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TRANSFER NEWS 8:41, 26 Aug 2021Updated: 8:41, 26 Aug 2021HARRY KANE has taken to Twitter to confirm he will be STAYING at Tottenham.

But it has emerged that the England captain was fined two weeks wages for returning late from his summer holiday, even though he thought the club had given him the all-clear to extend the trip.

Man City were willing to offer Spurs their pick of five players – Bernardo Silva, Raheem Sterling, Riyad Mahrez, Aymeric Laporte or Gabriel Jesus in exchange for Kane – but will now turn their attention elsewhere.

And their top target could be Cristiano Ronaldo, who they have reportedly offered a two-year deal worth £230,000-a-week.

However, City do not want to pay a transfer fee or offer Juventus Gabriel Jesus in exchange, in what could be a potential stumbling block to the move.


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HE’S THE RON

Manchester City have reportedly offered Cristiano Ronaldo a two-year contract after missing out on Harry Kane.

But rumours suggest the English champs don’t want to pay a transfer fee for the 36-year-old forward – a legend at rivals Manchester United.

According to Italian journalist Gianluca Di Marzio, City are offering to pay Ronaldo around £230,000-a-week.

And it’s believed the English club want to keep fellow forward Gabriel Jesus – despite earlier reports suggesting a swap deal could be possible.

FER WARNING

Manchester United legend Rio Ferdinand has tipped Arsenal to scrape a top-half finish in the Premier League this season after their horror start.

The Gunners suffered 2-0 defeats in their opening two matches – firstly away at Brentford and then at home to Chelsea.

Ferdinand told his FIVE YouTube channel: “I would be happy with top ten if I was you lot [Arsenal fans].

“I think you will finish ninth. Let me look at the league table right now, you’re 19th right now.

“Brighton would bang up Arsenal right now! Brighton would be a problem for you lot!”

Credit: Getty LEAGUES APART

Liverpool will find out their Champions League group stage opponents when the draw is made on Thursday.

But what are the best and worst scenarios?

A group of Bayern, Porto and AC Milan would present Jurgen Klopp’s men with a terribly daunting task so early on in the competition.

The Merseyside club would undoubtedly prefer to see the likes of Sporting Lisbon, FC Salzburg and Malmo drawn in their group.

BAK FOR GOOD

AC Milan are on the verge of re-signing Tiemoue Bakayoko on loan from Chelsea, according to reports.

The midfielder hasn’t played for the Blues competitively since May 2018, spending time on loan at Milan, Monaco and Napoli.

And he is reportedly set to return to the former – despite having his Chelsea contract extended.

Originally set to expire next summer, the Blues have used an option to extend the deal by another year.

But according to journalist Gianluca Di Marzio, they have no intention of reintegrating the Frenchman into the first-team squad.

Credit: Getty PHIL JONES LATEST

Manchester United defender Phil Jones could still leave Old Trafford before the transfer deadline following interest from Championship club Fulham.

According to 90min, Fulham are among a handful of Championship teams considering a move for Jones.

The most likely scenario would be a loan – with United still paying the majority of his wages – but it could give him regular playing time.

Jones hasn’t played competitive football for the Red Devils since January 2020, with Newcastle and Watford also thought to be keen.

MESS-ED UP

Lionel Messi no longer plays in one of Europe’s top-five leagues after Ligue 1 was overtaken by Portugal’s top flight.

Messi is yet to make his debut but the move has seen him drop out of the so-called big five due to the recent changes in the Uefa coefficient system.

The points-based rankings take into consideration the results from each team in the European countries in Uefa club competitions.

And this week’s Champions League qualifiers have tipped the balance in the favour of the Primeira Liga.

Benfica beat PSV on penalties on Tuesday night which was enough for Portugal to lead France by just 0.05 coefficient points on 42.217 to 42.167.

And then on Wednesday, Monaco lost their shootout with Shakhtar Donetsk after a 2-2 draw to further hinder Ligue 1’s ranking.

BAYERN BLITZ

Stoke flop Eric-Maxim Choupo-Moting hit four as Bayern Munich bulldozed fifth-tier side Bremer SV 12-0 in the German Cup first round.

