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MANCHESTER CITY are weighing up a move for Lionel Messi, but have denied making an official approach for the Barcelona forward.

Meanwhile Chelsea missed the chance to close the gap on Leicester and Manchester United with a draw at Southampton and the Merseyside clubs are gearing up for this evening's derby.


Read our live blog below to get the latest from around the clubs…

  • Jake Lambourne


    Thomas Tuchel claims it 'is his fault' Hakim Ziyech has hardly played under him.

    He told Sky Sports: "It’s my fault, actually. It’s not his fault.

    “It’s my decisions. It’s the same for some other players – there were some hard decisions to make. This is a good thing – it means we have quality.

    “There are some decisions for other players that means Hakim suffers a little bit. I can absolutely understand and agree with that, so it’s my responsibility and my fault that he cannot show more of his potential.

    "But when I look at the schedule we can be sure that we need all of our players. No matter how hard times are for you personally, I cannot say one bad thing for Hakim.

    "He’s working hard and he needs to show that he’s ready because when the moment comes – I cannot tell you when the moment comes – but we expect the best Hakim Ziyech."

  • Jake Lambourne


    Chelsea have earned a point at St Mary's thanks to Mason Mount's second half penalty.

    The Blues are yet to lose under Thomas Tuchel, and they are now three points behind second-placed Manchester United.

    Southampton have ended a run of six defeats, with the Saints remaining in 13th spot.

  • Jake Lambourne


    John Terry revealed he’s building a swimming pool and tennis court at his home by showing off the drastic transformation to his garden.

    The Chelsea legend, 40, proudly took to Instagram to show the exterior of his £4.35million mansion turned into a muddy building site.

    Terry posted a series of videos to his Insta story, captioning them with tennis ball and swimming emojis.

    In the impressive overhaul, the Aston Villa assistant manager panned the camera across his sprawling grounds to reveal where the tennis court and swimming pool would sit.

    Throwing himself well into the site visit, Terry even threw on a high-vis jacket with the No26 on the back – the shirt he wore throughout his illustrious career.

  • Jake Lambourne


    Eduardo Camavinga's agent reckons the midfield prodigy will cost more than £43million.

    His contract runs out in the summer of 2022 and only 'four or five clubs' could convince him to leave Julien Stephan's side.

    But his agent Jonathan Barnett warned it would come at a price.

    Asked by Goal if he values the 18-year-old at more than €50m (£43m), Barnett said: "I would think so."

    He added: "At the moment, he's a Rennes player. He likes Rennes and, at the moment, we haven't really taken to other clubs. It isn’t our position.

    "Let’s see what happens later on, but he’s doing well in Rennes and that’s fine."

    Rennes ace Eduardo Camavinga is regarded as one the world's most promising talents
  • Jake Lambourne


    Liverpool legend Jamie Carragher has admitted he 'hated' Gary Neville when they were professional footballers.

    The Sky Sports colleagues were fierce rivals during the 2000s but have since become good friends.

    Speaking on the Super 6 Podcast, Carragher said: "I hated him a little bit. Can you hate someone a little bit? You just hate them, I suppose!

    "There was a big rivalry between the clubs but he's kissed his badge and said things about people from Liverpool.

    "He was just basically playing up to the fanzines and trying to get in with the Manchester United fans."

    Carragher's comments were delivered in jest, however, later joking: "Who cares about Gary Neville, even if you're a Man Utd fan? He is a right-back, nobody is really interested in right-backs."

  • Jake Lambourne


    Southampton go into the break 1-0 up thanks to Takumi Minamino's fine strike.

    The Japan international – on loan from Liverpool – coolly slotted the ball past Edouard Mendy after a sublime dummy.

    Thomas Tuchel's side need to be more clinical in the final third if they wish to avoid a first defeat under the German.

  • Jake Lambourne


    Jens Lehmann has voiced concern at the structure of ex-club Arsenal and said Mikel Arteta is 'a good coach but it seems to be a lot about him'.

    He told All To Play For podcast, by bookmaker Coral and Joe Media: “I think Mikel Arteta is a good coach but it seems to be a lot about him. I am not sure there is the right blend at the club.

    "When I was there, David Dein worked incredibly well with Arsene Wenger on the administration side of the club. Now, it is very different.

    "You don’t even know who is in charge there and who is making the decisions.

    “I was there as a coach in Arsene’s final year and he was criticised and told it was time to leave. Things were much better in that final year than they are now.

    "As a former player, I want the club to do well so it is hard to see them struggling as they are doing."

    Jens Lehmann has raised his concern about the structure at former side Arsenal
  • Jake Lambourne


    "It is somehow a taboo subject.

    "We can have talks in the dressing room about all this stuff, but I've never heard of anyone [being gay].

    "No one's ever heard of anyone. I would say if there was someone who knew someone, they will keep it quiet anyway.

    "For the sake of that person, like, trying to protect them."

  • Jake Lambourne


    Arsenal full-back Hector Bellerin doesn't believe football is ready for an openly gay player.

