Neymar will NEVER be in the same bracket as Lionel Messi and Cristiano Ronaldo, talkSPORT told

20 Jul

Neymar may soon break his own record as the most expensive footballer in the world, but he will NEVER be in the same league as Lionel Messi and Cristiano Ronaldo, believes Tony Cascarino.

The Brazilian superstar is determined to leave Paris Saint-Germain this summer after two seasons in the French capital, and reportedly only has eyes for a return to Barcelona.

PSG sporting director Leonardo even told Le Parisien last week that Neymar is free to go ‘if there is an offer that suits everyone.’

Neymar wants to return to Barcelona
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However, it will take a huge fee to get the deal across the line and stunning reports claim Barca are willing to offer PSG their pick of TWO players from a six-man list, plus £90million, to bring Neymar back to the Nou Camp.

Included in that list, according to reports from Sky Germany, are Philippe Coutinho and Ousmane Dembele, who were respectively £142m and £135.5m signings for the Spanish champions.

That deal would be worth over £300m – smashing the previous transfer record held by Neymar’s £198m move to Paris in 2017.

But, although there is no doubting his commercial value, Cascarino questions whether the Brazil ace is worth the trouble or money.

The Weekend Sports Breakfast host said on Saturday: “Neymar is incredibly gifted, he’s extraordinary.

“He’s a bit like a Harlem Globetrotter, he can do things very few people can do with a football and his goal numbers are incredible.

“But I just don’t think he’s ever going to get into the same bracket as Cristiano Ronaldo and Lionel Messi.

“I just don’t see it, and that’s what Barcelona would be paying for.

Neymar is keen to return to Barcelona where he played alongside Luis Suarez and Lionel Messi – but is he worth it?
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“Globally he’s huge. I think he’s the biggest shirt seller in world football and rightly so because he’s a great player.

“But it’s a huge amount of money.

“It’s extraordinary, especially considering Dembele and Coutinho were both £130m+ players.

“To put in those two, plus £90m, for Neymar – I think it’s a deal PSG will grab with both hands.”

Listen back to Tony Cascarino on the Weekend Sports Breakfast IN FULL above

‘Mauricio Pochettino would have left Tottenham’ if they beat Liverpool to win Champions League, claims former striker Darren Bent

20 Jul

Mauricio Pochettino was serious when he said he would had left Tottenham if they won the Champions League final, believes Darren Bent.

The former striker says he would not have been surprised if the boss kept his ‘promise’ and departed Spurs at the end of the season if they beat Liverpool in the final in Madrid.

Pochettino took Spurs further in the Champions League than they had ever gone before
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The Argentine led Spurs to their first European Cup final in June, where they were beaten 2-0 by Jurgen Klopp’s Reds.

Ahead of the game, Pochettino shocked supporters by saying he might need to ‘think about doing something different’ should Spurs win, as he could not hope to achieve such a ‘miracle’ again in charge of the club.

The manager’s comments made fans nervous, as he had been linked with the Manchester United and Real Madrid jobs just months before and was then linked with the Juventus role.

Mauricio Pochettino and Jurgen Klopp shake hands after the final whistle in Madrid
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After the defeat, Pochettino obviously remained in charge and his comments have largely been forgotten – but Bent believes the manager was not joking.

“I do believe that maybe he was serious, that if they had won it he would have left,” the former Spurs striker told talkSPORT’s Drivetime.

“He would have won the biggest trophy in club football in the world, and he even joked before the final, ‘if we win it I’ll leave’, but I took him a little bit seriously there.

“If they had won it, I think he would have probably looked at his situation and thought, ‘I’ve left Spurs in a really good position, I’ve won the biggest trophy there is to win, I probably can’t take them any further than I already have, it’s time for the next Epson to come in and put their stamp on the squad’.

“I could have seen him leaving.

“If they had won it I think it would have been a very interesting time.”

Watch: Leeds United striker Patrick Bamford guilty of another shocking miss and some fans are losing their patience

20 Jul

Some Leeds United supporters are losing their patience with Patrick Bamford after the striker missed an absolute sitter in a friendly in Australia.

