Arsenal move for Youri Tielemans hit in the arm as pundit reveals Star 'wants' a transfer

Leicester ace Youri Tielemans "wants" to move to Arsenal next, with one journalist detailing how long the potential move would take. (Author: Gardener)

YouriA journalist has revealed Leicester ace Youri Tielemans is next looking to join Arsenal while revealing how long the potential move would take. Tielemans is now in the final 12 months of his Leicester deal and the Foxes are coming to realize he will move on. But since he could become a free agent in 2023, it will not cost interested clubs an exorbitant sum to sign him this summer. Tielemans could reportedly leave the King Power for just £25million - half his previous price. Many clubs are interested in Tielemans because of his great performances in the Premier League and European competitions. Arsenal and Manchester United are two of his best suitors. Both sides appear to be in need of reinforcements in midfield and Tielemans would be an impressive signing to solve that problem. Arsenal boss Mikel Arteta recently hinted that there could be more new players coming to the Emirates after Oleksandr Zinchenko, who will join from Manchester City. And Tielemans could be the next to sign. CBS sports reporter Ben Jacobs, who is an expert on the Leicester and Tielemans situation, has given an update on Arsenal's transfer pursuit. He said (via HITC): "At Tielemans the situation is the same. The player wants Arsenal and once Arsenal have made a bid, the deal will close relatively quickly. “But until now Arsenal have not switched to Tielemans. We all know that Zinchenko was a priority and that deal is now closed. He doesn't want to stay at Leicester, that's my understanding of the situation. Arsenal are much encouraged to start talks with Leicester. Tielemans does not want to stay with the East Midlands side and Jacobs believes a transfer will be made "quickly" once the Gunners make an offer. Arteta and Edu just have to decide how much their opening offer will be worth. They don't want to offend Leicester by entering too low, which could allow United to win the race. That's why they should match Leicester's £25m asking price straight away, or at least come very close. Meanwhile, Arteta says Arsenal will start sacking players who have no future at the club.


"You can't change anyone from scratch"

Handler posted a video of the now ex-couple celebrating their one-year anniversary on Monday night while breaking the news of their split in the caption. (Author: Gardener)

HandlerComedians Chelsea Handler and Jo Koy's split may have been amicable, but it was no less painful. On the We Can Do Hard Things with Glennon Doyle podcast, Handler shared the emotional toll the split is taking on her and her optimism for the future. She said she's excited to "deal with a breakup in an honest way for the first time." My love was so great that it just blew me away," said Handler. "As painful as the ending of something like this is, I'm so well-versed in therapy and I understand that every closing of a door is a new beginning, and I do believe it." Handler, 47, said she was so drawn to it accustomed to making Koy for most of their lives. "But you can't change someone from scratch. And I'm very proud of myself for not being able to cross that line," said Handler. On Monday, the couple found a creative way to announce their split on social media. Handler shared an Instagram video Monday night. The ex-couple, who are now celebrating their first anniversary together, simultaneously announce in the caption the news of their amicable breakup relationship right now," Handler wrote. "I know many of you have been invested in our love and I wanted to tell you how much that means to both of us. And how much I now believe in love for each of us." Handler, 51, continued to gushed about Koy, writing that he "cracked my heart with love and my life experience was forever changed because of him." "He me I've renewed my faith in men, in love, in being 100% who I am and I've never been so optimistic about the future," added the former Chelsea Lately host. Koy addressed the split of the two, who own their dogs, with a photo on his Instagram page. "I just want everyone to know that Chelsea and I will always be good friends and always have love for each other," Koy wrote. "I'm her biggest fan and I can't wait to see what she has in store for the future. Hospitalization in February: Chelsea Handler postpones comedy shows at the last minute after health 'scare' of October 2021. "Handler teased that she might have feelings for him when he appeared as a regular guest on her late-night talk show Chelsea Lately. I'm still kind of struggling with it.” Let's take a look back at some of the couple's cutest relationship moments. Most recently, the two shared a photo of lunch on a boat in New York City. "If you've never had a loooong lunch on a boat in Manhattan while docked then you're missing out," Handler wrote in June alongside a photo of the pair smiling with the city skyline behind them. The couple ate oysters, made friends, and Joy "stand-up while you sit down and chat the hoops," Handler wrote. In April, Koy posted a selfie of the two reuniting after Handler in Kansas City and Koy in Springfield, Missouri , was. When he finished his comedy show, Koy said he "went down to kiss [Handler] goodnight. "I love my Chelsea," he captioned the selfie. In a comedic announcement released in June of public service, Handler and Koy criticize motorists who honk their horns in the middle of traffic. You don't need to freak out," Handler said. Now that the couple has called it quits, fans might miss the comedic videos the two have posted of them fooling around and Having fun together The couple attended the 2022 Grammy Awards in April at the MGM Garden Arena in Las Vegas Hanlder wore a black off the shoulder dress with floral detailing and Koy kept it classy in it in a navy blue suit. In December, the two also attended the People's Choice Awards together. Chelsea Handler and Jo Koy attend the People's Choice Awards on December 7, 2021. Over Easter, the couple fused Koy's Filipino heritage with Handler's Jewish roots while filming a cooking video for social media. Handler and Koy cooked the Filipino spring roll called "lumpia," substituting for the usual meat it's served with pastrami in honor of Handler's culture. As they roll up the flour, Handler catches Koy off guard by licking her finger and touching the flour to make it stick. Before Koy wrapped up a comedy show in November, he took Hand mit ler on stage and expressed his appreciation for her in front of his fans. "Find a strong, powerful and loving person in your life and watch how bright your light will shine," Koy commented on the Instagram video. In honor of the Season 2 premiere of her Dear Chelsea podcast, Handler shared a photo of her and Koy on the final episode of Chelsea Lately. The talk show ran from 2007 to 2014. "From the last episode of Chelsea lately to now," Handler wrote. "Age is a beautiful thing ... We let you decide whose story of how we fell in love is better," Handler said. This article originally appeared on USA TODAY: Chelsea Handler on Jo Koy's split: 'You can't change someone from the ground up'


