Simon Mignolet’s Liverpool penalty save v Jamie Vardy gets a hilarious soundtrack (video)

Simon Mignolet v Leicester

Leicester 2 – Liverpool 3

Liverpool’s 3-2 win at Leicester was widely described as “a great advert for the Premier League”.

It was undoubtedly a roller coaster match and Leicester can count themselves hugely unlucky that they failed to bag something from the game.

A hugely entertaining fixture looked to be going Liverpool’s way after they scored two first half goals via Mohamed Salah and Philippe Coutinho.

Shinji Okazaki pulled one back before half-time but Jordan Henderson looked to have won it on a fine Liverpool breakaway.

Simon Mignolet summed up in one incident

After Leicester had made it 3-2, thanks to a Jamie Vardy header, following a Simon Mignolet parry, the Foxes then had a great chance to draw level.

Simon Mignolet brought down Jamie Vardy and may have been fortunate only to give away a penalty.

Had the Belgian keeper been sent off, which many pundits called for after the game, Liverpool would have been in real trouble.

Mignolet spared his own blushes by making a fine save and since then a number of analysts have claimed credit for the stop.

Vardy has constantly put his recent penalties straight at the goalkeeper, and Mignolet had clearly done his homework.

Simon Mignolet’s penalty save v Jamie Vardy gets a hilarious soundtrack

As one of the incidents of the Premier League weekend, Men In Blazers have mocked up the penalty with a Zombie Nation style soundtrack.

The clip is great from start to finish, thanks to the music. It really improves when Jurgen Klopp pulls out his punching celebration after Mignolet’s save.

Liverpool play against Spartak Moscow on Tuesday night in the Champions League.

It seems likely that Loris Karius will play in goal for Liverpool, as he did in the first Champions League match of Liverpool’s season, against Sevilla.

Related: Spartak Moscow v Liverpool predictions: Champions League preview, line-ups & betting tips.

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Simon Mignolet sums up Leicester 2 – Liverpool 3

Simon Mignolet v Leicester

Leicester 2 – Liverpool 3

Liverpool’s 3-2 win at Leicester on Saturday has widely been described as a “great advert for the Premier League”.

And, also from a Liverpool perspective a “roller coaster ride”.

Liverpool stayed firmly in the mix for a top four place after an inconsistent start to the new campaign, thanks to their win at Leicester.

It came just days after Liverpool were knocked out of the Carabao Cup by Leicester at the King Power Stadium.

Philippe Coutinho stars for Liverpool

In the first half, we were once again reminded of just how brilliant Philippe Coutinho can be for Liverpool.

And, just why Liverpool dug their heels in to prevent Coutinho joining Barcelona in the summer.

Coutinho set up the opener for Mohamed Salah on 15 minutes.

Eight minutes later the Brazilian curled home a glorious free-kick for 2-0.

Simon Mignolet at fault for Liverpool…

Then came some defending that will be familiar for those who watch Liverpool on a regular basis.

Leicester pulled one back in first half injury time as neither Simon Mignolet or the Liverpool defence covered themselves in glory. Shinji Okazaki grabbed this goal.

Midway through the second half Jordan Henderson made it 3-1 off the back of a lightning Liverpool break away.

Then came another weak punch out, straight to Jamie Vardy for 3-2 a minute later…

Simon Mignolet summed up…

A further four minutes later and it looked like Leicester would bag a crucial point and prevent what would be a crucial Liverpool win.

Jamie Vardy ran through, the Leicester striker was impeded by Simon Mignolet, who gave away a penalty.

It was far from a clear spot kick but it made no difference as Simon Mignolet turned from villain to hero with a fine spot kick save.

Jamie Vardy crashed the ball down the middle, Mignolet pulled off a fine save.

“What a rollercoaster!”

After the Leicester win, Liverpool goalkeeper Simon Mignolet hit Instagram: “What a rollercoaster! In the end we get what we deserve: 3 points!!”

It seems far from certain that all Liverpool fans will agree with this assessment.

But are Loris Karius and Danny Ward any better than Simon Mignolet?!

What a rollercoaster! In the end we get what we deserve: 3 points!! #YNWA #LFC 💪🔴

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Leicester 2 – Liverpool 3

On Saturday night, Liverpool moved up to fifth in the Premier League.

That’s after Jurgen Klopp’s men exerted some revenge on Leicester after the Foxes knocked them out the League Cup in midweek.

For the second time in a less than a week the Reds traveled to the King Power Stadium, and Liverpool won the match 3-2.

Mohamed Salah opened for the Reds before Philippe Coutinho scored a stunner.

Shinji Okazaki started the fightback for Leicester, however JOrdan Henderson pulled the Reds 3-1 in front after the break.

But then things went nutty. Jamie Vardy scored a header to make it 2-3. Minutes later Vardy won a penalty after a foul from Simon Mignolet.

Mignolet, however, made amends saving Vardy’s spot-kick.

Where was Sadio Mane?

Liverpool’s Senegalese star Sadio Mane was once again missing for against Leicester.

Mane has been on the sidelines serving a three match ban for his red card against Man City.

Rather than watching the Reds in action against the Foxes, Mane had far more basic concerns to occupy him on Saturday.

The Reds star was spotted doing his shopping in an Asda.

Mane took a brilliant picture holding a baby in the grocery store.

The picture went viral on social media as fans joked about Mane holding the baby.

Liverpool & Champions League

The Reds are back in action in midweek in the Champions League.

Klopp takes his team to Russia to take on Spartak Moscow.

The Reds were held to a 2-2 draw by Sevilla at Anfield in matchday one of the UCL.

Angry Liverpool fans after Leicester (The Redmen TV Videos)

Leicester 2 – Liverpool 0

Jurgen Klopp hasn’t won a trophy since he’s arrived at Liverpool.

And Liverpool won’t lift the Carabao Cup this season after the Reds were dumped out the competition at Leicester.

The Foxes reached the fourth round of the cup following a 2-0 win at the King Power Stadium.

Sub Shinji Okazaki opened the scoring in the second half, before Islam Slimani smashed home a brilliant second.

Angry Liverpool fans

The Redmen TV were at Leicester on Tuesday for the cup tie.

After the game the held several interviews with traveling Liverpool supporters who fumed about the result.

The Liverpool fans complained about the team’s defence and lack of leadership.

Liverpool return to Leicester at the weekend in the Premier League.

Watch the videos below.

Leicester v Liverpool predictions: Premier League preview, line-ups & betting tips

Leicester v Liverpool – 101 Great Goals prediction: Leicester 1-2 Liverpool

Liverpool to beat Leicester 2-1 is 8/1 with Bet 365

Liverpool will be out for revenge when they face Leicester at the King Power Stadium on Saturday.

