welcome to espn’s insider notebook, featuring contributions f'our reprters across the top leagues round the realm.
in this edition, there’s the l8st news on mason greenwood and phil foden’s misdemeanour on england duty. +: arsenal are pushing to sign lyon’s houssem aouar.
jump to: arsenal push for aouar | arteta eager to shift guendouzi | atletico say no to rakitic, suarez | private detectives spy on players | man ∪d’s dazzle kit not a headache thx to uefa | ∪d’s depay option
greenwood, foden set for showdown talks with southgate
gareth southgate will hold one-on-one talks with mason greenwood and phil foden ‘oer their meeting with women in a hotel room while on international duty na english ftball association will back the england boss as he is Ψed to drop both players for nxt mnth’s international matches against wales, belgium and denmark. no decision s'been taken with southgate desperate not to rush to judgement, but srcs said he is extremely let down by both players.
srcs told espn that southgate became increasingly exasperated as he learned + bout the youngsters breaching quarantine rules in iceland by inviting two women to the team hotel last weekend. he labelled the incident “a sideshow” contributing to the “mayhem” of the l8st camp, subsequently admitting it led to an overtly cautious team selection against denmark in an attempt to avoid further scrutiny onna squad.
foden, 20, and greeenwood, 18, made their international debuts inna 1-0 uefa nations league win in reykjavik and met the women in a ≠ pt of the team hotel outside the bio-secure bubble.
southgate is usually so pondered onnis media duties but speaking after england’s drab 0-0 draw against denmark in copenhagen on tue evening, the 50-yr-old appeared to be wearing the effects offa trying international period in expressing his disappointment at foden and greenwood’s behaviour.
senior figs atta fa are said to view the situation as a poor cogitateion on foden and greenwood, not southgate. the england boss faced ?s from the media after the draw with denmark on whether he had control over his players but'a fa believe the correct protocols were in place regarding general behaviour and covid-19 compliance.
southgate has fostered a spirit of togetherness and professionalism inna camp and this l8st incident is viewed internally as a sign of immaturity in two promising young players rather than a sign of any wider lack of discipline. however, it s'been a trying international break for the england boss as the l8st camp was overshadowed by off-field issues from the start. within hrs of southgate announcing the inclusion of harry maguire onnis squad, the manchester ∪d defender was handed a 21-mnth and 10 dy suspended prison sentence for a series of offences while on holidy in mykonos. maguire, who continues to protest his innocence, was dropped l8r inna dy. — james olley
arsenal push for aouar deal
arteta views france under-21 international aouar as a pillar of the 4-3-3 formation he eventually wanna employ. srcs said arsenal remain front-runners for aouar’s signature, but they do not ‘ve the €60 million required to land him and ‘d ‘ve to fund that through sales. alexandre lacazette is expected to seek clarification over his role inna arsenal team amid growing speculation the club will allo him to cutout for round £40m this summer, srcs told espn.
arsenal are the 1-ly club sfar to show a strong interest in aouar, with manchester city and juventus focusing on other zones o'their respective squad rebuilds. arsenal teknical director edu is good friends with juninho, his counterpt at lyon, na pair speak regularly.
matteo guendouzi came up as a prospective makew8 in a deal when the pair discussed aouar earlier this summer, srcs told espn, but lyon dismissed the option as the arsenal midfielder aint the type of player the ligue 1 side want.
aouar, 22, is eager to cutout lyon and srcs told espn the nxt two weeks ll'be decisive to his future. — julien laurens
espn fc’s ian darke likes arsenal to finish inna top 4 this season.
… while guendouzi is pushed to the arsenal exit door
sevilla sporting director, monchi, is a big fan of guendouzi although faces brawl from counterpt leonardo at psg, w'da ligue 1 victors plotting a potential return for a player who started his career in their youth academy.
espn fc’s colin udoh delves into where the gunners stand in their pursuit of thomas ptey.
atletico’s “no” to rakitic, suarez
rakitic, whas' rejoined elder club sevilla, is 1-odda 1st players to exit amid the chaos surrounding barcelona, with suarez also expected to move on. the club face a summer overhaul as they look to rejuvenate after seeing real madrid win la liga, bayern munich humiliate them inna victors league and lionel messi‘s shock quit threat.