Darwin Nunez passes first test as plan could be accelerated by Anfield insiders

Paul Gorst with the ECHO verdict as Darwin Nunez scored four goals in Liverpool's 5-0 win over RB Leipzig (Author: Gardener)

Darwin NunezIf Liverpool had any doubts about how much Jurgen Klopp's preparations will be ramped up this week, then his team sheet in Leipzig revealed everything. A starting line-up has been chosen in the Saxon heat that would not look out of place when the Premier League season restarts at Craven Cottage on August 6. Klopp named the same back four that started the Champions League final behind a midfield of Naby Keita, Thiago Alcantara and Fabinho, while there were also starts for Mohamed Salah, Luis Diaz and Roberto Firmino. MATCH REVIEW: Goals, highlights and Liverpool's win over RB Leipzig how it happened RATE THE PLAYERS: Give us your scores for the Liverpool stars after last season's win Our stadium and extremely good opponents, what more could you ask for? he asked before the game. "I want to have a lot of information to work with and it can be good or bad. But I just want to work with it. The information gleaned from that 5-0 smash against RB Leipzig will lend itself to positive feedback for Mohamed Salah and Darwin Nunez, who added a quartet of second-half strikes to his colleague's early opener at the Red Bull Arena .Double sessions are the order of the day in the coming week, when players are indiscriminately whipped into shape by famed champion Andreas Kornmayer, the manager's fitness general. With the commercial legs of far-flung destinations like Thailand and Singapore in the rear-view mirror, Klopp has in this one next week or so, as far as he's concerned, a chance to build the base fitness level for the long months ahead and given Liverpool's 63-game marathon campaign last time out, the manager has ample evidence his players are getting fitter than most . Salah put the visitors comfortably ahead within 10 minutes with a commanding finish from Firmino's serve before pushing past former Reds goalkeeper Peter Gulacsi moments later for almost a second. With Sadio Mane now in a different shade of red at Bayern Munich, much rests on Salah's shoulders if Liverpool are to get close to the game's biggest prizes again this season, but that's nothing new for the Egyptian, at least. With a brand new history-making contract in his back pocket and a full pre-season schedule behind him, Premier League defenders will likely be scared when he heads out next month to secure a fourth Golden Boot in six seasons. Unlike the big moves of Thailand and Singapore, a more conservative approach was taken for the second period as Klopp only made four substitutions. Added to this were Jordan Henderson, Joel Matip, Kostas Tsimikas and Nunez who wasted little time to reach the goal. The £64m man was handed penalties when Diaz was turned on his head by substitute goalkeeper Janis Blaswich. Nunez put his first down within three minutes of the restart before confidently finishing with his second after 51. The third came 70 minutes ago when the superb Harvey Elliott, one of a series of substitutions after the hour, threaded one over for Nunez to thrust home and complete a hat-trick. But his night wasn't over as the game ticked into the closing seconds Carvalho saw a more impressive work from him as he headed towards the Leipzig defense before the new No. 27 finished it off with a lateral finish for his fourth and final Liverpool's fifth. Early days, of course, but his arrival looks like it will add a new dimension to Liverpool's attack. Nunez drew bizarre and knee-jerk criticism in some sections of social media after his debut against Manchester United in Thailand, but his goals, particularly the second, offered a tantalizing glimpse of what made the 23-year-old one of the most sought-after strikers last season of the continent. It will likely take time for everyone involved to settle in as Liverpool are reconfigured in real time for the first time in the Klopp era from a maneless Liverpool and a real target man leading the line, and Anfield insiders have already of the fine-tuning spoken, which is required to achieve the most from a player who could become the club's most expensive ever at £85million. And while the rough edges of the approach game with Nunez at the helm sometimes makes itself felt, there is no greater good than goals to make up for it as the kinks in the Reds' attack are gradually ironed out.


