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Keep your eyes peeled as the EFL transfer window closes at 5pm this Friday, October 16.

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  • Jake Lambourne

    ROBI-NO

    A Santos shirr sponsor has torn up its contract with the Brazilian club after they signed Robinho.

    Dentistry firm Orthopride made their unhappiness clear amid allegations of rape against the forward.

    Robinho, 36, was sentenced to nine years in prison by an Italian court after the alleged gang rape of an Albanian woman in 2013.

    The player denies the charges and is appealing the verdict.

    However, after putting pen to paper on a miserly £52-a-week deal to play for Santos last week, the controversy has arisen again.

    Orthopride state that their decision to withdraw the sponsorship is down to 'respect' for their female customers.

    Chief operating officer Richard Adam told Globo Esporte: “We have enormous respect for Santos' history. But at this point, we have decided to terminate the sponsorship contract.

    “Our audience is mostly female and, out of respect for the women who buy our products, we had to make that decision.

    “We want to make it clear that we were not previously informed about the signing of Robinho, we were taken by surprise by the news over the weekend.”

  • Jake Lambourne

    LICENSE TO KYL

    Juventus are reportedly preparing a world record £360million bid to lure Kylian Mbappe to the club.

    Italian outlet Tuttosport claim the Serie A champions are willing to sacrifice Cristiano Ronaldo in order to land the Paris Saint-Germain star.

    The report adds that Juve would be unable to accommodate both the five-time Ballon d'Or winner and French superstar Mbappe.

    That could prompt Andrea Pirlo's side to include Ronaldo in any deal to bring the World Cup winner to Turin.

    Yet it is said that it is unlikely PSG accept losing their prize jewel Mbappe, 21, to receive a 35-year-old Ronaldo with his £540k-a-week wages in return.

    However, SunSport previously reported that the Ligue 1 giants were considering a move for the former Real Madrid superstar.

    Ronaldo has been previously linked with the French side, but is intent to see out his contract at Juventus which ends in 2022.

  • Jake Lambourne

    BLUE COMEDY

    Former Chelsea keeper Thibaut Courtois took a cheeky dig at Spurs when discussing Gareth Bale's loan move.

    Courtois, who joined Los Blancos in 2018 from Stamford Bridge, knows first-hand how good Bale is having shared the pitch with him.

    And while he wished Bale all the best on his return to the Premier League, he joked he picked the wrong London team.

    Courtois – who revealed Bale's Real pals had nicknamed him 'The Golfer' – told El Larguero as per AS: “What Bale talked about with the coach is personal.

    “I don't know what he thought, but then they are decisions that each one makes.

    “I had a good relationship with Gareth and I wish him the best of luck this year, even if he's not playing for the good London team.

    “He is a great player.”

  • Jake Lambourne

    RUD BUSINESS

    Antonio Rudiger has admitted he turned down “one or two” moves away from Chelsea this summer.

    He told The Athletic: “The club didn't tell me that it was absolutely necessary for me to find a new club and that they definitely didn't have me in their plans for the next few months.

    “I also turned down one or two options myself.

    “I wasn't prepared to pack it all in simply because I had been left out a few times.

    “I enjoy living in London and like being at Chelsea.”

  • Jake Lambourne

    IN FOR THE KYL

    Zinedine Zidane is torn between signing Erling Haaland or Kylian Mbappe next year.

    The Real Madrid boss has identified the two stars as possible replacements for Karim Benzema.

    Marca claim Zidane is weighing up his options before making his move in 2021.

    Mbappe was reportedly set to join Madrid before the coronavirus pandemic derailed the move.

    Former PSG star Jerome Rothen claimed the 21-year-old's transfer was “almost done”.

    Madrid were expected to revive their interest in him next summer – but now there's another name in the mix.

    Haaland has caught Zidane's eye following his impressive spell with Borussia Dortmund.

    SunSport looks at how the two compare…

  • Jake Lambourne

    LIV WITH REGRETS

    Liverpool were on the verge of signing Cristiano Ronaldo for just £4million in 2003… before Manchester United swooped.

    The Reds had watched Ronaldo shine for Sporting against Porto and assistant manager Phil Thompson went for dinner in Portugal with agent Tony Henry to discuss signing Ronaldo.

    Thompson told The Athletic: “I can still remember Tony's exact words. It was all very nice and relaxed. 'It's £4m and it can be paid over the four years of his contract, so £1m a year.'

    Personal terms had not been finalised but the Anfield side believed they had a deal in place – with boss Gerard Houllier going to watch Ronaldo at the Toulon tournament for Portugal Under-20s – until suddenly he had signed for arch-rivals United.

    Thompson added: “On the Tuesday morning, we were having lunch at the training ground and it came up on the yellow strap on Sky Sports, 'Manchester United have signed Cristiano Ronaldo for £12.2m'.

