Haaland 'chooses Premier League transfer', Azpilicueta eyed by Barcelona, Chelsea transfer news, Thiago Silva LATEST

ERLING HAALAND might be out of action injured at the moment – but that's not stopping speculation about his future.

A number of Premier League clubs are said to be circling the Dortmund superstar, with reports from Spain suggested Real Madrid are expecting him to head to England next.

Chelsea have been handed a boost with Romelu Lukaku returning to training from his recent injury, putting him in contention to face Juventus and Man Utd after the international break.

Meanwhile, veteran defenders Thiago Silva and Cesar Azpilicueta could be set for moves away from Stamford Bridge when their contracts end this summer.

Get all the latest football news, updates and transfer gossip below…

  • Jack Figg

    GOOD MORNING FOOTY FANS

    Brazilian side Fluminense have reportedly opened talks with Thiago Silva's agent as they try to seal an emotional return for the centre-back.

    The 37-year-old is out of contract at Chelsea at the end of the season, although he could yet extend his stay in London.

    According to football journalist Nicolo Shira the South American outfit have made contact with Silva's agent Paulo Tonietto.

    However Silva's 'priority' remains to be Stamford Bridge.

    The Blues are also set to kickstart talks regarding a one year extension to his deal in the coming weeks.

    Meanwhile, new Barcelona boss Xavi is looking to weave some more magic by snapping up Cesar Azpilicueta on a free transfer.

    Dani Alves has already been recruited for free, with Chelsea man Azpilicueta reportedly his next target.

    According to ESPN, Barca are keeping a keen eye on how contract talks progress between the Blues and club captain Azpilicueta.

    The 32-year-old’s current deal at Stamford Bridge runs out at the end of the season.

    Finally, Man Utd target Zinedine Zidane would reportedly prefer to manage an international team.

    Journalist Pedro Almeida claims the Red Devils will find it hard to tempt the Frenchman to Old Trafford if their interest is serious.

    That’s because Zidane is not keen on a return to club football after two spells with Real Madrid.

    And with jobs sure to be opening up on the international scene during the next year, Zidane is instead hoping to take charge of a country.

  • Anthony Chapman

    STAY-NE ROONEY

    Wayne Rooney is ready to battle on as Derby boss despite already looking doomed to relegation.

    The Rams administrators agreed to take a nine-point penalty from the EFL for Financial Fair Play offences, putting their total to -3 in the Championship.

    Derby have also dropped their appeal against a 12-point hit for going into administration, leaving them with a total loss of 21, with two further three-point punishments still hanging over their heads.

    One would be for the late payment of wages and the other for any further breach of FFP rules.

    Rooney’s under-strength squad have managed 18 points from 17 games, but are now 18 points from safety.

  • Anthony Chapman

    CON FLAIR

    Conor Gallagher says Crystal Palace boss Patrick Vieira is behind his rise to become an England international.

    He said: “Working under Patrick is amazing.

    "He was one of the best midfielders in the Premier League so to learn from him and work under him is brilliant.

    "He helps me a lot, tactically, and most importantly, which is really good, is how he knows my strengths and tells me what to do in terms of that.

    “So I am allowed to make the box and do what I do best which is part of the reason why I’ve had a good start to the season.”

  • Anthony Chapman

    IN THE DOCK

    Ex-England star Gareth Barry has been charged by the FA over an alleged secret deal to buy a half stake in Swindon.

    The former Manchester City and Aston Villa hero could face a ban from working in football if the case goes against him.

    Barry, 40, faced no action seven months ago when the League Two outfit, ex-chairman Lee Power and Barry’s agent Michael Standing were rapped by the FA.

    But behind the scenes football’s ruling body have investigated claims made in court by Power that Barry stumped up £800,000 to buy into Swindon in 2013.

    Barry has denied investing in Swindon or agreeing to a deal with Power.

    At the time he was playing for Everton and such an investment would have breached FA club ownership rules. 

  • Anthony Chapman

    TEAM TALK

    There’s just one year to go until the 2022 World Cup.

