pogba’s injured.

“It’s a problem for them and it’s just not good enough, the midfield just doesn’t have good enough quality.

“They need a striker, they need two midfield players, they need a left-back - they need five or six signings.

“They can’t do that until January and obviously the summer but the midfield will not go away as a problem for Manchester United just because of an injury.

“It’s a problem full stop - it needs strengthening.”

Arsenal exits potentially on the cards

Arsenal hero Martin Keown believes it’s Champions League or bust if the Gunners are to keep hold of their top stars.

"Well it’s imperative that you hang onto your best players," Keown told the Metro.

"That’s always the first thing every summer – you want to keep your players first and then add to it.

"You wouldn’t want to lose Aubameyang or Lacazette but they’ll only stay if Arsenal are successful.

"There’s no time to lose for Arsenal, they have to go to work very quickly. There could be some difficult decisions ahead."

Mauricio Pochettino to make Tottenham return

Former Chelsea striker Tony Cascarino can see Mauricio Pochettino copying Jose Mourinho’s two spells with the Blues by returning to Tottenham one day.

"I personally think Pochettino will be back at Spurs one day. I think there’s unfinished business," Cascarino said on talkSPORT.

"It’s like when Mourinho left Chelsea, won a title - okay Poch didn’t do that. I think he’s adored so much still at Spurs that that he could easily become Spurs manager again further down the line.

"When that will be, whether it’s two years, five years, I just think it will happen. Unless his relationship was so severed with Daniel Levy that it’s never, ever possible - I don’t think that’s the case."

Cristiano Ronaldo boost for Man Utd

Cristiano Ronaldo’s big-money move to Juventus in 2018 is set to see Manchester United receive another small cash windfall.

The Sun report solidarity payment rules mean United are going to receive £850,000 following the Portuguese’s latest switch.

That’s despite United not having had Ronaldo on their books since 2009 - when the forward quit them for a world-record £80m.

Ronaldo has since enjoyed goal-laden spells at Real Madrid and Juventus - where he’s gunning for Champions League glory this term.

Man Utd stance on Ole Gunnar Solskjaer

Manchester United boss Ole Gunnar Solskjaer retains the backing of the Old Trafford board despite Mauricio Pochettino being available to replace him.

Solskjaer has insisted he does not feel any pressure despite Pochettino, previously tipped to replace him, being freed by Spurs.

And The Athletic report he has every right to be confident about his position in Manchester, with chiefs believing he should still be leading United.

Solskjaer leads United in the Premier League on Sunday afternoon as they take on Chris Wilder’s Sheffield United at Bramall Lane.

Mauricio Pochettino stopped from taking jobs

Tottenham chief Daniel Levy is likely to have cannily stopped Mauricio Pochettino being able to take over a rival.

Pochettino left Tottenham earlier this week after going into the international break with a question mark above his head.

Spurs have stumped up a £12.5m compensation package to part ways with the Argentine, who is very highly rated.

The Mirror report the terms of that deal will likely include a close blocking Pochettino from taking charge of another Premier League club for a set period.

Double Man Utd deal backed

Manchester United should make a move for former Liverpool star Emre Can to bolster Ole Gunnar Solskjaer’s squad.

That is the verdict of Old Trafford flop Kleberson, who told BonusCodeBets: "Emre Can would be a great player to help in the midfield at United.

"I know he used to play for their rivals Liverpool, but it is important to see what good things he would bring to the club. Not only would he help United for the future and he would add strength with-in the midfield for this season."

Kleberson also wants to see Erling Braut Haaland rock up at United to reinforce the Red Devils in attack.

"Haaland is a player wanted by many clubs, not just Manchester United," Kleberson added. "He would bring something different to United that would really help them when attacking. Ole is looking to build for the future and with Haaland United can start to compete again."

Jose Mourinho hailed

Jose Mourinho has been backed by Robbie Fowler to get his Tottenham side behind him - including the players who want to leave.

Fowler said: "Mourinho is many things, but he’s an ­organiser who can come in, assess the personnel and come up with a system that works.

"He can also get ­players doing the job he wants, whether they are desperate to leave or longing for a new contract. ­Tottenham’s success was based on a ­defensive excellence that has disappeared ­without a trace in 2019. And guess what, Mourinho is the ­master of organising a defence.

"I reckon he’ll be straight in to ­Jan ­Vertonghen, Toby Alderweireld and Danny Rose ­saying, "It doesn’t ­matter where you want to be or what gripe you had with the club and the previous ­manager, I’ll fight for you, if you fight for me."

Chelsea concerns

Paul Scholes seems to think Chelsea will have to upgrade their centre-backs if they want to keep playing out from the back.

The Manchester United legend has expressed concerns about Fikayo Tomori and Kurt Zouma, who played during Saturday’s defeat at Manchester City.

"I’d be a little bit worried about his two centre-halves," Scholes told Premier League Productions.

