Newcastle 'to offer Ten Hag £11m-a-year', Chelsea 'back in for Kounde after being offered De Ligt transfer'

Newcastle 'to offer Ten Hag £11m-a-year', Chelsea 'back in for Kounde after being offered De Ligt transfer'

October 27, 2021

NEWCASTLE are reportedly ready to offer Ajax boss Eric ten Hag £11m per year to take over as manager.

That figure would make the Dutchman the Premier League's third highest paid manager behind Pep Guardiola and Jurgen Klopp.

Meanwhile Chelsea are said to be ready to go back in for Jules Kounde this January, after missing out on the Sevilla man in summer.

Antonio Rudiger is closing in on a move away from the club after holding exploratory talks with Man City, according to reports.

But should Sevilla hold firm in their valuation of Kounde, the Blues may have the option of turning to Matthijs de Ligt.

Juventus are said to be keen to get the £280,000-a-week Dutch centre-back off their books.

Meanwhile Newcastle are still looking for a new permanent manager with Paulo Fonseca the favourite but Lucien Favre another man linked to the job.

And finally Rangers fans are in mourning after legendary boss Walter Smith passed away at the age of 73.

Stay up to date with all the latest from around the clubs with our live blog…

  • Sandra Brobbey

    BEES BLOW

    Brentford are set to face five months without the services of their number one goalkeeper David Raya.

    The Bees stopper suffered a cruciate ligament injury to his left knee during Brentford’s 2-1 loss to Leicester last Sunday.

    In a statement, the club’s medical chief Neil Greig said: “Positively, this type of injury usually heals well without the need for surgery.

    “David has already begun using a brace specifically designed to aid this process.

    “We anticipate the recovery period for an injury like this to be somewhere between four and five months, which will enable David to be back to his previous high levels well before the end of the season.”

  • Sandra Brobbey

    XAVI PRAISE

    Santi Cazorla reckons Barcelona fans could get a return to “pure Barca school” tiki-taka football if Xavi were in charge of the Nou Camp, according to reports.

    The former Arsenal and Villarreal style was reportedly sharing his thoughts on Xavi as a manager.

    The Spain star currently plays under Xavi for Qatar-based club Al Sadd.

    Xavi has been heavily linked with a Barcelona return with current boss Ronald Koeman under pressure.

    Cazorla told Marca: “He wants the ball and we train based on rondos, possession, position play…pure Barca school, to defend with the ball.

    “I think that he understands football that way and he practices it. It’s not unique, but perhaps, in having the ball, Xavi is unique.

    “At La Roja, when we were teammates, he always had that philosophy of football. It was very clear.”

  • Sandra Brobbey

    INJURY BLUES

    Chelsea are facing injury problems ahead of their trip to Newcastle on Saturday.

    Thomas Tuchel could be without Cesar Azpilicueta, Ruben Loftus-Cheek and Andreas Christensen.

    The trio missed the club’s league cup match win against Southampton on Tuesday night.

    It is thought Azpilicueta has a shoulder problem while Loftus-Cheek is struggling with a hip injury. And Christiensen is expected to have a tooth operation.

    However, it is reported the Blues captain could make a return to the squad along with Christiensen.

  • Joshua Jones

    GOOD MORNING FOOTY FANS

    Chelsea needed another penalty shootout win to progress to the next round of the Carabao Cup last night.

    Kai Havertz’s opener at Stamford Bridge was cancelled out by Che Adams.

    And it was Reece James who netted the winning spot-kick after Saints missed two of theirs in the shoot-out.

    Meanwhile, Newcastle are reportedly ‘willing to make Erik ten Hag one of the highest-paid managers’ in the Premier League.

    The Mail claims they would be willing to hand him ‘a salary of £6million after tax – totalling a gross wage of just over £11m’ to take over.

    That would put Ten Hag just behind £20m-a-year Man City boss Pep Guardiola and Liverpool’s £15m-a-year Jurgen Klopp in the list of the Premier League’s best-paid managers.

