Messi injury LATEST, Derby enter administration, James Rodriguez transfer EXIT plus Chelsea and Arsenal latest

LIONEL MESSI looks set to miss a number of PSG games after suffering a foot injury.

The Argentina star, who has had a tough start to life in Paris, will miss the trip to Metz but could also be unavailable for their Champions League clash with Manchester City.

Derby County have entered administration and have been deducted 12 points by the English Football League.

But transfer news still rolls on with Arsenal set to make a bid for Noa Lang.

Chelsea's Marcos Alonso will no longer take the knee before games, with the Spaniard preferring to point to the No Room for Racism badge on his sleeve.


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

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    Manchester United midfielder Nemanja Matic kneed Vladimir Coufal in the groin but managed to get away with thanks to VAR not being used in the Carabao Cup.

    The Serb lashed out at the Hammers right-back as United lost 1-0 but escaped punishment as ref Jon Moss didn’t see it and VAR wasn’t being used at Old Trafford.

    Coufal went down and appealed to the nearby fourth official – though he did not make a meal of it.

    Matic ran off as if nothing as happened and got away with it because there was no VAR for the Carabao Cup tie.

    He would surely have been sent off in the Premier League and he doubled down on his good fortune with a nasty tackle on matchwinner Lanzini later in the match.

    Matic raked his studs down the Argentine’s ankle after a late challenge and the ref missed it again, with Lanzini was subbed off injured as a result soon after.

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    Thomas Tuchel went back on the deadline day promise he reportedly made to Saul Niguez by playing him out of position on Wednesday.

    The Chelsea boss is understood to have vowed to play Saul in his preferred central midfield role in a bid to lure him to Stamford Bridge.

    But just two games into his Chelsea career, Saul found himself deployed on the left as the Blues beat Aston Villa on penalties in the Carabao Cup.

    Saul endured a tricky debut against Villa in the Premier League earlier this month.

    He was hauled off after just 45 minutes following his summer loan move from Atletico Madrid.

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    And Redknapp has also questioned the decision to play Harry Kane out wide in the 3-0 home defeat to Chelsea.

    Redknapp said: "I thought it was a strange one. Son plays there and Harry plays through the middle. Very, very strange.

    "For the first 20 minutes, they were bang in the game.

    "Second half, Chelsea completely overran them. Chelsea look strong."

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    Former Tottenham manager Harry Redknapp has predicted Spurs talisman Harry Kane to be top goalscorer this season, as long as the 28-year-old isn't played out of position.

    Redknapp told talkSPORT: “He wants to play all the time.

    “From Tottenham’s point of view, they want to win a trophy. They’re not going to win a Premier League and can look at that competition, and the FA Cup and think this is something they can win.

    “Harry wants to play all the time now. He’s one of those lads and could well end up being leading goalscorer, as long as they don’t play him on the left wing again.

    “He will be right there in the mix.”

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    Atletico Madrid are keeping tabs on Arsenal star Alexandre Lacazette who is set to run down his contract, reports suggest.

    Lacazette's deal with the Gunners expires next year in June and negotiations with the club's hierarchy are not moving towards the right direction.

    According to Le 10 Sport, Atletico are ready to pounce on the opportunity to sign the striker next summer on a free transfer ahead of his likely departure from the Emirates.

    Atleti have been closely monitoring the France international ever since he played for Lyon.

    The Spanish champions are still interested in the 30-year-old and appear as a likely destination after he leaves the north Londoners.

    The Madrid giants are still in touch with the Frenchman's representatives and are even preparing the ground for his potential arrival.

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    Arsenal boss Mikel Arteta has explained why wonderkid Charlie Patino wasn't involved in the team's 3-0 win against AFC Wimbledon.

    The talented forward, 17, was expected to play against the League One side but Arteta opted for a more experienced 18-man squad.

    When asked by the press about Patino's omission, Arteta admitted: "He was very close [to being selected].

    "But at the end we decided that some players needed minutes. It will happen naturally with time."

    Patino made his senior debut for Arsenal's U23s against Swindon Town in the EFL Trophy earlier this month but is yet to play for the first team.

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    Manchester United have emerged as a possible destination for Barcelona outcast Ousmane Dembele.

    According to ElNacional, the Red Devils have 'appeared by surprise' to make a move for the French winger.

    The report even states negotiations have even begun with the 24-year-olds representatives.

    And with the French international out of contract at Camp Nou at the end of the season, Old Trafford chiefs are eyeing a free transfer that would represent a shrewd bit of business.

    Barca though are eager for Demebele to sign a contract extension until 2024 according to Mundo Deportivo, in order to avoid letting the winger leave the cash strapped club on a free.