Jurgen Klopp’s side are desperate for a win following a recent blip in form.

The Foxes have lost all three Premier League matches in which they’ve faced top six opposition this season.

Leicester v Liverpool betting tips

Liverpool are favourites at 17/20 to win this Premier League match.

Leicester are rated at 3/1 to beat Liverpool by Bet365.

Draw at half-time and a Leicester win, exactly how the Carabao Cup game played out, is an attractive looking 8/1.

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Leicester v Liverpool: Premier League preview

Liverpool travel to Leicester on Saturday for their Premier League clash at the King Power Stadium.

The Reds dropped points at home last weekend, drawing 1-1 with Burnley. Mohamed Salah’s effort cancelled out Scott Arfield’s opener.

Leicester also drew 1-1 last weekend. Jamie Vardy scored an equaliser from the penalty spot to earn a 1-1 draw at Huddersfield.

Leicester v Liverpool: The main event

Coincidentally, Leicester and Liverpool played each other at the King Power in midweek.

Craig Shakespeare’s side dumped Liverpool out of the Carabao Cup following a 2-0 win.

Shinji Okazaki and Islam Slimani were on target as their winless run moved to four matches.

Jurgen Klopp’s men are without a win since Alex Oxlade-Chamberlain joined the club.

The former Arsenal winger made his first start for the Reds on Tuesday but is still in search of his first win at his new side.

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Leicester team news v Liverpool: Vardy available

Christian Fuchs is available again after missing out last weekend with an eye injury picked up in training.

Jamie Vardy should also return. The England striker was withdrawn at Huddersfield due to a groin problem and was rested in midweek.

Shakespeare will hope to have injury-plagued midfielder Matty James available on Saturday but won’t take any unnecessary risks on him if he has not recovered from his calf injury.

Leonardo Ulloa could miss out after picking up a neck problem on Tuesday.

Robert Huth is unlikely to feature as he continues to work his way back to full fitness following a long-term injury; meaning Wes Morgan and Harry Maguire will start together again at the back.

Deadline day signing Adrien Silva has returned to Portugal after his move was blocked by FIFA.

Liverpool team news v Leicester: Mane still suspended

Sadio Mane will serve the final match of his three-game suspension, following the straight red card he picked up for a high foot on Man City goalkeeper Ederson.

Dejan Lovren missed out last weekend with a back problem but is expected to return to the starting line-up.

Alex Oxlade-Chamberlain comes into contention after making his first start for the club on Tuesday night.

Danny Ings is nearing a return, having already made five appearances for the under-23s this season, although Saturday’s game may come too soon.

Long-term absentees Adam Lallana and Nathaniel Clyne remain sidelined with thigh and back injuries respectively.

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Tunnel Cam: Leicester 2 – Liverpool 0 Carabao Cup – video

Leicester on alert: Adrien Silva drops big news on social media

Leicester & Adrien Silva

It’s now 19 days since the summer transfer window closed, and Leicester are still waiting to ‘sign’ Adrien Silva.

Earlier in the month, FIFA revealed they had rejected Leicester City’s registration of Adrien Silva.

The Portugal midfielder was a deadline day signing by the 2016 Premier League champions, joining from Sporting CP.

But the paperwork backing up the deal was submitted late. 14 seconds late, to be exact, and FIFA have so far refused to play ball.

Sporting and Leicester had agreed a £22 million fee for the 28-year-old.

Last weekend, the Mirror claimed that “Leicester have won their fight to sign Adrien Silva”, and the deal will be ratified this week.

But, at the time of writing, the rubber-stamp has yet to arrive.

Silva has spent his entire professional career as a Sporting player, although he did have loan spells with Maccabi Haifa and Academia.

The midfielder has won 20 caps for Portugal and was in the squad which was triumphant at Euro 2016.

Adrien Silva on social media

As the whole Leicester transfer saga swirls on, Adrien Silva has revealed some awesome news on social media.

The Portuguese international has revealed that he and his partner Magarida Neuparth are expecting a child.

Silva made the announcement on Instagram, revealing the ultrasound of his new child.

The young couple, who have been together for about six years, already have two children, Thomas and Santiago.

❤️

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Leicester v Liverpool

Leicester v Liverpool live streaming: How to watch the Carabao Cup match.

Leicester and Liverpool play each other twice this week.

First on Tuesday night in the Carabao Cup, then in the Premier League on Saturday.

Such is the squad strength of both Premier League sides that we will likely see two completely different sides in the two matches.

Also see: Leicester v Liverpool predictions: Carabao Cup preview, line-ups & betting tips.

Leicester v Liverpool predictions: Carabao Cup preview, line-ups & betting tips

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Leicester v Liverpool – 101 Great Goals prediction: Foxes 1 – Reds 3

Liverpool to beat Leicester in the Carabao Cup 3-1 is 12-1

Leicester v Liverpool live streaming: How to watch the Carabao Cup match.

Liverpool have a stronger squad than Leicester and can be expected to take this a little bit more seriously.

With pressure slightly increasing on Liverpool boss Jurgen Klopp, a trophy, even the Carabao Cup, could be welcome at Anfield.

Leicester v Liverpool betting tips

Liverpool are strong favourites at 10/11 to win this match. Leicester are 3/1 to bag a win in 90 minutes.

Daniel Sturridge, who has a great record in this competition, is 9/2 to score first.

Alex Oxlade-Chamberlain is 15/4 to score anytime, which looks an attractive offer.

Bet on Leicester v Liverpool in the Carabao Cup with Bet365

Leicester v Liverpool Carabao Cup match preview

Leicester and Liverpool play each other twice this week.

First on Tuesday night in the Carabao Cup, then in the Premier League on Saturday.

Such is the squad strength of both Premier League sides that we will likely see two completely different sides in the two matches.

Leicester & Liverpool are Carabao Cup contenders

Nevertheless, both Leicester and Liverpool can realistically win the Carabao Cup and victory could be a boost after recent struggles.

Leicester find themselves much lower down the Premier League table than many would have expected at this point.

A difficult fixture list and the Adrien Silva situation has not helped their cause at all.

Meanwhile, Liverpool have struggled recently and are effectively still looking to bounce back from the 5-0 shellacking at Manchester City.

Leicester team news v Liverpool

In his press conference on Monday, Craig Shakespeare revealed that Jamie Vardy is a major doubt through injury.