    And teams continue to cross the line by sealing their spot in Qatar.

    Let’s take a look at the best possible XI of stars who have already qualified…

  • Anthony Chapman

    CROWN JULES

    Sevilla chief Jose Castro insists Chelsea will have to pay top dollar to land Jules Kounde in January.

    The Blues remain keen on signing the French defender after being priced out of a move on deadline day.

    But Sevilla are refusing to budge from their £68million valuation.

    Castro said: "We're not going to change our position.

    "If the proposal we receive is out of market, we will sell our players to sign new ones."

  • Anthony Chapman

    RED REVAMP

    Ole Gunnar Solskjaer is under severe pressure at Manchester United.

    Zinedine Zidane, Brendan Rodgers, Mauricio Pochettino and Erik ten Hag are the main contenders to replace him.

    And SunSport has explored how they stack up against each other…

  • Anthony Chapman

    THIA-GO

    Fluminense are reportedly in talks with Thiago Silva's agent over a stunning return next summer.

    The Chelsea defender is out of contract next summer.

    And he could be heading back to Brazil with his first club.

    However, Chelsea are keen for Silva to stay and are set to open contract talks shortly.

  • Anthony Chapman

    HAUTE CAL-TURE

    Dominic Calvert-Lewin says self-belief is key in his mission to keep breaking down fashion barriers.

    The Everton star told TalkSport: “My style can be deemed a little bit different.

    “But, for me, I do what I do and I am what I am.

    “So I will continue to do that and I think, if anything, football has taught me that.

    “Football has always been my biggest teacher and it has taught me self-confidence and that you have to believe in yourself at all times.

    “So if I want to put on a suit, and not everyone is going to like it, then I am going to continue to do so.”

  • Anthony Chapman

    MODEL PRO

    Contract rebel Antonio Rudiger claims he is fully focused on performing for Chelsea despite being a reported transfer target for Bayern Munich.

    Rudiger, who is out of contract next summer, said: “No [I am not thinking about the future]. I am concentrating on what is imminent.

    “I owe that to the club, the coach and the team. I’ve always said that Chelsea is my number one contact.

    “I’m only focused on Chelsea at the moment. We’ll see what happens.”

  • Anthony Chapman

    BAG CHECK

    Barcelona boss Xavi appears to be in the market for yet another one of his former team-mates – this time Al Sadd goal-machine Baghdad Bounedjah.

    Spanish website Fichajes report Xavi has told the Nou Camp hierarchy the Algeria star would be the ideal reinforcement for his injury-blighted attack.

    Bounedjah has 126 goals in just 108 league appearances – more than a goal per game for the Qatari champions – along with 22 in 46 appearances for his country.

  • Anthony Chapman

    LIONS ROAR

    England have booked their place at the 2022 World Cup.

    But who should start for Gareth Southgate’s Three Lions in Qatar?

    Five SunSport reporters have revealed their preferred XIs for next year’s tournament.

    SEE THE TEAMS HERE

  • Anthony Chapman

    TOON LEGEND

    Ex-Newcastle winger Jonas Gutierrez has finally called time on his extraordinary playing career aged 38.

    He made his final professional appearance on Monday playing for the team he supported as a boy, Club Almagro, in a 3-2 defeat to Ferro Carril Oeste.

    The 22-cap former Argentina international made his name in Newcastle after signing in 2008, going on to make 187 appearances in a seven-year spell.

    He remained a key player until he was diagnosed with testicular cancer in 2013.

    But Gutierrez underwent both chemotherapy treatment and surgery and was given the all-clear in November 2014, eventually going on to make a full recovery.

  • Anthony Chapman

    FROM SUNSPORT’S MARTIN LIPTON

    Premier League chairman Gary Hoffman is set to quit after losing the confidence of top flight clubs.

    Anger at former Barclays exec Hoffman has grown in recent weeks over the League green-lighting the £350m Saudi-led takeover of Newcastle.

