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Chelsea joins Kylian Mbappe transfer race as deadline approaches

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When Kylian Mbappe told Paris Saint-Germain (PSG) that he won’t extend his contract with the club to 2025 in June, the club gave him the deadline until July 31st to sign an extension or they would sell him.

That deadline arrived Monday, and the French superstar’s transfer situation grew even more complicated with a new player on the table.

According to The Daily Record, Chelsea tried negotiating a player-plus-cash deal with PSG to acquire Mbappe. PSG’s president Nasser Al-Khelaifi discussed it with Chelsea co-owner Todd Boehly.

Having spent over 500 million euros (about $550.7 million) last season on transfers, Chelsea suffered epic failures in every event they competed in, including ranking 12th in the Premier League. They sold eight players this summer, including Kai Havertz and Mason Mount, to streamline their roster and raise money for new signings.

Having spent 97 million euros (about $106.8 million) to land Christopher Nkunku from Red Bull Leipzig and Noclas Jackson from Villarreal, Chelsea want to add Mbappe’s scoring ability as the 2022 FIFA World Cup Golden Boot winner to their offense.

“The Blues” need to battle Liverpool and Rea Marid for Mbappe. Both teams expressed their interest in the 24-year-old French striker. Liverpool previously offered 200 million euros (about $220.2 million) to PSG to sign Mbappe but were outbid by Al Hilal’s 300 million euros (about $330.4 million). PSG agreed to the offer, but Mbappe declined to join the Saudi Professional League and the 700 million euros (about $770.9 million) annual salary they offered him.

According to the Mirror, Liverpool are currently negotiating with PSG to sign Mbappe on loan. Before PSG acquired Mbappe for 180 million euros (about $198.2 million) in 2018 from Monaco, they had him on loan for one season. He scored 21 goals and 16 assists in 44 games for PSG during the 2017-18 season, helping the club win the Ligue 1 and Coupe de France titles.

Of course, Mbappe’s most-preferred destination is Real. It has been years since the La Liga powerhouse tried to bring Mbappe to the Santiago Bernabeu Stadium. They bid 200 million euros to make the transfer happen before but failed. RMC Sport reported that PSG expect a “low and insulting” offer for Mbappe on Monday.

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EPL: 11 Chelsea players miss training ahead of Everton clash

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EPL: 11 Chelsea players miss training ahead of Everton clash

At least 11 Chelsea players were absent in training ahead of Monday’s Premier League clash against Everton.

According to Standard Sport, Axel Disasi and Enzo Fernandez have joined the injury list.

Raheem Sterling and Robert Sanchez are listed as ill.

Already unavailable are Levi Colwill, Wesley Fofana, Reece James, Romeo Lavia, Christopher Nkunku and Lesley Ugochukwu all on the club’s injury report.

But there is a positive update for Chelsea with defender Ben Chilwell returning to partial training.

The Blues go into the game sitting in 9th place with 44 points.

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EPL: Man City cannot drop points – Guardiola

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EPL: Man City cannot drop points – Guardiola

Manchester City manager, Pep Guardiola, has admitted his team cannot afford to drop more points in the Premier League title race.

The champions are looking to win the trophy for an unprecedented fourth consecutive season.

However, they are currently in third place, behind rivals Arsenal and Liverpool on the table.

City will play Luton Town first, before Liverpool host Crystal Palace and Aston Villa travel to Arsenal on Sunday.

“The Premier League is so important. I expect a game similar to the Premier League when we won 2-1 at the end of the FA Cup. We have to be ready.

“We’re fighting for the title, we cannot drop points,” Guardiola told reporters today.

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Fenerbahce fined over Turkish Super Cup walk-out

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Fenerbahce fined over Turkish Super Cup walk-out

Fenerbahce were fined 115,000 euros ($123,175) on Thursday over their Turkish Super Cup protest at the weekend.

Fenerbahce walked off the field in the opening minutes of the fixture against Galatasaray on Sunday as a protest against alleged unfair treatment.

Fenerbahce fielded an Under-19 team for the game against their Istanbul rivals. Galatasaray went ahead after three minutes with Fenerbahce then walking off in a pre-planned protest.

The Turkish Football Federation awarded Galatasaray a 3-0 win and issued Fenerbahce with the six-figure fine.

“It’s time for Turkish football to be reset,” Fenerbahce president Ali Koc had told a press conference before the match.

Fenerbahce are chasing their first Turkish title since 2014 and are two points behind champions Galatasaray with seven rounds to go. Fenerbahce claim they are being picked on.

They had asked for the Super Cup to be postponed ahead of their Europa League quarter-final against Olympiakos on Thursday.

And the club had also demanded that a foreign referee take charge of the Super Cup, citing unfavourable treatment from Turkish referees.

Both demands were denied by the Turkish federation.

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