Icardi to 'turn down Newcastle', Toon targeting Lacazette, Christensen Chelsea new deal – transfer news LIVE

NEWCASTLE are reportedly eyeing up Arsenal striker Alexandre Lacazette.

But reports also suggest that Mauro Icardi will snub a move to Toon in favour of staying at Paris Saint-Germain.

Steven Gerrard, Eddie Howe, Frank Lampard and Antonio Conte are among those linked to the managerial position in the North East.

Meanwhile Chelsea are ready to offer Andreas Christensen a contract extension after his impressive recent form.

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  • Kealan Hughes

    SAN SIR-NO

    Italy are trying to get November's match against Switzerland moved from the San Siro after keeper Gianluigi Donnarumma was booed last week.

    The Azzurri are scheduled play in Milan again – but according to tuttomercatoweb a new venue is on the cards following the abuse Donnarumma suffered.

    The 22-year-old left boyhood club AC Milan for PSG in the summer on a free transfer after his contract expired.

    It's a decision that has not gone down well with the Rossoneri faithful who loudly booed him on his return to San Siro in the Nations League defeat by Spain.

    As a result the Italian FA (FIGC) have decided to change the stadium for Italy's next home match.

    Roberto Mancini's side take on Switzerland in a crucial World Cup qualifier on November 12, although it's not yet clear where that will now be.

    Rome's Stadio Olimpico has been touted as a possible venue, but the stadium hosts a rugby match between Italy and New Zealand six days earlier.

  • Kealan Hughes

    RONE RANGER

    Gareth Southgate has praised Tyrone Mings for overcoming his ‘performance anxiety’ at Euro 2020.

    The Aston Villa captain, 28, started England’s opening two group games against Croatia and Scotland.

    But speaking after the tournament, Mings revealed he felt under huge pressure replacing injured Man Utd skipper Harry Maguire in the side.

    The ace candidly explained: “I did have a tough time in the lead-up to the opening game against Croatia. I think I’m a lot more hardened to outside influences now, but my mental health did plummet.

    “And I have no shame in admitting that because there was so many unknowns about me going to that game.

    “I was probably the only name on the teamsheet that people thought: ‘Not sure about him.’ And that was something I had to overcome.

    “When 90-95% of your country are having doubts over you, it’s very difficult to stop this intruding on your own thoughts.”

  • Kealan Hughes

    JAB JOB

    A quarter of players in the Football League are reportedly snubbing Covid-19 injections, despite the Government advising them not to do so.

    The news comes as the latest figures show the percentages of double-jabbed EFL footballers has risen from roughly 18 per cent to 49 per cent.

    However, the number of those who have been inoculated or intend to get injections has increased by JUST five per cent over the past month, according to the Mail on Sunday.

    And this information comes in the same month as SunSport exclusively revealing at least five England players are refusing to get vaccinated.

    It is thought the resistance of the unnamed Three Lions aces has thrown the national team’s World Cup qualification plans into disarray.

    The Mail on Sunday says a source has informed them that ‘approximately 75 per cent’ of EFL players this month are fully vaccinated, have had one jab or intend to be vaccinated.

  • Kealan Hughes

    JOT GOOD

    Diogo Jota has been training on his own and was forced to sit out of Portugal's 3-0 win against Qatar on Saturday.

    With the 24-year-old having 'little' probability of playing in Tuesday's World Cup qualifier against Luxembourg, boss Fernando Santos has admitted he could be sent back to Liverpool early.

    Jota has sat out of group sessions, instead training one-on-one with coach Joao Brito.

    Santos revealed: "He trained a while ago, increased the intensity today with Joao Brito, but he didn't train with us

    "The probability will be little. I'll talk to him, see how he feels.

    "If we see that he has any conditions to be on the bench and then come in, that's fine.

    "If we don't, we won't take the risk with a player who hasn't been able to train with us for a long time.

    "I'll make the decision shortly, and if he can't play, he'll head to Liverpool."

  • Kealan Hughes

    NO LING-ERING

    Manchester United will consider a cut-price £15million for Jesse Lingard in January if he continues to refuse a new deal, SunSport can reveal.

