Guardiola drops Leroy Sane’s transfer bombshell as Bayern Munich circle

Manchester City manager Pep Guardiola has said his club are willing to sell Leroy Sane if the winger tells him he wants to leave the club.

Sane has been the subject of protracted interest from Bayern Munich this summer, to the extent that manager Nico Kovac said he was confident of landing the 23-year-old, but as yet he remains in the north west.

The Premier League champions’ boss claims that the Germany international has not made any request to join the Bundeliga giants this summer.

“I want players who want to stay because it’s impossible for me as a manager to convince a player to do what we want to do when his head is away from here,” Guardiola said as cited by Sky Sports.

“But the player didn’t tell me anything that he wants to leave, so that is the only reality I have. If he knocks on the door and tells me he wants to leave then, okay, we are going to speak with the club. But nobody has told me that.

“So that’s why he’s our player, he’s my player. We want him to stay here because we try to extend the contract for more than one year.”

Bayern Munich have, however, denied reports claiming the club have made a bid for the Manchester City winger, stating that they are untrue.

The Bundesliga champions tweeted a statement, saying: “News reports made today stating that Leroy Sane has decided to join FC Bayern do not correspond to the facts.”

Chelsea fans excited as N’Golo Kante joins squad on plane to Germany (Watch video clip of star with team at airport)

Reports in London claim Chelsea fans were jubilant this afternoon (Friday) after seeing N’Golo Kante join the squad on the plane for the Blues’ latest pre-season friendly with Borussia Monchengladbach.

The Frenchman has not yet featured in pre-season as he continues to deal with a knee injury that almost kept him out of the Europa League final against Arsenal in May.

Kante was pictured by the club boarding the plane to Germany for the friendly against Borussia Monchengladbach tomorrow (Saturday), which has understandably delighted the Chelsea fans, report

Despite being a doubt beforehand, he did play that game in Baku as the Blues defeated Arsenal 4-1 to lift the trophy, but then missed France’s international fixtures in June.

The World Cup winner has not yet featured in Frank Lampard’s time in charge, but he was included on the pre-season trips to Ireland and Japan, only to be sent home from the latter by the Chelsea head coach to continue his recovery.

But speaking after the 4-3 win against Reading at the weekend, Lampard provided a more positive update on Kante’s fitness.

“Yeah I am hopeful.” Lampard said. “He is training. He has dipped into training with us in the last couple of days.

“There is a lot more that he needs to do physically, off without us that he can do without any contact which has been good. But the signs are good in the last three days that we have been back.”

Female referee chosen to officiate Chelsea v Liverpool Super Cup tie, becomes first woman to handle major UEFA men’s event

UEFA have chosen female referee Stephanie Frappart to officiate the Super Cup tie between Liverpool and Chelsea at Beşiktaş Park in Istanbul.

This will be the first time that a female official takes charge of a major UEFA men’s competition event – a showpiece match seen as the curtain-raiser to the new season.

Frappart had the honour of refereeing the FIFA Women’s World Cup final between the United States and the Netherlands in Lyon.

She also took charge of the UEFA Women’s EURO 2017 semi-final, where the Dutch hosts played England, and refereed the final of the 2012 UEFA European Women’s Under-19 Championship, also in Turkey.

According to statement on UEFA’s website, the French woman will be assisted by compatriot Manuela Nicolosi and Michelle O’Neill from the Republic of Ireland. The fourth official will be Turkey’s Cuneyt Cakir.

Frappart created history domestically in France in April as she became the first female referee to officiate a men’s Ligue 1 match, between Amiens and Strasbourg.

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Chelsea fans express delight as Frank Lampard introduces his own brand of football

Reports in England reveal Frank Lampard has delighted Chelsea fans by seemingly introducing his own brand of Sarriball to the club.

Supporters went wild for “Frankieball” during Wednesday’s 5-3 win over RB Salzburg as a fine move from the back resulted in Christian Pulisic winning a penalty, according to the Sun.

The likes of Kurt Zouma, Jorginho and Mateo Kovacic played key roles in cleverly moving the ball around the defence before launching it into Pulisic’s path.

