Rice will cost Chelsea OVER £100m, Raphinha 'happy' at Leeds, Liverpool eye Mbappe – Tottenham, Arsenal transfer news

WEST HAM manager David Moyes has sent a warning to Chelsea that Declan Rice will cost them OVER £100million this summer.

Meanwhile we've the very latest on Raphinha as the Leeds star is being eyed by Man Utd, plus Kylian Mbappe to Liverpool.

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  • Josh Graham

    CROWN & OUT

    Defeat to Fulham left Liverpool with a six-game Anfield losing streak and the worst decline of any Premier League champion in history.

    The Reds romped to the title last season, their first in 30 years, with a hugely impressive 99 points to their name.

    Few expected Jurgen Klopp's side to match that tally again yet even the most pessimistic fan would have dismissed the sort of collapse that was to follow.

    Mario Lemina made hay on an uncharacteristic Mohamed Salah mistake at Anfield to fire 18th-placed Fulham to a huge 1-0 win.

    It followed victories on Merseyside for Manchester City, Everton, Burnley, Chelsea and Brighton in recent weeks, as well as a defeat away to Leicester.

  • Josh Graham

    THIA-NO GO

    Here's how Chelsea could line up against Everton tonight – with Thiago Silva still expected to be sidelined.

     

  • Josh Graham

    CASH IS KING

    David Moyes has warned Chelsea they'll have to fork out 'way more' than £100million to land star man Declan Rice.

    The Blues have been long-term admirers of the defensive midfielder and looked into the possibility of landing him last summer.

    Declan Rice could cost over £100mCredit: News Group Newspapers Ltd

    Speaking ahead of West Ham's clash with Leeds on Monday night, he said: "I don’t agree with the owners that Declan Rice is a £100m footballer… far, far more than £100m.

    "I look at the players who have joined some clubs from overseas and come in and had nowhere near the impact that Declan Rice would have.

    "Also he is English, [we have] just had Brexit, so I wouldn’t agree with the owners if Declan Rice was only £100m. No, I wouldn’t."

    The defensive midfielder still has a contract with West Ham until 2024 with the option of an extra year.

  • Josh Graham

    RAPH AND READY

    Leeds winger Raphina insisted he is happy at the club despite links with Manchester United and Liverpool.

    The Brazilian has bagged five goals and five assists in 20 Prem games, catching the eye of the league's big boys.

    He told Sky Sports: "The club, all the people who work here, the staff and the players have really helped me develop. I'm really grateful for this and always look to do my best for them all. This creates a bond with everybody here.

    "I'm really happy here and feel I've adapted well. Everything's in place for us to achieve good results working together.

    "We know that Leeds are a club who belong in the Premier League. We'll be always looking to keep the club here.

    "We're also aware that we're a promoted side that needs to adapt to the league like we're doing now. Our initial objective is to stay in the top division."

  • Josh Graham

    REF MIC?

    The FA says it welcomes talk over broadcasting refereeing decisions to clarify the process in a similar fashion to rugby.

    The laws of the game currently stop the audio between officials being broadcast live.

    FA chief exec Mark Bullingham told Sky Sports News: "I think it's absolutely worth exploring.

    "Our starting point has to be that anything which adds value to the fan, and demystifies any part of the decision making by referees, has got to be something that we'd consider, of course.

    "We then need to look at that counter arguments that might exist from any referees feeling that's intrusive."

  • Josh Graham

    LAMP FADE

    Brighton will be without wing-back Tariq Lamptey for the rest of the season.

    The former Chelsea ace was instrumental for Graham Potter's side in the early weeks of the season, grabbing assists in his first three games.

    But he has been unavailable for selection since mid-December, after sustaining a hamstring injury against Fulham.

    According to The Athletic, the 20-year-old underwent surgery in London on Saturday to repair a tear in the tendon.

    The operation is believed to have been a success.

    But while Lamptey will likely return to training before the end of the season, he isn't expected to be fully fit in time to play another game this term.

  • Josh Graham

    ODE TO MIK

    Martin Odegaard insists Arsenal will return to great heights under ’top coach’ Mikel Arteta.

    The 22-year-old has only worked with the Spaniard for around five weeks since his arrival at the Emirates on-loan from Real Madrid.

    And the Norwegian midfield has already seen enough to be convinced Arteta will guide the Gunners back to glory ‘very soon’.