    The England forward has struggled to break into Ole Gunnar Solskjaer's starting XI since his return this summer.

    He has come off the bench to score a winner at former club West Ham and set up Cristiano Ronaldo's goal against Villarreal.

    The 28-year-old has been in talks over an extension to his contract, which runs out at the end of the season.

    SunSport understands he has been offered terms around £135,000-a-week, a decent increase on his current deal.

    The academy graduate is interested in staying, but wants assurances he will get regular first-team action.

  • Kealan Hughes

    'TRIBUTE'

    Lionel Messi did his best Diego Maradona impersonation last night as the Paris Saint-Germain star inspired Argentina to victory against Uruguay.

    Football legend Maradona, who passed away almost a year ago aged 60, took centre-stage in one of the game’s most famous photographs.

    The image of Maradona being confronted by SIX Belgium defenders at the 1982 World Cup still lives long in the memory.

    And PSG ace Messi, 34, recreated the moment for Argentina when he received the ball in Uruguay's penalty area during last night's World Cup qualifier.

    As several opposition defenders charged towards him, Messi casually glided backwards out of the box with the ball.

    He then cut inside the pitch as even more Uruguay players moved forward to challenge him.

    But Messi could not be stopped as he laid off a silky pass to the right wing.

  • Kealan Hughes

    'TOXIC'

    Phil Jones says youngsters breaking into the football world must be mentally capable of handling the ‘toxic’ social media environment.

    The 29-year-old Manchester United defender has now turned his back on his online accounts after being on the receiving end of some harsh treatment.

    Speaking to the UTD podcast, Jones said: “I stepped away from social media a long time ago but it's difficult because all your friends read it, your family read it and they support you, they want the best for you.

    “They don't want to see their mate, their husband, their dad getting slaughtered all over the papers or all over the media, so it's tough because mentally I was going through a tough time and (then) to read stuff as well…

    “It's difficult but it's something I've learned to deal with, especially over the time I've been at United and the more experience you get, the older you get, the better you learn to deal with those things.

    “I suppose for young players coming into the game now, not just at Man United, but all over the world, it's a very hostile, toxic place to come into and they've got to be able to deal with that mentally as well as physically.”

  • Dylan Terry

    POG PRAISE

    Raphael Varane has lauded Paul Pogba’s ‘positive’ influence on Manchester United’s squad.

    And the Red Devils newbie revealed his France compatriot played a huge part in his decision to swap Real Madrid for Old Trafford.

    Varane was speaking to Premier League World ahead of Les Bleus’ 2-1 Uefa Nations League final triumph over Spain on Sunday.

    The centre-back, 28, whose club play Leicester City next, said: “He (Pogba) spoke to me about the club, about the atmosphere, about the expectations and, of course, he is a great player.

    “He has a great energy, a very positive energy, and he is a leader for the group.

    “He spoke to me about the club, about the atmosphere, about the expectations.”

  • Dylan Terry

    'FULLY SUPPORTIVE'

    Football League referee James Adcock has praised his fellow officials for supporting him as speaking about his sexuality on National Coming Out Day.

    The 37-year-old currently officiates part-time in the EFL, and has previously acted as a fourth official in the Premier League.

    He is the highest-level male official in English football to come out after Ryan Atkin in 2017.

    And Adcock has praised his colleagues within the game for their support since he came out.

    Speaking to the BBC's LGBT Sport Podcast, he said: "As I was going from part-time to full-time in football, some knew and some didn't.

    "Now all my colleagues know, and it's just the norm. And, to be honest, there's been interest from colleagues saying, 'I'm proud of you James, that you're able to be openly gay in sport,' because they know the barriers that are still in place.

    "They're fully supportive and don't change the way they are around me or the way they speak to me because they thought I was a heterosexual guy, and now they find out I'm a gay guy.

    "I don't need to wear a T-shirt saying: 'I'm James Adcock and I'm a gay guy.' People know and just accept it.

    "I've not had any homophobic abuse thrown at me, and I can't tell you a story where I've had to combat or overcome that."