Match report: Liverpool vs. RB Leipzig

Liverpool face German club RB Leipzig in Germany as the Reds look to make further strides towards opening day in their third Test. Mohamed Salah gave Liverpool a great start within the first 10 minutes, sliding past former red Peter Gulacsi with an inside shot. Lead Liverpool to a 5-0 win. (Author: Gardener)

GermanLiverpool face German club RB Leipzig in Germany as the Reds look to make further strides towards opening day in their third Test. Liverpool face German club RB Leipzig in Germany as the Reds look to make further strides towards opening day in their third Test. Mohamed Salah gave Liverpool a great start within the first 10 minutes, sliding past former red Peter Gulacsi with an inside shot. Mohamed Salah gave Liverpool a great start within the first 10 minutes, sliding past former red Peter Gulacsi with an inside shot. Darwin Nunez stole the headlines and has so far silenced his doubters by scoring four goals after being substituted at half-time. Darwin Nunez stole the headlines and has so far silenced his doubters by scoring four goals after being substituted at half-time. Liverpool got off to a lively start in the opening 90 seconds, an effortless switch from Trent Alexander-Arnold to Andrew Robertson nearly opening up an early chance before Mohamed Salah displayed some sharp ability after Liverpool quickly regained the ball. Leipzig fail to deal with the threat of a high Thiago pass or clear their lines after the ball falls on Salah. The ball then breaks on the edge to Roberto Firmino, who squares over the edge of the box and puts it on a plate for Mohamed Salah's inside of foot finish as the Egyptian opens the goal for the Reds Mohamed Salah looks so sharp, a trademark of Virgil Van Dijk Over-the-top ball lets go of Halstenberg's Mo Salah, the number '11' drives at goal from the right and shoots, but Gulacsi saves at the near post. In the 13th minute, Leipzig had a good chance when a Henrichs cross was headed off by Alexander Sorloth, but no one was there to attempt the knockdown. Angelino rolled in a tempting cross after 25 minutes but Sorloth was a step behind and couldn't latch on, more anticipation from the striker and Leipzig would have had a fantastic scoring opportunity. Luiz Diaz gets his first real engagement as he presses brilliantly after 27 minutes to earn a corner and shows how his first Klopp preseason has made him a pressing machine like his fellow forwards. Christopher Nkunku is almost 1-1 with Adrian after Naby Keita gave the ball away and Leipzig countered, but Trent is quick enough to come over and regain the ball before the Frenchman can intervene. Diaz keeps a switch from Fabinho and puts it on Robertson, who has a two with Keita, and slides it in a pocket to pull it back for a tap-in, but the Scot's cross is turned back for a Liverpool corner. Liverpool get sloppy for the first time as Diaz's pass goes between Fabinho and Keita, allowing Dani Olmo and Leipzig to break, but Dominik Szoboszlai was just as sloppy in the final third, taking too long to release the ball. Szoboszlai then gets his pass, this time finding Angelino in space on the opposite cross, the ball falling nicely for the Spaniard who can't resist a spectacular volley but the chance goes a few inches over Adrian's crossbar by the 40 minute mark . A good chance for Liverpool just before the end when Trent's cross was cleared falls clumsily to Andy 'Robbo' whose decent shot missed both Firmino and the far post. The game becomes endless as Leipzig try again to break on LFC's highline. A ball over the edge of the box is clumsily intercepted by Konate, allowing Nkunku to shoot, but Adrian was able to save. Just a few seconds