Sarriball was of course the brainchild of former Chelsea manager Maurizio Sarri, who tried to implement a short, fast passing game during his season at Stamford Bridge.

It didn’t quite go according to plan though, with the lack of an attacking central midfielder and top striker preventing Chelsea from reaching the same levels as Sarri’s previous Napoli side.

Despite that, there were occasions when the Italian’s team produced some magic football, and it culminated in an impressive third-place finish and 4-1 victory over Arsenal in the Europa League final.

Lampard replaced Sarri at the helm when the latter decided to return to Serie A with Juventus.

But Super Frank appears to have been clever enough to not entirely ditch his predecessor’s style.

Similar to Carlo Ancelotti’s attitude after replacing Sarri at Napoli, Lampard seems happy for his team to control possession and build from deep.

But unlike pure Sarrismo, the ex-Derby don has also instructed his players to go long when appropriate.

Kovacic produced the magic pass which landed perfectly for Pulisic, and it’s highly likely he probably would have instead held on to the ball had Sarri still be in charge.

Fans were thrilled with the footballing feast on display, with one declaring: “Frankieball has arrived.”

Another said: “Credit goes to Sarri. Lampard, no matter how good he is as a manager, could not have had them playing this beautiful football in such a short period of time.”

One wrote: “Kovacic in a double pivot should be illegal.”

Another added: “Sorry to disappoint you, the boys still got the Sarriball system in them, it won’t go away in a year and we still got Jorginho doing his thing… Napoli still played Sarriball last season even with Ancelotti.”

Barcelona legend Dani Alves snubs Guardiola again, disappoints Arsenal, officially signs for another top club

Former Barcelona star Dani Alves has put paid to speculation about joining his former boss Pep Guardiola at Manchester City by signing for Sao Paulo on a three-year deal.

The Brazil top club have confirmed that the full back has joined them on a three-year deal.

There were even suggestions he could rejoin Barcelona after leaving Paris Saint-Germain this summer following the expiration of his contract.

Arsenal were also reportedly keen to sign the defender, who will leave European football as champion of the Copa América, being named the best player of the tournament and he has won a record 40 tournaments in his career.

Diario AS had cited a report in Goal outlining the agreement earlier on Thursday before the reports were confirmed, with the Brazilian also rejecting approaches from Juventus and Inter.

However, according to Football Espana, both Italian clubs only offered him contracts under two years, a factor that, despite him now being a 36-year-old, has been decisive in his decision to discard these offers and return to his country of birth after 17 years in Europe.

Alves, 36, played 391 games (netting 21 goals and providing 103 assists) with Barça between 2008 and 2016, after he joined the club from Sevilla.

The Brazil international has since had stints with Juventus and PSG but had once again been a free agent this summer.

Dybala keeps Manchester United, Juventus waiting, makes fresh “impossible” demands

Reports in Italy claim Paulo Dybala is making a Romelu Lukaku swap deal becoming difficult as he is asking for Manchester United to meet his very high demands, including a €15m commission.

The Old Lady are keen to sign the Belgium international to strenghten their attack, and are prepared to make the deal happen by sending Dybala to the Old Trafford club.

But reports in Italy and England state that the Argentine is unenthusiatic about the deal, while Lukaku is interested in the Turin switch.

According to La Gazzetta dello Sport, the obstacles placed in the way of this transfer includes a €15m commission for his agent.

The salary demands are at least €10m per year plus bonuses, along with the €85-100m fee Juventus would command.

Most of that would be cancelled out by Lukaku, but there is still a gap between the valuation of the two forwards.

Dybala returned to Turin yesterday morning and was driven straight home, but is not expected at the training ground today either.

The Corriere dello Sport maintains Juve told Dybala he’s not due back for training until Monday, despite La Joya flying back earlier than expected.

His long-awaited crunch talks with Coach Maurizio Sarri could even happen over the phone, according to Football Italia.

Not only are Juve pushing Dybala towards Manchester United, but the Daily Mail also claims Cristiano Ronaldo urged him to accept the move during a WhatsApp conversation with the rest of the squad.

French site Le 10 Sport maintain the Argentine is holding out for the Premier League transfer window to close so he can go to Paris Saint-Germain.

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