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    Best XI of players Chelsea could be FORCED to sell including Man Utd and City transfer targets Mount and Chilwell

    CHELSEA could be forced into selling an entire XI of star players this summer.The Blues revealed whopping losses of £121million for last season.
    Chelsea could be forced into selling numerous players to comply with FFP rulesCredit: Getty

    That took their overall deficit to £274m over the past two campaigns.
    And with next season’s figures set to include the £545m spent on transfers this term, pressure is mounting for Todd Boehly to balance the books… or Chelsea could be hit with Financial Fair Play sanctions.
    One likely option will see the Blues sell off several key players from their massive 36-man Premier League squad.
    But who are the likely candidates to be pushed through the Stamford Bridge exit door?
    GK: Edouard Mendy
    The Senegal stopper looked like one of the best goalkeepers in the world early on in his Blues spell.
    But he went off the boil and refused to sign a new contract as Kepa Arrizabalaga reclaimed the No1 spot – now the Afcon winner could be reunited with Thomas Tuchel at Bayern Munich.
    Edouard Mendy has dropped behind Kepa ArrizabalagaCredit: Getty
    RB: Ruben Loftus-Cheek
    Okay, he is not a traditional right-back but has filled in there previously.
    Loftus-Cheek’s current deal expires in 2024 and is one of a number of academy graduates whose potential sale would make a guaranteed profit.
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    CB: Trevoh Chalobah
    Like Loftus-Cheek, Chalobah came through the youth ranks and any fee received will help.
    He has been linked with a move away already – with Italian giants Roma and Inter Milan said to be interested.
    CB: Kalidou Koulibaly
    Considering he was linked with the Premier League for so long, it has been rather underwhelming from Koulibaly who has not found consistent top form.
    The £295,000-a-week defender is under contract until 2026 and is already dropping down the pecking order behind the likes of Wesley Fofana and Benoit Badiashile.
    LB: Ben Chilwell
    The injury-hit left-back is one of the best in the country on form – as demonstrated by his inclusion in the England squad.
    But Graham Potter also has Marc Cucurella at his disposal so Chilwell could be one of the most valuable assets Chelsea are willing to sell, especially with Manchester City keen on the ex-Leicester man.
    Ben Chilwell and Trevoh Chalobah are both at risk of being sold this summerCredit: Getty
    CM: Conor Gallagher
    Home-grown talent and an English midfielder aged 23 is a good combination for getting a decent fee.
    Gallagher has proven he can cut it in the Premier League, prompting Everton to bid £45million for the former Crystal Palace loanee, but is far from a guaranteed starter at Chelsea.
    CM: Mateo Kovacic
    Another man who will enter the final 12 months of his contract this summer is Kovacic.
    The experienced Croatian technician is already being eyed by City, especially with Pep Guardiola revamping his midfield.
    CM: Mason Mount
    Transfermarkt have Mount as Chelsea’s third-most valuable player behind Enzo Fernandez and Reece James.
    The England midfielder is 24 years old and has just over a year left on his current deal, which has grabbed the attention of Manchester United and Liverpool who could stump up significant cash after likely missing out on Jude Bellingham.
    England midfielders Conor Gallagher and Mason Mount both came through the Blues academyCredit: Getty
    RW: Callum Hudson-Odoi
    Hudson-Odoi was once tipped as the next big thing for Chelsea but it simply has not worked out as planned for various reasons.
    He finds himself out on loan with Bayer Leverkusen and the influx of attacking talent this season means he will struggle to get minutes in 2023-24.
    ST: Romelu Lukaku
    The Belgian striker’s £97m return to Stamford Bridge has failed miserably and he was shipped out on loan back to Inter this term.
    Chelsea are unlikely to get anywhere near the fee they paid for him in 2021 – and Lukaku may have to take a serious cut on his £325,000-a-week wages – but getting him off the books will be a massive financial boost.
    LW: Christian Pulisic
    The American attacker is another man who has never hit the heights expected after a big-money transfer and also is tied down until 2024.
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    As USA’s poster boy ahead of the home World Cup in 2026, he knows he needs to be playing regularly.
    Hakim Ziyech is another player who could have been included here and will almost certainly leave – but the 30-year-old is six years older than Pulisic and worth about half as much.
    Romelu Lukaku has been shipped out on loan and could be sold if Chelsea can find a buyerCredit: Getty More

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    Watch Arsenal star Matt Turner’s heartwarming gender reveal for his and wife’s baby after USA’s win over El Salvador