    Elsewhere, Man City and Bayern Munich are keeping tabs on Barcelona star Frenkie De Jong, reports suggest.

    According to Calciomercato, City and Bayern have been monitoring the midfielder and are said to be very impressed with what they are seeing.

    Both sides are looking to take advantage of Barca’s dire financial situation by launching bids next summer.

    Finally, Mo Salah is reportedly demanding a £450,000-a-week contract as Liverpool look to tie him down to a new deal.

    Ekrem Konur states that the Egypt international is very happy in Merseyside, but wants a pay rise to reflect his importance in the team.

    But Liverpool aren’t willing to offer him that much and are negotiating a lower wage salary.

  • Anthony Chapman

    OLE IN FERGIE TIME

    Sir Alex Ferguson held emergency talks over the future of under-fire Ole Gunnar Solskjaer on Tuesday — who is safe for now.

    United boss Solskjaer is set to stay in charge for Saturday’s Premier League trip to Tottenham.

    But another damaging defeat by Spurs could change that.

    There are fears within the club that the atmosphere at training has become flat, with players uninspired by the coaching sessions.

    And group managing director Richard Arnold is on a mission to discover what has gone wrong on the pitch after starting to take on some of Ed Woodward’s responsibilities.

  • Anthony Chapman

    EXCLUSIVE BY CHARLIE WYETT

    There could be another Bellingham playing for Borussia Dortmund.

    Jude, 18, arrived from Birmingham in a deal worth up to £30million in July 2020.

    And now the German giants are increasingly keen on signing younger brother Jobe, who only turned 16 last month, and is also emerging at St Andrew’s.

    SunSport can reveal the Bundesliga club first registered their interest in Jobe when he   was   14,   during talks for Jude who chose Dortmund ahead of Manchester United.

    For the time being, the family are keen for Jobe to stay in Birmingham but Dortmund seem confident they could reunite the siblings at some point.

  • Anthony Chapman

    FT – CHELSEA 1 SOUTHAMPTON 1 (4-3 pens)

    Chelsea needed another penalty shootout win to progress to the next round of the Carabao Cup.

    Kai Havertz’s opener at Stamford Bridge was cancelled out by Che Adams.

    And it was Reece James who netted the winning spot-kick after Saints missed two of theirs in the shoot-out.

  • Anthony Chapman

    DEL OF A TALENT

    Glenn Hoddle reckons Spurs could have a more prolific young English midfielder than Mason Mount and Phil Foden if Dele Alli is played in his right position.

    He told SunSport: “Dele is a major asset. Playing at his best, he would score more goals than Foden and Mount.

    “He is a midfielder who gets in the box. He is a box threat, rather than a deeper player who is a builder and you can build your game around.

    “His biggest attribute is his ability to get into the box. And when he gets back to doing that, he will show us why he was so highly rated.

    “But at the moment he has lost his goalscoring ability and I don’t think he is being played in a role where he is being told to get into the box.”

  • Anthony Chapman

    RAI OF LIGHT

    Paul Pogba’s agent Mino Raiola has stated that “everything is calm” amid talks with Manchester United over a new contract.

    Pogba’s current deal expires at the end of the season and there are doubts over his future.

    But Raiola told The Times: “You would have to ask Manchester United about it.

    “At this moment everything is calm. There is no update.”

  • Anthony Chapman

    BAD TO WORSE

    Man Utd have dropped to NINTH place in the latest Uefa club coefficient rankings.

    Bayern Munich are top dogs in the rankings.

    And Arsenal don’t even feature in the top ten.

  • Anthony Chapman

    KEP A CHECK

    Kepa Arrizabalaga said his ‘confidence is high again’ and wants a couple double as Chelsea’s No2.

    He said: “When you are in the same place for years, you feel confident. You feel like you are more at home, more comfortable.

    “I have been playing with the same guys for a couple of years and it’s good – I feel very good at this club right now.