  • Dylan Terry

    NEWCASTLE A NO GO FOR ICARDI

    Mauro Icardi will reportedly reject Newcastle United’s transfer interest to stay at Paris Saint-Germain.

    The Magpies' £300million Saudi-backed takeover has seen them linked with some of the world's biggest stars.

    Icardi, 28, joined PSG – initially on loan – in 2019 after 124 goals in 219 games for Italian giants Inter Milan.

    But with Neymar, Kylian Mbappe and now Lionel Messi ahead of him in the pecking order at the Parc des Princes, game time is hard to come by.

    Despite his limited opportunities, Icardi has still managed 36 goals in 72 games.

    That form has seen Newcastle linked with a swoop for the ace – but the ace’s wife Wanda Nara has no desire to leave the French capital.

    That’s according to Gabriele Giuffrida, the agent who helped orchestrate Icardi’s transfer from Inter to PSG.

    Giuffrida told Gazzetta: “Leaving Paris is not in Mauro and Wanda’s plans, it’s the last thing they want. I don’t see Mauro joining another club soon.”

  • Dylan Terry

    INCE NOT ON

    Former Manchester United hardman Paul Ince has urged Donny van de Beek to leave Old Trafford in January for the 'good of his career'.

    The 24-year-old has played SIX minutes of Premier League action this season – and Ince believes Ole Gunnar Solskjaer deceived the Dutchman when signing him from Ajax.

    Ince, 53, told The Kelly and Wrighty Show: "If I'm going to buy a player, a top player from Ajax, the first thing I'm going to say is, 'Am I going to play? Where do you see me fitting in, within the system, within the team?'

    "As a manager you have two choices – you can either tell the truth or not tell the truth.

    "From what I'm seeing for the last year and a half, he's not told Donny [van de Beek] the truth, he hasn't had any game time. He's got £35million sitting on the bench.

    "I can hold my hands up if I'm on the bench and the team are winning and playing well.

    "You can't tell me that Fred and [Scott] McTominay are playing well week in and week out, and even [Paul] Pogba because they're not.

    "But he seems to play them all the time, and I'm sitting there watching them play, I would be livid.

    "He's been professional, he's done everything by the book. Ole's come out saying he's in my plans, obviously he's just blatantly lying, he has to move in January for the good of his career."

  • Dylan Terry

    ROO-ING MISSED OPPORTUNITY

    Since the arrival of Roman Abramovich in 2003, Chelsea have hardly struggled to attract big name stars.

    The Russian has poured millions into his beloved Blues, particularly in his earlier years with the club.

    He quickly set his stall out in his first few seasons at the helm by bringing the likes of Arjen Robben, Claude Makelele and Didier Drogba to West London.

    That’s not to mention highly-rated young Porto coach Jose Mourinho.

    And while Chelsea have hardly struggled for trophies in the following years, scooping five league titles, five FA Cups and two Champions League triumphs, it is astonishing to think that they could have had even more.

    Yes, the Blues were within touching distance of signing a whole host of other superstars…including NEYMAR and STEVEN GERRARD.

  • Dylan Terry

    RASH DECISION

    Marcus Rashford has sensationally admitted that he played almost the ENTIRE of last season with a shoulder injury.

    The forward has been out of action since Euro 2020, but has revealed he is in a ‘much better place’ now as he nears a return.

    The 23-year-old decided to go under the knife in August after England’s heartbreaking Euro final defeat against Italy.

    Incredibly Rashford played 64 TIMES in all competitions during the 2020/21 campaign – the majority of which were while he was injured.

    But he is now back in training with the Red Devils and is nearing a return to first team action.

    He could even be included in Ole Gunnar Solskjaer’s matchday squad for Saturday’s trip to Leicester.

    He told BBC Breakfast: “My recovery is – I wouldn’t say coming to an end because obviously I have to keep looking after it – but I’m in a much better place physically and mentally.

    “Last year was a very long season for me, I got this injury at the end of September and gradually it got that little bit worse, but now I’m fully free of that, I feel much better physically and mentally.”

  • Dylan Terry

    FAC FACTS

    Manchester United winger Facundo Pellistri has suggested that Jadon Sancho's arrival at Old Trafford made him decide to head out on loan.

