Chelsea keen on £97.5m Lautaro Martinez transfer, Barcelona 'meet Raiola to discuss Haaland', Aguero RETIRES

CHELSEA are reportedly ready to go back in for Lautaro Martinez of Inter Milan.

The Argentine struck up a partnership with Romelu Lukaku which saw the Nerazzurri win Serie A and would reportedly cost £97.5.

Meanwhile Barcelona are said to have met Erling Haaland's super-agent Mino Raiola to try engineer a move for the Dortmund star.

A host of Premier League clubs including Manchester United, Manchester City and Chelsea are said to be keeping tabs on the Norwegian striker.

And City legend Sergio Aguero has given a tearful press conference after being forced to hang up his boots aged just 33.

Aguero is City's all-time record goalscorer with a total of 260 goals in 390 appearances.

We also have the very latest on Joao Felix, with Atletico Madrid president Enrique Cerezo dismissing the idea he will leave the Wanda Metropolitano any time soon.

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  • Kostas Lianos

    LAUT OF INTEREST

    Chelsea are still interested in signing Inter Milan star Lautaro Martinez.

    That is according to Fichajes, who report that the Blues may be prepared to reignite their interest in Lautaro during the summer transfer window.

    When the striker was available for the right price this year, and in 2020, none of the interested clubs met Inter's valuation.

    However, the west Londoners might have to make some room in their squad first before contemplating a potential deal involving the Argentina international

  • Kostas Lianos

    MAN UTD UPDATE

    Manchester United are currently dealing with 19 coronavirus cases within their ranks.

    That is according to the Telegraph, who report this is the total amount among players and members of staff, who are currently self-isolating.

    However, it is understood that not all of the cases relate to first team personnel.

    The Red Devils would not comment when asked about the number of positive COVID-19 cases

  • Kostas Lianos

    RED ALERT

    Manchester United returned more positive Covid-19 cases from their players on the same day they returned to training.

    United’s clash with Brentford – which was scheduled to take place on Tuesday – was postponed due to a coronavirus outbreak within their camp.

    The Red Devils’ training ground was closed on Monday as the players were ordered to spend 24 hours away.

    Those who returned negative lateral flow and PCR tests were then allowed to come back for training yesterday.

    According to the Daily Mail, however, at least two more players have been sent home after testing positive.

    Although the first team were not at the training ground on Tuesday, over 130 staff were still on the Carrington site including the women’s, Under-18s and U23s side.

    The situation now means the Manchester giants’ game on Saturday at home to Brighton could be called off

  • Kostas Lianos

    HAA-VING A MEETING

    Barcelona ‘have met with Mino Raiola’ and discussed the potential signing of Borussia Dortmund star Erling Haaland, who’s also linked with Manchester United, Manchester City and Chelsea.

    That is according to the Daily Mail, who claim Barca president Joan Laporta held a meeting with Raiola in order to discuss transfer targets, including that of Haaland.

    Despite the Blaugrana’s financial issues, there is still an interest in the Norway international as well as United star midfielder Paul Pogba.

    It is also claimed that the meeting with the Italian super agent was ‘not casual’

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  • Joshua Mbu

    OVERNIGHT ROUND-UP

    Stylish Arsenal leapfrogged West Ham into fourth spot – ahead of an even bigger night in the Prem.

    Gabriel Martinelli and sub Emile Smith Rowe deservedly sunk the Hammers 2-0 at the Emirates.

    Southampton went six games without a win despite a stirring 2-2 draw at Crystal Palace.

    And Roman Saiss fired Wolves up to eighth with a 1-0 triumph at sliding Brighton.

    This evening Liverpool and third-placed Chelsea can cut the deficit on leaders Man City with home victories.

    Thomas Tuchel's Blues aim to heap more pressure on Everton boss Rafa Benitez, while Jurgen Klopp's Reds will expect to deepen Newcastle's relegation fears.

    And as football faces a Christmas fixture crisis due to Covid outbreaks, Klopp has urged clubs to be more 'open' in revealing which players have tested positive .

    He said: "I support new measures, absolutely. We get tested every day and before the games, absolutely fine.

    On the transfer front, it's claimed Man Utd could have a clear run at signing Erling Haaland.

    But the Red Devils would have to qualify for the Champions League to lure the Borussia Dortmund goal machine, who has a £64million release clause.

  • Ian Tuckey

    XMAS FOOTBALL IN DOUBT

    Football's Covid crisis is spiralling out of control.