    “I feel more relaxed in everything now. I feel everything is going in the right way, and confident.

    “I’ve felt my confidence is high again, and at Stamford Bridge we feel the support of our fans back again at the stadium.

    “So, step by step, we are going in the right direction.”

  • Anthony Chapman

    HAG RACE

    Newcastle are reportedly ‘willing to make Erik ten Hag one of the highest-paid managers’ in the Premier League.

    The Daily Mail claims Man Utd face serious competition from Newcastle for the 51-year-old Dutchman.

    Toon are already allegedly exploring the prospect of luring Ten Hag to St James’ Park.

    And today’s report states they would be willing to hand him ‘a salary of £6million after tax – totalling a gross wage of just over £11m’ to take over.

    That would put Ten Hag just behind £20m-a-year Man City boss Pep Guardiola and Liverpool’s £15m-a-year in the list of the Premier League’s best-paid managers.

  • Anthony Chapman

    CHELSEA TEAM NEWS

    Chelsea XI: Kepa; James, Chalobah, Sarr; Hudson-Odoi, Kovacic, Saul, Alonso; Ziyech, Havertz, Barkley

    Southampton XI: Forster; Valery, Lyanco, Salisu, Walker-Peters; Diallo, S. Armstrong, Tella, Djenepo; Adams, A. Armstrong

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  • Anthony Chapman

    POWER SERG

    Arsenal are reportedly battling Manchester City in the race to sign Barcelona’s versatile star Sergi Roberto on a free transfer.

    The 29-year-old, who can play as a central midfielder, right midfielder or right-back, is in the final year of his deal at the Nou Camp.

    And according to Fichajes, the Spain international will reject any contract proposal from the Blaugrana as he eyes up a fresh challenge.

    They state that negotiations over extending his stay with Barca have broken down – despite the player willing to take a pay cut due to the club’s financial difficulties.

  • Anthony Chapman

    JONG BLOOD

    Man City and Bayern Munich are keeping tabs on Barcelona star Frenkie De Jong, reports suggest.

    According to Cacliomercato, City and Bayern have been monitoring the midfielder and are said to be very impressed with what they are seeing.

    Both sides are looking to take advantage of Barca’s dire financial situation by launching bids next summer.

  • Anthony Chapman

    EXCLUSIVE BY NEIL CUSTIS

    Furious Paul Pogba snubbed Ole Gunnar Solskjaer after being left out of Manchester United’s line-up for their 5-0 drubbing by Liverpool.

    Pogba came on at half-time, lost the ball for Liverpool’s fifth goal and was then sent off after a shocking challenge on Naby Keita.

    The Frenchman did apologise to his team-mates for his recklessness after the match – but he did not speak to under-fire Solskjaer.

    The 28-year-old club record signing has now put all talks over a new contract on hold.

    Pogba’s current United deal is up in the summer when he can walk away as a free agent.

  • Anthony Chapman

    BEL TOLLS

    Arsenal and Tottenham have received a boost in their pursuit of Andrea Belotti after Torino boss Ivan Juric announced he will not sign a new deal.

    The 27-year-old is in the final year of his contract in Turin and is free to talk to foreign clubs in January.

    Juric confirmed: said: “Belotti won’t sign the contract extension.

    “He won’t leave in January, he’ll see himself here till the end of the season.

    “It’s useless to speculate, nothing will happen.

    “I hope he will have a great season, then we will look each other in the eyes and he will choose his future.

    “There will be no approaches, I hope he will have a good year and then we’ll see.”

  • Anthony Chapman

    DEAL ME IN

    Mo Salah is reportedly demanding a £450,000-a-week contract as Liverpool look to tie him down to a new deal.

    The Reds are believed to have entered negotiations with the Real Madrid target, 29, in August to make him the highest-paid player in their history.

    According to journalist Ekrem Konur, Salah is looking to pocket £450k-per-week in order to remain a Liverpool player.

    He states that the Egypt international is very happy in Merseyside, but wants a pay rise to reflect his importance in the team.