    ARSENAL star Matt Turner revealed that he and his wife are having a girl with a cute gender reveal on the pitch.The goalkeeper helped guide the United States to a 1-0 win over El Salvador and at the end of the game, all his team-mates gathered around him.
    Matt Turner was involved in a heartwarming gender reveal after playing for the USCredit: Twitter
    The Arsenal star booted the ball to reveal he is due to a baby girlCredit: Twitter
    The USA squad congratulated himCredit: Twitter
    Matt Turner and Ashley Herron already have one childCredit: Instagram
    The 28-year-old was handed a football by the squad and fans begun a countdown for him to kick it.
    Turner booted the ball and pink smoke came out, meaning he and his wife are due a girl.
    The stopper was congratulated by his team-mates before going across to his wife Ashley Herron and his first child.
    His partner only recently became a mother for the first time in July last year.
    Their son is called Easton and Turner uploaded a number of snaps to his social media after he was born.
    The 25-time capped international joked that his baby had “goalkeeper hands”.
    Speaking after the gender reveal last night, Turner told GOAL: “I was nervous for sure. But it’s like an excitement kind of nervous. 
    “You just want to know because I just I just like knowing.
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    “It’s a good feeling to know that we’re gonna have a little baby girl and I think I’m in big, big trouble in the future. She’s gonna have me wrapped around her finger.
    “20 or so people from my family came down here [the stadium]. Family time is really important to my wife and I and being in London, it’s few and far between. Obviously, we’re chasing this crazy dream over there.
    “That takes away from her being close to her family, because when we were in Boston, she’s from Maine, and me being only a three-hour drive from New Jersey.
    “To be able to come here and for US Soccer to be so flexible to allow us to do that, it’s just a really special moment for us and I’m super excited to be a girl dad.”
    Fans loved the moment, one said: “Nah, this is actually so cute! Congratulations Matt!”
    Another replied: “So wholesome.”
    Ashley Herron has a degree from Harvard UniversityCredit: Instagram
    Matt Turner kept a clean sheet in the CONCACAF Nations League gameCredit: Getty Images – Getty More

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    Ex-Arsenal hero looks unrecognisable as suited and booted manager as he shows off skills on touchline during game

    THIS former Arsenal looks unrecognisable as a suited-and-booted manager.But he hasn’t lost any of his class after showing his silky skills on the touchline during a game.
    This former Arsenal star looked unrecognisable showing off his skills in a suitCredit: EPA
    Many footballers turn their hand to management after ending their careers.
    And when you have played for clubs like this former defender, it’s no wonder a national team eventually came calling.
    This 48-year-old hails from Brazil.
    After starting his career at Corinthians, he secured a move to Arsenal in 1999 and played 80 games in two seasons.
    He was then shipped off to Celta Vigo before Barcelona came knocking in 2004.
    He helped the Catalans win three titles and two Champions Leagues in just five seasons.
    And his playing career ended in 2010 after one final campaign at Manchester City.
    The former player in question is none other than Sylvinho.
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    Sylvinho starred for Arsenal for two seasonsCredit: Getty
    The former defender took charge of his first game as Albania boss last nightCredit: Getty
    And he is now in charge of Albania’s national team following managerial spells at Lyon and Corinthians.
    Former Man City and Argentina star Pablo Zabaleta is Sylvinho’s No2.
    And the pair made their Albania managerial debuts in last night’s 1-0 Euro qualifier defeat to Poland.
    But Sylvinho showed he could probably still a job on the pitch with a slick technical demonstration.
    He beautifully controlled a ball that fell from the sky with a deft touch of his foot.
    And that was all while wearing a sharp suit on the sideline.
    Fans were certainly thrilled, with one saying: “Sylvinho’s technique is spectacular.”
    Another added: “At the top of his career.” More

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    Excited Liverpool boss Jurgen Klopp reveals baby joy as he announces he is going to become a grandad aged 55