later, Szobozlai's low cross shoots unchallenged across the penalty area, the last chance of the half, as the whistle sounds at half-time. Substitution for Liverpool early in the second half as their record-breaking signing Darwin Nunez joins Joel Matip, Jordan Henderson and Kostas Tsimikas, replacing Roberto Firmino, Ibrahima Konate, Naby Keita and Andrew Robertson respectively. Leipzig also used the halftime for some changes, Lukas Klostermann replaces Mohamed Simakan and Janis Blaswich comes in for Peter Gulacsi. Liverpool started the half-time perfectly as Alexander-Arnold's long throw found Jordan Henderson's head, who flicked the ball to Diaz and punched the keeper when Blaswich knocked out the Colombian. Goal for Liverpool and it's Darwin Nunez with his first ever, his penalty grabs Blaswich too much power as he's hit on his right side. Darwin is in the double and it's two in two minutes, Liverpool wins the ball high with Thiago and Trent pushes through Nunez 1 to 1, the Uruguayan lasers the ball in the bottom left corner. Good long-range shot by Spaniard Dani Olmo for the German team but too wide of the post to disrupt Spaniard Adrian between Liverpool's sticks. Domenico Tedesco makes more changes after 58 minutes as Forsberg, Novoa, Haidara, Laimer and new signing Schlager replace Nkunku, Henrichs, Kampl, Olmo and Szoboszlai. Jurgen Klopp also makes changes as Gomez, Bajcetic, Davies, Carvalho, Jones, Milner and Elliott replace Van Dijk, Diaz, Adrian, Fabinho, Thiago, Alexander-Arnold and Salah. Liverpool threaten as Henderson's cross finds newly introduced Fabio Carvalho's head but attempt is blocked The Reds worked the ball well again as Carvalho and Curtis Jones combined to give Kostas Tsimikas a cross, who found Harvey Elliott of all people, whose header just missed the edge. Liverpool have a couple of corners they try to work in the spaces for half-chances, culminating in Joe Gomez hitting a try from the edge of the area over, not a bad try from a middle half. Stefan Bajcetic wins the ball high and plays wide for Harvey Elliott, shooting across to Nunez whose weak touch hits the far bottom corner again. RB get close, Konrad Laimer finds Emile Forsberg, who skips Matip and shoots too close at the near post and behind Harvey Davies goal, Leipzig's best 2nd half chance yet. Nunez shows good hold-up play as he flicks a header into tons of space at Fabio Carvalho, who drives the Portuguese into the box and flicks a shot wide of the far post. Nunez hits Milner's cross and gets a good strong header near the peg but it's saved by the Leipzig keeper when the ball fell at a good height to parry. Carvalho almost scores his first LFC goal again when Harvey Elliott drops his shoulder and shoves a ball in his path, missing the ball by inches. The game gets heated after some bitter fighting, Carvalho is dispossessed by Laimer but works hard to give it back to Jones who shows unreal skills by weaving white shirts in and out until Laimer does enough to win it back. It's a fourth for Darwin Nunez but that goal was all about Carvalho's assist, who received the ball by heading it over a Leipziger before accelerating into space and played Nunez into the overlap opening his body and the long corner gets enough of the shot, although the Leipzig goalkeeper tackles it. The final whistle sounded over the repeat of Darwin's fourth win as Liverpool won big in Germany, a far cry from their opener last season, the Reds got back into rhythm as they defeated Bundesliga side RB Leipzig by five goals to nil.


"If I have to choose a person, I have to choose myself"

Chelsea Handler reflects on Jo Koy split: 'If I have to choose one person, I have to choose myself' (Author: Gardener)