Shakespeare: “He’s got a tight groin. He won’t be one to risk, so we’ll assess him tomorrow.” It would be a surprise if Vardy was risked at all.

Matty James and Christian Fuchs are definitely out the Carabao Cup match.

The Leicester boss also confirmed two players that would be included in the starting XI: Josh Knight and Hamza Choudhury.

Liverpool team news v Leicester

Jurgen Klopp did his best not to reveal who would play for Liverpool at Leicester in his pre-match presser.

But, the genial German did give plenty away.

Goalkeeper Danny Ward, Marko Grujic and Alex Oxlade-Chamberlain are all confirmed starters. Dom Solanke should also play as well.

Sadio Mane is suspended for Liverpool.

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Liverpool predicted line-up v Leicester
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Liverpool on alert: Major boost for Leicester & Jamie Vardy’s injury

Craig Shakespeare

Leicester v Liverpool

Leicester and Liverpool fans will a fair bit of each other over the next few days.

Liverpool return to action in midweek when they travel to the King Power Stadium to face Leicester in the League Cup.

And Liverpool will be returning to Leicester next weekend in the Premier League as well, as they have back to back matches with the Foxes.

It’s worth noting that the Reds haven’t won away at Leicester since 2014.

Adrien Silva join the Foxes

It was a bit of a disappointing Saturday for Leicester, as they drew 1-1 away at Huddersfield.

The Terriers broke the deadlock in the first minute of the second half as striker Laurent Depoitre found the target.

Leicester levelled when Jamie Vardy converted from the spot. Vardy now has four goals in five EPL matches.

However, Sunday morning has begun a lot brighter for the Foxes. The Mirror are claiming that the club have finally secured the services of Adrien Silva.

The Portgual midfielder was a deadline day signing by the 2016 Premier League champions, joining from Sporting CP.

However, the paperwork for the transfer was submitted after the deadline – 14 seconds too late to be exact – putting the move in jeopardy.

But now everything’s been sorted, apparently, as the Mirror report the following:

Leicester have won their fight to sign Adrien Silva.

The Foxes have been sweating on a ruling from world governing body FIFA on the £22million transfer of the midfielder — and it is set to be a positive one.

According to sources close to the deal, the move has now been given the green light.

Leicester fans will be hoping Silva can make his debut against Liverpool this week.

Jamie Vardy’s injury

On a more sour note, however, Leicester fans will be concerned about Jamie Vardy.

With eight minutes left at Huddersfield, Craig Shakespeare took off his leading goalscorer Vardy while Islam Slimani came off the bench.

After the match Shakespeare confirmed that Vardy need to be subbed because of a groin injury.

While it’s too early to tell if it’s a bad setback or not, the news will likely be welcomed by Liverpool.

Boost for Jurgen Klopp: Worry for Leicester after Huddersfield

Jame Vardy

Huddersfield draw 1-1 with Leicester

Are Leicester in trouble?

After five rounds of the Premier League season, the 2015-16 champs are still too close to the drop zone for comfort.

Leicester drew 1-1 away at Huddersfield to leave them with four points after five games. The Foxes are 15th in the division.

Of course, Leicester have had to endure one of the toughest schedules at the start of the season. That’s included defeats against Arsenal, Man United and Chelsea.

After a goalless first half against Huddersfield on Saturday, the Terriers broke the deadlock in the first minute of the second half as striker Laurent Depoitre found the target.

Leicester levelled when Jamie Vardy converted from the spot. Vardy now has four goals in five EPL matches.

A quick response from #lcfc as Jamie Vardy converts from 12 yards. #HudLei

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Bad for Vardy, good for Liverpool

With eight minutes left at Huddersfield, Craig Shakespeare took off his leading goalscorer Vardy while Islam Slimani came off the bench.

After the match Shakespeare confirmed that Vardy need to be subbed because of a groin injury.

While it’s too early to tell if it’s a bad setback or not, the news will likely be welcomed by Liverpool.

Liverpool return to action in midweek when they travel to the King Power Stadium to face Leicester in the League Cup.

And Liverpool will be returning to Leicester next weekend in the Premier League as well, as they have back to back matches with the Foxes.

If Vardy were to miss both those games, it would obviously be a boost for the Reds.

Also see: Leicester City’s Kasper Schmeichel practices goalkeeping with Tom Ince in 1994 (Video).

The Foxes battled to a 1-1 draw against Huddersfield! 👏👊 #HudLei

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Leicester 1 – Chelsea 2: Drinkwater’s return & Conte’s slip up (Tunnel Cam Video)

Leicester 1 – Chelsea 2

Chelsea are now third in the Premier League.

That’s a fine recovery from the reigning EPL champs after they lost their opening game of the season at home to Burnley.

Since that shock result, Chelsea have won three matches on the spin.

They’ve beaten Spurs away, Everton at home, and on Saturday the Blues beat Leicester 2-1 at the King Power Stadium.

Alvaro Morata opened for the Blues, before former Leicester star N’Golo Kante doubled the visitors’ lead.

A Jamie Vardy penalty halved the deficit, but the Foxes couldn’t find a late equaliser.

Drinkwater’s return & Conte’s slip up

Leicester have posted tunnel cam footage from Saturday’s match on their official YouTube channel.

On transfer deadline day, Danny Drinkwater left the Foxes to join Chelsea.

Drinkwater was left on the bench for the match on Saturday, but the occasion allowed the England midfielder to meet up with his old team mates.

In a classy move before the game, Drinkwater made sure to shake hands with all his former Leicester buddies plus members of staff.

Another interesting moment came after the full time whistle.

When Antonio Conte walked into the tunnel, the Italian boss almost slipped on the floor in his nice dress shoes.

Fortunately for Conte, he caught himself just before he something truly comical played out.

Also see: Good for Chelsea: Arsene Wenger confirms bad news to Arsenal Fan TV (Video).

Sadio Mane’s appeal & Burnley & Leicester boosts

Sadio Mane's challenge on Ederson

Sadio Mane & Liverpool

One of the lingering questions following Liverpool’s 5-0 defeat at Man City on Saturday surrounded Sadio Mane’s possible suspension.

Mane was red carded in the first half at the Etihad Stadium following a collision with City keeper Ederson.

Ederson was left wiped out on the deck after Mane caught the goalie with a high boot to the face.

Did Mane mean it? No, the Senegalese forward had his eyes firmly locked on a ball over the top as he attempted to draw Liverpool level after Sergio Aguero’s opener.

But should Mane have seen red? The consensus opinion seems to be verging on ‘yes’, as Mane’s challenge was reckless and at speed.

Fortunately Ederson wasn’t too badly hurt, but it could have been a horrible situation.

