Rhian Brewster ‘nearly quit’ Liverpool last summer amid Bundesliga interest before Jurgen Klopp assured him of route to first team

21 Sep

Rhian Brewster reportedly considered quitting Liverpool a year ago because of his fears over possible first-team opportunities.

Twelve months ago, Daniel Sturridge, Danny Ings and Dominic Solanke were all ahead of the teenage striker as back-up for Roberto Firmino.

Rhian Brewster joined Liverpool in 2014 when he was 14
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Borussia Monchengladbach tried to sign him at the time, according to The Athletic, and Brewster gave ‘serious consideration to quitting’ Liverpool.

However, manager Jurgen Klopp stepped in and assured Brewster that the pathway to the first team was there.

He signed a professional deal until 2023 and Sturridge, Ings and Solanke have all since left.

The 19-year-old is still yet to make his senior debut for Liverpool despite being named on the bench on several occasions.

Brewster started off at Chelsea’s academy before moving to Liverpool at the age of 14 with the perception there would be a better chance of breaking into their first team than at Stamford Bridge.

Klopp has handed 15 academy players their debuts but only Trent Alexander-Arnold has cemented a place in the first team.

Players are now leaving Liverpool in search of opportunities with several loaned out to gain experience and players like Rafa Camacho, Ryan Kent and Bobby Duncan all leaving on permanent deals.

Brewster scored 20 goals in 23 games for England’s Under-17s
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Ironically, Chelsea’s youngsters are getting an opportunity in the first team under Frank Lampard with a spine of talent in Tammy Abraham, Mason Mount and Fikayo Tomori all shining this season.

An agent of several youngsters in the Premier League told The Athletic: “I don’t think you can compare Liverpool now to the situation at Chelsea in previous seasons.

“Liverpool don’t have 40-odd young players out on loan and they don’t have a massive first team squad. What’s changed at Chelsea this season has been forced on them to an extent with the transfer ban.

“The care and effort Liverpool put into the loans and pathway process is much greater. They don’t give out silly wages to youngsters who haven’t achieved much.

“It’s not easy at Liverpool because kids there are trying to break into arguably the best team in Europe. But the manager and the club in general are committed to developing young players.”

Donyell Malen: The ‘natural goalscorer’ wanted by Liverpool who Arsenal let go two years ago

21 Sep

Liverpool are reportedly keeping tabs on former Arsenal wonderkid Donyell Malen after he scored FIVE goals in one game for PSV Eindhoven.

Netherlands international Malen has been linked with the Reds as Jurgen Klopp seeks a quality forward to provide cover for first-choice striker Roberto Firmino.

The 20-year-old hit the headlines last weekend by scoring every goal in his side’s 5-0 defeat of Vitesse, and he added another strike in the midweek Europa League fixtures to take his tally for the season into double figures already.

Malen put in a truly stunning performance against Vitesse
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If he scores one more goal this weekend he’ll match his entire 2018/19 tally before the end of September, and it’s no surprise top European clubs are keeping tabs on one of the most promising forwards around.

Malen’s rise to fame comes two years after he was sold to PSV by Arsenal, with whom the youngster spent two years.

He joined the Gunners from Ajax’s academy in 2015 and was a star in the north Londoners’ youth teams, scoring 27 goals in 67 games.

But two years later, Arsenal decided to move Malen on and he returned to his homeland where he has made a real name for himself.

But what do the experts think of Malen amid the rumours he is wanted by Liverpool?

European football oracle Andy Brassell joined talkSPORT’s Trans Europe Express to share his opinion on Malen following his heroics in front of goal for PSV.

“He looks an absolute natural in front of goal,” said Brassell. “He’s a very quick and explosive forward.

“There will be a lot of Arsenal fans wringing their hands about this, because I was looking up what Arsenal fans were saying when he left the club in 2017 to go to PSV, and I found an article that said: ‘Worse than losing Alexis Sanchez: Arsenal fans react to Malen joining PSV’.