The Championship side left it late to beat Western Sydney Wanderers in the second game of their pre-season tour, as Pablo Hernandez’s stunning stoppage-time solo goal sealed a 2-1 victory.

And the Spaniard saved his team-mate’s blushes, big time.

Patrick Bamford is yet to really find his feet after a year at Leeds
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Bamford joined Leeds from Middlesbrough last summer in a deal which could rise to £10million – but he has yet to prove good value for money at Elland Road.

The 25-year-old scored a respectable 10 goals in 25 games last term but was often criticised for his wastefulness in front of the net.

And he was as clinical – or not – as ever as his frustrations continued on Saturday, as he missed one chance where it actually seemed harder to miss than to score.

I mean, how did he not score that? Literally hit it anywhere else and it would have been a goal!

To be fair to the Leeds fans, it appears most of them are willing to give the striker the benefit of the doubt after a first season plagued with injury and a lack of confidence, and were quickly calling for their fellow supporters to go easy on the youngster.

Not all had that view, though…

Transfer news and football gossip: Saliba set to join Arsenal, Juventus wonderkid wanted by Premier League club, Man United reject Lukaku bid

20 Jul

talkSPORT.com rounds up all the latest transfer news and football gossip from Saturday’s papers and online…

Arsenal have won the race to William Saliba’s signature, Saint-Etienne’s club president has confirmed – FULL STORY

Manchester United have rejected a €60m (£54m) offer from Inter Milan for Romelu Lukaku, as it falls well short of their £75m valuation – FULL STORY

Arsenal have reportedly made contact with Juventus over a potential deal for Moise Kean. (Mail Online)

Barcelona have ‘spoken’ with Tottenham about the possibility of signing left-back Danny Rose. However, the Catalan giants have instead turned their attention to targets in the Bundesliga. (Sport)

Harry Maguire has told his Leicester City team-mates he wants to leave the club this summer, with Manchester United hoping to wrap up a deal for the England international before the transfer window closes. (Daily Star)

Steve Bruce insists Sean Longstaff’s future lies with Newcastle and rubbished reports of him joining Man United. The 21-year-old has said he is “flattered” by speculation linking him with a move to Old Trafford, but new Toon boss Bruce expects him to play a key role in his team this season. (Chronicle)

Lukaku reportedly wants to leave United this summer
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Liverpool could be ready to make Mohamed Salah the Premier League’s top-paid player when they offer him a new contract worth £22.4m a year. (The Sun)

The Reds want Augsburg’s German left-back Philipp Max, 25, as competition for Andy Robertson. (Sport)

Tottenham have offered Danish playmaker Christian Eriksen an improved £200,000-a-week contract in a bid to stop a potential move to Real Madrid. (Daily Mail)

Everton are ready to challenge Arsenal for 26-year-old Ivory Coast forward Wilfried Zaha, who is rated at £80m by his club Crystal Palace. (Evening Standard)

Have Inter Milan ended their pursuit of Manchester United striker Romelu Lukaku? The Italian giants are now reportedly interested in signing 33-year-old Edin Dzeko from Roma, who is available at a more affordable £13.5m. (Sportitalia)

Mohamed Salah is set to become the highest-paid footballer in England, according to reports
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Manchester United, Everton and Paris St-Germain have contacted Juventus about signing 32-year-old France World Cup-winning midfielder Blaise Matuidi. (Le Parisien)

Manchester United are stepping up their efforts to sign Lazio’s Spain-born Serbia midfielder Sergej Milinkovic-Savic. (Daily Mirror)

Tottenham and West Ham are weighing up a move for 25-year-old Real Sociedad and Spain defender Diego Llorente. (El Mundo Deportivo)

Spurs have offered 34-year-old Spain forward Fernando Llorente, whose £100,000-a-week contract has expired, a new one-year deal on reduced terms. (Daily Mail)