    JURGEN KLOPP has revealed he is set to become a grandfather.The 55-year-old announced the news in an interview with his former Borussia Dortmund player Lukasz Piszczek on Polish television.
    Jurgen Klopp has announced he is set to become a grandadCredit: Getty
    The son of Klopp’s wife Ulla Sandrock is set to become a fatherCredit: Rex
    The son of Klopp’s wife Ulla Sandrock, 35-year-old Dennis, is set to become a father.
    Speaking on Viaplay Sport Polska, a jubilant Klopp said: “I’m going to be a grandpa!”
    Klopp and Ulla got married in 2005 after meeting at a pub during the Munich Oktoberfest.
    The pair do not have any children together, but have sons from each of their first respective managers.
    Klopp’s son, 34-year-old Marc, gets along well with Dennis according to Bild.
    Ulla has been dubbed “the First Lady” of Bundesliga thanks to her charitable actions while Klopp worked in Germany.
    She is also a children’s novelist, publishing her first book – “Tom and the Magic Football” – in 2008 before a sequel followed two years later.
    Additionally, Ulla has worked as a teacher in Kenya and as a nurse in Nairobi.
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    Ulla made headlines in April 2022 when she handed £1,000 worth of food vouches to staff at a Waitrose in Formby, close to their family home.
    And it seems she has some sway over Klopp’s managerial career as well, with Klopp revealing Ulla was instrumental in his decision to pen an extension at Liverpool until 2026.
    In an interview with the club’s website, he said: “The most important contract I signed in my life was the one with Ulla.
    “That’s where it started again. We sat in the kitchen at the table and Ulla said, ‘I can’t see us leaving in 2024.’ And I was like, ‘What?’
    “That’s how it all started and when that started I thought ‘let’s have a think’.”
    Klopp then added: “Ulla, she just loves it here.
    “If she would say, ‘Honestly, I love the football and I love watching it but I actually want to go home’, then we would go, that’s the truth. She started it and here we are.” More

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    Inside Qatar’s plans to put Man Utd at top of Europe’s biggest multi-club network sharing feeder club with PSG

    MANCHESTER UNITED could reportedly become a part of the biggest multi-club network in the world if they are taken over by Qatari investors.The Red Devils’ owners the Glazers are considering several bids as they weigh up the possibility of selling the Premier League giants.
    Sheikh Jassim is hoping to take over at Manchester United
    One of the most high-profile offers has come from a group fronted by Sheikh Jassim bin Hamad al-Thani – chairman of the Qatari Islamic Bank and son of the gulf state’s former Prime Minister.
    Qatar Sports Investments already own Ligue 1 champions Paris Saint-Germain.
    They also have a de facto controlling stake in Portuguese outfit Sporting Braga.
    And according to the Daily Record, QSI chairman and PSG president Nasser Al-Khelaifi is considering taking control of Malaga – who are in danger of dropping down to the third tier of Spanish football.
    The club have been owned by a subsidiary member of Qatar’s ruling family, Abdullah Al-Thani, since 2010, but have entered judicial administration.
    However, QSI are looking into bringing the team into their sports investment infrastructure in a bid to return them to LaLiga.

    This is part of a plan to create the biggest multi-club network in the sport, with Braga acting as development outfit for Man Utd and PSG.
    It would rival the City Football Group – which Manchester City are a part of alongside the likes of New York City, Melbourne City and Mumbai City FC.
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    Braga sit third in the Primeira Liga meaning they are in line to reach the Champions League qualifiers next season – where a run to the group-stage could see them drawn against United or PSG.
    Existing Uefa rules dictate that two clubs owned by the same people cannot compete against one another in European competition.
    However, Uefa president Aleksander Ceferin recently hinted at an imminent changing of those regulations.
    He told The Overlap: “This multi-club ownership question is an interesting question, I think we should think about it for the future and see what to do.
    “There is more and more interest for this multi-club ownership and we shouldn’t just say no for the investments.
    “But we have to see what kind of rules we set in that case because rules have to be strict. We have to rethink the current rules.
    “I think it has to be quick because… everything has to happen quick in football.” More

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    Chelsea ‘could hijack Tottenham’s pursuit of Julian Nagelsmann with Real Madrid also circling German manager’

    CHELSEA could hijack Tottenham’s pursuit of Julian Nagelsmann, according to reports. Nagelsmann was surprisingly sacked by Bayern Munich last week, kick starting a manager rumour mill.
    Julian Nagelsmann has been linked with Tottenham and ChelseaCredit: Getty Images – Getty
    Chelsea could move for Nagelsmann if they part ways with Graham PotterCredit: Alamy
    The German remains one of the most sought-after coaches in football.
    And Antonio Conte’s departure from Tottenham has seen Nagelsmann linked with North London gig.
    Chairman Daniel Levy is said to have made Nagelsmann the club’s top target, with reports suggesting contact has been made between the two parties.
    However, the Daily Mail report they could face competition from Chelsea.
    They report Nagelsmann has admirers at Stamford Bridge and he would be of interest to the Blues hierarchy if they decide to part ways with under-fire boss Graham Potter.
    A recent upturn in results saw the pressure eased on the Englishman.
    But should form turn negative before the end of the season Todd Boehly and Co may reportedly opt for a change in leadership.
    In addition, Spurs are set to face competition from Real Madrid with Carlo Ancelotti tipped to end his reign at the Bernabeu this summer.
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    As their search for a new manager continues, Cristian Stellini has been appointed as caretaker boss until the end of the season.
    Despite a Champions League spot being at stake, Tottenham will not rush into a hasty appointment.
    As well as Nagelsmann, available free agent coaches including fan favourite Mauricio Pochettino and ex-Barcelona boss Luis Enrique have been linked. More

