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Chelsea still owe over £71million to Inter for Romelu Lukaku.

Chelsea have been handed a £110m bailout to ensure they are at least able to finish the Premier League season.

American tycoon Anthony Ressler, owner of the NBA's Atlanta Hawks, has emerged as another candidate to buy Chelsea and is said to have held secret talks over a deal in Memphis with the Raine Group, who are organising the Premier League club's sale.

Manchester United are lining up a deal to bring goalkeeper Sam Johnstone back to the club four years after selling him, but West Ham, Tottenham and Southampton are also interested.

Liverpool's Mo Salah will need a scan after hobbling off against Brighton.

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Workers are painting over graffiti outside Stamford Bridge after walls were defaced by angry fans. The writing read: "Europe is funding the war - not CFC."

Manchester United could offer Juan Mata a coaching role if the Spaniard calls time on his glittering playing career this summer.

Derby's have suffered another financial blow as proceeds of the £1m deal to sell Kamil Jozwiak to MLS side Charlotte will have to be added to their list of football creditors because they still owe a similar amount of money to his previous club Lech Poznan.

Liverpool midfielder Thiago Alcantara has been rebuffed in his efforts to increase security at his home in Cheshire after local residents complained about the plans, which included the installation of 6ft aluminium gates.

Animal-loving Leicester City striker Jamie Vardy has revealed he once researched avenues to buy a penguin for his family.


Chelsea have asked the Government, who are effectively running the club, to amend their licence and allow them to negotiate contracts with players whose current deals are expiring this summer.

Everton youngster Anthony Gordon has revealed he feels devastated for days after each defeat the struggling Premier League club suffers.

Chelsea had planned to leave Stamford Bridge in 2013 but they were unable to find an alternative site after scouting out options in Earls Court and White City among others.


The Premier League has opened 400 investigations over incidents involving the online abuse of players over the last 12 months with cases rising dramatically since the start of the Covid-19 pandemic.

Red Bull chief Christian Horner has vowed to get under the skin of his opposite number at Mercedes, Toto Wolff, this season.

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Paul Merson wonders what's going to become of Chelsea as he can't see any new owner putting the same level of finance into the club as Roman Abramovich

Chelsea fear going into administration and losing nine points.

Jonathan Goldstein, a property investor, has been named as part of the Todd Boehly and Hansjorg Wyss consortium plotting a move for Chelsea.


Ilkay Gundogan is set to snub interest from Barcelona and open talks over a new contract with Manchester City.


Manchester City are confident they can agree a £100million deal for Erling Haaland this summer but they must persuade him to postpone his dream of playing for Real Madrid.

Sean Longstaff is in talks with Newcastle over a new contract - his current deal expires in the summer.

Former Italy coach Nick Mallet says he thinks South Africa will join the Six Nations.


03 November 2021, North Rhine-Westphalia, Dortmund: Football: Champions League, Borussia Dortmund - Ajax Amsterdam, Group stage, Group C, Matchday 4, Signal Iduna Park. Amsterdam coach Erik ten Hag before the match. Photo by: Bernd Thissen/picture-alliance/dpa/AP Images

Erik Ten Hag is ready to leave Ajax and take on a new challenge as manager of Manchester United, where he could give current incumbent Ralf Rangnick a role in his coaching set-up.

Paris Saint-Germain are set to have a squad overhaul in the summer with impending free agent Kylian Mbappe likely to lead an exodus also including Angel Di Maria, Julian Draxler and Layvin Kurzawa.

Manchester United have stepped up their interest in Barcelona defender Ronald Araujo according to reports in Spain, with his long-running contract negotiations showing no sign of an extension beyond the summer of 2023.

United are also conceding defeat in the race to sign Erling Haaland and will turn their attentions to Sweden star Alexander Isak, who has been a long-standing target for Arsenal.


Chelsea staff are joking among themselves that the squad might have to start using Easyjet to get to away games and stay in budget hotels.


Portuguese police have arrested a rabbi who is believed to have helped Chelsea owner Roman Abramovich secure citizenship in the country last year.

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