Chelsea co-owner Todd Boehly is said to be ‘angry and perplexed’ at the club’s previous regime for not completing a deal for Aurelien Tchouameni. The Blues identified the Frenchman as a top midfield target last summer, but ended up joining Real Madrid earlier this year. (Sport)
Boehly pushed hard to try and sign Rafael Leao from Milan at the back end of the transfer window, but the Portugal forward is happy at San Siro and wants to sign a new contract. (Gazzetta dello Sport)
Youri Tielemans insists he has no regrets over staying at Leicester City this summer, despite interest from Arsenal and Manchester United. The Belgian is now into the final year of his contract at the King Power Stadium. (Sky Sports)
Sergio Busquets is set to leave Barcelona at the end of the 2022/23 season, and the club have identified Wolves’ Ruben Neves and Real Sociedad’s Martin Zubimendi as potential replacements. (Marca)
Bruno Fernandes has admitted he was ‘really angry’ at Sporting CP for blocking a move to Tottenham in the summer of 2019. He would go on to join Manchester United in the following transfer window. (The Athletic)
Real Madrid winger Marco Asensio has refused to rule out a move to Barcelona when his contract at the Santiago Bernabeu expires next summer. (Partidazo de COPE)
Ryan Gravenberch has admitted that he is frustrated with his lack of game time at Bayern Munich so far this season, but has no regrets over making the summer move from Ajax. (ESPN)
Gravenberch’s Netherlands teammate, Memphis Depay, also doesn’t regret his summer choices, revealing he turned down the chance to leave Barcelona as he was determined to stay and fight for his place. (ESPN)
Liverpool retain a strong interest in Jude Bellingham, but will face competition from Manchester City, Manchester United, Chelsea and Real Madrid for his signature. (The Athletic)
Lionel Messi came close to leaving Barcelona in 2020 after a falling out with then-club president Josep Maria Bartomeu, an issue that was made worse by the Argentine’s nine ‘demands’ in contract negotiations. He would join PSG on a free transfer the following year. (El Mundo)
Aaron Ramsey has revealed that the main reason he left Arsenal in 2019 was because the Gunners rescinded a contract offer, leading him to sign for Juventus on a free transfer instead. (The Times)
Chelsea drops Fofana update after initial tests on knee injury
Wesley Fofana’s knee injury is better than initially feared after the first set of tests returned positive results.
The defender suffered a knee injury in a collision with Rafael Leao in the 38th minute of Chelsea’s 3-0 home win against AC Milan, as his night ended in frustrating fashion having scored his first goal for the club earlier in the match.
There is hope that Fofana could return before the World Cup, with Chelsea’s final match before the tournament taking place away to Newcastle on November 12.
The centre-back is likely to miss this weekend’s clash against Wolves and the away match at San Siro against Milan next week.
Fofana was seen leaving Stamford Bridge on crutches on Wednesday night, with his right knee in a brace as there were worries he may have suffered a serious injury.
Speaking in his post-match press conference after Chelsea’s victory over Milan, Blues boss Graham Potter admitted he was unsure how bad it would prove to be for Fofana.
‘We’ll have to scan it tomorrow and see how he is but there’s nothing to report at the moment,” Potter said.
“That’s the one disappointing thing about the evening so we have our fingers crossed. We’re concerned but I don’t want to speculate on it now.
“These things happen. He’s a young guy and a strong guy but we’ll support him.”
Erik ten Hag explains decision to substitute Jadon Sancho in Omonia victory
Manchester United manager Erik ten Hag has confessed that he was unimpressed with the left side of his team in the first half of Thursday’s 3-2 victory over Omonia Nicosia, leading to him substituting both Jadon Sancho and Tyrell Malacia at half-time.
United were woeful in the first half and trailed at the break after Sancho and Malacia conspired to give away the ball for the cheapest of counter-attack goals, and both were hooked at the interval.
Sancho was replaced by Marcus Rashford, who went on to bag a goal and an assist, while fellow substitute Anthony Martial also scored just moments after being introduced on the hour mark.
Asked to explain his logic behind removing Sancho while his team were losing, Ten Hag said: “It [the goal] was not what I wasn’t happy with, it was the movement with our ball.
“The width on the left side, for me, was no good first-half – the movement from behind the defending line.
“So I hoped with Luke [Shaw] and Marcus we get more effect from that and so in my opinion that happens.”
Asked what he told Rashford and the rest of the team at the break to inspire a comeback, Ten Hag told BT Sport: “More runs, we are too static, we have to make the opposition move to get behind – that is why we made two subs.
“The subs really had an impact today.”
The boss added: “I would call it stay composed. It can always happen, football is a game of mistakes. I agree with you, first 30 or 35 minutes, we played quite well, the only thing we didn’t do was score a goal.
“When you score a goal you make your life easy, we didn’t. Then we concede a goal and it was the worst 10 minutes from the game from us. After half-time, we dealt well with the setback.”
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