“As we said, [last] weekend was where he really made his big imprint; five goals in a game against Vitesse.

“What really strikes you if you see those goals is the variety of finishes. You’re talking right foot, left foot… someone under 6ft who is very, very good in the air.

“He’s someone who looks like a natural goalscorer.

“Arsenal, at the time he was there playing in the UEFA Youth League and the like, were happy to show so many of his goals because he looked the business at youth level.

“Of course, you can never really tell if that is going to translate to senior football, but his first steps with PSV are very, very promising.”

Malen made his Netherlands debut earlier this month and capped his performance by scoring against Germany
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Asked why Arsenal decided to sell a player who was shining so brightly in their academy, Brassell added: “It was Arsenal’s decision to let him go.

“Maybe they thought he wouldn’t make it, which seems quite surprising.

“Maybe there was a sense he was pushing to go back home because he couldn’t see a pathway to the first-team.”

Liverpool consider Donyell Malen transfer as former Arsenal youngster scores FIVE goals in one game for PSV Eindhoven

21 Sep

Liverpool are reportedly interested in former Arsenal starlet Donyell Malen following his heroics in front of goal for PSV Eindhoven.

Malen hit the headlines last weekend by scoring a remarkable FIVE goals in PSV’s Eredivisie defeat of Vitesse, which extended the Dutch club’s unbeaten start to the season to five games.

Malen put in a truly stunning performance against Vitesse
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The 20-year-old forward added another goal in Thursday’s Europa League defeat of Sporting to take his tally for the season into double figures already.

He is just one goal short of matching his tally for the entire 2018/19 campaign, and, unsurprisingly, Malen’s performances have caught the attention of some of Europe’s biggest clubs.

One of the clubs keeping tabs on the youngster is Liverpool, according to Calciomercato in Italy.

The Reds are allegedly on the lookout for striking reinforcements to provide cover for Roberto Firmino, with Divock Origi clearly not of the required quality to deputise and only academy player Rhian Brewster behind him in the pecking order.

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Malen is no stranger to English football having spent two years in Arsenal’s academy during which time he established himself as one of the club’s best prospects.

He was wanted by Chelsea and Man City before opting to sign for the Gunners, but after scoring 27 goals for the club’s youth sides in two years, Malen returned to his homeland to join PSV.

Transfer news and gossip: James Maddison shouldn’t rush Man United move, Mourinho could replace Zidane at Real Madrid

21 Sep

A round-up of the latest football gossip…

Man United have reportedly let PSG manager Thomas Tuchel know they are keeping an eye on him – FULL STORY

Florentino Perez is considering Xabi Alonso as a potential replacement for manager Zinedine Zidane if he decides to sack him. (Mundo Deportivo)

Jose Mourinho and ex-Juventus boss Massimiliano Allegri are also being lined up as replacements for Zidane, if the Frenchman is sacked. (Marca)

Mikel Arteta is ‘already an incredible manager’ and Pep Guardiola says he could even replace him at Man City – FULL STORY

Tuchel is reportedly under consideration by Man United
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James Maddison could play for Tottenham or Man United, but should not rush into a decision yet, according to his former coaches – FULL STORY

Loris Karius will only discuss his Liverpool future at the end of the season – FULL STORY

Wolves are in advanced talks with 33-year-old midfielder Joao Moutinho about a new two-year contract at Molineux. (Telegraph)

Watford hope to beat Hull to the signing of Malmo’s 19-year-old striker Kevin Harletun, who will be available for a compensation fee of around £140,000 when his contract expires in November. (Sun)

Liverpool are monitoring of 20-year-old striker Donyell Malen, who has scored 10 goals in 12 appearances for PSV this season (Calciomercato)

Man United have opened talks with 19-year-old England Under-20 midfielder Angel Gomes over a new deal at Old Trafford. (Manchester Evening News)