    But that only added to long-term festering resentment of Hoffman, who has been in the role since early in the pandemic.

  • Anthony Chapman

    GEORGIA U21s 3 ENGLAND U21s 2

    England’s understudies endured an embarrassing evening as they were battered in Batumi.

    Young Lions boss Lee Carsley rang the changes for this fact-finding friendly at one of the host venues for the Under-21 Euros in two years’ time.

    But he left with a lot more than just Georgia on his mind as his reserves cracked under the pressure in a hostile atmosphere.

  • Anthony Chapman

    ZID VICIOUS

    Man Utd target Zinedine Zidane would reportedly prefer to manage an international team.

    Journalist Pedro Almeida claims the Red Devils will find it hard to tempt the Frenchman to Old Trafford if their interest is serious.

    That’s because Zidane is not keen on a return to club football after two spells with Real Madrid.

    And with jobs sure to be opening up on the international scene during the next year, Zidane is instead hoping to take charge of a country.

  • Anthony Chapman

    MISSING QAT

    As teams book their place for the 2022 World Cup, here are some of the best names who could miss out on a trip to Qatar…

  • Kealan Hughes

    TERR UP

    Diego Costa convinced John Terry that he would help Chelsea win the Premier League during a PRE-SEASON sparring contest with the Blues' physio.

    Terry had fans in stitches after posting the brilliant clip of former striker Costa flooring team masseur Billy 'Blood' McCulloch.

    Costa always had the reputation of being a bit of a loose cannon, but he had Terry convinced early on that he'd lead Chelsea to Prem glory.

    The Stamford Bridge legend captioned the video on Twitter: "@diegocosta Vs Billy (AKA) Rocky Pre season 2014/15. After this I knew we would win the league.

    "What a Legend. I’m crying watching this," followed by laughing emojis.

    The pair can be seen throwing punches at each other as the theme song from Rocky blares in the background.

    John Terry shares hilarious video of Diego Costa flooring Chelsea masseur which convinced him Blues would win Premier League

  • Kealan Hughes

    AZ IF

    New Barcelona boss Xavi is looking to weave some more magic by snapping up Cesar Azpilicueta on a free transfer.

    Dani Alves has already been recruited for free, with Chelsea man Azpilicueta reportedly his next target.

    According to ESPN, Barca are keeping a keen eye on how contract talks progress between the Blues and club captain Azpilicueta.

    The 32-year-olds current deal at Stamford Bridge runs out at the end of the season.

    If a new deal has not been agreed before January 1 the Spaniard is free to begin talks with foreign clubs regarding a pre-contract agreement.

    The Blues though are thought to be keen to tie him down to a new deal and extend his stay at the club with talks currently ongoing between Blues chiefs and Azpilicueta's representatives.

    But he could decide to run down his contract and pursue a new challenge after NINE years at the club.

  • Kealan Hughes

    ERL OF ENGLAND

    Manchester United and Chelsea have received a boost in their pursuit of Erling Haaland after it was reported Real Madrid have 'accepted he is going to the Premier League'.

    The Spanish giants were thought to be interested in signing the Norwegian, whose release clause enables him to leave Borussia Dortmund for £64million.

    But now it has been reported that Madrid believe Haaland will join an English club when he leaves the German outfit.

    As reported by Sport, journalist Josep Pedrerol said: "Real Madrid assumes that Haaland will play in England next year and they have it ruled out."

    Real Madrid president Florentino Perez had previously stated he wanted to sign both Haaland and Paris Saint-Germain forward Kylian Mbappe.

    He said: "Which one do I choose to build a new project? I take both without a doubt.

    "At Real Madrid, there are always the best players in the world. Florentino will bring them both back."

  • Kealan Hughes

    WHEEL TROUBLE

    Louis van Gaal will not be pitch-side for the Netherlands' World Cup qualifier against Norway on Tuesday evening.

    His side can secure a place at Qatar 2022 with a point, but the wheelchair-bound boss will not be in the dugout because it would take TOO LONG to push him across the pitch.

