All the top stories and transfer rumours from Tuesday’s national newspapers…
Manchester United have interviewed Mauricio Pochettino as part of the search for their new permanent manager.
Chelsea could take Marc Guehi back to Stamford Bridge next summer as they have a hidden clause to re-sign the defender from Crystal Palace.
Manchester United star Marcus Rashford is open-minded about his future as the club look to tie him down to a new contract, according to reports.
Tottenham have suffered a huge blow to their attempts to sign Paulo Dybala in the summer transfer window.
Manchester United will meet Luis Enrique this week as they continue the interview process in search of their next permanent manager.
Everton are one of many clubs keeping an eye on Rennes manager Bruno Genesio, according to reports in France.
Brentford are confident of extending Christian Eriksen’s contract beyond this summer so long as a top-six club does not show interest.
Ivory Coast coach Patrice Beaumelle says he will step up attempts to persuade Marc Guehi that his international future lies away from England.
European clubs have agreed to support Uefa’s proposed new rules which will mean teams face restrictions on spending on wages and transfers for the first time – with points deductions for breaches.
Ticket sales for the women’s European Championship final could surpass any Euros final in history.
Referees could soon start training with Premier League clubs in a bid to improve relationships with players, thanks to a proposal put forward by Manchester United interim boss Ralf Rangnick.
Manchester United are keen to enter contract negotiations with both Marcus Rashford and Luke Shaw.
Leeds United are monitoring Manchester United midfielder James Garner.
Leonardo Bonucci has apologised on behalf of the Italian national team after leaked photos showed the state they left their dressing room in after their play-off defeat to North Macedonia.
Joe Hart has revealed the painful details of his conversation with Pep Guardiola that ended his Manchester City career.
Chelsea are facing complications in selling tickets to supporters with American Express still freezing ties with the club while there are sanctions on Russian owner Roman Abramovich.
Former Arsenal defender Nacho Monreal insists former Gunners star Mesut Ozil had ‘problems with everyone’ during his topsy-turvy seven-and-a-half year stay in north London.
Barcelona look set to allow eight players to leave in order to reduce the wage bill and help sign either Mohamed Salah or Raphinha as well as Chelsea duo Andreas Christensen and Cesar Azpilicueta.
The first index to track race representation across UK sport has led to 43 per cent of national governing bodies being handed the lowest three available grades.
The Egyptian FA has eased concerns over Mo Salah’s fitness, amid fears he had aggravated a foot injury on international duty.
Leeds star Raphinha has emerged as a top target for Barcelona as they draw up their summer spending plans.
Newcastle are targeting winger Ismaila Sarr.
England ace Phil Foden’s family provoked complaints to police for holding a “music festival” with a blaring sound system on Mother’s Day.
Cristiano Ronaldo Jr and Kai Rooney both found the net as Manchester United U12s played West Brom yesterday.
Arsenal have reportedly made contact with Lautaro Martinez’s agent with Inter Milan prepared to sell the striker in a cut-price deal.
Nicolas Pepe has thrown doubt on his Arsenal future after hinting at a summer exit.
Marco Asensio has reportedly been handed an ultimatum by Real Madrid to either sign a new contract or be sold this summer.
Liverpool are eyeing Porto superstar Otavio after their success with signing Luis Diaz from the Portuguese side.
Celtic have opened talks with Bayern Munich youngster Christopher Scott, according to reports in Germany, but they face competition from Brentford for the attacking midfielder.
Paris Saint-Germain president Nasser Al-Khelaifi says UEFA competitions are as much as 39 per cent more profitable thanks to the collapse of the Super League project.
Chelsea FC: Brilliant Badiashile leading way for new signings as Thiago Silva partnership blossoms
His promising early form at Stamford Bridge, Chelsea will hope, hint at better times to come through their new signings.
The arrival of French centre-back Badiashile at the start of last month kick-started a record January spending spree of more than £300m.
After Chelsea were sent spiralling into crisis with defeats by Manchester City and Fulham, Badiashile made his debut in a 1-0 win over Crystal Palace.
After the Blues claimed a further two clean sheets in 0-0 draws away at Liverpool and at home to Fulham, he is building an impressive partnership with Thiago Silva.
Badiashile was one of five new signings to feature in Friday’s 0-0 draw with Fulham. He started alongside £106.8m Enzo Fernandez, who started well but faded over 90 minutes, £89.5m Mykhailo Mudryk, who struggled over 45 minutes while carrying a cold, and £30m Noni Madueke, who was bright after being brought on at half-time.
“What a waste of money” was the regular chant from the Fulham fans in the away end.
That felt harsh in Badiashile’s case. With his size and speed, he looks like a perfect partner for 38-year-old veteran Silva.
In addition, he showed the ability to play brilliantly out of Fulham’s well-drilled press and he coped in his duels against Aleksandar Mitrovic.
There is still adaption to be done, as Graham Potter barked instructions about his positioning in relation to Silva.