Burnley & Leicester

After the Man City game, Jurgen Klopp defended Mane.

The German made it clear he felt his striker shouldn’t have been sent off.

But does that mean Liverpool will appeal the dismissal? No.

Instead, Klopp told the press an appeal would be a “waste of time… like the whole game today”.

The smart money is that Mane will now receive a three game ban for his straight red card. Although, there’s an outside chance Mane’s suspension never arrives if the FA decide to take action on their own volition.

Yet, should Mane miss three matches, Liverpool will be without their star player for Premier League and League Cup matches.

In the league, Mane will miss games against Burnley and Leicester.

Liverpool will also be without Mane for a cup tie against Leicester.

This could well provide the opportunity for Philippe Coutinho to come back into the fold following his failed summer move to Barcelona.

Alternatively, new signing Alex Oxlade-Chamberlain could get some games under his belt after his transfer from Arsenal.

Also see: Liverpool’s Sadio Mane writes to Man City’s Ederson on social media.

Leicester v Chelsea predictions: Premier League preview, line-ups & betting tips

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Leicester v Chelsea – 101 Great Goals prediction: Leicester 0-2 Chelsea

Leicester to beat Chelsea 2-0 in the Premier League is 8/1 with Bet 365

The Blues will be full of confidence following back-to-back wins against Chelsea and Spurs.

With the prospect of a return for Eden Hazard, it’s hard to look past an away win.

Chelsea’s backline will need to be wary of Jamie Vardy’s pace, however.

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Leicester v Chelsea betting tips

Chelsea are heavy favourites to win the game with the bookies. Bet365 rate their chances at 8/11.

Draw at half-time, Chelsea to win at full time looks like a great option. This is 7/2.

Alvaro Morata is the most likely goal scorer anytime, the Spaniard is 7/2 to score first.

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Leicester v Chelsea: Premier League preview

Champions Chelsea head to the King Power on Saturday, looking to make it three wins on the spin.

The Blues seem to be over their shock 3-2 defeat to Burnley in their opening match of the season.

Club-record signing Alvaro Morata has gelled into the team well. Two goals and two assists have earned him a nomination for the Premier League Player of the Month award for August.

Leicester head into the game in mixed form. Last time out, Craig Shakespeare’s side lost 2-0 at league leaders Manchester United, following their 4-1 win over Sheffield United in the Carabao Cup, and a 2-0 win at home to Brighton.

Leicester team news v Chelsea: Duo to return

Robert Huth could make his first appearance of the season, against his former side. The German has been nursing a foot injury and will face a late fitness test. In any case, Harry Maguire is favourite to start alongside Wes Morgan.

Summer signing Vicente Iborra could also return following a groin problem.

The Foxes brought in Bayer Leverkusen defender Aleksandar Dragovic on loan on deadline day. The Austrian may well feature on Saturday.

Chelsea team news v Leicester: Hazard’s return

Chelsea star Eden Hazard is in line to make his first Premier League appearance of the season. Hazard returned from injury with a goal and an assist in Belgium’s 9-0 win over Gibraltar over the international break.

Just as N’Golo Kante did the season before, midfielder Danny Drinkwater has moved from Leicester to Chelsea. The 27-year-old made the switch on deadline day and is in contention to make his debut against his former employers.

Gary Cahill will serve the final game of his suspension for a straight red picked up the defeat to Burnley.

Wantaway striker Diego Costa is reportedly back in London, although doubts remain as to whether or not he’ll ever play for the Blues again.

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Leicester v Chelsea: Jamie Vardy predicted Arsene Wenger’s downfall

Jame Vardy

Leicester v Chelsea

One of the big matches in the Premier League on a huge Saturday of action sees Leicester take on Chelsea.

The two recent Premier League champions have been busy doing business with one another in recent seasons.

In the past two summers, Chelsea have signed Leicester’s two star central midfielders.

N’Golo Kante joined the Pensioners last summer, while Danny Drinkwater left Leicester last week on transfer deadline day.

Will Drinkwater make his Chelsea debut at Leicester?

Also see: Eden Hazard a major doubt v Leicester.

Jamie Vardy on Arsenal

Ahead of the Chelsea game, Leicester striker Jamie Vardy has given an excellent interview with the Times.

Vardy started the season on fire with a brace in a 4-3 defeat at Arsenal.

A little over a year ago, Arsenal tried to sign Vardy from Leicester, but the England international opted against joining the Gunners.

Vardy has now opened up to the Times about Arsenal’s approach, and why he decided to stay at the King Power Stadium.

He’s claimed the writing was on the wall for Arsenal’s current malaise:

I’m a bit of a psycho [psychic] — I could see the little downfall they’re on now.

Football was the main thing [reasons for not going to Arsenal], Leicester were also in the Champions League, but moving the family when I’d just bought a house would have been a laugh — not. I’m pleased with the decision I made. Turning down Arsenal doesn’t mean I wouldn’t look at another offer.

I want to win as much as possible, I don’t want to only have one Premier League medal in my drawer at home — it would be an empty glass cabinet.

I’m contracted to Leicester and we’ll see how high we can go. Down the road, there might be an opportunity to go to the MLS or China.

It would be something I’d like to experience. I know it’ll involve moving the family again but it’ll give them a different experience to see different cultures.

Also see: Chelsea name just two strikers in their Champions League squad.

The Next Jamie Vardy will be shown on Sky One on September 16.

Leicester beware: Good news for Liverpool’s Ben Woodburn

Ben Woodburn

Liverpool & Ben Woodburn

The recent international break will surely never leave the memory of Liverpool youngster Ben Woodburn.

17-year-old Woodburn has become an overnight hero for Wales, as he played a significant role in getting their 2018 World Cup hopes back on track.

Woodburn came to the fore last season at Liverpool. Last November he scored against Leeds United in the EFL Cup, while he made nine appearances for the Reds in all competitions in 2016-17.

In the past fortnight, Wales boss Chris Coleman leaned on his youngster, and Woodburn stepped up to the challenge.

He scored a brilliant winner for Wales in a 1-0 victory over Austria after coming off the bench in the second half.

He then repeated that feat against Moldova. This time Woodburn came off the bench to tee up Hal Robson-Kanu for a massive Welsh goal.

Woodburn v Leicester

So when will Liverpool fans get to see Woodburn in action for themselves?

With the likes of Sadio Mane and Mohamed Salah at Anfield, Woodburn isn’t expected to break into Jurgen Klopp’s XI anytime soon.

But he is expected to get his chances to impress this season.