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    Chelsea contract rebel Antonio Rudiger has been contacted by Bayern Munich about a potential transfer, according to reports.

    But the German centre-back's wage demands could reportedly scupper the deal.

    Rudiger, 28, has a year left on his Stamford Bridge deal – he earns around £100,000-a-week and is not even in the club's top 10 earners.

    They could lose the Germany international for nothing next summer if he does not sign an extension – or he can sign a pre-contract agreement with an overseas club in January.

    And Bayern have reached out to Rudiger’s agent, Sahr Senesie – who is also his half brother – according to Bild.

    Rudiger is said to be after £200k-a-week with Chelsea reportedly only willing to pay £150k-a-week, and that could also be too much for Bayern.

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    Chelsea are reportedly plotting a £103million transfer swoop for Juventus defender Matthijs de Ligt.

    According to Calciomercato, Chelsea are ‘very interested’ in former Ajax ace De Ligt as Andreas Christensen, Thiago Silva and Antonio Rudiger are all out of contract at the end of the season.

    And the report states that they have put him at the top of their transfer wishlist for next season.

    The Netherlands international, 22, moved to Turin in 2019 but he has a release clause of £103m included in his package.

    That becomes active at the end of the current campaign and could ignite the Blues into action.

    Although the Bianconeri are hoping to secure De Ligt’s long-term future by offering him a new contract to fend off interest from Chelsea.

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    Liverpool have recently been linked with an £80million move for Borussia Dortmund's teenage sensation Jude Bellingham.

    But according to German outlet Bild, Jurgen Klopp may opt against a move for Bellingham out of loyalty for his old club.

    The news comes as a boost to Manchester United, with a central midfielder reportedly top of Ole Gunnar Solskjaer's wishlist.

    Transfermarkt value the 18-year-old at around £50million, but any potential future fee for the England star is expected to be a considerable amount more than that.

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    Young Leeds left-sided player Liam McCarron has signed a new two-year deal at Elland Road.

    The 20-year-old joined the club in 2019 after an impressive season with Carlisle in 2018/19.

    McCarron is yet to feature in the Premier League, but was an unused substitute in the 1-1 draw against Newcastle last week.

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    Mark Noble made a tongue-in-cheek comment last night when questioned whether he was lucky to not give away a penalty after a tug on Jesse Lingard's shirt in the box.

    The West Ham skipper told Sky Sports: "Nah that’s football – he dived and I told him off for screaming for it.

    "Funnily enough he didn’t do that when he was at our place.

    "We had a good laugh out there on the pitch today and I love Jesse, he’s a great character."

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    Brawling fans overwhelmed security and mobbed each other in the stands as tensions boiled over in Marseille’s goalless draw at Angers.

    Away fans descended onto the pitch before confronting the home support behind the goal in another unsavoury night for French football.

    Stewards and the stadium announcer tried desperately to calm the situation but were pushed aside by furious fans.

    Supporters reportedly let off flares and firecrackers at each other during the Ligue 1 game, which saw Marseille in second draw with Angers in third.

    Reports in France even suggest Marseille raised concerns before kick-off that it would be too easy for fans to access the pitch at Stade Raymond Kopa.

    Outrageous brawl between Marseille and Angers fans breaks out in the stands and spills onto pitch after heated 0-0 draw

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    Despite managing TWENTY-SEVEN shots against West Ham last night, Manchester United couldn't find a way past a stubborn Hammers back-line.

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    Arsenal boss Mikel Arteta has revealed Eddie Nketiah as the hardest trainer at the club.

    The 22-year-old has been subject to criticism recently, but did score Arsenal's third goal in last night's 3-0 win against AFC Wimbledon.

    And Arteta said: "There has been a lot of speculation around him.

    "He puts his head down, he trains harder than everybody else. He supports every teammate no matter the circumstances.

    "So, I am so happy for him that could perform at that level and physically how he managed that game because he trains like the best every day. So I am delighted for him."

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    West Ham coach Stuart Pearce has said the club staff 'couldn't have asked for any more' after the Hammers claimed a famous 1-0 win at Old Trafford yesterday.

    Pearce said: "We certainly couldn’t have asked for any more from our players.

    "We were really disappointed we didn’t get something at the weekend – we felt we played well enough to at least get a point – so maybe we had something to prove from the game.

    "The fans were magnificent at the weekend, as they were a week prior to that at Southampton, so we’ve really got a unified club at the moment from the terraces right down to the pitch and the character the players showed.

    "I think we were worth our victory today and it could have been by more with a couple of chances at the back end of the game."

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    Anthony Martial has been linked with a January exit from Old Trafford, and his performance last night has only added strength to those rumours.

