There’s plenty on Manchester United’s ongoing transfer dilemma in today’s gossip column.
The Sun reports United are ready to offer Real Madrid’s Gareth Bale a short-term deal, with an initial season-long loan, after losing patience in their efforts to sign Jadon Sancho.
However, the Mail says Wales forward Bale is not keen on a loan move.
And ESPN adds United fear increased competition for Sancho next summer if they can’t prise him away from Dortmund in this window.
Peter Josi: Happy for the win, but last night’s Chelsea performance wasn’t very convincing. Werner looked very promising and will definitely score goals but Havertz performance was less than expected. Chelsea have to significantly improve to stand a chance against Liverpool.
And here is the best of the action from that convincing cup win for Borussia Dortmund.
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Borussia Dortmund are increasingly confident of keeping hold of England winger Jadon Sancho, who remains Manchester United’s top summer transfer target.
While it’s understood United can meet the 20-year-old’s personal terms, there is currently no agreement over a fee and the German side do not want to sell Sancho.
United boss Ole Gunnar Solskjaer wants another wide player and the club are considering alternative targets, with Real Madrid’s Gareth Bale and Inter Milan’s Ivan Perisic two names that have been mentioned.
SMS Message: Great win for Wolves, so pleased that so far we have been able to keep hold of Jimenez; what an outstanding player he is. A Wolves fan for 60 years, these are really exciting days. from John
Great win for Wolves, so pleased that so far we have been able to keep hold of Jimenez; what an outstanding player he is. A Wolves fan for 60 years, these are really exciting days.
Jadon Sancho tweeted he was “honoured” to reach 100 games as a Borussia Dortmund player yesterday – and the club’s social media team just couldn’t help themselves…
Jude Bellingham marked his Borussia Dortmund debut with a goal as the Bundesliga side beat 10-man Duisburg 5-0 in the first round of the German Cup.
Jadon Sancho was also on target from the penalty spot, as two Englishmen started and scored in the same match for the club for the first time in Borussia Dortmund’s history.
Bellingham, who joined Dortmund from Birmingham City this summer, also earned him a place in the club’s record books as the youngest scorer in their 110-year history.
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SMS Message: I’ve called it from early. I reckon Havertz will be the latest big money flop. Dont see how he fits in. He was a statement signing. He will be shipped off next season from Mr Anderson
I’ve called it from early. I reckon Havertz will be the latest big money flop. Dont see how he fits in. He was a statement signing. He will be shipped off next season
That is a big call after one game. Anybody else making any bold predictions for the season ahead based on the evidence so far?
Earlier (shortly after 8:00), I asked you to hit the thumbs for whether you think Chelsea can challenge for the Premier League title this season.
And, on latest viewing, you’re backing Frank Lampard’s new-look side to be right up there.
So far 245 of you believe they can close that gap to Liverpool and 205 think they won’t.
The Premier League season is up and running – and so is Garth Crooks with his first team of the week.
Garth Crooks’ XI: Guaita, Lamptey, Gabriel, Saiss, Castagne, Hendrick, Rodriguez, Willian, Salah, Calvert-Lewin, Aubameyang
Richard: What a difference a few weeks make. Out of the Europa League last month – now 3 very promising signings, Nuno committed for 3 more years and a very satisfying win last night. Awesome performances by Saiss and Jimenez. Just need a Right Wing Back. Come on You Wolves
It was not the start Chris Wilder envisaged for his side after such a solid first term back in the Premier League last season.
“If we win a game we’re the best thing since sliced bread. If you lose it’s second-season syndrome – that’s the coverage the Premier League gets. We move quickly on – that’s a lesson we learned last year,” Wilder said.
“It does hurt but you can’t dwell on it. All those teams that lost on the opening day, they’re going to have an unbelievable struggle and those who won games are going to get in the Champions League and push Liverpool and Manchester City.
“That’s just how the Premier League is and we’ve accepted it.”
SMS Message: As a Chelsea fan, delighted with an opening win to the season but let’s be honest, it was slow and sluggish. Not the debut I’d hoped for from Havertz who will need to pick up the intensity to keep a place in the eleven. Werner on the other hand, worked his socks off and a class act. from Hugo from London
As a Chelsea fan, delighted with an opening win to the season but let’s be honest, it was slow and sluggish. Not the debut I’d hoped for from Havertz who will need to pick up the intensity to keep a place in the eleven. Werner on the other hand, worked his socks off and a class act.
Wolves boss Nuno Espirito Santo says he believes the club is building “something special” after celebrating his new three-year contract with victory over Sheffield United.
“It has been an amazing three seasons,” he said.
“I think we create something really special – the identity, the core of the squad, the bonds between us, this is how we operate but we have to stay humble.
“Now I have to prepare the next training session because we play Stoke in the League Cup. We go day by day.”
The Premier League say four people have tested positive in the latest round of Covid-19 tests, in which a total of 2,131 players and club staff were tested between Monday, 7 September and Sunday, 13 September.
The four unidentified individuals who have tested positive will have to self-isolate for a period of 10 days.
“No specific details as to clubs or individuals will be provided by the league and results will be made public after each round of testing,” a Premier League statement said.
David Huggan: As a Newcastle fan, I’d just like to freeze the table now, thanks! Oh, and the FA Cup too, please!
Any other fans more than happy to take their current league position as final? I imagine Arsenal fans would be all over that. Football fans in Manchester, not so much…
There were plenty of positives for Brighton to take from their defeat, aside from an injury to debutant Adam Lallana.
“The performance was good in many aspects; we more than matched Chelsea for long periods, said manager Graham Potter.
“We were heavily punished with a wonder strike – and ultimately, if you concede three times it’s hard to win football matches. You have moments against the big teams that you need to have go your way and we need to learn from that.
“Adam Lallana was enjoying the game, he brings that personality, we are pleased with what he has brought to us and we just have to help him get on the field more often.”
Adam Lallana went off injured in the first half of his Brighton debut against Chelsea.
The England international, who joining Brighton from champions Liverpool on a free transfer in July, appeared to have a problem with his hamstring – an injury that caused him to miss 31 games during the 2017-18 season.
The 32-year-old was making his first league start since December 2019 and just his 10th in the past four seasons after his time at Anfield was hampered by injuries.
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SMS Message: Brighton were unlucky to not get at least a point, individual error, wonder strike and huge deflection for the goals. Plenty to look forward to but getting a striker has to now be obvious to anyone involved at the club surely? from Michael, Brighton
Brighton were unlucky to not get at least a point, individual error, wonder strike and huge deflection for the goals. Plenty to look forward to but getting a striker has to now be obvious to anyone involved at the club surely?