ENGLAND’S football stars are mourning after 1966 World Cup hero Roger Hunt died aged 83.
And Lionel Messi is set to return from injury to make the Ligue 1 side’s squad for the mammoth clash.
Meanwhile Chelsea are in the hunt to sign Monaco’s defensive midfielder Aurelien Tchouameni, 21, who is valued at around £34million.
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ROGER HUNT PASSES AWAY
Liverpool and England legend Roger Hunt has passed away at the age of 83.
Hunt’s passing means there are now three surviving members from the England team that won the World Cup in 1966.
Sir Bobby Charlton, Sir Geoff Hurst and George Cohen are now the only living players from the team that defeated West Germany 4-2 after extra time at Wembley.
Sheffield Wednesday keeper Bailey Peacock-Farrell has been called up to Northern Ireland’s squad for their two upcoming World Cup qualifiers.
The team are due to take on Switzerland and Bulgraria in October.
It is thought the player could be unavailable for his club’s clash with Bolton Wanderers which falls on October 9, the same day as Northern Ireland’s clash with Switzerland.
Everton forward Richarlson has reportedly refused to dismiss speculation linking him with a move away from the club.
It comes weeks after the player was linked with transfer interest from Paris Saint-Germain and Real Madrid.
And the Mirror reports Barcelona lodged an eye-watering £85million bid for the player in January 2020.
Richarlson told Brazilian outlet Ole: “I have great affection for the people of Everton and for the club, who received me so well from the first day I arrived.
“I don’t know what the future holds. If one day I have to go, it must be good for me, but also for the club.
“But if I stay, I will continue giving my life for this shirt and for the fans, who have always supported me and were with me at all times.”
Barcelona have reportedly been offered a financial lifeline by a firm based in Dubai.
The club are currently contending with an eye-watering £1billion debt compounded by the loss of superstar playmaker Lionel Messi.
According to the TV show El Curibito via Mundo Deportivo, a company from the United Arab Emirates has offered the Catalan giants a €1.5bn (£1.3bn) loan to pay their debts.
And it is claimed the firm would over a two-year moratorium on repayments meaning the club may not need to make repayments until 2023.
NUNO NEEDS TIME
Tottenham are being urged to give Nuno Espirito Santo more time in the club’a managerial hot seeat following losses to Arsenal, Chelsea and Crystal Palace.
The club conceded nine goals and scored just once during the three defeats in the Prem.
And talkSPORT reports speculation concerning pressure on Nuno is mounting following a cryptic Instagram post shared by former Spurs caretaker boss Ryan Mason.
The post featured a picture of the club’s building with the caption which read, ‘see you in the morning’.
Darren Bent believes Nuno should be given more time to turn reverse the team’s poor run.
Bent told talkSPORT: “You’ve got to give him more time. They weren’t saying this at the start of the season when they were at the top of the table three games in, no goals conceded and Arsenal were rock bottom.”
Rio Ferdinand reckons Thomas Tuchel made several tactical errors during Chelsea’s loss to Man City at the weekend.
And the Old Trafford hero reckons the Blues could be out of the title race this term.
Chelsea lost 1-0 courtesy of a solitary goal netted by Gabriel Jesus.
Ferdinand told the Vibe with FIVE YouTube show: “I think Chelsea looked a little bit [overawed]. Tuchel said after that maybe they were a bit fazed by the occasion.
“He changed his style of play, the formation, played two up front, which I think backfired. They didn’t play long enough, they tried to keep playing and got caught with the press.
“I said Chelsea were favourites a couple of weeks ago, but after watching them two – probably the best two teams in the league for the last six months – I can’t see past City. Seriously I can’t.”
NOA’S A GOER
Arsenal are rumoured to be in a transfer tug-of-war with AC Milan for the services of Noa Lang.
And it is reported the Brugge striker is keen on a move to the Emirates.
Voetbal24 claims Mikel Arteta sees the forward as a top transfer target for next year.
Lang, 22, who is also a Leeds and Sevilla target has been valued around the £20million mark.
MESSI TEST FOR CITY
Lionel Messi could be in line to feature for Paris Saint-Germain against City with clubs set to go head-to-head in the Champions League tonight.
The player had picked up a knee injury during a Ligue 1 game but has been back in training for Mauricio Pochettino’s side.
Pochettino said: “(Messi) is progressing very well and I think he’ll be in the squad, but I don’t know if he’ll start.
“He’s the best player in the world, but he’s still a human like everyone else. He also needs to adapt to this new team, new culture and new country.
“He was at Barcelona for 20 years, everything is new here for him”
Tottenham fans have reportedly demanded to have a meeting with club chief Daniel Levy following the team’s wobbly start to the season.
The club have registered losses to Crystal Palace, Chelsea and Arsenal after three successive 1-0 wins including a defeat of Man City.