Chelsea HandlerChelsea Handler offers fresh insight into her recent split from Jo Koy. The day after the 46-year-old comedian announced her split after nearly a year of dating, she sat down with Glennon Doyle on her podcast We Can Do Hard Things for her first public conversation on the subject, her voice often cracking with emotion. Chelsea Handler and Jo Koy, pictured here in April, have split after dating for almost a year. Now Handler shares what she learned. As she reflected on what she'd learned about herself in the relationship, Handler, who says she originally planned to appear on the show with Koy months ago, explained how therapy provided a powerful foundation for healing and why she was the one Love still never gives up. "It's a different me. This is the first time I've ended a relationship where I feel like an adult and it was because it was the most adult thing," she said, while confirming the duo ended their relationship a few weeks ago . "I'm really fortunate to be dealing with a breakup in an honest way for the first time in my life," she admitted, "instead of distracting, distracting, and doing all these things to say, 'I'm fine, I'." I'm fine, I'm fine,' then the delayed grief hits you three or four months later and you're on your knees and not really engaging with anything.” “If you know, you know,” she said about the breakup. You have to close your eyes and listen to your gut and understand that sometimes the pain you'll go through with a breakup is a lot better than staying in something that's no longer working.” Part of knowing when it's time is to break up, she added, is the recognition when the relationship "becomes unsustainable and unhealthy." "If you're fighting or if it develops, if you can't have conversations that are calm and loving and constant and you don't feel like a team, then it becomes untenable," she said. We all know it's ugly ... it's not an attractive venture." Before the former couple announced they were dating late last year, they had been friends for quite some time — having met in the comedy scene and after Koy was a frequent guest on Handler's show Chelsea Lately. "I was so inspired by us," she said of their relationship, admitting she will love Koy "always." When the comedian announced their split on Instagram on Tuesday, she spoke directly to Koy: "You blew my creativity, my desire to work hard again, to be on the road again, and you reminded me of who I was and always was ' He added, 'It's another start. And it's a comfort to know that I'm still loved and love this man as the sun loves the moon and the moon loves the sun." Meanwhile, Koy wrote a special note for Handler on his own Instagram: "Chelsea and I will always remain good friends and will always have love for one another," he wrote. "I still think my person is coming," Handler told Doyle. "Whether or not that's Jo Koy at any given time, I accept that. I'm not in that immature mode where I need to know the answers. I mean, we all want to know when we break up what the answers are [but] that's part of maturity, it's being in the ignorance and sitting still is a function." That said, Handler is quick to appreciate what she's getting out of the relationship self-taught - which she credits to hundreds of sessions with a psychiatrist "for people" and "learning to compromise" it's impossible to "change someone about themselves". And I'm very proud of myself for being me didn't allow me to cross that line," she said of space in my life that I need to be with someone [who is also] where I am [emotionally]," adding that "Jo is on his my own path." "I had to talk to myself about how much I wouldn't give up on myself," she said. To be honest, the relationship hasn't worked out "for a while," she insisted. "I've been in Real time busy - in therapy, outside of therapy, with my girlfriends, with all my support systems - knowing that when you're in pain, you don't walk away or eat anything, even though I always love food," said Handler of the healing process. "I've learned not to try to numb the pain. This is the best way to overcome grief in a really responsible and healthy way where it won't come later and sneak up on you. "Breaking out of a romantic relationship is an emotional rollercoaster ride," she added. Thanks in large part to therapy, Handler says, she has an emotional "toolbox" that has helped her process the situation and is so healthy getting ahead as possible "I meditate, I read a lot," she said. "At times like these, I read things that I know will help me. I listen to things that I think will help me. I take time to think, like sitting in my backyard and looking at the trees and thinking about everything that happened and all the good things that I got out of that [relationship] and what inspired her..." "I'm optimistic about the future now," she said. Love was like that great that she just blew my mind, and as painful as the ending of something like this is, I am so well-versed in therapy and understand that every door that closes is a new beginning, grounding and the courage to say something doesn't work, you say a lot more than that to the whole world and you invite things that are workable and better suited to your needs and what you're available for. "I don't break anything," she said of the process. "That doesn't define you. Wellness, parenting, body image and more: Find out who's behind it with Yahoo Life's newsletter.


Newcastle have their sights set on the 'next Erling Haaland' Benjamin Sesko after Hugo Ekitike joins PSG

Newcastle may have lost to Hugo Ekitike but they are now ready to go after an RB Salzburg star who will be compared to Erling Haaland. (Author: Gardener)