    Odegaard told BT Sport: “He's a top coach, he's really intelligent. He's really smart.

    “There are so many things to learn from him, so I'm just happy to be here.

    “I think the club is in the process now where things have changed a little bit but, from what I'm seeing here and what I've experienced at the club, I'm sure that the club will be back at the top very soon.”

  • Josh Graham

    NOBLE CAUSE

    West Ham legend and captain Mark Noble has signed a one-year extension at the club.

    The 33-year-old has been rewarded for his reaction to a lack of playing time this season and will begin his 18th campaign in East London next year.

    David Moyes has used Declan Rice and Tomas Soucek in the middle of the park to great effect with no room for the reliable Noble.

    The Hammers have had a remarkable season and are now challenging for a Champions League spot.

  • supal

    TON LASHING

    Jose Mourinho hailed his Centurions and then told the doubters: Not bad for a defensive, negative side.

    Clinical Tottenham thrashed Crystal Palace 4-1 with two goals from Harry Kane and Gareth Bale.

    Mourinho, 58, is often irked by the reputation that he is not an attack-minded coach.

    Yet he possesses one of the best striking units in world football as they became the second team after Bayern Munich in Europe’s top-five leagues to notch 100 goals this campaign.

    Spurs boss Mourinho said: “I was happy with the attitude, the feeling and naughty smile of scoring 100 goals in the season – and we’re a defensive team.

    “The stat I was given is not bad for a very defensive team, for a very negative team.

    Credit: Times Newspapers Ltd
  • supal

    ELBOW REECE

    Reece James is relishing his friendly rivalry with Callum Hudson-Odoi for a spot in the Chelsea team.

    But James knows he must win the battle for Thomas Tuchel’s right wing-back place to remain in the frame for Gareth Southgate’s England Euros squad.

    Chelsea will look to continue their unbeaten run under new boss Tuchel against Everton tonight, with James, 21, starting four of those ten matches.

    Hudson-Odoi, 20, has been preferred in other games, though James got the nod for Thursday’s 1-0 win at Liverpool.

    He said: “I’ve known Callum for years and there is no problem between me and him. We get on well together and it is part of the game."

  • supal

    CITY OF GLOVE

    Chelsea are being led by Paris Saint-Germain in the race to sign AC Milan goalkeeper Gianluigi Donnarumma, according to reports.

    The Blues are believed to be interested in the giant stopper, whose contract is set to expire at the end of the season.

    Italian website Libero last week claimed that Chelsea are readying a a £175,000-a-week offer for the 22-year-old.

    But according to Tutto Mercato, Thomas Tuchel's side face stiff competition.

    They reckon that the German's old club PSG are interested in Italy's No1, as they chase a replacement for current first choice Keylor Navas.

  • supal

    IF THE SHIRT FITS

    Manchester United are closing in on a new £70million-per-year shirt sponsorship deal.

    A mystery American software company is understood to be the front-runner to replace Chevrolet, whose £64m-a-year agreement expires in December.

    Sources say talks with the potential new partner are ongoing but the news fits in with the bullish attitude executive vice-chairman Ed Woodward took last week.

    And it means Man Utd could end up wearing — and selling — shirts with two different names on the front next season.

    Manchester United are close to agreeing a huge new shirt sponsorshipCredit: Getty Images – Getty
  • supal

    STURGEON ANGER

    Nicola Sturgeon ordered Rangers to tell their "disgraceful" fans to head home after breaking lockdown rules this afternoon.

    Thousands of Gers fans descended on Glasgow’s George Square to celebrate their club’s title win.

    The Ibrox side were crowned champions today after Celtic’s goalless draw with Dundee United at Tannadice.

    Footage shows jubilant fans waving flags and letting off smoke bombs as they celebrate clinching the league trophy.

    Fans also gathered at Ibrox for title celebrations – defying current lockdown restrictions – after the Hoops’ latest slip up sealed their fate.

  • supal

    3 LIONS KO

    Jadon Sancho faces a month on the sidelines which would rule him out of England’s World Cup qualifying triple-header.

    The winger, 20, missed Borussia Dortmund’s 4-2 Bundesliga loss to Bayern Munich on Saturday and his muscle injury is worse than expected.

    Gareth Southgate names his Three Lions squad on March 18 for qualifiers against San Marino, Albania and Poland at the end of the month.