Julian Nagelsmann’s side proved to be too good against the Bremen minnows at the Weserstadion in the delayed clash, which was originally scheduled for earlier this month.

MORNING FOOTBALL FANS 

Tottenham are ready to offer Harry Kane a £100,000-a-week pay rise in a bid to keep him out of Manchester City’s clutches, SunSport can exclusively reveal.

The England captain yesterday revealed he will NOT be leaving Spurs this summer after failing to engineer a move to the Etihad.

Now Cristiano Ronaldo’s camp are stepping up their efforts to get the Portuguese superstar a switch to City this week.

Spurs fear Kane — who has three years left on his £230,000-a-week contract — could try to force through a switch in January or at the end of the season.

So they are preparing to offer him £330,000 a week to try to keep him at the club until 2027, just before he turns 34.

But club chiefs know even that may not prevent him from leaving in his quest for honours.

After their hopes of landing Kane were dashed, Cristiano Ronaldo’s camp will step up their efforts to get him a move to City this week.

And the United legend will hope it could open the door for him to make a sensational return to Manchester.

Ronaldo, 36, is looking to engineer a move out of Juventus before the transfer window closes on Tuesday.

City have been cool on the prospect of signing him since reports first surfaced earlier this month and that remains the case.

But Pep Guardiola is now faced with continuing a busy season without replacing all-time record goalscorer Sergio Aguero.

So it will be up to Ronaldo’s agent Jorge Mendes to put forward a proposal which would tempt the City hierarchy to change their minds.

PSG have accused Real Madrid of acting illegally in their bid to sign Kylian Mbappe after the Frenchman told them he wants to leave.

And finally, Guardiola has confirmed he will leave City at the end of the 2022-23 season.

The Catalan said: “After seven years at Man City, I think I’ll have a break. I need to stop and see, learn from other coaches, and maybe take that path.”

Guardiola hopes to return to management with a national team after his second sabbatical.

He added: “In this process, I’d like to coach a national team, a European Championship, a Copa America, a World Cup. I want this experience.

“A national team will be the next step, yes. It’s the next step

RONBELIEVABLE

Cristiano Ronaldo’s camp will step up their efforts to get him a move to Manchester City this week.

The champions saw their hopes of landing England captain Harry Kane finally dashed on Wednesday.

And the United legend will hope it could open the door for him to make a sensational return to Manchester.

Ronaldo, 36, is looking to engineer a move out of Juventus before the transfer window closes on Tuesday. City have been cool on the prospect of signing him since reports first surfaced earlier this month and that remains the case.

But Pep Guardiola is now faced with continuing a busy season without replacing all-time record goalscorer Sergio Aguero.

So it will be up to Ronaldo’s agent Jorge Mendes to put forward a proposal which would tempt the City hierarchy to change their minds.

SUGAR KANE – EXCLUSIVE

Tottenham are ready to offer Harry Kane a £100,000-a-week pay rise in a bid to keep him out of Manchester City’s clutches.

The England captain yesterday revealed he will NOT be leaving Spurs this summer after failing to engineer a move to the Etihad.

Now Cristiano Ronaldo’s camp are stepping up their efforts to get the Portuguese superstar a switch to City this week.

Spurs fear Kane — who has three years left on his £230,000-a-week contract — could try to force through a switch in January or at the end of the season.

So they are preparing to offer him £330,000-a -week to try to keep him at the club until 2027, just before he turns 34.

But club chiefs know even that may not prevent him from leaving in his quest for honours.

AND THE LAST TIES…

Sheff Utd vs Southampton

Man City vs Wycombe Wanderers

Millwall vs Leicester

Wolves vs Tottenham Hotspur

Brighton vs Swansea

ARSENAL DRAW AFC WIMBLEDON

Wigan vs Sunderland

Norwich vs Liverpool

Burnley vs Rochdale

Arsenal vs AFC Wimbledon

DRAW CONTINUES…

Fulham vs Leeds

Brentford vs Oldham

Watford vs Stoke

Chelsea vs Aston Villa

MAN U DRAW WEST HAM!

Preston vs Cheltenham

Man Utd vs West Ham

FIRST TIE!