"The way he wants to play, are they good enough on the ball? I think defensively they’re okay.

"They look a little bit nervous on the ball to me which can create nerves throughout the team."

Arsenal contingency plan

Freddie Ljunberg and Steve Bould are likely to take the reins on a caretaker basis if Arsenal dispose of Unai Emery.

The Gunners legend are part of the backroom setup at the Emirates and will get the nod if needs must, claim the Mirror.

Emery’s position is in danger following Arsenal’s failure to beat struggling Southampton at home on Saturday.

Raul Sanllehi and co. are unlikely to rush to replace him though, meaning Ljungberg and Bould could be turned to on a temporary basis.

Arsenal chief plots departure

Arsenal chairman Sir Chips Keswick could call it a day at the Emirates because he will not be part of the handling of Unai Emery’s future.

The Athletic claim Keswick feels he has been left out of the decision-making process in north London since they tweaked their internal structure.

And, therefore, the veteran chief feels ‘compelled’ to end his association with the Gunners.

Emery was left teetering on the brink on Saturday after Arsenal’s dismal 2-2 draw at home against Southampton.

No Chelsea talks

Chelsea are yet to speak to Jadon Sancho’s people over a raid on Borussia Dortmund for the boyhood Blues fan.

Sancho grew up watching the likes of Frank Lampard and Joe Cole strut their stuff as he made his own way in the game.

And he is expected to one day make his own mark in the Premier League, with his time at Dortmund coming to an end.

Chelsea - currently banned from signing players - are yet to make their interest in Sancho known, according to The Athletic.

Erling Braut Haaland blow

Manchester United face disappointment in the hunt for Erling Braut Haaland because RB Leipzig are contractually in pole position to land the striker.

The Red Devils are eager to reunite Haaland with his former Molde boss Ole Gunnar Solskjaer following a stunning start to the season.

However, the Mirror report Leipzig have first refusal on the Red Bull Salzburg hitman, who is the son of former Manchester City ace Alf-Inge Haaland.

Leipzig can land Haaland for £25.7m due to a release clause - far less than United would be prepared to pay for him.

Ideal manager search

Tottenham boss Jose Mourinho is the latest appointment in the top flight - but could Daniel Levy have chosen a better fit?

Express Sport has taken a look at every Premier League club’s ideal next manager, from Arsenal right down to Wolves.

With Mauricio Pochettino now available, just where might he end up? Arsenal, Manchester United and one day Chelsea are possibilities.

Take a look at how ended up where right HERE and let us know what you make of the purely hypothetical choices.

Jadon Sancho eyes next club

Borussia Dortmund winger Jadon Sancho reportedly has Liverpool and Manchester United on a shortlist of teams he would join.

The England flyer has experienced a hit-and-miss season so far at Signal Iduna Park and could be on his way out.

The Athletic report Sancho is eyeing a potential return to the Premier League, having been on Manchester City’s books before.

Barcelona and Real Madrid are also options for Sancho, who has apparently been left perplexed by Dortmund boss Lucien Favre’s use of him this term.

Pep Guardiola blocked Arsenal transfer

Manchester City boss Pep Guardiola endeared himself to Raheem Sterling by refusing to entertain the possibility of the winger joining Arsenal.

A part-exchange deal involving Sterling and Alexis Sanchez was mooted just over two years ago when City were eyeing the-then Arsenal forward.

However, Guardiola kept hold of the England international and that seriously impressed Sterling.

The Sun claim there are few players closer to Guardiola than Sterling, who has become one of the planet’s top stars under the Spaniard.

Newcastle plot January sale

Newcastle midfielder Ki Sung-yueng is said to be free to leave St. James’ Park when the transfer window opens in January.

Football Insider claim manager Steve Bruce has given the thumbs up for the former Swansea and Sunderland ace to leave.

Ki will be out of contract in the summer and Newcastle are willing to take their chance to bring in a fee for him.

Ki is behind Sean Longstaff, Matty Longstaff, Jonjo Shelvey and Isaac Hayden in the midfield pecking order at Newcastle.

Unai Emery set for sack

Arsenal boss Unai Emery is destined for the sack because there are no signs of improvement under the Spaniard.

That is the verdict of Premier League legend Alan Shearer, who says the Gunners have regressed during Emery’s time as manager.

"I see the same thing with Arsenal, they’re terrible defensively every single week, and they’re getting worse," Shearer said.

"I don’t see Emery getting out of it because as I said, they’re getting worse."

Man Utd target staying put

Manchester United target John McGinn will not be allowed to move during the January transfer window, says Aston Villa boss Dean Smith.

"There's been a lot of speculation about a lot of our players," Smith said, when asked about McGinn and Jack Grealish’s futures.

"But we've two owners who want to build a football club, challenging in the top half of the table, and top six in a few years' time.

"To do that you have to keep your best players and I've no doubt in my mind the owners will want to keep those players."

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