    Sancho picked up the injury in the German Cup last week and may not be back until April.

    He has been in excellent form for Dortmund since the turn of the year, scoring eight goals and providing seven assists in just 13 appearances.

  • Joshua Jones

    GOOD MORNING FOOTBALL FANS,

    Liverpool should sell Mohamed Salah and re-build their squad in the same way they did after Philippe Coutinho left, says Reds legend Robbie Fowler.

    Speaking in his column for The Mirror, he said: “I’m not having a go at Salah. I love him to bits.

    “But I truly believe that transfers now are largely about what players want, so the ball is in his court, not Liverpool’s.

    “If he wants to go, then he should go. If a player wants to leave, we have to accept it’s in the mix.

    “I’m a firm believer that if they are unhappy and want to be going, then they should be going.

    “Jurgen Klopp has said the same, too – he doesn’t want anyone at the club who doesn’t want to be there. It is my belief that was his attitude with Philippe Coutinho. He agitated for a move.

    “Klopp didn’t want Coutinho because he thought his attitude wasn’t right, and he didn’t want that poison in his camp in the end.

    “So if Salah is truly ­unhappy, if he is upset he hasn’t been given a new contract or whatever, then cash in, get as much as you can for him and use the money to make tweaks with the current team.

    “I’m a fan of Salah, obviously, who wouldn’t be? But Liverpool didn’t miss Coutinho that much, did they?”

    Meanwhile, Ole Gunnar Solskjaer was delighted with Anthony Martial ‘rediscovering’ his form in the 2-0 win over rivals Manchester City.

    The striker was a constant menace for Pep Guardiola’s defence and won the early penalty that set Manchester United on their way to victory.

    Solskjaer told Sky Sports: “Anthony was absolutely superb today, he was the Anthony of old.

    “To think he was a doubt this morning, it wasn’t until after the warm-up as I wasn’t sure if he was going to play or not. So, fantastic.

    “It’s football isn’t it? Today he rediscovered himself, he was really strong on the ball and positive.

    “We have to be positive, every game is different. We want to play with a high tempo of course, but we had to defend well.

    “You’ve got to defend so that you can attack spaces that appear.”

    And finally, Nicola Sturgeon has ordered Rangers to tell their "disgraceful" fans to head home after breaking lockdown rules yesterday afternoon.

    Thousands of Gers fans descended on Glasgow’s George Square to celebrate their club’s title win.

    As the night progressed, masses of fans remained on the streets in Glasgow and elsewhere – and the SNP chief has displayed her anger at the "infuriating" situation.

    She tweeted: "I share folks’ anger at this. Everyone has made so many sacrifices in the past year & seeing a minority risk our progress is infuriating & disgraceful.

    "It is deeply unfair to the entire country, and the police have a hard enough job already. Please ask fans to go home @RangersFC."

  • Joe Brophy

    PORT OF CALL

    Joan Laporta has been elected as Barcelona president for a second time.

    The 58-year-old won the vote to see off rivals Victor Font and Toni Freixa to bag the top job.

    Laporta has previously held the position at the Nou Camp between 2003 and 2010.

    The LaLiga side tweeted out the final results, with Laporta amassing 57.69 per cent of the vote.

    Font came home in second with 31.11 per cent, with Freixa on 10.01 per cent.

  • Joe Brophy

    RED ALERT

    Liverpool should sell Mohamed Salah and re-build their squad in the same way they did after Philippe Coutinho left, says Reds legend Robbie Fowler.

    Speaking in his column for The Mirror, he said: "I’m not having a go at Salah. I love him to bits.

    "But I truly believe that transfers now are largely about what players want, so the ball is in his court, not Liverpool’s.

    "If he wants to go, then he should go. If a player wants to leave, we have to accept it’s in the mix.

    "I’m a firm believer that if they are unhappy and want to be going, then they should be going.

    "Jurgen Klopp has said the same, too – he doesn’t want anyone at the club who doesn’t want to be there. It is my belief that was his attitude with Philippe Coutinho. He agitated for a move.

    "Klopp didn’t want Coutinho because he thought his attitude wasn’t right, and he didn’t want that poison in his camp in the end.

    "So if Salah is truly ­unhappy, if he is upset he hasn’t been given a new contract or whatever, then cash in, get as much as you can for him and use the money to make tweaks with the current team.