QPR vs Everton

Carabao Cup third round draw kicking off any minute now…

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TEAMS IN THE HAT

Here are the 32 teams in the draw for the third round of the Carabao Cup now all the second round ties are complete.

Arsenal

Aston Villa

Brentford

Brighton

Burnley

Chelsea

Everton

Leeds

Leicester

Liverpool

Man City

Man Utd

Norwich

Southampton

Tottenham

Watford

West Ham

Wolves

Fulham

Millwall

Preston

QPR

Sheffield Utd

Stoke City

Swansea

AFC Wimbledon

Cheltenham Town

Sunderland

Wigan

Wycombe

Oldham

Rochdale

KOULD BE A BLUE SOON

Jules Kounde’s deal to Chelsea has reportedly taken one step closer.

The move depends on West Ham signing Kurt Zouma which is said to be happening although there are some slight issues with the defender’s agent, according to Fabrizio Romano.

Chelsea have confirmed to Sevilla today afternoon they want to proceed with final official bid to complete Jules Koundé deal 🔵 #CFC

Still waiting for Zouma agents-West Ham issues to be resolved to sign Koundé.

Chelsea are still negotiating also with Atletico for Saúl on loan.

— Fabrizio Romano (@FabrizioRomano) August 25, 2021 FULL TIME!

West Brom 0 – 6 Arsenal

Pierre-Emerick Aubameyang’s hat-trick helped Arsenal on their way to a thrashing of West Brom and a place in the third round of the Carabao Cup.

Stay with us for the draw.

SAD TAYL

Arsenal fans were handed a chilling reminder of their ex-striker Eduardo’s infamous leg break when they faced West Brom.

Baggies youngster Caleb Taylor – the son of Martin, the player who inflicted the injury – started their Carabao Cup clash on Wednesday evening.

The 18-year-old was given the nod by West Brom boss Valerien Ismael, who opted to play a team of kids against the struggling Premier League outfit.

It was Taylor’s professional debut, coming up against Arsenal’s established international stars Bukayo Saka and Pierre-Emerick Aubameyang.

Eduardo suffered the horrific injury in February 2008 when the Gunners took on Birmingham City in the Premier League.

The Croatia international was controversially tackled by Taylor’s dad, now 41, and was ruled out for just shy of 12 months.

GOOOOOOOOAAAALLL – LACAZETTE!

West Brom 0 – 6 Arsenal

68: Pepe gets played down the right channel with a fantastic looping through ball.

He cuts back onto his left, fizzes a low pass into Lacazette.

And the Frenchman slams it into the bottom right corner.

GOOOOOAAAALLL – AUBAMEYANG HAT-TRICK!

West Brom 0 – 5 Arsenal

61: Pepe feeds Maitland-Niles from the right, he feeds it straight out to Aubameyang on the left and he bends a sumptuous effort into the top right hand corner.

KYL-ER BLOW

Paris Saint-Germain chief Leonardo has slammed Real Madrid over their ‘illegal and unacceptable’ £137 million bid to land Kylian Mbappe.

But the French giants say they will not stand in the way of the former Monaco striker if the right offer comes in from the Bernabeu.

He said: “Kylian Mbappe wants to join Real Madrid and we will not hold him back. We said no to Madrid’s first offer but if our conditions are met, we’ll see.

“We’ll allow it but on our conditions. Kylian always promised us he will not leave for free.

“It seems like a strategy from Madrid to try to get a ‘no’ from us, to show that they have tried everything and to wait for a year to get him for free.”

Leonardo added: “For the last two years the behaviour of Madrid has been incorrect, illegal, getting in contact with his representatives, unacceptable, completely incorrect towards us.”

GOOOOOAAAALLL – SAKA!

West Brom 0 – 4 Arsenal

48: Saka drives down the left with the ball, slides it to Odegaard on the edge of the box, the Norwegian plays a lovely Cruyff pass back to the onrushing winger and he fires it home from just inside the box.

Game. Over.

PEP TALK

Pierre-Emerick Aubameyang returned the favour to Nicolas Pepe for Arsenal’s third goal.

Aubameyang was thwarted in his efforts to bag a hat-trick but turned provider as his athletic effort played Pepe in for a tap-in.

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