    “Gerard and myself almost choked on our food. I can remember Gerard jumping up and saying, 'What the hell has gone on there?'”

  • Jake Lambourne

    GOOD LUCK CHARLIE

    Charlie Austin has emerged as a January target for MLS clubs.

    The striker, 31, had been interesting Derby – but that move now looks dead in the water.

    That is despite West Brom closing in on forward Karlan Grant from Huddersfield.

    Ex-Southampton ace Austin is understood to be open to a move stateside.

    And with only four months to wait compared to the usual gap between summer and winter transfer windows, he is content to stay at the Hawthorns beyond tomorrow's deadline.

  • Jake Lambourne

    LUK-ING UP

    Luke Shaw hopes Manchester United's deadline-day signings can have the same impact as Bruno Fernandes and 'boost morale' at the club.

    They brought in Edinson Cavani, Alex Telles and Facundo Pellistri on the final day of the transfer window – while Amad Diallo will join in January.

    Shaw told the club website: “We’ve got a few new arrivals in and that can maybe boost the morale of the squad and bring something different.

    “Fresh faces are sometimes a good thing. Like we saw with Bruno, it can change completely the mood of a squad.

    “Competition for any team is a must.

    “There is competition for every single spot and you’ve got to be ready for it, work hard and give the manager a decision harder than what he’s had to make before.

    “Competition is very healthy for the squad, it’ll push everyone even more because everyone wants to play.”

  • Joshua Jones

    MORNING FOOTBALL FANS

    Yesterday, Premier League chiefs declared Project Big Picture “dead” after the club meeting.

    The two-hour summit ended with the Prem clubs agreeing to make a £50m bailout offer to keep League One and Two clubs alive.

    But there will be NO money available for Championship clubs.

    And despite the determination of Liverpool and Manchester United to keep their grand proposals alive, League bosses have agreed to make a formal denunciation which ALL clubs have agreed to sign up to.

    A Prem statement read: “All 20 Premier League clubs today unanimously agreed that Project Big Picture will not be endorsed or pursued by the Premier League, or The FA.

    “Further, Premier League Shareholders agreed to work together as a 20-club collective on a strategic plan for the future structures and financing of English football, consulting with all stakeholders to ensure a vibrant, competitive and sustainable football pyramid.

    “Clubs will work collaboratively, in an open and transparent process, focusing on competition structure, calendar, governance and financial sustainability.

    “This project has the full support of The FA and will include engagement with all relevant stakeholders including fans, Government and, of course, the EFL.

    “Also at today’s meeting it was agreed to make available a rescue package which aims to ensure that League One and League Two clubs will not go out of business as a result of the financial impact of COVID-19 and be able to complete the 2020/21 season.”

    On the pitch England lost 1-0 to Denmark in the Nations League at Wembley.

    Manchester United’s Harry Maguire and Chelsea’s Reece James were both sent off on a grim night for Gareth Southgate.

    And after the game Three Lions fans were calling for Southgate to be sacked and replaced by ex-Arsenal boss Arsene Wenger.

    Finally, Culture Secretary Oliver Dowden ordered football’s warring factions to come together and save the EFL.

    In a clear statement of intent, Dowden told MPs the Government is prepared to intervene and force wholesale change on the game if it cannot sort out its most pressing issues.

    Dowden agreed that Gareth Bale’s Tottenham weekly salary was “perverse” when the sum could have kept Macclesfield alive.

    He attacked the weekend launch of pay-per-view Prem games and called on BT to make this weekend’s Merseyside derby free to air rather than being screened behind a paywall.

    But he revealed he had been “promised” that action would be taken to ensure “no EFL club goes bust” as a result of the Covid crisis.

    And Dowden admitted there were “inconsistencies” in the Government policy that has allowed some indoor venues to open to the public while fans are locked out of football stadiums.

  • William Pugh

    FRENCH REVOLUTION

    England fans are calling for the FA to axe Gareth Southgate… and bring in Arsene Wenger after the Three Lions' dismal 1-0 defeat at home to Denmark.

    Harry Maguire was put out of his misery when he was sent off after 30 minutes following two clumsy challenges.

    Christian Eriksen then scored from the spot – after a mix-up between Jordan Pickford and Kyle Walker – to fire the Danes ahead at Wembley after a penalty was awarded.

    England barely looked like getting back into the contest as they struggled with ten men. And fans are losing patience with Southgate following a string on uninspiring team selections and performances.

    In particular, Southgate's decision to start SEVEN defensive players in his last three competitive fixtures is proving unpopular.

    Especially with England's strength in depth in attack. And fans want former Arsenal boss Wenger to lead the national side into the Euros.

  • William Pugh

    WAYNE TO GO

    Wayne Rooney is in line to become Derby boss — and may even be in charge by the start of next week.