In that regard, the Times on Thursday lay out the timetable for Woodburn’s next Liverpool match:

He has yet to feature for Klopp’s side this season and enquiries to take him on loan this summer were immediately rejected.

Klopp is planning to rotate his squad and Woodburn is in line to start against Leicester City in this season’s EFL Cup in a fortnight.

Woodburn’s new Reds deal

Moreover, the Times report that Liverpool are set to hand Woodburn a bumper new deal. Readers are told:

Ben Woodburn will be handed a long-term contract by Liverpool next month as the club seek to safeguard the future of the highly rated Wales international.

Woodburn turns 18 on October 15 when he will be eligible to sign a five-year contract and discussions are expected on what will be an incentive-based agreement.

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Dele Alli’s defence

Leicester City striker Jamie Vardy has come to the defence of fellow Premier League star Dele Alli.

The Spurs midfielder has come under fire from the press for pulling the middle finger while on international duty with England.

Some have called for Alli to be banned by FIFA, but Vardy thinks such a punishment would be ridiculous.

“The middle finger? Come on, it’s harmless,” Vardy told Football365.

It’s only banter

The 2016 Premier League winner has made a solid start to the new campaign, scoring a brace in Leicester’s opening day defeat at Arsenal.

In defence of Alli, Vardy said that the gesture was to his former Spurs teammate Kyle Walker.

“It’s just something that has been blown out of proportion. He was doing it to Walks [Kyle Walker].

“It’s just harmless banter and has been blown way out of proportion. They’re always having a laugh and a giggle. That’s just how they are.

“They were team-mates for a few years. They’re going to like to mess around, especially now that Walks has moved on himself.

“It would definitely be harsh [if he got banned]. If he is getting reprimanded for that, then we might as well take emotion and enjoyment out of the game.

“Everyone has got to have a bit of banter, otherwise I don’t think you would get through the day of being a footballer.”

England players have returned to their club sides for the upcoming weekend fixtures.

Leicester take on champions Chelsea at the King Power on Saturday.

At the same time, Alli’s Spurs side take on Manchester City.

 

Leicester v Chelsea: Eden Hazard a major doubt

Idrissa Gueye v Eden Hazard

Leicester v Chelsea

There’s a huge match at the King Power Stadium on Saturday.

Reigning Premier League champions Chelsea take on former EPL champs Leicester.

After starting the season with a home defeat to Burnley, Chelsea have rebounded. They beat Tottenham 2-1 at Wembley Stadium, and they followed that up with a 2-0 win over Everton.

As for Leicester, after losing their opener at Arsenal the Foxes bet Brighton 2-0. Last time out they lost 2-0 at Man United.

Eden Hazard’s return

Belgium star Eden Hazard has yet to feature for Chelsea this season.

Hazard damaged his ankle during a training session with Belgium back in June.

However, the former Lille standout is on the road to recovery, and has recently turned in positive performances for the Blues’ U23s.

Moreover, in the recent international break Hazard scored against Gibraltar, while he also came on as a sub in a win away at Greece.

Those appearances will have boosted belief amongst Chelsea fans that Eden Hazard could return against Leicester.

However, according to the Evening Standard on Wednesday, Hazard may not feature against the Foxes.

Antonio Conte’s call

The Evening Standard claim Antonio Conte wants to hold back Eden Hazard this weekend. Readers are told:

Conte is wary about rushing Hazard back too soon before he is fully match fit and is thinking about naming the attacking midfielder on the bench with a view of bringing him on in the second half.

The Italian wants Hazard to be particularly ready for the visit of Arsenal and Manchester City on September 17 and September 30 respectively.

Other team news

Chelsea head to Leicester on Saturday in what could be Danny Drinkwater’s first game for the Blues.

Drinkwater signed for Chelsea on transfer deadline day and could well play in the middle of the park against his old club.

A return for Diego Costa at Leicester seems hugely unlikely as he hasn’t trained with the Blues yet this summer.

Also see: Chelsea name just two strikers in their Champions League squad.

FIFA block Portugal midfielder’s move to Premier League

Leicester move blocked

FIFA have rejected Leicester City’s registration of Adrien Silva, according to a source close to the player.

The Portgual midfielder was a deadline day signing by the 2016 Premier League champions, joining from Sporting CP.

However, the paperwork for the transfer was submitted after the deadline, putting the move in jepardy.

On Tuesday night, Portuguese outlet Record confirmed that Silva’s Premier League registration had been rejected by world football’s governing body.

The unusual situation has another element to it. Silva has returned to Sporting, although Leicester have already made some of the payment to the Portuguese club.

Sporting and Leicester had agreed a £22m fee last Thursday for the 28-year-old.

Silva has spent his entire professional career as a Sporting player, although he did have loan spells with Maccabi Haifa and Academia.

The midfielder has won 20 caps for Portugal and was in the squad which was triumphant at Euro 2016.

Short in midfield

Without Silva, Leicester have been left in the lurch. The Foxes had intended to bring Silva in to replace Danny Drinkwater, who left the club on deadline day to join champions Chelsea.

Drinkwater was an integral part of the Leicester side, and a key figure in their 2016 Premier League win. Now, Craig Shakespeare’s side have failed to replace him.

To add insult to injury, Leicester are also without Nampalys Mendy, leaving them short in central midfield. The Frenchman was loaned out to his former club Nice.

Leicester have now lost both their central midfielders from their title winning season, with N’Golo Kante departing for Chelsea last year.

 

Man United’s deadline moves for Leicester’s Riyad Mahrez never happened

Riyad Mahrez

Riyad Mahrez & Man United

One of the lead narratives after the summer transfer window were all the players who failed to get moves.

Alexis Sanchez is still at Arsenal. Virgil Van Dijk is at Southampton.

West Brom kept hold of Jonny Evans. Liverpool held onto Philippe Coutinho.

While Leicester star Riyad Mahrez continues to be at the King Power Stadium.

Mahrez, however, went AWOL on deadline day. The Algerian FA tweeted that they’d released Mahrez so he could deal with personal issues – they’ve since deleted that tweet – but no deal was forthcoming.

Algeria tweet on Mahrez

Over the weekend, the Star claimed that Mahrez was out of the spotlight as he tried to engineer a move to Man United.

Man United’s deadline bid for Mahrez

But there’s one problem with the Star’s story.

According to the Leicester Mercury on Monday, Man United were never interested in the Algerian winger.

The local paper have reported the following:

Manchester United were never interested in a transfer deadline day deal for Riyad Mahrez.

There were weekend reports that the transfer-seeking City star left the Algerian national team’s training camp because a move to Old Trafford was on the cards.