However, using French to communicate with the former Paris Saint-Germain captain, Badiashile has helped steady the ship in the absence of the injured Wesley Fofana, and with Kalidou Koulibaly out of form.
While still only averaging just 1.05 goals per game in the Premier League, Chelsea will draw more than they win unless their new midfielders and forwards step up.
Arriving in the weeks after Badiashile, the likes of Fernandez, Joao Felix, Mudryk and Madueke have not had as much time to adapt to their surroundings.
With Chelsea still in 10th place and increasingly falling behind in the race to qualify for Europe, they must follow Badiashile’s lead and hit the ground running before time runs out.
Reporter’s notebook: Jesse Marsch’s Leeds side showed encouraging signs at times but lack of points cost him his job | Football News
Jesse Marsch was approaching his one-year anniversary as Leeds United head coach before the decision was taken on Monday to relieve him of his duties.
The defeat to Nottingham Forest a day earlier had been the final straw for the Leeds board, who were all aligned in the view that a change was necessary after almost three months without a Premier League win.
The recent statistics paint a grim picture for Leeds. Seven Premier League games without a win and just two wins in the last 17 league games. And against Forest, although they dominated in the first half and created the better chances, a worrying pattern had started to develop which had become a huge concern for fans. Leeds were producing performances with lots of positives, but not enough points.
There is little doubt that a large proportion of the fan base had lost patience with Marsch, and they made their frustrations clear at the full-time whistle on Sunday with calls for a change of head coach.
What is very evident is that Leeds have not kicked on this season. At times there have been really promising signs, but the fans and the board at Leeds wanted more. Marsch will feel that with time he could have delivered more, but he was also realistic enough to know that he was walking a tightrope.
I got to know Jesse well during his 12 months at Elland Road and it was abundantly clear he cared passionately about the club. He understood what it meant to be head coach of Leeds United and what the club meant to the city and the fans. And he has to be given great credit for keeping Leeds in the Premier League last season.
Although it hasn’t worked out for Marsch this season, there is a strong argument to suggest that the next Leeds boss will be in a great position to move the club forward.
Patrick Bamford and Luis Sinisterra are now fit, and the January additions should make the starting line-up stronger. The club has also invested heavily in young players and one of those, Willy Gnonto, has emerged as one of the shining lights of the season.
Those factors have created an expectation that Leeds are better than their current league position, and that means a reluctance to accept another season fighting to avoid the drop. It also means that there are reasons to be optimistic about the future.
The process of finding a replacement for Marsch is already underway and Leeds hope to make a swift appointment. A move for Marcelo Bielsa is highly unlikely, but West Brom boss Carlos Corberan, who worked under Bielsa, is a candidate, while Ange Postecoglou at Celtic has also been linked.
It is also worth noting Leeds have a track record of leftfield appointments, so as they work through their list of targets, there is a good chance that a candidate emerges that could surprise everybody.
In the meantime, Michael Skubala, Paco Gallardo and Chris Armas will take training at Thorp Arch, and will be in the dugout for Wednesday’s Premier League fixture against Manchester United at Old Trafford.
February 8: Manchester United (A) – kick-off 8pm
February 12: Manchester United (H) – kick-off 2pm, live on Sky Sports
February 18: Everton (A) – kick-off 3pm
February 25: Southampton (H) – kick-off 3pm
March 4: Chelsea (A) – kick-off 3pm
March 11: Brighton (H) – kick-off 3pm
March 18: Wolves (A) – kick-off 3pm
Tom Brady in his underwear is taking over Twitter
It’s Super Bowl week, and if you thought Tom Brady was going to let this week go by without being all up in your timeline…well. Just a week after announcing he’s retiring from football (you’ll never convince me he didn’t play an extra year just to stick it to Adam Schefter), Tom Brady has dropped his first thirst trap on Twitter. Or, attempted thirst trap. Actually, IS this a thirst trap?
As will many things Tom Brady, the attempt to be cool and edgy just winds up being sterile, boring, and kinda sad. A beige man in a beige room in beige underwear with a “pleass clap” look on his face.
And because OF COURSE:
Yes, Tom. We all knew the plug as coming. I’m not sure what color “heather crimson” is supposed to be, but I believe this is what we used to call “puce,” which… meh. The fact that there is something called the “Brady Boxer Brief” is enough to make me want to stick my head in the oven, because you know there are guys in New England burning up the internet right now to wear the same undies as their hero. And even more so because no amount of refusing to mask during COVID, vouching for Antonio Brown, stumping for Donald Trump, or getting a PPP loan during a nationwide pandemic is enough to get people to stop buying what this guy is selling. He’s even gotten to Jane Fonda, for crying out loud.
Of course, this entire thing was set up by Brady’s own brand:
So…whatever. It’s Super Bowl week and everyone is talking about Tom Brady, which is exactly how he wants it to be.
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