Tottenham and England left-back Danny Rose, who missed Spurs’ pre-season tour of Asia, says he is “sitting tight over the next few weeks and just seeing what happens”, but that he won’t be rushed into finding a new club. (Daily Telegraph)

Liverpool and Manchester United are both interested in Danny Rose
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It is claimed Rose has been offered to Barcelona but that Manchester United and Liverpool are among the clubs also keen. (Daily Express)

Chelsea boss Frank Lampard has all but ended Everton’s hopes of re-signing French defender Kurt Zouma. The 24-year-old spent last season on loan at Goodison Park. (Daily Mirror)

Manchester City boss Pep Guardiola has admitted he could sign a centre-back as a replacement for Vincent Kompany this summer. (Daily Mirror)

Brighton’s French winger Anthony Knockaert, 27, is set to move to Fulham – with the two clubs close to agreeing a fee. (Argus)

Real Sociedad defender Diego Llorente (LEFT) is a target for West Ham
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Knockaert had a medical at the Cottagers on Friday, before a potential season-long loan deal. (The Sun)

Crystal Palace are considering a £5m deal for 24-year-old Chile right-back Paulo Diaz, who currently plays for Al-Ahli Saudi FC, as a replacement for Aaron Wan-Bissaka. (Daily Star)

Palace have made an £8m bid for Everton’s28-year-old Republic of Ireland midfielder James McCarthy. (Sky Sports)

Wolves want to sign 21-year-old AC Milanand Italy striker Patrick Cutrone, who is valued at about £20m. (Express & Star)

The Open 2019: Rory McIlroy ‘hasn’t had enough credit’ for his recovery from horror start, says Claret Jug contender Tommy Fleetwood

19 Jul

Rory McIlroy ‘hadn’t had the credit he deserves’ for recovering from his nightmare start to The Open, Claret Jug contender Tommy Fleetwood has told talkSPORT.

The Northern Irishman teed off his home tournament at Royal Portrush with a quadruple bogey on the opening par four – dubbed a ‘snowman’ – which immediately left him in a bit of a pickle.

Rory McIlroy has the start to forget at his home Open Championships at Royal Portrush
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He hit just two birdies as he carded a first-round score of 79 – the sixth-worst score of the opening day.

McIlroy was back out on the course, which has been hit with typical Northern Irish links conditions, on Friday afternoon and faces a fight to make the cut.

He began his second round eight-over par, with the projected cut set at one-over.

But Fleetwood, who went into the clubhouse on seven-under after round two – tied third at the time of writing, has praised Rory for his recovery after a horror start.

The Englishman told talkSPORT’s Georgie Bingham and Bob Bubka on Hawksbee and Jacobs: “It’s hard for us to have any say or opinion on it.

“He clearly had a rough day.

McIlroy hit a wayward drive off the first tee which went out-of-bounds, and his re-take wasn’t much better
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“The hard part is that whenever Rory doesn’t do something great it’s in front of everybody and this week he’s got the added expectation of being a home Open.

“But it’s Rory McIlroy, who knows what he could do today. He could shoot a really low one, we just don’t know.

“I didn’t really know what he shot yesterday but I know he started off bad and then came back really well.

Fleetwood has fared better and is in a good position to challenge for the Claret Jug ahead of an exciting weekend of golf
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“I actually think he did unbelievably well, if you think about all the pressure he’s under, to get back through that period where he quad the first, and he had a rough finish, but that middle straight – I think he probably hasn’t had the credit he deserves for doing that.”

Listen back to Tommy Fleetwood on Hawksbee and Jacobs IN FULL above!

Arsenal EXCLUSIVE: Gunners ‘should do football a favour and take Laurent Koscielny to court’, says Alvin Martin

19 Jul

Arsenal have been urged to ‘do football and the Premier League a favour’ and take legal action against Laurent Koscielny after he asked the Gunners to cancel his contract.

West Ham legend Alvin Martin believes Arsenal should make an example of the Frenchman, who has refused to go on the club’s pre-season tour of the United States.