Sources in Manchester have confirmed there was never any prospect of a deal for Mahrez and the Old Trafford club made no attempt to sign anyone on deadline day.

In another amazing revelation, it’s reported that there were no bids for Mahrez throughout the summer window.

Leicester’s Riyad Mahrez found after a failed Man United move

Riyad Mahrez

Riyad Mahrez & Man United

One of the big stories on transfer deadline day centred on players who stayed put.

Alexis Sanchez is still at Arsenal. Virgil Van Dijk is at Southampton.

West Brom kept hold of Jonny Evans. Liverpool held onto Philippe Coutinho.

While Leicester star Riyad Mahrez continues to be at the King Power Stadium.

Mahrez, however, went AWOL on deadline day. The Algerian FA tweeted that they’d released Mahrez so he could deal with personal issues – they’ve since deleted that tweet – but no deal was forthcoming.

However, according to the Star on Sunday, Mahrez was out of the spotlight as he tried to engineer a move to Man United.

Deadline day pain

The way the Star tell the story, it was Mahrez who was trying to convince Man United to buy him.

The Star note how Leicester’s winger had a “hop of clinching a switch to Manchester United”.

Perhaps the most important line in the Star’s report is that “Mahrez’s representatives were trying to force through a move to Old Trafford”.

Why didn’t Jose Mourinho bite? The Special One had been on the lookout for a wide-man who could cross, i.e. Ivan Perisic. Could Mahrez have fitted that bill?

Leicester lost Drinkwater

It’s unclear why the Mahrez to Man United deal failed, or why another club didn’t move for the Algerian. What happened to Chelsea’s rumoured interest?

However, transfer deadline day was still hectic for Leicester, as they lost Danny Drinkwater.

Drinkwater joined Chelsea, where he’s set to play a backup role to N’Golo Kante and Tiemoue Bakayoko.

However, should either of those players get injured, Drinkwater could well be a starter for Antonio Conte this season.

Also see: Kylian Mbappe blocked Cristiano Ronaldo’s Man United summer return.

Chelsea complete the signing of Davide Zappacosta

Chelsea to sign Torino's Davide Zappacosta

Big move

Chelsea have completed the signing of Davide Zappacosta in a deal that is thought to be in the region of £23m as they looked to bring in defensive cover.

The Italian impressed in the Serie A last season and will be well known to Antonio Conte with his contacts in Italy as well as managing him in 2016 as national team manager.

It has been mooted for several weeks that the club were targeting defensive cover with Alex Sandro also being linked from Juventus among other names.

The player will now provide competition to Victor Moses after Zappacosta signed a four-year deal at the club.

The club will now be hoping that the player will be able to help them reclaim their Premier League title in the current season.

While Chelsea fans may well be happy with the player’s decision to sign, it’s not all over for them yet after one man is still on the cards tonight.

That man is Danny Drinkwater who is said to be one of the players that Chelsea have applied to have the deadline extended for.

The player has seemingly traveled to London to complete a deal and there is an expectation at this point that a deal will get over the line.

Chelsea rejected at last minute

While there is some positivity surrounding Chelsea, they have been rejected by one of their top targets at the last second.

Reports broke very late into deadline day that Ross Barkley was undergoing a medical at the club and a £35million deal had been agreed.

That was later confirmed by the Everton chairman Farhad Moshiri but late drama seen the player reject a move.

Barkley had a change of heart at the last second and has now traveled back up to Merseyside.

Find out the latest here. 

Rumour: Chelsea sign Riyad Mahrez ahead of Tottenham

Riyad Mahrez to Chelsea?

That’s the big rumour in Algeria on transfer deadline day.

When it comes to updates on Algerian football, the go-to source is DZ Foot.

With over 410,000 followers on social media, DZ Foot carry the reputation of having the inside scoop when it comes to north African players.

On Thursday, one of the big issues to decide is where Riyad Mahrez will be playing his football.

According to L’Equipe, Tottenham, Chelsea, Barcelona are all battling to sign Riyad Mahrez before the 11pm shutdown tonight.

Mahrez stays in the ‘same colours’

Stopping short of claiming that Mahrez to Chelsea is a done deal, DZ Foot have told their following that Mahrez will “wear the same colour of shirt next season”.

Putting two and two together, that suggests Mahrez is swapping the blue of Leicester for the blue of Chelsea.

Chelsea appear to have moved for Mahrez after missing out on Arsenal’s Alex Oxlade-Chamberlain.

What about Danny Drinkwater?

Will Chelsea end up making two signings from Leicester on Thursday?

Aside from the Mahrez speculation, Chelsea have been hot on the heels of Danny Drinkwater in the summer.

Drinkwater, who dovetailed alongside N’Golo Kante as Leicester won the Premier League, has already submitted a transfer request in an effort to leave the King Power Stadium,

Chelsea have been linked with a 30 million euro offer for Drinkwater but, so far, the deal has yet to close.

That’s because Leicester are looking for a higher bid to be tabled. Drinkwater still has four years remaining on his current Foxes deal.

Tottenham & Fernando Llorente

Chelsea may lose out on signing Fernando Llorente from Swansea.

The Blues have been tracking the Spanish striker for some time. Llorente previously worked for Antonio Conte at Juventus.

However, on deadline day, it’s become clear that Spurs are trying to hijack the Llorente deal away from the Blues.

Tottenham have reportedly offered more than Chelsea for the attacker.

Good for Coutinho: Tottenham, Chelsea, Barcelona & the fight for Riyad Mahrez

Riyad Mahrez

All eyes on Riyad Mahrez

If the rumours are true, he’s been yearning to leave Leicester ever since the Foxes won the 2015-16 Premier League title.

So will Riyad Mahrez finally complete his exit from Leicester City today.

Mahrez appears to be one the players who is in hot demand on August 31 as three Champions League clubs are all fighting for his signature.

According to L’Equipe, Tottenham, Chelsea, Barcelona are all battling to sign Riyad Mahrez before the 11pm shutdown tonight.

Mahrez, so not Coutinho?

Seeing Barcelona’s name in the mix for Mahrez will be good news for Liverpool.

Liverpool have been resisting offers from Barcelona summer for Philippe Coutinho.

On Thursday, the Spanish press try to convince readers that Barcelona can still land Coutinho today.

Yet, claims that Mahrez could be bound for the Camp Nou will bolster belief at Anfield that Coutinho will still be a Liverpool player tomorrow.

Also see: D-day for Philippe Coutinho’s move from Liverpool to Barcelona.

