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CHELSEA are set to rival Liverpool and Manchester United for £100m Jude Bellingham next summer, SunSport can exclusively reveal.

And after a record-breaking summer under Todd Boehly this season, Chelsea hope to be in the mix for Borussia Dortmund's in-demand England ace.

Meanwhile Premier League football resumes today after two late Friday night game.

Fulham won 3-2 at Nottingham Forest, with the Cottagers scoring all their three goals in FIVE minutes.

While Aston Villa secured a 1-0 win over Southampton, Jacob Ramsey scoring the only goal of the game.

And Jack Grealish has vowed to find his form ahead of Manchester City's trip to Aston Villa.

He said: "When you get that chance you have to grab it with both hands and that is what I will try to do."

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  • Kostas Lianos

    Boehly slammed after Salah statement

    A director of Liverpool star Mohamed Salah’s first club Al Mokawloon has slammed “ignorant” Chelsea owner Todd Boehly.

    Boehly mistakenly claimed that Salah and Manchester City superstar Kevin De Bruyne came through the Blues' academy.

    Mohamed Adel Fathi said in a Facebook post: “What the new owner of Chelsea says shows a lack of understanding.

    “Mohamed Salah is a source of pride for the Al Mokawloon Club and Egyptian and Arab football, and we are honoured that he is one of our sons.

    “The whole world knows Salah's career and how he started with us, but it seems that the owner of Chelsea is the only person in the world who is ignorant of this information”

  • Kostas Lianos

    'He'll be proud'

    Aston Villa manager Steven Gerrard dedicated last night's 1-0 win over Southampton to Prince William after the grieving Royal sent his team a pre-match message.

    Gerrard said: "I'm sure he probably knows the result, knowing him and how much he loves this club, he'll know the result and I'm sure he'll be very proud of the clean sheet.

    "He messaged through the week, to the club, and I think that shows everything he thinks of this club and how much support he wants to give.

    "For us to reward that with a result and a clean sheet, I'm sure he will be extremely proud"

  • Kostas Lianos

    Zinchenko injury latest

    Arsenal star Oleksandr Zinchenko will be out of action for two weeks, the Ukrainian FA has revealed ahead of the international break.

    Summer signing Zinchenko picked up a calf injury during training at London Colney.

    Therefore, the Gunners will be without their first-choice left-back when they meet Brentford on Sunday.

    The Ukrainian FA released the following statement: “The Arsenal player suffered a calf muscle injury during training at the club, which will require about two weeks for treatment and recovery.

    “Oleksandr immediately personally informed the head coach of the Ukrainian national team, Oleksandr Petrakov, of the unfortunate news by calling him. We wish Sashka a speedy recovery”

  • Kostas Lianos

    Premier League returns

    The Premier League returned yesterday following the postponement of last week's fixtures as a sign of respect for Queen Elizabeth II.

    All of Saturday's games will go ahead except for Brighton vs Crystal Palace, which remains postponed.

    Here's what's in store for today:

    Wolves vs Manchester City

    Newcastle vs Bournemouth

    Tottenham vs Leicester

  • Alex Terrell

    It's Rooney vs Phil Neville – it's Man U-S-A

    Phil Neville always knew Wayne Rooney was management material, writes STEVE BRENNER.

    The two former Manchester United teammates face off in the USA tomorrow when Nev's Inter Miami travel to face Rooney's DC United in a crunch clash.

    Miami badly need a win to keep alive their playoff hopes and Neville in a job with his deal running out at the end of the season.

    The former Everton captain reckons it will be 'weird' to go up against his old mate on the touchline — even if it has been on the cards for years.

    Neville, 45, told SunSport: "It's always difficult when you're a player to envisage who's going to go into management and who's not.

    "But as the years got further on, I felt my pathway was always to go into coaching.

    "And as you saw Wayne develop into an incredible leader, you saw that leadership would eventually make him stay in coaching."

  • Ian Tuckey

    Chelsea eye £100m Jude bid

    EXCLUSIVE: Chelsea are set to rival Liverpool and Manchester United for Jude Bellingham next summer, writes JACK ROSSER.

    The Borussia Dortmund midfielder is a target for a number of top clubs in Europe.

    The Germans were insistent that, with Erling Haaland having joined Manchester City, Bellingham would not be sold during the most recent window.

