Upamecano CONFIRMED, Lampard pay EXCLUSIVE, Shaw England recall – Arsenal, Man Utd, Chelsea, Spurs transfer news

Upamecano CONFIRMED, Lampard pay EXCLUSIVE, Shaw England recall – Arsenal, Man Utd, Chelsea, Spurs transfer news

02/14/2021

ARSENAL beat Leeds 4-2 while Manchester United drew 1-1 with West Brom in the Premier League on Sunday.

On the transfer front, in-demand Dayot Upamecano has signed for Bundesliga champions Bayern Munich.

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Read our live blog below to get the latest from around the clubs…

  • William Pugh

    ARSENAL 4 – 2 LEEDS – FULL TIME!

    It's all over at the Emirates.

    Leeds staged a mini-comeback but it was not enough after Pierre-Emerick Aubameyang's first ever Premier League hat-trick and Hector Bellerin's effort.

    Arsenal move into the top half of the Prem with the win.

  • William Pugh

    MOUR TO IT

    Jose Mourinho claimed Spurs were 'punished' by a 'modern penalty' against Manchester City.

    City were awarded a penalty after Pierre-Emile Hojbjerg fouled Ilkay Gundogan after 23 minutes.

    Mourinho described it as a modern penalty, meaning it has to be given if there is ANY contact at all.

    After the game, he said: "I saw a team playing well, very comfortable on the pitch, very stable having the ball, even from pressure zones with good quality.

    "Having the biggest chance of the game to open 1-0 then being punished by what I call a 'modern penalty'. The penalties of the modernity in football.

    "These are the penalties when you cannot deny that there was contact, but in modernity every contact is a penalty. I'm not saying it's not a penalty, I'm calling it a penalty of modernity in football."

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  • William Pugh

    MAD FOR IT

    James Maddison aimed a subtle jibe at Liverpool's growing injury crisis.

    Liverpool had seven first-team players ruled out including Virgil van Dijk, Joel Matip, Joe Gomez, Diogo Jota and Fabinho.

    But Maddison was quick to remind fans that Leicester also have players on the treatment table.

    After the game the England international pointed out: "We have a lot of injuries, by the way.

    "It doesn't get talked about because we're not the Big Six, but we are utilising the squad brilliantly.

    "We are right up there and we're not up there by fluke."

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  • William Pugh

    ARSENAL 4-2 LEEDS

    69. Well, well, well…

    Raphinha catches Hector Bellerin napping with a through ball for Tyler Roberts, and the forward keeps his cool to pull a pass back from the touchline for fellow substitute Helder Costa.

    The Portuguese international keeps his cool by lifting a first time shot beyond Bernd Leno, and with just over 20 minutes to play, the deficit is cut to two.

  • William Pugh

    OW GOD NO!

    Michael Owen was brutally mocked for his latest advertising gig – including by plenty of former team-mates.

    The ex-England striker, 41, unveiled his modelling photoshoot with Thai company Mc Jeans on Instagram complete with a double-denim outfit.

    Ex-Liverpool defender Jamie Carragher, who shared one of the pictures on Twitter, simply replied with nine laughing emojis.

    Phil Neville joined in the ribbing by labelling Owen 'Model Mo' while Darren Fletcher quipped: "Takes a strong man to go double denim."

    There were a few seemingly supportive messages – although there may be a hint of sarcasm in some.

    Rio Ferdinand wrote: "Yes Mo! I never knew you were denim on denim." Jamie Redknapp added: "Go on Mo!"

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  • William Pugh

    ARSENAL 4-1 LEEDS

    58. Leeds have one back through Pascal Struijk's first goal for the club.

    It's a brilliant towering header from the defender, who meets Raphinha's corner from the left at the near post to score past Bernd Leno.

    It's surely no more than a consolation, but if there is one club capable of throwing away a four-goal lead…

  • William Pugh

    ARSENAL 4-0 LEEDS

    47. It's all too easy for Arsenal and Pierre-Emerick Aubameyang!

    Helder Costa has only been on the pitch a matter of seconds, but he immediately fits in with the Leeds display by losing the ball in his own half.