Daniel Levy admits Spurs could have spent more on players in the transfer window – FULL STORY

Newcastle are interested in their 25-year-old Paraguay forward Miguel Almiron’s former Atlanta United team-mate and Venezuela striker Josef Martinez, 26. (Newcastle Chronicle)

Thomas Meunier, who was linked with Arsenal and Man Unite in the summer, admits he is frustrated by his lack of game time at PSG. (RMC Sport, via Mirror)

Marco Silva says Everton are exploring the possibility of signing a central defender in the January transfer window. (Liverpool Echo)

Former Arsenal manager Arsene Wenger will take on a technical role at FIFA in the coming weeks, but still wants to return to football management. (ESPN)

Crystal Palace winger Wilfried Zaha, 26, has asked his team-mates to improve with the Eagles struggling for form. (Sun)

Transfer news and gossip: James Maddison shouldn’t rush Man United move, Mourinho could replace Zidane at Real Madrid

21 Sep

A round-up of the latest football gossip…

Man United have reportedly let PSG manager Thomas Tuchel know they are keeping an eye on him – FULL STORY

Florentino Perez is considering Xabi Alonso as a potential replacement for manager Zinedine Zidane if he decides to sack him. (Mundo Deportivo)

Jose Mourinho and ex-Juventus boss Massimiliano Allegri are also being lined up as replacements for Zidane, if the Frenchman is sacked. (Marca)

Mikel Arteta is ‘already an incredible manager’ and Pep Guardiola says he could even replace him at Man City – FULL STORY

Tuchel is reportedly under consideration by Man United
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James Maddison could play for Tottenham or Man United, but should not rush into a decision yet, according to his former coaches – FULL STORY

Loris Karius will only discuss his Liverpool future at the end of the season – FULL STORY

Wolves are in advanced talks with 33-year-old midfielder Joao Moutinho about a new two-year contract at Molineux. (Telegraph)

Watford hope to beat Hull to the signing of Malmo’s 19-year-old striker Kevin Harletun, who will be available for a compensation fee of around £140,000 when his contract expires in November. (Sun)

Liverpool are monitoring of 20-year-old striker Donyell Malen, who has scored 10 goals in 12 appearances for PSV this season (Calciomercato)

Man United have opened talks with 19-year-old England Under-20 midfielder Angel Gomes over a new deal at Old Trafford. (Manchester Evening News)

Daniel Levy admits Spurs could have spent more on players in the transfer window – FULL STORY

Newcastle are interested in their 25-year-old Paraguay forward Miguel Almiron’s former Atlanta United team-mate and Venezuela striker Josef Martinez, 26. (Newcastle Chronicle)

Thomas Meunier, who was linked with Arsenal and Man Unite in the summer, admits he is frustrated by his lack of game time at PSG. (RMC Sport, via Mirror)

Marco Silva says Everton are exploring the possibility of signing a central defender in the January transfer window. (Liverpool Echo)

Former Arsenal manager Arsene Wenger will take on a technical role at FIFA in the coming weeks, but still wants to return to football management. (ESPN)

Crystal Palace winger Wilfried Zaha, 26, has asked his team-mates to improve with the Eagles struggling for form. (Sun)

Man City scout record-breaking midfielder Burak Ince who scored first professional goal aged 15

20 Sep

Manchester City are reportedly keeping tabs on 15-year-old wonderkid Burak Ince as they continue to hunt for the biggest stars of the future.

Ince, the midfielder, is largely unknown outside his homeland, though his reputation has been growing in Turkey having become the youngest player to ever appear in the country’s second division.

Burak Ince has been capped at Under-14, -15 and -16 level by Turkey
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Altinordu handed Ince his debut last month, and he’s since gone on to play a further two times – scoring AND assisting in his most recent appearance.

And Ince put in that stunning showing in a 4-1 defeat of Eskisehirspor with Man City scouts in attendance, Fotospor claim.

