All the top stories and transfer rumours from Wednesday’s national newspapers…
Salah becomes the Reds’ all-time leading Anfield Champions League goal scorer
Salah opened the scoring for Liverpool at home against Ajax in the Champions League, surpassing Steven Gerrard with 15 goals and becoming the player with the most Champions League goals at Anfield in Liverpool’s history.
After scoring against Ajax, Salah has scored 15 Champions League goals at Anfield in his Liverpool career, surpassing Steven Gerrard (14 goals) and becoming the player with the most Champions League goals at Anfield in team history.
Mbappe: I think there is a story between me and Real Madrid, even if I have not played for it
Previously Mbappe gave an interview to the American media, and recently an audio interview was revealed, which contains questions that were not disclosed in the previous interview. Mbappe said he thinks he has a relationship with Real Madrid, even though he never played for it.
I have been in contact with Real Madrid for many years and we have a good relationship with mutual respect and appreciation,’Mbappe said. I think I have a story with them, even if I’ve never played for them, it’s a different feeling.’
‘Real Madrid is one of the best clubs in the world, maybe take away the word ‘one’, and I wish them all the best.’
Bayern official praise: a wall called Neuer
Bayern Munich defeated Barcelona 2-0 at home in a Champions League match that ended early this morning. During the match Bayern captain Neuer saved several threatening shots from the opponent. The official homepage of Bayern praised Neuer after the match.
Bayern’s official homepage praised Neuer’s performance in the match after the match. Bayern’s homepage uploaded a photo of Neuer’s saves, writing, ‘A wall called Neuer.’
Bayern will play Augsburg in the Bundesliga this weekend and have now drawn three consecutive matches in the Bundesliga
Dzeko scored his 26th Champions League goal, surpassing Van Persie and Crespo
In the 2nd round of the Champions League group stage match between Inter Milan and Pilsen Victory, Dzeko broke the deadlock by pushing a shot from inside the box in the 19th minute.
According to statistics, this is the 36-year-old Dzeko’s 26th goal in the Champions League, and he has thus overtaken Jardim, Harland, Crespo and Robin van Persie to move into a tie for 37th place on the Champions League’s all-time scorers list (equal to Mario Gomez).
Chelsea contacts Campos, offers 8 million euros a year + 300 million transfer budget
French newspaper Le Parisien has reported that Chelsea wants to recruit Paris director Campos and has offered 8 million euros a year salary and a 300 million euros transfer budget.
According to the report, Chelsea boss Burley offered Campos a contract of 8 million euros a year to leave Paris immediately and take over Chelsea’s next two transfer markets, and a transfer budget of 300 million euros at Campos’ disposal.
Le Parisien also revealed that in the contract signed between Campos and Paris this summer, there is no non-compete clause prohibiting him from leaving.
Neymar complained privately about Mbappe not passing the ball, Messi and Ramos intervened
Goal France news, Neymar and Mbappe’s relationship still has not significantly eased.
From the penalty fiasco at the beginning of the season to the controversy of not passing the ball in the Champions League match with Juve, the relationship between Neymar and Mbappe has never been much improved. Reports say that Messi, Marquinhos and Ramos have stepped in to mediate in order to keep the tension between the two from escalating.
Neymar is still complaining about Mbappe to those close to him in private, and he believes Mbappe is not passing the ball because he wants to overshadow him, the report said.
Sources close to the Paris dressing room revealed that Neymar will not let the conflict become public and try to keep a calm attitude in the dressing room for the sake of the upcoming World Cup.
Bayern 2-0 Barcelona
The second round of the UEFA Champions League Group C was the highlight of the match, with Bayern Munich hosting Barcelona at the Allianz Arena in Munich, with Mark Lie as the referee. In the first half, Pavard retired, Lewandowski missed many good chances, Neuer made two key saves; Dembele was tripped by Alfonso Davies at the end of the game and was not awarded a penalty. In the second half, Kimmich assisted Lucas Hernandez on a corner kick to break the deadlock, followed by Musiala assisted Sane on a lightning break to extend the advantage, and Pedri hit the post with a single shot. In the end, Bayern achieved five consecutive kills against Barca 2-0 at home.
Tottenham Hotspur 0-2 Sporting CP
The 2nd round of the UEFA Champions League Group D started with Sporting Portugal hosting Tottenham Hotspur. In the first half, Gonçalves fired a low shot from inside the box, which was parried out by Lori, and then Rishalisong missed a header in front of the goal and the ball was confiscated by the goalkeeper. The second half started with a series of shots from Emmerson, then Kane took a shot from the left, which Adan pounced on, and then Rishalisong jumped on the ball, which was deflected off the line. At the end of the match, Sporting de Portugal beat Tottenham 2-0.
Liverpool 2-1 Ajax
Liverpool played Ajax at home at Anfield in the 2nd round of Champions League Group A. The referee of the match was Suarez Artur. In the first half, Diogo Jota assisted Salah to break through the goal, Luis Dias drew a shot wide, Kudus equalized and Van Dijk’s header was parried by the goalkeeper. In the second half, Van Dijk’s header went high, Blind’s header was deflected and Matip’s header was a winner, finally, Liverpool 2-1 Ajax.
Inter 2-0 Victory Pilsen
In the 2nd round of the UEFA Champions League Group C, Pilsen Victory hosted visiting Inter Milan in a match officiated by Shalal Sandro. The visiting Inter Milan quickly took control of the ball in the first half and opened the scoring with an assist from Correa to Dzeko against a dense defense from Pilsen Victory. The home team, Pilsen, had few chances to counterattack. Towards the end of the half, Inter launched a threatening counter-attack, with Dzeko and Mkhitaryan shooting at the goalkeeper. In the second half, Inter started to pick up the pace, with Dzeko’s header being parried and Dumfries’ header going over the bar. And Bukha of Pilsen Victory was shown a red card for scissor kick over Barrera. Dzeko assisted Dumfries in the counter-attack. Finally, Inter won 2-0 away to Pilsen and got the first win of the Champions League.