Koscielny is likely to be stripped of the captaincy after he told club chiefs he wanted to leave and return to his homeland for free this summer, despite having a year remaining on his current deal.

Koscielny has been a faithful servant to Arsenal but has now angered fans by trying to force a move back to France
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The centre-back was reportedly offered a new two-year contract by the Gunners, but for only half of his current £90,000-a-week salary.

He has received a better two-year offer from Ligue 1 side Bordeaux, but that only stands if they can get him on a free transfer, whereas Arsenal want £9million if he leaves this summer.

Latest reports claim Koscielny is seeking legal advice over his situation in north London, but Martin believes Arsenal should be tougher on him and throw the book back at the defender.

“I’m absolutely 100 per cent behind the club,” said the former defender on talkSPORT’s Kick Off.

“Arsenal have made a lot of poor signings but Koscielny has been one of the hits, for me, and he’s still their best centre-half.

“But he can’t just say I want to leave a year early, it’s crazy!

“Somewhere along the line the clubs have to put their foot down.

“I think Arsenal are in a position here where they can do football and the Premier League a favour – take him to court.

“Go legal. It’s a breach of contract. It would send out a signal to everybody who plays the game.

“He’s got no right to do that.

Laurent Koscielny’s actions have shocked Arsenal and Alvin Martin has urged Arsenal to throw the book at him
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“What if it were the other way around? If the club said, ‘we don’t want to pay you the last year of your contract’, what do you think the outcome of that would be?

“He would go legal – so why can’t the club do that to the player?

“What have Arsenal got to lose? They’ve got a player who wants to walk out and has put their whole pre-season, and maybe even their season, in jeopardy.

“They may as well keep him, and what that would do then is send a message out to everybody in the Arsenal dressing room and everybody in the Premier League.

“They would be saying: ‘Hold on a minute, you signed a contract and, unless we want to sell you, you will honour that contract and if you don’t you could lose not just a year’s salary, you could lose everything’.

“Honestly, I’m really annoyed.

“When you see they money some of these players are getting, and they’ve got no responsibility to give anything back, not just to their team-mates and the manager, but to the fans.

“Someone has to make a stand now.”

Listen back to Alvin Martin’s Laurent Koscielny verdict from Kick Off IN FULL above

Huddersfield kit hoax: Simon Jordan hits back at negative reaction to Paddy Power prank – ‘It’s genius marketing’

19 Jul

Simon Jordan has hit back at the negative reaction surrounding Paddy Power’s Huddersfield Town kit prank, saying it is a ‘genius piece of marketing’.

Terriers supporters – and most football fans in general – were shocked earlier this week when the Championship club unveiled their new 2019/20 shirt which boasted huge Paddy Power branding.

The sash-like design, which appeared to break FA rules, was widely ridiculed and compared to Miss World pageants, hen parties and the Thunderbirds, while some blasted the design for taking the promotion of gambling companies to a new level of crass.

Aaron Mooy wears Huddersfield’s ‘new shirt’ in a friendly against Rochdale
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But, it appears that was the point.

Despite wearing it in a friendly game, the Huddersfield faithful hoped the new design was a hoax.

And they were relieved on Friday when the Irish bookmaker confirmed that was indeed the case – the fake kit was merely a stunt to promote their new ‘Save Our Shirt’ campaign against the growth of branding on football shirts.

The actual Huddersfield kit, revealed on Friday, features no sponsorship at all – only the club crest and logo of kit manufacturer Umbro – and Paddy Power say it’s their way of ‘giving back’ to fans.

The bookmaker say sponsorship in football has ‘gone too far’ and have encouraged other companies to follow suit and take their logos off ‘sacred’ club shirts.

But this reveal was made after both Huddersfield and Paddy Power were criticised for the enormous spoof branding.

Conservative MP Damian Collins, head of the Digital, Culture, Media and Sport Committee‏, said it was ‘totally inappropriate’ and called for the FA to launch an investigation.

Meanwhile, one daily newspaper columnist even wrote that Huddersfield had ‘sold their soul’.