Representatives from the Premier League champions watched the youngster show off his talents, with scouts from Freiburg and Lille also keeping tabs on Ince at the match.

Though there are no suggestions City are set to swoop for Ince, they are clearly interested and will have been impressed by his performance against Eskisehirspor.

It would not be a surprise if the Etihad club continue to watch the 15-year-old for the remainder of the season.

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City have almost engaged in transfer dealings with Ince’s club, Altinordu, on a prior occasion. Pep Guardiola’s side were allegedly keen on goalkeeper Berke Ozer before he joined Fenerbahce in July 2018, with reports claiming they would battle it out with Liverpool to sign the now 19-year-old glovesman.

Tottenham to recall Jack Clarke from Leeds loan in January… and he’s already wanted by Crystal Palace, West Ham and Everton

20 Sep

Jack Clarke’s lack of game time since joining Leeds on loan is set to see him recalled by Tottenham – and he could immediately be shipped out to a Premier League side.

Clarke moved back to Elland Road on a temporary basis the same day he completed his permanent transfer to Spurs throughout the summer, but his playing time has been severely restricted with the Whites.

Clarke’s return to Leeds has not been as successful as hoped
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Marcelo Bielsa has not selected Clarke to play a single Championship match, with his two appearances so far this term both coming in the Carabao Cup.

Spurs have a clause in the loan which allows them to recall Clarke in January, and according to the Express they are seriously considering bringing him back to north London.

However, he will not return to join Mauricio Pochettino’s first-team, and will instead be loaned out again amid interest from three Premier League sides.

The report claims Crystal Palace and West Ham, who were both interested in Clarke before he joined Spurs, are keen on securing him on a temporary basis, while Everton are also allegedly tracking the 18-year-old.

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Clarke’s lack of game time this season sharply contrasts with his playing situation during 2018/19, when he broke into Bielsa’s squad and established himself as a key player.

The teenager made 25 appearances in all competitions, scoring two goals and creating a further two, to earn a reputation as one of the brightest young English talents around.

Erling Braut Haaland: Former Man City and Leeds star Alf-Inge happy for son to join Manchester United

20 Sep

Erling Braut Haaland’s father has admitted it would be ‘nice’ for his son to play for Manchester United.

Alf-Inge appears to have given the green light to a potential move to Ole Gunnar Solskjaer’s side, despite once saying, ‘I really dislike United and I can’t stand their players’.

Erling Braut Haaland is reportedly being watched by Manchester United and Barcelona scouts
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Haaland, 19, netted a first-half hat-trick on his Champions League debut to help Red Bull Salzburg to a 6-2 win over Genk on Tuesday.

Alf-Inge had a long-standing feud with Roy Keane during their playing days and was on the receiving end of a horror challenge by the former Red Devils captain in 2001.

But despite his bad blood with United, the former Nottingham Forest, Leeds and Man City defender would have no qualms about his son moving to Old Trafford.

Roy Keane was shown a straight red card for his horror tackle on Alf-Inge Haaland
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The Norwegian told Danish outlet TV2: “It would be nice. It is important to distinguish between being a supporter and a job.

“So I have a very relaxed relationship with that. It’s a little different when it’s serious. Yes, I think most players dream of being in the Premier League at one time or another.

“It’s the league that gets the most attention around, and it has very good quality teams. There is no doubt the Premier League is attractive to him.”

Haaland became the first teenager to score a hat-trick on his Champions League debut since Wayne Rooney in 2004.

He has netted an incredible 17 goals in nine games in all competitions for Salzburg already this season.

And Manchester United and Barcelona reportedly sent scouts to watch Haaland dominate Genk’s defence.

In 2017, Haaland, who was born in Leeds, revealed he had a ‘dream’ to win the Premier League title with his boyhood club.

He said: “I want to be the best possible. The dream is to win the Premier League with Leeds.

“In addition, the goal is to become a better player than my dad was. I hope to get more caps than he did.”