Atletico Madrid 0-2 Leverkusen
The second round of the UEFA Champions League, Group B, began at the Bayer Arena with a marquee match between Leverkusen and Atletico Madrid, with Oliver Michael as the referee on duty for the match. In the first half, Tapusoba’s handball in the penalty area was not called by the referee, and El Morso then shot high from close range. In the second half, Schick and Hlozek fired back-to-back shots that bounced off the frame of the goal, and Schick’s shot against an open goal was blocked by Felipe. Before the end of the match, Andrihy fired a shot at the goal, and then Diaby scored a goal to seal the victory. Leverkusen defeated Atletico Madrid 2-0 at the end of the match.
Wenger: No one has shown dominance in the EPL this season, Arsenal have a chance to hit the title
Arsenal’s decorated head coach, Wenger has not spoken out on Arsenal related issues for a long time. Recently he finally broke his ‘silence’ and praised Arteta and his team. Wenger believes that the current Arsenal has no weaknesses and the team is likely to win the Premier League.
The 72-year-old French manager said, ‘I would say they are going in the right direction, honestly I don’t think there are any weaknesses in the team, they are young and talented players and they have done a very good job this summer.’
‘We haven’t seen a dominant team in the Premier League this season and Arsenal have a chance to play to their potential. We’ve been in the top four before, so why can’t we be in the top four again? You can’t even rule out that they can even put up a fight for the title, and I hope they can do that.’
Wenger has been in charge of Arsenal for 22 years, leading the team to three Premier League titles and seven FA Cups, and despite Arteta leading Arsenal back to the top of the Premier League, Wenger does not want to visit the team anytime soon: ‘I haven’t been there since 2018 and after 22 years as a coach, maybe that’s the end of the road for me and people want change.’
‘The club has chosen to go in a different direction and I can totally understand that sometimes you need some completely new staff and my presence can cause a lot of problems. So I left completely and utterly to give the club the opportunity to build a relationship with a new coach and that’s why I never talked about Arsenal or came back to the Emirates because I didn’t want to be a negative presence for the club.’
‘But I still feel that my life is definitely tied to Arsenal, so I’m supporting them now through TV and I’m also busy with some FIFA work and going around the world.’
Maldini loves Asensio, but he wants a high salary + high commission for his agent
According to Antonio Vitiello, chief team reporter of Italian media Milan News, Milan wants to sign Real Madrid star Asensio free of charge.
Asensio’s contract with Real Madrid will expire next summer, and now he has been relegated to the bench at the Galacticos with little chance.
Vitiello said Milan are keeping an eye on Asensio’s situation and they know that currently Asensio intends to leave on a free transfer next June, especially considering the recent tensions between him and Ancelotti, a contract renewal is unlikely.
Milan’s technical director Maldini admires Asensio, who can play on the right side or as a forward, but there are two obstacles standing in front of him now: Asensio wants a high salary, and his agent team wants a high commission.
Real Madrid’s pursuit of Kylian Mbappe is set to start again next summer after full details of his Paris Saint-Germain contract emerged.
Chelsea offered Paris Saint-Germain football advisor Luis Campos a whopping £7m salary to move to Stamford Bridge and spearhead their next transfer spree.
Barcelona star Gavi has already agreed to a new contract that includes a €1bn release clause, according to reports.
Chelsea are reportedly set to dive into the transfer market again this January.
Former Barcelona star Miralem Pjanic has hit out at the club after leaving for United Arab Emirates-based side Sharjah FC.
Liverpool attempted a late £86.5m swoop for Real Madrid star Federico Valverde before the transfer window slammed shut earlier this month.
Jorginho has admitted that Chelsea’s players were at fault for Thomas Tuchel’s sacking as they prepare to embark on their new era under Graham Potter.
FIFA has summoned Byron Castillo to attend Thursday’s hearing of their Appeals Commission following revelations that the Ecuador international confessed to being born in Colombia in an official investigation four years ago.
Jose Mourinho has demanded more from Tammy Abraham despite the fact the 24-year-old scored Roma’s winner against Empoli on Monday night.
Liverpool’s most famous ball boy Oakley Cannonier has taken another step towards representing the Reds’ first team by scoring a hat-trick against Ajax for the under-19s in the UEFA Youth League.
Arsenal are reportedly confident they won’t have to forfeit their Europa League game against PSV following the game’s postponement after the death of Her Majesty The Queen.
Brighton will step up their efforts to recruit Graham Potter’s replacement as head coach in the coming days after assessing a shortlist of potential candidates that includes the Norwegian Kjetil Knutsen and the former Shakhtar Donetsk manager Roberto De Zerbi.
Preston North End have issued a lifetime stadium ban to a supporter for a derogatory tweet about the Royal Family.
Bayern Munich supporters have taken aim at UEFA for their late decisions to significantly alter the arrangements of Champions League and Europa League fixtures following the death of The Queen.
Arsenal director Edu is stepping up his efforts to avoid losing three of his first-team stars by tying them down to new and improved contracts as a matter of priority, according to reports.
Hibs striker Mykola Kukharevych is edging closer to a debut after finally arriving in Scotland.
Gus MacPherson is set to return to top-flight football as new Head of Football Operations at St Johnstone.
Steve Finn and Nick Knight have emerged as the leading contenders for the role of England national selector, which is being reintroduced.