    But clubs are already lining up to make a move next year with the England starlet likely to cost upwards of £100million.

    And after a record-breaking summer under Todd Boehly this season, Chelsea hope to be in the mix.

    The Blues are looking to snap up some of the top young talent since the takeover and new manager Graham Potter is a huge fan of the England international.

  • Ian Tuckey

    Everton line up huge deal to keep Chelsea target Gordon

    Everton have opened talks with in-demand Anthony Gordon on a new bumper deal worth SIX times his salary.

    And Frank Lampard’s Toffees may have to agree to a £75million release clause in a bid to ward off Chelsea and other suitors in January.

    Everton valued Gordon at £60m over the summer, with Chelsea chairman Todd Boehly only prepared to go to £40m.

    And Goodison chief Lampard yesterday confirmed contract talks are under way for the 21-year-old winger.

    Lampard said: “The club is speaking with Anthony and Anthony’s people to see if we can get the right solution.”

    Gordon, who was named in Lee Carsley’s England Under-21 squad yesterday, signed a five-year contract in 2020 for £10,000-a-week and the pay rise could see his wage rise to £60k-per-week.

  • Ian Tuckey

    Mour than a match for Fergie

    Jose Mourinho has equalled Sir Alex Ferguson's record of 106 European wins in the Champions League era.

    Dating back to 1992, ex-Manchester United boss Fergie won 106 matches in the Champions League and Europa League, with just one of those victories coming in the latter.

    Former United and Chelsea chief Mourinho has now equalled the United legend after his Roma side beat HJK Helsinki 3-0 in the Europa League on Thursday.

    But the Portuguese is still 25 wins away from matching Ferguson's total number of victories in the Champions League – though he has managed 43 fewer games than the Scot.

    However, Mourinho does boast four Champions League and Europa League winners' medals since 1992, compared to Ferguson's two Champions League titles.

    The former Chelsea boss also has more wins in Europe's top two competitions than both Arsene Wenger and Pep Guardiola since 1992.

    The Manchester City boss has 95 Champions League wins but has never managed a Europa league game. While Wenger falls one short of Ferguson and Mourinho with 105 victories.

  • Ian Tuckey

    Ready to say Bah bye?

    Trevoh Chalobah is tipped for a January loan exit.

    The centre-back, 23, has made just one Chelsea appearance this season after playing 31 times in his breakthrough 2021-22 campaign

    And Football Transfers say, after deciding against a temporary exit over the summer, the Blues are now minded to free the former England Under-21 star for some game time after Christmas.

  • Ian Tuckey

    Ian Wright in Iwobi praise

    Arsenal legend Ian Wright has hailed ex-Gunners ace Alex Iwobi’s form for Everton while also praising his manager Frank Lampard.

    Wright said on his podcast: “I’m so pleased with the way it’s going for him [Iwobi].

    “I remember Arsenal fans, it’s the same thing they did with Alex Oxlade-Chamberlain, they ridiculed him.”

    He added: “His ball progression and work rate, Frank has now recognised him and put him there, listen to the Everton fans when he’s doing his work, they are adoring him now.

    “I’m loving the way it’s working out for Iwobi. Everton fans are now starting to realise that if they get the right players in and around him, he’s going to be a force for them.

    “You look at his work rate, it’s unbelievable. It’s the kind of intensity that Mikel [Arteta] wants now and needs now, we need that, we need somebody who can press like that.”

  • Ian Tuckey

    Ten Hag still wants '4 more players'

    Erik ten Hag wants to strengthen FOUR positions in the next two transfer windows.

    That's the claim from the Manchester Evening News – despite the Red Devils' boss spending £220million on six players over the summer.

    A right-back, midfielder and forward are rated priorities.

    And it's also suggested a goalkeeper for the long term could be targeted.

    Ironically, ex-Newcastle stopper Martin Dubravka is the only recruit from the last window still waiting to make his debut.

  • Ian Tuckey

    'Not ideal' for England as Maguire and Co struggle for game time

    Gareth Southgate is worried England’s World Cup plans have been hit by his players’ lack of Premier League game-time.