    Burnley’s Premier League home match against Watford was called off last night less than THREE hours before kick-off — following an outbreak in the Hornets’ squad.

    Three Championship games scheduled for Saturday — Reading v Luton, Millwall against Preston and Swansea’s trip to QPR — have already been postponed.

    And Prem chiefs also turned down requests from other top-flight clubs to scrap fixtures this week.

    Leicester boss Brendan Rodgers is fuming that tonight’s home clash against Tottenham has NOT been called off — even accusing League bosses of showing bias towards the bigger clubs.

    On the day the UK recorded its highest number of daily Covid cases — 78,610 — since the beginning of the pandemic, several more Prem matches this weekend were under threat.

    And there are serious fears this could wipe out the festive programme, leaving the sport in crisis.

    Watford’s home clash against Crystal Palace on Saturday is in doubt as a result of last night’s Turf Moor cancellation — due to the high number of first-team players involved.

  • Ian Tuckey

    F/T: ARSENAL 2 WEST HAM 0

    Impressive Arsenal leapfrogged West Ham into fourth place.

    Gabriel Martinelli and sub Emile Smith Rowe bagged neat second-half goals.

    And inbetween times Hammers’ defender Vladimir Coufal saw red for his second booking when he conceded an Alexandre Lacazette penalty that ex-Gunners’ stopper Lukasz Fabianski kept out.

    Click on our match blog HERE for all the reaction as West Ham dropped down to fifth.

  • Ian Tuckey

    GOAL! ARSENAL 2 WEST HAM 0

    Emile Smith Rowe underlined the Gunners’ excellent display by firing home their second goal on 87 minutes.

    Takehiro Tomiyasu’s tackle set up Bukayo Saka to surge clear for a sharp counter-attacking strike.

    Click on our match blog HERE for all the action and reaction.

  • Ian Tuckey

    GUNNERS’ PENALTY SAVED

    LATEST – ARSENAL 1 WEST HAM 0: Ex-Gunners’ keeper Lukasz Fabianski guessed correctly to keep out an Alexandre Lacazette’s penalty and stop Arsenal doubling their lead against the ten-man Hammers.

    Czech defender Vladimír Coufal saw red for West Ham as their bid to hold onto fourth place seems to be fading.

    Click on our match blog HERE for all the action and reaction.

  • Ian Tuckey

    F/T: BRIGHTON 0 WOLVES 1

    Roman Saiss' fine winner in first-half stoppage time pushed Wolves up to eighth.

    The visitors later hit the bar twice as Brighton's slide continued.

  • Ian Tuckey

    F/T: CRYSTAL PALACE 2 SOUTHAMPTON 2

    Southampton went winless for six games as Palace went 11th with a deserved draw.

    Wilf Zaha fired the Eagles' second-minute opener, but the Saints hit back through James Ward-Prowse curling home a brilliant free-kick and Armando Broja hammering the visitors in front.

    But Jordan Ayew earned Palace a point with a tightly-angled finish on 65 minutes.

  • Ian Tuckey

    GOAL! ARSENAL 1 WEST HAM 0

    Gabriel Martinelli latched onto Alexandre Lacazette’s sweet pass to angle the Gunners’ clinical opener on 48 minutes.

    Click on our match blog HERE for all the action and reaction.

  • Ian Tuckey

    UTD RETURN MORE POSITIVE TESTS

    Manchester United have returned MORE positive Covid cases from their players on the same day they returned to training.

    The Red Devils' clash with Brentford – which was due to take place on Tuesday – was postponed due to a coronavirus outbreak in Ralf Rangnick's squad.

    United's Carrington training ground was closed on Monday as the players were ordered to spend 24 hours away.

    Those who returned negative lateral flow and PCR tests were then allowed to return for training at 10am on Wednesday.

    But, according to the Daily Mail, at least two more players have subsequently been sent home after testing positive.

    Although the first team were not at the training ground on Tuesday, over 130 staff were still on the Carrington site including the women's squad, Under-18s and U23s.

    The situation now means United's match on Saturday at home to Brighton could be called off.

    There were Premier League staff present at Carrington on Wednesday to ensure the Covid protocols were being followed.

  • Ian Tuckey

    LATEST: CRYSTAL PALACE 2 SOUTHAMPTON 2

    Jordan Ayew slide Palace level on 65 minutes following a sweet move between all three of the home side's strikers.

  • Ian Tuckey

    LATEST: WOLVES HIT WOODWORK TWICE

    BRIGHTON 0 WOLVES 1: Marcal’s cross hit the bar – then Romain Saiss volleyed against a post.