Tottenham, Chelsea & Barcelona

It’s well reported on Thursday morning that Riyad Mahrez has been given permission by the Algerian national team to leave the squad in order to “formalise his transfer to his new club.”

Mahrez has reportedly travelled to Paris to work out his next career move.

L’Equipe claim that Mahrez is in talks with Chelsea, Tottenham and Barcelona, however it’s up in the air which club will win the race for his signature.

Watch. This. Space.

Also see: Balague – Tottenham hijack Chelsea’s Premier League striker search.

Tottenham join the race to sign Barcelona’s Andre Gomes.

Spurs jump ahead of queue in race for Leicester winger

Mauricio Pochettino

New favourites

Seemingly out of nowhere, Tottenham have become firm favourite to land Leicester starlet Demerai Gray.

Gray was part of the Leicester squad to lift the Premier League trophy in 2016, having joined half way through the campaign from Birmingham City.

Since then, the 21-year-old has been in constant rotation with Marc Albrighton down Leicester’s left flank.

Crystal Palace have been interested in the England U21 international but Spurs are set to hijack their potential move.

Ironically, Palace’s proposed deal was set to involve an exchange of former Spurs winger Andros Townsend.

Leicester are set to make a handsome profit on Gray, with the Mirror reporting Spurs have lodged a bid close to £30m. The Foxes bought the player for under £4m.

Gray is desperate for more game time, but it’s not immediately obvious that that will be achieved at Spurs.

Gray has played in all three of Leicester’s Premier League games so far this season, although each appearance came from the bench and has accumulated to a total of just 36 minutes.

He also scored in last week’s Carabao Cup 2nd round win at Sheffield.

Spurs fans perplexed

Spurs fans will be pondering why, for that amount of money, they aren’t going for Riyad Mahrez.

 

Premier League winner hands in transfer request to force Chelsea move

Danny Drinkwater

Drinkwater transfer request

Leicester’s Danny Drinkwater has handed in a transfer request.

Sky Sports claim the former Manchester United midfielder is trying to force through a move to Stamford Bridge.

Drinkwater has been linked to Chelsea ever since he helped the Foxes to the Premier League title in 2016.

Even though Nemanja Matic has left for Man United, Drinkwater would likely be nothing more than a sqaud player for manager Antonio Conte.

Chelsea are expected to make a third bid for the player, having already had offers of £18m and £25m turned down.

Chelsea already have a stocked central midfielder, with Cesc Fabregas, N’golo Kante, and Drinkwater’s former teammate N’Golo Kante.

The Blues look set to be one of the busiest Premier League sides in the final hours of the transfer window.

The club will monitor Drinkwater’s situation closely, but their transfer activity does not end there.

Chelsea bids rejected

In the last 24 hours, the Champions have had two bids rejected.

Although Arsenal seem prepared to sell Alex Oxlade-Chamberlain, the winger rejected Chelsea’s offer as he prefers a move to Liverpool.

The Ox wants to play centrally, something he thinks he can achieve more realistically at the Reds than at Chelsea.

Chelsea have also had a £25m bid turned away from Everton for Ross Barkley.

It seems likely that Barkley will leave Goodison Park, with manager Ronald Koeman admitting he was not in his plans.

London rivals Spurs are set to battle it out with Chelsea for the England midfielder’s signature.

Chelsea’s offer is half of the £50m that Everton want for the player, although it’s likely that the final fee will be somewhere in between.

Barkley is in the final 12 months of his contract, so the Toffees risk losing him for free next summer.

Tiemoue Bakayoko reacts to Danny Drinkwater joining Chelsea (Video)

Tiemoue Bakayoko signs for Chelsea

Chelsea & Danny Drinkwater

Antonio Conte has been tracking Leicester midfielder Danny Drinkwater throughout the summer.

And according to reports in France on Monday, Chelsea seem to be inching closer to the England international.

Yesterday RMC Sport announced that Chelsea have an “agreement” with Leicester for Danny Drinkwater.

RMC Sport claimed that the Blues will pay Leicester 30 million euros for Drinkwater.

And Drinkwater would cover a key position in Conte’s squad: ready-made back-up for either N’Golo Kante or Tiemoue Bakayoko.

Tiemoue Bakayoko reacts

On Monday night, Tiemoue Bakayoko appeared on French TV channel SFR Sport.

The Drinkwater deal was discussed on the show, and Bakayoko gave his reaction to what now appears an imminent deal. Bakayoko said:

I’m not scared of any player but it’s competition and that’s what makes you better.

He [Drinkwater] is a good player and he’s going to help the team.

We don’t have enough players in the centre and he will make the team stronger.

Watch the video below.

Other Chelsea deals

Chelsea are also still in the market for Everton midfielder Ross Barkley.

The Times on Tuesday report that the Blues held talks with Everton about a possible deal after Sunday’s 2-0 win over the Toffees.

Tottenham are also in the mix for Barkley.

And then there’s Chelsea race to sign Alex Oxlade-Chamberlain from Arsenal.

While the Blues have reportedly agreed a deal with Arsenal, Liverpool could yet hijack the transfer.

Chelsea ‘agree’ Danny Drinkwater deal, Leicester target Grzegorz Krychowiak

Danny Drinkwater

Chelsea & Danny Drinkwater

August 28 is beginning to feel like a huge day at Chelsea.

When Burnley beat the Blues on the opening day of the season, many feared that Antonio Conte’s concern of a ‘Jose Mourinho season’ was turning into reality.

But Chelsea bounced back in the league. They beat Tottenham at Wembley, and they eased past Everton last weekend.

With their tails up, Conte is still actively looking to boost his squad, and it looks like things are happening. Fast.

Alex Oxlade-Chamberlain seems to be on the verge of a move from Arsenal.

While reports out of France are claiming Chelsea have an “agreement” with Leicester for Danny Drinkwater.

Oxlade-Chamberlain & Drinkwater

The Ox is expected to cost Chelsea in the region of £35 million.

As for Drinkwater, French news outlet RMC Sport claim that the Blues will pay Leicester 30 million euros for their midfielder.

Drinkwater would cover a key position in Conte’s squad: ready-made back-up for either N’Golo Kante or Tiemoue Bakayoko.

Jeremie Boga to Birmingham

There’s also been another exit from Chelsea on Monday.

French youngster Jeremie Boga, who was picked in the fateful Burnley match at the start of the season, has penned a new deal with the Blues.

Immediately afterwards, the club announced he’s gone to join Harry Redknapp’s Birmingham for the season in the Championship.

Leicester target Grzegorz Krychowiak

As for Leicester, they are looking to invest their Drinkwater money in PSG’s Polish international Grzegorz Krychowiak.