    The Three Lions boss admits it is “not ideal” that Ben Chilwell, Luke Shaw, Harry Maguire and Kalvin Phillips have struggled to feature this season. A 28-man squad has been picked for the final two World Cup rehearsals against Italy and Germany – with Brentford striker Ivan Toney getting a first call-up.

    Southgate said: “Clearly, we have a number of players who are not playing a lot of minutes with their club.

    “It is not ideal but we feel they have been, and can be, important for us. It is not a perfect situation but there is still a lot of football before Qatar.”

    England play Nations League games against Italy in Milan next Friday and at home to Germany three days later before their World Cup finals opener against Iran in Qatar on November 21.

    Shaw, although struggling with a foot problem, has made just two starts for Manchester United this campaign.

  • Ian Tuckey

    Cherries picked from across the pond

    A consortium from the USA is reportedly plotting a takeover at Bournemouth.

    The Athletic claims the group is led by Billy Foley, the majority owner of National Hockey League side Vegas Golden Knights.

    Current Cherries owner Max Demin is desperate to sell up.

    And he hopes to pocket £150million from the sale.

  • Ian Tuckey

    Chile fury as Fifa let Ecuador stay in World Cup

    Furious Chile slammed Fifa for allowing “a dark day for football” after Ecuador were cleared to keep their World Cup Finals place, writes MARTIN LIPTON.

    A Fifa panel ruled defender Byron Castillo WAS eligible to play for Ecuador despite his admission he was born in Colombia, three years EARLIER than his official documents claimed.

    Chile demanded Ecuador forfeit all eight qualification games in which Castillo had featured with a 3-0 defeat, which would have seen them jump from seventh to fourth in the 10-team table and take the last automatic South American qualification place.

    That would have meant Chile replaced Ecuador alongside Qatar, Holland and Senegal in Group A and been potential last 16 opponents for England or Wales.

    Chile’s case was bolstered as it emerged Castillo had made admissions about his birthplace and age in an interview with Ecuadorean officials in 2018.

    But less than a day after the hearing – which Castillo declined to attend either in person or virtually despite a summons from Fifa – world chiefs announced the all-clear.

    Fifa said: “Having analysed the submissions of all parties and after a hearing had been conducted, the Appeal Committee confirmed the decision of the Disciplinary Committee to close the proceedings initiated against the Ecuadorean Football Association. 

    “Amongst other considerations, it deemed that on the basis of the documents presented, the player was to be considered as holding permanent Ecuadorian nationality in accordance with Fifa Regulations Governing the Application of the Statutes.”

    That brought a stunned reaction from Santiago, while Chilean federation chief Jorge Yunge blasted: “This is a dark day for football and for the credibility of the system. 

    “The footballing world heard a player who helped Ecuador qualify for the World Cup admit he was born in Colombia and that he gained an Ecuadorian passport using false information. “No wonder he refused to participate in the FIFA hearing. What does it say about Appeal Committee that confronted with all this still they fail to act?”

  • Ian Tuckey

    Why Martinez chose Red Devils over Gunners

    Man Utd star Lisandro Martinez has revealed why he rejected a move to Arsenal this summer.

    He said: “I chose Manchester United because it is the best club in the world. That is it. It was that simple for me.

    “I always dreamed of playing for this club. Everyone knows about Manchester United.

    “Every game you can feel the support of the people.”

  • Ian Tuckey

    Leao could cost Blues £130m

    Chelsea are tipped to bid again for AC Milan striker Rafael Leao – but might need to offer £130million.

    Italian journalist Gianluca di Marzio reckons Milan directors Paolo Maldini and Frederic Massara "sent back" a Blues' bid of around £70m for the Portugal star near the end of the last transfer window.

    And the 23-year-old is expected to be a prime summer target for Chelsea next summer.

    But Milan are likely to want his full release clause – about 150m euros £130m).

  • Ian Tuckey

    Chelsea target Gordon set for Everton talks

    Chelsea could find it even tougher to land winger Anthony Gordon as Everton boss Frank Lampard revealed the 21-year-old is in talks over a new contract.

    The Blues were linked with of up to £60million for the Liverpudlian, 21, over the summer.

    And Chelsea legend Lampard was thought to be keen on taking Michy Batshuyai, Billy Gilmour and Armando Broja to Goodison Parkin possible part-exchange deals.