  • Ian Tuckey

    H/T: ARSENAL 0 WEST HAM 0

    The Gunners nearly bagged an opener just before the break.

    Lukasz Fabianski foiled Alexandre Lacazette, with Gabriel Martinelli firing the rebound wide.

    Click on our match blog HERE for all the action and reaction.

  • Ian Tuckey

    H/T: CRYSTAL PALACE 1 SOUTHAMPTON 2
    BRIGHTON 0 WOLVES 1

    Wolves snatched an interval lead in first-half stoppage time, Romain Saiss neatly volleying home fromRuben Neves' chip.

    Southampton hit back to lead in the other 7.30pm game.

  • Ian Tuckey

    LATEST: CRYSTAL PALACE 1 SOUTHAMPTON 2

    The Saints have overturned Wilf Zaha's second-minute opener – with a great double.

    James Ward-Prowse curled a 25-yard free-kick equaliser and Armando Broja hammered home from just outside the area on 38 minutes.

  • Ian Tuckey

    FOLLOW ARSENAL VS WEST HAM LIVE

    Our match blog will have up-to-the-minute match action from tonight's big Prem game.

    Click HERE for all the action and reaction.

  • Ian Tuckey

    LATEST: BRIGHTON 0 WOLVES 0

    Jose Sa got away with flooring Brighton striker Aaron Connolly while a corner was being taken.

    But apart from that it's been a slow start in this mid-table clash.

  • Ian Tuckey

    LATEST: CRYSTAL PALACE 1 SOUTHAMPTON 0

    Wilfried Zaha drilled Palace in front following a fluent second-minute move.

    And it took Southampton ages to respond.

  • Ian Tuckey

    COMPUTER PREDICTS UTD SURGE

    A Premier League supercomputer predicts Manchester United will claw a top four finish this season.

    But fierce rivals Manchester City will end up as Premier League champions for the second year running.

    According to bettingexpert.com, City are 1/2 favourites to take the title after demolishing Leeds 7-0 last night.

    And the supercomputer predicts Pep Guardiola’s men will indeed finish in top spot come the end of the season.

    City will apparently come in ahead of Liverpool, who end in second but are still in with a shot at 3/1 to be eventual champions.

    Chelsea are a bit behind at 6/1, and the supercomputer believes they will fall short with a third-place finish.

    As for the top four battle, it’s a four-horse race between United, Spurs, West Ham and Arsenal.

    But it’s the Red Devils set to come out on top after sacking Ole Gunnar Solskjaer and replacing him with Ralf Rangnick.

  • Ian Tuckey

    TONIGHT'S PREM ACTION

    Two 7.30pm games launch tonight's three Premier League games.

    Brighton host Wolves and Crystal Palace entertain Southampton.

    Then half an hour later Arsenal, in sixth attempt to overhaul their two-point deficit on West Ham.

    We'll have updates on key moments.

  • Ian Tuckey

    ARSENAL VS WEST HAM: TONIGHT'S LINE-UPS

    Here's how they match up at the Emirates as the Gunners bid to leapfrog the fourth-placed Hammers with victory.

    Arsenal: Ramsdale, Tomiyasu, White, Gabriel, Tierney, Thomas, Xhaka, Saka, Odegaard, Martinelli, Lacazette.

    West Ham: Fabianski, Coufal, Dawson, Diop, Masuaku, Rice, Soucek, Fornals, Lanzini, Bowen, Antonio.

  • Ian Tuckey

    JUVE SPLASHED'RECORD £150M'

    Juventus reportedly splurged an Italian record of £150million on wages this year.

    Gazzetta Italia claims seven first-team stars are on more than £160,000-a-week.

    And the annual £150m spend is the biggest in Serie A history.

    That’s despite some summer signings including Manuel Locatelli reportedly earning half the amount being paid to others.

    It’s reckoned the likes of Matthijs de Ligt, Paulo Dybala and Aaron Ramsey are Juventus’ top earners following Cristiano Ronaldo’s move to Manchester United last summer.

    Adrien Rabiot, Leonardo Bonucci, Wojciech Szczesny and Alex Sandro are also earning upwards of £160k each week thanks to long-term mega deals.

    However, Juventus’ recent performances show the well-paid players may not be deserving of their lucrative wage packets.

    The Turin side lost their grip on the Serie A title to Inter Milan last term, despite winning it the previous nine years.

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