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Transfer news and football gossip: Liverpool star to sign huge contract, Arsenal defender wants to leave, teen ace Haaland backed to join Man United

20 Sep

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

Liverpool have opened talks with Sadio Mane over a new five-and-a-half-year deal that would see the 27-year-old become the club’s highest paid player – FULL STORY

Arsenal owner Stan Kroenke invested his own money on transfers this summer rather than rely on the club’s self-sustaining model to fund the deals – FULL STORY

Sadio Mane is set to be rewarded for his amazing form with a bumper new Liverpool contract
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Gunners defender Shkodran Mustafi says he is open to leaving the club if an opportunity arises to return back home to Germany. (Daily Mail)

David Silva will sign for David Beckham’s Major League Soccer side Inter Miami when he leaves Manchester City at the end of the season – FULL STORY

Erling Braut Haaland’s father, Alf-Inge, says it would be “nice” if the 19-year-old Norway and Red Bull Salzburg striker joined Manchester United. That is despite the 46-year-old playing for their rivals Leeds United and Manchester City during his playing career. (TV2)

Barcelona are the latest club to be linked with Haaland, who scored a hat-trick on his Champions League debut for Salzburg against Genk on Tuesday. (Mundo Deportivo)

Inter Milan striker Romelu Lukaku and team-mate Marcelo Brozovic had to be separated by Alexis Sanchez after a dressing room row erupted following their 1-1 Champions League draw against Slavia Prague on Tuesday – FULL STORY

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Liverpool’s Swiss winger Xherdan Shaqiri says he feels “a little downbeat” at his lack of playing time this season but insists he is “comfortable” at Anfield. (Liverpool Echo)

Leicester City manager Brendan Rodgers admits a move to either Liverpool or Manchester City would be too big to turn down for in-demand James Maddison. (The Sun)

If clubs come in for Maddison, the Foxes would demand a figure similar the £80m Man United paid to sign Harry Maguire in the summer. (Evening Standard)

Barcelona are planning to sell a number of players in the January window – with Ivan Rakitic, Samuel Umtiti and Arturo Vidal among those who could leave. (Marca)

Real Madrid would have to pay around €80m (£70.5m) if they want to sack manager Zinedine Zidane after their dreadful start to the season. (Sport)

Arsenal owner Stan Kroenke ‘invested his own money’ on transfers this summer, including Nicolas Pepe, David Luiz and Kieran Tierney signings

20 Sep

Arsenal owner Stan Kroenke apparently used his own money to fund the Gunners’ transfer window overhaul as they signed five new players in the summer.

Gunners fans were left raving about their summer transfer business after landing Nicolas Pepe, Kieran Tierney, David Luiz, Gabriel Martinelli and hot prospect William Saliba.

Arsenal fans have not been happy with their owner Stan Kroenke, but he apparently bankrolled their summer signings
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Kroenke have come under heavy criticism from supporters over his lack of investment into the team over the years since taking charge of the club.

Club supporters’ groups assembled to write a strongly-worded letter back in July that took aim at the American billionaire’s ‘passive ownership’, branded him ‘absent’ and claimed he was using the club as an ‘investment vehicle’.

But, according to the Daily Mirror’s John Cross, leaders in the football finance industry are ‘convinced’ the American sports tycoon injected his own cash into the club to boost their coffers this summer.

Ahead of the transfer window, it was widely claimed manager Unai Emery only had £40million to play with.

But Arsenal exceeded fan expectations by making a number of big signings – including the club-record £73m arrival of Pepe from Lille.

Big things are expected from Nicolas Pepe following his £73million arrival at Arsenal
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After the transfer window closed the club owner’s son, Arsenal director Josh Kroenke, said it was their plan to be ‘aggressive’ in the transfer market this summer and told fans to ‘read between the lines’.

And it is now claimed those funds came directly from Kroenke Sr himself, perhaps as a signal of his commitment to the club to answer supporters’ doubts.