    But Liverpool aren’t willing to offer him that much and are negotiating a lower wage salary.

  • Anthony Chapman

    THREE’S COMPANY

    Man Utd are reportedly targeting THREE transfers for next summer… regardless of who their manager will be at the time.

    Fichajes claims Old Trafford chiefs have identified Juventus forward Federico Chiesa, Inter Milan midfielder Nicolo Barella and Atletico Madrid defender Kieran Trippier as three players who can take United back to the top.

    Current boss Ole Gunnar Solskjaer is expected to remain in charge for this weekend’s crunch clash against Tottenham.

    SunSport understands four managers have already been contacted by United’s board, including Antonio Conte and Brendan Rodgers.

    But Fichajes claims no matter who is in the hot seat next year, United already have their summer wishlist drawn up.

  • Sandra Brobbey

    HAZARD IN TOON

    Newcastle United are thought to be keen on a swoop for Eden Hazard, according to reports.

    Spanish outlet El Chiringuito claim the club are eyeing the Belgium ace as a potential star of new look they hope to build.

    The club, who face Chelsea next, are yet to win a game in the top-flight this term.

  • Sandra Brobbey

    CASH’S POLE POSITION

    Aston Villa’s Matty Cash could be in line to make an appearance for Poland in next month’s World Cup qualifiers.

    The Athletic reports the right-back could be poised to feature in Paulo Sousa’s squad after the Polish FA confirmed his citizenship this afternoon.

    And the Polish FA say it was Cash who first approached them about representing the country of his mother’s birth “two or three years ago”.

  • Sandra Brobbey

    FAVRE IS FAV

    Newcastle are rumoured to be eyeing ex-Borussia Dortmund boss Lucien Favre as a possible Toons boss contender.

    The Switzerland-born gaffer is reported to be highly regarded by the club’s Saudi owners.

    German sports news outlet Bild says the 63-year-old is favourite to replace Steve Bruce after he was sacked last week.

    Favre is currently without a club after being fired by Dortmund in December 2020.

  • Sandra Brobbey

    RON’S RAGE

    Ronald Koeman says he was tempted to confront fans who attacked his car after Barcelona’s 2-1 loss to Real Madrid on Sunday.

    A group of irate supporters were seen surrounding the Nou Camp chief’s vehicle and shouting abuse at him.

    Koeman said: “I wasn’t scared. There was a moment I thought about getting out, but it was better not to.

    “There were a lot of people filming and [making] Tik-Tok [videos] and they want you to get involved.

    “I don’t think there is a solution. For me, it’s more of a social problem, an education problem for people who don’t have morals or values.”

  • Sandra Brobbey

    NUNO PRAISE

    Tottenham boss Nuno Espirito Santo has been named on this year’s Football Black List alongside Brentford ace Ivan Toney and Arsenal star Nikita Parris.

    Established in 1988, the list aims to celebrate black role models in football both on and off the pitch.

    The list drawn up by experts from across the sport was announced at the National Football Museum in Manchester.

    Other names on the list include Fulham and Republic of Ireland defender Cyrus Christie and QPR assistant Paul Hall.

  • Sandra Brobbey

    PALACE LET OFF

    Crystal Palace could be set to escape FA sanctions for a banner unfurled by Eagles fans criticising the Toons’ new Saudi Arabian owners.

    The banner, which also takes a swipe at the Premier League, includes a drawing of a man dressed in traditional Arabic clothing with an illustration of Prem chief executive Richard Masters.

    The Metropolitan Police commenced an investigation into the matter.

    However, police officials have confirmed that no charges will be filed.

    A Croydon Met Police said: “On Saturday, a member of the public contacted us to raise concerns about a banner displayed at the Crystal Palace vs Newcastle match at Selhurst Park.

    “On Saturday, a member of the public contacted us to raise concerns about a banner displayed at the Crystal Palace vs Newcastle match at Selhurst Park.”

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