    Bellerin works closely with Gay Gooners – Arsenal's LGBTQ supporters group – as well as Rainbow Laces and Stonewall, both of which are consciousness-raising movements for acceptance.

    During a lengthy interview with The Times, he said: "I don't know if football is ready for that yet.

    "I'm having conversations with Gay Gooners, and sometimes they go to an Arsenal pub and they'll have issues with other Arsenal fans because they're wearing a Gay Gooners scarf or something.

    "Which, to me, is crazy. We're all part of the same family."

  • Jake Lambourne


    Chelsea's clash with Southampton at St Mary's is moment away from kicking off.

    This is a reminder you can follow all the action with our SunSport LIVE blog.

    Click HERE for regular updates.

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    Former Celtic star Scott Allan opened up on the rare heart condition which left him fearing he’d never play football again.

    The Hibs ace was sidelined for a number of months earlier this season after suffering badly from health issues.

    Aged 29, there were major worries that the former Celtic midfielder would have to retire from the game early.

    Allan was diagnosed with a heart condition called Hypertrophic Cardiomyopathy around September last year.

    But the classy playmaker has made a comeback to the Easter Road first team and has featured off the bench in the Scottish Premiership over the last month for Jack Ross’ side.

  • Jake Lambourne


    Christian Pulisic is still wanted by Thomas Tuchel at Chelsea – despite his injury problems.

    The USA international has managed just 40 Premier League appearances for the Blues since the start of last season.

    Speaking ahead of today's trip to Southampton, Tuchel said: "Chelsea bought Christian for a reason – for his quality, for his potential and it’s our job to bring out the best in him.

    "He proved in many weeks that he has the level to be a Chelsea regular player, to have a big impact at this club and it’s a challenge now to maintain the level and to keep improving."

    Pulisic has suffered with muscular injuries throughout his time at Stamford Bridge and is yet to start in the Premier League under Tuchel

  • Jake Lambourne


    Man City boss Pep Guardiola has singled out three Arsenal players who could make the difference in their clash at the Emirates on Sunday.

    He said: "We will have an incredible performance [from Arsenal].

    "They have an exceptional build-up, they move with many, many sense, all the movements they have for the build-up to the final third.

    "The quality for incredible energy, for Smith [Rowe], Saka and Aubameyang, especially with his runs in behind, and all the players that they have in the middle.

    "In the early future they will be real contenders to fight for the titles."

  • Jake Lambourne


    Zlatan Ibrahimovic will SING at an Italian music festival, according to Bologna boss Sinisa Mihajlovic.

    The 39-year-old will perform a duet with Mihajlovic in Sanremo next month, no doubt becoming a pop sensation.

    Speaking to Sky Italia, his friend Mihajlovic said: "The two things I do least well are singing and dancing. Ibra is also a terrible singer.

    "At least we’ll make people laugh."

    The Sanremo Music Festival has been held annually since 1951 and is one of the most popular music events in Italy.

    This year's festival will last for five nights between March 2-6 and will be televised.

  • Jake Lambourne


    Fikayo Tomori has revealed Frank Lampard sent him a 'positive message' after the defender's move to AC Milan and Lamps' sacking on January 25.

    He told the Telegraph: "It was an unusual situation. I wasn't at Chelsea any more and he wasn't the manager.

    "With all he had going on, it was a nice thing to take the time to do. 

    "I appreciated that. I wouldn't say there is a bad feeling, it just is what it is.

    "I've learned to look forward and I'm stronger for the experience."

  • Jake Lambourne


    Karren Brady – Turning 34 in June, Leo Messi is an antique in footballing terms. But the way things are going, I’d say a priceless one.

    Even now we would be talking a nine-figure fee for the Argentinian genius — but that’s not the case this year as he will be out of contract at Barcelona around the time of his birthday, so he’s on a “free”.

    A giant chunk of the birthday cake will go to the six-time Ballon d’Or winner and his dependants, as the missing transfer fee is bound to find its way into an already-huge salary.

    Daddy Messi does the accounts, not always successfully, Mother Messi is his dearest supporter and the rest of the family stay as close as possible to the source. Or the sauce?

    Whether he remains at the Nou Camp or moves to one of the two clubs often linked with his future — Manchester City and Paris Saint-Germain — the sums are dizzying.

    Read more from Brady by clicking HERE.

    Lionel Messi is set to become a free agent at the end of the season
  • Jake Lambourne


    EXCLUSIVE – QPR Director of Football Les Ferdinand believes football is now going through the motions when it comes to players take the knee.

    Ferdinand, 54, told SunSport: “When people take the knee, they feel like they are giving us an opportunity to make a gesture.

    “Yes it is a powerful gesture, but now look at everybody who is  taking the knee and the way they are taking it.

    “They’re doing it just for the sake of doing it. There is no change. We need action.

    “In 1995 Eric Cantona went into the stands and kicked somebody. That was 20 odd years ago! But were are STILL talking about the same problem today.