    "I’m a fan of Salah, obviously, who wouldn’t be? But Liverpool didn’t miss Coutinho that much, did they?"

  • Joe Brophy

    PEP TALK

    Pep Guardiola shrugged off a heated touchline exchange with Ole Gunnar Solskjaer as Manchester United ended Man City's run of 21 wins.

    Etihad chief Guardiola swapped animated words with his counterpart after a quick City throw-in stopped United immediately replacing injured striker Marcus Rashford.

    Solskjaer protested with waving arms before Mason Greenwood eventually came on, United then successfully maintaining their 2-0 lead.

    Quizzed by Sky Sports afterwards, Guardiola brushed aside the matter, shaking his head and saying: "Ah, no problem, no problem – it's solved."

  • Joe Brophy

    FERMIDABLE

    Bruno Fernandes feels his side barely put a foot wrong in clinching a massive 2-0 win over rivals Manchester City.

    The Portuguese told Sky Sports: "It's always difficult to play against Manchester City. They are difficult on the ball and tough to play against. Today we did almost everything perfect.

    "It's not about winning against City, it's about winning every game.

    "Scoring in the first minute was perfect, we had more space to counter. We remained focused until the end of the game. When we defend well we know we'll have chances to score.

    "The league is not a sprint. It's is a marathon. We have to do our best and not think about others."

  • Joe Brophy

    ANT MAN

    Ole Gunnar Solskjaer was delighted with Anthony Martial 'rediscovering' his form versus Manchester City.

    The striker was a constant menace for Pep Guardiola's defence and won the early penalty that set Manchester United on their way to victory.

    Solskjaer told Sky Sports: "Anthony was absolutely superb today, he was the Anthony of old.

    "To think he was a doubt this morning, it wasn't until after the warm-up as I wasn't sure if he was going to play or not. So, fantastic.

    "It's football isn't it? Today he rediscovered himself, he was really strong on the ball and positive.

    "We have to be positive, every game is different. We want to play with a high tempo of course, but we had to defend well.

    "You've got to defend so that you can attack spaces that appear."

  • Joe Brophy

    MEDIA FRENZY

    Erik Pieters is receiving support from Burnley after receiving a torrent of online abuse following the Arsenal match.

    Arsenal felt they should have had a penalty at Turf Moor, after the ball struck Pieters' arm in the penalty box from Nicolas Pepe's cross.

    Burnley are aware of the abuse and released a statement suggesting support has been offered to Pieters and his family.

    It read, "We are aware of online abuse directed at Erik Pieters following yesterday’s game.

    "Thanks to all who have highlighted it.

    "We are in contact with all relevant parties and offering our support to Erik and his family."

  • Joe Brophy

    LUKE AT THAT

    Exclusive by Alan Nixon: Chelsea midfielder Luke McCormick may have played his way into a move to Millwall.

    McCormick has caught the eye on a loan spell at League One Bristol Rovers and the Lions hope to tie up a deal for him in the summer.

    The 22-year-old is set to leave Stamford Bridge before going into the last year of his deal.

    That should see a switch across London to join Gary Rowett’s Championship outfit.

  • Joe Brophy

    RAM-P IT UP

    Real Madrid have told Sergio Ramos to take or leave an offer to renew his contract, according to reports.

    The 34-year-old has been a huge part of the Bernabeu side since joining in 2005, earning the full-time club captaincy after a decade at the club.

    According to Marca, Real have given the defender until the end of the month to decide his future.

    The one-year extension on the table contains an option for another season in the Spanish capital.

  • Joe Brophy

    MANCHESTER CITY 0 MANCHESTER UNITED 2

    Luke Shaw's first goal in a year has put the away side in full control with Pep Guardiola's men in danger of losing their winning streak.

  • Joe Brophy

    IBRA CADABRA

    Zlatan Ibrahimovic is reportedly set to come out of international retirement to play for Sweden for the first time since 2016.

    The AC Milan striker hasn't played for the Scandinavian country since Euro 2016, with his last appearance for his country coming in the 1-0 defeat against Belgium.

    Ibrahimovic – who expressed his interest in playing for Sweden at the 2018 World Cup – insisted last year that he wasn't thinking of returning to the national team.

    But according to FotbollDirekt, the 39-year-old is poised to end his hiatus with the maverick forward to be called up to Janne Andersson's squad on March 16.

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