    The Rams face Watford on Friday night and another defeat could spell the end for under-fire Phillip Cocu.

    Ironically, sources insist boss Cocu was only saved from the chop before the international break by Rooney’s late winner at Norwich a fortnight ago.

    Yet he is still on the brink, and owner Mel Morris plans to turn to skipper Rooney, 34, if they lose against theHornets.

    With England’s all-time leading scorer still to get all his FA badges, it means he will need an experienced, fully-qualified coach alongside him — and him — and former Rams manager John Gregory is the man they want.

    Rooney joined Derbyas player-coach on an 18-month contract — with a further one-year option — when he returned from playing for DC United America in August 2019.

  • William Pugh

    FT: ENGLAND 0-1 DENMARK

    England's joy on Sunday evaporates just three days later, Harry Maguire's moment of madness undoubtedly cost England tonight.

    Christian Eriksen returned to Wembley to help his side grab a vital three points as well as getting amongst the goals.

    England had no response to the red card or the goal, they looked completely out of ideas and the fight you'd expect from England simply was not there.

    You have to wonder what Southgate said to his team at half time.

  • William Pugh

    BRIGHT IDEA – EXCLUSIVE

    Andre Ayew faces being priced out of a move to Brighton due to his high wages.

    SunSport understands there is interest from Albion but not at Ghanaian’s current £90,000-a-week packet at Swansea.

    Indeed, a move would only likely come about if Ayew can come to an agreement to have the final year of his Swans terminated so the Seagulls could take him on a free on reduced terms.

    Boss Graham Potter worked briefly with Ayew, 30, in his one season at the Liberty Stadium two seasons ago before he was sent out on loan to Turkey.

    The brother of Crystal Palace’s Jordan Ayew blasted 18 goals last term and has also been linked to West Brom.

  • William Pugh

    HT: ENGLAND 0-1 DENMARK

    Maguire's double yellow card hangs England's Nations League future in doubt.

    England's heads have completely gone in this game, moments after Maguire was given his marching orders, a Pickford and Walker mix up at the back handed Denmark a penalty.

    Eriksen did what Eriksen does and he slotted the penalty straight down the middle to hand his side an unexpected lead.

    Denmark are no push overs and England face an uphill battle to even get an equaliser in the second half.

    Gareth Southgate needs to give the best team talk of his life………. because as it stands, Belgium are top of the group followed by Denmark in second.

  • William Pugh

    ERLI START

    Chelsea are reportedly planning a stunning summer swoop for Borussia Dortmund's Erling Haaland.

    The Blues have made the Norwegian striker a key target ahead of next season, according to transfer guru Fabrizio Romano.

    The West Londoners are set to splash more cash on the 20-year-old after splurging over £230million in the latest window.

    Haaland is believed to have a £63m release clause in his Dortmund contract which would facilitate a deal.

    Boss Frank Lampard poached £70m Kai Havertz and £48m Timo Werner from the Bundesliga.

    And the former England midfielder is set to look abroad once again, as he builds his dream forward line.

  • William Pugh

    FINAL WIL

    Liverpool want a £1million loan fee for Harry Wilson as Swansea City head the chase for his signature.

    The Kop have demanded the extra payment on top of Welsh star Wilson’s wages for the rest of the campaign.

    That has given the pack chasing midfield creator Wilson something to think about as they work out the cost of taking him for the season.

    Swansea want Wilson, 23, and sources close to the player say he is keen on the move.

    Derby County would also take him back after a previous spell. Liverpool initially wanted £20m for Wilson at the start of the window.

    Nobody came near to the valuation and they now want to get some money back with the loan fee.

  • William Pugh

    RICE RICE BABY

    Declan Rice is an upgrade on World Cup winner N'Golo Kante, according to Darren Bent.

    He told talkSPORT's Breakfast Show: “For me, Declan Rice would be an upgrade.

    “Not only because he can play that role really, really well, he can get about the pitch, has got good energy, reads the game really well.

    “Not only that as well, he can drop into centre-half, that's two positions he can play.

    “N'Golo Kante has been a superb footballer and still is a great footballer.

  • William Pugh

    NO-MAN

    Bayern Munich have insisted Manchester United never approached them about Kingsley Coman despite him being linked with a move to Old Trafford this summer

    Bayern's sporting director Hasan Salihamidzic was quick to dispel any rumours of United's interest in Coman.

    He also said the German side wouldn't have considered an offer even if United did make one as Coman still has three years on his contract.

    In an interview with Sport Bild he said: “There was nothing, and we wouldn't have looked into it either.

    “His goal in the Champions League final should explain enough why we are relying on him wholeheartedly.”

  • William Pugh

    Pressed on his response to Project Big Picture by members of the DCMS Select Committee, Dowden said: “I've made clear my deep scepticism and concern about this.