Hugo EkitikeNewcastle have started targeting Red Bull Salzburg ace Benjamin Sesko after losing to Paris Saint-Germain to Hugo Ekitike, according to a newspaper. The Magpies had hoped to sign Ekitike in January, only for the striker to stay at Stade Reims. Newcastle have resumed negotiations for his transfer this summer but have been unable to reach an agreement. The transfer is likely to be permanent at the end of the season, with PSG Stade Reims set to pay £29.8million for him. On joining the reigning Ligue 1 champions, Ekitike said: “It's a mix of a lot of feelings, a lot of emotions. I'm obviously very happy and proud to be joining Paris Saint-Germain. The goalscorer explained his decision to join Christophe Galtier's side, adding: "It's a choice of the heart! All of this made my desire to join this club very natural. Newcastle officials were quick to bid farewell to the transfer saga and are now looking at Sesko's signing instead, according to the Daily Mail. The 19-year-old has been dubbed 'the next Erling Haaland' due to his goalscoring skills and the fact that he plays for Salzburg. Haaland scored 29 goals for the Austrian team before joining Dortmund and then Manchester City. Sesko is not yet as successful as Haaland. However, the Slovenia international is held in high esteem in Austria and many expect him to one day play for a top club. Sesko is also Slovenia's youngest-ever goalscorer. Newcastle are focusing on talented young players from the continent as part of their long-term project. That explains why Sesko is targeted. Talks could start this summer, or Newcastle could wait until he has completed another year in senior football. The Magpies had previously hoped to sign Alexander Isak and Moussa Diaby. But both players will demand high transfer fees. As Newcastle don't want to breach financial fair play regulations, they have ended their interest in the pair. Sesko is younger, less proven and plays for a Red Bull team notorious for selling. That means it will be a lot cheaper than Isak or Diaby. Sesko still has a huge ceiling and will surely make it to the Prem one day, just like Haaland. Meanwhile, Newcastle have made an opening bid for Jack Harrison, although Leeds have told the Magpies to come back with more money. The article Newcastle set their sights on the 'next Erling Haaland' Benjamin Sesko after Hugo Ekitike joins PSG appeared first on


Charlotte FC stuns Chelsea with win in PKs as world watches city's football growth

Two shades of blue mingled as a crowd of fans took shelter in the Bank of America concourse, waiting for thunderstorms to clear the rapidly darkening sky. Charlotte FC fans wore sky blue shirts, while Chelsea fans opted for navy blue shirts should Charlotte win on penalties (Charlotte FC had a 5-3 lead on penalties after a 1-1 draw in regulation time) in a game that . .. (Author: Gardener)

ChelseaTwo shades of blue mingled as a crowd of fans took shelter in the Bank of America concourse, waiting for thunderstorms to clear the rapidly darkening sky. Charlotte FC fans wore sky blue shirts, while Chelsea supporters welcomed a Charlotte win on penalties (Charlotte FC had a 5-3 lead on penalties after a 1-1 draw in regulation time) in an opening game for navy jerseys decided about an hour late due to thunderstorms. A number of North Carolina locals attending the game cheered against the home team, instead taking the opportunity to see their favorite team, one they had rarely seen play in person. Wednesday was Chelsea's first game in Charlotte since 2014 when they played Paris Saint-Germain. The years gave fans who had seen both a chance to reassess the city's footballing climate following the introduction of the expansion team. "There's just a lot more people here (than it was in 2014), the vibe is just a lot livelier," said Jared Waters, a Chelsea fan and lifelong resident of Charlotte. "Coming into the PSG game it was kind of just a mixed crowd here and here you have a lot of Charlotte fans here, Chelsea fans here, it's just a lot of fun." Waters, who said he was with almost every Charlotte FC home game, represented a popular demographic at the game: Charlotte natives who supported both teams but knew immediately they would support Chelsea in Wednesday's game. "He hopes they blow out Charlotte FC," she said. "I mean, it would look kind of bad if Charlotte FC performed well," Wright replied before the game. The fledgling MLS club did, exciting more than 50,000 spectators as Kamil Jozwiak scored the fifth and final penalty to give Charlotte FC victory. Wright's Chelsea fan base began in middle school when he played the FIFA video games. Vead, 28, has also lived her entire life in Charlotte and picked up fandom from him. Both are Charlotte FC fans but found their love for Chelsea exceeded that for the home side. The couple spends almost every Saturday game day morning, sometimes as early as 7:30am, going to Jackalope Jacks, a sports bar on Plaza Midwood, and watching Chelsea play. "Maybe I've had a few drinks tonight but I still wake up and see Chelsea play," said Wright, who appeared in a Didier Drogba jersey. "It could be a bad game but I'll watch it anyway." Vead made her case with the US men's national team star Chelsea attacking midfielder Christian Pulisic. Ose Mukenge, a Chelsea fan from Durham, moved to North Carolina from Congo at the age of 12. He's picked up on his fan base because of Drogba, the team's forward. Mukenge's love for Drogba extended beyond his contributions to the Premier League team. Mukenge attended the game with his 5-year-old son Owen. Owen wore a tailored Chelsea kit with his name on the back and a matching pair of shorts. "No choice," Mukenge, who also wore a gold chain with a Chelsea lion pendant, said of his son's fan base. The 36-year-old has traveled both within the United States and to London to watch his favorite team play in the past. His vast experience observing the club has given him a unique ability to see a shirt and have a good sense of when it's been worn. As a faded Frank Lampard shirt passed by, he was quick to refer to it as the one worn by the team in 2013, the year after they won the Champions League, due to the prominent gold Adidas logo. When Drogba's reliable penalty hit the net, he sprinted in front of his parents' house and yelled in the street, a reaction similar to that of Charlotte FC midfielder Brandt Bronico, who grew up as a Chelsea fan, had that year. Charlotte FC generated similar energy with a crucial goal from Daniel Rios in the 90th minute that sent everyone in powder blue cheering. Charlotte eventually prevailed on penalties as the game showcased the city's ever-growing football culture and inspired hope for the fanbase that the home side could create. “I think it just shows what kind of product they can support locally. We go out and beat Chelsea FC on penalties. I think that just goes to show we can beat anyone," Bronico said.