The Tottenham’s Supporters Trust are reported to want a meeting with the board to discuss the club’s long-term direction.
NO RUD MOVE
Bayern Munich’s sporting director has reportedly dismissed suggestions the club are after Chelsea’s Antonio Rudiger.
The German giants have been heavily linked with a move for the Blues centre-back who is yet to sign a new contract with Chelsea.
Bayern sporting director Hasan Salihamidzic told DAZN via Goal: “It’s not okay when we talk about players who are with other clubs.
“Julian (Nagelsmann) said that about him in the press conference, but he’s a coach who sees a lot of players – so why shouldn’t he rate an international and speak about his strengths?
“We are really well filled in the centre-back position.”
NO LEGAL ACTION
Uefa has suspended disciplinary action against Barcelona, Juventus and Real Madrid over their plans for a European Super League.
The trio were all committed to setting up a breakaway league and claimed Uefa’s attempts to punish them was against European competition law.
Sky Sports reports that the court in Madrid has ruled that Uefa was breaking European Union free trade legislation by pursuing disciplinary action against the three clubs.
NO BALE FOR WALES
Gareth Bale is set to miss Wales’ World Cup qualifying games against the Czech Republic and Estonia, according to BBC Sport.
The LaLiga star has been out of action in Real Madrid’s last five matches due to what manager Carlo Ancelotti describes as an ‘important’ injury.
Juve star Aaron is expected to return when Robert Page names his squad.
Nuno Espirito Santo chose to delay his post-match interview after Tottenham’s loss to Arsenal due to ‘vile abuse’ from Spurs fans.
Arsenal moved above Tottenham in the table after beating their rivals 3-1 at the Emirates.
The Daily Mail reports the Spurs boss was about to start his interview but then had to walk back to the dressing room with microphones picking up the sounds of abusive language from supporters.
He later returned to conduct his interview after the fans had departed.
West Ham are rumoured to be working on a deal to sign Weston McKennie.
Football Insider claims talks between the Juventus midfielder and the Irons have already taken place.
It is thought the Hammers are eyeing the USA international, 23, as a possible replacement for Declan Rice should he leave next year.
Reports claim the Irons are lining up a lucrative deal for Weston.
Liverpool transfer target Otavio isn’t sure if the Reds still want to sign him, the FC Porto star revealed.
The Kop giants were linked with a move for the attacking midfielder this summer but it never materialised.
Otavio is likely to feature for Porto when they face Jurgen Klopp’s side in the Champions League this week.
But if he ever does make the switch to Anfield, Otavio is aware that he’ll have to put in some impressive performances in Europe and domestically.
He said: “Whether they were interested or not, I don’t know.
“But if there is any team interested in me, it would be for my work in both the league and the Champions League.”
ON THE SPOT
Thierry Henry has suggested that Spotify owner Daniel Ek is still pursuing an Arsenal takeover.
Ek’s proposal to buy the Gunners hit a brick wall earlier this year, but he, with Henry’s support, is still interested in buying the club.
Henry revealed that Ek will keep knocking until Arsenal answer his calls.
The Frenchman told Sky Sports: “To be able to get there, you need to have someone to respond on either side, it didn’t happen yet.
“We, he, is here to stay. Let’s see what’s going to happen.
“I think it’s going to be long. I think you remember me saying it’s going to be long. How long it’s going to be, I don’t actually know but we are here to stay.”
KESS IT DONE
Liverpool and Manchester United target Franck Kessie is reportedly considering a move away from AC Milan.
The midfielder’s Milan contract ends in June, meaning he can start negotiations with other teams in January.
The 24-year-old has rejected Milan’s latest contract offer which will be music to Liverpool and United’s ears.
But the Prem sides will face competition from European rivals Paris Saint-Germain who are also said to be tracking the star.
LION IN WAIT
Paris Saint-Germain boss Mauricio Pochettino has revealed Lionel Messi WILL be in the club’s squad to face Manchester City.
The 34-year-old has missed the last two clashes against Metz and Montpellier after suffering a bone contusion on his right knee.
But former Tottenham gaffer Pochettino has insisted he is recovering well ahead of Tuesday’s Champions League clash – though being named in the starting XI may come too soon for him.
Speaking in Monday’s pre-match press conference, he said: “We will wait until tomorrow to confirm who will participate.
“Can I confirm Messi will be there on Tuesday?
“I never confirm the team the day before. It’s something we will see tomorrow.
“Leo is a bit like Marco Verratti. He’s progressing very well. I think he will be in the squad.
“But I still have not decided the starting XI.”
Ex-Leeds United star Carlton Palmer reckons Manchester City have already wrapped up the signing of Borussia Dortmund star Erling Haaland.