But talkSPORT pundit Simon Jordan, who actually turned down the chance to be involved in the stunt, was at hand on Friday to tell everyone to calm down.

He told Jim White: “It’s guerrilla marketing, it’s subterfuge.

“I know a little bit about it because I was approached to be involved in it, but I turned down the opportunity.

Huddersfield’s actual new kit features a clean and crisp design – and it’s a big hit with supporters
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“But it’s very clever from Paddy Power, you cannot underestimate the genius of their thinking.

“I don’t think it’s about betting companies, I just think it’s a clever piece of marketing imagery.

“Then you get idiots like the DCMS‏ head Damian Collins coming out and having an opinion about it without being across the facts or understanding the bigger picture, which is all a little bit tongue in cheek.”

Listen to a clip of Simon Jordan on talkSPORT above

Manchester United transfer news: Harry Maguire urged to hand in transfer request to force Leicester City exit – Charlie Adam EXCLUSIVE

19 Jul

Harry Maguire has been urged to hand in a transfer request at Leicester City to try and force through a summer move to Manchester United.

Charlie Adam believes the England international should ‘take the next step in his career’ and push for a move to Old Trafford before the window shuts.

Maguire has been strongly linked with a move to United this summer, although Leicester’s £80million price tag has so far proven a stumbling block.

Leicester’s £80m valuation could see Harry Maguire staying at the King Power Stadium this season
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The stubborn Foxes are not willing to lower their valuation and manager Brendan Rodgers told talkSPORT earlier this week they had already rejected two bids, believed to be from United and rivals Manchester City, for Maguire since the transfer window opened.

Latest reports claim Maguire is keen on joining the Red Devils and sees himself as a United captain of the future.

Former Scotland midfielder Adam had to hand in a transfer request at Blackpool to force through his move to Liverpool in 2011 – a transfer he said ‘changed his life’.

And he says Maguire must take similar action to get his Man United switch over the line.

“I think he’s got to force the move,” Adam said on Friday’s Alan Brazil Sports Breakfast.

“Brendan Rodgers is a good manager and he will learn a lot from him, but if this is the next step of his career when he thinks he’s going to develop again…

“Playing for Manchester United is totally different, it’s one of the biggest clubs in the world and with the pressure and the hype of having to win every week, it would be a great move for him.

“Not every player wants to do this and he probably won’t want to do it, but this is a last resort.

“He knows this is the biggest move of his career, it’s the next five, six or seven years of his career where he feels he’s going to develop into a top, maybe a world class, centre-half and he wants to do it.

Maguire starred for England at the World Cup and is now ready to make the next big step in his club career
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“Leicester have got the right to play hard ball, but the lad gave everything for Leicester City and an opportunity like this is very difficult to turn down.

“If the window closes on August 8 and Harry Maguire has not moved to Manchester United, it does not mean he will want to go and train on his own, he will be focussed and he will be ready because he’s a top player and he’ll want the best for Leicester City.

“But at this time there’s an opportunity for him to force that move and everybody knows this is the best move for Harry Maguire.”

Adam speaks from experience.

The midfielder was wanted by Liverpool in January 2011 after shining in a Blackpool side that was struggling in the Premier League – he was nominated for the PFA Player of the Year award – but the Tangerines refused to sell.

Charlie Adam scored 12 goals in 35 games in his first Premier League season for Blackpool, which attracted the attention of Liverpool
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He eventually became a Reds player the following summer, after Blackpool were relegated, but the club’s controversial chairman Karl Oyston did not make it easy for him to leave.

Adam explained: “When Liverpool came calling it was very difficult to turn down and I had to force a move as well.

“I was sat in the chairman’s office for a full day, the last day of the transfer window, trying to get out.

“I went straight to his office and told him, ‘I need this to happen’, not just for footballing reasons but also for my family as well. Moving to Liverpool changed my life financially and I had a family to look after.

Charlie Adam lifted the League Cup with Liverpool but only spent one season at Anfield, before being sold to Stoke City
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“I had a gentleman’s agreement with [then-manager] Ian Holloway that if a bigger club came in it wouldn’t be a problem.