    It allows Emile Smith Rowe to collect, and stand up a wonderful chipped cross to the far post, where Aubameyang has the simplest of tasks in heading into an empty net.

    It's the first Premier League hat-trick of the forward's career.

  • William Pugh

    NO KANE DO

    Arsene Wenger has raised doubts over Harry Kane's fitness, claiming he is not ready to play at a high intensity.

    The Spurs superstar looked a shadow of his usual self as Jose Mourinho's side crashed to a 3-0 defeat at Man City on Saturday.

    Wenger said on beIN Sports: "What we have learned from Tottenham, like I said before the game, Lloris doesn’t look to be at his best.

    "Nor is Harry Kane. He looks physically, fitness-wise, not completely ready to play at that intensity.

    "To me he looks still a bit injured on his ankle when he got hurt one time, he went down quickly and it was not a big hit.

    "So with that handicap, Tottenham will have a difficult game."

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  • William Pugh

    HT: ARSENAL 3-0 LEEDS

  • William Pugh

    ARSENAL 3-0 LEEDS

    45. Leeds are falling apart!

    Hector Bellerin gets in on the act, smashing a shot through Illan Meslier at the near post following good work from Martin Odegaard and Dani Ceballos.

  • William Pugh

    ARSENAL 2-0 LEEDS

    41. Two for Pierre-Emerick Aubameyang! Two for Arsenal!

    The Gunners captain makes no mistake from the spot, sending Illan Meslier the wrong way and giving the goalkeeper no chance to redeem himself.

    It was the French stopper who had needlessly given away the penalty, kicking over Bukayo Saka after being caught out in his ridiculous attempt to dribble his way out of trouble.

  • William Pugh

    ARSENAL 1-0 LEEDS

    13. Pierre-Emerick Aubameyang fires Arsenal ahead!

    Neat play from Smith Rowe and Xhaka feed the Gunners captain on the left, who then weighs up rookie full-back Jamie Shackleton and Luke Ayling.

    With a drop of the shoulder and a turn of pace, Aubameyang cuts inside, and sends a shot in at the near post that deceives Illan Meslier.

    The Leeds goalkeeper should have done better, but had little help from his defence.

  • Daniel Brookes

    ARSENAL vs LEEDS

    Follow all the action from the Emirates as Arsenal take on Leeds over at SunSport's live blog.

  • Daniel Brookes

    NICKED IT

    German coach Ralf Rangnick has revealed he held talks to become England manager in 2016.

    Instead, it was Sam Allardyce who took over from Roy Hodgson after Euro 2016.

    Rangnick remained in his role as RB Leipzig and Red Bull Salzburg's director of football as Big Sam enjoyed an ill-fated spell in charge of the Three Lions.

    In an interview with the Times, Rangick said: "The England job was between me and Allardyce.

    "They decided on Sam. We know how that went."

  • Daniel Brookes

    MUSS-HAVE KEEPER

    Roma are weighing up a bid for Udinese goalkeeper Juan Musso, according to Calciomercato.

    The 26-year-old would cost around £26m but Roma are hoping to Amadou Diawara and Carles Perez to bring down Udinese's asking price.

    Inter Milan have also been linked with a move for the Argentina international.

  • Daniel Brookes

    NICK OF TIME

    Ralf Rangnick claims Chelsea wanted him to take over before Thomas Tuchel's appointment.

    The Ex-RB Leipzig boss has claimed the Blues wanted to bring him in as an interim coach after Frank Lampard's sacking.

    Rangnick told The Times: "I said: 'I would like to come and work with you, but I can't do it for four months.

    "I'm not an interim coach."

    German Rangnick has been out of work since leaving his role as Leipzig's sporting director last summer and was close to taking over at AC Milan before Stefano Pioli's permanent appointment.

  • Daniel Brookes

    MIAMI NICE

    Inter Miami may have hinted at a move for Barcelona star Lionel Messi, according to Sport.