What was the greatest win of all time in El Clásico?

Real Madrid may have won the league last season, but Barcelona beat their arch-rivals in the last Clásico as a form of equalization. (Author: Gardener)

El ClásicoReal Madrid might have won the league last season (and the Champions League, just to rub Barça supporters' noses), but Xavi's side at least had the consolation of beating their arch-rivals in the last El Clásico of the LaLiga campaign. When Barça took a 4-0 lead at the Bernabéu, the visitors seemed to have double digits in their heads and Los Blancos' defense did everything in their power to achieve that goal. The two sides will meet again in Las Vegas on July 23 in a pre-season warm-up game which, although a friendly, will add another chapter to one of the longest-running rivalries in world football. One of the craziest Clásicos of all time took place in June 1943 when Real Madrid defeated Barcelona 11-1 in the second leg of the Copa del Generalísmo. Barcelona had beaten Madrid 3-1 in Barcelona in the first leg and went into the game confident. But by the time the half-time whistle blew, Barça were already 8-0 down and Madrid added three more in the second minute to give us that incredible final score. An important part of the historical narrative, certainly from the point of view of Barcelona fans, are 5-0 victories that were very heavily aimed at the teams' last clash. They won by that margin in 1935 and 1945, but the most famous 'Cinco-Zero' came in February 1974 at the Santiago Bernabéu, when Dutch champion Johan Cruyff triggered Madrid to a seismic blow on their own territory. As Barça manager, Cruyff led his 'Dream Team' to a 5-0 El Clasico win at the Camp Nou in January 1994, although 12 months later Madrid responded with a 5-0 victory of their own. Barça have doubled that famous advantage in terms of goals scored, winning 7-2 in LaLiga in 1950 and 6-1 in the Copa seven years later. Madrid still have the two biggest wins in the record books – the 11-1 in June 1943 and an 8-2 in February 1935. It was played in Barcelona at their Les Colts stadium, but Barcelona fans had to endure their first El Clásico defeat as Real Madrid beat them 2-1. However, they kept the last word and won the first leg 1-0 and thus their first LaLiga title. Originally the term was used for league matches between the two Spanish teams, but now it increasingly refers to any clash between the two sides, including league matches. There were 248 competitive matches and 33 friendlies between Madrid and Barcelona. Real Madrid have won the most of their 248 competitive games, with 100 wins to Barca's 96 (and 52 meetings). Barcelona have more wins in exhibition games with 19 to Madrid's four (and 10 draws). In all games, Barcelona lead with 115 wins to Madrid's 104 (and 62 draws). Lionel Messi is still the top scorer in El Clásico games with 26 goals. Behind him are Alfredo Di Stefano and Cristiano Ronaldo with 18 points. Messi also leads on assists with 14 and is tied on most hat-tricks (two). The top-scoring player currently active is Madrid's Karim Benzema with 11 goals in total, making the Frenchman the ninth-highest overall goalscorer in El Clásico games. Messi for Barcelona and Sergio Ramos for Real Madrid have the most appearances in El Clásico games at 45, with Sergio Busquets making his 44th appearance in Las Vegas. Messi, whose 17-year Barça career ended with his departure to Paris Saint-Germain in 2021, leads the table with 26 goals. Those goals - 18 in LaLiga, 6 in the Spanish Super Cup, 2 in Europe - surpassed the record 45 total appearances the Argentina striker made after his debut game against Madrid in November 2005. Surprisingly, however, Messi's last goal against Los Angeles came a full three years before leaving Barça in a 2-2 LaLiga draw in May 2018. Cristiano Ronaldo is also out of this game after spending nine glorious seasons against Messi as half of the greatest singles duel in history. During this time at Real Madrid, CR7 played in 29 El Clasicos, scoring 18 goals. Both he and Messi's last Clásico goal both came in that 2-2 LaLiga game in May 2018. He never managed to score a hat-trick in that game, unlike Messi who has two Clásico hat-tricks to his credit. Arguably the club's greatest legend, Alfredo di Stefano remains Madrid's top scorer in Clásico history alongside Cristiano Ronaldo. However, the Argentine-born forward made the permanent move to Madrid after Barcelona's interim board terminated his contract following the forced resignation of their then-president - a decision they are likely to regret for a long time to come. Not far behind Di Stefano in the Bernabéu legend is local hero Madrileño Raúl in fourth with 15 goals. The former Spain international played in 37 Clásicos in total, his first in a 5-0 win over the Catalans in January 1995 (he didn't score) and his last in a 2-0 defeat in April 2010. Inside the top 10 As the all-time top scorer, he ranks second behind Messi in the number of appearances. Behind Raul are three players with 14 goals: César (Barcelona, ​​1939-1955), Ferenc Puskas (Real Madrid, 1958-1966) and Francisco Gento (Real Madrid, 1953-1971).