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    Arsenal sweating on Thomas Partey as it emerges he missed Ghana’s clash with Angola because of injury

    ARSENAL fans have been left in a panic after Thomas Partey was ruled out of Ghana’s clash with Angola through injury.The Gunners midfielder, 29, started the Black Stars’ 1-0 win over Angola on Thursday.
    Thomas Partey missed Ghana’s clash with Angola on MondayCredit: Getty
    They then faced Angola for a second time in four days on Monday, playing out a 1-1 draw.
    But Partey did not feature in the game as manager Chris Hughton confirmed afterwards it was due to a fitness issue.
    He said: “Thomas has a small injury issue and we felt it was too big of a risk to start him.”
    Arsenal sent club physiotherapist Simon Murphy to monitor Partey while he was away on international duty.
    It comes in the wake of recent injury issues for the ex-Atletico Madrid man.
    And some Gunners supporters are furious at yet another setback as they worry it could hamper their Premier League title push.
    One said: “I honestly had a problem with him leaving. He’s not the type to stay away from these injuries. We barely had him all season. It’s frustrating how Arsenal’s top players always have these issues.”
    While another added: “Why am I not surprised? Every international break he’s always picking up something.”
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    But others feel his absence from Ghana’s second game of the international break was actually a ploy by Arsenal and Mikel Arteta.
    One replied: “Guys chill, Arsenal’s physio didn’t just follow Partey all the way to Africa to have fun. Arteta obviously had a plan and we have just seen it unfold.
    “Partey to start the Leeds match and score a long range goal as well 😂.”
    And a second fan responded: “Arteta made that call. Not worried.”
    Arsenal resume their title charge with an eight-point advantage over Manchester City.
    They host Leeds at the Emirates on Saturday, before games against Liverpool, West Ham, Southampton, Man City and Chelsea. More

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    Tottenham urged to appoint Spain legend as Antonio Conte’s successor as fans would ‘love brand of football’

    CHRIS SUTTON believes he knows who should succeed Antonio Conte at Tottenham because of his style of football.Conte, 53, parted ways with Spurs at the weekend after 16 months in charge.
    Antonio Conte departed Tottenham on Sunday eveningCredit: Reuters
    His exit came following a startling rant about his players and the club in the wake of their 3-3 draw with Southampton before the international break.
    Conte’s failure to deliver Tottenham their first trophy in 15 years was exacerbated by his conservative approach to games.
    A number of front-foot managers have been touted with the role in the wake of his departure including ex-Spurs boss Mauricio Pochettino and Julian Nagelsmann – recently sacked by Bayern Munich.
    A permanent manager is expected to be appointed in the summer as Cristian Stellini leads the club until the end of the season.
    Luis Enrique is one naming being touted with the vacant Spurs jobCredit: PA
    But Blackburn and Celtic legend Sutton feels former Barcelona and Spain head coach Luis Enrique would be the perfect antidote to the Conte regime.
    Speaking to The Mail, he said: “I think what is really important for Spurs, this was always a criticism of Conte, the brand of football was negative, from the start of the season how many times have you seen Spurs play an exciting brand of football.
    “That’s why Luis Enrique ticks that box. I think Mauricio Pochettino is a really interesting one because I suspect a lot of Spurs fans like the idea of him returning and that love story of him having a second opportunity. 
    “But I suspect there are Spurs fans who may feel slightly peeved at the way that he left and maybe don’t want to go back there.”
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    He then went on to add: “I suspect this appointment will be about brand of football more than anything and what the Spurs fans demand.
    “Then if trophies don’t come Daniel Levy can have the out of saying I am giving you what you want in terms of brand of football, this is the identity we have had since the 70s/80s and want to get back to that. 
    “In terms of brand of football I think they would love Enrique.”
    Enrique won the treble with Barcelona in 2015, leaving the club with two LaLiga titles, three Copa del Reys and the Champions League.
    He was sacked by Spain at the end of last year following a semi-final exit to Italy at the Euros and last-16 loss to Morocco at the World Cup.
    Nagelsmann is the early favourite with the bookies to assume the vacant Spurs role come the end of the season.
    Pochettino and Enrique are other names in the frame, while the other possible contenders Marco Silva, Ange Postecoglou, Ruben Amorim and Roberto De Zerbi are all in jobs elsewhere. More