“It was an amazing opportunity for us as a team that someone would be able to go on and get a move to a big club.

“But he [Oyston] was not bothered, he didn’t bat an eyelid, he just said ‘you’re not going, it’s more money for us to let you go if we get relegated’.

“At the time I was frustrated but I understood [why Blackpool didn’t sell]. It was £9m but it would have cost Blackpool if I left and they were relegated, so for that six months they had a better opportunity to stay up.

“I gave my all to try and keep the club in the Premier League, but unfortunately we were relegated on the last day of the season.”

Listen back to Charlie Adam on the Alan Brazil Sports Breakfast IN FULL above

Transfer news and football gossip: Man United ‘offered three Juventus players’ for Paul Pogba, Brazil star hints at Arsenal move, Ampadu to RB Leipzig

19 Jul

talkSPORT.com rounds up all the latest transfer news and football gossip from Friday’s papers and online…

Manchester United have made a £62m bid for Arsenal striker Pierre-Emerick Aubameyang, according to reports in Italy. (FcInterNews)

Juventus are willing to offer Joao Cancelo, Blaise Matuidi and Douglas Costa to Manchester United to help them win the race for Paul Pogba. (Corriere dello Sport)

But United team-mate Andreas Pereira has urged Pogba to stay at Old Trafford to help mentor and aid the development of the club’s emerging young players. (Daily Telegraph)

Inter Milan are getting cold feet over paying £75m for Romelu Lukaku – leaving the striker in limbo and Antonio Conte fuming. (The Sun)

Brighton winger Anthony Knockaert is reportedly having a medical with Fulham – (Sky Sports)

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Tottenham chairman Daniel Levy is refusing to meet a £60m asking price for Real Betis midfielder Giovani Lo Celso, meaning that deal could be off too, although they could offer Erik Lamela as part of the transfer to bring down the fee. (The Sun)

Jurgen Klopp has promised he will never walk away from a Liverpool contract, reassuring the club there was no cause for concern in his delaying talks on a new deal. (Daily Telegraph)

Liverpool have made a move to hijack Arsenal’s pursuit of 18-year-old Bilel Hassaini, who is a free agent after leaving Nancy. (Foot Mercato)

Saint-Etienne centre-back William Saliba has decided to join Arsenal, despite a late attempt by Tottenham to sign the France U20 international. (The Guardian)

Brazil star Everton Soares has fuelled rumours he could join Arsenal this transfer window after dropping two transfer hints on social media. (Daily Mirror)

Tottenham refusing to meet Giovani Lo Celso’s asking price is pure Daniel Levy
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Callum Hudson-Odoi is in advanced talks with Chelsea and looks ready to commit to a five-year-deal at Stamford Bridge, despite continued interest from Bayern Munich. (Daily Mail)

Ethan Ampadu is reportedly having a medical with RB Leipzig ahead of a possible loan move (Sky in Germany)

Laurent Koscielny is ready for a legal showdown with Arsenal after being told to take a 50 per cent pay cut. (The Sun)

Arsenal’s 21-year-old Polish defender Krystian Bielik wants to leave Arsenal this summer after being told his contract will not be extended. (The Sun)

West Ham are eyeing three strikers: Alfredo Morelos of Rangers, former Tottenham man Fernando Llorente and Porto’s Moussa Marega. (Daily Star)

Alfredo Morelos got 30 goals and 11 assists for Rangers last season and is reportedly now wanted by West Ham
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Former Newcastle United manager Rafa Benitez rejected the chance to sign Hoffenheim’s Brazilian striker Joelinton as he didn’t want to spend £36m on a relatively unknown player. The Magpies have been linked with a club-record move for the 22-year-old. (Daily Star)

Benjamin Mendy has dealt Manchester City a blow by announcing he is set to miss the first month of the season. (Daily Mirror)

Aston Villa are interested in signing former Liverpool striker Daniel Sturridge on a free transfer and have already held talks with the 29-year-old England international. (Daily Mirror)

Gordon Taylor EXCLUSIVE: Bolton Wanderers are in a ‘real financial mess’ and could CEASE TO EXIST as a club, says PFA chief executive

18 Jul

Gordon Taylor has told talkSPORT the PFA is providing loans to help out Bolton’s unpaid players, and has slammed for English Football League for failing one of their historic founding clubs.