PSG in advanced talks to sign Nordi Mukiele after he was turned down by Tottenham

PSG are in advanced talks to sign RB Leipzig defender Nordi Mukiele, with the France international previously offered to Tottenham. (Author: Gardener)

Nordi MukielePSG are reportedly in advanced talks to sign RB Leipzig defender Nordi Mukiele, with France international Tottenham previously offered in the transfer window. Mukiele has been one of Leipzig's most impressive and consistent players since joining the club in 2018, but the defensive behemoth is expected to leave Germany with PSG this summer to hold talks over the 24-year-old's signing, with Tottenham already having passed the chance to bring the French to North London. Tottenham were reportedly offered the chance to sign Mukiele for just £17million this summer. However, Antonio Conte missed the opportunity despite the defender's incredible versatility and his record in the Bundesliga with Leipzig. Mukiele plays both as a centre-back and as a right-back, a versatility PSG seem to have noticed as they try to rebuild their squad under new coach Christophe Galtier and the former Montpellier star could be a fantastic addition. Indeed, Mukiele has experience in both Ligue 1 and the UEFA Champions League and the defender has a down-to-earthness for him that would make him a welcome presence in PSG's dressing room, much to the dismay of Tottenham, who are now regretting it could turn down the 24-year-old earlier this summer. The defender has been impressing in Germany for years and now Mukiele looks ready for his big break at PSG, where the all-round defensive talent could become a superstar in the French capital, which could infuriate Tottenham supporters endlessly.


AC Milan could now sign Arsenal and Liverpool Sanches target as PSG move falters

Arsenal and Liverpool transfer target Renato Sanches could now sign for AC Milan despite agreeing to join PSG earlier this month. (Author: Gardener)

AC MilanRumored Arsenal and Liverpool transfer target Renato Sanches could now reportedly sign for AC Milan, despite agreeing to join PSG earlier this month. According to L'Equipe, Sanches' move to PSG is being held up by LOSC Lille, who are sticking to their €10m (£8.5m) asking price, which the reigning Ligue 1 champions are reluctant to agree to, despite having personal terms Sanches has agreed to sign for the French giants. According to the report, PSG are only willing to pay the reasonably reasonable transfer fee if they can sack one of their 11 players listed for the transfer, which has pushed Sanches into potentially making a U-turn and signing for Milan, who earn €16m has a (£13m) offer for the Portugal international earlier in the window that could be accepted. In fact, the former Bayern Munich star has also been linked with Arsenal and Liverpool this summer, although neither Premier League side has made an official move for Sanches despite Lille's willingness to sell the 24-year-old midfield dynamo. With Arsenal and Liverpool both looking to improve their options in central midfield this summer, it seems strange that neither Premier League side has yet made an offer for Sanches, who is now signing with the French for Milan despite the deal with PSG will giant miss possibly a bargain. After winning the Serie A title, Milan have been a little slow in their summer deals this year but signing Sanches after it looked certain the midfielder would join PSG would be an incredible deal for the Italian giants, much to the dismay of Arsenal and Liverpool.