The 21-year-old will be available for £64million next summer but Palmer thinks City will pay over the odds for the striker to expedite his switch to the Etihad stadium.
The former Stockport City boss wouldn’t be surprised if Pep Guardiola’s team fork out £140m for the Norwegian.
Speaking to This Is Futbol: “I think they’ll have probably already wrapped that deal up myself for the January transfer window.
“I’d be surprised if the Haaland deal’s not done. Knowing that he’s going to be available at the end of the season, they might even give 100 million for Haaland so Dortmund get an extra £40m to let him out at Christmas.”
Jurgen Klopp has warned his Liverpool stars that complacency will cost them in their Champions League tie against FC Porto this week.
The Reds started the group stage with a win over AC Milan, but Klopp has told his squad that doesn’t guarantee them a win over a resilient Porto side.
Klopp pointed to the fact that Porto always qualify for the European competition along with their dominance on the domestic league as proof of just how strong they are.
He said: “Porto qualify for the Champions League every year, and they are always first or second in the Portuguese League.
“That is a top team and that is what we are preparing for.
“For them it is another reason to be motivated on the highest level.
“Yes we were good, we are good that is clear, and I’m still happy we won the games – but we can’t think we have won this game already. It will be tricky.”
Bayern Munich sporting director Hasan Salihamidzic has dismissed claims that the German side are interested in Chelsea’s Antonio Rudiger.
Salihamidzic even suggested that it was rude to link a player who has a club to another team.
Speculation surrounding Bayern’s potential move for Rudiger was rife after their boss Julian Nagelsmann praised the defender’s abilities recently.
But Salihamidzic said it’s normal for a manager to praise another player’s strengths in football, and Rudiger isn’t the only one Nagelsmann singled out for praise.
He said to DAZN: “It’s not okay when we talk about players who are with other clubs.
“Julian said that about him in the press conference, but he’s a coach who sees a lot of players – so why shouldn’t he rate an international and speak about his strengths?”
MATA OF TIME
Juan Mata is reportedly weighing up his future at Manchester United due to a lack of playing time this season.
The 33-year-old’s contract runs out at the end of the season but reports claim he’s willing to leave before then.
The Spaniard is yet to start this season and was left out of the United squad that lost 1-0 to Aston Villa on the weekend.
Despite Mata’s lack of games, he was rewarded with a contract extension in July by United boss Ole Gunnar Solskjaer who may try and hold onto the midfielder.
Liverpool boss Jurgen Klopp claims that he isn’t worried about his club’s defence despite them letting in three goals against Brentford on the weekend.
The Reds also let in two goals in their 3-2 win over AC Milan in the Champions League last week, but Klopp doesn’t reckon his back four are a cause for concern.
He said: “It’s not that much of a concern because I don’t think you should make these things bigger than they are – but we have to show a reaction, that’s for sure.
“It’s really tricky to win a football game when you are not defending on your highest level and that’s what we didn’t do.
“The common opinion is it’s only about the last line but we had a problem in general with our defending.
“That’s why Brentford caused us problems and it wasn’t good.
“We have to improve in that department for sure but now is not the moment to be concerned.”
Rangers have confirmed that fans will have to be double jabbed and show proof of vaccination to be allowed inside the Ibrox stadium.
The Gers released a lengthy statement detailing a change in rules ahead of the upcoming Scottish Premiership clash with Hibs.
The statement read: “Ahead of Sunday’s Scottish Premiership match against Hibernian.
“Rangers would like to update supporters on the introduction of vaccine certificate checks across Scotland.
“From October 1, following legislation introduced by the Scottish Government, everyone attending matches at Ibrox Stadium must be fully vaccinated and everyone must bring proof of this status with you to the match, unless exempt.”
“According to Scottish Government guidelines, fully vaccinated means ‘vaccinated with a MHA recognised vaccine in line with the MHA recommended number of doses for the vaccine used, and two weeks have passed for the vaccine to take effect.
“Supporters are encouraged to arrive with a hard copy of their vaccine certificate, however digital copies will also be accepted. Visitors from all parts of the UK will be able to use their existing vaccine certificates.”
Exemptions are in place for those under 18, people who are not able to receive the vaccine for medical reason, those who are participants in vaccine trial, and workers or volunteers at the venue or event.
Sir Alex Ferguson has poured cold water on reports that Manchester United want to sign Wesley Sneijder when he was in charge.
Despite being heavily linked with the Dutchman, Fergie claimed United were never even interested in the midfielder.
When asked about Sneijder on the UTD podcast, the Scotsman said: “Well, you mention the boy Sneijder.
“That’s come up a lot of times but we were never interested in Sneijder. I don’t know where that came from but you get a lot of them.
“Every Sunday, in The People, when I first came, they were throwing names in all the time.”