The Professional Footballers’ Association chief executive joined Jim White on Thursday to share the latest on the ongoing financial crisis at the Greater Manchester club.

The Trotters, who were relegated to League One and placed in administration at the end of last season, have been left with just SIX players in their first-team squad.

Bolton endured a season to forget as they were relegated to League One – and they’ll start the new campaign on -12 points
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Many of their team were released at the end of their contracts, but they – along with the players still on their books and members of club staff – have not been paid their wages for almost FIVE MONTHS.

Bolton’s player spokesperson revealed the extent of their misery on Thursday – saying they have been left ‘desperate and stressed’ about their financial woes and have not even had hot water for showers at their training ground.

Taylor says the players’ union has supported and will continue to support those who have been left out of pocket, but he conceded the cash-strapped club has been left in a ‘real financial mess’.

And the PFA chief told talkSPORT they may take the issue to FIFA, and that there is a very real possibility Bolton Wanderers may fold for good.

Speaking to Jim White, Taylor said: “We’ve made loans to the players and we’ll make more loans to the players.

“We’re dealing with the administrators but they’ve been involved since May now and we’re still not confident it will be resolved.

“I’ve explained to them the main thing at any football clubs is the players, and they’ve got a football creditors rule to make sure they’re paid their money.

“We’ve said to the EFL, ‘you’ve got to be strong enough to enforce your own regulations otherwise you’re leaving us no alternative but to go to FIFA’, the world governing body, where they will give those clubs sanctions and will determine whether they exist or not.

“That’s how serious the situation is now. The game is not looking after its players, there are contracts that are not being honoured and there are sanctions that should be put in place.

“The administrations have said we’ll defer the wages and it may be two years, but the average career is eight years so that’s a quarter of their careers – we can’t have that!

“We’re seriously considering now going to FIFA to get this matter resolved in the hope that would be the necessary pressure on them.

“The season is coming upon us, the club has got to have proper friendly games and it’s totally unsatisfactory. It’s extremely frustrating for us.”

On the PFA’s support of the unpaid Bolton players, Taylor added: “We will loan the players money; we don’t want to see any players in hardship, that’s what our funds are for.

“But it shouldn’t need to go to that, otherwise we’re just going to have more and more clubs with the same situation and the EFL is not grasping the nettle.

“We’ve already loaned a considerable amount of money and will loan them more money, but we need to know the administrators have got the resources.

Former Bolton chairman Ken Anderson has been hammered for his handling of the club’s finances

“It’s happening at Bolton and there are similar situations at Bury, Macclesfield and Notts County.

“The game has never had more money going into it and yet I can’t recall when we’ve had four clubs where players have been owned money for such a length of time.”

Bolton avoided a winding-up order when former chairman Ken Anderson put the club into administration back in May, but, according to Taylor, it may not be enough to save the club’s future.

The Trotters were one of the 12 founding clubs of the original Football League in 1888, but Taylor believes they could soon cease to exist because of their financial plight.

“I’m afraid so, because it has got into a real financial mess,” he told Jim White.

“Administrators have been in place since May and we’re now in July – that’s indicative of the problem.

Gordon Taylor says the PFA will continue to help financially support the out-of-pocket Bolton players
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“There has not been enough good assessment from the EFL with one of its original founding clubs, it’s as simple as that.

“They were very positive when it was announced the takeover was going through, but that’s hasn’t got over the line yet.

“I’m not so certain the potential buyers are real football people and understand how the game works, so from that point of view I am not filled with a high amount of confidence at the moment I’m afraid.”

Listen back to talkSPORT’s interview with Gordon Taylor IN FULL above