    "Do people want to eradicate it or do they just want to pay lip service? Because that’s what it seems to me, lip service."

  • Jake Lambourne


    Danny Higginbotham – I was really disappointed when Frank Lampard lost his job at Chelsea.

    He swam the Channel to get them into the top four after losing Eden Hazard and having a transfer ban.

    What he achieved under the circumstances was incredible and personally I do not think he was given enough time to blend the young talent he brought through with the new signings.

    But having said that, Thomas Tuchel has hit the ground running with an undefeated start, winning four matches and drawing one.

    From his perspective it was about making Chelsea defensively more stable.

    Read more from Higginbotham by clicking HERE.

  • Jake Lambourne


    “Fighting all forms of discrimination and creating an equal, inclusive society is something that we feel very passionately about.

    “But that is defined by much more than a gesture, which we feel has run its course and is no longer having the effect it first did eight months ago.

    “Since football restarted last June we have taken the knee before every fixture. Instead, we will now stand before games; just as we stand together with our team mates who have suffered racial abuse and as we stand with anyone who is subjected to any form of discrimination.”

  • Jake Lambourne


    Bournemouth have joined Brentford in opting against taking the knee before matches.

    The Cherries' promotion rivals decided to scrap the anti-racism gesture last week after explaining they felt it was 'no longer having an impact.'

    A statement from club captain Steve Cook said: "Following discussions between the squad and with senior staff members, we have decided to no longer take the knee before games, starting this weekend against Queens Park Rangers.

    “At all levels, this club prides itself on its work around equality, diversity and inclusion and as a group of players we fully embrace this.

    “We all strive to ensure that AFC Bournemouth is a club which welcomes anyone, regardless of their race, gender, sexuality or religion."

  • Jake Lambourne


    Patrick Bamford believes Leeds were 'robbed' of a point against Wolves after VAR disallowed his equaliser in the second half.

    The 27-year-old thought he had got the Whites back on level terms in the 77th minute at Molineux, only to be judged fractionally offside.

    Taking to social media after the game, Bamford vented that his side should have left the Midlands with a point if it wasn't for VAR.

    He tweeted: "Gutted for the lads tonight, robbed of a point."

    "But at least it’s 'mAkInG tHe GaMe BeTtEr'. We go again Tuesday."

  • Jake Lambourne


    Ole Gunnar Solskjaer has declared Dean Henderson 'is in with a shout' to start ahead of David De Gea for the clash against Newcastle on Sunday.

    Speaking ahead of the encounter against the Magpies at Old Trafford, the Norwegian gaffer said: "Of course Dean is in with a shout.

    "We pick a team on Saturday and Dean was very solid, good kicking and he could or should have had an assist for Marcus, which is another thing we worked on.

    "He was clean in his handling, clean in his short passes and it was a good performance.

    "He is maturing all the time but I have a very, very good goalkeeper in David. He saved us against West Brom so I can’t say to you now.

    "I always speak to the players first before I say who’s playing and they will know."

  • Alex Terrell


    Tommy Cloth has wiped the slate well and truly clean at Stamford Bridge, writes Dave Kidd.

    Chelsea's new boss Thomas Tuchel – whose surname translates as 'cloth' – has handed fresh starts to some of Frank Lampard's outcasts and rattled up five straight wins.

    Kepa Arrizabalaga has overcome his confidence crisis with back-to-back clean sheets, Marcos Alonso has been restored to his title-winning best, Callum Hudson-Odoi is rediscovering his early promise and Timo Werner has ended a three-month Premier League goal drought.

    As Chelsea venture to an off-colour Southampton today, Tuchel has already lifted them from ninth to fourth in less than a month with the runners-up spot firmly in their sights.

    Next week it gets serious for Tuchel – a Champions League clash with LaLiga leaders Atletico Madrid on Tuesday, followed by a visit from second-place Manchester United.

    Kepa, 26, is likely to return to the bench today and Tuchel is adamant it is only a happy coincidence that Werner, 24, is thriving under his fellow German.

  • Alex Terrell


    Former Manchester United starlet Angel Gomes has shared a video of a wonderful free kick he scored for new club Boavista.

    The 20-year-old attacking midfielder has been at the Portuguese club since he left United on a free at the end of last season.

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    A post shared by Santi Gomes (@angel.gomes10)

  • Alex Terrell


    Ole Gunnar Solskjaer wants no excuses and no moaning from his players about the relentless run of fixtures.

    Manchester United are still in the FA Cup and having been knocked out of the Champions League have two extra games to play in the Europa League if they go all the way.

    They have played 40 games already this season but if any Red Devils even think about grumbling they will have the boss to answer to.

    Solskjaer said: "Of course it's relentless, of course we demand we turn up every game.

    "You've got to run more than the opposition, you've got to want to win more than the opposition, you've got to put your body on the line.

    "Every game in the Premier League is high demand and that's why the players are paid the money they are to perform every time they are asked to. We ask for relentlessness and attitude every single game."

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