    Speaking to The Athletic about his pre-season with United, Pellestri said: "I felt stronger in the first team, I scored in a game at Derby for the first team.

    "It was a very hard pre-season, the hardest I’ve ever had. Physically, you are really pushed, the training is such a high level.

    "New players came in, including in my position [Sancho] so I thought it was a good idea to go on loan again.

    "The best thing for a player is to play, and for a young player, to get experience."

  • Dylan Terry

    GINI IN THE BOTTLE

    Gini Wijnaldum isn't 'completely happy' at Paris Saint-Germain due to his lack of playing time.

    As quoted by NOS, the 30-year-old said: "I can't say I'm completely happy.

    "Because the situation is not what I wanted. But that's football and I'll have to learn to deal with that. I'm a fighter.

    "I have to stay positive and work hard to turn it around.

    "I have played a lot in recent years, was always fit and also did very well. This is something different and that takes getting used to.

    "I was really looking forward to the new step and then this happens. It is very difficult."

  • Dylan Terry

    SOL SEARCHING

    Manchester United boss Ole Gunnar Solskjaer and football director John Murtough mutually agree Erling Haaland is the best option for the club long-term, reports say.

    Haaland is one of the best talents in Europe at the moment and has a prolific goal scoring record.

    The 21-year-old has scored 68 goals and provided 19 assists in 67 games for Borussia Dortmund.

    And he also scored the most goals in the Champions League last season, beating United's Cristiano Ronaldo to the award, who at the time was at Juventus.

    His goal scoring ability has seen his value increase by almost £100million at Dortmund, and he has attracted interest from pretty much every big club across Europe's top leagues, including Man Utd.

    According to the Manchester Evening News, Solskjaer and Murtough agree that Haaland is the best long-term option available in Europe to replace their aging strike force of Ronaldo and Edinson Cavani.

  • Dylan Terry

    HALLER TIME

    Sebastien Haller is currently the Champions League group stages top scorer.

    And in doing so he's out-netted the likes of Cristiano Ronaldo, Lionel Messi and Erling Haaland.

    Hammers flop Haller scored just 14 goals in 54 games for the club after a whopping £45MILLION move from Eintracht Frankfurt.

    But since joining Ajax in January the 27-year-old has found a new lease of life.

    Haller has scored FIVE goals in just two Champions League clashes for Ajax so far this campaign and boasts the best record in the competition this season, talkSPORT report.

  • Dylan Terry

    PHIL IN

    Ole Gunnar Solskajer added another casualty to his growing injury list on Sunday night.

    Raphael Varane hobbled off during France's Nations League clash against Spain, meaning BOTH first choice centre-backs could now be out.

    The 28-year-old seemingly overstretched while going for a loose ball – and had to be withdrawn before half-time.

    Worryingly though for United the knock came with nobody near the defender.

    And if it forces Varane to be sidelined for Saturday's trip to Leicester then Phil Jones could be set for a sensational Manchester United return.

    Jones has not played for United since an FA Cup clash against Tranmere 19 MONTHS ago.

  • Dylan Terry

    AL BE BACK

    Arsenal are looking into bringing Alex Oxlade-Chamberlain back to north London, as well as sign young Dutch star Noa Lang.

    Its been four years since Oxlade-Chamberlain left the Gunners for Liverpool in a £35million transfer.

    The 28-year-old has had success in picking up some silverware, winning the Premier League and Champions League under Jurgen Klopp.

    But has ultimately struggled with injuries, missing a grand total of 74 games as a result.

    The midfielder has made just five appearances for the Reds this season and has become frustrated with his lack of opportunities.

    Arsenal are interested in an initial six-month loan with the possibility of a permanent deal at the end of the season.

  • Dylan Terry

    DIAL OR NO DIAL

    Feyernoord are preparing a fresh bid for Man Utd star Amad Diallo after an injury scuppered his loan move to the Dutch side in the summer.

    Diallo, 19, was signed by the Red Devils from Italian club Atalanta for a reported fee of £21.25m in January, which could rise to as much as £34m with add-ons.