    The Frenchman was handed a rare start by Ole Gunnar Solskjaer as the Red Devils boss made eleven changes to his line-up from the weekend.

    But Martial ended the game having just 36 touches of the ball.

    To put that into context, goalkeeper Dean Henderson managed 27 touches, and so did Bruno Fernandes – who was brought on in the 71st minute.

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    With the Carabao Cup third round now done and dusted, attention returns to the Premier League.

    And here's a look at this weekend's fixtures:

    • Chelsea vs Manchester City
    • Manchester United vs Aston Villa
    • Everton vs Norwich
    • Leeds vs West Ham
    • Leicester vs Burnley
    • Watford vs Newcastle
    • Brentford vs Liverpool
    • Southampton vs Wolves
    • Arsenal vs Tottenham
    • Crystal Palace vs Brighton


    West Ham are reportedly interested in a deal for Real Madrid striker Luka Jovic.

    According to Eurosport, the Hammers are eyeing a deal for the 23-year-old Serbian who has played just 21 minutes in La Liga this season.

    Jovic has scored just twice in 36 times for Los Blancos since joining from Eintracht Frankfurt.

    David Moyes is said to be keen on adding another striker to his ranks to ease some of the pressure on main man Michail Antonio.

    And transfermarkt rate the Jovic at just £18million, meaning a deal would not be impossible.


    Jonny Evans stepped up his return from injury last night after playing the full 90 minutes in Leicester's win against Millwall.

    It's the first time the defender has played 90 minutes since April, after suffering an injury to his foot.

    At full time Foxes assistant manager Chris Davies said" “With Jonny, he’s played 90 minutes tonight, that went really well and is positive so it’s a case of seeing how he recovers in the next 24 to 48 hours.

    “He’s obviously been out for a while with his foot issue so it’s really good for him, and a real positive for us all that he came through tonight. I thought he was excellent.”


    Raphael Varane has publicly urged Paul Pogba to stay at Manchester United.

    The midfielder has entered the final year of his contract at Old Trafford and can open talks with club’s from abroad in January over a free transfer.

    Barcelona and Juventus are both keen, as are Paris Saint-Germain, but Red Devils summer signing Varane hopes his fellow French international will commit his future to United.

    The defender told Norwegian broadcaster TV2: “It is of course his decision, but of course I hope he stays here for a long time. He is a fantastic player, so undoubtedly I hope he stays.

    “He did not have to convince me that I should move here, but I talked to him about the club to find out what it is like to be here day-to-day.

    “It was important for me to hear his opinions and thoughts about the club, the team and their ambitions.”

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      Twelve Premier League sides have progressed to the fourth round of the Carabao Cup with QPR, Sunderland, Preston and Stoke representing the second tier.

      Arsenal are set to host Leeds whilst London rivals Chelsea will play Southampton.

      And West Ham face the task of seeing if they can knock out another Manchester side when they face City.

      Meanwhile, Derby County are set to ask Wayne Rooney and his players to accept a delay to their pay.

      SunSport has exclusively revealed the club will ask Rams stars if they can hold back a third of their salaries at the end of the month.

      Derby to get to grips with financial problems that have seen them go into administration.

      Elsewhere Antonio Rudiger is rumoured to be leaning towards staying at Chelsea. Reports in Germany claim the centre-back is keen on agreeing to a new contract with an improved deal on his current salary.

      And Pep Guardiola is backing Jurgen Klopp’s call for an increase to the number of subs a Prem team can use during a game.

      The Liverpool chief has called for clubs to be allowed to use five subs during a match.

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      Wayne Rooney and his Derby County aces will be asked to accept a delay to their pay in a bid to help the crisis-hit club.

      The Rams have hit rock-bottom in the Championship following a two-point deduction on top of a previous docking of 12 points.

      SunSport reports a request will be made for the squad to allow the Rams to hold back a chunk of their salaries — around a third — rather than be paid in full at the end of the month.

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      Chelsea will take on the Saints in the fourth round of the league cup with Leeds set for a trip to Arsenal.

      Elsewhere West Ham will play Man City after knocking United out of the competition.

      And Leicester and Burnley will face Brighton and Tottenham.

      Chelsea vs Southampton

      Arsenal vs Leeds

      Stoke vs Brentford

      West Ham vs Manchester City

      Leicester vs Brighton

      Burnley vs Tottenham

      QPR vs Sunderland

      Preston vs Liverpool

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      Derby County have reportedly committed to sending new season tickets to fans by the end of the month.

      The Derby Telegraph reports the club are set to reopen their ticket office which had been shut last year due to the Covid-19 pandemic.

      The office is expected to open at 10:00 am on Thursday.

      The club have gone into administration with finance firm Quantuma set to oversee the Rams' affairs.

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