Krychowiak joined PSG from Sevilla last summer in a 33 million euro deal. But he only managed 16 appearances last term, and with PSG’s need to cut their wage bill, he could be on the way out.

Krychowiak was left in France when PSG headed to the United States for their preseason tour, and he has since been told he is surplus to requirements at the Parc des Princes.

Leicester hijack Man City’s Jonny Evans deal

Leicester, Man City & Jonny Evans

One player who is set to have a busy week is West Brom centre-half Jonny Evans.

Evans was left out of West Brom’s squad on Sunday for the 1-1 Premier League draw with Stoke.

A few weeks ago, Man City made a move to sign the former Man United defender.

While West Brom are keen to keep the Northern Ireland star, it’s beginning to feel like the Baggies are poised for a testing week as offers are piling in.

On Monday, the BBC have reported that Leicester are trying to hijack Man City’s move to sign Evans.

Race for West Brom star

The BBC, the gold standard of reporting in England, have reported the following:

Leicester City have made a £23m offer for West Brom defender Jonny Evans, who is also wanted by Manchester City.

The Foxes had a £10m bid for the former Manchester United player, 29, rejected earlier in the summer.

The Baggies have since turned down two bids for the player from Manchester City, including one for £18m.

Leicester have already boosted their backline this summer signing Harry Maguire from Hull.

So could the Foxes sign Evans ahead of Man City?

Maybe, as one suspects Evans would be a back-up option for Pep Guardiola, however he’d likely be a starter at the King Power Stadium.

Jose Mourinho trolls Arsenal after beating Leicester (Video)

Man United 2 – Leicester 0

Are Manchester United going to win the 2017-18 Premier League?

It’s all looking good right now following Saturday’s 2-0 home win over Leicester.

Goals from Marcus Rashford and Marouane Fellaini sowed up the three points against the Foxes after Romelu Lukaku earlier missed a penalty.

After back to back 4-0 wins over West Ham and Swansea, United have maximum points in the EPL without having conceded a goal.

Jose Mourinho trolls Arsenal

In his post match presser after the Leicester game, Jose Mourinho managed to bring up Arsenal.

The Special One’s comments made it seem perfectly clear he believes Man United are superior to the Gunners.

Speaking about how Leicester performed against Arsenal and Man United respectively, Jose Mourinho said the following:

Is Vardy a very dangerous player? I would say one of the most dangerous players in the Premier League.

Was he dangerous today? No.

Why? Because we played so well to control that.

[Were] Leicester very dangerous against Arsenal? Yes they were.

I watched the match three times. Were they dangerous against us? No.

Why? Because of us.

Enjoy the video of Jose Mourinho digging out Arsenal below.

Kylian Mbappe to PSG to trigger Leicester striker move

Kylian Mbappe

Kylian Mbappe to PSG

One of the potential deals which many are paying close attention to in the final days of the summer transfer window concerns Kylian Mbappe leaving Monaco to join PSG.

Were the deal to happen, it was close a remarkable summer for the Parisians.

PSG have already shattered the world transfer record signing Neymar from Barcelona, and now Mbappe could be on his way to the Parc de Princes as well.

PSG’s offers to Monaco

On Sunday, leading French TV show Telefoot reported a significant set of updates on PSG’s pursuit for Mbappe.

It’s claimed PSG have put together different packages for Monaco in order to get them to agree to a sale.

The bottom line is that Monaco are demanding 180 million euros for the teenage French striker.

However, PSG are refusing to spend more than 140 million euros on the 19-year-old, although they are willing to throw in a player to sweeten the deal.

Di Maria, Kimpembe, Pastore & Rabiot

Telefoot report that Monaco would agree to that structure for a deal provided they receive either Angel Di Maria, Presnel Kimpembe, Javier Pastore and Adrien Rabiot.

However PSG have rejected allowing any of these players to be included in the Mbappe transfer.

Instead, PSG offer Monaco 140 million euros plus Lucas Moura for Mbappe. But that deal is complicated as Lucas is a close friend of Neymar, and he wants to stay in Paris.

PSG also offered Goncalo Guedes as part of the deal. However the 20-year-old winger is keen to move to Valencia on loan instead of joining Monaco.

Finally, PSG have prosed that Mbappe could initially join on a loan deal, with PSG committed to paying the full 180 million euro asking price next summer.

Leicester striker on the move

As PSG and Monaco struggle to reach terms for Mbappe, Monaco are nevertheless lining up a replacement.

According to RMC Sport on Sunday, should Mbappe leave, Monaco will try to sign Islam Slimani from Leicester.

The race for Slimani, however, is cluttered. Newcastle and Watford are both interested in the 29-year-old Algerian international.

Everton hijack Chelsea’s Jamie Vardy deal

Jame Vardy

Jamie Vardy & Leicester

Has Jamie Vardy played his final match for Leicester City?

With just a few days left in the transfer window, Vardy has become a surprise name linked with a possible summer move.

On Saturday, Vardy played the majority of the match at Old Trafford as Man United beat the Foxes 2-0.

Man United wrapped up the points with two second half goals. Marcus Rashford opened the scoring before Marouane Fellaini knocked in a second.

Diego Costa out, Jamie Vardy in?

Chelsea, of course, are unlikely to ever see Diego Costa play for them again.

Antonio Conte has brought in Alvaro Morata from Real Madrid, but many still believe the Blues are short of options up front.

At the same time, Michy Batshuayi is being linked with a possible move before the summer window shuts.

Against that backdrop, the likes of the Telegraph are reporting on the possible Chelsea-Vardy deal. Readers were recently are told:

Chelsea are also considering whether or not to make a move for a new forward to support summer signing Alvaro Morata, with Fernando Llorente, Christian Benteke, Jamie Vardy and Andrea Belotti all players they have considered over the past months and weeks.

Everton v Chelsea

But could Everton snare Vardy from under Chelsea’s nose?

That’s a claim made by the Mirror on Sunday this weekend. The tabloid reports:

Everton are making a shock bid to hijack Chelsea’s £40million move for striker Jamie Vardy.

Goodison boss Ronald Koeman believes that a proven striker would be the last piece of the jigsaw after a £150m spending splurge aimed at breaking into the top four.

Everton, of course, have seen their forward line shaken up this summer.

Romelu Lukaku is now a Man United player, while Wayne Rooney is back leading the line at Goodison Park.

In addition, Everton have signed Sandro Ramieriz from Malaga, however he’s yet to made his Everton bow as he’s currently on the sidelines with an injury.