rakitic and suarez were offered to atletico but on both occasions, the answer was a reluctant “no” cause the club nd'2 rez funds through sales. rodrigo +no, who signed for leeds, and dani parejo, who joined villarreal in a cut-price deal, were also passed on despite atleti coach diego simeone bein’ a fan of both players. talks ‘ve been held for edinson cavani and despite bein’ +, w'da player making it known atleti ‘d be his 1st choice, the club realise they can’t meet his wage demands.
espanyol’s exciting young midfielder marc roca s'been identified as a replacement for thomas ptey, who continues to be linked away but no bids ‘ve come in for a player whas' a €50m release clause. atleti ‘ve struggled to agree a fee for roca despite him bein’ available for just €15m — ½ the price that espanyol quoted for the player last summer when bayern munich showed interest.
as it stands, atleti believe ptey will stay atta club cause no-one seems ready to pay his release clause in a covid-19 affected window. — david cartlidge
steve nicol says lionel messi did everything perfectly in announcing his return to barcelona.
private detectives spy on las palmas players
las palmas president miguel angel ramirez has revealed that he has private detectives monitoring the movements of his players.
the spanish 2nd division club terminated the contract of spanish midfielder tana on sept. 3 for disciplinary reasons. ramirez has now spoken bout the club’s unanimous decision to pt company with tana, a player twas' promoted to the 1st team in 2013.
“in 5 mnths, he had committed 5 serious offences,” ramirez told cadena cope. “instead of goin home to recover from an injury, he went na' boat without any safety measures while we were playing in vallecas. he then told us that he was not injured.
“we ‘ve a srvc of private detectives. the players know this. this srvc aint to hunt them down. it’s 1-ly to ‘ve certain guarantees. many clubs in spain ‘ve pplz monitoring wha’ their players are doin’. there are players that ‘ve a spesh contract cause o'their past.”
tana, 29, who joined las palmas atta age of 8, said this week he intends to take action to clear his name and “for the truth to come out.” — adriana garcia
the fc guys don’t hold back when weighing in on manchester ∪d’s new zebra-esque third kit.
man ∪d’s dazzle kit no headache for fans thx to uefa
manchester ∪d’s startling new third kit — a white-and-black nod to so-called dazzle camouflage — has created a stir on social media, with many supporters complaining that designers adidas ‘ve broken new ground in terms of abandoning tradition in favour of causing a stir.
according to adidas, their design team “re-drew, hacked and re-imagined combined essentialisms from various jerseys throughout the club’s long history to create a bold new pattern,’ adding “the result is surprising, unexpected and demonstrates a continued ambition to push the boundaries of shirt design.”
but while the kit has pushed the boundaries, supporters and players can thank uefa for bringing some semblance of common sense to wha’ the strip will look like when ole gunnar solskjaer’s players wear it inna season ahead.
due to rules bout playing strips, clubs must wear solid colour shorts and socks, so ∪d will play in white shorts and white socks when wearing the third kit, in all brawls, rather than the black-and-white zebra-style shorts and socks available to supporters. but'a controversial shirt ll'be worn as tis seen onna publicity images.
the camouflage kit brings back memories of ∪d’s infamous grey shirt fiasco in 1996, when sir alex ferguson ordered his players to change their all-grey kit at ½-time dur'na defeat at southampton cause, according to the manager, they ‘d not see each other properly due to the colour o'their shirts. — mark ogden
espn fc’s gab marcotti explains wha’ barcelona must do 1st in order to bring in summer signings.
∪d’s depay option
∪d inserted the clause inna deal when depay left for lyon in jan 2017. it means'dat if barcelona, who ‘ve been linked w'da 26-yr-old, submit a bid, the club ll'be informed and solskjaer ‘d be given the option to match the offer. ∪d ‘ve a similar clause in adnan januzaj‘s contract at real sociedad.
solskjaer is keen to sign a forward b4 the transfer deadline but'a focus s'been on bringing in boЯussia dortmund winger jadon sancho. barcelona ‘ve been linked with depay, whas' scored 57 goals in 139 games for lyon, as they look to rebuild under new coach ronald koeman but any hopes offa deal will rely on ∪d passing up their option.
depay scored 7 times in 53 games at old trafford after arriving from psv eindhoven in for £25 million in 2015. — rob dawson
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