    Inter Miami co-owner Marcelo Claure has seemingly received a signed shirt from Lionel Messi.

    Messi, 33, recently admitted that a move to MLS could be an option for him in the future.

    Thanking Messi via Instagram, Claure wrote: "I am sure our paths will cross."

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  • Daniel Brookes

    TRANSFER MERRY-GO-ROUND

    West Ham are expected to return for Sevilla striker Youssef En-Nesyri this summer, according to La Razon.

    The Hammers had a £27m bid for the 23-year-old rejected last month, with Sevilla holding out for closer to £40m for their star man.

    But reports in Spain suggest Sevilla have already identified a replacement for the Morocco international – in the shape of Real Madrid striker Mariano Diaz.

    Diaz was reportedly offered to West Ham last month, but could now help them land En-Nesyri, who has 13 goals in 22 La Liga appearances this season.

  • Daniel Brookes

    COST OF BALE

    Tottenham are not happy with Gareth Bale, according to transfer expert Fabrizio Romano.

    Bale has reportedly caused tension at the club with a social media post earlier this week which appeared to undermine manager Jose Mourinho's verdict on his fitness.

    Speaking on the Here We Go podcast, Romano said: "If Bale continues like this, then he has no chance of staying at Spurs.

    "People at the club are not happy with him right now."

    Romano went on to confirm on Twitter that Bale is likely to join Real Madrid midfielder Isco on the market again if he returns to the Bernabeu this summer.

  • Daniel Brookes

    LONG KON

    Having missed out on Dayot Upamecano, Chelsea will turn their attention to his RB Leipzig teammate Ibrahima Konate.

    The Blues have joined Manchester United and Liverpool in the race for the 22-year-old.

    The Frenchman is believed to have a similar release clause to the £38m which will take Upamecano to Bayern Munich this summer.

    Konate has made 13 appearances in all competitions this season.

  • Daniel Brookes

    LAP IT UP

    Manchester City defender Aymeric Laporte is a target for Real Madrid, according to the Daily Star.

    The Frenchman has fallen behind Ruben Dias and John Stones in the centre-back pecking order this season, having been a mainstay in the City defence before his injury layoff last season.

    Real are said to be monitoring Laporte's situation and could make an offer for the 26-year-old this summer.

    However, Laporte still has four-and-a-half years left on his City contract and they would surely want to recoup at least the £57m they paid to sign Laporte from Athletic Bilbao in January 2018.

  • Daniel Brookes

    HAAL PASS

    Real Madrid are plotting an £80m swoop for Borussia Dortmund star Erling Haaland, according to ABC.

    The report claims Dortmund may be open to selling their prized asset due to debts totalling £61m – particularly if they miss out on Champions League football.

    Real would also be willing to include Luka Jovic or Mariano Diaz in any deal.

    Haaland reportedly has a £68m release clause in his Dortmund contract which comes into effect in 2022, and he has garnered plenty of suitors around Europe.

    The Norwegian forward has 23 goals in 23 games in all competitions this season.

  • Daniel Brookes

    LAMP SUM

    SunSport can exclusively reveal Frank Lampard would need to be offered a job too good to turn down to tempt him back into management and give up the £1.8million in wages he is due from Chelsea.

    When Lampard was sacked by Chelsea last month, the club did not pay up the remainder of his contract..

    Instead, they have kept his £75,000-a-week salary on the wage bill – with an agreement that Lampard will continue to be paid until July unless he takes a job elsewhere.

    And that leaves Lampard in a position where any offer of employment that comes in would potentially cost him a fortune.

  • Daniel Brookes

    RICH REWARD

    Reading left-back Omar Richards will join Bayern Munich on a four-year deal, according to Kicker.

    The 22-year-old has agreed pre-contract terms with the European champions, as he prepares to leave the Royals on a free transfer this summer.

    Richards joined Reading at the age of 15 after being released by Fulham, and has made 84 appearances for the first-team since making his debut in 2016.

  • Daniel Brookes

    MAN UTD LINEUP

    Here's how Manchester United line up to face West Brom at the Hawthorns this afternoon.

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