    “This would tend towards a closed shop for effectively the six most powerful clubs in the Premier League.

    “More importantly there is a problem which football is perfectly capable of resolving itself, whereby the Premier League and the EFL just need to get together and do this deal.

    “From the conversations I've had we know the EFL clubs will not be allowed to go bust – and there are resources there – but we need a comprehensive deal.

    “This is a distraction at best from that and demonstrates we were wise to put in our manifesto the provisions for a fan-led review because it genuinely brings into question the ability of football to govern itself properly.

    “Football can show it can govern itself well is to get this deal over the line, where the Premier League uses its wealth to support the wider football family and the EFL comes properly to the negotiating table.”

  • William Pugh

    FAN BAN STANDS

    Culture Secretary Oliver Dowden ordered football’s warring factions to come together and save the EFL.

    In a clear statement of intent, Dowden told MPs the Government is prepared to intervene and force wholesale change on the game if it cannot sort out its most pressing issues.

    Dowden agreed that Gareth Bale’s Tottenham weekly salary was “perverse” when the sum could have kept Macclesfield alive.

    He attacked the weekend launch of pay-per-view Prem games and called on BT to make this weekend’s Merseyside derby free to air rather than being screened behind a paywall.

    But he revealed he had been “promised” that action would be taken to ensure “no EFL club goes bust” as a result of the Covid crisis.

    And Dowden admitted there were “inconsistencies” in the Government policy that has allowed some indoor venues to open to the public while fans are locked out of football stadiums…

  • William Pugh

    League One and League Two clubs rely more heavily on matchday revenue and have fewer resources at their disposal than Championship or Premier League clubs and are therefore more at risk, especially at a time when fans are excluded from attending matches.

    This offer will consist of grants and interest-free loans totalling a further £50million on top of the £27.2m solidarity payments already advanced to League One and League Two this year, making a total of £77.2m.

    Discussions will also continue with the EFL regarding Championship clubs’ financial needs.

    This addresses Government concerns about lower league clubs’ financial fragility.

    Football is not the same without attending fans and the football economy is unsustainable without them.

    The Premier League and all our clubs remain committed to the safe return of fans as soon as possible.

  • William Pugh

    PREMIER LEAGUE STATEMENT

    All 20 Premier League clubs today unanimously agreed that Project Big Picture will not be endorsed or pursued by the Premier League, or The FA.

    Further, Premier League Shareholders agreed to work together as a 20-club collective on a strategic plan for the future structures and financing of English football, consulting with all stakeholders to ensure a vibrant, competitive and sustainable football pyramid.

    Clubs will work collaboratively, in an open and transparent process, focusing on competition structure, calendar, governance and financial sustainability.

    This project has the full support of The FA and will include engagement with all relevant stakeholders including fans, Government and, of course, the EFL.

    Also at today’s meeting it was agreed to make available a rescue package which aims to ensure that League One and League Two clubs will not go out of business as a result of the financial impact of COVID-19 and be able to complete the 2020/21 season…

  • William Pugh

    That move comes after the clubs agreed on their bail out package for the lower two divisions, even though Championship sides could use their own veto power to block the funds being accepted.

    The Prem sides recognised the expectation from the fans and pressure from the Government on them to help keep the lower league clubs alive.

    That saw what is effectively a “take it or leave it” offer to Leagues One and Two.

    The danger, though, is that Championship clubs are able to block any deal with the lower tier clubs.

    Under EFL rules, the Championship must be in favour for any policy to be agreed by the entire League and the 24 clubs would be certain to vote unanimously against a deal that cuts them out.

  • William Pugh

    PROJECT X

    Premier League chiefs will declare Project Big Picture “dead” after today’s club meeting.

    The two-hour summit ended with the Prem clubs agreeing to make a £50m bailout offer to keep League One and Two clubs alive.

    But there will be NO money available for Championship clubs.

    And despite the determination of Liverpool and Manchester United to keep their grand proposals alive, League bosses have agreed to make a formal denunciation which ALL clubs have been agreed to sign up to.

    League chiefs were this afternoon drafting an emergency release that will be signed off by the clubs before it is published.

    But SunSport has been told the statement WILL contain the stark message that Project Big Picture is dead…

  • Joe Miles

    GOING ALL IN

    Newcastle look set to give star winger Allan Saint-Maximin a huge new six-year contract, according to reports.

    The 23-year-old Frenchman has gone from strength to strength since his £16.5million arrival from Nice in 2019.

    That original deal was for six years and this new one, with 'better terms', will see him remain at the club until 2026, say the Daily Mail.

    It is believed Saint-Maximin's new contract will put him more in line financially with top earners such as Jamaal Lascelles and Jonjo Shelvey.

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