    The De Kuip stadium in Rotterdam is the venue for the clash.

    But because walking to the dugouts involves crossing the pitch after leaving the dressing room, ex-Manchester United boss Van Gaal will have to watch on from a box.

    Dutch outlet AD report that Van Gaal will be with the players before the game and at half time because his box is close to the changing rooms.

    But the awkward positioning of the dugouts means there wouldn't be time to wheel the 70-year-old across the grass at half time and then back again for the start of the second half.

    Van Gaal will be in contact with his coaching team from his box via radio.

  • Kealan Hughes

    LAU AND ORDER

    Ex-Arsenal star Lauren is working for his old boss Arsene Wenger again after taking up a job at Fifa.

    The two-time Premier League winner, 44, has been appointed as a technical expert for talent development in Africa for the world football governing body.

    In his new role, the former right-back will be tasked with making African football more competitive on the international stage.

    Invincibles star Lauren said: “I couldn’t be more excited to be taking up the role.

    "I feel proud to be joining the Fifa family and there’s also a great sense of responsibility."

  • Kealan Hughes

    CAL HIM UP

    Everton could make a January move for Arsenal defender Calum Chambers if they can’t resurrect a loan agreement for Ainsley Maitland-Niles.

    Manager Rafa Benitez is in the market for a right-back to take over from veteran captain Seamus Coleman.

    But his hands are tied by a lack of cash and he is now exploring the possibility of signing Chambers for a nominal fee.

    The 26-year-old former England international is currently in the final few months of his Arsenal contract and the club have yet to take up the option to extend his deal by a further year.

    He has not even made the subs’ bench in the Premier League for the last two months and has been pushed further down the Emirates queue by the arrival of £19.5million summer signing Takehiro Tomiyasu.

    Manager Mikel Arteta is not looking to make any changes to his squad in January and is reluctant to let anyone leave but accepts that Chambers needs regular football to revive his career after seven years at the Emirates.

    And there is a chance that Arsenal could sell him in January for a fee in the region of £5million rather than lose him as a free agent in the summer.

  • Kealan Hughes

    MR. MOTIVATOR

    England captain Harry Kane has revealed how he uses his hat-trick balls to motivate his children – after bagging a record sixth against San Marino.

    Kane, 28, earned his second England match ball in a row last night as the Three Lions sealed qualification to next year's World Cup in Qatar with a 10-0 win.

    Kane revealed what these records mean to him to talkSPORT, saying: “It’s fantastic. I always say these are the bonuses that come with the games when you are winning and scoring goals.

    “To be up there with the names you are up there with, it’s fantastic. Every time I wear an England shirt, I’m proud, and every time I score, it’s one of the greatest feelings of my career.

    “I hope I can keep doing it for many more years. We’ve obviously got a big year ahead leading up to Qatar. Any time I can help the team, I will try and do so.

    "To get the feeling of putting the ball into the back of the net, every striker wants to be doing that. It’s a good feeling.”

  • Kealan Hughes

    A CITY UNITED

    Manchester United and Manchester City discussed plans to merge and form a super club in the 1960s.

    City vice-chairman Frank Johnson proposed the idea in 1964 when his club were in the Second Division and the Red Devils had just finished runners-up in the top flight.

    The idea came about just two decades after City allowed United to use their Maine Road stadium while Old Trafford was being rebuilt after the Second World War.

    But the red side of Manchester gave the plan very little consideration as they opted against merging to form one team.

    Speaking to Manchester Evening News in 2013, football historian Gary James said: “The idea was killed by both clubs before it ever became public.

    “I spoke to Eric Alexander whose dad Albert was chairman at the time, and he said Frank Johnson, who came up with the idea, often came up with crazy ideas.

    “Another of his plans was to make the entire league regionalised into north and south.

    “But City were at a real low in their history at the time. In terms of league position, it wasn’t as bad as 1998-99, but in terms of general morale, atmosphere and support it was by far the lowest point in the club’s history."

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