    But with Gordon's current deal due to expire in 2025, the Liverpool Echo quote Lampard as saying: "The club are speaking with Anthony and Anthony’s people to see if we can get the right solution."

  • Ian Tuckey

    Zinchenko injury owe could shake up transfer needs

    Oleksandr Zinchenko's two injury blows already this season have sparked talk Arsenal will hunt ANOTHER left-back in January.

    The ex-Manchester City star has shone since his summer arrival, bar a sprained knee at the start of the term and now a calf problem.

    The Ukraine hero could be out for two weeks.

  • Ian Tuckey

    Liverpool lead Utd in Jude race'

    Manchester United have suffered a blow in their pursuit of Jude Bellingham after reports indicated Liverpool are leading the race for him, writes TONY ROBERTSON.

    Bellingham, 19, is one of the most sought-after assets in all of football currently and Liverpool and United are set to step up their interest with formal bids next summer.

    Previous reports have indicated Borussia Dortmund have set an £87million price tag on his head, a fee both United and Liverpool could afford.

    However, The Reds appear to have taken the early advantage and are leading the race to sign him, according to The Telegraph.

    But luckily for United, they report the transfer saga surrounding Bellingham is set to 'drag on' until at least next summer.

    The former Birmingham City star proved his excellence once again by putting in a strong display against Manchester City, scoring a goal to put his side in the lead.

  • Ian Tuckey

    Pep hails 'perfect person' Erling

    Pep Guardiola hailed Erling Haaland as a ‘perfect person’ after the striker won his first award in a Manchester City shirt, writes MARTIN BLACKBURN.

    The Norwegian has been named Premier League Player of the Month for August after scoring nine goals in the month.

    He has kicked on since then and now has 13 goals in all competitions – despite playing only eight games for his new club.

    But Guardiola believes he can still improve, saying:  "He is exceptional, I’ve said it many times.

    “I think he has ambition, he wants to play better. But he has the quality to continue what he has done so far.

    “He is a perfect person to manage. he is a nice guy. He had the quality before coming here, I didn't add many things."

  • Ian Tuckey

    Kepa snubbed Chelsea exit

    Kepa Arrizabalaga admits he almost quit Chelsea this summer… but the club convinced him to stay.

    The world’s most expensive goalie at £71million revealed: “I had chances to leave Chelsea in the summer.

    “There were things but the club always gave me their trust, they always wanted me to be part of the squad.

    “We analysed it and I am happy to stay and be in this great club.”

  • Ian Tuckey

    He could be Youri stellar for Reds

    Glen Johnson reckons Liverpool should be moving for Leicester’s Youri Tielemans ahead of Arsenal in January.

    He told “I’d definitely be looking to sign him. If it’s safer to secure it now and pay a small fee then I’d do that.

    “I wouldn’t run the risk of allowing anyone else to have him for free.

    “I think he’s the sort of player that could fit into any team relatively straightforwardly.”

  • Anthony Chapman

    Pep delighted for Haaland award

    Pep Guardiola hailed Erling Haaland as a ‘perfect person’ after the striker won Premier League Player of the Month for August.

    Guardiola beamed: “He is exceptional, I’ve said it many times.

    “I think he has ambition, he wants to play better. But he has the quality to continue what he has done so far.

    “He is a perfect person to manage. he is a nice guy. He had the quality before coming here, I didn't add many things."

  • Anthony Chapman

    Liverpool lead rivals for Bellingham

    Liverpool are reportedly leading Man Utd and Chelsea in the race for Jude Bellingham.

    The Telegraph claims Jurgen Klopp has made the Borussia Dortmund midfielder his No1 target next summer.

    And Bellingham is ready to return to England after one more season in Germany.

    But whoever signs the ace may have to pay a stunning £105million fee.

  • Anthony Chapman

    A fox in the box

    A stunning Leicester super-fan has offered the squad X-rated pics if they can beat Tottenham on Saturday.

    Bonnie Brown, from adult platform Fanvue, has dreamt up the unique incentive to help get the hapless Foxes firing.

    She said: "I'm not kissing and telling on which players' already follow me, but I'm hoping a blanket offer for free lifetime subscriptions if they beat Spurs this weekend will spur them on.

    "They've been firing blanks under Brendan so far this season, so I reckon my cheeky offer might help turn them on – to turn it around."

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