    The Ivory Coast international had been due to go on loan to Feyenoord this summer for more regular first-team football, after only appearing eight times for Ole Gunnar Solskjaer’s side last season.

    But an injury in pre-season meant that he instead stayed at Old Trafford for his recovery, having only just returned to first-team training after several weeks out.

    But according to Feyenoord transfermarkt, the club are still interested in Diallo and with first-team opportunities likely to be hard to come by at Old Trafford, he could be tempted to make the switch.

  • Dylan Terry

    BLUE BEAUTY

    Andreas Christensen has reportedly agreed a contract extension with Chelsea.

    The defender, 25, is set to become a free agent at the end of the season.

    Now it is only a ‘matter of time’ before it is confirmed he will be staying longer at Stamford Bridge.

    That is according to Italian football journalist Fabrizio Romano, who claims a new agreement has already been reached between the star and the Premier League side.

    The Denmark international initially moved to Chelsea in 2013 but has only become a regular for them over the past two seasons.

    The ace struggled for games before Thomas Tuchel's arrival in West London before going on to make 27 appearances last term.

    It had previously been claimed that the Blues were set to finalise an 'imminent' deal with the centre-half but no official announcement has yet been made.

    Christensen has allegedly agreed upon a new £140,000-per-week contract.

  • Dylan Terry

    OUS DEAL

    Liverpool are considering a transfer move for Barcelona star Ousmane Dembele, according to reports.

    Dembele, 24, has interested the Reds for some time and could be signed to provide competition for the likes of Sadio Mane and Diogo Jota.

    The Frenchman signed for Barca in 2017 for a fee of £138million but his contract expires at the end of the season.

    That means he is affordable, and though Barcelona want to keep him they are requesting he accepts a reduction in his £200k a week wages.

    Dembele has the ball in his court as a result, with Liverpool one of several teams eyeing a free transfer, report TEAMtalk.

    Manchester United have been long-term admirers of the winger.

  • Dylan Terry

    ALEX ON WAY?

    Arsenal star Alexandre Lacazette is wanted by Newcastle, according to reports.

    The Gunners striker has just eight-months left on his deal and will be available on a free next summer.

    The Toon have a large transfer budget to spend, following their £300m Saudi takeover last week.

    And Lacazette is high on their radar to get the new revolution at St James' Park underway, according to Fichajes.

    The mega-rich Premier League side are looking to snatch the French forward on a free, or a cheap deal in January.

    It is understood the Magpies have a ten-man initial shortlist of stars they are looking to bring in.

    This includes Lacazette, who has become a bit-part player under Mikel Arteta at the Emirates.

  • Dylan Terry

    BLUE BEAUTY

    Chelsea have the most Premier League goal scorers this season, twice as many as Manchester United.

    Thomas Tuchel’s mega-squad proves depth really does matter at the top level.

    That’s because TWELVE different players have netted in Chelsea’s opening seven league matches of the new campaign.

    That’s three more than champions Manchester City, who alongside the Blues arguably boast the best squad in the division.

    Meanwhile, Man United have seen just six of their players score this term – half of Chelsea’s amount.

  • Jack Figg

    GOOD MORNING FOOTBALL FANS

    Steve Bruce expects to start clearing his desk today as the new Newcastle owners begin work in earnest.

    Firing the unpopular Toon boss will be the first big decision made by the Saudi-led consortium.

    A multi-million pound pay-off will soften the blow for Bruce, who said last Thursday that the sack would come as no surprise.

    That was despite the owners claiming no decision had been made about his future last night.

    Geordie Bruce was set to take charge of his 1,000th game as a manager against Spurs at St James’ Park on Sunday, but assistant Graeme Jones is more likely to be in temporary charge instead.

    Meanwhile, Harry Kane ‘loves Tottenham’ and will play a key role in the club’s rebuild, according to the club’s transfer chief Fabio Paratici.

    Paratici, as per Fabrizio Romano, said: “Harry Kane loves Tottenham.

    “We’ve decided to keep Harry last summer to start the re-building, and we’re happy with our choice.

    “There’s no need of any new talk with Harry. He knows how to share the sense of belonging to Spurs.”

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